6 Spices that reduce the risk of cancer

Grocery Shelfby: Dr.Sofiya

(NaturalNews) Cancer is a word that seems to strike fear in the hearts of nearly everyone who hears it, regardless of their age, gender or socioeconomic status. There is good reason for this fear. Though different cancers have different survival rates, battling cancer itself can be almost as bad and horrific as actually succumbing to the disease. By using the following six Indian spices in the diet liberally, it is possible to significantly reduce the likelihood of developing cancer.

  1. Cumin

Popular as an aid to help digestion along, many people do not realize that cumin is also a powerful antioxidant. The seeds, which are often chewed by the handful by savvy Indians who want to ensure successful digestion after their meals, also contain thymoquinone. This compound helps reduce the spread of the cells that can cause colon cancer.

  1. Oregano

Though commonly eaten in a variety of Italian and pasta dishes as well as for flavoring pizza sauce, oregano also has anticancer properties. Due to its antimicrobial properties, one teaspoon of oregano has the potential to stop the growth of malignant cancerous cells such as those that cause prostate cancer.

  1. Ginger

Ginger has long been prized for its healing qualities. In addition to helping to reduce cholesterol, ginger is also known to increase metabolism. Now, people who enjoy adding ginger to their diet can do so knowing that they are also killing those cells which cause cancer. While it is easily added to dishes such as salads, fish and vegetables, chewing on fresh parsley can help make the root’s odor more bearable.

  1. Saffron

Crocetin, a carotenoid dicarboxylic acid that saffron contains, helps retard cancer progression. In addition, this compound has been shown to be able to reduce the size of cancerous tumors by 50%. Though it is expensive, its benefits can be enjoyed by ingesting only a few of its threads.

  1. Cinnamon

Prized as a flavoring in a variety of dishes, including breads, desserts, side dishes and entrees, only half of a teaspoon of cinnamon is needed each day to enjoy its many cancer-reducing benefits. Cinnamon is known to inhibit the formation of new vessels within the body as well as reduce the growth of tumors.

  1. Fennel

Anethole is a compound found within fennel that enables the spice to resist the invasive and adhesive qualities of cancer cells. Fennel does this by suppressing those activities that are regulated by enzymes and that encourage cancerous cells to multiply. This spice also contains a plethora of other antioxidants and phytonutrients as well.

Simply by enjoying tasty and well-seasoned foods on a daily basis, people can help reduce their chances of having to fight off a number of different types of cancer. With the right combination of spices, a long and healthy life can be expected.

Sources:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com

http://www.aicr.org

http://science.naturalnews.com

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Foods to Avoid If You Have Acne

DoughnutBy Dr. Mercola

Nearly 85 percent of people have acne at some point in their lives, making acne the most common skin disorder in the US.1 While acne typically begins during puberty, it’s not restricted to adolescents and may impact any age group – even into your 50s and beyond.

While not physically dangerous, acne can take a considerable psychological toll. Some sufferers become so self-conscious and embarrassed that their professional and personal lives suffer, leading to increasing feelings of alienation, depression, and social withdrawal.

Many mistakenly believe acne is mostly an aesthetic problem, but it is actually a sign of deeper imbalance in your system, often in your gut. Most physicians miss this connection entirely, instead prescribing acne drugs and other topical treatments.

Americans spend more than $2.2 billion every year on acne treatments, including prescription and over-the-counter products,2 but many will turn out to be useless if you ignore the foundational cause of most acne – improper diet.

Desperate to Clear Your Skin? Stop Eating Gluten and Grains

Full-blown celiac disease, which is an extreme form of gluten sensitivity causing both the adaptive and innate immune system to attack your small intestine, affects an estimated 1.8 percent of people in Western cultures. But non-celiacgluten sensitivity may actually affect as many as 30 to 40 percent of the population, and according to Dr. Alessio Fasano at Massachusetts General Hospital, virtually all of us are affected to some degree.3

This is because we all create a substance called zonulin in the intestine in response to gluten. Glutinous proteins, found in wheat, barley, and rye, known as prolamines can make your gut more permeable, which allows partially digested proteins to get into your bloodstream that would otherwise have been excluded, any of which can sensitize your immune system and promote inflammation, which can contribute to worsening acne.

Once gluten sensitizes your gut, it then becomes more permeable and all manner of gut bacterial components and previously excluded dietary proteins—including casein and other dairy proteins—have direct access to your bloodstream, thereby further challenging your immune system.

If you have acne, you should try eliminating gluten and other lectin-containing foods, although I actually recommend thateveryone following my beginner nutrition plan eliminate all gluten from their diets.

Among the most important to avoid are those grains that contain the sticky, hard to digest prolamine proteins, such as wheat, barley, rye, and yes, even oats, rice, and corn. However, I don’t recommend you stop there…

Avoid All Grains (and Sugar) If You Have Acne

While glutinous grains should certainly be eliminated if you struggle with acne, I recommend you avoid all manner of refined carbohydrates as well. Acne is much less of a problem in non-Westernized societies, where refined carbohydrates and sugar are consumed in much lower amounts.4 Diets high in sugar and refined carbohydrates are one of the primary causes of acne.

When you eat grain carbohydrates and sugar/fructose, it causes a surge of insulin and insulin-like growth factor called IGF-1 in your body. This can lead to an excess of male hormones, like testosterone, which cause your pores to secrete sebum, a greasy substance that attracts acne-promoting bacteria. Additionally, IGF-1 causes skin cells known as keratinocytes to multiply, a process that is also associated with acne.

Additionally, these very same foods — refined carbs, such as fructose, sugar, and grains — will also increase inflammation in your body, which may trigger acne, and at the same time they will also wreak havoc on the makeup of your intestinal bacteria, as mentioned above.

In fact, in 2007 a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that young men (ages 15 to 25) with acne problems who were placed on low-glycemic diets for 12 weeks showed significant improvements in acne and insulin sensitivity.5 Research published last year also found that a high-glycemic diet and frequent dairy consumption are linked to acne.6

Indulge in Vegetables, Limit Processed Foods to Control Acne Flare-Ups

Any meal or snack high in refined carbohydrates (i.e. grains and sugars) will generate a rapid rise in blood glucose. To adjust for this rapid rise, your pancreas secretes the hormone insulin into your bloodstream.

High blood sugar levels cause repeated surges in insulin and this causes your cells to become “insulin-resistant,” which leads to the production of even higher levels of insulin, and, eventually insulin resistance, another key factor linked to acne. Prolonged excessive insulin secretion can also eventually burn out your pancreatic beta cells which produce it, leading to “double diabetes,” a mixture of type 2 and type 1.

This is why, if you struggle with acne, you want to avoid all foods that contribute to insulin resistance (namely sugar and grains), not just the gluten-containing grains. The best way to know if you are insulin/leptin resistant is to measure your fasting insulin level. If it is below 3, you are not likely resistant.

However, if you are overweight, have high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, or abnormal cholesterol levels, it is likely that you have some element of insulin/leptin resistance and you would likely benefit from restricting your intake of sugars and grains until the conditions resolve.

You’ll be happy to know that simply eliminating grains, sugars (particularly fructose), cereals, potatoes, corn, rice, pasta, processed foods, etc., radically improves acne for most people. Fruit contains a fair amount of fructose, so it should be consumed in limited quantities if you are predisposed to acne. Or, at least focus on the low-sugar, high-nutrient-dense fruits like berries.

And fruit juices should be strictly avoided since the sugar is very concentrated in them, without the buffering effect of fiber, pectin, and other food cofactors present in whole, raw, organic fruit. Fresh vegetable juices are great, though, especially green juices, as are most vegetables, which are slow to break down into simple sugars, with minimal insulin impact.

Why Optimizing Your Gut Health May Help with Acne

When you clean up your diet as described above, your gut health will naturally improve. You can further support it by consuming fermented foods regularly, to encourage the growth of beneficial microorganisms, which will benefit your skin health in multiple ways.

For starters, signals from your gut microorganisms are sent throughout your body and interact with organisms in your skin and gut mucosa. Researchers are looking into how these interactions can help with skin conditions like dryness, improve collagen, or stabilize the microflora on your skin to help with irritations. As noted by researchers in Gut Pathogens:7

“The lines of communication, as mediated by gut microbes, may be direct and indirect — ultimately influencing the degree of acne by a systemic effect on inflammation, oxidative stress, glycemic control, tissue lipid levels, pathogenic bacteria, as well as levels of neuropeptides and mood-regulating neurotransmitters. …there appears to be more than enough supportive evidence to suggest that gut microbes, and the integrity of the gastrointestinal tract itself, are contributing factors in the acne process.”

Another interesting connection is via your emotional health, as stress may, too, cause acne via your gut-brain connection. Research by dermatologists John Stokes and Donald Pillsbury conducted more than 70 years posited that your emotions could alter the microflora in your intestines, which could therefore contribute to systemic inflammation that could exacerbate acne and other skin conditions. In 2011, researchers validated this connection, noting:8

“Experimental studies show that psychological stress stagnates normal small intestinal transit time, encourages overgrowth of bacteria, and compromises the intestinal barrier. SIBO [small intestinal bacterial over growth] is strongly associated with depression and anxiety, while eradication of SIBO improves emotional symptoms. Although the frequency of SIBO in acne vulgaris has not yet been investigated, a recent report indicates that SIBO is 10 times more prevalent in those with acne rosacea vs. healthy controls. Correction of SIBO leads to marked clinical improvement in patients with rosacea.”

Controlling Acne Takes a Whole-Body Approach

Your skin is your body’s largest organ, and an organ of elimination (e.g. sweating), which is why problems on its surface are often a sign of underlying issues. Your complexion is a reflection of your overall health, which is why topical (or worse, systemic) acne drugs will not heal the problem (and may result in serious side effects). Treating acne takes a whole-body approach that will nourish and heal your skin from the inside out, so don’t forget to incorporate these essential factors into your acne-busting plan:

  • Avoid starchy carbs, sugars/fructose, and grains: This is probably the single most important step you can take to improve your skin health. If you eliminate all sugars, fructose, and grains for a few weeks there is a major likelihood you will notice rapid improvement in your complexion. Replace these foods with healthy fats, like avocados, olives, olive oil, coconut oil, and butter. Be sure to check out mynutrition plan for a simple guide on how to eat right for healthy skin and overall health.
  • Water: Drink plenty of fresh, pure water every day. Hydrating your body facilitates cell growth and regeneration, elimination of wastes, and sloughing away dead skin cells. Hydration will also improve your skin tone. Every day, drink enough water so that your urine is a pale yellow color. If your urine is bright yellow, you probably need to drink more water (unless you take B vitamins, which themselves turn urine bright yellow).
  • Exercise: Getting plenty of high-intensity exercise helps your body flush out toxins, including those in your skin’s pores. Plus, exercise is vitally important to all other aspects of your heath. If you happen to have access to an infrared sauna, this can be helpful too, because the more you sweat, the more you flush unwanted debris and contaminants out of your pores.
  • Sleep: Did you know that a good night’s sleep can decrease your stress and lead to clearer skin? Your body’s main time for healing and rebuilding is at night while you sleep, and this applies to your skin. 
  • Proper balance of bacteria: You can reestablish your bacterial balance by incorporating naturallyfermented/cultured foods and raw foods (which contain living beneficial bacteria) into your diet and/or taking a high-quality probiotic supplement. This is especially important if you have been on antibiotics, because these drugs indiscriminately kill off the beneficial bacteria in your gut, without which you cannot have a strong immune system.
  • Vitamin D: This important nutrient is crucial for maintaining a healthy immune response, and most people are deficient in it. Without adequate vitamin D, your body cannot fight infection, in your skin or elsewhere. Exposing large areas of your skin to appropriate amounts of sunshine is the best way to optimize your vitamin D levels, or alternatively use a safe tanning bed.
  • Animal-based omega-3 fats: Omega-3 fats help to normalize skin lipids and prevent dehydration in the cells. This keeps skin cells strong and full of moisture, which can help to decrease the appearance of fine lines. Fatty acid deficiency can manifest in a variety of ways, but skin problems such as eczema, thick patches of skin, and cracked heels are common. Plus, omega-3 fats may have an anti-inflammatory effect that can help to calm irritated skin, giving you a clear, smooth complexion.
  • Address your stress: My favorite tool is the Emotional Freedom Technique or EFT. EFT involves tapping your body’s energy meridians with the tips of your fingers to clear emotional blocks, thus restoring balance to your mind and body. EFT is a powerful de-stressing technique that is easy for adults and children to learn. You can also add in other proven stress-busters, such as yoga and meditation.
  • All-natural acne fighter: Rubbing just a drop of oregano oil on a breakout can speed up the healing and prevent unsightly scarring without resorting to harsh commercial acne medication (remember to wash your hands thoroughly afterward).

Sources and References

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Natural solutions for Crohn’s disease

Healthy Eatingby Karen Sanders

(NaturalHealth365) For the 1.4 million Americans currently suffering with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis – a related form of inflammatory bowel disease – the ailments can be stressful, painful and debilitating conditions that can wreak havoc on daily life. And, the incidence of the diseases is steadily rising – according to The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America, 70,000 new cases are diagnosed every year.

What are the effects of Crohn’s disease?

Unlike ulcerative colitis, which is confined to the large intestine, Crohn’s disease can attack any part of the digestive tract, from the mouth to the rectum. However, it most commonly strikes the small intestine, causing inflammation and ulcerations, which in severe cases can erode into the bladder and even the surface of the skin. Inflammation of eyes and joints can occur as well. Complications can include malnutrition, bowel obstructions, and colon cancer.

Symptoms of Crohn’s disease include severe abdominal pain, diarrhea, cramping after meals, decreased appetite, fevers, weight loss and anemia. Conventionally speaking, there is no cure for Crohn’s disease, but conventional medicine treats symptoms with prescription medications such as mesalazine, corticosteroids, immune system suppressors, and antibiotics – of course, these pharmaceutical treatments all feature side effects that can range from mild to life-threatening.

Thankfully, there are natural substances you can use to help alleviate symptoms, contribute to intestinal healing, and ward off relapses and flare-ups.

Vitamin D – a.k.a the “sunshine vitamin” – combats Crohn’s disease safely

Vitamin D – which many researchers believe to be protective against cancer, heart disease and infections – is showing promise as a way to both prevent and treat Crohn’s disease. In a study conducted at McGill University in Montreal and published in 2010 in Journal of Biological Chemistry, researchers confirmed that the incidence of Crohn’s disease is higher in Northern latitudes, and theorized that vitamin D from natural sunlight provides protective effects.

Researchers found that variations in special receptor genes for vitamin D are linked to a vulnerability to Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, leading them to conclude that vitamin D deficiency can contribute to the development of IBD. The team expressed optimism regarding the obvious remedy – vitamin D supplements – noting that these are a “readily available, over-the-counter” option that can constitute a new “treatment avenue.”

This was not the first study attesting to the need for Crohn’s patients to maintain adequate vitamin D levels. According to a 2010 study presented by the American College of Gastroenterology, vitamin D deficiency puts IBD patients at greater risk for osteoporosis.

Probiotics help to maintain healthy balance of bacteria in the GI tract

Since researchers believe that Crohn’s disease is caused by defective immune regulation of gut bacteria, probiotics – live bacteria similar to the beneficial bacteria that exist in the human gastrointestinal tract – are an obvious choice for helping to regain healthy balance and keep harmful pathogens in check.

When researchers began to study the effects of probiotics on Crohn’s patients, they found that probiotics can help keep the disease in remission. But, some bacteria appeared to work better than others; according to University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC), a type of probiotics that contains Saccharomyces boulardi was particularly effective in helping to reduce diarrhea.

In a scientific review published in 2008 in British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, the authors reported that s. boulardi, when used in conjunction with mesalazine, worked better than mesalazine alone to maintain remission.

Zinc promotes intestinal healing, improves “leaky gut,” and prevents relapse

Zinc, a powerful antioxidant, plays a vital role in wound healing. UMMC states that this essential mineral may help to repair intestinal cells in people with Crohn’s disease.

But zinc may play a role beyond mere cell repair.

Crohn’s patients are susceptible to intestinal permeability or “leaky gut” – which can trigger relapse in patients in remission. In a study published in 2001 in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, Crohn’s patients who had been in remission for at least three months – but who had experienced episodes of increased intestinal permeability on at least two separate occasions two months prior – were given zinc supplements three times a day for eight weeks.

Researchers found that the zinc reduced the lactulose/mannitol ratio, a marker of the disease, in the patients. 10 out of 12 participants maintained normal intestinal permeability; 11 of the 12 avoided relapse completely – leading researchers to conclude that zinc supplementation could resolve “leaky gut” in Crohn’s patients in remission, and contribute to maintaining the remission.

Boswellia: an ancient Ayurvedic treatment proves its merit

Boswellia serrata, also known as Indian frankincense, is treasured in Ayurveda for its anti-inflammatory properties. Modern researchers have noted that its active ingredients, boswellic acids, work by suppressing inflammatory cytokines. And – unlike steroids – they achieve this with no side effects. UMMC agrees, calling boswellia safe and well-tolerated.

In a 2008 review published in European Journal of Medical Research, the authors declared boswellia as effective as both sulfasalazine and mesalazine in the treatment of Crohn’s disease.

Naturally, you should only use vitamin D, probiotics, zinc or boswellia under the supervision of a trusted and knowledgeable medical professional – especially if you have a serious health condition such as IBD.

Lifestyle and dietary choices can help protect against Crohn’s disease

Although heredity and genetics play a role in whether you will develop IBD – and exposure to environmental toxins may also come into play as well – there are still conscious choices you can make to reduce your chances of developing Crohn’s disease.

Experts say that – as with countless other chronic diseases – a sedentary lifestyle, cigarette smoking, insufficient sunlight and a diet crammed with processed foods and laden with saturated fat are the familiar villains that can set you up for IBD – along with a host of other conditions.

Eating antioxidant-rich, high-fiber foods – such as fresh, organic, pesticide-free fruits and vegetables – avoiding processed foods, saturated fat, tobacco and sugar – and getting adequate physical activity: these simple actions may very well be your first – and best – line of defense against inflammatory bowel disease.

References:
http://www.ccfa.org/landing/leading-research-toward-ibd-cures/?origin=ggccfabrandb&gclid=CjgKEAjwz7mdBRDS46_ipNqqsEQSJAC4rrGkE6ekwxihcUNb2jxFtmWHgyiqg4tkinhBXFST-VyYlPD_BwE
http://www.lef.org/newsletter/2010/0202_Vitamin-D-Supplements-May-Protect-Against-Crohns-Disease.htm
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http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11383597

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What is Aspartame?

Soda(It is NutraSweet and Equal)

Five surprising facts you never know about this chemical sweetener

by: Jonathan Benson

(NaturalNews) The controversy surrounding one of the world’s most popular artificial sweeteners, aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal), continues some 30 years after the chemical was rammed through the regulatory process by pharmaceutical interests, despite its well-documented dangers. And yet to this very day, many people are still unaware of the chemical sweetener’s sordid history, not to mention what aspartame is actually made from and how it affects the body and brain.

To many, aspartame is just another FDA-approved sugar alternative that has to be safe, otherwise it wouldn’t be on the market. But the truth about aspartame is much more sinister, including how the chemical sweetener gained market approval http://www.fda.gov. And there’s so much more to the aspartame story that you’ve probably never heard before, thanks to government collusion with powerful drug interests.

1) Aspartame is converted by the body into formaldehyde, a cancer-causing chemical.
Composed of three unique compounds, aspartame is a synergistically toxic chemical, meaning the sum of its individual parts is exponentially more toxic than each one by itself. And yet even in isolation, the three main constituents found in aspartame — aspartic acid, phenylalanine, and methanol — are idiosyncratically toxic in their own right.

Free methanol in particular is highly toxic, converting first into formaldehyde and then into formic acid upon consumption. Unlike the methanol found in alcoholic beverages and various fruits and vegetables, the methanol produced by aspartame is not accompanied by ethanol, which acts as a protector against methanol poisoning. By itself, methanol embalms living tissues and damages DNA, and can cause lymphoma, leukemia, and other forms of cancer.

2) Aspartame causes obesity and metabolic syndrome.
Artificial sweeteners are typically viewed as a safe alternative to sugar, which many people now recognize as a cause of weight gain and metabolic disorders like diabetes when consumed in excess. But a number of scientific studies have found that chemicals like aspartame are perhaps even more damaging, as they promote weight gain in ways unrelated to caloric intake.

A study published in the journal Appetite back in 2013 found that compared to sucrose, a form of sugar, aspartame is actually worse in terms of promoting weight gain. Similar research published in the Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine (YJBM) found that aspartame alters the body’s natural production of hormones, increasing both appetite and sugar cravings.

3) Reagan-appointed FDA commissioner helped get aspartame approved despite evidence showing its toxicity.
Believe it or not, aspartame was an accidental discovery made by scientists working on the development of an ulcer drug for G.D. Searle and Company, a pharmaceutical corporation that was later acquired by Monsanto in 1985. When researchers discovered that the chemical had a sweet taste, G.D. Searle presented it to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for commercial approval.

But the earliest safety studies conducted on the chemical found that it caused grand mal seizures and death in monkeys, findings that were withheld from the FDA. When FDA scientists discovered on their own that aspartame was unsafe, G.D. Searle made a strategic move, waiting for a new FDA commissioner appointed by the late Ronald Reagan to force the chemical through the approval process.

The details of this political transaction are spelled out in the following document posted at the FDA’s own website, but suffice it to say that aspartame was never proven to be safe. It was only through corruption that this artificial sweetener ended up making its way into more than 9,000 consumer products, many of which still contain it today:
http://www.fda.gov

4) Aspartame is made from the feces of genetically-modified (GM) E. coli bacteria.
Another disturbing fact about aspartame is that it is produced from the feces of genetically-modified E. coli bacteria. Similar to the fermentation process, E. coli are modified with special genes that cause them to produce unnaturally high levels of a special enzyme that, as a byproduct, produces the phenylalanine needed for aspartame production.

5) Aspartame crosses the blood-brain barrier, potentially causing permanent brain damage.
Aspartame is composed of roughly 40 percent aspartic acid, a free-form amino acid that has the ability to cross the blood-brain barrier. When excess amounts of this compound via aspartame enter the body, brain cells are bombarded with an excess of calcium. The result is neural cell damage and even cell death, which can lead to serious brain damage.

In extreme cases, exposure to aspartic acid, also known as aspartate, can cause neurological conditions like epilepsy and Alzheimer’s disease, and is also implicated in causing diseases like multiple sclerosis (MS) and dementia. Endocrine disorders, or imbalanced or inadequate hormone production, are also linked to so-called “excitotoxin” exposure, or exposure to free-form amino acids like aspartate that overstimulate the brain.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.fda.gov

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC387446/

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0195666312004138

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2892765/

http://www.upi.com

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7290308

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What to eat to relieve high blood pressure

Green VeggiesWhat to eat to relieve high blood pressure

by: Reuben Chow

(NaturalNews) High blood pressure can have potentially serious, even fatal, consequences. The good news is that there are scientifically proven changes to one’s diet which can be made to help deal with this condition. While serious cases (e.g. 160+/115+) may require the attention of a doctor and immediate pharmaceutical intervention, too many people and doctors unfortunately turn to medical drugs too quickly, when in reality there are many simple foods and herbs which can help bring mild-to-moderate cases of high blood pressure under control.

Potassium-rich foods

Most of us consume large amounts of table salt in our daily diet. And one of the health concerns of high-sodium diets is blood pressure elevation, particularly in those who are sensitive to this mineral.

When it comes to blood pressure regulation, the balance between sodium and potassium in the body is an important one. Thus, other than reducing one’s sodium intake, consuming more potassium-rich foods can help bring one’s blood pressure under control.

Generally speaking, fresh fruits and vegetables are great sources of potassium. On the other hand, many processed, packaged foods are laden with sodium salt and other harmful food additives. Fruits and vegetables also contain lots of fiber, which help reduce high blood pressure as well.

Fruits rich in potassium include bananas, cantaloupe, apricots, dates, honeydews, mangoes, nectarines, avocados, watermelon, kiwifruit, oranges, pomegranates, and papayas. High-potassium vegetables include celery, spinach, watercress, broccoli, cucumbers, cauliflower, parsley, Swiss chard, asparagus, winter squash, potatoes, sweet potatoes and artichokes.

Those with kidney disease should note that excessive potassium intake could be harmful to you, and you may wish to seek some expert advice in this regard.

Water

One possible high blood pressure remedy is as simple as drinking lots of water every day. Dr. Julian Whitaker, founder of the Whitaker Wellness Institute in Newport Beach, California, recommends drinking 15 glasses of water each day, about one 8-ounce glass every waking hour.

Water helps relax bodily systems, including one’s arteries — constricted and tight arteries are one of the major causes of high blood pressure. This was his top recommendation for this ailment and, according to him, “Almost all of the blood pressure medications mimic the effects of increased water intake.”

Garlic and onions

Research has shown that garlic, both in fresh and supplemental form, has blood pressure-lowering effects. Garlic also provides other benefits to your cardiovascular and immune systems. For example, studies have shown that garlic can help reduce cholesterol levels.

When it comes to reducing blood pressure, eating as little as one clove of garlic a day could help, according to some studies. Some experts suggest that garlic’s health benefits are best reaped by eating it raw and chopped about 10 minutes before consumption.

Onions could help lower blood pressure too.

Other specific vegetables

Some vegetables contain specific compounds which have been shown to help lower blood pressure. Tomatoes, for example, contain at least seven such compounds, including gamma-amino butyric acid (GABA), while broccoli contains at least six compounds which help bring blood pressure down. Carrots, too, have at least eight such compounds.

In traditional Chinese medicine, celery has a long history of use for lowering high blood pressure. Eating as few as four celery stalks could produce beneficial effects.

Conclusion

The above suggestions can help for many cases of mild-to-moderate high blood pressure. For serious cases which require medical drugs, once lifestyle and dietary changes have been made and the situation is under control, medication use can be slowly tapered off, under the supervision of a medical practitioner.

Sources for this article include:

Gottlieb, Bill. Alternative Cures: The Most Effective Natural Home Remedies for 160 Health Problems. Rodale, 2000. Print.

Duke, James A., PhD. The Green Pharmacy. New York, NY: Rodale, 1997. Print.

Murray, Michael, ND, and Pizzorno, Joseph, ND. Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine. 2nd ed. New York, NY: Three Rivers Press, 1998. Print.

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WHEAT: The Grain That Damages The Human Brain

Horning ChiropracticWHEAT: The Grain That Damages The Human Brain

Written By:

Sayer Ji, Founder

With increasing recognition among medical professionals and the lay public alike that the health of gut and brain are intimately connected (i.e. the ‘gut-brain‘ axis), the concept that gluten-containing grains can damage the human brain is beginning to be taken more seriously.  

Books like Dr. William Davis’ New York Times best-selling Wheat Belly made great progress in opening up popular consciousness to the subject of gluten’s addictive properties, my own e-book The Dark Side of Wheatexplored the role that wheat and grains in general played as an addictive agent, and Dr. David Perlmutter’s new book Grain Brain places significant emphasis on this connection as well. 

After all, if wheat is a common cause of intestinal damage (“enteropathy”) both in those with celiac disease and non-celiac gluten sensitivity, it is no wonder that gluten-associated damage to the gut – sometimes called the “enteric brain,” or “second brain,” – could have adverse effects to the central nervous system as well.  

Indeed, our research project at GreenMedInfo.com has identified in biomedical literature directly from the National Library of Medicine over 200 adverse health effects linked to gluten-containing grains, withneurotoxicity top on the list of 21 distinct modes of toxicity associated with this grain’s effects.[i]  These neurotoxic properties extend from neuropathy and ataxia, to distinct psychiatric conditions such as acute states of mania, and schizophrenia.

A recent study published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry titled, “Hyperexcitable brain and refractory coeliac disease: a new syndrome,” has identified a “new syndrome” within the broader array of so-called “gluten related disorders (GRD)” which the authors are calling “Hyperexcitable brain and refractory celiac disease.”

According to the study, “Whilst coeliac disease (gluten sensitive enteropathy) remains one of the best characterised GRD, neurological dysfunction is one of the commonest extraintestinal manifestations with a range of presentations such as cerebellar ataxia, neuropathy, sensory ganglionopathy and encephalopathy (headaches and white matter abnormalities).”

They point out that neurological manifestations of gluten-induced toxicity can occur with or without evidence of intestinal damage (enteropathy). While wheat-induced intestinal damage is far more common than most suppose (read: Research Proves Wheat Can Cause Harm to Everyone’s Intestines), the problem with gluten stretches far beyond the intestinal wall to so-called “out-of-intestine” adverse health effects. And given the fact that many of the peptide sequences within the vast array of proteins that we colloquially refer to as ‘gluten’ — as if it were a singular entity versus the 23,000 plus proteins it is actually comprised of — are pharmacologically psychoactive, it is no wonder that adverse neurological/cognitive consequences follow its ingestion. 

The new study describes a case study involving 7 patients (5 male, 2 female) who were identified from a cohort of 540 patients with neurological manifestations of “Gluten related disorders (GRD).” These patients showed signs of “myoclonic tremor,” which is an involuntary muscle twitching, which initially occurred in their face, tongue, one arm or one leg, “but then spread to affect other parts of the body.”  So severe was the tremor that 5 of the patients suffered from epileptic seizures, progressing from “Jacksonian seizures,” a type of epilepsy that are initiated with abnormal electrical activity within the primary motor cortex, and may involve a wide range of behaviors from drooling, smacking of the lips, apparently purposeful movements such as turning of the head, etc. Furthermore, all the patients were described as having “limb ataxia and more prominent gait ataxia” – ataxia being a lack of voluntary coordination of muscle movements.

Electrophysiology ‘brain tests’ showed evidence of cortical myoclonus, which is defined as as involuntary brief muscle jerks originating from an abnormal discharge of the cerebral cortex.’ Further clinical, imaging and/or pathological evaluation revealed some evidence of cerebellar involvement, but this was a secondary feature, distinguishing this new condition from gluten ataxia, where cerebellar ataxia is the most disabling feature.

All patients were made to adhere to a strict gluten-free diet, but even after eliminating gluten-related antibodies, there was still evidence of intestinal damage in keeping with so-called ‘refractory’ or treatment resistant celiac disease.  The researchers believe that this syndrome, while rare, is the commonest neurological manifestation of refractory celiac disease. They concluded:

“The clinical manifestations [of the newly named disorder] extend from focal reflex jerks to epilepsia partialis continua, covering the whole clinical spectrum of cortical myoclonus. This entity is possibly under-diagnosed and difficult to treat.”

This study, of course, only addresses the small exposed tip of the massive Gluten-Related Disorder ‘Iceberg’. But it does add renewed focus to the topic of wheat and gluten’s brain-damaging and/or mind-altering properties.  Here are some additional studies linking wheat to brain issues:

So, what’s the best way to find out if this research is accurate and relevant for you? My opinion is that the proof is in the gluten-free pudding. Try it out. Eliminate gluten-containing foods for a while, and see how you feel. Observe your memory, your cognition, etc. If it works, it works. If it doesn’t, no harm done.

Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of GreenMedInfo or its staff.

Hope this helps,

Dr. Horning

Paxil side effects explained: are you suffering any of these?

Rxby: Aurora Geib

(NaturalNews) Each year, millions of Americans are prescribed the anti-depressant drug Paxil, which belongs to a class of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs. These powerful medications have a direct bearing on the chemistry of your brain and the way the nerves in your brain respond to specific stimuli. In many patients, Paxil and other SSRIs can have significant effects on their thoughts and behaviors, in some cases even increasing the symptoms of depression including instilling thoughts of self-harm and suicide.

In theory, SSRIs are supposed to work by helping the body’s natural “feel-good” chemical serotonin perform critical tasks in helping boost mood. But in practice, they can cause a wide range of side effects that can make taking them extremely unpleasant, and sometimes fatal.

Recent studies have associated Paxil and other SSRIs with a host of serious problems, including increased risks for fractures, autism in unborn children and even strokes and death.(1)(2)(3)

Those are just a few of the most significant risks associated with Paxil; there are dozens of other side effects that occur in many more patients who take the drugs.

Paxil side effects explained

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) lists side effects associated with Paxil, which include the following:(4)

• Headache
• Sleepiness
• Feeling of being “drugged”
• Feelings of muscle weakness
• Tender or swollen joints
• General pain or aching in bones, muscles or throughout the body
• Trouble concentrating, confusion or forgetfulness
• Feelings of nervousness
• Nausea or vomiting
• Dizziness
• Bowel problems , including (ironically) both diarrhea and constipation
• Stomach cramps or aches, gas or heartburn
• Dry mouth or sore gums
• Inability to taste food “normally;” change in the way food tastes
• Sensitivity to light
• Decreased appetite as well as weight loss or weight gain
• Changes in your desire for sex or ability to have sex
• Profuse or chronic perspiring or flushing
• Excessive yawning
• A tight feeling in the throat or feeling like there’s a lump in your throat
• Especially vivid or unusual dreams
• Changes in menstruation, including increased pain or irregularities in occurrence

In addition, it notes the following “serious” side effects which warrant an immediate call to your doctor or emergency medical treatment:

• Visual or auditory hallucinations
• Passing out
• Blurry vision
• Chest pain or rapid or irregular heartbeat
• Severe muscle stiffness or significant muscle twitching
• Trouble breathing
• Seizures
• Red spots beneath the skin surface, peeling or blistering
• Abnormal bruising or bleeding
• Fever, chills or sore throat or other flu-like symptoms
• Uncontrollable shaking or tremors
• Unsteadiness when walking
• Numbness or tingling in your hands or feet
• Changes in urination, including difficulty urinating or painful urination
• Vaginal infection, burning or swelling
• Prolonged and painful erections
• Rash or hives
• Itching
• Sudden onset of nausea, vomiting, dizziness, headache or confusion
• Sudden weakness, cramps, bloating or tightness in hands and feet
• Swelling of face, lips, tongue, throat, extremities or lower legs
• Bowel movements that are black or “tar-like” or have red blood in them
• Bloody vomit or vomit that has the appearance of coffee grounds
• Hoarseness
• Bone pain or pain, tenderness, bruising or swelling of one part of your body

Even the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recognizes the significant and potentially life-threatening side effects ofPaxil and other anti-depressants. In 2007, the FDA issued a statement requiring that all anti-depressant drugs include a “black box warning” – the most serious type of side effect warning – in their labeling, advising people of the possible increased risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior, notably in patients between 18 and 24 years of age who take the medication.(5) Yet despite the FDA warning, millions of prescriptions are written each year for Paxil and similar anti-depressant drugs.

A better approach

For many people, holistic alternatives can be just as effective in treating depression as Paxil and other depression medications. But because holistic approaches are not always embraced by the medical community, many men and women never learn about the very real benefits available to them through non-medical, holistic options. Not only can these holistic alternatives offer the same positive effects in treating depression, but they also eliminate the side effects that go hand-in-hand with these medications. For that reason, they may be much more effective and better tolerated by many men and women seeking treatment for depression.

Before you reach for an SSRI or other anti-depressant, you owe it to yourself, your health and your loved ones to explore the holistic options that could have you feeling better without tying you to a lifetime of potentially harmful medications.
Sources for this article include:

(1) http://www.naturalnews.com

(2) http://www.naturalnews.com/044948_SSRIs_pregnancy_autism.html

(3) http://www.naturalnews.com/027841_SSRI_drugs_strokes.html

(4) http://www.nlm.nih.gov

(5) http://www.fda.gov/drugs/drugsafety/informationbydrugclass/ucm096273

 

Hope this helps,

Dr. Horning

 

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