MAY 21, 2018 – LOVE PLANTS

There are many plants in the shape of hearts. As an herbalist, I have noticed it more as the years pass by. 

Perhaps love is like a window,
Perhaps an open door,
It invites you to come closer,
It wants to show you more.

There are many shapes in the structures of flowers that can be seen. All orchids look life faces. I have noticed this while I stitch them on a canvas. Sometimes we even see a heart. This is seen in the rope like flowers of the Amarranthus caudatus, or the Love in Puff (Cardiospermum halicacabum).

Perhaps the best example is the Bleeding Heart (Dicentra spectabilis). There is always a story of how the bleeding heart was named. It is the heart of the princess that will bleed for the prince for the rest of her days. It is a great story. The Hearts a Burstin (Euonymus Americus) reminds me of the song 'June is Bustin Out all Over' from Oklahoma.

Notice the flowers this summer and find a heart.

Until tomorrow...

MAY 17, 2018 – HELICOBACTER PYLORI

Helicobacter pylori is an organism that has been associated with malignancy of the GI tract. There are studies to indicate that we eradicate too many of the H. pylori organisms. The conventional treatment for H. pylori is a Prepac which is not usually tolerated by most patients.

For this reason there has been another effective treatment which involves a drug called Nitazoxanide (Alinia). I have used Alinia to treat parasites for the last 20 years. This has been largely due to Dr. Kevin Cahill (Parasitologist in New York City). Alinia is involved in a new study regiment using two other antibiotics and an H2 blocker like omeprazole. Most patients do not tolerate this either. I think it is unique to use Alinia as I have always believed it has other properties as anti bacterial and anti viral in addition to its anit parasitic.

For natural treatment of H. pylori, I utilize a berberine containing plant (there are 4 berberine containing plants). The other treatment is Mastica which is a resin from the Mastica tree. Mastica is made from the sap of the tree Pistachia Lentiscus var. chia, which is grown only on the southern coast of Chios. Mastica has been cultivated since ancient times due to its healing properties, unique taste, and the variety of uses.

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MAY 15, 2018 – SAW PALMETTO

A common condition in older men – benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) – can cause lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) that can have a significant impact on quality of life (QoL). A longitudinal, prospective, observational, multicenter study called the Quality of Life in Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (QUALIPROST) examined the QoL changes and symptom relief in a large cohort of patients with moderate-to-severe LUTS/BPH being managed by therapeutic approaches typically found in real-world clinical practice. The study was conducted in centers throughout Spain from September 2009 to June 2011.

Saw Palmetto showed equal efficacy when compared to conventional drug treatments. I find this not only personally interesting, but a benefit to most men. Some of the medical treatments have side effects, especially hypotension when taking Flomax. It has been shown that Proscar (Finesteride) can have sexual side effects.

This large study showed equal efficacy when looking at quality of life symptoms. More studies need to be done.

Reprinted from the HerbalClips of the American Botanical Council. Join the ABC today.

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MAY 14, 2018 – BEE VENOM THERAPY

From the standpoint of the hive, bees will sting people when they feel the hive is threatened. In other words, a bee sting can be thought of as a loud, collective, “No!” from the hive. There is some of this “no” energy that is retained in bee venom therapy as it is often a treatment of last resort for difficult illnesses. Historically, BVT is best known for treating arthritis and rheumatism as it greatly improves local circulation. Today, it is used to treat MS, pain, scar tissue, cancer, and a vast number of other conditions, though much of this pioneering work is being done outside the United States. Bee venom is anti-inflammatory, an immuno-stimulant, and overall supporter of life. It dredges toxins from the body and increases cortisol production. Systemically, it is an “energy medicine” that acts on both the physical and subtle bodies. Important for its neuro-transmitters, it supports memory and, ultimately, affects consciousness. Beekeepers have a statistically low rate of cancer. Approximately half the venom is made up of mellitin, though at least forty constituents have been identified in it so far. To minimize reactions, BVT is best done after one has followed a 100 percent organic diet for several months in order to cleanse and strengthen the system, along with using the other hive products.

BVT should only be done by knowledgeable practitioners who are fully prepared to handle a life-threatening reaction and are trained in using an EpiPen. With proper respect for this potent modality and an understanding of medical conditions, BVT may provide miraculous healing and support for the most challenging of illnesses. BVT is commonly done on acupuncture points, though “stinging where it hurts” is a common folk medicine practice. The apitherapy websites offer stinging protocols, charts, videos, and books

This post is from the Journal of the American Apitherapy Society.

I am avid beekeeper and apitherapist. I am also a Board member of the American Apitherapy Society.

In order to get the journal, become a member of the AAS at www.apitherapy.org

MAY 12-13, 2018 – HOW TO PREVENT TICK BITES

In my practice, I see at least 3 new patients per day with Lyme. More than 50% of individuals recall ever seeing a tick on their body. Less than 45% even get a rash on their body. I feel we have reached epidemic status with Lyme. There are 25,000 or more cases per month.

Did you know that one tick can transmit more than 15 different diseases? This is scary. Protection is the new word for the average person to prevent Lyme. 

There are many little tidbits of information that can used. Here are some suggestions

  1. Wear loose clothing and not dense fabric.
  2. Once done with the hike or in the garden, check for new brown spots which can be ticks.
  3. Do not bring the clothes you were wearing in the house – leave them in the laundry room.
  4. Toss the clothes in the dryer on a hot temperature for 10-15 minutes.
  5. Do a tick check every time you come inside. It must be a through check!

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MAY 11, 2018 – NITRIC OXIDE

Three scientists accepted the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1998 for the discovery of Nitric oxide in the human body. Nitric oxide is a vasodilator. It is useful in its effect of blood pressure and circulation.

Nitric oxide helps expand blood vessels by relaxation and supports a strong immune system.

The precursor for nitric oxide is the amino acid called L-arginine. L-arginine is converted into nitric oxide, which helps dilate your blood vessels. We do know that, as we age, our body produces less and less arginine. These levels start to drop off by age 30.

I have been disappointed with the arginine supplements of the market. There was a new sustained release form of arginine called Ventricore. Dr. Chauncey Crandall formuated this product which was the right blend of vitamins ands nutrients for atrial health. This product is 3 grams of sustained release L-arginine.

I use the precursor L-citrulline. It is available from Orthomolecular. It is called CitroNOX. 

Until tomorrow...

 

MAY 10, 2018 – ENDOTHELIAL PROTECTION

There are many nutraceutical companies that produce supplements. One company – Life Extension – is an excellent source for a variety of supplements. All of their products are backed by articles and research. There is also an impressive advisory board for this company of which I am a part.

Arterial Protect is a scientifically validated formula of Pycnogenol French Maritime Bark and the leaf of Centella asiatica (Gotu kola). Both of these support endothelial health and promote arterial blood flow.

Pycnogenol significantly reduces oxidative stress. It also helps modulate inflammation and inhibit platelet aggregation. Combined with Centella – which modulates production of collagen – Gotu kola creates free radical defense mechanisms as well as supports healthy inflammation levels.

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MAY 9, 2018 – SILICA

We all need silica. Everyone discusses calcium as the most important mineral, but it is silica. Silica has bone building and bone protecting properties. I utilize it in a bone formula in my practice. It can improve bone density and bone flexibility. It can improve patients with osteoporosis, osteopenia, and age related bone loss

Silica is also needed for your teeth. It can also support joints, tendons, ligaments, and connective tissue.

Silica strengthens connective tissues of the brain, nerve cells, and spinal cord. Something I didn't realize is that silica stabilizes the pancreas's release of insulin. I find silica to be essential for hair, skin, and nails. The one herb that has a high content of silica is Horsetail.

Other herbs that have good silica content are oat straw, rose hips, and nettle leaf. I have found that Anthony William's book, Life Changing Foods, is very informative.

Until tomorrow...