Elderberry Extract: Nature’s “Tamiflu”

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'The most important weapon against influenza that you can add to your herbal arsenal is elderberry extract

Whether you are concerned with the seasonal flu or the potential of a deadly strain of influenza becoming pandemic, elderberry extract is a vital addition to your vault of flu remedies.

Unlike the highly touted flu shot, concentrated black elderberry extracts have actually been shown to be effective. It is one of the few natural remedies that has been written up in the medical journals. The studies I’m listing here are based on black elderberry extract (Sambucus nigra L) – name brand Sambucol.


Yerba Mate Enhances Cellular Energy and Metabolism

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'In South America, Yerba Mate has been grown and taken medicinally for centuries. Researchers have shown that use of the herb over an extended period had significant effects on body weight and weight gain and was associated with lower levels of blood lipids and insulin in obese mice fed a high-fat diet'


Black Seed Reverses Liver Disease

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'A new study on a widely revered herbal medicine has produced a potential breakthrough in treating a condition that is a warning sign of serious disease risks. This common health problem affects as many as 90 million Americans, most of whom don’t even know they are in danger.'


EPA Approves Lab Infected Killer Mosquitoes to be Released into the Environment

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'The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved the use of laboratory infected mosquitoes carrying the bacterium Wolbachia pipientis to be released into the wild. The laboratory-raised mosquitoes are meant to be a way to infect Asian Tiger mosquitoes, which are believed to carry harmful infectious diseases.

The long term environmental consequences are unknown. Because mosquitoes are prey for birds and fish, the long-term effects on the greater ecosystem are unclear.'


Vitamin K2 — A Crucial Ingredient for Heart and Bone Health

'As mentioned, vitamin K2 also plays a crucial role in bone health,20 and may be critical for the prevention of osteoporosis (brittle bones). Osteocalcin is a protein produced by your osteoblasts (cells responsible for bone formation), and is utilized within the bone as an integral part of the bone-forming process. However, osteocalcin must be “carboxylated” before it can be effective. Vitamin K functions as a cofactor for the enzyme that catalyzes the carboxylation of osteocalcin.

If you do not have sufficient amounts of vitamin K2, you run the risk of both brittle bones and calcification in your soft tissues. In other words, vitamin K2 is necessary to keep your bones strong and your soft tissues pliable. A number of Japanese trials have shown that vitamin K2 completely reverses bone loss and in some cases even increases bone mass in people with osteoporosis.

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Are You Getting Enough Phytonutrients? What the Latest Science Reveals

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'You might have heard of “phytonutrients” and how good they are for overall health. But what exactly are phytonutrients and why are they absolutely vital for preventing disease and maintaining vital health in this modern world?'


The Antiaging Potential of Mushrooms

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'In a study, researchers found that mushrooms have high amounts of the ergothioneine and glutathione, both important antioxidants, said Robert Beelman, professor emeritus of food science and director of the Penn State Center for Plant and Mushroom Products for Health. He added that the researchers also found that the amounts the two compounds varied greatly between mushroom species.

"What we found is that, without a doubt, mushrooms are highest dietary source of these two antioxidants taken together, and that some types are really packed with both of them," said Beelman.'


Game-changing Study: Epigenetic Memories are Passed Down 14 Successive Generations

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'The past of our ancestors lives on through us: Groundbreaking research illustrates how parental experience is not only epigenetically imprinted onto offspring, but onto an unprecedented number of future generations. Rather than occurring over the elongated time scale of millions of years, genetic change can transpire in real biological time through nanoparticles known as exosomes.'


Top 22 Foods to Add Years of Healthy Life

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"A foundational recommendation for healthy eating is simply to eat REAL food. To protect your health, I advise spending at least 90 percent of your food budget on whole foods, and only 10 percent, or less, on processed foods. This article will highlight 22 foods known for their potent health benefits.
As a quick aside, while food selection is foundational for health, it's important to realize that certain lifestyle choices have an equal if not greater impact. Four of the most important lifestyle strategies to protect your health are:


Shiitake Mushrooms: Anti-Cancer, Anti-Aging, and More

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"Shiitake mushroom (Lentinus edodes), once little-known outside of East Asia, is a frequent sight these days in the produce section of Western supermarkets. While prized for its texture and flavor, it is shiitake’s health benefits that render this fungus priceless."

Eating For Balance - Part 4: Mind-Body Tools for Conscious Eating

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Breathing Awareness Meditation

'The Breathing Awareness Meditation is an extremely effective technique for dealing with emotionally based-cravings and binges. Through awareness of your breath and regulating your breathing pattern, you can strongly influence your state of mind. When you feel the craving for a particular food, try this guided meditation. Afterwards you may find that your craving has dissipated.'


Medical Promotion of Cholesterol-lowering Drugs Biased – Not Based on Scientific Evidence

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'A group of independent medical academics challenged a recently published BMJ (British Medical Journal) 20 year follow-up study that claimed favorable results among those using statins as a preventative measure. It was known as the West of Scotland Coronary Prevention Study (WOSCOPS), the first trial attempting to demonstrate a significant reduction in cardiovascular events with statin therapy for primary prevention.

The critical report challenging the BMJ’s statin-promotion based on the WOSCOPS study was published recently, October of 2017. The challenging trio of medical scientists, led by independent researcher Uffe Ravnskov MD, PhD, author of The Cholesterol Myth and Fat and Cholesterol are Good for You, parsed and picked at the study to show it is flawed.'


What Is Your Greatest Cancer Risk?

'The outcomes that I have achieved in my practice since incorporating his teachings have lead me to spend most of my spare time writing up case reports for the peer-reviewed primary medical literature. Because these cases defy the orthodoxy. They demonstrate that disease labels can be shed. That symptoms can transform. And that vitality can be reclaimed.

Through this lens, illness is more than just bad luck, bad genes, and something to “survive”. Illness, even grave and disabling illness is an invitation to your next chapter in life.'


How Tart Cherry Juice Increases The Quality Of Your Sleep Time

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'Along with providing the fruit's bright red color, the antioxidant compounds in tart cherries -- called anthocyanins -- have been specifically linked to high antioxidant capacity and reduced inflammation, at levels comparable to some well-known pain medications. 

Tart cherry juice was found to help extend sleep time by 84 minutes among study participants according to a new pilot study published in American Journal of Therapeutics.'


‘The Reality of Truth’ — The Psychedelic Experience and Its Potential for Healing

" The featured film, "The Reality of Truth,"3 explores how psychotropic drugs can enhance your understanding of reality, thereby freeing you up to be happy, regardless of outward circumstances. Deepak Chopra opens up the conversation noting that the human brain has specific receptors for psychoactive substances such as psilocybin, and the fact that we have them is a clear indication that we are part of their nature, and these plants are part of ours.

In other words, psychotropic plants appear to have a role to play in the human experience. But what is that role? Psychotropic plants are well-known for their ability to induce dramatically altered states of consciousness. Many of these altered states correlate to religious or spiritual experiences, and such experiences, Chopra says, is part of being a whole human being."


Study: Black Seed Oil Helps Parkinson’s – Can be Used for Anti-depressant and Anti-anxiety Treatment

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'A recently studied virtue of black cumin oil is its positive effects on neurological and psychiatric systems. A meta-study of several studies analyzing black cumin for several neurological applications includes “… the pharmacological actions and the therapeutic potential pertaining to the central nervous system, particularly effects on psychiatric and neurological dysfunctions, …”

The meta study, Neuropsychiatric Effects of Nigella sativa (Black Seed) A Review was published in the journal Alternative and Integrative Medicine. It reviews in detail studies from international sources where researchers have observed positive results from black cumin seed.'


Coenzyme Q10 may Be Viable Solution for Many Diabetics

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'Coenzyme Q10 has long been known for its antiaging properties, especially in the cases of energy production and cardiovascular health. Now, it seems as though we have another use for this not-quite-a-vitamin – the prevention and mitigation of diabetes.

One little-publicized cause of diabetes may be the use of statins, marketed as “prevention” for cardiovascular events. Some statins, such as rosuvastatin, are linked with a 27% higher risk of type II diabetes! 

Two meta-analyses also found an elevated risk of diabetes, one with a 9% higher risk, and the other showing a 12% higher risk. This disproportionately affects the elderly, who are most likely to be prescribed statins.'


Ashwagandha Root Supports Thyroid Hormone Levels

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'Ashwagandha has many beneficial elements, including flavonoids and members of the withanolide class. Numerous modern studies have found that ashwagandha shows great promise for being effective in reducing inflammation, decreasing stress, increasing mental activity, invigorating the body, and as an antioxidant. It is even known to relieve arthritis better than medication.'


Dr. Brownstein: New Shingrix Vaccine for Shingles Fails 97% of Time

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'If President Trump wants to truly drain the swamp, let’s start by getting rid of vaccines that fail nearly all who take them. The shingles vaccines should be first on the list of therapies that should be outlawed.

Yes, shingles is a horrible illness. I had it a year ago. A great treatment for shingles is ozone injections into the nerve root where shingles is occurring. It works nearly every time if it is done within a few days of the onset of the illness. Also, taking vitamin C (5-10,000mg/day) and L-lysine (1,000mg three times per day) helps.

Folks, I did not even get into the safety of Shingrix here as this blog post is too long. This vaccine contains polysorbate 80 which is a substance that has been linked to anaphylactic reactions and has been shown to cause infertility in mammals as well as hormonal changes in rats. Polysorbate 80 should not be injected into any living being.'


Is Most Back Pain Caused by Repressed Emotions?

'According to Sarno, you unconsciously cause your own pain. In a nutshell, the pain you're experiencing is your brain's response to unaddressed stress, anger or fear. 

When these kinds of emotions are suppressed, your brain redirects the emotional impulses to restrict blood flow to certain parts of your body, such as your back, neck or shoulder, thereby triggering pain.

This pain acts as a distraction from the anger, fear or rage you don't want to feel or think about. The pain essentially acts as a lid, keeping unwanted emotions from erupting.' 


Natural Approaches for Preventing & Treating Cancer in Dogs and Cats

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'Cats and dogs develop cancer at nearly the same rate as humans. There are roughly 12 million new cases of the disease between the two species every single year in the U.S. Yet many pet owners fail to consider cancer prevention in the same precautionary terms for their cuddly companions as they do for themselves and other loved ones.

Proper diet, clean water, supplementation, and regular exercise are now widely recognized as vital components of a well-rounded, cancer-preventative lifestyle for people. But how many pet owners know how to engage the same standards for their pets?'


Everything You Need to Know About Ketosis

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'Ketosis is a metabolic state in which your body uses fat, rather than sugar, for energy. Your body shifts into ketosis when your blood sugar is low, and the glycogen in your muscles has been depleted. 

Typically, this happens when you eat a low carb diet or fast from food altogether for a prolonged period. Ketosis is usually heralded as a fast and effective way to lose body fat. Research suggests that ketosis may positively affect health in other ways, as well.'

The Life-Saving Properties of Garlic Revealed

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'Research on garlic indicates that it may provide an ideal low-cost and safe alternative to drugs and vaccines in reducing the three most common causes of death in the world.

In a world mesmerized by the false promises of pharmaceutical industry marketing copy, as well as inundated with aggressively marketed dietary supplements, many of which are manufactured by the same companies making a killing off patented chemicals (Bayer owns One A Day, Pfizer owns Centrum), it is reassuring to know that the kitchen pantry will never fail us...'

Discover Why Ashwagandha Can Be Used for Stress and Anxiety

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'The ashwagandha plant comes from the Solanaceae family, the same as tomatoes and eggplants. It's a small shrub with distinct red berries and five-petal flowers. However, the most important part of the plant is the root because it's where the powder used for tonics and tinctures is extracted from. 

But what is ashwagandha good or used for? Besides helping your body function better, it can impact your immune system, your ability to deal with stress and your cognitive responses as well.'