Category Archives: Natural Health

Improving Gallbladder Function With Natural Support

Your gallbladder plays a big role when it comes to healthy digestion. Perhaps someone close to you has undergone a cholecystectomy – a surgery to have his/her gallbladder removed. While it is possible to live without the small organ after surgery, the body needs it to in order to promote a strong, healthy digestive system. Here are some facts to know about gallbladder function and things you can do for natural support.

Where is Your Gallbladder?

Located directly beneath your liver, the gallbladder is actually partially blocked by that organ. As you can probably imagine, the liver and gallbladder work very closely together to efficiently remove toxins from your body.

What Does the Gallbladder Do?

The liver produces bile that helps break down fat into fatty acids, helping the body rid itself of toxins. You might think of the gallbladder as a warehouse for all that bile. When the digestive system needs bile to break down fat, the gallbladder goes to work, secreting the substance into the small intestine.

What are the Symptoms of Gallbladder Disease?

Poor diet can cause excess cholesterol to accumulate in one’s gallbladder, causing bile to build up into small crystals called gallstones, or cholelithiasis. While between 80-90% of individuals with gallstones have no symptoms, others could have an acute gallbladder “attack”. This is an intense abdominal pain that is also called biliary colic, and it occurs when gallstones become backed up in the cystic duct. [1]

Sometimes, when those gallstones block the cystic duct, you’re left with gallbladder inflammation, also known as cholecystitis. [2] Your gallbladder could actually become smaller because of these constant attacks, becoming more and more sluggish and eventually even rupturing.

While gallstones and inflammation are no small matters, gallbladder polyps—benign or malignant—and cancer are two very serious health issues. Unfortunately, these two issues are usually only diagnosed because of other medical issues, making it all the more important to monitor and support gallbladder health. [3] [4]

How to Support Gallbladder Function with Diet

Because obesity is believed to worsen gallbladder issues, something as simple as changing your diet can do wonders for gallbladder function. [5] Eating low-fat and low-cholesterol choices is a great idea to help keep your ideal body weight. While is hard to do, avoiding meat, coffee, soda, and products high in sugar is one of the most effective ways to support your gallbladder.

What to Do if You Have Gallbladder Surgery

A high-fiber diet also helps with gallbladder health, but it’s important to ease into such foods as these after gallbladder surgery. For some, these foods can cause initial discomfort. Stick to the same low-fat, low-cholesterol diet mentioned above, and, remember to exercise.

Gallbladder Detox

In addition to a gallbladder diet, you can also support this organ by cleansing, helping with toxin removal. Besides cleansing your colon, performing a liver and gallbladder cleanse can be important for naturally supporting gallbladder function. Livatrex® can help support both your liver and gallbladder!

What do you to do naturally support your gallbladder function? Tell us about it in the comments below!


  1. Corazziari, E. et al. Functional disorders of the biliary tract and pancreas. Gut. 45.
  2. Portincasa, P. et al. Therapy of gallstone disease: What it was, what it is, what it will be. World Journal of Gastrointestinal Pharmacology and Therapeutics. 3 (2).
  3. Myers, R. P. et al. Gallbladder polyps: epidemiology, natural history and management. Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology. 16 (3).
  4. Zhu, A. X. et al. Current Management of Gallbladder Carcinoma. The Oncologist. 13 (2).
  5. Nammi, S. et al. Obesity: An overview on its current perspectives and treatment options. Nutrition Journal. 3.

Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM has studied natural healing methods for over 20 years and now teaches individuals and practitioners all around the world. He no longer sees patients but solely concentrates on spreading the word of health and wellness to the global community. Under his leadership, Global Healing Center, Inc. has earned recognition as one of the largest alternative, natural and organic health resources on the Internet.

Don’t Be Fooled By Big Ag: Organic Is Productive

We have all heard the propaganda about how organics cannot feed the world, and that companies like Monsanto are providing food security. In truth, peer-reviewed scientific studies show that organic farming produces higher quantities of more nutritious and far less toxic food than chemical agriculture. As industrialized agriculture has spread, hunger and poverty continue to rise. Mono-cropping in industrial agriculture lessens biodiversity, resulting in the narrowing of nutrients in our food. Support the health of your family and the earth by purchasing organic products. To help you choose authentically organic brands, Cornucopia offers scorecards for dairy, eggs, soy, yogurt and more under the Scorecards tab on our website.


Best Anti-Aging Foods: Health Benefits Of Pecans

health benefits of pecans

Your health can only be as good as the food you eat and following a regular diet based firmly on nutrient rich, organic food is one of the best things you can do to age gracefully. Supplying your body with vitamins, minerals, proteins, healthy fatty acids like Omega-3s, and antioxidants is critical to a healthy life. You might not guess it, but pecans are actually one of the best foods for accomplishing that goal.

The Key For Anti-Aging: Antioxidants

As you age, industrial and natural environmental toxins like radon, lead, and arsenic attack your body and make it harder for it to repair itself and protect against ailments. When you combine this with processed, refined foods loaded with sugar, unnatural chemicals like high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), aspartame, soy lecithin, and hormone disruptors, the assault on the cells in your body becomes crystal clear.

To counter and reverse this damage, you need antioxidants. These neutralize the free radicals that harm your cells and organs and help soothe the inflammation that leads to chronic diseases. A French study run from 2007-2009 found those whose diets had the most antioxidants aged more slowly, lived longer, and had fewer health problems. [1]

A study from Brigham Young University found that antioxidants protected the eyes and reduced the risk of age-related macular degeneration. One of the researchers commented, “The implication is that people at risk of macular degeneration could help prevent the disease by consuming antioxidants.” [2] Simply put, consuming foods rich in antioxidants may help you be protected against degenerative conditions.

Pecans are an incredible source of antioxidants. One of the highest, in fact, according to the USDA. Ninety percent of a pecan’s antioxidants come in the form of beta-sitosterol, a plant chemical with powerful antioxidant properties that protects low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol from oxidizing and damaging the arteries. Pecans are also a rich source of vitamin E, which compounds the antioxidant benefits.

Pecans for a Healthy Heart

Years ago, it was believed that nuts were bad for your heart, but this was untrue. It was even reported in the British Journal of Nutrition that the more nuts you eat, the less you are at risk of cardiovascular or coronary heart disease. [3]

Consuming pecans encourages normal cholesterol levels. This is due to the high content of vitamin E. There are two types of vitamin E, and pecans provide two of them – alpha- and gamma-tocopherols. When you eat pecans, the gamma-tocopherols can lower LDL cholesterol levels by as much as 33%. [4]

Pecans support the heart in other ways too. They promote normal blood pressure, help with weight loss, and help keep blood sugar under control.

The Best Anti-Aging Diet

These foods are a great source of nutrients that promote graceful aging.

Unsaturated Fats

Omega-3 fats fit into the this category of mono- and polyunsaturated fatty acids. The densest sources of these healthy fats are fish like salmon, avocados, and flax seeds.

Vitamins and Minerals

You know you need vitamins like A, the B-complex, C, D, E and K. To get these you need to eat natural, organic foods. These contain forms of vitamins your body can readily use, unlike processed foods that contain artificial vitamins. The same goes for minerals like magnesium and calcium. In fact, magnesium is responsible for more than 300 processes throughout your body. Great sources for combined vitamins and minerals include dark leafy greens, broccoli, beans, cheese, whole grains and dark chocolate.


Foods like yogurt and kefir provide you with ‘friendly’ gut bacteria that support immune function, toxin removal, and supply important vitamins like B12. When you buy probiotics, make sure they contain live, active cultures. If they don’t, you’ll be missing some of the key health benefits that such foods boast.


Fruits and vegetables provide fiber–or prebiotics–and types of sugars that feed your friendly probiotic bacteria, keep them healthy.


Fruits like blueberries, raspberries, cruciferous veggies like broccoli and Brussels sprouts, and green tea are known for their antioxidants.

Raw, Organic Pecans

Rich in antioxidants, raw, organic pecans are also a complete source of vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, protein, and fiber. And they’re easy to eat! Grab a handful as a snack or add them to your favorite dish to add texture and enhance the meal with a rich nutty flavor. Just remember to buy raw and organic. The fats in nuts like pecans soak up pesticides and herbicides more than other fruits and vegetables.

Besides munching on healthy foods like pecans, what do you do to maintain a healthy body and mind? Tell us in the comments below. We always enjoy hearing from you!


  1. Assmann KE, Andreeva VA, Jeandel C, Hercberg S, Galan P, Kesse-Guyot E. Healthy Aging 5 Years After a Period of Daily Supplementation With Antioxidant Nutrients: A Post Hoc Analysis of the French Randomized Trial SU.VI.MAX. Am J Epidemiol. 2015 Oct 15;182(8):694-704. doi: 10.1093/aje/kwv105.
  2. Brigham Young University. How Diet, Antioxidants Prevent Blindness In Aging Population. ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 27 August 2008.
  3. Blomhoff R1, Carlsen MH, Andersen LF, Jacobs DR Jr. Health benefits of nuts: potential role of antioxidants. Br J Nutr. 2006 Nov;96 Suppl 2:S52-60.
  4. C. Hudthagosol, E. H. Haddad, K. McCarthy, P. Wang, K. Oda, J. Sabate. Pecans Acutely Increase Plasma Postprandial Antioxidant Capacity and Catechins and Decrease LDL Oxidation in Humans. Journal of Nutrition, 2010; 141 (1): 56 DOI: 10.3945/jn.110.121269.

Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM has studied natural healing methods for over 20 years and now teaches individuals and practitioners all around the world. He no longer sees patients but solely concentrates on spreading the word of health and wellness to the global community. Under his leadership, Global Healing Center, Inc. has earned recognition as one of the largest alternative, natural and organic health resources on the Internet.

Coconut Oil Fights Deadly Yeast Infections, Study Suggests


A common food oil has been found to have potent antifungal properties that could literally save lives. 

The coconut palm is perhaps the world’s most widely distributed and versatile food-medicine, and has been prized and even revered by indigenous cultures for a wide range of health complaints since time immemorial. Increasingly, scientific evidence is emerging validating its traditionally ascribed health benefits, and more, including supporting brain healthprotecting the heart, and even reducing stress and depression.

Now, a new study led by researchers at Tufts University has found that coconut oil is highly effective at controlling the overgrowth of the opportunistic fungal pathogen Candida albicans in mice.

Published in the American Society for Microbiology’s journal mSphere and titled, “Manipulation of Host Diet to Reduce Gastrointestinal Colonization by the Opportunistic Pathogen Candida Albicans,” the study identified C. albicans as the most common human pathogen, with a mortality rate of about 40% when causing systemic infections.


C. albicans is normally present in the human gastrointestinal tract, but antibiotics can destroy commensal bacteria that normally keep Candida populations within a healthy range. According to the study, compromised immunity is also a major cause of C. albicans overgrowth, and  “Systemic infections caused by C. albicans can lead to invasive candidiasis, which is the fourth most common blood infection among hospitalized patients in the United States according to the CDC.”

Conventional anti-fungal drugs carry with them significant risk of adverse effects, and their repeated use leads to the development of drug resistant strains of fungal pathogens, making natural approaches all the more attractive. The researchers hypothesized that a coconut-based dietary intervention might reduce Candida infection in mice. The study design and results were reported on as follows:

The team, led by microbiologist Carol Kumamoto and nutrition scientist Alice H. Lichtenstein, investigated the effects of three different dietary fats on the amount of C. albicans in the mouse gut: coconut oil, beef tallow and soybean oil. A control group of mice were fed a standard diet for mice. Coconut oil was selected based on previous studies that found that the fat had antifungal properties in the laboratory setting.

A coconut oil-rich diet reduced C. albicans in the gut compared to a beef tallow-or soybean oil-rich diet. Coconut oil alone, or the combination of coconut oil and beef tallow, reduced the amount of C. albicans in the gut by more than 90% compared to a beef tallow-rich diet.

“Coconut oil even reduced fungal colonization when mice were switched from beef tallow to coconut oil, or when mice were fed both beef tallow and coconut oil at the same time. These findings suggest that adding coconut oil to a patient’s existing diet might control the growth of C. albicans in the gut, and possibly decrease the risk of fungal infections caused by C. albicans,” said Kumamoto, Ph.D., a professor of molecular biology and microbiology at Tufts University School of Medicine and member of the molecular microbiology and genetics program faculties at the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences.

These preliminary results have profound implications for the practice of medicine, according to a statement made to ScienceDaily by Alice H LIchtenstein, D.Sc., director of the Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University:

“This study marks a first step in understanding how life-threatening yeast infections in susceptible individuals might be reduced through the short-term and targeted use of a specific type of fat. As exciting as these findings are, we have to keep in mind that the majority of adult Americans are at high risk for heart disease, the number one killer in the U.S. The potential use of coconut oil in the short term to control the rate of fungal overgrowth should not be considered a prophylactic approach to preventing fungal infections.”

The first author of the study, Kearney Gunsalus, Ph.D. an Institutional Research and Academic Career Development (IRACDA) postdoctoral fellow at the Sackler School in Kumamoto’s lab, also offered his opinion on the study implications:

“We want to give clinicians a treatment option that might limit the need for antifungal drugs. If we can use coconut oil as a safe, dietary alternative, we could decrease the amount of antifungal drugs used, reserving antifungal drugs for critical situations.”

Previous research, available to view on, indicates that coconut oil is also an effective anti-fungal agent against the growth of dermatophytes, a type of yeast which can cause infections of the skin, nails, and hair because they can utilize keratin.

For more research on the health benefits of coconut oil, view our database section on the topic here. For more research on natural interventions to prevent and/or treat Candida infection, view our database on the topic here.

Article Contributed by Sayer Ji, Founder of

Sayer Ji is an author, researcher, lecturer, and advisory board member of the National Health Federation. He founded in 2008 in order to provide the world an open access, evidence-based resource supporting natural and integrative modalities. It is internationally recognized as the largest and most widely referenced health resource of its kind.

The Truth Behind The 2015 Dietary Guidelines For Americans

dietary guidelines

Every five years, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) releases updated dietary guidelines that are designed to shape the way Americans look at food and nutrition. The purpose of these recommendations is to promote health, prevent chronic disease, and help people maintain a healthy weight. National nutrition policies and dietary programs for schools and the elderly are formed based on these guidelines. If you’ve followed these updates, you’re probably aware that only a few minor changes have been made each revision. And each time, these dietary guidelines appear to miss the point when it comes to proper nutrition. While some of the guidelines are helpful, the USDA is still giving outdated nutrition advice that is unfortunately affecting the health and wellbeing of the country.

2015 USDA Dietary Guidelines: Summary

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans is a national guideline updated every 5 years by the USDA in an effort to communicate the latest scientific understanding of food and nutrition. The guide receives its fair share of criticism, however, especially from independent parties who have very little to no conflict of interest. For example, the USDA continues to put in its guidelines that Americans should reduce their intake of saturated fats, even though numerous studies have shown that plant-based saturated fat (like lauric acid from coconut oil) may actually exert a protective effect on health. Just like most advice the government tends to give in regards to nutrition, it tends to be somewhat behind the times.

Are There Issues with the Guidelines?

Nina Teicholz, an investigative journalist, writes in The BMJ that, “…the guideline process has suffered from a lack of rigorous methods for reviewing the science on nutrition and disease…” and, “…it relied on systematic reviews…almost exclusively the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC)…” It’s well known that the AHA is heavily funded by the drug companies, so we have to ask ourselves, is this swaying dietary opinion? While their statements about consuming a higher proportion of fruit and vegetables are sound, the report fails to mention current evidence regarding plant-based saturated fats.

The examination of saturated fat was somewhat glossed over in the new dietary guidelines, despite numerous studies in the last five years questioning its negative health impact. Despite this, the committee composing the guidelines decided to extend its past advice (going back to 1980) to restrict saturated fat at less than 10% of total calories. But, when you examine certain types of saturated fatty acids, like the kind found predominantly in coconut oil, you’ll begin to see that not all fats were created equal. The good news is that the report did mention it may need to further evaluate tropical oils in the near future to see if their fatty acid profile offers more benefits than to those of meat.

Where Are You Getting Nutrition Advice?

Many may call the new dietary guidelines outdated in regards to the research used for its development. Some go as far to say we shouldn’t be listening to the USDA for nutrition advice, particularly when they are using research published by organizations that have deep ties to drug companies and various lobbying groups. This is why it’s important for you, as your own personal health advocate, to take control and dig a little deeper into the research yourself. When you take a balanced look at the advice given by governmental health officials, you’ll be better able to make wiser health decisions for you and your family.

Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM has studied natural healing methods for over 20 years and now teaches individuals and practitioners all around the world. He no longer sees patients but solely concentrates on spreading the word of health and wellness to the global community. Under his leadership, Global Healing Center, Inc. has earned recognition as one of the largest alternative, natural and organic health resources on the Internet.

Gallbladder Problems: Disease, Symptoms And Natural Remedies


When it comes to helping with digestion, the liver and gallbladder work closely. While the liver makes the bile necessary to break down fats into fatty acids, the gallbladder (located beneath the liver) stores that bile until it’s needed in the small intestine. Because of this, it’s very important to keep both organs healthy. Through this article, we will focus on common gallbladder problems and a few natural remedies.

Types of Gallbladder Diseases

Gallstones (cholelithiasis)

If there’s too much cholesterol in the gallbladder, bile can crystallize into small, hard buildups called gallstones. While poor diet is the main cause, heredity could also play a role in their formation, as a 2007 study highlighted a gene that increases a person’s chances of forming gallstones. [1] [2]

Inflamed Gallbladder (Cholecystitis)

Your liver and gallbladder are connected by the cystic duct, and gallstones can actually block that passage, causing a buildup of bile. It’s important to never ignore an inflamed gallbladder (also called cholecystitis) because it can affect your overall health as the gallbladder becomes weaker and possibly even ruptures; a fever and sharp abdominal pain or biliary colic are two common symptoms of cholecystitis. If this bladder attacks happen more than once, it means you are more likely to experience them in the future.

Gallbladder Polyps

The exact cause of these growths is still unknown. While these lesions are often benign, this is not always the case; there’s even some evidence suggesting a person’s age, the presence of gallstones, or larger polyp size could be linked to malignancy. [3] [4] However, since polyps aren’t usually diagnosed until either an abdominal ultrasound or gallbladder surgery (cholecystectomy), it’s important to be aware of what could be a serious health issue.

Gallbladder Cancer

Gallbladder cancer is difficult to diagnose because there aren’t major early signs and many of the symptoms are like those of other illnesses. What this means is that it’s often difficult to catch the disease early enough for surgery, which is widely believed to be the only chance for a complete cure. One recent study even comments only 10% of gallbladder cancer patients are viable surgical candidates because of this. [5] Being aware of the possibility of such a serious gallbladder problem could save your life.

Foods to Avoid

If you want to help your gallbladder out, you’ll need to keep away from certain foods. Here are a few to avoid:

  • Meat
  • Dairy
  • Coffee
  • Soda
  • Chocolate
  • High-Sugar Foods

How to Follow a Smart Gallbladder Diet

If you’re looking for a diet plan, incorporating low-fat, low-cholesterol is a smart choice. A high-fiber diet could also keep your digestive system (and gallbladder) working at peak levels. Avoiding additional sugars and processed foods, like meats and dairy products, can be a contributing factor to lower your LDL cholesterol. Foods that support the liver and gallbladder are important to incorporate into your diet to support bile and enzyme production. Lastly, herbal supplementation can also prove helpful with your digestive health; one in particular is dandelion root, which has generated interest for bile production support.

What do you do for gallbladder health? Tell us about it in the comments below?


  1. Gaby, A. R. Nutritional approaches to prevention and treatment of gallstones. Alternative Medicine Review. 14 (3).
  2. Grünhage, F. et al. Increased gallstone risk in humans conferred by common variant of hepatic ATP-binding cassette transporter for cholesterol. Hepatology. 46 (3).
  3. Andrén-Sandberg, Å. Diagnosis and Management of Gallbladder Polyps. North American Journal of Medical Sciences. 4 (5).
  4. Myers, R. P. et al. Gallbladder polyps: epidemiology, natural history and management. Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology. 16 (3).
  5. Zhu, A. X. et al. Current Management of Gallbladder Carcinoma. The Oncologist. 13 (2).

Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM has studied natural healing methods for over 20 years and now teaches individuals and practitioners all around the world. He no longer sees patients but solely concentrates on spreading the word of health and wellness to the global community. Under his leadership, Global Healing Center, Inc. has earned recognition as one of the largest alternative, natural and organic health resources on the Internet.

10 Food-Medicines That Could Save Your Life


Guest Interview: Sayer Ji, founder of


Dr. Axe: Welcome to The Natural Cures Summit. I am your host, Dr. Josh Axe, along with one of my co-hosts and partners here in putting on this summit. And that is Sayer Ji from GreenMedInfo. And we have an absolutely incredible segment here for you today. We’re going to be talking about the five herbs that could save your life, as well as Sayer going through all of the evidence-based material on why herbs are superior to pharmaceuticals.

And one of the things that I’ve loved about Sayer over the years, he’s really been a pioneer in our industry and really going through and laying out, “Hey, here’s the true evidence of what we’re looking at.” Sayer’s also the founder of one of the largest and fastest growing health websites in the world today with

By the way, if you’ve never been to Green Med Info, you’re missing out. You need to check it out. They’ve got the best evidence-based articles on nutrition, herbal remedies, and natural medicine that I’ve ever seen. Also he has been a lecturer. And he’s a member of The Global GMO-free Coalition so he’s been really fighting GMOs on the forefront of that. And just has an incredible background. I think you’re going to learn a lot from him today.

Sayer, welcome here to our Natural Cures Summit!

Sayer Ji: It’s a great honor, Josh. You’ve done such an incredible job with this awareness-raising project. The natural cures movement is truly a global movement. And I’m honored to be part of this Summit. So thank you for having me.

Dr. Axe: Hey, no problem. Well, let’s talk about first, I’m really interested into why Green Med Info and why you’re in this natural cures movement?

Sayer Ji: Thank you so much. I mean the reality is that I was honored and very grateful to be exposed to the vast database available today on natural medicine, which most people are not aware of. So, GreenMedInfo, my website was dedicated to the cause of bringing to the people the resource that’s already available supporting natural and integrative interventions for prevention of disease, as well as for treatment.

Most people don’t know that billions of dollars of their own taxpayer money goes through the National Institutes of Health to support a database which you can access through, which contains 23,000,000 citations that they can basically search like Google. You type like “osteoarthritis” or type in “turmeric,” and you’ll get thousands of results.

So what I spent many years doing was just sitting there in front of the computer amazed and really kind of methodically indexing the research that supports using what you and I know is the most ancient form of medicine on the planet, which is natural medicine.

Dr. Axe: Yeah, absolutely. And again this is one of the reasons why you’ve grown so much. You know, I was reading an article today on and someone was making this claim that this does this. And, of course, there’s nothing to back it. And not to say that that doesn’t mean it doesn’t work. But that’s the thing that’s so great about your site is you really go through the medical journals and proving here’s what the actual literature says from a unbiased standpoint.

Let’s talk about this. What are some of the roadblocks today in natural healing? You know, chemical poisoning, misconceptions. I will say this. I’m sure you’ve seen this. Over the last ten years, there’s definitely been a better shift. We’re definitely going into the right direction in certain areas.

Like if I would have told my dad to do a cleanse ten years ago, he would have just been like, “What are you talking about?” And now he’s taking turmeric and milk thistle and a few other of these super herbs on a regular basis. But still today, what are some of these mental roadblocks that are blocking people from connecting with this movement? 

Sayer Ji: Great question, Josh. I appreciate it. Really people don’t seem to recognize sufficiently that the primary medical model that dominates today is based on using patented chemicals in order to suppress symptoms that are often associated with chemical poisoning. So it’s a very oxymoronic almost Orwellian situation.

What I mean by that is if you look any pharmaceutical that’s received FDA drug approval beyond what are called biological, which themselves have problems because a lot of them are based on recombinant DNA manipulation of things like recombinant antibodies or different things that are not really natural. But if you look at most of the drugs on the market from COX-2 inhibitors to antibiotics and chemotherapy, they’re actually chemicals.

And the reason why they exist as medicines today is because they’ve gone through a very elaborate process of receiving FDA drug approval. And what most people don’t realize is that there’s a huge gauntlet that has to be run in order to get a chemical to be approved as an FDA-approved drug. So what I mean is there’s about $800,000,000 on average that goes into phase one, two, three clinical trials to get that drug to be accepted as legal and viable to treat disease. And the problem with that, of course, is that those compounds are not, unfortunately, available to traditional approaches.

A traditional approach is you take food. You take plants. And they’re growing in your backyard. They don’t require all this investment of capital. So the drug approval process today actually attracts multinational corporations whose vested interest is to make a profit on their products. And therefore they actually have a legal fiduciary responsibility to their shareholders.

And so what that means is that even if they wanted to just do good and point to turmeric in our backyard or maybe cannabis for treating some type of neurological issue, they’re not able to do that because they have to make a profit. And that is not consistent with a fundamentally ethical approach to medicine, which is to just alleviate suffering.

So what GreenMedInfo was based on was this concept well, okay, there’s all this research supporting traditional medicine: plants, herbs, nutrients, minerals. Let’s just get the research out to the people so they can see that despite the dominant medical model, you can get things from your grocery store or your produce case that do at least as well as the pharmacies out there.

Dr. Axe: Wow. You said a quote there, several quotes, that I think should be etched in stone. I’ll probably quote you on some articles I’m going to be writing coming up. But the thing about medications is you look at the track you’ve set is pretty much a medication is a patented chemical used to block symptoms that usually causes another symptom because it causes toxic poisoning in the body. You actually look at the track that we go on.

And again this isn’t us making stuff up. This is thinking very rationally about what is happening today with our FDA, with the drug industry. For people if they can actually think about it without bias and connect the dots, it’s obvious that our pharmaceutical industry today, it’s dangerous. It’s not safe the way it’s set up from a business standpoint, obviously from a health standpoint. There’s so many issues there.

Let’s talk about pharmaceutical drugs. They are so popular today. Why do you think, also on the other end though, why is there so much misinformation today about natural cures? I know in the past people referred to it as things like—I’m trying to think of the popular term—like what do they call it? Like snake oil or something like that? But why is there so much information out there about natural cures?


Sayer Ji: Well, that’s a great question. If you look at the reality, the problem is that our body is composed basically of food and things that we eat and the things that have been in our environment for literally millions of years. So when you start introducing what are primarily petrochemical derivatives into the body, they’re actually defined as xenobiotics, which is basically a foreign substance that our body has no evolutionary pre-history in dealing with.

So despite that, thankfully, we have the cytochrome P450 enzymes in the liver that almost anticipated the industrial revolution. They kind of non-specifically often are capable of detoxifying chemicals that really just came about after the 1880s, which is in the Industrial Revolution globally.

So chemicals that are patented as drugs are technically alien to our physiology and have to have effects by definition that are toxic. And so when we look at natural approaches, we’re basically just using things that our body has had many millions of years of time to adjust to and adapt to. So when you look at the difference, it’s very clear. Chemicals, patented drugs, are not consistent with a model of healing which I think we all are starting to recognize is fundamental, meaning we cannot look at disease as a deficiency of drugs. But we can certainly look at disease as a deficiency of nutrients. And that’s, I think, the model that we’re all moving towards.

Dr. Axe: Yeah, I couldn’t agree with you more. What are you thoughts on this term “natural cures” because I know it’s actually something that people are very careful in using often times when it comes to not making claims. And, obviously, with this summit, we’re not claiming any of these things. We’re just saying a lot of these herbs today have been proven in the medical literature to support healing the body from certain conditions. But what do you think about that term? And I know it’s something that the FDA doesn’t like people to use.

Sayer Ji: Yeah, great question, Josh. It really is. The reality is the FTC and FDA presently define any substance that prevents, treats, diagnoses, or cures a disease as a drug. And what that means is if you’re taking basically cherries for osteoarthritis—which Michigan State University actually proved is as effective as taking an NSAID like ibuprofen or naproxen—that actually violates the law. And in Florida, it’s a class D felony for someone at a health food store to tell someone, Okay, you have arthritis? Well, take turmeric or take cherry juice to reduce your inflammation.

So the challenge is that when you come to the FDA/FDC’s definition, it’s a really Napoleonic version of truth which is if the FDA/FTC doesn’t explicitly acknowledge something as being therapeutic, then by implication, it’s not legal. And it’s not considered relevant for healing. So the natural cures movement is very powerful because people are basically able to take back control of their health. And so here we have in this present day medical system a model where medicine is really not so much focused on trying to heal which is to empower you to live a healthy, balanced well being saturated life. It’s to control the body.

And so what people don’t seem to acknowledge, I think, well enough is that we have a political system that depends on making the body sick. Look at the FDA. In many ways, they represent the food and drug manufacturer’s interest. You know the Food and Drug Administration. So the food gets you sick, and the drugs then suppress symptoms of the illness. And, of course, there’s chemicals that also make you sick so it’s more complex than that. But the idea here is the natural cures movement is empowering millions and millions around the planet just to kind of disengage from the system that is a system of control so they can, again, attain wellness and balance and healing without having to depend on having, for example, lots of money in your account.

Some of the treatments…I think there’s a new drug that a was approved for cystic fibrosis just a few months ago and it’s $600,000 a year for these folks with a specific type to benefit from this “pharmaceutical intervention.” At Green Med Info, we’ve basically indexed hundreds of studies on natural compounds from N-acetyl cysteine to turmeric to basic vitamin E that have been proven to be effective.

So I think people are waking up and realizing okay, there are things we can use in our diet and even from your supplement store that are going to basically benefit them in a way that drugs cannot.

Dr. Axe: Yeah, there’s no doubt about it as we were mentioning earlier is that the tides are changing. And so much of it’s due to social media today and the Internet. It’s like you can go online where before these media channels, they were able to keep stuff from us. It’s scary. I know that you’ve researched this when you start looking into who owns what from the media companies to the pharmaceuticals, how much the pharmaceutical companies own television today. But the great thing is they don’t own the Internet. We have freedom here. And that’s why your health website and so many of the others we have on here.

Sayer Ji: Yours, too.

Dr. Axe: Yeah, mine too. We’re growing rapidly, which is fun. And it’s great.

Sayer Ji: I love this point. This is the beauty of where we are today is that if you have a mobile device. If you have an iPhone or an Android, you can access the global brain. And you have access to research that just ten years ago was not really available to the public. So you go to the World Health Organization’s website. You go to your website,, Food Is Medicine. And it’s an equal playing field.

If you are a consumer of information, you have a choice. And you can go vet information as you please. And you can have access to whatever you want. So there’s a lot of change that’s occurred. And a lot of it’s good. And I think primarily it’s based on what Thomas Jefferson said, which is that information is the currency of democracy. And we have that now. So it’s just about people coming the summit, realizing, yes, natural cures, natural solutions exist. And here’s the research.

Dr. Axe: Couldn’t agree more. Let’s actually jump into some meat here and talk about some of these cures that we’ve alluding to. And I was actually reading through your website, reading some great articles here just this week. And one of them I came across that I’d love to hear from and then I’d love to hear some more.

But one of those was you wrote an article titled “Coconut Oil: Better Than Thirteen Drugs.” So, it’s been proven to be more beneficial than thirteen medications that are out there today. So what are some of the most amazing examples you have of natural remedies that are out there that are beating drugs for healing? So maybe you can offer a couple here.

And then I know we have five specific ones we’re going to talk about later. And there’s five herbs that could save your life. But what are a few others here that beat conventional medicine?

Sayer Ji: Well, what’s amazing is if you actually go to Medline and you go through the search engine, which again is what GreenMedInfo is based on is literally I took five years of my time. I sat there and I basically indexed and researched all these different natural interventions. I was shocked, Josh, to find all these comparison studies where they looked at a drug versus a natural compound. And they often found the natural compound was more effective.


So one of the substances that came to the fore was coconut oil. And it’s so ironic because for many years the nutritional powers that be here in this country with their food pyramid, so to speak, put fats in a place that made it seem like it causes heart disease and it makes you fat. What we’re learning today is quite the opposite.

So in the article you’re referring to, “Thirteen Evidence-Based Medicinal Properties of Coconut Oil,” we looked at its fat burning properties, number one. There were actually two studies: one in a male and one in a female cohort that saw that it was actually reducing belly fat, which completely explodes the myth that somehow coconut oil causes you to become fat. 

Now, qualification, yes, you consume too much of it beyond your energy needs, yes, it can contribute to weight gain. But, generally those who use it do not see that effect. And because it’s saturated, it doesn’t oxidize, which means that, unlike vegetable oils, which have been promoted as the ultimate beneficial fat for us, they don’t oxidize and therefore cause a lot of inflammation.

So some of the other benefits that have been described just with coconut oil is that it’s effective as an anti-inflammatory, analgesic, fever-reducing compound as sort of a drug when it comes to its ability just to kill pain, as well as it’s brain-boosting effects. And most people don’t realize this. But when it comes to the brain’s energy needs, it’s constantly dependent on sugar. You can go maybe two or three minute without steady glucose in your blood. And you won’t necessarily freak out.

But if you take away glucose after three minutes, your brain is going to freak out. It’s going to release adrenaline, cortisol, and try to get the blood sugar back up. And that’s because it’s so dependent on sugar and “complex carbohydrates,” which are themselves hidden sugar. What coconut does is it has these medium-chain triglycerides that the liver breaks down into ketone bodies, which provides the brain a steady source of fuel that gives it the ability to just basically stay focused and satisfied. And so that’s one of the things that coconut oil’s been found to do.

So there are a lot of benefits. We went over thirteen of them- antifungal, anti-ulcer, helps with blood lipids. Many people think that, “Oh, coconut oil is full of saturated fat therefore it raises your bad cholesterol.” It actually raises your good cholesterol and keeps your LDL within range, as well as it has benefits for bone health, healing wounds when applied topically. It’s even been used for head lice. It was even superior to some of the chemicals out there like permethrin.

So the beauty of it is if you look at any of the natural compounds out there today and you go to Medline, you search for the research, you’re probably going to find a significant body of evidence showing that, yes, traditionally what we were doing was the right approach. And chemicals don’t do as good.

Dr. Axe: Yeah, you are right. It is incredible when you look at the number of studies out there that say and they’ve compared some of these things head-to-head. And the natural remedies that we were referring to in these herbs will perform much better than a lot of these conventional medications.

One other thing…And this is a side note. I wasn’t planning on asking you this. But this just kind of jumped in my head. I’d love to hear your thoughts behind—and you kind of alluded to it earlier—but the way that herbs work with your body.

I was reading a study recently on adaptogenic herbs like ashwagandha. And they did a study on how that could affect your thyroid health. But it could actually in some people it could raise their thyroid hormones, in others it could reduce it. So explain a little bit or let me hear your thoughts on how these herbs actually work with the body versus medications working either with it or against it or how does that work?

Sayer Ji: That’s a great question, Josh. The reality is that people seem to not comprehend fully how an herb could have “intelligence.” And that’s what we’re talking about because adaptogens exhibit properties that are completely opposite depending on the needs of the individual. And that’s the basis for functional medicine, of course, which is this burgeoning movement, which is looking at bio-individuality.


So, for example, like ginseng has the ability in those with high blood pressure to lower their blood pressure, but in those with low blood pressure can raise their blood pressure. There’s not a single sort of hypotensive agent out there within the drug model like beta-blockers, ace inhibitors, diuretics, calcium channel blockers that have the ability to work with individual constitution. So the adaptogens like ashwagandha, ginseng, and there are many others out there seem to have a “intelligence,” meaning it’s almost like in quantum mechanics where depending on the observer, the observed is going to act differently so meaning the subject and object are intertwined.

When it comes to an herb’s activity and its awareness of our needs, it actually is able to adjust to accommodate what our body needs. And that’s something that really the pharmaceutical model doesn’t allow for. Many people think, “This is magical thinking. There’s no explanation.” But a new study that came out this year showed that plants actually exude these “nanoparticles” called exosomes that contain within them regulatory RNAs, which are non-coding, meaning they don’t produce proteins. But they are information-containing sequences that modulate the DNA within those who consume them.

So if you’re eating ginger, grapefruit, for example, grapes, those RNAs go into our body and actually start to modulate the expression of our DNA. And that’s almost like the plant is talking to our body and enabling our body to kind of come back into balance.

So what I understand about adaptogens is that they probably gear into an ancient relationship we had with certain types of foods. There’s even a concept out there called xenohormesis, which acknowledges that for many millions of years, we were in an environment where the plants actually communicated to us what the future environmental circumstances would be.

Resveratrol, for example, everyone’s heard of it. It’s great. They actually believe it basically prolongs our longevity. It kills obesity and overweight. That plant produces resveretrol under times of stress. And resveretrol’s actually produced by other things like peanuts. So when there’s stress, they produce this compound and communicate to our body a signal that says, “Hey, listen. Things are getting tough. You might want to calm down with accumulating extra calories and basically over replicating your cells. Let’s just start focusing on longevity.”

So just consuming these compounds actually communicates to our body okay, let’s get ready to live longer. Let’s actually activate pathways in our body that help us survive. So there’s this growing awareness that in the science itself that what we eat is going to directly affect our health outcomes. And that’s a good example of it.

Dr. Axe: Wow. It is incredible when you think about it. I think it is hard for people to gain that concept that a plant does have intelligence. But if you think about it, plants are always growing. They’re protecting themselves on a regular basis. So it makes sense.

So let’s jump into and talk about some of these healing herbs we’ve talked about. I know I want to go through several including black seed, which, by the way, the title of this article is amazing: “Black Seed the Remedy for Everything But Death”. So we’ll talk about black seed. Let’s also go through one of the things that I know your specialty is. And that’s turmeric and curcumin. Let’s hit on garlic and then maybe raw honey and Manuka honey. And then also this is one that might surprise people is frankincense. There’s some fantastic research you’ll share with us. And then maybe we’ll do a bonus remedy after that. But let’s talk about black seed. This is an article you have on your site, has 33,000 shares.

Sayer Ji: Surprise!

Dr. Axe: Yeah, it’s an amazing article. Let’s talk about what is black seed exactly? And what’s it good for?

Sayer Ji: Well, it’s an amazing thing. I had no idea this article would be so popular. Probably the title, actually, was responsible: “Black Seed the Remedy for Everything but Death” does sound rather sensationalistic. But when it comes down to it, the Islamic prophet Muhammad said of it that it is a remedy for all diseases except death. And I always found that to be, okay, that’s poetic. That’s beautiful. But where’s the research?


And in fact what happens was that since 1964, there have been almost 500 studies on its benefits and many of them confirm the traditional use because this was found in Tutankhamen’s tomb. This goes back to 3,300 years ago. I mean it was considered a very sacred herb. In fact, in Arabic cultures it was considered the seed of the blessing, meaning it just gave you a beautiful healing effect. And so far there are over twenty different “pharmacological” actions that have been identified—analgesic pain killing, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcer, antifungal, antispasmodic, antioxidant, antiviral. And it just goes on and on. This is not unique necessarily.

One of the things, Josh, that I found in my project was…Because we have over 1,500 substances that are now indexed. Turmeric has 1,500 studies…And it goes over 600 different benefits. So black seed isn’t necessarily the “best” thing on the planet for us to take. But it is interesting because when you look at pharmaceuticals, they on average have seventy-five adverse health effects. And these are actually identified pre-market approval. So there are many more that often emerge afterwards. And yet they’re approved.

My understanding is let’s say you have a drug that has an adverse effect like it makes you sleepy. Well, they just take that symptom. And they say, “Hey, this is a great sleep medication.” You can look at like the drugs out there like Lunestra, which actually increase your risk of death, and say there’s a good example.

So whereas natural compounds have the opposite meaning they have side benefits. So you take side effects with drugs. You take natural compounds, side benefits. Now, this is not always true. There are some natural compounds that will have adverse effects that are severe. And, of course, if you’re on a medication and you take a natural compound, you could compound the adverse effects of the medication. And often the natural compound is blamed for those adverse effects. So I’m not trying to present the image that natural substances are always beneficial and that you should take as many of them as possible because I’m more of a food is medicine person.

But we have to look at the literature. And it’s very clearly showing things like black seed have profound benefits. It’s very interesting because with drugs, Lipitor (atorvastatin), for example for cholesterol. There’s not precedent. It’s basically a synthetic chemical that the body has never been exposed to before. There’s no 3,000- or 10,000-year history behind taking a pharmaceutical compound. So when you have the research confirming at least in pre-clinical studies that black seed is beneficial, it’s really encouraging.

One of the things too, Josh, I would say is that this is one of the few compounds that’s been studied to regenerate the beta cells, which die in type I diabetes. Whereas you have this elaborate pharmaceutical enterprise convincing type I diabetics that if you have type I, you have to take lifelong recombinant basic GMO insulin for the rest of your life and all these oral anti-diabetic drugs, which actually have been found recently to increase the risk of dying from diabetes.

This is one substance that’s been shown to stimulate the regeneration of the very cells in the pancreas that produce insulin and therefore may provide a “cure.” So for me and for those interested in the natural cures movement, this is a very profound finding. And I think that people really need to start looking at this research.

And if it were me, if I had type I diabetes, would I wait until there’s $800,000,000 available to fund a trial? Probably not because this is actually used as food. One of our recent videos on GreenMedInfo was using watermelon and sesame seed oil and black seed as just a summer salad just to eat. And you’re always doing amazing recipes showing food as medicine. So I would encourage those to start basically use common sense. Use traditional recipes and start looking at the research. But also start realizing that, yes, food is medicine. And we don’t necessarily need to wait around for some future drug cure.

Dr. Axe: Love it. Couldn’t agree more. And black seed here reading up on here. This is a form of cumin, of black cumin. I cook with cumin all the time. Some of these things are in our kitchen cabinets, which is just amazing.

So let’s talk about another one of my favorites. You have not just one article, but probably ten to twenty phenomenal articles on turmeric and curcumin. Let’s talk about that as a super herb.

Sayer Ji: I love it. Turmeric is sort of a gift from the heavens in so far as since ancient times, you can go back to the Ayurvedic tradition in India, which is really the oldest medical system that was very science and what I would call phenomenologically based, looking at empirical effects of different interventions.

What they found, this was actually considered a goddess of compassion. And it was considered to heal many different diseases. And what’s happened in the past twenty years is that the biomedical establishment in the West has looked at it as an answer to many solutions that they were looking for.

Literally on Medline, you have 7,000 articles on turmeric. And about 1,500 of them right now on our site show the benefits of this herb at least in pre-clinical research for 600 different diseases. And that’s a lot because in our site, which is extensive, we have 3,000 ailments indexed. That’s pretty much one fourth of all the disease that affects humankind. And so if turmeric, which is simpler—it’s affordable. It’s safe. It’s wonderful. You can use it in foods. You can take it by the teaspoon—has all these benefits then what are we waiting for? So to me, turmeric is really most amazing.

Our most popular blog on the topic was titled 600 reasons turmeric may be the world’s most important herb. And was shared like 80,000 times because people are looking for these natural solutions. They’ve even compared turmeric to thirteen different drugs. The Fluoxetine study which Prozac, it was found at least as effective as Prozac for depression. It’s been found to be as effective as hydrocortisone in the animal model. It’s been found to be as effective as ibuprofen in the human model. It’s even been found superior pre-clinically to chemotherapy agents, which unfortunately often, as I understand, cause the death of the patient. So to me it’s definitely one of the best herbs on the planet. And people really need to know more about it.


Dr. Axe: Yeah, it’s incredible. And you’ve got so many articles here on some of the treatments with it. One of the things I’ve seen some research on it with is cancer. I know that this is another touchy thing that I would just love to hear your thoughts on, but I know that the cancer industry today is one of those industries that doesn’t seem to like the word “natural cures.” Or I don’t even know how they feel about turmeric. What are your thoughts on our cancer system today and the way that they’re treating cancer, versus what place do you think herbs like turmeric have in this?

Sayer Ji: That’s a great question, Josh. Thank you. I mean, to me, because this has been a primary advocacy of mine is really first people need to understand that what we understand about cancer today is absolutely false. Meaning the way that they envisioned it for at least half a century was that it’s just a bi-product of genetic mutation in the nucleus of the cell. The cell gets all deranged and goes rogue and starts replicating clonally, just making a big mess without any kind of logic.

But what we know today is that cancer is a very organized phenomenon. And it’s actually something the body does in response to conditions within the cell that are natural, meaning if you introduce radiation, if we introduce chemicals that are carcinogens or you deprive the body of its optimal nutrition then the cell goes through a change in the way it behaves which is called a phenotypal change consistent with cancer.

So most people don’t realize that cancer is really not so much something that just happens in the genes like some kind of genetic time bomb you inherited from bad genes from your parents. Rather it’s a byproduct of the post-industrial revolution. And those cells are trying to survive.

What’s most ironic about the situation is that these are cells that go through immortalization. So the cells are actually causing harm in your body because they won’t die which is a very interesting fact. There are many explanations for why this happens, one of which is that it’s a survival instinct. The default state of the cell is to replicate and not die. It’s only later in the development of multicellular organisms that the cell decided, “Okay, well, my hair, my skin, my pancreatic cells are going to basically die at some point and be replaced by stem cells, while my germ cells, which are my sperm and if you’re a woman an egg cell will live on forever.”

Well, cancer basically takes back that immortality, and I think the reason is because it’s being whacked by all of these factors that are so unnatural to it, that are so preventable, meaning don’t ingest aspartame. Don’t saturate your body with sunscreen full of petrochemicals, which are carcinogens. Don’t expose yourself to unnecessary medical radiation. And guess what? Cancer probably won’t emerge in your body. 

So given that circumstance and that context, I think what’s happening today is people are not realizing fully it’s not just about trying to find natural substances to prevent cancer. It’s about removing the cause. And once you remove the cause of cancer by getting back into an optimal nutrition, focusing on things like raw juices and getting rid of all the sugar, which is known to be carcinogenic, focusing on eating foods that are consistent with your own bio-individuality, your genetic background, what happens is that cancer doesn’t have an environment within which it thrives. And that’s really the cure is you remove the cause.

Now, given that I said that, there’s always another level, which is that today there’s no cognizance of this at all. And if you go into a hospital today, they literally have McDonald’s set up within the hospital complex. And what they’re doing is they’re exposing “people with cancer” with radiation and chemotherapy, which is an intrinsically carcinogenic. And they’re being faced with taking a highly toxic chemo therapeutic agent like 5-fluorouracil, which is so deadly. It’s so bad that arguably the drug is actually causing the death of the cancer patient. Statistically they write it off as, “Oh, the cancer took the patient.” But the chemo agents are so toxic that I think they’re actually killing most of the people with cancer.

So in that circumstance, we have research on Green Med Info showing even things like pineapple core extract, which is bromelain, is more effective than 5-fluorouracil for killing and dissolving tumors. Turmeric has been shown in a number of studies to kill multi-drug resistant cancer cells. So the idea is that as we move towards a natural cure movement is people are going to start understanding that they don’t need to use the conventional approaches. They have choices.

In the medical system you have a choice. You have every right to stand up and say, “You know what, doctor? I don’t want to take this particular intervention.” I have a right to try a natural approach.” And that would include things like Gerson Therapy, using juices all day long, natural interventions, detoxification. That’s certainly where I would like to see the future of medicine go.

Dr. Axe: Yeah. I couldn’t agree with you more. And I know one of the other things I want to mention to everybody is Sayer here has a fantastic book. In fact, what I believe to be probably the simplest but most thorough book on the natural cancer killers that are out there today. And the book is called The Cancer Killers. He co- authored that book with Dr. Ben Lerner and Dr. Charles Majors. Check it out. If you go to, check out The Cancer Killers.

If you or anyone you know has cancer, I couldn’t recommend a book more. In fact, any time anybody is diagnosed with cancer asks me, “Hey, what do I need to do?” I just tell them, “Hey, go get the book The Cancer Killers.” And so again check it out there,, great place to find it.

Let’s talk about another herb that is in that family along with turmeric as a cancer killer along with many other health benefits. Let’s talk garlic.


Sayer Ji: Yes! I love garlic! Garlic is really one of the oldest remedies known to man that has been shown to have powerful healing properties. At GreenMedInfo, I think we have 100 different diseases that have been shown to benefit from garlic. Some of the most therapeutic of all diseases that it’s good for are cancer, interestingly enough. Garlic is certainly considered more of an antiseptic. But when it comes to the research itself, I think it’s pretty clear that garlic is one of the biggest anti-cancer agents on the planet.

When it comes to infection, because that’s what most people think about when they think of garlic—against vampires, which is a metaphor for an evil germ pathogen trying to kill us from the outside in—studies on amoeba, cholera, Clostridium, Cytomegalovirus, Helicobacter pylori, which is basically responsible for ulcers, herpes simplex, Klebsiella, MRSA, which everyone is so afraid of because it’s the drug that the CDC claims is a nightmare bacteria they have no way to actually defend you from. Well, guess what? Garlic has been clinically proven to kill MRSA.

Parainfluenza virus, periodontal infection, pneumococcal infection, streptococcus mutans which causes cavities, even group B strep, which the CDC now requires all pregnant women to receive intrapartum antibiotics. This means at the moment of birth when the microbiome is being transferred over to the infant, they want to give the mother these antibiotics that prevents that implantation in the infant because they’re concerned that group B strep is causing problems. Well, garlic actually kills that strain.

Then you have streptococcus pyogenes, thrush. It really goes on and on. And this is only the surface of what they’ve already studied. My understanding is that garlic has these essential oils that pretty much produces almost like a force field. So if you’re concerned about Ebola, if you’re concerned about a new type of influenza, why not just use good ole grandma’s chicken soup and use the garlic? And just saturate yourself in the beautiful medicine that has been provided by our ancestors. I think the research really does support that today, Josh.

Dr. Axe: Yeah, I totally agree. I know for myself, any time over the years where I’ve traveled too much, not slept enough, felt like I was coming down with a cold, I’ll make this mixture with garlic and apple cider vinegar. And it works. It’s powerful.

Sayer Ji: Beautiful. Beautiful.

Dr. Axe: Yeah, so let’s talk. We got a couple more here. One is honey. I think raw honey or Manuka honey, both forms, there are so many researched benefits. But also it’s kind of used as a sweetener. But I think it’s gotten this bad rap as well because it contains fructose. What are your thoughts on using honey as a form of medicine and then just as a food in general?

Sayer Ji: It’s a great question. I think you’re right. I think there’s a misconception about honey, although it is definitely a precious commodity. And we are seeing globally the bee colony collapse phenomena, thanks in part to agrochemical corporations like Dow and Monsanto basically trading insecticidal sort of herbicides, which a side effect is that it’s killing all the bees. A lot of vegans, for example, say don’t eat honey because you’re taking their food from them.

There’s something unique about honey. It’s like milk. It’s like there’s two substances we know of on the planet that were produced just for food. Not for us necessarily, but for other species. And honey is one of them. But honey, when it comes to the research, just blows my mind. Like if you go on Medline, you type in the word “bee,” type in the word “honey,” you will get tens of thousands of studies now showing the benefits of the different compounds that the hive produces.

And it extends beyond honey. Propolis, which is the mortar for the hive. You have bee venom, which interestingly enough is an incredible anti-inflammatory. It’s like the homeopathic ‘like cures like’ concept. If it causes pain in someone who’s healthy well then someone who has pain, it might help them. Royal jelly, which is actually produced exclusively for the queen bee and helps her differentiate into one, but has been shown to have powerful therapeutic effects. And then bee pollen, which has a lot of effects. Some people know it for energy and allergy.

So honey is really a complex food. And although it contains fructose, it’s actually chock full with all these other oligosaccharides. And what we’re learning about, which is true for milk as well especially breast milk, is these oligosaccharides contain information which literally call in different types of bacteria to populate our gut. So when you’re eating honey, it actually brings in certain strains of beneficial bacteria, like lactobacillus which are coded in the information of the food to say, “Hey, come on and live within us.”

And, in fact, in terms of the bee, if this midgut that’s been found to be populated by beneficial bacteria that are over 60,000,000 years old in terms of their lineage. And when you eat raw honey, you sometimes actually get some of the same bacteria from those honey bees that will then populate your gut and provide benefits that go so far back in time that it really roots you back into the essence of health.

When it comes to honey’s benefits, one of the interesting things is if you take aspirin—which hopefully you do not out there because turmeric, for example, is a good alternative; aspirin is very gastro ulcerative—honey actually protects against that. So if you are taking it, one integrative approach you can take is to take honey with your aspirin or even your ibuprofen.

It heals bacterial infections very effectively. You mentioned Manuka honey, which is from New Zealand. And it has a specific compound that’s extracted from the Manuka flower that’s been found to be extremely effective against MRSA. That’s methicillin-resistant staph, the so-called flesh-eating super bug that the CDC is freaking out about. Well, hello, CDC. Please tell the public about the reality of natural flower- based remedies.

Candida, which is interesting. Most people think, “Oh, sugar feeds yeast.” Well, it turns out that it has antifungal, anti-candida properties. Dental plague, a lot of new research shows actually is more effective than the chemical use in most dentistry offices, which is chloroxedine. Dermatitis, interestingly enough, if you have this flaky scalp, a new study this is human, showed that just applying honey daily basically killed and reduced the inflammation associated with that flaky scalp phenomena. A lot of people use chemicals to do that. And it doesn’t always help.

Diabetic ulcer, herpes-related ulcers, meaning if you have in the corner of your mouth this weird ulcer, you can actually use honey. It goes on and on. So, honey is true medicine on the highest order possible. And I think people need to understand too, if you’re getting honey, make sure it’s not necessarily adultered because a lot of it they put corn syrup in today. You really want to ultimately know your local bee farmer. And get in touch with your community-supported agriculture in order to obtain a form that’s not hurting the environment.

Dr. Axe: Yeah, I couldn’t agree more, Sayer. And I just wanted to make a few side notes here. It’s amazing when you look at it and even the way you elaborated on these oligosaccharides and really supporting the growth of good bacteria in the gut.

I saw some good research on Manuka honey and the treatment of ulcers and even SIBO—small intestinal bacterial overgrowth—which was just really, really incredible. Because a lot of people think oh well, if you’re doing sugar, like you said, it’s going to cause candida, but not with raw honey. One of the studies you were referring to out of Texas A&M, they said seventy-seven percent of the honey that you buy in your grocery store has zero pollen.

Sayer Ji: Wow, really?
Dr. Axe: Pretty much it’s been turned into corn syrup almost in terms of how bad it is.
Sayer Ji: That’s terrible.

Dr. Axe: But the good news is, as you’re saying, if everybody listening if you do what Sayer’s suggesting, go to your local farmer’s market. Meet your local Beekeepers. And get your honey there. You’re going to be able to get some really good quality raw honey that’s absolutely fantastic. And let’s talk here one of, I think, a surprising thing for somebody, for many people, they may not have heard of this, but frankincense oil. Frankincense obviously I’m sure dated back a very long period of time. You’ve got a great article on your site on this. Let’s talk about the number five food here, or herb that could save your life. Let’s talk about some of the benefits of frankincense especially with cancer.

Sayer Ji: Yeah, it’s amazing. You think of the magi who went to visit Baby Christ and obviously who were ahead of the curve. They were trying to bring gifts of healing to Jesus. And it turns out that there’s a lot of research actually today on boswellia, which is one of the compounds in frankincense. People don’t realize that, but when you go to your health food store and you buy boswellian capsules, that’s frankincense. It’s an incredible aroma. If you put it on, and you smell it and you kind of get into the olfactory dimensions of this herb, you start to recognize, wow, this is really healing and beautiful.

Well, a lot of research has accumulated. There was actually a recent study that found that it kills ovarian cancer in a way that a lot of the chemo agents don’t do. It’s very selective. It’s able to kill just the cancer cells, whereas a lot of chemo agents out there, they basically broad spectrum kill any cell that replicates rapidly. So this is one of many compounds out there today that actually has benefit for cancer.

But the thing about frankincense is a lot of the research is actually on this broad spectrum lipooxygenase inhibitor property. So it’s a LOX-2 inhibitor. And therefore is able to reduce inflammation that a lot of associate with just common aches and pains, whereas it’s not a patented chemical like ibuprofen.

Which, by the way, if you take ibuprofen, there’s two compounds in there. One of them is oppositely angled so that it actually contributes to cardiovascular mortality. There was a Lancet study that showed the ibuprofen maybe as toxic as Vioxx, which kills more people every year than were killed in the whole duration of our conflict in Vietnam, over 50,000 a year. And the reason is because that ghost molecule was not identified until later.

So Naproxen, for example, if you’re going to take a pharmaceutical, doesn’t have that ghost molecule. But, hey, why even mess with the whole pharmaceutical chemist pot? Why not use a natural compound? So boswellia is one of the few things that is actually quasi-marketed for this. I mean, there’s certain FTC rules that prevent you from saying this is basically an alternative. But if you go out there and you look at boswellia supplements, you’ll find that it actually is marketed for inflammation and arthritis.

Dr. Axe: Wow.

Sayer Ji: And, oh, by the way, cancer is an inflammatory state, which is consistent with the concept that boswellia or frankincense would be really good for inflammation and/or cancer.

Dr. Axe: Love it, Sayer. Well, great information. I want to encourage everybody here, as well. If you want to get more information about some of the things that Sayer’s talking about, check out his website:, amazing evidence- based research. One of the last questions I have for you here, Sayer, is do you think times are changing? Are we going to see natural cures offered in the future even as part of our medical system? What do you think?

Sayer Ji: That’s a great question, Josh. Thank you. I would say absolutely because of necessity. When we look at the present pharmaceutical model, we’re talking about markups of cost that are over 100,000 times, which means that it’s almost like the federal reserve. They basically can still coin capital by fiat. They can just generate value from nothing because that’s the basis for the global currency.

In the drug markets, the same thing applies. They take a poison. They patent it. They make all these outlandish claims. And they say basically this is worth 500,000 times what we invested into the production of it. And, of course, they have a billion dollars of clinical trials to pay off. So in some way it’s justified. But the idea is that natural substances are consistent with our biological inheritance, our physiology.

And certainly the future of medicine will be acknowledging that grandma was right. If you’re sick, take chicken soup. Okay, Ebola virus is hitting your neighborhood? Well, guess what? It’s doubtful that a pharmaceutical intervention or vaccine is going to do anything but cause more harm. Let’s start using natural compounds.

And I will encourage everyone out there to please visit Medline. You don’t even have to go to GreenMedInfo. Go to the actual mother site,, 23,000,000 studies that you have paid for with your taxpayer money and start doing your own little googling, your own little spelunking. If you find some good studies, email us. We’ll put them on our database. But the idea is that people need to realize that the science supports the tradition. And it doesn’t involve patented chemicals.

Dr. Axe: Amen. Well, I couldn’t agree more. Well, guys, you’ve been hearing Sayer Ji and myself here talking about some of the natural cures that are out there that a lot of people aren’t aware with. And if you want to go to the site that has I believe to be has the best research and evidence to support what we’re talking about, something that has literally hundreds of thousands of medical references, check out

And, by the way, Sayer on there has a great health newsletter. I would check out his popular articles section. He’s got so many articles on there that are just surprisingly very well written, but yet meat and potatoes in terms of really going through the best overall ways to also implement some of these herbs into your health. And so again check out Also his co-authored book, The Cancer Killers. You can find that there on

Any last words of advice here, Sayer, for somebody who is just getting involved into this natural cures movement on ways that they can start? What are some of the first action steps you’d say for people who are saying, “Okay, I want to start using these. But I haven’t done this before.”

Sayer Ji: Thank you. Yeah, absolutely. I would say the number one thing I advocate for is please remove grains from your diet. And I know you do the same, Josh, which is again why we’re such close colleagues and admirers of one another. And exercise. Like that’s the whole point. Nutrition’s great. But if you really put in the effort and you bring yourself to a peak level where you feel like you’re going to die—but you’re not—you’re going to start experiencing regenerative phenomena in your body that will truly bring you back to the basis of your power and your ability to heal.

So I would say eliminate grains. Incorporate high-nutrient low-carb hydrated vegetables. Start getting high-quality protein sources in. In fact, a lot of the recommendations you make, Josh, I am completely in agreement with. Start incorporating more fats into your diet. Don’t be afraid of them. It’s really excess protein actually and excess carbohydrate that I think causes the most problem.

And also open your mind. Like start being aware that your body is a miracle. Every moment that you’re alive is not being caused by the foods you’re eating or not eating. It’s because you’re like a miracle in existence. And the body heals when you let it. And half of that at least is your mindset, just being aware that we are destined to be healthy. And we just have to stop interfering with that with negative thoughts and thinking there’s some cure outside of us in pill form.

Dr. Axe: Awesome. Well, thanks, Sayer. Well, again, everybody, check out, the world’s number one source for evidence-based natural cures, at least in my book. This has been Sayer Ji and Dr. Josh Axe here with The Natural Cures Movement. Hey, thanks, guys.


 [Important Qualification: The purpose of this presentation is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure your condition. These interviews are not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. Please consult with your medical professional if you have questions. ]

Article Contributed by Sayer Ji, Founder of

Sayer Ji is an author, researcher, lecturer, and advisory board member of the National Health Federation. He founded in 2008 in order to provide the world an open access, evidence-based resource supporting natural and integrative modalities. It is internationally recognized as the largest and most widely referenced health resource of its kind.

Kenyan Doctors Find Anti-Fertility Agent In UN Tetanus Vaccine

kenya vaccines

By: TrueActivist |

The Kenya Catholic Doctors Association had six tetanus vaccinations from around Kenya tested, and 100% of them tested positive for the HCG antigen.

The Kenya Catholic Doctors Association is charging UNICEF and WHO with sterilizing millions of girls and women under cover of an anti-tetanus vaccination program sponsored by the Kenyan government.

While the government claims the tetanus vaccine is perfectly safe, the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association disagrees.

According to LifeSiteNews, a Catholic organization, the Association had six different samples of the vaccine from various locations around Kenya tested in an independent laboratory in South Africa.

What they found is disturbing: All six samples tested positive for the HCG antigen which is commonly used in anti-fertility vaccines. The HCG antigen was found in tetanus vaccines targeted to young girls and women of childbearing age.

Said Dr. Ngare, a spokesman for the Kenya Catholic Doctors Association:

“This proved right our worst fears; that this WHO campaign is not about eradicating neonatal tetanus but a well-coordinated forceful population control mass sterilization exercise using a proven fertility regulating vaccine. This evidence was presented to the Ministry of Health before the third round of immunization but was ignored.”

Dr. Ngare listed a number of concerns to do with the mass tetanus vaccination program in Kenya that caused Catholic doctors to become suspicious:

Dr. Ngare told LifeSiteNews that several things alerted doctors in the Church’s far-flung medical system of 54 hospitals, 83 health centres, and 17 medical and nursing schools to the possibility the anti-tetanus campaign was secretly an anti-fertility campaign.

Why, they ask does it involve an unprecedented five shots (or “jabs” as they are known, in Kenya) over more than two years and why is it applied only to women of childbearing years, and why is it being conducted without the usual fanfare of government publicity?

“Usually we give a series three shots over two to three years, we give it anyone who comes into the clinic with an open wound, men, women or children.” said Dr. Ngare.

But it is the five vaccination regime that is most alarming. “The only time tetanus vaccine has been given in five doses is when it is used as a carrier in fertility regulating vaccines laced with the pregnancy hormone, Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) developed by WHO in 1992.” (Source.)

It is important to note that there is no financial incentive for the Kenyan government to participate in the vaccination programs, for UNICEF and WHO distribute the vaccines for free.

“When funds from the UN are not enough to purchase yearly allotments of vaccines, an organization started and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, GAVI, provides extra funding for many of these vaccination programs in poor countries,” reports HealthImpactNews. 

When disasters happen in poorer countries, UNICEF one of the first relief organizations to begin mass vaccination programs.

Interestingly, there was no tetanus outbreak in Kenya – yet. The only perceived “threat” of tetanus was due to local flood conditions.

Like flu shot vaccines, there is a lot of debate on the necessity and safety of vaccinations. The findings by the Kenyan doctors, however, is certainly worth considering.

Comment your thoughts below and share this news!

Pecans From Texas: A Healthy And Nutritious Tradition

Raw Texas pecans

Pecans and Texas go way back. In fact, here in the Lone Star State, we honor the pecan tree as our State tree. In 2013, Texas even made pecan pie the official State pie. [1] And speaking of pecan pie, check out this vegan pecan pie recipe we’ve shared just in time for the holidays!

A Brief History of Pecans

The name “pecan” is thought to have come from the Algonquin tribes, or maybe the Natchez. The pecan tree itself goes back at least 8,000 years in the state of Texas. In scientific circles, it goes by the name Carya illinoinensis, and is actually a relative of the walnut. Interesting enough, the pecan tree is more closely related to the hickory than the walnut. If you’re into trees, you might know the term “pecan hickories.” [2]

According to America’s earliest recorded history, Native Americans in our area planned a great deal of their movement around the maturity of pecans throughout the year. And for good reason. They depended on the nut as a primary food source for the four winter months every year.

By the 19th and early 20th centuries, we’d planted enough pecans throughout the state that we were able to start exporting them around the world. By the time of the Depression, up to 15,000 people were employed shelling pecans in San Antonio alone. Those jobs lasted until 1938 when Congress passed the Fair Labor Standards Act. The mandatory wage increase made it impossible to employ so many people, so to stay viable, the industry found it cheaper to automate and replace the manual labor with machines. [3]

Growing Your Own Pecans

If you’re thinking of growing your own pecan tree, there are a few things you ought to know:

One, your tree needs attention. There’re a number of different varieties, but critters, fungus, and cold weather don’t treat pecans well. Pecan trees grow tall, so make sure they have a lot of space. As a general rule, the more leaves your tree has, the bigger the pecan nut will be. But some trees just produce small nuts.

If you want to know more about how to grow pecan trees, the Texas A&M University Horticulture Extension is a great resource.

Pecans: Nutrition Facts

The USDA has acknowledged that the fruit of our home state’s Official State tree, the pecan, has the highest antioxidant value of any nut. It’s also loaded with more than 19 vitamins and minerals, and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Simply stated, the pecan is packed with nutrition.

How Can You Benefit from Consuming Pecans?

Now, maybe you’ve heard nuts like pecans will make you gain weight, but this is just completely false. In fact, the Harvard Gazette reports that studies going back 50 years and recent research agree that people who eat nuts regularly lose weight faster and tend to do a better job of staying trim than their counterparts who don’t indulge in nuts on a regular basis. [4]

How many calories are in a serving of pecans? About 200. While that may seem like a lot, the health benefits of pecans are off the charts. The nutrients in pecans:

  • Protect the heart
  • Reduce low-density lipoprotein (LDL), the “bad” cholesterol
  • Encourage normal blood pressure
  • Fight the risk of age-related macular degeneration
  • Supply your brain with nutrients and antioxidants to keep you mentally sharp
  • Deliver a big serving of gamma-tocopherol, a type of vitamin E thought to have positive effects on cancer cells
  • Slow aging
  • Protect your memory
  • Discourage inflammation
  • Support lean muscle mass

Despite the fact that they aren’t a 0-calorie food, decades of research even suggest that pecans will help you lose weight and keep it off! [5]

More Fun Facts about Pecans

Here’re a few more pecan facts [6]:

  • More than 1,000 varieties of pecans exist. Most names come from Native American tribes.
  • 80% of the world’s pecans come from the U.S.
  • When asked about pecans, most consumers think first of pecan pie.
  • “Pecan” is pronounced differently inside of the different states that grow them. Some even disagree within the same orchard.
  • Pecans are naturally sodium free.

I love pecans as a snack as well as in my salads, entrees, and desserts. As I said, pecan pie is the official pie of Texas. In the comments below, tell us about your favorite way to eat pecans.


  1. FILIPA RODRIGUES & ANDREW WEBER. Pecan Pie Named Texas State Pie, Plus 8 More Official State Oddities. KUT.
  2. Mary Beth Bennett, Ph.D., Extension Agent & Assistant Professor. Pecans – The American Nut. West Virginia University.
  3. A. S. Evans. PECAN INDUSTRY. Texas State Historical Association.
  4. Harvard Gazette. Nut consumption reduces risk of death. Harvard Gazette.
  5. Gemma Flores-Mateo, David Rojas-Rueda, Josep Basora, Emilio Ros, and Jordi Salas-Salvadó. Nut intake and adiposity: meta-analysis of clinical trials. Am J Clin Nutr ajcn.031484. doi: 10.3945/?ajcn.111.031484.
  6. National Pecan Shellers Association. Pecans: #1 Antioxidants Among Nuts According to ORAC Values. National Pecan Shellers Association.

Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM has studied natural healing methods for over 20 years and now teaches individuals and practitioners all around the world. He no longer sees patients but solely concentrates on spreading the word of health and wellness to the global community. Under his leadership, Global Healing Center, Inc. has earned recognition as one of the largest alternative, natural and organic health resources on the Internet.

What You Need To Know About Eating Expired Food


Have you ever been rooting through your pantry and come across a package that is well past its expiration date? Despite our good intentions, attempts at organization, and careful rotation of supplies, it still happens from time to time.

What about a really amazing sale on a packaged food? Sometimes that good sale is a last-ditch effort to clear out the product before the date. Should you still buy it?

When sorting supplies for my recent relocation, I discovered to my dismay that a couple of items had passed their expiration dates. I was determined to find out whether I needed to throw these items out, or whether the expired food could still be safely consumed.

What You Need to Know About Expiration Dates

Are you sitting down?

The dates on the packages? They don’t mean much of anything.

The only foods that are required by law to have expiration dates are baby food and baby formula. Everything else is voluntary or arbitrary.  Although I have suspected this for quite some time and even wrote about it in Make Dating Your Preps a Habit, I decided it was time to dig in a bit further and look for facts rather than supposition.

So what are all of those dates printed on food containers?

The website defines the terms in an article called The Big Myth.

  • Best Before Date – The “Best Before Date” is, according to the manufacturer, the last date by which a products flavor or quality is best, the optimal time of its shelf life for quality. As noted above, the product may still be enjoyed after the “best before date.” Additionally the manufacturer may call this the “Best if Used By” date or the “Best By” date, which indicates that the quality of food might diminish after that date, but it is still good to eat and the shelf life is still active.
  • Use By Date – The “Use By Date” is the last day that the manufacturer vouches for the product’s quality. The use by date is the date the manufacturers recommend to use the product for “peak quality” in the food. So you may eat the food after the use by date, but it likely is not going to be at peak quality.
  • Sell By Date – The “Sell By Date” on a product is the items expiration date, the end of its shelf life at the store. This is the last date stores are supposed to display the product for sale, after the Sell By Date the stores should remove the product, the Shelf Life has expired. Although the food product may be used and enjoyed past this date, it is not recommended to purchase a product if the Sell By date has past.
  • Shelf Life – The “Shelf Life” of food is used in reference to these common codes (Use by Date, Sell by Date, and Best Before Date). The Shelf Life depends on which code is used and the type of product in question. Please see the specific page for your product to determine the proper shelf life of food because the Shelf Life is different for each particular item!

So with all of this being said, it seems like the dates don’t mean a whole lot. We must rely on our common sense to determine whether or not the expired food is still good to eat. If it smells or tastes “off” it isn’t worth the risk, particularly in a survival situation in which medical assistance may not be available.

Heather Callaghan of Natural Blaze wrote:

Yogurt and deli meat can last a week to 10 days more than the “sell by” date. Salami at two to three weeks. Most fresh meats, especially poultry and seafood, should be cooked and eaten within days. Eggs a whopping five weeks after expiration. When in doubt, gently place eggs in a big bowl of cold water filled to the top. If the eggs float, toss them. If they “stand up” that just means they are not as fresh but are still okay to eat.

Packaged items can last a long time after expiration but after months you may notice a staleness and waxy taste which could be rancid oils. Packaged and canned items can generally last a year or more after the stamped date.

The key to keeping storable foods the longest, is cool, dry and airtight. Canned goods included. If you see bulging cans – do not open! It’s rare, but it could be botulism..

The bottom line is that expiration is perception and to follow your nose and your gut. If something smells or tastes funny, do not risk it! Common sense and intuition are our friends.

If you are curious about the safety of a specific food, has a database search function that can help. Simply type in the name of the product and hit search. It will bring up a list of articles that will provide information to help you make your decision. I searched “pasta” to determine the safety of a package that had been tucked away and exceeded its date by nearly a year. I found an article with the following chart, that provided variables like where the pasta had been stored and what type of pasta it was.

(click image to enlarge)


Even the USDA agrees that the dates on food can be exceeded.  In the following video, a representative from the USDA says that the shelf life can be extended greatly, often between 12-18 months. (Starting at 1:19)

Note: If you are having issues watching this YouTube video, you can also view it here:

The USDA recommends this FREE mobile app to help determine the safety of your packaged food.   

The Final Word

Expiration dates are not like the toll of midnight in the tale of Cinderella. They are not set-in-stone times after which the food suddenly decomposes. Edible contents don’t suddenly turn bad on a specific date.

If it smells okay, looks okay, and tastes okay, it probably is okay, regardless of the date on the package.  The message today is this:  Don’t throw away perfectly good food because of an arbitrary date. Use your common sense to determine whether it seems safe. Avoid the enemies of food storage and follow the best storage practices to lengthen the shelf life of your pantry goods. (You can learn more about food storage practices here.)

What foods have you consumed beyond the date on the package? Did you ever have any issues eating food after that date? As always, please share your experience in the comments.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

Gaye Levy, also known as the Survival Woman, grew up and attended school in the Greater Seattle area. After spending many years as an executive in the software industry, she started a specialized accounting practice offering contract CFO work to emerging high tech and service industries. She has now abandoned city life and has moved to a serenely beautiful rural area on an island in NW Washington State. She lives and teaches the principles of a sustainable and self-reliant lifestyle through her website at At Backdoor Survival, Gaye speaks her mind and delivers her message of prepping with optimism and grace, regardless of the uncertain times and mayhem swirling around us.

Coconut: The Earth’s Most Widespread Medicinal Fruit Plant


Besides hemp, there are few if any plants that produce as much food, shelter, and medicine as the coconut palm. 

A new scientific review on the coconut palm (Cocos nucifera), referred to as “the most naturally widespread fruit plant on Earth,” reveals its various constituents, which include husk, root, oil, water, and flesh, together possess the following 20 biological effects:

  • Analgesic (Pain-Killing)

  • Antibacterial

  • Anti-diabetic

  • Anti-fungal

  • Anti-hypertensive

  • Anti-viral

  • Anti-parasitic

  • Anti-Leishmanial

  • Anti-inflammatory

  • Antioxidant

  • Antifungal

  • Anti-malarial

  • Anti-triochomonal

  • Anti-tumor activities

  • Bone supportive

  • Cardioprotective

  • Depressant & Anticonvulsive

  • Kidney Protective

  • Liver protective

The table below reveals in detail what parts of the coconut palm are responsible for producing these aforementioned biological effects.

(click images to enlarge)

coconut oil extracts

coconut oil extracts 2

Click to view the fully enlarged versions of the table here.

In support of these findings, the database presently contains research on the coconut palm’s potential therapeutic value in preventing and/or treating over 50 different conditions, and expressing 16 different beneficial biological effects. You can view the supporting studies on our coconut research page.


The new study, titled “Cocos nucifera (L.) (Arecaceae): A phytochemical and pharmacological review,” also reviewed the toxicity literature on the coconut palm’s various constituents and found there was no evidence of acute toxicity, and only low toxicity associated with chronic exposure.

The study summarized the story of the coconut palm’s fascinating spread around the world as follows:

The plant is originally from Southeast Asia (Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines) and the islands between the Indian and Pacific Oceans. From that region, the fruit of the coconut palm is believed to have been brought to India and then to East Africa. After the discovery of the Cape of Good Hope, this plant was introduced into West Africa and, from there, dispersed to the American continent and to other tropical regions of the globe.”

The review also summarized the traditional healing applications of the coconut palm. This is an important, complementary data set, because though many of the traditional uses have not yet been tested and validated by science, they may actually work exceptionally well for these conditions in actual practice. Below is a table showing many of these traditional uses:

(click image to enlarge)

coconut oil

The traditional uses were also summarized in the following paragraph:

In Brazil, extract from the husk fiber of C. nucifera is used to treat diarrhea (7). In Papua New Guinea, the leaves and roots of young plants are chewed as treatment for diarrhea and stomachaches (8,9). In Fiji, coconut oil is used to prevent hair loss and coconut water is used to treat renal disease (10). In Ghana, people use coconut milk to treat diarrhea (11). In Guatemala, the husk fiber extract is used as an antipyretic, to reduce renal inflammation, and as a topic ointment for dermatitis, abscesses, and injuries (12). In Haiti, a decoction of the dry pericarp is used for oral treatment of amenorrhea, and the oil is applied as an ointment to burns (13); an aqueous extract from the husk fiber is also used for oral asthma treatment (14). In India, infusions made with the coconut inflorescence are used for the oral treatment of menstrual cycle disorders (15). In Indonesia, the oil is used as a wound ointment, the coconut milk is used as an oral contraceptive, and fever and diarrhea are treated with the root extract (16–18). In Jamaica, the husk fiber extract is used to treat diabetes (19,20). In Mozambique, the fruit is consumed by men as an aphrodisiac (21). Peruvians use the aqueous extract of the fresh coconut fiber orally for asthma, as a diuretic, and for gonorrhea (22). In Trinidad, bark extract is used orally for amenorrhea and dysmenorrhea, and bark tea is used to treat venereal diseases (23). In Mexico, coconut is used to treat various disorders associated with urogenital tract infection by Trichomonas vaginalis (24). A decoction of the white flesh of the fruit is used in rural Malaysia to treat fever and malaria (25). In Kenya, the fruit is used to relieve skin rash caused by HIV infection (26).

The study concluded,

Cocos nucifera is a widely dispersed plant that has important pharmacological effects with low toxicity. Furthermore, medicinal use of C. nucifera has an environmental appeal, since this plant is widely used in the food industry and use of discarded plant parts will reduce waste and pollution. The pharmacological effects of the plant differ according to the part of the plant or fruit used. Antioxidant activity predominated in the constituents of the endocarp and coconut water. In addition, the fiber showed antibacterial, antiparasitic, and anti-inflammatory activities. Only the ethanolic extract of the root had depressant and anticonvulsant action on the central nervous system. Coconut water seems to have protective effects, e.g., on the kidney and heart, and antioxidant activity, as well as a hypoglycemic effect.

For more information on the amazing properties of coconut, read the following popular articles on the topic:

Article Contributed by Sayer Ji, Founder of

Sayer Ji is an author, researcher, lecturer, and advisory board member of the National Health Federation. He founded in 2008 in order to provide the world an open access, evidence-based resource supporting natural and integrative modalities. It is internationally recognized as the largest and most widely referenced health resource of its kind.

Kick Off Your Natural Skin Care Routine

skin care

How much do you really know about your skin? While I’m sure many of you already know the importance of skin type, for some, this can prove a little puzzling. However, it’s extremely important to know just what type of skin you have since this can really help when you’re looking for your best skin care products. Let’s talk a little about those skin types.

Determine Your Skin Type, Determine Your Skin Care

Those of you with normal skin likely have small pores and an even skin tone. Still, cleansing your face and establishing a routine is key. For many, aging is a beauty concern, so if you have normal skin (or any type, for that matter), creams and moisturizers with organic ingredients could help your skin care routine, as recent studies suggest these carry anti-aging benefits. [1]

Now, oily skin can be a little thicker and firmer than normal skin, so that makes it a little less sensitive to environmental damage. Your skin could sometimes feel a little greasy and likely has larger pores. Breakouts could be something you’ve dealt with before, so finding a great natural product is very important. As with a normal skin type, oily skin can also benefit from organic ingredients.

Combination skin is exactly that. You might have an oily “T-Zone” (your forehead, nose, and chin) with dry skin around the cheeks and eyes, or you could have a dry T-Zone with oily skin in the other areas.

Maybe your face isn’t any of the above. Maybe you already know you have dry skin. Well, if that’s the case, lotions and creams with organic ingredients could soothe issues like hyperpigmentation and inflammation, while helping bring out the true beauty of your skin. [2] If you have combination skin, these concerns could also be an issue, and let’s not forget the importance of what I’ve mentioned about natural skin care for sensitive skin.

Natural Routines for Radiant Skin

A skin care regimen is a little more than just wash your face-and-go. You want to think about not only cleaning your skin, but also exfoliating, using a toner, and moisturizing. Doing all these things together will help you develop a personal care routine that will help your skin look great!

Cleanse Your Skin

There are many face soaps out there. Look for a natural cleanser that removes impurities, but doesn’t strip your skin of its natural oils.


If you’re looking to naturally exfoliate, you likely already have two ingredients for an excellent facial scrub around your home. Olive oil won’t clog pores, making it a great nighttime moisturizer. And, when you combine one tablespoon with natural sea salt, the lightly abrasive salt works with the penetrating action of the oil, removing dead skin cells. Lemon juice also works great to exfoliate the skin. The ascorbic acid kills bacteria and helps shed dead skin cells. Don’t exfoliate every day, try doing it once or twice a week.

Use a Toner

Apple cider vinegar can be the right solution for a natural toner since it helps clear up skin conditions and blemishes. Just mix four parts distilled water and 1 part apple cider vinegar in a bottle. Apply with a cotton pad or with a spray bottle. Before using it, test it on a small section of your face.


Coconut oil is a great natural moisturizer. Using organic virgin coconut oil will help improve your skin and promote elasticity. Another good moisturizer is cucumber. The silica in cucumber is an essential component of healthy connective tissue and an excellent source of vitamin C, potassium, and folic acid. [3] Combine smashed cucumber with yogurt and apply as a mask for 15 minutes.

Natural Skin Care is Best

When choosing skin care products, always check the label for harsh or toxic chemicals. Those are toxins you don’t need that can irritate your skin and even affect your overall health. To complete your skin care routine with all natural products, I recommend using Parfait Visage® moisturizing face cream and Aquaspirit® soothing face mist. These are free of toxic chemicals, irritants, and preservatives, plus they are 100% natural and organic.

Have you made the switch to an all-natural skin care routine? Tell us about it in the comments below.


  1. Bowe, W. P. & Pugliese, S. Cosmetic benefits of natural ingredients. Journal of Drugs in Dermatology. 13 (9).
  2. Fowler, J.F. et al. Innovations in natural ingredients and their use in skin care. Journal of Drugs in Dermatology. 9 (6 Suppl.).
  3. Shweta Kapoor, Swarnlata Saraf. Assessment of viscoelasticity and hydration effect of herbal moisturizers using bioengineering techniques. Institute of Pharmacy, Pt. Ravishankar Shukla University, Raipur 492010 India.

Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM has studied natural healing methods for over 20 years and now teaches individuals and practitioners all around the world. He no longer sees patients but solely concentrates on spreading the word of health and wellness to the global community. Under his leadership, Global Healing Center, Inc. has earned recognition as one of the largest alternative, natural and organic health resources on the Internet.

Preserving Apples: 3 Simple Ways To Enjoy Local Fruit This Winter


Harvest season is winding down, and we’re busy this week, preserving apples. Today we’re putting up 2 more bushels for the winter. I pulled out my canning book, and now my house smells like apple cinnamon potpourri and I couldn’t be happier about it!

A visit to a you-pick orchard or farm stand is a great way to spend a fall afternoon if you don’t happen to have an apple tree in your backyard.  (You can find a local orchard or market HERE.) You can often get the best deals at the end of the season.

The nutritional benefits of apples

The old adage goes, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”  Here are a few reasons why this is true!

  • One medium apple (about 3″ in diameter) contains about 95 calories, no fat, 25 grams of carbohydrates, and more than 4 grams of fiber.
  • The phytonutrients in apples can positively affect insulin production to help regulate blood sugar.
  • The consumption of apples can have a positive influence on the bacterial balance of the digestive tract.
  • Much of the apple’s nutrients can be found in the skin, particularly beneficial polyphenols such as quercetin.
  • Apples contain substantial amounts of Vitamin C, the B vitamins, and potassium.
  • Regular consumption of apples has been proven to reduce the risk of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s.

Method #1: Storing apples in a cold room

If you have the right location, you can store apples for several months.  Here are some tips on keeping fresh apples over the winter:

  • Choose the very best apples from your bushels. Opt for firm apples with unblemished, unbruised skin.
  • The thicker skinned, more tart varieties will stay good for the longest time.
  • Wrap them individually in newspaper to keep them from being in direct contact with one another.
  • Place them loosely packed in a cardboard box.
  • Don’t store them near potatoes. Potatoes release a gas that causes apples to spoil more quickly.
  • Store them at 35-40 degrees Fahrenheit for the longest shelf life. Good locations are basements, root cellars, or unheated pantries.

Method #2: Making apple chips

In theory, apple chips are a great way to preserve apples without the need for a cold cellar. In reality, they are a delightful snack that will be gone within a week, no matter how many you make.

You can make these with no added sugar and cinnamon, but we truly love this as a sweet treat. If it helps your conscience, it contains far less than any commercial fruit treat you could buy.


  • Apples (duh)
  • Lemon juice (optional)
  • Organic sugar
  • Cinnamon


  1. Cut the apples into 1/8 inch thick slices.
  2. If you are concerned about discoloration, you can toss the slices in lemon juice. I don’t worry about the discoloration because the cinnamon makes them look brownish anyway. I don’t normally use lemon juice, but you can if you want to.
  3. In a bowl, mix sugar and cinnamon in the ratio that pleases you. I use about a 1/4 cup of sugar to a teaspoon of cinnamon, and replenish it when necessary.
  4. Toss the slices in your sugar and cinnamon mixture.

There are two ways you can dry them from here on out. You can use a dehydrator or your oven. I use a 9-tray Excalibur dehydrator because I do a lot of dehydrating.

Dehydrator instructions:

  1. Place the slices in a single layer on your dehydrator tray. I use these inexpensive dehydrator sheets to line my trays for easy clean-up.
  2. If your dehdrator doesn’t have temperature settings, dry the slices on low for about 20 hours.
  3. If you do have temperature settings, dry the slices at 135 degrees for about 10 hours.
  4. When you take them out, they won’t seem crispy, but if you let them sit before putting them in a jar, they’ll crisp right up in a couple of hours.

Oven instructions:

  1. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Set your oven for 200 degrees.
  3. Place apples on the parchment paper in a single layer.
  4. Dry the apple slices for 4-6 hours, or until almost crisp.
  5. When you take them out, they won’t seem crispy, but if you let them sit before putting them in a jar, they’ll crisp right up in a couple of hours.

In theory, these would be great lunch box treats, but unless you hide them, they won’t last that long! After they’ve cooled completely, put them in a Mason jar or gallon Ziplock bag.

Method #3: Canning to preserve apples

Canning is my favorite way to preserve anything, and apples are no exception. Below, find the links to thorough instructions for canning apples. Because fruit is naturally high in acid, these can all be preserved using a water bath canner.

Basic apple sauce

This apple sauce is pure enough to use for baby food, because it contains only two ingredients: apples and water. With it, you will get the flavor of fresh, delicious apples all winter long. I incorporate the peels into my apple sauce because it’s where the fiber and vitamins lie. This apple sauce can also be used as an ingredient in baking or cooking because it’s completely neutral.

Spiced apple sauce

Here’s a twist on ordinary apple sauce. There’s still no sugar, but it’s jazzed up with cinnamon,, allspice, and cloves. Your house will smell a-flippin-mazing while this is on the stove.  Save the cooking liquid for the next recipe!

Spiced apple toddy

You will definitely thank me for this one! After making spiced apple sauce, the reserved liquid is the perfect basis for a hot winter beverage. All of the warming spices that were added will making you feel toasty from the inside out. This is also a nice treat for someone suffering from a cold or flu.

Apple filling

This apple filling is basically an instant dessert. You can warm it and serve it over ice cream, stir some into vanilla yogurt, or use it as a filling for a pie or a crisp. You are only limited by your imagination! This recipe DOES NOT contain any type of thickener. If you’re baking with it, you may want to add a teaspoon of flour or starch when you open the jars. I don’t like using the weird commercial thickeners like Clearjel.

How do you preserve apples?

What is your favorite method for preserving apples for the winter? Please share in the comments below!


The canning recipes are from my book, The Organic Canner.

Daisy Luther is a freelance writer and editor who lives in a small village in the Pacific Northwestern area of the United States. She is the author ofThe Pantry Primer: How to Build a One Year Food Supply in Three Months. On her website, The Organic Prepper, Daisy writes about healthy prepping, homesteading adventures, and the pursuit of liberty and food freedom. Daisy is a co-founder of the website Nutritional Anarchy, which focuses on resistance through food self-sufficiency. Daisy’s articles are widely republished throughout alternative media. You can follow her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter, and you can email her at [email protected]

How X-Ray Mammography Is Accelerating The Epidemic Of Cancer


While a growing body of research now suggests that x-ray mammography is causing more harm than good in the millions of women who subject themselves to breast screenings, annually, without knowledge of their true health risks, the primary focus has been on the harms associated with over-diagnosis and over-treatment, and not the radiobiological dangers of the procedure itself.

In 2006, a paper published in the British Journal of Radiobiology, titled “Enhanced biological effectiveness of low energy X-rays and implications for the UK breast screening programme,” revealed the type of radiation used in x-ray-based breast screenings is much more carcinogenic than previously believed:

Recent radiobiological studies have provided compelling evidence that the low energy X-rays as used in mammography are approximately four times – but possibly as much as six times – more effective in causing mutational damage than higher energy X-rays. Since current radiation risk estimates are based on the effects of high energy gamma radiation, this implies that the risks of radiation-induced breast cancers for mammography X-rays are underestimated by the same factor.[1]

In other words, the radiation risk model used to determine whether the benefit of breast screenings in asymptomatic women outweighs their harm, underestimates the risk of mammography-induced breast and related cancers by between 4-600%.

The authors continued

Risk estimates for radiation-induced cancer – principally derived from the atomic bomb survivor study (ABSS) – are based on the effects of high energy gamma-rays and thus the implication is that the risks of radiation-induced breast cancer arising from mammography may be higher than that assumed based on standard risks estimates.

This is not the only study to demonstrate mammography X-rays are more carcinogenic than atomic bomb spectrum radiation. There is also an extensive amount of data on the downside of x-ray mammography.

Sadly, even if one uses the outdated radiation risk model (which underestimates the harm done),* the weight of the scientific evidence (as determined by the work of The Cochrane Collaboration) actually shows that breast screenings are in all likelihood not doing any net good in those who undergo them.

In a 2009 Cochrane Database Systematic Review,** also known as the Gøtzsche and Nielsen’s Cochrane Review, titled “Screening for breast cancer with mammography,” the authors revealed the tenuous statistical justifications for mass breast screenings:

Screening led to 30% overdiagnosis and overtreatment, or an absolute risk increase of 0.5%. This means that for every 2000 women invited for screening throughout 10 years, one will have her life prolonged and 10 healthy women, who would not have been diagnosed if there had not been screening, will be treated unnecessarily. Furthermore, more than 200 women will experience important psychological distress for many months because of false positive findings. It is thus not clear whether screening does more good than harm.[2]

In this review, the basis for estimating unnecessary treatment was the 35% increased risk of surgery among women who underwent screenings. Many of the surgeries, in fact, were the result of women being diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), a “cancer” that would not exists as a clinically relevant entity were it not for the fact that it is detectable through x-ray mammography. DCIS, in the vast majority of cases, has no palpable lesion or symptoms, and some experts believe it should be completely reclassified as a non-cancerous condition.

A more recent study published in the British Medical Journal in 2011 titled, “Possible net harms of breast cancer screening: updated modeling of Forrest report,” not only confirmed the Gøtzsche and Nielsen’s Cochrane Review findings, but found the situation likely worse:

This analysis supports the claim that the introduction of breast cancer screening might have caused net harm for up to 10 years after the start of screening.[3]

So, let’s assume that these reviews are correct, and at the very least, the screenings are not doing any good, and at worst, causing more harm than good. The salient question, however, is how much more harm than good? If we consider that, according to data from Journal of the National Cancer Institute (2011), a mammogram uses 4 mSv of radiation vs. the .02 mSv of your average chest x-ray (which is 200 times more radiation), and then, we factor in the 4-600% higher genotoxicity/carcinogenicity associated with the specific “low-energy” wavelengths used in mammography, it is highly possible that beyond the epidemic of over-diagnosis and over-treatment, mammograms are planting seeds of radiation-induced cancer within the breasts of millions of women.***

With the advent of non-ionizing radiation based diagnostic technologies, such as thermography, it has become vitally important that patients educate themselves about the alternatives to x-ray mammography that already exist.  Until then, we must use our good sense – and research like this – to inform our decisions, and as far as the unintended adverse effects of radiation go, erring on the side of caution whenever possible.

Additional Reading

Is X-ray Mammography Findings Cancer or Benign Lesions?

The Dark Side of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Does Chemo & Radiation Actually Make Cancer More Malignant?

*This discrepancy in radiation risk models/estimates follows from two fundamental problems: 1) the older risk model was based on higher-energy radiation emissions, such as are given off from atomic bomb blasts 2) it was a crude model, developed before the discovery of DNA and a full understanding of radiotoxicity/genotoxicity.

** Keep in mind that the Cochrane Database Review is at the top of the “food chain” of truth, in the highly touted “evidence-based model” of conventional medicine. Cochrane Database Reviews are produced by The Cochrane Collaboration, which is internationally recognized as the benchmark for high quality, evidence-based information concerning the effectiveness (or lack thereof) of common health care interventions. The organization, comprised of over 28,000 dedicated people from over 100 countries, prides itself on being an “independent” source of information, and historically has not been afraid to point out the corrupting influence of industry, which increasingly co-opts  the biomedical research and publishing fields.

***The low-energy wavelengths cause double strand breaks within the DNA of susceptible cells, which the cell can not repair. Through time these mutations result in “neoplastic transformation”; radiation has the ability to induce a cancerous phenotype within formerly healthy cells that has cancer stem cell-like (CSC) properties.

[1] Enhanced biological effectiveness of low energy X-rays and implications for the UK breast screening programme. Br J Radiol. 2006 Mar ;79(939):195-200. PMID: 16498030

[2] Screening for breast cancer with mammography. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2009(4):CD001877. Epub 2009 Oct 7. PMID: 19821284

[3] Possible net harms of breast cancer screening: updated modelling of Forrest report. BMJ. 2011 ;343:d7627. Epub 2011 Dec 8. PMID: 22155336

Article Contributed by Sayer Ji, Founder of

Sayer Ji is an author, researcher, lecturer, and advisory board member of the National Health Federation. He founded in 2008 in order to provide the world an open access, evidence-based resource supporting natural and integrative modalities. It is internationally recognized as the largest and most widely referenced health resource of its kind.


Fluoride: Poison On Tap Documentary (VIDEO)

Fluoride Poison On Tap Documentary

Fluoride is one of the most dangerous health threats in our environment, and its widespread use makes it a challenging to avoid. On this website, we regularly discuss the health concerns associated with water fluoridation and believe that the prevalence of fluoride in our water supply is not something to take lightly. Fortunately, many in the health and science fields are working toward change and many of these individuals have voiced their concerns in the new documentary Fluoride: Poison On Tap.

Fluoride: Poison On Tap

Fluoride: Poison On Tap is a new documentary that interviews leading health experts and takes a look at the science and health issues associated with the superfluous administration of fluoride in the public water supply. In Fluoride: Poison On Tap, you’ll discover why many communities and cities worldwide are choosing to opt out of fluoridation. In this groundbreaking documentary you’ll learn why water fluoridation is among the worst national health mandates ever implemented. The evidence is clear and The Lancet even published a paper recently that discussed fluoride as a neurotoxin. The time to wake up is right now, and this documentary will provide that wake up call.

Fluoride: Poison On Tap can be streamed instantly online at, and you can also view the Facebook page for more information about the film.

Water Fluoridation Exposes All of Us to Fluoride

Fluoride compounds are purposefully added to water, a process known as fluoridation, and have been since the late 1940s. It’s puzzling since fluoride has never been proven to significantly help in protecting teeth from cavities. Now, nearly 90% of the U.S. population has supplied water through public water systems, and about 67% of those people receive fluoridated water.

Fluoride is almost impossible to avoid, even if you actively try to avoid it… its prevalence is astounding. It’s unlikely restaurants are using fluoride free water. Beverage manufacturers all rely on municipal water systems to produce soda, juice, and smoothies. And, this doesn’t even include the fluoride in dental products. When you add all these sources up, it’s easy to see the average person is under heavy attack.

Fluoride Exposure Can Have Serious Health Consequences

Many people have been wrongly convinced that fluoride is necessary for dental health. In actuality, fluoride is extremely toxic and fluoride ingestion is one of the most common reasons for calls to Poison Control. The health consequences from fluoride exposure, water or otherwise, can be horrendous…

  • Fluoride is a neurotoxin that could cause damage equivalent to that from a traumatic brain injury; children living in highly fluoridated areas have up to five times greater chance of developing a low IQ compared to those who do not.
  • Fluoride calcifies the pineal gland.
  • Fluoride can affect thyroid and it’s ability to absorb iodine.
  • Fluoride consumption can cause skeletal fluorosis, a condition resulting in weak bones.
  • Research has shown that fluoride exposure can cause early puberty in girls.
  • Higher levels of fluoride correspond to lower fertility rates in both men and women.
  • Areas with high fluoride levels in the water tend to have a higher rate of chronic kidney disease.
  • Research suggests fluoride causes cardiovascular inflammation and atherosclerosis.
  • The Fluoride Action Network reports that, as of May 2013, 43 studies have examined the effect of fluoride on human intelligence.
  • Fluoride may play a role in ADHD and other mental issues, according to research from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Reducing Your Exposure to Fluoride

Avoiding fluoride is tricky, but can be done. Realize that your approach needs to be two prong. You need to take steps to protect yourself at home, and you need to take steps to encourage changes in your community.

When you’re at home, avoid tap water and products that contain it. Consider investing in a water purification device or system that removes, among other things, fluoride. When you’re purchasing dental products, opt for natural, fluoride-free options. Many products contain myrrh, coconut oil, and neem which are just as effective, if not more, and have relatively few side effects. Getting enough iodine in your diet can help detoxify fluoride and the other harmful halogens, bromide, and chlorine.

If your community has fluoridated water, participate in your local government and work toward ceasing the practice in your area. It seems like a big challenge but it can be done. Mandatory fluoridation has been banned in many countries across the world, including China, Austria, Belgium, Finland, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, Hungary, and Japan. Although most of America is lagging, some American communities are realizing it’s the healthier choice and are rejecting water fluoridation. It’s up to you to speak up and make change happen!

Learn More About the Dangers of Fluoride

Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM has studied natural healing methods for over 20 years and now teaches individuals and practitioners all around the world. He no longer sees patients but solely concentrates on spreading the word of health and wellness to the global community. Under his leadership, Global Healing Center, Inc. has earned recognition as one of the largest alternative, natural and organic health resources on the Internet.

Why All Diabetics Should Know About Turmeric


Many diabetics already know about the benefits of a low-glycemic diet, but why haven’t they heard about turmeric, one of the world’s most extensively researched anti-diabetic plants?

A recent literature review published in the International Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism titled, “Anti-Hyperglycemic Effect and Insulin Sensitizing Effects of Turmeric and Its Principle Constituent Curcumin,” adds promising new support to the notion that the ancient Indian spice turmeric may provide an ideal drug alternative to treating and perhaps even preventing type 2 diabetes, which has become of the world’s most prevalent diagnoses.

The study reviewed research published between 1998 to 2013 that indicates the active polyphenol in turmeric known as curcumin may provide an ideal intervention for type 2 diabetes, capable of mitigating characteristic pathophysiological hallmarks of the disease such as elevated blood sugar (hyperglycemia) and insulin resistance.

Nineteen of the studies reviewed were cell (in vitro) and animal (in vivo), all which showed beneficial effects.  Five of the studies were human clinical trials using turmeric or curcumin, three of which were performed in those with either diabetes or prediabetes.

Amazingly, the animal and cell research literature review concluded that curcumin could improve the type 2 diabetic state through 10 distinctly different mechanisms, such as:

  • Reduction in liver glucose production
  • Reduction in liver glycogen production
  • Stimulation of increased glucose uptake (by increasing GLUT4, GLUT2 and GLUT3 gene expressions)
  • Increasing the activation of AMP kinase
  • Promoting PPAR γ ligand- binding activity
  • Suppressing hyperglycemia-induced inflammatory state
  • Stimulating insulin secretion from pancreatic tissues
  • Improvement in pancreatic cell function,
  • Increasing phosphorylation of AKT
  • Increasing insulin receptor β and reduction of insulin resistance

The human clinical research conducted on diabetic and pre-diabetic patients revealed that curcumin had the following beneficial effects:

  • Glucose lowering effect
  • Improved beta cell function
  • Improved fatty acid oxidation and utilization

One of these studies is especially worth highlighting, as it found a turmeric extract was highly effective in preventing the development of diabetes within pre-diabetic subjects. The study published in 2012, in the American Diabetic Association’s own journal, Diabetes Care, and titled, “Curcumin extract for the prevention of type 2 diabetes,” found that the administration of six capsules containing 250 mg of curcumin daily for 9 months was 100% effective at preventing the development of type 2 diabetes in prediabetics; more specifically: “16.4% of the subjects in the placebo group were diagnosed with T2DM, whereas none were diagnosed with T2DM.”

Observed effects like these are extremely promising when viewed within the context of the highly dismal pharmaceutically-based standard of care. For instance, oral anti-diabetic drugs like metformin are notorious for their serious side effects. They often lower blood sugar, generating the surface appearance of physiological normality, e.g. blood sugar within range, but actually increase morbidity and mortality. With the possibility of deadly side effects, we need natural, safe, affordable and easily accessible alternatives like turmeric now more than ever.

Moreover, despite the well known problem of insulin resistance in type 2 diabetes, recombinant or genetically modified insulin is often used in these patients – a highly illogical and irresponsible approach, and which is endemic to a medical paradigm that does not seek to identity for resolve root causes of disease. A small, but highly concerning recent clinical study found that insulin accelerated the progression of type 2 diabetes, as well as caused type 1 diabetes, or “double diabetes.”

Diabetes is, of course, driven by a dietary pattern that reflects evolutionary mismatch, i.e. the Western diet is a lethal disease vector that has no resemblance to the traditional diet humans consumed for thousands of years, and upon which it still depends for good health. Turmeric, therefore, while an amazing alternative to diabetic drugs, should not be considered a “natural cure”; rather, it is something of a palliative counter-balance to a biologically inappropriate diet, which while far better than pharmaceuticals (learn more by reading: Science Confirms Turmeric As Effective As 14 Drugs), still needs to be part of a broader, more holistic plan that takes into account diet, exercise, toxicant exposure, and mind-body/emotional factors that underpin well-being and contribute significantly to most dis-eases.

For more information on the therapeutic value of turmeric/curcumin diabetes, read our previous articles on the topic:

Learn even more by viewing the firsthand research on the anti-type 2 diabetic effects of turmeric by viewing these 23 studies, as well as visiting our Blood Sugar Disorder research page, which covers natural health information on both type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

Article Contributed by Sayer Ji, Founder of

Sayer Ji is an author, researcher, lecturer, and advisory board member of the National Health Federation. He founded in 2008 in order to provide the world an open access, evidence-based resource supporting natural and integrative modalities. It is internationally recognized as the largest and most widely referenced health resource of its kind.

5 Effective And Natural Face Moisturizers


Are you looking for a truly hydrating and rejuvenating face cream that will unlock the beauty of your skin? Who isn’t, right? I think we’d all agree there’s nothing better than finding a natural skin care plan that works. For many, that can sometimes seem like trial-and-error, but it doesn’t have to be a mystery. When it comes to faces, we all have different skin types, so let’s talk a little bit about how to find a safe and effective natural moisturizer.

What’s Your Skin Type?

There are three basic skin types you’ve likely heard about: normal, oily, and combination; however, you could have dry or sensitive skin instead. Keep in mind, though, any skin type is going to benefit from a natural skin care product. But let’s move onto those three main types.

“Normal” Skin

If you have normal skin, you probably don’t worry too much about your face. Your pores are small, and your skin tone even. And while a normal skin type can look great, you still need to care for it. Natural or vegan moisturizers could be just the ticket here, as recent studies suggest many use natural ingredients because of their antioxidant properties that may provide anti-aging benefits. [1]

Oily Skin

Now, if you have oily skin, don’t despair, this skin type requires finding the right regimen. Sometimes your skin might look and feel greasy and with medium to large pores – you might be additionally prone to breakouts. With the right natural skin care products and a little dedication to routine, you face can look and feel just right.

Oily and Dry Skin

Finally, those with combination skin normally have oily and dry patches on their faces. If you have an oily “T-Zone” (your forehead, nose, and chin) and dry skin around the cheeks and eyes, you likely have this skin type. Conversely, you might have a dry T-Zone with oily skin in those other areas. For combination skin, an organic moisturizing lotion or cream could work wonders for dry skin issues like hyperpigmentation and inflammation. [2]

5 Natural Moisturizers You Can Find at Home

Organic ingredients can work wonders for skin, and it’s likely you already have a few things around the house that you can try right now.

1. Olive Oil

Those of you with oily or combination skin might want to note that olive oil is an excellent natural face moisturizer that won’t clog pores. And if you’re looking to exfoliate as well, try mixing 1 tablespoon of oil with natural sea salt. As you rub this mixture over your skin, the slight abrasiveness of the salt acts with the deep, penetrating action of the oil to remove dead skin cells, leaving your skin looking rejuvenated.

2. Organic Coconut Oil

Organic coconut oil can be used as a lotion to moisturize your face, and could prove especially useful for those with dry skin. Recent studies have suggested that coconut oil significantly improves skin hydration and even has antiseptic properties. [3]

3. Hemp Seed Oil

Hemp seed oil is touted as an effective face moisturizer because it helps decrease skin dryness and contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that may protect against aging. [4]

4. Cucumber

Cucumber has moisturizing properties. The silica in cucumber is an essential component of healthy connective tissue and is rich in potassium, vitamin C, and folic acid. [5] Blend yogurt and cucumber and gently apply it as a mask. After 15 minutes, remove the mask with lukewarm water. Your will be pleased with the refreshing effects.

5. Beeswax

An intricate but highly effective moisturizing recipe is one with beeswax. Melt 4 ounces of organic almond oil and 1 ounce of beeswax in a stewpot, then remove from the heat. Add 2 ounces of distilled water, 10 drops of vitamin E oil, 10 drops of lavender essential oil, and stir until the mixture has cooled. Apply evenly to face daily or use as a spot treatment for dry patches. After that, you will have an all natural moisturizer for days.

What’s the Best Natural and Organic Moisturizer on the Market?

While you can use natural moisturizers like coconut or olive oils at home, a face cream like Parfait Visage® offers all those benefits in one and works for a combination of skin types by restoring natural fluid and lipid balance.

  • Penetrates and moisturizes 7 layers deep in the skin.
  • Enhances new cell growth at 6-8 times the normal rate.

Not only that, but it is made fresh every month with natural state, cold-pressed oils, and contains no refined, hydrogenated, or bleached oils. So, when will you try an organic skin care product? Tell us in the comments below.


  1. Bowe, W. P. & Pugliese, S. Cosmetic benefits of natural ingredients. Journal of Drugs in Dermatology. 13 (9).
  2. Fowler, J.F. et al. Innovations in natural ingredients and their use in skin care. Journal of Drugs in Dermatology. 9 (6 Suppl.).
  3. Agero, A. L. & Verallo-Rowell, V. M. A randomized double-blind controlled trial comparing extra virgin coconut oil with mineral oil as a moisturizer for mild to moderate xerosis. Dermatology. 15 (3).
  4. Sapino S, Carlotti Me, Peira E, Gallarate M. Hemp-seed and olive oils: their stability against oxidation and use in O/W emulsions. Journal of Cosmetic Science. 2005 July-August;56(4):227-51.
  5. Shweta Kapoor, Swarnlata Saraf. Assessment of viscoelasticity and hydration effect of herbal moisturizers using bioengineering techniques. Institute of Pharmacy, Pt. Ravishankar Shukla University, Raipur 492010 India.

Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM has studied natural healing methods for over 20 years and now teaches individuals and practitioners all around the world. He no longer sees patients but solely concentrates on spreading the word of health and wellness to the global community. Under his leadership, Global Healing Center, Inc. has earned recognition as one of the largest alternative, natural and organic health resources on the Internet.