9 Other Reasons to Eat More Fiber

Even your great-grandmother knew fiber was the secret to keeping you “regular.”  But fiber has many other surprisingly powerful health benefits. Here are nine other excellent reasons to bulk up on fiber.

Even your great-grandmother knew fiber was the secret to keeping you “regular.”  And science has proved it time and again.  Studies show fiber can help improve constipation, incontinence, and even bleeding hemorrhoids.  So no news there.

But fiber has many other surprisingly powerful health benefits you may not have suspected.  Whether you get yours as grains, seeds, nuts, fruits, vegetables or even bamboo shoots[i], here are nine other excellent reasons to bulk up on fiber.

1. Reduce Heart Disease


Pneumonia Cured in 3 Hours Using Natural Medicine


The numbers are staggering. The eighth leading cause of death, in the United States, is pneumonia and influenza – killing over 50,000 people per year. Conventional medicine, in all its years of ‘wisdom’, advise people to get a flu shot for ‘prevention’. There’s only one problem – it doesn’t work!

Flu shots only weaken the immune system – especially when you consider that flu vaccines are loaded with unwanted (toxic) ingredients like, mercury, aluminum and formaldehyde. Adding insult to injury, the most deadly cases of ‘viral pneumonia’ are treated with antibiotics – which are completely ineffective against viruses. Fortunately, once again, the natural health world has a solution – which has been systematically ignored by western medicine for decades.

One vitamin kills pneumonia on contact (more…)

Integrative Management of Respiratory Illnesses

Infections of the respiratory system commonly present to the outpatient primary care setting. The first decision for the primary care provider is to determine the appropriate setting for treatment, in hospital or outpatient.1 The second decision is to initiate empiric therapy with or without an initial work-up for the microbial cause of the infection. In the outpatient setting, many cases of respiratory infection are amenable to naturopathic treatment as an alternative to the conventional standard of care. Where necessary, the standard of care treatment should be initiated without hesitation, yet in these circumstances naturopathic treatment may make an excellent adjunct to conventional care and may improve outcomes.

The world over, pneumonia is the most important infectious cause of death in children. Liu et al. (2012) analyzed global mortality figures from 2010 and determined that, of the 7.6 million children annually who do not reach their fifth birthday, two-thirds of them die from infectious causes; pneumonia is the leading cause of infection and death among them.2 In America, the combination of pneumonia and influenza remains the eighth leading cause of death, annually. This makes it the most common infection-related cause of mortality.3

43 Natural Alternatives for Cystic Fibrosis

43 Natural Alternatives for Cystic Fibrosis

Many individuals with cystic fibrosis have difficulty with lung infections developing into pneumonia, especially Pseudomonas. Many plant materials are being researched for their therapeutic value for our immune and lung health. Here are 43 natural substances that have been researched to possibly improve the lung status of people with cystic fibrosis.

  1. Omega-3 and gamma-linolenic fatty acids improve pulmonary status (lung function, respiratory exacerbations and antibiotic consumption), inflammatory and anthropometric parameters in adults with CF.
  2. Omega-3 fatty acids may have a protective effect against mucus over-production caused by pulmonary bacterial colonization in cystic fibrosis.
  3. Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation reduces inflammatory biomarkers, erythrocyte sedimentation rate, and interleukin-8 concentrations in cystic fibrosis patients. (more…)

7 Reasons to Eat More Saturated Fat

Photo: Eduardo Amorim

I’ve invited Dr. Michael Eades and Dr. Mary Dan Eades, two of my favorite bariatric (obesity treatment) doctors in the US and the first to introduce insulin resistance to the mainstream, to explain the facts and benefits of increased saturated fat intake…

The sub-headings are mine, and a few edits have been made for space and context. Please see Dr. Michael Eades’ references and responses to questions in the comments.

Mid-Section Fat Loss: Problem Solved? (more…)

16 Health Benefits of Rosemary


Rosemary is a Mediterranean herb with needle-like leaves and pink, blue, or purple flowers. The word “rosemary” comes from the Latin words ros (meaning “dew”) and marinus (meaning “sea”). (more…)

Flax, Fenugreek and Fennel strongly protect lungs and large intestine

In Traditional Chinese Medicine autumn is the season which corresponds to the metal element: the lungs and large intestine. Fall is a wonderful time of year to strengthen and rejuvenate these organs.

Signs that the lung and large intestine may be taxed and would benefit from rejuvenation include:

  • Chronic cough
  • Frequent colds and flu
  • Excess mucous
  • Constipation and/or diarrhea, including Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Crohn’s Disease
  • Thick tongue coating


Discover the many health benefits of the herbal spices rosemary and thyme

As a previous article noted, the popular Simon and Garfunkel song of years gone by had a famous line which included four very healthy herbal spices. Besides the first two herbs (parsley and sage) featured in a previous article, rosemary and thyme also have a host of health benefits – which are detailed below:


Protect Yourself from Emphysema and COPD – and Even Reverse Damage that's Already Been Done

Aside from the fact that, as free citizens of these United States, we should have the right to choose any type of medical treatment we feel is best suited to keeping us healthy, the ongoing threat of los Federales’ taking away access to bioidentical hormone replacement therapy puts women at a significant disadvantage in many other ways too. If you’re a longtime reader of Nutrition & Healing, you already know that, as part of bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), estrogen replacement can lower a woman’s risk of Alzheimer’s disease and cognitive malfunction, protect her against cardiovascular disease, strengthen her bones, and slow down skin aging. But one of the other important benefits of BHRT is something you’ve probably never heard about.  (more…)