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8 Delicious Ways To Enjoy Gut-Healing Yogurt

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If you aren’t eating yogurt on a daily basis, you might be shortchanging your health.  There’s no easier way to get some healthy bacteria in your system than to enjoy some rich, delicious, full-fat yogurt loaded of active cultures.

If your gut is damaged, a daily dose of yogurt can actually repair the damage. Not only that, but a good quality yogurt can:

  • Help to prevent gastrointestinal infections
  • Help your body fight off food poisoning or stomach viruses
  • Boost your immune system
  • Prevent osteoporosis
  • Reduce acid reflux

Often, people who suffer from lactose intolerance are absolutely fine with consuming yogurt, because the live cultures break down the difficult-to-digest lactose.

Not just any yogurt will do

Don’t just run to the store and grab those little 6 packs of yogurt and feel nutritionally saintly, however.  Despite the health claims, the flavored conventional yogurts are the absolute opposite of health food.

First of all, if your yogurt is not from an organic source, in North America, it most likely contains the hormones rBGH and rBST, which are given to nearly all dairy cattle in the US to increase milk production.

If that isn’t enough to turn your stomach, lots of commercial yogurts contain neurotoxic artificial sweeteners like aspartame (which is how they get the sweet taste and still remain low in calories). They often contain artificial colors and flavors, and the ones without artificial sweeteners are generally laden with HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup) which has most likely come from genetically modified corn.

If you’re purchasing your yogurt, opt for the full-fat variety for the maximum dose of delicious nutrients.

The best option of all is homemade yogurt, which is surprisingly easy to make.  When you make it yourself, you control the type of milk used (we make ours from raw milk) and can flavor it as desired with fresh fruit, honey, real vanilla, herbs, or organic sugar.

Making your own is so easy, I’m not sure why everyone doesn’t do it. Here are two simple ways to make your own yogurt at home. You can even get a little yogurt making device for less than $30. If you want more homemade dairy product instructions, check out this wonderful book on the topic.

Eight delicious ways to enjoy yogurt

Savory or sweet, there’s a yogurt idea out there for everyone!

  1. Yogurt cheese:  Line a mesh strainer with a coffee filter.  Place this on top of a bowl.  Place your yogurt on top of the filter.  Put this in the fridge (or other cool storage place) and allow it to drain overnight.  You’ll be left with a rich thick substance.  You can eat this as “Greek yogurt” or as a substitute for cream cheese, spreading it on bread and bagels. (You can get thorough instructions and recipes HERE.)
  2. Yogurt dip:  Use a thicker yogurt and season it any way you would generally season sour cream to make a dip for veggies.  We especially like it with a little garlic powder, salt and loads of finely chopped dill.  (You can use dried dill from your spice cabinet if fresh is unavailable.)
  3. Yogurt “sour cream”:  Thick yogurt can be used in place of sour cream.  Instead of merely adding fat with few nutrients, you can add a big pile of creamy vitamins to the top of your baked potato.  You can also use yogurt in place of sour cream in recipes like stroganoff or curry.
  4. Yogurt salad dressing:  You can make “ranch” dressing with the addition of some onion powder, garlic powder, dill weed, salt and pepper.
  5. Yogurt smoothies:  Mix yogurt with frozen fruit and zip it in the blender for a tasty and nutritious shake.  Some people like to add sugar or honey to this, and depending on your nutritional needs, you can also add a scoop of a healthy (not artificially sweetened) protein powder.  This is a great use for a batch of homemade yogurt that turned out runny.
  6. Yogurt parfaits:  Mix a drop of vanilla extract and a touch or organic sugar to plain yogurt. (You can stir in some vanilla protein powder for something rich and pudding-like.)  Then top it with fruit and crunchy granola.  Delicious and satisfying.
  7. In baking:  Yogurt can be used as an egg-substitute when baking. You can use 1/4 cup of yogurt in place of each egg that the recipe calls for.
  8. Yogurt “ice cream”:  Use a ratio of 1:1 yogurt and frozen fruit.  Sweeten according to taste.  Puree in the blender, then place in the freezer for an hour.  If your resulting creation is too hard to eat with a spoon, pop in back in the blender for about 30 seconds.

What’s your favorite way to enjoy yogurt?

Share your tastiest tips in the comments!


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 of The 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]

Think The Anti-GMO Movement Is Unscientific? Think Again

“Anyone that says, ‘Oh, we know that this is perfectly safe,’ I say is either unbelievably stupid, or deliberately lying. The reality is, we don’t know. The experiments simply haven’t been done, and now we have become the guinea pigs.”  ~ David Suzuki, geneticist

Now that the mainstream media is catching on to the public sentiment against GMO food, or at least against unlabeled GMO food, to the tune of millions of Americans who made it a point to drag themselves out of their homes to protest Monsanto last month (as well as at least 40 additional countries), inevitably the indictment will be made: “the anti-GMO movement is “unscientific.”” Is that really so?

What we do know is that the unintended consequences of the recombinant DNA process employed to create genetically engineering organisms are beyond the ability of present-day science to comprehend.  This is largely due to the post-Human Genome Project revelation that the holy grail of molecular biology, the overly-simplified ‘one gene > one trait’ model, is absolutely false.

Only recently, for instance, a previously unidentified viral gene fragment was discovered to be present in most of the GM crops commercialized to date; a finding which calls into question the safety of 54 commercialized crops already commercialized and being used in both food and feed. There could be hundreds of viral-gene altered proteins within these foods, whose complex interactions with DNA and toxicity have never been characterized.

Which statement therefore is more unscientific?

1)      GMO food safety cannot be proven

2)      GMO food harms cannot be proven

The scientific and logical answer would be that both GMO food safety and harms cannot be sufficiently proven; for reasons that include the fundamentally unethical nature of a human clinical trial that could result in poisoning the test subjects.

But, the weight of evidence actually indicates that statement #2 is the more unscientific one, as there is a growing body of scientific research produced by independent scientists indicating that GMO food harms can be clearly demonstrated, and through a simple process of extending feeding studies beyond the 90-day cut-off mark established by biotech corporations with a vested interest in hiding chronic adverse health effects. [see the latest long-term feeding study]

In other words, a failure of science to positively identify a problem does not mean that a problem does not exist. To err on the side of caution, is no less scientific than to err on the side of reckless abandon. When we fail to exercise the precautionary principle in our risk assessments, we are basically saying that GM foods are innocent until proven guilty. Juxtapose that to the burden of proof applied to nutritional or dietary supplements, which despite billions of doses taken in the US each year, have never been found to take anyone’s life. These are increasingly defined as guilty unless proven innocent through multi-million dollar clinical trials.

The problem, of  course, is that the burden of proving safety or toxicity falls on the exposed populations (Suzuki’s “guinea pigs), which only after many years of chronic exposure reveal the harms in their diseases, and then only vaguely in hard-to-prove post-marketing surveillance and epidemiological associations and linkages.

So, with this in mind, let’s bring up one dimension of the toxicity of GM foods and agriculture that cannot be thrown out as ‘unscientific,’ because it is clearly proven to be a health problem in the peer-reviewed and published literature: Roundup herbicide.

Glyphosate Document

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First, GreenMedInfo.com would like to announce that we are providing a free PDF download of all the research we have accumulated on the dangers of the glyphosate-based herbicide formulations, the most well-known being Monsanto’s patented glyphosate-based formulation known as Roundup. This document contains over 100 study abstracts from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) linking these herbicides to over 40 adverse health effects. Each study in the document is hyperlinked back to the original citation location on the NLM’s bibliographic citation database  MEDLINE. Download the document for free here: Glyphosate formulation research.

As the research in this document will clearly show (and the related open access research page on our website which also contains all the abstract) Roundup’s main ingredient glyphosate is now a ubiquitous poison, found in virtually all water, air and rainfall samples tested. It contaminates the groundwater, the source of most of our natural drinking water, and the soil to the point where it has suppressed and destroyed the microbial biodiversity in certain regions of the world, including probiotic organisms of major food importance. Moreover, it has been found to exhibit toxicity and carcinogenicity in cell studies at concentrations several orders of magnitude lower than found in agricultural applications (within the parts per trillion range).  When you calculate that several hundred millions of pounds are produced and used globally each year, this chemical is producing a health and environmental nightmare that is running completely out of control, with the future outlook looking even grimmer. With the discovery of  glyphosate-resistant weeds and insects, companies like Dow and Monsanto are planning on ‘stacking’ herbicide resistance GM traits, and producing plants that are resistant to a multitude of highly toxic agrichemicals, including the Agent Orange ingredient 2,4-D, guaranteeing the ratcheting up of a chemical arms race against the biosphere (and ourselves).

Another fundamental point that many miss with GM food safety is that not only is genetically engineered no longer food (food, by definition, are organisms that we have co-evolved with and consumed for hundreds of thousands, and sometimes millions of years), but in the case of the Bt gene-containing commercial crops are actually classified by the EPA as biopesticides.

But it gets worse. Roundup-ready foods have been engineered to survive the application of glyphosate-based herbicide poisoning. The toxic compounds in herbicides like Roundup, which include toxicity-amplifying surfactants like polyethoxylated tallow amine, end up in the tissue of the plants that we consume, or that our animals consume, bioaccumulating and amplifying their toxicity when we consume them as food.  One major metabolite of glyphosate called Aminomethylphosphonic acid (AMPA), which accumulates in the plant tissues of all Roundup Ready GM plants, is itself highly toxic, but which has not fallen under stringent regulatory oversight.  Essentially, if you eat GM food, it is not just the transgenes and the unintended toxic proteins they produce that are the problem. Rather, the ‘food’ is guaranteed to contain residues of highly toxic chemicals.

While it can be argued that it is ‘unscientific’ to claim the transgenes and their proteins in GMO food cause harm, it is foolish to argue that the continual exposure to known biocides like Roundup residues in our food is safe. Those who make this argument are the ones who lack the guidance of good science, or use the term ‘science’ as a political weapon against those who would seek out and express the truth.

Next time the invective “Unscientific!” comes up in a discussion about GMO food safety, arm yourself with the research that already exists proving GM food is harmful to animal, human and environmental health. And please help us share this article and the PDF far and wide.

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Article Contributed by Sayer Ji, Founder of GreenMedInfo.com.

Sayer Ji is an author, researcher, lecturer, and advisory board member of the National Health Federation. He founded Greenmedinfo.com 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.

Treating Psoriasis With Essential Oils

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One day, a few years ago, I happened to notice that my husband Shelly was wearing a long sleeved shirt on a hot summer day.  When I questioned him, he gave be a funny look then rolled up his sleeve to show me a large, unsightly, and extremely crusty patch of something on his elbow.  Not knowing what it was, I suggested some heavy duty moisturizer and left it at that.

When this dry, itchy patch on his elbow did not go away, it was time for a trip to the doctor who diagnosed psoriasis and prescribe a prescription steroid cream. Mind you, this was before I became a total convert to natural remedies and the use of essential oils for health and wellness.

The bottom line is this:  at the time, little did I know that we would be able to succeed at treating psoriasis with essential oils.  But, in truth, that is exactly what happened.

Conquering the Woes of Psoriasis With Essential Oils

I will let Shelly aka the Survival Husband tell you the story in his words:

A number of years ago I was diagnosed  with a case of plaque psoriasis on my right elbow.

There are multiple types of psoriasis with the most common being plaque psoriasis. Psoriasis is a disease of the immune system.  What happens is that the immune system over produces inflammatory cells. These skin cells build up, rise to the surface, and form raised red patches often with silvery scales know as plaque.

There is no cure and the recommended treatment is a prescription drug ENBREL.  This drug has major side effects so I chose not proceed with this remedy.  After discussing this with my doctor I was prescribed a steroid prescription ointment which didn’t do much to control the psoriasis.

What I didn’t realize is that any stress can exasperate the condition.

Enter Gaye my wife aka “Survival Woman”.  In late November of 2013, she  started applying oregano essential oil and her Miracle Salve to my elbow and I started to get immediate results. I began applying it twice daily, once in the morning and once in the evening.  This seemed the control it somewhat.

Since then, Gaye has put the oregano essential oil in a small container with a rollerball and the Miracle Salve in a small container so I can apply this remedy during the day a couple of times in addition to my morning and night ritual. By doing so, I have greater control and don’t have the unsightly visual usually identified with psoriasis.

Needless to say, I have become a advocate in the healing properties of essential oils. There are many uses for essential oils; do your research and find out for yourself.

I should note that Shelly wrote this over a year ago but, for one reason or another, I did not share it here on the website.  Then, in January of this year, more than one reader sent an email asking if I had an EO solution for psoriasis.  Boy did I!

Over time, I have refined the formula that Shelly uses to control his psoriasis.  It has worked well for him and except for one brief period of a few days last fall, the psoriasis on his elbow is in total remission and has not shown up elsewhere on his body.

The Essential Oils Psoriasis Buster

Here is the two part protocol for using essential oils to conquer psoriasis.

Psoriasis Roller Ball Formula
36 drops Oregano essential oil
5 drops Patchouli essential oil
Fractionated Coconut Oil (like this)

Add your oils to a 10ML roller ball bottle.  Top with fractionated coconut oil.  Apply on affected areas once or twice a day.

Psoriasis Salve
3 teaspoons DIY Miracle Healing Salve
32 drops Bergamot essential oil

Mix together in a small jar.  After applying the roller ball formula, layer some psoriasis salve over the affected areas to seal it in.

This is a two-part formula.  You start with the roller ball then layer the salve on top.  This will add moisture plus it seals in the more liquid roller ball formula.

You can download a printable version here.  In addition, a recipe to make the DIY Miracle Healing Salve is here.

Note:  When I started out using essential oils, I was very exact in my measurements but these days? Not so much. Keep in mind that often times more is not better and everyone’s body may react differently to a particular formula.

How and Why Does this Work?

Two of the oils, oregano and patchouli, are powerful anti-fungals.  I don’t know the science behind it, but my guess is that the anti-fungal properties play a role in the success in busting through plaque psoriasis.  As far as the bergamot, I knew that it was a terrific stress reliever and felt that the added boost would be beneficial.  I proved to be right, in Shelly’s case, at least.

Here is a brief description of each oil and its health benefits, excerpted from the Organic Facts website (a good one to bookmark if you are interested in natural remedies).

Oregano:  Some of the most impressive and important health benefits of oregano include its ability to protect the immune system, prevent the onset of chronic disease, improve digestion, detoxify the body, strengthen the bones, improve heart health, increase energy levels, and even protect against diabetes.

Patchouli:  The health benefits of Patchouli Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties as an antidepressant, antiphlogistic, antiseptic, aphrodisiac, astringent, cicatrisant, cytophylactic, deodorant, diuretic, febrifuge, fungicide, insecticide, sedative and tonic substance.

Bergamot:  The health benefits of Bergamot Essential Oil can be attributed to its properties as a deodorant, vulnerary, vermifuge, antibiotic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, sedative, analgesic, antidepressant, disinfectant, febrifuge, cicatrisant, and digestive substance.

More information about Oregano essential oil can be found in the article 25 Ways .to Use Oregano Essential Oil for Health and Wellness.

Here are instructions for DIY Miracle Healing Salve.  (Don’t worry, it’s easy.)

A Word About Essential Oils and Roller Ball Bottles

When selecting the oils to use in these Psoriasis formulas, be mindful that you want to use 100% pure, undiluted, essential oils.  I get mine from Spark Naturals because I feel that they are the best quality I can buy at a reasonable price.  If you are interesting in giving them a try, you will enjoy an extra 10% by using coupon code BACKDOORSURVIVAL at checkout.

Resource:  Oregano Essential Oil, Patchouli Essential Oil, and Bergamot Essential Oil

I get my roller ball bottles from both Spark Naturals (my essential oil vendor of choice) and Amazon. You can probably find them at craft stores but since there are none close to where I live, I must purchase them online.

Resource:   Cobalt Blue Glass Roller Bottles – Pack of 6

You will find it useful to know that 10ML is approx. 1/3 oz or 2 tsp. In a pinch, you could probably use one of those small travel bottles that are ubiquitous. Instead of rolling it on, you could dab it with your finger.

The Final Word

As with all things related to essential oils and natural remedies, what works for one person may work differently for another.  That said, I have provided samples of these formulas to friends and it has worked for all of them.

If you or someone you know suffers from the woes of psoriasis, I hope you will give this a try.  Feel free to experiment by using one formula or the other, or do as Shelly does and use both.  And definitely – report back with the results.

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 BackdoorSurvival.com. 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.

Buying Local Honey: What You Need To Know

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One of my favorite long-term food choices in our pantry is honey. Storing honey is a popular choice amongst preppers. After all, its versatility coupled with the capacity to last a lifetime is a perfect investment for your long-term food stores. Many are aware of the additives put into honey and ultra-filtering that inevitably removes all of the health benefits it possesses in its natural state. In fact, recent laboratory tests have revealed that 76% of the honey purchased in common chain grocery stores has been ultra filtered.

Why Buy Local?

Buying locally will ensure you get the purest form of honey around. As well, purchasing in bulk quantities will help you add to your natural prepper pantries and save a buck at the same time. When raw honey is left in its natural state and is unfiltered, it contains pollen, enzymes, antioxidants and many other beneficial compounds that researchers are just beginning to learn about.

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Benefits of Raw Honey

  • Has anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal properties.
  • Due to its low water content, it’s a poor environment for the growth of harmful bacteria.
  • Acts a cough suppressant and soothes a sore or scratchy throat.
  • Boosts immunity, and protects against infections in wounds.
  • May improve blood sugar control and insulin sensitivity.
  • Contains phytonutrients, which have been shown to possess cancer-preventing and anti-tumor properties.
  • Honey from certain flower sources contain friendly bacteria that are good for digestion.
  • Minor source of vitamins B2 and B6, copper, iron, manganese.

Where to Find Local Honey

A few years ago, I was lucky to find a local honey supplier in my area that sells us 20 pound buckets of honey. For a family of five, (see food calculator here) this is enough honey for a year for my family. We usually end up purchasing one to use for the year and another for long-term storage. I have found that scouting out local farmers markets can put you in direct contact with local beekeepers who are more than willing to sell you honey on a regular basis. As well, they have other great products they can sell you like bee pollen, beeswax, royal jelly, and even a beehive, if you are interested. Additionally, farmers markets are great for finding local produce, meat and other food sources. I have also found beekeepers selling honey through Craigslist.

What to Ask Local Honey Suppliers

Today, I wanted to share some tips with you about buying and locating local honey sources. If you plan on purchasing honey from a local supplier, make sure they can answer these questions:

  1. What are the kinds of flowers the bees have been foraging on? Knowing the kind of flowers that the bees used for nectar and pollen will give you a good indication of how robust the flavor of the honey will be.
  2. Do they mix the honey with any additives? Purity of honey is another issue the USDA does not look into when giving out their sacred “USDA organic labels.” Most store-bought honey isn’t even honey at all. It’s a combination of additives like sweeteners and high-fructose corn syrup (check your maple syrup too, folks!) to make it more honey-like. An advantage to buying from local honey sellers is that they sell a far superior product compared to the honey you purchase in stores. Not only is local honey in more of a pure state, but you have more of a variety that is unavailable in supermarkets. There are tests that you can do to test your honey. Learn about honey purity laws here.
  3. Has the honey been filtered to remove pollen? Many honey companies filter their honey to remove any minute particles, pollen and bits of honeycomb. Unfortunately, when companies ultra-filter their honey, they force the proteins out of honey removing the natural health properties in the process. The result is a clearer honey that companies market as healthy, when in reality, ultra-filtered honey does not have many health benefits at all. Most local suppliers skip this step and keep the honey pure.
  4. Is it organic honey? I added this because I wanted to inform you all that it is very difficult to find real 100% organic honey. In fact, it’s near to impossible! Honeybees fly an average of 2 miles from their hives in their search for nectar and pollen. A hive would have to be in the center of a minimum of 16 square miles of organic plants. This is extremely difficult to do considering there are neighbors, golf clubs, businesses, etc. who still believe in chemically treating lawns and gardens with pesticides. Wild plants sound good but there could be an issue there if the hives are near any land where herbicides are used, including BLM land. So, here’s the fact on organic honey: There are no standards for USDA certified organic honey. They simply do not exist. According to the USDA Rules and Regulations, “…honey does not require official inspection in order to carry official USDA grade marks and since there are no existing programs that require the official inspection and certification of honey,…” So the organic honey you are purchasing at the store is only a ploy to inflate the price and make more money.

Buying locally is your best bet in taking steps to buy the purest form of honey and create a natural prepper pantry. If you decided to purchase honey at the grocery store, make sure you purchase raw unfiltered honey. I have been purchasing local honey for years and have only had one container crystallize; and that was a year after I purchased it. Use these tips when looking for local honey sources.


Tess Pennington is the editor for ReadyNutrition.com. After joining the Dallas chapter of the American Red Cross in 1999, Tess worked as an Armed Forces Emergency Services Center specialist and is well versed in emergency and disaster management and response. Tess is the author of The Prepper’s Cookbook: 300 Recipes to Turn Your Emergency Food into Nutritious, Delicious, Life-Saving Meals. When a catastrophic collapse cripples society, grocery store shelves will empty within days. But by following Tess’s tips for stocking, organizing, and maintaining a proper emergency food supply, your family will have plenty to eat for weeks, months, or even years.

Why You Should Use Aluminum-Free Deodorant

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There come times in our lives when we need added protection against body odor. Whether we’re at the gym or in an important meeting, it’s very likely that, without some type of deodorant, we’ll sweat and let out a little odor. Not a pleasant topic, but it can’t be ignored. Choosing the right deodorant is just as important as wearing it regularly, not just because you need to find one that will provide lasting protection, but because you also require one that will protect your health.

Difference Between Antiperspirant and Deodorant

While most people use the terms antiperspirant and deodorant interchangeably, the two are not the same. Antiperspirants work by preventing perspiration from occurring. Deodorants, on the flip side, actually allow perspiration but block odor. The main goal of deodorants is to kill the bacteria that causes odor when we perspire. From a purely natural standpoint, it makes more sense for us to use deodorants, as it is clearly a more natural process. Seeing as our body sweats as a way to cool ourselves, eliminating perspiration is just an unnatural concept.

Of course none of us wants to emit an unpleasant, offensive odor, and some of us don’t particularly enjoy sweating. The fact is many personal care products that deal with these concerns contain aluminum as an active ingredient. Aluminum is also a known neurotoxin. Aluminum-free deodorants are perhaps the best alternative, and these products are growing considerably in both availability and number.

The Dangers of Using Products Containing Aluminum

Many people are allergic to the aluminum and other toxins in the products, including the synthetic fragrance. [1] If you find that your underarms are irritated, it may be an allergic reaction to your product, and not just the sweat from exertion. The focus today is on aluminum because it’s so toxic to the body.

Aluminum has been associated with a variety of health issues, [2] [3] [4] including:

What to Look for in an Aluminum-Free Deodorant

Aluminum-free deodorants should consist of therapeutic-grade essential oils and all natural ingredients. This is much better for your body overall since you’re not taking in all the toxins that are present in regular deodorants and antiperspirants. Don’t be fooled by some deodorants that claim to be natural or even those that claim to be free from aluminum. Some aluminum-free deodorants are still high risk, according to the Environmental Working Group, containing chemicals like triclosan and propylene glycol. Triclosan is perhaps a fiercer endocrine disruptor than propylene glycol, so always avoid personal care products that contain it. You can also make your own deodorant using natural ingredients like baking soda and coconut oil.

The Take Home

With new evidence and reports of adverse reactions staring us in the face, it is difficult to ignore the potential danger of so many health and beauty items on the market. What it boils down to, however, is that each of us has to take the initiative and actively seek out the products that are healthier for us.

Do you use organic or natural personal care products? Tell us about them in the comments!

References:

  1. Matthew J. Zirwas, MD and Jessica Moennich, MD. Antiperspirant and Deodorant Allergy. The Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology. 2008 Sep; 1(3): 38-43.
  2. Darbre PD. Aluminum, antiperspirants and breast cancer. J Inorg Biochem. 2005 Sep;99(9);1912-9.
  3. Tomljenovic L. Aluminum and Alzheimer’s disease: after a century of controversy, is there a plausible link? J Alzheimer’s Dis. 2011;23(4):567-98. doi: 10.3233/JAD-2010-101494.
  4. Malluche HH. Aluminum and bone disease in chronic renal failure. Nephrol Dial Transplant. 2002;17 Suppl 2:21-4.

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.

Neonicotinoid Pesticide Implicated In Monarch Butterfly Declines

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By: Jérôme Rigot, PhD | The Cornucopia Institute

USDA researchers have identified the neonicotinoid insecticide clothianidin as a likely contributor to monarch butterfly declines in North America. The USDA research was published online April 3rd, 2015 in the journal Science of Nature.

Neonicotinoids have been strongly implicated in pollinator declines worldwide; they are neurotoxins that are partially banned in the European Union. A recent report indicates (see references at the end of full article) that neonicotinoids, such as clothianidin (Bayer), are a particular hazard because, unlike most pesticides, they are soluble molecules. From soil or seed treatments they can reach nectar and are found in pollen.

Neonicotinoids are now the most widely used pesticides in the world. Up until now there has been negligible research on the effects of neonicotinoids on butterflies.  This new report is therefore the first to link neonicotinoids to monarch butterfly survival and reproduction.

In their experiments the USDA researchers showed that clothianidin can impact monarch caterpillars at doses as low as 1 part per billion (ppb). The effects seen were on caterpillar size, caterpillar weight, and caterpillar survival. The lethal concentration (LC50) was found to be 15 ppb.

In this research project, the caterpillars were exposed to clothianidin-treated food for only 36 hours. However, the researchers noted that in agricultural environments caterpillar exposure would likely be greater than in the experimental conditions set for this project; furthermore, in nature butterfly caterpillars would also be exposed to other pesticides, including other neonicotinoids.

In sampling experiments from corn-growing areas in South Dakota the researchers found on average over 1 ppb clothianidin in milkweed plants.

Based on this study’s results, the USDA researchers concluded that “neonicotinoids could negatively affect larval monarch populations.” They added, “Although preliminary, this study clearly shows that monarch larvae are exposed to clothianidin in the field at potentially harmful doses of the toxin.”

More on this from Independentsciencenews.org at:
http://www.independentsciencenews.org/news/new-research-links-neonicotinoid-pesticides-to-monarch-butterfly-declines/

Full article: http://www.bioscienceresource.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Pecenka-and-Lundgren-2015-Early-On-line.pd

Comment from Cornucopia scientist Jérôme Rigot, PhD, Farm and Food Policy Analyst:

The study states: “The lethal concentration (LC50) was found to be 15 parts per billion.”: This is a very low level; however, the implications are that much lower levels of neonicotinoids as well as synergistic effects with other pesticides at very low levels (1 ppb or less), as suggested in the text, would significantly and negatively affect caterpillars’ health.

Extrapolating from the study results, the synergistic action of pesticides, even at levels below 1 ppb (levels that may not be detected by the EPA’s current analytical equipment), can significantly and detrimentally impact the health of organisms (including humans) that come in contact (e.g., ingest) with a vegetable or fruit that has been sprayed from seed to harvest by a variety of pesticides and likely is covered by and/or contains a number of pesticide residues at trace levels.

Why Giving Up Sugar Can Be Really Good For Your Health

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Many people have a sweet tooth. They enjoy foods that have sugar in them, including sweets, candy, and other treats. Sodas and even fruit juices sometimes have extra sugar added to improve the flavor. It turns out sugar is not good for a person’s health at all. Sugar does not contain nutrients, vitamins, minerals, or anything else that is good for the body. Sugar can add empty calories to the body and can harm overall health.

Why Sugar is bad

For years people have blamed cholesterol and saturated fats as the leading causes of heart disease. Heart disease is the number on cause of death in all of the world. While these things are not good for a person’s health, there is something that is worse. That something is sugar. Studies have shown that sugar can raise the oxidized LDL levels in the blood which is a leading cause of heart disease. Sugar can also raise insulin levels and increase the amount of fat that a person has. This can happen in as little as ten weeks. Sugar is the leading cause of obesity in adults as well as children. Beverages that are sweetened with sugar can put a person at a 60% increase risk of becoming obese. If a person is looking to reduce their body weight they need to carefully monitor the amount of sugar they are consuming. Many people would not think this, but sugar can be addictive. It raises dopamine levels in the brain which makes people crave foods that are high in sugar. Consuming extra sugar changes the blood sugar levels in the body. While blood sugar level spikes it can affect how a person is feeling. Eating a diet high in sugar can increase the risk a person has for developing type 2 diabetes. Sugar is said to release hormones in the brain that lead to fat building. Studies have shown that sugar increases the fructose levels in the body. This can lead to an increase in appetite which can lead to weight gain. Sugar also lowers the levels of the hormone ghrelin which leads to weight gain and makes it harder for the body to burn off calories.

Read More: Study Shows That Sugar Increase Cardiovascular Risk

How Much Sugar Do People Eat?

People are consuming much more sugar then they keep track of. Sugar consumption is very high in both children and adults. The average American consumes around 60 pounds of sugar per year. The average daily intake of sugar is 77 grams which is the same as 19 teaspoons. This amount of sugar adds an extra 306 calories to a person’s diet every day. While some experts are saying that the sugar consumption has dropped over the years, it is still alarmingly high.

Replacement for Sugar

While sugar is almost impossible to avoid, there are some changes that a person can make to their diet to reduce the amount of sugar they are consuming. For an occasional treat, a person can switch from regular soda to diet soda (editor’s note: be sure to avoid any diet drinks that contain aspartame or any other unnatural sugar alternatives). There are fruit juices on the market with no sugar added to them. If a person is looking for a sugar fix they can eat a piece of fruit which contains natural sugars. Honey is a great way to sweeten foods. Shredded coconut or dried cranberries can be used to sweeten brand cereal. There are a number of sugar substitutes on the market that can be added to coffee. They can even be used in baking instead of sugar. While there are replacements for sugar, the best thing to do is slowly break the habit of eating sweets.

How to Break the Sugar Addiction

While it may not be easy to break the habit of eating foods that are high in sugar and people may crave sugary foods it is possible to escape the sweetness. Hypnotherapy is one of the things that a person can do to break their dependency on sugar. If they get it into their mind that sugar is bad for them and they do not need to eat foods that are high in sugar a person will be able to break the habit. Getting into their mind that they do not need to eat the sugar is one of the best ways to break the addiction to this unhealthy substance.

There is so much sugar in today’s foods that it is having a negative impact on health. There are some things that a person can do to break their dependency on sugar. They can replace sugar, use willpower to avoid it, or just eat it on occasion. Sugar is one of the worse things for a person’s health and it is going to take some determination to escape this sweet trap. A person will notice they are feeling better and have more energy when they stop eating so much sugar that they will not even miss it from their diets.

References:

https://www.glozine.com/lifestyle/health/10-dangerous-facts-about-sugar-you-didnt-know.html
https://www.consumerhealthdigest.com/weight-loss/lose-weight-by-eliminating-hidden-sugars-in-your-diet.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sugar_substitute#Natural_sugar_substitutes


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Is There A Link Between Vitamin D Deficiency And Heart Attacks?

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Authors of a study [1] have concluded that males with a low level of Vitamin D, a fat-soluble vitamin, are more likely to suffer a heart attack.

There are a variety of clinical studies showing that the death rates attributed to cardiovascular diseases grow during winter months. Conversely, the opposite was found at lower altitudes. This background pattern was expressed in the author’s article, published in the June 9 edition of the journal, Archives of Internal Medicine.

In conjunction with a team from the Department of Epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health, Edward Giovannucci, M.D., Sc.D., analyzed medical records and blood samples of 454 men, aged 40-75, all of whom have suffered from fatal heart diseases or had previously suffered non-fatal heart attacks.

Researchers compared it with the medical records and blood samples of 900 men, still living, who never had any of the same heart complications.

What they found was that males with Vitamin D deficiency or those who merely meet the “intermediate” levels of Vitamin D, were more at risk of heart attack, compared to those with a healthy amount of Vitamin D in their diet. Researchers concluded that their results supported the idea that Vitamin D deficiency increases the risk of heart attack, and possibly death.

They added that their findings support the need to enhance Vitamin D levels in the body to reduce this problem.

Where Do We Get Vitamin D?

Vitamin D is an essential vitamin and is referred to as the “sunshine vitamin.” Sun exposure prompts our bodies produce vitamin D naturally. Sun exposure for as little as 10 to 15 minutes, 3 times a week is enough time to produce sufficient quantities of vitamin D. Unless you get very little “sun time,” there’s really no need to get vitamin D from your diet or Vitamin D supplements.

When vitamin D is manufactured in the body, the excess can remain in the body for months. During sunny months, you can increase your vitamin D levels by increasing your time in the sun.

Vitamin D plays a very important role in your body’s health by promoting the absorption of magnesium and calcium. These substances are vital to the healthy development of bones and teeth. Vitamin D also helps to keep adequate levels of phosphorus and calcium in the blood.

If necessary, vitamin D supplements can be taken to meet your body’s needs. It should be noted that vegans often choose Vitamin D2 labeled items instead of Vitamin D3.

The Difference Between Vitamin D2 and Vitamin D3

Vitamin D2, named ergocalciferol, is produced by irradiating plants to produce yeasts. Vitamin D3 comes from animal sources. Its manufacturing base can come from cattle brains, sheep wool, hides and fish.

References:

  1. Edward Giovannucci MD ScD, Yan Liu MS, Bruce W. Hollis MD PhD, Eric B. Rimm ScD. 25-Hydroxyvitamin D and Risk of Myocardial Infarction in Men. Archives of Internal Medicine. 2008 June 9;168(11):1174-1180.

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.

California Democrats Obliterate Patients’ Rights, Vote To Eliminate Informed Consent

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By: Justice Gazette |

Amidst a weekend of protests from concerned parents demanding Democrats revert to their claimed values of freedom and human rights, the California Democratic Central Committee took a long fall from human rights, voting for a resolution eliminating a patient’s right of informed consent to a medical procedure.

Under the pretense of protecting children from a non-existent health crisis, the California Democratic Party voted to mandate an unspecified number of vaccines and to eliminate the right of personal exemptions, which in the case of vaccines is synonymous with informed consent.  The resolution was part of a top-down orchestrated strategy to get party insiders to provide the appearance of popular support for California State Senator Richard Pan’s SB 277, eliminating personal and religious exemptions for vaccines for school children.  The resolution, which was not age-related, did not name the mandated vaccines but referenced a legally-required list that could change with the whim of the legislature. With over 270 new vaccines approaching approval, this resolution could easily promote a mandate of over 300 vaccines that all students (of all ages) in the jurisdiction of California or California students in other jurisdictions would be forced to be injected with — no information nor consent necessary.  Since Big Pharma has been completely exempted from liability for deaths or injuries their vaccines cause, there is no incentive for them to make a safe vaccine.

If SB 277 matched the resolution in its incusion of all students, then adult students taking even a single class anywhere in the State of California (or Californian’s taking an out-of-state class) would have to roll up their sleeves and submit to an extensive number of vaccines  with no option to refuse.  Some professions require continuing education.   Attorneys are required to take 24 hours of continuing educaition every three years. The fact that Pan showed up to speak for this resolution may be an indication of where his future legislation will lead.  Lawsuits over the current version of SB 277 are already in the planning stages.  So perhaps the approximately 183,000 active members of the legal profession who don’t want to become human pin cushions have already seen the handwriting on Dr. Pan’s wall.

Parents of hundreds of vaccine injured or killed children showed up to the convention May 15th and 16th, only to be greeted by insults and verbal attacks from delegates who treated concerned Democratic parents as the enemy.  In reaction to these parents, the party put up a showing of being cold, callous and uncaring about harm caused by its removal of informed consent.  Tens of millions of dollars have been poured into this legislation and Democrats have a lot of money riding on pushing through this removal of informed consent.  To those pushing the resolution and legislation, sick or dead kids appeared to be an inconvenience to be denied out of existence.  Democrats flatly refused to look at evidence of the serious harm caused by the vaccines. Many spouted mantras about studies that had already been declared false by Dr. William Thompson, the lead scientist who was part of the team that reportedly was forced to falsify those very studies.

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John Hanna

John Hanna, the resolutions chairman and a Wall Street proponent, ran the resolutions portion of the convention meeting.  Eleven resolutions had been prioritized for the Convention calendar.  Resolution 15-05.15, “Resolution in Support of Repealing California’s Personal Beliefs Exemption to Mandatory Vaccinations,” which seeks to eliminate the right of informed consent with respect to this medical procedure,  was pulled from the approval calendar for the purpose of opposing it by delegates Ruth Hull and Noelle Foster.  Noelle Foster had immune-compromised children whose very lives were in danger if they were forced to receive the vaccine.  So for Noelle, the resolution took away not only her children’s right to refuse medical treatment but also their very right to live since schooling is mandated and the resolution had no exception for homeschooling.  The resolution was seconded by Democratic delegate/Registered Nurse Donna Macris, a longtime advocate for a patient’s right of informed consent.

Senator Pan

Senator Pan

California Democratic Party Controller Hillary Crosby and SB 277 author State Senator Richard Pan spoke for the resolution. Delegates cannot recall any past resolution ever failing when a Democratic elected official spoke for that resolution. In most past instances, only a few delegates have dared stand up against resolutions personally promoted by legislators. The Pharmaceutical lobbyists had a booth in the convention hall.  There was a lot of money on the line.  According to Robert Kennedy, the Pharmaceutical lobby spends more money promoting their bills than any other lobby, including oil and gas and defense.  According to Kennedy, this bill is very important to the Pharmaceutical Lobby and the legislators they sponsor as passage of SB 277 will dramatically increase the net assets of Pharmaceutical corporations.  So passage of the resolution by a unanimous or near-unanimous majority was viewed as a certainty.

In opposing the resolution, Ruth Hull stated that she stood with Robert F. Kennedy, Dr. William Thompson and millions of voting Democratic activists for patients’ rights who were now fighting to retain the right of informed consent. After speaking of the importance of the right of informed consent with respect to medical procedures, she noted that Hepatitis B, which is on the SB 277 mandated list, is a condition resulting from sex.   Note, this Gazette has covered cases of courts knowingly turning over young children to pedophiles.  Forcing babies and young children to receive a sex vaccine fits with the failure of California leaders to take action to protect the state’s children from sexual abuse.

R.N. Donna Macris, spoke to the Democratic value of freedom and how removing the right to informed consent was counter to the fundamental principles of the Democratic Party.  She spoke of the vaccine injured children and told of the medical realities of the harm that vaccines cause to children.  What the speakers did was to give a voice to the concerns of parents and opponents that was otherwise lacking in Democratic insider circles.

The opposition was much stronger than expected.  Instead of just a few daring to vote against Senator Pan, roughly 30 to 40% of the delegates joined with the opponents in voting “Nay” to the resolution.  Though this was an unprecedented and significant showing against a resolution pushed by an elected official on the floor of the convention, the result was still tragic for Democratic delegate Noelle Foster, who like many other parents has to worry about whether the state is mandating a procedure that could take away the life of her children.  A couple of delegates remarked, “How can the party be so heartless.”  Several Democrats spoke of plans to leave the party as a direct result of what they considered a callous disregard for children’s lives with respect to SB 277 and this resolution.

There have been predictions that SB 277 could end the reign of Democrats in California.  Grass roots Democrats are largely disgusted with their Party’s failure to stand for human values over money from lobbyists.   A low turnout of Democrats in 2016, coupled with a high turnout of angry voters backing a referendum to repeal SB 277, should it become law, could result in a Republican take-over of California, according to several political analysts.  SB 277 is not yet law.  In the end, Jerry Brown could save his party by vetoing the bill or adding  a provision for informed consent in the form of a personal and religious exemption back into the law.

Original article: http://www.justicegazette.org/democrats-eliminate-informed-consent.html

Licorice Shown To Kill SARS And Other Lethal Viruses

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Licorice has a rich and ancient history of use as a medicine, being rooted in Indian, Chinese, Greek and Egyptian traditions, alike. Technically a legume, related to beans and peas, its sweetness results from the presence of glycyrrhizin, a compound 30-50 times sweeter than sugar. This compound is what gave licorice its name, which derives from the Greek word γλυκύρριζα (glukurrhiza), meaning “sweet” (gluku)  “root” (rrhiza). But glycyrrhizin’s properties don’t end with its sweetness; it is also one of the most powerful antiviral compounds ever studied.

A study on glycyrrhizin’s inhibitory activity against SARS-associated coronovirus published in Lancet in June of 2003, received little mainstream media coverage, despite its profound importance to human health.  Mind you, only a few months before this the World Health Organization issued a press release (April 16, 2003) stating the recent outbreak of lethal Sudden Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in Asia was caused by the same coronoviruses used in this study. With the world still reeling from global SARS hysteria and “preparedness,” i.e. stockpiling pharmaceuticals like Ribavirin despite their well-known lack of effectiveness, you would think more attention would have been paid to promising research of this kind…

In the groundbreaking Lancet study, titled “Glycyrrhizin, an active component of liquorice roots, and replication of SARS-associated coronavirus,” German researchers summarized their intention in the following manner:

“The [recent] outbreak of SARS warrants the search for antiviral compounds to treat the disease. At present time, no specific treatment has been identified for SARS-associated coronavirus infection.”

And here is what they found:

“We assessed the antiviral potential of ribavirin, 6-azauridine, pyrazofurin, mycophenolic acid, and glycyrrhizin against two clinical isolates of coronavirus (FFM-1 and FFM-2) from patients with SARS admitted to the clinical centre of Frankfurt University, Germany. Of all the compounds, glycyrrhizin was the most active in inhibiting replication of the SARS-associated virus. Our findings suggest that glycyrrhizin should be assessed for treatment of SARS.” [emphasis added]

Licorice’s potent antiviral properties are not limited to SARS-associated coronaviruses, but have also been studied in connection with another epidemic/pandemic capable and potentially lethal virus: influenza.

In an animal study dating all the way back in 1997 and published in the journal Antibacterial Agents and Chemotherapy, titled: “Glycyrrhizin, an active component of licorice roots, reduces morbidity and mortality of mice infected with lethal doses of influenza virus,” researchers found that when mice were administered glycyrrhizin at 10mg/kg body weight (the equivalent of 680 mg for a 150lb adult), they all survived a series of ten 50% lethal injections. The control group, on the other hand, only survived an average of 10.5 days, with no survivors by day 21, the end of the experiment.

Even more remarkable, when the splenic T cells from the glycyrrhizin-treated mice were transferred to mice exposed to the same lethal doses of influenza virus, 100% survived, compared to 0% for the control mice inoculated with naive T cells or splenic B cells and macrophages from glycyrrhizin-treated mice. The researchers discovered that glycyrrhizin’s powerful, life-sparing effects against lethal doses of influenza were a result of the compound increasing interferon gamma production by T cells.

In order to fully understand these findings, we must look at the question of safety first. Licorice is still commonly perceived as a “dangerous herb,” due to its ability to stimulate blood pressure elevations in susceptible individuals when consumed excessively; but considering the relatively higher toxicity of most drugs, this perception must be taken with a grain of sea salt.  On the other hand, it is important to exercise caution when using licorice, or any herb, for medicinal purposes, and ideally obtaining the assistance of a medical herbalist who can work with conventional health practitioners, whenever possible.

In the United States glycyrrhizin is still classified as “Generally Recognized As Safe,” when used as a flavoring agent, but not as a sweetener. It has also been removed from most “licorice” candies, substituted with with the similarly-tasting but taxonomically unrelated anise. In the European Union the recommendation is for people to consume no more than 100 mg a day, which is the equivalent of 50 grams of licorice sweets, and in Japan, where glycyrrhizin is often used as a sugar substitute, a recommended limit is set at 200 mg a day. This should give you a sense for what a commonly considered safe, daily dose is, and puts a 600 mg “therapeutic” dose in perspective.

Also, it is important to consider that even when the glycyrrhizin is isolated and concentrated pharmaceutically, its relative toxicity is extraordinarily low, when compared to antiviral drugs like Ribavirin.

According to the federally mandated Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) provided by the manufacturers on pharmaceutically extracted glycyrrhizin and the drug Ribavirin, the former is 30 times less toxic than the later (the mouse oral 50% lethal dose is 9818 mg/kg versus 300 mg/kg for Ribavirin).  It is important to understand, also, that when complexed in the whole root or powdered root form, glycyrrhizin will be treated differently by the body. It will be released slower, will have naturally occurring factors which may attenuate adverse effects, and therefore should be considered safer than the MSDS on isolated glycyrrhizin reflects.

Also consider that glycyrrhizin is much cheaper…

A 200 mg dose of Ribavirin from an online discount pharmacy costs approximately 4 dollars.

Let’s take a 1 pound bag of Frontier brand Licorice sticks, which costs $10, and which contains approximately 7% glycyrrhizin or the equivalent of 13,440 milligrams of glycyrrhizin per pound. This is also the equivalent of sixty-seven 200 mg servings.  If I bought sixty-seven 200mg pills of Ribavirin it would cost me 268 dollars. So, that’s 26.8 times the price of the glycyrrhizin found in licorice.  In both cases, the natural compound is approximately 30 times less toxic and less expensive, and let us not forget, in the SARS/licorice study, Ribavirin didn’t even work. So, it is potentially infinitely more effective. Hmmm. I wonder which I would choose if faced with an impending pandemic virus? A drug with low availability, exceedingly high costs and toxicity, and which doesn’t work, versus a time-tested, safe, affordable and highly effective herb?

The reason, of course, why licorice will never be used as an FDA-approved medicine is because it would take at least 800 million dollars of upfront capital to fund the preclinical and human clinical studies necessary to get it to that point.

In the meantime, I encourage everyone to immerse themselves in the first-hand research itself, which we have both lovingly and painstakingly gathered on your behalf. Visit the live reference page on Licorice here, or skim through the remarkable research on Licorice’s potential value in 75 conditions below….

Name Cumulative Knowledge Article Count Focus Articles
Hepatitis C 31 4 focus
Aphthous Ulcer 30 3 focus
Liver Cancer 21 3 focus
Duodenal Ulcer 20 2 focus
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome 20 2 focus
HIV Infections 12 3 focus
Pneumonia 12 2 focus
Cholesterol: Oxidation 10 1 focus
Cytomegalovirus Infections 10 1 focus
Familial Mediterranean Fever 10 1 focus
Gastroduodenal Ulcer 10 1 focus
Helicobacter Pylori Infection 10 2 focus
Hirsutism 10 1 focus
Rosacea 10 1 focus
Testosterone: Too High 10 1 focus
Abdominal Obesity (Midsection Fat) 6 3 focus
Prostate Cancer 4 3 focus
SARS 4 3 focus
Influenza A 3 2 focus
Bleeding: Excessive 2 1 focus
Breast Cancer 2 2 focus
Cervical Cancer 2 2 focus
Chemotherapy-Induced Toxicity: Cisplatin 2 1 focus
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease 2 1 focus
Diabetes Mellitus: Type 2 2 1 focus
Epstein-Barr Virus Infections 2 2 focus
Hepatitis 2 1 focus
Hepatitis A 2 2 focus
Hepatitis B 2 2 focus
Hypercholesterolemia 2 1 focus
Hypertension 2 1 focus
Inflammation 2 1 focus
Lipopolysaccharide-Induced Toxicity 2 1 focus
Liver Disease 2 1 focus
Memory Disorders 2 1 focus
Metabolic Syndrome X 2 1 focus
Myocardial Infarction 2 1 focus
Obesity 2 1 focus
Pulmonary Inflammation 2 1 focus
Respiratory Syncytial Virus Infections 2 2 focus
Spinal Cord Injuries 2 1 focus
Surgery: Oral 2 1 focus
Trigeminal Neuralgia 2 1 focus
Tumors 2 1 focus
Acne 1 1 focus
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome 1 1 focus
Candida Infection 1 1 focus
Candidiasis: Vulvovaginal 1 1 focus
Chemotherapy-Induced Toxicity: Doxorubicin 1 1 focus
DNA damage 1 1 focus
Encephalitis: Japanese 1 1 focus
Endometrial Cancer 1 1 focus
Endometriosis 1 1 focus
Estrogen Dominance 1 1 focus
Fibroid Tumor 1 1 focus
Fibroids: Uterine 1 1 focus
Gastric Ulcer 1 1 focus
Heavy Metal Toxicity 1 1 focus
Herpes Zoster 1 1 focus
Herpes: Kaposi-Associated 1 1 focus
Iron Overload 1 1 focus
Iron Poisoning 1 1 focus
Kaposi Disease 1 1 focus
Leiomyoma 1 1 focus
Lung Cancer 1 1 focus
Oxidative Stress 1 1 focus
Periodontitis 1 1 focus
Promyelocytic leukemia 1 1 focus
Rotavirus Infections 1 1 focus
Stomach Cancer 1 1 focus
Tuberculosis 1 1 focus
Gastric Cancer 0 1 focus
HIV: Opportunist Infection. 0 1 focus
Influenza: Human 0 1 focus
Preventing Cavities 0 2 focus

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A Chinese herbal formula containing Paris polyphylla, Dandelion, Woad, and Licorice appears safe and effective in reducing cytomegalovirus infection activity in pregnant women.

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Pubmed Data : Zhongguo Zhong Xi Yi Jie He Za Zhi. 2000 Apr;20(4):245-7. PMID: 11789257

Study Type : Human Study

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Substances : Dandelion : CK(86) : AC(30), Licorice : CK(254) : AC(79), Paris polyphylla : CK(10) : AC(1), Woad : CK(21) : AC(3)

Diseases : Cytomegalovirus Infections : CK(85) : AC(33)

Pharmacological Actions : Antiviral Agents : CK(631) : AC(291)

A multi antioxidative treatment in chronic hepatitis C virus patients is well tolerated and therapeutic.

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Pubmed Data : J Clin Gastroenterol. 2005 Sep;39(8):737-42. PMID: 16082287

Study Type : Human Study

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Substances : Alpha-Lipoic Acid : CK(406) : AC(80), Antioxidant formulas : CK(477) : AC(72), Glutathione : CK(61) : AC(17), Licorice : CK(254) : AC(79), Milk Thistle : CK(226) : AC(55), Schisandra : CK(129) : AC(44), Vitamin C : CK(1208) : AC(238), Vitamin E : CK(1288) : AC(227)

Diseases : Hepatitis C : CK(400) : AC(62)

A skin care regimen containing the Licorice compound Licochalcone A was found to be compatible with the sensitive facial skin of patients with rosacea and improved the appearance of persistent facial redness.

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Pubmed Data : Am J Rhinol Allergy. 2009 Nov-Dec;23(6):e23-8. Epub 2009 Sep 18. PMID: 17177744

Study Type : Human Study

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Substances : Licorice : CK(254) : AC(79)

Diseases : Rosacea : CK(175) : AC(21)

Andrographis, Eleutherococcus (Siberian Ginseng), Schisandra and Glycyrrhiza (Licorice) is safe and efficacious in the management of Familial Mediterranean Fever.

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Pubmed Data : Zhongguo Zhong Yao Za Zhi. 2008 Aug;33(16):2022-5. PMID: 12809357

Study Type : Human Study

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Substances : Andrographis : CK(80) : AC(34), Ginseng (Siberian) : CK(138) : AC(29), Licorice : CK(254) : AC(79), Schisandra : CK(129) : AC(44)

Diseases : Familial Mediterranean Fever : CK(11) : AC(2)

Glabridin, a compound found within licorice, inhibits LDL oxidation.

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Pubmed Data : Toxicol Ind Health. 2009 May;25(4-5):321-4. PMID: 19651803

Study Type : Human Study

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Substances : Licorice : CK(254) : AC(79)

Diseases : Cholesterol: Oxidation : CK(467) : AC(98)

Pharmacological Actions : Antioxidants : CK(3535) : AC(1293), Cardioprotective : CK(627) : AC(185)

Glycerrhiza glabra (syn. Licorice) is therapeutic in patients with protracted pulmonary pneumonia.

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Pubmed Data : Lik Sprava. 2001 Sep-Dec;(5-6):123-5. PMID: 11881346

Study Type : Human Study

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Substances : Licorice : CK(254) : AC(79)

Diseases : Pneumonia : CK(339) : AC(41)

Licorce – Safety Study.

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Pubmed Data : J Am Coll Nutr. 2007 Jun;26(3):209-18. PMID: 17634165

Study Type : Human Study

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Substances : Licorice : CK(254) : AC(79)

Licorice contains the compound glycyrrhizin which has significantly inhibits HIV replication in the peripheral blood mononuclear cells from HIV-seropositive patients.

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Pubmed Data : Pathobiology. 2002-2003;70(4):229-36. PMID: 12679601

Study Type : Human Study

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Substances : Licorice : CK(254) : AC(79)

Diseases : HIV Infections : CK(551) : AC(183)

Additional Keywords : Plant Extracts : CK(3301) : AC(1139)

Licorice may be an effective alternative to the pharmaceutical preparation amlexanox in treating aphthous ulcers.

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Pubmed Data : J Contemp Dent Pract. 2008;9(3):88-98. Epub 2008 Mar 1. PMID: 18335124

Study Type : Human Study

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Substances : Licorice : CK(254) : AC(79)

Diseases : Aphthous Ulcer : CK(131) : AC(13)

Additional Keywords : Natural Substances Versus Drugs : CK(1003) : AC(167), Plant Extracts : CK(3301) : AC(1139)

Licorice reduces pain and lesion size in recurrent aphthous ulcers.

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Pubmed Data : Gen Dent. 2008 Mar-Apr;56(2):206-10; quiz 211-2, 224. PMID: 18348383

Study Type : Human Study

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Substances : Licorice : CK(254) : AC(79)

Diseases : Aphthous Ulcer : CK(131) : AC(13)

Additional Keywords : Plant Extracts : CK(3301) : AC(1139)

Licorice reduces pain, inflammation and necrosis in aphthous ulcers.

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Pubmed Data : Phytother Res. 2009 Feb;23(2):246-50. PMID: 18853400

Study Type : Human Study

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Substances : Licorice : CK(254) : AC(79)

Diseases : Aphthous Ulcer : CK(131) : AC(13)

Licorice reduces serum testosterone in healthy women.

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Pubmed Data : Steroids. 2004 Oct-Nov;69(11-12):763-6. PMID: 15579328

Study Type : Human Study

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Substances : Licorice : CK(254) : AC(79)

Diseases : Hirsutism : CK(60) : AC(6), Polycystic Ovary Syndrome : CK(289) : AC(28), Testosterone: Too High : CK(60) : AC(6)

Licorice reduces the side effects of spironolactone in the treatment of polycystic ovary syndrome.

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Pubmed Data : Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol. 2007 Mar;131(1):61-7. Epub 2006 Nov 17. PMID: 17113210

Study Type : Human Study

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Substances : Licorice : CK(254) : AC(79)

Diseases : Polycystic Ovary Syndrome : CK(289) : AC(28)

Additional Keywords : Drug-Plant-Vitamin Synergies : CK(1011) : AC(275)

Licorice reverses duodenal ulceration.

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Pubmed Data : Antiviral Res. 2006 Dec;72(3):242-51. Epub 2006 Jul 14. PMID: 772652

Study Type : Human Study

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Substances : Licorice : CK(254) : AC(79)

Diseases : Duodenal Ulcer : CK(99) : AC(27), Gastroduodenal Ulcer : CK(100) : AC(9)

Licorice reverses duodenal ulceration.

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Pubmed Data : Practitioner. 1975 Dec;215(1290):787-92. PMID: 772652

Study Type : Human Study

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Substances : Licorice : CK(254) : AC(79)

Diseases : Duodenal Ulcer : CK(99) : AC(27)

Pharmacological Actions : Anti-Ulcer Agents : CK(160) : AC(58)

Licorice root extract inhibits adhesion of Helicobacter pylori to human gastric mucosa.

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Pubmed Data : J Ethnopharmacol. 2009 Sep 7;125(2):218-23. Epub 2009 Jul 14. PMID: 19607905

Study Type : Human Study

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Substances : Licorice : CK(254) : AC(79)

Diseases : Helicobacter Pylori Infection : CK(294) : AC(61)

Pharmacological Actions : Anti-Bacterial Agents : CK(903) : AC(283)

Additional Keywords : Plant Extracts : CK(3301) : AC(1139)

Long term administration of a licorice extract in the treatment of chronic hepatitis C is effective in preventing liver carcinogenesis.

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Pubmed Data : Cancer. 1997 Apr 15;79(8):1494-500. PMID: 9118029

Study Type : Human Study

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Substances : Licorice : CK(254) : AC(79)

Diseases : Hepatitis C : CK(400) : AC(62), Liver Cancer : CK(758) : AC(265)

Pharmacological Actions : Chemopreventive : CK(1277) : AC(345)

Long term administration of a licorice extract in the treatment of chronic hepatitis C is effective in preventing liver cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma.

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Pubmed Data : Oncology. 2002;62 Suppl 1:94-100. PMID: 11868794

Study Type : Human Study

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Substances : Licorice : CK(254) : AC(79)

Diseases : Hepatitis C : CK(400) : AC(62), Liver Cancer : CK(758) : AC(265)

Pharmacological Actions : Chemopreventive : CK(1277) : AC(345)

“A glycyrrhizin-containing preparation reduces hepatic steatosis induced by hepatitis C virus protein and iron in mice.”

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Pubmed Data : Liver Int. 2011 Apr ;31(4):552-60. Epub 2011 Feb 15. PMID: 21382166

Study Type : Animal Study

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Substances : Glycyrrhizin : CK(7) : AC(1)

Diseases : Fatty Liver : CK(486) : AC(116), Hepatitis C : CK(400) : AC(62), Iron Poisoning : CK(20) : AC(9), Oxidative Stress : CK(1858) : AC(703)

Pharmacological Actions : Anti-Inflammatory Agents : CK(1159) : AC(412)

A combination of Bacopa, Amla (E. officinalis), Licorice (G. glabra), Indian mango (M. indica) and Clove (S. aromaticum) protect against experimentally-induced cardiac and renal damage.

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Pubmed Data : Phytother Res. 2005 Mar;19(3):216-21. PMID: 15934019

Study Type : Animal Study

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Substances : Amla Fruit : CK(59) : AC(28), Bacopa : CK(47) : AC(18), Clove : CK(91) : AC(46), Licorice : CK(254) : AC(79), Mango : CK(60) : AC(11)

Diseases : Chemotherapy-Induced Toxicity: Cisplatin : CK(165) : AC(64), Myocardial Infarction : CK(888) : AC(116)

Pharmacological Actions : Antioxidants : CK(3535) : AC(1293)

Additional Keywords : Plant Extracts : CK(3301) : AC(1139)

An herbal formula containing Thymus vulgaris, Glycyrrhiza glabra, Vitis vinifera, Alpinia officinarum and Urtica dioica may dental surgery bleedings.

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Pubmed Data : Blood Coagul Fibrinolysis.2009 Apr;20(3):185-90 PMID: 19657315

Study Type : Animal Study

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Substances : Grape : CK(960) : AC(263), Licorice : CK(254) : AC(79), Nettle : CK(44) : AC(13), Thyme : CK(37) : AC(25)

Diseases : Bleeding: Excessive : CK(2) : AC(1), Surgery: Oral : CK(2) : AC(1)

Glycyrrhizin extract reduces the development of inflammation and tissue injury events associated with spinal cord trauma.

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Pubmed Data : Shock. 2009 Apr;31(4):367-75. PMID: 18665052

Study Type : Animal Study

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Substances : Licorice : CK(254) : AC(79)

Diseases : Spinal Cord Injuries : CK(87) : AC(27)

Pharmacological Actions : Anti-Inflammatory Agents : CK(1159) : AC(412)

Glycyrrhizin, a compound extracted from licorice roots, has powerful anti-tumor activity when combined with interleukin-2 immunotherapy.

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Pubmed Data : In Vivo. 1992 Nov-Dec;6(6):589-96. PMID: 1296807

Study Type : Animal Study

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Substances : Licorice : CK(254) : AC(79)

Diseases : Tumors : CK(179) : AC(107)

Pharmacological Actions : Antiviral Agents : CK(631) : AC(291)

Additional Keywords : Drug-Plant-Vitamin Synergies : CK(1011) : AC(275)

Glycyrrhizin, an active component of licorice roots, protects mice exposed to a lethal amount of influenza virus.

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Pubmed Data : Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 1997 Mar;41(3):551-6. PMID: 9055991

Study Type : Animal Study

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Substances : Licorice : CK(254) : AC(79)

Diseases : Influenza A : CK(304) : AC(77)

Pharmacological Actions : Antiviral Agents : CK(631) : AC(291)

Additional Keywords : Influenza Virus A2 (H2N2) : CK(2) : AC(1)

Isoliquiritigenin (ISL), a flavonoid chalcone that is present in licorice, shallot, and bean sprouts, has antitumorigenic activities in prostate tumor cells.

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Pubmed Data : J Med Food. 2009 Feb;12(1):8-14. PMID: 19298190

Study Type : Animal Study

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Substances : Beans: All : CK(86) : AC(17), Flavonoids : CK(887) : AC(289), Isoliquiritigenin : CK(7) : AC(6), Licorice : CK(254) : AC(79), Shallot : CK(25) : AC(4), Sprouts : CK(76) : AC(36)

Diseases : Prostate Cancer : CK(961) : AC(288)

Pharmacological Actions : Cell cycle arrest : CK(377) : AC(311), Enzyme Inhibitors : CK(385) : AC(210)

Additional Keywords : Plant Extracts : CK(3301) : AC(1139)

Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra), Nutmega (Myristica fragrans), and vitamin C (ascorbic acid) have acetylcholinesterase-inhibiting associated with improved memory and learning. activity.

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Pubmed Data : J Med Food. 2006 Summer;9(2):281-3. PMID: 16822217

Study Type : Animal Study

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Substances : Licorice : CK(254) : AC(79), Nutmeg : CK(26) : AC(17), Vitamin C : CK(1208) : AC(238)

Diseases : Memory Disorders : CK(211) : AC(63)

Pharmacological Actions : Acetylcholinesterase Inhibitor : CK(24) : AC(10)

Licorice ethanolic extract may be effective in preventing and ameliorating diabetes, ameliorating abdominal obesity and preventing hypertension (three facets of metabolic syndrome).

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Pubmed Data : J Nutr. 2003 Nov;133(11):3369-77. PMID: 14608046

Study Type : Animal Study

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Substances : Flavonoids : CK(887) : AC(289), Licorice : CK(254) : AC(79)

Diseases : Abdominal Obesity (Midsection Fat) : CK(330) : AC(55), Diabetes Mellitus: Type 2 : CK(3196) : AC(315), Hypertension : CK(2610) : AC(260), Metabolic Syndrome X : CK(558) : AC(107)

Additional Keywords : Plant Extracts : CK(3301) : AC(1139)

Licorice extract may be effective against SARS-associated virus.

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Pubmed Data : Int Immunopharmacol. 2005 Mar;5(3):571-80. PMID:15683852

Study Type : Animal Study

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Substances : Licorice : CK(254) : AC(79)

Diseases : SARS : CK(13) : AC(11)

Pharmacological Actions : Antiviral Agents : CK(631) : AC(291)

Licorice has anti-inflammatory effects on lipopolysaccharide-induced inflammation in a mouse experimental model.

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Pubmed Data : Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 2006 Jul 7;345(3):1215-23. Epub 2006 May 15. PMID: 16716255

Study Type : Animal Study

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Substances : Licorice : CK(254) : AC(79)

Diseases : Inflammation : CK(1001) : AC(341)

Pharmacological Actions : Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF) Alpha Inhibitor : CK(1005) : AC(351)

Additional Keywords : Lipopolysaccharide : CK(3) : AC(2)

Licorice has hypocholesterolaemic and antioxidant effects.

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Pubmed Data : Mol Nutr Food Res. 2006 Nov;50(11):1080-6. PMID: 17054099

Study Type : Animal Study

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Substances : Flavonoids : CK(887) : AC(289), Licorice : CK(254) : AC(79), Polyphenols : CK(417) : AC(171)

Diseases : Hypercholesterolemia : CK(953) : AC(162)

Pharmacological Actions : Anticholesteremic Agents : CK(689) : AC(141), Antioxidants : CK(3535) : AC(1293)

Licorice is effective in reducing experimentally induced pulmonary inflammation.

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Pubmed Data : Int Immunopharmacol. 2009 Feb;9(2):194-200. Epub 2008 Dec 9. PMID: 19071231

Study Type : Animal Study

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Substances : Licorice : CK(254) : AC(79)

Diseases : Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease : CK(270) : AC(43), Pneumonia : CK(339) : AC(41), Pulmonary Inflammation : CK(259) : AC(1)

Additional Keywords : Lipopolysaccharide-Induced Damage : CK(6) : AC(4)

Licorice reduces body fat and modulate blood sugar.

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Pubmed Data : Biol Pharm Bull. 2004 Nov;27(11):1775-8. PMID: 15516721

Study Type : Animal Study

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Substances : Licorice : CK(254) : AC(79)

Diseases : Abdominal Obesity (Midsection Fat) : CK(330) : AC(55)

Licorice suppresses abdominal fat accumulation and body weight gain in high-fat diet-induced obese mice.

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Pubmed Data : Biosci Biotechnol Biochem. 2007 Jan;71(1):206-14. Epub 2007 Jan 7. PMID: 17213668

Study Type : Animal Study

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Substances : Licorice : CK(254) : AC(79)

Diseases : Abdominal Obesity (Midsection Fat) : CK(330) : AC(55), Obesity : CK(1255) : AC(266)

Liquiritigenin, a flavonoid aglycone from licorice, has a choleretic effect and the ability to induce hepatic phase-II detoxification enzymes.

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Pubmed Data : Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol. 2009 Feb;296(2):G372-81. Epub 2008 Dec 12. PMID: 19074639

Study Type : Animal Study

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Substances : Licorice : CK(254) : AC(79)

Diseases : Hepatitis : CK(64) : AC(25), Lipopolysaccharide-Induced Toxicity : CK(232) : AC(126)

Pharmacological Actions : Cholagogues and Choleretics : CK(51) : AC(10), Phase II Detoxification Enzyme Inducer : CK(64) : AC(32)

The compound found in Licorice known as glycyrrhizin accelerates liver regeneration and recovery from liver damaged in partially hepatectomized rats.

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Pubmed Data : Eur J Pharmacol. 2008 Jan 28;579(1-3):357-64. Epub 2007 Nov 1. PMID: 18022618

Study Type : Animal Study

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Substances : Licorice : CK(254) : AC(79)

Diseases : Liver Disease : CK(114) : AC(32)

Additional Keywords : Liver Regeneration : CK(12) : AC(6), Regenerative Substances : CK(39) : AC(17)

The traditional Japanese herbal formula Saiko-Keishi-To controls pain in trigeminal neuralgia in rats.

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Pubmed Data : Masui. 2001 May;50(5):486-90. PMID: 11424461

Study Type : Animal Study

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Substances : Bupleurum : CK(6) : AC(3), Chinese Skullcap : CK(103) : AC(62), Cinnamon : CK(142) : AC(63), Ginger : CK(299) : AC(91), Japanese Herbal Formula: Sho-saiko-to : CK(2) : AC(1), Jujube : CK(12) : AC(2), Licorice : CK(254) : AC(79), Peony : CK(54) : AC(12), Pinellia : CK(2) : AC(1)

Diseases : Trigeminal Neuralgia : CK(143) : AC(19)

Pharmacological Actions : Analgesics : CK(374) : AC(80)

“Glycyrrhizin exerts antioxidative effects in H5N1 influenza A virus-infected cells and inhibits virus replication and pro-inflammatory gene expression.”

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Pubmed Data : PLoS One. 2011 ;6(5):e19705. Epub 2011 May 17. PMID: 21611183

Study Type : In Vitro Study

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Substances : Glycyrrhizin : CK(7) : AC(1)

Diseases : H5N1 Infection : CK(1) : AC(1), Influenza A : CK(304) : AC(77)

Pharmacological Actions : Antioxidants : CK(3535) : AC(1293), Antiviral Agents : CK(631) : AC(291), Cell cycle arrest : CK(377) : AC(311), NF-kappaB Inhibitor : CK(597) : AC(404)

A botanical extract inhibits cell proliferation, induces apoptosis, and suppresses CCL5 in human endometriotic stromal cells.

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Pubmed Data : Biol Reprod. 2009 Aug;81(2):371-7. Epub 2009 Apr 29. PMID: 19403929

Study Type : In Vitro Study

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Substances : Angelica : CK(73) : AC(28), Boswellia : CK(122) : AC(30), Cinnamon : CK(142) : AC(63), Corydalis Yanhusuo : CK(7) : AC(4), Licorice : CK(254) : AC(79), Peony : CK(54) : AC(12), Red Sage : CK(134) : AC(40)

Diseases : Endometriosis : CK(169) : AC(34)

Pharmacological Actions : Antiproliferative : CK(957) : AC(711), Apoptotic : CK(1421) : AC(1087)

A compound derived from licorice shows promise for the topical treatment of vulvovaginal candidiasis.

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Pubmed Data : Phytother Res. 2008 Dec 9. PMID: 19067381

Study Type : In Vitro Study

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Substances : Licorice : CK(254) : AC(79)

Diseases : Candidiasis: Vulvovaginal : CK(19) : AC(6)

Pharmacological Actions : Antifungal Agents : CK(170) : AC(108)

A flavonoid found within Licorice inhibits cell proliferation in human uterine leiomyoma (fibroid) cells and increases cell arrest.

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Pubmed Data : Reprod Sci. 2008 Jul;15(6):552-8. Epub 2008 May 16. PMID: 18487228

Study Type : In Vitro Study

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Substances : Licorice : CK(254) : AC(79)

Diseases : Fibroid Tumor : CK(31) : AC(11), Fibroids: Uterine : CK(45) : AC(15), Leiomyoma : CK(36) : AC(15)

A licorice extract reduces lipopolysaccharide-induced inflammation and may prevent and/or treat periodontitis-associated tissue destruction.

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Pubmed Data : J Periodontol. 2008 Sep;79(9):1752-61. PMID: 18771378

Study Type : In Vitro Study

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Substances : Licorice : CK(254) : AC(79)

Diseases : Periodontitis : CK(60) : AC(14)

Clove, licorice, mace and cardamom exhibit free radical scavenging, metal chelation and antioxidant activity.

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Pubmed Data : Biofactors. 2007;31(3-4):219-27. PMID: 18997285

Study Type : In Vitro Study

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Substances : Cardamom : CK(16) : AC(5), Clove : CK(91) : AC(46), Licorice : CK(254) : AC(79), Maca : CK(80) : AC(21)

Diseases : Heavy Metal Toxicity : CK(584) : AC(168), Oxidative Stress : CK(1858) : AC(703)

Pharmacological Actions : Antioxidants : CK(3535) : AC(1293)

Additional Keywords : Plant Extracts : CK(3301) : AC(1139)

Diammonium glycyrrhizin inhibits pseudorabies herpesvirus infection.

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Pubmed Data : Antiviral Res. 2010 Feb ;85(2):346-53. Epub 2009 Oct 30. PMID: 19879899

Study Type : In Vitro Study

Additional Links

Substances : Glycyrrhizin : CK(7) : AC(1)

Diseases : Pseudorabies Herpesvirus : CK(1) : AC(1)

Pharmacological Actions : Antiviral Agents : CK(631) : AC(291), Apoptotic : CK(1421) : AC(1087)

Additional Keywords : Plant Extracts : CK(3301) : AC(1139)

Glycyrrhizin exhibits antiviral effects agent against Hepatitis C Virus.

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Pubmed Data : J Transl Med. 2011 ;9:112. Epub 2011 Jul 18. PMID: 21762538

Study Type : In Vitro Study

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Substances : Glycyrrhizin : CK(7) : AC(1)

Diseases : Hepatitis C : CK(400) : AC(62)

Pharmacological Actions : Antiviral Agents : CK(631) : AC(291)

Additional Keywords : Drug Synergy : CK(321) : AC(140)

Glycyrrhizin inhibits highly pathogenic H5N1 influenza A virus-associated adverse cellular changes.

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Pubmed Data : Med Microbiol Immunol. 2010 Nov ;199(4):291-7. Epub 2010 Apr 13. PMID: 20386921

Study Type : In Vitro Study

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Substances : Glycyrrhizin : CK(7) : AC(1)

Diseases : H5N1 Infection : CK(1) : AC(1), Influenza A : CK(304) : AC(77)

Pharmacological Actions : Apoptotic : CK(1421) : AC(1087), Interleukin-6 Downregulation : CK(497) : AC(133)


Article Contributed by Sayer Ji, Founder of GreenMedInfo.com.

Sayer Ji is an author, researcher, lecturer, and advisory board member of the National Health Federation. He founded Greenmedinfo.com 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.

Congressional DARK Act Legislation

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On March 25, House Rep. Mike Pompeo (R. KS) introduced HR 1599: Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015.

It seeks “(t)o amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to food produced from, containing, or consisting of a bioengineered organisms, the labeling of natural foods, and for other purposes.”

Critics call the measure the Denying Americans the Right to Know (DARK) Act. It blocks state and local efforts to require GMO labeling.

Current Vermont, Connecticut and Maine laws requiring labels on GMO foods and ingredients would be null and void.

The FDA would be prevented from establishing a national mandatory standard. Current agency policy lets companies voluntarily label GMO foods. No major company does so.

DARK Act legislation lets the industry-controlled FDA approve foods for sale under a system requiring companies merely to notify the agency about products “substantially equivalent” to non-GMOs.

Labeling genetically modified foods and ingredients “natural” is willful deception. DARK legislation lets federal regulators define the term to include harmful to health GMOs.

It would block states from prohibiting “natural” labeling for GMO foods.

The DARK Act’s latest version includes a section instructing the USDA to set legal rules for non-GMO labels – a provision able to establish weaker standards than already.

DARK Act legislation is a Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) initiative. It aims to keep consumers more uninformed about what they eat than already – including about the hazards of harmful to health GMO foods and ingredients.

GMA and its member companies lobby Congress intensively to block GMO labeling – plus efforts against labeling ballot initiatives in California, Washington, Oregon and Colorado.

Enacting HR 1599 would let food producers continue to use dangerous GMOs while denying consumers the right to know what they’re eating.

In February, Rep. Peter DeFazio (D. OR) introduced HR 913: Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act – “to require that genetically engineered food and foods that contain genetically engineered ingredients be labeled accordingly.”

Barbara Boxer (D. CA) introduced a comparable Senate version. They require labeling GMO foods and ingredients.

Given industry opposition, odds for passage are virtually nil. Mass consumer outrage is needed.

Over 90% of Americans support GMO labeling. Congress won’t mandate it without sustained popular pressure.

The  Institute for Responsible Technology lists 10 reasons to avoid GMOs.

1. Independent studies show they harm human health. They cause organ damage, gastrointestinal and immune system disorders, accelerated aging, infertility, and other longterm problems.

2. GMO soil contamination is permanent – threatening the health of future generations.

3. GMOs require increased herbicide use, increasing health hazards.

4. Gene mixing from unrelated species risk dangerous unpredictable side effects – “new toxins, allergens, carcinogens and nutritional deficiencies.”

5. Government oversight protecting consumers is virtually nonexistent. Industry executives control federal agencies. Rules they mandate serve bottom line interests, not consumer health and welfare.

6. Monsanto and other biotech giants promoted agent orange, PCBs and DDT safety. Now they’re using the same phony research claiming GMOs are safe to eat.

7. Independent research revealing GMO health hazards is suppressed. Scientists discovering serious problems are “attacked, gagged, fired, threatened and denied funding.”

8. GMOs cause irreparable environmental damage. They “harm birds, insects, amphibians, marine ecosystems and soil organisms. They reduce bio-diversity, pollute water resources and are unsustainable.”

9. GMOs don’t increase crop yields as fraudulently touted. In some cases, yields decline.

10. Avoiding GMOs is the only way to help eliminate them altogether. What industry can’t sell, it won’t produce.

You are what you eat. The phrase has been around a lot time. It hits home hard today given the harm to human health caused by GMOs and other toxins contaminating the typical Western diet.


Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at [email protected]. His new book is titled “How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War”. www.claritypress.com/Lendman.html Visit his blog site at www.sjlendman.blogspot.com.

Parkinson’s Disease: Could Pesticides Be A Cause?

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Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a movement disorder that generally impairs speech and motor skills and is characterized by tremors and muscular rigidity. There is still a lot to learn about the symptoms and effects of Parkinson’s disease, but recently, a new study concluded with interesting results.

How Is Parkinson’s Disease Contracted?

There are many forms of Parkinson’s disease that appear to be idiopathic, meaning doctors aren’t sure of the causes. Some cases are linked to drug toxicity, medical disorders, or head trauma. The latest observation that medical scientists are exploring is a possible link between pesticides and Parkinson’s Disease.

According to new research [1] into the causes of Parkinson’s Disease, two specific insecticide classes were cited as significantly associated: organochlorines and organophosphorus compounds. While the research isn’t exhaustive or definitive, the results compiled thus far are enough to warrant closer examination by the medical community.

Did Anyone Know that These Chemicals Posed a Health Risk?

The answer is yes. It’s not news that pesticides are harmful. The Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC) was set up by the World Health Organization to create international safety guidelines for food. They researched the threat, dismissed the evidence of dangers presented to them, and approved seven dangerous toxic chemical compounds, including organochlorines in pesticides.

The Price We Pay for Scientific Advancement?

I have provided a wealth of health-related information explaining even more about the dangers of pesticides and other chemicals that we’re exposed to regularly, with the sanction of the government.

With this new link to Parkinson’s disease, perhaps more attention will be paid to the poisons known as pesticides, insecticides and herbicides. Scientists will have to seriously rethink their ideas about excessive use of chemicals in lieu of non-toxic crop rotation practices, and other such safe practices.

References:

  1. Dana B Hancock, Eden R Martin, Gregory M Mayhew, Jeffrey M Stajich, Rita Jewett, Mark A Stacy, Burton L Scott, Jeffery M Vance and William K Scott. Researching causes of Parkinson’s disease. BMC Neurology 2008 March 6, 8:6.

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.

Is CPS Kidnapping Children For Pharma Drug Trial Experiments?

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By John P. Thomas | Medical Kidnap

The U.S. federal government has mandated drug research with children. The need for children to participate in drug company research is high, and the temptation to overstep parental rights to force children to participate is great. Researchers publicly admit using money and other rewards to obtain participation of children in their drug trials.

Organizations that advocate for the rights of parents to make decisions regarding their children’s healthcare are finding that foster children in CPS custody are being enrolled in drug experiments without parental approval. State Child Protective Services are enrolling children in drug experiments without parental approval or court orders. However, those who conduct these drug experiments for pharmaceutical companies, and those who are charged with monitoring such research, do not see a problem with their recruitment methods.

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[Picture above] Kayla and Hannah Diegel suffer from a rare form of mitochondrial disease, and were removed from the custody of their parents in 2014 for allegedly disagreeing with their doctors. Are they a subject of a drug trial? Original Story.In a 2011 article in the Journal Pediatrics, researchers discussed the problem of recruiting children for participation in clinical trials for drug testing. Researchers from Ohio State University (Columbus) and Case Western Reserve University, confirm that the US federal government is mandating that children be included in clinical research studies.Dr. Tishler, PhD, and Dr. Staats Reiss, PhD stated:

Since 1994, federal guidelines have called for the inclusion of children in clinical studies. Related federal incentives and laws such as the “pediatric rule” (the Pediatric Research Equity Act) and the pediatric exclusivity provision have also been passed to increase the number of pediatric clinical trials launched by pharmaceutical companies. Despite these mandates, the allocations to pediatric clinical trials in federal and private research and development budgets have remained limited. In addition, pediatric researchers continue to experience difficulty locating children and families who are willing to enroll in clinical trials.

Recruitment for pediatric studies is hampered by several factors including ethical concerns with using children as subjects, regulatory oversight that is significantly more restrictive for child trials than for adult trials, a lack of research infrastructure, the need to obtain consent from parents, and the challenge of determining appropriate payments for participation that are not coercive. [1]

These researchers were struggling with ethical considerations concerning the use of money to entice parents to enroll their children in research studies. These researchers didn’t think that parents should see the enrollment of their children in drug experiments as a money-making proposition. On the other hand, they realized that money and gifts were very useful for bringing more children into pharmaceutical drug research.

They also noted that the number of pediatric research participants has been increasing. In 2006, they found that there were approximately 45,000 children participating in experiments. There has also been an increase in the number of Phase I studies with normal healthy children. In their review, only 9,817 of the 39,628 studies listed on ClinicalTrials.gov included children.

The researchers indicated that one of the most pressing challenges in doing pediatric clinical research is the limited number of participants. Researchers often must network across sites or countries to gain adequate numbers of participants. They often must expend significant energy and resources locating potential subjects.

Dr. Tishler, and Dr. Staats Reiss discussed how money is often given in exchange for voluntary participation. They stated:

One review of the Centerwatch.com clinical trials listing service published in 2002 revealed that nearly 25% of pediatric trials offered payments to participants that ranged from $25 for an investigation of influenza medications to $1500 for a psoriasis-medication study. In another study, [researchers] sent surveys to the IRB chairs [institutional review boards] at member institutions of the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and the Office for Protection From Research Risks.

Sixty-six percent of these institutions used paid participants, and there was wide variation in payment practices across the sites (ranging from $1 to $1000 in cash and $500 in savings bonds). Many of the institutions in the Weise et al study (42%) used a combination of incentives and/or payments for both the children and parents. [2]

CPS Violates Parental Consent and Freedom of Speech.

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Isaiah Rider suffers from a rare condition called neurofibromatosis. When his mother took him to a hospital in Chicago that specializes in his condition, they ended up taking custody of him over the objections of his mother. Is Isaiah part of a drug trial? More on Isaiah Rider.There are two factors that normally limit child participation in medical and drug company research. The first is the requirement for parental consent. Children normally cannot participate unless a parent gives written consent. The second is the normal right that people have to publically speak out in situations where parents and their children are being coerced and compelled to participate in drug company experiments.We would expect that these two constraining factors would keep children safe from becoming unwilling participants in drug research. However, there are situations in which state agencies are able to avoid both of these constraints and force children to become human guinea pigs.

The network of state operated child protective service agencies (CPS) routinely circumvent the rights of parents and children, and give permission for physicians/researchers to force children to participate in drug company experiments.

Children who are in the foster care system and who are under the control of Child Protective Services are easily targeted for involuntary inclusion in drug experimentation. Ideally, even if children are under CPS control, their natural parents should retain the right to give consent for medical treatment for their children whether it is routine or experimental.

In practice, however, once CPS steps into a family’s private life and takes children out of the home and places them in foster care, then parental oversight regarding the healthcare of their children is routinely violated. Because these cases are involved in State Juvenile or Family Courts (as opposed to Civil Courts), records are sealed and kept secret, supposedly to protect the children.

CPS Collects Federal Funds for Trafficking ChildrenRead the rest of this special report at Medical Kidnap here: http://medicalkidnap.com/2015/05/16/medical-kidnapping-in-the-u-s-kidnapping-children-for-drug-trials/#sthash.5ZhEZCPa.22us4meT.dpuf

Ozonated Olive Oil Promotes Oral Health

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The use of oxygen in complementary therapies has been gaining momentum in recent years, particularly in the area of dentistry. While ozonated olive oil has many practical and effective uses, such as supporting skin health, research has shown it to be especially helpful for periodontal disease. Gingivitis, typically caused by diets laden with sugar and refined carbohydrates, is a growing issue today. One recent study is revealing just how powerful ozonated therapy can be in the area of teeth and gum health. If you’re currently suffering from any type of dental issue, you may want to continue reading.

Olive Oil: A Potential Complementary Periodontitis Approach

Ozone therapy isn’t an entirely new concept in dentistry. Previous research and medical reviews have discussed the importance of ozone in replacing antiseptic agents used against gingival infections. [1] A study published in Tanta Dental Journal evaluated 30 subjects with periodontal disease, each receiving standard periodontitis treatments. [2] Half of the group was subjected to both standard treatments and ozonated therapy. These patients received ozonated olive oil gel applied to the main site of gum damage.

The group that received the complementary therapy in addition to conventional treatment saw longer lasting improvements in symptoms. As a matter of fact, the ozonated therapy combined with root scaling resulted in sustained improvements for up to six months, while the benefits from the standard treatment alone only lasted about a month. Although the size of the study participants is relatively small, it is one study among dozens that indicate the effectiveness of ozone therapy in complementing standard medical applications.

Using Ozonated Olive Oil

One of the main uses for ozonated olive oil is in the area of skin health. Ozonated olive oil contains antibacterial compounds that may support the skin’s defense against bacteria and other compounds that cause acne. Olive oil itself is also an excellent moisturizer, providing a nourishing smoothness to the skin. Many people also brush their teeth with ozonated olive oil in addition to fluoride-free toothpaste to get a deep clean.

What are your favorite ways to use ozonated olive oil? Let us know in the comments!

References:

  1. Huth KC, Jakob FM, Saugel B, et al. Effect of ozone on oral cells compared with established antimicrobials. Eur J Oral Sci. 2006 Oct;114(5):435.
  2. M.Y.M. Shoukheba, Sh.A. Ali. The effects of subgingival application of ozonated olive oil get in patient with localized aggressive periodontitis. A clinical and bacteriological study. Tanta Dental Journal. Volume 11, Issue 1, April 2014, Pages 63-73.

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.

7 Ways To Prevent And Even Reverse Heart Disease With Nutrition

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Considering that heart disease is the #1 cause of death in the developed world, anything that can prevent cardiac mortality, or slow or even reverse the cardiovascular disease process, should be of great interest to the general public.

Sadly, millions of folks are unaware of the extensive body of biomedical literature that exists supporting the use of natural compounds for preventing and even reversing heart disease.

Instead, they spend billions buying highly toxic cholesterol-lowering pharmaceuticals with known cardiotoxicity, among 300 other proven side effects, simply because their doctor told them to do so.

So, with this in mind, let’s look at the biomedical literature itself.

Three Natural Substances that Reduce the Risk of Heart-Related Death

Omega-3 Fatty Acids: There is a robust body of research indicating that the risk of sudden cardiac death is reduced when consuming higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids. Going all the way back to 2002, the New England Journal of Medicine published a study titled, “Blood levels of long-chain n-3 fatty acids and the risk of sudden death,” which found “The n-3 fatty acids found in fish are strongly associated with a reduced risk of sudden death among men without evidence of prior cardiovascular disease.” Another 2002 study, published in the journal Circulation, found that Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation reduces total mortality and sudden death in patients who have already had a heart attack.[i] For additional research, view our dataset on the topic of Omega-3 fatty acids and the reduction of cardiac mortality.

It should be noted that the best-selling cholesterol drug class known as statins may actually reduce the effectiveness of omega-3 fats at protecting the heart. This has been offered as an explanation as to why newer research seems to show that consuming omega-3 fats does not lower the risk of cardiac mortality.

Vitamin D: Levels of this essential compound have been found to be directly associated with the risk of dying from all causes. Being in the lowest 25% percent of vitamin D levels is associated with a 26% increased rate of all-cause mortality.[ii] It has been proposed that doubling global vitamin D levels could significantly reduce mortality.[iii] Research published in the journal Clinical Endocrinology in 2009 confirmed that lower vitamin D levels are associated with increased all-cause mortality but also that the effect is even more pronounced with cardiovascular mortality.[iv] This finding was confirmed the same year in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society, [v] and again in 2010 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.[vi]

Magnesium: In a world gone mad over taking inorganic calcium supplementation for invented diseases such as T-score defined “osteopenia” or “osteoporosis,” despite their well-known association with increased risk of cardiac mortality, magnesium’s role in protecting against heart disease cannot be overstressed. It is well-known that even the accelerated aging of the heart muscle experienced by those in long space flight is due to magnesium deficiency. In 2010, the Journal of Biomedical Sciences reported that cardiovascular risks are significantly lower in individuals who excrete higher levels of magneiusm, indicating its protective role.[vii] Another study published in the journal Atherosclerosis in 2011 found that low serum magnesium concentrations predict cardiovascular and all-cause mortality.[viii] Remember that when you are looking to ‘supplement’ your diet with magnesium go green. Chlorophyll is green because it has a magnesium atom at its center. Kale, for example, is far better a source of complex nutrition than magnesium supplements. But, failing the culinary approach, magnesium supplements can be highly effective at attaining a therapeutic and/or cardioprotective dose.

For an additional list of compounds that may reduce cardiac mortality, including cocoa, tea, wine and yes, even cholesterol itself, view our Reduce Cardiac Mortality page.

Four Natural Compounds Which May Unclog the Arteries

Pomegranate: this remarkable fruit has been found in a human clinical study to reverse the carotid artery thickness (i.e. blockage) by up to 29% within 1 year. [ix] There are a broad range of mechanisms that have been identified which may be responsible for this effect, including: 1) lowering blood pressure 2) fighting infection (plaque in arteries often contains bacteria and viruses) 3) preventing cholesterol oxidation 4) reducing inflammation.[x]

Arginine: Preclinical and clinical research indicates that this amino acid not only prevents the progression of atherosclerosis but also reverses pathologies associated with the process. (see also: Clogged Arteries and Arginine). One of the mechanisms in which it accomplishes this feat is by increasing the production of nitric oxide which is normally depressed in blood vessels where the inner lining has been damaged (endothelium) resulting in dysfunction.

Garlic: Not only has garlic been found to reduce a multitude of risk factors associated with arteriosclerosis, the thickening and hardening of the arteries, but it also significantly reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke.[xi] In vitro research has confirmed that garlic inhibits arteriosclerotic plaque formation.[xii] Aged garlic extract has also been studied to inhibit the progression of coronary artery calcification in patients receiving statin therapy.[xiii]

And let us not forget, garlic’s benefits are extremely broad. We have identified over 150 diseases that this remarkable culinary and medicinal herb has been confirmed to be of potential value in treating and preventing and which can be viewed here: Garlic Health Benefits.

B-Complex: One of the few vitamin categories that has been confirmed in human studies to not only reduce the progression of plaque buildup in the arteries but actually reverse it is B-complex. A 2009 study published in the journal Stroke found that high dose B-complex vitamin supplementation significantly reduces the progression of early-stage subclinical atherosclerosis in healthy individuals.[xiv] More remarkably, a 2005 study published in the journal Atherosclerosis found a B-vitamin formula decreased the carotid artery thickness in patients at risk for cerebral ischemia.[xv] Another possible explanation for these positive effects is the role B-vitamins have in reducing the production of homocysteine, an artery and otherwise blood vessel scarring amino acid.[xvi]

For additional research on artery unclogging substances visit our page dedicated to the topic Unclogging Arteries.

Additional Heart Unfriendly Things To Avoid

No discussion of preventing cardiac mortality would be complete without discussing things that need to be removed in order to reduce risk, such as:

NSAIDs: Drugs like aspirin, ibuprofen, and Tylenol, have well-known association with increased cardiac mortality. Review six studies on the topic here: NSAID Cardiotoxicity.

Statin Drugs: It is the height of irony that the very category of drugs promoted to millions globally as the standard of care for primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease and cardiac mortality are actually cardiotoxic agents, linked to no less than 300 adverse health effects. Statin drugs have devastating health effects. Explore the research here: Statin Drug Health Effects.

Wheat: while this connection is rarely discussed, even by those who promote grain-free and wheat free diets, wheat has profound cardiotoxic potential, along with over 200 documented adverse health effects: Wheat Toxicity. And why wouldn’t it, when the very countries that eat the most of it have the highest rate of cardiovascular disease and heart-related deaths? For an in-depth explanation read our article: Wheat’s Cardiotoxicity: As Serious As A Heart Attack.

Finally, for additional research on the topic of heart health promoting strategies visit our Health Guide: Heart Health.

References


Article Contributed by Sayer Ji, Founder of GreenMedInfo.com

Sayer Ji is an author, researcher, lecturer, and advisory board member of the National Health Federation. He founded Greenmedinfo.com 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.

Where To Find Natural Building Materials

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Whether you’re looking into building your dream home or simply want to renovate a specific area of your home or office, using green building materials is the best way to create an environment that isn’t detrimental to your health. Organic, natural, and eco-friendly building materials from reputable, trusted suppliers is a must for protecting your health from the endocrine disruptors found in conventional building supplies.

Where to Find Organic Building Materials

Many building materials today contain things like formaldehyde, VOCs, and fire retardants, all of which can disrupt hormone function. While building materials don’t have the same organic certification process as food, it is possible to find paint, adhesives, and other materials made with organic or natural ingredients. Here’s a list of the most common building materials you will need, along with suppliers you can trust.

Organic/Natural Sheetrock

Also referred to as drywall, sheetrock is necessary for making the interior of walls. Finding natural and eco-friendly alternatives is a bit easier in this day and age, and luckily many builders are popping up all over the place offering these options. Here’s a quick list of the best suppliers for natural sheetrock:

EcoRock, made from 85% industrial byproducts, 100% recyclable.
Durra Panel is an eco-friendly sheetrock made from wheat or rice straw fibres, contains no formaldehyde.
JetBoard, made in Texas, recently released in the US.

Organic/Natural Glue

Glue and adhesives are necessary every step of the way when you’re building, yet some can give off toxic fumes. Here’s a list of the top-selling natural adhesives you can use in your projects:

ChemLink is a leading solvent-free and VOC-compliant sealant that can safely be used for constructing a healthy indoor environment.
EcoBond is another popular adhesive earning points from environmentalists and health advisors.
Capco Adhesives are also eco friendly and low in toxic compounds.

Organic/Natural Paints

Whether you’re painting the outside of your house, your living room, or wooden furniture, you should always use lead-free, VOC-free, natural paints as much as possible. Here’s some suppliers you can look into:

Ecos Paints sell no odor, VOC-free paint for interior use.
Auro Natural Eco Paints uses zero petrochemicals, VCOs, and only organic linseed oil in their products.
Green Pant Paints is another interior paint company, selling paints that use plant-based ingredients.

Organic/Natural Grout

Not only is grout used during construction, it’s commonly used in the maintenance of buildings. Here’s some natural grout solutions:

Eco Bath Tup and Tile
Eco Grout
Eco Systems Grout

Organic/Natural Sheetrock Mud

Sheetrock mud is also referred to as ‘drywall joint compound’ and is used to seal joints between sheets of drywall. Here’s some hypo-allergenic choices you can use:

Keim, works best with JetBoard or Dragonboard as a joint compound.
Murco Wall, do not use as a joint compound.

Organic/Natural Thinners

Paint thinners are commonly tainted with chemicals, most notably VOCs. Here’s a list of reliable, healthier alternatives:

Solvent-Free Paint thinner is made from 100% purified linseed oil.
Real Milk Company uses organic citrus solvents as a natural paint thinner.
Eco-Solve is a paint thinner made with soy and is non toxic.

Organic/Natural Caulking

While caulking doesn’t typically present a dire health concern, the PCBs found in conventional caulking materials can be hazardous over time. Here’s a couple of sources of caulking without the endocrine disruptor:

SafeCoat Multi-Purpose Caulk is non toxic and good for the environment.
Eco-Bond has a 10 year mold-free guarantee and is low in VOCs.

Natural/VOC-free Concrete Sealants

Most concrete sealants contain VOCs, which interfere with the immune system. Here are the top VOC-free concrete sealants:

Seal Green provides concrete sealants made with green ingredients.
DurasealZero™¨is made by Enviroseal, and uses natural ingredients that are EPA approved. No VOCs.
Conkrete-Seal by AgraLife is a natural, VOC-free concrete sealant.

Organic / Natural Ceiling Tiles

Formaldehyde a toxic poison that is commonly added to conventional ceiling tiles. Here’s a couple of suppliers for ceiling materials that do not use chemicals:

Armstrong is one of the leaders in providing sustainable ceiling tiles for office buildings.
Sustainable Ceiling Resource Center provides information and products related to healthy ceiling products.

Got a favorite that I missed? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts.


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 Infused Detox Waters For Healthy Living

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We all have our quirky ailments. Some of us have digestion issues, while others are arthritic inflammation and some have a suppressed immunity. Whatever the case may be, there is a simple way to reduce symptoms that go along with these personal ailments. By gently flushing the system on a daily basis with infusions of fruit, herbs and water, you can start taking steps to get your health to the standards you want to be at.

Infused detox waters act by gently flushing out toxins and provide you added antioxidants and other health boosting nourishment. As well, many of the detox waters improves immunity and digestive function, cleanses and revitalizes the urinary tract, improves your complexion and curbs the appetite and creates a general overall health and wellbeing.

I began making infused detox water so I could get my family away from unhealthy sugar-filled juices and sodas, now it is all they reach for in the refrigerator. Drinking infused waters are great because they add subtle flavor and touch of sweetness. I prefer using filtered water as they do not contain fluoride and other harmful chemicals and organic fruits and herbs from the garden. Steering clear of fruits that have herbicides and pesticides will undermine your detox efforts. Try some of these out during get together, spa days with the girls or as a refreshing treat for yourself.

Best Foods to Add to Your Water to Aid in Detoxing

Adding a few or all of these to your water will give your detox water more of a punch, so to speak. In fact, making a water from all of these ingredients will create a very effective detox water that will help to suppress the appetite for better weight management, and aid in digestion. Not to mention all of these foods are great for naturally detoxing the body.

  • Lemon – Adding a wedge or two of lemon to your water is great for alkalizing the body and maintaining a balanced pH level. As well, lemon juice helps to break up fat in the digestive tract and gives you an added vitamin C boost.
  • Mint – This aromatic herb is wonderful for helping with digestive issues, as well as adding a nice crisp flavor to your waters.
  • Cucumber – Adding a few slices of cucumber to your water is excellent for re-hydrating the body, flushes out toxins and also contains anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Ginger – The spicy root helps to cleanse and detox your entire system, aids in digestion, settles the stomach and gives your water an exotic flavor.
  • Berries – Antioxidants are one of the first lines of defense for the body to remove free radicals and prevent them from causing a domino effect of damage on other cells. All berries possess these antioxidants and help to keep you healthier.

10 Delicious Detox Waters

Each one of the ingredients listed here will provide slightly different benefits, so be sure to choose it according to the particular goal you have.

1. Lemon Cucumber Ginger Mint Water for Appetite Suppression

This recipe is favorite amongst those who are looking to suppress their hunger, naturally cleanse the body, as well as help to get you hydrated. All the ingredients combined create a very effective detox tonic that will help you flush out toxins and the refreshing taste will keep you wanting more.

  • 1 tablespoon of grated ginger
  • 1 cucumber, sliced
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1/2 cup of mint leaves
  • 1 quart of filtered water
  1. Add all ingredients to a pitcher and fill with water.
  2. Let the mixture infuse overnight and enjoy.

 2. Strawberry Pineapple Basil Water to Relieve Stress

Stress can really put a damper on things. Why not drink it away. Pineapple has bromelain that cleanses the bloodstream and breaks down harmful enzymes so that they can be flushed from your body. As well, pineapple has anti-inflammatory properties that helps relieve joint pain and arthritis. Basil fights free radicals and is an excellent source of magnesium so it’s really good for your heart. Apple cider vinegar is rich in acetic acid, which regulates blood sugar levels by slowing the digestion of starch. As well, it also contains in ash, which equalizes the body’s pH levels.

  • 1/2 cup fresh pineapple chunks
  • 5 strawberries
  • 10 fresh basil leaves
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 quart filtered water
  1. Mix ingredients in a pitcher and add vinegar and water.
  2. Stir well and set in refrigerator.

3. Blueberry Cherry Lime Water for Antioxidant Boost

This flavorful infused water will be the hit at the party and is a great way to quench your thirst. Blueberries and cherries alike are bursting with antioxidants. As well, lime adds a zesty refreshing taste and aids in digestion and removing free radicals in the system.

  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup cherries
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
  • 1 quart of water
  1. Muddle blueberries and cherries and remove cherry stones.
  2. Add ingredients into a pitcher and add filtered water.
  3. Refrigerate overnight and enjoy!

4. Lavender Cucumber Mint Water for Stomach Health

This refreshing water recipe will aide in any tummy issues you may have – including bloating and help flush your system at the same time. As well, the calming nature of lavender will help you reduce stress. The cucumber will flush out toxins and help to rehydrate, as well as add anti-inflammatory properties to the water. The mint is a flavorful addition that will also aid in stomach upsets.

  • 1 tablespoon lavender dried or fresh, culinary grade
  • 1 cucumber, sliced
  • 1/2 tablespoon of mint dried or fresh
  • 1 quart filtered water
  1. Add lavender, lemon wedges and mint to a tea bag and set in pitcher.
  2. Fill pitcher with filtered water and allow it to sit overnight.

5. Cilantro Lemon Water for Removing Heavy Metals

Because cilantro is so rich in manganese, an antioxidant that helps reduce the effect of oxidative stress at a cellular level, it can rid the body of heavy metal poisoning from elements like mercury and lead. Scientists have even theorized that the outer cell wall of cilantro is ideal for capturing metals. You can use cilantro to purify water by filling a tube with dried, ground cilantro. When the water runs through the tube, the cilantro absorbs the metals. An easier home solution for a cilantro water cleanse is to fill tea bags with dried cilantro. Place the tea bags in water for a few minutes and voila! Filtered water! Out of cilantro? Its rumored dandelion and parsley have the same effect! Read more here.

  • 1 handful of fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 lemon, squeezed
  • 3 tablespoons honey, optional
  • 1 quart filtered water
  1. Muddle the cilantro leaves add them to a pitcher.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and pour filtered water over them.
  3. Refrigerate overnight and enjoy!

6.  Berry Rosemary Water for Inflammation

This detox drink is great for reducing inflammation naturally. All berries pack powerful antioxidant compounds like proanthocyanidins and ellagic acid, which fight inflammation and cell damage. Rosemary is equally helpful with inflammation. A  recent study of plant-based anti-inflammatories showed that rosemary significantly inhibits the inflammatory response. It’s also a powerful antioxidant and contains high levels of calcium, iron, and vitamin B6; so drink up!

  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • dash of coarse sea salt
  • 1 quart filtered water

1. Muddle the berries and rosemary in a bowl.

2. Add the muddled ingredients to a large pitcher. Pour water over the ingredients and stir.

3. Refrigerate overnight and enjoy!

7. Watermelon, Lemon and Mint Water for Hydration

Adding watermelon to your water is a great way to flush out toxins from the body because it contains the organic compound citrulline. Citrulline is an amino acid that has been shown to help the liver and kidneys filter and get rid of ammonia. Alternatively, you can use cucumber and gain the same effect. Mint leaves are a refreshing flavor to add to your drink and can help you digest more effectively, improving the flow of bile from the liver, to the gallbladder, to the small intestine, where it breaks down dietary fats. This is one of my kids’ favorites!

  • Part of 1 watermelon or 1 cucumber
  • 10-15 leaves of fresh mint leaves
  • Ice cubes
  • Lemon or lime wedges (optional)
  • 1-2 quarts filtered water
  1. Slice up watermelon into cubes, and add to a pitcher.
  2. If you prefer, add lemon or lime wedges and toss in with the watermelon. Add a handful of mint leaves and pour in 2 liters of cool water, filling the jug all the way to the top.
  3. Allow pitcher to sit overnight in the fridge in order for flavors to release into water.

8. Grapefruit Mandarin Cucumber Ginger Mint Water for Cleansing System and Immunity Boost

Grapefruits are wonderful for aiding with healthy blood circulation, and ginger is a notorious for being an immune system booster and provide detoxifying properties. The cucumbers help to rehydrate and provide additional anti-inflammatory relief. As well, the mint provides relief against any tummy upsets and add a splash of flavor. This is also a great infused water to drink when you are nursing a hangover.

  • 6 wedges pink grapefruit
  • 1 tangerine, mandarin, or small orange, sliced
  • ½ cucumber, sliced
  • 6 slices of fresh ginger
  • 2 peppermint or mint leaves
  • 2 quarts of filtered water
  1. Combine all ingredients in pitcher. Add water.
  2. Allow the ingredients to sit in refrigerator overnight. .

9. Cranberry Apple Raspberry and Rosemary Water for Liver Detox and Overall Health

Your liver is the body’s purifier, and keeping it healthy is essential in removing toxins from the body. When the liver is clogged with toxins or excess fats can’t perform its duties and your health suffers, as a result. All of the fruit in this infused water will give your liver what it needs to flush out toxins and provide you with better health. As well, the rosemary has as powerful effect on cleaning the liver and has even been shown by studies to protect the liver, especially with those who are suffering from cirrhosis.

  • 2 cup fresh cranberries, crushed
  • 1 apple, cored and sliced
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 3 rosemary sprigs
  • 1 quart filtered water
  1. In a bowl, muddle cranberries and raspberries.
  2. Add apples and rosemary sprigs in a pitcher and add muddled fruit.
  3. Add water and refrigerate overnight.

10. Pomegranate Lemon Berry Water for Age Defiance

Pomegranate seeds have one of the densest antioxidant concentrations of any fruit. As well, blackberries and blueberries are highly nutritious and rich in antioxidants. Drinking this infused water will help the skin stay supple and help to remove heavy toxins from the body. Adding a few slices of lemon to this refreshing beverage will help detoxify the kidneys, and promote clear skin.

  • 2 cups pomegranate
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup fresh blackberries
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1 quart of filtered water
  1. Muddle pomegranate seeds and berries in a small to break up juices.
  2. Add crushed berries to a pitcher and add lemon. Fill with water
  3. Refrigerate overnight and enjoy!

Try some of these infused waters out and you will feel better and enjoy drinking water all the more.


Tess Pennington is the editor for ReadyNutrition.com. After joining the Dallas chapter of the American Red Cross in 1999, Tess worked as an Armed Forces Emergency Services Center specialist and is well versed in emergency and disaster management and response. Tess is the author of The Prepper’s Cookbook: 300 Recipes to Turn Your Emergency Food into Nutritious, Delicious, Life-Saving Meals. When a catastrophic collapse cripples society, grocery store shelves will empty within days. But by following Tess’s tips for stocking, organizing, and maintaining a proper emergency food supply, your family will have plenty to eat for weeks, months, or even years.