Can You REALLY Cure Diabetes Naturally?

Curing Your Diabetes Naturally

The Diabetes epic is at an all time high, and it doesn’t look to be slowing down any time soon. And it’s no surprise when you look at what most people around the world are eating and drinking every day.

As we become busier, the time to cook a nutritious home cooked meal shrinks and shrinks, until we find ourselves once again standing in the fast food restaurant line ordering another Big Burger and a “diet” coke, super sized of course!

So where does it all stop? How do we get things back on track?

Luckily today there is more research than ever about Diabetes and managing the disease. And most of it is through things like lifestyle changes revolving around food and other natural remedies like herbs and yes, even marijuana.

Did you know that diabetes can be reversed by modern diabetic treatment programs which drastically reduce meats, high-fat dairy products, and oils. At the same time, they increase unrefined, highfiber foods, such as grains, legumes, and vegetables.

One study I read about found that 21 of 23 patients on oral medications and 13 of 17 patients on insulin were able to get off of their medications after 26 days on a near-vegetarian diet and exercise program. These studies show that during two- and three-year follow-ups, most diabetics treated with this regimen have retained their improvements. These dietary changes are simple, but profound and they work. Very low-fat, vegetarian diets are ideal for diabetics and everyone else, too!

Diabetes medications are expensive and often have many side effects. Furthermore, they are not really meant to “cure” your diabetes as with proper diet and nutrition, they just regulate the disease. And this causes people to be on medications for a very long time, sometimes for life. Taking any medication for that long is almost always bad for the patient. For example, the Invokana amputation lawsuit that is going on right now is due to the various side effects of the drug. The drug is meant to help treat Type 2 Diabetes. But the long term effects have been disastrous for many.

Proper Diet – Foods That May Prevent Diabetes

Many sources suggest that a diet emphasizing plant foods is important for preventing diabetes. Other foods that may help stabilize blood sugar and keep you from developing full-blown diabetes include the following:

* Magnesium-rich foods like black beans, spinach, and almonds are said to help prevent diabetes. Interestingly, diabetics are often deficient in magnesium, sources say.

* Onions and garlic are natural blood sugar regulators. Black bean soup with garlic or black bean burgers with onions would be great!

* Stevia is a very sweet, calorie-free herb; the extract is often sold in grocery stores and health food stores as a sweetener. It may lower blood sugar, too, making is a good choice for those with pre-diabetic conditions or those wishing to prevent the onset of diabetes.

Exercise is a Key Component to Preventing Diabetes

It’s important for everyone, but for those who wish to prevent diabetes, exercise is especially essential. For one thing, vigorous activity tends to lower blood sugar. For another, exercise usually results in weight loss if it’s practiced regularly and properly. Maintaining a healthy body weight is key to diabetes prevention.

Additional Prevention Measures

There are some possible preventative measures you can take that are controversial, or at least the jury is still out as to whether or not these measures are effective. If they’re healthy measures, though, it might pay to err on the side of caution and implement them even if their effectiveness against diabetes is uncertain.

Some examples of this type of prevention include…

  1. Reducing stress, whether through stretching, meditation, prayer, or other forms of stress reduction. Some studies suggest that chronic stress may increase your risk for developing diabetes.
  2. Reducing high blood pressure may also help prevent diabetes. These two conditions often exist together, and research suggests that high blood pressure may even trigger the onset of diabetes. Keeping your blood pressure under control is a healthy thing to do anyway, so you really can’t lose on this one.
  3. High fructose corn syrup, that sweetener we all love to hate, may or may not be implicated in the development of diabetes. It may be no more of an issue than white sugar. Once again, cutting HFCS out of your diet is not a dangerous thing to do and will be healthier, so it’s a win-win if you cut it out of your diet for whatever reason. These are the kinds of sugars commonly found in Sodas. So ditch the “pop” and grab some water!
  4.  Trans fats and saturated fats are usually included on the “do not eat” list for those wishing to prevent diabetes. It’s been suggested that these artery-clogging fats can exacerbate or even trigger Type II diabetes symptoms.

Lifestyle Changes

Tips focused on managing and lessening the risk of diabetes. We encourage you to send this helpful information to others who may be affected by this disease.

If you have been diagnosed with prediabetes (having higher than normal blood sugar levels, but not yet in the range of diabetes) you are at increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes. You can help to manage or even reverse your condition with four fairly simple lifestyle changes:

  1. Get daily physical activity. T’ai Chi is a great exercise. Exercise improves the action of insulin, moving glucose out of the bloodstream and into tissues where it can be used for energy.
  2. Maintain a healthy weight. If you are overweight, the more pounds you lose, the lower your chances of developing diabetes. Talk with your doctor about what your optimum weight should be, and how to achieve it.
  3. Eat a diet low in refined carbohydrates, and incorporate fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains and monounsaturated fats (such as olive oil) into your diet.
  4. Manage your health. Get regular checkups for blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and seek treatment if necessary.

“Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is especially important for diabetics. A strong immune system can help to ward off colds, flu and a variety of other health issues that may have more drastic health consequences for those with diabetes. Start by eating a diet designed to address diabetes; add in regular exercise and plenty of fluids; and consider taking an immune support formula.” ~Dr. Andrew Weil

Marijuana: The Next Diabetes Drug?

Maia Szalavitz, in an article for, writes the new research, which was published in the American Journal of Medicine, is not the first to find that marijuana has a two-faced relationship to weight. She writes that three prior studies “have shown that marijuana users are less likely to be obese, have a lower risk for diabetes and have lower body-mass-index measurements. And these trends occurred despite the fact that they seemed to take in more calories.”

Murray Mittleman, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and the lead author of the study, says “The most important finding is that current users of marijuana appeared to have better carbohydrate metabolism than nonusers.”

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Toking up may help marijuana users to stay slim and lower their risk of developing diabetes, according to the latest study, which suggests that cannabis compounds may help in controlling blood sugar.

Natural Herbs to Combat Diabetes

Cinnamon – A Spice to Lower Blood Sugar

There is evidence that cinnamon can help to moderate blood sugar. Cinnamon is a popular spice and flavoring which has shown considerable evidence of lowering blood sugar. I find it to be no coincidence that cinnamon is often added to sweets and foods high in refined starch, ranging from the ubiquitous cinnamon swirl bun, to Pho, a Vietnamese beef noodle soup with rice noodles (a high glycemic-index food) and flavored with cinnamon, among other spices.

If you have or are at risk for type II diabetes, or if you want to moderate your blood sugar levels for other reasons, such as avoiding the instabilities in mood associated with a sugar crash, it cannot hurt to include cinnamon as a flavoring in your meals.

You can also add cinnamon sticks to herbal teas, or cinnamon powder. Make sure to use pure cinnamon and not cinnamon sugar, as the last thing you want is to add more sugar to your diet. Cinnamon as a spice is naturally slightly sweet, even though it contains no sugar!

Chamomile and Chamomile Tea

An herb that may protect against damage caused by type II diabetes. Chamomile tea, a popular bedtime drink in western countries, has shown some evidence of being able to lower blood sugar and thus prevent the progression of type II diabetes and prevent some of the damage associated with high blood sugar levels. Drinking this tea with or shortly after meals might help keep your blood sugar levels under control.

In addition to its diabetes-fighting properties, chamomile tea has a number of other positive effects on health, including antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory effects. However, chamomile is also known to act as an anticoagulant (blood thinner), and can interact with prescription blood thinners, so it is important to consult a medical professional before using any chamomile if you are on these medications or have any other reason for which anticoagulants could be harmful or are contraindicated.

Chamomile is a popular ingredient in herbal teas. It’s easy to find pure chamomile as well as herbal blends containing chamomile in any supermarket. You can also find listings and reviews of chamomile tea on RateTea’s page about chamomile tea and the separate page on chamomile blends, which are for herbal teas containing primarily chamomile, but also containing other herbs or ingredients.

Tulsi Leaf Tea – Holy Basil Tea

An herb to lower blood sugar, reduce anxiety, and protect against stress. Tulsi, also known as holy basil, is a species of basil that is in many ways a distant cousin of the familiar sweet basil plant used in western cooking. Tulsi has powerful medicinal properties, and is widely used in Ayurveda, the traditional medicine of India. In Ayurveda, tulsi is used to treat type II diabetes, as well as a number of other conditions. It is considered by modern herbalists to be an adaptogen, meaning an herb that has a normalizing effect on the body.

Tulsi has not been as thoroughly studied in the West as most Western herbs, but it shows promising preliminary evidence supporting many of its uses in Ayurvedic medicine, including its ability to treat type II diabetes. Tulsi seems to be able to lower blood sugar, much like chamomile.

Also of interest, tulsi shows strong evidence of being able to reduce stress and anxiety, and protect the body against damage caused by stress. As stress is one of the major factors that can aggravate type II diabetes, this herb is of special interest to diabetics. Like chamomile, however, tulsi also acts as an anticoagulant or blood thinner.

RateTea also has an extensive page about tulsi / holy basil, which has detailed information about the health and medicinal properties of this herb, citations to scientific studies on this herb’s effectiveness, and ratings, reviews, and different sources of buying this herb.

Basil lovers may be pleased to learn that other types of basil, including Italian sweet basil, and Thai basil, contain many of the same chemical components as tulsi. It certainly cannot hurt to include these herbs in your diet as well.

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Do Inversion Tables Help Your Back Pain? The Real Truth

Do Inversion Tables Help at All?

You have probably seen those infomercials on late night TV, but do inversion tables help your back pain? It’s a question I have often asked myself as a long time chronic back pain sufferer. I have had issues with my own back since an accident that caused me a herniated disc at the young age of 12.

The Teeter Hangup is the one inversion table that probably comes to mind immediately, to most of us. For a long time, it seemed this one inversion table was the only available to the public at a very high price tag. What many people do not know is that there are now some very affordable comparable inversion tables now on the market for around $100.

The inversion table, I decided to purchase, the Innova ITX9600, only cost me about $90, and because I purchased it from Amazon, I knew I could simply return it if it did not work, or if I felt the table was not sturdy enough.

The Innova ITX9600 shipped very quickly and free with my Amazon Prime Membership. I would suggest having a strong friend or family member around to help you maneuver the box this equipment comes in. The shipping weight is only 58 pounds, but is a bit awkward and if you already are having back pain it is probably best to not take any chances making it worse.

I was really impressed by how easy the ITX9600 was to set up, it was ready for use in about 10 to 15 minutes. It’s definitely the best inversion table for Scoliosis that I have found yet.

The Innova ITX9600 appeared to be strong and sturdy and was rated for 300lbs, and is very easy to adjust for my own 6 foot height. The height adjustments for this machine goes between 4′ 10″ up to 6′ 6″.

So… Do Inversion Tables Help Your Back Pain?

My first time in the ITX9600, was a bit of trial and error getting the pivot setting correct. This adjustment takes no tools, it is a simple spring loaded pin, you pull to make the adjustment. Two, or three changes and I found myself hanging upside down. I could instantly feel the pressure on my spine go away, as you would expect from hanging upside down.

I felt no pain and only spent about 3 or 4 minutes in the inverted position. I was most interested in if I could get myself upright again on my own, more than I was worried about pain relief. Once I figured out how to get my weight shifted properly I smoothly got back into an upright position.

One thing to note. The Innova ITX9600, has several degrees of recline, and I do not suggest the full reclining position for a first timer as I did. It will make you feel a little uneasy at first. Just something to note.

Do Inversion tables help your back pain? Not right away, it feels great the first use while you are inverted. My pain did come back quite quickly after stepping out of the machine. Giving it some time and adding some exercises, I can say I am beginning to feel an improvement. At the end of a days work, I am not nearly in as much pain or fatigue as I was. Do inversion tables help your back pain, I can say it has for me.

I would suggest anyone with a back injury to ask you doctor about using inversion tables for relief before doing so. It just seems like it might be too extreme for some injuries.

Most all inversion tables seem to be the same, some offer massage, infrared and acupuncture features, but all tables seem to be made very much alike. It’s really a choice of how much you want to spend and what features most interest you. Amazon offers 5 different models by Innova alone.

If you have back or neck pain I highly suggest considering an inversion table, if you are someone who can get into a routine of using it on a regular basis. I know from my own experience, if I did not make this machine a daily routine, it would offer me only little to no relief at all.

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What is Homeopathy? An Introduction

So, what is homeopathy anyway?

A VERY brief introduction to the history of homeopathy and its uses around the world today. Homeopathic medicines have been used successfully for over 200 years. Remedies are regulated as drugs by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (the FDA) and are recognized as such as being both SAFE and EFFECTIVE. Homeopathic medicine is used world wide by doctors, practioners, and lay persons.

Homeopathy is:

  • -Effective
  • -Individualized
  • -Gentle
  • -Affordable
  • -Non-invasive
  • -Non-allergenic
  • -Non-toxic
  • -Non-addictive
  • -Recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO)
  • -FDA Regulated

“I can’t manage without homeopathy. In fact, I never go anywhere without homeopathic remedies. I often make use of them.” —Paul McCartney

“Homeopathy is the safest and more reliable approach to ailments and has withstood the assaults of established medical practice for over 100 years.”—-Yehudi Menuhin, World famous violinist
Read On………..

My journey
….or how I got mixed up in this thing called homeopathy in the first place.

Once upon a time my eldest daughter had a cold. No biggie, she got over it (sort of). After she was “better” one little symptom lingered – she still had coughing fits. She felt fine, it was just annoying. I took her to see our doctor who assured us that it was probably just a little irritation in her larynx. Her lungs were clear, she didn’t have any infections, “just give her some cough drops” he said.

The cough drops didn’t do a thing. Nada. Zip. Zero. In fact, I’m fairly certain that we purchased and tried every single cough drop we could find – medicated, non-medicated, herbal, you name it. So I took it up a notch to cough syrup. That didn’t work either. Nor did just about every “natural” or “home-remedy” you could think of. While looking in Walgreens for a different type of cough medicine I made a discovery – every single brand of cough suppressant, pill or syrup, was the exact same drug.

Knowing that particular pharmaceutical wasn’t helping her at all I asked the pharmacist on duty that day for his help. He told me that usually the antihistamine in Benadryl worked really well for these kinds of coughs in children her age. Great! I went home with a bottle of Children’s Benadryl Syrup and dosed her up.

AND IT WORKED!!! Really, really well. You know how Benadryl tends to make adults sleepy and has the opposite affect in kiddos (making them hyper and nervous)? Not with her – nope. Twenty minutes after the first dose the cough was totally gone. And so was she – zonked out on the floor. She slept well, though, no coughing fits waking her up. Uh, not too good to have a zombie child though, I had to find something else.

Remembering that the pharmacy near our hospital carried “alternative” stuff (no idea what that really was at the time, though), I went there and found Hyland’s Children’s Cough Syrup. A Homeopathic remedy. Well, I thought, it won’t hurt to try……………..(and it worked like a charm – but then, you knew I was going to say that, didn’t you!)

Fast forward a bit. I used to suffer from painful sinus infections several times a year. I had given up on prescriptions and over-the-counter stuff a long time before since I had already learned that they didn’t help a darn bit for me. I stuck to neti pots, herbal stuff, and whatever else I could get my hands on for a little temporary relief. Some of them did work OK, but the key word was Temporary. One day as I felt another doozy coming on I decided that I was going to be proactive and find something to rid myself of the sinus curse.

Remembering the half-used bottle of Hyland’s syrup in the medicine cabinet, I went online and surfed around to see if there might be something “homeopathic” to help me (I still didn’t really know what that meant, but I was a desperate woman!). That led me to a little remedy called Ferrum phos. I tried it and was BLOWN AWAY by its effectiveness.

You have to remember, I had tried EVERYTHING and had never experienced a level of satisfactory relief before. When I first tried it, I didn’t even expect it to do anything, but like I said, I was desperate. BANG – knocked that sinus infection dead in it’s tracks before it could even turn angry and raging.

Fast forward a few months later. Here comes another sinus infection. What the heck! I still had some Ferrum phos. left, I might as well see if it works again, although I didn’t really expect it to. “Who knows?” I thought, the first time may have been a coincidence, right? WRONG! It worked AGAIN. Cool. I was THRILLED that I had found a way to nip these suckers in the bud before I had to suffer for a week with them. I made sure that I had a couple of extra bottles of it on hand and I was good to go!

Are you ready for the AMAZING part? The really, really, really amazing part?

That was the LAST bad sinus infection I EVER got. Seriously. After YEARS of dealing with them, they stopped coming back. I kid you not, I had “accidentally” cured myself!

Armed with this new-found eureka – I decided to explore this homeopathy stuff some more. I mean, if it really could knock my daughter’s cold out and my wicked sinus issues, what else was it capable of??

Don’t Laugh
This is a REALLY great book to get you started!
Complete Idiot’s Guide to Homeopathy
by: David W. Sollars

Seriously, I even have this one in my own library. I love the “Idiot’s” books, they make everything so easy to understand and are entertaining as well.

The Hahnemann Monument, Washington D.C.
Dr. Samuel Hahnemann
The father of homeopathy

The principles of Homeopathy were discovered by Dr. Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843), a sucessful medical doctor who became increasingly discouraged by “modern” medicine’s abilities. He treated his patients exactly how he was taught in school, yet there were too many that were beyond any help he could provide. He realized that the barbaric practices of the day such as leeches, purgatives, and blood letting were hurting people much more than helping.

In frustration, he gave up medicine and took a job translating books. One that he worked on was a text about the use of Quinine, from the tropical Cinchona, as a treatment for Malaria. The author postulated that Quinine worked because of its “bitter” nature. Dr. Hahnemann immediately saw the error in this, since he knew of MANY bitter substances that had no effect at all on Malaria. He did his own experiment by taking doses of Quinine over the course of several days and was surprised when he suddenly developed the symptoms of Malaria even though he did not have the disease. Tested on others led to the same results.

This led him to the first “law” of homeopathy – like cures like. A substance which can cause symptoms in a healthy person can cure a person who is suffering from a disease with those same symptoms. You just need something “stronger” to overtake the original stimulus (of the disease).

To put it VERY simplistically, I like to explain it like this: A fly lands on your arm and it tickles. The fly has stimulated the nerve endings in your skin. So, what do you do? You scratch it. You apply MORE of the same stimulation which caused the itch in the first place, and the tickling sensation goes away. This is much like the action of homeopathic remedies – taking a substance which causes your symptoms only stronger, will “knock out” the symptoms you were suffering from. It overpowers them, and stimulates your body to mount a defense.

Dr. Hahnemann experimented further and discovered that he could achieve the same therapeutic effects with much, much lower doses (after all, a person suffering from symptoms similar to Mercury poisoning would hardly improve their health by overdosing on Mercury to try and heal themselves). This led to the discovery of using infentessimally small doses of substances to achieve a cure in a safe manner. Hahnemann’s work led him to further discover that succussing (a method of diluting the substance sequentially and applying vigorous vibrations through shaking or hitting the remedy hard against something) increased the strength of the remedy. This is what the higher numbers on the remedy label mean – although the higher you go, the less of the original substance is present, the mechanical action of succussion increases its strength.

Although initially scoffed at by the medical community, Dr. Hahnemann and his methods slowly began to be accepted. Much of his acclaim began to grow during an outbreak of Cholera when patients treated in his homeopathic hospital had a much greater rate of recovery than those at “traditional” hospitals.

As more and more remedies were discovered (remedies are tested through a process called “proving” where people take dose after dose of them until specific symptoms develop), Dr. Hahnemann stressed the “Totality of Symptoms”. This means that, in order to find the best remedy for a person, you must take all of the symptoms in to account as a whole – their physical symptoms, their mental state, their emotions, and to note anything that makes the symptoms better or worse. Often only slight differences in symptoms differentiates between remedies. Some remedies are very similar, but may have specific differences.

Since his death, Dr. Hahnemann’s vision and dedication to healing have been carried on by each new generation of homeopaths. Homeopathy has a proven track record spanning over 200 years. The concept of “like cures like” has actually been around in some form, albeit rather rudimentary before Hahnemann, since the writings of Hippocrates in 400BC. Homeopathy also draws concepts from ancient Chinese and Asian texts (the concept of Vital Force or Life Energy, that which we may confuse today with our immune system).

By the mid 1820’s homeopathy had spread through Europe and reached the United States. By the turn of the century, the US was home to a great many homeopathic clinics, hospitals, sanitariums, medical schools, and nursing homes all utilizing Dr. Hahnemann’s concepts of sanitation, humane treatment, and the proper use of homeopathic remedies. In honor of Dr. Hahnemann’s contributions to medicine, a monument was errected to him in Washington, D.C.

As modern medicine began to make new discoveries and grow in popularity and effectiveness, the practice of homeopathy began to decline. It never completely went away, though, and in the 1970s began to grow once again. Today, homeopathy is taught in many countries around the world and is supported by the World Health Organization as a viable, accessable, affordable, and effective health care system. It has the strongest following in India, The UK (where it is covered by the National Health System), Canada, The United States, The European Union, Australia, the former Baltic States, Greece, Pakistan, South Africa, and the United Arab Emirates. In the United States, homeopathic remedies are regulated as over-the-counter drugs by the FDA.

“The highest ideal of cure is rapid, gentle and permanent restoration of health.” – Samuel Hahnemann

Food for thought
A different way to look at “like cures like”

Think about how hyperactivity is treated in children with ADHD. Do doctors prescribe a sedative to calm them down? No, the ADHD medications, like Ritalin, are STIMULANTS. Yet, these stimulants actually counteract the hyperactivity.

“There have been two great revelations in my life. The first was bebop, the second was homeopathy.” – Dizzy Gillespie

What can homeopathy do for YOU?

Homeopathy is used to treat a myriad of physical illnesses. Anything that you can think of that doesn’t require immediate surgical intervention (meaning emergencies such as broken bones, ruptured organs, serious wounds requiring repair, burst appendix, etc.) can benefit from homeopathic treatment. It can also be effective in helping mental problems, chronic conditions, first aid situations, and improving the overall quality of your life.


A homeopathic consultation is quite different from what you may be used to with western doctors. During the process of taking your case, you will be asked numerous in-depth questions. The information you give is essential to understanding your totality of symptoms. You will be asked to give detailed information on your main complaint, questions about your emotional health, your health history, your habits, the way you handle stress, what things make you feel better or worse, if you have any fears or anxieties, what your diet and lifestyle are like, what, if any, prescription, over-the-counter or herbal medicines you are taking, any supplements you take, your sleep patterns and quality, any diagnoses or lab results you’ve gotten from other doctors, and other items of importance which may come up.

You’ll be instructed on how to take your remedy – usually by placing the sweet tasting tablets or pills under your tongue to dissolve, or by dissolving them in a glass of water or prepared dropper bottle. The important thing to remember about homeopathic remedies is to stop taking them as soon as you notice improvement. A follow-up consultation will judge how well the remedy is working for you and if your remedy needs to be repeated or changed. For long-term chronic conditions, an ultra-low dose is often taken several times a day from a dropper bottle over a period of weeks to see the most improvement.

“I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to be a doctor. The doctors I knew as a very young child must have helped to plant the desire in me, when I was as young as five or six. One homeopathic physician, Dr. Justice Gage Wright, was a great model.” —C. Everett Koop, M.D., former Surgeon General of the United States

One Size Does NOT Fit All
Individualizing remedies
Homeopathy takes into consideration a person’s entire sympotom picture when prescribing. This means that something that works for one person may not work for another. Here’s an example:

Imagine two people with the same flu virus. One may have a headache, fever, and coughing fits with a sensitivity to noise and light. The other may have the headache and fever, but very little coughing, sore legs, and is very cranky.
They have the same virus, but they need different remedies. This is where a good reference book or a good homeopath comes in handy.

“Homeopathy cures a greater percentage of cases than any other method of treatment.” – Mahatma Gandhi

The Complete Homeopathy Handbook
by Miranda Castro
My top recommendation for your bookshelf.
The Complete Homeopathy Handbook: Safe and Effective Ways to Treat Fevers, Coughs, Colds and Sore Throats, Childhood Ailments, Food Poisoning, Flu, and a Wide Range of Everyday Complaints
by: Miranda Castro

Miranda Castro is one of the top homeopathic authors today. Her books are an excellent starting point for beginers and a great reference for practitioners to keep on hand. Her writing is concise and easy to understand, and this book is organized for ease of use.

What about the law?

In the U.S., at least. Because of their long use in the United States, the U.S. Congress passed a law in 1938 declaring that homeopathic remedies are to be regulated by the FDA in the same manner as nonprescription, over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, which means that they can be purchased without a physician’s prescription. Bach Flower Essences are classified by the FDA as Homeopathic Remedies.

Remedies are required to meet certain legal standards for strength, quality, purity, and packaging. In 1988, the FDA required that all homeopathic remedies list the indications for their use (i.e., the medical problems to be treated) on the label. The FDA also requires the label to list ingredients, dilutions, and instructions for safe use.

The guidelines for homeopathic remedies are found in an official guide, the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States, which is authored by a nongovernmental, nonprofit organization of industry representatives and homeopathic experts.The Pharmacopoeia also includes provisions for testing new remedies and verifying their clinical effectiveness. Remedies on the market before 1962 have been accepted into the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States based on historical use, rather than scientific evidence from clinical trials.

Care For Our Companions

Homeopathy works for animals too.

Homeopathic treatment is safe and effective for a wide range of health problems in animals. Many Veterinarians incorporate homeopathy in to their regular practice and and the Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy can help you locate a practice in your area. Many professional homeopaths with human clients can also treat your pets as well.

Different types of treatment

There are 4 “rough” categories that treatment falls into:

– Emergency or first aid treatment. These are remedies which are helpful in cases of shock, pain and swelling from injury, insect stings, trauma, dental pain, etc.

-Acute treatment. This covers illnesses like colds, flus, other infectious diseases, hay fever, croup, pneumonia, laryngitis, etc., and also for assisting with situations such as childbirth, surgical recovery, or convalescence.

-Chronic treatment. Treatment for long-standing, chronic conditions such as arthritis, asthma, lupus, hormonal problems, recurrant urinary tract infections, digestive disorders, prostate conditions, long-term skin conditions, fibromyalgia, etc.

-Constitutional treatment. This crosses over with Chronic treatment. Constitutional treatment uses a comprehensive remedy to treat the whole person, whether they are having specific health issues or not. It improves all areas of health – mental, emotional, and physical. A “healthy” person can benefit greatly from using their constitutional remedy to keep them healthy, in a positive frame of mind, boost their immune system, and keep them well prepared for life’s unexpected stresses. I list chronic and constitutional seperately because many people do not consider themselves to have a chronic disease or health problem, but still can benefit from this type of remedy.

“If I was not an actress, I would be a homeopathic doctor. —Lindsay Wagner”

Warnings and Side Effects

The FDA has learned of a few reports of illness associated with the use of homeopathic remedies. However, the FDA reviewed these reports and decided that the remedies were not likely to be the cause, because of the high dilutions.

Here is some general information that has been reported about risks and side effects in homeopathy:

-Homeopathic medicines in high dilutions, taken under the supervision of trained professionals, are considered safe and unlikely to cause severe adverse reactions.

-Some patients report feeling worse for a brief period of time after starting homeopathic remedies (this does not apply to Flower Essences). Homeopaths interpret this as the body temporarily stimulating symptoms while it makes an effort to restore health.

-Flower Essence remedies and some liquid homeopathic remedies can contain alcohol and are permitted to have higher levels of alcohol than conventional drugs for adults. This may be of concern to some consumers. However, no adverse effects from the alcohol levels have been reported either to the FDA or in the scientific literature.

-Homeopathic remedies are not known to interfere with conventional drugs; however, if you are considering using homeopathic remedies, you should discuss this with your health care provider. If you have more than one provider, discuss it with each one.

-As with all medicinal products, a person taking a homeopathic remedy is best advised to contact his health care provider if symptoms continue unimproved for more than 5 days.

-Keep all remedies out of the reach of children.

-Consult a health care provider before using the product if the user is a woman who is pregnant or nursing a baby.

Where To Go For Help

The National Center for Homeopathy
A great starting point for learning more.

ABC Homeopathy
Online pharmacy and user-friendly remedy finder.

The Homeopathy School of Colorado
I am a graduate of the Homeopathy School of Colorado and hold the designation of CHom (Classical Homeopath). While at the school, I had the privelege of training under homeopaths Alastair Gray, DSH, PCH, Judith Reichenberg-Ullman, ND, DHANP, MSW and Robert Ullman, ND, DHANP, and Kim Elia. I also participated as a supervisor in the published proving of Aquilegia vulgaris – the common Columbine.

Homeopathy for Everyone
An excellent site featuring articles from homeopaths around the world plus a free online introductory course. – My website

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Rescue Remedy for Anxiety

A Natural Stress Reliever

Rescue Remedy is a popular and effective blend of 5 different Bach Flower Essences designed to ease stress. Rescue Remedy is used world wide to treat emotional stress in emergency situations and is now available in different preparations apart from the original alcohol-based drops. Rescue Remedy is safe for all ages and is regulated and approved by the FDA in the United States.

Note: “Rescue Remedy” is a registered trademark of Nelson Bach USA, Ltd., Nelsonbach, and the Dr. Bach Foundation. The blend is available under different names from different companies. For the sake of familiarity and simplicity, this lens uses the word “Rescue Remedy” to include any and all 5-essence blends based on the original work of Dr. Edward Bach.

Rescue Remedy is a blend of five flower essences developed by Dr. Edward Bach in the 1930’s. It is safe and effective for temporary relief of emotional difficulties due to stress or anxiety. Rescue Remedy offers immediate and gentle relief and allows you to regain strength and emotional control.

How Safe Is Rescue Remedy?
The disclaimers and legal mumbo jumbo…….


Because of their long use in the United States, the U.S. Congress passed a law in 1938 declaring that homeopathic remedies are to be regulated by the FDA in the same manner as nonprescription, over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, which means that they can be purchased without a physician’s prescription. Bach Flower Essences are classified by the FDA as Homeopathic Remedies.

Remedies are required to meet certain legal standards for strength, quality, purity, and packaging. In 1988, the FDA required that all homeopathic remedies list the indications for their use (i.e., the medical problems to be treated) on the label. The FDA also requires the label to list ingredients, dilutions, and instructions for safe use.

The guidelines for homeopathic remedies are found in an official guide, the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States, which is authored by a nongovernmental, nonprofit organization of industry representatives and homeopathic experts.The Pharmacopoeia also includes provisions for testing new remedies and verifying their clinical effectiveness. Remedies on the market before 1962 have been accepted into the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States based on historical use, rather than scientific evidence from clinical trials.


The FDA has learned of a few reports of illness associated with the use of homeopathic remedies. However, the FDA reviewed these reports and decided that the remedies were not likely to be the cause, because of the high dilutions.

Here is some general information that has been reported about risks and side effects in homeopathy:

  • Homeopathic medicines in high dilutions, taken under the supervision of trained professionals, are considered safe and unlikely to cause severe adverse reactions.
  • Some patients report feeling worse for a brief period of time after starting homeopathic remedies (this does not apply to Flower Essences). Homeopaths interpret this as the body temporarily stimulating symptoms while it makes an effort to restore health.
  • Flower Essence remedies and some liquid homeopathic remedies can contain alcohol and are permitted to have higher levels of alcohol than conventional drugs for adults. This may be of concern to some consumers. However, no adverse effects from the alcohol levels have been reported either to the FDA or in the scientific literature.
  • Homeopathic remedies are not known to interfere with conventional drugs; however, if you are considering using homeopathic remedies, you should discuss this with your health care provider. If you have more than one provider, discuss it with each one.
  • As with all medicinal products, a person taking a homeopathic remedy is best advised to contact his health care provider if symptoms continue unimproved for more than 5 days.
  • Keep all remedies out of the reach of children.
  • Consult a health care provider before using the product if the user is a woman who is pregnant or nursing a baby.
  • The Flower Essence remedies are NOT a replacement for regular medical or homeopathic care. Please consult the appropriate professional for serious conditions.

Rescue Remedy is an excellent choice in emergency situations when it is important to maintain composure to deal with the situation at hand.

Dr. Edward Bach was a medical doctor, immunologist, bacteriologist, and homeopath. In the 1930’s he made the (the revolutionary) discovery that our physical health is intimately linked to our physical health. He tirelessly pursued his research in to discovering plant essences which possessed abilities to positively affect our mental state and emotions.

He developed Rescue Remedy as an “all purpose” emergency treatment for stressful situations. He blended five remedies which he felt would be of the most universal use. The original formula is still manufactured according to Dr. Bach’s specifications under the name “Rescue Remedy” by Nelsonbach.


  • Cherry Plum – for fear of losing control
  • Rock Rose – for terror, panic, and nightmares
  • Star of Bethlehem – for recovering from sudden shock
  • Impatiens – to help you slow down and relax
  • Clematis – to help you think clearly

Situations When You Need Rescue Remedy

  • Stress of exams or deadlines
  • A sudden fright or shock
  • As a calmative before and after surgery
  • Facing your fears, flying when you’re afraid of planes or going to the dentist when that causes anxiety
  • Upsetting situations

My Personal Use

I’ve used Flower Essence Remedies personally and with my children, my pets, and other family members for the past 8 years and with my homeopathic clients for 4 years. I have been heavily influenced Ian Watson’s work with using flower essences in tandem with homeopathy

I have received training in Flower Essence Therapy, Western Herbal Medicine, Reflexology, Health Counseling, Holistic Counseling, Nutritional Counseling, Reiki and Crystal Healing, and Eastern Meditation for health issues.

My philosophy is to offer the BEST care available to each client in a complementary way. I believe that everyone should be educated about all available options regarding their health and well-being and to have access to the best of all systems, whether they be traditional or modern, allopathic or holistic. Integrative medicine benefits everyone.

My Two Cents

I tend to prefer the dropper bottle to the spray. I’ve found that the sprayer can clog or break, but it is easier to use for some people.

Original English Flower Essences by FES

Flower Essence Services also prepares the 38 original essences according to Dr. Bach’s instructions. “Healing Herbs” is a trademark of The Flower Essence Society. Their emergency relief remedy is called “Five Flower Formula”. Visit their website at for more information.

Several other companies create flower remedies specifically for stressful situations as well, however, only those remedies listed in the Homeopathic Pharmacopeia of the United States (as are ALL Bach Essences) are regulated by the FDA.

Animals Have Feelings Too!!!

Rescue Remedy Works for Pets

Pets have feelings too! Flower Essences are a safe and gentle way to help your companions in times of stress or with behavioral issues. They can be administered on a regular basis or as needed, either directly or placed in their drinking water. Animals generally respond faster and stronger to Flower Remedies than humans. The remedies can be beneficial in helping our friends be more at ease in uncomfortable or unfamiliar situations.

Many veterinarians use Rescue Remedy before examining them to help calm them, after anesthesia, and to help an animal recovering from collapse

New Pet Tip

When introducing a new pet into the home, add a couple of drops of Rescue Remedy to the water dish or bottle for a few days to help them relax and settle in.

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What Is Hydrogen Peroxide Mouthwash?

Why You Should Try Hydrogen Peroxide Mouthwash For Yourself

Free of the man-made chemicals and artificial sweeteners found in most mouth rinses, Hydrogen Peroxide Mouthwash is a safe alternative to popular brands of antiseptic mouthwashes.

Hydrogen Peroxide in low concentrations has many medical uses, and can work well as a mouthwash especially for small injuries within the mouth. Some people actually use the same 3% Hydrogen Peroxide solution sold for first aid use as a mouthwash.

The Hydrogen Peroxide sold in drug and grocery stores contains chemical stabilizers that makes it unsafe to use as a mouthwash. It should be considered, and is usually labeled as for EXTERNAL USE ONLY – Do Not Ingest!

H.P.M. from Heritage Products formulated from Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide with cinnamon, menthol and clove oil added for flavoring.

You still shouldn’t swallow any Hydrogen Peroxide, but why would you want to use something in your mouth that’s not food grade?

I’ve used Hydrogen Peroxide Mouthwash to cleanse cuts inside my mouth, and I’ve successfully fought off gum infections by soaking cotton swabs with the H.P.M. and applying it directly to the infected area. I’ve also found it useful for those rare occasions when I have a cold since rinsing with H.P.M. will kill cold germs in my mouth, and gargling will help reduce the buildup of infectious germs in my throat.

I firmly believe that my use of H.P.M. from the time one of my teeth broke, and the time until it was repaired with a root canal prevented me from getting a serious oral infection. Unfortunately, I also firmly believe that the use of conventional oral care products in my younger years lead me to that broken tooth and need for a root canal.

For regular daily use, I prefer to use Jason Healthy Mouth Natural Mouthwash, but I always have a bottle of H.P.M. on hand, I also use it for first aide.

What Is The Advantage Of Hydrogen Peroxide As A Mouthwash?

I enjoy H.P.M., the brand of Hydrogen Peroxide Mouthwash from Heritage Products which is a pleasantly flavored mixture of Hydrogen Peroxide that works as an antiseptic, foaming, oxygenating, rinse for your mouth and gums. You can feel it working the first time you use it.

Heritage bases their products on the basic formulas and principles from the readings of Edgar Cayce (1877-1945) who is considered by many to be the father of holistic medicine as a majority of his readings dealt with the treatment of illness. His remedies have proven to be so popular, that many are still used today.

H.P.M. does contain alcohol, but unlike certain popular brands that contain as much as 26%, H.P.M. contains 5% Grain Alcohol, which is why I only use it on a short term basis.

H.P.M. also does not contain Fluoride.

It amazes me what we are expected to use on a daily basis. From food and personal hygiene to household cleaners and lawn care, the products with dangerous and harmful ingredients are all over the place. Once you know what they are, and what they can do to you, you may find yourself looking for more natural products, too.

I’ve been looking into natural products as an alternative to what is normally available for most of the past 20 years. While I may not have been able to track down every article I’ve seen related to the less savory contents of mouthwash over the years, most of the following contains information that has been available for years mixed with newer articles that shed new light, or reinforce older research:

While mouthwashes are generally safe, some can cause side effects in patients who use them. For example, many over-the-counter mouthwashes contain high levels of alcohol that may range from 18 percent to 26 percent. Overuse of these rinses can create a burning sensation in the cheeks, teeth and gums. Additional side effects may appear as the result of use of certain types of prescription-strength mouthwashes.

Dr. William Marcus, believes that a study conducted by Battelle for the National Toxicology Program on the toxicology of fluoride shows that there were dose-related increases in bone cancer in male rats. Dr. Marcus also questions the removal by peer reviewers of cancers at other sites in the rats as well. Especially worrisome to Dr. Marcus is the fact that that levels of fluoride that caused the cancers in the rats were lower than those seen in humans who ingested lower amounts, but for a longer period. These levels are generated because fluoride is accumulated in the body and is not secreted.

– Hidden Danger in Your Drinking Water and Toothpaste

Parents with young children are often told that they need to be giving fluoridated water to their children to help combat tooth decay and promote the growth of strong, healthy teeth. Water fluoridation is the addition of a chemical to increase the concentration of fluoride ions in drinking water. The truth is, fluoride is a very toxic poison. Many water supplies in America are fluoridated with sodium fluoride which toxic byproduct from aluminum production. Sodium fluoride has also been used as rat poison for over 40 years. The evidence suggests that by fluoridating water, we are poisoning our children.

– Warnings and Dangers of Fluoride in Drinking Water

The Fluoride Action Network is an international coalition seeking to broaden public awareness about the toxicity of fluoride compounds and the health impacts of current fluoride exposures.

– Fluoride Action Network

What the commercials don’t say is that fluoride was known in the early 1900s as an excellent rat poison. According to Robert Carleton, former scientist with the EPA, fluoride is more toxic than lead, and not quite as toxic as arsenic. It’s a waste product of many heavy industries-derived from the production of pesticides, fertilizers, aluminum, iron, steel, copper, lead, uranium, brick, cement and glass, among others….

….As it turns out, too much toothpaste may not be good for your health. Concerned that too many young children were swallowing toothpaste, the Food and Drug Administration, beginning in April 1997, required the following warning to appear on tubes of fluoridated toothpaste: “Use only a pea sized amount and supervise child’s brushing and rinsing (to minimize swallowing).” Parents also are warned to keep the toothpaste “out of the reach of children under 6,” and to “seek professional help or contact a poison center immediately” if more than is used for brushing is accidentally swallowed.

The FDA’s decision also was spurred by the growing number of cases of dental fluorosis-an unsightly and permanent discoloration of the teeth. The Wall Street Journal reports that 22 percent of American children now have the condition, which occurs in young children under six who have consumed too much fluoride.

– Fluoride: Wonder drug or super poison?

You May See These Artificial Sweeteners In Mouthwash

As possible side effects are usually found only within the small print on foods containing sorbitol, consumers may be unaware of its laxative effects and fail to recognize a link with their gastrointestinal problems

– Chewing gum weight loss warning

The warning comes after doctors came across two patients who had chronic diarrhea, abdominal pain and dangerously excessive weight loss. After lengthy investigations which could not identify why the patients were losing so much weight and had chronic diarrhea and pains, a detailed analysis of eating habits put the problem down to eating too much chewing gum with sorbitol.


Experience the fresh taste of clean! Hydrogen Peroxide is equivalent to chlorine dioxide-based mouthwashes in its ability to convert sulfides (the germs which cause halitosis) into sulfates.

Feel the oxygen-releasing molecules make your mouth come alive. H.P.M. combines the powerful oils of eucalyptus, menthol and thyme, with filtered water and Hydrogen peroxide, to bring you an effective, good-tasting mouthwash.

Ingredients: Water, Grain Alcohol (Ethyl alcohol, final percentage alcohol is ~5.5%), food grade Hydrogen Peroxide (final percentage in HPM is 1.5% Hydrogen Peroxide) and Flavor: eucalyptus, menthol and thyme oil

Caution: DO NOT SWALLOW – If irritation, pain or redness occurs, consult a doctor or dentist promptly. KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN. For use by children under 12: Adult Supervision. For use by children under 2: Use only under supervision of a qualified professional.

Peroxides are supposed to be bad for you. Free radicals and all that. But now we hear that hydrogen peroxide is good for us. Hydrogen Peroxide will put extra oxygen in your blood. There’s no doubt about that. Hydrogen Peroxide costs pennies.

So if you can get oxygen into the blood cheaply and safely, maybe cancer (which doesn’t like oxygen), emphysema, AIDS, and many other terrible diseases can be treated effectively. Intravenous hydrogen peroxide rapidly relieves allergic reactions, influenza symptoms, and acute viral infections.

No one expects to live forever. But we would all like to have a George Burns finish. The prospect of finishing life in a nursing home after abandoning your tricycle in the mobile home park is not appealing. Then comes the loss of control of vital functions the ultimate humiliation. Is life supposed to be from tricycle to tricycle and diaper to diaper? You come into this world crying, but do you have to leave crying? I don’t believe you do. And you won’t either after you see the evidence. Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? Read on and decide for yourself. .

When using H2O2, noted sensitivity to pollen and food allergens clinically improved. Improvement in allergic bronchitis, asthma and chronic sinusitis… significant improvement in energy and endurance.

Discover how this miraculous healing agent works, and why the medical establishment wants to suppress it. No other chemical compound comes even close to Hydrogen Peroxide in its importance to life.

Join Dr. Douglass as he reveals how this fascinating healer works to rid the body of disease.
Hydrogen Peroxide: Medical Miracle
by: William Campbell Douglass II

Dr. Douglass reveals medical truths, and deceptions, often at risk of being labeled heretical. He is consumed by a passion for living a long healthy life, and wants his readers to share that passion. Their health and well-being comes first.

He is anti-dogmatic, and unwavering in his dedication to improve the quality of life of his readers. He has been called “the conscience of modern medicine,” a “medical maverick,” and has been voted “Doctor of the Year” by the National Health Federation.

His medical experiences are far reaching-from battling malaria in Central America – to fighting deadly epidemics at his own health clinic in Africa – to flying with U.S. Navy crews as a flight surgeon – to working for 10 years in emergency medicine in the United States.

This dedicated physician has repeatedly gone far beyond the call of duty in his work to spread the truth about alternative therapies. For a full year, he endured economic and physical hardship to work with physicians at the Pasteur Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia, where advanced research on photoluminescence was being conducted.

These learning experiences, not to mention his keen storytelling ability and wit, make Dr. Douglass’ newsletters (Daily Dose and Real Health) and all of his books uniquely interesting and fun to read.

He shares his no-frills, no-bull approach to health care, often amazing his readers by telling them to ignore many widely-hyped good-health practices (like staying away from red meat, avoiding coffee, and eating like a bird), and start living again by eating REAL food, taking some inexpensive supplements, and doing the pleasurable things that make life livable.

Readers of Dr. Douglass’ books get all this, plus they learn how to burn fat, prevent cancer, boost libido, and so much more. And, Dr. Douglass is not afraid to challenge the latest studies that come out, and share the real story with his readers. He has led a colorful, rebellious, and crusading life!

Not many physicians would dare put their professional reputations on the line as many times as this courageous healer has. A vocal opponent of “business-as-usual” medicine, Dr. Douglass has championed patients’ rights and physician commitment to wellness throughout his career.

Dr. Douglass comes from a distinguished family of physicians. He is the fourth generation Douglass to practice medicine, and his son is also a physician.

Dr. Douglass graduated from the University of Rochester, the Miami School of Medicine, and the Naval School of Aviation and Space Medicine.

The Edgar Cayce Remedies
by: William A. McGarey

What opens the door to disease in our body? What enables us to get well?

Dr. William A. McGarey answers these questions and shows us the way to glowing good health. Guided by the teachings of Edgar Cayce, Dr. McGarey has treated thousands in his Arizona clinic.

He treats the human body not as a biochemical factory, but as a whole entity in time and space, affected by our consciousness and the experienced of life, now and through many incarnations.

Utilizing holistic concepts that use our minds creatively to bring health to our bodies, Dr. McGarey shows us a process of healing that includes: special diets and herbs, the preparation and use of Cayce’s famous castor oil packs.

Effective healing massages, an exercise program, treatments for specific illnesses, including psoriasis, colitis, asthma, heart disease, arthritis, and many more, daily meditation and prayer, dreams in health and healing, a Cayce pharmacopoeia.

Epilepsy – Jody’s Journey:
An Inspiring True Story of Healing with the Edgar Cayce Remedies (Paperback)
Epilepsy – Jody’s Journey: An Inspiring True Story of Healing with the Edgar Cayce Remedies
by: Linda Caputi R.N.

This is a remarkable true story of a young woman’s seven-year struggle and final victory over epilepsy.

Diagnosed with epilepsy at sixteen, Jody faithfully tried the medications conventionally prescribed. But when all failed, she turned to an alternative approach – one offered by the late Edgar Cayce, the “Sleeping Prophet,” considered the father of holistic medicine.

Cayce explained that the original problem with idiopathic epilepsy was often not in the head but below it, within the abdomen and spine. His recommendations were directed at the cause, not the symptoms.

This helped Jody when nothing else did, even after the discovery and removal of a brain tumor.

This book also reviews and charts Cayce’s remedies allowing the reader to see which were recommended and for whom. Nine case studies of people who received “psychic” readings from Cayce, and were healed, are summarized and comprise the last part of the book.

Warning: Note that the Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide in HPM is less than 2%. You may see Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide available at concentrations as high as 35%.

It Is Not Safe To Use 35% Hydrogen Peroxide as Mouthwash at Full Strength!

If you do not understand how to dilute Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide to levels safe for internal usage, then you should stick to products which have already been formulated in levels that are safe to use.

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How to get rid of anxiety naturally

Ways to Stop Anxiety & Stress in your life

It seems everyone and their mother is stressed out to the max today and looking to find ways to get rid of anxiety. You can see the stress on people’s faces just walking through the mall or in any public place. People are mainly unhappy and worried. The problem is, the stress and anxiety is literally eating them away from the inside out.

Science has proven stress and anxiety cause a breakdown of the body, increase the speed in which we age and causes us to get sick more often and for longer periods of time.

So how do we deal with these issues in a way that is manageable?

Look, even I get stressed from time to time. But below are the main things I do when I start feeling the anxiety starting to creep in. They are all proven methods and best of all, they are free and you don’t need to take any drugs to feel better!

1. Deep Breathing

Just Breathe! I know it sounds so simple, almost dumb. But when you’re stressed you don’t realize it but your breathing gets shallower and faster.

Slow it down consciously. Feel your breath, concentrate on it. Breath as deeply as you can and exhale.

Make it even more effective by telling yourself that as you are exhaling, you are ridding your body of all of its “tightness” and anxiety. It’s just flowing out with the breaths.

2. Meditate instead of Medicate

Medicine is not going to help. You might feel better for the moment, but all you’re really doing is complicating everything and polluting your body. Rather, try to meditate.

Now I don’t mean you need to be a Buddha or Guru, simple meditation is simply slowing your mind and thoughts down enough to see the now. Experience now-ness. When you concentrate on now, you’re not thinking about the future problems you have, or your past or anything but what is NOW.

3. Practice Self Love

No, nothing dirty here. I’m taking about treating yourself well. Like go for a massage once in a while, or even a manicure. It feels nice to pamper yourself once in a while. And you should. Remember why it’s nice to be alive.

4. Eliminate Soda and Coffee

Your diet also plays a huge part on how you feel. Drinking things with a lot of sugar or caffeine also induce feelings or stress rather than calmness. If at all possible, try switching out a soda for an un-sweetened lemonade, or a healthier juice. Or the best option, just drink water.

There are a lot of really delicious teas to try as well if you’re a big coffee drinker like I was. Some of them have a really mellowing effect, and they taste great. And just the warmness can be comforting as well.

5. Get Rid of Clutter

– It’s hard to feel peaceful when you’re surrounded by a lot of clutter. A minimalist environment that is tidy and neat make you feel calmer than a place where there is mess and chaos. Some people even go as far as cleaning to cope with stress, as it makes you feel in control in a sometimes uncontrollable situation.

6. Stop Digging

There’s a saying, the first thing to do to get out of a hole is to stop digging! Meaning, one of the biggest things people stress about is money. Especially debt.

So STOP adding more debt if that is your number one stress.

A lot of people have the tendency to “relieve” stress by shopping, or buying another thing they do not nor ever needed to try to make themselves feel better.

Instead, make yourself feel better by getting rid of stuff. Less stuff, less chaos. Less stress. Have a garage sale. Use, Ebay. Sel, sell, sell! Make some money rather than spend it, I bet it’ll make you feel a whole lot better!

So here are my 6 very serious tips to relieve the anxiety in your life. They may not seem all that “scientific”, but I promise they are a step in the right direction to making yourself feel a lot better.

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Benefits of Alkaline Water

Should I Be Using Alkaline Water PH With H?

Homeopathic medicines are made with pure spring water or specialized tinctures. When you use them, it is a good idea to also drink some alkalized or ionic water, otherwise they have to compete in an acidic environment, and may become less stable.

Homeopathy uses water imprinting into the structural memory of water, which is structured and has a high surface tension.

The PH system (parts hydrogen, a measure of how alkaline or acidic water is) of regular tap water, reverse osmosis, distilled and most bottled waters are extremely acidic in nature.

This acidity is unstructured, has low surface tension and will reduce the effectiveness of any supplements or medicines you are taking. Your body has to take calcium from your bones and joints to re-mineralize this acidic water.

An acidic PH level is a direct cause of inflammation in your body and leads to most illnesses! There are also pathogens, heavy metals, prescription drugs, chemicals and waste products in that same water.

No wonder most of the people in the so-called “civilized” world have their health so out of whack. If you are not drinking alkaline (preferably ionized) water, then you are selling your health short!

The other chemicals in acidic water will eventually cause disease, cancers, Alzheimer’s, brittle bones, wrinkled saggy skin, and make you look decrepit and much older than you really are.

Alkalized Water – Healing Water?

There is one thing that makes a big difference in your health and beauty profile (handsomeness if you’re a man) and that’s saturating your body with the health and rejuvenating benefits of ionized alkaline PH water. When the water is alkalized and ionized it becomes highly structured with a high surface tension, alkaline and has the toxins and pathogens filtered out.

If you’ve seen how red blood cells clump together when people are dehydrated or ill, then you know how this can cause health problems.

Ionised water uses electrolysis to separate the acidic particles from the alkaline particles, resulting in PH adjusted water. You can set an ionizer to produce acidic water (which is great for cleaning up around the house).

Water treated with distillation or reverse osmosis produces only acidic water as they take out the beneficial minerals and structure of the water, micro-clustering and high surface tension needed to hydrate all your living cells.

Drinking alkaline PH ionized water solves this problem for you! Ionized drinking water is making a huge difference in my own life, as a natural bodybuilder, health & fitness guru, the way I look, feel and perform means everything! And it can really help with any stomach problems you may have, or gastro illnesses according to Gastroinflorida. Ionizing and Alkalizing the water creates the highest quality (structured, micro-clustered, alkaline and mineralized) and by far the best tasting drinking water you have ever had.

Try it for yourself and you won’t go back. I did just that when a friend of mine (Giovanni) gave me the information on this water, and had me actually sample it. I thought he was nuts at first because I never heard of ionized water, and I am in the health industry.

I actually stopped using my Reverse Osmosis filter and switched to the highly Alkaline Ionized Water immediately! He was definitely on the right track with this. I did my own research it totally confirmed what he has told me.

The taste different is clear, and how I feel afterwards is even better. It not only quenches my thirst but hydrates my skin as well, and that makes me look really good, not just in the gym but later in the evenings at social events too!
Ionic Water Benefits

How Will Drinking This Ionic Water Benefit Me?

  • It reduces total body inflammation and hydrates all your cells
  • You get more energy (ionized water has more electrical potential)
  • Completely hydrates and oxygenates your entire body, inside and out,
  • Makes blood and lymph cells more fluid and electrically charged
  • Removes the cause of many diseases (acidity and inflammation)
  • Makes your skin and hair look fully radiant, elastic and youthful
  • Quenches Your Thirst!

Alkaline Water for Health

Here are a few water ionizers that I recommend that work well with homeopathic remedies and also reduce the causes of inflammation and dehydration (From Better to Best), they can make your current water more alkaline PH as well as health and beauty promoting too:

  • Alkapod – Portable water ionizer for those on the go (has zeolyte in it)
  • Hybrid – Home or travel unit (very high quality)
  • Genesis – The highest quality home water ionizer
  • Revelation – Under sink completely installed home unit (Set it and forget it!)

Ionized bottled water can be a quick fix but should not be the staple of your drinking water because it does not have the same properties as health grade ionized water that is bottled by you!

Do yourself a favor and at least get a portable ionizer before you waste your hard earned money on highly overpriced tap water that still may not be hydrating. Besides, the plastic bottles bleed plastic into the water.

There is also a huge disposal and waste problem along with the cost to the environment and waste disposal. You can help by using BPA-Free (the cancer causing chemical in most plastic water bottles) stainless steel or thicker bottles that you can wash and reuse (filing them with your own ionic water, of course!)

Ionized Drinking Water – Alkaline PH

You don’t need to add anything to the already highly alkaline ionized water, as it’s already in it’s most energetic and mineralized state. Listen to what a prominent brain injury specialist has to say about how it transformed her own health, from being highly inflammatory to extremely healthy:

The best overall method for water purification is getting your own home water ionization unit like the Genesis Ionizer or an Alkapod Portable Water Ionizer.

Water for Life USA sells the best alkaline water ionizers: devices that transform ordinary tap water into healing and rejuvenating, deliciously hydrating water. Use this alkaline water ionizer to purify your water from disease causing living pathogens (viruses, bacteria and protozoa), change your water’s pH structure from acid to alkaline, and transform your water into a powerful antioxidant.

Ask anyone who sufferers from gout or arthritis who regularly drinks ionized water. They will tell you how much their condition improves! The quality of Water for Life USA’s products are proven through dozens of scientific papers and thousands of healthy, rejuvenated athletes and clients.

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The Skinny on Skin Care

A truthful look at what matters and what doesn’t where facial skin is concerned. 

Many of us have once stood before a seemingly all-knowing beauty consultant and been told a mish-mash of misleading facts designed to wow the naïve consumer into purchasing a plethora of products that we may, or may not use to the last drop before we again find ourselves before yet another beauty consultant of a different brand, brandishing a whole new set of semi-true selling points.

It’s time to cut the crap and get down to the unadulterated truth of skin care.

Skin care is about solutions. Forget about several step regiments. The key to a great skin care regiment is finding solutions for your specific skin concerns, which probably won’t include all the products recommended to you by a department store beauty clerk.

Cleanser – The Essential Step

The purpose of a cleanser is to remove dirt and makeup and hinder bacterial growth. Some cleansers work better for dryer skin and have a more lotion like consistency, while other cleansers, like foaming or gel types are better for oilier skin.

Oily skin types need to keep in mind that over-stripping the oil from your skin can lead to an over production of sebum. Gentle, effective cleansing is the key.

The Skinny: Each person has a different type of cleanser they prefer. Whether dispensed from a bottle, or rubbed from a bar, the difference is personal choice and one is not better than another. All that matters here is that your skin feels fresh, clean and not tight or dry right after washing.

 TIP: Bar soaps use little water in production and require very little to zero preservatives making them an eco-friendly choice.


Eye Makeup Remover – Makeup Divas Only

Eye makeup remover is a must if you wear waterproof mascara or thick eyeliner. It is not, however, something that you must buy from a beauty counter. The magic ingredient that removes your heavy eye makeup is none other than…oil. And surprisingly, any oil will do the job.

Try almond oil, jojoba oil, or EVOO. Remove your eye makeup before you wash your face and you can wash away that greasy oil feeling with out stripping your precious eye area.

The Skinny: Do remove heavy eye makeup with a natural oil before washing your face. Use 100% cotton balls or pads to do the job.

Toner – To Tone or Not To Tone…

This is a good question. It would seem that no skin care regiment is complete with out a matching bottle of toner. But what does it do for us?

The truth here is, for most people toner is not important. What toner does is remove residue from products used before it, and depending on the formula, it may balance your skin’s ph or have additional acne fighting ingredients. Also, it keeps your skin moist which makes your moisturizer go on in a nice thin layer.

The Skinny: Using toner is only necessary if you are looking for an extra benefit such as skin calming for irritable skin or acne fighting. The ingredients in toner are inexpensive so don’t pay for packaging. Shop for brands that don’t dress up their products.

TIP: For a soothing toner, fill a spray bottle with filtered water and sliced cucumber and keep it in the fridge for up to 5 days.

Moisturizer – Don’t Leave Home Without It!

This vital step should never ever be skipped. Whether you have oily skin, dry skin or a combination of both, finding the perfect moisturizer should be number one on your priority list. The day you begin washing your face morning and night is the day you should begin applying moisturizer.

These creamy concoctions provide a wide variety of benefits and are the most researched items in any skin care line and are the foundation for the best facials in San Diego. They are the proverbial “bacon” of the skin care industry.

Finding the right moisturizer for your skin can be an expensive venture. Many products range anywhere from 30 to 80 dollars and some are even more. My advice is to never ever buy before you try.

Additionally, shop the brands and read up before you bust your budget. While you do get what you pay for in moisturizers, make sure you aren’t paying for a chic glass jar. The contents are the focus, not the sparkly wrapper.

WARNING: I can’t stress the cost of packaging enough. I have purchased bulk jars from packaging companies before and the fancy jars that department store brands use can cost anywhere from 10 to 20 dollars a piece and sometimes more. The more special they look, the more they cost. That’s a lot of money for a container that will likely end up in the recycling bin in three months.

The Skinny: There’s no getting around it! Use moisturizer every time you wash your face. Make sure either your moisturizer or foundation has sunscreen.

Eye Cream – What, When, Why and How

The skin around your eye is thin and more prone to collagen break down than the skin of your face. It is important to apply a product that will infuse your eye area with moisture and nutrients to promote the maintenance of your collagen.

Products like eye gels tend to reduce puffiness while creams and lotions are moisture specific. It’s not necessary to use both a gel to de-puff and a cream for moisture. Find one product that will do all you need. Apply eye products by gently patting them around the whole eye area with your ring finger.

What age a person should start using eye cream depends on their skin type. Oily skin types should start using an eye cream in their late twenties or early thirties. Dry skin types should begin using eye creams in their early twenties.

The reason for this is that the secretion of sebum or oil on the skin actually protects your skin from free radicals and pollutants and can stave off aging.

Dry skin has less sebum production so it’s important to moisturize the face, neck and eye area at an earlier age to keep wrinkles at bay.

The Skinny: Do use an eye cream whenever you moisturize; especially if you have mature or dry skin. Find a product that does double or triple duty and is appropriate for your age and budget.

Exfoliators – Scrub-a Dub Dub

Exfoliation removes the dead skin cells from the surface that would otherwise remain and begin to decompose and cause icky skin problems. Exfoliating is good for you but there are some rules you should follow.

Don’t exfoliate too often. If you exfoliate too long or too often you can irritate your skin. Acne prone skin should be especially wary here because scrubbing can actually spread bacteria and perpetuate breakouts.

Exfoliate twice a week, every three or four days and rub your skin just enough to get around your whole face. If you have acne prone skin, use your exfoliator with short and gentle sweeping strokes.

Stay away from super abrasive scrubs. Exfoliators with harsh abrasives such as ground apricot pits can actually create tiny scratches all over your face. The skin of your face should be handled very gently. Use scrubs that have tiny abrasives or soft ones like ground almonds or micro-beads.

If you have a lot of dry, flaking skin, set your face over a bowl of steaming hot water (6 inches from the surface) and cover your head with a towel. Let the steam penetrate and loosen the flaky skin for about 5 minutes before proceeding with your exfoliation.

This way you can remove those pesky flakes with out scrubbing your skin raw. You can even add calming essential oils or tea bags to the water for a therapeutic experience.

The Skinny: For a fresh face, exfoliate your skin twice a week using a gentle formula that won’t scratch your skin up.

TIP: Use baking soda mixed with water for an instant exfoliator if all you need to do is freshen your skin.

Specialty Products – A Way to “Super Size” Your Bill

Also known as the “up sell”, specialty products are sometimes needed but most times not. Additionally, they are typically more expensive than anything else you’ll buy. Most of the time, you can find a regular skin care item with these same special ingredients that will eliminate the need for you to buy an extra jar. An example of this is a toner with alpha hydroxy acids or a moisturizer with wrinkle fighting properties.

The Skinny: Unless you have a special skin condition, specialty products are overkill.

Once upon a time, as an untrained consumer myself, I was sold a gel face wash, a cleansing bar, a toner, a moisturizer that could only be used on part of my face, an eye cream, an exfoliator, a night time moisturizer and a day time moisturizer all in the same purchase. I was 19 years old, and yes, I was naïve.

Now, many years of tested products and accumulated wisdom later, I bring you the bare truth of skin care. Using matching products from the same line will not ensure success. Fancy bottles do not always contain more expensive or magical ingredients. And anti-aging face wash will not reduce signs of aging; it will merely wash your face.

So go forth, empowered consumer and get samples, ask questions, and research products. Read online about different brands of skin care and decide what sounds good for you. Find the retailers for those products and make appointments for free skin care trials.

Do not make the mistake of buying anything right after your appointment. Do not be wowed by baseless analogies or technical terms. Ask how it works and why it works until it makes sense to you.

And most importantly, ask to take home samples and wait at least over night to see how your skin responds to the routine before buying. You’ll thank yourself for making a smart and informed purchase!

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How to Get Rid of Head Lice Naturally

How to Get Rid of Head Lice with NO Chemicals!

Headlice spend their entire life in the scalps of people and only feed on human blood. These little vampires (head louse) attach eggs to the scalps of unsuspecting people.

They can also attach to pubic hair (called crabs or crab louses).

It’s medical name is called pediculosis. After they hatch they remain attached to the shaft of the hair until physically removed by abrasion (usually with a lice comb) or special shampoos.

If left untreated they can take months or years to get rid of. Lice combs may leave the eggs (nits) and should be used with a natural, pesticide free shampoo for safe and effective long term results.

Nits become immune to the poison but it still harms the body, so choosing a natural remedy is by far the best solution for complete relief!

Nits or Lice in The Hair

A Nit refers to a louse egg or nymph. They multiply and lay eggs quickly so it is best to treat it as soon as you notice it. They can spread by jumping on the clothing or bedding and jumping on to the next person.

They can cause itching, flaking and swelling of the scalp and can introduce disease into your body. They are usually treated with dangerous pesticides, but fortunately natural treatments are actually safer and more effective – both short and long term!

How to Remove Lice & Nits From the Hair or Body

Licenex is a natural homeopathic shampoo that safely removes lice and nits from your hair and body (pediculosis or crabs) overnight, without the use of harmful pesticides which poison you as well. Here is what Licenex does for you:

  • Quickly and Safely Begins removing lice and nits from your entire home and body
  • Soothes irritated skin quickly, including inflammation, itching, sensitivity, swelling and soreness
  • Gives you a holistic, safe solution to lice infestation without the use of dangerous pesticides

lice lifecycle

Here’s what people are now saying about using Licenex to get rid of lice & nits from their hair and bodies fast:

The nits are just falling off . . .
By Maggie S. (TX) • 5 Star

This is my second purchase of Licenex. We tried Licenex about a year ago; we had a seriously severe infestation. We got the initial infestation in July 2007.

We tried all the store bought items. We tried the poison ones, the natural ones, home recipes and we couldn’t get rid of them. We had them for almost five months when I came upon Licenex online. I ordered it and started using it immediately. The nits started falling off, and we finally were over them about three weeks later.

This time when we discovered the lice, we got on the ball and started using the Licenex I had left over from last year. Again the nits are just falling off and my girls’ heads are almost clean. I sincerely recommend this product to anyone who has tried everything already. The hardest part is getting rid of the nits. Licenex does that for you. The best part is how easy it is to use and the results are great.

I liked the fact it would get the eggs as well.
By Penny L. (GA) • 5 Star

My son came home from school with lice and I immediately ran to the drug store, bought traditional kits, and spent hours combing and picking nits out of his head. After a few days it was back and his 3 year old brother had it as well. Getting a 3 year old to sit still long enough to comb and pick was nearly impossible. Needless to say after a few more days they were back again. Frustrated, looking on the Internet I found Licenex. I liked the fact that it said it would get the eggs as well. I ordered it and it arrived quickly. I used the same bottle to spray furniture, car, etc. and use in the laundry. Finally the lice were gone! Thank you Licenex! I continue to spray linens and furniture often. It has a nice smell!

Everything else I was doing was not working for her.
By Carrie M. (New Brunswick) • 5 Star

I have a little girl that just seemed to just keep getting lice from school. She was so ashamed that she would make me promise not to tell anyone to watch out. After 2 bouts of it only 3 months apart she would cry so bad.

I found this on line and tried it, everything else I was doing was not working for her. I was so frustrated. I am still using it on a weekly basis to prevent even getting it again, and some of her friends have gotten it but not her. I believe this product works, and because of it she has got her life back and is happy again. I can’t thank you enough. Thanks MOM! God bless this product.

There are NO bugs on my daughter’s head!
By Julie M. (IL) • 5 Star

For the first time in two and a half weeks there are NO bugs on my daughter’s head! It was as simple as put it on, rub it in, rinse, and 5 min of combing! This is a great product for parents of young children or anyone sick of the long process of the over the counter stuff! Thank you so much for bringing peace back to my home!!

Getting Rid of Lice & Nits – Quickly & Naturally

You can stop the infectious spread of these little vampires before they infest every corner and crevice of your home. Don’t sleep with uninvited guests getting in your hair.

Get it and get rid of nits now using natural homeopathic medicines. Lice are history. Just click on the Licenex banner below and you’ll discover how to get of lice quickly and safely.

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What is Homeopathy?

What EXACTLY is Homeopathy and Does it Work?

Homeopathy is a branch of holistic medicine, where the homeopathic physician or practitioner gives a remedy of the same nature as what is showing up in the symptoms in a person.

For instance if a person is suffering from a cold or flu symptoms, then he or she should take a homeopathic remedy like oscillococcinum or FluGo which would cause cold or flu symptoms in a healthy person in a large dose. However the person is actually taking only the imprint of the dose (empty supplement) which will attract what is causing the symptoms in a sick person and draw them out of the body.

How does it work?

It works on a vibrational level (like attracts like), and resonates with what is causing the symptoms in a person, and then draws that to the homeopathic remedy which the person took, and will be eliminated when they use the restroom.

It works like a magnet, attracting the “bad guys” by offering them bait. They are attracted to it and attach to it and are quickly escorted out of the body.

What is in a homeopathic remedy?

Homeopathic remedies begin with an active ingredient (what would cause the symptoms of a specific illness in an individual) and then it bonds with purified water in direct sunlight.

This creates a memory in the water. Dr. Masaru Emoto proved this extensively in his work with water. He froze water crystals that were in different environments and with different substances (even thoughts, words, intentions and music) and then analyzed them under a darkfield microscope.

When they were beneficial they would show up like a beautiful symmetrical, perfect 6 sided snowflake! When they were diseased, they would show random patterns, or would look like bacteria. He took water from a sewer and blessed it – and it changed from random to beautiful. This was done with many different things in scientific laboratories and substantiates the workings of homeopathy.

After this homeopathic substance is exposed to the reactive ingredient it is diluted thousands of times. It is usually diluted so much that not even a molecule of the active ingredient is even in it.

The water is left with only the memory or imprint of the ingredient that causes symptoms. This water is then attuned to a specific frequency (vibration) that is matched to the symptoms an individual is having. They take it orally and it draws the symptom causing toxin out of the body.

It is completely safe, and very effective if you get the right formula matched to the symptoms you are experiencing. I personally use the oscillococcinum or FluGo at the first signs of a cold, and I really get through it very quickly, usually in 1 or 2 days, and way less severe too.

It works on many different symptoms as well. It can even work on animals! It is not belief based medicine (i.e., placebo) as animals don’t believe in a specific medicine, but it works just the same.

It is a holistic natural remedy that works wonders in people and the animals we love too.

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