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Vit B12 – a bare necessity

There is a study, published in the prestigious journal Neurology, where M.R.I. scans were used to measure brain volume and blood tests to record vitamin B12 levels.

They divided the subjects into three groups, based on their level of the vitamin, and followed them for five years with annual scans and physical and mental examinations.

The group with the lowest levels of vitamin B12 lost twice as much brain volume as those with the highest levels. The difference was significant, even after controlling for initial brain size, age, sex, education, cognitive test scores and various measures of blood chemistry.

What it does:

Vitamin B12 is crucial to brain function and the overall health of  your nervous system. It’s the engine behind your body’s ability  to make blood. Every cell in your body uses it to convert fuel into energy.    It’s also the key to DNA synthesis and regulation, and enables your body to produce life-giving fatty acids.*

Deficiency signs:
Anemia
Fatigue
Poor nerve function
Diarrhea
Memory loss

Here’s another thing about B12: it powerfully lowers levels of homocysteine, one of the key indicators for heart health.*

That’s because — at high enough levels —   homocysteine provokes an inflammatory response across every system in your body, blood vessels included.

In the past, medicine has completely overlooked this key factor in heart health, focusing instead on cholesterol. That’s a real shame, because the fact is that homocysteine’s the real culprit. And its consequences are entirely preventable.

In fact, all folks really need to keep homocysteine levels in check is to get about 500 mcg of B12 per day.

Sources:

Lean meats—particularly grass-fed beef—and organ meats are a great source of B12. Here’s a list of other good sources:

Clams, trout, salmon, haddock, tuna, milk. Vit B 12 is not generally found in plant foods.

* Courtesy The Doctor’s Heart Cure – Al Sears, MD.

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September 20, 2011 at 1:06 pm 2 comments

Parasite cleanse for colon/intestines

Black walnut – When it comes to cleaning your colon, experts recommend that you take a strong dose of black walnut hull tincture. Walnut is also a laxative. If you are having problems with your bowel movement, it would be a good idea to try this herbal medicine. Bear in mind that parasites are more likely to develop in your colon if you do not have regular bowel movement. Black Walnut induces bowel movement without causing irritation, nausea or pain. When it comes to side effects of the black walnut, there are very rare cases of mild itchiness experienced by some people who used it. However, such itchiness usually disappears after a few days.

Wormwood – Herbalists all over the globe uses the wormwood to improve digestions and to purge out worms in the colon. Over the years, the wormwood parasite cleanse has proven to be very effective and safe when it comes to fighting worm infestations especially in children. An added benefit is that it deters mosquito’s too.

Cloves

These three herbs above must be used together. Black walnut and wormwood kill adults and developmental stages of at least 100 parasites. Cloves kill the eggs. Only if you use them together will you rid yourself of parasites. If you kill only the adults, the tiny stages and eggs will soon grow into new adults. If you kill only the eggs, the million stages already loose in your body will soon grow into adults and make more eggs. They must be used together as a single treatment.

Raw Pumpkin Seeds contain an amino acid called cucurbitin. This is believed to paralyze the worms over time, forcing them to lose their grip and get expelled from the body. These are available at most health food stores.

What to expect:

Unfortunately for people prone to Candida yeast overgrowth a Candida cleanse is probably not something you will do once and be done with. Even when incorporating the most effective holistic approach, life long adherence to the Candida diet, continued use of probiotics and periodic administration of antifungals will likely be necessary to keep your Candida under control. However, once you make some significant progress in reducing your yeast load, your diet won’t have to be as restricted.

June 27, 2011 at 8:42 pm Leave a comment

Cleansing the liver

  • 4 Tablespoons Epsom Salts
  • 1 Cup Olive Oil (light oil is best for taste)
  • 14 Pink Grapefruit
  • 12 Apples
  • 4 Lemons

Liver Cleanse

  • 8:30am – 12:30pmJuice 12 grapefruits and drink throughout the morning.
  • 1:30pm – 5:30pmJuice 12 apples and drink in the afternoon.
  • 6:00pmMix 1 tablespoon of Epsom Salts with 3/4 cup of cold water and squeeze one lemon into it for taste and drink.
  • 8:00pmRepeat same as 6:00pm
  • 9:30pmPrepare for bed. Measure 1 cup of olive oil into a jar for shaking and add the fresh juice of two grapefruits and shake. Shake real hard to mix thoroughly. Go to the bathroom the last time.
  • 10:00pmDrink the Olive Oil mixture. Lie down on your right side for 20 minutes.Try not to move during this time as the oil is passing down the liver. Go to sleep. It would be helpful to drink around 4 Ornithine capsules to assist sleep.
  • Next MorningUpon waking take another dose of 1 tablespoon of Epsom Salts, 3/4 water and lemon. Repeat 2 hours later. After two more hours you may eat. Start with fruit juice. Half an hour later eat fruit. One hour later you may eat light.

Notes:

  • For smaller people starting the liver cleanse for the first time, a half cup of olive oil could be used instead of the whole one cup.
  • This cleanse is best done following a colon/parasite and kidney cleanse. It is important that your colon be working effectively, and that the bowel toxidities and parastical infestations be removed first (before doing a liver cleanse) as it is of the utmost importance that your body be able to efficiently remove the toxins and stones that are released from your liver.
  • To remove stones – do not repeat cleanse any sooner than every two weeks until desired amount of stones are passed. For general cleanse, repeat process twice a year.
  • To maintain liver health limit the amount of high-fat foods such as potato chips, salad dressings and excessive amounts of dairy products that you ingest.
  • The morning of the second day expect to have mild diarrhoea.
  • You may feel a little uncomfortable for a couple of days as the liver continues to purge toxins.

June 27, 2011 at 7:30 pm Leave a comment

Celiac Disease

Celiac disease is often misunderstood and misdiagnosed. Yet, experts believe that nearly 1 in 100 people may have this autoimmune ailment, which is triggered by exposure to the protein gluten in wheat and similar proteins in rye and barley. People with celiac disease, or CD, have a genetic predisposition to the illness. Some researchers believe that CD sufferers also have an intestinal wall abnormality which allows gluten fragments to reach underlying cells, where they trigger an autoimmune reaction. As in any autoimmune disease, the body senses an invader, and launches an attack to drive it out. In CD, these attacks destroy cells in the small intestine’s absorptive villi, finger-like projections that absorb nutrients from food. Eventually, CD sufferers’ villi are totally flattened and cannot absorb nutrients. This dramatic chain of events is not the same as gluten intolerance, which causes other symptoms but does not involve an all-out autoimmune response. Children with CD often have digestive symptoms, such as abdominal pain, weight loss and diarrhea. Those diagnosed as adults commonly have fatigue and “head fog,” and are more likely to have anemia, arthritis, depression, bone loss, infertility, joint pain, seizures, even hand or foot numbness. What an array of symptoms! No wonder diagnosing CD is tricky business.

If you have symptoms that match up with the signs of CD, tell your doctor. A simple blood test can check for an enzyme called tissue transglutaminase, which is released from damaged cells in the intestine. If that test is positive, doctors will study an intestinal tissue sample to confirm the structural symptoms. Those diagnosed with CD must stop eating wheat, barley and rye forever, without exception. While that prescription is clear, it is not easy to follow. Our food supply relies heavily on these grains, and cross-contamination of foods that are supposed to be “safe” can wreak havoc. So can other misinformation about the disease.

(*extract from Deepak Chopra, MD’s blog)

With Specialised Kinesiology, we balance around the IMR (Immune Mismatch Response)

May 11, 2011 at 9:47 am Leave a comment

Kinesiology Massage

There are few things in life as wonderful as a decent, relaxing, massage especially when you are feeling stressed or your muscles are spasming in your neck, hips and lower back.

We  focus on trigger point, hypertonic stress release and aromatherapy massages.

December 6, 2010 at 12:41 pm Leave a comment

Tumeric

For more than 5,000 years, turmeric has been an important part of Eastern cultural traditions, including traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda.  Valued for its medicinal properties and warm, peppery flavor, this yellow-orange spice has more recently earned a name for itself in Western medicine as well.
 

Turmeric comes from the root of the Curcuma longa plant, which is native to Indonesia and southern India, and is widely used as an ingredient in curry dishes and yellow mustard.   As research into this powerful spice has increased, it has emerged as one of nature’s most powerful potential healers.

Said Dr. David Frawely, founder and director of the American Institute for Vedic Studies in Santa Fe, New Mexico: 

“If I had only one single herb to depend upon for all possible health and dietary needs,  I would without much hesitation choose the Indian spice Turmeric.  There is little it cannot do in the realm of healing and much that no other herb is able to accomplish.  Turmeric has a broad spectrum of actions, mild but certain effects,  and is beneficial for long-term and daily usage.”
 

Turmeric’s beneficial effects in a nutshell:

Strengthens and improves digestion

  • Reduces gas and bloating
  • Assists in the digestion of protein and with rice and bean dishes
  • Improves your body’s ability to digest fats
  • Promotes proper metabolism, correcting both excesses and deficiencies
  • Maintains and improves intestinal flora
  • Improves elimination of wastes and toxins

Supports healthy liver function and detox

  • Turmeric helps increase bile flow making it a liver cleanser
  • Can rejuvenate your liver cells and recharge their capability to break down toxins
  • Helps to prevent alcohol and other toxins from being converted into compounds that may be harmful to your liver
  • Supports formation of healthy tissue

Purifies your blood

  • Stimulates formation of new blood tissue
  • Anti-inflammatory: Helps to reduce irritation to tissues characterized by pain, redness, swelling and heat

Contains curcuminoids that fight cancer, arthritis, and Alzheimer’s

Curcuminoids are potent phytonutrients (plant-based nutrients) that contain powerful antioxidant properties

  • Counteracts the damaging effects of free radicals in your body
  • Relieves arthritis pain and stiffness, anti-inflammatory agent
  • Anti-carcinogenic: “Curcumin has been shown to prevent a large of number of cancers in animal studies  
  • Laboratory data indicate that curcumin can inhibit tumor initiation, promotion, invasion, angiogenesis and metastasis.”[1]
  • Supports treatment of Alzheimer’s disease:  “Because Alzheimer’s disease is caused in part by amyloid-induced inflammation  
  • Curcumin has been shown to be effective against Alzheimer’s

Curcumin: Turmeric’s Active Anti-Inflammatory “Ingredient”
 

Most notably turmeric is known for its potent anti-inflammatory properties,  which come from curcumin — the pigment that gives turmeric its yellow-orange color, and which is thought to be responsible for many of its medicinal effects.
 There are an estimated three to five grams of curcumin in 100 grams of turmeric.
 Curcumin has been shown to influence more than 700 genes, and it can inhibit both the activity and the synthesis of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX2) and 5-lipooxygenase (5-LOX), as well as other enzymes that have been implicated in inflammation.[3]
 

Turmeric’s cancer-fighting properties
 

In India where turmeric is widely used, the prevalence of four common U.S. cancers  — colon, breast, prostate and lung — is 10 times lower.  In fact, prostate cancer, which is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in U.S. men, is rare in India and this is attributed, in part, to turmeric.   Numerous studies have looked into this potential cancer-fighting link, with promising results. 
 

For instance, curcumin has been found to:

  • Inhibit the proliferation of tumor cells
  • Inhibit the transformation of cells from normal to tumor
  • Help your body destroy mutated cancer cells so they cannot spread throughout your body
  • Decrease inflammation
  • Enhance liver function
  • Inhibit the synthesis of a protein thought to be instrumental in tumor formation
  • Prevent the development of additional blood supply necessary for cancer cell growth
     

Turmeric’s essential role for your liver
 

Your liver’s primary role is to process and remove toxins carried in your bloodstream.  When functioning at its peak, it can filter up to two liters of blood per minute and easily break apart toxic molecules to reduce their toxicity.  Your liver is also a crucial part of vitamin, mineral, protein, fat, carbohydrate and hormonal metabolism.

However, poor diet, allergens, pollution and stress can cause your liver to become sluggish, and this can impair its vital functions.  This is where turmeric can be a very useful part of your liver support system. 

 Studies have shown that it:

  • May increase important detoxification enzymes in your liver
  • Induces the formation of a primary liver detoxification enzyme, glutathione S-transferase (GST) enzymes

Turmeric is also a natural cholagogue, a medicinal agent that promotes the discharge of bile from your system.  Increased bile flow is important to help your liver detoxify and to help your body digest fats.
 

Turmeric for Your heart, brain and overall health
 

Turmeric inhibits free radical damage of fats, including cholesterol.  When cholesterol is damaged in this way, or oxidized, it can then damage your blood vessels and lead to a heart attack or stroke.  Therefore, research suggests that turmeric’s ability to prevent the oxidation of cholesterol may be beneficial for your heart.   It’s also rich in vitamin B6, high intakes of which are associated with a reduced risk of heart disease.  Meanwhile, turmeric appears to be highly protective against neurodegenerative diseases. 
 The compound has also proven capabilities of blocking the progression of multiple sclerosis.  Further, Professor Moolky Nagabhushan from the Loyola University Medical Center, Chicago, IL, who has been studying turmeric for the last 20 years, believes that turmeric can protect against harmful environmental chemicals, and in so doing protect against childhood leukemia. 
 The research showed that curcumin in turmeric can:[7]

  • Inhibit the toxicity of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)  (cancer-causing chemicals in the environment)
  • Inhibit radiation-induced chromosome damage
  • Prevent the formation of harmful heterocyclic amines and nitroso compounds, which may result in the body when  eating certain processed foods, such as processed meat products
  • Irreversibly inhibit the multiplication of leukemia cells in a cell culture

Turmeric’s volatile oils also have external anti-bacterial action.   As such, they may help prevent bacterial wound infections and accelerate wound healing.
 

Evidence suggests the spice may also be beneficial for:
 

  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Psoriasis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Cataracts
  • Gallstones
  • Muscle regeneration
  • Inflammatory bowel disease

Recipe for assistance with Cancer, Alzheimer’s and Arthritis 
 Take 1/4 tea spoon of tumeric and 1/4 tea spoon of ginger powder add 1/2 tea spoon
of pure honey in cup of warm water. Drink it 2 to 3 times a week.

October 3, 2010 at 1:48 pm Leave a comment

Cleansing the colon

Things you’ll need:

  • non-chlorinated water
  • Epsom salts
  • Pot
  • Cooking thermometer
  • enema bag
  1. Put 2 quarts of water into a pot
  2. Add 2 tbsp. Epsom salt and stir
  3. Heat the water and salt mixture to 40 degrees celsius, making sure that the salt on the bottom of the pot is fully dissolved
  4. Add the mixture to an enema bag and administer

The salt-and-water mixture will naturally clean the colon without killing the natural flora in the colon.

 Tips & Warnings

  • Boil tap water to rid it of chlorine
  • Administer enema’s only under the direction of your doctor.  Make sure that the water is no hotter than 40 degrees celsius.

October 3, 2010 at 12:38 pm Leave a comment

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