(NaturalNews) Keeping things too clean around the house could be making your children sick. A new study published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology found that maintaining too high a level of hygiene and cleanliness can actually cause newborn babies, and particularly those under one year of age, to suffer from allergies and asthma later in life.

Researchers from Johns Hopkins Children's Center in Maryland looked at 467 inner-city newborns from Baltimore, Boston, New York City and St. Louis. The babies were enrolled in the study before they were even born, and their health was monitored throughout the course of both pregnancy and birth to attain thorough data.

For the study, researchers collected allergen samples from the homes of each of the babies and measured both the amounts and types of allergens found. They then looked at incidences of allergy and asthma among the infants during their first few years of life, comparing this data to levels of exposure to potential allergens.

Upon analysis, the team observed lower rates of wheezing among children at age three who were exposed to high amounts of mouse and cat dander, as well as cockroach droppings, during their first year of life. In other words, early exposure to these allergens helped build a tolerance in the exposed children compared to those who were sheltered from the germs.

More than half of all children who grow up in "clean" homes with very few germs suffer from wheezing as toddlers. At the same time, only 17 percent of children from dirtier homes develop the condition, illustrating the sometimes beneficial role that bacteria and other germs can play in building strong immunity.

"The combination of both -- having the allergen exposure and the bacterial exposure -- appeared to be the most protective," stated Dr. Robert Wood, co-author of the study and chief of the Division of Allergy and Immunology at Johns Hopkins.

Germs are nature's vaccines

The findings support those of earlier studies linking exposure to outdoor pathogens -- that is, the critters and crud lurking in your garden -- to decreased inflammation and stronger immunity. One study published several years ago in the journal Nature Medicine, for instance, found that being too clean can cause children to develop health problems.

Children need to spend more time outdoors getting dirty, in other words. If they don't, their chances of health success are diminished, at least according to science. Germs are essentially nature's vaccines, gradually training the innate immune system how to react properly to the many foreign substances that it will encounter throughout life.

In fact, this is exactly how the body is supposed to build immunity -- through natural exposure to things during early immune development. The chemical vaccines peddled by the pharmaceutical industry mimic this process to some degree, but as we've pointed out in previous articles, they bypass the innate immune system and elicit an unnatural and oftentimes damaging immune response.

"[T]he route of entry [for vaccines] is different [from] a naturally occurring disease," explains the Vaccine Awareness Network. "Most natural diseases would enter through the mouth or the nasal cavity, not the skin.

"Vaccination breaks the skin with a needle and injects foreign matter into the blood supply.

"This bypasses the skin's role in immune function, as well as the tonsils, the mucous membranes, and so on."

What does all this have to do with germ exposure? The answer is simple: Germs and bacteria are meant to be encountered naturally, and avoiding them can leave the body more susceptible to disease.

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The government and the media tell you to eat MORE wheat... they call it phrases like "wholesome and healthy".  Cereal boxes claim that it's a "nourishing breakfast that champions eat"... But more and more scientists, nutritionists, and researchers are finding verytroubling health issues related to wheat components that most people are eating in almost every meal. 

And this is about MORE than just gluten too...there are many other problematic components of wheat as well.

I saw this article below the other day from my good friends at TheAlternativeDaily, a leading online alternative health publisher, and wanted to share it with you:

Is Modern Wheat Making You Fat and Sick? 

Our hunter gatherer ancestors collected all they could from the ground for food including insects, berries, roots, nuts, etc. In their gathering, they found that the animals were eating grass, and they became curious. They broke it down and somehow incorporated wild wheat into their diet. This grass was called Einkorn and had only 14 chromosomes.

Plants can mate with each other and combine chromosomes. At some point in time, the wild grass Einkorn mated with another type of wild grass and the offspring Emmer ended up with 28 chromosomes – this is the wheat that is mentioned in the Bible. However, this is not the wheat of today, that is for sure.

In the Middle Ages (different from the Paleolithic era) bread was a staple and very common food. Emmer mated with another grass which contributed more chromosomes to result in Spelt, Triticum landraces with 42 chromosomes.

In 1960, when the threat of world population explosion was imminent, there was an investment made in agricultural research where lots of money and time were devoted to new ways to increase wheat yield. At this time, different strains of wheat were crossed over and over again to select certain characteristics and to introduce unique genes.

The resulting wheat yielded up to 10 times more per acre. When this wheat was introduced to many third world countries, famine was greatly reduced within one year. Dr. Norman Borlaug received the Nobel Peace prize for his work creating this high yield strain of wheat.

Because this wheat is so prolific, it has taken over almost all of the world’s wheat supply. There are also about a million acres of what is known as Clearfield Wheat being grown in the Pacific Northwest. It is a semi dwarf strain of wheat that has had its seed and embryos exposed to a chemical, sodium azide, which is an industrial toxin.

The makers of Clearfield wheat claim that their wheat is a result of “enhanced, traditional plant breeding techniques,” making a distinction between genetically modified wheat. However, although no gene splicing techniques were used, many other methods were, such as the purposeful induction of mutations using chemicals, high dose x-ray and radiation techniques to induce mutations coupled with cross breeding. These methods might be far worse than genetic modification, according to Dr. William Davis, author of the popular book, Wheat Belly.

The government says eat more wheat – what is up with that?

The government tells us that we need to eat more grain, which generally means more wheat.  In the food pyramid, we are advised to eat 60% of calories from grains like wheat. The new food plate design also tells us to get at least 1/4 of our calories from wheat. Here is why we need to stop listening to what our government is telling us about the food pyramid:

Modern Wheat is a Serious Appetite Stimulant

It is estimated that up to 10% of the population has a sensitivity to the protein in wheat known as gluten (some experts estimate it may be higher, possibly closer to 30%). However, the other 90% of people who consume wheat really should not be eating it either...

Here are a few reasons why:

Gluten is a two part protein that is comprised of gliadin plus glutenin. Glutenin has a unique elasticity that gives us the ability to stretch our pizza or bread dough or even spin it over our heads, if we are inclined to do so. Gliadin, the other part of the gluten protein, was heavily studied in the 1970′s by psychiatrists who found that if they took all of the wheat out of the diet of their patients with schizophrenia, they improved markedly.

When they put the wheat back, they found that the condition worsened. So the question asked was what was in bread that led schizophrenics to hallucinate? It was traced back to the gliadin protein which, when ingested, enters the brain and binds to opiate receptors where it stimulates appetite.

In addition, gliadin, acting like an opiate in the brain, has other disastrous effects. For example, people with ADHD become hypersensitive and have behavioral outbursts, people with schizophrenia have major hallucinations, people who are bipolar become increasingly manic and those with eating disorders, such as binge eating, will develop food obsessions.

By 1985, everything at the supermarket with wheat in it came from the prolific semi-dwarf strain or a spinoff. Interestingly enough, if you compare what happened to America’s weight prior to and after 1985 it is evident that there was an obesity explosion that is still happening today shortly after the “new” wheat was introduced.

A huge increase in the number of diabetics also followed. Although cause and effect cannot be proven scientifically – it seems evident that we have all been fed an appetite stimulant.

Modern Wheat Destroys Blood Sugar

Two slices of whole wheat bread raise blood sugar higher than 6 teaspoons of table sugar. How does this happen when whole wheat is considered a complex carbohydrate that we are encouraged to eat more of?

The complex carbohydrate of wheat is called Amylopectin A, which is highly sensitive to amylase, which we have in our stomach and mouth. This makes it very easy to digest and raises blood sugar rapidly -- even more rapidly and to a higher extent than pure table sugar. Wheat for breakfast (cereal, bagels, bread, muffins, etc), wheat for lunch (sandwich bread), wheat for dinner (pasta, bread, etc), and wheat for snacks (crackers, cookies, etc) results in visceral fat that encircles the intestines, heart, liver and kidneys. Repetitive high blood sugar over and over results in what Dr. Davis calls a “wheat belly.”

Modern Wheat Causes Inflammation

When bacteria or a virus enters the body our immune system responds in many ways. Plants do not have the same type of immune system, but they have lectins which are proteins that are toxic to mold, fungi and insects. Some lectins are benign to humans like the lectin found in spinach while some are very toxic. The lectin in wheat (Wheat Germ Agglutinin) is a four part complex molecule.

When this lectin is isolated and given to rats in very small amounts, it destroys the small intestine. Average Americans consume about 10-20 mg of the wheat lectin in a day, that’s enough to do significant damage.

When we consume wheat, the gliadin protein unlocks the normal intestinal barrier and allows foreign substances entry into the bloodstream – substances such as wheat lectin. This is why people who eat wheat have autoimmune and inflammatory distress such as joint inflammation, bowel inflammation, acid reflux, inflammation of the brain, inflammation of the airways etc. In fact, there is not one system that fully escapes the inflammatory assault of wheat.

What Happens When We Remove Wheat From Our Diet?

First of all, taking wheat out of the diet is not as easy as might think (although it IS easy if you simply avoid any and all processed foods) – wheat is in a lot of foods – even ones we would not associate with having wheat. For example, wheat is in Twizzlers, Campbells Tomato Soup, taco seasoning, frozen dinners, cereals, salad dressings, granola bars and a lot more.

Why is there wheat in so many products?

In 1960, we could find wheat only in things where we would expect to find wheat – breads, pastas, pancake mix, etc. Today is an entirely different story – wheat is in all kinds of foods where we would not expect to find it.

Is it possible that food manufacturers know a little something about wheat as an appetite stimulant (on top of the fact that is it heavily subsidized by our government and therefore artificially inexpensive)?

Impact of a Wheat-Free Diet

Dr. Davis tells us that taking wheat out of the diet will result in the following:

  •     Improved weight loss
  •     Reduced appetite
  •     Lowered blood sugar
  •     Reduced joint pain
  •     Reduced inflammation
  •     Improvement in cognitive function
  •     Reduced anxiety
  •     Reduced food obsessions
  •     Reduced blood pressure
  •     Reduced triglycerides
  •     Increased energy
  •     Improved sleep

What About Gluten-Free?

Although going gluten free is a good thing because you avoid problems with gluten and gliadin, wheat germ agglutinin and amylopectin A, gluten-free foods contain other potentially harmful ingredients if eaten in large quantities, mainly potato starch, rice starch, tapioca starch and corn starch. These are the only foods that raise blood sugar almost just as high as the amylopectin A found in wheat.

Warning: If you choose to be gluten free, avoid the commercial gluten-free products, at least until you educate yourself on the differences between the various gluten free products on the market. 

(Mike's note:  If you choose gluten-free products, look for products made from nut flours, coconut flour, and bean flours as opposed to rice flours, tapioco, corn and potato starch... my good friend Kelley Herring shows you how to make amazing gluten-free and low-carb desserts here, which all use healthy low-carb, high-fiber flours and natural sweeteners instead of the blood sugar disasters that are most gluten-free products on the market today)

What Can I Eat?

Most people make eating gluten-free and wheat-free seem too difficult, but it's actually quite simple and enjoyable... Eat real, single ingredient non-grain foods as much as possible...

You can focus most of your diet on nuts, healthy fats, organic fruits/vegetables, grass-fed beef and bison, organic chicken and turkey, wild caught salmon, quality aged cheese, organic eggs, coconuts, avocados, seeds, olive oils, grass-fed butter, coconut oil, as well as a variety of other foods that are in their natural state. The more processed and refined a food is, the more likely it contains wheat and other byproducts of the refinement process that are just too dangerous to your health.

Enjoy the amazing health benefits of eating wheat-free!

-The Alternative Daily

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Magnesium deficiency is often misdiagnosed because it does not show up in blood tests – only 1% of the body's magnesium is stored in the blood.

Most doctors and laboratories don't even include magnesium status in routine blood tests. Thus, most doctors don't know when their patients are deficient in magnesium, even though studies show that the majority of Americans are deficient in magnesium.

Consider Dr. Norman Shealy's statements, "Every known illness is associated with a magnesium deficiency" and that, "magnesium is the most critical mineral required for electrical stability of every cell in the body. A magnesium deficiency may be responsible for more diseases than any other nutrient." The truth he states exposes a gapping hole in modern medicine that explains a good deal about iatrogenic death and disease. Because magnesium deficiency is largely overlooked, millions of Americans suffer needlessly or are having their symptoms treated with expensive drugs when they could be cured with magnesium supplementation.

One has to recognize the signs of magnesium thirst or hunger on their own since allopathic medicine is lost in this regard. It is really something much more subtle then hunger or thirst but it is comparable. In a world though where doctors and patients alike do not even pay attention to thirst and important issues of hydration, it is not hopeful that we will find many recognizing and paying attention tomagnesium thirst and hunger, which is a dramatic way of expressing the concept of magnesium deficiency.

Few people are aware of the enormous role magnesium plays in our bodies. Magnesium is by far the most important mineral in the body. After oxygen, water, and basic food, magnesium may be the most important element needed by our bodies; vitally important, yet hardly known. It is more important than calcium, potassium or sodium and regulates all three of them. Millions suffer daily from magnesium deficiency without even knowing it

In fact, there happens to be a relationship between what we perceive as thirst and deficiencies in electrolytes. I remember a person asking, "Why am I dehydrated and thirsty when I drink so much water?" Thirst can mean not only lack of water but it can also mean that one is not getting enough nutrients and electrolytes. Magnesium, Potassium, Bicarbonate, Chloride and Sodium are some principle examples and that is one of the reasons magnesium chloride is so useful.

A man with magnesium deficiency
Magnesium Torment (Deficiency)

You know all those years, when doctors used to tell their patients 'its all in your heads,' were years the medical profession was showing its ignorance. It is a torment to be magnesium deficient on one level or another. Even if it's for the enthusiastic sport person whose athletic performance is down, magnesium deficiency will disturb sleep and background stress levels and a host of other things that reflect on the quality of life. Doctors have not been using the appropriate test for magnesium – their serum blood tests just distort their perceptions. Magnesium has been off their radar screens through the decades that magnesium deficiencies have snowballed.

Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency

The first symptoms of deficiency can be subtle – as most magnesium is stored in the tissues, leg cramps, foot pain, or muscle 'twitches' can be the first sign. Other early signs of deficiency include loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and weakness. As magnesium deficiency worsens, numbness, tingling, seizures, personality changes, abnormal heart rhythms, and coronary spasms can occur.

A full outline of magnesium deficiency was beautifully presented in a recent article by Dr. Sidney Baker. "Magnesium deficiency can affect virtually every organ system of the body. With regard to skeletal muscle, one may experience twitches, cramps, muscle tension, muscle soreness, including back aches, neck pain, tension headaches and jaw joint (or TMJ) dysfunction. Also, one may experience chest tightness or a peculiar sensation that he can't take a deep breath. Sometimes a person may sigh a lot."

"Symptoms involving impaired contraction of smooth muscles include constipation; urinary spasms; menstrual cramps; difficulty swallowing or a lump in the throat-especially provoked by eating sugar; photophobia, especially difficulty adjusting to oncoming bright headlights in the absence of eye disease; and loud noise sensitivity from stapedius muscle tension in the ear."

"Other symptoms and signs of magnesium deficiency and discuss laboratory testing for this common condition. Continuing with the symptoms of magnesium deficiency, the central nervous system is markedly affected. Symptoms include insomnia, anxiety, hyperactivity and restlessness with constant movement, panic attacks, agoraphobia, and premenstrual irritability. Magnesium deficiency symptoms involving the peripheral nervous system include numbness, tingling, and other abnormal sensations, such as zips, zaps and vibratory sensations."

"Symptoms or signs of the cardiovascular system include palpitations, heart arrhythmias, and angina due to spasms of the coronary arteries, high blood pressure and mitral valve prolapse. Be aware that not all of the symptoms need to be present to presume magnesium deficiency; but, many of them often occur together. For example, people with mitral valve prolapse frequently have palpitations, anxiety, panic attacks and premenstrual symptoms. People with magnesium deficiency often seem to be "uptight." Other general symptoms include a salt craving, both carbohydrate craving and carbohydrate intolerance, especially of chocolate, and breast tenderness."

Magnesium is needed by every cell in the body including those of the brain. It is one of the most important minerals when considering supplementation because of its vital role in hundreds of enzyme systems and functions related to reactions in cell metabolism, as well as being essential for the synthesis of proteins, for the utilization of fats and carbohydrates. Magnesium is needed not only for the production of specific detoxification enzymes but is also important for energy production related to cell detoxification. A magnesium deficiency can affect virtually every system of the body.

Water rich in magnesium can prevent magnesium deficiency
Like water we need magnesium everyday. There is an
eternal need for magnesium as well as water and when
magnesium is present in water life and health are enhanced.

One of the principle reason doctors write millions of prescriptions for tranquilizers each year is the nervousness, irritability, and jitters largely brought on by inadequate diets lacking magnesium. Persons only slightly deficient in magnesium become irritable, highly-strung, and sensitive to noise, hyper-excitable, apprehensive and belligerent. If the deficiency is more severe or prolonged, they may develop twitching, tremors, irregular pulse, insomnia, muscle weakness, jerkiness and leg and foot cramps.

If magnesium is severely deficient, the brain is particularly affected. Clouded thinking, confusion, disorientation, marked depression and even the terrifying hallucinations of delirium tremens are largely brought on by a lack of this nutrient and remedied when magnesium is given. Because large amounts of calcium are lost in the urine when magnesium is under supplied, the lack of this nutrient indirectly becomes responsible for much rampant tooth decay, poor bone development, osteoporosisand slow healing of broken bones and fractures. With vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), magnesium helps to reduce and dissolve calcium phosphate kidney stones.

Magnesium deficiency may be a common factor associated with insulin resistance. Symptoms of MS that are also symptoms of magnesium deficiency include muscle spasms, weakness, twitching, muscle atrophy,  an inability to control the bladder, nystagmus (rapid eye movements), hearing loss, and osteoporosis.  People with MS have higher rates of epilepsy than controls.  Epilepsy has also been linked to magnesium deficiencies.[1]


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Dr. Mark Sircus, Ac., OMD, DM (P) (acupuncturist, doctor of oriental and pastoral medicine) is a prolific writer and author of some astounding medical and health-related books. His books are heavily referenced, and for many years Dr. Sircus has been researching into the human condition and into the causes of disease; he has distilled many of the divergent medical systems into a new form of medicine that he has coinedNatural Allopathic Medicine.

While it is not a commonly understood concept that wheat or gluten can cause blood sugar disorders, and certainly not as serious as type 1 diabetes, which involves the autoimmune destruction of the insulin producing beta cells in the pancreas, a sizable body of animal and human data points to exactly this causal link. [i]

Gluten, after all, is well known for adversely affecting gut health, and in the case of celiac disease, destroying the absorptive surface of the intestine through a hallmark autoimmune triggered process.  In many ways, gluten opens up a 'pandora's box' of autoimmunity by both triggering intestinal permeability – so-called 'leaky gut' – as well as providing over 23,000 unique, digestion resistant polypeptides which are capable of infiltrating the body causing systemic inflammation and the loss of immunological self-tolerance, i.e. the ability to distinguish self from non-self. 

Adding to this increasingly dismal picture of what was once considered the ultimate poster child for 'healthy food,' a new study published in the PloS One may have uncovered a 'missing' link in understanding how wheat exerts its toxic effects.

Mayo Clinic researchers sought to elucidate the mechanism at play within the long observed link in both animal and human studies between dietary gluten and the pathogenesis of type 1 diabetes (T1D), focusing on the role of the gut microflora in mediating its diabetes promoting properties.

In the new study titled, "Low Incidence of Spontaneous Type 1 Diabetes in Non-Obese Diabetic Mice Raised on Gluten-Free Diets Is Associated with Changes in the Intestinal Microbiome",[ii] they sought to confirm "whether changes in the intestinal microbiome could be attributed to the pro- and anti-diabetogenic effects of gluten-containing and gluten-free diets, respectively."  They noted recent research showing that intestinal microflora have a major influence on the incidence of T1D, and theorized that since "diet is known to shape the composition of the intestinal microbiome," they might find an important link by testing changes in the gut flora of animals fed either gluten or gluten-free diets.

The study design was described as follows:

"NOD [non-obese diabetic] mice were raised on gluten-containing chows (GCC) or gluten-free chows (GFC). The incidence of diabetes was determined by monitoring blood glucose levels biweekly using a glucometer. Intestinal microbiome composition was analyzed by sequencing 16S rRNA amplicons derived from fecal samples."

The researchers observed the following results:

  • "First of all, GCC-fed [gluten-containing chow fed] NOD mice had the expected high incidence of hyperglycemia [elevated blood sugar] whereas NOD mice fed with a GFC [gluten-free chows] had significantly reduced incidence of hyperglycemia.
  • "Secondly, when the fecal microbiomes were compared, Bifidobacterium, Tannerella, and Barnesiella species were increased (p = 0.03, 0.02, and 0.02, respectively) in the microbiome of GCC [gluten-containing chow fed] mice, where as Akkermansia species was increased (p = 0.02) in the intestinal microbiomes of NOD [non-obese diabetic] mice fed GFC [gluten-free chows].
  • "Thirdly, both of the gluten-free chows that were evaluated, either egg white based (EW-GFC) or casein based (C-GFC), significantly reduced the incidence of hyperglycemia."

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Not long ago, my 86 year old grandmother was rushed to the hospital. Although she's never had heart problems, she was experiencing shortness of breath, tightness in her chest and palpitations. 

The doctors in the ER thought she was having a heart attack. They watched her vital signs closely, while administering electrolytes by IV. After three days of tests and monitoring, my grandmother was released from the hospital... and referred to a cardiologist.

How an Intelligent and Forward-Thinking Doctor
Saved My Grandmother's Life

Instead of immediately putting her on a heart medication - as most doctors would do - my grandmother's physician did something that I believe saved her life. She did something that's rarely done in acute care within "mainstream" medicine.She checked my grandmother's mineral levels.

The result showed that she was suffering from an acute magnesium deficiency. She left that day with only one prescription - for a daily magnesium supplement.

And to think that for less than $0.05 per day, my grandmother could have avoided a near-death experience... and a $20,000 hospital visit.

But the issue my grandmother faced is all too common...

Some studies have shown that over 80% of the U.S. population is deficient in magnesium, to one degree or another. That means there is a good chance that YOU are deficient.
And that can be serious business. It has been estimated that magnesium deficiency is largely responsible for up to 20 million deaths worldwide every year, including nearly 600 per day in the U.S. alone!
This Mineral is Vital to Your Existence...
Do You Have Enough of It?

Magnesium plays hundreds of crucial roles in your body...

It helps regulate the rhythm of your heartbeat (the greatest stores of magnesium in the body are found in the heart). It helps control your blood pressure and maintain insulin sensitivity. It controls the uptake and release of many hormones and neurotransmitters. And it is vital for more than 400 different enzyme reactions in the body (more than any other mineral).

It is also required for normal nerve and muscle function. In fact, 7 out of 10 steps to produce ATP (your body's energy fuel) require magnesium. It's no surprise that some of the most common signs of deficiency are cramping, muscle twitching and fatigue.

Magnesium deficiency can also be associated with anxiety and depression, asthma, autism, chronic fatigue, constipation, diabetes, fibromyalgia, heart attack, headaches, high blood pressure, IBS, kidney stones, metabolic syndrome, obesity, PMS, stroke, and acid reflux, just to name a few.

Most people used to get about 500 mg per day of magnesium. These days, due to soil depletion and the modern diet, most of us are lucky to get just 200 mg.

Processed foods - which make up about 90% of the money Americans spend on food - contain almost none of this vital mineral. We further deplete our body's magnesium stores with the phosphoric acid in colas and coffee, by consuming, table salt, excess alcohol, diuretics, antibiotics and other drugs. We also lose magnesium as we age.

Consumption of sugar and carbohydrates also contribute to magnesium depletion. It takes up to 272 molecules of magnesium to break down just 1 molecule of glucose!

To Keep Your Magnesium Levels in a Healthy Range...

Be sure to enjoy dark leafy greens (like spinach and Swiss chard), nuts, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds, wild salmon and halibut, black beans and navy beans... and don't forget the most decadent source of magnesium - delicious dark cocoa!

Because magnesium deficiency is potentially so threatening, you may want to consider a supplement. But be aware that magnesium is not easily absorbed through the digestive tract in pill or powder form.

To Your Health,

Kelley Herring
CEO & Editor in Chief

Healing Gourmet


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NaturalNews) Until recently, herbal medicine in Vietnam relied on finding wild medicinal herbs and importing traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) herbs from China. The latter added more expense for average Vietnamese, and quality control for Chinese imports has been lacking. Overharvesting wild herbs and medicinal trees has proven to be unsustainable, especially after Agent Orange was introduced to Vietnam decades ago.

The grassroots herbal cultivation boom in Vietnam

Apparently, it all started with an impoverished villager who had been a teacher in his village for several years. Now 64, Briu Po was the local high school biology teacher, but he was living in poverty despite his education and position.

Po was invited by Dr. Ngo Van Trai of the Central Institute of Pharmaceutical Products to study the local terrain to determine suitability for cultivating herbal remedies such as Morinda officinalis.

Upon hearing that this herb was on the verge of extinction, Po urged his wife to start planting their own. Po recalls, "In 2007, we tried growing 900 plants. Our villagers thought we were insane as they believed that the plant belonged to God, and hence, could not be planted by humans. They thought that all of our plants would die."

After the first harvest, Po and his wife netted $2,500 US, more than they've ever had at any one time, for their Morinda officinalis roots sold to local herbal pharmaceutical companies. Then the other villagers started their own planting. They were impressed enough to realize that God would let them cultivate the plants and followed Po's example.

The whole village soon had 6,000 Morinda officinalis plants with more from Po, who expected to get even six times more remuneration this time around, according to the report from the English edition of VietNamNet Bridge.

Dr. Mai Van Thanh returned to Vietnam from China to invest in the burgeoning village grassroots herbal farming scene. He intends to ensure that farmers don't use any artificial fertilizers or other chemicals used in modern conventional farming to maintain the purity required for medicinal herbs.

The prime minister of Vietnam, Nguyen Tan Dung, has approved an overall plan to develop traditional medicinal materials until 2020 with extensions envisioned through 2030. Hospitals and medical practitioners are pleased with these plans that will enable them to use locally produced clean herbs for natural medicines.

An anecdote that typifies the growing resurgence of herbal medicine demands in Vietnam comes from 50-year-old Hoang Thi Yen. She proudly asserted that she is still alive and healthy thanks to the herbal remedy known as Trinh nu hoang cung (Crinum latifolium).

It reversed her uterus tumor's growth, which became much smaller from drinking the herbal solution daily. She shied away from surgery but realized that she could drink the Crinum latifolium daily without concerns of side effects.

Similar opportunities elsewhere

On the other side of the planet in the African nation of Kenya, Jonathan Muriuki, lead author of a study in that nation sponsored by the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and published in the journal Forests, Trees and Livelihoods commented on how overharvesting wild herbs leads to depletion of supply as demand grows.

Although Kenyans have traditionally relied on using herbal and medicinal tree remedies in rural areas, more urban dwellers throughout Africa and elsewhere are increasing demands for herbal medicines that lack the proper infrastructure to be provided to such markets.

Jonathan sees this as an opportunity for Kenyans to rise from poverty, as infrastructure would provide many new openings within the herbal arena. To improve the market in traditional medicines, the study recommends linking traders to farmers in the form of grower groups, especially women, which could initially focus on the most traded species of the trees and herbs.

"Farmers stated they would sell medicinal products if they had access to market opportunities," said Muriuki. "Access to markets for other tree products has led to increased cultivation of tree species providing these, so it would be fair to assume the same could be applied for medicinal trees."

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Getting super fit and healthy is a process that is really like peeling the layers from an onion, there's quite a few to get to the middle. Thats how I have seen my own health journey. I have peeled off so many layers - but there's still a way to go until I feel really vibrantly healthy.  I was very ill  years ago, with debilitating chronic fatigue, and its not been a fun journey as such. Although when I did start to heal and saw the improvements, it was pretty exciting as I had just been trapped in this nightmare of tiredness and mental instability.  I was one of those cases where I didn't think I would get better, and pretty much everyone else around me (Doctors especially!) told me the same thing. 

I now realise that there are so many things that can be done to sort health issues out. You've just got to be willing to try them until you feel like you want to. I've learnt so much about my own health and whats also affecting us most over the years. I think toxicity and stress are the two biggest health problems and they really go hand in hand! If you accumulate too many toxins, it will stress your body out and your organs and systems won't be able to function the way they should. And same with if you suffer from too much emotional stress, it will cause your body to not be able to excrete your toxins like they should.  Its a cycle that goes hand in hand.

I also believe there's lots of stuff that need to be worked on at an emotional and spiritual level to be as healthy and at peace as you'd like to be.  These are other very important layers of the onion so to speak.   Despite getting much better over the past 6 years, (in a way that is quite miraculous) I still wanted to feel even better. In fact I really want to be one of those super fit people who actually enjoys exercise!

I have had a few issues or 'blocks' with certain things and I called on Holly to help me find out what those are.  Holly Mullin has been writing brilliant articles for my site for a couple of years now, and I've always known she is incredibly gifted with understanding the stress response in the body.  So many people today are treating people just with healthy food, but not actually addressing how their body is adapting to stress. Holly gets this and is a very big proponent of helping people to get their bodies regenerating properly.  Not that I am a 'stressed' person anymore, in fact I hardly ever get really upset anymore, I still think that the stress I have gone through, has definitely still left its mark on my body. Im also a very sensitive person, in that I sometimes feel too much for things that don't concern me. Eg, All the crazy stuff going on in the world today!  Holly said she uses kinesieology and muscle testing to get to the root cause of things.  She kindly offered to give me some sessions to try and work through them.

We spoke over Skype today and I was amazed at how easy she was to talk to and how knowledgable she is! When we started the kinesiology it was clear to see that Holly is an absolute pro at this and could quickly figure out where we needed to look.  I found the suggestions she had all spot on, it was quite shocking really. I came up lacking in calcium which makes total sense as when I was a small child, I applied lead based paint on my body and lead is very very toxic and really causes problems with the bones.  I have actually broken 4 bones since I was a young girl. And they were all in separate accidents. Holly also said I was deficient in magnesium which I immediately resonated with because I still have slight insomnia and have to take Melatonin to help me sleep. Magnesium is responsible for helping people relax and slip into sleep easier. Holly told me to get some Mangesium Chloride, which is a better and cheaper version of Epsom salts. Im going to have a bath 3 x a week in them and see how I go. I am not too keen on taking a calcium supplement as such but will look at eating more calcium rich foods.

We worked on my blockages around exercise and I was shocked to find that a few hours after our session , I felt very drawn to going outside and jumping on my rebounder. I had a go for about 10 minutes before Lola wanted to join me. Ha! So I hope that this desire to do exercise will keep up.

Holly also picked up through muscle testing that I have issues with my lungs, which again, very much resonated with me. I have always been a shallow breather and therefore have had trouble oxygenating my body. I don't know if this too, is connected with my paint episode because Lead can also affect how the body uses oxygen. 

We also worked on a few other things but its not something I am going to share all of it, Sorry! but lets just say I am curious to see if her advice will help. I'm really excited to see how much I improve!

By the way Holly runs these totally gorgeous retreats in Devon called Breathe Detox Retreats that I would absolutely love to go to but alas, I can't be away from my little one. But when Lola is old enough, count me in!

Check out the video below this post of her retreats! STUNNING!  Prices start at £600!

I've got a book coming out called 'Toxic World, Toxic People' you might like to check it out!

NaturalNews) The neurodegenerative effects of fluoride are well documented in the scientific literature, and yet this toxic byproduct of industrial manufacturing continues to get dumped into the water supplies of almost every major city in the U.S. without consent. And while it may take a little more time before a critical mass of folks finally wakes up and puts a stop to this mass poisoning of the public, there is a way you and your family can better avoid the toxic effects of fluoride today through proper nutrition.

Publishing their findings in a recent issue of Pharmacognosy Magazine, a research team out of India observed that regular consumption of turmeric, a spice commonly used in Indian and Asian cuisine, helps to protect the mammalian brain against fluoride poisoning. Having previously uncovered the pathways through which fluoride induces harmful neurodegenerative changes in the brain, the team from Mohanlal Sukhadia University found that turmeric both neutralizes existing fluoride and protects against additional fluoride.

Testing the effects of turmeric in mice, the researchers observed that curcumin, the most well-known nutritive compound in turmeric, produces powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity that protects against multiple forms of cell damage, including singlet oxygen, hydroxyl radical and superoxide radical damage. Curcumin also helps spur the production of glutathione, the body's "master antioxidant" that studies have shown plays a primary role in guarding against oxidative stress.

Supplementing with turmeric can completely reverse damage caused by fluoride

Knowing that fluoride induces both neurotoxic and neurodegenerative effects on brain tissue, particularly that of the hippocampus and cerebral cortex, the team tested the effects of fluoride alone, fluoride in combination with turmeric, turmeric alone and a control on mice that were randomly divided into each of these four groups. All the mice consumed their respective regimens for 30 days before undergoing analysis.

At the end of the study period, it was observed that mice in the fluoride group, which were given 120 parts per million (ppm) of fluoride in water without curcumin, experienced significant increases in malondialdehyde (MDA) activity -- MDA is a recognized marker of oxidative stress. Mice consuming the same amount of fluoride along with 30 milligrams per kilogram of body weight (mg/kg), however, experienced a marked reduction in MDA, revealing the toxicity-mediating power of turmeric.

"[Fluoride] may cross the blood brain barrier, accumulate in mice hippocampal neuron cell bodies and initiates cascade of reactions which increases the oxidative stress that causes an increase in MDA content of brain tissue, which is an end product of LPO [lipid peroxidation]," wrote the authors.

"On the other hand, a distinctive decrease in MDA level was observed after [curcumin] treatment, compared to group treated with [fluoride]... [because] this phytochemical is capable of quenching oxygen free radicals such as superoxide anions and hydroxyl radicals, which are important for the initiation of LPO."

Fluoride is an 'excitotoxin' like MSG that causes brain neurons to die

Concerning the general toxicity of fluoride, the team is convinced, based on more than a decade of extensive research, that the chemical very clearly collects and accumulates in brain tissue. Similar to the way that monosodium glutamate (MSG) over-excites brain neurons and essentially kills them, fluoride likewise produces an excitotoxic effect that can have lasting health consequences.

"Fluoride (F) is probably the first inorganic ion which drew attention of the scientific world for its toxic effects and now the F toxicity through drinking water is well-recognized as a global problem," explains the study. "Health effect reports on F exposure also include various cancers, adverse reproductive activities, cardiovascular, and neurological diseases."

You can view the curcumin/fluoride study in its entirety here:

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The thyroid gland controls the metabolism. In fact, it controls the metabolism of every cell and organ. Thus, the ability of the cells to function as well as to detoxify poisons is tied directly to normal thyroid function. To be in optimal health it is crucial to maintain normal, perhaps superior, thyroid function.


However, taking drug-based thyroid medication has side effects. The simple answer is to boost thyroid function naturally by feeding it the crucial elements it requires. This is precisely what Thyroset achieves. It is a combination of crude northern Pacific kelp, rich in natural iodine, sea minerals, and chlorides, which is what the thyroid gland requires. Plus, Thyroset contains tyrosine, the key amino acid needed to make thyroid hormone. With Thyroset you get the iodine, sea minerals, and tyrosine, and the thyroid gland does the rest, that is it uses the natural compounds to produce its own thyroid hormone.


With age and stress, thyroid function declines. Pregnancy greatly strains this gland, as does chemical exposure. The fact is the majority of symptoms suffered after repeated pregnancies are due to a weakness in the thyroid gland. When the gland is weakened, overall health suffers. This results in a wide range of symptoms, including:

   * fatigue                                                                        * sluggish digestion

* constipation                                                                * exhaustion

* cellulite                                                                       * weak muscles

* inability to lose weight                                                * slurred or slow speech

* weak heart                                                                  * depression

* infertility                                                                     * anxiety

* high cholesterol                                                           * hair loss

* high triglycerides                                                         * hoarseness

* hardening of the arteries                                              * menstrual difficulties

* swelling in the throat                                                   * hot flashes

* skin disorderss, especially eczema and  


* inability to wake up

* ovarian problems                                                         * yeast infections

* cold hands/feet                                                            * sluggish circulation


The key is to support thyroid function safely. This is why Thyroset is so useful. Crude kelp is a superior source of natural iodine, which is direly needed by the thyroid gland. The kelp in Thyroset is free of heavy metal contaminants, which is a major problem with commercially harvested kelp. This kelp comes from the far northern Pacific coasts of  Alaska and is proven by assay to be free of toxic contaminants. 


How to Use Thyroset

As a natural thyroid-supporting supplement take 2 to 4 capsules daily – lunchtime is best. For more aggressive thyroid support take 4 capsules twice daily with or without meals. Take more if necessary; this is completely non-toxic. Safe for children. 


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The Adrenals  are 2 round glands which sit above the kidneys, located just under the bottom of the ribs, about 3-4 inches apart.


These small but perfectly formed glands play the most important role in our relationship to, our experience of and our coping mechanisms when it comes to stress.

They produce a number of hormones essential to life, the central nervous system and in particular the fight/flight/freeze response.


The hormones produced by the adrenals include: adrenaline, nor-adrenaline, cortisol, estrogens, testosterone, progesterone, and DHEA.


These hormones regulate many of the bodies activities, and most relevant here, adrenaline and cortisol which, as a branch of the sympathetic autonomic nervous system, is activated in our response to any threat: stress.


Physiologically what occurs during this activation to stressful stimuli, is an increased production of glucose or sugar in the blood which raises the blood pressure and produces an increase of energy to the extremities of the body, the muscles, which primes the system ready to run away or fight back.


Symptoms of Low Adrenals are:


Extreme Tiredness/Exhaustion


Difficulty sleeping or sleep too much

Poor circulation

Poor digestion

Low blood pressure

Low blood sugar levels (hypoglycaemic)

Apathy / Depression

Low self asteem

Low stamina

Low sex drive

Muscle weakness

Joint aches & pains

Tendency to constipation

Low immune response to fight infection

Extreme thirst and / or urination

And more

The main causes for Adrenal Fatigue can be:


Excessive Stress: High levels of any number of recurring stressors can have a depleting effect on our adrenal glands. Physical stress from chemical toxicity and pollutants, especially when coupled with poor nutrition, has a physically depleting effect on the adrenals. As well as mental, emotional or spiritual stress which may come from family, relationships or work related issues. Excessive stimulation, especially for children, working too hard and fast-paced, fear-based, high-stress lifestyles are also common causes. Other stressors, especially living in cities, can be noise, mobile phones, electromagnetic pollution, microwaves, televisions, and computers which all give off strong electrical fields and disrupt our own natural electromagnetic field.

Nutritional Deficiencies:  Another common cause is poor nutrition. The body requires far greater levels of adequate nutrition when under high levels of stress. A diet high in carbohydrates and low in protein can have a very depleting effect on already over worked adrenal glands. Most diets are deficient in foods which nourish the adrenals. These include B-complex vitamins, vitamin A, C & E, manganese, zinc, chromium, selenium and other trace minerals. The growing of foods, preparation and transportation all add to the level of nutrition our foods hold. Most soil is depleted of essential trace minerals and further processing and refinement of foods leaves our food at an all time low, nutritionally.

Stimulants: Stimulants are sited as one of the main causes to damage adrenal glands. Coffee, sugar and alcohol are among the most common stimulants which literally “whip” the adrenals of their vital hormonal activity. Legal and recreational drugs or stimulants also play a part in forcing our adrenals to over-perform at inappropriate times both day and night. Other over-stimulating behaviours such as anger, rage, arguing, worrying, loud music, and even movies with high levels of suspense or fear can affect over-worked adrenals negatively. In fact, any “thrilling” activity from over exerting exercise to sex addiction, which creates a temporary “high”, can force the adrenals to over-produce and secret hormones when they should be resting. Over time this weakens the adrenal glands and leads to fatigue and eventually burnout.

Stimulant use can also be as a result of adrenal burn-out: Stimulants often look very appealing to those who are in a state of adrenal burnout already. These stimulants act to lift a person in a state of burnout for a short amount of time, allowing them to feel better temporarily. This is what adds to addictive behaviours and why often it can be so difficult to break these habits. It is safe to say that most people with an addiction to anything including cigarettes, alcohol, marijuana, sex, anger and legal or recreational drugs has some level of adrenal insufficiency.

Other causes can be:

Toxic or Chemical Overload

Chronic Infections

An unhealthy response to stress

If you think you are suffering from any or all of the above, then you might like to know what you can do to improve on this depleted state.

The first and best step in to start with a detoxification process.

A simple yang based diet (70 - 80% cooked veg, 15% protein, 7-8% complex carbs, 5% good fats. 0% simple carbs – fruits, fruit juices, sugar, 0% wheat products, 0% refined/fast food)

6 or 7 mineral supplements. You may consider hair mineral analysis.

Lots of rest

Regular relaxation and meditation daily.

Shifts in your mental attitude: forgiveness, letting go, positive attitude, gratitude, spirituality and prayer all speed up the healing greatly.


Here at Breathe Detox Retreats UK, we can help. It is important to detox and let go of old patterns and habitual behaviours. We encourage you to add a regular relaxation and meditation technique to your daily practice as well as having more detailed information about lifestyle do’s and don’ts.

Call us today on 0845 548 0034, to find your path back on the road to health and optimum wellness.

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