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The Healing Power of Germs?

 

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Wednesday, December 9th 2015 at 5:15 pm

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Sayer Ji, Founder

Fears surrounding exposure to microbes are omnipresent, which is why it may come as a surprise to find research showing infection with certain “germs” confers significant health benefits.

We live in a day and age where germ theory has undergone a sort of apotheosis, assuming an almost Godlike power to affect and permeate every area of our lives with the fear of infection.

Not only are external institutions increasingly attaining the authority to force us to inject ourselves and children with preparations purported to defend us against germs, but even our inner thoughts are often infected uncontrollably with fears about exposure to them. Even the CDC has declared itself impotent against so-called “nightmare” bacteria, adding to the sense of powerlessness so many feel about their health destinies.

What makes this situation all the more surreal is the relatively recent discovery of the microbiome, namely, the 100 trillion viruses, bacteria, fungi, parasites, which outnumber our own cells 10-1, and which proves that we are more “germ” than “human,” and in many respects, would not be alive without them: e.g. about 8% of our genome is retroviral in origin, 90% of our immune system depends on bacteria in our gut. How, then, can these microorganisms be as deadly as we are told, while at the same time be responsible for making possible our life itself?

The cognitive dissonance generated by these diverging, if not diametrically opposed paradigms — “microbes as deadly” versus “microbes as essential to life” — is enough to drive the non-fluoridated mind a bit crazy. But so much is riding on belief in one narrative over another. If germs are not as deadly as we are told, how would we justify the 60+ vaccines in the childhood vaccination schedule, and the 250+ in the developmental pipeline? Clearly, there are biopolitical and economic motivations pushing the germ-centric ideology forward, even in the face of an accumulating body of contrary evidence.

One such recent academic challenge to the germ theory can be found in a study published this year in Atherosclerosis titled, “Association of measles and mumps with cardiovascular disease: The Japan Collaborative Cohort (JACC) study,” which found that exposure to common infections during childhood could decrease risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (CVD).

 

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Dr. Axe

Food is Medicine

Lymphatic system - Dr. Axe

What is the lymphatic system? It’s a critical part of the immune system, vital for protecting us from illness and damaging, disease-causing inflammation. Essentially, the lymphatic system is the the body’s inner “drainage system,” a network of blood vessels and lymph nodes that carry fluids from tissues around the body into the blood and vice versa.

The lymphatic system has the primary role of protecting the body against outside threats — such as infections, bacteria and cancer cells — while helping keep fluid levels in balance.

The best way to protect the complex series of criss-crossing lymphatic vessels and “nodes” that span almost the entire body (every one except for the central nervous system) is to eat a healing diet, exercise and take steps to detoxify the body naturally.

Lymphatic vessels carry fluid that is managed through “valves,” which stop fluid from traveling the wrong way, similar to how blood flow works within the arteries and veins. In fact, the lymphatic system is very similar to the circulatory system made up of branches of veins, arteries and capillaries — both bring essential fluids around the whole body and are vital for keeping us alive.

 

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Foods that Boost Your Immune System

 

“Believe it or not, most immune support is based upon the health of the individual,” said Registered Dietitian for HelloFresh Rebecca Lewis. “If you eat an adequate healthy diet full of nutrient-dense foods, stay hydrated and exercise regularly—your ability to fight the common cold increases greatly. When you are feeling run down, it is always a good idea up your intake of fruits and vegetables to replace any critical vitamins and minerals you may be missing in your diet. It’s also important to manage your stress and get enough sleep to keep up your mental energy.”

While each of those tips are important for maintaining a strong immune system, it’s crucial to know which foods will help keep you cold- and flu-free this winter. We asked registered dietitians and nutritionists to name their top immune-boosting foods—these are their 11 picks.

Yogurt
 

“Probiotics, or ‘live active cultures,’ found in yogurt are healthy bacteria that help the gut,” said Stephanie Green, a registered dietitian nutritionist, chef and author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Optimum Nutrition, which will be released in January. “Choose a low-sugar or plain variety and look for a label that says, ‘Live and Active Cultures’.”

 

Mushrooms
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Commercial cultivated Japanese edible mushroom species. Clockwise from left, enokitake, buna-shimeji, bunapi-shimeji, king oyster mushroom and shiitake.

 

“These famous fungi have been used for centuries in various medicinal remedies. Mushrooms help to increase the production of white blood cells, which help fight off infection,” Green said. “Choose shiitake, maitake and reishi varieties for the biggest dose of immunity. Dice and add to pasta sauce, sprinkle over a salad, or sauté with olive oil and add to your morning omelet.”

 

 

 

Oats

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“These grains contain a type of fiber called beta-glucan, which contain antimicrobial properties,” Green said. “In addition to boosting immunity, oats can also speed wound healing and may help antibiotics work better.”

 

 

 

Sweet Potatoes

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“Rich in an antioxidant called beta-carotene, sweet potatoes help to protect your skin, which is the body’s first line of defense against sickness,” Green said. “When beta-carotene is absorbed, the body turns it into Vitamin A whose major role acts as part of the production of connective tissue, a component of skin.”

 

 

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In Defense of Homeopathy

Homeopathy is here to stay.  Despite relentless criticism from skeptics and fundamentalists, homeopathy has withstood the test of time. 

 

“…and this little piggy cried, woo woo woo, all the way home.”

Since its inception over 200 years ago, homeopathy has been the target of almost constant antipathy from the prevailing school of orthodox medicine. Given so much organized resistance from the mainstream, one would think that if homeopathy were much ado about nothing it would not have endured. It would have withered on the vine a long time ago. And yet it has persisted. No, it thrives—all across the globe—for a number of very good reasons.

When a German physician named Samuel Hahnemann discovered that a miniscule dose of a medicinal substance designed to mimic the symptom pattern of a sick person could paradoxically provoke a healing response in that same person, a medical revolution was set in motion. Dr. Hahnemann referred to this surprising phenomenon as the law of similars. As opposed to the conventional medical approach, which uses opposites to combat symptoms (antidepressants, anti-inflammatories, antihistamines, anticonvulsants, etc.), homeopathy represents a different approach to healing, one that uses “likes to cure likes.”

The standard treatment for a bee sting or a case of poison ivy might involve the use of an antihistamine to suppress the inflammatory swelling, redness, and itching. A homeopathic practitioner, on the other hand, might recommend a highly diluted dose of a medicine made from the honeybee in the former case, and a similar dose of a medicine made from the poison ivy plant in the latter. It’s a little bit like the use of anti-venoms to treat snakebites, only the doses used in homeopathy are much smaller.

 

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Astragalus has been used over 2,000 years in the Traditional Chinese Medical System as one of the most potent tonic herbs.  Astragalus is a herbaceous perennial plant of the pea family mostly support immune system function and protect the liver and heart. Also can protect DNA and increase longevity. Contains bioflavonoids, choline and a polysaccharide, astragalan B, amongst other active ingredients. Astragalan B controls bacterial infection, viruses.

Halts Aging

Substances within astragalus root (called cycloastragenols and astragalosides) can slow the aging process by activating telomerase enzyme production. Within your DNA, there are small strands called telomeres that keep your cells from unraveling. Astragalus root extracts help extend the life of your telomeres, making you look younger and slowing down the aging process on a cellular level.

Decompose Cancer

Astragalus is Chinese herb which is used to treat liver cancer. This herb helps to restore the immune functions in cells. Take astragalus in the form of supplements of tea. You may prepare a mixture by boiling 4oz. of astragalus root in a quart of water. Drinking this mixture twice a day helps to reduce the size of tumor in liver.

Kidney Health

A regular kidney cleanse helps remove buildup, and herbs such as astragalus can help support health of the kidney itself. In some studies, researchers have discovered that astragalus offers protective effects against kidney disease. The more wastes removed, the younger and healthier the body.

Repair DNA Damage

The Astragalus herb protect and repair any existing DNA damage you may have. During the DNA replication process, telomeres keep the DNA together. Every time DNA replicates, the telomeres get slightly shorter and eventually when they get small enough, the process of cell death begins. Research has linked this process of cell death to aging and cancer.

Other Health Benefits of Astragalus Root

Helps with heart disease and high blood pressure 3/4
Reduces inflammation
Aids digestion
Improves liver function
Boosts the immune system
Treats burns and abscesses
Prevent common colds
Respiratory infections
Fibromyalgia Pain
Cure Anemia
Prevent Kidney disease

Reference:

http://www.canceractive.com/cancer-active-page-link.aspx?n=536

http://www.herbalremediesadvice.org/astragalus-health-benefits.html

http://blog.healthkismet.com/astragalus-health-benefits

http://www.webmd.com/heart/astragalus-root-heart-benefits-side-ef

 

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Celery is one of the most nutritious foods you could ever consume, but in order to get the benefits of its nutrients, it should not be cooked. Raw celery is extremely high in fiber and fluids, making it ideal for hydrating the body, prevent Alzheimer’s disease, dissolves calculus, natural aphrodisiac, aiding in digestion, and even helping with chronic illnesses and diseases.

Nutritional Value of Celery

Celery are high in Vitamin A, and its stem are excellent source of Vitamins B1, B2, B6, and C. Celery nutrition also includes potassium, calcium, folic acid, phosphorous, and essential amino acids. It contains many other active compounds that promote health and well-being.

Health of Benefits of Celery Juice

Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease

The Luteolin in celery juice has also been shown in studies to be helpful in combating dementia. The reason for this is that it helps to reduce inflammation in the brain. These studies have suggested that eating celery or drinking celery juice can be a preventative measure and possibly a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease.

Electrolytes

Celery juice is great for athletes, because celery juice contains good electrolytes that are important to replace when you sweat.

Dissolves Calculus

Celery in vegetable form and celery seed are great urine-promoters and kidney tonics. Regular use of celery seed, as a spice or as a tea, may prevent kidney stone formation.

Insomnia

Minerals and aehthereal oils in celery juice have a tranquillizing effect on the nervous system, which is useful for people who suffer from insomnia. The high level of magnesium will help You to relax and sink into deep and calm sleep.

Natural Aphrodisiac

celery is the “sexiest” substance on Earth. It has a combination of Vitamin E, magnesium, niacin, potassium and zinc, which are all required for optimum sex. Celery also contains arginine, which is an amino acid that expands blood vessels the way Viagra is supposed to do.

Celery Juice Recipe

Ingredients:

3 stalks of celery
3 apples
1 stem broccoli (optional)
1/2 lemon (optional)

Directions:

-Wash the fruit and vegetables using water and a stiff vegetable     brush. Keep the leaves on the celery.
-Core the apples.
-Cut the peel off the lemon – some people like to leave this on but I find this makes the juice too bitter.
-Slice the fruit and vegetables to fit your juicer.
-Juice and enjoy.

Sources and reference:

globalhealingcenter.com

rawjuicecleanserecipes.com

8top10.com

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OCTOBER 8, 2015 by APRIL McCARTHY

A mother may literally have her children on her mind at all times. Findings reveal that cells from fetuses migrate into the brains of their mothers, and can last a lifetime.https://i1.wp.com/assets.inhabitots.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/male-cells-found-in-brains-of-moms-537x378.jpg

Few would argue that the mother-baby bond during pregnancy is the strongest human connection possible. During pregnancy, a mother is so connected physically and psychologically to her child, that her baby depends on her for everything from nutrition, to blood flow to warmth and more. But baby also provides mother with some special.

Recent findings showed that during pregnancy, mothers and fetuses often exchange cells that can apparently survive in bodies for years, a phenomenon known as microchimerism. Scientists had found that in mice, fetal cells could even migrate into the brains of mothers. Now researchers have the first evidence fetal cells do so in humans as well.

Fetomaternal transfer probably occurs in all pregnancies and in humans the fetal cells can persist for decades or lifetime. Microchimeric fetal cells are found in various maternal tissues and organs including blood, bone marrow, skin and liver.

In mice, fetal cells have also been found in the brain. The fetal cells also appear to target sites of injury. Fetomaternal microchimerism may have important implications for the immune status of women, influencing autoimmunity and tolerance to transplants.

A fetal microchimeric cell from a pregnancy is recognized by the mother’s immune system partly as belonging to the mother, since the fetus is genetically half identical to the mother, but partly foreign, due to the father’s genetic contribution. This may “prime” the immune system to be alert for cells that are similar to the self, but with some genetic differences.

Cancer cells which arise due to genetic mutations are just such cells, and there are studies which suggest that microchimeric cells may stimulate the immune system to stem the growth of tumors. Many more microchimeric cells are found in the blood of healthy women compared to those with breast cancer, for example, suggesting that microchimeric cells can somehow prevent tumor formation.

In other circumstances, the immune system turns against the self, causing significant damage. Microchimerism is more common in patients suffering from Multiple Sclerosis than in their healthy siblings, suggesting chimeric cells may have a detrimental role in this disease, perhaps by setting off an autoimmune attack.

Investigators analyzing the brains of 59 women who had died between the ages of 32 and 101, looked for signs of male DNA –which, they reasoned, would have come from the cells of sons. (They searched for male DNA because female DNA would have been harder to distinguish from a mother’s genes.)

Nearly two-thirds of the women — 37 of the 59 — were found to have traces of the male Y chromosome in multiple regions of their brains. This effect was apparently long-lasting: The oldest female in whom male fetal DNA was detected was 94.

“In the fetus, we found that there is an immune system whose job it is to teach the fetus to be tolerant of everything it sees, including its mother and its own organs,” said Joseph M. McCune, MD, PhD, a professor in the UCSF Division of Experimental Medicine. “After birth, a new immune system arises from a different stem cell that instead has the job of fighting everything foreign.”

The defense system known as the blood-brain barrier keeps many drugs and germs in the bloodstream from entering the brain. However, doctors have found this barrier becomes more permeable during pregnancy, which could explain how these fetal cells migrated into the brains of their mothers.

“The most important implication of our findings is the potential for both positive and negative consequences of microchimerism in the brain for a number of different diseases that affect the brain, including degenerative diseases and cancer,” researcher William Chan, an immunologistat the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle stated.

This is a burgeoning new field of inquiry with tremendous potential for novel findings as well as for practical applications. But it is also a reminder of our interconnectedness.

Sources:
scientificamerican.com
livescience.com
ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

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Vitamin D is crucial to bone health and also supports the heart, lungs, and immune system. Unfortunately, many people do not get enough of it in their diets nor do they venture outside often enough to get it naturally from that burning star in the sky. A lack of vitamin D can lead to weak bones, joint pain, and may even lead to rickets. If you’re low on this vitamin intake, read on to learn about some of the best natural sources of vitamin D that you can add to your diet.

Mushrooms

Mushrooms, more specifically shiitake and button mushrooms, are excellent source of vitamin D. The dried versions of these mushrooms are equally abundant as their fresh options. To get the benefits of the vitamin D, make sure the mushrooms were dried in the sun.

Mackerel

Holy mackerel, that fish is full of vitamin D! A regular 3-oz portions of this fish will deliver almost 90% of your daily vitamin D needs. Mackerel and other fish are also rich in omega-3s and other nutrients that support over health.

Sockeye Salmon

Similar to the mackerel, a traditional serving of sockeye salmon (about 3 oz) will deliver up to 90% of your necessary vitamin D. The key here is to make sure it is salmon that is wild-caught and not farm-raised.

Catfish

Apparently if you’re low on this vitamin, seafood is a good place to turn to remedy that. Catfish is another ocean creature that is full of it. This is because it makes a habit of feeding on plankton, which produce vitamin D from the sunlight they take in. Another seafood option that is a rich source of this vitamin is herring, as it also feeds off vitamin D-rich plankton.

Tuna

Tuna is already enjoyed by many people, either fresh, in sushi, raw, or in a nice tuna salad sandwich. Good news is that this tuna is another great source of vitamin D that so many of us are lacking. Tuna is another oily fish that supports brain health and function. Again, be sure to opt for the wild-caught choice is possible.

Cod Liver Oil

Imagine that, another fishy element that is full of what you need. Cod liver oil is extremely high in omega-3s and vitamin D and has been shown to help treat osteoporosis. You can usually find the supplement in your local grocery store.

Eggs

Eggs are another great natural source, although they aren’t as rich in the vitamin as our fish friends mentioned previously. However, one egg will provide you with 10% of your DV of vitamin D needs, which is certainly better than nothing!

In addition to adding these vitamin D rich foods to your diet, you do need to make sure you get some sunlight. Of course you have to balance this carefully and make sure to wear protective clothing and avoid getting a sunburn. If you incorporate some (or even better, all) of these natural sources into your diet, deficiency of the vitamin will not be in your future.

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There are numerous benefits of licorice root that people have taken advantage of for centuries. Licorice or liquorice comes from the Glycyrrhiza plant species and is valued for its rich flavor. Used for centuries to sweeten drinks, licorice extract is still widely used today in candies, gum, soft drinks and herbal teas.

8 Amazing Health Benefits Of Licorice Root

Immune system
Licorice root to stimulate the immune system, and it is very helpful for people who have auto immune diseases such as Lupus, scleroderma or rheumatoid arthritis.

Healthy hair and skin
Licorice root extract is often used in natural soaps, shampoos, body washes, and deodorants to ward off dandruff, athlete’s foot, skin rash, psoriasis and hyperpigmentation.

Menopause
The phytoestrogenic and antioxidant activity of Licorice Root is believed to be helpful for hormonal disorders such as fatigue, mood swings, and hot flashes in menopausal women.

Protects Your Liver
Licorice also helps treat liver disorders, such as jaundice, hepatitis and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Its natural antioxidant property protects the liver from damage due to free radicals and toxic materials.

Fights Arthritis
This herb has anti-inflammatory properties that can help treat chronic inflammatory diseases like rheumatoid arthritis.
It has an aspirin-like action that can help soothe pain and swelling, two common symptoms of arthritis. It reduces free-radical damage that causes inflammation and pain.

Gastric Disorders
Liquorice is used in a number of ways to cure various gastrointestinal and stomach conditions. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, it is used to treat colic, heartburn, and chronic gastris (inflammation of the lining of the stomach).

Hepatitis
The anti-inflammatory properties of liquorice cure hepatitis-associated liver inflammation. Liquorice is also said to fight the hepatitis C virus and supplies valuable antioxidant compounds that help maintain the overall health of the liver.

Obesity
Licorice extracts may also be effective in preventing obesity. The anti-obesity action of licorice flavonoid oil indicated a significant reduction in the presence of abdominal adipose tissues and triglycerides levels of the body.

Ginger Licorice Tea Recipe

Ingredients:

2 quarts water
¼ cup licorice root
1 finger’s length fresh ginger, sliced

Instructions:

Fill a pot with 2 quarts of water
Add the licorice root and fresh ginger
Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes
Pour tea through a small mesh strainer piping hot into mugs and serve.

Reference and sources:

http://www.top10homeremedies.com/kitchen-ingredients/top-10-health-benefits-of-licorice-root-mulethi.html

http://www.yummly.com/recipe/external/Ginger-licorice-tea-345640

http://www.naturalalternativeremedy.com/nine-health-benefits-of-licorice-root/

http://www.hugatreewithme.com/health-benefits-of-licorice-root/

 

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