Better Cold Care and Immunity

Tips to better immune response and cold care:

  1. A daily walk revs up immune response and gives you some fresh air. It works wonders!
  2. Stimulate immunity with early morning sunlight every day. Avoid excessive sun. A sunburn depresses immunity.
  3. If you feel a cold coming on, take ascorbate vitamin C or Ester C, 1000mg every hour, preferably in powder form with juice, throughout the day. Take zinc lozenges as needed, or Propolis Throat spray.
  4.  Wash hands and clean counter tops frequently to prevent virus spread.
  5. Don’t smoke or drink alcohol. Avoid sugary foods, fried foods, and dairy foods. They reduce immune response and increase production of thick mucous.
  6. Relaxation techniques are immune-enhancers. A positive mental attitude makes a big difference in how your body fights disease. Creative visualization establishes belief and optimism. Biofeedback or massage therapy reduce stress.
  7. Immune power builds the most during sleep. Use aromatherapy immune oils like lavender or rosemary oil before bed.
  8. Already sick? Drink plenty of liquids; 6-8 glasses daily of fresh fruit and vegetable juices, herb teas and water to help flush toxins through and out of your system.  



Posted on December 16, 2014 .

Bodywork and Lifestyle for a Better Mood

Lifestyle watchwords: Combat depression in your daily life habits

•    Ask your doctor about hypnotherapy, biofeedback or acupuncture… relaxation techniques with success in overcoming chronic moodiness and mild depression.

Bodywork support:
•    Exercise anxiety away. It’s an anti-depressant nutrient in itself. Give your body plenty of oxygen. Deep brain breathing exercises are one of the best things I know for depression and fear. (Paul Bragg’s BRAIN BREATHING book for technique).
•    Depression increases risk of osteoporosis. Get some daily sunlight on the body for vitamin D, a natural serotonin boost.
•    Yoga stretches and regular massage help clear the mind.
•    Acupuncture banishes the blues in 90% of women by increasing their brain endorphins.
•    Aromatherapy helps: Try essential oils of jasmine, geranium, rosemary and basil.
Spiritual support:
•    Strengthening your spirituality in this time of need offers incredibly calming stability and allays fear when anxiety is at its depths.

Posted on December 9, 2014 .

Herbs for the Nervous System and a Happy Mood

Herbal categories to consider for your nervous system and a happy mood:

Note: Avoid kava kava when drinking alcohol. Avoid St. John’s wort if you’re taking anti-depressants or other prescription drugs. Speak to your doctor if you are unsure.

Serotonin balancers/Mood lifters:
St. John’s wort: balances serotonin and acts a natural mood elevator.
Albizzia: called the “tree of collective happiness” by the Chinese. Reduces PMS-related sadness.
Black cohosh: highly recommended for menopausal blues. Some herbalists reports that black cohosh is best for situations where the person feels “enveloped by a dark cloud.”
Rhodiola rosea: a classic adaptogen that helps the body resist the effects of stress. An herb to combat fatigue and apathy.
Green and white tea: theanine in green and white tea helps promote calm, focused energy. Japanese research shows l-theanine can cross the blood-brain barrier and stimulate production of alpha waves, known to promote relaxation. (This can produce a similar effect as taking a hot bath or getting a massage, but without the drowsiness.)  
Lemon balm: a gentle mood elevator. High in volatile oils. Calms stressed nerves.
Maca: a good source of iodine for the thyroid. Energizes, improves mood and libido.
Reishi mushroom: Calms the shen (mind) in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Increases calm focus and mental inner energy.
Kava kava: relieves stress without causing over-sedation.
 

Essential fatty acid sources: Omega 3 fatty acids have been found in studies to help mood.
Flax seed: high in Omega 3 fatty acids that support proper brain health. Small trials show people who are given 3 tbsp. of flax seed oil daily have increased energy, sleep better, and are less depressed and anxious.
Borage: high in minerals and gamma linoleic acid (GLA). A good energy tonic .
Hemp: contains an ideal ratio ( 3:1 ) of omega 6 to omega 3 essential fatty acids. Not psychoactive like marijuana.
Evening Primrose: high in gamma linoleic acid (GLA). A good choice for hormone-related mood issues in women.
Kelp/sea vegetables: A source of Omega 3 fatty acids for mood, and healthy skin, hair and nails.

Herbal Nervines
Oatstraw: high calcium and magnesium source to support the nerves.
Hops: mild relaxing qualities. Relieves irritability and sleeplessness.
California poppy: combats insomnia. Often works when other herbs fail.
Valerian: reduces anxiety and supports restful sleep.
Scullcap: an excellent nervine, especially for poor sleep and stress related complaints.
Wood betony: good for stress-related headache and irritability.
Zizyphus: widely used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for nervous exhaustion. Contains vitamin C for adrenal gland nutrition. Supports sound sleep.

Supports nervous system health. Eases stress.

Supports nervous system health. Eases stress.

Anti-Stress Adaptogens
Ashwagandha: chief tonic of Ayurveda for weakness and fatigue. Specifically helps  daytime fatigue with nighttime sleeplessness.
Panax ginseng: combats stress reactions; boosts mental and physical performance; a primary qi tonic in TCM for rebuilding vital energy and strength.
American ginseng: similar as Panax ginseng, but more cooling properties, especially helpful for reducing stress and anxiety during menopause.  
Siberian eleuthero: not a true ginseng, but very similar properties. Russian research shows enhanced work performance for workers who take Eleuthero.
Rhodiola rosea: increases resistance to environmental stressors (animal tests); fights fatigue.
Jiaogulan: supports immune defenses; combats stress, irritability and moodiness.
Ho Shou wu: a primary adaptogen, especially for older men and women with chronic stress.

 

 

 

Posted on December 9, 2014 .

Do you have S.A.D.? An excerpt from Healthy Healing 14th Edition

S.A.D. makes people sad. Wintertime means depression for 35 million Americans. S.A.D.  symptoms manifest after the autumn equinox as sunlight hours lessen. Unusual appetite and low energy aspects of S.A.D. show our ancient ties to seasonal rhythms as they affect our behavior. Over 80% of people affected are women (experts think women produce less serotonin, a mood enhancing brain chemical, than men). Work productivity noticeably declines; relationships suffer. S.A.D. disorder is latitudinal - in Mexico, Florida and Texas, only 1.4% of the population suffers from S.A.D. In Canada, over 17% of the population suffer from acute S.A.D. In the Northeast U.S., up to 50% of people have noticeable winter mood shifts.

Do you have winter S.A.D.?  • Do you: oversleep or struggle to get out of bed, even if you get enough sleep?  feel lethargic or have poor concentration during the day?  suffer from eyestrain or headaches?  feel overwhelmed by simple tasks?  have unusually strong cravings for sweets or carbs?  gain weight in the winter (up to 10-15 lbs.), even if your diet hasn’t really changed?  feel more anxious, or low-energy? Do short periods of sunlight lift your spirits?  Do you experience a “summer high” where you feel elated and full of energy? What causes S.A.D.? Not enough full spectrum light in winter months (the pineal gland doesn’t get enough light to stop secreting melatonin), hormone and body rhythm imbalance.

Diet Therapy

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1.  Conscious diet improvement is the key to reducing S.A.D. symptoms. A diet for hypoglycemia has been effective, low in fats and sugars. Make sure your diet is balanced, with natural foods, rich in complex carbohydrates, (to shift the distribution of amino acids in the blood). Add spirulina, with B-complex 100mg to balance sugar use.
2.    Include B-vitamin and mineral-rich foods, like brown rice and fresh vegetables. Whole grains, legumes and soy products help control sugar cravings. Take Nutritional Yeast as a source of B vitamins and chromium.
3.    Eat more vitamin D-rich foods: eggs, fish, seafoods and sea veggies (2 tbsp. chopped dry seaweeds or 6 pieces of sushi a week). Vegans may be at a higher risk since they don’t eat serotonin-enhancing foods like poultry, dairy foods and eggs.

Lifestyle measures:

•    Light therapy is a widely accepted treatment for S.A.D., more effective than antidepressant drugs. Try to get 20 to 30 minutes of early morning sunshine to balance your serotonin levels. Otherwise, be aware that indoor or fluorescent light is not effective. Only full-spectrum light shuts off melatonin secretion to reduce S.A.D. symptoms. Exposure for 2 to 3 hours of light therapy offers up to 60% reduction in symptoms in 1 week.
•    Though not approved by the FDA light boxes have shown definite effectiveness, if used from mid-fall until spring. Depression typically begins to lift a week after “photo-therapy” begins. Consider Environmental Lighting Concepts Ott-Lite.

Herb & Supplement Choices (choose 2-3)

1. Ease symptoms: • SAMe 400mg daily; • Depress-ex (Sunny Mood) caps  with • St. John’s wort extract and Lemon Balm tea through the winter.
2. Normalizers: • Relax Caps or • St. John’s wort extract. • Gotu kola helps restore nerves to overcome mental dullness.
3.   Vitamin D is a key: Take natural • vitamin D 400 to 1000IU daily all during the winter; or • Now Foods A & D 25,000/1,000IU.



Posted on December 4, 2014 .

Do you have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

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Chronic fatigue and immune dysfunction syndrome (CFIDS) is sometimes referred to as a condition without a cause. Today, we know the opposite is true. There are a wealth of causes. Experts say CFIDS is a result of mixed infections with a wide group of viruses involved… among the most common, Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), herpes simplex viruses (genital, oral and herpes virus 6, which causes childhood roseola), and cytomegalovirus (CMV) are clearly implicated.

Environmental contaminants can contribute by lowering immune response, allowing CFIDS a path to develop through exhausted adrenal glands. Growing evidence points to high stress lifestyles, overwork and a degenerative imbalance in the endocrine/metabolic systems.

Latest estimates reveal that between 800,000 to 2 million Americans are struggling with chronic fatigue syndrome right now. Over 85% of CFS victims are women, usually between 30 and 50, most are outgoing, productive, independent, active, overachievers. Women under 45 are at the highest risk. Clearly it seems, today’s overworked, overstressed “superwomen” are paying the price of their hectic lifestyles in terms of health.  

Energy Renewing Diet for CFS

 1.  Keep the diet at least 50% fresh foods during intensive healing. Emphasize foods that build immunity. Include often: Defense foods: white and green tea, cruciferous vegetables; Antibody forming foods: shiitake mushrooms, onions and garlic; Oxygenating foods: wheat germ, spirulina, sea veggies; Mineral-rich, B-complex foods: seaweeds, brown rice, dark greens; High fiber foods: prunes and brans; Cultured foods: fermented soy foods like miso, raw sauerkraut; Protein foods: seafoods, nuts, seeds and whole grains.
2.   Avoid allergen-prone, body-stressing foods: junk and fast foods, caffeine, refined sugars, alcohol, dairy, gluten and chemicals.
3.    Immune defense cells are created in bone marrow. Take a dairy-free protein drink every morning to keep new cell development strong.
4.    Add green superfoods to your daily diet: barley grass, green kamut , spirulina, chlorella.
5.  Add 2 tbsp. sea veggies daily. They speed healing by combating hypothyroidism, improving gland and metabolism balance.

Lifestyle and Fitness Tips

Take a daily deep-breathing walk for oxygen uptake. Walk for a half hour to stimulate lymphatic system and cerebral circulation. Highly recommended: Yoga and swimming.

Get 20 minutes early morning sunlight on your body every day possible for vitamin D.

Relax. An optimistic mental attitude and frame of mind help release body stress, a big factor in immune response. Stimulating immune response itself has an anti-viral effect.

 

 

 

 

Posted on October 28, 2014 .

High Energy Diet

There’s no doubt about it - stress and fatigue are becoming more a part of our lives - eight out of ten Americans say they feel tired on a regular basis. Some of us feel tired most of the time. Many of us don’t have enough energy for our daily tasks. Almost all of us feel the need for a pick-me-up during a long day. Yet, turning to drugs or controlled substances for stimulation is asking for trouble. Overusing stimulants means dependency, irritability and lethargy, further reducing energy creating a downward spiral. Even traditional food stimulants like caffeine, sodas or sugar usually end up making us feel more nervous and more restless. Natural energizers have great advantages over chemically processed stimulants. They don’t exhaust the body, and are supporting rather than depleting. They can be strong or gentle as needed.

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Nutritional therapy plan:
1.    Your high energy diet should consist of 65-70% complex carbohydrates (fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes); 20-25% protein, (nuts, seeds, whole grains, legumes, soy, yogurt and kefir, seafoods and poultry); 10-15% fats (unrefined vegetable, nut and seed oils, avocado, eggs and seafood). Don’t skip meals.
2.    Keep your metabolism high, and your blood sugar levels up with healthy snack meals instead of 3 big meals a day.
3.    Reduce sugar, caffeine (drains adrenals), and fatty dairy foods (produce clogging mucous). Take this 24 hour sugar test to see if your energy increases: Swear off sweets for 24 hours (have a high fiber whole grain bar instead when you crave sugar). Most people notice an energy boost the next day - without the let down feeling after 2 o’clock.
4.    Take a protein drink every morning, like Whey or Hemp Protein. Add spirulina or bee pollen granule as a booster. Protein’s amino acids boost alertness.
5.    Keep your iron up - low iron, low energy. Oatmeal, walnuts, eggs, black bean soup, pumpkin, and sunflower seeds (good for B-vitamins, too).
6.    Drink plenty of healthy liquids. Dehydration’s first sign is fatigue.

 

Posted on October 27, 2014 .

About Breast Thermography

Is Thermography A Good Choice? 
FDA approved in 1982, thermography is a highly advanced health scanning technique that offers breast cancer screening without the drawbacks of mammogram radiation. Over 12,000 articles detail its use. Angiogenesis (new blood vessel growth produced by tumors) generates abnormal heat in the area of a tumor.

Thermography takes precise measurements of skin surface temperature to detect breast cancer, finding abnormalities in breast tissue. It can also reveal the state of body organs, determine if imbalances are present and what might be causing them. Experts say it could reveal an organ or system susceptible to tumors before there are even signs on an X-ray or CT scan.

Some doctors suggest using thermography in conjunction with traditional breast cancer mammograms. But, for women who don't do mammograms, thermography offers a non-invasive technique to get information on their breast health. To find a skilled thermography practitioner, visit http://www.iact-org.org/links.html on the web.

DISCLAIMER

The opinions in this newsletter are intended solely for informational and educational purposes and not as medical advice. The statements in this newsletter have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please consult a medical professional if you have questions about your medical health.

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Posted on October 16, 2014 .

The Race to Fight Aging: Part 2. Insulin Resistance & Immune Breakdown

Having diabetes is a major factor in premature aging. Many experts now consider obesity and diabetes to be forms of accelerated aging.

Type 2 diabetes has reached epidemic levels in America. The rates of diabetes have doubled just in the last three decades! Today, 17 million people suffer from diabetes. Many more people have the disease, but don’t know it. Type 2 diabetes cases are even rising among young adults and children. In type 2 diabetes, the most common type, the pancreas is unable to use insulin properly (insulin resistance) or has too little insulin, the hormone that allows sugar to be stored or used for energy.

  Diabetes is really a vicious cycle where poor fat and sugar metabolism lead to obesity… which then leads to diabetes. The cycle keeps going. Diabetes makes you more hungry, so its symptoms are aggravated as well as brought on by eating too much fat and too many sugary foods.

Complications from diabetes are the fourth leading cause of death by disease in the world today. Heart disease, high blood pressure, retinopathy (loss of vision), nerve damage, kidney problems, arteriosclerosis, and circulatory problems are all major problems that face diabetics.

 But there is a lot of hope. While some cases need to be managed medically, many type 2 diabetics can balance their blood sugar simply by following a low glycemic, low fat diet and getting regular exercise.

What are diabetes risk factors?

People with a family history of the disease (particularly African Americans), who are overweight, or who get little or no exercise are at the highest risk. Clearly, a diet high in refined sugar and refined carbohydrates is another major factor.

Here are the latest statistics: Sugar has become an entire food group, counting for an astounding 20% of total daily calories for adult Americans! But a high sugar diet overworks, then damages the pancreas, so your body can’t produce or correctly use insulin. As refined carbohydrates and sugars cease to be metabolized, they accumulate in the body and are stored as fat. Excess body fat and lack of exercise then bring on insulin resistance.

Do you have high blood sugar warning signs? Common symptoms include:

—extreme thirst with frequent urination

—slow healing cuts and wounds; chronic infections

—recent weight loss or weight gain without diet changes

—severe, unexplained fatigue

—blurry vision

 If you have any of these warning symptoms, make sure to get medical advice. Diabetes can be serious! Testing your blood sugar when you get up in the morning can provide some helpful clues. Home blood glucose monitoring kits are available from most pharmacies.

How is type 1 diabetes different?  Type 1 diabetes is a juvenile, autoimmune condition where the body destroys its own insulin-producing cells. Today scientists are working with Islet-cell transplants as a possible cure with some success. Although diet therapy is helpful to manage reactions, type 1 diabetes is a chronic problem that is almost entirely dependent on insulin to sustain life.

What about metabolic syndrome or “Syndrome X”? Is it the future of Diabetes? 

  Metabolic syndrome is estimated to affect up to 95 million Americans - It is one of the most serious health threats in the modern world! It’s a complex condition, but the common denominator is insulin resistance; People with metabolic syndrome always have either pre-diabetes, or diabetes. In fact, in metabolic syndrome, blood sugar levels soar out of control, setting off a damaging free radical cascade, inflammation, accelerated aging and a variety of metabolic problems.

  Metabolic syndrome often goes undetected by doctors for years, because its complications are so varied. In women, gland problems like infertility, polycystic ovary syndrome and irregular menstruation often result.

 Insulin resistance damages the cardiovascular system and blood vessels. High blood pressure is a common result, so people with metabolic syndrome have very high risk of heart attack, stroke and coronary heart disease.

Excess insulin also provokes the liver to make more cholesterol, dump more fats into the bloodstream, and allow more fat storage, reasons why people with metabolic syndrome have such a hard time losing weight. Excess fat around your waist is a primary sign.

 Too much sugar circulates in the bloodstream, creating more AGE products (advanced glycosylation end products) associated with accelerated aging, brown spots, and kidney disease.

  The medical approach relies on using a different drug “patch” for each problem, so the person is juggling 4 or 5 different prescriptions, (and possibly adverse drug reactions and side effects). For example, statin drugs used to control high cholesterol are highly toxic to the liver. Using them long term can worsen complications like fatty liver disease and obesity.

What’s causing the Metabolic syndrome epidemic?

  Again, our lifestyle bears much of the responsibility. Like diabetes, the main triggers of Syndrome X are lack of exercise, and diet overloads of sugar, refined carbs, saturated and trans fats. Smoking, chronic stress and alcohol abuse accelerate the damage.

 Still, heredity can play a role. African American women, Hispanics, Native Americans and Pacific Islanders who have adopted a western lifestyle (and eating patterns) are the hardest hit by this syndrome, but the epidemic is actually growing in all of America’s middle aged baby boomer population.

Are you at risk for Syndrome X?   Three or more of these symptoms may be a sign.

            • Obesity, especially if you have an apple shaped body (excess weight around the middle) or a protruding stomach (a sign of liver enlargement).

            • Diabetes or pre-diabetes (Fasting blood glucose higher than 110).

            • Diagnosed high cholesterol, triglycerides Cholesterol deposits on the skin (xanthelasma).

            • Poor circulation or arteriosclerosis.  Blood pressure greater than 140/85 mmHg.

            • Poor immune response with frequent colds, flu or candida yeast infections. Retinal changes, cataracts.

            • Polycystic ovaries (signs include irregular menstruation, infertility, hirsutism, acne and obesity).

            A holistic approach is well suited to address Syndrome X and diabetes, helping to rebalance blood sugar levels, and to help normalize high blood pressure and cholesterol without serious side effects or drug toxicity.

Natural Therapies To Rebalance Body Systems

1. Start with diet improvements. Do not skip meals. Most diabetics should eat 6 mini-meals a day, especially if they’re on insulin therapy. Ask your physician.

• Focus on a largely plant-based, fresh foods diet for complex carbohydrates that don’t require much insulin for metabolism. Make sure you are getting high quality protein from fish, legumes, and green superfoods like barley grass and spirulina.  Add high fiber vegetables, and whole grains like oats and brown rice to stabilize sugar swings and support cardiovascular health.

• Keep fat intake low, no more than 15% of total calories, for heart health and weight management. Instead, boost essential fatty acids (EFA’s). EFA’s promote healthy metabolism and improve circulation.

Low essential fatty acid levels worsen metabolic syndrome by triggering inflammation. Eat seafood (especially wild salmon) 3 times a week for Omega 3 fatty acids. Sea veggies, olive oil, flax seed oil and dark greens like spinach are other good sources of EFA’s.  Consider EVENING PRIMROSE OIL 3000mg daily.

• Add more chromium-rich foods to your diet, like nutritional yeast, onions, garlic and wheat germ to normalize blood sugar levels. Supplemental chromium (500 to 1000 mcg. daily) is another good option to explore with your physician.

•Very important! Strive for 30 minutes of aerobic exercise daily. No program for diabetes or metabolic syndrome will work for long without regular exercise. 

Mushroom Wisdom offers high quality medicinal mushrooms for wellness

Mushroom Wisdom offers high quality medicinal mushrooms for wellness

2. Consider medicinal mushrooms and whole herbs for body balance. Note: If you’re on medication for diabetes, ask your doctor before using herbal formulas. Diabetics may need to reduce the dosage of their medication while using herbs.

• First, let’s talk about maitake mushroom. New research on a special extract from maitake mushroom, called SX fraction, shows it can enhance insulin sensitivity and improve blood glucose management.

 Diet improvements are absolutely necessary for managing metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes. A healthy, natural foods diet, in addition to reducing insulin requirements and balancing blood sugar, has the nice “side effects” of healthy weight loss and better heart protection.

Immune Breakdown- Can medicinal mushrooms safeguard your health?

Most Americans today don’t have good immune response to fight off illness. Pollution, drug overload and nutrient-poor diets compromise our immune health even in good weather. So we’re already pre-disposed to a life of frequent colds, flu, and sinus infections when bad weather or spring allergies roll in.

  Many people still believe they’re protected by having a flu shot, but think again. Flu shots are only effective for specific flu viruses...... you may be exposed to a different one, or even a brand new one (flu viruses mutate rapidly) and your shot won’t be effective. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in 2004 that the vaccine had little or no effectiveness against influenza or influenza-like diseases!

Meanwhile, with a death toll of 36,000 people annually in the US, the flu can be deadly, especially for the elderly.

People who HIV/AIDS, and children whose immune systems aren’t fully developed (especially babies born prematurely--- 500,000 babies in the U.S. each year) are also at very high risk for flu complications. 

 But drugs aren’t the answer for immune enhancement. Each one of us has a unique immune response system. It would be almost impossible to form a drug for each person.

Immune defense is automatic and subconscious. It works on its own to set up a healing environment for your body. It is this quality of being part of us, yet not under our conscious control, that is the great power of immune response. Our immune system shows us that there is so much more to healing than the latest wonder drug. We can really see that we are the ultimate healer of ourselves.

 The immune system is the most complex and delicately balanced infrastructure of your body, your own personal defense team that comes charging to the rescue at the first sign of a harmful invader—like a virus, fungus, pathogenic bacteria or parasite. The immune system is always vigilant, constantly searching for proteins, called antigens, that don’t belong in our bodies.

 It can deal with a wide range of them, even recognizing potential antigens, like drugs, pollens, insect venoms, malignant cells and chemicals in foods.

But today your immune system is challenged daily by at least 25,000 new chemicals that enter our environment every year - many of them from third world countries that don’t have safeguards in place. These chemicals affect our air, our water, our food supply, and our basic hormone balance.

Today immune compromised fatigue diseases like candida albicans, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), fibromyalgia, Hashimoto’s, and cancer are taking hold in almost epidemic proportions.

  I believe the only way to stay healthy during these high risk times is to prepare your body for the defenses it’s going to need. Even if you’ve improved your diet, take another look at it because a super nutritious diet is imperative as you grow older.

 And, the latest research validates ancient wisdom: Medicinal mushrooms and whole herbs offer powerful immune support and assist recovery for even serious illness.

1. Medicinal Mushrooms-  In Traditional Chinese medicine, many of the “superior” drugs- those that increase resistance to all disease agents- are derived from mushrooms.  Of course, the beauty of a medicinal food like mushrooms is that you can add them to your diet as well as take them supplementally. Mushrooms are double defense for your immune system!

Shiitake mushroom

 Shiitake mushrooms stimulate your immune system’s powerhouses, the macrophages and NK (natural killer) cells to act both quickly and aggressively against invading pathogens.

 Add shiitakes to your meals when you feel unusually tired or if you’re coming down with a cold. A little shiitake goes a long way. Simply soak them until they’re soft (or use them fresh), and slice them with kitchen scissors.  I like adding them to miso soup, brown rice or healthy stir fry recipes once or twice a week, especially during high risk seasons or after a lot of travel.

Reishi mushroom

Reishi mushrooms are adaptogenic. They have a balancing effect on the body- regardless of the illness. In China, Reishi has been prized for thousands of years as the “Elixir of Immortality.”

  While Reishi probably won’t make you immortal,  this powerful mushroom stimulates your immune system’s phagocytes, specialized “eater cells” that ingest harmful bacteria and boost the activity of your T-cells (“killer” cells).

Cordyceps

Cordyceps was first brought into the spotlight by Chinese athletes who used it and broke nine world records in 1993. Cordyceps (or caterpillar mushroom) is not technically a mushroom; it’s actually a fungi that colonizes inside a variety of insects. (FYI- you can view a video of cordyceps growing out of an insect host on boingboing.net ).  Cordyceps increases energy levels in health problems like CFS and fibromyalgia, where the body is deficient or run-down. It is a proven choice for people who feel too tired to exercise.

In my own personal experience, I have found cordyceps eases chest congestion and speeds healing from respiratory illnesses. Dosage: 600 mg of 12: 1 Extract.

Maitake mushroom

 Maitake mushrooms offer a significant immune boost for serious health concerns like high blood pressure, high cholesterol, rheumatoid arthritis, hepatitis, and, as we previously discussed, diabetes.

2. Protease Enzyme therapy

  Enzymes are at the forefront of my immune boosting program. Supplemental protease, the enzyme that digests protein, is  especially remarkable. Protease taken between meals will enter the blood stream and help the immune system digest the protein fragments and unwanted waste in the blood- including harmful bacteria and viruses. Protease can even break down abnormal tissue in the body. In my own experience, there are almost miraculous results from protease on dissolving scar tissue.... both externally and internally... and for helping shrink cysts and fibroids. For therapeutic benefits, take at least 370,000 HUT (Hemoglobin Unit Tyrosine base) daily.

3.  Whole herbs offer protection against illness as you age, and their activity is gentle and long lasting without the harsh side effects of antibiotic drugs. Here are 2 of my favorites:

   Astragalus is a “power root” for immunity. In China, it is considered the quintessential herb for building resistance to infection. Astragalus boosts natural killer activity and possesses anti-viral properties. In studies with people susceptible to frequent infections, astragalus improved natural resistance so patients got sick less frequently. It is especially beneficial to prevent respiratory illness.

 Most health food stores and Oriental markets sell the dried root in bulk. It looks like a tongue depressor and works well in a tonic, immune building soup with miso, other root vegetables and shiitake mushrooms.

It’s also available in capsules and tinctures. Combinations with other immune tonics like garlic or green tea are best, but as a single herb about 500-1000mg is effective. Note: Astragalus is not recommended for acute illness. It’s best used as a preventive or during the recuperation stage of an illness.

   Burdock is another miracle immune herb. Burdock’s not very well known in America, but it’s one of my all-time favorite defense herbs. Burdock provides remarkable support for your liver. Your liver is responsible for more than 1500 functions that directly maintain your immune system. It produces interferon, the body’s natural germ killer, which activates white blood cells that destroy and eliminate disease-causing toxins.

I like burdock best in an immune tea - simply simmer 1-2 tsp. of the dried root in a cup of water for 15 minutes. Take 2-3 times a week for protective results. Also, look for burdock under the name  “Gobo” in Japanese supermarkets. Like astragalus, burdock also works well in an immune recovery soup.

            Clearly, we are all trying to live longer and live better. But I believe the real secret to anti-aging, beauty and immune strength is found in your positive outlook and healthy lifestyle choices. Medicinal mushrooms and whole herbs are an ideal anti-aging choice for men and women. As nourishment, they offer the body nutrients it may not always receive, either because of poor diet, or environmental deficiencies in the soil, air and water. As therapy, they are essentially body balancers that work with the body functions, so that it can heal and regulate itself.

 

          

 

 

 

 

 

Posted on August 6, 2014 .

The Race to Fight Aging: Part 1. Anti-Aging for Skin Beauty

The global market for anti-aging products and therapies is expected to reach up to $291 billion by 2015! Hundreds of American health organizations focus solely on new, innovative strategies to slow down the aging process.

We know the right dietary measures can keep diseases from worsening symptoms or progressing. In the natural healing world, we’re discovering more about the rejuvenating benefits of medicinal mushrooms, whole herbs and supplements for anti-aging. There really has never been a better time to grow older!

Research suggests that we may only be living two-thirds of the years our bodies are capable of.  Maximum human life span may be 20 to 30 years longer than most of us live today. Centenarians, people 100 or over, are the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population. Centenarians have much to teach us about health and growing older with greater vitality. And, the US Census Bureau predicts their number to grow to 214,000 by 2020!

Even with these advances, aging brings up special concerns for men and women like skin problems/early wrinkling, diabetes and immune system breakdown. Gentle, natural therapies are a great option for these problems, and they are generally free of side effects common to drug therapies or more invasive approaches.

Anti-Aging Treatments for Skin Beauty

The cosmetic surgery industry is booming. Technology has advanced enormously just in the last 10 years and Americans are rising to the challenge of reclaiming their youth with the latest cosmetic procedures.

Cosmetic surgery isn’t the only or best solution for everyone. The clear beauty benefits come with major drawbacks in terms of trauma, recovery time and, for most of us, prohibitive costs. A facelift is expensive, at $6000 to 8000 per procedure! Less invasive non-surgical facelifts (Thermage/Titan), Botox and wrinkle fillers like Restalyn are less expensive and definitely growing in popularity as we search for that youthful glow.

Beautiful skin is so much more than skin deep. The skin is your body’s largest organ of both nourishment and elimination. It sloughs off old, dying cells every day for a new start. Skin mirrors our emotional state and hormonal balance. Skin problems reflect a stressed lifestyle, poor diet and lack of rest almost immediately. Sallow, dull skin and premature wrinkling are clear signs of dehydration and poor diet.

Skin Aging Factors

TOO MUCH SUGAR- A high sugar diet sets the stage for free radical activity and rapid skin aging. Sugar is known to cause the body to produce more Advanced Glycosylation End products (AGE), which are closely associated with free radical damage and premature aging.

Too much sugar accelerates skin inflammation, and can even cause increased brown spots and deep wrinkles. Many skin experts now say too much sugar is as bad for skin as overexposure to UV rays! Even if your diet is generally good, watch out for overindulging in sugary treats. It is a poor choice for both your health and your looks.

DEHYDRATION- Your skin’s hydration needs definitely increase with age. Even if you drink plenty of water, it becomes harder for skin cells to hold moisture, causing skin to look drier, more wrinkled, or sallow and dull. In response, the cosmetic surgery industry has brought us hyaluronic acid injections with collagen boosters like calcium hydroxylapatite. This type of approach works well temporarily, but the shots are painful, expensive (between $700-1000), and generally need to be repeated every four months. Wrinkle fillers can also make the skin look unnatural, lumpy or swollen.

Is there a better way?

TREMELLA MUSHROOM- Relatively new to America, tremella mushroom is actually a better skin hydrator than hyaluronic acid. Tremella polysaccharides can hold nearly 500 times their weight in water; this is 25% greater than hyaluronic acid. Research shows tremella helps the skin hold moisture for a longer period of time than hyaluronic acid. Tremella cream plumps up loose skin and naturally fills in those fine line and wrinkles, and it’s less sticky than most popular HA creams. Tremella is widely available in tablets, too. I recommend using both for the best results.

ALPHA LIPOIC ACID- Alpha lipoic acid enhances sugar metabolism at the cellular level, allowing the body’s own restorative functions to work more effectively. By protecting the body from sugar’s toxic effects, alpha lipoic acid actually prevents the premature aging of collagen. Cosmetically, it can reduce wrinkles, break down scar tissue and increase levels of other antioxidants like vitamin C and glutathione for added protection against UV rays.

COQ10- CoQ10 is another important antioxidant for wrinkle and sun damage prevention. With age, your body’s natural production of CoQ10 slows down, which, in turn, results in reduced collagen and elastin production. Topical applications are effective because of CoQ10’s small molecular size and have been shown clinically to reduce the signs of photoaging (sun damage) and crow’s feet.

SEAWEED like nori, sweet sea palm, dulse and wakame are some of my favorite beauty foods, and they’re some of Nature’s most ancient beauty secrets. The Greeks said that Aphrodite, the goddess of love, rising out of the foaming sea, owed her supple skin, shiny hair, and sparkling eyes to the plants of the sea. 

Mineral salts in seaweed help the skin to hold moisture, so it becomes more supple and elastic. Antioxidants like vitamin C, A, D and E in seaweed quell skin damaging free radicals. High protein and essential fatty acids help repair stress and pollution damaged skin.

Using seaweed in a facial mask with rejuvenating whole herbs can cleanse the skin and encourage a "natural facelift" effect. A cooling seaweed mask even helps support recovery from minor burns, acne and scars. You can also use seaweed in soup, or as a topping on a salad, sandwich or healthy pizza. For people who don’t like the taste of seaweed, try seaweed in capsules like Ocean Minerals. 

 

 

Posted on July 30, 2014 .

Drug-Herb-Nutrient Interactions: Facts You Need to Know

This article was carefully researched and written by Sarah Abernathy, the co-author of Healthy Healing 14th Edition and managing editor of healthyhealing.com.

Do you worry that the herbal remedies, high potency vitamins, and supplements you're taking could interact with prescription drugs? You're not alone. Nearly every day, someone contacts my research department to ask whether they can use herbal therapies with prescription drug treatments.

As the lines blur between supplements, natural remedies and drugs, the answers aren't simple. Opinions on the topic vary widely in both the natural healing and medical worlds. Some practitioners advise against using herbs and supplements altogether while on drug therapy; others routinely recommend them, especially if a drug is leaching nutrients from the body or causing side effects. Adding to the confusion, almost every day brings a new media report, oftentimes biased or incomplete, on the hazards of combining herbs with drugs.

Confused about a safe choice? Here's what you need to know about drug-herb-nutrient interactions.

Investigating how herbs and nutrients interact with drugs is a new research area with few qualified experts. Knowledge comes slowly and laboriously. Drug and herbal companies move in different worlds, so information is hard to gather and analyze. The learning curve on the safety of each herb-nutrient-drug combination is complex. Much of the information we have on herb-nutrient-drug interactions comes from anecdotal reports or small tests. It's a detailed, complex subject that will eventually need millions of university grant dollars to determine which herbs and nutrients interact with which drugs. One major obstacle? Neither orthodox medicine nor the natural healing world has a vested interest in funding such research.

Much of the information we do have on drug-herb interactions comes from anecdotal reports or small tests with standardized plant constituents, not whole herb combinations that are routinely recommended by practicing herbalists, acupuncturists and traditional naturopaths. In other cases, information is based on theory about potential interactions, but with no reports actually confirming the interaction. Since drugs as chemicals work outside the system, and whole herbs as foods are processed through our enzyme system, a theorized interaction often never occurs or is neutralized. In some cases, a drug-herb interaction occurs because an herb is misused, taken in very high doses or combined with a medication that has a similar effect (i.e. combinining blood thinning drugs with blood thinning herbs).

In many cases, herbs and supplements can be used supportively, to maintain health while a person is on drug therapy. For instance, ginkgo biloba may be taken to help counteract the sexual side effects of anti-depressant drugs. B-complex vitamins are widely known to reduce drug-induced nutrient depletion from medications like oral contraceptives, estrogen replacement drugs, and methotrexate. There are even cases where an herbal formula can be used to help a person wean off a drug medication, but these cases should always be monitored medically.

Drug-Herb-Nutrient Interactions to be aware of

Drug, herb, nutrient, interactions are rare but can happen. A new 2004 review published in Archives of Internal Medicine shows that in 94% of cases, these interactions are fortunately, not serious.The following list is a good sampling of the known negative interactions between the herbs, nutrients, and prescription medications you may be taking. Ultimately, the decision to use herbal supplements while on prescription drug therapy is a personal one, and one I recommend you make with your physican's counsel.

St. John's Wort: St. John's wort has become an herbal boon for depression in the modern world. Some research shows this herb's anti-depressant effect rivals conventional anti-depressant drugs for mild to moderate depression! This is certainly good news for people who want a natural alternative to drugs like Prozac which can cause side effects like low libido, agitation or fatigue.

However, standardized St. John's wort can interfere with many prescription medications. New research reveals St. John's wort can decrease effectiveness of HIV drugs, drugs for organ transplants and cancer, digoxin, statin drugs, warfarin, chemotherapy drugs, tricyclic antidepressants, asthma medicines, and, possibly, oral contraceptives (although this effect has not proven). Some doctors advise against using the herb before surgery because it reduces effectiveness of the new anesthetics.

Don't use St. John's wort if you're taking antidepressant drugs. The combination of St. John's wort and drugs that affect brain serotonin levels (like SSRI antidepressants) may lead to ³serotonin syndrome,² a serious condition marked by confusion, incoordination, and cardiovascular irregularities. Several documents report this interaction. St. John's wort is also contraindicated for people taking anti-depressant MAO inhibitors (monoamine oxidase inhibitors) because it is believed the herb may interact with them, too. New research from Ireland concludes these interactions are rare, and that St. John's wort actually has fewer side effects and health risks compared to conventional antidepresssant drugs (McIntyre 2000). For some people, whole St. John's wort may be the best choice for relief of mild to moderate depression, especially if a recommended prescription antidepressant causes long term toxicity to the liver or kidneys.

Be aware that standardized St. john's wort can have side effects. Photosensitivity is a big problem, especially if it is combined with other photosensitizing drugs like antibiotics. In addition, fatigue and gastrointestinal upset occur in some people. Avoid standardized St. John's wort if you use tanning beds or take drugs that cause photosensitivity. (You might get burned!) Preliminary research suggests high doses of St. John's wort may also increase the risk of sun-induced cataracts. (Wear sunglasses when using it!) It is not yet known whether whole St. John's wort used in herbal combinations would have these same side effects or contraindications. Until more research is available, I recommend any person taking multiple prescriptions consult with their physician before using St. John's wort's products and be aware of its photosensitivity potential.

Kava Kava: Kava kava has become the herbal answer to Valium in America. Kava helps calm the mind and relax the muscles without causing side effects like over-sedation or addiction. However, kava is not safe for everyone. If you're drinking alcohol, don't take kava. Kava can intensify the effects of alcohol. In addition, kava may interact with anti-anxiety medications like buspirone (Buspar), benzodiazepines and anesthetics. Kava should also be avoided by people taking anti-psychotic drugs and Levodopa for Parkinson's disease.

Recent media reports suggest kava causes liver damage. However, new evidence shows in 27 of the 30 reported cases the people were using other medications or had a history of alcoholism which may have contributed to the liver toxicity. (In the South Pacific where kava is used regularly in high doses, there are few reports of liver toxicity.) Still, until we know more, avoid kava when you drink alcohol, or if you have liver problems, or if you take drugs that affect the liver. Experts theorize that kava may potentially aggravate liver problems in rare cases. Note: Discontinue kava use if you experience warning signs of jaundice like yellowing of the eyes.

Ephedra: Bad press has now stopped the sale of ephedra (ma huang) in the U.S.. I believe the ephedra controversy is a case of a plant being judged for one of its constituents instead of as a whole. Most of the health problems associated with ephedra are actually due to one of its constituents- ephedrine. When used properly, ephedra is the best herbal bronchodilator for respiratory problems like asthma, and a natural thermogenic aid for weight loss.

Some companies used concentrated, standardized extracts of ephedrine, which have a stronger effect on the body than the whole herb. Others used synthetic ephedrine, a drug derived from the plant, and combined it with caffeine or other stimulating drugs in ³herbal ecstasy² compounds. This type of preparation caused dangerous spikes in blood pressure and heart rate, especially in combination with illicit drugs!

Even with whole herb ephedra products, use precautions. Don't use ephedra if you have heart problems or high blood pressure. Don't use ephedra-based products continuously because of potential long-term strain on the adrenal glands. Ephedra is contraindicated if you're pregnant or nursing; taking a MAO inhibitor, stimulant drugs or decongestants; or if you have heart or thyroid disease, prostate enlargement, or diabetes. If these contraindications don't apply to you, I recommend using ephedra only as a whole herb, in combination with other herbs in expert herbal formulations, or as a weak tea for a limited span of time.

Ginkgo Biloba: Widely used to help reduce age-related problems like poor circulation, heart disease, tinnitus and impotence, ginkgo is best known as an effective herbal ³brain booster² against memory deterioration. While generally very safe, ginkgo's blood-thinning effects can interact with some anticoagulants like Warfarin and antiplatelet drugs, and over-the-counter drugs like aspirin or ibuprofen. Many experts feel this interaction is actually minor and only occurs in very small percentage of people taking the herb. Still, it is not advised to take ginkgo before surgery without medical supervision.

Note: Many herbs and supplements have mild blood thinning effects and should be used with caution if you're taking blood thinning drugs or preparing for surgery. High doses of vitamin E, garlic, ginger, bromelain, protease and feverfew may affect bleeding, and should be used with caution. CoQ10 may reduce the effectiveness of blood thinning drugs like Warfarin. Consult with your doctor on the remedies you're taking.

Ginseng: The world's most popular herbal energy tonic, every traditional healing culture in the world has a ginseng or ginseng-type plant in it's medicine chest. Daily ginseng was a necessary matter of life throughout all of China's long history. At the turn of the 20th century, virtually every Chinese person used ginseng to some extent for their well being, especially as a wellness tonic. Ginseng was also highly esteemed by every Native American culture. Today, ginseng is one of the most extensively researched herbs in the entire world!

Ginseng is so potent, we think of it as a panacea, from which comes its name Panax, an herb to restore and normalize various body functions like blood pressure, blood sugar, energy, and endurance. In one study, people who had taken ginseng for one year had 36% less cancer incidence han non-users. Longer term usage produced even better results. People who had used ginseng for 5 years or more had 69% less cancer incidences. Ginseng is the only plant known that contains phyto-testosterone which stimulates sex drive in both men and women. American ginseng, specifically, has been shown to increase the weight of the seminal vesicles, prostate gland and sperm count.

Still, ginseng may not be appropriate for everyone. New reports suggests that patients with bipolar disorder on antidepressant drug therapy should avoid ginseng as it may provoke a manic state. In addition, a study reported in Annals of Internal Medicine found ginseng reduces Coumadin's effectiveness, a very dangerous effect for people at high risk for blood clots.

Licorice: Licorice has a long tradition of safe use as a natural antibiotic and antiviral in both Western and Chinese herbal medicine. It's an American favorite for female hormone balance and adrenal exhaustion. Most people can take licorice without problems, but avoid it if you have high blood pressure or if you take high blood pressure drugs. In very high doses, the licorice constituent, glycyrrhizin, can cause potassium loss, fluid retention and elevated blood pressure. Licorice is not advised for people with a history of renal failure or who take heart medication or steroid drugs.

Feverfew: Traditional herbalists turn to feverfew for migraine relief. Five different studies reveal feverfew is more effective than a placebo at relieving migraine pain, even reducing migraine-related symptoms like nausea, vomiting and sensitivity to light. Some theorize that a combination of NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) and feverfew may increase the risk of stomach irritation because both substances affect prostaglandins that protect the stomach lining. (NSAIDs by themselves are a clear risk factor for stomach ulcers.) Feverfew can also affect blood clotting. Use with caution if you take like Warfarin or Heparin.

Vitamin A: Supplemental vitamin A is used to counteract night blindness, as an antioxidant in natural cancer treatment, and in creams to prevent wrinkles. But high doses of vitamin A can be toxic and should definitely be avoided during pregnancy. Don't take vitamin A if you take the prescription drug Accutane for acne. Accutane is structurally similar to vitamin A and has similar toxicities. Avoid vitamin A if you're under treatment for thyroid cancer. Beta carotene, which is converted to vitamin A in the liver as needed, is a much safer choice for people concerned with vitamin A toxicity.

Ipriflavone: Ipriflavone is a synthetic derivative of soy isoflavones with bone protecting activity. Studies with over 1300 women show ipriflavone can slow osteoporosis progression in post menopausal women. There is some evidence it may even reverse osteoporosis! Animal studies suggest ipriflavone both inhibits bone resorption and stimulates bone formation. Its bone-strengthening effects are improved by adding calcium and vitamin D. A therapeutic dosage is 300mg twice daily.

However, be aware that ipriflavone interacts with some prescription medications by affecting the way they are processed in the liver. For example, ipriflavone can increase the effects of theophylline, caffeine, drugs for epilepsy and diabetes, and blood thinning medications like Coumadin causing potentially dangerous side effects. It's not a good idea to take ipriflavone if you have liver problems either, because it may build to toxic amounts in the liver. People with serious kidney disease should consult with their physician before using ipriflavone because ipriflavone is metabolized in the kidneys.

Grapefruit Juice: Grapefruit juice is one of the few foods that interacts with prescription drugs. Grapefruit juice causes some drugs to be absorbed too quickly - a dangerous effect for people taking drugs with high potential for toxicity or serious side effects. Don't drink grapefruit juice if you take calcium channel blockers for high blood pressure. The combination can be fatal! Grapefruit juice can also have dangerous interactions with drugs for allergies like Claritin and Allegra, antihistamines like Benadryl, and high blood pressure drugs. Grapefruit juice may interact with organ transplant drugs, estrogens and oral contraceptives, anti-anxiety medications, Methadone, Viagra, HIV drugs, seizure drugs and statin drugs for high cholesterol. Note: While grapefruit juice has the reputation for interactions, the fruit may have the same effect if consumed in large amounts.

A note on antidepressant MAO drugs (mono amine oxidase inhibitors): MAO's are a rare class of drugs known to have interactions with foods. People taking MAO inhibitors for depression should avoid foods high in tyramine like cheese, sausage, alcohol, legumes, fish, sauerkraut, soups, and yeast extracts, and the herbs ginseng and scotch broom.

My final word on interactions between drugs, herbs and nutrients?

We have much to learn about how herbs and nutrients interact with powerful prescription drugs. Still, I believe most negative interactions occur when people use highly potent standardized herbs, take extremely large doses of herbs or nutrients, or combine herbs and nutrients with drugs that have innate toxic properties and serious side effects.

There's no such thing as an essential drug. Drugs don't play a normal role in human biology. Health problems are not caused by drug deficiencies. Drug side effects occur for this very reason.... because they aren't part of the normal workings of the body.

Supplements and whole herbs will always be gentler and easier to take than drugs. Sometimes short-term drug therapy may be necessary to stabilize a serious health problem so that immune response can take over for long term health. If you're on drug therapy or preparing for a medical procedure, talk to your doctor about the natural remedies you're using and ask about possible interactions. Working with a knowledgable health professional trained in both natural and conventional approaches is by far the best choice. Finding the right blend of medicine for you is worth this extra effort.

More information:

- Lininger, Schuyler, D.C., Alan Gaby, M.D., Steve Austin, N.D., Forrest Batz PharmD, Eric Yarnell, N.D., Donald Brown, N.D., George Constantine Rph, Ph.D. A-Z Guide To Drug-Herb-Vitamin Interactions. Healthnotes, Inc. 1999.

- Harkness, Richard, Pharm.,FASCP & Stephen Bratman, M.D. Drug-Herb-Vitamin Interactions Bible. Prima Health, 2000.

 

Posted on June 20, 2014 .

The Power of Herbal Extracts

Herbal extracts are 4 to 8 times stronger than capsules. They are effective used as a spray where all the mouth receptors can be brought into play, or as drops held under the tongue. Their strength and convenience make extracts a reliable choice for healing for people on the go, and for people who have trouble swallowing capsules. Directions for extract use: During the first week of acute symptoms, hold an extract dose in the mouth for 30 seconds, 3 or 4 times daily. After the first week, the vital force of your body will be stimulated, and your dose may be reduced, allowing your system to rebalance naturally.

We have many extract choices: for immune defense; for nutritional support; to relieve allergies and congestion; and to balance hormones and reduce PMS.

For the month of June, all herbal extracts are 25% off. Try one for yourself and see the benefits.


Posted on June 2, 2014 .

Dr. Linda Page’s Fat & Sugar Detox Program

Most of us are guilty of over-indulgence in fatty, sugary foods from time to time. Following a safe detox program is one of the best ways to quickly release trapped fats and sugar, and increase your health and energy levels. I believe almost everyone can benefit from a safe detox. It’s one of the best ways to remain healthy in today’s world. Not one of us is immune to environmental toxins and most of us can’t escape to a remote, unpolluted habitat.

Detoxification is one of the oldest and most effective healing methods known to man. Hippocrates, “the Father of Medicine,” Galen, Paracelsus and other great physicians throughout history prescribed detoxification. It was even practiced by Plato and Socrates. Cleansing has been helping heal people for over 20,000 years!

Start your detox on a Friday and follow it through the weekend. Follow up with 1 to 4 days of fresh, whole foods  (no processed junk!) for the best results.

Fat & Sugar Detox Nutritional Plan (a 3 day plan):

For 3 days:
On rising: take a glass of lemon juice and water in the morning for a quick liver detox.
Breakfast: have a glass of blood sugar balancing blueberry juice from the health food store. Look for brands with no added sugar: Blueberries help to enhance insulin sensitivity -- the body’s ability to use sugar as energy.  
Mid-morning: have a Potassium juice. Juice: 3 carrots, 3 stalks celery, ½ bunch spinach, and ½ bunch parsley. This juice is ideal for cleansing because it is high in antioxidants, and has diuretic properties to flush out trapped fats, sodium and sugar.
Lunch: have another Potassium juice. Or,  take 1 tsp. green superfood powder (like barley grass or spirulina) in a glass of apple juice.
Mid-afternoon: have a cup of green tea for extra fat burning.
Dinner: Break your juice fast for your evening meal only, but keep it very light—have baked seafood with brown rice and green salad with light dressing; or have a vegetarian stir-fry with brown rice and the veggies of your choice.
Before Bed: mix 1 tsp. nutritional yeast in warm water. Nutritional yeast is an excellent source of B vitamins and chromium, a trace mineral for blood sugar balance.

Pointers for the best results for your cleanse.

Try Fat & Sugar Detox caps to accelerate the results of your cleanse.

Try Fat & Sugar Detox caps to accelerate the results of your cleanse.

•    Drink plenty of water! Have eight glasses of pure water each day of your cleanse.
•    Exercise! It can really accelerate the elimination of those trapped fats and toxins.
•    Try my Fat & Sugar Detox™ herb blend for extra cleansing activity. Whole herbs in the formula like green and white tea naturally detox your body while simultaneously easing food cravings.

 

Posted on April 10, 2014 .

Dr. Linda Page's Natural Fever Program

Fevers: Nature’s Cleansers And Healers

A slight fever is often your immune system’s way of clearing up an infection or toxic overload quickly. Your body naturally raises its temperature on its own to “burn out” harmful poisons, to throw them off through heat and then through sweating. The heat from a fever can also de-activate virus replication, so unless a fever is exceptionally high (over 103° for kids and 102° for adults) or long lasting (more than two full days), it is sometimes a wise choice to let it run its natural course, even with children. Often they will get better faster. A good lesson with fevers is not to overmedicate.

Fevers Are Usually A Result Of The Problem And A Part Of The Solution

Bathe morning and night during a feverish illness. Infection and wastes from the illness are largely thrown off through the skin. If not regularly washed off, these substances lay on the skin, then become partially reabsorbed into the body. There is usually substantial body odor during a cleansing fever as toxins are being eliminated, so frequent baths and showers help you feel better, too. A cleansing, healing fever is characterized by hot, dry, flushed skin, followed by chill followed by fever, followed by lethargy and the desire to lie down. See your doctor if it looks more serious than that, since a lingering, or higher fever is sometimes a sign of more serious health problems.

Natural Fever Choices

1. Drink plenty of liquids during a fever, and to the daily diet all during the illness - diluted juices, water, broths. Stay on a liquid diet during a fever to maximize the cleansing process: bottled water, fruit juices, broths and herb teas.
2. Carrot/beet/cucumber juice is a specific to clean the kidneys and help bring a fever down.
3. Sip on lemon juice with maple syrup and a pinch of cinnamon (very cleansing) all during the morning; grapefruit juice during the evening.
4. After a fever breaks, take enzyme therapy drinks, and Crystal Star Dr. Enzyme caps with protease and bromelain.
Watchwords for fevers and kids: It’s probably OK unless:
1. You have an infant with a temperature over 100°.
2. The fever has not abated after three days, and is accompanied by vomiting, a cough and trouble breathing.
3. Your child displays extreme lethargy and looks severely ill.
4. Your child is making strange, twitching movements.
Bodywork:
• A cup of hot bayberry or elderflower tea, or cayenne and ginger capsules, speeds up the cleansing process by encouraging sweating and by stimulating circulation.
• Use cool water sponge bathes to reduce a fever.     
• Apply peppermint tea cooling compresses to the head.
• Add Dead Sea Salts to your bath to reduce aches and pains.
• Take Echinacea extract drops in water several times daily (good results) to encourage immune defenses.

Choose 2 to 3 recommendations.

Don’t forget - use child dosage for kids. Herbal Remedy Dosage Goes By Body Weight.
Child dosage is as follows:
½ dose for children 10 - 14 years
⅓ dose for children 6 - 10 years
¼ dose for children 2 - 6 years
¹⁄₈ dose for infants and babies

1. Immune support: • Crystal Star Anti-Bio caps or drops; *Elderberry Syrup with echinacea. • Fenugreek tea with lemon and maple syrup.
2. Use a fever to fight a cold or flu. Encourage sweating: Take  • Calendula tea, • Elderflower-sage tea or • Boneset-elder fl.-white willow-yarrow-ginger tea or • thyme tea (especially for kids) until sweating occurs, usually within 24 hours.
3. Help your body normalize from a fever and speed up healing: • Vitamin C crystals ¼ tsp. every ½ hour in juice or water to bowel tolerance as an ascorbic acid flush. • Add garlic capsules 3x daily.
4. If you decide to reduce the fever:  Herb teas are gentle and work very well, • like peppermint, cilantro or catnip. • Herbs for Kids Temp Assure extract for kids’ fevers (highly recommended).

 

Posted on March 28, 2014 .

What type of herbal preparation is right for you?

Whole Herb Capsules

Liver Renew capsules provide serious liver cleansing in a convenient capsule preparation.

Liver Renew capsules provide serious liver cleansing in a convenient capsule preparation.

If you like convenient, potent preparations with extensive choices, try whole herb capsules (available in Vegi caps). Capsules are 4 times stronger than teas, and bypass the bitter taste that makes taking teas or extracts difficult for some people. Powdered herbs, four times more concentrated than regular ground herbs, are included in our capsules for faster activity.   

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Herbal Extracts

If you're on the go and need a powerful herbal formula, or have trouble swallowing capsules, try an herbal extract. Extracts are 4 to 8 times stronger than capsules. They are effective used as a spray or as drops held under the tongue. Their strength and easy use make extracts a convenient option, especially for people that prefer liquids.

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Herbal Gels

If your concern is external, affecting the skin, lips or sensitive areas, try gels.
Herbal gels allow absorption of herbs through the skin. We use aloe vera as a conduit in our gels to deliver the herbs quickly to the target area. Use gels topically as needed for cuts, scrapes, scars and more.

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Herbal Teas & Broths

If you want to use herbs to supplement your diet, try broths or drink mixes.
Whole herbs, along with green super foods, are some of the richest sources of vitamins and minerals available. You can easily recharge your diet with concentrated nutrition by adding one of our herbal broths or drink mixes to your health program.

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Posted on March 26, 2014 .

Cellulite Solutions- Detox with Diet & Herbs

Cellulite is a combination of fat, water and trapped wastes beneath the skin - usually on otherwise thin women. When circulation and elimination processes become impaired, connective tissue loses its strength. Unmetabolized fats and wastes become trapped in pockets just beneath the skin instead of being expelled through normal means. Over time, the waste materials harden and form the puckering skin effect we know as cellulite. Because it is unattached material, dieting and exercise alone can’t dislodge cellulite.

An effective program for cellulite release should be in four parts: 1) Stimulate elimination functions; 2) Increase circulation and metabolism; 3) Control excess fluid and waste retention; 4) Re-establish connective tissue elasticity.

Diet Therapy (follow the diet as closely as possible for best results)

1. Add daily flushers to free trapped toxins: pineapple (bromelain), apples and berries (pectin fiber) and citrus (vitamin C). Carrot/beet/cucumber juice cleans the liver so it can metabolize fats better. Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water, juices and green tea every day. Graze: eat smaller, more frequent meals, instead of 2 to 3 large ones to keep fat burning.
2. Fruits and juices each morning. Two fresh or steamed vegetables at every other meal. A fresh salad and brown rice once a day. A liver cleanse works wonders.
The cellulite blacklist: • All fried, fatty dairy foods; • High caffeine, carbonated sodas, hard liquor; • Red meats; • Extra salty foods (use herbal seasoning instead).
3. Balance estrogen: add cruciferous veggies like broccoli to keep excess estrogen flushed. Have Omega-rich fish and seafood twice a week. Have 2 tbsp. chopped dried seaweeds 3 or 4 times a week in a soup, salad or rice; or 6 pcs. sushi daily.

Herbal Therapy (Choose 2-3 supplements)

1. Detox: • Crystal Star Cellulite Tone caps with Hot Seaweed Bath to support healthy circulation and elimination. • Crystal Star Celulite roll-on gel for topical support.
2. Help the liver detox: • Crystal Star Liver Cleanse Flushing Tea; • Milk Thistle Seed or Artichoke leaf extract for liver congestion; • Anabol Naturals Amino Balance caps; • Milk Thistle-Yellow Dock extract.

Cellulite Tone caps can speed cellulitic fat flushing

Cellulite Tone caps can speed cellulitic fat flushing

Bodywork:
• Use a dry skin brush or loofah to stimulate lymph glands. A seaweed bath afterward releases trapped toxins. A spa body wrap is a rapid fluid and inch-loss treatment. Get a lymphatic massage treatment at the spa to release even more trapped fats.
• 10-minute daily cellulite exercises work. They keep a slim subcutaneous fat layer, increase circulation, maintain underlying tissue integrity. Do them all each day for 10 minutes. 1) Standing arm swings 50 count both arms. 2) 100 tummy sucks. 3) 100 torso twists. 4) Wall pushups with each arm and both arms. 5) Standing leg circles, 50 each leg. 6) Weight lifting that focuses on the lower body helps develop the muscles in the hips and thighs. 7) Deep breathing moves out lymph congestion that shows as cellulite (one reason why yoga and pilates are so effective).



Posted on March 24, 2014 .

Healthy Detox for Weight Loss

Long term weight control is always the result of a sound nutritious eating plan, rather than a try at the latest fad diet. One of the great advantages of achieving weight loss through a cleansing program is the extra energy you feel from the fresh juices, superfoods, herb teas and healing broths. Most weight loss diets have little nutrition to offer so they leave you feeling tired and lifeless. In the end, even if you lose weight, your body feels so deprived that it starts ravenous cravings for foods that put the weight right back on.

A cleanse is one of the best ways to jump start a new health program. Unhealthy fats, like saturated fats in meats and dairy foods, trans-fats like those in many dairy foods, hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils like those in margarine, shortening and many snack foods, and oxidized fats, like those in all fried foods, collect into excess body fat. Sugary foods and highly processed foods (like fast foods) are so devoid of digestive enzymes that they end up collecting as excess fat, too. Further, if you are congested, your body tries to dump its metabolic wastes to get them out of the way—one of the places that receives metabolic wastes is excess fat.

Changing fat composition in your diet is the key. The importance of cutting back on saturated fat cannot be overstated. Saturated fats are hard for the liver to metabolize. Focus on healthy fats from seafood, sea greens, nuts and seeds which curb cravings by initiating a satiety response levels. 

Water can get you over diet plateaus. Dehydration slows resting metabolic rate (RMR), so waste products like ketones build up in tissues. Drink juices or green tea each morning to wash out wastes. 

A little caffeine after a meal raises thermogenesis (calorie burning) and boosts metabolic rate. Fat burning spices like ginger, cinnamon, garlic, mustard and cayenne in your recipes work, too.
High fiber fruits and veggies are a key to successful body toning. Have an apple every day!

A 2 – 3 week detox diet for weight loss 

Making a healing diet change and losing excess weight is one of the best things you can do for your health. The rewards are high—a longer, healthier life—and control of your life.
On rising: Squeeze 2 lemons in a glass of water, and drink for a quick liver flush.

Breakfast: Have a poached or baked egg with bran muffins or whole grain toast with ghee or a healthy jam; or have low fat yogurt and some whole grain cereal.; or Try All One’s Weight Loss formula meal replacement shake.
Mid-morning: Have a green veggie drink, or natural V-8 juice or peppermint tea; or a cup of miso soup with sea greens snipped on top; or crunchy raw veggies with yogurt cheese dip.
Lunch: Have fresh leafy green salad with a lemon/oil or yogurt dressing with baked tofu; or miso soup, with steamed veggies and a light sauce. 
Mid-afternoon: Have a bottle of mineral water, or a cup of peppermint tea, or apple or cranberry juice; or have a green superfood drink like Wakunaga Harvest Greens, Crystal Star Energy Green drink. 
Dinner: Have a stir-fry with lots of greens, onions, mushrooms, with clear soup and brown rice; or baked/broiled fish or seafood with some steamed veggies, brown rice or millet. 
 Evening snack: Have some un-buttered spicy popcorn. It’s good for you and its airiness will fill you up and keep you from wanting heavier or “habit” foods.

Try Fat & Sugar Detox to enhance your weight loss results

Try Fat & Sugar Detox to enhance your weight loss results

Herbal support: Add Fat & Sugar Detox for a quick cleanse (excellent results). It boosts metabolism of fats & sugars while reducing food cravings.

 

Reminder: Daily exercise releases fat from cells. A brisk walk burns calories and cuts cravings. An outdoor walk in winter raises low serotonin levels. Exercise early in the day raises metabolism as much as 25%! Exercising before breakfast helps the body dip into its fat stores for quick energy and curbs the munchies all day. Even if eating habits just slightly change, you can still lose weight with a brisk hour’s walk or 15 minutes of aerobic exercise. 

Posted on March 17, 2014 .

A Good Detox Program Is In 3 Steps: Cleansing, Rebuilding, Maintaining

Years of experience with detoxification convince me that if you have a serious health problem, a brief 3 to 7 day juice cleanse is a good way to release toxins from the system. Shorter cleanses don’t get to the root of a chronic problem. Longer cleanses upset body equilibrium more than most people are ready to deal with outside a clinical environment. A 3 to 7 day cleanse can clean your pipes of systemic sludge - excess mucous, old fecal matter, trapped cellular and non-food wastes, or inorganic mineral deposits that are part of arthritis.


A few days without solid food offers an enlightening experience about your lifestyle. It’s not absolutely necessary to take only liquids, but a juice diet increases awareness and energy available for elimination. Fresh juices literally pick up dead matter from body tissues and carry it away. Your body becomes easier to “hear,” telling you via cravings what foods and diet it needs — for example, a desire for protein foods, or B vitamin foods like rice, or minerals from greens. This is natural biofeedback.


A detox works by self-digestion. During a cleanse, the body decomposes and burns only the substances and tissues that are damaged, diseased or unneeded—like abscesses, tumors, excess fat deposits, and congestive wastes. Even a relatively short fast accelerates elimination, often causing dramatic changes as masses of accumulated waste are expelled.
You will know your body is detoxing if you experience the short period of headaches, fatigue, body odor, bad breath, diarrhea or mouth sores that commonly accompany accelerated elimination. However, digestion usually improves right away as do many gland and nerve functions. Cleansing also helps release hormone secretions that stimulate immune response and encourage a disease-preventing environment.


What About A Water Fast?
I don’t recommend it. Here’s why: Water fasting was used by ancient Greek and Roman healers, by medieval monks, and up through the early 20th century by healers of all kinds. Juice cleansing is a far better evolution in detoxification methods. Detoxification experts agree that fresh vegetable and fruit juice cleansing is superior to water fasting. Fresh juices, broths and herb teas help deeply cleanse the body, rejuvenate the tissues and guide you to a faster recovery from health problems than water fasting.

You may have heard that a traditional water fast is the “purest” way to detoxify, but a water fast was harsh and demanding on the body, even before our diets and environment changed. Today, it can even be dangerous. Today, people in western societies eat huge amounts of food and environmental toxins are part of the picture. Pollutants and chemicals deeply buried in our tissues release into elimination channels too rapidly during a water fast. Your body is essentially “re-poisoned” as the chemicals move through the bloodstream all at once. Sometimes, the physical and emotional stress of a water fast even overrides the healing benefits.
On the other hand, vegetable and fruit juices are alkalizing, so they neutralize uric acid and other inorganic acids better than water, increasing healing effects. Juices support better metabolic activity, too. Metabolic activity slows down during a water fast as the body attempts to conserve dwindling energy resources. Juices are easy on digestion — easily assimilated into the bloodstream. They don’t disturb the detoxification process.

Step by Step Detox
Step one: elimination. You’ll clean out mucous and toxins from the intestinal tract and major organs. Everything functions more effectively when toxins, obstructions and wastes are removed.
Step two: rebuilding healthy tissue and restoring energy. With obstacles removed, your body’s regulating powers are activated to rebuild at optimum levels. Eat only fresh and simply prepared, vegetarian foods during the rebuilding step. Include supplements and herbal aids for your specific needs.
Step three: keeping your body clean and toxin-free. Modifying lifestyle habits is the key to a strong resistant body. Rely on fresh fruits and vegetables for fiber, cooked vegetables, grains and seeds for strength and alkalinity, lightly cooked sea foods, soy foods, eggs and low fat cheeses as sources of protein, and a little dinner wine for circulatory health. Include supplements, herbs, exercise and relaxation techniques.

Excerpted from Healthy Healing's Detoxification- now available as an ebook

Excerpted from Healthy Healing's Detoxification- now available as an ebook


Posted on March 12, 2014 .

Intense Fat and Sugar Cleanse

Is your body showing signs that it needs a fat and sugar cleanse?

• Is cellulite collecting on your hips, thighs or tummy? Cellulite is a mixture of fat, water and wastes trapped beneath the skin.
• Are your upper arms slightly flabby? Is your waistline, wrists and ankles noticeably thicker?  
• Does your face look jowl-y or puffy?
If your diet problem is eating too much fat and sugars, try my light detox from fats and sugars for 1 – 3 days. It makes you feel terrific and it’s so easy. Sugary foods and highly processed foods like fast foods are so devoid of digestive enzymes that they collect as excess fat. If you are congested, your body tries to dump its metabolic wastes to get them out of the way. One of the places that receives metabolic wastes is excess fat. 

Start the night before with a green leafy salad to sweep your intestines. Dry brush your skin all over for five minutes before you go to bed to open your pores for the night’s cleansing eliminations. 
Upon rising: have a cup of green tea to cut through and eliminate fatty wastes. For maximum results, add drops of ginseng extract to control sugar cravings, or licorice extract for sugar stabilizing.
Breakfast: have a Fat Melt Down Juice: juice 2 apples, 2 pears, 1 slice of fresh ginger to help reduce fat from places where it is stored in cellulite. The ginger stimulates better blood circulation.
Mid-morning: a green superfood drink once a day helps cleanse your body of fatty build-up.
Lunch: enjoy a mixed vegetable juice, like Knudsen’s Very Veggie. Regular V-8 juice works fine. 
Mid-afternoon: Take a glass of papaya-pineapple juice, or a cup of green tea to enhance enzyme production. Enzymes are a dieter’s best friend!     
Dinner: Have miso soup with snipped sea greens. Sea veggies add minerals and improve sluggish metabolism.  Add spices like cayenne, mustard and ginger to speed up fat burning. 
Before bed: have a cup of apple juice, licorice or peppermint tea to restore normal body pH.

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Try my Fat & Sugar Detox caps with your program to accelerate the results!

Try my Fat & Sugar Detox caps with your program to accelerate the results!

Focus on reducing fats and sugars in your diet. Add more fiber to get rid of excess sugar, especially from whole grains, legumes like peas, and vegetables. High fiber foods improve glucose metabolism, help promote weight loss and reduce cravings for sugar. 
Take a 15 minute dry sauna several days a week for a month. Raising your body temperature with dry heat really helps balance sugar levels. When I worked at a European spa, we used this technique for weight loss and blood sugar problems with great results!
Expert dieters drink 8 glasses of water a day. Water naturally suppresses appetite and helps maintain a high metabolic rate. In fact, water is the most important catalyst for increased fat burning. It enhances the liver’s ability to detox and metabolize so it can process more fats. Don’t worry about fluid retention; high water intake actually decreases bloating, because it flushes out sodium and toxins. 

Weight Loss After 40

Achieve your goals with a full lifestyle program.

 Everybody faces a disconcerting body thickening and a slow rise in weight in their 40’s and 50’s… even people who have always been slim, who have a good diet, and who regularly exercise. Body fat typically doubles between the ages of 20 and 50. Both men and women go through a change of life in middle years that affects body shape. However, by cutting back on fat and adding more fiber, most people can avoid middle-aged spread. 

Remember, as metabolism slows, you don’t need to fuel it up as much, because your body doesn’t use up nutrients like it once did. If you eat like you did in your 20’s and 30’s, your body will store too much, mostly as fat. New research shows that moderating food intake extends lifespan as much as ten years! Make sure you are eating a low fat diet.

Stuck on a weight loss plateau?

If you change your diet, have a slow metabolism and still can’t shed unwanted pounds, herbs can help. A higher metabolic rate means you burn more fat, lose weight more easily, and maintain your ideal weight more comfortably. Herbs address fat burning, appetite and sugar balance, while working to increase metabolic rate and support liver function.

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Healthy Detox Recipes

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Chinese Medicine Deep Detox Stew

40 minutes prep time  |  Makes 4 bowls

A traditional stew to enhance immunity and support heart health.Makes: 4 bowls

15 shiitake mushrooms 1 oz. black fungus 3 cloves garlic 4 tbsp. sesame seeds 2 tbsp. sesame oil 2 burdock roots, chopped 2 oz. dry hijiki seaweed 1 bunch bok choy, chopped 1 small can lycii berries 6 tbsp. white miso 2 leeks

Soak the shiitake and black fungus in a bowl of cool water, just enough to cover, for 20 minutes or until soft. Then slice thinly, saving the soaking water. In a soup pot, sauté the garlic, leeks and sesame seeds in the sesame oil for 5 minutes. Add the burdock and hijiki and sauté for 5 minutes more. Add mushrooms, fungus, soaking water, another 6 cups water and bring up to a simmer. Then add the bok choy, lycii berries, and white miso. Let simmer for several minutes to allow the flavors to blend.

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Cold Defense Cleanser

20 minutes prep time | Makes 2 drinks

Make this broth the minute you feel a cold coming on. Drink in small sips.

Makes: 2 drinks

In a saucepan, gently simmer: 1 and one half cups water 1 tbsp. honey 1 tsp. garlic powder One half tsp. cayenne 1 tsp. ground ginger 1 tbsp. lemon juice.

Remove from heat, and add 3 tbsp. brandy.