Recurring Yeast Infections – You Can Cure Yourself

Whilst treating Candida also known as Candida Albicans, Yeast Infection, Candidiasis, Monila or Thrush, it is important to stop the risk of recurrent yeast infections through re-infection or cross infection. There are a number of simple measures you can put in placed to ensure this, whilst undertaking a natural yeast infection cure for the symptoms of Candida.

Your natural yeast infection cure will kill the Candida infection and support your immune system as you kill the Candida fungi. It is also important to stop recurring yeast infections caused by re-infection or cross infection of yourself or your loved ones, by improving one’s hygiene.

Firstly in eliminating recurring yeast infections, one should also ensure that ones sexual partner and any children living with the effected person or any other person coming into daily close contact with the effected person such as a carer, is also included in the natural yeast infection cure treatment program. As the Candida fungi can easily be spread and reoccurring yeast overgrowth can continue through cross infections from a loved one or carer who has not also been treated.

Improving ones hygiene to stop recurring yeast infections is important in the overall treatment of the Candida fungi. One needs to thoroughly wash ones hands and scrub under the finger nails, after rising in the morning and after using the toilet. As Candida can be gotten under the finger nails whilst scratching during the night and inadvertently whilst cleaning oneself after using the toilet. After going to the toilet for a bowel movement one should always wipe from front to back, to ensure that no Candida fungi being excreted during a bowel movement is wiped towards the genital area were it can create further infections.

Women should always pat themselves dry after passing urine and not wipe, as wiping can move and lodge Candida into new locations of the genitalia creating further problems, such as vaginal thrush – vaginal yeast overgrowth, vaginitis and vulvovaginitis.

After going to the toilet the genital and anus area can be cleaned with a solution of tea tree oil and water. Personal wipes could have tea tree oil added to them and be kept in ones bag or next to the toilet. Tea tree oil is strong at full strength and should be diluted when using in the genital area.

Hands should always be washed before preparing and eating any food and after touching any pets or animals. Animals can also be carriers of the Candida fungi. When preparing food, avoid tasting with ones fingers or re-dipping a spoon or folk after tasting, as Candida infections can be transferred to the food on re-dipping. Use clean utensils for every taste, when preparing food. A diet should be prepared following the guidelines of a natural yeast infection cure program.

All surfaces which the effected person is in regular contact with, remote controls, key boards, their mouse, fridge doors, counter tops and tables’ etcetera should be cleaned with an antifungal solution.

Underwear should be change daily, preferably morning and evening. Tight fitting clothes and synthetics should be avoided whilst undertaking your natural yeast overgrowth treatment. As they can create a warm moist environment, and under these conditions the Candida infection will multiply and grow, as warmth and moisture is the ideal growing environment for Candida.

Clothing and towels should be washed with the addition of borax to the washing water. Borax has known antifungal qualities. Clothes and towels should then be dried in direct sunlight for several hours as sunlight will kill the Candida fungi and is a home yeast infection cure for your laundry.

After using your toothbrush soak your tooth brush head in some water which has had a drop or two of tea tree oil added to it, to kill any Candida fungi cling to your tooth brush. Like wise dentures should be soaked overnight in a solution which has had a couple of drops of tea tree oil added. It has been shown that Candida clings to dentures, re-infecting the wearer, but also any partner. Women who have recurring vaginal thrush, vaginal infection, vaginitis or vulvovaginitis, or men who have recurring penile thrush, penile yeast infection, male thrush symptoms or male yeast infections, should ensure that their partner’s dentures are soaked as above, prior to undertaking any oral sex, to reduce the risk of infection from the dentures. The Candida in the body will need to be killed through a Candida treatment program.

Another yeast overgrowth minimization remedy for women is that at the time of their menstruation, one should ensure that they change their pads or tampons frequently; as these products heat up with the bodies’ natural temperature and with the added moisture from the period, creates the ideal growing environment for the Candida fungi.

Implementing these changes in your life, will be effective remedies against recurrent yeast infections, when undertaken with a holistic yeast infection treatment program that will kill the yeast infection from the inside out. External manifestations of Candida yeast infection, thrush (vaginal or oral), monila and tinea are all symptoms of an overgrowth of Candida in the intestines, these symptoms do not occur without an overgrowth present in the digestive system first. The above measures to stop recurring yeast infections are very simple and powerful and when coupled with a natural cure and treatment program for Candida, will see that you do not suffer from ongoing recurring yeast infections.

Natural Ways To Get Rid Of Joint Pain And Inflammation

Joint pain, in truth, is more of a symptom than a disease. Joint pain may be accompanied by fever, chills, nausea and vomiting, fatigue and irritability. At times the pain may be so debilitating that it may cause one to toss and turn in bed and spend sleepless nights. The causes of pain in the joint may be listed as follows:

1. Autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus

2. Osteoarthritis occurring due to cartilage degeneration and formation of bony spurs or osteophytes

3. Gout

4. Septic arthritis or pyarthrosis

5. Sprain and over-strains

6. Fibromyalgia

7. Bursitis or inflammation of bursae or fluid-filled sacs that couch or cushion joint structure

8. Tendonitis or inflammation of tendons supporting the joint

9. Chondromalacia patellae

10. Osteomyelitis

11. Aseptic necrosis

12. Plant thorn synovitis

13. Steroid drug withdrawal

14. Torn ACL

15. Sickle cell disease

16. Siogren’s syndrome

17. Illiotibial band syndrome

18. Sacroiliac joint dysfunction

19. Dengue fever

20. Synovial sarcoma

21. Fracture

22. Bone tumor

23. Infectious diseases like influenza, hepatitis, measles, mumps, parvovirus, lyme disease, rheumatic fever, rubella, varicella or chicken pox etc.

Natural Ways to Lessen Joint Pain and Inflammation

1. A warm water shower can ease joint pain. One may also soak the affected joint in warm water with little bit of Epsom salt added to it. This gives much relief from pain in the joint and inflammation.

2. One may apply eucalyptus oil on the aching joint and after some time place a warm moist towel on the joint. This treatment fetches good results against pain and inflammation.

3. Performing hot and cold fomentations of the aching joint provides immediate relief from the ache.

4. A cup of papaya seed tea may be taken 6-7 times all through the day. This is a very helpful treatment for pain and inflammation.

5. A glass of warm milk with one tablespoon turmeric relieves joint pain effectively.

6. Consumption of garlic roasted with butter effectively reduces pain in the joint and inflammation.

7. One may take apple cider vinegar. It fetches good results in alleviating pain in the joint.

8. Regular stretching exercises check the occurrence and recurrence of pain in the joint and inflammation. Exercises also check obesity which is one leading cause of pain and inflammation. Yogic exercises like gomukh asana are also very helpful in alleviating pain in the joint.

9. Proper posture while sitting, standing, walking or lying keeps joint pain at bay.

10. Massaging hot vinegar on painful and inflamed joints at bed time yields good results.

11. Massaging aching joints with warm olive oil or camphorated mustard oil/coconut oil reduces pain in the joint and inflammation effectively.

12. Banana fruit consumption is recommended in this case, for banana effectively restores lost nutrients in the joint and greases the joint.

13. One may take carrot juice for it sufficiently strengthens ligaments.

14. Increased intake of fluids flushes out toxins from one’s system and reduces joint pain and inflammation.

15. Increased intake of omega 3 fatty acid rich oil and vitamins effectively tackle painful conditions.

16. Herbal supplements and pain relief oil Rumatone Gold can also be used effectively to reduce joint pain and inflammation.

Making Herbal Remedies – What is a Decoction?

Making herbal remedies isn’t difficult or complicated, its just made to seem that way. If you can boil water, you can make your own tinctures, infusions or decoctions. In this article we will discuss decoctions, what are they, how are they prepared, and examples of common decoctions.

Simply put, a decoction is your basic infusion juiced up to induce stubborn roots, barks and resins to release their medicinal properties. While most plants will yield their properties to cold or boiling hot water in a matter of minutes, some require a much longer period of time, say 30 minutes or more.

While occasionally a whole plant with stem, twig, flower, leaf and bud is used for special preventive effects, usually only one part of a plant is used at one time. Examples of herbs that work best in a decoction would include:

Elm Bark, used for herpes, scurf, itch and other skin problems

Comfrey Root, the decoction makes for a good gargle and mouthwash for throat inflammations, hoarseness and bleeding gums*

Flaxseed, this decoction can be used for cough, chest and lung problems. Remember to use only ripe seeds as the immature seedpods can cause poisoning.

English Oak Bark, a decoction of the bark can be used internally or externally for hemorrhoids and other rectal problems, menstrual problems and blood in the urine.

Preparing A Decoction:

Fresh herbs should be sliced; dry herbs should be powered or well bruised. A decoction should always be strained when it is hot so that the matter, which separates upon cooling, can be mixed again with the fluid by shaking when the remedy is used.

When preparing your decoction use glass, ceramic or earthenware pots. Do not use plain cast iron with astringent plants. Use 1 ounce (30 g) of dried root or bark to just over a pint of water. Allow this to boil for at least ten minutes or longer. The mixture then steeps with a cover on the pot for an additional 3 to 4 minutes. Strain out the plant parts before drinking.

Warning: The FDA has determined that Comfrey can lead to Pyrrolizidine alkaloid poisoning which causes a liver disorder in humans called hepatic veno-occlusive disease. The small and medium veins in the liver become obstructed, eventually leading to liver disfunction, cirrhosis and death. While only 2 deaths attributed to Comfrey have been documented, due caution is indicated.

The information provided by UsingHerbs.Com is intended to heighten awareness of potential health care alternatives and should not be considered medical advice. Always check with your qualified health-care professional for medical attention, advice, diagnosis, and treatment.

Suffering With PTSD

Have you ever stopped to wonder what our soldiers may be going through when they come home? Many of us have heard of post traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. This is a debilitating disorder that can affect your ability to work or love normally. Many people face symptoms that can include great sadness to instantaneous rage. People suffering from the disease are unable to process events as they are unfolding and tend to feel as though they are on ‘auto-pilot’ and not feeling like they are able to think then react. Because these folks feel as though they have no control, it is quite difficult to change the behaviors into more positive reactions. I suffered many years of abuse and exposure to abusive situations. This left me with constant reactionary reflex when one wished/needed to critique me. Their criticism would be perfectly harmless, even helpful to another person. Because I was told repeatedly throughout life that I was not the sharpest tool in the shed, I was born with the devil in me and was repeatedly bullied in school-my body and brain became used to ‘saving’ me before I could even assess if I was in real ‘danger’.

Effects of complex PTSD on family, friends and quality of life

It became incredibly difficult to have a conversation with anybody. I would go into it with the most positive attitude and would just lash out or shut down if someone criticized me or my work. Truth of the matter was that I would often try my best and would feel deeply discouraged when it was not accepted as the best work. Besides my brain going on autopilot and doing its own thing, I would suffer from a number of physical ailments as well. My palms would get hot, I would feel as though my face is on fire, I would just want to vomit. Often I would begin shaking, crying or yelling at the person delivering the news. Some have described this as a type of Jekyll and Hyde behavior. Awareness is half the battle, you have to understand that you have an illness before you can set about getting the appropriate help.

Strategies Patients Can Use to deal with the symptoms of complex PTSD

Having been living with this disease for 20+ years has been immensely difficult, especially because folks in my situation are often misdiagnosed, which translates to be mistreated. Six months ago, I learned that I have complex PTSD. I was placed on a medication I had never taken before with an anti-depressant I had used off and on over the twenty years I had been suffering. I had to allow several weeks for the medication to get into my system and get used to the side effects. The combination of the two was AMAZING… I felt like myself for the first time. I felt like my authentic self, as described by author Dr. Wayne Dyer: “your path to the freedom and joy that characterize a purposeful life.” The anguish I often felt was gone. I was able to go into my therapist’s’ office and tell her that I hadn’t cried in two weeks. Then, I needed to get a refill. The pharmacy said that my script wasn’t approved by my insurance company. They said that they couldn’t explain why it had been approved and now was not being approved. On top of that, I couldn’t get a hold of the proper people to get something else instead. This taught me a few major lessons:

Sometimes it is important to advocate for yourself: Stand up for yourself, ask questions, learn legal rules with regard to the medical field (once the insurance company approved it once, they were legally responsible to continue providing it)

Sometimes you must take charge of your own medical care: Know the effects of starting or stopping your medication, understand what you feel and be in touch with if you feel better or worse, know that your doctors don’t know everything- don’t be afraid to speak up for yourself or question their judgements and rationale for particular treatments

Create coping strategies to deal with the more stressful things that must be done with regard to your health, daily life and living/dealing with others: Learn what relaxes you, learn what triggers the bad feelings and share these with your family to help avoid them, Create a ‘safe place’ either in your head or physically and go there when things get very difficult- Teach your loved ones about your ‘safe place’ and its purpose.

Strategies Families can use in supporting their loved ones with complex PTSD

Learning to support family members with this invisible disease can be quite the struggle. We expect people to be in charge of their thoughts, words and actions. But what do you do with a person who has little or no control once they have been triggered. Talk with your loved one about what precipitated the current event, Listen if they tell you that you are doing something that they find difficult, Listen for what they may have been missing from their lives during the events that caused their current condition- act to fulfill the needs the person to the best of your ability. Try to learn about your loved ones safe place- is it physical or in their head, what should you do when they are there, what is a cue to let you know they are there. Maybe one of the most important ways to show support though is to listen and not minimize their thoughts and feelings. In most cases, people suffering from this illness have been minimized or treated as though their ideals and feelings are not valued by other, telling them what they should feel instead of listening to how they do feel will always result in shut-down and withdrawal, sometimes after a belligerent tirade because a trigger has been pushed. It is difficult to learn and understand why our loved ones could just change so quickly. As awful as this sounds, just think of how your loved one feels not having control of their actions as the event occurs.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is an invisible disorder that is often misdiagnosed. As a matter of fact, often time these misdiagnoses create negative labels that are incorrect. Nation Center for PTSD describes it as “They have been misdiagnosed by mental health providers as having Borderline, Dependent, or Masochistic Personality Disorder. Survivors have been unjustly blamed for the symptoms they experience as a result of victimization. Researchers hope that a new diagnosis will prevent clinicians, the public, and those who suffer from trauma from mistakenly blaming survivors for their symptoms.” Do not be afraid to ask for help from loved ones or professionals, take all prescribed medications, learn and know more about your illness so that you can be a positive resource for yourself.

If You Don’t Believe in Hand Washing, Go Lick a Door Knob!

Believe it or not, there are people out there who avoid hand washing because they think that dirty hands will result in a healthier you! These people feel that in our obsession to avoid germs, our bodies will not build up antibodies to combat various diseases. With that kind of attitude, maybe people opposed to hand washing should consider licking door knobs!

First of all, we will never avoid all the germs and microbes that are out there. You would have to dunk a human being in a vat of Clorox to remove 99 percent of all those microscopic hitch-hikers. ( I would be willing to bet there would still be more than a few survivors.) Our bodies are covered with microbes both good and bad. A healthy person is likely not to become ill from these germs.

Our bodies build immunity to certain microbes in the course of our daily lives. That does not mean that we should welcome every germ out there with unwashed hands. If you contact a flu bug from your unwashed hands you may build immunity to that particular flu bug. Unfortunately, there are countless numbers of flu bugs. A flu bug can mutate before it gets to the end of the block where you live and now you have a completely different flu bug!

People who believe that dirty hands will make them healthier in the long run should consider that mutating flu germ. A person could be ill every day of the year with a different strain of the flu germ and the antibodies created along the way wouldn’t prevent them from getting sick. So far, we have only mentioned one kind of germ found on dirty hands, now let’s take a look at a door knob.

If you actually licked a door knob, something I don’t recommend, you would come in contact with all manner of germs. There are estimates that millions of germs reside on door knobs! For the non-believers of hand washing, a door knob is a germ bonanza. Simply lick that doorknob and start building antibodies. (Don’t worry about getting deadly ill in the process.)

So what are some of the microbes found on a door knob? Here are just a few to make non-believers consider washing their hands:

Streptococcus- there are many strains of Streptococcus and some strains can cause meningitis, pneumonia, and flesh eating strains as well. (Still want to lick that door knob?)

Staphylococcus- this germ is not as deadly and is commonly found on our own skin. However, there are some strains that cause serious skin infections as well as food poisoning. (Are your hands starting to itch?)

E-coli- The E-coli germ has a split personality. Many forms of this germ are harmless and reside in the human digestive system and aid in the digestive process. Other forms are can be deadly causing diarrhea, meningitis, urinary tract infections, mastitis and pneumonia.

Salmonella- This particular bacterium is interesting in that it can be transferred between humans and animals. Salmonella is the leading cause of food poisoning and severe cases of diarrhea.

I just identified four of the millions of germs that can be found on a typical door knob. You can bet that there are many more that are sitting there waiting to infect you. If you are a person who believes that dirty hands can lead to good health, I wish you well. I simply don’t wish to shake your hand or share a bag of popcorn with you. And really, don’t even think about licking a door knob!

Pet Rat Care – Bumblefoot

What is Bumblefoot?

Bumblefoot is a sore or callus that forms on the bottom or underside of the rat’s foot. These sores, if not treated immediately, can rapidly turn to ulcers that are often raw and prone to bleeding. The medical term is ulcerative pododermatitis and it is a complex condition that can be difficult to treat. It has yet to be determined whether or not the bacteria staphylococcus aureus, often found in these ulcers, comes after the sore has begun or is part of the instigation of the problem.

Cause of Bumblefoot.

The jury is still not in as to exactly why our pet rat may develop these ulcers. A few possible causes are as listed below.

Genetic Predisposition is commonly accepted as playing a large part and can explain how one rat may develop this condition yet his rat mates, fed, housed and cared for in exactly the same manner, do not.

Aging rats, particularly overweight pets, tend to be more prone as a result of walking more flat footed and placing more weight on the pad of the foot.

Soiled bedding or dirty flooring can cause infection to develop in wounds. Where solid flooring is used in your pet rat cage, puddles of urine could cause the risk of bacterial infection to occur.

Wired floor cages should be avoided. The uneven surface of wire can cause stress and wounding on a rats foot which again can lead to problems.

Rough bedding such as wood chips are believed to cause foot problems. Look into a softer bedding material, but one that is not too dusty.

Obesity is thought to be a contributing factor and although may not be a direct cause, is certainly must be kept in mind when caring for our rats.

Treatment.

Prevention is better than cure! A few simple steps may help in the prevention of Bumblefoot, however, if your pet rat does develop these sores rapid treatment will help to slow down and hopefully reverse the condition.

If you do own a wire cage, try to use wood or towels that can be tossed away when dirty over the wire.

If you own a cage with solid flooring, regular cleaning is essential. Always ensure bedding is clean and dry and all surfaces are clean and dry too.

Make sure your pet has a good diet. Watch carefully what you feed your rat and not too many treats, they do not need to be overweight to be happy.

If your pet still develops symptoms of Bumblefoot, then I strongly suggest you try a few of the following treatments. As a rule of thumb, I tend to try one for about 7 to 10 days and if no improvement is obvious, then I move onto something else.

Simple soap and water to clean the rats foot, followed by complete drying and a change in bedding, cage flooring and cleaning frequency can often stop the infection in its tracts in the early stages.

Betadine can be tried. Apply several times a day.

I have used True Blu 11 which has been quite effective in some cases. I use this on my horses as it is actually designed for larger animals, but be warned, it is messy.

Diluted grapefruit seed extract can be apply to the lumps a few times a day.

If you can, take your pet to the vet and obtain a cause of antibiotics.

Surgery may be necessary but only as a last resource. Please consider all your options before putting your beloved pet through this procedure.

How to Recognize Acid Reflux in Children

Acid reflux in children is a real cause for concern. It drives us frantic when our children are sick and scrunched up in pain. We suffer as much as they do… but how on Earth can we help?

First of all, we have to find out what’s wrong… and recognizing acid reflux in children can sometimes be tricky, especially if it’s a toddler.

If a child complains of a tummy ache or sore chest, you should narrow it down by asking a few questions such as:

  • Where does it hurt?
  • Does it burn?
  • Is your throat sore?
  • Is there a bitter taste in the back of your throat?

And so on. It’s probably acid indigestion if s/he reports a burning sensation in the chest or solar plexus area, especially if it’s accompanied by a nasty taste.

Dose the child with half a teaspoon of ‘Arm and Hammer’ bicarbonate dissolved in warm water. If the pain goes away you can be sure that it is heartburn and you can relax a little… Ordinary heartburn is uncomfortable, but it’s not dangerous. However, you should be on the alert for further symptoms indicating a more serious condition, namely GERD.

Symptoms of Acid Reflux in Children

Common symptom of acid reflux in children:

  1. Chest pain (burning sensation).
  2. Regurgitation after eating, followed by a nasty taste in the back of the throat.
  3. Pickiness about food or reluctance to eat.
  4. After dinner nausea.
  5. Sore throat.
  6. Occasional gagging or choking.
  7. Wheezing, bronchitis or asthma.
  8. Hacking cough accompanied by hoarseness.
  9. Poor sleep patterns.
  10. Excessive drooling — a condition known as ‘water brash’.
  11. Toothache.
  12. Bad breath.
  13. Poor growth patterns.

If one or more of the above are presented, it’s time to introduce a few dietary and lifestyle changes… not only for the child, but also for the entire family.

Recommended Lifestyle Changes

  • Replace fizzy drinks with non-carbonated fruit juices.
  • No strenuous playing or exercise for an hour after eating.
  • Serve smaller meals and include a decent mid-morning and mid-afternoon snack in their daily diet.
  • Serve the evening meal at least three hours before bedtime.
  • Make sure they drink plenty of bottled water.
  • No water during meals.
  • No chocolate or peppermint.
  • Elevate the head of the child’s bed by placing by 6-inch high blocks or bricks under the feet.

What if the Heartburn Persists?

If the heartburn persists or worsens after making these changes, your child may have GERD and you should see your doctor ASAP.

Also, a follow-up visit to the dentist is a must. Acid reflux can sometime cause the loss of dental enamel.

Specialized treatment is absolutely essential for the small percentage of babies and young children who develop GERD. These babies and youngsters are prone to other serious diseases if the condition is left untreated, such as:

  • Damage to the lungs. If gastric juices enter the windpipe, problems such as bronchitis, pneumonia and asthma are sure to follow. In the worse case scenario, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) could result.
  • Esophagitis. Gastric acid continuously splashing the walls of the food pipe causes inflammation that could lead to esophagitis.

    If left untreated esophagitis becomes extremely painful making it almost impossible for the child to swallow.

    Ulcers soon appear in the food pipe… followed by scarring. These scars pucker and shrink the walls of the esophagus causing it to narrow. These strictures can block the esophagus and prevent food from reaching the stomach.

    If an ulcer ruptures, it could lead to life-threatening internal bleeding… Beware of black or bloody stools.

  • Barrett’s Esophagus is a fairly rare condition that occurs in a small percentage of sufferers. However, this condition is dangerous! If left untreated it could lead to a deadly form of cancer.

Your doctor may prescribe a proton pump inhibitor or an H2 blocker in order to control acid production. This may be necessary in order to allow the injured esophagus time to heal.

Make sure that your child does not take these medications for more than 8 weeks without further evaluation.

Reflux Remedy – Naturally Heal LES and Esophagus and Cure Acid Reflux

The most effective reflux remedy works to heal your lower esophageal sphincter (LES) and your esophagus and you can do both of these things with your diet.

Isn’t it interesting how your diet and what you eat has such an impact on your health? Unfortunately, your diet most likely caused the acid reflux problem you are suffering with right now. By not eating the right foods, eating them in the wrong quantities, and eating them at the wrong times you have done severe damage to the LES (the stomach muscle flap that keeps food and stomach acid down) and your esophagus (the tube that brings food to your stomach).

Fortunately, your body is a miracle that even scientists have a hard time understanding. And it can naturally heal every part of itself (except the teeth… so you should brush and floss). And it can even naturally heal the LES and esophagus which will cure acid reflux permanently.

Are you interested in a guaranteed to work reflux remedy? Just think of throwing away those annoying antacids by next week!

Why the Reflux Remedy is better than Antacids?

Want to make some quick money? Invest in antacids! Antacids are a quick-fix for treating your acid reflux (also called heartburn). Americans spend more than $3 billion a year on over-the-counter heartburn drugs and more than $13 billion on prescription acid reducing drugs. Yes, that $15-20 adds up quickly!

The problem with this is that antacids are simply hiding the problem and not healing the problem. And even more problematic is that antacids are actually slowing hurting you more with each antacid you pop. Let me explain.

Taking one antacid after a spicy meal is perfectly fine but continuously relying on the antacid by taking too many can lead to potentially serious health problems. For instance, millions of antacid regulars have suffered from calcium-based kidney stones forming. Diarrhea is also a common side-effect when antacids are over-used. Other side-effects include low blood pressure, breathing problems, and even osteomalacia (bones become brittle). Now you know why Zantac, Prilosec, Pipcid AC and Tagamet all have warnings that say “Do NOT take for more than 14 days”.

Though an antacid may seem like a good idea at the time, you should consider curing your heartburn with a reflux remedy and not hiding the problem anymore.

Reflux Remedy Heals LES and Esophagus

First off, it is important to know that the reflux remedy will cure the problem behind the acid reflux and not just hide the symptoms. How will it do this?

Antacids are used to neutralize the acids which will treat the symptoms. Though you will feel better for the time being, you know that you are one meal away from feeling the same way. The reflux remedy does just the opposite!

The remedy works to teach you what foods will work to heal and strengthen the stomach muscle flap called the sphincter. By strengthening the flap, you will be able to allow food to enter the stomach and keep the stomach acids down (where they belong).

Here is a quick check-list to see if you are working to heal your esophagus and LES or hurting them.

1. Your Diet! Probably the biggest cause of the heartburn. Here is a quick list of foods that trigger flare-ups: chocolate; citrus fruits; spicy foods; fatty foods; and fried foods. Buy a journal and note the times and foods that are consumed before the flare-up. You should notice a pattern in a couple weeks.

2. No Crunchy Foods! Our treatment calls that you abstain from hard foods for the first few days of the treatment. During this time, your esophagus will get a rest and be allowed to heal itself from the crunchy and spicy foods.

3. H-Two-O! You should get in the habit of drinking a tall glass of water after every meal or snack. You should eat five smaller meals per day as opposed to three large meals. Water will help cleanse the sphincter flap so it closes up tighter, not allowing gases and acid to leak up into your esophagus, causing the pain.

4. Chew Much! This is a lost habit but an effective one! You should learn to chew your food thoroughly. There are numerous benefits which include: better digestion, eating less, preventing heartburn and even losing weight.

5. Apples! This is a free-be!

Foods that Promote Inflammation

“The more severe the pain or illness, the more severe will be the necessary changes. These may involve breaking bad habits, or acquiring some new and better ones.” -Peter McWilliams

You are not helpless in your fight against inflammation! Your diet plays a major role in activating or suppressing a protein called cytokines that causes inflammation. I can’t stress this enough. For that and other reasons that will be discussed shortly, I would like you to start thinking in terms of: “Is what I’m swallowing making me healthier or sicker?” There is little if any neutral ground. It is as if everything that you swallow is sending a signal to your immune system to either cause more inflammation or less.

The following are groups of foods that you should avoid because they send a signal to your body to produce more inflammatory cytokines. They are also toxic to your body in multiple ways, polluting the internal terrain of the body and promoting inflammation.

Most Meat, Except Oily Fish

We often hear the phrase “all things in moderation”. Meat, especially red meat, is an exception to this rule. Even what most would consider a “moderate” amount of red meat can produce an intolerable number of cytokines and bring on autoimmune symptoms.

For some, the “low-carb craze” has meant an increase in meat consumption. If eating the low-carb way means that you are eating a lot of meat, you are making your autoimmune condition worse. Protein from meat raises the levels of the toxins uric acid and urea in the blood. The body pumps excessive amounts of water into the kidneys to help flush out these toxins. The result of a high animal-based protein diet is very quick water “weight loss”. The downside of this “weight loss” is that it causes the body to lose essential minerals. Mineral deficiencies cause autoimmunity. A better protein choice comes from vegetable-based proteins. These proteins improve mineral retention in the body.

One doctor has reported that within two weeks of his lupus patients not eating meat, most showed significant improvement in their skin lesions.

The Swank Diet calls for giving up red meat for one year. Then, after the first year, allowing yourself four ounces of red meat per week. This diet has made a significant improvement in the lives of people with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Dr. Swank studied more than 150 of his patients with MS for a thirty-four year period of time. Those who followed the diet died at the rate of 5%, while patients not following his diet had a death rate of about 85% during the same time period.

However, reducing meat intake isn’t just about living longer, it is about living well! This recommendation is for everyone, not just those whose collection of autoimmune symptoms are called lupus or MS. No matter where in your body cytokines gather or what they are attacking, eating red meat will increase their numbers. The way that meat is prepared also makes a difference. Charbroiled and grilled meats of any kind are much worse for you and should be completely avoided.

Fish is the exception to the meat rule. Fish does not raise cytokine levels. It actually reduces them. The problem is that much of our fish is contaminated with toxic mercury. Unless you are sure that your fish source is mercury free, you should limit your fish intake to one serving per week and use fish oil supplements instead. Some people will even be sensitive to one contaminated serving of fish. Check your local health food stores for fish farmed in “mercury-free” tested water. Additionally, salmon is a fish that is readily available and least likely to be mercury contaminated.

Egg Yolks

Egg yolks and dairy products are high in arachidonic acid. This is the same substance that makes meats so inflammatory. If you are going to eat eggs, you should only eat the whites. On a food label, eggs can be listed as albumin, globulin, ovamucin, or vitellin.

Dairy Products

“…countries with the highest dairy consumption, such as the United States and Sweden, because of their high animal protein diets, have the highest rates of osteoporosis, a disease involving the weakening and potential breaking of bones.”

-Richard Schwartz, Ph.D.

Research published in the Lancet Medical Journal described a small group of patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) in Norway. For four years, they experienced substantial improvement by excluding milk and wheat from their diets. Reintroducing these foods into their diets caused a significant rise in the patients’ cytokine levels along with an increase in pain.

Besides increasing cytokines, milk further aggravates asthma because of its casein content. When the protein of another animal is introduced into the human body, the immune system responds with an allergic reaction. Casein is a milk protein. Eating casein causes your body to produce histamines, which result in excess mucus production.

Those with CFS and asthma are not alone in their sensitivity to milk. According to the New England Journal of Medicine, July 30, 1992, studies suggest that a certain milk protein is responsible for the onset of diabetes because patients produce antibodies to cow milk proteins.

Milk’s vices are many. As strange as it may sound, the digestion of milk proteins can create an addictive substance that acts like endorphins, our own personal narcotics. The same can be true of gluten and wheat. These endorphins have the ability to disrupt brain chemistry and cause addiction.

I am sorry, but this has to be said: Last year, the average liter of milk in America contained 323 million pus cells. Sick and infected cows have cell counts above 200 million. A count of 323 million is not even healthy by dairy industry standards. Drinking pus is a bad idea for anyone. It is a terrible idea for someone with a tendency towards immune dysfunction.

Gluten

Gluten is a component of grains such as wheat, oats, barley, and rye. Besides being inflammatory, doctors have reported a higher than average number of people with autoimmune disorders are allergic to gluten. They suggest complete avoidance for at least one month to see if benefits will occur.

Studies have also shown that wheat and corn can irritate patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis and raise cytokine production in the colon and rectum of those with celiac disease.

Corn, Corn Oil, Corn Syrup (Fructose)

Corn, besides promoting cytokines, has been called the leading cause of chronic food addiction in this century. To give you an idea of how powerful the addiction can be, all cigarettes made in the U.S. since World War I have contained added sugars, usually from corn. Do you think the cigarette companies chose corn syrup for the great taste it adds to their products?

Corn syrup (fructose) is cheap and twice as sweet as cane sugar. In 1994, the average person ate 83 pounds of fructose. Corn syrup causes an increase in blood lactic acid, especially in people with diabetes. Fructose from corn syrup inhibits copper metabolism and decreases mineral availability, two factors in autoimmunity. Fructose also breaks down into a substance that weakens your body’s natural anti-inflammatory molecules. The body does not metabolize fructose the same as other sugars. Fructose converts to fat more than any other sugar. Corn fructose certainly isn’t the diabetic-friendly and harmless sugar substitute that it is advertised to be.

Studies have shown that corn can irritate patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and the National Fibromyalgia Association (NFA) suggests corn should be avoided because it can aggravate Fibromyalgia.

Remember that if corn products can increase cytokine levels in those with RA and Fibromyalgia, it can increase cytokine levels for anyone.

Sugar

We Americans are eating an average of 153 pounds of sugar a year. Refined white sugar makes

it more difficult for your body to absorb vitamins and minerals, a major contributor to the cause of autoimmunity. Sugar also suppresses immune function, leaving us open to infection. Just eight tablespoons of sugar, which is the equivalent to the sugar in less than one 12-ounce can of soda, can reduce the ability of your immune system to kill germs by up to 40%.

Like salt, sugar is dehydrating to the body. Dehydration increases histamine, which can

worsen asthma and any other autoimmune disease because histamine increases cytokine production. As recommend by the National Fibromyalgia Association (NFA), sugars should be avoided because they can worsen the condition. Sugar feeds Lyme-causing bacteria and Candida yeast, the significance of which will be discussed later. Eating sugar also causes an insulin surge, which contributes to chronic inflammation.

Honey is sugar. It may be “all natural”, but it is still sugar. It is higher in calories than table sugar and can be contaminated by pesticides. Consuming “all natural” delicious tasting pesticides is not what you want to be doing.

A good non-toxic substitute for sugar is the nutritional supplement stevia. Stevia has been used by millions of people without reported side effects. In Japan, stevia sweetened products represent 41% of the market share of sweet substances consumed.

Stevia is an herb originally from Paraguay. South Americans use it as a sweetener and also for medicinal purposes. This herb is anywhere from 30 to 100 times sweeter than sugar. Stevia does not affect the blood sugar levels of most diabetics. Stevia also does not feed fungus in the intestines like sugars do.

Stevia has a strong, sweet flavor that can overwhelm a recipe, so it should be used sparingly. Because you only use such a small amount at a time, recipes must be adjusted for the lack of bulk. Stevia can often be purchased with helpful inulin added to it for bulk. Also, cakes and cookies sweetened with stevia do not brown as much as their sugar-sweetened counterparts.

Flour/Processed Foods

For you simple carbohydrate-lovers (addicts), the next sentence is going to be one of the most painful ones in the book. If you want to get rid of cytokine inflammation, you must give up processed foods and junk foods. They tend to be full of everything you shouldn’t eat. This list includes most breakfast cereals, muffins, breads, crackers, cookies, and doughnuts.

White flour contains alloxan, which is the chemical used to make flour look clean and white. Alloxan destroys the insulin-producing beta cells of the pancreas. It does so by initiating free radical damage to the DNA in the pancreas. Researchers believe that some people have weak defenses to free radicals in these beta cells. Alloxan is so potent that researchers who study diabetes use it to give diabetes to lab animals. While not everyone who eats white breads and processed foods will get diabetes, the connection is clear: Alloxan causes diabetes in those genetically susceptible to the disease.

The Nightshade Family

Vegetables in the nightshade family include white potatoes, tomatoes, all peppers, cherries, tobacco, and eggplants. Research indicates that these vegetables produce pain and inflammation in arthritis patients and aggravate Fibromyalgia according to the National Fibromyalgia Association (NFA). However, not everyone will be sensitive to nightshade foods. The only way to know for sure is to avoid them for a period of weeks then reintroduce them into your diet.

Everyone should avoid tobacco, which is a toxic member of the nightshade family, permanently.

Coffee

Despite being inflammatory, coffee has had its medicinal purposes. My own ancestors used it to treat asthma. I have friends outside the U.S., who are still dependent upon coffee to treat asthma. Certain caffeine-type chemicals in coffee have been proven effective at stimulating bronchial dilation in people diagnosed with specific types of asthma. Some modern day asthma medications are even made from chemicals in the caffeine family.

For those using coffee as a natural asthma medication, you should keep in mind that caffeine is a toxic chemical. Its purpose in plant life is to act as an insecticide. In people, caffeine suppresses the enzymes needed for memory making. It also raises both blood sugar and insulin levels, causing cytokine production and aggravating diabetes.

Simply drinking decaffeinated coffee isn’t the answer either. Women who drink more than one cup a day of decaffeinated coffee are considered at a much higher risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis. The theory is that chemically decaffeinated products are causing the increased risk of autoimmunity. If you are going to drink decaffeinated coffee anyway, be sure that it uses a non-chemical based decaffeinating method and that the coffee was organically grown. Those who do not drink organic coffee, are exposed to too many man-made pesticides.

Alcohol

The wine industry has America convinced that a glass or two a day is good for your heart. However, John Folts, Ph.D of the University of Wisconsin, has done studies, which show that to receive those heart-healthy benefits, you would have to consume enough wine to be declared legally drunk. Grape juice is a healthier alternative. Dr. Folt’s study also found that only ten to twelve ounces of purple grape juice was associated with lower blood clotting, thus a lower risk of heart disease than promised by red wine.

Besides being pro-inflammatory and addictive, alcohol breaks down to a toxin in the body called aldehyde. Toxins are dangerous chemicals that the liver does not recognize as useful. Toxins attack and destroy cells and attract germs. Aldehyde accumulates in the brain, spinal cord, joints, muscles and tissues, where it causes muscle weakness, irritation, and pain.

Conclusion

“Within each of us lies the power of our consent to health and sickness … It is we who control these, and not another.”

-Richard Bach

It is up to us as individuals to read labels and avoid those foods that are causing inflammation in the body and making us sick. With many of these foods, because you consume them on a daily basis, you don’t even recognize they are causing you symptoms. Unless you totally give them up for a month or so, you won’t know how these inflammatory foods have been affecting you.

Gallstones Cause Disorders Of The Reproductive System

A healthy liver is an indication of overall good health. When the liver’s ducts are obstructed by hundreds and thousands of gallstones, there is congestion in the bile ducts.

Female and male reproductive systems both depend largely on the smooth functioning of the liver. Gallstones in the liver obstruct the movement of bile through the bile ducts, and this impairs digestion and distorts the structural framework of liver lobules. It diminishes the liver’s production of both serum albumin and clotting factors. Serum albumin is the most common and abundant protein in the blood, responsible for maintaining plasma osmotic pressure at its normal level of 25mmHg. Clotting factors are essential for the coagulation of blood. Insufficient osmotic pressure cuts down the supply of nutrients to the cells, including those of the reproductive organs. This may lead to reduced lymph drainage. Poor lymph drainage from the reproductive organs can cause fluid retention and edema, as well as the retention of metabolic waste and dead cells. All of this may result in the gradual impairment of sexual functions.

Most diseases of the reproductive system result from improper lymph drainage. The thoracic duct(see Disorders of the Circulatory System) drains lymphfluid from all organs of the digestive system, including the liver, spleen, pancreas, stomach, and intestines. This large duct often becomes severely congested when gallstones in the liver impair proper digestion and absorption of food. It is obvious, yet hardly recognized in mainstream medicine, that congestion in the thoracic duct affects the organs of the reproductive system. These organs, like most others in the body, need to release their turned-over cells and metabolic waste matter into the thoracic duct.

Impaired lymphatic drainage from the female pelvic area is responsible for suppressed immunity, menstrual problems, premenstrual stress (PMS), menopausal symptoms, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), cervicitis, all uterine diseases, vulvar dystrophies with growth of fibrous tissue, ovarian cystsand tumors, cell destruction, hormone deficiencies, low libido, infertility, and genetic mutations of cells leading to cancer.

Thoracic blockage may also lead to lymph congestion in the left breast, thereby leaving deposits of noxious substances behind that can cause inflammation, lump formation, milk duct blockage, and cancerous tumors. If the right lymphatic duct, which drains lymph from the right half of the thorax, head, neck, and right arm, becomes congested, waste accumulates in the right breast, leading to similar problems there.

A continuous restriction of lymphdrainage from the male pelvic area causes benign and malignant prostate enlargement as well as inflammation of the testes, penis, and urethra. Impotenceis a likely consequence of this development. The consistent increase of gallstones in the liver, a common factor among middle-aged men in affluent societies, is one of the major reasons for lymph blockage in this vital part of the body. Venereal diseases occur when the exposed parts of the body reach a high level of toxicity. Microbial infection is preceded by major lymph congestion. The collapsing capacity of the lymphatic system(which includes the immune system) to repel invading microorganisms is the true reason for most reproductive and sexual disorders.

When all gallstones from the liver are removed and a healthy diet and lifestyle are maintained, lymphatic activity can return to normal. The reproductive tissue receives improved nourishment and becomes more resistant. Infections subside; cysts, fibrous tissue, and tumors are broken down and removed; and sexual functions are restored.

Apart from disorders of the reproductive system, removal of gallstones from the liver and gallbladder through a series of liver flushes can provide relief from many other health issues such as problems related to the digestive, respiratory and circulatory systems, and persistent allergies and aches, Cleansing the liver’s bile ducts of gallstones is a powerful procedure to apply to improve and regain health.

PVCs and Heart Palpitations: Your Best Options to Stop Suffering

A few months ago I started to suffer from severe PVCs (Premature Ventricular Contractions – commonly referred to as heart palpitations), as well as from some angina symptoms: I soon become almost incapable of living a normal life; after only a few quick steps, I would feel my heart ‘skipping beats’ heavily or beating furiously fast and irregularly and, at times, disabling chest tightness. I was very confused and scared at first but then, after suffering ‘in silence’, I decided to see different cardiologists and cardio surgeons and, of course, underwent several tests. One of the 3 cardiologists (probably the better one) prescribed beta blockers for me and, after that, further tests.

On my way home from the most uncomfortable test ever, I decided that I was going to give ‘natural supplements’ a try. I was shocked at how quickly my condition improved. I am going to keep you informed not only about what I did and am doing, but also about what my progress is like, with updates.

What are PVCs? PVCs are, briefly put, irregular heart beats which make you feel as if your heart is ‘skipping a beat’ or beating too many times (feeling the ‘extra systoles’ in your heart beat, for example); this is not a pleasant feeling at all and can make you faint or feel very anxious or even scared. If, on top of that, you also have some chest tightness (as in my case), you may well feel as if you are about to have a heart attack or to pass out. I would find myself in the middle of a store suddenly needing to stop and sit anywhere hoping that the ‘heart palpitations’ would subside and, at times, my chest tightness too. It was awful. I also became very irritable and anxious, as a consequence of my physical condition.

I will go into the detail of the condition if you want, but essentially anybody who suffers from PVCs (sometimes referred to as heart palpitations, rightly or wrongly) will know what I’m talking about.

The cause of PVcs is different from person to person. It could be trauma, stress, a metabolic problem, some nutrient/s deficiency, occasionally even a hormone-based cause. It could also be due to some ‘blockage’ inside or hardening of the arteries, even the peripheral ones (not the ones inside or just outside your heart, very simply put). For this reason, the best approach is to undergo enough tests to rule out potential blockages of even one artery, or just to make sure they have not hardened too much (again, very basically put). Your cholesterol and your blood pressure should also be checked thoroughly, to make sure there are not further problems in your cardiovascular system. In any case, if you speak to a cardiologist he/she will know what’s necessary to rule out a physical reason which could be potentially dangerous. The tests usually range from a simple Echo Cardiogram to Echo Stress Tests (ways to ‘view’ the heart and its functions whilst in a ‘stressful’ situation, namely beating much faster than usually), to an actual angiogram (a more invasive procedure for which you may have to stay in hospital for one day). Sometimes a radiation-based-test is indicated, although I chose avoid such (relatively) high radiation tests (very recent studies cautioned against nonchalantly carrying out these tests and recommended them only if absolutely necessary); again, it all depends on the seriousness of your condition and, above all, if a much deeper study of your cardiovascular system and your heart function is necessary; the choice is yours and, of course, listen to what your 2 or 3 cardiologists recommend in your case. If you do what I did, you will not stop at the first cardiologist and will seek more than one opinion until you feel you know all there is to know about your condition and all the options you have to treat it.

Assuming your tests show nothing serious at physical level as mentioned above, you are going to be offered a small number of options, typically:

1 – Do nothing since your PVCs are ‘benign’, potentially only consuming (letting it dissolve in your mouth, for example) a ‘baby’ aspirin daily (from 75mg to 100mg per day) to improve blood flow

2 – The use of beta-blockers or similar drugs; beta blockers slow down your heart beat (often with the consequence of diminishing PVCs). They are quite useful and commonly regarded as safe. I found them useful but did not want to deal with the minor weight gain nor with having to check my heart beat often, to prevent it from being too slow. Nitroglycerin-type drugs ‘widen’ your arteries and veins, thus improving blood flow and, if you don’t want pills, you can opt for a skin patch; very useful against angina but, in my case, my PVCs became instantly much, much worse and I literally thought I was on the verge of death. Of course, we are all slightly different in the specifics of our heart condition, so monitoring how your body reacts to each or any medication is key. I quickly chose to research if there were alternative, natural supplements and, today, I feel this is the best path for me. I explain this on my article (link below).

3 – In very serious cases, heart ablation is considered. This is a surgical procedure which ‘burns’ the section of the heart where the extra systole is taking place (or the ‘faulty’ heart beat). As I was waiting for my many tests at various hospitals, I talked to few sufferers who had already undergone heart ablation once, and were scheduled to have a second surgery! I was not impressed (but of course you cannot rule it out unless you cardiologist thinks it’s OK to do so – in my case 2 out of 3 thought heart ablation was not in my immediate future and that other options should be tried first).

Ventricular Tachycardia – Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment

Ventricular Tachycardia (VT) is a condition in which the heart rate is more than 100 per minute, and the cause of this condition originates distal to the Bundle of His, from which the normal heart rhythm originates. This condition causes symptoms like giddiness, palpitations and breathlessness, and may be associated with an increased risk of sudden death. Associated heart disease usually indicates a more serious prognosis. Modern medicine usually treats this condition with drugs, implantable cardioverter-defibrillator or endocardial catheter ablation therapies.

The Ayurvedic management of this condition consists of symptomatic treatment, treatment of the possible cause, and treatment of associated conditions. Symptomatic treatment includes the use of medicines like Bruhat-Vat-Chintamani, Maha-Laxmi-Vilas-Ras, Nardiya-Laxmi-Vilas-Ras, Siddha-Makar-Dhwaj-Ras, Hemgarbha-Ras and Jawahar-Mohra-Ras. These medicines regulate and normalize the disturbed conduction system of the heart. Medicines like Maha-Vat-Vidhvans-Ras, Vat-Gaj-Ankush-Ras, Ekangveer-Ras, Agni-Tundi-Vati and Vish-Tinduk-Vati also help in regulating the disturbed electric-impulse mechanism of the heart.

Heart disease like previous myocardial infarct, coronary artery disease, and cardiomyopathy can also contribute to this condition. These problems can be minimized by using herbal medicines like Arjuna (Terminalia arjuna), Punarnava (Boerhaavia diffusa), Shrunga-Bhasma, Pushkarmul (Inula racemosa), Kutki (Picrorrhiza kurroa), Lashuna (Allium sativum), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Guggulu (Commiphora mukul), and Psyllium (Plantago ovata). Medicines like Laxadi-Guggulu, Punarnavadi-Guggulu, Panch-Tikta-Ghrut-Guggulu and Trayo-Dashang-Guggulu can be used to heal the damaged muscle-fibres of the heart. Punarnavadi -Qadha (decoction), Gokshuradi- Qadha, Yava-Kshar and Mulak-Kshar are used to reduce the work load on the heart, while Drakshasav, Dashmoolarishta, and Arjunarishta are used to strengthen the heart.

Medicated oils and Ghrutas (Ghee) like Maha-Narayan-Oil, Maha-Mash-Oil, Saindhav-Oil, Laxadi-Oil, Shata-Dhout -Ghruta, Panch-Tikta-Ghruta, Dashmool-Ghruta, Ashwagandha-Ghruta, Arjuna-Ghruta and Arjuna-Ksheer-Pak are used internally and for local application on the chest, combined with mild, local fomentation. These procedures can be highly useful in the treatment of VT; however, caution needs to be exercised in patients with a deranged cholesterol and lipid profile, as well as those with a history of coronary artery disease or unstable blood pressure.

Ayurvedic medicines can be given in this condition along with modern medicines or surgical treatment modalities. Keeping in mind the risk of sudden death, all patients should be under the regular care and supervision of a cardiologist or a cardiac surgeon.

The Raw Milk Cure

Raw milk (from cows, goats, yaks, horses, sheep) has historically been considered a superfood. It has been used both in the daily diet (often fermented) and by special groups with extra nutritional needs, like the elderly, pregnant or nursing women, warriors, and sick people. An ancient Babylon text tells how raw milk was used to drive out the demons of sickness, “Bring milk and laban [curdled milk] that man become as pure as laban; like that milk may he become pure.”(1)

A portion of raw milk was drunk fresh and warm from the cow (or other animal), but a lot of it was fermented, or cultured, into a variety of delicious products – yoghurt, kefir, cheeses, lacto-fermented beverages, etc. – due to both the lack of refrigeration and primitive people’s knowledge of the health benefits of “probiotics”.

As early as the 1800’s, we have documented texts of medical doctors using a diet composed exclusively of raw milk to heal an incredible variety of diseases – ranging from asthma and diabetes to colitis, obesity and tuberculosis. How does raw milk work to heal such a variety of very different disorders?

Many of my readers who have gone on The IBD Remission Diet (an elemental diet used to induce disease remission) also found that a variety of other illnesses cleared up at the same time. This is one of the reasons I refer to the time on the Diet as a “healing spa”. If the digestive system is the foundation of health in the body, and natural healing heals the entire body holistically, then of course you are going to see positive results in all aspects of your health. All of your organs and systems will heal and balance, over time, given the necessary tools. An elemental diet – and raw milk is truly the first, original elemental diet, provides the body with the tools to heal holistically.

In his book, The Untold Story of Milk, naturopathic physician Ron Schmid writes:


“According to late 19th century proponents, the ‘secret’ of the milk cure lies in the fact good raw milk is a food the body easily turns into good blood. In illness there is one or both of two conditions in the blood: insufficient quantity, or abnormal quality. The milk diet corrects both and, acting through the blood and the circulation, heals the cells and thus the tissues and organs. The muscles on a milk diet harden, almost like an athlete’s, because they are pumped full of blood, as are the organs.”(2)

However, there are some rules that need to be followed. As with The IBD Remission Diet, there are some crucial guidelines that need to be implemented to have success with the raw milk cure. Some of the doctors who used the raw milk cure with patients in the 1800’s through to the 1930’s used raw milk in conjunction with mild, easily digestible foods like fruit. But the vast majority swore by the need to consume only fresh, raw milk, and vast quantities of it.

One of the most prolific of these doctors, Charles Sanford Porter MD, published a book called, Milk Diet as a Remedy for Chronic Disease in 1905. In the book he relates how at least 18,000 patients had been on the raw milk diet under his care in the last 37 years. This was not some fad diet, or quick-flash trend. This was a solid, scientifically proven method for healing mild to severe disorders. In 1929, one of the founders of the Mayo Foundation (forerunner to the Mayo Clinic), J.E. Crew MD reported that he had been successfully using the raw milk treatment for the last 15 years. He said, “The results obtained in various types of disease have been so uniformly excellent that one’s conception of disease and its alleviation is necessarily changed. When sick people are limited to a diet containing an excess of vitamins and all the elements necessary to growth and maintenance, they recover rapidly without the use of drugs and without bringing to bear all the complicated weapons of modern medicine.”(3)

The great thing is that many medical doctors in the U.S., Russia and Germany published their work and results using raw milk diets from the early 1800’s to early 1900’s, so we have good guidelines for implementation. Personally, from my experience with elemental diets and the rationale behind them, I agree with the majority of doctors who found that if you mixed other foods with the raw milk diet, it was not nearly as successful. The only other food I think you could mix with raw milk and perhaps see an added benefit from is clear homemade bone broths – boiled from organic meat and bones. I say this both because I have an intuitive sense that this would be okay (and perhaps add to the healing power of the regime), and because homemade bone broths have been very beneficial for people on The IBD Remission Diet.

Rules For The Raw Milk Cure

After perusing the writings of various doctors who worked extensively with raw milk treatments, here are the crucial implementation guidelines if you’d like to give the raw milk diet a try:

  • Use raw, untreated milk from pasture-fed cows only – milk has the highest curative value in spring and early summer when cows are eating new, high vitamin grass. Do not use milk from grain-fed or barn-bound cows.
  • Higher fat milk (from Jersey cows) is ideal. Be sure to use full-fat milk only (not 2% or skim).
  • The average adult must consume at least 3 – 4 quarts of raw milk per day. You can consume up to 10 quarts per day, if you wish (note: 4 cups = 1 quart).
  • Minimum duration of raw milk diet is 4 weeks to see good results. Follow with gradual food introduction of easily digested foods.
  • You must have complete rest during the diet – do not work, take care of family, go to school, etc. This is exactly what I advise people on The IBD Remission Diet, because healing takes a lot of energy.
  • Do not consume any other foods or beverages whilst on the diet, except filtered or spring water.

The importance of strictly adhering to these guidelines is summed up in the words of Dr. Charles Sanford Porter, MD:


“It is wrong, if not positively dangerous, to attempt the exclusive milk diet on any amount of milk less than that required to noticeably stimulate the circulation and promote body growth. There is no halfway method of taking the milk diet for people who have much the matter with them. Enough milk must be taken to create new circulation, new cells, and new tissue growth, and cause prompt elimination of the waste and dead matter that may be poisoning the system. With milk alone, digestion and assimilation may go on throughout practically the whole length of the alimentary canal. The addition of even a cracker to the milk seems to cause the stomach to hold all its contents for hours without discharging much into the intestine.”(4)

How Long Do I Stay On The Diet?

Now you may be wondering how long you can safely stay on a raw milk diet. Amazingly, there is no limit. Raw cow’s milk from pasture-fed cows is a complete, perfect food all by itself. In his book, The Untold Story of Milk, Ron Schmid ND, relates numerous stories of people who lived in perfect health for up to 50 years on raw milk alone. Here’s just one of many examples; this is a letter from a man in Burlington, Iowa in 1913:


“I have lived on a strictly milk diet for the past forty-two years, not as a matter of choice, but from the fact that I am unable to take solid food of any kind, even a crumb of bread. At the age of two I took a dose of concentrated lye, which caused a stricture of the food pipe and since then have lived on a milk diet. I believe I have gotten along better than the man who eats. I am five feet, six inches tall, weigh one hundred and forty pounds, and am married and have four strong, healthy children. I take one quart at each mealtime and none between meals. My health is good, in fact I have never been ill in forty-two years.”(5)

Dr. Schmid goes on to give many different examples of people who have had excellent health living on nothing but raw cow’s milk for 3 – 50 years. This is very liberating information! Imagine if elderly people in nursing homes were given raw milk instead of Boost, Ensure and processed foods? Imagine if people with obstructions and strictures were given raw milk, rather than surgery, or having their colon removed?

How To Introduce Raw Milk

People with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are often very hesitant to try raw milk due to bad experiences with pasteurized milk and sensitivity to milk proteins (keep in mind these proteins have been denatured by the pasteurization process). So what’s the best way to start and test whether you can take advantage of this amazing superfood? Here are the guidelines I’ve used with myself and my children (who were not allowed to drink pasteurized milk) to introduce raw milk and test for tolerance:

  • Make sure you only use untreated, full-fat, raw milk from pasture-fed cows
  • If you have been highly sensitive to milk in the past, then start by making yoghurt from the raw milk. Raw milk yoghurt is the most highly tolerated of all raw milk products. Eat a small amount of yoghurt each day and gradually build up (see Jini’s Raw Milk Yoghurt Recipe below).
  • If you like the yoghurt and tolerate it well, then you can make an Indian yoghurt drink called a lassi: Add a pinch of cardamom powder, nutmeg powder and your desired sweetener (stevia, maple syrup, honey) and stir to mix. Add some warm filtered water if the texture is too thick.
  • If you want to drink the raw milk straight, it’s best if you drink it in isolation from other foods. For example, have it first thing in the morning and don’t eat or drink anything else with it – consume it as you would an elemental shake (all by itself, on an empty stomach).
  • Warm the milk slightly to room temperature or lukewarm before drinking (but don’t make it hot/boiling or you will kill the good bacteria and enzymes that facilitate digestion). Cold milk can be a shock to the system and harder to digest.

Before we found a source of raw milk, my kids would occasionally have a glass of pasteurized milk at a friend’s house. And within half an hour they would have a bowel movement. Now keep in mind that my kids are perfectly healthy, with one formed bowel movement per day. If pasteurized milk affects them so negatively, imagine what it does to an already compromised digestive system? Raw milk is completely different. My kids drink as much raw milk per day as they wish and they still have only one formed bowel movement per day. I drink raw milk straight, eat raw milk cheeses, raw milk yoghurt, and make a shake from raw eggs and raw milk, and I’ve never felt better! If you’d like to source a raw milk supplier in your area go to: www.realmilk.com There are also lots of useful articles on the site if you’re worried about safety issues, legalities, etc.

References:

1. Barton, George A. Encyclopedia of Religion and Ethics, pg 635.

2. Schmid, Ron The Untold Story of Milk, pg. 76

3. Crewe, J. E. Raw Milk Cures Many Diseases, article, 1929

4. Porter, S. Charles Milk Diet as a Remedy for Chronic Disease, 1905-1923

5. Schmid, Ron The Untold Story of Milk, pg. 75

JINI’S RAW MILK YOGHURT RECIPE

Traditional yoghurt recipes call for the milk to be heated to 180 degrees Fahrenheit, however, this destroys the beneficial enzymes present in raw milk. Therefore, I prefer to not heat the milk beyond 110 degrees Fahrenheit (43°C). However, this usually results in a runny yoghurt (not firm). If you’re going to use your yoghurt in shakes, smoothies or lassis, this is fine. However, if you prefer to eat firm yoghurt, you will need to add gelatin to help firm it up. So the recipe here includes gelatin, but if you’re okay with runny yoghurt, then follow the recipe as is, minus the gelatin.

  • 4 cups raw whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons of Natren Yogurt Starter
  • 1 glass quart jar with lid, sterilized
  • 1 teaspoon powdered gelatin

1. Pour 4 cups of milk into a saucepan and sprinkle gelatin over surface of milk. Let sit for 5 minutes while gelatin dissolves.

2. Over low heat, stirring constantly, slowly bring the milk to 110°F (43°C), or until you can keep your finger in the milk while you count to 10.

3. Put the yogurt starter into the wide-mouth quart-size sterilized glass jar. Pour in about 1/2 cup milk and stir to mix really well with the starter.

4. Fill the jar with the rest of the milk, stir lightly, and screw on the lid.

5. Wrap the jar in a towel and let sit in a warm place*, for eight hours.

6. Unwrap and place in the refrigerator. Allow yoghurt to set in fridge (about four hours). If you want an even firmer yoghurt, next time add 1.5 or 2 teaspoons of gelatin.

*If you don’t have a warm place, then put it inside your oven with the oven light on. Do not turn on the oven, just turn on the oven light and close the oven door. If you have a yoghurt-maker, use the recipe here and then follow instructions for your yoghurt-maker for incubation – but still best to incubate for 8 hours.

Note: Do not mix fruit or sweeteners directly into your main batch of yoghurt, as this will interfere negatively with probiotic activity and potency during storage. However, it is perfectly fine to scoop out a portion of yoghurt and mix in some fruit, jam, maple syrup or honey immediately prior to eating – just don’t mix these in with your main batch that remains in the fridge.

How Do Plants Grow – The Biology of Plant Life

Plants are amazing, especially when you wonder how do plants grow. There are over 350,000 species of plants, above ground and underwater plants. Each one has to survive some harsh conditions to grow, and you can see the tenacity of plants to grow when you see them perched on the side of canyon walls, or pushing their way up through old pavement. Their will to survive and propagate is intense!

Plants include flowers, trees, shrubs, bushes, grass, moss, vines, herbs, seaweed, and green algae. These have much in common. They depend on Nature for survival, and the contents of other living and natural things. They need sunlight (except deep sea plants), water, air, bees and insects, soil, animals, and fire for life. Some pine trees only release their seeds after a big fire; they need the heat to open the cones and seeds.

Some underwater plants get their nutrients from water, surviving without sunlight. In hydroponic growing, plants are grown in just water instead of soil, and you can see the root growth. The water must have the nutrients needed, or the addition of plant food for the plant to thrive.

To answer the question of how do plants grow, you must look at propagation. Some plants have both male and female parts, others do not, but they all depend on wind, air, animals, bees and insects to help with pollination and fertilization. Others will send out runners and tubers, or create corms, bulbs, suckers, and adventitious buds to propagate new plants through the soil to new locations. Humans help with splicing for cross breeding and new growth on old plants.

Plants that have seeds create little packages (seeds) that contain a food store and a baby plant embryo, similar to a fertilized egg, and there is a protective seed coat over the seed. When fertilized through pollination, the seed forms after a flower dies. The flower contains male and/or female parts that create an ovum ready for fertilization. This becomes the seed or fruit containing seeds.

The seed drops to the ground and begins to soften with moisture until the seed coat opens enough for germination to break through with a tap root, root hairs, and the plant top begins to grow towards light and warmth. This is the seedling plant. The roots grow down to find more moisture and the top of the plant grows up to find food and energy.

Plant food comes from the water and soil. Plants take in food and energy through photosynthesis from sunlight, and respiration through their leaves (osmosis). They take in carbon dioxide from the air in the daylight and release oxygen during the night. It is important for plants to obtain the right minerals from soil. Fortunately, Mother Nature works just perfectly in most cases and plants thrive.

When you look at all it takes for Nature to be in perfect balance and answer the question of how do plants grow, it is an amazing thought, and a miraculous process.

Cancer of the Uterus – Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment

Cancer of the uterus, also called uterine cancer, is most common in the inner lining of the uterus or endometrium, and hence is also called endometrial cancer. An age over 50, white race, endometrial hyperplasia, a history of having taken hormone replacement therapy or tamoxifen, obesity, and the presence of colorectal cancer, are risk factors for uterine cancer. Unusual vaginal bleeding or discharge, difficult or painful urination, painful intercourse, and pain in the pelvis area, are common symptoms of this disease. Surgery, radiation therapy and hormonal therapy are the standard line of treatment for this condition.

The Ayurvedic treatment of uterine cancer is aimed at treating the endometrial tumor and preventing or reducing its spread to other parts of the body. Medicines used are: Chandraprabha-Vati, Triphala-Guggulu, Arogya-Vardhini, Kanchnaar-Guggulu, Medohar-Guggulu, Ashokarishta, Maha-Manjishthadi-Qadha, Sinhanaad-Guggulu, Panch-Tikta-Ghrut-Guggulu, Ashoka (Saraca indica), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Vasa (Adathoda vasaka), Daruharidra (Berberis aristata), Tandullya (Amaranthus polygamus), Udumbar (Ficus glomerata), Ulatkambal (Abroma augusta), Shalmali (Bombax malabaricum), Raktachandan (Pterocarpus santalinus), Mayaphal (Quercus infectoria), Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia), Hirabol (Commiphora myrrha), Kumari (Aloe vera), Harmal (Paganam harmala) and Naagkeshar (Messua ferrea).

Medicines like Arogya-Vardhini, Kanchnaar-Guggulu, Chandra-Prabha-Vati, and Maha-Manjishthadi-Qadha are given in high doses to prevent or reduce the spread of cancer to other parts of the body. In order to improve the immune status of the body, medicines like Suvarna-Raj-Vangeshwar-Ras, Trivang-Bhasma, Suvarna-Parpati, Suvarna-Malini-Vasant, Abhrak-Bhasma, Heerak-Bhasma, Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus) and Punarnava (Boerhaavia diffusa) are used.

Ayurvedic medicines can thus be used in uterine cancer to treat the tumor, control its spread and improve overall survival. Ayurvedic medicines can also be used to prevent or reduce the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation therapy. It is important to note that all such patients should be under the care and supervision of an Oncology team.