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Magnesium Deficiency and Lab Tests

Magnesium is needed for more that 350 different enzymes in the body. Deficiency has been related to many health conditions including osteoporosis, asthma, PMS, hypertension, chronic fatigue syndrome, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Muscle spasms/contractions in the calves and soles of the feet are very common and especially indicative of magnesium deficiency.

Magnesium is found in foods such as: list and green vegetables, legumes, seeds and chocolate. In fact chocolate cravings is a common sign that you need more magnesium.

Magnesium deficiency is extremely common. People do not each enough magnesium rich foods such as green leafy vegetables. Disorders of the kidneys or poor digestion can also lead to magnesium deficiency. Stress causes the body to dump magnesium out through the urine. Therefore even if you are eating an ideal diet, you may still be deficient in magnesium.

Standard blood tests:

Blood is made up of the fluid portion (serum) and cells (red blood cells, and white blood cells). Most times doctors test for magnesium they are looking at serum levels. This is in fact a very poor test. Only about 1% of magnesium is stored in blood serum, and this levels is very tightly regulated by the body. In case of magnesium deficiency, levels will fall elsewhere, such as inside the cells (intracellular) long before deficiency shows up in blood serum.

Therefore, it's possible to have a magnesium deficiency, but still have normal blood serum magnesium levels. In fact, only the worst cases of magnesium deficiency will show up in blood serum.

The best way to test magnesium is by a "Red Blood Cell Magnesium." This measures levels of magnesium inside the red blood cells and represents how much magnesium is available to your cells. RBC magnesium is available from standard labs such as Quest or Lab Corp, so all you have to do is ask your doctor to include it on your next lab tests.

Alternatively, specialty lab companies such as Doctors Data or Metametrix offer a Red Blood Cell element test panels. These measure a whole spectrum of intracellular minerals in addition to magnesium. However these tests are generally not covered by insurance, and are only offered by a relatively small number of doctors (mostly who specialize in natural or integrative health). Often naturopathic doctors, chiropractors, integrative doctors or other practitioners in natural health are the best people to go to for this type of advanced functional testing.

Progressive Labs


Progressive Lab is a business, which is operated and owned by a family since 1972. Progressive Labs has been providing the finest quality products in the market. It produces the finest quality products that are available for targeted nutrition in therapeutic potencies. Progressive labs is still growing through referrals from satisfied physicians, professionals and consumers. Today, it expansion has reach over 25000 customers.

Progressive has earned a name in the market for both integrity in product labeling as well as for its conscientious service to the customers. It produces natural health care products, which sets them apart from the competition. The mission of progressive laboratories is to move forward progressively in the field of producing natural based health care products.


The main aim of the progressive Labs is to become a nationally recognized premier provider of natural based nutritional products and the most reliable and innovative suppliers of natural based nutritional products, supplements and aids.

Objectives: The objective of progressive Labs is to become the best industry

1. It plans to improve the already high quality products and high level of services to the customers. The main aim should be to satisfy their customers in every possible way by understanding the needs of the customers.

2. The industry also plans to improve their products as best as they can.

3. The industry will help the customer to grow and succeed and will also treat them with utmost respect. They will also work as a team with co-operations and determination to fulfilled all the needs and requirements of the customers.

For Practitioners and Patients progressive Labs are known for the production of highly effective professional grade nutraceuticals, which includes vitamins and herbal medicines. Apart from this, it also manufactures dietary supplements, which contains various nutrients for professionals that deal with health care and their patients.

Trusted Products Having earned a well deserved name in the field of natural health care products, the Progressive has become synonymous and dependable. The results of its products are reliable and the performances are of high standards with immense effectiveness. It is a highly trusted and committed manufacturer of natural health care products. Progressive Labs produces more than 150 proprietary products with natural ingredients that gives maximum benefits. It works with the belief of the fundamental core philosophy, which states that the Nature works in synergy and that the ingredients of the products should contain co nutrients, and catalysts, which provides maximum benefits to our body.

Stay Healthy by Focusing on Indicators of Good Health

There are a lot of chronic conditions that you can live with and still get by. However, untreated, these conditions can cause a lot of problems down the road. For example, gluten problems can lead to cancer, miscarriage, etc. Under- or over-methylation can lead to problems. Toxicity can lead to cancer. Hypothyroidism has some long-term effects. Chronic vitamin deficiencies can cause a host of problems. Basically anything that's off can cause problems if it's off for a long time as you age.

On the gluten-free forum that I read sometimes, I see so many people who realize later in life that they were gluten intolerant or celiac (which caused many of their problems) or that they had some easily treatable condition, the damage of which has built up over the years.

That's why I think it's important to make sure that you're healthy for the long run, as soon as possible. You want to make sure that if you keep living the way you're living, you'll stay healthy for a long time.

But what can you use as an indicator? How can you tell whether you've caught any of those innumerable hard-to-diagnose but harmful-in-the-long-run conditions? How can you tell that you're healthy enough that you won't have repercussions later in life for something you could have easily corrected?

You can't test it by whether you get cancer or something, because you wouldn't be able to notice that until it actually happened.

Instead, I think there *are* indicators you can use to check that your body is healthy and that you're living a good lifestyle for your body, one that you can take with you into a disease-free future (i.e. if you keep doing what you're doing, you'll have a low chance of preventable disease as you age).

Some potential health indicators are:

-You have enough energy to exercise a regular amount, being able to exercise without too much fatigue.

-You look healthy.

-Your face looks healthy: no circles under eyes, clear skin.

-No crease in ear lobes, which can indicate artery disease and increased risk of heart attack.

-Your facial features look normal. eyebrows are thick for their full duration, don't thin out around 3/4 of the way there.

-I bet Chinese facial reading would have a lot to offer, and indeed Chinese diagnostics in general. I love how Chinese medicine does diagnostics from the body (how it looks, excretions, pulse, colors, temperature, etc.) rather than relying on expensive, time-costing, and largely insensitive lab tests!

-Gums don't bleed.

-Resilient to stress, can deal with problems.

-Emotional control, can be who you want to be (not only does your emotional life effect your health; but emotional processing issues can indicate health problems such as vitamin imbalances, heavy metal toxicity, food sensitivities, and a lot of other things).

-No depression, even without antidepressants or even herbal mood remedies. There are a lot of health issues that can cause depression. For me, my mood is like the canary in the coal mine - it goes anytime things are off with my body. I knew something was wrong a few weeks before I noticed my Lyme disease EM rash. That's why I prefer not to use antidepressants - it is good to have mood as a warning sign if things are wrong in the body.

-Sleeping a normal amount, having a good circadian rhythm.

-Large, well-formed bowel movements. This is a huge one. Mark Konlee goes into a lot of detail about what are healthy bowel movements.

Here's what Konlee counts as indicators of poor health: 1. Lack of Good Appetite, 2. Lack of Good Digestion, 3. Toxic colon - "unhealthy" stools and urine, 4. Low body temperature (below 98.6° F), 5. Lack of deep restful sleep.

So I guess the corollary is that the following are indicators of good health: 1. Good Appetite, 2. Good Digestion, 3. Healthy Stools and Urine, 4. Normal Body Temperature (about 98.6F), 5. Deep, Restful Sleep.

Ideally, I think medicine should be about promoting what keeps us healthy (detoxification, proper nourishment, circulation, etc.) rather than waiting for problems to occur and trying to fix them, when the problems are much more easily prevented than treated.

Focusing on indicators of good health can be even more motivating than merely following a list of things you're supposed to do for "prevention," (such as taking certain amounts of certain vitamins or exercising a certain amount). Looking at health indicators gives you something positive to aim for, rather than just trying to avoid illness.

Moreover, you actually can notice changes in your health indicators (for example, your skin might get softer when you get enough essential fatty acids), whereas it might be hard to stick with a prevention program (eat this vitamin and decrease your risk of heart disease) if you don't notice changes in your body and if the reward is far removed.

Focusing on positive health indicators gives a faster reward, since many of these indicators can be improved on a scale of days to months.

Natural Home Remedies For Toe Nail Fungus and Candida

First, oftentimes nail fungus can be an outward manifesting symptom of candidiasis (overpopulation of candida albicans). Candidiasis is very common, a product of rampant overuse of prescription drugs, particularly antibiotics. Antibiotics kill off all bacteria in the gut, the beneficial intestinal microflora included, and this encourages candida to overpopulate. Once candida gets overpopulated, it goes systemic (throughout your body) and behaves like a fungus.

From there, the candida roots itself into the gut lining and/or vascular linings. This forms myriad holes in the gut and bloodstream and further perpetuates the systemic spread of the candida. This leads to a condition called leaky-gut syndrome. You can tell by the name alone that it's a good one to avoid.

Ways to tell if you may have candidiasis are intense sugar cravings, consistent foggy-headedness, white coating on tongue, itchiness in warm and moist parts of your body (jock itch or athletes foot), recurring yeast infection, belly bloat, and constipation. If you have some or all of these symptoms, it is a good likelihood you have candidiasis.

Improvements to diet are usually necessary to rebalance. Massive reduction of refined carbohydrates and refined sugar are the most important steps. I can't stress this enough. American agricultural practices store grains in huge silos and vats. This is a total fungus factory. Bugs, fungus, mold, and rodent feces are present in huge quantities in most commodity grain crops. It doesn't take a degree to figure out that is a recipe for ill health. Refined sugar is pretty much poisonous. I would greatly encourage everyone to massively reduce their intake of refined sugars and artificial sweeteners.

At the same time you reduce your consumption of refined grains and refined sugars, start eating more high fiber vegetables, cultured foods, and taking a high potency (10 billion organisms or more) probiotic. The fiber will help to flush dead and dying candida from the gut while the probiotics will rebalance the dysbiosis (imbalance of beneficial flora to non-beneficial flora).

I would also encourage you to consume herbs known to reduce candida. Some of my favorite choices are garlic, pau d'arco, and olive leaf. These anti-fungal herbs will help to actively lower the levels of candida while the probiotics and cultured foods (yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, kim-chi, natto, miso) increase the beneficial flora. Follow the recommended directions on the product. As always, make sure to get a high quality version of the herbs. Kyolic, New Chapter, and Natural Factors make good garlic, Gaia herbs and Herb Pharm make great pau d'arco, and Seagate and Blue Bonnet make good olive leaf.

If you go with the garlic option, you can also eat fresh garlic. It tastes incredibly strong, but the allicin content in raw garlic is powerful at reducing fungus levels in your body. Roasted garlic tastes better but isn't very potent for fungus.

An alternative to the herbal approach to lowering candida levels is an enzyme-based approach. This would involve taking a product like Candidase from Enzymedica or Candex from Pure Essence Labs. Both are fantastic for quick (although a bit more expensive in the short term), comprehensive results.

For additional benefit, apply a good quality tea tree oil or neem seed oil to the nail bed. After doing so, cover the area with a sock. The warmth will increase the absorption into the skin and nail bed and it will also slow the evaporation. Tea tree oil drys really quickly if left exposed. It'll still work but it will take more frequent application.

Plan on applying the tea tree oil or neem seed oil at least twice a day. Apply with a cotton swab, like a Q-tip, first thing in the morning and last at night. Plan on doing this for 3-6 months. You may get good results sooner, but it is safer to plan for the long haul.

Alternative Health and You - Discover the Benefits of Naturopathy

Naturopathic medicine can treat all sorts of health conditions: from pregnancy symptoms to chronic illness to depression and anxiety. Patients may be looking for alternative treatments to conventional medicine, or wanting to prevent future illness and disease. Different forms of naturopathy have been used in various cultures for thousands of years, and it has since become increasingly popular and widely practiced in the Western world.

Naturopathy is a type of holistic medicine, meaning that practitioners look for the cause of disease rather than just treating the symptoms. Naturopaths strive to understand the body as a whole and emphasize prevention as the best cure for all disease and illness. Naturopaths will work with you to modify your lifestyle and rebuild your health.

Naturopathic treatment encompasses physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health and utilizes the healing power of nature. There are a number of specialties that fall under the term "naturopath." Some naturopaths may specialize in nutrition, while others have other health science degrees. Some naturopaths may also be homeopaths or massage therapists.

Naturopathic treatment can include diet and lifestyle changes, herbal medicines, supplements, topical creams, homeopathic remedies, acupuncture, and ayurveda, which is a natural healing approach from India. The focus is also on detoxifying the body, which may be done through taking herbal tinctures and vitamins, and giving up substances like caffeine, alcohol and sugar.

Naturopathy can be used to treat any medical condition, either in conjunction with traditional medicine, or as an entirely separate treatment. Some of the common medical problems people seek naturopathic help for include acne, asthma and allergies, headaches, arthritis, chronic fatigue, digestive disorders and menopause symptoms. A naturopath will work with you to develop a customized health and wellness treatment plan that will balance your mind and body.

Many employer health plans now cover visits to the naturopath. A visit to a naturopath will be somewhat similar to a visit to your general family doctor. The naturopath will ask about your medical history, diet and lifestyle, and may perform a physical exam and recommend lab tests. It's important that you always share the details of any naturopathic treatment with your medical doctor, and vice versa, as certain treatments and medications can negatively interact with one another.

Alternative Health Products Vs Modern Medicine

If you had to pick an issue that has been carving out its own corner of the debate market among the medical community in recent years you would have to, at some point or another, address the issue of the renewed interest in alternative health products and the way that interest is changing the face of modern medicine.

Did you know that most M.D.s know very little about the potential benefits of alternative health products when it comes to treating various diseases and disorders that modern medicine has been trying to cure for years?

In fact, the only doctors that regularly prescribe alternative treatment methods for their patients are pediatricians, not because they believe in the value of alternative health products so much as most medicines aren't considered to be safe for children less than a year old.

Shouldn't that tell us something?

Alternative health products are made from the same natural products as the foods we eat. In fact, many of the most popular "superfoods" cutting their way through the commercial market today, such as acai berry and cayenne pepper, have been a regular part of the diet of various civilizations around the world for centuries.

Because they are a natural food source they do not have many of the same dangers and side effects as modern day pharmaceuticals, and although some alternative health products have wreaked havoc in the past it has usually been in individual cases where the person had an allergy, metabolic problem, drug interaction or other isolated unnatural occurrence rather than a dysfunction on a large scale.

People have been using alternative health products to treat their ailments for years, although many of them may not have been aware that was what they were doing. Every time they reached for the aloe vera to soothe a sunburn, a vitamin C drop to stave off a cold or a can of ginger ale to settle their stomach they were using the same alternative health treatments that their ancestors used years ago.

That doesn't mean that we should scrap modern medicine completely and revert back to a homeopathic society, however. Despite intense amounts of research being done in labs around the world, an alternative treatment for cancer other than radiation or chemo has yet to show noteworthy success (although they are working on it).

Antibiotics are a much more efficient method of dealing with a bacterial infection before it becomes septic, and alternative anesthesias...well, try not to think too hard about that one.

The bottom line is that modern medicine and alternative health products need to work side by side in today's medical world, not constantly be fighting for the upper hand.

By integrating many alternative health therapies with traditional medicine you'll soon be able to enjoy the best health possible for your body.

Using Natural Medicine for Health

Having patients live a life full of health and vitality is the goal of practitioners of natural medicine. In a day when going to the doctor seems to be more about treating symptoms and getting a prescription than promoting health, experts in natural medicine work diligently to change this paradigm. These healers understand the intimate relationship between the body, mind, and spirit. They take time to get to know their patients, they treat the whole person, and they empower their patients to implement healthy lifestyle changes.

But who can you trust? Who is qualified and knowledgeable? Having a qualified expert in natural medicine is a great way stay healthy and strong, but it is important to work with the best. The following are a few of the many amazing types of natural medicine available today.

* Chiropractic- Doctors of Chiropractic, or DC's, work closely with the alignment of the vertebrae. By correcting subluxations (misalignments) of the vertebrae, Chiropractors rebalance the flow of energy through the spine and nerves and thereby improve the health of the internal organs and the body as a whole. Chiropractic was founded by DD Palmer in 1895 and has grown steadily since. Nutrition, supplements, exercise, and physical rehabilitation are other areas of focus for chiropractors as they seek to bring optimal health to their patients.

* Naturopathic Medicine - Naturopathic medicine is based on six guiding principles. These principles are: First do no harm, Honor the healing power of nature, The doctor is a teacher, Identify and treat the cause of a disease, Treat the whole person, and Prevention is the best cure. Guided by these principles, Naturopathic doctors are well-trained experts in the field of natural medicine. Naturopathic doctors have many tools to use including, herbal medicine, homeopathic remedies, nutritional supplements, physical exams, blood and lab work, and stress management. Their approach is holistic and empowering for anyone who wants to take charge of their own health. Qualified Naturopathic doctors, have graduated from accredited four-year post-graduate programs.

* Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) - An ancient, but extremely relevant system of healing is Traditional Chinese Medicine or TCM. For thousands of years the Chinese have recognized the power of nature and the complex interwoven relationship of the amazing human body. By recognizing the interaction between nature and the individual, TCM practitioners employ treatments that seek balance. Specifically they work with the flow of Qi (pronounced Chee) through the body. Qi flows through pathways called meridians and is vital for life. Using acupuncture, herbal remedies, nutrition, and meditation, TCM practitioners balance the flow of Qi and treat a myriad of health concerns.

* Homeopathy - Homeopathy has been widely used in Europe, India, and the US for over 150 years. Based on the idea that "like cures like", homeopathy stimulates the body's innate healing ability with extremely dilute remedies. Practitioners of homeopathy take detailed case histories for each patient and match a remedy to each unique individual. It is a deep and powerful method of healing with beautiful results.

Natural medicine is on the rise and there are many amazing practitioners available. These forms of medicine are about patient empowerment and recognizing the beauty that is all around us. No longer are doctor's visits just about disease and pharmaceutical medication. Instead they can be about evolving, growing, and enjoying optimal wellness. It is an exciting new paradigm for health.

Effects of Nature On Our Mental Health

What is nature and how does it affect our health? Well this is one major question that we are coming across these days in relation to have a proper mental health. If we try to understand the meaning of nature in terms of dictionary definition then it clearly states nature as the natural physical world including plants, animals and landscapes etc. It refers to the phenomena of the physical world. In general terms it is also referred to the method related with inanimate objects and the manner in which the particular kind of things exist and change of their own harmony.

Now looking at the present scenario, today if we try to relate the term nature in relation to health then it won't be wrong. Plants represent a vital element of the original ecological system in which the human species evolved. Perhaps the time has come when we all take a close look at the impact of nature on the health of communities and individuals. Since the evolution of life, the nature has always featured as key components in health promotion models. Our relationship with nature is like a basic component that helps in sustaining good health.

As per the recent study conducted in UK, it was found that more than 75% of people live in urban areas and as a result the detachment with nature has contributed to a drastic rise in mental health problems. Roger Ulrich one of the pioneers of research in this area conducted an experiment to explain that patients suffering and recovering from identical operations were more likely to recover quickly if they had a daily view of nature from their hospital beds.

Studies in this field have also shown that well-being and levels of psychological and physiological stress are significantly influenced by our natural surroundings. These days nature is widely used as an element or modern therapy for people who are suffering from physical and mental health problems. In order to improve your mood, now concepts like hospital therapy gardens, wilderness trips for people bearing from ruthless stress have all shown positive effects on patients. Moreover in past few years, it has also been found that horticultural therapy have a growing body of research data which points to the many mental benefits of engaging with nature.

Research from Netherland and Japan has also revealed that people living close to green ambience live longer and enjoy better and healthy life. A Swedish study concluded that if office personnel could view greenery through their office windows, then it further significantly reduce the stress during their working days.

Latest studies from Germany and Australia have also confirmed the capacity of ecosystem of plants to perform as powerful air purifiers. Virginia Lohr at Washington University performed a computer based test on students, and observed that the systolic blood pressure was lower, and measured the performance level. It was found that the reaction time during the test was higher, if plants were present in the computer lab.

From an economical point of view, it should be of great interest to establish a green surrounding that can benefit your mental health by providing opportunities to be physically active both in terms of physical and mental health.

Homeopathic Medicine Centre - Helps in Best Natural Health

For over thousands of years our ancestors are working and researching hard to find remedy for disorders in body through natural means. They are mainly focused on extracts of plants and herbs. With such extensive work only, a natural science has been evolved in the form of homeopathy. It uses natural substance as its remedy which can generate symptoms in an ill individual to treat symptoms in his body. It works on the 'law of similarity' which considers that like can be treated by like compounds. Samuel Hahnemann is considered as the founder and father of homeopathy.

For homeopathic treatment, all over the world several homeopathic medicinal centers have been established. These centers have experienced practitioners and doctors who provide you proper medication with basic precautions. Homeopathic centers are well equipped with modern instruments and labs for the preparing medicines. Cleanliness and hygiene are the basic focus during their preparation. Besides remedies they suggest you for proper diet and healthy surroundings. They have quick and effective solution for children ailments like cough, colds, fever, vomiting, dysentery, bronchitis, asthma, measles, chicken pox, dentition problems etc. unlike other traditional medication it does not hampers digestion and do not affect immune system negatively. Instead it raises immune power.

Homeopathic medicinal centers have all types of remedies present that help in best natural health. These remedies are prepared from extracts of plants, animals and minerals. Sometimes some harmful and pathogenic compounds are also added which are known as nosodes. There is a special method to prepare these medicines. The process is termed as dynamisation or potentisation. In this compounds are first made fine powder which is then mixed with alcohol and water. This is then shaken vigorously through a process named as succession. With this they are diluted to extend so that substance cannot cause any harm in body but just activate immune system to release antibodies.

Homeopaths in these centers advise you suitable remedies after having long conversation with you regarding your personal and professional life. It is very important for them to know about your physical, mental and emotional status as this will help them to find out the reason for your illness. First visit to them lasts for a long, after that in successive visits they will observe changes in your body with their medication and change the doses accordingly.

These homeopathic medicinal centers also provide their online services in which they have telephonic conversations with you. After listening about your symptoms and problems, they will suggest you proper remedied. They themselves ship them which are delivered to you through their local services. But for an effective result, it is better to visit a local homeopath. Personal visit make it easier for them to understand your problem. They have certain packages from which you can choose which suits your budget. In general, this is very cost effective treatment which you can easily afford.

Thus from above information you can very well conclude that homeopathy helps in best natural health without any side effects and harmful reactions. This has been widely accepted around the world as an effective and assured treatment for various disorders and highly professional doctors are opting for this. It brings every individual to highest level of health be it emotionally, mentally or physically.

Herbal Education at Natural Health Schools

Find Herbal Education in the United States and Canada. Many natural health schools have integrated herbal education into standard curriculums and coursework. Students seeking an internship or practical training in natural medicine will find that an herbal education provides necessary skills and knowledge to become certified herbalists, herbal consultants, Chinese herbal medicine practitioners, and even naturopaths.

Herbal education is comprised of in-depth studies in the practice and art of clinical herbalism. In most herbal education programs, students are taught the roots of herbalism, including classes in therapeutic herbal medicine, medicine making and lab work, anatomy and physiology, herbal formulations, plant identification (botany) and growing of herbs, diet and nutrition, aromatherapy, plant chemistry, and other related subjects of study.

Typically, students who have successfully completed an herbal education will know how to identify, harvest and manufacture herbal medicine from medicinal plants. In addition, an herbal education will have trained students in how to effectively use herbal medicine as a treatment for common ailments, illnesses and other health conditions.

Depending on which natural health school in which you choose to enroll, an herbal education curriculum is often incorporated in naturopathic and Oriental medicine studies. In these courses, students are frequently introduced to natural herbal medicine and aspects pertaining to both Eastern and Western medicine.

A number of herbal education programs will commonly result in certification in the respective course of study; however, some natural health schools do offer herbal education that may result in a degree in herbal sciences.

As the consumer demand for natural healthcare and alternative medicine continues to grow, students who achieve an herbal education can feel confident that this coursework is not only beneficial to personal enrichment, but to professional growth as well.

If you (or someone you know) are interested in finding herbal education, let career training within fast-growing industries like massage therapy, cosmetology, acupuncture, oriental medicine, Reiki, and others get you started! Explore career school programs [] near you.

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Natural Health & Healing - Chinese Philosophy of Regeneration and How the Body Heals Itself

The Philosophy of Regeneration and its three Principles

The Chinese's study and understanding of thousands of herbs and determining what effect they have on the human body spans over 5,000 years. The Philosophy of Regeneration was formulated to highlight what the body needs to properly restore itself to health.

Instead of concentrating on particular ailments, symptoms, treatments, or cures, the focus of the Chinese Philosophy of Regeneration is on fortifying and protecting the body against the constant barrage of outside influences and contaminants. When the body is strong and balanced it will repel illness and disease and heal itself, as it is meant to do.

Principle 1. Your body has the innate ability to create balance, order, and health when proper nourishment is put into the body and toxins are cleansed from the body.

Principle 2. The proper nourishment should come from a wide variety of whole foods. Most vitamins & minerals on the market today are not whole foods. Though they may have been derived from a plant, by the time they come out of the lab, they're chemical isolates, not whole food. In addition, the popular juices on the market today fall short of this requirement as well.

Principle 3. You must be willing to accept responsibility for your health.

The bottom line is, everyday we're either getting healthier, or sicker heading toward disease. That means we're building health or producing disease in our body. The good news is we get to choose in which direction we want to go.

The cells in our body are constantly being replaced, and based on our daily lifestyle choices and habits, those new cells can be either healthy or unhealthy. There's no in-between.

Therefore, if we're not consuming the proper nourishment and cleansing & detoxifying our body on a regular bases, those new cells will become weaker and weaker until they reach a diseased state. That means our health or lack thereof, is in our hands - not our doctor's or anyone else for that matter!

Benefits of a Healthy Body

So, here's a question for you to consider: Is your body regenerating or degenerating?

If your body is regenerating, you will:

-Feel Alive, Energetic, Strong, Healthy, Have a Sense of Well Being, Naturally Slender, -Be Active, Able to Overcome Addictions, Experience Clear Thinking, Emotionally Stable -Have Good Digestion & Elimination, Good Muscle & Skin Tone, Regular Menstrual Cycles (Females) -Feel Well Rested After a Night's Sleep, Quickly Recuperates from Disease

Benefits of an Unhealthy Body

If your body is degenerating, you will experience the following health problems:

-Feel Tired, Depressed, Exhausted After a Night's Sleep -Have Overweight or Underweight Problems -Experience Emotional Disorders, Premature Aging -Suffer With PMS, Allergies, Infections, Colds, Flu, Digestive Problems (Diarrhea, Bloating, Gas, Constipation), High Cholesterol, Fluid Retention, Hair and Skin Problems, Migraine Headaches -Experience Fertility Problems, Inability to Handle Stress -Have Poor Concentration, Slow Metabolism, Poor Muscle Tone

Which would you like to experience: Whole Body Regeneration or Degeneration? It's your health, your destiny, and your choice!

Health Drink News, Soft Drinks Are Destroying America's Health, Why Natural Health Drinks Are Better

Maybe you have a favorite health drink, but if you know people who still consume soft drinks then you will want to share this news with them. Just look around and you will see the many ways that these bubbly little beverages are destroying America's health, but here are a few specifics.

1. Soft drinks work very much like a diuretic, robbing the body of essential hydration. A considerable amount of water is required just to process the high levels of sugar in sodas. To replace what is stolen, you need to drink 8-12 glasses of water for every soft drink that you consume! Health drinks made with all natural ingredients, on the other hand, help your body absorb water. This makes your water more effective in hydrating and energizing you.

2. The high sugar content in soft drinks can cause your pancreas to produce an over abundance of insulin, leading to a "sugar crash". You have probably felt this after a meal high in simple carbs like bread, pasta and dessert. Chronic elevation and depletion of sugar and insulin can eventually lead to diabetes. This is particularly problematic for growing children.

  • Kids will consume health drinks if they taste good. Fortunately, there are some excellent choices made with all natural ingredients. We're not talking about those sugary enhanced vitamin waters loaded with isolated vitamins from a lab, but beverage mixes made with whole food ingredients from real plants and fruits.

3. Soft drinks interfere with digestion. Caffeine and high amounts of sugar virtually shut down the digestive process. Your body expends all its energy to process those things while other nutrients go to waste. That means you are essentially taking in NO nutrients from the food you may have just eaten, especially if you are chasing it with a soda.

4. Diet soft drinks contain Aspartame, which has been linked to depression, insomnia, neurological disease and a plethora of other illnesses. The FDA has received more than 10,000 consumer complaints about Aspartame. That's 80% of all complaints about food additives. This is prompting many people to take a closer look at stevia sweetener. Stevia is an herbal product that is hundreds of times sweeter than sugar, and has been shown to help people maintain normal blood sugar levels. Stevia sweetener has zero calories, it is all natural and adds quite a bit of flavor to health drinks without causing problems for your pancreas.

5. Soft drinks are so acidic they can leach aluminum from the cans when sitting on the shelf too long. Alzheimer patients who have been autopsied have high levels of aluminum in their brains. Soft drinks can remove rust from a car bumper or other metal surfaces. Imagine what they do to your digestive tract as well as the rest of your body. The Acid forming properties cause your body to work extra hard in order to balance pH. The human body naturally exists at a pH of about 7.4. Many soft drinks have a pH of less than 4! Experts and books such as "The China Study" describe how diseases flourish in an acidic environment. For example, the blood pH of cancer patients and those with other illnesses is almost always low.

For those concerned about pH balance, take the Alkaline Food Test at to find out how the choices you make today influence your pH balance and your well being for life.

It is easy to see how the problems caused by soft drinks are part of the health care crisis in America. It is also quite apparent that this is an easy issue to solve. If everyone in America drank natural health drinks instead of soft drinks, the health of this nation would greatly improve. Obesity rates would go down, diabetes would be slashed and some arthritic problems would virtually vanish. It may sound too good to be true, but just take a look at the ingredients in soft drinks. You will see that the good life is not in one of those well advertised, colorful, bottles of bubbly.

Mainstream Studies on Natural Health Flawed

Recent headlines from an Oregon State University study asserted "Vitamin E trials 'fatally flawed" and the following story detailed how most studies on Vitamin E have been flawed to the point of being essentially worthless. Here are some excerpts:

CORVALLIS, Ore. - Generations of studies on vitamin E may be largely meaningless, scientists say, because new research has demonstrated that the levels of this micronutrient necessary to reduce oxidative stress are far higher than those that have been commonly used in clinical trials. The continuation of this news release can be found in the Eureka Alert publication.

In a new study and commentary in Free Radical Biology and Medicine, researchers concluded that the levels of vitamin E necessary to reduce oxidative stress are four to eight times higher than those used in almost all past clinical trials.

This could help explain the inconsistent results of many vitamin E trials for its value in preventing or treating cardiovascular disease, said Balz Frei, professor and director of the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University, and co-author of the new commentary along with Jeffrey Blumberg, at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University.

'The methodology used in almost all past clinical trials of vitamin E has been fatally flawed,' said Frei, one of the world's leading experts on antioxidants and disease."

Such news comes as no surprise to natural health advocates, but the public announcement of the results is surprising because it spotlights a common failure of testing natural alternatives that has gone on for decades: namely, testing dosage amounts well below the therapeutic level,

Many believe that testing such low dosage amounts, along with other flaws such as testing inferior or incorrect forms of the item being studied, studying only an isolated vitamin, mineral or compound without the supporting compounds found in nature are the result of looking at the minimum RDA amounts recommended to maintain good health instead of the therapeutic amounts needed to address illness and disease - as well as the fact that only synthetic creations, altered natural compounds and uniquely isolated compounds are patentable.

There is no economic incentive for industry to fund expensive studies and trials of something they cannot patent, have a good chance of recovering their study and trial costs, and then going on to reap large profits that can run into the billions of dollars. On a darker side, there are many who suggest that such profits are behind a great number of flawed industry funded studies on vitamins, minerals, & botanicals - in other words, the studies are purposely designed to show poor results in order to ward off natural competition that might be safer, more effective and/or much less expensive.

The public and our doctors have been told over and over again that natural alternative such as vitamins, minerals and botanical compounds provided by nature are inferior to what man creates in our labs and such flawed studies are what are often pointed to for justification. If the studies are flawed, by design or not, it becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. Such suspicions of the motives behind flawed studies are magnified when one looks at the apparent agenda of the FDA and those behind the push for adoption of a North American Union kind of agreement modeled after the European Union model, which limits access to only a select group of natural vitamins, minerals and supplements at dosage levels far below what is effective.

It is this author's opinion that we should never fail to keep in mind that the people behind these studies have a vested stake in a trillion dollar plus annual industry and a track record of taking no prisoners when it comes to competition. These are, after all, the same people who trotted doctors and scientists before congress for four decades to testify that vitamins had no benefit and were even harmful, before finally giving in to a mountain of evidence they could not hide. These are also the same people who assured us of the safety of Vioxx, Bextra, Allieve, Avandia, Gardasil, Fosamax, mercury vaccines, mercury amalgam fillings, and a long, long line of past and present drugs associated with dangerous side effects, including large numbers of deaths.

The same group of vested interest, despite over half a century of abject failure in the war on cancer, still maintain that cutting out, burning out and poisoning out symptoms is superior to addressing the underlying causes and natural prevention. And, when you get down to it, it was pretty much the same group that assured us for generations that cigarettes were harmless.

It was a welcome surprise to many to see a mainstream study point out the failures of how vitamins and other natural therapeutics have been tested. Too bad we don't see such information constantly paraded before the masses on television and in journals, popular magazines and newspapers instead of the barrage of "Ask Your Doctor" ads clearly designed to condition the viewers into entering the wonderful world of managed illness.

Live long, live healthy, live happy!

Coming Full Circle In Texas - Integrating Natural Health Principles Into Everyday Life

The nineteenth century may not have been so kind to natural healers. Western medicine was witnessing the dawn of many fascinating achievements, after all, and commandeering the spotlight: antibiotics, advancement in surgery techniques, and better trauma care were seen throughout Texas and the United States. The love affair was in the lab, not in the garden. Somehow, much of the traditional knowledge has been forgotten in the excitement, but even residents of cities like Dallas and Austin can grow sage, rosemary, and marjoram in their own backyards.

As Western science becomes more mature, more well-rounded, and more self-aware, however, natural remedies are gaining a renewed sense of appreciation. Many individual health insurance plans now even cover treatments like chiropractic care, and Western doctors are more open to recommending natural remedies for at least part of their treatments.

Every day we hear about what wonderful things a single nutrient can do: lycopene (found in tomatoes and other vegetables) can help prevent specific cancers; antioxidants (particularly high in berries, acai and pomegranate) counteract the damaging effects of free radicals; zinc can single-handedly shorten a cold by several days. In fact, with the constant stream of facts from whatever the latest study may be, it can become difficult to know what, and how, to apply principles of natural health into everyday life. Doing so can not only improve immunity, mood, and productivity level, but may also grant access to better individual health insurance premiums by improving overall health.

The truth is, it's really not so difficult. In fact, it's frighteningly easy to utilize at least one natural remedy a day to maintain good health, and you're probably already doing it. Did you have a cup of chamomile, green, or mint tea today? Perhaps you sprinkled some oregano, garlic, or basil into your pasta, ate a dish with hot peppers, or bought a bouquet of aromatic flowers. At any given point, you may be unwittingly participating in very basic herbal, nutritional, or aromatherapy. Here are some common examples.

(1) Spicy food. Many traditional dishes use culinary spices so hot our eyes water just thinking about them. Foods from South and Central America, and East Asia are perhaps the most well known for their heat content, and Texas adapts many of its recipes from the former. But there's a reason for this burning experience: many hot peppers, commonly found in dishes from Dallas, Houston, and across the Southwest, are known for their antibacterial and/or antiparasitic properties, infections with which are more common in tropical climates.

In essence, the tradition of eating spicy foods (like chili) could be seen as an adaptive response to disease; i.e., in this case, medicine created from the local environment to treat a common illness. Many hot peppers also aid in circulation, increase sweat production, and temporarily heighten metabolism. So, the next time you power through that habanera-laced guacamole, just think how many unpleasant things you may be scalding out of your system

(2) Common Culinary Herbs. Many powerful medicinal herbs can be found in the kitchen, passed off as mere spices. Particularly in their freshest (and tastiest) form, they have proven to be dependable allies in the fight against common complaints, such as muscle soreness and insomnia, and common illnesses, such as cold and flu. When taken internally, rosemary displays antibacterial properties; when applied externally (through use in oils, baths, or vaporizers), it can relieve eczema, anxiety, muscular pain and insomnia, and improve peripheral circulation. Oregano oil is believed to be not only antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiparasitic, but also a strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. Parsley acts as an effective diuretic and a mild antihistamine. Everyday, you are probably consuming at least one tasty medicinal herb. The fresh (versus the dried and stored) variety retain more of their therapeutic and nutritional qualities, so go ahead—cook, eat, enjoy! It's good for you!

(3) Tea. Tea is the most popular drink in the world, next to water. Technically, it's just a short-lived infusion—or an extract prepared by steeping or soaking certain parts of (an) herb(s)—and since there are thousands upon thousands of edible herbs, the possibilities are endless. Sweetened, black, iced tea, of course, is popular in Texas and the Southwest, but the United States is really just getting in on the amazing variety this ancient tradition offers. Cities like Houston and Austin house thriving businesses based entirely on the supply, preparation, and consumption of this endless assortment of drinks—from black teas, to green, to red, to white, to herbal. Nearly everyone today has at least heard of chamomile, mint, or green tea, and is probably fairly familiar with others, as well. Chamomile is well-known for its soothing effects, as is rose and lavender, and can ease a mild case of insomnia, muscle cramps, or arthritic joint inflammation. Green tea is fortified with antioxidants, is low in caffeine, and can aid in weight loss. Peppermint or spearmint may calm an upset stomach, and a strong ginger brew helps digestion. Echinacea and sage are commonly steeped for colds; nettle, raspberry leaf, and red clover are traditional tonics for women. While one needs to be careful when choosing an herbal tea—some may be harmful to those who are pregnant, nursing, or have certain health conditions—in general, they are easily-prepared, therapeutic beverages for everyday good health.

(4) Aromatherapy. While learning the extensive details of it is a discipline, the basic premise of aromatherapy is simple: utilize scents for their therapeutic effect. Once passed off as folklore, aromatherapy's popularity is booming—ads for candles, incense, oil burners, detergents, and home products abound. Companies touting the “zesty" and uplifting sensation of their soaps are actually applying the basic principles of aromatherapy. If you've ever felt comforted by the fragrance of home-cooked food, inhaled the scent of your morning coffee to get you going, or lit a candle just to "brighten your mood," you, too, are treating yourself to aromatherapy. Aromatherapy encompasses a wide variety of applications, from massage oil treatments, to soak baths, and overlaps with many herbal remedies. The scent of chamomile, for instance, is part of the soothing experience of drinking the tea. Be conscious of the aromas around you and how they may affect your mood or state of mind. Sleep with lavender under your pillow, don't be afraid to splurge on that soy-based, essential oil candle, and remember that just the smell of coffee can do wonders for you in the morning.

So it would seem we're beginning to come full circle in appreciating the traditional plant knowledge that was humanity's first form of medicine. Much of it is still valid, and easy to integrate on an everyday basis to optimize health. Don't be afraid to smell something pretty, boys, and sip that chamomile tea at night. Sound sleep and increased immunity just may ward off the next round of office flu.

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Natural Health Care Solutions for Menopause

Are there any natural health solutions for menopause?

The simple answer is a resounding "Yes!" The longer answer involves the nature and nurture of a woman experiencing menopause.

For starters, what is menopause? Just ask any woman typically between the ages of 45 and 55 and she'll tell you she's experiencing one or several of the following symptoms:

  • Changes in the cycle or flow
  • Hot flashes and/or night sweats
  • Vaginal dryness and skin changes
  • Depression
  • Memory loss
  • Anxiety
  • Sleeping problems
  • Loss of interest in sex

So, what exactly is happening to a woman's body during this time?

Physically speaking, a woman's ovaries gradually produce less estrogen, resulting in the cessation of ovulation and menstruation. More importantly, though, menopause is a natural health process and a necessary transition into another phase of life. Transitions of any kind involve change, sometimes uncomfortable changes, with a transformation resulting upon completion of the transition. Menopause is not meant to be treated like a disease.

Frequently, women are not aware of alternative options. Thus, the they will seek the guidance of their physician who typically will recommend hormone replacement therapy. There are synthetic kinds, namely Premarin, Prempro, and Provera, which are the most commonly used (which are made from horse urine).

There are also bio-identical hormones, which have recently received much buzz from well known celebrities. Bio-identical hormones are manufactured in the lab to have the same molecular structure as the hormones made by your own body.

Yet, our bodies are dynamic, ever-changing organisms that require a very individualized approach with natural health solutions. Not every woman will respond to the one-size-fits-all approach of synthetic or bio-identical hormones. And, being that menopause is a transition, a natural health approach that supports a woman through this time will be the most effective and caring approach.

This is where classical homeopathy comes in. A qualified practitioner will find a homeopathic remedy that is individualized to her unique needs. The remedy is made from mostly plants and simple minerals and takes the healing intelligence of nature to stimulate her own unique healing response. In this way, the body will become strengthened to support it's own transition. This is especially important for a woman as her body is so inherently interwoven into the rhythms of nature. Such interweaving is modeled in the very context of her menstrual cycle, which symbolizes a birth and death every month through the release of an egg and shedding of tissue. This typically coincides with the very lunar cycle of the moon's orbit around earth. How much more connected to nature can you get?!

Thus, as the menstrual cycle changes during menopause, it indicates she is ready to move on to the next phase of her life. This is a beautiful process that is honored in a woman through classical homeopathy.

Classical homeopathy cannot regenerate an endocrine gland that may not be working anymore, thus necessitating a synthetic or bio-identical hormone replacement. This is best discussed between a woman and her doctor. However, in most cases, classical homeopathy will aid a woman through her transition and help support her in adapting to the change.

Additional to the use of homeopathic remedies, women are advised to be involved in adopting healthy lifestyle habits such as proper nutrition, adequate exercise, and effective stress management. There is no replacement for healthy lifestyle habits!

There are hundreds of homeopathic remedies to choose from to help a woman experiencing menopausal symptoms. She is best advised to consult with a qualified homeopathic practitioner who will individualize the remedy to her unique needs, and who will also advise her on healthy lifestyle habits.

Natural Health - Defeat The Challenge

What is Natural Health?

The definition of Natural Health is somewhat ambiguous, but it is generally understood as taking care of Health challenges without resorting to pharmaceuticals, but using natural means instead. That includes Food, Herbs and Alternative Medicine, such as Acupuncture, Homeopathy, and the likes. A Doctor that practices Natural Medicine are called ND or NMD in the US, or simply Naturopath. But the price for this ambiguity is lack of respect: Naturopathic Doctors are still fighting for National acceptance, while their title is only accepted in a few States in the US, and, not surprising, people are pretty much in the dark on how a NMD can restore Health. Unlike conventional medical schools that train MD's, accredited Naturopathic Colleges teach Nutrition and its function on the Human Body.

What Sustains Health?

Since the vast majority of Illness come as a result of poor Nutrition, apart from other Lifestyle issues (smoking, drinking, lack of sleep, eating late, etc.), our innate behavior is first searching for healthy Food, as soon as there is evidence of an unwanted symptom. We know that there is Food to sustain overall Health and then there is Food to heal specific conditions. But what about access to such Foods when we need it?

Herein lies the problem: Natural Health requires Natural Food, but what is Natural Food? Produce in industrialized countries is inundated with Pesticides and may have lost most of the Nutrients to food miles. Unlike processed Foods, Produce carries no Nutrition Labels, so how is the consumer to know how long ago it was harvested and how much Nutrition is still left? The answer is, we don't know to begin with, and we are deliberately deceived by visual appearance of produce, that is supported by chemical treatments to last at least beyond the cash register.

Produce in America is - often genetically engineered - grown entirely for Profit and not at all with the Consumers Health in mind. That trend has led to produce hugely oversized fruits and vegetables devoid of flavor and nutrients. For example, a peach in the US has been reduced in Vitamins that one would have to eat 54 of them, in order to get the same Health benefit that one peach delivered 50 years ago (Dr. Bob Marshall, Premier Research Labs). Clearly, today's produce is grown for transportation and not for consumption, it is engineered and chemicalized to withstand the harshest conditions during weeks of transportation. To begin with, fruits are harvested long before they reach maturity and before they have developed their nutritional value. Once they reach their point of sales, they are treated with specially developed gases and chemicals to instantly induce ripeness appearance. One familiar and pathetic example is the Banana that after purchase, perishes before it ripens, or looks ripe yellow but can't be peeled and is inedible.

So it follows that we have to buy Organic! But what does that mean, no Pesticides, harvested when ripe? Unfortunately, the USDA Organics standard is weak to begin with and then rarely enforced. But even if a Produce has been grown "Certified Organic", doesn't mean it is pesticides free and there is no guarantee of higher nutrition, because it may have been sourced in China, delivered to a Distribution Warehouse in the Midwest, and then Trucked 1,000 miles to the destination. And how does the Produce withstand such abuse/ By being sprayed and fumigated several times.

Then, of course, there is the problem of ridding the Produce of its numerous unlabeled chemicals before consumption. The USDA lists 42 pesticides for Apples and 54 for Strawberries. Obviously, it should be crystal clear that rinsing the Produce under tap water is a futile attempt to flush away the harmful bacteria, let alone the toxic chemicals that are sealed under a coat of water resistant wax. Failing to remove these chemicals means they are being consumed, with potentially dire Health consequences.

How to navigate the toxic Food mess

You can find out what chemicals lurk on your Produce by searching the Pesticides Action Network database, then you can decide how to rid the Produce from the specific toxins. If you have a water Ionizer - Alkalizer machine, you can first soak the Produce in high pH water, followed by rinsing under the resulting Acid water. Otherwise you can buy bottled "Fruit & Vegetable Wash" formulas at large supermarkets. You can also make your own using a mixture of vinegar and water, lemon juice and baking soda; there are "how to do's" on the web. But under no circumstances shortcut the procedures, even though you can't see the contamination until you look at the solvents after soaking.

Finally, let's not forget the Meat! We know that US Beef from Feedlots comes to you loaded with Antibiotics, synthetic Hormones and Transfat, because the American Consumer is unwilling to pay a little more for Grass Fed Beef that is healthier. The atrocious treatment of Chickens and Pigs in CAFO's has received infamous publicity. It really doesn't need a lot of brain work to realize that an Egg from a factory where Hens are kept under extreme and chronic distress, yields little nutritional value, compared to an Egg from a free roaming Hen.

Staying Naturally Healthy has become a challenging feat like never before in history. It will take a lot more time to shop and get informed and it may cost more money to buy from the Farmers Market. But we need to remember that there is no cheap Food, if it costs little at the store, we'll pay later a much higher price for restoring our Health.