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Treating Psoriasis With Essential Oils


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 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.

Licorice Shown To Kill SARS And Other Lethal Viruses

liquorice candy

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

View the Evidence: Substances

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

Additional Links

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

Additional Links

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)

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

Ozonated Olive Oil Promotes Oral Health

olive oil

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!


  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

heart disease

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.


Article Contributed by Sayer Ji, Founder of

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

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 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.

Turmeric Compounds Alleviate Chemical Weapons Injury


Alleviate Chemical Weapons Injury

Following closely in the wake of recent revelations that the U.S. government endangered their troops by hiding the discovery of chemical weapons in Iraq, new research shows that turmeric extract may provide an ideal natural intervention to relieve the pain and suffering of sulfur mustard-injured patients.

Recently, the New York Times revealed in an article titled, ‘The Secret Casualties of Iraq’s Abandoned Chemical Weapons,’ that the U.S. government intentionally covered up U.S. troop exposure to chemical weapons in Iraq. You can read the redacted intelligence documents obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.

According to the report:

“From 2004 to 2011, American and American-trained Iraqi troops repeatedly encountered, and on at least six occasions were wounded by, chemical weapons remaining from years earlier in Saddam Hussein’s rule.”

The government kept the discovery secret despite the fact that it endangered U.S. troops:

“The American government withheld word about its discoveries even from troops it sent into harm’s way and from military doctors. The government’s secrecy, victims and participants said, prevented troops in some of the war’s most dangerous jobs from receiving proper medical care and official recognition of their wounds.”

Ironically, the ‘weapons of mass destruction’ were built in close collaboration with the West.  As reported by

“Virtually all of these weapons of mass destruction were from stockpiles established by the Hussein regime during its war with Iran in the 1980s. Many (if not most) of these shells were U.S.-made. And, almost all of them were manufactured in western countries.”

Sulfur mustard is a ‘vesicant chemical warfare agent’ which produces large, extremely painful blisters on exposed skin and lungs.  It is classified by the 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention as a Schedule 1 substance, having no use other than for chemical warfare, though a close chemical cousin, nitrogen mustard (known as “HN2″), has been developed for use as chemotherapy in certain blood cancers.

Sulfur mustard was widely used in the Iran-Iraq war with more than 100,000 Iranians exposed, and an estimated one-third of whom are still suffering side effects.[i]

Conventional treatments for mustard gas burns are mainly palliative ones, including pain-killers (e.g. morphine) and steroids (e.g.corticosteroids) (which carry their own serious risks for harm), but research now shows that natural compounds from the spice turmeric known as curcuminoids may provide significant therapeutic value in the treatment of sulfur mustard exposure.

Published recently in the journal Drug Research and titled, “Short-term Curcuminoid Supplementation for Chronic Pulmonary Complications due to Sulfur Mustard Intoxication: Positive Results of a Randomized Double-blind Placebo-controlled Trial,” researchers performed a pilot study, “aimed to investigate the clinical effects of supplementation with curcuminoids on markers of pulmonary function and systemic inflammation in Sulfur Mustard (SM)-intoxicated subjects.”

89 males subjects suffering from SM-induced pulmonary complications were randomly assigned to either a curcuminoid treatment group (500 mg TID per oral; n=45) or placebo (n=44) for a period of 4 weeks.

They were tracked for changes by looking at the following parameters:

  • Spirometric (meaning the measuring of breath)
  • Inflammatory

78 subjects completed the trial. The results were reported as follows:

  • The curcuminoid treatment group saw improvement in the FEV1/FVC ratio, indicating improved lung function (specifically the vital capacity to expire air)
  • The curcuminoid treatment group saw improvement in all assessed mediators of inflammation, including IL-6, IL-8, TNF α, TGF β, substance P, hs-CRP, CGRP and MCP-1.

The study concluded:

“Curcuminoids were safe and well-tolerated throughout the trial. Short-term adjunctive therapy with curcuminoids can suppress systemic inflammation in patients suffering from SM-induced chronic pulmonary complications.”

Interestingly, this is not the first study to find turmeric compounds have therapeutic value in sulfur mustard associated toxicity. A 2012 study published in the Annals of Clinical Biochemistry found that patients suffering from sulfur mustard induced skin complications experienced significant reductions in inflammation, itching (pruritus) and an overall improvement in quality of life when receiving 1 gram of curcumin daily.[ii] Another 2012 study published in the British Journal of Nutrition found that sulfur mustard-induced chronic skin itching (pruritus) in Iranian veterans could be alleviated with 1 gram a day of curcumin; additionally they found their antioxidant status and quality of life improved significantly. They concluded: “curcumin may be regarded as a natural, safe, widely available and inexpensive treatment for the management of SM-induced chronic pruritus.” [iii]

Clearly, given the limitations of conventional treatment for chemical weapons injury, and given the clinical evidence in support of curcumin, it should be considered a safe alternative – or at least adjuvant – in the treatment of the harms associated with exposure to them.

For additional research on potential natural approaches to chemical weapons injury, take a look at our research page on the topic: Mitigating Chemical Weapons Injury.

For additional research and articles on the benefits of turmeric and its compounds, visit our Health Guide section on the topic: Turmeric research.


[i] Arthur Shiyovich, Yossi Rosman, Amir Krivoy, Liran Statlender, Michael Kassirer, Shai Shrot. [Long-term complications of sulfur mustard exposure: a therapeutic update]. Harefuah. 2014 Mar-Apr;153(3-4):199-205, 237. PMID: 24791566

[ii] Yunes Panahi, Amirhossein Sahebkar, Shahram Parvin, Alireza Saadat. A randomized controlled trial on the anti-inflammatory effects of curcumin in patients with chronic sulphur mustard-induced cutaneous complications. Ann Clin Biochem. 2012 Nov ;49(Pt 6):580-8. Epub 2012 Oct 4. PMID: 23038702

[iii] Yunes Panahi, Amirhossein Sahebkar, Mojtaba Amiri, Seyyed Masoud Davoudi, Fatemeh Beiraghdar, Seyyedeh Leila Hoseininejad, Marjan Kolivand. Improvement of sulphur mustard-induced chronic pruritus, quality of life and antioxidant status by curcumin: results of a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. Br J Nutr. 2012 Oct ;108(7):1272-9. Epub 2011 Nov 18. PMID: 22099425

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What Is Food If Not Your Medicine?

Large non-food producing conglomerates want freedom to put anything they want on the labels and to be able to police themselves in regards to safety and nutrition without any intervention from food safety and nutrition watchdogs.

Large non-food producing conglomerates want freedom to put anything they want on the labels and to be able to police themselves in regards to safety and nutrition without any intervention from food safety and nutrition watchdogs.

The Real Agenda –

Shouldn’t you be paying close attention to what you ingest, then?

Most of our readers are probably aware of the difference between real food and products labeled as things that someone thinks is food.

However, non-food products are closer to our fridges and dinner tables than we think, even while being careful with what we eat.

The average supermarket, which most people recognize is their only source of food, is infested with products assembled in laboratories and factories, not in kitchens.

The reason for this is that in order for giant food companies to sell their products to millions of people while making a profit, they need to add substances to the food they sell.

The addition of artificial substances is part of a process known as food engineering. This does not mean that all food engineering is bad, it only means that most of the food people eat today is engineered.

People’s bodies react differently to the ingestion of truly natural foods -those we pick with our own hands from trees or plants and that hopefully we planted ourselves- and industrialized food products that appear to be fresh and shiny due to the engineering they suffered in a food assembly line.

The question is, how close are those engineered food products from out kitchens and tables?

The answer is extremely close. So close that for most people it is hard to distinghuish between real food and industrialized, engineered food.

That is why many local, state and federal governments around the world have decided to ban the import or sale of certain industrialized products, while other have passed legislation to label processed foods that have ingredientes whose safety is still up in the air.

Banning certain products may seem as a radical measure, but this step is taken in accordance with nutritional common sense. That is, there are too many processed foods that are proven to he unhealthy for human consumption.

Labeling engineered products -although it is thought of as unnecessary by the manufacturers of GMOs and other engineered foods- actually facilitates the choice for consumers and helps them become more and better informed.

Some of the substances used for the production of engineered foods include GMOs, additives and growth promoters, which in addition with certain production practices result in products that are harmful to humans, animals and the environment.

Undoubtedly, the list of non-food products that pass as real foods is long, but let us take a look at a handful which may be surprising because most of us think of them as products that help nourish our health.

The key to determine whether a food product is good or bad is based on many different premises and considerations, but the one that is probably more rational is to decide if the food we eat makes us healthy or sick. Consumers need to ask themselves questions like the following:

  • Am I addicted to this food, or do I just eat it because it is nutritious and delicious?
  • Does it help me be fit or does it make me gain weight?
  • Will my cholesterol be ok or will it go through the roof?
  • Where was this product planted or produced?
  • How long did it travel until it got to my table?
  • What ingredientes does it contain? Are they natural or added during its production?
  • Do they last long to rot or are they foods I need to eat two or three days after i purchase it?

The information obtained from asking questions such as the ones above is the kind of information that the giant food companies who engineer and sell non-food products do not want consumers to ask, because the more they know about the origin of the food, the least likely people are to buy it.

Large non-food producing conglomerates want freedom to put anything they want on the labels and to be able to police themselves in regards to safety and nutrition without any intervention from food safety and nutrition watchdogs. However, they do not want people to have the freedom to choose what they want to eat based on what they can learn on the origin of those non-food products.

As governments’ around the world ease their safety and nutrition rules to large non-food corporations, billions of people are exposed to numerous toxic substances contained in the cans, bottles, packages and boxes where non-food products are sold. These substances are not only found on the product itself, but also on the boxes, packages, bottles and cans used to keep the products.

So what are the biggest offenders?

Let’s see if this short list surprises you: Salmon, and fish in general, genetically engineered products, tainted meat, popular soft and sports drinks, foods with artificial colors and dyes, chicken, bread, milk and dairy products in general.

I bet that most if not all of the products above make part of your daily diet, but you did not notice they were potentially hazardous to your health. The questions is of course, why are they dangerous?

The answer is because they contain artificial substances produced in laboratories that are added during their manufacturing to achieve different goals such as enhance flavors, change colors, textures, smells, make them live longer while conserving their freshness, etc. What is wrong with fresher products, you may ask.

The problem is the same for the other features: engineered food products are not naturally fresher. For example, without refrigeration, a banana will last 3 or 4 days before it ripes and maybe another day before it has to be made into a shake or disposed of.

Let’s look at the foods cited above and learn why they have been banned in some countries while enforcing labeling in other parts of the world.


What? Salmon is not good for me? But it has Omega-3 and healthy fat! And you are right. Wild salmon is one of the best foods in the world. However, we cannot say the same about farmed salmon.

What? People plant salmon? Well, kind of.

Thanks to Monsanto, many people have decided to leave the soil and turn their farms into laboratories where they experiment with and / or grow salmon and other types of fish. Farmed salmon contains 50% less Omega-3 than salmon in its natural form.

Farmed salmon also contains higher levels of PCBs and dioxines, two substances that cause cancer. Farmed salmon is also used as art projects, because it is literally artificially colored to make it more attractive to shoppers. As if this was not enough of a threat to our health,, farmed salmon is also more prone to disease such as viruses, infections, anemia, piscine reovirus and many others.

For all the reasons given above is that farmed salmon has been banned in Australia, New Zealand and Russia. Health authorities in those countries have seen enough proof that the toxins contained in farmed salmon bio accumulate in humans which results in unwanted health conditions.

Genetically engineered everything

A fruit is not a fruit unless it’s a fruit, right? Just because you buy a fruit in a supermarket, it does not mean you are buying something that is healthy. Unfortunately, the folks that brought us GMO salmon, corn and soy have also entered the business of GMO fruit.

Pinneaple, Papaya, apples and other staple fruit are now contaminated with genetically engineered ingredientes which food manufacturers want us to believe are safe while denying people the right to know they are contained in their products. Ironic, right? They simply ask consumers to trust their word. That is what I call tobacco advertising, if you know what I mean.

Nowadays, something called Hawaiian Papaya has been engineered to be resistant to the ringspot virus, which in the 1990s caused great losses to papaya growers in their plantations. Surely, whoever thought of GMOs as a tool to protect papayas did it with the best of intentions. Unfortunately, the result was not only a solution to the ringspot virus, but also a franken papaya.

Additionally, papaya growers who decided to keep their natural plantations were affected by the contamination of their crops because GMO papaya seed rapidly made into natural papaya plantations. Consumption of GMO products usually result in a number of unwanted disease in humans and animals.

Those health problems include, but are not limited to intestinal damage, organ damage, tumors, birth defects, premature death and sterility. This is why the European Union has banned GMO papaya, among other engineered non-food products that contain GMO ingredientes.

Tainted meat

We have all heard the horror stories about how poultry, cattle and other animals are commonly raised, fed and grown before they are killed and sold as food. For example, cattle injected with growth hormones, which later bio accumulates in the meat and milk. We also know that chickens are fed concetrate laden with toxins and that they are vaccinated before they are sold to supermarkets as fresh chicken. I don’t know what your definition of fresh is, but 45 days to two months does not sound fresh to me.

In addition to hormones, antibiotics and vaccines, meat is also contaminated with other substances such as ractopamine. This toxin is used as a drug given to livestock to reduce the fat content of the meat.

Laboratory tests have shown that at least 20% of ractopamine given to animals remains in the meat of pigs, chicken, turkey and cattle. Depending on where you live in the world, your meat may be coming from animals whose diets are as high as 30% ractopamine.

Why if this substance is known for being related with a reduction in reproductive function, increased mastitis, disability and death in animals as well as cardiovascular disease and hyperactivity in humans, is it still being fed to animals? Now, that is a good question! Make sure to ask your local government about it.

Today, 160 countries including Europe reject meat, pork and chicken whose feed contains ractopamine.

Soda and Sports drinks

What a better way to recover from a long run or an exhausting session of exercise than to ingest a fluorescent-looking beverage! How about a drink that contains flame retardant in it? At least you will never catch on fire, right? Wrong!

Mountain Dew, Sunkist, Powerade, Fanta, Gatorade, Fresca and Squirt are some drinks that have been found to contain a chemical known as brominated vegetable oil or BVO. This substance was patented by the chemical industry so they could use it as a flame retardant, however, today it is used in soft and sports drinks as an ingredient to gove that citrus flavor to the canned beverages we all love.

Please do not think that the drinks cited above are the only ones that contain BVO. Before you buy another soft or sports drink, make sure you check for BVO. Also, please go beyond the ingredient list on the label. Drink companies will not put BVO on the list. Just remember that if the liquid contained in the can tastes citrus, most likely it is the BVO that is making the trick and not a squeeze of lemon or orange.

BVO toxicity manifests itself in the form of skin rashes, acne, lack of appetite, arrythmias and fatigue. Continuous consumption of BVO is linked to organ damage, birth defects, growth problems, schizophrenia and hearing loss.

Long time exposure to BVO also leads to hypothyroidism, autoimmune disease and cancer, which is why Europe and Japan have banned popularly sold drinks that contain BVO.

Artificial colors and dyes in food

No one I know finds it appetizing to eat a glowing fish. I hope you don’t either. Unfortunately, food coloring and dyes are not so easy to identify in non-food products. However, that does not mean they are not present in those products.

Depending what expert you talk to, there are anywhere between 3,000 and 5,000 food additives commonly being added to non-food products. They include preservatives, colorings, flavors and other synthetic ingredients.

One of the most serious problems with tained food is that it affects all of us, but the consequences are more dire in children. Yes, there are chemicals in children food. If you think ingesting toxic chemicals is bad for a full grown human, imagine what the consequences are for a baby or a toddler whose immune system has not even developed properly.

Most temperamental or behavioural problems is kids have been associated in one way or another to chemicals contained in engineered products.

In the case of artificial colors and flavors, the European Union also seems to be ahead of all other regions in the planet. Health authorities prohibited the use of artificial dyes and colors on most processed foods and the labeling of those that still contained them.

Three of the strongest offenders in the engineered food market are macarroni & cheese, flavored crackers and Jell-O. These additives have been associated to drastic behavioral changes, birth defects, cancer and allergies or hypersensitivity in children. So you see, that kid who does not behave properly in your son’s class may not be at fault for it.

Potasium Bromate, BHA, BHT and rBGH

If you are still thirsty for more information on non-food products you are eating everyday, let me illustrate this pandemic with four more examples.

Bread is contaminated with potasium bromate. This chemical is in brominated flour. Brominated flour is what non-food producers like to call “enriched flour”. So you see, next time you read enriched with calcium, potasium, protein or anything else, please understand that the word “enriched” is analogous to contaminated.

Potasium bromate is used in commercial flour to make the dough more elastic so it can be molded into different shapes. This poison is found in bread rolls, wraps, bread crumbs and bagels, among others.

The list of health problems that are caused by potasium bromate includes kidney and nervous system damage, gastrointestinal and thyroid problems and cancer. Potasium bromate is banned in the EU, Canada and even in China.

Let’s talk about some of the friendliest-looking foods you know. Chewing gum, beer, baked potatoes, breakfast cereal, nut mixes and butter spread. These processed foods are contaminated with two very toxic substances. Let’s see if you can pronuounce them. Butylated hydroxyanisole and butylated hydroxytoluene. All right! I’ll make it easier. BHA and BHT for short.

BHA is known for causing cancer. More benign problems include allergic reactions, hyperactivity and organ system toxicity. That is why Japan and the EU have banned chewing gum, beer, baked potatoes, breakfast cereal, nut mixes and butter spreads that contain both of these chemicals.

Finally, one of the most common victims of food engineering is milk. As if it is not weird enough for humans to drink cow’s milk, people who drink it are also ingesting rBGH. This synthetic ingredient in milk is the unnatural equivalent of BST, or bovine somatrotopin. BST is a hormone naturally produced in cows to increase milk production.

Unfortunately for some farmers and industrialists, natural amounts of milk are not enough and Monsanto gave them a good reason to smile. Recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH) was introduced by Monsanto after the company successfully engineered the E. Coli bacteria and sold it as a product called Posilac.

Despite the fact that cows injected with rGBH suffer from multiple diseases, in most western countries, health agencies still allow farmers to inject it into pregnant and nursing cows. Animals who receive this particular hormonal treatment suffer from mastitis, which in turn prompts farmers to give cows antibiotics. This in addition to the pus that comes out of the cow’s udder, make up the ‘delicious’ mixture that we know as milk and that most people use in cold and hot beverages.

Since rGBH can cause colorectal, prostate and breast cancer, among other diseases, milk and dairy products made with rGBH have been banned in Australia, New Zealand, Israel, the EU and Canada.

With so many chemicals in engineered foods out there, it is certainly a relief that many countries have decided to ban them from their list of imports. However, please don’t trust your government blindly when it comes to protecting your health and more importantly, your right to know. Bought and paid-for politicians who benefit from juicy donations from Big Agra and Big Pharma do not hesitate to find loopholes that allow industries to put toxic ingredients in their products.

Remember that it is YOUR responsibility to verify that the food that you and your family eat is free from GMOs, additives, growth promoters, flame retardant, artificial colors and flavors, BHA, BHT, rGBH, dioxines and other ingredients that are responsible for many health problems that affect humans, animals and the environment. Getting rid of toxic foods and eating only fresh produce and clean meat or chicken may seem like mission impossible, but it is not. Humans are creatures of habit and all YOU have to do is to create the habit to get informed and to eat food that makes you healthy.

Remember: Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food!

Luis R. Miranda is an award-winning journalist and the founder and editor-in-chief at The Real Agenda. His career spans over 18 years and almost every form of news media. His articles include subjects such as environmentalism, Agenda 21, climate change, geopolitics, globalisation, health, vaccines, food safety, corporate control of governments, immigration and banking cartels, among others. Luis has worked as a news reporter, on-air personality for Live and Live-to-tape news programs. He has also worked as a script writer, producer and co-producer on broadcast news. Read more about Luis.

Can Turmeric Support Thyroid Health?


Turmeric is one of the most potent spices, and when it comes to health benefits, nothing can match it. Not only is turmeric one of the most impressive free radical scavengers, it’s also been shown to support brain health, protect cell integrity, and even encourage a balanced mood. New research is showing that turmeric may also play a key role in supporting thyroid health.

Turmeric and Thyroid Health

If you want to be healthy, your thyroid needs to be healthy. It regulates metabolism and keeps hormonal health in check. To say it’s important is an understatement. unfortunately, everything from plastics to pesticides are disturbing the thyroid’s delicate balance, contributing to the current rise of thyroid disorders. Turmeric, according to a recent study, may be one of the most efficient defenses we can use.

According to the study, individuals who consumed turmeric on a regular basis were less likely to suffer from goiter, a common symptom of iodine deficiency. [1] Goiter and iodine deficiency are also two symptoms of hypothyroidism, a condition where the thyroid is producing insufficient amounts of thyroid hormone. This leads to weight gain, lethargy, and even depression. Can you see now how important thyroid health is for maintaining a sense of wellbeing? While researchers are unsure as to the cause of the correlation, it could be related to turmeric’s antioxidant, nutritive, and soothing qualities.

Turmeric Soothes Your Body

The key to turmeric’s success is that it soothes. [2] Turmeric may soothe irritation in blood vessels, skin, and the brain, and researchers believe this—along with its antioxidant potential—is what supports thyroid health. The thyroid, when it’s irritated by endocrine disruptors of any kind, needs to be soothed before it is repaired, and turmeric may do just that.

How to Use Turmeric

The powdered spice is perhaps the most commonly-used turmeric option, typically incorporated into things like curries and soups. It gives a distinct yellow color to foods and adds enormous health benefits with very little bulk. A liquid extract, may provide more benefits as they’re more concentrated and offer a greater punch. They can be added to smoothies, beverages, or consumed straight without any taste issues.

Do you enjoy turmeric? How do you use it? Please let us know how you enjoy this ancient spice in the comments!


  1. Jawa A, Jawad A, Riaz SH, et al. Turmeric use is associated with reduced goitrogenesis: Thyroid disorder prevalence in Pakistan (THYPAK) study. Indian J Endocrinol Metab. 2015 May-Jun;19(3):347-50. Doi: 10.4103/2230-8210.152768.
  2. Jurenka JS. Anti-inflammatory properties of curcumin, a major constituent of Curcuma longa: a review of preclinical and clinical research. Altern Med Rev. 2009 Jun;14(2):141-53.

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.

Make An Awesome Cayenne Salve For Pain Relief


A few months back I made a batch of Cayenne Salve.  It was simple to do.  After infusing the ground cayenne pepper in olive oil, I added some beeswax and was good to go.  My feeling was this: if a catastrophic disruptive event occurred, after a year or two I would exhaust my supply of pain relieving essential oils and then what?

The answer, I hoped, was to infuse spices and herbs in a carrier oil and use the resulting concoction instead.  If I could turn the results into a salve, all the better.

Fortunately, infusing spices and dried herbs is very easy to do.  It does take a couple of weeks but other than that, all you need is a carrier oil, your spice and herb mixture, and a covered jar.  It really does not get much simpler than that.

Here in my own household, my first attempt at creating a pain relieving cayenne salve was met with mixed results. I personally do not have many aches and pains so self-testing was not an option.  On the other hand, the Survival Husband is a walking pain machine.  The problem was that he was achieving such good results, fantastic actually, with “The Birch” salve, that he was loath to change.

Recognizing the importance of having an alternative to essential oils for pain relief, I took my missive out to readers via the weekly Survival Buzz.  I was thrilled to find a volunteer to test the salve and now, two months later, the reports are glowing.  This stuff really works on chronic pain resulting from woes such as arthritis, sore and stiff muscles, and more.

Test Results from the Field

When I sent my DIY Cayenne Salve to Dee in Oregon, I was cautiously optimistic about the results.  I knew that Dee was already a proponent of natural medicine and cayenne in particular.  It is one of the ingredients in the tonic she uses and also in the tonic that prevented me from having to have a root canal. (You can read about that particular adventure here and here.)

Initially she wrote and said that she had been “having fun watching reactions to people trying your salve. Only had one who didn’t like it.  Tried it on 8 different people and each found it worked well enough they want to know where they can buy some.  So….are you making enough to sell? “

Note:  Nope.  I am not selling anything.  This is so simple to make that you can do it yourself!

I needed more information, naturally, and asked about the type of pain that the Cayenne Salve appeared to mitigate.  Here is what she had to say:

As to your cream, I had a couple of people with arthritis in their hands who applied it.  They felt significantly less pain almost immediately. Enough so in a couple of weeks, I’ll be hosting them so they can learn how to make your salve.

Another who has aches and pains but no dx, she too, was helped enough so she could function w/o pharma meds during the daily chores.  One young woman in her early 30s was having pain in her hips (no knowledge as to why). She applied it to them on several occasions and she has said it works almost as good as my pain tonic. She’s tried both now.

I did have one who wouldn’t try it since I had told him it had cayenne in it.  As to myself, when my pain level gets to 7, using your salve and my tonic, eliminates the pain for hours.

There may be something to the idea that for some it takes a few weeks but I didn’t find any of that in my limited number to subjects.

In further research, it seems even used topically, it helps the circulation. Enough so that one person who has tingling in her hands and tried it, it helped her to get feeling back into her hands.  I do not begin to understand all this. I am still amazed.

How to Make Cayenne Salve for Pain Relief

This is another one of those DIY recipes that is so simple it is embarrassing.  I will first share the basic recipe that suggest some variations.

1/2 cup olive oil (or 1/4 cup each coconut oil and olive oil)
1 tablespoon ground cayenne pepper
1 1/2 tablespoon beeswax pellets

Optional:  1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper flakes

1.  The first thing you are going to do is infuse the oil.  This can be done in the top of a double boiler but I found it simpler to use a Pyrex measuring cup or mason jar sitting in a water bath on the stove.  Combine the oils and the cayenne in your vessel and set aside.


2.  Heat the water until is boils then turn down the flame to low and let the jar of oil and cayenne steep in the water bath for about an hour.  Turn off the burner.


3.  Stir up your infusion and let it sit for awhile.

4.  After an hour or two, or the next day it really does not matter, repeat the process in #2 and #3.

Optional:  At this point I got lazy and let my infusion sit around for a week.  I am not sure whether that made it stronger and more potent but it certainly did not hurt. Because I used half coconut oil, before proceeding to the next step, I gently heated the infusion so that it was liquid again.

5.  After the second session, get out your cheesecloth and strain the infused oil into a clean glass cup or mason jar.  Hopefully you will remove most of the spice which, while not a bother, can feel a bit gritty on the skin.



I actually set the cheesecloth on top of a small strainer to “double strain” but this is totally optional.


6.  Add the beeswax and return your infused oil and beeswax mixture to the water bath.  Set the burner on low and allow the beeswax to melt, stirring occasionally.  You want a nice slow melt.

7.  When done, pour your liquid salve into a jar or tin and allow it to cool.  I have no qualms using plastic jars (like these) but given a choice prefer glass jars.


The salve sets up quickly.  This is within minutes of pouring it into the jar.

This will make about 4 ounces but can easily be doubled or tripled.

Here’s the thing: the smell is not too pretty.  That will not matter during SHFT but to sweeten things up plus add extra pain-relieving benefits, you can add 8 to 10 drops of clove bud or peppermint essential oil to the salve.  You will want to do this before you add the warm liquid to your jar or tin then stir it up a bit after the fact.

Resource:  The Miracle of Cloves and Clove Oil and The Miracle of Peppermint Oil: 20 Practical Uses for Survival

Although I have not tried it myself, you could substitute ginger or turmeric or even combine one or the other with the Cayenne.  Both spices have their own healing properties that would be useful in a salve.

The last variation I will propose is making your Cayenne Salve in a stick, or lotion bar form.  The only change in the formula would be to use 2.5 tablespoons of beeswax pellets.  For some, rolling on the salve may be more desirable then dipping your fingers into a jar.  I have purchased empty stick containers to use for this purpose but you can also re-use old deodorant containers.

Resource:  Learn about making lotion bars in the article Make Your Own Healing Lotion Bars

How to Use Cayenne Salve

This salve is great for aches and pains, including joint pain from arthritis, sore muscles, stiffness swelling an inflammation.  It is probably not a good idea to use on open wounds, though, because it may sting.  Also, it may stain so be mindful of your clothing.

That said, one thing you can do to prevent staining is to really rub it in well.  You want to massage it gently into your muscles and not simply let it sit on top of the skin.  It you skin becomes stained, use a bit of vinegar to clean it right up.

According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, it may take a week or so to begin to feel relief:

“Pain may get slightly worse at first, but then may get better over the next few days. Capsaicin should be applied regularly several times a day. It usually takes 3 – 7 days before you notice substantial pain relief.”

On the other hand, from what Dee says above, she has not found that to be the case.  Bottom line?  Everyone’s body is unique and your mileage may vary.

Dee also offered up some additional information on cayenne (aka red pepper or Capsicum annuum or frutescens):

Now, 2 things which people should know: 1. Cayenne works to relieve pain but it’s also a blood thinner internally, so if you’re anemic, this isn’t something you should take w/o consulting with your doctor. If you’re on some form of blood thinner, again, consult with your doctor. 2. For those who produce too much iron in the blood (hemochromatosis), this will ease that condition because cayenne binds iron to it as it passes through the body.

For those interested, here’s an article to help you understand better, then consider what Gaye is offering to inform you about:

A Word About Cayenne

For my salves, I used the standard household spice that you can pick up at the grocery store.  For storage purposes, I recommend buying in bulk then packaging the excess in a Mylar or metalized bag with an oxygen absorber in the same manner as the rest of your food storage.  For salve making purposes, a pound of cayenne will go a long long way.

If you are lucky enough to have a cool, dark basement, storing in mason jars with an O2 absorber will also work.

More of a challenge for long term storage will be the oils but, then again, you could use 100% coconut oil which has a very long shelf life. There really is a reason I purchase coconut oil in 5 gallon tubs!  In a true, long term SHFT situation, oils of any type will become precious over time but if I had to, I would get over the negative connotation and use rendered animal fat.  There will always be options, just not those we are accustomed to.

The Final Word

Truth be told, I still believe that using essential oils for pain relief should take priority over an herbal remedy.  They are many times stronger and more powerful, they do not leave a residue, and smell nice.  That said, how much can you store?  A five year supply of essential oils is pricey plus, if you lack a cool dark storage area and your home gets hot and humid,  the shelf life might become limited to just a few years.

The nice thing about Cayenne is that it is inexpensive, plus, you can grow it yourself.  While I will not give up my essential oil salves unless forced to, it is good to know that I have some alternatives.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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

Is This Fruit Extract 10,000 Times Better Than Chemo?


Over a quarter of a century ago, a study was performed on the seeds of the Soursop fruit, also known as graviola, which at that time demonstrated such amazing cancer-fighting potential, that those exposed to it within the conventional medical community looked upon it with complete incredulity.

Published in the Journal of Natural Products in 1996, Compound 1, one of five extracted from the seed of the graviola fruit, was found to be “selectively cytotoxic to colon adenocarcinoma cells (HT-29) in which it was 10,000 times the potency of adriamycin.” [emphasis added]

Adriamycin is the trade name for the chemoagent doxorubucin and is known by the nickname “red devil,” because of  both its deep red color and terrible side effects, which include life-threatening, even fatal damage to the cardiovascular system. This abject lack of “selective cytotoxicity” — the ability to kill only the cancer cells and not healthy ones  — is what makes Adriamycin so dangerous. And yet, it has been a first line treatment for a wide range of cancers for almost half a century.

Since the 1996 study, little research on graviola was performed. There was a cell study in 1999 which showed it had anti-prostate cancer and breast cancer activity; another 2002 cell study showed that graviola exhibited anti-hepatoma (liver cancer) activity, but nothing as promising as the original 1996 study ever followed.

Then, in 2011, the journal Nutrition and Cancer revealed highly promising research on graviola and breast cancer. Researchers found that graviola fruit extract (GFE) suppressed so-called oncogene (or cancer-causing gene) expression in the cell and animal models of breast cancer. The oncogene known as epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) is commonly over-expressed in breast cancer, and therefore an ideal target for therapy.

According to the researchers

“A a 5-wk dietary treatment of GFE (200 mg/kg diet) significantly reduced the protein expression of EGFR, p-EGFR, and p-ERK in MDA-MB-468 [breast cancer] tumors by 56%, 54%, and 32.5%, respectively. Overall, dietary GFE inhibited tumor growth, as measured by wet weight, by 32% (P < 0.01).”

The study authors concluded

“These data showed that dietary GFE induced significant growth inhibition of MDA-MB-468 cells in vitro and in vivo through a mechanism involving the EGFR/ERK signaling pathway, suggesting that GFE may have a protective effect for women against EGFR-overexpressing BC [breast cancer].” [emphasis added]

Given these findings the time may be ripe for reconsideration of graviola in the prevention and/or treatment of cancers, such as colon and breast cancer.

Article Contributed by Sayer Ji, Founder of

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

1 Gram Of Turmeric Boosts Working Memory In Just 6 Hours


Need a caffeine-free, memory-boosting alternative to coffee? Just one dose of turmeric powder (1 gram) was found to improve working memory in pre-diabetics in hours. 

Interest in turmeric as a tonic and regenerative agent for brain conditions is growing rapidly. Given the increased prevalence of neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, as well as an alarming uptick in brain cancer and the cognitively impairing metabolic dysregulations associated with type 2 diabetes.

Turmeric and its primary polyphenol curcumin hold great promise as an alternative to pharmaceuticals, none of which have been shown to address nor resolve the root causes of disease.

A recent study published in the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition titled, “Turmeric improves post-prandial working memory in pre-diabetes independent of insulin“, reveals the unique therapeutic profile of this ancient Indian spice in preventing cognitive impairment linked to pre-diabetes and dementia.

The study enrolled 48 60-year olds with newly recognized yet untreated pre-diabetes. They were randomized to receive either a placebo, turmeric (1,000 mg), cinnamon (2,000 mg) or both (1,000 mg & 2,000 mg respectively), ingested at a white bread (119 g) breakfast.

The researchers observed the participants’ metabolic responses over a 6 hour period for the following parameters:

·      Pre- and post-working memory (WM),

·      Glycemic and insulin responses

·      Biomarkers of Alzheimer’s disease (AD)(measured at 0, 2, 4 and 6 hours):

o   amyloid precursor protein (APP),

o   γ-secretase subunits presenilin-1 (PS1),

o   presenilin-2 (PS2),

o   glycogen synthase kinase (GSK-3β).

The study results were reported as follows:

“We found that a modest addition of 1 g turmeric to a rather nutritionally-bland breakfast of white bread improved working memory (WM) over 6 hours in older people with pre-diabetes. This was not the case for 2 g cinnamon.”

Moreover, they observed that body fatness and insulin resistance modulated the effect that turmeric had on improving working memory, “suggesting that the benefits of turmeric might be enhanced where these characteristics were less abnormal.”

While the study found the Alzheimer’s biomarkers “showed active correlations among themselves during the 6 hour study, these did not account for the link between turmeric and WM.” In other words, the researchers surmised that while the spice components access and modulate traditional Alzheimer’s biomarker pathways, no definitive mechanisms of action explaining how they affect working memory could be discerned in the study.

Interestingly, the study intentionally selected whole turmeric powder instead of extracts of curcuminoids, as is normally the case, in order to simulate real-world culinary exposure to the spice:

“We deliberately used whole turmeric rather than curcuminoids or turmeric extracts. We wanted to examine the commodity used in daily life and with which there are generations of experience and presumptive safety across Asian food cultures – south, north-east and south-east Asia, albeit in a range of cuisines. The amounts used were also within the usual household range.”

This study adds to a growing body of literature showing that turmeric/curcumin is both an excellent intervention for pre-diabetics (with up to a 100% prevention rate, according to a Diabetes Care study published two years ago), as well as anti-dementia agent, as evaluated in greater detail in previous reports we have done on the subject:

Learn more by visiting the world’s largest turmeric database on Turmeric Health Guide

Article Contributed by Sayer Ji, Founder of

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

6 Natural Remedies For Vomiting And Diarrhea

chamomile tea

Gastrointestinal upsets have been sweeping the country this spring.

First, there was an outbreak of drug-resistant shigellosis. This bacterial infection is also known as “Montezuma’s revenge” or “traveler’s diarrhea.”  It usually affects people visiting Third World destinations and is caused by drinking water that hasn’t been properly purified. This version has hit Americans in California, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania, and 90% of the cases have not responded to the normal treatment of an antibiotic called Cipro.  The symptoms are watery or bloody diarrhea, abdominal pain, fever and fatigue.  While it will eventually go away without treatment, most of the time doctors prescribe antibiotics to speed recovery.

While it will eventually go away without treatment, most of the time doctors prescribe antibiotics to speed recovery. It’s very important to note that in cases of shigellosis, anti-diarrheal medications should not be administered. They can actually lengthen the amount of time a person is ill. They slow down the expulsion of the bacteria from the intestines and can worsen the infection.  Because the severe diarrhea flushes out the bacteria, the illness is self-limiting.  Patients should be kept well-hydrated while the illness runs its course.

Some of the cases in the US are related to foreign travel, but many have been tracked back to…well, poverty.  People living in shelters, rooms with shared baths, and children who attend daycare are among the populations most likely to become ill with shigellosis. As our economy continues to decline, we can expect more and more cases of illness like this. Consider impoverished areas like metro Detroit, where running water has been cut off for many residents who couldn’t afford to pay their bills. It’s not a stretch of the imagination to predict that we’re going to see an uptick in sanitation-related illnesses.

As well, an uptick in viral stomach upsets has been reported in the past few weeks. Diagnosed cases of the norovirus (commonly known as “the stomach flu”) have been increasing in different regions of the US, including Southern Idaho and the Detroit area.

How can you prevent the spread of gastrointestinal problems at home?

There are few things more unpleasant than a stomach bug.  Symptoms like crippling nausea, stomach and intestinal cramps, and frantic rushes to the bathroom are sheer misery.

If the symptoms are especially severe or continue for more than 48 hours, the standard advice is to seek medical attention.

A stomach virus is incredibly contagious.  If a family member is suffering from the symptoms of a stomach virus, practice the following precautions to attempt to contain it:

  • Isolate the family member as much as possible
  • Wash cutlery and dishes used by the sick family member in water containing a couple of drops of bleach.  Wash again with your regular, non-toxic dish soap.
  • Wipe items handled by the sick person with antibacterial wipes (I keep Clorox wipes on hand for this purpose.)  Things like the telephone, the television remote, door handles, faucets and the toilet flush should be wiped before someone else touches them.
  • Household members should wash their hands frequently, particularly before eating and after using the bathroom (yes, I know this should be standard, but I’m repeating it anyway)

Vomiting and diarrhea can be the body’s natural defense against invaders.  It can be the digestive system’s way of ridding itself of toxins and viruses. However, excessive vomiting and diarrhea can cause dehydration, sometimes severe.  It’s very important to keep the sufferer hydrated with ice chips and clear fluids. You can find some recipes for homemade oral rehydration solutions HERE.  These recipes are a good basis for creating a solution using items that you have in your pantry. You add a few of these trace mineral supplement drops to your beverage of choice, as well.

Once the person is able to eat, try offering gentle, easily digested foods.  The “BRAT” diet consists of bananas, rice, applesauce, and  toast. Other options are saltine crackers, pretzels, mashed potatoes, pasta and clear soups.

If after 12 hours, if the patient is still unable to keep down liquids, medical attention should be sought.  The time shortens for younger patients. If an infant isn’t urinating at least every two hours his little body is trying to hold onto liquids because he is dehydrated – you should seek immediate medical assistance in this case.

Treating the Symptoms

As far as treatment of the actual cause of the illness is concerned, there isn’t a lot that can be done. The illness has to run its course. Most of the time, treating the symptoms and avoiding dehydration is all that can be done.

There are all sorts of options for treating the symptoms of gastro-intestinal upset, both traditional and chemical. The links below are to resources for acquiring the remedies.

6 Natural Remedies

Treating the symptoms doesn’t necessarily require a trip to the pharmacy. Just like treatments for the seasonal flu, many good remedies can be found, already in your kitchen.   If you don’t already have these items on hand, they are excellent, multi-purpose additions to your stockpile.  Before using these or any other herbal supplements, perform due diligence in confirming potential interactions with any other drugs or supplements that person may be taking.  Medical advice should be sought for pregnant women, children, or those with a compromised immune system before home remedies are administered.

Some of these plants can be easily grown in a variety of climates, providing a constantly replenishing supply. From a preparedness perspective, the ability to grow your own remedies cannot be over-emphasized.

Always opt for organic herbal remedies, to exclude the possibility of pesticides or chemical preservatives or additives. If you’re already ill, you need to use the purest, best quality products you can get your hands on. Your body has enough work to do, fighting off the bacteria or virus causing your illness.

1.) Ginger

Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory with a long history in traditional Chinese medicine for the treatment of nausea, motion sickness and morning sickness.

Ginger can be found in the form of tea, the root itself or in capsules.  Keep in mind, though, if you are vomiting already, ginger, especially in the form of tea, can make the experience far more unpleasant because of worsened esophageal reflux.

When purchasing ginger tablets, read the ingredients carefully.  Gravol makes a “Natural Source” ginger chewable pill containing certified organic ginger.  I was really excited because you can find that in even the tiniest pharmacy.  However, upon closer inspection, the ingredients listed “aspartame” .  Ummm. NO, I won’t add a proven neurotoxin to my organic herbal remedy, thanks.

Several companies offer a ginger tablet remedy.  However, if you go over to the vitamin section, quite frequently you can find Ginger Root.  Buying it from the vitamin section, without the glossy anti-nausea advertising, can save you a hefty amount. I checked at my local pharmacy today and 90 Ginger Root capsules (500 mg) were the same price as the bottle of 20 “All-Natural Ginger” anti-nausea tablets.  Both were $8.99.  As well, the one in the supplement section had no additional ingredients aside from the gelatin capsule that encased the powder.

2.) Chamomile

Chamomile has anti-spasmodic properties.  This makes a cup of chamomile tea a soothing treatment for a stomach upset that includes abdominal cramping, bloating, and gas.  It has a mild pleasant taste with a hint of “apple” flavor.

3.) Mint

There are all different kinds of mint tea available.  The most common are peppermint, spearmint, and wintergreen.  They all contain menthol, a volatile oil.  Menthol is the component that gives mint that “cooling” sensation.  Mint tea is anti-spasmodic, so will aid in relieving gas, cramping and bloating. Additionally, menthol has muscle relaxant properties that can help reduce vomiting.

Candy containing real peppermint oil can easily be carried in your purse for a mildly soothing effect.

Some people that suffer from acid reflux find that mint worsens the condition.

4.) Yogurt

Yogurt can’t be tolerated in all episodes of stomach and intestinal upsets.  However, yogurt with active cultures can help to rebalance the “good flora” in your stomach and intestinal tract, making it especially valuable for treating diarrhea.  Regular consumption of yogurt can actually prevent stomach viruses in the first place by making your digestive tract inhospitable to viruses.

5.) Black Tea

Black tea is rich in tannins, which have been a longtime home treatment for diarrhea.  You can sweeten your tea but leave out the milk until you’re feeling better.

6.) Goldenseal

Goldenseal capsules or extract can also be used in the treatment of diarrhea.   Goldenseal kills certain bacteria, like e coli, which can cause diarrhea.


Over-the-Counter Chemical Medications

In our home, chemical treatments are always a last resort.  However, I keep them on hand in my preparedness supplies in the event that natural remedies aren’t strong enough and medical care is unavailable.


The most common type of anti-diarrheal is the compound Loperamide Hydrochloride (found in Immodium). It works by  slowing the propulsion of intestinal contents by the intestinal muscles.

The most common side effects of loperamide are: stomach pain, bloating, nausea, vomiting, constipation, dry mouth, sleepiness, fatigue and dehydration. According to the National Library of Medicine, loperamide hydrochloride can actually paralyze the intestines in a condition called paralytic ileus. This means that the intestines no longer participate in digestion and do not push the stool along for excretion.

Many natural practitioners feel that diarrhea should not be stopped – that the body is naturally ridding itself of viruses or toxins. As well, overuse of anti-diarrheals can result in a constipation so severe that medical intervention becomes necessary.


Anti-nauseants are also called anti-emetics.  The most popular brands contain  dimenhydrinate (found in Dramamine and Gravol).

According to the Alberta Health Services website, the medication (sold under the brand name Gravol in Canada) can have a number of side effects.  There has also been a noted problem with abuse of medications containing dimenhydriante, so those medications have been relegated to “behind the counter”.

At recommended doses, Gravol can cause drowsiness, dizziness and blurred vision. It can impair your concentration and motor coordination. For these reasons, you should use Gravol with caution if driving or doing other things that require you to be fully alert. It can be especially dangerous to combine it with alcohol and other depressant drugs.  Dry mouth, excitation and nervousness
(especially in children) are other side effects.   At lower doses, you can experience feelings of well-being and euphoria. At higher doses you can hallucinate. Taking Gravol with alcohol, codeine and other depressant drugs intensifies these effects. Large doses can cause sluggishness, paranoia, agitation, memory loss, increased blood pressure and heart rate, and difficulty swallowing and speaking.


There isn’t really any way to “cure” a stomach virus – the illness must simply run its course.  The best things you can do are rest, keep hydrated, and treat the symptoms to keep them at a tolerable level.

Do you have any treatments for upset stomachs that you’ve found effective?  Please share them in the comments below.

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]

How The FDA Is Planning On Taking Down Alternative Medicine


The FDA has been on a crusade against natural medicine that has spanned decades. Their skepticism and perhaps disdain for natural medicine could simply be because, at the moment, they are untouchable. In 1938, a U.S. senator (and homeopath) named Royal Copeland passed a law classifying homeopathic treatments as drugs. Since then, these products are deemed wholly natural and cannot be patented or regulated in any way, thus acting as a thorn in side for the FDA.

In fact, under the law, the FDA is required to regulate homeopathic remedies as drugs, but at the same time acknowledges that there is no evidence showing that homeopathy works. As such, you can expect that the vast majority of scientists and mainstream healthcare practitioners to never get behind the idea that natural medicine (essential oils, herbal tinctures, teas, etc.) as being a type of medical treatment in any form. Although there have been studies done on natural medicine in Australia, Britain and the United States that found little evidence that homeopathic remedies work, many believe more studies have not been performed because of the patents. Since natural medicine cannot be  patented, drug companies will not waste their money studying them which truly limits our understanding of how powerful they could be.

Changes Are On the Horizon

Historically, regulators have generally looked the other way. Since 1988, the FDA allowed remedies to be sold, however, they needed to meet certain FDA manufacturing guidelines and can be marketed over the counter only for “self-limiting” conditions, meaning illnesses like colds that go away on their own. But changes are on the horizon, with the an increase in homeopathy and natural medicine popularity, the FDA has decided to reevaluate their stance on this subject and look into a regulatory processes, and would look into whether consumers “have adequate information to make informed decisions” about such remedies.

“That stance may be poised to change: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is this week holding a public meeting to evaluate “whether and how to adjust the current enforcement policies” to keep up with the growing homeopathic industry and a corresponding increase in safety problems. Since 2009, the FDA has sent nearly 40 warning notices to homeopathic manufacturers and has overseen three recalls. Pulled products include zinc cold remedies that caused people to lose their sense of smell and “teething tablets” with toxic levels of the plant belladonna.”

This is the list of people who will be giving testimony at the hearing.

Whether or not you believe natural medicine is pure or just snake oil masked behind a marketable term, the FDA wants to make big changes and it can affect you.

Read more here

Tess Pennington is the editor for 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.

3 Natural H. Pylori ‘Cures’ That Are Clinically Proven


H. pylori infection is often treated with three drugs simultaneously, but not everyone responds favorably. Thankfully there are clinically confirmed natural, food-based alternatives. 

Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is a bacteria estimated to be found in the body of two-thirds of the world’s population naturally, and usually does not cause symptoms. But in some cases it can be found as a contributing factor in ulcers, and may even drive some forms of gastric cancer.  Modern treatment for H. pylori infection focuses on total eradication using so-called “triple therapy,” which includes two antibiotics and an acid-blocker. Treatment of this kind, however, often results in antibiotic-associated imbalances in the gut flora, as well as driving antibiotic-resistant strains of H. pylori which can cause more serious forms of recurrence. This is one reason why there is growing interest in natural alternatives to drug-based treatment, and why we are excited to highlight some of the more compelling research out there on ‘natural cures’ to this common problem.

Here are three clinically tested solutions that may work in tandem, or as a complete alternative to conventional treatment:

  1. Broccoli Sprouts: A study published in Digestive Diseases and Sciences in 2004 titled, “Oral broccoli sprouts for the treatment of Helicobacter pylori infection: a preliminary report“, found that seven of nine patients (78%) who consumed broccoli sprouts (14, 28, or 56 g) twice daily for 7 days were stool antigen negative for H. pylori infection immediately after the completion of therapy and six remained negative at day 35. Broccoli sprouts contain extremely high levels of the sulfur-containing biomolecule sulforaphane which we have identified research on mitigating over 150 different diseases.

  2. Probiotics: A 2012 study published in Inflammation and Allergy Drug Targets titled, “Probiotic multistrain treatment may eradicate Helicobacter pylori from the stomach of dyspeptics: a placebo-controlled pilot study“, found that a 10-day treatment with a multi-strain probiotic in patients with H. pylori associated dyspepsia resulted in 13 of the 40 patients experiencing complete eradication. (Note: The patients received 1.8 trillion alive of the following strains: Streptococcus thermophilus, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium longum, Lactobacillus plantarum, Bifidobacteriuym brevis, Lactobacillus paracasei, Bifidobacterium infantis, Lactobaccilus delbrueckii bulgaricus subspecies). Probiotics fight infection naturally. For additional information consult our research page on probiotics which includes research on its value in over 200 conditions, many of which are infection-related.

  3. Black Seed (Nigella Sativa): A 2010 study published in the Saudi Journal of Gastroenterology titled, “Comparative study of Nigella Sativa and triple therapy in eradication of Helicobacter Pylori in patients with non-ulcer dyspepsia“, found that a dose of only 2 grams of black seed (Nigella Sativa) in combination with an acid blocker was about as effective (67%) as triple therapy (which includes an acid blocker, and two antibiotics) in treating H. pylori infection. Black seed has been studied to have value in a wide range of conditions. Consult our black seed database page for more information.

In addition to these solutions, please consult our growing Helicobacter pylori research page which includes over 50 studied natural, evidence-based interventions, including possible problem substances such as aspirin which may cause underlying damage to the mucosal lining of the digestive tract, producing conditions that lead to the opportunistic overgrowth of “bad” bacteria such as H. pylori.

Also, you can learn more by reading a really wonderful 2014 review published in the World Journal of Gastroenterology titled, “Exploring alternative treatments for Helicobacter pylori infection“, looked at over 300 studies published between 1991 and 2013 which covered plant-based anti-H. pylori activity from around the world, highlighting garlic, licorice, broccoli, green tea, probiotics and the bee products honey and propolis.

Lastly, for additional information on the increasing rise of antibiotic resistant bacteria, and alternatives to conventional treatment suggested by the growing evidence base, consult the following articles:

Article Contributed by Sayer Ji, Founder of

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


Turmeric Produces ‘Remarkable’ Recovery In Alzheimer’s Patients


Turmeric has been used in India for over 5,000 years, which is likely why still today both rural and urban populations have some of the lowest prevalence rates of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) in the world. A recent study on patients with AD found that less than a gram of turmeric daily, taken for three months, resulted in ‘remarkable improvements.’

Alzheimer’s Disease: A Disturbingly Common Modern Rite of Passage

A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), sadly, has become a rite of passage in so-called developed countries.  AD is considered the most common form of dementia, which is defined as a serious loss of cognitive function in previously unimpaired persons, beyond what is expected from normal aging.

A 2006 study estimated that 26 million people throughout the world suffer from this condition, and that by 2050, the prevalence will quadruple, by which time 1 in 85 persons worldwide will be afflicted with the disease.[1]

Given the global extent of the problem, interest in safe and effective preventive and therapeutic interventions within the conventional medical and alternative professions alike are growing.

Unfortunately, conventional drug-based approaches amount to declaring chemical war upon the problem, a mistake which we have documented elsewhere, and which can result in serious neurological harm, as evidenced by the fact that this drug class carries an alarmingly high risk for seizures, according to World Health Organization post-marketing surveillance statistics.[i][2]

What the general public is therefore growing most responsive to is using time-tested, safe, natural and otherwise more effective therapies that rely on foods, spices and familiar culinary ingredients.

Remarkable Recoveries Reported after Administration of Turmeric

Late last year, a remarkable study was published in the journal Ayu titiled “Effects of turmeric on Alzheimer’s disease with behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia.” [ii]  Researchers described three patients with Alzheimer’s disease whose behavioral symptoms were “improved remarkably” as a result of consuming 764 milligram of turmeric (curcumin 100 mg/day) for 12 weeks. According to the study:

“All three patients exhibited irritability, agitation, anxiety, and apathy, two patients suffer from urinary incontinence and wonderings. They were prescribed turmeric powder capsules and started recovering from these symptoms without any adverse reaction in the clinical symptom and laboratory data.”

After only 3 months of treatment, both the patients’ symptoms and the burden on their caregivers were significantly decreased.

The report describes the improvements thusly:

“In one case, the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) score was up five points, from 12/30 to 17/30. In the other two cases, no significant change was seen in the MMSE; however, they came to recognize their family within 1 year treatment. All cases have been taking turmeric for more than 1 year, re-exacerbation of BPSD was not seen.”

This study illustrates just how powerful a simple natural intervention using a time-tested culinary herb can be.  Given that turmeric has been used medicinally and as a culinary ingredient for over 5,000 years in Indian culture, even attaining the status of a ‘Golden Goddess,’ we should not be surprised at this result. Indeed, epidemiological studies of Indian populations reveal that they have a remarkably lower prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease relative to Western nations, [3] and this is true for both rural and more “Westernized” urban areas of India.[4]

Could turmeric be a major reason for this?

Turmeric’s Anti-Alzheimer’s Properties.

The database now contains a broad range of published studies on the value of turmeric, and its primary polyphenol curcumin (which gives it its golden hue), for Alzheimer’s disease prevention and treatment.*

While there are 114 studies on our Turmeric research page indicating turmeric has a neuroprotective set of physiological actions, [5] 30 of these studies are directly connected to turmeric’s anti-Alzheimer’s disease properties.**

Two of these studies are particularly promising, as they reveal that curcumin is capable of enhancing the clearance of the pathological amyloid–beta plaque in Alzheimer’s disease patients,[6] and that in combination with vitamin D3 the neurorestorative process is further enhanced.[7] Additional preclinical research indicates curcumin (and its analogs) has inhibitory and protective effects against Alzheimer’s disease associated β-amyloid proteins.[8] [9] [10]

Other documented Anti-Alzheimer’s mechanisms include:

  • Anti-inflammatory: Curcumin has been found to play a protective role against β-amyloid protein associated inflammation.[11]
  • Anti-oxidative: Curcumin may reduce damage via antioxidant properties.[12]
  • Anti-cytotoxic: Curcumin appears to protect against the cell-damaging effects of β-amyloid proteins.[13] [14]
  • Anti-amyloidogenic: Turmeric contains a variety of compounds (curcumin, tetrahydrocurcumin, demethoxycurcumin and bisdemethoxycurcumin) which may strike to the root pathological cause of Alzheimer’s disease by preventing β-amyloid protein formation.[15] [16] [17] [18]
  • Neurorestorative: Curcuminoids appear to rescue long-term potentiation (an indication of functional memory) impaired by amyloid peptide, and may reverse physiological damage by restoring distorted neurites and disrupting existing plaques. [19] [20]
  • Metal-chelating properties: Curcumin has a higher binding affinity for iron and copper rather than zinc, which may contribute to its protective effect in Alzheimer’s disease, as iron-mediated damage may play a pathological role.[21] [22]

Just The Tip of the Medicine Spice Cabinet

The modern kitchen pantry contains a broad range of anti-Alzheimer’s disease items, which plenty of science now confirms. Our Alzheimer’s research page contains research on 97 natural substances of interest. Top on the list, of course, is curcumin. Others include:

  • Coconut Oil: This remarkable substance contains approximately 66% medium chain triglycerides by weight, and is capable of improving symptoms of cognitive decline in those suffering from dementia by increasing brain-boosing ketone bodies, and perhaps more remarkably, within only one dose, and within only two hours.[23]
  • Cocoa: A 2009 study found that cocoa procyanidins may protect against lipid peroxidation associated with neuronal cell death in a manner relevant to Alzheimer’s disease.[24]
  • Sage: A 2003 study found that sage extract has therapeutic value in patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease.[25]
  • Folic acid: While most of the positive research on this B vitamin has been performed on the semi-synthetic version, which may have unintended, adverse health effects,  the ideal source for this B vitamin is foliage, i.e. green leafy vegetables, as only foods provide folate. Also, the entire B group of vitamins, especially including the homocysteine-modulating B6 and B12,[26] may have the most value in Alzheimer’s disease prevention and treatment.
  • Resveratrol: this compound is mainly found in the Western diet in grapes, wine, peanuts and chocolate. There are 16 articles on our website indicating it has anti-Alzheimer’s properties.[27]

Other potent natural therapies include:

  • Gingko biloba: is one of the few herbs proven to be at least as effective as the pharmaceutical drug Aricept in treating and improving symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.[28] [29]
  • Melissa offinalis: this herb, also known as Lemon Balm, has been found to have therapeutic effect in patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease.[30]
  • Saffron: this herb compares favorably to the drug donepezil in the treatment of mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s disease.[31]

As always, the important thing to remember is that it is our diet and environmental exposures that largely determine our risk of accelerated brain aging and associated dementia. Prevention is an infinitely better strategy, especially considering many of the therapeutic items mentioned above can be used in foods as spices.  Try incorporating small, high-quality culinary doses of spices like turmeric into your dietary pattern, remembering that ‘adding it to taste,’ in a way that is truly enjoyable, may be the ultimate standard for determining what a ‘healthy dose’ is for you.

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

Cannabis Superior To Drugs For Inflammatory Bowel Condition (Crohn’s Disease)

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When drugs fail, and surgery is the only remaining option on the horizon, smoking cannabis may provide an effective and safe natural alternative for the debilitating inflammatory bowel disease known as Crohn’s disease. 

Crohn’s disease is a debilitating inflammatory bowel disease that chronically affects the lining of the digestive tract and is usually resistant to conventional drug-based treatment. Even with treatment the condition generally progresses to the point where surgery is required in 70% of sufferers. Surgery, however, does not usually provide a cure, with 30% undergoing surgery seeing a recurrence of symptoms within three years, and 60% within 10 years.1

Given the poor prognosis of those diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, some with the condition have been known to experiment with natural alternatives. At we have gathered preliminary research on natural interventions for the condition, with probiotics, boswellia and curcumin (a turmeric polyphenol) top on the list. We have also spent a good deal of time reporting on research indicating that wheat is an inflammatory food to the digestive tract and therefore should likely be avoided by anyone with an inflammatory bowel condition.

One potential remedy for Crohn’s disease that we have not yet reported on is cannabis. Animal research already indicates that it can ameliorate colitis, an inflammatory condition of the colon. There is also an established role of cannabis within gastroenterology for the following conditions: “anorexia, emesis, abdominal pain, gastroenteritis, diarrhea, intestinal inflammation, and diabetic gastroparesis.”2 Additionally, a retrospective observational study from 2011 found that 21 of the 30 patients who imbibed inhaled cannabis saw significant improvement, with patients requiring steroid treatment reduced from 26 to 4. [view the full PDF here]

These preliminary results set the groundwork for a new study investigating cannabis in Crohn’s patients published this month in the journal Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology and titled, “Cannabis Induces a Clinical Response in Patients With Crohn’s Disease: A Prospective Placebo-Controlled Study.” [view the full PDF here]

In the new study — the first randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blinded study of its kind on the topic — researchers studied 21 patients (mean age 40) with Crohn’s disease who did not respond to drug therapy (steroids, immunomodulators, or anti–tumor necrosis factor-α agents). Patients were randomly assigned to be given cannabis, twice daily, in the form of cigarettes containing 115 mg of (THC) or placebo containing cannabis flowers from which the THC had been extracted.

The study participants were assessed during 8 weeks of treatment and 2 weeks thereafter and saw the following remarkable results:

Complete remission (CDAI score, <150) was achieved by 5 of 11 subjects in the cannabis group (45%) and 1 of 10 in the placebo group (10%; P = .43). A clinical response (decrease in CDAI score of >100) was observed in 10 of 11 subjects in the cannabis group (90%; from 330 ± 105 to 152 ± 109) and 4 of 10 in the placebo group (40%; from 373 ± 94 to 306 ± 143; P = .028). Three patients in the cannabis group were weaned from steroid dependency. Subjects receiving cannabis reported improved appetite and sleep, with no significant side effects. [emphasis added]

The authors concluded cannabis was a clinically effective intervention in 10 of 11 patients:

“Although the primary end point of the study (induction of remission) was not achieved, a short course (8 weeks) of THC-rich cannabis produced significant clinical, steroid-free benefits to 10 of 11 patients with active Crohn’s disease, compared with placebo, without side effects. Further studies, with larger patient groups and a nonsmoking mode of intake, are warranted.” [emphasis added]

How Does Cannabis Work?

The primary mechanisms through which cannabis exhibits healing properties in Crohn’s disease are its immunomodulatory and anti-inflammatory properties:

“Cannabinoids have a profound anti-inflammatory effect, mainly through the CB2 receptor 2]. Cell-mediated immunity was found to be impaired in] chronic marijuana users [6]. A potent anti-inflammatory effect of cannabis was observed in rodents [7]. Studying the functional roles of the endocannabinoid system in immune modulation reveals that it is involved in almost all major immune events. Cannabinoids shift the balance of proinflammatory cytokines and anti-inflammatory cytokines (towards the T helper cell type 2 profiles (Th2 phenotype and suppress cell-mediated immunity, whereas humoral immunity may be enhanced [8]. Therefore, cannabinoids may be used to treat various inflammatory conditions ,including rheumatoid arthritis.” [Source]

For more information on the myriad therapeutic properties of cannabis visit our cannabis research database.


2 Naftali, T., Bar Lev, L., Yablekovitch, D. et al. Treatment of Crohn’s disease with cannabis: an observational study. Isr Med Assoc J. 2011; 13: 455–458

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


Coconut Oil Pulling Superior To Chemicals For Oral Health (VIDEO)


Swishing your mouth out with coconut oil may be a more effective and safer alternative to chemical mouthwashes, according to new research. 

A new study has proven for the first time that the oral use of coconut oil is effective in reducing plaque related to gingivitis, a common form of inflammation in the gum tissue of the mouth that occurs in response to bacterial biofilms (known as plaque) adhering to the surfaces of the teeth and which can lead to more serious oral condition known as periodontal disease.

Titled, “Effect of coconut oil in plaque related gingivitis – a preliminary report“, and published in the Nigerian Medical Journal, researchers decided to test the hypothesis that the increasingly common practice of “oil pulling or oil swishing therapy” today, is as effective for maintaining oral health as has been believed for centuries. Oil pulling, in fact, is a traditional therapy that stretches at least as far back as 1500 years ago, where it was mentioned in the early Ayurvedic text, the Charaka Samhita, and which we covered in our article “Oil Pulling: Ancient Secret for Optimal Health.” Yet, traditional oil pulling was believed performed mainly with sesame oil, with available published studies also using sesame seed oil and not coconut.

The new study aimed to fill the data gap on coconut oil:

“No studies have been done on the benefits of oil pulling using coconut oil to date. So a pilot study was planned to assess the effect of coconut oil pulling on plaque induced gingivitis.”

The study enrolled 60 subjects between 16-18 years of age with plaque induced gingivitis. No control was used, rather, “the study was designed to compare the baseline values and the post intervention values in a single group performing coconut oil pulling in addition to their oral hygiene routine.” The subjects were measured for plaque and gingival indices at baseline (day 0), and then on days 1, 7, 15, 30 after the oil pulling was started.

The results were reported as follows:

“The mean gingival index was 0.91 and the plaque index was 1.19 at baseline. In comparison to the baseline values both the gingival and the plaque indices substantially reduced during the period of assessment. There was a steady decline in both the plaque index and the gingival index values from day 7. The average gingival index score on day 30 was down to 0.401 (from .91) and the plaque index score was 0.385 (from 1.19)

The results were found to be statistically significant, indicating that coconut oil is an effective treatment for reducing gingivitis symptoms and plaque build-up on the teeth.

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The reduction of gingivitis and plaque scores within 30 days.

How does it work?

First, coconut oil is a well-known anti-microbial agent, and may have direct anti-bacterial properties due, in part, to its lauric acid content. Second, oil pulling results in the emulsification of coconut oil which greatly increases its surface area and once formed on the surface of the teeth reduces plaque adhesion and bacterial aggregation, according to the study. Third, coconut oil produces a soap like substance when the saliva mixes with the oil (a process known as saponification). This is also why coconut is used in soap-making. According to the study, “The soaps produced with coconut oil can lather well and have an increased cleansing action. The lauric acid in the coconut oil can easily react with sodium hydroxide in saliva during oil pulling to form sodium laureate, the main constituent of soap which might be responsible for the cleansing action and decreased plaque accumulation.”

A video showing you how to oil pull.

Why coconut is better than chemical mouthwashes

The most commonly used active ingredient in mouthwashes are chlorhexidine, phenol (Listerine) and amine/stannous fluoride (Meridol), with chlorhexidine being the most effective at controlling plaque induced gingivitis and inhibiting bacteria. The problem, however, with chemical mouthwashes is that they have significant, even irreversible adverse side effects:

“Chlorhexidine on long term use alters taste sensation and produces brown staining on the teeth which is very difficult to remove. The mucous membranes and the tongue can also be affected and may be related to the precipitation of chromogenic dietary factors on to the teeth and mucous membranes. Staining is also associated with the of long term use of Phenol compound and stannous fluoride containing mouth washes.”

In contradistinction, the researchers noted coconut oil does not appear to carry these side effects:

“In the present study there were no reported alterations in the taste or noticeable staining from coconut oil at the end of 4 weeks.”

The study concluded that “Oil pulling has been proven to be an effective method in reducing plaque formation and plaque induced gingivitis. This preliminary study shows that coconut oil is an easily usable, safe and cost effective agent with minimal side effects which can be used as an adjuvant in oral hygiene maintenance.”

For further research on alternative mouthwashes consult the following research:

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