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Friday, February 16, 2018

Plums and Health

The ability of plum and prune to increase absorption of iron into the body has also been documented in published research. This ability of plum and prune to make iron more available may be related to the vitamin C content of this fruit. Our food ranking system qualified plums as a very good source of vitamin C.

In addition to assisting with absorption of iron, vitamin C is needed in the body to make healthy tissue and is also needed for a strong immune system. Getting a little extra vitamin C around cold and flu season is a good idea, and may also be helpful for people who suffer from recurrent ear infections. Vitamin C also helps to protect cholesterol from becoming oxidized by free radicals. Since oxidized cholesterol is the kind that builds up in the arteries and causes damage to blood vessels, some extra vitamin C can be helpful for people who suffer from atherosclerosis or diabetic heart disease.
In addition, vitamin C can help neutralize free radicals that could otherwise contribute to the development or progression of conditions like asthma, colon cancer, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis, so vitamin C may be able to help those who are at risk or suffering from these conditions.
Owing to the multitude of vitamin C's health benefits, it is not surprising that research has shown that consumption of vegetables and fruits high in this nutrient is associated with a reduced risk of death from all causes including heart disease, stroke and cancer.

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Growing Herbs in the Garden - II

Also known as Pot Marjoram,Origanum vulgare is a perennial herb and a native of the Mediterranean region. The plant grows to over two feet tall and has oval grayish-green leaves that are frequently used in pizza, spaghetti and marinara sauces, plus many other Italian dishes. It also complements beef or lamb stews, gravies, salads, soups, even tomato juice.
 It's small flowers can be lilac, pink, purple, or white.Possessing medicinal properties dating back centuries, modern herbalists promote many potential health benefits and home-grown remedies derived from this most versatile herb.

Oregano needs only a moderately fertile soil to thrive in, though drainage and friability are important. Plant outdoors 12 inches apart after all danger of frost has passed. 

Plants are easily started from seed, stem cuttings, or mature root division.
Oregano appreciates being hoed regularly and neighboring weeds should be kept under control. Mulching with hay helps keep plants clean outdoors. Oregano lends itself well to container and hydroponic methods of cultivation.

When flowers appear, oregano is ready to be harvested, unless continuous picking of leaves during growth prevents flowering. About six weeks after planting, trim oregano shoots to within one inch of the center which will stimulate lush, bushy growth.

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Natural Alternatives

To reduce the risk of breast cancer as well as live a longer, healthier life, every effort should be made by women to control their blood pressure and cholesterol levels through dietary, lifestyle and nutritional supplementation strategies.The results of these studies are a significant cause for concern and underline the importance of using effective natural, non-drug approaches to lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels in
women.Millions of prescriptions are filled yearly with the hope of reducing people's risks of cardiovascular disease (CVD).
But, looking at the results from detailed studies, the majority of people on statin drugs, especially women, are achieving no real benefit from these drugs.The reality is that statins are very expensive medicines, provide very limited benefit and carry with them considerable risks for side effects.
Keep in mind that cholesterol levels don't change overnight.Allicin is the active ingredient is garlic.



Sinus infection, or sinusitis, is an inflammation of the sinuses and nasal passages. A sinus infection can cause a headache or pressure in the eyes, nose, cheek area, or on one side of the head. A person with a sinus infection may also have a cough, a fever, bad breath, and nasal congestion with thick nasal secretions. Sinusitis is categorized as acute (sudden onset) or chronic (long term, the most common type).

Anatomy of the sinuses (also called paranasal sinuses): The human skull contains four major pairs of hollow air-filled-cavities called sinuses. These are connected to the space between the nostrils and the nasal passage. Sinuses help insulate the skull, reduce its weight, and allow the voice to resonate within it. The four major pairs of sinuses are the:
  • frontal sinuses (in the forehead),
  • maxillary sinuses (behind the cheek bones),
  • ethmoid sinuses (between the eyes), and
  • sphenoid sinuses (behind the eyes).
  • Promote drainage:
  • Drink plenty of water and hydrating beverages such as hot tea.Inhale steam two to four times per day by leaning over a bowl of hot water (not while the water is on the stove) or using a steam vaporizer.
  • Inhale the steam for about 10 minutes. Taking a hot, steamy shower may also work. Mentholated preparations, such as Vicks Vapo-Rub, can be added to the water or vaporizer to aid in opening the passageways.

Get Steamed - Using a humidifier or vaporizer will provide moisture to thin mucus and encourage drainage. Frequent steam baths, or even making a tent with a towel while standing over a pan of hot water can also help.
· Essential Oils - The addition of eucalyptus or peppermint oils (6-8 drops) to the vaporizer or steam water, or 1 drop placed on a tissue and inhaled, or 2-4 drops placed on a hot compress and held over the eyes and nose, can also help to thin mucus and clear sinus pathways.
· Think Hot – Consume liberal amounts of alliums, such as garlic and onion to enhance mucus secretion. Horseradish will get things moving too. (Note: Check with your physician if you are diabetic since high doses of garlic can inconsistently raise or lower blood sugar levels.)
· Go Green – Reduce or eliminate animal products from your diet which are high in arachidonic acid that leads to the production of leukotrienes, an allergy trigger 1,000 times more potent than histamine.
250 – 500 mg. capsule form
1 – 2 grams dried root, prepared as tea
¼ to ½ tsp. fluid extract in 1 cup water
150 - 300 mg. capsule form
0.5 - 1 gram dried root, prepared as tea
½ - 1 tsp. (2-4 ml) fluid extract in 1 cup water
250 – 500 mg. capsule form
2 – 4 grams dried root, prepared as tea
½ - 1 tsp. (2-4 ml) fluid extract in 1 cup water

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Caloric the life of primates

There is insufficient evidence to show that caloric restriction helps slow aging among people. Although observational studies have pointed out that average weight people tend to live the most, there are scientists who believe that longevity taken soon by genetic factors.
Primates WNPRC control group, ate large quantities of food compared to those in NIA study, which received fixed gate. For these reasons, it is possible that study results WNPRC be due to a control group of individuals who eat unhealthy, rather than the group that was “longevity diet” caloric restriction.

On the other hand, scientists who study caloric restriction in mice confronted with conflicting results, which we attributed to genetic diversity. It is possible that genetic variations explain some contradictory results found in the two studies in monkeys, apes NIA given that originated in India and China, while those of WNPRC came only in India.
Over time, several studies have supported the idea that caloric restriction helps extend life. Such experiments were performed on cylindrical worms and rats. More recently, molecular studies have suggested that caloric restriction, or the use of compounds that mimic this process could trigger a cascade of changes in gene expression, a phenomenon that would lead to slower aging.
New news coming from scientists could to please those who like to indulge in calories rich food. Recent research conducted by the National Institute for the Study of Aging (NIA), from Maryland, suggest that caloric restriction does not help to extend the life of primates.


Friday, December 1, 2017

Herbal Medicine -HOMEOPATHY - part III

Herbal Medicine Materia Medica and Herbal

Catmint:Carminative, anti-spasmodic, diaphoretic, nervine, astringent.Catnip is one of the traditional cold and flu remedies.Preparations & Dosage: Infusion: pour a cup of boiling water onto 2 teaspoonfuls of the dried herb and leave to infuse for 10-15 minutes. This should be drunk three times a day.

Echinacea Spp.: Anti-microbial, immunomodulator, anti-catarrhal, alterative.,Echinacea is one of the primary remedies for helping the body rid itself of microbial infections...Preparations & Dosage: Decoction: put 1-2 teaspoonfuls of the root in one cup of water and bring it slowly to boil. Let it simmer for 10-15 minutes. This should be drunk three times a day. Tincture: take 1-4 ml of the tincture three times a day.
Celery Seeds: Anti-rheumatic, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, carminative, anti-spasmodic, nervine.Celery Seeds find their main use in the treatment of rheumatism,arthritis and gout. They are especially useful in rheumatoid arthritis where there is an associated mental depression...Preparations & Dosage: Infusion; pour a cup of boiling water onto l-2 teaspoonfuls of freshly crushed seeds. Leave to infuse for l0-l5 minutes. This should be drunk three times a day.

Peppermint:Carminative, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, aromatic,diaphoretic, anti-emetic, nervine, anti-microbial, analgesic.Peppermint is an excellent carminative, having a relaxingeffect on the muscles of the digestive system, combats flatulence andstimulates bile and digestive juice flow. It is used to relieve intestinalcolic, flatulent dyspepsia and associated conditionsPreparations &

 Dosage: Infusion: pour a cup of boiling water onto aheaped teaspoonful of the dried herb and leave to infuse for l0 minutes... Thismay be drunk as often as desired.
Stone Root:Collinsonia canadensis,Root and rhizome., Anti-lithic, diuretic, diaphoretic.As its name suggests, Stone Root finds its main use in thetreatment and prevention of stone and gravel in the urinarysystem and the gall-bladder. It can be used as a prophylactic but is alsoexcellent when the body is in need of help in passing stones of gravel. It isalso a strong diuretic...

Preparations & Dosage: Decoction: put l-2 teaspoonfuls of the dried root in a cup of water, bring to boiling and simmer for l0-l5 minutes. This should be drunk three times a day.Tincture: take 1-2 ml of the tincture three times a day.

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