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May 01 2012

Herbalism, My First Experience Treating the Symptom Versus Treating the Whole Person

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By Dr. Paul Blake, N.D.

My first experience with a herbal medicine was cayenne pepper (capsicum annum) which began almost by accident while I had some serious breathing problems. It was about 1985 and I was suffering with lung problems. I would get a cold or the flu two or three times each year, it would move into my lungs and I would experience a tight painful barking cough with no expectoration for weeks afterward (whooping cough). One day I happened to be in a small health food store in Huntington Beach, Ca as I recall and the clerk asked if he could be of assistance. Out of desperation, I described my lung problem to him and he suggested I try using the herb cayenne.

I bought some pure unadulterated cayenne capsules from him and followed the instructions on the bottle. That afternoon the cough loosened up and two days later the cough was gone and my lungs cleared, it was a WOW moment in my life and a turning point!

But you must understand, that using an herb this way like modern medicines, treating the symptom did not solve my lung problems because the root of my lung problem was me and my lifestyle. I still caught colds and flu every year and they went into my lungs just as before and each year I used the cayenne to solve the symptom. You see lung problems run in my family genetically and without ever solving the root, my lifestyle problem, I could have eventually contracted a far worse disease such as lung cancer. It was not until I learned how to combine the use of herbs and life style changes that I truly cured my lung problems completely and forever.

This experience with the herb cayenne impressed me deeply as I said and when I was struck by prostate cancer five years later I was open to the use of herbs as part of the completely natural treatment I chose. I went on from that full herbal and lifestyle cure to study naturopathic medicine and gain a Naturopathic Doctors degree on the way to becoming one of the Calgary naturopaths I visited so often while learning about natural health. I would like to mention two of my teachers the late Dr. John Ray Christopher (an infinite blessing to the sick and suffering of this world) who’s work I studied and Dr. Richard Shulze (one of the most knowledgeable naturopathic medical teachers today), both I believe are Thomsonian Naturopaths. Without the knowledge that these two naturopathic doctors gave me I would be dead today or moldering in some drug pusher infested, pee smelling rest-home.

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Dec 09 2010

How to Find the Safest Supply of Herbs and Vitamin Supplements for Your Children?

Published by under Herbs,Supplements

Obviously, no one wants to unintentionally give anything harmful to their children, they are their most precious gift and must be guarded at all cost.   The best safe guard we can use to protect our children is our knowledge based on the truth of what is known to be safe and what is known to be dangerous.   But with all the media advertisement hype aimed at us just finding a healthy brand of cereal can be a challenge let alone finding a safe supply of herbs or supplements.

 

If you depend on the media to inform you about the safety of supplements you might think that Herbs and Vitamins were risky, possibly too dangerous to give to our children; that you would be wise to be careful or you or your children might be poisoned by an herb or overdosed on a vitamin supplement.   You might also think that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should enforce stricter controls (like CODEX) over herbs and supplements to reduce all the injuries and fatalities.   But what is the truth; are there really a lot of innocent victims being poisoned or overdosed every year on herbs and vitamins?

 

Well the truth is going to be a real surprise to you as it was to me just how low the number of fatalities really is.   Below are the facts from the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) who keep records of these kinds of incidents.   Anyone has access to these numbers including the media and those in government who are trying so hard through spin to put tighter controls on herbs and vitamin supplements. 

 

In the last 25 years there have been a total of 11 fatalities from taking herbs and supplements and for many of those years there were zero fatalities.   For instance in 2008 not one person died from taking an herb or the best hair growth vitamins on the market! (ref. Orthomolecular News).   Your chance of being struck by lightning in 2008 was much higher.   The National Weather Service reported 28 deaths from being struck by lightning in 2008.

 

What makes this news even more amazing is when you consider the vast amount of herb and vitamin supplements consumed by Americans.   A low estimation of herb and vitamin consumption by Americans is 56 billion doses a year says, “Orthomolecular News”.

 

Now contrast those very low numbers of herbal and vitamin deaths with those from a product line we have all grown to trust and give to ourselves and our children regularly from our local drug store.   Deaths from aspirin and ibuprofen type anti-inflammatory drugs kill an estimated 16,500 Americans every year and hospitalize approximately 107,000 patients (how many of these were children was not listed) (ref. Deaths).

 

Now that you know the truth about the real safety of herbs and supplements, I am going to give you some extra information that makes the task of finding safe supplements even safer.   There is a way to find the safest herb and vitamin supplements on the market and it is our government that has supplied us with this information.   I know, I know how can you trust the government to do anything right, well in this instance they have done something right for the wrong reason but it works in our favor.   The government is so interested in stamping out the herb and vitamin supplement health business that they inadvertently created some very safe products in that industry.   What they created with their interference is “Certified Organic Herbs” and ‘Whole Food Vitamins” and here is why.   In order to try to make it as difficult as they can to get into these industries they made the rules and enforcement very strict.   So strict that when the supplement label says Certified Organic or the supplement says “100% Whole Foods” you can be assured that the product is what it says.   Why, because the government watches that industry like a hawk for any infringements (ref USDA and FDA).

 

Certified Organic means that you can be safe in the knowledge that the herb you give to your child or yourself has not been sprayed with pesticides, fumigated or grown with petrochemicals or in a cesspit somewhere outside the USA.   And the “100% Whole Foods” vitamin supplements give you the assurance that the supplement you give to your child or yourself is from real foods not chemicals, alot of these are covered on health insurance (ref. USDA and FDA).

 

Because guess what, not all vitamins are the same; the majority are made from things that if you knew what was in them you would never buy them, let alone put one of them in your mouth.   Here is a list of things that are put in so called “natural” vitamin supplements including children’s vitamin’s that you see advertised every day and you can find covering the shelves in just about any store.   Benzene, petroleum esters, acetylene, refined oils, coal tar derivatives, hydrochloric acid, ammonia, isobutyraldehyde with formaldehyde, phytin hydrolyzed with calcium hydroxide and sulfuric acid, cobalamins reacted with cyanide, irradiated animal fat/cattle brains and I could go on but enough is enough you get the idea (ref. Thiel).

 

And I am sure that you thought the same thing that I did, “that they have to make those vitamins from food because we like every life form on this planet depend on plants for our nutrition.”   Well, this seems to be one of those many places were our government, probably the FDA, forgot to use their brains or somebody influenced their decision.   Anyway you now have this knowledge and can apply it to protecting yourself and your family just like I did when I learned this valuable information (Ref USDA and FDA).

 

Reference:

No Deaths from Vitamins, Minerals, Amino Acids or Herbs, Poison Control Statistics Prove Supplements’ Safety, Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, January 19, 2010, by Doctor Andrew W. Saul, Ph.D, (Editor)

Bronstein AC, Spyker DA, Cantilena LR Jr, Green JL, Rumack BH, Giffin SL. 2008 Annual Report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers’ National Poison Data System (NPDS): 26th Annual Report. Clinical Toxicology (2009). 47, 911-1084. The full text article is available for free download at http://www.aapcc.org/dnn/Portals/0/2008annualreport.pdf . Vitamins statistics are found in Table 22B, journal pages 1052-3. Minerals, herbs, amino acids and other supplements are in the same table, pages 1047-8.

Aspirin kills 400% more people than H1N1 swine flu, Natural News, November 20, 2010, by Mike Adams (Editor),

Deaths ascribed to the use of over-the-counter NSAIDS.” (Wolfe M. MD, Lichtenstein D. MD, and Singh Gurkirpal, MD, “Gastrointestinal Toxicity of Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs”, The New England Journal of Medicine, June 17, 1999, Vol. 340, No. 24, pp. 1888-1889.)

Naturopathy For The 21st Century, Robert J. Thiel, Ph.D., Whitman Publications, 2000

USDA, Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA) of 1990 and regulations in Title 7, Part 205 of the Code of Federal Regulations. The National Organic Program (NOP) develops, implements, and administers national production, handling, and labeling standards.  Inacted in October 2002, and administered by the Department of Agriculture (USDA). fnic.nal.usda.gov/nal_display/index.php?info

FDA, General Dietary Supplement Labeling, April 2005, Guidance for Industry, A Dietary Supplement Labeling Guide, www.fda.gov/food/dietarysupplements

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Nov 03 2010

The Turkey Rhubarb Root and Formula

Published by under Health,Herbs

Originating from northwest China and Tibet, Rhubarb has been used in medicine for more than 2,000 years and is considered one of the strongest herbs in Chinese Medicine.    The Chinese call the root Da huang, which means ‘big yellow’ which is the color of Rhubarb’s tinctures and decoctions.   Its use gradually spread through India, reaching Europe during the Renaissance overland via Asia Minor – hence the common name, Turkey rhubarb.    The plant was a favorite remedy with early Persian and Arabian physicians.    The Rhubarb grown for cooking and eating is usually r. rhabarbarum, an 18th-century cultivar according to http://howtomakeyourboobsgrowbigger.com/breast-enhancement-pills.

 

Turkey rhubarb has an organ-affinity with the intestines and colon and so assists them in their function.   The parts of Rhubarb used are its roots and stalks and its effectiveness is controlled by the amount taken.  When taken in small doses, it has a tonic effect as a blood builder and blood cleanser.  It increases salivary and gastric flow, improves appetite and cleanses the liver by encouraging bile flow.    Rhubarb, by its cleansing action, encourages the healing process of duodenal ulcers and enhances gallbladder function.

 

The primary chemical constituents of Rhubarb include anthraquinones, chrysophanol, emodin, physcion, sennidine, rheidine, palmmidine, tannins, catechin, gallic acid, oxalic acid, rutin, phytosterol, and calcium oxalate. It is the anthraquinones that contribute to the laxative and purgative properties of Rhubarb, yet the tannin content helps balance those properties, and even stops diarrhea. Chinese research is investigating Rhubarb’s ability to possibly inhibit cancer cells.

 

The principal energetic health properties of turkey rhubarb are found in its roots. These roots are regularly utilized to detoxify and cleanse the body. The roots from second and third year plants should be used because they have reached their maximum effectiveness as purgative agents for cleansing and detoxing.

 

In large doses, Rhubarb can be used for emptying the bowels thoroughly.  Rhubarb supports the colon as a laxative in constipation and as an astringent in case of diarrhea.    The A-factors (anthraquinones) of this herb differ somewhat from those of Cascara Sagrada – only some of them reach the large intestines intact, while others are re-absorbed in the small intestine, and later released into the large intestine.    The timing of the absorption of Rhubarb is thus displaced to some degree from other popular laxative agents, thereby promoting longer and smoother activity of the complete system.    It should be noted that consumption of Rhubarb Root may color the urine yellow or red, but this is not concerning. In small amounts, Rhubarb Root is used for relief of diarrhea.   Rhubarb is also helpful to prevent and to eliminate hemorrhoids.

 

The Turkey Rhubarb Formula

 

Dr. John Ray Christopher (1909 to 1983), created the Turkey Rhubarb formula along with an estimated 50 other herbal formulas.   He was considered the premier authority in the use of herbs and natural healing techniques in the United States.    A Thomsonian herbalist, Dr. Christopher wrote numerous books on herbalism and he was the founder of The School of Natural Healing.

 

The Turkey Rhubarb Formula can liberate your body from the accumulated toxins and poisons that can bring on distress while leaving you feeling healthier than you have in years. This formula is a moderate, efficient, non addictive combination of time proven herbs. It Sanitizes and Sooths the colon and gastrointestinal tract while removing old fecal matter. This powerful yet gentle herbal formula has a tonic effect on the body and mind while the herbs build and cleanse the blood.

 

This formula encourages consistent, natural and thorough bowel movements:

Turkey Rhubarb root, Cascara Sagrada bark, Senna leaf, Psyllium seed, Barberry root bark, Cape Aloe leaf, Slippery Elm inner bark, Habanero Cayenne pepper.

 

Note:

It is generally considered a mild laxative that produces a soft stool six to ten hours after ingestion. Rhubarb is especially well suited for children since it is very mild in action.   We suggest the syrup form of this formula for children called Colon Cleanse Syrup.

 

Uses:

Amenorrhea, Anemia, Boils, Constipation, Diarrhea, Digestion Aid, Dysentery, Dysmenorrhea, Gallbladder, Headaches, Hemorrhages (internal), Hepatitis, Jaundice, Liver Problems, Menstruation (promotes), Skin Eruptions (boils/pustules), Stomach, Ulcers (duodenal), Worms (ring/pin/thread)

 

Turkey rhubarb is a component herb of the famous anti-cancer blend Essiac, along with sheep sorrel, slippery elm and burdock root.

 

Contraindications:

This product is not recommended during pregnancy, or while breastfeeding as it can loosen the infant’s bowels. Do not use when the colon is already empty or the astringent properties may cause colon discomfort. Using Rhubarb Root may temporarily cause the urine to appear yellow or red, but this is a common occurrence and no cause for alarm.   Do not take rhubarb or any other stimulant laxative if you take Lasix (furosemide); the combination can lead to potassium depletion.

 

Note: Use only the root and stalk in herbal preparations.   The Rhubarb leaves are considered poisonous as they contain a high quantity of oxalic acid in them, posing a danger for both man and animal.

 

Sources:

Little Herb Encyclopedia, by Jack Ritchason; N.D., Woodland Publishing Incorporated, 1995

The Ultimate Healing System, Course Manual, Copyright 1985, Don Lepore

A Thai Herbal, by C. Pierce Salguero, Published by Findhorn Press, 2003

The Complete Medicinal Herbal, by Penelope Ody, Published by Dorling Kindersley

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Jun 22 2010

Free Healing Herbal Remedy for Bursitis Swelling

Published by under Ailments,Experiences,Health,Herbs

This article is about a frustrating bout I had with Bursitis on both of my elbows.   The inflammation was easy for me to solve as you will see below but the swelling was a whole other matter.   It took a technique I invented a long time ago to solve the swelling problem which worked excellently.   Herbs will always work, you just need to find the right combination and technique for the problem you have and apply it consistently.

 

Webster’s New World Medical Dictionary (bursitis definition)

Bursitis, elbow: Inflammation of the olecranon bursa, the bursa at the tip of the elbow is called the olecranon bursitis. A bursa is a fluid-filled sac that functions as a gliding surface to reduce friction between moving tissues of the body.   Bursitis is usually not infectious, but the bursa can become infected.   Treatment of non- infectious bursitis includes rest, ice, and medications for inflammation and pain. Check what are the best office chairs cushions and do a reasearch on why you should buy one. They are very affective! Infectious bursitis is treated with antibiotics, aspiration, and surgery.

 

There are 160 bursae in the body.   The major bursae are located adjacent to the tendons near the large joints, such as the shoulders, elbows, hips, and knees.

 

What I did to Treat My Bursa

I am going to keep this article simple and to the point.   What I did to solve the bursitis swelling on both of my elbows.  

 

I am still not exactly sure what caused the bursitis I had in the first place.   There were a number of things going on at the same time and anyone of them could have caused the problem.   I was exercising using some pretty heavy weights and that may have led to the problem.   I was using a chair that was too low at my computer station and that may have led to the problem.   I was also resting my elbows at that time on the sharp edge of the retractable computer keyboard table.   And I was staying at my computer desk much too long and not getting enough sunshine which can cause a shortage of vitamin D and can lead to bone and joint problems plus I am 65 years old.   So one of the first things I did was to remove and change all of the things I was and was not doing so I could take the stress away from the elbows, rest them and get back into the sunshine.     

 

Then I went to those things that I know have a reputation of reducing inflammation and swelling and preventing infection.   I went to alternating ice and heat 3 times a day to reduce the swelling and inflammation.   I started taking extra doses of a food form of the mineral magnesium to help with the inflammation.   A food form of vitamins and minerals are important because you body cannot absorb synthetic forms properly (see my article The Truth About Vitamins).   I started taking anti-inflammatory enzymes that I use to do the same thing reduce inflammation and swelling.   The Yoga arm and shoulder stretches which I was doing I increased.   I also went to see a massage therapist to get full body massage with extra attention to the neck, shoulder and arm areas.   I started rubbing an ointment I use, which has tissue repair herbs, into my neck, shoulders and elbows.   I was doing all of these things together which are known to reduce the inflammation and swelling.  

 

Bursitis can cause infection so I brought my vitamin C levels up to ward off infection (see Orthomolecular Medicine, Dr. Klenner) and to keep my immune system strong.   I also added a herbal formula and also olive leaf that boosts the immune system  and destroys pathogens which again avoids infection reduces inflammation and of course swelling.  

 

Here are the results of all the above naturopathic medical treatments that I used.   I had no infection at all that I am aware of and the pain became minimal and so I believe the inflammation was almost completely eliminated.   But the swelling stayed exactly the same and did not appear to have been reduced one bit.   I was satisfied that I had solved most of my problem but frustrated and exasperated that the swelling was still there.  

 

It was wearisome and annoying to have this swelling as I am sure you know.  I may be 65 but I am still vain about my appearance and I am also a Naturopathic Doctor who should be able to take care of problems like this.   My left elbow from the beginning was a little smaller, about the size of a kids rubber jack ball, a little over an inch in diameter while the right elbow was bigger, the size of a ping pong ball more then 2 inches in diameter (I took photos).     I continued the use of the above program another 2 weeks but I saw no reduction in size of the swelling at all, zip.   This was completely cramping my life and it was a challenge to my skill as a Naturopathic Doctor.

 

Into the 3rd week I was considering seeing a doctor to get the fluid removed by syringe or operation.   And if you know me that is not an option I want anything to do with as I believe in “Physician heal thyself” in all its meanings.   I have not used modern medicine in any form in 20 years and I did not want to start now plus the cost.

 

The Light Goes on in My Head

That same week I was preparing some organic cayenne pepper for a tincture I was making.   It struck me that this herb increases circulation to any area it is applied to.   Well there is a powerful technique I developed to intensify this herb and any herb with it to speed up healing.   I used this technique when I dislocated my right knee in a karate accident and I also used it on my low back when I had taken a fall from a roof years ago.   Both injuries had developed into arthritis and were preventing me from working.   So I developed this herbal technique to focus the herbs into the arthritic areas of my knee and back which gave me relief and completely eliminated my arthritis (see my article, Arthritis Formula to Reduce Pain, Swelling and Increase Movement).

 

My Bursitis Herbal Remedy Technique

First I brought out the salve I mentioned above, that has the cayenne in the formula.   This salve is a combination of deep heat herbs for pain and inflammation relief and also tissue repair herbs to encourage healing of the afflicted area.    I rub it directly into the muscles or joints that suffer from injury or the pain of arthritis for relief. 

 

This is what I did for my arthritis in the past, and I was now going to apply it to my bursitis swelling.   I decided to apply it to just the left elbow first to see if it would work.   If I was doing this for the first time I would try just the ointment and then add some more cayenne if needed.   So I took some of the ointment which I am very familiar with and added more cayenne to it and took photos for before and after.   I made a paste using both powdered cayenne and the ointment together and I wanted it just hot enough that I could tolerate it.   The cayenne will not hurt you but you will feel like it is if you add too much.   I wanted it hot enough so that it would bring on a healing while moving that fluid out of the bursa and I took more photos of this process.

 

I got this paste nicely mixed up and then completely covered the bursa on my left elbow.   Now like I said, I wanted to concentrate the healing bower of the herbs in this mix.   So I wrapped the bursa and elbow in saran wrap then wrapped the elbow with an ace bandage.   This will hold the dressing in place and as I said concentrate the healing power of these herbs.   And of course I took photos of this process.

 

I could feel the heat within about 5 minutes and it climbed till it was nice and hot so I knew it was working.   Then I left the dressing with the herbs on the left elbow for three and a half hours while I attended to other things   It was late afternoon so when the time was up I removed the dressing and washed off the paste with soap and water.   Even after the paste was washed off I could still feel the heat, but after 30 minutes it was gone and I took a shower.  

 

Warning: You do not want to put any hot water on that area until the paste is washed off with soap and water and you allow a half hour to go by.   Because the hot water will magnify the heat on your skin.

 

When I woke up the next day I noticed that the skin around the bursa on the left arm was loose and the size had gone down a little.   I reapplied the paste again for the second time, same amount of cayenne to the ointment with the same dressing to concentrate it and left it on all day.   By the second day the bursa on the left elbow was noticeably smaller and I knew I was on the right track.

  

Once I saw how well it had worked for me I knew I had to demonstrate the power of this herbal technique by recording this in an article with photos so you can see what can be done.   I searched the internet before I did this to see if there were any other natural ways to reduce the size of a bursa and there was only one and from the blogs I was reading it was expensive and not very effective.  

 

Warning: I do not want anyone getting in trouble here so remember I am not a Doctor of Allopathic (modern) medicine I am a Naturopathic Doctor.   If you are having difficulty with a painful bursa, see your doctor and by all means follow his advice.  

 

If you want, show your doctor this article and get his opinion on it.   I have had many doctors who have endorsed the suggestions I have made regarding chronic illnesses like bursitis, arthritis and rheumatism.   Usually they say something like this, “I cannot see how it can hurt you so give it a try.”  

A Few Questions You May Have About This Technique

I have seen information on bursitis that said do not add heat to bursitis.   I sometimes agree with that but this is not real heat.   The capsicum in the cayenne is fooling your nerves, making them think there is heat being applied but in reality there is no heat.  

 

Won’t the cayenne injure the tissues and cause further damage?  No, even police departments are not afraid to allow their policemen to spray a very strong pepper spray directly into the eyes of someone who is resisting arrest.   They know that cayenne does not damage even the delicate tissues of the eyes.     

 

If you have any further questions email me at my website: paul@theherbprof.com

 

 

Important Note:

 

The information presented herein by The Natural Path Botanicals is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

 

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Jun 11 2010

The Truth About Cholesterol

Published by under Health,Herbs

By Dr. Kyle Christensen

In a world where good is bad and bad is good, it is important to be a little skeptical and ask the question – WHY?  The question of “WHY is my Cholesterol High?” is ignored with the assumption that it simply must be lowered.  “Here take this drug”.  Many can quote their cholesterol lab numbers and calculate ratios of HDL vs LDL, but what does it all mean?

 

In this Article you will learn:

Why Cholesterol is important, even essential?

How Cholesterol lowering drugs are harmful and really address the wrong issue?

What Cholesterol really does?

How Herbs can help with Cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a type of fat that makes up our cell walls, hormones, nerves and much more. Saturated fats and cholesterol make the cell wall firm, without them all of our cells would be flabby and fluid, kind of like a big slug or earthworm.  In many cells, half of the cell membrane is made of cholesterol. About 25% of our bodies cholesterol is accounted for by the brain.  Cholesterol is vital for the development of a fetus.  Cholesterol is so important that mother’s milk provides a specific enzyme to allow the baby’s digestive tract to absorb almost 100 percent of that cholesterol, because the developing brain and eyes of an infant require large amounts of it. Children deprived of cholesterol in infancy may end up with poor eyesight and brain function.

Cholesterol is also a vital component for our nerves to function properly.  The myelin sheath around each nerve is composed of 20% cholesterol. Losing or damaging some of this myelin results in the illness multiple sclerosis.  Not enough cholesterol and your memory and mental abilities are affected. It is not surprising then to discover that people who take cholesterol-lowering drugs, soon begin to suffer from memory loss.

Cholesterol is so important to the normal functioning of our bodies that in an average person, about 85 percent of their blood cholesterol is manufactured by the body (mostly in the liver), while only 15 percent comes from food.  Regardless of how much or how little cholesterol you eat in your diet, the body will generally produce what it needs, unless of course, you take a drug that prevents the body from producing proper amounts of cholesterol or you follow a guide on how to lose cellulite.  Low cholesterol levels are shown to result in aggressive social behavior and low self-esteem.

Cholesterol is also vital in the production of the body’s hormones, primarily the adrenal and sex hormones.  Some researchers suggest that adrenal exhaustion can be greatly helped by increasing the fat and cholesterol in the diet and the much of the infertility seen today can be resolved by getting off the low-fat diet.  Women who consume a high-fat diet (of the healthy fats) are much more fertile than those who chose low-fat foods. Recent research has “discovered” that eating full-cream dairy products and a diet higher in natural fats reduces infertility in women.(Chavarro JI and others. A prospective study of dairy foods intake and anovulatory infertility. Human Reproduction, Issue 28, Feb 2007.)

Cholesterol is essential for our immune system to function properly.  LDL-cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein cholesterol), the so-called “bad” cholesterol, directly binds and inactivates dangerous bacterial toxins (including the deadly MRSA [Methicillin- resistant Staphylococcus aureus], a common hospital infection).  People with higher cholesterol are less prone to infections or recover faster from them.

So what does cholesterol do?  The answer is plain and simple: cholesterol is a healing agent in the body. When the body has some healing jobs to do, it produces cholesterol and sends it to the site of the damage. Much of the damage to the body is on a microscopic or cellular level is a result from stress, injury or chemical exposure from our food and environment.  When the inside lining of our blood vessels are exposed to toxic chemicals, free-radicals, infectious organisms, or injury then the resulting micro-damage triggers the liver to secrete LDL-cholesterol (the “bad” cholesterol) to go to the area and begin the repair processes. The body cannot clear the infection, remove toxic elements or heal the wound without cholesterol and fats. In short, when we have a high blood cholesterol level, it means that the body is dealing with some kind of damage. The last thing we s! hould do is interfere with this process! When the damage has been dealt with, the blood cholesterol will naturally go down. If we have an ongoing disease in the body that constantly inflicts damage, then the blood cholesterol will be permanently high.  Which may be the case, but masking the symptom is not the answer.

Many herbs and natural remedies have an ability to reduce our blood cholesterol. How do they do it? By helping the body remove the damaging agents, be they free radicals, bacteria, viruses or toxins. As a result, the liver does not have to produce so much cholesterol to deal with the damage. At the same time herbs and other natural remedies help to repair these microscopic wounds. When the wound heals there is no need for high levels of cholesterol anymore, so the body cleans up and removes the debris in the form of HDL-cholesterol or so-called “good” cholesterol. This is why herbs and other natural remedies increase the level of HDL-cholesterol in the blood.

So in short, cholesterol is one of the most important substances in the body. We cannot live without it, let alone function well. The profit driven diet and pharmaceutical industries have unjustly vilified this essential substance. However, science is finally showing irrefutable evidence that cholesterol has been mistakenly blamed for the crime just because it was found at the scene.

The solution to high cholesterol is not to go after the cholesterol directly to simply lower it, but to heal the body so that the symptom of high cholesterol is no longer necessary.  By nourishing, building and supporting the natural healing processes of the body, we not only become healthier, but cholesterol levels normalizes, the blood pressure returns to healthy balance and we restore energy and vitality that may have alluded us.  When the body is healthy, the need to cover up symptoms is not necessary.

Here are some recommendations:

Diet

  • Eat healthy whole natural foods
  • Avoid processed foods as they are loaded with chemicals that stress the liver and increase free-radical damage (which causes your cholesterol to rise to heal the damage).
  • Get off the sugar – too much sugar and too high of insulin results in inflammation and causes cholesterol to rise.  Strictly avoid all foods and drinks with high-fructose corn syrup.
  • Eat healthy fats and food high in cholesterol such as eggs, fish, butter, olive oil, coconut oil, whole milk and other animal fats.  Remember quality is everything.  Eat organic and avoid foods grown with chemicals, hormones and drugs like antibiotics.  This means you may have to pay a little more for grass-fed beef, hormone-free chicken, organic farm-fresh eggs and raw whole milk.
  • Avoid low-fat processed foods, especially those containing canola, soy or other processed oils.  You will probably need to start making your own salad dressings. (Yum!)
  • Get enough Vitamin D3 – either from sunshine or supplement
  • Eliminate soft drinks from your diet, including diet sodas, which contain health-damaging aspartame. WaterSoftenerMaestro recommends to drink filtered water instead.
  • Stay away from the excitotoxin monosodium glutamate (MSG) used in some restaurants and to enhance the flavor of processed foods.  MSG is very damaging in many ways.
  • Scrupulously avoid trans fats, which cause cancer, trigger type-2 diabetes, interfere with immune function, and cause heart disease.

Exercise has also shown to have a direct positive effect on our cholesterol.  Primarily because the body that exercises regularly, is healthier, stronger and more resistant to injury, trauma and disease. 

Herbal Remedies can be powerful tools in building and supporting the body so that symptoms such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure are not necessary.  At Western Botanicals our products are made with great care and attention to detail.  We make everything in small batches to ensure that our high standards and demands for purity and effectiveness are maintained.  Only the very best ingredients are used because we use these supplements for ourselves, our families and friends. 

Herbal Supplements to consider:

Heart Formula 

This potent formula is designed to provide the nutrients and support to build a healthy circulatory system.  It increases the oxygen carrying capacity of the red-blood cells and supports better artery and venous flow.  High cholesterol and triglycerides are normalized because the body is restored to health.

Hawthorn Berry Syrup

Medical research has shown that hawthorn will build and strengthen weak or damaged heart tissue by allowing oxygen to be better utilized by the heart muscle. This tasty syrup is very popular with people who may experience arrhythmia’s, congestive heart problems, angina, and exertion related fatigue.

Earth’s Nutrition

Nourish and support the rebuilding of healthy cells with these nutritious super foods.

Anti-Inflammation Formula

Fights free radical damage by improving the natural anti-inflammatory function of the body. Heart health, healthy blood pressure and cholesterol are all benefits of this product.

Cayenne: the great circulation herb strengthens, tones as well as acts as a catalyst for other nutrients and building blocks for tissue repair. Capsaicin, one of the active ingredients in cayenne, is known for its beneficial effects on cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease, weight loss, lung congestion, and even cancer.

Garlic: reduce the risk of heart disease by lowering blood pressure, lowering the bad LDL cholesterol and keep blood thin – reducing the risk of blood clots and stroke.

Turmeric: promotes wound healing. Turmeric promotes cardiovascular health along with guest bars, where to buy quest bars. A clinical studies show that turmeric lowers cholesterol and triglycerides levels in nearly all cases. Patients reported reduced angina.

The good news is that we now understand why heart disease is our nations number one killer.  And with this knowledge we can enjoy foods that we may have been avoiding (such as eggs, bacon, beef, coconut oil and whole milk) that are actually healthy for you.  It really looks like the old time farmers diet was really healthy after all.

Blessings in Health,

Dr. Kyle Christensen
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Mar 22 2009

The Thyroid Epidemic

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Are You Gaining Weight, Losing Weight, Fatigued, Too Much Energy, Diminished Sex Drive, Severe PMS, Losing Hair, Sleeping Too Much, Insomnia, Brittle Nails?   Could it be an Autoimmune Disease is Attacking Your Thyroid?

The title of this article has a lot of contradictory symptoms in it; well thyroid disease is very contradictory in this modern unhealthy world.   Thyroid diseases are actually very rare but they have reached epidemic numbers; there I go again a contradiction but it is true.   Why because autoimmune diseases are involved here and autoimmune diseases are a total contradiction when you look closely.

Medical science has identified 80-100 different autoimmune diseases at this point and suspects at least an additional 40 exist, unnamed.   Here are some examples of well known and dangerous autoimmune diseases; muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, Lou Gehrig’s (ALS) Disease, Parkinson’s,  Crohns disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Hepatitis C, Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.   And though they have been with us for a long time medical science cannot explain why and has not found a cure for even one.

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Mar 02 2009

Arthritis Formula to Reduce Pain, Swelling and Increase Movement

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The 2 most common forms of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Both are characterized by an inflammation and/or pain in a joint or joints. Both diseases are related to nutrition. Osteoarthritis is from a lack of proper nutrition to replace what is lost through the wear and tear of aging and involves deterioration of the cartilage at the ends of the bones.

Rheumatoid, adult and juvenile arthritis is a type of autoimmune disease that attacks the synovial fluid membranes surrounding the lubricating fluid in the joints. This autoimmune disease like all autoimmune diseases is due to poor nutrition and pollutants that cause your immune system to not recognize and so attack you. Both arthritic diseases are due to the poor American food supply, low in nutrition that contains toxic and chemical pollutants. Other forms of arthritis such as gout, ankylosing spondylitis (AS), systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) also respond positively to proper, absorbable nutrition.

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Feb 12 2009

The Naturopathic Way to Combat Insomnia, Stress, Restlessness and Anxiety, Plus Many Other Common Psychological Problems

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A total 41% of American workers interviewed reported an increase in work stress on their jobs compared to a year earlier.   Another poll taken among Americans showed that more than one half of the respondents (58%) reported having experienced insomnia at least a few nights a week.   This is a trend in American health, where we are seeing many common psychological problems such as stress and insomnia moving to an epidemic stage (epidemic means 1 in 4 have the ailment). But have you heard about the natural remedies for insomnia? In this post you will find a few.

Why have these psychological problems reached epidemic numbers?   There are many reasons for stress, insomnia, restlessness and anxiety, such as significant personal events, like losing a job, marital problems, money worries and generally worrying.   Other causes can include physical illness that causes pain, depression, shift work, caffeine or alcohol consumption, and medication side-effects.   Each one is a drain on your nutritional support system, this is a scientific fact.

The drain on your nutritional support system is the common thread here which runs through all of these problems.   What do I mean when I say drain on your nutritional support system?   I mean that each one of those problems burns up large amounts of your B vitamins and minerals.   Those B vitamins and minerals are your nutritional support and if they get low the problems you are experiencing will seem to grow in number and severity.

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Feb 05 2009

Are You Gaining Weight Because of Nutritional Debt? Do You Know What Nutritional Debt Is And Are You In It So Deep That Everything You Eat Turns Into Fat? Nutritional Debt Can Cause You To Gain Weight And Starve At The Same Time, How Could That Be? The Good News, Getting Out Of Nutritional Debt Is Easy, Read On And I Will Show You What Nutritional Debt Is And How To Get Out Of It.

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America Is Number One, The Fattest Industrialized Country In The World, With 74% Of Our People Overweight And 25% Obese.   What Is There About The American Diet That Is Producing Billions Of Fat and Obese People All Over The World?   Is gaining weight and obesity the outward expression of a symptom of Nutritional Debt?

Everyone thinks that they have gained weight because they eat too much or because they are genetically prone or they do not exercise.   Those answers are only partially true; they are missing the root cause of why so many people are gaining weight and also getting sick in America.   There are some details being left out, that give you the real answer and the root cause of why you are gaining weight and getting sick, no matter what you do.

There are some spectacular diets out there that can have you losing weight at a very fast rate but what about your health?   These diets can make you look good but why are you getting sick and on medication and what happened to your energy?   About 80% of Americans are on medication and so are most kids over 12 years of age.   Hey, we have a real problem here and it is not getting better, it is getting worse.   I do not expect that this article is going to solve the health problems of Americans but maybe I can help you as I was helped by someone a long time ago.

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Jan 11 2009

Seasonal Cleansing and Detoxing, Why Should You, How To, Plus the Truth about Constipation, Prolapse of the Transverse Colon, Mucoid Plaque and Autointoxication Are They a Hoax, Quackery or a Cancer Time Bomb?

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When I had cancer 20 years ago; I went to a number of seminars where speakers talked about different forms of natural healing, Chinese Medicine, Homeopathy, etc.   The most motivating of these was a presentation by a doctor of Thompsonian Naturopathic medicine; his subject was “The Colon and Colon Cleansing”.   I had no interest at all in the subject but I had read a few remarkable articles by the doctor and I wanted to hear him speak.

One extraordinary thing about the lecture was the response of the people in the room to what the speaker said about the colon; remember this is 20 years ago.   He made a lot of jokes about the American people being the most constipated in the world followed by England and Germany; the reaction to that was a lot of nervous laughter.   Then, he spoke at length about individual constipation with a few more jokes and more nervous laughter.   Then he said that modern medicine has spent 50 years denying that constipation and the health of the colon have anything to do with disease.   He said that this was ironic because the name “Physician” comes from the word physic which means to clean out the colon; they are colon cleaning doctors.   This went on for at least 10 more minutes.   Throughout the lecture I found it interesting to observe the reaction of the audience and myself to the subject and what the speaker said.   It was to some degree a taboo subject at that time, no one talked about it and yet here was this speaker; breaking all the rules and we all laughed as he did so.

Then he got serious and talked about why the colon is so dangerous if it is not taken care of.   By the end of the lecture I knew that a major reason I had cancer was because I had not been taking care of my own colon.   I never paid any attention to how often I went.  I did know that sometimes I did not go for a day or two, more for all I knew.   Sometimes I went from not going to having the runs (called spastic bowel) which might go on for a few weeks to a month, from constipated to the runs over and over.   I felt bloated all the time and I had flatulence almost all of the time.   In those last few years there had been times when I saw blood in my stool, which worried me greatly.   I was very inspired by his lecture.  I took the notes he handed out (see bottom of page). I bought the 2 formulas (Colon Cleanse and Colon Detox), and I went home and started taking the cleanse that night at supper.   I made a lot of other changes beginning that night and I did a lot of work on myself beyond cleansing and detoxing (see my website http://www.theherbprof.com/).  Three months later my prostate cancer symptoms were gone.

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