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Nov 2010 - Feb 2015

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Nat H Hawes SNHS Dip (advanced and sports nutrition) is a qualified nutritional and sports therapist and author of the new book, Nature Cures, who has been researching natural foods and their health benefits since 2003.

The Nature Cures book to accompany this website is now available to order.

 


Sunday 1st February 2015

The Nature Cures website reached one million hits today with no advertising or publicity.

CHROMIUM

Added the highest natural food sources in micrograms per 100 grams.

IODINE

Added the highest natural food sources in micrograms per serving.

IRON

Added the highest natural food sources in milligrams per 100 grams.

MAGNESIUM

Added the highest natural food sources in milligrams per 100 grams.

MANGANESE

Added the highest natural food sources in milligrams per 100 grams.

PHOSPHOROUS

Added the highest natural food sources in milligrams per 100 grams.

POTASSIUM

Added the highest natural food sources in milligrams per 100 grams.

SODIUM

Added the highest natural food sources in milligrams per 100 grams.

VITAMIN A

Added the highest natural food sources in micrograms 100 grams.

VITAMIN B1

Added the highest natural foods in micrograms per 100 grams.

VITAMIN B12

Added the highest natural foods in micrograms per 100 grams..

VITAMIN C

Added the highest natural food sources in milligrams per 100 grams.


Friday 30th January 2015

WHOOPING COUGH

Whooping cough, also known as pertussis or the 100 day cough, is highly contagious and caused by an infection with a bacterium known as Bordetella pertussis. The bacteria attach to the lining of the airways in the upper respiratory system and release toxins that lead to inflammation and swelling. It afflicts children and adults, whether vaccinated or not, and although it used to be assigned to early spring and summer, recently it is appearing at nearly anytime of the year. Read more

MEDICINAL APPLE CIDER VINEGAR TONIC

Apple cider vinegar has many uses due to its powerful properties. It can cleanse the home and the body when diluted with water, eliminate bacteria, parasites, yeasts, moulds, fungal and viral infections and help to treat many other ailments when combined with other medicinal natural foods and taken internally with no ill effects. Read more and see recipe and method for this tonic.


Thursday 29th January 2015

NECTARINES

Nectarines originated in China are now produced all over the world. China, Greece, India, Italy and the USA are now the major producers of this nutritious fruit. Elements like iron, phosphorus and potassium are abundant in nectarines and vitamin A and vitamin C are present in double the amounts as compared to peaches. Read more


Wednesday 28th January 2015

GM CROPS, PESTICIDES AND WEED KILLERS

Researchers have identified a link between glyphosate pesticides and lymphoma which is a type of cancer of the lymph nodes and lymphatic system. Glyphosate has also been linked to other diseases, including: breast cancer, kidney failure and celiac disease. Most recently GM seeds have been linked to a huge increase in the number of birth defects in pigs fed on GM seeds containing glyphosate. Read more


Monday 26th January 2015

COELIAC DISEASE

Coeliac disease, also known as celiac disease, gluten intolerance, celiac sprue, non-tropical sprue and gluten-sensitive enteropathy, is an autoimmune disorder that can occur in genetically predisposed people where the ingestion of gluten from certain grains such as barley, rye and wheat leads to damage in the small intestine. Read more.


Wednesday 21st January 2015

SWEET POTATOES

Consumption of natural vegetables and fruits rich in flavonoids, such as sweet potatoes, help to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers. A protein isolated from sweet potatoes has recently been shown to slow the growth of colon cancer cells by 65%. It also inhibited lung tumours by 50%. Other lab research has shown that sweet potato also potently inhibits leukaemia, lymphoma and liver cancer cells. And in studies on humans, eating this super vegetable (alone or with other foods) has been associated with reducing the risk of kidney cancer by 56%, gallbladder cancer by 67% and breast cancer by 30% (when eaten three times weekly). Not only do sweet potatoes have a low glycaemic index, but they’ve even been shown in a clinical trial to help reduce blood sugar levels and improve insulin sensitivity in adults with type II diabetes. Sweet potatoes also help with weight loss: a new study has just shown that sweet potato actually reduces appetite and food intake. Read more


Sunday 18th January 2015

NATURE CURES HEART DISEASE

Added more anti-angina and anti-atherosclerosis remedies. Read more

DIABETES UPDATES

Updated information for diabetics. Read more


Friday 16th January 2015

PLANTAIN (Musa paradisiaca)

Plantain is a banana-like fruit native to most of Europe and northern and central Asia, but has widely naturalised elsewhere in the world. They are cooked and used in savoury dishes similar to tuber roots like potatoes and were one of the staple sources of carbohydrates for larger populations in Asia, Oceania, Africa, and Central Americas for centuries. Read more

ALPHA-CAROTENE (Carotenoid)

Alpha-carotene is part of the fat-soluble carotenoid family and is one of the most abundant carotenoids in a healthy diet. The body can convert alpha- and beta-carotene into vitamin A for the maintenance of healthy skin and bones, good vision and a robust immune system. Because of this, it is called a precursor to vitamin A, or a provitamin A compound but it is only half as effective as beta-carotene (see p xxx). However, its antioxidant properties are more powerful than those of beta-carotene. Alpha-carotene contains flavonoids, which are antioxidant substances that give colour and flavour to many orange- and red-coloured fruits and vegetables which is why it is important to consume all colours of fruits and vegetables every day. Read more


Thursday 15th January 2015

VITAMINS

Added the best natural sources of many vitamins. Some nutrients in this section are measured in µg which is the abbreviation for microgram and is equivalent  to a unit of mass equal to one millionth (1×10−6) of a gram or one thousandth (1×10−3) of a milligram.

CAMU CAMU BERRIES (Myrciaria Dubia)

The camu camu berry is one of the world's most abundant sources of vitamin C with as much as 60 times more vitamin C per serving than an orange. Read more


Wednesday 14th January 2015

THE KREBS CYCLE

 

The Krebs Cycle, named after Hans Krebs, also known as the citric acid cycle or the or the tricarboxylic acid cycle, is the sequence of reactions by which most living cells generate energy. It takes place in the mitochondria producing carbon dioxide and water as waste products. Read more

ENERGY SOURCES - CARBOHYDRATES, FATS AND PROTEIN

Carbohydrates, fats and protein from foods are converted by the body into adenosine triphosphate (or ATP) which is an energy-bearing coenzyme found in all living cells.The formation of nucleic acids, transmission of nerve impulses, muscle contraction and many other energy-consuming reactions of metabolism are made possible by the energy in ATP molecules which are composed of carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen and phosphorus atoms.  Read more

ENERGY PRODUCTION AND EXERCISE

Under normal circumstances, i.e. physical activities below 50% of the maximum heart rate, fat provides 70% of the energy required by muscles and sugar provides 30% energy. Fat provides the main fuel source for long duration, low to moderate intensity exercise (endurance sports such as marathons). Read more

FAT DIGESTION

Fat digestion begins with the stomach because of its churning action which helps to create an emulsion. Fat entering the intestine is mixed with bile and is further emulsified. The emulsion is then acted upon by lipases secreted by the pancreas. In humans, fat digestion is efficient and is nearly completed in the small intestine. Pancreatic lipase catalyses the hydrolysis of fatty acids to yield monoacylglycerols. Phospholipids are hydrolysed by phospholipase and the major products are lysophospholipids and free fatty acids. Cholesterol esters are hydrolysed by pancreatic cholesterol ester hydrolase. Read more

STARVATION AND ENERGY

Normal body cells are able to create energy by using the food consumed and the oxygen inhaled to complete normal cellular respiration and make ATP (adenosine triphosphate), which is the main cellular energy source. Most of this energy production happens in the mitochondria, tiny organelles which act as cell fuelling stations. Normally, the body does not use protein to produce energy, however, if it runs out of glycogen stores, and no glucose is available to replenish them, the body goes into a state of ‘starvation’ and will then resort to breaking down its own muscle tissue to release amino acids. Read more

ANAEROBIC AND AEROBIC BURNING

The terms aerobic and anaerobic refer to the presence and absence of oxygen, respectively.  Most of the body’s cells prefer to get their energy by using oxygen to fuel metabolism.  During exercise with adequate fuel and oxygen (aerobic), muscle cells can contract repeatedly without fatigue.  During anaerobic or non-oxygen conditions (higher intensity exercise), muscle cells must rely on other reactions that do not require oxygen to fuel muscle contraction.  Read more

KETOSIS AND KETOACIDOSIS

Ketosis is a condition in which levels of ketones (ketone bodies) in the blood are elevated. If there is not enough glucose (from carbohydrates) in the bloodstream the body draws on fat stores for fuel, causing the appearance of ketones in the blood. Ketones are formed by the liver from fatty acids when glycogen stores in the liver have run out. They are small carbon fragments that are the fuel created by the breakdown of fat stores. When ketone levels are elevated the body switches from being a carbohydrate-burning organism into a fat-burning one. Read more


Monday 12th January 2015

THE HISTORY OF VITAMINS

Scientists studying why animals failed to thrive (deficiency diseases) were the first to discover vitamins. In 1905, one of these early researchers, Cornelius Adrianus Pekelharing, discovered  that milk had some unrecognized substance, in very small quantities, that was necessary for normal growth and maintenance. In 1912, while studying rice, Casimir Funk isolated an organic factor which he described as amine (like an amino acid). Because it was vital to life, he combined the two words to coin the term ‘vitamine’. Read more


Thursday 8th January 2015

SPLIT ENDS (hair)

This condition is medically known as trichoptilosis and is caused by thermal, mechanical or chemical stress that wears away the protective outer layer of the hair cuticle. Lack of proper nourishment and moisture can make the problem worse, particularly for those with long hair. The most effective way to get rid of split ends is to cut them off. If left untrimmed, they tend to break off or continue splitting up the length of the hair. However, there are some natural remedies that can help to prevent split ends occurring. Read more.


Monday 5th January 2015

NATURE CURES FOR CRAMPS

Muscle cramps can be caused by vitamin deficiency, especially vitamin E, drugs, intense exercise,  lactic acid, dehydration or low levels of calcium, potassium or magnesium. These involuntary muscle spasms can also be caused by incorrect signals from the brain known as dystonia. It is a case of elimination to find the cause of repetitive cramps. Read more.

COLITIS

Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease that causes long-lasting inflammation and ulcers within the large bowel and rectum. There are some foods that may irritate and worsen symptoms of ulcerative colitis in some individuals. Read more.

LOSS OF THE SENSE OF SMELL AND TASTE

Until recently, a myth that there was a map of taste receptors on the tongue, showing sweet, salt, sour and bitter areas, was believed until it was discovered that tastes can be detected anywhere there are taste receptors, all around the tongue, on the soft palate at back roof of the mouth and even in the epiglottis, the flap that blocks food from the windpipe. Because the nerves of smell and taste are connected, losing the sense of smell can also affect an individual’s ability to taste. While some conditions cannot be reversed, some treatments may help to protect and stimulate the development and function of the olfactory nerves which are responsible for the sense of smell and taste. Read more


Thursday 1st January 2015

The author of this website and the Nature Cures book completed the Advanced Nutrition course and received a Grade A and began studying for a diploma in Sports Nutrition.

Vitamin A has been updated with new information.

Monday 28th December 2014

ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE AND COCONUT OIL

Coconut oil has been successful in reversing Alzheimer's disease, resolving depression and reducing triglyceride levels in some people. Take two tablespoons per day of cold pressed coconut oil with a dark berry fruit and yoghurt with live cultures. Kefir is best from unpasteurised milk. Cooking with coconut oil is also good as it has a high temperature threshold. Read more

ANTI-NUTRIENTS

Anti-nutrients are synthetic or natural compounds which, when consumed, can interfere with the absorption of beneficial and essential organic nutrients and minerals. Anti-nutrients either bind to nutrients to prevent their absorption, react with nutrients to form un-digestible compounds or inhibit digestive proteins from breaking down a nutrient so it can be used by the body. Read more


Friday 19th December 2014

INFERTILITY

There is a growing problem with couples being unable to conceive naturally and this could be due to many influences in modern day life. Here are some natural ways to improve chances of conceiving without medical intervention. Read more


Friday 14th November 2014

Please note that the Nature Cures book publication has been delayed due to circumstances beyond the control of the author and is currently being prepared by the publisher ready for publication in early 2015. To be informed when please send an email to: health@naturecures.co.uk . The author thanks you for your patience and promises the wait will have been worth it.

IMMUNE SYSTEM BOOSTER

It is important to keep the immune system in good working order especially during the winter months when cold and influenza can strike. This syrup taken daily before food can help to boost the immune system and cleanse the liver. Read more.

Monday 6th October 2014

NUTRIENTS THAT CAN WARD OFF AND FIGHT VIRUSES

Foods rich in colloidal silver, coenzyme Q10, probiotics, selenium,  vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E and zinc. See Viruses.

JUICE TREATMENT OF DISEASES

A list of some common ailments and the juiced fruit and vegetable found beneficial in their treatment. Read more

Monday 15th September 2014

Added a link to a not for profit website which provides information about the drugs and medical devices that have serious complications: drugdangers.com

Tuesday 2nd September 2014

Still working hard editing the Nature Cures book and completing the Advanced Nutrition course. Added a new search engine to this website see above.

Thursday 31st July 2014

OILY FISH AND NON OILY FISH

Fish are high in first class proteins and, in some cases, as a rich source of healthy oils. White fish such as cod, have lean flesh with most of their fats and oils stored in the liver. By comparison, oily fish store most of their oil within the muscular flesh and contain far more of these healthy oils than non-oily fish. Read more.

Sunday 27th July 2014

DOCOSAPENTAENOIC ACID (DPA)

Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) fatty acids are among the most documented in nutrition research. However, a third key fatty acid, docosapentaenoic acid (DPA) has recently been shown to play probably the most powerful role in key health outcomes. DPA is an elongated version of EPA and has drawn the attention of scientists because it is present in relatively high levels in the diets of the Greenland Inuit people, a population group with exceptional cardiovascular health. Read more

OMEGA 6 AND OMEGA 3 FATTY ACIDS

The body does not have the enzymes to produce linoleic acid (omega 6 fatty acids)  or linolenic acid (omega 3 fatty acids) as these are made by plants not animals but they are required by the human body so must be consumed in the diet and are therefore essential.  Essential fatty acids are necessary to make cell membranes and for many of the important hormones and other chemical messengers that tell the body what to do. Read more

Saturday 27th July 2014

The Nature Cures book is now being edited ready for typesetting and the author of this website is now studying for a diploma in Advanced Nutrition.

Monday 14th July 2014

CHOLERA

Cholera is an infectious disease caused by a comma-shaped bacterium; Vibrio Cholerae. This bacterium causes acute diarrhoea and an intestinal infection through the ingestion of contaminated water or raw undercooked food. Cholera is derived from the Greek word ‘Khole’ meaning ‘flow of bile’. In Latin, the word Cholera means ‘bilious diarrhoea’. The toxins in the cholera bacteria cause water in the body to be expelled quickly. Read more

 Saturday 5th July 2014

pH BALANCE

The pH (potential Hydrogen) scale is a gauge of the acidity or amount of base of an aqueous solution. On a scale of 1-14, 7 is neutral, 14 is alkaline and 1 is acidic. Most common solutions fall between these numbers. The normal range for pH of the blood and other bodily fluids (except stomach acids) for sustaining human life is 7.35-7.45. If pH is below 7.35, it is considered acidosis and if it is above 7.45, it is alkalosis. The acid-alkaline (or acid-base) ratio is a balance between positively charged ions (acid-forming) and negatively charged ions (alkaline-forming.) The body continually strives to balance its pH level.

Friday 27th June 2014

The author of Nature Cures, Nat H Hawes, passed the School of Natural Health Sciences course on Nutrition achieving a Grade A with distinction.

Friday 27th June 2014

IRON

The World Health Organization estimates that 600 - 700 million people are deficient in iron, probably making it the most common nutritional deficiency disorder in the world. Iron deficiency is generally caused by severe blood loss, malnutrition, infections and by excessive use of drugs and chemicals. It may cause nutritional anaemia, lowered resistance to disease, a general run down condition, pale complexion, getting tired easily, shortness of breath on manual exertion and loss of interest in sex. Iron is the classic remedy for anaemia. However, there are several forms of anaemia, and iron deficiency anaemia is only one. Read more

Thursday 26th June 2014

FREE RADICALS

Stable molecules are those in which every nucleus of the atom is ringed by pairs of electrons. The total number of electrons depends upon which element it is. Occasionally, an atom loses an electron, leaving it with an unpaired electron. It then becomes an unstable molecule or free radical and becomes very reactive in its search to pair up with another electron. By stealing an electron from a neighbouring molecule (which then makes that molecule a free radical), it can set off a chain reaction that wreaks havoc on the cells of the body. Read more

Sunday 22nd June 2014

9 NATURAL REMEDIES TO REMOVE WARTS, PROMINENT MOLES AND SKIN TAGS.

Tuesday 17th June 2014

PLASTIC DANGERS

In June 2014 it was discovered that BPA free baby bottles and plastic water bottles leach harmful oestrogen like chemicals into the liquid inside when exposed to UV rays. Glass bottles are a safer alternative. Read more

THE HAZARD OF MESH IMPLANTS (transvaginal mesh (TVT) and pelvic organ prolapse (POP) procedures)

Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) and stress urinary incontinence (SUI) are conditions that typically plague women after a hysterectomy, menopause or childbirth. Pelvic organ prolapse occurs when a woman’s pelvic muscles weaken and the pelvic organs (including the bladder, rectum and uterus) drop into the vagina. Transvaginal mesh is a net-like implant used to treat pelvic organ prolapse and stress urinary incontinence in women. The product design and implantation technique contribute to serious complications, such as mesh erosion, mesh contraction and organ perforation.  Read more

Saturday 14th June 2014

It's the hay fever season. There are some new natural remedies for this irritating allergy condition on the Hay Fever page.

Wednesday 11th June 2014

VITILIGO (skin pigment loss)

Vitiligo are white spots, streaks and patches of skin and hair where normal pigmentation has been lost due to destruction of the pigment cells (melanocytes) in the skin. This means that no more melanin or pigment is made in these places. This can happen to anyone but is especially distressing for those of a darker complexion.  Read more

Tuesday 3rd June 2014

ANCIENT KITCHEN CURES

Why are ancient kitchen cures just that? Why are they not current kitchen cures? Due to a high profit led food and drug manufacturing and a mass distribution system, ancient medicinal practises and the true benefits of natural foods have, for too long, been ignored.

Many new allergies, health problems, cancers and highly resistant bacteria and virus infections are the result. Fortunately though, scientists are now discovering the facts about many ancient medicinal practises and nutritional foods and they are coming back into use and helping with the treatment of many of the new diseases that have appeared in recent times. Read more

Tuesday 3rd June 2014

TOXIC OVERDOSE, POISONS AND ANTIDOTES

When a person has ingested toxic amounts of chemicals and drugs, by accident or on purpose, there are antidotes and treatments which can reverse the effects. Read more

Saturday 31st May 2014

Updated the Diabetes page.

Monday 26th May 2014

VITAMIN K (K1 phylloquinone, K2 menaquinone K3 menadione)

Vitamin K is known as the clotting vitamin, because without it blood would not clot. It is a fat-soluble vitamin that serves as a coenzyme in the formation of various blood clotting factors. Although it is found plentifully in vegetables vitamin K is also extensively manufactured by probiotics in the gut. These beneficial bacteria can produce at least half of the estimated requirement of 100mg day which is why they must be looked after well by consuming plenty of fibre. Read more.

Thursday 22nd May 2014

The Nature Cures book to accompany this website is now available to order from Amazon. Click here for more information.

Monday 12th May 2014
 

JOHN DORY FISH (St Pierre, St Peter Fish)

John Dory is a deep-sea white fleshed fish with a flat, round body shape, olive-yellow colour skin with a silvery white belly and one large dark spot on each side and grows to a maximum size of 2 ft (65 cm) and 7 lb (3 kg). It is a rich source of protein, EPA and DHA omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B3 (niacin), vitamin D and vitamin E, calcium, fluoride, iodine, magnesium, phosphorous and potassium and has traces of iron, selenium and zinc. Regular consumption of John Dory fish can protect the heart, lower blood pressure and nourish the bones and joints, skin, nails and hair.

VITAMIN E (tocopherols and tocotrienols)

Vitamin E refers to a group of eight fat-soluble compounds that include both tocopherols and tocotrienols. It is a powerful antioxidant, protects the cells from oxidation, and neutralizes unstable free radicals, which can cause damage. This is done by the vitamin E giving up one of its electrons to the electron deficient free radical, making it more stable. While Vitamin E performs its antioxidant functions, it also protects the other antioxidants from being oxidized. Read more

Sunday 11th May 2014

THE HUMAN BODY

This incredibly complex machine works in harmony with all organic life and inorganic elements surrounding it. It is made up of all these things and utilises many of them to carry out it's processes within.

If the skin is cut open, it will heal automatically. If a part of the liver is lost, it regenerates itself. If a bone is fractured or broken it will begin healing itself immediately. Healing occurs naturally if more care is taken of the body and diet and it is not repeatedly subjected to toxins, poisons, heavy metals and damage. Natural selection ensured that only people who possessed the self-healing powers to bounce back from illnesses and injuries could survive to the present day.

It can get overwhelmed though, and we tend to poison it very often and spend a great part of our lives recovering from toxins, chemicals and infections which, mostly, have been self-administered. Read more

KRILL OIL

This nutrient dense oil comes from krill (euphausia superba) a tiny, bottom-of-the-food-chain crustacean approximately one to six centimetres in length, and are a dietary staple for whales, small fish, and seabirds. Krill exist in large numbers and are an integral part of the aquatic food chain. They feed on phytoplankton and are found in all the world's oceans. One species known as the Antarctic Krill makes up an estimated biomass of over 500,000,000 tons, which is roughly twice that of all humans on earth. Read more

ASTAXANTHIN (antioxidant)

Astaxanthin is one of the most powerful antioxidants known to man. It is 6,000 times stronger than vitamin C, 800 times stronger than CoQ10, 550 times stronger than green tea catechins and 75 times stronger than alpha lipoic acid. It gives the red and pink colour to fresh water and ocean fish and is especially concentrated in krill oil.

Inflammation is associated with type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, heart disease, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, cancer and many other chronic illnesses. Astaxanthin can reduce inflammation and thus protect from and treat these disorders. Read more

VITAMIN B9 (folacin, foliate, folic acid)

Folic acid is required for DNA synthesis and cell growth and is important for red blood cell formation, energy production as well as the forming of amino acids. Folic acid is essential for creating heme, the iron containing substance in haemoglobin, crucial for oxygen transport. It is important for healthy cell division and replication, since its involvement as coenzyme for RNA and DNA synthesis. It is also required for protein metabolism and in treating folic acid anaemia. Folic acid also assists in digestion, and the nervous system, and works at improving mental as well as emotional health. This nutrient may be effective in treating depression and anxiety. Regular consumption of foods rich in vitamin B9 is especially important for pregnant women. Read more

Saturday 10th May 2014

ACID REFLUX, HEARTBURN AND INDIGESTION

Gastroesophageal reflux disease is when food, acid contents, bilious material or pancreatic juices travel back up into the oesophagus, causing discomfort more than twice a week. The acid solution that splashes up into the oesophagus causes inflammation, irritation and scarring, which can narrow the circumference of the oesophagus. Symptoms include hoarseness, food getting stuck, burning, irritation, nausea, coughing, wheezing, asthma symptoms and eroded tooth enamel. It also increases the chances of developing oesophageal cancer. Read more

LIVER, GALL BLADDER AND PANCREAS DISORDERS

The liver is the father of all organs being the largest organ and having more jobs to do in the body than all other organs apart from the brain. It is located in the upper right-hand portion of the abdominal cavity, beneath the diaphragm and on top of the stomach, right kidney and intestines. It usually weighs about 3 pounds and is responsible for processes which deal with substances that enter the body and substances that are filtered, stored and excreted. Read more

Friday 9th May 2014

DAILY ESSENTIALS FOR PERFECT HEALTH

To ensure against ill health there are certain natural foods which should be consumed regularly because they have properties and nutrients the body uses up and needs to replace often. It is not absolutely critical that they are consumed every single day but, if they are, the health and vitality of the body and protection against infection and disease will increase dramatically. Read more

Wednesday 7th May 2014

VITAMIN B16 (dimethylamino acetic acid)

This a derivative of the amino acid called glycine. The small intestine absorbs vitamin B16, and then the liver converts it into other useful metabolites. Vitamin B16 also functions as a building block to DNA, amino acids, neurotransmitters and hormones. It is a by-product of choline which circulates in the body in small amounts for only seconds at a time. Read more

VITAMIN B6 (pyridoxine)

Required for the balancing of hormonal changes in women as well as assisting the immune system and the growth of new cells. It is also used in the processing and metabolism of proteins, fats and carbohydrates, while assisting with controlling moods as well as behaviour. Natural foods rich in pyridoxine might also be of benefit for children with learning difficulties, as well as assisting in the prevention of dandruff, eczema and psoriasis. It also assists in the balancing of sodium and potassium and promotes red blood cell production. It is further involved in the nucleic acids RNA as well as DNA. Read more

VITAMIN B5 (pantothenic acid)

Plays an important role in the secretion of hormones, such as cortisone because of the role it plays in supporting the adrenal gland. These hormones assist the metabolism, help to fight allergies and are beneficial in the maintenance of healthy skin, muscles and nerves. Pantothenic acid is also used in the release of energy as well as the metabolism of fat, protein and carbohydrates. It is used in the creation of lipids, neurotransmitters, steroid hormones and haemoglobin. Some are of the opinion that pantothenic acid is also helpful to fight wrinkles as well as greying of the hair. Pantothenic acid also breaks down carbohydrates, fats, and proteins from food and converts them into compounds the body can use. Read more

TORULA YEAST (candida utilis)

A species of yeast that grows on wood sugars obtained as a by-product of the paper manufacturing process, on sugar cane or on sulphite liquors. It is rich in glutamic acid which gives it a smoky, savoury taste. Torula yeast has become a popular replacement for the flavour enhancer E621 monosodium glutamate (MSG) among manufacturers marketing natural products.It is also used in pet foods, in beekeeping and as an attractant in traps designed to control olive flies. Read more

Tuesday 6th May 2014

BROMINATED VEGETABLE OIL

Brominated vegetable oil, or BVO, is banned in Japan and the European Union as a food additive but is found in many well known American soft and carbonated drinks as a cheap emulsifier. It has the same elements as brominated flame retardants and regular consumption can lead to memory loss, low sperm counts, infertility in women, hyperactivity, learning difficulties and skin and nerve problems. Always check ingredient labels to see if it is included before purchasing.

Monday 5th May 2014

HEART DISEASE

Updated this page and added many more natural heart protective foods. Read more

Sunday 4th May 2014

HOME MADE NATURAL WASHING UP LIQUID

To clean dishes without chemicals use natural ingredients. Choose soap flakes or liquid soap that is made from natural plant oils like palm and coconut. Lemon juice is a good degreaser and can bleach and remove stains without harsh chemicals and vinegar is an excellent antibacterial cleaner. Add essential oils of choice for the aroma desired. lavender and pine are good choices and mint or peppermint leaves add extra cleaning power as well as a fresh scent. This washing up liquid can be used wherever grease needs removing. Always rinse dishes after washing up and leave to air dry rather than use tea towels to dry them. Tea towels can harbour bacteria and viruses as can sponges. Read more and see recipe

Saturday 3rd May 2014

HERPES

There are three types of viral herpes all of which are highly contagious and currently incurable. Herpes simplex type I (cold sores, lips and nose), herpes simplex type II (genitals and buttocks) and herpes zoster (shingles one side of the body usually on the trunk). All three lay dormant in the nerves for life and can infect various parts of the body including the eyes. Read more

Friday 2nd May 2014

BLADDER STONES (vesical calculus or cystolith)

Bladder stones are small mineral masses that develop in the bladder, usually when the urine becomes concentrated. Urolithiasis refers to stones in any part of the urinary tract, including the kidneys, bladder or urethra. The stones can be called calculi. Spinal cord injuries that result in urinary incontinence, an enlarged prostate, or recurring urinary tract infections are common causes of concentrated and stagnant urine. If urine remains too long in the bladder, urine chemicals start clumping together, forming crystals which grow and eventually develop into bladder stones. Read more

SASSAFRAS

This is a tree which has similar properties to cinnamon. It is aromatic, stimulant, diaphoretic and alterative. It was used medicinally by Native Americans for many centuries and it is said the aroma from the tree was what saved Columbus when he was trying to convince his mutinous crew that land was near. Unfortunately one species found in North America is now extinct. Read more

STONE ROOT (collinsonia canadensis, canada horsebalm, richweed, hardhack, heal-all, horseweed, ox balm)

This is a perennial medicinal herb in the mint family and its active components are resins, saponins, tannins and mucilage. It is useful for stabilize the lining on the sinus cavities and to minimize the build-up of excess mucus in the sinus cavities, throat and stomach. It also has the ability to relax painful constrictions and spasms of the rectum. As such it is used for fistulas, ulcers and anal fissures. It also has a relaxing activity on urinary organs, where it can relax the ureter and therefore increase urination, reduce irritability of the bladder and assist with the passage of kidney stones and bladder stones.

Thursday 1st May 2014

DRUG INDUCED PARKINSONISM

Unfortunately, there are many commonly prescribed medications and recreational drugs which can cause drug induced Parkinsonism which has all the same symptoms as Parkinson's Disease. Rather than take more medications for the Parkinson's symptoms, these drugs should be investigated and changed or eliminated wherever possible. Any drug that blocks the action of dopamine (referred to as a dopamine antagonist) is likely to cause parkinsonism. If the drug is stopped the symptoms can be reversed quite quickly. However some can cause permanent damage to the dopamine-containing cells in the basal ganglia of the brain which causes permanent Parkinsonism. Read more

VITAMIN B12 (cyanocobalamin)

Essential to the metabolism of amino acids and fatty acids and important for the proper function of the nervous system and the maintenance and formation of blood cells. Vitamin B12 is synthesized only by microorganisms in the colon; it is not present in plants. Most animals obtain the vitamin preformed from their natural bacterial flora and though the bacteria in the human colon produces some B12, because it is below the ileum where B12 is absorbed into the blood stream, it must also be obtained from the diet. Read more

VITAMIN C (ascorbic acid)

Is required in the synthesis of collagen in connective tissue, neurotransmitters, steroid hormones, carnitine, conversion of cholesterol to bile acids and enhances iron bioavailability. Ascorbic acid is a great antioxidant and helps protect the body against pollutants. Because vitamin C is a biological reducing agent, it is also linked to prevention of degenerative diseases - such as cataracts, certain cancers and cardiovascular diseases. Ascorbic acid also promotes healthy cell development, proper calcium absorption, normal tissue growth and repair - such as healing of wounds and burns. It assists in the prevention of blood clotting and bruising, and strengthening the walls of the capillaries. Vitamin C is needed for healthy gums, to help protect against infection and assisting with clearing up infections and is thought to enhance the immune system and help reduce cholesterol levels, high blood pressure and preventing arteriosclerosis. Vitamin C can kill the antibiotic resistant tuberculosis bacteria. Read more

Saturday 19th April 2014

VITAMIN B4 (adenine)

Consuming foods rich in vitamin B4 can help alleviate some of the symptoms and even prevent the on setting of certain health conditions including: acne, allergies, alopecia, Alzheimer's disease, anaemia, arteriosclerosis, asthma, bacteria infections, cancer, cataracts, dandruff, diabetes, duodenal and peptic ulcer, fatigue, gallstones, gum disorders, gout, headache, heart palpitation, high cholesterol, hypertension, indigestion, infertility, insomnia, muscle cramps and atrophy, Parkinson's, phlebitis, psoriasis, stress, vaginitis, virus infections, wound healing, wrinkles and may stimulate lactation for pregnant women. Read more

Friday 18th April 2014

CUPUAÇU (Theobroma grandiflorum)

This fruit comes from a South American tree of the same name which belongs in the cocoa family. it has been a primary food source for natives in the rainforest for centuries and has a creamy, exotic pulp at the centre of a large melon. It is a rich source of the polyphenol theograndins, vitamins B1, B2, B3, fatty and amino acids, and at least nine antioxidants (including vitamins A and C). Being from the cocoa family, cupuaçu also has a high flavonoid content. It has a caffeine-like effect, but does not contain caffeine. Because of this it is a far healthier substitute for coffee and chocolate products. Read more

VITAMIN B3 (niacin)

It required for cell respiration, helps in the release of energy and metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. It is also required for proper circulation and healthy skin, functioning of the nervous system and normal secretion of bile and stomach fluids.

It is used in the synthesis of sex hormones, treating schizophrenia and other mental illnesses and as a memory-enhancer. People report more mental alertness when this vitamin is in sufficient supply. Niacin also enhances gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) activity inside the brain, which in turn helps reduce anxiety and neurosis and helps reduce LDL cholesterol levels in the blood as well as control blood sugar levels. Read more

Monday 14th April 2014

GENES, HEREDITARY CONDITIONS AND CONCEPTION

Scientists estimate that over 10,000 disease are carried by genes to the offspring. Currently about 4,000 genes disorders have been identified amongst the 24,000 genes in humans but there are still thousands yet to be discovered. This is why it is important to consider the life of the, yet to be born, infant and check that the chance of passing on of any adverse condition is reduced as far as is possible. Read more

Saturday 12th April 2014

PHYTIC ACID (phytates)

This is a saturated cyclic acid that is the storage form of phosphorus in many plant tissues. When these plant  foods are consumed phytic acid acts as an enzyme inhibitor and reduces the human body's absorption of minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium and especially zinc by binding with them in the intestinal tract.

Soaking, fermenting and sprouting legumes, nuts, seeds  and whole grains reduces the phytic acid levels in these plant foods. This is especially important for those suffering with anaemia, cancer, digestive, teeth or bone disorders, pregnant and menstruating women, those regularly performing intense physical activities and sports, anyone on medications, those that drink alcohol regularly, growing infants and children and the elderly.

To find out how to soak, ferment and sprout these foods to greatly reduce the phytic acid level visit the Malnutrition page.

Thursday 10th April 2014

VITAMIN B7 (biotin, also known as vitamin H)

This is used in cell growth, the production of fatty acids, metabolism of fats, and proteins. It plays a role in the Kreb cycle, which is the process in which energy is released from food. Biotin is also indicated for healthy hair and skin, healthy sweat glands, nerve tissue and bone marrow and assisting with muscle pain. Vitamin B7 not only assists in various metabolic chemical conversions, but also helps with the transfer of carbon dioxide and is also helpful in maintaining a steady blood sugar level. Read more

VITAMIN B2 (riboflavin)

This is required by the body to use oxygen and the metabolism of amino acids, fatty acids, carbohydrates and protein. Vitamin B2 is further needed to activate vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) and vitamin B9 (folic acid), helps to create vitamin B3 (niacin) and assists the adrenal gland. It may be used for red blood cell formation, antibody production, cell respiration and growth. It eases watery eye fatigue and may be helpful in the prevention and treatment of cataracts. Vitamin B2 is required for the health of the mucus membranes in the digestive tract and helps with the absorption of iron and vitamin B6. Although it is needed for periods of rapid growth, it is also needed when protein intake is high and is most beneficial to the skin, hair and nails. Vitamin B2 helps reduce homocystein levels in the body therefore reducing rates of heart strokes, heart attacks and deaths from heart disease. Vitamin B2 also helps reduce the frequency of migraine headaches. Read more

VITAMIN B1 (thiamine)

Helps fuel the body by converting blood sugar into energy. It keeps mucous membranes healthy and is essential for nervous system, cardiovascular and muscular function. Also may enhance circulation, helps with blood formation and the metabolism of carbohydrates. It is also required for the health of the nervous system and is used in the biosynthesis of a number of cell constituents, including the neurotransmitter acetylcholine and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). It is used in the manufacture of hydrochloric acid, and therefore plays a part in digestion. It is also great for the brain and may help with depression and assist with memory and learning. In children it is required for growth and has shown some indication to assist in treating arthritis, cataracts as well as infertility.

Wednesday 9th April 2014

More links to other sections of this website listed alphabetically on the Home page including 50 common every day hazards. Site map coming soon...

ANIMAL FAECES, SALIVA AND DANDER

There are many serious infections and viruses that can be contracted from animal faeces, saliva and dander. Amphibians, birds, cats, cattle, dogs, fish, foxes, sheep, reptiles and rodents can be carriers of parasites, viruses, fungi and bacterial infections that can affect humans and cause some seriously debilitating ailments. Read more

FIBRE AND IT'S COFACTORS

Carbohydrates, Prebiotic and Probiotics, Insoluble Fibre, Fatty Acids, Soluble Fibre, Starch, Trans Fatty Acids, Triglycerides

Fibre or 'roughage' (fiber American spelling) provides bulk in foods that helps slow the digestion of carbohydrates, stabilizing the body's level of blood-sugar and sustaining energy from one meal to the next. It is an important component of the diet for suppressing the body's hunger response and improving weight stability. Dietary fibre binds to bile salts (a product of cholesterol) and decrease their re-absorption in the colon. Fibre contains prebiotics which feed the friendly bacteria in the large intestines (colon) which have many beneficial and vital functions which are listed below. In the digestive system (from mouth to anus) there are ten times the bacteria as the numbers of all the human cells. Read more

VITAMIN A

Vitamin A is a group of nutritionally unsaturated hydrocarbons, which include retinol, retinal, retinoic acid and several pro-vitamin A carotenoids. It is involved in the formation and maintenance of healthy skin, hair and mucous membranes. Vitamin A helps us to see in dim light and is necessary for proper bone growth, tooth development and reproduction. It assists the immune system and because of its antioxidant properties is great to protect against pollution and cancer formation and other diseases. It also assists with the sense of taste as well as helping the digestive and urinary tract and many believe that it helps slow aging. Read more

Sunday 6th April 2014

The Nature Cures book is being promoted at the London Book Fair by the publisher this week.

FOOD COMBINATIONS

People that avoid fats altogether, thinking they will lose weight, are in fact making their system sluggish because of nutrient deficiencies. This will not only lower their metabolism and put weight on but will affect their general health as well. This is why fat free diets never work.

The western diet lacks in the different colour combinations of vegetables and fruits and large amounts of just one or two colours are consumed on a daily basis.

The answer to the ultimate healthy diet is to make sure certain foods are consumed at the same time in order to effectively absorb and utilise the nutrients whilst others are consumed separately. Read more

Friday 4th April 2014

NATURE'S COLOUR CODED PLANT FOODS

Updated this page about the importance of the rainbow of colours in natural plant foods and the top rated nutrient dense food list.

COUMARIN

These are aromatic and potent antioxidants, which have been found to contain anti-carcinogenic and have multi-biological activities such as anti-HIV, anti-tumour, anti-hypertension, anti-arrhythmia, anti-osteoporosis, pain relief, preventing asthma, antiseptic and antifungal. Read more

ANTHOXANTHINS (flavones and flavonoids)

Anthoxanthins are water soluble components which give the white/cream pigment colour to foods. Consuming foods rich in anthoxanthins can  reduce stroke risk, promote heart health, prevent cancer and reduce inflammation.

Those undergoing treatment for complex corneal diseases,  whose underlying eye health condition is caused or aggravated by inflammation, might find increased symptom relief by including more anthoxanthin rich foods in their diets. See Natural Food Sources

KIDNEY STONES

Drinking lemonade or limeade made with fresh organic lemons or limes and bottled sparkling mineral water can protect against kidney stones and help to treat them because of the citric acid they contain. It has the ability to chelate calcium (bind to it) and remove it from the body and because of it's additional beneficial alkalizing properties and plenty of vitamin C, it can also help all other types of urinary infections and disorders.

CITRIC ACID

Citric acid is crucial in the krebs cycle ( tricarboxylic acid cycle or citric acid cycle) which is part of cellular respiration involved in human metabolism, which helps with the oxidation of fats, proteins and carbohydrates. It is a series of enzyme-catalyzed chemical reactions that form a key part of the aerobic respiration in cells and break down glucose into usable energy. Read more

Thursday 3rd April 2014

CAPERS (Capparis spinosa)

Capers are the unripe flower buds of a prickly, perennial plant which is native to the Mediterranean and some parts of Asia. They render special taste to vegetable, meat, veal and fish (especially along with anchovy sauce) recipes and can add good flavour to brine pickles. They are the second richest source of phytosterols after lettuce and very rich source of quercetin (180 mg/100g) second only to the tea leaf which gives them anti-bacterial, anti-carcinogenic, analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties and their very high level of rutin gives them blood thinning capabilities. Read more

VITAMIN B14 (xanthopterin)

Vitamin B14 is little known but is found in human urine and is thought to be similar to vitamin B10 and vitamin B11. It is known to be very helpful in formation of cells of the body especially the bone marrow, provides resistance to combat anaemia's and enhancement of the anti-tumour growth of protein such as pterin phosphate. Read more

BETACYANIN (betalain)

Betacyanins are the reddish to violet betalain pigments. Among the betacyanins present in plants include betanin, isobetanin, probetanin, and neobetanin. It gives plants their deep red colour and provides the essential ingredient which can assist the body with recovery from many ailments. Read more

BETALAIN

The name "betalain" comes from the Latin name of the common beetroot (beta vulgaris). They are found in the petals of flowers, but may colour the fruits, leaves, stems and roots of plants that contain them. It is a form of hydrochloric acid  Read more

PHYTOSTEROLS

Phytosterols are plant-derived compounds that are similar in structure and function to cholesterol. All phytosterols in human blood and tissues are derived from the diet because humans cannot synthesize phytosterols. They are an important element in the diet and should be consumed far more as they were by human ancestors. They promote cardiovascular health by lowering LDL cholesterol levels, inhibit breast, colon and prostate cancers and reduce inflammation and improve urinary tract symptoms related to benign prostatic hyperplasia (noncancerous enlargement of the prostate). Read more

Wednesday 2nd April 2014

CAPRIC ACID

Capric acid, together with lauric acid and caprylic acid, other medium-chain fatty acids, help to increase levels of high-density lipoproteins (HDLcholesterol) relative to low-density lipoproteins (LDL cholesterol). HDL helps protect children from infections and toxins. Breast feeding mothers who consume pure virgin coconut oil have high levels of these healthy fatty acids in their milk which is of great benefit to the infant because it protects them from infections and toxins. Read more

LAURIC ACID

Lauric acid is a type of fatty acid found in only a handful of common oils and is valued for both its health benefits and its convenient melting point properties. This medium-chain compound is solid at room temperature but has a low melting point, making it useful in the food industry. As for health benefits, lauric acid is converted into monolaurin in the body, which has antivirus, antifungal and antibacterial qualities and has the potential to treat AIDS/HIV patients. Read more

PALMITIC ACID

Palmitic acid is a naturally occurring saturated fatty acid made up of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen. It is found in fats, waxes, body lipids, and several plant oils, the most prolific being palm oil, palm kernel oil and coconut oil and has antioxidant and anti-atherosclerotic properties. Read more

Tuesday 1st April 2014

SUPPLEMENT WARNING

Avoid taking ANY vitamin, mineral or other nutrient supplements. The balance of co-factors has never yet been entirely established for humans so deficiencies cannot be successfully treated synthetically, as yet, whereas natural foods posses all the traces necessary. Supplements can cause an overdose of different nutrients which can cause all kinds of complications and may even seriously damage the health. Read more

Updated the PREGNANCY AND CHILDBIRTH page.

Monday 31st March 2014

PLATINUM

Platinum is the rarest and purest precious metal in the world and it's also been embraced by modern medicine. Platinum-based chemotherapy is used to treat testicular, ovarian, colon and lung cancers. Platinum affects the DNA and RNA in cells and since cancer cells are more actively dividing than normal cells, the platinum destroys the DNA and destroys the cell. Platinum is also used to treat sexually-transmitted disease (STD) such as syphilis. It is also useful for treating bacterial, fungal or virus infections, muscle, glandular, brain or nerve malfunctions, insomnia, premenstrual tension, back pain, neuralgia, headaches and chronic fatigue. It can also promote youthful vitality and mental alertness. Read More

Saturday 29th March 2014

THE IMPORTANCE OF MINERALS IN THE DIET

Many common foods we already consume contain good amounts of calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and zinc. But it is also particularly important to add foods to the diet that contain barium, bismuth, boron, bromine, cesium, chlorine, chromium, cobalt, flouride, germanium, gold, iodine iridium, lythium, molybdenum, nickel, nitrogen, platinum, rhodium, rubidium, selenium, silicon, silver, strontium, sulphur, vanadium and tin at least once a fortnight. This is especially important for those doing any strenous activities, taking any medications, drinking alcohol regularly or those suffering from chronic illnesses such as cancer, HIV/AIDS or immune system, bone, nuerological or degenerative disorders and pregnant women. Everyone else should strive to include these foods at least once a month to ensure the correct balance of minerals in the body and prevent any ailments developing. Read more
 

Friday 29th March 2014

The Nature Cures book is to be promoted by the Publisher at the London Book Fair, Earls Court on the 8th, 9th and 10th of April on the Hammersmith Books stand J205.

The exact date of publication will be known next week.

Thursday 27th March 2014

Updated the Cancer page

Friday 21st March 2014

Added the botanical and alternatives names on the A-Z of Natural Foods and Medicines page which now consists of 510 natural foods and medicines.

FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION (FGM)

Female genital mutilation is a form of child abuse common to some African, Asian and Middle Eastern cultures and takes place all over the world. Carried out in secret and often without anaesthetic it involves the partial or total removal of the external female genital organs. Read more

SAW PALMETTO BERRY (Serenoa repens, Sabal serrulata)

This is a palm like plant with berries that were a staple food and medicine for the Native American Indians. It is known to nourish glandular tissue, prevent and treat urinary tract infections and is used to nutritionally support the prostate gland and prevent enlargement. It contains properties which can reduce inflammation and strengthen the immune system.

SALMON

Salmon flesh is typically pink but their colour can range from red to orange. The chinook and sockeye varieties are fattier than pink and chum, while coho falls somewhere in the middle. Pink salmon is primarily used for canned food. Chinook salmon are the largest and sockeye the smallest salmon.

Consuming oily fish, such as salmon, three times a week can prevent and help to treat Alzheimer's disease, anaemia, asthma, depression, diabetes, high blood pressure, macular degeneration, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. It can also relieve symptoms of psoriasis, reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer and maintain bone density.

Salmon is a rich source of  protein, eicosapentanoic acid (EPA), docosahexanoic acid (DHA) omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B12, vitamin B6, vitamin D, vitamin E, potassium, selenium and sodium. It also provides some vitamin C and magnesium.

CURRY (powder mix)

A blend of ginger, turmeric, cardamom, cumin, coriander and other spices that have been shown to increase metabolism, help breathing and reduce cholesterol. They also have anti-viral, antibacterial and ant fungal properties.

CURRY LEAF PLANT (murraya koenigii, kadi patta)

This genuine curry leaf plant is a small shrub which is native to India, the Himalayas and southern Chine. The plant often mistaken for the curry plant, because of it's aroma, is known botanically as helichrysum italicum but it is a herb which is bitter to the taste and loses its aroma when cooked.

Curry leaves are useful in the reduction of the side effects from both chemotherapy and radiation therapy. They can stop diarrhoea, improve blood sugar levels, reduce LDL cholesterol levels and protect the gastrointestinal tract, the liver and the eyes.

Curry leaves are a source of carbohydrates, fibre, protein, beta carotene, bisabolene, bornyl acetate, cadinene, cadinol, carbazole alkaloids, humulene, lauric acid, lutien, ocimene, nicotinic acid,  palmitic acid, phellandrene, pinene, ryophyllene, sabinene and terpinene, vitamin A, vitamin C. calcium, iron and phosphorus.

ARTICHOKE (globe)

This is a thistle vegetable of Mediterranean origin and should not be confused with the Jerusalem artichoke. It contains the bitter components, cynarin and sesquiterpene-lactones which inhibit cholesterol synthesis and increase its excretion in the bile and results in cholesterol reduction in the blood. It also helps to cleanse and protect the liver against hepatitis and protects against skin cancer. It also is a good source of silymarin, caffeic acid and ferulic acid, which help to protect the body from harmful free-radical agents. Read more

JERUSALEM ARTICHOKE

The Jerusalem artichoke (not to be confused with the globe artichoke) is the tuber of a species of sunflower native to eastern North America. It actually has no relation to Jerusalem and it is not even a type of artichoke, though both are members of the daisy family. The name was derived from a corruption of the Italian 'girasola articiocco', the Sunflower Artichoke, Girasola meaning 'turning to the sun,' an allusion to the habit it is supposed to have in common with many of the sunflower species. The North Italian word articiocco - modern carciofo - comes through the Spanish, from the Arabic Al-Kharshuf. False etymology has corrupted the word in many languages: it has been derived (though wrongly) in English from 'choke' and 'heart,' or the Latin hortus, a garden, and in French, the form artichaut has been connected with chaud, hot, and chou, a cabbage. Read more

ALLSPICE

This is the dried unripe fruit of the pimento tree native to the Greater Antilles, Southern Mexico and Central America. This spice is named for its aroma which is like a combination of the spice scents of cinnamon, cloves, ginger and nutmeg.

The eugenol in allspice, has local anaesthetic and antiseptic properties and is useful in gum and dental treatment. Allspice oil mixed with extractions from garlic and oregano can work against E.coli, Salmonella and L.monocytogenes infections. This spice is also very good for relieving flatulence, stomach cramps and dyspeptic pain and can help with nervous exhaustion and diarrhoea

It may be applied as an external compress in cases of rheumatism and neuralgia. It can also be used as a poultice or in hot baths for arthritis and joint problems or back pain. Read more

Saturday 15th March 2014

MAQUI BERRY

This is the potent and recently discovered 'super fruit' of an evergreen shrub which grows abundantly and wild in the Valdivian temperate rainforests and the Patagonian mountain range and adjacent regions of Argentina and Chile. The berries are a staple food, medicine and part of rituals and ceremonies for the ancient Mapuche tribe which are one of the longest-living cultures in the world. They use the stems, leaves and berries for many medicinal purposes. The leaves contain astringent and cleansing properties and are used to dress wounds. It is said that the Spanish Conquistadors were unable to defeat the Mapuche tribe due to their warriors strength and vitality through drinking a fermented form of the berries.

Regular consumption of these berries can help to prevent and treat age related macular degeneration, Alzheimer's disease, arthritis, asthma, colitis, dementia, diarrhoea, eye health, fever, haemorrhoids, migraine, obesity, Parkinson's disease, sore throat, skin inflammations, tumours and ulcers. They also fight oxidative stress, aid in prevention of atherosclerosis, high blood pressure and lower blood sugar, LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood. They can also protect against some forms of cancer (such as colon cancer) and a number of inflammation-related diseases (including diabetes and heart disease). Maqui can also slow the aging process, increase metabolism, reduce mental decline, reduce pain and inflammation,  increase healthy hair growth, promote detoxification and stimulate the immune system to fight against infection and diseases like HIV/AIDS. Read more

Friday 14th March 2014

NATURAL AIR FRESHENERS

Rather than use chemically produced air fresheners, especially for use with children, the elderly, infirm patients or allergy sufferers present, it is very simple to make them. Of course an oil burner using essential oils is the easiest way to eliminate odours including tobacco and pets but the following are safer and cleaner alternatives. Read more

LEMON BALM

This herb was brought to Britain by the Romans and has soothing and sedative properties which helps with relaxation and sleep. It is also useful to treat colic, vomiting, poor digestion and vertigo. It was often used by Avicenna, the famous Arab physician. The name 'Melissa' means honey bee in Greek. It is easy to grow and very attractive to bees and gives the honey a lemony scent.

It makes a refreshing tea that calms anxiety, restores depleted energy, enhances the memory, acts as a  decongestant and antihistamine, helping with chronic problems like asthma or allergies and helps reduce hay fever symptoms. Read more

Wednesday 12th March 2014

HOPS

These are the dried female flower clusters of the hop plant. They are added to beer to improve its flavour and to help preserve it. Hops are rich in nutrients that nourish the nervous system. The herbalist Culpeper said, "It opens obstructions of the liver and spleen, cleanses the blood, loosens the belly, cleanses the veins from gravel and provokes urine." This plant is considered both a tonic and relaxant. Read more

STREP THROAT

Streptococcus pyogenes is a human pathogen, also known as group A streptococcus (GAS) which is the leading cause of bacterial pharyngitis and tonsillitis. It may also produce scarlet fever as well as strep throat, pneumonia and toxic shock syndrome, in addition to ear and sinus infections, sinusitis, otitis, arthritis and bone infections.

Incubation period is typically two to four days, and if strep throat isn't treated, a person can stay contagious for several days to weeks after the illness has passed. People can also be carriers of strep without being sick or demonstrating symptoms. Read more

RHEUMATIC FEVER

It is very important to treat a strep infection within nine days, because in rare cases it can lead to an autoimmune reaction - rheumatic fever - that can affect the joints, skin, heart and kidneys. Rheumatic fever can cause permanent damage to the heart valves as well as other disorders of the heart. It can also lead to a syndrome called Sydenham's chorea, which causes emotional instability, muscle weakness and jerky movements of the hands, feet and face. This autoimmune reaction can also cause inflammation of the kidneys, producing a condition called poststreptococcal glomerulonephritis that can lead to permanent kidney damage. Read more

SCARLET FEVER

Scarlet fever (sometimes called scarlatina) is an infectious disease caused by the bacteria Streptococcus pyogenes, which is commonly found on the skin or in the throat, where it can live without causing problems. However, under some circumstances, they can also cause diseases like scarlet fever. Scarlet fever is usually a complication following infection by a particular group of strep bacteria that cause strep throat.

It is mainly a childhood disease and is most common between the ages of two and eight years but can infect children up to the age of 15. It is rarely seen in adults. It is usually spread by coughing, sneezing or breathing out. Scarlet fever can also be caught through direct contact with the mucus or saliva of an infected person, meaning it can live on eating utensils or surfaces such as tables. Read more

Tuesday 11th March 2014

BRAIN DEGENERATION

 

The brain acts as a control centre by receiving, processing and sending sensory information throughout the body and by controlling the motor function. As it ages it begins to lose its ability to process information. Concentration and memory are the first functions to be affected. Although age-associated cognitive decline will eventually happen to all brains, there are some natural ways to slow down the process and improve overall brain function. Read more

 

Saturday 8th March 2014

CANCER

Added new cancer fighting and prevention natural foods. Read more

TRICLOSAN ANTIBIOTIC AGENT

This chemical, commonly found in everyday consumer goods such as antibacterial soaps, deodorants, body washes, creams, lotions, cosmetics, cleaning supplies and detergents poses a health risk, as it is a toxic compound which can promote cancer.

Found in a variety of soaps, hand sanitizers, fabrics, toothpastes, mouthwashes and even tap water, researchers have discovered triclosan is far from harmless. Linked to heart failure and decline in muscle strength, this antibiotic agent has come under scrutiny due to its widespread use in common household products.

Increasingly detected in human blood plasma, urine and breast milk, this chemical can impede muscle strength, hinder the heart's ability to circulate the blood and even stop the heart altogether. Read more

Saturday 8th March 2014

PREGNANCY AND CHILDBIRTH

Updates and additions made to this page.

NATURE CURES FOR BABIES AND NEW MOTHERS

Updates and additions made to this page.

MARSHMALLOW

Marshmallow should not be confused with the confectionery of the same name. This is a herb that has soothing properties and nutritionally supports the respiratory and gastrointestinal systems. It has a long history dating back thousands of years as an herbal remedy for cough, sore throat and other respiratory problems such as bronchitis and whooping cough (pertussis). This is due to the large amounts of mucilage found in the flower as well as the root. It is also useful for the treatment of diarrhoea and indigestion; along with chronic diseases that cause these symptoms such as Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and gastroesophageal reflux disease. Its anti-inflammatory properties are also useful for treating   peptic ulcers, hiatus hernias, mouth ulcers, enteritis and colitis. Read more

TIN

Positive health effects of tin are numerous and include improvements with fatigue, some forms of depression and a general increase in energy, well-being and mood. There were also benefits for certain types of headaches, insomnia, asthma and improvements with digestion, skin and various aches and pains. Tin is associated with iodine the same way as calcium is associated with magnesium. Tin supports the adrenal glands and iodine supports the thyroid gland, with both subsequently affecting cardiac output. Tin and the adrenals control the left side, while iodine and the thyroid control the right side. Read more

Friday 7th March 2014

RESPIRATORY DISORDERS

Added new natural foods which can protect the lungs and improve their function. Read more

MILLET

The Hunzas, who live in a remote area of the Himalayan foothills, consume millet as their main staple food and are known for their excellent health and longevity.

Millet is considered to be one of the most digestible and non-allergenic grains available and is one of the few grains that is alkalizing to the body. It is a rich source of fibre and low simple sugars. Because of this it has a relatively low glycaemic index and has been shown to produce lower blood sugar levels than wheat or rice. It can also reduce the effects of asthma, migraines and heart attacks, lower cholesterol, decreases triglycerides and C-reactive protein and protects against cardiovascular disease especially for those suffering from atherosclerosis or diabetic heart disease. The insoluble fibre in millet can also protect against gall stones. Read more

Thursday 6th March 2014

NATURE CURES FOR BABIES AND NEW MOTHERS

Healthy nutrition is vitally important during the first few years of a child's life. For a great start out in life, breast feeding the baby is far better than giving processed formula because it provides all the nourishment required and antibodies directly from the mother. It also costs nothing which should be a good incentive too.

One important fact to remember when using any lotions, creams or powders is that the skin can absorb chemicals therefore, unless the baby is able to orally consume the product being used,  it is unadvisable to smother the baby's skin with it. Natural plants are far gentler and acceptable for the baby's new skin. Read more

METHEMOGLOBINEMIA

There are two types of methemoglobinemia; congenital and acquired:

Congenital methemoglobinemia is characterized by diminished enzymatic reduction of methemoglobin (ie, haemoglobin with its iron in the ferric state) back to functional haemoglobin (ie, haemoglobin with its iron in the ferrous state). Affected patients appear cyanotic (blue tinge to the skin) but are generally asymptomatic.

Acquired methemoglobinemia usually results from ingestion of specific drugs or agents that cause an increase in the production of methemoglobin. It can be a fatal disease.

Signs and symptoms of methemoglobinemia include shortness of breath, cyanosis, mental status changes, headache, fatigue, exercise intolerance, dizziness and loss of consciousness. Arterial blood with elevated methemoglobin levels has a characteristic chocolate-brown colour as compared to normal bright red oxygen-containing arterial blood. Read more

NITRATES

Incorporating vegetables naturally high in nitrates into the diet can help lower blood pressure in patients with hypertension as they relax the blood vessels.

CAUTION In early life nitrate rich foods can cause blue baby disease (methemoglobinemia) due to being high in nitrates. They are fine for babies over 4 months of age, but spinach and beetroot should be fed in moderation until year one. Symptoms of blue baby syndrome are shortness of breath, the skin will turn blue due to lack of oxygen in the blood) and the baby may lose consciousness. Read more

Wednesday 5th March 2014

NAILS

Many of the same conditions that affect the hair will affect the quality of the nails. When nails peel or become flaky, brittle and easily break it is a sign that there are either nutrient, especially mineral, deficiencies or imbalances or some other underlying condition. The same remedies for hair will work for nails too. White flecks on the nails is a sign that there is calcium deficiency and this also may mean there is a vitamin D deficiency. Consuming foods rich in these nutrients as well as balancing healthy fatty acids, such as omega 3 and omega 6 can eliminate problems with the nails and allowing 15 minutes of midday sunlight on bare (sunscreen free) skin per day will make the body produce all the vitamin D it requires. Read more

GELATIN FOR NECK AND BACK PAIN

Taking a daily dose of gelatin (from animal or vegetable source) every morning can relieve neck and back pain by lubricating the joints and will also improve metabolism, mental stability and the growth and quality of the hair and nails. Click here for dosage and method.

MASHUA

The mashua is a perennial climbing tuber/salad crop from the Andes related to the nasturtium. It has been cultivated since approximately 5,500BC and has been an important food source for more than 9 million indigenous people living in the Andes mountains at elevations between 2500 meters and 4000 meters. One plant can yield up to 4 kilos of tubers. This, plus the ease of cultivation, makes it a good crop to grow for both human and animal consumption. Read more

Tuesday 4th March 2014

BROMINE

 

Bromine (Br) has not been officially designated to be essential for humans at this time, however there have been reports of reduced growth, fertility and life expectancy in some animals as a result of hyperthyroidism secondary to dietary deficiency of bromide. It is used preferentially over chlorine by one anti-parasitic enzyme in humans. Bromine helps to provide a potent mechanism by which eosinophils kill multicellular parasites (such as the nematode worms involved in lymphatic filariasis) and also certain bacteria (such as the tuberculosis bacteria). Read more
 

 

Monday 3rd March 2014

NICKEL

Nickel interacts with cobalt, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin B12 and vitamin B15. Nickel (Ni) and Cobalt (Co) are associated trace elements and considered essential to human health. While a cobalt and vitamin B12 relationship is well documented, a similar, but less documented affiliation applies to nickel and vitamin C.  Also less documented is the control nickel and cobalt exert over the muscular walls of the body's arteries. Nickel specifically affects the left coronary artery, resulting in vasodilation with low levels, and vasoconstriction with high levels, while cobalt exerts the same vasodilatation / vasoconstriction effect on the right coronary artery. Read more

RUTIN (flavonoid)

This is a flavonoid that has anti thrombotic properties by preventing venous clots that can cause deep-vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolisms. Rutin acts on the circulatory system to strengthen blood vessels, especially the tiny capillaries in the eyes. Rutin is very effective in easing bleeding and circulation problems, such as glaucoma, cataracts, varicose veins, haemorrhoids, canker sores in the mouth, poor circulation, cirrhosis of the liver and hay fever. Read more

VITAMIN B15 (pangamic acid)

Vitamin B15 has been shown to lower blood cholesterol, improve circulation and general oxygenation of cells and tissues, and is helpful for arteriosclerosis and hypertension. It can also treat premature aging because of both its circulatory stimulus and its antioxidant effects. It can also help protect the body from pollutants, especially carbon monoxide so is useful for anyone living in traffic congested areas.

In Russia, vitamin B15 is used in treating alcohol dependency and can reduce alcohol cravings and diminish hangovers. B15 has also been used to treat fatigue, as well as asthma and rheumatism, and it has some anti-allergic properties. It can also treat emotionally disturbed children; it is used to stimulate their speaking ability and related mental functions. Read more

Sunday 2nd March 2014

HEMP SEEDS

Hemp is 'super food' which has been cultivated for over 10,000 years and was the first crop to be cultivated by mankind as a source of fibre, edible seeds and oil, a lubricant and as fuel .Hemp seeds have the most concentrated balance of nutrients available including complete protein, with essential fats and virtually no sugar, starch or saturated fat. Consuming raw hemp seeds aids in weight loss, increased and sustained energy, natural blood sugar control, reduction of inflammation and pain, lowered LDL cholesterol and blood pressure, improved cardiovascular and organ function, reduction of degenerative diseases, protection against breast, colon and prostate cancer, heart disease and strokes, reduction of PMS symptoms and cramps, improved recovery of muscles after intense exercise, improved skin and hair condition and a marked improvement of the immune system, metabolic rate and circulation. Consuming hemp seeds regularly can treat acne, arthritis and rheumatism, circulation problems, constipation, diabetes, dry skin, eczema, intestinal and digestive problems, obesity, prostate problems, psoriasis, respiratory conditions such as tuberculosis.

Hemp seeds components protect the brain cells which can alleviate symptoms of anxiety and depression and improve the memory and mood. They also can protect against and help to improve symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, dementia and Parkinson's disease. Read more

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY FOODS

List of 44 foods with anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties:

sour apple, asparagus, avocado, beetroot, blueberries, brine pickles, broccoli, cabbage (red), carrot, celery, chamomile tea, chia seeds, sour cherries, chicory, coconut oil, cranberries, cucumber, daikon, ginger, grapefruit, hemp seeds, horseradish, kelp, kimchi, kombucha, lemon, lettuce, miso soup, oily fish, olives, papaya, pineapple, pomegranate, prickly pear, radishes, raisins, red berries, rosehips, sea salt, seaweed, spinach, yoghurt, walnuts, wasabi

Herbs with anti inflammatory and pain relieving properties are:

aloe vera, basil, burdock root, coriander, dandelion, devil's claw, dong quai, false unicorn, fennel, feverfew, frankincense, holy basil, hops, lavender oil, linden, motherwort, oatstraw, peppermint oil, periwinkle, rosemary

NOTE: Essential oils and rosemary are not suitable for pregnant or breast feeding women.

Spices with anti inflammatory and pain relieving properties are:

black pepper, cayenne chilli pepper, cinnamon, cumin, nutmeg, paprika, turmeric

Saturday 1st March 2014

FIG LEAVES

Fig leaves are best known for treating diabetes, but there are many other uses such as treating boils, cancer, cardiovascular disease, bronchitis, genital warts, fungal infections, liver cirrhosis, haemorrhoids, high blood pressure, ringworm, shingles, skin problems and ulcers. Read more

PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY

This is a result of nerve damage, often causes weakness, numbness and pain, usually in the hands and feet, but it may also occur in other areas of the body. The pain is like a tingling and burning sensation and the sufferer may feel like they are walking on cobblestones if it is located in the feet. It can result from problems such as traumatic injuries, infections, metabolic problems, over indulgence in alcohol and exposure to toxins. One of the most common causes is diabetes. Read more

NEURALGIA

The term neuralgia refers to a combination of two words "neuro" meaning relating to nerves and "algesia" meaning sensitivity to pain. Normally, pain is triggered by the stimulation of pain receptors but in the case of neuralgia, pain occurs without excitation of these receptors and is instead caused by an abnormal change in the structure or function of the nerves. There are two main types of neuralgia which are categorised according to the location of the pain. Read more

CAMPHOR OIL

It has stimulant, antispasmodic, antiseptic, decongestant, anaesthetic, sedative, anti-neuralgic, anti-inflammatory, disinfectant and insecticide properties. Camphor oil is an effective stimulant, which boosts the activity of the circulatory system, metabolism, digestion, secretion and excretion. The strong, penetrating aroma of camphor oil is also a powerful decongestant which immediately relieves congestion of the bronchi, larynx, pharynx, nasal tracts and lungs.

It also acts as a good anaesthetic and is very effective for local anaesthesia. It causes numbness of the sensory nerves at the area of application. It reduces the severity of nervous disorders and convulsions, epileptic attacks, nervousness and chronic anxiety and gives immediate relief from spasms and cramps. It is also effective at curing extreme spasmodic cholera and treating arthritis, gout, rheumatism, virus infections and insect bites to name but a few of it's powerful medicinal properties. Read more

YLANG YLANG

This highly perfumed oil is derived from the flowers of a tree that can be found in the rain forests of certain Asian and South Pacific Islands like Indonesia, Philippines, Java, Sumatra, Comoro and Polynesia. It has antidepressant, antiseborrhoeic, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, hypotensive, nervine and sedative properties which can treat conditions like anxiety, depression, epilepsy, fatigue, high blood pressure insomnia palpitations and stress. It also has properties that can treat seborrhoea or seborrhoeic eczema because it is extremely effective in maintaining moisture and oil balance of the skin and keeps the skin looking hydrated, smooth, and young.

Ylang ylang can help to avoid both sepsis and tetanus by inhibiting microbial growth and disinfecting the wounds and protecting the body from infections from bacteria, virus and fungus. It also helps to speed up the healing process of the wound.  Read more

ALOE VERAaloe vera

Has historically been known for assisting the functions of the gastrointestinal tract, and for its properties of soothing, cleansing and helping the body to maintain healthy tissues. This plant has a reputation of facilitating digestion, aiding blood and lymphatic circulation, as well as asthma, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, epilepsy, osteoarthritis, sunburn and insect bites, irritable bowel syndrome, kidney disorders, stomach ulcers, liver and gall bladder functions and healing wounds, lessening scars and treating skin conditions and burns. Read more

Sunday 23rd February 2014

SHINGLES

Is caused by the herpes varicella-zoster virus and only affects some people that have had chickenpox as a child. It occupies an area within the nerves of the body and only appears when the immune system is not at its best and will show as very sensitive and itchy, and sometimes painful, red rashes which consist of small blisters. These blisters will always exist on one side of the body only as the shingles virus hides in the nerves. The blisters will eventually burst releasing small amounts of fluid which is contagious to someone who has not previously had chickenpox. When contracted this way the person will get chickenpox and not shingles in the first instance. Read more

MUGWORT

This is a perennial member of the daisy family and a relative of ragweed. It can be used as a topical anaesthetic with antibacterial and antifungal properties. Mugwort has been used for centuries for various disorders and epilepsy, as it has mild sedative and antispasmodic properties and is antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal. Fresh, crushed mugwort leaves applied to the skin relieves shingles, burning, itching and pain and, with continued application, can help get rid of warts. Chewing fresh mugwort leaves will help relieve fatigue and clear the mind. A decoction of the roots can also be for this purpose. An infusion of fresh leaves can be used for chronic stomach complaints and to stimulate the appetite and can help to expel pinworms. Read more

Saturday 22nd February 2014

MIGRAINE

Migraines are caused by a misfiring of the nervous system and a gradual build-up of nerve cell activity in the brain stem at the base of the brain. The effect of this spreads in a cascade to produce the migraine headache that lasts for several hours to a day or more before it gradually recedes. The misfiring can spread to other parts of the brain to produce visual distortions, pins and needles in the face and strange tastes before the headache starts. Some sufferers may recognise that they are building up to an attack days before it starts. Different sufferers have many different patterns of symptoms. Migraines can also cause nausea (feeling sick) and an increased sensitivity to light or sound. Read more

Friday 21st February 2014

BRINE PICKLING FOR HEALTH

Pickles can be made by storing prepared vegetables in vinegar, a weak brine solution, by dry salting or allowing the vegetables to ferment without salt. The best way to gain the benefits of consuming the friendly bacteria caused by the fermentation process is to avoid pickles made in vinegar as this kills the bacteria outright.

Lacto-fermentation is a very easy traditional and most healthy method of making pickles without using vinegar. Pickles made in this manner are alive and rich in probiotics, ready in 5 days and only water and sea salt is required. It is also a good way to store any excess vegetables and produce for up to one year. Read more

Wednesday 19th February 2014

NOROVIRUS (winter vomiting disease)

Norovirus is a common food-borne disease and a particular problem in nursing homes, hospitals, cruise ships and schools. Although unpleasant, the infection usually passes in a few days. But it can pose a dangerous threat to some people with underlying medical problems. The virus is spread through an infected person's faeces or vomit and often by unwashed hands. Oregano has proved to be a powerful treatment for this infection. Read more

PREGNANCY, CHILD BIRTH & RELATED AILMENTS

It is important to eat a wide variety of nutritious foods and rest when pregnant as the baby is taking all it needs to develop and any deficiency in nutrients can seriously affect the health of both mother to be and unborn foetus. Minerals, phytonutrients and vitamins are particularly important for the body and the developing foetus so the more different organic and wholesome foods are consumed the better chance there is of remaining healthy through out pregnancy and giving birth to a normal healthy baby. Highly nutritious natural unprocessed foods like oily fish, eggs, seaweed, whole grains, legumes, vegetables and fruit of all colours and types, berries, nuts seeds, alfalfa and sprouts can give both you and your baby the best healthy start out in life together. See below for a healthy diet during pregnancy. Certain foods, herbs, spices and essential oils do need to be avoided during pregnancy & breast feeding. Read more

VARICOSE VEINS AND PHLEBITIS (inflammation of a vein)

Varicose veins usually develop in the legs but can also show up in the vulva or as haemorrhoids, which are a type of varicose veins. Constipation can increase varicose veins and cause haemorrhoids, so drink lots of bottled mineral water, limit salt intake and eat high fibre foods. Read more

Tuesday 18th February 2014

ASPARAGUS AND CANCER

There have been many cases reported where asparagus has been able to eliminate cancerous tumours in the body completely. This may be due to it's ability to reduce the accumulation of iron in the body. Cancerous cells need iron to multiply. The glutathione antioxidant properties and vitamin K content are additional anti-cancer agents so regular consumption is obviously beneficial to both protect against and treat cancerous tumours. Read more

Monday 17th February 2014

IMPOTENCY (Erectile Dysfunction)

Any serious medical condition including heart disease, sexually transmitted diseases, depression or other psychological disorders, fatigue, overwork or simply lack of adequate sleep can lead to loss of libido (interest in sex) or the ability to gain an erection. Loss of interest or ability may also obviously result from relationship problems.

Hardening of the arteries to the pelvic organs may be a direct cause of sexual dysfunction and maybe also be a sign of heart disease. Therefore it is important to be tested for any blockage or hardening of the arteries even if other factors are a possibility. The arteries supplying blood to the penis are relatively narrow compared to other arteries (1-2mm) so they become blocked by plaque far quicker and maybe be the indication that other arteries may be seriously blocked or will become so soon.. This can lead to a heart attack or stroke so the sooner this is treated the better. Read more

HORNY GOAT WEED (yin yang huo, epimedium)

Horny goat weed is a pungent ornamental herb found in Asia and the Mediterranean. Legend has it that the name came from a herder who noticed his goats becoming more sexually active after eating the plant. Horny goat weed plant has the botanical name epimedium because it is similar to a plant found in the ancient Asian kingdom of Media, now a part of Iran. It has a history of traditional use for disorders of the kidneys, joints and liver. It also is now used in the western world is as an aphrodisiac for both men and women and it can also help with erectile dysfunction and combat fatigue.

It contains flavonol glycosides, ikarisoside A, icarisid II, epimedoside A, icariin, epimedin B, yinyanghuo A - E and epimedokoreanoside. Flavonoids include chrysoeriol, quercetin, apigenin, kaempferol, and luteolin. Like viagra, Icariin can block an erection-inhibiting enzyme but without the side effects.

CNIDIUM MONNIERI SEEDS (she chuang zi)

Cnidium monnieri seed is a Chinese stimulant and aphrodisiac herb to treat impotency. It is also used as a vaginal wash against trichomoniasis and to treat scabies, skin problems and fungal diseases.

It contains several compounds including coumarins osthol (or osthole), bergapten, xanthotoxol, imperatorin, monoterpene polyols, glucides and hepatoprotective sesquiterpenes. Osthole has been found in studies to have anti tumour activity and to be helpful in strengthening bones.

Saturday 15th February 2014

PASSION FRUIT

This is a very nutritious vine fruit native to Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and northern Argentina. Passion fruit contains components which have the ability to kill cancer cells. Its also used as a pain reliever, anti-seizure, sedative and anti-inflammatory medicine. It can help with disorders such as constipation, diarrhoea, colitis, menstrual disorders, cough, hoarseness and sore throat and it can cure chronic allergy symptoms. It can also help with the recovery of liver and kidney disorders, as well as trigger immune enhancement and increase the strength of antibodies in the blood. Read more

WORMWOOD

Named for its ability to expel parasites, this bitter herb is known world wide for its strong killing ability as it contains the potent chemicals thujone and isothujone, which are the primary components that kill parasites. Wormwood also contains santonin, an effective remedy for parasitic diseases and has been proven as a powerful remedy for malaria. Wormwood also contains sesquiterpene lactones, which work similarly to peroxide by weakening the parasites membranes therefore killing them. Wormwood also helps produce bile, which in turn helps the liver and gallbladder. Read more

WORMWOOD AND PARASITES

Wormwood is the second most bitter herb known to man and has been used for centuries to battle internal parasites. It is useful against roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, pinworms, plasmodium, schistosoma and giardia. Read more

WORMWOOD AND MALARIAwormwood

Historical documentation shows that this Vietnamese/Chinese herb was used to treat intestinal parasitic infections, haemorrhoids (its an anti-inflammatory) and malaria as early as 2000 years ago. This treatment for malaria was, however, lost over time. It was only rediscovered in an archaeological dig in the 1970s where its medicinal use was found in a recipe inside a tomb. The formula was dated back to 168 B.C. when a Chinese chemist isolated the primary active ingredient from the leafy portion of plant and it was named artemisinin by western scientists in 1972. Read more

WORMWOOD, IRON AND CANCER

Artemisinin is derived from the wormwood herb. Iron is required for cell division, and it is well known that many cancer cell types selectively accumulate iron for this purpose due to special receptors that help them in cell division, called transferring receptors. Most cancers have a very large number of iron attracting transferring receptors on their cell surface compared to normal non cancerous cells.

In tests, radiation resistant breast cancer cells, that have a high propensity for accumulating iron, revealed that artemisinin has 75 percent cancer cell killing properties in a 8 hours and almost 100 percent killing properties within 24 hours whilst normal cells were left unharmed. Read more

Friday 14th February 2014

ANTIOXIDANT SUPPLEMENT WARNING

Antioxidants derived from food sources play a vital role in keeping free radicals in check, but the latest studies call into question high levels of antioxidant supplementation. Among the most popular antioxidant supplements are vitamin C, vitamin E and beta-carotene, the pre-cursor form of vitamin A. Taking these supplements containing high doses, instead of consuming natural foods containing these nutrients, can have the opposite effect that is desired and actually protect cancerous tumour cells from the body's defences. Antioxidants can even accelerate the growth of early tumours or precancerous lesions in high-risk people such as smokers and patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease who receive vitamin E and N-acetyl cysteine (NAC) to relieve mucus production. Read more

BUTTER V MARGARINE

The origins of butter go back thousands of years to when humans first started domesticating animals. The first written reference to butter was found on a 4500 year old limestone tablet illustrating how butter was made. In India, ghee (clarified butter) has been used as a staple food, and as a symbol of purity, worthy of offering to the gods in religious ceremonies for more than 3000 years. The Bible also has references to butter.

Margarine was originally created as a substitute for butter from beef tallow and skimmed milk in 1813 in France due to a shortage of butter. As it contained lustrous, pearly deposits, it was named after the Greek word margarites, for “pearly.” It was a white substance with little food appeal so  yellow colouring was added and other synthetic additives to make it palatable and then it was sold to people to use as a ‘healthy’ alternative to butter.  Read more

Thursday 13th February 2014

PAIN, CRAMPS AND INFLAMMATION

Added many new pain and cramp relieving natural foods and remedies  to the Pain and Inflammation page. Read more

Wednesday 12th February 2014

RECREATIONAL DRUGS

Humans have been experimenting with body and mind altering substances since the beginning of time. Many indigenous tribes still use them today in their rituals. However, potions and drugs extracted from plants are far less dangerous than the far more powerful synthetic chemical versions which are available today.

Some people are able to withstand the effects of drugs and come through virtually unscathed whilst others can be damaged for life. Unfortunately peer pressure can often cause someone to persevere with drug taking even when they are suffering serious side effects. Ignoring these warnings can be dangerous and even fatal. Read more

OBESITY

Additional natural foods added that can help reduce weight.

HOW TO MAKE HERBAL REMEDIES

To find out how to make tinctures, infusions, decoctions, poultices, compresses, teas, syrups, infused oils, essential oils, ointments and creams using natural foods, herbs and spices click here.

ABUTA

The decoction of the stems and roots of this Amazonian plant mixed with wild bee honey is used to treat sterile women. A root decoction is used for post-menstrual haemorrhages, the alcoholic maceration for rheumatism. Macerated leaves, bark and root, mixed with rum, are used by the “Creoles” as aphrodisiac. Root decoction used as a cardio tonic, anti-anaemic, anti-malarial. The “Sionas” tribe use a leaf decoction for fever. The “Wayapi” use the decoction of the bark and stem as a dental analgesic. Some Ecuadorian “Ketchwas” use the leaf decoction for conjunctivitis and snakebite. Others use the root tea for difficult delivery and nervous or weak children with colic. Read more

Sunday 10th February 2014

PEPPERWORT (maca root)

Pepperwort is a plant that grows in central Peru in the Andes mountains. It has been cultivated as a vegetable crop in Peru since 1600BC and is a staple diet of the indigenous people in this region to this day due to it's very rich nutritional content. It is a brassica relative of radish, mustard and cress, has an odour similar to butterscotch and its root is used to make medicine. It can also be baked and used as a vegetable like sweet potato.

It is used to treat anaemia, hypothyroidism, chronic fatigue syndrome and can enhance energy, stamina, athletic performance, memory, mental clarity and fertility. It is also useful to treat female hormone imbalance, menstrual problems and symptoms of menopause. It is also used for weak bones (osteoporosis), depression, constipation, stomach cancer, leukaemia, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, erectile dysfunction,  to arouse sexual desire and to boost the immune system. Read more

Saturday 8th February 2014

LINALOOL

This is an aromatic essential oil produced by plants to attract certain insects for pollination. It is also emitted by some plants when they are damaged by herbivores so is also used as a defence against them. Some plants, such as rice, emit linalool to attract parasitic wasps to kill the larvae which has attacked the plant. In humans, the aroma of linalool in essential oils can slow down the heart rate and reduce stress and anxiety levels. Linalool has also been shown to kill cancer cells at a very low concentration.  Read more

JASMINE

Jasmine flowers are often added to teas for the distinct flavour but they also have some powerful nutritional benefits. The antioxidants in jasmine tea can help protect the body against damage from free radicals. Free radicals are oxidized molecules that have unpaired electrons. As they circulate through the body, they steal electrons from other molecules to replace the ones they are missing. This process can damage the body's cells and is associated with the aging process. Drinking jasmine green tea regularly can help prevent damage from free radicals and also reduces the amount of dietary fat and cholesterol absorbed by the body. it can also slow down the heart rate and reduce levels of stress and anxiety. Read more

GASTROPARESIS

A condition in which the stomach empties its contents too slowly; this problem can affect people with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. The vagus nerve, which controls stomach emptying, can become damaged with diabetes and this leads to the problems with digestion. The symptoms of gastroparesis include heartburn, vomiting, weight loss, poor glucose control and feelings of early fullness. Over time,  an infection or a blockage of the stomach called a bezoar may develop. Some foods can worsen gastroparesis. Read more

Friday 7th February 2014

RADIATION

Algae such as spirulina and chlorella can detoxify uranium, lead and copper due to the rich content of chlorophyll. Other foods rich in chlorophyll include leafy greens, celery, parsley, bean sprouts and wheatgrass.

Seaweeds, also called sea vegetables, are not only an excellent source of nutrients, but they are rich in both sodium alginate and iodine, elements that are very effective at protecting the body from radiation and removing it. Kelp is the best known seaweed, but other popular ones are called arame, wakame and kombu. Read more

 

PECTIN

 

Pectin is a structural polysaccharide found in the cell walls of plants and fruits and has the ability to bind radioactive residues and remove them from the body. Pectin acts as a natural chelating agent, which is a compound that has an affinity for other molecules. Chelating agents bind to other compounds, dragging them out of tissues or the bloodstream, so they can be removed from the body in urine or faeces. Apples, especially the skin, are high in pectin, as are guavas, plums, gooseberries, oranges and other citrus fruits.

THE HUMAN LIVER

Every month the liver replaces itself using the food ingested. If it is not provided with the correct nutrients or overworked by consuming too many toxins and chemicals including drugs and alcohol it will begin to malfunction. This can cause raised cholesterol levels, poor skin, nails and hair due to toxin build up and digestion problems. It is worth looking at changing the diet when any of these symptoms appear as it is more often than not the cause.  Read more

HUMAN SKIN

Every 35 days the skin replaces itself using the food ingested. If the body is not provided with the correct balance of nutrients, for this process to take place, it will begin to show in the skin, nails and hair first. Spots, acne, dry rashes, brittle nails and lank dull hair are all signs that the body is missing the right balance of nutrients. For instance, white spots on the nails shows a lack of calcium in the body. Read more

Tuesday 4th February 2014

BEETROOT CLEANSING JUICE

Stops the spread of cancer tumours. Prevents diseases of liver, kidney and pancreas and treats ulcers in the stomach. Strengthens the immune system. Improves the vision, good for eye redness treatment. Reduces pain after intense physical training. Eliminates hard stool, positively affects the colon. Strengthens the lungs. Regulates high blood pressure. Improves bad breath which occurs due to indigestion of food. Helps treat acne and creates healthy skin. Reduces menstrual pain. Beetroots possess betacyanin which gives them their deep red colour and provides the essential ingredient which can assist the body with recovery from many ailments.

Make a raw juice with the following:

  • 1 beetroot

  • 1 carrot

  • 1 apple

  • 1 lemon

Wash and chop the ingredients before placing in a juicer of at least 900 watts then drink immediately. Do this three times a day for maximum benefit. See more powerful juicing recipes.

Friday 31st January 2014

POTATOES

Potatoes are a good source of fibre, carbohydrates, asparagine, carotenoids, flavonoids, caffeic acid, quercetin, kukoamines, patatin, tryptophan, vitamin B1( thiamine), vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), vitamin B9 (folic acid), vitamin C, copper, potassium and manganese.

New potatoes are also a source of potassium and vitamin C is highest in freshly harvested new potatoes.

Potatoes are low in sugar, virtually fat and saturated fat free and very low in sodium and are around 100 calories less than white rice or pasta. They are best baked and consumed with the skins to preserve and concentrate all the nutrients. Read more

Wednesday 29th January 2014

LEMON

One lemon (including pith and rind) should be consumed per day to give protection against the following ailments. It can act as an anti-acid for digestive problems and is a liver tonic, antiseptic, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and is a cleanser of blood, lymph glands and kidneys and a natural diuretic. Lemon is also good for treating acne, hiccups, heartburn, nausea, respiratory ailments, constipation, thrush, parasites and worms. Externally, it can help stop bleeding, is useful for rebalancing greasy skin and, as an essential oil, is recommended for verrucas. Lemon is one of the very low glycaemia fruits so is also good for diabetics. Citric acid in lemons can help to dissolve kidney stones. The abundance of phyto-chemical antioxidants and soluble as well as insoluble dietary fibre is helpful in reduction in the risk for cancers, many chronic diseases like arthritis and from obesity and coronary heart diseases. Lemon also helps to regulate blood pressure and can alleviate depression, stress and anxiety. Read more

CLOSTRIDIUM PERFRINGENS (formerly known as C. welchii, or Bacillus welchii)

This is a bacteria found in soil and contaminated undercooked meat. It is widely distributed in the environment and foods, and forms part of the normal gut flora in man and animals.

Spores of C. perfringens survive cooking and, during slow cooling and unrefrigerated storage, germinate to form vegetative (growing) cells. Under optimal growth conditions the organism has a generation time of 10 to 12 minutes, and gastroenteritis often follows ingestion of food containing large numbers of vegetative cells. Food poisoning most often occurs when food (usually meat) is prepared in advance and kept warm for several hours before serving.

Food poisoning from this bacteria can cause diarrhoea and stomach cramps that usually resolve within 24 hours. However, the bacterium is also responsible for 80-95% of cases of gas gangrene, a rare but very severe form of gangrene (tissue death).

One particular strain of C. perfringens, Type B,  makes a toxin that can travel through blood to the brain and kill myelin producing cells which is the damage seen in Multiple Sclerosis.

Tuesday 28th January 2014

DANGERS OF DDT INSECTICIDE

DDT (dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane) is an insecticide which was banned in many countries including the USA and UK by 1980 but some countries still use it to try to control malaria as advised by the World Health Organisation. Some foods may be imported that have been contaminated as it also degrades very slowly in the environment hence lingering in the soil. In the human body it is converted to DDE (dichlorodiphenyldichloroethylene) and stored in fatty tissues including those in the brain. It has been reported that high levels are often found in those suffering with Alzheimer's, peripheral neuropathy and in those who have had a stroke.

There are many ways to detoxify the body of toxins such as pesticides. Deep breathing exercises in through the nose and out through the mouth whilst bouncing on a trampoline has extraordinarily worked for some. Any regime which cleans the liver and kidneys will also detoxify the body. Losing extra weight by regular gentle exercise can also help as it is stored in the fatty tissues and can be expelled through perspiration. See the Cleanse and Detoxify page for more information.

The main causes of peripheral neuropathy, which is damage to the peripheral nervous system, are toxins which includes pesticides and the over consumption of alcohol. If treated early by detoxifying the liver it can be reversible. Poor liver and kidney function stops the expulsion of hazardous toxins which continue to build up leading to numb and tingling feet and hands which can become painful eventually leading to immobility.

Saturday 18th January 2014

It was requested that the top left hand side menu on each page was made alphabetical to enable easier navigation. Hopefully now it is easier to find what you are looking for.

Tuesday 14th January 2014

The Nature Cures Team received an email with information pertinent to the Bacteria page of this website from Annabel Grey who is studying for a degree in Food, Nutrition and Health. See the interesting article about the history of probiotics researched by Annabel and written by Lisa Richards:  www.thecandidadiet.com/the-history-of-probiotics

Tuesday 7th January 2014

Website redesigned to match the book due out soon. Click here to be informed when.

Tuesday 26th November 2013

Oats (avena sativa)

This healthy grain can improve reproductive disorders, reduce high LDL cholesterol levels, protect the heart, support the immune system, lower blood sugar, reduce the risk of childhood asthma, prevent cancers especially colon and breast cancer and calm the nerves.

Oats are very helpful in convalescence and in the treatment of heart disease, high blood pressure, varicose veins, constipation, haemorrhoids and diabetes. They also inhibit the growth of
helicobacter pylori in the intestines and are useful in weight-reduction diets. Read more

Monday 25th November 2013

Peelu Tree (salvadora persica arak, miswak, siwak)

The twigs and fibres of this Middle Eastern tree have been used since the time of the Prophet Muhammad, who is said to have recommended its use to clean teeth and purify the mouth. Because its use dates back to the middle of the first millennia, many believe the “Kayu Sugi,” or chewing stick, is the world’s oldest toothbrush. Traditionally, the outer bark is removed and a person chews on the interior fibres for gentle, non-abrasive oral care which will prevent cavities and gum disease. Walnut and olive twigs are also used for the same purpose. The great benefit of using these natural twig toothbrushes is that they lack the usual abrasive chemicals added to normal toothpaste.

Saturday 23rd November 2013

The Immune System

The human immune system is an incredibly complicated armoury which can learn, through out the life of the human, to defend against most forms of bacteria, fungi, virus, worms and other parasitic organisms. It produces nature ‘killer’ cells and antibodies which attack these microbes before they can become established and cause damage to tissues and organs.

How the human behaves and lives their life greatly affects the abilities of the immune system. Poor diet, lack cleanliness, stress, lack of physical activity, alcohol and drugs, trauma, over exposure to microbes and toxic chemicals and serious infections or disease can overwhelm and greatly reduce the immune systems strength and may lead to major illness and a shortened life.

Peyer's Patches

These are round or ovoid bundles of lymphatic tissue made up of unencapsulated lymphatic cells that protect the mucous membranes of the small intestines (the ileum) from infection. While the complete role and function of these lymphoid tissues is uncertain, they contain lymphocytes such as T cells and B cells so that when an infection occurs, the Peyer’s patches can protect the interior of the intestine.

 

Epilepsy

Is a term used to cover various types of seizure disorders, which are believed to be caused by abnormal electrical signals in the brain. Seizures (also referred to as convulsions or fits) are the biggest symptom of epilepsy, but they are not the same thing as epilepsy. Epilepsy is a neurological condition in which the mind is predisposed to unexpected changes in electrical activity, which can cause a seizure. Seizures, though, can and do happen to people that aren’t epileptic. Read more

Violet Tree Roots

This small tree with fragrant purple flowers is indigenous to the tropical parts of Africa. The roots can treat a variety of physical and psychological problems such as discomfort, irritation, nervousness, head ache and epilepsy. It has been scientifically proven that the root extract is as powerful and effective as the pharmaceutical drug ‘phenobarbitone’ often used for epilepsy but without the damaging side effects.

Bo Tree Figs

These figs come from a large fig tree that grows in the southern parts of Asia. The tree is holy to Buddhists and is used ritually and medicinally. The bo tree’s figs contain the greatest amount of serotonin when compared to all other figs and are able to significantly inhibit epileptic seizures by increasing the amount of serotonin that nerve cells transmit.

Friday 22nd November 2013

False Pepper

False pepper is an Indian vine with tiny flowers that are yellow/green in colour. The bark, leaves and fresh fruit are used to treat parasites, rheumatism, stomach difficulties, skin diseases, tumours, psychological problems and convulsions. The active component in the plant is embelin, and it has anti-fertility, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumour and anti-oxidant properties. Embelin is a member of a chemical class called benzoquinone and derivatives of quinone have anticonvulsant properties.

Indian Tobacco (lobelia inflata)

This herb is traditionally used for convulsions, seizures and tremors and relaxes the muscles. Indian tobacco is technically not a tobacco, even though it is smoked and is known for reversing the lung damage that is caused by smoking real tobaccos.

Bacopa (bacopa monnieri)

This is a herb that has been used in traditional medicine for longevity and cognitive enhancement. It provides a mild reduction in anxiety and a reliable increase in memory formation seen after a month of consumption. It also protects cells and restores cell damage by acting as a free radical scavenger in the body. It has interactions with both dopamine and serotonine systems and works through proliferating dendrites (to enhance synaptic transmission) and thus promotes neuron communication.

NOTE: If taken on an empty stomach, those with digestive problems may experience nausea, cramping, bloating and diarrhoea. Prolonged use can promote apathy and cause  a reduction physical metabolism.

Thursday 21st November 2013

The Male and Female Menopause

The menopause affects both men and women and many of the symptoms and discomforts experienced during menopause can be relieved by using natural home remedies. Read more

Sunday 17th November 2013

Affects of Stopping Tobacco Smoking

The reason smoking is so difficult to give up are the many uncomfortable and unpleasant side affects experienced. Some appear immediately and some after many weeks. A healthy diet, gentle regular exercise and Cleanse and Detoxifying regime can help to overcome many of these symptoms. The balance of microbes in the body will be changed after stopping the inhalation of all the chemicals from smoking tobacco.

Some people experience little physical affects but others experience powerful changes which can cause illnesses often misdiagnosed as IBS or other terms used universally to cover all kinds of symptoms. It can take up to 2 years to completely recover from the affects of long term smoking so a great deal of patience is required. Most doctors will not tell patients or are unaware that giving up smoking tobacco can cause such radical changes to the ex-smoker's body. Read more

Friday 15th November 2013

Sarcoidosis

This is caused by biofilm bacteria which causes small patches of red and swollen tissue, called granulomas, to develop in the organs of the body. It can develop in any organs but usually starts in the lungs and lymph nodes. The cause of sarcoidosis is unknown. The disease can appear suddenly and disappear or it can develop gradually and go on to produce symptoms that come and go, sometimes for a lifetime. Read more

Monday 11th November 2013

Cleavers

This common weed is in the same family as the coffee bean and the fruits are often dried and roasted and used as a coffee substitute which contains a much lower amount of caffeine. Geese enjoy eating cleavers which gave it the name goosegrass. The stems and leaves are used medicinally.

This herb taken as a tea stimulates the activity of the lymphatic system and organs so they can perform at their best. It helps in cases of lymphatic congestion, tonsillitis and swollen lymph glands and it also helps to cleanse and nourish the blood. Read more

Sunday 10th November 2013

Rhodiola rosea

This herb has a legendary history dating back to the Greeks in 77 AD. It was used as a treatment for cold and flu and Mongolian physicians prescribed it for tuberculosis and cancer. It has been used extensively by the Russians because it enhances work performance, eliminates fatigue and prevents high altitude sickness. It has been shown to shorten recovery time after prolonged workouts, increase attention span, memory, strength and provide anti-toxic action and has many other medicinal and health benefits. Read more..

Malabar Nut (adhatoda vasica)

This Indian nut is used to treat asthma and coughs and eliminates intestinal worms. It also supports cardiovascular function and healthy blood.

Wednesday 6th November 2013

Resveratrol

This powerful antioxidant promotes heart health and overall vitality. Polyphenols, like resveratrol, protect the lining of blood vessels in the heart. Consuming foods rich in resveratrol can have an anti-inflammatory effect and increase energy levels, improving the immune system and speeding up metabolism. It can also lower blood sugar levels and has anti aging properties so can extend life. Read more

Mulberries (morus alba)

Mulberries are a super fruit which grow on trees and are cultivated in the warm regions of Asia, Africa and America. The leaves of the mulberry tree contain nutrients that are used as a food for silkworms and grow in bunches called “drupes”. They is also used as a hair loss remedy, anti-inflammatory and antibiotic. Mulberries are known to improve blood circulation and are beneficial as an anti-inflammatory that helps to lower the blood pressure and reduce the risk of blood clots and strokes and prevent heart disease. Mulberries also strengthen the kidneys, promote the metabolism of alcohol and cleanse the liver, They also prevent flu, coughs and colds and help with gastritis and chronic hepatitis and. improve the digestive system, enhancing the appetite level and can prevent and treat diabetes. Read more

Friday 1st November 2013

Aloe Vera Plant

Growing an aloe vera plant on the window sill provides free treatments for many conditions internally and externally including dry skin, insect bites, rashes, burns and sunburn. Simply break off a leaf from the aloe vera plant and split it lengthways with a thumbnail to reveal the gel like insides which can be rubbed onto the skin directly. This gel provides instant cooling and antiseptic relief for burns and itching.

Coconut Oil

Pure cold pressed coconut oil, which can be found displayed with other cooking oils, is a wonderful chemical free skin moisturizer which also kills any fungal infections including those that affect the feet, navel and genitalia. Take a small piece of the solid white coconut oil into the palm of the hand and rub gently to melt it which is almost instantaneous. It can be used liberally all over the body including the face and leaves skin supple, smooth and clean. A tablespoon can also be added to a warm bath for all over soft skin.

Thursday 31st October 2013

Ecklonia Cava

Ecklonia cava is a rare edible marine brown algae species with a rich polyphenolic content. It was discovered by fishermen off the coast of Korea and offers incredible health benefits including the ability to restore blood pressure to normal levels which can greatly increase the human lifespan.

The active compound extracted from ecklonia cava is seanol that has been proven to be 100 times more powerful than any land based antioxidant because it stays working in the body for 12 hours instead of just the usual 30 minutes that land based antioxidants work for.

Also, unlike nearly all land based antioxidants that are water soluble, seanol's protective compounds can get into things like the fatty tissues of the brain and penetrate all three layers of human cells, including the outside, the oil-based cell membranes, as well as the DNA.

Tuesday 29th October 2013

Mountain Mint (pycnanthemum muticum)

This herb is analgesic, antiseptic, diaphoretic, carminative, emmenagogue and a useful tonic. The medicinal tea is used in alternative medicine in the treatment of menstrual disorders, indigestion, mouth sores and gum disease, colic, coughs, colds, chills and fevers. Read more

Tuesday 22nd October 2013

Bacteria and Fungal Overgrowth in the Intestines

There is a fragile balance of trillions of various species of bacteria and fungi which reside in the human intestines. Everyone's numbers of the different species of bacteria and fungi vary but overall there are certain types of good bacteria that keep the bad bacteria and fungi in check. Any imbalance will cause problems. It is now known that conditions such as stomach ulcers and irritable bowel syndrome can be caused by certain types of bacteria proliferating in the intestines.

Bacteria and fungal overgrowth is a very common condition and very often goes undiagnosed for many years as doctors do not seem to have the facilities to test for, or understand the importance of, an ideal balance of bacteria in the stomach. Read more

Sunday 13th October 2013

Baobab Fruit

The baobab is found in the savannas of African and India, mostly around the equator. It can grow up to 25 meters tall and can live for several thousand years and is leafless for nine months of the year. Baobab is a super fruit which apparently has six times more vitamin C than an orange, twice as much calcium as a glass of milk and more iron than a steak, three times more anti-oxidants than blueberries and six times more potassium than a banana. Read more

Plums and Prunes (prunus domestica)

Plums are relatives of the peach, nectarine and almond and prunes are dried plums. This ability of plums (and prunes) to make iron more available is probably related to the high vitamin C content of this fruit. Prunes are an excellent natural laxative to relieve constipation.

Plums and prunes also have a high content of unique phytonutrients called neochlorogenic and chlorogenic acid. These damage preventing substances are particularly effective in neutralizing a particularly destructive oxygen radical called superoxide anion radical and they have also been shown to help prevent oxygen based damage to fats, such as the fats that comprise a substantial portion of brain cells or neurons, the cholesterol and triglycerides circulating in the bloodstream and the fats that make up cell membranes. Adding plums or prunes to the daily diet with 2 other fruits is beneficial and protective against age related macular degeneration. Read more

Saturday 12th October 2013

Feverfew

Is an effective for treating migraines. It reduces inflammation, which takes pressure off the nerves and can help prevent migraines entirely.

Tuesday 8th October 2013

Shiric Sanango (brunfelsia grandiflora)

In Pucallpa, Peru, the leaf decoction of this Amazonian plant is used internally for arthritis and rheumatism. A root infusion with aguardiente (an alcoholic beverage) is taken for for rheumatism, venereal diseases and chills. The plant is regarded as; diaphoretic, a diuretic, good to reduce fever and can treat yellow fever, snakebite and syphilis, It contains scopoletin, quinic acid, tartaric acid and lactic acid.

Piri Piri Root (cyperus spp.)

The roots of this Amazonian plant can treat influenza and has febrifuge (reduces fever), haemostatic (stops bleeding) and vulnerary (heals wounds) properties. It can also treat snake bites and is abortifacient (induces abortion).

As an astringent it is best to decoct the powdered rhizomes; For flu use the, rhizomes decoction ands for haemorrhages use the rhizomes powder decoction.

The Amazonian people attribute magical powers to piri piri and drink the leaves and flower infusion to awake the love feelings of a desired/loved person.

Oje (ficus insipida)

The latex of this Amazonian tree is used to relieve rheumatic inflammation by rubbing it onto the affected area. It is also anthelmintic. For parasites mix the latex (one tablespoon) with one litre of water and drink one glass of this mixture every other day. A leaf decoction is also used to treat anaemia and tertian fever. It contains lavandul, phyllosanthine, eloxanthine, beta amyrin and phyllanthol.

Mucura (petiveria alliacea)

This magical Amazonian plant is considered to be strong immune system enhancer as well as a powerful pain killer, it contains benzaldehyde and coumarin, both of which have anticancer properties. It is said to be;  anti-spasmodic, anti-pyretic; analgesic, abortifacient, vermifuge, analgesic, a memory enhancer, mental stimulant, used also as anti- rheumatic, emmenagogue, sudorific, diuretic, abortive and contraceptive, NOTE:pregnant women should be aware of its ability to induce abortions.

The plant is used in magic bathing rituals call “limpias” (“cleansing”). Chewing the plant puts a coat on teeth and protects them against cavities. It said to have depressive and anti convulsive effects on the central nervous system, with anti-convulsive effects. The leaf decoction is sudorific (induces sweating) and a cough suppressant. It is a custom in some parts to bathe feverish patients in the leaf infusion and wash headache with decoction. For bronchitis and pneumonia, a drop of kerosene and lemon juice is added to a teaspoon of macerated leaves. It is also used to help in; beriberi, cramps, nerve problems and paralysis. Read more

Jergon Sacha (dracontium loretense)

The root of this Amazonian tree is used to treat snakebites and indigenous people repel snakes by whipping their feet and legs with the branches. The corms/roots are used to control and steady the shaking hands of Parkinson's disease. It is also a very powerful anti-viral and anti-bacterial herb and is especially useful in fighting HIV/AIDS and cancer (taken together with Cat's Claw and/or Pau D'Arco).

Pau d'arco (tabebuia)

An Amazonian herb used for centuries by the Incas and Aztecs which helps strengthen and nourish the body's defence system. A healthy immune system is a key in fighting diseases and infections. A herbal tea is used by many during the cold and flu season and is a remedy for smoker's cough. Another medicinal use of Pau d'Arco is as an expectorant: to promote "coughing up" by the lungs in order to free mucus and contaminants that had been lodged there. Pau d'Arco tea or tincture concoctions have reportedly had beneficial effects for cancer patients, anywhere from alleviation of chemotherapy symptoms to complete remission of tumours especially when used in conjunction with cat's claw and jergon sacha. Read more

Iporuro (alchornea castaneifolia)

An alcoholic bark maceration of this Amazonian plantis used to treat rheumatism, arthritis, colds and muscle pains. The “Candochi-shapra” and the “Shipibos” used the bark and roots to treat rheumatism and cough. Others take one tablespoon of bark decoction before meals for diarrhoea. The leaves are used to increase fertility for the impotent male, it is considered to be a powerful aphrodisiac  for males. Sometimes found in the famous “Rompe calzon” aphrodisiac.

Kava Kava (piper methysticum)

Kava kava's botanical name roughly translated means "intoxicating pepper". The rhizome (underground stem) is used as a sedative to alleviate stress, anxiety and insomnia and soothe the nerves. The active components in kava root are called kavalactones. Specific types of kavalactones include dihydrokavain, methysticin, kavain, dihydromethysticin, dihydrokawain, yangonin and desmethoxyyangonin.

NOTE: Possible side affects of over consumption of kava kava can include indigestion, mouth numbness, skin rash, headache, drowsiness and visual disturbances. Chronic or heavy use of kava has linked to pulmonary hypertension, skin scaling, loss of muscle control, kidney damage, and blood abnormalities. Kava may also lower blood pressure and it also may interfere with blood clotting, so it shouldn't be used by people with bleeding disorders. People with Parkinson’s disease shouldn't use kava because it may worsen symptoms and it  should not be taken within two weeks of surgery. Pregnant and nursing women, children, and people with liver or kidney disease shouldn't use kava.

Kudzu Root Extract  (pueraria lobatam Japanese arrowroot)

A relative to the pea family and native to China (known as gé gēn) and Japan, kudzo is a voracious invasive plant that is often sprayed with herbicide so source is important. It contains isoflavones puerarin and daidzein (an anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial agent) and daidzin (structurally related to genistein). It has shown value in treating migraine and headaches. and is often used for allergies and diarrhoea. In Chinese medicine it is considered one of the 50 fundamental herbs and is used to treat tinnitus, vertigo, alcoholism and hangover. The flowers are used to detoxify the liver. Kudzu may also be helpful in treating Alzheimer's and cardiovascular disease and diabetes. The roots, flowers and leaves of kudzu show antioxidant activity 

Icoja (unonopsis floribunda diels.)

An alcoholic maceration of this Amazonian plant is used for arthritis, rheumatism and diarrhoea. There is another species: U. Spectabilis also commonly called “icoja” and its bark is used for arthritis, bronchitis, diarrhoea, lung disorders, malaria and rheumatism.

Guayaba  (psidium guayaba)

This Amazonian fruit is edible. The wood used to for tool handles, and for the “tramojo” (an implement put on pigs so they cannot walk easily). The infusion of foliar buds is used for diarrhoea, dentition and the swellings of gout, emotional shock, vertigo and vomiting and some use the floral infusion to regulate menstrual periods.

Guanabana /  Graviola (ammona moncata)

This Amazonian fruit is edible fresh or in ice creams. A leaf decoction is used for catarrh and the crushed seed to kill parasites. The bark, roots and leaves are used in teas for diabetes and as a sedative and heart tonic.  Some natives use the leaf tea to cleanse and support the liver.  Elsewhere it is used for chills, colds, diarrhoea, dysentery, dyspepsia, fever, flu, gallbladder attacks, hypertension, insomnia, kidneys, nervousness, palpitations, pediculosis, ringworm, sores and internal ulcers. It is also used against cough, fever, flu, rheumatism, malaria, skin disease, heart problems, etc. It can also fight breast, prostate, colon and pancreatic cancers.

Friday 4th October 2013

The Danger of Distilled Water

Distillation is the process in which water is boiled, evaporated and the vapour condensed. Distilled water is free of dissolved minerals and, because of this, has the special property of being able to actively absorb toxic substances from the body and eliminate them. There are benefits to drinking distilled water when seeking to cleanse or detoxify the system for short periods of time (a few days) but longer than this can cause the body to become mineral deficient and acidic..

Fasting using distilled water can be dangerous because of the rapid loss of electrolytes (sodium, potassium, chloride) and trace minerals like magnesium, deficiencies of which can cause heart beat irregularities and high blood pressure. Read more

Monday 30th September 2013

Pinene

This is known as a terpenoid which is the essential oil which gives plants a protective shield against attack from microbes and parasites and gives off a pine like aroma which is a repellent warning to insects. It has powerful anti bacterial, antifungal and antivirus properties and can also relieve stress and fatigue when ingested and inhaled. Read more

Spearmint

This herb as a decoction is an excellent remedy for minor ailments such as headaches, nervous strain, fatigue and stress, as well as for the respiratory problems; helping with asthma, bronchitis and catarrh. It is very useful to deal with digestive problems, including nausea, flatulence and hiccups as it relaxes the stomach muscles. The essential oil, menthol, has analgesic, local anaesthetic and counterirritant properties. Menthol is a useful addition for toothpaste and mouth refreshers. Spearmint tea can be used safely in pregnancy. In women, it also helps reduce unwanted hairs through its anti-androgenic properties. Read more

Malic Acid

Malic acid is an acid found naturally in foods, especially unripe fruits. It was first isolated from fruit juice, and one of the best sources of this naturally-occurring acid is apples. It’s malic acid that gives green apples their tart taste. Malic acid is also found in a number of other fruits and vegetables and wine. As fruits ripen, the malic acid they contain is converted to lactic acid, which makes the fruit less tart. Read more

Sunday 29th September 2013

Tooth Decay and Gum Disease

The teeth and gums need to be cared for through out life as the bacteria that flourish there can destroy the teeth silently beneath the gums without any symptoms for some time. Consuming too much sugary or carbohydrate foods can help feed the pathogenic bacteria and certain chemical conditions such as smoking can even cause friendly bacteria to switch into pathogenic types and begin to attack the teeth gums.

The mouth is teaming with bacteria at all times and the balance of good and bad bacteria needs to be kept in check at all times. Going to bed without cleaning the teeth allows the pathogenic (bad) bacteria to proliferate all night long and build up in llayers upon the teeth and working their way  underneath the teeth deep into the root canals especially after sweet foods or alcohol. This is why the teeth can feel 'furry' in the morning and the breath tastes and smells rancid. That is thousands of bacteria that have been allowed to breed undisturbed and the smell is their toxic waste. Read more

Alcohol and Zinc

Because forced expulsion of zinc through the urine takes place in the body of regular alcohol drinkers, they need to ensure their diet contains plenty of the following zinc rich foods and at least one of them the day of or after drinking:

beef, butternut squash seeds, calf's liver, chaga mushrooms, chia seeds, chicory, chlorella, clams, cockles, cucumber, egg yolk, flax seeds, goji berries, lamb, legumes, milk, nuts, oats, octopus, organ meats, oysters, peanuts, pine nuts, pumpkin seeds, rabbit, spirulina, suma, veal, venison, watermelon seeds and whole grains. Read more
 

Friday 27th September 2013

Smokers and Supplements

Smokers, ex-smokers and asbestos workers should avoid taking supplements contain beta carotene or vitamin E as this can increase the risk of developing lung cancer. This is not the case with fruit and vegetables that contain beta carotenoids as they also contain other antioxidants that work in conjunction with the beta carotene. It appears that the chemicals in smoking react with beta carotene and vitamin E when taken as a stand alone supplement only.

Smokers, ex-smokers and asbestos workers need to consume plenty of antioxidant rich natural foods to counteract the damage they have done to their lungs. Supplements are always lacking in the many other phytonutrients and minerals that are required for them to be absorbed and utilised by the human body which is why they rarely work. The cost is also very high when fruit and vegetables will, not only do far more good by cleansing and healing the lungs, but will also protect against a multitude of other ailments. Peaches, melons, mangoes, sweet potatoes, squash, pumpkins, tomatoes and dark leafy greens are especially vital for the smoker, ex-smoker and asbestos worker. Read more

Environmental Contamination From Drugs

In the summer of 2013, researchers discovered that many hormone disruptors thought to be permanently broken down by sunlight, can regenerate at night - returning to life like zombies. The finding means that environmental concentrations of these chemicals, known to harm fish and increasingly linked to human health problems such as cancer and infertility, may have been vastly underestimated. Read more

Veal

Veal from calves contains far less fat than lean beef. It is a particularly good meat to add to the diet as an easily digested protein source especially for those that are elderly, poorly, obese, alcoholic, taking medications or having digestion or bowel problems. Veal is also a very rich source of vitamin B12, vitamin B3 (niacin), zinc and contains a good amount of many other essential phytonutrients and minerals. Read more

Wednesday 25th September 2013

Thymus Extract

Glandular or organotherapy, which refers to the use of animal tissues or cell preparations to improve physiologic functioning and support the natural healing process, first gained popularity in the early to mid 1900s. The idea of homeopathic glandular therapy was first introduced around 200 years ago.

Thymus extract as a nutritional supplement in capsule and tablet form is usually derived from young calves (bovine). It is commonly used to treat primary immune deficient states, bone marrow failure, autoimmune disorders, chronic skin diseases, recurrent viral and bacterial infections, hepatitis, allergies, chemotherapy side effects and cancer. Most basic and clinical research involving oral and intravenous thymus extract has been conducted in Europe. Read more

Liquorice root

Liquorice root can treat chronic hepatitis B. Glycyrrhizin interferes with hepatitis B surface antigen and is synergistic with interferon against hepatitis A virus. It is also used at times to treat hepatitis C. Liquorice root helps protect the liver from damage due to chemotherapy. At low doses, the herb stimulates the liver to manufacture cholesterol and excrete it in bile. This can help lower serum cholesterol levels. Read more

Tuesday 24th September 2013

Durum Wheat (triticum turgidum)

Durum is the hardest variety of all wheat and has a higher protein, gluten and calorie content than other types of wheat. Durum wheat is milled and its endosperm is ground up into a product called semolina, which is then mixed with water into a thick dough that is forced through holes of different shapes to make different types of pasta. Semolina granules are used for cereals, desserts and couscous.

Durum wheat provides protein, fibre, omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B3, vitamin B5, vitamin B6, vitamin B9, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese,  phosphorous, potassium, selenium, sodium and zinc.

Sago (metroxylon sagu)

Sago (sabudana) is a starch extracted from the pith or middle of the trunk of the huge sago palm stems. It is a major staple food for the lowland people of New Guinea and the Moluccas and the indigenous nomadic Penan jungle people of Borneo. It is very high in carbohydrates and calories but low in fibre, vitamin, mineral and protein content.

Tapioca (manihot esculenta)

Tapioca comes from Cassava or Manioc and is a popular tropical crop native to the Amazon, Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela as well as the Caribbean islands. It is derived from the cassava or manioc root, a tuberous root indigenous to South America. But now it is now cultivated in mass quantities in parts of Asia and Africa.

Tapioca is high in calories and carbohydrates and provides small amounts of choline, omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, protein, vitamin B5, vitamin B6 and vitamin B9 but is rich in the minerals calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, selenium, sodium and zinc.

Semolina

Semolina is a milled product of durum wheat used in pasta. See durum wheat for nutritional value.

Sunday 22nd September 2013

Dragon's Blood (sangre de drago,  sangre de grado)

The latex/sap of this Amazonian plant is used to heal wounds, cuts, injuries, for vaginal baths before childbirth. It is also recommended for throat, mouth, intestinal and stomach ulcers. It is an excellent instant bandage for children and adults, good for leucorrhea, piles, cuts, etc. The alkaloid taspine hydrochloride has been found to be the main cicatrizant, wound healing principle and anticancer agent. 

It also has anti-tumour, cicatrizant/anti-cancer, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal properties and is good for wound healing.  It possesses potent antibacterial activity against Bacillus subtilis, Escherichia coli, genital herpes lesions, excellent healing agent for wounds, blisters, burns, etc. It is also an effective and  quick acting natural medication for diarrhoea and it's effects may be felt in within hours.

Chuchuhuasi (maytenus macrocarpa)

A bark maceration is considered anti-diarrheic, anti-arthritic, anti-tumour, a menstrual regulator and good for upset stomach. Its main use is in a cordial or liquor. A bark decoction is used for dysentery. Chuchuhuasi is probably the best known of all Amazon jungle remedies. In Peru it used as aphrodisiac, anti-rheumatic and a muscle relaxant medicine.

Chancapuedra (phyllanthus niruri)

This Amazonian plant is effective in eliminating kidney stones and gallstones. It has anodyne, aperitif, carminative, digestive, diuretic, emmenagogue, laxative, stomachic, anti-hepatotoxic, anti-spasmodic, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, diuretic, febrifugal and vermifuge properties. It is used for blennorrhagia, colic, diabetes, dropsy, dysentery, dyspepsia, fever, flu, gonorrhoea, itch, jaundice, kidney problems, malaria, proctitis, tumours, vaginitis and stomach ache.

Oleander Leaf (laurier rose, dogbane, rosebay)

Oleander is an incredibly hardy, adaptable plant which grows thick and green in mountainous climates and is native to the Western Himalayas. Known in ancient texts as “the desert rose,” historical references show that 15th century B.C. Mesopotamians trusted in the healing benefits of oleander extracts. From a remedy for hangovers to a herb studied for cancer, the Babylonians, Romans, Arabs and ancient Greeks used this herbal extract for a variety of health conditions.

The extract from this plant is a powerful immune system stimulator and inhibits angiogenesis and NF-kB factor in cancer cells. It also causes apoptosis in cancerous cells (natural cell death) and increased rates of autophagic cancer cell death when tested on pancreatic cancer. Read more

Saturday 21st September 2013

Antioxidants and Blood Purifiers (Cleanse and Detoxify)

Toxins can be absorbed from food, water, air or through the skin and modern life means the human body is constantly bombarded by a vast number of pollutants and chemical additives.

It’s not yet known what the consequences are of living in a “toxic soup” will be. However, many sicknesses commence through the gradual accumulation of toxins in the system especially if they have built up in a specific organ like the brain or in the bones. A build up of mercury, for instance, can lead to the degenerative Alzheimer’s disease. There are an amazing selection of natural foods that can detoxify the body. Read more

Monday 16th September 2013

Garam Masala (translated “hot spicy mixture”)

This is a staple of authentic South Asian cuisine and consists of a blend of traditional ground South Asian spices, usually containing: peppercorns, cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, cumin and occasionally other spices depending on the region it comes from. All these spices can slowdown the ageing process while promoting weight loss. They each have many other great health and medicinal benefits. See each one for more information.

Sunday 15th September 2013

Copaiba Oil (copaifera pauper)

The resin from this Amazonian plant is used as a cicatrizant, for gonorrhoea, psoriasis, sores, catarrh, syphilis and urinary problems. Copaiba oil (copaiba balsam) is used for skin disorders and as an anti-inflammatory agent that can be rubbed directly on sore joints. Internally, locals suggest its usage for gastric ulcers, as a diuretic and expectorant and to treat ear ache. It is also a powerful treatment for eczema, fungus infections, dermatitis and any kind of skin disorder including dandruff and athlete’s foot. It can also treat skin and stomach cancer. It can be used to eliminate inflammation and yeast infection of genital and urinary mucous membranes, to treat haemorrhoids, bronchitis and stomach ulcers. The Shamans of Amazon say that there is nothing better to expel mucus from the lungs and for any kind of respiratory problems.

The oil is also used in art restoration, restoring colour to old paintings. It contains essential oil and resin acids and turpentine.

Quassia

A tree native to Jamaica and its neighbouring islands, has traditionally been used as a remedy for roundworms and as an insecticide. It has also been used as a bitter digestive aid and a remedy for digestive disorders, parasites and head lice.

Cuttlefish

Cuttlefish belong to the same cephalopod mollusc family as the squid and octopus. It is a common ingredient in Mediterranean and Asian dishes where it is best quickly stir fried or slowly braised in moist sauce. Cuttlefish is low in total fat and very high in protein. It is a rich source of the B vitamins, particularly vitamins B2, B3, B6, B12 and also a good source of vitamin A and vitamin C, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and zinc.

Clavo Huasca (tynnanthus panurensis)

The pieces of roots and stems of this Amazonian plant are macerated in aguardiente (alcohol) to make a stimulant liqueur used for rheumatism. The resin is used for fevers and toothache, being as effective as clove oil. It is also an aphrodisiac mainly for women, but excellent for males as well.

Saturday 14th September 2013

Cockles (cardiidae)

Cockles are very high in protein and low in calories containing only around 60 per 100g and very low in fat. They also contain good levels of vitamin A (retinol), vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B3 (niacin), calcium, iron and zinc.

NOTE: High levels of vitamin A (retinol) consumption can cause birth defects so cockles are best avoided during pregnancy.

Bolaina or Mutamba Bark (guazuma ulmifolia)

This Amazonian plant is regarded as astringent, depurative, diaphoretic, emollient, pectoral, refrigerant, stomachic, styptic and sudorific. It is used for alopecia, asthma, bronchitis, dermatitis, diarrhoea, dysentery, elephantiasis, fever, hepatitis, syphilis, leprosy, malaria and nephritis.

Ajos Sacha (mansoa alliacea)

An alcoholic maceration of the stem and roots of this Amazonian plant is used for rheumatism and a leaf infusion is used in baths to relieve “manchiari” (a nervous state caused by terror or sudden shock), specially in children. The roots are used as anti-rheumatic and a stem decoction in baths to relieve fatigue and small needle-like cramps. Some Natives use it to protect themselves against the bad spirits, others use the decoction of leaves and stems as antipyretic baths, for body aches and flu.

Ajos Kiro or Ajos Caspi (cordia alliodora)

The root of this Amazonian plant has substances which have anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties.

Abuta (abutta officinalis)

This Amazonian plant is considered effective against malaria, fever, hepatic ailments, gastric ulcers, diabetes, anemia, high cholesterol, menstrual cramps and pre- and post-natal pain, to ease menstrual discomfort, a treatment for infertility, dental pain killer, cerebral tonic, fever, rheumatism, typhoid, stomach ulcers and as an aphrodisiac, pain killer, an antiseptic to the bladder, chronic inflammation of the urinary passages and a good diuretic.

Mullaca Leaf (physalis angulate)

The fruits of this Amazonian plant are edible and a leaf infusion is diuretic. Leaves and fruits are used as a narcotic, the decoction of leaf is anti-inflammatory and a disinfectant for skin diseases. The leaf juice used to eliminate worms, earache, liver, malaria and rheumatism. Some drink the leaf infusion for asthma. Root infusion has been used for hepatitis. Boiled roots with Bixa and Euterpe for jaundice. The herb has been tested by number of laboratories in Far East and in Europe, some studies indicate that it stimulate production of T and B type lymphocyte. Read more

Wednesday 11th September 2013

Dulse (palmaria palmata)

Also called dulse, dillisk or dilsk, red dulse, sea lettuce flakes or creathnach. It is a red purple coloured algae that grows on the northern coasts of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. As with blue and green algae, it has heavy metal chelating properties meaning metal molecules bind to the algae and are then transported out of the body. Read more

Heavy Metal Contamination

 

There are many types of foods that should be consumed regularly to protect against and treat heavy metal contamination which can lead to degenerative diseases such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and MS. Deep sea ocean fish have been found to be contaminated with mercury Farmed fish, such as salmon, is usually far less contaminated than wild deep sea fish. Oily fish is nutritionally important in the diet and should not be avoided due to mercury contamination. Rather, add foods that can protect against this and detoxify the body. Pollution can add to the toxic build up of metals in the human body but this can be treated very easily through a cleansing diet. Read more

 


Friday 6th
September 2013

Adzuki beans

Small red beans that originated in China and are also known as aduki or azuki beans. They are usually boiled with sugar and mashed into a sweet red bean paste that is used as a filling in many popular Asian desserts, including ice cream and in many savoury dishes. Adzuki beans, along with lentils and chickpeas, are a staple of the macrobiotic diet, which calls for the consumption of plenty of fibrous, protein-packed legumes. Read more

Wednesday 3rd September 2013

Eucalyptus

The leaves and oil from the eucalyptus tree have powerful antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties which can improve respiratory health, enhance mental clarity and the mood and relieve stress. It is also antiviral, a deodorant; clears mucous from the lungs; works as a liniment and relieves rheumatic, arthritic and other types of pain. It is especially useful for skin eruptions and oily complexions, it is also used for acne, herpes and chicken pox. For a homemade preparation, mix eucalyptus essential oil with an equal amount of apple cider vinegar and dab on problem areas. This mix can also be used as an antiseptic on wounds, boils and insect bites. Read more

Tuesday 2nd September 2013

Enlarged Prostate

An effective compound for treating benign prostatic hyperplasia (enlarged prostate) and for lowering LDL cholesterol levels is beta sitosterol which can be found in almonds, amaranth, avocado, dark chocolate, hazelnuts, macadamia, pecans, pistachio, pumpkin seeds, saw palmetto berries, squash seeds, walnuts and winged beans

High Blood Pressure

Bergamot, marjoram, oregano, pepperwort and thyme contain carvacrol which is very effective in lowering blood pressure. It reduces the heart rate, mean arterial pressure, and both the diastolic and systolic blood pressures as well. Oregano is also a viable alternative to salt in meals, as the sodium in salt is a leading cause of high blood pressure. A high-sodium diet can lead to high blood pressure as each teaspoon of salt has more than 2,300 mg of sodium. Oregano is a sodium-free food, so it does not contribute to a higher blood pressure. A low-sodium diet for individuals with high blood pressure has a limit of 1,500 mg per day. Read more

Wednesday 28th August 2013

Wasabi (wasabia japonica)

Is a paste made from the ground up root of this cruciferous Japanese brassica vegetable. It has been used for centuries in Japan because it can kills harmful food borne bacteria, reduce blood pressure, kill cancer cells, improve bone strength and liver function, detoxify the body of free radicals and improve gut actions. It is naturally anti-viral, anti-microbial, anti-bacterial and stimulates the bodies natural immune system. Read more

Shepherd's Purse (capsella bursa-pastoris)

Is one of the most important medicinal plants of the cruciferous family (brassicas). It is also known by the following names: Shepherd's Bag. Shepherd's Scrip. Shepherd's Sprout. Lady's Purse. Witches' Pouches. Rattle Pouches. Case-weed. Pick-Pocket. Pick-Purse. Blindweed. Pepper-and-Salt. Poor Man's Parmacettie. Sanguinary. Mother's Heart. Clappedepouch (Irish).

The medicinal compounds in this plant are bursinic acid, a tannate and an alkaloid, bursine, which resembles sulphocyansinapine (sulphoraphane). This volatile sulphur oil, is closely similar to, if not identical with the oil of mustard.

When infused and used as a tea, it can stop haemorrhages of all kinds; stomach, lungs, uterus and more especially bleeding from the kidneys.

Saturday 24th August 2013

Watermelon  (citrullus lanatus)

Watermelon contains 90% water, 50 calories, citrulline, vitamin C, has just a trace of fat without cholesterol and is an important source of potassium. It can reduce the inflammation that contributes to conditions like asthma, atherosclerosis, diabetes, colon cancer and arthritis. It is fat free, nutritionally low in calories and considered an ideal diet food and is high in energy, making it a great energy booster. Watermelon can also relieve post exercise muscle soreness due to it's citrulline content. Watermelon seeds help the body eliminate excess water.

Tuesday 20th August 2013

Arnica (leopard's bane, wolf's bane, mountain tobacco, mountain arnica)

A yellow daisy-like member of the sunflower family with the active components of sesquiterpene lactones and flavonoids which are known to reduce inflammation and ease pain. It also contains thymol, an essential oil that fights infection and carotenoid a powerful antioxidant. It is believed to work by stimulating the activity of white blood cells and dispersing fluid that accumulates around damaged, swollen joints thus relieving pain and inflammation. Arnica  can boost immunity, accelerate healing and fight inflammation. It also helps the body combat bacterial infection. It can be taken internally or applied externally.

Haemophilia

A genetic deficiency of certain proteins that help the blood to clot. There are multiple forms of haemophilia, ranging in severity from mild to life-threatening. There are two types of haemophilia; type A ( factor VIII deficiency) and type B (factor IX deficiency). Haemophilia is the most common inherited bleeding disorder that mostly affects men. Women rarely have the disease, but they are carriers of the condition and can pass it on to male children. About 30% of patients with haemophilia have no family history of the disease and it seems to occur as a result of spontaneous mutations. Read more

Wednesday 14th August 2013

Goats Rue

Goat’s rue is a wild legume used during the Middle Ages to treat the plague. It was also used to induce sweating to break fevers and to treat infections with parasitic worms and snakebite. This herb can help balance blood sugar levels and help women balance hormones. The plant has no odour unless a stem or leaf is bruised, causing the release of a stench, hence the name “goat’s rue.” Effective in both humans and animals alike.

Cloves (eugenia caryophyllata)

A warming, soothing spice that's antiseptic, antibacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal. Helpful for colds and flu, nausea, depression, hay fever and diarrhoea. Clears phlegm and relieves wind. Internally cloves are also good for pain relief, nausea, vomiting, digestive problems and hiccups. They may be chewed for toothaches and eating cloves is said to be an aphrodisiac.

Cloves contain the most powerful germicidal agent in the herbal kingdom known as eugenol. It also contains caryophyllene which is a powerful antimicrobial agent. These components travel through the bloodstream, killing microscopic parasites and parasitic larvae and eggs. Cloves are tremendously effective in killing malaria, tuberculosis, cholera, scabies and other bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungi, including Candida. Cloves also destroy all species of shigella, staphylococcus and streptococcus. Read more

Sunday 10th August 2013

Swiss Chard

Chard leaves and stems contain at least 13 different polyphenol antioxidants, including kaempferol, the cardio protective flavonoid that's also found in broccoli, kale, strawberries and other foods. Another of the primary flavonoids found in chard is a flavonoid called syringic acid. Syringic acid which has powerful blood sugar regulating properties. This flavonoid has been shown to inhibit activity of an enzyme called alpha-glucosidase. When this enzyme gets inhibited, fewer carbohydrates are broken down into simple sugars and blood sugar is able to stay more stable. Read more

Friday 9th August 2013

Hives (urticaria)

Although the cause of hives is often un known, they are often a response to the body releasing histamines, which it does due to an allergic reaction to food, medicine or other allergens. Histamine is also sometimes the body's response to infections, stress, sunlight and changes in temperature, among other things. Hives are small, swollen, itchy, red areas on the skin that may occur singularly or in clusters. Hives usually fade within a few hours, but new ones may appear in their place. Most hive outbreaks resolve themselves completely within a few days. Read more

Nettles (stinging nettle) (common nettle) (urtica dioica),

Called a weed now and can be found all over the world. It pops up, uninvited, into almost every garden and is possibly one of the most well known, and most hated plants on the planet. It flourishes almost anywhere, lies dormant in the winter and re-grows from underground stems in the spring. It grows up to 4 feet in height, has dark green serrated leaves and greenish-white flowers that hang down in clusters from the leaf nodes on the upper part of the plant.

Stinging nettles are a food source rich in protein, vitamins A, B complex and C and minerals such as calcium, potassium, magnesium and iron. They lose their stinging ability when dried and make good food for farm animals. It is possible to pick nettles without being stung if they are grasped hard enough to force the stinging hairs flat so that they cannot penetrate the skin, but you have to be brave here - he who hesitates is lost, and the timid will be stung! Alternatively, you could always wear gloves. Read more

Bursitis

This is the inflammation of one or more bursae (small sacs) of synovial fluid in the body. The bursae rest at the points where internal functionaries, such as muscles and tendons, slide across bone. Healthy bursae create a smooth, almost frictionless functional gliding surface making normal movement painless. When bursitis occurs, however, movement relying upon the inflamed bursa becomes difficult and painful. Movement of tendons and muscles over the inflamed bursa aggravates its inflammation, perpetuating the problem and muscles can become stiffened.

The common stinging nettle is a good remedy to prevent and relieve the symptoms of bursitis.

Sciatica

This is when the nerve running from the spine down the back of the thigh becomes pinched. It can happen for a variety of reasons and cause great pain and disability due to inflammation. One way to cure sciatica is to have someone strong and taller than you stand back to back with you. Then link arms and allow them to gently lift you backwards over their back while you remain relaxed and limp and then they should gently bounce you on their spine. This can release the trapped nerve and provide instant and permanent relief. Read more

Lavender (lavandula angustifolia)

Widely used for its calming and relaxing properties, in ointments and oils for the treatment of muscular aches and pains including rheumatism.

Aids with digestion:
Lavender also helps with bloating, flatulence and upset stomach.

Mosquito repellent:
Lavender can applied to the skin to repel mosquitoes and other insects.

Relieves tension:
A tea made of lavender flowers relieves tension caused by nerves and stress. Lavender also reduces muscle spasms, increases relaxation and helps with menstrual cramps.

Sleep aid:
Lavender tea is a traditional home remedy for insomnia. Inhaling lavender oil vapour is also used for insomnia and agitation. Read more

Thursday 8th August 2013

Epstein-Barr Virus

Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) belongs to the herpes family of viruses. It is sometimes referred to as Human Herpes Virus-4 (HHV-4). Epstein-Barr is one of the most common viruses in humans affecting approximately 95% of adults by the age of 35-40 years. Transmission of the virus is almost impossible to prevent but, fortunately, the Epstein Barr virus and infectious mononucleosis caused by the Epstein Barr virus and are almost never fatal. The symptoms of infectious mononucleosis usually resolve themselves within 1-2 months. However, once a person is infected with Epstein Barr virus, it establishes a lifelong infection which can cause recurrent episodes of mononucleosis symptoms later in life. Read more

Chaparral Leaf (larrea tridentata)

The resin extracted from the chaparral leaf can help to detoxify the liver and aids with fat metabolism and can help to detoxify the body of heavy metals and toxins. Concentrated chaparral leaf resin has been shown to have significant anti-viral and antioxidant activity especially against the Epstein Barr virus. Read more

Tuesday 6th August 2013

Nose and Throat Ailments - Laryngitis, Sinusitis, Tonsillitis

Ailments involving the nose and throat can be caused by allergies, infections by bacteria, fungi or viruses, pollutants, chemicals, tobacco smoke, straining of the vocal chords or trauma and natural treatment will obviously depend on the cause. Read more

Sunday 28th July 2013

Daily Essentials For Perfect Health

To ensure against ill health there are certain natural foods which should be consumed regularly because they have properties and nutrients the body uses up and needs to replace often. It is not absolutely critical that they are consumed every single day but, if they are, the health and vitality of the body and protection against infection and disease will increase dramatically.

Many can be consumed together with fruit juice, made into teas or added to meals, salads, soups and sauces. How they are consumed is a matter of choice and taste. Experimenting, by adding herbs and spices to everything, is an excellent way to gain even more essential nutrients whilst making the consumption of these foods more palatable and tasty. Fruit, leafy vegetables and herbs should have minimal cooking (steaming is best) to ensure no loss of vital nutrients. Read more

Arthritis Remedies

Extensive scientific studies breaking down the triggers behind arthritis and in-depth analyses of the components of herbal treatments have clearly shown that specific herbs can address factors causing inflammation and arthritis. Because of this, and the limited or absence of side effects of most medicinal herbs, many researchers have recommended that it is essential to conduct further studies on the mechanisms behind these natural foods to provide new medicinal solutions for arthritis. Meanwhile, there is no harm in trying out natural foods known to provide relief to find one that suits the arthritis sufferer. Because human bodies differ so much in size, shape and metabolism, there will never be one size fits all so it is a matter of experimenting. Read more

Savoury (summer savoury, satureja hortensis, winter savoury, satureja montana)

Savoury (savory USA spelling) is an aromatic herb similar in structure to thyme but with it's own unique taste and comes in two varieties; summer savoury and winter savoury. Thymol, one of the important essential oils in savoury, has scientifically been found to have antiseptic and anti-fungal properties .Carvacrol in savory inhibits the growth of several bacteria strains like E. coli, and Bacillus cereus. Carvacrol gives savoury it's pleasant tangy taste and marjoram like aroma. Read more

Sunday 21st July 2013

Ash Gourd (benincasa hispida)

Also known as winter melon, white gourd, wax gourd, winter gourd, ash gourd, it is a single species of tender annual vine believed to have originated in Java, Indonesia and is a member of the Cucurbitaceae family. It has been cultivated in China for over 2,000 years. In Chinese medicine the rind is used to treat urinary dysfunction and the seeds for vaginal discharge.

Being extremely low in calories, the ash gourd is used to treat obesity as it promotes metabolism and prevents sugar (carbohydrates) from being converted into fat. The shoots, tendrils and leaves of the plant may be eaten as greens. Read more

Saturday 20th July 2013

Anchovies

Although small silvery fish caught off many coastlines are referred to as "anchovies," true anchovies live only in the Mediterranean Sea and off the coast of Southern Europe. Canned anchovies kept at room temperature last for at least a year. Once a can is opened, anchovies can last for up to two months in the refrigerator, as long as they're kept in an air-tight container and covered in oil.

The minerals in anchovies have vital roles in bone, nerve and muscle health and aid in glucose regulation, energy production, immune function, blood clotting and blood oxygenation. The vitamins found in anchovies play vital roles in energy production, DNA synthesis, neurological health, red blood cell formation, digestion and the maintenance of healthy skin, nerves and vision. Read more

Saturday 13th July 2013

Cadmium Toxicity

Cadmium and zinc are found together in natural deposits and are similar in structure and function in the human body. Cadmium may  displace zinc in some of its important enzymatic and organ functions; thus, it interferes with these functions or prevents them from being completed. The zinc-cadmium ratio is very important, as cadmium toxicity and storage are greatly increased with zinc deficiency which is a common condition for alcohol drinkers as alcohol expels zinc in the urine. Good levels of zinc protect against tissue damage by cadmium. The refinement of grains reduces the zinc-cadmium ratio, so zinc deficiency and cadmium toxicity are more likely when the diet is high in refined grains and flours. Tobacco and cannabis smokers and alcohol drinkers are at the most risk of cadmium toxicity. Read more

Wednesday 10th July 2013

Natural Home Made Insect, Tick and Mosquito Repellents

Most insect bites can be irritating and itchy and need a simple remedy to relieve them but some can carry bacteria, parasites and viruses and a blood test is required to determine what this infection is. There are some very simple to make natural spray repellents using everyday common ingredients. Read More

Monday 8th July 2013

Wart Remedies

Since warts are caused by a viral infection, boosting the body's immune system is one of the most effective methods of preventing and treating warts. Consuming foods high in vitamin C can keep the immune system in good working order. Some people have also found it helpful to apply vitamin C directly to the wart as a topical treatment. Also be sure to drink plenty of bottled mineral water and get sufficient rest. Read more

Tuesday 2nd July 2013

Tobacco and Smoking Dangers

Promoting and encouraging tobacco smoking was probably one of mankind's biggest mistakes which has cost the health and life of millions since it was first introduced and yet is still a legal substance to possess, sell and use. The nations of third world countries are now at great risk as the tobacco giants push their deadly drug in those countries now that the developed countries have, at long last, discovered the cost to human life and introduced laws and raised prices to make it more difficult to smoke. Unfortunately, this is not enough to persuade the addicted smoker to give up this habit but, by following the Nature Cure's guide to achieving good health it may be easier. Read more

Monday 1st July 2013

Nutrient Deficiencies and Malnutrition

Contrary to popular belief, malnutrition is not a condition that only affects 'third world developing countries', nutrient deficiency is affecting developed nations more and more as the food and pharmaceutical industries become more powerful and devious. Inorganic foods provide far less nutrition than food grown without genetically modified intervention and powerful pesticide, herbicide and fungicide chemical spraying. Pharmaceuticals drugs and food production have become worldwide industries worth billions and gaining high profits have overtaken the ethics of producing good nutritious foods.This has taken place over the past 50 years since the industrial revolution and can be proved by looking at the humble tomato. To gain the same nutritional value that an organically grown tomato possessed 50 years ago, one has to consume six tomatoes nowadays.

Most non inherited conditions and diseases and early deaths are the result of a poor diet or over consumption of the wrong foods or a combination of both and the other aspects listed on the Nutrient Deficiency page. Read more
 

Saturday 29th June 2013

Chlorogenic Acid

A natural antioxidant chemical compound ester of caffeic acid and quinic acid. It is an important biosynthetic intermediate and it can slow down the release of glucose into the bloodstream after a meal. Chlorogenic acid can reduce body weight, lipid metabolism and obesity-related hormones levels. Chlorogenic acid, in conjunction with pelargonidin chloride and malvidin chloride is a critical co-factor in the anti-proliferation of colon cancer and liver cancer cells, but without the other two co-factors the process will not take place. Read more

Friday 28th June 2013

Consuming 2g of ginger per day can produce significantly higher insulin sensitivity which is beneficial to diabetics as well as lower LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.

Pomegranate juice has shown to not only prevent plaque build up in the arteries but also reduce plaques already there.

Bamboo Shoots

Bamboo shoots are the young sprouts of bamboo and their highly nutritious and medicinal properties have been known in the Asian community since the Chinese Tang Dynasty 2,500 years ago. Bamboo shoots can lower LDL cholesterol and protect the bowels due to their phytosterols and polyphenols which have been shown to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. They can also improve appetite and digestion, weight loss and cure cardiovascular diseases and cancer. The lignans in bamboo shoots have anticancer, antibacterial and antiviral activity. The shoots are free from residual toxicity as they grow without the need for hazardous fertilizers or pesticides.

Bamboo shoots provide omega 6 and omega 3 fatty acids, lignans, protein, fibre, vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B3 (niacin), vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), vitamin B9 (foliate), vitamin C, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, selenium, sodium and zinc.

Raspberries

Raspberries are the richest source of ellagitannin which the body converts into ellagic acid. Ellagic acid activates detoxifying enzymes in the liver, resulting in the clearing of cancer causing substances in the serum. It can also prevent carcinogens from attaching to cellular DNA and stimulate the immune system to effectively fight cancer cells and triggers apoptosis (self-destruction of cancerous cells). Raspberries also improve the management of obesity. The metabolism in fat cells is increased by the phytonutrients found in raspberries, especially rheosmin (raspberry ketone). By increasing enzyme activity, oxygen consumption and heat production in certain types of fat cells raspberries decrease risk of obesity as well as risk of fatty liver. Rheosmin decreases activity of a fat-digesting enzyme released by the pancreas called pancreatic lipase. This decrease in enzyme activity results in less digestion and absorption of fat. Read more

Sunday 23rd June 2013

Hair and Hair Loss

Although hair loss is a more prominent problem in men, women are nearly as likely to lose, or have thinning, hair. Most men and women notice it in their 50s or 60s, but it can happen at any age and for a variety of reasons. Hair grows in three different cycles: anagen, catagen, and telogen. About 90% of the hair on the head is in the anagen, or growth phase, which lasts anywhere from 3-6 years. The catagen, or transition phase, typically lasts 1-2 weeks, during which the hair follicle shrinks. During the telogen cycle, which lasts around 5-6 weeks, the hair rests. Then the hair is lost and the new hair begins to form. Read more

Saturday 22nd June 2013

Aloe vera aloe vera

Has historically been known for assisting the functions of the gastrointestinal tract, and for its properties of soothing, cleansing and helping the body to maintain healthy tissues. This plant has a reputation of facilitating digestion, aiding blood and lymphatic circulation, as well as cystic fibrosis, diabetes, asthma, epilepsy, osteoarthritis, sunburn and insect bites, kidney disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, stomach ulcers, liver and gall bladder functions and healing wounds and skin conditions. Read more

Acemannan

A newly discovered compound found in the gel in the leaves of the aloe vera plant known to have antiviral and anti-tumour properties. This active polysaccharide fraction boosts cell-mediated immunity which is deficient in HIV infection and other immune disorders. In addition, aloe polysaccharides also protect the bone marrow from damage by toxic chemicals and drugs. Acemannan is a long chain sugar that interjects itself into all cell membranes. This results in an increase in the fluidity and permeability of the membranes allowing toxins to flow out of the cell more easily and nutrients to enter the cell more easily. This results in improved cellular metabolism throughout the body and an overall boost in energy production. Read more

Thursday 20th June 2013

Chia Seeds (salvia hispanica)

A species of flowering plant in the mint family, (lamiaceae), native to central and southern Mexico and Guatemala. Chia seeds can be a highly nutritious addition to the diet. Chia has up to 23% more protein content than that found in whole grains and cereals and chia’s protein is complete with all essential amino acids and is gluten free. These seeds also contain more calcium than milk, three times more iron than spinach and fifteen times more magnesium than broccoli. Read more

Hyaluronan (hyaluronic acid)

A high molecular mass polysaccharide found in the extracellular matrix, especially of soft connective tissues. Hyaluronan seems to play an important role during development and differentiation and has other cell regulatory activities. It plays a key role in cushioning and lubricating the body and is abundant in the eyes, joints and heart valves. A powerful antioxidant, hyaluronic acid is best known for its ability to bond water to tissue. The body's hyaluronic acid levels decrease with age. In theory, sustaining optimal hyaluronic acid levels could retard the aging process, prolong a youthful appearance and sustain life. It can also protect against arthritis, rheumatism and cancer. Read more


Wednesday 19th June 2013

More Healthy Juicing Recipes added

Monday 17th June 2013

High Nutrient and Cleansing Juicing Recipes

Imagination can be used to make blends of fruit, vegetables, herbs and spices that suit the palate and ailment, but here are some recipes to get started with: Live probiotic yoghurt can be added to juices after they are made to make a creamy smoothie. Apple cider vinegar has amazing medicinal properties and can also be added to juices, as can honey if juice is too sour. Adding unrefined sea salt and black pepper can provide more nutrients and minerals as well as taste. Purchase a powerful juicer (minimum 900 watts) to get the most from vegetables and drink juices immediately for optimum nutritional value. Always wash vegetables and herbs before juicing. Read more

Sunday 16th June 2013

Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is usually caused by the highly acidic waste products of specific types of microbes, which are called "mycotoxins." These waste products block brain signalling, thus creating "perpetual brain fog." Multiple sclerosis can also be an auto-immune disease. What this means is that a substance or microbe gets in a location of the body that the immune system cannot reach. Multiple sclerosis can also be caused by the high consumption of trans fatty acids which stick to cell walls. Constantly eating the same food that contains trans-fatty acids, chemicals and microbes. Example would be meat, aspartame or peanut butter. People who eat a lot of peanut butter can have several health problems due to both the bad fats and microbes in peanut butter. Another cause of multiple sclerosis is heavy metals; usually mercury from fish, dental amalgam or other sources. However, other heavy metals and even some chemicals can cause M.S. Read more

Ricotta Cheese

An Italian made soft fresh cheese similar to cottage cheese and best sourced from sheep or goats. Can help with the body's production of glutathione which is a superb chelator of mercury which can be ingested from deep sea fish. This means it can help to prevent degenerative diseases of the brain and eyes as well as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and multiple sclerosis. Ricotta cheese Is a rich source of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, protein, vitamin A, vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B12, calcium, phosphorus, selenium, zinc.

Chlorella

A single-celled type of green algae containing large amounts of chlorophyll. It can help with the detoxification process and has high nutritional value. It is a superb chelator of mercury which may help in protecting against mercury induced conditions such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Multiple Sclerosis. It can also help protect against degenerative brain and eye diseases associated with old age. If consuming a lot of mercury contaminated sea fish it is advisable to also consume chlorella and spirulina (blue/green algae).

Saturday 15th June 2013

Spirulina (blue/green algae)

Spirulina is a simple, one-celled organism of the cyanobacteria family that got its name from the Latin word for ‘helix’ or ‘spiral’ because of its spring-like physical characteristic. It is a blue green nutrient rich algae that grows in warm fresh alkaline waters. The use of spirulina as a food source dates back to the 9th century and it is believed the Aztecs used it in 16th century Mexico. In the 1950's a European scientific mission discovered it being harvested and sold in markets as flat cakes known as "dihé" which were part of the native tribes staple food. Today, these 'super food' algae are being used around the world to help treat illness and are being seriously discussed as a sustainable source of food with the potential to end world hunger. Read more

Thursday 13th June 2013

Agave

Agave nectar (syrup) is produced by the agave plants that grow in the volcanic soils of Southern Mexico. They are large, succulent plants that resemble cactus or yucca, but they are more closely related to the aloe vera plant. The Aztecs treasured the agave as a gift from the gods. Aztecs, Anasazi, Hohokam, and the Tohono O’odham, have used the agave for fibre, food, medicine, adult beverages and building materials for thousands of years. The earliest known use was in the Techuacán Valley of Mexico 10,000 years ago. The agave contains polysaccharides which are bactericidal, and saponins and sapogenins that have antibiotic, fungicidal and antiviral properties. Agave syrup which has been refined contains very little nutritional value and high sugar content and agave is now used to make produce tequila.

Cactus and Cancer

Since 2012, saponin in agave schottii is being investigated for cancer treatment. Cactus plants growing on low nutrient soils and/or under harsh climatic conditions, such as extreme temperatures, intense solar radiation, and water scarcity, are particularly susceptible to attack from reactive oxygen species and have evolved efficient antioxidation defence systems. The high concentrations of defensive metabolites in desert plants impart antioxidant as well as antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, insecticidal, anthelmintic and antimutagenic capabilities to the plant. The many examples of desert plants displaying anticancer effects  indicates that the same defensive secondary metabolites protecting them against the harsh environment may also play a protective or a curative role against cancer, as they also do against diabetes, neurodegenerative and other acute and chronic diseases. Since many of the native tribes in America, who have been using cactus in their diets for thousands of years have never developed cancer, this may be the reason why.

Saponins

Triterpenoid and steroidal glycosides, collectively referred to as saponins, are bioactive compounds present naturally in many plants. Interest in saponins has emerged due to increased knowledge of their diverse properties as natural detergents and foaming agents, cardiac, immune stimulating and anticancer activity and other health-promoting functions. Saponins, like flavonoids, tannins, and terpenes, are defensive secondary metabolites that allow plants to cope with the environmental conditions (storing and conserving water, resisting predators and surviving severe weather conditions).

Wednesday 12th June 2013

High Fibre Table

Fibre is vital to good health. Visit the High Fibre Table to see which foods contain the richest sources of fibre. Coconut flakes (flesh) are not only an excellent source of fibre and phytonutrients for humans, unlike conventional fibre supplements, they do not promote the loss of minerals in the diet, in fact they actually help with absorption of minerals. Coconut is also one of the most adept natural foods for eliminating parasites from the intestines.

Coconut fibre is also a great addition to plant pot soils as they provide nutrients and water absorption to plants roots and help stop fungus, moulds and parasites in plants too.

Coconut fibre belongs to the class of compounds known as flammable solids. It easily catches fire upon ignition, so keep external sources of potential ignition, such as sparks, matches and lit cigarettes, away from coconut fibre at all times. Spontaneous combustion may also occur due to self-heating so so it must be stored in a cool place or the refrigerator. If coconut fibre ignites, use carbon dioxide or foam to extinguish the flames.

Sunday 8th June 2013

Cashew Nuts

Cashews have a lower fat content than most other nuts and most of it is in the form of oleic acid, the same heart-healthy monounsaturated fat found in olive oil. They are a rich source of proanthocyanidins, a class of flavanols that starve tumours and stop cancer cells from dividing. They are also a good source of vitamin B17 which has been proven to protect against the development of cancer in many indigenous tribes who consume foods rich in this element. They are also a good source of copper and magnesium. One servings every three days can protect the heart, prevent gall stones, cancer, osteoporosis, obesity, nerve problems and pain and keep the hair and skin healthy.

Saturday 7th June 2013

Colic

Abdominal adult colic is severe spasmodic pain in the abdomen caused by distension, obstruction or inflammation. In adults, the spasmodic pain may appear suddenly or develop gradually and become chronic. Abdominal colic in adults has many possible causes, some of which are potentially serious so it is best investigate as soon as possible. Vaginal or rectal bleeding and fever may indicate a serious problem, such as miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, a bowel blockage or an infection. Colic in babies from 2 weeks to 3 or 4 months is very common but is usually not a serious condition and there are many natural remedies to alleviate symptoms in both adults and babies. Read more

Wednesday 5th June 2013

Toxoplasmosiscat litter

Toxoplasmosis is an infection caused by a parasite known as Toxoplasma gondii (T. gondii). This single-celled organism is commonly found throughout the world and tends to infect birds and mammals especially cats. This parasite is able to affect rodents and mice behaviour by making them attracted to the scent of cat's urine which makes them more susceptible to being caught and eaten. This effect is advantageous to the parasite, which will be able to sexually reproduce if its host is eaten by a cat. The infection is highly precise, as it does not affect a rodent's other fears such as the fear of open spaces or of unfamiliar smelling food.

The cat is the preferred host of toxoplasmosis but they can exist and asexually multiply indefinitely within the bodies of other mammals including humans. Humans become infected with the toxoplasmosis parasite through contact with infected animal faeces. Read more


Thursday 4th June 2013

Restharrow

The common restharrow is a perennial plant species of the pea family found by the shore and is also common in dry hill pastures in chalk or limestone areas. It is a favourite food of the donkey, from which the generic name is derived, onos being the Greek word for an ass. but is obnoxious to snakes. A tradition exists that this was the plant from which the crown of thorns was plaited for the Crucifixion. It is a good source of calcium, iron, sulphur and magnesium and has many medicinal properties. Read more

Friday 31st May 2013

Hay Fever

Hay fever is an allergy which develops when the immune system mistakenly identifies a harmless airborne substance as something harmful. The immune system starts producing antibodies to this harmless substance. The next time this substance comes into contact with the lining of the mouth, nose and throat these antibodies recognize it and signal the immune system to release chemicals, such as histamine, into the bloodstream. These immune system chemicals cause a reaction that leads to the irritating signs and symptoms of hay fever. Hay fever is more prevalent in people who are physically inactive. Read more

Cheese

Strengthens bones and teeth up until age 30-35 and can help to prevent Alzheimer's disease in the elderly. Cottage cheese contains lactoferrin which increases bone density which can prevent and reverse osteoporosis. Lactoferrin is also a powerful suppressor of cancer and tumours and stops the spread of cancer cells to vital organs such as the lungs and liver. Unpasteurised blue cheese is especially high in beneficial nutrients. Read more

Lactoferrin

Lactoferrin is an iron binding glycoprotein. It is the second most abundant protein in human milk and is found in most exocrine secretions including tears, nasal secretions, saliva, intestinal mucus and genital secretions. It acts as a natural antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and anti-inflammatory agent boosting the immune system and kills parasites. It preserves good bacteria whilst destroying pathogenic bacteria and is able to break through the cell walls of bacteria with tough outer cell walls, which are able to evade antibiotics.

It also suppresses cancer and tumour growth and prevents the spreading of cancer to the lungs and liver and is especially effective against skin cancer and leukaemia. It also modulates cell growth and increases bone density thus reversing osteoporosis. Read more

Saturday 25th May 2013

Prickly Pear

Prickly pear has been used in Mexico to treat diabetes for over 1,000 years and is one of the most used natural products in Central America. A single dose of prickly pear can lower blood sugar in people having type 2 diabetes by 17 to 46%. It is the only plant to contain 24 of the known betalains, which are potent anti-inflammatory, pain relieving agents. Betalains are polyphenolic pigments also found in beetroot. Betalains give prickly pears their purple, red and yellow colours. Prickly pear juice power comes from its ability to fight chronic inflammation. Read more

Friday 24th May 2013

Pain and Inflammation

Pain and inflammation is the body's natural response to make us aware there is an adverse condition developing that needs immediate attention and should not be ignored. Dulling pain by use of pain medications without resolving the underlying root cause can lead to more serious damage. Consuming a balanced highly nutritious diet of natural foods and getting proper restorative sleep can help the body to eliminate many causes of pain. Ice packs can relieve inflammation and warm baths can improve circulation. Cleansing the body of toxins can relieve many types of pain. Read more

Thursday 23rd May 2013

Stroke

A stroke (cerebrovascular accident) is caused by an interruption of blood supply to the brain. This can be caused by a blockage in the arteries from blood clots or haemorrhage. A stroke is a medical emergency and can cause permanent neurological damage and death. High blood pressure, diabetes, high LDL cholesterol levels, lack of exercise, a poor or imbalanced diet, obesity and smoking tobacco can seriously increase the risk of stroke.

Strokes can be medically treated and the devastating effects reversed if a neurologist can treat the patient within 3 hours. If you ever see someone faint or fall over you could save their life by asking them four simple questions. Read more

Wednesday 22nd May 2013

Fungi and Yeast Infections

The yeasts responsible for thrush form part of the normal commensal flora in humans, living harmlessly on skin, respiratory, gastrointestinal and genital tracts until a change in the host allows them to cause infection. The dermatophytes or ringworm fungi, which cause athlete's foot and other infections of the skin, hair and nails are dependent on a human or animal host and are passed from person to person or animal to person. Most fungi, however, are free living in the environment and few of these are capable of causing infection in an otherwise healthy individual but can be responsible for life-threatening infections in patients with lowered immunity. Athlete’s Foot, Jock Itch, Tinea, Ringworm and Candida infections are some common but not serious fungal infections. Read more

Sunday 5th May 2013

Pneumonia and Pleurisy

Pneumonia refers to the acute inflammation of the lungs. It is one of the most serious infectious diseases. A common complication of all kinds of pneumonia is pleurisy. Pleurisy is an inflammation of the pleura, a serous membrane which envelopes the lungs and also lines the inside of the chest. It can affect just one lung or both. For more information and natural remedies for respiratory disorders click here.

Saturday 4th May 2013

Lemon

Can act as an anti-acid for digestive problems and is a liver tonic, antiseptic, antibacterial antifungal and is a cleanser of blood, lymph glands, digestive tract and kidneys and a natural diuretic. Lemon is also good for treating hiccups, heartburn, nausea, respiratory ailments, constipation and worms. Externally, it can help stop bleeding, is useful for rebalancing greasy skin and, as an essential oil, is recommended for verrucas. Lemon is one of the very low glycaemia fruits so is also good for diabetics. Citric acid in lemons can help to dissolve kidney stones. The abundance of phyto-chemical antioxidants, and soluble as well as insoluble dietary fibre is helpful in reduction in the risk for cancers, many chronic diseases like arthritis and from obesity and coronary heart disease. Read more

Thursday 2nd May 2013

Phytoestrogens

There 20 categories of phytoestrogens. Isoflavones, flavones, deoxybenzoins, coumestans and lignans are all classes of phytoestrogens. Many plants produce chemicals called phytohormones, which mimic or interact with hormones in humans and animals. Phytoestrogens are plant-produced chemicals that mimic oestrogen, the primary sex hormone in women. Oestrogen is manufactured mainly in the ovaries and is responsible for the menstrual cycle. Men's bodies produce oestrogen to a lesser degree. Oestrogen is crucial to the female reproductive cycle. Read more

Gooseberries (Ribes uva-crispa L)

Are a significant source of vitamin A, vitamin C, fibre, calcium, phosphorous and potassium and also contain moderate amounts of protein, vitamin E, iron and magnesium. A serving of gooseberries provides one third of RDA of fibre which can help prevent constipation, as well as more serious conditions like colon cancer and heart disease. Gooseberries also provide 297mg of potassium in a 4oz serving which is critical for human health, because it promotes normal function of nerve cells, muscles and heart. Potassium may also prevent abnormal heart rhythm and help maintain a healthy blood pressure. The high calcium content is also good for bones and teeth health.

Tuesday 30th April 2013

Sage (salvia officinalis)

Is a pot herb known since ancient Roman times. This legendary herb with numerous virtues, long held to be the guardian over all other herbs, has been in use in various traditional European and Chinese medicines for its health promoting and disease preventing properties. Thujone in sage is GABA and Serotonin (5-HT3) receptor antagonist. It enhances concentration, attention span and quickens the senses; hence sage infusion has long been recognized as "thinker's tea." Its effects help deal with grief and depression. Read more

Salba (salvia hispanica),

Is a cousin of mint that grows throughout southern Mexico and an exceptionally rich source of vegetable protein, calcium, magnesium and iron. A tablespoon of salba seeds (ground or whole) contains eight times more omega-3 than salmon, 30% more antioxidants than blueberries and 25% more fibre than flaxseeds. Salba seeds can be used in the same way as flax or sesame seeds and can also be sprouted. See the Nature Cures Micro Diet Sprouting page.

Tatsoi (rosette pak choi, flat cabbage)

An Asian green leafy brassica similar to bok choy which can be eaten raw in salads or sprouted. Tatsoi is a rich source of beta-carotene, vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin K and also contains good amounts of calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and zinc. Tatsoi can also be grown as a sprout see the Nature Cures Micro Diet Sprout page.

Wheatgrass

Wheatgrass is the young wheat cereal and as it grows the amount of chlorophyll is reduced and cellulose increases. Wheatgrass has concentrated amounts of the the nutrients listed for wheat. It can be beneficial in promoting the production of haemoglobin which is responsible for carrying oxygen in the blood. Adequate amounts of haemoglobin in the blood can help with improving blood sugar related disorders, improving healing of wounds and infections and can help prevent infections. Wheatgrass has anti-inflammatory properties that are beneficial for arthritis. Other benefits include prevention of grey hair, reduction of high blood pressure and lowering of cholesterol.

Wheat can also be grown as a sprout see the Nature Cures Micro Diet Sprout page

Sunday 28th April 2013

Daikon (raphanus sativus var. longipinnatus)

Is a large mild flavoured Asian radish eaten raw, pickled, juiced or cooked. Both the root and leaves of this brassica are edible. It can also be sprouted in a jar with a daily rinse of water. See the Micro Diet Sprouting page. Daikon has antibacterial. anti-inflammatory, antiviral and diuretic properties. It also contains digestive enzymes that help the body process proteins, oil, fat and carbohydrate particularly those found in raw fish. The nutrients found in daikon can provide an increased immune function, protection against heart disease, respiratory disorders, DNA repair and protection, alleviation of cardiovascular disease and hypertension (high blood pressure), Alzheimer's and stroke prevention and slow down the aging process. Read more

Saturday 27th April 2013

Turbot

Several lesser quality flatfish are often passed off as turbot but their inferior flavour and lower nutritional value cannot compare with true Atlantic turbot. Global supplies are limited which accounts for the high price for this fish. Turbot contains 122 calories per 100g plus 62mg cholesterol, 150g of sodium, 20g protein, omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B3 (niacin), vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), vitamin B9 (foliate), calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, selenium and zinc.

NOTE: Sea bass, turbot, sea bream and halibut are more likely to be contaminated with pollutants and mercury than other types of fish. Consuming green tea when eating these fish can help to stop mercury being absorbed into the bloodstream.

Horseradish (armoracia rusticana)

Horseradish is low in calories and fat and contains a good amount of dietary fibre. The root also contains many volatile phyto-chemical compounds, which give its pungent character, such as allyl isothiocyanate, 3-butenyl isothiocyanate, 2-propenylglucosinlate (sinigrin), 2-pentyl isothiocyanate and phenylethyl isothiocyanate. It has been found that these compounds have been anti-oxidant as well as detoxification functions. Horseradish has good amounts of vitamin C which is a powerful water soluble anti-oxidant. 100g fresh root provides 29mg or 41% of RDA of vitamin C. It also contains moderate amounts of copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, sodium and zinc plus small amounts of vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B3 (niacin) and vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) and vitamin B9 (foliate).

It is a potent gastric stimulant, increases appetite and aids in digestion. The volatile phytochemical compounds in the root stimulate salivary, gastric and intestinal glands to secrete digestive enzymes. Horseradish helps remove harmful free radicals from the body and protect it from cancers, inflammation, infections, etc.

Roundup (pesticide)

The pathologiesto which glyphosate (Roundup) could plausibly contribute, through its known biosemiotic effects, includes inflammatory bowel disease, obesity, depression, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, ALS, ADHD, autism, multiple sclerosis, cachexia, infertility and developmental malformations. Glyphosate works synergistically with other factors, such as insufficient sun exposure, dietary deficiencies in critical nutrients such as sulphur and zinc, and synergistic exposure to other xenobiotics whose detoxification is impaired by glyphosate. Alcoholics who lose large quantities of zinc through the urine are particularly at risk as are people on many medications that also force expulsion of these vital minerals. Given the known toxic effects of glyphosate  and the plausibility that they are negatively impacting health worldwide, it is imperative for more independent research to take place. Glyphosate is likely to be pervasive in the human food supply and it may be the most biologically disruptive chemical in the environment. Read more

Hypothyroidism

The deficiency of thyroxin results in a reduction in the metabolism rate. If hypothyroidism occurs during infancy or childhood the result is called cretinism. Cretinism is characterized by stunted physical growth and mental retardation. If hypothyroidism occurs in an adult, it results in such symptoms as: reduced body temperature, a decrease in blood pressure and heart rate, dryness of the hair and skin, loss of energy, weight gain and depression. Hypothyroidism is treated medically by administering thyroxin.

Foods to avoid if suffering from hypothyroidism: broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, flaxseeds, kale, millet, mustard greens, peanuts, peaches, pine nuts, soybeans, spinach, strawberries and turnips

Many processed products such as soy sauce, energy bars and chocolate contain soybean oil (soy lecithin) and should also be avoided.

Read more about the body's glands and their functions.

Thursday 25th April 2013

Cinnamon

Cinnamon's normalizing effect on blood sugar levels can help people with type 2 diabetes, as it enhances a positive response to insulin. Half a teaspoon of cinnamon each day can provide a 20% reduction in blood sugar levels. It is also successfully used for the natural treatment of helicobacter pylori infection, backaches, bronchitis, colds and flu, congestion, diabetes, depression, arthritis and rheumatism, diarrhoea, dysentery, edema (water retention), flatulence, hiccups, nausea, toothache, vomiting, indigestion, liver problems, menstrual pain, melancholy, headaches, menorrhagia, muscle tension, pain of the waist and knees and palpitations. Read more

Trimethylamine-N-Oxide

Some bacteria in the intestines turn lecithin - a nutrient found in avocado, beef, egg yolks, legumes, nuts, oily fish, organ meats, pork, soya and whole grains into an artery-clogging compound called trimethylamine-N-oxide (TMAO). Some intestinal bacteria also transform carnitine, a nutrient found in beef, cheese, halibut, milk, oily fish, pork, poultry, rabbit, venison into trimethylamine-N-oxide. It has just been discovered that this compound is responsible  for blood cholesterol build up on artery walls, causing atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and, if the build up ruptures and blocks an artery, results in a stroke or heart attack. As the body makes it's own lecithin and carnitine, consuming plant foods that provide the nutrients that the body needs for this process is far healthier than consuming these nutrients from animal products or supplements which feed the bacteria responsible for producing trimethylamine-N-oxide in the intestines. Read more

Sunday 21st April 2013

Menstrual Disorders

Menstruation typically begins as a female reaches adolescent puberty usually between the ages of 13 to 15. After the body has released eggs from the ovaries (ovulated) each month, and if no pregnancy occurs, the uterus sheds it's thickened lining which was produced in case the fertilisation of an egg occurred. This is then expelled through the vagina. When periods (menstruations) become regular, it is called the menstrual cycle. Having regular menstrual cycles is a sign that the body is working normally. The ovaries release oestrogen hormones to keep the body healthy and prepare for pregnancy each month. Read more

Talcum Powder
For the last 30 years, scientists have closely scrutinized talc particles and found dangerous similarities to asbestos. Deodorants contain aluminium which is also known to be carcinogenic.

Make your own natural talcum powder

Measure 1/2 cup arrowroot and/or white clay into a bowl. (White clay is sometimes called kaolin clay or white cosmetic clay)
Sprinkle 8 Lavender oil drops over  the powder and mix well with a fork
Sift together into a container then make small holes in the lid.

Saturday 20th April 2013

The Male and Female Menopause

Symptoms of the female menopause can include hot flushes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, mood swings, declining libido, osteoporosis, ageing skin, lack of energy, joint pains, weight gain, headaches and changes in hair quality. Men also experience a lot of these symptoms, with irritability, a declining libido, changes in weight, ageing skin and hair, depression and anxiety. Read more

Friday 19th April 2013

Glands and Their Functions

Adenoids, Adrenal, Gonads, Hypothalamus, Kidneys, Lachrymal, Lymph, Pancreas, Parathyroid, Parotid, Pineal, Pituitary, Prostate, Salivary, Sebaceous, Spleen, Sublingual, Submandibular, Sweat, Tonsils, Thymus and Thyroid

Glands in the human body manufacture, control and regulate the flow of hormones, breast milk, saliva, tears, urine, sweat, antibodies, salts and other useful fluids and compounds. Mental stress and anxiety influences the flow of hormones and other fluids. Glands are classified as ducted and ductless glands. Read more

Food Additive Dangers

Because the food industry is profit led, nutrition is not important to the food producers. Costs are cut, cheap synthetic ingredients used and important nutrients stripped from foods to make managing, packaging and transportation easier, shelf life longer and profits higher.

Refined processed poor quality food is causing more illness and malnutrition in humans than any other factor and is responsible for the steep rise in many conditions such as asthma, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, bone, skin and blood disorders, reduced immunity to bacteria, virus and fungal infections and cancer. Read more

Wednesday 17th April 2013

Nature's Colour Coded Foodfood colours

The "5 a day" fruit and vegetables government advice has omitted one very important factor. The rainbow of colours of fruit and vegetables is also important. Nature has kindly colour coded foods for us and each one has different compounds which the body needs on a daily basis. There is no point eating five of one colour as the vital nutrients of the other colours will be deficient in the diet.

Natures colours give strong clues which we seem to ignore. Some vegetables have more than one colour for instance spring onions have green leaves and white roots. This means there are the nutrients of both these colours present so the whole of the plant should be eaten which will provide the nutrients of the green and white categories.

Some vegetables, fruits and nuts contain different healthy nutrients in both their flesh and skins so both should be consumed. Potatoes and aubergines are examples. Orange and lemon peel has high anti oxidant properties, is nourishing for the heart and should be included in the diet. Skins should only ever be discarded if they are completely inedible such as bananas, swede, watermelons, pumpkins etc. Just ripe bananas contain slightly different phytonutrients than very ripe black bananas. Both are good for different reasons. Read more

Tuesday 16th April 2013

Butter Beans (lima beans)

Reduces the risk of heart disease. Controls blood sugar levels preventing diabetes. Lowers the risks of colon cancer. Prevents anaemia. Maintains the proper levels of iron and calcium in the body. Low fat and cholesterol levels. To balance the diet when meat and dairy products are reduce for cholesterol problems, all legumes are a healthy alternative providing the daily amounts of protein needed. Butter beans are good sources of phytonutrients, protein, fibre, starchvitamin A, vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B3 (niacin), vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), vitamin B9 (foliate), vitamin C, vitamin E and vitamin K. They are also good sources of calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, sodium and zinc.

Monday 15th April 2013

Phyllanthus

Is a world-renowned botanical herb that has been used medicinally for the past 2000 years. It is very effective in treating viral infections of the liver, specifically hepatitis B. It is anti-hepatotoxic, anti-lithic and anti-hypertensive. Useful in the treatment of kidney stones and gallbladder stones (active stones and as a preventative), colds, flu, tuberculosis and other viral infections. Also, cystitis, prostatitis, venereal diseases and urinary tract infections. It has also been proven effective in other liver diseases like jaundice and liver cancer. It is used to tone, balance, strengthen, detoxify and protect the kidneys and liver (and to balance liver enzymes). In the kidneys it helps to reduce uric acid and increase urination.

The main constituents in phyllanthus include; lignans (phyllanthine and hypophyllanthine), alkaloids, bioflavonoids (quercetin) and repandusinic acid. Repandusinic acid has been shown to have anti-viral properties in vitro. It is mildly diuretic and has demonstrated hypoglycaemic effects in animals and humans. In ayurvedic medicine, it is used to treat diabetes.

Sunday 14th April 2013

Vitamin B17 (nitriloside, amygdaline)

A new vitamin which consists of a large group of water-soluble, essentially non-toxic, sugary, compounds found in over 800 plants, many of which are edible. These factors are collectively known as beta-cyanophoric glycosides. They comprise molecules made of sugar, hydrogen cyanide, a benzene ring or an acetone.

The seeds and stones of fruits such as apricots and peaches contain high amounts of minerals and vitamin B17 and are one of the main courses of food in cultures such as the Navajo Indians, the Hunzas the Abkhasians and many more. Within these tribes there has never been a reported case of cancer. Read more.

Silver

Has a very powerful potential when used to kill fungi, viruses and harmful bacteria, It can also soothe burns, repair skin and tissue damage and treat scars, rashes, sty's and acne. Colloidal silver is easily digested and therefore easily absorbed into the internal organs that need it most. This ease of absorption helps the benefits of colloidal silver work fast.

The infection fighting benefits of silver has been known since Roman times. Soldiers in the Roman legions would always place a silver coin into their water containers on their long marches into battle, to help prevent the water from becoming bacterially contaminated. It is said they would also beat pure silver into a thin foil and wrap the silver foil around wounds received in battle, to help prevent the wounds from becoming infected, and thus allowing them to recover quickly to fight again. Read more

Saturday 13th April 2013

Minerals/Electrolytes (inorganic compounds)

The term minerals refers to elements in their simple inorganic form. In nutrition they are commonly referred to as mineral elements or inorganic nutrients. There are 90+ minerals which are all vital to health. Like phytochemicals (organic compounds), minerals (inorganic compounds) are essential for regulating and building the trillions of living cells which make up the body. Minerals are especially important for intracellular electrical messages which tells cells when to replicate and when to die if abnormal. Cancer is caused by these messages not being present due to mineral deficiencies. Infection and damage can also stop these messages getting through to these abnormal cells. Many prescribed medications, alcohol and other toxins can block absorption and cause a huge loss of essential minerals through the urine. Each of the essential minerals does a specific job in the body and some of them do extra work, in teams, to keep body cells healthy and eliminate abnormal cells. Read more

Nature Cures Cancer

Recent studies have discovered that there are compounds such as iridium and rhodium in grape seeds and colloidal gold in black grape skins which causes cancer cells to 'commit suicide' within 24 hours without affecting surrounding healthy cells. Read more

Gold

The ancients believed that colloidal gold would facilitate extraordinary life spans, cure many diseases and even sharpen their intuition, Edible gold is believed to allow the body to operate close to perfection. Gold is a good electrical conductor and there are many reports which state that gold increases the ability of each cell to conduct better electrical impulses. Gold is useful in treating arthritis, prostate cancer, cervical cancer and many other ailments. It has actions associated with the pineal gland. Natural food sources of gold are purple coloured foods like aubergine, beetroot, black grapes, plums

Iridium

This is the second densest element (after osmium) and is the most corrosion resistant metal, even at temperatures as high as 2000 °C. Iridium is found in meteorites with an abundance much higher than its average abundance in the Earth's crust. In the human body iridium is a powerful antioxidant that stabilizes the body’s metabolism and destroys free radicals. Free radicals are what cause the human body to decay, breakdown and become susceptible to viral and bacterial infections. Iridium is involved with processes that are associated with the spinal cord and pituitary gland.

Rhodium

This is the only known substance that can increase the thymus glands actions which has an incredible healing potential for diseases such as cancer and HIV(AIDS). Rhodium acts as a superconductor of light which substantially increases the speed of transfer of information between the left and right brain hemispheres.

Natural Foods that contain both iridium and rhodium are: almonds, carrots, flaxseed oil, grape seeds, green tea, kambucha mushroom, shiitake mushrooms, watercress

Friday 12th April 2013

Liver, Gall Bladder and Pancreas

Cirrhosis, Diabetes, Gall Bladder Disease, Gall Stones, Hepatitis, Liver Disease, PancreatitisPancreatic Cancer, Pancreatic Exhaustion and Failure

The liver is the father of all organs being the largest organ and having more jobs to do in the body than all other organs apart from the brain. It is located in the upper right-hand portion of the abdominal cavity, beneath the diaphragm and on top of the stomach, right kidney and intestines. It usually weighs about 3 pounds and is responsible for processes which deal with substances that enter the body and substances that are filtered, stored and excreted. Read more

Pistachio Nuts

The pistachio has been around since Biblical times and was even mentioned in the book of Genesis. It is one of only two nuts to receive this distinction. Pistachios help to reduce the risk of macular degeneration, the most common cause of visual loss in older individuals. They are a good source of two important carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin, compounds which help to ward off this common eye condition. Carotenoids are also strong antioxidants that help to offset cell injury and damage. They also contain a good amount of fibre, protein, vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), copper, fluoride, manganese and phosphorous. They also contain small amount of vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B3 (niacin), vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), vitamin B7 (biotin), vitamin B9 (foliate)

A handful of pistachio nuts a day can help lower LDL cholesterol and raise HDL cholesterol levels in the blood because they contain monounsaturated fats and phytosterols. Pistachios are one of the very best food sources of plant based phytosterols. They are also are less likely to promote fat storage because of their slow absorption and the stabilizing effect they have on blood sugars.

Cesium

Cesium, like potassium, enters cells and helps to maintain a balance of electrical charges between the inside and the outside of cells so that cells can perform tasks that depend on those electrical charges. Muscle and nerve cells require changing electrical charges in order to function properly and allow humans to think and move.

Cesium has shown a remarkable ability in fighting and killing cancer cells. Cancer cells need acidic conditions for survival and cesium works towards creating an oxygen rich environment for the body's cells. There are three conditions within the human body; alkaline, acidic and neutral. When the oxygen content in a particular part is very low, then it leads to an acidic condition. Cesium travels to such areas and helps to increase the oxygen inflow. Cesium can also block the access of glucose to cancerous cells and effectively shut them down for good. Read more

Strontium

Is one of the most effective substances yet found for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis and other bone-related conditions. Repeatedly administering stable strontium can gradually eliminate radioactive strontium from the body. The stable form slowly replaces the radioactive form in bone and radioactive strontium is excreted in the urine. Strontium was discovered in 1808 and was named after Strontian, a town in Scotland. It is one of the most abundant elements on earth, comprising about 0.04 percent of the earth's crust. At a concentration of 400 parts per million, there is more strontium in the earth's crust than carbon. Strontium is also the most abundant trace element in seawater, at a concentration of 8.1 parts per million. The human body contains about 320mg of strontium, nearly all of which is in bone and connective tissue. Read more

Mineral Water

Mineral water is a healthy alternative to tap water as it usually contains trace elements that are essential to human health. Depending upon it's source it can naturally contain minerals such as bicarbonate, calcium, chloride, fluoride, magnesium, nitrate, potassium, silica, sodium, strontium and sulphate. Water from natural springs, wells and mountain lakes contains minerals which are in the rocks through which it flows and these minerals all have a purpose within the human body. Modern day farming techniques have leeched many minerals from the soil so farmed food often is lacking in them especially magnesium. The best way to ingest the minerals needed is through drinking mineral water, whether carbonated or still, everyday.

Tap water has no mineral content except fluoride and chlorine which are added artificially and, in many developed countries, also contains traces of medications administered to humans such as hormone replacement drugs and the contraceptive pill.

Wednesday 10th April 2013

Food Poisoning

There are many types of food poisoning and most are due to unhygienic processing and storage of foods, undercooking, unwashed fruit and vegetables and contamination with faecal matter or bacteria from humans or animals. Bacteria can multiply so fast that any food kept at room temperature can become poisonous very quickly and especially the warmer the weather is. Cross contamination on surfaces or with utensils of different types of food (especially uncooked with cooked foods) can quickly cause food to become poisonous. Always use separate chopping boards, containers, knives, spoons or forks for each type of food i.e. raw meat, raw fish, cooked meat, cooked fish, vegetables and fruits, cheese and dried products. Always wash hands between touching different foods too. Keep surfaces, the refrigerator and sink area clean and wipe down with an antibacterial cleanser after use. Cupboard, oven and refrigerator handles and sink taps are particularly important to keep clean as they are most often touched by human hands.
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Mosquito Borne Diseases

Dengue, Dog Heart Worm, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, La Crosse Encephalitis, Malaria, Western Equine Encephalitis, West Nile Virus, Yellow Fever

Mosquitoes cause more human suffering than any other organism. Over one million people worldwide die from mosquito-borne diseases every year. Not only can mosquitoes carry diseases that afflict humans, they also transmit several diseases and parasites that dogs and horses are very susceptible too. It is best to consult a doctor about vaccinations and treatments to avoid contracting these diseases when travelling to the countries where they are prevalent.
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Tuesday 9th April 2013

Skin and Tissue Disorders

Bruises and Swelling, Burns and Sunburn, Cellulite, Chilblains, Cuts, Wounds and Splinters, Dry Skin, Eczema and Itchy Red Rashes.

Skin disorders can result from poor diet, nutritional deficiencies, toxins, bacteria or fungal infections, impurities in the blood, exposure to harsh chemicals, pollution, hard water, soap and detergents, medications or too much sunshine. A healthy diet of fresh fruit and vegetables, oily fish and herbs and spices can rectify most skin disorders quite quickly. Fatty foods, sugar, drugs, coffee, alcohol, animal products, aging, refined and processed foods and additives can also adversely affect the skin and produce blemishes, rashes, spots and dry or oily skin. A cleanse and detoxification programme can help to clear up serious conditions.
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Birch

Is practically unexcelled in the tree bark remedies for successfully treating psoriasis, eczema, herpes, acne and similar chronic skin diseases. A tea was once made by boiling the bark which American Native Indians used on the skin either as a poultice or ash to treat burns, wounds, bruises, eczema and sores. A similar tea can be made by bringing 1 quart of water to a boil, reducing the heat, adding 3 tbsp dried bark, covering and simmering for about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and steep for an additional hour.

Plant Roots and Medicinal Properties

The roots of plants have been used as medicines and nutritious food for thousands of years. Many have astonishing properties which can heal and treat most human ailments and diseases with out the harmful side effects of powerful medications. They should be an important part of the daily diet but most are often neglected. Read more

Senega Root (milkwort, rattlesnake root, seneca snakeroot)

Senega root was highly esteemed by the native Seneca Indians for its effectiveness in curing rattlesnake bites and many other disorders. It is a diaphoretic (encourages sweating), cathartic, diuretic, expectorant, sialagogue (enhances saliva flow) and has emetic properties. It is especially effective for treating bronchitis and asthma by nourishing the respiratory tract. It is also useful for treating colds, whooping cough, bleeding wounds, rheumatism, inflammation, pneumonia and pleurisy, respiratory tract inflammation, emphysema, tracheitis or inflammation of the trachea. It has been discovered that the saponins present in senega root have the promise to treat type II diabetes, the form of the disease that is not dependent on taking insulin injections. Read more

Salsify (tragopogon porrifolius, white salsify, goatsbeard, vegetable oyster, oyster plant)

A vegetable whose root and leaves can be used for cooking purposes. Salsify is a member of the sunflower family and its varieties are named French Blue Flowered and the Mammoth Sandwich Island. It is cultivated in Central and Southern Europe, the United States, and in Asia (Taiwan) and is said to have originated in the Mediterranean. Contains no cholesterol or fat and is low in sodium. It also provides an excellent source of dietary fibre. Salsify is a good source of vitamin A (retinol), vitamin B9 (foliate), vitamin C, calcium, phosphorus, potassium and magnesium.

Rutabaga (Swede)

The word rutabaga has been derived from the Swedish word ‘rotabagge’ where ‘rota’ means ‘root’. Commonly known as Swede, Swedish turnip or yellow turnip, rutabaga is a member of the genus Brassica. 170g of swede contains 66 calories. It is a good source of fibre and omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. It has a high content of carotene, Vitamin C, vitamin B9 (foliate), choline, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous and potassium. Swede also provides vitamin A (retinol), vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin B2 (riboflavin, vitamin B3 (niacin), vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), vitamin E, vitamin K, iron, sodium, zinc, copper, manganese and selenium. Read more

Rampion (campanula rapunculus)

The word 'rampion' means bellflower of Europe and Asia and North Africa and is derived from its Latin specific name, rapunculus, a diminutive of rapa (turnip). It is a garden vegetable possessing roots that similar to turnips and boiled tender like parsnips. They have anti-inflammatory benefits, which could be associated with a calmer pregnancy and more successful birth. Rampion contains inulin, a sugar substitute. Therefore, it is often used in special dietary foods for diabetics. Read more

Acrylamide Dangers

Acrylamide is a potentially toxic and potentially cancer causing substance that can be naturally present in uncooked, raw foods in very small amounts. But for this substance to pose a risk of toxicity or cancer, it must be present in foods in much larger amounts and these larger amounts do not occur unless those foods have been heat treated during processing or cooked.

There are many non dietary sources exposure to this substance such as cigarette smoke (about 1-2 micrograms per cigarette) and cosmetics. There is also airborne release of acrylamide during many different manufacturing processes, including paper, asphalt, petroleum, photographic film, construction adhesives, varnishes and dyes.

Acrylamide is currently classified as a Group B2, probable human carcinogen. Acrylamide has also been shown to be a neurotoxin that can damage nervous system function. It's likely to accomplish this damage by disrupting the signal that gets sent by nitric oxide at the onset of the nerve firing process. The neurotoxin and probable cancer causing aspects of acrylamide make it clear that humans should not be exposed to excess amounts of it from any source. Read more

Monday 8th April 2013

Jerusalem Artichoke (helianthus tuberosus)

The Jerusalem artichoke also called sunroot, sunchoke, earth apple or topinambour is a species of sunflower native to eastern North America. The Jerusalem artichoke has no relation to Jerusalem and it is not a type of artichoke, though both are members of the daisy family. The artichoke contains about 10% protein, no oil and is rich in the carbohydrate inulin (76%), which is a polymer of the monosaccharide fructose. Tubers that are stored for any length of time will digest its inulin into its component fructose. It is a healthy choice for diabetics. Jerusalem artichokes have 650mg potassium per 150g. They are also high in iron and contain vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin B3 (niacin), phosphorus and copper.

Yacon Root (smallanthus sonchifolius)

A perennial plant in the Asteraceae family that is mainly cultivated for its sweet flavoured roots. Also known as Peruvian ground apple, yacon is mainly grown in the northern and central Andes. Yacon has also been introduced in countries like Australia and New Zealand where the climate is mild and the growing season long. Today, it is also grown in home gardens in some parts of the United States and the United Kingdom and you may find it at farmers' markets, too. Raw yacon has a somewhat crunchy texture, and it is good simply peeled, diced and eaten as a snack. Peeled and sliced yacon can also be added to salads. Read more

Inulin (starch)

Inulins are a group of naturally occurring polysaccharides produced by many types of plants. They belong to a class of soluble dietary fibres known as fructans. Unlike more familiar carbohydrates, which are broken down in the small intestines and turned into fuel for the body, inulin passes through the small intestines to the colon where it stimulates the growth of "good bacteria" and is fermented by bacteria. Read more

The Sunshine Vitamin

A quarter of all toddlers in the UK are lacking Vitamin D3, according to new research. Despite a recommendation that all children under five should take Vitamin D3 supplements, 74 per cent of parents know nothing about the guidelines and more than half of health professionals are also unaware of it. This can cause walking difficulties and rickets and bone problems later in life. It is also certain that as many adults are also deficient in vitamin D3 due to lack of sun shine in the northern hemisphere during the winter months. This can lead to premature aging, diarrhoea, insomnia, visual problems, osteoporosis and abnormal clotting of the blood. It is difficult to get enough vitamin D3 from foods so supplements are recommended when 15 minutes of midday sunshine on the skin per day is not available. It must also be vitamin D3 and not D2 and check that aspartame has not been added to chewable forms of the supplement. Read more

Cleanse and Detoxify

Infections and diseases of organs and tissues related to the intestinal tract will take hold when the natural intestinal 'friendly' bacterial flora is unbalanced through poor eating habits. Then, like a deadly domino set, the following is the result:

  • Nutrients being absorbed and manufactured decreases

  • The manufacture of healthy cells and antibodies deceases

  • Tissue damaging pockets of toxins build up because they are not being flushed out

  • Abnormal cells are produced but are no longer instructed to eliminate themselves so carry on duplicating creating tumours

  • Viruses, pathogenic bacteria, yeast and fungi cannot be crowded out or eliminated

  • Infection and disease proliferates

The nutrition of everything that is ingested is far more important than anyone thinks. The physical pleasure from eating tasty foods (especially sweet and spicy dishes) has become more important than the reason why we have to eat. To keep the friendly bacteria working as they should they need certain nutrients from certain natural sources and the body needs regular detoxification. Read more

Raw Juice Therapy, Juicing & DetoxificationJuicing

Raw juice therapy is a method of treatment of disease through an exclusive diet of juices of fruits and vegetables. It is also known as juice fasting. It is the most effective way to restore health, rejuvenate and detoxify the body. To truly benefit from fruits and vegetables it is wise to purchase an electric juicer, juice them all and drink immediately ensuring no loss of nutrients. All vegetables and fruits begin to deteriorate as soon as you cut through the protective outer skin.

Premade store bought juices are of little value nutritionally and most have added sugar and other ingredients to preserve them which are unhealthy for the human system. During raw juice therapy, the eliminative and cleansing capacity of the organs of elimination, namely lungs, liver, kidneys and the skin is greatly increased and masses of accumulated metabolic waste and toxins are quickly eliminated. It affords a physiological rest to the digestive and assimilative organs. After the juice fasting or raw juice therapy, the digestion of food and the utilisation of nutrients is vastly improved. Read more

Sunday 7th April 2013

Magnesium

It is estimated that today 80% of the population of western countries are magnesium deficient. Magnesium deficiency was the cause of death from sudden heart attacks in 8 million people in the USA from 1940-1994.

Today's intensive farming techniques have stripped the soil of its magnesium content which can cause deficiency in humans. Deficiency can lead to kidney damage and kidney stones, muscle cramps, arteriosclerosis, heart attack, epileptic seizures, nervous irritability, marked depression, confusion, asthma, migraines, impaired protein metabolism and premature wrinkles. Heavy drinkers and alcoholics often show a low plasma magnesium concentration and a high urinary output. They may, therefore, require magnesium therapy especially in an acute attack of delirium tremens. Read more

Salt in the Diet

The most powerful way of building health is on a firm foundation which is made up of the basic elements beneath our feet, the dust of the earth. These basic elements are the 90+ minerals and trace elements that make up the earth's crust and our own bodies. Once these are correctly put into place in an individual, the victory over disease will be won.

Natural pure sea salt contains these minerals in abundance but, sadly, profit has made them unavailable for human consumption by many of the industries that process and refine salt for the human diet. Sea salt contains 92 essential minerals but most refined adulterated sea salts contain only 2 elements. 24 of these elements in real sea salt have already been proven necessary and essential to maintain and recover health and more are being realised as having beneficial properties all the time. Read more

Saturday 6th April 2013

Ashitaba (angelica keiskei koidzmi)

Ashitaba’s name in Japanese means 'Tomorrow's Leaf' or 'Earth Growth' in English and refers to the fact that if its leaves are picked in the morning, new leaves will be in place by the next morning. Ashitaba is a 'super food' which has been consumed as a vegetable and medicine for many hundreds of years by the inhabitants of Seven Islands of Izu (the Longevity Islands). It is an Asian green vegetable rich in the highly potent antioxidant known as chalcone. Chalcones are rarely found anywhere in the natural world but are the key factor in ashitaba. These organic compounds are flavonoids known as Xanthoangelol, Xanthoangelol-E and 4-Hydrooxyderricin and they give the plant its characteristic yellow sap. This sap differentiates ashitaba from all other strains of angelica. The antioxidant activity of these flavonoids is due to their molecular structure and they have a potent antioxidant activity exceeding that of red wine, green tea, or soy. Read more

Chalcones

A class of flavonoid compounds which are potent antioxidants, protecting cells from free radical damage, which is associated with accelerating the ageing process and with many degenerative diseases including cancer. They also suppress the excessive secretion of gastric juice in the stomach, which is often caused by stress and can lead to stomach ulcers. In addition they help strengthen the immune system, regulate blood pressure and cholesterol and exhibit anti-viral and antibacterial activities. Chalcones have also been found to stimulate the production of Nerve Growth Factor (NGF), which is synthesised in minute amounts in the body and is essential in the development and survival of certain neurons (nerve cells) in the peripheral and central nervous system. NGF is believed to have the potential to alleviate Alzheimer's disease and peripheral neuropathy (a common neurological disorder resulting from damage to the peripheral nerves, which originate from the brain and spinal cord). In an animal study conducted by the Biomedical Group, in Takara, Japan, there was a 20 per cent increase in NGF concentration after taking Ashitaba (which is uniquely rich in this flavonoid) for just four days.

Friday 5th April 2013

Lithium

A nutritionally essential trace element with a potential to decrease mortality and provide anti-aging capabilities and has therapeutic properties with bi-polar and manic-depressive disorders. Lithium also has an effect on the potassium and sodium balance in the body. In addition to treating patients with depression, lithium has been used with some success for Ménière's disease, Huntington's chorea and alcoholism. It may also be beneficial for brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, Parkinson's disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis but trials are still underway. Read more

Bismuth

A heavy metal similar to lead and arsenic, but not nearly as toxic. It is found naturally in very small amounts in some foods and can be of help with gastrointestinal disorders. As a metal, bismuth was known in ancient times, but often confused with lead, tin and antimony. Bismuth is derived from the German language and means "white mass." It is a naturally occurring and stable heavy metal and about 86 percent as dense as lead, but much less toxic, which is why alloys of bismuth are now used as replacements for products that have traditionally been made from lead, such as buckshot.

As a natural part of the diet it may help absorb toxins within the intestines and reduce stomach acidity. It also has an effect on the phosphorous and zinc balance in the body. Bismuth compounds were once used to treat syphilis, but are now better known as gastrointestinal remedies. Bismuth is absorbent and reduces acidity, which is why it is used to treat stomach upset, heartburn, diarrhoea and some gastrointestinal diseases, such as peptic ulcers, infections of the eye and to reduce odour in the bowels. Read more

Whelks (buccinum undatum)

Whelks are carnivorous snails living below the tide line and often found in and on lobster pots. There are 137 calories in a 100g of whelks plus 65mg cholesterol and 24g of protein, 26mcg vitamin A (retinol), 0.026mg vitamin B1 (thiamine), 0.107mg vitamin B2 (riboflavin), 1.050mg vitamin B3 (niacin), 0.208mg vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), 0.342mg vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), 6mcg vitamin B9 (foliate), 9mcg of vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin), 4mg vitamin C, 65mg choline, 57mg calcium, 1,030mg copper, 5mg iron, 86mg magnesium, 141mg phosphorus, 347mg potassium, 49mg selenium, 206 gm sodium and 1.63mg of zinc. Whelks also provide the following important phytonutrients: 1.556g alanine, 2.468g arginine, 2.563g aspartic acid, 0.187g cystine, 3.669g glutamic acid, 1.495g glycine, 0.488g histidine, 0.828g isoleucine,1.903g leucine, 1.465g lysine, 0.603g methionine, 0.824g phenylalanine, 1.182g proline, 1.110g serine, 1.068g threonine, 0.309g tryptophan, 0.759g tyrosine and 1.037g valine.

Octopus and Squid (marine cephalopods)

It is advisable to not remove the skin of the octopus while cooking because the skin provides the best health benefits. Some small breeds of octopuses are eaten alive as a novelty food. If cooked well with aromatic spices, octopus can be a very tasty and highly nutritious low fat food. Octopus and other sea foods are often suggested instead of meat to people who are suffering from heart injuries or heart disease. Octopus can reduce the frequency of migraine headaches. People who have high sugar levels or diabetes are suggested these marine cephalopods to control sugar levels, because they are a good source of vitamin B3 (niacin). The high potassium content helps control high blood pressure. Octopus works as an aid in brain development in children and, as they contain plenty of zinc, can also boost the immune system. Read more

Lobster

Hard shelled lobsters are more nutritious than soft shelled. Lobster has less saturated fat, calories and cholesterol than many other meats such as pork, extra lean beef and white chicken meat. For a lower fat or carbohydrate intake, lobster offers one of the best choices for protein consumption. 100g of lobster provides 21g of protein and 98 calories. They are a very high natural source of omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B3 (niacin), vitamin B9 (foliate), vitamin B12, copper, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, selenium and zinc. They also contain small amounts of vitamin A, vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) and vitamin E. Read more

Oysters

Oysters can be consumed in several forms such as boiled, smoked, canned, raw, roasted, baked, shelled, fried, stewed, steamed, pickled or grilled. Oysters are a good source of protein, with low fat content. The protein obtained is of fine quality and can be easily digested, as compared to that present in chicken and beef. Oysters are a great source of tyrosine, vitamin B12, vitamin D, copper, iron, manganese, selenium, sodium and zinc.. Oysters are also high in cholesterol and should be eaten in moderation by people at risk of heart disease or stroke.
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Scallops (molluscs)

There are 35 calories in one scallop. Calorie breakdown: 46% fat, 20% carbohydrates, 34% protein. !00g of scallops provides 21g of protein. Scallops are rich in omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin B12, choline, magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, selenium and sodium, They also provide smaller amounts of vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B3 (niacin), vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), vitamin B9 (foliate), vitamin C (ascorbic acid), calcium, copper, iron, manganese and zinc.

Thursday 4th April 2013

Crab

Hard shelled crabs are more nutritious than soft shelled. They are a very high natural source of protein, vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B3 (niacin), vitamin B9 (foliate), vitamin B12, copper, magnesium, potassium, selenium and zinc. Although crab is high in cholesterol it also provides a rich source of omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin B3 which is known to raise the good HDL cholesterol in the body and lower LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Lack of selenium in the body has proven to be a contributing factor in developing rheumatoid arthritis. Selenium is an essential nutrient which works with other nutrients to help fight oxidative stress, an imbalance which damages the joints. Crab, clams, halibut, oily fish, prawns and shrimps  are some of the highest sources of this essential mineral. The high level of potassium helps to regulate blood pressure and zinc can prevent osteoporosis. Copper, together with zinc improves the absorption of vitamin D which aids in the absorption of calcium.

Clams

Clams are one of the top natural sources of vitamin B12 which is known to be a powerful agent against Alzheimer's disease and Dementia. They are also rich in vitamin C, copper, iron, manganese, potassium, selenium and zinc. Clams provide an excellent supply of manganese, a trace mineral which plays an important role in regulating blood sugar levels. Lack of selenium in the body has proven to be a contributing factor in developing rheumatoid arthritis. Selenium is an essential nutrient which works with other nutrients to help fight oxidative stress, an imbalance which damages the joints. Crab, clams, halibut, oily fish, prawns and shrimps are some of the highest sources of this essential mineral. The high level of potassium helps to regulate blood pressure and zinc can prevent osteoporosis.

Mussels

Mussels have been cultivated for almost 800 years and have been used as a food source for more than 20,000 years. Mussels are one of the most natural, organic products available in today's market. They are a rich source of vitamin B12 and provide a readily absorbed source of vitamin C, amino acids, iron, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium and zinc. They have more omega 3 fatty acids than any other shellfish and far more than any other popular meat choice today. Mussels are much lower in omega 6 fatty acids than any other meat choice. As an extra-lean meat, mussels are also low in sodium, fat and cholesterol and high in protein. Fifteen (15) mussels provide the equivalent protein of a 6oz. steak.

Prawns and Shrimp

Prawns and shrimps are an extremely good source of protein, yet are very low in fat and calories, making them a very healthy choice of food. Although shrimps and prawns have a high cholesterol content, they are low in saturated fat, which is the fat that raises cholesterol levels in the body. For this reason, there is no need to avoid eating shrimps or prawns. A 4 oz (115g) portion of shrimps contains almost half the recommended daily protein needed and only 112 calories and less than 1g of fat. Shrimps and prawns are rich in omega-3 fatty acids which help prevent heart disease, circulatory problems and many other types of illnesses. These valuable fats lower triglyceride levels and have many other benefits for heart health. Prawns and shrimps also contains high levels of vitamin B12, vitamin E, zinc, iodine, phosphorous, potassium, selenium and iron and have smaller quantities of calcium, magnesium and sodium. Many of these nutrients are essential for healthy skin, bones and teeth.

Poultry and Game Birds

Chicken and turkey are the most common types of poultry, but this category of meat also includes pigeon, emu, grouse, guinea fowl, partridge, pheasant, ptarmigan, ostrich, goose and duck. Most common types of poultry yield the same nutrition, with considerable amounts of protein, vitamin B3 (niacin), vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), vitamin B12, iron, phosphorous, zinc, sodium, fat and cholesterol. Duck has substantially larger proportions of all these nutrients. Pheasant, chicken and quail are the leanest of poultry, while duck and goose are more fatty. Read more

Pork

Ounce for ounce, pork tenderloin has less fat than a chicken breast. Pork also contains most of the nutrients that exist in poultry such as protein, vitamin B3 (niacin), vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), vitamin B12, iron, phosphorous, zinc, sodium, fat and cholesterol with the addition of vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin B2 (riboflavin) and potassium. Unfortunately though, pork also has some of highest saturation of fats and cholesterol among meats. It is also very high in sodium, particularly cuts that are cured. These two aspects can contribute to dietary imbalances that lead to health problems like obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. However, pork contains more nutrients than poultry and greater amounts of the nutrients they share. Read more

Wednesday 3rd April 2013

Vitamin B13 (orotic acid)

Is produced by the body’s intestinal flora and is used for metabolization of vitamin B12 and vitamin B9 (folic acid). It aids the absorption of many vital nutrients especially magnesium and calcium. It also aids the production of genetic materials inside the body. After a heart attack, vitamin B13 is said to be beneficial. It also had been used in conditions such as chronic hepatitis and multiple sclerosis. Vitamin B13 also helps prevent premature aging and liver-related complications. It is a partial substitute for Vitamin B12 deficiency. As a natural compound, Vitamin B13 is known as a heterocyclic compound and as pyrimidine-carboxylic acid. As an organic insoluble fat, orotate is formed when the pyrimidine-carboxylic acid is bonded with potassium, magnesium, calcium and other minerals. Such minerals are conveyed into the blood from the digestive tract by the orate salts, being separated in the blood stream. Orotic acid also helps in improving the pyrimidine and myocardial purine levels by stimulating the blood stream to release uridine. Read more

Vitamin B11 (pterylheptaglutamic acid)

Is a form of vitamin B9 (folic acid), one of five foliates necessary for humans, and is now known as ‘chick growth factor’. It is a component necessary for DNA and RNA synthesis, cell division and development of the foetus nervous system. It is also known as factor S and having similar properties of vitamin B10. Read more

Vitamin B10 (pteroylmonoglutamic acid)

Is a water soluble vitamin previously known as vitamin R. It is involved in the production of vitamin B9 (folic acid) by intestinal bacteria. It is a coenzyme in protein metabolism and blood cell formation and is important for skin health. Vitamin B10 is used in sunscreen to lessen the risk of skin cancer from ultra-violet exposure. It is also used in the treatment of rheumatic fever. Vitamin B10 is also very essential for anti inflammatory and anti-allergic effects.

It is beneficial in hair pigmentation and skin and a very powerful ingredient as a skin protector against pollution. It is very useful against male infertility as well as vitiligo, can treat depression and fibrotic skin disorders. Read more

Vitamin B8 (inositol)

A water soluble fatty lipid that is required by the body for the formation of healthy cells. It assists the B vitamins to function more effectively. Inositol plays an important part in the health of cell membranes especially the specialised cells in the brain, bone marrow, eyes and intestines. Cell membranes are responsible for regulating the contents of the cells, to enable the cells to function correctly. It also promotes healthy hair and hair growth and helps in controlling oestrogen levels. Inositol is needed for health at cellular level. A good concentration of inositol is found in the lens of the eye as well as the heart. Inositol is closely related to choline. The two work together to make neurotransmitters and the fatty substances for cell membranes, as well as helping to metabolise and move out fats from the liver. Inositol has been shown to be effective in treating cases of depression, bulimia, anxiety, bipolar disorder, Alzheimer's disease, panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorder and other psychological disorders that respond to serotonin uptake inhibitors and as an analgesic for pain control. Read more

Vitamin B4 (adenine)

Adenine is produced with  serine and glycine and pairs with thymine (T) as one of four chemical bases in DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) with the other paired two being cytosine (C) and guanine (G). Adenine also pairs with uracil (U) along with paired cytosine (C) and guanine (G) as one of the four bases in RNA (ribonucleic acid). A form of adenine called adenosine triphosphate (ATP) serves as an energy storage molecule and is used to power many chemical reactions within the cell. It acts as a co-enzyme with other vitamins to enhance metabolism, helps to alleviate fatigue and debility, increases antibody formation in counteracting infection, acts as a precursor for assimilation of other B vitamins, strengthens the immune system response, promotes cell formation and normal growth, prevents cellular mutation and free radical formation and helps to balance blood sugar levels. It also increases transit time of the intestinal tract.
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Tuesday 2nd April 2013

Cod

Cod is a deep sea white fish belonging to the same family as haddock and monkfish and found in Arctic waters. One 4oz serving provides 119 calories, 29g of protein, which is about 53% of the RDA, 75% of the RDA of selenium and over 90% of the daily requirement of tryptophan. It is a rich source of omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin B3 (niacin), vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin), vitamin B6 (pyrodoxine), phosphorus and potassium. Cod is good for preventing atherosclerosis and heart disease especially in in those who have diabetes, helps to improve the functioning of the human heart muscle, protects against clots which can cause ischemic stroke, can help to balance cholesterol and lower triglyceride levels, reduces the risk of leukaemia, lymphoma, kidney and colon cancer, lowers blood pressure, reduces the risk of Alzheimer's disease and age-related cognitive decline including macular degeneration, reduces the risk of arrhythmia, can improve mood and relieve depression and can help prevent inflammation caused by the sun's harmful rays on the skin. Cod is best eaten poached or baked not fried. Fish should be consumed at least 3 times a week for optimum health.

Sunday 31st March 2013

Cystic Fibrosis

Also known as CF or mucoviscidosis, cystic fibrosis is an inherited disease of the glands, including mucus and sweat glands. It mostly affects the lungs, pancreas, liver, intestines, sinuses and sex organs but it doesn't affect the brain. There are around 9,000 people with cystic fibrosis in the UK although around one in 25 people carries the faulty gene which causes the condition. In cystic fibrosis sufferers, the mucus becomes thick and sticky and builds up in the lungs blocking the airways. This leads to repeated, serious lung infections that can damage the lungs. Lung function often starts to decline in early childhood in people and, over time, cause permanent damage to the lungs and severe breathing problems. The thick, sticky mucus can also block tubes, or ducts, in the pancreas. As a result, the digestive enzymes that the pancreas makes can't reach the small intestine. Without these enzymes, the body can't absorb fats and proteins. This can cause vitamin deficiency and malnutrition. Cystic fibrosis also causes the sweat to become very salty. As a result, the body loses large amounts of salt during perspiration. This can upset the balance of minerals and cause a number of health problems. Examples include dehydration, increased heart rate, tiredness, weakness, decreased blood pressure, heat stroke, and, rarely, death. Read more

Saturday 30th March 2013

Fibre

The intestines needs both soluble and insoluble fibre in balanced amounts to gain maximum benefit and digestion. Soluble fibre dissolves in water. Insoluble fibre does not. To some degree these differences determine how each fibre functions in the body and benefits the health.
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Bran

Bran is the outer layer of whole grains such as oats, wheat and rice. In food processing, this outer layer is often stripped from the grains creating a smoother product, but one lacking in as many health benefits. It is made of insoluble dietary fibre and does not break down in the same manner as do grains stripped of it. Consuming bran may have tremendous benefits for the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, as a pro-biotic food, in combating heart disease and controlling weight. Bran has natural antibacterial fighting properties and as pathogenic bacteria cause most ulcers, reducing harmful gut bacteria can reduce the chance of getting an ulcer. Soluble fibres attract water and form a gel, which slows down digestion by delaying the emptying of the stomach and creating a full feeling, which helps control weight. Slower stomach emptying may also affect blood sugar levels and have a beneficial effect on insulin sensitivity, which may help control diabetes. Soluble fibre can also help lower LDL blood cholesterol by interfering with the absorption of dietary cholesterol.

Yams

Yams, often confused with sweet potatoes, are a tuber native to Africa and Asia. They vary in size, and are generally cylindrical in shape. Yam flesh ranges in colour from tan to pink or purple. Yams tend to be dry and starchy, providing a healthy energy source with important nutritional benefits. Replacing potatoes with yams can provide more fibre and antioxidants to the diet. Yams can help lower LDL cholesterol and protect from heart disease as well as relieve premenstrual tension. They are high in antioxidants, fibre, vitamin C, vitamin B9 (foliate), vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) iron and potassium.
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A-Z of Ailments and Diseases

A list of all the ailments, conditions and diseases that this website covers. Each one has a section or whole page which includes symptoms, causes, prevention, natural remedies for relief and healthy diets which can allow the body to fight against infection and disease. The list grows daily so do bookmark and visit again in the near future as the website grows. A forum will be added very soon so that visitors can interact and support each other. Read more

Friday 29th March 2013

Anthrax

Anthrax is an acute and an infectious disease occurring in ruminant animals who survive on plant-based foods like sheep, goats, cows, buffaloes, etc. However, the anthrax spores/strains can be transmitted to human race when in contact with infected animals or on consumption of their products. This causes them to be infected and ultimately be diseased. The causative agent of anthrax is a rod-shaped bacterium Bacillus anthracis which is a Gram-positive bacteria. Anthrax can spread from one animal to another animal or human beings, through air inhaled or food/meat contaminated with spores. The bacterium has an ability to change forms (e.g., spores) and become dormant when exposed to extreme conditions of temperature, light, etc., and live for a longer period in that form. Once the spores enter into the new host's body or come in contact with a suitable environment, the bacteria becomes active. Production of anthrax spores has been used as biological weapons by certain terrorist groups threatening the lives of millions.
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Quisqualis Indica (Chinese honeysuckle, rangoon creeper, combretum indicum)

A vine with red flower clusters found in Asia. The genus translates into Latin for 'What is that?' Decoctions of the root, seed or fruit can be used as antihelmintic to expel parasitic worms or for alleviating diarrhoea. Fruit decoction can also be used for gargling. The fruits are also used to combat nephritis. Leaves can be used to relieve pain caused by fever. The roots are used to treat rheumatism.

Chinaberry Tree (melia azedarach)

The chinaberry is a deciduous tree in the Meliaceae, or Mahogany Family with purplish, reddish bark. It is able to grow to 50 feet in height.  Like the English yew tree and the aak and datura plants it is poisonous and should be treated with extreme care. It is a sacred tree in Iran, Malaysia, India and Pakistan, and is revered like the Neem tree. The Baikan is a fast-growing shade tree, which doesn’t usually last for many more than twenty years.  Even though the tree’s parts are poisonous medical preparations are prepared by the traditional healers, or hakims, who know exactly what they are doing. Read more

Torreya Seed (semen torreyae)

The dried ripe seed of Torreya grandis Fort of the Taxaceae family which kill worms and relaxes the bowels. The seeds are gathered in winter when the fruit is ripe and then dried in the sun. It is also taken for constipation and a dry cough.

Black plum (wu mei)

A small, fleshy fruit native to Japan and China. It grows on tall trees that bloom in the spring, with scented flowers. In China, black plums are grown primarily in the Zhejiand, Fujian and Yunnan provinces. The plums are harvested while the fruit has yet to ripen. They are baked at a low temperature until the skin of the fruit turns black; at that point the plum stone, or seed, is removed, and the fruit is stored in a sealed container for later use.

In traditional Chinese medicine, black plum has sour and neutral properties and is associated with the spleen, lung and large intestine.  Its main functions are to stop prolonged, coughs with phlegm, soothe the intestines and promote the production of body fluids. Black plum is high in citric acid, an important substance that the body uses for energy and to fight fatigue. Black plum extracts and decoctions can fight the production of several types of bacteria, including meningococcus, typhoid bacillus and bacillus anthracis and it can stimulate the immune system and promote digestion.
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Thursday 28th March 2013

Rabbit

Rabbits are known to be used for meat as far back as 1500BC. The first recorded rabbit husbandry was in early Roman times, Where rabbits were kept in walled rabbit gardens for food. This saved waste over bigger animals because the rabbit was all eaten. there was no refrigeration. It was decreed by law in the Roman Empire that all young maidens be fed rabbit meat because it would make them more beautiful and more willing. In 1859 a single pair of rabbits was released in Victoria, Australia and in 30 years gave rise to an estimated 20 million rabbits. Rabbit is one of the most nutritious and lowest calorie meats known to man and is especially suitable for special diets, such as those with heart disease, bone disorders, anaemia, blood disorders, nerve disorders, depression and fatigue, alcoholics and heavy drinkers, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, dementia, tinnitus and those on powerful medications that can blocked absorption of vitamin B12 and minerals, diets for the aged, low sodium diets and weight reduction diets especially to combat obesity. Rabbit is lower in fat and cholesterol than chicken, turkey, beef and lamb. A 100g portion of rabbit has an average of just 150 calories. Read more

Chaga Mushroom (inonotus obliquus, birch mushroom, cinder conk)

Rather than soft like a mushroom, chaga is hard, almost as hard as wood. It is unique, nothing like common mushrooms. In fact, chaga is the most nutritionally dense of all tree growths. Known by the Siberians as the “Gift from God” and the “Mushroom of Immortality,” this vibrant growth has been used by humans to support health for thousands of years. The Japanese call it “The Diamond of the Forest,” while the Chinese deem it “King of Plants.” For the Chinese that is saying a lot, since they have an immense history with countless plants.

Chaga is powerful, because it contains the nutrients of actual trees. Because of their special, biologically potent substances, trees live long, far longer than herbs. Some trees live as long as 10,000 years or more. Thus, they are the most powerful living beings in the world. Chaga is the most potent adaptogens known in the fight against premature aging and for prevention of serious diseases. Siberians, Russians, Koreans, Chinese and Japanese know about the powerful medicinal and health benefits of chaga mushrooms. People in Siberia drink chaga tea daily and have been documented to live over 100 years old. Read more

Wednesday 27th March 2013

Cholesterol

There are many foods that can readdress the balance of cholesterol in the body. Some organs such as the brain and heart require cholesterol to function normally. Pharmaceutical companies have become rich on the assumption that reducing cholesterol levels in the blood will also reduce build up of plaque on the artery walls. This is untrue however because the body excretes excess cholesterol as a natural function if the correct diet is being consumed. The consumption of fibre and omega 3 fatty acids are essential to stop plaque build up. Pomegranate juice has been proven to not only reduce build up of plaque on the walls of the arteries but actually reduce plaque that is already there. Foods containing antioxidants that cleanse the liver, such as fruit, also readdress the balance of cholesterol in the blood. Read more

Bluebell (endymion, scilla nutans, calverkeys, wild hyacinth, culverkeys, auld man's bell, ring-o'-bells, jacinth, wood bells, agraphis nutans)

Although the common bluebell is poisonous, the bulb, dried and powdered, has been used in the past to help prevent nightmares, cure leprosy, tuberculosis, treat spider-bites and as a styptic (which stops bleeding by contracting the bleed vessels and tissue) for leucorrhoea and a diuretic. The dose should not exceed 3 grains.

Quince (chaenomeles)

The name quince derives from fruit that is found in the Mediterranean area, but has been applied to related fruits, including those growing in the Orient. Quince is an ancient fruit tree, whose centre of origin is a large area in Asia Minor and the Caucasus. Quince was cultivated for its fruits by the Greeks and Romans; the genus name for the Mediterranean plant, Cydonia, is the ancient name of the Crete town of Chania. Chaenomeles refers to the fruit of the Chinese flowering quince, called mugua (wood fruit); it should not be confused with the item sold in oriental food markets as mugua which is ordinary papaya. Quince fruits are picked in late summer and autumn when they turn greenish-yellow; they are then blanched with boiling water, turning the skin grayish-white in colour; then cut in half lengthwise and dried. The fresh fruits, which are harshly acidic and thus not edible raw, are used in making jams and jellies (sometimes with sweeter fruits, like apples). Read more

Lymphatic Filariasis

A debilitating disease that has plagued Egypt since the time of the pharaohs – an autopsy on the 3000-year old mummified body of Natsef-Amun, a priest during the time of Ramses XI, revealed the presence of filarial worms. Today, the disease is prevalent mainly in the Nile Delta region of the country. Transmitted by mosquitoes, the parasitic worms become lodged in a person's lymph nodes and over several years, can cause extreme swelling and enlargement, (elephantiasis) of the limbs, breast and scrotum. Read more

Alisma

The leaves are antibacterial, anticholesterolemic, diaphoretic, diuretic, hypoglycaemic and hypotensive. Alisma  leaves are used in the treatment of cystitis, dysentery, renal calculus and kidney stones. The fresh alisma leaf is rubefacient and used in the treatment of leprosy and is also applied locally to bruises and swellings. Dried alisma stem bases are eaten or grated and taken with water in treating digestive disorders such as heartburn, cramps and stomach flu. The powdered alisma seed is an astringent, used in cases of bleeding. It is also said to promote sterility. The root contains an essential oil and has a wide range of medicinal uses as it is antibacterial, anticholesterolemic, diuretic and hypotensive. The root can lower blood pressure, LDL cholesterol and blood sugar levels. It also has an antibacterial action on Staphylococcus, Pneumococci and Mycobacterium. The root is used in the treatment of oliguria, oedema, nephritis, acute diarrhoea, cholesterolaemia and fatty liver. Read more

Marrow

Including marrow in the diet can help decrease the risk of several serious medical conditions, including heart disease, stroke, osteoporosis, cancer, obesity, diabetes, hypertension and high blood cholesterol. The peel of marrow vegetables is rich in the carotenoid beta-carotene and should be eaten along with the flesh and with a fat rich food such as avocado, nuts or vegetable oils like rapeseed or olive oil to be absorbed and get the maximum nutritional benefit. Beta carotene is a powerful antioxidant that can inhibit free radical compounds from damaging cellular tissue and DNA. Marrow is also an ideal nutritious vegetable to include in the diet when trying to lose extra weight. Read more

Macadamia Nuts

Macadamia is native to the East Coast rainforests of North Eastern parts of Australia. Several parts of mineral rich, tropical and subtropical areas of Australia, Hawaiian Islands, Middle Americas, Brazil and South African regions are also places that this tree grows in abundance.

100g of nuts provide about 718 calorie which is one of the highest values among nuts so should be avoided by those with obesity but could be a good addition to the diet for the underweight. 100g of macadamia provides 8.6 g or 23% of daily recommended levels of dietary fibre. They are a very good source of phytosterols such as sitosterol and they contain no cholesterol. They are free from gluten and often used in the preparation of gluten-free food formulas for patients with wheat gluten allergy and celiac disease. Read more

Tuesday 26 March 2013

The Excretory System

Disorders such as Anal fissures, Bloating, Constipation, Crohn's Disease, Diarrhoea, Flatulence, Haemorrhoids, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Ulcerative Colitis of the excretory system can be embarrassing, uncomfortable and even very painful and debilitating. Many suffer in silence refusing to be treated which can be dangerous to the health depending on the underlying cause. The best way to avoid theses conditions is to change the diet to natural healthy nutritious foods and avoid sugar, coffee, fatty meats, processed foods with any additives, premade fast meals, takeaways, food additives, drugs, smoking, stress and a sedentary lifestyle. There are also many natural remedies that can treat these conditions to avoid having to visit a health practitioner.
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Frankincense (boswellia sacra, olibanum)

Is an oily gum resin from the tree Boswellia sacra and related species. It is named in the Bible as one the three gifts given to the the infant Jesus by the 'Three Wise Men'. It has been used for thousands of years in many different cultures. The ancient Egyptians believed frankincense to be the sweat of gods, fallen to earth. The legendary Phoenix bird was believed to build its nest from twigs of frankincense and to feed upon ‘tears’ of the resin. The ancient Egyptians also used the resin in religious rites, in anointing the mummified bodies of their kings, and to treat wounds and sores. Incense containing frankincense was found in Tutankhamen's tomb. Large scale exploitation of frankincense began in Oman approximately 8,000 years ago. In 1400 BC, Queen Hatshepsut of Egypt sent a plant-collecting expedition to the eastern coast of Africa. Among the botanical prizes garnered were 31 boswellia trees that were subsequently planted at the Temple Of Karnak along the Nile. The frankincense gum is highly beneficial in cases of inflammation caused by arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma or ulcerative colitis.
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Monday 25 March 2013

Helicobacter Pylori Intestinal Infection

This is a bacterium (germ) that is commonly found in the stomach and duodenum but which can infect the mucous lining causing damage to the stomach wall allowing the formation of stomach ulcers. Only known since 1980, this infection is usually acquired in childhood and in the vast majority of cases, it becomes chronic, comes along with an inflammation of the gastric mucous and is the cause of 90% of all the chronic gastritis.

It is present in approximately one-half of the world's population. (40% of the European population are infected and more than 80% in poor countries). The vast majority of people infected with H. pylori have no symptoms and will never develop problems. However, it is capable of causing a number of digestive problems and in some cases stomach cancer. It is not clear why some people with H. pylori get these conditions and others do not. Read more

Sunday 24 March 2013

Because this website is growing so exponentially, today was spent readjusting navigation. Now all ailments, conditions, infections and diseases are listed on the A-Z List of Ailments page instead of at the bottom of each page.

Plus new foods added to the A-Z of Natural Foods and Medicinal Herbs and Spices pages over the last few days were added to each specific conditions natural remedies sections and the Nature Cures ANTE DIET. (All Natural Therapy Essential Diet)

It is worth coming back often to view updates on each page, which is pertaining to you personally,  because there are many new discoveries in nature and science which are added as and when they happen and often too many to add to this blog everyday!

Saturday 23 March 2013

Witch Hazel (hamamelis virginiana)

May have been named for its association with dowsing, which was once thought to be a form of witchcraft. Witch hazel's branches were once the wood of choice for dowsing rods, whose purpose was to locate water, or "witch" a well. Although witch hazel was once used to find hydration, it is now used as an medicinal herbal remedy to dry and cleanse skin as well as other uses.
The bark, leaves, and twigs of witch hazel are all high in tannins, giving this plant astringent properties. Astringents are substances that can dry, tighten, and harden tissues and can be used an astringent on the skin to tighten pores and remove excess oil. It can also decrease the bleeding , swelling and pain of haemorrhoids, tighten and soothe aching varicose veins, treat a sore throat, laryngitis, swollen and infected gums, skin lesions, diarrhoea that accompanies an intestinal illness, stomach flu, colitis or irritable bowel syndrome, reduce bleeding topically to a wound or used internally for bleeding ulcers or bleeding gums. Read more

Friday 22 March 2013

Butcher's Broom (ruscus aculeatus, knee holly, box holly, sweet broom)

The plant butcher's broom gets its name because it was once used by butchers in Europe to clean their chopping blocks. Butcher's broom has a long history of traditional use for haemorrhoids and varicose veins. It is often used when there is underlying poor circulation in the veins. Butcher's broom extract contains anti-inflammatory and vein-constricting properties that are believed to improve the tone and integrity of veins and shrink the swollen tissue. The active compound is called ruscogen. Read more

Kamut

A whole grain related to wheat, whose name is derived from the ancient Egyptian word for wheat. Kamut is richer in protein than most whole grains. One cooked serving contains 11.09g of protein. It is very high in dietary fibre, vitamin B3 (niacin), iron and zinc.

Blood Disorders and Nutrient Imbalance

Development of blood disorders and nutrient imbalance can be caused by a multitude of reasons. such as diet, infections, drugs, toxins and genetics. This page gives symptoms and natural remedies for these disorders: Anaemia, Beriberi, Blood Clots, Deep Vein Thrombosis, Diabetes, Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation, Essential Thrombocytosis, Haemophilia, Heparin Induced Thrombocytopenia, Hypercoaguable State, Hyperaemia, Hypernatremia, Hypokalemia, Hyponatremia, Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, Lymphoma, Leukaemia, Malaria, Multiple Myeloma, Myelodysplastic Syndrome, Nutrient Deficiencies, Pancytopenia, Pellagra, Poor Circulation, Scurvy, Sepsis, Thrombocytopenia, Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, Von Willebrand Disease. Read more

Sprouting for a Highly Nutritious Micro Diet

Considered as wonder foods, sprouts rank as the freshest and most nutritious of all foods available to the human diet. By a process of natural transmutation, sprouted food acquires vastly improved digestibility and nutritional qualities when compared to non-sprouted embryo from which it derives. Sprouted foods have been part of the diet of many ancient races for thousands of years. Even to this day, the Chinese retain their fame for delicious mung bean sprouts. Sprouts provide all the essential phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals. They should form a vital component of the diet and as shown above sprouting requires no constant care but only the daily rinsing of water. The water used to rinse the sprouts can then be used for anything else including drinking. They could well be the answer to the problems of malnutrition, starvation and lack of water for crops and animal rearing in countries like Africa. Read More

Mizuna (brassica rapa var nipposinica, var japonica, Japanese mustard)

Is a popular Japanese leafy salad vegetable similar to rocket and mustard greens. It is high in fibre, carotenoids, vitamin A (retinol), vitamin B9 (folic acid), vitamin C (ascorbic acid), calcium, iron and contains glucosinolates which are antioxidants that help prevent certain cancers.

Mizuna is a very good source of vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B3 (niacin, vitamin B9 (foliate), vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin), vitamin C,  (ascorbic acid), vitamin E, vitamin K, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese and potassium.

NOTE: Inspect mizuna leaves carefully before cooking for optimal quality. This vegetable is susceptible to flea beetles and slugs that can damage the leaves.

Amaranth (amaranthus)

Amaranth has a long and interesting history in Mexico where it's been grown and harvested for thousands of years by the Mayan and Incan civilizations. The Aztecs believed Amaranth had magical properties that would give them amazing strength. Because of this, it became one of the main foods of the Aztec royalty. Amaranth also held an intricate role in some of their ancient rituals. In one ritual, the seeds were crushed open, then honey and human blood were added followed by forming this reddish paste into the shapes of birds and snakes then baking it. With the coming of the Spanish into the Americas, this abominable practice was abolished. Every crop of Amaranth that could be found was burned. Punishment for possession of the grain became so harsh that even having one seed was punished by chopping off the hands. Amaranth quickly became a ‘lost’ seed for many generations which is a shame as it contains the highest protein level of all grains and largest amounts of fibre and lysine. Read more

Rocket (arugula, rokka, ruccola)

A nutritious green-leafy vegetable of Mediterranean origin. It belongs within the brassica family. Rocket can boost the immune system and prevent cancer and heart disease. It can also prevent spina bifida in new born babies if consumed during pregnancy.

It is rich source of certain phytochemicals such as indoles, thiocyanates, sulforaphane and iso­thiocyanates. Together, they have been found to counter carcinogenic effects of oestrogen and thus help protect against prostate, breast, cervical, colon and ovarian cancers by virtue of their cancer-cell growth inhibition, cytotoxic effects on cancer cells. In addition, di-indolyl-methane, a lipid soluble metabolite of indole, has immune modulator, antibacterial and antiviral properties. It is useful in the treatment of recurring respiratory papillomatosis caused by the Human Papilloma Virus and is in phase III clinical trials for cervical dysplasia.

Rocket is also a very good source of vitamin A (retinol), vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B3 (niacin), vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), vitamin C (ascorbic acid), calcium, copper, iron, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc.

Thursday 21 March 2013

Barberry (berberis aristata, berberidaceae, Indian barberry, daruharidra, daruhaldi, uva ursi)

Medicinal use of barberry dates back more than 2,500 years. It has been used in Indian folk medicine to treat diarrhoea, reduce fever, improve appetite, relieve upset stomach, and promote vigour as well as a sense of well being. Today, it is widely used for medicinal purposes in Iran, including for biliary disorders (such as gallbladder disease) and heartburn. Barberry treats liver inflammation, jaundice, promotes bile flow, is a very mild laxative and may help treat an enlarged spleen. Use a decoction to gargle and relieve minor throat irritations. Apply and rub Barberry juice (the juice from the fruit) the gums to treat pyorrhoea. Read more

Lupus

There are two main forms of lupus. Discoid lupus only affects the skin and the other form, systemic lupus erythematosus, involves the skin and joints and may involve internal organs such as the heart or kidney as well.

Systemic lupus erythematosus can cause various symptoms, the most common being joint pains, skin rashes and tiredness. Problems with kidneys and other organs can occur in severe cases. The most common trigger of lupus are certain kinds of medications. Read more

Wednesday 20 March 2013

Oat straw (avena sativa)

Oat straw heals osteoporosis, mends bones, relieves cramps and strengthens teeth. Oat straw contains high amounts of the bone-building compounds, calcium and other minerals which promotes bone strength. It stimulates the release of luteinizing hormone which triggers ovulation in females and testosterone in males. Since luteinizing hormone boosts hormone levels also stimulate cell growth, it is a good reason to add oat straw as a part of a bone building protocol. See the Bone Disorders page for more natural remedies.

Oat straw extract has a positive impact on cognitive performance in healthy individuals. Due to the high Vitamin B complex content it is as an effective herbal remedy for anxiety and stress. Oat straw's calming qualities also strengthens nerves and encourages a restful night's sleep. It is also a good allopathic medicine for treating panic attacks, depression, nervous exhaustion and calming hyperactive children. Taking 1600mg oat straw extract daily can "acutely" improved the cognitive function including attention, focus and concentration abilities in elderly adults. See the Neurological Disorders page for more natural remedies.

To make an infusion (herbal tea) pour a cup of boiling water over the ripe dried stems of oat straw, leave to steep for 10 minutes then strain and drink it. Honey can be added to sweeten it.

DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid)

There are four chemical bases in DNA, adenine (A), cytosine (C) and guanine (G) and thymine (T). Within the DNA molecule, adenine bases located on one strand form chemical bonds with thymine bases on the opposite strand. The sequence of four DNA bases encodes the cell's genetic instructions. A form of adenine called adenosine triphosphate (ATP) serves as an energy storage molecule and is used to power many chemical reactions within the cell. DNA is the hereditary material in humans and almost all other organisms. Nearly every cell in a person’s body has the same DNA and most of it is located in the cell nucleus (where it is called nuclear DNA), but a small amount of DNA can also be found in the mitochondria (where it is called mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA). Read more

Tuesday 19 March 2013

Digestion and Intestinal Disorders

It is of vital importance to consume nutrient rich natural foods to evade unhealthy conditions in the intestines that will inevitably lead to malfunctioning conditions, infection and disease of other tissues and organs of the body as well as the bones, the senses, the nerves and the brain.

It seems people are very happy to ingest anything they like the look and taste of without knowing what exactly is in the food or what the result of ingesting it will be. People have also become convinced that medication works better than natural food which can lead to detrimental consequences when drugs are depended upon for health and the diet is ignored. Read more

Dysbiosis (dysbacteriosis)

Gas, belching and bad breath due to dysbiosis. Dysbiosis is the disturbance of the normal bacteria in the gut, with reduced levels of the essential bacteria. The concept of dysbiosis is largely ignored by the medical profession in the UK, but is widely accepted on the continent, particularly in Germany.

The most common cause of dysbiosis, and the reason why it is so common in the west, is the inappropriate use of antibiotics. Viral illnesses are commonly and immediately treated with antibiotics, but this is usually ineffective. Whilst this may be effective in dealing with an acute bacterial infection, these so-called wide-spectrum antibiotics kill off a large range of bacteria, including the normal healthy bugs in the gut. This is why disturbed bowel action, particularly diarrhoea, commonly follows a course of antibiotics. Ironically, the overuse of antibiotics increases the need for future antibiotics, as the dysbiosis induced by them suppresses the immune system. Read more

Viruses (Colds, Influenza, Cold Sores, Hepatitis, Herpes, Measles, Shingles, Ebola and HIV/AIDS)

Centuries before the first caveman appeared, viruses existed on earth. In their earliest forms, viruses were harmless messengers delivering hereditary information from newly developed life to its offspring in plants, fungi, protozoa, animals and eventually humans. As viruses evolved and adapted to environmental changes around them, they ceded their messenger roles to cells and took on a more sinister role of infecting genes. In fact, 'virus' is the Latin word for poison.
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Elecampane (inula helenium, horse-heal or marchalan)

With flowers that resemble miniature sunflowers and a basal leaf rosette that resembles a mullein plant, elecampane is an attractive member of the asteraceae or daisy family. Ancient Roman healers treasured the roots as a digestive remedy and Native Americans and herbalists continue to value the medicinal properties and uses of elecampane. It grows well in northern Europe including the UK. The roots are not ready for medicinal use until the autumn of the second year, when they have developed their healing properties. It is a natural expectorant and nourishes the respiratory system and can kill viruses, bacteria infections, parasites and worms as well as normalize blood sugar levels in diabetics. Read more

Scutellaria (scutellaria baicalensis, baical skullcap)

Scutellaria baicalensis, also known as skullcap root is part of the lamiaceae plant family. Scutellaria is a native of China. It is a very powerful antiviral herb with no side effects and perfect for treatment of pandemic diseases. The root of this plant, which has been used in Chinese medicine for a very long time as the herb Huang-qin, is extremely effective for treating contagious flu like viruses. There is really no better anti-infection agent in herbalism. The herb is more effective if grown in poor, sandy soil. Added advantages of Huang-qin are 1) no side-effects, 2) quick to germinate and easily grown in most climates 4) can be harvested in the autumn of first or second year.

It is also one of the most powerful herbs to induce sleep. It calms the nervous system, relaxes the muscles and helps balance blood pressure and has no side effects.

Lomatium Dissectum

Lomatium, a member of the parsley family, is historically, one of the most important medicinal plants of the native American Indians who used the herb as an internal remedy for viral and bacterial infections, especially those of the eyes, respiratory tract and urinary tract. Several tribes of Indians ate the shoots and roots. Some also immersed the fresh root in streams to stun fish for harvesting. However, the most important use of the herb was as a medicine. A decoction of the root was taken internally, and the above ground portion of the plant was smoked or burned and inhaled to treat coughs, colds, hayfever, bronchitis, asthma, influenza, pneumonia and tuberculosis. The decoction was also applied externally for cuts, sores and rashes; the oily sap was placed on skin lesions and used in the eyes for trachomal and gonorrhoeal infections. The raw root was chewed for sore throat and used as a poultice for swellings, sprains and rheumatism. It was also used to cure equine distemper and as a nail fungicide for humans and animals. Read more

Monday 18 March 2013

The Dangers of Sugar

Refined sugar is very high in calories but completely void of nutrients. The processes it undergoes completely strips out anything from sugar cane that is worth consuming. Then the food industry adds sugar to other nutrient lacking packaged foods to improve the taste and the effect is twice as detrimental on human health.

Sugar is cheap to grow and produce and highly addictive because it affects the brain providing a temporary and unnatural 'feel good' factor. This is also why the food industry adds so much of it to so many products. They are actually profiting from legally creating addicted consumers then very slowly poisoning them to death. Read more

Bone Disorders - Arthritis, Joint Problems, Rheumatism, Osteoporosis

Until the age of around 30-35 years, calcium and vitamin D in conjunction with other minerals and phytonutrients builds the body's skeletal system. A diet lacking in these vital nutrients up until then will lead to weakened brittle bones and teeth in later life because whenever the body requires extra nutrients, not gained from the diet, it will leech these nutrients from the bones. This is why it is important to keep up supplies of all nutrients through out the lifetime and especially after the age of 50 and during and after pregnancy. Read more

Fungi & Yeast Infections

Fungi is a group of simple plants that have no chlorophyll. some species of fungi are single celled and others are multi-cellular organisms. Fungi are made up of filaments called hyphe that are stacked together from end to end. Some kinds of fungi live on land and others live in water environments. Since fungi has no chlorophyll, it can not make its own food. Some types of live off of other organisms and are parasites, while others feed off of dead and decaying matter. A third kind of fungi lives with other organisms and neither the fungi or the organism is hurt. This kind of relationship is called positive symbiosis. Read more

Sunday 17 March 2013

Serine (amino acid)

Is one of the twenty DNA-encoded amino acids that makes up protein. Serine plays roles in protein, fatty acid, genetic code carriers (DNA and RNA) synthesis, and muscle build-up. Serine is a constituent in the brain and protective covers of nerves. Therefore, serine is an important amino acid for the proper functioning of the brain and nervous system. Furthermore, serine boosts healthy immune system by aiding the production of antibodies. Serine is also a component of all cell membranes.

Additional serine’s health benefits come indirectly through its effect on other biochemicals. For example, serine is a precursor for the production of amino acids such as glycine, cysteine and tryptophan. Tryptophan, necessary for the synthesis of serotonin and functioning of neurotransmitters, is known to help relieve stress, anxiety and depression. Read more

Proline (amino or imini acid)

Is one of the twenty DNA-encoded amino acids that makes up protein but is actually known as an 'imino acid' as it differs from amino acids. When proline is not consumed in the diet it is made by ornithine and glutamic acid and the kidneys release it into the blood stream. Proline works with vitamin C to promote healthy connective tissue, maintain and heal cartilage and the strengthen joints, tendons and muscles (including the heart muscle). Read more

Glutathione (amino acid)

Medications which deplete or block absorption of methionine, vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), vitamin B9 (folic acid), vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin) may also decrease the production of the amino acid glutathione. Deficiency of glutathione can be connected to most degenerative disease, illness and adverse health conditions. People who have cancer, AIDS, or other very serious disease, almost invariably are deficient in glutathione. Some other conditions that may be caused by glutathione deficiency are: ADD and ADHD, addictions, AIDS, allergies, Alzheimer's, arthritis, asthma, autism, balding, bronchitis, cancer, cataracts, chronic fatigue, cirrhosis, diabetes, erectile dysfunction, fibromyalgia, hair loss, insomnia, low energy, low sex drive, lupus, male infertility, migraines, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, joint and back pain, Parkinson's, poor eyesight, PMS, psoriasis, scleroderma, schizophrenia and wrinkles to name but a few.
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Balloon Flower Root (jie geng, platycodon grandiflorum, campanulaceae)

Changkil saponins isolated from the roots of the balloon flower have been found to increase intracellular glutathione content and significantly reduce oxidative injury to liver cells, minimise cell death and lipid peroxidation.

Turmeric

The bright yellow of the spice rainbow, is a powerful medicine that has long been used in the Chinese and Indian systems of medicine as an anti-inflammatory agent to treat a wide variety of conditions, including bacterial infections, flatulence, jaundice, menstrual difficulties, bloody urine, haemorrhage, toothache, bruises, chest pain and colic. It may also provide an inexpensive, well-tolerated and effective treatment for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) such as Crohn's, prostate cancer, arthritis, neurological disorders, liver disorders and ulcerative colitis. Treatment of brain cells, called astrocytes, with turmeric has been found to increase expression of the glutathione and protect neurons exposed to oxidant stress.
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Cysteine (amino acid)

A sulphur containing amino acid that occurs naturally in foods and can also be manufactured by the body from the amino acid methionine. Low cysteine levels may reduce one's ability to prevent free radical damage and may result in impaired function of the immune system and neurodegenerative diseases, including multiple sclerosis, amylotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease) and Alzheimer's disease.

Because the production of cysteine involves several nutrients a deficiency of methionine, vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), vitamin B9 (folic acid), vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin)and s-adenosyl methionine (SAMe) may decrease the production of cysteine. Certain medications can cause deficiencies of these nutrients which will in turn cause a deficiency in cysteine. Read more

Saturday 16 March 2013

Taurine (amino acid)

Is important in the visual pathways, the brain and nervous system, cardiac function and prevention of irregular heartbeats. Is is also a conjugator of bile acids - helps increase cholesterol elimination in the bile, helps with fat absorption and elimination of toxins. It has an important role in renal development and protection of the kidneys from free radical damage and is a facilitator for the passage of sodium, potassium and possibly calcium and magnesium ions into and out of cells. It can protect the heart from irregular rhythms and damage during shock. It is also involved in the balance and control of white blood cell production of free radicals to fight microbial infections. It possesses a calming or stabilizing effect on the brain and has been shown to be useful in treating seizure disorders and is an enhancer of performance for athletes.

Deficiency of taurine may lead to alcohol induced liver fat build up, anxiety, depression, hypertension, hypothyroidism, gout, infertility, obesity, kidney failure and autism. Muscle cramps is a symptom of taurine deficiency. Deficiency of cysteine and methionine, vitamin A, vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) or zinc can lead to diminished levels of taurine. Certain medications which deplete or block absorption of these nutrients may also cause taurine deficiency.
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Alpha Lipoic Acid

Works as an antioxidant in both water and fatty tissue enabling it to enter all parts of the nerve cell and protect it from damage and thus relieve peripheral neuropathy which can be caused by injury, nutritional deficiencies, chemotherapy or by conditions such as diabetes, Lyme disease, alcoholism, shingles, thyroid disease and kidney failure. Symptoms can include pain, burning, numbness, tingling, weakness and itching. Foods rich in alpha lipoic acid are: brewers yeast, broccoli, brussel sprouts, organ meats, peas and spinach.
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Cayenne Pepper (capsicum anuum)

Cayenne is a gift to humanity because it has more health benefits than any other food or herb on earth. There are over 3000 scientific studies listed in the National Library of Medicine to support the use of cayenne in preventing and reversing many common health ailments. It is miraculous that a simple fruit like cayenne has healing benefits for a very wide assortment of ailments. It has been used as a food, a spice and an herbal medicine for over 9000 years.

A fresh cayenne chilli pepper is nutrient rich and contains: carbohydrates, starch, protein, fibre, vitamin C, beta carotene, saponins, pyrazines, pectin, chlorogenic acid, capsaicin, histadine, beta carotene, iron, phosphorus, and calcium. Chilli peppers are also low in fat and contain the right kind of fat: 66% of the fat as linoleic (omega 6) and 5% as linolenic acid (omega 3) which are two essential fats in the diet of humans. Capsaicin, has been proven to protect DNA and cells from attack by toxic molecules such as from tobacco and other toxins. It can also prevent cancer by inhibiting the transformation of cells which eventually form cancer.
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Fennel (foeniculum vulgare)

Fennel seeds are an excellent super-herb that has been used for centuries for both culinary and medicinal purposes. Fennel is grown extensively across the planet but is native to Europe, The Middle-Eastern, China, India, and Turkey. Fennel seeds have many health benefiting nutrients, compounds, anti-oxidants, minerals and vitamins that are known to help prevent and treat disease. Most commonly, fennel seeds contain high amounts of flavonoid anti-oxidants like kaempferol and quercetin. These anti-oxidants help to protect the body from cancers, infections, heart disease, high cholesterol, stroke, aging and other degenerative diseases.
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Friday 15 March 2013

Oxalic Acid

Encourages the cellular production of energy and is a natural preservative. There has been some evidence to suggest that having adequate levels of oxalic acid in the blood eliminates abnormal cells in the body effectively with no harmful side effects which may reduce the risks of tumours and cancer. Read more

Kidney Stones

The kidneys extract waste and excess water from blood to make urine. The urine is sent to the urinary bladder through tubes called ureters. When the bladder is full, urine is released from the body through the urethra.

About 80% of kidney stones are made of calcium oxalate. A kidney stone often causes no pain if it remains in the kidney, and if it's very small it may pass through a ureter and out of the body without difficulty. However, a larger stone trying to pass through a ureter can cause excruciating pain. The stone can be removed by a variety of surgical treatments, but once a person has experienced one kidney stone the chance of developing another one is greatly increased.
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Oleic Acid (omega 9 fatty acid)

The human body has the ability to produce Oleic acid but it requires the presence of linolenic acid (omega 3) and linoleic acid (omega 6) to do so. The main benefits are that it generally enhances immune function, helps to regulate blood sugar by lowering resistance to insulin and can reduce hardening of the arteries by lowering cholesterol. It can also aid in protection against certain types of cancer. To absorb carotenoids from food, they should be consumed alongside foods rich in oleic. Read more

Rapeseed Oil

Has the lowest saturated fat of any culinary oil and less than half that of olive oil. In recent years Mediterranean produced olive oil has overtaken sunflower and vegetable oils in popularity and has been perceived as a healthy alternative. However rapeseed oil is as low in saturated fat as olive oil and high in good essential omega oils normally obtained from fish. The health conscious French nation  discovered rapeseed oil generations ago and the product is commonplace on supermarket shelves in that country. The British, it seems may well have shied away from embracing rapeseed oil as a serious healthy alternative to other cooking oils due to the unfortunate name. We are still a nation consuming too much saturated fat which can lead to symptoms such as obesity, high cholesterol, diabetes and heart disease. Rapeseed Oil has been shown to help reduce such symptoms when it is combined into a balanced diet.

Rapeseed oil contains the lowest saturated fat content of any oil (less than half that of olive oil), has 10 times more omega 3 than olive oil, is a good source of Vitamin E and high in monounsaturated fats, omega 6 and omega 9.

Menhaden (bunker, pogy)

They've been called "the most important fish in the sea." Small, silvery and packed with nutritional value, menhaden are filter feeders that consume plankton and in turn are food for striped bass and other important fish, as well as marine mammals and sea birds. They are in effect a critical link in the marine food web. But in 32 of the past 54 years menhaden were overfished and they are now at their lowest level on record. There are laws currently being put in place to stop the over fishing of this valuable fish which will hopefully bring  bring it back to healthy numbers.

Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) fatty acids are among the most documented in nutrition research. However, a third key fatty acid, docosapentaenoic acid (DPA) has recently been shown to play probably the most powerful role in key health outcomes. Docosapentaenoic acid is an elongated version of EPA and has drawn the attention of scientists because it is present in relatively high levels in the diets of the Greenland Inuit people, a population group with exceptional cardiovascular health. Menhaden fish are a prime source of docosapentaenoic acid, as well as EPA and DHA, more so than other oily fish. Consumption of menhaden fish can reduce LDL cholesterol and contribute to the reduction of cardiovascular disease.

Linolenic acid (omega 3 fatty acid)

A healthy fat found in greatest amounts in dairy foods from grass fed cows and goats and oily fish may improve insulin action and reduce blood glucose levels and prevent heart disease. The best sources of linolenic acid are: anchovies, beef, collard greens, goat's milk, flaxseed, herring, kale, mustard greens, oily fish, pumpkin seeds, rapeseed, salmon, sardines, soya, walnuts, cod liver oil, menhaden, salmon, spinach, tuna
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Goat's Milk

Useful alternative to cows milk because some anti-inflammatory compounds; short-chain sugar molecules called oligosaccharides are present in goat's milk. These oligosaccharides may make goat's milk easier to digest, especially in the case of compromised intestinal function. Goat's milk has also been shown to enhance the metabolism of both iron and copper, especially when there are problems with absorption of minerals in the digestive tract. These factors and others are likely to play an important role in the tolerability of goat's milk versus cow's milk. Allergy to cow's milk has been found in many people with conditions such as recurrent ear infections, asthma, eczema and even rheumatoid arthritis. Replacing cow's milk with goat's milk may help to reduce some of the symptoms of these conditions. Read more

14 March 2013

Venison

Venison is  a very lean, highly nutritious and a very healthy alternative to other red meats but is sadly neglected in the modern diet. A 4oz serving of venison provides 82% RDA of protein and just 216 calories and only 2.2g of fat. It also provides the following RDA of essential nutrients tryptophan (112.5%), vitamin B1 (257.8%), vitamin B2  (44.1%), vitamin B3 (42.1%), vitamin B6 (27.5%), iron (31.5%), phosphorus (29.5%), selenium (28.6%) and zinc (65.3%). Read more

Brassicas  (brassicaceae, cruciferous vegetables, cruciferae)

Originally named brassicas for the four equal-sized petals in their flowers that could be viewed as forming a cross like or crucifix shape. Brassicas boost the immune system and prevent cancer and heart disease. They also prevent spina bifida in new born babies if consumed during pregnancy. Brassicas are a good source of vitamin C, calcium, iron, carotene, indoles plus many phytonutrients and minerals such as manganese. Note: avoid cabbage & kale if suffering from thyroid gland problems, kidney or gallstones. Read more

13 March 2013

Berries  

Blueberries, blackcurrants, blackberries, cranberries, goji berries, raspberries, strawberries all help the body make collagen, the protein needed to keep skin supple, smooth and healthy. Blackcurrants in particular protect against UV skin damage and reduce the ageing effect of sunburn by neutralising free radicals. Cranberries and blueberries both help protect against cystitis by stopping harmful bacteria sticking to the urinary tract. To find out more about the health benefits and medicinal qualities of each berry click the blue links.

All berries help to prevent varicose veins, ease rheumatoid arthritis, reduce the risks of cancer and have anti-bacterial properties. Berries are rich in vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin B9 (folic acid, anthocyanidins, fibre and contain many phytonutrients.

Goji Berries (lycium barbarum)

A member of the nightshade family (Solonaceae), which contains many other common vegetables such as potato, sweet potato, tomato, aubergine and pepper, as well as some poisonous plants like belladonna and deadly nightshade. Native to the Himalayan Mountains of Tibet and Mongolia, goji berries have the highest concentration of protein of any fruit. They are a very rich source of vitamin C, contain more carotenoids than any other food, have twenty-one trace minerals and are high in fibre. They contain 15 times the amount of iron found in spinach, as well as calcium, zinc, selenium and many other important trace minerals. They also contain natural anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal compounds.

NOTE: avoid goji berries if taking medication for diabetes, high blood pressure or anti-coagulants (blood thinners) such as warfarin or aspirin. Read more

Lucuma

A genus of sapotaceous, the pouteria lucuma tree is native to Peru, Chile and Ecuador. It bears sweet and edible fruits and is known as 'Gold of the Incas'. It is gluten free and contains 329 calories per100g. It is an excellent source of antioxidants, fibre, beta carotene, vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B3 (niacin), vitamin Ccalcium, phosphorus and iron. It is also low in natural sugars and does not create blood sugar spikes, which is good for diabetics. Lucuma significantly increases wound closure and promotes tissue regeneration and has anti-inflammatory, anti-aging and skin repair effects on human skin. Read more

Pregnancy & Related Ailments

It is important to eat a wide variety of nutritious foods and rest when pregnant as the baby is taking all it needs and if you are deficient in any nutrients this can seriously affect your health.

Minerals, phytonutrients and vitamins are particularly important for the body and the developing foetus so the more different organic and wholesome foods are consumed the better chance there is of remaining healthy through out pregnancy and giving birth to a normal healthy baby. Highly nutritious natural unprocessed foods like halibut, oily fish, organs meats, eggs, seaweed, whole grains, legumes, vegetables of all colours and types, fruit, berries, nuts seeds, alfalfa, bean and sprouts can give both you and your baby the best healthy start out in life together. Read more

Drumstick Leaves (moringa oleifera)

Herbaceous plant grown for its nutritious greens, flowers and mineral rich pods. It is a well-recognized member in the Moringaceae family of trees and thought to be originated in the sub-Himalayan ranges of Indian subcontinent. The seed pods are popular as murnga in Tamil and malunggay in the Philippines. Drumstick as high quality oilseed crop can be grown alternatively to improve nutrition levels of populations in many drought prone regions of Africa and Asia. This tree has been advocated by world wide aid organizations as an outstanding indigenous source of highly digestible protein, phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals suitable for use in regions of the world where malnourishment is a major concern. Where starvation is imminent, consuming the drumstick leaf powder can be life saving. Drum stick leaves also have a multitude of medicinal and health benefits. Read more

Cumin seeds Cuminum cyminum)

A very good source of iron, a mineral that plays many vital roles in the body. Iron is an integral component of haemoglobin, which transports oxygen from the lungs to all body cells, and is also part of key enzyme systems for energy production and metabolism. Additionally, iron is instrumental in keeping your immune system healthy. Iron is particularly important for menstruating women, who lose iron each month during menses. Additionally, growing children and adolescents have increased needs for iron, as do women who are pregnant or lactating. Read more

Corn Silk (Indian corn, jugnog, maize, sea mays, turkey corn, turkish corn, yu-shu-shu)

Refers to the stigmas from the female flowers of maize. Fresh corn silk resembles soft silk threads 10-20 cm long that are either light green or yellow-brown in colour. Corn silk is known to have diuretic, lithotriptic, cholagogue, antifungal, anodyne, demulcent, anti-hypoglycaemic, protective, alterative and stimulant properties.

A tea made from corn silk, consisting of the stigmas of the flowers, has been valued as a diuretic. Corn silk aids the kidneys, bladder and small intestines. Take for hypertension (high blood pressure), edema (water retention), urinary tract dysfunction and stones, gonorrhoea, gout, rheumatism, bed-wetting, jaundice and painful urination caused by the prostate gland. It is also useful for the treatment of cystitis, kidney stones nephritis, pancreatic damage, prostatitis, dropsy and heart trouble. Corn silk extract is a useful hypoglycaemic food for diabetes sufferers.
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Pecan (carya illinoinensis)

Pecan nuts come from is a very large sized deciduous tree belonging to the hickory family, Juglandaceae originating in South America. They are rich source of energy providing 690 calories per 100g. They are rich in monounsaturated fatty acids like oleic acid and an excellent source of phenolic antioxidants. Regular addition of pecan nuts in the diet helps to decrease LDL cholesterol and increase HDL cholesterol” levels in the blood. Read more

St. John's wort (hypericum)

A common meadowland plant that has been used as a medicine for centuries. Early European and Slavic herbals mention it. The genus name Hypericum is from the Latin word hyper, meaning "above," and icon, meaning "spirit." The herb was once hung over doorways to ward off evil spirits or burned to protect and sanctify an area. St. John's wort has long been used medicinally as an anti-inflammatory for strains, sprains, contusions, muscular spasms, for pelvic pain, cramps, and tension that results in muscular spasms. It is also useful in treating swollen veins and preparations may be ingested for internal bruising and inflammation or following a traumatic injury to the external muscles and skin. It can also relieve anxiety and tension and act as an antidepressant. Many women who experience anxiety, depression, and other emotional disturbances during menopause may benefit from this herb's use. Read more

Blackstrap molasses

Two teaspoons of black strap molasses contains 18% of the RDA for manganese, 7.3% magnesium, 13.3% of iron, 11.8% of calcium and 14% of copper. It is also a good source of vitamin B6 and selenium. One tablespoon provides 452mg of potassium. This makes it almost equal to the 467mg found in one small banana. Potassium helps to regulate the body's fluid and mineral balance. Potassium also regulates blood pressure and decreases the risk of stroke.
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Leeks

Belong to the Alliaceae family, together with onions and garlic. A flavonoid called kaempferol is present in significant amounts in leeks. Kaempferol provides protection to the linings of the blood vessels, particularly against free radicals or reactive oxygen species. Kaempferol could also induce the increased production of nitric oxide, a substance that acts as a natural dilator and relaxant of the blood vessels allowing the blood vessels to rest and decreasing the risk of hypertension. Leeks are also good sources of vitamin C vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) vitamin K, manganese and iron.

12 March 2013

Starch

This provides food for the colon bacteria. Different ‘bacteria food’ produces different kinds of short chain fatty acids and other products, so it's important to consume a wide variety of fibre and starch in food. Foods rich in a carbohydrate called resistant starch pass through the body without counting calorically because they “resist” immediate digestion while still giving a full feeling. Plus they help burn fat fast, improve digestion and fight disease. Read more

Mung Bean & Mung Bean Sprouts

The mung bean is a member of the Leguminosae family, the third largest family of flowering plants. These green oval beans are widely grown and consumed in India, China, Japan, Bangladesh, as well as certain regions in Southeast Asia, Africa, South America, and Australia. Mung beans have a high protein content and are rich in fibre, which aids in digestion and absorption of food. They play a vital role in cholesterol metabolism which controls blood cholesterol levels. As compared to whole mung beans, the carbohydrate content in mung bean sprouts is (4-6g). This, coupled with a low sugar content, makes it a good choice for people with diabetes. They are cholesterol free and low in fat making them a good choice for obesity diets.
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Anthocyanids (bioflavanoid)

Nearly one thousand anthocyanins and more than 15 anthocyanidins exist in the vegetal kingdom, although the greater part of them occurs rarely. The term anthocyanin was initially coined to indicate the substance responsible for the colour of cornflower: it derives from the Greek term anthos 'flower', and kuanos 'blue' and refers to a group of water soluble pigments responsible for red, pink, mauve, purple, blue, or violet colour of most flower and fruits.
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Fatty acids

Fatty acids used to be known as vitamin F but were then re-categorised as fats. Fatty acids are often ignored in a world obsessed with dieting. Fat is every bit as important in the diet as are other nutrients. Sixty percent of the brain is fat. Fat and foods rich in fatty acids allow the nervous system to function well. The various types of cells in the body, including the cells in the eyes, brain and heart require fat in order to survive and function properly. Fat is also necessary to keep the immune system working and keep a host of diseases away. Read more

Blueberries

Contains nutrients that protect eyes from eyestrain or fatigue and can improve circulation to the eyes. When British Royal Air Force pilots During World War II ate Bilberry preserves before night missions and discovered that their night vision improved afterwards, this herb was investigated and found to be very beneficial for the eyes. Bilberry works by improving the microcirculation and regeneration of retinal purple, a substance required for good eyesight. It is believed that this property is related to the high amount of anthocyanidins, a type of flavonoid that tends to prevent capillary fragility and strengthen the capillaries which nourish the eyes.
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11 March 2013

Vanadium

A trace mineral found in many foods. It may be involved in normal bone growth and have a positive effect in people with diabetes by lowering blood sugar levels and improving sensitivity to insulin in people with type 2 diabetes. In one study of people with type 2 diabetes, vanadium also lowered their total and LDL (bad) cholesterol. Read more

Kombu Seaweed

Kombu seaweed is quite similar to wakame seaweed. Like wakame, it typically comes in the form of dried strips that are then soaked and added to food. Kombu is a little tougher than wakame, partly due to its higher fibre content. However, it softens considerably upon cooking. Kombu seaweed comes from kelp that grows around the north of Japan and possesses anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, anticoagulant, antithrombotic and antiviral properties. Read more

Intestinal Disorders

It is of vital importance to consume nutrient rich natural foods to evade unhealthy conditions in the intestines that will inevitably lead to malfunctioning conditions, infection and disease of other tissues and organs of the body as well as the bones, the senses, the nerves and the brain.
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10 March 2013

40 Natural Cures for Parasites

Some estimates claim that up to 75% of the world's population has some form of parasitic intestinal worm infection and parasitic infections are certainly one of the primary causes of illness and death in the developing world. The World Bank estimates that roundworm has infected 1.5 billion people, hookworm just over 1 billion and whipworm 1.3 billion people globally.
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Black Cumin Seed

These seeds have long been used in folk medicine in the Arabian Gulf region, Far East Asia, and Europe. The Prophet Mohammad described the healing powers of the Black Seeds against a variety of diseases. According to common Islamic and Arabic belief, Habbatul Barakah is a remedy for all ailments (universal healer). Black Seed is also mentioned as the curative “black cumin” in the Holy Bible and is described as Melanthion by Hippocrates and Dioscorides and as Gith by Pliny. Phytochemical studies of Black Seed showed the presence of100+ constituents. Many of these compounds have not yet been chemically identified.

Black Seed have analgesic, antilipemic, postcoital contraceptive, diuretic, antihypertensive, bronchodilator, calcium antagonist, histamine release inhibitor, hepatoprotective, anthelmintic, antifungal, antimicrobial (against a wide range of organisms), anti-ulcer, anticancer and anti-inflammatory activities. Read more

Cramp Bark (viburnum opulus)

Cramp bark is an herb often taken in tea form that can treat female problems like irritability and cramps associated with the menstrual cycle. The herb is hailed as a stomach cramp remedy in Russia and helps to flush parasites from the body's intestinal system. In addition to killing parasites, cramp bark can lower blood pressure and treat colds and coughing. Cramp bark tea taken with pumpkin seeds can completely eliminate intestinal worms.

Chinese Rhubarb Root (rheum palmatum, rheum rhaponticum)

Has been used for over two thousand years as a mild, yet effective, laxative. It supports good colon health by cleansing it and treating constipation; and in smaller doses, its astringents ease diarrhoea and haemorrhoids. It also helps to modify the process of nutrition and excretion and restore normal bodily function, acting to thoroughly cleanse and stimulate the efficient removal of waste products from the system. It not only cleanses the intestinal tract and blood, but it is also cleanses the liver by encouraging bile flow. Read more

Propolis (beeswax)

Propolis has a long history of medicinal use, dating back to 350BC, the time of Aristotle. Greeks used propolis for abscesses; Assyrians used it for healing wounds and tumours; and Egyptians used it for mummification. Bees collect sap from trees and mix the resin with beeswax to make propolis for their hives. It has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and anaesthetic properties.
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Olive Leaf (olea europaea)

First used medicinally in Ancient Egypt. It is gaining recognition as a powerful defender against sickness and numerous scientific studies have been conducted to investigate the extract's beneficial properties. The reported benefits of olive leaf extract range from promoting increased energy and healthy blood pressure, to supporting the cardiovascular system and the immune system. Read more

9 March 2013

Medicinal Herbs and Spices

Herbs and spices not only contain many phytonutrients but have amazing medicinal and health giving properties. Many have been used for thousands of years to cure adverse human conditions, infections and disease without the serious side effects that modern day drugs provide because they work with the body naturally as nature intended. Read more

Human Lice, Scabies, Chiggers, Bedbugs

Lice infestation on the human body (also known as pediculosis) is very common. Cases number in the hundreds of millions worldwide. While body lice can occasionally cause significant illness (typhus, relapsing fever and trench fever), a lice infestation is generally more of an itchy and embarrassing experience than a serious medical problem. There are many types of lice infections and each is caused by a unique parasite. Read more

Tamanu oil

Tamanu Oil can be used effectively to treat a range of infections including ring worm, scabies, athlete’s foot, itching and dermaphytosis of the scalp or beard and infected wounds and burns (due to the anti-bacterial presence of Canophyllol and the antibiotic presence of lactone), acne, acne scars, scarring generally, stretch marks, diabetic sores, psoriasis, sunburn, blisters, abrasions, burns, cuts, eczema, herpes sores, insect bites and stings, dermatitis, chemical burns, skin grafts, post surgical wounds, vaginitis, chilblains, fissures, dry or scaly skin, the reduction or complete removal of  age spots, warts, allergies, skin ulcers and the treatment of severe skin conditions, including gangrenous leg ulcers. Read more

8 March 2013

Basil (ocimum basilicum)

Has a balancing effect on the nervous system and hormones. A basil tea is good for lowering blood sugar levels and blood pressure, relieves indigestion, flu, kidney and bladder disorders, headaches, migraines, indigestion, flatulence, cramps, nausea, vomiting, constipation, nervous conditions, colds, coughs, fever, congestion. Can clear and relieve lung problems, abdominal distension, difficult urination, absorption, memory problems, nasal congestion, arthritis, rheumatism and joint pain as it is analgesic and anti-inflammatory. Read more

Cocoa beans

Cocoa beans contain a large amount of antioxidant flavonoids. Cocoa keeps high blood pressure down and reduce the blood's ability to clot, reducing the risk of stroke and heart attacks. The darker chocolate with the most concentrated cocoa will be the most beneficial. According to an Italian study, a small square (20g) of dark (bittersweet) chocolate every three days is the ideal dose for cardiovascular benefits. Eating more does not provide additional benefits.

Among the Kuna people of Panama, who can drink up to 40 cups of cocoa (which contains epicatechins) per week, rates of stroke, heart disease, cancer and diabetes are less than 10%. The Kuna also live longer than other Panama inhabitants and do not develop dementia or high blood pressure. Read more

Vanilla (vanilla planifolia)

Pleasantly fragrant rich vanilla beans are the pods or fruits obtained from a tropical climbing orchid. Mayans used them to flavour chocolate drink centuries before Spanish first set their foot in Mexico in 1520. The chief chemical component in the beans is vanillin. They also include numerous traces of other constituents such as eugenol, caproic acid, phenoles, phenol ether, alcohols, carbonyl compounds, acids, ester, lactones, aliphatic and aromatic carbohydrates and vitispiranes. They contain small amounts of vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B3 (niacin), vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), and vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) and small traces of  calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium and zinc.

Tannins (tannic acid)

Are water-soluble polyphenols that are present in many plant foods These chemicals can affect the nutritional value of foods or beverages because they bind to proteins. While generally safe for humans, in animals, tannins can impair the digestibility of food. Tannins can contribute an astringent taste to the foods in which they are found, but also play a role in the pigment of flowers and leaves. They are known to possess anti-infective, anti-inflammatory, and anti-hemorrhagic (prevent easy bleeding tendencies) properties. Read more

Anaemia

Anaemia, which means "lacking in blood" is among the most common diseases affecting human beings. It denotes a shortage of rich red blood cells and colouring matter and usually results from consumption of refined foods. Read more

7 March 2013

Organ meats (liver, kidney, heart, sweetbreads, tongue, tripe)

Organ meats are highly nutritious, cheaper than normal cuts of meat with plenty of Coenzyme Q10 which is vital for brain and heart functioning and is severely lacking in anyone taking medications such as beta blockers, blood sugar lowering drugs (such as metformin) and cholesterol lowering medications (such as statins and lipator). These all affect the body's levels of CoQ10. Being an excellent source of iron too, organ meats can help prevent anaemia and blood disorders. Read more

Winged Beans (psophocarpus tetragonolobus, goa bean, asparagus pea, four-angled bean, princess pea, winged pea)

The Asian winged bean is known as ''a supermarket on a stalk'' because it combines the desirable characteristics of the green bean, garden pea, spinach, mushroom, soybean, bean sprout and potato. Save for the stalk, virtually the entire plant is fit for human consumption, from flowers and leaves to tuberous roots and seeds. The winged bean seed rivals the soybean in quantity and quality of its protein. Studies have shown that like many other legumes, when combined with corn it has the protein value of milk. The amazing versatility of the winged bean plus its very high nutritional value and powerful medicinal properties in fighting MRSA, cancer, prostatitis, HIV and tuberculosis were discovered in the western world in 2007. Read more

6 March 2013

Sea Bass

Sea bass can help to prevent heart disease and lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Sea bass is a good source of vitamins A and D, which work to help the body fight free radical damage, maintain healthy vision and boost immunity. There are 152 calories in a fillet of sea bass plus 24g of protein, 13mg calcium, 54mg magnesium, 250mg phosphorous, 323mg potassium, 48g selenium, 482mg sodium, 5mg zinc, 867mg omega 3, 31 mg of omega 6, vitamin A, vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B3,(niacin), vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), vitamin B9 (foliate), vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin) and vitamin D.

Andrographis (Indian echinacea)

Is an  immune stimulant, aperients and anti-parasitic, tonic, antibiotic and anti-viral herb used for treating hepatitis B, HIV, flatulence, healing and preventing gastric acidity, bowel complaints, colds, flu, sinusitis, tonsillitis, familial Mediterranean fever and upper respiratory tract infections. It also inhibits the body's inflammatory mechanism and has anti-microbial abilities and is instrumental in killing certain tumour cells. Andrographis can also help to stop the clumping of blood platelets which is the clotting process that can lead to heart attacks.

NOTE: Pregnant women or those trying to conceive should avoid Andrographis. Safety during lactation is not known. Andrographis may increase glucose metabolisation which could unduly enhance blood sugar lowering medication. Those taking anticoagulant agents such as warfarin or heparin, or with anti-platelet agents such as ibuprofen should also avoid the andrographis herb.

5 March 2013

Obesity

Obesity comes from eating the wrong types of foods. Counting calories is not the answer. Making sure that all vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients have been consumed when required is. Fibre is one of the most important natural foods which is lacking in modern diets. That along with too much sugar, salt and the wrong type of fats is the reason the western diet leads to obesity and ill health. Read more

4 March 2013

Caraway Seeds (carum carvi)

A member of parsley or Umbelliferae family that includes herbs and spices such as dill, anise, fennel, cumin, etc. 100g of caraway seeds provide 38g of fibre which binds to toxins in the food and helps protect the colon mucus membrane from cancers and bind to bile salts (produced from cholesterol) decreasing their re-absorption in colon which helps to lower LDL cholesterol levels. Read more

3 March 2013

Holy Basil (tulsi, tulasī, ocimum tenuiflorum)

Holy basil has many medicinal properties. The leaves are a nerve tonic and also sharpen memory. They promote the removal of the catarrhal matter and phlegm from the bronchial tube. The leaves strengthen the stomach and induce copious perspiration. The seed of the plant are mucilaginous.

The leaves of holy basil are specific for many fevers. During the rainy season, when malaria and dengue fever are widely prevalent, tender leaves, boiled with tea, act as preventive against theses diseases. In case of acute fevers, a decoction of the leaves boiled with powdered cardamom in half a litre of water and mixed with honey and milk brings down the temperature. Read more

Alum Root (cranesbill root, spotted cranes bill, wild geranium, crowfoot, dovefoot, american keno root)

Alum root is a strong astringent used to stop the bleeding of cuts, superficial abrasions and ulcers on the lips. It is used in dilute form as a mouthwash or gargle and has been effective for mouth and throat ulcers. Internally, it is useful as a tea or in capsules to help ease malaria symptoms, diarrhoea, for loose bowels and for excessive mucus in the urinary tract accompanied by frequent urination. A decoction can be made of grated alum root simmered in a litre of water until the liquid has halved, strain then drink when cooled.

Caution: Alum root can cause gastrointestinal irritation if taken in large amounts.

2 March 2013

Pine Nuts

Small edible seeds of pine trees such as pinus sibirica and pinus koraiensis. They are high in calories 100g provides 673 calories. Pine nuts contain the essential fatty acid pinolenic acid useful in weight loss by curbing the appetite. Pinolenic acid triggers the release of hunger-suppressant enzymes cholecystokinin and glucagon like peptide-1 and has LDL lowering properties by enhancing hepatic LDL uptake. They also provide oleic acid that helps to lower LDL cholesterol and increases HDL cholesterol.

Pine nuts are an excellent source of vitamin E; contain about 9.33 mg per 100g (62% of RDA), free from gluten, an excellent source of B-complex group of vitamins such as
vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B3 (niacin), vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), vitamin B9 (foliate), calcium, iron, zinc, potassium, magnesium, selenium and one of the richest sources of manganese which helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful oxygen-free radicals.

Nitric oxide

Increases the flow of blood to the heart and inhibits the process of atherosclerosis (build-up of plaque on the walls of the arteries). The body produces the majority of nitric oxide in the skin cells lining the walls of the blood vessels. The nitric oxide gas stimulates blood vessels to dilate, prevents fats and cholesterol from depositing on blood vessel walls and inhibits the aggregation of platelets within vessels and reduces the risk of heart disease. Nitric oxide, working in tandem with arginine, is very effective in the treatment of colds, dementia, high blood pressure, heart disease, erectile dysfunction and impotence by enhancing the capacity to dilate blood vessels and increase the flow of blood. Read more

1 March 2013

Mushrooms  

Boosts the immune system by stimulating white blood cells. Has certain anti-cancer properties. Prevents blood clots by thinning the blood. (vitamin K, vitamin B9 (folic acid), lentinan, d-fraction, biotin). Mushrooms are part of the fungi kingdom. Medicinal mushrooms primarily belong to the fungi phylum basidiomycetes. In general, mushrooms are low in fat and calories and high in carbohydrates and protein. They also contain vitamins B1 thiamine, B2 riboflavin, B3 niacin, b7 biotin, vitamin C, phosphorus and potassium. Read more

Buckwheat

Is a fruit seed that is related to rhubarb and sorrel making it a suitable substitute for grains for people who are sensitive to wheat or other grains that contain protein glutens. Buckwheat flowers are very fragrant and are attractive to bees that use them to produce a special, strongly flavoured, dark honey. Buckwheat makes an ideal alternative to rice and can be made into porridge.

Is a good source of high quality protein, fibre, omega 6 fatty acids, alanine, arginine, aspartate, cystine, glutomate, glycine, histidin, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, proline, serine, threonine, tryptophan, tyrosine, valine, choline, lutein and zeaxanthin, lysine. oleic acid, rutin, quercitin, copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium and zinc. Also contains vitamin P, vitamin K, vitamin E and the B vitamins apart from vitamin B12.

Beetroot

Are extremely important in curing anaemia. Beetroot juice contains potassium, phosphorous, calcium, sulphur, iodine, iron, copper, carbohydrates, protein, fibre, fat, anthocyanidins, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B6 (niacin), vitamin B9 (folic acid), vitamin C and vitamin P (citrin bioflavonoid). With its high iron content, beet juice regenerates and reactivates the red blood cells, supplies the body with fresh oxygen and helps the normal function of vesicular breathing.

Also helps prevent spina bifida in babies when taken in pregnancy. Reduces the risks of heart disease. Helps control cholesterol levels. Useful refuelling food for tired muscles.

Vitamin P (citrin bioflavonoid)

A water-soluble vitamin, found as a crystalline substance especially in citrus juices, that functions as a bioflavonoid in promoting capillary resistance to haemorrhaging. The term bioflavonoids refers to many different ingredients and include hesperin, hesperidin, eriodictyol, quercetin, quercertrin, rutin, etc. This nutrient can not be manufactured by the body and must be supplied in the diet.

Bioflavonoids are vital in their ability to increase the strength of the capillaries (blood vessels) and to regulate their permeability. They assist vitamin C in keeping collagen, the intercellular "cement" in healthy condition; are essential for the proper absorption and use of vitamin C; prevents vitamin C from being destroyed in the body by oxidation; beneficial in hypertension; help haemorrhages and ruptures in the capillaries and connective tissues and build a protective barrier against infections. Quercetin is a very highly concentrated form of bioflavonoids derived from citrus fruits. Read more

Diabetes and Chromium

Chromium may help people with diabetes control blood sugar levels. People with diabetes either do not produce enough insulin, a hormone needed to change sugar, starches and other food into energy, or cannot use the insulin that their bodies make. Chromium may lower blood sugar levels as well, improving glucose tolerance and reducing the amount of insulin needed. Because brewer's yeast is a rich source of chromium, scientists think it may help treat high blood sugar.

Deficiency of chromium could result in glucose intolerance (diabetes) which is on the rise. This deficiency could be caused by the soil levels of chromium which has been leached out due to modern day farming techniques and the widespread consumption of refined and processed foods, which are typically low in chromium. Eating more chromium rich foods could reverse glucose intolerance in a significant number of "at risk" individuals. Natural sources of chromium are: brewer's yeast, eggs, calf's liver, lentils, oats, onions, potatoes, rye, fresh green chilli peppers (fresh green), spices, tomatoes, whole grains

28 February 2013

Protein

Proteins are large, complex molecules that play many critical roles in the body. They do most of the work in cells and are required for the structure, function, and regulation of the body’s tissues and organs. They are made up of hundreds or thousands of smaller units called amino acids, which are attached to one another in long chains. Read more

Kidney failure

Kidney or renal failure occurs when the kidneys are unable to remove wastes from the blood and typically occurs as a chronic disease that progresses slowly over time. Individuals with end-stage chronic kidney disease have complete failure and require dialysis treatments to cleanse the body. Causes of this disease include hypertension (high blood pressure), diabetes and hereditary causes. Kidney failure requires a stringent diet to prevent or slow further damage to the kidneys and waste accumulation in the body. This diet controls electrolytes such as sodium and phosphorus intake and limits protein containing foods. Read more

27 February 2013

Chestnuts

Are low in calories and contain less fat than other nuts. they are rich in minerals, vitamins and phytonutrients that benefit health. They are chiefly made of starch when compared to other seeds and nuts, which are high in calorie, protein, and fat. Their nutrition composition is almost similar to that of other staple starch foods such as sweet potato, sweet corn, potatoes and plantain, but they are still good sources of minerals, vitamins and some good quality protein. Read more

Tree Turmeric (berberis aristata)

A Himalayan herb found between 200-3000 m height. Contains vitamin C, tannins and pectin, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium and iron and as the name suggests, tree turmeric, has all of the same qualities of normal turmeric. Tree turmeric has been used in medicines for centuries and has a multitude of benefits. Read more

26 February 2013

Huang Lian (coptis chinensis)

A Chinese medicinal herb. Berberine is a major active component of this herb Huang-lian which has been used in China to treat what is now identified as type 2 diabetes for thousands of years. In 2008 it was found that the natural plant alkaloid berberine is just as effective and much safer than metformin, the patent medicine most commonly now prescribed to help re-regulate blood sugar in type 2 diabetes.

It contains ingredients that slow the growth of cancer cells making it an effective treatment for tumours. It is also used to cure digestive dysfunction, bad breath, putrid odour upon belching, toothache, insomnia, diarrhoea and dysentery.

It is also used externally to treat toxic sores, eczema, burns, painful red eyes, sore throat, ear infections, boils and carbuncles.

Monk Fish

A large, bottom-dwelling fish found in the coastal Atlantic region. Monkfish is a low-fat, low-calorie source of selenium, but is lower in omega-3 fatty acids than other fish. Monkfish is relatively low in mercury. Monkfish are typically sold as tails, livers or whole gutted fish. The firm, boneless white tail meat is called “poor man’s lobster” for its suggested flavour. Livers are eaten as sushi (ankimo) and most are exported to Asia for Japanese cuisine. Read more

Butternut Squash

A large pear shaped golden-yellow pumpkin fruit. Botanically, the vegetable belongs to the Cucurbitaceae family of field pumpkins. It can be steamed and used similar to root vegetables as well as in sweet desserts. It has more vitamin A than that in pumpkin and most other vegetables in the curbitaceae family providing about 354% of RDA. Vitamin A is a powerful natural anti-oxidant and is required by the body for maintaining the integrity of skin and mucus membranes. It is also an essential vitamin for good eye-sight and can protect against lung and oral cavity cancers. Besides that it also contains high amounts of many phytonutrients and minerals as does its seeds. Read more

Teff Grain (eragrostis tef)

Believed to have originated in Ethiopia between 4000 and 1000BC. The grain can be used by celiacs (the gluten in teff does not contain the a-gliadin-fraction that causes a reaction in those with celiac disease) and has a high concentration of protein, carbohydrates, fibre, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, aluminium, iron, copper, zinc, boron and barium, vitamin B1 (thiamine), It is considered to have an excellent amino acid composition, including all 12 essential amino acids for humans, and is higher in lysine than wheat or barley.

It helps the body absorb calcium and decreases the amount of calcium that is lost in urine. If teff is fed to children with foods rich in the amino acid L-arginine, it can increase collagen production and boost the activity of bone-building cells helping to prevent osteoporosis in later life. It can also prevent recurring outbreaks of cold sores from the herpes simplex virus, genital herpes and shingles.

Barium

There are no known benefits of barium for life processes in plants and animals although it does act to stimulate the metabolism. Barium is ubiquitous in soils, being found at concentrations ranging from 100-3000 µg/g An average soil concentration of 500 mg/kg. Due to its abundance in soils, barium may be present in the air in areas with high natural dust levels. Barium can be transported into ground-water aquifers through the leaching and eroding of barium from sedimentary rocks. The level of barium present in the ground water is related to the hardness of the water, since barium is always present with calcium. Read more

Aluminium

As yet a purpose for aluminium in the body is unknown. While aluminium is abundant in the environment, the naturally occurring forms are stable and do not interact with the biological processes which go on in living organisms. Under very acidic conditions, however, aluminium can be released from rocks and soils in a soluble form which can be absorbed by plants and animals. Some plants naturally accumulate relatively high amounts of aluminium compounds in their leaves, from the soil in which they grow. Tea, for example, has high aluminium content. Read more

Sodium Aluminium Phosphate

Aluminium is used as an emulsifier and anti caking agent food additive in processed cheese, potassium alum is used to whiten flour and sodium silico aluminate and/or aluminium calcium silicate are added to common table salt to help it run freely and not cake. In the average diet, 40-50mg. a day may come from foods. Heavy consumption of aluminium can lead to neurological disorders like Alzheimer's disease and other brain and senility syndromes. Fluoride helps aluminium cross the blood brain barrier. Regular use of aluminium-containing deodorants can contribute to the clogging of underarm lymphatics and then to breast problems such as cystic disease and tumours.

Steroids

Common adverse nutritional effects caused by steroid therapy include stomach irritation, water retention (edema), weight gain, high blood sugar, sodium retention and impaired absorption of vitamin D, calcium, potassium and magnesium which affects levels of vitamin B2, vitamin C and zinc.

In people who have diabetes steroids, including cortisone, can elevate the blood sugar. Steroid agents elevate blood sugar by triggering the breakdown of protein and fat, which leads to increased availability of molecules used to make glucose, including amino acids and glycerol. Persistently high blood sugar associated with prolonged steroid use is a risk for dehydration, recurrent infections, heart disease and in some cases increases the risk of developing type II diabetes. 

Steroids are very powerful hormones that can be extremely dangerous. They are used to stop rejection of transplanted organs, to reduce inflammation and pain in bones and joints, by body builders to increase muscle size and topically for skin irritations and rashes. Read more

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25 February 2013

Antibiotics

Antibiotics can disrupt the natural bacteria flora in the digestive system, killing “good” bacteria, including Lactobacillus acidophilus (L. acidophilus) and Bifidobacterium bifidum (B. bifidum). These are probiotics or bacteria that normally live in and on the human body, concentrated mostly in the digestive and genital/urinary systems. Vitamin K is made by friendly intestinal bacteria and is required for proper blood clotting. Deficiency is rare, but when it occurs, life threatening bleeding can occur from the smallest injury. It also plays a part in osteoporosis prevention. Read more

Bipolar Medication

Lithium carbonate, used for treating bipolar illness, depletes vitamin B9 (folic acid) and inositol
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Whole Grains

Cereal grains that contain cereal germ, endosperm and bran, in contrast to refined grains, which retain only the endosperm and far less nutrients. Whole grains are an essential daily dietary requirement due to the fibre and nutritional content which allows absorption and manufacture of nutrients in the intestines by feeding the friendly bacteria in the gut. Whole grains also aid digestion and expulsion of waste materials. They are quite often lacking in the modern day diet which is likely the cause of many illnesses and diseases.
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Quinoa

Is native to South America. The pre-Columbian Incas saw it as a sacred food, calling it chisaya mama (mother grain). They planted the first seeds of the season in religious ceremonies using golden tools. Depriving the people of quinoa was one of the means the Spanish used to conquer the Incas. In recent years, people who value nutrition have begun to appreciate the wisdom of the Incas in esteeming this food which offers a host of health benefits. It is high in fibre and many essential nutrients such as magnesium, and many other minerals and Coenzyme Q10 which can be lacking in today's diets especially due to the upsurge of people taking medications which deplete these nutrients and soil depletion of minerals due to modern farming techniques.  Read more

Halibut

This is one of the most nutrient dense foods and a very good source of high quality protein. A 100g serving or about 3.5oz of dry cooked halibut contains 111 calories. A 100g serving of cooked halibut contains 23g of protein. One serving of each meets nearly 50% RDA.

A serving of halibut meets more than 50 percent RDA of vitamin D and tryptophan 106.2%, protein 60.5%, omega-3 fats 25.8%, vitamin B3 40.4%, vitamin B6 22.5%, vitamin B12 25.8%, 0.2mg of iron, magnesium 30.3%, phosphorus 32.3%, potassium 18.6%, selenium 75.8%.

Halibut helps to prevent and control high blood pressure, protects against fatal heart arrhythmia and can control triglycerides levels in the blood. Because it contains a healthy amount of magnesium, potassium, selenium, vitamin D and vitamins B6 and B12 it is a vital food to be eaten by people taking certain medications including diuretics, cholesterol lowering medications and diabetics. See the Drugs page

Blood Sugar Levelling Drugs

Oral Hypoglycaemic; Metformin (Glucophage, Glucophage XR and Glucovance) enhances the action of insulin in cases of insulin resistance, allowing glucose to enter the cells. This reduces elevated blood sugar. Diabetics on metformin have 50% less vitamin B12 levels than people not taking metformin. The longer the drug had been used and the higher the dose, the greater the drop in vitamin B12.
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Cholesterol Lowering Drugs

Statin drugs are the most widely prescribed medicines for lowering cholesterol. In fact, Lipitor(atorvastatin) is the best-selling drug on the planet. However, physicians need to address a serious risk. Statins deplete the body of CoenzymeQ10
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Diuretics

Anti-Hypertensives, Thiazide-type diuretics deplete magnesium, sodium, potassium and zinc

Loop diuretics deplete potassium, magnesium, calcium, zinc, B1 (thiamine), B6 (pyridoxine) and C (ascorbic acid)

Furosemide causes thiamine deficiency in 98 percent of patients with congestive heart failure and increases excretion of vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and vitamin B6 (pyridoxine).
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Antacids

Acid Blockers; antacids, histamine-2 receptor antagonists (H2 blockers) and proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs) are commonly prescribed for treating heartburn, gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) and peptic ulcers. High doses of PPIs, used for a year or more, could make people 2.5 more times susceptible to hip fracture. The longer these drugs are used, the higher the fracture risk. This heightened risk of osteoporosis is due to the drastic drop in calcium and vitamin D absorption that occurs with these drugs. The drugs themselves may hamper the body’s ability to build new bone. For anyone taking acid-reducing medication.
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24 February 2013

Boron

Chemical element with the symbol "B", atom number 5 and atom mass 10.81 g/mole. Studies show that boron must be added to the list with essential minerals. Boron is responsible for keeping the calcium levels in the body the balanced and also involved in the metabolism of calcium, magnesium and phosphor. It is responsible for the structure and maintenance of strong bones reducing the chance of developing arthritis and osteoporosis and can raise the testosterone levels in men and help to build up muscles. It is beneficial for regulating hormones, reducing symptoms of menopause and psoriasis, preventing blood clots and has antibacterial and antifungal properties. Read more

23 February 2013

Dangerous Drugs

With the astronomical toxicity levels in the human body today, allergies, infections, disease and the number of antibiotic resistant superbugs rising fast, it makes sense to switch to a diet of natural foods which can act as medicines and will have no adverse side effects. Many plants and herbs contain natural antibacterial, antifungal, antivirus and anti-parasitic components. No drugs can boast the same principle. Most drugs cause adverse reactions and some can lead to nutrient deficiency, chronic infections and other debilitating conditions. Read more

Urinary System

The urinary system (renal system) is a group of organs that work together to produce, store, and release urine. Urine is the liquid waste material excreted from the body. The organs that work together in this system include the kidneys, bladder, ureters and urethra. It is also known as the urinary or the excretory system. Read more

Yarrow

(achillea millefolium, soldier’s woundwort) is native to Europe and naturalized to the temperate regions of North America as well as other temperate regions. Yarrow plants have been used for the treatment of external skin wounds for since as far back as at least the ancient Greeks. Achillea actually refers to the ancient hero Achilles, who is said to have used yarrow for himself and his soldiers. Millefolium, on the other hand, means "of a thousand leaves" - this refers to the fine, delicate and feathery leaves of the plant. Because yarrow is antibiotic, diuretic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent and sedative it has a multitude of medicinal uses. Read more

Chives

Belong to the onion family and contain more than 80% water. They are fairly high in protein and carbohydrate content, rich in potassium, calcium, phosphorus and sulphur. They are stimulating to the digestive system, valuable as a blood cleanser and exercise a strong diuretic action.

NOTE Drinking beer should be avoided if consuming chives because beer has a very strong disintegrating effect on the kidneys and  may cause undue discomfort.

22 February 2013

Pulmonary Edema

When the heart is not working correctly, pulmonary edema is likely to occur. The main job of the heart is to take pure oxygenated blood from the lungs that enters through the pulmonary veins. It is then delivered to various parts of the body through a large artery known as aorta. In some cases, the heart becomes ineffective in delivering sufficient blood to different organs. Poor functioning of the heart causes the blood in the pulmonary veins to back up. The blood moving in the opposite direction puts excessive strain on these veins. Due to this excessive pressure, the veins start leaking. As these veins pass through the lungs, the fluid that comes out, finds its way into the alveoli. This fluid disrupts the normal flow of oxygen through the lungs leading to shortness of breath. People suffering from congestive heart failure, defective heart valves, cardiomyopathy or those with a history of heart attacks may also eventually develop pulmonary edema. Read more and see all the foods to avoid and eat for this condition

Corneal Graftscornea donation

A corneal graft is a transplant operation on the eye, involving removal of the central part of the cornea (the clear front window of the eye) and its replacement with a cornea from a donor. Although the operation itself is often reasonably straightforward, the recovery period often takes a long time. This is usually done under a full (general) anaesthetic although if your general health is poor it may be possible to use local anaesthetic. It takes between one and two hours. During the operation the surgeon removes a circular piece of your cornea and replaces it with a similarly sized piece of the donor's cornea, which is stitched into place. In some cases other procedures, such as cataract extraction, may be done in combination with the corneal graft. These may increase the duration of the operation. Read more


21 February 2013

Toxic Chemicals

It is only coming to light now, after decades of constant exposure for millions of people to deadly toxins, which are inhaled, ingested or absorbed through the skin, that human health is seriously affected by them. Toxins can be stored and build up in the body in various locations causing misery and debilitating conditions and diseases such as allergies, skin rashes, digestion problems, asthma, liver, pancreas, kidney, glandular and respiratory disorders and failures, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and heart disease  and the deadly tumours of cancer. Pockets of these toxins travel through the human body and collect anywhere in the soft fatty tissues, glands, the liver, kidneys, brain and other organs. Read more

21 February 2013

Diabetes  

Diabetes (diabetes mellitus) is a group of metabolic diseases in which a person has high blood sugar, either because the pancreas does not produce enough insulin, or because cells do not respond to the insulin that is produced. This high blood sugar produces the classical symptoms of polyuria (frequent urination), polydipsia (increased thirst) and polyphagia (increased hunger)
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Electrolytes

Electrolytes are the smallest of chemicals that are important for the cells in the body to function and allow the body to work. Electrolytes such as sodium, potassium, and others are critical in allowing cells to generate energy, maintain the stability of their walls, and to function in general. They generate electricity, contract muscles, move water and fluids within the body, and participate in myriad other activities. Read more

Trans Fatty Acids

 

These can be found in many fat sources although its prevalence is very low. Bovine (cows, steer, oxen, etc) food sources are probably the greatest natural contributors of trans fatty acids to the human diet. Beef, butter and milk triglycerides may contain 2 to 8 percent of their fatty acids as trans fatty acids. Cattle are not solely responsible for generating this trans fatty acid content. It is actually the bacteria in their unique stomachs that produce the trans fatty acid. These fatty acids are then absorbed by the cow and make their way into the tissues and milk of these animals.

 

In addition, trans fatty acids can be created during the processing of oils (i.e. margarine and other hydrogenated oils) and as cooking oils which are used over long periods for cooking, such as in restaurants and fast food outlets. In more recent decades, more than half of the trans fatty acids in the human diet were derived from processed oils either consumed plain or used in recipes (e.g. fried foods, baked snack foods). Biscuits, crisp, crackers and other snack foods that use hydrogenated vegetable oil may contain up to 9-10 percent of their fatty acids as trans fatty acids which is linked to the  increased risk of heart disease.

Poppy Seeds

Poppy seeds (papaver somniferum) are obtained from the dry fruits (pods) of the poppy plant and entirely free from the opium. The opium alkaloids are synthesised, stored and metabolised in the latex of the poppy plant which permeates all parts of the plant, except the seeds. The poppy is a biennial herb of East Mediterranean, and Asia Minor origin belonging to the Papaveraceae family of the genus: Papaver. Poppy seeds are mostly found in India, China and Afghanistan.

The seeds are excellent source of B vitamins B1 thiamine, B2 riboflavin, B3 niacin, B5 pantothenic acid, B6 pyridoxine and B9 folic acid. Poppy seeds also contain good levels the minerals iron, copper, calcium, potassium, manganese, zinc and magnesium. The oleic acid in poppy seeds acts as anti breast cancer agent by blocking a cancer causing oncogene and may obstruct the progression of Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD).

Poppy seeds can help in the production of red blood cells, regulate growth and development, sperm generation, digestion and nucleic acid synthesis, help to control heart rate and blood pressure, relieve constipation, soothe nervous irritability, cure ear and tooth aches, reduce bone loss associated with osteoporosis, porosis and improve skin conditions such as eczema.
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20 February 2013

Hygiene and Health

With the price of fuel and transported goods, toxicity levels in the human body, allergies, infections, disease and the number of antibiotic resistant superbugs rising fast, it makes sense to switch to using inexpensive natural herbs, that can be grown in the garden or in pots on patios and indoors, to create a safe and clean environment in the home.

Many plants and herbs contain natural antibacterial, antifungal (yeasts and mould), antivirus and anti-parasitic components which provide all the cleaning power that is needed both inside the human body and in the home. They do not cause allergic reactions because they can be ingested and only small proportions of the components they possess are needed for them to do the job. Extracts or concentrates of these special properties are not only unnecessary but can cause serious health issues.

No chemical cleaners can boast the same principle. In fact all chemical cleaners can cause adverse reactions if it comes into contact with the skin or eyes and can be fatal if ingested.

Spreading these toxic substances on the human body or around the home (especially when it concerns children, the elderly and sick) is asking for serious health problems which can lead to allergy, lack of absorption and manufacture of vital phytonutrients in the body, infection, disease and, ultimately, an early death. Read more and find out how to make herbal cleaning solutions and polish.

19 February 2013

MRSA, Boils & Bacterial Infections

(methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus) is used to describe the infection that over use and misuse of antibiotics has created. The staphylococcus aureus bacteria has mutated and become resistant to these antibiotics. MRSA causes an estimated 2,000 deaths in UK hospitals each year.

It is not just the staphylococcus aureus bacteria which has become resistant to antibiotics, the bacteria neisseria gonorrhoea, which causes the highly prevalent sexually transmitted disease gonorrhoea, has now become resistant to all but one antibiotic which is of grave concern.

Staphylococcus aureus can be passed on to others through basic contact with any shared household surfaces including towels, bed linen and clothes because the bacteria can reside outside of the body for long periods of time and withstand high temperatures and high salt environments which makes it a particular concern and difficult to eliminate. Read more

Molybdenum

Molybdenum is an element that is present in very small amounts in the body. It is involved in many important biological processes including development of the nervous system, waste processing in the kidneys and energy production in cells. It acts as co-factor to a number of important enzymes needed for nutrition, fertility and immunity.

Molybdenum helps the body manufacture enzymes, such as the ones needed for the use of the energy from the fats and carbohydrates, as well as helping the body make use of the iron ingested which sustains mental alertness and is essential for blood sugar balance.

Although molybdenum is an essential element in human nutrition its precise function and interactions with other chemicals in the body are not yet well understood. Some evidence suggests that too little molybdenum in the diet may be responsible for some health problems such as Wilson's disease in which the body cannot process copper.

Eating foods containing molybdenum can help to relieve a number of conditions such as allergies, asthma, concentration problems, diabetes, impotency, infertility, kidney malfunction, gout, dental cavities, tooth decay and Wilsons disease (where the body cannot process copper). Diabetics and people with low blood sugar should consume antioxidant foods that contain chromium, vanadium and molybdenum. Read more

Pepper Corns

An excellent remedy one can take at the first sign of most diseases. Yogis consider pepper to be one of nature's most perfect foods and useful not only to cure disease but also as a preventive, taking a dose of seven peppercorns, ground, and mixed with honey each morning.  The mixture of pepper and honey is useful to overcome cold mucous diseases and sore throats. When treating acute diseases, it may be used three to four times a day. Read more

18 February 2013

Parasites and Worms

Worms and other intestinal parasites which infest human beings are found in all countries of the world even in the UK. However, they are more common in tropical and subtropical areas and are widely prevalent during the rainy seasons. Children are more infested with these worms than adults.

There are several types of intestinal worms. The most common of these are roundworms, pinworms, threadworms, hookworms, tapeworms and giardia.
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Amino Acids - Vitamins - Phytonutrients

Plant foods contain thousands of natural chemicals. These are called phytonutrients or phytochemicals. "Phyto" is the Greek word for plant.

These chemicals help protect plants from germs, fungi, bugs, and other threats.

Phytonutrients assist with making vitamins, prevent illness, infections and disease and keep the body working properly. More than 25,000 phytonutrients are found in plant foods.

Whole grains, nuts, legumes, tea, vegetables, fruits, herbs and spices contain them. Read more

Gout

Gout is a disease usually caused by having too much uric acid in the body and the deposition of monosodium urate crystals in tissues. It is more common in men. Too much uric acid may not cause gout symptoms for years, but after a time it can cause painful joint inflammation.
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Cancer Cells

When cells duplicate they produce new cells with identical DNA. But every one in a million has a fault in the DNA makeup and is an abnormal cell. In a nutritionally balanced individual these abnormal cells are instructed on a molecular level to commit suicide and are dissolved. However, if certain phytochemicals are missing, this normal procedure does not take place and the abnormal cells begin to multiply and cause a mass of abnormal cells known as a tumour which can be benign or malignant. Read more

17 February 2013

Neurological Disorders - Anxiety, Stress, Depression, Insomnia and Concentration Problemsstress

The neurological disorders that cause anxiety, depression, insomnia and concentration problems can quite often be due to a deficiency in the diet. Stress can add to this, as can worry, grief, infection, disease, head injury or a fault in the genetic makeup. But in all situations a healthy body and brain which is fed the correct fuel it needs can relieve these conditions very quickly.

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Swede (rutabaga)

The word rutabaga has been derived from the Swedish word ‘rotabagge’ where ‘rota’ means ‘root’. Commonly known as Swede, Swedish turnip or yellow turnip, rutabaga is a member of the genus Brassica. 170g of swede contains 66 calories. It is a good source of fibre and omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. It has a high content of Vitamin C, vitamin B9 (foliate) calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium and choline. It also provides vitamin A (retinol), vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B3 (niacin), vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), Vitamin E, vitamin K, iron, sodium. Zinc, copper, manganese and selenium.

Regular consumption of rutabaga increases milk production capacity in lactating mothers. It also can increase and enhance stamina and digestion. Swede also helps in reducing wheezing in asthma patients, reduces the risk of cataract formation, supports the structure of capillaries, helps in decreasing stroke mortality, can lower high blood pressure and provides relief from constipation.

16 February 2013

Choline

Is essential not only for the brain development of foetuses and infants, but may help prevent memory loss associated with aging. Choline has been shown to protect the liver from certain types of damage, and can help reverse damage that has already occurred. Additionally, it may help lower cholesterol and homocysteine levels associated with cardiovascular disease, and may also help protect against some types of cancers.
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Inositol

Is one of the B vitamin co-factors. It assists the B vitamins to function more effectively.Inositol plays an important part in the health of cell membranes especially the specialised cells in the brain, bone marrow, eyes and intestines. Cell membranes are responsible for regulating the contents of the cells, to enable the cells to function correctly. It also promotes healthy hair and hair growth and helps in controlling estrogen levels.Inositol is needed for health at cellular level. A good concentration of inositol is found in the lens of the eye as well as the heart. Inositol is closely related to choline - in fact the two work together to make neurotransmitters and the fatty substances for cell membranes, as well as helping to metabolise and move out fats from the liver.

Deficiency can be caused by alcohol and coffee which block absorption of inositol. Antibiotics and many other drugs stop all B vitamins and vital co-factors like inositol from being absorbed.
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Methionine

Methionine is one of the essential amino acids needed for good health but cannot be produced in the body, and so must be provided through the diet. One of the important functions of methionine is its ability to be a supplier of sulphur and other compounds required by the body for normal metabolism and growth. Sulphur is a key element and vital to life. Without an adequate intake of sulphur, the body will not be able to make and utilize a number of antioxidant nutrients.

Methionine is a valuable nutritional compound that can treat depression, inflammation, liver diseases and certain muscle pains. It can also help to fight hepatitis and cirrhosis, alleviate of depression, has anti-inflammatory effects which can treat osteoarthritis and can reduce lymph rigidity and Parkinson’s disease.
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Rye

Is a cereal grain that looks like wheat but is longer and more slender and varies in colour from yellowish brown to grey/green. It is generally available in its whole or cracked grain form or as flour or flakes that look similar to old-fashioned oats. Because it is difficult to separate the germ and bran from the endosperm of rye, rye flour usually retains a large quantity of its extremely high nutritional value in contrast to refined wheat flour.
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Brewer's Yeast 

Is made from a one-celled fungus called Saccharomyces cerevisiae and is used to make beer, wine and bread. It tastes bitter and should not be confused with baker's yeast, nutritional yeast, or torula yeast. All those types of yeast are low in chromium.

Brewer's yeast is a good source of B-complex vitamins, chromium, and selenium. The B-complex vitamins in brewer's yeast include B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid), B6 (pyridoxine), and vitamin H or B7 (biotin) and B9 (folic acid). These vitamins help break down carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, which provide the body with energy. They also support the nervous system; help maintain the muscles used for digestion, and keep skin, hair, eyes, mouth, and liver healthy.

Brewer's yeast is a rich source of chromium which helps to treat high blood sugar in people with diabetes control blood sugar levels. Chromium helps lower blood sugar levels as well, improving glucose tolerance and reducing the amount of insulin needed. Chromium may help reduce body fat. Brewer's yeast is used as a protein supplement and energy booster, so it may help maintain a healthy weight. It also helps to lower LDL ("bad") cholesterol levels in the blood and raise HDL ("good") cholesterol levels, can reduce acne and the risk of a second skin cancer and helps to prevent colds and flu. Read more

Amino Acids - Vitamins - Phytonutrients

Many phytonutrients added

Collard Greens

A member of the brassica family. Collard leaves are very low in calories (30 cal per 100g) and contain no cholesterol but high amounts of soluble and insoluble dietary fibre, very high levels of high levels of vitamin K (426% per 100g) and vitamin A (222% RDA per 100g)

Collard greens have anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties, protects against flu like viral infections, maintain healthy mucus membranes, skin and eyes, increases the bone mass by promoting osteotrophic activity in the bone, helps to control LDL cholesterol levels and protects against haemorrhoids, constipation and cancers of the prostate, breast, cervical, colon, lungs, mouth, ovaries providing cancer cell growth inhibition and cytotoxic effects on cancer cells. They also limit neuronal damage in the brain of those suffering with Alzheimer's disease. The foliates in collard greens are important in DNA synthesis and when consumed during the preconception period can prevent neural tube defects in the baby. Read More

15 February 2013

Green Tea

Has powerful anti-cancer properties. Green tea is extremely effective in fighting prostate, oesophageal, stomach, brain, cervical and bladder and mouth cancers. It also reduces iron-accumulation in instances of neurodegenerative diseases like dementia, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, can activate the body’s defence system against TNF alpha proteins and TGF beta proteins which are involved in systemic inflammation, helps protect against some autoimmune diseases, including Sjögren's syndrome and is beneficial in the treatment of periapical periodontitis.

Externally, tea is useful for stopping bleeding, healing sores and as a mouthwash for ulcers. Read more

Melon (muskmelon, cantaloupe, honeydew melon)

A member in the large Cucurbitaceae family which include squash pumpkin, courgettes, cucumber and gourd and like its relatives, melons grow on the ground surface as a trailing vine and they require honeybees for effective pollination. Melons are thought to have originated from India or ancient Persia or Africa.

Melons can help develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful oxygen-free radicals good vision, maintain healthy mucus membranes and skin, protect against lung, oral cavity colon, prostate, breast, endometrial, lung, and pancreatic cancers, protect eyes from age related macular degeneration disease in the elderly, help control heart rate and blood pressure offering protection against stroke and coronary heart diseases. Read more

Yohimbine

Derived from the bark of a West African evergreen tree. Yohimbine dilates the blood vessels and can lower blood pressure, helps with an erection and erectile dysfunction. Yohimbe extracts are powerful antioxidants that can prevent heart attacks, act as a stimulant and an anti-depressant and an aid to weight loss.

Too much yohimbine can lower the blood pressure to far and cause dizziness, facial flushing and nausea. Yohimbine and yohimbe bark may also increase heart rate and raise blood pressure. There are potential interactions between yohimbe and drugs and herbs. Some of these combinations may be dangerous. Read more

14 February 2013

Mango

Originated about 4000 years ago in the sub-Himalayan plains, are a close relative of cashew and pistachio and today, are grown in India (known as safeda), South America and the Caribbean. There are over 1,000 different varieties of mangos.

Mango prevents cancer especially colon, breast, leukaemia and prostate cancers, lowers LDL cholesterol, promotes good eyesight and prevents night blindness and dry eyes, improves the sex drive, maintains the alkali reserve of the body, improves digestion of protein, boosts the immune system, helps production of red blood cells and prevents heart disease, treats heatstroke and relieves skin conditions.

Mango leaves help normalize insulin levels in the blood preventing diabetes.  The traditional home remedy involves boiling leaves in water, soaking through the night and then consuming the filtered decoction in the morning. Mango fruit also have a relatively low glycaemic index of 41-60. Read More

Tea

It is no wonder the British are a nation of great tea drinkers like the Chinese. Tea is a highly beneficial, medicinal and nutritious alternative to coffee that, sadly, has so many dangerous side effects and very little nutritional benefit due to the coffee bean roasting process and the pesticides used in growing them. Tea leaves are simply dried so they do not lose their essential nutrients.

In moderation, tea is a useful nervous-system stimulant and can reduce mental and physical stress and producing feelings of relaxation plus improve cognition and mood. It regulates breathing, digestion and circulation and is useful for diarrhoea, sinusitis, flu, herpes, and teeth cavities. It an also reduce the risk of strokes, stabilizes the heart, calms the nerves, regulates the heart beat, regulates bodily fluids and prevents dehydration, good for water retention sufferers, promotes healthy eyes and skin, aids in building bones and healing wounds, inhibits the growth of many pre-cancerous tumours, can lower LDL cholesterol and increase the blood levels of HDL (good cholesterol). Tea can also help to maintain precise communication between the central nervous system and the brain. These are also the nutrients found in tea that helps speed up the body’s metabolism through the break down of fat, help in the prevention of heart disease, lowers the risk of strokes in the elderly and helps in the prevention of kidney failure. Black and green maintains steady blood sugar levels so is good for those suffering with Type II diabetes. Also persons suffering from water retention (enema) may benefit greatly from drinking tea and should eat a banana or two per day as well. Drinking 3 cups a day can also lower the blood pressure. Read more

Chromium and Diabetes

Chromium is a trace mineral necessary for the proper function of insulin, a hormone that regulates glucose metabolism in the cells. Whenever carbohydrates or proteins are consumed, the pancreas releases insulin, which stimulates the cells of the liver, muscles and adipose tissue to absorb glucose, the primary fuel source for all cells. Insulin also accelerates the processing of fats and proteins in cells. Therefore, if proper energy metabolism is to occur in the tissues, it is essential that the cells respond appropriately to insulin's signals. Chromium plays a vital role in insulin signalling. Read More

Mosambi Juice

(citrus limetta) also known as sweet lemon juice. It is very sweet and not acidic. It is also a good source of vitamin C, copper and iron. Prevents scurvy, which is a deficiency in vitamin C and enhances digestion by promoting the release of saliva, which assists to digest food quickly. The flavonoids present in mosambi juice enhance the digestive process through stimulating the secretion of bile, digestive juices and acids. The other compounds in mosambi juice are also beneficial for the peristaltic motion (swallowing). Cures constipation and the acids present in the sweet lemon juice can eliminate toxins found in the bowel tracts. It is also beneficial for people with stomach upsets, dysentery, diarrhea and loose stools since it is rich in potassium. It also helps avoid vomiting and nausea and improves immune system. Regular intake of the mosambi juice has been known to improve the function of the heart, which ensures proper blood circulation, is good for the skin and can reduce pigmentation, spots and blemishes.

13 February 2013

Green Beans

Fresh green beans (runner beans) are very low in calories (31 kcal per 100g of raw beans) and contain no saturated fat. They are very rich source of dietary fibre (9% per100g RDA). Green beans contain excellent levels of vitamin A, and health promoting flavonoid poly phenolic antioxidants such as lutein, zeaxanthin and beta carotene in good amounts. Zeaxanthin, an important dietary carotenoid in the beans, is selectively absorbed into the retinal macula lutea in the eyes, so green beans offer some protection in preventing age-related macular disease in the elderly. Green beans help to control heart rate and blood pressure and reduce bad LDL cholesterol levels

100g of fresh beans provide 9% RDA of vitamin B9 foliates. Foliate along with vitamin B12 is one of the essential components of DNA synthesis and cell division. Good foliate diet when given during preconception periods and during pregnancy helps prevent neural-tube defects among the offspring. They also contain good amounts of vitamin B6 pyridoxine, B1 thiamine and vitamin C. Beans also contain high amounts of iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, and potassium which are very essential for body metabolism.

Olives

Green and black olives are high in monounsaturated fat and Vitamin E. They also contain polyphenols and flavonoids which have anti-inflammatory properties. The combination of these health boosting elements allows olives to protect the heart against diseases. Antioxidants and the “good fat” eradicate the free radicals that are responsible for oxidizing cholesterol. Vitamin E together with the monounsaturated fat protects cells and fight off free radicals produced during cellular energy production. Both green and black olives contain polyphenols and flavonoids that have anti-inflammatory properties. These can help in lowering the inflammation caused by arthritis. The combination of monounsaturated fat and Vitamin E is a great health benefit. High intake of these nutrients lowers the risk for colon cancer. Olives can help reduce the intensity and frequency of hot flashes menopausal women experience.

Fibre and The Colon

CARBOHYDRATES, PREBIOTICS & PROBIOTICS, BACTERIA, FIBRE, FATTY ACIDS & STARCH
Fibre contains prebiotics which feed the friendly bacteria in the large intestines (colon) which have many beneficial and vital functions. In the digestive system (from mouth to anus) there are ten times the bacteria as the numbers of all the human cells. Humans would not function at all if it wasn't for the friendly bacteria in the guts, where battles are fought, essential substances are manufactured, and the immune system is bolstered. Most of the ‘friendly’ bacteria live in the colon. For optimum health you can either feed the friendly bacteria in your colon or consume more of them through certain live probiotic foods. See Fibre & The Colon

Pickles For Health

Can be made by storing prepared vegetables in vinegar, a weak brine solution, by dry salting or allowing the vegetables to ferment without salt. The best way to gain the benefits of consuming the friendly bacteria caused by the fermentation process is to avoid pickles made in vinegar as this kills the bacteria outright. Lacto fermentation is an easy traditional and most healthy method of making pickles without using vinegar. Pickles made in this manner are alive and rich in probiotics. In this age of antibiotics consuming lacto fermented pickles will address the balance of the flora growing in the intestines which in turn aids absorption and production of nutrients. Find out how to pickle vegetables using the lacto fermentation process

Black Currant Oil

Black currant oil is obtained by crushing the seeds of the black currant plant. Black currant oil has been found to contain high levels of GLA (gamma-linolenic acid) and vitamin C. which can aid in autoimmune disorders, hair and nail problems, and PMS. Serum levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol are lower for black currant oil than fish oil. Black currant oil contributes to and regulates prostaglandin production. Can give relief of morning stiffness, pain reduction and relief of joint tenderness for rheumatoid arthritis sufferers. Is rich in linoleic acid and gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). This substance supports the body's manufacture of hormone-like substances known as prostaglandins which help regulate functions of the circulatory system. GLA assists the body with its energy processes and is a structural component of the brain, bone marrow, muscles and cell membranes.

Persimmon Fruit

Belong to the family of ebenaceae of the genus diospyros. They are low in calories (70 calories per 100g) and fats but is rich source of dietary fibre. Persimmons contain health benefiting phytonutrients flavonoid polyphenolic antioxidants like catechins and gallocatechins as well as the important anti-tumour compound betulinic acid. They can also help to prevent age related macular disease in the elderly.

Fresh persimmons contain anti-oxidant compounds like vitamin Abeta-carotene, lycopene, lutein, zeaxanthin and cryptoxanthin. Together, these compounds functions as protective scavengers against oxygen-derived free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) that play a role in aging and various disease processes. They are also a very good source of vitamin C, (especially native Chinese and American persimmons providing 80% RDA), B1 thiamine, B9 folic acid, B6 pyridoxine, potassium, manganese (15% RDA), copper (12% RDA), phosphorus.

Kimchi

An Asian form of pickled sauerkraut, kimchi is an extremely spicy and sour fermented cabbage, typically served alongside meals in Korea. Besides beneficial bacteria, Kimchi is also a great source of beta-carotenecalcium, iron and vitamins A, C, B1 and B2. Kimchi is one of the best probiotic foods to add to the diet.

Kombucha

A raw, fermented, probiotic and naturally carbonated tea, most likely an ancient Chinese elixir, with some records extending back to the Qin Dynasty in 220 BC. Some records extend back to the Qin Dynasty (220BC). There is evidence that Genghis Khan and his men drank kombucha in the 12th century for vitality and strength. From Asia it travelled the Silk Road to Japan, Korea and finally Russia, where definite record keeping dates to the late 19th century.

Kombucha is made with water, tea, sugar and a fermenting culture called a SCOBY (Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast) make kombucha. After steeping tea in boiling water and allowing it to cool, a SCOBY is added to the room temperature tea and allowed to ferment in a warm room (76-82° Fahrenheit) for 1-2 weeks. Read more

Sauerkraut

This fermented cabbage dish is often closely associated with Germany, Alsace, and the Netherlands, although China and Korea also make their own versions. It contains lactobacilli plantarum and has been shown to give the immunity system a boost, along with helping with the digestion of lactose and reducing the growth of yeast.

There are only two ingredients in traditional sauerkraut: shredded cabbage and salt. The salty conditions promote beneficial acid forming friendly bacteria, which convert the natural sugars in the cabbage into lactic and acetic acid, which will preserve the cabbage and are good to ingest for the healthy bacteria level of the intestines. See how to make sauerkraut.

Milk

Milk is not usually produced with Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus because it is not necessary to ferment milk before it is sold. Some milk manufacturers, however, have added these cultures to create a probiotic milk that is said to aid in digestion and may help those who are lactose intolerant digest milk. This milk contains approximately 500 million bacteria per half pint glass. Probiotic milk is often more expensive than regular milk and will clearly state on the label that it contains active cultures or is probiotic. Kefir is a fermented milk product that is a natural probiotic. See why you should drink Probiotic milk.

Jicama (yam bean)

A very low calorie (35 cal per 100g) sweet root vegetable that looks like a turnip of Mexican origin. It can be eaten raw in salads. It is an excellent source of phytonutrients, dietary fibre, anti-oxidants, minerals, and vitamins.

Contains inulin which is a zero calorie, sweet inert carbohydrate that feeds the friendly bacteria in the colon and does not metabolize in the human body, which make the root an ideal sweet snack for diabetics and dieters plus it offers protection from cancers, inflammation and viral coughs and colds. Also keeps the cells of the colon healthy, preventing such conditions as ulcerative colitis, colon cancer and diverticular disease. They also help regulate cholesterol and insulin responses. Read More

12 February 2013

Updated the Parasites & Worms and the A-Z List of Natural Foods pages to include ash gourd, betel nut and neem leaves

Updated the Acne page to include more natural remedies

11 February 2013

Paico Leaf

The most common medicinal use of the leaf is antihelmintic (destructive to worms) and anti-parasitic. Paico Leaf effectively eradicates human parasitic round worms (ascariasis lumbricoides) and tape worms (hymenolepsis nana). Paico leaf is also considered effective in treating skin and kidney diseases, stomach aches, haemorrhoids, high blood pressure, inflammations, and asthma. Recent studies show it to be effective against many different cancerous tumour. In homes, people hang branches in the house to repel insects and use the leaf to season soups. 

NOTE: Should not be used while pregnant or nursing. Has traditionally been used to induce abortions. Do not take while trying to conceive.

See Parasite page for more remedies against worms and parasites.

Sesame Seeds & Oil

100g of seeds provide 573 calories. Sesame seeds reduce LDL cholesterol, helps to prevent coronary artery disease and stroke, good for growth especially in children, helps with DNA synthesis, helps reduce anxiety and neurosis, assists with red blood cell production, enzyme synthesis, hormone production, as well as regulation of cardiac and skeletal muscle activities, protect the nervous  system, organs, metabolism, eyes, muscles, skin and hair, prevents colon cancer, migraines, osteoporosis and PMS and provides relief for rheumatoid arthritis, maintains respiratory health. Read More

Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds, also known as pepitas  Pumpkin seeds protect skin and mucus membranes from the ageing effects of free radicals, skin and hair, contributes to the health of the retina and lens of the eye, maintain optimum thyroid function and blood sugar levels, lower LDL cholesterol levels, increase HDL cholesterol levels, protect against osteoporosis, good for bone and nerve health, protect against strokes and coronary heart disease, therapeutic to those afflicted with arthritis, good treatment for bladder and urinary problems, strengthens the immune system, relieve anxiety and depression, protect against cancers such as prostate, breast, ovarian, stomach and lung, and improve the immune response.

Pumpkin seeds have important health benefits for men, as they have properties that can inhibit prostate cell multiplication. This may be due to the high zinc content, omega-3 fats, phytosterols, and the carotenoids content. The brilliant anti-inflammatory properties of pumpkin seeds are has been shown to do better than, and without the negative side effects that are associated with anti-inflammatory drugs. Read more

10 February 2013

Guava

Pink or red guava is a good source of lycopene. Guava is sometimes called a "superfruit," as it has many health benefits. It can contain up to four times the amount of vitamin C found in oranges as well as vitamin A, and guava seeds are a source of omega-3 and dietary fibre. Guavas can be grown indoors in temperate climates. They can be juiced, made into jams or eaten fresh. Fresh guava is a very rich source of potassium. It contains more potassium than other fruits like banana weight per weight. It is also a moderate source of vitamin E, vitamin K, B complex vitamins such as B3 niacin, B5 pantothenic acid, B6 pyridoxine as well as minerals like magnesium, copper, and manganese.

Dates

Contain an impressive list of essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that are required for normal growth, development and overall well-being. Fresh dates are composed of simple sugars like fructose and dextrose. They replenish energy and revitalize the body instantly. For these qualities, they have been used to break the fast during Ramadan month since ancient times.

Dates can protect from colon, prostate, breast, endometrial, lung, and pancreatic cancers, stroke and coronary heart diseases, age-related macular degeneration, prevents LDL cholesterol absorption, protects the colon mucous membrane and eliminates cancer-causing chemicals in the colon. Read More

Sweet Potato

Sweet potato provides 90 calories per 100 g versus 70 calories per 100 g of potato. The tuber contains no saturated fats or cholesterol and is a good source of dietary fibre and anti-oxidants. Sweet potato is one of the highest among the root-vegetables as a source of flavonoid phenolic compounds such as beta-carotene and vitamin A (100 g tuber provides 14187 IU of vitamin A and 8509 µg of betacarotene). Sweet potato contains many essential vitamins such as vitamin B5 pantothenic acid, vitamin B6 pyridoxine, vitamin B1 thiamine, vitamin B3 niacin, vitamin B2 riboflavin and vitamin K. Sweet potato also provides iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, zinc and potassium. Sweet potato leaves contain more iron, vitamin C, vitamin B9 foliate, vitamin K and potassium but less sodium than the tuber.

Beriberi (Vitamin B1 thiamine deficiency)

Beriberi literally means "I can't, I can't" in Singhalese, which reflects the crippling effect it has on its victims. Deficiency of B1 has been linked to severe mental illness. Beriberi is the vitamin deficiency disease in which the body does not have enough thiamine (vitamin B1). Beriberi literally means "I can't, I can't" in Singhalese, which reflects the crippling effect it has on its victims. Thiamine serves as a coenzyme in the chemical pathway responsible for the metabolism of carbohydrates. Persons may become deficient in thiamine either by not ingesting enough vitamin B-1 through the diet or by excess use, which may occur in hyperthyroidism, pregnancy, lactation, or fever. Prolonged diarrhea may impair the body's ability to absorb vitamin B-1, and severe liver disease impairs its use. Swelling of bodily tissues (edema) is common.

Signs of deficiency are extreme fatigue, irritability, depression, apathy, drowsiness, poor concentration, poor coordination, anorexia, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, appetite loss, constipation, edema, an enlarged liver, forgetfulness, gastrointestinal disturbances, heart changes, irritability, laboured breathing, nervousness, numbness of the hands and feet, pain and sensitivity, muscle aches, limb pains, swollen joints, tingling sensations, weak and sore muscles, general weakness, severe weight loss, Read More

Barley

This ancient grain is overlooked by today's culinary trendsetters, yet it is one of the grains with the greatest health benefits, delightful flavour and versatility. Barley can be used as a delicious breakfast cereal, in soups and stews and as a rice substitute for dishes such as risotto. Hulled barley, in which the outer hull (the bran) is left intact, is richer in fibre and contains more fibre and nutrients than other forms, such as pearl barley. Hulled barley lowers blood cholesterol levels, protects against cancer especially colon cancer, is cardio-protective, protects against diabetes, slows starch digestion, which help keep blood sugar levels stable. Read more

9 February 2013

Oily Fish

Relieves symptoms of psoriasis, reduces the risk of heart disease, reduces blood pressure, maintains bone density, prevents anaemia, supports cardiovascular health, lowers triglycerides and cholesterol levels, lowers risk of atherosclerosis, strengthens the bones, supports joint cartilage, helps regulate and stabilize the balance of collagen and minerals in bone and surrounding tissue, reduces free radical damage and inflammation, reduces risk of cancer including colorectal cancer, prostate cancer, breast cancer, blood cell or lymph cell-related cancers such as leukaemia, multiple myeloma, non-Hodgkins lymphoma, renal cell carcinoma, kidney cancer, protects against macular degeneration (AMD) of the eye, reduces the risk of dry eye syndrome, promotes more youthful skin, alleviates skin blemishes, gives good hair lustre, prevents hair loss and helps with brain and eye development in infants. Pregnant and nursing women may benefit from eating oily fish to increase the amount of DHA in the diet. Read More

Pilchards

(Sardina Clupea Pilchardus) Pilchard is the common name used to refer to various small, oily fish within  the herring family of Clupeidae. The younger smaller fish are called sardines. A 100g portion is an exceptionally rich source of vitamins D and B12; a rich source of Vitamin B3, vitamin B2vitamin B6; protein, calcium, selenium, iodine; copper, contains 5 g of fat, of which 20% is saturated and 30% is mono‐unsaturated; supplies 125 kcal (500 kJ). Tinned in tomato sauce is high in sugar, salt and unnecessary fats and should be avoided. Best purchased fresh or in brine.

Eye Conditions, Infections & Disease

There are many conditions that can affect the eyes and a healthy diet of the right natural foods can help to relieve a lot of them especially infections, viruses and other debilitating diseases. Natural foods rich in vitamin Avitamin C, vitamin E and carotenoids are vital in the diet for good vision and to keep the eye healthy. This will fight infections, help to recover from illnesses or surgery on the eyes and protect against many diseases that happen during aging. Read More

Cress

One of the  lowest calorie green leafy vegetables (only 11 calories per 100 g raw leaves) and contains negligible fat. This highly nutritious leafy green can help with weight reduction, prevent vitamin A deficiency, maintain normal connective tissue, prevent iron deficiency, help develop resistance against infectious agents by boosting immunity, promotes bone formation and strengthening, prevents osteoporosis, anaemia, cardiovascular diseases, controls heart rate, blood pressure and cholesterol, protects against colon and prostate cancers, helps with cellular metabolic functions, limits neuronal damage in the brain and has been proven to help sufferers of Alzheimer's disease. Read More

8 February 2013

Pine Needles

A a traditional centuries old Native Indian wild food and healing remedy that gives great health benefits due to its aromatic oils and vitamin C content. It can relieve wintertime colds, urinary and respiratory infections. Pine needles and pine bark contain a nutrient called pycnogenol which is the most powerful antioxidant today and acts as a protector against environmental toxins. Research has demonstrated that pycnogenol is 50 times more effective than vitamin E and 20 times more powerful than vitamin C. Studies show that Pycnogenol is rapidly absorbed and distributed throughout the body within twenty minutes. Pycnogenol also activates vitamin C and puts it to work before it leaves your body. It is used in France, Finland, Holland, Germany, Italy, Singapore, Korea, Argentina, and Switzerland 

When European settlers arrived in the USA they were suffering from scurvy due to lack of vitamin C, so the Native Americans introduced them to pine needle tea. Today, Native Americans still drink pine needle tea to treat coughs and colds. Drinking a cup of pine needle tea may help your body expel phlegm causing the congestion of colds or coughs. Pine needles are strongly aromatic and even inhaling the vapours from the tea breaks up mucus in the lungs. It is also antiseptic and may help heal infections in the respiratory and urinary systems.

Pine needle tea is high in vitamins A and vitamin C. A cup of pine needle tea supplies five times as much vitamin C as one cup of orange juice which can help to treat urinary tract infections and colds and aid the absorption of iron.

Pine needle tea is also useful as a bath infusion. Pour it in the tub and soak for relief of cramped muscles, sore joints, rheumatism, gout, itching and irritated skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Read More

Burdock

The root is an excellent blood purifier and detoxifier. Very few, if any, herbs possess more curative powers equal this one. It has ancient history as a reliable herbal aid for bad blood, ulcers, tumours and many skin diseases such as eczema, dermatitis, pityriasis, psoriasis, furunculosis (boils), acne, abscesses, lupus, nourishes the urinary and respiratory systems, and also nutritionally supports joints and other skeletal tissues. It promotes glandular and hormone balance, as well as removes accumulations and deposits around the joints. it is also helpful for syphilis, scrofula, skin diseases, furunculous, tumours, leprosy, cancer, dyspeptic complaints, liver and gall bladder problems, expels toxic products from the blood through urine, throat and chest ailments, neurologic conditions, is an appetite stimulant, controls weight, blood sugar and cholesterol levels, heart rate and blood pressure and a general cachectic condition of the system. Read More

Rhubarb

Rhubarb dates back to 2700 BC where it was grown and used in China for medicinal purposes. Rhubarb is low in sodium and saturated fat which makes it a very good food to help prevent heart related diseases. It is an excellent source of Vitamin C, high in Vitamin K, dietary fibre and a good source of calcium. Can protect against diabetes, boost the immune system, fight infections, boost healthy cell growth, help strengthen bones and teeth, lower bad cholesterol and maintain a healthy and regular digestive system and dissolve mucus adhering to the walls of the colon. Rhubarb is also a good source of lutein, a compound that will care of your skin and eyes. To benefit from these nutrients rhubarb is best cooked until soft.

Red fruits and vegetables contain several beneficial antioxidants, such as lycopene and anthocyanins. These compounds help promote the health of heart, eyes and immune system, as well as help prevent cancer. Cooked rhubarb supplies a good dose of lycopene, but raw rhubarb supplies none.

7 February 2013

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

Syphilis, Gonorrhoea and Chlamydia incubation periods vary from 1 day to 1 month after exposure. Sometimes these illnesses develop a new strain that is resistant to the current antibiotics. Unfortunately, gonorrhoea has now become resistant to all but one antibiotic. Syphilis, gonorrhoea and chlamydia are triggered by bacteria. But the underlying cause of most bacterial infections is the accumulation of faulty eating habits that produce imbalance and lowered immunity. Almost half the people infected with Gonorrhoea are also infected with Chlamydia. Read more

Spleen

The spleen is an organ located in the left side of the abdomen, tucked under the rib caged behind the stomach. It is normally about the size of a person fist. The spleen produces antibodies and fights bacteria in the blood warding off infections. people without a functioning spleen are at great risk of developing infections especially those caused by encapsulated bacteria (germs with an outer coating which protects them from the body's immune system) such as streptococcus pneumoniae, haemophilus influenzae and neisseria meningitidus. Without a functioning spleen a person is more at risk of contracting malaria, babesia (from a tick bite) and bacteria infections from animal or human bites. Read More

Bacteria

Are unicellular organisms that are so small their presence often goes undetected by the human eye. A healthy human body is abundant with trillions of bacteria, some of which are beneficial and others that are detrimental. Saliva helps to eliminate some of the bad bacteria that enters the mouth as does the acidity of the gut. Without properly controlling the bacteria present in the body serious health conditions may arise. Nonetheless, not all bacteria are harmful and understanding their function and role in the human body may help to encourage proper dental and personal hygiene and eating healthy nutritious natural foods. Read More

Mustard seeds

Have antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant as well as anti-fungal properties. This makes them very useful for purging the digestive system and increasing the body's natural defence system and reducing fever. Consumed on a regular basis can reduce the frequency of migraines, speed up metabolism, lower blood pressure and prevent atherosclerosis

Mustard can be used in preparations of hot compresses to help reduce the impact of strains and sprains in the body, or they can be used in poultices and plasters which can be massaged onto the chest to encourage the decongesting of blocked sinuses and lungs. Read More

Raisins (sultanas)

The health benefits of raisins include relief from constipation, acidosis, anaemia and sexual weakness. Raisins also help in weight gain, eye care, dental care, bone health, boils, skin diseases, damage to the internal organs, arthritis, gout, renal calculi, hair loss, heart diseases, help cure fever by fighting viral and bacterial infections, tumours and  cancer, prevents osteoporosis, beneficial for bones and joints, good for ocular health, macular degeneration, age related weakening of vision, cataracts, known to stimulate libido and induce arousal, treat problems in erection, help to widen arteries increasing blood flow to the brain and heart preventing heart attacks and strokes, burns cholesterol, protects against tooth decay, prevents growth of oral bacteria .

Raisins, like all dry fruits, are very good for gaining weight, as they are full of fructose and glucose providing a lot of energy especially good for athletes and body builders or those who want to put on weight, without accumulating cholesterol.

Raisins should be eaten with nuts or avocado as the fat in theses foods helps absorption of carotenoids.

NOTE: The longer raisins stick to the teeth, the better, as it ensures longer contact of oleanolic acid with the teeth preventing growth of bacteria. Boron also plays a very important role in checking growth of germs in the mouth as well promotes health of bones and teeth. Read More

Acai Berry (cabbage palm

The sudden new acai berry juice demand is the result of many expensive marketing campaigns by certain companies making false claims about this 'newly discovered mysterious super fruit’ of the Amazon which 'can increase weight loss, energy and lower cholesterol'. It has no real special health benefits compared to other fruit juices but is netting billions in sales through network marketing companies and direct retail sales.

Acai berries are simply a staple food for many economically disadvantaged inhabitants of the lower Amazon region area. The acai-manioc porridge is quite poor in nutrition but is very filling with a large amount of starch and sugar. Acai berry juice is neither very nutritious nor low in calories compared to most other fruit juices and there is no proof that it can reduce either weight or bad cholesterol.

In Brazilian herbal medicine, the oil of acai is used to treat diarrhoea and the root for jaundice. The grated fruit rind as a topical wash for skin ulcers and the seeds for fevers. In the Peruvian Amazon, the toasted crushed seeds are used for fever and the root is used for malaria, diabetes, hepatitis, jaundice, hair loss, haemorrhages, liver and kidney diseases, menstrual pain, and muscle pain.

Acai contains 1-4% protein, 7-11% fats, 25% sugar, 0.05% calcium, 0.033% phosphorous, and 0.0009% iron. It also has some sulphur, traces of vitamin B1 and some vitamin A and E. It also delivers around 200 calories per 100 grams, depending on the preparation method.

Suma

Suma, also known as Pfaffia paniculata, In South America suma is known as para toda (which means; ‘for all things’) and as Brazilian ginseng, The indigenous peoples of the Amazon region have use suma root for a wide variety of health purposes, including as a general tonic; as an energy, rejuvenating, and sexual tonic; and as a general cure-all for many types of illnesses. Suma has been used as an aphrodisiac, a calming agent, and to treat ulcers for at least 300 years. It is an important herbal remedy of several Amazon rainforest indigenous tribes and many countries worldwide like, France and Japan, are just now realising its huge potential. Russian Olympic athletes already use it to enhance performance instead of anabolic steroids Read More

Peppermint

Calms the stomach, intestinal tract, and the nervous system and comforts the stomach, nourishes the salivary glands to help with digestion and stimulates menstrual flow. It has astringent properties and soothes the nervous system.

First described in England in 1696, peppermint and its oil have been used in Eastern and Western traditional medicine for its aroma and for cramps and infections. It has also been used in treating cancers, colds, indigestion, nausea, sore throat, and toothaches. Today, the oil is used widely as a flavouring for chewing gum, toothpaste, mouthwash, cigarettes, and drugs. It also is used as an ingredient in cough and cold preparations, and in irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The constituent menthol is used in many antiseptic, anti-itch, and local anaesthetic preparations.

Avoid: peppermint oil if pregnant or suffering from gastric reflux or active stomach ulcers

NOTE: Do not apply peppermint oil to the face, especially under the nose of a child or infant

6 February 2013

Courgettes

One of the very low calorie vegetables; provide only 17 calories per 100 g. It contains no saturated fats or cholesterol.

The fibre in it's peel plus the vitamin B9 (foliate), Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin C, vitamin A, iron, potassium. magnesium, copper  and zinc found in courgettes can fight many different types of cancer and deter the development of many disorders, including constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, stomach disorders, asthma, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, arteriosclerosis (blood vessel damage), heart attack and stroke, lowers blood pressure, contributes normal physiological functions, participates in the production of sex hormones, protects mitochondria against oxidative stress, promotes healthy skin and proper wound-healing.

The phytonutrients in courgettes aid in reducing the symptoms of benign prostatic hypertrophy (BOH), a condition in which the prostate gland enlarges and leads to complications with urination and sexual functions in men. Read More

Lipoma & Dercum's Disease

Lipoma is a very rare condition characterized by painful fatty lumps and nodules, called lipomas accompanied by noticeable weight gain and pain. Most lipomas are symptomless, but some are painful on applying pressure. Lipomas that are tender or painful are usually angiolipomas (adiposis dolorosa or Dercum disease). This means the lipoma has an increased number of small blood vessels. Read More

5 February 2013

Paprika

In order to reap its many health benefits, use the sun dried, organic paprika, which is not exposed to the high temperatures of commercially produced paprika. Paprika is extremely high in vitamin C. A whole paprika pepper is known to have six to nine times the amount of vitamin C as a tomato. Because of its high C content, paprika can also help you absorb iron-rich foods and to help your body fight common infections. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory, easing arthritis and joint pain, helps improve blood circulation, thereby improving conditions like cold feet and hands, helps neutralize stomach acids, thus aiding digestion. Read More

Papaya

Papaya is an excellent source of dietary fibre, foliate, vitamin A, C and E. It also contains small amount of calcium, iron, riboflavin, thiamine and niacine. It is also very rich in antioxidant nutrients flavonoids and carotenes, very high in vitamin C and low in calories and sodium.

It helps with the digestion, especially in the elderly who produce less of the digestive enzymes in the stomach and pancreas, which leads an overgrowth of bad bacteria. It destroys intestinal parasites and worms, prevents bloating and chronic indigestion, lowers the inflammation in the body, alleviates the pain caused by sport injuries, relieves the severity of Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, prevents cataract formation, lowers the risk of emphysema in smokers, helps with nausea and constipation, benefits ailments of cardiovascular and gastrointestinal systems, prevents cholesterol oxidation, prevents atherosclerosis, strokes, heart attacks and diabetic heart disease. It strengthens the immune system preventing recurrent colds and flu and helps the body to fight the cancer.

After treatment with antibiotics eating papaya or drinking its juice replenishes the good intestinal bacteria, which was destroyed by the antibiotic treatment. Home applications of leaf and bark papaya extract is used to deal with mouth gums and toothaches and papaya peel can be used for skin wounds that do not heal quickly as it encourages renewal of muscle tissue. Read more

Miso

A traditional Japanese seasoning produced by fermenting rice, barley, and/or soybeans with salt and the fungus kōjikin the most typical miso being made with soy. The result is a thick paste used for sauces and spreads, pickling vegetables or meats, and mixing with dashi soup stock to serve as miso soup called misoshiru a Japanese culinary staple.

Miso is low in fat and calories, yet it is a good source of all essential amino acids, some B vitamins, potassium, phosphorus, calcium, and iron. It is a good remedy for digestive complaints, intestinal infections and diminished libido. Daily consumption of miso is on a par with the old adage “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”  and can improve mental function, stabilize blood sugar levels in diabetics, and help protect against cancer, osteoarthritis, and coronary heart disease. In addition, because miso is fermented, there are none of the negative phytoestrogen hormonal effects associated with over consumption of other soy products.

Miso is not only high in protein and rich in vitamins and minerals, it is also a medicinal food proven to prevent damage from radiation exposure and heavy metal toxicity.

Another great benefit from miso is that is natural source of probiotics or good bacteria which helps the body's immune system by keeping bad bacteria at bay and fighting off infections. Miso can help those that cannot eat dairy products which would normally supply them with probiotics. It can be found in most Asian groceries, as well as many health and natural foods stores

Chicory

First recorded usage of Chicory was in ancient Egypt where it was known to have health benefits for liver and gallbladder. Chicory has a mild laxative effect that is beneficial for digestive problems such as dyspepsia, indigestion and constipation. Chicory is also used to increase appetite and promote general well being.

Chicory leaves assist weight-loss, help to control diabetes mellitus, decrease the level of bad LDL cholesterol, reduce a rapid heart beat, treat jaundice, prevent liver damage, treat gallstones and liver stones, stimulate the appetite and digestion of food, improve bowel movement, fight intestinal worms and parasites and clean the colon, promote urination and clean the blood, circulatory system and the liver by excretion of harmful substances, as an anti-inflammatory treatment for headaches, arthritis, gout and rheumatism to reduce swelling, nourish the optic nerve to retain the eyesight, treat cuts and wounds, act as a natural sedative for central nervous system, protect against cancer especially liver, gall bladder, stomach, kidney and colon cancers. The juice extracted from chicory leaves is widely used to reduce the sore breasts of lactating mothers. Read more

4 February 2013

Motherwort

Motherwort has some light relaxing effects and can treat, anxiety, depression, rapid heart rate, heart palpitations, post natal depression, menopause symptoms, vertigo, insomnia, headaches, bronchitis, asthma, relieves shortness of breath by clearing congested airways, regulates the thyroid gland functions, helps the liver, bladder, menstrual flow, improves blood circulation by increasing oxygen in the veins, prevents blood clots, relieves painful gas, constipation and menstrual pains, increases blood flow to the pelvic area, helps to reduce hot flushes, help mothers with milk production, contains leourine which can help stimulate uterine contractions and is a uterus tonic both before and during childbirth. Motherwort and black cohosh together relieves fluid retention and bloating. Read more

Respiratory disorders

Including asthma, emphysema, bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pneumonia, pleurisy, tuberculosis, and lung cancer. They can be caused by bacteria or virus infections, allergies, air pollution, toxins, an unhealthy lifestyle and diet. Read more about theses conditions and how to protect against and treat them with natural foods here: Respiratory Disorders

3 February 2013

Japanese or Chinese Knotweed

 

Japanese knotweed - an excellent source of the potent antioxidant Resveratrol. Resveratrol helps prevent Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, obesity, reduces risk of cancer, lowers cholesterol and the risk of heart disease, reduces inflammation and is a tremendous anti-aging agent.
Avoid: if taking anticoagulants (blood thinning medication) or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory such as aspirin and ibuprofen due to the risk of bleeding. Read more

Okra

is a supreme vegetable for those feeling weak, exhausted, and suffering from depression. Okra absorbs water and ensures bulk in stools relieving constipation, feeds the good bacteria (probiotics), binds excess cholesterol and toxins, stabilises cholesterol and the blood sugar levels, good protection against diabetes, good for vision, lowers the risk of cataracts, maintaining healthy mucus membranes and skin, treats acne, helps to develop immunity against infectious agents, reducing episodes of cold and cough and asthma, strengthens the bones, treats lung inflammation, sore throat, and irritable bowel syndrome, helps to protect from colon, liver, kidney, lung and oral cavity cancers. Okra also assures easy passage out of waste from the body. Okra is completely non-toxic, non-habit forming, has no adverse side effects, is full of nutrients, and is economically within reach of most individuals unlike over-the-counter drugs. Read more

2 February 2013

Nutmeg

Nutmeg can effectively stimulate the brain, eliminating fatigue and stress, relieve anxiety or depression and improve the concentration. Nutmeg is also an effective sedative, relieves inflammation and abdominal pain, aching joints, muscle pain, arthritis, sores and other ailments. To relieve the pain, apply nutmeg oil to the affected areas.

Nutmeg gives effective relief from digestion-related problems like diarrhoea, constipation, bloating, and flatulence. Nutmeg oil relieves stomach aches by removing the excess gas from the intestines and can boost your appetite. Because of its antibacterial properties, nutmeg can also effectively treat halitosis or bad breath and treat gum problems and toothaches. Nutmeg can clean the liver and kidney, treat liver disease, prevent and dissolve kidney stones. Nutmeg can treat skin problems such as acne and help make acne scars less noticeable.

For restful sleep drink a cup of milk with some nutmeg powder. This will help achieve relaxation and induce sleep.

1 February 2013

Peaches

Eating peaches can help to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers, help the body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful free radicals, maintain good vision, maintain healthy mucus membranes and skin, regulate heart rate and blood pressure, protect against aging and various disease processes. Read more

Sardines

Extra consumption of sardines supports cardiovascular health, lowers triglycerides and cholesterol levels, lowers risk of atherosclerosis, strengthens the bones, supports joint cartilage and helps regulate and stabilize the balance of collagen and minerals in bone and surrounding tissue, reduces risk of cancer including colorectal cancer, prostate cancer, breast cancer, blood cell or lymph cell-related cancers such as leukaemia, multiple myeloma, non-Hodgkins lymphoma, renal cell carcinoma, kidney cancer, protects against macular degeneration (AMD) of the eye, reduces the risk of dry eye syndrome, promotes more youthful skin, alleviates skin blemishes, gives good hair lustre and prevents hair loss. Sardines are rich in protein, omega-3s, calcium, selenium, phosphorus, vitamin D, vitamin B12

Peas

Green peas are one of the most nutritious legume vegetables, rich in health benefiting phyto-nutrients, minerals, vitamins and anti-oxidants. Peas are relatively low in calories on comparison with beans, and cowpeas. 100 g of green peas provide only 81 calories, and no cholesterol. Nonetheless, the legumes are a good source of proteins, and soluble as well as insoluble fibre.

Eating fresh peas, their pods and their tendrils can help to protect against Alzheimer's disease, cancers especially lung and oral cavity cancers, osteoporosis, fight infections, lower cholesterol levels and maintain health of mucus membranes, skin and eye-sight. Especially good for expectant mothers to help prevent neural tube defects in the newborn babies. Read more

Parsnips

Parsnips contain much more heart-friendly potassium and vitamin B9 (foliatethan carrots. Foliate required for the creation of healthy cells, and having insufficient levels of it has been linked to cancer and birth defects. Parsnips can nourish the nerves and brain and aid in the coordination of nerve impulses and muscular actions, help to eliminate fatigue and reduce nervous irritability

Use parsnips instead of sugar. In Europe, parsnips were used to sweeten jams and cakes before sugar was widely available. Read more

Aloe vera

Aloe vera has historically been known for assisting the functions of the gastrointestinal tract, and for its properties of soothing, cleansing and helping the body to maintain healthy tissues. This plant has a reputation of facilitating digestion, aiding blood and lymphatic circulation, as well as kidney, imitable bowel syndrome, stomach ulcers, liver and gall bladder functions.
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Aloe Vera  Juice
To make juice from an aloe vera plant, break off a few leaves.
Take a sharp knife and carefully peel the green rind from the leaves and discard.
Peel off the yellow layer with a sharp knife or it can be removed by using 1 tablespoon of white vinegar and 1 cup of water.
You should have about 2 tablespoons of clear aloe vera gel left.
Place in a blender with a glass of citrus fruit juice such as orange and blend.
Drink immediately.

31 January 2013

Cancer

Cancer is one of the worst of all diseases because it does not seem to matter how fit and active someone is or what age they are it can strike anytime anywhere and left untreated it is fatal. Balanced nutrition is the most important factor so a diet that provides all the necessary vitamins and minerals is essential. Natural organic non genetically modified foods have been proven to prevent and even cure certain types of cancer because they contain far more naturally balanced vitamins and minerals and no pesticide residues are worth consuming on a regular basis. Read more

Figs

Have a derivative of benzaldehyde which is highly effective at shrinking cancer tumours. In addition, figs, which contain vitamins A and C, and calcium, magnesium and potassium, may curtail appetite and improve weight-loss efforts. Fig juice is also a potent bacteria killer in test-tube studies.

Shiitake mushrooms

(Lentinus edodes) Shiitake mushrooms has been taken by mouth for boosting the immune system, decreasing cholesterol levels, and for anti-aging. Lentinan, derived from shiitake, has been injected as an adjunct treatment for cancer and HIV infection. Read more

Jiaogulan

Known in Latin as Gynostemma pentaphyllum, is a popular Chinese herb in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Gypenosides extracted from Jiaogulan decrease cancer cell viability, arrest the cell cycle, and induce apoptosis (cell death) in human cancer.

Chokeberries

 

The Chokeberries are three species of deciduous shrubs native to eastern North America. Consumption of the black berries on a regular basis offers potential health benefits against cancer, aging and neurological diseases, protects eyes from age-related macular disease, inflammation, diabetes, and bacterial infections.

Hazelnuts

Grow in large clusters on hazel trees and turn chocolate brown when ready. Usually harvested in the last week of September. Hazelnuts have been shown to lower bad cholesterol, and widen blood vessels and improve blood flow. 1 & 1/2oz of hazelnuts a day lowers the risk of heart disease. Hazelnuts may also help fight ovarian and breast cancers. Read more

Bicarbonate of Soda

Because baking soda is alkaline (that means it has a pH greater than 7), has a gritty texture, and gives off carbon dioxide when heated, it has many, many uses around the home. It can be used for everything from cleaning to deodorizing, tenderizing meat to leavening baked goods. 

Bicarbonate of soda has been shown to decrease dental plaque acidity induced by sucrose and its buffering capacity is important to prevent dental cavities. Other studies have shown that bicarbonate inhibits plaque formation on teeth and, in addition, increases calcium uptake by dental enamel.

Check the pH of your saliva with pHydrion paper. If your saliva pH is below 7.2 then you are at risk for cavities, mouth sores, bacteria, yeast and even Oral Cancer. To increase your oral pH to a normal 7.2 or greater, drink 1 teaspoon of sodium bicarbonate salt in 2 ounces of distilled water. It is that simple to neutralize the acids that cause cavities, mouth sores, Human Papilloma Virus (HPV16), bacteria, yeast and even Oral Cancer.

Only buy pure mined bicarbonate of soda which has not been tainted with chemicals during the production process.

Asparagus

 

Asparagus has 288 milligrams of potassium per handful. It also contains 3 grams of fibre which cleanses the digestive system. It has virtually no natural sodium, fat or cholesterol, and one cup has only 40 calories. It is also rich in vitamin A, foliate and glutathione.

 

Asparagus can help reduce belly fat, help prevent and treat urinary tract infections and kidney stones, can reduce pain and inflammation, help prevent osteoporosis and osteoarthritis, protects against cancer, will reduce the risk of heart disease and has anti aging properties. It also prevents birth defects such as Spina Bifida if eaten by pregnant women or those considering becoming pregnant) and has anti-aging properties. Read more

Grape Seeds

A new study conducted at the University of Kentucky in the United States, found that leukaemia cancer cells exposed to grape seed extract (GSE) were rapidly killed through a process of cell suicide known as "apoptosis.". An astonishing 76% of leukaemia cells committed suicide within 24 hours thanks to the ability of a compound found in grape seeds which activates a protein called JNK, which regulates apoptosis.

Put simply, a tumour is the result of out-of-control cell growth. To assure that the cell cycle - the cell's process of duplicating itself to make more cells - goes smoothly, a large network of proteins tells other proteins what to do and when to do it. When any of these layers of protein regulation fail, cell growth can get out of hand. 

On the molecular level, JNK influences cellular functions by tagging other proteins with a phosphate chemical group (a process known as phosphorylation), a common mechanism cells use to turn enzymes on and off. Phosphorylation is so important that when JNK goes awry, a number of different disorders can result, such as cancer, diabetes or neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease.

This JNK activating compound cannot be found in seedless grapes (obviously) or grape seed oil as the process to make the oil removes it. Grape seed extract can be found as a supplement but if you can find grapes with the seeds intact it is perfectly safe to  chew and swallow the seeds and may help in the fight against cancer. Why not try grinding the seeds (which do taste bitter) into a powder and adding to meals and drinks daily to take advantage of this healthy and nutritious source of cancer fighting food?

29 January 2013

Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia

Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia, a group of disorders that impairs mental functioning. (Dementia literally means loss of mentation, or thinking.) Though Alzheimer’s disease is the most common, many different diseases can cause dementia. At the moment, Alzheimer's is progressive and irreversible. Abnormal changes in the brain worsen over time, eventually interfering with many aspects of brain function. Read more

Black Pepper

An amazing accompaniment to your food! The health benefits of black pepper include relief from respiratory disorders, cough, common cold, hoarseness, asthma, whooping cough, constipation, diarrhoea, hernia, indigestion, heartburn, colic, liver problems, flatulence, anaemia, impotency, obesity, muscular strains, dental care, pyorrhoea, acne, skin cancer, diarrhoea, cancer, heart disease, cardiovascular diseases, blood pressure disorders, abnormal heart rate, hernia, hoarseness and joint pain, ear ache, infections, tooth decal, toothache, eye problems, insect bites and gangrene. Read More

28 January 2013

Radishes

Radish is very good for the liver and the stomach and it is a very good detoxifier too, that is, it purifies blood. It is miraculously useful in jaundice as it helps removing bilirubin and also checks its production. It also checks destruction of red blood cells during jaundice by increasing supply of fresh oxygen in the blood. The black radish is more preferred in jaundice. The leaves of radish are also very useful in treatment of jaundice.

Can help relieve and cure respiratory disorders, fever, bronchitis, asthma, urinary infections, kidney disorders, constipation, haemorrhoids (piles), liver and gall bladder problems, skin disorders, Leucoderma and many forms of cancer. It is also good for weight loss and can be used externally for insect bites. Read more

Acne

The reason for all acne is clogged pores, but there are many triggers that can lead to acne. Triggers include contact with oily substances, hormone fluctuations, vitamin deficiency, bacterial infections, allergies and many others. When possible, it is better to treat the trigger in order to prevent acne.

Dietary clean-up is the basis of natural therapy for acne. Excess saturated fat and hydrogenated oils must be eliminated. Certain foods trigger acne in susceptible people. For some, it is sugar or chocolate; for others, dairy products. Still others react to iodine in shellfish or excess iodized salt. Some experience exacerbations with spicy foods. With a little experimentation and self-observation you can find out for yourself what foods trigger or exacerbate your acne. Read more

Lyme Disease

 

A bacterial infection that is spread to humans by infected ticks. Ticks are tiny arachnids found in woodland areas that feed on the blood of mammals such as deer, mice and humans. This can be a debilitating disease that mimics other conditions such as MS, Altzheimer’s, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, ALS (Lou Gerig’s Disease) and other autoimmune disorders as well as Parkinson’s and many other ailments, making it difficult to determine whether a patient has Lyme or another disease. Because of this mimicry, many Lyme patients go undiagnosed until they are in a more chronic state and some never get diagnosed at all. Find out what natural cures there are for Lyme disease here.

Cherries

A very low calorie fruit and rich source of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. Both sweet as well as tart cherries are packed with numerous health benefiting compounds that are essential for wellness. They have been known to be especially beneficial for those suffering with chronic painful episodes such as gout, arthritis, fibromyalgia (painful muscle condition) and sports injuries. They can also help to fight against cancers, aging and neurological diseases, and the pre-diabetes condition. Cherries can calm down the nervous system irritability, which helps relieve neurosis, insomnia and headache conditions. They are a good source of potassium, a heart-healthy mineral; an important component of cell and body fluids that regulate heart rate and blood pressure. All in all the little cherry is full of goodness. Read more

27 January 2013

Coconut

The Pacific Islanders believe that it is the cure for all illness, which is why the palm tree (from which coconuts are grown) is known as “The Tree of Life.” Coconut oil is thought to possess healing properties above and beyond that of any other dietary oils.

Eating coconuts are excellent for one’s immunity. They are antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial, and anti-parasitic, meaning they kill harmful bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. Because of that, if you consume coconut in any of its various forms (whether it be raw coconut, coconut oil, coconut milk, coconut butter, etc.), it can help treat some of mankind’s worst and most resilient of illnesses such as influenza, giardia, lice, throat infections, urinary tract infections, tapeworms, herpes, gonorrhoea, bronchitis, and numerous other ailments caused by microbial. Many bacteria infections have become resistant to antibiotics so the obvious choice is coconut as a natural cure. Read more

26 January 2013

Psyllium Husks

Easily purchased from health food stores, psyllium husks are an amazing high fibre food which can instantly relieve constipation, diarrhoea, irritable bowel syndrome, haemorrhoids and bleeding from the anus. It has also been proven to lower bad cholesterol and help those suffering with bloating, flatulence, diabetes, ulcerative colitis and Chrohn's disease . Try sprinkling the psyllium husks on cereals or salads and in sauces, soups and stews on a daily basis rather than buying the capsules. A wonderfully proven digestion aid. Read more

Kiwifruit

An interesting study in Italy has shown that kiwis may help improve respiratory disorders. Children between the ages of