DMSO or DIMETHYL SULFOXIDE

This is an excellent article by Walter Last

DMSO (CH3)2SO is a natural substance derived from wood pulp.

It is generated during the normal decomposition of plants and therefore is in low concentrations present in many foods. DMSO is an antioxidant, by taking up oxygen it is converted into methylsulfonylmethane (MSM). Unlike MSM which is sold as a powder or fine crystals, DMSO is an odourless, clear liquid which is completely water miscible (describes two or more liquids that can be mixed together). It has a high boiling point of 189°C and solidifies at about 18°C. It has all of the beneficial properties of MSM but often at a higher degree, and it has some additional healing properties. These are based on the combination of its antioxidant nature with its excellent solvent properties for a wide range of nutrients and remedies. There is no other biological solvent that can so easily penetrate the skin and carry such nutrients and remedies into the body.

There is a very long list of health benefits from using DMSO, the main ones are:

  • It is an all-round microbicide effective against bacteria, fungi, mycoplasmas and viruses  It improves the immune system and reduces allergies
  • It is strongly anti-inflammatory with good antioxidant properties
  • It blocks pain when rubbed onto affected muscles or joints
  • It improves blood circulation by inhibiting formation of blood clots and hypercoagulation
  • It even dissolves newly formed blood clots
  • It dilates blood vessels and improves the function of the heart
  • It efficiently transports molecules across cell membranes and moves through the blood-brain barrier
  • It improves connective tissue, softens collagen and stimulates wound healing
  • It is a potent diuretic and very effective with chronic bladder inflammation/cystitis

Equally impressive is the long list of diseases that have benefited from its use, including some that may not respond to other remedies, such as brain and spinal cord damage, Down’s Syndrome, Schizophrenia, and ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) also often referred to as Motor Neurone Disease. It is able to dissolve blood clots and prevent damage after a stroke, improves skin conditions such as psoriasis and scleroderma, and is effective with autoimmune diseases, arthritis, ulcers, cystitis and other inflammatory conditions. With diabetes it can improve insulin control and blood circulation. Also eye problems have been successfully treated with DMSO, including macular degeneration, retinitis pigmentosa, glaucoma and cataracts, sometimes just with oral use but sometimes also with added remedies as eye drops.

With cancer it specifically zooms in on cancer cells and can be used to carry remedies along, good for treating brain tumours which are otherwise difficult to reach. It is also beneficial with other cancers such as with breast and prostate cancers, leukaemia and lymphomas. Relatively weak (2%) solutions of DMSO were killing leukaemia cells and, with the addition of suitable remedies, induced a variety of cancer cells to become normal cells. DMSO has been shown to protect against radiation damage, especially in regard to cancer treatment. kills the pleomorphic microbes that are the basic cause of cancer and autoimmune diseases.

One of its most impressive functions is its ability to easily enter cells and kill viruses and mycoplasma that may hide there. There are patents combining DMSO with antiviral remedies, anti-tumour agents, and amino acids and other nutraceuticals to enhance memory and other brain functions. DMSO is also excellent for healing deep tissue, muscle injuries, burns, and other wounds. It has extensively been used in sports medicine and horse racing.

Because it is so rapidly absorbed – it can be tasted in the mouth only minutes after applying it to the skin – and combined with its ability to block pain signals to the brain, DMSO also acts very fast to stop or greatly reduce pain from arthritis, muscle injuries, insect bites, and other sites of pain or inflammation. While the pain may come back after several hours, it tends to lessen with each reapplication of DMSO.

Unlike other pain relievers, especially of the medical kind which may cause long-term damage, DMSO greatly speeds up healing of damaged areas. This is due to its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties, and its ability to improve blood circulation, nutrient supply, dissolve obstructions, and remove stress.

After oral use or skin application DMSO not only penetrates all soft tissues but also the bones. This is not only good for treating tumours and cancer of the bone, but also jawbone infections and cavitations. Molecular or elemental iodine easily dissolves in DMSO. Therefore I would dissolve a small amount of iodine or Lugol’s solution in DMSO and frequently dab that from both sides on the affected gum. Dilute sufficiently so that it does not irritate. DMSO with iodine is also effective for fungal problems of nails, skin or scalp, e.g. manifesting as hair loss.

DMSO seems to inhibit Helicobacter pylori and help heal peptic ulcers in relatively low doses but higher doses are required with Candida. I found the research on DMSO and Candida somewhat amusing. Different researches got inconsistent and varying results for investigated fungicides until one recently had the bright idea to test DMSO which is commonly used as a solvent for antifungal drugs. It was found that the more DMSO was used as a solvent the stronger was the effectiveness of the investigated fungicides. DMSO protects body cells against oxidative stress but increases stress on fungi.

If given soon after a stroke, DMSO has been shown to dissolve the stroke-causing clot, restore circulation and prevent paralysis. It is best to start DMSO therapy within a few hours. In one reported case a male with a stroke refused to go to hospital and waited for 11 hours until his wife had talked to Dr Jacob. Then she gave him one ounce of 50% DMSO in orange juice every 15 minutes for two hours and afterwards every half hour for two hours. The next day, he was better and soon returned to normal.

In another case a 16-year-old girl broke her neck while diving into a pool. and became a complete quadriplegic. She was on DMSO for an entire year and gradually her organs began to function again until finally she could also walk. Another quadriplegic did not start DMSO therapy until two years after his accident. Six months later he could lift both arms over his head, and sensation began to return to his lower chest and right hip. Later he also learned to move both of his legs. Dr Jacob helped two other quadriplegics recover completely when DMSO was started within one hour after the accident.

How and what to use DMSO has been described as a clear colourless, very hygroscopic liquid, with practically no odour or slight garlic odour, slightly bitter taste with sweet after-taste. Because cheap industrial grade DMSO can contain dangerous impurities, only good quality products with at least 99% and preferably higher purity should be used. Because DMSO is hygroscopic (it attracts water) the main impurity at the higher grades is water. Commonly used as a Laboratory reagent and medical/pharmaceutical grades with about 99.5 to 99.9% purity.

While glass bottles are best for retail sales, even highest grades of DMSO are commercially stored and shipped in HDPE (Type 2) containers which do not seem to cause any leaching problem. Pure DMSO is not toxic and generally very safe but some precaution needs to be taken. For instance when applying DMSO for transdermal treatment the skin should be clean and free of undesirable chemicals, such as from commercial lotions or sunscreens.

DMSO can be used on its own and applied over inflamed, stiff or painful muscles or joints, or over troublesome organs, or it can be used to carry remedies or nutrients through the skin into the body. However, it does not carry microbes, large molecules or chemicals into the body that normally cannot penetrate the skin, it only enhances the absorption rate of those that are able to penetrate on their own but at a much lower rate. To avoid skin irritation apply DMSO only in diluted form at 70% or less. Some products on the market are already diluted.

For common use you may make a treatment solution, e.g. in another glass bottle, by diluting full strength DMSO. To make it about 70% mix 2 parts of 100% DMSO with 1 part of water, and for a weaker solution (50%) mix equal parts of DMSO and water. If you also add other dissolved remedies, such as Magnesium Oil, Glycerine, MSM or Lugol’s, then you can count this as part of the water. It is alright to mix DMSO with non-acidified MMS/sodium chlorite, but the acidified MMS will probably become inactive by oxidising DMSO to MSM. Be careful, the solution gets warm when mixing DMSO with water, and while it does not harm the skin, spills may damage painted or plastic surfaces. Strength for topical use may vary according to the sensitivity of the skin.

DMSO is not normally used on broken or open skin, but it has been applied to fresh cuts and other wounds and greatly speeded up healing without causing pain or other discomfort. Depending on the degree of pain or inflammation DMSO may be applied several times during the day over the area of pain, but the need for multiple applications may reduce on following days. The effect may be felt within minutes. Also swellings such as from sprained ankles can quickly disappear if kept covered with DMSO.

While DMSO mixes freely with water and glycerine, it does not mix with oils or kerosene. It does not dissolve magnesium chloride but it can improve absorption by carrying along water in which the magnesium is dissolved. The same seems to apply to vitamin B12 which also does not dissolve directly in DMSO but can be better absorbed with its addition. For general applications it may be good for the skin to add a small amount of glycerine. Alpha lipoic acid dissolves very well in DMSO, and Glutathione and Coenzyme Q10 to some degree.

Transdermal application of these may give a better absorption rate than oral use. Generally strong oxidants oxidize DMSO to MSM while microbes reduce it to Dimethylsulfide or DMS which creates a strong sulphur smell. It has been noticed that during periods of infection individuals emit a much stronger garlicky smell when using DMSO than when they are well. This is actually the main drawback of DMSO, and why some individuals do not like to use it – it can lead to social problems, especially at the workplace. Not everyone has this problem, and one may be able to minimize it by using only a relatively small amount in the evening or experiment with spraying or rinsing mouth and exposed skin with diluted non-acidified MMS (sodium chlorite) solution (e.g. 1 teaspoon of MMS in 500 ml of water) which can oxidize and so deodorize smelly sulphur compounds. A

nother problem that may arise with skin application is reduced nerve conductivity which is the basis for the quick pain relief. Individuals with paresthesia such as tingling or numb fingers, toes  or other skin areas may temporarily get increased symptoms if they apply DMSO over the nerve that leads to the affected area. This effect can last for several hours after application but is best avoided, and does not seem to be a problem if DMSO is applied to other parts of the skin or used orally.

Oral intake is the other major form of DMSO use. As to its safety: Dr Stanley Jacob who pioneered the medical use of DMSO has taken an ounce (approximately 29 mls) of it orally every day for more than 40 years. The only side-effect seems to be that he has not been sick in years. Others have taken even higher doses for weeks or months. DMSO is effective in heart attacks and angina; prompt use of it in heart attacks has been credited with preventing damage to heart muscle but rather high doses should be used. Dr Morton Walker suggested 2 grams per kilogram of body weight in the treatment of heart attacks. Except for emergencies, it is always best to start with low doses, such as half a teaspoon in a drink, and increase gradually to the intended maximum or until there is some unexplained reaction.

Generally effective healing methods tend to induce some kind of reaction, be it microbial die-off effects or skin eruptions or gastro-intestinal effects, such as diarrhoea. In such case temporarily cut back and when the reaction subsides gradually increase again. A suitable daily maximum intake with chronic diseases may be 20 to 30 ml in divided doses, good to take it in a drink together with specific supplements to enhance their absorption.

As with all supplements, It is also good not to remain at the same dose for a long time but rather slowly cycle up and down between a maximum and a minimum level. Finally, as long as there are problems in specific parts of the body it is preferable to use topical applications in addition to oral use. While DMSO is widely used in most countries as a medical drug, in the USA it is only approved for the treatment of interstitial cystitis. In Australia DMSO is a prescription poison and cannot be used for treating humans but it can be sold and used for veterinary purposes and as a solvent. For a good account of the DMSO saga see http://www.thehealingjournal.com/node/1347.

With DMSO having so many superb features you may wonder if there is still a place for MSM. I believe there is. MSM provides the many benefits of a high sulphur intake for detoxifying and regenerating connective tissue without any apparent side-effect, while DMSO can cause an odour problem in social and work-related settings. DMSO can also cause excess intestinal gas and loose bowels. It has the ability to carry not only desirable but also undesirable chemicals through the skin and into the brain, therefore one needs to be much more careful, and it can induce microbial die-off reactions which are ultimately beneficial but need to be understood and managed.

I do not believe that there is a genuine allergy to DMSO. Instead some individuals react because they are deficient in the trace mineral molybdenum which is required by enzymes to oxidise sulphur compounds such as sulphites to sulphates. Overall I would say that it is good to continue using a daily teaspoonful of MSM in addition to DMSO.

Source: by Walter Last: http://www.health-science-spirit.com

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Cholesterol Protocol

Cholesterol is a fatty material made by the liver. It is one of the basic building blocks of the cells in your body. It is a vital component of the cell membrane that helps protect the cell and maintain its integrity and viability. Cholesterol is also important for the production of certain vitamins, such as Vitamins A, D, E, K (called fat–soluble vitamins). It is also needed for hormone production; this includes cortisol and sex-related hormones. We not only produce cholesterol in our bodies, but we also obtain it from the foods that we eat.

When taking a holistic view of cholesterol, there are three different aspects that need to be considered:

  • Recognizing the different types of cholesterol
  • Understanding the nature of the cholesterol molecule itself: is the molecule small and dense (increased inflammation risk) or light and fluffy (negligible inflammation risk)
  • Recognizing that cholesterol can exist in an oxidized state or a natural/reduced state

If taking a blood panel test, the numbers do not tell the whole story when it comes to cholesterol levels and determining their risk for heart and vascular disease. If you look at LDL, for example, there can be small dense particles which are thought to be more of a risk for the formation of a plaque or atherosclerosis in comparison to the larger fluffy and light particles which are non-inflammatory.

Inflammation also refers to whether the cholesterol is in a natural or “reduced” state or “oxidized” or inflammatory state. Be aware that all of the cells in our body exist in a natural or reduced state. In the setting of chronic inflammation, the cells become oxidized. This generates the formation of free radicals. This also changes the nature of the cholesterol in the cells, particularly the blood vessels, and causes them to be more inflammatory and hence, more likely to form a cholesterol plaque.

 

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Alfalfa, Buckwheat, Broccoli, Peanut Sprouts

“Nutritional values of buckwheat reach maximum on day 8 sprouting by solid-phase cultivation (BSSC). The precious nutrients surveyed included linolenic acid, total polyphenolics, rutin, quercetin, l-ascorbic acid and gamma-aminobutyric acid. To investigate whether a change of cultivation method could improve the nutritional status, we performed aquaculture. By performing chemical, biochemical and animal experiments, we found that maximization of nutrient levels in aquacultured buckwheat sprouts (BSAQ) occurred 2 days earlier than those from BSSC. Simultaneously, their bioactivities were much enhanced, being superior to BSSC regarding antioxidative, free radical scavenging, anti-low-density lipoprotein lipoperoxidative capabilities and hypolipidemic bioactivity with respect to serum total cholesterol and triglyceride in Syrian hamsters. In addition, serum low-density lipoprotein-cholesterol (LDL-C) and high-density lipoprotein-cholesterol (HDL-C) levels and the ratios LDL-C/HDL-C and total cholesterol/HDL-C were all more efficiently suppressed by BSAQ diets. In conclusion, aquaculture is more efficient than the solid-phase cultivation with regard to acceleration and maximization of precious nutrient levels in buckwheat sprouts.”

Int J Food Sci Nutr.
2009 Jun 30:1-14.
Aqua-culture improved buckwheat sprouts with more abundant precious nutrients and hypolipidemic activity.
Peng CC, Chen KC, Yang YL, Lin LY, Peng RY. School of Physical Therapy.

Nutrient levels in buckwheats that were maximized in day 8 sprouts (D8SP) included total phenolics, quercetin, and l-ascorbic acid, whereas those of oxalic, malic, tartaric, and citric acids, rutin, and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) were found to reach maximum levels on day 10. Ethanolic extract of D8SP (2.5 mg/mL) revealed potent free-radical scavenging (FRS) and antioxidative (ANO) capabilities. However, its Fe (2+)-chelating capability was only moderate. To further study the hypolipidemic activity of D8SP, 36 Syrian hamsters were grouped into six groups and fed for 28 days, respectively, with (i) control meal, (ii) high fat plus high cholesterol meal, (iii) high fat plus high cholesterol plus 2.5% of buckwheat seeds, (iv) high fat plus high cholesterol plus 25% of buckwheat seeds, (v) high fat plus high cholesterol plus 2.5% of D8SP, and (vi) high fat plus high cholesterol plus 25% of D8SP. High seed meal prominently enhanced body weight gain, whereas high sprout meal exhibited the highest feed efficiency. Ratios of liver/body weight (L/B) were significantly lowered by all BS meals. Although low seed meal reduced serum total cholesterol (TC) levels ( p < 0.05), its effect was still inferior to the high seed and sprout meals ( p < 0.01). In contrast, serum triglyceride (TG) levels were lowered only by the high seed and sprout meals ( p < 0.05). Alternatively, levels of serum low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) were significantly suppressed by all buckwheat meals ( p < 0.01). Serum high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) levels were increased, however, insignificantly. Nutraceutically more meaningful is that both LDL-C/HDL-C and TC/HDL-C ratios were significantly lowered. ( p < 0.01). Apparently, hepatic TC levels were significantly reduced, whereas hepatic TG levels were totally unaffected. Conclusively, sprouting triggers a variety of nutritional changes in buckwheats. Day 8 sprouts, consisting of high polyphenolic and moderate quercetin contents, are nutraceutically maximized when hypocholesterolemic, hypotriglyceridemic, and antioxidative activities are concerned.”

J Agric Food Chem.
2008 Jan 24
Optimization of Bioactive Compounds in Buckwheat Sprouts and Their Effect on Blood Cholesterol in Hamsters.
Lin LY, Peng CC, Yang YL, Peng RY.

“Sixty female Sprague-Dawley rats (8 weeks old) were fed with peanut sprouts as a dietary supplement for 18 weeks. The rats were divided into five groups and fed with different daily supplements, namely 0 g (control), 16.5, 10 or 6 g of sprouts or 2.4 g of kernels. Aflatoxin contents of the sprouts (n = 24) were less than 1 µg kg-1. Body weights of all rats increased with feeding time, and final body weights differed insignificantly among test groups (P > 0.05). Weights of liver, kidney and spleen and organ/body weight ratios varied insignificantly among test groups (P > 0.05). All serum and blood cell determinations differed insignificantly (P > 0.05) among test groups, apart from the observation of a significant lowering of serum triacylglycerol (TG) level in the 10 g sprout group (P < 0.05).

CONCLUSION: In general, no obvious growth hazard or health toxicity was detected. For nutraceutical development, the lowering of serum TG level achieved by appropriate intake of peanut sprouts is noteworthy.”

Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture
Volume 88, Issue 12, Date: September 2008, Pages: 2201-2207
Toxicological and nutraceutical assessments of peanut sprouts as daily supplements to feed Sprague-Dawley rats for 18 weeks
Bo-Si Lin et al.

“Twelve healthy subjects (6 males and 6 females) consumed fresh broccoli sprouts (100 g/day) for 1 week for a phase 1 study. Before and after the treatment, biochemical examination was conducted and natural killer cell activity, plasma amino acids, plasma PCOOH (phosphatidylcholine hydroperoxide), the serum coenzyme Q_{10}, urinary 8-isoprostane, and urinary 8-OHdG (8-hydroxydeoxyguanosine) were measured. With treatment, total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol decreased, and HDL cholesterol increased significantly. Plasma cystine decreased significantly. All subjects showed reduced PCOOH, 8-isoprostane and 8-OHdG, and increased CoQ_{10}H_{2}/CoQ_{10} ratio. Only one week intake of broccoli sprouts improved cholesterol metabolism and decreased oxidative stress markers.”

BioFactors
V 22, N 1-4/2004, p 271-275
Phase 1 study of multiple biomarkers for metabolism and oxidative stress after one-week intake of broccoli sprouts
Megumi Murashima, Shaw Watanabe, Xing-Gang Zhuo, Mariko Uehara, Atsushi Kurashige
http://iospress.metapress.com/content/jfh1vkjbyyckvwnm/
Crude dietary fiber samples were prepared from [sprouts of] beet, cabbage, Japanese radish, onion, and mung bean sprouts (BF, CF, RF, OF, and MF, respectively). These samples contained total dietary fiber at the levels of 814, 699, 760, 693 and 666 g/kg, respectively. To examine the effect of the dietary fibre sources on the plasma cholesterol concentration, male Sprague-Dawley rats were fed on a fiber-free (FF) diet or on an FF diet supplemented with 5% or 10% dietary fiber. Dietary fiber extracted from vegetables, wood cellulose (CL), pectin (PE) and guar gum (GG) were used as the fiber sources. Compared with the rats fed on the FF diet, a significant reduction in the plasma cholesterol concentration was observed in the rats fed on BF, CF, RF, MF, PE or GG after a 21-d feeding period. Cecal acetate, n-butyrate and total short-chain fatty acids were significantly higher in the rats fed on these dietary fibers, except for CF, than in those fed on the FF diet. A negative correlation was apparent between the total dietary fiber content, hemicellulose content and pectin content of each dietary fiber source and the plasma cholesterol concentration. These results suggest that some vegetable fibers exert a plasma cholesterol-lowering effect through cecal fermentation of these fibers.

Biosci Biotechnol Biochem
2000 Dec;64(12):2543-51
Plasma cholesterol-lowering effect on rats of dietary fiber extracted from immature plants.
Nishimura N, Taniguchi Y, Kiriyama S.

“Since alfalfa meal prevents hypercholesterolemia and atherosclerosis in rabbits and alfalfa saponins prevent the expected rise in cholesterolemia induced by dietary cholesterol in monkeys, the experiments being reported here were performed to determine whether alfalfa saponins affect atherogenesis in rabbits. In addition, the effects of alfalfa seeds were studied. Cholesterol-feb rabbits were randomly assigned to 3 groups: (a) control animals (N = 18); (b) animals maintained on a diet containing 1.0 to 1.2% alfalfa saponins (N = 18); and (c) animals maintained on a diet containing 40% alfalfa seeds (N = 17). Results after a 4-month observation period demonstrated that alfalfa saponins and alfalfa seeds reduce hypercholesterolemia, aortic sudanophilia, and the concentration of cholesterol in aortic intima-plus-media and in the liver, but do not induce changes in the hematocrit.”

Atherosclerosis.
1980 Nov;37(3):433-8.
Alfalfa saponins and alfalfa seeds. Dietary effects in cholesterol-fed rabbits.
Malinow MR, McLaughlin P, Stafford C, Livingston AL, Kohler GO

 

  1. Garlic: This is excellent for helping to maintain the cholesterol in the natural or “reduced” state. It decreases the inflammation of “cholesterol plaque.” Aged garlic extract can be taken in capsule form starting at 400-600 mg a day. As garlic is a natural blood thinner, be careful if you are on prescription blood-thinning medications such as aspirin, Plavix, or Coumadin.
  2. Coenzyme Q10 (Ubiquinone): Replacement of this antioxidant is necessary to help improve blood vessel health. This is vital to take, especially if you have been prescribed a statin based medication. When starting, begin with small doses at 50-100 mg daily and increase to twice a day after several weeks. Smaller doses taken during the day maximizes its absorption. Monitor your blood pressure closely. If you have diabetes, this nutrient can also help lower your blood glucose levels so they need to be monitored as well.
  3. Fiber: If your diet is low in fiber, a fiber-based supplement is recommended. Remember that fiber can bind the cholesterol in the intestine and prevent its absorption. Examples of commonly used fiber supplements can include a psyllium-based fiber supplement like Metamucil or more of a soluble-based fiber like Glucomannan fiber.
  4. Turmeric is a great anti-oxidant to lower cholesterol levels and reduce inflammation. It can be taken as a 400 mg capsule daily or simply by sprinkling a little Turmeric powder on each meal. It does have a blood thinning effect so be aware if you are on other blood-thinning medications as mentioned above.
  5. Phytosterols: These are plant-based compounds that can be used in the treatment of high cholesterol. They can be taken independently or can be part of other formulations as well. An example of a plant-based sterol is beta-sitosterol. This can be taken once to twice daily, depending on the formulation chosen. They have the ability to block cholesterol absorption.
  6. Red Yeast Rice: This is a natural form of the statin medication, and is used by many in the treatment of high cholesterol. There are several caveats when taking this supplement you need to be aware of: Do not take prescription statins if you are taking this supplement. As with the statin medications, liver tests (blood work) need to be monitored and myalgias can occur with this supplement as well. It is recommended to begin at a dose of 600 mg daily and slowly increase over the course of several weeks to a maximum dose of 1200 mg twice a day. You should be under the care of a health care provider when taking this supplement.
  7. Avoid excessive food intake and maintain an active lifestyle by exercising regularly. Physical activity can help raise HDL levels and thereby lower cholesterol level.
  8. Eat a healthy diet low in saturated fats and trans fats. This can be achieved by:
    – Using low fat dairy products
    – Trimming meat purchased from shops of any visible fats
    – Try to limit the amount of trans fats. There is no safe level of trans fats in the diet.
    – Include the consumption of foods high in soluble fibre (e.g. whole grains, kidney beans, barley, oatmeal and fruits such as apples and pears). Soluble fibre lowers the bad LDL cholesterol without lowering the good HDL cholesterol. 5-10 grams of soluble fibre a day decreases LDL cholesterol by about 5%.
    – Limit sugar intake by avoiding sweetened beverages (soft drinks, some juices, tea/coffee with sugar added).
    Limit excessive intake of alcohol.
  9. Omega 3 fish oil: Omega 3 fish oil can not only help in lowering triglycerides, it is important for maintaining the health and pliability of the blood vessels as well as tremendous for reducing inflammation. You can start at 2000 mg a day and increase slowly to a maximum of 4-5 grams a day. Be aware that Omega 3 fish oil can thin the blood, so you may need to decrease your dosage if you are taking any blood thinners.Studies suggest that eating just 6 oz per week of fatty (dark meat) fish (e.g. salmon, herring, mackerel, anchovies, or sardines) may be enough to reduce the risk of dying from heart disease by 36%.
  10. Moderate consumption of nuts rich in fibre, phyto-nutrients and antioxidants such as vitamin E and selenium will help lower the bad LDL cholesterol.

Kitchen Remedy for ALL

The combination of garlic, ginger, lemon, apple cider vinegar and honey is a wonderful drug that can cure everything from Cancer to Arthritis, and makes you lose extra body fat and weight.

Amazing studies from respected universities around the world prove the miracle home remedy that costs just pennies a day to make, a super way to fight just about any affliction. Experts have verified that this health restoring trick of garlic, ginger, lemon juice, vinegar & honey can wipe both our common & not so common ailments.

Success also includes acne, Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, asthma, high blood pressure, some types of cancer, excessive cholesterol levels, gas and indigestion, headaches, heart and circulatory problems, hemorrhoids, infertility and impotence, toothaches, obesity, ulcers, and many other diseases and conditions.

  • In a study of arthritis Dr. Angus Peter of the University of Edinburgh’s Arthritic Research institute found a daily dose of vinegar and honey reduced pain by 90%.
  • A daily dose of garlic and vinegar has proved to be a powerful and fast weight destroyer and reducer, according to Dr.Raymond Fisk of London’s Lamsus University Research Center. The prestigious British Medical Journal Lancer reported that cholesterol levels plunged on average from 237.4 to 223.4 in three hours after volunteers consumed 60 grams of garlic and four ounces of butter. The study proved adding garlic to your diet could neutralize the dangers associated with high fat.
  • A study of 261 adult patients by the German association of general practitioners indicated that cholesterol and triglycerides levels factors associated with the risk of heart disease are significantly reduced by regular use of garlic in the diet.
  • Houston’s M.D. Anderson Cancer Institute in Houston, the Pennsylvania State University and ULSA, support earlier evidence that certain ingredients in garlic block agents that cause cancers of the breast, colon, skin and esophagus. The National Cancer Institute found in a study of 1600 people that eating a lot of garlic is linked to a reduced risk of stomach cancer. Dr. Erik Block of the State University of New York at Albany has discovered that garlic release at least 100 sulfur producing compounds all of which are powerful medicines.
  • Dr. Han Len Tsao writes in China’s respected Journal of Natural Medicine, that “patients when given this miracle drink before breakfast showed a remarkable reduction in high blood pressure and cholesterol in less than a week. The Italian nutritionist Emilio Stefan adds, “Years of scientific investigation by experts around the world have proven beyond doubt that garlic, honey and vinegar are nature’s magic potion. The powerful ingredients are available every where and cost only pennies a day when consumed. Considering all what these natural substances can do for the human health is amazing.
  • Dr. Jack Soltanoff, who is a national expert at New York, praises the benefits of apple cider vinegar. He recorded remarkable success stories involving arthritis sufferers. He says, “I have seen many arthritis patients start to loosen up at once”
  • Some even call it (apple cider vinegar) a natural arthritis tonic that frees them from stillness pain and aches within just a few weeks, and most pain wrecked patients can pertain normal activities because of this simple tonic. The boxing legend Muhammad Ali took a daily dose of this potion to fight the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and many other athletes are heard to be taking it for having a competitive edge.
  • “Honey has been described as the perfect food” notes a respected researcher, “it contains a lot of nutrients and minerals, the important part of nine vitamins, six acids and four key enzymes in their most natural state. The patients who took the daily dose of this magical drink were more vigorous, had fewer infectious disease and in general even healthier than those who didn’t. “There’s no question that this astonishing elixir can lend life by replacing from many proven killers.”

THE MAGIC POTION

There appears to be little doubt that this astonishing potion made by mixing garlic, ginger, lemon juice, apple cider vinegar and honey can extend life by protecting you from many proven killers.

BASIC RECIPE
Here’s how to make your own miracle medicine.

In a bowl, mix together half a cup of lemon juice, half a cup of ginger juice. Now put twenty five cloves of chopped garlic in a blender and mix at high speed. Add one cup of vinegar (use only apple cider vinegar), as you blend and after it has mixed nicely add one cup of honey, and mix the whole mixture in the blender again. Now pour this mixture into a glass jar (no plastics) and leave it in the refrigerator for a minimum of five days.

Normal dosage is two teaspoons in a glass of warm water or fruit juice. (Grape or orange juice is best before breakfast). A second dose if desired can be taken in the evening. For treating specific conditions or ailments, use the potion as recommended.

STOREHOUSE
Honey not only makes your daily dose taste better, the sweet stuff also aids in your body’s ability to absorb in medicinal properties of the powerful ingredients. Garlic provides a storehouse of vitamins and minerals and what excites researchers more, is growing evidence that from an enzyme present in large amounts in garlic stimulates the immune system. In a recent study involving two thousand elder women, researchers found that those who ate garlic once in a week were half as likely to develop colon cancer as those who did not.

NINE COMMON AILMENTS AND RECOMMENDED TREATMENTS

Arthritis: Mix a teaspoon in half cup of warm water and drink before going to bed.

Asthma: A teaspoon of the basic potion in the morning on an empty stomach will have you breathing lightly in no time.

Cancer: When making the potion, double the garlic cloves and take two tea spoons in juice three times a day.

High blood pressure: Make a special batch of the elixir, using two cups of water, 18 garlic cloves, two tablespoons of vinegar and three tablespoon of honey. Blend as before and keep on medium to low heat for half an hour. Allow it to cool and take three tablespoons three times a day.

To Lower cholesterol: Make a tea by adding a teaspoon of the elixir in a cup of hot water and drink before meals, three times a day.

Heart disease: Use the recipe for high blood pressure and sip a half-cup of the mixture three times a day.

Impotence: Boil a cup of vinegar mixed with seven to ten crushed cloves of garlic and a tablespoon of honey for five minutes. Cool and drink like tea.

Acne or pimples: Use a basic potion on affected area with a piece of cotton each night.

Gas or indigestion: Put two tablespoons of the basic mixture in a cup of water and warm to the temperature you use for your coffee or tea. Sip slowly at the first sign of distress. Even though it has been blended with honey and vinegar, garlic’s pungent odor can still be a problem for some people. To deal with this side affect, experts recommend putting springs of parsley in the elixir or eating parsley raw after taking a dose.

This amazing natural remedy has been around for at least 4,000 years.

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Immune Anti-Inflammatory Elixir

This recipe is amazing to boost the immune, decrease inflammation

We will be using apple cider vinegar to extract the beneficial compounds from onions, garlic, horseradish, turmeric and cayenne.  Onions contain quercetin, which is an antioxidant compound.  It protects our DNA from damage, stabilizes mast cells, and can prevent viral replication.  Garlic contains allicin, which stimulates the production of immune cells to fight viruses and also may directly damage viral cells.  Turmeric contains many different compounds that have antioxidant effects and modulate the function of our immune system.  Horseradish and cayenne stimulate blood flow to promote the circulation of our immune cells.  Together, these ingredients have a synergistic immune boosting effect.

Hot ELIXIR
INGREDIENTS
  • apple cider vinegar
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 TBSP fresh grated horseradish
  • 2 TBSP turmeric powder or 1/2 cup of fresh turmeric (chopped)
  • 1 tsp cayenne powdered or 4 large peppers
  • Infused Liquorice Root (tea – 12 hour prep) optional
  • honey to taste
INSTRUCTIONS
  • Combine onion, garlic, horseradish, turmeric, and cayenne in a blender.
  • Add enough apple cider vinegar to cover the ingredients and blend
  • Please is a glass jar
  • Cover jar with cloth and let sit in a warm place for 2 weeks
  • Strain and reserve liquid
  • Add honey to taste
  • Store in the refrigerator
DOSING
  • Take 1 tsp daily to prevent colds and 1 tbsp daily for inflammation
  • At first sign of a cold, take 2 TBSP and then take 1 tsp every 3 hours until symptoms resolve
NOTES
  • Measurements of ingredients do not need to be precise and you can use more or less ingredients to suit the size of your jar.
  • Use organic apple cider vinegar with the mother. This contains more nutrients than filtered apple cider vinegar.
  • Use raw local honey.

 

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Healing Protocols The Natural Way

My wish for this section is to help empower you in health and wholeness, and to show you that you do not need to stay sick. Almost any chronic medical condition can be helped.   When I work with a client and we investigate the live and dry blood testing and iridology, my aim is to empower you towards health using nature as our best aid.

Nutrients and food are the key to support your individual biochemistry as well as individual genetics.   Using food, vitamins, minerals, and supplements to treat an issue in whole is the best way to improving and sustaining health.  And, natural and organic food is an amazing way treat ourselves.

As you may know, most diseases result from an unhealthy gut: SIBO, autoimmune diseases, IBS, hormone imbalances, nutritional deficiencies; the list goes on. Many chronic diseases have roots in an unhealthy mircobiome.

We can’t help but see the world differently after unearthing the parallels in the essential roles that microbes play in both soil health and human health. While we still can’t see the half of nature hidden beneath our feet, we know it is the root of the life and beauty we see in our garden every day. And we look at ourselves differently too knowing that we are each a tribe of trillions. Yes, this is the friendly bacterial colony in your gut and there is now evidence to suggest it controls most of the functions in our immune system.

For well over a century humanity has viewed our invisible neighbors as threats. We saw soil life primarily as agricultural pests, and through the lens of germ theory we typecast microbes as agents of death and disease. The solutions that grew from these views—agrochemicals to eradicate pests and antibiotics to kill pathogens—became embedded in our practices. Intent upon killing bad microbes, we haven’t cared much about the collateral damage to innocent microbial bystanders, although we are beginning to glimpse the effects upon ourselves.

Tending the garden of our microbiome doesn’t mean forgoing modern medicine. Realistically though, it’s going to take some time to align medical practices and therapies so that they work with our microbiome. In the meantime, we need to ensure we start out with a healthy microbiome and then maintain it with a diet rich in prebiotics. And if our microbiota take a hit, whether after antibiotics, illness, or maybe even a colonoscopy, we might consider doing what a gardener does and replant what we’ve lost and help them get established. In the end, it boils down to some simple advice. Starve your enemies and feed your friends. And don’t kill off your allies that help keep the enemies in check.

Indeed, dysbiosis, the opposite of symbiosis, is now under investigation as a primary contributing factor to a long list of maladies. Among these ailments are leaky gut syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease, as well as obesity, certain cancers, asthma, allergies, autism, cardiovascular disease, type 1 and type 2 diabetes, depression, and multiple sclerosis. Where associations and emerging causal linkages between dysbioses and disease will lead us, no one can be sure. Still, it is clear that exploring the microbiome is opening doors to potential treatments and cures for many modern sicknesses—including ways to kick our agrochemical habit.

I like to see and treat the big picture and the colony of trillions in our gut.  Often, from this point of view, we will often tie seemingly unrelated things together.   But, there is one common factor to everyone’s healing and that is identifying the healing foods required.

This section identifies food as a medicine and a source of nutrition for the friendly allies in our system.  Whether it be sprouts, mirco-greens, organic fruits &vegetables (fibre) , fermented foods, soups, elixirs, smoothies or supplements (sometimes required for short term use).

This section (below) has been created especially for my clients.  However, I am open to a donation for anyone who is interested in the food as medicine recipes I have created.

I have listed the ailments most common to us human beings that links to an article on that particular topic.     The link provides food protocol for healing using foods high in the nutrients known to assist the body in healing.   For locals, all recipes shared contain produce and items found in our region (Ecuador) but these products can be found around the world.   This is a base protocol that can be adjusted for each unique individual.

When someone is willing to make diet or lifestyle changes necessary for their health (such as eliminating wheat and dairy), willing to pay attention to their symptoms so that they can tell me how something is affecting them, who understands that there may be days of feeling great followed by unexpected days of not feeling so good, and who is willing to work through those times listening and nourishing the body will find increased health.

I can not stress how important organic and fresh foods are.   You are the captain of your ship, literally!

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Wild, Wild Lettuce Nature’s Pain Remedy

Lactuca virosa is wild lettuce and sometimes known as opium lettuce and while some report as having  psychoactive effects, it contains no opium.  Regardless,  it definitely does cool the nerves and deafen pain..  Perhaps its’ sedative properties cause some hypnotic states (dream states) for some too?

This plant grows all over the world.  It often appears in my gardens and I let her rise into a mature plant.  But, be careful, she will, like lettuce, produce many seeds that will multiple hundred fold.  Regardless, I adore this prickly weed and respect her medicinal gifts.

Humans didn’t always rely on pharmaceutical painkillers, but in the past several years, some reports indicate that 4 out of 5 people relied on a prescription narcotic to help alleviate pain. The several billion-dollar industry has boosted the percentage of people taking painkillers that are even stronger than morphine. These include include such drugs as fentanyl, hydromorphone, methadone, and oxycodone. The numbers grew from 17% in 1999 to 37% in 2012, according to one study. Use of strong painkillers like Vicodin and OxyContin are higher now, too. Sales of these drugs have more than quadrupled in recent years.   All these chemically produced drugs have terrible side effects some being very addictive too.

Before these drugs appear, people used willow, poppy, and wild lettuce were for pain killing.   Wild Lettuce is not only is it a pain-killer, it is also a natural sleep aid remedy, reduces inflammation and is a stress reliever.  This makes it quite a perfect ally in the world needing relief.   Here are a few of the more common pain-control uses for wild lettuce:

  • arthritis
  • painful menstrual cycles in women
  • headaches and migraines
  • pain from bruises/broken bones/cuts
  • even hangovers

Here are some other benefits:

  • Mild Diuretic: Wild opium lettuce can increase a person’s urinary flow. That’s why it is commonly used to treat urinary tract infections and edema.
  • Sleep and Insomnia Issues: Having trouble falling asleep? Wild lettuce has got you covered. This natural drug has powerful sedative properties. After a dose or two, you’ll relax which will help you slip straight into a dreamless slumber.
  • Anxiety and Restlessness Wild  lettuce has some significant anxiety reducing and relaxing properties. The mild sedation calms the nerves and eases tension in the body and mind.
  • Coughs and Asthma  If you have a chronic cough or asthma trouble, this lettuce plant can help ease your discomfort.  It helps to loosen and expel phlegm from the respiratory tract. Making it easier and more comfortable to breathe.

The main compound at work in Wild Lettuce is called lactucin, and its derivative lactucopicrin. It is found in the white milky sap of the plant.  It also contains sesquiterpene lactones.  All lettuces actually contain sesquiterpene lactones, but wild lettuce contains them in higher quantities. If you find a plant, gently cut the stalk and watch the white milk sap ooze.   This milk is what acts upon the system and is responsible for reducing stress and inflammation in the body.  Actually, Wild Lettuce gets it’s very name from the Latin word for milk, lactuca.  It is sometimes called Lettuce opium although it is not a poppy nor does it contain morphine. The more bitter the lettuce is, the more of these active compounds are present.  This might be a great reason to eat those other bitter lettuces.

These two compounds have a pain killing and anti-inflammatory effect on the immune system, because they inhibit the NF-κB protein. This protein controls the cyclooxygenase-2 enzyme, also known as COX-2, an enzyme responsible for pain and inflammation. Other pain killers such as ibuprofen work in the same or similar fashion.

Wild Lettuce is an analgesic much like acetaminophen the active chemical in Tylenol.   A recent study reported that analgesics could reduce the stress associated with social rejection. Social rejection stress, is an emotional pain felt when one feels left out or during a relationship breakdown. Social rejection stress can causes stomach aches, headaches, and have other effects like sleepless nights. The study was looking at the effects of Acetaminophen, It showed that it not only reduced physical pain, but emotional pain as well.  I think it is safe to assume an Analgesic would have a similar effect as analgesics generally dull the body (physical and emotional).    This effect can be viewed as a lessening how much one gives a damn…which is kind of at the heart of stress reduction.   While this study was not done on Wild Lettuce, we can conclude logically, as an analgesic, it can offer the same benefit.

In 1909, Beatrix Potter published The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies. The story begins with the following words: It is said that the effect of eating too much lettuce is “soporific.” I have never felt sleepy after eating lettuces; but then I am not a rabbit. They certainly had a very soporific effect upon the Flopsy Bunnies!   In the story, the bunnies eat the sprouted lettuce in the garden and fall fast asleep. The word “soporific” does do a good job of describing the effect. It comes from the Latin word for drowsy or sleep inducing, soporus. The Greeks and Romans referred to wild lettuce as such, as well as noting its usefulness against fevers and colds.

Medical research confirms this. We can take one example of a study of the efficacy of lettuce seed oil in treating insomnia. In a study published in 2011, 72% of participants with insomnia showed a very much or much improved quality of sleep from taking 1000mg of lettuce seed oil before bed. The tradition of lettuce seed oil as a medicine goes all the way back to ancient Egypt. It is said that it was also used for mummification.

Another study in 2005 expounded upon the specific neurochemistry involved in the analgesic and sedative properties of the active compounds found in wild lettuce. This study was specifically done in mice, but the chemistry is the same. Mice were given lactucin and its derivatives, and were then tested for their slowed responses. The results showed sedative effects for up to 90 minutes after being administered the lactucin.

The biochemical effects of sequiterpene lactones on the human body are well known. They produce sedative and relaxing effects by inhibiting the COX-2 enzyme, an enzyme responsible for stress and inflammation. The ancients knew long ago that sprouted lettuce, or wild lettuce, was soporific. That’s why it has been used as a natural calmative throughout history.

The recommended dose varies, but approximately 1.5 grams of opium lettuce sap is typically infused in a tea to be sipped for pain-killing effect.  The leaves of Lactuca virosa may be boiled in water to make a tea that has slightly sedative effects. However, it is the plant’s “milk-juice” that contains the largest concentration of active compounds.

Wild lettuce may be prepared and consumed in several ways: tea, tincture of making “balls” from the sap.

Here is one method to harvest the sap:

  1. Put leaves of the lettuce into a blender and lightly blend them (not too much).
  2. Once the leaves are blended, place them in a pot of water and bring it to a boil.
  3. After the water has turned a dark green, almost brown colour take it off the stove.
  4. Next, strain the leaves from the water by pouring the mixture into another pot through a mesh strainer. Make sure as little of the actual leaf gets through the strainer as possible.
  5. Squeeze the leftover wild lettuce extract all the water that’s still within.
  6. Put the dark green water (now empty of leaves) back on the stove and let it simmer. Let all the water boil off until there is only a paste left. This paste is concentrated wild lettuce extract.
  7. You can pour it into a small medical vial and store it in your bug out bag, medical cabinet, or elsewhere for later use.

I have created a wild lettuce tincture CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION

Comfrey the Bone Protocol (Pain and Repair)

Careful where you toss Comfrey. It will sprout a new patch wherever it hits the ground.

Comfrey – also commonly known as Bruise Wort and  Knitbone (the later for good reason) – is like a mythical monster and, in some ways like Horseradish –  the smallest bit of comfrey root will sprout a whole new plant.   I like to put comfrey under newly planted trees.  She provides a shade covering helping the soil retain moisture and her leaves will compost into very nutritious root food.   This fact gives good evidence to it’s benefits to the human body too.

Comfrey is truly the plant that keeps on giving. You can chop comfrey to the ground and it will come back, enough to be harvested three or four times a year.   And, no matter where you live, Comfrey will live there too.

For many generations in old Europe, comfrey was one of the plants that almost everyone kept right outside their doorsteps where it became more of a domesticated plant than a weed able to treat a variety of ailments.  Until just recently, comfrey was an official medicine, one of a handful of the most respected medicine plants that merited “officinale” in their Latin names. Another member of the royal dispensary of official is dandelion (Taraxicum officinale).

Today, most doctors don’t just discount comfrey, they warn against using it. Comfrey has been declared unsafe by the USA FDA for internal use. If comfrey has been used for centuries, why is it now considered toxic and too dangerous to be used medicinally? The FDA’s declaration was based on a study in which the pyrrolizidine alkaloids were extracted from the roots of comfrey and injected in large doses into rats. Researchers found that this caused pre-cancerous liver changes in the rats, which somehow became translated as “comfrey causes cancer.”

Now, injecting oneself with a drug made in a lab from the roots is very different than drinking a cup of tea or applying a poultice. Many herbalists have called this study into question for several reasons: one, it makes a big difference when one compound is isolated from the rest of the constituents that make up the chemistry and magic of the plant; two, you would have to drink dozens if not hundreds of cups of comfrey to consume the amount of alkaloids each rat was given; three humans and rats don’t necessarily respond to alkaloids the same way, and there have been no clinical studies done with humans as far as I know.

Comfrey has been used thousands of years of use by millions of people, only two reports of hepatotoxicity (liver cell toxicity) have been documented in humans.  And in both these cases, poor nutrition, pre-existing illness, and use of liver-toxic drugs were contributing factors.

Nevertheless, this article focuses primarily on using comfrey externally. Of course, the safety issues only apply to taking comfrey internally; for many ailments comfrey can be used externally instead. In addition, the leaves, which have much lower concentrations of these alkaloids, can be used instead of the roots (making a tea and gargling for a sore throat)

Comfrey is high in Silica. Another aid to healing with Comfrey is the component Allantoin, which is a cell-proliferant. A cell-proliferant encourages the cells of the body to grow again: bone growth, skin repair, and hair and nail growth are all affected beneficially by the Allantoin in Comfrey, as well as its abundant silica. And Comfrey has a lot of mucilage, a slimy material which helps healing. This means that Comfrey, with its Allantoin and Silica, and Mucilage, and Vitamins, is truly a ‘wonderful healer. Comfrey can heal just about anything:

  • Fractures (even festering) bones.
  • Growths on the bones, hands and feet
  • Varicose veins, veins that are open,
  • Neck pain
  • Amputation of limbs
  • Thinning of bone tissue
  • Pain in the arms and legs after fractures
    Pain in the lower part of the spine and vertebrae damage
  • Pain in the shoulders, elbows and knees, problems due to osteoporosis,
  • Numbness of the legs of the soles of the feet to the hip
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Rheumatic thickening of the muscle, gouts, arthritis, circulatory disorders .
  • All types of injuries, bites, bruises, wounds, blood clotting

Comfrey is the wound-healer plant but there is one warning to be mindful about. If only the tissues close to the surface are in contact with the comfrey, it can actually cause the skin to close over, trapping infection inside. For deep wounds, a plant such as Plantain (Plantago lanceolata or P. major) would be more appropriate. I like to add DSMO to my poultice to ensure the medicine travels into the deep tissues.

Comfrey is irreplaceable in inflammation of tendons, arthritis (joint inflammation), distortion (dislocation, sprain), contusion (charge, contusion), hematoma (bruising), thrombophlebitis (inflammation of the veins) and other.  And, itoccupies a place of honour in cosmetics for the face and hands. One of the properties of this tincture is that renews and regenerates loose and wrinkled skin (especially wrinkles around the eyes).  After long use of  a tincture on the skin of the face and hands, they get completely regenerated.   As far as I know, there is no better remedy than the comfrey root tincture for external use against gout, which should be lightly rubbed in severe gout.

The recipe of a Poultice

Harvest and clean the leaves
Grind up the leaves with warm water in a food chopper, or blender.
Add enough water to get everything flowing nicely in the blender.
Mix in flour by hand to form mixture into the thick paste (I used wheat, but rice flour or other types of flour should work just as well)
Spread the mixture between layers of cloth or gauze in the size that you want your poultice to be

You can store poultices in freezer between layers of waxed paper if not using immediately

The recipe for the comfrey tincture of comfrey:

Put 100 grams of comfrey root in 700 ml of strong brandy or alcohol into the bottle and lay horizontally that ‘it must be aged’ in a dark place for 14 days.
Shake it every third day.
After 14 days, strain and keep it in a dark glass bottle in a cool place.
Lubricate the affected area with this tincture, three times a day.

* Pure alcohol instead of brandy leaves the tincture odorless. Comfrey with brandy has a very unpleasant smell. This tincture is very sticky.

The Recipe for Comfrey Oil

Harvest the comfrey leaves in the afternoon, after the sun has dried off the morning dew. Wet plant materials will make moldy oils, so it is best to wait at least 36 hours after the last rain before harvesting.

In a warm, dry, well-ventilated place (such as an attic, an oven with a pilot light, or even your car!), wilt the whole fresh leaves for 12 hours or until the edges are crispy.  You can also do this in a dehydrator.

Fill a jar completely full of the whole wilted leaves, leaving a little headroom at the top. Add olive oil until the jar is full to the brim.

Tightly seal the jar. Label it with the plant name and date harvested. Put it in a dish on the counter (herbal oils always seem to leak).

Tend it a few times a week by poking the plant material down to release air bubbles and topping it off so the level of the oil is above the level of the leaves.

After six weeks, strain out the plant material, and your infused oil is ready to use!

For a very effective eye wash remedy using comfrey, CLICK HERE

Apple Cider Vinegar

The right apple cider vinegar recipes can be a game changer for how easily it is to down this potent super food. Let’s face it, apple cider vinegar just doesn’t taste that great. But the benefits are more than worth the funny faces as you choke it down. For me it often resulted in a lack of taking it. It just plain doesn’t taste that great. So over time I started adding it to different juices and I created these apple cider vinegar recipes.

Apple cider vinegar tops the charts for super foods in my opinion. It benefits the body in so many ways, both for optimizing wellness and helping with ailments. Taken regularly it can truly be life changing.

How can ACV help you?

Detoxification
Apple cider vinegar helps detox the body by promoting liver and lymph health. It stimulates the cardiovascular system and gets things moving in the lymph systems. Apple cider vinegar gets your blood moving which circulates everything around the body. The lymph system is your body’s garbage system. It takes all the junk to the liver or stomach where it is processed and gotten rid of. Apple cider vinegar helps it function better and promotes health of the liver which has to process all of the stuff we need to get rid of.

Prebiotic
The good bacteria in the gut helps neutralize toxic by-products of digestion, discourages bad bacteria, and produces certain vitamins. Apple cider vinegar acts a pre-biotic supplying a great source of food for our good gut flora. Our gut is full of bacteria. Although some bacteria is bad and can cause sickness, the good bacteria in our gut promotes health and digestion. We want our gut to be balanced and full of good bacteria. It helps us digest our food and produces vitamins for us to use. Apple cider vinegar helps our good bacteria thrive in our gut thus crowding out the bad bacteria and keeping it in a healthy balance.

Kills Pathogens
ACV kills bacteria and can be used for nail fungus or acne or for treating yeasts, fungus, or bacteria in the body. It has also been used as a cleaning agent. Apple Cider Vinegar controls bad bacteria both inside and outside of our body. It can keep us healthy on the inside and can also be used as an antiseptic.

Improves Blood Sugar
Apple cider vinegar helps stabilize blood sugar. This is beneficial for those with insulin resistance, type two diabetes, diabetes, and prediabetes.  Large insulin fluctuations can cause sugar cravings. After eating a sugary meal our body releases insulin. Insulin helps the sugar get into each individual cell. If the body releases too much, it can leave the blood low in sugar and we crave more sugar. Apple Cider Vinegar helps stabilize this process easing this cycle.

Weight Loss
Diet and exercise are the number one way to lose weight. It aids in weight loss efforts by increasing feelings of fullness. The fact that it stabilizes blood sugar helps people feel less hungry because we don’t go through the cycle explained above. We end up eating less because we get rid of those cravings.

Balances Cholesterol
Regular consumption of apple cider vinegar has been shown to lower LDLs (bad cholesterol) and in increase HDLs ( good cholesterol) in rats. In humans, research has shown that it lowers LDLs but more research is needed to determine its effect on HDLs.

Alklanizing
Even though apple cider vinegar is acidic, it has an alkalizing effect on the body. A more alkaline body is believed to be a key component in cancer prevention.

Prevents and Helps Heart Burn
One teaspoon of ACV mixed with water and it really helps

Clears Sinuses
Apple cider vinegar contains potassium which thins mucus. It also will kill bacteria and viruses from colds. Have you ever not been able to sleep at night because your sinus’ are trickling down your throat or you can’t breath. Try some apple cider vinegar.

Energy Enhancer
Apple cider vinegar helps clear lactic acid buildup after a hard workout thus preventing or alleviating muscle pain and cramping. When mixed with honey and water, ACV can be used as an electrolyte drink to restore energy.

Recipes for ACV Elixirs

Cranberry Cocktail (amazing for the kidneys, heart and digestive)
1-2 Tbs. Apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup cranberries (found at Super Maxi)
1 1/2 C. Water
2 tsp. Honey

Simmer cranberrys in water for 30 mintues.   Remove from heat and cool.  Blend   Add ACV and honey.  Enjoy

Energy- Iron Blast

1 1/2 C. water
1-2 Tbs. Apple cider vinegar
2 tsp. Black strap molasses

Stir together and drink. I recommend using this drink in the morning.

Note: This recipe not only gives you the awesome benefits of ACV, but you also get the much-needed nutrients like; iron, magnesium, manganese, and calcium, that are in molasses. Molasses is good for your hair, and a safe sweetener for diabetics.

Savoury Sling
1 1/2 C. tomato paste (preferrable homemade)
1-2 Tbs. Apple cider vinegar  1
/2 tsp. Sea salt
A few drops of hot sauce (optional)

Stir together and drink.

Note: In my opinion this is one of the easiest ways to drink apple cider vinegar. So, if you are a lover of tomato juice you may actually really enjoy this drink.

Pink Pina Punch
1 1/2 C. Fresh grapefruit juice ( I prefer using pink grapefruit)
1/2 cup of Pineapple Juice
1-2 Tbs. Apple cider vinegar
2 tsp. Raw honey

Stir together and drink. This juice is great for before every meal.
This is an amazing cleanser and has the addition of enzyme Bromelain for digestion  And, if you are looking to drop a few pounds, this juice may become your best friend. Both the ACV and the grapefruit will help you out. Grapefruit also lowers cholesterol,and  helps prevent cancer and arthritis.

For more information on Apple Cider Vinegar LINK