7 Ways to Use Activated Charcoal


'I always make sure to have plenty of activated charcoal on hand.

This fantastic compound deserves to be part of both your natural first aid kit and your natural medicine cabinet. As far as I’m concerned, it is another one of nature’s most wonderfully made substances. For hundreds of years, activated charcoal has been used medicinally and is also frequently used to filter both water and air. Most known to absorb chemicals, poisons and toxins, activated charcoal is something you most definitely need to stock up on.'


How I reversed my son’s ASTHMA

 How I Reversed my Son's Asthma

It took me a while to get up the courage to write this post.  'I didn’t quite want to say my son is CURED of asthma even though we haven’t had to use any inhalers or steroids for over a year now. Saying any chronic illness is “CURED” is pretty bold and I felt like “REVERSED” was a much better word.  Could my son still have the tendency for asthma?  Will he have a flare-up in the future?  Maybe.  But right here, right now he’s doing amazing.  And I wanted to share his story…'


Why Am I Tired All the Time?

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'In the 1980s, the entire medical profession was in outright denial that chronic fatigue existed. The consensus was that clinical depression was associated with tiredness, which was a result of apathy. Was the patient truly too tired to get out of bed, or was he just too lazy to exercise? 

It wasn’t too long before another complaint joined the growing list of symptoms associated with chronic fatigue. Those with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), not recognized as a medical condition until the late 1980s, had trouble sleeping. They also had reduced daytime alertness, called “brain fog.”'

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Obamacare: watch out, here comes “predictive modeling”

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Modeling or programming?

A Medai.com article, “Why is Predictive Modeling Essential to Healthcare?” offers this quote:

“…the algorithms of predictive modeling can analyze hundreds of data points to make a diagnosis or a prediction of risk.”

This is the new thing in American medicine, and everyone is climbing onboard. The idea is to combine diverse sets of data, to diagnose a patient—and also predict what illnesses will strike designated sectors of the population by identifying what social, economic, gender, and behavioral groups they belong to. 


Magnesium Supplements Improve Metabolic Syndrome

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'The importance of magnesium to human health is under-appreciated.  This one essential mineral promotes heart health, normal blood pressure, healthy nerve and muscle function, a strong immune system, and a good memory. 

And magnesium is particularly important for regulating blood sugar and the metabolism.  In fact, magnesium deficiency can predict both diabetes and heart disease.  Studies show people who consume the most magnesium in their diet are least likely to develop type 2 diabetes.  And unfortunately, diabetics lose more magnesium than most people.'


Over 10,000 American Toddlers Are Being Given ADHD Drugs

Doctor giving a child a spoon of pills Over 10,000 American Toddlers Are Being Given ADHD Drugs
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'And once again, our country’s disadvantaged kids are being unnecessarily medicated nearly three times more often.

According to CDC officials, more than 10,000 American toddlers—children who are just 2 or 3 years old—are being medicated for alleged attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

There are few studies on the impact of psychostimulant ADHD drugs like methylphenidate (Ritalin) or amphetamines (like Adderall) in children this young. However, we do know that the side effects of ADHD drugs include stunted growth, insomnia, hallucinations, high blood pressure, involuntary movements, aggressive behavior, heart attack, brain hemorrhage, stroke, migraines, and seizures. Emerging evidence also suggests that Ritalin can cause long-term damage to developing prefrontal cortexes, resulting in “rigid behavior, difficulties with multitasking, or problems with short-term memory” later in life.'


Matcha Health Benefits & Recipes

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'A variety of sites claim that just one cup of matcha tea is equivalent to 10 cups of regular steeped green tea. The health benefits of matcha tea far exceed regular green tea benefits. When you drink matcha you are ingesting the whole leaf, not just the brewed water. What is inside the leaves is very impressive and beneficial to our health. – MissOlive'


American Council on Science and Health—Are You Making Health Decisions Based on What This Industry Front Group Says?

'There are many dozens of industry front groups masquerading as independent information organizations. I've previously published information about several of them, including the International Food Additives Council (IFAC), the Coalition Against Costly Food Labeling Proposition, the Science Media Centre, and Alliance to Feed the Future.

Michele Simon, JD, MPH, policy consultant with Center for Food Safety has also published a report titled: "Best Public Relations Money Can Buy: A Guide to Food Industry Front Groups,"1 which reveals how the food and agricultural industry hide behind friendly-sounding organizations aimed at fooling the public, policymakers, and the media.' 


Elderberry Extract Outperforms Medication By Inhibiting Growth of Pathogenic Bacteria By Up To 99 Percent

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'Compounds in elderberry bind microorganisms before they can penetrate the walls of cells, thereby inhibiting their ability to spread. The hot tea from the flowers and juice from the berries promotes sweating preferable adding on lemon juice and honey which is soothing for upper respiratory infections. 

A liquid extract from black elderberry may inhibit the growth of pathogenic bacteria by 99 percent at highest concentrations, a feat no anti-bacterial drugs can match. The tea is also considered to be anti-rheumatic, laxative and detoxifying.' 


Top 10 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Green Tea

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'Green tea is the healthiest beverage on the planet.
It is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that have powerful effects on the body.

This includes improved brain function, fat loss, a lower risk of cancer and many other incredible benefits.

Here are 10 health benefits of green tea that have been confirmed in human research studies.'


Antibiotic Alert: The Drug The Doctor Ordered Could Cause Deadly Side Effects

'A couple of months ago I took my teenage daughter to the doctor for an ear infection, and came home with a prescription for the antibiotic Cipro. I’ve taken it before myself, and thought nothing more about it – until I read the fine print in the insert that said it wasn’t recommended for patients under 18. That made me call the advice nurse, who assured me there was nothing to worry about. It also made me dig a little deeper, and start asking questions.

And then a couple of weeks ago the New York Times came out with a scary blog post about Cipro and related antibiotics, and I really began to wonder.'


Sleep Cycles are More Important than You Think

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'We live in a sleep sick nation, according to Dr. William C. Dement MD, a prominent sleep researcher.  Dr. Dement calls this phenomena a “hidden epidemic.” According to the National Sleep Foundation’s Sleep in America Poll, 75% the sleep cycles of Americans are out of whack, and they experience difficulty getting to sleep and staying asleep, and , feel groggy in the daytime.

The reported nightly hours of sleep in this survey averaged just under 7 hours for weeknights, and 7 1/2 hours on weekend nights, an amount not too far from what is considered normal.  So these symptoms of inadequate sleep despite the hours of sleep claimed is cause for concern.'


Ashwagandha Herb Protects Against Infection, Boosts The Immune System, Improves Memory and Treats Many Diseases

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'Ashwagandha has been used as an herbal remedy for hundreds of years to help the body deal with stress. It has also been used traditionally for pain relief and to treat skin diseases, diabetes, gastrointestinal disease, rheumatoid arthritis, epilepsy and many other conditions naturally.' 


Iboga – Sacred Healing Root of Africa


'The recent interest in psychoactive plants as medicines has changed the dynamic of how the Western world views ‘drugs,’ and Cannabis is finally being legalized and appreciated for its legitimate healing properties. New research is pointing out the psychological benefits of psilocybin containing mushrooms, as the psychedelic mushroom experience is proving beneficial as a means of curing depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other mental health issues.'


8 Beers You Should Stop Drinking Immediately

8 Beers You Should Stop Drinking Immediately

'Many of us are careful about what we eat. But when it comes to drinks, like beer for example, we don’t pay a lot of attention. Many of the popular American beers contain ingredients that are harmful to your health, such as GMOs or genetically modified organisms.'


Golden Milk: The Simple Drink That Could Change Your Life


'The main ingredient in this recipe is turmeric. Turmeric contains curcumin, the polyphenol identified as its primary active component and which exhibits over 150 potentially therapeutic activities, which include antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.

Additional benefits:

Anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, antiseptic,analgesic,.
Boosts immunity.
Helps maintain cholesterol levels.
Promotes digestive health.
Liver detoxifier.
Regulates metabolism and weight management.
High blood pressure.
Memory and brain function.
Various skin conditions.
Neurological disorders.
Lowers Triglycerides


Sun Exposure Slashes Cancer Risk


'Are you getting sun exposure?  The sun is the life force, and virtually every living thing on earth resonates to the energy of the sun and seeks a place under its radiance. Trees and plants turn their leaves to capture the essence of the sun’s life force. Animals bask in its warm soothing rays. If you have houseplants, notice how their leaves are turned toward the window. Close the blinds and watch their shoots try to grow through the slats to get to the sun’s rays. Watch the behavior of your pets as they seek the blessings of the sun’s energy.'


The Top 5 Similarities and Practices Between Big Tobacco and Big Pharma

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'Tobacco companies and pharmaceutical companies share so many commonalities and industry practices, that it is quite difficult to deny their ideological similarities. Besides the fact that both have used medical doctors to push their products, here are 5 other examples.'


Stage III colon cancer cured - survivor Chris Wark lives on to help others through his powerful testimony

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'If the American Cancer Society was interested in bringing cancer cure protocols to the people who struggle the most, then they would invest their time and money into interviewing and broadcasting important testimony from cancer survivors like Chris Wark.

Chris Wark is a stage III colon cancer survivor, alive and kicking in 2014, ten years after being diagnosed, bringing real healing information to the light. Through his down-to-earth testimony, Wark reaches people right where they are and interviews others who have survived similar experiences.'


How to Choose the Best Probiotic Supplement for Your Family


'The number of probiotic supplements on the market is nothing short of staggering! Given that the bacteria living in and on your body outnumber your human cells 10 to 1 (American Society for Microbiology), it is clear the great importance of selecting the best probiotic supplement to support and sustain this beneficial microbial activity working synergistically with your biological systems.

How to choose the best probiotic supplement for your particular situation?

Which are best and most effective?

Does it matter if they are refrigerated or unrefrigerated?'


Inside the U.S. House’s Historic Vote on Medical Marijuana

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‘The GOP-controlled House surprised just about everyone when it voted 218 to 189 for a pro-medical marijuana amendment on Friday. The amendment, tacked onto the much larger criminal justice funding bill (H.R. 4660), would prohibit the Department of Justice (DOJ) from using federal taxpayer funds to interfere with medical marijuana laws in 22 states that have passed them.

The House vote was historic. It was the first time since the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 that the majority of a chamber of Congress voted in favor of something that would alter national marijuana policy.’


Can ‘Mindfulness’ Help You Focus?


'Practicing “mindfulness” means that you’re actively paying attention to the moment you’re in right now.

Rather than letting your mind wander, when you’re mindful you’re living in the moment and letting distracting thoughts pass through your mind without getting caught up in their emotional implications.

Though it sounds simple, it often takes a concerted effort to remain in a mindful state, especially if it’s new to you. But doing so can offer some very significant benefits to both your mental and physical health.'


Black Sesame Seeds: An Anti-Aging Secret

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'Did You Know…that black sesame seeds are a nutritional anti-aging powerhouse of health and longevity?

An ancient Chinese anti-aging secret is hidden within the pods of Sesamum indicum, or the sesame plant. According to the Compendium of Materia Medica, the most comprehensive Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) book ever written…

“Taking black sesame seeds can heal all the chronic illness after 100 days, improve skin tone on body and face after 1 year, reverse gray hair after 2 years, and regrow teeth after 3 years.”'


The Dangers of Mammograms - New Research Findings

14 Home Remedies For Joint Pain And Arthritis

'We take the freedom of movement for granted, until it becomes limited. The cause of this for many people comes in the form of arthritis, or the inflammation of one or more of your joints. There are two main kinds, osteo and rheumatoid, both of which affect the joint in different ways. 

Osteo arthritis is when the cartilage between bones wears down, until bone grates on bone. Rheumatoid is little less straightforward, being caused by an autoimmune disorder that causes inflammation of the synovial membrane (a soft tissue that protects joints in the body) and that can lead to bone loss. Whichever you experience, there are natural remedies for arthritis to manage the pain and ease the symptoms.'