Milk Thistle Extract Demonstrates Potent Activity Against Liver Cancer

milk thistleDena Schmidt – The compound silibinin, a flavonoid in milk thistle, has shown extremely promising activity against human liver cancer, according to University of California, Irvine researchers.

Both silibinin and silymarin are highly bioactive milk thistle compounds that are already linked with offering protection for the liver against damage from alcohol and drug use. Now silibinin is showing promise in protecting against a number of cancer types, including liver cancer.

Liver cancer cases have tripled in the U.S. since 1980

For the study, human cells were treated with the milk thistle extract silibinin at different doses. Its substantial anticancer effects were linked with several specific processes. These included suppressing the cell cycle of cancer cells, reduction of the cellular proliferation of cancer and increasing apoptosis (cancer cell death).

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Your Body Literally Glows With Light

Dr. Joseph Mercola – The human body literally glows, emitting a visible light in extremely small quantities at levels that rise and fall with the day. Past research has shown that the body emits visible light, 1,000 times less intense than the levels which can be seen with the naked eye. In fact, virtually all living creatures emit very weak light.

To learn more about this faint visible light, scientists in Japan employed extraordinarily sensitive cameras capable of detecting single photons. Five healthy male volunteers in their 20’s were placed bare-chested in front of the cameras in complete darkness in light-tight rooms for 20 minutes every three hours.

The researchers found the body glow rose and fell over the day, with its lowest point at 10 AM and its peak at 4 PM, dropping gradually after that. These findings suggest there is light emission linked to the body clock, most likely due to how metabolic rhythms fluctuate over the course of the day. Faces glowed more than the rest of the body. This might be because faces are more tanned than the rest of the body, since they get more exposure to sunlight.

Gone are the days when words like “life energy” and “aura” were relegated to a few books in a tiny section of some New Age store. Today, scientists across the world are investigating the energies that propel, and likely even rule, life itself and hence have profound impact on your health.

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Ways to Prevent Bug Bites

Megan Stewart – One of the best places to spend time is in the wild outdoors. But along with all the beauty that Mother Nature provides, humans must also contend with the insects that make the wild outdoors their home. Insects that sting, bite, or otherwise make their presence known to humans can ruin an otherwise perfect day and in a survival situation, they can really make things worse.

Mosquitoes are attracted to:

Lactic acid

Type O Blood

CO2

Metabolic rate (high resting metabolic rates are more attractive)

Heat

Movement

Drinking alcohol and exercising both raise metabolic rate and make you more attractive to mosquitoes. Movement and sweating will make you more attractive to mosquitoes.

But have no fear, there are a number of ways to prevent bug bites in the wild. We’ve listed them below. Continue reading “Ways to Prevent Bug Bites”

Non-Toxic Nail Polishes – Good for you, good for the environment!

chemicalsNail polishes are a great way to put that final touch to an already glamorous look. Whether you’re going to a party or a formal meeting, right-colored nail polish provides a finished look.

While it’s great to look good it’s also important to do so safely. With increasing awareness about chemicals in nail polishes deteriorating nails and affecting the environment, non-toxic and environment-friendly nail polishes are becoming increasingly popular.

How to spot a non-toxic nail polish

Check the ingredients used in the formulation. Chemists are now making a 3-free formula which excludes the use of toluene, formaldehyde and dibutyl phthalate (DPB). Experts have determined these these chemicals have harmful effects on humans. Continue reading “Non-Toxic Nail Polishes – Good for you, good for the environment!”

Why and How Sound Heals the Body

Christina Sarich – What produces the healing power of sound?

We can feel it when we turn on the radio and our favorite song happens to be playing, or when we sit quietly and listen to the rain.

There is a palpable peace when we are absorbed in quiet and a different kind of rejuvenation when we hear the wind in the trees. There is no doubt that sound has subtle, but profound effects on our body, minds and spirits. How exactly does sound work, though, to heal us?

Just Like an Orchestra, You Can Tune Your Body

Have you ever listened to an orchestra prepare to play an invigorating symphony?

There is a cacophony first with the woodwinds and strings, horns, and timpani making quite a ruckus, but when they tune their instruments precisely, the sound that washes over you like a wave, can bring peace and excitement that surpasses some of the most invigorating practices on earth – like sky diving, or dropping 45 feet into a hidden cave.

Sound is not unorganized chaos. It is a dynamic but ordered pattern. – Dr. Hans Jenny

The body works in much the same way. If a single instrument (organ, or organ system) is playing its own tune, and not in harmony with the rest of the body, disease is more likely to happen. As sound therapist, Dr. John Beaulieu, ND, PhD explains, Continue reading “Why and How Sound Heals the Body”