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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Healthy Beginning for 2010 Compass Scan

Monday, December 21, 2009

Curcumin Products

We forgot to mention in our recent eflash two wonderful Nature's Sunshine products that contain Tumeric/Curcumin.

Super ORAC combines eight powerful ingredients known to quench free radicals—decaffeinated green tea leaves, mangosteen pericarp extract, turmeric root, quercetin, resveratrol, apple extract, açaí (acai) berry extract and selenium.

IF Relief contains a combination of herbal extracts that may support the body’s natural process for muscle pain and inflammation relief following exercise and massage. IF Relief contains compounds that may help the body achieve homeostasis. This formula has a very high ORAC value.

IF Relief contains turmeric root extract along with mangosteen pericarp extract—a source of potent antioxidants called xanthones. The xanthone gammamangostin appears to partially modulate the production of prostaglandins.

Please let us know if you have any questions and Happy Holidays!

Yours in Good Health!


Dr. Jack and Chris Ritchason
Back to Herbs Team

Disclaimer: We do not directly dispense medical advice or prescribe the use of herbs or supplements as a form of treatment for illness. The information found on this Web Site is for educational purposes only to empower people with knowledge to take care of their own health. We disclaim any liability if the reader uses or prescribes any remedies, natural or otherwise, for him/herself or another. Historically all of these herbs & vitamin supplements may nutritionally support the bodies biological systems. Please consult a licensed health professional should a need be indicated.

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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Omega 3 Back to Herbs

Omega 3

Every cell in our body is surrounded by a cell membrane composed mainly of fatty acids. The cell membrane allows the proper amounts of necessary nutrients to enter the cell, and ensures that waste products are quickly removed from the cell.

To perform these functions optimally, however, the cell membrane must maintain its integrity and fluidity. Cells without a healthy membrane lose their ability to hold water and vital nutrients. They also lose their ability to communicate with other cells. Researchers believe that loss of cell to cell communication is one of the physiological events that leads to growth of cancerous tumors.

Because cell membranes are made up of fat, the integrity and fluidity of our cell membranes is determined in large part by the type of fat we eat. Remember that saturated fats are solid at room temperature, while omega 3 fats are liquid at room temperature. Researchers believe that diets containing large amounts of saturated or hydrogenated fats produce cell membranes that are hard and lack fluidity. On the other hand, diets rich in omega 3 fats produce cell membranes with a high degree of fluidity.

Omega 3 fatty acids may play a role in the prevention and/or treatment of the following health conditions:

• Alzheimer's disease
• Asthma
• Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
• Bipolar disorder
• Cancer
• Cardiovascular disease
• Depression
• Diabetes
• Eczema
• High blood pressure
• Huntington's disease
• Lupus
• Migraine headaches
• Multiple sclerosis
• Obesity
• Osteoarthritis
• Osteoporosis
• Psoriasis
• Rheumatoid arthritis

Dr. Frank Sacks, Professor of Cardiovascular Disease Prevention, Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health answers a couple of questions:

What are omega-3 fatty acids, and why should I make sure to include them in my diet?

Omega-3 fatty acids (also known as n-3 fatty acids) are polyunsaturated fatty acids that are essential nutrients for health. We need omega-3 fatty acids for numerous normal body functions, such as controlling blood clotting and building cell membranes in the brain, and since our bodies cannot make omega-3 fats, we must get them through food. Omega-3 fatty acids are also associated with many health benefits, including protection against heart disease and possibly stroke. In addition to these established benefits for cardiovascular disease, omega-3 fatty acids in high doses (e.g. 6 to 10 capsules per day) are used to treat depression.. New studies are identifying potential benefits for a wide range of conditions including cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, and other autoimmune diseases such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.

What foods are good sources of omega-3 fatty acids? How much do I need to eat of these foods to get enough omega-3s?

There are two major types of omega-3 fatty acids in our diets: One type is alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which is found in some vegetable oils, such as soybean, rapeseed (canola), and flaxseed, and in walnuts. ALA is also found in some green vegetables, such as Brussels sprouts, kale, spinach, and salad greens. The other type, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), is found in fatty fish. The body partially converts ALA to EPA and DHA. We do not know whether vegetable or fish omega-3 fatty acids are equally beneficial, although both seem to be beneficial. Unfortunately, most Americans do not get enough of either type.

Because cell membranes are made up of fat, the integrity and fluidity of our cell membranes is determined in large part by the type of fat we eat. Remember that saturated fats are solid at room temperature, while omega 3 fats are liquid at room temperature. Researchers believe that diets containing large amounts of saturated or hydrogenated fats produce cell membranes that are hard and lack fluidity. On the other hand, diets rich in omega 3 fats produce cell membranes with a high degree of fluidity.

Recent statistics indicate that nearly 99% of people in the United States do not eat enough omega 3 fatty acids. However, the symptoms of omega 3 fatty acid deficiency are very vague, and often can be attributed to some other health conditions or nutrient deficiencies. Consequently, few people (or their physicians, for that matter) realize that they are not consuming enough omega 3 fatty acids.

What conditions or symptoms indicate a need for more high-omega-3 foods?

• Depression
• Cardiovascular Disease
• Type 2 Diabetes
• Fatigue
• Dry, itchy skin
• Brittle hair and nails
• Inability to concentrate
• Joint pain

The latest research shows that the most promising health effects of essential fatty acids are achieved through a proper balance between omega-3s and omega-6s. The ratio to shoot for, experts say, is roughly 4 parts omega-3s to 1 part omega-6s. Most of us, they say, come up dangerously short. "The typical American diet has a ratio of around 20 to 1 -- 20 omega-6's to 1 omega-3 -- and that spells trouble," says Sandon, an assistant professor of nutrition at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. While reducing your intake of omega-6s can help, getting more omega-3s from food is an even better way to go.

Polyunsaturated oils, including the omega 3 fats, are extremely susceptible to damage from heat, light, and oxygen. When exposed to these elements for too long, the fatty acids in the oil become oxidized, a scientific term that simply means that the oil becomes rancid. Rancidity not only alters the flavor and smell of the oil, but it also diminishes the nutritional value. More importantly, the oxidation of fatty acids produces free radicals, which are believed to play a role in the development of cancer and other degenerative diseases. As a result, oils rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids should be stored in dark glass, tightly closed containers in the refrigerator or freezer. In addition, these oils should never be heated on the stove. So, instead of sautéing your vegetables in flaxseed or walnut oil, make a salad dressing using these oils.

Individuals who have disorders involving bleeding, who bruise very easily, or who are taking blood thinners should consult with a medical practitioner before taking supplemental omega 3 fatty acids.

Be sure to buy omega-3 fatty acid supplements made by established companies who certify that their products are free of heavy metals such as mercury, lead, and cadmium.

Yours in Good Health!


Dr. Jack and Chris Ritchason
Back to Herbs Team


Disclaimer: We do not directly dispense medical advice or prescribe the use of herbs or supplements as a form of treatment for illness. The information found on this Web Site is for educational purposes only to empower people with knowledge to take care of their own health. We disclaim any liability if the reader uses or prescribes any remedies, natural or otherwise, for him/herself or another. Historically all of these herbs & vitamin supplements may nutritionally support the bodies biological systems. Please consult a licensed health professional should a need be indicated.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Olive Leaf Extract

Olive Leaf Extract

Olive leaf extract is an old, very old, medicinal botanical. It has been traced back to ancient Greece and has been used in many cultures throughout history to alleviate a myriad of afflictions. The extract derived from the leaves of the olive tree treat infections, fevers, coughs, and skin conditions. Olive leaf extract is rich with antioxidant properties as well as successfully being antiviral, antibacterial, anti-fungus and anti-parasitic.

A primary ingredient in the olive leaf is Oleuropein. It was found to be an ingredient in a compound produced by the olive tree that makes it particularly robust and resistant against insect and bacterial damage. Olive leaf and olive leaf extract are being marketed as anti-aging, immunostimulators and antibiotics. In 1962 research showed that Oleuropein has the ability to lower blood pressure in animals. Later research demonstrated that it increased blood flow in coronary arteries, relieved arrhythmia and prevented intestinal muscle spasms. Oleuropein inhibits the growth of viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites.

A liquid extract made from the leaves was shown to have an antioxidant effect almost double to green tea extract and 400% higher than vitamin C. The leaves of the olive tree are one of the most powerful antioxidants known to man, many times more potent than green tea, goji, grape seed or vitamin C.

May help with:

Fights colds and flu

Kills fungal and yeast infections

Aids in countering viral infections even hard to treat infections (i.e. Epstein-Barr disease)

Reduces LDL cholesterol (the bad one)

Lowers blood pressure and increases blood flow by relaxing the arteries

Effective treatment for some cancers (liver, prostate, breast) in preliminary research

Can help lower blood glucose promoting normal blood sugar levels

Supports the immune, circulatory, urinary and digestive systems

Prevents bacteria from becoming established and/or spreading and reproducing

Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome

Sinus and bladder infections

Oral infections associated with tooth or gum disease


Rheumatoid arthritis


Skin conditions (acne, psoriasis, etc.)

Tropical diseases (i.e. malaria)

Parasites (roundworm, hookworm, tapeworm, and flatworm)


Chronically aching joints


From research and clinical experience to date, it can be said that supplemental olive leaf extract may be beneficial in the treatment for conditions caused by, or associated with, a virus, retrovirus, bacterium, or protozoan. Among such conditions are influenza, the common cold, meningitis, Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV), encephalitis, herpes I and II, human herpes virus 6 and 7, shingles, HIV/ARC/AIDS, chronic fatigue, hepatitis B, pneumonia, tuberculosis, gonorrhea, malaria, dengue, bacteremia, severe diarrhea, blood poisoning, and dental, ear, urinary tract and surgical infections.

Biochemist Arnold Takemoto puts it this way: "Olive leaf extract is not a single magic-bullet. There are very few such things, especially in non-pharmaceutical medicine. In many cases it takes a whole lot more than just one ingredient to get over a particular condition. Yet I find it a very valuable addition against chronic fatigue syndrome and many other viral conditions, especially those that are more tenacious. It fills a hole that we haven't been able to fill before."

In the Townsend Letter article, Takemoto told Morton Walker that he has "yet to discover another herbal substance that accomplishes antimicrobially what this substance achieves."

Takemoto went on to say that Lisa Weinrib, M.D., one of the physicians he works with, treats many cases of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. She has noticed that patients with these problems exhibit much improvement from use of the extract, according to Takemoto. "It's the missing link that functions as an antiviral and antiretroviral agent by slowing down the organism's reproductive cycle. A slowdown...allows the patient's immune system to go on the attack."

Takemoto says olive leaf extract has helped patients eliminate stubborn viral infections they have had for years. One patient, who had suffered from shingles (herpes zoster) for nine years, experienced complete relief within two days of starting olive leaf extract and other supplements.

"In my approach," Takemoto says, "I target key antibody responses for specific viruses, stimulate the immune system, and with olive leaf extract attempt to inhibit the reproduction of the virus. It takes everything to get over some of these real chronic conditions."

The "Die-off" effect is a term associated with the healing response in the body. "Die-off" symptoms can begin almost immediately after starting the supplement. It can hit different people in different ways. Reactions include extreme fatigue, diarrhea, headaches, muscle/joint achiness or flu-like symptoms. Severity differs also from person to person, depending on the extent of infection.

Keep in mind that such symptoms are positive signs. Nevertheless, they can be unpleasant. Some people may not want to continue because of the discomfort. Others handle it better. Others experience no such effect.

Here's what you may want to do in case of substantial detoxification symptoms:

Reduce the number of tablets, or even stop them altogether for a while.
You may need a day or two, or even a week, to allow your body to process the "die-off."
When you feel better, you can resume the supplement at a low dose and increase slowly.
Holistic practitioners can usually provide a supportive detoxification program for individuals who experience a strong "die-off" response.

Other than the "die-off" detoxification effect among some individuals, olive leaf extract appears to create no side effects.

Deaths from infectious diseases, formerly on the decline, have recently taken an alarming upward turn in this country. According to federal researchers, such deaths rose by 58% from 1980 to 1992, pushing this category of illness up behind heart disease and cancer in the No. 3 spot of killer diseases. With the emergence of antibiotic-resistant bacterial strains, natural products such as olive leaf extract take on greater importance. It may be that the staph infections that are antibiotic resistant which are contracted in hospitals and the recent swine flu and flu strains that are mutating could be assuaged with olive leaf extract. It is an all around good thing to have on hand and administer at the first sigh of any illness.

Yours in Good Health!


Dr. Jack and Chris Ritchason
Back to Herbs Team


Disclaimer: We do not directly dispense medical advice or prescribe the use of herbs or supplements as a form of treatment for illness. The information found on this Web Site is for educational purposes only to empower people with knowledge to take care of their own health. We disclaim any liability if the reader uses or prescribes any remedies, natural or otherwise, for him/herself or another. Historically all of these herbs & vitamin supplements may nutritionally support the bodies biological systems. Please consult a licensed health professional should a need be indicated.

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Signs of Ovarian Cancer

> absence of Ovaries, and no matter what age you are)
> An Eye Opener on Ovarian
> Cancer
> I hope you all take the time to read this and pass it on to
> all you can. Send this to the women in your life that
> you care about.
> A few years ago, Gilda Radner died of ovarian cancer.
> Her symptoms were inconclusive, and she was treated
> for everything under the sun until it was too late..
> This blood test finally identified her illness
> but alas, too late. She wrote a book to heighten
> awareness. Gene Wilder is her widower.
> STORY: this is the story
> of Kathy West
> As all of you know,
> I have Primary Peritoneal Cancer. This cancer has only
> recently been identified as its OWN type of cancer, but it
> is essentially Ovarian Cancer.
> Both types of cancer are diagnosed in the same way, with
> the "tumour marker" CA-125 BLOOD TEST, and they
> are treated in the same way - surgery to remove the primary
> tumour and then chemotherapy with Taxol and Carboplatin.
> Having gone through this ordeal, I want to save others from
> the same fate. That is why I am sending this message
> to you and hope you will print it and give it or send it via
> E-mail to everybody you know.
> One thing I have learned is that each of us must take TOTAL
> responsibility for our own health care. I thought I
> had done that because I always had an annual physical and
> PAP smear,
> did a monthly Self-Breast Exam, went to the dentist at
> least twice a year, etc. I even insisted on a
> sigmoidoscopy and a bone density test last year. When
> I had a total hysterectomy in 1993, I thought that I did not
> have to worry about getting any of the female reproductive
> organ cancers.
> LITTLE DID I KNOW. I don't have ovaries (and they
> were HEALTHY when they were removed), but I have what is
> essentially ovarian cancer. Strange, isn't
> it?
> These are just SOME of the things our Doctors never tell
> us: ONE out of every 55 women will get OVARIAN or PRIMARY
> The "CLASSIC" symptoms are an ABDOMEN that rather
> I had these classic symptoms and went to the doctor.
> Because these symptoms seemed to be
> "abdominal", I went to a gastroenterologist.
> He ran tests that were designed to
> determine whether there was a bacteria infection; these
> tests were negative, and I was diagnosed with
> "Irritable Bowel Syndrome". I guess I would
> have accepted this diagnosis had it not been for my enlarged
> abdomen. I swear to you, it looked like I was
> 4-5 months pregnant! I therefore insisted on more
> tests.
> They took an X-ray of my abdomen; it was negative. I
> was again assured that I had Irritable Bowel Syndrome and
> was encouraged to go on my scheduled month-long trip
> to Europe .. I couldn't wear any of my
> slacks or shorts because I couldn't get them buttoned,
> and I KNEW something was radically wrong. I INSISTED
> on more tests, and they reluctantly) scheduled me for a
> CT-Scan (just to shut me up, I think). This is
> what I mean by "taking charge of our own health
> care.."
> The CT-Scan showed a lot of fluid in my abdomen (NOT
> normal). Needless to say, I had to
> cancel my trip and have FIVE POUNDS of fluid drawn off at
> the hospital (not a pleasant experience I assure you), but
> NOTHING compared to what was ahead of me.
> Tests revealed cancer cells in the fluid. Finally,
> finally, finally, the doctor ran a CA-125 blood test, and I
> was properly diagnosed.
> part of my annual physical exam and not when I was
> symptomatic. This is an inexpensive and simple
> blood test!
> Be forewarned that their doctors might try to talk them out
> of it, saying, "IT ISN'T NECESSARY."
> Believe me, had I known then what I know now, we would
> have caught my cancer much earlier (before it was a stage 3
> cancer). Insist on the CA-125 BLOOD TEST; DO NOT
> take "NO" for an answer!
> The normal range for a CA-125 BLOOD TEST is between zero
> and 35. MINE WAS 754. (That's right, 754!).
> If the number is slightly above 35, you can have
> another done in three or six months and keep a close eye on
> it, just as women do when they have fibroid tumours or when
> men have a slightly elevated PSA test (Prostatic Specific
> Antigens) that helps diagnose prostate cancer.
> Having the CA-125 test done annually can alert you early,
> and that's the goal in diagnosing any type of
> cancer - catching it early..
> Do you know 55 women? If so, at least one of them
> will have this VERY AGGRESSIVE cancer. Please, go to
> your doctor and insist on a CA-125 test and have one EVERY
> YEAR for the rest of your life..
> And forward this message to every woman you know, and tell
> all of your female family members and friends.. Though
> the median age for this cancer is 56, (and, guess what,
> I'm exactly 56), women as young as 22 have it.
> Age is no factor.
> RN:
> Well, after reading this, I made some calls. I found
> that the CA-125 test is an ovarian screening test equivalent
> to a man's PSA test prostate screen (which my
> husband's doctor automatically gives him in his physical
> each year and insurance pays for it). I called
> the general practitioner's office about having the test
> done. The nurse had
> never heard of it. She told me that she doubted that
> insurance would pay for it. So I called Prudential
> Insurance Co, and got the same response. Never heard of it -
> it won't be covered.
> I explained that
> it was the same as the PSA test they had paid for my husband
> for years. After conferring with whomever they confer
> with, she told me that the CA-125 would be covered.
> It is $75 in a
> GP's office and $125 at the GYN's. This is a
> screening test that should be required just like a PAP smear
> (a PAP smear cannot detect problems with your ovaries).
> And you must insist that your insurance company pay
> for it.
> Gene
> Wilder and Pierce Brosnan (his wife had it, too) are
> lobbying for women's health issues, saying that this
> test should be
> required in our physicals, just like the PAP and the

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Natural Remedies for Common Health Conditions

Herbal Specialist
NSP’s Herb,s Vitamins, Minerals & Essential Oils
Natural Remedies for Common Health Conditions

Acne: Bowel Cleansing, All Cell Detox, Vitamin A&D, Tea Tree Oil, Skin Detox.
A.D.D. (Attention Deficit Disorder): Focus Attention, Passion Flower, Adrenal Support.
Age Spots: Thai-Go, Milk Thistle Combination, Gall Bladder Formula, Dandelion, Vit. E.
AIDS: Silver Shield, Astragalus, Pau D’ Arco, Barley Juice Powder, Red Clover, GreenZone.
Allergies: Bee Pollen, ALJ, CleanStart, Fenugreek/Thyme, Bowel Detox, Tiao He Cleanse.
Alzheimer’s Disease: Focus Attention, Heavy Metal Detox, Gotu Kola, Brain-Protex.
Anemia: Alfalfa, Chlorophyll, I-X, Iron, Vitamin B-12, Proactazyme, Tiao He Cleanse.
Arthritis (mild): Thai-Go, EverFlex Caps/Cream, Joint Support, Nerve Eight, Omega-3.
Arthritis (severe): Thai-Go, Ever-Flex, MSM, Condroitin, Vitamin B-6, Food Enzymes.
Asthma: ALJ, Breathe Free, Stress Relief, Lung Support, Asthma Homeopathic, Garlic.
Autism: Flax Seed Oil, Frankincense , Green Tea Extract, Heavy Metal Detox, Protease Plus.
Back Pain: EverFlex, Thai-Go, MSM, Tei Fu Lotion, Nature’s Fresh, APS II, Herbal CA.
Bad Breath: Liquid Chlorophyll, Tiao He Cleanse, Peppermint Oil, Anti-Gas, Silver Shield.
Bell’s Palsy: Alfalfa, Anti-Gas Formula, Nutri-Calm, Stress Relief, Herbal Sleep, Omega-3.
Bites & Stings: Aloe Vera, Activated Charcoal, Golden Salve, Nature’s Fresh, Silver Shield.
Bedwetting: Cornsilk or Uva Ursi, Bifidophilus, Bedwetting Homeopathic, Red Raspberry.
Blood Pressure (high): High Potency Garlic, Capsicum w/Garlic & Parsley, Blood Pressurex.
Cancer: Paw Paw, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Red Clover, Morinda, Noni, Thai-Go, Chlorophyll.
Cholesterol (high): High Potency Garlic, Stress-J, Cholester-Reg II, Mega-Chel, Stress Relief.
Constipation: Gentle Move, Cascara Sagrada, LBS II, Aloe Vera (if bound up), Magnesium.
Common Cold: ALJ, Silver Shield, Vitamin C w/Bioflavoids, Thai-Go, Garlic, Capsicum.
Diabetes (Type II): Pro-Pancreas, Chromium GTF, Blood Sugar Formula, Co-Q10, Noni.
Eyes: Bilberry Fruit, Perfect Eyes, EW, Eyebright, Golden Seal, Silver Shield, Vit. A&D.
Fibroid Tumors: Clean Liver, E-Tea, Noni, All Cell Detox, Pau D’Arco, Female Comfort.
Hair, Skin, & Nails: HSN-W, Horsetail, Jojoba Oil, Nutri-Calm, Nature’s Noni, Rosemary.
Heart Disease: Nattozimes Plus, Cardio Assurance, Hawthorn Berries, Co-Q10, Flax Seed Oil.
Infections: Silver Shield, Golden Seal Pathenium, High Potency Garlic, Immune Stimulator.
Joints (pain): EverFlex Caps./ Cream, MSM/Glucosamine Cream, Triple Relief. Joint Support.
Menopause: Natural Changes Pk, Calcium w/Magnesium, Female Comfort, Adrenal Support.
PMS: FC with Dong Quai, FCS II, Aloe Vera, Evening Primrose, Red Raspberry, Flash-Ease.
Prostate: Men’s Formula, Flax Seed Oil, Herbal Pumpkin & Zinc, Hydrangea, Damiana.
Sinus: Sinus Support, ALJ, Fenugreek & Thyme, Bayberry, EW, Tei Fu Oil, Echinacea.
Ulcers: Capsicum, Aloe Vera Juicew/ Gastro Health, Proactazyme Plus, Ginger, Slippery Elm.
Weight Management: Hoodia, Fat Grabbers, Carbo Grabbers, LBS II, Chickweed, CLA.

This information is for educational purposes only. It is not intended to replace the service of licensed health care providers. Always obtain competent medical advice for all serious or persistent illness. cjw

Angela Palacio
Herbal Specialist
(916) 538-1863

Friday, November 6, 2009

Black Cohosh for Women's Health

Black Cohosh for Women’s Health
Fri, November 6, 2009 2:51:18 PM
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Black Cohosh for Women’s Health

Black cohosh relieves menopause symptoms efficiently. It's amazingly effective in short-term treatments for alleviating menopausal symptoms, especially hot flashes. Black cohosh is a good alternative for HRT. Black cohosh can supply the needed hormones to avoid the estrogen loss in women. So, black cohosh has almost the same benefits as HRT but with significantly less expense.

Native Americans for more than two hundred years have used Black Cohosh, after they discovered the root of the plant helped relieve menstrual cramps and symptoms of menopause. These days it is still used for menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes/flushes, irritability, mood- swings, and sleep disturbances. It is also used for PMS, menstrual irregularities, and uterine spasms and has been indicated for reducing inflammation associated with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and neuralgia. Black cohosh is believed to be useful for treating a range of other complaints; including tinnitus and high blood pressure.

Herbal researcher Dr. James Duke has this to say about Black Cohosh; "Black cohosh really should be better known in this country, especially with our aging population and the millions of women who are now facing menopause. Recognized for its mild sedative and anti-inflammatory activity, black cohosh can help with hot flashes and other symptoms associated with that dramatic change of life called menopause. It's also reported to have some estrogenic activity. Herbalist Steven Foster refers to a study that compared the effects of conventional estrogen replacement therapy with black cohosh. That study looked at 60 women, younger than 40 years old, who had had complete hysterectomies and were experiencing abrupt menopause. In all groups, treatment with black cohosh compared favorably with conventional treatment."

Native Americans relied on black cohosh root to ease gynecological ailments. Today in Germany black cohosh is widely taken to relieve menopausal discomforts and is one of the primary herbs in a formula that is a natural alternative to estrogen therapy. Black cohosh has phytoestrogenic (plant estrogen) properties and helps to ease the hormonal shifts that occur during menopause. As estrogen levels drop, the pituitary gland secretes more luteinizing hormone (LH), and increased levels of LH may be responsible for many unpleasant menopausal symptoms. Studies of menopausal women show that extracts of black cohosh root reduce LH levels and relieve hot flashes, anxiety, night sweats, vaginal atrophy, and depression. Black cohosh can improve many symptoms of menopause, including uterine problems, such as poor uterine tone, menstrual cramps, and postmenopausal vaginal dryness.

A dozen studies or more conducted throughout the 1980s and 1990s confirm that the long-standing use of black cohosh for menopausal symptoms is beneficial. For example, in one German study involving 629 women, black cohosh improved physical and psychological menopausal symptoms in more than 80% of the participants within four weeks. In a second study, 60 menopausal women were given black cohosh extract, conjugated estrogens, or diazepam (a leading anti-anxiety medication) for three months. Those who received black cohosh reported feeling significantly less depressed and anxious than those did who received either estrogens or diazepam. In another study, 80 menopausal women were treated for 12 weeks with black cohosh extract, conjugated estrogens, or placebo. Black cohosh improved anxiety, menopause and vaginal symptoms. In addition, the number of hot flashes dropped from 5 to less than 1 average daily occurrences in the black cohosh group compared to those taking estrogen in whom hot flashes dropped from 5 to 3.5 daily occurrences. Other symptoms of menopause also improved after the women took black cohosh; they experienced decreased night sweats, improved sleep, and less nervous tension during the day.

Given these examples, and results of other studies, some experts have concluded that black cohosh may be a safe and effective alternative to estrogen replacement therapy (ERT) for women who cannot or will not take ERT for menopause.

The important things to remember when shopping for tablets or capsules that contain black cohosh are that the products must contain a standard 2.5% triterpene glycosides because these are the active parts in the root.


Do not confuse black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa) with blue cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides), which contains chemicals that may damage the heart and raise blood pressure. Do not confuse black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa) with Cimicifuga foetida, bugbane, fairy candles, or sheng ma; these are species from the same family (Ranunculaceae) with different effects.

There may be side effects or dangerous interactions because of the estrogenlike properties of black cohosh; however, several studies show that black cohosh has little or no estrogenic activity and even anti-estrogenic properties. This remains an area of controversy. This herb should be used only at recommended doses.

Patients with known allergies to black cohosh or other members of the Ranunculaceae plant family, such as buttercup, should avoid products that contain black cohosh. In nature, black cohosh contains small amounts of salicylic acid. It is not known how much is present in commercially available preparations. As a result, patients with known allergies to aspirin or aspirin-like products, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, including ibuprofen (Advil), should avoid black cohosh.

Scientific studies and natural medicine textbooks report that black cohosh is well tolerated by most people. The most common side effects are thought to be mild, such as stomach discomfort and rashes, which occur infrequently.

Interactions with drugs, supplements and other herbs have not been thoroughly studied. Just because herbs are “natural” does not mean that they are not powerful. Use of herbs can be harmful. If you are taking prescription drugs, speak with a health care professional or pharmacist before using herbs or dietary supplements.

Who should not take black cohosh?

The use of black cohosh during pregnancy has not been rigorously studied. Thus, it would be prudent for pregnant women not to take black cohosh unless they do so under the supervision of their health care provider.

* The use of black cohosh during pregnancy has not been rigorously studied. Thus, it would be prudent for pregnant women not to take black cohosh unless they do so under the supervision of their health care provider.
* Women with breast cancer may want to avoid black cohosh until its effects on breast tissue are understood.
* Individuals with liver disorders should avoid black cohosh.

Individuals who develop symptoms of liver trouble such as abdominal pain, dark urine, or jaundice while taking the supplement should discontinue use and contact their doctor.
Yours in Good Health!


Dr. Jack and Chris Ritchason
Back to Herbs Team


Disclaimer: We do not directly dispense medical advice or prescribe the use of herbs or supplements as a form of treatment for illness. The information found on this Web Site is for educational purposes only to empower people with knowledge to take care of their own health. We disclaim any liability if the reader uses or prescribes any remedies, natural or otherwise, for him/herself or another. Historically all of these herbs & vitamin supplements may nutritionally support the bodies biological systems. Please consult a licensed health professional should a need be indicated.
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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

NSP Tei-Fu Massage Lotion Testimonials

Tei-Fu Massage Lotion is a unique blend of anciently-known essential oils and skin emollients. It applies smoothly to the skin and penetrates deeply into stiff muscles and joints. Its emollient, grease less properties leave the skin soft and smooth. This massage lotion is used for structural system support.

Testimonial #1

My mom has had pain arthritis pain in her knee off and on. Sometimes she also has pain in her lower back. So she complained about pain and I gave her my Tei-Fu massage lotion. I knew that it would help her. One night she had pain in her back and she tried the massage lotion. She said that she rubbed her back and went to sleep. When she awoke there was no pain in her back.

Testimonial #2

Mom decides that she will get her good friend Ms G a Tei-Fu Massage Lotion. She gave Ms G a Tei-Fu. Within a week Ms G calls me and said I need to purchase Tei-Fu Massage Lotion. She said my husband is using mine more than me. So she placed an order for two Tei-Fu Massage Lotions and a Everflex. Everflex is a NSP product that has Glucosomine, Chondroitin, MSM, Hyaluronic Acid and Devil's Claw. Everflex promotes Joint Integrity, maximizes flexibility & mobility and helps lubricate joints. Everflex and Tei-Fu are excellent for arthritis. On following up with Ms G she says she is doing well taking Everflex and using the Tei-Fu Massage Lotion.

Testimonial #3

I have a cousin, Ms Flora, who I saw in August. She had pain in one leg. She showed me all the products that she has purchased and used for pain. So she purchased an Everflex. She took and I kept following up with her. So in October I called her and she said girl I still have pain. Now I have pain in both legs. So I told her okay I will send you a product that you can try. I mailed her a Tei-Fu massage lotion. So she called me and said I got the lotion but you did not include a bill. So I told her it is a gift. So she said I will try it tomorrow. I told her don't wait for tomorrow use it tonight. A week later Ms Flora called me. She said I have an order for you. Does Tei-Fu lotion come larger than 4 oz. I said no only 4 oz. So she said order two Tei-Fu for me. She said it gives me relief. Yeah for Tei-Fu.

Natural Remedies for The Structural System

Natural Remedies for the Structural System

The structural system consists of the skeleton (bones), muscles, skin, membranes and connective tissues. The bones provide a strong, stable, yet mobile, framework on which the muscles can act. The skeleton also supports and protects body organs, notably the brain and spinal cord (which are encased in the skull and spine) and the heart and lungs (which are protected by the ribs).

Structural-system problems and disorders can include infections and inflammations (arthritis, gangrene, tetanus, warts, dermatitis, cold sores, ringworm, psoriasis, acne, ulcers), muscular dystrophy, tumors and fibroids, cramps, fibromyalgia syndrome, and autoimmune disorders (lupus, arthritis)

Skeletal System: Alfalfa, Bone/Skin Poultice, Calcium, Colloidal Minerals, EverFlex, Germanium Combination, Herbal CA, Herbal Trace Minerals, Horsetail, HSN-W, Hydrangea, Joint Health, Joint Support, KB-C, Nature’s Noni, PLS II, Skeletal Strength, Slippery Elm, White Oak Bark.

Broken Bones: Bone/Skin Poultice, C-X, Collatrim, Colloidal Silver, Colostrum with Immune Factors, Free Amino Acids, Herbal CA, Horsetail, HSN Complex, IGF-1, Nutri-Burn, Nature’s Fresh, Phyto-Soy, PLS II, Pro-G-Yam Cream, Proactazyme Plus, Skeletal Strength, Slippery Elm, Thai-Go.

Muscles: APS II, Bee Pollen, Blood Build, Bone/Skin Poultice, Calcium, Chamomile, Co-Q10, Cramp Relief, Deep Relief, Dong Quai, EverFlex, EverFlex Pain Cream, Fibralgia, Germanium Combination, Hops, Joint Support, Kava Kava, MSM, MSM/Glucosamine Cream, Spleen Activator, Target Endurance, Tei Fu Oil, Valerian Root, Vitamin B-6, B-Complex, Vitamin C, Vitamin E.

Back Pain: One of the leading cause of back pain is muscle spasms: Water for relief of back pain is excellent. The body needs a minimum of eight (8) glasses of water a day to keep acidic wastes from building up in muscles and other tissues.

Herbal Products for back pain: Joint Support, Herbal CA, MSM, Flax Seed Oil (makes calcium stronger), Triple Pain Relief, Nature’s Fresh (spray along the spine)

Essential Oils: Tei Fu or Deep Relief

Legs: HSN-W, KB-C, Vari-Gone.

Essential Oils: Breathe Free, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus, Frankincense, Peppermint, Pine Needle

This information is for educational purposes only, to educate the general public concerning the historical (tried and proven) uses of herbs and provide a reference tool for those who want to use herbs and vitamins to feed specific body systems. It should not be use to diagnose nor treat disease. If you have a serious health problem, please consult a competent health practitioner.

Reference: NSP from A to Z; The Essential Guide to NSP Tree of Light Publishing Aromatherapy & Herbology A-Z Guide by Larissa Jones, Master Aromatherapist; An Introduction to Natural Health by Tree of Light Institute.

Angela Palacio, Herb Specialist

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Banana Nutritional Value

A professor at CCNY for a physiological psych class told his class about bananas. He said the expression "going bananas" is from the effects of bananas on the brain. Read on:

Never, put your banana in the refrigerator!!!
This is interesting.
After reading this, you'll never look at a banana in the same way again.

Bananas contain three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.

Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world's leading athletes.

But energy isn't the only way a banana can help us keep fit.
It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.

PMS: Forget the pills - eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

Anemia : High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.

Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school ( England ) were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.

Constipation: High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

Hangovers: One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.
Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.

Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness

Mosquito bites: Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

Nerves: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.

Overweight and at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and chips.. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady..

Ulcers: The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.

Temperature control: Many other cultures see bananas as a "cooling" fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand , for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.

Smoking &Tobacco Use: Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body's water balance.. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.

Strokes: According to research in The New England Journal of Medicine, eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!

Warts: Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape!

So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrate, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, "A banana a day keeps the doctor away!"

PS: Bananas must be the reason monkeys are so happy all the time! I will add one here; want a quick shine on our shoes?? Take the INSIDE of the banana skin, and rub directly on the shoe...polish with dry cloth. Amazing fruit !!!

Know Difference between Cold Nd H1N1 Flu Symptoms

Please pass this on to family and friends. Especially people with children!

H1N1 flu is about to be upon us and we need to be on top of information regarding it. Here is a comparison to the normal cold symptoms .

Know the Difference between Cold and H1N1 Flu Symptoms



H1N1 Flu


Fever is rare with a cold.

Fever is usually present with the flu in up to 80% of all flu cases. A temperature of 100°F or higher for 3 to 4 days is associated with the H1N1 flu.


A hacking, productive (mucus- producing) cough is often present with a cold.

A non-productive (non-mucus producing) cough is usually present with the H1N1 flu (sometimes referred to as dry cough).


Slight body aches and pains can be part of a cold.

Severe aches and pains are common with the H1N1 flu.

Stuffy Nose

Stuffy nose is commonly present with a cold and typically resolves spontaneously within a week.

Stuffy nose is not commonly present with the H1N1 flu.


Chills are uncommon with a cold.

60% of people who have the H1N1 flu experience chills .


Tiredness is fairly mild with a cold.

Tiredness is moderate to severe with the H1N1 flu.


Sneezing is commonly present with a cold.

Sneezing is not common with the H1N1 flu.

Sudden Symptoms

Cold symptoms tend to develop over a few days.

The H1N1 flu has a rapid onset within 3-6 hours. The flu hits hard and includes sudden symptoms like high fever, aches and pains.


A headache is fairly uncommon with a cold.

A headache is very common with the H1N1 flu, present in 80% of flu cases.

Sore Throat

Sore throat is commonly present with a cold.

Sore throat is not commonly present with the H1N1 flu.

Chest Discomfort

Chest discomfort is mild to moderate with a cold.

Chest discomfort is often severe with the H1N1 flu.

The only way to stop the spread of the epidemic is to spread the awareness.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Paw Paw Cancer Cells Killer

Paw Paw & Cancer from Discovery to Clinical Trials
by Dr. Jerry McLaughlin
presented in 9 parts. This is the seventh issue. You are encouraged to watch all issues on youtube.

Nature's Sunshine is the only company that makes a product, Paw Paw Cell Reg, that is based on these studies.


Sour Sop Cancer Cells Killer also check out PAW PAW


Some of you might be getting this the second or third time. The education is the key. I want to share that extensive studies are done on a plant similiar to Soursop it is called Paw Paw. The bark of the Paw Paw plant is identified as having the highest cancer cells killing property.

Here is one of the video you may watch all very informational There is a herb, Paw Paw reg, that NSP offers for cancer. There is a series of 9 videos on this herb. Here is the link to one of them. Watch on your leisure.


This is very interesting, passing it along, everyone needs to know

The Soursop Fruit
The Sour Sop or the fruit from the graviola tree is a miraculous natural cancer cell killer

10,000 times stronger than Chemo.
Why are we not aware of this? Its because some big corporation want to make back their money spent on years of research by trying to make a synthetic version of it for sale.

So, since you know it now you can help a friend in need by letting him know or just drink some sour sop juice yourself as prevention from time to time. The taste is not bad after all. It's completely natural and definitely has no side effects.. If you have the space, plant one in your garden.
The other parts of the tree are also useful.

The next time you have a fruit juice, ask for a sour sop.

How many people died in vain while this billion-dollar drug maker concealed the secret of the miraculous Graviola tree?
This tree is low and is called graviola in Brazil , guanabana in Spanish and has the uninspiring name "soursop" in English. The fruit is very large and the subacid sweet white pulp is eaten out of hand or, more commonly, used to make fruit drinks, sherbets and such.

The principal interest in this plant is because of its strong anti-cancer effects. Although it is effective for a number of medical conditions, it is its anti tumor effect that is of most interest. This plant is a proven cancer remedy for cancers of all types.

Besides being a cancer remedy, graviola is a broad spectrum antimicrobial agent for both bacterial and fungal infections, is effective against internal parasites and worms, lowers high blood pressure and is used for depression, stress and nervous disorders.

If there ever was a single example that makes it dramatically clear why the existence of Health Sciences Institute is so vital to Americans like you, it's the incredible story behind the Graviola tree.

The truth is stunningly simple: Deep within the Amazon
Rainforest grows a tree that could literally revolutionize what you, your doctor, and the rest of the world thinks about cancer treatment and chances of survival. The future has never looked more promising.

Research shows that with extracts from this miraculous tree it now may be possible to:
* Attack cancer safely and effectively with an all-natural therapy that does not cause extreme nausea, weight loss and hair loss
* Protect your immune system and avoid deadly infections
* Feel stronger and healthier throughout the course of the treatment
* Boost your energy and improve your outlook on life

The source of this information is just as stunning: It comes from one of America 's largest drug manufacturers, the fruit of over 20 laboratory tests conducted since the 1970's! What those tests revealed was nothing short of mind numbing... Extracts from the tree were shown to:

* Effectively target and kill malignant cells in 12 types of cancer, including colon, breast, prostate, lung and pancreatic cancer..
* The tree compounds proved to be up to 10,000 times stronger in slowing the growth of cancer cells than Adriamycin, a commonly used chemotherapeutic drug!
* What's more, unlike chemotherapy, the compound extracted from the Graviola tree selectively hunts
down and kills only cancer cells. It does not harm healthy cells!

The amazing anti-cancer properties of the Graviola tree have been extensively researched--so why haven't you heard anything about it? If Graviola extract is as half as promising as it appears to be--why doesn't every single oncologist at every major hospital insist on using it on all his or her patients?

The spine-chilling answer illustrates just how easily our health--and for many, our very lives(!)--are controlled by money and power.

Graviola--the plant that worked too well

One of America 's biggest billion-dollar drug makers began a search for a cancer cure and their research centered on Graviola, a legendary healing tree from the Amazon Rainforest.

Various parts of the Graviola tree--including the bark, leaves, roots, fruit and fruit-seeds--have been used for centuries by medicine men and native Indians in South America to treat heart disease, asthma, liver problems and arthritis. Going on very little documented scientific evidence, the company poured money and resources into testing the tree's anti-cancerous properties--and were shocked by the results. Graviola proved itself to be a cancer-killing dynamo.

But that's where the Graviola story nearly ended.

The company had one huge problem with the Graviola tree--it's completely natural, and so, under federal law, not patentable. There's no way to make serious profits from it.

It turns out the drug company invested nearly seven years trying to
synthesize two of the Graviola tree's most powerful anti-cancer ingredients. If they could isolate and produce man-made clones of what makes the Graviola so potent, they'd be able to patent it and make their money back. Alas, they hit a brick wall. The original simply could not be replicated. There was no way the company could protect its profits--or even make back the millions it poured into research.

As the dream of huge profits evaporated, their testing on Graviola came to a screeching halt. Even worse, the company shelved the entire project and chose not to publish the findings of its research!

Luckily, however, there was one scientist from the Graviola research team whose conscience wouldn't let him see such atrocity committed. Risking his career, he contacted a company that's dedicated to harvesting medical plants from the Amazon Rainforest and blew the whistle.

Miracle unleashed
When researchers at the Health Sciences Institute were alerted to the news of Graviola, they began tracking the research done on the cancer-killing tree. Evidence of the astounding effectiveness of Graviola--and its shocking cover-up--came in fast and furious....

.....The National Cancer Institute performed the first scientific research in 1976. The results showed that Graviola's "leaves and stems were found effective in attacking and destroying malignant cells." Inexplicably, the results were published in an internal report and never released to the public...

...Since 1976, Graviola has proven to be an immensely potent cancer killer in 20 independent laboratory tests, yet no double-blind clinical trials--the typical benchmark mainstream doctors and journals use to judge a
treatment's value--were ever initiated...

....A study published in the Journal of Natural Products, following a recent study conducted at Catholic University of South Korea stated that one chemical in Graviola was found to selectively kill colon cancer cells at "10,000 times the potency of (the commonly used chemotherapy drug) Adriamycin..."

....The most significant part of the Catholic University of South Korea report is that Graviola was shown to selectively target the cancer cells, leaving healthy cells untouched. Unlike chemotherapy, which indiscriminately targets all actively reproducing cells (such as stomach and hair cells), causing the often devastating side effects of nausea and hair loss in cancer patients.

...A study at Purdue University recently found that leaves from the Graviola tree killed cancer cells among six human cell lines and were especially effective against prostate, pancreatic and lung cancers.... Seven years of silence broken--it's finally here!

A limited supply of Graviola extract, grown and harvested by indigenous people in Brazil , is finally available in America .

The full Graviola Story--including where you can get it and how to use it--is included in Beyond Chemotherapy: New Cancer Killers, Safe as Mother's Milk, a Health Sciences Institute FREE special bonus report on natural substances that will effectively revolutionize the fight against cancer.
This crucial report (along with five more FREE reports) is yours ABSOLUTELY FREE with a new membership to the Health Sciences Institute. It's just one example of how absolutely vital each report from the Institute can be to your life and those of your loved ones.

From breakthrough cancer and heart research and revolutionary Amazon Rainforest herbology to world-leading anti-aging research and nutritional medicine, every monthly Health Sciences Institute Member's Alert puts in your hands today cures the rest of America --including your own doctor(!)--is likely to find out only ten years from now.


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