Friday, December 31, 2010

6 Habits for a Healthy New Year

Margaret Durst says six habits can lead to having a healthy, happy near year.
As we ring in the new year, it’s a good time to reflect upon things each of us can do to be healthier. The biggest impact that can be made on our health is in our day to day actions. Reviewing those actions and resolving to change just a little each year can set us on a course to better health. Here are some areas for consideration.

Fruits and vegetables. Yes, it’s that basic – eat more broccoli, cabbage, green beans, spinach, squash and other non-starchy vegetables. Eat an apple for a snack instead of crackers or potato chips. Eating fruits and vegetables, preferably raw or lightly cooked helps our bodies in several ways. Fruits and vegetables contain enzymes (when raw), essential minerals and vitamins, and fiber. Fruits and non-starchy vegetables are somewhat cleansing to the body, helping us to eliminate the byproducts of what we eat so that our body doesn’t have to create something like inflammation, or cholesterol, or joint pain, etc. Read more

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

6 Cancer-Fighting Superfoods

The best cancer treatment is prevention. Eating these six superfoods can reduce your risk of cancer, says Leslie Barrie.
To reduce your risk of cancer, look no further than your fridge. "All the studies on cancer and nutrition point to eating plant-based foods for their phytonutrients and other special compounds," says Richard Béliveau, PhD, chair in the prevention and treatment of cancer at the University of Québec at Montreal and author of Foods to Fight Cancer.

Aim for five to nine daily servings of all kinds of fruits and vegetables—especially these six superstars. Read more

Monday, December 27, 2010

Chai-Yok: A Spa Treatment for Your Vagina

Chai-yok, is a Korean treatment for the vaginal area.that involves sitting on an open-seated stool in a spa. It is said to reduce stress, fight infections, clear hemorrhoids, regulate menstrual cycles, and aid infertility.
Pungent steam rises from a boiling pot of a mugwort tea blended with wormwood and a variety of other herbs. Above it sits a nude woman on an open-seated stool, partaking in a centuries-old Korean remedy that is gaining a toehold in the West.

Vaginal steam baths, called chai-yok, are said to reduce stress, fight infections, clear hemorrhoids, regulate menstrual cycles and aid infertility, among many other health benefits. In Korea, many women steam regularly after their monthly periods.

There is folk wisdom — and even some logic — to support the idea that the carefully targeted steam may provide some physiological benefits for women. But there are no studies to document its effectiveness, and few American doctors have even heard of it. Read more

Friday, December 24, 2010

Breastfeeding Improves Academic Performance, Especially for Boys

New research suggests that mothers should consider breastfeeding if they want smarter children..
Evidence for the long-term benefits of breast-feeding — well beyond infancy — continue to grow. In the latest analysis of the academic performance of children who were breast- or bottle-fed, researchers found that breast-fed babies scored higher on tests of math, reading and writing skills at 10 years old, compared with those who were bottle-fed as babies. Read more

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

How to Cleanse Your Liver, Colon, and Blood

If you want to cleanse your liver, colon, and blood, add green superfoods to your diet for 30 days, says Margaret Durst.
Green Supplements are one of the basic four supplements that I recommend for everyone. Now you probably do not want to take another pill, but if you aren’t eating as many servings of fruits and vegetables as you should, then a supplement that makes up for that is a good idea.

I like to backtrack a little when I address the need for a supplement. So, here goes. The main reason to take supplements is to supplement your diet with something that isn’t there so that you stay healthy. Almost everyone agrees that if we all ate what we should and didn’t eat the things we shouldn’t, then we would all be in pretty good shape. Read more

Monday, December 20, 2010

Mistletoe Can Be Magic

Gail Cox says that mistletoe can counter the bad effects of traditional cancer treatment and may even help kill tumor cells.
According to folklore, mistletoe 'magic' may seal romance, bestow fertility and bring peace to warring spouses.

The plant has also been credited with the power of healing – an attribute currently being harnessed by a new outpatient unit at the independent Raphael Medical Centre in Kent, which offers integrated cancer care.

The centre uses mistletoe (known by its Latin plant name, viscum album) to combat undesirable effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy, such as fatigue, nausea, weight loss, low mood and infections.

Advocates believe the herb boosts the immune system and may even help kill tumour cells – particularly breast, gynaecological, colo-rectal, pancreatic and lung cancer, along with lymphomas and leukaemia. Read more

Friday, December 17, 2010

8 Ways to Reduce Your Chemical Load

We live in a world filled with noxious pollutants and toxins, and while our bodies have systems to remove toxins naturally, we can remove some of the burden by reducing our exposure to them. Mark Sisson gives eight simple, inexpensive ways to reduce our own biological "chemical load.".
... The idea here is reducing our own biological “chemical load,” the number and amount of toxins we carry in our bodies. This includes everything from heavy metals like mercury, arsenic and lead to virtually omnipresent flame retardant compounds called PBDEs to chemicals like phthalates, formaldehyde, PCBs, and bisphenol A (just to name a few). These toxins are invaders, and the body knows it. Some, like the heavy metals, impact neurological functioning. Others, like phthalates, disrupt the endocrine balance. PBDEs, at lower levels, can seriously impact thyroid functioning (an issue for a number of our readers) and at higher levels, can impair reproductive and neurological functioning. In short, this issue is nothing to shake a stick at.

Scientists in both the human health and environmental sciences are learning from the growing use of biomonitoring surveys, in which blood and urine samples from humans (and animals) are tested for the presence of certain toxins. A person’s chemical load is, in part, determined by where they live and how old they are, but it’s also strongly influenced by what kind of lifestyle they lead and the measures they take to minimize their exposure to environmental and consumer toxins in their home and work places.

We’re all about taking charge of our health and well-being, we thought. “So,” we asked, “What are some easy and inexpensive ways for all of us to reduce our chemical load?” Check it out. Read more

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Health Benefits of Himalayan Salt Inhalers

Salt-air therapy is the ancient, natural way to relieve respiratory, sinus, and asthma ills, says Edward Group.
We all know about the great health benefits of Himalayan salt, especially when used with food. Now, there is a new way of getting more of its “healing energy” into our bodies. Using a Himalayan Salt Inhaler offers an easy, drug-free way to conveniently get many of the multiple benefits of salt-air therapy. The following article will discuss Himalayan salt inhaler therapy and the health benefits associated with its use.

What is Salt Therapy?

Human beings have been using salt for therapeutic use for thousands of years. Anyone who has spent a day at the ocean intuitively knows that salt-filled air is good for them. Just ask our good friend, the ancient physician Hippocrates (the father of modern medicine), who used to steam salt to purify the air and the lungs. Read more

Monday, December 13, 2010

Home Remedy for Thicker Hair

This video demonstrates how to make a home remedy for thicker hair using rum, castor oil, and jalapeños.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Sunshine, Vitamin D, and Supplements

Mark Sisson explains why it's important to get high doses of vitamin D from either sun exposure or supplements. .
From the presence of vitamin D receptors in our cells and vitamin D factories in our epidermis, along with the central role vitamin D plays in calcium metabolism, immunity, and gene expression, it’s pretty clear that having adequate vitamin D is an essential component of being a healthy, successful homo sapien. And yet, many health practitioners suggest that vitamin D deficiency is one of the biggest nutrient deficiencies in modern society. The question, then, arises: What’s the best way to get enough vitamin D – via oral supplementation or sunlight?

To determine that, let’s examine a few common questions surrounding the various modes of intake.

Is it natural? Read more

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The Bacteria Timebomb in Your Home

Angela Epstein tells how to eradicate household bugs that can trigger heart disease, allergies, and stroke.
Most of us never give a second thought to how long we’ve had that old chopping board – or those pillows, even that hairbrush.

But while they may all look clean and serviceable enough, these seemingly innocent household items can actually harbour potentially harmful bacteria if used too long, regardless of how often they’re cleaned.

Here, with the help of scientific experts, we examine how often you should spring clean those everyday household items – and when it’s time to simply throw them in the bin . . . Read more

Monday, December 6, 2010

Why Your Body Craves Plain, Pure Water

Are you drinking dehydration fluids? Margaret Durst explains why your body craves plain, pure water.
... Many health problems have dehydration as a component. These include allergies, asthma, hypertension, constipation, cholesterol, premature aging, Alzheimer’s, back pain, migraine headaches, obesity and depression.

Studies show that the average American drinks only 4.6 glasses of water per day. Almost 10 percent of Americans drink no water at all. The average American also drinks 4.9 glasses of dehydrating beverages such as coffee and tea per day. In terms of hydration, you need to drink 1 glass of water for each beverage containing caffeine that you drink just to remain neutral. This means that the average American is dehydrated since they would have to drink 12.9 glasses of water per day to overcome the effects of the dehydrating beverages plus get their recommended 8 glasses. Read more

Friday, December 3, 2010

The Best and Worst Vegetables to Eat

Joseph Mercola gives tips on selecting the best vegetables to eat.
There's little doubt that one of the best ways to improve your health is to make sure you're eating plenty of fresh, minimally processed high-quality vegetables, ideally locally-grown and organic, with a majority of them consumed raw. One simple way to boost your vegetable intake is to juice them.

Juicing organic vegetables is highly recommended to patients in our clinic who are working to restore or improve their health. I am firmly convinced that juicing is one of the key factors to giving you a radiant, energetic life, and truly optimal health.

I simply do not know of any other single nutritional intervention that has a more profound influence on health than eating and/or juicing fresh, organic vegetables.

You can review my comprehensive approach to how to juice on my vegetable juicing page. Read more

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Being Even a Little Overweight Increases Health Risks

A recent study concluded that being even a little overweight increases the health risks associated with obesity.
Lugging around a few extra pounds? One of the largest studies to look at health and weight finds that you don't have to be obese to raise your risk of premature death. Merely being overweight carries some risk, too.

Obesity increases the risk of death from heart disease, stroke and certain cancers. But whether being merely overweight contributes to an early death as well has been uncertain and controversial. Some research has suggested being a little pudgy has little effect or can even be a good thing.

The latest research involving about 1.5 million people concluded that healthy white adults who were overweight were 13 percent more likely to die during the time they were followed in the study than those whose weight is in an ideal range.Being Even A Little Overweight, Increases Health Risks. Read more

Monday, November 29, 2010

The End of Aging? How to Hold Back the Years

Is this the end of aging? Alice Smellie discusses the ways we can hold back the years.
There are, it seems, medical breakthroughs nearly every week to help us combat one of the harsh facts of life: ageing.

Last week, researchers at Durham University reported that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) in women, designed to replace sex hormones such as oestrogen which fall with age, has been shown to help the brains of middle-aged women work like those of younger women.

And an Oxford University study revealed that a daily aspirin in middle age could help ward off heart disease and cancer over the age of 45 - when the risk of cancer goes up substantially.

Indeed, not only are we keeping healthier for longer, we feel younger, too.
A recent study of more than 10,000 people revealed that more than 40 per cent of today's over-50s feel at least a decade younger than their actual age. Read more

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Mix Aerobics and Weights to Lower Blood Sugar

A new study has found that combining aerobics with weight training works better than either one alone in lowering blood sugar.
People with diabetes should mix aerobics with weight training to get the best results in lowering blood sugar, a new study suggests. The combination worked best for weight loss too, compared to aerobics or weight training alone.

Blood sugar is fuel to muscles, and more sugar is burned during aerobic activity. Weight training builds more muscle, and both activities change muscle proteins in ways that enhance the process. Read more

Monday, November 22, 2010

Natural Help for Sinuses: Using a Neti Pot

Nasal congestion is a common health complaint, but a natural remedy exists. Using a neti pot removes all the dirt and bacteria-filled mucus from within the nose. It also helps to drain the sinus cavities.
It is quite common for our nasal passages to become clogged or blocked, especially with all of today’s pollutants and any other chemical irritants we may come in contact with. Even pollen and dust can be sources of irritation for many people. With all these irritants in our daily lives, it’s no wonder that nasal congestion is a major health complaint.

Among the many indications of nasal congestion, two of the most debilitating symptoms are headaches and pressure behind the eyes, which may indicate sinusitis. Sinusitis is a condition in which the lining of the sinus passages become inflamed due to bacteria inside the nasal cavities. Normally the tiny hairs inside the nasal passages clean out all the unwanted bacteria-causing pollutants; however, when congestion occurs, proper drainage cannot, thus allowing bacteria to grow. Read more

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Thursday, November 18, 2010

8 Natural Remedies for PMS

PMS can wreak havoc on your relationship. Here are eight natural remedies to keep it in check.
Women have long searched for a way to alleviate the symptoms of PMS—bloating, cramps and mood swings—just to name a few. Jonny Bowden, author of The Most Effective Natural Cures on Earth, has found the cure—a natural PMS cocktail. Learn more about the herbs and supplements that will bring you relief.

Evening Primrose Oil
Evening primrose oil (like borage oil and black currant oil) is a natural source of a fatty acid called GLA-gamma-linolenic acid. The research on evening primrose and PMS had been mixed. It may be true that GLA works best in combination with B6 and magnesium and is not quite as effective on its own. Because GLA is a natural anti-inflammatory, and because many people find it helpful for PMS, you should include it in your PMS cocktail. Read more

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

CDC and ADA Now Advise to Avoid Using Fluoride

Finally, the "experts" come clean on the health hazards of fluoride.
A new study in the Journal of the American Dental Association finds once again that, contrary to what most people have been told, fluoride is actually bad for teeth.

Exposure to high levels of fluoride results in a condition known as fluorosis, in which tooth enamel becomes discolored. The condition can eventually lead to badly damaged teeth. The new study found that fluoride intake during a child's first few years of life is significantly associated with fluorosis, and warned against using fluoridated water in infant formula.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is of a similar opinion. According to their website: Read more

Friday, November 12, 2010

Caveman Comfort Food

A hunk of red meat calms down stressed out men by bringing out their caveman instincts.
Women who want to calm down their husbands after a stressful day at the office should serve him a big steak, scientists said today.

Contrary to popular opinion that a hunk of red meat may make men aggressive, experts said it actually has a calming affect.

Psychologists said they were shocked by research findings which show that far from bringing out the 'caveman instinct' in modern men, seeing meat lowers any aggressive tendencies because it reminds males of friends and family at meal time. Read more

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Chinese Medicine: A Modern Tool for Treating Chronic Health Problems

Margaret Durst explains ancient Chinese medicine works and why it's so good for treating chronic health problems.
Chinese medicine dates back over 3000 years. It is still a very valid system that treats the body holistically. At first glance, it seems simplistic because the conditions treated within Chinese medicine use terms such as excess fire or water or wind rather than our modern scientific names. Yet this system is actually very complex and can be significantly more effective than our modern medicine especially with chronic health problems.

The part of Chinese medicine that I find particularly useful is the meridian system. The Chinese mapped pathways, or meridians, throughout the body that carry an invisible sort of electric energy. This energy is now detectable using specific instruments. Read more

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Vitamin K: A Super Nutrient That Stops Cancer in iIs Tracks

Vitamin K is a super nutrient that stops cancer in its tracks.
The second leading cause of death in the US is a preventable disease caused by a damaging diet of processed foods and poor lifestyle choices. Having seen family members and friends succumb to the disease, many people view cancer as inevitable and believe there is little they can do to protect themselves from the `Big C`. Our body is continually under assault from rogue cancer cells that are detected and controlled by our innate immune system. Eventually a diet of sugary processed foods and regular contact with household toxins wear down our natural defenses allowing cancer to proliferate. Vitamin K is a critical nutrient that has been shown effective in preventing a number of cancer cell lines with no toxic side effects. Read more

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Friday, October 29, 2010

Putting Ice on Injuries Could Slow Healing

I'm sure you've heard that it's important to put ice on an injury, but new research shows that it might be counterproductive.
Slapping a packet of frozen peas on a black eye or a sprained ankle may prevent it getting better, new research suggests.

For years, people have been told to freeze torn, bruised or sprained muscles to reduce the swelling.

But now for the first time, researchers have found that it could slow down the healing as it prevents the release of a key repair hormone.

This discovery turns the conventional wisdom that swelling must be controlled in order to encourage healing and prevent pain. Read more

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Double Chin Exercises

As we get older, a double chin may start to appear, due to genetics, or fat and fluid buildups in fatty cells. Fortunately, there are several ways to lose a double chin
Foods that are high in calories add to the fat that is stored in the chin, worsening the problem. Therefore, eating a diet that consists of fruits, vegetables, whole grain and other foods that are low in fat can help weight loss on the chin area, as well as the other parts of the body.

The most highly recommended method of getting rid of a double chin is by engaging in certain double chin exercises. Exercises like walking, swimming, jogging, cycling and running can help a person lose weight all over the body, including the chin. However, like other spot reduction exercises aimed at reducing the fat mainly on one particular part of the body, double chin exercises are a great way to burning off the fat in the chin area at a faster pace. The most effective double chin exercises focus on the platysma and mentalis muscles and at the same time, they help firm up the throat, jowl area and the neck. Given below are some simple double chin exercises, which you should practice every single day, preferably twice a day: Read more

Monday, October 25, 2010

Natural Remedies for Stretch Marks

If you have recently given birth or lost a lot of weight, you may have stretch marks. Isabelle Simon gives some natural remedies to get rid of them.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Coconut Oil:A Powerful Virus-Destroyer and Antibiotic

Coconut oil is good for your heart and fights viruses and bacteria, too, says Dr. Joseph Mercola.
You've no doubt noticed that for about the last 60 years the majority of health care officials and the media have been telling you saturated fats are bad for your health and lead to a host of negative consequences, like elevated cholesterol, obesity, heart disease and Alzheimer's disease.

Meanwhile during this same 60 years the American levels of heart disease, obesity, elevated serum cholesterol and Alzheimer's have skyrocketed compared to our ancestors, and even compared to modern-day primitive societies using saturated fat as a dietary staple.

Did you know that multiple studies on Pacific Island populations who get 30–60% of their total caloric intact from fully saturated coconut oil have all shown nearly non-existent rates of cardiovascular disease?[1]

Clearly, a lot of confusion and contradictory evidence exists on the subject of saturated fats, even among health care professionals.

But I'm going to tell you something that public health officials and the media aren't telling you. Read more

Monday, October 18, 2010

Leg Cramps: Home Remedies and Treatments

Learn home remedies to treat nighttime leg cramps from pharmacologist Joe Graedon of the popular public radio show The People's Pharmacy.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Are Humans Designed to Live on Grains and Refined Sugar?

Are humans designed to live on grains and refined sugar? No, they make us fatter and sicker, says Mark Sisson.
We all know by now that type 2 diabetes is an epidemic. We’re seeing words like crisis and runaway all over the news and in the journals. Heart disease rates have been cut in half since the staggering margarine days of the 1980s, but diabetes has swiftly risen to fill that gaping void and meet the challenge of Completely Unnecessary Disease Epidemic.

Here’s my ultra-simple explanation of the entire insulin/blood sugar/type 2 diabetes mess. Big Agra could really care less about you. That’s just business. The pharmaceutical industry is not in it for the love of life. If that were the case, drugs would be much cheaper. The FDA has to think about public health, but it also has to think about treading carefully on the toes of corporate interests, because that’s how it works when you’re the biggest economy in the world.

Print this explanation out, stick it on your fridge, email it to your aunt. And put down the pasta. Read more

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Do You Have Symptoms of Vitamin C Deficiency?

An adequate amount of vitamin C can even help with cardiovascular heart disease, says Margaret Durst.
Vitamin C deficiency is thought to be part of the underlying cause of cardiovascular disease. Humans do not have the ability to make vitamin C; they must get it though their diet. Vitamin C is essential to the formation of collagen which is the glue for specialized tissues that hold us together, such as skin, cartilage, tendon, and bone. Vitamin C is also responsible for maintaining strength in the blood vessels. Scurvy is the condition that results when we are deficient in vitamin C. Symptoms of scurvy include poor wound healing, bleeding gums, edema, extreme weakness and “pinpoint” hemorrhages under the skin.

One of the interesting theories on atherosclerosis is that we may have developed the ability to deposit lipoproteins (plaque) along our artery walls to increase our chances of surviving during vitamin C deficient times. In other words, arterial plaque may be what kept us from bleeding to death during long winters when we had less access to foods rich in vitamin C.

Fibrinogen and apoprotein are the two groups of proteins that normally accumulate at injury sites in the arteries to carry out repairs to damaged artery walls. The apoproteins have a natural affinity with fat and become lipoprotein A which can repair damaged or leaky blood vessels. However, this also increases the risk of heart disease by building up deposits on the artery wall. In fact, of all the factors that can be measured, a person’s level of lipoprotein A is the best indicator of risk of arterial plaque. Read more

Monday, October 11, 2010

Can Coconut Oil Reverse Alzheimer's Disease?

A doctor discovered that the ingredient in the drug trial which was showing so much promise was simply MCT oil derived from coconut oil, so he put his patient on coconut oil twice a day with astonishing results.
Dr. Newport learned that the ingredient in the drug trial which was showing so much promise was simply MCT oil derived from coconut oil or palm kernel oil, and that a dose of 20 grams (about 20 ml or 4 teaspoons) was used to produce these results. When MCT oil is metabolized, the ketones which the body creates may, according to the latest research, not only protect against the incidence of Alzheimer’s, but may actually reverse it. Moreover, this is also a potential treatment for Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, multiple sclerosis and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease), drug-resistant epilepsy, brittle type I diabetes, and type II (insulin-resistant) diabetes. Read more

Friday, October 8, 2010

Is Semen a Natural Antidepressant for Women?

Scientific American reports that scientists have discovered that human semen acts as a natural antidepressant for women. It's loaded with mood-enhancing chemicals, and "the vagina is an ideal route for drug delivery."
... let’s have a quick look at some of the key ingredients of human semen. In fact, semen has a very complicated chemical profile, containing over 50 different compounds (including hormones, neurotransmitters, endorphins and immunosupressants) each with a special function and occurring in different concentrations within the seminal plasma. Perhaps the most striking of these compounds is the bundle of mood-enhancing chemicals in semen. There is good in this goo. Such anxiolytic chemicals include, but are by no means limited to, cortisol (known to increase affection), estrone (which elevates mood), prolactin (a natural antidepressant), oxytocin (also elevates mood), thyrotropin-releasing hormone (another antidepressant), melatonin (a sleep-inducing agent) and even serotonin (perhaps the most well-known antidepressant neurotransmitter). Read more

Monday, October 4, 2010

Calcium and Vitamin Supplements Reduce Breast cancer Risk

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. One thing that women should be aware of is that taking vitamin and calcium supplements may reduce their risk of breast cancer by as much as 40 percent.
Taking vitamin and calcium supplements may reduce women's risk of breast cancer by as much as 40 percent, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Ponce School of Medicine in Puerto Rico, and presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research.

"It is not an immediate effect. You don't take a vitamin today and your breast cancer risk is reduced tomorrow," researcher Jaime Matta said. "However, we did see a long-term effect in terms of breast cancer reduction." Read more

Friday, October 1, 2010

How to Make an All-Natural Liver Cleanse

A nutrition consultant and clinical herbalist explains how to create an all-natural liver cleanse tea that benefits the entire digestive tract.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Can Prayer Really Work Health Miracles?

Can prayer really work health miracles? Since science can't prove it one way or another, you just have to have faith.
Medical science relies on evidence-based studies to show that different drugs or treatment regimens can improve a patient's health. But conducting studies of one potential therapy -- the healing power of prayer -- has proved a challenge.

Candy Gunther Brown, an associate professor of religious studies at Indiana University, would like to see that change. Given that about half of the American population prays, prayer could turn out to be a critical therapy, she believes. Read more

Monday, September 27, 2010

Discover the Superfood Power of Coconut

Super foods are defined as those foods which are so nutrient-rich that they can help fight aging and illness. Coconut is a super food which everyone should consider adding to his or her diet.
Foods that have an incredible array of health benefits that go well beyond just their nutrient value are considered 'super-foods.' Mothers' milk is considered the most perfect food on the planet for human consumption do to its ideal nutritional content and immune boosting compounds. The closest match in nature to mothers' milk is found within the coconut. This tropical staple is loaded with many powerful fatty acids that give it a unique taste and an abundance of health enhancing benefits. Read more

Friday, September 24, 2010

Avocado Hair Mask Tutorial

The avocado hair mask smells amazing and gives wonderful results. You will only need half of an avocado for the hair mask and for the other half; simply mash it up (mix honey, yogurt, etc) and apply it as a soothing face mask. Avocado is rich in beneficial oils good for our skin, body and health which is why some cultures call the fruit 'Green Gold'. Its not only delicious as a healthy treat, but also to our hair and skin.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

If You Want to Age Gracefully, Don't Eat This

Joseph Mercola has written the best article on slowing down the aging process that you are likely to read anywhere. He not only tells you what not to do, but also what to do in order to age gracefully. Warning: his advice may contradict some medical myths that even your doctor may believe.
Death is surely inevitable, but I do believe you can live far longer than the average life expectancy tables (1) would predict, which in the U.S. is about 78. Genetics may play a role, but it is NOT the final determining factor for whether you'll live a long healthy life.

Barring an accident, your lifestyle has everything to do with your longevity.

It's already been established that diet can override genetic predispositions for disease (2), so don't fall into the trap of believing your health and longevity is somehow inescapably tied to what's polluting your gene pool.

The Leading Cause of Premature Aging and Death Read more

Monday, September 20, 2010

Drink More Water, Lose More Weight

Adding science to years of anecdotal claims, scientists find that drinking two cups of water before all three meals helped dieters lose weight and keep it off.
It's a popular dieting secret: Drink more water, and you'll shed more pounds. Finally, science is adding weight to the practice.

After about three months, a new study found, obese dieters who drank two cups of water before each meal lost 5 pounds more than a group of dieters who didn't increase their water intake. A year later, the water-drinkers had also kept more of the weight off. Read more

Friday, September 17, 2010

Memory Loss Is NOT a Normal Part of Aging, Say Dementia Experts

Though many older people laugh off memory lapses as "senior moments," dementia experts say they shouldn't. Memory loss is NOT a normal part of aging. It's a symptom of an underlying disease.
Mild memory lapses experienced by older people are often excused as 'senior moments,' but a new study has found the brain changes that cause the forgetfulness are also responsible for dementia.

The findings contradict a long-held notion that memory loss is a normal part of ageing, the U.S. team said.

'We don't think that just because you are old, a problem in thinking and memory is normal and should be ignored. We think it's an actual sign of disease,' said lead researcher Dr Robert Wilson, at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Read more

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Flush Those Heavy Metals

Detox with "broken cell wall" chlorella. Chlorella's fibrous outer shell binds with the heavy metals in the bloodstream and assists in pulling them out of tissues to carry them out of the body.
Chlorella, single-celled fresh water algae, is often referred to as a near-perfect food, as its range of health benefits is truly astounding. In this interview, Ginny Bank expounds on this phenomenal nutrient.

Chlorella is perhaps most well known for its ability to detox your body by binding to toxins, such as mercury and carrying them out of your system.

But that’s not all this green algae is good for.

According to Ginny, chlorella can also be of great benefit to vegetarians and vegans who want proteins and B vitamins from a non-animal source. Chlorella is about 60 percent protein, and is considered to be a “complete protein” source because it contains all the essential amino acids your body needs.

Other health benefits include: Read more

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Silver Medicine

Silver has been used in the health field  for as long as there has been a health field. It was used in times of antiquity for fighting germs and healing tissue, and those uses have continued to this day. It has been undergoing a rapid resurgence in use in recent times in the medical and industrial fields.
For thousands of years silver has been used as a healing agent by civilizations throughout the world. Its medical, preservative and restorative powers can be traced as far back as the ancient Greek and Roman Empires. Long before the development of modern pharmaceuticals, silver was employed as a germicide.

Consider these interesting facts: Read more

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Scalp Massages Relax and Stimulate

isSince a great deal of the human nervous system is located in the head, it's no wonder the area is prone to the effects of stress and tension. Just like a massage for your muscles, a scalp massage is the perfect way to ease away the tensions of the day.
In many cultures, head massage has been practiced for hundreds of years as a therapy to reduce stress and tension. Massaging the scalp can relieve migraine headache pain and even encourage hair growth by stimulating blood supply to the scalp. It rejuvenates the spirits, improves mental alertness and increases circulation to the face, head, neck and shoulders. Read more

Friday, September 3, 2010

Powerful Aphrodisiac Cocktail Drink

Excite your lover and make the night romantic and exciting with this special cocktail drink for men and women.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Turmeric and Neti Pots Help Sinus Infections and Chronic Sinusitis

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. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology reports that sinusitis causes a loss of four workdays per year, causing employers to list sinusitis as one of the top ten medical conditions. Fortunately, there are simple, inexpensive natural remedies for sinusitis.
Using turmeric or salt inhalation with a neti pot and using simple steam inhalation can treat sinus infections.

Sinusitis, also known as rhinosinusitis, is an infection or inflammation of the lining of the sinus cavities in the nose. This condition affects more than 40 million Americans annually. Sinusitis can be caused by colds, flu or allergies. Diseases such as bacterial infections also cause sinusitis, reports the University of Maryland Medical Center. Sinus infections can be painful, leading to headaches and work impairment. The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology reports that sinusitis causes a loss of four workdays per year, causing employers to list sinusitis as one of the top ten medical conditions. Read more

Monday, August 30, 2010

Mashed Banana Cough Remedy

This video shows how to make a delicious cough remedy with no side effects from bananas, honey, and black pepper.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Back to School... without the Meds!

It's back to school time, so Margaret Durst discusses how to keep your children health with natural remedies.
It is back to school time.  While parents are rushing around getting school clothes and supplies, it is also a good time to think about supporting our children’s health (and ours too).  For many parents, they may face an additional challenge of pressure to put their kids on meds for for a variety of attention and behavioral problems.  Many times these kinds of issues can be avoided with better nutritional choices.  Even for good students, nutrition can help keep them healthy and focused and happy.

I get lots of questions on how to keep kids healthy.  School seems to be a breeding ground for all kinds of coughs, colds and flus.  I have some simple remedies I like to use that have worked well for my family.  My all time favorite “keep my kid well” remedy is Elderberry Defense.   Once we started using it, our son got perfect attendance – he only got a cough or sniffles when we ran out – that was 3 years ago. Read more

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Herbs for Healthy Aging

Asian cultures have used herbs for thousands of years to extend the vitality of youth and promote longevity. With the aging of the U.S. population, there has been considerable interest in herbal remedies. There are currently numerous studies being conducted to understand how these herbs slow the aging process. Some of the best of those herbs are listed here.

How are herbs used and what do they do?
Herbs are used for many reasons. Herbal teas are used to cleanse the digestive system or detoxify the body. Herbs are used as medicines, vitamins, supplements, etc. You will find herbal teas used to treat common colds as well. Herbs are available to help reduce wrinkles or other aging features.

Friday, August 20, 2010

The Big Pharma Con Job

Drugs don't work. According to a new study, 85% of their new drugs can cause more harm than good.
Drug companies have been accused of conning the public by hyping up patented medicines with little new to offer while downplaying their potentially harmful side-effects.

A new study estimates that 85 per cent of new drugs offer few if any new benefits while having the potential to cause serious harm due to toxicity or misuse.

The author of the research delivered a damning attack on 'Big Pharma' at a meeting of sociology experts in the US. Read more

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Vitamins Get Rid of Dark Circles under the Eyes

Dark circles under the eyes may not be a serious health problem, but they detract from your appearance. One natural remedy for this problem is vitamins.
Although the dark circles under the eyes may not cause any serious health problem, they are often a cause of great cosmetic concern, adding years to your appearance or making you look haggard or unhealthy. There are a number of different natural remedies for dark under eye circles - such as vitamins. Vitamins can be used topically or orally to get rid of dark circles. Read more

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Natural Remedies for Water Retention

Margaret Durst discusses the causes of water retention and some natural remedies.
Water retention bogs down many of us and is often a symptom of other health problems. Water balance within our bodies depends on many factors.

Poor kidney function will cause excess fluid to build up in the body. There are many herbs that act as diuretics while also being nutritive to the kidney and strengthening it over time. These include uva ursi, dong quai, juniper berries, asparagus, burdock, dandelion and more. There are many good herbal blends available at health food stores. Read more

Friday, August 13, 2010

Benefits of Fish Oil for Fitness and Health

When the words oils and fats are mentioned, health-conscious individuals tend to run for cover. What they fail to realize is that there are good fats and bad fats. Complete avoidance of intake of oils and fats would actually be detrimental, rather than beneficial, to their health.

The Truth about Fish Oil
Essential fatty acids must always be part of our daily diet – without them, we take one step closer to our deaths. Essential fatty acids are divided into two families: omega-6 EFAs and omega-3 EFAS.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Vitamin C Slows Down Cancer Cell Growth

Scientists have recently discovered how vitamin C may slow down the growhth of cancer cells.
A half century ago, Linus Pauling began his pioneering research into how vitamin C impacts health. Now, almost 25 years after Pauling's death, a new study backs up his contention that vitamin C has remarkable healing and protective benefits. In fact, now scientists have discovered how vitamin C may put the brakes on the growth of cancer cells. Read more

Monday, August 9, 2010

Do Calcium Supplements Actually Improve Bone Health?

Do calcium supplements actually improve bone health? Bill Sardi says they don't and discusses what does.
The dietary supplement industry is such a mixed bag these days. It has such promise, but often fails to deliver. For example, garlic pills were once the number one herbal supplement. But studies showed most garlic pills failed to deliver the active ingredient produced by fresh-crushed garlic cloves. Subsequently garlic pills fell from their top-seller spot. Turns out that stomach acid destroys the enzyme (alliinase) that produces the active ingredient allicin. Only if a garlic clove is crushed outside the acidic stomach is allicin produced. Only enteric-coated or buffered garlic tablets produce what a fresh-crushed clove of garlic delivers.


But now the dietary supplement industry is once again, crying foul, and circling its wagons around calcium supplements, its number-two seller next to vitamin C and used by 43% of the American public (2003–2006), claiming a recent analysis of pooled studies shows calcium pills increase the risk of a heart attack by about 30% represents "cherry picking" of studies. But the dietary supplement industry reacted more out of protection of their vested interests than in delivering solid public health information. Read more

Friday, August 6, 2010

Health Benefits of Ginseng

Out of all of the herbal supplements on the market today, Ginseng is the most widely used. In earlier times Ginseng went by a different name, "man root." because the root resembled that of the shape of a man. To this day many people believe in the powers of Ginseng as they believe that it has healing and mystical powers. The Ancient Chinese thought that when a plant resembles a human body part, that it would have a healing effect on that part of the body. In other words if a plant resembled a hand, it would have the ability to heal the hands. But since Ginseng resembles the entire body, it is thought that is can bring balance and well being to the whole body.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Two Effective Yoga Techniques to Lower Blood Pressure

For controlling your hypertension, there are two effective yoga techniques that helps lower the blood pressure:

Inverted Yoga

Inverted yoga reverses the action of gravity on the body. The most profound changes brought about by Inverted Yoga is in circulation. In inverted poses, legs and abdomen are placed higher than the heart.

Lengthening up through the legs and keep them very active so your spine opens and the entire body actively involved in the pose.

One of the reasons for this is simply because the force of gravity is reversed and venous return becomes significantly greater.

Monday, August 2, 2010

How to Treat Depression the Natural Way

Zero zip, zest, zeal? Even mild depression takes a toll on your whole body, but it's fixable, says Margaret Durst.
Zip, zest, and zeal are signs of health. If you feel that you are lacking these on a regular basis, you may be depressed. Many people do not believe in depression; however, it is one of the most common health problems in the United States affecting an estimated 17 million Americans each year.

Depression is a whole-body condition that affects the body, nervous system, moods, thoughts and behavior. It affects the way you eat and sleep, the way you feel about yourself and the way you react to and think about the people and things around you.

Symptoms of depression include chronic fatigue, sleep disturbances, changes in appetite, difficulty concentrating or making decisions, headaches, backaches, digestive disorders, restlessness, irritability, quickness to anger, loss of interest or pleasure in hobbies, work or social life, and feelings of worthlessness or inadequacy. Read more

Friday, July 30, 2010

Natural Remedies for Mosquito Bites

A mosquito bite is not like the sting of a wasp or bee which is an injection of poison. Mosquitoes just want a little taste of your blood, but to stop it from coagulating so that they can easily drink it, they also deposit a protein which causes an allergic reaction in some people.

It seems that some people get bitten constantly and others never have a single itch, but this is probably nothing to do with whether the insects like you. The truth is that some people do not get an allergic reaction, so they do not know they have been bitten.

The best natural remedies for mosquito bites, of course, are those that stop the little critters biting in the first place, but if it is too late for that, there are still a few things that you can try. If you ask a hundred bite-scratching people what they recommend, you may get a hundred different answers. Here are some of the most popular remedies:

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Reduce Hypertension with Chocolate, Beets, Oats, and Lavender

High blood pressure is a serious condition, which may lead to heart attack or stroke. However, pharmaceuticals are not the only way to treat the condition. Home remedies, such as chocolate, beets, oats, and lavender, have been proven to help, also.
Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure or HBP, affects more than 70 million Americans. High blood pressure causes damage to the blood vessels and eventually can lead to numerous side effects, such as heart disease, stroke or kidney failure, warns the American Heart Association. Home remedies can help lower blood pressure but should be undertaken with care, as hypertension is a serious medical condition. Read more

Monday, July 26, 2010

Friday, July 23, 2010

Using Herbs to Cure Insomnia and to Stay Asleep

If you suffer from insomnia, sleeping pills are not the only answer. Merlyn Seeley reveals how herbs can cure insomnia and help you to stay asleep.
Some time ago there was this woman from the US that said she had trouble sleeping and not just going to sleep but staying asleep as well as waking to find that she felt like she had not even slept at all. She went on to state that she had a few friends that had visited a Buddhist monastery and learned to meditate. She said that the two friends came back home and from that day on had the best sleep in their lives and never again had any sleep problems. Now this is a true story but what did the two ladies find that caused their lives to change so much? The answer is they found peace of mind. With the meditation they had learned from the monks they were able to control their thoughts and calm their minds, when a mind becomes calm the body follows along. Read more

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Eating Fish Helps Prevent Eye Disease Later in Life

Many people develop eye diseases, such as macular degeneration, as they age. A new study has found that eating fish helps prevent eye diseases later in life.
A study that recently appeared in the journal Ophthalmology has found that people who eat fatty fish at least once a week are less likely to develop age-related macular degeneration (AMD), an eye disease that gradually causes vision impairment and blindness in senior adults. The study findings add to the growing list of health benefits gained by eating fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Read more

Monday, July 19, 2010

Natural Remedies to Lighten Hair

There are some great natural remedies to lighten hair - no need for purchased hair dyes if you have dirty blonde or mouse colored hair.


The best, purest and most natural way to get those real blonde highlights is to be out in the sun. Lie face down with clothing covering your skin and spread your hair out to drink in the rays of sunlight. Or just get out in the sun more. Anyone with blonde to medium brown hair will find that it is always lighter in summer - provided you do not stay indoors all of the time.

Do not overdo it of course. You must be careful not to become sunburned. Use a strong sun blocker on all exposed skin, and you may also consider using sun cream on your scalp.


Swimming in either a pool or the sea and then letting your hair dry in the sun is a great way to lighten it. It's great exercise, too!

However, some of us live in climates where there is very little sun for many months of the year. What do we do then?

Hydrogen Peroxide

Mix small amounts of household ammonia and hydrogen peroxide in equal quantities. Warning: it will smell bad! Test on a small area of skin near the ear and wait 24 hours to see if there is any allergic reaction. If not, mix a fresh batch and apply to hair. Rinse off when developed. You may also want to test on a strand of hair.

Never use household bleach or any other chlorine-based product on your hair. This can destroy your hair, cause terrible damage to your skin, and possibly kill you with the fumes.

Lemon Juice

Squeeze one fresh lemon. It should give you about two tablespoons of juice. Mix this with three times the quantity of water and apply to dry hair. Leave for several hours before rinsing out. Do this every day, and your highlights should become lighter in a very natural looking way.

You may want to use more of the lemon juice/water mixture if you have very long hair and less if you have short hair.


Ordinary tea can lighten brown hair - seems crazy given the color that it is - but it's true! Make tea to a normal strength that you would drink, let it cool and then rinse your hair with it.

It is best to test a strand before using tea on your whole head. If your hair is already a light shade, it may darken it.

Some of these methods can leave your hair rather dry, so be sure to use a good conditioner for blonde hair. Shampoos and conditioners containing chamomile are great for fair hair.

Going out in the sun after using any of these natural remedies to lighten hair will increase their effectiveness.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Laugh Yourself Slim? 50 Unlikely Diet Tips That Work.

Laugh yourself slim? That's just one of the 50 very unlikely - but medically proven - diet tips that work.
We all know that in order to lose weight we need to eat less and exercise more – but research suggests there are a few other tricks when it comes to shedding the pounds. From how acupuncture can help you lose an extra 10 lb in three months to why carrot juice should be part of any slimmer's daily diet, here we give a round up of the Top 50 diet tips.

1. To work out just how many calories you can eat daily, multiply your ideal body weight in pounds by 14.

2. People who have acupuncture once a week lose an extra 4.5 kg (10 lb) in three months. Applying needles at pressure points is thought to trigger electrical pulses that suppress appetite.

3. Sprinkle cinnamon into a yoghurt each day to burn fat. The spice is a powerful metabolism-raiser. Half a teaspoon a day is enough to burn an extra kilo a month.

4. Take lunch breaks away from your desk. You'll consume 250 fewer calories in a day than those who eat as they work.

5. Have a laugh. A good strong laugh for 10–15 minutes a day increases weekly energy consumption by up to 280 calories. Read more

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Your Herbal Medicine Cabinet

One of the world's top herbal authorities advises us on how to get the most out of natural remedies ranging from aloe vera and ginger to slippery elm and elderberry.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Fish Oil May Reduce Cancer Risk

Fish oil is an easy-to-find and relatively inexpensive dietary supplement, which helps heart health and inflammation. A new study finds that it may also reduce cancer risk.
Omega-3 fatty acids from fish oil supplements may help reduce the risk of breast cancer, a new study suggests. The findings, though preliminary, are very intriguing, said Marie Savard, M.D. on Good Morning America.

As part of a larger study investigating a link between cancer and supplements, 35,000 women completed an extensive survey using 15 different supplements, with fish oil being the only one found to have a significant effect. Read more

Friday, July 9, 2010

101 Problems That Yoga Can Cure

Yoga has a number of health benefits. In fact, there are 101 problems that yoga can cure.
Many people probably consider yoga as the sole domain of pretentious yuppies appropriating the tenets of another culture in order to seem sophisticated and hip. In reality, the discipline actually boasts an impressive plethora of health benefits suitable for people of all ages and physical conditions. Patients suffering from diseases as diverse as cancer to obsessive-compulsive disorder can find some facet of yoga to ease much of their physical, mental and emotional pain. The following list peers into the various ways in which yoga can actually benefit treatment, though it does not intend to replace or reflect professional advice in any way. As with any physical activities, be sure to consult a physician before attempting a yoga regimen in order to understand any limitations that may possibly result in an injury. Read more

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

First Sleep, Second Sleep: Our Natural Sleep Pattern

Many people think waking up in the middle of the night is insomnia and take sleeping pills in order to sleep through the night. History tells us, though, that broken sleep is natural sleep.
Sleep in times past
In the course of gathering information for his book about night in preindustrial times (At Day's Close: Night in Times Past), A. Roger Ekirch, professor of history at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, uncovered the fact that before artificial illumination was widely used, people typically slept in 2 bouts, which they called first sleep and second sleep.1 In those times, sleep was more closely tied to sunset and sunrise than it is now. Within an hour or so after sunset, people retired to bed, slept for about 4 hours, and then woke up. They remained awake for a couple of hours and then returned to sleep at about 2 am for another 4 hours or so.

Written records from before the first century onward indicate that the period between first and second sleep afforded a chance for quiet contemplation, but people also got out of bed during this interval and did household chores or visited with family and friends. Although diaries, court documents, and literature of the time indicate that this sleep pattern was widely known and acknowledged, until Ekirch's work this bit of history had been lost to the current era. This pattern of sleep is no longer the norm in developed countries, where artificial light extends the day, but anthropologists have observed a similar pattern of segmented sleep in some contemporary African tribes.1 Ekirch notes that the Tiv people of central Nigeria even use the same terms—first sleep and second sleep—used by the Europeans of times past. Read more

Friday, July 2, 2010

Natural Sex Enhancers

From chocolate to yohimbe, find out how natural sex enhancers and sexual herbs can be helpful to your sex life.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Baking Soda: Its Many Miraculous and Mundane Uses

Baking soda was one of the few products many years ago on the market for cleaning your teeth or settling an upset stomach. While we have many more choices today, baking soda still has many miraculous and mundane uses.
A simple inexpensive substance, one that is found on grocery shelves and in many homes, has been rediscovered over recent years as a useful remedy or remedy adjunct for a variety of ailments and chronic diseases. That substance is bicarbonate of soda, or baking soda, not to be confused with baking powder. Baking powder contains aluminum, which is toxic.

During the early 20th Century, baking soda was prescribed for flus and colds and other common problems. It eventually faded into obscurity as a medicine until people like Doctors Mark Sircus and Tullio Simoncini began using it to cure cancer during the last few years! Read more

Monday, June 28, 2010

The Ultimate Guide to Self-Massage

If you are unable to work in a professional massage, you can practice some simple massage techniques on yourself that can have great benefit in releasing tension and promoting relaxation.
A competent massage can make or break an individual’s overall sense of health and well-being, but most people do not have the money to pay for regular sessions with a professional. Fortunately, the art of self-massage costs absolutely nothing while still yielding the same benefits as paying for a round when executed properly. The following guide proffers up some tips, tricks, information, and links to helpful guides for anyone who finds the prospect of self-massage appealing.

Why? Read more

Friday, June 25, 2010

7 Diet Tricks That Really Work

Everyone knows the keys to losing weight: Eat less and exercise more. Sounds simple enough, but in the context of real life and its demands, it can be anything but simple. So how do successful losers do it? To find out, Live Science asked experts for diet tricks that scientists say really work.
Eat fruit. But not as a snack. Drink more water. With ice!

Every day, it seems, there is new advice headlining papers and magazines on how to lose weight. It can get overwhelming trying to tease the legitimate from the fads, so we turned to the experts.

Here are the top seven tricks that scientists say really work. Read more

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

5 Simple Steps to Eliminate PMS

Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) has a wide variety of symptoms, including mood swings, tender breasts, food cravings, fatigue, irritability, and depression. An estimated 75% of menstruating women experience some form of premenstrual syndrome. Dr. Mark Hyman lists five simple steps to eliminate PMS.
"Seventy-five percent of women suffer from headaches, mood swings, bloating, and other problems that threaten their relationships, work life, and well-being." It's a statement that most of us unconsciously accept without a second thought. But it doesn't have to be this way. Read more

Monday, June 21, 2010

Essential Oils Contain Healing Properties

Essential oils contain healing properties that have tremendous potential to reduce our reliance on pharmaceuticals with their synthetic ingredients and adverse side effects.
The healing properties of essential oils are many, varied and extremely effective. The list of plants providing these healing essential oils is almost endless. Here is just a small handful: Read more

Friday, June 18, 2010

Home Remedies for Getting Rid of Acne

Trying to get rid of acne is a problem that has been around for years. Nobody likes to look as though they are riddled with acne, but sadly, for many people it is a huge problem that simply cannot be avoided. If you find yourself in this position, there is typically very little that you can do to avoid it. However, there is still help and hope that you have to make things better. Chemical or prescription treatments are extremely expensive and typically do not work well.

Some of the most common ingredients for acne home remedies include things such as cucumber, lemon juice, and also milk. However, there are plenty of other ingredients that can be used as well. If you are willing to take some time to learn it is possible to find a rather large amount of successful acne treatments that all do not have any serious side effects that can cause you substantial problems. Working to ensure you have the best treatment methods available to you is not always easy, it is quite possible at times that you will feel that you are losing the battle to acne, but never fear there are plenty of choices available to find your perfect solution.

Most people are rather thrilled to learn that the simplest methods are using things such as milk, orange peel, strawberry leaves, and even cucumbers. Of course, you are not making a meal and these ingredients are all used in distinctly different remedies. For those who have an abundance of strawberry leaves around, you can use them to help reduce the painful swelling that is associated with acne. Other great usages include using orange peel mashed together with a small amount of water to form a paste. This paste is then used to help reduce the acne in the area in which it was applied.

For someone who likes the smell of cucumbers, a paste of cucumber is great for helping to prevent breakouts before they even happen. By creating the paste, you are using some great nutrients that many commercial companies actually put into their products. The key to this remedy is to allow the paste to remain on for at least 30 minutes. After this time, you can remove the paste and feel your skin refreshed. It is important to ensure that you repeat this treatment daily to avoid a breakout.

Using milk, you can create a paste by mixing in some nutmeg. This makes a wonderful paste that can be applied directly onto acne to help dry it out quickly. Repeated usages may be required to clear it up entirely, but it is typically extremely effective.

Mint juice is a great remedy as well. It can be used either all by itself, or you can punch it up a notch by mixing it together with turmeric powder. If you opt to mix it with turmeric powder, you need to apply it onto your face and allow it to remain for approximately thirty minutes before rinsing your face with warm water. Be certain that you rinse it thoroughly or you could risk over drying your skin.

Finding your perfect home remedy for acne is likely to be a prolonged process. Each person has a uniquely created balance that must be maintained in order to achieve the perfect skin that is needed. If you are having great difficulties trying to get your acne under control it might be time to try a new remedy. It is recommended that you give each different remedy ample time to actually work though before changing. Typically, a period of two weeks is sufficient to start noticing a great difference in your skin if the remedy you are presently using is going to be effective. Pulling together all of the greatest remedies for acne might sound like a delicious recipe to cook with, but the final result will look much better when your face is clear.

To find out about a clinically proven, step-by-step system for permanently curing your acne and achieving lasting clear skin faster than you ever thought possible, click here!

Monday, June 14, 2010

10 Reasons Cayenne Should Be Used as a Daily Tonic

If cayenne pepper is not the king of medicinal herbs it is certainly a prince among them. Its health benefits are many and varied and are truly astonishing. Many people from around the world recount amazing results from using cayenne pepper for simple healing as well in the battling and elimination of challenging health problems. Here are ten reasons cayenne should be used as a daily tonic.
There's a vastly underrated herb that is commonly used as a spice for hot foods. Its powder is derived from ground up dried shells of chili peppers. Famed herbalist Dr. John Christopher was so involved with this herb that he was nicknamed Dr. Cayenne. And Dr. Richard Shultze recommends putting cayenne at the top of the ten most important herbs to have in a home "... because it will make the other nine work better".

Cayenne powder is an instant blood flow stimulant, enabling it to promote blood circulation and carry other nutrients to cells more efficiently. But additionally, cayenne has its own set of virtues, especially when it comes to cardiovascular health. Read more

Friday, June 11, 2010

Leaky Gut: How to End the Misery

Margaret Durst explains what "leaky gut" is and end the misery.
Leaky Gut is one of those "natural health" conditions that we all hope we never get. The truth is that many of us have it to some degree and our symptoms vary widely. So - What is "leaky gut"? It is a condition in which the gut lining leaks.

You might ask "Is this bad?" Yes it is bad. Read more

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Belladonna: Deady Nightshade

Belladonna is a perennial herb that is native to Europe and Asia Minor, but is now grown quite often in the United States, Europe, and India. While growing in the wild, which Belladonna commonly does, a slight dose can be fatal. The nickname "deadly nightshade" is a good clue of its potency. When Belladonna was first used it was for cosmetic purposes. Women felt that if they used it to dilate their pupils, they would look more sexy and alluring. This explains the name Belladonna, which means "beautiful lady" in Italian.

The most important contribution from Belladonna is atropine, which is an important agent that is useful in dilating the pupils of the eye. Some cough syrups are known to contain atropine and are used for bronchitis and whooping cough. Atrophine is also used to soothe the stomach lining prior to an anesthetic being administered and also for peptic ulcers. However, even small doses of atropine can cause the heart rate to increase.

Belladonna also has other great benefits for purposes of what it is used for today as it has the ability to dry up bodily fluids such as breast milk, saliva, perspiration, and mucous. The alkaloids in Belladonna are used for gastrointestinal disorders, such as colitis, diverticulitis, irritable bowel syndrome, colic, diarrhea, and peptic ulcer. It also works for asthma, excessive sweating, excessive nighttime urination and incontinence, headaches and migraines, muscle pains and spasms, motion sickness, Parkinson's disease, and biliary colic.

Quite often, Belladonna is used as homeopathic remedies, such as the common cold, earaches, fever, menstrual cramps, sunstroke, toothaches, headaches, sore throats, and boils. How the patient ingests and how much they ingest is determined by several actors, such as their symptoms, mood, and overall temperament. When Belladonna is administered for homeopathic use it is highly diluted because of its toxicity.

No one should ever use Belladonna as a self help measure. It should only be taken under the care of a qualified doctor. The doses given off Belladonna are always in very low doses. When Belladonna is prescribed, it is either added to sugar pellets or mixed with other types of drugs. So while it is clear that Belladonna is an extremely dangerous herb, it is also very beneficial when used correctly.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Heal and Soothe Burns and Prevent Scarring with Natural Home Remedies

If you have ever had a burn injury, then you know how painful it can be. Whether a sunburn or a burn from a hot stove, all of them hurt badly and need to be treated as soon as possible. Natural remedies for burns are helpful in relieving pain and speeding healing.
When most people think of burns, fire and heat usually come to mind. While it is true that heat is the leading cause of tissue damage known as "burns", such damage can also be caused by sunburn and other radiation, friction, electricity, or chemicals. Most burns other than the most severe ones can be treated safely and effectively with natural home remedies. Read more

Friday, June 4, 2010

Pass the Iodine, Please

A small amount of iodine is critical for weight loss, energy, and concentration, according to Samara Felesky-Hunt.
Iodine is an essential element that we need in very tiny amounts.

The body obtains iodine from food and stores it in the thyroid, where it is used for manufacturing the thyroid hormone. Once its job is done, the remaining iodine is filtered by the kidneys and removed.

Both vitamin A and selenium are important for the body's efficient absorption of iodine; if there is not enough of these nutrients in your diet, you may be making too little thyroid hormone.

A lack of iodine in the diet can impair the workings of the thyroid gland and cause lethargy, weight gain, cold extremities and poor concentration. Read more

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Green, Slimy, and Good for You: Seaweed

What's green, slimy, and good for you? Forget broccoli: seaweed is being hailed as the new superfood, and it's rather tasty, says Jane Dunford.
The nutritional benefits of sea greens have long been recognised: pound for pound, seaweed contains more iron than sirloin steak, more calcium than cheese, and more fibre than prunes.

With an unusually high proportion of protein – as much as 48 per cent in some varieties – seaweed is also richer in essential vitamins and micronutrients than any other food group. A prime source of bodybuilding minerals such as iodine and potassium, it is also the only plant source of vitamin B12, which is necessary for the production of red blood cells, and which is often lacking in meat-free diets. Read more

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Herbal Treatments for Anxiety

Although it's normal to feel anxious from time to time, if you feel anxious without reason and if these worries persist and affect your day-to-day life, you may have generalized anxiety disorder. Herbal treatments may offer direct relief from anxious feelings.
When faced with a perceived threat, your body undergoes biochemical changes that trigger feelings of anxiety. The symptoms of anxiety include, but are not limited to: restlessness, obsessive thoughts, trembling, difficulty breathing, sweating, faintness and muscle tension. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine reports that unwarranted anxiety may be the result of a past trauma, stress, a phobia, substance abuse, an overactive nervous system or an underlying disease. Some herbs may help in the treatment of anxiety, but consult your doctor before discontinuing current medications/therapies or beginning new ones. Read more

Monday, May 24, 2010

Unwrap the Avocado: It Does a Body Good

Despite its high caloric and fat content, the avocado has a plethora of nutritional benefits.
Avocados have a creamy texture and add a delicate, rich flavor to many dishes. This fruit was once cast aside because of its high fat content, yet recently it has made a comeback as one of the most nutrient-dense fruits available. Nicknamed the "butter pear," avocados are extremely versatile: they can be mashed, sliced, diced, scooped, or eaten right out of the skin. Read more

Friday, May 21, 2010

Health Benefits of a Low-Carbohydrate, High-Saturated-Fat Diet

When people think of low-carbohydrate diets, they usually think of weight loss without hunger, and this is a wonderful benefit. However, reducing carbohydrate intake can have a lot more advantages than just weight loss.
A hundred years ago, before Americans changed their diet and the calamitous events of the 20th century began, heart disease was far less common that it is now. Few Americans were overweight, and coronary heart disease was not yet recognized as an illness. Pneumonia, diarrhea and enteritis, and tuberculosis were the three most common causes of death, whereas coronary heart disease is now the most common cause of death in the United States. The medical subspecialty of cardiology was created in 1940. Since then the number of cardiologists in the U.S. has grown from 500 in 1950 to 30,000 now – a 60-fold increase. Read more

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

4 Penis Enlargement Methods to Avoid at All Costs!

Many men are interested in penis enlargement or "male enhancement," but not all methods work, and some are even potentially dangerous. Svetlana Ivanova at Sex Secrets says that four penis enlargement methods should be avoided at all costs.
Are you happy with your penis size? Many men are not. Men with small penises are often the butt of jokes and may even fear rejection from women. If you’ve decided to do something about your penis size instead of just suffering with it, good for you. However, you need to know that there are NO LAZY WAYS to enlarge your penis! Surgery, penis weight hanging, penis pumps, and penis enlargement pills DO NOT WORK! Avoid these four penis enlargement methods at all costs! Find out why. Read more

Monday, May 17, 2010

How to Make Your Own Shampoo and Conditioner

Shampoo and conditioner are two products you've probably used all of your life, but did you know they weren't used until the twentieth century? These packaged products are often expensive and contain toxins that are dangerous to your health. Umbra shows you how make DIY shampoo and conditioner with baking soda, apple cider vinegar, and water. Save money, save the planet, and save yourself.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Did Maca Helps Incas Build Macchu Picchu?

Maca is the ancient superfood of the Incas. Could it have been the key to their ability to build Macchu Picchu, the "city in the sky?"
Superfood enthusiasts know all about the incredible nutritional powers of maca. This superfood, grown in the high Andes mountains in Peru, is packed with vitamins, minerals, proteins, tannins, complex alkaloids and other phytochemicals. It's one of the favorite powders to add to any smoothie, and it's used by virtually all the raw foodies and superfood advocates, including myself. Read more

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Flexible Bodies, Flexible Arteries

Dr-Soran-Khalsa says the flexibility of your body correlates with the flexibility of your arteries.
Flexibility is one of the main aspects of physical fitness along with cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength and endurance. Most health clubs emphasize cardiovascular fitness and muscle strength, giving only an occasional class that will improve flexibility, such as yoga.

As we get older it is normal for our arteries to begin to become stiff. No one knows the exact cause of this stiffening but it begins to occur in middle age. It has been shown that higher levels of physical fitness seem to delay the the development of the age-associated stiffening of our arteries. We know that this stiffening of the walls of our arteries has been found to be an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease like heart attack and strokes as well as death. None of us want stiff arteries for it is just logical that blood will not flow as well in a stiff artery. Read more

Monday, May 10, 2010

Confused about Natural Weight Loss Supplements?

Margaret Durst explains what natural weight loss supplements work and how.
Weight loss is a popular topic in America. The nutritional supplement business is notorious for many weight loss products. The most popular products for weight loss today are acai berry combined with a colon cleanse.

Acai berry is a chocolaty-tasting berry from the Amazon that is loaded with antioxidants, omega 9 oils, and fiber. It is recommended by health gurus such as Dr. Perricone and Dr. Oz and has been featured by Oprah.

Below are more supplements that will help with weight loss. Read more

Friday, May 7, 2010

How to Beat the Dreaded Hay Fever Season

Craig McQueen tells how to beat the dreaded hay fever months, naturally.
IF your eyes are streaming, your nose is running and you're sneezing constantly, you'll know hay fever season has begun.

This week has seen high levels of tree pollen in most parts of the country, meaning months of misery ahead.

And as many of the 15million sufferers confirm, hay fever is more than just an irritation. The debilitating condition can make the summer months a real struggle for those who find themselves unable to spend time outdoors.

Hay fever occurs when the immune system mistakes pollen for toxins that need to be removed and produces histamines to combat them - chemicals which cause the sneezing, runny nose and itchy, streaming eyes.

Antihistamines are the most common treatment for the condition, blocking these chemicals and stopping the allergic reaction. But there are other methods which can be used to combat the problem. Read more

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

10 Hours of Sleep Every Day Can Help You Hit 100!

The conventional wisdom is that too much sleep is almost as bad for you as too little. However, a new study suggests that the conventional wisdom may be wrong.
Want to live to 100? Well, then get 10 hours of sleep a night, suggests a new study.

Sleep is a major factor in rejuvenating the body and activating the immune system.

In the study, boffins found that people who reach 100 are three times more likely to spend at least 10 hours a night in bed. Read more

Monday, May 3, 2010

Try This Free, Proven, Anti-Aging Technique

Meditation has been proven to take years off your apparent age. Meditating, which also results in better health, is a cheaper, more effective, long-lasting, and more NATURAL way of being and looking younger.
In addition to bringing peace of mind and greater mental clarity, meditation has anti-aging and disease prevention qualities that are now being scientifically proven in western medicine. Thousands of years ago, meditation practices focused on gaining spiritual insight to one's being. Today, though many conceptually recognize meditation's stress reduction potential for better health, few have the patience and perseverance to practice daily. It may be worth the effort, all things considered! Read more

Friday, April 30, 2010

Supercharge Your Breast Growth with Amino Acids

Growth hormone is an essential ingredient in natural breast enlargement. Without enough growth hormone, your breasts won't grow no matter how many herbs you take. Unfortunately, growth hormone levels start to plummet by age 25. Fortunately, there is a solution: amino acids.

Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. Since growth hormone is a protein, adding certain amino acids to your system can drastically boost growth hormone, turning breast growth "on" again.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Make Your Own Safe, Natural, and Healthful Toothpastes and Cleansers

You may want to make your own toothpaste if you want total control over the ingredients in your toothpaste and want to be sure the toothpaste is fluoride and glycerin free.
Virtually all commercial toothpastes contain one or both of two problematic ingredients: fluoride and glycerin. Fluoride, a mining by-product, is one of the bigger scams perpetrated on an unwitting public. Instead of being beneficial it actually damages teeth. Glycerin coats the enamel and prevents natural re-mineralization of teeth. The solution in avoiding those two items may be making your own tooth paste or tooth cleanser at home.

Here are some recipes you can make at home which contain neither fluoride or glycerin: Read more

Monday, April 26, 2010

8 Invented Diseases Big Pharma Is Banking On

Sleep sweating? Here are some new ways the pharmaceutical industry plans to make money.
Since direct-to-consumer drug advertising debuted in 1997, pharma's credo has been When The Medication Is Ready, The Disease (and Patients) Will Appear. Who knew so many people suffered from restless legs?

But pharma's recent plan to move from mass-market molecules into more lucrative vaccines and biologics did not see the anti-vaxer movement coming: millions of Americans saying You Want to Vaccinate Me -- and My Child -- with WHAT?? and condemning vials of H1N1, rotavirus and MMR vaccines to sit, well, way past their expiration dates. Nor were fears of an international vaccine conspiracy helped by former CDC Director Julie Gerberding resurfacing as President of Merck Vaccines in December. (Nice revolving door if you can catch it.) Read more

Friday, April 23, 2010

3 Tips to Avoid Bloating with Natural Breast Enlargement

One of the biggest concerns women have with natural breast enlargement is that they'll gain weight when using breast enlargement herbs. Although these herbs are not associated with weight gain, they CAN cause temporary bloating. The good news is that there are steps you can take to counteract this effect so you can enjoy bigger breasts AND a sleek, sexy body. Here are three tips to avoid bloating when taking natural breast enlargement herbs:

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Can Dieting Be Hazardous to Your Health?

We know that maintaining a healthy weight is good for us, but drastic calorie restriction to attain that weight can create a host of serious problems, according to a new study.
Going on a diet could increase your risk of developing potentially deadly conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer, a study has revealed.

It found that those who controlled their calorie intake produced higher levels of the harmful stress hormone cortisol.

And it claimed that exposure to the hormone actually made some dieters put on weight, which could explain why so many Britons fail to shed fat despite slashing their food intake. Read more

Monday, April 19, 2010

Turmeric for Inflammation

Turmeric is an herbal spice used for inflammation, and it has been very effective as a post-operational treatment.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Health Dangers Lurk in Everyday Products

Health dangers lurk in thousands of everyday products. Margaret Durst tells how to protect yourself.
Xenobiotics and Xenoestrogens are chemicals in our environment and in our food supply that have a hormone-like activity. There is mounting evidence that exposure to these chemicals may be a significant cause of breast cancer, the decline in male sperm production, testicular cancer, prostate cancer and other serious health conditions.

Nearly all xenobiotics are derived from a petroleum source. They are found in literally thousands of products that we use everyday. These products include plastics, microchips, medicines, foods, soaps, lotions, clothing, pesticides, herbicides, cleansers, etc. Read more

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Forget Aspirin and Ibuprofen: Handling Cash Is a Better Painkiller.

Even if you're not 100% sold on natural remedies, here's one I'll bet you'll want to try: a new study suggests that Handling a wad of cash may be as good at killing pain than ibuprofen or aspirin.
Researchers at the University of Minnesota carried out a series of studies which revealed those who counted money before taking part in an experiment where they were subjected to low levels of pain felt less discomfort than those who did not.

Its thought that fondling notes and coins helps ward off pain by boosting feelings of self-worth and self-sufficiency. Read more

Monday, April 12, 2010

Kapalbhati Yoga Breathing Exericse for Weight Loss

The kapalbhati yoga breathing exericse is one of tne of the best yoga breathing exercises for weight loss, healing, and health.

Friday, April 9, 2010

3 Easy Ways to Grow Your Breasts Faster

Natural breast enlargement is a safe and inexpensive way to increase the size of your breasts, but for some women it has one major disadvantage: you don't get the instant results that you do with breast enlargement surgery. Natural breast enlargement takes some time and effort to achieve results. However, if you're willing to go the extra mile, here are three easy ways to speed up your results, starting now:

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

How to Shed Middle-Aged Spread:in Just Six Weeks

Experts say the fat that collects around the abdomen has dangerous implications for our health, such as raising blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Michael and Mary Eades, co-authors of Protein Power, have developed a new diet to eliminate abdominal fat in just six weeks.
Millions of us suffer from it - the dangerously unhealthy spare tyre that won't budge. But doctors now claim a new diet can banish it in six weeks. And best of all, juicy steaks and glasses of wine are allowed! Read more

Monday, April 5, 2010

How to Give Yourself a Metabolic Tune-Up

If you're like me, you've never had a metabolic tune-up though it's now on my list. Dr. Mark Hyman says a metabolic tune-up can help you increase your energy levels, think more clearly, and feel less achy. Not only that, but it can also slow the whole aging process, and eliminate most age-related diseases, he says.
Are you tired and worn out?

Do you have sore muscles, fatigue, and brain fog?

If so, you might have metabolic burnout!

Imagine if you could find a way to tune up your metabolism, increase your energy levels, think clearly, and feel less achy.

Imagine if you could prevent diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson's disease, and dementia.

Imagine if you could heal fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.

Imagine if you could get to the roots of aging, slow the whole process, and eliminate most age-related diseases.

These aren't just fantasies.

All these things are possible--if you give yourself a metabolic tune-up. Read more