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Study: Yoga helps breast cancer patients

June 10th, 2006

ATLANTA, Georgia (AP) — Women going through treatment for breast cancer felt better when they tried Yoga, according to one of the first scientific studies of its kind.

“Our belief is something as simple and brief as a short (Yoga) program would be very useful” at combating side effects from cancer treatment, said Lorenzo Cohen, a psychologist who led the pilot study.

Yoga incorporates Meditation, Relaxation, imagery, controlled Breathing, stretching and physical movements. Although the study was small and preliminary, it’s one of the few to try to rigorously measure the benefits of this form of Exercise, Cohen said.

Researchers at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center focused on 61 women who had Surgery for breast cancer and now were getting six weeks of radiation treatment. Thirty women were assigned to a test group that took twice-a-week Yoga classes. The others did not.

At the end of six weeks, study participants filled out detailed questionnaires grading their ability to lift groceries, walk a mile and perform other physical activities. They also were asked about feelings of fatigue, their sense of well-being and other aspects of their quality of life.

Their scores were converted to a scale that ranged from 0 to 100. The researchers found the Yoga group consistently had higher scores in almost every area. It was most pronounced in physical function — the Yoga group had a mean score of about 82, compared with 69 for the other group.

Participants said they were in better general health, were less fatigued A.D.H.D.fewer problems with daytime sleepiness. But the researchers found no differences between the groups in measurements of Depression or Anxiety.

The researchers drew blood and took saliva samples in an effort to measure the participants’ Immune System function and Stress levels, but those results are not finished yet, said Cohen, who presented the results at a medical conference in Atlanta held by the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

A future study will have one group do stretching and another Yoga, to see if there is a difference in the result, Cohen said.

Traditionally, such scientific approaches have been lacking in the assessment of Yoga’s medical benefits, said Alan Kristal, an epidemiology professor at the University of Washington School of Public Health and Community Medicine.

Due in part to increased federal funding for research into alternative therapies, more rigorous studies have emerged in the last three or four years that attempt to provide harder proof, Kristal said.

Recent studies have demonstrated the benefits of Yoga for cancer patients and people with carpal tunnel syndrome. Kristal co-authored a study last year that found middle-aged people who regularly did Yoga lost weight over 10 years while a non-Yoga group gained, on average, more than 13 pounds.

The National Cancer Institute recently awarded Cohen and his team $2.4 million to study the effects of Tibetan Yoga on women with breast cancer undergoing chemotherapy. It was the largest ever federal grant for the study of Tibetan Yoga in cancer patients.

Teresita Ladrillo, 52, a Houston breast cancer patient currently taking Yoga classes at M.D. Anderson, said the stretching helped her regain flexibility in her right arm, which was limited by Scarring from surgeries and other treatments.

Learning to control her Breathing through Yoga has helped her to calm and sleep, she said.

“Whenever you do Yoga, the first thing they tell you is forget everything else and just Focus on your Breathing,” she said. “There’s something to be said for being still.”

Courtesy of CNN - Read full story here.

Essential Oil Blend For Spider Bites

June 10th, 2006

Dilute 3 drops of Lavender and 2 drops of Chamomile Essential Oil in a teaspoon of alcohol. Blend together well and apply to the area three times-over one day should suffice.

Black Widow Spider Bites

Lavender Essential Oil is reputed to neutralize the poison of this spider. Apply 10 neat drops to the area every 2 or 3 minutes until you get to the hospital.

L-Glutamine - The Miracle Amino Acid and How You Can Benefit From Its Use

June 10th, 2006

I don’t believe in miracles - I depend upon them. - Raymond Dale

I am absolutely mystified… For some strange reason L-Glutamine, as it was officially christened, as of today has not been truly discovered by the world at large! What do I mean by discovered?

Well, it just seems a little odd to me that an amino acid that composes the greater portion of your skeletal muscle mass and is depleted through daily and excessive physical exertion does not play a bigger role in repair, recovery and general maintenance of…well the greater than 60% of your body. L-Glutamine is an amino acid found in Proteins of all life forms and is classified as a semi-essential or conditionally essential amino acid. This means that under normal circumstances the body can synthesize sufficient L-Glutamine to meet physiological demands. Nonetheless, there are conditions where the body cannot do so.

So my dilemma is, should I open up the floodgates and exclaim to the world how important glutamine is or should I contribute to the suppression of what I view as one of the most vital elements necessary for bodily integrity and overall health? You know what… I’m going to do what I do and that is to speak the truth, and I’ll let you determine how vital L-Glutamine is to you. Okay? Great!

Of late, L-Glutamine has come to be reputed as merely an important amino acid when the body is subjected to such metabolic Stress situations as Trauma (including surgical Trauma), cancer, sepsis and burns, this list also includes traumas or excessive uses as hard-core training for Athletics, emotional Stress and the daily rigors of a demanding lifestyle, I couldn’t agree more.

Under these conditions, L-Glutamine becomes an essential amino acid, and it is therefore very important to ensure adequate intake or replacement of the amino acid in order to meet the increased physiological and psychological demands created by these circumstances. But again, with all the physiological, psychological and shall we even dare say spiritual stressors that we are subjected to…my personal assessment (guess) is that L-Glutamine is far more important to us than those who are in the positions of power, persuasion and leverage might have us believe. Logic dictates that if we fall apart faster, more often and do so frequently…well there is just the system already in place to take care of us…think bout it!

Luckily L-Glutamine is indeed and without argument the most abundant amino acid found in the body, (thank goodness for science) and plasma (blood) L-Glutamine levels are the highest of any amino acid. L-Glutamine is predominantly manufactured (synthesized) and stored in skeletal muscle. The amino acid L-glutamate is metabolized to L-Glutamine in a reaction catalyzed (To initiate a chemical reaction and enable it to proceed under different conditions) by the enzyme L-Glutamine synthase, a reaction which, in addition to L-glutamate, requires ammonia, ATP and magnesium…ya’ dig?

And if that isn’t fascinating enough, L-Glutamine is also an overtly multipurpose amino acid and participates in many particular reactions in the body. L-Glutamine is very important in the regulation of acid-base balance and L-Glutamine additionally allows the kidneys to excrete an acid load, protecting the body against acidosis. This is accomplished by the production of ammonia, which binds hydrogen ions, to produce ammonium cations (a positively charged polyatomic ion of the chemical formula NH4+ and a molecular mass of 18.04, resulting from protonation of ammonia (NH3).) that are excreted in the urine along with chloride anions. Bicarbonate ions are simultaneously released into the bloodstream.

If that just ain’t powerful enough, check this out…glutamine helps protect the body against ammonia toxicity by transporting ammonia, in the form of L-Glutamine’s amide group, from peripheral tissues to visceral organs, where it can be excreted as ammonium by the kidneys or converted to urea by the liver. Sorry about the science mumbo-jumbo, but because I whole-heartedly feel L-Glutamine is so important, I only think that it is right to convey these messages, so without further delay…a little more uh…mumbo-jumbo (gibberish).

This miracle amino acid also participates in other metabolic activities such as; serving as the most important nitrogen shuttle, supplying nitrogen for metabolic purposes (from L-Glutamine-producing tissues, such as skeletal muscle) to L-Glutamine-consuming tissues. Pretty cool huh? Well that isn’t the whole shebang, please continue.

Besides all that good stuff, L-Glutamine also participates in the formation of purine and pyrimidine nucleotides, amino sugars (such as Glucosamine), L-glutamate and other Amino Acids, nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide and glutathione. As well as the participation in protein synthesis, energy production and, if necessary, the production of D-glucose and glycogen. Importantly, L-Glutamine can serve as the primary respiratory substrate (The material or substance on which an enzyme acts or a surface on which an organism grows or is attached) for the production of energy in enterocytes and lymphocytes.

Glutamine is considered an immunonutrient, and supplemental L-Glutamine is used in medical foods for such Stress situations as the above mentioned traumas, cancers, infections and burns and post-burn infections to all degrees.

Supplemental L-Glutamine’s possible immunomodulatory role may be accounted for in a number of ways. L-Glutamine appears to play a major role in protecting the integrity of the gastrointestinal tract and, in particular, the large intestine. During catabolic states, the integrity of the intestinal mucosa may be compromised with consequent increased intestinal permeability and translocation of Gram-negative bacteria from the large intestine into the body.

The requirement for L-Glutamine by the intestine, as well as by cells such as lymphocytes, appears to be much greater than that supplied by skeletal muscle, the major storage tissue for L-Glutamine add L-Glutamine is the preferred respiratory fuel for enterocytes, colonocytes and lymphocytes. Therefore, supplying supplemental L-Glutamine under these conditions may do a number of things. For one, it more than likely will reverse the catabolic state by sparing skeletal muscle L-Glutamine. It also may inhibit translocation of Gram-negative bacteria from the large intestine. L-Glutamine helps maintain secretory IgA, which functions primarily by preventing the attachment of bacteria to mucosal cells.

Gastrointestinal Performance.

There is now a significant body of evidence that connects L-Glutamine enriched diets with positive intestinal effects; the aiding and maintenance of gut barrier function, intestinal cell propagation, as well as assisting in the general reduction of septic morbidity. The reason for such cleansing properties is thought to emanate from the fact that the intestinal extraction rate of L-Glutamine is higher than that for other Amino Acids and is subsequently thought to be the most viable option when endeavoring to alleviate conditions relating to the intestine.

These conditions were discovered after comparing plasma concentration within the stomach between L-Glutamine enriched and non L-Glutamine enriched diets. However, even though L-Glutamine is thought to have cleansing properties and effects, it is unknown to what extent it has clinical benefits, due to the varied concentrations of L-Glutamine in varieties of food.

Moreover, L-Glutamine appears to be required to support the increase of mitogen-stimulated lymphocytes, as well as the production of interleukin-2 (IL-2) and interferon-gamma (IFN-gamma). It is also required for the maintenance of lymphokine-activated killer cells (LAK). L-Glutamine can enhance phagocytosis by neutrophils and monocytes. It can lead to an increased synthesis of glutathione in the intestine, which may also play a role in maintaining the integrity of the intestinal mucosa by ameliorating oxidative Stress.

But the precise mechanism of the possible immunomodulatory action of supplemental L-Glutamine on the other hand, still remains unresolved. My guess is and it is more than conceivable that the major effect of L-Glutamine occurs at the level of the intestine (in the tummy). And perchance enteral L-Glutamine acts expressly on intestine-associated lymphoid tissue and stimulates overall Immune Function by that mechanism, without passing beyond the splanchnic bed.

Glutamine Reduces Post-Burn Infections

By referrence from a fairly recent study in Critical Care Medicine (2003; 31:2444–9) L-Glutamine lowers infection risk and may lead to fewer deaths and shorter hospital stays in burn victims. In the study, 41 adults under the age of 65 years with severe burns covering between 20 and 80% of their skin were assigned to receive standard nutrition through a feeding tube supplemented with 4.3 grams of L-Glutamine or supplemented with other Amino Acids (aspartic acid, asparagine, and glycine) every four hours (up to 26 grams per day). Treatment was continued until complete healing of the burns occurred. Time spent in the hospital, incidence of blood infections, and the number of deaths was recorded.

The incidence of blood infections was three times higher in individuals receiving the control mixture than in those getting supplemental L-Glutamine in their feeding tube. No deaths occurred in the group receiving L-Glutamine among the 19 individuals who survived the first 72 hours, compared with eight deaths among the 16 people in the control group who survived the first 72 hours. Time spent in the hospital was also significantly reduced in those receiving L-Glutamine. The anticatabolic/anabolic activity of supplemental L-Glutamine can be explicated by its effect in and its efficiency in sparing skeletal muscle L-Glutamine stores. L-Glutamine powder is a flavorless, easy-mixing, pure, free amino acid powder.

What it can do for you…

Clinical studies reveal that L-Glutamine supplementation can help support recovery after intensive training by promoting energy replenishment, maintaining a healthy Immune System and by maximizing your body’s buffering capacity against lactic acid build-up.

Again, L-Glutamine is the most common amino acid found in your muscles - over 6o% of skeletal muscle is indeed L-Glutamine. It consists of 19% nitrogen, making it the primary transporter of nitrogen into your muscle cells. During extreme training, L-Glutamine levels are greatly depleted in your body, which decreases strength, Stamina and recovery. It could take up to a week for L-Glutamine levels to return to normal. L-Glutamine supplementation can minimize breakdown of muscle and improve protein Metabolism.

In addition to playing key roles in protein Metabolism, cell volumizing and anti-catabolism, L-Glutamine will also increase your ability to secrete Human Growth Hormone, which helps metabolize body-fat and support new muscle tissue growth. L-Glutamine’s anti-catabolism ability prevents the breakdown of your muscular integrity. This is especially useful for those of you ‘cutting down’. Especially during the spring into summer when you’re trying to get rid of unwanted body fat, without losing any hard-earned muscle.

Especially notably because L-Glutamine levels are depleted during workouts, bodybuilders are more susceptible to illnesses and this is why L-Glutamine supplementation is so important, not necessarily to gain more muscle, but for the sustenance of muscular integrity and bodily Vitality and because L-Glutamine supplementation promotes a positive nitrogen balance and prevents the loss of muscle. Recent studies have also shown that taking just 2 grams of L-Glutamine can increase growth hormone levels by a staggering 400%.

Now, if all this is not proof enough for you to do a little research of your own, then I just don’t know what to tell ya’, but if I have contributed to triggering your interest in L-Glutamine, I have done what I set out to do…and that is to convey TRUTH! Here is to you, your Vitality and to the truth. –Know Thyself!

About the author

Kurt’s website, as well as his Provo Utah Private Fitness Facility Synergy Fitness Systems, specializes in in providing leading edge Exercise and nutrition programs and the Neo Physis super premium supplement line. All of these superior products offer superior results.

Onion and Garlic - Herbal Profile

June 10th, 2006

Onions don’t just make us cry and Garlic isn’t just for vampires. Onions and Garlic have been used as Spices in cooking for thousands of years and they are usually the first ones thrown in to the frying pan. However, these tasty ingredients are often confined to the kitchen because few people know of the many uses of Garlic and onions outside cooking. They contribute a lot to our health and are a couple of the more widely used Herbs in Alternative Medicine.


From the early beginnings of traditional medicine, the onion has been famous for its healing powers. Onions were speculated to have antiseptic properties and were often used in wound dressings and washes to protect wounds from infection. When taken internally, as in onion soup, it is an effective expectorant for coughs, Colds and even bronchitis. Slow and frequent sips of the soup were thought to relieve Sore Throats and Sinusitis. It could also break high fevers.

Onions are thought to have Diuretic properties and are good for people suffering from Arthritis and Gout. Onions were used as a remedy for flatulence and Constipation as well as disorders of the liver. It is also considered generally as an aid in digestion by acting as a tonic to the liver thus stimulating it to produce bile.

Onions are famous for their ability to lower High Blood Pressure and dissolve and prevent the formation of blood clots by improving circulation. It also purifies the blood with its Diuretic property. Cases of anemia have also been treated with onions.

When used externally, onions can remedy a lot of skin problems. The juice of the onion is widely used in the treatment for stings, insect bites, animal bites, cuts, boils, abscesses and even burns. Onion juice is also good for toothache, earache and warts. A poultice made of onions is known to cure chilblains. When inhaled, it can relieve Headaches. Lastly, when handled correctly, onions can be a very potent Aphrodisiac.


Nowadays, Garlic is mostly thought of as a culinary component. But with the recent emergence of Garlic pills that are used as a health supplement for certain conditions, people are starting to realize its healing prowess. As with the onion, the use of the bulb of the Garlic in Herbal Medicine dates back at least a thousand years and it is used in a lot of different ways. Garlic is known for its ability to prevent and cure infections. It is also well-known in treating simple to serious respiratory disorders such as asthma, Influenza and Sore Throats, bronchitis and lung infections. Garlic is also used as a decongestant and expectorant to relieve the discomforts of asthma, cough and chest infections.

In the Digestive System, Garlic has been found to have a good effect on the liver and also in the intestines for it helps flush out worm infestations. It is a general Cleanser of the alimentary canal and an over-all aid to digestion.

Probably the most profound of its benefits is its ability to treat certain disorders of the blood. It has the ability to lower blood pressure as well as blood Sugar Levels. It can also treat excessive blood clotting.

When used externally, it also has a lot of benefits. Garlic is crushed and macerated then mixed with oil or made into an ointment. This is effective in treating stings, insect and animal bites, cuts and ringworm. This mixture or ointment applied to certain areas is able to relieve the pain and inflammation of the joints in Rheumatism and sprains. When rubbed into the chest, it could also lessen labored Breathing and chest infections as well as earaches.

About the author

Michael Russell

Your Independent Herbal guide.

Naturally Improve Your Digestion and Digestive System

June 10th, 2006

Acute and chronic Digestive Problems and disorders includes a broad spectrum ranging from Heartburn, Indigestion, GERD and Acid Reflux, IBS, inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s, Colitis, Gastritis to other troublesome digestive symptoms including gas, Bloating, diarrhea and Constipation.

The family of digestive disturbances amounts to more than 2 million physician outpatient visits annually and almost 40% of referrals to a gastroenterologist.

Increasing public awareness with respect to the many diseases of the Digestive System enables the best possible medical outcome and quality of life for current and future patients with digestive diseases. The importance of prevention, early diagnosis, and appropriate care for diseases of the Digestive System needs to be Stressed.

  • More than 70 million people suffer from Digestive Disorders that interfere with their work and their lives.
  • More people can be hospitalized for digestive diseases than for any other type of illness.
  • Digestive diseases can be life-threatening; colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of death from cancer in the United States alone.
  • Digestive diseases cost the nation an estimated $91 billion annually in health care costs, lost work days and premature deaths.

Poor digestion is also often at the root of many chronic ailments, such as low energy, pain, inflammation, Arthritis, and Allergies.

Natural Remedies and treatment options for Digestive Problems and disorders include diet, Herbs, Supplements, home remedies, alternative therapies and more.

Natural and Alternative Treatments for Digestive Problems and Improving Your Digestion

  • Peppermint oil (Mentha piperita) - Abdominal pain, the most frequent and disabling symptom of IBS, improves when the intestinal smooth muscles are relaxed. Peppermint oil can reduce abdominal pain and distension of IBS, possibly by blocking the influx of calcium into muscle cells and inhibiting excess contraction of intestinal smooth muscles. It is a carminative, which means it helps eliminate Intestinal Gas. Mentha piperita is found in Native RemediesDigestAssist for fast-acting relief.

  • Fennel seed (Foeniculum vulgare) - Fennel is another herb that is used to relieve spasm of the gastrointestinal tract, feelings of fullness, and flatulence. In Germany, Fennel seed is licensed as a standard medical tea for dyspepsia. Fennel is also found in Native RemediesDigestAssist.

  • Gamma-oryzanol - Gamma-oryzanol is a natural substance isolated from rice bran oil. Studies have shown that it protects the mucus lining of the gastrointestinal tract by regulating Nervous system control and exerts anti-oxidant activity. Clinically, gamma-oryzanol has been found to be effective in a broad range of gastrointestinal complaints, including Irritable bowel.

  • Magnesium is a mineral that has been used widely for treating abdominal Cramps and Constipation. It is obtained naturally from the diet, and is required for many metabolic activities in the body. Absorption of magnesium is reduced by high intake of calcium, alcohol, Surgery, diuretics, liver or Kidney Disease, and oral contraceptive use. Fatigue, fibromyalgia, Migraine, premenstrual syndrome, and dysmenorrhea are conditions associated with magnesium deficiency. Women with premenstrual syndrome who were found to have low magnesium were more likely to have excess sensitivity to pain with generalized Aches and Pains. Magnesium is an ingredient found in many of Native Remedies’ treatments for a wide range of conditions, such as RealHeal for pain and healing; Serenite-LT for Insomnia; Triple Complex Sleep Tonic which is SAFE for ALL; Triple Complex Nerve Tonic for Anxiety and panic and is SAFE for ALL!

  • Identify and remove food intolerances - Many foods can be removed from your diet for a brief period of time, and then re-introduced sequentially to isolate your body’s reaction to the offending foods. Food sensitivities are behind many Digestive Disorders. For example, between 33% and 66% of sufferers report having one or more food intolerances, resulting in Bloating, gas, and pain. The most common culprits are milk, dairy and grains.

  • Improve gut motility - Soluble fiber increases bowel transit and stools and relieves Constipation. Increase your dietary fiber intake with good sources of fiber such as Dried fruit, such as dates, figs, prunes, apples, beans, legumes and ground flaxseeds. Psyllium is a good source of soluble fiber and is readily available. Sufficient water should be taken or fiber can have the opposite effect and result in greater Constipation. Dandelion root (Taraxacum officinale) is licensed in Germany as a standard medicinal tea to treat distension, flatulence, dyspepsia, lack of appetite, and other digestive complaints. Native RemediesNatural Moves contains Dandelion for treating chronic and occasional Constipation and other digestive complaints and disorders such as IBS.

  • Get enough water – insufficient water intake is a primary cause of Constipation. Constipation then causes an imbalance in bacteria, promotes inflammation of the intestinal lining, and can even lead to the absorption of larger molecules, a condition known as Leaky Gut. Leaky Gut can further lead to inflammation, fatigue, food Allergies, and Arthritis. Native RemediesCandidate helps to relieve Digestive Disorders like Indigestion, gas, Heartburn and Leaky Gut Syndrome.

  • Restore a healthy balance of bacteria in the gut - Increase good gut bacteria - Not all bacteria is bad. There are over 400 different kinds of bacteria and yeasts in the Digestive System. Of these, the bacteria Lactobacillus Acidophillus and Bifidobacterium bifidum are considered good “probiotic” bacteria because they can help to maintain intestinal health and restore healthy balance of bacteria in the gut. They can decrease the amount of bacteria with gas-producing abilities and relieve symptoms such as abdominal distension and flatulence. Bifidobacterium acts as a barrier against colonization of the gastrointestinal tract by pathogenic bacteria, and lactobacillus inhibits the attachment of pathogens onto the intestinal mucus lining.

  • Pancreatic enzymes help to inhibit the growth of bacteria in the small intestine. They help to improve protein digestion. Goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis) also inhibits bacteria, and prevents the conversion of Proteins to vasoactive amines.

Symptoms vary from person to person and are more common among women, but anyone can get and experience Digestive Problems and disorders. Many Digestive Problems are also associated with non-gastrointestinal conditions such as headache, low back pain, Arthritis, non-cardiac chest pain, Difficult Urination and fibromyalgia. Anxiety, hostile feelings, sadness, Depression, and Sleep Disturbances are also associated with IBS and other Digestive Problems. Sometimes Stress and certain foods can worsen symptoms, although they do not cause Digestive Problems.

Native Remedies offers PureCalm for Anxiety, panic, Stress and Tension; MindSoothe for Depression; MiGone Plus for Headaches and Migraines; JointEase Plus for Arthritis, fibromyalgia, back and Joint Pain; SerenitePlus and Serenite-LT for Insomnia and Sleep Problems.

Misunderstandings about diseases and problems that affect the Digestive System still exist. However, these misunderstanding and myths can be dangerous if it keeps you from correctly preventing or treating an illness.

As part of Digestive Diseases Awareness Month in May, read up on these interesting common misconceptions and Digestive Disease Myths and factual follow-ups:

Myth # 1: Crohn’s disease is contagious.

False Crohn’s disease is not contagious. The cause of Crohn’s disease is unknown. Although diet may affect the symptoms in patients with Crohn’s disease, it is unlikely that diet is responsible for the disease.

Myth # 2: Inflammatory bowel disease is caused by psychological problems.

False Inflammatory bowel disease is the general name for two diseases that cause inflammation in the intestines, Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis. The cause of the disease is unknown, but researchers speculate that it may be a virus or bacteria interacting with the body’s Immune System.

Myth # 3: Spicy food and Stress cause stomach ulcers.

False Truth is, almost all stomach ulcers are caused either by infection with a bacterium called Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) or by use of pain medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen, the nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). NSAID-induced ulcers can be cured with time, stomach-protective medications, antacids, and avoidance of NSAIDs. Spicy food and Stress may aggravate Ulcer symptoms in some people, but they do not cause ulcers.

Myth # 4: Smoking a cigarette helps relieve Heartburn.

False Actually, cigarette smoking contributes to Heartburn. Heartburn occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter -a muscle between the esophagus and stomach-relaxes, allowing the acidic contents of the stomach to splash back into the esophagus. Cigarette smoking causes the LES to Relax.

Myth # 5: Bowel regularity means a Bowel Movement every day.

False The frequency of Bowel Movements among normal, healthy people varies from three a day to three a week, and perfectly healthy people may fall outside both ends of this range.

Myth # 6: Habitual use of enemas to treat Constipation is harmless.

False The truth is, habitual use of enemas is not harmless. Over time, enemas can impair the natural muscle action of the intestines, leaving them unable to function normally. An ongoing need for enemas is not normal; you should see a doctor if you find yourself relying on them or any other medication to have a Bowel Movement.

Myth # 7: Celiac disease is a rare childhood disease.

False Celiac disease affects children and adults. At least 1 in 1,000 people and, in some populations, 1 in 200 people have celiac disease. Most often, celiac disease first causes symptoms during childhood, usually diarrhea, growth failure, and failure to thrive. But the disease can also first cause symptoms in adults. These symptoms may be vague and therefore attributed to other conditions. Symptoms can include Bloating, diarrhea, abdominal pain, skin Rash, anemia, and thinning of the bones (osteoporosis). Celiac disease may cause such nonspecific symptoms for several years before being correctly diagnosed and treated.

People with celiac disease should not eat any foods containing gluten, a protein in wheat, rye, barley, and possibly oats, regardless of whether or not they have symptoms. In these people, gluten destroys part of the lining of the small intestine, which interferes with the absorption of nutrients. The damage can occur from even a small amount of gluten, and not everyone has symptoms of damage.

Myth # 8: Diverticulosis is an uncommon and serious problem.

False Actually, the majority over age 60 have Diverticulosis, but only a small percentage have symptoms or complications. Diverticulosis is a condition in which little sacs-or out-pouchings-called diverticula, develop in the wall of the colon. These tend to appear and increase in number with age. Most people do not have symptoms and would not know that they had diverticula unless x-ray or intestinal examination were done. Less than 10% of people with Diverticulosis ever develop complications such as infection (Diverticulitis), bleeding, or perforation of the colon.

Myth # 9: Irritable Bowel Syndrome is one of the least common ailments of the bowel (intestines).

False Actually, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is one of the most common ailments of the bowel (intestines) and affects an estimated 15%. Some of the symptoms of IBS are Nausea, Vomiting, abdominal Bloating, abdominal distention diarrhea and Constipation.

Digestion is a natural process; therefore, you should treat all Digestive Problems and disorders naturally and effectively. Native Remedies provides to you many different 100% natural, safe and effective treatment options for Digestive Disorders and problems and other health issues that are affecting you and your family.

Sources: Gut, published April 24, 2006; Truestar Health Inc.; Cathy Wong, N.D from Your Guide to Alternative Medicine; Foundation for Digestive Health and Nutrition Digestive Health Education;

Aloe Burn Spray

June 10th, 2006

Add the oils to the Aloe in a spritzer bottle. Shake before using.

Oatmeal Bath Gel

June 10th, 2006

To make a creamy bath gel, mix 1/4 cup dry oatmeal and 1 tsp. honey with enough milk to make it a paste. Put in the microwave for a few seconds to warm up and then use.

The Amazing Benefits of Melaleuca (Tea Tree) Oil

June 10th, 2006

Melaleuca oil, also known as Tea Tree oil, is truly nature’s natural antiseptic. This topical oil, which comes from an Australian tree called the Tea Tree, is naturally safe oil that is effective as an antibiotic, anti-viral, and fungicide.

Tea Tree oil was first used by the Bundjalung Aborigines living in the Northeast Corner of what is now New South Wales, Australia. They would pick the oil-covered leaves of the Tea Tree and rub them on their skin to alleviate cuts, bites, burns, and other skin ailments. They made a dressing for wounds by grinding the leaves into a paste. They also crushed the leaves to use as an insect repellant.

There are several kinds of tea trees. Yet, the most potent medicinal oil is called Melaleuca alternifolia.

Dr. A. R. Penfold, a chemist in Sydney, found that Tea Tree oil was 13 times stronger in killing bacteria than carbolic acid, the universal standard antiseptic in the early 1900’s. The Medical Journal of Australia published a study that Tea Tree oil was effective in treating pus filled infections of the skin and infected nail beds, and helped speed recovery from Sore Throats when the oil was gargled. Another study published in the Medical Journal of Australia in 1990 found Tea Tree oil as effective in treating Acne as benzoyl peroxide, with fewer side effects. It is also effective in treating burns, Thrush, and bacterial and fungal infections.

Tea Tree oil can also be used for animals; Bites, cuts, stings, Rashes, dermatitis, lice, mange, ringworm, fleas, and ticks are just a few of its veterinary uses.

Melaleuca oil may be applied full strength or diluted in water or other type of oil like Olive Oil. Most Tea Tree oil that is produced is added to skin and Beauty care products, such as deodorants, shampoos, and mouthwashes. Industrial-grade oils are used as disinfectants, floor detergents, and can be added to air conditioning and ventilation systems to kill mold and fungus.

As we rediscover nature’s natural medicines through modern research, a new world of therapies is opened to us. Natural therapies are often as effective as drugs, but without the side effects. Many medicinal drugs contain properties to heal that no synthetic drug has been able to mimic.

About the author

This article was written by Vanessa Pruitt, a work at home mom promoting wellness in our everyday lives. To learn more about the benefits of Melaleuca oil, and about the products Vanessa uses in her home, email her at To learn more about working from home promoting wellness visit her website at

Natural Cures for Indigestion, Heartburn, and Nausea

June 10th, 2006

When I think of Indigestion, Heartburn and Nausea, the popular ad campaign for Pepto Bismol with the dancing symptoms starts playing in my head. Then the pink chalky residue comes to mind, ew. So what is a natural health girl to do when she has a stomach ache? Consult the herbalists and Alternative Medicine gurus, of course.

The main symptoms of Indigestion include abdominal pain, a burning feeling in the upper abdomen, Nausea, Heartburn, Bloating, belching, Vomiting and flatulence. Sounds like a good time, eh? Please do consult with your Alternative Medicine practitioner if you have a chronic problem, but if it is just the occasional malady, here are a few Natural Remedies that may help:

Indigestion Prevention – Drink a mixture of one teaspoon Ginger and two tablespoons baking soda in cold water before eating to avoid Indigestion altogether.

Bananas – Ripe bananas are actually natural antacids that help to soothe the lining of your stomach. I guess that is why pediatricians often recommend them when the little ones are not feeling well.

Cider Vinegar or Lemon Juice – Add either of these to hot water and drink to alkalize the acid in your stomach if you do not have a banana handy.

Tea – The following Teas are excellent for indigestion: Ginger, Peppermint, Fennel, Lemon Balm, Cinnamon, slippery elm powder.

Why water=bad with a meal – Yes, the glass is on the table at dinner, but you shouldn’t drink while eating according to experts. Water can dilute the gastric acid in your stomach which causes Indigestion.

About the author

Victoria Jerman Dravneek, a.k.a. “The Office Coach” began her corporate career as an Administrative Assistant for children’s book publisher, Scholastic Inc. in 1994. Within six years, she was the Vice President of the NYC-based web developer Affinity Online. She is Director of Editorial and Marketing on Modern Sage, a Women’s NaturalHealth Magazine.

Natural Health Remedies For Reducing Inflammation

June 10th, 2006

When we experience any kind of inflammation, it’s our body’s way of letting us know we are hurt. Inflammation is the body’s innate way of protecting itself from infection and foreign substances. Everyone has experienced inflammation at one time or another. It is a normal function of our body’s Immune System and the first response to an injury.

Inflammation is characterized by redness, swelling, heat, pain and loss of function. When we cut, scratch or bruise ourselves, for example, chemicals in the white blood cells are released, increasing blood flow to the affected area. This can result in redness and warmth. In addition, some of the chemicals set off a leakage of fluids into the tissues causing them to swell. The injury may also stimulate nerves located in the tissues, producing pain.

Tonsillitis, colitis, Arthritis and encephalitis are all names used to describe inflammatory disorders of specific organs and are designated with the suffix “itis”. Research suggests inflammation may be the root cause for most chronic disorders including Heart Disease, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease and cancer. Some evidence has also linked inflammation to issues such as obesity and Diabetes.

Called prostaglandins, recent studies have identified this hormone-like compound, made by our body, as playing a role in a wide variety of physiological processes, including inflammation. Some prostaglandins promote inflammation while others reduce it. The kinds of foods that we eat, particularly fats and oils, can greatly influence the types of prostaglandins the body produces.

Omega-6 Fatty Acids, found in most cooking oils including corn, Safflower, peanut and Soybean OIl, promote inflammation. On the other hand, oils found in cold water species of fish (like salmon), flax seeds and leafy green vegetables contain Omega-3 Fatty Acids, which are Anti-Inflammatory. It has also been recognized that transfatty acids, particularly those found in partially hydrogenated oils, increase inflammation in the body because they interfere with the enzymes needed to process Omega 3 Fatty Acids.

If you suffer from inflammation or an inflammatory disorder, there are a number of natural, Alternative Health remedies you can try to help reduce the symptoms inflammation you are experiencing.

Recommendations For Wellness

Avoid or modify activities that may aggravate pain.

Exercise. Exercise releases compounds such as endorphins into the blood that can soothe inflammation.

Increase your consumption of vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, green beans and salads, which also contain Anti-Inflammatory nutrients.

Avoid sugar, white breads, pasta and starchy vegetables which can increase inflammation.

Avoid polyunsaturated oils like corn, Safflower, peanut or soy which are high in omega-6 Fatty Acids. Instead, cook with healthier oils like Olive Oil, macadamia nut oil or cold pressed canola oil.

Increase your consumption of coldwater fish like salmon, mackerel and herring which contain high amounts of Omega-3 Fatty Acids or supplement with Omega-3 or Flax Seed oil that can block inflammation producing compounds.

Try an elimination diet which can rule out any food intolerances that may promote an inflammatory response in the body.

Examine your environment. Eliminate or reduce your use of toxic household cleaners that may be causing an Allergic reaction.

Valued for centuries, Ginger has a long history as an Anti-Inflammatory and has properties similar to non-steroidal Anti-Inflammatory drugs (NSAID) like ibuprofen.

Studies have shown that vitamin E can also help with inflammation, which may account for the heart benefits often associated with this vitamin.

Calcium and magnesium are important Minerals in the Healing Process and are often depleted in conditions of inflammation.

Chamomile, turmeric, Green Tea, cat’s claw, boswellia and white willow bark all have powerful Anti-Inflammatory properties.

Take a high quality vitamin and mineral supplement to ensure your body has all the nutrients it needs to operate properly.

About the author

Naturopathic Physician, Dr. Rita Louise, Ph.D. is author of Avoiding the Cosmic 2×4 and The Power Within. It is her unique gift as a medical intuitive and clairvoyant that illuminates and enlivens her work. Let Dr. Louise help you bring health healing and wholeness back into your life. Medical Intuition & Energy Medicine Certification training classes are now forming. Call 972-475-3393 or visit

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