What Type of Sugar Addict are You?

As CAM practitioners, you know the problems associated with using excessive sugar. You’ve also seen that simply telling people to stop sugar doesn’t work – except to leave them feeling like failures. By treating the underlying cause(s) of the person’s sugar addiction, though, you not only make it a lot easier to come off the sugar. You also will leave the patient healthier and feeling much better!
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Probiotics effective in treatment of gut dysbiosis

On October 1 and 2, 2010, Health Education and WorldLink Medical, in partnership with Klaire Labs, a division of ProThera Inc., sponsored the Fourth Annual Probiotic Symposium on Immune Function: Probiotics, Prebiotics, and Enzymes, held in New Orleans. An acclaimed international faculty reviewed the vital role of the gastrointestinal microflora in the normal development and continued modulation of the immune system. The multifaceted role of gastrointestinal dysbiosis in the development of allergic and auto­immune diseases was reviewed and the most recent research on the use of probiotics, prebiotics, and enzymes to prevent or treat immune-mediated disorders was presented. The symposium was moderated by Dr. Stephen Bajo, medical director of Renown Health, a nationally recognized and respected integrated health system. (more…)

Discover the ancient secrets and modern magic of garlic

Medicinal use of garlic has been well documented around the world and throughout history. Modern science supports many health claims of the ancients while also revealing newly discovered benefits of garlic. The strong bioactive components that support cardiovascular and immune system health are well known; yet many are unaware of the superior nutritional properties of garlic, which make this common bulb a truly supernatural food.

Native to central Asia, garlic has been grown for over 5000 years. Garlic was revered by the ancient Egyptians, who appear to have been the first to have cultivated this plant. Not only was garlic considered sacred and placed in the tombs of Pharaohs, but it was also used for strength and endurance. Ancient Greek and Roman athletes used garlic before sporting events while soldiers ate it before battle. Hippocrates, considered to be the “Father of Medicine,” used garlic to heal cancerous tumors. (more…)

Top 10 Probiotic Foods to Add to Your Diet

Probiotics are beneficial forms of gut bacteria that help stimulate the natural digestive juices and enzymes that keep our digestive organs functioning properly. In addition to taking a probiotic supplement, you can also support our probiotic intake through eating foods that are hosts to these live bacterium.

We all know of the great health benefits of probiotics, however, not all of us know how to take advantage of these health benefits. Below is a list I put together to outline the best probiotic foods for you to add to your diet. I would also recommend buying the organic version of all these probiotic foods.

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The Hidden Causes Behind Hormonal Imbalances

Millions of women each year seek relief for hormonal issues, including hot flashes, night sweats, hormonal migraines, PMS, ovarian cysts, fibroids, endometriosis, fibrocystic breasts, weight gain, foggy thinking, and heavy bleeding. These symptoms are lumped together into the hormonal imbalance pigeonhole. In the case of menopause, HRT is the conventional cure. For menstruating women, oral contraceptives are most often prescribed.

When resolving hormonal problems, women are led to believe that all that is required is tweaking their hormonal levels or, in the case of oral contraceptives, a complete shutting down of ovarian function. However, hormonal imbalances, rather than merely aberrations of a wayward reproductive system, are, in fact, symptoms of deeper root cause issues. (more…)

Candida infections can casue a wide range of health conditions

Candida is a common microorganism that we normally acquire within a few days of being born. It is considered to be a typical part of the microbial flora that inhabits us. At low levels this yeast resides uneventfully in our intestinal and urogenital tracts. Its growth is kept in check by a strong immune system and healthy levels of beneficial bacteria. When conditions allow it to grow out of control, these tiny organisms can be responsible for many different kinds of health conditions.

The average person has about four pounds (around two kilograms) of microorganisms living in their intestinal tract. For good health, at least 80-85% of these organisms need to be beneficial and less than 15-20% should be detrimental. (more…)

Fungal Infections are Tough To Treat

Toenail fungus (onychomycosis) is not merely an unsightly cosmetic problem, it sometimes causes physical pain, disfigurement or disability. Once you’re infected with fungus, it spreads easily and it’s tough to get rid of.

This may shock you, but nail fungus is not a topical problem. You may see it on the surface, but those fungal spores are inside you causing dozens of other seemingly unrelated health problems! Medications aren’t usually effective long-term because they kill the fungus temporarily, but they don’t improve the health of the host (you) meaning the left-over spores will just start multiplying in the host again. If you take medication, you should also change your diet and lifestyle habits in order to prevent the fungus from taking hold again. Step one is no more sugar or grains.

There is no shortage of drugs to kill fungus. Some of them include nystatin, griseofulvin, ketoconazole, fluconazole, itraconazole and terbinafine. Depending on the medication, it could cost you several hundred a month, and side effects range from minor nausea to hair loss and possibly liver or heart failure so make sure you remain monitored and take routine lab tests. Treatment could take up to a year. I told you fungus is stubborn! Sometimes people use a prescription nail lacquer called Penlac; I like this option because there are few if any side effects.

All those creams, sprays, and gels containing anti-fungal ingredients are intended for less challenging skin infections, such as ringworm, jock itch, and athlete’s foot, but you can certainly try them for toenail fungus. They’re easy to find, and easy to use, and a safe place to start. I think store-brand generic equivalents offer consumers an even better deal because generics always save you money.

The most promising natural is 100 % tea tree oil, an inexpensive, widely available antiseptic oil from Australia. You can buy it any health food store and some pharmacies. Tea tree oil has anti-fungal properties because of the terpenoids. One little study from 1994 conducted at the University of Rochester found that tea tree oil provided “full or partial resolution” for some 60 percent of the study participants.

One of my new buddies has been applying tea tree oil daily to his nail fungus for 12 weeks and the new growth is coming in normal. That’s awesome considering he’s had that infection for about 40 years. If you’d like to try tea tree oil, just apply it every morning and night to dry nails. Dab it on the area, and don’t give up because it may take several months before you see results. In the unlikely event that it irritates your skin, discontinue use.

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I’m a graduate of the University of Florida and have been a licensed pharmacist for nearly 20 years.  People call me “America’s Most Trusted Pharmacist” because I’ve spent the last 10 years writing a syndicated column on health which reaches millions of people each week.

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Prevent yeast infection naturally with candida fighting foods

Three out of four women will experience a yeast infection at some point in their lives. Symptoms like recurring vaginal infections and digestive disorders are now more common than ever before. In this article you will find a list of four healthy foods that hold the potential to prevent or even reverse yeast infection naturally – no prescription drugs required.

Yeast infection – also known as thrush or candidiasis – is a medical condition caused by a bacterial imbalance in the body. This type of infection develops when Candida albicans – a naturally occurring yeast present in all human beings – grows out of control, and its cells overwhelm the beneficial bacteria in the vagina or your GI tract. The result is a vast array of unpleasant symptoms, including chronic fatigue, digestive problems and recurring vaginal infections. The following foods can help prevent yeast infection:
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