Ginger: The Herb For Everything?

Whatever Happened to my #1 Herb for Pretty Much Everything?

Weight loss? Check.  Antibacterial? Check.  Liver Protection? Check.  Is there anything ginger can’t do?

As we approach spring, marketing madness will of course strip us of our sensibility and convince us that now is the time for change.  A new year; a new you.  Weight loss fads and a detox in the box is just what the doctor ordered, isn’t it?  “Come one, come all; choose your potion, swallow your pill, take your natural products to prevent you from getting ill.”  Plus, as the bitter face chilling cold of the Great White North begins to etch at our bones, our deepening desire to stay warm, active, and support our immune system (and sanity) becomes ever apparent.   We turn to our natural health care providers (Television and Google) in hopes of gaining calm within a storm of confusion.  Is it the carrot diet, bread and water diet, the one meat only diet, or the no diet?  Maybe it’s the “see food” or “no food” diet. I just want to know what ever happened to my number one, simple, inexpensive, unbelievably reliable and scientifically validated herb that I, along with rest of the world pretty much used to use for everything.

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New Cancer/Fungus Theory

 

This video and chapter offers crucial information about the relationships between cancer and infectious threats that every cancer patient and their family must be aware of. The truth that we must stare down is that cancer and infections cannot be separated from each other.

Cancer—always believed to be caused by genetic cell mutations—can in reality be caused by infections from viruses, bacteria, and fungi. I believe that, conservatively, 15 to 20% of all cancer is caused by infections; however, the number could be larger—maybe double, said Dr. Andrew Dannenberg, director of the Cancer Center at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Dannenberg made the remarks in a speech in December 2007 at the annual international conference of the American Association for Cancer Research.

Whether caused by infections or not, once cancerous conditions are well underway the weakening of the immune system and the battle that ensues between the good guys and the bad is cheered on by hordes of infectious agents that increase in density, power and form as a patient’s cancers get worse. (more…)

A Tasty Parasite Cleanse

Editor’s Note: Although parasites are generally considered harmful, it’s important to note that they account for more than half of life’s diversity and have extremely important ecological roles. Without parasites, ecosystems would not have flourished as well as they have throughout time.

Have you ever experienced: bloating and excessive gas, frequent diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, extreme fatigue, an increasing number of allergies, poor general immunity, lack of energy and/or regular sickness? Experiencing any or all of these symptoms is an indicator that you may have parasites!
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Oil of oregano fights harmful bacteria, cancer

A new report out of the University of Arizona (UofA) says that oil of oregano is a powerful nutrient for fighting harmful bacteria and preventing cancer. Sadhana Ravishankar, a food microbiologist at UofA, discovered that carvacrol, a phenol of oregano oil, exhibits powerful antioxidant and antimicrobial activity, not only when consumed but also when applied to foods.

Ravishankar’s lab at UofA had previously identified oregano oil as a powerful antibacterial in lab testing, but she and her team decided to test the oil on food to see how it fared. They discovered that when applied ground beef, oregano oil actually prevented the formation of up to 78 percent of the cancer-causing molecules that normally come about when meat is cooked at high temperatures.
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Papaya Seeds Eradicate Parasites

Sixty asymptomatic Nigerian children with evidence of intestinal parasites on stool microscopic examination were randomly assigned to receive 20 ml of an elixir containing honey and air-dried and blended Carica papaya (papaya) seeds (4 g of seeds per 20 ml) or honey alone (placebo). Seven days after treatment, stool examination was negative for parasites in 77% of the children receiving active treatment and in 17% of those receiving placebo (p < 0.00002). No adverse effects were seen. The stool clearance rates for the various types of parasites were 71%–100% (Ascaris lumbricoides [11 of 13], Entamoeba histolytica [5 of 7], Necator americanus [4 of 5], Strongyloides stercoralis [4 of 4], Trichuris trichiura [3 of 3], Giardia lamblia [2 of 2], and Taenia saginata [1 of 1]).

Comment: Seeds of the papaya fruit have antihelminthic and antiamoebic activities, and have been used in folk medicine to treat helminthiasis. The results of the present study suggest that papaya seeds have broad-spectrum activity against intestinal parasites, and that treatment according to the protocol described above is a viable alternative to conventional therapy.

Okeniyi JAO et al. Effectiveness of dried Carica papaya seeds against human intestinal parasitosis: a pilot study. J Med Food. 2007;10:194–196.

Vitamin A and Intestinal Parasites

Seventy-nine children (mean age, 3.5 years) living in an impoverished urban area in Brazil where vitamin A deficiency is prevalent were randomly assigned to receive, in double-blind fashion, a single dose of vitamin A (100,000 IU for children less than 12 months of age; 200,000 IU for older children) or placebo. One month after treatment, the proportion of children who had a new parasitic infestation was significantly lower in the vitamin A group than in the placebo group (20% vs. 31%; p < 0.05). The beneficial effect was due primarily to fewer Giardia lamblia infections.

Comment: Vitamin A plays a role in immune function and has been found to protect against various types of infection. The results of the present study indicate that maintaining adequate vitamin A status improves host defenses against parasitic infestations, particularly Giardia. It is of interest that vitamin A absorption is impaired in people with giardiasis. Thus, Giardia, like politicians, attempts to create conditions favorable to its survival.

Lima AAM et al. Effects of vitamin A supplementation on intestinal barrier function, growth, total parasitic, and specific Giardia spp infections in Brazilian children: a prospective randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2010;50:309–315.