Deb Headworth

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alfalfa – cholesterol, allergies, blood sugar, arthritis

In allergy, arthritis, blood sugar, bursitis, cholesterol, digestion, heart disease, hot flash, IBS, liver, sinus, steroids on November 30, 2008 at 4:37 am

Alfalfa, the king of plants

  • reduces cholesterol
  • reduces blood sugar levels 
  • enzymes break down food
  • thins mucas (sinus, intestinal)
  • alleviates allergies / congestion
  • promotes liver health
  • detoxifies the body
  • relieve pain and stiffness of arthritis/bursitis
  • anti-cancer activity because of isoflavone/phytoestrogens content
  • alleviate postmenopausal “hot flashes”. 1
  • If cut before it blooms, alfalfa is low in fiber and high in energy. 
  • improves soil structure and condition, and controls weeds in subsequent crop rotations.
  • Alfalfa is a good source of protein, B-complex vitamins, and certain minerals, including calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, and potassium.
  • Alfalfa could help prevent fatigue associated with vitamin/mineral deficiency or protein energy malnutrition in disadvantaged parts of the world. 
  • absorbs significant quantities of cholesterol. The direct interaction of saponins and cholesterol is thought to be responsible for the ability of alfalfa and other saponin-containing plant materials to reverse diet induced cholesterolemia in rats. Alfalfa saponins also interact with cholesterol found in intestinal cell membranes. This potentially alters cholesterol metabolism by interfering with intestinal absorption of cholesterol. 3
  • absorbs bile acids in the small intestine which then enter the large intestine and are eliminated along with steroids.  Since steroids normally facilitate cholesterol absorption, their elimination provides another possible mechanism to reverse or prevent cholesterolemia. 4
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References

  1. Alfalfa, Supplementwatch.com, 2002 
  2. International Forage Factsheet Series, http://www.forages.css.orst.edu/Topics/Species/Legumes/Alfalfa/International_Fact_Sheet.html
  3. Hwang J, Sevanian A, Hodis H, Ursini F. Synergistic Inhibition of LDL Oxidation by Phytoestrogens and Ascorbic Acid. Free Radical Biol Med, 29(1); 2000:79-89; Malinow M, McLaughlin P, Stafford C, Livingston A, Kohler G. Alfalfa saponins and alfalfa seeds. Atherosclerosis, 37;1980:433-438; Molgaard J, von Schenck H, Olsson A. Alfalfa seeds lower low density lipoprotein cholesterol and apolipoprotein B concentrations in patients with type II hyperlipoproteinemia. Atherosclerosis, 65,1987:173-79.
  4. Story J, LePage S, Petro M, West L, Cassidy M, Lightfoot F, Vahouny G. Interactions of alfalfa plant and sprout

 

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Cold / Flu: Survive and conquer!

In cold, flu, infection, influenza, nutriferon, sinus, stress on November 26, 2008 at 6:47 pm

Safe, non chemical treatments – powerful immune support

*Pregnant women and people with liver conditions should always consult their health care provider before supplementing with vitamin A.

Chemical treatments

  • antipyretics, antihistamines, cough preparations, decongestants, antibiotics (for bacterial infections not virus)

Side effects of medications

  • insomnia, hyper-excitability, dry mouth, constipation, drowsiness, blood sugar fluctuations, heart palpitations, death

Causes

  • COLD: virus.
  • BACTERIAL INFECTION: lowered immunity and stress.

Transmitted by

  • breathing and sneezing
  • direct mucous membrane contact with virus from contaminated hands, skin, eyes, nose or other surfaces (even furniture)
  • psychological stress can increase the risk and severity of viral infections

Statistics – annual  (from National Institute for Health / Center for  Disease control)

  • FLU: 10,000 to 30,000 diabetics die from complications
  • FLU: 108,000,000 cases of flu are reported in US
  • FLU: 75 million work days are lost due to flu
  • COLD: 22 million school days are lost to common cold

Symptoms

  • COLD  rhinorrhea, sneezing, nasal stuffiness, throat clearing, postnasal drip, cough, nasal obstruction, sore throat, cough, pharyngitis, laryngitis, headach, malaise, fever, ear & sinus problems.
  • INFLUENZA same as cold puls tracheobronchitis, pneumonia, chills, fever, headach, muscular aches/pains, malaise, fatigue, lack of appetite

 more about cold / flu

 mild excercise helps mice overcome flu

 

 

 

Chronic Fatigue, allergies, insomnia– caused by Mercury Poisoning?

In ADD, allergy, alzheimer's, autism, candida, chemicals, chronic fatigue, cleanses, Fertility, intestine, Menstrual disorders, mercury poisoning, metal poisoning, sinus on November 17, 2008 at 5:18 am

mercury

Mercury Poisoning   

1.  What is it?         

2.  Symptoms?         

3.  Exposure? 

 

Solutions  

1. Remove poison           

2. Rebuild          

3. Repair DNA         

4. Maintain & Prevent

 

 

 

 

Cloudy, throbbing, stuffed up?

In allergy, cleanses, cold, flu, infection, prevention, sinus on October 15, 2008 at 1:41 am

When the leaves fall, do your airways constrict and sinuses congest?  Do your throbbing headaches prevent you from enjoying the fall colors?  I remember when my eyes would tear up so badly that a film would cloud my vision and cover my contact lenses.  It’d  make everything from driving to reading difficult.  So, I’d wear my glasses, wipe my eyes and hope for the best.  That is, until infection set in.

The allergy whirlwind 

  • clear, runny nose
  • cracking ears
  • sore throat
  • constricted airways
  • constricted sinus cavities
  • thicker mucas
  • cloudy vision
  • headache
  • neck ache
  • swollen glands
  • infection sets in
  • productivity & focus depletes
  • miserable

Old, broken techniques

Here’s what I used to do…

  • blow nose
  • wipe eyes
  • take allergy meds
  • sleep more
  • drink more water
  • eat comfort food (ie. chocolate malt ball ice-cream)
  • wear glasses instead of contacts
  • get antibiotics from my doctor
  • finish antibiotic cycle
  • two weeks later, get antibiotics again
  • all fall, winter and spring
  • summer was my only hope, untill ragweed blooming.  Arggghhh!

Sound familiar?

Sing a new song.  “Free at last!”

I’ve learned some simple and effective techniques to help overcome and avoid this cumbersome cycle.   I hope they help you!

  • Raise the immune system so histamine isn’t produced when in contact with ‘allergens’.   How? 
  • Avoid sugar (which lowers the immune system and uses up antioxidants).
  • Distinguish acquired allergies from actual allergies; avoid actual allergens
  • Thin the mucas.  How? 
    • alfalfa (thins mucas, reduces inflamation & raises immunity.) 
    • What if you’re allergic to grasses?  Don’t worry, for most people Shaklee’s alfalfa isn’t allergy causing because we only use the leaves, not the stems of the plant.  Also, we only use mature alfalfa leaves so the root systems go deep into the soil.  Why is this important?  When you take our alfalfa, you get the trace minerals found deep within the earth which can raise your immunity. 
    • Take acidophilus to thin intestinal mucas.  Much of the immune system effectiveness is in the intestine.
    • Hydrate with purified water to thin the mucas and avoid infection.
    • Avoid mucas producing foods like dairy.
  • If congested, irrigate the sinuses immediately.   This removes excessive thick mucas, kills infection and reduces inflamation. 
  • Soothe sore throat with echanacea & zinc
  • Kill infection
  • Breathe clean air.

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Allergies – symptoms? … seizures?

In allergy, bumpy arms, cold, infection, sinus on September 17, 2008 at 4:53 am

Allergy symptoms:  asthma, seizures,… death?

Often sufferers don’t realize that symptoms are caused by allergies because allergies can affect the entire body.  Here are some examples:

  • RESPIRATORY:  asthma, rhinitis, hay fever, wheezing, sinus/ear infections, headaches, fever
  • SKIN: swelling (tingling) of lips, throat, larnyx, eczema (atopic dermatitis), hives / itching, skin sores, raised bumps on back of arm, heat
  • GASTROINTESTINAL: stomach pain, vomitting, diarrhea, constipation
  • CARDIOVASCULAR:  severe drop in blood pressure, shock, irregular heartbeat
  • MIND / NERVES: fatigue, seizures, anxiety, ADD, dizziness, learning difficulties, loss of consciousness, death