Creating A Healthy, Non Toxic Bedroom

April 14, 2014

By Elisha McFarland;

Many of us understand the importance of consuming organic foods and making detoxification a regular part of our health routine. Creating a healthy home environment is also part of the detoxification /clean living process. After learning about the health hazards of dryer sheets and toxic cleaning products you may have already eliminated these items from your home, but what about the bedroom? What toxins may be lurking there?

We spend one third of our lives in a bedroom sleeping and many times this room contains products that are detrimental to our health. So if you want to create a healthy living environment, your bedroom may be a great place to start.

Start Small

Creating a clean (non-toxic) bedroom may be a financial challenge, so starting small is the easiest solution. Every change you can make will have a positive impact on your health. How you begin is a personal decision based on your budget and your own health issues. Some people begin with replacing their mattress, while others may choose to begin with something smaller such as an air cleaner or new bedding.

Some Changes to Ponder

1. Replace your pillows and pillow cases with organic materials, gradually working your way through the sheets, bedding , mattress and bed frame (if the frame is made from artificial products such as particle board or MDF, see #4 below). Many people make the mistake of assuming that cotton is a safer choice than synthetics, according to the Pesticide Action Network nearly $2.6 billion worth of pesticides are sprayed on cotton fields each year — accounting for more than 10% of total pesticide use and nearly 25% of insecticides use worldwide. (1)  As your finances allow, replace your bedding with organic materials.

2. Replace or remove all artificial fabrics from your bedding, bedroom and closet. The reality is that synthetic materials such as acrylic, nylon, and polyester are made from thermoplastics. These fabrics out gas plastic molecules whenever they are heated, whether by a dryer or your own body heat. (2)  If you wear wrinkle free clothes you're breathing in plastic and formaldehyde. Remember that you also absorb these chemicals directly through your skin. The base for most synthetic fabrics is a liquid made from coal, oil, or natural gas. (3) The liquid is forced through the fine holes of a nozzle, called a spinneret. As the liquid emerges from the holes, it is cooled so that it solidifies to form tiny threads. These threads are woven together to make fabric, so the chemicals cannot be washed out. To make these clothes more durable Perfluorochemicals (PFCs), including Teflon are added to fabric to offer wrinkle and stain resistant qualities. (4) Look for clothing made of natural or organic materials. To learn more about synthetic clothes click here: http://www.myhealthmaven.com/articles/general-health/are-your-clothes-making-you-sick/

3. Remove faux /fabric furniture.
If you have any furniture in your bedroom, such as a chair that is covered with artificial leather, it shouldn't be in your bedroom or any room in your house for that matter. You may be surprised to learn that polyvinyl chloride (PVC), is often used in synthetic leather. PVC is widely regarded as the most dangerous of all plastics. It is made more flexible with the use of toxic plasticizers—typically phthalates, which are known endocrine disruptors, phthalates also increase the risk of allergy and asthma and have an adverse impact on children's neurodevelopment (5) Throw pillows and seating cushions that are stain and water resistant have been sprayed with chemicals that are toxic. If the fabric is a cotton/polyester blend it was most likely treated with formaldehyde, and softened with ammonia. (6) Replace these when you can with organic or natural material. Don't forget furniture made with particle board or MDF.

4. Remove particle board and MDF. If you have any furniture that is made of particle board, MDF or melamine, it shouldn't be in your house, especially your bedroom. MDF is made with shredded wood that has been softened and powdered. The powder is combined with resins and other bonding agents and compacted into solid boards. The chemical that causes the most concern is formaldehyde, which can aggravate asthma and other lung conditions, irritate mucous membranes, and cause contact dermatitis. (7,9)

Like MDF, particle board contains formaldehyde, a known carcinogen that has been directly linked to nasopharyngeal carcinoma . The chemical can also cause headaches, allergies, nausea and a burning sensation in the throat. (8)

According to TLC, How Stuff Works, within two months, particle board decreases its toxicity by about 25%. By the end of the first year, particle board is only half as potent as it was new. It levels off from there and can take up to ten years to run completely out gas. (7, 9)

Look for solid wood furniture at furniture stores, flea markets and yard sales. Glass and metal end tables and desks generally work well as they don't outgas and are easily wiped down.

5. Remove accent / throw rugs. Wood or tile floors are easiest to clean and better options for allergy/asthma and MCS sufferers. While small accent or area rugs may look nice in your bedroom, they hold onto dirt, dust mites and other allergens. If you can, omit rugs and carpet. Almost all polyester is manufactured with antimony, a carcinogen that is toxic to the heart, lungs, liver, and skin.(10) Many carpets are also made of olefin (polypropylene) or nylon, which is petroleum based synthetic fiber invented in the 1930's by Dupont and is also commonly used in rugs.

6. Use No VOC Paint. If you decide to paint a room, use No VOC paint. VOCs (volatile organic compounds) are unstable, carbon-containing compounds that easily vaporize into the air. When they enter the air, they react with other elements to produce ozone, which causes air pollution and a host of health issues including respiratory problems, headache, burning, watery eyes and nausea. (11)

7. Shoe Free Zone. Consider making your home a shoe free zone. Have indoor and outdoor shoes to avoid tracking in pollen, dirt and chemicals from the outdoors in. You can also purchase a shoe or boot tray to keep by your door. When you come in from outdoors simply place your shoes in the tray to minimize dirt, pollen, dust and chemicals from being tracked into your house.

8. Minimize electrical devices. If you have a computer, TV or other electronic devices in your bedroom, you may consider moving them into another room. Electronic devices can disturb a peaceful night of sleep by disrupting sleep patterns. (12) Switch out your digital alarm clock to a battery operated alarm clock.

9. Replace or Cover Your Mattress. Replacing your conventional mattress can be a financially challenging step as the cost of organic mattress can be cost prohibitive. The reality is that conventional mattresses are sprayed with flame retardant and stain resistant chemicals. Many mattresses are made of foam that can outgas for years. There are many sources for organic mattresses at local stores and online. Wherever you shop be aware of green washing. If you can't afford to replace your mattress, you may consider an organic barrier cloth to encase your mattress and foundation.

10. Buy an air cleaner. If you can afford a whole house air cleaner, they are a wonderful investment. Do your research; there are a lot to choose from. For many people with a limited budget, a portable air cleaner that can be moved from room to room is a wonderful option. Look for one with HEPA filtration, and be sure that whatever you buy does not produce ozone. Some air cleaning companies will even custom blend their charcoal filters for specific needs such as allergy/asthma, smoke and MCS.

11. Remove chemically treated drapes or shades. Drapes and shades hold dust, pollen, and other allergens. If you can, remove drapes and shades and replace them with organic fabric drapes and shades. If the cost is prohibitive, consider bartering with a friend who can sew curtains or drapes for you. Wood blinds may also be an option for some individuals. If you are building a new home or remodeling you may consider blinds that are set in between the glass, no out gassing, and no weekly cleaning!

While this list may seem extensive, many of these changes are easily made over a period of time, rather than all at once. The options are worth considering if you or someone you know suffers with respiratory illness or environmental challenges. Keep in mind that any changes you can make will improve the air quality in your home. In time it will also improve your health, as you reduce your daily exposure to the many toxins used in everyday products.


About the Author: After sixteen years of struggling with MCS, Elisha McFarland recovered her health through alternative and natural healing methods. It was this experience that encouraged her to pursue an education in natural health.  She has received the following designations:  Doctor of Naturopathy, Master Herbalist, Diploma in Clinical Homeopathy, Bachelor of Science in Holistic Nutrition, Certified Wholistic Rejuvenist and EFT-ADV. You can visit her website at: http://www.myhealthmaven.com

Is Alcohol an Endocrine Disruptor?

March 22, 2014

By Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND;

Although you may never pick up an alcoholic beverage, you could still be regularly exposing yourself to the detrimental health effects of alcohol. Household products, for example, often contain ethyl alcohol (ethanol) and can be a source many people don’t consider. While exposure to these products won’t necessarily make you intoxicated, mere exposure to alcohol can be a health concern. Alcohol is an endocrine disruptor and many people are becoming increasingly concerned with its pervasiveness in common, everyday products.

What is an Endocrine Disruptor?

Your endocrine system produces and regulates various hormones within your body. It consists of the thyroid, pineal gland, pituitary gland, ovaries or testes, hypothalamus, pancreas, gastrointestinal tract, and adrenal glands. Simply put, an endocrine disruptor is any compound or substance that affects the normal operation of the endocrine system. When the endocrine system is disrupted, imbalances can occur and produce infertility, depression, and immune system suppression, among other health issues.

There are many prevalent endocrine disruptors in the environment, including pesticides, bisphenol-A (BPA), phthalates, and fungicides. [1] These substances have received quite a bit of attention and research has repeatedly demonstrated the disruptive effects they have on hormone function. One substance that’s extremely prevalent, but gets less attention, is alcohol.

How Does Alcohol Disrupt Endocrine Function?

For years, alcohol (ethanol) has been known to negatively impact hormone function. [2] Alcohol has the power to hinder glands associated with the secretion and regulation of hormones, like the pituitary gland, possibly leading to complications with the body’s ability to maintain hormonal equilibrium. The pituitary gland, for example, synthesizes and secretes essential healing and repair hormones, such as human growth hormone (HGH). This gland has been shown to experience noticeable impairment from alcohol exposure. [3]

Insulin, an important hormone that regulates blood sugar, can be severely impacted from prolonged alcohol consumption. Following a bout of heavy drinking, blood sugar often spikes, dramatically. Insulin comes to the rescue by transporting this sugar (blood glucose) into the cells to be used as energy. When blood sugar spikes in a robust, dramatic motion, insulin will quickly bring it down in a similar fashion, typically resulting in low blood sugar. This can be particularly dangerous for type II diabetics, many of whom are already at odds with maintaining normal blood sugar levels.

Alcohol also has the potential of impeding the body’s ability to regulate and absorb calcium, creating a strong risk factor for the development of osteoporosis. Long-term health problems such as liver damage, sexual dysfunction, and ulcers typically result from chronic or acute consumption. [4] And, to the surprise of many, even topical application of ethanol has been scrutinized as a possible means for consumption.

Don’t Drink? Doesn’t Matter

Many people don’t know that when applied topically, alcohol can enter your bloodstream. When is alcohol applied topically? The use of hand sanitizer is rampant and it’s one of the most readily-available products that contain alcohol. Everyone has a bottle of rubbing alcohol in the medicine cabinet. Other common items include body lotions, cosmetic oils (even baby oils), aftershave, air fresheners, eye makeup, shampoos, insect repellants, hair dyes, dishwasher and laundry detergents, paint, perfumes, deodorants, and cooking oils.

Research has shown that using hand sanitizer increases blood concentration of ethanol at low (yet measurable) levels. [5] One study that focused on hospital employees found that over 30% exhaled low levels of ethanol just one minute after using hand sanitizer. [6] In one case, a one-month old baby suffering from lethargy was found to be intoxicated from an alcohol-soaked gauze used to treat the umbilical cord. [7]

A Final Thought

Caution should always apply with alcohol, as there really is no debate about the negative health implications and its disrupting effect on the endocrine system. The best way to minimize exposure is to avoid alcoholic beverages and check the ingredient lists of other products for alcohol, ethanol, ethyl alcohol, ethyl hydrate, ethyl hydroxide, and methylcarbinol. There are plenty of other non-alcoholic options available. 

Your question: How much alcohol are you being exposed to? (post your comments below)

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  • Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/132856-natural-homemade-cough-remedies-suppressants/#ixzz2CXAWUfcW

    About the Author: Dr. Group has studied natural healing methods for over 20 years and now teaches individuals and practitioners all around the world. He no longer sees patients but solely concentrates on spreading the word of health and wellness to the global community. Under his leadership, Global Healing Center, Inc. has earned recognition as one of the largest alternative, natural and organic health resources on the Internet.
    Read More: http://www.globalhealingcenter.com

    The Best Natural Pain Relievers

    March 20, 2014

    By Dr. David Jockers;

    Chronic pain is a modern day epidemic that affects more than 1.5 billion people worldwide.  It costs nations billions of dollars in lost productivity and medical expenses every year. Debilitating pain effects more individuals than heart disease, cancer and diabetes combined.   Doctors throw drug after drug at these pain syndromes with very little long-term success.  Here are some of the best natural agents to reduce pain.

    The most commonly used drugs to treat chronic pain conditions include opioids (morphine), nonsteroids (salicylates such as aspirin and ibuprofen), antidepressants, antiepileptics and anti-nerve growth factor inhibitors.   All of these drugs have awful side effects and addictive tendencies.  In fact, prescription and over the counter pain medications are the fastest growing drug addiction in North America.

    The Dangers of Pain Medications:

    Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications are some of the most commonly prescribed and utilized medications throughout the world.  These medications such as aspirin and Tylenol are easy to get and inexpensive.  Most people believe they aren’t harmful, however, they are linked with very serious side effects.  They have been shown to damage the stomach lining leading to reduced protein absorption and a much greater increase for food allergens and stomach ulcers.  They also damage the kidneys and liver and increase the risk of certain forms of cancer.

    Many individuals perceive surgery as the best modality for their health issues and sometimes it is.  However, research has indicated that nerve damage unavoidably produced during a surgical operation will cause chronic pain in 15 – 50% of patients.  Other individuals are severely damaged by treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation that cause states of increased inflammation and pain.

    Address the Cause of the Pain:

    Addressing the underlying mental/emotional, chemical and physical stressors that are causing the chronic inflammation and pain is the ultimate goal.  This process takes time and deep introspection along with trusted holistic health care providers.  Here are some great natural pain relievers that have no dangerous side effects.  In fact, these nutrients have a significantly positive health effect on the entire body.

    Best Natural Pain Relievers:

    Proteolytic Enzymes:  Proteolytic enzymes are specific enzymes that metabolize protein. These enzymes are naturally produced by the human body and other living organisms and help carry out essential functions.  Studies have shown that these reduce the inflammatory marker C-Reactive Protein as well as arterial plaques, blood clots & scar tissue .  These enzymes are also effective at reducing swelling, pain and edema.  Proteolytic enzymes are also able to eat away at abnormal and cancer cell growths and allow the immune system to destroy tumorous growths.

    Turmeric, Ginger & Boswelia:  Taking large doses of anti-inflammatory herbs has been shown to dramatically reduce pain, swelling and inflammation.  These herbs provide powerful anti-oxidants and help modulate the immune system to ensure that it doesn’t hyper-inflame the damaged or vulnerable regions of the body.

    Omega 3 Fatty acids & Astaxanthin:  Omega 3 fatty acid supplements and astaxanthin reduce inflammation.  Omega 3’s help provide better cell membrane receptor activity while astaxanthin provides a very strong anti-oxidant effect that combine to powerfully reduce inflammation and pain.

    Probiotics:  Chronic pain is often a sign of leaky gut syndrome and infections in the gut.  Parasites will release toxins that increase inflammation within the body and for many individuals with cause states of chronic pain.  Probiotics help to neutralize these toxins and fight back against parasites and other antagonistic organisms in the gut.

    MSM & Sulfur Rich Foods:
      MSM & sulfur rich foods such as onions, garlic, chives, scallions, cruciferous vegetable family and raw, grass-fed dairy cheese & whey protein help reduce inflammation.  MSM and sulfur containing amino acids have been shown to soften scar tissue, improve blood supply to the affected region, reduce muscle spasms and modulate inflammation.

    Magnesium:  Magnesium play a critical role in relaxing muscles, maximizing blood flow and allowing nutrients to be delivered into cells.  Magnesium deficiencies lead to muscle spasms, cramping, poor blood flow and lowered intracellular nutrient delivery.  All of these create painful conditions in the body.  Supplementing with magnesium and/or eating magnesium rich foods like green leafy veggies, sprouted seeds and raw cacao improves these conditions.

    Methylating Agents:  Methylation is a key biochemical process that happens billions of times every second to repair the DNA in the body.  B vitamins are the key components to healthy methylation processes.  Take a whole-food B complex supplement, improve your gut health to absorb these nutrients more effectively.  It is also key to eat lots of dark, green leafy vegetables and organic animal products to get these nutrients.

    Your question: Have you ever tried any of these remedies to alleviate pain? (post your comments below)


    About the Author : Dr. David Jockers is a Maximized Living doctor, corrective care chiropractor, nutritionist, exercise physiologist, and certified strength & conditioning specialist. He currently ownsand operates Exodus Health Center in Kennesaw, Georgia. He is also the host of “SuperCharge Your Health” on Atlanta’s FaithTalk 970AM every Saturday at 5pm.
    Read More: http://www.drjockers.com

    4 Ways To Filter and Purify Water With Fruit

    March 19, 2014

    By Mae Chan;

    There is a cheap and easy way for any community in the developed (or underdeveloped) world to purify their water. The peels of some of the most widely consumed fruits in the world are remarkably efficient at absorbing a wide variety of harmful pollutants, including heavy metals, and they can be transformed into effective water filters with only minor preparation.


    Minced banana peels could be used repeatedly to purify water contaminated by industrial plants and farms -- up to 11 times -- and still be effective. In their study paper titled “Banana Peel Applied to the Solid Phase Extraction of Copper and Lead from River Water: Preconcentration of Metal Ions with a Fruit Waste” they also noted the very low cost of banana peels and the fact there is no need to prepare them chemically for the water purification procedure.

    Gustavo Castro and colleagues note that mining processes, runoff from farms, and industrial wastes can all put heavy metals, such as lead and copper, into waterways. Heavy metals can have adverse health and environmental effects. Current methods of removing heavy metals from water are expensive, and some substances used in the process are toxic themselves.

    Compounds in banana peels contain atoms of nitrogen, sulfur and organic compounds such as carboxylic acids. These acids are charged such that their negatively charged electron pairs are exposed, meaning they can bind with metals in the water that usually have a positive charge, Castro explained.


    Researcher Ramakrishna Mallampati originally thought up the method as an easy, cheap way for rural communities in the developing world to purify their water. He found that apple and tomato peels -- two of the most widely consumed fruits in the world -- were remarkably efficient at absorbing a wide variety of harmful pollutants, and that they could be transformed into effective water filters with only minor preparation.

    To make use of Mallampati's technique yourself, begin by peeling your apples and tomatoes and placing them in a rubbing alcohol solution and letting them soak. Next, remove the peels and let them dry out. Once they're thoroughly desiccated, simply place the peels in a container of water and wait. After a few hours, remove the peels from the water and it's ready to drink.

    Mallampati found that the apple and tomato peels together were reliable absorbents of toxic heavy metal ions, dissolved organic and inorganic chemicals, various nanoparticles, dyes and pesticides.


    In 1972, the researchers worked on the development of a new filter approach in Thailand which on a laboratory scale appeared to have wide applicability for both water purificationand wastewater treatment in Southeast Asia. This appropriate technology type filter consists of two stages. The first is made up of the fibers from shredded coconut husks to filter out the bulk of suspended solids from the water; the second is a bed of burnt rice husks to "polish" the water removing residual turbidity and other contaminants. The filter thus utilizes local materials that are both widely available and inexpensive enough to discard after use, thus eliminating backwashing. The media are used in series so that filtration alone can do the job in most cases without use of chemicals. In addition, with burnt rice husks as a filtering medium, the process includes significant absorption capability for taste, odor, and color removal.


    A natural, cheap and effective water purifier for the world.

    Solar disinfection of water combined with almost any type of citrus is very effective at reducing dangerous E. coli levels, however limes seem to work best. A recent study published by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine found that adding limes to water that is being disinfected by the sun speeds up the disinfection process.

    "The preliminary results of this study show solar disinfection of water combined with citrus could be effective at greatly reducing E. coli levels in just 30 minutes, a treatment time on par with boiling and other household water treatment methods. In addition, the 30 milliliters of juice per 2 liters of water amounts to about one-half Persian lime per bottle, a quantity that will likely not be prohibitively expensive or create an unpleasant flavor."

    Disinfected water with a refreshing hint of lime.

    Please note that these methods do not remove all pathogens from the water, just a wide variety of pollutants, so you shouldn't use it as an all-encompassing water purifier.

    Your question: Have you tried any of these methods to filter water? (post your comments below)

    About the Author:
    Mae Chan holds degrees in both physiology and nutritional sciences. She is also blogger and and technology enthusiast with a passion for disseminating information about health.

    Read More: http://preventdisease.com

    Honey - The Perfect Antibiotic Capable of Solving The Problem of Antibiotic Resistance

    March 18, 2014

    By Natasha Longo;

    Honey, one of the most incredible non-perishable foods that can kill almost every type of bacteria. It could also be one sweet solution to the serious, ever-growing problem of bacterial resistance to antibiotics, researchers said.

    Medical professionals sometimes use honey successfully as a topical dressing, but it could play a larger role in fighting infections, the researchers predicted. Their study was part of the 247th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society.

    “The unique property of honey lies in its ability to fight infection on multiple levels, making it more difficult for bacteria to develop resistance,” said study leader Susan M. Meschwitz, Ph.D. That is, it uses a combination of weapons, including hydrogen peroxide, acidity, osmotic effect, high sugar concentration and polyphenols -- all of which actively kill bacterial cells, she explained. The osmotic effect, which is the result of the high sugar concentration in honey, draws water from the bacterial cells, dehydrating and killing them.

    Professor Rose Cooper from the University of Wales Institute Cardiff has looked at how honey interacts with three types of bacteria that commonly infest wounds: Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Group A Streptococci and Meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Her group has found that honey can interfere with the growth of these bacteria in a variety of ways and suggests that honey is an attractive option for the treatment of drug-resistant wound infections.

    Some bacteria have become resistant to every commonly prescribed antibacterial drug. But scientists found that raw Manuka honey, as it is known in New Zealand, or jelly bush honey, as it is known in Australia, killed every bacteria or pathogen it was tested on.

    Current findings on Manuka Honey are likely to have a major impact on modern medicine and could lead to a range of honey-based products to replace antibiotic and antiseptic creams.

    "Most bacteria that cause infections in hospitals are resistant to at least one antibiotic, and there is an urgent need for new ways to treat and control surface infections," Professor Dee Carter, from the University of Sydney's School of Molecular and Microbial Biosciences.

    In addition, several studies have shown that honey inhibits the formation of biofilms, or communities of slimy disease-causing bacteria, said Dr. Meschwitz. “Honey may also disrupt quorum sensing, which weakens bacterial virulence, rendering the bacteria more susceptible to conventional antibiotics,” Meschwitz said. Quorum sensing is the way bacteria communicate with one another, and may be involved in the formation of biofilms. In certain bacteria, this communication system also controls the release of toxins, which affects the bacteria’s pathogenicity, or their ability to cause disease.

    Meschwitz, who is with Salve Regina University in Newport, R.I., said another advantage of honey is that unlike conventional antibiotics, it doesn’t target the essential growth processes of bacteria. The problem with this type of targeting, which is the basis of conventional antibiotics, is that it results in the bacteria building up resistance to the drugs.

    Honey is effective because it is filled with healthful polyphenols, or antioxidants, she said. These include the phenolic acids, caffeic acid, p-coumaric acid and ellagic acid, as well as many flavonoids. “Several studies have demonstrated a correlation between the non-peroxide antimicrobial and antioxidant activities of honey and the presence of honey phenolics,” she added. A large number of laboratory and limited clinical studies have confirmed the broad-spectrum antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties of honey, according to Meschwitz.

    She said that her team also is finding that honey has antioxidant properties and is an effective antibacterial. “We have run standard antioxidant tests on honey to measure the level of antioxidant activity,” she explained. “We have separated and identified the various antioxidant polyphenol compounds. In our antibacterial studies, we have been testing honey’s activity against E. coli, Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, among others.”

    This research may increase the clinical use of honey as doctors are faced with the threat of diminishingly effective antimicrobial options. "We need innovative and effective ways of controlling wound infections that are unlikely to contribute to increased antimicrobial resistance. We have already demonstrated that manuka honey is not likely to select for honey-resistant bacteria," said Professor Cooper. At present, most antimicrobial interventions for patients are with systemic antibiotics. "The use of a topical agent to eradicate bacteria from wounds is potentially cheaper and may well improve antibiotic therapy in the future. This will help reduce the transmission of antibiotic-resistant bacteria from colonised wounds to susceptible patients."

    Keep in mind that there are well over 30 commercial producers of honey that have no traces of pollen and lack beneficial vitamins and enzymes among a host of other natural constituents which are removed due to pasteurization and processing. Most golden honey you see at your local grocery is dead and far from the health promoting powerhouse of its raw unpasteurized counterpart. Processed honey is not honey at all and if you desire any kind of health benefits, you must stick to the real stuff.

    Your question: What is your favorite honey? (post your comments below)

    About the Author: Natasha Longo has a master's degree in nutrition and is a certified fitness and nutritional counselor. She has consulted on public health policy and procurement in Canada, Australia, Spain, Ireland, England and Germany.

    Read More: http://preventdisease.com

    Cutting Salt May Increase Your Risk of Fatal Heart Disease

    March 17, 2014

    By Margie King, Health Coach;

    February is the federally declared "American Heart Month."  With that comes a barrage of advice about how to prevent heart disease, including putting down the salt shaker.  But where is the science supporting that recommendation?

    A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association argues that, contrary to all the advice you've heard, lower sodium is actually associated with an INCREASED risk of cardiovascular death. In addition, the study concludes higher sodium levels do not correspond with increased hypertension or cardiovascular disease complications.

    Researchers at the University of Leuven, Belgium examined the incidence of death, illness and hypertension in relation to the amounts of sodium excreted in urine. Participants included 3,681 people without cardiovascular disease at the beginning of the study.

    According to the article, the risk of death from heart disease was significantly higher in those with the lowest sodium (a death rate of 4.1%) compared to those with the highest sodium levels (less than 1%). The authors found baseline sodium levels did not predict total mortality or either fatal or nonfatal cardiovascular events.

    And with respect to high blood pressure, there was no association between urinary sodium levels and hypertension.

    What they found is the opposite of the American Heart Association advice.  The AHA claims 1 of every 10 Americans dies from eating too much salt.  That's based on a Harvard study using computer modeling to also estimate that 2.3 million people worldwide died of too much salt in 2010.  The study recommended that dietary sodium be cut to 1,000 milligrams per day.

    According to the authors of the JAMA study their findings "refute the estimates of computer models of lives saved and health care costs reduced with lower salt intake. They do also not support the current recommendations of a generalized and indiscriminate reduction of salt intake at the population level."

    The Belgian results are consistent with a meta analysis by the Cochrane Collaboration finding that reductions in the amount of salt people eat doesn't reduce their likelihood of dying or experiencing cardiovascular disease.

    The Salt Institute, an industry trade association, pointed out that the Belgian study results indicate there is an increased rate of death for sodium intakes at the levels recommended by the U.S. government's Dietary Guidelines.  They called on government agencies like the FDA to stop "their population-wide sodium reduction agenda and amend the Dietary Guidelines on sodium."

    The Belgian study confirms previous research indicating that reductions in sodium lead to an increased risk of disease and death. Other studies have shown:

    Heart disease researchers and public policy advocates have long labeled sodium as the primary dietary factor in the development of high blood pressure and subsequent cardiovascular disease despite the lack of valid scientific data.

    Healthy sources of sodium in your diet include eggs, seafood, meats, kelp, seaweed, beets, turnips, Swiss chard, spinach and parsley.  Eat these while avoiding processed foods high in added sodium.

    Also, replace refined white table salt with high quality unbleached natural sea salt.  Unrefined sea salt will have some color to it – grey, pink, yellow, brown, etc. – depending on its source and its mineral content.  Good choices to try are Celtic Sea Salt or Himalayan Pink Sea Salt.

    To read about the health benefits of salt, check out Dr. David Brownstein's book "Salt – Your Way to Health."

    Your question: Do you restrict salt from your diet? (post your comments below)

    About the Author: Margie King is a holistic health coach and graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition®. A Wharton M.B.A. and practicing corporate attorney for 20 years, Margie left the world of business to pursue her passion for all things nutritious. She now works with midlife women and busy professionals to improve their health, energy and happiness through individual and group coaching, as well as webinars, workshops and cooking classes. She is also a professional copywriter and prolific health and nutrition writer whose work appears as the National Nutrition Examiner. To contact Margie, visit www.NourishingMenopause.com.

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    Five Energy Healing Techniques to Heal Your Body and Soul

    March 16, 2014

    By Pao L. Chang;

    What is energy healing? Does energy healing work? Before I answer these two questions, let us explore some fundamental and interesting facts about energy. Did you know that energy is eternal? The scientific definition of energy is a “substance” that can’t be created or destroyed and can only be transformed into other forms. Since energy can’t be destroyed, it is eternal! Besides being eternal, energy is also conscious. This has been proven to a certain degree by the famous double-slit experiment.

    Here is a short excerpt from Dapla.org about this experiment.

        “In some strange way an electron or a photon [or any other elementary particle] seems to ‘know’ about changes in the environment and appears to respond accordingly,” says physicist Danah Zohar. A group at the Weizmann Institute in Israel has done a variation of the famous “double-slit” experiment. They used electrons, instead of photons, and observed how the resultant interference pattern (which indicates wave-like properties of the particle) dissipated the longer you watched the electrons go through the slits. As a wave the electron passes through both slits simultaneously but if, according to E Buks, it “senses” that it is being watched, the electron (as a particle) goes through only one path, diminishing the interference pattern. Elementary particles (such as photons and electrons) appear to possess a certain degree of “intelligence” and awareness of the environment."

    How the double-slit experiment relates to energy healing

    The double-slit experiment uses electrons and photons to demonstrate how they are aware, but these two substances are just another form of energy. As a result, the double-slit experiment shows evidence that there is some form of intelligence and awareness in energy and that its behavior can be affected by our thoughts. How does this relates to energy healing? It relates to energy healing because by understanding how energy works at the fundamental levels, you can learn how to affect its behavior and turn it into a form of quantum that can heal your body. The most effective way to affect its behavior is through the power of thought and intention.

    Why energy healing takes longer to heal your body

    Healing your body using energy healing techniques often takes longer to see results than healing your body using herbs and conventional medicine. This is because energy healing techniques often target the energy structures of the body, which exist at a deeper level than the physical structures of the body. For this reason, it takes longer for their effects to appear as physical results.

    The lack of quick result is one of the reasons why many people have a hard time trusting energy healing techniques. Most people often want instant results, which is why they turn to herbs and conventional medicine. The problem with herbs and conventional medicine is that they generally heal the body at the surface or the physical level. Herbs and conventional medicine do affect your energy in subtle ways, but they aren’t very effective at healing the deeper distortions of your light bodies.

    What is energy healing and how does energy healing work?

    Energy healing is the process of healing things using the deeper and subtle forms of energy, such as thought and intention. Subtle energy may seem weak from our perspective. However, at the atomic level, it is very powerful, which is why nuclear weapons are so powerful. At your current level of evolution, your thoughts don’t seem very powerful. However, when you combine your thoughts with other people’s thoughts and focus them toward healing something, it strengthens the thought healing process exponentially. For this reason, having more than one person using energy healing techniques to heal a person can show better results.

    Quantum physicists have found many evidence showing that the core building blocks of matter are made of energy. They have also demonstrated that thoughts and intentions can affect how energy behaves. Since everything is made of energy and because thoughts and intentions can affect energy, combining healing thoughts and intentions with energy healing techniques can heal the deeper structures of the body.

    Unlike conventional medicine, energy healing techniques are designed to heal the deeper layers of the energy structures of the body. For best results, combine energy healing techniques with holistic medicine (e.g., herbs). By healing your body at the energy levels, you aren’t just healing your physical body but also your soul.

    Five energy healing techniques

    1. Acupuncture

    Acupuncture is an ancient energy healing art that is used for stimulating the flow of energy of the body back into a more balanced state. To stimulate the subtle energy of the body, needles are slightly inserted into the skin at specific acupuncture points (acupoints). According to Chinese medicine, acupuncture points are tiny electromagnetic energy centers that exist along the 14 meridians of the body.

    2. Crystal healing

    Crystals are great transporters of energy and thoughts and thus they can be used as a medium to transfer healing frequency. One main reason why crystals are great for healing your subtle energy is because they are very effective at amplifying the power of frequency. Scientists who have studied the relationship between disease and frequency are well aware of how powerful frequency is for healing disease and the body. One of those scientists is Dr. Royal Rife. According to some scientists, Dr. Rife’s frequency healing machine can cure dozens of diseases and health conditions, including cancer.

    3. Kathara Bio-Spiritual Healing

    This bio-spiritual energy healing method isn’t well known but it is one of the most advanced energy healing technique that I have seen. Unlike most energy healing techniques, the Kathara Bio-Spiritual Healing system explains in great detail of how energy mechanics works. The first level of the Kathara Bio-Spiritual Healing system contains nearly 300 pages of information about energy mechanics, morphogenetic science, scalar mechanics, multidimensional physics, merkaba fields, DNA and chakras. This spiritual energy healing technique uses color, subconscious symbol codes, sound and bio-regenesis technologies to heal the energy structures of the body. To learn more about this energy healing technique, visit AzuritePress.com.

    4. Quantum healing

    Quantum healing isn’t too well-known yet, but in the last decade it is attracting more people due to more information coming out in mainstream news about the healing potential of quantum technology. Quantum healing is based on the science of quantum mechanics. It often explores how the behavior of quanta (units of energy) and frequency affects the body. Some researchers and scientists are currently exploring how they can incorporate quantum programming into digital medicine and use an electronic device to send the quantum healing codes into the body to affect its frequency. To learn more about this energy healing method, read this informative article about quantum healing.

    5. Reiki

    Reiki is a Japanese healing art that utilizes the power of ki (life force energy) to heal the body. This spiritual energy healing technique uses a lot of hand techniques and specific symbols to channel healing energies of the Universe to heal the body. Most Reiki programs require a person to go through an attunement process done by a Reiki master before s/he can start practicing healing others using Reiki techniques.

    Your question: Have you tried any of these energy healing methods? (post your comments below)

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  • University of Maryland Medical Center: Cough
  • "Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine"; Effect of Honey, Dextromethorphan, and No Treatment on Nocturnal Cough and Sleep Quality for Coughing Children and Their Parents
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  • "1,801 Home Remedies: Trustworthy Treatments for Everyday Health Problems"; Reader's Digest; 2004
  • "Jude's Herbal Home Remedies"; Jude C. Williams, Jude Todd; 2002

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    About the Author:  Pao L. Chang is the author/founder of EnergyFanatics.com. His goal is to teach you knowledge that is beyond the conventional matrix so that you can free your mind and increase your well-being to a whole new lev

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