Saturday, June 6, 2015

4 Diet Mistakes that Age You

By Dr. Mercola

Mistake #1: You avoid all animal protein

Vitamin B12, which is essential for energy, is found only in foods that are derived from animals. This nutrient helps regulate your metabolism, and it is an important part of maintaining a healthy brain and nervous system. Fatigue is a classic sign of B12 deficiency.

Mistake #2: You’re not getting enough manganese and copper

Manganese and copper prevent joint pain, and are both essential for maintaining joint cartilage and flexibility. In many cases, getting enough of these nutrients reverses joint deterioration and eliminates joint pain.

Mistake #3: You avoid healthy fats

Omega-3 fats are part of your brain’s building blocks. If you’re not getting enough in your diet, the architecture of your brain becomes weak, and brain function, including memory, deteriorates.

Mistake #4: You favor packaged foods over whole

Most processed foods do not have enough potassium, which can result in high blood pressure. Eating better can correct the problem.

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Sunday, May 31, 2015

8 Herbs That Kill Internal Parasites Naturally




1. Garlic

Garlic is anti-bad-stuff. Viruses, fungi, bacteria, parasites, cancer, and vampires all hate garlic. It's an absolutely amazing herb and the best in the business at killing bad stuff. It even chelates heavy metals (removes them from the body). Garlic is also a very powerful deterrent for blood sucking parasites like mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas.

2. Black Walnut-Nuts & Hull

The nuts and green hulls of black walnut (Juglans nigra) are loved by herbalists for their ability to cleanse the blood and the intestines. Black walnut hull is used to cure fungal infections. The juice from the green hulls are used to kill parasites. Only green hulls should be used. 

3. Wormwood

Wormwood (Artemisia absinthium) is a perennial herb with tiny yellow-green flowers. Leaves and flowers are used to treat stomach problems and wormwood is a powerful remedy for intestinal worms. Wormwood should be avoided by women who or nursing. Wormwood has strong antimicrobial properties and is used for other infections as well.

4. Cloves

Clove essential oil is used to dissolve eggs found in the intestines that have been left behind by worms. It's believed to be the only herb that actually does destroy almost all parasite eggs. When used in conjunction with black walnut and wormwood, the trio break the parasite's life-cycles. Clove is also antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal. Clove oil has powerful broad-spectrum antimicrobial properties

5. Thyme

Thyme is one of the best herbs for stimulating the thymus, a major gland of the immune system. Thyme helps stimulate the body's natural defenses and works very well with echinacea to boost the ability of our immune system. Oil of thyme can eliminate growth of many parasites, and it kills them in the intestinal tract.

6. Oil of Oregano

Oil of oregano is infused with extremely high levels of free-radical-crushing antioxidants, and it is antiparasitic, antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal. It is a powerful, indiscriminate killer that can reset the microbial environment in the intestines. Many studies show the effectiveness of oil of oregano with everything from parasitical infections to cancer.

7. Chinese Goldthread

Goldthread (Coptis chinensis) has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries to treat all types of infections, including bacterial, parasitic, yeast, and protozoan. It contains a substance called berberine, which is responsible for the broad-spectrum antimicrobial properties. 

8. Diatomaceous Earth

Food grade diatomaceous earth absorbs methyl mercury, E. coli, endotoxins, viruses, organophosphate pesticide residues, and drug residues. Its positive effects include killing intestinal parasites, balancing the intestinal flora, killing viruses, and absorbing toxins. It's great for intestinal cleanses. The only side effect known is its ability to irritate the lungs if inhaled; it is a very fine powder.

Monday, May 25, 2015

3 Strategies for Bolstering Your Immune System


 Free radicals like reactive oxygen and nitrogen species (ROS, RNS) are molecules missing an electron, making them highly unstable and capable of destructive interactions with lipids, DNA, and proteins. (2). At normal to low levels, ROS and RNS are necessary for the immune system – they are released by innate immune cell macrophages to destroy invading pathogens, and they act as innate system messengers, warning of incoming invaders.



  1. Over 70% of the body’s immune cells are produced in the gut, meaning the majority of our immune system is housed in the gut.
  2. There are 10 times more microbes (bacteria) in the intestines than there are cells in the body – this essentially means we are more microbe than human! (9).
It is now understood by many doctors and scientists that the microbiome is actually an organ all its own, believing that large changes to its composition may be as damaging as changing the structure of another bodily organ. 


 The adrenal glands are perhaps one of the most important regulatory glands in our bodies, yet they are one of the most overlooked and overworked. The adrenals produce cortisol (aka the stress hormone). Evolutionarily, cortisol temporarily inhibited the immune system so all bodily energies could be directed towards the fight or flight response. This makes a lot of sense, I mean, who wants to be worrying about sneezing while fleeing from a large animal?!


Thursday, February 12, 2015

What's the Difference Between Dutch Process and Natural Cocoa Powder?

There's a kitchen stereotype that bakers are meticulous and measure everything to the gram. They follow directions to the letter, all while savory cooks are throwing food into pots Swedish Chef style.
Sometimes I wish I baked like that, but truth be told I often freestyle and substitute. Take, for instance, cocoa powder, which comes in two main varieties, natural and Dutch process. Can you substitute one for the other or are you better off sticking to the road more traveled?
The answer: it depends on what you're baking, but no matter what, the two varieties don't taste the same.

So What is Cocoa Powder Exactly?


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