Since 2006, I have been writing about the benefits of wearing gloves. Now, there is more justification than ever for my admonitions and recommendations on the topic. Currently plaguing Americans and the rest of the world are norovirus and MRSA; the deadly ebola virus is rampant in Africa, and other antibiotic-resistant diseases are proliferating. Most of these viruses are spread by surface-contact. Wearing gloves while out in public, especially while shopping, and disinfecting them when you get home can save your life. And hospital-acquired diseases are now common, so do your best to avoid hospitals and other heath-clinics.
Hospital-acquired infections can be caused by viruses, bacteria, fungi or parasites; they are spread by touching contaminated surfaces, clothing and implements, or skin-contact with infected people. Viruses may be contracted from surgical procedures, catheters, or by inhaling airborne pathogens.
Common hospital infections are MRSA and C Difficile. These micro-organisms may already exist dormant in the patient’s body or be contracted from the air, contaminated surfaces and hospital equipment, healthcare workers or other patients. Hospitals must employ pre-screening for MRSA or C-Difficile prior to surgery.
These infections and viruses are often resistant to antibiotics, and the lack of effective therapies may necessitate amputation of fingers or limbs. If you find yourself having to be in the hospital as a patient or visitor, wear disposable gloves before touching any surface, tool, item of clothing or person.
Relying on antibacterial gels and liquids is no longer adequate for self-protection against dangerous germs. Wearing gloves can not only enhance your elegance, but you will be more confident about your safety and survival.
Researchers have determined that laboratory mice given a diet supplemented with curcumin experience a reduction in the formation of fat-tissue, and a lowered number of blood-vessels that feed fat. Curcumin is the active ingredient and major polyphenol in the bright yellow spice from India known as turmeric.
The growth and expansion of fat-tissues requires new blood vessels, a process known as angiogenesis. In fat-tissue, this process is mediated by the secretion of adipokines, such as leptin, adiponectin, resistin, interleukin-6 and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF). The researchers first investigated the effect of curcumin in cultured human cells to which adipokines had been added to stimulate angiogenesis. They found that the ability of curcumin to inhibit angiogenesis was partly due to the reduced expression of VEGF. Subsequently, the mice were fed a high-fat diet supplemented with 500 milligrams curcumin per kilogram of food, for three months. Weight-gain was reduced in the mice who were given curcumin. The curcumin-supplemented mice had lower weight and reduced total-body fat. They also had lower liver-weights, and experienced a reduction in VEGF (vascular endothelial growth factor), indicating reduced risk for angiogenesis.
Also called “curcumin”, turmeric is a mustard-yellow spice from India. Indians use it more for its healing properties than for taste. Turmeric has an innocuous flavor, and adds colour to foods.
In India, turmeric has been revered for its healing properties, and thus is used as a daily dietary supplement. In the Ayurvedic system of health, turmeric has medicinal properties and is an anti-inflammatory agent to treat a wide variety of conditions, including flatulence, jaundice, menstrual difficulties, bloody urine, hemorrhage, toothache, bruises, chest pain, and colic. Because of its effects on enzymes related to inflammation, turmeric may have the same mode of action as anti-inflammatory drugs, without the side-effects. Curcumin is used for cuts and burns and is known as an antiseptic/antibacterial. It is also used to remedy stomach-ulcers.
The U.S. National Institues of Health has four clinical trials in progress, involving curcumin as a treatment for pancreatic cancer, multiple myeloma, Alzheimer’s, and colorectal cancer. According to a 2005 article in the Wall Street Journal titled, “Common Indian Spice Stirs Hope,” research activity into curcumin, turmeric’s active ingredient, is burgeoning. Two-hundred and fifty-six curcumin-study papers were published in 2005, according to a search of the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
Honey helps to kill viruses and bacterial infections, especially when mixed and eaten with raw, minced ginger.
Honey boosts energy, reduces fatigue, stimulates mental alertness; honey strengthens immunity by providing minerals, vitamins, and anti-oxidants.
Help to preserve your eyesight by eating a spoonful of honey every day.
Honey alleviates sore throats, and is used as a natural replacement for cough syrup.
Honey helps to prevent heart disease by improving blood flow; honey protects your capillaries.
Reduce anxiety by using honey as a mild sedative; it promotes calmness and restful sleep.
Honey helps to adjust the human body’s alkalinity, thereby mitigating general interior inflammation.
Anti-cancer properties in honey inhibit the formation of tumors.
Honey helps to relieve indigestion and acid reflux; honey is instrumental in healing peptic ulcers.
Ingesting honey promotes the expulsion of parasites from the liver and colon.
Honey helps to control blood pressure.
Honey improves and promotes proper digestion with its natural enzymes.
Build immunity to hay fever by mixing honey and bee pollen; ingest this potion daily in advance of and during allergy-season.
Honey helps to quench thirst and alleviate heat-stroke.
Mitigate the effects of toxins in the human body by using honey in green tea.
Honey speeds metabolism, thereby stimulating weight-loss.
Drink a mixture of honey, lemon and warm water in the morning for a beneficial interior cleanse.
Honey aids the healing of diabetic ulcers with daily topical applications.
Relieve hangovers by eating honey in tea or mixed with raw ginger
Honey acts as a mild laxative; mixing it in a cup of hot tea enhances its efficacy .
Honey can reduce asthma symptoms when mixed with pepper and ginger.
Alleviate symptoms of hay fever by chewing on honeycomb.
Honey, a natural antibacterial, is used to cleanse wounds; rubbing it regularly on wounds promotes and accelerates healing.
Applying honey to healing wounds aids in preventing scars.
Sooth burns, disinfect wounds, reduce inflammation, and promote skin-healing with honey.
Scrub with honey to exfoliate facial skin and reduce wrinkles; apply lightly to soften dry, rough skin elsewhere.
Protect hair from split ends by using honey as a conditioner; adding honey to rinse-water promotes shine.
Honey makes a skin-friendly lip balm and is beneficial as a component of herbal cleansing-washes.
Helps to kill acne-causing bacteria and can reduce scarring, so rub some honey on acne at night to help heal while you sleep.
Adding a bit of honey softens hard bath-water.
Anti-fungal properties in honey help to resolve internal yeast-infections and athlete’s foot.
Honey protects internally and externally against pathogens such as Staphylococcus Aureus, Pseudomonas Aeruginosa and Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus or “MRSA”.
I was out in the garden working the other morning, and almost got thirsty enough to take a drag from the hose. I am so glad that I resisted the impulse, because the water that comes out of garden hoses is tainted with toxins inherent in its delivery-system.