- Gogi berries may be the healthiest food you could ever consume
- Improves immune function
- raises the serum levels of superoxide dismutase (SOD) and hemoglobin
- lowers the level of lipid peroxides
- reduces senility symptoms
- contain an abundance of health-promoting constituents
- more beta carotene than carrots
- as much Vitamin C as lemons and oranges
- Contain more than 20 trace minerals including calcium, sleenium, zinc, phosphorus, organic germanium and iron
Thursday, August 28, 2008
MACA has been used medicinally for centuries to enhance fertility in humans and animals. Soon after the Spanish Conquest in South America, the Spanish found that their livestock were reproducing poorly in the highlands. The local Indians recommended feeding the animals Maca and the results were so remarkable that the Spanish chroniclers wrote in-depth reports about Maca. Even Colonial records of some 200 years ago indicate that payments of about 9 tons of MACA were demanded from one Andean area for this purpose.
In 1961, Dr. Gloria Chacon de Popovici, a biological researcher, published her studies when her research clearly demonstrated the increased fertility in animals using MACA. To date her work on MACA is unmatched! Dr. Chacon's work answered important scientific questions about MACA, which contains important amounts of fatty acids including linoleic, palmitic and oleic acids. MACA is rich in sterols and has a high mineral content as well. In addition to its rich supply of essential nutrients, MACA contains alkaloids, tannins and saponins. A chemical analysis shows the presence of biologically active aromatic isothiocyanates, especially p-methoxbenzyl isothiocyanate, which have reputed aphrodisiac properties. Analysis of MACA indicates that the effects on fertility are a result of glucosinolates. Dr. Chacon discovered the four alkaloids present in MACA that are responsible for MACA's reputed positive effect on hormonal issues such as hot flashes, memory problems, fatigue, and male impotence more than forty years ago as a 20 year old student at the University of San Marcos, in Lima, Peru. She continues her lectures and symposiums on a regular basis to the medical world.
Much confusion exists about MACA. and several species of MACA are being sold that have the same claims. The only species backed by scientific studies is Lepidium peruvianum Chacon, named after the researcher, Dr. Gloria Chacon de Popovici, this MACA is known to contain all the nutrients and alkaloids responsible for the medicinal and beneficial effects MACA is known for. Only Lepidium peruvianum Chacon has scientific studies behind it. Using only organic premium grade Maca root, this MACA is considered the best all natural product available anywhere. It is produced at The National University Of Agriculture At La Molina, Peru.
When asked his opinion about Maca Powder bulk powder versus capsules and extracts, here's what Dr. Wong had to say:
"God’s gift to procreation and increased energy. Maca Root Powder increases ones own production of testosterone (T) and progesterone (P) via its plant sterols that are direct precursors to T and P, while at the same time blocking estrogen with the DIM naturally found in it. So, it will increase libido and fertility while controlling estrogen all in one package! Aside from that, Maca powder is loaded with minerals and amino acids.
The extracts of maca have two problems, even though they say they are 100x stronger than maca that is only true of certain components of the maca, it's completely missing others. God created maca as a complete synergistic package; take any of the components out and it does not work the same, as well or at all. If you had a car that you doubled the gas tank size on it but removed the engine oil and transmission fluid, what would having the extra fuel avail you?
While the maca capsules MAY have the same synergistic action of the bulk Maca Root Powder it would take about 5 capsules to make 1 teaspoon of the powder and if you need to take 3 to 6 teaspoons a day then you'd go through a bottle of capsules very quickly (15 to 30 capsules a day!!!!!). This is why I prefer the bulk Maca Root Powder."
The Peruvians and many others claim Maca can help fight depression, help with anemia and improve overall memory, vitality and stress relief!
This powerful food is also a
- libido stimulant and will help
- stimulate the thyroid... so don't taketoo much...
Maca powder is best taken mixed with warm water in a tea or mixed in with a smoothie. Maca has a strong taste which can be softened with goji berries or honey.
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Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Colloidal silver gaining ground as a proven, effective antibiotic remedy
by Dani Veracity
Colloidal silver, a liquid suspension of the metal silver, is currently a hot topic in the world of medicine. While alternative medicine praises its use as an antibiotic, mainstream medicine considers it somewhat of a poison. But colloidal silver is neither a poison nor a panacea: It is a safe and proven topical antibiotic that may cautiously be used internally.
As Phyllis A. Balch and Dr. James F. Balch write in Prescription for Nutritional Healing, colloidal silver can safely and inexpensively protect you from infection in a wide variety of ways: "Topically, it can be used to fight fungal infections of the skin or nails and to promote the healing of burns, wounds, cuts, rashes, and sunburn.
It can be used on toothaches and mouth sores, as eye drops and as a gargle to fight tooth decay and bad breath. It can also be used as sterilizer and can even be sprayed on air-conditioning filters and air ducts and vents to prevent germs from growing." In addition to those found in air conditioning vents, germs make many other aspects of our environment both unhealthy and bad-smelling. Colloidal silver, as a powerful antibiotic and antifungal agent, can make your environment just as healthy as it can make your body.
According to many sources, it is not dangerous to use colloidal silver internally, as long as you take it in the recommended, reasonable dosages.
This means using the colloidal silver product as directed and not taking it for more than two weeks at a time, according to Janet Zand in Smart Medicine for Healthier Living. Of course, you shouldn't use just any colloidal product out there, either.
In his A-List of Top Products, the Health Ranger recommends Silver 100 as the top colloidal silver product. It's safe – very safe – at only 100 silver parts per million.
"Taken internally, colloidal silver can be used to fight infection. It has been shown to be effective against more that 650 disease-causing organisms, including Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria and the fungus Candida albicans," writes Dr. James F. and Phyllis A. Balch.
As you may remember from the hamburger scares of the 1990s, E. coli infections can be deadly, especially among young children, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems. In this sense, colloidal silver is a lifesaver: When all else fails, it can beat infections presumed unbeatable. It is under these extreme conditions that patients may justifiably consider using colloidal silver internally -- but only under the direction of a qualified health practitioner such as a naturopath.
AIDS-related pneumonia due to staphylococcal, pneumocystis, streptococcal, klebsiella and fungal infections may also warrant internal use of colloidal silver. These types of pneumonia are very difficult to fight with traditional antibiotic treatment; moreover, people with weakened immune systems, such as acquired immune deficiency syndrome, are especially prone to them. For a weak immune system, these types of pneumonia are sometimes unbeatable, making alternative measures a necessity. "Dr. Marchial-Vega had considerable clinical experience with a colloidal silver preparation that contains between 20 and 25 parts of silver per million parts of water. This preparation has proven effective in patients with HIV… In the hospital, the therapy is administered by a special nebulizer as well as orally," reports Dr. James Howenstine in A Physician's Guide to Natural Healing Products that Work.
This liquefied form of silver is a powerful natural antibiotic that can help knock out an acute sinus infection, says John M. Sullivan, M.D., a physician in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Buy a bottle of colloidal silver, put some full-strength into a spray bottle, and use one or two squirts into your nose twice a day until the infection has been noticeably gone for 3 days. Alternative Cures by Bill Gottlieb, page 553
Sunday, August 24, 2008
“ … The establishment ignores safe and effective alternatives to mammography, particularly trans illumination with infrared scanning,” Dr. Epstein points out.
Most physicians continue to recommend mammograms for fear of being sued by a woman who develops breast cancer after which he did not advise her to get one.
Thermographic breast screening is brilliantly simple.
It measures the radiation of infrared heat from your body and translates this information into anatomical images. Your normal blood circulation is under the control of your autonomic nervous system, which governs your body functions.
Thermography uses no mechanical pressure or ionizing radiation, and can detect signs of breast cancer years earlier than either mammography or a physical exam.
Mammography cannot detect a tumor until after it has been growing for years and reaches a certain size.
Thermography is able to detect the possibility of breast cancer much earlier, because it can image the early stages of angiogenesis (the formation of a direct supply of blood to cancer cells, which is a necessary step before they can grow into tumors of size).
Click: For a list of thermography clinics:
Friday, August 22, 2008
Cancer patients warned off soy-rich foods
- At particular risk are people suffering from hormone-dependent cancers, including breast and prostate cancer.
- Cancer survivors are also being urged to avoid high doses of soy, as they may be more vulnerable to a relapse.
- Research has found high consumption of soy products can also limit the effectiveness of conventional medicines used to treat the disease.
by Sally Fallon and Mary G. Enig, PhD
First published in Nexus Magazine, Volume 7, Number 3, April-May, 2000© 2000 Sally Fallon and Mary G. Enig, PhD. All Rights Reserved.
Click here to read the entire article.
Here is just a taste:
Cinderella's Dark Side
Soybeans contain hemagglutinin, a clot-promoting substance that causes red blood cells to clump together.
Trypsin inhibitors and hemagglutinin are growth inhibitors—weanling rats fed soy containing these antinutrients fail to grow normally.
Soy also contains goitrogens, substances that depress thyroid function, a fact that has been known for at least 50 years.
Soybeans are high in phytic acid, present in the bran or hulls of all seeds, a substance that can block the uptake of essential minerals—calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and especially zinc—in the intestinal tract. High phytate content of soy- and grain-based diets prevents their absorption.
The soybean has one of the highest phytate levels of any grain or legume that has been studied and the phytates in soy are highly resistant to normal phytate-reducing techniques, such as long, slow cooking.
Only a long period of fermentation will significantly reduce the phytate content of soybeans. When precipitated soy products like tofu are consumed with meat, the mineral blocking effects of the phytates are reduced.
The Japanese traditionally eat a small amount of tofu or miso as part of a mineral-rich fish broth, followed by a serving of meat or fish.
Vegetarians who consume tofu and bean curd as a substitute for meat and dairy products risk severe mineral deficiencies. The results of calcium, magnesium and iron deficiency are well known, those of zinc are less so.
Zinc is called the intelligence mineral because it is needed for optimal development and functioning of the brain and nervous system. It plays a role in protein synthesis and collagen formation; it is involved in the blood sugar control mechanism and thus protects against diabetes; it is needed for a healthy reproductive system.
Zinc is a key component in numerous vital enzymes and plays a role in the immune system. Phytates found in soy products interfere with zinc absorption more completely than with other minerals.
Zinc deficiency can cause a "spacy" feeling that some vegetarians may mistake for the "high" of spiritual enlightenment.
Milk-drinking is given as the reason second generation Japanese in America grow taller than their native ancestors. Some investigators postulate that the reduced phytate content of the American diet—whatever may be its other deficiencies—is the true explanation, pointing out that both Asian and Western children who do not get enough meat and fish products to counteract the effects of a high phytate diet frequently suffer rickets, stunting and other growth problems.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
UpDated April 10, 2007
This is the "Antacid Myth"...
It is a cold hard fact that the older we get the ~less~ stomach acid (HCL with pepsin) we produce. We know mother nature not only works this way concerning gastric acid and digestive enzymes, but, so too, with pretty much ~all~ biologically necessary substances.
For example, older people produce less glucosomine and SAMe, so arthritis develops.
Additionally, advanced in years, people produce less COQ-10, so heart problems become an avoidable result.
A conservative estimate is that 75% of the people over 50 have too LITTLE HCL/pepsin available for proper digestion. That's a ~huge~ number, readers!
Conversely, if we could know the accurate percentage of people with ~real~ hyperacidity, or too MUCH acid, I suspect that that number would be surprisingly low, not high.
It remains, ironically, that popular culture, and virtually all of mainstream medicine, talks exclusively about too ~much~ acid -- NEVER too little.
This strangely facilitates, then, the manufacture of expensive substances to suit this peculiar misinformation. What is going on? How can this be so?
...Could the preceding be because two ...very expensive... prescription antacids are among the top five pharmaceuticals sold?
Also consider, the big pharmaceutical producers can't make money on the one compound that would very likely help the most -- Betaine HCL w/ pepsin!
These are CHEAP substances to produce and are natural, always superior, substances... ... substances that can't be patented by drug companies, I remind the reader, to sell at inflated prices!
This is ~VERY~ unhealthy ... not just because it adversely effects digestion, but because a very acidic (pH less than 3) stomach is needed to kill harmful bacteria and other parasites!
A despair provoking ~pattern~ emerges. It becomes plain that indiscriminate and reflexive pill-popping antacid abuse only provides a continuous flow of revenues for Doctors and Drug Companies.
This is not only because the antacids, themselves, are a big seller, but by adversely effecting digestion they make people sick in a predicted future as a result of the unhealthful effects of the undigested protein and harmful critters not naturally killed off by inadequate acid.
Protein which has not been properly 'softened up' by hydrochloric acid (HCL) with pepsin (protein digestive enzyme ) can cause allergic reactions, arthritis/joint pain, and auto-immune wackiness (the undigested protein is actually seen as a foreign invader by your immune system!).
This is such a perfect scam for Big Pharm! Not just because low acid and high acid conditions both have similar symptoms, but because antacids actually appear (but only appear!) to work by reducing heartburn!
But at what cost, reader!?!
The hapless victim never makes the connection between the antacids taken in the past and the disease now endured in the present!
Heartburn and reflux are an extremely complex subjects, so much so that mainstream medical science does not fully understand all of the mechanisms that function to protect the esophagus from high acid conditions... mechanisms generally centered around the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). This LES opens and closes at various times for various reasons.
When the LES stays open when it shouldn't, stomach acids can splash-up (reflux) and burn the esophagus. Pretty much the only answer that doctors seem to have (short of surgery?) is various forms of antacid, smarmily sold by a smiling washed up quarterback who never warns you of the potential for a future misery... ...that is very, very real!
Doctors cite bogus reasons in an attempt to explain what appears to be a defective LES... it's either hereditary, a physiological fluke... or it's YOUR fault because you have gained weight, don't exercise, eat fatty foods, or eat too much at once.
Two things they never mention though, are the aforementioned and likely
- insufficient Stomach Acid... or the
- 40 or 50 other pharmaceuticals compromising an already distressed or abused LES ... things like
- blood pressure meds,
- NSAIDS (Aspirin etc), or
To understand why I think heartburn is caused by too little HCL/pepsin, let's state some reference facts and casual observations.
In order to find applicable references, one has to use animals, babies, or go back several decades before it was discovered that prescription antacids were such a "gold-mine." The thread is there.
1. Why does the LES easily open with only 5 mm Hg of pressure from above (swallowing) yet 80 mm Hg pressure from below WON'T force it open. It will; however, gently open to burp with a full stomach, yet slams closed at the first sign of acid (Dornhurst AC, 1954).
2. Doctors were surprised to discover that neither high nor low stomach acid determines whether or not one got heartburn. Shouldn't heartburn be pretty much associated with HIGH acid? I mean, after all, don't doctors prescribe antacids as a matter of course if you complain of heartburn (...and they rarely check acid levels).
3. In 1967, Lastaste and Conthier made the following observation concerning acid secretion and inhibiting reflux. "If acid/pepsin is required to activate the receptor, it would be expected that removal of the acid secreting portion of the stomach would cause a failure of sphincter inhibition and consequently reflux. This complication has been described. Again, if there is a loss of gastric acid production from atrophic gastritis, there is increased reflux." In this condition the pH may be greater than 5 instead of the normal less than 3 (Lastaste and Conthier, 1967).
4. When burping babies, mothers put the baby in a position so air pushes against the receptive area, not gastric fluid on the posterior wall of the fundus ~ so gastric fluid won't activate the inhibitory reflex. In other words the LES will close because of acid thus prohibiting the burp.
5. As early as the previous turn of the century W. B. Cannon did extensive research in animals that showed that changing from an alkaline to an acidic stomach caused the cardiac sphincter (same as LES) to rapidly slam closed ~ thus PROVING the acid~closure connection ( yeah -- I know... it's animals, but so what!) (Cannon, WB 1908).
6. In 1953 see what T. Collis had to say about HCL and the receptor that closes the sphincter. "To be sure, this important reflex is not the only one affecting the sphincter.
For example, it has been shown that acid stimulation of the esophageal mucosa causes increased basal production of HCl in the stomach. This seemingly paradoxical vicious circle may actually serve the organism by feeding back a signal that will stimulate the CD receptor and thus close the sphincter. ."
Think for a second, reader, with regard to the preceding citation. Mother Nature... or God, if you'd rather, designed a system ensuring that when acid hits the mucosal cells of the esophagus, it doesn't do what one might logically assume, that is to say, stimulate a reduction of acid...NO, Mother Nature makes even more acid, knowing that is the healthy and intelligent way to get the LES to close, thus avoiding heartburn while maintaining a healthful acidic stomach... so why would a doctor do the exact opposite of God by prescribing antacids"?
With all this in mind, here's how, I think, too LITTLE stomach acid can cause heartburn.
Let's assume we eat a big meal and have too little stomach acid, because of age, antacid abuse, carbonated drinks, et. al. Because of this condition, digestion is slow to take place, so the food backs up, plus the alkaline stomach, within minutes, causes gas to build up which also causes the sphincter to relax, allowing stomach contents to splash into the esophagus. This causes heartburn, even though we have low stomach acid ~ the little bit of acid that is there still burns... ...so we dutifully take our obligatory TUMS.
Then, a few minutes later, we are sure we've done the correct thing, because the burning goes away. Of course, by then, there is NO acid left to digest your food or kill harmful bacteria.If you have a big meal with plenty of stomach acid, digestion is speeded along, and the high acid condition causes the LES to stay tightly closed ~ no heartburn... not to mention good digestion and critter protection.
It is a very simple process to determine if Betain HCL/pepsin, supplemental capsules will help you:
- First big meal take one 250 mg HCL/pepsin ( only take with moderate to large meals that contain protein).
- If the meal contains fat you should also take an additional enzyme complex that contains lipase, etc. If you are really suffering from too much acid, this additional stomach acid (HCL) will cause your stomach to feel warm, indicating you don't need additional HCL.
- If you don't get a warm stomach then the next day try one HCL capsule right before the meal, then take one halfway through the meal ~ if no adverse response, then the next day go to three capsules... continue until your stomach gets warm... and then back off one.
- If you have ulcers...don't try this until you fix the ulcer. Most ulcers can be fixed in 6 to 8 weeks with the proper diet and supplementation... taking antacids; however, every day will likely NEVER fix the problem, even though it gives you the illusion it is.
Another situation: After quitting antacids and building up to two or three HCL caps per meal your digestion improves dramatically... but you still get some occasional heartburn. This indicates that even at the proper high acid level, your LES is still sluggish and not closing properly. This could be, as I believe, because you've been operating in an alkaline condition for so long and have taken so many TUMS that your LES has *forgotten* how to properly close.
In this situation, if you do the following, the condition will hopefully correct itself.
1. Take supplements:
a. Betain HCL/Pepsin (don't take if you ever have a black stool...might be a bleeding ulcer)b. Digestive enzymes ( some formulas contain HCL w. pepsin ). If you don't have a Gall Bladder -- take a formula with Ox Bile or bile salts.c. Probiotic (like acidophilus)-- I think the superior way to get probiotics is 1 or 2 cups of Kefir daily but for vegetarians I recommend a "Stabilized" broad spectrum Probiotic Complex.d. Quality multi-vitamin / mineral / trace minerals. Take something a notch or two above synthetic/inorganic Multi's like Centrum. I like Multi's where the majority of the minerals are Amino Acid Chelated, instead of the cheap inorganic crap like carbonate or oxide found in Theragram, Flintstones, et al. Get the trace mineral complex with 70+ elements, not just the handful that doctors say you need.e. Sublingual ( under the tongue ) , methylcobolamine B-12 (1000mcg) -- they also make a 5000mcg tablet, which I perfer.
f. MSM ~ A natural form of sulfur that aids digestion, joint pain and too many other things to mention (by the way, you are not allergic to "sulfur," only "sulfa" it is impossible to be allergic to sulfur. Be not fooled).g. 1 or 2 tablespoons fresh ground Flax Seed daily or 1 or 2 grams of Black Currant Oil..h. 2 to 6 grams of Hi-Potency fish oil or Krill Oil -- NO fish ( too much lead & mercury )
3. Lose 10 pounds.
4. Avoid high fat meals ~ fat stays in your stomach the longest.
5. Eat four to six small meals a day. Whey Protein Isolate Smoothies are great for 2 or 3 of those small meals.
6. Make last meal of the day very small and at least three hours before bed.
7. Chew food extra well -- this is where digestion begins.
8. Avoid sugar and refined flour.
9. Avoid Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil / Trans Fat (margarine, etc).
10. Avoid poly-unsat food oils to include Canola (only use olive or macadamia nut oil & unrefined, hexane free, Coconut oil ).
11. Avoid tap water & bottled water - use a top grade carbon filter or reverse osmosis (RO) & store water in glass, not plastic. The chlorine in tap water attacks the good "Bugs" in your gut and the Fluoride/Aluminum contributes to Thyroid disease, Heart disease, MS, et al. RO water removes 95% of the 70 to 80 trace minerals...so water should be re-mineralized with liquid trace mineral drops.
Worst situation: If you have a Hiatal Hernia ( Stomach lining is keeping the LES from closing ) try to do all of the previously suggested things... ...being particularly careful with the HCL/pepsin until you determine if it will make the burning worse. In rare situations, the hiatal hernia can correct itself, if you lose some weight and exercise moderately. But realistically, in order to have any real hope of these suggestions correcting the problem you probably need to start with the stomach lining not protruding up into the esophagus. The way to accomplish this is to have a chiropractor trained to perform the Hiatal Hernia(HH) Procedure where the Doctor pulls the stomach lining down out of the esophagus. This is generally a temporary fix that might only stay fixed for a month, a week, or only a few days... but if you are very aggressive with all of the previous suggestions you might get things under control without too many returns to the chiropractor to have the procedure repeated.
It's cheap - most chiropractors here in LA (Lower Alabama) charge $25.00 (which includes the whole spinal adjustment, not just the HH prcedure). If you've had a bad HH for a long time, your first HH manipulation will provide you with a serious, profound, and instantaneous relief ...trust me, you'll think you've seen God when he pops that lining down out of the esophagus!
You can try a variation of this HH procedure on your own (please start with a small distance above the ground)...with an empty stomach, drink about 1/2 quart or so of water...stand on something from about 6 inches up to a couple of feet (your age, weight, etc. will dictate how high) then jump off and land on your heels with your legs locked so gravity & inertia will sharply tug the lining down & hopefully out of the LES allowing it to close. This may or may not work, but it virtually always works when the doc does it by hand.
That's the long and the short of it. "Excess acid" is mostly an ~evil~ myth and the pharmaceuticals proffered to bring that condition under control are a dangerous and unhealthful fraud! These pharmaceuticals are needlessly expensive and unnecessary, only lead to subsequent facilitated diseases to *manage*... ...each with its own class of dangerous and unhealthful pharmaceuticals prescribed for it! The preceding, of course, only *manages* disease symptoms without *curing* the disease... ...once again... a refrain becoming increasingly more familiar...
Until next time, then. If you have any questions concerning this paper or info on the somewhat unusual chiropractic procedure for HH... then give me a call, or E-mail.
Alan Grahamalan068@centurytel.netPhone -- (334) 774 0395
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Platycodon grandiflorum A. DC (Campanulaceae) is used as a traditional oriental medicine and also as a food in Korea. And is the principal herb in Chinese medicine for diseases of the
- lungs and throat, and is commonly used for inflammatory conditions of the eyes, ears, and sinuses.
- The herb has a strong expectorant and antitussive effects and is included in many cough formulas.
- The active components of platycodon — saponins, sterols, and triterpenoids — reduce inflammation and thin the sputum.
- It helps to treat skin swellings, including abscesses in the lungs and intestines.
- It also aids to soothe sore throats and relieve hoarseness.
- Platycodon is commonly added to formulas to direct the actions of the other herbs to the upper body. Note: Saponins have been used in Medicine for: Hypercholestrolaemia, Hyperglycaemia, Antioxidant, Anti-cancer, Anti-inflammatory, Weight loss, Gentle blood cleanser
When asked about using the platycodon for allergies, here's what Dr. Wong had to say:
"These Platycodon Teapills also provide Allergy relief without the use of stimulants or depressants and without leaving you feeling hyped up or dopey. And may also help aid in liver function."
Monday, August 11, 2008
What are the benefits of Chia Seeds? www.goodcausewellness.com
High In Omega-3 Acids. Chia seed has higher levels of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) than flax seed. ALA is an essential acid because it is not produced by the body. In fact, chia seeds have the highest known whole-food source levels of Omega-3 acids, as measured by percent of weight.
Rich In Antioxidants.
Chia is a great natural source of antioxidants, including chlorogenic acid, caffeic acid, myricetin, quercetin and flavonols.
Full of Important Nutrients. Chia is an excellent source of calcium, phosphorus, manganese, potassium, iron, zinc and copper.
Chia contains six times more iron than spinach.
Low In Sodium and Cholesterol-Free. Chia contains less than half the sodium of flax seed, per serving. This is important to those with high blood pressure and concerned about sodium intake. As a plant-based source of Omega-3, Chia is cholesterol-free.
Promotes Hydration.Chia soaks up water and this promotes hydration and electrolytes retention.
Helps in Weight Loss. Chia is very filling. As more Chia is eaten, there's less room for fattening foods.
Builds Endurance.The Mayan word for Chia is “strength.” Chia builds stamina and endurance because it steadily releases slow-burning glucose into the bloodstream
Gluten-Free.The protein in chia seed is gluten free.
Stays Fresh.Unlike flax seed, chia seed stays fresh for extended periods of time.
******************************************From Healthy Holistic Living Read full article:
Did you know that Chia Seeds are
16 percent protein, 31 percent fat, and 44 percent carbohydrate of which 38 percent is fiber?
Chia Seeds have twice the protein of any other seed or grain, five times the calcium of milk, two times the amount of potassium in bananas, three times the antioxidant strength of blueberries and three times more iron than spinach.
They also have boron, which is a trace mineral that helps transfer calcium into your bones, omega 3 and omega 6 which are essential oils for the body.
"If you mix a spoonful of Chia Seeds in a glass of water and leave it for approximately 30 minutes or so, when you return the glass will appear to contain not seeds or water, but an almost solid gelatin. This gel-forming reaction is due to the soluble fiber in the Chia."
The soluble fiber in the gel forms a wall between carbohydrates and the body, releasing them slowly into the body, thus slowing down the conversion of carbohydrates to sugar. Chia Seeds are an exceptional food for Diabetics as it helps stabilize blood sugar and regulate the body's absorption of fluids, i.e. electrolyte balance, more efficiently.
Dieters love the Chia Seeds because they can be added to any food or drink in a ratio of 75% to the volume of food or drink and will not change the taste. And, because the carbohydrates are released slowly, you will get the feeling of being full. Many use the seeds as a way to control their appetites.
"In addition to the obvious benefits for diabetics, this slowing in the conversion of carbohydrates into sugar offers the ability for creating endurance. Carbohydrates are the fuel for energy in our bodies. Prolonging their conversion into sugar stabilizes metabolic changes, diminishing the surges of highs and lows creating a longer duration in their fueling effects.""As a source of protein, the Chia, after ingestion, is digested and absorbed very easily. This results in rapid transport to the tissue and utilization by the cells. This efficient assimilation makes the Chia very effective when rapid development of tissue takes place, primarily during growth periods if children and adolescents. Also for the growth and regeneration of tissue during pregnancy and lactation, and this would also include regeneration of muscle tissue for conditioning, athletes, weight lifters, etc."
Chia Seeds are also excellent as a digestive aid.Consuming 2-3 tablespoons of Chia gel with each meal will provide for better assimilation of food, increase your nutrient absorption and encourage better elimination. It will also prevent indigestion and heartburn.
"Touted as being the new "superfood", Chia Seeds are high in easily digestible protein, essential fatty acids, vitamins, soluble fiber, antioxidants, minerals, and are a digestive, disinfectant, febrifuge and ophthalmic. They are currently being used for their nutritional and medicinal properties, to provide endurance for athletes, for suppressing the appetite, weight loss, for leveling blood sugar, and for aiding intestinal regularity. The list of nutritional benefits of Chia Seeds goes on and on. One thing is clear adding Chia Seeds to your diet is a great way to supplement a healthy diet and healthy living plan."
How to Eat Chia Seeds
You can eat chia seeds in a variety of ways.
you can eat them straight from the bag,
- mix them with cereal, yogurt, salad, or pretty much any other food because they don't really have a taste, or
- mix them with water and drink them.
My Japanese neighbor drinks green matcha tea every day.
She runs around like a 30-year-old, even though she's in
her 70s. I'm watching her mow her lawn as I e-mail
you! What the heck is she drinking?! Does it have more
health benefits than regular green tea?
Matcha has a little caffeine but the stimulating effect is counteracted this relaxing ingredient, “theanine.” Tea contains antioxidants which are substances that neutralize bad guys in your body. One of these powerful antioxidants is called EGCG. English teachers, put this on your next spelling bee: Epigallocatechin gallate. One cup of matcha contains about as much antioxidant power as 8-10 cups of regular green tea!
Studies can’t agree on this, but drinking too much green or black tea may form kidney stones because of the “oxalates.” Adding calcium-rich almond milk might minimize the risk. If you’re prone to stones, tea is not your worst offender, spinach is. It’s so loaded with oxalates that it clogs up processing equipment!
Anyway, matcha has been researched and it embarrasses vitamins C and E because its antioxidant levels of EGCG are 25 -100 times more potent than C and E.
The Japanese drink a lot of matcha. No wonder they have the third-highest life expectancy in the world! The United States slides in at a whopping #29. Super-size that.
In order to brew matcha, a very small teaspoon of the powder is put into a bowl, hot water is added and the ‘soup’ is whisked vigorously. When the liquor reaches a froth then it should be drunk more or less immediately.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Toronto's department of public health has advised teenagers and young children to limit their use of cell phones, in order to avoid potential health risks. The advisory is the first of its kind in Canada.
Officials have warned that because of possible side effects from radio frequency radiation, children under eight should only use a cell phone in emergencies, and teenagers should limit calls to less than 10 minutes.
For many years, most government health agencies were dismissive of any risk. But with more studies, a pattern is emerging that suggests people who have used their cell phones for a long period of time are at greater risk of certain kinds of brain tumors.
Dr. Mercola's Comments:
Sooner or later, the ramifications of our errors become self evident, just like the true dangers of smoking could not be ignored past a certain point.
The truth is, we are on the verge of a brain cancer epidemic. It could grow to 500,000 cases worldwide as soon as 2010, and there may be over a million cases in the U.S. alone by 2015.
Even if you manage to avoid brain cancer, there are risks ranging from headaches and dizziness to Alzheimer’s disease to impotence.
The Pattern is Emerging – Pay Attention!
In addition to the Toronto Department of Health advisory, the U.K., Belgium, Germany, France and Russia have already introduced precautionary policies regarding cell phone usage due to potential health risks.
For example, one Swedish review of 11 studies found that using your cell phone for 10 years or longer will double your risk of getting a tumor on a nerve connecting your ear to your brain (acoustic neuroma).
Health Problems Bound to Erupt Due to Radio Wave Saturation
Information-carrying radio waves have increased dramatically and exponentially over the last few years. Just think: it took 20 years for the first 1 billion cell phones to be sold -- a milestone reached in 2004. The next billion took just 18 months.
Add to that all the wireless networks that are now becoming standard, exposing you to massive amounts of radio waves whether you actually use wireless or not.
The modulated signals that are carried ON the carrier microwave, and
The carrier wave itself
The modulated information-carrying radio waves resonate in biological frequencies of a few to a few hundred cycles per second, and can stimulate your vibrational cellular receptors, causing a whole cascade of pathological consequences that can culminate in fatigue, anxiety, and ultimately cancers.
And the carrier wave has been found to create damage NOT related to thermal heat damage, which the industry has long argued is the only possible cause of biological harm (i.e. “radio waves do not create enough thermal heat to pose a risk to biological tissue.”) Therefore, simply lowering the SAR rating on cell phones -- which determines how much radiation your body absorbs -- or making sure your phone is within legal SAR limits, has virtually nothing to do with guaranteeing your safety.
Your cells will interpret even a minute amount of cell phone radiation as a threat, and will shut down many vital processes. This is a response intended to protect them, but when you talk on a cell phone, it lasts for far longer than your body can handle.
A lot of the damage is caused by the disruption of microtubular connections that allow biophotons to communicate between cells, which decreases intracellular communication. Increased deposits of heavy metals also begin to accumulate in your cells, which increases intracelluar production of free radicals, and can radically decrease cellular production of energy, thus making you incredibly fatigued.
Once your body’s microtubular communication system is damaged, it is very easy to develop all sorts of pathologies related to disrupted intracellular antioxidant systems and heavy metal toxicities.
Studies confirming health risks associated with cell phone use, released by participating countries, include:
Israel – Released December 6, 2007 that regular users, as well as heavy users in rural areas showed increased risk of parotid gland tumors, due to higher levels of exposure.
Sweden – The Swedish study found a "consistent pattern of increased risk for glioma and acoustic neuroma after ten years
Finland -- The Finnish group reported an elevated risk for brain tumors and acoustic neuroma among long-term cell-phone users.
Protect Yourself from the Invisible Danger of EMR
Of course, the only real solution is to move our culture away from wireless back to more wired. As for myself, I completely renovated my new home prior to moving in earlier this year, and part of the project was to put in wired CAT-5 cables so I have no wireless connections at all. We have also recently moved into a brand new 25,000 square foot office building where we have no wireless anywhere in the building.
I’ve also learned that most portable home phones are a major source of these information carrying radio waves.
The only exception would be the much older, essentially antiquated 900 MHz portable phones. Fortunately they are still readily available online. One of the major differences is that they are only on when in use. The other higher MHz phones are on continuously, bombarding your cells with tissue damaging radiation even when you’re not using them. If you do choose to use a cell phone,
· use the speakerphone function whenever possible
· keep the phone about two feet away from any body part.
· Do not keep the phone on your belt or in your pocket even when you’re not using it, as the radiation WILL penetrate your body wherever the phone is attached.
· Instead, stow it away in a purse, backpack, or your car’s glove compartment.
· For times when a speakerphone isn’t practical, use an air-tube headset, rather than a wireless Bluetooth.
A strong signal is indicated by a full set of "bars" showing on your cell phone display. Fewer bars mean a weaker signal.
As in the Israeli study mentioned above, frequent use of your cell phone when you have a weak signal carries greater risk as the amount of radiation produced by your phone is higher, which increases your exposure.
The exception to that rule is if you live in a rural area where the nearest tower is some distance away, in which case you’re constantly exposed to greater amounts of radiation from your cell phone than city and urban users and would be best advised to use a landline whenever feasible.
Friday, August 8, 2008
About the authorSherry Baker is a widely published writer whose work has appeared in Newsweek, Health, the Atlanta Journal and Constitution, Yoga Journal, Optometry, Atlanta, Arthritis Today, Natural Healing Newsletter, OMNI, UCLA's "Healthy Years" newsletter, Mount Sinai School of Medicine's "Focus on Health Aging" newsletter, the Cleveland Clinic's "Men's Health Advisor" newsletter and many others.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
The effects of aloe are gradual, gentle and without irritation or harmful side effects for most people. Our high-quality aloe vera flakes deliver these benefits better than aloe vera juice.
Balances Blood Glucose LevelsNumerous clinical research studies report the beneficial antidiabetic effects of aloe vera. It normalizes blood sugar levels and helps stimulate the body’s own antioxidant defenses.
According to the Clinicians Handbook of Natural Healing, aloe vera provides a natural hypoglycemic effect for about 24 hours.
Soothes the Digestive Tract
Aloe vera juice has natural detoxifying powers. Many users report aloe vera has a positive effect on digestive tract problems like Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), ulcerative colitis, peptic ulcers, diverticulitis and Crohn's disease. Aloe vera helps break down impacted matter and bring relief from the build up of toxins in the digestive system.
A recent study in Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics confirms that aloe vera relieves the symptoms of ulcerative colitis.
Extends Antioxidant Levels
Aloe vera improves the bioavailability of powerful antioxidants Vitamin C and E by as much as 200 percent, according to research. It also extends the absorption of these vitamins by two to four hours, which prolongs their antioxidant benefits.
Strengthens the Immune System
Aloe vera contains important phytochemicals that may help prevent many diseases.
Cinnamic Acid has anti-fungal and parasite-fighting abilities. Lupeol helps fight inflammation and is an anti-arthritic compound. Salicylic Acid has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Mannose is an anti-inflammatory and has hypoglycemic qualities. Phenolis a natural anaesthetic. Acemannan, a polysaccharide, has antiviral, antiparasitic and antifungal properties. It is believed to boost T-lymphocyte cells that aid the immune system.
The combination of these phytochemicals gives aloe vera the natural ability to attack, reduce, control and eliminate internal and external infections.
Improves Cardiovascular Health
Aloe vera improves your body’s ability to carry oxygen. So, it is delivered more efficiently to vital organs. Aloe vera is also believed to reduce oxidative stress, which is a significant contributor to cardiovascular disease.
I use aloe vera flakes from Good Cause Wellness - easy to add to a smoothie.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
It is estimated that 3,000 of the hundreds of thousands of proteins in the human body contain zinc..... Zinc ions are now considered neurotransmitters. Cells in the salivary gland, prostate, immune system and intestine are other types of tissues that highly need zinc.
The below information is from MineralsInc.com. Read the full text with references at: MineralsInc.com
Role of Zinc in Human Nutrition
- Zinc is involved in well over one hundred metabolic process and body functions,
Normal growth and development
Maintaining healthy skin and bones
Essential in various metabolic processes
Healing and immune functions
Physiologically, zinc is vital for
- growth and developments,
- sexual maturation and reproduction,
- dark vision adaptation,
- olfactory and gustatory activity,
- insulin storage and release and for a variety of host immune defenses, among other things.
Zinc deficiency can result in growth retardation, immune dysfunction, increased incidence of infections, hypogonadism, oligospermia, anorexia, diarrhea, weight loss, delayed wound healing, neural tube defects of the fetus, increased risk for abortion, alopecia, mental lethargy and skin changes.
Zinc may have immunomodulatory activity. It may also have antioxidant activity. Zinc has putative antiviral, fertility- enhancing and retinoprotective activities.
Effects of Zinc Deficiency
Even borderline zinc deficiency or disturbances in zinc metabolism can have profound adverse health effects.
Those at greatest risk of such deficiencies and disturbances include infants, children, the elderly and pregnant women.
Due to conditions that can limit the bioavailability of zinc, even when there is adequate zinc intake, zinc deficiency may affect still larger population.
Among diseases and conditions associated with zinc deficiency are
- malabsorption syndromes,
- acrodermatitis enteropathica,
- anorexia nervosa,
- thermal burns and
- total parenteral nutrition without zinc supplementation.
Zinc Supplementation as Zinc Citrate
Supplemental zinc may be helpful in some of the foregoing, in some conditions of immune impairment, in some complications of pregnancy, in the prevention of some cases of fetal neural tube defects, diarrhea, oligospermia, delayed wound healing and some cognitive disorders. It may also help against some inflammatory disorders.
Zinc is essential for proper formation and maturation of spermatozoa. There is some evidence that zinc can promote and accelerate wound healing in some circumstances. Zinc is also very important to the newborn when breast milk may be its only source of Zinc.
Zinc Citrate represents a totally reacted and nutritionally functional Chelate of Zinc and the naturally occurring citrate in the human body.
Zinc citrate caters to the need of "optimal mineral nutrition" with respect to zinc by delivering it in a more bio-available, energy rich, tolerant and safe form.
When asked his opinion, here's what Dr. Wong had to say about Zinc Citrate:
"This warrants repeating: 'Zinc is the most essential mineral for sexual function' and Zinc Citrate is the best absorbed zinc! Why? Because most zinc supplements are very, very poorly absorbed. The oxides are mostly excreted. Those Zincs that are chelated to amino acids need to further bond to a lipid (fat) to be transported across the intestinal wall. Zincs that are chelated to sugars (gluconates) don’t get in well either. But, anything bonded to anything in the Vit. C family such as citric acid, Vit. C, ascorbates, etc. are taken in instantly and almost completely! That is why, despite all the sales hype to the contrary, calcium citrate, magnesium citrate and zinc citrate are the best absorbed minerals of their kind."
Sunday, August 3, 2008
Pure Progesterone for Men and Women
Progesterone, a hormone derived primarily from the ovaries in women and from the adrenal gland and the testes in men.
Karuna Natural Progesterone Cream is a hypoallergenic formula free from all synthetic fragrances, emulsifiers, emollients, fillers, alcohol, and preservatives.
Benefits of Karuna Progesterone Pure:
Progesterone Pure is a pure, hypoallergenic formula free from all synthetic fragrances, emulsifiers, emollients, fillers, alcohol and preservatives.
Karuna Progesterone Pure is free of alcohol, parabens and urea. Each 2 oz. tube is standardized, quality-controlled and safety-sealed to prevent oxidation and bacterial contamination.
Each 2 oz. tube contains natural progesterone USP (30 mg per ¼ tsp.), which applies easily and absorbs rapidly into the skin, leaving no sticky or oily residue.
Each tube is accompanied by an educational brochure that contains complete dosing instructions and other valuable information.
Studies have shown that natural progesterone may provide many benefits.
- protection against fibrocystic breasts and breast cancer,
- protection against osteoporosis,
- maintaining the sex drive and
- normalizing blood sugar levels.
Research has also indicated the importance of progesterone to the central nervous system (the brain and spinal chord) –
finding levels of progesterone to be 20 times higher in brain cells than in the blood.
Therefore it has been studied in benefiting brain injuries and preventing migraine headaches. Progesterone has long been studied for its calming almost sedating effect.
Proper levels have been linked to sleeping well and maintaining a sense of calm.
Being a small, fat-soluble molecule, natural progesterone is easily absorbed through the skin.
For general application, skin sites recommended include
- the inner areas of the thighs and
- upper chest and
The site should be rotated daily for maximum absorption. Allow 2-3 months for maximum effect.
Dr. Wong's suggested places of application are:
"Personally, I recommend applying the natural progesterone cream to the sites with the largest number of progesterone receptors (ie: the genitalia such as breasts and labia in women and the testicles in men). And, for women who have migraine headaches, especially those occurring before or during the estrogen-rich menstrual cycle, a dose can be applied to the forehead and this usually relieves the headache in less than 30 minutes."
Progesterone may play a critical role in men’s health: opposing the effects of naturally-produced and environmental estrogens on tissues such as the prostate and contributing to healthy endocrine system balance without feminizing characteristics. A precursor to testosterone and adrenal cortical hormone, progesterone supports healthy bone density and may be important in connection with BPH, prostatism and prostate cancer.
Use of progesterone cream keeps testosterone from converting into estrogen or DHT. This is especially important in those men on testosterone replacement therapy or who are doing any kind of testosterone building natural therapies.
Progesterone is one of the two main female hormones and is produced in the ovaries. In the female body, progesterone is made from cholesterol and is essential for proper uterine and breast development. It also plays a key role in the stress response, maintaining sugar and electrolyte balances and blood pressure regulation.
As women age and go through menopause, their production of progesterone decreases, resulting in what many deem a progesterone ‘deficiency’.
- This decrease has been linked to the common side effects associated with menopause and other conditions:
- hot flashes,
- night sweats,
- mood swings.
- a woman’s loss of interest in sex,
- dry and wrinkly skin,
- water retention
For fighting menopause symptoms, estrogen dominance, depression, migraines, PMS, and all of the women’s fibrosis diseases (fibrocystic breast disease, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, uterine fibroids). Progesterone, not only, is the antagonist to estrogen but also acts as an aromatase inhibitor protecting against having too much estrogen made by the body.
Pre-menopausal women generally use one application a day between day 7 to 27 if they ovulate early or day 12 to 27 if they ovulate late.
Post menopausal gals can use one application daily 25 days on and 5 days off.
While most progesterone creams contain soy, herbs and other possibly estrogenic substances that could undo progesterone's effects the Karuna brand is pure pharmaceutical (USP) grade progesterone with minimal additives.
Suggested Use: Follow Label Directions and Dr. Wong's recommendations for Points of Application.