Healthy Tidbits

Lemon Juice For Lung Conditions

New studies show lemon juice made from real lemons may help protect your lungs against the onset of adult asthma.
Many references agree that most citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruits besides lemons help prevent asthma.

Reference: Dietary Antioxidants and Asthma in Adults, Patel et al Toharax 206 May; 61(5): 388-393


Speaking of Asthma

According to Occupational and Environment Medicine July 17, 2006, being exposed to chlorine and chlorine bi-products could be a factor in the fast growing cases of childhood asthma.

Chlorine, especially in indoor swimming pools, is a major problem for asthma induced problems in children. The environment study included European children and concluded the prevalence of asthma increases with swimming pool availability in children ages 6 to 7 years.

Conclusion of the study: “The prevalence of childhood asthma and availability of indoor swimming pools in Europe are linked through associations that are consistent with the hypothesis implicating pool chlorine in the rise of childhood asthma in industrialized countries.”

Dr. Mercola commented that your body absorbs more chlorine after one hour in a swimming pool than you would from drinking unfiltered local tap water for a week.

For more information go to: www.mercola.com

There are also known links between chlorine and cancer!

Options

  • Minimize chlorine exposure as much as possible
  • Get a whole house filter (must be a reverse osmosis filtration system)
  • Avoid indoor pools for long periods of time
  • If you have a hot tub look into an ozonation system instead of chlorine.
  • Swim in lakes!

Going Natural: Natural Masks and Moisturizers

 

For Oily Skin:

  • Mash ½ avocado, add oatmeal to make a creamy paste, massage gently – leave on face to 20 minutes.
  • Combine oatmeal and milk into a creamy paste, massage gently – 10-20 minutes. Weekly.
  • Mash 6 strawberries to a paste. 10 to 20 minutes.
  • Equal parts of lemon juice and water. Pat on face with cotton ball (astringent) daily.

For Dry Skin:

  • 2 apricots pureed and 2 tbsp. Yogurt – 10-20 minutes.
  • Mash ½ avocado, add 1 tsp. Vegetable oil. Massage into face – 10-20 minutes.
  • 2 tbsp. Whole milk and ½ tsp. Castor oil. Shake and apply with cotton ball. Add castor oil to moisturizers.

For Normal Skin:

  • Blend raw wheat germ and egg to a creamy paste. 10-20 minutes. Weekly to tighten and moisturize.
  • When cooking oatmeal, skim off the foam, mix with a few drops of oil. 10 to 20 minutes. Moisturizer and mask.
  • Whip the white of an egg and spread on face. Let dry. Excellent skin tightener.

To Replace Cleansing Cream or Lotion:

  • Oily skin – massage skim milk into face and rinse with warm water. Mix powdered skim milk and water and do the same.
  • Dry skin – cleanse with whole milk, massage and rinse with warm water.

Reference: Written by a wonderful woman named Dorothy Schuler Fine who at 75 years old led a movement for holistic health and natural health care for better health for us all. She passed away at the age of 84 years old having written numerous articles and books.


Benefits of Dark Chocolate

 

Guess What – There is more evidence that points towards dark chocolate being good for you! German researchers found that dark chocolate appears to protect against skin cancer, nourish the skin and help blood flow in the skin tissue. Seems as though hot cocoa for breakfast could be a good choice.

Remember: If you are going to eat chocolate, make it dark chocolate and moderation is a key factor!

Reference: Journal of Nutrition, June 2006; 136 (6): 1565-9
www.mercola.com


Save A Life: A Simple Guide For Recognizing the Symptoms of A Stroke

 

The following information can help to quickly identify a stroke – help spread the word and save a life.

Some neurologists say that if they can get to a stroke victim within (3) hours they can totally reverse the effects of a stroke… totally. The key to recovery is getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours which is tough.

RECOGNIZING A STROKE
(Remember STR – The 1st 3 letters of stroke)

  • STR read and learn! Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke. Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:
  • S- Ask the person to SMILE.
  • T- Ask the person to TALK to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE.
  • R- Ask him or her to raise both arms.

NOTE: Ask the person to “stick” out their tongue. If the tongue is crooked, if it goes to one side or the other, that is also an indication of a stroke. If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call 911 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.


Stop Talking!

On your cell phone while driving that is! A study of 456 drivers who talked on a cell phone while driving found that they were four times more likely to have a crash. Now – this is whether they use a hand-held or hands-free phone.

Better take this information to heart! Imagine being on the other end of the phone when someone talking to you and driving had an accident! Refuse to talk to someone if they are driving and using a cell phone.


FeverFew: New Information On An Amazing Herb


Moss Reports/ Cancer Decision Newsletter Archives May 14, 2006

Anti-Cancer Information Directly from Dr. Ralph W. Moss PhD:

As the name implies, this is a traditional remedy for fevers. It also has a long association with the relief of migraines. Feverfew is particularly interesting for its anticancer potential.

You may remember from my earlier newsletters that scientists are now reevaluating all cancer drugs for their effect on malignant stem cells. These are the primitive cells that appear to be fundamentally responsible for the malignant dimensions of cancer. Many conventional cancer drugs are turning out to have a limited ability to kill these cells. That is why Feverfew is so interesting.

Scientists at the University of Rochester Medical Center have found that an extract of Feverfew is effective against a type of human leukemia. Monica L. Guzman, PhD, and Craig T. Jordan, PhD, reported that feverfew extracts kill more malignant stem cells like no other single therapy tested. The active ingredient is derived from parthenolide, one of a class of sesquiterpene lactones found in the plant. The US National Cancer Institute (NCI) has been sufficiently excited by this work to accept it into the rapid access program, which aims to move experimental drugs from the laboratory to human clinical trials as quickly as possible.

“This research is a very important step in setting the stage for future development of a new therapy for leukemia,” said Dr. Jordan. “We have proof that we can kill leukemia stem cells with this type of agent, and that is good news.”

Reference: http://www.cancerdecisions.com/051406_page.html


Polarity Tea

 

(Organic Fenugreek Seed, Organic Fennel Seed, Organic Flax Seed, and Organic Licorice Root)

 

Fenugreek – Aides digestion, assimilation, and elimination of carbohydrates; soothes stomach, lungs, lungs, intestines, ulcers, prevents fatty deposits, water retention, infection; rich in Vitamin D, A, lysine, trytophan, & iron.

Flax Seed – Helpful for intestinal irritation, stomach ulcers, inflammations, coughs, asthma, and pleurisy; excellent stool softener and has a laxative and bulking property. Historically has strengthened teeth and bones.

Fennel – Earliest known herb used for digestion of oily foods, liver tonic, waste products removal, expels gas, relieves cramps, helps nerves, calms children, improves skin and eyes; high in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, traces of sodium, iron, sulfur, and selenium.

Licorice Root – Excellent for stomach and intestinal ulcers because of it’s mucilaginous consistency; helps to neutralize uric acid; mild laxative and stool softener; food for the nerves and adrenals; helps in flu, cold and lung congestion; found in herbal combination syrups; improves spleen and liver function.

Nettles – Full of calcium iron, silicon, and potassium. Helps stomach and urinary tract disorders; kidney and bladder conditions. In hydrotherapy provides minerals that are absorbed through the skin; excellent source of calcium for menopausal women; used by Europeans for allergies. Effective blood purifier and ads iron content to the blood for reversing anemia.

Drink Polarity Tea twice a day for healthy digestion. It works.


Juice Apple, Spinach, Celery, Banana, Tahini, & Ginger:

1/2 apple washed and juiced( 1/4 cup) ***you may use a good organic apple juice 1/2 cup of spinach (washed and juiced) ***you may use a good organic spinach juice 1 celery stalk (washed and juiced) 1 tablespoon tahini (sesame butter) 1 banana, peeled and cut into chunks A nice piece of raw ginger (peeled) ***Tip for peeling ginger: freeze the ginger, cut off a small chunk and use a small paring knife to peel the skin off – it works so much better if the ginger is frozen 7 ice cubes

Pour the apple, spinach, and celery juices into a blender, then add the ginger, tahini, banana, and ice cubes. Blend on high speed until smooth and enjoy immediately. Now doesn’t that feel better? Eating elementally for life.

Antonia Rankin, APP Cleveland, OH


Health Freedom Comes to Ohio

Protect your rights as a consumer to choose the type of healthcare you want. For more information please visit the website at Ohio Sunshine Health Freedom.

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT SUSAN GINGERICH
E-MAIL ADDRESS: gingrichsusan@gmail.com
PHONE: 937-981-2924


Aspirin Ineffective

 

By Pam Popper

 

A common misperception is that over-the-counter drugs are safe because they’re available over-the-counter, and can be purchased by anyone without a physicians’ prescription. Unquestionably, the most commonly used over-the-counter drug is aspirin.

Doctors continue to perpetuate the myth that it’s effective, and patients continue to take it thinking it’s a great insurance policy and that not much harm can come from taking it. However, neither is true.

In a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in March 2005 (A randomized trial of low-dose aspirin in the primary prevention of cardiovascular disease in women”), researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital enrolled 39,000 healthy women over the age of 45 who had no experience of adverse cardiovascular events. For 10 years, half of the women took 100 mg of aspirin every other day and the others took a placebo.

Several hundred cardiovascular events were reported, but the placebo group experienced only 45 more than the aspirin group. With no training in statistics, I think you can see there is no statistical significance here. However, women in the aspirin group were found to have a 40% increase in the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding severe enough to require transfusions.

This is not the first time we have seen results like these. I reported a study a few months ago conducted in the UK that showed that after two years of receiving either coumadin or aspirin, the results were that neither therapy provided greater protection against death, nonfatal stroke or nonfatal heart attacks than a placebo. In this study, however, aspirin takers were twice as likely to suffer a heart attack as those taking coumadin or placebo, and gastrointestinal problems were increased in the aspirin-taking group.

Now, for the most disturbing information. Suddenly discontinuing aspirin may cause serious problems. The risk of severe angina and fatal heart attacks increases dramatically when people who have taken aspirin for a while completely discontinue it. Researchers in a French study reported that after reviewing more than 1200 cases of coronary episodes, 51 patients experienced severe coronary problems within a week after they stopped taking aspirin. Those with a history of heart disease were at highest risk, but those are the people that are generally advised to take aspirin.

To be fair, there have been some studies that show that aspirin reduces the incidence of ischemic stroke and heart attack in women over the age of 65. But this hardly justifies the sale of aspirin to millions of people, many of whom develop a false sense of security that they have reduced their risk of cardiovascular disease, when the only real way to do so is to improve diet and lifestyle.

I stand by my usual statement – cardiovascular disease is not a condition of aspirin deficiency. It is a disease brought on by years of poor diet, sedentary lifestyles and other unhealthy habits. It is best reversed or prevented by adopting a nutritionally excellent eating plan and better habits.

Reference: Pamela A Popper, Ph.D, N.D., pampopper@msn.com www.wellnessforum.com, PH 614 841 7700.


Energetic Evaluation: Pulse of Life – Part 1

 

by Mary Jo Ruggieri, PhD, RPP

 

Polarity therapy is about Balancing the Elements of LifeSM. The core of this life system is the five elements: Ether, Air, Fire, Water and Earth. Understanding the interaction of the five elements of life – their harmony and disharmony, their functions and dysfunctions, and their relationship within a living system (mentally, physically and emotionally) – are the tools to determine health and wellness.

Most diseases and dysfunctions are dynamic and integrated chain reactions affecting the whole organism. The Polarity practitioner – using the basic principles of Polarity, the knowledge of the five elements and techniques such as energetic touch, energetic foods, communication and lifestyle issues – can energetically assess the whole organism and its process of balance or unbalance.

Dr. Randolph Stone, the founder of Polarity, was reported by many who personally worked with him to have used a highly developed system of assessing his clients by taking their pulses. William Leichnitz, RPP, would fondly say that he had the good fortune to assist in many of Dr. Stone’s sessions with his patients (Leichnitz, 1992). “One of the highlights I clearly remember was his ability to assess the clients’ problems by taking pulses” (p. 1). Dr. Stone also would spend a great deal of time with a client taking pulses especially in the wrist and neck area. He came to realize that the pulse shows dimension and follows the three-dimensional make-up of the body: 1) Superior-Inferior; 2) Anterior-Posterior; and 3) Lateral-Lateral (Leichnitz, 1992).

History of the Pulse
Historically, using pulses as a health assessment tool has been documented for over 5,000 years. From the Greeks and Hipprocrates, the father of Modern Medicine, to the Chinese, Japanese, Indian (Ayurveda) and the Arabs, pulses were a source of medical information.

The Greeks made reference to pulses around the time of Democritus (460-370 BC) and the Chinese accounts dealing with the pulse date from 500 BC back to 2500 BC. Egyptians were using the pulses as early as the 13th to the 20th centuries, and Ayurvedic pulse use can be traced from the 6th century BC. Arabs continued the traditions established by the Egyptians, Greeks, Ayurvedists and Chinese (Amber & Babey-Brooke, 1993).

Pulses have continued as diagnostic tools in many healthcare systems even today. Japan is currently working on many research projects using pulse technology, which they base on the Chinese interpretation of the pulse. One can also trace the European use of the pulse today, predominantly the Ayurvedic interpretation via the Arab world (Amber & Babey-Brooke, 1993).

Many historians feel that Western Medicine has been limited and has many failures due to its inability to adequately use the pulse as a diagnostic tool. For centuries a complete system for pulse analysis was highly developed by the Ayurvedics, Iranians and Chinese that made them complete experts in the diagnosis of diseases (Amber & Babey-Brooke, 1993).

The system of Ayurvedic Medicine has documented as many as 600 different pulses with each one having its own unique language. The importance of the pulse needs to be a focus for every holistic practitioner today. Its depth of information and its accuracy in assessing imbalances in the human energy field could be of great value in our current healthcare system.

The Pulse
The pulse reflects, projects and measures life force. It is accurate, speaks out of every limb, and can quickly measure imbalances in the energetic system. When imbalances can be assessed at the energetic level, it is truly a most precise preventive system. If the balance can be restored at the energetic level then the disease will not move into the physical body. Pulses, like lie detector tests, can predict patterns, reveal weak areas, and set up a system of assessment for a holistic and integrated approach.

We must begin to train ourselves, and once again become competent, in the process of using pulses as an assessment tool. To understand pulses in Polarity and to be able to use them, one must turn to the basics of understanding Ayurvedic principles, especially the five elements. The basic premise to all energy medicine is that disease is an imbalance in the life force, Chi or Prana. To have a tool as accurate as pulse assessment to identify these imbalances can be a lifesaver.

The general differences between Chinese pulse assessment and Ayurvedic pulse assessment Is simply as follows:

Chinese Theory uses the Yin/Yang (positive/negative) relationships. Their energy system Is based on the concept of the meridian system. The meridians are wireless connections that flo In defined patterns throughout the body. The meridians are a vital communication system, which perceives that the Interior of the body can communicate with the exterior. In Chinese theory the organs are all Interrelated In this meridian system.

Ayurvedic theory uses the Step-Down Theory. Energy moves from source to form via a step-down process. Life force resonates via the Chakras and out of each Chakra comes a quality of energy called an element. Out of the elements comes the body. Each juncture of energy as it steps down is called a marma or nadis. These are energy pathways and specific cross-highway points.

Chinese theory relates to twelve classical pulses where Ayurvedic theory relates to the tri-doshas, or the five manifested elements.

References
Amber, R. & Babey-Brooke (1993). Pulse diagnosis. Santa Fe, NM: Aurora Press.
Leichnitz, W. (1992). Ayurvedic pulse reading. APTA Conference Handout, Ann Arbor, MI.
Stone, R. (1986). Polarity therapy. Summertown, TN: CRCS Wellness Books.
Stone, R. (1987). Polarity therapy. Summertown, TN: CRCS Wellness Books.


Disclaimer: The information in this newsletter is for educational purposes only. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat illness or prescribe any type of medication or treatment. For medical needs, consult your Medical Doctor, Dietitian, or Mental Health Practitioner.