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Turmeric Tea, a Liver Detoxifier

Liver Tonic, Turmeric
Turmeric Tea, as Served on Okinawa

A Possible Weight-Loss Aid and Other Benefits of  Turmeric

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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.

 M-J de M., 2009

 

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Dr. Barbara Bellar Defines Obamacare in One Sentence

Let me get this straight. (This is a long sentence.)

We’re going to be gifted with a healthcare plan
we are forced to purchase, and fined if we don’t,
which puportedly covers at least 10 million more people,
without adding a single new doctor,
but provides for 16,000 new IRS agents,
written by a committee
whose chairman says he doesn’t understand it,
passed by a congress that didn’t read it
but exempted themselves from it,
and signed by a president who smokes,
with funding administered by a treasury chief who didn’t pay his taxes,
for which we will be taxed for four years
before any benefits take effect,
by a government which has already backrupted social security
and medicare,
all to be overseen by a surgeon general who is obese
and financed by a country that’s broke.

~~Dr. Barbara Bellar

2012

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Health-Promoting Honey

Inside and Out, Honey Promotes Good Health

Using Honey to Promote Good Health

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”.

Inspired by an article in Natural News, with thanks to Mike Adams, the Health Warrior

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All You Will Get Is More Cares and Worries

Dr. Jane Orient Explains:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/jul/13/orient-obamacare-doesnt-mean-actual-care/

Under Obamacare, all “necessary” and “appropriate” treatment will be “covered.” Before we shout “Hallelujah!” let’s ask, “What does this mean?”
Those words are even harder to define than “tax.” They will be defined by bureaucrats with one eye on the budget and the other on population health statistics. The actual decisions will be implemented by puppet physicians with divided loyalties. Giving too much care may jeopardize their “bonus,” their ability to meet payroll or even their jobs.

Dr. Jane M. Orient practices internal medicine in Tucson, Ariz., and is executive director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (apsonline.org).

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The True Story of “Romneycare”–Mitt Was AGAINST Mandated Insurance!

Mona Charen explains what happened in Massachusetts when Mitt Romney was governor, and how the democrats in his state congress made his health reform act into a punitive behemoth. Unfortunately, the current U.S. president uses the latter model.

Mitt Romney
70th Governor of Massachusetts
In office
January 2, 2003 – January 4, 2007
Personal details
Born Willard Mitt Romney
March 12, 1947 (age 65)
DetroitMichigan, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Ann Romney (m. 1969)
Children Taggart (b. 1970)
Matthew (b. 1971)
Joshua (b. 1975)
Benjamin (b. 1978)
Craig (b. 1981)
Residence Belmont, Massachusetts
Wolfeboro, New Hampshire
La Jolla, California
Alma mater Brigham Young University (BA)
Harvard University (MBAJD)
Positions Co-founder, Bain Capital (1984–1999)
CEO, Bain & Company (1991–1992)
CEO, 2002 Winter Olympics Organizing Committee (1999–2002)
Signature Signature "Mitt Romney", first name more legible than last name
Website MittRomney.com
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Health Alerts, June 20th

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.

READ THE ARTICLE at CBS Washington, D.C.

And, once again, I am alerting you to the untreatable, antibiotic-resistant strains of tuberculosis (TB) that are developing in India. Read Article at NEWSMAX.com

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Dr. Mercola on Avoiding Genetically-Modified Foods

You Can Stop Supporting Monsanto by Boycotting GM Foods

Fro the original article by Dr. Mercola the following is an excerpt:

It’s quite clear that genetically engineered foods threaten not only biodiversity and the environment; they can also pose potentially serious threats to animal and human health when consumed. Unfortunately, the revolving door between Monsanto and the biotech industry as a whole and the agencies in charge of industry legislation makes it very difficult to stop the ongoing madness.

That does not mean it’s impossible, however. But it does require your active participation.

First and foremost, avoid buying GM foods!  Since the industry has so far successfully squelched every attempt at getting genetically engineered foods labeled, avoiding them requires you to be an educated consumer.

  • Print out the Non-GMO Shopping Guide and refer to it often. It can help you identify and avoid foods with GMOs. You can also download the free iPhone application that is available in the iTunes store. You can find it by searching for ShopNoGMO in the applications.
  • Better yet, always buy USDA 100% Organic products when possible, as these do not permit GM ingredients, or buy whole fresh produce and meat from local farmers. The majority of the GMO’s you’re exposed to are via processed foods, so by cooking from scratch with whole foods, you can be sure you’re not inadvertently consuming something laced with GM ingredients.
  • When you do purchase processed food, avoid products containing anything related to corn or soy that are not 100 percent organic, as any foods containing these two non-organic ingredients are virtually guaranteed to contain genetically engineered ingredients, as well as toxic herbicide residues.
  • For ongoing updates, follow our Non-GMO’s page on Facebook.

We CAN shift the balance by simply voting with our pocketbooks and forks. Europe successfully did this over a decade ago, without any government assistance, and Americans can drive GMO’s out of our food supply as well, but it requires educating the public about what GM foods are.

Dr. Mercola is the founder of the world’s most visited natural health web site, Mercola.com. You can learn the hazardous side effects of OTC Remedies by getting a FREE copy of his latest special report The Dangers of Over the Counter Remedies by going to his Report Page.

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Dr Stephen Holt: Antioxidants

From Dr Stephen Holt‘s Health Newsletter, which I receive from Vitacost (subscribe),

where we buy our nutritional supplements,

here is his list of minerals, plants and herbs with antioxidant potential:

Andrographis, Paniculata, Acanthopanax Senticosus, Green Tea, Turmeric, Grape Seed Extract, Zinc, Vitamin C, Ashwagandha, Oregon Grape, Shiitake Mushroom, Echinacea Purpurea, Goldenseal, Golden Thread, Aloe Vera, Astragalus, Korean Ginseng, Coriolus Versicolor, Active Hexose Correlate Compound (AHCC), Beta Glucan

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Anti-Aging Memory-Enhancing Supplement

Dr. Summers’ Memory Revitalizer

Interviewed again this morning by my friend Terrie Q. Sayre, Dr. William Summers described the benefits of his Memory Revitalizer dietary supplement. Ms Sayre, an energetic former beauty queen, auctioneer and very popular radio personality, felt the need to recommend this product again on her weekend show, because she can really sense the benefits of this unique dietary supplement.

Terrie Q. Sayre, Radio and Television Personality

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Walnuts: the Health-Nuts

Photo ©M-J de Mesterton 2011

The following information was captured from California Walnut Growers, circa 2007:

Walnuts and other tree nuts and peanuts were recently ranked using the Index of Nutritional Quality (INQ) nutrient testing system at the Food Consulting Company of Del Mar, California [i]. According to Karen Duester, MS, RD who conducted the test, “Not surprisingly, walnuts ranked highest among the nuts in INQ. Because INQ relates to nutrient density, we looked at specific nutrients known to be abundant in nuts and peanuts: protein, fiber, omega-3, omega-6, vitamin E, potassium, magnesium, and zinc.”

On another independent scale, the Overall Nutritional Quality Index (ONQI)[ii] ranking system to be used by the Raley’s grocery chain, walnuts received 82 points on a 100 point scale, an excellent score among foods and nuts [iii]. According to David Katz, MD, MPH a nationally renowned authority on nutrition and the principal inventor for the ONQI system, “When overall nutritional quality is assessed, the verdict is clear: walnuts are a great food — they pack a lot of nutrient benefits in a nutshell!”

 

Jeffrey Blumberg, PhD, professor of nutrition science and policy at Tufts University and a member of the Hannaford Scientific Advisory Panel explains, “Walnuts are a whole food rich in antioxidants, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an essential omega-3 fatty acid, protein, fiber, and more. Whole walnuts receive the ‘best nutritional value’ three star ranking (the highest) due to their nutrient profile.”

 

Walnuts have nutritional qualities that are very important. One of the richest sources of alpha linolenic acid (ALA), the plant form of Omega-3, walnuts are unique among nuts and popular whole foods [v]. A one ounce serving of walnuts provides 2.57 grams of ALA, the plant form omega-3s, which is above the dietary reference intake (DRI) set by the National Academies’ Institute of Medicine. Walnuts are also one of the highest natural sources of antioxidants, according to Halvorsen’s study from American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2006 [vi].

 

15 years of clinical research on walnuts have shown benefits for the heart, and we’re not just talking about cholesterol reduction — improved vascular function and a reduction in inflammation have also been documented [vii-xii]. Looking to the future and expanding on this base of knowledge, research is underway at a variety of prestigious universities looking into cancer, diabetes and issues of ageing.
[vi] Am J Clin Nutr. 2006 Jul;84(1):95-135
“Supportive but not conclusive research shows that eating 1.5 ounces of walnuts per day, as part of a low saturated fat and low cholesterol diet, and not resulting in increased caloric intake may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.”
[viii] Circulation. 2002 Nov 19;106(21):2747-57
[ix] Hypertension. 2007 Aug;50(2):313-9
[x] J Am Coll Cardiol. 2006 Oct 17;48(8):1666-71
[xi] Arch Intern Med. 2007 Jun 11;167(11):1195-203.

 

[xii] Ann Intern Med. 2006 Jul 4;145(1):1-11

Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Walnuts

How do Omega-3s work?
Inside your favorite kinds of nuts — walnuts, almonds, pecans and others — you’ll find many vitamins, minerals and other compounds your body needs for good health. There are the antioxidants found in vitamin E; several essential minerals such as magnesium, selenium, copper and manganese; and even fiber for more effective digestion. Thiamin, niacin, folate, phosphorus and zinc are all found in nuts.
Researchers believe that omega-3 fatty acids may help reduce the risk of heart disease by making the blood less sticky and less likely to form dangerous intravenous or arterial clots. Studies have also shown that omega-3s may lower the risk of stroke and prevent arthritis. In addition, there’s good evidence that omega-3s can increase HDL (good cholesterol), further reducing the risk of stroke and heart disease.
The omega-3s found in fish oil are thought to be responsible for the significantly lower incidence of breast cancer in Japanese women as compared to women in the United States. This may be because omega-3 fatty acids inhibit the tumor growth that is promoted by the acids found in other fats, such as corn and safflower oils.
Finally, the brain itself is composed of a whopping 60 percent fat. It too needs omega-3s to help build and maintain tissue. Brain function itself may be at stake: in treating major depression, for example, omega-3s seem to work by making it easier for brain cell receptors to process mood-related signals from neighboring neurons.
What are good sources of omega-3s?
Omega-3 fatty acids are plentiful in cold-water fish such as mackerel and salmon. They’re also found in walnuts, canola oil, soybean oil, tofu and leafy green vegetables. Which would you rather sprinkle on your morning cereal or grab for a nutritious snack?
Walnuts are a delectable, convenient alternative to fish, tofu and leafy greens. In fact, just a handful of walnuts provides as much omega-3 fatty acid as a comparable serving of salmon.
Walnuts are unusual among commonly eaten nuts,  in that they taste better raw than toasted.
Courtesy of M-J de Mesterton