It’s that time of year again. Coughing, sneezing, sore/scratchy throats, congestion, fevers, and general misery. How do we stop cold and flu before they start? And if they’ve already arrived on our doorstep, how do we send them packing in a hurry? Homeopathy and herbal preparations, of course! … This article has been moved to the new blog here: http://www.holistichealthliving.com/2015/12/cold-flu-remedies/
Alzheimer’s, rightly feared for its ability to destroy the mental gifts of the elderly, may have a worthy adversary born of nature: Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).
What is Alzheimer’s affect on the brain?
Alzheimer’s is a degenerative disease of the brain that causes the cerebral cortex to atrophy. This means that the cerebral cortex shrinks, and this shrinkage is dramatically different from the cerebral cortex of a normal brain. The cerebral cortex is the outer surface of the brain. It is responsible for all intellectual functioning.
There are two major changes that can be observed in the brain at autopsy:
- The amount of brain substance in the folds of the brain (the gyri) is decreased.
- The spaces in the folds of the brain (the sulci) are grossly enlarged.
The two major findings in the Alzheimer’s brain are amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles. Amyloid plaques are found outside the neurons, neurofibrillary plaques are found inside the neurons. Neurons are the nerve cells within the brain. Plaques and tangles can also be found in the brains of people without Alzheimer’s. It is the gross amounts of them that are significant in Alzheimer’s disease.
Most people with Alzheimer’s disease show evidence of both plaques and tangles, but a small number of people with Alzheimer’s only have plaques and some only have neurofibrillary tangles.
- People with “plaque only” Alzheimer’s show a slower rate of deterioration during their lives.
- People with neurofibrillary tangles are more likely to be diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia.
How can Alzheimer’s be reversed?
To reverse Alzheimer’s, a treatment would have to be capable of removing plaques and protecting neurons.
What is DHA and how does it affect the brain?
DHA is an omega-3 fatty acid found in fish oils and micro-algae. It is the most abundant omega-3 fatty acid found in the brain and retina. It comprises 40% of the polyunsaturated fatty acids found in the brain and 60% f those found in the retina. 50% of the neuron’s plasma membrane is composed of DHA. This is no doubt why DHA deficiency is associated with cognitive decline, increased neural cell death and severe depression.
Pregnant and lactating women are being encouraged to take DHA, because studies have shown that their infants will have better visual acuity and longer attention spans than those whose mothers did not take the supplement.
Why do these abilities make reversal of Alzheimer’s possible?
Any substance that positively affects neurons will increase cognitive ability, but fully one half of a neuron’s plasma membrane is composed of DHA. This fact alone would make DHA indispensable to the treatment and reversal of Alzheimer’s.
Currently, the NIH (US National Institute for Health) is running an intervention trial to evaluate DHA in Alzheimer’s disease. This is the first large scale Human trial of DHA and Alzheimer’s disease.
Animal studies in the TG3 transgenic mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease linked decreases in amyloid plaques and tau to dietary DHA. Animal studies also show that when combined with arachidonic acid (also present in fish oil), the effectiveness of DHA for preventing plaques was less than without it. This would suggest that vegetarian DHA, manufactured using micro-algae, is more effective than fish oil based DHA for the treatment of Alzheimer’s.
Alzheimer’s is one of the most dreaded diseases out there, because of its ability to rob its victims of what we all hold most dear — our memories, our identity, our ability to reason and learn. But now there is hope.
All trials and studies aside, even if there were only a 1% chance that DHA — a natural substance that has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease by reducing the level of blood triglycerides in Humans — were effective in treating Alzheimer’s, it would still be well worth trying.
- Rare genetic mutation found that protects against Alzheimer’s (fox6now.com)
- Alzheimer’s infects from neuron to neuron (eurekalert.org)
- Alzheimer’s study finds signs years before symptoms – Irish Times (irishtimes.com)
- Scientists find Alzheimer’s mutation (bigpondnews.com)
- Alzheimer’s Plaques in Brain Scans Predict Future Cognitive Decline (sciencedaily.com)
As someone who has a long history of nosebleeds, starting in early adolescence, I now have zero doubt that copper can stop nosebleeds. It definitely stopped mine. But, until recently, I didn’t understand the reasons why. …. This article has been updated and moved to the new Holistic Health & Living blog: http://www.holistichealthliving.com/copper-can-stop-nosebleeds/
Part 1: Who Should Clean Their Colon & Why
“It is an indisputable fact that not only illness and old age but even death itself are due to the accumulation of waste products (within the body)… to the inability of the body to replenish its cellular structures and organs with fresh, vital nutrients.”
—Bernard Jensen, D.C.
If you no longer look and feel as good as you did in grade school — with bright eyes, sweet-breath, boundless energy — it’s probably more than your age showing, it’s more than likely a clogged and impacted colon.
For those of you not quite sure what it means to have an impacted colon, I will explain, in unappetizing detail. The average person carries around as much as ten pounds of uneliminated feces in his/her bowels. (When the celebrated actor John Wayne died, his autopsy revealed more than twenty pounds of waste lodged in his colon!) These are the undigested substances, some from your last few meals but more the accumulations from childhood onward, which do not pass out in your regular bowel movements.
Due to the abnormally slow transit time of the bowel when it’s dealing with the processed, or “junk,” foods we eat, a portion of these old feces sits around in sluggish colons, creating mucus (which clogs the entire “pipe system” of the body) and losing moisture until they become pressed together (constipare is Latin for “to press together”): the outcome is hard pellets which are eventually, and often with unnatural effort (which may include straining), eliminated. The portion that does not see the light of day — that which the digestive/eliminative systems simply can not handle — becomes increasingly tough and gluey, finally taking on a rubbery, black appearance and forming a hard shell that sticks permanently to the intestinal walls.
These unwholesome materials may build up in pockets or may coat the entire length of the colon and small intestine. This is the stuff that shouldn’t be there, the life-shortening “glue” that poisons every part of your body, and which requires special techniques to remove. Removing these stubborn incrustations require that these special techniques be coupled with lifestyle changes to be effective. More on that later.
It’s truly astounding how long some of these impacted wastes can linger in the intestines. I once read a story about a war veteran who, after cleaning his colon, rediscovered the bright red berries he had been forced to eat — lest he starves — while trapped on an island during World War II. This man’s colon had hung onto the indigestible berries until he did a colon cleanse more than three decades later! This is not unusual.
The older you are when you have your first cleanse, the more likely you are to be shocked/horrified by what you find floating in your toilet. People over forty tend to discover the worst detritus, ranging from black, tar-like sludge, to impossibly long strands of mucus, to parts of parasites to whole tapeworms! If you add to this the hostile bacteria and carcinogens, which are invisible, the need for cleansing is dramatically apparent.
This is not to say that a twenty-somethings can’t make the same revolting discoveries upon cleansing. That’s why cleansing is an important part of maintaining good health for all adults, especially those whose diet and lifestyle are questionable, regardless of age.
If you wear makeup to conceal acne breakouts and scarring, it’s possible your stopgap solution is part of the problem.
For decades, dermatologists and cosmetologists alike have debated the effects of cosmetics on the skin, particularly in acne sufferers. Makeup has often been branded an “acne Catch-22” you want something to cover the bumps and redness, but you’re told it may actually be causing your acne. Fortunately, this is only partly true. To understand how to approach the make-up issue, we should start with a discussion of cosmetic acne. … This article has been updated and moved to the NEW Holistic Health & Living.
If you or your significant other’s libido isn’t what it used to be, there are two guaranteed ways to put the zing back into your love life: From the inside with the right foods and nutrients, and from the outside with exploration and positive reinforcement.
Below, are 9 foods that can provide the nutritional spark to your lack luster sexual appetite and increase your libido.
Now, celery may not be the food of choice that you dream of when thinking sex, but it is a great source food for sexual stimulation. Celery contains androsterone, an odorless hormone released through male perspiration and turns women on.
Libido dietary tip: Celery is best eaten raw. Wash well and munch away just before you get down and dirty.
- Raw oysters
This is one of the best known aphrodisiacs. Oysters are rich in zinc and help increase sperm and testosterone production. Oysters also contain dopamine, a hormone that helps to build up libido. Try feeding your partner an oyster during your foreplay routine and have her/him feed you.
Libido dietary tip: Scrub the shells well to get any dirt or bacteria off. Open and place them on a bed of crushed ice, squeeze some fresh lemon onto them if you like, and then start sucking away.
Bananas contain the bromelain enzyme, that increases libido and reverses impotence in men. Also, they are potent sources of potassium and B vitamins like riboflavin, which increase the body’s overall energy levels.
The Aztecs referred to the avocado tree ahuacatl as a “testicle tree.” Avocados contain high levels of folic acid, which helps metabolize proteins, thus giving you more energy. They contain vitamin B6 (a nutrient that increases male hormone production) and potassium (which helps regulate a woman’s thyroid gland), two elements that help increase libido in both men and women.
Almonds are a great source of essential fatty acids. These provide the raw material for a man’s healthy production of hormones. Additionally, the smell of almonds arouses passion in females. You can add to the sexual ambiance by lighting some almond-scented candles to build up her mood.
Libido dietary tip: Eat almonds raw (with no added salt or sweetness). Alternately, crush some fresh almonds and sprinkle them on your salad to get the energy you need.
Eggs are rich in vitamins B6 and B5. These help balance hormone levels and fight stress, two things that are crucial to a healthy libido. Eggs are also a symbol of fertility and rebirth. Eating raw chicken eggs just prior to sex is said to heighten libido and maximize energy levels. But all bird and fish eggs contain B6 and B5. Libido dietary tip: Partake in some hard-boiled eggs beforehand.
Figs are excellent sources of amino acids that increase libido. They can also improve sexual stamina.
Libido dietary tip: Feed her some fresh figs and let the juices run all wild while you’re both getting revved up.
While you don’t want to be stinking of garlic during a passionate lip lock, garlic contains allicin, an ingredient that increases blood flow to the sexual organs.
Libido dietary tip: If the odor just won’t work for you — or you can’t stand garlic — go for garlic capsules instead.
Chocolate contains theobromine — an alkaloid — which is very similar to caffeine. It also contains phenylethylamine, a chemical that produces the feeling of “being in love.” So, when your woman talks about how good chocolate makes her feel, there is some science behind it. In addition, dark chocolate has a massive amount of anti-oxidants, which are great for the body in general, as they help maintain the immune system.
Libido dietary tip: Feed each other with chocolates during foreplay or lick chocolate sauce off each others’ bodies.
Now that your feeling all revved up to have some hot action in bed, would your partner rather watch television or read? Well, then it’s high time you did something to solve that problem.
Much ado has been made of green tea over the last two decades. It’s been credited with increasing fat loss, preventing cancer and even extending lifespans. BUT is any of this true? According to the research, two of these three claims are. …
This article has been moved to the new blog at http://www.holistichealthliving.com/index.php/2015/07/27/green-tea-metabolic-enhancer-life-extender-cancer-eradicator/