Emotional Support – Using Flower Essence Remedies

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Dr. Bach was an English medical doctor who also practiced homeopathy. He was dissatisfied with how medicine treated symptoms, while ignoring the welfare of the patient as a whole. In his search to find a gentler method of healing he developed Bach Flower Remedies, in 1930. He believed illness resulted in a conflict between the emotions and that this “internal war” leads to negative moods and energy blocking, which causes a lack of “harmony” and leads to physical diseases.

THE BEAUTY OF PLANTS:

Plants have been used fro medicinal purposes from the beginning. Bach, however, makes distinction between plants that relieve symptoms  and those that contain genuine healing ability.

The flower, in which all the essential energies of the plant have concentrated, is picked at the point of full maturity or perfection, that is, when it is about to drop.

Flower remedies are vibrational (homeopathic-like) remedies made from the flowers of plants. Most are made by soaking flowers in water in the sunlight, then preserving the water with brandy to make a mother tincture. The mother tincture is then diluted to create the final remedy.

  • The beauty of these Flower Essence Remedies is they work on vibrational like energy.  Don’t think vibrational energy is “real”, well when you are angry, or scared does your body “feel” calm?  For most people that answer would be “NO”, their hands may shake, or it feels like their inners are shaking or vibrating.  That IS vibrational energy, the ones that love to cause “short-circuit” issues within our bodies are; FEAR, WORRY, ANGER, ANXIETY, GRIEF, these do not do a body good, but using these flower remedies can from a homeopathic perspective assist your body in balancing those negative nellies.
  • These work for pets too, so if you have a pet that suffers from separation anxiety, or doesn’t like being crated, or travel etc.  Give Distress Remedy a try. I used to have a Congo African Gray parrot who would pluck her feathers when we would leave the house, I would put the Distress Remedy in her water dish (these are virtually tasteless by the way), and it really WORKED! I have also used this remedy on our dogs especially when they were puppies and stressed out over being left home alone in their crates.
  • If you are dealing with the grief of losing a loved one, Release it, and Open Heart may be helpful, none of these flower remedies cause any side-effects, so no drowsiness, tiredness, and non-habit forming.  Safe to give to children as well.
    Natures Sunshine offers a line of these flower essence remedies which include:

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Distress Remedy

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Benefits:
Supports emotional balance.
May assist the body with occasional emotional distress and emotional balance.
How It Works:
Flower Essences are liquid extracts developed for modern issues of emotional and physical stress.
Ingredients:
Arnica (Arnica mollis), Star of Bethlehem (Ornithogalum umbellatum), Rock Rose (Helianthemum nummularium), Impatiens (Impatiens glandulifera), Clematis (Clematis vitalba), Cherry Plum (Prunus cerasifera) Red Clover (Trifolium pratense), vegetable glycerin and purified water.
Recommended Use:
Take 10–15 drops under the tongue every 10–15 minutes or as needed until symptoms improve. Then decrease to every 1–2 hours, then to four times daily until symptoms are relieved. Avoid any contact with dropper to eliminate product contamination. For children under 12, consult your health care professional

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Keep Cool

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Benefits:
May assist the body with feelings of anger and irritability.
May also assist with empathy and communication
How It Works:
Flower Essences are liquid extracts developed for modern issues of emotional and physical stress.
Ingredients:
Calendula (Calendula officinalis), Snapdragon (Antirrhinum majus), Impatiens (Impatiens glandulifera), Grape Vine (Vitis vinifera), Willow (Salix vitellina), Holly (Ilex aquifolium), Tiger Lily (Triteleia ixiodides), vegetable glycerin and purified water.
Recommended Use:
Take 10–15 drops under the tongue every 10–15 minutes or as needed until symptoms improve. Then decrease to every 1–2 hours, then to four times daily until symptoms are relieved. For children under 4, consult your health care professional. Avoid any contact with dropper to eliminate product contamination.

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Find Strength

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Benefits:
May assist with feelings of unworthiness.
May help the body with emotional strength and help deal with occasional emotional stress.
How It Works:
Flower Essences are liquid extracts developed for modern issues of emotional and physical stress.
Ingredients:
Mariposa Lily (Calochortus leichtlinii), Pine (Pinus sylvestrus), Scarlet Monkeyflower (Mimulus cardinalis), Centaury (Centaurium erythraea), Fuschia (Fuschia magellanica), Pink Yarrow (Achillea millefolium var. rubra), Goldenrod (Solidago californica), vegetable glycerin and purified water.
Recommended Use:
Take 10–15 drops under the tongue every 10–15 minutes or as needed until symptoms improve. Then decrease to every 1–2 hours, then to four times daily until symptoms are relieved. For children under 4, consult your health care professional. Avoid any contact with dropper to eliminate product contamination.

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Release It

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Benefits:
May assist the body with the grieving process.
May help in letting go of the past.
May assist with emotional distress.
How It Works:
Flower Essences are liquid extracts developed for modern issues of emotional and physical stress.
Ingredients:
Self-Heal (Prunella vulgaris), Love Lies Bleeding (Amaranthus caudaius), Chicory (Cichorium intybus), Bleeding Heart (Dicentra formosa), Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum morifolium), Borage (Borago officinalis), Star Thistle (Centauria solstitialis), vegetable glycerin and purified water.
Recommended Use:
Take 10–15 drops under the tongue every 10–15 minutes or as needed until symptoms improve. Then decrease to every 1–2 hours, then to four times daily until symptoms are relieved. For children under 4, consult your health care professional. Avoid any contact with dropper to eliminate product contamination.

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Open Heart

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Benefits:
May assist with the ability to love.
May help release suppressed emotion.
May help increase empathy and compassion.
How It Works:
Flower Essences are liquid extracts developed for modern issues of emotional and physical stress.
Ingredients:
California Wild Rose (Rosa californica), Baby Blue Eyes (Nemophila menziesii), Yerba Santa (Eriodictyon californicum), Star Tulip (Calochortus tolmici), Evening Primrose (Oenothera elata), Pink Monkeyflower (Mimulus lewisii), Golden Ear Drops (Dicentra chrysantha), vegetable glycerin and purified water.
Recommended Use:
Take 10–15 drops under the tongue every 10–15 minutes or as needed until symptoms improve. Then decrease to every 1–2 hours, then to four times daily until symptoms are relieved. For children under 4, consult your health care professional. Avoid any contact with dropper to eliminate product contamination.

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Be Responsible-Able

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Benefits:
May assist the body with promoting self honesty.
May help encourage self-responsibility.
May help with self-defeating behavior.
How It Works:
Flower Essences are liquid extracts developed for modern issues of emotional and physical stress.
Ingredients:
Black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa), Black Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hurta), Milkweed (Asclepias cordifolia), California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica), Agrimony (Agrimonia eupatoria), Joshua Tree (Yucca brevifolia), Mullein (Verbascum thaspus), vegetable glycerin and purified water.
Recommended Use:
Take 10–15 drops under the tongue every 10–15 minutes or as needed until symptoms improve. Then decrease to every 1–2 hours, then to four times daily until symptoms are relieved. For children under 4, consult your health care professional. Avoid any contact with dropper to eliminate product contamination.

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So Many folks struggle to manage their emotional highs & lows, and for some they may believe these flower essence remedies sound too simple.  However, physical and emotional support doesn’t always have to be complicated.  I have personally used these, when my mother passed away the Distress Remedy and Release It, worked beautifully to help me through the grieving process.  To try something that offers ZERO side effects, and ZERO addictive properties.  I highly recommend giving the Flower Remedies a fair try.

If you’d like some assistance with managing your health using a more natural approach, understand I do NOT diagnose disease or prescribe prescription medicines.  What I do is help you support the body nutritionally using plants and herbs so the body can initiate it’s own inner healing support and balance.bleeding_heart-1024x285

Healthfully yours,
Jodi Barnett N.D.
QFA Clinician, Orthomolecular Nutritional Coach
Harvested Health LLC
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http://www.mkt.com/harvested-health-llc (service link)

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Soothe Aching Joints…

DEVIL’S CLAW: devils-clawDevil’s Claw, translated from the German “Teufelskralle,” is aptly names.  This plant is indigenous to South Africa, this plant has fruits covered with hooks or barbs that are super painful for any animal that happens to be caught up in them.  But it’s not the barbs that are of interest to the herbalist.  The secondary roots of Devil’s Claw contain active ingredients that have been shown to reduce the inflammation of arthritis and rheumatism.

Besides inflammatory joint issues, Devil’s Claw has historically also been used to treat a variety of conditions:

  • Kidney/Bladder
  • allergies
  • gastrointestinal
  • menstrual

ANTI-INFLAMMATORY:

Peeps suffering from joint inflammation should certainly include Devil’s Claw in their arsenal of remedies.  Although it is not effective for everyone, lets face it nothing works for each person as we are all unique in our own physical way, but those who have found benefit find almost miraculous relief, less inflammation, less pain and increased mobility.  Since it is considered almost completely NONTOXIC, it’s well worth a try!

Physicians in Europe are injecting devil’s claw extract directly into arthritic joints, where it acts much like cortisone in terms of reducing inflammation.

SERUM CHOLESTEROL and URIC ACID LEVELS:

Other benefits that have been revealed from the use of Devil’s Claw is reduced serum cholesterol levels and reduced uric acid levels, which may be helpful for folks suffering with GOUT.  It qualifies as a digestive bitter which assists the body in dissolving painful collection of Uric Acid which contributes to pain and inflammation in the joints.

 

If you are already using other natural remedies for inflammation related issues like:

  • glucosamine/chondroitin
  • N-Acetyl-Glucosamine (NAG)
  • Omega-3 and Omega-6
  • flaxseed oil
  • Salmon oil
  • Evening Primrose oil

I’d highly recommend incorporating some Devil’s Claw into your nutritional routine.

Remember, herbs, essential fatty acids and other nutrients should be part of a holistic health program that also includes nutritional changes, exercise and relaxation techniques to combat stressors which also contribute to increased inflammatory stimulation in the body.

Healthfully yours,

Jodi Barnett N.D.

Harvested Health LLC

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http://www.harvestedhealth.mynsp.com (high quality herbs & supplements)

References and Suggested Reading:

  1. Murray, Michael and Joseph Pizzomo. Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, 1991, Prima Publishing.
  2. Mowrey, Daniel B. Herbal Tonic Therapies, 1993. Keats Publishing.
  3. Weiss, Rudolf Fritz.  Herbal Medicne.  1994. AB Arcanum. Gothernburg, Sweden. Beaconsfield Publishers, Beaconsfield. England.
  4. Tyler, Varro E. The Honest Herbal: a Sensible Guide to the Use of Herbs and Related Remedies. 1993. 3rd Edition. Pharmaceutical Products Press.
  5. Wren, R.C. Potter’s New Cyclopaedia of Botanical Grugs and Preparations, 1988. C.W. Daniel.

HERBS: God’s Pharmacy

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I run across folks all the time who are looking for a healthier way to maintain the quality of their health that isn’t laced with “side-effects” leaving them with the burning question of is there something better?

Since the dawn of recorded history, plants have been the primary source of medicine for peeps throughout the world.  In western society, we DO think of medicines and foods differently.  After all there is a big difference between the aspirin we buy for headaches and the carrots we put on the dinner table right?

But… what about garlic?  You can buy it in the produce section of the grocery store next to onions and Celery. Yet studies have shown that garlic lowers cholesterol, reduces HTN (High blood pressure) and kills bacteria.  These are medicinal qualities.  So… then is garlic a food or medicine?

According to the medical definition, medicine is anything which enters the body and alters its structure or function.  Using that definition, ALL FOODS AND EVEN WATER AND AIR COULD BE CONSIDERED MEDICINES.  Yet of course peeps don’t view foods in those terms. Most believe for it to qualify as a “medicine”, it must be dangerous and toxic and used with extreme care.

 

Yet the simple fact is garlic is both a food and a medicine, it contains nutrients that the body uses to correct imbalances.

Walk with me back a ways to the early 1800’s where a herbal therapy system was developed by a pioneer herbalist, Samuel Thomson. This method of herbal practice was known then as a “Physio-medical system”.  Which meant it considered herbs as a aid to assisting the body’s own natural ability to heal itself.

Thomson considered his medicinal herbs to fall in the same order as foods. I quote:  “I shall now describe the fuel which continues the fire, or life of man.  This is contained in 2 things, food and medicines (herbs): which are in harmony with one another.”  His system focused on aiding the eliminative function of the body and regeneration of tissue.  These two actions are known to most as cleansing and toning in the herbal world.

Cleansing the body and building up the health of the body systems have been the major goals in much of the world’s herbal practice.  This is ENTIRELY different than drug therapy.  Drug therapy, the practitioner seeks to describe specific causes for disease and then seeks to make specific chemical changes in the body to correct the causes or mask the symptoms of the ailment.

In herbal therapy, the practitioner views disease as a general imbalance of the body,  In the case of a kidney infection, an herbalist would seek to correct this imbalance by administering 3 types of herbs.  Herbs which would prevent toxins from being absorbed from the bowel, herbs which would tonify and build the kidney and other related organs and herbs which would increase the discharge of toxins through the urinary tract and other eliminative organs.,  In other words, Herbology focuses on assisting the self healing process, which is more of a nutritional approach.

The herbalist recognizes that disease, excluding trauma, is the result of a violation, intentional or otherwise, of the laws of nature; that germs cannot exist in harmful numbers for any length of time in or on tissue whose life and vitality is high so that the only way the disease can be overcome is to aid nature in the healing process by the elimination of the poisons and toxins through the body’s natural channels and allowing the vitality to return to the body.

Dr. Shook ( herbalist), maintained that various elements especially minerals in the herbs were their primary virtue.  He asserted that herbs supported the natural function of the body by supplying “organic” elements to the organs and systems of the body.

Example:

  • Dandelions, marshmallow, comfrey and alfalfa have all been cultivated for foods by various folks.
  • Hawthorne berries, used by herbalists today as a stimulant for the heart, were originally used by African tribes as a staple in the form of flour.

We look at food as visually appealing, how does it smell, what is the texture like, of course how does it taste… yet beneath the simplicity of all that, foods are very chemically complex.  They contain more than just fats, proteins, carbs, vitamins and minerals yet all natural foods are a complex mix of chemical substances.

Lets look at a potato:

It contains over 150 known chemical substances, many unknown chemical substances, solanine, alkaloids, oxalic acid, arsenic, tannins, and nitrate… all of which have no recognized nutritional significance from mans point of view.

Lets look now at a orange:

The orange oil contains 42 chemicals, including 12 alcohols, 9 aldehydes, 2 esters, 14 hydrocarbons and 4 keytones.  All fruits and vegetables and other natural substances are just as complex.

I trying to point out that all natural foods contain substances which affect the structure or function of ones body.  All food has medicinal action, however weak it may or may not be.  You cannot live without eating.

Many of the foods the average person consumes on a daily basis however from a nutritional view, like refined flours, refined sugars, boxed convenience foods fried foods etc. truth is you don’t die instantly from eating these but over time it causes such a nutritional imbalance that the body begins to break itself down searching for what it needs to keep going.

Picture a metal drum, and in that drum some harsh toxic chemicals have been stored, now for argument sake lets take that drum out back and bury it not far from your “water” source. Now that drum is going to stay secure for a piece of time causing what appears to be little to zero issues, however, as natures waters the ground, and chemical reactions take place within the soil, rust (oxidation) = cells and tissue in the body, begins to take place and eventually that rust will eat all the way thru the wall of that drum and the toxic stuff being stored begins to absorb into the surround soils = fat cells, and eventually makes it way into the water source= blood, lymphatic, organs).  Next thing you know a problem manifests, lets suggest auto immune issues, diabetes, lupus, Parkinson’s, arthritis, cancers.  How about fibromyalgia which is a central nervous system that is highly inflamed.

Add to the equation the new kids on the block, like Nutra-sweet and sucralose, which are excite-neurotoxins, which means they over excite the nerves in the body and for many cause migraine headaches, nausea, loose stools, tremors….Many reach for these because they think they won’t make them fat like white sugar does, or if they have been diagnosed diabetic they don’t raise the glycemic index, yet truth is many diabetic using these find it harder to regulate their glycemic/insulin levels.

Orthomolecular medicine which is what I incorporate into my Naturopathic practice, means I focus on the use of nutrients to help the body get back on track and take over the self healing process.  The health issues sometimes are successfully treated with vitamins and mineral supplementation not necessarily due to deficiencies of these elements.  In some cases it may be that the supplements simply act as a catalyst to stimulate certain natural functions in the body that have become subdued due to many years of confusion from improper diet.

HEAVY METAL ISSUES:

There are many folks who are dealing with heavy metal issues and are unaware that is the toxic drum causing their health issues.

Aluminum: its used in aircrafts, pop cans,  foil we cook with,cookware, deodorants, various other health and beauty products, it’s used in many vaccines, its even used in processed American cheese so it melts evenly, and used as an anti-caking agent in certain powders like baking powder.

What it is, is a highly reactive element which readily combines with oxygen.  This is what makes it stable in the metallic state since it quickly forms a stable oxide coat when exposed to air.  So when cooking with tomatoes and other acidic foods, it actually  reacts strongly with the aluminum and makes the foods taste like metal.

Nutritionally there is no known use for aluminum, metabolically; aluminum is absorbed in the smallest amounts since it nearly always finds a molecule to react with in the digestive fluids of our stomach.

Alzheimers’, Parkinson’s Disease, Down’s Syndrome are all thought to be associated with abnormal absorption of aluminum in specific areas of the brain tissue.  The presence of aluminum, especially in the brain, blocks the normal reactions that involve the mineral zinc.  There is however, no known relationship between the normal ingestion of aluminum in our diets and these diseases.

The aluminum content of a plant is a good indicator of the cleanliness of an herb.  Especially the roots since aluminum is a major constituent of all soils.

 

I could run through all the minerals on the elemental chart and truth is they are all present in our soil, which our foods are grown in, the animal meats we eat that feed from those plants grown in those same soils, hence we can obtain iron from eating liver, why because those animals eat plants that obtain the iron from the soil thru their root system and synergistically chemically alter it from what is referred to a “inorganic” (non usable)  state to an “organic” (useable) state.

Meaning you cannot take a big ole bite out of a cast iron skillet and swallow it, yet I can bury a cast iron pan and plant some spinach next to it and eat the spinach and gain the iron in my body in a form that my body can unlock for use.  We NEED iron, but it boils down to the type… it is either useable or not.  So medicinally plants have it going on!

Plants contain:

  • Fats – beneficial ones and the unhealthy ones too.
  • Fiber – mother natures intestinal broom and its available in every fruit, veggies, plant and herb.
  • Naturally occurring vitamins, are in every single plant that grows.

HERBS: you may be familiar with, and some that may be new to you.

  • ALFALFA: alfafa many farmers use this to feed their livestock.  It is called the KING OF HERBS.  It has been cultivated by man for 1000’s of years.  It is good for all inflammation, including arthritis, and Rheumatism, balances blood sugar, helps with cholesterol, purifies the blood and aids in digestion, it is considered to be a digestive tonic.
  • ALOE VERA WHOLE LEAF: aloe Cleopatra reputedly attributed her irresistible charm to the use of aloe.  New Testament references to an embalming mix of myrrh and aloe.  It’s beneficial for burns, skin and stomach ulcers, dysentery, intestinal disorders, longevity, kidney disorders, prostatitis, stimulates hair grown when rubbed on the scalp.
  • ALTHEA ROOT (a.k.a. Marshmallow root):  althea-root We find this in salt marshes, along river banks and other moist areas.   It’s ability to bind and eliminate toxins allows the body to keep itself clean.  So its good for arthritis, laxative, infection, female tonic, kidney and bladder infections, it soothes the urinary tract, so you will find this in a lot of herbal kidney formulas used to treat bladder infections.
  • ASPARAGUS:   asparagus-rootMany know this as a veggie, which supports the kidney’s and whole urinary system, however, the bitter root is also useful as a blood purifier, diuretic and laxative.  Works for parasite issues and because it is high in natural occurring sulfur its wonderful for hair, skin, and nails too.
  • ASTRAGALUS ROOT:    astraguls root.jpgChinese use this to treat infections of the mucous membranes especially urinary and respiratory, great against cols, and some say it is used to prevent cancers, and it rejuvenates the digestive organs and helps regulate blood sugar, edema, ulcers, and diabetes.
  • BARBERRY BARK:  barberry-root this is a spiny bush that grows to be 10/15 ft. tall, native to Europe and has been brought to the eastern half of the United States.  Holly shaped leaves, yellow flowers and dark red to black berries.  The bark of the trunk and root is a bitter astringent.  So great for use with gastrointestinal ailments, lymphatic, urinary tract issues, respiratory infections.  Antifungal, diarrhea, poor appetite, fever, candidiasis and bleeding issues.
  • BLACK COHOSH ROOTS:   black-cohosh-root is a tall perennial plant, used by Indiana tribes for snake bites, coughs, chest issues, diarrhea and irregular female monthly cycles.  Scarlet fever, measles, asthma, bronchitis, whooping cough, tinnitus, angina, sexual weakness, hysteria, menopause.
  • BLACK WALNUT FRUIT RIND:  black-walnut-fruit the seed is edible but herbalists are more interested in the fruit rind than the seed. The yellow rind has a black pulp that stains: the rinds were used to tan animal skins and assist in would healing.  It tones and helps heal inflamed damaged tissues.  Helps hemorrhoids, intestinal worms, wounds and bruises.  Its also high in iodine so it helps support the thyroid, and brushing your teeth with it can whiten teeth and help with gum disease issues.
  • BLESSED THISTLE:   blessed-thistleany farmer knows thistles, their ability to take over a cultivated ground is well known. Hikers know them for the sting they leave on bare legs. But when the spines are ground up with the rest of the plant, the sting disappears and the plant is useful medicinally.  It increases mothers milk, helps with painful menstrual cycles.
  • BONESET HERB:   bonesetthis grown in marshes, up to 3 ft high, and has a distinctive double leaf, the double leaf looks like a single line that has been speared in the middle by the stem.  Famous for reducing fevers, and Native Americans used to treat aches pains and heal broken bones as well as jaundice, bruises, flu, chills, and allergies.
  • BURDOCK ROOT:   burdockthis is a super common weed that grows in almost any uncultivated space.  It bears seeds in big round bristly cones that stick to clothing and animal fur.  This is the best blood purifier I know, and helps the body to sweat out toxins, and eliminates excess nervous energy.
  • CAPSICUM FRUIT:  capiscum a.k.a. Cayenne pepper, is used for pain, female issues, athletics, infections, heart support, laxatives, thyroid balance, it can stop the bleeding of a cut.  sprinkled in socks, and improve the circulation to the feet so also helpful for neuropathy.
  • CELERY SEED:  celery great for depressions, blood purifying, urinary tract infections, and blood pressure support.
  • CHAMOMILE FLOWERS:   chamomilerelaxing affect for sleep and can be used to add a golden tint to hair, the oil is anti bacterial, anti fungal and good against staph and Candida.
  • CHICKWEED: chickweed common weed in most yards,  It blooms as early as march and goes thru summer, mild herb that is high in protein and minerals, the tops are delicious boiled or as greens in salad.  Used as a poultice on abscesses, rashes, removes the heat of infections and draws out poisons, can be useful as eyewash and expectorant.
  • DANDELION ROOT:  dandelionfolks do NOT kill this plant in your yards, it is NOT a weed, and I believe because of the widespread distribution is a hint from God that everyone has need of this plant.  it is used as a laxative, diuretic, helps various liver/spleen issues, great for heartburn, gout, eczema, you dry and grind the roots then boil and make a coffee version.

I hope you get where this whole post has been leading; everything we need is already here, consider planting edible landscaping so you can harvest what you need for food, as well as health maintenance and support.  God gave us a pharmacy already, and years ago, everyone studied and learned what all the plants were for.  We have gotten away from much of the history of what plants are useful for.  There are many books on the market I’ve included a couple  links here to some I personally love:

herbal-book

Peterson Field Guide to Medicinal plants & herbs

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Healing Herbs

Healthfully yours,

Jodi Barnett N.D.

QFA Clinician, Orthomolecular Nutritionist

Harvested Health LLC.


Natural Therapy for Cancer

 

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Anyone who has ever had cancer, or had a loved one with cancer, knows the feelings of fear, anxiety, worry and often hopelessness that this very serious illness can bring.  These emotions are very understandable it’s a serious illness.  So, its little wonder that cancer usually causes intense emotional distress in everyone involved.

Of course, the subject of cancer is far too involved to adequately address in a mere blog post.  However, I can acquaint you with some important information about cancer from a natural healing perspective and give you some ideas about options you may not be familiar with.  However, I strongly encourage you to seek professional help when dealing with cancer.  You need competent health care professionals helping you with your program and monitoring your progress, but you should also do some study on your own and learn about things you can do for yourself.

WHAT EXACTLY IS CANCER?

Cancer is a disease involving cells that have undergone a genetic mutation so they are no longer responsive to messages from the body that regulate cell metabolism and growth.  These mutations are believed to be the result of free radical damage turn cancerous.  Normal cells have an aerobic metabolism, which means they produce energy by means of oxygen and oxidation.  Anaerobic cells produce energy without oxygen via a process of fermentation.

This is important to know because if the body is highly oxygenated, the environment for cancer does not exist.  In fact, in 1931 Dr. Otto Warburg won a Nobel Prize for proving that whenever any cell is denied 60% of its oxygen requirements, it can become cancerous.  So, conditions that deprive cells of oxygen (like chronic inflammation, buildup of toxins or problems with red blood cells or circulation) increase the risk of cancer.  An overly acidic environment in the body is also a breeding ground for cancer.

Another important thing you should know is that cancer cells are forming in the body on a regular basis.  Very likely, you have a few inside you right now.  Don’t worry, the immune system normally recognizes these deviant cells and destroys them.

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Therefor two factors must exist for you to develop cancer.  First, your body has to have a toxic, low oxygen environment that encourages the development of anaerobic cancer cells, and second, your immune system must be weakened so that it is not able to recognize and destroy these cells.

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So, while killing cancer cells (the goal of conventional cancer therapy) is an important part of treating cancer, it does not fix the underlying problems that created the cancer in the first place.  This is the weakness of the standard medical approach to cancer.  An effective protocol for cancer should do more than just destroy cancer cells, it should try to restore a normal, healthy environment in the body and rebuild the immune system.

So, even if one choose to use orthodox cancer therapies to destroy the cancer cells, they would be wise to consider doing natural therapy to restore the body’s state of health and prevent the cancer from wanting to re-occur.

PRINCIPLE #1: INCREASE OXYGEN LEVELS

Cancer cells are anaerobic, which means they live and thrive in a low oxygen environment.  They are able to get their energy by metabolizing nutrients, notable sugars and carbohydrates without oxygen, in a fermentative process.  Cancer cells cannot survive in a high oxygen environment, so keeping the body well oxygenated inhibits cancer.  Do this by getting plenty of fresh air and exercise, breathe deeply, if you smoke, QUIT.

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There are several supplements that can enhance oxygenation in the body.  For starters, CHINESE LUNG SUPPORT:  helps with oxygen delivery and uptake and is very useful for anyone with respiratory weakness.  Another Chinese remedy that strengthens the lungs and enhances oxygen transport is CORDYCEPS.  Cordyceps also helps the immune system.

LIQUID CHLOROPHYLL: is another great way to enhance oxygen transport.  It prevents clumping of red blood cells and helps them carry more oxygen to the tissues.  Research has shown that it can reduce the risk of cancer.

PRINCIPLE #2: BALANCE pH

In order to have optimal health, the body must maintain a proper internal pH.  Cancer cells prefer an acid pH environment.  Their fermentative metabolism also releases large amounts of lactic acid that inhibit transportation o oxygen to neighboring cells.  This spreads the environment for cancer.  A buildup of acid waste also inhibits toxins from being released by the cells.

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The best way to counteract this acidic environment is to eat large quantities of fresh, preferable organic, fruits and veggies every day.  This is well-recognized as one of the best ways of decreasing your risk of cancer, but unfortunately, its benefit in helping folks recover from cancer is often ignored.  Fresh fruits and veggies not only help alkalize the body, they also strengthen immunity, aid detoxification and provide much-needed antioxidants.

Besides eating fresh fruits and veggies, there are several other supplements that can help alkalize the body.  The first is Ultimate Green Zone:  this is a whole food supplement that alkalizes the environment, aids in detoxification and builds the immune system to help it recognize and destroy cancer cells.

Digestive enzymes are a MUST to help balance pH.  my favorite choice for folks with cancer is Proactazyme plus and PDA Combo, these are great choices with balancing pH and assisting with proper digestion.  You can’t nourish a sick body if the food processor, a.k.a. digestive system can’t process the nutrients.  A lack of hydrochloric acid leads to excess lactic acid in the body, which sets the stage for cancer to thrive.  These are taken with meals to help the body metabolize food properly so as to avoid a buildup of acid waste and toxins.  They are also taken between meals to help rid the body of excess proteins that may be causing acid in the blood.

 

PRINCIPLE #3: STRENGTHEN THE IMMUNE SYSTEM

The body normally and regularly produces cancer cells due to free radical damage, environmental factors or other causes.  A healthy immune system recognizes and destroys these defective cells.  When the immune system is unable to recognize these deviant cells or is too weak to destroy them, the disease we call cancer takes root.

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There are many reasons why the immune system becomes weakened; poor nutritional intake is a major factor for many.  The loss or destruction of friendly bacteria in the intestinal tract is another.  Excessive sugar consumption supplies cancer cells with the energy they need to proliferate fast, (refined sugar is like fertilizer for cancer cells,) while contributing to chronic inflammation that distresses the immune system.

Improving nutritional intake, especially eating those 7-9 servings of fruits and veggies daily, will help the immune system, as will eliminating chemically laden processed foods.  Reducing intake of sugar, white flour and other simple carbohydrates will also prove helpful.

TRIGGER IMMUNE: helps to rebuild a weakened immune system, enhance vital energy and immune function and increase white blood cell production and platelet count.  It is very helpful in recovering from chemotherapy and can also be taken during chemotherapy to strengthen the system to resist toxic affects from chemotherapy.

 

IMMUNE STIMULATOR:  is another supplement that can boost the immune system to fight cancer.  It not only enhances natural killer cells (lymphocytes), which kill cancer cells, it also increases T-cell production and antibody production.  An important benefit of Immune simulator is its ability to enhance cellular communication, which helps the immune system identify and target calls it needs to destroy.

UNA DE GATO COMBINATION: is another herbal formula that strengthens a weakened immune system.  The principle ingredient, Una de Gato, has been used in South American for cancer treatment and contains compounds that inhibit tumor growth in animals.

 

PRINCIPLE #4: DETOXIFY

The human body is bombarded with toxins, heavy metals, chlorine and thousands of chemicals that we breathe in, consume in our diet or absorb through our skin.  These all cause free radicals in the body and contribute to the environment of cancer.

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Avoiding these toxins is part of both cancer prevention and holistic cancer therapy.  In particular, avoid or eliminate refined and processed foods (especially foods raised with pesticides, antibiotics or steroids), toxic cleaning products (such as laundry detergents, skin care items, fluoride toothpaste, etc.) and chlorinated and fluoridated water. Research the ingredients that are in cleaning and health/beauty products before you purchase, we all carry mini computers today called “smart phones” which can give you information lickety split.  Also, avoid microwaved or irradiated food and protect yourself from electrical equipment (electromagnetic pollution may be a major causal factor in cancer).

It is also helpful to assist the body in detoxifying from these substances using any of the following supplements:

For starters: E-TEA or also referred to as Essiac Tea is a famous anticancer formula that helps the body eliminate toxins.  It improves lymphatic drainage and stimulates the immune system.

ALL CELL DETOX:  is another good, general cleansing formula that is based on a Native American medicine man’s cancer remedy.  It reduces inflammation, supports the liver and digestive system and helps neutralize acid.

BLOOD BUILD:  is a supplement I think everyone should use cancer or not at least 3 times a year.  it nourishes the blood and helps increase its volume.  It is an excellent formula for helping the body rebuild after chemotherapy.

 

PRINCIPLE #5: USE ANTIOXIDANTS

Our need for oxygen exceed the demand for any nutrient, even water, because we need oxygen for normal energy production in the cell.  You can go 3 weeks with zero food, and 3 days even without water, but you cannot go 3 minutes without oxygen.  Oxygen can also produce free radicals that can damage normal cells and cause cancer. Antioxidant nutrients protect the body from this free radical damage, thereby reducing cancer risk.  Antioxidants can also be used in a treatment program for cancer, because they help protect the body from harmful side effects of radiation and chemotherapy.

 

Some antioxidants to consider would include:  HIGH POTENCY GRAPINE:  which is an extract of grape seed that helps reduce inflammation and prevent cell damage, and GREEN TEA EXTRACT: which contains polyphenols called catechins, powerful antioxidants that protect cells from cancer and kill cancer cells.  One of these catechins is epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which was shown in several studies to kill cancer cells without harming healthy tissue.

One of my all time favorites is THAI-GO: its a liquid which many cancer patients will assimilate liquids easier, but this contains xanthones, a powerful antioxidant that has been shown in numerous studies to inhibit cancer cells and aid in tumor reduction.  These compounds cause apoptosis (or preprogrammed cell death) in cancer cells.  Xanthones exert cytotoxic (cancer cell killing) effects against human hepatocellular carcinoma cells, and have been shown to inhibit the growth of human leukemia HL-60 cells.  Xanthones have also been shown to be effective against human breast cancer SKBR3 cells.

IF-RELIEF: also contains xanthones and can be helpful for reducing chronic inflammation and pain.

PRINCIPLE #6: KILL CANCER CELLS

For those diagnosed with cancer, it is important to kill off the cancerous cells.  The problem is that chemotherapy and radiation also cause damage to healthy cells.  Killing cancer cells also produces toxins that the body MUST eliminate.

There are some natural compounds that can help kill cancer cells, too.  PAW PAW CELL REG: is a standardized extract of acetogenins from the American Paw paw tree.  These compounds have been shown in scientific research to cause apoptosis (preprogrammed cell death) in cancer cells by inhibiting their energy production.

Paw Paw Cell Reg is not appropriate for all cancers and should be used as a part of a comprehensive cancer program.  However, even if one chooses to use chemotherapy drugs.  Paw Paw may still be beneficial.  It has also been shown to reduce chemotherapy drug resistance.  By itself, paw pas doesn’t have the side effects of hair loss, weight loss, extreme nausea and compromised immunity.  It may cause nausea in larger doses however.

Paw paw is NOT recommended as a supplement for preventing cancer.  It is only appropriate when a person HAS cancer.  Paw paw is also ineffective against leukemia, lymphoma and other cancers that do not involve tumors.

Another supplement that can help the body destroy cancer cells, is HIGH POTENCY PROTEASE,  it breaks down the protein coat on cancer cells and also helps prevent cancer cells that are breaking down from creating a toxic load on nearby healthy cells.  It is taken BETWEEN meals for this purpose, and taken WITH meals to enhance digestion.

PRINCIPLE #7: INCREASE JOY AND PLEASURES

One German study shows a commonality that all cancer patients experienced a trauma and an unresolved psychological issue shortly before the cancer developed.  Stress is a big component of cancer because psychological stress creates physical stress that dramatically reduces immune function.

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Reducing stress should be a stress-less task.  That’s why the goal here is not to reduce stress , but rather to deliberately seek out joy and pleasure.  A pleasurable, happy experience has a more positive effect on the immune system and healing than the stressful effects of an experience.

So, seek out pleasurable experiences. Find things that make you laugh.  Spend time with family, friends or pets.  Take a walk in the fresh air and sunshine.  Surround yourself with pleasing colors, smells, sounds.  Listen to favorite music; get up and dance.  Listen to calming, meditative music.  Take a hot bath in Epsom salts and lavender oil.  Treat yourself to a  full body massage, take a mini vacation or go to a spa for the day.

 

You can also reduce stress by taking some herbal support like NUTRI-CALM: which replenishes  the nervous system and adrenals.  ADRENAL SUPPORT : will help build stamina and promote healing as well as giving the body more ability to cope with stress.  Another option is CHINESE STRESS RELIEF:  which can assist the body’s ability to relax, counteracting stress.

Cancer is a difficult multi-facet disease to work with, but many folks have successfully recovered from cancer using both natural and conventional therapies or a combination of the two.  Seek out professional assistance in designing the holistic program that is a proper fit for you.  Remember, there is hope!

 

Healthfully yours,

Jodi Barnett N.D.

QFA Clinician, Orthomolecular Nutritionist

Harvested Health LLC.