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 Notes on Natural Health Topics A-C, and scroll down to “Arthritis” for more natural ways to help with arthritis pain.
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.
Turmeric (spice or rhizome) for arthritis pain in joints
Kidney and UTI Health
See Dr Jockers for article about a 10-Day Kidney Cleanse. I saved a pdf version of this article: CATSFORK / PDF FILES > KidneyCleanse-10Days-BetterEnergy-SkinHealth_DrJockers.pdf
I do a 5-day juice fast (from Wellness Education Center in Kalispell MT), that includes an easy treatment to boost kidney health, but this article goes into a lot more detail about the kidneys, the foods to help the kidneys and much more.
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.
Tests not normally ordered by conventional medicine doctors:
From Mercola article. These are:
- Vitamin D levels; 40 – 60 ng/ml is optimal
- Omega-3 Index. Note that a combined Vitamin-D/Omega-3 test is available
- 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.
- 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)
- 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.
- hs-CRP (high sensitivity C-reactive protein) measures a liver protein produced in response to inflammation in your body.
- 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)
- 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.
- 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.
What Ingredients to Look For and Which to Avoid
from The Art of Anti-Aging: theartofantiaging.com/toxic-ingredients-in-laundry-detergents/, I provide the lists; see the referenced article for more detail.
What to Look For:
- Plant based
- Zero fragrance OR naturally scented; avoid any that include the words “fragrance,” “parfum,” nor “natural fragrance” in the list of ingredients;
- “Safe for humans” and “safe for the environment.”
Top Toxins to Avoid:
- Fragrance: look for “fragrance,” “parfum,” or “natural fragrance;”
- Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) (not to be confused with “sodium laurate”) or sodium laureth sulfate (SLES);
- 1,4 Dioxane;
- Nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs);
- Optical brighteners (OBAs or UV brighteners);
- Aluminum sulfates and other surfactants; for example, Ammonium laureth sulfate (ALES) and ammonium lauryl sulfate (ALS) are two examples of synthetic, petroleum-based surfactants;
- Quats (quaternary ammonium compounds);
- Artificial dyes;
From Dr. Jockers ebook (pdf form): Top 17 Nutrients for Gut Repair; I’ve also saved this as a pdf file: HeALTH-NUTRITION / PODCASTS-ARTICLES / E-BOOKS / GUT-STOOL / LEAKY GUT SOLUTION ebooks > Top-17-Nutrients-GutRepair.pdf.
He begins with: “Leaky Gut, also known as increased intestinal permeability/intestinal hyperpermeability, is just what it sounds like. It’s a condition in which the intestinal lining loses its integrity and becomes an entry point for inflammatory pathogens. It may come as a surprise, but the lining of our intestines is only one cell thick. These intestinal cells form the barrier, known as the gut barrier, that separates us from the outside world.“
Here are the 17 nutrients:
- Deglycyrrhizinated Licorice (DGL)
- Marshmallow Root (herb)
- Meadowsweet (herb)
- Aloe Vera
- Slippery Elm Bark (herb)
- L-Glutamine (amino acid)
- Butyric Acid
- Zinc Carnosine
- Prebiotic Fiber
- Fulvic Acid
- Saccharomyces Boulardii (a probiotic yeast)
- Digestive Enzymes
- Betaine Hydrochloride
- Turmeric (herb)
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids
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.”
Lemon Water: Why I Drink It
I add fresh, squeezed lemon to my water with each meal, and with my supplements between meals. I started doing this when I was having weird dizzy symptoms while driving home after lunch, and I learned I needed more minerals. A friend suggested adding lemon water to my regimen, and I’ve not had those symptoms ever since. (I note that another option for the low-minerals problem is coconut water).
I make a jar of lemon water by squeezing out the juice of 1-2 Organic lemons (depending on size), and add water to fill the jar. Then I cut the peel and flesh together into strips, which I add to the jar. The peel and flesh add to the benefits and flavor. However, I would not use the peel of non-Organic lemons, because they are heavily sprayed with toxic pesticides.
But lemon water has a lot of other benefits, too. Here’s a great article from Green Med Info about the benefits of lemon water: greenmedinfo.com/blog/should-you-drink-lemon-water. Here’s a list of the reasons mentioned in the article; check out the article for more detail:
- Prevent Kidney Stones
- It’s Heart-Friendly
- Support Weight Loss
- Antiviral and Antibacterial Properties
- Anticancer Properties
see Itchy Little World article: 5 best treatments for Lip Eczema (also known as lip dermatitis): https://itchylittleworld.com/lip-eczema/
See also my notes on Scalp and Face Eczema (Seborrheic Dermatitis), in Notes Q – Z article.
This section has been moved to a separate article in Sept ’21, because it was getting a bit long. See Notes About the Liver.
See also my Natural Healing Remedies and Personal Care Menu for links to other articles and remedies.
Beets are Good for the Lungs
See my Notes on Natural Health, A – C for more about this.
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
- Lifestyle Awareness Respiratory Balance Tea
- Yogi Breathe Deep Tea
- Traditional Medicinals Breathe Easy Tea
- Gaia Herbs Bronchial Wellness Tea
- Shifa Lung Support Tea
- Traditional Medicinals Organic Throat Coat Tea
- Herbion Naturals Respiratory Care Lemon Tea
- Golden Lung Smokers Tea
- 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:
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
see also: Herbal Remedies for Lyme Disease, on TTAC which states (read the entire article for more detail):
- (from a Scientific study): “Cryptolepis, black walnut, sweet wormwood, cat’s claw, and Japanese knotweed, have potent activity against Lyme disease bacteria…”
- (from another study): “extracts from Ghanaian quinine and Japanese knotweed prevented free-swimming bacteria from proliferating, even when they were present at low concentrations — of 0.03-0.5% — in laboratory dishes. The two plant extracts also killed entire microcolonies of the bacterium that causes Lyme disease.“
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.”
This is one of the most important minerals our body needs, yet most of us are deficient. See Magnesium (About) for lots more about this mineral.
See also a Mercola article: The Overlooked Mineral That Could Save You From Diabetes (this link doesn’t go to Mercola’s site because the link on his site brings up the wrong article).
Are mangoes good for you and the planet?
from Food Revolution. Generally they are good for you, as they are rich in nutrients. Although they are also sweet, they contain lots of fiber and other nutrients that actually help lower blood sugar. List of benefits (see article for more detail):
- High in antioxidants
- Anti-cancer properties
- Diabetes treatment and prevention
- May protect your skin
Unless they are Organically grown, they are sprayed with at least 11 different pesticides, so you should definitely remove the peel before eating them.
Mattresses and Beds
from Wellness Mama, wellnessmama.com/25773/organic-mattress/?ck_subscriber_id=15013631
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:
- Mercola: https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2018/02/15/inclined-bed-therapy.aspx which includes a short YouTube video on how to do this yourself:
- youtube.com/watch?time_continue=220&v=Hhg6L-2qT5A (3:40 min);
- also one on using the inclined bed for lower back pain: youtube.com/watch?v=jWaW4N-Wrh0 (6:45 min)
- chiliPAD or OOLER: An Air Conditioner for Your Bed
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: httchrismasterjohnphd.com/blog/2019/07/15/chili-pad-took-sleep-next-level/
Memory and Memory Loss
See also my series of notes-articles on Alzheimers, Dementia, and Other Neurodegenerative Diseases:
1. Nutrition: Supplements; 2. Nutrition: Worst and Best Foods Lists; 3. Nutrition: Specific Foods, Herbs and Spices; 4. Diet & Lifestyle; 5. Symptoms & Causes; 6. Testing & Treatment; 7. Related Diseases/Disorders
5 Surprising Causes of Memory Loss
From Simple, Smart Science; see the article for more detail.
- Sleep apnea
- Medications, including sleeping pills
- Nutritional deficiency, typically caused by lack of absorption in the gut; includes vitamins D and B-12. [Cat’s note: the form of these two vitamins is critical, as some forms are more readily absorbed than others. I take liquid vitamin D3, and 3 different forms of B12: methyl-cobalamin, hydroxy-cobalamin, and adenosyl-cobalamin. I do not recommend cyans-cobalamin as it is not natural]
- Anxiety, depression and stress
- Head injury
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:
- Notes on Alzheimer’s, dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases; Nutrition: Supplements
- Notes on Brain & Nerve Health and Regeneration
Gut Health and Metabolism
Sept 2019 article form Mercola: articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2019/09/30/gut-bacteria-and-metabolism.aspx that discusses links between probiotics, obesity, frequency of bowel movements, and inflammation.
(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 chrismasterjohnphd.com/balancing-methionine-and-glycine-in-foods-the-database/.
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
“Methylene Blue:” Amazing Benefits for Treating Alzheimer’s and UTIs, from 1876
from Mercola: articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2022/04/17/methylene-blue-health-benefits.aspx; he shuts-down each new article after 24 hours, so I saved as a pdf: HEALTH_NUTRITION > PODCASTS-ARTICLES > MERCOLA / MethyleneBlue-HealthBenefits_MCL_041722.pdf. Here’s his “Story at a Glance:”
- “Methylene blue helps mitochondrial respiration and improves brain energy metabolism. By doing that, it can improve cognitive performance and prevent neurodegeneration
- Methylene blue is the parent molecule for hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, off-patent drugs commonly used to treat not only malaria but also COVID-19
- Emergency rooms around the world use it, as it’s the only known antidote for metabolic poisons causing methemoglobinemia, which is when a metabolic poison interferes with the transport of oxygen in hemoglobin
- Methylene blue is a hormetic drug, so low doses have the opposite effect of high doses
- Low doses, 0.5 mg to 1 mg per kilo of bodyweight, are recommended for nonacute, longer-term treatments. Uses include the prevention and treatment of dementia, post-stroke and other brain injuries, cognitive enhancement, and the general optimization of health if you’re already healthy”
Other links of interest on this topic:
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: d13p2xj50zkyqm.cloudfront.net/promos/health/SOL/AstaVida_101717/AstavidaLabel.jpg
CARM has four stages, plus one additional ingredient (#5):
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Alpha Lipoic Acid, an anti-aging wonder helps protect your brain from age-related decline. 200 mg/serving.
- Vitamin E (d-alpha tocopherol, 134 g (200 IU)/serving
MTHFR Gene and Methylation
(from Chris Masterjohn, PhD); chrismasterjohnphd.com/2018/07/07/start-here-for-mthfr-and-methylation/ – 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: thorne.com/take-5-daily/article/what-is-methylation-and-why-should-you-care-about-it by Dr. Allan Miller, ND, for lots more on this topic.
See my notes on Whey Protein Can Help Prevent Muscle Loss (Sarcopenia).
Reasons to Eat More Mushrooms
From Green Med Into: greenmedinfo.com/blog/21-reasons-add-oyster-mushrooms-your-meals. Below is the list; read article for more details:
“Oyster mushrooms stand out among fungi for their mild seafood-like flavor nd carnivorous tendencies. Plus otter mushrooms support human health by protecting your bones and liver, warding off diabetes, providing antioxidants and much more. …..
- Bone protection;
- Blood sugar reduction / Anti-diabetes effects
- Immune System Support
- Anticancer effects [see also “Mushrooms & Breast Cancer” below]
- Liver Protection
- Gastrointestinal agent
- Cell cycle arrest
- Cholesterol lowering agent
- Caspase-3 activation (anticancer)
- Caspase-9 activation (anticancer)
- P21 activation (anticancer)
- Tumor suppressor protein p53 upregulation, yielding potential therapeutic and preventive effects on breast and colon cancers”
Mushrooms & Breast Cancer
From an Ocean Robbins email (4/22/22):
“Researchers from the University of Western Australia conducted a study of 2,000 women and came to a stunning conclusion:
Women who consumed at least a third of an ounce of fresh-cooked mushrooms every day (about one mushroom per day) were 64% less likely to develop breast cancer.
Even more impressive, women who combined eating mushrooms with regular green tea consumption saw an even more significant benefit.
These women reduced their breast cancer risk by an astounding 89%!”
7 Mushrooms for Longer Lifespan
from Green Med Info (GMI): Eat These 7 Mushrooms – Live Longer:
Here’s the list; for more detail, see the GMI article
- Golden Oyster
- Lions Mane
Five Therapeutic Properties of Medicinal Mushrooms, from Green Med Info. It includes list of scientific studies pertinent to each of the five properties. The 5 properties are (see GMI article for more detail):
Mushrooms to Cut Pain and Other Symptoms of Herpes in Half
from Green Med Info: greenmedinfo.health/blog/medicinal-mushrooms-cut-herpes-suffering-time-half. 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: hormonesbalance.com/articles/the-healing-frequency-of-music-an-interview-with-renowned-musician-author-and-speaker-michael-tyrell/, and YouTube: youtube.com/watch?v=zqiPDADqSCw )
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?” (http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/confirmed-snake-oil-works-better-pharma-pills). See also related article, http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/why-natural-medicine-not-alternative.
Neck Hump, a.k.a. Buffalo Hump, Dowager’s Hump
See Posture Issues: Neck Hump (Forward Head Posture), below.
Neuropathic (Nerve) Tingling, Pain Relief:
I’ve been dealing with tingling in my toes and feet for several years now; it especially bothers me at night after I go to bed. One thing that helps is to spray “magnesium oil” on the skin of my feet, and then gently rub it in, especially around and between the toes. But I have to do this every night, and I’m concerned the day may come when it no longer helps.
I also take a tincture combo (3-times daily) to improve movement of blood through my arteries and veins, especially in my feet, and that helps with the tingling also. The tincture includes: Hawthorne berries, Yellow clover, Broom-tops, Horse Chestnut, Prickly ash (not the same as prickly pear), and ginger root.
Then I found this article from NerveControl911: nervecontrol911.com/nc911erfmv1/index_ef.php. It’s a long article; here are some critical info I saved from the article:
- “The enzyme MMP-13 is the root cause of nerve pain. … It is dormant in healthy bodies, but certain things like: air pollution, blue light from screens, metal in the water, and unhealthy western diets all trigger the MMP-13 enzyme.”
- MMP-13 is not the only enzyme that can trigger issues. There are “other inflammation triggering enzymes that are known to create “Pain Pathways” throughout the body … such as COX-2, PGE-2, 5-LOX, TNF-Alpha, iNOS, RNS, and NF Kappa B (NF-kB).”
So why not address all of them at the same time? “Nerve Control 911” (PHYTAGE brand) is a nerve-calming supplement formula that contains the following herbal ingredients:
- California poppy “is shown to relieve nerve pain, blood vessel problems, and is also used for sleep and mood disturbances.”
- Corydalis ynahusuo: “The specific compound dehydrocorybulbine (DHCB) derived from the root of this herbal medicine plant has been shown to reduce both inflammatory and neuropathic pain.“
- Passion flower “further alleviates nerve pain, nervous stress and anxiety, and helps facilitate a more restful night’s sleep.“
- Prickly pear cactus is full of anti-oxidants that “can further protect our cells from damage caused by free radicals and therefore reduce oxidative stress. Antioxidants can benefit everyone, regardless of age and preexisting conditions.”
- Marshmallow root‘s “ability to hold on to water carries over in your system. That means the water literally sticks to your insides, which has a moistening and soothing effect on you internally. This is beneficial not only to fighting swelling (inflammation) and improving your hydration, but also your digestive system, including your stomach and intestinal lining, your respiratory system, your urinary tract — even your skin.“
See also: phytagelaboratories.com/products/nerve-control-911 or Amazon (B08LCPHJ27). If you take its recommended daily dose every day for 30 days, the neuropathy symptoms should be completely gone. However, the supplement contains magnesium stearate, which can cause other problems. For this reason, I will check with Swan Valley Herbs to see if they can make this combo in a tincture, or as a powdered mix.
Swan Valley Herbs also sells a “WS/PN” pain relieving tincture that contains white willow bark, skullcap and lobelia that can help with nerve pain.
2/3/22 update: I went to Swan Valley Herbs today to see if they could make a tincture of the herbs listed above (from “Nerve Control 911” supplement). They made a 2 oz sample tincture combo of Prickly Pear, Passion Flower, and Marshmallow Root, which I will try with dose of 2-droppers-full, 3-times/day (before breakfast, before dinner, and before bed). They do not have California Poppy nor Corydalis tinctures, so could not include them.
Swan Valley Herbs also sells a “WS/PN” pain relieving tincture that contains white willow bark, skullcap and lobelia that can help with nerve pain; I feel its beneficial affects within 10 minutes of taking the tincture.
[Cat’s note: white willow bark is the original, natural “aspirin” used by Native Americans long before white people invaded their territories. This herb contains the active ingredient, salicylic acid. Pharmaceutical companies developed a synthetic form that they patented as “acetyl salicylic acid,” which they call “aspirin.” But the synthetic form causes issues if you take it frequently; white willow bark is generally safer than the synthetic form.]
This info moved to Nuts (About).
Five Body signs of Nutritional Deficiencies
from Dr. Jockers: drjockers.com/5-body-signs-nutritional-deficiencies/; see article for more detail. NOTE: his article includes a sales pitch for his supplements, but you can always use your own fav brands….
- Hair loss and skin rash;
- Oral health problems;
- Muscular cramps in legs;
- Itchy red rashes, acne, and blemishes; and
- Abnormal sensations in hands and feet.
He also discusses 5 reasons for micronutrient deficiencies:
- Low stomach acid levels;
- Leaky gut syndrome;
- Poor diet;
- Blood sugar imbalances; and
- Chronic stress.
Onions: Health Benefits
Five Reasons to Eat More Onions
from Green Med Info: greenmedinfo.com/blog/five-reasons-eat-more-onions
- Support Heart Health (onions are rich in anti-oxidants; they also reduce systolic blood pressure);
- Fight Oxidative Stress (onions are rich in anti-oxidants such as anthocyanins);
- Improve Skin and Hair Health (onion extract gel may be useful for wound healing);
- Provide Anti-Cancer Benefits (onions contain quercetin, a form of CoQ-10), which may inhibit growth of tumors);
- Help Fight Diabetes (by lowering blood sugar levels).
Back, Neck and Shoulder Pain Exercise
see video: erasemybackpain.org/?hop=webe23
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.
From Green Med Info: How to Clean your Arteries with One Simple Fruit. See the article more more detail. The following is from the article’s introduction:
“Despite the fact that pomegranate treatment actually increased cholesterol levels associated with very low density lipoprotein-sized particles, the treatment both reduced the size of the atherosclerotic plaques in the aortic sinus (the dilated opening above the aortic valve) and reduced the proportion of coronary arteries with occlusive atherosclerotic plaques.
Remarkably, the researchers also found that pomegranate extract treatment resulted in the following 7 beneficial effects:
- Reduced levels of oxidative stress
- Reduced monocytie chemotactic protein-1, a chemical messenger (chemokine) associated with inflammatory processes within the arteries.
- Reduced lipid accumulation in the heart muscle
- Reduced macrophage infiltration in the heart muscle
- Reduced levels of monocyte chemotactic protein-1 and fibrosis in the myocardium
- Reduced cardiac enlargement
- Reduced ECG abnormalities.“
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.
- Dr. Alan Christianson: The Truth About Parasites: Avoiding, Treating, Defeating, which also includes a video: youtube.com/watch?v=Y_75zJyo5aM. I saved text as pdf: TruthAboutParasites-AvoidingTreatingDefeating_DrAChritianson.pdf. Lots of good info here.
- Dr. Jockers: drjockers.com/mimosa-pudica-parasites/. Also has lots of good info about parasites in general, as well as about his favorite anti-parasitic herb: Mimosa Pudica.
Natural Treatment for Parasites
I’ve dealt with parasites for many years; they are the primary cause of my “leaky gut.” Some live in the colon; others in organs like the liver or heart. Most are easy to eliminate using herbal remedies like Black Walnut and Wormwood (as tinctures or powdered in capsules). But one very common parasite has been difficult for me: ascaris or large roundworm.
Ascaris worm lives its adult life in the colon, and produces eggs that turn into young larvae that migrate to the lungs where they wrap themselves in bio-film* (a kind of cocoon) which protects them from most medicines (herbal and pharmaceutical). When they start to become tiny adults, they move up the bronchial tube to the back of your throat where they make you cough them up so you will swallow them into the esophagus so they can travel to the colon. Sometimes when you cough them up, you can spit them out. Those that make it to the colon grow as adults and produce more eggs and the cycle continues.
‘* NOTE: many supplements contain stearic acid or stearate as an “other ingredient;” it should be avoided as much as possible, as it forms a bio-film in the gut, which then protects parasites.
I’ve tried many remedies over more than 30 years, and finally got rid of the adults in my colon (avoiding stearate played an important role in that success), but soon after, larvae in the lungs migrate toward the colon. I’ve gotten better at recognizing when I need to cough them up into my mouth so I can spit them out. Eventually, I will get rid of them altogether.
Commonly recommended herbal treatments include, but are not limited to (from Dr. Christianson’s article – see link above):
- 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)).
Others I’ve used are bracken fern and woodfern which are more specific for Ascaris.
Dr. Jockers Herbal recommendations for parasite treatment (includes antimicrobial and anti-fungal treatment), from https://drjockers.com/12-herbs-kill-parasites-naturally/
- Black Walnut
- Sweet Wormwood
- Mimosa Pudica (see also his link, above)
- Grapefruit Seed (extract); it is “highly effective against candida overgrowth”
- Worm Seed (Chenapodium ambrosides)
- Vidanga (an Ayruvedic herb)
- Passion flower
- Clove (spice)
Toxoplasma gondii (single-cell parasite that causes Toxoplasmosis)
I learned about this from a supplement sales-pitch text and video on HealthSecret.com (by Jonathan Otto). The quoted references that follow are from the reference section of the HealthSecret.com article.
About the parasite: from cdc.gov: toxoplasma gondii parasite
This is a single-cell parasite, that may or may not show symptoms. “Healthy people who become infected with Toxoplasma gondii often do not have symptoms because their immune system usually keeps the parasite from causing illness. When illness occurs, it is usually mild with “flu-like” symptoms (e.g., tender lymph nodes, muscle aches, etc.) that last for weeks to months and then go away. However, the parasite remains in the person’s body in an inactive state. It can become reactivated if the person becomes immunosuppressed.“
About the signs & symptoms of the infection: from cdc.gov: toxoplasmosis disease
These may vary:
- “Most people who become infected with Toxoplasma gondii are not aware of it because they have no symptoms at all.
- Some … may feel as if they have the “flu” with swollen lymph glands or muscle aches and pains that may last for a month or more.
- Severe toxoplasmosis, causing damage to the brain, eyes, or other organs, can develop from an acute Toxoplasma infection or one that had occurred earlier in life and is now reactivated. Severe toxoplasmosis is more likely in individuals who have weak immune systems, though occasionally, even persons with healthy immune systems may experience eye damage from toxoplasmosis.
- …Occular toxoplasmosis can include reduced vision, blurred vision, pain (often with bright light), redness of the eye, and sometimes tearing. Ophthalmologists sometimes prescribe medicine to treat active disease. Whether or not medication is recommended depends on the size of the eye lesion, the location, and the characteristics of the lesion (acute active, versus chronic not progressing). An ophthalmologist will provide the best care for ocular toxoplasmosis.
- Most infants who are infected while still in the womb have no symptoms at birth, but they may develop symptoms later in life. A small percentage of infected newborns have serious eye or brain damage at birth.“
About ingredients of ParaPurify Supplement: from HealthSecret.com (about anti-parasitic supplement ingredients): ParaPurify (anti-parasitic supplement) ingredients
The list is as follows:
- “Organic mimosa pudica: Works its way through the intestinal walls, pulling out parasites, toxins, heavy metals, biofilms, and other unwanted elements to provide immune and digestive support.
- Organic black walnut hull powder: Black walnut contains juglone, which has been shown to be effective at expelling parasites from the body.
- Fulvic mineral powder: This nutrient-rich, soil-based compound supports detoxification, parasite removal, digestive health, and immune health.
- Humic acid powder: This mineral-rich substance made from humus supports intestinal health and detoxification.
- Organic Triphala powder: This staple of Ayurvedic healing nourishes the digestive tract, supports colon cleansing and detoxification, supports a healthy inflammatory response, and provides antioxidant benefits.
- Organic neem leaf powder: Another Ayurvedic healing nutrient that supports parasite removal, detoxification, immune function, gastrointestinal health, liver, and skin health.
- Organic wormwood herb powder: A natural herb containing compounds such as artemisinin that help cleanse the body of harmful organisms such as parasites. It also supports liver and digestive health.
- Additional ingredients include organic clove powder, organic aloe vera extract, and organic garlic extract.”
Parkinson’s Disease; also memory & anxiety
- Parkinson’s disease may originate in the gastrointestinal tract. Researchers 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: greenmedinfo.com/blog/home-pelvic-floor-therapy-how-do-pelvic-floor-exercises.
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: isa.pelvicpainrelief.com/fpa-2020-sj-masterclass35674352
Symptoms of weak pelvic floor include:
- Pelvic organ prolapse (see womenshealth.gov/a-z-topics/pelvic-organ-prolapse)
- Urinary incontinence (see womenshealth.gov/a-z-topics/urinary-incontinence)
- Fecal incontinence (see mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/fecal-incontinence/symptoms-causes/syc-20351397)
- Fecal obstruction (see ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3348733/)
- Vulvodynia (pain in the vulva) (see nva.org/what-is-vulvodynia/)
- Dyspareunia (painful sexual intercourse) (see mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/painful-intercourse/symptoms-causes/syc-20375967)
- Inability to achieve orgasm
- Painful urination
- Pressure or feeling full in the pelvis
- Pelvic pain
- Muscle Spasms
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: kellybroganmd.mykajabi.com/the-hidden-super-powers-of-eating-raw. 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: kellybroganmd.mykajabi.com/vital-life-project-offer-gmi
Neck Hump (Forward Head Posture):
5 Easy exercises for neck hump (forward head posture). See:
- Original 10-minute YouTube video, “How to Fix Forward Head Posture (from a Chiropractor):” youtube.com/watch?v=6C-wfV27bzI&feature=emb_rel_pause (from BackIntelligence.com)
- PDF version, including 5 exercises: 2 versions:
- Cat’s transcription: Exercises-FwdHeadPosture (12-pages, without Q&As; saved CATSFORK>PDF files);
- original page: backintelligence.com/how-to-fix-forward-head-posture/#C3; if download as pdf, it is 35 pages long, including Q&As).
“My Favorite Exercises for Fixing a Neck Hump” (from Mercola: articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2021/02/12/neck-hump.aspx; and YouTube video: youtube.com/watch?v=T43753AfaKY
This is one of my posture issues, along with anterior pelvic tilt, and I recently got help from a Physical Therapist for both these issues, and I’m always open to trying new exercises, so this Mercola article intrigued me. Here are the exercises (I’ve also created a pdf version of this transcription [saved CATSFORK > PDF FILES > POSTURE]):
- YWTL Exercise – This exercise works by stretching your thoracic spine from top to bottom:
- First, raise your arms in the air with your palms facing forward — this is the “Y” position.
- Then pull your arms awkward and hold for about 30 seconds.
- From there, move your arms down to the “W” position, still pulling your arms back and with your elbows pointing down. Hold this for another 30 seconds.
- Next, spread your arms, with your palms still facing forward, into a “T” position, pulling your arms as far back as you can and holding for 30 seconds.
- The final step is moving your arms into the “L” position with your elbows at your sides. Really pull your forearms back and hold them for 30 seconds.
- Pull Arm/Tilt Head
- Place your hands behind your back and grab your wrist.
- Then straighten your elbows and pull your arms back while squeezing your shoulder blades together.
- Tilt your head back and hold the position for about 30 seconds. Breathe out while you’re leaning back.
- Arm Up/Turn and Tilt
- Stand facing a wall.
- Slide your right arm up the wall, then turn your head to the right and tilt your head backward.
- Hold for about 15 seconds.
- Repeat the sequence three times. Be careful not to get dizzy.
- Next, do the same sequence on your left side.
Proteins in the diet:
from TTAC (The Truth About Cancer). Best sources of protein:
- Grass-fed & finished meats, pastured eggs and dairy, and wild-caught fish/seafood.
- 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.”
- Dairy whey (from grass-fed/pastured dairy).
- 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 psoriasis.org: “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 nikkihawkes.com: “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.