is essential for hundreds of chemical reactions that occur in the body every second. Recent findings suggest that it has many important health-promoting benefits.
A leading researcher in the field is Dr. Mildred Seelig, a pediatrician, internal medicine specialist and master of public health who has been studying
for the past 35 years. She and nutritionist Dr. Andrea Rosanoff wrote “The Magnesium Factor.”
In their book, they stress that
is one of the most important nutrients, but that the majority of people in the west suffer from magnesium deficiency.
Drs. Seelig and Rosanoff argue that this deficiency is a major cause of “heart disease and diabetes,” as well as a significant number of other common health problems which involve a serious risk of dying prematurely.
“The solution to heart disease has been with us all along, and it is nutritional,” according to the doctors findings.
“Most modern heart disease is caused by a magnesium deficiency.” A vast and convincing body of research, mostly ignored, has convinced us and many of our colleagues of this fact.
The diet of the industrial world is “deficient on magnesium,” and this is causing an epidemic of heart disease.
Unfortunately, the effects of this low intake of magnesium can be worsened by the high levels of fat, sugar, sodium and phosphate in our diets, as well as, the use of calcium supplements, which has become widespread because of the constant promotion of “calcium’s value for bone health.”
Low levels, causes heart arrhythmia and is a major reason for migraine attacks. Ironically, drugs used in the treatment of asthma cause a loss of it too.
Research has shown that it is vital to heart function, and limits muscle damage during a heart attack; aids regulation of normal heart rhythm; relieves bronchospasm (constricted airways) in the lungs; protects hearing from excess noise; improves parathyroid function; benefits sleep; improves the bio-availability of Vitamin B6 and cholesterol; strengthens tooth enamel and helps improve the functioning of the nerves and muscles.
Do you need magnesium?
Magnesium Deficiency Symptoms
Muscle cramps in legs or feet
Anxiety or irritability
Green vegetables like spinach provide magnesium. The center of the chlorophyll molecule contains magnesium. Nuts, seeds, and some whole grains are also good sources. Magnesium Rich Foods include (Squash, Pumpkin, Watermelon Seeds, Flax, Sesame Seeds, Sunflower Seeds, Almonds and Cashews are all good sources.)
Although it’s is present in many foods, it usually occurs in small amounts. Like most nutrients, daily needs for magnesium cannot be met from a single food.
Eating a wide variety of foods, including five servings of fruits and vegetables daily and plenty of whole grains, helps to ensure an adequate intake of magnesium.
Refined foods have very little magnesium. Whole-wheat bread, for example, has twice as much magnesium as white bread because the magnesium-rich germ and bran are removed when white flour is processed.
Water can provide magnesium, but the amount varies according to the water supply. “Hard” water contains more magnesium than “soft” water.
Author: Steve Berchtoldread more
Have you heard of an
Little did I know about how serious an
almond food allergy
can be. Did you know that reaction to a food allergy can be more than a little rash on your skin?
Tree nuts, including almonds, are the second most common form of food allergies leading to a fatal reaction after peanuts, something I didn’t know till yesterday!
Signs of an Almond Allergy:
Not all reactions are so severe as to result in death, but many people with an almond allergy exhibit a range of symptoms from mild to serious. A person that has an
are considered a lifelong problem, since there is no cure.
Almonds produce the mildest reaction of all tree nut allergies. It is possible to develop an allergic reaction to almonds later in life. But children who are allergic rarely outgrown this particular allergy. Unlabeled foods and health care products may contain almond components resulting in an unexpected reaction for allergy sufferers.
Some people have a mild allergy to almonds. This may manifest itself in a variety of ways. Severe allergic reactions can quickly develop into breathing trouble, wheezing and swelling of the tongue and/or throat. Respiratory symptoms from a mild almond allergy include wheezing and difficulty breathing. Gastrointestinal symptoms like nausea, diarrhea and vomiting may also occur.
You may may notice swelling or tingling around the mouth. Itchy skin rashes or hives may also arise, and these may occur whether the person has touched or eaten the allergy-causing almonds. The amount of almonds consumed may affect the severity of the reaction and how many symptoms appear. Some people may experience mild symptoms the first few times they eat almonds, but the symptoms become increasingly problematic with time.
Almond Allergy Treatment:
Severest reactions include a drop in blood pressure and loss of consciousness. An allergic reaction to almonds sometimes starts with a tingling sensation in the mouth. Then, abdominal cramps or diarrhea may occur. If you feel that you are having an allergic reaction to almonds, you can take Benadryl or Claritin. If the reaction still escalates to shortness of breath, wheezing or swelling of tongue or throat, get to a clinic or hospital where they can administer epinephrine.
Depending on the person, sufferers may develop allergy symptoms in minutes or several hours later.
When a person is allergic to almonds, it’s most likely that they will be allergic to other nuts.
Always read food labels and personal products like shampoos and suntan lotion. Manufacturers occasionally change product ingredients sometimes before changing the labeling. If you’re not sure, call the manufacturer directly.
According to Dr. Alan Greene, laryngospasm from a food allergy, such as an almond allergy, happens when the offending food causes swelling in the throat when swallowed. This swelling spreads to the vocal cords, which when swollen block the airway. As a result of this blockage, the individual becomes unable to breathe and can die without immediate medical treatment.
In some people, the first exposure to almonds or other tree nuts sensitizes a vulnerable person to the disease, and they will then experience laryngospasm the second time they eat almonds.
Anaphylactic shock is another type of fatal reaction to almonds that can occur in some people. A person may first experience a tingling or itching sensation and may have a metallic taste in his mouth. After a period of time, ranging from a few minutes to a few hours, the person will experience more severe symptoms, which may include swelling, difficulty breathing, vomiting, diarrhea, cramping, low blood pressure and eventually a loss of consciousness and death.
In my case, I am grateful that I didn’t experience the severity I might have had, but I’m still not eating handfuls of almonds anymore! Almond food allergies can be serious.read more
Are there any good home remedies for tendinitis?
Take fish oil supplements to help tendinitis inflammation. Fish oil supplements are the omega-3 fatty acids, a natural anti-inflammatory.
A tendon is the “end part of a muscle” that attaches the muscle to the bone, tendons are more dense and stiff than the muscle. This makes them susceptible to a low level of tearing. The tearing produces the inflammation and irritation and that’s what we call tendinitis.
is usually seen after excessive repetitive movement, (for example, a tennis player may over use the muscles of the elbow.) The most common areas that become inflamed are the Wrist tendinitis, Hand tendinitis, tendinitis of the Foot, especially the ankle.
How Do I Know If I tendinitis?
Symptoms like achy pain and stiffness to the local area of the tendon, to a burning that surrounds the whole joint, may be tendinitis. The pain is usually worse during and after activity, and the tendon and joint area can become stiffer the next day.
Is There A Natural Tendinitis Treatment Or Home Remedy? Tendonitis of the Knee or Tendonitis in the Elbow are good examples of common places people experience tendinitis.
With proper care, the pain from tendinitis should decrease over a few weeks, but severe cases it can take over a year to heal. If you’ve had pain for 6 months, this condition is considered chronic and is much more difficult to treat. It’s important to loosen up the tendon, lessen the pain, and minimize any inflammation.
Supplements That Lesson Pain-Tendonitis home remedies
MSM is a natural supplement that heals tissue at a cellular level and has anti-inflammatory effects. MSM can help alleviate pain. It adds flexibility and permeability to cell membranes, facilitating fluid and nutrient transport in and out of the cells (and the release of trapped toxins).
It also has the effect of softening tissue, helping to equalize pressure on cells. MSM is a great natural remedy for tendinitis.
Serrapeptase digests inflammation in all forms. Serrapeptase is a chemical taken from the silkworm. It’s a commonly used drug in Japan and Europe. In the U.S., serrapeptase is classified as a dietary supplement.
Used for painful conditions including back pain, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, carpel tunnel syndrome, migraineheadache, and tension headache, it is a viable, natural alternative to salicylates, ibuprofen and the more potent NSAIDs.
Unlike these drugs, Serrapeptase is a naturally occurring, physiologic agent with no inhibitory effects on prostaglandins and is devoid of gastrointestinal side effects. It is a natural treatment for all types of pain, including tendinitis.
There are many silica and silicon supplements on the market, but the Organic Silicon G5 is unique in its ability to replenish the system with sufficient silicon to allow the body to accomplish its own healing.
Resolving tendinitis, (as well as a tendonosis) involves both local and global “systemic” treatment.
Your adrenal glands, pancreas, and liver are the three major organs involved in tendinitis problems. The adrenal glands are your hormonal glands that deal with stress. They will secrete excess cortisol when there is too much dietary, physical, or emotional stress.
Over time, the beneficial hormone DHEA, also made in the adrenal glands, will become depleted with persistent chronic stress, resulting in low sex hormone levels such as testosterone and estrogen, since those are made from DHEA.
This constant cortisol burden will tax the liver, which must detoxify the hormone, and much of this is done by a process known as “sulfation.” When your body uses up sulfur, it has less available to heal injured tendons as well as your cartilage (joints) where they attach.
Chronic stress leads to chronic inflammation and the inability to heal. The increased cortisol also plays havoc on the pancreas, creating a constant tug-of-war between the two organs (the pancreas and the adrenals), as they try to keep blood sugar levels from swinging out of control all day long as you work, exercise, and sleep. This will create insulin and carbohydrate sensitivities, and create even more inflammation.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or (NSAIDs) are often prescribed for many “itis” problems (arthritis). These will also deplete sulfur from your body because that’s how your liver detoxifies them, so overall healing is even further delayed.
If you ever feel better from taking a NDAID, it’s a sure sign that you have a fatty acid metabolism problem in your body. If there was no fatty acid metabolism problem or imbalance, you’d see no benefit taking the drug.
Using ice can sometimes help with the pain and inflammation during the acute phase of the injury, but it should not be used for weeks on end. This may in fact just be numbing your pain temporarily during use, but actually delaying the healing by constricting blood flow to the area and artificially reducing inflammation too much for the tendon to heal. You do need some inflammation to heal in the acute phase, not too much for too long, and not too little!
Tendonitis home remedies for Tendinitis
White willow (renowned for its pain- and inflammation-relieving abilities for thousands of years. The bark contains salicin, an analgesic compound from which salicylic acid and later acetylsalicylic acid (otherwise known as aspirin) were derived. Herbalists recommend white willow bark for headache, fever, arthritis, and other disorders characterized by pain and inflammation, including heart disease.
Ginger (Ginger’s most well-known medicinal use is as a digestive-aid, to relieve tummy pain, nausea and diarrhoea, as well as morning sickness and travel sickness.)
Turmeric (Turmeric is promoted mainly as an anti-inflammatory herbal remedy and is said to produce fewer side effects than commonly used pain relievers. Some practitioners prescribe turmeric to relieve inflammation caused by arthritis, muscle sprains, swelling, and pain caused by injuries or surgical incisions.)
Homeopathy – Ruta, Rhus Tox, Arnica
Homeopathic cream- Traumeel
Boswellia (Sourced from the resin of the boswellia tree, boswellia extract is rich in boswellic acid (a substance with anti-inflammatory effects).
Bromelain (Bromelain is a natural enzyme found in the stem and fruit of the pineapple, a tropical fruit native to Central and South America. Bromelain supplements are promoted as an alternative remedy for various health problems including joint inflammation and cancer.
Devil’s claw (Devil’s claw is used for “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis), arthritis, gout, muscle pain (myalgia), back pain, tendinitis, chest pain, gastrointestinal (GI) upset or heart burn, fever, and migraine headache.)
Tendinitis home remedies can help, but so will the right diet, exercise and rest.
The Secret Allergy Connection
is not that much of a mystery when you understand the way your body receives nutrients. Allergy Symptoms show up when we can’t normally do this.
It’s believed that 35 to 45% of us react negatively to various foods. Today everybody knows someone that has some kind of intolerance to certain foods.
The intestinal tract’s job is to take food in, digest it and absorb its nutrients, but when this is not done properly food allergens can irritate the intestinal tract and open the door to inflammations.
Allergies or allergy, just another sign of other gut issues:
These can lead to a “leaky gut syndrome“ where nutrients are not absorbed properly and where toxins pass through the intestinal wall causing damage to other organs and tissues.
“Allergy or Allergic reaction”
is different than a “food intolerance.” However, they’re both caused by an adverse reaction to food.
ALLERGIC FOOD REACTION is triggered by the immune system. For this type of allergy, a person has to be exposed to the food itself. The symptoms that result are usually severe and immediate and can sometimes be fatal. The medical term for this is Anaphylaxis.
Not many people have this type of reaction and usually only to a single or specific types of foods. Peanuts sometimes cause this type of reaction in some people.
FOOD INTOLERANCE is quite common. It’s also caused by adverse reaction to food. It’s caused by a deficiency of specific chemicals or enzymes, needed to digest a food substance and can also be caused by natural or synthetic chemicals in the food that the body is unable to tolerate.
The intolerance can be dependent on the quantity consumed. The symptoms that result are more chronic and can sometimes be delayed which makes the connection between cause and effect, most difficult to diagnose.
There are pages of information about allergies and food intolerances on the internet, but Dr. Clark’s research on food allergens and how we develop allergies is quite unique.
Our liver is an amazing organ and is responsible for the detoxification of otherwise harmful things consumed by what we eat and drink. These include chemical preservatives, flavorings, and coloring added to our foods plus the molecules of plastics, solvents, and metals that are picked up by our foods during harvesting, processing, and packaging.
If, what we send to our liver is more than it can handle, the contaminants that are not detoxed, roam free in the body through our blood and fluids bringing pain and other allergic reactions.
One of Dr. Clark’s discoveries was that parasites contribute to keeping the liver from doing its detoxifying job but how and why this happens was still to be researched.
Dr. Clark also realized a connection to magnetic polarization in that a healthy person’s cells have a north polarization during the daylight hours when nature designed us to be active.
She was convinced that we were meant to consume mainly north polarized substances such as fresh foods and clean water.
Dr. Clark found that aged foods which undergo long preservation methods or processing and the heavy metals added to our drinking water as part of the purification process, all have a south polarity and, in turn result in some of our cells becoming south polarized too.
Dr. Clark suspected this south polarization triggered a cell’s (and organ’s) normal alert system which resulted in the cell opening via an inflammation reaction to receive the body’s natural IgE treatment.
What would happen, however, is if a parasite or fluke is present and reaches these compromised cells, the fluke’s bacteria will invade the open cell and multiply producing d-tyramine, a special amine that can turn nearby substances from l-forms to d-forms of amino acids.
The l-amino acids in the vicinity of a buski parasite soon switch to d-forms and north polarities change to southerly. Because our body uses only l-forms and not d-forms of amino acids, we quickly find our body compromised and in deep trouble. It sounds pretty complicated, but the research she did speaks for itself.
Chemicals that are added or placed on food for growing, preservation, or for processing can become allergens if the body is not able to detox them and they become d-forms of amino acids and phenolics instead of the needed l-forms.
This can also happen through chemicals the food develops naturally. For example PIT (phenylisothiocyanate), found in many vegetables but mainly those of the cabbage family, is a cyanide that gives vegetables a natural protection from insects, disease, and grazing animals.
But if we eat too much of certain foods, even if they are considered “good foods”, our metabolism will be disturbed by the natural protective substances they contain.
We all have experienced this feeling at times. The danger occurs from parasites, their waste, bacteria, metals (such as nickel), and radioactivity, that are in us and looking for opportunities to penetrate cells that have been opened by an inflammation reaction.
Remember, a south polarity causes our body to change the amino acid structure from l- to d-forms and it is the d-forms that prevent the liver and pancreas enzymes from digesting and detoxifying our foods efficiently.
It is ironic that, when our organs and tissues recognize they need help, they call for the allergy-fighting mechanism PGE2 (prostaglandin E2), but the more PGE2 that is made by our tissues, the more inflammation we will experience.
This same inflammation, in turn, opens the doors of our cells to bacteria and viruses, which, bring us pain, diarrhea, bloating, gas, respiratory problems , sweats, and other allergic symptoms.
Our organs have specific preferences or attractions which are called tropisms. For example, certain herbs help the eye or throat. Food allergens also have tropisms and are attracted to specific organs.
This is the reason why every organ has its own allergy and sometimes more than one. When your liver can’t detoxify an allergic substance after we eat it, soon it finds the organ that it is attracted to (tropism) and if this organ has a south polarization from contaminants such as nickel or radioactivity, the organ’s cells will be open because of inflammation allowing the contaminant to enter.
HOW WE GET RID OF OUR ALLERGIES:
• Kill parasites and starve them of their favorite food
• Remove metals and radioactivity
• Do liver cleanses until the liver action is much better
• Change your food constantly to avoid overburdening our detoxifying mechanisms
• Eat only the freshest of food that has l-forms exclusively
• Avoid aged food regardless of its chemical preservation to avoid getting more d-forms
• Avoid the food allergen in connection to the disturbed organ
Our bodies use of and sensitivity to food is very complex. This complexity that provides tolerances can also lead to intolerances. Seasonal Allergy is another reactionary example.
Through Dr. Clark’s research on food, we now understand why sometimes enzymes are not able to digest what we consume and the liver is not able to detox our foods sufficiently. Parasites, their bacteria, and other contaminants constantly challenge our immune system and impede the action of our liver and organs.
The contaminants we ingest can also force our cells into a south polarity.Our body requires the l-forms of amino acids and cannot use the d-forms that result from contaminant induced south polarity. Plus, our natural defense to harmful materials attacking our tissues and organs produces PGE2 which causes inflammation and, ironically, opens the protective doors of our cells to bacteria and viruses.
An allergy and anyone who suffers with allergies will now better understand why.read more
Diabetes and depression
are two major reasons to stop drinking artificial sweeteners!
Another study confirms what people have been saying for years: Stop drinking diet soda. Like, right now. Avoid
diabetes and depression
and other related health risks!
According to French researchers, drinking just one 12-ounce can of an artificially sweetened fizzy drink per week can increase your risk of Type 2 diabetes by 33 percent. Most people don’t stop at one serving a week, your real risk for diabetes could actually be much higher.
Diet Soda May Also Increase Risk of Depression
The study conducted by France’s National Institute of Health and Medical Research, was announced Thursday, February 7, 2013 and will be published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
Diet Soda Making You Fat
The results were unexpected. We already know that people who consume a lot of sugar are more likely to develop diabetes, the researchers found that participants who drank “light” or “diet” soft drinks had a higher risk of developing Type 2 diabetes than those who drank regular, sugar-filled sodas.
Those who drank 100 percent natural squeezed fruit juices instead had no additional risk.
Women who choose artificially flavored soft drinks usually drink twice as many of them as women who choose regular soda. Women who drank up to 12 ounces of artificially sweetened beverages per week were 33 percent more likely to develop the disease, and women who drank about 20 ounces per week had a 66 percent increase in risk.
Drinking sweetened beverages increases the risk of becoming overweight, which is itself a risk factor in developing diabetes. But the study didn’t find that the results were the same even among overweight women.
So do artificially sweetened drinks make the problem worse if they’re fat and calorie-free?
“With respect, in particular, to ‘light’ or ‘diet’ drinks, the relationship with
can be explained partially by a greater craving for sugar in general by female consumers of this type of soft drink,” the researchers said.
Aspartame, one of the main artificial sweeteners used today, causes an increase in glycaemia and results in a rise in the insulin level in comparison to that produced by sucrose.
Translation: Drinking artificially sweetened drinks makes you crave other sweet things! Your body reacts to aspartame (also known as NutraSweet and Equal) in the same way it reacts to plain old sugar.
The American Diabetes Association say that, about 25.8 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes—about 8.3 percent of the population.
The disease is the leading cause of new cases of blindness in people age 20 and older, and can also cause heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, kidney disease, and damage to the nervous system.
Type 2 diabetes can be controlled by diet and exercise rather than a daily insulin injection.
Diabetes is bad enough, but drinking a sweetener that can cause you to suffer depression too? Diabetes-Depression is a good reason to lay off sodas.read more
are a problem that millions of people have, and most of us only get marginal relief from drugs, which can also have negative side effects.
Home and natural remedies, usually have fewer side effects, and still can be very powerful to combat the effects of
Experts say there are more than 26 million Americans who suffer from seasonal
and about 50 million who suffer from all types of allergies .
Often these allergic reactions are triggered by a high seasonal pollen count.
Those of us who suffer with sniffling, sneezing and itching allergy symptoms typically rely on numerous drugs and sprays for relief, often with mixed results.
Many pharmaceutical treatments relieve sneezing and itching, but do little to treat congestion.
In fact, at a recent meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, Dr. William E. Berger reported that nearly a third of allergy patients think their medications don’t work.
Plus, pharmaceutical remedies are often expensive and frequently come with unwanted side effects, like drowsiness and nasal irritation.
The sedative effects of these drugs can impair driving ability and cause a mental disconnect that many users find irritating.
Annual bouts with pollen aren’t just uncomfortable, they also take a toll on mental well-being. Studies have shown that during ragweed season, allergy sufferers often experience a general sense of fatigue, especially mental fatigue, and are more prone to feelings of sadness.
People who suffer from allergies also are up to 14 times more likely to experience migraine headaches than those who don’t have allergies .
The statistics may make you want to run away to “a land with no plants and irritants,” and wait until the whole season blows over, but it is possible to go outdoors without first loading up on allergy medications, even when they’re in full bloom.
Here are several home remedies that are medically proven to aid in controlling allergies and help you breathe easier, even when pollen counts are at their worst.
Imagine a prickly invader entering your nasal passages and latching onto soft mucous membranes. These mucous membranes line our bronchial and nasal passages and contain immune cells, called mast cells, which are loaded with histamines.
Receptors sit on top of these mast cells, and when pollen, mold or pet dander lands on top of the receptor, it alerts the mast cells, which respond by releasing histamine and other chemicals.
The histamine initiates a series of reactions designed to help the body get rid of the intruder, including sneezing, watery eyes and itching.
For people with asthma, this reaction may also include swelling in the bronchial tubes that makes it difficult to breathe.
Most allergy medications attempt to treat the symptoms your body initiates to get rid of the allergen. But doesn’t it make more sense to build up your defenses before your body goes into attack mode? Many of the natural remedies discussed below are designed to prevent a reaction before it occurs.
A few minor lifestyle changes can also help keep symptoms under control:
Avoid using window fans to cool rooms, because that pulls more pollen indoors.
Keep windows closed when driving, to avoid breathing more pollen.
Limit your time outdoors when ragweed pollen counts are highest.
More things that can help head off allergies before they start, as well as some “drug free” ways to treat symptoms when they do arise.
Neti Pots. What could be simpler than rinsing away allergens with saltwater? I have been telling people about the Neti Pot for years. Why?
Because, many years ago I had a severe sinus infection.
After spending agonizing time in a doctors office “waiting room” and wishing I could just die and go home to be with Jesus, my sister told me about this little thing that looks sort of like a tea pot.
A Neti pot is shaped kind of like Aladdin’s lamp and have been used in India for thousands of years to flush the sinuses out and keep them clear.
It takes some getting used to for most of us, but it’s kind of like using nasal spray.
A little douse of saltwater can rinse away those prickly pollen grains and help flush out about 80% of the allergens in our nose and sinuses.
An Italian study published in the International Archives of Allergy and Immunology found that “nasal flushing” was a mild and effective way to treat seasonal allergies in children, and markedly reduced their use of antihistamines.
Neti pots are inexpensive and in my opinion, one of the most effective things you can do to get rid of the allergens in your sinuses.
Simply mix a quarter to a half teaspoon of noniodized table salt into a cup of lukewarm water and pour it into the pot. Use sea salt ONLY!
Lean over a sink with your head slightly cocked to one side, then put the spout of the neti pot into one nostril and allow the water to drain out the other nostril.
Gently blow out each nostril to clear them completely.
Neti pots are available online and at natural health food stores. Use it about twice a day during allergy season, especially in the morning and after spending time outdoors.
You also can use your neti pot before bed to prevent snoring caused by allergies and promote optimal overnight breathing.
Allergies can be beat and I like to do it the natural way!read more