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Mike DeLisa
06-22-2009, 03:51 PM
I am starting a new thread so I can track the GorDiet Experiment over the next year. Earlier posts were in http://www.cyberboxingzone.com/cbzforum/showthread.php?t=5826

Here is where we stand:

Day 1 -- June 2, 2008. Blood pressure 144/104. Weight 238 (up from 199 just a year ago). Height 5'9" and shrinking.

June 10 -- Blood pressure 140/98. Weight 234.

June 22 -- Weight 230 -- will check BP later. So far NO red meat (except for 2 meatballs at graziano's during the hall of fame weekend!); no chicken or pork yet either. Basically grains, fish, salad, eggplant, banannas etc.

And, most importantly, the major pain from the Gout is gone!

06-23-2009, 10:10 AM
Good job, Mike! Stick with it & you will turn your health around.


Off The River
06-23-2009, 10:33 AM
I'd love to try it, having a skinny 100lb wife who can eat whatever she wants makes it tough.

How about A Gordoom Challenge?

All interested parties post pictures weight and height; after x amount of weeks we resubmit our photos for Ron Lipton to judge the winner of the best improvement overall improvement in weightloss and physique....

The winner gets a lifetime CBZ membership!

Mike DeLisa
06-23-2009, 05:06 PM
Can't imagine I want my photo seen!

At this point, I am more concerned with "internal" improvement -- lowering BP, uric acid etc.

I am willing to take it slow, not worried about quick weight loss, just steady!

I was 199 last January -- but 250 prior to that, and am now at 230! I completely screwed up by not modifying the way I ate.

At 199, I still had GOUT so was unable to work out for weeks at a time -- clearly I was lighter but still sick! SO now I hope to control that issue -- I have no pain while stationary but I still feel a little discomfort while walking.

06-24-2009, 11:18 AM

Herbal Medicine

Devil's Claw (Harpagophytum procumbens)

Devil's claw has been used in folk medicine for the treatment of a variety of diseases, including gout and rheumatoid arthritis. Clinical research appears to indicate devil's claw may be of benefit in the treatment of gout; in addition to relieving joint pain, devil's claw also reduces serum cholesterol and uric acid levels.

Dosage: 750 mg 3 times daily of a preparation standardized to contain 3% iridoid glycosides.

Autumn crocus (Colchicum autumnale) is the herb from which the drug colchicine was originally isolated and is used as a conventional treatment for gout. The drug colchicine is much more commonly used than are herbal extracts of Autumn crocus. Both the herb and the drug have significant toxicity and for this reason should only be used under the guidance of a physician.

Gravelroot (Eupatorium pu1pureum) stimulate elimination of uric acid.

Dosage: Drink an infusion of 2 tsp gravelroot in a cup of water, three times a day.

Warning: Do not take herbal teas if colchicine has been prescribed.

Celery (Apium graveolens) seed: stimulates elimination of uric acid.

Dosage: Drink an infusion of 2 tsp celery seed in a cup of water, three times a day.

Warning: Do not take herbal teas if colchicine has been prescribed.


Consuming half a pound (225 g) of fresh or canned cherries per day has been shown to be very effective in lowering uric acid levels and preventing attacks of gout. Cherries, hawthorn berries, blueberries and other dark red-blue berries are rich sources of anthocyanidins and proanthocyanidins. These compounds are flavonoid molecules that give these fruits their deep red-blue color. They are very effective in preventing collagen destruction.

Bilberry contains compounds called anthocyanidins that have proven valuable against gout. These substances reduce uric-acid levels and inhibit tissue destruction. Choose a product containing 25 percent anthocyanidins and take 80 milligrams three times daily.

Hawthorn offers some of the same properties as bilberry. Choose a standardized extract containing 1.8 vitexin-2 rhamnosides and take 100 to 200 milligrams two or three times a day.

Juniper berry is a diuretic herb that helps reduce uric acid. Take 350 to 500 milligrams in capsule form or 1 cup of tea twice daily.

Nettle root increases the excretion of uric acid from the kidneys. Take 250 milligrams three times a day.

Pine-bark and grape-seed extracts act to reduce inflammation, thus easing pain. Take 50 to 100 milligrams of either two to three times daily.

Turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory action. It is used in both Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine against gout, arthritis, and other inflammatory conditions. Take 250 to 500 milligrams three times a day.

Herbal Formulae and Combinations for Gout

Herbal teas, juices, tinctures, compresses and baths help eliminate uric acid and ease pain.

Celery, birch leaf and parsley juice are very effective in combating and flushing out uric acid from the tissues.

Drink 1 cup of stinging nettle or horsetail tea three times daily for three weeks . These herbs help eliminate uric acid in the joints.

Drink 1 cup of horseradish juice made by boiling 1 tsp. of grated horseradish root in 1 cup of water . Steep for ten minutes and drink 1 cup on an empty stomach for ten days. Horseradish stimulates elimination of all wastes and toxins from the system.

Dark red or blue berries are an effective remedy against gout because they contain anthocyaniding. Anthocyanidins are flavonoids which have potent anti-inflammatory properties, prevent collagen destruction and neutralize excess acidity, including uric acid. Cherries, blueberries and hawthorn berries are rich in anthocyanidins and should be consumed in large amounts. One published study demonstrated that consuming half a pound of unsweetened cherries a day lowers uric acid and prevents gout attacks. When cherries are not in season, alternatives include hawthorn berries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries.

To reduce pain and inflammation in the affected area and to cool down the joint:
Mix 4 tbsp. of honey with 1 tsp. of comfrey tincture. Heat it in a double boiler.
Soak a cloth in mixture and apply to parts where the pain is worst- such as hands, elbows, knees and feet.
Apply in the evening and leave on overnight.
Place a pack of cherry stones or a camomile compress on top and wrap a warm, dry cloth around it.
Repeat nightly for several weeks.

When acute pain has subsided, massage with St. John's wort oil to relieve the pain, then apply a crushed raw cabbage leaf poultice before going to bed and leave on overnight.

Oat straw packs can help to alleviate the pain.

The stinging nettle plant is an effective treatment against osteoarthritis and gout. It can stimulate the body to excrete uric acid. Extracts of stinging nettle applied topically can help in reducing the pain from any kind of arthritis.

Place affected area inside a small sack filled with birch leaves for one to two hours daily.

Take a rising-temperature bath with infusions of oat straw, horsetail, nettle or any cut grasses once a week as a prevention.

Mike DeLisa
06-26-2009, 01:39 AM
Thanks for the info Bucket. I am taking this seriously!

Assuming the rain stops, i plan on adding a daily swim of a few laps in my pool. I walked a little yesterday buy it made my foot feel like shit so that is out for now.

June 25 -- Blood Pressure 129/84. Weight 230. Pulse 72 resting.
June 22 -- Weight 230
June 10 -- Blood pressure 140/98. Weight 234.
June 2, 2008. Blood pressure 144/104. Weight 238 (up from 199 just a year ago). Height 5'9" and shrinking.

Off The River
06-26-2009, 03:43 AM

Why the sudden weight loss? Was it because of the gout, or did you just let things go. I have had weight issues for the past ten years because I was injured in a car accident and my primary means of fitness was running. Now chronic pain makes it tough for me to run on a regular basis.

After my car accident I balloned from a fit 180 lbs to about 230 in around four months! Part of my problem was that I never had to worry abot diet, I jst ran whenever I put on a few pounds. Now, I can't seem to get under 200 these days without reinjuring myself...

Keep up the good work

06-26-2009, 10:00 AM
Your doing great, Mike! Keep it up. It's hard at first adjusting to a different life style but after a while you get really into it. & losing weight is one of the healthiest things you can do - to a point.

I've recently been turned on to a compound called, beta-sisterol & I just ordered some. It's a natural enzyme that has been tested clinically. The results are it lowers cholesterol significantly & it might be the single best thing for maintaining your prostate which is a challenge for us older guys.

I'll report back after I take it for a while.

Regarding weight, I made a breakthrough this week. I've finally hit the middleweight weight range coming down from 218. The thing to remember Mike about losing weight is that you hit these plateaus (sp?) where you stabalise & don't lose weight no matter what you do.

I remember it took me almost 2 months to crack the 190 barrier. Another was 170. It took me 6 months to hit middleweight. It's easy to get discouraged but if you stick with it it will eventually continue to drop.


Off The River
06-26-2009, 10:04 AM
Hey Gor... When you say no red meat... What is duck classified as?

06-26-2009, 10:14 AM
it is fowl that is kinda red!

06-26-2009, 10:40 AM
Here is the low down on Duck. First, it's not red meat. The reason the meat is dark is because ducks fly & dive, They exercise far more than say a chicken or a turkey & the adrenaline stimulates them & that's why the meat is dark.

For decades medical people couldn't figure out why the French has such low incidents of heart disease. They have a diet high in dairy products like cheese. They smoke like it's going out of style & cholesterol is not something they concern themselves with.

it turns out the answer is red wine & duck!

Red wine has an element called reveratrol which is an anti-cancer heavy immune booster. Duck it turns out while it does have saturated fat it's almost entirely made up of mono & poly unsaturated fats & is loaded with those & Omegas.

& that's why the French are way healthier than they should be. Well that & the fact that they consume large quabntities of leafy vegetables, artichokes etc. & fruit.


06-26-2009, 11:52 AM
This is pretty fascinating stuff.

Interestingly, Gor, I have never been one to eat a lot of bread of any sort not because I do not like it, or avoid it, but it gets in the way of eating more lean meat or green beans or carrots or whatever at a sitting.

I eat plenty of 'red' meat meals but rarely eat a ton at any one sitting. Always hated feeling 'full'.

I have not needed to avoid it (red meat) to lose weight, but it is interesting to read all of this because it is harder for me to GAIN weight than most people. My cholesterol is low, my pulse is 45 at rest and I do not run or jog.

I personally think my eating red meat, pork, chicken and turkey and essentially any animal keeps me trim at age 35 because I don't eat a ton of bread... rarely go nuts on potatoes (though I love them, they again fill up space in my gut better filled with seasonal vegetables and meat which i'd rather focus on).. always eat salad or peas each dinner... and expose my body to full-fledged stuf (never drink lite beer, never eat anything diet, or lite)

I'm a nut for eating blueberries, and cherries by nature (just always loved them) and love red wine. I also never use artificial sweetners (don't like the taste), never use margarine (something weird about a substance that changes forms fromsolid to liquid to solid) but I do use butter and olive oil. I drink full fat milk, dislike any meat-fat save crispy pork fat.

It is amazing to read about the Gor Diet and how it works, because absent the supplements and herbs, a lot of it is what and how I eat.

Mike DeLisa
06-26-2009, 01:01 PM
There are many reasons why my weight swelled to about 250, not the least of which was simply eating poorly.

In any event, in July 2007 I hit my peak of 250. A few days before my 50th birthday on July 16th I had a hard-boiled egg for lunch, started walking every day, and eliminated bread and pasta from my diet. On days i could not walk for an hour (usually due to rain in Venezuela), I climbed up and down ten flights of stairs in my apartment building. The stairs were tougher than the walking!

In any event, by January 2008 when I returned to the USA, I was at 199 and feeling pretty good. I joined a gym, started working out with a personal trainer, and then my ankle started acting up. I didn't realize it at the time but the pain was from gout. Many yaers earlier I had injured my ankle. The doctor I went to said it is an old injury, arthritic, and nothing they could do.

Okay, I gutted it out. By July 2008, I was at 215, still working out, but eating poorly and not able to do much cardio. I woke up one morning unable to walk -- another gout attack. It took over a month to feel comfortable. At this point I stopped going to the gym.

By Jan 2009, I hit 240 or so. Weird things were happening internally. I stopped even social drinking because after one drink my entire body felt weird. Then the gout attacked my toe. Motherfucker that hurt! Also, just looking at the toe I knew I had gout. Sure enough, the Doctor now said it was gout all along, and not the old injury!

Right about that time I read of GorDoom's amazing life-changing transformation. So June 2 I started the Gordiet.

I have not really been doing everything I should, but as GorDoom says it takes a while to adjust. I definitely feel a lot better.

It rained again today, but as soon as it stops (it has rained 21 straight days on Long Island) I will be swimming in the morning before work.

I'll keep you posted!

ps -- at age 21, for my last bout, I weighed 138! Bday 52 coming up in less than 3 weeks -- I'd like to be in the 220s.

Off The River
06-29-2009, 05:56 AM
Gor and Mike,

This is a great thread, hope it coninues for a long time and we all benefit form it. I'm now starting my own modified GorDiet. I'll continue to eat redmeat in moderation, but I am going to go all out on the green vegetables, and fish. I've been doing some research on nutrient density and think the key is GREENS. Which I love anyhow.
I found this chart on nutrient denisty and I got the wife cooking me daily batches of beanpaste soup fortified with lots of greens (winter cabbage this week).

A Sample of Dr. Fuhrman's
Nutrient Density Scores
Kale 1000 Tofu 86 Bananas 30
Collards 1000 Sweet Potatoes 83 Chicken Breast 27
Bok Choy 824 Apples 76 Eggs 27
Spinach 739 Peaches 73 Low Fat Yogurt, plain 26
Cabbage 481 Kidney Beans 71 Corn 25
Red Pepper 420 Green Peas 70 Almonds 25
Romaine Lettuce 389 Lentils 68 Whole Wheat Bread 25
Broccoli 342 Pineapple 64 Feta Cheese 21
Cauliflower 295 Avocado 64 Whole Milk 20
Green Peppers 258 Oatmeal 53 Ground Beef 20
Artichoke 244 Mangoes 51 White Pasta 18
Carrots 240 Cucumbers 50 White Bread 18
Asparagus 234 Soybeans 48 Peanut Butter 18
Strawberries 212 Sunflower Seeds 45 Apple Juice 16
Tomatoes 164 Brown Rice 41 Swiss Cheese 15
Plums 157 Salmon 39 Potato Chips 11
Blueberries 130 Shrimp 38 American Cheese 10
Iceberg Lettuce 110 Skim Milk 36 Vanilla Ice Cream 9
Orange 109 White Potatoes 31 French Fries 7
Cantaloupe 100 Grapes 31 Olive Oil 2
Flax Seeds 44 Walnuts 29 Cola 1

I'm saving my red meat for weekends and still working on a decent rice substitute. Since I gave up drinking six months ago, I will allow myself a few icecream and pepsi's, but man I sure do love a cold beer!

06-30-2009, 12:27 PM

I'm going to a Naturapath/Accupuncture specialist this morning & he asked me to list all the herbs, vitamins & supplements I take as well as my diet.

Wow! looking at the list of supplemnts & my diet I realise I'm kind of a freak. When I see it all on paper it's a real eye opener & looks extreme. Which it probably is but I was legitemally in a life or death situation so I had to do SOMETHING!

Like I said looking at it seems extreme but in actual practice it's become routine & I don't even think about it I just do it. Anyway here's the list:


Milk Thistle - 4 a day

Turmeric - 4 a day

Fenugreek - 12 a day

Hawthorn - 4 a day

Flax Oil - 6 a day

Fish Oil - 6 a day

2 multi vitamins

Cranberry - 1 a day

Garlic - 4 a day

Bayer heart advantage 81mg. aspirin - 1 a day

Calcium - 1000 mgs.

Magnesium - 500 mgs.

Vitamin D - 2500 mgs.

Saw Palmetto - 1 a day

Cinnamon - 1000 mgs.

Beta Glucan - 3 a day

Chia Seeds - 4 tablespoons a day

Organic Virgin Coconut Oil - 1 tablespoon a day


Northen Pacific Ocean Cod Water Fish: Salmon, Halibut, Red Snapper, Black Cod, Alaskan True Cod, Wild Caught Prawns from Mexico-Fla. Consumed 4-5 times a week

Organic free range chicken- Skinless once or twice a week.

Organic free range Buffalo - once a month

Alcohol- never

Non fat yogurt daily with chia/rasberry compote- daily

10 grain cereal or oatmeal w/chia & rasberry compote - daily

Leafy greens -daily

Fruit - daily
Brown rice/whole cooked beans - daily

No dairy products includng eggs, sugar or any deserts.

No saturated fat, olive & grape seed oil only

06-30-2009, 12:58 PM
Hey Bucket - if you don't mind me asking, what does the cinnamon and cranberry do for you? Also, where does one procure "organic, free-range Buffalo"?

As someone who takes a one-a-day type vitamin only when I remember to (which is once a week, if I'm lucky) and as someone who has recovered from being a tremendous lard-ass to now be only a slight lardass, and considering that I am 6 months away from my 40th birthday, what vitamins or supplements would you suggest as being ones I should most seriously consider adding to my routine?

Thanks Gor.

06-30-2009, 01:22 PM
I have a really long story, but am going to try to shorten it considerably. In april I was in the hospital. I was supposed to have surgery to fix a torn tendon in my foot. Orthopedist open it up, saw a bunch of yellow crystals. He cleaned it up and sewed it up. I woke up in the hospital and was told I had to spend the night because they sent the crystals out to the infectious disease lab. My foot was in severe pain. Slowly the pain went into my knee. I couldn't straighten it, bend it, put any weight on it. I put pillows around it, but they were even too painful. It was all I could do to get out of bed, stand, pee in a cup, and fall back into bed. The pain started to migrate into my other foot. I started to panic. Any movement caused severe pain. Finally infectious disease doctor asks, have you ever had any gout? BINGO. I had minor cases that went away after a day or 2, nothing even close to what I was going through. They sent me home. I lay on my couch in agony. I called my doctor and she said I had to come to the office. I told her I couldn't move. She prescribed an anti inflammatory and some pain pills. I called her 2 days later and said pain pills were useless. Pain was worse than ever, damn anti inflammatory wasn't working. I had passed out for maybe an hour a night because pain was unbearble. I told her take the leg off. She finally prescribed colchasine. 10 pills max, one an hour, stop if you get diarrea or the pain stops. I finished 9 pills before i passed out. Each pill the pain lessened. Its a poison so strong, your body has diarrea to expell it. I was on the can 12 hours the next day. I swear brain fluid was passing thru my butt, there was nothing left in me. But it was worth it to get rid of the pain. Also, you can't take it again for 3 days.
The gout did a number on my knee. Finally a doctor explained about the crystals. They are not suger cube type crystals, they are pointed dagger-like crystals that poke and burst everything around them. I never want to go thru that again. Pain was indescribable. There is no position you can get into to get confortable. There isn't a pain pill strong enough to lessen the pain. ANY movement caused severe agony. And how do you get rid of it, by drinking lots of water, which makes you get up and go to the bathroom. So you crawl to the bathroom or you wet yourself. I was in the marines. I'm not ashamed to say I cried some nights the pain was that intense and not letting up.
I'm still recovering. I can't walk normal yet. I drink gallons of water a day. Take allipurinol to get rid of excess uric acid. I drink water with unfiltered apple cider vinegar and honey. Take fish oil pills and cherry extract pills. Plus a capful of goji juice. My weight ballooned up to 210 pounds. I should be 160.
I'm just glad I can finally walk without a cane or crutches. I haven't had a beer in 2 months and will probably never drink red wine again. At 45 I thought gout was a joke. Its not. Mid july I start rehab. Hopefully I can take some of this blubber off.

06-30-2009, 02:01 PM
Philly, that is a heck of a story and so tough. And to think, there are folks in even worse situations throughout the world. Best of luck on the recovery trail!

Mike DeLisa
06-30-2009, 02:09 PM
That is a great description of gout pain. Mine also went diagnosed for a couple of years because it was in my ankle -- only when I got it in the toe was it realized to be gout.

Yes, no amount of "gutting it out" can deal wit the pain. One day I could not get out of bed so I peed in a vase at my bedside, then called my sister from an hour away to come dump it out. When she saw what i was asking she almost dumped it on my head!

It is the most painful thing ever -- and I have had two bouts of kidney stones and one psychosomatic labor!

But, give the GorDiet a try to get off the meds -- I did not want to deal with diareah and hair loss so I sent on the GorDiet on June 2.

I feel 100% better. Talk to your doctor about it.


06-30-2009, 02:38 PM
Thats the tricky part about gout. It starts off like a dull pain. You think you pulled something or twisted the wrong way. 12 hours later the pain keeps increasing. I had the tendon surgery on the foot. I'm walking without a cast, but on different days, i get a pain in that area. I keep thinking its from the surgery, but its warm to the touch so I believe its gout. 2 months of nothing but water, vinegar, cherry extract, and allipurinol and I'm still getting attacks. I pop 2 ibuprofin for a couple of days and its gone.
In march I got a shot of cortisone so I could walk and delay the tendon surgery. I was in germany on vacation early april, not a care in the world, no pain, drinking a ton of beer, and enjoying life. Once I got back and the cortisone wore off, my life changed forever. Lying helpless in the hospital as the pain got worse and worse was the worst experience of my life. When they finally told me to go home, they gave me some crutches. The pain just started in my other foot so I knew within a few hours, it would be too painful to even use the crutches. The damn nurse would not let me leave untill she had me practice with the crutches getting up and out of chairs and walking up steps.
I kept begging her to let me leave before the gout in my other foot became excruciating. nope, not before she watched me practice with those damn crutches. I seriously was going to brain her with a crutch at one point.
All in all, I am doing better than billy mays, michael jackson, or ed mcmahon.
The point of the whole story is, enjoy life while you have your health. It can change that quick and once it does, lifes never the same. stay out of hospitals if possible, they are death traps.

06-30-2009, 02:45 PM
The colchasine is a drug of last resort. After my surgery, I had another severe attack in my knee. I took a pill and hour for 10 hours. Next day, I knew it was comming, another 12 hours on the can. From now on, the slightest twinge and I'll start on ibuprofin. I don't ever want to take colchasine again, but its there in case of emergency. As for the pain pills, i stopped taking them after my first bout with gout. After the colchasine took away the pain, no need for the pills.

06-30-2009, 07:53 PM

I Live in Portland Oregon & their is a farm down south near Bend where they raise buffalo, yak & elk. They are all free range, grass fed , no antibiotics or hormones.

The guy who owns the farm sells it at a couple of different farmers markets up here & that's where I get it. In fact I get ALL my produce etc from the farmers market or the farms that sorround Portland.

Go online & you can find it & order it from several different companies. Don't worry about it being frozen because it doesn't affect the taste because there is no fat.

The cool thing about buffalo - besides the health benefits - is that unlike a beef steak, you can eat half of it put it in the fridge, reheat it & it tastes exactly the same! You do that with beef & it never tastes right. The reason it works w.buffalo is, again, no fat!.. Well, extremely minimal when compared to beef, pork or chicken.

I won't shop in a Supermarket anymore. Every week there is a massive recall of some freakin' food. Plus ALL packaged food is crap & not good for you & all that stuff is worse now than it's EVER been. Do you guys remember these kind of massive food recalls even 15 or 20 years ago? I sure don't.

As to the cranberry. Cranberry is a real boon to your kidney's, gall bladder & urinary tract. It's especially helpful to women because they're plumbing is a lot more intricate, sensitive & prone to problems. My wife started taking them because her mom died of gall bladder cancer & she takes it as a preventative which it is - it even helps repair alcohol & toxin damage. I started taking it when I was diagnosed with Diabete's because that's a direct kidney ailment. I do believe it helped contribute to my Diabetes being in remission for the last 2 years.

The reason I take cinnamon is that it helps control your blood sugar. Since I was diagnosed with Diabetes Type 11 - even if it's been in remission for 2 years I still monitor my blood sugar levels.

Another good sugar control is unfiltered apple cider vinegar which is also great for a myriad of ailments.I just put a few capfuls in a glass of water & slug it down, An easier way is boil some water. Turn it off. After it settles pour into a cup with the vinegar add some honey or sugar & it tastes like apple tea no vinegar taste at all.

Philly Fan:

Whatta story! Man, you've been through the mill. I'm glad your on your way to recovery. & man, I always thought gout was stricktly in your toe, mostly your big toes - well, you can learn something new every day. I had no idea...

& Btw: guys. Please keep in mind that I'm NOT a doctor or naturapath. While I am conversant with diet & herbs & supplements I've really only studied them as the apply to me. What I know is how to fix what's wrong with me because I researched it. Other things like gout for example, since I've never suffered from it (knock on wood!), I don't know much about it.

However any questions you guys have I will research them for you just gimme a little time. This & the other thread have really morphed into something & I want to continue it. I think discussing this stuff is beneficial for all of us.

Gotta say though, when I started this boxing board I had no idea it would branch out into so many different area's which I think is VERY cool!


07-01-2009, 05:15 AM
Gor, I printed your herb list and am taking it to a herbalist/tea expert in the morning. I drink apple cider vinegar every day now. I order the organic stuff on line, the heinz pasturized stuff in the grocery store is no good. Fish oil pills once a day and also a royal jelly pill. not sure what good it does but its the stuff that makes super bees out of reg bees. Also replace sugar with honey when possible. My mother swears by folic acid. Her doctor says she has the blood of a 16 year old. Of course she also said I should take cottage cheese, put it on my knee and wrap it with plastic for the night. Its supposed to draw out the poison. I haven't tried that yet.
I'm not looking for any sympathy with my gout, it is what it is. I just want to alert the younger crowd of what can happen.
First bout i had was about 4 years ago. I woke up screaming in the middle of the night from the agony of my big toe. I couldn't walk and literally crawled down the hall, down the steps to the kitchen. I put a sock on and stuffed it full of ice untill my toe was numb. next day I went to doctor who felt the heat comming off the toe and said it sounds like gout. I laughed out loud and said gouts for old people, I was 41 at the time.
gout in the knee is rare, but I think the surgery really must have spread it around.
exercise is the key. I think you need to do some type of physical activity to get rid of the poisons in your body and regulate your sugar and acid levels. In 2 weeks I am going with the family to an all inclusive vacation. This was planned months ago. Its my last hurrah. Once I'm back, I am going on a health and fitness kick.
I will drink beer again and love dessert. The allipurinol and exercise should help regulate it. You have to enjoy life too.

07-05-2009, 08:35 AM
2 slices rye bread. Toast them. As soon as they're hot, slap on some raw honey, it spreads like peanut butter. Add a teaspoon of virgin cocoanut oil on top. Everything melts into the bread and tastes like a sweet pina colada and its filling.

07-20-2009, 03:26 PM
GUGGUL: Guys, through a lot of research I found this obscure herbal compound. Apparently it is just as efficiant as cholesterol medications without the terrible SIDE EFFECTS! & better yet this has been clinically proven!

it works best in conjunction with other herbs & supplements. For instance taking it with garlic or garlic pills really increases it's efficacy. I also take it in conjunction with Fenugreek & Hawthorn.

In a little over two weeks my cholesterol has dropped 9%! & supposedly it takes about 4 weeks for the Guggul to fully kick in. I highly recommend this stuff! Below is some more info on it:

Guggul, also known as Commiphora mukul and Indian Bedellium, is a very effective herbal medicine for controlling obesity and cholesterol

Guggul is a resin known to increase white blood cell counts and possess strong disinfecting properties. It has long been known to lower cholesterol and triglycerides, while maintain or improve the HDL to LDL ratio. It is one of the very first "broad spectrum drugs" with a wide therapeutic range. A broad mode of action makes this herb very helpful even in protecting against ailments such as common cold, and various skin, dental and ophthalmic infections.

Guggul can be taken by practically everyone, regardless of age and gender. Guggul can be taken by people for:
- Weight Management
- Lowering Cholesterol
- Improving Circulation
- Relief from Arthritis pain
- Menstrual Pain (relieves it)
- Skin problems

One of the most famous herbs in Ayurvedic medicine, Guggul possesses strong purifying and rejuvenating powers. People today most commonly use it to benefit from Guggul's lipid regulating and immunomodulating properties. It has been shown that Guggul can lower blood cholesterol by 14-27% and can lower triglycerides by 22-30%. The effects that Guggul has on the blood cholesterol levels is comparable to prescription medications but, being a natural plant extract, it is a far superior and much safer product. Guggul works on the liver by increasing the metabolism (or break down) of the bad cholesterol known as LDL Cholesterol. After taking the product for 4 to 12 weeks, total cholesterol levels can drop, triglyceride levels can drop and an increase in HDL (the good cholesterol) of approximately 16% can occur. Its benenfits as a weight-loss and fat burning agent have been well researched and documented in several studies.

Bottom Line: I think this stuff might be the "silver bullet" for those of us suffering from high cholesterol.


Mike DeLisa
08-03-2009, 02:52 PM
Guys -- I will do a weigh-in and BP check later but I wanted to update on the food issue.

Gordoom has been a big advocate of poaching fish as part of the diet.

The other day, I saw Alton Brown's food show and it was all about poaching -- and I realized I didn't know what poaching was!

He had an interesting recipe for an electric skillet -- milk poached catfish. The key is not to boil the fish in the liquid -- you can actually cook it at near serving temperature, around 140 degrees.

So, here is what I did:

12-oz can of condensed milk into the skillet with some salt pepper, Old Bay spice, and half a thinly sliced onion.

Brought that to a boil, then lowered to simmer -- around 140-145.

Put the catfish in, covered the lid. After about 5 minutes I flipped the fish.

Done after about ten minutes!

I placed the fish on a bed of chopped cabbage -- that was it!

It was great, cheap and fast.

Hope milk is allowed on the GorDiet.

In any event, next up a Cort Boullion so I can poach a different way.

Key is the electric skillet which has temperature controls on the dial so you can poach at the right temperature.

Off The River
08-04-2009, 10:20 AM
I've been eating a shitload of boiled greens in a korean soup called Deownjang/ Dwenjang Jigge. It's essentially a beanpaste soup; low on calories, but a bit high on sodium. I simply throw any green vegetable on sale in the supermmarkket, boil and eat it. Seems to be working, I also get to treat myself to an icecream every night as well.

This time last year, I was close to 215lbs with near high blood pressure. Now I'm at about 188lbs and my blood pressure is 117 over 51.

All thanks to Mr Doom himself.

I've also really cut back on the rice, but the one problem, is I'e also cut back on my meat production and while I'm losing weight, I noticed, I've also lost a fair bit of muscle mass. (not that I was massive to begin with)

08-04-2009, 11:46 AM
The Bucket does eat healthy...

Wing master
08-18-2009, 01:26 AM
Hey Gor,
I am planning on starting some herbal supliments. Would you mind posting the benifits of the ones you take. I am sure their are some that wouldn't help me but, some would.
I have read where high colesteral has been linked to dimentia (sp) This is one thing I am very interested in.

Wing master

08-20-2009, 12:11 PM

Since I don't know exactly what advice your seeking except for cholesterol I'll give you what I take for that. If you have other issues let me know what they are & I'll see what I can do.

For high cholesterol I take:

Hawthorn-3 capsules 3 times a day. Hawthorn is prescribed in Europe for a varierty of circulatory & heart conditions. What it does is opeen up your arteries to increase blood flow which helps reduce cholesterol & high bloood pressure.

One thing about Hawthorn & all the other supplements I take is that they are NOT medicine. They are herbal supplements & therefore take longer to take effect. Hawthorn typically takes 6-8 weeks to really kick in.

Guggul: In Ayuvedic(sp?) medicine which is from India they have been prescribing guggul for cholesterol for decades. I take 3 caps a day.

Beta Glucans: Along with lowering cholesterol it;s a potent anti-cancer/tumor preventative. 3 times a day

Bete Sistosterol: This does 2 things. 1- It is one of the best things you can take for an enlarged prostate-especially in combination w/Saw Palmetto. It also a strong cholesterol lowering agent. 3 times a day.

Hope this helps. You can look up these supplements on Google or dogpile.com (a much better search engine) to get more info.

Good luck! & if there's anything else I can help you with let me know.


08-22-2009, 11:13 AM

Went to the doctor on Monday for my annual. He said everything looked fine & took a blood test. The results came back today:

The Doctor wrote, " Your lab tests conducted 8/17/09 are all within normal/acceptable range".

Man, what a relief! 2 years of arduously, never wavering a day from my program has finally produced real results.

I've gotten my cholesterol from 340 over all to 199. My hdl is low normal & my ldl is just slightly elevated. When I started I was a chicken leg away from arterial collapse.

My liver is completely normal. I've even convinced my doctor that I might be on to something with my herbal supplements because as he said I was heading straight for liver cancer.

My diabetes type 2 has now been in complete remmision for almost 2 years. My blood sugar count is completely normal.

My weight has gone from 218 to 162

My blood pressure is still a little on the high side but I've been able to cut my medication in half.

Bottom line he told me I was very healthy for a guy my age (59) in fact my over all health indicates I'm about ten years younger than I actually am.

This is all very gratifying because I've really worked at this for the last 2 years. & now I have empirical proof that my rather esoteric medical methadalogy actually works.

& I'm living proof of it because if I hadn't completely changed my life style I would have been dead or suffering from a varierty of severe medical conditions at this point.


jim glen
08-22-2009, 11:46 AM
Excellent stuff Gor, Congratulations!!!

I also think more about my health and overall well being more now as I mature and grow up, but, like so many of us I've always got something(nothing) pressing that steals away serious commitment and effort to start.

I do have 1 at least valid excuse, not quite 4 years back in Britain trying to land right with the standard and quality I gave up in Canada, expences and lower wages make it much, much harder.

I'll file this thread away for when I ever get down to it.

Congrats again Gor!!!

08-22-2009, 02:39 PM
If only the general public were more informed about the value of proper nutrition and the elimination of toxins from our lifestyles as an alternative to taking drugs for every ailiment.

Of course the medical profession being in cahoots with the pharmacuetical industry will always keep this under wraps.

Off The River
08-23-2009, 02:10 AM
You said it 10-8. I can't beleive how much I've learned about nutrition in the past few months - all thanks to this thread to get me interested. Of course now I'm driving my wife nuts talking about nutritional value all the time.

Guys, it might take a while to get used to, but I recommend eating seaweed soup. Certain kinds of seaweed have all the nutrirional value a person needs, plus it's loaded with the same amount of protein as beef!

08-23-2009, 11:20 AM
River do yourself a favour and pick this book up, which nowadays goes for $10 in paperback. A wealth of information on nutrition as well as an expose on the pharmacutical business. I realize that the author Kevin Trudeau has been portrayed in some circles as a bit of a snake oil salesman but all I ask is read the book for yourself and be the judge.

Last summer I was suffering bad pain in my hip and knee, to the point that I was on crutches. I had no idea what had triggered it. I finally went to my doctor and he thought the pain may be related to a degenerative spine and scheduled me for X-Rays. He then took out a notepad and began writing a prescription. When I asked him what it was for he told me it was for a pain killer. I told him flat out I wanted the source of my injury to be fixed not have the symptoms masked by drugs. I couldn't believe how upset he got with me, to the point of calling me foolish. I told him that I wouldn't even go to the pharmacist so he was wasting his ink. I should add that this doctor is a fairly young man and is obese.

Interestingly enough, the X-rays showed nothing so I limped to the hockey arena and began skating with my team and two games into the season I was pain free and it's never re-occurred. Go figure.

08-23-2009, 06:14 PM

Went to the doctor on Monday for my annual. He said everything looked fine & took a blood test. The results came back today:

The Doctor wrote, " Your lab tests conducted 8/17/09 are all within normal/acceptable range".

Man, what a relief! 2 years of arduously, never wavering a day from my program has finally produced real results.

I've gotten my cholesterol from 340 over all to 199. My hdl is low normal & my ldl is just slightly elevated. When I started I was a chicken leg away from arterial collapse.

My liver is completely normal. I've even convinced my doctor that I might be on to something with my herbal supplements because as he said I was heading straight for liver cancer.

My diabetes type 2 has now been in complete remmision for almost 2 years. My blood sugar count is completely normal.

My weight has gone from 218 to 162

My blood pressure is still a little on the high side but I've been able to cut my medication in half.

Bottom line he told me I was very healthy for a guy my age (59) in fact my over all health indicates I'm about ten years younger than I actually am.

This is all very gratifying because I've really worked at this for the last 2 years. & now I have empirical proof that my rather esoteric medical methadalogy actually works.

& I'm living proof of it because if I hadn't completely changed my life style I would have been dead or suffering from a varierty of severe medical conditions at this point.


Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!! Good feeling huh?

Wing master
08-23-2009, 09:42 PM
Congradulations Gordoom,
Kinda like quitting smoking, its not easy but you will be glad you did.

Wing master

Mike DeLisa
08-27-2009, 10:51 PM
Man GorDoom you are my hero.

I need to do a weigh-in and BP tomorrow, but I think I am still around 230, having been slightly slack the last month or so.

But I figure GorDoom and I should spar a round for his 60th and we should both be in the 160s.

Yes, this is an official challenge!

Off The River
08-28-2009, 01:44 AM
Now that's a PPV card worth seeing!!!!!!!!!!

Mike DeLisa
08-29-2009, 11:36 AM
Guys -- a knowledgeable friend of mine told me of a new drug for gout: it is called Uloric. It is supposed to be a wonder drug with no side effects. It actually will prevent and break any uric crystals that have formed.

I am still aiming to control my gout with diet, but for you advanced sufferers you might want to ask your doctor about Uloric.

Weight update: 230.

Off The River
09-03-2009, 09:24 PM

Here's a really interesting article on heart disease and diet. Essentially, it explains how the shift away from animal fats and unpasteurised milk may have led to an increase in heart disease. It also lists a few other factors, but it is certainly worht the read:


In the 1940s and 1950s, researchers Yudkin and Lopez discovered a link between consumption of refined sugar and heart disease. Sugar consumption lowers the body's resistance to bacteria, viruses, and yeasts that may cause inflammation in both the heart and the arteries. Excess sugar leads to deficiencies in the entire B-vitamin complex, needed for healthy arteries. Ongoing research at the U.S. Department of Agriculture indicates that fructose may be even more dangerous than sugar. Fructose, mainly in the form of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), has become the sweetener of choice for soft drinks, condiments and many so-called health foods.

Also in the 1960s, a researcher named Annand discovered a correlation between the consumption of heated milk protein and a tendency to thrombosis — the formation of blood clots — and noted that the rise in coronary heart disease began in the 1920s with laws requiring milk pasteurization.

Researcher Kilmer McCulley has found a positive relationship between deficiencies in folic acid, B 6 and B l2 , and severity of hardening or stiffness of the arteries, as well as the buildup of pathogenic plaque. B 6 and B 12 are found almost exclusively in animal products — the very foods that proponents of the lipid hypothesis advise us to avoid. B 6 deficiency is also associated with hardening of the tendons leading to carpal tunnel syndrome. Deficiencies of this heat-sensitive vitamin are widespread in America, partly because B 1 and B 2 added to white flour interfere with its proper use, and partly because it is destroyed during milk pasteurization. (Although pasteurization may help prevent foodborne illness, the process destroys nutrients.) Although McCulley's research has gained widespread, albeit grudging, recognition in the scientific community, it continues to lack appropriate funding and public recognition.

Vitamin C deficiency makes arterial walls more subject to inflammation and tearing. A diet rich in natural vitamin C complex helps maintain the integrity of both blood vessels and heart muscle. Vitamin C also plays a role in collagen synthesis, along with copper, through the enzyme lysyl oxidase. Deficiencies occur in diets that lack fresh fruits and vegetables.

Heart disease has been correlated with mineral deficiencies. Coronary heart disease rates are lower in regions where drinking water is naturally rich in trace minerals, particularly magnesium, which acts as a natural anti-coagulant and aids potassium absorption, thereby preventing heartbeat irregularities. Mineral-rich water and soil also supply iodine, needed for a healthy thyroid gland. People with poor thyroid function are very prone to heart disease. Calcium also plays a role in protecting the heart and arteries. Potassium helps maintain proper blood pressure. Traditional meat broths are rich in magnesium, potassium, calcium, and iodine. In America, these have largely been replaced by imitation broth products containing MSG and hydrolyzed protein.

The most important change in the American diet during the years of CHD increase has been the gradual substitution of vegetable fats for those of animal origin. Hydrogenated fats — in the form of margarine and shortening — have replaced butter and lard, while the consumption of vegetable oils has increased more than 10-fold. Since as early as 1956, a number of researchers have found that consumption of trans-fatty acids in hydrogenated oils contributes to heart disease, including most recently Mensink and Katan in the Netherlands, and Walter Willett at Harvard University.

An excess of vegetable oils, even when not hydrogenated, seems to play a role in causing heart disease because they cause an imbalance in the production of prostaglandins, localized tissue hormones that play a role in all of the body's complex chemical processes; and because industrially processed vegetable oils contain bee radicals that damage the arteries, thereby initiating plaque deposits.

Arterial plaque contains cholesterol because the body actually uses cholesterol to repair injuries, tears, and irritations to artery walls. However, like rancid vegetable oils, cholesterol that has been oxidized by high temperatures and exposure to air can itself irritate the arterial walls and initiate pathological buildup. High temperature spray production of powdered milk and eggs, used as additives in many processed foods, began in the early part of the century. Consumption of both hydrogenated fats and products containing oxidized cholesterol increased greatly after the war.

A recent study found that excess consumption of omega-6 fatty acids, the kind found in commercial vegetable oils made from corn, soy, safflower, and canola, increases the amount of oxidized cholesterol in the arterial plaque. Like sugar and white flour, these vegetable oils, produced by high temperature industrial processing, are new to the human diet. It is the polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acids — not saturated fat — that form the major fat component of arterial plaque, yet for many years the American Heart Association and many establishment nutrition writers advocated consumption of polyunsaturated oils for the heart.

The role of vitamin D in protecting against heart disease has been neglected. Vitamin D is essential for the intestinal absorption of many minerals, but particularly calcium and magnesium. Vitamin D deficiency is associated with defective calcification of the bones and pathogenic calcification of the arteries. Synthetic vitamin D added to milk has the same effect as vitamin D deficiency — it causes abnormal calcification of the soft tissues, particularly the blood vessels. Our bodies can manufacture vitamin D from cholesterol by the action of sunlight on the skin, but natural dietary sources give added protection. Vitamin D is found only in animal fats.

Short- and medium-chain saturated fatty acids have anti-microbial effects and protect against the kind of viruses and bacteria that contribute to heart disease. Best sources of these helpful fats are the tropical oils, especially coconut oil, which have largely disappeared from the American food supply due to unfounded assertions that these healthy fats contribute to heart disease.

Caffeine in coffee causes the body to excrete calcium and stresses the adrenal glands, leading in some cases to general exhaustion, including exhaustion of the heart muscle. This theory has been subject to intense criticism. Detractors note that heavy coffee drinkers tent to indulge in a number of habits considered unhealthy by orthodox researchers — such as smoking and lack of exercise — as well as consumption of sugar and processed foods, leading to deficiencies not yet accepted by the medical establishment as being contributors to CHD.

Anti-oxidants such as beta-carotene, selenium, and vitamin E may protect us against damage from highly processed vegetable oils and oxidized cholesterol. Orthodox medicine has ignored or ridiculed vitamin E therapy for heart disease, pioneered by the Shute brothers, physicians in Canada, who found that 100 mg of natural vitamin E from wheat germ oil gave excellent long-term protection from coronary heart disease. Fresh fruits and vegetables supply beta-carotene and hundreds of other carotenoids; butter is a particularly rich source of selenium.

Other theories related to heart disease include lack of exercise, overweight, high blood pressure, smoking, and exposure to carbon monoxide gas.

Mike DeLisa
09-07-2009, 10:20 PM

Sep 7 -- weight 226, BP 128/84. -- I'm really happy with the Bp. My biggest problem was dealing with breakfast, but I've been pretty strict about eating a bowl of oatmeal in the morning. This seems to help me from becoming ravenous early in the day. i was also sneaking candy from my office so I've cut that out also.

Aug 29 -- weight 230, again!
July & Aug -- vaguely followed the diet; recommitted on Aug 15.
June 22 -- Weight 230 -- will check BP later
June 10 -- Blood pressure 140/98. Weight 234.
Day 1 -- June 2, 2008. Blood pressure 144/104. Weight 238 (up from 199 just a year ago). Height 5'9" and shrinking.

09-08-2009, 11:51 PM
I don't currently possess the discipline needed to do what GorDoom did, but I AM trying to keep my BP from killing me before I see my 54th b-day in a few months. To that end I've given up the two cigars a day I averaged for the last ten or twelve years; I eat a bowl of oatmeal and some fresh fruit for breakfast (fruit is great as a snack throughout the day, as are some cut veggies like celery sticks, carrot slivers, etc.); I walk rather than drive if it's less than a half-mile destination from the house, and I watch all HBO boxing broadcasts with the sound off.

Okay, I made that last one up.

Seriously, BP has gone down over the last year or so, but I'm not stopping until I can wean myself off at least one of the two meds I'm taking for the hypertension.

Now if someone has any suggestions on how to deal with hyperthyroidism, other than taking the 20mgs of tapazole I've been saddled with for the last decade, I'm all ears.


PS--Needless to say, Gor: GREAT NEWS, and congratulations. You are an inspiration to many on here.

09-17-2009, 04:51 PM

I'll do research & see what I can come up with for you. I know a lot about what ails me & how to fix it, not so much about other illnesses. BUT... A little study & I may be able to find something that will help you.


All the support is much appreciated. But here is the secret: ANYBODY can do what I did. It sounds extreme but after a suprisingly small amount of time you get into it.

It is hard at first as there is much temptation everywhere, hell, just on tv they always have adds for these crappy (& lethal) fast foods & they always make them look like the most succulent food in the world.

You just have to innure yourself from all the temptaions & like I said in a surprisingly short time things that you used to consider "comfort" foods will disgust you when you realise how shitty & dangerous they are.

Trust me on this. After a little effort you won't be tempted anymore. Plus, after you cleanse your sytem out you will be surprised at how much better you feel & how crappy you used to actually feel without realising it.

Thanks again for the support guys! I'm glad DeLisa started this thread I know it's really helped me & I hope it helps you guys.


09-17-2009, 05:24 PM

This is what I've come up with so far I'll keep digging ... & Btw: among other things they talk about broccolli & I use that for my high blood pressure. It's loaded with glautamic acid which is proven to lower BP. Looks like it also helps with hyperthyroidisim.

Herbal Remedies for Hyperthyroidism - An Alternative Form of Treatment To Cure Hyperthyroidism
Posted in Category : Natural Cures | November 17, 2008
Hyperthyroidism Remedies

There are numerous herbal remedies for hyperthyroidism and these must be taken in accordance with the advice of your medical practitioner. Safe herbal remedies for hyperthyroidism involve the use of home remedies or natural forms of treatment in order to treat the condition. One of the best home herbal remedies for hyperthyroidism is to have plenty of cruciferous vegetation such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbages, mustard greens and kale. These vegetables have the properties to reduce the functions of an overactive thyroid. Similarly peaches and pears also have the same qualities and similar benefits can be achieved by consuming these fruits. In order to treat hyperthyroidism the condition must be approached holistically that not only addresses the symptoms but also detects the root cause and the underlying issues of the condition. Herbal remedies for hyperthyroidism include the use of bugleweed also referred to as lycopus virginica, lemon balm or officially known as Melissa officinalis and motherwort also known as Leonuris cardica. Although herbalists claim that the above herbs are alternative forms of hyperthyroidism herbal cure, they must be taken only under the guidance of a medical expert. It is important to discuss herbal remedies for hyperthyroidism with the doctor in order to keep out the negative side-effects from the use of these herbs.

Herbal Cure for Hyperthyroidism

Sea-greens are useful in regulating the production of thyroid hormones and helps in combating the condition. Importantly it also contains a number of excellent nutrients for the nutritional balance of the body. Another hyperthyroidism herbal cure valued by certain natives includes the use of Peruvian Maca. This particular herb helps in normalizing the functions of the thyroid glands. It is recommended that sea greens supplementation be complemented with Peruvian maca. Most people who consumed sea greens reported that they had regained excellent health as the normalization of the thyroid functionality became balanced with the sea green supplementation. According to herbal therapists, sea greens contain complete nutritional balance and are thought to be the most nutritious form of vegetation on the planet. Apart from normalizing the thyroid and the hormonal system, sea greens are also helpful in purifying the blood cells. Some important nutrients in sea greens have a direct impact on the functionalities of the thyroid glands. Sea greens contain potassium, niacin and vitamin B complex that is useful in the general health of the thyroid gland.

Also Kyoodle, they were talking about being careful with certain herbs. Eating a lot of broccoli & cuciferous vegetable of peaches, pears & sea vegetables is NOT going to interfere with your medications.

Also the problem with talking to MD's about this is not only do they know shit from shinola about it they automatically put it down & tell you it's useless .... Well, I'm living, empirical, proof that it is not.


09-17-2009, 06:34 PM

A million thanks for gathering, and sharing with me, this information. I truly appreciate it and will hold you and your radical health improvements as my inspiration to make this work out.

I'm going to digest it (no pun intended), initiate it ASAP and report my progress as the months go on.

Thanks again!


02-04-2010, 08:22 PM
I may have found the "Silver Bullet" for high blood pressure: It's an Ayuvedic medicine, herbal supplement called, Cardtidone.

An acquaintance of mine's naturapath tuned her on to it. She told me she took it twice a day for a about 2 months & it almost immediately normalised her extreme hypertension.. After that she was taking one for a couple of months & then stopped taking it altogether.

It's been almost 6 months since she stopped & her bp remains normal!

I know, I know, this sounds to good to be true but I did some research online & found that what she said was backed up. Now her case might be not par for the course but there was plenty of other evidence to support her claim.

I've ordered some & it will arrive tomorrow. I will loog a report after a week of taking it. If this works this would be heaven sent! I've tried EVERYTHING with various degrees of success.This would truly change my life for the better. Being on bp meds has really been hell for me.


02-05-2010, 12:03 PM
I took my first dose last night. I woke up about 3:00 a.m., 24 hours after my last bp meds. My reading was 129 over 85! Usually after 24 hrs. it's in the 140-45-90-95 range.

I took one 1/3 of my usual meds & went back to bed. Woke up around 6, took my second dose of cartidone, worked out took a sauna & had two cups of black coffe.

Normally after a workout/sauna & coffe my heart rate would be way up & my bp would be at least 140 over 90 until I do some deep breathing exercises & cool down.

Well ... After my routine I took my bp & it was 106 over 74 with a heart rate of 78!!!

WOW, this has never happened before. I know I've only taken two doses of this stuff but I'm already taking only a 1/3 of my meds & so far my bp is under control.

Guys, I may have stumbled on to a natural cure for hypertension!... Which my doctors have told me was impossible.


02-05-2010, 04:03 PM

I'ts CARDITONE not Cartidone as I wrote earlier.


02-06-2010, 11:53 AM
Well guys after 2 days this carditone seems to be really working. Yesterday I took 1/3 of my usual meds at 3 a.m. Today I slept in until 6:a.m. 27 hours after I last took my meds.

Normally if I go 24 hours my bp is in the 140 over 90 or higher range. This morning I was 104 over 70 before taking any meds! This has NEVER happened.

So today I've got the 1/3 of my meds that I took yesterday in half & I took my fourth carditone dose this morning.

So far so good!!! Guys, this is a freakin' miracle. If this stuff works long term I've discovered something that could alleviate all the crap you go through n bp meds. This stuff has NO side effects so far.

At this point I wouldn't recommend anybody get this stuff yet. It's only been 2 days. But the signs are encouraging. I'll continue to report.


02-11-2010, 10:55 AM
Day 7: Tonight when I take my evening dose it will be a full week of taking carditone. The results have been freaking amazing! Woke up today w/a bp of 105 over 67 w/a heart beat of 58.

I am cycling off my meds I started by cutting down to 1/3 of my usual dose & now I'm down to a half of that one third dose. The reason I'm doing it slowly is I found out that the med I'm taking, Clonodine can cause a stroke if you abruptly stop taking it.

Of course my fucking doctor didn't bother to tell me this, I had to find out through personal research. As usual the medical community comes through with vital information ...

Anyway, I'm going to take one more small dose of Clonidine tomorrow & then cycle completely off the meds by Sat.

At this point I'm still hesitant to recommend carditone as I've used it for such a short time & don't have much of a baseline. But if by this time next week when I'm completely off the meds & I'm getting the same results I'll definitely let you guys know either way. One good thing is that I've had absolutely no side effects.

Gotta say the result so far are VERY encouraging. For almost 3 years I've tried everything, diet, exercise, herbs specifically for bp & NOTHING has really worked. I even lost 60 pounds & nothing. Carditone is the only thing that has shown real results so far.


02-11-2010, 12:53 PM
It doesn't surprise me that the medical profession doesn't recommend this, and I guess neither does it surprise me that the drug companies haven't incorporated it into their medicines--they want people to be sick.

Wing master
02-11-2010, 08:53 PM
Thats Amazing Gordoom,
If I am not mistaken after Saturday you will be off all perscribed meds? Congradulations man.
Keep us posted.


02-12-2010, 12:53 PM
Description: Ingredients UsageReviews,Related ProductsHealth Info
Carditone, produced by Ayush Herbs, is a unique herbal formulation based on India's Ayurvedic principles. Carditone promotes healthy blood pressure and gives off a calmative and carditonic effect. It as well helps relieve hypertension, heart palpitations, and irregular heart beats. Keep in mind while using Carditone that it has sedative and tranquilizing properties.

Carditone contains the herb Rauvolfia serpentina--an important therapeutic aid in promoting healthy blood pressure. It exerts hypotensive effects by the depletion of norepinephrine through inhibition of catecholamine storage in postganglionic adrenergic nerve endings.

Carditone has a dilating effect on small blood vessels, increasing blood flow to the heart. It also helps diuretic activity without depleting your levels of potassium. The Indian coral powder included provides calcium and magnesium that give strength to the heart. Magnesium is a very important element in hypertension and coronary-artery diseases.

Carditone can also be used with Rentone--an herbal formulation that promotes kidney health and healthy diuretic activity. If you are planning on taking Carditone and Rentone together, it is recommended to take one capsule of each two times per day.

Warning: Carditone has sedative and tranquilizing properties. Consult your physician before using this product.

Read below for an article on Carditone:

Modern Science validating Ancient Medicine
Hypertension and Ayurveda

Hypertension is one of the most significant risk factors for heart diseases and a major cause of heart failure, renal failure, and stroke. Usually the patients are asymptomatic until complications begin to develop. What causes hypertension is inadequately understood and the treatment and management for this condition can be a lifelong commitment which is why it is so poorly managed. Changes in blood pressure are sensed by baroreceptors, located within the blood circulation. These receptors relay messages to the central nervous system and keep the blood pressure in normal stages of homeostasis. Derangements of this system can produce hypertension. Primary (essential) hypertension has no identifiable cause and affects well over 90% of the population. Secondary hypertension, on the other hand has an identifiable cause.

Most of the patients with high blood pressure are told that they have “essential” hypertension. This happens when the cause is unknown. High blood pressure is clearly a result of non-compliant arteries, hardening of arteries, and or factors which disrupt the kidneys’ ability to regulate fluid volumes. Some of the factors which can cause high blood pressure include stress, lack of exercise, high sodium and/or potassium intake, high sugar diet, high saturated fat and low omega-3 fatty acid intake, diet low in calcium, magnesium and Vitamin C. Another important factor is nutrition. The “Dietary approaches to Stop Hypertension” (DASH) clinical studies were funded by The National heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to evaluate the dietary recommendations in the treatment of hypertension. The DASH diet is rich in fruits, vegetables, and low fat dairy foods, and saturated fats, high in dietary fiber, potassium, magnesium, and moderately high in Protein. Furthermore, the blood pressure dropped when the sodium was limited to 2,400 mg daily.

In my 24 years of practicing medicine, I have seen people getting on and off various drugs. They start with one high blood pressure pill (mostly a diuretic) that wears off in few years. Later, another Beta-blocker is added, which wears off in another 3-4 years. Then an ACE-inhibitor or calcium channel blocker or other stronger combinations are added on. It is not unusual to see patients constantly on three to four medications at a time for controlling hypertension alone. As more and more drugs are added on, patients run into the problem of acquiring all the side effects that come with them. For example potassium loss is very common with the use of diuretics and erectile dysfunction is very common in males, for which they are prescribed Viagra, which incidentally comes with its own set of side-effects.

Nutrition and lifestyle modification is the hallmark of Ayurvedic Medicine. According to Ayurvedic medicine, people with Pit and Vat constitution and Pit and Vat imbalance, are more prone to hypertension than any other. Unprocessed anger, frustration, irritability, anxiety and fear leads to mal-adaptation of the endocrine system, which then leads to conditions like hypertension. Treatment is geared to bringing these imbalances back to normal. In the treatment of hypertension; nutrition, exercise, breathing exercises (Pranayama), yoga, meditation, behavioral modification along with various herbs and minerals are prescribed.

Herbs For hypertension

A definite lowering of blood pressure, slowing of pulse and a feeling of calmness is apparent after use of Carditone™, which happens to be a combination of patented extracts of Rauwolfia serpentina, Terminalia Arjuna , Tribulus terrestis, Rose powder, Boerhaavia diffusa and Indian coral powder.

For centuries Rauwolfia serpentina has been used by the medicine men of India to treat various maladies from hypertension and snake bites to mental illnesses. In 1563, Garcia De Orta mentioned this plant and its uses in his book on the drugs of India, but the European physicians were skeptic of its properties, until 1952. This is when Muller succeeded in isolating the alkaloid reserpine from the plant root which started the first era of pharmacotherapy for Hypertension. Rauwolfia extract does not only have the reserpine but all the other fifty alkaloids present like Ajmaline, Ajmalinine, Ajmalicine, serpentine , serpentinine, rauwolfine, yohimbine and many more. It is easy to understand that the patented whole root extract exerts a different action than those of Reserpine.

Terminalia arjuna produced dose-dependent hypotension in anaesthetized dogs. Action of mechanism for this particular herb is that it acts like a beta-blocker and is a powerful antioxidant, liver protectant and contains cardio-protective, hypolipidemic, anti-angina and anti-atheroma properties. Tribulus terrestris is a natural herb used for treating many diseases including hypertension. It has shown to be diuretic and an ACE inhibitor. Boerhaavia Diffusa has diuretic and Ca2+ channel blocking activity. Rose Powder has calming and mood lifting effects. Indian Coral Powder provides elemental calcium and magnesium.

Overall effects of Carditone™ have shown a net drop in systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Several thousand patients who have been treated by many doctors around the US, India and Europe have found Carditone™ to be an excellent balancer of blood pressure. Along with a combination of nutrition, exercise, yoga, meditation and Carditone™, people were able to get off other medications. One very interesting factor found was that after using Carditone for 1-2 years, patients no longer needed to be dependant on the product. They were able to control their blood pressure just with nutrition, exercise, yoga and mediation.

For more information about Dr. Virender Sodhi and the Ayurvedic Clinic, please visit www.ayurvedicscience.com.

Juan C Ayllon
02-12-2010, 04:50 PM
Congrats, Bucket! Way to go.

By the way, here's the latest on Kevin Trudeau, whose book was mentioned in an earlier post:

TV pitchman held in contempt for e-mail deluge on judge

Kevin Trudeau at the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse in Chicago today. A federal judge ordered the infomercial pitchman to appear before him and explain why he asked thousands of his customers to send e-mails to the court in support of Trudeau. (José M. Osorio/Tribune)

Tanned infomercial pitchman Kevin Trudeau has pushed cures for everything from obesity to cancer, but he appears unlikely to have a magic potion to soothe the anger of a federal judge whose e-mail account he flooded with unwanted messages from supporters.

A furious U.S. District Judge Robert Gettleman gave Trudeau three hours' notice to show up in his federal courtroom Thursday and then found the Internet host in criminal contempt of court for the e-mail attack.

Trudeau sat with a bit of a deer-in-the-headlights look on his face as the normally mild-mannered Gettleman lectured his lawyer about the e-mail onslaught -- all the while being interrupted on the bench as new messages continued to hit his inbox.

"Just got another one," said the judge, who earlier had turned his computer screen so attorneys in the case could see the incoming barrage for themselves. "Every time you hear that little bell."

On his Web site Wednesday, Trudeau had asked followers to write Gettleman in an attempt to convince the judge that he's not selling snake oil. Gettleman, who is presiding over a civil lawsuit brought by the Federal Trade Commission, previously held Trudeau in contempt of an earlier court order for using deceptive practices in some of his advertising and ordered him to pay a fine of more than $37 million.

Gettleman said that next week he's likely to impose time in custody for Trudeau and another fine as punishment for the e-mails. In the meantime, he ordered Trudeau to come up with $50,000 for bail by Friday and surrender his passport.

"Unlike Mr. Trudeau, I do not wish to act hastily or improvidently," said the judge, who has the authority to impose a prison term of up to six months. "I want to think about what an appropriate sanction would be."

Trudeau, a convicted felon who spent two years in prison for credit card fraud, had little obvious reaction to the prospect of having to spend more time behind bars. As he left court wearing a distinguished gray fedora, Trudeau said he would say nothing "until the proceedings are done."

Gettleman said the deluge of hundreds of e-mails began late Wednesday after Trudeau posted a message on his Web site saying "Kevin needs your voice." The posting went on to ask supporters to e-mail Gettleman, listed the judge's e-mail address and asked that followers tell the judge how Trudeau had improved their lives.

The judge said the result was his e-mail and BlackBerry were "literally clogged" with a collection of messages -- some from people who were angry and others who "said they are watching," a vaguely threatening note that prompted Gettleman to ask the U.S. Marshal Service in Chicago to assess if any of the messages amounted to a threat.

Judicial security has taken on heightened levels in Chicago since an enraged litigant killed the husband and mother of U.S. District Judge Joan Lefkow five years ago. In the wake of the Lefkow tragedy, marshals set up a working group to respond quickly to any inappropriate communication or threat to a judge, said John O'Malley, chief deputy marshal in Chicago.

Gettleman had previously found that Trudeau, known for his seeming omnipresence on late-night TV infomercials, had used deceptive advertising as he marketed his book "The Weight Loss Cure 'They' Don't Want You to Know About." The FTC noted in one court filing that infomercials for the book were broadcast 32,000 times in the U.S.

The judge said Thursday that he had considered referring the case to federal prosecutors for criminal investigation even before the e-mail avalanche.

Trudeau had appealed Gettleman's $37.6 million fine, and last fall the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the contempt finding but directed Gettleman to do more fact-finding to justify the hefty fine, lawyers in the case said.

Gettleman was to make those findings in the coming weeks but had closed discovery -- the sharing of evidence. The e-mail onslaught amounted to Trudeau encouraging improper communications from others, the judge said in finding that as a basis for the criminal contempt.

Gettleman said Trudeau's method was meant to "harass the court and interfere with my processes."

Experts said it doesn't appear that the judge's decision raises significant First Amendment issues.

Donald Craven, counsel for the Illinois Press Association, said free-speech rights have limits, including time, place and manner, pointing to the famous example of shouting "fire" in a crowded theater. A judge has the authority to limit what he or she considers in the context of a case.

"I have never known anybody to win that fight, especially in U.S. District Court," Craven said. "If a judge says, 'I don't want to see it or hear it,' you'd best stop. Judges are absolutely entitled to control the development of a court record in matters that are in front of them."

DePaul University law professor Jeffrey Shaman said he wouldn't be surprised if Trudeau claims the e-mailers were engaged in a "speech activity." It may be that Trudeau, not being a lawyer, wouldn't necessarily know about a ban on "ex-parte communication" -- when only one party in a case communicates with a judge, Shaman said.

"I would think the proper remedy for when a party does (make such a misstep) is for the judge to let them know he will not accept the communication and not read it and give notice to the party that he's doing something wrong," Shaman said. "Trudeau might not know about the rule against ex-parte communication."

As for a quick fix to try to keep Gettleman's e-mail account from being buried in missives from supporters who think Trudeau is a force for good, the pitchman's lawyer told the judge another message had been posted on his Web site Thursday saying the call for the e-mails was in error.

"Please do not under any circumstances communicate with the court or Judge Gettleman," the message on the site read. "I apologize for this mistake. Yours in Health, Kevin."

--Jeff Coen

02-13-2010, 12:45 AM
Clearly a bad move by Trudeau asking his followers to email a judge. That's what's called bad judgement (no pun intended).

I still stand by my praise of his book which I refer to on a daily basis for health tips.

The book I recommended had two extensive chapters on weight loss and loosely following his recommendations was able to cut 45 lbs of fat going from 260 to 215 since September. I was aiming at 210 by the summer but now it's looking like I may go down as low 200 lbs which would be VERY lean for someone with my muscle mass.

I'm 44 years old and my body now looks and feels like it did in my early 20's plus I haven't been sick a day in probably 10 years nor taken any type of drug except for the odd Tylenol if I can't shake a headache.

Off The River
02-15-2010, 08:39 PM
Hey 10-8. What does Trudeau, or you suggest for cold prevention? I don't get cold often, but with a little runny nosed 15 month old baby running around drooling all over me, I have one right now.

02-15-2010, 10:35 PM

Get some oil of oregano. Take it as instructed & it will shorten your illness considerably. Take it as soon as you feel sick & you can ward it off. It also cures athletes foot as it is a natural anti-viral.

Do NOT use it as a daily preventative as it can become toxic over a prolonged period. Otherwise it's safe.

I eat raw garlic every day, 2-3 cloves & I haven't had a cold or the flu in years. & this season in the U.S. the flu was bad.


Off The River
02-15-2010, 11:15 PM
Thanks Gor!

02-16-2010, 12:35 AM
Gor is correct. He is the umpteenth person I've heard recommend oil of oregano to effectively heal a cold.

Trudeau recommends green papaya extract, propolis, raw ginger boiled in water (drink as tea), cat's claw, crocodile protein peptide.

My theory on colds and flues is that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure so EVERYDAY I consume a variety of fruit in the morning on an empty stomach mixed in a blender.

I also consume EVERYDAY a homemade soup that I prepare with the leftover vegetable pulp from my juicer. I blend the pulp up with water in a blender which makes a thick paste and that is my base. I use a variety of vegetables but usually always have carrots, celery and beet pulp in the soup.

I swear by the anti-oxidant characteristics in fruits and vegetables as well as their immune system strengthening properties.

02-20-2010, 05:58 PM
Sat 2/20/10

It's been a week today since I cycled off my BP meds. As of 1:45 this afternoon my bp is 113 over 70 with a heart beat of 55!


In the week I had one day where I spiked into the low 140's over 85 or so. Other than that so far so good.

I've found out some things also. The stuff I take is known in medical circles as Reserpine. They used to prescribe it but in dosages that were too high & & caused significant side effects. The dosage I'm taking is much lower & not one side effect so far after 2 weeks.

While Reserpine is essentially the same as Carditone using the same Indian root as it's base it's also added with a chemical compound. Carditone is composed of all natural herbs As far as I know it's safe if you can get a doctor to prescribe it otherwise go online like I did & look up Carditone.

I also went & got a blood work done. My cholesterol is now down to 193 over all from 340. My glucose is completely normal & my diabetes type 2 has now been in remission for over 2 1/2 years & my liver enzyme count which was headed for liver cancer has also been normal for 2 1/2 years.

All I can say is screw the AMA because I cured myself. All they wanted to do was pile meds on me & see which way I twitched. I'm proof that there IS another way besides all the gruesome drugs they try to poison you with.


02-25-2010, 12:01 PM
Strengthening Herbs For the Cardiovascular System

By Thomas Stearns Lee, NMD

A vast range of herbal remedies are available to help strengthen the cardiovascular system. A few are described here, along with the benefits that ensue from using them.


One of the most valuable heart tonics is Hawthorne berries. Rich in bioflavenoids, Hawthorne (Crataegus) acts in a normalizing way upon the heart to increase the flow of blood and oxygen to that region of the body. Hawthorne will move the heart to normal function in a gentle way from several types of difficulties, and it may safely be used in heart weaknesses and palpitations.


Another valuable cardiotonic is Motherwort. Its botanical name is Leonurus cardiaca, which indicates its usefulness in treating the heart and circulation. Motherwort is specific for a racing heartbeat that can be brought on by anxiety and tension. Despite the name, men can benefit from the effect of this herb as well as women.

Gingko biloba

Gingko biloba has been recommended by herbalists for over 5,000 years to improve circulation throughout the body. Some trees live 4,000 years, and researchers are just beginning to understand their medicinal value. But this tree dates back more than 200 million years, making it one of the oldest species still alive.

Not only does Gingko exert a positive effect upon the vascular system by delivering blood and oxygen more efficiently to the various organ systems, but it also improves memory and the ability to concentrate. Studies also show that Gingko contains powerful antioxidants which may slow the aging process.

Butcher's Broom

If you suffer from discomfort and pain caused by poor circulation in the legs -- a heavy-leg feeling -- consider the use of an herb called Butcher's Broom. This herb is particularly good for people who are on their feet most of the day. One capsule three times daily will improve circulation in the hands and feet and reduce edema.


When Butcher's Broom is used in combination with Cayenne, you have a powerful team to rebuild the circulatory system. One capsule of each herb, taken with food 2 or 3 times a day, and you will start to see the results you want.


A real wonder drug of the herbal world is Garlic. This amazing food and herbal medicine does everything from treating ear infections to preventing heart disease. Include it in the daily diet and it will support the body in ways no other herb will.

Think of Garlic as a basic food that augments the body's health and protects it in general. Garlic lowers blood pressure as well as blood cholesterol, fights infections, aids in digestion, relieves gas, helps with respiratory problems, and the list of benefits goes on and on.


Another famous herb that has been introduced to us by the Chinese is Ginseng. There are many types of Ginseng, but for our purposes, the most interesting two are Panax Ginseng, also called Korean Red Ginseng, and American Ginseng. The American is somewhat "cooler" in its effects, and is hence more appropriate for people with high blood pressure.

Ginseng means "root of man," and it has the property of increasing physical and mental endurance. It has the power to move people to their physical peak, and many athletes claim that it gives them a competitive edge.

Ginseng has "adaptogenic" properties, which means it has a unique ability to normalize body functions. For example, if blood pressure climbs too high, or if blood sugar falls too low, an adaptogen will help to return the body to normal levels.


Herbal medicines have a lot to offer in keeping the cardiovascular system healthy, as long as they are supported by appropriate exercise and a healthy diet. Try these gentle medicines in your own life to experience their benefits.

If you will be using herbs as important medicines to treat serious problems in yourself or others, try to work with a trained professional to get the safest and best results.

02-25-2010, 12:05 PM
Flu Vaccine Shortage?
Count Your Blessings!

By Thomas S. Lee, NMD

Many Americans are worried about not being able to get a flu shot this season. Should the flu vaccine shortage add fear and uncertainty to our lives? Maybe, if the vaccine really protected us from the flu. But despite the fear-mongering among our politicians and major media, the flu vaccine shortage hardly rates a colored alert.

Don't misunderstand me, concern for your family health is worth making an effort at education and planning. So before you fret about missing your flu shot, let's consider where else that protection can be found.

About the Flu

About the Flu Vaccination

Contraindications to the Flu Vaccine

Before Making a Decision on Flu Prevention

Guidelines for Strengthening the Immune System

Guidelines for Keeping Up Personal Defenses

First Aid for Flu Symptoms

Supplements to Help in the Early Phase

For More Help

About the Flu

Millions of people catch the flu and only experience mild symptoms. Many more are exposed and acquire immunity without ever noticing symptoms. Even if symptoms are not severe, the body will produce antibodies that remember that specific virus for a very long time, possibly life-long. The Centers for Disease Control present mortality rates from the flu that are combined with those from pneumonia. When reading these statistics in context, it does not suggest a high flu mortality rate in the U.S. in modern years.

The influenza virus is usually a form of coronavirus and is quickly spread through coughing and sneezing, contact with common surfaces, and unwashed hands. Touching your own eyes, nose, or mouth with your own contaminated hands or fingers is the most common way this virus is naturally "vaccinated" into our bodies.

Once in your body, if you are vulnerable, a virus will incubate without noticable symptoms for a couple of days. Then the dreaded flu symptoms of fever, chills, aching, coughs, and fatigue last two or three days, and will usually subside and be gone in a week. After an individual has had the flu, their body will have produced antibodies that protect them from the same strain of virus for a prolonged period of time.

Complications from influenza infection are very rare and may occur in individuals with an underlying medical condition, those over 65 years of age, and young children that have a predisposition to respiratory infections. Pneumonia is the primary complication of influenza and can result in hospitalization or death in those who are at extremely high risk for complications.

About the Flu Vaccination

The flu vaccination offers temporary protection from specific strains of the influenza virus. Over 500 different viruses can cause flu-like symptoms, and the three most common strains seen in the previous year are used to make the vaccine. Viral adaptation is rapid and constant. It takes about two weeks after a flu shot for your antibody levels to be able to protect you. These antibodies then lose their effectiveness within a few months.

Below are the ingredients in two common flu vaccines, as described in another article on our site:

FLUSHIELD: Influenza Virus Vaccine, Trivalent, Types A & B. Wyeth-Ayerst, 1-800-934-5556. Produced using gentamicin sulfate, formaldehyde, polysorbate 80, tri(n) butylphosphate, and thimerosol (mercury). Medium: chick embryos.

FLU VIRIN: Influenza Virus Vaccine. Medeva Pharmaceuticals, 1-888-MEDEVA, 716-274-5300. Produced using embryonic fluid (chicken egg), neomycin, polymyxin, thimerosol (mercury), and betapropiolactone. Medium: embryonic fluid (chicken egg).

According to Health Canada, the influenza vaccination is only recommended for those who are at high risk for developing serious complications from the flu. It is ironic that mercury is proven to be more harmful than the vaccines themselves are proven to be helpful. The very people who are most in need of protection are the most vulnerable to the metal poisons in the vaccine.

The high-risk groups mentioned above include people aged 65 years or older; those with chronic diseases such as diabetes, cancer, kidney disease, or immunosuppressive disorders; children on long-term treatment with acetylsalicylic acid (ASA, or aspirin); health-care workers; residents, workers, and volunteers at nursing homes, chronic-care facilities, and retirement homes; and women who are more than three months pregnant.

Health Canada also found that for their clients over 65 years of age, the efficacy rate of the vaccine is less than 30 percent. 75 percent have prolonged soreness (up to 2 days) at the site of the injection. Not surprisingly, children are at the greatest risk of side effects, which include the primary identifiers of the flu itself, with severe allergic and paralytic illnesses.

We have not been able to locate any studies that differentiate between the effects of the vaccine and those of the proven toxic effects of its added ingredients. Inexplicably, the FDA does not require these studies of the manufacturer.

Contraindications to the Flu Vaccine

According the manufacturers, the flu vaccination should not be given to persons with an acute respiratory infection or with any other active infection or serious febrile (fever) illness. So do NOT attempt to treat an active case of the flu with a vaccination.

The vaccination also should not be used by persons who develop anaphylactic-type reactions (hives, swelling of the mouth and throat, difficulty breathing, hypotension, or shock) when they eat eggs. Also, anyone with an active neurological disorder should avoid vaccination until they are stabilized.

To work properly, the vaccine must be introduced into a body with a normal immune system. So persons who are immuno-suppressed, either intentionally with steroids or from the effects of a disease, should not be vaccinated.

Thimerosal -- which contains mercury -- is commonly used as a preservative in flu vaccines and many others. Mercury has been implicated in many severe neurological and immunological disorders. If these symptoms are a concern, do NOT vaccinate.

Before Making a Decision on Flu Prevention

If you have already had the flu this year, you have developed antibodies to the current influenza virus. Antibodies, developed by the body when you have the flu, are more robust than the antibodies that result from a flu shot, and they will protect you for a longer time than a flu shot.

The selection of which influenza strains are to make up the vaccine is a best guess from among the last year's three most prevalent strains. No one knows which will be the most prevalent strains of flu virus in any given season. The vaccine only promotes temporary (two to three months) of immunity to the viral strains used to make it. The only proven way to get natural and long-term immunity to a given strain of the influenza virus is to recover naturally from an infection with it.

Vaccine production involves formaldehyde, heavy metals such as mercury, and antibiotics. There are many concerns about all of these substances in human health, especially with repeated exposures. While basic research is needed about their effect on the human body, there are no long-term safety studies on vaccine use. Worse, there is no regulatory or legal pressure to conduct them. None. That means that vaccination is an unproven, unscientific remedy, and is inherently dangerous.

Vaccinations prevent the body from naturally responding to external pathogens such as viruses and bacteria. Those who maintain a strong healthy immune system will protect themselves naturally from adverse effects of the flu. They will build permanent immunity and decrease the potential for developing unknown side effects from long-term exposure to the viral fragments. They will thus be less likely carriers of the virus to their loved ones and co-workers.

The flu vaccination was developed by the allopathic health care system to decrease the risk of contracting the influenza virus. However, the best way of preventing any flu or complications from any virus is through prevention. Prevention is most surely achieved with daily healthy habits that ensure an optimum immune system and overall health. A strong immune system is the most effective prevention strategy against the flu or any other disease.

Guidelines for Strengthening the Immune System

The best protection from infectious diseases is a robust immune system and healthy daily habits. Some general recommendations for maintaining a strong immune system are as follows.

Regular health care visits with an experienced naturopathic doctor will help you identify any health and immune system concerns early to strengthen or rebalance your system. Work with a natural doctor to identify the daily healthy regimes or additional supplements that will best help you.

Becoming or staying active in keeping yourself healthy will ensure you against most disease and illness far more surely and affordably than most medical insurance.

Maintain an optimal nutrient intake and a strong digestive function by:

Eating 5-8 servings of fresh fruit and vegetables daily, including garlic, onions, thyme, and oregano in your meals to boost the immune system and protect you from disease organisms. Use moist cooking methods for meats and vegetables, as this preserves nutrients and makes good foods more digestible.

Supplementing with an appropriate group of nutrients and "superfoods" that might include living-food multivitamins, colostrum, probiotic formulations, amino acids, garlic (fresh or encapsulated), Larix or larch sugars, Vitamin C and MSM, colloidal minerals, and other products you can study or be taught about by natural health professionals.

Using appropriate and delicious culinary herbs in your food preparations will add nutrients and improve your digestion. Optimal immune system strength, as with other life functions, requires a healthy digestion.

Avoiding sugar, caffeine, alcohol, and recreational drugs, which reduce your immune functions -- most particularly during seasonal weather changes and when exposed to other people who are ill.

Drinking enough filtered water -- around 6-8 glasses per day. People drink less in the winter, adding stress to the liver, kidneys, and colon. Frequent sips through the day are better than occasional large drinks.

Not overeating, because it takes more energy to digest the food. Adding more stress to the digestive organs will lower your immunity.

Guidelines for Keeping Up Personal Defenses

Wash your hands with soap and water regularly and avoid close contact with anyone who is not well. When traveling or in public gatherings, view all common surfaces as contaminated. Use paper barriers, washcloths, and disposable wipes when possible.

Wear adequate clothing. During the change of season, err on the side of being too heavily dressed versus chilled.

Get enough rest and sleep. Become sober or come down from any recreational high before going to sleep. Otherwise, the quality of your rest will suffer, as the "morning after" will prove.

Exercise on a daily basis. Stretching, walking, swimming, working out at a health club, doing yoga, or even dancing when done on a regular basis will assist in maintaining a healthy body.

Spend ten to fifteen minutes a day focusing on your breathing, with twice as long on the exhale as the inhale. Good times for this are upon waking and before bed.

Lower your stress with meditation, massage, or playing with family and pets, because stress depresses the immune system, while joy and fun is proven to strengthen it.

If you develop flu-like symptoms, stay home, limit your exposure to others, and allow your body time to recover using the following hints.

First Aid for Flu Symptoms

Upon the first sensation of an attack, move quickly to warm up your body. Drink some hot herbal teas, take a hot bath, and get into a warm bed for a lot of sleep. The earlier you can catch this with these powerful methods, the less misery and the shorter your recovery time.

Herbal teas that are helpful include any single or combination of the following herbs in teas: Peppermint, Yarrow, Elder, Goldenseal, Echinacea, Ginger, Rhodiola, Lomatia, Lonicera, Forsythia, and many others. You can sweeten these with a little honey, licorice, or stevia if that helps you get down several mugs of your tea every day you are working to defeat the flu.

A cleansing enema before the hot bath and bed will also help clear the lower colon and free up more strength for your immune system in the coming battle. Make a solution of 1 tsp. of salt and 1 tsp. of baking soda in 2 qts. of warm water.

We offer a recipe for NaturoDoc’s Own Flu Soup that many have found helpful. If you have a Thai restaurant nearby when you feel this coming on, stop for a takeout container of "Tom Yum Gai" or "Tom Kha Gai," which are Thai chicken soups that include a marvelous antibacterial herb called Galangal that will help with your oncoming viral battle. Eat a little of this before getting to bed if you are hungry, but don’t fill up with a big meal.

Supplements to Help in the Early Phase

Take Vitamin C and MSM at one gram each every 2 hours you are awake during the first 24 hours, then 4 times a day after that for a week or so. A multivitamin/mineral capsule with the soup or a tea, and Vitamin A and D in an amount of 20,000 IU's A and 2,000 IU's D.

If you have no Vitamins A and D, but you do have cod liver oil, put a teaspoon of that in a small glass, add about a cup of cool water, and squeeze a half a lemon into it if you fear a taste problem. Stir the water and oil vigorously, then chug the whole cup of water.

Chinese patent medicines such as Gan Mao Ling or Yin Chiao, at 5 or 6 tablets a time, might help before that first sleep as well. We have listed some preferred supplements for prevention, first aid treatment, and recovery from long and tough cases of the flu. Click on the names below and read the descriptions to see if you have comparable supplements ready should you or your family need them.

Samento, a liquid extract of the Peruvian herb Cat's Claw (Una de Gato), is a powerful immune booster that is taken as a few drops in water 1-3 times per day. Samento combats infections from colds and flu and eliminates the need for antibiotics. For more information on the amazing properties of Samento, vist the Samento Science Library.

Please don't begrudge the time you give yourself to defeat the flu. Consider this extra rest time a sure investment to save you many extra days of misery and lost work if the virus is able to get a strong grip on you. Also, in the early phase you are most infectious, even before you know you are sick. If you can help yourself and teach others to minimize or the prevent the flu, we'll all find less risk of this in the times to come.

For More Help

If you feel attacked and need help planning your campaign, you can set up a phone or email consultation by calling my office toll-free at 1-877-867-4743 in the U.S. We can talk about how to direct this treatment for you in the most effective and affordable manner. Just having a plan will help get you rest easier and get control of this infection.

Our featured supplements to prevent or treat flu are divided into three phases: preventative, treatment, and recuperation. All of these powerful products are described in detail and available for purchase online in the NaturoDoc Store.

Preventive: To help build immunity ahead of time

EpiCor - High-potency immune support.

Gan Mao Ling - Chinese flu remedy.

Larch - A natural fiber that strengthens the digestive and immune systems.

Lugol's Iodine - Support for the metabolic, immune system, and thyroid functions.

Probiotics - Repopulates good bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract to build resistance to infection.

ViraCon - Herbal support for the immune system.

WinterWell - Supports a healthy immune system and upper respiratory functions, and helps in managing normal daily stress.

Zinc Citrate - Highly absorbable immune support.

Treatment: To reduce symptoms and speed recovery if you get the flu

Immune Support - Herbal support for the immune system.

Echinacea Extract - Herbal support for colds.

Larch - A natural fiber that strengthens the digestive and immune systems.

Lugol's Iodine - Support for the metabolic, immune system, and thyroid functions.

Livit-2 - Liver rebuilder, based on a classic Ayurvedic formula.

Probiotics - Repopulates good bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract to build resistance to infection.

Samento - A Peruvian herbal extract, also known as Cat's Claw or Uña de Gato, having a proven ability to strengthen the immune system and combat degenerative diseases.

Triphala - Traditional Ayurvedic herbal formula for digestion and purification.

ViraCon - Herbal support for the immune system.

Vitamin D3 - Maintains bone density and protects against cancer. Necessary for the assimilation of Vitamin A and calcium.

WinterWell - Improves symptoms in as little as two days, including nasal secretion, sore throat, fatigue, sleep disturbance, and the frequency and intensity of coughing.

Zinc Citrate - Highly absorbable immune support.

Recuperation: To support your recovery once you’re starting to get well

Ashwaganda - Ayurvedic herb for handling stress and enhancing stamina.

DIM - Estrogen regulator; assists with fat loss, muscle growth, cancer protection, and hormone balancing for both men and women.

Lugol's Iodine - Support for the metabolic, immune system, and thyroid functions.

Livit-2 - Liver rebuilder, based on a classic Ayurvedic formula.

Triphala - Traditional Ayurvedic herbal formula for digestion and purification.

Vitamin D3 - Maintains bone density and protects against cancer. Necessary for the assimilation of Vitamin A and calcium.

Zinc Citrate - Highly absorbable immune support.

02-25-2010, 04:17 PM
For those with bad hayfever in the Spring & Summer here are some solutions:


Fighting Airborne Allergens

By Thomas Stearns Lee, NMD

The airborne allergies in large urban areas have become much worse in the past decade. In Phoenix, Arizona, for example, the constant building and disruption of the desert has put a great deal of dust from the ancient Sonoran soils into the atmosphere. An analysis of this dust indicates molds, fungi, mummified animal dung, and other unwelcome surprises in every breathful.

Cars and homes add their modern pollutants to the soup, and many people start to notice allergies and sensitivities, sometimes for the first time. To fight this battle, you can become familiar with the use of certain herbs and foods that strengthen the membranes, improve the defenses, calm the nerves, and help get rid of toxins.

What can you do to fight allergies without buying into the local drugstore and all its expensive remedies? "Energy medicines" offer a number of natural, easy ways to effectively fight the symptoms and desensitize the body to common allergens.

To strengthen the respiratory membranes, keep a set of two different spray inhalers at hand. One should contain a mixture of salt water (1 tsp. per cup of water), and the other a 5 percent mixture of organic honey in water. Both of these will soothe and moisten the parts of you that can get parched and irritated by the air. Have small spray bottles to spritz at red lights and work breaks, along with some soft tissues or handkerchiefs. Sniff and breathe in these sprays frequently.

Keep yourself well hydrated with fresh, pure water instead of recreational beverages. Avoid foods that cause congestion and exhaustion. Dairy treats and sugary foods will usually contribute to mucus and lower your immunity. Avoid these and most refined flours during your allergic spells and you will avoid a lot of discomfort.

Certain herbs can be very helpful for allergies. Nettles, coriander, licorice, turmeric, trifala, and melissa are all gentle applications that can help you endure or avoid allergies. Have these near in the form of either herbal teas or capsules and know how to use them if you or your family are in discomfort.

Try a coriander tea at 3 cups per day. This works better than Benadryl for some people, without the drowsiness. Another effective membrane stabilizer is nettles. The freeze-dried capsules work best at 2 every 4 hours for most adults.

Consider the use of air filters and ionizers, and keep your environment as clean as you can. Investing in a good vacuum cleaner with a self-contained water filtration system can help to rid the immediate environment of airborne particles.

To safely ease the discomforts that most of these allergies can cause, it's a good investment of your time and effort to explore some of these natural medicines and have them available the next time you experience allergy symptoms in the urban atmosphere.

02-25-2010, 04:19 PM
Natural Options
for Controlling Pain

By Dr. Thomas S. Lee, NMD

Pharmaceutical pain medications work very well for severe pain -- for awhile, anyway. But before you become dependent or get a full-blown addiction to those pain pills, be aware that there are other options.

If you are just starting to use a prescription opiate for pain, consider using some "tough love" along with it to avoid dependence or addiction.

If you are already dependent upon a pain-killing drug, consider alternating non-opiate pain medications or nutrient-based medicines along with periodic use of no medication. This will train your brain down from the miserable and expensive edge of addiction.

Other articles on pain relief:

The Sulfur Solution

The Sulfur Study

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Pain is a normal survival message to the brain to change our behaviors, activities, or thoughts. It can direct healing energy to an injured or ill part of the body. When anyone gets the pain message, they first act to lessen the severity and duration of pain. I know I do.

When you use an opiate that blocks this pain message, you must still act to remove the cause of the pain and repair any damage. Otherwise, the masking of pain with even the most excellent medicine will not remove its cause. If your pain returns when you stop your medication, it indicates that the cause has not been repaired.

If you've been using an effective pain medication for awhile, the pain coverage decreases and doesn't last as long. Sometimes people can adjust to a very precise schedule and minimize their pain for a long time. That is the best use of these medicines, and it's certainly the ideal for chronic pain patients. However, quite frequently if you stop the medication, the original pain will return, and then some.

The cause of your pain is not being healed or removed by the medication, but it has been blocking the signal of pain to your brain. There is nothing wrong with merciful relief, and we are absolutely blessed to have access to these medicines in many cases.

The main point is that the pain message is actually needed to alert the brain to repair the damaged tissues or organs. So act to spare yourself the worst of acute pain, but know that you must heal the source of your pain for it to return to pain free normal.

The concept of "tough love" is about using discipline and healing strategies to decrease the need for pain medication while treating the cause of the pain with natural medicines. By controlling inflammation and supporting the organ functions that have been weakened by the original injuries—as well as by side effects of some pharmaceuticals—you can notch down the need for and use of pain pills.

Here are some products and concepts my patients have found effective in this process of "tough love."

Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation,
and Work-hardening

Specialists and trainers are available to return your injured body to its pain-free, pre-injury state. This can be tough and will take discipline to accomplish, but good results can be obtained, and good health is worth a lot to most people. Work with the most experienced and well-trained natural health professionals. In many communities, physical therapists accumulate the most experience. In some, naturopathic physicians and other professionals do a more respected service. You must judge from your own experience how good they are.

Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs)

These help the body make PG-3, a prostaglandin that decreases inflammation in the body. The best-quality fish oils work well for this. Don't overdo them, though, because too much can cause stress and damage. Stick with 1-2 capsules with the meal once a day. We are hearing good things about Krill Oil as an ideal source of Omega 3's, but since it's new, it's more expensive than other sources.

Also, decrease the intake of vegetable oils and processed, rancid oils in your diet. Use virgin coconut oil for all high-heat cooking, and use olive oil for room-temperature salad dressing. With patience, your body will move away from chronic pain if you eat in this manner.

Metabolic Enzymes

Serrapeptase, nattokinase, and lumbrokinase (Boluoke) are natural enzymes that break down tissue proteins like fibrin which are associated with pain and circulatory obstruction. The result is that some types of arthritis and muscle aches will lessen and fade away, and improvements in circulation and joint flexibility have been observed.


MSM (Methyl Sulfonyl Methane) and DMSO (Dimethylsulfoxide) are bioavailable forms of sulphur that decrease many aches and pains associated with arthritis and overtraining, including repetitious stress injuries. Build up your use of MSM over a week, starting at 1 gram (1000mg) daily, up to 2 with meals, totaling 6 grams per day. This will take a couple weeks, and then there will be a noticeable relief.

Herbal Anti-inflammatories

Curcumin and Boswellia will both decrease the intensity of pain if taken regularly as 1-2 between meals. These Ayurvedic products come from the herbs Turmeric and Frankincense, respectively, and they are very safe and helpful when used over time to decrease the pain associated with a defective inflammatory process.

Magnesium Malate

This form of the soothing mineral Magnesium decreases chronic pain, such as from fibromyalgia and other autoimmune and inflammatory ailments. Excessive use can cause a laxative effect, but given the nature of opiates to constipate, that effect may not be entirely unwelcome.

These are just some introductory ideas for those seeking non-addictive pain medications. Any products from the beautiful poppy plant are a miracle in the hospital Emergency Room, but their long-term use has been a catastrophe to many American families.

You can read through the product offerings on this site or www.naturodoc.com, but do word searches on the search engines. Inform yourself further about these and other materials to help you make your best strategic decisions.

Using this tough love, your love affair for pain medications or any powerful pharmaceutical drugs will be safer, more affordable, and a whole lot healthier.

02-25-2010, 04:52 PM
Natural Health and Longevity Resource Center

God's Pharmacy! Amazing!

It's been said that God first separated the salt water from the fresh, made dry land, planted a garden, made animals and fish. . . all before making a human. He made and provided what we'd need before we were born. These are best & more powerful when eaten raw. We're such slow learners.

God left us a some great clues as to what foods help what part of our body!

A sliced Carrot looks like the human eye. The pupil, iris and radiating lines look just like the human eye... And YES, science now shows carrots greatly enhance blood flow to and function of the eyes.

A Tomato has four chambers and is red. The heart has four chambers and is red. All of the research shows tomatoes are loaded with lycopine and are indeed pure heart and blood food.

Grapes hang in a cluster that has the shape of the heart. Each grape looks like a blood cell and all of the research today shows grapes are also profound heart and blood vitalizing food.

A Walnut looks like a little brain, a left and right hemisphere, upper cerebrums and lower cerebellums. Even the wrinkles or folds on the nut are just like the neo-cortex. We now know walnuts help develop more than three (3) dozen neuron-transmitters for brain function.

Kidney Beans actually heal and help maintain kidney function and yes, they look exactly like the human kidneys.

Celery, Bok Choy, Rhubarb and many more look just like bones. These foods specifically target bone strength. Bones are 23% sodium and these foods are 23% sodium. If you don't have enough sodium in your diet, the body pulls it from the bones, thus making them weak. These foods replenish the skeletal needs of the body.

Avocados, Eggplant and Pears target the health and function of the womb and cervix of the female - they look just like these organs. Today's research shows that when a woman eats one avocado a week, it balances hormones, sheds unwanted birth weight, and prevents cervical cancers. And how profound is this? It takes exactly nine (9) months to grow an avocado from blossom to ripened fruit. There are over 14,000 photolytic chemical constituents of nutrition in each one of these foods (modern science has only studied and named about 141 of them).

Figs are full of seeds and hang in twos when they grow. Figs increase the mobility of male sperm and increase the numbers of Sperm as well to overcome male sterility.

Sweet Potatoes look like the pancreas and actually balance the glycemic index of diabetics.

Olives assist the health and function of the ovaries.

Oranges, Grapefruits, and other Citrus fruits look just like the mammary glands of the female and actually assist the health of the breasts and the movement of lymph in and out of the breasts.

02-25-2010, 04:55 PM
The Ultimate Secret to Long Life

In the 1930's, researchers discovered that they could extend the life of rats by 33% if they limited them to a very low-calorie diet. Not only did the animals live longer, they suffered fewer late-life diseases, appeared more youthful, and their bodies' biological aging processes were slowed. Since that time, scientists have produced similar life-extending results with many other creatures, ranging from fruit flies to fish.

Is caloric restriction per se responsible for the observed benefits, or some other factor that is reduced when calories are cut? Studies show that limiting either fat, protein or carbohydrate, without accompanying caloric reduction, does not seem to increase maximum life span. Nor does supplementation with extra antioxidants and multivitamins. Varying the types of fats, carbohydrates and proteins ingested also had no effect. In fact, no other intervention except caloric restriction has yet been shown to slow aging.

Can caloric reduction work in humans? Probably, but there is no definite proof. Human life spans are long compared to many other creatures, and longevity studies can . . . well, take a lifetime. Then, there is the added difficulty of finding human volunteers willing to stay a little bit hungry their whole lives. Studies with primates, our close genetic cousins, provide some clues. Investigations on monkeys have been underway since 1987, and preliminary results suggest that caloric restriction increases both health and life span in primates. Biomarkers of aging, such as insulin levels, glucose levels and blood pressure, lead researchers to conclude that monkeys eating less age more slowly.

In most studies of this nature, calories are restricted by 30 to 50% of what the animal would normally eat. Care is taken to see that enough vitamins, minerals, protein and fat are ingested for the proper functioning of tissues. On this regime, monkeys seem healthy and happy, albeit anxious for their meals.

Here in the U.S., the participants of the Biosphere 2 experiment were forced to eat a low-calorie diet for two years because their food production was less than projected. They experienced the same anti-aging trends in biomarkers as were found in the monkey experiments.

There are many hypotheses to explain the life-extension power of a low calorie diet. The one that has the most support posits that low calorie intake reduces the amount of free radical damage to cellular mitochondria, although no one knows the mechanism of how this might occur.

While it seems probable that caloric restriction is an effective way to prolong life, researchers warn of some pitfalls for those attempting such a regime. Care should be taken that the diet is adequate in vitamins, minerals, protein and other nutrients. In addition to suffering hunger pangs, if the diet is too severe, it also is possible that the ability to handle stresses, such as cold temperatures or infection, could be compromised. Women may become less fertile or stop ovulating, and this might increase the risk of osteoporosis and loss of muscle mass later in life. Anyone under 20 years old should not engage in caloric restriction.

02-26-2010, 01:44 PM
Herbs A-C
Here are the herbs used in herbal remedies from the letter A to the letter C:
While most of us are used to seeing alfalfa sprouts in salads and on sandwiches, few us know the medications that can be made from the leaves and flowers of this plant. Learn more in Alfalfa: Herbal Remedies.

Aloe vera is already a common ingredient in many moisturizers and other beauty products already found in the home. In Aloe Vera: Herbal Remedies, you will learn how to use this herb straight out of your garden.

Bilberry: Herbal Remedies tells you everything you need to know about how this relatively unknown herb can treat one of the most serious diseases -- diabetes.

Black cohosh belongs to a group of herbs that can relieve cramping or aching muscles. Whether you overdid it at the gym or are experiencing menstrual cramps, head on over to Black Cohosh: Herbal Remedies.

Blue cohosh is mostly used to alleviate women's issues, from childbirth to uterine cramps. Learn more in Blue Cohosh: Herbal Remedies.

The herb Burdock has a number of surprising uses, ranging from digestion to skin problems to hormone imbalances. Burdock: Herbal Remedies can tell you more.

In addition to Band-Aids and antibiotic ointment, you might want to consider keeping calendula in your first aid kit. Learn more in Calendula: Herbal Remedies.

Cayenne pepper is a common ingredient in many recipes, but the plant also has many medicinal uses. Learn how to use cayenne pepper to get rid of a sore throat and lower high blood pressure in Cayenne Pepper: Herbal Remedies.

Chamomile tea has long been a home remedy for colds and upset stomachs. Learn how this plant gets its healing properties and some great herbal tea recipes in Chamomile: Herbal Remedies.

Chaste tree is an herb that can be used to treat menstrual problems and even infertility. Chaste Tree: Herbal Remedies can tell you more.

You can find cinnamon in just about every kitchen, but few people understand how to use cinnamon as a mouthwash or a laxative. Find out how in Cinnamon: Herbal Remedies.

When used topically on cuts and bruises, comfrey can help stimulate healing. Learn more and how to make a topical oil in Comfrey: Herbal Remedies.

As the name implies, cramp bark can be used to alleviate the pain of uterine cramps and even the pains of labor.

02-26-2010, 01:45 PM
Herbs D-G
Here are the herbs from the letter D through the letter G:
The same dandelions that dot your lawn can be used to ease indigestion, lower blood sugar, and even detoxify your body. A weed no more! Read Dandelion: Herbal Remedies to learn more.

Dong Quai, or Angelica, is primarily used for menstrual complaints, but can also be used as a pain reliever and muscle relaxant. Dong Quai: Herbal Remedies can tell you more.

Echinacea is already a popular herb used to boost the immune system. To learn more about this herb and how it can play a role in fighting diseases, read Echinacea: Herbal Remedies.

Fennel is another kitchen staple that can be used to treat common conditions like cramps and excessive gas. Fennel: Herbal Remedies has all of the details.

As the name would suggest, feverfew can be used to reduce fevers, but its main use is in the treatment of headaches and migraines. Learn more in Feverfew: Herbal Remedies.

In addition to making food delicious, garlic can be used surprisingly vast array of herbal remedies from lowering your cholesterol to healing cuts. Garlic: Herbal Remedies has all of the details.

Ginger is most commonly found in Asian-inspired recipes, but it also has a long history of treating conditions like muscle pain, nausea, and sore throats. Find out how in Ginger: Herbal Remedies.

Ginkgo is an herb that has received a lot of attention from the medical community in recent years. Some researchers feel this herb can do wonders for your heart. Learn more in Ginkgo: Herbal Remedies.

Ginseng's role in medicine began thousands of years ago in China. Today, you can find ginseng in everything from iced tea to chewing gum. Read Ginseng: Herbal Remedies to learn how this herb can fight off fatigue.

Goldenseal might sound like an award for excellence, but it is actually an herb that can bolster the immune system and fight off disease. You can learn more in Goldenseal: Herbal Remedies.

02-26-2010, 01:46 PM
Herbs H-M
Here are the herbs from the letter H through the letter M:
Hawthorn: Herbal Remedies will show how this plant is more than fragrant flowers and bright berries -- it can also help lower blood pressure.

Hops made their name in the herbal world by being a main component in brewing beer, but this herb has many more uses. Learn how hops can calm your nerves and your upset stomach in Hops: Herbal Remedies.

You're probably all too familiar with the healing properties of horseradish. If you've ever had too much of this powerful herb you know how it can clear out your sinuses in a jiffy. Learn how it works in Horseradish: Herbal Remedies.

You should read Horsetail: Herbal Remedies if you are currently struggling with a bladder infection or incontinence.

If you're a gin drinker you are already familiar with some of the wonderful benefits of the juniper plant. Juniper: Herbal Remedies will show you how this plant is also used to treat arthritis and colds.

Lavender has been a popular her for centuries because its sweet smell makes it a perfect ingredient in perfumes. Learn how this herb can also treat anxiety and stress in Lavender: Herbal Remedies.

Though lemon balm plant produces no fruit, its leaves have a powerful lemon aroma. Learn how this plant can alleviate anxiety and even treat the herpes virus in Lemon Balm: Herbal Remedies.

The licorice plant can be used for much more than making candy. Licorice: Herbal Remedies will show you how this herb can treat coughs, colds, and stomach ulcers.

Marshmallow, not the kind you roast over a campfire, can be used to heal cuts and even internal injuries. Find out more in Marshmallow: Herbal Remedies.

In Milk Thistle: Herbal Remedies, you will learn how this antioxidant can be used to help purify your liver and prevent liver disease.

The herb motherwort can be used in a number of capacities involving childbirth, from easing labor pains to stimulating lactation. Learn more in Motherwort: Herbal Remedies.

Myrrh, long associated with the story of Christmas, is actually an herb that can be used to help fight off infections. Myrrh: Herbal Remedies has all the details.

02-26-2010, 01:47 PM
Herbs N-S
Here are the herbs from the letter N through the letter S:
Nettles grow wild and have been used in recipes and herbal remedies for generations. Learn how this plant can stimulate the immune system and tame eczema in Nettles: Herbal Remedies.

Oats are a staple of the breakfast table, but the small seeds of this plant can also be used medicinally. Read Oats: Herbal Remedies to start lowering cholesterol and healing minor cuts and scrapes with this herb.

The Oregon grape thrives in temperate, wet climates like -- well -- Oregon. Read Oregon Grape: Herbal Remedies to find out how this herb can be used to fight off infections and improve digestion.

Passion flower was a commonly used medicinal herb in Aztec society. Today we also recognize this herb's ability to treat anxiety, insomnia, and epilepsy. Find out more in Passion Flower: Herbal Remedies.

The attractive flowers of this wild herb have been used for a broad spectrum of herbal remedies. In Red Clover: Herbal Remedies, learn how to use this herb to treat everything from respiratory problems to infertility.

While you probably already have dried sage in your kitchen, it is the fresh leaves that have a bounty of healing properties. Read Sage: Herbal Remedies to learn how to use this herb to treat menstrual cramps, diarrhea, and bacterial infections.

St. John's Wort has garnered a lot of attention recently as an herbal alternative to medications like Paxil and Zoloft. Separate fact from fiction at St. John's Wort: Herbal Remedies.

There have been many unsupported claims about saw palmetto. For instance, people have said it cures impotence or can be used as a steroid substitute. There is little evidence for these claims, but you can learn the real health benefits of this herb in Saw Palmetto: Herbal Remedies.

The delicate white flowers of this herb can help regulate menstrual periods and alleviate uterine cramps. Learn more in Shepherd's Purse: Herbal Remedies.

Despite its gruesome name, Skullcap is actually an invaluable herb for the treatment of rabies and muscle spasms. Get all the details in Skullcap: Herbal Remedies.

The bark of the slippery elm tree can be used to make a powerful brew known to reduce swelling and repair damaged tissues. Learn more in

02-26-2010, 01:48 PM
Herbs T-Z
Here are the herbs from the letter T through the letter Z:
The oil from thyme, the same herb that you can probably find your kitchen right now, can be used to treat all sorts of maladies like watering eyes, tonsillitis, and bronchitis. Find out how in Thyme: Herbal Remedies.

Uva Ursi might be a hard name to remember, but you'll want to keep it in mind the next time you have a kidney or bladder infection. Learn about the medicinal properties of this herb in Uva Ursi: Herbal Remedies.

Many people have turned to the herb valerian to treat their anxiety or insomnia. This helpful herb can also treat sore or injured muscles. Find out how in Valerian: Herbal Remedies.

Wild yam can be used to treat a variety of digestive disorders like stomach cramps, dysentery and flatulence. Wild Yam: Herbal Remedies will tell you how.

Witch hazel is sold in almost every drug store as an astringent, but this plant has a number of other medicinal uses. Learn how to treat swimmer's ear and other infections in Witch Hazel: Herbal Remedies.

Wormwood, as the name implies, can be used to treat parasites like pinworms and roundworms. Find out more in Wormwood: Herbal Remedies.

Yarrow has been used for centuries in early Greek, Ayurvedic, and traditional Chinese medicine. Learn what makes this herb so special in Yarrow: Herbal Remedies.

The herb yellow dock can be used to treat a number of digestive conditions, but is most commonly employed to relieve constipation. Get all of the details in Yellow Dock: Herbal Remedies.

03-17-2010, 10:55 AM
Well it looks like I found another "magic bullet". & of all things it's Cayenne pepper. Been using it for a week now & man I can feel the difference! Read the article below for the scoop.

Health Benefits of Cayenne Pepper

What are the health benefits of cayenne pepper? How do cayenne peppers help you, if at all, with your weight loss diet regime?
The purported health benefits of cayenne are almost too unbelieveable, but its reputation keeps growing among medical researchers as well as alternative health afficionados and deservedly so. It can do everything from kill cancer cellsin the prostate, lungs, and pancreas to immediately stop a heart attack within 30 seconds.
Let's get into some of the specifics of cayenne pepper benefits. Cayenne pepper (or cayanne pepper as it's sometimes spelled as) increases metabolism by immediately influencing the venous structure. It is nothing short of amazing with its effects on the circulatory system as it feeds the vital elements into the cell structure of capillaries, veins, arteries and helps adjust blood pressure to normal levels.
Yes, cayenne pepper for high blood pressure is certainly one of its core uses, but cayenne cleans the arteries as well, helping to rid the body of the bad LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. Considering that heart disease is the number one killer in America, this is significant.
Cayenne is also great for the stomach and the intestinal tract. It stimulates the peristaltic motion of the intestines and aids in assimilation and elimination. When taken internally, it warms the body and has even been used by some herbalist doctors to help heal and rebuild flesh due to frostbite.
Notwithstanding its hot taste, paradoxically it is actually superb for rebuilding the tissue in the stomach, facilitating healing with stomach and intestinal ulcers. Cayenne pepper for ulcers is not something most would have considered but I can testify to that remarkability capability of cayenne.
Cayenne Pepper and Heart Health

Yes, the effect of cayenne pepper on your body is dramatic, even literally instant and no more so than with the heart. Cayenne pepper's benefits is one of the things that brought you to this article so now let’s discuss the phenomenal healing properties of cayenne pepper with the human heart.
Dr. John Christopher, the famed natural herbalist, was persecuted relentlessly by the government for his practice of herbal medicine all the while assisting patients in curing heart disease, cancer, tuberculosis, infertility, rheumatism, leukemia, and every other incurable under the sun.
One of his greatest stories in his long career was how he could instantly stop a heart attack if he could get the patient to drink a glass of warm cayenne water. He said, "A teaspoon of cayenne should bring the patient out of the heart attack."
While this is not directly related to cayenne pepper and heart health, with internal hemorrhaging, if the patient can drink a glass of extra warm cayenne water, Dr. Christopher wrote, "...by the count of ten the bleeding will stop. Instead of all the pressure being centralized, it is equalized and the clotting becomes more rapid."
Perhaps now you can see why cayenne pepper is regarded as a true "miracle herb." With over 700,000 thousands Americans experiencing a stroke each year and almost half a million dying yearly of either heart disease or related issues, believe it not the cure is as close as your local health food establishment. How should you take cayenne? Ideally orally in a drink.
The cayenne pepper drink, when taken faithfully, will dramatically improve your heart health as well as your venous structure. Drink it with warm distilled water but if that is unavailable, purified water will substitute nicely. Start by mixing about a quarter of a teaspoon in a glass of warm water. Then, down the hatch. Don't worry, you'll get used to it.
Of course, the Scoville Heat Unit (SHU) rating of the cayenne pepper you're using should be known. Most cayenne is between 30,000 to 50,000 SHUs.
Some, though, like the African Birdseye cayenne pepper powder can come in anywhere from 90,000 to 140,000! Needless to say, you should scale back your dosages of this until your body acclimates to its heat.
Another benefit of cayenne peppers is its antifungal properties. Cayenne pepper antifungal properties are significant although this is not its primary health benefit. Cayenne has been shown in some studies to be active against phomopsis and collectotrichum -- both are fungal pathogens.
These fungal pathogens affect fruits especially strawberries and are not directly related to humans. Currently, cayenne immune system benefits are also the subject of studies conducted by many nutritional supplement companies and microbiologists.
Let's get even more specific. Here is a comprehensive list of all the things cayenne can do for your health and why you should make it a regular part of your daily health regime.
(I take this informatin from Dr. John R. Christopher's book School of Natural Healing.) By the way, the word "capsicum" is another term for cayenne pepper and is used interchangeably. That is how Dr. Christopher referred to cayenne in his book.
Key Health Benefits of Cayenne Peppers

• This herb is a great food for the circulatory system in that it feeds the necessary elements into the cell structure of the arteries, veins and capillaries so that these regain the elasticity of youth again, and the blood pressure adjusts itself to normal. It rebuilds the tissue in the stomach and heals the stomach and intestinal ulcers; in equalizing the blood circulation, Cayenne produces natural warmth in your body; and in stimulating the peristaltic motion of the intestines, it aids in assimilation and elimination.
• Cayenne regulates the flow of blood from the head to the feet so that the pressure is equalized; it influences the heart immediately, then gradually extends its effects to the arteries, capillaries, and nerves (the frequency of the pulse is not increased, but is given more vigor).
• Human circulation; it is warming; dilating; specific for varicose veins; equalizes the blood pressure in the arterial and venous system; equalizes blood pressure instantly actually.
• Cayenne is useful in alleviating allergies, muscle cramp, improving digestion, gives more pep and energy, and helps wound healing with minimal scar tissue.
• Cayenne is a counter-irritant; it brings blood to the surface and allows the toxins to be taken away.
In an article reported on March 16, 2006 by Reuters, the main ingredient in Cayenne, capsaicin, was found to destroy prostate cancer cells. Here is what the article said,
"Capsaicin led 80 percent of human prostate cancer cells growing in mice to commit suicide in a process known as apoptosis, the researchers said. Prostate cancer tumors in mice fed capsaicin were about one-fifth the size of tumors in untreated mice, they reported in the journal Cancer Research. 'Capsaicin had a profound anti-proliferative effect on human prostate cancer cells in culture,' said Dr. Soren Lehmann of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the University of California Los Angeles School of Medicine."
• Capsicum supports the natural beat (rhythm) of the viscera and interior actions of the glandular, circulatory, lymphatic, and digestive systems. It has been used with great success as a cure for spotted fever (?); the most active stimulant to support and re-animate feeble or exhausted powers.
• This is a medicine of great value in the practice, and may be safely used in all cases of disease, to raise and retain the internal vital heat of the system, cause a free perspiration, and keep the determining powers to the surface. The only preparation is to have it reduced to a fine powder. For a dose, take from half to a teaspoonful in hot water or tea sweetened with honey.
• Dr. Coffin includes cayenne pepper in his composition powder to restore the normal function of the body in the various stages of pregnancy and childbirth. For morning sickness he recommends a combination of ‘White poplar bark, agrimony, centaury, raspberry leaves, yarrow and rhubarb, each a quarter of an ounce, steep in two quarts of water, strain, and add while hot two teaspoons of powdered cinnamon, half a teaspoonful of Cayenne pepper, and let the patient take one tablespoonful every three hours until the symptoms are removed if this should not relieve, give an emetic and repeat if necessary.
• Great for heartburn.
• Capsicum is a powerful rubefacient.
• Capsicum is a general nervous stimulant; a specific for delirium tremens.
• For atonic gout, in paralysis, in dropsy, in tympanitis, and in the debilitated stages of fever.
• For scrofulous; dyspepsia; flatulence; it's an excellent carminative.
• For sore throats—gargle (prepare the gargle with honey); for spasmodic and irritating coughs; heartburn and diarrhea;
• Enables feeble stomachs to digest food; for atonic dyspepsia; specific for hemorrhoids; cures intermittent fever; Capsicum has the power to control menorrhagia; relieves sea-sickness;
• In delirium tremens it is beneficial by enabling the patient to retain and digest food.
• Capsicum is particularly efficient in tonsillitis, and the sore throat of scarlet fever and in diphtheria no application is so efficient as a strong gargle or wash make with Capsicum.
• Promote digestion; relieves pains of the womb; removes obstructed menstruation; for quinsy; for all diseases of the throat; use as a plaster with honey for rheumatic pains, pains of the joints, gout, swellings, etc.; Use outwardly as a liniment, apply it warm or hot for arthritis and rheumatism; gargle for scarlet fever; use an infusion for ulcers in the mouth, strep throat or tonsillitis. (p.103)
• Cayenne is an excellent remedy for a cold; mix infusion with slippery elm and molasses or honey, and take in doses throughout the day; also excellent for sore throat and coughs.
• Cayenne mixed with pennyroyal (an herb) taken for three days will expel the dead birth material from a miscarriage.
• Eases toothache; preserves the teeth from rotting, and when rubbed on the gums, stimulates them enough to prevent pyorrhea.
• Excellent for any type of internal hemorrhage, (create an infusion with bethroot or star root);
• Capsicum is an important remedy in cholera; Capsicum stops vomiting; combine with equal parts of Capsicum and common table salt, one half ounce of each, one pint of good vinegar, give in tablespoon doses for cholera, vomiting "cholera morbus" -- the gross material associated with cholera from the system
• In chronic lumbago a plaster of Capsicum with garlic, pepper and liquid amber (silarasa) or storax is an efficient stimulant and rubefacient application. (p105)
• When made into a lozenge with sugar and tragacanth it is a remedy for hoarseness.
• For a carminative make pills of equal parts of Capsicum, rhubarb and ginger or aloes.
• Combine Capsicum with cinchona for intermittent and lethargic affections and for atonic gout and in advanced stages of rheumatism.
• Combine with asafoetida and sweet flag root or camphor in the form of pills in cases of cholera.
• Capsicum has a powerful action on the mucous membrane, and in hoarseness and sore throat, and in putrid throat a gargle made of Capsicum is particularly beneficial.
• By pouring hot vinegar upon the fruits of Capsicum all the essential qualities are preserved. This vinegar is an excellent stomachic.
• The whole plant steeped in milk is successfully applied to reduce swellings and hardened tumors.
• An infusion with cinnamon and sugar is a valuable drink for patients suffering from delirium tremens as it satisfies the craving in dipsomaniacs. A dose of ten grains of finely powdered capsicum seed, given with an ounce of hot water, two or three times a day, sometimes shows wonderful effects in cases of delirium tremens.
• Capsicum can be used in the treatment of a snake bite.
• As well as the fruit being used as a spice, the leaves were applied to ulcers and headaches. (p.111)
• Capsicum is given internally in atonic dyspepsia and flatulence. It is used externally as a counter-irritant in the form of ointment, plaster, medicated wool, etc. for the relief of rheumatism and lumbago.
• Oral administration of Capsicum may stimulate the gall bladder reflex.
• Capsicum either contains a cholagogue, or acts as a powerful stimulus upon the mucous membrane of the duodenum.
• Cayenne pepper is forgotten therapeutic agent against anorexia, liver congestion, and vascular troubles. Capsicum is highly effective in causing hemorrhoids to regress; and these fruits have the same action on varicose veins. The results are attributed to alkaloids or glucosides in the peppers.
• Excessive amounts of Capsicum (above 20 grams, thus, nearly an ounce) may induce frequent bowel movements.
• Cayenne stimulates the appetite, more especially as a hot climate tends to produce anorexia. We have always held the saliva is the key that unlocks the door to digestion. Capsicum, a sialogogue, will stimulate the flow of saliva and will be very helpful to people who have become accustomed to ‘inhaling’ their food and thus robbing themselves of the benefits of saliva in the digestive process. Capsicum would stimulate their flow of saliva as they return to a healthier attitude toward eating.
• Capsicum may be valuable in the prevention and treatment of blood clots.
• Cayenne pepper is very soothing; it is effective as a poultice for rheumatism, inflammation, pleurisy, and helpful also if taken internally for these. For sores and wounds it makes a good poultice. It is a stimulant when taken internally as well as being antispasmodic. Good for kidneys, spleen and pancreas; wonderful for lockjaw; will heal a sore ulcerated stomach; Capsicum is a specific and very effective remedy for yellow fever, as well as other fevers and may be taken in capsules followed by a glass of water. (p.119).
So, there you have it. Cayenne pepper is literally one of the greatest health secrets in the world. It's also remarkably inexpensive. I've seen it as low as $1.67 a pound and as high as $26, but even that $26 a pound figure was astonishingly low, in my view. Big Pharma hates medicinal spices and herbs as they are a powerhouse of nutrition and healing but they don't offer much with profits. It, therefore, takes the dedicated seeker of truth to find out for themselves -- and that is why I put up this website.
I hope this web page has been useful to you.
Yours in health,

04-04-2010, 09:17 PM
How To Prepare For Obamacare: Create Your Own Natural Medicine Chest

by Bill Sardi

Recently by Bill Sardi: How To Prepare For Obamacare: Practice Self-Care

This article provides a list of proven home remedies and self-help strategies that readers can begin utilizing today to maintain health while avoiding costly medical care.

While I have written articles in the past at LR that have addressed heart disease, cancer and other maladies, I hadn’t yet addressed every-day and emergent health problems that cause Americans to run to the doctor.

Americans can begin to stock their home medicine chest with items that will avert or forestall a visit to the doctor. Many of the most common reasons to visit a doctor, stomach pains, chest pains, fever, cough, headaches, sore throats, infections, toothaches, back aches, can be handled with low-cost remedies at home. Here are some proven home remedies:

Pepto Bismol for diarrhea: hundreds of thousands of Americans visit the hospital emergency room every year due to food poisoning. The food chain is contaminated and animal waste runoff is a huge problem that poisons water and food. The bacteria count in meat and dairy products has increased 100-fold in recent decades as domesticated animals are fed grain instead of grass which alkalinizes their digestive tract. Stomach acid is the primary defense against incoming germs found in food and water.
When food poisoning occurs, diarrhea and fever will come hours after exposure, sometimes at hours when doctors are not easily accessible. If you have a bottle of bismuth (Pepto-Bismol) handy, it will coat the lining of your digestive tract and the germs can’t continue to replicate and your symptoms will rapidly subside.

Prevent food poisoning before it occurs: Hundreds of thousands of Americans rush to hospital emergency rooms each year due to food poisoning. There are simple ways to prevent food poisoning.
Chicken commonly harbors a bug called campylobacter. Beef harbors E. coli. Salmonella is commonly found in meat and dairy products.

Spices added to these foods kill any bacteria that may survive heat. A Cornell University study shows that garlic, onion, oregano and allspice kill off all food-borne germs. Save a trip to the doctor’s office and spice up your foods.

In the event of food-borne infection, natural antibiotic molecules in spices need to be given more consideration in an era when overuse of prescription antibiotics increases the risk for antibiotic resistant bacteria. Natural alternatives that don’t induce germ resistance are carvacrol, the active ingredient in oil of oregano, and allicin, the active ingredient provided when a clove of garlic is crushed. (See www.garlicbreakthrough.com )

Added note – some people with gum disease brush their teeth with diluted oil of oregano to kill off the acid-forming bacteria that causes gum inflammation and destroys dental enamel.

Cloves or clove oil for toothache: maybe you can find a doc-in-the-box or emergency room that is open in the wee hours of night, but a throbbing toothache will not likely be quelled till your dentist’s office opens the next morning. Cloves and clove oil, applied topically, are well known to quell a toothache. In a head-to-head test, clove oil was found to provide anesthesia equal to benzocaine, the numbing medicine dentists use.

Hydrogen peroxide and therapeutic oils for middle ear infection: Hydrogen peroxide can be safely instilled into the ear canal at the first sign of an ear infection. After peroxide bubbles for a short while it will turn from H2O2 to H2O – totally non-toxic water. Not to worry – it is safe. Begin instilling hydrogen peroxide in the ear canal of children at the first sign of a cold as the infection may gravitate to the ear canal days later. In an animal study, oil of basil cured or healed 56–75% of experimental cases of middle ear infection. While home treatment is encouraged, don’t let ear infections in children linger without seeing a doctor, or this may result in permanent hearing loss.

For sore throat, gargle with salt water or baking soda: the mouth is full of acid-forming bacteria (primarily streptococcus). A raw throat that is not coated with mucus will permit bacteria will dig in and within hours you have a sore (strep) throat. At the very first sign (a tickle in the back of your throat), begin gargling with something alkaline like warm salt water or baking soda water, which will kill off the acid-forming bacteria.

It’s amazing how many people forget to gargle at the first sign of a sore throat and later have to run to the doctor for antibiotics. Forget to gargle and you may end up with inflamed tonsils, bronchitis, and other upper respiratory symptoms.

Gargling is effective for winter-time respiratory tract infections. One study showed that gargling with green tea extract (catechin) during flu outbreaks would reduce flu infection from 10% to 1.3% among nursing home residents. Even simple water gargling is effective against respiratory tract infection. I want to urge people to place a small sign on their bathroom mirror which reads "don’t forget to gargle."

Sulfur (NAC) for bronchitis. Bronchitis, usually caused by a viral infection, is a common reason to obtain care from a doctor. Bronchitis is experienced as a chronic cough or clearing of the throat, and it emanates from mucus accumulating in the windpipe or deeper in the lungs. Millions of Americans suffer with chronic every-day bronchitis or smoker’s cough.
N-acetyl cysteine (NAC), a sulfur molecule is an underused remedy for bronchitis. It is available at health food stores. NAC inhibits lung inflammation during bouts of the flu. For chronic cough, theobromine, an extract from cocoa bean, has also been shown to be effective.

An elusive cause of a chronic tickling cough at the back of the throat is dry eye. When glands in the eyelids do not secrete a sufficient amount of oils and mucin onto the surface of the eyes, a water gland located above the brow is switched on, creating a stream of watery tears that flows into the nasal passages via a drain (punctum) in the eyelids, and then drips onto the epiglottis, which then causes a person to continually clear their throat. If your eyes are watery, red, burning, and your skin is dry and your nails are brittle, and you have a chronic tickling cough, these are indicators you need to supplement the diet with essential oils. A combination of flaxseed and borage oil will stimulate glands in the eyelids to secrete a sufficient amount of oil to coat the eyes and reduce evaporation of tears, and the water gland switches off, and no more tickling cough.

Vitamin D for colds and flu or any other types of infection. Only recently have infectious disease investigators learned that vitamin D creates an antibiotic peptide (cathelicidin). This discovery opens a whole new era in the control and prevention of infectious disease – in particular, influenza and the common cold.
There is a growing recognition that upper respiratory and middle ear infections in infants and young children emanates from a lack of vitamin D. Vitamin D is even being suggested in place of vaccines. Middle ear infections are very common in children, comprising a major reason for doctors’ office visits, and low vitamin D levels have been linked with middle ear infections. Pediatricians now suggest vitamin D supplements for infants.

To prevent colds and flu, at least 2000 IU (international units) for children and 5000 IU for adults is recommended. Therapeutic doses range from 10,000 to 50,000 IU, with many adults reporting rapid disappearance of common cold symptoms (in minutes) at this dosage range.

While many Americans are unduly concerned about overdose of vitamin D, a full hour of midday summer sun will produce ~10,000 IU of natural vitamin D without side effects and for many years doctors have injected 250,000 IU vitamin D in a single day for wintertime protection without reported side effect. Ignore health authorities who warn against overdoses and have intentionally kept this remedy from the public for far too long.

Families with young children should have liquid and chewable vitamin D available. The Vitamin D Store has an online array of 50 products to choose from, including D for kids, high and low-dose D, and its famous 30-Minutes-Of-Sunshine pill. It also offers The Uncensored Family Guide To Vitamin D, by this author, free.

Natural remedies for pain and inflammation. Pain is a major reason for visits to the doctor’s office. Common over-the-counter pain relievers like aspirin and ibuprofen are fraught with side effects and it is sad to realize thousands of Americans have died needlessly from side effects produced by prescription or non-prescription anti-inflammatory drugs. There is no safe prescription or over-the-counter pain pill.
Nature does provide safe and effective anti-inflammatory agents such as tart cherry (as effective as ibuprofen or naproxen).

Another natural molecule with striking ability to reduce markers of inflammation (COX-2, C-reactive protein and TNF (tumor necrosis factor) is resveratrol, a red wine molecule. Resveratrol should be taken in modest doses (175–300 mg).

For wear-and-tear arthritis (osteoarthritis), ~1200 mg of SAMe (S-adenosyl methionine) has been shown to be effective. One study showed SAMe to be as effective as Celebrex for joint pain. SAMe is available at both drug and health food stores.

Natural remedies for headache. Unbearable headache is another common reason for doctors’ office visits. There are many causes of headache so it may be difficult to pinpoint a cause and match it with a home remedy. However, migraine headaches are usually caused by a spasm within blood vessels around the eyes and forehead.
Magnesium (as mag-citrate or malate or glycinate), 200–400 mg is worth trying. (Magnesium oxide is so poorly absorbed it is no better than a placebo.) Be aware, excessive magnesium can result in loose stool. Certainly menstrual migraines are often relieved or prevented with magnesium supplementation.

A New York Times survey published some time ago showed many headache sufferers found relief by taking supplemental coenzyme Q10, a remedy that is backed by good science.

Another common cause of headaches in young females is iron-deficiency. Ferronyl (carbonyl) is the only safe iron pill. If an iron pill isn’t handy, a piece of red meat will usually provide enough iron to quell a headache.

Indigestion and intestinal gas are common. Activated charcoal has been shown to be effective in relieving intestinal gas, which is a commonly reported problem. Activated charcoal can be found in drug and health food stores. Fennel seed is often provided in east Indian restaurants as a traditional digestive aid and it is known to adsorb intestinal gas. As an aside, fennel was convincingly shown to relieve menstrual-related discomfort better than a commonly-prescribe drug. Fennel seed is available as a spice or dietary supplement capsule.

Heartburn (reflux of stomach acid into the esophagus) is a most common reason to rush to the doctor to obtain a prescription antacid. Most of these heartburn medications induce nutrient deficiencies via reduction of stomach acid and are also intentionally designed to create rebound heartburn if a patient stops taking the drug.

The avoidance of alcohol and strong coffee is often helpful for this condition. Prescription drugs often induce heartburn. When bedtime heartburn is experienced, prop your head up on a pillow to prevent backflow of stomach acid into the esophagus.

Recently it has been shown that mastic gum capsules markedly reduce heartburn symptoms.

Many heartburn drugs are histamine blockers (histamine is required for stomach acid secretion). Quercetin, a natural histamine blocker found in red onions and red apple peel, is available as a dietary supplement and may reduce the severity of esophageal reflux.

Low back pain is another common reason to pay an expensive visit to the emergency room. Supplemental magnesium may be helpful for this condition. In Germany, an extract obtained from Devil’s claw (botanical name Harpagophytum procumbens), providing 50 milligrams of the active ingredient harpagoside, has been shown to be as effective as prescription pain relievers with fewer side effects.
Seasonal and chronic allergies force many people to seek emergency care. Antihistamine drugs often cause drowsiness. Quercetin, a natural antihistamine, is often useful during allergy season and does not induce drowsiness.

Chronic sinusitis (sinus infection) is a very common and poorly treated problem. It usually emanates from fungal infection of the sinus cavities and is very chronic in nature. People continually exposed to contaminated water, like surfers and water skiers, often complain of this problem. Oil of oregano taken orally, 3 times a day, is often helpful in quelling this agonizing condition.

Availability and use of these and other natural remedies should save thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket health care expenses and increase school and work productivity.

Bill Sardi's Natural Medicine Chest

Oil of oregano – oil or capsules
Garlic pills or crushed cloves
Vitamin C
Vitamin D3
Liquid D
Chewable 1000 IU mint
Chewable 5000 IU mint
Chewies 1000 IU
Tablets 1000 IU
Softgel 1000 IU
Capsule 50,000 IU
Fennel seed or capsules
Activated charcoal capsules
Magnesium malate
Devil's claw
Theobromine – extract of cocoa bean
SAMe (S-adenosyl methionine)
N-acetyl cysteine (NAC)
Mastic gum
Bismuth (Pepto-Bismol)
Hydrogen peroxide
Basil oil
Clove oil
Flax + borage oil (Barlean's)

04-29-2010, 03:32 PM
Welcome To EveryNutrient.Com!
A natural health and wellness resource about the nutrients found in whole foods.

Everynutrient.com provides information about the alkaline diet, internal cleansing, the health
benefits of eating raw fruits and vegetables, natural remedies, and much more.
What is Acidity and Alkalinity?

If something is alkaline, that means that it’s on the high end of the pH scale. The pH
is measured using a scale that starts at 1 and goes to 14. At the center of the scale
is the pH of 7. So if something is pH balanced, it has a pH of 7. Anything that has a
pH balance below 7 is acidic, and anything above 7 is alkaline.

Acidity And Alkalinity In Our Diets
An excerpt from www.Supreme-Greens.Info

Today's lifestyle causes a multitude of disorders and malfunctions in the metabolism
of our bodies. Despite the efforts of the Food and Drug Administration and the
Environmental Protection Agency, our food supply, drinking water, air and soil are
becoming increasingly contaminated with toxic chemicals. Never before has the
human body been presented with such a heavy burden of foreign substances to
metabolize and eliminate thus taxing the body beyond its natural capabilities of

Many people just don't feel good anymore. Some find themselves being much more
susceptible to colds, or to whatever "bug" is currently going around. Much more
serious are the increasing cases of autoimmune diseases such as lupus, rheumatoid
arthritis, multiple sclerosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, and fibromyalgia. "Health" and
"wellness" have become relative terms.

Low-level toxicity from many sources can be very difficult to detect. The combined
action of all these toxins creates a "toxic cocktail" effect which can seriously weaken
the body and the mind through a process we call "fermentation" or the over-
acidification of the blood and tissue as a result of the proliferation of yeast, fungus,
and bacteria.

Yeast and fungus are single cell life forms which inhabit the air, soil, water, and many
of the foods we eat. They are more highly developed than the intermediate states of
bacteria or the early stages of viruses. Over the years, they have developed into
over 500,000 different species. They are opportunists and survivalists. They are
constantly looking for new places to house themselves where they may begin to
colonize and proliferate. Being that they are single cell life forms, they can only be
seen under a microscope but once colonized, these cells make a visible presence in
the form of mushrooms, and molds on food.

Yeast, fungus, bacteria, mold, and viruses tend to house themselves in very specific
sites in the body, depending on their particular requirements for nutrients and
colonization conditions. All are capable of causing severe fermentation through the by-
products of their metabolism, which enter the extracellular fluid or the blood and then
are distributed throughout the body. This culminates in the over-acidification of the
blood and tissues which systemically poison and destroy the cells of the body. This
condition we call over-acidification is a direct result of an inverted way of eating - the
abundance of animal protein, especially red meat and pork, dairy products (milk,
cheese, ice cream), sugar in any form (sucrose, fructose, glucose). Therefore, there
is only one sickness and one disease.

The primary source of nourishment for yeast, fungus, and bacteria is sugar. As these
organisms feed off the sugar and proteins of our bodies they produce and excrete
waste called toxins. These toxins effect us physically, emotionally, and spiritually. The
solution to this growing problem is to cleanse the blood and nourish the cells. We do
this by eliminating those foods which create over-acidification and eating more foods
that are alkaline. Yeast, fungus, bacteria, mold, and virus can only survive in an acid
base, they cannot survive in an alkaline base. It is, therefore, very important that
there is a proper ration between acid an alkaline foods in the diet. When an ideal ratio
is maintained, yeast fungus, bacteria, mold, and viruses will revert back to their
normal healthy state. The ideal ration in a normal body is 4 parts alkaline to 1 part
acid which will allow the body to maintain a pH factor of 7.3. To avoid a lengthy
chemistry lesson, we will get right to the point that pH refers to the relative
concentration of Hydrogen (H+) ions in a solution. Low pH values indicate higher
concentrations of Hydrogen ions or acids, and high pH values indicate low
concentrations of Hydrogen ions or alkaline. For example, 10 to -1 is more acidic
than 10 to -14.

An ideal diet should consist of dark green and yellow vegetables, soy beans, sprouted
grains and nuts, and essential fatty acids. This ideal way of eating would reduce our
susceptibility to toxins, detoxify the body, and reduce or prevent future exposures
allowing for cellular regeneration leading to "health" and "wellness."
List of Alkaline and Acidic Foods

Health Benefits of Chlorophyll

The benefits of various green foods seem related to their chlorophyll content.
Chlorophyll has the power to regenerate our bodies at the molecular and cellular
level. It is known to help cleanse the body, fight infection, help heal wounds, and
promote the health of the circulatory, digestive, immune, and detoxification systems.
Chlorophyll consumption increases the number of red blood cells and, therefore,
increase oxygen utilization by the body. More

The Importance of Having A Healthy Colon For Enhancing Health

The colon is a hollow tube-like organ, also known as the large intestine and large
bowel. It’s part of the digestive tract, where food is processed to create energy and
rid the body of waste. It measures approximately 1.5 meters in length and is located
after the small intestine. The large intestine is mainly responsible for storing waste,
absorbing water and salts (which travel from the small intestine), absorbing some
vitamins, and eliminating body wastes from the system.

A healthy colon is essential to a healthy body. It must handle the bulk of the food we
eat. When the colon is working properly, its peristaltic motions (muscular, and wave
like) move food through the system and eliminate unassimilated substances (waste)
within a few hours of eating. When the colon is clean and normal we experience
health and well-being. When the colon is sluggish, body wastes accumulate and
constipation occurs. As a result, the level of health declines. Colon Cleansing
Essiac For Skin Problems:
Part of an interview with Dr. Marijah McCain about the many benefits of Essiac Tea
by Lanny Messinger

"That’s what I found so mind-boggling about this tea. It wasn’t just for cancer; it’s
our number one formula now that we use for any kind of skin ailment, hives,
psoriasis, especially acne. It works wonders with acne because the skin is the last
eliminatory organ. So when the liver is toxic, the poisons start coming out the skin.
As soon as you detox the liver, the skin goes back to normal." More
©2006 Every Nutrient
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The content on
this website is for educational purposes only. Please consult with your physician before using natural
remedies and before making any drastic changes to your diet or exercise program.

05-03-2010, 09:48 AM
The best site on food/supplements/health I've found yet. Amazing info!


Off The River
05-04-2010, 07:56 PM
Here's an interesting red regarding refined carbohydrates


Eat less saturated fat: that has been the take-home message from the U.S. government for the past 30 years. But while Americans have dutifully reduced the percentage of daily calories from saturated fat since 1970, the obesity rate during that time has more than doubled, diabetes has tripled, and heart disease is still the country’s biggest killer. Now a spate of new research, including a meta-analysis of nearly two dozen studies, suggests a reason why: investigators may have picked the wrong culprit. Processed carbohydrates, which many Americans eat today in place of fat, may increase the risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease more than fat does—a finding that has serious implications for new dietary guidelines expected this year.

In March the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published a meta-analysis—which combines data from several studies—that compared the reported daily food intake of nearly 350,000 people against their risk of developing cardiovascular disease over a period of five to 23 years. The analysis, overseen by Ronald M. Krauss, director of atherosclerosis research at the Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute, found no association between the amount of saturated fat consumed and the risk of heart disease.

The finding joins other conclusions of the past few years that run counter to the conventional wisdom that saturated fat is bad for the heart because it increases total cholesterol levels. That idea is “based in large measure on extrapolations, which are not supported by the data,” Krauss says.

One problem with the old logic is that “total cholesterol is not a great predictor of risk,” says Meir Stampfer, a professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. Although saturated fat boosts blood levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol, it also increases “good” HDL cholesterol. In 2008 Stampfer co-authored a study in the New England Journal of Medicine that followed 322 moderately obese individuals for two years as they adopted one of three diets: a low-fat, calorie-restricted diet based on American Heart Association guidelines; a Mediterranean, restricted-calorie diet rich in vegetables and low in red meat; and a low-carbohydrate, nonrestricted-calorie diet. Although the subjects on the low-carb diet ate the most saturated fat, they ended up with the healthiest ratio of HDL to LDL cholesterol and lost twice as much weight as their low-fat-eating counterparts.

Stampfer’s findings do not merely suggest that saturated fats are not so bad; they indicate that carbohydrates could be worse. A 1997 study he co-authored in the Journal of the American Medical Association evaluated 65,000 women and found that the quintile of women who ate the most easily digestible and readily absorbed carbohydrates—that is, those with the highest glycemic index—were 47 percent more likely to acquire type 2 diabetes than those in the quintile with the lowest average glycemic-index score. (The amount of fat the women ate did not affect diabetes risk.) And a 2007 Dutch study of 15,000 women published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology found that women who were overweight and in the quartile that consumed meals with the highest average glycemic load, a metric that incorporates portion size, were 79 percent more likely to develop coronary vascular disease than overweight women in the lowest quartile. These trends may be explained in part by the yo-yo effects that high glycemic-index carbohydrates have on blood glucose, which can stimulate fat production and inflammation, increase overall caloric intake and lower insulin sensitivity, says David Ludwig, director of the obesity program at Children’s Hospital Boston.

Will the more recent thinking on fats and carbs be reflected in the 2010 federal Dietary Guidelines for Americans, updated once every five years? It depends on the strength of the evidence, explains Robert C. Post, deputy director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion. Findings that “have less support are put on the list of things to do with regard to more research.” Right now, Post explains, the agency’s main message to Americans is to limit overall calorie intake, irrespective of the source. “We’re finding that messages to consumers need to be short and simple and to the point,” he says. Another issue facing regulatory agencies, notes Harvard’s Stampfer, is that “the sugared beverage industry is lobbying very hard and trying to cast doubt on all these studies.”

05-09-2010, 11:35 AM
Now going on my fourth month of taking two Carditone (edited) pills per day. Prior to starting them I was on two BP meds per day (Lotensin and Procardia XL) for about 15 years. Even with the meds my pressure rarely was under 140/90; looking back at my BP log, there were even stretches of time when 160/110 and up were consistent readings on my wrist cuff.

My pressure, thanks entirely to the Carditone (edited), I believe, was just read at 126/74. The lower, or diastolic, pressure hasn't been above 85 for at least two months now.

I checked with my doctor before dropping either of my BP meds, and he advised not renewing the Lotensin and taking just the Procardia XL to see what changes, if any, occur in the readings.

Bottom line is: in just over three months I have weaned myself off one of the long-term meds I was taking, and have seen my pressure actually normalize for the first time in a couple of decades. In addition, I followed some of Gor's advice re: thyroid disease and diet, and have radically-increased my intake of certain greens and supplements. I now have had my dosage of thyroid medication cut in half by my endocrinologist and have seen certain physical manifestations of the disease wane almost completely away.

I certainly intend to check out the link Gor provided to Organic Facts, and thanks very much for the terrific advice offered over the past few months.

Kyoodle (Scott)

05-09-2010, 03:56 PM

That's terrific news! It's also gratifying to see my hardly mainstream methods work for somebody else. Have to say your of of the few people I've talked to who is actually willing to make the changes necessary to help themselves.

So I applaud you for that. It's amazing to me how many people are unwilling to make ANY changes in their life style. Btw: It's Carditone, not Cardomite. & do post & let me know how you're coming along.

Again, congratulations. It sounds like your well on your way.


05-09-2010, 04:37 PM

That's terrific news! It's also gratifying to see my hardly mainstream methods work for somebody else. Have to say your of of the few people I've talked to who is actually willing to make the changes necessary to help themselves.

So I applaud you for that. It's amazing to me how many people are unwilling to make ANY changes in their life style. Btw: It's Carditone, not Cardomite. & do post & let me know how you're coming along.

Again, congratulations. It sounds like your well on your way.


Well, you didn't promise it would do anything for brain-farts, so...

Yes, it is indeed CARDITONE...the white bottle with the "Ayush Herbs" label above the title. I apologize if I sent any of my fellow CBZ'ers in the wrong direction with that. They are oblong, brown caplets with a very herbal odor to them (but no unpleasant after-effects as one gets with some garlic or fish oil capsules). I bought them online from www.supersup.com. I got two bottles (60ea.) in my initial order along with free shipping, and I'm due to reorder presently.

Thank you again, Gor!


05-26-2010, 10:50 AM
Fucking doctors... I just found out that the BP medication they gave me, Lisinopril HTC, has a history of developing Diabete's Type 2 & gout in people who take that medication.

Diabetes Type 2 is one of the things I went to that a-hole for! Anyway, luckily my diabetes is still in remission (3 years) but now I have gout & I am seriously pissed of at this guy!

With my diet there is NO WAY I should have ever developed gout. This is a warning to all of us. Be damn careful of taking whatever your doctor gives you. Do a little research on it.

I should have...


05-28-2010, 08:30 AM
With my diet there is NO WAY I should have ever developed gout. This is a warning to all of us. Be damn careful of taking whatever your doctor gives you. Do a little research on it.

I should have...

It's just a pity nobody told Elvis Presley that.

06-08-2010, 07:48 PM
Natural Remedies for Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism:

Thyroid problems are common, particularly in women. An underactive or overactive thyroid can impact upon health significantly as the thyroid is the master gland of the metabolism. Symptoms of an underactive thyroid can include weight gain, constipation, dry skin, brittle nails, hair loss and cold intolerance. Sudden unexplained weight gain and tiredness with these other symptoms are signs that may well indicate Hypothyroidism. Low basal metabolic rate is diagnostic of low thyroid even though it may often not be picked up by blood assays for thyroid hormones. Hyperactive thyroid symptoms include restlessness, rapid pulse and respiration and higher than normal temperatures, high Basal metabolic activity is diagnostic of hyper thyroid.

Basal Body Temperature and Thyroid Problems

As long ago as 1942, Broda Barnes, M.D., author of Hypothyroidism: The Unsuspected Illness, looked at the Basal Body temperature as a successful indication of a thyroid problems. In normal, menstruating women, on day 1 of the cycle on the first day of menstruation, the temperature will be at a lower level, during ovulation the temperature rises and remains at this higher level until dropping just before the next period. This normal cycle will be affected by an underactive, or overactive thyroid and can be used as an effective alternative to blood tests.

Take your Basal (at rest) body temperature upon waking, at exactly the same time every day and record the reading; please note that temperature may be disturbed by several factors such as taking readings at different times, alcohol, illness, a restless night, stress etc. If the readings have a base rate in a menstruating woman of 36.2 or less, or a constant reading below this in other women, men and children, an underactive thyroid is very likely. An overactive Thyroid (Hyperthyroidism) would be likely in cases where the temperature is consistently above 37. In some cases where the thyroid is functioning very poorly; ovulation will not occur at all and women of child bearing age may not see a rise in their Basal temperature.

It is no surprise then that thyroid problems are often linked to issues with fertility; in cases of an underactive thyroid gland, increased levels of the hormones TRH (thyroid-releasing hormone) and TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) will be released prompting the pituitary to release TSH, which in turn stimulates the thyroid to do its job. However, TRH also prompts the pituitary to release more of the hormone prolactin - this can interfere with ovulation by suppressing release of the hormones LH and FSH, which stimulate the ovary. Low levels of thyroid hormone can also interfere with the rate at which your body metabolizes sex hormones, which can cause ovulatory disorders. Excess thyroid hormone can block the effect of estrogen at various points in the body; this can make the endometrium (uterine lining) unstable and cause abnormal uterine bleeding.

We have included some information in the following paragraphs concerning misinformation about the safety and suitability of Iodine in the treatment of health disorders and specifically Thyroid disorders as many of you would have been told or read this misinformation, and like me, believed it. This misinformation and the proof that it is misinformation is discussed more fully in in the article Iodine Why We Need It

There has been the most disastrous misinformation about the effect of Iodine on the thyroid gland both for overactive and underactive Thyroid. This can be traced back to the faulty, fraudulent junk science report by Wolff and Chaikoff in 1948 that stated that small amounts of Iodine e.g. over about 200 microgram's daily could be toxic, and since then this faulty information has been seized upon by medical journals and subsequently absorbed by medical authorities and even nutritionists. This misinformation has possibly had one of the single most damaging effects on the health of the world-wide population. Iodine is safe and non-toxic over a tremendous dosage range much more so than the other trace minerals such as zinc and especially selenium. Iodine is a precious safe tool that helps the body overcome many health problems including both over and underactive thyroid.

60 million mainland Japanese consume a daily average of 13.8 mg of elemental iodine and they are one of the healthiest nations, based on overall wellbeing and cancer statistics (4). Japanese women do not stop consuming iodine-rich foods during pregnancy, and Japanese fetuses are exposed to maternal peripheral levels of iodide at concentrations of 10-5M to 10-6M (1-4). Either the Japanese are mutants, capable of surviving on toxic levels of iodine or we have been grossly deceived, and the human body needs at least 100 times the RDA, which was established very recently in 1980 and confirmed in 1989!! (7)."

There are two main approaches to normalising thyroid activity and thyroid health, and integral to that is overall metabolic energy.

The first one is to take a good dose of high quality high Iodine seaweed especially raw enzyme intact Sea Greens.

Sea Greens restores and sustain complete nutritional balance. Many nutrients may be missing from food and soil, but SeagreensÓ give you all the nutrients from the ocean - nature's most complete nutrient 'store'. "Seaweed is the most nutritious form of vegetation on this planet...it contains almost the whole alphabet of nutrients". Leslie Kenton. Alkaline SeagreensÓ improve the full digestion and metabolism of nutrients from other foods, purify the blood and body cells and feed the thyroid and hormone system, all regulating weight.

Iodine is a trace element that is vital to the health of the thyroid gland. It also provides the building blocks for the hormones secreted by the thyroid.

Just a few of the other nutrients in Seagreens which have a direct impact on the function of the thyroid include L-Aspartic Acid which works with L-Tyrosine, synergistic vitamins, minerals and co-enzymes to supply nutritional support for the health of the thyroid gland. B Vitamins which promote the general health of the thyroid.

The second approach is to use appropriate levels of Iodine, and this is a cost effective method using possibly one of the first nutritional supplements -it is over 100 years old and has a long history of successful use; Lugols solution drops are added to water or juice. This enables us to provide higher levels of Iodine than can be obtained by a handful of Sea Greens capsules. Much detailed clinical work, some of which is described in the article Iodine Why We Need It has established the benefits of these higher doses, and these include the fact it takes months to restore whole body needs of Iodine for optimum benefits.

Not only does the thyroid require Iodine but also the breast, ovaries, testes and in fact every cell in the body. Iodine deficiency is almost universal if one takes the amount required for optimum health as consumed by the Japanese, who have the lowest incidence of thyroid disorders and other diseases of the industrialised world (along with the Icelanders who also consume a similar amount of Iodine daily i.e. around 12 milligrams, about 60 times the so called safe RDA.)

The other issue is that toxic halides such as chlorine in drinking water and bromine added to bread displace and block what little Iodine we have in our body. These toxic elements are flushed out by the regular use of Iodine, gradually moving the thyroid and body towards balance. A third reason for higher Iodine doses (It is normally expedient to gradually build up the dose, excess Iodine, once the body has soaked up its full needs, is simply flushed from the body and does not form a toxic accumulation) is that Iodine kills pathogenic microbes but does not harm beneficial bacteria. This gives it a tremendous role in health disorders across the board as most chronic health conditions have as a supporting component chronic infections. Example if you have thyroid imbalance then you most likely have Candida infection. Iodine at suitable a dose for the suitable time will help deal with both conditions.

Other nutrients Required to Normalise Thyroid health.

These include Selenium and B vitamins. We suggest the use of food state B vitamins contained in Zell Immunocomplex . Immunocomplex also provides respiratory enzymes that restore energy production to the cells, completing the normalisation of the energy cycle engendered by a recovered thyroid. This also applies to overactive thyroid.

Full details of the use of Iodine, selenium , B vitamins and Celtic salt is discussed in the in the article Iodine Why We Need It Discussion of underactive and overactive thyroid conditions are also discussed.

For details of Lugols Iodine click here

Peruvian Maca

This is a root that grows high in the Andes and has a long history of use as a vitaliser and adaptogen. It can be used as part of a Thyroid therapy program as it has a positive impact on the endocrine system overall. More specifically it can help Pituitary function and this can have a knock on effect for the thyroid.

Maca root contains natural substances that stimulate the pituitary and hypothalamus. These master glands of the body in turn trigger the ovaries, adrenals, testes, thyroid, and pancreas to return to healthy functioning, thus producing normal amounts of hormones. This has been repeatedly demonstrated, at least with estrogen and progesterone, through the use of saliva hormone assays. A number of people taking thyroid medication have also found that they can cut down or stop taking thyroid hormone.

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07-17-2010, 09:25 PM
Get To Know Vitamin K

Vitamin K may be "the next vitamin D" if research continues to illuminate the growing number of benefits to your health.
Dr. Cees Vermeer, one of the world's top researchers in the field of vitamin K, founded a vitamin K research group in 1975, which is now the largest group investigating this area of nutrition science.
How many people have adequate vitamin K… care to guess?
Just about zero, according to Dr. Vermeer and other experts in the field.
Most people get just enough K from their diets to maintain adequate blood clotting, but NOT enough to offer protection against he following health problems—and the list is growing:
Prostate cancer, lung cancer, liver cancer and leukemia
Arterial calcification, cardiovascular disease and varicose veins
Brain health problems, including dementia, the specifics of which are still being studied
Vitamin K comes in two forms, and it is important to understand the differences between them before devising your nutritional plan of attack.
Two Basic Types of Vitamin K
Vitamin K can be classified as either K1 or K2:
Vitamin K1: Found in green vegetables, K1 goes directly to your liver and helps you maintain a healthy blood clotting system. (This is the kind of K that infants need to help prevent a serious bleeding disorder.)

It is also vitamin K1 that keeps your own blood vessels from calcifying, and also helps your bones retain calcium and develop the right crystalline structure.
Vitamin K2: Bacteria produce this type of vitamin K. It is present in high quantities in your gut, but unfortunately is not absorbed from there and therefore most of it is passed out in your stool.

K2 goes straight to vessel walls, bones, and tissues other than the liver. It is present in fermented foods, particularly cheese and the Japanese food natto, which is by far the richest source of K2.
Vitamin K2 can convert to K1 in your body. As a supplement, K1 is less expensive, which is why it's the form used for neonates.
Making matters even more complex, there are several different forms of vitamin K2.
MK8 and MK9 come primarily from dairy products. MK4 and MK7 are the two most significant forms of K2, and act very differently in your body:
MK4 is a synthetic product, very similar to vitamin K1, and your body is capable of converting K1 into MK4. However, MK4 has a very short half-life of about one hour, making it a poor candidate as a dietary supplement. After reaching your intestines, it remains mostly in your liver, where it is useful in synthesizing blood-clotting factors.
MK7 is a newer agent with more practical applications because it stays in your body longer; its half-life is three days, meaning you have a much better chance of building up a consistent blood level, compared to MK4 or K1. MK7 is extracted from the Japanese food called natto.
For those who are interested in getting a supply of vitamin K2 we do have it in our store.
Vitamin K Research is Clearly Impressive
In 2008, a German research group discovered that vitamin K2 provides substantial protection against prostate cancer, which is one of the most common types of cancer among men in the United States. According to Dr. Vermeer, men taking the highest amounts of K2 had about 50 percent less prostate cancer.
Research results are similarly encouraging for the benefits of vitamin K to your cardiac health.
In 2004, the Rotterdam Study, which was the first study demonstrating the beneficial effect of vitamin K2, showed that those who consumed 45 mcg of K2 daily lived seven years longer than those getting 12 mcg per day.
In a subsequent study called the Prospect Study, 16,000 people were followed for 10 years. Researchers found that each additional 10 mcg of K2 in the diet resulted in 9 percent fewer cardiac events.
There is also research emerging that vitamin K can help protect against brain disease. However, it is too early to say exactly what types of damage it prevents, and how, but it is an area of intense interest to vitamin K scientists right now.
Getting More Vitamin K into Your Diet
Eating lots of green vegetables will increase your vitamin K1 levels naturally, especially kale, spinach, collard greens, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts.
For vitamin K2, cheese and especially cheese curd is an excellent source. The starter ferment for both regular cheese and curd cheese contains bacteria—lactococci and proprionic acids bacteria—which both produce K2. You get the benefits of these bacteria when you consume them.
Both types of cheese have the same amount of K2, but curd cheese has less fat. If you eat 100 grams of cheese daily, you get 45 mcg of vitamin K2, which will lower your risk for heart attack by 50 percent, according to existing studies.
You can obtain all the K2 you'll need (about 200 micrograms) by eating 15 grams of natto daily, which is half an ounce. It's a small amount and very inexpensive. It'll only shrink your wallet by about two dollars a month.
If you don't care for the taste of natto, the next best thing is a supplement. Remember you must always take your vitamin K supplement with fat since it is fat-soluble and won't be absorbed without it.
You need not worry about overdosing on K2—people have been given a thousand-fold increase over the recommended dose over the course of three years have shown no adverse reactions (i.e., no increased clotting tendencies).
Although the exact dosing is yet to be determined, Dr. Vermeer recommends between 45 mcg and 185 mcg daily for adults. You must use caution on the higher doses if you take anticoagulants, but if you are generally healthy and not on these types of medications, I suggest 150 mcg daily.
It is quite likely that doses of several times that amount are safe for the average person, but we just lack the research to confirm it at this time.
Vitamin D is Vitamin K's Best Friend
Dr. Vermeer makes the point that vitamin K will never be able to do its work alone. It needs collaborators—and vitamin D is an important one.
There is a synergistic effect between vitamins D and K.
These two agents work together to increase MGP, or Matrix GLA Protein, which is the protein responsible for protecting your blood vessels from calcification. In fact, MGP is so important that it can be used as a laboratory measure of your vascular and cardiac status.
If you are concerned about your bones, you must balance a nutritional triad:
vitamin D
vitamin K
Increasing calcium is good for your bones but not so good for your arteries, which can become calcified. Vitamin K protects your blood vessels from calcifying when in the presence of high calcium levels. So you really must pay attention to the synergism of all three of these nutrients if you want to optimize your benefits.
Laboratory Testing for Vitamin K is in its Infancy
Vitamin K measurements in blood plasma can be done accurately, but the results are really not helpful because they mainly reflect "what you ate yesterday," according to Dr. Vermeer.
Because there are no good laboratory assessments, he and his team have developed and patented a very promising laboratory test to assess vitamin K levels indirectly by measuring circulating MGP. Their studies have indicated this to be a very reliable method to assess the risk for arterial calcification—hence cardiac risk.
They are hoping to have this test available to the public within one to two years for a reasonable price, and several labs are already interested.
Additionally, they are working on developing a home test that would be available at your neighborhood drug store.
At this time, however, there is really no commercial test that would give you meaningful information. But since nearly 100 percent of people don't get sufficient amounts of vitamin K from their diet to reap its health benefits, you can assume you need to bump up your vitamin K levels by modifying your diet or taking a high quality supplement.

07-26-2010, 12:47 AM
Professional Ironman and Ultra Marathon competitor Brendan Brazier (http://www.brendanbrazier.com/index.html) fuels his rigorous training schedule with a plant-based diet. We asked him to share his grocery list and give us some advice about the foods that make up his healthy diet.
As someone who can’t afford to not perform at my best, I’ve become dependant on plant-based whole foods to carry me through. Here’s the grocery list I use to stock up on the best foods (http://www.besthealthmag.ca/eat-well/simple-living/5-best-foods-for-women) to provide me the fuel and building blocks that are essental for peak performance.

• Fibrous vegetables are the base of a nutrient-rich diet, so make sure to stock up on veggies like asparagus, beets, bok choy, celery, cucumbers, green beans and peas, watercress, zucchini and onions.

• Dark green leafy vegetables are a rich source of chlorophyll, important in offsetting stress by alkalizing the body as well as promoting the quick rejuvenation of cells. Chlorophyll also cleanses and oxygenates the blood, which will give you endurance and stamina. Some good choices are beet greens, mixed greens, spinach, swiss chard, collards and dinosaur kale.

• Sea vegetables (seaweeds) have 10 times the calcium of cow’s milk and several times more than red meat. They’re also easily digestible, chlorophyll-rich and alkaline-forming.

• Starchy vegetables are needed only in small amounts, so be selective when picking up potatoes, turnips, yams, parsnips and squashes.

• Legumes are high in protein, fiber and many proteins and minerals. Rinsing them well before and after cooking will help absorb some of the indigestible sugars that can cause gas.

• Seeds are a source of important nutrients. Flaxseeds have one of the highest levels of omega-3 (http://www.besthealthmag.ca/omega) fatty acids in the plant kingdom. They are also high in potassium, contain both soluble and insoluble fibre and have anti-inflammatory properties. Sesame seeds are an excellent source of calcium and sunflower seeds are rich in minerals, vitamins and protein. I also always keep iron-rich pumpkin seeds on hand to sprinkle over many meals.

• Hemp protein is the most digestible protein I’ve tried. It also contains all 10 essential amino acids, making it superior to all other forms of protein.

• Pseudograins such as amaranth, buckwheat, quinoa and wild rice are great gluten-free sources of nutrients. I keep my kitchen well stocked with them.

• Fresh fruits vary depending on the season. Fruits that I like are apples, apricots, bananas, berries, cherries, dates, dragon fruit, figs, grapefruit, grapes, kiwis, mangos, melons, nectarines, oranges, papayas, pears, pineapples, plums and pomegranates.

• Healthy grains such as brown rice, millet, spelt and teff are mainstays in my diet.

• Nuts (http://www.besthealthmag.ca/eat-well/nutrition/5-reasons-to-eat-more-nuts)are highly nutritious and digestible (when soaked), so I add almonds, macadamia nuts, walnuts, cashews, filberts, brazil nuts, hazelnuts, pecans pine nuts and pistachios to my shopping list regularly.
• Good additives to stock up on are agave nectar for sweetener, apple cider vinegar for potassium, balsalmic vinegar, ginger, nutritional yeast and stevia herb.

08-03-2010, 12:27 PM
Consumer Reports: Dangerous Supplements
What you don't know about these 12 ingredients could hurt you.

We Americans do love our dietary supplements. More than half of the adult population have taken them to stay healthy, lose weight, gain an edge in sports or in the bedroom, and avoid using prescription drugs. In 2009, we spent $26.7 billion on them, according to the Nutrition Business Journal, a trade publication.
What consumers might not realize, though, is that supplement manufacturers routinely, and legally, sell their products without first having to demonstrate that they are safe and effective. The Food and Drug Administration has not made full use of even the meager authority granted it by the industry-friendly 1994 Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA).
As a result, the supplement marketplace is not as safe as it should be.
· We have identified dozen supplement ingredients that we think consumers should avoid because of health risks, including cardiovascular, liver, and kidney problems. We found products with those ingredients readily available in stores and online.
· Because of inadequate quality control and inspection, supplements contaminated with heavy metals, pesticides, or prescription drugs have been sold to unsuspecting consumers. And FDA rules covering manufacturing quality don't apply to the companies that supply herbs, vitamins, and other raw ingredients.
· China, which has repeatedly been caught exporting contaminated products, is a major supplier of raw supplement ingredients. The FDA has yet to inspect a single factory there.
The lack of oversight leaves consumers like John Coolidge, 55, of Signal Mountain, Tenn., vulnerable. He started taking a supplement called Total Body Formula to improve his general health. But instead, he says, beginning in February 2008, he experienced one symptom after another: diarrhea, joint pain, hair loss, lung problems, and fingernails and toenails that fell off. "It just tore me up," he said.
Eventually, hundreds of other reports of adverse reactions to the product came to the attention of the FDA, which inspected the manufacturer's facilities and tested the contents of the products. Most of the samples contained more than 200 times the labeled amount of selenium and up to 17 times the recommended intake of chromium, according to the FDA.
In March 2008 the distributor voluntarily recalled the products involved. Coolidge is suing multiple companies for compensatory damages; they have denied the claims in court papers. His nails and hair have grown back, but he said he still suffers from serious breathing problems.
· 12 Supplements You Should Avoid
· 11 Supplements to Consider
· How to Choose the Right Multivitamin
· ConsumerReportsHealth.org
The Dirty Dozen
Working with experts from the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database, an independent research group, we identified a group of ingredients (out of nearly 1,100 in the database) linked to serious adverse events by clinical research or case reports. To come up with our dozen finalists, we also considered factors such as whether the ingredients were effective for their purported uses and how readily available they were to consumers. We then shopped for them online and in stores near our Yonkers, N.Y., headquarters and easily found all of them for sale in June 2010.
The dozen are aconite, bitter orange, chaparral, colloidal silver, coltsfoot, comfrey, country mallow, germanium, greater celandine, kava, lobelia, and yohimbe. The FDA has warned about at least eight of them, some as long ago as 1993.
Why are they still for sale? Two national retailers we contacted about specific supplements said they carried them because the FDA has not banned them. The agency has "the authority to immediately remove them from the market, and we would follow the FDA recommendation," said a spokeswoman for the Vitamin Shoppe chain.
Most of the products we bought had warning labels, but not all did. A bottle of silver we purchased was labeled "perfectly safe," with an asterisked note that said the FDA had not evaluated the claim. In fact, the FDA issued a consumer advisory about silver (including colloidal silver) in 2009, with good reason: Sold for its supposed immune system "support," it can permanently turn skin bluish-gray.
Janis Dowd, 56, of Bartlesville, Okla., says she started taking colloidal silver in 2000 after reading online that it would keep her Lyme disease from returning. She says her skin changed color so gradually that she didn't notice, but others did. "They kept saying, 'You look a little blue.'"
Laser treatments have erased almost all the discoloration from Dowd's face and neck, but she said it's not feasible to treat the rest of her body.
Under the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA), it is difficult for the FDA to put together strong enough evidence to order products off the market. To date, it has banned only one ingredient, ephedrine alkaloids. That effort dragged on for a decade, during which ephedra weight-loss products were implicated in thousands of adverse events, including deaths. Instead of attempting any more outright bans, the agency issued warnings, detained imported products, and asked companies to recall products it considered unsafe.
No Scientific Backup Required
Of the more than 54,000 dietary supplement products in the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database, only about a third have some level of safety and effectiveness that is supported by scientific evidence, according to a review by NMCD experts. And close to 12 percent have been linked to safety concerns or problems with product quality.
Consider the path to market of Go Away Gray, a product that is claimed to "help stop your hair from turning gray." Cathy Beggan, president of the supplement's maker, Rise-N-Shine, based in New Jersey, said that her company has not had to provide product information to the FDA. Nor did it conduct any clinical trials of the supplement, which includes a natural enzyme called catalase, before putting it on sale. Beggan pointed us to a study by European researchers published in the July 2009 issue of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Journal. The study found that gray hair had lower-than-normal levels of catalase but did not prove that taking that enzyme by mouth would stop hair from turning gray. "We are working on getting an actual clinical trial going because the results have been so amazing, and it would just be good to have some concrete data behind it," Beggan said.

08-03-2010, 04:32 PM
Studies Prove that These Drugs Make Your Brain Stop Working…
Posted By Dr. Mercola | August 03 2010

Drugs commonly taken for a variety of common medical conditions negatively affect your brain, causing long term cognitive impairment. These drugs, called anticholinergics, block acetylcholine, a nervous system neurotransmitter.

They include such common over-the-counter brands as Benadryl, Dramamine, Excedrin PM, Nytol, Sominex, Tylenol PM, and Unisom.

Other anticholinergic drugs, such as Paxil, Detrol, Demerol and Elavil are available only by prescription.

Physorg reports:

"Researchers ... conducted a six-year observational study, evaluating 1,652 Indianapolis area African-Americans over the age of 70 who had normal cognitive function when the study began ... '[T]aking one anticholinergic significantly increased an individual's risk of developing mild cognitive impairment and taking two of these drugs doubled this risk.'"

Physorg July 13, 2010
Neurology July 13, 2010; 75(2):152-9

Dr. Mercola's Comments:

Many view over-the-counter (OTC) drugs as safe because they don't require a prescription. Well nothing could be further from the truth.

In fact, many OTC drugs were previously carefully monitored prescription drugs. Many people are not aware that while I was in college in the 1970s, I worked as a full time pharmacy apprentice and helped sell drugs to patients all day long.

Motrin was the first non-salicylate prescription NSAID. Now it is a popular OTC ibuprofen option. Similarly, anti-ulcer drugs like Tagamet, Zantec, and Prilosec used to be carefully controlled. Now they can all be easily purchased in a smaller "OTC strength" that nearly doubles the number of pills required to equal the prescription dose.

Just because a drug is available without a prescription does not make it any less dangerous. It is still a chemical, which in no way, shape, or form treats the cause of the problem and can lead to complications that can seriously injure, if not kill, you or someone you love.

So this is clearly important information that can help you or someone you love reduce your risk of dementia as you get older. Based on the findings of this study, I would strongly recommend that seniors in particular avoid all anticholinergic drugs, like Benadryl (generic is diphenhydramine) which is a pervasive and commonly used in virtually all of the OTC sleeping pills.

Researchers will continue studying the matter to see whether anticholinergic-induced cognitive impairment can be reversed, but don't hold your breath. Avoidance is really the best solution.

What are Anticholinergic Drugs?
Anticholinergic drugs block a nervous system neurotransmitter called acetylcholine. Those suffering from Alzheimer's disease typically have a marked shortage of acetylcholine.

Anticholinergic drugs are available both over-the-counter and by prescription, as medications used for a variety of symptoms can have this effect. Examples include night-time pain relievers, antihistamines, and other sleep aids, such as:

Excedrin PM
Tylenol PM
Prescription drugs with anticholinergic effects include certain antidepressants, medications to control incontinence, and certain narcotic pain relievers.

Examples of prescription meds in these categories include:

A Special Note for Aspartame 'Reactors'
Many of the drugs listed here, as well as a long list of additional ones, contain diphenhydramine. As an important side note, you need to beware that chewable tablets and rapidly disintegrating tablets that contain diphenhydramine may be sweetened with aspartame.

If you have the genetic disease phenylketonuria (PKU), you must be particularly careful to avoid these types of drugs and all other types of aspartame-sweetened foods and beverages in order to prevent mental retardation.

But many other people also suffer detrimental health effects from aspartame, so you should know that this is yet another potential source of this toxic sweetener.

Anticholinergic Drugs Increases Dementia in the Elderly
I've previously written about the health dangers of many of these individual drugs. Paxil, for example, is an addictive antidepressant that is well known to increase the risk of suicide in children and teens. It is also known to increase violent behavior.

Benadryl and Sominex have previously been found to cause hallucinations in the elderly, and a number of the drugs on the list also promote dental decay.

The results of this study indicate that drugs with anticholinergic effects may be yet another piece of the puzzle that might explain the sharp rise in dementia and cognitive decline.

According to the University of Michigan, dementia strikes about 50 percent of people who reach the age of 85. Of those, about 60 percent go on to develop Alzheimer's disease.

In this study, the researchers tracked the intake of anticholinergic drugs and monitored the cognitive abilities of 1,652 African-American seniors, aged 70 and older, for six years. All of the participants had normal cognitive function at the outset of the study.

Fifty-three percent of the participants used a 'possible anticholinergic,' and 11 percent used a 'definitive anticholinergic' drug.

They found that those who took drugs classified as 'definite anticholinergics' had a four times higher incidence of cognitive impairment.

In those who were not carriers of the specific gene, APOE ε4 allele, the risk was over seven times higher. (The APOE ε4 gene is known to influence many neurological diseases, and is considered a high risk factor for Alzheimer's.)

Taking two of these drugs further increased the risk of cognitive impairment.

PhysOrg reports:

"Simply put, we have confirmed that anticholinergics, something as seemingly benign as a medication for inability to get a good night's sleep or for motion sickness, can cause or worsen cognitive impairment, specifically long-term mild cognitive impairment which involves gradual memory loss.

As a geriatrician I tell my Wishard Healthy Aging Brain Center patients not to take these drugs and I encourage all older adults to talk with their physicians about each and every one of the medications they take," said Malaz Boustani, M.D., IU School of Medicine associate professor of medicine, Regenstrief Institute investigator and IU Center for Aging Research center scientist."

Even More Reasons to Ditch the Sleep Meds
In 2008, Americans filled more than 56 million prescriptions for sleeping pills and spent more than $600 million on over-the-counter sleep aids. But anticholinergic sleep medications in particular may be causing far more harm than good, especially long term, without providing any benefit at all.

In a recent article, CBC News reported that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has had data for 15 years which shows that over-the-counter sleep aids like Tylenol PM and Excedrin PM do not offer any significant benefit to patients.

There's no explanation for why the FDA took 15 years to evaluate the industry's research, but upon final analysis "the data suggests the combination products are statistically better than a placebo but not by much," CBC News reported.

I guess it can be chalked up as yet another vibrant example of how industry research frequently amounts to little more than corporate wishes and good PR fodder.

Another analysis of sleeping pill studies from 2007 (financed by the National Institutes of Health) found that sleeping pills like Ambien, Lunesta, and Sonata reduced the average time to go to sleep by just under 13 minutes compared with fake pills -- hardly a major improvement.

Yet, the participants believed they had slept longer, by up to one hour, when taking the pills.

This may actually be a sign of a condition called anterograde amnesia, which causes trouble with forming memories. When people wake up after taking sleeping pills, they may, in fact, simply forget that they had been unable to sleep!

You would be far better off putting your money toward authentic solutions to help you sleep than on sleeping pills, as it's now clear that they do next to nothing to help you sleep – in fact, they may actually make it more difficult for you to get a good night's rest naturally – and may significantly increase your risk of dementia.

Sleeping Pills are NOT a Safe Solution for Sleepless Nights
Please understand that resorting to sleep medications is risky business, and that these pills do not address the underlying reasons why you're having trouble sleeping in the first place.

In addition to the long-term problems already discussed, there are other serious, not to mention bizarre, risks involved.

For starters, these pills are notorious for being addictive, which means that once you want to stop taking them, you'll likely suffer withdrawal symptoms that could be worse than your initial insomnia. Some, such as Ambien, may also become less effective when taken for longer than two weeks, which means you may find yourself needing ever higher dosages.

Ambien may also make you want to eat while you're asleep -- and I don't mean sneaking down to grab a piece of fruit. The sleep eating can include bizarre foods such as buttered cigarettes, salt sandwiches, and raw bacon.

Sleeping pills, and again Ambien in particular, are also known to increase your risk of getting into a traffic accident. Ambien actually ranks among the top 10 drugs found in the bloodstreams of impaired drivers, according to some state toxicology labs.

Among the elderly, using sleeping pills may increase the risk of nighttime falls and injuries, and anyone who takes them may find they wake up feeling drowsy if the effects of the drug have not worn off yet.

You're far better of finding safe and natural solutions that will actually address the underlying causes of your sleepless nights instead of just cover up the resulting symptoms.

How to Get a Good Night's Sleep Without Dangerous Drugs
If you are having trouble sleeping, please do not ignore the problem or simply wait for it to go away. Quality sleep just as important as your need for food, water, and pure air -- and there are very simple methods to help you get yours.

Please read my comprehensive sleep guide 33 Secret's to a Good Night's Sleep for my full set of recommendations, but to start, make certain you are exercising regularly.

A Stanford University Medical School study found that after 16 weeks in a moderate-intensity exercise program, subjects were able to fall asleep about 15 minutes earlier and sleep about 45 minutes longer at night. However, don't exercise too close to bedtime or it may keep you awake.

Stress is another major reason why people have trouble sleeping, which is why I suggest you start to wind down from your day at least an hour before your bedtime (but preferably two or more).

Calming activities such as journaling, meditating, sipping herbal tea, washing your face, using the Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) or reading a book may soothe your mind and help you unwind. Be sure your phone, email, and television are all off during this time.

Make sure your sleeping environment is comfortable and conducive to sleep.

This includes keeping the temperature cool, adding in some white noise if you need it and making sure your room is pitch-black. If there is even the tiniest bit of light in the room it can disrupt your circadian rhythm and your pineal gland's production of melatonin and serotonin. For this reason, I highly recommend adding room-darkening drapes to your bedroom, or if this is not possible wearing an eye mask to block out any stray light.

Again, by following my 33 Secrets for a Good Night's Sleep, the majority of people will be able to fall asleep and stay asleep. However, for times when sleep is especially difficult, these eight natural remedies may also help and are far safer than sleeping pills of any kind.

08-05-2010, 10:48 AM
Pediatric food allergies are on the rise in the United States, and it may be due to our Westernized lifestyle.

These days, it seems that most kids have allergies to eggs, wheat, milk or nuts. In fact, between 1997 and 2007, pediatric food allergies increased by 18 percent, according to a study published in the journal Pediatrics. In 2007, approximately 3 million U.S. children reported a food or digestive allergy.

In a Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology study, researchers found that between 2001 and 2006, visits to the emergency room for allergic reactions at Children's Hospital Boston more than doubled. Moreover, the severity of reactions increased sharply, resulting in more children experiencing anaphylaxis.

Dr. Susan Rudders, the author of the Children's Hospital study, suspects her findings at the local ER reflect a national trend, according to CNN. Though Rudders studied only 1,255 children, her theory is supported by the experience of other physicians across the country. Doctors at the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles and the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia have seen a rise in the severity and number of cases coming into their emergency rooms.

Dr. James M. Rubin, chief of the Division of Allergy and Immunology at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City, has also perceived a rise in pediatric food allergy cases, though he cautions that it may be due to "better detection on part of parents, pediatricians and primary care physicians."

While nobody is certain as to why there seems to be a food allergy epidemic, theories abound.

Some doctors and scientists wonder if children should be exposed to allergens like nuts and shellfish earlier than age two or three -- the age many doctors recommend -- so that they can avoid developing allergies. In a 2008 study in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, researchers found that Jewish Israeli children were far less likely to develop peanut allergies than were Jewish children in the U.K. -- a difference that was linked to with the fact that while 69 percent of Israeli children ate peanuts by the age of nine months, only 10 percent of the British children had.

"In terms of diet, there's a lot of controversy: Should you avoid certain things when you're pregnant? Should you avoid things when breastfeeding or not?" says Rubin.

Another fledgling theory is that a Western diet makes children susceptible to allergies and illnesses. A recent study out of the University of Florence in Italy shows that meat and junk food may make kids prone to allergies. Researchers compared the fiber-rich diets of 14 children from a rural African village in Burkina Faso to the diets of 15 children from Florence. The African kids ate mostly grains, beans, nuts and vegetables that had been farmed or raised near their homes, while the Italian kids ate far more meat, fat and sugar. The scientists found that the African children had flourishing "good" bacteria in their guts -- cutting down their risks for obesity, easing their ability to digest food, protecting against bugs and limiting inflammation. They also had an abundance of fatty acids, which guard against inflammation, asthma, allergic eczema and other allergic reactions.

But it's not just American and European diets that could be the culprits. There's also the popular "hygiene hypothesis," which posits that growing up in a sparkling-clean environment doesn't allow a child's immune system to properly develop. Modern medicine and sanitation have eliminated many infectious diseases but have also limited a child's exposure to immune system-building bacteria, which may ultimately protect a child against allergies, obesity, asthma, inflammatory bowel disease and autoimmune diseases.

"The substance in the immune system that's associated with allergies was put in people to defend them against parasites," says Rubin. "There are no parasites in more civilized environments, so it seems that [the substance] may react to pollen or food." Multiple studies in European rural areas have shown that the children raised on farms have a decreased prevalence of hay fever and allergic rhinoconjunctivitis, implying that growing up in a nonsterile environment can help ward off some allergies.

Ultimately, Rubin believes little can be definitively done to prevent children from developing allergies. Allergies, he notes, are hereditary -- when one allergic person marries another, their odds of having allergic children rise 90 percent. "If they're destined to develop allergies, they will develop allergies," he says. "Can you prevent them from occurring? The answer is no."

08-06-2010, 10:13 AM
The Best Time of Day to Exercise, Take Meds and More
There's an optimal time for every health move.
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There's never a bad time to do something healthy, right? Not so fast. When it comes to maximizing your health, timing is everything. That's because we're hardwired to follow a "body clock," an internal timer that tells the body whether to sleep or work, nibble a light salad or devour a hearty stew, ovulate or grab a maxi pad. "Everything in nature works on a rhythm that is defined by time — hours, days, nights, weeks, seasons, years, and more," says Matthew Edlund, M.D., director of the Center for Circadian Medicine in Sarasota, FL, and author of The Body Clock Advantage. Unfortunately, our lifestyle — wolfing down lunch at 3 p.m. between meetings, flouting our bedtime to watch The Daily Show — often throws those rhythms out of whack, which can lead to weight gain, up our risk of illness and disease, and leave us feeling sluggish and sad. But tuning in to your internal clockwork more closely has great advantages. "If you can get your innate body rhythms in sync with the food, activity, and rest you need, you can not only get healthier but even feel better day to day," Edlund says.

Calibrate your body clock with the timing tricks below. You'll improve your workouts, gain more energy, stabilize your mood, manage your weight more easily, and even prevent and treat illness more effectively. It's health as nature intended!

In the Morning

• Sleep an extra 20 minutes. There's no substitute for a solid night of z's, but research suggests that rising as late as you can get away with — even if it's just 20 or 30 minutes later than you usually do — can make you more relaxed during the day. Our bodies naturally crank up the stress hormone cortisol in the a.m. so that we'll get up and moving, but postponing your wake-up time can lower those levels just enough to take the edge off. In a study at London's University of Westminster, earlier risers (who woke up as early as 5:22 a.m.) had higher cortisol levels during the first 45 minutes of their day and tended to be angrier at night than later risers (who got up as late as 10:30 a.m.), regardless of how much total sleep they got. While there's no optimal wake-up time, the researchers say, set the alarm for as late as your schedule will allow. For best results, try to go to bed and wake up at about the same times every day; this will keep your body clock running smoothly.

• Weigh yourself.

Stepping on the scale first thing (after the bathroom, before breakfast, wearing little to nothing) gives you the most accurate read on your weight, which can fluctuate by up to three pounds during the day! It's a good idea to weigh in daily: A study from Brown University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill showed that 61 percent of people who did so maintained their weight within five pounds over time (compared with 32 percent who weighed in less often), mainly because it helped them catch weight gain early.

• Slather on sunscreen. For the best possible protection, apply it (year-round) a full 30 minutes before you head outdoors — that's how long it takes for the stuff to soak in and become effective.

• Bask in the morning light. Boost your energy for the day, and ward off depression, by getting a healthy dose of sunlight in the morning (after putting on sunscreen!). Exposure to natural light in the a.m. signals your body to cut off production of melatonin, a hormone that makes you sleepy. Light is also a natural antidepressant, according to several studies, and increases your body's production of vitamin D, which may help you fend off cancer and heart disease. So head outdoors for at least 10 minutes early in the day, whether that means walking to a farther bus stop or sipping your coffee on your porch.

• Eat breakfast if you're watching your weight. A hearty starter, ideally eaten within 15 to 30 minutes of waking and no later than 8 a.m., will help you stave off a gain. "If you don't eat breakfast, your body thinks it's in starvation mode, and you'll eat more food later on," Edlund says. A Harvard Medical School study confirms that people who ate a morning meal were one third less likely to be obese than those who didn't. Go for whole grains (oatmeal, whole-grain cereal, or whole-grain toast) with a serving of protein (an egg, a tablespoon of nut butter, or a slice of low-fat cheese) and some fruit to keep you alert and feeling full for longer. Aim for a meal of around 200 to 300 calories.

In the Afternoon

• Take a power nap. A midday snooze isn't just for babies! By 2 p.m., your body temperature starts to dip, just as it does before bedtime, bringing your eyelids with it. Instead of hitting the vending machine for a sugar high — and eventual crash — try succumbing to your sleepiness and indulging in a 10-minute siesta. An Australian study compared naps lasting 5, 10, 20, and 30 minutes and found that 10 minutes left participants feeling the most refreshed, rested, and alert. Just make sure to set an alarm on your watch or phone so your doze doesn't go overtime, which can cause sleep inertia (that horrible post-snooze grogginess). Can't nap at work? Get off your duff for a 10-minute loop around the block. It's not as restorative, but it will clear your head and boost your circulation, energizing mind and body.

• Skip "lunch" in favor of two mini-meals (of about 300 calories each). Eat the first one three hours following breakfast and the second about three hours after that to keep your blood sugar steady and your metabolism fired up. Time the second mini-meal to coincide with the low of that afternoon slump we mentioned — so, between 2 and 3 p.m. "You feel tired, and it's difficult to stay mindful, so you start putting stupid things in your mouth," says Pamela Peeke, M.D., author of Fit to Live: The 5 Point Plan to Be Lean, Strong, and Fearless for Life. "But having a bunch of fat and refined sugars is the worst thing you can do, because your energy will spike and then crash." Instead, go for lean protein, high-quality carbohydrates, and a bit of fat. Peeke's picks: 1 Tbsp of low-fat peanut butter on a pita, half a turkey wrap, or some low-fat yogurt or cottage cheese with fruit.

• Get moving. Late afternoon to early evening (5 to 6 p.m.) may just be the best time to exercise, because that's when you're hottest, literally. Your body temperature reaches its daily peak (2 to 3 degrees warmer than in the morning), giving you maximum muscle strength, flexibility, agility, and stamina as well as faster reaction times. Even your lungs are using oxygen more efficiently at this time. You'll work out harder with less perceived effort and are less likely to injure yourself. Of course, any exercise is better than none, so if an early workout fits best with your schedule, keep it there. In fact, a.m. exercisers are most likely to stick to their habit: Studies have shown that more than 90 percent of people who work out in the morning are consistent about doing it.

At Night

• Down a glass of cranberry. You've probably heard that compounds in cranberry juice can help prevent urinary-tract infections. If you drink a glass in the evening, the juice will hang out in the bladder, fighting bacteria, till morning. Sip a cup after sex for extra protection: The juice can keep bacteria that's been pushed up the urethra during intercourse from sticking to bladder walls.

• Invite the night. Preparation for bedtime should start well before you brush your teeth. Wind down any exercise three hours before bed to give your body temperature a chance to cool and signal the brain that it's sleep time. Also close the kitchen (and the bar) two to four hours in advance, since it takes that long for your stomach to empty of solid foods; doing so will help you avoid indigestion and acid reflux. Aim for an undivided seven to eight hours of sleep every night. And because environmental factors, from bright moonlight to fluorescent street lamps, can disrupt cues to your internal clock, it's best to keep the room dark — no night-lights, no neon alarm clocks, and certainly no flashing cell phones. Your brain's pineal gland needs darkness to make melatonin, a hormone that tells your body to drift off (see "Bask in the morning light"). The pineal gland gets confused if it senses light, compromising your sleep quality. Melatonin also has been linked to improved immunity and lower risk of cancer.

• Slather on a sweat-stopper. Take a shower before bed (or just spot-wash your underarms — or your feet, if they've been smelly). Then dry off and apply the antiperspirant of your choice. At night, your body's temperature naturally lowers and you're less likely to sweat, which gives antiperspirant a chance to fully absorb and allows its active ingredients to go to work. By the time you step into the shower the next day, you'll be totally protected.

• Take your allergy meds. Both allergy symptoms and the pollen count are highest first thing in the morning, so take your long-acting antihistamines at night to avoid waking up to a sneeze-fest. Bonus: If the pills make you sleepy, taking them at bedtime might help you drop off.

• Pop an aspirin if you're a candidate for high blood pressure, the biggest risk factor for heart disease and stroke. In a recent study from the University of Vigo in Spain, people with prehypertension (blood pressure that's between normal and high) who took aspirin around 11 p.m. had lower blood pressure readings after three months than people with prehypertension who took aspirin at 8 a.m. or who made dietary changes. Researchers believe aspirin works by slowing the nighttime production of hormones and other substances that lead to clotting. Talk to your doctor to find out whether it might help you.

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A doctor's appointment: FIRST THING IN THE MORNING. Cut your waiting-room time by booking the first appointment of the day, before the doctor falls behind schedule. A morning slot also keeps you from getting too hungry if you have to fast before a lab test. And if you have asthma, your doc is more likely to catch problems in the a.m., since that's when lung function is poorest. If the morning's all booked, try to snag the first spot after lunch — by then the office should have had enough time to catch up. If you're picking up a prescription, hit the pharmacy before 3 p.m. on weekdays for faster service and less chance of error.

Surgery: BEFORE NOON. Your prime time for surgery is in the morning, when there tend to be fewer complications. In a study of more than 90,000 operations analyzed by Duke University, adverse events were more common between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. and least common from 9 a.m. to noon. That may be because the body's circadian rhythm dips in the late afternoon, dropping cortisol and adrenaline and zapping surgeons' energy and concentration. Also, you may be more likely to feel pain or post-op nausea in the afternoon. Try to nab the second or third slot in the OR: A study in the Journal of American College of Surgeons shows that surgeons perform better when they're warmed up. Whatever you do, don't go under the knife on the weekends if you can avoid it; mortality rates are higher, probably because the more senior physicians — who can set their own schedules — are off duty, leaving less experienced staff in charge.

A root canal: BETWEEN 1 AND 3 P.M. According to European studies, local anesthesia lasts three times longer when given in the early afternoon than when given in the morning or evening.

A flu shot: EARLY FALL. Flu season typically runs from October through March, so the best time to get the jab is September or October. (The vaccination takes two weeks to become effective.) The shot can help you skirt the flu's chills, fever, and general misery, and may also help prevent heart-attack deaths, which can be triggered by acute inflammation, according to a study in the European Heart Journal.

A full-body skin check: WINTER. This is when skin tends to be fairest, making it easier for your dermatologist to catch unusual moles or other changes that could indicate skin cancer. Alicia D. Zalka, M.D., an associate clinical professor of dermatology at Yale, advises taking note of any darkly pigmented, irregularly bordered, nonraised spots or patches, or nonhealing bumps resembling pimples that don't go away. "Any lesion that goes unhealed for more than three to five weeks may mean a skin cancer or precancerous spot," Zalka says, "so see your doctor."


Hormones fluctuate wildly over the course of the month, creating great — and not-so-great — opportunities for a variety of health moves. Day 1 of your menstrual cycle is the day your period starts, so schedule these actions accordingly:

Before your period - DAYS 23-28:

Stay out of pain. Avoid procedures like a root canal or a bikini wax: They'll hurt more now. "Endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine" — all natural feel-good chemicals — "typically plummet right before your period," says Rebecca Booth, M.D., author of The Venus Week. Reschedule them for ovulation time (days 13-15), when, according to a University of Michigan study, we produce the most endorphins to offset pain.

During your period - DAYS 1-3:

Get busy. It may not be the most convenient time, but orgasms — always great — are even greater during your period. That's because they cause a spike in serotonin, which is naturally running low just before and during the first three or so days of menstruation. Some women even enjoy a heightened libido just before their period, thanks to a drop in estrogen and a rise in testosterone.

After your period - DAYS 3-13:

Do a breast self-exam (BSE). A post-period rise in estrogen returns your swollen, tender breasts to their most supple state, making it the perfect time to check them for unusual lumps and bumps. Although experts don't insist on a monthly BSE anymore, when you do feel your breasts for changes, do it at this time of the month — differences will be more detectable.

After ovulation - DAYS 14-23:

Plan to quit smoking. Women who try to kick the habit now, after ovulation, may be less likely to succeed — possibly because they have worse withdrawal symptoms, according to a recent study from the Medical University of South Carolina. So set a quit date during the first half of your cycle (days 1-13), and use these next two weeks to get psyched and gather the support you need to stop smoking for good.

08-06-2010, 01:38 PM
11 Ways To Stop Hunger That You Have Never Ever Heard Before

1. Eliminate Meals - Eat between 12 PM and 7PM. We have been trained to eat three full meals per day which is not necessary and in fact forces your body to be in a perpetual state of hunger. We all have a circadian (biological clock) or 24-hour rhythm. As the body's temperature drops later in the day, proteins, carbohydrates and fats are not absorbed at the same rate as earlier in the day. Late meals and snacks will only increase the desire to eat and as a result you will remain hungry.

2. Sex Please (Have sex early in the day) - This enjoyable exercise is a great way to relieve stress as well as to positively affect our nervous, endocrine and reproductive systems. This is another way to decrease cravings when practiced timely? What do u mean by timely?. Don't over do it though! Having sex late in the day or at night will increase the body's need to restore nutrition and thus increase hunger.

3. Exercise early...Walk late - Exercise Twice a Day. Do hard aerobic and lifting (dynamic) exercise early in the day when the metabolic rate is much higher. After 6 pm, when the body's temperature begins to drop engage in more leisurely (static) activity such as walking or yoga. You will feel a dramatic increase in overall energy levels, eliminate lethargy and enhance your immune system. A 30-40 minute walk is a key component of hunger control and as the metabolism slows down for sleep, you can help to reduce the occurrence of hunger pangs.

4. Pear Down - A couple of pears will eliminate your cravings for sweets and help make your body to feel full. Rich in Pectin, Boron, Vitamin C, Folic acid and Calcium a Pear can be your best friend. Eat plenty of raw apples and cabbage as well. An abundance of pectin and fiber in these foods will enhance rapid fat burning by the body. Your body will be getting energy from existing fat and not have an overwhelming urge to eat and replace the nutrition.

5. No Food Today - Try fasting today. This sounds harder than it really is. Drink as much water, seltzer and tea as needed. This will help to cleanse the entire system and enhance the body's internal functions. Augmented with vitamins and herbs to properly maintain optimal health, 2-3 cups of hot tea in the morning and later in the day will help to curb hunger.

6. Eat soluble fiber - Soluble fiber remains in the system much longer than other forms of fiber as it takes quite a while for the body to digest and absorb. This will give a long lasting feeling of being satiated as well as to provide heath benefits such as lower cholesterol and internal system cleansing.

7. Slow down your metabolism - We cannot escape the need to eat but we can control the severity of hunger. Unlike many, The Sadkhin Complex(R) believes that if you slow down your metabolism rather than speed it up, you will decrease your hunger. Slowing down the metabolism keeps food and nutrition in the system longer and reduces the frequency and the need eat.

8. Breathe Baby, Breathe - Breathing exercises can properly ensure oxidation and slow down the hunger process. Breathing in happens reflexively but the depth of breathing out should be regulated so that there is no air left from the previous intake. Breathing exercises should not be done more than twice a day - morning and evening. The added oxygen into the blood stream will keep blood levels constant and reduce sudden bouts of hunger.

9. Turn Off The Stove - Heating any food above 105 degrees begins to alter and eventually destroy that foods nutrient and enzyme content. One must eat far more cooked food to get the amount of available nutrients in fresh foods. After all, it is not what we eat that keeps the body satiated and healthy, but what we assimilate and eliminate in a timely manner.

10. Be Fresh - Fresh, organically grown, fruit, vegetables and green leaves come from Nature perfectly balanced in their nutrient content and most importantly in the enzymes needed for their own digestion. They require little digestive effort because the foods use their own enzymes to be digested rather than sapping the body's reserves and expediting the return of hunger. Fresh, uncooked fruits and vegetables keep the body internally clean by promoting excellent bowel function, and cleansing the organs and tissues of toxins, fat and waste

11. I Love You Too HONEY - Replace table sugar with honey. The human body has an easier time digesting honey which is already in glucose form and does not need to be broken down any further by the digestive system. Thus it takes less energy to digest honey and it will keep your insulin levels stable as well as to help you to feel satisfied longer.

08-11-2010, 11:35 PM
Mix Wisely: Antidepressant and Drug Interactions
By Stephanie Tweito Jacob from AOL

While antidepressants ultimately help manage emotions, they do so by affecting various chemicals in our body. Which means they can also interact -- sometimes negatively -- with other chemicals found in various foods, drinks or other drugs. "Generally, unfavorable drug interactions with antidepressants are not a huge problem," says Dr. Daniel Carlat, AOL Health's mental health expert and associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Tufts School of Medicine. "But there are a few exceptions."

Here's what you need to know:

1. Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft or Lexapro and the Family of Migraine Drugs Known as Triptans
Because both groups of drugs increase serotonin levels in the body, taking them together could theoretically cause serotonin syndrome, a rare condition in which the body has high levels of the chemical serotonin, says Carlat. Symptoms could range from very mild -- diarrhea or a nervous sensation -- to very severe -- increased heart rate, seizures or, in very rare and extreme cases, even death, Carlat says.

If you take one of these antidepressants, known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, and suffer from migraines, most headache experts still feel comfortable prescribing a Triptan medication, says Carlat, as long as patients are aware of what possible symptoms would signal an interaction. Safer alternatives are ibuprofen, Tylenol, Fioricet (often prescribed for tension headaches) and biofeedback relaxation exercises.

2. St. John's Wort and Birth Control Pills
The herbal supplement St. John's wort may ease mild forms of depression, but just because it's derived from nature doesn't mean it's without adverse side effects. "It can reduce the effectiveness of birth control pills," says Carlat. "It increases the metabolism of the pill, and that can cause pregnancy or break through bleeding." If you take St. John's wort, use an alternate or backup method of birth control.

3. Nardil or Parnate and Certain Foods
These antidepressants, called monoamine oxidase inhibitors, are rarely prescribed, says Cartlat, because they're so prone to detrimental interactions with common foods, such as aged cheeses, chocolate, red wine, some beers and processed meats like pepperoni. MAOIs work to ease depression by prohibiting the breakdown of some key chemicals in the brain, one of which is norepinephrine. Eating the foods listed above increase norepinephrine in the blood stream due to high amounts of the amino acid tyramine. "Tyramine from the food is pushing norepinephrine, which is sort of like adrenaline, into the blood stream, and if you're taking an MAOI, you're not really able to break down the extra norepinephrine," says Carlat. "So you have a double whammy."

The biggest side effect of too much norepinephrine is catastrophic hypertension, he says, in which blood pressure gets so high it can cause a stroke or even death. If your doctor prescribes you a MAOI, he should provide you with a detailed list of foods to avoid.

4. Zoloft, Anafranil, Elavil or Nortriptyline and Grapefruit or Grapefruit Juice
The success of Zoloft (an SSRI) and Anafranil, Elavil or Nortriptyline (known as tricyclics) depends on their getting broken down by enzymes in the liver, says Carlat. But grapefruit and grapefruit juice can inhibit those enzymes, resulting in increased levels of the drugs in the blood stream. If you're taking Zoloft, you may have exaggerated side effects, such as nervousness, insomnia and diarrhea; if you're taking a tricyclic, the citrus fruit may cause irregular heart beat, abnormalities on EKGs and, worst case, heart failure, says Carlat.

5. Paxil and the Breast Cancer Drug Tamoxifen
The mood-lifter Paxil appears to negate the effects of tamoxifen, a breast cancer therapy given to women who have tumors that respond to estrogen. "Tamoxifen is broken down into an active component that is even more potent than tamoxifen," says Carlat. "Paxil inhibits the metabolism of the drug, so if you prevent it from being broken down to its more active metabolite, it's going to be less effective for treating breast cancer." Safer SSRIs for breast cancer patients -- those least likely to interact with tamoxifen -- include Zoloft, Celexa and Lexapro.

6. Prozac, Zoloft, Celexa or Paxil and Alcohol
These SSRIs are some of the most commonly prescribed antidepressants because they have fewer risky interactions and side effects. But when it comes to alcohol, Carlat says some patients report strange or variable effects when they drink. "They get really tired or have a terrible hangover, even if they only have one glass of wine while they're taking the drug," he says. While research has yet to document a consistent problem with an SSRI combining with alcohol, Carlat suggests those new to the drugs consume very small amounts of alcohol at first to see how they react.

7. Prozac, Zoloft, Celexa or Paxil and Aspirin or Ibuprofen
Taking one of these SSRIs alone puts you at a small risk for stomach bleeding, but that risk increases significantly when combined with a drug like aspirin or ibuprofen, both of which are known to potentially damage the stomach lining, says Carlat. Try taking acetaminophen for pain instead.

8. Wellbutrin and a History of Seizures or Eating Disorders
If you've ever had seizures or an eating disorder, a normal dose of Wellbutrin, an antidepressant that affects dopamine levels, is enough to magnify your risk for developing more seizures, says Carlat. That doesn't mean patients without a history of either are automatically safe: taking even twice the normal daily dose can increase their chance of a seizure tenfold. It's imperative to stick to your prescribed dosage, says Carlat.

9. Tegretol, Topamax or Provigil and Birth Control Pills
Tegretol and Topomax -- two anticonvulsant medications often prescribed to treat seizures but sometimes used to stabilize bipolar disorder -- and Provigil, an alertness drug, all render birth control pills less effective, says Carlat. If you're taking any of these, use an alternate or backup method of birth control.

10. Nardil, Parnate or Marplan and Over-the-Counter Cough Syrup
If you're taking an MAOI antidepressant, steer clear of cough syrups that contain the cough suppressant dextromethorphan. Having both present in your body can cause a surge in blood pressure. Any version of Robitussin that does not say "DM" on the package should be safe, says Carlat, but always check the label or ask your doctor or pharmacist to be sure. "If someone on an MAOI is going to take any over-the-counter drug at all, they should look at the labeling on the package carefully," says Carlat. "It will almost always say whether there's an interaction with MAOIs." For severe coughs, a cough syrup that contains small amounts of codeine may be prescribed.

11. Clozaril and Smoking
Clozaril, known as an "atypical antipsychotic medication," works by tweaking the activity of certain substances in the brain and is often prescribed to treat symptoms of schizophrenia. Smoking, however, will negate its effects. "Tobacco can decrease the concentration of Clozaril or some of the other antipsychotic drugs," says Carlat. Talk to your doctor about alternative drugs or about programs to help you quit.

08-19-2010, 11:47 AM
Antioxidant Superstars: Vegetables and Beans
Beans and a host of vegetables top the list of antioxidant-rich foods
By Jeanie Lerche Davis
WebMD Weight Loss Clinic-Feature Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD
The lowly bean has been boosted to star status. A ground-breaking study that looked at numerous foods says beans -- red, black, pinto, kidney -- are high-octane sources of antioxidants.

Antioxidants are the disease-fighting compounds that Mother Nature puts in foods to help our bodies stay healthy, explains researcher Jeffrey Blumberg, PhD, professor of nutrition at Tufts University in Boston. "Our job is to take advantage of those antioxidants."

The USDA guidelines recommend eating a variety of fruits and vegetables each day, selecting from all five vegetable subgroups: dark green vegetables, legumes (beans), starchy vegetables, orange vegetables, and other vegetables. They also suggest eating at least two and a half cups of vegetables daily for people eating 2,000 calories.

Which of these are the best antioxidant foods? Researchers used advanced technology to study 100 fruits, vegetables, and other food sources to measure the levels of antioxidants. Beans were the clear winners, but so was a quirky mix of other veggies -- artichoke hearts, russet potatoes, sweet potatoes, spinach, and eggplant.

Knowing which foods have the most antioxidants is important, because in today's polluted world, the human body needs all the help it can get to fight disease-causing free radicals. That's what antioxidants do -- stop free radicals from damaging other cells in your body.

The biggest class of antioxidants is flavonoids. Researchers have identified some 5,000 different flavonoids fruits and vegetables, explains Ronald Prior, PhD, a chemist and nutritionist with the USDA's Arkansas Children's Nutrition Center in Little Rock, Ark. He authored the groundbreaking antioxidant measure study.

Yet the body simply doesn't absorb all flavonoids equally well - that is, not all are as bioavailable as others. "Bioavailability has to do with absorption or metabolism in the gut, a process we know very little about," Prior says.

Here's the science behind it: An antioxidant attached to a fiber or sugar molecule may require certain enzymes in the gut to help absorption, he explains. If those enzymes are there, the flavonoid is absorbed. Some flavonoids simply don't seem to get absorbed. It's still relatively a mystery what happens in the gut, Prior notes.

Cooking some vegetables even slightly can help boost bioavailability, Prior says. "Tomatoes are a classic example. Flavonoids in cooked tomatoes are better absorbed than raw tomatoes. We don't know for sure what's happening in the gut, but we do know this is true."

However, cooking is not always good. It kills antioxidants in some foods, he says. Until researchers figure it out, "aim to eat those at the higher end of the antioxidant chart," says Prior.

The Antioxidant Winner: Beans
Prior's study found beans to be clear winners - one-half cup of red beans yields 13,727 antioxidants; red kidney beans have 13,259; pinto beans, 11,864; and black beans, 4,191. Beans are inexpensive and filling. Classic meals such as beans and rice, beans in a burrito, split pea soup, and a peanut butter sandwich are bean naturals. (Peanuts are not nuts; they are in the same family of plants as beans and peas.)

The Antioxidant Winner: Beans continued...
One-third cup of cooked beans has 80 calories, no cholesterol, lots of complex carbohydrates, and little fat. In addition, beans are full of B vitamins, potassium, and fiber, which promote digestive health and relieve constipation. Eating beans may help prevent colon cancer and reduce blood cholesterol, a leading cause of heart disease, researchers say.

Beans are also a great protein source, says Cindy Moore, MS, RD, director of nutrition therapy at The Cleveland Clinic, and spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association. "We used to say that you needed to eat grains with beans to make it a complete protein, but we no longer think that's true," she tells WebMD. "If you get some grains sometime during the day, you'll get the benefit of complete protein."

If beans bother your digestive system, try canned beans, she adds. Also, there's Beano, an enzyme supplement that breaks down gas-producing substances in the beans. Drinking more fluids also helps, as does regular exercise. Both help your intestinal system handle the increased dietary fiber.

"To sneak beans into your diet, one really easy thing is to put them in vegetable salads," Moore says. "If you're into convenience, mix some canned beans with canned soup or with a frozen entrée. You don't have to use all the beans in the can. Just scoop out what you want, rinse them, and keep the rest in the canned juice." Frozen beans work well, too.

Among the other non-bean antioxidant stars Prior's research uncovered include:

Steamed artichoke hearts (7,904)
Baked russet potatoes (4,649)
Raw spinach (1,056)
Baked sweet potatoes (1,199)
Eggplant (1,039)
For a sample of what happens during cooking, note how the antioxidant levels change for some foods:

Raw asparagus (2,021), steamed asparagus (1,480)
Raw red cabbage (788), cooked red cabbage (2,350),
Raw yellow onions (823), cooked yellow onions (1,281)
Raw broccoli (700), cooked broccoli (982)
Raw tomatoes (552), cooked tomatoes (415)
Artichoke hearts are available in cans and jars, and are great in salads. "Some of the tastiest ones are loaded with oil, which means you get lots of fat and calories," Moore points out. "So just use a little. You don't have to have the entire jar. Think small, maybe one or two artichoke hearts, since they're so packed with antioxidants." Using canned artichokes in water or frozen, precooked artichoke hearts will help you rein in the extra calories, she adds.

To get more spinach in your diet, add chopped fresh spinach or frozen spinach to soups. Use fresh spinach in sandwiches instead of lettuce. Or make a pesto from spinach and walnuts, Moore suggests.

But don't stop with these star veggies, Moore advises. "Don't overlook all the others, with all their own special benefits. Each has its own unique nutritional footprint. Some have more fiber or different arrays of vitamins and minerals. By mixing them up, you're going to enhance what you're getting nutritionally."

08-24-2010, 04:11 AM
Last May I was practically paralyzed on my couch with a severe case of gout after foot surgery. I ballooned to over 200 pounds.In january, I finally decided to get off my butt and join a gym. I went religiously 3 times a week to lift weights and twice a week to spin class. After the first spin class, i could barely walk. I didn't want them to think I quit, so I went back. After 2 weeks it got easier. Its been 8 months now and I cut back a bit after june. Its sort of a habit now and I feel guilty/lazy when I don't go. If I can do it, anyone can. You hear that a lot, but its true. I'm as lazy as they come. I did a detox diet a few months ago. lost 12 pounds in 7 days. I felt weak afterwards and it took a while to get my strength back full. I make my own smoothies with protein powder, 2% milk, ice cream, fresh fruit,and yogurt. I've added more fish to the diet, unfortunately fruit gives me gas so I don't eat as much as I should. Too much information, I know. I took pills for a while, cherry juice extract, fish oil, vitamins,flax seed oil, folic acid, garlic, goji juice, tumeric. I don't think it did much, but it helps mentally to know you are trying. I think antioxidents are a scam. free floating radicals? Look, we all have to get old eventually.
The weight has leveled off, under 200. I feel strong and mentally better just going to the gym. I still drink beer and occasionally wine. I still enjoy shrimp and steak. Exercise is the whole key. Just get out and get a little movement. Working up a good sweat does wonders for morale, also the pains from weight lifting make looking in the mirror not as intolorable.

08-24-2010, 04:20 AM
I've been cooking a lot, figure its better than fast food. But I still enjoy eating and I don't care how healthy they are, artichokes, red cabbage,brussel sprouts, etc... I don't really eat. They maight add a few years to my life, but i don't want to live that way. I watch "biggest loser" and they are consumed with portion size and preparing food. Thats not for me. Eat a little less, exercise more, and stop late night grazing. common sense without going overboard.

08-24-2010, 06:04 AM
And while I'm at it, when I was growing up, you had milk with your cereal, a pint of milk at lunch, a quick slurp from the water fountain, and a coke with dinner. Whats with the 2 quarts of water a day ? Maybe we are overusing our kidneys and liver. Anyone think of that. Maybe , like the heart has so many beats in it before it stops, our kidneys have so much water they can process before they shut down. All the experts will one day die, just like you and me. winston churchill smoked to a ripe old age, jim fixx died of heart disease, go figure. Everything in moderation, including exercise.

09-01-2010, 06:40 AM
Philly, fruit should never be combined with other foods and should always be eaten on an empty stomach. I’m going to pretty much guarantee that is what causing your digestion problems. Have a fruit smoothie first thing in the morning but don’t add milk, ice cream or protein powder. Just have a mix of different fruits and if you need to thin it out add a small quantity of orange juice. Drink that on an empty stomach and don’t consume anything else for a couple of hours and it should be fine. Basic rules for optimum digestion is fruit should always be eaten by itself and protein sources (meats, eggs, fish) should not be combined with starches like potatoes, breads, cereals, pastas or white rice. Protein sources should be eaten with fibrous carbs (vegetables).

As for vegetables, I know many don’t taste good on their own, so combine them in a soup. I grind mine down in a blender or food processor, add a soup base for flavouring and experiment with different spices to taste. When the flavours of the different vegetables are combined along with some onions and garlic it always tastes good. I go heavy on the tomatoes as well which always helps the flavour. I make a big batch of soup that way then divide it up into portions and store it in the freezer. I have one of these soups everyday ensuring I’m reaping the benefits of vegetables

Healthy living may or may not extend your live only a few years but the quality of those years will be better because you will feel better and will have all but guaranteed fewer health problems along the way. It’s not just measured in numbers and to me, that’s the big payoff.

Off The River
09-02-2010, 02:06 AM

I'm not sure if I covered these to foods, but if you are into the soups thing for a healthy alternative, then two Korean soups are a must for thier nutritional value.

First: Doenjang Jigge(soup). Fromw Wikepedia:

Doenjang is rich in flavonoids and beneficial vitamins, minerals, and hormones which are sometimes claimed to possess anti-carcinogenic properties.[1] In Korean traditional meals, the menu has concentrated on vegetables and rice but doenjang, which is made of soybeans, has a great deal of lysine, an essential amino acid that rice lacks. There are linoleic acid of 53% and linolenic acid of 8% which have an important role in normal growth of blood vessels and prevention of blood-vessel-related illness. Unlike miso, which is usually not boiled, doenjang's efficacy still exists after boiling, in dishes such as doenjang jjigae.

.......The article pointed out that doenjang does not contain any artificial additives and in fact has healthy amounts of essential vitamins, such as vitamin C and vitamin B12. The health benefits of doenjang are rumored to extend longevity, and this is illustrated by the fact that out of the 32,000 people in Sunchung county, eight are over 100 years old and many are over 90. The article was influential throughout China, resulting in many Chinese restaurants adding doenjang stew, modified slightly to Chinese tastes, to their menus shortly after publication. South Korea's JoongAng Ilbo covered this story in China on December 13, 2007.[3]

Dajiang is a type of fermented soybean paste that is popular in Northeast China which bears a great similarity in texture and taste to the Korean soybean paste called doenjang. The tradition of eating dajiang is said to have been started by Goguryeo about 2,000 years ago, who originally occupied China's northeastern provinces. Northeastern Chinese people enjoy eating raw vegetables in the summer, and dajiang is used like a salad dressing to add flavor.

Here's a recipe:


1 medium size potato
a zucchini or a squash
1 medium size onion
1 green chili pepper
7 dried anchovies
1 green onion
100-150 grams of tofu
soy bean paste (doen jang)
4 shrimp
Almost all Koreans love this food, and I think you will, too!

Prepare a ceramic pot to put all the ingredients in.
Peel the potato, cut it into 2 cups worth of cubes, and put them into the pot .
Cut zucchini into 2 cups worth of cubes, and put them into the pot.
Cut your onion into chunks, and put them into the pot.
Slice your green chili pepper, and put it into the pot.
Prepare 7 large dried anchovies by removing their heads and intestines, chop them up, and put them into the pot.
Chop up 4 shrimp and put them into the pot.
Mince 5 cloves of garlic and put it into the pot.
Your pot will now be 2/3 full with your ingredients.
Submerge everything in water and cook it over high heat.
*tip: Don’t put too much water, just enough to cover everything
When it starts boiling, add 4-6 tbs of bean paste, stir the stew, and keep cooking
When the stew is sizzling and all ingredients are cooked, cut your tofu into cubes, chop up 1 green onion, and add them to the stew.
Occasionally stir the boiling stew with a spoon.
Serve it with a bowl of rice and other side dishes.
*tip: to check whether or not the ingredients are cooked, taste the potato.

I persuaded my wife to add kale to the mix and it turned out really nice.

Second is Kimchi and Kimchi Jiggee: Kimche is made from red pepper, garlic and Chinese cabbage, it is tasty and the soup is one of my personal favorites.

Kimchi is made of various vegetables and contains a high concentration of dietary fiber, while being low in calories. One serving also provides up to 80% of the daily recommended amount of vitamin C and carotene.[citation needed] Most types of kimchi contain onions, garlic, and peppers, all of which are salutary. The vegetables being made into kimchi also contribute to the overall nutritional value. Kimchi is rich in vitamin A, thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), calcium, and iron,[10][11] and contains a number of lactic acid bacteria, among those the typical species Lactobacillus kimchii.[12][13][14] The magazine Health named kimchi in its list of top five "World's Healthiest Foods" for being rich in vitamins, aiding digestion, and even possibly reducing cancer growth.[15]

Recipe for Kimchee Jigge(soup)


200 grams of Pork belly (about 1/2 pound)
4 or 5 cups of chopped kimchi

1 tbs sugar, 1 tsp of hot pepper flakes, 1 tbs hot pepper paste

onion, green onions
half a package of tofu

sesame oil and water
Ok, let’s start!

In a shallow pot, put some chopped kimchi and juice.
Add sliced onion, hot pepper paste, and hot pepper flakes, sugar, and green onions.
Pour water until all ingredients are submerged.
Close the lid of the pot and boil it 25 or 30 minutes. (first 10 minutes will be high heat and then turn down the heat over medium heat)
Add some tofu and boil it 5 minutes more and put some sesame oil right before serving.

10-19-2010, 04:52 PM