Category Archives: Health

Elizabeth Renter ~ Man With 1-In-500 Chance Of Recovery Survives, Says Happiness Was The ‘Cure’

NaturalSociety  April 13 2014

HappyManHappy people are generally healthier people. There is a mounting body of evidence that our moods and thinking play an important role in our health outcomes—from stress triggering more illness and slower recoveries, to happiness creating a healthy disease-fighting immune system. And while it seems laughable to modern medical practitioners that humor and happiness could do better than their Big Pharma solutions, some who have seen the impact of happiness on health first hand are laughing heartily with good reason.

In 1964, magazine editor Norman Cousins was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis, an arthritis-type auto-immune disease that affects the spine. Doctors gave him a one-in-500 chance of recovery. He scoffed at their prognosis and began a new type of therapy—happiness therapy—self-medicating with regular doses of mood-boosting movies and activities which he ultimately credited with his “dramatic recovery”. Considered one of the forefathers of what’s known as psychoneuroimmunology (PNI), Cousins was one of the first to demonstrate the impact of moods on health.

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Elizabeth Renter ~ Grapefruit Compound Can Protect Kidneys, Prevent Cysts

NaturalSociety  April 10 2014

GrapefruitIf you don’t suffer from it or know someone who does, you may not even know what polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is. But not only is the disease relatively common, it is one of the leading causes of kidney failure. Thankfully, a new study indicates a flavonoid in grapefruit could hold the key to preventing cysts associated with the disease and treating PKD overall.

PKD affects some 500,000 people in the US and is the fourth-leading cause of kidney failure. It’s a genetic disease characterized by the growth of cysts in the kidneys. These cysts can lead to kidney enlargement and ultimately failure.

Researchers with Royal Holloway University of London have found naringenin, a compound responsible for the bitter flavor in grapefruit, could help prevent these cysts and the complications associated with PKD.

The researchers found that naringenin is able to regulate the protein responsible for PKD, known as PKD2. While naringenin is also found in other citrus fruits, it is most concentrated in grapefruit.

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Paul Fassa ~ 5 Ways To Use Anti-Microbial, Anti-Fungal Grapefruit Seed Extract

NaturalSociety  April 6 2014

GrapefruitGrapefruit seed extract (GSE), not to be confused with grape seed extract, offers anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-parasite, and anti-fungal properties without side effects. Continue reading to discover 5 ways you can use grapefruit seed extract to boost your health and tackle disease, as well as the many health benefits of grapefruit.

Grapefruit seed extract is extracted from the crushed seeds and pulp of grapefruit and is sold in liquid or capsule form. Capsules are suited for those who can’t tolerate the bitter taste of grapefruit seed extract liquids. One capsule usually equals ten drops of the liquid. However, the liquid form offers more uses. But it has to be diluted or it will irritate the skin and eyes.

Grapefruit seed extract has a high success rate for eliminating Candida (1), along with the right dietary approach of avoiding alcohol, sugar, and refined carbohydrates and starches. Adding probiotic foods or supplements should be part of that protocol’s foundation as well.

Begin with 10 drops, or one capsule, between meals twice daily in water or juice. After three days, bump the dosage to 15 drops daily for seven days. Then use the same 15 drop dosage three times daily for another two to three weeks. This protocol has been highly successful, according to this source.

Whether probiotics have to be added for any other internal GSE use for infectious diseases is remain to be seen, but it’s preferable to be safe and maintain probiotic levels with the sources of your choice.

GSE has the unique acidic citric property of being buffered by the body’s pH system into an alkalizing producing agent.

External Uses for GSE

Another use is external, but indirectly internal: Purifying dirty or otherwise non-potable water (2). Water collected from ponds or rivers should first be filtered to remove obvious sediment and other solid matter.

Add 10 to 25 drops of GSE, depending on the water source, to each gallon of water. Shake and let it sit for a few minutes. This GSE water treatment is considered effective for ridding amoebas and other parasites as well as most pathogenic bacteria. So carry a small container of GSE when you go camping or fishing.

Skin irritations can be treated topically with GSE (3). Acne is one of them. First moisten your face, then put a couple of drops of GSE on your wet hands. This should offer sufficient dilution to avoid irritation. Rub your wet hands with GSE onto your wet face with a circular motion. Let is set for a moment then pat dry.

Never put undiluted GSE extract onto dry skin and always avoid getting it into your eyes. Other skin conditions can be treated with one to three drops of GSE in one tablespoon of water, depending on the sensitivity of the treated area. Those conditions include dandruff, nail fungus, ringworm, and several others.

This same dilution of GSE can be used as a mouthwash or in neti pots as a nasal disinfectent (4). Expect a tingling sensation to occur on areas where GSE is applied.

GSE can be used as a disinfecting vegetable rinse as well (5). Add 20 drops into a large container or sink full of cold water and let fruits and vegetables soak for a short time. Adding 10 to 20 drops into a quart of water with a spray nozzle can be used to disinfect meat and poultry as well as table tops and cutting boards.

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Tess Pennington ~ Honey Is A New Approach To Fighting Antibiotic Resistance

ReadyNutrition  April 9 2014

RawHoneyHoney, that delectable condiment for breads and fruits, could be one sweet solution to the serious, ever-growing problem of bacterial resistance to antibiotics, according to researchers who presented their findings at a meeting of the American Chemical Society.

Medical professionals sometimes use honey successfully as a topical dressing, but it could play a larger role in fighting infections, the researchers predicted. Their study was part of the 247th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society.

The meeting, attended by thousands of scientists, features more than 10,000 reports on new advances in science and other topics. It is being held at the Dallas Convention Center and area hotels through Thursday.

“The unique property of honey lies in its ability to fight infection on multiple levels, making it more difficult for bacteria to develop resistance,” said study leader Susan M. Meschwitz, Ph.D. That is, it uses a combination of weapons, including hydrogen peroxide, acidity, osmotic effect, high sugar concentration and polyphenols — all of which actively kill bacterial cells, she explained. The osmotic effect, which is the result of the high sugar concentration in honey, draws water from the bacterial cells, dehydrating and killing them.

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Morty Lefkoe ~ My Cancer Has Spread To My Liver; Even That Has No Meaning

LefkoeInstitute April 8 2014

MortyLefkoeSince my post a couple of weeks ago describing how I wasn’t giving meaning to my colon cancer diagnosis, there have been several new developments.

I told you that I was scheduled for surgery to remove the cancer in my colon.  I wrote: “I also learned that if the cancer had not spread beyond the lining of the colon and if it was removed surgically, the problem would be totally solved.  If it had spread to other organs, then the prognosis could be serious.”  (See my earlier post for more details: http://www.mortylefkoe.com/diagnosed-cancer/.)

Well, it appears that the radiologist, who initially read my CT scan and thought the spot on my liver was only a benign cyst, had made a mistake.  Another radiologist looked at my CT scan just before my surgery and told my oncologist, Jennifer Lucus, that he was pretty sure the mass on my liver was cancer.  Jen immediately cancelled the surgery and called me to let me know.  And when I was given the new diagnosis, I continued to have no reaction because I gave that diagnosis no more meaning than my earlier diagnoses.

A liver biopsy was next

To get more information on the “probable” liver cancer, Jen ordered a biopsy of the mass on my liver.  They are still doing additional pathology tests, but they are now certain that it is cancer.

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Paul Fassa ~ Taking Charge Of Your Own Chi Energy: Promoting Health Through Life Energies

NaturalSociety  April 4 2014

QigongAs the efforts to diminish access to  supplements and herbs in Europe and America increase, don’t forget that you can still take charge of your health by practicing Qigong. With Qigong, you can influence the subtle life energies that affect your health without relying on physical supplements.

The recognition of Chi energy’s role for good health and healing has emerged through acupuncture, Reiki, and Polarity Therapy. But all of these therapies require a practitioner. Qigong (Chi-gong), however, can be done without a practitioner.

Qigong History

The art of Qigong goes back 5000 years in China. Ancient sages were intuitively more aware of the subtle Chi energies and how they influence our bodies. Over the years, several forms of Qigong have emerged. For example, while Qigong was an esoteric practice for centuries, Tai Chi was developed from Qigong to be used by the masses.

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Christina Sarich ~ Win: California Health Committee Passes GMO Labeling Bill

NaturalSociety  April 6 2014

GMOLabelingLaw_CaliforniaIt has been a long battle, fighting to save real food while going against genetically modified organisms (GMOs) that can cause cancer, attack human fetal cells, and instigate miscarriage. But the fight isn’t over, no. In fact, the California Senate Health Committee passed SB 1381 this past week which would require the labeling of all genetically engineered foods. It is a step in the right direction for food freedom.

Senator Noreen Evans introduced the bill, and Rebecca Spector of the Center for Food Safety argued in support of it.

 “One of the great freedoms we have as Americans is the basic right to choose from a variety of different foods in the marketplace. However these freedoms are being denied to the more than 90 percent of Americans who want to know if their food is produced using genetic engineering, because these products are not required to be labeled in the U.S,” said Spector. “SB 1381 is a step toward protecting these state interests, and we are very pleased that the Senate Health Committee passed the bill today.”

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Casie Terry ~ 7 Nutrient Combinations That Maximize Absorption and Boost Health

Wake Up World  April 4 2014

7NutrientCombos

Chefs are masterful when it comes to pairing complex flavor profiles that delight your taste buds, but more complicated still is the paring of foods and nutrients that stand to maximize your nutrient intake and boost your health. While some nutrient combinations work together to increase the absorption of one another, others simply compliment each other to provide incredible protection.  Here are seven complementary nutrients that you should always look to consume together.

1. Curcumin + Omega-3

Curcumin holds extraordinary potential for protecting your brain and reducing cerebral inflammation. In fact, many experts are calling curcumin the ‘King of All Spices” for its role in preventing the formation of beta amyloid plaque in the brain, in addition to the many other health benefits it provides. Add some brain-boosting omega-3s to your intake of curcumin and you have a powerful brain-protecting duo that should keep you sharp for years to come.

2. CoQ-10 + Astaxanthin

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