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Friday, June 25, 2010

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Prostate Problems (Benign


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As men get older, the prostate may become inflammed or irritated and swell. Since the prostate encircles the urethra, the urinary outlet from the bladder, this may interfere with urination. Prostatitis is inflammation of the prostate. The following herbal remedies may be helpful for these conditions: Men's Formula with Lycopene , Saw Palmetto, Herbal Pumpkin, Pau D'Arco, Omega-3, Kidney Activator (Chinese). This information is for educational purposes only. Please contact a health practitioner for all serious health concerns.

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Angela Palacio

Monday, June 21, 2010

Anew Herb Shoppe Presents Compass Assessments


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Allergies-Food An abnormally high sensitivity to certain foods. Causes of food allergies may include a toxic body, a need for digetstive enzymes, a lack of minerals, liver problems, parasites or Candida. Let's start with one of NSP cleanse-Clean Start, Liquid Cleanse or Tiao He Cleanse. Next incorporate the following NSP products: 1. Food Enzymes with meals to improve digestion. 2. Protease Plus between meals provides supplemental protease enzymes that break down proteins into smaller proteins and amino acids. 3. MSM helps allergic response by reducing histamines 4. Ionics Minerals -Allergies usually improve in 3 months. pH balance is important. You may also include chlorophyll Diet: Typically causing most serious reactions: Dairy, peanuts, wheat, soy, sugar, shellfish. Less Reactions: Eggs, tomatoes, oranges, food dyes. Eat Right for Blood Type Diet is important. This information is for educational purposes only. Consult a practitioner for serious concerns.

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Sunday, June 20, 2010

Alzheimer's (Nervous System)

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The presence of aluminum and mercury is linked to Alzheimer's (Nervous System). Mercury damages a key enzyme (creatine kinase), which is needed for the brain to produce ATP, the energy source for brain cells and all other cells in the body. An Herbal Recipe for Alzhelmer's: DHA, Brain Protex, Thai-Go, Mega Chel, Rosemary or Lemon essential oils: Foot Detox : 3 Tbs Bentonite Clay, 3 drops Helichrysum essential oil, 3 drops Lemon or Grapefruit essential oil. Add ingredients to a bucket of warm, pure water. Soak feet for 20 minutes. Other supplements: Ginko Hawthorn, Heavy Metal Detox. This information is for educational purposes only. Please see a health practitioner for serious health concerns.Ref: 2004 Evergreen Aromatherapy.

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Bug Bites, Bug Repellants

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Please share this Key NSP Program for natural Bug Bites and Bug Repellants: Lavender-apply undiluted to stop itching and pull venom. Distress Remedy-as needed to calm. Grapine, high potency for adults or chewable antioxidants for kids, reduces allergic reaction to bite. Silver Shield or Black Ointment applied externally. Activated Charcoal-if taken immediately. Pantothenic Acid-if allergy affects nervous system. Apply essential oils undiluted directly on the bite. Be careful, especially with children, not to get the essential oils in the eyes. DO NOT use Cinnamon Leaf on young children. This information is for educational purposes only. Contact a health practitioner for serious health concerns. Ref: 2004 Evergreen Aromatherapy

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Lupus and some NSP Supplements

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Lupus is a chronic inflammatory and autoimmune disease that attacks multiple organs. It affects the skin in many people creating a butterfly rash over the face. Immune stimulates should be avoided. This is a serious illness and professional assistance should be sought. The following herbal program may be helpful: Omega 3 EPA or Flax Seed Oil - 1T minimum, DHEA for adrenal support, Food Enzymes or Proactazyme Plus with meals, Pau d'Arco or E-Tea, Astragalus or Suma, Bifidophilus, Everflex (deterioration) or MSM or Joint Support (inflammation) or Yucca. Clean the intestine, check for food allergies, rule out candida involvement, and support adrenal glands. This information is for educational purposes

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Sunday, June 13, 2010

June Webinar: Brilliant Body - Intestinal System

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Friday, June 11, 2010

Cordyceps and GMO's

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Cordyceps – the caterpillar fungus

Cordyceps sinensis, a
well-known and valued traditional Chinese medicine, is also
called DongChongXiaCao (winter worm summer grass) in Chinese.
In herbal medicine, it is commonly used to replenish the
kidney and soothe the lung and it is believed to benefit
fatigue, night sweating, hyposexualities, hyperglycemia,
hyperlipidemia, asthemia after severe illness, respiratory
disease, renal dysfunction and renal failure, arrhythmias and
other heart disease, and liver disease. As the rarity and
upstanding curative effects of natural Cordyceps, several
mycelial strains have been isolated from natural Cordyceps and
manufactured in large quantities by fermentation technology,
and they are commonly sold as health food products in Asia.
Cordyceps is now cultivated not using caterpillars but having
bio-identical genetics and with a potency superior to that of
the fungus in the wild.

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) adopts a more holistic
philosophy than in Western medicine. It emphasizes the
importance of balance in the mind and body and the smooth flow
of an optimal amount of energy, known as chi or Qi, in
maintaining health. This balance is known as yin and yang.
There is a lot of evidence to show that some of these ideas
are sound in the treatment and diagnosis of a patient. Western
scientists have discovered two chemical messengers that allow
cells to communicate, called cAMP and cGMP. These also seem to
be opposites very much like yin and yang. When Chinese doctors
believe yin and yang is out of balance, western doctors see a
change in the two chemical messenger levels, e.g. in the yin
condition we find cAMP is low and cGMP is high and in the yang
condition it, is the reverse. In Western medicine, the
treatment is targeted specifically at the disease and the
diseased organ. Where as in TCM the target is the whole
patient since the treatment is based on the whole system being
out of balance.

Many modern western drugs are the purified forms of
chemicals present in traditional medicines. Aspirin is made
chemically now in pure form, but the original source was
willow bark. Digitalis was originally purified from fox glove,
a flower, and ephedrine from a desert shrub. Only a few fungi
have been used as traditional medicines. Scientists continue
to visit other countries to collect and study traditional
medicines hoping to discover new drug sources.

The caterpillar fungus is a traditional medicine that has
been widely used as a tonic and/or medicine by the Chinese for
hundreds of years. The use of this fungus was relatively
unknown in this country until it was credited for the success
of Chinese women athletes at the National Games in Beijing, in
1993. Three Chinese track runners set new world records during
the Games at three different distances, 10,000 m, 15,000 m and
30,000 m. Their coach, Ma Zunren, attributed the runner’s
success to intensive training as well as a stress-relieving
tonic prepared from the caterpillar fungus.

In the old days, Chinese people thought that the
caterpillar funguses (DongChongXiaCao) were worms. However,
after years of study, it was found that it really is a
fruiting body produced by the fungus, Cordyceps sinensis, on
dead caterpillars of the moth Hepilus fabricius. Spores of
Cordyceps sinensis grow inside the caterpillars filling the
caterpillar with filaments (hyphae). When the caterpillar dies
the fungus produces a stalked fruiting body that produces
spores. The spores are spread in the wind to the next
generation of caterpillars. Uninfected caterpillars pupate
into relatively large primitive moths.

There are many claims of what Cordyceps mushroom can do. In
China the fungus is used to regulate and support the gonads,
and as a lung and kidney tonic. It was also recommended as a
tonic ‘for all illness’ because of its claimed effects to
improve energy, appetite, stamina, and endurance and sleeping
patterns. According to some herbalists the fungus can pretty
much do everything, ‘This is one of the most popular and
precious longevity-promoting herbs because it strengthens the
adrenal glands, increases sexual vitality, relieves bronchitis
and emphysema, reduces blood fats and sugars, lowers blood
pressure and improves blood circulation’. It is also
supposedly able to increase a person’s immune system. These
effects are cause because of its high affinity to the Yin
organs: the heart, kidneys and liver.

Some people believe the caterpillar fungus may put the
following in remission: tuberculosis, coughing, anemia, and
back and knee pains. Today, the caterpillar fungus is mainly
used as a tonic to increase strength or for rejuvenation after
a long serious injury. Some also believe that the fungus can
also reduce stress. If scientific research supports these
claims and identifies the active ingredients produced by the
fungus it may become very valuable in modern medicine.
Scientists have already identified several compounds isolated
that might be useful when purified as drugs to combat some
types of cancer and lymphocytes [natural killer cells].

Scientists from the University of Nottingham in Great
Britain say they've documented how Cordyceps can fight cancer
and the new discovery could increase the effectiveness of
mushroom-derived cancer treatments. For the study, published
in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, Dr. Cornelia de Moor
of the University of Nottingham and her colleagues
investigated a drug called cordycepin, which was originally
extracted from wild growing Cordyceps and is now prepared from
a cultivated form of the mushroom.
The University of
Nottingham scientists found that the Cordyceps-derived
treatment has two important effects on cells that could impact
the growth of malignant tumors. At low doses, cordycepin
inhibits the uncontrolled growth and division of cells while
at high doses it prevents cells from sticking together,
essentially blocking the cells from growing.

Scientists at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia,
published research in the journal Cancer Immunology,
Immunotherapy showing that oral Cordyceps can reduce the
occurrence of cancer spreading to the lungs in metastatic
breast cancer. Although the researchers found that Cordyceps
does not reduce the growth of the primary breast tumor, they
noted that deaths from breast cancer are primarily due to the
development of metastases. That means a treatment that stops
the spread of metastatic tumors could save countless lives.
Although various medical therapies currently exist that
attempt to stop the growth of cancerous metastatic tumors,
they have little effect so this makes the Dalhousie University
research into Cordyceps very important.






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Engineered Soybeans May Cause Allergies

“I used to test for soy allergies all the
time, but now that soy is genetically engineered, it is so dangerous
that I tell people never to eat it—unless it says

-Allergy specialist John Boyles,


Beginning in 1996, genes from bacteria and
viruses have been forced into the DNA of soy, corn, cotton, and
canola plants, which are used for food.
Ohio allergist John Boyles is one of a growing
number of experts who believe that these genetically modified (GM)
foods are contributing to the huge jump in food allergies in the

US , especially among



UK is one of the few
countries that conduct a yearly food allergy evaluation. In March
1999, researchers at the York Laboratory were alarmed to discover
that reactions to soy had skyrocketed by 50% over the previous year.
Genetically modified soy had recently entered the
UK from US
imports and the soy used in the study was largely GM. John Graham,
spokesman for the
York laboratory, said, “We believe
this raises serious new questions about the safety of GM



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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Tools for a Successful NSP Business

Tools for a Successful NSP Business in priority order

These are the ones I believe are a must have:

  1. I like this from the book ‘The System’. You have not truly started in your new business until you sponsor your first person.

  1. Herbal Solutions- 100 for 36.95 from

  1. Business Cards, labels and stamp you can order specialized/customized cards from Catherine Watkins.  You may also order stock business cards and stamp from Vista Print for cheap.

  1. Nature’s Sunshine website at  It is 16.95 monthly and the first month is free.

  1. ‘NSP from A to Z Plus Body Systems and Sales Aids’ purchased at stock no. 2720-7

  1. You may download for free issues of a magazine Nature Field that features various health concerns at

  1. Compass-Bio Survey tool from Zyto.  The cost is $399 and a $39.95/mo service fee.  You may use my affiliate link to order  Please note that if your sponsor has a Compass you should use her affiliate link.  Also, when you own a Compass you get $100 referral fee for anyone that you refer to get the Compass.

These are good to have tools:

  1. ‘Comprehensive Guide to NSP’ by Tree of Light Publishing. May be purchased at for $39.98

  1. ‘Footprints on a Path’ This is a binder with numerous ailments and illnesses with recommendations of herbal program.  May be purchased at for $46.95

  1. Hart on CD may be purchased- This database on CD gives herbal recommendations and more complete description of every NSP product. This may be purchased at for $249

  1. Sunshine Sharing issues CD.  Sunshine Sharing is a monthly publication by Steven Horne and Kim Balas. Archive 7.0 is available at for $99.98

  1.  You may also purchase herbal hours DVD from

  1.  Business in a Box.  This is a system of cards with three herbs/ailment.  The thought is to share NSP business opportunity with Medical/dental, beauty shop owner, fitness personnel and other business storefront owners to become distributors and sell products. This may be purchased from

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Brilliant Body Health Assessment

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The New Brilliant Body Assessment compares your health concerns with each of your 10 body systems. You will be shown which of your body systems need the most strengthening, based on your responses, and which Nature's Sunshine products can be used to strengthen these systems.
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Monday, June 7, 2010

5 Top Reasons to Use Coconut Oil

Top 5 Reasons to Use Coconut Oil

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It is a common misconception that coconut oil is bad for you. People from around the world are experiencing the health benefits of using coconut oil. It is actually one of the healthiest oils you can consume. Here are seven reasons why you should use coconut oil as an alternative to other common cooking oils.

1. Coconut oil does not turn too fat in your body.

Unlike many other common oils, like soy (vegetable) and corn, coconut oil does not make you fat. Coconut oil contains medium chain triglycerides (MCT), which are an easy fuel for the body to burn fat without resorting to. Most other cooking oils and fats contain long chain triglycerides (LCT). TBI are usually stored as fat. Since coconut oil is a MCT, it is more easily absorbed and converted to energy faster.

People in the tropics have relied on coconuts as a traditional staple in their diet for centuries. Who consume large quantities of coconut oil every day. Instead of fat, which helps them stay healthy, lean and cut. Changing coconut oil to our modern oils, they develop obesity and health problems facing our modern society.

2. Coconut oil increases your metabolism.

Not only does coconut oil convert to energy quicker in your body, increases metabolism, promotes weight loss. Because it increases your metabolism, help your body burn fat more efficiently.

Coconut oil may triple your calorie burn. Since coconut oil is a MCT, energy becomes so fast that it creates a lot of heat. In a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, MCT burns three times more calories for six hours after a meal of TBI.

This is great news for people who have thyroid problems, since coconut oil improves sluggish thyroid stimulating the production of extra thyroid hormones. Most other common oils, like vegetable (soy) and maize have been shown to inhibit thyroid function.

3. Coconut oil has omega 3 fatty acids.

Most cooking oils contain omega 6 fatty acids, something that gets so much in the United States. Our omega 6 and omega 3 ratio should be 1:1, but is more like 50:1. We must dramatically reduce our omega 6 oils and consume much more omega 3 oils to be healthy. And coconut oil is filled with these healthy omega 3 fatty acids.

4. Coconut oil gives you energy.

Due to health omega 3 and the fact that it increases metabolism, most people that switch to coconut oil feel a burst of energy, said in his daily life.

This is because coconut oil is natures richest source of medium chain triglycerides (MCT), which increase metabolic rates and lead to weight loss. MCTs promote thermogenesis, which increases the body’s metabolism, producing energy.

5. One of the best things you can use on your skin and hair is coconut oil.

A coconut oil the best things you can apply directly on skin and hair. It gives temporary relief to skin problems like rashes. Help in healing and restoring skin to a younger appearance. It has also been known to help with people suffering from yeast infections in the skin as well as many other skin problems.

It is not only soft and smooth the skin, coconut oil has antioxidant properties that protect skin from free radical damage. Coconut oil makes excellent massage oil too.

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Sunday, June 6, 2010

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Friday, June 4, 2010

Diabetes a Modern Epidemic Webinar on June 8 at 6 PM PST, 8 PM Texas, 9 PM Florida, NY

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Garlic is one of the most valuable and versatile foods on the planet. Garlic belongs to the allium family of vegetables, which also includes onions, chives, shallots and leeks.

Today garlic is a widely recognized health-enhancing supplement. Garlic promotes the well being of the heart and immune systems with antioxidant properties and helps maintain healthy blood circulation. One of garlic’s most potent health benefits includes the ability to enhance the body’s immune cell activity. Also, good for the heart and circulatory system, garlic has been shown to improve digestion. It is considered a tonic in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicines making garlic one of the most important medicinal herbs we have.
What are the Benefits of Garlic?

Garlic can be used to treat high cholesterol, parasites, respiratory problems, poor digestion, and low energy. Studies suggest that regularly eating garlic helps lower blood pressure, controls blood sugar and blood cholesterol, and boosts the immune system. It has also been found to reduce the risk of esophageal, stomach, and colon cancer.

Preventing heart disease
Garlic and garlic-derived supplements can help reduce the risk of heart disease in several important ways. Garlic lowers blood pressure and cholesterol, lessens destructive oxidation and decreases the formation of blood clots. It also slows hardening of arteries (atherosclerosis) and helps maintain their elasticity. At the same time, garlic decreases troublesome symptoms of atherosclerosis, such as poor circulation, fatigue and headaches.
The positive effect of garlic on the circulatory system is well documented and it has been proven to: lower blood pressure, decrease platelet aggregation, lower serum triglycerides and LDL-cholesterol (the bad type) levels, increase serum HDL-cholesterol (the good type) and fibrinolysis (the process through which the body breaks up blood clots).

Plus it stimulates the production of nitric oxide in the lining of blood vessel walls, a substance that helps them to relax. As a result of these beneficial actions garlic helps to prevent arteriosclerosis and thereby reduces the risk of heart attack or stroke.
Circulatory Effects

More than 250 publications have shown that garlic supports the cardiovascular system. It may lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood, inhibit platelet stickiness (aggregation), and increase fibrinolysis-which results in a slowing of blood coagulation. It is mildly antihypertensive and has antioxidant activity.

High Blood Pressure
Garlic is regarded as one of the most effective remedies to lower blood pressure. The pressure and tension are reduced because it has the power to ease the spasm of the small arteries. It also slows the pulse and modifies the heart rhythm, besides relieving the symptoms of dizziness, shortness of breath and the formation of gas within the digestive track
Digestive System Disorders:

Garlic is one of the most beneficial foods for the digestive system. It exercises a beneficial effect on the lymph, aids in elimination of noxious waste matter in the body. It stimulates peristaltic action and the secretion of the digestive juices. Garlic produces a very marked effect on the intestine. It is effective to cleanse parasites. It has also a soothing effect on the various forms of diarrhea. Problems such as colitis, dysentery and many other intestinal upsets can be successfully treated with fresh garlic or garlic capsules.
Skin Disorders
Garlic has also been used successfully for a variety of skin disorders Pimples disappear without scar when rubbed with raw garlic several times a day. Even very persistent form of acne, suffered by some adults, has also been healed with garlic. The external use of garlic helps to clear the skin of spots, pimples, boils, and warts. The process is further helped by taking the garlic orally also, to purify the blood-steam so as to secure a long-term clearance of the skin. A regular course of three garlic capsules per day should help to clear minor skin infections quickly.

Antimicrobial Actions

Garlic has antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal activity. Garlic appears to have roughly 1 % the strength of penicillin against certain types of bacteria. This means it is not a substitute for antibiotics, but it can be considered as a support against some bacterial infections. Candida albicans growth is inhibited by garlic, and garlic has shown long-term benefit for recurrent yeast infections.
Antibiotic action

Garlic's compounds also have antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. Garlic fights off all sorts of infections, including those of the lung, sinus, bladder, and vagina, as well as colds and flu. Garlic is a practical remedy used both internally and externally to treat fungal and bacterial skin infection.

Improving immune function
Garlic also stimulates the immune system by increasing activity of several types of immune cells: macrophages, helper T-cells, killer T-cells and interleukin. It even protects against genetic changes in DNA.
Cancer preventative

Several compounds are involved in garlic's possible anticancer effects. Garlic contains allyl sulfur and other compounds that slow or prevent the growth of tumor cells. Allyl sulfur compounds, which occur naturally in garlic and onions, make cells vulnerable to the stress created by products of cell division. Because cancer cells divide very quickly, they generate more stressors than most normal cells. Thus, cancer cells are damaged by the presence of allyl sufur compounds to a much greater extent than normal cells. A survey of 41,000 participants over age 55 by the Iowa Woman's Health Study determined that garlic reduces the risk of colon cancer, as well. Research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York found that garlic's sulfur compounds probably slow prostate cancer by breaking down excess testosterone.

Researchers widely believe that the organic compound, allicin - which gives garlic its aroma and flavour - acts as a most powerful antioxidant. Dried or powdered garlic tablets are suitable to take advantage of garlic's immune-boosting qualities.

Garlic is a great natural source of Germanium. Although not officially classed as a "trace mineral", Germanium is one of the most important reasons why natural foods, such as garlic are recommended by nutritional practitioners. Many disease states, such as osteoporosis, heart disease, immune system dysfunction and cancer have been shown to respond to germanium therapy. It would appear that the reason for germanium's effectiveness is its ability to regulate the uptake of oxygen in the cells.

Garlic is also rich in selenium, and in another trace mineral, manganese, which also functions as a cofactor in a number of other important antioxidant defense enzymes. Studies have found that in adults deficient in manganese, the level of HDL (the "good form" of cholesterol) is decreased.
Garlic appears to be safe during pregnancy and breast-feeding. In fact, two studies have shown that babies prefer breast milk better from mothers who regularly eat garlic.
Note that due to garlic's anti-clotting and blood thinning properties, people taking anti-coagulant drugs or who are scheduled for surgery should check with their doctor before taking garlic supplements.

Yours in Good Health!


Chris Ritchason

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The Back to Herbs Team

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