Notes on natural health/healing topics: J – P

By Cat, beginning Feb 2018

These notes are from various health documentary videos and websites, as noted for each item. Topics are in alphabetical order. The article was getting too long, so I’ve separated it into four articles. March 2020 update: H-P article was getting too long, so I separated it into two articles for a total of 5 articles. 

See also:

  1. Natural Health Topics Menu;
  2. Notes by section: A-CD-GH-I; J-P, below; Q – Z


Aronia Berry (Ditch Weed or Chokeberry) for joint pain and more

See Lee Euler’s sales pitch for TheraFlex ACN. Aronia berries are a traditional medicine among Native Americans. Includes info about several studies. Some of the benefits of this native plant (see his sales pitch (link above) for his reference numbers 6 – 12.

  • Heart: Keep your heart pumping strong for many years to come6
  • Memory: Improve your memory for sharp mental recall7
  • Blood sugar: Balance your blood sugar for better energy and a happier mood8
  • Blood Pressure: Support Blood Pressure9
  • fight bacteria and viruses to keep you healthy10
  • Improve digestion for regular elimination11
  • Vision: Boost your night vision for safe driving when the sun goes down!12

Contains Aronia (fruit) extract 15% Anthocyanins, 255 mg per capsule; take 2/day.

I’m currently taking (May 2018) Eclectic brand of freeze-dried aronia berries that contains 900 mg of the berries in 2 capsules per day (but can take 2 caps 2 – 4 time/day). So far no noticeable help with knee pain, but will try increasing to 2 caps 2x daily.

Kidney Stones and UTI (Urinary Tract Infections):

For treating kidney stones and/or UTI:

  • From Natural Health365.
    • Lemon juice is very high in citric acid, which helps with passing kidney stones; drink lemonade (sweetened with stevia instead of sugar, or no sweetener at all), or eat lots of fresh lemons throughout the day.
    • Also reduce salt intake to avoid future kidney stones. For bladder infections, I highly recommend cranberry supplements and/or D-mannose supplements (a simple sugar in cranberries that is healthful for the urinary tract.
  • Swan Valley Herbs (Bigfork MT) has several herbal tinctures for different types of UTIs, kidney and bladder stones. The herb “gravel root” is a must for stones.

Lab Tests

Tests not normally ordered by conventional medicine doctors: 

From Mercola article. These are:

  1. Vitamin D levels; 40 – 60 ng/ml is optimal
  2. Omega-3 Index. Note that a combined Vitamin-D/Omega-3 test is available
  3. Fasting Insulin. This is one that I request with every lab that includes fasting blood sugar (my MD doesn’t request it – I have to ask for it). Normal level is below 5; but below 3 is optimal. Anything above 5 is concerning.
  4. Fasting glucose:insulin ratio: Although fasting glucose (blood sugar) is a regular test doctors order, they seldom order Fasting Insulin, and you need both for to calculate this important ratio. It is important especially if your fasting insulin is above 5, to determine how serious the problem might be. From Mercola: the ratio of glucose to insulin (fasting) is an even more important indicator of problems. It should be less than 10:1; any value above that is cause for concern. (11)
  5. Serum ferritin.While iron is an essential mineral, too much of it in your blood can be deadly. Ideal for adult men and post-menopausal women is between 30 and 40 ng/ml. The GGT test (gamma-glutamyl transpepridase) is a good one to have along with serum ferritin; it tells you if you have liver damage and also if you have excess free-iron.
  6. hs-CRP (high sensitivity C-reactive protein) measures a liver protein produced in response to inflammation in your body.
  7. RBC-magnesium. Low magnesium levels in the body are a problem for me so I take it supplementally, primarily as magnesium chloride (MgCl2) solution. The RDA for magnesium is 310-420 mg/day, but may experts believe it should be 600-900 mg/day, which is more in-line with paleolithic levels. Mercola recommends 1000-2000 mg/day in divided doses to offset the damage done by EMFs. However such high levels may lead to loose stool which disrupts the microbiome. In that case, get part of your magnesium from epsom salt baths or magnesium oil spray. See my article on magnesium for more details. (need link)
  8. Homocysteine: Elevated homocysteine is a risk factor for heart disease, and when combined with a low omega-3 index, it’s associated with an increased risk of brain atrophy and dementia. Also, Vitamins B6, B9 and B12 (which convert homocysteine to methionine, to avoid elevated homocysteine levels) are also really important for cognition and mental health in general.
  9. NMR LipoProfile: measures your low-density lipoprotein (LDL) particle number. This test also has other markers that can help determine if you have insulin resistance, which is a primary cause of elevated LDL particle number and increased heart disease risk.


Moved to separate article: Lectins: What they are and how to deal with them.

See also a new video conversation on Lectins: Which Lectins are the Most Dangerous, from Dr. Alan Christianson with Dr. David Katz, MD

Leg muscle health and neuro-degeneration:

from Mercola: “Physical exercise, especially strength training, is important for healthy brain and nervous system function. A number of studies have linked leg muscle strength in particular to various cognitive benefits Research shows that whenever you’re unable to perform load-bearing exercises, you not only lose muscle mass, your body chemistry is impacted in such a way that your nervous system and brain also deteriorate. Weak leg muscles impacts the CDK5Rap1 gene, which plays an important role in mitochondrial health & function.”

Lip Eczema

see Itchy Little World article: 5 best treatments for Lip Eczema (also known as lip dermatitis):

See also my notes on Scalp and Face Eczema (Seborrheic Dermatitis), in Notes Q – Z article.


12 Signs your Liver is in Trouble

The first 11 listed below are from a slide-show: 9 Strange Signs your Liver is in Trouble (the author has since added 2 more signs but did not update the title); the 12th is added by me (Cat).

The first one, “jaundice,” is something many people miss but it is the most important and a direct sign of liver trouble, because bile produced by the liver has gotten into your bloodstream. It was my Mom’s first sign of cancer in her liver. If you or someone you know has yellowing of skin/eyes, see a doctor immediately.

  1. Jaundice – yellowing of the skin and whites of the eye, due to bile in the bloodstream;
  2. Bloated ankles indicate there may be a problem with the liver, heart or kidney;
  3. Appetite changes (liver trouble is just one of many causes of this symptom);
  4. Diarrhea (loose, urgent stool);
  5. Strange and frequent bruises: bruises become more problem when there’s trouble in the liver;
  6. Intense exhaustion: As waste builds in the liver, it leads to lower oxygen levels, leaving us feeling tired all the time;
  7. Dark urine, especially if stools are lighter than normal (note: if you take supplemental B-vitamins);
  8. Pain in right shoulder, especially if there is cancer in the liver;
  9. Abdominal pain near the right ribs;
  10. Throwing up regularly;
  11. Changing personality;
  12. Itching of the skin and/or eczema (see my article on eczema, especially on the scalp and face: Eczema: Seborrheic Dermatitis.

Liver Cleanse: 7 foods that do the job

This is from PaleoHack blog:; NOTE: I’ve reorganized the list in alphabetical order.

  1. Avocadocontains glutathione, which is a powerful antioxidant that helps to protect the liver from incoming waste and toxins. It also assists the liver in eliminating these chemicals from your body and protects against cellular damage.
  2. Broccoli and “other brassica vegetables, such as Brussels sprouts, cabbage and cauliflower … [also] contain sulfur compounds … that help to support the detoxification process and the health of the liver. In fact, these fibrous veggies can help flush out toxins from your gut, and they contain compounds that help support the liver in metabolizing hormones.
    • From a Mercola article: Broccoli sprouts have even higher levels – up to 100 times the amount of glucoraphanin, a precursor to sulforaphane …. – than broccoli.” [I add broccoli sprouts to my daily smoothie.]
  3. Citrus fruitsare all natural sources of vitamin C and contain many potent antioxidants. Like garlic, citrus fruits have the ability to boost the production of liver detoxification enzymes.”
  4. Garlic contains sulfur compounds that are essential for supporting the liver and activating liver enzymes that are responsible for flushing out toxins and waste from the body. Garlic also contains selenium, an important mineral and nutrient that assists in detoxification and supports the thyroid gland.
  5. Leafy veggies: The bitterer, the better! Your liver loves bitter, so load up on dandelion, rapini, arugula, mustard greens and chicory. These leafy greens contain numerous cleansing compounds that neutralize heavy metals, which can slow down the liver’s ability to detoxify. Plus, they help to stimulate bile flow.” [Cat’s note: another great source of “bitter” is Angostura or Swedish bitters – add to a glass of water, seltzer, or soda water.]
  6. Turmericcontains a boatload of antioxidants that help to repair the liver cells, protect against cellular damage and assist in detoxification. Turmeric is particularly good at helping the liver detox from heavy metals and assist in hormone metabolism. Turmeric also boosts the production of bile and improves the health of the gallbladder.” See my recipes for delicious turmeric beverages: Golden Milk (Turmeric Tea) and Ginger-Turmeric Latte. Or Paleo-Hack recipe for Pumpkin and Turmeric Soup.
  7. Walnuts contain high levels of l-arginine, glutathione, and omega-3 fatty acids, all of which help to detoxify the liver and support toxin elimination. Plus, they are great for fighting inflammation and supporting the health of the brain.”

The good news for me is that I eat all of these regularly.

Additionally, an herb known as milk thistle or silymarin , is also important for liver support. It is available as a medicinal tincture (for example, see iHerb code NTA-06457), or as an ingredient in some liver support supplements. See Heathline article for more about this herb.


Beets are Good for the Lungs

See my Notes on Natural Health, A – C for more about this.

Lung Cleanse:

From Respiratory Therapy Zone 

The article lists 9 herbal teas for cleaning the lungs (see original article for more detail; links go to Amazon, but some of these are also available on iHerb or at your local grocer). Most of these use Organic herbs, and many have same herbs in common, such as licorice root, eucalyptus leaf, ginger rhizome, cinnamon bark, and more.

During this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, your lungs will thank you if you add any of these to your daily regimen

  1. Lifestyle Awareness Respiratory Balance Tea
  2. Yogi Breathe Deep Tea
  3. Traditional Medicinals Breathe Easy Tea
  4. Gaia Herbs Bronchial Wellness Tea
  5. Shifa Lung Support Tea
  6. Traditional Medicinals Organic Throat Coat Tea
  7. Herbion Naturals Respiratory Care Lemon Tea
  8. Golden Lung Smokers Tea
  9. Herbal Medicinal Loose Leaf Tea

The article also includes a 10-minute video (see also YouTube): How to Detox and Cleanse Your Lungs, which includes exercises for  strengthening your diaphragm so you can breathe more deeply. 

See also other articles on the same website:

Lyme Disease:

Herbs that protect against Lyme disease

See my pdf: Herbs that Protect Against Lyme Disease, transcribed from:

  • “Reduce your chance of tick-borne illness with these beneficial botanicals,” by Vera Tweed, Jul 1, 2019 (printed in “Better Nutrition” magazine); and
  • Stephen Buhner’s Lyme Protocol,” from Tired of Lyme website

Stevia leaf extract for combatting Lyme disease

(from GreenMedInfo) Stevia leaf extract (but not the stevoside extract) is more effective than antibiotics at combatting this disease and killing B. burgdorferi that causes the disease. From GreenMedInfo article:

B. burgdorferi … can exist in radically different forms: spirochetes, spheroplast (or L-form which lacks a cell wall), round bodies or cyst form (which allows for dormancy and escaping PCR detection), and highly antibiotic-resistant biofilms. This pleomorphic property makes conventional treatment exceptionally difficult because while some conventional antibiotics are effective against forms with a cell wall such as spirochetes, they are ineffective against those without a cell wall. This enables B. burgdorferi to change form to evade eradication through conventional means. Also, biofilm formation creates a significant barrier against most conventional antibiotics, even when used in combination, and has been recently suggested to be the most effective mechanism of resistance.”

Mattresses and Beds

Inclined 6 inches (5 degrees), head to toe (higher at head end). This can help with many issues including Alzheimer’s. Start with a 3” incline to help you get used to the tilt. There is strong archeological evidence that some Egyptians slept on inclined beds. See The Sirius Report August 11, 2016. See also:

This is from a Chris Masterjohn email; he writes: “The chiliPAD, and its latest iteration, the OOLER, is a mattress pad that acts as an air conditioner for your bed. It sucks the warmth out of the bed and blows it into the rest of the room. To fall asleep, your body must lower its core temperature. Once you are asleep, the quality of that sleep is dictated in large part by how successful you were in lowering your core body temperature. By making it cooler under the covers, the chiliPAD helps you fall asleep faster and get more restful sleep.

See Chris’s blog for the complete article:


Mercury in Dental Amalgams (Tooth Fillings)

I had a mouthful of mercury amalgam fillings when I was growing up. Then, in my 40s, I was diagnosed with TMJ (Temporomandibular joint dysfunction) that caused nerve-pain in the muscles that move my jaws. A dentist who specialized in relieving TMJ by adjusting the teeth for a more even bite, removed all my mercury fillings but didn’t use a dam to keep the mercury from entering my gut and my body, which added significantly to my body’s toxic mercury load.

In the 60s, some OTC products containing mercury, such as mercurochrome, could no longer be sold and disappeared from shelves. This is because of research that made a good case that mercury is toxic in the body.

The problem is that mercury readily converts from a solid to a gas for easy migration in the blood to the brain and other neurologic tissues where it causes significant problems, and may be a major factor in the increase of dementia and Alzheimer’s in today’s senior citizens.

Mercury is also believed to be a factor in causing autism in children, tho the industry has done all it can to debunk that theory. The good news is that mercury use in dentistry is on its way out, according to a Mercola article. He states, “it appears this is the beginning of the end for mercury use in dentistry. Even government agencies are now recognizing evidence that shows once dental amalgam is implanted in the human body, it can become toxic.

Consumers for Dental Choice, a nonprofit that advocates for mercury-free dentistry, successfully sued the FDA to end to its negligence in listening to the scientific evidence against mercury amalgams. Hooray!

FDA now recognizes evidence that shows once dental amalgam is implanted in the human body, its elemental mercury can convert to toxic methylmercury — the same type of mercury that the FDA warns about in fish.

See also my Notes articles that discuss the harm of mercury:


Gut Health and Metabolism

Sept 2019 article form Mercola: that discusses links between probiotics, obesity, frequency of bowel movements, and inflammation.

Methionine/Glycine Balance

(from Chris Masterjohn email). Both amino acids are important:

  • “Methionine helps prevent fatty liver disease, which affects an estimated 70 million Americans. It makes us mentally more flexible, and can help cool our anxiety or lift us from depression when our minds are rigidly ruminating on negative thoughts.” The body uses methionine to make cysteine, one of the amino acids in the detox agent, glutathione. (See also Glutathione and NAC, or N-Acetyl Cysteine below)
  • Glycine helps stabilize our blood sugar. It helps stabilize our mind, to prevent us from drifting into endless distractions. It promotes healthy sleep, and it revitalizes our skin and bones.”

But maintaining proper dietary balance between the two is also important because too much methionine represses glycine. [The former is] especially abundant in eggs, dairy, meat, poultry, and fish. Glycine is especially abundant in skin and bones.” [Unfortunately many of us avoid skin and bones in our meals;] “for example, skinless, boneless chicken breast is rich in methionine, but the glycine-rich skin and bones have been removed.”

Chris has developed a database to help you determine your methionine-to-glycine balance; see

Common Food Sources of each: 

  • Methionine (from My Food Data and Healthfully): similar to cysteine and includes meat, poultry, fish, seafood, eggs, milk, cheese, nuts, seeds and beans – same as for cysteine.
  • Glycine (from Nutrition Data): skin and bones, and their products such as gelatin and collagen, including gelled meat products are the best sources. Other sources: meats such as pork, beef, poultry, game, pigs-feet, mollusks, shellfish, soy.

Mitochondrial & Cellular Health

Youthfulness, or “CARM”

CARM (Cellular Age-Reversal Modus), from Dr Gerhauser’s sales pitch for AstaVida supplement. For label info including dosage and list of ingredients, go to:

CARM has four stages, plus one additional ingredient (#5):

  1. Ubiquinone (CoQsol-CF®Coenzyme Q10, on product label), a natural nutrient to “re-energize” your cells to how they worked when you were younger; a rush of non-stop energy. 200 mg/serving.
  2. Selenium (as selenium yeast), another super-nutrient (mineral) that helps protect and “reverse the age” of your heart and entire cardiovascular system. Plus, combination of stages 1 and 2 could add more wonderful years to your life. 200 mcg/serving.
  3. Astazanthin, a keto-carotenoid from Krill, goes to work “rejuvenating” your skin and eyes at the cellular level. Wrinkles disappear, replaced by tight skin; and your vision re-sharpens into the eagle eyes you used to have. 4 mg/serving.
  4. Alpha Lipoic Acid, an anti-aging wonder helps protect your brain from age-related decline. 200 mg/serving.
  5. Vitamin E (d-alpha tocopherol, 134 g (200 IU)/serving

MTHFR Gene and Methylation

(from Chris Masterjohn, PhD);  – click on his “Click Here” for information on each of the listed topics, which include:

  • Intro to methylation
  • How to eat to nourish your methylation
  • His MTHFR [the name of a gene] protocol
  • Lab tests related to methylation
  • Plus links to various related topics.

Methylation (the transfer of a methyl or ‘CH3’ group from one molecule to another) is an important process used by the body to activate enzymes that support biochemical reactions in the body. See Thorne article: by Dr. Allan Miller, ND, for lots more on this topic.

Muscle Health:

See my notes on Whey Protein Can Help Prevent Muscle Loss (Sarcopenia).


Mushrooms to Cut Pain and Other Symptoms of Herpes in Half

from Green Med Info: This article focuses on Reishi mushrooms; see article, “Mushrooms to cut Pain and Other Symptoms of Herpes in Half,” above. Reishi are the “large, dark mushrooms with a shiny, slick surface and “woody” texture.”

Musical Frequency and its Healing Power

(from Magdalena Wszelaki:, and YouTube: )

Saved transcript: HealingFrequencyOf Music-tscrpt.pdf:


  • How different vibrations can help sleep, anxiety (even restless pets…);
  • The research behind it all;
  • How Michael connected frequencies to the different conditions;
  • Frequencies for menopause symptoms;
  • Frequencies for better relationships;


Natural Healing vs Prescribed Meds:

See Sayer Ji’s article, “Who Are The Real “Quacks” And “Snake Oil” Salesmen?” ( See also related article,

Pain: Natural Remedies

OTC pan-killing drugs 

For most of us, when we have a headache or other  pain, we go to aspirin (acetyl salicylic acid) or other pain-killing OTC pills. Some of us may use the herbal pain killer on which aspirin was based: white willow bark, of which the essential ingredient is salicylic acid. In my opinion, this herbal version acts faster and better than the OTC drug.

However, when the pain is severe, these OTC drugs barely make a dent in the pain, if at all. Many turn to opioids – natural or synthetic – for relief; this is problematic because they are addictive.

Wild Lettuce (a.k.a. Opium Lettuce)

There is a better, natural option: Wild lettuce, a.k.a Opium lettuce. It has been used by Native Americans for centuries. (Photo and quote, below, is from aSelf Reliance Association email that I received recently).

Wild lettuce is also known as Opium Lettuce. For a good reason. While it doesn’t contain any opiates, it has similar side effects when used – it acts directly on the central nervous system (CNS) to lessen the feeling of pain, just like morphine.

You can view a video about this at Similar to Morphine: The Best Natural Painkiller that Grows in Your Backyard. This is a frequent “weed” in my garden. To me, its leaves look a bit like dandelion. Note the inset in the photo, above, showing a white pulp that appears when a stem is broken. This pulp provides the pain killer. 

From WebMD: “Wild lettuce is used for whooping cough, asthma, urinary tract problems, cough, trouble sleeping (insomnia)…” For most people, it is safe, and has been used for centuries to relieve pain. However, for information about reasons not to try this herb, see page 3 of the WebMD article for side effects, and page 4 for interactions.


See PQQ an effective tool against arthritis and chronic inflammation; saved as pdf: PQQ for arthritis-NaturalHealth365.pdf. See also Dr Michael Murray article: Is PQQ The Next Nutrient Superstar. PQQ (Pyrroloquinoline quinone) is a nutrient found in all plant foods; PQQ-rich foods include parsley, green peppers, kiwi fruit, papaya and tofu.


See also Dr. Alan Christianson: The Truth About Parasites: Avoiding, Treating, Defeating, which also includes a video: I saved text as pdf: TruthAboutParasites-AvoidingTreatingDefeating_DrAChritianson.pdf. Lots of good info here.

Recommended natural treatments include:

  • Artemesia (Wormwood)
  • Black walnut
  • Berberine (from Oregon Grape, Goldenseal, Goldenthread, barberry, and tree turmeric
  • Triphala (a blend of three fruits, without the seed: amla (Emblica officinalis), myrobalan (Terminalia chebula), and belleric myrobalan (Terminalia belerica)).

Parkinson’s Disease; also memory & anxiety

From Mercola:

  • Parkinson’s disease may originate in the gastrointestinal tractResearchers injected misfolded alpha-synuclein, a protein linked to Parkinson’s disease, into the guts of healthy mice, then tracked it. One month later, it had turned up in the brainstem, while after three months it had traveled to the brain’s amygdala and midbrain; within seven and 10 months, it had turned up in even more regions of the brain. The researchers also injected the misfolded proteins into the guts of mice that had a severed vagus nerve; after seven months, no signs of cell death were present in the mice brains, and it appeared that the proteins were not able to advance to the brain
  • Problems with memory and anxiety also appeared in the intact vagus nerve mice that received the misfolded proteins in their guts, which were not seen in the other groups of mice.
  • Pesticide exposure is strongly linked to Parkinson’s disease and may increase the risk by 80% in some cases.

Pelvic Floor Exercises to Do at Home

from Green Med Info:

This article by Isa Herraera doesn’t tell how to do the exercises, just WHY you should do them. To learn how, you must attend a new masterclass which will air Feb 5 – 7, 2020, 8 PM Eastern (7 PM Central, 6 PM Mtn and 5 PM Pacific). To sign up:

Symptoms of weak pelvic floor include:

1/22/20: I signed up for the 3-evening class that begins 2/5/20.


A video: The Hidden Powers of Pomegranate, Eating Raw, and Much More

From Sayer Ji of Green Med Info and Kelly Brogan MD: a 1 hr, 18 min video: I’ve not yet watched this video, but when I do, I’ll add my notes here.

They have also started The Vital Life Project. To join this project, see a 1-min video:

Posture Fixes

5 Easy exercises to fix forward head posture. See:

Proteins in the diet:

from TTAC (The Truth About Cancer). Best sources of protein:

  1. Grass-fed & finished meats, pastured eggs and dairy, and wild-caught fish/seafood.
  2. For vegetarians: chia and hemp seeds [best if sprouted]. Other seeds and tree-nuts [and sprouted legumes] are also good sources but not necessarily “superfoods.”
  3. Dairy whey (from grass-fed/pastured dairy).
  4. Bone broth, “one of the most nutritionally dense sources of protein on the planet.” Best if from grass-fed and pastured animals or wild-caught fish.

Psoriasis of the scalp:

I have red, scaly patches on my scalp near the hairline that first appeared late in 2018; my doctor says is is scalp psoriasis. However, when it spread in April 2019 to the folds/creases on each side of the base of my nose, and each side of my chin below the corners of my mouth, I concluded it is scalp eczema or sebborheic dermatitis. See  Q (none) – Z (Zinc deficiency) for my notes on scalp eczema

Nevertheless, here’s my notes on treating scalp psoriasis.

Turmeric tonic (applied to affected areas) can be an effective treatment for this problem (article and abstract on Green Med Info). I don’t know what is in the turmeric tonic (besides turmeric) – that is not given in the abstract nor article.

In Feb 2019, I started adding turmeric powder to my morning Smoothie to see if it helps. I will also mix ground turmeric with the Comfrey Salve from Swan Valley Herbs, to apply directly to the disturbed areas.  See also Turmeric-GuideToUsing-GMI_2.0.pdf (16-page pdf from Green Med Info)

Other possible herbal treatments:

    • Oregon Grape root or Mahonia aquifolium: From “Oregon grape root is a powerful antimicrobial herb that plays a role in immune response. Studies show that applying a cream containing 10% mahonia is effective in treating mild to moderate psoriasis. Because it is in the alkaloid family, mahonia should only be used topical unless under physician supervision.” I may also add this to my comfrey salve. Back in 1981, I had a bad red rash on my face that my MD mistakenly diagnosed as Lupus; a ND had me try homeopathic 3X Oregon Grape Root that he prepared for me, and it did the trick.
    • Honey: From “Honey is an ancient medicine used for a variety of conditions, including skin problems. With particular use for wounds, eczema and psoriasis, reducing inflammation and scar formation.”  I’ll try mixing honey & turmeric to apply topically.


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