Monthly Archives: January 2013

What can Aloe Vera do for me?

What can Aloe Vera do for me?Image

Aloe Vera’s first recorded use was over 5000 years ago in early Egyptian times, but this amazing plant now is used to treat hundreds of different ailments ranging from sun burn to constipation and is growing in popularity at an amazing pace.

The aloe vera plant is constructed with the basic building blocks of life, including essential vitamins and minerals, proteins, polysaccharides, enzymes, and amino acids (some people drink aloe vera for physical endurance and stamina, instead of energy drinks)!  The bulk of the aloe vera leaf is filled with gel, which is approximately 99% water. The other 1% contains over at least 75 known nutrients including 20 minerals, 12 vitamins, 18 amino acids, 200 active plan compounds called phytonutrients, enzymes and of course, water.

So what can it do for me?

Currently there is an ever grown body of evidence suggesting Aloe Vera can help diabetics by helping to control blood sugar levels. Another is its ability to lower cholesterol although data is still insufficient to support these claims

What we do know:

Anti-fungal / Anti –inflammatory

It’s these properties that make Aloe Vera the ideal choice for minor burns and skin conditions as well as fungal infection such as athlete’s foot.

Use as a moisturizer

Aloe Vera is an Emollient they work by binding on the surface of the skin helping to prevent loss of moisture.

Internal uses

  • A source of several vitamins and minerals that are vital to healthy cell growth
  • Contains several antioxidants that protect the body against free radical damage
  • Contains multiple enzymes to aid the process of digestion
  • Helps stop Candida overgrowth in the body
  • Helps the body’s natural wound healing process function properly
  • Aids in detoxification and helps keep the colon clean and regular

How to take it?

There are no official guidelines as to use of Aloe Vera but here are some guidelines to help you get the most from your supplements.

Creams and gels with aloe vera can vary in dosage. Some creams for minor burns have just 0.5% aloe vera. Others used for psoriasis may contain as much as 70% aloe vera. As an oral supplement, aloe has no set dose. For constipation, some use 100-200 milligrams of aloe juice — or 50 milligrams of aloe extract — daily as needed. For diabetes, 1 tablespoon of the gel has been used daily.

High oral doses of aloe or aloe latex are dangerous. Ask your doctor for advice on how to use aloe daily.

BioInitiative Report: overwhelming scientific evidence of health risks from wireless devices and other forms of EMF

A shocking new report by the BioInitiative Working Group 2012 says that evidence for risks to health from wireless technologies (radiofrequency radiation) and electromagnetic fields (EMFs) has substantially increased since 2007. Cell phone users, parents-to-be, young children and pregnant women are said to be at particular risk.

The study examines EMF exposures from wireless technologies including cell and cordless phones, cell towers, ‘smart meters’, WI-FI, wireless laptops, wireless routers, baby monitors, and similar electronic devices and from power lines, electrical wiring and other appliances.

How credible is the report?

The Report is the work of 29 independent scientists and health experts from 10 countries. The independent research group Powerwatch says of the Reports contributors “they hold 10 medical degrees (MDs), 21 PhDs, and three MSc, MA or MPHs. Among the authors are three former presidents of the Bioelectromagnetics Society, and five full members of BEMS. One distinguished author is the Chair of the Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation. Another is a Senior Advisor to the European Environmental Agency.” But this 2012 report is merely an update on the work done in 2007.

Five years previously in 2007 the BioInitiative Working Group published its first report reviewing 30 years of scientific studies documenting bio-effects and adverse health effects from EMF exposures. It was a group of 14 independent scientists, researchers, and public health policy makers that looked at more than 2,000 peer reviewed studies.

The 2007 BioInitiative Working Group concluded, “the clear consensus of the BioInitiative Working Group members is that the existing public safety limits are inadequate for both ELF [extremely low frequency electromagnetic fields] and RF [radio frequency radiation].”

The 2012 report is an update. Over twenty-one chapters the 2012 report assesses 1800 new research papers (from 2006 to 2011) regarding risks from wireless technologies and electromagnetic fields.

What does the 2012 BioInitiative Report tell us?

One of the most worrying areas for concern is the link between cell phone radiation and brain tumors. Lennart Hardell, MD at Orebro University, Sweden, one of the Reports, authors explains “there is a consistent pattern of increased risk for glioma (a malignant brain tumor) and acoustic neuroma with use of mobile and cordless phones” he goes on to say “the existing FCC [Federal Communications Commission] /IEE [Institution of Electrical Engineering] and ICNIRP [Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection] public safety limits and reference levels are not adequate to protect public health.”

Another of the Reports contributors Martha Herbert, MD, PhD Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School comments ” While we aggressively investigate the links between autism disorders and wireless technologies, we should minimize wireless and EMF exposures for people with autism disorders, children of all ages, people planning a baby, and during pregnancy.”

Are EMFs really as dangerous as the BioInitiative Working Group claims?

This report comes hard on the heels of the World Health Organization (WHO) classification of radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as a Group 2B possible carcinogenic. This ruling was based on a perceived increased risk for glioma associated with cell phone use.

According to David O. Carpenter, MD co-editor of the 2012 Report “there is now much more evidence of risks to health affecting billions of people world-wide. The status quo is not acceptable in light of the evidence for harm.”

The message of the report is clear. In the absence of adequate safety standards for protection against EMFs and wireless exposures people need to be pro-active and act now to protect themselves from these dangers.

Sources for this article include:
http://www.bioinitiative.org/
http://www.bioinitiative.org/freeaccess/report/docs/report.pdf
http://www.iarc.fr/en/media-centre/pr/2011/pdfs/pr208_E.pdf
http://www.powerwatch.org.uk/news/20130106-bioinitiative.asp
http://www.avaate.org/article.php3?id_article=2343

About the author:
Lloyd Burrell is the author of “How To Beat Electrical Sensitivity”. He has spent the last 10 years researching the effects of electromagnetic fields on health since falling prey to a violent reaction to his cell phone in 2002. He offers practical advice on healthy living in our electromagnetic world. You can download his free EMF Health Report and subscribe to his newsletter by visiting his website www.ElectricSense.com. You can also follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/038595_electropollution_wireless_devices_EMF.html#ixzz2HOy2a191

Natural cold remedies.

Natural cold remedies.

On average adults can expect to get between 2 and 4 colds a year, but can these be avoidable? The common cold is a viral infection of the nose and throat; conventional medicines provide only relief from symptoms and do not work against the virus itself

 There is a growing amount of evidence that proves alternative medicines such and zinc and Echinacea can combat the cold virus itself, Both aiding in the prevention and treatment of this seasonal virus.

What methods work best? natural-cold-remedies

MENTHOL

Menthol is an organic compound extracted from the peppermint, or Mentha piperita, plant family. It can be obtained from various mint plants of the same family or produced synthetically.

This is one of the oldest cold remedies in history, its works by providing relief from nasal congestion and has a mind anesthetic action. Vapor rubs and menthol sweets are the most popular forms. 

GARLIC

Garlic has been used as a anti viral remedy for thousands of years

Use garlic when you first notice your cold beginning. Garlic consumption may help boost the immune system to keep you from getting a cold. When symptoms do appear, a garlic supplement or tea may boost your body’s disease-fighting power and soothe your sore throat and cough.

How to use: Consume between 1 and 2 whole cloves of garlic every day. While you’re free to use more, this amount of garlic will most likely give you all the immune system benefits you need to treat colds.

ECHINACEA

Echinacea is an herbal remedy people often use to treat the common cold. Many people believe that the plant can boost the immune system and reduce the severity or length of colds. Echinacea is one of the best-selling herbal products in the U.S

How to use: Echinacea is best used as a way of prevention, rather combating the effects of a cold if stops your body from developing a cold in the first place. Take 3 / 4 drops of the liquid extract twice a day. we recommend at least 1 week of a month as your body will build up a tolerance to its effects if not.

ZINC

Zinc contains over 80 enzymes and is one of the most important trace elements our bodies need to function properly. Zinc also plays a key roll in the synthesis of proteins and DNA.

How to use: At the first sign of a sore throat or runny nose take 15-30 ml. of zinc this comes most commonly in lozenge form.

VITAMIN C

Most famously found in oranges Vitamin C or L-ascorbate acid is also found in a huge amount of other fruits and vegetables. There is now with a wealth of scientific studies proving beyond doubt that vitamin c is one of the top remedies for treating your cold or flu.

How to use: The common cold virus is at its most prolific in the months between November and March. We recommend taking 500mg of vitamin C 4 – 6 times a day, increase this amount at the first sign of a cold.

Other tricks and tips

As well as these great remedies there are lots of other lifestyle changes you can make to improve your chances of avoiding a cold and speed up recovery from any viruses you do encounter.

  1. Gargle:

Gargling can bring temporary relief for a sore throat; try adding a pinch of salt to some warm water and gargling 2 – 4 times a day you can reduce swelling and speed up your recovery

  1. Keep rested:

Fighting a cold virus uses all your body’s resources, it’s a good idea to get as much sleep as possible over this period and time spent awake make sure you keep warm and eat well to keep up your strength.

  1. Blow your nose often:

It’s important to remove excess mucus from your system during a cold, when blowing your nose be sure to do it one nostril at a time as pressure can cause a number of problems including ear ache and busting blood vessels

  1. Drink hot drinks:

Not only are hot drink great for keeping you hydrated but hot liquids relieve nasal congestion

  1. Avoid flying if possible:

It’s a good idea to avoid the sudden changes in air pressure associated with flying, the effect off your ears popping due to take of or descent can be significantly increased when congested

  1. Use a extra pillow when sleeping:

By elevating your head during the night it helps to decongest your nose, ears and throat of excess mucus.

  1. Take a steamy shower:

Not only is this a great way to relax and freshen up but a hot shower helps to loosen your nose and chest when congested.

Remember, serious conditions can masquerade as the common cold and a mild infection can evolve into something more serious. If you have severe symptoms or are feeling sicker with each passing day, see a doctor.