Sunday 1st February 2015
The Nature Cures website reached one million hits today with no advertising or publicity.
Added the highest natural food sources in micrograms per 100 grams.
Added the highest natural food sources in micrograms per serving.
Added the highest natural food sources in milligrams per 100 grams.
Added the highest natural food sources in milligrams per 100 grams.
Added the highest natural food sources in milligrams per 100 grams.
Added the highest natural food sources in milligrams per 100 grams.
Added the highest natural food sources in milligrams per 100 grams.
Added the highest natural food sources in milligrams per 100 grams.
Added the highest natural food sources in micrograms 100 grams.
Added the highest natural foods in micrograms per 100 grams.
Added the highest natural foods in micrograms per 100 grams..
Added the highest natural food sources in milligrams per 100 grams.
Friday 30th January 2015
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 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, 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
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
Updated information for diabetics. Read more
Friday 16th January 2015
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 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
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
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 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
cramps can be caused by
vitamin deficiency, especially
vitamin E, drugs, intense exercise, lactic acid,
dehydration or low levels of
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.
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 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
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: email@example.com . 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
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 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
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
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.
deficiency is generally caused by severe blood loss, malnutrition,
infections and by excessive use of drugs and chemicals. It may cause
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Thursday 22nd May 2014
Nature Cures book to
accompany this website is now available to order from Amazon.
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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
DHA omega 3 fatty acids,
vitamin B1 (thiamine),
vitamin B2 (riboflavin),
vitamin B3 (niacin),
vitamin D and
potassium and has traces of
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.
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
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.
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.
Astaxanthin is one of the most
powerful antioxidants known to man. It is 6,000 times stronger than
vitamin C, 800 times
CoQ10, 550 times stronger
than green tea
catechins and 75 times
alpha lipoic acid. It
gives the red and pink colour to fresh water and ocean fish and is especially
Inflammation is associated with type
cancer and many other
chronic illnesses. Astaxanthin can reduce inflammation and thus protect from and
treat these disorders.
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.
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.
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.
Friday 9th May 2014
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.
Wednesday 7th May 2014
(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
choline which circulates in the body in small amounts for only seconds at a
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.
also assists in the balancing of
and promotes red blood cell production. It is further involved in the nucleic acids RNA as well as DNA.
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.
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.
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
Updated this page and added many more natural heart protective foods.
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
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.
Friday 2nd May 2014
(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
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.
(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,
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
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
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.
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
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:
duodenal and peptic ulcer, fatigue,
muscle cramps and atrophy,
infections, wound healing, wrinkles and may stimulate lactation for
Friday 18th April 2014
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
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.
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.
Saturday 12th April 2014
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
magnesium and especially
zinc by binding with them in the intestinal tract.
Soaking, fermenting and sprouting
whole grains reduces the phytic acid levels in
these plant foods. This is especially important for those suffering with
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.
out how to soak, ferment and sprout these foods to greatly reduce the
phytic acid level visit the
Thursday 10th April 2014
VITAMIN B7 (biotin,
also known as vitamin H)
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
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.
VITAMIN B2 (riboflavin)
This is required by the body to use oxygen and the metabolism of amino acids, fatty acids,
protein. Vitamin B2 is further needed to activate vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)
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
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
VITAMIN B1 (thiamine)
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
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
cataracts as well as infertility.
Wednesday 9th April 2014
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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.
FIBRE AND IT'S COFACTORS
Fibre, Fatty Acids,
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.
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
hair and mucous membranes. Vitamin A helps us to see in dim light and is necessary for proper
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
and many believe that it helps slow aging.
Sunday 6th April 2014
The Nature Cures book
is being promoted at the London Book Fair by the publisher this week.
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.
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.
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.
ANTHOXANTHINS (flavones and flavonoids)
Anthoxanthins are water soluble components which give the
white/cream pigment colour to foods. Consuming foods rich in anthoxanthins can
stroke risk, promote
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
See Natural Food Sources
Drinking lemonade or limeade made with fresh organic
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
(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
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
Thursday 3rd April 2014
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
They are the second richest source of
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.
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.
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.
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
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
urinary tract symptoms related to benign
prostatic hyperplasia (noncancerous enlargement of the prostate).
Wednesday 2nd April 2014
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.
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.
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
Tuesday 1st April 2014
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
PREGNANCY AND CHILDBIRTH page.
Monday 31st March 2014
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
Saturday 29th March 2014
IMPORTANCE OF MINERALS IN THE DIET
Many common foods we
already consume contain good amounts of
But it is also particularly important to add foods to the diet that contain
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
degenerative disorders and
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
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
The exact date of publication will be known next week.
Thursday 27th March 2014
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
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.
SAW PALMETTO BERRY
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
prevent and treat
urinary tract infections and is
used to nutritionally support the
and prevent enlargement. It contains properties which can reduce
inflammation and strengthen the immune system.
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.
fish, such as salmon, three times a week can prevent and help to treat
rheumatoid arthritis. It can also relieve symptoms of
reduce the risk
cancer and maintain
Salmon is a rich source of
eicosapentanoic acid (EPA), docosahexanoic acid (DHA)
omega-3 fatty acids,
sodium. It also provides some
A blend of
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.
This is a
thistle vegetable of Mediterranean origin and should not be confused with
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
hepatitis and protects
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.
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.
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
oregano can work against E.coli, Salmonella and L.monocytogenes
This spice is also very good for relieving
stomach cramps and dyspeptic pain and
can help with nervous exhaustion and
It may be applied as an external compress in cases of
It can also be used as a poultice or in hot baths for
Saturday 15th March 2014
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
Regular consumption of these berries can
help to prevent and treat
related macular degeneration,
fight oxidative stress, aid in prevention
high blood pressure and lower blood sugar,
LDL cholesterol and
triglyceride levels in the blood. They can also protect against some
(such as colon cancer) and a number of inflammation-related diseases
heart disease). Maqui can also slow the aging process, increase
metabolism, reduce mental decline, reduce
inflammation, increase healthy
growth, promote detoxification and stimulate the immune system to fight
against infection and diseases like
Friday 14th March 2014
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.
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
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
It makes a
refreshing tea that calms anxiety, restores depleted energy, enhances the
memory, acts as a decongestant and antihistamine, helping with chronic
or allergies and helps reduce
Wednesday 12th March 2014
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.
Streptococcus pyogenes is a human pathogen, also known as group A streptococcus (GAS)
which is the
leading cause of bacterial
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,
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.
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.
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
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.
Tuesday 11th March 2014
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.
Saturday 8th March 2014
Added new cancer fighting and prevention natural foods.
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.
Saturday 8th March 2014
Updates and additions made to this page.
NATURE CURES FOR BABIES AND NEW MOTHERS
Updates and additions made to this page.
should not be confused with the confectionery of the same name. This is a
herb that has soothing properties and nutritionally supports the
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
indigestion; along with chronic diseases that cause these symptoms such
irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and gastroesophageal reflux disease. Its
anti-inflammatory properties are also useful for treating
peptic ulcers, hiatus hernias, mouth ulcers,
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
and improvements with
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
Friday 7th March 2014
Added new natural foods which can protect the lungs and improve their
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
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
lower cholesterol, decreases triglycerides and C-reactive protein and
protects against cardiovascular disease especially for those suffering from
diabetic heart disease. The insoluble fibre in millet can also protect
Thursday 6th March 2014
NATURE CURES FOR BABIES AND NEW MOTHERS
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Wednesday 5th March 2014
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.
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
Click here for dosage and method.
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
Tuesday 4th March 2014
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
lymphatic filariasis) and also certain bacteria (such as the
Monday 3rd March 2014
Nickel interacts with
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.
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,
haemorrhoids, canker sores in the mouth, poor circulation,
cirrhosis of the liver and hay fever.
Vitamin B15 has been shown to lower
blood cholesterol, improve circulation and general oxygenation of cells and
tissues, and is helpful for
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
dependency and can reduce alcohol cravings and diminish hangovers. B15 has
also been used to treat fatigue, as well as
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.
Sunday 2nd March 2014
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
sugar control, reduction of
inflammation and pain, lowered
LDL cholesterol and
blood pressure, improved cardiovascular and organ function, reduction of
degenerative diseases, protection against
heart disease and
PMS symptoms and
cramps, improved recovery of muscles after intense exercise, improved
condition and a marked improvement of the immune system, metabolic rate and
circulation. Consuming hemp seeds regularly can treat
intestinal and digestive problems,
respiratory conditions such as
Hemp seeds components protect the brain
cells which can alleviate symptoms of
depression and improve the memory and mood. They also can protect
against and help to improve symptoms of
Alzheimer's disease, dementia and
List of 44 foods with anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties:
Herbs with anti inflammatory and pain relieving
NOTE: Essential oils and rosemary are not suitable for pregnant
or breast feeding women.
Spices with anti inflammatory and pain relieving
cayenne chilli pepper,
Saturday 1st March 2014
Fig leaves are best known for treating
diabetes, but there are many other uses such as treating
high blood pressure,
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.
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.
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
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
and gives immediate relief from
cramps. It is also effective at curing extreme spasmodic
cholera and treating
insect bites to name but a few of it's powerful medicinal properties.
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,
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
It also helps to speed up the healing process of the wound.
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
irritable bowel syndrome,
liver and gall bladder
wounds, lessening scars and treating
Sunday 23rd February 2014
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.
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
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
Saturday 22nd February 2014
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.
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.
Wednesday 19th February 2014
(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.
PREGNANCY, CHILD BIRTH & RELATED AILMENTS
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
in nutrients can seriously affect the health of both mother to be
and unborn foetus.
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
fruit of all colours and types,
alfalfa and sprouts can give both you and your baby the best
healthy start out in life together. See below for a healthy diet
Certain foods, herbs, spices and essential oils do need to be avoided during pregnancy & breast feeding.
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
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
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.
Monday 17th February 2014
IMPOTENCY (Erectile Dysfunction)
Any serious medical condition
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
stroke so the sooner this is treated the better.
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,
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
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
tumour activity and to be helpful in strengthening
Saturday 15th February 2014
This is a very nutritious vine fruit native to Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and
northern Argentina. Passion fruit contains components which have the ability
cancer cells. Its also used as a pain reliever, anti-seizure, sedative
and anti-inflammatory medicine. It can help with disorders such as
sore throat and it can cure chronic allergy symptoms. It can also help
with the recovery of
kidney disorders, as well as trigger immune enhancement and increase the
strength of antibodies in the blood.
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
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.
WORMWOOD AND MALARIA
Historical documentation shows that this Vietnamese/Chinese herb was used to
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.
WORMWOOD, IRON AND CANCER
Artemisinin is derived from the
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
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.
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 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.
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
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.
Wednesday 12th February 2014
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.
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
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.
Sunday 10th February 2014
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
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.
Saturday 8th February 2014
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.
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
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.
Friday 7th February 2014
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
powerful juicing recipes.
Friday 31st January 2014
Potatoes are a good source of
quercetin, kukoamines, patatin,
vitamin B1( thiamine),
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.
Wednesday 29th January 2014
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
and is a liver tonic,
antiviral and is a cleanser of
and a natural diuretic.
Lemon is also good for treating
thrush, parasites and
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
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
arthritis and from
obesity and coronary
Lemon also helps to regulate
blood pressure and can alleviate
(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
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
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
peripheral neuropathy and in those who have had a
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
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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
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:
Tuesday 7th January 2014
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Tuesday 26th November 2013
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.
helicobacter pylori in the intestines and are useful in
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
Monday 25th November 2013
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
epileptic seizures by increasing the amount of serotonin that nerve cells
Friday 22nd November 2013
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.
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.
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
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.
Sunday 17th November 2013
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.
Friday 15th November 2013
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.
Monday 11th November 2013
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.
Sunday 10th November 2013
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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.
29th October 2013
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.
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.
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.
Sunday 13th October 2013
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.
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
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.
Saturday 12th October 2013
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)
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
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
As an astringent it is best to decoct the powdered rhizomes; For flu use
the, rhizomes decoction ands for haemorrhages use the rhizomes powder
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
The latex of this Amazonian tree is used to relieve
rheumatic inflammation by rubbing it onto the affected area. It is also
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.
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
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
disease. It is also a very powerful anti-viral and anti-bacterial
herb and is especially useful in fighting
(taken together with
Cat's Claw and/or
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
patients, anywhere from alleviation of chemotherapy symptoms to complete
remission of tumours especially when used in conjunction with
cat's claw and
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
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
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
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
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.
/ 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
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.
Monday 30th September 2013
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.
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.
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.
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.
Alcohol and Zinc
through the urine takes place in the body of regular alcohol drinkers, they need
to ensure their diet contains plenty of the following
rich foods and at least one of them the day of or after drinking:
butternut squash seeds,
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
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.
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
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,
medications or having
bowel problems. Veal is also a very rich source of
vitamin B3 (niacin),
zinc and contains a good amount of many other essential
Wednesday 25th September 2013
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,
hepatitis, allergies, chemotherapy side effects and
Most basic and clinical research involving oral and intravenous thymus
extract has been conducted in Europe.
Liquorice root can treat chronic
hepatitis B. Glycyrrhizin interferes with hepatitis B surface antigen
and is synergistic with interferon against
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
Tuesday 24th September 2013
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 (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)
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 is a milled product of durum wheat
used in pasta. See
for nutritional value.
Sunday 22nd September 2013
(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.
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.
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.
(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.
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.
Monday 16th September 2013
(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:
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
Sunday 15th September 2013
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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
The root of this Amazonian plant has substances which have anti-microbial
and anti-fungal properties.
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.
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.
Wednesday 11th September 2013
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.
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
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.
Friday 6th September 2013
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,
Wednesday 3rd September 2013
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.
Tuesday 2nd September 2013
An effective compound for treating benign prostatic hyperplasia
(enlarged prostate) and for lowering LDL cholesterol levels is beta
sitosterol which can be found in
saw palmetto berries,
High Blood Pressure
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.
Wednesday 28th August 2013
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.
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.
The medicinal compounds in this plant are
bursinic acid, a tannate and an alkaloid, bursine, which resembles
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 contains 90% water, 50 calories,
vitamin C, has just a trace of fat without cholesterol and is an important source of
It can reduce the inflammation that contributes to conditions like
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
content. Watermelon seeds
help the body eliminate excess water.
Tuesday 20th August 2013
(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.
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
Wednesday 14th August 2013
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
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.
A warming, soothing spice that's antiseptic,
antibacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal. Helpful for
diarrhoea. Clears phlegm
cloves are also good for
They may be chewed for
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,
parasites and parasitic larvae and eggs. Cloves are tremendously effective
scabies and other
Candida. Cloves also destroy all species of shigella, staphylococcus and
Sunday 10th August 2013
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.
Friday 9th August 2013
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.
(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.
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.
common stinging nettle is a good remedy to prevent and relieve the
symptoms of bursitis.
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
Widely used for
its calming and relaxing properties, in ointments and oils for the treatment of
muscular aches and pains including rheumatism.
Lavender also helps with bloating, flatulence and upset stomach.
Lavender can applied to the skin to repel mosquitoes and other insects.
A tea made of lavender flowers relieves tension caused by nerves and stress.
Lavender also reduces muscle spasms, increases relaxation and helps with
Lavender tea is a traditional home remedy for insomnia. Inhaling lavender oil
vapour is also used for insomnia and agitation.
Thursday 8th August 2013
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.
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.
Tuesday 6th August 2013
Nose and Throat Ailments
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sunday 21st July 2013
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,
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
and the seeds for vaginal discharge.
Being extremely low in calories, the ash gourd is used to treat
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
Saturday 20th July 2013
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.
Saturday 13th July 2013
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.
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
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
Monday 8th July 2013
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.
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.
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
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.
Saturday 29th June 2013
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.
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 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
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
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
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.
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
Saturday 22nd June 2013
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
and insect bites,
irritable bowel syndrome,
liver and gall bladder functions
and skin conditions.
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.
Thursday 20th June 2013
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.
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.
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.
Sunday 16th June 2013
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
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.
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.
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
spirulina (blue/green algae).
Saturday 15th June 2013
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
Thursday 13th June 2013
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Saturday 7th June 2013
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
Wednesday 5th June 2013
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
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.
Thursday 4th June 2013
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
magnesium and has many medicinal properties.
Friday 31st May 2013
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.
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
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.
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
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
Saturday 25th May 2013
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.
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.
Thursday 23rd May 2013
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,
high LDL cholesterol levels, lack of exercise, a poor or imbalanced
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
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
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
Saturday 4th May 2013
Can act as an anti-acid
for digestive problems
and is a liver tonic, antiseptic,
is a cleanser of
kidneys and a natural diuretic. Lemon is also good for treating
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
many chronic diseases like
arthritis and from
Thursday 2nd May 2013
There 20 categories of phytoestrogens.
Isoflavones, flavones, deoxybenzoins,
lignans are all classes of
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.
(Ribes uva-crispa L)
Are a significant source of
potassium and also contain moderate amounts of
magnesium. A serving of gooseberries provides one third of RDA of
fibre which can help
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
Tuesday 30th April 2013
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.
Is a cousin of mint that grows
throughout southern Mexico and an exceptionally rich source of vegetable
iron. A tablespoon of salba seeds (ground or whole) contains eight times
omega-3 than salmon, 30% more antioxidants than blueberries and 25% more
than flaxseeds. Salba seeds can be used in the same way as flax or sesame
seeds and can also be sprouted. See the
Cures Micro Diet Sprouting page.
(rosette pak choi, flat cabbage)
An Asian green leafy brassica similar to
choy which can be eaten raw in salads or sprouted. Tatsoi is a rich
vitamin K and also contains good amounts of
zinc. Tatsoi can also be grown
as a sprout see the
Nature Cures Micro Diet
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
blood sugar related
disorders, improving healing
of wounds and infections and can help prevent infections. Wheatgrass has
anti-inflammatory properties that are beneficial for
Other benefits include prevention of grey hair, reduction of
blood pressure and lowering of
Wheat can also be grown as a sprout see the
Cures Micro Diet Sprout page
Sunday 28th April 2013
(raphanus sativus var. longipinnatus)
Is a large mild flavoured Asian radish eaten raw,
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
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
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.
Saturday 27th April 2013
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
omega 3 fatty acids,
vitamin B2 (riboflavin),
vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid),
vitamin B6 (pyridoxine),
turbot, sea bream and
are more likely to be contaminated with pollutants and mercury than other
types of fish. Consuming
tea when eating these fish can help to stop mercury being absorbed into
Horseradish is low in calories
and fat and contains a good amount of dietary
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
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,
zinc plus small amounts of
vitamin B2 (riboflavin),
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
intestinal glands to secrete digestive enzymes. Horseradish helps remove
harmful free radicals from the body and protect it from
inflammation, infections, etc.
The pathologiesto which glyphosate (Roundup)
could plausibly contribute, through its known biosemiotic effects, includes
inflammatory bowel 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
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
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
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
Read more about the
body's glands and their functions.
Thursday 25th April 2013
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,
edema (water retention),
headaches, menorrhagia, muscle tension, pain of the waist and knees and palpitations.
Some bacteria in the intestines turn
lecithin - a nutrient found in
beef, egg yolks, legumes, nuts, oily fish, organ meats,
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
It has just been discovered that this compound is responsible
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.
Sunday 21st April 2013
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.
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
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
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
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
blood disorders, reduced immunity to
Wednesday 17th April 2013
Nature's Colour Coded
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
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
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
Tuesday 16th April 2013
Reduces the risk of
heart disease. Controls blood sugar levels
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
vitamin B6 (pyridoxine),
are also good sources of
Monday 15th April 2013
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
stones (active stones and as a preventative),
tuberculosis and other
urinary tract infections. It has also been proven effective in other
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
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
Sunday 14th April 2013
A new vitamin which consists
of a large group of water-soluble,
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
The seeds and stones of fruits
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
a very powerful potential when used to kill
bacteria, It can also soothe
burns, repair skin and tissue damage and treat scars, rashes, sty's and
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
Saturday 13th April 2013
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
(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.
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
alcohol and other
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.
Nature Cures Cancer
Recent studies have discovered that there
are compounds such as
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.
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
cervical cancer and many other ailments. It has actions associated with
the pineal gland. Natural food sources of gold are purple coloured foods
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
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
tea, kambucha mushroom,
Friday 12th April 2013
Liver, Gall Bladder and Pancreas
Diabetes, Gall Bladder
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.
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
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
vitamin B6 (pyridoxine),
They also contain small amount of vitamin B2 (riboflavin),
vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid),
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Skin disorders can result from poor diet, nutritional deficiencies,
impurities in the blood, exposure to harsh chemicals, pollution, hard
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
Is practically unexcelled in the tree bark
remedies for successfully treating psoriasis, eczema, herpes, acne and
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
Plant Roots and Medicinal
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.
(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
It is also useful for treating
colds, whooping cough, bleeding wounds,
pneumonia and pleurisy,
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.
(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 B9 (foliate),
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
fatty acids. It has a high content of
vitamin B9 (foliate),
potassium. Swede also provides
vitamin A (retinol),
vitamin B1 (thiamine),
vitamin B2 (riboflavin,
vitamin B3 (niacin),
vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid),
'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
a sugar substitute. Therefore, it is often used in special dietary foods for
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.
Monday 8th April 2013
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
(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
vitamin B1 (thiamine),
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
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
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
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
aspartame has not been added to chewable forms of the supplement.
Cleanse and Detoxify
Infections and diseases of organs and tissues related to the
intestinal tract will take hold when the natural intestinal
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
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
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.
Raw Juice Therapy, Juicing & Detoxification
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
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.
Sunday 7th April 2013
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
of its magnesium content which can cause deficiency in
humans. Deficiency can lead to
kidney stones, muscle cramps,
attack, epileptic seizures,
nervous irritability, marked depression, confusion,
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.
Salt in the Diet
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.
Saturday 6th April 2013
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.
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
cholesterol and exhibit
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
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
(which is uniquely rich in this flavonoid) for just four days.
Friday 5th April 2013
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
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
Parkinson's disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis but trials are
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
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
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
diarrhoea and some
gastrointestinal diseases, such as peptic ulcers,
infections of the eye and to reduce odour in the bowels.
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
vitamin B2 (riboflavin),
(niacin), 0.208mg vitamin
B5 (pantothenic acid),
(foliate), 9mcg of
206 gm sodium
and 1.63mg of
Whelks also provide the following important
glutamic acid, 1.495g glycine,
1.465g lysine, 0.603g
tyrosine and 1.037g valine.
Octopus and Squid
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
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
(niacin). The high
content helps control
pressure. Octopus works as an aid in brain development in children and,
as they contain plenty of
zinc, can also
boost the immune system.
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
They are a very
high natural source of
omega 3 fatty acids,
(niacin), vitamin B9
and zinc. They
also contain small amounts of
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
Oysters are also high in cholesterol and should be eaten in moderation by
people at risk of heart disease or stroke.
There are 35 calories in one scallop. Calorie breakdown: 46% fat, 20%
protein. !00g of scallops provides 21g of protein. Scallops are rich in
omega 3 fatty acids,
They also provide smaller amounts of
vitamin B2 (riboflavin),
vitamin B6 (pyridoxine),
vitamin C (ascorbic acid),
Thursday 4th April 2013
Hard shelled crabs are more nutritious than soft shelled. They are a very high natural
source of protein,
(niacin), vitamin B9
Although crab is high in cholesterol it also provides a rich source of
omega 3 fatty acids and
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,
prawns and shrimps are some of the highest sources of this
essential mineral. The high level of potassium helps to regulate
and zinc can prevent
together with zinc
improves the absorption of
which aids in the absorption of
Clams are one of the top natural
vitamin B12 which is known to be a powerful agent against
disease and Dementia. They are also rich in
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,
prawns and shrimps are some of the highest
sources of this essential mineral. The high level of potassium helps to
pressure and zinc can prevent
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
vitamin C, amino acids,
and zinc. They
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
(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
circulatory problems and many other types of illnesses. These valuable
triglyceride levels and have many other benefits for heart health.
Prawns and shrimps also contains high levels of
and iron and
have smaller quantities of
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 B6 (pyridoxine),
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.
ounce, pork tenderloin has less fat than a chicken breast. Pork also
contains most of the nutrients that exist in poultry such as
vitamin B6 (pyridoxine),
and cholesterol with the addition of
vitamin B2 (riboflavin) and
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
disease. However, pork contains more nutrients than poultry and greater
amounts of the nutrients they share.
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
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.
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 (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
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
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.
Vitamin B4 (adenine)
Adenine is produced with
glycine and pairs with
thymine (T) as
one of four chemical bases in
acid) with the other paired two being
and guanine (G).
Adenine also pairs with
uracil (U) along with
cytosine (C) and
guanine (G) as one of
the four bases in
(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.
Tuesday 2nd April 2013
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
and over 90% of the daily requirement of
It is a rich source of
omega 3 fatty acids,
Cod is good for preventing
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
levels, reduces the risk of leukaemia, lymphoma,
colon cancer, lowers
reduces the risk of
disease and age-related cognitive decline including macular degeneration,
reduces the risk of arrhythmia, can improve mood and relieve
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
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
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
and cause a number of health problems. Examples include dehydration,
increased heart rate, tiredness, weakness, decreased blood pressure, heat
stroke, and, rarely, death.
Saturday 30th March 2013
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
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
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
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.
LDL cholesterol and protect from
heart disease as well as relieve premenstrual tension. They are high in
vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)
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Friday 29th March 2013
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.
(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
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
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.
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
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.
Thursday 28th March 2013
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
depression and fatigue,
and heavy drinkers,
tinnitus and those
on powerful medications
that can blocked absorption of
and minerals, diets
for the aged, low
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.
obliquus, birch mushroom, cinder conk)
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
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.
Wednesday 27th March 2013
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
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
(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.
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
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.
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.
Including marrow in the diet
can help decrease the risk of several serious medical conditions, including
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
or vegetable oils like
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.
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
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.
(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
Monday 25 March 2013
Helicobacter Pylori Intestinal Infection
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.
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.
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
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
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.
Friday 22 March 2013
(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.
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,
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
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
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.
(brassica rapa var nipposinica, var japonica, Japanese mustard)
popular Japanese leafy salad vegetable similar to rocket and mustard greens.
It is high in fibre,
vitamin B9 (folic acid),
and contains glucosinolates which are antioxidants that help prevent certain
Mizuna is a very good source of
vitamin B2 (riboflavin),
vitamin B9 (foliate),
Inspect mizuna leaves carefully before cooking for optimal quality. This
vegetable is susceptible to flea beetles and slugs that can damage the
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
(arugula, rokka, ruccola)
A nutritious green-leafy vegetable of
Mediterranean origin. It belongs within the
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
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
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
is also a very good source of
vitamin B2 (riboflavin),
vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid),
Thursday 21 March 2013
(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
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.
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
Wednesday 20 March 2013
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
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.
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
Honey can be added to sweeten it.
DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid)
There are four chemical bases in
cytosine (C) and
thymine (T). Within the DNA molecule,
bases located on one strand form chemical bonds with
bases on the opposite strand. The sequence of four DNA bases encodes the
cell's genetic instructions. A form of
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
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.
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.
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
(Colds, Influenza, Cold Sores,
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.
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,
parasites and worms
as well as normalize blood sugar levels in
(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.
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.
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
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
- Arthritis, Joint Problems,
Until the age of
around 30-35 years,
in conjunction with other
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.
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.
Sunday 17 March 2013
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
Tryptophan, necessary for the synthesis of serotonin and functioning of
neurotransmitters, is known to help relieve stress, anxiety and depression.
(amino or imini
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
When proline is not
consumed in the diet it is made by
and the kidneys release it into the blood stream. Proline works with
to promote healthy connective tissue, maintain and heal cartilage and the
strengthen joints, tendons and muscles (including the heart muscle).
which deplete or block absorption of
(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,
balding, bronchitis, cancer, cataracts, chronic fatigue, cirrhosis,
fibromyalgia, hair loss,
energy, low sex drive, lupus, male infertility, migraines, multiple
sclerosis, osteoporosis, joint and back pain,
PMS, psoriasis, scleroderma, schizophrenia and wrinkles to name but a few.
Balloon Flower Root
(jie geng, platycodon grandiflorum, campanulaceae)
isolated from the roots of the balloon flower have been found to increase
glutathione content and significantly reduce oxidative injury to liver
cells, minimise cell death and lipid peroxidation.
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.
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
B9 (folic acid),
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.
Saturday 16 March 2013
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
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
taurine may lead to alcohol induced liver fat build up,
kidney failure and autism. Muscle cramps is a symptom of taurine
deficiency. Deficiency of cysteine and
zinc can lead to diminished levels of taurine. Certain
deplete or block absorption of these nutrients may also cause taurine
and find out
which natural foods are rich in taurine.
Alpha Lipoic Acid
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,
shingles, thyroid disease and
Symptoms can include pain, burning, numbness, tingling, weakness and
itching. Foods rich in alpha lipoic acid are:
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:
carotene, saponins, pyrazines, pectin, chlorogenic acid,
peppers are also low in fat and contain the right kind of fat: 66% of the fat as
(omega 6) and 5% as
(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.
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
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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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
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.
Acid (omega 9
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
Has the lowest saturated fat of any culinary oil and less than half that of
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
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
oil), has 10 times more
omega 3 than olive oil, is a good source of
and high in monounsaturated fats,
omega 6 and
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.
acid (omega 3 fatty
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:
cod liver oil,
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
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
eczema and even rheumatoid arthritis. Replacing cow's milk with goat's milk
may help to reduce some of the symptoms of these conditions.
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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
selenium (28.6%) and
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
phytonutrients and minerals such as
avoid cabbage & kale if suffering
from thyroid gland problems, kidney or gallstones.
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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
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
fibre and contain many
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
and many other important trace minerals. They also contain natural
anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal compounds.
avoid goji berries if taking medication for
anti-coagulants (blood thinners) such as warfarin or aspirin.
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,
vitamin C, calcium,
It is also low in natural sugars and does not create blood
sugar spikes, which is good for
significantly increases wound closure and promotes tissue regeneration and
has anti-inflammatory, anti-aging and skin repair effects on human skin.
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.
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
legumes, vegetables of all colours and types, fruit,
alfalfa, bean and sprouts can give both you and your baby
the best healthy start out in life together.
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
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
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.
(Indian corn, jugnog, maize, sea mays, turkey corn, turkish corn,
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
(high blood pressure),
urinary tract dysfunction and stones,
bed-wetting, jaundice and painful urination caused by the
gland. It is also useful for the treatment of
kidney stones nephritis,
prostatitis, dropsy and
Corn silk extract is a useful hypoglycaemic food for
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
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.
St. John's wort
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
Two teaspoons of black strap molasses contains 18% of the RDA for
magnesium, 13.3% of
iron, 11.8% of calcium
and 14% of
copper. It is also a good source of vitamin
One tablespoon provides 452mg of
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.
Belong to the Alliaceae family,
together with onions and garlic. A flavonoid called
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 B6 (pyridoxine) vitamin K,
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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
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
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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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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.
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
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.
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
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
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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
Human Lice, Scabies,
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.
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
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Has a balancing effect on the nervous system and hormones.
A basil tea is good for lowering
blood sugar levels and
blood pressure, relieves
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
Cocoa beans contain a large
amount of antioxidant
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
Among the Kuna people of Panama,
who can drink up to 40 cups of cocoa (which contains epicatechins)
per week, rates of stroke,
diabetes are less
than 10%. The Kuna also live longer than other Panama inhabitants and do not
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
They contain small amounts of
vitamin B1 (thiamine),
vitamin B2 (riboflavin),
vitamin B3 (niacin),
vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), and
(pyridoxine) and small traces of
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.
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.
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(liver, kidney, heart, sweetbreads, tongue,
Organ meats are highly
nutritious, cheaper than normal cuts of meat with plenty of
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
organ meats can help prevent
anaemia and blood
(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,
prostatitis, HIV and
tuberculosis were discovered in the western world in 2007.
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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
omega 3, 31 mg of
vitamin B2 (riboflavin),
vitamin B12 (cyanocobalamin)
and vitamin D.
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.
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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.
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A member of parsley or Umbelliferae family that includes herbs and spices
such as dill,
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.
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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
milk brings down the
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
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
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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
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
that helps to lower LDL cholesterol and increases HDL cholesterol.
Pine nuts are an excellent source of
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 B2 (riboflavin),
vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid),
and one of the richest sources of
which helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and
scavenge harmful oxygen-free radicals.
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,
high blood pressure,
and impotence by
enhancing the capacity to dilate blood vessels and increase the flow
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Boosts the immune system by stimulating white blood cells. Has certain anti-cancer properties. Prevents blood clots by thinning the blood. (vitamin K,
(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
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
fatty acids, alanine, arginine, aspartate, cystine, glutomate, glycine,
histidin, isoleucine, leucine,
phenylalanine, proline, serine, threonine,
lutein and zeaxanthin,
oleic acid, rutin,
and the B
vitamins apart from vitamin B12.
Are extremely important in
Beetroot juice contains
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.
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,
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
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
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.
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
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:
fresh green chilli
peppers (fresh green),
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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.
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
(high blood pressure),
hereditary causes. Kidney failure requires a stringent diet to prevent or
slow further damage to the kidneys and waste accumulation in the body. This
electrolytes such as
intake and limits
protein containing foods.
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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
A Himalayan herb found
between 200-3000 m height. Contains
and iron and
as the name suggests, tree turmeric, has all of the same qualities of normal
turmeric has been used in medicines for centuries and has a multitude of
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Chinese medicinal herb.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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,
(thiamine), It is considered to have an excellent amino acid composition,
including all 12 essential
amino acids for
humans, and is higher in
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Common adverse nutritional effects caused by
steroid therapy include stomach irritation,
(edema), weight gain,
high blood sugar,
retention and impaired absorption of
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,
and in some cases increases the risk of developing type II
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.
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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
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
Lithium carbonate, used for treating bipolar
(folic acid) and
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
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
and many other minerals and
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.
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
A serving of halibut meets more than 50 percent RDA of
tryptophan 106.2%, protein 60.5%,
omega-3 fats 25.8%,
vitamin B6 22.5%,
25.8%, 0.2mg of
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
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
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.
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
Thiazide-type diuretics deplete
causes thiamine deficiency in 98 percent
of patients with congestive heart failure and increases excretion of vitamin
acid) and vitamin
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
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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
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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
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
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.
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.
Belong to the onion family and
contain more than 80% water. They are fairly high in protein and
carbohydrate content, rich in
They are stimulating to the digestive system, valuable as a blood cleanser
and exercise a strong diuretic action.
Drinking beer should be
avoided if consuming chives because beer has a very strong disintegrating
effect on the kidneys and
may cause undue
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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
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.
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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,
liver, pancreas, kidney, glandular and
respiratory disorders and failures,
heart disease and the deadly tumours of
these toxins travel through the human body and collect anywhere in the soft
fatty tissues, glands, the liver, kidneys, brain and other organs.
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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
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.
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
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
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
The seeds are
excellent source of B vitamins
pyridoxine and B9
folic acid. Poppy seeds also contain good levels the minerals
zinc and magnesium. The
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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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
the body, infection, disease and, ultimately, an early death.
more and find out how to make herbal cleaning solutions and polish.
19 February 2013
& Bacterial Infections
(methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus) is used to describe the
over use and misuse
of antibiotics has created. The
staphylococcus aureus bacteria has
mutated and become
to these antibiotics. MRSA causes an estimated 2,000 deaths in UK hospitals each year.
not just the staphylococcus
aureus bacteria which has become resistant to antibiotics, the
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.
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.
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
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
impotency, infertility, kidney malfunction,
tooth decay and
Wilsons disease (where the body cannot process
Diabetics and people with low blood sugar
should consume antioxidant foods that contain
chromium, vanadium and
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
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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.
Amino Acids - Vitamins
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.
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
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
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.
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Neurological Disorders - Anxiety, Stress, Depression,
Insomnia and Concentration Problems
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
(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
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.
14 February 2013
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
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 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
(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
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
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
potassium which are very essential for body metabolism.
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 & STARCHFibre 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.
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 A, beta-carotene,
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),
B9 folic acid,
manganese (15% RDA),
copper (12% RDA),
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-carotene, calcium, iron and vitamins A, C, B1 and B2. Kimchi is one of the best probiotic foods to add to the diet.
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
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 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.
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
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, 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
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 K, B complex vitamins such as
B5 pantothenic acid,
B6 pyridoxine as well as minerals like
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 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
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
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
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.
(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 B2, vitamin 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 A, vitamin 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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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
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.
if pregnant or suffering from gastric reflux or active stomach ulcers
Do not apply peppermint oil to the face, especially under the nose of a child or infant
6 February 2013
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.
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.
5 February 2013
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.
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.
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
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.
4 February 2013
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.
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:
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.
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.
2 February 2013
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.
restful sleep drink a cup of milk with some nutmeg powder. This will help
achieve relaxation and induce sleep.
1 February 2013
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.
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,
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 contain much more heart-friendly potassium and vitamin B9 (foliate) than 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.
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.
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.
31 January 2013
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
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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
buy pure mined bicarbonate of soda which has not been tainted with chemicals
during the production process.
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.
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.
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.
28 January 2013
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.
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.
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
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.
27 January 2013
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
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.
An interesting study in Italy has shown that kiwis may help improve respiratory disorders. Children between the ages of 6 and 7 were fed 5-7 portions a week of kiwi and citrus, and were compared to children eating only one serving a week. The results were remarkable. The first group had a 44% reduction in wheezing, 41% less chronic coughing, and 28% less mucus production.
Surprising new studies coming out of Israel are revealing that pomegranate juice not only lowers oxidized cholesterol, which produces plaque and hardening of the arteries, but is able to reduce plaques already present. This is a big deal for the many millions who have eaten themselves into high blood pressure. Michael Aviram, of the Technion–Israel Institute of Technology says, “We’ve known that antioxidant chemicals in red wine, ginger, tomatoes, and pomegranates help preserve paraoxonase in the blood; now we can see that this not only prevents lesions, but also breaks them down when they form.” The significance of this is stunning. It’s possible that drinking a few ounces of this powerful juice a day could help atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) to retreat to the point where patients could avoid evasive procedures like angioplasty and bypass surgery.
This delicious fruit has been cultivated in Europe for thousands of years, not only as food; the Europeans also used blackberry juice to treat mouth and eye infections. The North American Natives incorporated this wild bramble into their diet and made tea from its leaves to help reduce vomiting and aid digestion.
If you are interested in eating the best anti-cancer, anti-aging foods this planet has to offer, then it would be good to become familiar with the acronym, ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity). This is now a universally recognized method of rating a food’s antioxidant capacities. And blackberries are in the ORAC top-ten list. In the past, we would have said the main reason to eat blackberries was the vitamin C . Today, we’re learning that blackberries are rich in polyphenolics, including anthocyanin pigments.These dark-coloured berries are full of antioxidant pigments. Also the seeds are high in ellagic acid, which protects from cancer.
Blackberries are a very good source of vitamin C, K, manganese, fibre and pectin. They’re also a good source of vitamin E, folate, copper, potassium and magnesium.
25 January 2013
Atherosclerosis & Arteriosclerosis
The terms atherosclerosis and arteriosclerosis are frequently used as though they are the same condition. While both conditions are types of coronary artery disease, and may lead to the need for heart surgery, they are not the same.
Arteriosclerosis is hardening of the arteries. This condition not only thickens the wall of arteries, but also causes stiffness and a loss of elasticity. Over time, the arteries become harder and harder as they are slowly damaged by high blood pressure. Arteriosclerosis may be present in any artery of the body, but the disease is most concerning when it attacks the coronary arteries and threatens to cause a heart attack. See natural foods for Arteriosclerosis,
Atherosclerosis is the most common type of arteriosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, and caused by plaque building up in the vessel. Over time the plaque causes thickening of the walls of the artery. Stiffness and a loss of elasticity also result. See natural foods for Atherosclerosis
To clarify, a patient with arteriosclerosis (hardened arteries) may not have atherosclerosis (plaque), but a patient with atherosclerosis does have arteriosclerosis. Patients often have both conditions, which can cause a decrease in the blood flow to the heart muscle.
Researchers have discovered a substance known as nobiletin in tangerines which prevents obesity and protects against Type II diabetes and atherosclerosis, which is the underlying disease responsible for most heart attacks and strokes. Nobiletin has been shown to prevent the build-up of fat in the liver via stimulating the expression of genes involved in burning excess fat, and inhibiting the genes which are responsible for manufacturing fat. It also lowers bad cholesterol levels. In longer-term studies, nobiletin also protects from atherosclerosis, which is the build-up of plaque in arteries which can lead to a heart attack or stroke. Tangerines are a good source of Vitamins A, C and the B's and contain many essential minerals including potassium, magnesium, calcium and phosphorus. Read more
Japanese scientists have found that a fully ripe banana produces a substance called TNF which has the ability to combat abnormal cells and enhance immunity against cancer. They have pointed out that as the banana ripens it develops dark spots and or patches in the banana skin and the more patches it has the higher will be its immunity enhancement quality. According the Japanese scientists who have carried out this research state that banana contains TNF which has anti-cancer properties. They say that the degree of anti-cancer effect corresponds to the degree of ripeness of the fruit.
Deficiency is on the rise because people have become aware of the risks of skin cancer caused by exposure to the suns harmful rays and either use sunscreens or cover up and avoid the sun completely. Vitamin D is essential for healthy bones and teeth and a deficiency can lead to rickets (in children) and osteomalacia (in adults) which can cause weak bones and pain.
Oily fish such as sardines, pilchards, herring, trout, tuna, salmon and mackerel and cod liver oil are good sources of Vitamin D and egg yolks, liver and wild mushrooms contain small amounts food is not the best way to get sufficient Vitamin D but 10-15 minutes of midday sunshine on the skin can provide all the body needs. It is not the same as sunbathing; the skin simply needs to be exposed to sunlight. Through a window is not enough.
Over exposure of the suns rays can be dangerous for the skin but no exposure at all can be equally detrimental to the bones and teeth.
Ultraviolet B (UVB) rays in sunlight convert cholesterol in the skin into vitamin D
During the winter months (October-April) when it is too cold to expose the skin to the sun and in the northern hemisphere there is not enough UVB rays from the sun anyway, it is advisable to raise your weekly intake of oily fish and cod liver oil. See more about vitamins
24 January 2013
High Blood Pressure