27 October 2009

Basil Plants Have Anti-Arthritic Properties



Two varieties of Basil that are widely used in Ayurvedic medicine have been scientifically shown to reduce inflammation and swelling, suggesting that they could have potential in arthritis treatment. At the Royal Pharmaceutical Society's annual event, the British Pharmaceutical Conference in Manchester, Mr Vaibhav Shinde from Poona Collage of Pharmacy, Pune, India, presented results of studies on the varieties Ocimum tenuiflorum Linn and Ocimum americanum Linn, which are used in Ayurvedic treatment of bronchitis, bronchial asthma, skin diseases, arthritis, inflammation and fever. Extracts of O. tenuiflorum were shown to reduce swelling by up to 73%, 24 hours after treatment, and similar results were seen with O. americanum.

Results for both plants were similar to those seen with diclofenac - an anti-inflammatory drug that is widely used in the treatment of arthritis. "Our results supported the use of these traditional treatments in inflammatory conditions, such as arthritis, and we will now carry out more detailed evaluation of the plants for active compounds which could be developed into new medicines," said Mr Shinde. Results of the current study add to previous research supporting the medicinal properties of Basil plants1.

References1 Prakash P, Gupta N. Therapeutic uses of Ocimum sanctum Linn (Tulsi) with a note on eugenol and its pharmacological actions: a short review. Indian Journal Physiol. Pharmacol 2005; 49: 125-131About Ayurvedic medicine

Ayurvedic medicine originated in India over 2000 years ago and is widely practised in India and SE Asia. It aims to balance body, mind and spirit to help prevent illness and promote wellness. It uses a variety of products, including herbs, proteins, minerals and vitamins, and techniques, such as massage, exercise and meditation, to cleanse the body and restore balance.

Source The Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain

Fighting Infection With Manuka Honey


Manuka honey may kill bacteria by destroying key bacterial proteins. Dr Rowena Jenkins and colleagues from the University of Wales Institute - Cardiff investigated the mechanisms of manuka honey action and found that its anti-bacterial properties were not due solely to the sugars present in the honey.

The work was presented this week (7-10 September), at the Society for General Microbiology's meeting at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. Meticillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) was grown in the laboratory and treated with and without manuka honey for four hours. The experiment was repeated with sugar syrup to determine if the effects seen were due to sugar content in honey alone. The bacterial cells were then broken and the proteins isolated and separated on a system that displayed each protein as an individual spot. Many fewer proteins were seen from the manuka honey-treated MRSA cells and one particular protein, FabI, seemed to be completely missing. FabI is a protein that is needed for fatty acid biosynthesis. This essential process supplies the bacteria with precursors for important cellular components such as lipopolysaccarides and its cell wall. The absence of these proteins in honey-treated cells could help explain the mode of action of manuka honey in killing MRSA.

"Manuka and other honeys have been known to have wound healing and anti-bacterial properties for some time," said Dr Jenkins, "But the way in which they act is still not known. If we can discover exactly how manuka honey inhibits MRSA it could be used more frequently as a first-line treatment for infections with bacteria that are resistant to many currently available antibiotics".

Source: Dianne Stilwell Society for General Microbiology

21 October 2009

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Invitation....What's On Your Mind??

Let me know what health topics concern you! Cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, heart disease???? What can be controlled or reversed with clean eating, supplements, exercise and a positive outlook? Many diseases and health concerns can be improved with the correct natural remedies, don't always look to prescription drugs as the only way. As always, never quit taking a prescribed medicine without consulting with your health care professional first. I welcome your COMMENTS AND QUESTIONS!!

07 August 2009

Medical Freedom

Benjamin Rush, signer of the Declaration of Independence and Dr. to George Washington wrote, "Unless we put medical freedom in the Constitution, the time will come when medicine will organize into an undercover dictatorship. To restrict the art of healing to one class of men & deny equal privileges to others will constitute the Bastille of medical science. All such laws are un-American and despotic and have no place in a republic."

22 July 2009

Keeping A Positive Focus

Have you ever let life take your focus off of your goals? That's what I have done over the past few weeks. I'm not very pleased with myself, I'm usually a very positive and focused individual. But, I let some situations get me down and I took my eyes of off my goals & dreams.

I started thinking negative thoughts, eating junk food, not exercising, etc. Now, I have to pay the consequences for my actions with lost time, weight gained, loss of muscle tone and correcting bad eating habits.

So now the hard work begins! Regain control!!! Press forward toward those things that are important in my life. I've clean out the pantry and fridge of all junk foods, written a list of clean eating foods to purchase, set-up a new workout schedule, re-evaluated my goals for my relationships - God, family, friends, business; reset bounderies that have been overstepped, and most of all put my trust in God to help me through each situation in my life and not let the challenge determine my attitude.

I challenge all of you to reaffirm those goals and dreams that you have let slip past you. Keep a positive attitude toward life, don't let the situations get you down and press forward toward the prize!

18 July 2009

Give Yourself A Break

Whew! What a crazy few months! Ever have so much to do that you can't remember what day it is, that's what its been like around here. Trying to meet everyone's expectations, but not taking enough time to care for yourself.

I've been busy with driving lessons for our 15yr old daughter, working on my Doctorate courses, helping my husband with his business, volunteering, church, caring for my husband's health needs, nursing a broken wrist...well you get the idea! I needed to give myself a break, and realize I can't do it all!

So hopefully, I can keep the blog updated, care for the needs of others, schedule time for myself, and stay healthy. If something falls through the cracks, I'll just keep going and not beat myself up....it's not about being perfect, it's about being healthy, focusing on my relationships, not over scheduling myself and learning to say "NO" when I can't take on another project.

Along with a new mindset on priorities, comes a renewed commitment to taking care of myself! Getting enough rest, eating clean, taking my supplements, getting enough exercise, taking time to relax and communicating my needs to others.

Don't be too hard on yourself, we all fall in the trap of being "Everything to Everybody," but it not healthy! Slow down and commit to being the best you can be without the guilt of trying to do it all!

12 April 2009

Blessed Resurrection Sunday!

I apologize for the lack of posting lately, I've been trying to catch up on studying, business stuff for my wonderful hubby and homeschooing our teenage daughter...oh, and teaching her to drive!

I wish all of you a blessed Resurrection Sunday! Celebrate our precious Lord & Savior!

I hope all of you have a wonderful time with your friends and family, remember to stay healthy, eat clean and live your life in such a way that you have no regrets!

Blessings!

20 March 2009

CANCER....What you need to know!

AFTER YEARS OF TELLING PEOPLE CHEMOTHERAPY IS THE ONLY WAY TO TRY AND ELIMINATE CANCER, JOHNS HOPKINS IS FINALLY STARTING TO TELL YOU THERE IS AN ALTERNATIVE WAY .

Cancer Update from Johns Hopkins:

1. Every person has cancer cells in the body. These cancer cells do not show up in the standard tests until they have multiplied to a few billion. When doctors tell cancer patients that there are no more cancer cells in their bodies after treatment, it just means the tests are unable to detect the cancer cells because they have not reached the detectable size.

2. Cancer cells occur between 6 to more than 10 times in a person's lifetime.

3. When the person's immune system is strong the cancer cells will be destroyed and prevented from multiplying and forming tumours.

4. When a person has cancer it indicates the person has multiple nutritional deficiencies. These could be due to genetic, environmental, food and lifestyle factors.

5. To overcome the multiple nutritional deficiencies, changing diet and including supplements will strengthen the immune system.

6. Chemotherapy involves poisoning the rapidly-growing cancer cells and also destroys rapidly-growing healthy cells in the bone marrow, gastro-intestinal tract etc, and can cause organ damage, like liver, kidneys, heart, lungs etc.

7. Radiation while destroying cancer cells also burns, scars and damages healthy cells, tissues and organs.

8. Initial treatment with chemotherapy and radiation will often reduce tumor size. However prolonged use of chemotherapy and radiation do not result in more tumor destruction.

9. When the body has too much toxic burden from chemotherapy and radiation the immune system is either compromised or destroyed, hence the person can succumb to various kinds of infections and complications.

10. Chemotherapy and radiation can cause cancer cells to mutate and become resistant and difficult to destroy. Surgery can also cause cancer cells to spread to other sites.

11. An effective way to battle cancer is to starve the cancer cells by not feeding it with the foods it needs to multiply.

WHAT CANCER CELLS FEED ON:

a. Sugar is a cancer-feeder. By cutting off sugar it cuts off one important food supply to the cancer cells. Sugar substitutes like NutraSweet, Equal,Spoonful, etc are made with Aspartame and it is harmful. A better natural substitute would be Manuka honey or molasses but only in very small amounts. Also, Salt: (Table salt has a chemical added to make it white in colour. Better alternative is Bragg's aminos or sea salt.)

b. Milk causes the body to produce mucus, especially in the gastro-intestinal tract. Cancer feeds on mucus. By cutting off milk and substituting with unsweetened soy milk, cancer cells are being starved.

c. Cancer cells thrive in an acid environment. A meat-based diet is acidic and it is best to eat fish, and a little chicken rather than beef or pork. Meat also contains livestock antibiotics, growth hormones and parasites, which are all harmful, especially to people with cancer.

d. A diet made of 80% fresh vegetables and juice, whole grains, seeds, nuts and a little fruits help put the body into an alkaline environment.. About 20% can be from cooked food including beans. Fresh vegetable juices provide live enzymes that are easily absorbed and reach down to cellular levels within 15 minutes to no urish and enhance growth of healthy cells. To obtain live enzymes for building healthy cells try and drink fresh vegetable juice (most vegetables including bean sprouts) and eat some raw vegetables 2 or 3 times a day. Enzymes are destroyed at temperatures of 104 degrees F (40 degrees C).

e. Avoid coffee, tea, and chocolate, which have high caffeine. Green tea is a better alternative and has cancer-fighting properties. Water-best to drink purified Kangen water, to avoid known toxins and heavy metals in tap water. Distilled water is acidic, avoid it.

12. Meat protein is difficult to digest and requires a lot of digestive enzymes. Undigested meat remaining in the intestines become putrified and leads to more toxic buildup.

13. Cancer cell walls have a tough protein covering. By refraining from or eating less meat it frees more enzymes to attack the protein walls of cancer cells and allows the body's killer cells to destroy the cancer cells.

14. Some supplements build up the immune system (IP6, Flor-ssence, Essiac, anti-oxidants, vitamins, minerals, EFAs etc.) to enable the body's own killer cells to destroy cancer cells. Other supplements like vitamin E are known to cause apoptosis, or programmed cell death, the body's normal method of disposing of damaged, unwanted, or unneeded cells.

15. Cancer is a disease of the mind, body, and spirit. A proactive and positive spirit will help the cancer warrior be a survivor. Anger, unforgiveness and bitterness put the body into a stressful and acidic environment. Learn to have a loving and forgiving spirit. Learn to relax and enjoy life.

16. Cancer cells cannot thrive in an oxygenated environment. Exercising daily, and deep breathing help to get more oxygen down to the cellular level. Oxygen therapy is another means employed to destroy cancer cells.

10 March 2009

Clean Eating Principles

Eat 5 or 6 small meals through the day.
Eat every 2 to 3 hours.
Combine lean protein and complex carbs at each meal.
Drink at least 1 liter of alkaline water (8.5 to 9.5pH)
per 30 lbs. of body weight each day.
(Example: 150 lbs. person should drink aprox. 5 liters per day)

Never miss a meal, especially breakfast.
Carry a cooler loaded with eat-clean foods to get you through the day.
Avoid all over-procesed, refined foods, especially white flour and sugar.
Avoid saturated and trans-fats.
Avoid sugar-loaded soft drinks and juices.
Avoid all calorie dense foods that contain little or no nutritional value.
Depend on fresh fruits and vegetables for fiber, vitamins and enzymes.
Stick to portion sizes - give up the super sized meals!

06 March 2009

21 of the most Healing Herbs

Of the many varieties of herbs that God created, the following are among the top healing herbs known to man.

  1. Aloes
  2. Black Cumin (Nigella Sativa)
  3. Black Mustard (Brassica Nigra)
  4. Cinnamon (Cinnamomum Verum)
  5. Coriander (Coriandrum Sativum)
  6. Cumin (Cuminum Cyminum)
  7. Dandelion (Taraxacum Officinale)
  8. Dill (Anethum Graveolens)
  9. Henna (Lawsonia Inermis)
  10. Fenugreek (Trigonella Foenum-Graecum)
  11. Frankincense (Boswellia Sacra)
  12. Garlic (Allium Sativum)
  13. Hyssop (Hyssopus Officinalis or Origanum Syriacum)
  14. Juniper (Juniper Oxycedrus)
  15. Milk Thistle (Silybum Marianum)
  16. Mint (Mentha Longifolia)
  17. Myrrh (Cistus Inanus)
  18. Nettle (Urtica Dioica)
  19. Saffron (Crocus Sativus)
  20. Spikenard (Nardostachys Grandiflora)
  21. Tumeric (Curcuma Longa)

I highly recommend the use of Biblical Herbs as an integral part of your healing program. Try to add these into your daily diet, supplements and health care remedies.

03 March 2009

Prescription For Illness

1. Staying out of the sun.

2. Going to bed after midnight.

3. Never letting them see you sweat.

4. Taking too many megavitamins.

5. Using fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash, and drinking fluoridated water.

6. Using artificial sweeteners and avoiding natural sugars.

7. Showering every day, but never bathing (take a bath).

8. Swimming in chlorinated pools (and drinking and showering with chlorinated water).

9. Not breast feeding your baby.

10. Getting tattoos.

11. Getting all of your immunization shots.

12. Traveling in airplanes often.

13. Exposing yourself often to electromagnetic energy.

14. Using a lot of skin care products, cosmetics, hair care products, nail care products, shampoos, soaps, perfumes, shaving cream, suntan lotion, and antibacterial soaps.

15. Taking lots of medications.

16. Getting your cavities filled with mercury.

17. Doing only aerobic exercise.

18. Wearing contact lenses and receiving implants of other foreign objects, such as silicone breast implants.

19. Living in a toxic home with toxic paint, carpet, mold, paraffin candles, etc.

20. Wearing only synthetic fabrics.

21. Breathing with shallow breaths.

22. Swallowing your food without chewing well (or at all).

23. Using plastic food storage products; the popular food wraps, and re-using plastic drinking bottles.

24. Eating grocery store produce and processed foods treated with pesticides, herbicides, animal growth hormones, and antibiotics; don’t forget hybridized, irradiated, and genetically altered foods.

25. Wearing too tight underclothing.

26. Undergoing surgery to remove “unnecessary body parts.”

27. Visiting your medical doctor too often.

01 March 2009

The Path of Modern Medicine

North America has ignored all the statistics that clearly define the modern diet as being destructive to health. Having one of the highest standards of living has resulted in a nation with the greatest rates of heart attacks and cancer. Due to medical care, people are living longer, but seniors are taking an average of eight to twelve prescription drugs daily for multiple, health problems. We have prolonged life, which tragically often translates into prolonged suffering. Until recently, modern medicine has ignored diet as a preventive measure against disease. Did you ever stop and wonder why?

About 90 years ago, there were two men, Pasteur and Beachamp, who were at the forefront in their fields of science. Two men who would forever define our understanding of health and medicine in very distinct ways. Pasteur believed that we lived in a hostile environment where disease was always trying to invade our bodies in the form of harmful bacteria. Pasteur’s attitude towards sickness was to protect the body from these harmful bacteria.

In contrast, Beachamp believed that a healthy body would be immune to harmful bacteria. Only when the cells became weak and sick did bacteria have a destructive effect on the body. But Pasteur insisted that healthy tissue is sterile of bacteria. Beachamp disagreed. He discovered that healthy tissue was constantly being exposed to bacteria but as the body started to deteriorate, the bacteria changed due to alterations in the cell's bio-chemistry.
Beauchamp’s and Pasteur's research seemed in conflict. In the end, Pasture's theory was adopted and Beachamp's was ignored. This resulted in a prejudice towards preventative treatment of disease that is still present today in our medical communities.

When cells are healthy and vibrant, the immune system is effective in fighting and controlling bacteria. However, through poor eating habits, cells become weak and sick, and harmful bacteria are able to multiply. Beauchamp’s and Pasteur's theories are equally important for a healthy life. Unfortunately, medications for killing bacteria had become a large industry. It is convenient to have germs to blame rather than being responsible for one’s eating habits.

For example, candida is a bacteria that exist in two forms. The form, usually found in the intestine, is harmless and does not migrate to other tissues. In the event of the colon becoming toxic, candida changes into its fungal form. It then penetrates the intestine wall and infiltrates other body tissues, causing a multitude of metabolic disturbances.

Beachamp discovered that germs are opportunists, waiting for the right conditions. Otherwise most are harmless to the body. Bacteria are in the air that we breathe, the water that we drink and the food that we eat. For the majority of the time, bacteria do not affect the body. The stomach secretes hydrochloric acid to kill harmful bacteria. The large intestine has beneficial lactic acid-secreting bacteria which fend off harmful bacteria. However, when the body is not being fed correctly, harmful bacteria are able to multiply.

Medicines powerfully adjust the body's metabolism in an attempt to stimulate healing. The symptoms can disappear, but the cause of the imbalance is ignored which is mostly an impoverished diet. The effect lasts only for so long until the imbalance sets off a new set of symptoms. If you are tired, stressed out, and living on junk food, the immune system, your God-given defense system, will break down. Medicine may keep you breathing, but will not supply the vibrant zeal of life so few experience.

Antibodies travel throughout the blood and lymph to identify foreign molecules, and guide the body's vast defense system. They latch onto and neutralize foreign invaders, even coating microbes to make them palatable for the scavenger cells. Antibodies respond swiftly to toxins and enable us to fight and resist infections. The immune system has the unimaginable ability of creating 1,920,000 different types of antibody constructions.

Experiments have shown that white blood cells, called lymphocytes, can attack cancer cells and hold them in check. Our immune system is a powerful mechanism. One B lymphocyte can pump out more than 10 million antibody molecules an hour.

Compared with a lymphocyte, modern medicine is like using a sledge hammer to kill a fly. For instance, nitroglycerine is prescribed to relieve chest pains. This explosive drug works to relieve the pain but does nothing to improve the disease.

Our hospitals are far from being a haven of healing. More than one out of twenty hospital deaths occur due to an adverse drug reaction. If you break an arm or a leg, medical technology is helpful. But, when it comes to internally adjusting the intricate working of the human body, most times, medicines fail.

Medical cures are not a solution to disease. We need to take personal responsibility in how and what we eat. Sickness resulting from neglect and a foolish diet is not God’s will. God has gone to such great trouble in creating the human body with the capacity for good health and vibrancy. He has created foods which, in their natural state, are full of life-giving properties. It is up to us to take these wonderful resources and show the world that God is the Author of Life.

28 February 2009

Some Interesting Facts

Since 1973 there have been 29 unknown infections discovered that have destroyed human life!

Among these are:

  • Lyme Disease in 1975
  • Ebola Virus in 1976
  • Legionnaires Disease in 1978
  • Toxic Shock Syndrome in 1978
  • AIDS in 1981
  • Hepatitis C in 1989
  • Hanta Virus in 1993
  • E Coli in 1998
  • West Nile in 2003
  • SARS in 2003

Spiritual Roots of Disease

In order to prevent illness and come into complete health, we must first look at the spiritual roots of all disease. Some of the main roots to health issues are:
  1. Unforgiveness
  2. Resentment
  3. Retaliation
  4. Anger
  5. Hatred
  6. Violence
  7. Verbal Abuse

Many times when people experience the above emotion or painful experience, they harbor it within themselves and do not release the negativity. When this happens, it can produce diseases, such as: cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, ulcers and many more. We must first look to the root of a disease and treat the cause, not just the symptoms that manifest in a person.