To Your Health! – Page 8

Non-Toxic Insect Repellents – Deet (the active ingredient in most insect repellents) is toxic. It has been linked to seizures. Instead try these non-toxics with comparable results – Geraniol (derived from geraniums) which repels mosquitos, fleas, fire ants and a variety of other insects. Candles containing Geraniol were 5 times as effective as Citronella candles at protecting from mosquito bites. Oil of lemon euchalyptus (sold as Repel) stops the enslaught of mosquitos and deer ticks for up to 6 hours (about as well as toxic Deet). 

Garlic lowers elevated blood pressure, protects arteries and veins and reduces the risk of blood clots. There is no standard recommendation for amount to take, but a concentrated garlic extract (equal to 2 cloves a day) was sufficient in studies. To maximize effects of fresh garlic, crush it at room temperature and let it stand for 15 minutes before cooking. This triggers an important enzymatic action.

Horse Chestnut reduces the swelling and pain of varicose veins as well as compression stockings. It contains escin which seals leaking capillaries and improves the elasticity of veins. Symptoms are produced even faster when gotu kola (tones the vascular system and improves circulation) and butchers broom (has anti-inflammatory and vessel constricting compounds called ruscogenins) are added.

Tiger Balm (a topical ointment containing camphor, cajeput, menthol, clove oil) relieves acute tension headaches as well a Tylenol (acetaminophen) and without Tylenol’s toxic side effects. Feverfew prevents migraine headaches (but not tension ones). In some people, low levels of magnesium trigger tension and migraine headaches.

Ginko Biloba helps keep you mentally sharp by increasing blood flow to the brain.

St. John’s Wort helps relieve minor depression. – Caution! – St. John’s Wort has the highest incidence if interaction with drugs!

SAM-e eases depression (as well as prescription anti-depressants which sometimes have serious negative side effects) and is also an anti-inflammatory which relieves aches. – Caution! Do not use SAM-e if you have bipolar disease!

Herbs come as freeze-dried extracts, tinctured (with alcohol as preservative), loose, bulk, powdered. – However freeze-dried and tinctured are preferable. – Tinctured herbs are very stable and preserve potency. Freeze-dried preserve potency. – The others are vulnerable to oxidation, causing them to lose potency.

Glucosamine helps osteoarthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is better treated with acupuncture (according to the World Health Organization) and curcumin (the yellow pigment in the herb tumeric) which is a potent anti-inflammatory working better than prescription anti-inflammatories (but without their negative side effects).

Dark chocolate calms a cough better than codein, but without causing codein’s drowsiness. Theobromine in the cocoa bean is the active substance. Dark is better than milk chocolate for this.

Mullein (widlflower) loosens mucus and soothes the throat. Add it to a little warm water and drink it every 4 hours.

Caution! – Echinacea may help prevent colds but it worsens pollen allergies.

Stinging nettle relieved allergies as well as allergy medicines and without negative side effects. Quercetin (an anti-inflammatory) added to stinging nettle can hasten the effect as quercetin stabilizes the mast cells of the throat, eyes and lungs which are so sensitive to allergens.

Red rice yeast lowers cholesterol as well as lovastatin, but Caution! – At higher doses it can (like statins) cause muscle pain and liver damage. A better solution is plant sterols or stanols (in orange juice, margarine spreads, mayonaise, salad dressings) which reduce total cholesterol and LDL (bad cholesterol).

Apples, fresh cranberries, aged cheese, and grapefruit seed extract help prevent cavities. – Fresh cranberries have an anti-adhesive substance which keeps cavity-causing bacteria from sticking to the teeth. Apples create better saliva flow which washes away sugars from food and reduces buildup of bacteria. Aged cheese (such as Gouda, Cheddar, Provolone, Edam, Gruyer) with its high levels of calcium and phosphorous, form a protective barrier on teeth. Grapefruit seed extract has an anti-bacterial action.

Cinamon, stevia, and dark chocolate are helpful to diabetics by lowering blood sugar.

I have not included dosage of nutritional supplements in this and other health blogs. Please consult your doctor or an alternative medicine specialist before using supplements. As always,I highly recommend turning to the Great Physician first and foremost.