Rescue Me… From Gout

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“An apple a day keeps the doctor away!”  We have all heard this statement throughout our lives.  Did you know that an apple a day can keep gout away?  Gout is a buildup of crystals in the joints caused by excess uric acid in the blood and is very painful.  High levels of this acid can be caused by dehydration, improper kidney function, and poor diet.  If left untreated or treated improperly, the gout can spread to other joints.

Cherries are another excellent way to prevent and cure gout. 15 to 16 tart cherries a day can prevent gout from even occurring.  The acid and Vitamin C in these fruits have been proven to both prevent and cure gout by reducing the uric acid in the blood without the harmful side effects of prescription drugs. Continue reading

The Effectiveness of Home Remedies by B.Smith II

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Home remedies have been treating numerous ailments of the human body for hundreds of years.  There are hundreds of them at our disposal and they have grown more prevalent and common over the years.  Medical documents, books, and journals have been written on the effectiveness of these home remedies, showing them to be a safe and inexpensive alternative to prescription drugs for minor ailments, with little to no side effects.  They have been proven to be essential and very valuable for treating common everyday ailments and for helping to maintain a healthy body.  The human body has amazing defenses and healing powers… when it is in balance.  Poor diet, malnutrition, poor lifestyle, improper sleep, and a host of other poor choices can throw the body out of balance and ailments can occur.  Although these factors are not necessarily the direct cause of sickness and disease, but they make the body less able to protect and heal itself, causing it to be a lot more susceptible to a host of different ailments.  Then, if left untreated, the problem will progress.  The remedy in and of itself isn’t what really cures you, but the remedy puts the body back in balance, which in turn, the body can protect and heal itself once again. Continue reading

Why Juicing Works: A Cardiologist Explains by Dr. Joel Kahn

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Tonight my head is spinning like a centrifugal juicer after attending a lecture by Joe Cross, star of the documentary Fat Sick and Nearly Dead. The movie, which chronicles one man’s journey to health through juicing, moved me a few years ago to purchase my first juicer. It began what is now a regular practice of making fresh green juice several times a week and purchasing fresh cold pressed juice around town regularly.

Joe’s presentation on both using juicing as a method to “reboot” a sick body and mind and also as a supplement to an overall plant-based, whole foods diet was inspiring and medically very accurate. But why is it that juicing is an effective means of redirecting one’s health—whether the goal is vitality, weight loss, or even disease reversal?

Cells in the body require nutrients (i.e. vitamins and minerals) to function optimally. Many of these are referred to as micronutrients, to distinguish them from the macronutrient classes of fats, carbohydrates and proteins. When cells receive adequate micronutrients, you feel energized and full. On the other hand, many foods provide calories from macronutrients, but are devoid of the essential micronutrients cells crave. These are calorie-dense, nutrition-poor foods and this characterizes most processed foods. Continue reading

Fruits, Veggies, and Other Goodies

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It seems like these days, healthy eating has become such a multi-billion-dollar industry that everyone knows what it’s like to get bombarded by ‘The New Health Food!’ ads for Acai whatnot and Goji Berry thingamajig. It’s an unfortunate aspect of our pharmaceutical culture that we’ve learned to look for cures for specific ills, and we treat food the same way. Cranberries for UTIs, carrots for vision problems, prunes for constipation…we’re treating food like it’s medicine, and it’s failing us. We need a new health food regimen.

It’s true that Hippocrates said “Make food your medicine and medicine your food”, but that’s not what he meant. By eating right in general — every day — we prevent far more illnesses than we could ever hope to treat. The point is not to respond to conditions by seeking a super food, it’s to prevent conditions by getting proper nutrition.

Consume a sufficient amount of fruits and vegetables while staying within energy needs. Two cups of fruit and 2½ cups of vegetables per day are recommended for a reference 2,000-calorie intake, with higher or lower amounts depending on the calorie level. Continue reading

Wash That Stuff Right Out of Your Sinuses

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A home-made isotonic saline nasal wash: (for dry sinuses)

• 1 pint (2 cups) warm water
• 1 teaspoon salt (pickling salt or kosher salt)
• ½ teaspoon baking soda
(Pickling salt or kosher salt is preferred by some because of possible allergies to iodine and these other salts are pure.)

 

A home-made hypertonic saline nasal wash: (for stuffy nose)

• 1 pint (2 cups) warm water
• 2 teaspoons salt (pickling salt or kosher salt)
• 1 teaspoon baking soda
(Baking soda added to the mixture keeps it from burning the nasal passages.) Continue reading

Sinus Headache: Signs and Symptoms

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Click on Photo to go to the Mayo Clinic Website for more information.

 

 

Sinusitis occurs when there is an inflammation of one or more of the paranasal sinuses, the hollow cavities within the cheek bones found around the eyes and behind the nose. The primary function of the sinuses is to warm, moisten and filter the air in the nasal cavity.

Sinusitis is very common in the winter and can last for months or years if inadequately treated. It can affect the nose, eyes, or middle ear. Symptoms of sinusitis include some or all of the following:

• Thick yellow-green nasal discharge
• Bad-tasting post-nasal drip
• Cough
• Head congestion and an accompanying headache
• Feeling of facial swelling
• Toothache
• Constant tiredness
• Occasional fever

Sinusitis can be divided into acute, subacute, chronic and recurrent. The classifications are based on length of symptoms, or the specific sinus involved, or both. The classification is as follows: Continue reading