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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What Are You Rubbing Into Your Body?

In one day I may use these items on a regular bases: deodorant, body soap, shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer, toothpaste, and hand lotion. In addition to those I might use: mascara, eye liner, blush, lip gloss, and foundation. My husband may use shaving cream, face cream, chap stick, and some of the other items that I have already listed. Sound pretty typical doesn’t it? We could  be using six to ten body care items in one day. This doesn’t even include insect repellent, diaper cream, tanning lotion, hair gels, sun screen, and other items that some may use.

My husband and I are very conscious about what we eat. No toxic foods for this couple! So if we, like so many other health conscious people, won’t put toxins in our bodies, then why do we put them on our bodies? Our skin is our largest organ, what we put on it goes onto it goes into us! After cleaning up in the morning, we could have plastered 30 or more toxins onto our bodies!

Most people believe that if a product is for sale in a  store then it would have to be safe for us to use. Unfortunately this is not the case. In the U.S. the FDA does not review or approve the vast majority of products or ingredients before they go on the skin care market. More than 500 products sold in the U.S. contain ingredients banned in cosmetics in Japan, Canada or the European Union (EWG 2007b).

Remember the baby pigs and huge toads floating in big glass jars in eighth-grade science class? Most likely the fluid preserving them was formaldehyde, which is added to deodorant and nail polish.Have you ever thought what your car antifreeze and your shampoo have in common? That’s right Propylene Glyco.

A new analysis of lead in lipstick conducted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reveals that the problem of lead in lipstick is worse and more widespread than previously reported. The new study found lead in 400 lipsticks tested by the agency, at widely varying levels of up to 7.19 parts per million (ppm) — more than twice the levels reported in a previous FDA study.

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Product tests released by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics in March 2009 found two chemicals linked to cancer, 1,4-dioxane and formaldehyde, in dozens of bath products for babies and kids, including Sesame Street character brands and even the iconic “pure and gentle” Johnson’s Baby Shampoo. None of the products tested listed 1,4-dioxane or formaldehyde on the label.

SO THE GOOD NEWS

You do have resources! EWG’s Skin Deep site allows you to put in the name of your product to see if it is healthy for you and your family.

Also The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011 (H.R.2359), introduced on June 24, 2011. Under this law:

Provisions of the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011 include:

  • Phase-out of ingredients linked to cancer, birth defects and developmental harm;
  • Creation of a health-based safety standard that includes protections for children, the elderly, workers and other vulnerable populations;
  • Elimination of labeling loopholes by requiring full ingredient disclosure on product labels and company websites, including salon products and the constituent ingredients of fragrance;
  • Worker access to information about unsafe chemicals in personal care products;
  • Required data-sharing to avoid duplicative testing and encourage the development of alternatives to animal testing; and
  • Adequate funding to the FDA Office of Cosmetics and Colors so it has the resources it needs to provide effective oversight of the cosmetics industry.

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People ARE becoming aware and the ARE purchasing international…meaning, they are using good common sense and not getting sucked in my media marketing.  Watch the cute and informative video below….it’s very interesting. Happy and safe choices to you!

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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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Iodine… One of your most important nutrients!

This post about iodine is a must read for those concerned about their overall health.

David Brownstein, MD states:

I have been involved in the iodine project for seven years. During this time, iodine has consistently provided the most satisfying clinical results as compared to any other nutrient. To date, my partners and I have tested nearly 5,000 patients for iodine levels. Our results show that more than 96 percent of patients tested have low iodine levels with the vast majority being severely iodine deficient. I believe iodine deficiency is occurring at an epidemic rate across the United States. The consequences of iodine deficiency are severe: mental retardation, lowered IQ, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), infertility, thyroid problems, and cancer of the breast, prostate, ovaries, thyroid and uterus.

“Many physicians would be surprised to learn that more than a hundred years ago, iodine was called “The Universal Medicine”.

Over 95 % of my patients
tested were deficient in iodine.
Dr. David Brownstein

Dr. Brownstein believes that iodine deficiency is a major cause of breast cancer and other diseases of the reproductive organs such as ovarian, uterus and prostrate cysts and cancer.

In the US, it’s estimated that one in seven women suffers from iodine deficiency.

Women are naturally prone to iodine deficiencies. That’s because the thyroid gland in women is twice as large as in men — so under normal circumstances, women need more iodine. However, when women are under stress, the need for iodine can double or triple. Yet the foods we eat contain less and less dietary iodine. For example, back in 1940, the typical American diet contained about 800 micrograms of iodine. By 1995, that amount plunged to just 135 micrograms. That’s an 83% decline.

The nutrient iodine is essential for every cell of the human body.

Congenital hypothyroidism due to iodine deficiency is the most common preventable cause of mental retardation in the world. Even mild iodine deficiency during pregnancy, which may be present in some women in the United States, may be associated with low intelligence in children.

Pregnancy-related problems – Iodine deficiency is especially important in women who are pregnant or nursing their infants. Severe iodine deficiency in the mother has been associated with miscarriages, stillbirth, preterm delivery, and congenital abnormalities in their babies. Children of mothers with severe iodine deficiency during pregnancy can have mental retardation and problems with growth, hearing, and speech. In the most severe form, an underactive thyroid can result in cretinism (a syndrome characterized by permanent brain damage, mental retardation, deaf mutism, spasticity, and short stature), though this is not seen in the United States.

Benefits:

•    Metabolic rates: Iodine influences the functioning of thyroid glands by assisting in production of hormones, which are directly responsible for controlling the basic metabolic rate. The hormones, like thyroxin and triodothyronine, influence heart rate, blood pressure, body weight and temperature. The body maintains the BMR (Basic Metabolic Rate) with the help of these hormones, which also helps in protein synthesis.

•    Energy level: It also plays an important role in maintaining optimum energy levels of the body by ensuring optimum utilization of calories, without allowing them to be deposited as excess fats.

•    Healthy nails, hair, sking, and teeth: The health benefits of iodine include formation of healthy and shiny skin, teeth and hair. Iodine is an important element for haircare as lack of this mineral can result in hair loss. Moreover, it also aids hair growth.

•    Reproductive system: Iodine helps in the normal growth and maturity of reproductive organs. Sufficient quantity of iodine in pregnant women is essential to prevent still births or neurocognitive conditions like cretinism in the babies. It also ensures proper movement and growth, along with speech and hearing in babies.

•    Fibrocystic disease: Iodine can significantly reduce conditions like fibrosis, turgidity and breast tenderness. Iodine acts as a relief for fibrocystic diseases and is widely used even in therapies.

•    Iodine programmed cell death: Iodine ensures the apoptosis or the programmed cell death which is essential in the formation of new organs as well as in the removal of malignant cells like cancer cells or diseased cells, which might prove harmful to the individual.

•    Anti-cancer properties: Probably, the most important health benefits of iodine apart from thyroidal influence are its anti-cancer properties. Studies have shown that cancer cells when administered with iodine shrink.

•    Iodine removes toxic chemicals: Iodine can flush out chemical toxins like fluoride, lead, mercury etc., apart from biological toxins and can strengthen immune system. It also prevents the proliferation of harmful bacteria in the stomach.

•    Thyroid and Goiter disorders: Iodine deficiency is the basic cause of Goiter as widely known. You can have eggs, salt, sea food, dairy products to facilitate the reduction of iodine deficiency which works as a cure for enlarged thyroid gland.

There is so much misinformation out there about Iodine, that I suggest you research it thoroughly in order to make an informed decision for yourself because once you understand the importance of this vital element, you will understand why it is crucial to ensure adequate iodine levels in you and your family.

Continue reading my next post on how to get iodine in your diet.

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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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Castor Oil Packs

Castor oil packs are not only effective but soothing. They can be used for children and adults as well.

A castor oil pack can be placed on the following body regions:

  • The right side of the abdomen to stimulate the liver. They are often recommended as part of a liver detox program.
  • On inflamed and swollen joints, bursitis, and muscle strains.
  • The abdomen to relieve constipation and other digestive disorders.
  • The lower abdomen in cases of menstrual irregularities and uterine and ovarian cysts.
  • On your back for chronic back pain.
  • On breasts for fibrocystic cysts.

Earth Clinic Folk Remedies has this to say about castor oil cures:

A castor oil pack is placed on the skin to increase circulation and to promote elimination and healing of the tissues and organs underneath the skin. It is used to stimulate the liver, relieve pain, increase lymphatic circulation, reduce inflammation, and improve digestion.

Watch this great video from  Weary T T.V. that shows you about using Castor Oil packs for children’s fever.

How to make a castor oil pack”
1) For a Castor oil pack you will need a cotton or wool flannel cloth folded in several layers to hold the oil. It`s important to get a good quality, cold-pressed oil.

2) Saturate the cloth in oil  (about 1/2 Cup) and apply it to the skin. Packs are frequently applied to the liver and intestinal areas, or joints and muscles.

3) Optional: Plastic should be placed over the pack to keep the oil from dripping.

4) Place a heating pad or hot water bottle over the pack. You want it warm enough to warm the skin below for the duration of the time the pack is on, usually one hour. You may want to cover this whole pack with an old towel as castor oil stains and will not wash out of fabric.

5) They can be used every day for weeks at a time, or a less intensive schedule would be three times a week over two weeks. Because of the antimicrobial properties of the oil, the same pack can be used over again many times before discarding. I would replace after a month’s usage.

6) After 60-90 minutes, the skin should be cleansed with a baking soda solution: 1 teaspoon baking soda to 1 pint water. You can wipe this over the area you treated in the shower (if desired) and shower off.

7) Store your pack in the refrigerator.

I have read different things on the subject of how often to use the packs. The safest seems to be to use the Castor Oil packs for an hour each day for three days, off four days. If one is really ill then five days on, three days off has been suggested.


Have a tummy ache? Let these little ones show you what to do.

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The Amazing Castor Oil

Amongst my top ten favorite natural items in my cabinet is Castor oil!

From constipation to cancer, Castor Oil can be credited with helpful benefits to many ailments. If you are looking for a way to keep your skin smooth or rid it of sun spots, castor oil should be something that you may want to try.

As an external oil pack, it has been used to treat a variety of health conditions such as arthritis, liver and intestinal disorders, tumors, breast and ovarian cysts, fibroids, congestion of abdominal organs, small benign cysts, skin conditions and adhesions from surgery.

Castor Oil can bring  back memories of mom or grandma forcing us to take castor oil as a child to keep bowels regular. This wonderful oil is much more than a laxative! Many cultures through the centuries have credited it with miraculous healing properties.  Dr. McGarey reports that in his clinical practice, no single remedy has surpassed castor oil in treating so broad a range of disorders,

Our lymph system is essential to our immune system. Castor oil has a profound influence upon the lymphatic system and the autonomic nervous system. In the face of any health problem, make an effort to improve the function of the lymphatic system using the topical application of castor oil, oil packs, and massage. *

Constipation
Castor Oil is most well-known for its ability to act as a stimulant laxative to ease constipation. The components in Castor Oil first act to stimulate the walls of both the small and large intestines. It is this purgative action of the colon walls which work to move impacted fecal matter through and relieve symptoms associated with constipation.

The effects of Castor Oil should start within five or six hours of ingesting.
When using Castor Oil internally you should follow the directions of either your doctor or follow the directions on the bottle. Important: Examine the properties of the castor oil. The castor oil should be pale or light yellow in color and indicate that it is cold-pressed; which means the castor oil is in its true natural form and contains the nutrients your body needs to relieve constipation. Some retail stores will sell castor oil specifically manufactured for industrial uses and will be toxic if ingested.

Boost Your Immune System
Dr. David Williams has a great article about how Castor Oil can boost your immune system and Lymphatic System. The lymphatic system is an amazingly complex structure. It works hand in hand with both the blood circulatory system and the digestive system. According to studies, castor oil could increase the number or lymphocytes in our body. Lymphocytes are required to ward off disease causing germs from our body. Castor oil strengthens the immune system. It is beneficial for the function of the thymus gland, lymph nodes,lymphatic tissues lining the small intestine and the spleen. Castor oil absorbed through the skin is capable of improving the function of the lymphatic system.

You can read Dr Williams article here: http://www.drdavidwilliams.com/benefits-uses-castor-oil

Arthritis Treatment
Make a castor oil pack, and place it on a joint where there is pain, but not when there’s acute inflammation. To make it, pour three or four tablespoons of castor oil in a pan, heat the oil until it simmers, then saturate a flannel cloth with the oil. After you place this cloth on the affected joint, cover it with a larger towel and place an electric heating pad over it. Keep it in place for 30 to 60 minutes. This castor oil pack can be saved for future use by simply rolling up the cloth and placing it in a Ziploc bag.
A. 2009 study found that castor oil effectively relieves arthritis symptoms.xiii


Relieves Sleeplessness and Insomnia
If you suffer from insomnia, rub a little castor oil over your eyelids before going to bed. Castor oil applied this way will bring about a feeling of deep relaxation for a peaceful slumber without the use of drugs.

Skin Infections
If you are looking for an easy home remedy for skin fungal infections like athlete’s foot then use this natural anti-fungicide. Stubborn infections such as toenail fungus can also be treated successfully with castor oil. For skin diseases, a cloth is soaked in Castor oil and the affected area is then wrapped with this cloth and left overnight.

Moles
A paste is made from a pinch of baking soda and small amount of castor oil. Apply this paste on the affected part of the skin and let it remain overnight. Repeat this for many days to get rid of skin moles. I have heard of people using castor oil without the baking soda but applying heat to the area.

Skin Problems
Castor oil can also be helpful in treating acne. It can control acne and even clear up the skin. Topical application of this oil can improve the skin’s appearance. Castor oil is an active ingredient of anti-acne soap bars that help moisturize and purify the skin. The oil has the ability to heal skin quickly. Massaging with Castor oil can eliminate rashes, blemishes and acne. The topical application of castor oil is very effective in curing skin infections. People suffering from skin inflammation, itching and skin irritation, are often advised to use castor oil to ease the discomfort.

Colic and stomachaches
Castor oil is a well-known and powerful purgative for the bowels. Warmed and massaged onto a  belly, castor oil is comforting and effective for relieving colic and expelling intestinal gas.

Alleviates Menstrual Pain and Cramps
Since the castor oil penetrates the skin you can  massage some hand-warmed castor oil over the lower abdomen to relieve period pain and menstrual cramping. Using the castor oil pack method over the lower abdomen can also help reduce menstrual ovarian cysts.

Cancer
As far as cancer, I will just post some links for you to do a bit of research on your own.
Breast Cancer, Skin Moles, all others I recommend the book, The Oil That Heals: A Physician’s Successes With Castor Oil Treatments. I highly recommend Castor Oil packs for any discomfort in these areas.

Castor Oil for Skin Tags
MyHealthnFitness.com recommends mixing some castor oil with baking soda to form a paste. Apply the paste to your skin tags three or four times each day. Covering the area with a bandage will keep the paste moist. The treatment is not painful and within two weeks, the skin tag will supposedly dry up and fall off. However, there is no evidence to support the effectiveness of this treatment. Read more here.


Women’s Issues
Please read the following links and testimonies before you go through with radical surgeries or any other invasive actions.

http://www.drmomma.org/2010/02/castor-oil-pack-therapy.html

http://thepcosfactor.blogspot.com/2010/08/castor-oil-therapy-self-massage.html

http://skinverse.com/castor-oils-many-forgotten-uses-part-1-medicinal-values.html

http://edgarcaycediet.com/Articles/castor_oil_packs.htm

http://www.naturalfertilityshop.com/Articles.asp?ID=202

http://proliberty.com/observer/20000615.htm

*http://www.drdavidwilliams.com/benefits-uses-castor-oil/


What are the Side Effects of Castor Oil?

Castor oil is normally safe if used in moderation. However, pregnant and lactating women and people with intestinal blockage, acute inflammatory intestinal disease, appendicitis, or abdominal pain should not take Castor Oil without their doctor’s approval.

*Castor oil therapy is not recommended for use during menstruation and pregnancy.

Helpful hint: You can get by without a heating source. Just apply the castor oil following the previous instructions, and cover with a sock with the end removed over joints and take a brisk walk and exercise.

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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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