Ginger is historically considered one of nature’s true wonders. Other than being a very delectable spice, it is known to have a long list of health benefits. It is used to treat conditions ranging from nausea to heart problems. But not a lot of people know that ginger can actually be used as a form of health treatment. What are the different conditions where ginger can be used as a hair treatment? Continue reading
Ever heard of “shift work disorder?” It’s a new disease being played up by the pharmaceutical industry to sell drugs so dangerous that even the home page of the drug website admits the drug may kill you. Continue reading
With most couples using personal lubricants and over 80% of women using sexual products, chances are that you and/or your partner(s) have encountered toxins in them. Most consumers are shocked to learn that because most sexual products are labeled as novelty items there are no regulations that would Continue reading
Pharmaceutical antidepressants are usually among a class of varied chemicals known as selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Serotonin is the feel good central nervous system neurotransmitter that is produced in the body.
The phrase re-uptake inhibitor is confusing to most of us laypersons. Why does inhibiting a feel good chemical make someone feel less depressed?
The SSRIs purportedly modulate and redistribute serotonin, keeping it from being taken in by some neuron receptors and Continue reading
There are several different causes of chronic neck pain, including many different structural dysfunctions in the neck, and the results Continue reading
Ovarian cancer is one of the most deadly diseases out there. It is the fifth leading cause of cancer death among U.S. women — an astounding 14,000 out of 23,000 diagnosed each year, die. Ovarian cancer tends to be aggressive and generally has very few symptoms until it reaches an advanced stage. Fortunately, several natural remedies have proven to be exceptionally useful in both preventing and curing this silent killer. Ginger, ginkgo biloba, green tea and flaxseed are all remarkably effective Continue reading
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, there are “acupoints” that are used in acupuncture to help treat an ailing body. These acupoints are the target of an effective therapy that has been found to help diabetics Continue reading
Lots of us may like to use a little honey as a sweetener for our morning coffee, toast or tea, but there are several uses for this tasty little treat – in its pure, raw, non-pasteurized form, it can do more than just bring a smile to our face.
Manuka honey as the new ‘superfood.’ What is Manuka honey, Continue reading
Two of the most common symptoms on the planet are coughing and nausea. Both, if chronic and long-lasting, may be hinting at a serious underlying cause. But for the average healthy person who runs smack into these symptoms every so often, there is a homeopathic remedy built for relief. Continue reading
Various dosages of vitamin C have been used depending on the purpose:
- Treating common colds: One to three grams (g) a day
- Preventing common colds: 600-1,000 milligrams (mg) a day
- Preventing sunburn: Two grams of vitamin C together with vitamin E (1,000 international units [IU])
- Preventing hardening of the artery: Slow-release vitamin C 250 mg plus 136 IU of vitamin E twice a day
Ginger root is a favorite among herbalists, used in a variety of situations. The spicy root, or rhizome, of the ginger plant can either be eaten raw, powdered, made into tea, juiced, tinctured, or even candied. One of the most common uses for ginger root is for nausea and vomiting. Placebo-controlled, double-blind studies have proven that ginger root effectively reduces nausea and vomiting caused by motion sickness, surgery, and morning sickness during pregnancy. Because organic ginger root is completely safe to use during pregnancy, the herb is especially treasured by pregnant women around the world.
Ginger root is an effective antidote for motion sickness while at sea
A Danish study published in 1988 tested the effects of ginger root powder on 80 new Naval cadets who were out on the high seas in stormy weather for the first time. The sea-sick cadets were either given a placebo or 1 gram of ginger root powder, then measured every hour for symptoms of motion sickness for four hours. Continue reading
Red yeast rice is a part of Chinese cuisine (food coloring for Peking duck) as well as a medicinal agent. It is prepared by using a type of yeast, “Manascus purpureus,” fermented with rice, which was first recorded as being used during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). It also carries some excellent possibilities for lowering cholesterol.
There are many chemicals in red yeast rice, including starch, sterols, isoflavones, monounsaturated fatty acids, and monacolins. Monacolin K is actually a statin; specifically, lovastatin, a commonly prescribed cholesterol- lowering drug. Continue reading
Make sure you wear long pants and shirts when outside between sunset and sunrise. At least that’s the recommendation of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
It seems that the number of West Nile cases is on the rise. The CDC reported that, in 2009, there were 720 confirmed cases of West Nile and 32 fatalities. In 2010, numbers were up, with 1,021 confirmed cases and 57 deaths.
Peak mosquito season is in August and September and the number of West Nile cases is expected to rise even more in 2011.
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Dr. Pat Crocker knows better than most that it’s dangerously hot in Central Texas these days.
“We are in an exceptionally hot period — a 100-year drought with 106-, 107-degree days. So we’re at a higher risk for heat injuries, and it just makes sense for people to be extra careful,” said Crocker, chief of emergency medicine at Dell Children’s Medical Center.
That includes the high school football players and coaches found on sweltering, sun-baked fields.
In protecting young athletes from heat-related illnesses, Crocker said, “there are a number of things that have clear value because most, if not all, exertion-related heat injuries are preventable. Continue reading
A new study published in the journal Nature Chemistry provides new insight into the power of a rare type of tree bark to relieve serious pain. Scientists from the Scripps Research Institute (SRI) in Florida discovered that the bark of the Tabernaemontana divaricata plant, also known as crepe jasmine, contains a compound known as conolidine that appears to be just as effective at treating pain as morphine, but without all the harmful side effects.
Glenn Micalizio, an associate professor at the SRI Department of Chemistry, and his colleagues first had to figure out a way to synthesize conolidine in order to study it. Once they did, they discovered for the first time that conolidine is an effective alternative to traditional opioid analgesics. And because it does not cause nausea, constipation, breathing problems, and even death like morphine can, conolidine has great potential to become a natural replacement for this and other pain medications.
Not an opioid itself, conolidine remains a bit of a mystery. Researchers are not quite sure how the substance works to relieve both acute and inflammatory pain in a similar way as opioids do without acting upon the same cellular receptors. Continue reading