November 29, 2011
Healthy Holiday Spices – Cinnamon, Cloves & Nutmeg
Mangosteen – “Nature’s Medicine Chest”
Natural Remedies Help Lymphedema
Save Our Supplements!
MSG Kills Your Brain
Dr. Jonathan Wright – FDA Target
Oleander – “Cancer’s Natural Enemy”
Interviews (Coast to Coast AM, Jeff Rense, The Power Hour)
HEALTHY HOLIDAY SPICES – Cinnamon, Cloves & Nutmeg
Nothing signals the start of the holiday season better than the scent of holiday spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. But did you know that these popular holiday spices have much more to offer than pleasing scents? They each have unique health benefits that will not only offer great taste to your holiday dishes but also give your body a healthy boost.
The scent of cinnamon heralds holiday cheer, doesn’t it? This amazing spice prevents colds, chases chills, and warms the hands and feet of those who feel cold all the time. Cinnamon has been used for over 3,000 years as an appetite enhancer, a stomachic (helps with digestion), an anti-microbial, and an anti-fungal. A cup of cinnamon tea is a good way to prevent the flu and also eases menstrual cramps, soothes sore joints, and relieves gas. A sip or two of cinnamon tea before meals improves digestion and prevents acid reflux. Interestingly, those who drink cinnamon tea regularly will have fewer cavities and stronger gums. One of the most talked about benefits of cinnamon relates to type 2 (adult-onset) diabetes. A 2003 study found that half a teaspoon of cinnamon a day significantly reduces blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. It also reduces triglyceride, LDL cholesterol, and total cholesterol levels among this group. Cinnamon tea is a gentle but effective remedy for both childhood diarrhea and infestations of worms. In India, cinnamon tea is regarded as a remedy against halitosis (bad breath), nausea, and vomiting. The essential oil of cinnamon is a good substitute for clove oil in treating toothache, and it is particularly effective in killing the organisms that cause periodontal disease. Cinnamon also relieves joint and muscle pain, thins the blood, is great for cardiovascular health, and is loaded with calcium, manganese, fiber, and iron. Those who are pregnant and those with stomach or intestinal ulcers are advised to avoid cinnamon.
Cloves have a potent, sweet and spicy, aromatic flavor that makes a great complement to many foods. The Chinese used cloves to get rid of bad breath over 2,000 years ago, and it is even said that anyone who had an audience with the Emperor was required to chew on cloves so that their breath was sweet! Among the clove’s most well-known healing properties is its ability to relieve tooth and gum pain, but it has many benefits beyond that. Cloves are stimulating and have antibacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and antiseptic properties. They are also a natural sedative (due to the eugenol oil) which is why they were often used for dental procedures in centuries past and are still used in some cultures to cure toothache. It is the oil that is derived from the cloves that is so potent, and this is often used for medicines (both topically and internally). Cloves are a great spice to heal ailments of the digestive system. They are well known for relieving flatulence and can actually help promote good digestion as well as metabolism. They may also help relieve vomiting and diarrhea as well as a host of other digestive disorders. Cloves are used in Asia to treat conditions such as malaria, tuberculosis, scabies, and cholera. Cloves can also treat skin problems when applied as an ointment. Cloves are chock full of manganese, vitamin K, vitamin C, magnesium, calcium, and omega-3 fats.
Nutmeg is another spice that has a variety of healing properties and can be used in a wide range of dishes during the holidays and all year long. Studies show that it can help lower blood pressure and sooth a stomach ache as well as stop diarrhea and (in low doses) help to detoxify the body. Modern medicine validates nutmeg’s ability to inhibit diarrhea and slow down the action of the gastrointestinal tract. The essential oil of the nutmeg is considered the most efficacious part of the plant. One of the fascinating health benefits of nutmeg oil is its ability to stimulate the brain; it relieves stress and encourages mental activity. Nutmeg is known to have anti-inflammatory properties and can be used to treat joint and muscle pain. The oil works particularly well for this when it is massaged into the affected area. It is an integral herb in Chinese medicine where it is used for stomach pain and inflammation as well as reducing joint swelling. The oil of nutmeg (applied cautiously and externally) can relieve the pain of rheumatism, sciatica, and neuralgia. When inhaled, it counters respiratory tract infections. Interestingly, nutmeg fights bad breath and helps put you to sleep. Nutmeg is loaded with calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, iron, and selenium. While there are many health benefits of nutmeg, be careful not to take it in high doses. Never consume more than 30 grams (around 6 tablespoons) in a day, since this can cause side effects such as nausea, hallucinations, swelling, and shock.
MANGOSTEEN – “Nature’s Medicine Chest”
Mangosteen is a type of unique tropical fruit that originates from Southeast Asia. About the size of a tangerine, the mangosteen has a smooth, dark purple rind, encasing a delicious snow-white fruit. The primary active components of the mangosteen fruit are called xanthones, which are found in abundance in the mangosteen fruit. Xanthones are a recently discovered class of polyphenolic compounds that are biologically active and structurally similar to bioflavonoids. Science has identified approximately 200 different xanthones. Amazingly, the mangosteen has 43 of these compounds itself! Xanthones are also known as “adaptagens” for their unique ability to adapt and assist the body in many ways. Xanthones are also very potent antioxidants. In the body, oxidation by peroxides and oxygen itself can create free radicals, which attack our bodies at the cellular level. In fact, it is free radical damage that has been linked to many degenerative diseases, stroke, aging, neurological conditions, and even cancer. Consuming antioxidants reduces the number of oxidation reactions, and helps to capture free radicals, reducing cellular damage. To counter free radical damage, it is important to have antioxidants in your diet. Not surprisingly, many of Big Pharma’s top scientists are busy trying to create drugs bases on some of the xanthones found in mangosteen. Of course, like all drugs, they will not work as well as the natural substance and will undoubtedly cause many lucrative side effects, for which Big Pharma will magically produce another drug to “treat” them.
NATURAL REMEDIES HELP LYMPHEDEMA
The condition known as lymphedema is caused by the accumulation of fluid in the body’s interstitial tissues which surround the lymph glands. It occurs when lymph nodes are missing, removed or damaged – making it impossible for the lymphatic system to remove excess lymphatic fluid through the lymph vessels. Left untreated, lymphedema can cause serious complications including infection and interference with wound healing. However, there are natural lifestyle changes and remedies which can often offer substantial relief. There are two types of lymphedema. The first, primary lymphedema, is caused by the absence of lymph nodes or abnormalities in the lymphatic system at birth. Secondary lymphedema is caused by removal of lymph nodes during surgery, radiation treatments, infection, malignancy, or buildup of scar tissue. It is not uncommon to see a cancer patient with lymphedema after surgery that involves removal of lymph nodes. The excess fluid that results from lymphedema will likely result in swelling if the condition is left untreated. Most often such swelling is in the arms and legs, although other parts of the body can also be affected. Lymphedema can also result in reduction of oxygen availability, which provides an environment for bacteria to accumulate. Lymphedema should not be confused with edema. However, edema that is left untreated can result in a lymphatic disorder, which necessitates the same type of treatment as lymphedema. An individual with lymphedema should make sure to communicate to their health care providers the presence of this condition. The affected area should never be used to take blood pressure, or to administer IV’s or vaccinations. Exercising, lymphatic massage, and compression garments are some effective ways of treating lymphedema. In addition to these treatments, it is also important to implement the following:
- Detoxify the body on a regular basis.
- If overweight, lose those excess pounds.
- The Budwig Diet, which has shown to be beneficial in individuals with cancer, also has blood thinning properties, which may facilitate lymphatic flow.
- Eliminate all unhealthy foods. These include processed foods, junk foods, fast foods, sugar, artificial sweeteners, and unhealthy oils (coconut and tropical oils are the most healthy). Eat as many organic raw fruits and vegetables as possible. The diet should include natural yogurt and probiotics. Probiotics help keep friendly bacteria in the intestines thriving, support the immune system, and aid in toxin removal.
Supplements and herbs that will help to alleviate the condition are:
- Bromelain helps to reduce swelling and inflammation. It is recommended that 250 to 500 mg be taken on an empty stomach three times a day.
- Butcher’s Broom strengthens blood vessel walls and improves circulation. It also relieves swelling, inflammation, and edema. Recommended dosage is 100 mg once a day for at least three months.
- Emu Oil caplets boost immune cell function, improve circulation, and reduce inflammation. Suggested dosage is 1,000 mg daily.
- Horse Chestnut reduces inflammation and alleviates phlebitis.
- Flax seed oil capsules are anti-inflammatory. Recommended dosage is 1,000 mg twice daily.
- Fish oil is also anti-inflammatory. 1 to 2 capsules should be taken at bedtime.
- Boswellia Serrata is an Ayurvedic herb that reduces inflammation.
- Ginger Tea increases circulation and reduces inflammation. Add 1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger to 1 cup hot water. Drink 3 times a day.
- Grape seed extract is a powerful antioxidant and it also reduces inflammation. Recommended dosage is 200 mg daily.
- Calcium and magnesium, taken at a ratio of 2:1 calcium to magnesium, help to clear free radicals from the body and reduce inflammation.
- Colloidal silver helps to prevent infection while strengthening the immune system.
SAVE OUR SUPPLEMENTS!
In July the FDA issued its “Draft Guidance for Industry: Dietary Supplements: New Dietary Ingredient Notifications and Related Issues.” The agency issued the guidance, mandated by the food “safety” law passed earlier this year, purportedly to clarify requirements for filing new dietary ingredient (NDI) submissions. However, the FDA is going way beyond simply clarifying existing requirements. It is attempting to drastically change existing law by saying that finished product manufacturers must make a submission for every product that contains an NDI or whenever a formula is changed, if an NDI is present. If this guidance is not withdrawn and its misinterpretation of law is backed by the FDA’s own policy, review and enforcement powers, it would cause major disruption in the dietary supplement market; force a significant number of products off the shelves; and result in revenue losses of over a billion dollars and the unemployment of over 100,000 Americans. Neither American consumers nor the dietary supplement industry should stand for this unconscionable attempt by the FDA to, via various NDI-related side doors, effectively re-write DSHEA, maim the health-food industry and drastically reduce consumer choice. What can YOU do? CLICK HERE to sign a petition to stop the FDA “Gestapo” from further health tyranny!
MSG KILLS YOUR BRAIN
MSG is an excitotoxin. These are substances, usually amino acids, which react with specialized receptors (neurons) in the brain in such a way as to lead to the destruction of certain types of brain cells. Humans lack a blood-brain barrier in the hypothalamus, which allows excitotoxins to enter the brain and cause damage. Simply put, as described in Dr. Russell Blaylock’s book, Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills, they are exactly what they sound like: toxins that excite your brain cells to death! How does this happen? “MSG enters the brain past the blood-brain barrier and triggers neurons to open their calcium channel. The glutamate causes the cell to remain stuck in the open position then calcium floods into the cell in large amounts. This triggers the cell to react in emergency mode and starts its special pump that will start pumping out the excess calcium using up large amounts of energy (ATP), the cell swells up with excess calcium and eventually the cell is depleted of energy and dies within two hours. The pump couldn’t pump out the excess calcium fast enough. (It’s like trying to bail water out of a boat with a large hole in the bottom. You use up a ton of energy and eventually the boat is filled and sinks). The cell shrivels up and the body’s defense mechanism sweeps away the dead cell debris.” (LINK) No strain of rat or mice is naturally obese, so the scientists have to create them. They make these morbidly obese creatures by injecting them with monosodium glutamate (MSG) when they are first born. The MSG triples the amount of insulin the pancreas creates, causing rats to become obese. MSG creates a lesion in the hypothalamus that correlates with abnormal development, including obesity, short stature and sexual reproduction problems. MSG has also been shown to kill brain cells as well as to cause nausea, vomiting, migraine headaches, depression, and heart problems. Unfortunately, MSG is often disguised under other names; thus, you may not be able to detect it in a list of ingredients. Some synonyms for MSG are “Glutamate Textured Protein” or “Glutamic Acid Yeast Extract” or “Gelatin Yeast Nutrient” or “Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein.” They hide MSG under many different names in order to fool those who catch on. Food companies learned that MSG could increase the flavor and aroma and enhance acceptability of commercial food products, so it is doubtful that they will ever quit using this brain killing additive to our food supply. Take a quick trip to your kitchen and check the pantry and the fridge. You will realize that MSG is in everything: soups, the chips, the ramen, the hamburger helper, the gravy, the salad dressings, the corn oil, the broth, and so on. If you want to avoid MSG, then you MUST learn to make your own seasonings and NOT purchase the “contaminated crud” at the grocery store. Don’t be lazyjust take the time to do it. Your family’s health is worth the extra effort. The following list of “non-MSG” seasonings was taken from the Natural News website: http://www.naturalnews.com/034161_seasoning_MSG.html
Commercially-available taco seasoning mixes generally contain lists of ingredients like the following: “wheat flour, salt, dried garlic, maltodextrin, chili peppers, spice, dried onions, monosodium glutamate (MSG), paprika, sugar, silicon dioxide, soybean oil and malic acid.” It is simple to make your own homemade, additive-free taco seasoning using nothing more than dry seasonings and salt. This recipe is so delicious that you won’t even miss the MSG! Combine the following dry spices and store the mix in a sealed container. This amount is equivalent to 1 packet of store-bought taco seasoning, and it can be used accordingly in your regular recipes.
- 2 tsp chili powder (see recipe below)
- 1 1/2 tsp paprika
- 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp onion granules
- 3 1/4 tsp garlic granules
- 1/2 tsp sea salt (optional)
You may assume that chili powder is just ground up dried chili peppers, but often this is not the case. Check the ingredients list on the chili powder jar in your cupboard, and you may be in for quite a shock! Many varieties contain MSG, anti-caking agents, and other flavor enhancers and additives. The good news is that it is quick and easy to make your own. Combine the following dry spices, and store the mix in a sealed container.
- 6 TBSP paprika
- 2 TBSP turmeric
- 1 TBSP dried red pepper flakes
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1/2 tsp ground cayenne
- 1/2 tsp garlic granules
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
Dry Onion Soup Mix
Dry onion soup mix adds great flavor to recipes like meatloaf and roasts. Unfortunately, commercial varieties contain MSG and other additives. Mix together the following dry spices. Use the mix immediately or store it in an air-tight container for later use. This recipe is equivalent to one packet of store-bought onion soup mix and can be substituted in all of your favorite recipes!
- 3 TBSP dry onion flakes
- 4 tsp onion granules
- 1/2 tsp celery salt
- 1 1/2 tsp sea salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 tsp garlic granules
Beef Bouillon Cubes
Many cooks rely on bouillon to add a “kick” of flavor to gravies, soups, roasts and other recipes. Unfortunately, most of this “kick” in commercial varieties comes from the MSG they contain! This recipe requires a bit more effort than the seasoning mixes above, but it will last a long time because it yields about 42 cubes! Combine the following ingredients in a saucepan without any liquid. Cover and cook over the lowest heat setting for 2 hours. Transfer the mixture to a blender and process until smooth. Pour into ice cube trays and freeze. When frozen solid, transfer cubes to freezer bags or air-tight containers, and store them in the freezer for future use. Dilute these cubes at a rate of one cube per half cup of water.
- 3 cups freshly minced celery, tightly packed
- 3 cups freshly minced carrots, tightly packed
- 2 cups freshly minced onions, tightly packed (about 2 medium onions)
- 2 TBSP sea salt
- 1/2 pound ground beef (grass-fed is best)
DR. JONATHAN WRIGHT – FDA Target
Dr. Jonathan Wright M.D. was a highly regarded nutrition specialist, but his cardinal sin was promoting natural treatments which hadn’t received the FDA’s blessing. In the summer of 1992, The Civil Abolitionist carried an article titled “FDA: The American Gestapo Prosecutor or Persecutor?” which told the story. On May 6, 1992, in what must have resembled a military invasion, Dr. Wright’s clinic was assaulted by over 20 armed men who kicked open the door, pointed guns at both patients and staff, and confiscated business records, patient records, supplies, and equipment. The FDA “Gestapo” agents spent 14 hours at the clinic, searching through everything. At that point, he had not even been charged with a crime! Why did they need to kick in the door and draw their guns? Well, police spokesman Rob Barnette explained that officers “need to be prepared for the worst.” But Dr. Wright hardly fit the bill of a dangerous criminal. A graduate of Harvard and the University of Michigan Medical School, he was nutrition editor of Prevention Magazine for over a decade. But he committed the unforgivable sin ”“ he failed to prescribe drugs to treat illness. Rather he chose to use nutritional therapy and vitamin therapy. It is interesting to note that one of his favorite treatments was using L-Tryptophan to treat depression, but the FDA had outlawed this amino acid. Curiously, it was outlawed just a few days before the FDA put a big push on Prozac as a treatment for depression. Hmmmm.. Dr. Wright now practices medicine at the Tahoma Clinic in Seattle and his website is http://www.tahomaclinic.com. Read Dr. Wright’s impressive CV here.
OLEANDER – “Cancer’s Natural Enemy”
In the early 1960’s, a Turkish doctor named H. Zima Ozel discovered a group of rural Turkish villagers who were amazingly healthy and disease free, compared to other similar villagers. When he investigated further, he found that the healthy villagers were all taking a folk remedy that had been used in the Middle East for over two millennia. This remedy was based on a common plant referred to in the Bible as the “desert Rose,” or more commonly to most of us, the oleander plant. This plant is a highly toxic plant when ingested raw, but the source of a wonderful remedy when properly prepared. The term “oleander” refers to two plant species, Nerium oleander (common oleander) and Thevetia peruviana (yellow oleander). Both species contain chemicals called “cardiac glycosides” that have effects similar to the heart drug digoxin, which can be toxic. However, virtually every substance a person puts in their mouth is toxic if taken in high enough doses. Sugar is toxic if you eat too much of it. So is processed salt. Let’s get back to our oleander history lesson. After his discovery, Dr. Ozel applied for a patent. In his patent application, he mentioned several case studies as well as one study which included 494 patients. Here is a quote from the patent application: “Between January 1981 and December 1985, 494 patients with inoperable, advanced malignant diseases were tested with NOI (injections of oleander). All malignancy had previously been diagnosed at various specialized medical institutions in Turkey and abroad. The malignancies of these patients had progressed to a state where they could no longer benefit from existing anti-tumor therapies. These 494 cases included examples of almost all varieties of malignancies and were found in various organs.” These 494 patients experienced improved quality of life as well as regression of cancer, while reporting no notable side effects. The best results were said to be in prostate, lung, and brain cancers. Even sarcomas showed stabilization. Could it be that the oleander plant, when prepared in the correct manner and administered correctly, is preferentially toxic to cancer cells? If you remember, it is widely accepted that there are numerous natural substances that are toxic to cancer cells but harmless to normal cells. In fact, there are many natural substances that fit into this category. For example, purple concord grapes have more than a dozen such substances. One of the goals of alternative cancer researchers is to find substances that are toxic enough to kill cancer cells, but not so toxic that they kill normal cells. This is where oleander comes into the equation. As I have mentioned, oleander is toxic. It should always be handled with gloves. There are many other safety warnings when dealing with the oleander plant. Rest assured, it is very toxicto both cancer cells and normal cells. But when we are able to dilute it in the appropriate proportions, then it is still toxic to cancer cells but harmless to normal cells! This level of dilution and toxicity is now well-known. Tony Isaacs has written what is, by far, the best eBook on oleander, entitled Cancer’s Natural Enemy. If you plan on using this protocol, please visit www.rose-laurel.com and purchase this eBook. It is very inexpensive and very informative. The simple and honest truth is that oleander works incredibly well. The remedy can be used alone, with other immune-boosting supplements, and even with prescription medications and conventional treatments such as the “Big 3.” From testimonials that I have read, I have learned that combining oleander with chemo or radiation will either eliminate or greatly lessen virtually all of the deleterious side effects, including hair loss! There are two ways to take the oleander cancer treatment. The highly preferred way is to take it as a capsule or extract, since they have already been mixed to be at a safe level for humans but are at a toxic level for cancer cells. You can also purchase oleander capsules and extract at www.sutherlandiaopc.com. The second way to take this product is to make the “oleander soup” yourself. BEWARE: If you choose to make your own soup, even though the dilution factor is now well established, you should read and re-read Cancer’s Natural Enemy several times before you begin processing a real oleander plant, since the oleander plant is toxic. Even a small amount of the raw material, if ingested, can cause death.
INTERVIEWS – Coast to Coast AM, Jeff Rense, the Power Hour
During October and November, Dr. Michael Farley and I did numerous radio interviews (Coast to Coast AM, Jeff Rense, the Power Hour) about our latest book, “A Guide to Understanding Herbal Medicines and Surviving the Coming Pharmaceutical Monopoly” as well as my book, “Cancer ”“ Step Outside the Box.” The Youtube videos and audio files are below.
- Coast to Coast AM interview (above)
- Jeff Rense Interview (above)
- The Power Hour with Joyce Riley (listen to mp3 audio)
OK, enough for this time. But stay tuned. My next monthly newsletter will have more great info.
And please remember that CANCER DOES NOT HAVE TO BE A DEATH SENTENCE!
Thanks and God bless.
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