January 20, 2017

10 Medicinal Herbs, Oils and Foods of the Bible

by Rob Fischer

This may seem like an unusual theme for an article, but allow me to explain my perspective. When we begin to delve into the wonders of the natural world, it’s absurd to me to think that this all could have happened “by chance.” There are simply too many variables; too many contingencies; too many dependencies in nature to try to explain their intricacies and interdependencies on happenstance.

Instead, I firmly believe that what we enjoy in nature today is the work of our Creator. I believe, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1) I also believe that God continues to sustain and uphold all things and that He is active in our lives whether we choose to acknowledge Him or not. Psalm 104:13-15 bears this out beautifully in poetic form:

medicine of the bibleHe waters the mountains from his upper chambers; the land is satisfied by the fruit of his work. He makes grass grow for the cattle, and plants for people to cultivate—bringing forth food from the earth: wine that gladdens human hearts, oil to make their faces shine, and bread that sustains their hearts.[1]

If this perspective is true, then it should come as no surprise to us that our Creator has provided for us some amazing natural remedies. Some of these are so accessible that we can pluck them from the garden or the forest. Others require a refining process of some kind and we wonder, “How in the world did mankind ever discover this?”

When we look at some of the healing herbs and oils of the Bible, I caution us not to award them any special prominence. While some of the Bible is prescriptive (telling us how we should live), much of it is descriptive (telling us how people of that era and locale lived). And in the case of these herbs, oils and foods, certainly these represent gifts from God to us, but they are not “God’s prescription” for us.

The Bible and the herbs and oils it describes center around the Middle East and ancient times. The people of that day used what was at hand. In other parts of the world and in other climates we enjoy some of the same herbs and oils, but also many different ones not available in the Middle East.

So what makes the herbs and oils of the Bible so special? It’s simply the wonder of knowing that those who lived thousands of years before us struggled with many of the same health issues that we face. Even back then, they enjoyed an amazing natural medicine chest stocked for them by their (and our) loving Creator, God. And we can enjoy these too.

10 Medicinal Herbs, Oils and Foods of the Bible

1. Dill

If you’re like me, you’re probably wondering, “What’s dill good for besides making dill pickles?” Matthew 23:23 mentions dill as an herb that was commonly grown in Bible times. As an herb, dill grows in many places all over the world. You may even grow it in your herb garden. Dill is extremely versatile and both the seeds and leaves are used in foods and medicines.

Dill’s medicinal values come primarily from monoterpenes compounds, flavonoids, minerals and amino acids.[2] These components act as an antioxidant and neutralize particular types of carcinogens, such as the smoke generated from roasting, grilling, charring or frying food.

health benefits of dill

Dill has been effective in the relief of:

  • Insomnia
  • Diarrhea
  • Dysentery
  • Menstrual disorders
  • Respiratory issues
  • Fungal and bacterial infections

Dill can also:

  • Boost the immune system and digestion
  • Help prevent arthritis and even cancer
  • Promote bone health
  • Help manage insulin levels in those with diabetes[3], [4], [5]

Make dill tea by crushing two teaspoons of dill seeds, steeping them in a cup of boiling water for ten minutes, and then straining.[6] You can also simply chew on dill seeds to reap their health benefits. Dill essential oil and dried dill leaves are also available as supplements.

2. Mint

Like dill, mint is also referred to in that passage in Matthew’s Gospel. Most of us are aware of the fresh, cool flavor of mint that’s used today in a wide variety of applications. But mint also packs some amazing health benefits. Of all foods known to mankind, mint is one of the highest in antioxidants.[7]

  • Mint also possesses anti-inflammatory properties due to rosmarinic acid. This compound is noted for its ability to provide relief from seasonal allergies and keep breathing airways open.[8]
  • Mint’s natural aromatic ingredient menthol helps relieve the common cold, indigestion, nausea, gas, and irritable bowel syndrome.
  • Peppermint extract is also an excellent pain reliever.
  • Mint oil can also provide relief from insect bites and rashes.[9]
  • Mint aroma is also known to calm a person suffering depression or fatigue.[10]

You can chew mint leaves, make a tea from its leaves by steeping dried leaves for 10 minutes, or applying mint oil according to the manufacturer’s guidelines.

3. Cumin

This herb is the third one mentioned in that Matthew passage above. The active ingredients in cumin include cuminaldehyde and thymol. In particular, these two compounds activate the salivary glands that help digest food and relieve the distress of gas. This seed of good digestion stimulates the secretion of pancreatic enzymes, compounds necessary for proper digestion and nutrient assimilation. Cumin seeds and cumin essential oil pressed from its seeds provide its health benefits.

Cumin is used to treat:

  • Piles
  • Insomnia
  • Respiratory disorders
  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Anemia
  • Skin disorders and boils
  • Cancer (protects against stomach or liver tumors)

Additionally, cumin has anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties.[11] It also improves the immune system.[12]

You can make a tea by boiling two teaspoons of cumin seeds in water and steeping for ten minutes. Or, introduce cumin into your cooking by grinding cumin seeds to a powder using a mortar and pestle. Cumin compliments garbanzo beans, black beans, brown rice, as well as vegetables. Cumin seed essential oil is also available.

4. Rue

Rue, a less common herb, is mentioned in Luke 11:42. Rue grows wild or cultivated and displays a pretty yellow flower. Today, rue flourishes wild across North America in zones 6 through 11. Rue is more of a shrub than a plant and grows up to two feet tall.[13]

Rue is a good source of flavonoids and boasts an impressive set of medicinal compounds. Rue possesses properties as an antidote to poison, an anti-arthritic, anti-rheumatic, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, insecticidal, sedative, digestive, anti-epileptic, and anti-hysteric.[14]

Rue is effective in relieving joint pain due to arthritis and rheumatism. In smoke or mist form it serves as an excellent insect repellant. It can also kill microbes and prevent bacterial infections. Rue essential oil can prove very effective against:

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How to Eat and Drink your Turmeric

Turmeric: A Tasty Ingredient with Healing Power

by Rob Fischer

Perhaps the spice turmeric conjures up some of the vivid sights, sounds and smells of India. This exotic yellow herb has been a part of India’s culinary culture for centuries. But the rich heritage of turmeric doesn’t end at the palate. Turmeric also holds a prominent position in India and other parts of the world for its powerful medicinal properties. And it’s coming into its own in the US as well.

More specifically, curcumin is the active compound in the pungent spice turmeric that renders its healing powers. Curcumin ranks among the most potent anti-inflammatory compounds known to man. (Equal or better than hydrocortisone and phenylbutazone and other over-the-counter anti-inflammatories, but without the nasty side effects of those drugs.)[1]

7 healing powers of turmericAdditionally, new research reveals that curcumin also:[2]

  • Kills fungal infections
  • Lowers blood sugar
  • Protects against cognitive and memory loss
  • Kills some forms of cancer
  • Treats rheumatoid arthritis
  • Manages depression
  • And more!

If you’re looking to get the health benefits of turmeric, pair it with pepper. Black pepper improves the bioavailability of turmeric, making smaller doses more effective. To get the most out of your turmeric add 3% black pepper to the mix. This works out to about 1/2 teaspoon of ground pepper to 1/4 cup of turmeric. To make it easy, simply premix pepper into your jar of turmeric.

A cousin of ginger, turmeric is also a root (actually, a rhizome) with a deep golden color and a sharp, slightly bitter flavor. You can find ground turmeric in the spice section of any grocery store. More recently, fresh turmeric root is available in the produce section of many grocery and specialty stores. To use the fresh root, you first need to peel it. Then simply grate with a microplane grater or cut off whole pieces. You can wrap the unused portion tightly in plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator for a week to 10 days.

There are plenty of recipes that employ turmeric – especially curries – but how do you get turmeric into your diet every day? Below you’ll find a delicious recipe for breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus a bonus recipe.[3] So let’s get started!

Breakfast: Spicy Potatoes and Scrambled Eggs[4]

scrambled eggs and potatoes with tumeric spiceIngredients

  • 2 potatoes, scrubbed
  • 4 Tbsp vegetable oil, divided
  • 3 eggs
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp ground coriander
  • ½ tsp ground turmeric
  • ½ tsp chili powder

Directions

  1. Pierce potatoes with a fork or knife and microwave on high until they are cooked through. Once fully cooked, peel and cut into small cubes and set aside.
  2. Pour 2 tablespoons of oil into a skillet and scramble the 3 eggs, adding salt and pepper to taste. Cover to keep warm until potatoes are ready.
  3. In another skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of oil, then mix in all the spices and add the potatoes. Cook these until they’re golden brown and crispy.
  4. Stir eggs and potatoes in together and serve hot.

Lunch: Tacos with Turmeric Spiced Chicken and Tomato Avocado Salsa[5]

This recipe three parts: the turmeric spiced chicken, the tomato avocado salsa, and the tacos. You’ll need a total prep time of at least 30 minutes. (Read directions first.)

Turmeric Spiced Chicken Ingredients

  • Tacos with Turmeric Spiced Chicken and Tomato Avocado Salsa2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • ½ tsp crushed red pepper
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs, trimmed

Tomato Avocado Salsa ingredients

  • 6 medium vine-ripened tomatoes, cut into ½-inch chunks (2 ½ cups)
  • 2 avocados, peeled and cut into ½-inch chunks (1 ½ cups)
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped red onion
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp ground turmeric

Tacos

  • 2 cups shredded lettuce
  • 8 flour tortillas (8-inch)

Directions

  1. To prepare the chicken, mix the oil and all the spices in a small bowl. Place the chicken in a large glass bowl. Add the prepared marinade and coat all chicken pieces well. Refrigerate 30 minutes or more for extra flavor.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare the salsa. Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl and cover. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  3. Remove chicken from marinade and discard remaining marinade. Grill chicken over medium-high heat 6 to 8 minutes per side or until cooked through. Cut chicken into thin strips.
  4. Place ¼ cup lettuce on each tortilla and add chicken and salsa. Fold and roll tortillas to serve up to eight people.

Dinner: Turmeric Shrimp Stew[6]

Turmeric Shrimp StewIngredients

  • 2 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 pounds whole shelled shrimp
  • 1 ¼ tsp garlic salt
  • ¾ tsp ground turmeric
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • 4 cups peeled and cubed potatoes
  • 3 cups organic chicken broth
  • 1 ½ cups frozen peas and carrots
  • Pepper, to taste

Directions

  1. Heat oil in 5-quart Dutch oven on medium heat. Add onion; cook and stir 5 minutes or until softened.
  2. Add shrimp; cook and stir until no longer pink. Add all remaining spices. Cook and stir 1 minute.
  3. Stir in potatoes and broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; simmer uncovered 15 minutes.
  4. Add peas and carrots and simmer 10 more minutes or until vegetables are tender.
  5. Serve over rice or pasta if desired.

And especially for those who enjoy smoothies, we’ve included a bonus recipe!

Anti-Aging Coconut Turmeric Smoothie[7]

anti aging coconut turmeric smoothieIngredients

  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup diced pineapple
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 tsp ground (or freshly grated) turmeric
  • 2 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • Pinch of black pepper

Directions

Blend all ingredients until smooth and creamy!

Considering that inflammation plays a major role in most chronic illnesses, an anti-inflammatory agent like turmeric spice is perfect for prevention purposes. Enjoy these four delicious recipes using turmeric, the wonder herb of the East. Turmeric can be an affordable staple in your home to avoid illness, keep your immune system strong, and stay young.

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Rob FischerRob Fischer has been writing professionally for over 35 years. His experience includes ghostwriting, creating curricula, study guides, articles, blogs, newsletters, manuals, workbooks, and training courses. He has written over a dozen books and serves as an editor for a nationally known copywriter.

 

 

Sources:
[1] The World’s Healthiest Foods, “Turmeric,” nd, http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=78.
[2] Dr. Josh Axe, “7 Powerful Turmeric Health Benefits & Side Effects,” nd, http://draxe.com/turmeric-health-benefits/.
[3] Turmeric only contains about 3% curcumin, so for best medicinal results take a curcumin supplement.
[4] AllRecipes.com, “Spicy Potatoes and Scrambled Eggs,” http://allrecipes.com/recipe/23913/spicy-potatoes-and-scrambled-eggs/?internalSource=recipe%20hub&referringId=1154&referringContentType=recipe%20hub.
[5] McCormick, “Turmeric Spiced Chicken with Tomato Avocado Salsa,” nd, http://www.mccormick.com/Recipes/Main-Dishes/Turmeric-Spiced-Chicken-with-Tomato-Avocado-Salsa.
[6] McCormick, “Peruvian Chicken Stew,” nd, http://www.mccormick.com/Recipes/Main-Dishes/Peruvian-Chicken-Stew.
[7] Food Matters, “The Anti-Aging Coconut Turmeric Smoothie,” April 6, 2016, http://foodmatters.tv/content/the-anti-aging-coconut-turmeric-smoothie.

Best Turmeric Supplements

updated May 2016

There is a saying that goes, “A teaspoon of turmeric a day keeps cancer at bay!”

This Indian spice is one of nature’s most powerful healers. 

The medicinal properties of turmeric have been slowly revealing themselves over the centuries. Long known for its anti-inflammatory properties, recent research has revealed that turmeric is a natural wonder, beneficial in the treatment of many different health conditions from cancer to Alzheimer’s disease…and even Lupus.

turmeric the wonder herbTurmeric is also used to treat digestive and liver conditions, arthritis pain, irregular menstrual periods, heartburn, stomach ulcers and gallstones. It has natural anti-inflammatory qualities as well as blood-thinning properties that help rebuild brain cells and repair stroke damage.

Many uses of turmeric relate to the antioxidant or anti-inflammatory activities of curcumin, the primary active compound in turmeric.

This wonder herb can:

  • Help relieve indigestion
  • Prevent ulcerative colitis from intensifying
  • Help reduce joint pain swelling, morning stiffness and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Treat psoriasis
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Reduce the proliferation of a wide variety of cancers, especially pancreatic and colon cancer
  • Improve blood sugar levels by boosting the activity of insulin secreting cells in the pancreas. This lowers the chance that pre-diabetes will lead to diabetes
  • Improve mental functioning in Alzheimer’s patients

However, curcumin capsules or turmeric supplements vary in quality, strength, and purity. So, in choosing the best turmeric capsule, read the label carefully. Look for products standardized for 95% curcuminoids.

The standardization process ensures manufacturing consistency in the amount of curcumin from bottle to bottle. In other words, you won’t be shortchanged on the amount of this key ingredient. This is a significant factor in that many clinical trials and medical studies have shown the best results with turmeric supplementation in dosages containing 95% curcumin.

Products lacking the expected curcuminoids that are NOT recommended for consumption are:

  • Advanced Physician Formulas Curcumin – less than 10% of labeled amounts
  • Paradise Herbs and Essentials Turmeric – contains only 14.7% of labeled curcuminoids

The Best of Turmeric

Top turmeric supplementsThe choice of which turmeric brand to buy can be daunting. Do you go for quality, price, brand recognition, or all of the above?

These turmeric products provide the best value (providing 500mg of curcuminoids at the lowest cost):

  • Doctors Best® Best Curcumin C3 Complex®
  • NOW® Curcumin

If you are interested in bioavailability, these turmeric supplements are recommended with bioperine (black pepper) to enhance absorption:

  • Nutrigold® Turmeric Curcumin Gold®
  • Life Extension SuperCurcumin with Bioperine

New research also shows that products that include BCM-95 may have even greater bioavailability (about 7 times of normal curcumin). Though more expensive, supplements with BCM-95 are a good value:

  • Life Extension® Super Bio-Curcumin®
  • Curcumin Extreme

The good thing is that there are already a lot of curcumin supplements available in the market. These supplements have enhanced curcumin in them, which means your body will be able to absorb them better and keep them where they’re needed for a longer time. These are our favorite supplements that will help your body get the most benefit out of curcumin.

Turmeric and CurcuminHere are the remaining 11 best turmeric supplements according to an independent lab testing company that are safe for consumption according to quality, price and label accuracy:

  • Finest Nutrition Turmeric
  • Jarrow Formulas® Curcumin 95
  • Nature Made® Turmeric Curcumin
  • Nutrigold Turmeric Curcumin Gold
  • Organic India® Turmeric Formula
  • Planetary Herbals Full Spectrum Turmeric Extract
  • Progressive Labs Curcumin BCM-95®
  • Puritan’s Pride® Turmeric Curcumin
  • Solar® Turmeric
  • Thompson® Turmeric Curcmin 300 mg
  • Vitacost Turmeric

Take 400 to 600 milligrams of turmeric, three times per day or as directed on the product label.

Curcumin or turmeric taken orally is best absorbed when taken with black pepper or piperine, a constituent of black pepper responsible for its pungency. When shopping for the best turmeric supplements, we recommend that the one you choose contains bioperine or piperine. Be patient when taking turmeric supplements: the full benefits may not be apparent for eight weeks.

Cooking with Turmeric

If you’re cooking with turmeric, be sure to add some black pepper to the food. Ways to eat it: one of the easiest, fastest ways to get your daily turmeric is just to mix a small spoonful of the powder with some warm water, stir briskly, and drink. Yes, it actually tastes quite good, especially once you get used to it.

Or, sprinkle a spoonful or two on your cauliflower or broccoli, in your soups, seafood or meat. Almost any combination works with this amazingly tasty and healthy spice. To help you get on board with this trendy superfood, we’ve provided recipes on how to cook with turmeric so you can be sure to use it.

Turmeric is one of the world’s great antioxidants. Plus, nothing is more important than maintaining a healthy inflammatory response — and this spice helps your body do just that. It’s a great defense mechanism against cancer, joint pain, Alzheimer’s and Lupus….and so much more!

Taken in normal doses, turmeric should be safe for most people. But as with nearly any powerful herb, taking doses that are too high can produce ill-effects.

We are discovering that more and more disease processes appear to depend on inflammation to wreak their havoc on our brains, arteries and joints. The best turmeric supplements offer us a natural, safe and effective anti-inflammatory agent to help ward off and treat these diseases.

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Food for Joint Pain

I’ve often heard people chalk up their joint pain and stiffness to their increasing age. Many people believe that joint pain is just part of the territory as we get older.  However, with the proper diet, we can prevent, slow, or even stop joint pain!

Although many people are diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, not all joint pain is caused by this devastating autoimmune disease.  Believe it or not, the cause may lie entirely in what you eat!

Certain foods can actually cause joint pain.  The reason why isn’t always clear, but many times these substances seem to aggravate our body. This aggravation can result in unpleasant pain, inflammation, and stiffness.  It is almost as if your body is telling you that it’s angry when a certain food is put into your body.

Now, your job is to simply listen to your body’s cry for help by eliminating those foods and replacing them with healthy alternatives.

Sugar and Joint Pain

No one likes seeing sugar on the list of foods that are bad for us.  But, you just can’t hide from it.  Sugar can cause all kinds of diseases ranging from diabetes to cancer.  Unfortunately, it can cause joint pain and stiffness, as well.  You may love that sweet taste on your lips, but your body may be crying out in pain.

eating sugarThere is a particular process that occurs in your body when you eat foods high in sugar.  It is this process that leads to pain in your joints:

  1. Eating sugar leads to rapidly elevated blood sugar…
  2. Which leads to a rapid release of insulin…
  3. Which leads to your body reacting with an immune response…
  4. Which can lead to systemic inflammation
  5. Which can lead to joint pain and stiffness

It may sound a bit harsh, but consuming a lot of sugar is toxic.  No, it doesn’t kill you instantly.  But it slowly chips away at your health a little at a time.  It may go unnoticed, at first.  But as time passes, you are left in the end with pain or disease.

Avoiding all sugar is best.  But the top sweet health-busting contributors to stay away from are:

  • High fructose corn syrup
  • Sucrose
  • White sugar
  • Glucose

I recommend using safe sweeteners like:

  • Honey (in moderation)
  • Coconut sugar
  • Xylitol
  • Stevia

If you’d like more information on safe alternatives to sugar, then check out this article devoted entirely to safe sweeteners.

Artificial Sweeteners and Joint Pain

As you can see above, I didn’t mention artificial sweeteners on my list of safe sweeteners.  That was for a good reason!  Artificial sweeteners are far worse than sugar!  These lab created chemicals have often been linked to joint pain, muscle pain and stiffness.  Some people have even experienced symptoms of full-blown MS (multiple sclerosis) from consuming artificial sweeteners! And that, unfortunately, isn’t all.

There is a long laundry list of diseases that can be caused by artificial sweeteners, including many forms of cancer!  The most common artificial sweeteners on the market are:

  1. Aspartame (Nutrasweet)
  2. Saccharine (Sweet and Low)
  3. Sucralose (Splenda)

You can look at the science behind why these sweeteners are so toxic to the body.  But it boils down to something very simple to understand —- they’re not real food!  Anytime you put some sort of unnatural product in your body, you’re likely to have unnatural side-effects.  A great example is the long list of possible side-effects listed on every pharmaceutical and over-the-counter drug.

The reality is that these lab created sweeteners are essentially drugs with a dirty little secret.  They may be FDA approved, but it doesn’t mean they are side-effect free!! Click to tweet this.

  • Saccharin is a potential carcinogen that is linked to bladder cancer.
  • Aspartame is linked to depression, cancer, headaches and increased hunger, to name a few. Over consumption even has a name: aspartame poisoning, which includes joint pain as one of its symptoms.
  • Sucralose – discovered while creating a new insecticide and is widely associated with gastrointestinal problems, cutting the population of the good bacteria in your gut in half within a few weeks.
  • Acesulfame K, while lesser known, is also a carcinogen. It’s long term use leads to a host of problems, including mental decline, cancer, liver and kidney problems, as well as headaches and depression.

I highly suggest you remove all artificial sweeteners from your diet.  Not just to help with your aches and pains, but for your overall health!

Saving calories isn’t worth when it comes to these chemical sweeteners! Sweeteners are not essential nutrients in our diet, so they exist to nurture our sweet tooth, not our bodies. Remember, there is nothing in our diet that we can consume without a cost.

Caffeine and Joint Pain

We live in a society absolutely addicted to caffeine.  Energy drinks, coffee shops, and chocolate are everywhere!   Although consuming caffeine in moderation doesn’t typically cause any health issues, over indulging can cause joint pain.  And by over indulging, I mean more than one cup of coffee a day.  Don’t forget that soda and decaf coffee contain caffeine, as well!

There is no definitive research as to why caffeine can cause joint pain.  However, some believe it is because caffeine is such a strong diuretic.  Diuretics can cause systemic dehydration, which can lead to a buildup of uric acid.  This causes a painful condition of the joints called gout.  Also, dehydration of the joint itself can occur causing stiffness and pain. Many people have seen significant reduction in joint pain by eliminating caffeine.  It is definitely worth giving it a try!

Food Allergies and Joint Pain

When people think of a food allergy, they typically associate it with digestive upsets or anaphylactic shock.  But not all food allergies manifest in the same way. There are people who may go their entire lives not knowing they have a food allergy because it’s manifestations aren’t typical.  They are still having an immune response, even if mild.   Although it is not as noticeable as other allergies, this subtle reaction can cause inflammation and pain in your joints!

Food allergies can develop at any age.  Your body may have tolerated a food most of your life, but eventually your immune system begins to overreact.  Inflammation is a very common immune response to food allergens.  Hives, bloating, and itchy watery eyes are all manifestations of the inflammatory response in our bodies.

However, an inflammatory response can also manifest in your joints. After all, an allergic antibody can attached itself to any tissue in the body. If it affixes to your joints, the offensive food can cause worsening joint symptoms.  Pain, swelling, and damage to your joints can occur entirely based on a food you’re eating!  What is amazing is that if you eliminate that food, your pain can be entirely resolved!

Maybe your joint pain isn’t constant. You may notice an increase in pain that later decreases.  You might have had no idea that there is food association. You can have an allergy test performed by your doctor, but they aren’t always accurate.

Keeping a food log is a great way to identify particular culprits.  I also recommend eliminating high allergen foods for at least 3 weeks and slowly introducing them back into your diet one at a time.  Below, I will cover the most common joint aggravating food allergen culprits.

Gluten and Joint Pain

One of the most common of all food allergies is gluten.  Gluten is a component of several grains including wheat, barley, and rye. It is estimated that 1 out of 133 people have one of the most severe forms of a gluten allergy called Celiac disease.  However, you don’t have to be a full-blown Celiac to be sensitive to gluten.  Some doctors and researchers are estimating that as many as 50% of Americans may fall somewhere onto the spectrum of gluten disorders!

Although many of the manifestations can be gastrointestinal, many possible side-effects include headaches, foggy thinking, numbness in fingers, arms and legs, fatigue and…you guessed it…joint pain.

Luckily, because of the rapid rise in gluten disorders there has also been a rise in gluten-free food alternatives. I personally struggle with a mild gluten sensitivity and have relied on gluten-free products for years.  My personal favorite is using rice noodles as a substitute in pasta dishes.  You can hardly tell a difference! Quinoa is another delicious grain that is high in protein, as well as gluten free.

Milk Products and Joint Pain

I know you don’t want to hear it.  First wheat and now milk!!  You’re thinking, “What is there left to eat?”  First, I must say that these are “possible” allergens.  And to be honest, if you are allergic, you will love how you feel when you don’t eat them much more than you love the taste in your mouth!

There is a difference between a milk allergy and lactose intolerance.  Lactose intolerance is when you lack the enzyme, lactase, which breaks down lactose.  Most of the symptoms of lactose intolerance are gastrointestinal.  A milk allergy is far less common than lactose intolerance, but is still a common food allergy.

And like any food allergy, milk can cause a flare up of swelling in the joints. There are numerous testimonies online that have restored pain free joints through the elimination of milk from their diet and break the inflammatory cycle.  Imagine, you can move like a teenager again simply by choosing to avoid dairy!

Like wheat, there are now many milk alternatives on the market.  Almond and coconut milks are the healthiest choices.  I would highly advise against consuming soy milk products, as soy is a high allergen food, as well.

Peanuts and Joint Pain

Again, when we think of a peanut allergy, we imagine an “emergency situation.”  But, you could have a slight allergy to peanuts and have no clue!  Does anyone in your immediate family have a known peanut allergy?  Because genetics play such a strong role in allergies, they often run in families.  If your brother, sister, mom or dad, or one of your children has a peanut allergy, then you may very likely have one, as well!  You may have assumed because you don’t go into anaphylactic shock when you have a PB&J that you’re out of the woods.  Not so! Your allergic response may be more mild, but it can still cause body discomforts like joint pain.

Peanuts also often have mold.  You may not taste it or see it, but it’s likely there.  So, it may not even be the peanut causing your mild allergic reaction and possible joint pain, but the mold that it contains. Peanuts are also high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 essential fatty acid, which can increase your inflammatory response, causing pain, stiffness and swelling in the joints.

Peanuts, thankfully, are quite easy to eliminate.  I recommend almonds instead.  They rarely have mold and are far less likely to be an food allergen. Imagine, getting off or stopping pain medication could be as simple as avoiding peanuts!

Artificial Everything

Earlier in the article, I touched on artificial sweeteners and their toxic effects on the body.  However, most anything artificial that you put inside your body has the potential for causing an allergic response, which can directly affect joint pain.

Again, it’s quite simple.  If it’s artificial, then your body isn’t going to recognize it as food.  Your immune system will instead see foreign invaders and the allergic and inflammatory responses will begin.  The pain in your joints will be aggravated by simply daily activities, thereby reducing your mobility and flexibility.

There is truly no way around it.  Our body is hard-wired to react to foreign substances in our body.  But the remedy is easy.  The natural way to relieve the discomfort is to eat real food!  No more artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. Chances are if you can’t pronounce it, then it isn’t a real food.  Always read the labels on your foods.  You never know what can be hiding in what you eat!

Overall, you can’t go wrong by favoring simple, whole foods as opposed to processed convenience foods.

Healthy Joints from Healthy Foods

Now that I’ve told you what foods can cause or contribute to joint pain, I’m going to give you a quick guide to what foods can help joint pain!  The best foods for your joints contain one or more of these nutrients:

  • Antioxidants
  • Anti-inflammatory agents
  • High levels of vitamins and minerals
  • Healthy fats

The best way to pack your diet full of foods high in vitamins, mineral, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatories is to eat a colorful diet.  Some of the most nutrient dense foods have the most pigment dense colors!  Some of these natural weapons for joint pain include:

  • natural weapons for joint painLeafy Greens
  • Beets
  • Turmeric (a spice high in anti-inflammatory properties)
  • Blueberries
  • Avocados
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Broccoli
  • Pomegranates

The more fruits and veggies you pack into your diet, the more pain reducing nutrients you are putting into your body!

Healthy fats, specifically omega-3s, are scientifically proven to improve joint pain.  My favorite sources of omega-3 fats include:

  • Sardines
  • Salmon
  • Chia seeds
  • Flax seeds

By altering what you eat, you can expect positive changes in your health, and your joints, with life saving benefits for the rest of your life.

Recipes for Joint Health

As I mentioned earlier, quinoa is a grain that is not only gluten free, but also very high in protein.  One cup has twenty-four grams of protein!  As its popularity has grown it’s becoming easier to find quinoa on grocery shelves.  This grain is well tolerated and easily digested.  I have seen it used in everything from chili recipes to middle-eastern dishes.

One of my favorite ways of preparing it is in a salad.  You can add your favorite vegetables and modify it to your taste.  It is both fast and easy to prepare and would be a great gluten-free dish to bring to potluck dinners!

Colorful Quinoa Salad

Ingredients

  • quinoa salad4-6 cups of prepared quinoa that has been chilled (prepare according to the package directions)
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 orange bell pepper
  • 1 head of broccoli
  • A couple handfuls of grape tomatoes
  • 6 green onions

Directions: Dice your vegetables and toss with the quinoa grains.   Pour on the dressing right before serving and toss lightly.

Dressing

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup of olive oil
  • 1 tbsp of organic apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp of all-purpose seasoning like Spike or Braggs
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1 packet of stevia

Directions: Whisk together until well blended.

When it comes to changing our diet, we often forget about the little things.  However, some of the worst ingredients can hide unassumably in our everyday condiments!

Jams and jellies are not only packed with sugar or corn syrup, but some even contain artificial colors and flavors.  Below, is a lightly sweetened strawberry jam that uses omega-3 containing chia seeds as the thickener.  I think you’ll love the results and your body will thank you!

Strawberry Chia Jam*

strawberry chia jamIngredients:

  • 2 cups strawberries – cleaned and chopped
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup honey

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients into a metal pot and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat slightly so the contents of the pot don’t splatter all over your stove, but still bubbles in the pot.
  3. Stir constantly! The chia seeds burn on the bottom of the pot very easily.
  4. Stir and boil until the mixture has reduced by half and has thickened. Again, it will not be as thick as jam, but it still definitely thickens.
  5. Pour into a clean glass jar and allow to cool for 1 hour. Place in the fridge overnight to continue cooling.

Throw out that artificial food and instead fill your diet with beautiful, colorful, low allergen foods. You won’t only see a reduction in joint pain, but an improvement in your overall health!  Food truly can be medicine for the body!

A pain in your joints and can aggravate the smallest daily activities, leading to reduced mobility and flexibility of the body. But by fueling your body with natural anti-inflammatory foods, and keeping away from any food allergies, you can keep your joints flexible and well-nourished.

After reading this article, can you identify the problem foods in your diet?  If so, what are they?

 

Amanda BoxAmanda Box is a Traditional  Naturopath and a graduate of Clayton College of Natural Health. She’s been in the health and wellness industry for over 12 years and currently practices naturopathic consulting in the Kansas City, Missouri area.  Her passion is helping others achieve wellness of the whole person – mind, body, and spirit. If you don’t have a good local naturopathic practitioner to turn to for your personal needs, Amanda does phone consultations! She can help you with weight loss, detox/cleansing, acute and chronic illnesses, skin and body care, grocery shopping, pantry overhauls, and more! Visit her blog “My Life in a Healthnut Shell” at http://amandabox.blogspot.com/ for contact info.
*Recipe adapted from www.thegraciouspantry.com 

 

Crohn’s Disease Treatment Without Medication

by Dr. Scott Saunders, M.D.

Sally was a pretty blonde young woman from New Zealand who had been suffering with diarrhea, constipation, cramps, nausea, and blood in her stool for more than three years.  She had been to several doctors in Australia and the United States and was eventually diagnosed with Crohn’s disease.  In spite of trying every medication to stop it, it only got worse.  Eventually, she had developed all the worst complications, including abscesses and fistulas, and the surgeons had to remove several large portions of her bowel, leaving her with a colostomy bag.  She didn’t like the bag at all and was hoping for a way to re-connect her colon.

One day she was eating a pomegranate and noticed she didn’t have any pain that night.  The next day she ate another pomegranate, and, still no pain.  She decided to continue eating them.  As long as she ate one pomegranate per day, she had no symptoms of Crohn’s disease.  She was feeling normal, and was able to have her colon repaired and the bag removed.

anti inflammatory crohn's foods

One day, she went to the store and there were no pomegranates!  None of the other stores had any either.  She started getting her pain and diarrhea back.  It was miserable!  She tried the pomegranate juice in bottles, but it didn’t work at all.  She remains dependent on fresh pomegranates, when she can get them, to relieve the symptoms of her illness.

Crohn’s disease is one of the “Inflammatory Bowel Diseases” (IBD) which afflict about 1.4 million people in the United States, according to CDC estimates.  This is different from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), though they have some similar symptoms.

  • IBS is spastic and not inflammatory.
  • Crohn’s disease, however, causes ulcerations in the lining of the bowel, bloody diarrhea, obstruction, abscesses, and fistulas.  The inflammation wreaks havoc on the intestines, preventing the absorption of nutrients.  Many get deficiency diseases and even protein malnutrition.

Does surgery help?

As you can see, Crohn’s is a serious illness leading to disability and death, if not cared-for properly.  It is very unfortunate when a person must have surgery for obstruction, abscess or fistulas because the illness itself may affect the surgical site and cause worse problems.  They also develop scar tissue and adhesions (where the intestines stick from scar tissue to the wall of the abdomen) causing pain and further risk of obstruction.  For this reason, surgery is a last resort to prevent immediate death from obstruction or infection.

Are there any medications to control the symptoms?

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10 Top Tips for an Anti-Inflammatory Diet

Chronic inflammation is one of they key reasons why people experience ongoing pain, and, unfortunately, it’s also incredibly common.

While acute inflammation helps your body to heal (after an injury, for instance), chronic inflammation contributes to diseases ranging from heart disease and cancer to rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes. As mentioned, it’s also often implicated in pain.

What causes chronic inflammation?

Stress and exposure to environmental toxins (like pollution or household chemicals) certainly contribute, but what you put in your body – your food and drinks, for instance – also play a major role.

Because of this, a comprehensive anti-inflammatory diet, consisting of inflammation-fighting food, drinks and herbal supplements – is an invaluable tool to help keep this pervasive health threat at bay.

A Comprehensive Anti-Inflammatory Diet In 10 Easy Steps

Food And Drinks

10. Fermented Foods

If you like the tangy flavor of traditionally fermented foods like kefir, sauerkraut and kimchi, you’re in luck, because these foods are an excellent source of beneficial bacteria known as probiotics. These good bacteria help to curb systemic inflammation in your body.[i]

Kefir, a fermented milk drink, in particular, contains not only probiotics but also anti-inflammatory prebiotics.[ii]

anti inflammatory diet

9. Tart Cherries

A glass of tart cherry juice a day may help keep the doctor away … that’s because tart cherries contain inflammation-fighting antioxidants known as anthocyanins. Tart cherries have been found to reduce numerous biomarkers of inflammation, including inflammation of abdominal fat, plasma and the heart.[iii]

8. Blueberries

These unassuming nutritional powerhouses also contain antioxidants that offer a protective effect against inflammation. In fact, by adding blueberries to your morning smoothie (or simply eating them by the handful) daily for six weeks, you can increase anti-inflammatory molecules known as cytokines in your body![iv]

7. Broccoli

There’s a reason your mom always told you to eat your broccoli, and one of them has to do with the phytonutrients, such as sulphoraphane, that it contains. Sulphoraphane helps prevent the activation of inflammatory enzymes in your body in a way similar to anti-inflammatory drugs, but even better it also helps to keep inflammatory enzymes from increasing.[v]

6. Green Tea

Sipping on green tea is an excellent way to get more anti-inflammatory flavonoids into your diet. These natural compounds increase beneficial anti-inflammatory substances and decrease inflammatory ones,[vi] making green tea an ideal addition to your anti-inflammatory diet.

5. Nuts

If you want to naturally lower your risk of dying from an inflammatory disease, eat more nuts. These tasty snacks contain antioxidants, omega-3 fats, L-arginine and magnesium, which work together to modulate inflammation in your body.[vii]

Top Anti-Inflammatory Herbs And Enzymes

4. Ginger

Whether steeped in tea or grated over your stir-fry, ginger has potent anti-inflammatory benefits, and actually shares pharmacological properties with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (without all of the side effects).[viii]

3. Boswellia (Indian Frankincense)

Boswellia, a natural inflammation-fighting gum resin extract derived from the Boswellia serrata tree, common to India, fights inflammation as well as most NSAID drugs, but without the stomach irritation or ulceration. Its benefits are due to a mixture of naturally occurring organic acids, which inhibit pain and inflammation-causing enzymes.

2. Turmeric

The yellow spice most well-known for its use in Indian curry dishes, turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory. Curcumin, its active ingredient, has been shown to work as well as ibuprofen in treating pain, such as that from knee osteoarthritis.[ix]

1. Proteolytic Enzymes

Proteolytic enzymes, or proteases, are different from, say, digestive enzymes, because they enter your circulatory system and work throughout your entire body. They are “systemic” enzymes with a number of important purposes, including breaking down excess fibrin, a natural substance that helps your body with wound healing, but which often builds up in your body, causing additional inflammation and pain.

As Steven Hefferon, CMT, PTA, CPRS, noted:

“Some possible indicators of excess fibrin in your system include: chronic fatigue, slow healing, inflammation and pain, and elevated blood pressure.

… The medical community has long known that excess fibrin presents a cardiac and stroke risk. Finally, they have acknowledged a link between excess fibrin and chronic systemic inflammation, the true root cause of virtually every disease and painful condition known to man.”

Proteolytic enzymes are essential for fighting chronic inflammation that has built up in your body, but your body stops producing optimal amounts of proteolytic enzymes sometime in your late 20s, which is why taking a proteolytic enzyme supplement is a very smart move. Heal-n-Soothe is our top-recommended solution, providing you pure and powerful proteolytic enzymes … along with 11 OTHER natural anti-inflammatories for pain relief and fighting all sorts of inflammation quickly and effectively.

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[i] MSNBC.com October 31, 2011

[ii] Inflammopharmacology. 2005;13(5-6):485-92.

[iii] FASEB J. April 2010 24 (Meeting Abstract Supplement) 335.1

[iv] Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 2011 Dec;36(6):976-84.

[v] Nutraingredients.com October 5, 2005

[vi] Study presented at the Experimental Biology 2007 meeting, April 29, 2007, Washington, DC

[vii] Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 2011 Dec;36(6):976-84.

[viii] J Med Food. 2005 Summer;8(2):125-32.

[ix] J Altern Complement Med. 2009 Aug;15(8):891-7.

 

 

No Pain, No Gain? The Best Natural Relief

I decided to watch a bit of the Ironman competition the other night.  They began to feature a man named Lew Hollander.  He looked around 65 years old and they said he was about to complete his 21st Ironman competition.  That in itself was shocking, but then they went on to say that he was not 65 as I thought, but 80 years old!  My jaw dropped.  Lew Hollander is truly a testimony of what our bodies are capable of doing.

Many people believe that pain, discomfort and lack of physical fitness come with age.  They believe there is nothing you can do about it and you just have to “survive” the best you can.  This is not true!  Our bodies are amazing creations and made to function without pain and discomfort well into our “old age.”

If we experience pain and discomfort, then our body is giving us a message: something is out of balance.  Instead of taking medication to dull the pain, the key is to find the cause of the imbalance and correct it.

Inflammatory Pain

The #1 cause of pain is inflammation.  Whether you are dealing with fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis or just over-all aches and pains, inflammation is the likely culprit.

Many things can cause inflammation in the body:

  • Injury or trauma
  • Infection
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Allergic reactions
  • Stress

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When your body starts to kill the natural defense system instead of protecting it, chronic inflammation becomes a problem. To start your healing, begin at the end of the fork.  Sodas, French fries, chips and burgers are the real weapons of mass destruction.

Inflammationwas not meant to be the “bad guy.” It is actually designed to help heal. It clears damaged and dysfunctional tissue from area and creates an increased blood flow causing swelling.  This swelling allows repair cells and protein-rich plasma to gather around the wound to help heal it.

But when inflammation becomes ongoing, it can start causing more harm than good.  In fact, chronic inflammation is a disease.  This type of inflammation can cause serious conditions, including:

  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • And more

 Anti-Inflammatory Drugs = Terrible Side-Effects

Once inflammation becomes problematic, doctors typically prescribe some sort of anti-inflammatory or steroid.  These drugs may work, but long-term use is harsh on the body.   Steroids actually weaken your immune system and put you at greater risk for infections.  Long-term use of steroids can cause many harmful side-effects, including:

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Turmeric: The Golden Goddess

Could Indian Food Help Fight Pain?

Within the cornucopia of medicinal plants, few possess such a wide spectrum of qualities and medicinal uses as turmeric. It has been used to treat a myriad of disease and ailments around the world for countless centuries.  The active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, is known for its powerful anti-inflammatory effectiveness, but is also praised as an alternative analgesic, antibacterial, antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-tumor, anti-allergic with many other healing qualities now being recognized and understood by modern science.

The fragrant, yummy dishes featuring turmeric has more going for it than just flavor. Curcumin gives turmeric its orange-yellow color and acts as an anti-inflammatory that involves blocking cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), the target of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like Celebrex (celecoxib) and Motrin (ibuprofen). It has even been linked through research to help fight against cancer by neutralizing those substances and conditions which can cause cancer, helping a cell retain its integrity if threatened by a tumor, and if a tumor does grow the curcumins can often destroy it.

Turmeric has also been advocated for use in treating diabetes, as curcumin can increase insulin levels. As a powerful anti-inflammatory herb in supplement form, turmeric has been shown to be helpful in the treatment of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, injuries, trauma, and stiffness from both under activity and over activity. Whether suffering from an acute or chronic disease, aches and pains, bumps and bruises, or as preventative maintenance, turmeric can and should be utilized by everyone on a regular basis.

Through an independent testing lab, turmeric supplements were tested for quality, indicated label amounts and purity. One product tested lacked the expected amount of turmeric and is therefore unsafe for consumption:

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Let the Soothing Begin with Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus has natural anti-inflammatory properties to rub in and soak in!

I recently found a bag of eucalyptus leaves in the basement as I was (deep) spring cleaning. They were put away years ago after being used decoratively in a vase and wall hanging. I forgot what was in the bag when I found it, but the beautiful smell quickly reminded me there were dried eucalyptus branches inside! Since the wall-hanging days long ago and my natural health interest has peaked with battling cancer, I began wondering how I could put these eucalyptus leaves to use.

What I found was that dried eucalyptus leaves are good for only a few things:

  • Eucalyptus Tea: Pour 1 cup of boiled water over up to 1/2 tsp of the dried eucalyptus leaves, Cover and steep for 10 minutes; strain. Sweeten with honey. Drink up to 2-3 cups/day.
  • Sachets: Stuff-dried eucalyptus leaves into small cotton or muslin drawstring bag and place in drawers or closets to diffuse the eucalyptus scent.

I also knew that eucalyptus oil could be good for airway congestion. What amazed me, however, was

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The Prevalence Of Inflammation And The Tyranny That Promotes It

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) figures about 70% of people around the world trust and count on “alternative health care” or “holistic healing.”

Finally, the natural, time-tested approach to healthcare is rapidly gathering acceptance by health care providers and big league HMOs like Oxford Health Plans, Inc. The point of fact is there is a rising grass roots movement, an overwhelming public cry, for a more effective and affordable medical culture.

Harvard Medical School did a study back in 1993, which revealed 33% of Americans benefit from alternative” health care. In 1994, a study done by the US Congress showed that about 50% of the United States population use holistic health products regularly.

There are many reasons why collaborating with Mama Nature’s cures has always been so successful. But, foremost, it’s because your health is always restored when you meet its conditions.

So, if the answer is so simple, then why is America’s health care system so messed up?

The error Westernized medicine is guilty of is that it no longer abides by the precepts of the Hippocratic Oath, that declares “First Do No Harm.” That was easy to follow before the advent of synthetic drugs, patentable pharmaceuticals and special interest groups. But, now, it seems doing harm is standard practice.

That’s why we spend more on healthcare than anyone in the world.

Out of 19 developed countries, Americans spend more money annually on modern or allopathic medicine than any other, which is projected to hit about 4.3 TRILLION by 2017. And even though we spend the most money, we are ranked last at 19 out of 19 industrial nations for our overall health. What’s with that?

Bottom line is we are NOT getting anything close to what we are paying for.

Greed has slipped into the equation and to protect greed’s best interest powerful global monopolies have been incorporated whose sole purpose is to serve their share holders best interest  not yours.

It is very sad that even though we live in a world full of wonder, beauty and abundance, which sustains us with amazing resources, super foods and natural remedies, those greedy self-serving businesses like BIG Pharma, BIG food and BIG Agri are still able to threaten the freedom and rights of us all.

The philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer said that, “Every great truth passes through three stages before it is accepted.” In the first stage the truth is ridiculed. In the second stage the truth is opposed. Finally, in the third stage the truth is regarded as self-evident. That’s where we are today with holistic and alternative health care.

Wayne Dyer paraphrased an old adage, “If you change the way you look at the world, the things you look at will change.” In other words, as our worldview changes so does our civilization, accordingly. Human history repeats itself, as long as we fail to learn as a people.

That’s why HCTW is dedicated to inspiring people to take back control of their lives by simply reclaiming responsibility for their own “self-health” care.

We have a great opportunity to rise to the occasion on a massive global scale by using the Internet to disperse science-based, truthful and accurate information faster than ever before.

The ancient knowledge of healing is your rightful inheritance.

Never before has such cutting-edge technology been so widely available than today, despite BIG government and MEGA corporations that wish to control your choices by promoting nutritional illiteracy. People are waking up and making “their own” educated health choices.

I heard Rush Limbaugh on the radio recently saying, “Knowledge gives you confidence in your beliefs.” I felt this is a profound and relevant statement because your knowledge and the wisdom to use it is the only thing that really gives you any power at all.

Do you see how your health, like your freedom, is an important personal choice?

The problem with BIG anything these days, is that “they” want you to be afraid to make choices for yourself. BIG corporations and agencies preach that you “don’t have the need to know” accurate, scientific and truthful information. They claim your First Amendment Right is a dangerous thing.

That’s how people we did NOT elect are appointed as heads of powerful tyrannical agencies that vigilantly protect their client’s sole interests. In this case, the client is BIG Pharma, the epitome of government-protected medicine.

Do you know why the natural approach to inflammatory disease is more successful than the allopathic, westernized medical approach?

According to skewed claims by cancer proponents treatments prolong life, however their follow up statistics are poor at best. Some opponents to traditional cancer treatments claim patients do not live any longer today with cancer than they did in the 1920s. Technology can detect cancer sooner and even increase quality of life, but the fact remains the same, people are “unnecessarily suffering” and dying from cancer.

On the other hand, what “they” don’t want you to know is behind the scenes, alternative health care and natural medicine is curing people everyday.

Read on to learn more of the politics of inflammatory disease.

Naturopathic and holistic medicine helps because it addresses the root cause of dis-ease. Plus, natural medicine doesn’t paint itself in a corner and is always willing to look at ancient and modern breakthrough discoveries, whereas Westernized medicine remains in denial.

BIG Pharma has opposed the practice of curative holistic and natural medicine because it is counterproductive to its selfish interests: making BIG money. Because they can’t patent Mama Nature, they can’t create a monopoly of naturopathic medicine and that’s basically why Mama Nature is a threat to BIG medicine.

You have a right to know the truthful and scientifically based accurate information HCTW provides. It’s up to you to decide if you will use this knowledge. Truth is ONLY you are the final authority concerning your health and no one else can tell you different.

HCTW readers are members of an elite population of intelligent people who are making history by choosing to support “nutritionally literacy.”

This month’s topic is inflammation and I don’t want to get to far from that. But, as you already know, accurate and truthful information is in danger of being politically censored. “So, I’m sure you will appreciate the vital information you have read today and in the months ahead.”

It has become “self-evident” that inflammation is responsible for at least 98% of all degenerative diseases. Yet, powerful drug protecting agencies and lobbyists are still at stage two of the acceptance process. They are in politically “opposed” to you having access to some of the information you are about to read.

BIG medicine’s agenda is to “promote inflammation” to sell more drugs.

As you may already know, the (direct-to-consumer) drugs for inflammation BIG Pharma advertises will NOT cure your dis-ease. Ironically, living in the “Land of the Free,” nothing but patentable drugs can legally “claim” to prevent, treat or cure inflammation, or any other ailment for that matter.

Here’s how the BIG business of inflammation really works.

  • Inflammation of osteoarthritis is a degenerative symptom of inflammation. Osteoarthritis is NOT the dis-ease.
  • Inflammation of arthrosclerosis is also symptom of inflammation.
  • The inflammation of allergies and asthma is the same game and the list goes on.

When you buy into the monopoly of chemical therapeutic propaganda you might think you are treating your dis-ease, but you’re just artificially blocking another symptom, allowing the cause of inflammation to thrive.

If BIG Pharma had their way, every symptom would be labeled as a disease, prohibiting you from preventing, treating or curing anything naturally.

BIG Pharma is selling billions of corticoid steroids, antihistamines and Non-Steroidal-Anti-Inflammatory (NSAIDs) Drugs to artificially block your inflammation and yet do nothing to remove the cause.

So, what is the real cause of your inflammation and how do you stop it?

According to The Jacobse Wellness Ladder, there are “seven rungs,” or steps, from health to death. They are loss of energy, toxicity, stress, inflammation, degeneration, stiffness and mutation, respectively.

The bottom line is by learning how to “sustain your life energy,” you will heal faster whenever the symptom of inflammation hits.

This is quintessentially the core secret to optimum wellness and longevity.

Consider this: It is prohibited to advertise water that claims to prevent, treat or cure dehydration, because dehydration is the cause of most all “inflammatory dis-ease.” Yet, it’s your First Amendment right and our obligation to inform you of the benefits of staying properly hydrated to sustain your life energy levels and avoid inflammatory diseases.

I know it can be frustrating when all you want is a straight answer. But, everyone has to play their mind game, so as long as they oppose you discovering the benefits of natural medicine. History shows lasting social change doesn’t happen from the top down, but from the grass roots movement on up, and moving on up to the top of the wellness ladder of life, in this case.

Nothing is more important than your health. Your health is your wealth, because as you know even the richest person in the world can lose their health and all the money in the world can’t help, but a little natural holistic wisdom can do wonders.

Here are 9 regenerative remedies that have been shown to have anti-inflammatory qualities:

  1. Luteolin found in celery and green peppers can disrupt inflammatory responses in your brain.
  2. Omega-3 fatty acids reduce sudden death by heart attack by helping to reduce inflammation.
  3. Water reduces pain and inflammation caused from Unintentional Dehydration Syndrome.
  4. Bromelain is an enzyme found in pineapples which help reduce inflammation.
  5. The herb known as Boswellia reduces leukotrienes and inflammatory cytokines.
  6. Capsicum from cayenne provides help for pain and inflammation.
  7. Ginger root helps reduce pain and symptoms of osteoarthritis.
  8. Sting Nettle leaf is herbal remedy used in Germany for inflammation.
  9. Drupe-derived olive oil rich in Oleuropein endowed with potent anti-inflammatory properties.

And the list grows on . . .

I want to take this opportunity to personally thank you. I know sometimes you may feel isolated by our personal challenges, yet I want you to know you are NOT alone. I feel I can speak for the whole Barton Publishing family on this. We want you to know you help make all the difference.

You are extraordinary because you have the courage, foresight and intelligence to take charge of your own life. You know you’re the real authority on what you want in life and we hope we’ve helped you find a way to have it all. Funny thing is once you have it; the only way to keep it is to give it away.

We hope you will continue to benefit from Home Cures That Work (HCTW) publications and even pass them on to others. Everyone needs a helping hand once in a while and giving the gift of health says it all. So, once again, thank you for giving us the opportunity to share with you the pearls of wisdom life has given us.

As a wise man once said, “Hoarding knowledge without using it is like hoarding fine gold and silver, it’s a vain and useless thing.” So, pass the good news along and “live well.”

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