Lifestyle, Uncategorized



Wait! Don’t put that in the microwave!

When plastic is heated in the microwave, harmful chemicals can be released into the food.

Bisphenol-A is a chemical found in a hoist of everyday products like food storage containers to cups to baby bottles.

Tufts University did studies that suggest this man made compound doubles the risk of diabetes and heart problems.

It can reduce your fertility by 36%. BPA mimics estrogen in your body, disrupting hormone balance.

Hormone balance in infants is only starting to develop, and can actually cause, especially testosterone not to develop at all.


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Watermelon and High Blood Pressure


Eating as little as two one-inch slices of watermelon daily,
can stop pre-hypertension from ever turning into full-blown
high blood pressure, according to Florida State University.
Watermelon is the richestdietary source of L-citruline, an
amino acid that your body converts into artery-relaxing
L-arginine. L-arginine supplements are another option,
but many people struggle with nausea, indigestion and
diarrhea when they take these pills. Watermelon will not
upset your tummy one bit.
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Fact or Myth: Can Lemons Help You With Weight Loss?

This is a FACT.

Research proves that lemons for weight loss provides several powerful benefits, including effectively lowering the glycemic index of foods, controlling blood sugar and insulin response, slowing digestion, and staving off hunger.

The cleansing and weight-reducing benefits of lemons may be the reason why stunning weight loss results are experienced by people who use the lemon-based Master Cleanse.

The Science of Lemons for Weight Loss

Studies show you can lower the glycemic index of a meal by 20-40% just by adding a few teaspoons of lemon juice to your meal.

The glycemic index refers to how much a food causes your blood sugar to rise. Lowering the glycemic index of a food helps keep blood sugar steady — good news for controlling hunger and losing weight. Lemon juice can also lower the insulin response to carbohydrates, and slow down the time it takes a meal to leave your stomach — also key to dropping weight.

And the peel offers as much benefit as the fruit. The pectin in lemon peels helps control hunger pains, with the added bonus of controlling cholesterol.

Lemons as the Core Ingredient of the Master Cleanse Diet

For those with more than a few pounds to lose, the Master Cleanse diet is a popular and super effective option that uses lemons as its core ingredient. Many celebrities — including Beyonce Knowles and David Blaine — have successfully used this diet to drop 20 pounds or more.

Master Cleanse Basics

The Master Cleanse requires a commitment of at least 10 days, during which you drink 6-12 glasses daily of a special mixture containing:


• Lemon juice

• Maple syrup

• Cayenne pepper

• Water

At night, you drink an herbal laxative tea, and first thing in the morning, you drink a quart of salt water.


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Astragalus is the Unsung Cancer Fighter

                        Astragalus is used as a natural cancer treatment addition


Astragalus is an herb that has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicinal for over 4,000 years. Astragalus is a non-toxic,

adaptogenic herb and plant extract that helps the body recover from and resist the damaging effects of stress while restoring the

body’s normal physiological function. Astragalus is best known for its ability to aid adrenal function. Astragalus doesn’t stop

there though! I also helps digestion, metabolism, combats fatigue, and increases stamina. Astragalus is very effective for helping

people with AIDS and has been proven to have an anti-tumor effect. Astragalus actually can increase the efficacy of

chemotherapy in cancer treatments.


A native plant of China, astragalus is officially known as astragalus membranaceus: AKA Milk Vetch Root and Huang Qi. Astragalus

is a perennial plant that grows up to 4 feet tall.  The root of the plant has a sweet taste and contains choline, flavonoids, amino

acids-gamma aminobutyric acid, canavanine, beta-sitosterol, saponins (astragalosides) and oil. The primary actions of astragalus

are adaptogenic (brings you up where you are low and down where you are to high) and also in modulating the immune system.

The secondary actions are anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, cardiotonic, diuretic and hepatoprotective.


Medicinal Uses of astragalus


Astragalus is an herb that has actions in nearly all of the body systems. It is used to treat chronic colds, Epstein Barr Virus, HIV and

candida by preventing infection recurrence.  Astragalus stimulates bone marrow blood cells, while enhancing deep immune

strength. Studies show that the polysaccharides in astragalus increase phagocytosis (the engulfing of microorganism invaders by

the immune system), increase production of immunoglobulins and macrophages and modulate the pituitary-adrenal cortical

activity. Astragalus protects the kidneys and lungs from damage from autoantibody complexes, regulates sweating, decreases

fatigue and increases tolerance to stress.


Astragalus protects against oxidative damage by increasing mitochondrial function without increasing the mitochondrial oxygen

consumption.  In the liver, astragalus is a mild choleretic and also increases repairs in chronic viral hepatitis while reducing

inflammation and other symptoms. Astragalus also lengthens telomeres for longevity (TA 65 is a very pricey extract made from

Astragalus that is touted to reduce all the effects of aging and mimics pretty much all the benefits of the inexpensive herb form of

astragalus). Astragalus even increases motility of human sperm


Astragalus is an awesome cardio tonic


In the cardiovascular system, the saponins in astragalus inhibit lipid peroxidation in the myocardium and one study using

patients with angina revealed that cardiac output increased after two weeks of treatment.  Astragalus strengthens left

ventricular function and reduces free radical damage in patients after a heart attack and increases super oxide dismutase activity

in cardiac muscle.


Astragalus; the unsung cancer fighter


Studies at the University of Houston have shown that astragalus can improve immune function in cancer patients by increasing T-

cell counts. Astragalus increases the cytotoxicity of NK cells and T-cells while switching on the anti-tumor activity of Interleukin-

  1. In chemotherapy treatments astragalus provides anti-neoplastic activity and decreases immunosupression. Astragalus reduces

the negative consequences of both chemo and radiation of fatigue, weight loss, anemia, nausea and loss of strength while

increasing WBC production for leucopenia (a common side effect of immunosuppressive therapy), thereby decreasing life-

threatening infections.


Even though this incredible herb is listed on theBotanical Herbs Board Exams and in the Compendium of Pharmacological Actions

of Medicinal Plants and Their Constituents, naming the benefits of astragalus can bring a warning letter from both the FDA and

FTC as Dr. Andrew Weil found out when he listed the benefits of taking astragalus to prevent the Swine flu. So don’t expect to

see any of this information on a vitamin or herb label. Despite what modern medicine and the FDA says and would have you

believe, healing did occur long before pharmaceuticals were invented. True health comes by good foods, minerals, herbs, fasting

and cleansing. Astragalus is a good guy for natural health!


Please share with family and loved ones.


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Grapefruit, Oranges, Marmalade and Medications


Why Grapefruit and Medications Can Be a Dangerous Mix


Before you cut into that grapefruit ( or tangelos or seville oranges )or down that glass of juice, be sure to check whether it is safe to pair grapefruit with the medications you are taking.  This includes vitamins and supplements.


Both the juice and the fruit itself can interact with more than 50 drugs, such as cholesterol medication and all statins, high blood pressure medication and allergy, cold and flu medications, cardiac meds including coumatin/warfarin, and all injectibles.


Grapefruit and medications could cause problems in two ways.  First, grapefruit can block a key drug-metabolizing enzyme in your body, which in turn could lead to increase in the blood levels of certain drugs.  IF that happens, it increases the risk of experiencing a side effect from that drug.  On the flip side, it can also block absorption of certain drugs in your intestines.  In that case, you could have less of the drug in your bloodstream than what you need, so the drug in your bood stream than what you need, so the drug might not be as effective for its intended purpose.


Surprisingly it does not take much of the fruit for a grapefruit and medication interaction to happen.  As little as 1 cup of juice and two wedges of the fruit can be enough to cause problems.


If you regularly eat grapefruit or drink its juice find out if your medication interacts with the fruit.  Some medications, but not all medictions will be labeled ” Do Not Take With Grapefruit”, or on the inserts when you pick up your medications.  These labels will not be on injectibles.  Injectibles are sometimes given in a clinic or office, and many times the personnel giving the injection does not know chemical interactions.  Dr. David Bailey of University of Western Ontario was the first chemist/pharmacologist to identify this problem with all injectibles.


Watch out for These Grapefruit and Medication Interactions


Besides some of the medications listed in the article

watch out for:


Lipitor, Pravachol, simvastin, Zocor, and all cholesterol medications


All high blood pressure medications, including Afeditab and Procardia


Organ Transplant medications :  cyclosporin, Neoral, Sandimmune,


All auto-immune medications for Multiple Sclerosis and Rheumatoid Arthritis


Anti-anxiety medications, including alprazolam, xanax and prozac


All cardiac medications, including amiodarone, Cordarone, Nexterone


All allergy medications, including diphenhydramine ( Benedryl), Allegra and Claritiin


All cough and cold medications


It is also recommended to stop eating tangelos and seville oranges, used to make orange marmalade, because these also affect the same enzyme as grapefruit.


Ask your healthcare worker or the pharmacist if there is another medication that does not act with these fruits.  You might find out that they dont know about the tangelos or seville oranges.  You Do!


But it is always best, just not to eat the fruits.


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