Natural solutions for thyroid dysfunction

June 22, 2014 by  
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Natural Thyroid Dysfunction Solutions(NaturalHealth365) It may be small, but it’s mighty powerful. The thyroid, a 5-ounce, butterfly-shaped gland in the neck, exerts a massive influence over our physical, mental and emotional well-being.

With thyroid hormones dictating tasks to every cell in the body – and specifying exactly how much energy to generate – it’s not surprising that natural health expert Dr. Moshe Dekel likens this tiny gland to a thermostat, and declares “there is no health without the thyroid.”

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The human body is truly a work of art – especially the interconnectedness of the endocrine system. The thyroid gland is part of the endocrine system, which also includes the adrenal glands, ovaries, testicles, and the pituitary gland, which Dr. Dekel terms the “conductor.” In addition, the hypothalamus functions as a “supercomputer,” sending information to the pituitary gland, which sends out hormones in response.

Thyroid stimulating hormone fuels our energy level

The pituitary gland can sense the presence of too little thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), or too much, and automatically corrects it – something that occurs beyond our conscious control. As long as the thyroid is healthy, the system works flawlessly.

Dr. Dekel notes that a healthy thyroid produces roughly 80 percent T4 and 20 percent T3, two different thyroid hormones essential to proper functioning. However, only the T3 is “active” and ready to be used by the body. T4, a precursor, must be converted in the liver and kidneys to T3 before it can be utilized – a process that requires adequate amounts of the essential minerals zinc and selenium.

Environmental pollutants interfere with healthy thyroid function

Thyroid problems begin when conversion of T4 to T3 is impeded. Noting that we are exposed to 100,000 chemicals on a daily basis, Dr. Dekel adds that many are “thyroid toxic” – leading to blocked receptor sites, cell dysfunction and poor energy generation.

With pollutants impairing the conversion of T4 to T3, it is possible for patients to have “good” blood test results — showing adequate levels of thyroid hormones — yet still suffer from an underactive thyroid.

Thyroid dysfunction has reached epidemic proportions

Many health experts agree – the vast majority of the American population suffer with some degree of thyroid dysfunction. Symptoms of a poorly-functioning thyroid include fatigue, “brain fog” -memory loss, confusion and impaired concentration – constipation, and hair loss, particularly in the outer third of the eyebrows.

Sensitivity to cold and lowered morning body temperatures are also red flags; Dekel said morning temperatures as low as 95.5 degrees Fahrenheit can occur in thyroid patients – a situation which limits function, as body enzymes work most effectively at 98.6 degrees.

Can chronic stress cause thyroid dysfunction?

Yes! Living under a constant barrage of stress is a primary cause of thyroid and other health problems, declares Dr. Dekel, who estimates that 80 percent of our physical manifestations arise from negative emotions. Exercise, detoxification, proper diet, healthy lifestyle – if stress continues, all are in vain.

Therefore, the need to de-stress is paramount, says Dr. Dekel. “Take 45 minutes a day to do something just for you,” he advises. “Let go of things you can’t control…treat your body with respect.”

Homeopathy can be used to improve thyroid function

To address issues of fear, anxiety and guilt that affect the thyroid, Dr. Dekel uses homeopathy – which he says can achieve dramatic results within an hour. He stresses that the confidence of the doctor can transfer to the patient and “literally help heal,” and emphasizes the importance of finding a knowledgeable and trustworthy practitioner who can address the emotional issues behind thyroid dysfunction.

Rather than relying on blood test results and medications, doctors should instead look at what is wrong with the patient’s emotional foundations, Dr. Dekel asserts. Other techniques may be used for thyroid patients including emotional repolarization, kinesiology and muscle testing.

Supplements used to normalize thyroid and adrenal function

Adaptogenic herbs – which help the body deal with stress – can help improve thyroid function, says Dr. Dekel, who favors ashwagandha, ginseng and rhodiola (to name just a few). Iodine, obtained from sea vegetables, can also support healthy thyroid function.

Naturally, if it’s not possible to obtain high-quality seaweed salad or sea vegetables, iodine supplements are an acceptable alternative. Keep in mind, iodine can help combat the toxic effects of halogens such as fluoride, chlorine and bromide.

In terms of additional supplements, one must consider the value of vitamin C and A; plus essential trace minerals like, selenium and zinc.

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6 ways to naturally eliminate migraines

June 9, 2014 by  
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Natural Migraine Relief(NaturalHealth365) Migraine headaches are the second most common type of primary headache after tension headaches. And, just to be clear, a ‘primary’ headache is a headache that is not caused by another disease or condition.

Along with debilitating pain, migraines can generate blurred vision, dizziness, nausea, and sensitivity to light and sound. Often without much warning, migraines can happen once a year, monthly, or several times a week. And, unfortunately, migraines can either occur with an aura – which is known as the classic migraine – or without an aura, which is called a common migraine.

What can trigger a migraine?

The possible migraine triggers not only vary from one individual to another, but encompass a whole range of common substances. This can include hormonal imbalances, synthetic fragrance, processed cereals (or other ‘junk’ foods) and skipping meals. A simple drop in blood sugar can cause all kinds of health issues including head pain.

The list of possible triggers is so long – it often appears impossible to eliminate the so-called causes. In the food category alone the list is extensive and includes ripened and aged cheese, poor-quality chocolate, citrus fruits, conventionally-raised (processed) meat with nitrites such as hot dogs, MSG, caffeinated beverages and alcohol.

Food additive such as nitrites, sulfites, and aspartame can be the culprit behind a migraine. Studies show a large percentage of migraine sufferers point to specific foods as the trigger.

Non-food triggers include changes in the atmosphere such as drops in barometric pressure, high temperatures and bright, fluorescent lights. Many women get migraines monthly due to hormone fluctuations or the use of birth control pills.

However, one of the most common migraine triggers seems to be chronic stress. It is a known fact that anxiety, worry, depression and moods changes can all release specific brain chemicals – which can trigger a migraine.

Sadly, conventional medicine promotes the use of analgesic migraine medications – including both prescription pain relievers and over-the-counter drugs – which produce ‘rebound’ headaches. The point here is simple – no pill will solve the problem of head pain.

A better way toward migraine relief

Even with numerous drugs, lifestyle techniques, and surgical options available to treat and prevent the onset of a migraine – finding the right combination of therapies to manage migraines can be difficult. Fortunately, there is growing scientific evidence to suggest that natural means are just as effective as prescription medication and, many times, even more effective.

Biofeedback: Most studies on biofeedback show that it can reduce the frequency and duration of headaches. The effects of biofeedback appear to be comparable to many drugs used for chronic headaches, and can be recommended as early treatment for recurrent migraines.

Acupuncture: Albrecht Molsberger, MD, a medical acupuncture said it is at least as effective as blood pressure medication such as, beta-blockers – most often used for migraine prevention. The American Headache Society has recommended acupuncture for migraines.

Acupuncture helps the natural energy flow and is thought to correct an energy disruption which leads to a migraine.

Melatonin: Two-thirds of study participants who took melatonin before going to bed every night for 3 months said the number of migraines they experienced dropped by 50%.

Magnesium: Studies have shown that migraine sufferers have low brain magnesium during migraine attacks and may also suffer from a magnesium deficiency. It is thought magnesium deficiency may play a particularly important role in menstrual migraine.

Diet: It pays to avoid headache-inducing substances, including nitrites in processed meats, sugar, processed foods, chocolate, nuts aged cheese, aspartame and monosodium glutamate (MSG) used in foods as a flavor enhancer.

Even though food may not be the underlying cause of a migraine, a poor diet may contribute to the problem by depleting vitamins and minerals – which help to ward off an attack.

Upper cervical chiropractic treatment: The most recent research is showing that the most plausible cause of migraine headaches resides in the autonomic nervous system. The swelling of the blood vessels in the brain and the drop in neurotransmitters are secondary and mainly occur in response to the changes in the autonomic nervous system.

Emotional stress is a well known trigger for migraine. Japanese researchers have found that people living in fast-paced business centers in Tokyo tend to have an imbalance in the autonomic nervous system – specifically, an inhibition of the parasympathetic system that is active during relaxation, and an excitation of the sympathetic nervous system, which governs our response to stress.

The major finding of a recent study is that migraine is a disorder of chronic sympathetic dysfunction. Many times the top vertebra in the spine known as the atlas can be jarred from its normal position.

The atlas is the only vertebra in the entire spine not connected by discs to the vertebra below it and the atlas is the only vertebra that can induce increased pressure on the spinal cord.

Right above the atlas sits the brain stem and a misalignment in the upper cervical spine can affect the functionality of the brain stem, which in turn can cause migraine headaches.

The goal of the upper cervical treatment is to correct the misalignment consequently addressing the real cause of the migraine instead of just the symptoms. There are many case studies, which show a positive response using upper cervical chiropractic adjustments to treat migraines.

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References:
http://www.healthline.com/health/migraine-causes
http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/466937_7
http://www.holistichelp.net/migraine-headache.html
http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20306955_2,00.html

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Natural remedies for an enlarged prostate

May 25, 2014 by  
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Enlarged Prostate Solutions(NaturalHealth365) Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), a noncancerous enlargement of the prostate gland, is so common as to be almost an official rite of passage for men moving into their ‘golden years’. By age 55, roughly a quarter of all men are affected. After that, the odds begin to soar; of men who make it to age 80, ninety percent show signs of this condition.

Symptoms of BPH include difficulty in urinating, diminished urine stream, frequent urination at night and an uncomfortable feeling of fullness in the bladder even after urination has occurred; the condition can also cause bladder stones. Mild symptoms may not require treatment, but do be sure to visit your doctor to rule out serious diseases such as prostate cancer.

Is surgery the only option?

If symptoms are severe, a doctor may recommend surgery to remove part of the prostate gland. Conventional medical doctors may also advise prescription drugs, including tamsulosin – sold under the brand name Flomax – and finasteride, or Proscar; these come with a constellation of side effects that may include decreased sex drive, painful erections, impotence, severe dizziness and fainting.

Are there any natural solutions for an enlarged prostate?

Many men report relief with natural herbal remedies that cause virtually no side effects; a substantial amount of research supports the efficacy of these treatments. In fact, natural remedies such as saw palmetto are so medically accepted in Europe that it is the use of prescription drugs that is considered an “alternative” method – a complete reversal of the situation in the United States.

Although they may not work for everyone, these beneficial herbs are certainly worth a try. Of course, you should first discuss their use with a trusted doctor, who can help you determine the proper dosage.

Saw palmetto proven to be just as effective as Proscar

Extracts from the berries of the saw palmetto, a fan-shaped plant native to North America, are probably the gold standard of herbal BPH treatments. Scientifically known as Serenoa repens and Sabal serrulata, the saw palmetto features berries that are high in fatty acids, flavonoids, polysaccharides and plant sterols – particularly beta-sitosterol, a natural anti-inflammatory agent. The therapeutic effects of saw palmetto berries were first realized by Native Americans, who used them to treat male urinary tract problems.

Unlike prescription medications, saw palmetto won’t change prostate-specific androgen levels in the body. This is a plus, as PSA levels are a valuable diagnostic tool for prostate cancer; lowering them can conceal the presence of the disease, causing delays in diagnosis and treatment.

In a double-blind study published in 1996 in Prostate, over a thousand men diagnosed with BPH were given either saw palmetto or Proscar for six months. By using the International Prostate Symptom Score – as well as measuring peak urinary flow rate – researchers concluded that saw palmetto was as effective as Proscar in reducing symptoms.

In a year-long double-blind study published in 2002 in European Urology, saw palmetto extracts performed as well as the prescription drug tamsulosin in reducing BPH symptoms, and caused fewer side effects.

Nettle root provides significant relief for enlarged prostate issues

Stinging nettle, scientifically known as Urtica dioica, grows wild in the United States, where it can annoy hikers by causing painful – but harmless – burning sensations on contact with skin. Nettle root extracts – the sting has been removed, of course – are widely used in Europe to treat BPH; as with saw palmetto, research supporting its effectiveness exists.

Like saw palmetto, nettle root is rich in fatty acids and plant sterols. Scopoletin – a type of coumarin, or natural blood thinning substance – is found in nettle root as well, along with beneficial triterpenes, choline and serotonin.

In a six-month double-blind trial published in 2005 in Journal of Herbal Pharmacotherapy, researchers found that nettle root extracts worked better than placebo to relieve BPH symptoms, including improving urinary flow rate and postvoid residual urine volume. They concluded that nettle extracts were “beneficial” in the treatment of BPH, but called for further confirmatory research.

Pygeum combats BPH on multiple levels

The bark from the pygeum tree, scientifically known as Pygeum africanum and also called the African plum tree, is an extremely promising herbal treatment for BPH. Researchers think it works on BPH by way of three different mechanisms: reducing inflammation in the prostate, suppressing prostate growth factors, and reducing prolactin levels, thereby decreasing the prostate’s uptake of testosterone.

As long as a quarter century ago, research was supporting the therapeutic properties of pygeum. In a large double-blind, multi-center study published in 1990 in the German medical journal Wien Klin Wochenschr, pygeum significantly improved residual urine volume, urinary flow rate, voided volume and nighttime urination. It also increased bladder elasticity and improved prostatic secretions. Like saw palmetto and nettle root, pygeum is rich in beta-sitosterol.

Grass pollen may alleviate BPH symptoms and shrink prostate

Finally, grass pollen is worth a mention as well. According to Langone NYU Medical Center, a combination of rye, timothy and corn pollen extracts have been shown to significantly improve prostate symptoms and reduce prostate size, possibly eliminating the need for surgery. In fact, in one study, grass pollen worked better than pygeum; more research is needed.

Scientists aren’t sure how grass pollen works to reduce BPH symptoms, but theorize that it may suppress the production of inflammatory substances such as prostaglandins and leukotrienes. And, even if you are allergic to grass pollen, you should still be able to use grass pollen products designed to treat BPH, as these have had their allergenic components removed.

Virtually free of serious side effects, these natural remedies may function as a safe, inexpensive and effective way to treat the discomfort and inconvenience of BPH. One, or more, could very well work for you.

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References:
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Natural relief for the symptoms of vertigo

May 18, 2014 by  
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Natural Vertigo Relief(NaturalHealth365) Vertigo is a feeling of dizziness, a spinning or whirling sensation, and an overall out of balance sensation. These symptoms can be present even when perfectly still.

Movements such as rolling over in bed, looking up, or just moving your head can escalate or worsen the symptoms. In addition, basic head movements such as looking up or to the side can trigger an attack. And, with most health experts expecting fall-related injuries to reach $54.9 billion, in annual healthcare costs, by the year 2020 – this is a serious problem.

What exactly causes vertigo?

There are a number of different causes of vertigo including food allergies to EMF pollution. Vertigo can be defined based upon whether the cause is peripheral or central. Central causes of vertigo arise in the brain or spinal cord while peripheral vertigo is due to a problem within the inner ear.

A closer look at peripheral vertigo

It is estimated that 85% of patients with vertigo have peripheral vertigo, with either part of the inner ear that controls balance or with the vestibular nerve, which connects the inner ear to the brainstem. The other 15% comes from a central nervous system disorder.

The inner ear can become inflamed because of illness, or small crystals found normally within the inner ear – which become displaced and cause irritation to the small hair cells within the semicircular canals, leading to vertigo. This is known as benign paroxysmal positional vertigo.

Since the inner ear controls balance, it has been found that certain head movement exercises may dislodge the crystals in the ear and stop the dizziness.

Sometimes the maneuver can move the debris from one inner ear canal to another. This can cause a different kind of vertigo. Because of the caveats it is best to learn the movements from an experienced healthcare provider.

What is ‘central’ vertigo?

Central vertigo is usually a result of an abnormal processing of the vestibular sensory input by the central nervous system. This condition is due to a problem in the brain – usually in the brainstem or the back part of the brain (cerebellum).

Conventionally speaking, a wide variety of medications are used to treat both types of vertigo and the frequently concurrent nausea. These drugs include a combination of acetylcholine, dopamine and histamine receptor antagonism.

But, let’s be honest, pharmaceutical treatments never address the cause or offer any long-term solution.

Western medicine views Meniere’s disease as ‘incurable’

According to the Committee on Hearing and Equilibrium of the American Academy of Otolaryngology, Meniere’s disease is a chronic, incurable vestibular (inner ear) disorder. Vertigo, associated with Meniere’s disease, is thought to be caused by a fluid buildup in the inner ear. Those that experience this condition may have dizziness, fluctuating hearing loss, ringing in the ear (tinnitus) and a feeling of pressure in the ear.

Some people may be able to have fewer attacks by: eating a low-salt diet, using diuretics to get rid of the extra fluid, exercising to improve balance and avoiding caffeine, alcohol, tobacco and stressful situations.

In some cases, a physician may suggest surgery to relieve the symptoms of Ménière’s disease. But surgery can damage your hearing, so it is usually used only after other treatments have not worked.

Is there a safer way to treat vertigo?

Getting to the root cause of the symptoms is the only way to find relief. Find out why the body is reacting in a certain way and you now have a reversible condition.

The value of upper cervical treatment

Disequilibrium is usually cervical in origin. It has been shown in several studies that the cervical spine plays a very strong role in the body’s regulation of equilibrium.

The top third of your spine, located in the neck, is called the cervical spine, your atlas, or C1 vertebra, is located at the very top of the cervical spine. Pressure on the brainstem can result from an atlas misalignment.

The combination of undue stress on the nervous system and reduced blood flow to the brain can create a host of symptoms with dizziness and vertigo commonly among them. When the atlas is misaligned the whole body is thrown off balance as your core tries to make up for your crooked head and neck.

By correcting the misalignment, a mechanical stress is removed. This removes the irritation to the central nervous system and allows the brain, brainstem, and spinal cord to function properly again. In addition, unaltered transmission of nerve impulses between the brain and body can clear the way for a resolution to the problem.

Several studies reveal that patients with all forms of vertigo show enormous improvements to total resolution with upper cervical chiropractic care. So, instead of accepting your condition and the associated drug treatments – – try visiting an upper cervical chiropractor for a more natural approach.

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About the author: Dr. Matthew Roe is a practicing upper cervical chiropractor and has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science. He has a Doctor of Chiropractic degree graduating Cum Laude from Life University College of Chiropractic. Having studied with the best Upper Cervical specific doctors in the world he understands true healing. His practice focus is to help people fine true health naturally.

For more information about Dr. Roe – visit: WinterGardenChiropractors.com

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New study: Ginseng may help ward off upcoming flu epidemic

Ginseng Wards Off Flu Epidemic(NaturalHealth365) Rapidly-spreading and highly contagious, seasonal influenza causes annual global epidemics that lead to between 250,000 and 500,000 fatalities worldwide every year. Although most healthy adults recover from bouts of the flu with nothing more serious than unpleasant memories of fever, aches and pains, the fact is that seasonal influenza can and does increase the risk of death – in people with compromised conditions.

Making the situation even more dire is the fact that unexpected new pandemics – for which conventional medicine has no cure – can emerge without warning. Simply put, western medicine lacks a fundamental level of education to handle immune deficient, health-related conditions.

Brand new research reveals the lifesaving power of ginseng

In a study published in the April 2014 edition of Nutrients, red Korean ginseng improved the survival rate of human lung epithelial cells that had been infected with influenza A, along with reducing the expression of inflammation-causing genes. In addition, researchers found that Korean ginseng helped to treat influenza by modifying the immune systems of mice with clinically-induced influenza A, causing them to develop increased levels of antiviral proteins.

This is exciting information – especially when you consider the danger of flu vaccines.

And the news on ginseng gets even better – another new study, published in International Journal of Molecular Medicine, supports ginseng’s ability to prevent and treat respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), a disease for which there is currently no conventional remedy.

RSV, the single most common cause of pneumonia and small-airway lung inflammations in babies under a year old, can also be extremely dangerous in older adults. According to the Centers for Disease Control, RSV causes 177,000 hospitalizations and 14,000 deaths in adults over 65 every year. Bottom line – you can cure pneumonia safely and effectively – without using dangerous drugs.

Ginseng shown to reduce inflammation and kill virus activity

Researchers found that Korean red ginseng attacked RSV in a style very similar to the way it combated influenza A: reducing damage to lung cells, suppressing the expression of inflammatory genes and inhibiting the virus’ ability to spread in the body. Mice that had been given red ginseng orally had lower viral levels than mice that had not been given the herb, along with increased production of dendritic cells – which create virus-fighting interferons.

Red ginseng also fights viruses by stimulating production of natural killer cells and T-cells and boosting the power of the body’s own antioxidant defense systems.

True ginseng exists in two different forms: American ginseng, or Panax quinquefolius, and Asian or Korean ginseng, scientifically known as Panax ginseng. Although they have similar active ingredients – a group of compounds called ginsenosides — their effects can differ. The most recent studies were performed with red Panax ginseng, but American ginseng has also shown immune-boosting properties. A third type, known as Siberian ginseng, is unrelated and does not have the same constituents.

Ginseng, a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, may reduce the risk of serious chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease. It is also used to promote energy, reduce fatigue, improve cognitive function and memory, and elevate mood and quality of life.

Ginseng famous for boosting immunity and preventing disease

In a well-known study published in 1996 in Drugs Under Experimental and Clinical Research, researchers found that ginseng potentiated the flu vaccine, making it more effective. A group of 227 volunteers were split into two roughly equal groups and given either placebo or 400 milligrams of ginseng daily for 12 weeks; both groups received an anti-influenza vaccination at week four.

While 42 people in the placebo group eventually developed influenza or colds between weeks four and 12, only 15 people in the ginseng group fell ill – a dramatic difference. The ginseng group also experienced decreased intensity of symptoms and shorter durations of illness.

Which type of ginseng is best for flu prevention?

Most studies on ginseng’s beneficial effects – as well as the two latest studies – have been done with red Korean ginseng, also known as Panax ginseng. Ginseng is available both as “white” ginseng, which has been peeled and dried, and “red” ginseng, which is steamed before drying and unpeeled.

You can get Korean ginseng in the form of liquid extracts, powders and capsules; it is also available as a root, which can be boiled to make a decoction. Be careful to buy Korean ginseng only from trusted, reputable companies; cases of substitutions and adulterations have been reported.

Ginseng can interact with medications and other herbs and supplements; consult your doctor before taking it, especially if you have high blood pressure or autoimmune disease. If you take MAO inhibitor-type antidepressants, do not take ginseng. Most experts advise taking ginseng in cycles, with a two-week period of ginseng dosing followed by three weeks without the herb.

One final note: Due to its stimulating effect, ginseng can theoretically cause nervousness and sleeplessness; this is more likely with very high doses. Other ginseng side effects are uncommon, but could include headache and digestive disturbances. Because ginseng can lower blood sugar levels, it should be taken with food.

In 2009, the H1N1 virus spread to 74 different countries, highlighting the need for research on protecting against unexpected and new viral strains. The new studies on ginseng give rise to hopes that this safe, natural herb can play a role in combating seasonal flu.

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References:
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Cancer cells get drawn to baker’s yeast and self-destruct

May 3, 2014 by  
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Baker’s Yeast and Cancer News(NaturalHealth365) A basic ingredient of bread – baker’s yeast – has provided scientists with incredible insight into understanding basic processes likely involved in diseases such as Parkinson’s and cancer . Brewer’s yeast is rich in nutrients like chromium, B vitamins, protein, selenium, potassium, iron, zinc and magnesium and is considered a probiotic.

In a new study published in the prestigious journal PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Science), researchers detail for the first time a key feature in cellular development linked to the onset of these diseases.

A remarkable protein discovery may benefit cancer patients

The team studied a family of proteins in yeast that are related to a human protein known as DJ-1. Mutations in the human DJ-1 protein cause early-onset inherited and more common forms of Parkinson’s disease. In addition, changes in DJ-1 function are also associated with certain forms of cancer. Using baker’s yeast for continuing their studies is crucial in finding ways to prevent or cure these conditions.

How does baker’s yeast destroy cancer cells?

Researchers have found that cancer cells gravitate to baker’s yeast and then weaken to the point of self-destruction, leading them to further investigate the possibility of not only treating local tumors, but tumors that have spread to the rest of the body without surgery.

Another interesting discovery – research has shown that brewer’s yeast can be effective in preventing antibiotic-associated diarrhea as well as relapsing colitis caused by Clostridium difficile. It is thought that the brewer’s yeast makes enzymes that counteract the effect of toxins produced – so if you are prone to this side effect, consider adding brewer’s yeast if you need to be on a round of antibiotics.

Can my dog benefit from brewer’s yeast?

If your dog is stressed or very hyper – brewer’s yeast can help calm him down. Since brewer’s yeast is a good source of vitamin B complex, your dog will do better with separation anxiety, other stressed induced anxieties and the best part is, brewer’s yeast is palatable to dogs and inexpensive.

Brewer’s yeast also helps dogs stay safe from fleas. You can add some to their food at mealtimes and even sprinkle some on their coats for added benefit.

What is the difference between baker’s yeast and brewer’s yeast?

Baker’s yeast is dried at low temperatures and the yeast are still alive while brewer’s yeast is a by-product that is dried at high temperatures so the yeast is no longer alive.

You may be wondering – should children with autism avoid baker’s yeast? Many children on the autism spectrum have trouble with yeast in general and many physicians have used antifungals to combat the overgrowth of yeast in autistic children.

In fact, some physicians speculate that the yeast in bread is actually more of a concern – so they recommend a gluten-free, yeast free diet. Keep in mind, even though yeast may be helpful for some conditions, autism is not considered to be one of them.

As with any change in supplement or medication, please review this information with your health care practitioner to see if baker’s or brewer’s yeast would be a beneficial addition to your overall health plan.

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About the author: Sima Ash of Healing 4 Soul is a clinical and classical homeopath and certified clinical nutritionist who utilizes a unique approach pioneered by Tinus Smits, M.D. called CEASE therapy. The aim of CEASE treatment is systematic detoxification of the causes of illness, leading to step by step improvement and restoration of health in the individual. For additional information, please visit – Healing4Soul.com. You can follow Sima on Facebook at ‘Cease Therapy California’ and through her weekly blog on NaturalHealth365.com

References:
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/03/140331153602.htm
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20100203/Bakers-yeast-promising-against-cancer.aspx
http://www.med.nyu.edu/content?ChunkIID=625843

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Natural relief for sciatica

April 30, 2014 by  
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Natural Relief for Sciatica(NaturalHealth365) Sciatica pain can cause severe and debilitating pain along with tingling, burning, numbness and weakness of the legs. Sciatica usually occurs when the sciatica nerve is irritated or compressed by a problem in the lower back sending pain down the buttock, hamstring, calf and foot.

This is a serious health issue. It is estimated that 40% of the population will experience some degree of sciatica pain in their lifetime. Sciatica pain can vary and encompasses mild cramping, a tightening sensation in the hamstring or calf muscles to an all out constant shooting pain from the buttock down to the foot.

The sciatic nerve runs from the lower part of the spine down the back of both legs forming what can be though of as an electrical cable to and from the brain.

What exactly causes sciatica?

When the upper cervical spine is misaligned, it puts pressure on the nerve channel that travels all the way down the back and to the sciatic nerve. This happens when the head and neck are off balance and the body is compensating by raising one shoulder and one hip thus putting pressure on the lower back.

Pressure is also caused by the shortening and tightening of the piriformis muscle. This is almost always due to months or years of muscle imbalances in the hip rotator muscles.

The piriformis muscle is a flat, band-like muscle located in the buttocks near the top of the hip joint. This muscle is important in lower body movement because it stabilizes the hip joint and lifts and rotates the thigh away from the body. This is what enables us to walk, shift our weight from one foot to another, and maintain balance.

Basically, the piriformis is used in almost every motion of the hips and legs.

To avoid pain – understand the cause

A study in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, published in 2005, showed that about 70 percent of sciatica cases are caused by the pirifomis muscle. If the piriformis is tight (and it often is), it exerts pressure on the sciatic nerve and pushes it against the tendons beneath it, which can cause excruciating pain; this is known as the ‘piriformis syndrome’.

Other causes include spinal stenosis, the narrowing of the spinal canal in the lower back; degeneration disc disease, the breakdown of cushions between the vertebrae; a herniated or bulging disc; or back injury.

Spondylolisthesis, which can causes sciatica pain, is a slippage of one vertebra so that it is out of line with the one above it, narrowing the opening through which the sciatica nerve exits.

What is the best way to treat sciatica?

Obviously, weight management, physical activity such as walking and stretching and avoiding prolonged sitting are essential components to pain-free living.

One of the most overlooked causes of sciatica is poor posture, which increases the compression of the sciatic nerve. When standing or sitting keep the back straight and shoulders back – to relieve some of the pressure.

When sleeping on your back, place a pillow under your knees or when on your side, place a pillow between your knees – to relieve pressure.

Adjust the height of chairs – so your feet are flat on the floor and the knees are a little higher than the hips. Keep your feet flat on the floor and do not cross your legs when sitting. You may also want to lie on the floor with a heating pad for relaxation purposes.

Should I stretch?

There are specific stretching exercises that are helpful. Exercises which stretch the hamstrings are needed. Most low back pain and sciatica problems will benefit from a regular routine of hamstring stretching.

Tightness in the hamstrings places increased stress on the low back and often aggravates or even causes some of the conditions that lead to low back pain and/or sciatica pain.

The hamstrings are a group of three muscles located in the back of the thigh. They run from the pelvis down to the knee, and help bend the knee and extend the hip. Most daily activities do not stretch the hamstrings – which causes them to become tight and specific stretching exercises are needed to keep them healthy and extended.

Relieve back pain with massage and physical therapy

Massage is a wonderful tool as is some specific yoga exercises. Yoga is considered therapeutic and should be done when the movements are easy to perform. Don’t overdo it.

Physical therapy exercises incorporating strengthening, stretching, and aerobic conditioning are often components of a good sciatica treatment program. For example, the goal of chiropractic care is to restore spinal movement, thereby improving function while decreasing pain and inflammation.

Depending on the cause of the sciatica, a chiropractic treatment will use spinal adjustments along with ice/heat therapy, and rehabilitative exercises for maximum results.

What is ‘upper cervical chiropractic care’?

Upper cervical chiropractic treatments allow the body to correct a spinal misalignment – which drastically increases the pressure on the discs of the low back. It doesn’t correct the spine with any snapping, popping or twisting of the neck or back.

The adjustments are not only safe and effective but gentle. When in the mist of a sciatic flare-up, it is important not to use vigorous manual adjustments because pressure to an inflamed nerve can create more irritation.

So while chiropractor care is typically used to help with sciatica pain it is also important to note that nerves are extremely sensitive to compression. Remember, while suffering with severe back pain, gentle chiropractic adjustments can be quite beneficial.

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About the author: Dr. Matthew Roe is a practicing upper cervical chiropractor and has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science. He has a Doctor of Chiropractic degree graduating Cum Laude from Life University College of Chiropractic. Having studied with the best Upper Cervical specific doctors in the world he understands true healing. His practice focus is to help people fine true health naturally.

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References:
http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Sciatica/Pages/Treatment.aspx
http://www.spine-health.com/wellness/exercise/sciatica-exercises-sciatica-pain-relief
http://www.mayoclinic.org/steroids/art-20045692?pg=2
http://chealth.canoe.ca/condition_info_details.asp?channel_id=0&relation_id=0&disease_id=197&page_no=2

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New Study: Glucosamine may reverse autoimmune disease

April 29, 2014 by  
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Glucosamine Reverses Autoimmune Disease(NaturalHealth365) Glucosamine, a popular supplement currently used to treat joint pain, may hold the key to prolonging human life. Just-published research supports this simple amino sugar’s ability to increase lifespan by as much as 10 percent – roughly eight years of human life.

What can we learn from mice and roundworms? In the study, published in the April 2014 issue of Nature Communications, researchers reported that glucosamine functioned to increase the lifespan of elderly mice by mimicking the effects of a low carbohydrate diet – without carbohydrate intake actually being reduced – and induced alternate fuel use, in the form of amino acid oxidation. It also had the effect of impairing glucose metabolism, thereby reducing blood glucose levels and the risk of diabetes.

In the first part of the study, glucosamine caused a 5 percent increase in the longevity of roundworms. Nematodes – although unlikely-seeming research subjects at first glance – are often used for longevity studies as 80 percent of their proteins, and many of their biological processes, are closely related to those of humans.

With glucosamine extending the lifespan of both species, the team concluded that the supplement “may be a versatile approach to delay aging in humans.”

What exactly is glucosamine?

Glucosamine – a molecule derived from glucose – is endogenous, meaning it occurs naturally in the body. It is found in the fluid surrounding the joints, where it helps to build cartilage. Glucosamine supplements, however, are derived from chitin, found in the hard exterior shells of crustaceans.

Now researchers are finding that, in addition to prolonging life, glucosamine may have the ability to correct malfunctioning cells that contribute to autoimmune disease.

Researchers have been aware for close to five decades that glucosamine reduces the metabolism of nutritive sugars. But, it wasn’t until recently that glucosamine’s ability to reduce sugar metabolism was explored in relation to preventing and treating disease.

What does sugar metabolism have to do with autoimmune disease?

It is changes in sugar molecules that cause T-cells to become hyperactive and trigger autoimmune disease – including multiple sclerosis. In this condition, the abnormal T-cells direct the immune system to attack and destroy the myelin – the tissue that insulates the nerves – causing symptoms of numbness, fatigue and even paralysis.

Several studies have shown that glucosamine and glucosamine derivatives increased sugar modifications to the proteins on the outsides of T-cells, suppressing their hyperactivity and reversing the development of paralysis.

In an animal study published in 2005 in Journal of Immunology, neurologists at Jefferson Medical College found that glucosamine suppressed the T-cells that cause brain inflammation, dramatically delaying the onset of multiple sclerosis symptoms and substantially increasing motor abilities. The mice given glucosamine had less inflammation in their spinal cords and less damage to myelin than mice in the control group.

In a study published in 2011 in The Journal of Biological Chemistry, n-acetylglucosamine inhibited the growth and function of abnormal T-cells and suppressed autoimmune response, leading researchers to conclude that glucosamine could have applications in treating multiple sclerosis. Beta-interferon, a mainstream medical treatment for MS, must be given by injection; the team noted that glucosamine, by contrast, is convenient, painless to administer, and inexpensive.

Has glucosamine been studied in other autoimmune conditions?

In a small clinical study published in 2000 in Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, two thirds of a study group of children with treatment-resistant inflammatory bowel disease improved substantially after two years of treatment with n-acetylglucosamine. Studies to explore glucosamine’s potential for treating IBD, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are ongoing.

No significant side effects were reported in the studies, giving rise to hopes that glucosamine could be a safe, natural, inexpensive and effective way to treat autoimmune disorders.

How can I get glucosamine into my daily diet?

Since food is not a major source of glucosamine, it must be taken in the form of a supplement. Three types are available: glucosamine sulfate, glucosamine hydrochloride, and n-acetylglucosamine. Glucosamine sulfate has been more widely studied than glucosamine hydrochloride, but University of Maryland Medical Center notes that the latter may be better absorbed by the body.

Whichever type you choose, make sure to obtain it from a trusted, reputable supplier. According to the National Institutes of Health, some samples of a product marketed as glucosamine were found to contain only trace amounts. In addition, since most of the world’s supply is produced in China, you may want to do your research – before making your purchase.

Don’t use glucosamine to treat autoimmune disorders, unless you are under the guidance of a medical professional. Glucosamine can interact with other supplements and medications; consult a trusted, knowledgeable doctor before using it, especially if you have diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or a shellfish allergy.

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References:
https://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/scupplement/glucosamine
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/04/140408122135.htm
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http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/265748.php
http://www.nature.com/ncomms/2014/140408/ncomms4563/full/ncomms4563.html

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Laetrile cover-up exposed at major cancer hospital

April 23, 2014 by  
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Laetrile Cover-up Exposed(NaturalHealth365) In the summer of 1972, one of the most prominent cancer scientists of the 20th century was asked – by Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center – to test laetrile in spontaneously occurring animal tumors. The results were promising – to say the least. Naturally, more research would be needed, but what really happened next is inexcusable.

On the next NaturalNews Talk Hour, former Memorial Sloan-Kettering employee Ralph Moss, Ph.D. blows the whistle on the conventional cancer industry. Find out how natural cancer therapies are being suppressed by western medicine.

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Medical crimes against humanity must stop. According to the American Cancer Society, “available scientific evidence does not support claims that laetrile or amygdalin is effective in treating cancer or any other disease.” According to Dr. Moss, that’s a complete lie.

Top chemotherapy scientist gets positive results using laetrile

As a cancer researcher, Kanematsu Sugiura, DSc spent most of his career at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. A pioneer in cancer research, Sugiura – before his death in 1979 – completed over 250 papers and received numerous awards including the highest award, by the Japan Medical Association, for outstanding contributions to cancer research. This was a dedicated scientist.

The Japan Medical Association once thanked Sugiura by saying he was “an inspiration to so many Japanese physicians and surgeons.” In 1966, New York City Mayor John V. Lindsay and the New York County Medical Society recognized Sugiura for his devotion to the field of medicine. This was no ordinary cancer scientist. In fact, in June 1973, his photograph appeared on the cover of Cancer Research.

After his retirement, in 1962, one would think he would just live out his life in peace and happiness. But, at age 80, after being asked by Memorial Sloan-Kettering to report on his finding about laetrile, Sugiura found himself in a huge controversy. After reporting his positive findings about laetrile, this man found that his old friends left him and former colleagues questioned his sanity and competence. But, the big question is why? What were these people so upset about?

On the next NaturalNews Talk Hour, Ralph Moss, Ph.D. and Eric Merola detail why Memorial Sloan-Kettering deliberately attempted to suppress the effectiveness of laetrile on cancer cells.

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Why is laetrile banned in the United States?

According to Memorial Sloan-Kettering, “systematic reviews of several studies concluded that amygdalin is ineffective as a cancer treatment.” They go on to warn the public about ‘dreadful’ side effects like cyanide toxicity, vomiting, headaches, dizziness, coma and death. As crazy as this may read – they don’t want you to consider laetrile but chemotherapy is o.k. – offering many of the same negative side effects.

Of course, if you search the internet, every pharmaceutically-supported cancer resource will warn you to stay away from laetrile, the Gerson Therapy, Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez plus many other alternatives to the lucrative chemotherapy business. In truth, there’s a really good reason why we can’t trust these people anymore. Find out on the next NaturalNews Talk Hour with Jonathan Landsman.

This week’s guest: Ralph Moss, Ph.D., medical writer and cancer industry whistleblower

Learn why the conventional cancer industry is lying about laetrile – as a cancer therapy – Sun. Apr. 27

Our first guest, Eric Merola is an internationally award-winning documentary film director. Before starting his career in documentary films, Eric was a motions graphics designer and animator commissioned by various clients including Fuel TV and WE Network. In 2007, Eric began production on his first documentary, BURZYNSKI, which won numerous international awards including “Best Documentary of 2011” on The Documentary Channel and the “Humanitarian Vision Award” at the Newport Beach Film Festival.

Eric has since released a sequel to BURZYNSKI in 2013, which also won the top Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary at the Sedona International Film Festival in March, 2014. While working on the sequel to BURZYNSKI, he was also shooting and directing his third documentary, SECOND OPINION: LAETRILE AT SLOAN-KETTERING. This documentary reveals the laetrile cover-up in shocking detail.

Our second guest is Ralph W. Moss, Ph.D., founding advisor to the National Institutes of Health’s Office of Alternative Medicine (now the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine) and to the NIH Cancer Advisory Panel on Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

As a medical writer, Moss has written 15 books on questions relating to cancer research and treatment. He has been an invited lecturer at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the University of Arizona Medical Center plus many other universities, medical schools and societies around the world.

The former science writer and assistant director of public affairs at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York (1974-1977), for the past 35 years, Moss has independently evaluated the claims of conventional and non-conventional cancer treatments.

On the next NaturalNews Talk Hour, Jonathan Landsman, Eric Merola and Ralph Moss, Ph.D. give you a ‘behind-the-scene’ glimpse at the unscientific, criminal nature of the conventional cancer industry. They are not interested in natural cures. The truth will reveal itself on this program.

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Jonathan LandsmanAbout the author: Jonathan Landsman is the host of NaturalHealth365.com, the NaturalNews Talk Hour – a free, weekly health show and the NaturalNews Inner Circle – a monthly subscription to the brightest minds in natural health and healing.

Reaching hundreds of thousands of people, worldwide, as a personal health consultant, writer and radio talk show host – Jonathan has been educating the public on the health benefits of an organic (non-GMO) diet along with high-quality supplementation and healthy lifestyle habits including exercise and meditation.

References:
http://www.secondopinionfilm.com
http://www.cancer.org/treatment/treatmentsandsideeffects/complementaryandalternativemedicine/pharmacologicalandbiologicaltreatment/laetrile
http://www.mskcc.org/cancer-care/herb/amygdalin

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Three Ayurvedic herbs ease chronic fatigue syndrome

April 20, 2014 by  
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Herbs for Chronic Fatigue(NaturalHealth365) Over a million people in the United States are currently diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). According to the Centers for Disease Control, it is likely that millions more are battling similar symptoms, but don’t meet all the standards for a formal diagnosis.

What are the signs of CFS? Well, symptoms – which include overwhelming fatigue, confusion, memory loss, joint pain, anxiety and depression – can be debilitating; in severe cases, careers, marriages and relationships may be jeopardized. Yet, CFS remains a mystery although – like many health issues – many experts believe that environmental toxins like EMF pollution from wireless technology; nutritional deficiencies and emotional stress may play a role.

Conventionally speaking, there is no cure for CFS but, sadly, these same physicians will often prescribe NSAIDS and antidepressants to help ‘manage’ symptoms – which offer plenty of negative side effects.

How can Ayurvedic Medicine help heal CFS?

In Ayurveda, chronic fatigue syndrome – or bala kshaya – is believed to be caused by a buildup of toxins, resulting in a disconnect between mind, body and spirit. Treatment is holistic, and includes meditation, diet, massage, breathing techniques and herbal therapies. Naturally, it’s an intelligent decision to minimize your toxic burden – as a top priority – along with incorporating immune-supportive therapies.

Once you remove toxic threats, try a cleansing diet, followed by “pancha karma” – a more extensive detoxification process involving massage oils and herbal therapies. The third stage normally consists of rejuvinative herbal therapy to help restore energy and vitality.

Don’t underestimate the value of ashwagandha, rhodiola and brahmi – three powerful, healing herbs.

Ashwagandha, scientifically known as Withania somnifera and also called “Indian ginseng” and “winter cherry,” is a rasayana – an herb believed to prolong life, combat disease and protect both body and mind from stress.

According to Alakananda Devi, director of the Alandi Ayurvedic Clinic in Boulder, Colorado, ashwagandha restores energy and improves the neurological and muscular functions of CFS patients. It also helps regulate sleep cycles, boost the immune system, and reduce anxiety and depression.

Do CFS patients really need toxic antidepressant medications?

In an animal study published in 2000 in Phytomedicine, ashwagandha extracts performed as well as Ativan, a benzodiazepine, to reduce anxiety. Researchers also found that ashwagandha’s antidepressant effect was equal to that of imipramine, a pharmaceutical medication sold under the name Tofranil. Noting that ashwagandha reduced brain levels of tribulin, a chemical marker of anxiety, researchers concluded that the study supported ashwagandha’s use as both a mood stabilizer and an anti-anxiety therapy.

In an animal study published in 2002 in Journal of Medicinal Food, ashwagandha, in conjunction with other herbs, restored brain levels of natural antioxidants and measurably reduced the oxidative stress that contributes to chronic fatigue.

Scientific studies continue to confirm the effectiveness of Ayurvedic herbs

As useful as ashwagandha is in fighting CFS, it is not the only rasayana herb that has received scientific attention. Rhodiola rosea, the root of a plant that grows in Arctic regions, is also used in Ayurveda to restore neurological function, enhance energy, reduce fatigue, alleviate depression and restore natural sleeping patterns.

According to NYU Langone Medical Center, rhodiola may help people function better when they are under stress. The medical center cites a double-blind, placebo-controlled study in which 56 physicians on overnight duty who were given rhodiola were able to retain higher levels of mental function than the placebo group.

Noted herbal authority Chris Kilham, points out that extensive clinical studies have confirmed that rhodiola increases strength and stamina while promoting mental clarity. Like ashwagandha, rhodiola combats chronic fatigue syndrome on many levels, and does so without serious adverse effects.

Yet another Ayurvedic herb alleviates “brain fog,” enhances memory and lifts mood.

Brahmi, scientifically known as Bacopa monnieri and also called Indian pennywort, is prized in Ayurveda as a mental tonic to treat Alzheimer’s disease, age-related cognitive deficits, and chronic fatigue syndrome. Researchers have found that constituents called bacosides have a relaxant effect on veins, allowing for enhanced blood flow and supporting mental clarity, concentration and focus.

Are there any clinical studies supporting brahmi’s benefits?

Yes. In a double-blind placebo-controlled study published in 2008 in Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 300 milligrams a day of bacopa extract were given for six weeks to elderly volunteers. Using a battery of diagnostic tools, including the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale and the Rey Auditory Verbal Learning Test, researchers found that those in the bacopa group had enhanced word recall memory scores.

Researchers noted that the group who had taken bacopa had declining levels of depression and anxiety; in the non-bacopa group, levels continued to rise. The team noted that bacopa had potential for safely enhancing cognitive performance.

How can I use these herbs for chronic fatigue?

Although ashwagandha, rhodiola and brahmi are generally safe, they can interact with other herbal remedies, prescription medications and supplements. Naturally, it’s best to consult a trusted doctor before using these herbs to treat chronic fatigue syndrome, and follow dosage instructions carefully. And, of course, make sure to obtain your herbs from a reputable source.

Remember, herbs are only part of the Ayurvedic approach to healing. An Ayurvedic practitioner can recommend simple dietary and lifestyle changes that can speed up your recovery time. Chronic fatigue syndrome can be a frustrating, baffling and debilitating condition, but you don’t have to let it control your life – or feel compelled to take harsh prescription medications.

Many people have found relief with safe, natural Ayurvedic remedies that work to dispel toxins, bring your body back into balance and restore you to health.

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Eliminate ulcerative colitis naturally

April 13, 2014 by  
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Boswellia Eliminates Ulcerative Colitis(NaturalHealth365) With inflammatory bowel disease on the rise in the United States, the tab for treating the condition is rising as well. The Centers for Disease Control reported that $1.7 billion is currently being spent on health costs associated with ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease – two forms of IBD.

These conditions – which can be life-threatening – have no known medical cure, and doctors aren’t even sure what causes them, although experts believe our increasingly toxic environment does play a role. Three out of four Crohn’s disease sufferers will eventually need surgery; for ulcerative colitis, the estimate is one out of four.

Are toxic drugs really the answer?

Conventionally-trained doctors tend to treat symptoms with drugs such as aminosalicylates and steroids, but these medications can cause a host of serious side effects, including high blood pressure, osteoporosis, diabetes, glaucoma, inability to absorb certain nutrients, and increased risk of infection.

Given these bleak facts, wouldn’t it be wonderful if there were a safe, natural way of reducing the inflammation that lies at the heart of these conditions?

Herbal medicine helps to eliminate digestive disorders

Boswellia serrata, also called “Indian frankincense” and Salai guggul, has been prized in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years as a remedy for digestive disorders, respiratory problems and inflammatory diseases. Over the last few decades, conventional medical authorities and institutions have begun to acknowledge what boswellia can do.

Boswellia resin, which is obtained from plant’s thick, flexible bark, contains triterpenes known as boswellic acids; scientists think these are the key to the plant’s anti-inflammatory effects. Boswellia resin also contains essential oils which are rich in alpha-thujene — a pungent monoterpene — and p-cymene, an aromatic compound also found in beneficial herbs such as thyme.

The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) reports boswellic acids inhibit a specific enzyme that is vital in the biosynthesis of leukotrienes – inflammatory molecules believed to contribute to ulcerative colitis and other inflammatory diseases.

Is boswellia better than conventional drugs?

Although boswellia is not commonly recommended by conventional doctors to treat IBD, its ability to treat ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease – and do it more effectively and safely than prescription drugs — has been supported by close to 20 years of research. UMMC cites a 1997 clinical study in which boswellia’s therapeutic effects were equal to those of sulfasalazine, a pharmaceutical IBD treatment.

The study, published in European Journal of Medical Research, explored the effects of boswellia on patients diagnosed with grade II and grade III ulcerative colitis. Subjects were given 350 milligrams of boswellia extracts three times a day for 6 weeks, after which researchers used microscopies of rectal biopsies and examined relevant blood parameters – including levels of leukocytes and esinophils – to determine the results.

They found that the boswellia group showed improvement in all parameters, with 82 percent going into remission, as compared to 75 percent for the sulfasalazine group. In other words, boswellia outperformed the pharmaceutical drug.

Four years later, a 2001 study published in Planta Medica showed an even wider divide between boswellia and sulfasalazine’s effects. Thirty patients with chronic colitis were given either 900 milligrams of boswellia or 3000 milligrams of sulfasalazine daily for six weeks. Ninety percent of the boswellia patients showed improvement in symptoms, as compared to 60 percent of the sulfasalazine group. The study’s author concluded that boswellia could be used to effectively treat colitis with minimal side effects.

Finally, in a review published in 2001 in Gastroenterology, boswellia was found to be as exactly as effective as the pharmaceutical drug mesalamine in treating acute Crohn’s disease.

Don’t you wish these studies were required reading for all gastroenterologists?

Some conventional doctors support boswellia

Another ‘plus’ for boswellia is that fact that it doesn’t damage the digestive tract. According to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, boswellia – unlike current non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs – does not cause gastric ulcers, another testament to this remarkable herb’s safety and efficacy.

Boswellia attacks inflammation on many fronts.

In a German review, presented by the Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences at University of Tuebingen and published in 2010 in Phytomedicine, the authors reviewed the method of action of boswellic acids. They noted the acids affect cellular defense while exhibiting action in the immune system.

Boswellic acids also down regulate inflammatory cytokines, cut production of leukotrienes and demonstrate antioxidant activity while inhibiting the formation of free radicals. Given these activities, the authors of the review called boswellia’s therapeutic effects on ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease “not surprising.” They called for further studies in order to explore optimal dosages.

How can I take boswellia?

Boswellia, usually standardized to contain between 37.5 and 65 percent boswellic acid, is available in resin, pill and cream form. UMMC notes that the standard boswellia dosage for ulcerative colitis is 550 milligrams 3 times a day for up to six weeks. Of course, you should consult with a trusted doctor before using boswellia to treat colitis, or any other condition; he or she can advise you as to dosage, and also how long to continue taking boswellia.

Keep in mind, boswellia can stimulate blood flow in the uterus and could induce miscarriage – so, do not take it if you are pregnant. Side effects of boswellia can include digestive discomfort; as with any substance, an allergy to boswellia is possible.

An interesting ‘religious’ note: According to the Bible, boswellia – or frankincense – was among the gifts brought to the Christ child by the Three Wise Men. You can give your body a gift, and possibly reduce painful IBD symptoms, by using this beneficial natural treatment.

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