Alpha Lipoic Acid http://www.breathoflifeonline.info/?sn=1505-6 This powerful antioxidant is effective against a wider range of free radicals than either vitamin E or vitamin C. It either protects or mimics the actions of other antioxidants, and it is easy to absorb and assimilate. It may help improve energy metabolism, particularly in people with diabetes, liver cirrhosis or heart disease. It aids in the conversion of food into energy and has been used for the treatment of diabetic neuropathy. It is also thought to be a powerful liver protector.
L-Carnitine http://www.breathoflifeonline.info/?sn=1632-6 In foods, this is found mainly in meat, especially beef. Its job is to “escort” fatty acids from the bloodstream into the mitochondria, where they get burned for energy. It is found in the heart more than any other part of the body. Extra carnitine may be helpful for people with angina or heart conditions and may help with chronic fatigue, improve cholesterol levels and lower blood triglycerides.
Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) http://www.breathoflifeonline.info/?sn=3010-1 Animal studies reveal CLA’s usefulness in regulating and reducing body fat, moderating total cholesterol and LDL and a reducing chemically-induced cancer. Though human studies do not yet exist, animal studies show that laboratory animals consuming CLA have significant decreases in body fat as well as increases in lean body mass. Since the CLA content of foods has dropped nearly 80% in the past 20 years due to changes in livestock feeding methods, it may be prudent to supplement with CLA.
DHA http://www.breathoflifeonline.info/?sn=1513-5 DHA is an omega-fatty acid. Omegas are a special class of polyunsaturated fats, some of which, like DHA, are considered very valuable for human health. The body makes DHA from the essential fatty acid, linolenic acid, but the main dietary sources are fish and fish oils.
Melatonin http://www.breathoflifeonline.info/?sn=2830-4 This is the active hormone secreted by the pineal gland that controls your “circadian rhythms”, your body’s sleep-wake cycles and internal sense of time. Our bodies begin to make melatonin at the beginning of darkness. After the age of 40, you make less and less. If you can’t drift off to sleep when at rest, melatonin is one of the best and safest solutions.
NAC (N-Acetylcysteine) http://www.breathoflifeonline.info/?sn=509-7 NAC is a precursor of L-Glutathione in the body. It is a Sulphur-containing amino acid and a very potent antioxidant and detoxifier.
SAM-e (s-adenosylmethionine) http://www.breathoflifeonline.info/?sn=1845-2 Sam-e has been used in Europe as an anti-depressant drug for many years. Its proponents believe it to be one of the safest, most effective antidepressants in the world. It is also thought to offer significant support for liver function. It has been found to protect against osteoarthritis and to reduce levels of homocysteine. It may also be useful in preventing heart disease.
All diseases thrive in an acidic environment!!!
The active ingredients in cola beverages are phosphoric acid and carbonic acid. Together they form a “rust cleaning” pH of 2.8. It takes 32 glasses of water at 7.0 pH to neutralize one glass of cola. The pH of your blood pH must remain precisely at 7.4 or you will die in a few minutes. So why haven’t all the soda drinkers passed on? The body has innate intelligence. In order to maintain that ideal pH range for the blood, our bodies leach calcium, magnesium and phosphorous (alkaline minerals) right out of our bones and teeth to correct the overly acidic condition caused by drinking soda. Think osteoporosis!
Want to gain weight? Drink diet soda. Your body believes it is starving when you drink diet soda because of the empty calories. So in response, the body holds on to the calories of the food you eat with it and converts more to fat to compensate for the empty calories.
WHAT IS THE BEST TIME TO TAKE VITAMIN D3?
Vitamin D http://www.breathoflifeonline.info/?sn=1155-1 is inversely related to melatonin, your sleep hormone, so it makes sense that taking it at night disrupts sleep. Studies show that using Vitamin D3 in the morning can increase the number of hours of deep sleep you get. Who knew?
Migraine headaches are often very severe and sometimes incapacitating. They usually remain on one side of the head and are associated with nausea and/or vomiting. An “aura” or a pre-headache warning often comes with symptoms such as a bright flashing light, ringing or noise in the ears, a visual floater, and more.
There are many causes for headaches including a lack of sleep, stress and a recent injury such as a car accident or a sports injury, especially when accompanied by a concussion.
There are many things that can “trigger” a migraine including caffeine, chocolate, citrus fruits, cured meats, dehydration, depression, diet, skipping meals, dried fish, dried fruit, excessive exercise, eyestrain, extreme fatigue, food additives (nitrates, nitrites, MSG, Nutri-Sweet, and sulfites), lights (bright, flickering, glare), menstruation, some medications, noise, nuts, odors, onions, watching TV, red wine/alcohol, weather and many others.
Posture is also a very important consideration. A forward head carriage is not only related to headaches, but also neck and back pain. For every inch the average 12 pound head shifts forward, it adds an EXTRA ten pounds of load on the neck and upper back muscles to keep the head upright.
Spinal manipulation and deep tissue release techniques are common approaches to help those who suffer from headaches. Self-management strategies include the use of ice, self-trigger point therapy, exercise (especially strengthening the deep neck flexors) and nutritional supplements such as Feverfew (http://www.breathoflifeonline.info/?sn=288-1), 5-HTP Power (http://www.breathoflifeonline.info/?sn=2806-4) or Magnesium http://www.breathoflifeonline.info/?sn=1786-6
FOR OUR tiny CUSTOMERS AND THEIR PARENTS
Coughing. Did you know that you cannot swallow and cough at the same time? That is helpful information if you have a little one who wakes up coughing. Just take a glass of pure water and using a dropper, put a drop of water on the baby’s tongue. A baby’s instinct is to swallow. Immediately put another drop on the tongue, then another and another. Continue until the crisis is over.
Cradle cap. This is just seborrhea, an inflammation that’s often found in babies that appears as a yellow, dry substance on the top of her/his perfect little head. It is caused by the excess secretion of sebum, a thick fluid from sebaceous glands in the skin. Doctors say it is usually not harmful or even irritating to the baby and eventually it goes away on its own; but we parents don’t like the way it looks, so we look for a remedy. Here is a suggestion from Rosemary Gladstar, an herbalist in Vermont. “I use olive or almond oil and add a drop or two of jojoba oil and vitamin E oil to each bottle of olive or almond oil.” A good quality Jojoba Oil (http://www.breathoflifeonline.info/?sn=1695-1) is available from NSP. You can just poke a vitamin E caplet with a toothpick and squeeze in a drop or two. “Warm the oil mixture slightly and rub just three or four drops into your baby’s head.” Do not use more or the head becomes too oily. The gentle oil stimulates the sebaceous glands in the skin, lubricates the scalp and helps remove the dead skin. Use the massage oil daily until the skin clears up. Oil’s well that ends well.
Sniffles, sneezes, allergies and congestion and fever. Liquid ALJ (http://www.breathoflifeonline.info/?sn=3166-5) contains five gentle herbal ingredients (boneset, fennel and fenugreek seeds, horseradish root and mullein leaves) in an alcohol-free glycerin base. ALJ helps balance the natural eliminative functions of a respiratory system challenged by airborne particles or the common cold by putting the immune system on active duty to reduce inflammation and promote respiratory health. Follow label directions. For acute problems use a few drops every two to four hours.
MAKING AND USING A CASTOR OIL PACK
What does castor oil do? Castor oil packs, made popular by Edgar Cayce and the Association for Research and Enlightenment, involve the topical application of castor oil to treat a variety of symptoms and conditions: constipation, intestinal toxicity, intestinal and abdominal cramping, plantar warts, liver congestion/sluggishness, ovarian cysts, menstrual cramps, fibroids and other female problems, bruises, hepatitis, tendonitis, bursitis and various joint pains, musculoskeletal injuries, varicose veins, phlebitis, bronchitis, pneumonia and more. There is much evidence on the effectiveness of a castor oil pack. Just how and why it works is uncertain, although increased lymphatic flow, enhanced circulation to the areas treated and perhaps T-cell stimulation have been suggested. Castor Oil, which is absorbed by the skin quite effectively, is also said to stimulate the excretion of bile into the intestine.
To make a castor oil pack, you will need the following materials:
- Cold- or expeller-pressed castor oil
- Flannel cloth
- Plastic sheet – medium thickness – to protect your towel and clothing
- Hot water bottle
- Bath towel to hold your pack in place
- Two safety pins to secure the pack
Just follow these easy steps:
First, prepare a soft flannel cloth, preferably wool flannel, but cotton flannel will work if wool is not available. The cloth should be two to four thicknesses when folded and should measure about ten inches in width and twelve to fourteen inches in length after folding. This is the size needed for abdominal application; other areas of the body would need whatever size pack seems applicable.
Next, pour some castor oil onto the cloth. This can be done without soiling if a plastic sheet is placed underneath the cloth. Make sure the cloth is wet but not dripping with castor oil. Now apply the cloth to the area that needs the treatment.
Place the plastic covering over the soaked flannel cloth. On top of that place a heating pad and turn the heat to “medium” to begin with and later to “high” if the body tolerates it. Finally, wrap a towel, folded lengthwise, around the entire area and fasten it with safety pins.
The pack should remain in place between forty-five minutes and one and one-half hours. Then the skin should be cleansed with a baking soda solution prepared by adding two teaspoons of baking soda to a quart of water. (Note: Sunshine Concentratehttp://www.breathoflifeonline.info/?sn=1551-6 is an effective alternative for cleaning oil from the skin.)
The flannel pack need not be discarded after one application. It may be kept in a plastic container for future use, adding more oil as needed. The recommended frequency for use of a castor oil pack can vary between one and seven consecutive days per week.
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