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Eat 2 tbsp of coconut oil twice a day for 60 days and this will happen to your brain

Eat 2 tbsp of coconut oil twice a day for 60 days and this will happen to your brain

According to the Alzheimer`s Association`s 2011 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures, currently 5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer`s disease.

While an estimate, this number will jump to 16 million by 2050 and in the next years this disease will affect 1 in 4 Americans, which is even more than the rate of obesity and diabetes at the moment.

Given that there are only a few treatments available, most of which are rarely effective, early detection and prevention became extremely important!

It turns out that something as simple as a tablespoon of peanut butter and a ruler could be used to diagnose the disease in its early stages. As reported by Medical News Today:

“Jennifer Stamps, a graduate student in the University of Florida (UF) McKnight Brain Institute Center for Smell and Taste, and her colleagues reported the findings of a small pilot study in the Journal of the Neurological Sciences.

Stamps came up with the idea of using peanut butter to test for smell sensitivity while she was working with Dr. Kenneth Heilman, one of the world’s best known behavioral neurologists, from the UF College of Medicine’s department of neurology.

…The ability to smell is associated with the first cranial nerve and is often one of the first things to be affected in cognitive decline… She thought of peanut butter because, she said, it is a ‘pure odorant’ that is only detected by the olfactory nerve and is easy to access.”

This study tested the ability to smell of 24 patients with mild cognitive impairment. The patient had to close their eyes and mouth and hold one nostril close while breathing through the other. The clinician measured the distance between the open nostril and the peanut butter with the help of a ruler, identifying the distance at which the patient had the ability to detect the smell. The procedure was done with the other nostril after a 90 second delay.

It has been found that patients diagnosed with an early stage of Alzheimer`s disease underwent a notable difference in their ability to detect the smell between the two nostrils. According to the report:

“[T]he left nostril was impaired and did not detect the smell until it was an average of 10 cm closer to the nose than the right nostril had made the detection in patients with Alzheimer’s disease.

This was not the case in patients with other kinds of dementia; instead, these patients had either no differences in odor detection between nostrils or the right nostril was worse at detecting odor than the left one.”

BENEFITS OF COCONUT OIL MAKE HEADLINES AGAIN

Florida researchers are currently investigating whether coconut oil can be beneficial when it comes to this disease. Three years ago, Dr. Mary Newport`s theory suggested that ketone bodies offer benefits in the battle against Alzheimer`s disease.

Presently, this theory is being used to set up the first clinical trial of this kind and the research is being done at USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute.

For the purpose of this study, 64 patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer`s were included to evaluate the effects of coconut oil on the disease. As reported by CTV News:

“While there is currently no clinical data showing the benefits of coconut oil on the prevention and treatment of dementia, Newport — whose husband Steve was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at age 51 — said she began to see improvements after starting him on four teaspoons of coconut oil per day.

‘Before the coconut oil, he could not tie his shoes. His weird slow gait… That improved. He walked normally and he was able to start running again.

He was able to start reading again, his conversation improved dramatically and then over several months we saw improvements in his memory,’ Newport said. Prior to starting him on coconut oil, Newport said none of the existing medications were working.”

COCONUT OIL APPEARS TO BE AN IDEAL BRAIN FOOD

Carbs/ sugar and fat are the only types of fuel the body can turn into energy.  Ketones are produced by the body during the conversion of fat into energy.  The major source of ketone bodies are the medium-chain triglycerides, found in coconut oil.

These triglycerides are fats which are not processed by the body in the same way as long-chain triglycerides.  Typically, a fat taken into the body must be mixed with the bile before it can be broken down into the digestive system.

On the other hand, medium-chain triglycerides go straight to the liver, which turns the oil into ketones, which are immediately released into the bloodstream and then transported to the brain.

Even though the body loves glucose and is happy running in this type of primary fuel, it has been found that ketone bodies help restore neurons and nerve function in the body. The mechanism of this MCT-ketone metabolism appears to be that the body treats MCTs as carbohydrates, allowing the ketone energy to hit the bloodstream without insulin spike which typically occurs when carbs enter the system.

HOW MUCH COCONUT OIL MIGHT YOU NEED?

According to Dr. Newport`s assessments, only two tablespoons of coconut oil, which is 35 ml or seven level teaspoons,  supply the body with 20 grams of MCT, amount which has been found to prevent against degenerative neurological disease and to treat already established case.

Note that not all people tolerate coconut oil the same way, which means that you need to start slowly and work your way to these therapeutic levels. The best would be to start with one teaspoon along with food and then gradually increase the amount until you are able to tolerate four tablespoons.

LOW-FAT CRAZE HAS LIKELY CONTRIBUTED TO DRAMATIC RISE IN ALZHEIMER’S

Dr. David Perlmutter believes that avoiding fat and carbohydrates are the main causes of Alzheimer`s epidemics, which is preventable disease, influenced by lifestyle factors. Dr. Perlmutter`s book provides a strong argument for removing grains from your diet to protect the brain. As Amanda Smith, Medical Director at University of South Florida (USF) Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute told CTV News:

“The pharmaceutical industry is in this — of course to make money for their companies, and of course they want to help people theoretically — but at the end of the day it is about dollars and cents, and so money gets invested in things that are new or patentable rather than things that are sitting on the shelf already.”

INTERMITTENT FASTING CAN ALSO INCREASE KETONE PRODUCTION

Intermittent fasting is one of the ways to boost ketone production. It involves timing of meals, allowing the body to enter the fat-burning process. For optimal results, the length of the fast must be at least 16 hours, meaning that you should eat only between the hours of 11 am until 7 pm or noon until 8pm.

The best would be to avoid eating anything for three hours before bedtime and then extend the time before you have breakfast to the point you have skipped breakfast and have the first meal at lunch.

TIPS FOR MAINTAINING HEALTHY BRAIN FUNCTION AND AVOIDING ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE

The tips below help maintain healthy brain function as you age and thus successfully prevent Alzheimer`s disease:

1.     Avoid anticholinergics and statin drugs
2.     Avoid flu vaccinations
3.     Avoid and eliminate mercury from your body
4.     Avoid aluminum, such as antiperspirants, non-stick cookware
5.     Avoid gluten (primarily wheat)
6.     Avoid sugar and refined fructose
7.     Reduce your overall calorie consumption, and/or intermittently fast
8.     Keep your fasting insulin levels below 3
9.     Eat a nutritious diet, rich in folate
10.  Optimize your vitamin D levels with safe sun exposure
11.  Increase consumption of all healthful fats, including animal-based omega-3
12.  Optimize your gut flora
13.  Eat blueberries
14.  Challenge your mind daily
15.  Exercise regularly

OTHER NATURAL TREATMENTS FOR YOUR ANTI-ALZHEIMER’S ARSENAL

The four natural foods/ supplements below have been found to prevent age-related cognitive changes:

1.     Alpha lipoic acid (ALA)
2.     Astaxanthin
3.     Ginkgo biloba
4.     Vitamin B12

Cabbage Juice – Remedy for 100 Diseases and Protects Against Colon Cancer

Cabbage Juice – Remedy for 100 Diseases and Protects Against Colon Cancer

There is a strong link between healthy food and natural remedies. Contrary to popular belief, the cure is not always expensive or out of reach. As a matter of fact, very often the remedy is cheap, simple, and highly accessible.

However, the cure is presented as unapproachable and the sole reason for this is the huge profit that pharmacological industry makes.  This article focuses on the importance of healthy and nutritious food and its ability to restore any condition.  It focuses on cabbage/ cabbage juice, which is abundant in vitamin C and has been used by our ancestors for the treatment of numerous diseases.

Cabbage has a robust nutritional profile! It is high in folate, dietary fiber, antioxidants, vitamins B6 and K, and minerals.  It acts as an antiseptic agent as well, due to sulforaphane and glucosinolates, compounds which promote detoxification of the system and stimulate the enzymes of the digestive system.

It has been found that sulforaphane has anti-cancer properties and according to many studies cruciferous vegetables, including cabbage, are one of the best foods when it comes to fighting colon cancer.

Cabbage has been shown to treat hangovers, arthritis, inflammation, anemia, stomach ulcer, chronic cough as well as liver, breast, ovary, and lung cancer.

Additionally, cabbage boosts the metabolism, prevents the conversion of sugar into fat, relieves constipation, and stimulates healthy weight loss.

Cabbage Juice Recipe

You will need:

  • One middle-sized cabbage
  • A little bit of ACV
  • Warm water
  • Knife
  • A juicer

Instructions:

Soak the cabbage in a solution made of warm water and a little bit of apple cider vinegar.  Then, remove the stem with a knife and cut the cabbage into two halves.

Put one-half of the cabbage in juicer and process on high speed.  Set the other half aside, so that you can use it later.

Use:

Although there is no limit on the amount of cabbage juice that should be consumed daily, the best would be to drink the juice from one cabbage a day.   You can divide the cabbage into the halves, and drink the first half in the morning and the second in the evening.

Note:  Excessive consumption of cabbage juice may cause bloating and intestinal gas.

Oregano Oil Benefits are Far Superior to Prescription Antibiotics

Oregano Oil Benefits are Far Superior to Prescription Antibiotics

Oregano is one of the most versatile herbs, but its use is sort of limited to flavoring meat dishes and pasta. Studies reveal that in addition to its use for culinary purposes, this fragrant herb can be transformed into an antibiotic with a wide plethora of health benefits. Keep reading to learn more about the potency and benefits of oregano oil!

What Is Oregano Oil?

Oregano oil is obtained from the leaves and flowers or oregano herb, a member of the mint family. To obtain the oil, the dried leaves and flowers are harvested when the oil content of the plant is at the highest and it is then distilled. The ancient Romans and Greeks widely used this herb, particularly for medicinal purposes. While there are more than 40 oregano species, the oil produced from wild oregano is the most potent and therapeutically beneficial.  Note that not all oregano oils sold in stores are made from this variety, so beware and read the labels.

Uses of Oregano Oil

Oregano oil is potent antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, and antimicrobial agent, so adding it to your arsenal of healing tools is a good idea.  Here are some of its uses:

  • Relieving sinus infections and colds: Add a couple of drops of oregano oil in a saucepan of steaming water and inhale.
  • Treating nail and foot fungus: Add a couple of teaspoons of oregano oil in a basin of water and soak the feet.
  • Killing infections and parasites: Dilute the oil with coconut oil and place it under the tongue. Hold for a while and rinse it out afterwards.

Composition of Oregano Oil

Oregano oil is packed with phenols, out which the most abundant include thymol and carvacrol. Other beneficial compounds include terpenes (potent antibacterial agents),  rosmarinic acid ( an antioxidant), naringun  ( anti-cancer agent), and beta-caryophyllin ( anti-inflammatory agent).

Oregano Oil Benefits

While its benefits are wide-ranging, it is mostly associated with immune and respiratory health. It is known to help prevent and treat the following:

  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs)caused coli, Proteus, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. 
  • Respiratory infection scaused by Klebsiella pneumoniae and Staphylococcus  aureus bacteria strains[14]
  • Yeast infections
  • Parasitic infections caused by the ameba giardia
  • Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection–  It was found that it ills this deadly superbug due to its extremely potent antibacterial properties.

Oregano oil is also a popular antiseptic essential oil in aromatherapy. In addition to the steaming method used to relieve respiratory issues, you can also use it to:

  • Ward off insects. Apply a few drops on outdoor furniture or apply diluted solution on the skin.
  • Relieve bug bites and rashes, including poison ivy rash.Apply diluted oregano oil on the affected areas.
  • Help heal cold sores, dandruff, and other skin conditions.Use diluted solution for acne or rosacea.
  • Ease a sore throat.Add a few drops to a glass of water. It can help alleviate toothaches as well.
  • Relieve muscle and joint pain, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), sprains, and cramps.

How to Make Oregano Oil

Ingredients:
  • Oregano leaves, chopped or crushed
  • Olive oil, almond oil or grape seed oil
  • Sanitized jar with lid
Instructions:

Boil some water in a pot

  • Place the oregano leaves and the oil of choice in the jar
  • Place the jar in the pot and let it sit for a couple of minutes
  • Remove the jar from the pot and keep it on a sunny windowsill for a week or two.
  • Strain the leaves and keep the oil in a dark place.
Why and How You Need to Consider Using Diatomaceous Earth for Your Body (and Home)

Why and How You Need to Consider Using Diatomaceous Earth for Your Body (and Home)

Diatomaceous earth (DE) is a mineral made of fossilized diatoms, type of oceanic algae.  It is a soft rock which is crumbled into a fine white powder. The powder can have an abrasive feel, depending on the granularity.

This simple earth provides a wide plethora of benefits, both practical and health-related. Here are the top 12 uses of this mineral!

Home Uses

1. Natural Pesticide

DE is the best among natural insect repellents! If you want to avoid the risk exposure to chemical sprays, but still want to keep creepy insects at bay, consider this natural and safe alternative.  DE is basically an insect killer you can eat!

Just dust it around and in home to kills ants, bedbugs, ticks, cockroaches and ants without creating a hazard to your kids or pets.

2. Gardening Pest Control

When done with watering the garden, dust the plants with DE and let it dry to keep flying insects at bay.  For ground insects, dust the soil around the stalk.

3.Food Storage

Using DE in your packaging keeps the food dry and it protect against infestation at the same time.  It works great for corn, rice, legumes, and beans, as it prevents molding and germinating.

4. Toothpaste

Thanks to its abrasive texture, DE is ideal for both cleaning and polishing the teeth.  As a matter of fact, it is already found in many natural toothpastes!  Simply add a pinch of it to your toothpaste to polish your teeth in an all-natural way.

5. Deodorizer
  • Sprinkle some DE in the garbage can to reduce the stink.
  • Vacuum the carpet, sprinkle some DE, and vacuum again. This simple trick will pull away all the smells absorbed within!
  • To get rid of the smelly shoes, dust the soles of the shoes with DE and let it work for eight hours.

Health Benefits

6. Silica Source

Silica is a mineral needed for optimal function of the tendons, bones, blood-vessels, and cartilage. But, only 30 percent of it is provided by plant based foods.

The good news is that DE is 85 percent silica, meaning that its daily use with ensure your body gets the amount it needs.

7. Skin Care

Its abrasive texture makes it a great exfoliant while the silica content supplies the skin with all it needs to be properly nourished.  Combine it with some water to create a facial scrub or leave it on for a couple of minutes for a homemade mask treatment.

8. Digestive Agent

DE acts as cleansing agent, ably removing detrimental organisms from the digestive tract and detoxifying the system from heavy metals.

9. Overall Health

DE is packed with minerals like magnesium, sodium, iron, and calcium, all of which are essential for numerous vital functions, such as muscle repair, cholesterol, and heart health.

Pet Benefits

10. Flea Control

Powder DE into your pet`s fur to get rid of fleas. It works by driving away the existing problem and deterring the insects!

11. Chicken Coop Duster

Dust your coop with DE and give your chicken a DE bath once in a while to relive them from live and mites.

12. De-wormer

Add a small amount of DE to your pet`s food to keep it healthy and de-worm it naturally.

  • Puppies/Kittens/Small Dogs: ½ tsp to food
  • All Cats/Dogs under 50 lb: 1 tsp
  • Dogs 50-100 lb: 1 tbsp
  • Dogs over 100 lb: 2 tbsp
12 Symptoms of Lung Cancer That Everyone Should Know

12 Symptoms of Lung Cancer That Everyone Should Know

Have you ever thought about the relation between air quality and lung cancer? If not, read on as this article reveals quite a valuable info on the topic.

Lung cancer mortality is the leading cause of death among both genders, with its numbers surpassing the death of those with other cancers like prostate, breast, and colon cancer.

Early Warning Signs + Symptoms

Unfortunately, most of the symptoms don’t appear until the disease has reached an advanced stage. What`s more, when the symptoms of lung cancer do appear, they are often mistaken for other health problems caused by smoking.

  • Shortness of breath or wheezing
  • Weight loss and loss of appetite
  • Fatigue or weakness
  • Infections such as bronchitis or pneumonia that return or do not go away
  • Chest pain that worsens with deep breaths, coughing or laughter
  • Coughing of blood or rust-colored phlegm or sputum
  • Prolonged cough that worsens or does not go away
  • Hoarseness of voice

When lung cancer spreads to other organs, it is manifested by the following symptoms:

  • Bone pain (typically in the back or hips)
  • When it spreads to the brain or spinal cord, symptoms like headaches, weakness, numbness, dizziness, balance problems, and seizures may occur
  • Jaundice, yellowing of the skin and eyes can occur when cancer spreads to the liver
  • Lumps near the surface of the body occur when cancer spreads to the skin or lymph node

Early Detection

Given that the symptoms of this disease rarely appear until the disease has reached an advanced stage, it is not often diagnosed early. Most cases are found early by an accident, thanks to a series of tests for other medical conditions. For instance, it may be found in tests done for pneumonia or heart disease.

Treatments

The treatment resembles those of other cancers where the chance of recovery heavily depends on the patient`s gender, age, and the stage of cancer.

Surgery and adjuvant therapy like radiation, chemotherapy, and immunotherapy are quite common for lung cancer patients.

Surgery options include lobectomy (removal of the entire lobe of the lung), wedge resection (removal of the tumor), segmentectomy (removal of parts of the lung when cancer develop), and pneumonectomy (removal of the entire lung).

Prevention

In addition to eating a nutrient-dense diet and regular exercise, lung cancer can be prevented with improving air quality and preventing the inhalation to the toxins below:

Cigarette Smoke:

Both first and second-hand smoke is the leading risk factor of lung cancer due to the more than 7,000 chemicals which tobacco smoke contains.  At least 70 of these chemicals are proven to cause cancer in animals and humans.

Radon Gas:

Radon is a tasteless and odorless gas obtained from natural break down of soil, dirt and rocks. It is associated with more than 20,000 lung cancer cases annually, which makes it the leading cause of this disease after cigarette smoke.

Asbestos:

Asbestos is a natural mineral found in water and soil. It has been long used in construction materials due to its malleability and fibrous nature. Even though it is safe if undisturbed, there isn’t any safe level of asbestos exposure. Once ingested or inhaled, it becomes airborne and increases the risk of developing the disease up to 10 years later.

Fat-Burning Organic Soup Recipe, You Will Lose Weight Quickly and Healthy

Fat-Burning Organic Soup Recipe, You Will Lose Weight Quickly and Healthy

According to The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, being overweight is far more serious than being a cosmetic problem only. As a matter of fact, obesity is associated with higher risk of heart problems, too.

OVERWEIGHT AND OBESITY-RELATED HEALTH PROBLEMS IN ADULTS

Coronary Heart Disease

There is a strong link between high body mass index and an increased risk for coronary heart disease, a condition in which plaque accumulates inside the coronary arteries.

Consequently, this waxy substance narrows or blocks the arteries, thus reducing blood flow to the heart muscle. This can lead to either angina or a heart attack.

Obesity is likely to lead to heart failure too, a condition in which the heart is unable to pump enough blood required for the body.

High Blood Pressure

Hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, is a serious condition which damages the body in many different ways.  Overweight or obese individuals have greater chances of having high blood pressure.

Stroke

As mentioned above, being overweight or obese leads to accumulation of plaque in the arteries, which causes blood clot to form over time.

If by any chance the clot is nearby the brain, it may block the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain, causing a stroke.  As body mass index increases, the risk of having stroke raises, too.

Type 2 Diabetes

Diabetes is a condition in which the blood sugar level is too high.  Typically, the body breaks down food into glucose (sugar) and transports it to all cells which use insulin to convert glucose into energy.

As for diabetes type 2, the body is unable to use insulin the right way, leading to production of more insulin. However, the body eventually loses its ability to produce insulin and fails to control its blood sugar level. It is worth mentioning that most people with diabetes type 2 are overweight.

Type 2 diabetes is the leading cause of stroke, kidney disease, blindness, CHD, and premature death.

The Solution

The one week diet plan presented in this article contains Fat Burning Soup= FBS, which  is given to overweight patients who need to undergo a heart surgery in Sacred Heart Memorial hospital.

However, constant consumption of this soup may lead to malnutrition! Therefore, you need to drink plenty of water and kombucha in order to keep the beneficial yeast and bacteria healthy.

ORGANIC FAT-BURNING SOUP

Ingredients:

  • 1 large head cabbage chopped in small chunks
  • 6 large organic green onions, chopped in bite size
  • 6 oz. can diced organic tomatoes
  • 3 lbs organic carrots, sliced
  • 1 bunch of organic celery
  • 2 cans ( 8 oz.) organic green beans
  • 1 oz. envelope organic soup mix
  • Sea salt and ground pepper

Instructions:

  • Put all the ingredients in a pot
  • Fill the pot with water and bring it to boil for about ten minutes
  • Reduce heat
  • Cook the veggies until tender

 BONUS RECIPE: ORGANIC CABBAGE SOUP

Ingredients:

  • 1 Ib of shiitake mushrooms (sliced)
  • 1 organic leek (rinsed and sliced)
  • 1 diced organic bell pepper
  • 1 large organic onion
  • 1 organic kombu seaweed (rinsed and sliced)
  • 1 bulb organic garlic (sliced)
  • 1 large organic cabbage (shredded)
  • Organic broth of choosing
  • Sea salt and pepper

Instructions:

  • Sauté the vegetables, except for cabbage and tomato, using some coconut oil
  • Boil the cabbage and tomatoes
  • Reduce heat and simmer for a while
  • Add herbs of choosing
The Plant That Kills Cancer Cells, Stop Diabetes And Lower High Blood Pressure!

The Plant That Kills Cancer Cells, Stop Diabetes And Lower High Blood Pressure!

Goya, also known as Bitter Melon or Karela, is a cucumber-shaped plant which grows in tropical countries and needs warmth and humidity to grow. Goya is a nutrient-dense food which contains vitamin B, vitamin C, folate, and flavonoids.

NUTRITION PROFILE

Per ½ Cup (24 grams):

Calories (cKal): 21
Protein (grams): 1.27
Total Fat (grams): .17
Carbohydrates (grams): .79
Fiber (grams): 0

HEALTH BENEFITS

Goya provides a wide plethora of health benefits, out of which its ability to treat cancer is most remarkable!  Dr. Frank Shallenberger, a doctor specialized in alternative medicine, has discovered that goya inhibits cancer growth, which is the reason why cancer patients should consume it on a regular basis.  It has been found that this lesser-known plant kills off nearly 98 percent of all cancers formed in the human body.

According to a study done at University of Colorado, 5 percent solution reduces pancreatic cancer and destroys nearly 64 percent of pancreatic tumors.

In addition to its anti-cancer properties,  goya possesses other healing properties, too. It has been found that it also helps treat asthma, hypertension, diabetes, stomach problems, and skin infections.

By incorporating goya into your daily diet you will experience significant improvements in your general condition.  Some of the benefits this plant provides are the following:

  • Improves digestion
  • Cures hangover
  • Cleanses the liver
  • Improves circulation
  • Alleviates gout symptoms
  • Treats psoriasis and fungal infections like ringworms and Athlete`s foot
  • Boosts energy and metabolism
  • Regulates blood pressure
  • Boosts immunity and protects against infections
  • Improves vision and repairs eye-related issues
  • Diminishes foalte-related neural tube defects in infants
HOW TO USE IT IN YOUR DAILY DIET?

First and foremost, you need to remove the rind and the inner seeds in order to remove its natural bitterness.  Slice or dice it into cubes and sauté the veggie in your stir fry, add it to a salad, or boil it.

Similar to Opium: The Best Natural Painkiller that Grows in your Backyard

Similar to Opium: The Best Natural Painkiller that Grows in your Backyard

Wild lettuce resembles dandelion and thistle, and has been widely used as sedative, painkiller, sleep enhancer, edible oil, and natural remedy. Back in the 1800s, it was used as alternative to opium and was often referred as ‘poor man`s opium’.  It turns out that things haven’t changed a lot since then, as water distilled from wild lettuce is still being used as mild sedative.

Wild lettuce contains a solid amount of pain-relieving opiates which are found in the resinous milky sap.  When gathered and dried, this substance is called lactucarium and it contains active compounds which are called lactupicrin, lactucin and lactucopicrin. The analgesic properties of these compounds are similar or even more potent than the ones of ibuprofen.

A team of Iranian researchers found that opium lettuce was a popular painkiller and sedative long before the Victorian age, which indicates that it`s very likely that it has been used for eons. As reported in the paper Lettuce, lactuca sp. as a Medicinal Plant in Polish Publications of the 19th Century,  “The action of the substance was weaker than that of opium, but free of the side-effects, and medical practice showed that in some cases lactucarium produced better curative effects than opium”.   Although opium lettuce doesn’t contain opium, it has properties which are very similar to it.  Besides its pain-relieving properties, it is known for treating cough and reducing the symptoms of whooping cough.

OPIUM LETTUCE USES

1. Asthma

Acting as mild sedative, wild lettuce is extremely effective in treating anxiety symptoms.  Many people worldwide claim that using this herb reduced the severity and the frequency of their asthma attacks.

2. Sleep and Insomnia

Wild lettuce has been long used as sleep enhancer and natural remedy for insomnia and sleep disorders.

3. Pain and Tension

Its opiate-like effect is responsible for its ability to reduce pain, which makes it beneficial for relieving many types of pain and tension.

4. Migraine

It is believed that wild lettuce helps reduce both severity and frequency of migraine attacks.

5. Mild Euophoric

Again, thanks to its opiate-like effect wild lettuce causes a feeling of mild euphoria.  However, it`s far safer and it doesn’t cause any side effects, unlike opiates.

HOW TO USE OPIUM LETTUCE

Break the leaf or stem from a wild lettuce to release the milky sap, which can be made into an alcohol tincture. Another option is to dry the leaves and made them into tea, in which case typically 1.5 grams of opium lettuce is infused in tea.  In case you opt for more potent variant, you can smoke it in a pipe.

Note:  High wild lettuce intake may cause nausea, anxiety, dizziness, and anxiety.

The Apple Cider Vinegar Tonic That Quickly Destroys Cold and Flu Bugs

The Apple Cider Vinegar Tonic That Quickly Destroys Cold and Flu Bugs

The symptoms of cold and flu are very similar, typically including sneezing, coughing, and muscle pain. The difference between cold and flu is mainly in their duration, the first making you feel bad for a few days while the latter may last up to a week and more.  Runny nose, cough, and congestion are the major symptoms of cold, while flu is typically manifested by sore throat, fever, headache, muscle aches and soreness, congestion, and cough.

The thing that they have in common is that their symptoms blend together to create a real mess! Although kids find it amusing to stay at home, enjoy a warm soup, and sit in front of the TV, adults have trouble going through cold or flu, as they are forced to stay and home and postpone their day-to-day activities.  Simply put, adults don’t have the time to deal with these symptoms!

This article presents two DIY tonics which destroy cold and flu, without any side effects typically associated with prescribed antibiotics.

1. Antibiotic Tonic

This antibiotic tonic is a combination of foods and herbs with potent antifungal, antiviral, antiparasitic, and antibacterial properties as well as high enzyme, vitamin C, and probiotic content!

Ingredients:

  • 1 lemon
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ½ small onion
  • 1 piece ginger (½ inch or ¼ tsp ground)
  • 1 piece horseradish (½ inch)
  • 1 piece turmeric (1 inch or ½ tsp ground)
  • Dash of cayenne pepper
  • 1 oz apple cider vinegar

Instructions:

  • Peel the lemon and garlic and add them in the juicer along with the onion, ginger, horseradish, and turmeric. Another option is to blend the ingredients and strain the blended mixture
  • Add the cayenne pepper and the ACV
  • Store in a glass container with a lid

Use:

Take an ounce of the tonic once the symptoms appear, up to three rimes daily.

2. Quick And Easy 4 Ingredient Flu Season Tonic

This recipe is packed with anti-inflammatory properties which soothe sore throat, alleviate cough, and help with nausea.

Ingredients:

  • 1-2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 inches fresh ginger (peeled and diced)
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp raw honey

Instructions:

  • Put the water, cinnamon sticks, and fresh ginger in a pan
  • Bring the water to boil and then reduce heat and simmer for a few minutes
  • Strain the liquid
  • Add lemon juice and honey
  • Store in container and keep it refrigerated for up to 5 days
  • Reheat when needed

Use:

Use it as needed.

5 Of The World’s Most Powerful Antibiotics That Don’t Require A Prescription

5 Of The World’s Most Powerful Antibiotics That Don’t Require A Prescription

Ever since antibiotics were first discovered in the mid 19th century, they have been saving people in many ways.  However, their excessive use has now become a problem, as the bugs are not responding to them anymore, creating antibiotic resistance.  Some of those superbugs include Streptococcus pneumonia, fluconazole-resistant Candida ,  (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus),  and Clostridium difficile. As a matter of fact, nearly 2 million people annually are infected with antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the U.S alone, out of which 23,000 die because of the infection.

Given that antibiotics are now overprescribed, particularly for conditions like flu, cold, chest congestion, and earache,  it`s high time we turned to alternative medicine and natural antibiotics.

5 of The World’s Most Powerful Antibiotics That Don’t Require A Prescription

1. Raw Honey

Raw honey is an excellent source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, enzymes, and antimicrobial properties.  It also contains propolis and bee pollen, both of which boost immunity and provide antibiotic properties.

Honey has a wide plethora of uses, from reducing coughs and healing foot ulcers in diabetics to reducing postoperative complications and relieving pain better than acetaminophen and commonly used pain-relievers.

Due to its hydrogen peroxide content, raw honey is effective against MRSA as well,  a fact which is backed up by science. It has been found that Manuka honey from New Zealand is the most effective against MRSA, due to its high methylglyoxal content.

“…clinical trials have found that Manuka honey is effective against more than 250 strains of bacteria, including:

  • MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus)
    • MSSA (methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus)
    • VRE (vancomycin-resistant enterococci)
    • Helicobacter Pylori (which can cause stomach ulcers)”

2. Oregano Oil

Oregano oil is extremely beneficial during cold and flu season, due to its potent antioxidant, antimicrobial, antiviral, and antifungal properties.  It works as sanitizer around the house or at school, because of its activity against the ‘winter stomach bug’.  It has been scientifically shown that oil of oregano is effective against different parasites in the human digestive tract, too.

To prevent cold and flu, you should take 1,500 mg capsule on a daily basis while for acute conditions you should take 3,500 mg capsules a day in divided doses.  To relieve infection and sinus congestion, it is recommended to add a few drops of oregano oil to a steam. Ultimately,  mixing a few drops of oregano oil with a teaspoon of carrier oil like almond or coconut oil and applying it to athlete`s foot or ringworm accelerates the healing process.

3. Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has become all the rage over the past few years, and its natural antibiotic properties are only one of the many reasons to love it!  Coconut oil possesses potent antimicrobial, antifungal, and anti-parasitic properties, all of which are attributed to its lauric acid, caprylic acid, and capric acid content. This oil is especially effective against skin infections, atopic dermatitis, and Staphylococcus aureus.

4. Garlic

Garlic provides numerous benefits as a natural antibiotic, such as combating fungal and microbial infections. According to a 90-day study of Aged Garlic Extract (AGE),  treating cold and flu with garlic reduces its severity as well as the number of symptoms.

Before use, cut the garlic and let it sit for about 15 minutes to release allicin, one of its active compounds.  Then, add garlic in the last 5 minutes of cooking in order to keep its active compounds which are sensitive to heat.

5. Echinacea

This herb has been long used to neutralize venom from snakebites, due to its antiviral, antibacterial, and antiseptic properties. It contains polysaccharides which active immune response, providing an immune boost and anti-inflammatory effect.

Note:  Echinacea is not recommended to be used as preventative measure against cold and flu.  The best would be to use it for treating symptoms associated with upper respiratory infection, if any.