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What I would do with Ebola….

Like anyone else with anything to do with natural health care, I have been drowning in questions about herbal and other “natural” approaches to Ebola. A couple of thoughts and some info follow. Remember that I am not a doctor, so I am not trying to diagnose or prescribe for anybody’s disease, just sharing my personal thoughts and ideas.

Ebola is not a new disease. It has been around for ages, and over the last 38 years there have been 25 confirmed, significant outbreaks in West Africa. Prior to this year, the cumulative number of people who had died in those outbreaks totaled 1037; in Canada over 1500 people died of the flu in the last two years. About 40 million died in the flu outbreak if 1918, including nearly  700,000 in the US, so hopefully that gives some perspective. This outbreak has obviously been much larger than most, but we wouldn’t even know about it if an American hadn’t gotten sick. Ebola is not more contagious than other viruses, just more deadly if you do contract it.

What to do about it? As with any virus, the best defense is a strong immune response. Of over 40 people who had direct, even intimate contact prior to his hospitalization with the first victim to die in the US, none have developed any symptoms of the disease and all were released from 3 weeks of quarantine today. Granted, two nurses did develop the disease, but 40 people who had no protection did not. As one doctor in West Africa put it, we are fighting two diseases, one is Ebola, and one is fear of Ebola! If you are still particularly concerned simple things like adding colloidal silver (quality is critical here, since most home-made and many commercial solutions have particles large enough to also kill good bacteria, and should be 18-20ppm) to your water, or diffusing Guardian essential oil blend in your home or office have been shown to reduce pathogens, and thus your likelihood of contracting anything. Eating well, getting plenty of rest, and taking adaptogenic herbs like Suma and Astragalus are no-brainers. One study years ago found that white vinegar was more effective than chlorine or peroxide solutions at eliminating HIV virus from hospital surfaces, so don’t stress your body with chemical cleaners and synthetic anti-bacterial products. Maintain a great probiotic level with a good variety of cultured foods, and consider adding a supplement if foods like kefir and kimchee haven’t been dietary staples (I like Probiotic 11). None of these treat any disease-but your body will recognize and eliminate foreign entities more effectively if you take care of it appropriately.

Specific supports I would look at are based on what I know about how the virus works. In all hemorrhagic fevers, the mucous membranes seem to be compromised. They constitute the first responders to any kind of foreign element, from a piece of dirt in your eye, to pollen or viruses in your nose, to toxins in the food you eat, so I would support mine with Marshmallow root, which coats, soothes and provides materials to rebuild compromised tissues. I have read that the virus disables the body’s ability to recognize invaders and replace normal cells, and stimulates reproduction of itself instead (interesting; that is how cancer works, and many researchers believe cancer is actually virus-instigated!). To trigger immune response I would be thumping my thymus gland (in the center of the chest, a la Tarzan). I would take lots of (cider) vinegar baths, which help to maintain hydration, especially when people can’t keep enough in orally, and keeps the acid mantle high enough to fight pathogens. Most of all, I would live in faith, not fear!

PSORIASIS+ENBREL+3 MONTHS=TUBERCULOSIS….

Saw a commercial for the newest medication for psoriasis, and listened to the lengthy list of side effects, which specifically includes several warnings about tuberculosis (and death, lymphoma…). For that collection of risks “some patients saw a reduction of up to 75% after three months.”

Funny, my clients who have been told by doctors that they have the condition usually see a reduction of 100% after three weeks or so when they nutritionally support their livers and adrenal glands, the organs most often weakened or stressed in people with psoriasis. Most test for fatty acids like Super GLA, so I also encourage them to make sure they get enough digestible fats in their diets-nuts, seeds, avocados, etc.  The most common adrenal supports they test for are Licorice root or Everflex (remember that the adrenals are responsible for controlling inflammation, hence, flexibility). Those who have or have had chronic strep (“rheuma”) infections may benefit from golden seal or the original Christopher combination sold as IN-X. Bio-Water Stress Mist provides topical relief; even people without skin problems need to really watch their soaps and topical products since virtually all commercial soaps and lotions are made in a petroleum base, which is generally toxic and seals the skin. Every body has a different set of needs, which is why I test all organs for each of my clients regardless of the symptoms about which they may express concern. The root problems may include poor digestion of fats (pancreas head), mineral deficiencies and imbalances, or thyroid malfunction (which may be the result of pituitary weakness or a hiatal hernia, etc.) so the adrenal and liver symptoms may just be the visible tip of the iceberg!

To be fair, I will warn you about possible side effects of a nutritional approach to psoriasis: you may experience generally feeling less stressed and more energetic. You also may have to buy new clothing since long sleeves and pants will no longer be essential; one eight-year-old had who had been so embarrassed by other kids that he had worn a turtleneck and jeans every day (including in summer in Florida) for years suddenly found himself wearing shorts and t-shirts.

CARROT CURE AND MORE FOR WARTS

Carrot Cure for Warts

Category: Natural CuresFrom Bottom Line newsletter this morning:

“Warts are caused by one of the many versions of the Human papillomavirus (HPV), which infects through broken skin or the mouth (like when you bite the nails). No one knows why some people are more warty than others, since the virus is ubiquitous and comes in contact pretty much with everyone. That HPV just loves some people more than others! We don’t know anyone who loves having warts, and some medical cures are harsh and ineffective. So here is one of our many home remedies to make them disappear: Finely grate a small, peeled carrot (use the small holes on your grater), and combine with one teaspoon of olive oil. Put the mixture on the wart(s) for a half-hour once a day. Your wart should be gone within a week. Carrots are packed with vitamin A and vitamin C, which fight viruses and help heal skin.”

Kim Welborn: I would make it fresh. The vitamin C will degrade quickly once the cell walls of the carrot are broken.
Garlic works, too, but will irritate the skin so should also be diluted. Taking it internally will also help. When Micah was about four he had a wart on the palm of his hand that I had been ignoring it since it didn’t seem to be bothering him. He stayed with my mom for a couple of days and started picking at it. When I went to pick him up he had a wide red streak running from the wart up toward his wrist.  It was on a Sunday night, so I just started giving him capsules I made from her powdered kitchen garlic, probably two or three at a time. (Fresh would have been even better but you I had to work with what I had on hand!) By the time he woke up the next morning it was down to a pale pink shadow. I kept giving him the garlic for several days to be sure the infection did not recur, and noticed that the wart was turning black. After about four days the wart simply fell off, leaving a pink crater that healed completely in a few more days.
With chronic cases I have also known people to have had success using the VS-C herbal formula, both taken internally and used in the liquid form directly on the warts.

Sinus Infection, Silver and Neti Pot Quick tips

Text message Q&A: My son has a sinus infection. I have silver shield left. Should he take it straight or mix it with juice or Gatorade?

A: Either way,  except Gatorade has way more crap than benefits. Pineapple juice would be good. Massage the lymph nodes from behind the ear down toward the collarbone. Snuff warm salt water for fastest relief. Lots of garlic for dinner!

Feeling better really can be that simple! Extra info beyond my quick text would be massage with an aromatic oil-I use a cajeput blend, or tea tree, chamomile, and lemon; see my website for more. A neti pot makes “snuffing” easier, and bayberry bark in the water will take down inflammation even faster than salt. My son’s sinus infections were what got me started in Natural Health!

More questions:

Natalie wrote: “I am prone to sinus infections (just got over one….again). But I can’t use the Nettie pot because the water gets trapped in my ears. Do you have any tips for that?”

When you use the neti, make sure you are letting the water in slowly, that your mouth is open, and that you do not block the open nostril or blow hard. There is a good set of instructions at  http://yoga108.org/pages/show/106-how-to-use-a-neti-pot-without-danger
It also helps to work the lymph nodes, stroking firmly from the bottom of the ear, the mastoid area (at the base of the skull) and the lower edge of the jaw down toward the collarbone.  I usually use a massage oil blend that includes cajeput or tea tree, chamomile, and lemon essential oils to increase circulation and reduce inflammation. That should help open the area and facilitate drainage. You can use the same blend on the sinus area, stroking from the nose outward, around the eye socket, and from the eye to the temples and behind the ears in one smooth motion.

Aside from that, you need to find out WHY you keep getting sinus infections. For most people it has to do with poor digestion, which produces acid waste that increases mucous production in the whole body in an attempt to soothe the irritated membranes. The offending foods have to be eliminated; the most common are dairy products and wheat, which for some reason seems to be connected especially to infections in the right ear. Supplements to support the stomach and/or pancreas (I am NOT a fan of digestive enzymes as a rule-I prefer safflowers, Garcinia combination, etc.) may be helpful, and marshmallow or slippery elm rebuild mucous membranes.  Remember that sugar feeds bacteria, so watch your diet for refined starches and sugars. Lymphatic congestion is usually a major factor as well; many of my clients do well with the Nature’s Sunshine Lymph Gland Cleanse Formula, and the regular practice of lymphatic exercise, based on  “Riding Horse” Qi Gung stance. Stand with feet a little more than shoulder width apart and the knees flexed. Begin to “bounce” lightly, gradually increasing the amount of movement. (The body will do this quite naturally.)  Allow the arms to bounce as well; they will tend to fall into loose fists which will lightly beat on the thighs. Gradually move them to beat on the groin, then  move them one at a time up the body, to the armpit, out the arms, and back in.  Continue around the neck and down the sides, ending with going down and back up the legs. Maintain the bouncing throughout the entire time; the whole process should take  8-10 minutes. Follow with plenty of water!

Darkness and Light: Bulbs, Concentration, Cancer, Depression and Insomnia

My daughter-in-law is an opera singer and mentioned tonight that several of the singers at her current production are complaining about the rehearsals being held in a windowless room with fluorescent bulbs since “everyone knows they wear out your adrenals”. A family I knew pulled their children out of public school shortly before the end of a school year, tired of hearing that they were hyperactive when they behaved well at home. Things went so well that they decided to home-school the following year; they built on a classroom, complete with fluorescent lights since they were “going to do it right” . Two weeks into the year they were ready to send the kids back to school-on Ritalin. I suggested that they let the kids do their work near a window or on the back porch, as they had done initially. End of problem.

Fluorescent lighting, even with CFL bulbs, has a flickering effect that is almost imperceptible to the eye, but which hyper-stimulates the medulla, the part of the brain that controls the autonomic or “animal” part of the brain. That increases anxiety-hence the adrenal exhaustion comment, and sensitivity to external stimuli, hence the hyperactivity. I have counseled my clients literally for decades not to use them, and now the Federal government is forcing us to have them at home and banning the sale of high-wattage incandescent bulbs. ( I read recently that in Europe they are getting away with selling them as heat lamps.)

The blue tones of the light emitted also interrupt the normal serotonin/melatonin production cycle, disrupting the hormones most connected to depression, anxiety, and sleep. Exposure to sunlight stimulates the production of serotonin, the feel-good-be-happy-wake-up hormone. Exposure to darkness, which is increasingly difficult to achieve, triggers the production of melatonin, which winds you down for rest and sleep. Too little contrast between the two leaves the body chronically “on”, albeit at a very low functional level. Think of it as running on a battery that’s almost dead. You can turn your camera or whatever off and back on when it’s almost dead to get a couple more minutes of use, but in relatively short order the battery dies completely and you have to recharge or replace it. We can only recharge with full sunlight, full darkness,and lots of the right foods, and each of us is rather hard to replace!!

I encourage my clients to avoid using any overhead lights after dinner, but the CFL bulbs are especially detrimental. Multiple studies have linked the lack of darkness to immune deficiencies (including increased cancer risks) insomnia, and depression. (The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light by Paul Bogard has some interesting statistics and information. Great radio interview with him on “All Things Considered” at  http://www.npr.org/2013/03/03/173365741/turning-it-down-cities-combat-light-pollution-by-going-dim) Within the studies was clear evidence that the color frequencies with the worst health impact were the blues and greens-the colors in fluorescent lighting and all of our night-lights and power lights on the huge assortment of electronic gadgets we have in every room.

So what to do? Incandescent bulbs, especially the “full spectrum”type, muscle-test the best for most people. You can still find them at some flea markets and discount stores in the higher wattage not available in most places. Yes, they use more electricity, but so does hot water and I’m not ready to subject my body to cold showers all winter. Remember, you shouldn’t be using many lights after dark anyway! Next best thing is the “daylight” (not “full”) spectrum LED bulbs, which are much more expensive. If you or a friend live in Washington State you’re in luck-they heavily subsidize LED bulbs so they are much less expensive there than in most other places.

Another good article on risks I haven’t gotten to here is at http://www.naturalhealth365.com/stop_cancer/cfl_light_bulbs.html

Sore throat & flu last week

I have been running like a madwoman, out of town last week in wet, rainy weather, sleeping just 4-5 hours a night, then flying cross-country all day Monday. Tuesday through Thursday my schedule was crammed full. Woke up Wednesday morning with a dry, scratchy throat. Functioned normally all day, but awakened at 2am Thursday with a really sore throat. Got up and massaged my neck with an essential oil blend I formulated for the lymph glands and gargled an ounce or so of colloidal silver. I was able to doze back off pretty quickly, counting my blessings at knowing how to take care of myself.

The big problem with getting rid of symptoms as fast as I can is that it’s easy to overlook details like rest, so Friday my body quit. Aches, fever, cough, the works. Tested for echinaccea and lots of dark fruit juices (highest in antioxidants) in the morning, and added a mullein glycerite to my mint and ginger teas. Spent the afternoon in a vinegar and ginger bath, drinking pineapple juice and warm “flu soup”. I have always made my own for others, but my favorite pantry quick-fix is Pacific’s vegetarian or chicken pho. I added some pickled ginger and a little extra garlic, but it already has lemon grass and other great therapeutic herbs, though they promote them just for flavor:). Lunchtime I added some fresh asparagus and daikon; dinner I used grated carrots and greens. Snacked on a couple of sweet peppers and a kiwi fruit to get lots of vitamin C. Chamomile oil on my chest and back soothed the coughing and the aches. More of the same on Saturday, though I added a salad and rested much better.

I was surprised it took me two full days to recuperate-usually one is plenty. Then I spoke with a couple of friends who are still dragging after two courses of antibiotics and steroids, plus antihistamines, decongestants, and nasal spray. People tend to overdo supplements, thinking more is better. I took a total of 1/2 ounce of colloidal silver, 9 capsules of high quality echinacea, 1 dropper of a golden seal/echinacea liquid, and about an ounce of mullein tinctract I made myself. Everything else came from my foods during the two days I felt icky!

Q&A: Too Much Garlic?

Question:
Thanks for your suggestion to eat garlic for combating the low-grade infection in my hand from the dog bite. I used minced garlic from the grocery and have been mixing it heavily in the foods I eat. It seems to work well. In fact, with the first garlic burger I ate I could feel a sensation move through my body (yes, I used A LOT of garlic) that I presumed to be the killing of bad bacteria – candida, if I had to guess. I’ve noticed, too, I have more energy now than I did have. A great $2 cure.
My question: Can one eat too much garlic? Is there any toxicity to it?
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