Natural Remedies, Prevention

Saffron: Healthy Alternative Treatment for Depression

Klearchos Kapoutsis, Saffron of Santorini, Flickr, CCBYSaffron is a spice derived from the crocus flower (Crocus sativus) originally from Southeast Asia. Well-known as the most expensive spice in the world, saffron comes from the delicate stigma of the flower. Its cost comes from the fact that it must be gathered by hand, and it takes 75,000 flowers to produce just a single pound of the spice.

So saffron is pricey, but it just may be the cheapest treatment you ever get.

Because saffron may be an effective alternative treatment for depression.

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The Most Dangerous Toxin In Your Life – You Will be Surprised When You Discover What It Is.

We are bombarded by environmental toxins every day and our bodies have to work hard to deal with these health invaders. But the most dangerous toxin of all is not from the outside, but from the inside: stress.

Science is continuing to prove over time that the way we think and feel emotionally has a tremendous impact on our physical health – perhaps even more so than outside factors like drugs and nutrients. The placebo effect in the Spontaneous Remission Project is a clear example of this.

Because it is all “in our heads”, stress isn’t often given enough respect as a cause for disease. After all, you can’t measure stress, at least not yet. But, this dangerous toxin has some devastating long term effects on the human body.

Stress and Your Gut Health
People who suffer from debilitating gut conditions such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or Colitis tend to find that when they are emotionally stressed, their symptoms flare up. This is no coincidence: stress slows down bowel function, which can lead to constipation and overgrowth of bad bacteria. It can also create leaky gut, which over the long term can cause inflammation and autoimmune disease.

Stress and Your Brain
When stress hormones are high, your brain can get damaged – specifically, your hippocampus, which is where your memory resides. Adrenal burnout can also happen with chronic stress, because your brain, in an effort to protect itself, will turn off your adrenals.

Stress and Your Immune System
Stress plays a big role in how well your immune system runs – it has the power to shut your immunity down altogether. Along with this comes immunity related symptoms such as slow would healing, reactivation of old infections, and increasing your risk of more infections.

Stress and Your Metabolism
Not only is stress a toxin in itself, it actually impairs your body’s ability to detox the other toxins you’re constantly being bombarded with. It also hampers your ability to break down fats, yet increases your cravings for high fat, high sugar foods, leading to even more toxic waste.

Stress and Gene Expression
Your body produces chemicals when you’re under stress that have the capability to turn genes on or off. These genes determine many major things in your body, such as how fast you age, how much fat you store, and whether or not you will get a serious illness like cancer.

Monitor your stress levels and take steps to have more relaxation and peace in your life, and you may just see your health improve.

Editor’s Note: – America’s silent parasite: 250 million Americans infected?

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Aging, Fitness, Heart Health

1 Thing You Do Every Day that Causes Heart Disease – Can You Guess What It Is?

15069963_sWhether you were aware of this or not, sitting down is one of the most dangerous activities in the world.

No, this is not a sensationalist article written to strike fear in the hearts of millions.

Instead it’s a public health advisory for anyone who spends more than a few days during the day sitting down.

And what’s even more startling is that even regular exercise might not be able to reverse the damage done by sitting.

Heres what Reuters had to say.

‘Based on nearly 3,900 men and women over age 60 in Stockholm, the study adds to evidence suggesting that just sitting around may be actively harmful, researchers say.

‘We have known for 60 years that physical activity is important for the heart,’ said lead author Elin Ekblom-Bak… But until recently the research has mainly focused on exercise and has “forgotten” about the background activity that we do during daily life…

Whether someone exercises vigorously or not, it still usually only takes up a small fraction of the day. That leaves the rest of the time for either sitting still or engaging in non-exercise activities, like home repairs, lawn care and gardening, car maintenance, hunting or fishing.”

This means that if you spend mot of your time in a chair, then you’re at a higher risk of certain kind of health conditions, one of those being cardiovascular disease.

The reason this happens is because when you sit down, the motion of blood flowing through the body is greatly restricted.

This means that the muscles in your heart aren’t activated, and your heart doesn’t operate nearly at the top of its ability… essentially creating a weaker heart.

That’s why exercise to make up for your time sitting doesn’t always work.

Dr. Mercola writes:

‘The key to lifelong health is more than just traditional gym exercise, three to five times a week. The answer is to rediscover a lifestyle of constant, natural low-intensity non-exercise movement that uses the gravity vector throughout the day.’

For those who work in a typical office environment this prognosis might seem bleak. After all, how can you manage to do your job if you can’t sit?

Take a look at the following video to get an idea of workouts you can do while remaining seated.

Also consider standing up every 15 minutes, go for a walk if you can, and consider opting for a stand up desk.

And while you’re at it, it always helps to have a heart healthy diet in place.

Half the battle of reducing the damage sitting produces is to make sure your heart is able to work without trouble.

Often times your diet has hidden dangers in it as well.

CLICK HERE to See Which Plant Food HARMS Your Metabolism & Heart (caused heart attacks in New Zealand study)

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Cancer, Diabetes, Natural Cures

Is This Herb More Powerful than Turmeric?

11547428_sTurmeric is one of the alternative health world’s favorite herbal remedies.

It’s great for combatting inflammation, has been showing to help with cardiac health, and has even been shown to help the brain operate at full capacity.

And that’s just a handful of its uses.

Now if you think Turmeric’s great, then wait until you find out about Neem.

Neem comes from Southeast Asia.

Neem is a tree, and according to the Ayurveda guide, it is known as a plant that “ keeps all diseases at bay” and as a “reliever of disease.

It’s been used by ancient societies for thousands of years, and is now being incorporated into the world of modern medicine by mainstream experts in medicine.

So what’s so great about Neem?

First you should know that almost all of the plant is good for therapeutic use. The roots, the bark, the leaves, gum, fruit, seeds, kernels, and even the oil of the seed have a wide range of uses.

Neem oil has been shown to have wonderful topical uses for conditions like dandruff, acne, and eczema.

It’s known to:

  • Relieve dry skin
  • Fights the bacteria that cause acne (propionibacterium acnes (P. acnes) and staphylococcus epidermidis)
  • Soothes itchy skin
  • Can be used to condition the hair and scalp
  • Fights Psoriasis
  • Promotes the growth of hair
  • Helps to heal dry patchy skin that results from Eczema

And more.

Neem oil is a healthy, and preferred alternative to many of the chemicals people use to treat the conditions just listed.

So what else is it good for?

While Neem could benefit from quite a few more  in-depth studies, it’s been traditionally used to help out with the following:

  • Enhances and stimulates the immune system
  • Helps to improve the liver’s detoxifying abilities
  • Has been used to treat ulcers
  • Works with the liver to detoxify your blood
  • Improves cardiovascular health
  • Increase the respiratory systems function
  • Can Improve digestive response
  • It’s been used to treat malaria
  • Has been used in the treatment of diabetes

Part of the reason Neem is so effective is because of the many unique properties this special plant possesses.

According to Disover Neem it’s

  • Anti-bacterial
  • Anti-viral
  • Anti-septic
  • Anti-diabetic
  • Anti-fungal
  • Blood-purifying
  • Spermicidal

It’s quite a comprehensive list, but it even has a load of scientific backing to help substantiate the claims.

Here’s a link from the National Library of Medicine to back up those claims.

The truth is the applications of Neem seem to be endless.

It’s used in toothpastes, as a form of birth control, and is even being used in the treatment of  “AIDS, cancer, malaria, diabetes, hepatitis, duodenal ulcers, kidney disorders, fungal infections, yeast infections, STDs, all kinds of skin disorders, periodontal disease, mononucleosis, blood disorders, heart diseases, nerve disorders, allergies… and the list goes on.”

The bottom line is anything with that many properties packed into one tiny little plant has got to be good for you.

And as one of the leading Scientific Medical Journals noted, it has no known adverse reactions (and that’s thousands of years of use being tested to confirm) so it’s certainly one of the best things you can add to your diet.

If you plan on getting Neem, one of the first things you need to do before using it is heal your gut.

If your gut isn’t “fixed” then you won’t be able to absorb Neem for all it’s worth.

CLICK HERE to Discover How 250 Million Americans Guts Are Being Ruined and See What You Can Do For the Quick Fix

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Warning: This New Cancer Cure May Gross You Out

IMG_4483.JPGWhat will they discover next? A team of researchers from the University of Exeter in the UK has released a new study claiming that smelling farts may prevent cancer.

Specifically, hydrogen sulfite gas, a compound produced during digestion and normally found in human flatulence and rotten eggs, may have benefits in preventing the cell damage that causes certain diseases like cancer.

The study, which was published in the Medicinal Chemistry Communications Journal, found that although hydrogen sulfite is harmful in large doses, the exposure of smaller amounts to cells may prevent mitochondrial damage.

The way it works is that cells move to generate small quantities of hydrogen sulfite when stressed by disease. This protects the mitochondria, which basically are acting generators for the energy output of cells. When mitochondrial damage is prevented, the chances of preventing certain diseases are greatly increased.

To tap in and expand on this natural occurrence, scientists in the study ended up making a compound called AP39 that slowly delivers very small amounts of this gas, targeting the mitochondria. In an official statement, Professor Matt Whiteman said,

Our results indicate that if stressed cells are treated with AP39, mitochondria are protected and cells stay alive.

Although this research is preliminary and was limited to cell exposure lab (instead of actual humans smelling the gas), the researchers are optimistic about the huge positive implications this could have in the prevention of some common diseases like heart disease, cancer and stroke.

So the next time you’re exposed to the smell of flatulence or rotten eggs, just think – it could be making you healthier.

Also see: Why to STOP eating whole wheat bread, vegetable oils & these cereals (plus the “side dish” that causes heart attacks)

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This Common Osteoporosis Drug Also a Cure for Cancer?

IMG_4424.JPGResearchers from Sydney’s Garvan Institute of Medical Research in Australia have discovered that calcium binding Biphosphonates commonly used for osteoporosis treatment for over 40 years could be the next big breakthrough in the cure for breast cancer.

Already used in the prevention bone destruction in late stage cancer patients, the drug has now been proven to destroy cancer cells outside the skeleton before it spreads. The way it works is it seeps out of veins and attaches itself to the calcifications in the breast tissue. Your “macrophages” (immune cells) then consume the drug filled clumps and clears out the mutated cells with it.

Researcher Dr. Tri Phan, said,

What was really surprising was that the drug not only got into the cancer, but bound to small areas in the cancer.

Dr. Phan further added,

I clearly remember the moment we first saw macrophages behaving like little Pacmen and gobbling up the drug. It was astonishing.

This video shows a macrophage devouring the Calcium-Biphosphonate complex.

A recent clinical trial of over 3000 patients with breast cancer found that these drugs were able to increase the survival rates particularly of post menopausal women by up to 25%. The results proved that the drug gives an edge to patients, and in many cases also prevented cancer from spreading.

This is good news for many patients waiting for a cure. Although more research needs to be done on the safety and efficacy of using this drug as a cancer cure, what is already known is that it is generally well tolerated and gives a survival advantage for some patients with specific cancers, especially if taken early during the disease.

Click here to discover the plant food that HARMS your metabolism & heart (caused heart attacks in New Zealand study)

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50+ Health Conditions, Diet

New Essential Fatty Acid Discovered (Not Omega-3 or Omega-6)

IMG_4425.JPGIt is fairly common knowledge that our bodies need Omega-3 essential fatty acids (EFAs) to function properly. Now, scientists have discovered a new category of EFAs, a type of Omega-7 fats called palmitoleic acid, that may be the solution to the wide range of common diseases sweeping our society.

This newly discovered, monounsaturated Omega-7 fatty acid is so important that Harvard Medical School has applied for a patent on it.

Palmitoleic acid is reported to be a powerful defense against metabolic syndrome, which encompasses diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancers and other serious illnesses. They function in the body as molecules that signal and facilitate communication between fat and muscle tissue.

Because of this, they are classified as a unique “lipokine” – which is a hormone-like molecule that connects body tissues to promote optimal energy storage and utilization.

Just a miniscule amount of Omega-7 will have a profound effect on your body’s response to fat storage, utilization and energy intake. These three processes are imbalanced in metabolic syndrome. Omega-7 also stops the production of new fat molecules, particularly the kind that damage tissue and increase risk of cardiovascular disease.

Omega-7’s therapeutic effects are remarkably similar to those of common drugs used by people with symptoms of metabolic disease, like Lipitor, Actos, etc, but does so powerfully and cheaply, with no safety concerns.

Additionally, studies show that Omega-7 can not only lower inflammation by up to a whopping 73%, thus reducing cardiovascular risk, but it also lowers resistance to glucose and insulin, helping your body optimize blood sugar levels using its own naturally produced insulin.

It is ironic then that natural food sources of omega-7 palmitoleic acid also contain high levels of palmitic acid, which is a thick palm oil that raises risk of heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular disasters. This can counteract the benefits of omega-7. So if you use an omega-7 supplement, it is important to make sure the palmitic acid content is less than 1%.

Also see: America’s silent parasite: 250 million Americans infected?

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Diet, Digestion, Foods, Natural Cures

Can Rotten Food Heal Your Upset Stomach?

15049370_sOne of the most under-diagnosed conditions in the United States is leaky gut.

Leaky gut, otherwise known as intestinal permeability, occurs when food and medicines ingested over the course of time begin to degrade the lining of the walls of the intestine.

What happens then is undigested food proteins are allowed to transfer into the bloodstream which results in both inflammatory responses as well as autoimmune responses. Leaky gut can ultimately result in the formation of autoimmune conditions and chronic disease which can severely reduce your quality of life.

Not to mention leaky gut is one of the main causes of upset stomach that millions of Americans deal with on a daily basis.

So how do you cure leaky gut.

Well, aside from eliminating the consumption of foods in the Standard American Diet (SAD), you can also include fermented foods in your diet.

So what is fermented food?

According to Katie of

Fermented foods are foods that have been through a process of lactofermentation in which natural bacteria feed on the sugar and starch in the food creating lactic acid. This process preserves the food, and creates beneficial enzymes, b-vitamins, Omega-3 fatty acids, and various strains of probiotics.

Natural fermentation of foods has also been shown to preserve nutrients in food and break the food down to a more digestible form. This, along with the bevy of probiotics created during the fermentation process, could explain the link between consumption of fermented foods and improved digestion.

Cultures around the world have been eating fermented foods for years, from Sauerkraut in Germany to Kimchi in Korea and everywhere in between. Studies have even shown the link between probiotic rich foods and overall health (PDF). Sadly, with the advances in technology and food preparation, these time-honored traditional foods have been largely lost in our society.

As you noticed, Katie mentioned that fermented foods contain probiotics.

Probiotics are bacteria that help in the digestive process.

They also help to keep harmful bacteria in check.

As long as you there are more helpful bacteria in your gut than harmful ones, your health won’t be affected negatively.

As soon as the balance shifts in the direction of harmful bacteria that’s when leaky gut can set in.

And fermented foods contain billions upon billions of these probiotics.

That’s why if you manage to eliminate foods from the SAD diet (corn, soy, wheat, dairy, beans, GMOs) and add fermented foods (kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha, pickles, kefir) you’ll find upset stomachs are soon a thing of the past.

The only thing you need to keep in mind is that while fermented foods contain a number of healthy bacteria, there are a few much needed strains they don’t have.

CLICK HERE to Learn More about Essential Probiotics You Need in Your Diet

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Degenerative Diseases, Diet, Digestion, Immune System

America’s New #1 Killer?

13683570_sWhen people think of natural killers, they think of cancer, and heart disease, and other similar conditions.

If that’s what you automatically think of when you think of serious health conditions, then you’re correct to assume they’re pretty dangerous.

But surprisingly the main culprit for most of these disease might be something you’ve never even thought of, much less heard of.

And in in all likelihood since this condition leads to many of these common health conditions, it might be safe to call it America’s #1 killer.

The culprit here is Leaky Gut.

Leaky gut (or intestinal permeability) is more than likely one of the leading causes of the large majority of health conditions seen in the U.S.

Part of the reason is the Standard American Diet (SAD) is detrimental to the body’s intestinal system. By eating food that your body wasn’t designed to handle your body will then develop diseases that can often be fatal.

Think of what would happen if you put rocks in your car’s gas tank.

That’s leaky gut in a nutshell.

Now here’s how leaky gut affects your health.

When you eat food, the food is digested and then passed into your intestinal tract for the extraction of nutrients. As food moves through your intestines, only wholly digested proteins are meant to move through your body’s intestinal lining into the blood stream.

But what happens when you eat a SAD, is undigested food begins to pass through the intestinal lining. This can trigger two very harmful effects, inflammation and an autoimmune response (where your body attacks its own tissues). Both inflammation and auto-immune responses can have catastrophic affects on your health.

Take a look at the conditions that inflammation alone can produce in the body.

  • Asthma
  • Acne
  • Heart Disease
  • Chron’s Disease
  • Arthritis
  • Cognitive Heart Failure
  • Lupus
  • Stroke
  • Gall Bladder Disease

And a lot more.
Autoimmune conditions include:

  • Addison’s disease
  • Celiac disease – sprue (gluten-sensitive enteropathy)
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Graves’ disease
  • Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Pernicious anemia
  • Reactive arthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sjogren syndrome
  • Type I diabetes

And typically all of these conditions are caused by leaky gut.

So how exactly does leaky gut begin?

First it has everything to do with what kind of foods are eaten. Food like gluten, beans, soy, any kind of sugar, corn, dairy, and anything artificial begin to erode the lining of the intestines. As this happens holes begin to emerge. These holes eventually allow for food material to pass into your blood stream

The result as already explain is both inflammation and auto-immune disorders begin to develop.

Additionally, leaky gut can be caused by the use of antibiotics (which kill healthy gut bacteria) and the use of NSAIDs (ibuprofen) which create an environment where acids and enzymes can eat through your intestinal walls.

The truth is adjusting your diet to where you avoid all off the aforementioned foods, as well as staying away from most medicines, can help fix a leaky gut.

When the gut is repaired, then the chances of developing many of the more common diseases of civilization that kill so many are severely reduced.

One of the easiest ways to fix leaky gut is to adjust diet.

But if you’ve tried to adjust your diet and still have symptoms associated with leaky gut (“Headache, brain fog, Rashes, hives, and skin problems, gas bloating and gastrointestinal problems”) then you might need to fix your gut flora.

CLICK HERE to See if You’re Living with a Common Parasite That Could Be Wrecking Your Gut Health

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50+ Health Conditions, Cancer

3 Surprising Things that Increase Your Risk of Prostate Cancer

IMG_4484.JPGAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), prostate cancer is now the most common cancer to inflict American men. Although the causes are unknown, many risk factors have been identified by doctors and researchers – including family history, age and obesity.

More recent research show undeniable links between prostate cancer and exposure to chemical and environmental toxins. Here are four things to be aware of you probably did not know has been firmly linked to incidences of prostate cancer.

1. Plastic.
Specifically, Biphesnol A (BPA). There have been quite a number of studies that prove that BPA exposure causes DHA damage and precancerous lesions to develop on the prostates of rats. Well known as an endocrine disrupter, BPA has even been shown to block cancer treatment in humans.

To protect yourself against exposure to BPA, consider switching to glass and stainless steel kitchenware and stop using so much plastic. Although not all plastic contains BPA, it is better to be safe. anything with the recycling code #7 probably does contain BPA and should be avoided. Also when eating canned food, look for cans that say they are BPA free, as manufacturers often use BPA to line the insides of the cans.

2. Pesticides
This should probably be a no brainer, but pesticides should just be a no no when it comes to choosing what you put in your body. There are many commonly used pesticides out there today – for example – malathion and carbaryl – that have been implicated in increasing risks of prostate cancer. Studies have show that the farmers who use these pesticides on their crops are at high risk for developing this cancer.

To avoid this, buy as much organic produce as you can afford, or better yet, grow your own.

3. Tobacco Usage
Tobacco leaves are known to contain high levels of cadmium – a heavy metal – and people who smoked increase their cadmium exposure by two times. In
lab studies, cadmium was shown to cause prostatic lesions in animals, and has been linked to higher risk of prostate cancer in humans.

What to do? Since tobacco usage is also linked to lung cancer and other diseases, it might be time to cut out the habit, and hopefully save yourself the grief of both lung and prostate cancers.

Also See: Which plant food HARMS your metabolism & heart (caused heart attacks in New Zealand study)

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