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Monday, May 31, 2010

Keep Fresh Avocados from Turning Brown after Cutting

(www.Borganic.org) Delicious and healthy, the fresh avocado, often referred to as the alligator pear, is loaded with nutrients and heart healthy fats, making a perfect snack or side dish for a meal. Storing the unused portion of a fresh avocado inappropriately generally results in an inedible, brown, slimy mess that must be thrown away. According to Alton Brown, well-known food expert and chef from the Food Network, the secret to keeping the other half of a cut ripe avocado green is in the preserving method.

1. Slice the skin lengthwise using a sharp knife all the way around cutting through the fresh avocado until you hit the pit. You should end up with the fresh fruit being cut in two halves but still attached.

2. Hold the two sides in your hands and gently twist to separate the two halves. One portion will be removed from the pit and the other will still retain the pit.

3. Use the half of the ripe avocado in your meal that has been released from the pit, unless of course you plan to use the whole avocado. If using only half, drizzle fresh lemon juice over the remaining portion leaving the pit in the fruit. This is the secret to keeping the avocado fresh and from preventing it from turning grayish-brown after cutting.

4. Slide into a plastic baggie and press out the air, sealing the baggie.

5. Store the cut ripe avocado half with pit intact in the fridge, where the cold will discourage additional ripening, says Brown. It should stay fresh for about two days if stored in this manner.

6. To use, remove the remaining half from the baggie; remove the pit by sticking it with the tip of a sharp knife gently twisting to remove. Scrape the surface of the still-fresh avocado with the knife to remove any slight discoloration and remove the remainder of the flesh from the skin. Delicious and perfectly edible, this portion of the fresh avocado should still be fresh enough to enjoy in any dish.

Keep the pit and put back in your guacamole if there are leftovers. Cover the bowl tightly and store in the refrigerator for eating the next day. The pit will help keep the fresh avocado green rather than turning brown.



By Susan Laverie
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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Reishi Mushrooms Offer Help for Those with Rheumatoid Arthritis

(www.Borganic.org) One of the key measures of a long and well lived life is adaptability. A person`s ability to adapt to changing circumstances goes a long way toward predicting longevity. This involves the responsiveness and functionality of the immune system. A robust immune system capable of adjusting to ever-changing situations is a key factor in preventing the manifestation of a cold or cancer, or anything in between. One important aspect of immune function is its ability to self-regulate downward when needed so that it doesn`t become hyperactive and attack your own tissues, as in the case with Rheumatoid arthritis. Fortunately, nature has delivered an amazingly versatile herb in the Reishi mushroom with the proven capacity to deliver relief and even assist in reversing this condition.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder that can be characterized by chronic inflammation of the tissues and organs, but it usually attacks the joints. This hyper-inflammatory response can lead to the destruction of cartilage and the loss of mobility. Symptoms of RA can include swollen and stiff joints, accompanied by considerable pain and loss of function. It is three times more common in women than men, with the first onset of symptoms usually occurring between the ages of 40 and 60. RA is usually treated by mainstream medicine with cortisone-like steroids that suppress the immune system. Even in low dosages, these drugs can cause osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, weight gain, or high blood sugar. Most importantly, this unnatural and dangerous approach to artificially suppressing the immune system can leave you susceptible to infections.

Reishi mushroom, also known as Ganoderma lucidum, is one of the oldest known herbal medicines in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). It is native to China, Japan, and North America, has been used for thousands of years, and is revered for its longevity-promoting capabilities. Reishi influences cells that regulate the immune system - namely, lymphatic cells and interferon alpha and interferon beta cells - and has the ability to "educate" these cells of immunity so that they better respond to the body`s needs. In other words, with the help of Reishi, if cells of the immune system are not responsive enough, they will be called to action, or if they are hyperactive such as in the case of an autoimmune disorder such as RA, they will back down.

In a 2007 study published by the University of Hong Kong, the polysaccharide peptides in Reishi were found to "significantly inhibit the proliferation of Rheumatoid Arthritis Synovial Fibroblasts (RASF)." Read more on the results of this study here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/...

Where steroid medications suppress the immune system, Reishi doesn`t stimulate or suppress but rather educates, helps modulate, and teaches the cells of the immune system how to self-regulate more effectively. When your white blood cells graduate from the School of Reishi, they are better equipped to manage your immune system.

Reishi capsules or a Reishi tea that you consume today may have been one hundred years or more in the making. First, a tree grows and lives for decades, absorbing energy and nutrients from the sun and the soil. Then, when the tree begins to die, mushrooms will attach to the tree, absorb the life force and further concentrate the nutritional content and medicinal qualities that the tree has acquired throughout its life. Once the mushrooms are harvested and encapsulated or made into powders or teas, this concentrated life force is transferred to its end user. This process represents unleashing the power of Mother Nature onto your immunity.


Teeguarden, Ron. The Ancient Wisdom of the Chinese Tonic Herbs. New York, NY: Warner Books -1998.








By William Rudolph
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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Vitamin E is effective treatment for "silent" liver disease

(www.Borganic.org) Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is a common, "silent" liver disease. Although it occurs in people who drink little or no alcohol, it causes damage that resembles alcoholic liver disease, including inflammation. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), the condition is marked by fat in the liver and is associated with the growing number of overweight Americans. In all, about 2 to 5 percent of people in the US have NASH. And while many feel fine and aren't aware they have a liver problem, they actually have a disease that can eventually cause cirrhosis, liver cancer, and death.

There's been no effective treatment for NASH -- until now. Results from a new multi-center study organized by the Nonalcoholic Steatohepatitis Clinical Research Network of NIDDK show vitamin E is a successful treatment for the disease. The findings of this largest ever placebo-controlled randomized trial of NASH therapies were just published in the April 28 online edition of the New England Journal of Medicine.

"There is an increasing prevalence of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) in this country, something that is directly related to the obesity epidemic," Dr. Joel Lavine, faculty member in the Department of Pediatrics at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and chief of gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition at New York-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, said in a statement to the press. "The good news is that this study showed that cheap and readily available vitamin E can help many of those with the condition."

Dr. Lavine, who was a leader of the research team, pointed out that the drug pioglitazone was also studied alongside daily doses of 800 IU of vitamin E. Although the medication showed some benefits, they were minimal compared to the dramatic effectiveness of vitamin E.

For the Pioglitazone or Vitamin E for NASH Study (PIVENS), the researchers randomly assigned 247 non-diabetic adults with biopsy-confirmed NASH to three groups receiving either vitamin E, pioglitazone (a drug that improves the sensitivity of cells to insulin) or a placebo. After 96 weeks of treatment, liver enzyme tests, which are commonly used to measure liver injury, improved in those who received either pioglitazone or vitamin E.

Unlike vitamin E, however, pioglitazone treatment had an unwelcome side effect -- it caused an average weight gain of 10 pounds over the duration of this study. What's more, although pioglitazone improved many features of NASH, it fell short of statistical significance. However, except for the amount of scar tissue in the liver, vitamin E improved all features of NASH and clearly emerged as effective, natural therapy for this potentially fatal liver disease.

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By S. L. Baker
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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Doctor beats swine flu with vitamin D and elderberries

(www.Borganic.org) A former family practitioner in Canada says she cured herself of the H1N1 swine flu by taking supplements of vitamin D and elderberries.

Dr. Gillian Arsenault, now a public health employee, said that she had a prescription for antiviral drugs on hand when she became infected with swine flu, but never ended up having to fill it. Writing in the Medical Post, Arsenault recounts how the flu "hit like a truck," but was reduced to only a lingering cough within four days.

Arsenault has researched complementary health care extensively and began taking 1,000 IU of vitamin D daily in 2007. This is the amount recommended by the Canadian Cancer Society to help produce strong bones and reduce the risk of infection, cancer and other chronic diseases. Over the course of 2009, she experimented with doses between 3,000 and 5,000 IU.

"Medicine is my job and my hobby. I spend a lot of time after work looking things up," she said.

Researchers remain divided on the maximum safe daily dose of vitamin D, with estimates ranging between 2,000 and 10,000 IU. High doses can interfere with the effects of some drugs, and may produce mild or severe toxicity, with symptoms as severe as kidney failure, seizures or psychosis.

Because research has suggested that vitamin D can help prevent infection, Arsenault set out to see if it could help her recover faster. She adjusted her daily dose and paid to have her blood levels tested to make sure she remained within a safe and healthy range. She added an elderberry extract as well, based on research showing that the plant can reduce the severity of flu and speed recovery.

Many cases of swine flu are mild or moderate even without vitamin D supplementation, and Arsenault admits that her case study is not proof that the treatment works. But it is suggestive enough to merit further research into whether vitamin D can "abort the development of severe illness or enhance the benefit of antiviral treatment for those already seriously ill," she said.

Sources for this story include: www.vancouversun.com/entertainment/.

By David Gutierrez
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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Unwrap the Organic Avocado: It does a Body Good

(www.Borganic.org) Avocados have a creamy texture and add a delicate, rich flavor to many dishes. This fruit was once cast aside because of its high fat content, yet recently it has made a comeback as one of the most nutrient-dense fruits available. Nicknamed the "butter pear," avocados are extremely versatile: they can be mashed, sliced, diced, scooped, or eaten right out of the skin.

There are literally hundreds of varieties of avocados, with Hass being the most popular in America. Derived from the Aztec word "ahuacati," avocados contain a multitude of vitamins, active enzymes, pure minerals, and soluble fiber. Plus, they rank as the most easily digestible source of fats and proteins in whole food form.

Although avocados contain a high amount of fat, not all fats are created equal! This nourishing macronutrient is full of the beneficial kind - raw, plant-based, and unprocessed. The body needs health-supportive fats for optimal brain and cell function and, contrary to popular belief, eating a balanced portion of healthy fat will not make you fat. Since avocados are full of the health-promoting monounsaturated fats that provide slow-burning digestible fuel, they can help keep one satiated and even aid in keeping weight at an optimum level by boosting the metabolism. Healthy fats actually help metabolize carbohydrates, can assist in supporting the reduction of unhealthy high cholesterol, and control insulin levels for both low and high blood sugar.

Many don't realize that this easily digestible food actually contains the highest amount of protein of any fruit by providing all of the18 essential amino acids. Portion to edible portion, this yellow-green fleshed fruit contains more protein than cow's milk.

Avocados are brimming with a multitude of necessary vitamins including vitamins A, B6, niacin, C, K, and folate, and they have a full range of minerals and other trace elements including magnesium, iron, copper, and calcium - all of which boost brainpower and support the immune system. Avocados contain a higher percentage of potassium than a medium-sized banana and are rich in lutein, which supports eye health. Recent research from the University of Ohio shows that eating avocados with other fruits and vegetables increases the absorption of phytochemicals by a considerable amount.

This wholesome fruit, sometimes referred to as an "alligator pear," packs a powerful punch with a whopping 5 grams of fiber per 3-ounce serving. Many have claimed that if there was only one thing you could do to improve your overall health, it would be to eat an avocado every day.

Substitute mashed avocados for butter or mayo, or add slices and chunks to a salad. As well as being the perfect baby food, athletes have sworn by substituting a few bites of this wholesome food instead of having a protein bar.

The avocado's sugar content decreases as it matures, as opposed to other fruits that manifest an increase as they mature. Eating even a small amount of an avocado throughout the day will provide stabilizing effects, aiding in the balance of blood sugar levels.

Tree-ripened fruit contains a higher concentration of nutrients, so when you find a ripe avocado, don't pass it by! Since we may not always have that choice, a firm avocado can ripen in a paper bag within a few days. Refrigerate only after it has softened.

If you decide to plant your own avocado tree, be aware you'll have to wait two to three years for it to bear fruit. On the plus side, after the wait you'll have avocados for the entire neighborhood, with each tree producing between 150 - 500 avocados per year!


By Heidi Fagley
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Monday, May 24, 2010

Organic Lavender Alleviates Symptoms of Migraine Headaches

(www.Borganic.org) Gentle and soothing, the common herb lavender has strong analgesic effects useful for treatment of migraines and migraine-related depression. Migraine headaches are a neurological condition accompanied by debilitating and excruciating pain. Migraine sufferers often experience "missing time" for hours or days, are unable to function at full capacity and experience blinding pain from which there is little relief. Migraine headache symptoms such as fogginess, cognitive loss, confusion and visual symptoms often linger long after the headache has resolved. Strong, pain killers may be prescribed as migraine cures, including narcotics, which leave the person groggy and befuddled.

Although the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine asserts there has been no scientific evidence attesting to the efficacy of lavender for symptoms of migraine headaches, anecdotal evidence from alternative healthcare practitioners and patients points to its efficacy as a pain reliever, something herbalists have know for centuries. Lavender relieves the pain of migraine headaches and prevents the onset of a new headache.

Inflammation and Anti-spasmodic Effects of Lavender for Symptoms of Migraine Headaches

The scent of lavender is soothing and reduces migraine-related inflammation in the blood vessels according to the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC). Lavender flowers contain compounds that have medicinal properties, and their aroma gently sedates migraine headache symptoms. Additionally, they act as an anti-spasmodic on inflamed blood vessels and small muscles of the scalp, neck and around eyes helping them to relax according to Phyllis A. Balch in her book, "Prescription for Nutritional Healing."

Migraine Headache Relief for Depression, Anxiety and Stress

Conditions such as anxiety and stress are two of the many migraine causes reported by patients. Lavender's effects for relieving symptoms of depression and soothing anxiety are well known to herbalists, and its aroma is stimulating to the senses increasing cognitive powers, explains Balch. The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) discusses lavender's ability to help reduce stress, lower anxiety levels and improve the mood of headache patients on exposure to its scent. The soothing medicinal features of this aromatic blue herb are of great benefit in relieving migraine headache symptoms in sufferers for whom depression or anxiety is a concomitant during a headache.

Lavender Relieves Migraine Headache Symptoms of Insomnia and Exhaustion

Lavender helps induce relaxation and sleep in people who suffer from insomnia as well as for those suffering from migraine headache pain, explains UMMC. There is now scientific evidence that suggests that aromatherapy using lavender helps soothe the activity of the nervous system by promoting relaxation and helping people feel more positive. Aromatherapists use lavender as a tonic with inhalation therapy to stimulate the senses and reduce exhaustion, which may be what causes migraines in some patients. Exhaustion and weakness may accompany the migraine headache and lavender's effects work to rejuvenate patients who have to deal with chronic pain and little sleep for days at a time.

Nausea Relief in Migraine Cures from Lavender

Nausea is present in the majority of people who complain of migraine headaches due to inflammation of the Vegas nerve. Lavender flowers are approved for use as a medicinal tea in Germany to relieve migraine headache symptoms and nausea, reports UMMC. The tea can also be used for restlessness, insomnia and nervous stomach irritations accompanying migraine headaches. Steep a teaspoon of dried lavender flowers in a tea ball inserted into a cup of hot water and make a delicious tea. Add a touch of raw honey to sweeten.

Nothing can stop a person in their tracks faster than a migraine headache, and knowing how to treat migraines and depression before the symptoms become overbearing is very self-empowering. Grow a lavender plant in the kitchen window and dry the flowers for fresh, natural and effective migraine cures.


Prescription for Nutritional Healing , Phyllis A. Balch, 2006
Back to Eden , Jethro Kloss, 1972

By Susan Kay-Lavery
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Friday, May 21, 2010

Organic Natural Ways Eliminate and Prevent Painful Kidney Stones

(www.Borganic.org) Kidney stones are mineral deposits which are made up of calcium, uric acid or the amino acid cysteine. There are many different theories as to how these "stones" form, but no one seems to know for sure. Regardless of how they form, kidney stones can often be avoided and eliminated naturally without resorting to mainstream drugs or treatments.

Experts agree that diet is a major factor. They note that kidney stones only develop about half as often in vegetarians and other people who eat plenty of fresh vegetables as is the case with people whose diets do not include plenty of vegetables. Other risk factors include obesity and repeated kidney infections.

One effective way to dissolve kidney stones is to consume large quantities of watermelon and nothing else for an entire day. Watermelon fasts help cleanse your kidneys and the rest of your system as well. Regular consumption of watermelon helps keep kidney stones at bay.

Hydrangea tincture may dissolve kidney stones in only hours. If you have the plant in your garden you can make a tea from the leaves - take a teaspoon 3 times a day.

Uric acid stones are found in overly acidic urine. Cherries, strawberries, apple juice, asparagus and nettles help make urine more alkaline. One thing that can cause overly acidic urine is too much protein. The herbs meadowsweet, sarsaparilla, joe-pye weed and plantain (which is widely used by the Chinese to treat kidney problems) help rid the kidneys of excess uric acid.

Parsley is an excellent diuretic and as such it is used for edema and urinary stones. It is believed to increase the elimination of waste products like urea and other acidic metabolites. Fresh parsley is also very nutritious. Note: Parsley should not be used during pregnancy, nor is it recommended during painful menstrual periods.

Some other herbs that can help with kidney stones are:

* Joe-pye weed is aptly nicknamed "gravel root" for its ability to get rid of stones.

* Goldenrod has received official recognition in Germany for its effectiveness in getting rid of kidney stones.

* Agrimony, horsetail, yarrow, shepherd's purse, St-John's Wort and nettles benefit the kidneys and can also help reduce bleeding from kidney stones.

Two effective kidney stone remedies are:

Kidney Stone Tea

2 teaspoons hydrangea root
1 teaspoon wild yam root
1 teaspoon cramp bark
1 and 1/2 quarts water
1 teaspoon joe-pye weed
1/2 teaspoon each of corn silk, plantain leaf and yarrow leaf

Place the water in a saucepan and add hydrangea, wild yam and cramp bark to water in a saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and add the other herbs, then cover the pan and steep for at least 20 additional minutes. Strain and keep refrigerated. Drink 3 to 4 cups daily. If bleeding occurs, add 30 drops shepherd's purse tincture to each cup of tea.

"Chicken Bone Grass" herb, dried red dates and water.

This Chinese remedy reportedly works very well on kidney stones. Simmer all ingredients in three cups of water until reduced to only one cup of water. Drink it twice a day and repeat for 10 days. Occasional regular use of the remedy should also prevent future kidney stones. "Chicken Bone Grass" is a common herb which is found in Chinese herb shops. This remedy also works on gallstones. A variation of the remedy is to make a tea out of HB Abrus frutus losus, dried red dates and water and drink twice a day for three weeks.

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By Tony Isaacs
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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Lawsuit seeks to ban genetically modified sugar beets

(www.Borganic.org) A group of Oregon farmers are seeking an injunction against this year's planting of Monsanto's genetically engineered sugar beets. The groups of organic farmers, food safety advocates and conservationists, is seeking to persuade a judge to ban the crop until the USDA provides a proper environmental impact statement proving that the crops are safe and that they will not cross-contaminate nearby fields.

The debate over whether or not to allow GE crops into the food supply has been a hotly debated one, but the biotech industry has been the side unable to prove that its products are safe. Those concerned about the negative consequences of GE crops have plenty of unresolved questions that demand answers prior to any GE crop being approved. Yet in reality, the USDA has succumbed to industry pressure instead, jeopardizing the entire food industry.

Nearly half of the nation's sugar beets are genetically modified. They can be found planted on more than one million acres across ten states. The beets have been engineered to be resistant to Monsanto's "RoundUp" herbicide, but their components are not limited to the fields in which they are planted, spreading across the landscape via pollen and seeds carried in the wind. Because it is impossible to track where GE plant fragments end up, there is no ensuring that any crop is truly non-GE or organic.

Concerned groups already won a previous lawsuit that required federal officials to reevaluate their 2005 approval of unrestricted GE beet plantings in light of allegations that the government agencies failed to properly evaluate their environmental impacts. Now they hope to stop any further plantings of the crop until the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service conducts a proper analysis, a process which could take upwards of three years.

Until then, the plaintiffs hope to eliminate all sales of GE beet sugar because it was unlawfully deregulated in the first place. "Legally, they shouldn't be on the market," explained Paul Achitoff, an attorney for Earthjustice, in an AP article.

"The sugar beets were unlawfully deregulated," he opined. "The court has already found that."

Frank Morton, one of the Oregon farmers who is suing the USDA, explained that he has already found GE pollen on his own crops. He grows organic seed for vegetables on his farm, but because of the pollen contamination, his crops are now worthless in the organic market.

Sprouts from GE sugar beets are also randomly showing up in people's farms and gardens, including in compost sold at local garden centers in Oregon.

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By Ethan A. Huff
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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Organic Lemon grass halts headaches much like aspirin

(www.Borganic.org) Popping an aspirin or an ibuprofen to relieve a headache has become commonplace in the industrialized world, but there are actually natural plants and herbs that are capable of helping to relieve pain as well. Lemon grass is a great example of this, as researchers from Griffith University recently released the results of a five-year study on the plant showing that it is capable of relieving headaches and migraines.

Indigenous Australians have long used lemon grass as a traditional medicine, and modern medicine is finally catching on to its therapeutic power. And in the recent study published in the journal, Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, lemon grass was found in tests to inhibit the clumping of human blood platelets in a similar fashion to the way aspirin does.

Professor Lyn Griffiths, Dr. Darren Grice and Dr. Kelly Rogers worked on the study which found that a specific extract in lemon grass, called eugenol, exhibited an effect similar to aspirin in preventing clots.

"Headaches and migraines cause abnormal activities in our bodies, such as altering our serotonin levels and interfering with the normal function of our blood platelets," explained Dr. Grice in a press release. "The compound [eugenol] inhibits platelets clumping together and the release of serotonin."

Dr. Grice also explained that, in general, traditional medicines like lemon grass have not been effectively studied in depth, and that many of them contain therapeutic values that are largely unknown.

"Nature's medicines hold enormous potential to cure health problems and traditional medicines are a source of good leads for new scientific discovery," he explained.

All of this makes perfect sense when considering that most pharmaceuticals are synthetic modifications of natural plants and herbs. Scientists will take a plant extract and modify it, patent it, and sell it to the public at a premium. But unlike natural extracts, pharmaceuticals almost always cause negative side effects and do not work as effectively as the real thing.

It is encouraging to see increased attention in science and medicine on natural plants and herbs because these hold the most potential in helping people to prevent and cure disease. Many medicinal plants and herbs are abundant, easy to grow and cultivate, and effective at targeting disease and increasing health.

As far as headaches go, white willow bark is also an effective remedy. Its compounds are what scientists use to produce commercial aspirin but, like lemon grass, it is far safer than the synthetic drug variety.

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By Ethan A. Huff
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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Pre workout organic herbs to take after working out

(www.Borganic.org) Maggie was a long-distance runner and avid volleyball player, but last year she pulled a hamstring muscle and was unable to run for two months. Having an extremely active and curious mind, Maggie began to explore ways to speed up the healing process--she felt as if she was stagnating by just sitting and waiting to heal. She explored all the options--everything from allopathy, which offered muscle relaxants and surgery, to acupuncture, consisting of a series of treatments with needles inserted into places where energy might be stagnant, helping the energy to move and speed up healing. Maggie also investigated herbal remedies. She was fortunate in having a German aunt visiting from Munich who told her about a few of the famous healing herbs for injuries in the western tradition--herbs like arnica, calendula, St. John's wort and echinacea.

As an herbalist and sports enthusiast, I have reviewed, both clinically and scientifically, many of the herbs that have been used over the centuries by athletes. This article summarizes my discoveries.

In places like Russia, Germany, Japan and Korea, sports and herbs are not only extremely popular, but strongly supported by the government. Excellence in all kinds of outdoor sports is practically synonymous with the names of these countries, where herbal remedies have been used and revered by athletes since ancient times. Probably the most famous example, and certainly the most graphic, is the use of the herb yarrow by the first super-hero, Achilles, to staunch the wounds of his fellow warriors in the war of Troy. The Latin name for yarrow, Achillea millefolium still reflects this history. Later, yarrow and other herbs were often used as a remedy for helping to heal the cuts, scrapes and flesh wounds of the gladiators.

Often, these herbs were used in their whole natural state--either chewed and applied as a wet poultice, or cooked with lard and employed as a salve or ointment. In China and Japan, warriors, wrestlers and other athletes used a variety of decoctions or teas to increase endurance and strength, and some of these herbs are still used for the same purposes today.

Through the increased knowledge of the chemistry of plants (HPLC, etc.) and enhanced extraction methods, it is possible for herbal manufacturers to offer highly concentrated and standardized preparations of herbs, helping to increase their absorbability and potency.

Naturally, athletes of every sort would put greater energy and endurance at the top of their "wish list" and would be attracted to any kind of pharmaceutical, natural or otherwise, that would offer more of these precious commodities. It is evident, too, from the tremendous number and popularity of products promising to help people increase their muscle mass and definition that serious weight trainers are not the only ones interested in these effects. Most everybody, both women and men, would like to have a more muscular, "sexy" body, while many would like to lose flabby fat to look great in that new bathing suit. For this, as well as many other sports-related uses, herbal remedies are safe and effective, when used wisely. The following section and sidebar focuses on the most common categories of sports herbs, and how to best use them.

The following chart lists my favorite herbs for common sports uses. All of the remedies I list have either a long documented history of use or clinical or laboratory work to support them. They are all commonly available at natural foods stores everywhere. For a list of suggested products, write to xx.

Aerobic support eleuthero, ginkgo, alfalfa, spirulina, chlorella, pollen
Anabolics ginseng, eleuthero, pine pollen
Anti-oxidants ginkgo, greens, spirulina, chlorella, rosemary, chaparral, milk thistle
Athlete's foot tea tree oil, echinacea, black walnut, usnea
Blisters calendula, echinacea, camomile, comfrey
Circulation ginger, cayenne, ginkgo
Cleansing, elimination burdock, echinacea, dandelion, red root, sarsaparilla, yellow dock, golden seal
Cuts, scrapes echinacea, St. John's wort, calendula, comfrey, arnica, witch hazel, gotu kola
Endurance eleuthero, schisandra, ginseng, ashwaganda, fo-ti (ho shou wu)
Energy releasers ginseng, eleuthero, ginger, cayenne, damiana, rosemary, wild oats
Kidney protection rehmannia, cornus, jujube, licorice, white mulberry
Muscle spasms valerian, roman camomile, California poppy, passion flower
Sore feet lavender, rosemary foot bath
Sore muscles essential oils such as wintergreen, camomile, clove
Sprains horsetail extract, comfrey, warming essential oils
Stimulants cola nut, ephedra (ma huang), green tea, coffee, yerba mate, chocolate
Sunburn St. John's wort, calendula, camomile

Sports Herbs
Aerobic support and Antioxidants
Every cell in our body needs oxygen for optimum health. During sports activities, our cells and tissues need even more--and extra oxygen is "burned" as part of the respiratory process that releases energy. It has been proven that some of the adaptogens, especially eleuthero, can help our cells utilize oxygen more efficiently, increasing stamina and endurance--extremely important for athletes.

As respiration increases, more metabolic wastes are produced, such as lactic acid--producing a burning sensation or soreness in the muscles. During this process, too, more highly reactive free-radicals are produced which can cause cellular and tissue damage. Our body has free-radical quenchers or anti-oxidants to deal with these, but cannot keep up the many new free-radicals created during intense activity. Fortunately, there are many excellent herbal anti-oxidants, such as ginkgo, which can protect the blood vessels, retina and inner ear from damage, milk thistle, which prevents harm to the liver, hawthorn for the heart, chlorophyll-rich herbs and foods such as alfalfa, spirulina or chlorella, rosemary for the nervous system

and chaparral and lemon balm for general use. These are best taken in tea form or extract form (capsules or tablets or liquid).

One new super-strength anti-oxidant that also provides a rich source of protein, sterols and other essential nutrients is flower and pistil pollen. This product has been popular in Europe for years and is now available here. It is one of nature's richest sources of S.O.D. (super-oxide dismutase), a powerful anti-oxidant.

Anti-oxidants can help lessen soreness and reduce recovery time after an intense work-out. They are best taken daily, morning and evening or right before workouts.

This category of supplements is probably the most hyped and misunderstood. I have seen a number of herbal extracts placed in this category, accompanied by extravagant claims.

The only herbs I know of that are reported to be anabolics in the scientific literature are eleuthero (Eleutherococcus senticosus) and ginseng (Panax ginseng and possibly American ginseng, Panax quinquefolius). These herbs are found in most, if not all sports formulas, in a variety of forms. They are best taken in liquid (1 dropperful 2-3 times daily) or powdered extract form, 1-2 capsules or tablets 2 times daily.

Athlete's foot
The redness and itching caused by this fungal infection between the toes is well-known to athletes everywhere. Not usually considered serious, in extreme cases it can cause the skin to crack and bleed, creating great discomfort.

For treatment, it is important to keep the area dry with herbal powders such as black-walnut hull powder. I have helped people get rid of persistent cases by blending cosmetic clay powder (to absorb moisture) with pau d'arco bark powder, black walnut or usnea (see reference list) powder. Another excellent remedy is a frequent application of clay lightly sprayed with tea tree oil. Apply these remedies at least morning and evening before bed (wear a sock to bed, if necessary).

Mechanical Irritations that directly affect the skin to the point where blisters form is common among runners and hikers, or even in the hands of weight trainers. They can be painful and even interfere with the workout or training session, if they are painful enough.

Salves, which are oil-based preparations applied externally and creams (water-based) that have a variety of herbal extracts added to them are traditionally used for speeding the healing process. Salves can also provide lubrication, helping to prevent further friction damage to the skin. The most popular herbal soothers for blisters include calendula, camomile and comfrey. For helping to speed the healing process, calendula and echinacea are excellent.

When the muscles are being worked hard, it is necessary to keep the blood flowing to them in full measure. Blood is vital for bringing in nutrients to build muscle, and to remove metabolic waste products quickly. My favorite way for increasing the activity and power of the circulation is hydrotherapy--hot and cold water. If applied when already warm for a short time (1 to 3 minutes), cold water can greatly activate the circulation, both generally and in specific areas.

The best herbal circulatory activators are ginger and cayenne, which are included in many sports formulas, but can be taken by themselves in capsules (as a simple powder), 2 or 3 twice daily. For protecting and opening the vessels so the blood flow is more efficient, ginkgo extract has a tremendous track record, and I recommend it highly. It has the added benefit of being one of the most potent anti-oxidants. For more information, see my new book, available in most natural food stores, Ginkgo, Elixir of Youth.

Cleansing, elimination
When metabolic wastes build up in the body during and after a workout, the sore muscles and achy, tired feeling is all too familiar. The best way to reduce "down time" the body needs to remove these wastes and repair tissue is to rest, and get plenty of wholesome nutritious food, fresh air and allow the sweat to flow freely. Herbs can also help. The best herbal "blood purifiers" and detoxifyers are echinacea, red root, burdock, dandelion, sarsaparilla, yellow dock, and small to moderate amounts of golden seal.

These herbs can be taken in powder, tea or extract form two or three times daily, and are especially useful when combined with occasional bowel cleansing, sweating therapy and drinking plenty of pure water. See my book, Natural Liver Therapy for more information.


Stamina, or lasting-power is a function of one's general health and physical condition. Several herbs have been shown to increase the athlete's ability to work out for longer periods with less tiredness, as well as perform sports events such as distance running more effortlessly and effectively. These herbs, eleuthero, ginseng, schisandra, ashwaganda and fo-ti, are often called adaptogens. These adaptogenic herbs have been shown to increase the ability of muscles cells to gain access to more energy for longer periods, as well as recover faster from fatigue after work.

Adaptogens are best taken daily for long periods, up to several months or even longer. The average dose of the liquid extract is usually about 1 dropperful twice daily or 1 tablet or capsule of the powdered extract twice daily. More can be used during training or other intense physical exercise.

Energy releasers
Adaptogens are good energy releasers, and the herbs listed in the Endurance section can help promote the release of natural energy. Red processed Korean or Chinese ginseng is often recommended to help increase energy levels. Warming herbs such as ginger and cayenne help increase circulation, important for energy access.

Long-term use of such nervous system tonics and supportive herbs as wild oats, damiana and rosemary extracts provide excellent energy release and many commercial formulations contain them.

Muscle spasms
Painful spasms can result from overstretching muscles, especially when they are not warmed up or properly conditioned. The best way to avoid strains, sprains and spasms is to warm up well and cool down properly after exercise. This is especially important before a sports event, because the adrenalin produced by the act of competition or because of performing in front of an audience may make the body go beyond what it can normally accomplish. This is what makes for great performances, but it can also lead to injuries.

Applications of hot and cold water in any form, such as compresses (4 minutes to 1 minute cold) is one of the fastest ways to relax a muscle.

An application of an essential oil preparation works well--usually containing one or more of the following, among others: wintergreen oil, camomile oil, camphor, or clove oil. These penetrate and stimulate blood flow, as well as inhibiting the pain response.

A combination of valerian, passion flower, hops and California poppy, the herbal muscle relaxants, is one of the best internal preparations for relaxing muscles. Take 2 or 3 droppersful of the liquid extract or 2 tablets of the powdered extract as needed.

The above treatments are also useful for relieving sore muscles after a workout.

Sore feet
An herbal soak is the best thing for tired, sore feet. After hiking for up to 20 miles at a time with a full pack on, I have often soaked my feet in a hot foot bath of rosemary or lavender tea. This helps to relax the muscles and brings in extra blood to heal any strains.

A sprain is defined in Dorlands Medical Dictionary as a "wrenching of the joint, with partial rupture of its ligaments." Mild sprains may be first treated with warm water, but for severe sprains, cold should be applied for the first day or so to lessen tissue damage, swelling and pain. Then wet and hot applications will reduce pain, but in my experience, it is always best to alternate cold and hot (1:10). Use the same herbal treatments mentioned in the Muscle Spasm section. Comfrey poultices are sometimes used externally to speed this process and horsetail (Equisetum spp.) extracts are taken internally to support tissue nutrition. There are several excellent products available.

In this society, and many others, stimulants are often used for both work and play. The most common herbal stimulants are coffee, tea, yerba mate, ma huang (Ephedra sinensis), cacao (chocolate), and kola nut. While not harmful if used properly, they are often taken carelessly when people fail to take into account individual constitutional differences.

For a person with strong digestion and robust constitution not under a lot of stress, moderate use of stimulants during sports activities should be no problem. However, it is important to note that all of the above alkaloid-containing (usually caffeine and ephedrine) herbs stimulate the stress response of the body, which is the sympathetic, flight or fight mechanism. This can rob the digestion of energy, directing it all to the muscles and can be downright harmful to people with weak digestions. Also, after taking an herbal stimulant, one must "work off" the energy directed to the muscles with vigorous activity, or it will cause tension, stiffness and soreness. If a person is under much stress, either job-related or any other kind, it is best to avoid alkaloid stimulants, because they can greatly compound the harmful effects on the body's immune system, adrenals and general well-being. People with high blood pressure should be very careful with stimulants.

There are an amazing array of herbal stimulant product on the market, containing the above herbs as well as ginseng, wild oats, pollen, royal jelly and so forth. My favorite formulations are ones that contain moderate amounts of the alkaloid herbs along with tonic herbs, such as astragalus, rehmannia, eleuthero, artichoke, gentian and ginger to help counteract any harmful effects.

There is sometimes a gap between fact and fiction in advertising, as most of us realize. I have seen companies manufacturing herbal weight-training formulas make wild claims about the following herbal extracts. Here, I have summarized the supportable traditional and modern uses of these herbs.

Damiana known in Mexico as a mild aphrodisiac and nervous system stimulant--no plant sterols have been found in damiana

Sarsaparilla a good "blood purifier," especially for nitrogen-based waste products, such as uric acid; may be a useful herb for speeding recovery time after workouts--contains phytosterols

Saw palmetto used extensively in Europe for male and female sexual organ and urinary tract tonification; lowers inflammation and is recommended for prostatitis; contains beta-sitosterin

Wild Yam often recommended as anti-spasmodics for relieving uterine cramps and colic; contains diosgenin which is an economically important precursor to progesterone for birth-control pills; there is no evidence that phytosteroids in wild yam act as anabolic steroids in the human body

While it is true that these herbs contain plant sterols, which possess the same basic ring-structure as human hormones, there is no clinical or laboratory evidence that these are transformed into human steroids in the body. In fact, many foods we eat contain the same types of sterols, even in higher concentrations (such as soy products). These foods are readily available, and provide many more phytosterols for a whole lot less money.

Although I have found in my 22 years of experience with herbs and health that there are no "magic bullets" for energy, endurance and healing of injuries sustained during sports activities, herbs remain the most ideal remedies for everyday situations.

By Christopher Hobbs is a fourth generation herbalist and botanist with over 30 years experience with herbs. Founder of Native Herb Custom Extracts (now Rainbow Light Custom Extracts) and the Institute for Natural Products Research. Christopher writes and lectures internationally on herbal medicine. He is a consultant to the herb industry and is currently practicing and working on a degree in biological sciences in Davis, California.

In that time, he has become an acknowledged expert in the field, lecturing all over the U.S., and internationally in such countries as Canada, Great Britain and Spain. Christopher's specialties include herbs and the immune system; adaptogenic herbs, Native American uses of herbs, the pharmacology and chemistry of herbal medicines, herbs for the liver and the botany and taxonomy of herbs.

Christopher has taught or lectured at universities and medical schools

such as Stanford Medical School, Yale Medical School, Bastyr University and the National School of Naturopathic Medicine; including on-going classes at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

You can also see their website at http://www.christopherhobbs.com

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Think eating "organic" meat is okay? Think again

(www.Borganic.org) An undercover investigation into an organic slaughterhouse has challenged the assumption that ethically certified meat is any better than the regular kind.

The British animal welfare organization Animal Aid secretly planted cameras inside a slaughterhouse operated by Tom Lang, whose facility had been certified for the "humane slaughter" of organic animals by the Soil Association. The organization chose Lang's slaughterhouse precisely because it is certified to the highest standard available in the United Kingdom.

Forty hours of secret footage uncovered tightly packed animals being driven up to the facility, where they were chased into the factory by men beating them with sticks. Inside the facility, the animals are beaten once more to be herded into place. In one case, a man is seen punching, kicking and kneeing a pig, then striking it with a steel stunning tong at least 20 times, as the animal screams.

Striking animals is a violation of Soil Association rules and national slaughtering regulations.

Regulations also require that animals be killed or have their throats slit within 15 seconds of being stunned, yet the tape shows animals left for much longer. One sheep was hung upside down for at least 50 seconds, during which time it began to jerk and struggle before being stabbed.

After the release of the video, the Soil Association rescinded Lang's humane slaughter certification. The Meat Hygiene Service suspended three slaughterers, opened a criminal investigation and implemented an increase in random checks of the facility.

A Daily Mail article notes that such welfare violations are widespread, with 166 slaughterhouses throughout the United Kingdom being reprimanded and 33 being prosecuted on more than 450 different occasions in the past three years. These cases do not reflect practices occurring when inspectors are not around.

In some cases, inspectors are intimidated out of reporting violations, an anonymous source told the Mail.

'"If you become rigorous about enforcing the rules the slaughtermen become very aggressive," he said. "They tell you bluntly that if you're too keen, they will simply run over you with a truck or push you into a machine, but it would look like an accident."

Sources for this story include: www.dailymail.co.uk.

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Monday, May 17, 2010

Vitamin D deficiency finally being recognized as increasingly common

(www.Borganic.org) Doctors are becoming increasingly concerned about growing rates of vitamin D deficiency, leading many of them to recommend that people get more sun or even take supplements.

Vitamin D has long been known to play an important role in bone health. Deficiency can lead to osteoporosis in adults, and in children and some adults can lead to a bone-softening disease known as rickets.

Although the vitamin is synthesized by the body upon exposure to sunlight, people living far from the equator can have trouble producing enough of it in the winter time. For this reason, numerous governments began fortifying dairy products with vitamin D decades ago, leading directly to a near-elimination of rickets. The disease is starting to make a resurgence, however, even as researchers start to believe that humans may need higher levels of the vitamin than previously thought.

Although the U.S. government recommends a daily vitamin D intake of 200 to 600 IU per day, researchers are increasingly suggesting amounts of closer to 1,000 IU. These amounts are based on new studies finding that higher levels of vitamin D can help regulate the immune system and prevent chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer's.

"It helps boost your ability to fight infection, and it also reduces some destructive inflammation in your body, including inflammation with periodontal disease," said Mark Ryder of the University of California-San Francisco. "Every five or 10 years, a new vitamin becomes the vitamin of the moment. The hot one right now is probably vitamin D, and so far all of the evidence looks encouraging."

Yet even according to the lower government standards, at least one in three U.S. residents are not getting enough vitamin D.

"We've become a culture that shuns the sunshine and doesn't drink milk," said Dr. Donald Abrams of San Francisco General Hospital.

Sources for this story include: www.sfgate.com.

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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Are honey bees being killed off by chemically coated crop seeds

(www.Borganic.org) A class of insecticide that is applied to seeds and taken up into plant tissue may be responsible for much of the widespread decline in honeybee populations, increasing numbers of researchers and environmentalists are suggesting.

Starting in 2005, beekeepers in the United States first reported large numbers of bees mysteriously disappearing, and since then the problem has spread to different parts of the world. No one cause of the collapse has been identified, although front-running theories include parasites, viruses, stress from long-distance transport of hives for pollination, and pesticides.

"We do feel like pesticides are playing a role in pollinator decline," said researcher Maryann Frazier of Penn State University. "We know that the pesticides are there. We don't know yet exactly what role they're playing."

The recent documentary "Nicotine Bees" makes the case that a new class of pesticides, introduced in 2005, may be the primary cause of what has come to be known as Colony Collapse Disorder. The chemicals, known as neonicotinoids, are synthetic form of nicotine that is applied to seeds and taken up by the plant into its tissue as it grows. Insects that eat any part of the plant are then killed. Because neonicotinoids were introduced worldwide at around the same time as the first cases of colony collapse, and because they have been directly linked in some cases to massive bee die offs, they have emerged as a primary suspect in the disorder. The California Department of Pesticide Regulation has launched an investigation into some neonicotinoids, and the Sierra Club has asked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ban them all until they can be proven safe.

"What we're asking the EPA is to go with precautions," said the group's Laurel Hopwood. "Let's go ahead and suspend them until we get all of the research completed."

Neonicotinoid use has already been restricted in France, Germany, Italy and Slovenia.

"Some of us think we've got enough chemicals out there killing bees," said beekeeper John Talbert. "Which begs the question: What is it doing to people?"

Sources for this story include: www.star-telegram.com.

By David Gutierrez
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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Organic Maca is the ancient superfood of the Incas

(www.Borganic.org) Superfood enthusiasts know all about the incredible nutritional powers of maca. This superfood, grown in the high Andes mountains in Peru, is packed with vitamins, minerals, proteins, tannins, complex alkaloids and other phytochemicals. It's one of the favorite powders to add to any smoothie, and it's used by virtually all the raw foodies and superfood advocates, including myself.

A few years ago, long before NaturalNews, I visited Macchu Picchu. I hiked there over a 7-day walk, clambering up and down steep mountain sides with my lungs heaving in the thin air (I was also overweight at the time, so it wasn't easy). I remember spending one entire day climbing UP through a pass at 14,000 feet. It was called "Dead Woman's Pass," and hiking through it myself, I quickly came to understand why. The climb was grueling.

It was soon followed by another entire day spent climbing DOWN, which turns out to be just as brutal on the legs. Imagine walking down a flight of stairs that goes on and on for eight hours... that's what this was like.

After seven days of hiking and climbing, we arrived at a crest overlooking Macchu Picchu, the "city in the sky" that was built by the Incas. And there, my jaw just about dropped to the ground when I looked at the scene below and saw the 20-ton boulders that had been dragged up the mountain side by the thousands in order to build this ancient city.

Here's a link to a photo from that exact moment. I took this from an old, low-res camera that I had brought with me, so don't expect the resolution to be great or anything: http://www.naturalnews.com/gallery/...

(The smaller images on the top right are other pictures I over-layed in PhotoShop.)

As I stood there, marveling at the magnificent scene below, I thought to myself "I just barely dragged myself up the mountain! How on earth could these Incas -- using virtually no technology -- lift 20-ton rocks up steep mountains and drop them into place as temple walls?"

Clearly, these folks weren't surviving on Big Macs and Diet Pepsi. They were eating quinoa, spirulina and maca root powder. They lived on superfoods.

Little did I know at the time that I would one day become a strong advocate of superfoods.

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What is maca?

Maca is the powdered root of the Lepidium Meyenii plant. Known for its ability to support healthy energy levels, maca has been used by the Incas as a kind of "Incan superfood" for thousands of years.

It was a central part of the Incan diet when they built Macchu Picchu, in fact.

As we all know today, you can't build a city in the sky when you're living on processed junk foods. And the metaphor is true in your own life: Whatever mountain you are attempting to climb right now, superfood nutrition can help you get there! Whether it's maca, or chlorella, or hemp protein, these superfoods can help give your body (and your mind) the level of nutritional support you need to accomplish great things.

Try something new in your life!

Maca is one of those life-changing superfoods. If you've never tried it before, pick up a bag right now and blend a teaspoon of maca powder into your morning smoothie. It goes great with chocolate smoothies, avocado smoothies, and even strawberry and banana smoothies!

Maca tastes a little like roasted chicory root, which tastes a little bit like coffee. But it's not a caffeine stimulant like coffee. Rather, it's considered an "adaptogenic" herb that supports healthy energy without blasting your nervous system with chemical stimulants.

If you're new to maca, try just 1 teaspoon at a time. Then notice the difference in your awareness or energy levels. It's a subtle but very real effect, and I believe maca is one of the superfoods that gave ancient Incas the nutritional support to achieve great things in their own lives -- things we continue to marvel at today.

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The active constituents of maca

Dried maca is approximately 60% carbohydrates (starches and sugars), 9% fiber, and slightly more than 10% protein. It has a higher lipid (fat) content than other root crops (2.2%), of which linoleic acid, palmitic acid, and oleic acid are the primary fatty acids, respectively.

Maca is also a rich source of plant sterols, including sitosterol, campestrol, ergosterol, brassicasterol, and ergostadienol. From a mineral standpoint, maca exceeds both potatoes and carrots in value, and is a source of iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium, and iodine.

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Friday, May 14, 2010

Organic Grow Tomatoes at Home and Make Sun Dried Tomatoes and Sauces

(www.Borganic.org) Tomatoes have well-documented health benefits. The red pigment contained in tomatoes is called lycopene which acts as an antioxidant, neutralizing free radicals that can damage cells in the body. Tomatoes also contain large amounts of vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium and iron. Growing tomatoes at home is not difficult. Sun dried tomatoes and sauces are also simple and easy to make.

Growing Tomatoes

Choose a sunny spot and plant the tomato seeds in good, well-drained soil.

Space tomato seedlings 30 to 40 centimeters apart, in rows.

Do not over-water tomato seedlings. Irrigate the plants regularly and deeply once a week, so that the water will sink down into the soil to a depth of about half a meter.

When the tomato plants start growing, train them up a trellis. Support plants by trying them to a stake so they do not lie on the ground where they will get damaged and the fruit will rot.

Mediterranean Sun Dried Tomatoes

Not only are sun-dried tomatoes expensive to buy at the supermarket, but they are also generally laden with harmful preservatives. Sun-dried tomatoes are easy to make at home, although it takes time (around 20 days to dry). Roma or cherry tomatoes are best, although the bigger plum or beefsteak tomatoes can also be used. Use red, ripe tomatoes for the best results.


Small, ripe tomatoes
Coarse sea salt
Extra virgin, good quality olive oil
Netting to keep insects and dust off the tomatoes


1. For every 3 kilograms of tomatoes, use 1 cup of salt.

2. Wash tomatoes and cut in half. Lay halves, cut side up, in a single layer on large trays and sprinkle liberally with coarse sea salt. Cover with netting, slightly raised so it does not lie on top of the tomatoes.

3. Place trays outdoors in direct sunlight for 20-22 days, until completely dried. Keep an eye on the weather and take the trays indoors at any sign of rain. Tomatoes can also be dried in an oven on a low heat until they are dehydrated.

4. Place sun-dried tomatoes in sterilized jars; fill with extra virgin olive oil to cover completely and seal.

Homemade Italian Style Tomato Sauce


2/3 tablespoons good quality olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1.5 kilograms red tomatoes, skinned, de-seeded and chopped
Sea salt and black pepper
3 tablespoons chopped basil leaves or parsley


1. Fry the onion in the oil until it is soft and pale in color. Stir in the garlic, then the tomatoes.

2. Season, cover and simmer for around an hour and a half. Stir in the herbs. Serve as is, or blend to form a smooth, thick sauce.

3. The sauce can also be reduced to create a thick, chunky consistency. The sauce freezes well, so a big batch can be prepared, divided into containers and frozen.


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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Influenza vaccine sends children into convulsions

(www.Borganic.org) Influenza vaccines have sent 57 children into life-threatening convulsions, reports The Age out of Australia. These influenza vaccines were being give to children under five to "protect" them from seasonal flu, but after receiving the shots, these children started going into convulsions.

An investigation has revealed that there is no quality control problem with any particular batch of influenza vaccines. They all pass quality control, in other words, so the convulsions are being caused by what is intentionally put into the vaccines, not by some mistaken chemical contaminant.

This, of course, baffles conventional doctors who have all been told that vaccines are perfectly safe and could never harm anyone. So rather than pausing to consider what might be contained in the vaccines that's causing children to go into convulsions, they charge ahead with the recommendation that even more people should get vaccines.

Alan Hampson, chairman of Australia's Influenza Specialist Group, "...advised young, healthy people anxious to get the flu vaccine to consider having the swine flu vaccine" reports The Age. There is no amount of real-world evidence, you see, that can break the mythological stranglehold that vaccines have over the minds of mainstream physicians. Even if children start dropping to the floor and convulsing right in front of them, they will continue to push vaccines on even more children.

The illusion of vaccine Efficacy

Vaccines are based on a scientific-sounding mythology that is widely believed by gullible physicians and scientists who simply believe what they are told rather than what's real.

This mythology is based on the belief that injecting foreign matter into the human body will cause the immune system to adapt to the weakened foreign matter by creating antibodies that fight off future infections. This explanation, however, is pure mythology. In reality, an immune system can only invoke an adaptive response when it is properly nourished with vitamin D. And if the patient has enough vitamin D, they need no vaccine because vitamin D protects them from seasonal influenza in the first place.

Thus, vaccines only "work" in those people who don't need them. People who have the least protection against influenza due to their vitamin D deficiency also have the weakest immune response to vaccines. The vaccines, in other words, just don't work on them.

Children with particularly weak neurology are highly susceptible to neurological damage from vaccines. This damage may take the form of a coma, convulsions, autism or being partially paralyzed. Some children given vaccines soon find themselves in wheelchairs, unable to walk even though previous to the vaccine they were star athletes.

If you're a parent, don't expose your children to vaccine shots! Learn more about the dangers of vaccines with these articles:

Virginia teen athlete in wheel chair after vaccine shot:

Swine flu vaccine linked to paralysis:

Vaccine puts girl in the hospital:

Vaccines linked to neurological disorders:

Ten questions doctors refuse to answer about vaccines:

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

More Reasons to Avoid Fast Food at All Costs (Opinion)

(www.Borganic.org) Most people are aware of the many health issues associated with the regular consumption of fast food. It's now common knowledge that the meats at such restaurants are some of the poorest quality and are unfit for human consumption. This apparently applies not only to the meats but also to the so-called "cheeses" as well. According to an article at Sweetliberty.org, a very popular pizza franchise has been spraying the cheeses used on their pizza with Silicon, which is a toxic cancer causing chemical. Some of those pizzas have even been sold to local districts for use in their school lunch program.

A year ago the author wrote a Natural News article titled `Why You Should Avoid Fast Food at All Costs` which covered some of the major reasons why most of the food sold in fast food restaurants are of such poor quality and not fit for human consumption. But what has recently come to the author`s attention is even more disturbing.

Silicon on your Pizza from Sweetliberty.org

Polydimethylsiloxane is a substance that is primarily used in manufacturing as a de-foaming agent for commercial boilers. It is not approved for use as a food additive; yet, a major pizza restaurant chain is using this silicone-based chemical as a stabilizer for cheese on its patented pizza products.

In order to preserve their frozen pizzas, this major chain of pizza restaurants claims that their silicon emulsifier is a necessary preservative. Although the package does not list the formula in the ingredients list, it does list "other additives" under the guise of Patent # 4894245.

A review of the United States Patent Office website confirms this story, first reported on page 5 of the February, 2006 issue of Pete Hardin`s "Milkweed":

"A silicone emulsifier (Dow Corning FG-10) is mixed with water to form a 0.05% emulsifier solution. This solution is sprayed on the frozen cheese granules at a rate of 1.75 parts of solution per 100 parts by weight of cheese."

This is what some children may be eating when buying pizza for lunch from their school cafeteria. Silicon is not approved for use as a food additive and even if it were is this something that you want your kids to ingest on a regular basis? Silicon is the same chemical currently being used in breast implants.

When this silicon-based chemical (polydimethylsiloxane) is heated in excess of 150 degrees centigrade (302 degrees Fahrenheit) it breaks down into formaldehyde which is a known cancer causing carcinogen. Exposure to formaldehyde vapors have been known to damage the eyes, nose, and throat at levels as low as 1 part per million parts of air (1 "ppm"). Low-level exposure can cause teariness, redness, and burning of the eyes, as well as sneezing and coughing, and sore throat.

Repeated exposure to formaldehyde has been linked to asthma and may increase your chances of contracting pneumonia or bronchitis. Formaldehyde`s long-term effects on the lungs are not fully understood but may cause permanent damage.

The destructive and deadly chemicals that are being added to foods today and passed off as necessary ingredients are truly shocking. This is made even more shocking when they`re being served to children in schools without the slightest regard for both the short and long term health effects to their growing bodies and minds. If this does not convince people to avoid fast food at all costs, then the author does not know what will.


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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Bipolar Disorder: Try Effective Natural Alternatives, Part II

(www.Borganic.org) In Part I of this series, we discussed the symptoms and causes of a bipolar disorder, together with an overall diet plan. This segment will go into detail in outlining the proper diet and supplements necessary for treatment.

Processed foods should be eliminated. Not only have they been altered from their natural state, but they also contain harmful additives that aggravate manic depressive symptoms, together with contributing to poor health.

Oily fish containing Omega 3's are important dietary considerations for addressing bipolar disorder. Some good choices are salmon, herring, and mackerel.

L-tyrosine is an amino acid that the body uses for the production of neurotransmitter serotonin which has been found to lessen the symptoms of bipolar disorder. Low levels of l-tyrosine reduce serotonin levels causing depression. L-tyrosine levels can be increased by eating dairy products, fish, meats, wheat, and oats.

Carbohydrates are an essential energy source for the body. However, unhealthy carbohydrates will only result in too much sugar, causing those very mood swings we are trying so hard to prevent. Healthy carbohydrates can be found in fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Foods containing healthy carbs include apples, oranges, peaches, grapefruit, carrots, brussels sprouts, beans, and whole wheat bread. Exercise caution when buying products such as bread. Many that say they are whole wheat are nothing of the sort. Read the ingredients and make sure that it is 100% whole wheat and that it does not contain "enriched" or "bleached" flour.

Medications used to treat this disorder come with serious side effects. There are natural effective means that are also less costly. Here are some of the best ones:

* Lithium orotate, a natural alternative to the normally prescribed lithium carbonate or lithium citrate, helps to control manic symptoms. This type of lithium releases an orotate ion into the bloodstream and brain instead of a carbonated ion. It has the same benefits as the prescription lithium carbonate, without the side effects. Another advantage in taking lithium orotate is that lesser amounts are needed to create the higher blood levels needed to obtain the desired effect. The reason that lesser amounts are needed is because prescription lithium is poorly absorbed by cells, necessitating higher amounts for a satisfactory therapeutic effect. Unfortunately, these higher amounts cause blood levels to be so high that they border on toxic levels. Additionally, prescription lithium can affect thyroid and kidney function.

* Omega 3 fatty acids have shown to decrease the incidence of manic episodes while prolonging its intervals. Omega 3 fatty acids can be found in fish and over the counter supplements. Careful attention should be given in ensuring that these supplements are of a high quality, natural, and not synthetic and petroleum based. Another excellent source of Omega 3's is flaxseed and flaxseed oil.

* Supplementing with magnesium is very important. A magnesium deficiency can lead to emotional, mental, and nervous disorders. Additionally, it is estimated that as many as 90 to 95% of Americans are deficient in this important mineral. It is important to note that calcium and magnesium act synergistically in the body. When supplementing with calcium and magnesium one should do so at a ratio of 1:2 or 1:3.

* A deficiency in vitamin B12 has also been linked to bipolar disorder.

* Choline has been shown to be beneficial in addressing bipolar disease, particularly when taking lithium.

Other supplements effective in treating bipolar disorder are B-complex vitamins, folic acid, and vitamin C.

Proper nutrition together with key nutritional supplements can go a long way in helping someone suffering from a bipolar disorder.


By Luella May
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Monday, May 10, 2010

Another Way the FDA Wants to Keep You Unhealthy (Opinion)

(www.Borganic.org) The FDA`s Orwellian perversion of language to censor, harass and intimidate healthy food distributors has become a ghoulish nightmare for everyone concerned with good health. The FDA threatened cherry growers in 2006 for promoting cherries` health properties. Now a distributor has been threatened with getting shut down just for promoting the scientifically backed health benefits of their walnuts.

Parsing Lies and Nonsense

The FDA`s modus operandi (MO) is to lie and twist parsed legalese against beneficial real food and supplement firms. A California based walnut distributor, was threatened by the FDA recently for promoting scientifically factual health benefits of walnuts.

The New England Journal of Medicine and the American Heart Association have published studies citing walnuts` heart health benefits. Since it`s been a food for a few centuries and not a drug, there`s no need for extensive easily falsified testing to prove efficacy and safety. By simply promoting proven health benefits, the FDA`s twisted logic has asserted those foods are now drugs and must go through expensive trails and testing before they can be approved.

Here`s an excerpt from the FDA`s warning letter to the walnut distributor, similar to the warning for the cherry growers earlier. "Based on claims made on your firm`s website, we have determined that your walnut products are promoted for conditions that cause them to be drugs because these products are intended for use in the prevention, mitigation, and treatment of disease."

Never mind that what they claimed is backed by science. It`s enough to pose a threat to Big Pharma`s monopoly that the FDA protects by suppressing healthy foods, supplements, and natural cures. Walnuts can help promote good heart health. But that can`t be told. Big Pharma needs unhealthy hearts for their dangerous drugs!

Adding Hypocrisy to Tyranny

The FDA has approved many of Big Pharma`s expensive heart drugs and let the death tolls from side effects rise long enough for the drug companies to get their high profits while the patents lasted. That`s before generic drugs can go to market, bringing down prices and displacing each of the formerly patented drug`s lone star status.

Often those who control the FDA are from Big Pharma, while key FDA officials who are cooperative get cushy executive jobs in Big Pharma after their "government service". So what if people drop like flies for a few years while the bucks roll in? Big bucks and big careers is all that counts to them. Ignore any objections from honest FDA scientists. Approve the drugs and get them to market!

What this walnut provider promoted had already been scientifically acknowledged. Walnuts have properties for improving or preventing inflammatory conditions that contribute to old age diseases, especially atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis leads to heart attacks, strokes, and all manner of heart and circulatory issues.

Cherries, green tea, and pomegranate juice also have proven atherosclerosis prevention properties.
And the FDA has attacked them all for publicly promoting this. This is how the FDA makes sure Big Pharma has the expanding senior citizen market locked.

The FDA is censuring real whole food companies` true health information from the public while allowing both junk food and children`s cereal companies to promote their products as "heart healthy" and "nutritious". These false claims are on their packages and detailed with clever ad copy on their websites.

Boycotting pharmaceuticals and junk foods will be more effective than pleading and arguing with the government to rein in the FDA, especially with former Monsanto top exec Michael Taylor now in the White House. See Natural News article http://www.naturalnews.com/028025_G...

Sources for this article include:

W.Faloon LEF (Life Extension Foundation) FDA Walnut article

Mike Adams on FDA Cherry Harassment

Cure Zone: Cherry Company Threatened by FDA

ANH-USA FDA B6 Article

FDA vs LEF (Life Extension Foundation)

By Paul Fassa
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Sunday, May 9, 2010

Five Reasons You Need More Water

(www.Borganic.org) Water is the Elixir of Life. It comprises 80% of your body and is the most important element to your well-being and health, outdistancing all others. New readers to Natural News may not be familiar with the review Mike Adams did of the seminal water cure work of Dr. Batmanghelidj.1 That alone should tell you why you need to get enough water.

There is no "magic amount" that covers everyone. Some need more than others and most need more than they're getting now. It's estimated that 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. Even if you don't drink coffee, soda, or other diuretics and water-robbers, you may still be dehydrated. There is no such thing as too much water - you literally can't get sick or die from drinking too much (good) water. You can, however, if you don't drink enough.

Here are 5 reasons you need water:
  1. Your body needs water to make new cells of every type: blood, bone, skin, etc.

  2. When you have enough water, your lymphatic system operates at peak, removing wastes and toxins from your body at a healthy rate.

  3. Water lubricates your joints, helps bring nutrients to your nervous system, and helps keep your vision clearer and your teeth stronger.

  4. Water regulates your metabolism and aids digestion and temperature control.

  5. Literally every cell, organ, and system in your body requires water to function correctly.

Things to know about your water

Before you start drinking water, however, there are things you should know about it too. If you live in urban or suburban America, it's likely that your water is infused with fluoride. Municipal water sources (including most bottled water you buy in the store) put fluoride into water supplies to promote dental health.

There are a lot of reasons that this is not a good idea, however. Even the CDC's own study that gave fluoridation of water a glowing report admits that fluoride only helps teeth topically and doesn't do anyone any good when ingested.2 In fact, fluoride is listed by the CDC as a poisonous substance.3

Then, even scarier, there are the countless pollutants and trace pharmaceuticals that could also be in your water.4 Those are definitely not good either.

Getting good, quality drinking water for health and well-being

Luckily, it is possible to clean up your water or access clean water yourself, if your water is not already of good quality. That, of course, has also been covered here on NaturalNews.5

However you do it and wherever your choice in water comes from, make sure you drink plenty of it. Water is, after all, the Elixir of Life.

1 - Healing with water: the work of "water cure" pioneer Dr. Batmanghelidj
by Mike Adams, NaturalNews

2 - Fluoride: Worse than We Thought by Andreas Schuld, Weston A. Price Foundation

3 - Fluorine, Hydrogen Fluoride, and Fluorides, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Toxic Substances Portal

4 - EWG Study Finds Hundreds of Pollutants in Nation's Drinking Water
by E. Huff, NaturalNews

5 - How to Make Water Safe for Drinking: "Water Secrets" Course Now Available to NaturalNews Readers by Mike Adams, NaturalNews

By Aaron Turpen
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