December 5th, 2013No Comments, Holistic Health, Info Graphic, by herbs.
December 5th, 2013No Comments, Articles & Information, Health & Science, Holistic Health, Product Information, by herbs.
Curry sauces are made with turmeric, clarified butter (ghee), yogurt or milk, and whatever variety of spices that suits your taste. Turmeric can also be used as a food based herbal remedy by simply mixing the powder into yogurt and eating it. Milk fats assist the digestion and absorption of curcumin from the turmeric.
Curcumin curbs inflammation, which is the basis of most disease.Whether simply using turmeric as a food based ingredient or taking curcumin capsules, several studies have confirmed curcumin as surprisingly helpful for a variety of maladies.
Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, cancer, heart disease, arthritis, and all inflammatory based diseases are helped with inexpensive curcumin capsules or food based turmeric and curry.
Dr. Russell Blaylock recommends using curcumin capsules along with vitamin D3 and other supplements after a vaccination to stem the potential damage from a cytokine storm, the onslaught of an out of control immune response devouring healthy nerve tissue.
Now recent studies show curcumin offers protection against adult onset diabetes, or type 2
Curcumin for diabetes prevention research
A recent study reported to USA Today via Reuters was done in Thailand. Somlak Chuengsamarn of Srinakhairnwirot University, led the research team that studied 240 prediabetic subjects.
Prediabetis is an early warning phase of higher than normal blood glucose levels. Overweight is usually part of that package, and some diabetic symptoms may be experienced from time to time with this condition.
The 240 prediabetic subjects were divided into two groups for a nine month observational study. One-half were given six 250 mg. curucumanoid capsules daily for the nine months, and the others were given a placebo.
That’s the cruelty of scientific double blind studies. You could volunteer with a serious health problem and not know you were given a placebo while others got the real thing. Not too nice.
Anyway, not one out of the curcumin group of 119 subjects had type 2 diabetes after those nine months. Out of 116 in the placebo group, 19 had developed full blown type 2 diabetes after nine months. There was no mention of the missing five subjects.
The research team concluded that curcumin is a safe and effective deterrent against diabetes by protecting pancreas beta cells from inflammation and oxidation. Pancreas beta cells release the insulin hormone that regulates blood sugar levels.
Countering a contradiction
Leave it to medical establishment bureaucrats to issue warnings, especially if they are certified nutritionists or dieticians. The ones who establish RDA (recommended daily allowance) for supplements too low to do anything of merit and censure those who are unlicensed but offer better advice.
Constance Brown-Riggs of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics warned against rushing out to buy curcumin supplements for preventing diabetes. She expressed concern over the validity of supplement labels. Gee, Constance, guess inexpensive, safe, and effective wasn’t factored into your warning.
She also asserted that doctors already know enough about recommending lifestyle and weight loss advice to prediabetic patients. Maybe that includes a pharmaceutical or two with some low nutrition, low-fat foods that your dietician group loves to endorse?
Since so many of us have some form of low-level chronic inflammation capable of causing diseases other than diabetes, including safe, inexpensive curcumin as turmeric with food or as curcumin capsule supplements in our diet should be a no-brainer.
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The researchers used thioacetamide (TAA), a solvent used in leather, textile and paper processing to create cirrhosis-like situations. It’s used in laboratories as a hepatotoxicant to induce acute or chronic liver damage by adversely affecting protein synthesis. They used TAA twice weekly on all the lab rats in the study but treated half of them with cur cumin.
The curcumin half were fed 300 mg/kg/day by gavage for 12 weeks. Gavage feeding is a forceful method of feeding directly into the stomach through an orally inserted flexible tube. Although some liver fibrosis factors were not ameliorated by the curcumin, several other aspects of cirrhosis, such as unprogrammed or premature cell death (necrosis) were.
Overall, the curcumin-force-fed rats fared much better than their comrades with induced cirrhosis who weren’t fed curcumin.
The researchers concluded: “Curcumin inhibited the development of TAA-induced liver cirrhosis mainly due to its anti-inflammatory activities and not by a direct anti-fibrotic effect. As curcumin ingestion is safe in humans, it may be reasonable to assess in clinical studies the beneficial effect of curcumin in slowing the development of liver cirrhosis.” (Source below, Science Natural News)
Conditions that may lead to cirrhosis of the liver
It’s not just alcoholism or reckless boozing that may lead to cirrhosis of the liver. Any inflamed or damaged liver can turn into cirrhosis, which in turn may lead to needing a liver transplant. Alcohol-induced cirrhosis can be curbed by completely quitting alcohol consumption and using natural supplements.
But there are other liver conditions that bring on cirrhosis of the liver. Untreated hepatitis A, B or C are three such conditions. Again, avoiding alcohol, excess coffee and acetaminophen used in NSAIDs (non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs), such as Tylenol and others, is advised. Acetaminophen is hard enough on healthy livers.
But the most proliferate liver malady that can lead to cirrhosis is non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). It affects over 90 million people in America.
Obviously, it’s not from alcohol consumption. And it’s not from saturated fats as the name implies either. The main culprit is high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), which is ubiquitous in processed foods and sodas.
It’s so rampant that there are even cases of kids in their early teens whose daily consumption of junk food and sodas caused NAFLD to the extent of needing liver transplants. Completely avoid HFCS.
But don’t confuse HFCS with whole fruit fructose. Whole fruit is balanced with fiber and other nutrients, and it’s much less concentrated than artificially synthesized HFCS from GMO corn with a mercury byproduct.
The fructose in HFCS overwhelms the liver. Unlike glucose, it isn’t converted to energy, it’s stored as fat, much of it in the liver. Some health experts say it’s the major factor in our obesity epidemic.
So read your labels and avoid any items listed with high fructose corn syrup, HFCS, corn syrup, or corn sugar, all of which are the same poison.
Other treatment tips for damaged livers
Curcumin, especially liposmol curcumin, is proving itself over and over in clinical and lab trials. Herbs such as milk thistle and dandelion root can be taken daily for restoring liver health or simply to maintain good liver health.
Holistic practitioners recommend glutathione, a liver-sensitive master antioxidant that is decomposed by digestive acids. So precursors for glutathione are advised, such as NAC supplements and unadulterated whey products like Immunocal.
But now there’s liposomal glutathione, designed to get past the GI tract unharmed. Under proper care, even damaged livers can restore themselves.
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Here are 4 other ways to support the immune system. They include supplements that help the lymphatic system, thyroid, spleen, and something else that helps stimulate the immune system into action by producing macrophage, T-cells, B-cells, natural killer cells and cytokines.
Lymphomax is a blend of reported blood-purifying, cleansing and supporting herbs for the respiratory and lymphatic systems. Mullein helps promote natural respiratory function. Lobelia contains lobeline, an ingredient that helps stimulate the respiratory system, which supports breathing function. Plantain may help protect the liver against cellular damage due to its antioxidant effects, and it helps maintain the lymphatic system. Cleavers (also known as clivers) has reported diuretic, astringent and tonic effects. This herb is used historically to cleanse the lymphatic and other glandular systems. Red root is traditionally used for supporting the lymph system. It contains components that help make the body environment more acceptable to microorganic balance.
Mullein leaves, bayberry root bark, clivers aerial parts, plantain leaves, alfalfa aerial parts, chamomile flowers, echinacea root, yarrow aerial parts, garlic bulb, red root, lobelia aerial parts and chlorophyll.
Thyroid Support is a blend of nutritional and herbal supplements specially designed to nourish the thyroid gland and to support the actions of the thyroid hormones. The thyroid hormones regulate many body functions, including oxygen use, basal metabolic rate, cellular metabolism, growth and development, and body temperature.
Vitamin B6, zinc, copper, manganese, l-tyrosine, kelp leaves and stems, thyroid substance, nettle leaves, protease blend, pituitary substance and hypothalamus substance.
Immune Stimulator provides powerful support for the immune system. Beta-glucans stimulate the immune system into action. By tricking the body into thinking it’s being attacked, they increase the production of macrophages, T-cells, B-cells, natural killer cells and cytokines, all of which strengthens the body’s natural defense system.
Arabinogalactan stimulates natural killer cell and macrophage activity. It also helps increase Bifidobacteria and Lactobacillus flora, two beneficial types of bacteria. Rich in protein and immune-enhancing transfer factors, colostrum supports the immune system of the newborn. It also helps protect beneficial microorganisms in the intestinal tract to bolster defenses. Reishi and maitake mushroom are thought to boost immune activity, increase the activation of natural killer cells and activate macrophages. Cordyceps increases T-cell and B-cell activity, important to immune response.
Beta-glucans, arabinogalactan, colostrum, cordyceps mycelia, reishi mushroom mycelia and maitake whole mushroom.
When you want to restore strength to the body, the best place to start is with the digestive and circulatory systems. Proper nutrient absorption and an efficient transport system allow the whole body to be more easily strengthened. Spleen Activator is based on the remarkable effects of both ginseng root and licorice root. Both are considered key glandular nutrients. Ginseng is world renowned as an anti-aging supplement, and licorice aids both digestion and adrenal function. These two plants are favored more than any other in the entire Chinese herbal pharmacopoeia. Fifteen other herbs support these functions and add their own benefits to magnify or balance all others in the formula.
Concentrated extract of ginseng root, astragalus root, atractylodes rhizome, hoelen sclerotium, dioscorea rhizome, lotus seed, chaenomeles fruit, citrus peel, galangal rhizome, ginger rhizome, hyacinth bean, licorice root, magnolia bark, tang-kuei root, typhonium rhizome, cardamon fruit and zanthoxylum hull of seed.
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The immune defense system is the most diverse and fascinating of all the body systems. It’s extremely complex and intricate. To help support your immune system, it’s important to understand first how it works and the natural ways your body fights off disease and foreign invaders.
This is a recap of our webinar we had earlier this month, which goes into detail about how the immune system works, how some common diseases attach the body, and some ways in which you can help support your immune system. To view those slides, click below:
The Immune System Basic Function
The immune system gathers information on pathogens and disease, and then produces ammunition to isolate, neutralize and destroy invaders. The tonsils, thymus, spleen, bone marrow, and lymph nodes work as a team to protect the body.
The tonsils are masses of lymphatic tissue and produce lymphocytes that trap and kill bacteria entering the mouth and throat to gaurd the respiratory and digestive systems.
A lymphatic mass functioning in the programming of lymphocytes. It Produces and converts the B-cells into T-cells which are specialized to meet a particular enemy. The thymus produces a hormone called thymosin and acts as an incubator for the maturation of T lymphocytes. Stress shrinks the thymus.
Resides in the skull, ribs, shoulder blades, vertebrae, breastbone, and hip bones. It generates stem cells crucial to our immunity. Various stem cell types assist in regeneration and repair throughout our bodies.
Lymph is a colorless blood serum derived from plasma that has leaked from the bloodstream into the tissue spaces and is recovered by a network of tiny vessels that separate it from the bloodstream. This fluid brings with it tissue toxins, excess fluid, dead cells, and microbes, removing them from the body.
Tiny, thin-walled vessels made up of one-way valves that pump lymph fluid along by the contraction of nearby muscles during activity. Since muscle contractions serve to pump the plasma, we must exercise if we want to maintain the lymphatic highway or our immune system.
Our Immune Defense Fortress
Our defense system is set up like an army: protective barriers, specialised soldiers, manufacturing stations, transportation systems, storage areas and clean-up crews. The immune system’s job is to defend the body. It’s activated by invading organisms. Most respiratory symptoms are caused by the immune system. These symptoms are helpful, even essential, in overcoming an illness.
Our skin is the outer wall of the fortress. The eyes, nose, and mouth are protected by mucous that captures harmful attackers. In the Nose are cilia, which are tiny hairs that trap particles. In the stomach, intruders pass through stomach acid that will destroy most of them.
Helpful Immune System Defense
Coughing is a natural reflex that expels disease-causing germs from the lower respiratory tract. It clears the lungs and bronchi of excess mucus, helping prevent pneumonia.
Sneezing is a convulsive explosion of air from the lungs through the nose and mouth. It is a protective reflex that clears the upper airway of germs, irritants, and mucus.
Fever kills invading organisms and “pasteurizes” the blood. It speeds metabolism and enhances delivery of oxygen and nutrients to sites of infection. It hastens removal of cellular debris and toxins.
Cause of Poor Immunity
Stress and the immune system
According to the CDC, as much as 90% of all illness can be directly tied to stress, because it breaks down the defenses of the immune system and opens the doorway to a host of injurious invaders.
- Cleaning agents
It is estimated that 85% of all debilitating diseases are closely related to toxin-related pollution present in the environment. Some include:
Nutrient Lacking Foods
“There’s no question the immune system is influenced by overall health — and a balanced diet is key. Not only are essential nutrients critical for the production and maintenance of key germ-fighting cells in the immune system, but a balanced diet also has a strong effect on vascular function, and the immune system is dependent on blood flow,” said David Katz, M.D., M.P.H., director of the Yale Prevention Research Center in New Haven, Connecticut.
Lack of Sleep
The National Sleep Foundation states that 68% of Americans report suffering from sleep deprivation. Studies have shown that adults need an average of 8 hours of sleep each night
When sleep is interrupted the immune system cannot complete its defense cycle.
Even though there has been a decline of infectious diseases over the last 60 years, bacteria are becoming increasingly resistant to existing drugs. Many antibiotics are no longer effective at combating common diseases, and a lack of research into new drugs means there is a dire shortage of alternatives.
The Roles of Antibiotics
Life-saving in some cases, but definitely overused in the U.S. Overuse produces antibiotic-resistant “superbugs,” and is a world-wide public health problem. It’s effective only for bacterial infections—not viral or fungal infections. Antibiotics kill bad bacteria and good bacteria, including friendly bacteria, probiotics in the gut.
Concern: No New Antibiotic Development
“Research and development of new antibiotics isn’t keeping up with development of resistance. If we don’t do something about it we’ll end up with a situation where all the old drugs have resistance and we don’t have any new ones,“ said Dr. Kathleen Holloway of the World Health Organization. In some parts of the world there is already antibiotic resistance to TB, Dysentery and Pneumonia.
Concern: Challenging Viruses
There is an increased concern about viral invaders, and it seems we are frequently being warned of a new ominous virus. Although new vaccines are being developed; they only target several strains of viruses and side effects are a concern
Viruses need a host cell because they do not reproduce on their own. They seize control of a cell, and often the cell is destroyed during this process. Viruses include:
The Common Cold
One of the most common illnesses worldwide and c
aused by one of more than hundreds of types of viruses.
Symptoms of the cold include s
ore throat, low-grade fever, stuffy or runny nose, body aches, coughing, sneezing.
Respiratory System Diseases
There are numerous problems and diseases. They can include colds, bronchitis, croup, sinusitis, pneumonia and influenza.
Short-lived inflammation of trachea and large and small bronchi. Caused by viral or bacterial infection. Often follows cold or flu. Coughing is persisitent in its attempt to clear the mucus. Other symptoms include hoarseness, fever, wheezing and dull chest pain.
Viral infection causing swelling of vocal cords. It’s most common in children younger than 6 years of age. Symptoms include barking cough and trouble breathing, and narrowing of airways may necessitate emergency intervention.
Inflammation of the lung or lungs caused by infection from bacteria or viruses. Symptoms include fever, chest tightness and discomfort, difficulty breathing, coughing, and wheezing. Over 3 million people develop pneumonia annually in the United States. It is the 8th leading cause of death in the United States. Most people who develop pneumonia initially have an upper respiratory infection.
Nature’s Sunshine Supplements that Support Immunity
This proprietary Chinese formula helps create a healthy internal environment. It supports general detoxification and respiratory functions
Strengthens and strongly protects our body’s immune system and includes: Olive leaf; Royal Jelly-nutritive food; and Echinacea
Stimulates the body’s natural defenses. It delivers immunoglobulin proteins to the intestinal tract, promotes immune response by stimulating macrophage and T-cell activity. It contains colostrum, cordyceps, reishi, and maitake.
Respiratory System Pack
Soothes irritated tissues, encourages respiratory to cleanse itself. This formula aids and builds the entire respiratory tract, lung function and supports healthy lung function, especially during seasonal changes.
Dilates the bronchioles and strengthens mucus membranes to promote a healthy inflammation response. Designed to nourish the lungs and bronchi and to offer general protection to the respiratory tract.
Lung Support, TCM
Its Chinese name fu lei can be translated as “strengthen the weak and thin.” Acts as a tonic for the respiratory system and maintains the viability of tissue surfaces by moistening and nourishing the respiratory tract.
Silver Shield and Immunity
Silver Shield is a colloidal silver product that supports the immune system. Provides 90 mcg silver per serving. Does not harm the beneficial probiotic population in the gut. Silver Shield Gel is made with food-grade ingredients, contains no alcohol, is safe for children and acts as a skin moisturizer.
Building Your Immune Defense
Life style changes cost you nothing and can yield a large return! Identify the lifestyle habits you want to improve, such as:
- Drink plenty of pure water
- Exercise regularly
- Sleep 8 Hours per night
- Relax daily
- Stop negative thought patterns
- Lighten your toxic burden
- Eat nutrient-dense foods
December 2nd, 2013No Comments, Articles & Information, Health & Science, Holistic Health, by herbs.
The cure is in the kitchen. Steaming hot bowls of “stinking rose” soup will fortify your immune system and keep illness away. Who said medicine has to taste bad? The Greeks, Egyptians and Romans effectively used garlic to treat a host of ailments including infections, digestive problems and high blood pressure.
Most don’t know that garlic was the favored treatment for tuberculosis prior to the introduction of antibiotics during World War II. In 2012, the International Herald Tribune [now the International New York Times] ran an article titled “Garlic inhibits TB bacteria, finds research.”
The article stated: “Garlic is already known for its anti-tumour, anti-hyperlidemic (lowering abnormally elevated lipid levels) and anti-microbial properties.”
Allicin is the compound in garlic that gives it its pungent odor as well as its powerful health benefits. A mere 1 milligram of allicin is nearly 15 times as potent as penicillin. Allicin offers a broad spectrum of protection against pathogenic bacteria, viruses and parasites. It even kills MRSA and is effective against yeast infections.
Garlic contains 33 active sulfur-containing substances. When ingested, allicin converts to sulfenic acid, which is the fastest acting free radical eliminator, bar none.
The best way to eat garlic
Savvy health experts increasingly promote eating whole foods as a foundation for good health and healing rather than taking supplements, especially when it comes to garlic. Eating garlic is by far the best way to ensure that you receive its numerous health benefits.
The “proper” way to eat garlic for health purposes is to first smash a whole, fresh clove with a garlic press, or chop it with a knife or smash it with the back of a knife. Then wait about 5 minutes before consuming.
This ritual ensures that the potent, medicinal allicin in garlic has been activated. So if you buy powdered or jarred garlic, you will not experience the full spectrum of medicinal benefits that garlic offers.
However, there are two other schools of thought regarding the best way to prepare garlic for health purposes.
Argentinian researchers discovered that garlic releases allicin when you bake the cloves, while scientists at South Carolina Medical University advised peeling garlic and letting it sit uncovered for 15 minutes if you want to release garlic’s full medicinal potential.
Revised 52 Clove Garlic Soup Recipe (Serves 4)
* 26 garlic cloves (unpeeled)
* 2 tablespoons genuine olive oil
* 2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) organic butter (grass-fed)
* 1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder
* 1 heaping teaspoon turmeric
* 1/2 cup fresh ginger
* 2 1/4 cups sliced onions
* 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
* 26 garlic cloves, peeled
* 1/2 cup almond milk or coconut milk (homemade is best)
* 3 1/2 cups organic vegetable broth
* 4 lemon wedges
Preheat oven to 350°F. Place 26 garlic cloves in small glass baking dish. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil, then sprinkle with sea salt and toss till coated.
Cover baking dish tightly with foil and bake until garlic is golden brown and tender, about 45 minutes. Cool. Squeeze garlic between fingertips to release cloves. Transfer cloves to small bowl.
Melt butter in heavy, large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onions, thyme, ginger, turmeric and cayenne powder and cook until onions are translucent, about 6 minutes.
Smash 12 raw garlic cloves and set aside. Add roasted garlic and 14 raw garlic cloves and cook 3 minutes. Add vegetable broth; cover and simmer until garlic is very tender, about 20 minutes.
Working in batches, puree soup in blender until smooth. Return soup to saucepan; add almond or other milk and bring to simmer. Add 12 smashed garlic cloves to finished soup and stir. Season with sea salt and pepper for flavor. Squeeze juice of 1 lemon wedge (into each bowl) and serve.
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November 30th, 2013No Comments, Articles & Information, Health & Science, Holistic Health, Product Information, by herbs.
With cold season upon us, it can be useful to have a cadre of natural tools to help deal with the symptoms of colds and flus if they arise. One of the most egregious symptoms is a sore throat—the general ache and throbbing pain can ruin any meal, let alone an entire day, and make it difficult to fall asleep. Here are six time-tested and well-researched natural ways to treat a sore throat:
- Echinacea and Sage: Echinacea and sage, used together in a liquid spray, work to coat the throat with pathogen-fighting nutrients, and reduce swelling with continued use. In a 2009 study, 154 patients were given either an echinacea and sage spray or a pharmaceutical drug spray to treat sore throats. The former was proven to be just as effective as the drug spray, without any of the side effects of the drugs.
- Peppermint: It’s not just for good breath—peppermint has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antiviral effects that fight off pathogens responsible for sore throats, and the menthol itself helps break up mucus. You can take peppermint oil, dilute it with water, and use the solution as a spray to coat the throat.
- Licorice Root: While it has numerous health benefits, one of licorice root’s lesser known properties is its ability to soothe sore throats. A study in 2009 found that it can lessen the severity of sore throats as well as coughing if gargled with water every one to two hours.
- Slippery Elm: Slippery elm has the ability to coat sore throats with the mucus-like physical structure it takes on when mixed with water, which thereby alleviates some pain and irritation. To use, mix boiling water with slippery elm bark powder in enough proportion to ensure the solution has the appearance of a thick mucus-like paste, and then drink slowly over the course of an hour. Slippery elm lozenges can also be used for similar effect.
- Horseradish and cloves: Horseradish and cloves are a traditional Russian remedy for sore throats. To use, mix a tablespoon of horseradish with a teaspoon of ground cloves, along with an appropriate amount of a sweetener for taste, in a cup of medium-hot water and sip over the course of half an hour.
- Sea Salt Gargle: Gargling with sea salt is a time-tested old wives’ remedy now medically validated to reduce the severity of sore throats, by killing local pathogens, drawing fluid out of swollen throats, and thinning mucus. Mix a half teaspoon in a glass of water and gargle until the liquid solution is gone, and repeat as needed each hour.
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We are always looking to discover new ways of making our lives easier through innovative inventions. What we often fail to understand however, is that not all inventions are good for our health. Microwave ovens are one such invention that have been widely mistaken as a healthy convenience.
Do you rely on the convenience of a microwave over a stove, to cook or heat your food? If yes, then you might want to stop and think again before placing your life in the hands on this so called “harmless” man-made invention.
Microwave Oven – Not Really Harmless?
The first microwave oven was invented by Raytheon after the World War II. Back then, it didn’t seem like such an important invention for home use. A few years later, microwave ovens gained a lot of popularity for reheating previously-cooked foods and cooking vegetables. Over the last couple of decades, microwave ovens have become a necessity, and now you will rarely find a kitchen without one!
Today, over 90% of homes in America, use microwave ovens for re-heating foods, and for daily meal preparations. It is so easy to use as it just takes a few minutes to get the meal on the table “ready to eat”. However, as you may already know, a microwave oven essentially uses microwave radiations to heat polarized molecules in food. Unfortunately, these microwave radiations have been found to distort the molecular structure of foods. As a result, microwave preparations lack healthy nutrients as most of them are destroyed during heating!
Did you know that the Soviet Union banned microwaves in 1976? Why do you think they would do so and yet the American Government still hasn’t warned us anything about it? Microwave ovens continue to be used in every home, and the reason is simple – microwaves are convenient and energy efficient way of preparing food.
Is Microwaved Food Both Safe and Healthy?
Here, are a few studies and results that indicate why this may not be the case.
1. Microwaves Are Harmful For Baby Food
It has been found that cooking food in microwaves is an unhealthy and unnatural approach for preparing baby food. According to Young Families, the Minnesota Extension Service of the University of Minnesota published in 1989, milk bottle heated in microwaves may cause harm to the baby who drinks it.
High milk temperature (often resulted due to overheating) could not only burn a baby’s mouth and throat, the steam all encapsulated in the bottle may also cause the bottle to explode due to the presence of radiation gases within it.
Maybe these effects can be ignored or averted, but the fact that milk heated in a microwavemay change the molecular structure of the milk is something that calls for attention.Microwave radiations can cause the essential nutrients in the baby foods to be lost, making them unfit for consumption. It’s just like feeding fake milk to the child with no real nutrients at all.
The study further confirmed that it may be better and much safer to heat the bottle by placing it under a tap of warm water for a few minutes than to heat it in a microwave oven.
2. Microwaves Can Destroy Your Blood
Another shocking discovery about microwave radiations came into the limelight when a nurse in an Oklahoma hospital used microwaves for warming the blood used for transfusion in a patient. The patient immediately died because of this transfusion. It was found that microwaves injected some kind of destructive substances in our blood when we heat it.
3. Microwaves Reduces Hemoglobin Levels
To understand why microwaves are dangerous for health, a study was carried out by Raum & Zelt in 1992 which showed some noticeable changes in the human build after consumingmicrowave heated milk and vegetables.
In this study, 8 volunteers ate different combinations of the same food cooked in different ways, which caused different changes in the blood of the volunteers. Hemoglobin, which is an important constituent of blood decreased while white blood cells and cholesterolincreased. Lymphocytes, which provide immunity to the body, also decreased which is quite an alarming sign. Bacteria also increased after eating the microwave heated food.
4. Microwaved Food Can Cause Cancer
A food scientist by the name of Dr. Hans Ulrich Hertel who worked with one of the major companies of Switzerland carried out a research which showed striking discoveries about cooking food in microwaves. Dr. Hertel was fired from his company because of raising questions on how the food was prepared. His famous research with a Lausanne university professor which showed that food cooked in microwaves has cancerous effects.
Dr. Hertel and Dr. Bernard H. Blanc collaborated on a clinical study at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and the University Institute for Biochemistry. Determined to study the physiology of the human body, Dr. Hertel carried out experiments to find out the effects of “microwaved” nutrients on human blood. He showed that microwave radiations completely destroy the nutrients in the food and could cause very bad effects on the human body. He also found out that microwaved food decreased hemoglobin in our body and could increase the cholesterol levels.
Comfort OR Health? The Choice Is Yours!
The FDA, the government and even the manufacturers themselves may never tell you these harmful effects of cooking food inmicrowaves. As it is evident, microwave ovens are not really the recommended method of cooking. You could either live in denial and keep on using it or give your life some value and start cooking food on stoves. Use the conventional and the safer way!
Tell us in the comments below what you think of microwave ovens.
November 29th, 2013No Comments, Articles & Information, Health & Science, Holistic Health, by herbs.
Adding vitamins to your diet can help reduce the feeling of depression, winter blues or seasonal affective disorder (SAD). B vitamins, especially vitamin B12, have been shown to help those suffering from feelings of anxiety or depression. Simply adding nutritional supplements can help lift the blues, especially during stressful periods of life. Many vitamins can be sourced from foods, but some, like vitamin B12, are difficult to source from food, so vitamin supplements are suggested. Winter depression and seasonal affective disorder are not only mental conditions. B vitamins are major contributors to how the brain and nervous system function, so getting proper nutrients in the diet can improve mood.
Vitamin B12 is needed to make red blood cells and nerves, and natural sources of vitamin B12 are only found in animal products, such as meat, poultry, eggs and dairy, and cannot be made in the body. As there are no vegetarian sources of vitamin B12, vegetarians need to supplement. Stomach acid is needed to absorb vitamin B12 from foods, and many people do not have enough stomach acid to break down foods in order to obtain this vital nutrient, especially as aging decreases the amount of stomach acid secretion. For this reason, the National Institute of Medicine recommends that those over the age of 50 add supplemental B12 to their diet. Early symptoms of a vitamin B12 deficiency include numbness or tingling in the hands, joint pain, loss of taste or smell, and balance problems. A severe deficiency can create symptoms of depression and even delusional thinking.
Biotin is one of the water-soluble B vitamins. Known as B7 or vitamin H, biotin is used to turn sugar into energy in the body. Necessary for the walls of every cell in the body, biotin is also used in maintaining the nerve cells. Studies have shown that biotin can also reduce stress by maintaining the proper functioning of the nerves. Biotin added to the diet can help symptoms of depression, or the lassitude and somnolence associated with the winter blues.
Another B vitamin, niacin, known as vitamin B3, has been shown to help with depression and chronic brain syndrome, or dementia. Niacin is made in the body and can also be found in a variety of foods such as milk, eggs, yeast, beans, meat and fish. Niacin may also help improve memory, according to some sources.
Thiamin, or vitamin B1, is used to make energy by breaking down sugar in the body. It is also utilized in creating red blood cells. Thiamin can be found in foods such as grains and yeast, as well as in dairy products. Thiamin has been found to help treat symptoms of depression and irritability.
Other remedies for winter blues
Other vitamins and minerals can also help alleviate lower brain function and symptoms of depression, including zinc, iodine, magnesium, vitamin C and the omega-3 fatty acids. Some people find the use of a light therapy device or full spectrum lighting can be helpful in dealing with seasonal affective disorder as well.
November 29th, 2013No Comments, Articles & Information, Health & Science, Holistic Health, by herbs.
Most people don’t think they need to worry about dehydration. To them, dehydration is something that happens to travelers in the desert when they run out of water. But there is a chronic form of dehydration that does not have the sudden and intense nature of the acute form. Chronic dehydration is widespread in the present day and affects everyone who is not drinking enough liquid.
This list of 13 symptoms will inspire you to go get a glass of water, and then another, and another…
After each symptom the list below will show how lack of fluid affects the issue.
1. Fatigue, Energy Loss: Dehydration of the tissues causes enzymatic activity to slow down.
2. Premature Aging: The body of a newborn child is composed of 80 percent liquid, but this percentage declines to no more than 70 percent in an adult and continues to decline with age.
3. Excess Weight and Obesity: We may overeat because we crave foods rich in water. Thirst is often confused with hunger.
4. High and Low Blood Pressure: The body’s blood volume is not enough to completely fill the entire set of arteries, veins, and capillaries.
5. Cholesterol: When dehydration causes too much liquid to be drained from inside the cells, the body tries to stop this loss by producing more cholesterol.
6. Constipation: When chewed food enters the colon, it contains too much liquid to allow stools to form properly, and the wall of the colon reduces it. In chronic dehydration, the colon takes too much water to give to other parts of the body.
7. Digestive Disorders: In chronic dehydration, the secretion of digestive juices is less.
8. Gastritis, Stomach Ulcers: To protect its mucous membranes from being destroyed by the acidic digestive fluid it produces, the stomach secretes a layer of mucus.
9. Respiratory Troubles: The mucous membranes of the respiratory region are slightly moist to protect the respiratory tract from substances that might be present in inhaled air.
10. Acid-Alkaline Imbalance: Dehydration activates an enzymatic slowdown producing acidification.
11. Eczema: Your body needs enough moisture to sweat 20 to 24 ounces of water, the amount necessary to dilute toxins so they do not irritate the skin.
12. Cystitis, Urinary Infections: If toxins contained in urine are insufficiently diluted, they attack the urinary mucous membranes.
13. Rheumatism: Dehydration abnormally increases the concentration of toxins in the blood and cellular fluids, and the pains increase in proportion to the concentration of the toxins.