Sunday, April 23, 2017

Lyme Disease

Reposted from David Wolfe

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that affects people of all ages. It’s transmitted by deer ticks and black-legged ticks across the United States, as well as in more than sixty other countries. According to the CDC, at least 300,000 people are infected with Lyme disease each year. Diagnosing Lyme disease can be difficult, because its symptoms mimic many other diseases. It can affect any organ in the body, including the brain and nervous system, the muscles and joints and the heart.

Lyme disease symptoms can include:
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Sweats
  • Muscle Aches
  • Nausea
  • Joint Pain
  • A rash shaped like a bull's eye

The conventional treatment for Lyme disease is antibiotics, but they often only address the surface aspects of the infection, leaving the disease deep within the body where it’s able to cause more harm. In a new preclinical study, researchers found that whole stevia leaf extract has powerful antibiotic activity against a pathogen known as Borrelia Burgdorferi, which is known to cause Lyme disease.

The Study

The study was conducted by researchers from the Department of Biology and Environmental Science, University of New Haven, West Haven, CT. The findings were published in the European Journal of Microbiology & Immunology. In the study, researchers directly compared an alcohol extract of a whole stevia leaf product to conventional antibiotics. They assessed their abilities to kill various forms of Borrelia burgdorferi.

B. burgdorferi can exist in different forms and it is highly resistant to antibiotics. It created a barrier against most conventional antibiotics, making it difficult to treat. Researchers found, “Stevia whole leaf extract, as an individual agent, was effective against all known morphological forms of B. burgdorferi.”

Researchers pointed out that about 10-20% of Lyme disease patients treated with antibiotics for the recommended 2-4 weeks experience adverse health effects. These often include fatigue, pain, joint aches and muscle aches. In some patients, these adverse effects from Lyme disease antibiotics lasted for more than six months.

The researchers noted, “The leaf extract of stevia possesses many phytochemicals… with known antimicrobial properties against many pathogens.” They concluded, “Results from this study suggest that a natural product such as Stevia leaf extract could be considered as an effective agent against B. burgdorferi.”

While this was a preliminary study, it provides a foundation for future research on the topic. The findings suggest that whole stevia leaf extract could play an important role in the natural treatment of Lyme disease.

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    Wednesday, April 19, 2017

    Cancer and Baking Soda

    Reposted from Healthy Food For Me:

    Baking soda is a white crystalline solid that appears as fine powder. It is also called cooking soda, bread soda and bicarbonate of soda. Its chemical name is sodium bicarbonate or sodium hydrogen carbonate. The National Institutes of Health at the University of Arizona Cancer Center has proven that even the most aggressive cancers which have metastasized can be reversed with baking soda treatments. Studies have shown that dietary measures to boost bicarbonate levels can increase the pH of acidic tumors without upsetting the pH of the blood and healthy tissues. Most of the people choose chemotherapy in cancer treatment, but it is toxic to all cells in our body. It boosts cancer growth and long-term mortality rates.

    Dr. Julian Whitaker has made The Whitaker protocol. This protocol uses 12g (two rounded teaspoons) of baking soda mixed in two cups water, along with a low-cal sweetener. He says that if you drink this mixture three times a day it is very successful in cancer treatment and the cancer can even be cured.

    Baking soda can also reduce the involvement of the lymph node on the transport cancer cells, it does not lower the levels of circulating tumor cells, it reduces the involvement of the liver and it inhibits the colonization of other organs by circulating tumor cells.

    The baking soda cancer remedy formula is very easy to prepare. You will need maple syrup and molasses or honey. Just mix one teaspoon of baking soda with one teaspoon of molasses in a cup of water and your drink is ready.

    Monday, March 20, 2017

    Recover your hearing

    Reposted from My Health Advice

    People usually experience hearing problems because of age, but in recent times, more and more people have this kind of problems no matter their age, sex or race. This could be a serious problem for one person, for example in the field of work: you could have problems if you’re constantly telling people to repeat you what they’ve said. You could also have problems by not hearing the horns of any vehicle, especially while you’re walking or driving.

    The market nowadays offers numerous treatments for relief, but today, we’re going to suggest you a natural solution that’s going to help you reduce your hearing problems very quickly and easily! The ingredient that is used is very common and is used every day by people all around the world. It’s garlic! Garlic is universally used to solve different health problems. You’ve also probably heard about numerous legends that claimed that garlic had the ability to destroy vampires.

    Here’s what you need about the recipe!
    You need:
    • – 3 garlic cloves
    • – olive oil
    • – dropper
    • – cotton or gauze
    Take the three garlic cloves and remove their rind completely. Then, wash them and press them firmly so that you can extract the maximum quantity of juice possible. Mix the garlic juice with the olive oil and put it in the dropper.

    Put three to four drops of this oil in your ear. It’s preferable that you rest after this, so that the oil could penetrate into your ear deeply. Rest for a while lying down. Take a piece of gauze or cotton to close your ear so that the oil can’t go out. The first results will appear very soon and you’ll be shocked that your hearing is improved by such a simple recipe!

    Friday, March 17, 2017

    Arrhythmia Protocol

    Reposted from Life Extension


    Acupuncture refers to a procedure involving stimulation of a variety of points on the body using needles that are inserted manually (NCCAM 2012). A study that enrolled 80 patients with persistent atrial fibrillation was conducted to evaluate whether acupuncture treatment had any effects on recurrence rates and whether it was able to prevent arrhythmias. After patients had their normal heart rhythms restored via cardioversion, they were treated with amiodarone (Cordarone®), acupuncture, sham-acupuncture (a procedure wherein acupuncture needles are inserted into the “wrong” points), or given no treatment. The results revealed that recurrence rates were lower in the acupuncture group (35%) than the sham (69%) or control (54%) groups (Lomuscio 2011). The recurrence rates in patients treated with amiodarone were 27%. Analysis of data from 8 separate studies showed that 87-100% of participants converted to normal heart rhythm after acupuncture treatment (VanWormer 2008).

    Mediterranean Diet

    The Mediterranean diet has been shown to provide cardioprotective effects. A study conducted in 2011 sought to study the relationship between this type of diet, vitamin intake, and the incidence of arrhythmias. The study recruited 800 subjects, 400 of which had detected their first episode of atrial fibrillation. Low adherence to this diet was associated with the development of atrial fibrillation, and high adherence with spontaneous conversion back to normal electrical impulses in the heart. While further studies in a larger population are required to corroborate these findings, high adherence to a Mediterranean diet may potentially prevent atrial fibrillation episodes (Mattioli 2011).

    Lifestyle Changes

    Other lifestyle measures that may reduce risk of arrhythmia include (Pepe 2010; Park 2009; Mattioli 2011):
    • Adequate exercise (Shea 2008)
    • Maintaining a healthy body weight (Fuster 2011; Tedrow 2010)
    • Quitting smoking (Chamberlain 2011; Shea 2008)
    • Cutting back on caffeine (Fuster 2011; Mattioli 2008, 2011; Shea 2008)
    • Cutting back on alcohol (Shea 2008; Fuster 2011; Kodama 2011)
    • Reducing stress (Magri 2012; Shea 2008)
    • Avoiding stimulant medications (eg, pseudoepinephrine) (Shea 2008)

    Omega-3/Fish Oil

    Omega-3 fatty acids are important health-promoting lipids found in certain fish and other seafood as well as specific plant sources (Lavie 2009; Kromhout 2011). Fish oil contains eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), two important omega-3 fatty acids for health (Lavie 2009).
    Several studies have shown that moderate consumption of fish oils/omega-3 fatty acids is heart-healthy and provides protection against arrhythmias, including atrial fibrillation and ventricular arrhythmias (Pepe 2010; Lavie 2009). The omega-3 fatty acids potentially act by stabilizing the electrical activity in the heart through reduction of the sodium and calcium currents inside heart muscle cells (Pepe 2010). A large study enrolled 11 324 people within 3 months after having an acute myocardial infarction and treated them with an omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA) supplement by itself, vitamin E by itself , an omega-3 PUFA supplement together with vitamin E, or placebo. This study showed that 850 mg of EPA and DHA supplementation provided various cardiovascular benefits, mainly due to their antiarrhythmic effects; this included reduced nonfatal heart attack and nonfatal stroke rates, as well as reduced cardiovascular death (Pepe 2010). A similar reduction in ventricular arrhythmia-related events was also noted in a sub-group analysis of 1014 patients with clinically diagnosed heart attack and diabetes who were treated with a combination of DHA, EPA, and alpha linolenic acid (ALA; a plant-based precursor of EPA) (Kromhout 2011). Perhaps the most significant effects of omega-3 supplementation have been observed in patients with atrial fibrillation (Lavie 2009). A study published in 2012 analyzed plasma levels of various omega-3 fatty acids in a population of 3326 individuals without history of atrial fibrillation or heart failure. The results showed that higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids and DHA were associated with a lower risk of atrial fibrillation in older patients (Wu 2012). However, not all studies have confirmed the beneficial effect of fish oil supplementation for the treatment of arrhythmias (Pepe 2010; Lavie 2009; Brouwer 2009). Additionally, caution should be exercised in patients with implantable defibrillator, as some studies show that there may be a slightly higher risk of sudden death in patients with an implantable defibrillator who are treated with fish oil supplements (Jenkins 2008; Marik 2009).

    Magnesium and Potassium

    As both magnesium and potassium are intricately involved in the heart’s electrical stability, maintaining normal functional blood levels and ratios of each of these ions is important. Low concentrations of magnesium and potassium in the body are associated with increased risk of developing ventricular arrhythmias (Sultan 2012).
    Magnesium deficiency may result in congestive heart failure, hypertension, and angina (Guerrera 2009). The American Heart Association recommends administering magnesium sulfate intravenously (up to 2 grams in 2 minutes) to treat some types of ventricular tacharrhythmia. Oral magnesium oxide (15 mg/kg) added to a regimen of beta-blockers helped to improve some markers of imminent ventricular tachyarrhythmia, even in cases where the beta-blockers failed to make a difference on their own (Bachman 2003). Additionally, oral magnesium (3 grams daily for 30 days) improved symptoms of premature ventricular and supraventricular complexes in 93.3% of patients taking magnesium as compared with only 16.7% of patients administered placebo (Falco 2012).
    Potassium is important for the maintenance of cardiac electrical stability, and alterations (deficiency or excess) in serum potassium levels, such as can be induced by diuretic drugs, can contribute to the development of cardiac arrhythmias (Zaza 2009; Abdel-Qadir 2010; Berkova 2012). Assessing potassium levels via blood testing and increasing potassium intake via supplementation if levels are found to be low is an arrhythmia treatment consideration. In a study that enrolled 170 patients with symptomatic persistent atrial fibrillation, pre-treatment with intravenous potassium/magnesium improved the success rate of achieving conversion to a normal heart rhythm (Sultan 2012).


    Hawthorn is a fruit-bearing shrub whose constituents have been used since the 1800s to support cardiovascular health (Edwards 2012). Modern scientific inquiry has shown that hawthorn is rich in several antioxidant compounds such as flavonoids and anthocyanins, and that it may play a supportive role in several cardiovascular diseases (Rigelsky 2002; Chang 2005; Edwards 2012). It is thought that hawthorn supports heart and vascular health via modulation of ion (eg, potassium and calcium) channels, blood flow, inflammation, and oxygen utilization, as well as by scavenging damaging free radical molecules, which cause oxidative stress (Rigelsky 2002; Tadic 2008).
    In an animal model, infusions of hawthorn extracts reduced the number of arrhythmias compared to a control infusion following experimental deprivation and subsequent reinstitution of blood supply to the heart (“ischemia/ reperfusion”), a paradigm that mimics some of the effects of a heart attack (Garjani 2000). In another similarly designed animal model, long-term supplementation with a standardized hawthorn extract was associated with 6-fold fewer incidence of potentially deadly ventricular fibrillation following deprivation and subsequent reinstitution of blood flow to the heart (al Makdessi 1999). A 24-week long human clinical trial involving over 1000 patients with heart failure found that hawthorn supplementation improved heart function and reduced symptoms such as fatigue and palpitations. Supplementation also increased the amount of time subjects’ heart rhythms remained normal (Tauchert 1999).


    Oxidative stress and inflammation have been implicated in the development of atrial fibrillation, and this is particularly true in the case of post-operative atrial fibrillation (Ozaydin 2008). Various studies have attempted to determine the usefulness of antioxidants in the treatment of atrial fibrillation (Rasoli 2011).
    The beneficial effects of N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC) treatment are attributed to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties (Ozaydin 2008). Since oxidative stress has been implicated as a factor in post-operative atrial fibrillation, various trials have tried to assess the effectiveness of N-acetyl-cysteine (NAC) in preventing the condition. An analysis of data from 8 separate trials that included a combined population of over 500 patients concluded that NAC supplementation may effectively reduce the incidence of post-operative atrial fibrillation (Gu 2012). In a trial conducted to study the effects of NAC treatment on post-operative atrial fibrillation, intravenous infusion of NAC was compared to a group receiving saline infusion. Post-operative atrial fibrillation was found in only three patients from the NAC-treated group, as compared with 12 patients from the saline group (Ozaydin 2008).
    Vitamins C and E
    Vitamins C and E may also exert a protective effect against post-operative atrial fibrillation by virtue of their antioxidant properties. An analysis of data from 5 clinical trials that examined a total of 567 patients demonstrated that vitamin therapy caused a significant reduction in the incidence of post-operative atrial fibrillation and all-cause arrhythmia. This effect was independent of the type of surgery. There is also evidence of a synergistic effect between antioxidant vitamins and beta-blockers (Harling 2011). A separate study that enrolled 100 patients undergoing bypass surgery showed that a combination of oral vitamin C (2 grams on the night prior to surgery and 2 grams daily for 5 days thereafter) and a beta-blocker was more effective in preventing post-operative atrial fibrillation than the beta-blocker treatment alone. The incidence of post-operative atrial fibrillation was only 4% in the vitamin C group as compared with 26% in the control group (Rodrigo 2010). Vitamin C treatment showed similar benefits in another study where a group of 44 patients receiving standard treatment following conversion to normal heart rhythm received either vitamin C or no additional treatment. Atrial fibrillation recurred in only 4.5% of the patients in the vitamin C group, as compared with 36.3% of the patients who did not receive any treatment (Korantzopoulos 2005). Similarly, pre-operative treatment with vitamin E for 28 days followed by vitamin C on days 27-29 reduced the incidence of arrhythmias in a group of 37 patients undergoing bypass surgery (Rasoli 2011).
    Resveratrol is a polyphenol found in grapes and Japanese knotweed (Polygonum cuspidatum) with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.  An animal model revealed that resveratrol can attenuate inflammatory responses and oxidative stress after myocardial infarction, which can lead to decreased inducibility of ventricular arrhythmias (Xin 2010). A pre-clinical study revealed that resveratrol treatment significantly suppressed myocardial infarction-induced ventricular arrhythmias and improved long-term survival. Resveratrol acts by a variety of mechanisms, and exerts its effects in a concentration-dependent manner, by inhibiting the calcium current, which reduces the intracellular calcium overload, or opening certain potassium channels (Hung 2004; Chen 2008).
    Coenzyme Q10
    Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a powerful antioxidant and an important component of cellular energy production. A number of studies have revealed a therapeutic role for CoQ10 in conditions of impaired cardiac function, such as heart failure (Singh 2007; Weant 2005). Animal data has shown that CoQ10 can exert powerful antiarrhythmic action following deprivation and subsequent reinstitution of blood flow to the heart (Nagai 1985). Several clinical trials have revealed that CoQ10 possess antiarrhythmic action in situations of impaired cardiac function or metabolic disease such as type 2 diabetes. In a trial involving 27 diabetic individuals, CoQ10 supplementation was found to be beneficial in reducing premature ventricular contractions (Fujioka 1983). A trial involving 2500 heart failure patients found that 3 months of supplementation with 50 – 150 mg of CoQ10 daily was associated with an improvement in arrhythmia signs and symptoms in 62% of subjects (Baggio 1993). Another trial evaluated the effects of CoQ10 supplementation (150 mg daily) for 7 days preceding scheduled coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) procedures in 40 subjects who were divided to receive CoQ10 or act as a control group. Following CABG, CoQ10 supplementation was associated with lower markers of oxidative stress and significantly lower incidence of potentially deadly ventricular fibrillation (Chello 1994). In a controlled clinical trial among 144 subjects who had a heart attack, 28 days of supplementation with 120 mg of CoQ10 daily was associated with a 2.6-fold reduction in occurrence of arrhythmias. Moreover, subjects receiving CoQ10 also exhibited less evidence of oxidative stress, and levels of other antioxidants such as vitamins A, C, and E increased to a greater degree following heart attack in the group who received CoQ10 than those who received placebo (Singh 1998).


    Rhodiola reduced the incidence of ventricular arrhythmias and increased the ventricular fibrillation threshold in an animal model of heart attack (Maslov 2009). Preclinical research suggests the anti-arrhythmic effect of rhodiola may be due to activation of opioid receptors (Maimeskulova 2000). Experimental pre-clinical research has demonstrated pretreatment with rhodiola improved several measures of heart cell health following induced ischemic injury (Wu 2009).

    Monday, February 20, 2017

    Atrocious State of Cancer Treatment in the US

    Reposted from Dr. Mercola

    By Dr. Mercola
    Being diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme, a type of brain tumor, is considered a death sentence by modern medicine.
    Despite a decades-long war on cancer, and the "most advanced" treatments known to 21st century oncologists, people who develop this aggressive, fast-growing cancer are given a prognosis of about 15 months to live — if they're lucky.
    Aggressive treatment, including surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, is often started, even though oncologists know it won't cure the disease. If you ever find yourself in this type of nightmarish scenario, you can imagine the desperation you would feel to find something, anything, that might offer hope.
    Most people turn to their oncologists or neurosurgeons with such requests for possible experimental or outside-the-box treatments, but you're unlikely to receive any help that deviates from the hospital's standard protocol.
    It's not that such treatment options don't exist; they do. The problem is that the oncologist can't, or won't, prescribe them. To do so would risk his or her reputation and even medical license, should you decide to sue.
    The film interviews a number of oncologists that carefully describe their predicament. But the problem is even larger than this. Modern cancer care is not set up to treat you, an individual. Their primary goal is to validate experimental therapies for future cancer patients many years down the road.
    Due to regulatory red tape, drug-company greed, failures in the scientific process and lack of a universal will to do what's best for each and every patient, modern cancer care fails an unacceptable percentage of the time.
    As Albert Einstein said, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. This describes modern cancer treatment in a nutshell.

    How One Man Survived Terminal Cancer

    Ben Williams, Ph.D., professor emeritus of Experimental Psychology at University of California, San Diego, shouldn't be here today. He should be one of the statistics — 1 of the more than 15,000 people who die from glioblastoma multiforme in the U.S. every year.1
    Yet, he's alive — 19 years after his initial glioblastoma multiforme diagnosis. His survival was brushed off as a rare fluke by his doctors, but Williams believes otherwise.
    In his book "Surviving Terminal Cancer: Clinical Trials, Drug Cocktails, and Other Treatments Your Oncologist Won't Tell You About," he details the multi-faceted strategy he used to overcome the disease. You can hear him tell his story first-hand in the film "Surviving Terminal Cancer," above.
    It's becoming increasingly clear that in order to outsmart cancer, you've got to attack it from multiple angles, especially in the case of complex brain cancer. And that's what Williams did.
    He described a mushroom extract that's used routinely to treat cancer in Japan. It has zero toxicity, but it's not even mentioned in the U.S.
    He did his own research, finding out about the potential to use existing non-cancer medications off label to treat the deadly disease. Once a patent expires on a drug, its potential to rake in major profits plummets. As such, drug companies typically abandon them in favor of newer, more profitable pursuits.

    Abandoned Drugs Show Promise but Oncologists Won't Prescribe Them

    Some of these abandoned drugs have shown promise for glioblastoma multiforme, but they're not offered to U.S. patients. While I'm not in favor of over-prescribing medications, if you're facing a deadly prognosis you're probably willing to risk the side effects if it gives you a chance for survival.
    High-dose tamoxifen, a breast cancer drug, is one such medication that has shown some promise in treating glioblastoma multiforme.2
    The anti-malaria drug chloroquine is another.3 There's even a good chance your neuro-oncologist may be aware of the promising studies done with these drugs, but he or she won't offer them as a potential treatment because they're considered experimental. As Williams said:
    "It made absolutely no sense to me not to use everything that might have a benefit as long as the toxicities were acceptable. Why wouldn't anyone want to add them? It seemed to be totally irrational that people didn't use everything that was available."

    When Modern Medicine Fails Them, Cancer Patients Turn to Self-Medication and the Black Market

    In order to survive, Williams turned to self-medicating, a dangerous prospect by any account but, again, when your life is at stake you're willing to take the risk. And his story is not unique.
    Many have traveled to other countries, forged prescriptions, feigned illnesses to get access to different medications and even traded medications and nutraceuticals on the "black market" in order to have even a chance at survival.
    In Williams' case, his daily cocktail of off-label medications and natural products worked. In just six months, his brain tumor had disappeared and it hasn't been back since.
    There are more than a handful of others who have defied odds and lived long term with glioblastoma multiforme, and they've taken matters into their own hands too.
    Williams now spends the bulk of his time trying to help others with terminal cancer, and he makes his book, which he updates annually, free to cancer patients in need.

    Natural Cancer Fighters Overlooked by Modern Medicine

    Nature is an invaluable resource for fighting cancer, yet natural products, even those that have been intensely studied, are also left out of cancer patients' treatment plans. Curcumin — one of the most well-studied bioactive ingredients in turmeric — is one glaring example.
    It exhibits over 150 potentially therapeutic activities, including anti-cancer properties.
    As noted by Dr. William LaValley — a leading natural medicine cancer physician whom I've previously interviewed on this topic — curcumin is unique in that it appears to be universally useful for just about every type of cancer.
    Superficially, this appears unusual considering the fact that cancer consists of a wide variety of different nuclear genetic defects. One reason for this universal anti-cancer proclivity is curcumin's ability to decrease the primary mitochondrial dysfunction that is likely one of the foundational causes of cancer. Once it gets into a cell, it also affects more than 100 different molecular pathways.
    And, as explained by LaValley, whether the curcumin molecule causes an increase in activity of a particular molecular target or decrease/inhibition of activity, studies repeatedly show that the end result is a potent anti-cancer activity. Moreover, curcumin is virtually non-toxic, and does not adversely affect healthy cells, suggesting it selectively targets cancer cells — all of which are clear benefits in cancer treatment.
    Research has even shown that it works synergistically with certain chemotherapy drugs, enhancing the elimination of cancer cells. If you have cancer, curcumin is one substance you should be taking, but your oncologist won't recommend it.

    To Survive Cancer, Many Must Defy Their Doctors

    Should you bring up the fact that you are using approaches to fight cancer that are outside of your oncologist's realm of experience — things like supplements, medical marijuana, herbal preparations, and more — you might be scolded, berated, threatened or even fired from the practice.
    Williams never told his oncologists about his self-prescribed treatment; he knew it would fall on deaf ears. The cancer industry should be learning from the people who have beaten the odds and survived terminal cancer — studying their methods and trying to apply them to others — but instead they're ignored.
    It's an unfortunate state of affairs when patients must actively defy their doctors in order to survive. As Williams explained, going against the advice of his doctors was initially an act of desperation, but it was necessary to save his life. This certainly applies to the majority of conventional oncologists, but there are exceptions — doctors who are blazing a new trail to find a cancer cure.
    This includes Dr. Marc-Eric Halatsch, a professor and senior consultant neurosurgeon at the University of Ulm, Germany, who, along with colleagues have developed a new treatment protocol for relapsed glioblastoma.
    It's based on a combination of drugs (very similar to the early HIV treatments) "not traditionally thought of as chemotherapy agents, but that have a robust history of being well-tolerated and are already marketed and used for other non-cancer indications."4 As noted in the featured film, even though the protocol uses mainstream medications, he's put his reputation on the line to step outside the conventional cancer-treatment box.

    Cancer Patients Should Have Access to the Best of Eastern and Western Medicine

    Dr. Raymond Chang, who is featured in the video above, is one such pioneer in the integration of Eastern and Western medicine. He is known for his work on anti-cancer Chinese botanicals especially involving bioactive polysaccharides and medicinal mushrooms.
    He and colleagues with the Institute of East-West Medicine have created the Asian Anti-Cancer Materia Database, which brings together traditional Asian medicines that have potential anti-cancer activity into one database that can be accessed by all.5 In his book, "Beyond the Magic Bullet ― The Anti-Cancer Cocktail," Dr. Chang explained:
    "While scientists win occasional skirmishes in the battle against cancer, the overall war continues to go badly. Stories abound about revolutionary drugs that may be available in the future, but offer no real help to those who have cancer today. At present, conventional approaches continue to rely on a narrowly focused strategy of treatments, with doctors using, at best, only one or two drugs or other therapies at a time.
    While this may be acceptable in a laboratory setting or a clinical trial, it has done little to diminish the number of people who die each year from this dread disease. Recently, however, conventional medicine's core strategy has been re-examined, and a new, potentially more effective approach has emerged ― one that combines the best of Eastern wisdom with Western science."

    More Than Half a Million People Expected to Die From Cancer in 2016

    In 2016, nearly 1.7 million new cases of cancer are expected to be diagnosed in the U.S., while nearly 600,000 will die from the disease.6  That is nearly 1,650 people dying EVERY DAY in the U.S. alone. Public health agencies claim that we are winning the war against cancer, but from 2003 to 2012 death rates from cancer decreased by only 1.8 percent per year among men and 1.4 percent per year among women.7
    Meanwhile, the 2014 World Cancer Report issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) predicted worldwide cancer rates to rise by 57 percent in the next two decades.8
    The report refers to the prediction as "an imminent human disaster," noting countries around the world need to renew their focus on prevention rather than treatment only. Christopher Wild, Ph.D., director of the International Agency for Research on Cancer, told CNN:9
    "We cannot treat our way out of the cancer problem. More commitment to prevention and early detection is desperately needed in order to complement improved treatments and address the alarming rise in cancer burden globally."
    There is so much you can do to lower your risk for cancer, but please don't wait until you get the diagnosis — you have to take preventative steps now. Cancer doesn't typically develop overnight, which means you have a chance to make changes that can potentially prevent cancer from developing in the first place. Most of us carry around microscopic cancer cell clusters in our bodies all the time.
    The reason why we all don't develop cancer is because as long as your body has the ability to balance angiogenesis properly, it will prevent blood vessels from forming to feed these microscopic tumors. Trouble will only arise if, and when, the cancer cells manage to get their own blood supply, at which point they can transform from harmless to deadly. It's much easier to prevent cancer than to treat it once it takes hold.

    Top Cancer Prevention Strategies

    I believe you can virtually eliminate your risk of cancer and chronic disease and significantly improve your chances of recovering from cancer if you currently have it, by following these relatively simple strategies.
    1. Eat REAL Food: Seek to eliminate all processed food in your diet. Eat at least one-third of your food raw. Avoid frying or charbroiling; boil, poach or steam your foods instead. Consider adding cancer-fighting whole foods, herbs, spices and supplements to your diet, such as broccoli sprouts, curcumin and resveratrol.
    2. Carbohydrates and Sugar: Sugar/fructose and grain-based foods from your diet need to be reduced and eventually eliminated. This applies to whole unprocessed organic grains as well, as they tend to rapidly break down and drive up your insulin level.
    The evidence is quite clear that if you want to avoid cancer, or you currently have cancer, you absolutely MUST avoid all forms of sugar, especially fructose, which are dirty fuels generating excessive free radicals and secondary mitochondrial damage.
    3. Protein and Fat: Consider reducing your protein levels to 1 gram of protein for every kilogram of lean body mass, or one-half gram of protein per pound of lean body mass. Replace excess protein with high-quality fats, such as organic eggs from pastured hens, high-quality grass-fed meats, raw pastured butter, avocados, pecans, macadamias, and coconut oil.
    4. GMOs: Avoid genetically engineered foods as they are typically treated with herbicides such as Roundup (glyphosate), and are likely to be carcinogenic and contribute to mitochondrial dysfunction. Choose fresh, organic, and preferably locally grown foods.
    5. Animal-Based Omega-3 Fats: Normalize your ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fats by consuming anchovies, sardines, wild Alaskan salmon or taking a high-quality krill oil and reducing your intake of processed vegetable oils.
    6. Optimize Your Gut Flora: This will reduce inflammation and strengthen your immune response. Researchers have found a microbe-dependent mechanism through which some cancers mount an inflammatory response that fuels their development and growth.
    They suggest that inhibiting inflammatory cytokines might slow cancer progression and improve the response to chemotherapy. Fermented foods are especially beneficial for gut health, and the fermentation process involved in creating sauerkraut produces cancer-fighting compounds such as isothiocyanates, indoles and sulforaphane.
    7. Exercise and Move More: Sit less, move around more and try to take 10,000 steps a day.  Exercise also lowers insulin levels, which creates a low-sugar environment that discourages the growth and spread of cancer cells. In a three-month study, exercise was found to alter immune cells into a more potent disease-fighting form in cancer survivors who had just completed chemotherapy.
    Researchers and cancer organizations increasingly recommend making regular exercise a priority in order to reduce your risk of cancer and help improve cancer outcomes. Exercise may also help trigger apoptosis (programmed cell death) in cancer cells. Ideally, your exercise program should include balance, strength, flexibility, and high-intensity interval training (HIIT). For help getting started, refer to my Peak Fitness Program.
    8. Vitamin D: There is scientific evidence you can decrease your risk of cancer by more than half simply by optimizing your vitamin D levels with appropriate sun exposure. Your serum level should hold steady at 50 to 70 ng/ml, but if you are being treated for cancer, it should be closer to 80 to 90 ng/ml for optimal benefit.
    If you take oral vitamin D and have cancer, it would be very prudent to monitor your vitamin D blood levels regularly, as well as supplementing with vitamin K2, as K2 deficiency is actually what produces the symptoms of vitamin D toxicity.
    9. Sleep: Make sure you are getting enough restorative sleep. Poor sleep can interfere with your melatonin production, which is associated with an increased risk of insulin resistance and weight gain, both of which contribute to cancer's virility.
    10. Exposure to Toxins: Reduce your exposure to environmental toxins like pesticides, herbicides, household chemical cleaners, plastics chemicals, synthetic air fresheners and toxic cosmetics.
    11. Exposure to Radiation: Limit your exposure and protect yourself from radiation produced by cell phones, towers, base stations, and Wi-Fi stations, as well as minimizing your exposure from radiation-based medical scans, including dental x-rays, CT scans, and mammograms.
    12. Stress Management: Stress from all causes is a major contributor to disease. It is likely that stress and unresolved emotional issues may be more important than the physical ones, so make sure this is addressed. My favorite tool for resolving emotional challenges is the Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT).

    Have You Been Diagnosed With Cancer?

    One of the most essential strategies I know of to treat cancer is to starve the cells by depriving them of their food source. Unlike your body cells, which can burn carbs or fat for fuel, cancer cells have lost that metabolic flexibility. Dr. Otto Warburg was given a Nobel Prize over 75 years ago for figuring this out, but virtually no oncologist actually uses this information.
    You can review my interview with Dominic D'Agostino, Ph.D. below for more details. Integrating a ketogenic diet with hyperbaric oxygen therapy is deadly to cancer cells. It debilitates them by starving them of their fuel source. This would be the strategy I would recommend to my family members if they were diagnosed with cancer.

    Saturday, February 4, 2017

    Vetiver Oil Improves ADHD, Anxiety & Brain Health

    Reposted from Dr. Axe

    Vetiver oil has been used in traditional medicine in South Asia, Southeast Asia and West Africa for thousands of years. It’s native to India, and both its leaves and roots have wonderful uses. Vetiver is known as a sacred herb valued because of its uplifting, soothing, healing and protective properties. It’s a natural body cooler — making it extremely popular in tropical countries. In fact, in India and Sri Lanka it’s known as the “oil of tranquility.”
    Some of vetiver oil uses include treating heat strokes, joint disorders and skin problems. Using vetiver oil is also a way to boost energy levels when you’re exhausted. In addition, it’s used to cool the body during very high temperatures and soothe feelings of anxiety and nervousness.
    Recent research credits vetiver oil for treating symptoms of ADHD and ADD. It’s also known to increase libido and treat insomnia without drugs. There are a number of vetiver oil benefits that you can take advantage of in the comfort of your home; the essential oil is perfect for skin care products and relaxing oil combinations.

    The Vetiver Plant and Its Components 

    Vetiver, or chrysopogon zizanioides, is a perennial bunchgrass of the Poaceae family native to India. In western and northern India, it’s popularly known as khus. Vetiver is most closely related to Sorghum, but it shares many morphological characteristics with other fragrant grasses, such as lemongrass, palmarosa and citronella oil.
    Vertiver grass can grow up to five feet high; the stems are tall, and the leaves are long and thin. The flowers are a brownish-purple color, and unlike most root systems, the roots of vetiver grass grow downward and can go as deep at eight feet (which is deeper than some tree roots).
    The vetiver plant is highly drought-tolerant and can help to protect soil against sheet erosion. Because the roots are so deep, they don’t dislodge easily; therefore, they have been used to stabilize railway cuttings and embankments in order to prevent mudslides and rockfalls. The plant can block the runoff of surface water, and it slows water flow.
    Vetiver oil is distilled from the plant’s roots, and it contains over 100 components. The important compounds of vetiver are khusimene, delta-selinene, beta-vetivenene, cyclocopacamphan-12-ol (epimers A and B), vetiselinenol, khusimol, isovalencenol, khusimone, alpha-vetivone and beta-vetivone. The oil is amber-brown in color, and it’s described as a sweet, woody and smoky fragrance.
    Similar to patchouli oil and sandalwood essential oil, the odor of vetiver develops and improves with aging, and the scent varies depending on the plant’s location.

    7 Vetiver Oil Benefits

    1. Proven Antioxidant

    Antioxidants are substances that help prevent certain types of cell damage, especially those caused by oxidation. When certain types of oxygen molecules are allowed to travel freely in the body, they cause what’s known as oxidative damage, which is the formation of free radicals, which are very dangerous to the body’s tissues. Some benefits of consuming antioxidant-rich foods and herbs include slower aging, healthy and glowing skin, reduced cancer risk, detoxification support, and longer life span.
    A study done at the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition a Clemson University in South Carolina evaluated the antioxidant activity of vetiver oil in 2005. The results showed that vetiver oil possessed a strong free radical scavenging activity when compared to standard antioxidants such as butylated hydroxytoluene and alpha-tocopherol.

    2. Heals Scars and Marks on Skin

    Vetiver oil is a cicatrisant, meaning it heals scars by promoting the regeneration of skin and tissue. It rejuvenates the skin and removes dark spots or signs of acne and pox. It’s also an anti-aging oil and effectively treats stretch marks, cracks and other skin disorders. Plus, it works as a home remedy for burn relief as well as a home remedy for acne. This can be effective for women who have stretch marks after childbirth. By adding a few drops of vetiver oil to your face wash, body soap or lotion, you will notice the difference — your skin will be even or your complexion will improve.
    Vetiver oil is an antiseptic, meaning that when it’s applied to living tissue or skin, it reduces the possibility of infection and kills bacteria. Studies show that a minimum concentration of vetiver oil is needed to kill infections such as staph. This vetiver oil benefit is useful before and after a surgical procedure and when healing wounds and cuts.

    3. Treats ADHD

    In 2001, a study done by Dr. Terry Friedman found that vetiver oil is effective in treating children with ADHD. The case study was conducted for two years (1999-2001), and it involved 40 children between 6 and 12 years old. Twenty of the children were not diagnosed with ADHD — they served as the control group — and 20 children were diagnosed.
    The essential oils that were used in the study were lavender, vetiver, cedarwood and Brain Power (which is a blend of frankincense, sandalwood, melissa, cedarwood, blue cypress, lavender and helichrysum essential oils). The essential oils were tested one at a time for 30 days per oil; the children used a inhalation device at night and inhaled the essential oil about three times day when they were feeling “scattered.”
    The final results were extremely promising — lavender oil’s benefits were apparent, as it increased performance by 53 percent, cedarwood essential oil increased performance by 83 percent and vetiver oil increased performance by 100 percent! The study found that the relaxing and calming properties of vetiver oil helped the children combat their ADHD and ADD symptoms, which typically include difficulty in concentrating, diminished focus, being easily distracted, difficulty with organization and following directions, impatience, and fidgety behavior. The research that is being done to support vetiver oil, and other essential oils, as an effective natural remedy for ADHD is an exciting and much-needed prospect.

    4. Serves as an Aphrodisiac

    Mental and physical stress can lead to a loss of libido or sex drive. A 2010 study published in the journal Hormones and Behavior first suggested this when it evaluated the “dual-hormone hypothesis” clinically. Researchers discovered that when cortisol is elevated in times of stress, testosterone responds by elevating as well. The problem is that eventually the testosterone levels bottom out at a much lower level than before cortisol kicked in.
    When you live life in a stressed state, you deplete testosterone levels and feel a loss of sexual desires. Because vetiver oil is proven to be an effective calming and sedative agent, it leaves your mind and body relaxed, which allows you to balance your hormones naturally.
    It’s also very important that you get enough sleep. According to an article from the journal Current Opinion of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Obesity, getting enough sleep and at the right times are two of the most effective and natural ways to raise testosterone. Because vetiver oil has soothing properties that leave you in a state of tranquility, it’s known to help with insomnia and stress that leads to sleep loss. With the right amount of sleep, your body begins to feel its natural and healthy urges again — so if you can’t sleep, try utilizing vetiver oil.
    Vetiver oil is not only good for raising testosterone levels in the mind; it also has gentle estrogen-like effects. It has the power to strengthen the female reproductive system and balance hormones. It also aids in treating menstrual discomforts such as fatigue, bloating, skin issues, emotional changes, breast tenderness and cramps. By working as a sedative, vetiver oil serves as a natural remedy for PMS cramps and helps the body relax and combat the daunting hormonal and emotional changes.

    5. Improves Body Function

    Vetiver oil boosts the immune and nervous system, as it’s a natural tonic. A 2015 study conducted in India found that vetiver oil plays a protective role in the body by lessening the toxic results of a chemotherapy drug called cisplatin, which is used to treat cancer of the testicles, bladder, ovaries or lung. Because of its antioxidant activity, vetiver oil significantly inhibited DNA damage, clastogenic effects and cell cycle arrest in the bone marrow cells of mice that were given cisplatin for five consecutive days.
    Vetiver oil’s soothing and restorative attributes are also responsible for stimulating the immune system and and supporting the nervous system. When we’re stressed, adrenaline and cortisol flood the body; our blood pressure, breathing and heart rate increases. Glucose is then released into the bloodstream for ready energy. Digestion, growth, reproduction and immune system functions are suppressed or put on hold when we feel tense and anxious, and blood flow to the skin is decreased while pain tolerance is increased.
    Ridding yourself of stress impacts your brain, heart, digestion, immune system and every other system in the body, so natural remedies for anxiety, like vetiver oil, can be extremely useful.

    6. Soothes Anxiety and Nervousness

    Traditionally, vetiver oil has been used in aromatherapy for relaxation and alleviating emotional stress, panic attacks, trauma, anxiety, insomnia, hysteria and depression. A 2015 study investigated the effects of vetiver oil as a tool that helps with anxiety and the neurological actions in the central amygdaloid nucleus. The central amygdaloid nucleus connects with brainstem areas that control the expression of innate behaviors; it’s responsible for the perception and results of emotions, such as changes in heart rate, blood pressure and respiration.
    When vetiver oil was given to rats, it altered this neuronal activation from stress. In fact, vetiver oil had the same impact as Diazepam, a medication that treats anxiety, muscle spasms, seizures and other medical conditions.

    7. Repels Termites

    The Louisiana State University Agricultural Center analyzed the termite repellency of eight essential oils, including vetiver grass, cassia leaf oil, clove bud, cedarwood, eucalyptus globules, eucalyptus citrodora, lemongrass and geranium oils. Of the tested essential oils, vetiver oil proved the most effective repellent because of its long-lasting activity. Vetiver oil also decreased termite tunneling activity at concentrations as low as fiver micrograms per one gram of sand.
    Another study proved that vetiver oil is able to repel and control the mosquito larvae that’s responsible for diseases like dengue, malaria, yellow fever and filariasis. Some people use vetiver oil on the scalp to kill lice, as it’s non-toxic and works as a pest killer and repellant.

    Vetiver Oil History & Interesting Facts

    Vetiver oil has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years. In these treatments, vetiver oil is used to treat imbalances and heal health disorders like muscular aches, fevers, arthritis pain and headaches. One interesting use, vetiver essential oil was used in massaging brides to sanctify them before marriage. Because of its cleansing and therapeutic properties, it’s known to heal a person from within.
    The most popular use of vetiver oil in the Middle Ages was its use in scents, which continues to be true today. Because of its woody and earthy aroma, it’s frequently used in the perfume industry — providing a more masculine fragrance.
    For thousands of years, vetiver grass has been used to make roof thatches, rugs, baskets and curtains. In India, vetiver roots are dried and then woven into window curtains; the curtains cool the fresh air that comes in from the window, so in the hot summer months the rooms are fresh and airy. Sometimes the curtains are sprayed with water so the hot air that passes through creates a cool and fragrant breeze.
    Today, vetiver is used as a mulch because it’s useful as weed control in coffee, cocoa and tea plantations. It works by building a barrier in the form of a thick mat. The hairy texture of the vetiver leaves also serves as a pest repellant; when larvae lands on the leaves, it cannot move, so it falls to the ground and dies.

    How to Find Vetiver Oil

    It’s easy to find and purchase vetiver oil from a local health food store or online. Look for reputable and organic brands that indicate the product is 100 percent vetiver essential oil. A 10-milliliter bottle of vetiver oil costs between $10 and $15. Vetiver oil blends well with bergamot oil, cedarwood essential oil, geranium oil, ginger essential oil, jasmine oil, lavender essential oil, lemon oil, lemongrass essential oil, orange oil, patchouli essential oil, rose oil and sandalwood essential oil.
    You can also purchase a vetiver sponge; it can be found online or in an Ayurvedic shop. The loofah-type sponge is made of vetiver roots, and it’s used to exfoliate dead skin cells and improve circulation in the body. They have a pleasant, woody-citrus fragrance, and they’re antibacterial.

    Easy Vetiver Oil Uses

    Here are some easy ways to use vetiver oil at home:
    • Make your own vetiver water by soaking clean vetiver roots in cooled boiling water for 2–3 hours. Make sure to cover the pot as the roots soak. The water has a calming effect on the body, and it acts as a blood purifier. It can also be used to rinse your hair to give you a cooling and refreshing feeling.
    • Put 5–10 drops of vetiver oil in your bath water; because it’s both fragrant and cooling, using it in your bath prevents overheating and helps with relaxation and insomnia. To boost the calming results, combine vetiver oil with lavender and rose essential oils as well.
    • To benefit your mind and mood, diffuse 3–5 drops of vetiver oil or place 1–2 drops on your wrists, chest and neck.
    • Make your own calming massage oil by mixing 3–5 drops of vetiver oil with equal parts jojoba oil. This combination leaves your skin clean and moisturized, and your mind at peace.

    Possible Vetiver Oil Side Effects

    This essential oil is completely safe, being a non-irritant, non-sensitizing and non-toxic substance. It should not be used when pregnant or breastfeeding, as there is not enough information in regard to its effects on a nursing infant. Vetiver oil is possibly safe for human consumption when taken in smaller medical doses. Drinking vetiver water (by soaking the roots) is deemed safe.
    Some sources claim that vetiver oil can cause a miscarriage if taken by mouth, but there is insufficient evidence for that side effect. There are currently no known drug interactions.

    Tuesday, January 24, 2017

    The Benefits of Pine Bark Extract

    Reposted from Life Extension

    The pine tree is celebrated during the darkness of winter for its seemingly death-defying ability to remain green year-round.

    Its bark and needles have been used by indigenous people for centuries for nutrition and general wellness.

    As a matter of fact, an extract from the bark of the French maritime pine has been found to contain compounds that have year-round life-enhancing benefits. Let's explore them.

    Pine Bark Extract Contains Disease-Fighting Proanthocyanidins

    Proanthocyanidins derived from pine bark have been associated with a variety of benefits, including DNA protection, reduction of inflammation, decreased oxidative stress and reduced glycation. 1-5 

    Aside from these broad benefits, pine bark extract has been found to help a number of conditions.

    Pine Bark Extract Supports Skin Health

    Recent research has revealed an ability for pine bark extract to reduce the length and severity of the common cold.6 The extract has also been shown to decrease symptoms associated with psoriasis.7

    In addition to helping with psoriasis, pine bark extract benefits the skin of healthy people, too. Not only does it protect collagen from degrading, it reduces the damage caused by ultraviolet light8—the primary cause of skin aging.

    Pine bark extract's skin benefits don't end there. It has also shown to improve skin elasticity,9,10 roughness, hydration,10 and hyperpigmentation.11

    Pine Bark Extract Improves Circulation and Menopause

    In studies involving people with chronic venous insufficiency, pine bark extract reduced leg and ankle swelling and improved symptoms.12,13

    Its ability to maintain capillary health is behind its use by many women to combat "spider veins": small dilated red or violet capillaries. Women have also benefited from the use of pine bark extract during menopause14 

    The administration of 100 milligrams over an eight-week period reduced fatigue, sleep issues, memory impairment, dizziness, irritability, and depression, as well as such symptoms as headache, breast tenderness, and itching.

    Pine Bark Extract Benefits Diabetes and Arthritis

    Pine bark extract shows promise for other chronic diseases as well.

    A trial of diabetics who received a daily dose of 125 milligrams experienced an average reduction of almost 24 mg/dL in fasting blood sugar levels. Hemoglobin A1c, which assesses long-term glucose control, and LDL cholesterol were also significantly reduced.5

    And in participants with arthritis, 100 milligrams of pine bark extract daily resulted in a 56% reduction in symptoms, and an increase in walking distance compared to the placebo group.15

    The Bottom Line

    The benefits for pine bark extract extend well beyond those discussed in this brief summary.

    And while you may not relish the thought of consuming pine bark (unless you're a die-hard survivalist), anyone can take pine bark extract as a supplement to help prevent a number of conditions and promote better health.


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