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Monday, November 19, 2018

cholesterol, statin, heart disease, egg

Cholesterol does not cause heart disease in the elderly and trying to reduce it with drugs like statins is a waste of time, an international group of experts has claimed.

A review of research involving nearly 70,000 people found there was no link between what has traditionally been considered “bad” cholesterol and the premature deaths of over 60-year-olds from cardiovascular disease.

Published in the BMJ Open journal, the new study found that 92 percent of people with a high cholesterol level lived longer.

The authors have called for a re-evaluation of the guidelines for the prevention of cardiovascular disease and atherosclerosis, a hardening and narrowing of the arteries, because “the benefits from statin treatment have been exaggerated”.

The results have prompted immediate scepticism from other academics, however, who questioned the paper’s balance.

High cholesterol is commonly caused by an unhealthy diet, and eating high levels of saturated fat in particular, as well as smoking.

It is carried in the blood attached to proteins called lipoproteins and has been traditionally linked to cardiovascular diseases such as coronary heart disease, stroke, peripheral arterial disease and aortic disease.

Co-author of the study Dr Malcolm Kendrick, an intermediate care GP, acknowledged the findings would cause controversy but defended them as “robust” and “thoroughly reviewed”.
“What we found in our detailed systematic review was that older people with high LDL (low-density lipoprotein) levels, the so-called “bad” cholesterol, lived longer and had less heart disease.”
Vascular and endovascular surgery expert Professor Sherif Sultan from the University of Ireland, who also worked on the study, said cholesterol is one of the “most vital” molecules in the body and prevents infection, cancer, muscle pain and other conditions in elderly people.
“Lowering cholesterol with medications for primary cardiovascular prevention in those aged over 60 is a total waste of time and resources, whereas altering your lifestyle is the single most important way to achieve a good quality of life,” he said.
Lead author Dr Uffe Ravnskov, a former associate professor of renal medicine at Lund University in Sweden, said there was “no reason” to lower high-LDL-cholesterol.

But Professor Colin Baigent, an epidemiologist at Oxford University, said the new study had “serious weaknesses and, as a consequence, has reached completely the wrong conclusion”.

cholesterol, statin, heart disease

Another sceptic, consultant cardiologist Dr Tim Chico, said he would be more convinced by randomised study where some patients have their cholesterol lowered using a drug, such as a stain, while others receive a placebo.
He said: “There have been several studies that tested whether higher cholesterol increases the risk of heart disease by lowering cholesterol in elderly patients and observing whether this reduces their risk of heart disease.
“These have shown that lowering cholesterol using a drug does reduce the risk of heart disease in the elderly, and I find this more compelling than the data in the current study.”
The British Heart Foundation also questioned the new research, pointing out that the link between high LDL cholesterol levels and death in the elderly is harder to detect because, as people get older, more factors determine overall health.

“There is nothing in the current paper to support the author’s suggestions that the studies they reviewed cast doubt on the idea that LDL Cholesterol is a major cause of heart disease or that guidelines on LDL reduction in the elderly need re-valuating,” a spokesman said.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

stress, depression

Depression, anxiety and stress levels have been shown to increase the risk of death by liver disease. The findings come from the University of Edinburgh, and it’s the first study to identify a possible link between psychological distress and death resulting from various forms of liver disease.

The researchers are still unsure as to the biological link between psychological distress and liver disease. Previous research showed a strong link between mental distress and cardiovascular disease.

Furthermore, risk factors of cardiovascular disease, such as obesity and high blood pressure, are also risk factors for liver disease.

Researchers examined responses from over 165,000 people who answered questionnaires capturing psychological distress. These participants were then tracked over the course of 10 years with a strong focus on the cause of any deaths.

Those who scored high with symptoms of psychological stress were more likely to die from liver disease compared to those with lower scores.

Research lead, Dr. Tom Russ, said, “This study provides further evidence for the important links between mind and body, and of the damaging effects psychological distress can have on physical wellbeing. While we are not able to confirm direct cause and effect, this study does provide evidence that requires further consideration in future studies.”

Cortisol, stress hormone and fatty liver

In other research it was found that cortisol – the stress hormone – could increase the risk of a fatty liver. The study, published in Clinical Endocrinology, found a link between cortisol levels in men and fatty liver disease. Fatty liver disease occurs when too much fat forms around or in the liver, thus negatively affecting the liver’s function.

Researchers found those with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) had an overproduction of cortisol. Researchers believe that overproduction of cortisol is what contributes to the excess fat in the liver as cortisol is known to promote fat deposits in the liver.

Excessive cortisol is not only harmful for the liver, but it can wreak havoc on your body and overall health. Researchers suggest that if high cortisol levels can contribute to fatty liver, lowering cortisol can diminish fatty liver.

liver disease, hepatitis, cirrhosis

Stress and chronic hepatitis

Numerous studies also point to the association between stress, more specifically psychosocial stress, and the development of viral hepatitis. In one study researchers found a link between psychosocial stress and the severity of chronic hepatitis C. In individuals with low self control, object dependence of loss, unfulfilled need for acceptance and altruisms (Type 1 personality), researchers found more susceptibility to psychosocial stress, which was linked to hepatitis C severity.

Other studies have found that psychosocial stress affects antibody response after a hepatitis B vaccination. One survey revealed that those with higher responses that indicated stress also had weakened immune responses when they received the vaccination.

liver disease, hepatitis, liver

Symptoms that your liver is stressed

If you’re concerned about your liver health, look out for these signs as indicators that you have a stressed liver.
  • There are changes in your skin color
  • You experience digestive problems
  • You feel aches and pains
  • You’re fatigued, even after you sleep properly or rest
  • Your urine is darker
  • You experience mood swings
  • Other symptoms that can occur are blurred vision, ringing in the ears, dizziness, insomnia, hormonal imbalances, lower sex drive, spider veins, unintentional weight loss

Tips to reduce stress, depression and have a healthy liver

If you want to protect your liver, and your health overall, it’s a good idea to reduce your level of stress. Here are some effective tips to reduce stress, depression and promote a healthy liver.
  • Exercise – exercise has been shown not only to reduce stress, but promote a happier mood
  • Balance rest and activity
  • Sleep
  • Positive thinking
  • Stress reduction
  • Avoid substance use
  • Laughter and recreation
  • Good nutrition
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Look for warnings of toxicity on medication labels
  • Practice good hygiene to prevent infection
  • Keep hydrated to help flush out toxins
  • Don’t smoke or quit smoking
  • Manage underlying medical conditions like diabetes, hypertension or cholesterol
  • Get vaccinated for hepatitis
  • Be mindful of medication overuse
  • Minimize your salt intake
  • Reduce your alcohol consumption

Saturday, November 17, 2018

booger, snot

Did you grow up in a home where picking your nose and eating your boogers was strictly forbidden? If you said yes, you are part of the majority. Most of us, as children, were closet booger eaters. From the time we could navigate our fingers, we are compelled to stick them in our mouth, ears, and nose. Contrary to this seemingly natural instinct, mother’s are constantly putting little fingers from these orifices.

What about as an adult? Do you still struggle with the temptation to eat your boogers? Again, you are not alone. One study from the University of Wisconsin Medical School, USA found that 91% of their sampled participants were current nose pickers. Three-quarters of this adult group felt like everyone else did it as well. This statement is most likely not far from the truth.

Another study from the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences in Bangalore, India looked a what happens when nose picking becomes obsessive. This condition has been termed rhinotillexomania. It was discovered that of the 200 adolescents in the study, the majority picked their nose an average of four times a day.

booger, snot

What exactly are boogers?

Have you ever wondered what boogers really are? Truth be told, they are merely dried mucus. Mucus is a slimy, sticky substance that is also present in your lungs, gastrointestinal tract, eyes, reproductive tract, and sinuses.

Believe it or not, as gross as they seem, boogers do serve a higher purpose apart from being entertaining to pick…for some people, that is. Your nose and sinuses produce almost 0.5 gallons of mucus, when you are well, in a 24-hour period. Mucus is instrumental in keeping the nasal lining moist, helps you to smell and defends you from foreign and dangerous pathogens

Mucus forms a defensive barrier to bacteria, pollen, dust and other contaminants that try to make their way into the nasal passage. Muscus is indeed the superhero of your nose – if it weren’t there, all the invaders would make their way into your nose and down to your lungs where they would unleash nastiness in your body. With mucus on guard, these invaders are caught red-handed.

Just as the Lone Ranger had Tonto, mucus has cilia, a needed partner. Cilia help to move trapped mucus out the nostrils. Sometimes it even goes to the back of your throat and is swallowed in little bits. If the mucus does not get out, it dries, collects more debris and transforms into our friend, the booger.

The hygiene hypothesis

It might just be healthy to swallow your snot — or at least eat your boogers. That’s right: a Canadian biochemist proposed the idea while teaching a group of bored students in one of his classes at the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Scott Napper specializes in emerging diseases and vaccines and found that snot and boogers intrigue first-year students. The casual question also turned out to be an important one.

“I’ve got two beautiful daughters, and they spend an amazing amount of time with their fingers up their nose,” Dr. Napper told CBC News in Canada. “And without fail, it goes right into their mouths afterward. Could they just be fulfilling what we’re truly meant to do?”

Dr. James T. C. Li

As gross as it sounds, Dr. Napper may be onto something.

Mayo Clinic physician, Dr. James T. C. Li, M.D., Ph.D, noted that children who grow up in rural areas surrounded by a number of allergens from animals and plant life — as well as kids who grow up in larger families — tend to develop asthma less often than kids who grow up in a more sterile environment. Dr. Li refers to this in terms of the hygiene hypothesis.

The hygiene hypothesis proposes that through exposure to microbes and illness early in life, the growing body learns the difference between substances that are harmful to the body and those that trigger asthma, a rather scary allergic reaction. Through exposure to a wide variety of allergens and infections, the immune system becomes stronger.

Dr. Napper points out that eating boogers fits into several other hypotheses about immunity. “From an evolutionary perspective, we evolved under filthy conditions, and maybe this desire to keep our environment and our behaviors sterile isn’t actually working to our advantage,” he said to CBC News.

booger, snot

More research on booger eating and snot swallowing

A study published in Nature found that the bacteria in mucus can be used to produce an antibiotic against staph infections.

What’s remarkable about this discovery is that it’s the first time scientists have uncovered a bacteria that possesses antibiotic properties and is naturally occurring within the human body. Meaning, the mucus within your nose, that eventually turns into boogers possesses beneficial properties that we were never aware of until just a couple of years ago. In a world where antibiotic resistance is a valid concern, it’s important to recognize the real power of the human body.
Boogers can light the fire of your immune system

With cold and flu season just around the corner, it is refreshing to find out that boogers are an immune booster. Since each little sticky clump contains a range of bacteria, once ingested, they may act like medicine within the intestine — kind of like a natural vaccination. Small concentrations of bacteria are introduced, allowing the body to strengthen the immune system.

Mucus toothpaste

Mucus toothpaste might become a real thing

As an added bonus, scientists at Harvard and MIT are now saying that boogers may be useful for our teeth too. Apparently, this great bounty of bacteria found in snot helps keep harmful bacteria from sticking to teeth. The findings in this research also suggest that snot could protect against respiratory infections, stomach ulcers, and even HIV. There is even a synthetic mucus toothpaste and chewing gum in the works. Can’t wait for that!

Good news for booger eaters

So, this year as you prepare for cold and flu season think about a little booger munching and snot sucking along with plenty of vitamin C, fluids, fresh fruits, and veggies to build up your body’s defense system.

negative people

The world is waking up spiritually, there is no doubt about that. However, with this spiritual movement there are so much misconceptions and people get confused.

Such confused individuals are the Falsely Positive People who think that being positive is the only thing that’s right and everything else is wrong.

They are afraid of negativity and their dark side so they suppress these aspects of themselves deep within and live their lives running away from them.

They are doing their best to appear positive, to avoid sadness, anger, fear, that they start resisting these things. And as much as they resist them these things amplify.

So these individuals end up spending so much energy just to avoid the fact that they are also humans with flaws who can be sad if that’s what they really feel.

They keep running away from themselves and step on all of their boundaries so they end up draining the energy of everyone who interacts with them.

Because they don’t want to be selfish, they think being selfish is wrong, they drain themselves of their energy without refilling their cup.

They would rather spend their day faking being positive than spend it at home with their sad emotions getting to know their depths.

Because of all these things, falsely positive people will drain your energy. But that’s not all. Here are 5 more reasons why you should avoid falsely positive individuals.

negative people

5 More Reasons Why You Should Avoid Falsely Positive People:

1. They are inauthentic.

Falsely positive individuals are not authentic. They want to show you only the “good” side they have. They show fake feelings and keep the real feelings suppressed if they are in the negative side of the spectrum. You cannot really get to know them, with all their flaws. They hide their flaws behind the positive mask they put on. Even if you try to be authentic they will not reveal their dark side that they are actually running away from.

2. They will make you resist negative emotions.

Just like they do it, falsely positive people will make you see your “negative” emotions as wrong. In reality there are no good and bad emotions. They all serve you a purpose. Anger, sadness, fear, and other so called negative emotions are good for you. Anger protects your boundaries, sadness shows you the depth of what has meaning for you and fear protects you from possible danger. Running away from these feelings mutates them.

3. They are passive aggressive.

Because they always step on themselves, falsely positive people have suppressed so much anger that it will show up in their passive aggressive behavior. They will be laughing and being all positive and all of a sudden they will judge something so harshly you would not believe your ears. If you show your vulnerable side, they will blame you for not being positive like them. They do this because they want you to suffer as they do.

4. They are superficial.

Whenever you try to speak to your falsely positive friends and ask for a real conversation they will dodge it with couple of rehearsed positive lines. They will tell you think positively, they will speak about the law of attraction, they will tell you to take some herbs. What they won’t do is be your friends. Real friends. Friends who are also human and feel your pain, or just simply want to connect with you on a human level and without forcing positivity.

5. They don’t give solutions.

If you have a problem and ask your falsely positive friend for advice they will not give you a constructive solution. They will try to mask up the problems you have and force you to just think positive thoughts, they will claim that’s how you will solve your problem. Their strategy for dealing with problems is to put it under the rug and pretend everything is fine. But most problems need to be tackled with action not just thinking positively.

emotional abuse

Your childhood will be with you forever. For those who were emotionally abused growing up, this fact can be a nightmare.

Emotional abuse will leave lasting scares that many people never recover from. It can lead to various forms of mental illness and relationship problems.

If you or someone you know is the victim of emotional abuse, don’t be afraid to ask for help and tell people how you feel.

Emotional abuse is a terrible burden to carry around. Many people do not even realize it is affecting every aspect of their lives.

It can be an awful struggle to deal with, but it is important to never give up.

As reported directly from the mouths of victims, here are 10+ things that adults do when they were emotionally abused as a child.

1. You can’t stand conflict. Sudden loud noises immediately trigger you fight or flight instinct.

2. You can’t accept compliments. As children people only talked about your mistakes and flaws.

3. You overachieve in an attempt to prove yourself.

4. You believe everything you do is wrong, no matter what others say.

5. You apologize all the time due to always feeling like you are to blame for something.

6. You isolate yourself and use your home as a safe place.

7. You don’t trust anyone, and will rarely let others in.

8. You are indecisive because you feel like whatever you choose will be wrong. This makes you fear to be a parent.

9. You are hardly yourself because you will never say anything that another person may not agree with. No matter what, you remain neutral.

10. You are so defensive that you come off as cold or cynical. It is your barrier.

11. You don’t like to accept love and believe it is never unconditional.

12. You try too hard to please anyone who is an authority figure.

13. You feel the need to explain in detail everything that you do, and have trouble saying no to anyone.

14. You do not ask for help because you believe something will be wanted in return. Due to this, you have trouble finding a best friend.

15. You are paranoid and have trust and attachment issues. This leads to a lot of problems with relationships.

16. You are too shy and never have a voice.

17. You hide the ‘bad’ side of yourself from everyone.

18. You never think you are good enough or smart enough. No matter what you accomplish, it will not block out the negative words in your head.

19. You have trouble accepting that there are people who genuinely love and care for you.

20. You can’t make eye contact because it scares you.

21. You have trouble communicating your feelings, which can raise your anxiety levels and lead to depression.

22. You will never fight back, and can only cut people out of your life by getting help.

23. You blame yourself for absolutely everything that happens.

24. You have trouble finding out who you are, and what your true beliefs are.

25. You have an enormous amount of anger, and it causes you to lash out through social media where you can hide behind a screen.

Garlic, Onion

They may taste great on a pizza, but could onions and garlic be used to help clean up hazardous heavy metals?

Onion and garlic waste could be used to mop up hazardous heavy metals in contaminated materials, according new research published in the International Journal of Environment and Pollution.

Phytoremediation – taken from the greek word phyto for plant, and the Latin word remedium, meaning “restoring balance” – describes the treatment of environmental pollution through the use of plants that contain, degrade, or eliminate the contaminant material.

A team of researchers from the University of Delhi is developing a filter made of garlic and onion, to clean up arsenic, cadmium, iron, lead, mercury, and tin. The process could be used to treat industrial effluent at factories, and it could also join the growing bio remediation toolkit for cleaning up polluted sites.

Researchers are already beginning to look into food-related substances like lactate, bananas and vitamin B12 as a sustainable means of neutralizing toxic substances in soil, also known as “green remediation.”

Green remediation presents a marked improvement over conventional “remediation,” which used to involve either capping a site and letting the contaminants fester under the cap, or digging out tons of contaminated soil and trucking it to a landfill where it would also fester.

The Delhi University process is of particular interest because it involves a double dose of re-use.

The filter itself consists of waste biomass — namely, the leftovers from processing garlic and onions at food canneries. The biomass absorbs as much contaminants as it can handle, and then nitric acid is applied to separate the metals into another vessel. The filter can then be reused all over again.

heavy metals

The process depends on achieving an efficient pH of 5, and so far the researchers have found that this can be achieved under a relatively low temperature of 122 degrees Fahrenheit.

Using food production waste to make a reusable filter is good enough. To ice the cake, once the filter has outlived its usefulness as a contaminant-trapper, it can be slipped into the food waste stream as feedstock for biofuel refineries.

Commercial scale food waste biofuel is still in the development phase, but a pilot food waste biorefinery in Germany looks promising. So, let’s call this a sustainability threefer.
The Delhi team isn’t alone in its quest to turn a vampire remedy into a bioremediation tool. In Bulgaria, a team of researchers is experimenting with on-site plantings of garlic and grasses to absorb contaminants.

The use of plantings in green remediation is a whole ‘nother ball of wax, since it can involve perennial grasses, shrubs and fast-growing trees like poplar, all of which can double as biofuel crops.


Blackheads, a type of acne, are a reality for almost every person at some point in their life as they are the result of natural processes that occur within the skin. To understand how to get rid of blackheads, it’s important to understand what blackheads are and what causes them.

What Are Blackheads?

Blackheads typically begin with clogged hair follicles (aka “pores”). There are millions of hair follicles on the body, including your face. Each of these follicles contains one hair and a sebaceous gland that produces oil to help keep your skin soft. When the skin sheds dead skin cells, they can get into the follicle, mix with the oil and form a plug that pushes to the surface and forms a bump called a comedone.

If the bump over the clogged pore remains closed, the bump is called a whitehead. A blackhead occurs when the skin around the bump opens and air gets in. That causes the oil to turn gray or black, which is why it’s called a “blackhead”.

What Causes Blackheads?

The main cause of acne (including blackheads) is hormonal changes in the body that cause excess oil to be produced in the pores. This is a natural process, especially during puberty, which explains why so many teens have blackheads.

How To Get Rid of Blackheads

Blackheads appear most often in the “T-Zone” of the face (forehead, nose, and chin) but may also appear on the back, chest, arms and shoulders. They can occur wherever there is a great density of hair follicles and their attached oil glands.

Topical products that include salicylic acid to clean out pores and benzoyl peroxide to kill the bacteria that causes acne (the p. acnes bacteria) are the most common blackhead treatments. Blackheads should never be removed by picking, squeezing or popping because it will cause inflammation and potential scarring. Some people mistake blackheads for trapped dirt and try to remove them by scrubbing but this can make the condition worse.

Stuffy Nose

How to Clear a Stuffy Nose

We all know there are more serious conditions than a stuffy nose; but when you’re afflicted, it can feel a bit like you’re gasping for air. It affects your ability to breathe while you eat, as well as impacting the sense of taste.

Even worse, is when an infant or small child is suffering from a blocked-up nose. You want to do whatever it takes to help ease it.

What is the Stuffy nose cause and how to clear it?

Is it cold or is it the cat?

Let’s take a look at some of the simplest, cheapest and most effective ways to open up the airways, but before we do, let’s not forget that prevention is better than cure. So, before you start raiding the cabinets to make potions, look at potential causes. Is it a cold, or allergies? If you tend to be allergic, try to remove yourself from the trigger. If it’s cat, stay away from it. If it’s dairy, ditch the ice cream. 

You get the idea, right?

However, whether it’s a cold, or allergens you can’t escape, or if it’s a cold, then here are some great ideas to help you avoid gasping like a dying goldfish:

nasal steam

Get steamy to cure nasal congestion:

Simple steam is great for unblocking clogged noses. The steam is a natural decongestant and it also helps to soften the mucus, making it easier for the nose to drain. You can use a humidifier, run the shower with all doors and windows closed or, simply place boiling water into a basin and put a towel over your head to create a “sauna effect”, while you inhale deeply of the steam.


Sweet relief for your stuffy nose:

Honey is one of the best ways to help clear up blocked and stuffy noses. This is particularly true if the honey was harvested close to your home. Why? Because it’s nature’s antihistamine. Usually, if you’re allergic to pollens and grasses in the area, and bees are responsible for pollinating these plants, then the honey from those plants will have traces of those allergens, so ingesting it will help to desensitize you to the allergens. Honey is also a natural antibiotic. Simply take two teaspoons of raw honey morning and evening, and let nature do what nature does best. Smaller servings are safe for the little ones too.

herbal tea

Leaves for your stuffy Nose:
Once again, nature comes to the rescue. There are a few plants whose medicinal properties include decongesting stuffy noses, but safety in small children has not been established.

You could try brewing an herbal tea, by brewing these herbs into a pot of your regular brand: rosemary, thyme, chamomile, mint, and blackberry. These leaves, when brewed together and taken daily, in your regular tea, offer great relief from a stuffy nose,

Next on the leafy list is Basil, whose medicinal properties are well-known. Basil can either be eaten fresh off the plant (rinse it first though) or brewed into your tea and consumed daily.

Another nature’s gift for decongesting a stuffy nose is green kratom leaves, which serves as an inhaler decongestant. Just boil the fresh Kratom leaves and inhale the steam produced.


Weird remedy – Spice it up

The old adage about pepper making us sneeze is not a fallacy. It does stimulate the olfactory system and can be very useful in unclogging those blocked nasal passages. Add a teaspoon of honey and a teaspoon of pepper to boiling water and drink this mixture daily. This is remarkably helpful for stuffy noses.

With its well-known anti-inflammatory properties, ginger has an excellent reputation for a remedy when breathing is a battle. You can steep fresh ginger in boiling water to drink like a tea, or you can make a compress, which is also great for the little ones. Simply slice fresh ginger and boil it in two cups of water for about 15 minutes. Soak a clean washcloth in the freshly brewed mixture, and – once cool enough – place the cloth on your face for a few minutes.

Although it’s not truly a spice, another simple and effective remedy for stuffy noses is the saline solution (salt and water). The salt content helps to dry up the overly active mucus membranes, giving quick relief that lasts for a few hours. This method is age-old and has proven to be safe, even for little children. Saline is available of the counter at your pharmacy, or you can make your own. Irrigating the nasal passages with a Neti Pot is a very effective way unclogging blocked noses. It looks similar to a teapot, with a spout and a handle and is used by tilting the head to one side and pouring the saline into one nostril, keeping the head over the basin. The water will pass through the nasal passages and exit via the mouth and the other nostril. When trying this for the first time, one could feel a bit panicked, but the benefits quickly outweigh any temporary discomfort.

Baking soda

Baking soda for longer lasting relief:

As with the above remedy, this method is safe for little ones, even tiny infants! It’s a foolproof way of unblocking noses and keeping them clear – for a while at least – to allow for easier breathing and, hopefully, some much-needed sleep. The beauty of this remedy is that just a few drops can be administered into each nostril, using a dropper. Irrigating is also fine, but if you don’t enjoy the sensation, the dropper method will do it. To make this solution, mix 3 rounded teaspoons of non-iodized salt and one teaspoon of baking soda into a cup of lukewarm water. Store the solution in the fridge.

Sinus Massage

Sinus Massage and Aromatherapy Oils:

Some therapists offer sinus massage, without the aromatherapy oils. This is a very specialized technique, designed to assist with the drainage of the sinuses (by ensuring to work in the correct direction), which has the benefit of decongesting the nose. The sense of relief can be remarkable, and the effects are quite long-lasting because the sinuses will continue to drain naturally for some time.

So, yes, having a stuffy nose is nobody’s idea of a fun time. But the great part is that there are plenty of remedies available to you, without you having to leave your home! Steam up your bathroom, or just go into the kitchen and raid the cabinets for some simple, yet effective remedies that will give you almost instant relief. Also, use these tips to prevent the stuffy nose in the first place – particularly if it’s related to allergies.


Navage – The best healing option for stuffy nose
Navage is one of the innovative products for cleaning nose. It helps in removing the build-up mucus to enable you in breathing in a better way. It’s effective and easy to use and also there is no risk in using this device.

So, yes, having a stuffy nose is nobody’s idea of a fun time. But the great part is that there are plenty of remedies available to you, without you having to leave your home! Steam up your bathroom, or just go into the kitchen and raid the cabinets for some simple, yet effective remedies that will give you almost instant relief. Also, use these tips to prevent the stuffy nose in the first place – particularly if it’s related to allergies.


Thursday, November 15, 2018

alkaline, ph level, acidic

Have you recently heard people talking about being over-acidic, measuring their pH and eating alkalizing foods? Emphasizing the importance of body’s pH might seem like a new fashion, but the science and art of pH balancing has had a long tradition and, unlike some other trendy theories, it has successfully overcome the test of time.

What is PH?
In terms of chemical understanding, pH is a measurement of hydrogen ion (H+) concentration in a solution. Solutions with low hydrogen concentrations have high pH values, and solutions with high hydrogen concentrations have low pH values.

As you probably remember from school, the pH scale runs from 1 to 14, with 7 representing the pH of pure water – neutral. Above 7 is alkaline, below is acidic.

In optimal circumstances, your body should have a pH of between 7.0 and 7.4, so slightly alkaline. This refers to the pH of the body’s main fluids: blood, lymph and cerebrospinal fluid.

The pH of the digestive system however, is a bit less uniform: the mouth, pharynx and esophagus are all slightly acidic with a pH of 6.8; the pH of the healthy stomach is 1.3 – extremely acidic; the pH of the small intestine resembles that of healthy bodily fluids; and in the colon it ranges between 5.5 and 7.
alkaline, ph level, acidic

Why Does pH Matter?

In 1931, Dr. Otto Warburg won the Nobel Prize in physiology. He was the first to describe the correlation between the acidic environment and cancer cell growth.

We know now that an acidic body is more susceptible to different diseases, including arthritis, cancer, and cardiovascular diseases.

What’s more, if your pH is out of balance, digestive problems can occur and your body can’t assimilate the goodness from food, which can make you feel constantly tired. Blood pressure, insulin levels and cholesterol, as well as body weight and immune system function, are all influenced by changes in pH levels.

As every one-point decrease on the pH scale means 10 times increased acidity, going from pH 7 to 5 makes your insides 100 times more acidic! This is not a good sign if you’re planning on living a long and healthy life.

The bottom line is that you want to keep your body’s pH as close as possible to what nature intended it to be. Also, if you are aiming to cure a disease, you might want to start by looking at the pH of your body. When doing that, most people discover that they’re too acidic.

What the Research Says About the Alkaline Diet

Research suggests that an alkaline diet can assist with chemotherapy treatments, making the treatments more effective. This is the case for example with cucumber, which contains lignans that are being studied for treating estrogen-related cancers within the body.

The Journal of Environmental Health suggests that “it would be prudent to consider an alkaline diet to reduce morbidity and mortality of chronic disease that are plaguing our aging population”.

While there are no studies that directly show an alkaline diet to prevent cancer, research is ongoing.

In general, the alkaline diet may assist cells and connective tissue in retaining water as it works to enhance systemic, brain, and bone health.

Additionally, alkaline foods such as cucumber may provide the support needed for enhanced enzymatic function, to prevent degradation of tissues and slow cell aging.

Presumably, an abundance of alkaline cellular reserves buffers the depletion that occurs when the body constantly readjusts to maintain proper pH and minimize cellular acidity.

alkaline, ph level, acidic

What Causes pH Imbalances?

The main culprits of over-acidity are improper diet (fast food, high consumption of sugars, animal products and processed foods), stress and lifestyle choices, for example sedentary life style. Interestingly, over-exercising, especially too much cardio workout, can lead to a drop in your pH levels as well, as it contributes to stress.

At first, the body tries to compensate and bring the pH back to its optimum levels. For example, minerals such as potassium, sodium, magnesium and calcium are taken from our vital organs and bones to counteract the acid. But this cannot go on indefinitely, and sooner or later the acidic environment starts to attract all sorts of ailments.

Naturopath Ann Boroch is one of many who recommend switching to a more alkaline diet (see video at the end of my article). She points out that the five things we should all avoid (or reduce as much as possible) in order to keep our bodies within the optimal pH range (between 7.0 and 7.4) are:
  • Excessive consumption of red meat
  • Caffeine
  • Sugar (read my posts on how sugar causes cancer)
  • Alcohol
  • Stress
She claims that all these turn your body acidic and make it inflamed. So you need to become more alkaline again. You can do this by eating foods that will bring you back to balance. The changes don’t need to be as complex as some might think. Boroch emphasizes that little can go a long way.

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Warning Signs Your Body is too Acidic

According to wikipedia, signs and symptoms that may be seen in acidosis include:
  • Headaches
  • Confusion
  • Feeling tired
  • Tremors,
  • Sleepiness
  • Flapping tremor
  • Dysfunction of the cerebrum of the brain which may progress to coma if there is no intervention

The Link Between Candida and Cancer

Candida is very widespread due to the imbalanced lives we lead. Antibiotics and steroids are taken routinely, and everyone is overly stressed. All these factors contribute to candida overgrowth.

Many times, candida goes undetected for a long time and weakens the immune system. Compromised immune system leads to genetic mutations. Some experts now believe that fungus is actually a form cancer, and that the two go hand in hand.

Doug Kaufmann has written and lectured about the ‘fungal theory of disease’, in which he explains the role fungi has in disease development. Fungi should not be ignored, as they might be the key to solving many health issues.

Ann Brooch herself believes that there is a strong connection between cancer and candida overgrowth. If you have candida, that is a clear signal your body is over-acidic. Often, anti-candida regimen helps with cancer treatment – it promotes the alkalinity in which cancer cells can’t survive.

You can read my article about candida to discover the top signs you have candida infection and what to do about it.

How to Test your PH Level

It might be a good idea to test your pH and find out where you stand. You can do this at home. All you need is litmus paper, which can be bought at a pharmacy or a health food store, and a bit of discipline.

You need to dip the litmus paper in your first morning urine. Collect a sample in a clean container and measure the pH level. Or, you can use saliva, one hour before a meal or two hours after eating. Make sure you obtain a clean sample, so before spitting on the litmus paper, collect saliva in your mouth and swallow it.

You might find it useful to keep a diary over a period of time, so you can compare the values and get a medium value. The pH of your saliva should stay between 7 and 7.4 all day.

The pH of morning urine is slightly more acidic and fluctuates between 6 and 6.5. If you are also measuring the evening urine, the value should be between 6.5 and 7.

5 Things to Avoid to Become More Alkaline:

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

garlic, garlic soup

Forget the flu shot. A soup based on more than 50 cloves of garlic, onions, thyme and lemon will destroy almost any virus that enters its path including colds, flu and even norovirus.

As we sneeze and cough our way through these dark months of contagious nasties, garlic is being hailed for its powers to halt viruses in their tracks.

It has gained its reputation as a virus buster thanks to one of its chemical constituents, allicin.

A recent and significant finding from Washington State University shows that garlic is 100 times more effective than two popular antibiotics at fighting disease causing bacteria commonly responsible for foodborne illness.

When the garlic is crushed, alliin becomes allicin. Research shows that allicin helps lower cholesterol and blood pressure and also helps prevents blood clots. Garlic can also reduce the risk of developing atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). Compounds in this familiar bulb kill many organisms, including bacteria and viruses that cause earaches, flu and colds. Research indicates that garlic is also effective against digestive ailments and diarrhea. What’s more, further studies suggest that this common and familiar herb may help prevent the onset of cancers.

‘This chemical has been known for a long time for its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal powers,’ says Helen Bond, a Derbyshire-based consultant dietitian and spokeswoman for the British Dietetic Association.

‘Because of this, people assume it is going to boost their immune systems. Lots of people are simply mashing up garlic, mixing it with olive oil and spreading it on bread.

‘But how or whether it may actually work has still not been proven categorically.’

Indeed, scientists remain divided on garlic’s ability to combat colds and flu. Last March, a major investigation by the respected global research organisation, the Cochrane Database, found that increasing your garlic intake during winter can cut the duration of cold symptoms — from five-and-a-half days to four-and-a-half.

But the report, which amalgamated all previous scientific studies on garlic, said it could not draw solid conclusions because there is a lack of large-scale, authoritative research.

The problem is that pharmaceutical companies are not interested in running huge, expensive trials — as they would with promising new drug compounds — because there is nothing in garlic that they can patent, package and sell at a profit.

garlic, garlic soup

Modified Garlic Soup Recipe

Serves 4
  • 26 garlic cloves (unpeeled)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) organic butter (grass fed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder
  • 1/2 cup fresh ginger
  • 2 1/4 cups sliced onions
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 26 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 3 1/2 cups organic vegetable broth
  • 4 lemon wedges
Preheat oven to 350F. Place 26 garlic cloves in small glass baking dish. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt and toss to coat. Cover baking dish tightly with foil and bake until garlic is golden brown and tender, about 45 minutes. Cool. Squeeze garlic between fingertips to release cloves. Transfer cloves to small bowl.

Melt butter in heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onions, thyme, ginger and cayenne powder and cook until onions are translucent, about 6 minutes. Add roasted garlic and 26 raw garlic cloves and cook 3 minutes. Add vegetable broth; cover and simmer until garlic is very tender, about 20 minutes. Working in batches, puree soup in blender until smooth. Return soup to saucepan; add coconut milk and bring to simmer. Season with sea salt and pepper for flavour.

Squeeze juice of 1 lemon wedge into each bowl and serve.

Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Rewarm over medium heat, stirring occasionally.

If garlic were found to be a wonder drug, consumers could simply buy it in the supermarket for 30p a bulb or grow their own in the garden.

Nevertheless, garlic has a long and proud tradition as a medicine. The Ancient Egyptians recommended it for 22 ailments. In a papyrus dated 1500BC, the labourers who built the pyramids ate it to increase their stamina and keep them healthy.

The Ancient Greeks advocated garlic for everything from curing infections, and lung and blood disorders to healing insect bites and even treating leprosy.

The Romans fed it to soldiers and sailors to improve their endurance. Dioscorides, the personal physician to Emperor Nero, wrote a five-volume treatise extolling its virtues.

One of the most interesting of the recent findings is that garlic increases the overall antioxidant levels of the body. Scientifically known as Allium sativa, garlic has been famous throughout history for its ability to fight off viruses and bacteria. Louis Pasteur noted in 1858 that bacteria died when they were doused with garlic. From the Middle Ages on, garlic has been used to treat wounds, being ground or sliced and applied directly to wounds to inhibit the spread of infection. The Russians refer to garlic as Russian penicillin.

More recently, researchers have unearthed evidence to show garlic may help us to stay hale and hearty in a number of ways.

garlic, garlic soup

Last June, nutrition scientists at the University of Florida found eating garlic can boost the number of T-cells in the bloodstream. These play a vital role in strengthening our immune systems and fighting viruses.

And pharmacologists at the University of California found that allicin — the active ingredient in garlic that contributes to bad breath — is an infection-killer.

Allicin also makes our blood vessels dilate, improving blood flow and helping to tackle cardiovascular problems such as high cholesterol.

An Australian study of 80 patients published last week in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported that diets high in garlic may reduce high blood pressure.

In 2007, dentists in Brazil found that gargling with garlic water (made by steeping crushed garlic cloves in warm, but not boiling, water) can kill the germs that cause tooth decay and gum disease.

But they hit a snag: the volunteers refused to continue the experiment, complaining that the garlic gargle made them feel sick. Looking at the garlic soup recipe certainly made me feel queasy. Still, it gave me an excuse to use up my ample supply of garlic.

Though last year’s awful weather caused crop failures on my allotment, I enjoyed a bumper harvest of garlic.

Among its many other virtues, garlic kills slugs and snails. Researchers from the University of Newcastle believe it contains oils that may cripple the nervous systems of these slimy creatures.

There are two schools of thought as to the best way of preparing garlic to make the most of its medicinal qualities.

Argentinian investigators found it releases its allicin-type compounds when you bake the cloves, while scientists at South Carolina Medical University believe peeling garlic and letting it sit uncovered for 15 minutes produces the highest levels of compounds to fight infection.

So you can simply peel half of the garlic cloves and roast the other half with the kitchen door tightly closed (to stop the pong permeating throughout the house).

After an hour-and-a-quarter’s industrious soup-making, sprinkle lemon juice over a bowl of steaming, grey gloop and tuck in.

The heady aroma certainly revs up the appetite and the first spoonful does not disappoint. Delicious as it is, however, one large bowl of home-made soup is a more than ample meal.

As for the soup’s cold-preventing powers, only time will tell. Regular bowlfuls may very well keep me free of winter ailments, thanks to the virus-killing compounds they contain.

Or it could just be that my nuclear-strength garlic breath will keep everyone who is infectious far out of sneezing range for months to come.


Sunday, November 11, 2018

rectal prolapse, rectum prolapse

Man Suffers Rectal Prolapse After Playing Phone Games On Toilet

You may not want to admit it, but gone are the days of reading books on the toilet! Now, everyone pulls out their smartphones and plays their favorite app to pass the time. In a weird way, our washrooms or public stalls have become little smartphone sanctuaries – but not anymore for one man from southeast China.

According to Kan Kan News, a man sat down on his toilet in the comfort of his home and began playing games on his phone.[1] After about half an hour of trying to pass a bowel movement, something unexpected happened.

It was around midnight that the unknown man was rushed to The Sixth Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-sen University. Surprisingly, a mysterious ball-sized lump had fallen out of his anus, but was still attached.

According to Dr. Su Dan who works in the gastrointestinal surgery division, the man’s rectum had detached from his body. Dr. Su diagnosed the man with, in medical terms, rectal prolapse. In this severe case, he suffered a “complete prolapse” in which the rectum becomes detached from the body, turns itself inside out, and slips out of the anus.

When doctors ran a computer tomography (CT) scan of the bulge outside of the patient’s body, they found it had a diameter of 16 centimetres. Fortunately, Dr. Su and her gastrointestinal surgical team were able to remove the bulge and he is now recovering.
“The patient has had rectal prolapse since he was four-years-old, the bulge was able to retract in the past,” said Dr. Su.[3] “But he did not have the condition treated, so the situation got worse.”
Although the man had had rectal prolapse from a very early age, Dr. Su claims that his complete prolapse was caused by the extended time spent on the toilet. A colleague of Dr. Su’s, Dr. Lv added that when sitting or squatting over a toilet, “the pressure in the abdomen builds up which would force the rectum to stick out as the pelvic muscles are not strong enough to hold.”[3]

The doctor highlighted that the patient’s intestinal wall even showed signs of bruisingand blood spots.

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Other symptoms of rectal prolapse may include:
  • Leakage of stool from the anus
  • Leakage of mucus or blood from the anus
  • Feeling of having full bowels and an urgent need to have a bowel movement
  • Passage of many very small stools
  • The feeling of not being able to empty the bowels completely
  • Anal pain, itching, irritation, and bleeding
  • Bright red tissue that sticks out of the anus

Although it could happen to anyone, rectal prolapse is most common in children and older adults – especially women. It’s hard to pinpoint the exact cause of this condition, but there are a few major risk factors:
  • Straining during bowel movements due to constipation
  • Tissue damage caused by surgery or childbirth
  • Weakness of pelvic floor muscles which occurs naturally with age

How to Prevent and Treat Rectal Prolapse

First and foremost, if you experience a rectal prolapse, get to the hospital immediately. With children, prolapse tends to go away on its own. For adults, under the guidance of a doctor, there are some home treatments that can help them recover from a rectal prolapse.

You can push the prolapse back into place (if your doctor says it’s OK)
Avoid constipation

Broccoli ranks right up there with Brussels sprouts when it comes to vegetables that are hard to love. (Some people are simply wired to hate bitter greens.) But scientists recently added yet another reason for the broccoli-averse to just get over it. Turns out the cruciferous bunch not only helps prevent heart disease and repairs skin damage (and improve eye health, fight colds, and keep blood sugar levels low), it can protect our bodies from air pollution too.

A new study published in Cancer Prevention Research found that broccoli compounds help us flush out benzene through our urine. A known carcinogen, benzene can be found anywhere from paint thinner to car exhaust.

When research subjects drank tea made of boiled broccoli sprouts for 12 weeks, their excretion rate of the chemical shot up by 61 percent. The beverage also upped the level of acrolein—a pollutant inhaled from sources such as tobacco smoke and power-plant emissions—by 23 percent in the participants’ urine.

The scientists conducted the study in a rural province in China, a country notorious for poor air quality. The World Health Organization deems a daily average of more than 10 micrograms per cubic meter of particulate matter—tiny atmospheric particles such as soot and liquid droplets—unhealthy. The everyday average of the 10 most polluted Chinese cities exceeds 100 micrograms per cubic meter. In Beijing, there have only been two days in which air quality was considered “good”since April 2008.


“This study points to a frugal, simple, and safe means that can be taken by individuals to possibly reduce some of the long-term health risks associated with air pollution,” said lead researcher and Johns Hopkins University professor Thomas Kensler in a statement.

Sprouts pack higher levels of the chemical-fighting stuff, but regular broccoli has it too—just a lot less. The more bitter the broccoli, the better—though you’d still have to eat about 1.5 cups of the vegetable each day to get the same benefits as the study’s subjects did, Kensler told The Wall Street Journal.

But like any other superfood, broccoli sprouts are by no means a magic shield against health hazards such as China’s toxic smog.

“Air pollution is a complex and pervasive public health problem,” Kensler said. “Government leaders and policy makers [need to] define and implement more effective regulatory policies to improve air quality.”

foot reflexology

The concept of reflexology can be traced back to ancient Egyptian and Chinese civilizations. It was popularized in the United States in the early 1900s when various doctors and physiotherapists began to study the extent of nerve cells in the hands and feet. Reflexology is a safe and completely natural way for you to enhance the quality of your life. It uses massage therapy techniques to stimulate nerves, mostly in the palm of your hand and bottom of your foot. Each of these nerves branches off to different organs and glands in your body.

There are a surprising amount of ways reflexology can help you live a healthier and happier life. It can help alleviate headaches, cold symptoms, stress, and many other daily inconveniences (more detailed listing below) all through a simple massage.

How Does Reflexology Work?

For optimal results in reflexology you have to find out which nerves need stimulating. You do this by matching your ailment up with the right zones on your hands and feet. Once you’ve found the corresponding zone you can either have someone else apply pressure or simply do it yourself.

The pressure is spread among the many nerve endings, there are more than 7000 on one foot alone, and opens up pathways of energy that may have been congested. Oils and lotion can be used for sensational value but are said to interfere with the direct nerve stimulation.

Researchers in the medical field have found that the circulation techniques used in reflexology can help in the following ways:

● Reduction of anxiety and stress build-up
● Increasing relaxation and clarity
● Encouraging efficient distribution of nutrients and oxygen through the body
● Relaxing sore and tired muscles

food reflexology, hand reflexology

What is Reflexology Best For?
If you are intimidated by the mystery looming over modern medical techniques, you may find comfort in the simplistic safety reflexology has to offer. The overall relaxation and peace of mind is the most common application of reflexology and usually the first reason anybody tries it. There are however many more significant ailments that reflexology can target and relieve.

Different types of muscle pain – neck, shoulders, back, legs, etc… – can be targeted with the use of this therapy. If you have sore muscles, just find the nerve section that corresponds with the affected area.

Reflexology can also help reproductive matters, digestion problems, stress and anxiety, sleep disorders, and a generally awesome relaxant. There are many certified reflexologists out there but the methods can be taught and easily done at home.

Specific Ailment Areas

Because there are so many different nerve zones on your hands and feet it helps to have diagrams handy to determine the correct areas. Here are a few common ailments and their corresponding nerve zones.


For headaches you’ll focus mainly on nerve zones on the foot. Begin with circular rubbing on the big toes to relax your neck a bit. Then focus with more pressure on the upper halves of each toe to pinpoint nerves connecting to the head. You can also massage the upper halves of your fingers on both sides. You can also read my other article on how to relieve headache using essential oils.

Sleep Disorders

Targeting the pituitary gland is the ideal method of alleviating sleep disorders. In the direct middle of your fingerprint you’ll find the nerve linking your endocrine system. Apply direct pressure with the side of your nail. On the foot you should target the middle of your big toe on the bottom side. You can also read my other post to discover the best foods to get better sleep.


For anxiety a stress you can start with the neck and head areas in the toes. Another technique called the wrist twist requires you to form a circle around your wrist with your thumb and index finger and twist the opposing hand back and forth about twenty times. In addition to reflexology you can also use 14 effective natural remedies for stress and anxiety.

Colds and the Flu

For colds and the flu you can pinpoint the areas that correspond with your sinuses, nose, throat, and lungs. On the feet you should concentrate on the side of your big toe, the middle of each toe, and an inch below your toes. On the hands massage from the tip of your finger to just above the knuckle and back up again. I also wrote a post about top 10 natural treatments for cold and flu.


One of the most popular methods for digestion relief requires a small sphere like a golf ball or tennis ball. Lock your fingers together with the ball inside and rub it around the bottom of your palm for around 60 seconds. You can also gently rub the lower third of your foot on the bottom side. To improve your digestion you can also try to use my digestive enzyme detox smoothie.

Asthma and Bronchitis

This ailment requires you to target the nerve zones associated with the lungs. On the top of your foot massage the width of your foot about an inch below the toes. On the bottom focus on the middle of the foot an inch below the toes. On your hands, massage just below the knuckles on top and where your palm meets the fingers on the bottom. There are other natural treatments for asthma.

Back Pain

When you target the spine reflexes you can quickly alleviate the terror of back pains. On the hands you should focus on the side of the thumb to the bottom of your wrist. Rub the bottom half of your foot on the bottom and the width where your leg meets the foot on top. If you want to prevent back pain you can also use my recommended 13 exercises to strengthen your back.

Tips For Beginners

● Search the web and check with the ARCB to find a certified reflexologist for your first session. They can show you exactly how to apply pressure and how long you should do it for great results.
● Find someone to help. If you don’t have to be the one applying pressure then you can focus more on relaxing and opening the clogged gateways.
● For the best results try reflexology several times throughout the day. It may not magically work the first time but it will gradually work its magic.

Doing reflexology is also one of the 70 habits featured in my e-book 70 Powerful Habits For Great Health which will guide you how to take positive steps to improve your wellness and overall health.