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Apple Cider Vinegar: Keeping you healthy

A warm cup of apple cider vinegar, water, and honey makes for a miracle in a cup. The not-so-tasty drink can soothe a sore throat, prevent a cold, detoxify the body, and help with insomnia. ACV is also up for those tough jobs such as lowering cholesterol, fighting asthma, liver and kidney problems, and even helps with weight loss.

Apple Cider Vinegar: Alternative Medicine Miracle

Apple Cider Vinegar Information and Ingredients

News

November 5, 2005

Wild Birds Help To Create Human Flu Vaccine

"Nature is the largest, incompletely catalogued library on earth," said Dr. Karesh, director of WCS's Field Veterinary Program. "This is just one more example of the value of protecting the diversity of life on our planet, and how monitoring the health of wild species serves not only to protect them, but also can have huge payoffs for humankind."

November 3, 2005

Hip-Waist Ratio Best Predicts Heart Risk

Studies show today’s method of testing the Body Mass Index (BMI) for risks of heart attack is not as effective as a Hip to Waist ratio comparison. The BMI test takes no consideration of the exercise and tone of the patient’s body.

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Science Daily News November 4, 2005

October 6, 2005

Merck & Co. with a vaccine for cervical cancer

This Thursday, Merck & Co. announced 100% effectiveness on a new vaccine for cervical cancer linked to the Human Papillomavirus (HPV). According to Merck statistics, "Cervical cancer, one of the leading cancers among women, results in approximately 290,000 deaths worldwide each year."

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ABC News Article November 1, 2005

October 6, 2005

Prince of Wales urges the use of Alternative Healthcare

With the use of complimentary medicine, the report commissioned by the Prince shows a "30% drop in the number of consultations with GP (General Practitioners) and a saving of prescription drug bills of 50 per cent."

Ask the Consultant

Q: What are the affects of fluoride and if it’s so bad for me, why are doctors prescribing it to infants?

A: Fluoride is found in some community’s tap and drinking water, toothpaste, liquid drops for infants, and is used in the dentist office after a cleaning. Fluoride is used to strengthen tooth enamel thereby reducing the frequency of cavities. In small doses, fluoride is said to be helpful. However, the adverse affects of fluoride might outweigh its benefits for some.

A most common adverse affect is a condition called ‘fluorosis,’ whereby the teeth become mottled and begin to yellow. Over time, the excessive intake of fluoride can lead to "hypothyroidism and cause brittling of the bones and teeth" (Wikipedia Encyclopedia, Fluoride). Proctor and Gamble, the maker of Crest, has acknowledged "a family-sized tube of toothpaste theoretically contains enough fluoride to kill a small child" and the FDA has labeled all toothpaste containing fluoride with the following warning since 1997, "Keep out of the reach of children under six. If more than a pea size amount is swallowed contact your poison control center immediately."

Click here for a thorough list of Scientific Facts on the Biological Effects of Fluorides including

Fluoride stimulates granule formation and oxygen consumption in white blood cells, but inhibits these processes when the white blood cell is challenged by a foreign agent in the blood. Robert A. Clark, "Neutrophil Iodination Reaction Induced by Fluoride: Implications for Degranulation and Metabolic Activation," Blood, Vol. 57, pp. 913-921 (1981).

Fluoride inhibits antibody formation in the blood. S. K. Jain and A. K. Susheela, "Effect of Sodium Fluoride on Antibody Formation in Rabbits," Environmental Research, Vol. 44, pp. 117-125 (1987)

So what can you do to avoid the prolonged affects of fluoride?

  • There are many natural toothpastes available online and at Natural Food Stores that boast the exclusion of fluoride. They’re made in wonderful flavors with different methods of application such as flakes, liquids, powders, and gels.

Perfect Prescription Tooth Soap

Assorted Natural Toothpastes

Nature’s Gate

  • Check with your city on the levels of added Fluoride in the tap water. If possible, use bottled water over tap water and make sure it has no added Fluoride.
  • Brush and Floss your teeth, avoid carbonated drinks and heavy amounts of sugars and visit your dentist often for fluoride free cleanings!

Below are some links for further research on the affects of Fluoride:

Too Much Fluoride Can Harm Young Children

Encyclopedia date on Fluoride

Fluoride as Rat Poison

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Holistic Well-Being and Common Health Problems

Acne

Acne has many possible causes such as diet, hygiene, environment, and hormonal changes. Many prescription medications have adverse affects such as reddening of the face, swelling, dry skin, and scaling. Below are some natural remedies for acne but above all, make sure you’re eating a balanced diet. The skin is the body’s billboard. It announces how healthy the internal body is by signs such as acne, redness, rashes, scaling, itching, etc.

  • Tea Tree Oil is a natural antibiotic and antiseptic and can be applied topically to affected area.
  • Vitamin B3 improves circulation and helps repair skin conditions.
  • Acidophilus helps re-build the body’s good bacteria thereby aiding in reducing acne breakouts.
  • Colloidal Silver is a natural antibiotic and can be used topically and taken internally.
  • Essential Fatty Acids are all-around good for you. The EFA’s helps keep skin smooth, repairs tissue, and dissolves fatty deposits that block pores.
  • Potassium and Zinc helps heal tissue and prevent scaring. Take with Vitamin C to help absorption.
  • Garlic is simply terrific for so many things. It improves blood circulation, destroys bacteria, and enhances immune function.

Diaper Rash

First let me promote Cloth Diapering, which could save you many headaches from diaper rash! Cloth diapering, using natural materials are not only better on the environment but easier on your baby’s bum!

Imagine yourself wearing plastic underwear all day long! Even though you, as adults, are no longer urinating on yourself, natural moisture occurs throughout the day. Imagine wearing a material that didn’t breathe. Imagine this material with chemicals and bleach and BLECH, I can’t go on! Do your research on Cloth Diapering because that alone may end baby bum rashes!

However, if your baby is suffering from diaper rashes, disposable or no, there are many natural alternatives that will soothe your baby’s bum. There are so many products available online that work terrific and what many of them have in common are essential oils, witch hazel, Calendula, Beeswax, and Jojoba Oil. Lavender, Tea Tree, and chamomile essential oils are popular choices as they offer terrific scents and medicinal properties. The beeswax is a natural way to apply the creams and the jojoba oil doesn’t go rancid quickly like many other oils and doesn’t clog pores. Witch hazel is astringent, decreases inflammation, and soothes irritated skin.

  • In between changes, try using plain old cornstarch instead of the fancy baby powders.
  • Change your baby immediately when wet (generally every 2-3 hours for younger babies)

Below are some links to great products on the natural market:

 
 
Please note the advice provided on this site is not meant to disregard that of your Healthcare Practitioner. If you have recurrent symptoms of the listed conditions, you may need to be seen in person by a provider to fully treat the underlying causes of these symptoms.

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HERBS 101

Garlic (Allium sativum)

Garlic is a powerful antioxidant, lowers blood pressure, antimicrobial, antiseptic, fights infections such as vaginitis and yeast, and can act as a natural bug repellent. Mince one clove of garlic, cover with honey, and swallow. The honey covers the rather pungent taste of garlic and offers its own medicinal properties too.

HerbMed offers further information on clinical trials, contraindications, types of use, and historical records.

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