Aspirin: Not as benign as you think!

November 10th, 2007

by Warren Matthews of Xtend-Life

According to a paper in the… “Proceedings of the Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology, October 15, 2007”, common over-the-counter painkillers such as aspirin kill around 20,000 Americans every year, and another 100,000 end up in hospital as a result of taking the drug.

Painkillers known as NSAIDs (non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs) are far more dangerous than people have been told, and can cause life-threatening gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding, stomach perforations and ulcers.

More than 14 million Americans regularly take an NSAID for their Arthritis pain alone, and around 60 per cent of these will suffer gastrointestinal side effects – and will probably never blame the drug, researchers from the Eastern Virginia Medical School estimate.

Researchers realized that patients weren’t associating the painkiller with their stomach problems when they carried out a survey among patients at a clinic that specializes in gastrointestinal disease. Around one in five of the patients was taking an NSAID such as an aspirin, and was not reporting the fact to medical staff because they didn’t regard it as significant.

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Healing Remedies with Sea Salt

November 10th, 2007

Salt is one of the easiest most affective remedies on the planet! Sea salt, a salt obtained by evaporating seawater, is used in cooking and cosmetics. Its mineral content gives it a different taste from table salt, which is usually sodium chloride refined from mined rock salt (halite), or refined from sea salt. Table salt may contain anti-caking agents and additives such as the dietary supplement iodides. Areas that produce specialized sea salt include the Cayman Islands, France, Ireland, Sicily and Apulia in Italy, and Maine and Cape Cod in the United States.

Salt is essential for life and you cannot live without it. There are enormous differences between the standard, refined table and cooking salt and healthy natural salt. The differences can have a major impact on your health.

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Make Your Own Liquid Herbal Extracts & Syrups

November 10th, 2007

Article written by Mountain Rose Herbs

While paying for the convenience of a manufactured herbal extract or syrup can be nice, we have found that the best medicines are those we make ourselves. In addition, for those of us that incorporate Herbal Medicine into our daily diet, the costs really begins to add up. Making your own extracts and syrups will save you hundreds of dollars. In addition, you can make extracts that meet the specific needs for yourself and your loved ones.

Herbal Tinctures

This recipe is the simplest way to make your own liquid herbal extracts in your own home.

  1. Start with a clean jar that has a tight fitting lid and the Herbs of your choice. If you can use fresh Herbs, then fabulous! Fresh material is always preferred but availability is determined by your local bioregion, climate, etc and many quality Herbs may not be available. If you cannot locate fresh materials, be sure to get good quality, Organic Herbs from a reputable supplier. Note: Try not to use powdered Herbs; they will be difficult to filter out in the end and the debris will settle in your final product.

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