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An Important Supplement: Astragalus

This is an edited excerpt from a book I’ve been reading called The Wild Medicine Solution: Healing with Aromatic, Bitter, and Tonic Plants, by Guido Mase.

“The science behind Astragalus is remarkable. Modern research is validating the uses detailed for this plant. Studies link it to improved immunity and reduced anemia when it comes to chronic infection, cancer, kidney disease, and more. It is a tonic that builds our resistance to all manner of ills, including  pathogens. Recovery from protracted illness or long term stress is another of its strengths. I have found this plant to be useful support for those undergoing difficult courses of chemotherapy.

Those who take plants like Echinacea in the fall should switch to Astragalus instead. It’s a much more appropriate immune tonic and much more effective at keeping illness at bay. While its life-giving power is legendary in conditions of extreme depletion, such as cancer, compromised immunity, or recovery from prolonged infection, everyone would do well to take some Astragalus root every day. For those who get frequent colds, or whose respiratory tracts seem to be congested and weak all winter, this herb is just the ticket. Astragalus will improve overall immunity.

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Transfer Factor and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease where the immune system attacks healthy tissue. One for hopeful treatment is with Transfer Factor. I have written often on this blog about my profound gratitude to the 4life company that is the source for Transfer Factor, which restored my body to equilibrium and allowed me to breathe without toxic drugs and inhalers.

TF was used in an experiment with 50 female patients with RA.  The patients were followed for 24 months, with check ups every three months. Of the 50 patients, 30% did not respond to the therapy. Excellent and very good results were obtained in the other 70%. The study confirmed the fact that specific immunotherapy with Transfer Factor represents an important adjuvant in the treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Here is a testimonial from a physician :

I have had quite severe Rheumatoid Arthritis for nearly ten months now. My Rheumatic Factor was exceptionally high and I was very sick with it.

The bones around the joints; particularly the metacarpophalangeal joints; have become enlarged and deformed. They are also very fragile and I have had a spontaneous fracture-dislocation of one of my finger joints already. It seemed that a wheelchair was in my near future.

However; since taking an increasing dose of advanced generation transfer factors; I am now walking with a normal gait instead of painfully and slowly waddling about.

Getting in and out of cars is no longer a major task; I can turn taps on and off and today I even; admittedly rather gingerly; kicked a soccer ball along the length of a park with my grandson.

If you had asked me a week ago whether I could ever do any of these things again I would have thought that you were either very ignorant or a bit cruel to tease me with these unattainable delights.

Apart from this I feel a lot more “switched on” and people have been telling me how well I look.

Thank you once again and God bless you for having done me so much good.

Dr Alexandra Rodda

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Negative Side Effects of Steroids

Corticosteroids can be life saving. That was the case with me and severe asthma. Steroids are anti-inflammatory; they decrease pain, swelling, and relieve itching. The problem is that what should have been a very short term treatment turned into 14 years, until I was introduced to Transfer Factor which I have often written about on this blog.  When treating our dogs, horses, cats, and ourselves, it is imperative to be informed.

The negative side effects of corticosteroids are the reason they should be used as briefly, and in as low doses as possible. They decrease the ability of wounds to heal. They increase the chance of infection.They can contribute to destruction of joints by decreasing collagen. They suppress the immune system.  They increase appetite and thirst. In cats, an increase in diabetes has been seen.  Steroid use can also upset laboratory tests, causing misdiagnosis of other problems.

A holistic approach to replacing toxic steroids will include nutrition, omega fatty acids, antioxidants, Vitamins such as C, A, E, glucosamine, MSM, yucca, bromelain,and so many more. These approaches are safe and non-toxic.  You will save money on drugs and vet bills.

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Tissue Absorbs Light

For centuries, light has been used to heal. Ancient Egyptians constructed solariums to treat various conditions.  Light has powerful medical benefits, and with recent technologies evolving rapidly, we are capable of using light to target specific light-absorbing molecules to treat select tissues.

Low Level Laser Therapy administers an exact wavelength, or color of light, in a coherent manner. Coherence is an important characteristic for maximizing the depth of light penetration. This is key, as a specific dose (or energy) of light is required to trigger a biological response.

Although the exact mechanism remains elusive, studies have made tremendous progress to understand how LLLT alters cell function and, in turn, treats certain medical conditions. In order for laser therapy to modulate cellular behavior, light energy must first be absorbed.

Concurrently, the red wavelength (635 nm) is used to activate immune cells and increase circulation, steps that reinforce the body’s natural defense against foreign pathogens.

Since 1966, lasers have been used in non-surgical applications, including for experimental wound healing, pain reduction, and acute inflammation of different tissues. Today, evidence based medicine provides the necessary support for effective treatment of injuries and diseases that have no current treatment such as spinal cord and brain injuries, acute inflammation, soft and hard tissues, and metabolic diseases.

Read more: http://www.digitaljournal.com/pr/1797825#ixzz2wQwZ6wVH

LLLT remains a controversial treatment, but with important objective studies being conducted to evaluate the technology, this subtle, noninvasive treatment is becoming an appealing therapeutic option.

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Natural Cures Worth Trying

Great information!! Cinnamon and Honey…! Drug companies won’t like this one getting around. Facts on Honey and Cinnamon:
It is found that a mix of honey and cinnamon CURES most diseases. Honey is produced in most of the countries of the world. Scientists of today also note honey as very effective medicine for all kinds of diseases. Honey can be used without side effects which is also a plus.Today’s science says that even though honey is sweet, when it is taken in the right dosage as a medicine, it does not harm even diabetic patients. Researched by western scientists.

HEART DISEASES: Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, put it on toast instead of jelly and jam and eat it regularly for breakfast. It reduces the cholesterol and could potentially save one from heart attack. Also, even if you have already had an attack studies show you could be kept miles away from the next attack. Regular use of cinnamon honey strengthens the heart beat. In America and Canada, various nursing homes have treated patients successfully and have found that as one ages the arteries and veins lose their flexibility and get clogged; honey and cinnamon revitalize the arteries and the veins.

ARTHRITIS: Arthritis patients can benefit by taking one cup of hot water with two tablespoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. When taken daily even chronic arthritis can be cured. In a recent research conducted at the Copenhagen University, it was found that when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon Honey and half teaspoon Cinnamon powder before breakfast, they found that within a week (out of the 200 people so treated) practically 73 patients were totally relieved of pain — and within a month, most all the patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis now started walking without pain.

BLADDER INFECTIONS: Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it. It destroys the germs in the bladder….who knew?

CHOLESTEROL: Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of Cinnamon Powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea water given to a cholesterol patient was found to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10 percent within two hours. As mentioned for arthritic patients, when taken three times a day, any chronic cholesterol-could be cured. According to information received in the said Journal, pure honey taken with food daily relieves complaints of cholesterol.

COLDS: Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold, and, clear the sinuses, and it’s delicious too!

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Keep Your Body and Your Horse Healthy!

A body free of tension and stress can function at an optimum level. Muscles can move and blood can circulate freely. As a result, oxygen and nutrients are carried to all cells and toxins are eliminated. Freeing a body from tension allows the innate healing mechanisms of the immune system to function. Conditions such as arthritis, tendinitis, backache, neck pain, shoulder pain, digestive disorders, nervousness, headaches, sciatica and more,  all benefit from stress and trigger point therapy.

Stress point therapy can be used as a warm up to prevent injuries. After a work out, body work relieves stiffness, pain, prevents tying up, and cramps. Sports massage at a competition is that ounce of prevention that may mean the difference between staying strong and preventing slight muscle tension from turning into a problem and a major injury.

Using stress point and trigger point therapy is a good way to take charge of your health and that of your animals. It is a chance to dissolve tension and tightness before it develops into something serious. My approach is to use the natural healing systems of massage to maintain health, and avoid, as much as possible, drugs with side effects and medical treatments.

The Healing Power of Touch

When a healthy body becomes injured, out of balance, or tired, the door opens to illness and disorder. When the body is in balance, natural defenses are strong and health is restored. The healing touch of massage is safe, natural, and non-toxic. Watch a mother dog, cat, horse, etc. with her babies. She nudges them, licks them, and cuddles. Physical touch benefits babies of all species. All systems of the body are strengthened and stimulated.

Animals that are touched have stronger immune systems, are less fearful, grow faster and stronger, than those that are not touched. Humans are the same. It is a natural instinct to soothe, heal, and nurture by touch.

A section of skin the size of a quarter contains three million cells, three feet of blood vessels, and 50 nerve endings. Is it any surprise that it feels so good to be touched? A trained massage therapist can have a powerful effect on health, athletic performance, and energy levels.

Natural Cures With Black Seed

I’ve been nursing my 14 year old Jack Russell Terrier grand dog after a stay in the hospital for a serious case of pancreatitis. A horse client suggest I join the yahoo support group and it has provided me with an abundance of new and interesting information. Have you heard of Black Seed? I hadn’t until now, but will be reading more and sharing:

Black seed is a plant. People have used the seed to make medicine for over 2000 years. It was even discovered in the tomb of King Tut.

Historically, black seed has been used for headache, toothache, nasal congestion, and intestinal worms. It has also been used for “pink eye” (conjunctivitis), pockets of infection (abscesses), and parasites.

Today, black seed is used for treating digestive tract conditions including gas, colic, diarrhea, dysentery, constipation, and hemorrhoids. It is also used for respiratory conditions including asthma, allergies, cough, bronchitis, emphysema, flu, swine flu, and congestion.

Other uses include lowering blood pressure, lowering cholesterol levels, treating cancer, and boosting the immune system. You may read that a patent has been issued to cover the use of black seed to improve immunity, but don’t be misled. The presence of a patent doesn’t mean black seed has been shown to be effective for this use.

Women use black seed for birth control, to start menstruation, and to increase milk flow.

Black seed is sometimes used in combination with cysteine, vitamin E, and saffron to ease the side effects of a chemotherapy drug called cisplatin.

Some people apply black seed directly to the skin for joint pain (rheumatism), headache, and certain skin conditions.

In foods, black seed is used as a flavoring or spice.

How does it work?

There is some scientific evidence to suggest that black seed might help boost the immune system, fight cancer, prevent pregnancy, and lessen allergic reactions by acting as an antihistamine, but there isn’t enough information in humans yet.

Scientific studies have shown that the administration of black seeds have a beneficial effect against pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer is one of the most lethal forms of cancer. Chronic pancreatitis, or inflammation of the pancreas, is often a precursor to the occurrence of pancreatic cancer. A study performed by the Department of Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania revealed that a chemical present in black seeds decreased inflammation of the pancreas which inhibited the production of pancreatic cancer cells. The chemical responsible for these protective properties is thymoquinone. Thymoquinone is one of the chemicals in black seeds that is responsible for the antioxidant benefits of black seeds.

Health and the Lymphatic System

Lymph fluid is a sticky substance that moves slowly through the vessels that carry both blood and lymph fluid from the tissues back to the bloodstream. The movement of lymph fluid depends on the contraction of muscles. The immune system and the lymphatic system are closely related and share several organ and physiological systems.  Lymph nodes make immune cells that help the body fight infection. Massage affects the immune system’s healthy function by improving lymph flow.

The lymphatic system is a major factor in the circulation of body fluids. When lymph fluid accumulates in tissue (when it is not being moved by the natural forces of breathing and muscle movement) adhesions can occur.

When a horse is on stall rest, lymphatic flow and drainage are impaired, as the muscles are sedentary. Massage can make a big difference in equine health at this time. Specific techniques consisting of slow strokes that help lymph fluid through the system are used in a gentle and rhythmic manner.

The Benefits of Cold Laser Treatment

Cold lasers have a localized therapeutic effect, but they also effect the whole body. The body produces anti-inflammatory substances, such as cortisol, which are significantly increased during a laser treatment. The levels reach a peak about four hours after treatment, and remain raised for about four days! Enhancing the body’s natural healing process is so easy with cold laser support.

Cortisol is essential for almost every function of your body! This crucial hormone normalizes other hormones, glucose metabolism, as well as the immune system. Cortisol is required to fight inflammation in the body. If your body is not producing enough cortisol, inflammation can rage through the body, producing the pain of fibromyalgia and many other health issues.

Lasers are used to reduce inflammation. They can be used to reduce the inflammation present in swelling. Lasers are also used to speed up wound healing. Lasers can also relieve pain through a mechanism similar to acupuncture (without the needles!).

The great thing about cold lasers is that they are:

  • Non-invasive
  • Non-toxic
  • Easily applied
  • Highly effective

I have found that in acute cases, lasers are most effective when used daily until the pain resolves. For less acute cases every three days works well.

Cold Laser Therapy stimulates the mitochondria into hyperactivity, in turn, generating more energy than usual for cells to repair themselves. With the extra boost of energy, cells perform more efficiently and effectively. The result is enhanced healing.

essential for the action of almost every function of your body! This crucial hormone normalizes other hormones, glucose metabolism as well as the immune system – See more at: http://www.howtobeatfatigue.com/cold-laser-irvineadrenal-fatigue-symptoms-and-treatment/#sthash.jleDn9mG.dpuf
Cortisol is essential for the action of almost every function of your body! This crucial hormone normalizes other hormones, glucose metabolism as well as the immune system. – See more at: http://www.howtobeatfatigue.com/cold-laser-irvineadrenal-fatigue-symptoms-and-treatment/#sthash.jleDn9mG.dpuf
Cortisol is essential for the action of almost every function of your body! This crucial hormone normalizes other hormones, glucose metabolism as well as the immune system. – See more at: http://www.howtobeatfatigue.com/cold-laser-irvineadrenal-fatigue-symptoms-and-treatment/#sthash.jleDn9mG.dpuf
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