Nourishing Foods & Spices

Hemp Oil? Cure for pain? Cure for cancer?

When you are in pain or suffering, you will try just about anything. I would much rather use hemp oil than use prescription drugs. This video is not a high budget video, but it will give you some good information and make you think….maybe even give you hope. The hemp oil they are talking about in this video is not the oil you find in health food stores.

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Dying from Chron’s disease:

Be happy and healthy!

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More Videos about hemp oil here.

Great link for particular health issues helped by hemp oil: http://boards.cannabis.com/medicinal-cannabis-health/161539-granny-storm-crows-list.html

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The Importance of Probiotics.

When I was having some health challenges I knew that it had something to do with my stomach and intestines. With the addition of adding probiotics into my body, I started feeling better within days.

Our gut is the healthline of our bodies. Our stomach and 80 percent of your immune system is located in your digestive system, and a robust, well-functioning immune system is your number one defense  against all disease. Maintaining a healthy gut flora is far more important than you might think.

At any point in time there are about 500 different species of bacteria living inside you – totaling about sixty trillion bacteria. Some of these bacteria are referred to as “good,” and some as “bad”. The key to good health is not to completely eradicate bad bacteria, but to maintain a healthy balance. Things like medications, diet, diseases, and your environment can upset that balance. The most common way to upset the balance of good and bad bacteria is the use of antibiotics. The good bacteria in your gut are very susceptible to damage caused by antibiotics.

When good bacteria is lacking, a number of bacteria-related health problems such as digestive upset, headaches, sluggishness, irritability, cadidiasis, and even anxiety can ensue. Good bacteria in the gut is important to keep the immune system primed to more effectively fight infection from invading pathogenic bacteria. (1)

What are Probiotics?

The term probiotics comes from the Greek word “for life.”  Anti means “contrary or against.”  So antibiotics means “against life.” Antibiotics kill bacteria…the bad and the good. It’s kind of like the movie line that says: ‘Kill them all and we will sort them out later!’

Most probiotics are bacteria, similar to those that occur in your gut naturally. Probiotics help keep our flora in our intestines in balance. Probiotics are essential to a fully-functioning immune system, and can be increased or restored through the intake of certain food products and supplements.

Symptoms of lack of good bacteria.

The Addition of Probiotics Are Crucial For:

  • Protection against over-growth of other microorganisms that could cause disease.
  • Promotes mental health.
  • Helps reduce diarrhea and diaper rash.
  • Helps digestion of food and absorption of nutrients.
  • Builds Immune System.
  • Helps IBS sufferers.
  • Reduces negative affects of taking many types of antibiotics.
  • Aids in preventing and treating colon inflammation.
  • Reduces lactose intolerance.
  • Helps prevent yeast infections, candidasis, and vaginitis.
  • Aids in digesting food.
  • Helps correct and heal digestive disorders.
  • Good Flora promotes the prevention of halitosis.
  • Promotes anti-tumor and anti-cancer activity in the body.


How to protect you gut and bring probiotics into your diet:

I have always added probiotic supplements to my diet but then learned of the different ways of incorporating foods that build healthy flora into my body.

Fermented foods are the most effective source for providing probiotics for your system. Yogurt, sauerkraut, Kefir, Kombacha, buttermilk, and other fermented foods are the best way to get these healthy bacteria into your body.

Kefir: One of the best and least expensive ways to get healthy bacteria into your diet is to obtain raw milk and convert it to kefir. The bacteria and beneficial yeast in kefir can actually colonize the intestinal tract, and this makes it far superior to yogurt. For directions to making your own, go here.

Goat Milk Products: .Goat’s milk and cheese are particularly high in probiotics like thermophillus, bifudus, bulgaricus and acidophilus.

Yogurt: Look for brands made from goat milk that has been infused with extra forms of probitoics like lactobacillus or acidophilus. Some of your store bought yogurts contain sugars including fructose, corn starch, and modified corn starch. There are other questionable ingredients added for flavor and consistency. Homemade yogurt is much better for you and easy to make. I have to add honey or fruit to mine to sweeten it up. Homemade yogurt that is fermented for 24 hours, as recommended in the book ‘Breaking the Vicious Cycle‘, will have an average concentration of 3 billion cfu of yogurt. What does this mean? Well, if you were to eat a small bowl  of 24 hour fermented homemade yogurt, you would receive 1.5 trillion beneficial bacteria – 100 times more bacteria than a 15 billion capsule of supplemented probiotics. Go here for a recipe for crock pot yogurt.

Sauerkraut: Last year, BBC News reported that sauerkraut could cure the avian flu (bird flu) and other studies show it reduces the risk of breast cancer. If buying commercial sauerkraut, choose high quality from the refrigerated section of your store. Best choice: make it yourself. Here is just one recipe.

Kimchi: An Asian form of pickled sauerkraut, kimchi is an extremely spicy and sour fermented cabbage, typically served alongside most meals in Korea. Besides from beneficial bacteria, Kimchi is also a great source of beta-carotene, calcium, iron and vitamins A, C, B1 & B2. Kimchi is one of the best probiotic foods you can add to your diet, assuming you can handle the spice, of course.

In conclusion:

The owner of a health food store told me at one time, that if she could only choose one supplement to take, it would be probiotics.  As a part of your overall health care, I would say that getting probiotics in your diet should be one of your top priorities. It is a daily addition to mine.

Be happy and healthy.

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(1) http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/01/100127095945.htm

Happy Stomach photo: Kenjiro Sano

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Every Cancer Can be Cured in Weeks explains Dr. Leonard Coldwell

I found this video so interesting that I just had to share!

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Now watch this one!

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Soy… Friend or Foe?

Ok, let’s examine the holy grail of the vegetarian foods, SOY! We have heard all the wonderful benefits of adding soy to our diets. We have heard about how in Asia and other countries, people are healthier and live longer because of the soy that they get in their diets. We have heard that if you have dairy intolerance then the best thing to do is to switch to soy.

In the vegetarian sections of many stores we can find soy burgers, soy hotdogs, soy milk, soy beans, and soy ice cream. That doesn’t even include soy in most packaged foods, bread, pancake flour, pie crusts, frozen desserts, salad dressings, etc etc.

Interesting to note that the main producers of soy are the United States (35%), Brazil (27%), Argentina (19%), China (6%) and India (4%)

BUT having soy in all our foods is wonderful isn’t it? Aren’t we all going to live longer because of it? Well maybe, according to some great marketing, but if we stop and think for ourselves, let’s see what we find out.

A Little History:

For centuries, Asian people have been consuming fermented soy products such as natto, tempeh, and soy sauce, and enjoying the health benefits. Fermented soy does not wreak havoc on your body like unfermented soy products do.

Only a few decades ago, the soybean was considered unfit to eat – even in Asia. The pictograph for the soybean, indicates that it was not first used as a food. Apparently the soy plant was initially used as a method of fixing nitrogen.The soybean did not serve as a food until the discovery of fermentation techniques. The first soy foods were fermented products like tempeh, natto, miso and soy sauce.  The use of fermented and precipitated soy products soon spread to other parts of the Orient, notably Japan and Indonesia.

Unfortunately, many Americans who are committed to healthy lifestyles have been ‘educated’ into believing that unfermented and processed soy products like soymilk, soy cheese, soy burgers and soy ice cream are good for them.

The Bad News

Dr. Kaayla Daniel, author of The Whole Soy Story, points out thousands of studies linking soy to malnutrition, digestive distress, immune-system breakdown, thyroid dysfunction, cognitive decline, kidney stones, immune system impairment, breast cancer,  infertility, and heart disease.

>Soy is higher in phytoestrogens than just about any other food source. Phytoestrogens are plant-based estrogens that mimic estrogen in our bodies. A leading cause of breast cancer, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, infertility, and low libido is  estrogen dominance.

>Many foods are goitrogenic (thyroid suppressing), but soy is king of them all. Goitrogens work by preventing your thyroid from getting the necessary amount of iodine. The negative effects that soy has on your thyroid is huge especially if someone already struggles with thyroid issues.

>Soybeans are high in phytic acid, present in the bran or hulls of all seeds. It’s a substance that can block the uptake of essential minerals.Vegetarians who consume large amounts of  tofu and bean curd as a substitute for meat and dairy products risk severe mineral deficiencies. The results of calcium, magnesium and iron deficiency are well known; those of zinc are less so.

>According to an article in The Guardian , researchers have discovered that consuming unfermented soy may be linked to reduced male fertility, increased cancer risk, damaged brain function, developmental abnormalities in infants, and early onset of puberty.

>93% of soy is genetically modified. Soy allergies skyrocketed by 50% after GM soy was introduced in the UK.

>Nearly 20 percent of U.S. infants are now fed soy formula, but the estrogens in soy can harm your baby’s sexual development and reproductive health. Infants fed soy formula take in an estimated five birth control pills’ worth of estrogen every day. Infant soy formula has been linked to autoimmune thyroid disease.

The Good News

Soy can be incredibly healthful, but ONLY if it is organic and properly fermented.

After a long fermentation process, the phytate and “anti-nutrient” levels of soybeans are reduced, and their beneficial properties become available to your digestive system.

When you hear that Japanese people live longer and have lower rates of cancer than Americans because they eat so much soy- it’s primarily fermented soy that they consume, and it’s always been that way.

One of the main benefits of fermented soy, especially natto, is that it is the best food source of vitamin K2. Vitamin K2 is essential to preventing osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, and diseases of the brain such as dementia, and protecting you from various cancers including prostate, lung, liver cancer and leukemia.

Fermented soy products are the only ones most nutritionally knowledgeable physicians recommend consuming.

These are the primary fermented soy products you’ll find:

  • Tempeh a fermented soybean cake with a firm texture and nutty, mushroom-like flavor.
  • Miso, a fermented soybean paste with a salty, buttery texture (commonly used in miso soup).
  • Natto, fermented soybeans with a sticky texture and strong, cheese-like flavor.
  • Soy sauce, which is traditionally made by fermenting soybeans, salt and enzymes; be wary because many varieties on the market today are made artificially using a chemical process.
  • Tofu is not fermented….bummer.

I would not rule out soy completely. Just as I will be careful in in consuming sugar, in moderation I will also chose my soy. I will still enjoy some Edamame. If I am going to have soy it is going to be fermented or in raw form. Sadly 80% of all soy beans grown in the USA are Genetically Modified.

I hope this helps you to make your decision about soy, if it is your friend or foe…or maybe just an acquaintance that you enjoy some of the time.

http://thyroid.about.com/cs/soyinfo/a/soy.htm

http://www.whale.to/a/fallon1.html

http://thedeliciousrevolution.com/cleanse/why-avoid-soy/

http://www.thesoydeception.com/

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How To Use Coconut Oil

So how do you incorporate Coconut Oil into your life? Some people just take a spoonful straight…more power to them! LOL. I love the taste but need to put it in something. My husband makes his eggs with coconut oil EVERY morning. I need a bit more variety in my meals. I put mine in my oatmeal, or spread on toast. Even add it to a hot drink. I love to bake with it and it’s amazing on popcorn.  Below I list some ways to incorporate coconut oil into your diet.

IN FOOD:
Use in replacement of where you use other oils.
Great of popcorn!
In Oatmeal.
In smoothies.
In hot drinks.
On toast.
In candy making.
Mix in peanut/almond butter.
Mix in yogurt…stir well.
Use in baking!
Melted and poured over veggies.
Makes great muffins!
Put it on potatoes…yum!
Coconut whip cream!
Any recipe that calls for oil.

ON YOUR BODY:

Massage anywhere on your body for softer, clearer skin.
Great moisturizer.
Make a body scrub with it.
Sunscreen!
Make up remover.
Condition your hair!
Homemade chapstick.
Toothpaste…mix with baking soda.
Use on minor scrapes and cuts as natural antibiotic.

I think that lotions, creams, scrubs, and any baked goods with coconut oil would make great gifts ideas!

Never microwave coconut oil to melt it! Microwaves destroy all of the beneficial properties. Instead, place the desired amount of coconut oil in a glass jar or measuring cup. Place the glass in a bowl of hot water. It will melt fairly quickly.

For Coconut Oil recipes click here:

For a $10 off coupon for Coconut oil go here:

For Coconut DIY recipes …well those are coming soon!

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Coconut Oil

When I decided to start doing some research on coconut oil, I found it on sites  from  cooking to to beauty to health and even body building.

I have used coconut oil for cooking, sunscreen, moisturizer for hair and body.

I have heard of people using it for weight loss, but I was really surprised to lean about the studies they are doing to show how coconut oil is helpful in the treatment of Alzheimer’s.

Coconut Oil has in the past been labeled one of the ‘bad’ oils. This is because previous testing done with coconut oil was done with the use of hydrogenated coconut oil and not virgin coconut oil which has not been chemically treated. Partial hydrogenation creates dreaded trans fats. It also destroys many of the good essential fatty acids, antioxidants and other positive components present in virgin coconut oil. Coconut oil is 90% saturated fat (0% trans fat.) But because of its molecular structure it doesn’t really deserve to be lumped in with the ‘Bad’ saturated fats.To learn more about good and bad oils, I have posted an intro video here.

Many people who have allergies to nuts, eggs, and dairy have started cooking with coconut oil.
There is a growing number of vegans, who rely on it as a sweet vegetable fat that is solid at room temperature and can create flaky pie crusts, crumbly scones and fluffy cupcake icings, all without butter.

Olive oil is a wonderfully nourishing oil and is most beneficial when used in its raw form or processed at medium to low heat. Olive oil has a medium smoke point (visually starts to smoke) and so it’ s best to cook with it at a medium heat or lower to prevent oxidation, which breaks down the nutrients. Coconut oil is extremely stable so it is great to use when higher heat is necessary. Coconut oil has a long shelf life and doesn’t go rancid for 2-3 years or more, even when stored at room temperature.

ABC News did a report about Virgin coconut oil. If added to antibiotic therapy, may help relieve the symptoms of community-acquired pneumonia in kids faster than antibiotic therapy alone, a new study finds. (1)

Bruce Fife, CN, ND, author of The Coconut Oil Miracle states: ‘I discovered why coconut oil, in one form or another, was used in hospital and baby formulas and why it was recommended for those with digestive problems. I discovered it had many important nutritional and medical applications. I also learned that there was no truth in the belief that coconut oil causes or even contributes to heart disease. In fact, I learned that if you want to protect yourself from heart disease you should be using coconut oil.’(2)

At being the ripe ole age of over fifty, anything that even remotely resembles anti aging I will try! LOL. not really but I will use what nature provides. It has been said that coconut oil rejuvenates the skin and helps to prevent wrinkles. I have added coconut oil and vitamin E oil together and just started using it in the evenings. I will let you know how it works. So far I know that it makes my skin feel fabulous!

There are sooooooo many benefits to coconut oil, I have even heard of one guy who uses coconut oil as a natural lubricant and string cleaner for his guitar! What I am going to do is list some of the benefits below with links for you to read more about the subject of your choosing. I highly suggest using organic cold pressed virgin coconut oil.

To learn how to get coconut oil into your life go here.

For recipes using coconut oil oil go here.

Benefits of Coconut Oil: Click on the title for a link to more info.

ACID REFLUX

ACNE

AIDS

ALLERGIES

ALZHEIMER’S AND PARKINSON’S
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZOR-Qd3QSg )
((http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVD7ZuCe3vY)

ANTIBIOTIC

ARTHRITIS

ASTHMA  2 tbsp of coconut oil per day

ATHLETE’S FOOT

ATOPIC DERMAT

BABIES
(http://lifeafterbirthcontrol.blogspot.com/2009/08/natural-baby-essential-coconut-oil.html)

BLADDER INFECTIONS

BLOOD PRESSURE

BODY SCRUB

CANDIDA

CELLULITE    Dry brush your cellulite areas and then massage with coconut oil.

CHAP STICK

CHOLESTEROL

CHRONIC FATIGUE

CIRCULATION

CRADLE CAP

DANDRUFF

DEODORANT

DETOXING

DIABETES

DIAPER RASH

DIGESTIVE ISSUES                                                                                                                                (http://www.earthclinic.com/Remedies/coconut_oil3.html#DIGESTIVE)

DRY SKIN

EYE CREAM

ENERGY BOOSTER

EXFOLIATOR

ECZEMA

FUNGUS                                                                                                                                                      (http://www.coconutdiet.com/candida.htm)

HAIR

HAIR GROWTH                                                                                                             http://howtomakeyourhairgrowfasterx.com/coconut-oil-for-hair-growth/

HEMORRHOIDS

IMMUNITY

INFERTILITY/FERTILITY

IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME

LICE

LUBRICANT

OIL PULLING

MAKEUP REMOVER

NIPPLE CREAM

PARASITES AND INTESTINAL WORMS

SUNSCREEN

WEIGHT LOSS

WRINKLES

Two great articles:

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Healthday/story?id=6149144&page=1#.T6sy8r90_MA
Great article: http://www.coconutresearchcenter.org/article10013.htm

1) Watch this youtube video about a doctor who has been treating her husband, who has advanced Alzheimers. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DVD7ZuCe3vY

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Iodine Dosages

The book by Dr. David Brownstein, Iodine’ Why You Need It and Why You Can’t Live Without It, sums up its importance:

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Iodine is the most misunderstood nutrient. After 12 years of practicing medicine, I can say that it is impossible to achieve your optimal health if you do not have adequate iodine levels. I have yet to see any item that is more important for promoting health than iodine.”

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Good food sources of iodine are dairy products produced from cattle fed iodine-supplemented feed and salt licks, seafood, saltwater fish, seaweed, and kelp. It may also be found in asparagus, garlic, lima beans, mushrooms, sesame seed, spinach, chard, and summer squash. Optimally, people should get all their iodine from dietary sources: kelp, seaweed, certain types of ocean fish, and vegetables grown in iodine-rich soil, but many ocean-bearing iodine-rich foods are now unavailable, and agricultural farmland is increasingly iodine-deficient, leading to reduced levels of iodine in foods.

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Japanese people get more iodine in their diets than other countries, consuming about 12.5mgs of iodine daily. The US FDA suggests 150mcg which is about 100% lower than what alternative health doctors recommend.

From the research I’ve done, it looks like a  daily dose of at least 12.5 – 50 mg of Iodine a day is optimal to cure many diseases, and more than likely prevent them as well.

I take the Lugol’s  5% formula at about 12.5mg daily for maintenance. If I am challenged with something physically then I up the dose to 25-50 mgs. 

Each drop of Lugol’s 5% Solution equals about 6.25 mg of iodine.
(The correct way to make a drop is to hold the dropper vertical )

David Brownstein, MD:

“After testing individuals and finding low iodine levels, I began to use smaller milligram amounts of iodine/iodide (6.25mg/day). Upon retesting these individuals 1-2 months later, little progress was made. I therefore began using higher milligram doses (6.25-50mg) to increase the serum levels of iodine. It was only with these higher doses that I began to see clinical improvement as well as positive changes in the laboratory tests…

As I started to use larger doses of iodine (12.5-50mg/day), I began to see positive results in my patients. Goiters and nodules of the thyroid shrank. Cysts on the ovaries became smaller and began to disappear. Patients reported increased energy. Metabolism was increased as evidenced by my patients having new success in losing weight. Libido improved in men and women. People suffering with brain fog reported a clearing of their foggy feelings. Patients reported having vivid dreams and better sleep. Most importantly, those with chronic illnesses that were having a difficult time improving began to notice many of their symptoms resolving.” (You can read here for the complete article: http://curezone.com/forums/fm.asp?i=836069#i)

Children:
School children in iodine-deficient areas show poorer school performance, lower IQs, and a higher incidence of learning disabilities than matched groups from iodine-sufficient areas. A meta-analysis of 18 studies concluded that iodine deficiency alone lowered mean IQ scores in children by 13.5 points

According to Dr. Brownstein, noted iodine expert, he suggests iodine supplements be given to children at .08mg/pound). Dr. Brownstein suggests that a health care provider be consulted for children and adults, who is knowledgeable in the area of iodine supplementation.

Pregnant:

If pregnant or nursing, please do your own research or contact your healthcare practitioner. Possibly Kelp would be a better choice  if you are pregnant or nursing. Kelp is the best and most natural source of Iodine

Dosage: 6 – 10 Kelp capsules per day. Nature’s Sunshine capsules are 525 mg per capsule and according to Dr. Ryan Drum, a world renowned seaweed and thyroid expert, an average sized adult needs about 5 grams per day for optimum health.  Be sure to use kelp that is tested to ensure it contains NO heavy metals.

Radiation:

The body can’t tell the difference between stable and radioactive iodine.  Taking stable iodine tablets can protect the thyroid from injury by “filling up” the gland — thus preventing it from taking up radioactive iodine.

If you are interested in iodine at all, please do a bit of research.

http://www.oasisadvancedwellness.com/condition-center/iodine.html

http://www.squidoo.com/lugols-iodine-solution

http://www.iodine4health.com/body/body.htm

Radiation:

http://articles.latimes.com/2011/mar/14/news/la-heb-iodine-tablets-radiation-quake-nuclear-plant-20110314

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=japan-earthquake-tsunami-radiation

For a more detailed explanation refer to the Center for Disease Control website.

Contradictions and Warnings:
Do not use if allergic to Iodine!

My final thoughts on Iodine. If I could only have ten items in my ‘medicine’ cabinet….Lugol’s Iodine would be one of them!

Please shop for these items through the below links.

Thank you for your support of my research and blogging.

FDA Statement:
This product has not been evaluated by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration. This product is, therefore, not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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Turmeric…a most amazing healing spice! (Part 2)

In part one of ‘Turmeric…A Most Amazing Healing Spice’ we saw many of the benefits from using Turmeric. In this blog I would like to cover some of the ways in which you can get Turmeric into your diet.

How to Take Turmeric:
I use Turmeric in everything from eggs to tea. I would suggest you experiment with it to find the ways you could include it into your lifestyle.
Ideally, the turmeric should be in root form that is later ground before use. If you are going to buy the powdered spice form, I recommend finding the organic, non-irradiated form which many natural/health food and gourmet grocery stores usually carry in their “bulk foods” section along with other spice These should be organic and non-irradiated, and are likely to be relatively fresh…compared to those small vials of bottled spices in the stores.
One of the easiest, fastest ways to get your daily Turmeric is just to mix a small spoonful of the powder with some warm water or milk, stir briskly, and drink. I like to add honey to sweeten. Turmeric Tea…yum!
Or, sprinkle a spoon or two in your soups or seafood or meat, almost anything works with this amazingly tasty and healthy spice.
Turmeric is a root that you can enjoy it in its fresh, full splendor as part of your daily diet, right along with your existing veggies mixed in with salads or just straight as-is. Try this Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower and Broccoli recipe.

Turmeric Capsule Dosage:
Pediatric
There is no recommended dosage for children. Consider adjusting the recommended adult dose to account for the child’s weight. Most herbal dosages for adults are calculated on the basis of a 150 lb (70 kg) adult. Therefore, if the child weighs 50 lb (20 – 25 kg), the appropriate dose of turmeric for this child would be 1/3 of the adult dosage.
Adult
The following are doses recommended for adults, but listen to your own body. My husband takes 5 gs a day:
•    Cut root: 1.5 – 3 g per day
•    Dried, powdered root: 1 – 3 g per day (1 t is 5 gs)
•    Standardized powder (curcumin): 400 – 600 mg, 3 times per day
•    Fluid extract (1:1) 30 – 90 drops a day
Tincture (1:2): 15 – 30 drops, 4 times per day

Precautions:
The use of herbs is a time-honored approach to strengthening the body and treating disease. Herbs, however, can trigger side effects and may interact with other herbs, supplements, or medications. For these reasons, you should take herbs with care, under the supervision of a health care provider.
Turmeric is considered safe when taken at the recommended doses. However, taking large amounts of turmeric for long periods of time may produce stomach upset and, in extreme cases, ulcers. People who have gallstones or obstruction of the bile passages should talk to their doctor before taking turmeric.
If you have diabetes, talk to your doctor before taking turmeric supplements. Turmeric may lower blood sugar levels, and when combined with medications for diabetes could cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).
Although it is safe to eat foods containing turmeric, pregnant and breastfeeding women should not take turmeric supplements.
Possible Interactions:
Contraindications: Turmeric should not be used by people with gallstones or bile obstruction. Though turmeric is often used by pregnant women, it is important to consult with a doctor before doing so as turmeric can be a uterine stimulant.
Side effects of excessive turmeric consumption: too much turmeric may lead to constipation or sweating (counter this by drinking plenty of water), accelerated heart beats, thinning of blood (not good for people on blood thinners)”

If you are currently being treated with any medications, you should refer to this site first:
****  http://fourfoldhealing.com/2007/12/30/turmeric/

Links:
http://www.healthdiaries.com/eatthis/20-health-benefits-of-turmeric.html
http://www.mnwelldir.org/docs/newsletters/04_Mar.htm#Mileage
Curcumin is the main biologically active phytochemical compound of Turmeric. As you should know, an herb is much more than its active ingredient.
Curcumin is a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory with anti-cancer properties. For you who would like to read a couple of studies: Iqbal M, et al. Pharmacol Toxicol. 2003 Jan;92(1):33-8) and  J Pharm Pharmacol. 2003 Jul;55(7):981-6.

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Turmeric…a most amazing healing spice! (Part 1)

I first learned about curcumin when we heard of someone with Alzheimer’s being greatly helped. We researched curcumin and found out that it was the active compound in turmeric which is one of our favorite spices. Turmeric gives Indian food its characteristic yellow/orange color.

I had already been researching turmeric to help a friend who suffered with Rheumatoid Arthritis. I was amazed at all the benefits you can have from this indian spice! Our daughter’s eczema was greatly reduced as well as my grand daughters rash for metal allergies. Then I read an article on ‘The Ultimate Anti Aging Spice,’ and guess what, it was turmeric! Now when we start talking anti aging, I am all ears!

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In today’s world, turmeric is highly regarded as one of the universe’s most powerful healers.  Population studies have shown that elderly villagers in India appear to have the lowest rate of Alzheimer’s disease in the world, and researchers have speculated that the anti-inflammatory effects of curcumin may be partly responsible. (Alzheimer’s begins as an inflammatory process in the brain, and Indians eat turmeric with almost every meal).It’s antibiotic and anti-inflammatory, and with daily ingestion, it treats and prevents many ailments – such as cancer, chronic pain, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, acne, and reduction of belly fat! Rutgers scientists have found that the curry spice turmeric holds real potential for the therapy and prevention of prostate cancer, especially when combined with certain vegetables.

Below is some of what I have gathered from my online research.
1. It is a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent, useful in disinfecting cuts and burns.
2. When combined with cauliflower, it has shown to prevent prostate cancer and stop the growth of existing prostate cancer.
3. Prevented breast cancer from spreading to the lungs in mice.
4. May prevent melanoma and cause existing melanoma cells to commit suicide.
5. Reduces the risk of childhood leukemia.
6. Is a natural liver detoxifier.
7. May prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease by removing amyloid plaque buildup in the brain.
8. May prevent metastases from occurring in many different forms of cancer.
9. It is a potent natural anti-inflammatory that works as well as many anti-inflammatory drugs but without the side effects.
10. Has shown promise in slowing the progression of multiple sclerosis in mice.
11. Is a natural painkiller and cox-2 inhibitor.
12. May aid in fat metabolism and help in weight management.
13. Has long been used in Chinese medicine as a treatment for depression.
14. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, it is a natural treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
15. Boosts the effects of chemo drug paclitaxel and reduces its side effects.
16. Promising studies are underway on the effects of turmeric on pancreatic cancer.
17. Studies are ongoing in the positive effects of turmeric on multiple myeloma.
18. Has been shown to stop the growth of new blood vessels in tumors.
19. Speeds up wound healing and assists in remodeling of damaged skin.
20. May help in the treatment of psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.
Source: http://www.healthdiaries.com/eatthis/20-health-benefits-of-turmeric.html

More Turmeric Cures:
Allergies
Hay fever                  
Boils
Eczema
Menopause
Asthma
Acne
Colds
Cysts
Diabetes
Diarrhea and other bowel diseases: 1 tsp of turmeric in a glass of warm water),
Stomach Aches: (Mix honey and turmeric to help stop stomach aches)
Fatigue                                                                                                                                                                                 Beauty                                                                                                                                                                          Depression

How to Take Turmeric:
I use Turmeric in everything from eggs to tea. I would suggest you experiment with it to find the ways you could include it into your lifestyle.
Ideally, the turmeric should be in root form that is later ground before use. If you are going to buy the powdered spice form, I recommend finding the organic, non-irradiated form which many natural/health food and gourmet grocery stores usually carry in their “bulk foods” section along with other spice These should be organic and non-irradiated, and are likely to be relatively fresh…compared to those small vials of bottled spices in the stores.
One of the easiest, fastest ways to get your daily Turmeric is just to mix a small spoonful of the powder with some warm water or milk, stir briskly, and drink. I like to add honey to sweeten. Turmeric Tea…yum!
Or, sprinkle a spoon or two in your soups or seafood or meat, almost anything works with this amazingly tasty and healthy spice.
Turmeric is a root that you can enjoy it in its fresh, full splendor as part of your daily diet, right along with your existing veggies mixed in with salads or just straight as-is. Try this Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower and Broccoli recipe.

Turmeric Capsule Dosage:
Pediatric
There is no recommended dosage for children. Consider adjusting the recommended adult dose to account for the child’s weight. Most herbal dosages for adults are calculated on the basis of a 150 lb (70 kg) adult. Therefore, if the child weighs 50 lb (20 – 25 kg), the appropriate dose of turmeric for this child would be 1/3 of the adult dosage.
Adult
The following are doses recommended for adults:
•    Cut root: 1.5 – 3 g per day
•    Dried, powdered root: 1 – 3 g per day
•    Standardized powder (curcumin): 400 – 600 mg, 3 times per day
•    Fluid extract (1:1) 30 – 90 drops a day
Tincture (1:2): 15 – 30 drops, 4 times per day

Precautions:
The use of herbs is a time-honored approach to strengthening the body and treating disease. Herbs, however, can trigger side effects and may interact with other herbs, supplements, or medications. For these reasons, you should take herbs with care, under the supervision of a health care provider.
Turmeric is considered safe when taken at the recommended doses. However, taking large amounts of turmeric for long periods of time may produce stomach upset and, in extreme cases, ulcers. People who have gallstones or obstruction of the bile passages should talk to their doctor before taking turmeric.
If you have diabetes, talk to your doctor before taking turmeric supplements. Turmeric may lower blood sugar levels, and when combined with medications for diabetes could cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar).
Although it is safe to eat foods containing turmeric, pregnant and breastfeeding women should not take turmeric supplements.
Possible Interactions:
Contraindications: Turmeric should not be used by people with gallstones or bile obstruction. Though turmeric is often used by pregnant women, it is important to consult with a doctor before doing so as turmeric can be a uterine stimulant.
Side effects of excessive turmeric consumption: too much turmeric may lead to constipation or sweating (counter this by drinking plenty of water), accelerated heart beats, thinning of blood (not good for people on blood thinners)”

If you are currently being treated with any medications, you should refer to this site first:
****  http://fourfoldhealing.com/2007/12/30/turmeric/

Links:
http://www.healthdiaries.com/eatthis/20-health-benefits-of-turmeric.html
http://www.mnwelldir.org/docs/newsletters/04_Mar.htm#Mileage
Curcumin is the main biologically active phytochemical compound of Turmeric. As you should know, an herb is much more than its active ingredient.
Curcumin is a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory with anti-cancer properties. For you who would like to read a couple of studies: Iqbal M, et al. Pharmacol Toxicol. 2003 Jan;92(1):33-8) and  J Pharm Pharmacol. 2003 Jul;55(7):981-6.

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The Benefits of Asparagus

Nature’s has it’s own health garden. One of the most amazing vegtables is the asparagus. As a child I hated this ugly green stem on my plate, but as I grew and had asparagus ‘not from a can’, I grew to love this beautiful green full of live veggie!

Rule of thumb: If you want to get your kids to like veggies, don’t feed them anything from a can! It takes something that is so wonderful tasting and makes it into something that could gag you! (My own personal opinion) Also, if your veggies have been processed and canned, it has been stripped of most of it’s nutrional value.

Asparagus health benefits have been associated with topics such as cancer,  It is rich in fiber and efficiently relieves stomach problems such as constipation. In addition, due to its high ammonia content, asparagus is considered excellent both in promoting alkalinity and in reducing acid in the body, making it very effective in protecting the heart, promoting weight loss, preventing cancer, and keeping the skin beautiful and young looking.

The Reasons Asparagus Keeps Us Healthy:
1 – As a detox – asparagus has 288 milligrams of potassium per cup. Potassium is known for reducing belly fat (see belly fat link below). It also contains 3 grams of fiber which cleanses the digestive system. It has virtually no natural sodium so no bloating during PMS, has no fat or cholesterol, and one cup has only 40 calories. According to a clinical dietician at UCLA Medical Center, asparagus in the ultimate in detox vegetables.
Asparagus is a perfect spring vegetable for its high fibrous content that can easily pull unhealthy toxins from our body.
Potassium allows proper water balance in the body and promotes an acid-alkaline balance which prevents illness. Potassium also aids in protein and carbohydrate metabolism thus keeping us slim and fit.

2 – Anti Aging – asparagus is rich in potassium, vitamin A, and folate.The asparagus plant contains powerful antioxidants that help fight free radicals and eliminate the signs of aging that are visible on the skin. It is known to cure skin conditions such as eczema, scabies, and acne, and most importantly, reduce loose muscles and sagging skin as free radicals.

3 – As an aphrodisiac – An English herbalist from the 17th century, Nicholas Culpepper, wrote that asparagus “stirs up lust in man and woman.” In 19th century France, bridegrooms were served three courses of the sexy spears at their prenuptial dinners. Apparently for a good reason: asparagus is a great source of potassium, fiber, vitamin B6, vitamins A and C, and thiamin and folic acid. The latter is said to boost histamine production necessary for the ability to reach orgasm in both sexes.
4 – Against cancer – asparagus in high in folate which is now known to be an important protection against cancer. It is well-known that chronic inflammation and oxidation of the body’s cells can lead to a variety of different cancers. With its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, asparagus is a robust fighter against bladder, breast, colon, lung, prostate, ovarian and other cancers. (This is still a controversial topic. Although some say that it did cure their cancer, many still say that it is not proven. Please do your own research on this. But above all else, asparagus is a great addition to your preventative health care diet.)
If you want to know more about cancer and asparagus treatment, please read the following links!  (http://www.snopes.com/medical/disease/asparagus.asp)
5 – Reducing pain and inflammation – Asparagus contains many anti-inflammatory nutrients, such as asparagus saponins and the flavonoids quercetin, rutin, laempferol and isorhamnetin, which all help to combat arthritis, asthma, and autoimmune diseases.
6 – Preventing osteoporosis and osteoarthritis – asparagus has vitamin K which studies have shown can help prevent osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. Vitamin K aids in bone formation and repair. It is also necessary for the synthesis of osteocalcin. Osteocalcin is the protein in bone tissue on which calcium crystallizes. Asparagus has been listed as the number one source of vitamin K.
7 – Reducing the risk of heart disease – it is the folate that has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease.Asparagus is rich in soluble fibre, known to have a protective effect against degenerative heart diseases. Asparagus also contains high levels of potassium, which may help to control blood pressure and the high folic acid content helps to reduce blood homocysteine levels, thought to reduce the risk of heart disease. Asparagus is also low in fat and sodium, making it the perfect choice for those concerned about a healthy heart. One serving of asparagus (5 spears) provides over 60 % of the recommended daily intake so it’s a terrific natural source of a powerful heart-healthy nutrient.
8 – Preventing birth defects – getting enough folate (doctors often recommend the folic acid supplement) is especially important for women who are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Having a folate deficiency has been correlated with increased risk of Spina Bifida (a spinal cord birth defect) and also anencephaly (a neural tube defect). Folate helps to regulate embryonic and fetal nerve cell formation and may also help to prevent premature births.
9 – Diuretic
The amino acid asparagine, found in asparagus, is an effective diuretic and has been historically used to treat swelling, arthritis, rheumatism, and PMS-related water retention.

10 – More benefits
Additionally, studies have shown that the nutritional benefits of asparagus can help prevent and treat urinary tract infections and kidney stones. Overall, asparagus is rich in potassium, vitamin A, folate, glutathione, and vitamin K. It is high in fiber, has no sodium, is low in calories and has no cholesterol or fat. It may improve the health of your digestive tract by sparking production of friendly flora (like Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria). It could improve your mood because it provides vitamin C and folic acid, which spark production of the “happy” brain chemicals such as serotonin and dopamine.
You may notice some asparagus spears are thick and some are thin. The thick ones are best for roasting or steaming. I find steaming the best and also very quick. The thin spears are ideal for the grill or if you are planning to saute.
For optimum health benefits it is suggested that asparagus be eaten raw.
Before eating, the woody stem should be removed from both the thick spears and the thin. Peel only the thick spears before cooking.

Click here for some amazing Asparagus recipes.

http://www.asparagus.org/
http://www.juicing-for-health.com/asparagus.html
http://whfoods.org/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=12#healthbenefits
http://healthmad.com/alternative/health-benefits-of-asparagus/

Detoxing: http://www.carolynakens.com/healthy-eating/asparagusspring-detox-food/
Anti Aging: http://www.aboutskincare.net/2011/asparagus-antiaging-vegetable/
Aphrodisiac: http://www.alternet.org/health/132846
Cancer: (http://www.snopes.com/medical/disease/asparagus.asp)

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