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The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and the prevention of disease.
Thomas A. Edison
"Unless we put medical freedom into the Constitution, the time will come when medicine will organize into an undercover dictatorship to restrict the art of healing to one class of Men and deny equal privileges to others; the Constitution of the Republic should make a Special privilege for medical freedoms as well as religious freedom." Those are the words of Dr. Benjamin Rush, noted physician, medical professor, an early surgeon general to all Continental armies and a signer of the Declaration of Independence.
We must be vigilant to protect our access to natural health practices. We must have the freedom to speak and publish information about herbs, vitamins, minerals, amino acids and other supplements. Ayurvedic herbal traditions from India and Traditional Chinese Medicine have been in practice for thousands of years. Homeopathic medicine has been used for over two hundred years. It has been regulated by the Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States since 1938. There were twenty college that taught multiple forms of natural medicine in the United States. That was until The Flexner Report of 1910 - The Rockefeller-Carnegie Big Pharma Scam. They sponsored the AMA and legislated other medical practices out of the mainstream.
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Category- Cancer/ Heart disease
Huge new study on people over 65 taking baby aspirin for “prevention” per their doctors recommendation, found that they were more likely to die of cancer and other causes than those taking a placebo. And it did not prevent heart disease either.
Category Pregnancy: The Rho-Gam shot should be given to a mother if her Rh-negative blood is exposed to her baby's Rh positive blood. The Kleihauer–Betke test or acid elution test, is a blood test used to measure the amount of fetal hemoglobin transferred from a fetus to a mother's bloodstream. It is usually performed on Rh-negative mothers to determine the required dose of Rho(D) immune globulin (RhIg) to inhibit formation of Rh antibodies in the mother and prevent Rh disease in future Rh-positive children. If you are an Rh-negative mother, remember that, although Thimerosal-free Rho-GAM became available in 2002, the supply of mercury-containing Rho-GAM is still on the market. Know that the word “thimerosal” means mercury. Now they use a Thimerosal-free shot that contains aluminum instead of mercury.
Category- Diet/ Energy
Are you using a multivitamin/mineral from a health food store with enough B complex and Vit C to facilitate your energy cycle ? Fats do not burn by themselves. They need support from the enzymes created with Vit C and B vitamins. If you are having any stress in your life you need to increase your C and B complex vitamins especially if you are using a diet that restricts carbohydrates in high starch foods like grains and fruit. If you want to have rice or white potatoes, eat them cold. When they are cold rice and potatoes form a resistant starch that acts like fiber.
Category - Digestion
Apple Cider Vinegar becomes alkaline in the stomach. ACV , 1 or 2 teaspoons taken regularly in water may help the body to adjust the ratios at which digestive enzymes are made. Your stomach produces Hydrochloric acid, one of the strongest acids . When you do not make enough hydrochloric acid your food sits in the stomach partly digested until it starts to ferment and cause gas and pressure. This pushes the food back into the esophagus. The wall of the stomach is lined with cells that produce bicarbonate of soda to protect it from acidic damage.
May 2022 Essential Oil Geranium
13 Incredible Benefits of Geranium Essential Oil
It is widely used as an element in aromatherapy for its health benefits, including its ability to aid in skincare, balance hormones, relieve stress and depression, reduce inflammation and irritation, alleviate the effects of menopause, improve circulation, benefit dental health, boost kidney health, and reduce blood pressure.
Geranium Essential Oil Health Benefits
The essential oil of geranium has a lot to offer in terms of health, and people regularly enjoy many of the following health benefits listed below.
The main function of an astringent is to induce contractions in various parts of the body. Accordingly, geranium oil makes the gums, muscles, intestines, skin, tissues, and blood vessels contract. Furthermore, this includes the contraction of abdominal muscles which gives you a better, toned look. Geranium essential oil can also prevent muscles and skin from sagging, as well as the untimely loosening and loss of teeth by tightening up the gums. Finally, it can reduce the presence of wrinkles by tightening the facial skin, thereby delaying some of the effects of premature aging.
Geranium essential oil works as an anti-inflammatory and anti-septic agent.
Prevents Bacterial Growth
The properties of geranium essential oil prevent bacteria or microbes from developing on wounds and also keep you safe from developing infections. This boost to the immune system allows the body’s defensive cells to focus on the internal challenges and dangers, rather than being weakened by peripheral toxins on the skin.
Speeds up Healing
Geranium oil speeds up the healing process of wounds, cuts, and surgical incisions. This property makes it a vulnerary. Perhaps, it is due to its other qualities as a hemostatic, styptic, antibacterial, antimicrobial, and cytophylactic that make it a vulnerary, but the result is the same. 
Reduces Scar Marks
Everyone wants their skin to be free from scars and after marks of fat-cracks, surgeries, boils, acne, or pox. Unfortunately, many people end up spending a fortune and trying all the available cosmetic solutions on the market and still don’t get the desired results. Geranium oil can save them both time and money. It is a powerful cicatrizant, so it helps the scars and other spots on the skin fade. It facilitates blood circulation just below the surface of the skin and also helps promote a uniform distribution of melanin.
Geranium essential oil can stop hemorrhaging in two ways. First, as an astringent (more specifically, a styptic), it causes the contraction of blood vessels and helps in stopping the blood flow, as discussed above. Second, as a hemostatic agent, it speeds up coagulation and blood clotting, which aids in the healing of wounds and the prevention of toxins from entering the bloodstream through open or unclotted wounds.
Improves Cell Health
Geranium oil promotes cell health, encourages the recycling of dead cells, and the regeneration of new ones. This helps in the growth of the body cells as well as the gametes, by making the body metabolize things efficiently.
Geranium essential oil has diuretic properties, which means that it increases urination. Urination is one of the three natural ways to remove toxins from the body. The other methods are excretion and perspiration, but urination is the most effective of the three. These eliminated toxins are urea, uric acid, bile salts, pathogens, and other synthetic or chemical substances, heavy metals, pollutants, and even sugar. Moreover, each time you urinate, fat amounting to 4% of the volume of urine and excess water is also removed from the body. Urination aids the digestive process and prohibits the formation of excess gas in the intestine. It is also an effective way of removing excess acids and bile secreted by the liver. Urination also reduces blood pressure because the more you urinate, the more sodium is eliminated, causing blood pressure to fall.
Geranium oil has a very pleasant and uplifting aroma, comparable to a combination of floral fragrances and mint. Surely you can imagine what an effective deodorant it would make. Its effects last for a long time and it is not harsh on the skin. Furthermore, owing to its property as a mild antibacterial substance, it aids in eliminating body odor. Unlike other substances whose odors are released in exhalation, geranium oil is a circulatory oil, which means that it exits the body during perspiration. Excess physical activity is usually the time when body odor becomes more apparent, but sweating releases the pleasant aroma of geranium oil following the aromatherapy sessions.
Restricts Blood Flow
This property is nearly synonymous with hemostatic, but with a slight difference. Being a styptic means being a hemostatic owing to astringent properties. A styptic, like geranium oil, causes the blood vessels to contract and thus slows down or stops the flow of blood. This, however, can be a problem for people with high blood pressure and the risk of cardiovascular diseases like atherosclerosis, heart attack, and stroke.
Prevents Neural Degeneration
Microglial cells are integral components in the fight against neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia as per a study named ‘Anti-neuroinflammatory effects of geranium oil in microglial cells’ published in the Journal of Functional Foods. When microglial cells are activated, they release pro-inflammatory compounds like nitric oxide, which combat the inflammation in the neural pathways that cause neural degeneration. Geranium essential oil is shown to activate these microglial cells, and therefore, the synergistic relationship between geranium oil and the natural chemistry of the brain can prevent these dangerous and potentially deadly conditions.
Acts as Tonic
A tonic is what tones up overall health. Internally, it makes all the systems and functions work properly by influencing the endocrine glands for regulating the secretion of various hormones, enzymes, acids, and bile. This results in a boosted strength and functionality of the respiratory, digestive, circulatory, nervous, and excretory systems. Also, it adds tone to muscles and skin and can improve your overall appearance.
Eliminates Intestinal Worms
This particular property is very beneficial for children (and a limited number of adults) who suffer from intestinal worms. Geranium oil is a vermifuge and can help you get rid of this problem.
Geranium essential oil is very beneficial in the treatment of acne, dermatitis, and other skin diseases, as well as infections in the nose, throat, and other respiratory organs. Research has shown it to have a positive effect on eczema, neuralgia, burns, ulcers, tonsillitis, and pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS). Furthermore, it has powerful effects on uplifting spirits and mental functioning, which makes it useful in the treatment of depression, chronic anxiety, and anger issues.
Word of Caution: Geranium oil can have sensitizing effects in rare cases. Since it influences certain hormone secretions, geranium essential oil is therefore not advised for pregnant women or for women who are breastfeeding, since it is unclear whether those same effects transfer through breast milk.
Blending: The essential oils which form fine blends with geranium oil are Angelica, Bergamot, Basil, Lavandin, Cedar Wood, Carrot Seed, Citronella, Lavender, Neroli, Lime, Orange, Lemon, Jasmine, Grapefruit and Rosemary Oil.
The health benefits of geranium essential oil can be attributed to its properties as an astringent, hemostatic, cicatrizant, cytophylactic, diuretic, deodorant, styptic, tonic, vermifuge, and a vulnerary agent.
The essential oil of geranium is extracted through steam distillation of stems and leaves of the geranium plant (Pelargonium odorantissimum). The main components of this oil are alpha-pinene, myrcene, limonene, menthone, linalool, geranyl acetate, citronellol, geraniol, and geranyl butyrate.
by Meenakshi Nagdeve last updated - August 27, 2020
How can I defend against wrinkles?
The condition of our skin can tell much about the health of our body and brain. Healthy skin can indicate a healthy brain. Skin and brain cells develop from the same embryonic tissue and as such they age at the same rate. Vitamin C and good oils are both nutrients needed by the brain and skin. Good oils are needed for hormones and for the skin to manufacture Vitamin D. Avoid foods with Hydrogenated fats, that contain trans fats, like margarine and shortening. Do not use most soy, corn and canola oils as they are heated in processing and made from GMO crops. Many commercial bake goods have hydrogenated fat. Use cold pressed organic oils like coconut oil, olive oil along with other cold vegetable and nut oils and grass fed butter.
Wrinkles can be related to heart attacks and heart disease. Vitamin C with bioflavonoids is needed to protect the blood vessels from developing scurvy which will trigger the body to lay down cholesterol patches on the blood vessel wall according to Dr. Rath. If there is a history of heart disease in your family you can add CoQ10 to your supplements. People with heart disease have been shown to be deficient in CoQ10. Vitamin E 400iu d-alpha was shown by research at the Shute Institute to support heart health also. http://www.doctoryourself.com/shute_protocol.html
Studies show facial wrinkles are linked to osteoporosis. The results of this study mean you can quickly check your bone density by looking in the mirror. If your wrinkles are getting deeper and more defined, then you may have bone density problems. Receding gums are also one early sign of osteoporosis. Balancing your chelated calcium and magnesium in a 2/1 ratio is standard. Some people need more magnesium if they experience leg cramps, tight or spasming muscles . Vit D3 up to 2000-10,000iu may be needed if you live in a region that gets less sunlight. Be sure to get a Vit D3 test to find you levels. Vitamin K2 is needed to properly metabolize calcium and magnesium into the bone and keep it from settling into the arteries and other tissues. Vitamin K2 is required by the human liver to manufacture blood-clotting proteins. If you have clotting problems try using a vitamin K2 supplement with nattokinase to support proper blood clotting balance.
Of course nothing works by itself so be sure to drink pure water and use a quality multi vitamin/mineral to insure your nutrition
Category- Artificial sweeteners
Splenda replaces three hydrogen-oxygen groups with three chlorine atoms in a sugar molecule A study found that sucralose actually did increased blood glucose levels and insulin levels while decreasing insulin sensitivity. A study on sucralose and the GI microbiome found that sucralose altered the gut microbiome by decreasing the beneficial bacteria that is a major part of your immune system by up to 50 %. When heated, Splenda was found to degrade and release harmful chloropropanols at high temperatures. Chloropropanols are toxic and may lead to cancer and infertility in men. https://www.downtoearth.org/articles/2009-03/68/sucralose-dangerous-sugar-substitute
Category- Cholesterol: Your liver manufactures cholesterol from saturated fat and sugar as we need it to support our brain and make hormones among many other actions. One of those functions is to put a seal over a bleeding or inflamed area. Sugar creates inflammation in our bodies. Dr. Rath teaches that extra cholesterol is made to patch our arteries when they are malnourished and inflamed. If you keep them healthy with Vit C w/ bioflavonoids and fish oil they will not be inflamed. Dr Rath worked with Dr Linus Pauling who got a Nobel prize in Chemistry for his work
Have you used CBD oil?
CBD oil studies show potential for optimizing and restoring balance to the immune system. Studies have shown it can reduce inflammation in the brain it may be used to have neuroprotective effects and support the health of the brain and spinal cord. You want to use an oil has been controlled from seed to product. It should be organic and standardized for potency to insure consistent results There are many components that make CBD oil effective. They include CBD oil cannabinoid compounds, cannabinoid receptors, and the enzymes that synthesize, hydrolyze, and metabolize them. The receptors play a key role in regulating mood, memory, appetite, sleep, and the reduction of inflammation within the human body. I have used several. But when I tried a new company, Hale Life, that waited until they had raised and processed their own product. I actually feel a change. For more information can me at 616-532-4713. Please leave a message if I am busy. https://merrycn.myhalelife.com
What do you consider the most important supplement?
Prebiotics and probiotics are essential to maintaining your digestive tract. It has been determined that your immune system is centered in the digestive tract. It also been discovered that your brain function is affected by the health of your gut. There are more nerves in your gut than in your entire spinal column. Serotonin is made in your gut and this can help promote a better mood and improve mental clarity. Your thyroid hormones are activated in the gut.
Prebiotics are the food that feeds the probiotics. Prebiotics are a type of fiber. Psyllium fiber, raw jerusalem artichoke, onions, garlic, wheat bran, bananas, asparagus, barley, oats, apples, freshly ground flax seeds, marine algae, brown rice and spinach help feed you probiotics
Probiotics are needed to insure the health of your intestines. They help the lining of your digestive tract regenerate and renew every week. Good bowel function is two or three bowel movements a day. Something in , something out is proper function This allows the body to detox. It helps give you clear skin and better digestion. You can have 3-5 pound of good bacteria or flora in your gut. It is best to use a combination probiotic supplement for the best balance. It can include these different types of flora.
Lactobacillus acidophilus. This is the most common strain found in supplements. It is important for maintaining the integrity of your intestinal walls so you can enjoy maximum absorption of nutrients. I is needed for a healthy immune system.
Lactobacillus fermentum. These beneficial probiotic help neutralize some of the toxic products made during digestion. It promotes a healthy balance of bacteria in the gut.
Lactobacillus rhamnosus. The "travel probiotic," form of beneficial bacteria has been found to be extremely effective in reducing occurrences of traveler's diarrhea known as Montezuma's revenge.
Bifidobacteria longum. This good bacteria helps to crowd out bad bacteria that cause discomfort and helps to neutralize everyday toxins in the gut. It also helps efficiently break down carbohydrates without producing excess gas.
Bifidobacterium infantis, the friendly bacteria most prominent in infants. Babies born vaginally are more apt to develop this naturally. If you have a C-section you can give a supplement of bifidus to your baby. It promotes proper digestion and absorption, encourages the formation of antibodies against undesirable bacteria, viruses and allergens -- especially important for babies delivered by caesarean, and is recommended for both breast-fed and formula-fed babies. It was commercially introduced in Life Start made by Natren Co.
Bifidobacteria bifidum. The small and large intestine both need this probiotic for smooth, healthy digestion. It's especially beneficial for proper digestion of dairy products Bifidobacteria has many forms: B. Breve, B. Infantis, B. lactis, B. Longum, Bifido, Bifido Bacterium Longum, Bifidobacterias, Bifidobactérie, Bifidobactéries, Bifidobacterium, Bifidobacterium adolescentis; Bifidobacterium animalis, Bifidobacterium bifidum; Bifidobacterium breve; Bifidobacterium infantis; Bifidobacterium lactis; Bifidobacterium longum, Bifidum, Bifidus, Bifidus Brevis, Bifidus Infantis, Bifidus Longum, Bifidobacteria Bifidus, Lactobacillus Bifidus.
I am using Armour Thyroid but I am not improving like I thought I would. What else can I do?
The recommendation is that you take Thyroid the first thing in the morning and do not eat anything for an hour. A different brand of natural thyroid may work better for you like Naturethroid or Westhroid.
The thyroid hormones need Vit K2, selenium and iodine to metabolize. But that action takes place in your liver and gut. You may need to do some liver support supplements. Your digestive tract needs to be functioning properly with 2-3 bowel movements a day. Include fiber, pre-biotics and pro-biotics and 64oz of water a day to help balance your intestinal health.
We have picked up head lice when traveling on spring break. What can we do?
I use Lice R Gone from Safe Solutions Inc. It works in 10 minutes to remove the lice and their nits. I like the product so much I worked for the company for several years. If you have used a commercial, pesticide based lice shampoo like RID or NIX you will have to wait 20 minutes before rinsing the shampoo out of your hair. It contains an enzyme formula that is a registered pesticide in Michigan. www.safesolutionsinc.com
Rid and Nix
CONTAIN 4 TIMES MORE PESTICIDE than your backyard insect spray
PESTICIDES ARE LINKED TO AUTISM
Triclosan is also a pesticide. It is one of the most prevalent antibacterial compounds found in soaps, toothpaste and other products. It is the focus of a campaign undertaken by a coalition of health and environmental groups. http://www.beyondpesticides.org/antibacterial/triclosan.php
WHO IN YOUR HOME PLAYS WITH THE PETS
The flea drops you put on your pets are a liquid pesticide. Every time your child plays with the animals they are exposed to pesticide residue.
You can use Pet Wash from Safe Solutions with a peppermint oil and enzyme base. It will wash the fleas and ticks off your animal and leave a peppermint aroma that the bugs do not like. It is also great for washing off skunk smell.
Histamine Intolerance (HIT) - Do you have any of these symptoms that have not responded to medications? Allergies trigger histamines When histamine levels get too high or when histamine cannot break down properly, it can affect your normal bodily functions. Eating a low histamine diet is necessary to reduce these symptoms.
headaches or migraines
nasal congestion or sinus issues
irregular menstrual cycle
In more severe cases of histamine intolerance, you may experience:
hypertension, or high blood
arrhythmia, or an irregular heart rate
difficulty regulating body temperature
Histamine is a chemical in your body responsible for a few major functions: As a neurotransmitter, histamine communicates messages
to your brain.
Histamine is a component of stomach acid that helps to break down your food in the digestive process.
Histamine is released after injury or allergic reaction as part of the body’s immune response.
Bacterial overgrowth is another contributing factor for developing a histamine intolerance. Bacteria grows when food is not digested properly, causing histamine overproduction. Normal levels of DAO enzymes can’t break down the increased levels of histamine in your body,
causing a reaction.
This can happen when you do not have sufficient digestive enzymes to digest your food efficiently. Different things can affect your enzyme level. You may have been born with a limited supply of enzyme. Times of stress and age can cause a decrease in enzymes.
You can improve the balance of good to bad bacteria in your gut with pre-biotics and probiotics. You may have to try different brand of these to find your balance. Dr Ohhira's Probiotics® Original Formula has been on the market for over 30 years..
Angelica -is believed to be an African herb that made its way into Europe in the 16th Century and gained tremendous popularity as a treatment for the Plague, which was a frequent and dreaded visitor to Europe in those days. It thrived well in Europe and as the years passed, its other medicinal properties were discovered.
Anti-spasmodic - relieves spasms and gives relief from cramps, coughs, aches, diarrhea, nervous afflictions, and convulsions. What actually is a spasm? It is an involuntary and unpredictable contraction in the respiratory tracts, muscles, nerves, blood vessels, and internal organs
Carminative- indigestion, stomach aches, headaches, cramps, flatulence, nausea, and high blood pressure.
Depurative- means an agent that purifies the blood acts as a diuretic, removal of toxins like uric acid and others, including excess salt, water, fat, and bile
Diaphoretic- promotes sweating which helps increase the potassium ratio in the blood, sweat also contains sebum, fats, uric acid, bile, and other toxic elements. Perspiration also helps to reduce fevers.
Emmenagogue-triggers the opening of obstructed menstruation and makes it more regular. Provides relief from headaches, abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, and fatigue
Expectorant- clears out the accumulation of phlegm in the respiratory tracts and fights the infections that cause colds, helps relieve symptoms from cold and cough, sinusitis, and congestion in the lungs
Febrifuge-helps reducing fever by fighting the infections that cause the fever. Helping increase perspiration and diuretic properties of this oil also contribute to this effect, since the removal of toxins and waste from the body speeds up the recovery time of infections.
Hepatic- protects the liver and makes it function well by stimulating secretions from that organ. It also shields the liver from infections and helps to heal wounds in it
Nervine- tonic for the nerves. Reducing nervous afflictions and disorders and in strengthening the nerves. it sedates the nervous afflictions and relaxes them in cases of shock and hyper-reactivity, while also stimulating them to make us more active and alert.
Relaxant- a relaxing effect on the body, the mind, and nervous system. beneficial in shock, depression, anxiety, anger, and hypertension.
Stimulant- for the systems functioning inside the body. It stimulates blood circulation, the secretion of hormones, enzymes, and other juices, and stimulates metabolic processes, including digestion, absorption, and excretion. in total, stimulates healthy growth.
Stomachic- maintains a healthy stomach with the proper balance of acids and bile and protects it from infections. helps heal any sorts of wounds or ulcers that in the stomach.
Tonic-Angelica essential oil promotes the overall development of health, boosts growth, and strengthens the immune system of the body..
Other Benefits-It is good for the lymphatic system and provides an effective treatment for bronchitis, asthma, sciatica, headaches, infections, anorexia, anemia, and psoriasis. It is also rich in anti-seizure properties and this is attributed to the presence of terpenes.
Bergamot oil is all about one's sense of self: self-love, self-worth, self-acceptance, self-judgment, self-hatred. This oil helps us do the work necessary to step out of our fears of not being good enough, or our habits of holding back for fear of rejection of Who We Are, and helps us to learn to love and accept ourselves. It teaches us to find validation within, accept our own authenticity, and not spend so much time worrying about what others will think about it.
It also helps us in processing and releasing fear, criticism, need for approval, shame, and emotional pain. It may also help with feeling like a failure, or feelings of inadequacy, inferiority, or worthlessness by helping us step into our own confidence, empowerment, ability to play bigger, self-approval and joyfulness Bergamot is a citrus fruit
Improves Blood Circulation:
stimulates hormonal secretions, thereby helping to maintain proper metabolic rates.
Digestive: increases the secretion of digestive juices, bile, and insulin This supports the lowering of blood sugar
Infection fighter: antibiotic and disinfectant properties against growth of germs, virus, and fungi. It protects wounds from becoming septic and developing deadly tetanus.
Nervine: stimulates secretion of certain hormones which lessen the sensitivity of nerves to pain.
Relaxant & Sedative: The flavonoids present are very good relaxants as well. They soothe the nerves and reduce nervous tension, anxiety, and stre
Skin Care: helps heal scars and other marks on the skin. It is commonly used to eliminate the unsightly effects of acne even after many years. promotes fast healing of wounds, cracks in the skin and heels, ulcers, eczema and itching
Dental aid:can be applied to unhealthy, infected teeth or used as a mouthwash to kill oral germs and protect teeth from the development of cavities.
Febrifuge: a substance that reduces fever. It stimulates the metabolic system and gland secretions providing a feeling of warmth resulting in perspiration thus reducing body temperature.
Deodorant: inhibit the growth of germs causing body-odor..Bergamot"s citrus smell and can overcome or eliminate many other odors.
Here is an easy to do DIY recipe to make cologne.
What Will You Need
Cedar wood essential oil- 5 drops
Bergamot essential oil- 3 drops
Sandalwood essential oil- 2 drops
300 milliliters alcohol or vodka (70 per cent)
Glass cologne spray bottle
There can be nothing easier than making this cologne. Just mix up all the ingredients and pour it into the glass bottle. Store in a cool place and bask in the fresh scent.
Word of Caution: Bergamot oil must be protected from sunlight, because of bergapten, one of its components becomes poisonous if exposed to sunlight. That is why the oil should always be stored in dark bottles and dark places. Exposure to sunlight should even be avoided after it is applied to the skin, at least until it gets absorbed into your skin
My child wants to become vegan. Could I have any concerns?
There was an article in the paper recently discussing teens moving to a vegan diet. It listed vegan sources of protein. The problem with vegetable protein sources is that they DO NOT contain all of the 9 essential amino acids needed for the body to function properly. Yes, a potato has an average of 4 grams of protein along with the 37 grams of carbohydrate but potatoes are incomplete proteins. Using a balance of two food types between legumes, nuts/ seeds and grains provides all the amino acids needed to make up proteins will be present. If you think about some tradition food combination like corn tortillas with beans or green beans with sliced almonds you can see a natural balance in play.
Soy is an exception. Soy and should only be used as it is in other cultures, a fermented soy like tofu, miso or tempeh. It is a nutrient-rich plant protein complete with all nine essential amino acids, which makes it unique to other plant protein sources. Be sure to look for Non GMO or organic fermented soy. 93% of the USA soy crops are genetically modified. There are studies showing organ damage, gastrointestinal and immune system disorders, accelerated aging, and infertility caused by GMO food. Human studies show how genetically modified (GMO) food can leave material behind inside us, possibly causing long-term problems. Genes inserted into GMO soy, for example, can transfer into the DNA of bacteria living inside us, and that the toxic insecticide produced by GMO corn was found in the blood of pregnant women and their unborn fetuses.
One vitamin missing from a vegan diet is B12. The body can make it's own B12 if the digestive tract is functioning properly. Using pre-biotic fiber foods and a good probiotic supplement can help. Onions, garlic, wheat bran, bananas, asparagus, barley, oats, apples, freshly ground flax seeds, marine algae, brown rice and spinach help feed you probiotics. B12 is very important for mental clarity and memory so it would be a good idea to use a sublingual B12 lozenge.
Essential oils for the winter
Oregano Essential Oil is an antiviral and antibacterial oil that helps boost the immune system and is ideal for combating infections. Mix 10 drops of oregano oil with two tablespoons of coconut oil as a hand sanitizer . It may cause irritation, so go easy on small cuts.
Thieves Oil is a blend of clove lemon, cinnamon bark, eucalyptus and rosemary that was created by 15th century thieves during the plague. The oil blend is antiviral, antiseptic and antibacterial. It works well in a diffuser to help purify the air in your home or as a throat spray to soothe a sore throat. It is available in a lozenge. A great way to get the benefits of essential oils is by breathing them so that they enter your body through the nose and lungs. Add five to eight drops of oil to the water as you run your bath for a soothing, relaxing effect. I always put some Thieves in my hot tub and rarely use chlorine.
How can I maintain my weight loss?
Everyone is different with their own bio-chemistry so there is not one program that works for everyone. If you increased your activity levels while working on your weight loss that should be maintained. Also work on your stress levels with yoga, a Stress B complex, use magnesium with your calcium to relax nerves and muscles. Drink soothing teas or use calming herbal formulas. Carry Bach Flower Rescue Remedy for emergency situations. Check out Dr. Bach's other emotional balancing formulas. But here are some other suggestions.
Your liver is responsible for helping metabolize fat. Bile is produced in the liver which is necessary for breaking down fat. It works like a filter to clean toxins out of our blood, improving our health and metabolism. Supporting your liver health can help you lose weight and meet your goals.
We are all overburdened due to a toxic diet, lifestyle and environment and our livers must deal with these poisons. If it is ineffective at digestion and fat breakdown you may have trouble with weight gain again making you feel heavy and sluggish. The liver has more than 500 vital functions have been identified including
efficient circulation, metabolism and fat breakdown. There is no other organ like it.
Sugar from carbohydrates provides necessary energy for cell functions but your body is capable in transforming fats and protein to energy when needed. In fact your brain and heart like the stable energy provided by fat better that the high and low blood sugar of carbohydrates. Be sure to eat whole foods, lower carbohydrate foods with fiber, like apples not apple juice, so you can get the fiber to slow absorption of the sugar. Berries are a good fruit to choose as they have a low glycemic factor and have good fiber When food is digested, glucose is released into the bloodstream. In response, the pancreas secretes insulin, which directs the muscle and fat cells to take in glucose(sugar). Cells obtain energy from glucose and the excess is converted to fat for long-term storage.
When planning a maintenance diet remember that fat and protein trigger very little insulin. Good fats like butter, coconut oil, cold pressed extra virgin olive oil, flax oil and fish oils along with protein and low carbohydrate vegetables will reduce the insulin released.
The herb Turmeric with it's active ingredient Curcumin has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-microbial, analgesic, thermogenic properties and many more. The percentage of Curcumin must be listed on the label to be sure you are getting a therapeutic dose.
There are two kinds of fat cells in our body. White adipose(fat) storage cells are a problem during and after weight loss. These cells decline in size during weight loss and this changes their metabolic and inflammatory properties. This may actually trigger bio-chemical drive to regain weight after weight loss. Brown adipose tissue in humans has a significant function of heat production. This heat production comes from the combustion of glucose and lipids. Curcumin is found to be a promoter of browning up the white adipose tissue. It rises the levels of the hormone norepinephrine, a stress handling hormone, which induces the browning process. This action of curcumin, in turn, can prevent obesity by promoting the burning of accumulated fat
in the body.
A new study is showing that the polyphenols in turmeric may also be helpful for reducing the risk of fatty liver while decreasing stress at the cellular level. A study was done and the individuals using curcumin showed an enhanced weight loss. There was a significant increase in fat reduction and BMI was also found to decline considerably.
Tea tree essential oil has antimicrobial, antifungal, antiseptic, bactericidal, and insecticidal properties. It is a hard to overlook when it comes to cleaning the kitchen and bathroom. It's antibacterial actions, possible inhibition of some flu viruses, helping to combat Staph infections, and even being effective against the herpes simplex virus can help you overcome it's strong smell. You can also mix tea tree oil with orange or lavender to make it easier to include in your cleaning.
Clinical testing has proved Parkinson's Disease depression is caused by brain chemical imbalances. The depression is triggered when the brain cells that produce dopamine die. Dopamine provides many valuable brain function capabilities. It has a direct, positive effect on the physiological functions of concentration, drive, up-lifting mood, strength, and coordination. Dopamine balances the body's appetite for food. Dopamine and its interaction with serotonin improves the body's sleeping abilities. Dopamine's has the ability to enhance the feelings of drive, mood, strength, concentration, and coordination. Dopamine fights against the feelings of depression, the lack of concentration, the intense feelings of emptiness, guilt, and worthlessness.
The benefits of peppermint oil include its ability to treat indigestion, respiratory problems, headache, nausea, fever, stomach and bowel spasms, as well as for pain relief due to the presence of menthol. It is considered one of oldest medicines due to it's considerable history. The many health benefits of peppermint and peppermint oil have been studied and proved in scientific tests. Studies have shown that peppermint oil caps are useful in treating IBS symptoms. Because the strong aromatic oils can cause heartburn be sure confirm the tablets are 'enteric coated'. This means that they have a special coating that allows them to reach the intestines before they dissolve, rather than breaking down in the stomach where they do less good.