Study: Diet Low In Calories & Sugar During Chemotherapy Treatment Reduces Cancer Tumors By 50 Percent

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J.D. Heyes
July 15, 2016

As Natural News editor Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, said many years ago, the way to dramatically lower healthcare costs in America and reduce obesity-related healthcare issues is through better nutrition. Too many health providers, however, still don’t teach and preach the concept, however.

And yet, there is a growing body of evidence that better nutrition is the key to eliminating, or at least dramatically reducing, the incidence of today’s most ravaging diseases, including cancer. Indeed, another just-released study found that changing over to a better, more wholesome diet of natural foods with fewer calories can help fight many cancers.

As reported by the UK’s Daily Mail, a low-calorie diet while receiving traditional cancer treatment – chemotherapy – is being credited with shrinking tumors twice as much as chemotherapy alone, according to scientists.

Studies by American and French researchers found that reducing caloric intake in a carefully controlled diet is believed to boost the effects of chemotherapy for those who choose to receive it.

Scientists believe that this phenomenon occurs because the fasting effect on the body weakens tumor cells while bolstering the presence of “T cells,” which kill cancerous cells.

‘Seems too good to be true’

Clinical trials are being planned, and if they are successful, they could provide patients with a much-improved chance at surviving life-threatening cancers.

The Daily Mail reported further:

In separate studies, both published in the journal Cancer Cell, scientists examined the effects of dieting and of taking medication which mimics the effects of dieting in mice with tumours.

The US study, by the University of Southern California, tested how mice fed a low sugar, low protein, high fat, low calorie diet fared while being given different chemotherapy drugs or no drugs at all.

After a half-dozen weeks, scientists found that for the mice who were put on a special diet and were also given medication to shrink tumors, the tumors decreased in size to about half the size of tumors in mice that were given only chemotherapy. Valter Longo, one of the research scientists involved in the study, believes that fasting led to lower levels of oxygenase, which is a protein that normally occurs at high levels in cancer cells.

As oxygenase levels fell, researchers discovered that tumor-attacking T-cells flourished, thereby reducing tumor size and helping to eliminate the disease.

Longo hinted that it is possible fasting could have been successfully used by our ancestors long ago to sort of revitalize the immune system and prevent the spread of cancerous cells.

“This coordinated multifaceted effect seems too good to be true,” he said. “It may not be a coincidence, but a very precisely evolved process that is meant to get rid of bad cells.”

Working with hospitals

The French study, conducted by the Centre de Recherche des Cordeliers, saw mice given drugs that mirrored the effects of fasting without harming the body. The medication, called hydroxycitrate, triggers many of the biochemical reactions of starvation, but without any appreciable weight loss.

French researchers tested mice with lung and breast cancer, and discovered that those on the drugs that mimicked a diet had their tumors reduced by a greater amount than those who were not on the medication.

Researchers believe that simulating starvation summarily changes the micro-environment within a tumor, bolstering T-cells, while boosting the formation of white blood cells that protect the body.

“My theory is that when you cause some cancer cell death, you stimulate the release of factors that enhances the recruitment of cell types that can fight against the tumour and reduce the immunosuppressive cells,” researcher Guido Kroemer said.

Prof. Longo and his team have already tested the safety of the special diet on cancer patients, and are currently working with hospitals to see how the diet helps patients respond to their treatment.

Meanwhile, give your nutrition a boost year-round with clean superfoods.

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This Is the Easiest Way to Find the Cause of Your Health Problems

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Dr. Kevin Dobrzynski
July 5, 2016

Is a doctor always going to know what your health condition might be? Or do they cover up the symptoms with a prescription? Dr. Kevin Dobrzynski offers some advice for what he says is the quickest and easiest way to determine what’s causing your problems. Find out what common symptom you should be looking for and what else YOU can do to improve your health.

USDA Announces Program To Bring Locally-Grown Produce To Low Income Families

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Chris “Kikila” Perrin
June 20, 2016

Access to healthy, nutritious food has long been a problem for low-income consumers — a problem that often leads to a variety of diseases, like obesity and type-II diabetes. Hoping to reduce some of the financial barriers that keep some families out of the produce section, the USDA announced this month that it will be increasing funding to grant programs that encourages low-income families to eat healthy.

While there have long been federal programs designed to help low-income families and individuals afford more nutritious food, this month’s announcement pushed those programs farther. By investing $16.8 million in the Food Insecurity Nutritional Incentives (FINI) Program, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has made food access a priority.

Channeling grant money through FINI and into other programs like the previously under-funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), low-income families will receive more governmental support in balancing the income gap that sees many unable to afford simple fruits and vegetables.

Offering assistance to offset the ever-growing price of fruit and vegetables, however, is not the limit of this announcement. At its heart, FINI is about building bridges within a failing food system. Particularly for urban poor, being disconnected from food sources is a daily reality; and the only point of contact between purchaser and producer is the local retail outlet. One of the core elements of the FINI Program is to bring consumer and farmer into contact, to link two ends of the food system together to increase consumer engagement and nutritional intelligence.

Access to grants is crucial for the survival of many small farmers and low-income consumers alike, and this month’s announcement acknowledges that. Increased funding has made available more grant monies that can be specifically applied to “direct-to-consumer marketing” and to “provide locally-or-regionally-produced fruits and vegetables” to consumers.

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The Science Of Color: How The Rainbow Can Heal

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Deanna Minich Ph.D
June 15, 2016

There is an old adage that claims we should ‘eat the rainbow’ to gain optimal health. It turns out that while we should definitely eat the colors of the rainbow, just being exposed to its light can help as well. 

Every day, we are surrounded by the full spectrum of colors: the bright red of the stop sign on our way to work; the glowing orange-yellow sunlight shining through our window; the sea of swaying green grass in the local park; the dark indigo skin of succulent blueberries and blackberries.

While we might stop and take a moment to appreciate the beauty of these colors, we often don’t think about the powerful effects that seeing and eating different colors have on our physical health and emotional well-being.

Color therapy has been long used in the healing arts, but it’s only been recently that studies are emerging indicating the effects that the colors have on our mood, energy, and health. The conclusions from these studies allow you to harness the power of color in your own life. Here are some color-full findings to encourage you to experiment with colors both on and off your plate:

Red

If you find yourself in a mid-day slump, try switching to a red light or a room with red walls. A 2014 article published in the Conference Proceedings of the Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society found that when participants were put in a room with red light, they had a higher level of brain activity associated with “alertness, agitation, mental activity, and general activation of mind and body functions.” They also were more likely to feel “vigor.” 1

Orange

Orange foods, like carrots and sweet potatoes, get their color from carotenoids like beta-carotene, which may play an important role in reproduction. An area of animal research indicates that beta-carotene concentrates in the corpus luteum (a developing egg in the ovary), where it plays a role in ovulation by assisting with the production of progesterone. 2 Animal studies likewise suggest that beta-carotene supplementation supports ovarian activity and progesterone synthesis in goats 3 4

Polish scientists have discovered that uterine tissues contain beta-carotene 5 , while a 2014 study published in the journal Fertility and Sterility suggests that when women boost their beta-carotene intake, their chances of becoming pregnant seem to improve. 6

Yellow

Yellow is a curious color. It seems to be the color that most people are drawn to, and the one that is most correlated with a normal mood, according to researchers at the University of Manchester. 7 The yellow-colored pigment, lutein, is known to collect in certain tissues of the body, specifically the macula, as well as the skin and in breast tissue. There are several studies that show that healthy yellow foods, like slow-burning carbohydrates, generate energy. A study conducted in Oxford, England, found that yellow mustard bran helped a group of young, active men have a better post-meal response to glucose after eating potato and leek soup compared to eating the soup by itself. 8 Likewise, a Canadian study found that whole yellow pea flour— a complex carbohydrate— helped overweight people improve their use of insulin. 9

Green

Researchers have discovered some fascinating links associating the color green with the heart. For example, an Austrian experiment found that exposing people to green fluorescent light seemed to have a soothing effect on their hearts, affecting heart rate variability (HRV). 10 People who endure continual worry and anxiety seem to have decreased HRV, which is also associated with a number of disorders, including congestive heart failure and depression. If exposure to green light increases HRV, we can imagine that has heart-protective effects and might help to heal grief. Moreover, if green light changes vasculature, then it stands to reason that other conditions involving the vasculature would be impacted by it. In support of this concept, a study was just published indicating that migraine severity is reduced in the presence of green light. 11

Blue

The color blue has powerful effects on the brain and memory. A 2008 British study found that exposing workers to blue-enriched white light improved self-reported alertness, performance, and sleep quality. 12 Similarly, an Australian experiment discovered that exposure to blue light made experimental subjects less sleepy as they tried to complete prolonged tasks during the night. 13 A recent study published in May 2016 showed that people performed better on a working memory task and had greater activation in the prefrontal regions of the brain after being in a blue-lit room for thirty minutes compared with being in a room with amber light. 14

White

The color white has been the focus of promising research about depression. In 2011, Dutch psychiatric researchers found that both blue-enriched white light and bright white light might possibly be effective in treating SAD. 15 Furthermore, a 2004 Danish study affirmed that bright light could perhaps be a helpful treatment even in non-seasonal depression when used in conjunction with antidepressants. 16 A University of California, San Diego study also found that bright light therapy combined with antidepressants and “wake therapy” could be effective in treating depression. 17

White light may also be part of the fruit and vegetables that we eat. A recent study found that extracts from pomegranate and turmeric emitted almost pure white light emission. 18 The researchers discovered that light was mostly emitting from the active ingredients in the foods – polyphenols and anthocyanins in pomegranate, and curcumin in turmeric. If white light can have a healing effect outside the body, think about the potential of eating white light-emitting foods!

As you can see, color offers so much more than visual beauty. By eating a spectrum of naturally-occurring colors, and infusing colors in our surroundings, we can truly harness the power of the rainbow to guide ourselves to full-spectrum health.

For more information regarding colorful foods, please visit the following links to the GreenMedInfo database:
Red: Pomegranate, Strawberry, Beet 
Orange: Apricot, Carrot, Orange
Yellow: Lemon, Pineapple
Green: Broccoli, Kale, Mint
Blue: Blueberry, Bilberry
White: Coconut, Banana, Cauliflower 

References

1 Sroykham, W., J. Wongsathikun, and Y. Wongsawat. “The Effects of Perceiving Color in Living Environment on QEEG, Oxygen Saturation, Pulse Rate, and Emotion Regulation in Humans.” Conference Proceedings: IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society 2014 (2014): 6226– 29. doi:10.1109/EMBC.2014.6945051.

2 O’Fallon, J. V., and B. P. Chew. “The Subcellular Distribution of Beta- Carotene in Bovine Corpus Luteum.” Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine 177, no. 3 (1984): 406–11.

3 Arellano- Rodriguez, G., C. A. Meza- Herrera, R. Rodriguez- Martinez, R. Dionisio- Tapia, D. M. Hallford, M. Mellado, and A. Gonzalez- Bulnes. “Short- Term Intake of Beta- Carotene- Supplemented Diets Enhances Ovarian Function and Progesterone Synthesis in Goats.” Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition (Berlin) 93, no. 6 (2009): 710–15. doi:10.1111/ j.1439-0396.2008.00859.x.

4 Meza- Herrera, C. A., F. Vargas- Beltran, H. P. Vergara- Hernandez, U. Macias- Cruz, L. Avendaño- Reyes, R. Rodriguez-Martinez, G. Arellano- Rodriguez, and F. G. Veliz- Deras. “Betacarotene Supplementation Increases Ovulation Rate Without an Increment in LH Secretion in Cyclic Goats.” Reproductive Biology 13, no. 1 (2013): 51–57. doi:10.1016/j.repbio.2013.01.171.

5 Czeczuga-Semeniuk E, Wołczyński S. Dietary carotenoids in normal and pathological tissues of corpus uteri. Folia Histochem Cytobiol.2008;46(3):283-90. doi: 10.2478/v10042-008- 0040-5.

6 Ruder, E. H., T. J. Hartman, R. H. Reindollar, and M. B. Goldman. “Female Dietary Antioxidant Intake and Time to Pregnancy Among Couples Treated for Unexplained Infertility.” Fertility and Sterility 101, no. 3 (2014): 759–66.doi:10.1016/j.fertnstert.2013.11.008.

7 Carruthers HR, Morris J, Tarrier N, Whorwell PJ. The Manchester Color Wheel: development of a novel way of identifying color choice and its validation in healthy, anxious and depressed individuals. BMC Med Res Methodol. 2010 Feb 9;10:12. doi:10.1186/1471-2288- 10-12.

8 Lett, A. M., P. S. Thondre, and A. J. Rosenthal. “Yellow Mustard Bran Attenuates Glycaemic Response of a Semi- Solid Food in Young Healthy Men.” International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition 64, no. 2 (2013): 140–46.doi:10.3109/09637486.2012.728201.

9 Marinangeli, C. P., and P. J. Jones. “Whole and Fractionated Yellow Pea Flours Reduce Fasting Insulin and Insulin Resistance in Hypercholesterolaemic and Overweight Human Subjects.” British Journal of Nutrition 105, no. 1 (2011): 110–17.doi:10.1017/S0007114510003156.

10 Schäfer, A., and K. W. Kratky. “The Effect of Colored Illumination on Heart Rate Variability.” Forschende Komplementärmedizin 13, no. 3 (2006): 167–73.

11 [No authors listed]. Photophobia in migraine does not apply to green light, which may lessen headache severity. Nurs Stand. 2016 Jun 8;30(41):14-5. doi: 10.7748/ns.30.41.14.s17.

12 Viola, A. U., L. M. James, L. J. Schlangen, and D. J. Dijk. “Blue- Enriched White Light in the Workplace Improves Self- Reported Alertness, Performance and Sleep Quality.” Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health 34, no. 4 (2008): 297–30

13 Phipps- Nelson, J., J. R. Redman, L. J. Schlangen, and S. M. Rajaratnam. “Blue Light Exposure Reduces Objective Measures of Sleepiness During Prolonged Nighttime Performance Testing.” Chronobiology International 26, no. 5 (2009): 891–912.doi:10.1080 /07420520903044364.

14 Alkozei A, Smith R, Pisner DA, Vanuk JR, Markowski SM, Fridman A, Shane BR, Knight SA, Killgore WD. Exposure to Blue Light Increases Subsequent Functional Activation of the Prefrontal Cortex During Performance of a Working Memory Task. Sleep. 2016 May 25. pii:sp-00684- 15. [Epub ahead of print]

15 Meesters, Y., V. Dekker, L. J. Schlangen, E. H. Bos, and M. J. Ruiter. “Low- Intensity Blue- Enriched White Light (750 Lux) and Standard Bright Light (10,000 Lux) Are Equally Effective in Treating SAD. A Randomized Controlled Study.” BMC Psychiatry 11(2011): 17. doi:10.1186/1471- 244X- 11- 17.

16 Martiny, K. “Adjunctive Bright Light in Non- Seasonal Major Depression.” Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica: Supplementum 425(2004): 7–28.

17 Loving, R. T., D. F. Kripke, and S. R. Shuchter. “Bright Light Augments Antidepressant Effects of Medication and Wake Therapy.” Depression and Anxiety 16, no. 1 (2002): 1–3.

18 Mishra, A. K., and V. Singh. "White Light Emission from Vegetable Extracts." (2015).

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Breakaway Links Of The Week – June 16, 2016

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Zy Marquiez
June 16, 2016

Here are the links of the day.

Hope everyone is safe.  Take care.

Yale Scientists Developing Brain-Reading Technology
[GizaDeathStar.com | Dr. Joseph P. Farrell]

European Union Officials Outraged By Glyphosate Opposition As Germany, Italy & France Refuse To Relicense The Cancerous Herbicide
[NaturalNews.com | Julie Wilson]

Brazil Has Now Refused All Imports Of US-Grown Genetically Modified Crops
[UndergroundReporter.org | Christina Sarich]

Top 10 Ways Food Is Being Used RIGHT NOW As A Chemical Delivery System To Poison Brains
[NaturalNews.com | S.D. Wells]

Controversy Ensues: Is Growing Your Own Vegetables A Fundamental Right?
[UndergroundReporter.org | Brandon Turbeville]

Orlando Shooting: Still No Evidence
[PaulCraigRoberts.org | Dr. Paul Craig Roberts]

Environmental Group Establishes Training Centers To Educate Farmers About Organic Growing Techniques
[NaturalNews.com | Sarah Landers]

Orlando Shooting – Pieces That Don’t Fit
[FellowshipOfTheMinds.com]

Increasing Dangers with Antibiotic Use
[iHealthTube.com | Naturopath Ann Boroch]

White Collar Robots Are Coming For Your Office Jobs – #NewWorldNextWeek
[TheCorbettReport | James Corbett]

New Machine Turns Food Waste Into Energy

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Anna Scanlon

An Israeli company, HomeBioGas, has created a portable machine that turns food waste into renewable energy for cooking or electricity, and its byproduct can even be used as plant fertilizer. [1]

The machine, which is temporarily available for $995, is part of an initiative to help create more sustainable energy as well as provide electricity and gas for cooking in parts of the world where it is spotty or lacking. The machine is also portable, and can be easily packed up and moved, which makes it a fantastic invention for those without a permanent home looking to provide electricity and gas to temporary shelters.

It differs from other compost in that it not only accepts plants, but also meat, dairy, fats, oils, and even used kitty litter. The machine will compost it and release biogas to the tune of about 6 kilowatt hours of energy. This gives individuals using the HomeBioGas enough gas for about three hours of cooking.

The European Union also funded a project to help bring these machines to the Palestinian village of al-Awja. One man in the village who received a machine, stated why it is so useful for him and those he lives near: “(In) this area … there is no water or electricity. We have no services.” [1]

A private investor has also helped fill a need in Uganda by providing an orphanage with a machine. Yair Teller, cofounder of the HomeBioGas system, told Jewish Business News that the kids were delighted with it.

“These children lit up when they discovered the HomeBiogas magic — that they can transform their waste and produce their very own energy,” he said.

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The Empowering Neurologist – Dr. David Perlmutter M.D. Interviews Brenda Wilson On Dietary Choices

Source: David Perlmutter MD
June 12, 2016

Brenda Watson has done some incredible work over the years, as it relates to educating us on the importance of our dietary choices. Like so many in this field she is now deeply involved in exploring how food is interpreted and processed by our gut bacteria, and, further, how these organisms play a pivotal role in determining the state of our health.

Brenda has been featured on multiple public television programs and authored highly insightful books, and now, in this video, we will yet again have the opportunity to experience her wisdom. Do enjoy.

Your Medicine is in Your Pantry

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Your Medicine is in Your Pantry
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Karta Purkh Khalsa
February 27, 2016

Food has been the medicine of humanity since the dawn of time. Many herbs that we associate only with seasoning our food are, in fact, potent herbal medicines.

The distinction between herbal food and herbal medicine is actually quite subjective. There is a wide area of overlap with the two categories. If you think of all the plants we consume, for whatever purpose, as being on a spectrum, from food on one end, to medicine on the other, you will see what I mean. On the food end would be plants like potatoes and carrots- potentially medicinal, but mild and safe. The other end of the spectrum contains medicine plants like opium poppy and foxglove, the source of digitalis- definitely not food, but clearly serious medicine.

The gray area is in the middle. Take echinacea. None of us would consider sitting down to a delicious bowl of echinacea soup. Yuck. But you could. And it would be safe. How about parsley? In a salad, it’s a food. Used as a juice to treat edema, it’s a medicine.

The truth is, herbal medicines have about the same chemical components as food plants. Herbal medicines are just selected from plants that have greater concentrations of active ingredients, making them more convenient to use.

European herbal medicine, the tradition from which contemporary American herbalism mainly derives, does not see much overlap between food plants and herbal medicines. Foods you eat, spices make the food taste better, and herbal medicine you take in a tincture. Asian medical systems, however, make no distinction between the two. Food is just less concentrated herbal medicine, and every meal is viewed as a chance to get in more healing herbs. In fact, the Chinese word for the medicinal brew that people use daily to maintain their health is “soup.”

The complex cuisines of China and India began, thousands of years ago, as recipes to get healing herbs and foods into people. Gradually, as the process evolved, complicated mixtures of food ingredients, herbal medicines, and flavorings coalesced into a tasty amalgam that warms the soul, heals the body, and pleases the palate.

For example, Indian food typically starts with a combination, a “masala”, of onions, garlic, ginger, and other various spices, selected for their medicinal virtues, and taste. Since many of these herbs can cause gas, additional herbs, such as fennel and coriander seeds, are added to counteract that tendency. Ginger and mustard, for example, speed up the digestive process, so that the meal is efficiently processed and moved through the digestive tract.

Although the list of herbal medicine foods is huge, here is a selection of remedies that are easy to find, and particularly effective.

The carrot and parsley family (Umbelliferae), in particular, is a huge source of edible plants and good tasting medicines. These plants grow all over the world, and are used in a broad range of cultures. This group of plant medicines has unusual chemistry, so they make their way into the kitchens and medicine chests of many native medical systems. The seeds are typically the medicinal part, but various parts are used, depending on the plant. Some well-known members of this family include parsley, coriander (cilantro is coriander greens), fennel, anise, cumin, and dill.

Plants in this family contain compounds that act like calcium channel blockers, benefiting angina. Herbs in this family generally have estrogenic action, especially the seeds. The popular Chinese herb dong quai is in this family. These parsley relatives are prized around the world for treating intestinal gas, a property herbalists call “carminative.”

Fennel

In my personal clinical experience, I would pick fennel seed as the premiere carminative in the world, especially for adults. Literally, I have never seen a case of painful gas that was not relieved by fennel seeds, provided of course, that the dose was high enough.

Fennel contains creosol and alpha- pinene, substances that loosen lung mucus and help clear the chest, benefiting asthma. (1) Recent research shows that this spice also lowers blood pressure. (2)  This herb has been used for centuries to promote lactation, which makes sense, from what we now know about its hormonal action. It will also hasten a period. As a bonus, it increases libido.  For gas, try chewing 1 Tbs. of the tasty seeds, or brew a tea with 1 Tbs. seeds in a cup of water. You may use the powdered seeds as a seasoning, or in capsules.

Of course, you can also steam the stalk as a delicious celery-like vegetable. The properties are similar, but milder than the seed.

Dill

Dill seed is, for gas, for children, what fennel seed is for adults. Called “the secret of British nannies,” dill is the active ingredient in the famous “gripe water,” the colic remedy taken round the world in the British empire.

Dill seed is truly miraculous for infant colic. It can save a parent’s sanity. Dill promotes menstruation, so it can be used to encourage a late period. For adults, dill, along with fennel, treats heartburn. (1) The weed is milder. In a pinch, fennel and dill can be interchanged. For infant colic, brew 2 Tbs. dill seed in 1 cup of water, cool, sweeten, put in a bottle or dropper, and serve to the screaming baby. You will carry a sleeping tyke back to bed.

Parsley

Ever notice that green sprig of garnish at the edge of your plate? Usually discarded, that parsley is one powerful herbal medicine. While the seeds, leaf, and root of this plant are all used for food, the main herbal uses come from the leaf.

Parsley is a source, as you might expect, of phytoestrogens, so it has potential for treating osteoporosis and amenorrhea, and for promoting lactation.

This medicine has a long history of use with the urinary system. Research shows that it is diuretic (3), and it has a long history of herbal use in treating bladder infection.

Parsley treats angina. (1) Crushed, and applied to a bruise, it heals. It inhibits the release of histamine, so is useful for allergies and hives. It prevents and treats kidney stones. (4)  Parsley is a treasure trove of vitamins and minerals. It is a rich source of boron and fluorine, critical minerals for bone health. It contains 3.5 times as much vitamin C as oranges, and twice as much calcium as broccoli.

Because parsley is a rich source of calcium, magnesium, and potassium, it is an effective treatment for cramps, such as leg cramps. (5)  Three ounces of parsley contains about 3 mg of boron, the dose suggested for bone health. In my clinical experience, a dose of about 2 ounces per day of parsley juice treats edema very well.

Parsley leaf is widely available in capsule form, both as a single herb, and in combination. It works well as a digestive aid combined with turmeric. A typical dose would be 2-9 grams per day, but, of course, this herb is very safe at any dose.

Thyme

Thyme contains anti-aging chemicals. (1) Historically, this herb has been used for headache.

Thyme is known as a general antimicrobial, especially for bacterial infection, and an expectorant, which also treats fever, so it is a well-known treatment for diseases like the flu.

One ingredient, thymol, has antiviral properties, and is also antispasmodic, so it is used in headache and cramps. (6)

Use thyme as a tea, or gargle.

Basil leaf

Originally from India, this spicy herb has grown to great popularity around the world. There are many varieties of the plant, but they all basically have the same medicinal qualities. One famous variety, “holy” basil, is a standout in the Ayurvedic pharmacopoeia. Historically, basil has been used as a digestive aid, to relieve gas and speed digestion, and to warm up and mobilize stiff arthritic joints.

Basil is a pungent herb that increases body heat. It is used to treat respiratory conditions, like the flu, and to lower fever by sweating. Since it’s also an expectorant, it can be used for conditions like emphysema and asthma. (1)

A member of the mint family, basil contains antibacterial compounds. (5, 8) Recent studies have shown that basil appears to prevent cancer. (7)

Basil lowers blood pressure. Basil contains antiviral compounds. (1) A common folk remedy for warts is to apply crushed basil directly to the wart.  Use basil liberally in food, such as pesto, or brew in tea. For a headache, try chewing several fresh basil leaves.

Black pepper

The herb is known only as a humble condiment here, but in Asia, it is considered to be the foremost detoxifier and anti-aging herb.

Black pepper is a warming digestive remedy, which has a carminative action.  This herb increases circulation, and lowers blood pressure. (1)  This medicinal herb also contains compounds that prevent osteoporosis.

While black pepper has been esteemed as a detoxifier, particularly in Ayurveda, recent research has begun to bear this out. At least in rats, pepper seems to increase release of carcinogens through the liver, reducing cancer. (9) Piperine, a main active ingredient, protects against liver damage almost as well as milk thistle. (10) This alkaloid is also getting a reputation for increasing bioavailability and absorption of nutrients.(13) For example, in one recent study, scientists measured the absorption of turmeric active ingredients. Administering the turmeric along with Piperine increased bioavailability by 154%, and reduced the time for absorption by half. (14)

Black pepper reduces free radicals. It is antioxidant, and prevents the depletion of glutathione. It also prevents the destruction of other antioxidants, such as vitamin A. (11)

Pepper is used in Ayurveda to release sinus congestion. (12)

Black pepper is available in the health food store as a supplement. Use 50 mg per day or more of extract standardized to Piperine.

Use black pepper as a culinary spice. An excellent Ayurvedic preparation for sinus congestion is to boil 10 peppercorns in milk, strain, and drink.

Nettles

That’s right- the stinging nettles you dig out as a pesky weed. Even though less well-known as a food here, nettles are quite edible and tasty. The sting is neutralized when the plant is dried or cooked. This vegetable is prepared like spinach, and has a similar, but saltier, taste. Please don’t harvest this vegetable unless you know what you are doing- the sting, before being neutralized, is painful.

Nettle is a favorite of European herbalists, who use it as a general nutritive tonic, similar to the way alfalfa has been used in American herbalism. In addition, it has been historically used to treat childhood eczema, respiratory conditions, and to strengthen the circulatory tissue. (16)

Recently, nettle has been getting attention in natural healing circles for the treatment of allergic rhinitis (hay fever).(17)

You will find nettle in the health food store in capsules. Most people find that about 2 grams will relieve an allergy attack.

Fenugreek seed

This little legume is getting a lot of attention lately for its many medicinal virtues. It is a very rich source of soluble fiber.

It is a very effective diabetes treatment, promoting substantial reductions in blood sugar, both from its fiber content, and the presence of other metabolically active components.

Fenugreek seed lowers total cholesterol, while increasing HDL.

It contains very high amounts of choline and beta carotene, both of which have been linked to Alzheimer’s prevention and treatment. (1)

Fenugreek contains the phytoestrogen diosgenin, which has gotten attention lately for its role in preventing breast cancer.

Use fenugreek liberally as a spice in foods. The dose shown in experiments to control blood sugar was much higher, about 100 grams per day. That’s a lot of fenugreek, which can be bitter in those quantities. In scientific studies, the fenugreek seed was often baked into a flat bread, or cooked into a soup. I have had good success with having people soak the seeds overnight to soften, and the just chow down, perhaps mixed with a mild food like oatmeal.

However, one recent study showed significant reduction in total cholesterol and triglycerides with a dose of 2.5 grams twice daily, a dose that can easily be taken in capsules.(15) Fenugreek can be found in the health food store as whole powdered herb in capsules, or as a standardized extract.

With such a rich selection of healing foods to choose from, there should be little problem putting together a menu of delicious medicinal recipes. Use these foods daily. You’ll like making you cupboard in to your medicine chest.

Food Medicines

Plant Use Dose
Tomato Antioxidant, Anticancer, Prostate food, as sauce, juice
Rosemary Antioxidant, Anticancer, Detoxifier 1-2 cups tea, per day, food
Onion Asthma, Antioxidant, Anticancer (stomach) In food
Cinnamon Circulation, menstrual cramps, digestion up to 10 grams per day of medicinal quality cinnamon, in capsules, two days before, and during, menstruation, for cramps
Celery Lower blood pressure, increase immune response 4 ribs or more per day
Artichoke Liver detoxifier 1 globe per day as food

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3)         Paul Pitchford, Healing with Whole Foods, North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, 1993.

4)         Blumenthal, Mark, The Complete German Commission E Monographs, The American Botanical Council, Austin, 1998.

5)         Cass Ingram, DO, Supermarket Remedies, Knowledge House, Buffalo Grove, Ilinois, 1998.

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So Much Solar Energy, They’re Giving It Away – #GoodNewsNextWeek

Source: MediaMonarchy
James Evan Pilato
June 7, 2016

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Poo-to-Power Breakthrough Appears in China
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Does China Have The Right Idea Using Poop For Power?
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Too Much Solar Electricity Makes Chile Give It Away For Free
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Chile Has So Much Solar Energy It’s Giving It Away for Free
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Tofu Power and Other “Cool New Alternative Energy Sources”
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What’s So Bad About Tofu?
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Dubai’s Building the World’s Largest Concentrated Solar Power Plant
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Muhammad Ali Had Ties To Fayetteville, WV Community
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Kids Are At Great Risk For Issues From This Toxin

Source: iHealthTube.com
Dr. David Kennedy
May 17, 2016

Could your children be more affected by this toxin than you? Dr. David Kennedy explains how this can be the case. Find out why you might want to take a closer look at your child’s oral health, including what they eat and drink! Find out why kids are at greatest risk for developing health issues from this toxin.