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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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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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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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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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