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Quitting Smoking? Try These Herbs, Tips And Incentives To Help You Succeed!

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Christina Lavers, Guest Writer

“A cigarette is the only consumer product which, when used as directed, kills its consumer.” ~ Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland

Since the 1950s the public has been aware of the dangers of tobacco, and yet the industry continues to thrive. Thinking we’re more powerful than a lowly weed, we allow ourselves to be seduced by the sexy allure of tobacco only to realise, once it’s too late, that we weren’t quite as impervious to its charms as we hoped.

In Native American culture tobacco was viewed as a sacred plant that was used in a ritual context. By limiting its use to ceremonies major problems of addiction were avoided. Today in Western culture the custodians of tobacco are no longer the community’s wise men and women – instead they are some of the most greedy and morally-corrupt corporations on earth, entities that prioritise profit over individual welfare.

“Don’t let tobacco companies make the choices for you… They care about their own well-being, not yours” ~ Wayne Dyer

Tobacco is responsible for more deaths than car accidents, alcohol, murder, suicide, illegal drugs and fire combined. In the U.S. alone, upwards of 400,000 people die each year from tobacco related illnesses! We all know how bad cigarettes are for our health, and yet many of us find the challenge of quitting too much to bear. However, while it is difficult, it is absolutely possible to eliminate this toxic presence from our lives.

Timeline: What Happens to Your Body When You Quit Smoking

It can be helpful to the quitting process when we understand the stages of the process and the health rewards we will reap if we move through them.

20 minutes after your last cigarette:
  • Heart rate and blood pressure return to normal.
  • More sensation in extremities.
  • Body begins to detox from the nicotine (this can intensify cravings — a glass of water can help alleviate the feeling)
8 hours after the last cigarette:
  • Carbon monoxide in the body is halved
  • Oxygen levels return to normal
  • Heart attack risk is lowered
48 hours after the last cigarette:
  • Nerve endings become more receptive
  • Increased sense of taste and smell
  • Nicotine will no longer be circulating in your body
72 hours after the last cigarette:
  • Respiratory system regulates
  • breathing improves (lung capacity increased)
  • Cilia in lungs and trachea begins to repair itself
  • Risk of heart attack, kidney failure and cardiovascular disease further diminished
  • The hardest part is over!
2 -12 weeks after the last cigarette:
  • Depending on how long and much you smoked coughing should be significantly reduced
  • Increased stamina
  • Improved circulation
  • More nutrients being delivered where they are needed
  • Lungs begin the process of cleansing and repairing themselves
  • Increased irritability (be gentle with yourself and others and remember it is just a stage in the process—this too shall pass)
3 to 9 months after the last cigarette:
  • Increased energy levels
  • Due to better nutrient absorption skin becomes softer, more supple and vital looking
  • Lung function increased by up to 10%
  • Continued improvement in breathing and decrease in coughing and wheezing
  • Appetite no longer suppressed
1 to 5 years after the last cigarette:
  • Risk of heart disease reduced by half (compared to when smoking regularly)
  • Cravings completely eliminated, or extremely manageable by this stage
  • Risk of cancer (lung, pancreas, bladder, mouth etc) reduced by up to 50%
  • External signs of smoking should have completely disappeared by this time (ugly tobacco stains on teeth and fingers)
  • Feelings of guilt and self-reproach (due to indulging in self-destructive behaviour) replaced with feelings of dignity and confidence
10 to 15 years after the last cigarette:
  • Pre-cancerous cells replaced with healthy cells
  • After fifteen years of not smoking the chances of developing heart disease, Lupus, Alzheimer’s, cancer (and many more) will be on a par with someone who never smoked!
  • Lowered risk of impotence (that’s gotta be a good incentive for the guys!)
Incentives:

A good incentive is one of the best things to be armed with when deciding to tackle our addictions. Here are a few incentives to help you quit smoking:

Return to health: one of the best incentives to quit smoking is the knowledge that we will regain our health and vitality.

Reduce toxins: thousands of chemicals accompany each drag; by quitting we eliminate a major source of toxins in our environment.

Financial reward: today cigarettes are highly taxed. For someone who smokes a pack a day this can mean a saving of thousands of dollars a year.

Corporate dependency: another major incentive is ditching a dependency on some of the most evil corporations in the world. Every time we smoke a cigarette we support a wicked, uncaring industry that has built itself up through lies and deception and caused untold pain and suffering the world over.

Pregnancy: having a tiny life within that is affected by everything we consume can be a very powerful incentive to quit.

Role model: knowing the risks, I doubt anyone would want their child to take up smoking. By quitting smoking we become better role models for our children.

Herbs to Help You Quit:

These are a few herbs among many that can assist the quitting process. It can be useful to visit an herbalist or naturopath before embarking on the journey to quit as they can assist you to create a quit smoking plan based on your specific needs.

Catnip: helps reduce anxiety and irritability and can be taken as a tea or tincture. In tincture form a couple of drops on the back of the tongue is said to alleviate cravings. Some people smoke it during the transition from smoker to non-smoker, but it has been known to cause headaches.

Lobelia: also known as Indian Tobacco is an herb that can be very useful for quitting. I know several people who used it as a tobacco substitute and found that it greatly eased the transition. The body reacts to the natural chemicals in lobelia in a similar way as it does to nicotine, however lobelia is not as toxic to the body and is not addictive like nicotine. It is also acts to calm the nerves, ease tension, and assists the lungs to heal. Note: Lobelia is a powerful herb and should be taken with care. High doses can cause nausea and vomiting. Do not take if suffering from heart disease, seizures, tobacco sensitivity, or are recovering from shock.

Mullein: is another herb that helps the lungs to heal and acts to promote a sense of calmness. It can be smoked or taken as a tincture.

Calamus (acorus calamus): is also a useful herb for assisting the lungs to heal and for reducing anxiety levels. Another benefit is that it provides extra energy which can be useful during the quitting process.

Dealing with irritability: passionflower and valerian are both herbs that can help with irritability as they promote relaxation and calmness.

General Tips:

Avoid triggers like alcohol, coffee, stress and sugar in the initial period. Remember that the first three months are the hardest. According to Joel Spitzer, who has worked in the quit smoking industry for more than thirty years, a person who indulges in just one cigarette in the first three months of quitting is almost guaranteed to relapse. His claim is confirmed by a 1990 study, “Postcessation Cigarette Use: The Process of Relapse” which found that 93.5% of people who succumbed to ‘just one’ cigarette during the initial twelve weeks of quitting went on to experience a full relapse.

Support groups: these days there are many support groups available for people who want to quit smoking. If it is not appealing, or possible to make it to a physical group there are online communities that share valuable information and support for quitting.

Oral replacements: oil infused toothpicks can be a flavourful substitute that provides the comfort of hand and mouth connection without negative health consequences or calories.

Rewards: save up the money that you would have been spending on cigarettes and reward yourself at milestones in the quitting process.

Deep breathing exercises: a spiritual teacher I worked with several years ago used to say that part of the appeal of cigarettes is that they help us to suppress uncomfortable emotions. If we have used cigarettes this way (and I think most do) the quitting experience is even more challenging as we no longer have an effective strategy for managing these undesired feelings. It is often when intense circumstances arise that people ‘break’ and fall into relapse. When these feelings surface instead of resorting to a cigarette, try deep breathing. Unlike smoking which suppresses the emotions, breathing helps us shift and release them. Crying is also a powerful means of processing emotions and many claim that in the first few months of quitting they often find themselves fighting the urge to cry. If possible allow the tears to flow as, like breathing, this will help keep the energy flowing and avoid a backlog of emotion that could eventually become so powerful it sends us rushing for the pack.

Visualization: It can be helpful to take a few minutes every morning to vividly imagine yourself living your life smoke-free. Focus on the feelings of satisfaction, pride and delight you feel at having conquered a powerful addiction. This simple process will help solidify the knowledge that this is an achievable task and help to overcome any unconscious fears or doubts that could sabotage the process.

“Quitting smoking can be a very good test of ones character. Pass the test and you will have accomplished so much more than just get rid of one bad habit” — Abraham H. Maslow

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About the Author

Christina Lavers is a writer, an artist, a creative enthusiast, and an inner world explorer. Born in Montreal Quebec Canada, she now lives with her life partner and son in a rainforest pocket in the hills behind Coffs Harbour, NSW Australia. She spends her time playing, creating, growing and sharing.

Christina is devoted to assisting people to find and connect with their own creative magical current that flows deep within. She is now offering a comprehensive e-course designed to help people light up their world with passion and creativity. You can access Section One here for free!

Christina has also recently published her first full length book, a memoir about her wild awakening journey entitled Jump Into the Blue, and she is currently working on the next one.

“My journey has been about personal alchemy… exploring the mysteries of my soul and my environment, and learning to bring all aspects, the light and the dark, together with the transcending ingredient… love. The more I uncover and nurture the wounded aspects of my being, the more whole and grounded I feel and the more my outer world reflects the love, wonder and magic I have discovered inside”.

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Follow The Money In “Sick-Care”: What’s Behind The Drugs And Needles?

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Raluca SchachterContributing Writer

“The description of the disease seems to change according to the drug that’s being marketed.” – Ray Peat, PhD

There are several “scams” in the “health”-care industry these days, that brainwash the population into believing the “cure” comes through a pill, or a needle and “donations” should be offered for researching more of such “cures”.

Cholesterol medication is one of these “scams” that are supposedly meant to fight heart disease. The good and bad cholesterol” theory was developed by an opportunistic big pharma industry that needed just another way to make huge profits. Studies and “scientific evidence” were simply bought to “prove” their false theories. But the evidence against this damaging medication couldn’t be hidden for too long. A study published in the American Heart Journal in 2009 tested the cholesterol of heart attack patients admitted to 500 hospitals. The findings were shocking: 75% of those patients had LDL cholesterol levels below the current guidelines of the National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) of 130 milligrams! Clinical reality is that not only is a total cholesterol value greater than 200 not necessarily high, for many people it is normal and very important!

So inventing a problem that doesn’t exist, while covering up symptoms with dangerous drugs is the way these companies operate. We observe the same pattern when we talk about cancer.

The average conventional cancer treatment costs over $300,000. Yet, most natural cancer remedies costs a few thousand dollars or less and clinical reality has shown for many years that they have been very effective!

Linus Pauling, one of the most important scientists of the 20th century and 2-time Nobel Prize winner gives us something to think about when he said:

Everybody should know that the ‘war on cancer’ is largely a fraud, and that the NCI and the ACS are derelict in their duties to the American people who support them.

How about chronic fatigue syndrome? When faced with patients suffering from this disorder, in a poorly-informed attempt to relieve symptoms, most doctors might prescribe antidepressants, muscle relaxants, pain pills, or sleep medications. But none of these will resolve the condition and side effects may make you feel worse. When that happens, they will often tell you that “the disease is just in your head”…

The medical industry is working around the clock to develop new drugs and vaccines to ‘protect’ us from whatever trending epidemic is in the news. One of the latest hoaxes on the matter is the Gardasil HPV vaccine that already killed many young girls and disabled many more.

There is strong evidence that this vaccine does not prevent cervical cancer, there is no scientific evidence of any kind, nor does HPV by itself cause cervical cancer. The CDC website states that the human body’s immune system clears HPV within two years, 90% of the time. Without the vaccine. So why the push for this vaccine?

Because Merck has invested huge amounts of money and efforts to lobby governments in the U.S. and in other countries to make HPV vaccinations mandatory for young school girls, and it has vigorously maintained that Gardasil is safe. This “safety” obviously doesn’t include the figures:

Gardasil has a 400% higher rate of adverse effects than another comparable vaccine, the Menactra anti-meningitis shot.

All these facts scream loudly: MONEY. GREED. IMMORALITY.

The reality is that the magic pill or needle will never “cure” anything, but just cover up symptoms. The conventional, western model of medicine is a symptom and disease oriented approach. There is no real prevention here. Action is taken when symptoms appear and that action is mostly based on prescribing drugs for a lifetime, with serious side effects. Deep, underlying factors that determined the disease in the first place are not considered.

Where Does Your “Healthcare” Money Go?

There is no secret anymore. Big Pharma giants pay doctors and other healthcare professionals to promote their drugs. It is standard operating procedure. For a share of the huge profits, doctors become their lobbyists.

Isn’t it obvious how Big Pharma dictates their opinions about treatments?

Last year, the big pharma company Eli Lilly paid out more than $200 million in payments to doctors and healthcare providers for promoting their drugs. They also agreed to pay $1.4 billion to settle criminal and civil allegations of promoting drugs for unapproved uses. Eli Lilly defrauded Medicare/Medicaid and blatantly put profit over the concern of the consumer, when they concealed the risks of its schizophrenia drug Zyprexa, knowing the serious health risks it caused. This case is not a single one, on a contrary.

ProPublica.org’s Dollars for Docs  database is tracking other companies’ disclosures as well. To give you an idea, take a look at these numbers:

Company2010 Speaker Payments2010 U.S. Sales
Lilly$61,477,547$14.3 billion
GlaxoSmithKline$52,755,793$13.6 billion
Pfizer$34,382,574$26.2 billion
AstraZeneca$31,647,101$18.3 billion
Merck$20,365,446$18.8 billion
Johnson & Johnson$11,712,900$12.9 billion
Cephalon$4,241,080$2.1 billion
ViiV Healthcare$3,975,102Unavailable

It is estimated that these required disclosures, that also expose the doctors’ names and payments will offer a transparency, which will determine physicians to rethink their strategy and back away from such arrangements.

In my opinion, no matter how you look at it, this kind of “healthcare” became a dirty business and doesn’t have anything to do anymore with re-establishing and maintaining people’s health. Because that will be so detrimental to the “business”…

No wonder they call them “drugs”…The question is: for how long will they still be legal??

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About the Author

Raluca Schachter is a dedicated Clinical Nutritionist / Natural Health Practitioner a.k.a “The Health Detective”. Raluca was able to naturally reverse chronic health conditions she was struggling with most of her life, and now uses her knowledge to help as many people as possible do the same. Her health programs and diet plans offer a very unique and comprehensive approach to health, where individual nutritional and biochemical requirements are firstly met using specific nutrients and foods that each metabolism thrives on. Raluca offers her services to international clientele and her practice is fully online based.

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What Happens In Your Body When You Suffer From Thyroid Disease?

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Raluca SchachterContributing Writer

Have you ever wondered how can the thyroid, such a small butterfly shaped gland be responsible of so many negative symptoms that affect your entire metabolism? This happens because the thyroid functions are interconnected with each system in the organism. If the thyroid doesn’t work well, neither do you and you can’t possibly feel well.

Thyroid disease has been on the rise for the past few decades, yet many thyroid dysfunctions are not correctly diagnosed or are diagnosed too late. The thyroid hormone is found in each cell of your body and this is a major reason many experts believe the conventional way of diagnosing thyroid illnesses is not precise: measuring TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) exclusively from blood doesn’t reflect the intracellular level of the hormone. Additionally, the thyroid gland and the hormones it is utilizing don’t exist in isolation inside the organism. This is why it is necessary to evaluate the functional relationships between the thyroid and various other organs, glands and systems.

The Digestive System.

Chronic constipation is a common symptom when dealing with hypothyroidism. Thyroid dysfunction slows down the food transport in the intestines. This raises the risk for infections with pathogens in the intestines, contributes to inflammation, malabsorption and food sensitivities. The low level of gastrin determines intestinal discomfort, reflux, bloating and the low level of gastric acid determines protein deficiency.

Thyroid hormones strongly influence the tight junctions in the stomach and small intestine, which form the impermeable barrier of the digestive system. Leaky gut syndrome is a primary factor in autoimmune diseases as Hashimoto.

Studies have shown that thyroid hormones T3 and T4 protect the intestinal mucosal barrier against stress induced ulcer development. Inflammation in the digestive system reduces T3 through raising cortisol levels. Additionally, intestinal bacteria assists in transforming 20% of inactive T4 hormone into its active T3 form. Intestinal dysbiosis – the imbalance between pathogenic and beneficial intestinal flora, drastically reduces this conversion.

The Gallbladder and Liver

Hypothyroidism affects the gallbladder function through reducing bile flow. The liver metabolizes hormones, filters toxins and cleans the blood. Hypothyroidism interferes with this process and the gallbladder and liver become congested, leading to gallstones. Thyroid hormones affect the most the liver cells responsible for detoxification. At the same time, liver dysfunction will affect both thyroid function, as well as the detoxifying mechanisms of the body. A low T3 level usually reflects liver dysfunction, because the T4 – T3 conversion takes place in the liver. This can also be confirmed through analysing liver enzymes GGTP and ALT and their high level.

The Bone System

The thyroid gland produces and stores calcitonin, a regulatory hormone of calcium. Hypothyroidism interferes with the correct process of long bones formation.

Insulin and Blood Sugar

Persons with a reduced thyroid function absorb glucose slower than normal and so the cells can’t use it to produce energy. The surge of insulin produced in the insulin resistance stage accelerates the thyroid destruction in people with autoimmune thyroid disease. When the gland is destroyed, the hormone production will lower.

When the blood sugar level sinks below normal (hypoglycemia), the adrenal gland responds by secreting cortisol. This transmits to the liver to produce more glucose in order to re-establish normal levels. Unfortunately for the hypoglycemics, the constant cortisol production determined by hypoglycemic episodes suppress the pituitary gland function. This also negatively affects the thyroid.

Estrogen and Progesterone

Estrogen must first be transformed in a water soluble state in the liver in order to be eliminated from the body. During this process estradiol is made, a secondary type of estrogen. Hypothyroidism can block this process, contributing to estrogen dominance, breast cancer, uterine fibroids and ovarian cysts.

Thyroid hormones sensitize the body’s cells so that they can be available to progesterone. When receptors are not exposed to enough thyroid hormones, they lose their ability to allow progesterone to enter the cells.

Fat Burning

Hypothyroidism slows down the body’s metabolism and its ability to burn fat. Adrenal hormones that stimulate fat burning are not efficient anymore and the cells’ receptors that answer to lipase – an enzyme which metabolizes fat, are not available.

Cholesterol

Cholesterol is the main source for steroid hormones formation. Cell absorption of LDL cholesterol will be reduced if there isn’t sufficient thyroid hormone in the cells. LDL will raise significantly in blood due to dysfunctional utilization of thyroid hormone. When the thyroid of a person is underworking, fat will be stored much faster than the body can burn it, which will determine high triglycerides and LDL cholesterol in blood.

Adrenal Glands

The HPT axis (hypothalamus – pituitary – thyroid) works as a feedback loop; if the thyroid is functioning well, your cells have sufficient energy. Some dysfunctions which can be involved in the imbalance of the axis are: methylation cycle dysfunction, dysfunction of the HPA axis (hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal), nutrient deficiencies which are needed for thyroid hormone formation (selenium, zinc, iron, gluthatione, vitamin A, D, iodine) and liver dysfunctions.

Adrenal glands fall under the control of the sympathetic nervous system. The thyroid is strongly influenced by the parasympathetic nervous system. Often a person with hypothyroidism is in a dominant parasympathetic state, and so the sympathetic system is weaker. Considering the strong relation between adrenals, hypothalamus and thyroid, one can observe how the dysfunctional state of the exhausted adrenal glands can cause a cascade of problems for thyroid function.

As you can see in the below figure, glucorticoid hormones (which include cortisol) can suppress T4 – T3 conversion. So a person with a high level of cortisol (and stress) risks to suffer from low thyroid function. Additionally, the high cortisol level can result in excessive production of inactive reverse T3 (rT3), which will compete with T3 and so suppress thyroid function.

Other stress hormones like CRH produced by the hypothalamus will have an inhibitory effect on the thyroid, blocking TSH transport to the thyroid.

On top of this, if a person presents mercury toxicity and doesn’t consume a clean and correct diet for her/his metabolism, the risk of developing hypothyroidism will become even higher.

Integrative, Functional and Efficient Healing Solutions

A correct diet, proper detoxification and biochemical balance are essential aspects when addressing thyroid disorders. However there are no one-size-fits-all solutions and this is essential to remember when undertaking any healing program. No diet or treatment will work for all people the same way. Biochemical individuality is present in all body cells, and, as it happens with all illnesses, the causative factors are different in all people too.

Further, if one takes action only by suppressing negative symptoms instead of correcting the cause, then real long-term healing can’t ever be achieved. Taking thyroid medication for life won’t cause the thyroid to function better; it will only help to substitute for what the gland is not able to produce naturally anymore, and will also generate side-effects in other areas of the body.

So it’s essential to support the body’s healing in a holistic and non-invasive way. This means to determining your individual genetic, nutritional and biochemical requirements and detecting and correcting the causes of your dysfunction, rather than just “treating” the thyroid.

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Recommended Articles by Raluca Schachter
About the Author

Raluca Schachter is a dedicated Clinical Nutritionist / Natural Health Practitioner a.k.a “The Health Detective”. Raluca was able to naturally reverse chronic health conditions she was struggling with most of her life, and now uses her knowledge to help as many people as possible do the same. Her health programs and diet plans offer a very unique and comprehensive approach to health, where individual nutritional and biochemical requirements are firstly met using specific nutrients and foods that each metabolism thrives on. Raluca offers her services to international clientele and her practice is fully online based.

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Understanding Inflammation… And How To Eliminate It Naturally

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Raluca SchachterContributing Writer

One of the most common physical symptoms people suffer is inflammation. It is a sign that the body has initiated self-healing, but when inflammation is prolonged, it can result in an excessive free radical activity and tissue damage.

There are numerous mechanisms in the body which can cause inflammation and it can show up in various forms, but most of the time it directly involves a dysfunction of the digestive system – like most ailments.

The immune response is one of the main mechanisms to initiate inflammatory processes. Citokines are one of the well-studied molecules involved in the immune response, and are responsible for cellular apoptosis (cell death) and cascades of inflammatory processes. An excessive level of citokines in the body is associated with insulin resistance, diabetes and many other health problems.

Insulin, Cholesterol,  C-reactive Protein

One of the main markers of inflammation is hyperinsulinism. In medical literature this is a main factor associated with cardiovascular diseases. A high level of insulin (above 5) determines high levels of pro-inflammatory mediators and is also associated with a high level of C reactive protein, a main marker for inflammation. Studies showed that the high level of C reactive protein is also associated with high consumption of the trans fats found in processed foods.

Cholesterol has a powerful anti-inflammatory effect and a critical importance in regulating inflammation and free radical activity. A low level of cholesterol is associated with many auto-immune inflammatory conditions. (For more information, please read my previous articles: Debunking Cholesterol Myths and Cholesterol Behind The Numbers: Facts Your Doctors Don’t Tell You.)

As with a high cholesterol level, C reactive protein is a response to inflammation, not the cause of it. Causes are multiple and they are mainly generated by nutritional deficiencies, glucose metabolism malfunction, hyperinsulinism, toxicity and the body’s response to stress.

A level higher than 3 for this marker indicates a higher inflammation level. Analysing C reactive protein in association  with homocysteine and insulin levels is essential to properly monitor inflammation in the body.

Intestinal Dysbiosis

Medical research showed that inflammation often involves digestive function. Autoimmune diseases, for example, mostly always involve intestinal dysbiosis and other multiple chronic infections, which are often not considered in allopathic, conventional treatments. That’s why it’s essential to follow a strategy which focuses on re-establishing the digestive function and immunity, in order to normalize the inflammatory response.

Reactive foods, pathogen infections, heavy metal toxicity are also directly responsible for mucosal barrier damage and inflammation.

Processed Foods and Incorrectly Prepared Food

With the advent of the Industrial Revolution and the processing of omega 6-rich vegetable oils such as corn, soybean, canola and safflower oils – which are so abundant in our collective diet today – the balanced ratio of omega 6 and omega 3 fatty acids on which our human genome thrived for hundreds of thousands of years changed drastically in our diets.

These days, it is estimated that we eat one-tenth of the amount of omega 3 fatty acids required for normal functioning. This is one of the reasons why a high percentage of our modern population is susceptible to food-related health conditions like heart disease, cancer, insulin resistance and diabetesobesity, arthritis and other inflammatory conditions. The elimination of toxic trans fatty acids alone could avert tens of thousands of coronary events each year, in the United States and around the world!

Disease is frequently caused by the consumption of processed foods which contain toxic and even carcinogenic substances, commercially-grown produce containing dangerous herbicides, pesticides, fungicides and rodenticides (2 billion pounds of such chemicals are used annually in the US alone!) and commercially farmed animals that are raised on steroids, antibiotics, food laden with mycotoxins (very poisonous toxins from mold and fungus) – and other toxic additives.

Cooking foods at high temperatures, crust formation when barbecuing foods, frying, etc. can generate high inflammation in the body and carcinogenic compounds named advanced glycation end products – AGEs.

Neurological Inflammation

Neurological inflammation occurs when an inflammatory cascade releases inflammatory mediators. Neurological inflammation can be a result of the overexcitation of neurons, nerve pathways in the nervous system and brain, leading to misfiring, exhaustion, and ultimately the death of these nerves.

When neurons die, chronic inflammation results, leading to poor nerve signalling and health imbalances. For example, the red swelling that surrounds a bug bite is actually the body’s inflammatory process at work. A very similar process can occur in the areas surrounding our nerves, even if we can’t see that internal process as clearly as we can the red bite on our skin’s surface. (Dr. Amy Yasko, Ph.D – Neurological Research Institute)

The causes which determine the process of “neurological inflammation” resulting in autism and autistic-like behaviours including ADD and ADHD is multifactorial. Without a particular combination of genetic mutations, heavy metal toxicities, chronic viral infections, underlying bacterial and fungal infections, and excitotoxin damage leading to a negative cascade of neurological events, autism, ADD/ADHD and other neurological conditions like Alzheimer’s Disease may not manifest. And the same underlying factors may also be responsible for the increase in chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia as well as the increase in mitochondrial disease.

For example, excitoxins are stimulating chemicals present now in many common foods, that over-stimulate brain chemistry via the neurotransmitters and nerve receptors. This over-stimulation can trigger nerve cell death, which results in poor signalling, contributing to “stims”, and language difficulties. Add to this all the other mentioned factors and it’s no wonder such conditions are on the rise in our society!

Dangers of Using Anti-Inflammatory Drugs: Aspirin, Ibuprofen

Commonly used anti-inflammatory medications can cause ulcers, stomach bleeding, and other gastrointestinal complications. Research shows that 80% of deaths caused by ulcers occur in patients who take anti-inflammatories, and people who follow anti-inflammatory drug therapy have a 5-10 times higher risk of developing ulcers. Moreover, these drugs can also affect the kidney and liver function, especially when used over a long period of time. 

(For more information, please see the article: 9 Natural Alternatives to Ibuprofen/NSAIDs Without the Side Effects.)

Natural Alternatives to Eliminate Inflammation Long Term

The best long-term strategy to eliminate inflammation is to ensure you provide your body with the necessary nutritional support to maintain normal biological functions. This means to first follow a clean organic diet that fits your unique metabolism. A wrong diet, even if “organic”, can quickly become a stressor for the body if it doesn’t fit to your unique genetic and biochemical requirements. It is also essential to eliminate inflammatory foods (frying, sugar, processed foods, the above mentioned vegetable oils, reactive foods like gluten and dairy, additives and other toxic, industrial substances, etc.)

Proteolytic enzymes like bromelaine, pancreatin and serrapeptase contain powerful anti-inflammatory effects. These have been shown to be efficient at inhibiting fibroids formation, fibrinogen and excessive coagulation. Serrapeptase has very beneficial effects in joint inflammation, arthritis, fibroids, excessive blood coagulation, respiratory conditions, mucus excess, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibrocystic breast disease.

A large variety of plants have an anti-inflammatory effect, plus other health benefits; some of these are boswellia, willow bark, turmeric, ginger, cloves, rosemary, holy basil, arnica, yarrow.

Anti-Inflammatory ‘Golden Milk’ Recipe!

This turmeric-based drink has its origins in Ayurveda, one of the world’s oldest medical systems. It has a special earthy taste, is very rich in anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic and antioxidant properties, and naturally supports the body’s elimination (detox) and immune systems. As with any other medicinal plants, overuse or misuse can lead to negative health effects. Consume the turmeric golden milk considering your dosha and metabolic type, and most importantly, carefully observing your body’s signs and symptoms. (For more information, check out my article: Listen To Your Body. Correct Food Ratios. Reverse Disease.)

You can use a previously-boiled turmeric paste for this recipe, but it is not mandatory to gain the anti-inflammatory benefits of turmeric. In my recipe, I’ll use turmeric powder.

Ingredients

•   1 and 1/2 cups milk (ie. organic, grass fed milk from cow or goat, coconut milk, home made hemp milk or almond milk)

•   1/2 – 1 tsp organic turmeric powder

•   a pinch of black pepper (to enhance turmeric absorption)

•   1/2 – 1 tsp of cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, cardamom, nutmeg (a combination of these or all of them)

•   1/2 tsp organic, raw honey (optional)

•   1/2 organic coconut oil or coconut cream (optional)

Preparation

•   Add milk together with all ingredients except honey.

•   Warm on a medium heat, without boiling.

•   Stir well and add honey at the end.

•   Drink this healthy “cocktail” with pleasure and intention!

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Antibiotic Resistant Infections: The Dangers… And How You Can Avoid Them

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Raluca SchachterContributing Writer

You have probably heard about antibiotic resistant infections. But did you know that two million people per year in the US are acquiring this type of infection and 23,000 Americans per year are dying because of this?

On top of that, 250,000 people in the US require hospital care for Clostridium difficile (a unique bacterial infection directly related to antibiotic use and resistance) infections each year and 14,000 people in the US die from C. difficile infections each year.

The evidence that proves how harmful this practice can be has been available for a while now. Taking routine course of antibiotics and moreover pouring them into our food has been leading to serious and dangerous side effects, which greatly affect everybody’s health and wellbeing. There are instances when antibiotics can save lives, so they have their place. But switching from specific, well determined and occasional use to a broad use – and even worse, to a  ”preventive” measure in humans and animals – is totally insane.

Antibiotics Overuse in Medicine

Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride (Master of Medical Sciences in Neurology and Master of Medical Sciences in Human Nutrition)  offers a well-researched summary of the most common disastrous health effects which directly involve antibiotics:

– they destroy beneficial bacteria in the human body, not only in the gut but in other organs and tissues

– they change bacteria, viruses and fungi from benign to pathogenic, giving them an ability to invade tissues and cause disease

– they make bacteria resistant to antibiotics, so the industry has to work on more and more powerful new antibiotics to attack these new changed bacteria. A good example is tuberculosis, where wide use of antibiotics has created new varieties of the Mycobacterium Tuberculosis resistant to all existing antibiotics

– they have a direct damaging effect on the immune system, making us more vulnerable to infections, which leads to a vicious cycle of more antibiotics and more infections

Antibiotics in Food

The problem of antibiotics overuse actually grew to proportions because it comes not only from prescription drugs, but from conventional food everywhere as well! This way, we are exposed indirectly to antibiotics since we are born and their negative effects are real.

Many large producers of meat and poultry feed antibiotics to their healthy food animals simply to offset the effects of overcrowding and poor sanitation, as well as to promote faster growth. Every year, nearly 30 million pounds of antibiotics are sold for use in food animals. In fact, up to 70% of all antibiotics sold in the United States go to healthy food animals.

Farmed fish and shellfish have antibiotics added, as well as a lot of fruits, vegetables and grains, legumes and nuts, which are sprayed with antibiotics to control disease.

Anti-Bacterial Cleaners

Modern times brought along the common belief that everything has to be disinfected and sterilized. But it’s been proven by numerous studies that constant use of conventional sanitizers and antibacterial soaps is also killing the beneficial bacteria on our hands – which are meant to actually protect ourselves from disease. In other words, resistant bacteria – “superbugs” – will develop, and a former common cold will morph into a much more virulent and harder to treat infection.

More Things You Can Do to Avoid Antibiotic-Resistant Infections
  • STOP taking antibiotics with the first infection, rely on NATURAL, effective, safe and powerful antibiotics with NO side effects. My favourites are raw propolis, grapefruit seed extract, oregano oil, echinacea, Manuka honey. When you really need to take a course of antibiotics, always follow with a course of probiotics, to counteract the negative effects and maintain a healthy gut flora.
  • Buy and eat only ORGANIC meat, eggs and dairy or at least those that haven’t had antibiotics added (you can find this on many product labels now).
  • Stay clean using natural, green cleaners for your body and house, and avoid anti-bacterial soaps, as well as harsh, toxic chemicals.
  • Live a healthy life, eat whole food and take responsibility of your own precious health so you don’t end up in hospitals and long-term care facilities, which are the most exposed environments to never-ending disease.
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