About Dr. Group

Dr. Edward F. Group III founded Global Healing Center in 1998 with the goal of providing the highest quality natural health information and products. He is world-renowned for his research on the root cause of disease. Under his leadership, Global Healing Center earned recognition as one of the largest natural and organic health resources in the world. Dr. Group is a veteran of the United States Army and has attended both Harvard and MIT business schools. He is a best-selling author and a frequent guest on radio and television programs, documentary films, and in major publications. Dr. Group centers his philosophy around the understanding that the root cause of disease stems from the accumulation of toxins in the body and is exacerbated by daily exposure to a toxic living environment. He believes it is his personal mission to teach and promote philosophies that produce good health, a clean environment, and positive thinking. This, he believes, can restore happiness and love to the world.

Anxiety May Originate In Your Gut!

How many times have you followed your “gut instinct” as a method for determining what you should or shouldn’t do in a particular situation? Have you ever felt anxiety fluttering its relentless wings in the center of your stomach? It might not be simple nervousness. The human gut is often called the “second brain,” and for very good reason. Research has begun to understand the link between mood and behavior and how they are directly affected by the bacteria in the gut. The gut, and not just the brain, is one of the main originators of anxiety. Bacteria and Mood: What’s the Link? Gastrointestinal ailments are frequently associated with anxiety and imbalanced mood, and many researchers theorize that affected persons could alleviate symptoms simply by balancing the gut microbiota with more beneficial bacteria. [1] Speculation over other mental disorders, like autism, has also been strongly linked with imbalances in intestinal flora. [2] Bacteria in the gut are responsible for a number of metabolic and biological process within the body. Brain health and mood stabilization is something that is deeply affected by the balance of good bacteria in the intestinal flora. A study from McMaster University recently verified this notion, observing just how powerful the gut is at influencing brain chemistry and behavior. In the study, researchers disrupted normal gut bacteria count in healthy mice by administering antibiotics, bacteria-killing medicines that destroy all bacteria in its path — including good bacteria. Following disruption of the normal flora balance, mice became less cautious, and changes in the animals’ brain-derived neurotrophic factor — a protein associated with mood disorders — increased significantly. Upon discontinuing antibiotics, gut bacteria normalized and brain chemistry was restored to pre-study levels. Researchers in this study noted that, while many factors play a role in dictating mood and mental health, bacteria in the gut strongly influences behavior and can be noticeably disrupted during antibiotic administration. This conclusion leads many to believe that the use of probiotics, beneficial bacteria found to influence serotonin levels, the immune system, and digestion, may be a helpful therapeutic tool for behavioral disorders. [3] Serotonin: The Gut’s Mood-Boosting Neurotransmitter About 90% of serotonin is found in the intestinal tract, and roughly 5-10% in the brain. [4] In fact, a healthy intestinal tract may correlate with healthy levels of serotonin, a monoamine neurotransmitter responsible for regulating mood. Around 1 trillion bacteria live in the gut and around 100 million neurons also reside in the intestines, blasting the myth that our neural health is influenced only by the brain. Really, when it comes down to it, keeping the entire body healthy is the only way to maintain a proper mood balance. Promoting Mental Health Through a Healthy Gut Maintaining digestive health by eating natural foods, especially those with probiotic qualities, and drinking plenty of purified water, may be helpful for promoting normal mental health. Exercise, daily sunlight exposure, and increasing probiotic intake may all be helpful ways to boost serotonin levels and [...]

2018-04-28T02:27:01+00:00 By |

How Do Laxatives Work for Constipation?

Laxative are usually the first thing people think about when contemplating a remedy for constipation relief. Laxatives, however, only address the symptoms and not the underlying factors that bring about constipation. Most people associate the term “laxative” with “a pill that makes you go” without giving much thought to exactly how it makes your body do something it seems to be so stubbornly fighting against. There are different types of laxatives and they all work differently. Laxatives usually fall into three categories: osmotic laxatives, stimulant laxatives, and bulk-forming laxatives. What are Osmotic Laxatives? Osmotic Laxatives pull fluid into the intestines in a process that may take days. This increases the fluid content of the stool, (hopefully) helping the blockage to pass… by turning it into diarrhea. As you may imagine, osmotic laxatives can cause dehydration, electrolyte depletion, and even cramping and bloating due to gas buildup. What are Stimulant Laxatives? Stimulant laxatives are made with harsh, possibly toxic chemicals or herbs that cause the intestinal muscles to spasm and contract. Stimulant laxatives are mildly redeeming in that they work quickly, usually a few hours, but can cause the same diarrhea, dehydration, and gas-related pain as osmotic laxatives. When overused, stimulant laxatives can cause long-term damage to sensitive intestinal linings. Also, because the intestines can quickly grow dependent on stimulant laxatives to even have a bowel movement, dependency is possible. A condition known as “lazy bowel syndrome,” can result from long term use. This is essentially chronic constipation due to loss of bowel muscle tone and strength. What are Bulk-Forming Laxatives? Bulk-forming laxatives use absorbent materials (usually dead fiber) to increase overall stool mass. As stool increases in size, the bowels force out the mass. Fiber and increased stool mass are both good things, but bulk-forming laxatives have the potential to further clog the bowels. Psyllium, used in most over-the-counter fiber laxatives, is a common herbal ingredient in OTC bulk laxatives. Reports of allergic reactions to psyllium have occurred. Long-term use of products containing psyllium may affect absorption of essential vitamins and minerals. What’s the Best Alternative? For dealing with constipation, I recommend oxygen based colon cleansers that use monatomic oxygen (O1) to safely and effectively clean and liquefy compaction from the small and large intestines. These can be used on a regular basis without harmful side effects. Oxy-Powder® is the most effective oxygen based colon cleanser available. After you’ve taken care of your constipation, take inventory of your life and habits and try to weed out the cause. If changes in your diet are necessary, take a look at my body cleansing diet, designed to not only provide a plan for healthy eating, it’s meant to help cleanse your body. If you’re looking for a supplement that can help cleanse your body internally, check out OXY-POWDER in the AlrightStore. †Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Global Healing Center does [...]

2018-04-28T03:42:35+00:00 By |

The 6 Best Vegan Supplements

As a vegan, making sure you get adequate nutrition is very important. Since many vitamins and minerals are more readily available from animal sources, it’s important to know how taking certain supplements could affect your health. Fortunately, a vegan diet can be quite nutritious and contain most of the essential nutrients you need. Still, there are some minerals and vitamins you may be missing. Here are just a few of the best supplements every vegan (and non-vegan) should know about. Six Vegan Supplements You Should Have Being a vegan has its share of benefits, but there are also some drawbacks you should be aware of. Vegan diets are missing crucial nutrients, like vitamin B12 and even vitamin D, so supplementing should definitely be on every vegan’s mind. While plant foods do provide an assortment of nutrients, some of them may be on the low end. Here’s six supplements you should be considering taking if you’re following the vegan lifestyle: 1. B12 One of the essential B-complex nutrients, B12 maintains brain and nervous system health. But getting enough is crucial, since low levels could also lead to anemia or even pregnancy complications. [1] [2] Unfortunately for vegans, it can be difficult getting enough B12 from plant sources; however, a vegan B12 supplement could be a great option. I highly recommend supplementing with VeganSafe™ B-12, a vegan-friendly formula that contains two of the most bioactive forms of the vitamin. If you’re looking for a supplement that can improve B-12 deficiency, check out VEGANSAFE B-12. 2. Iron Since your red blood cells use iron to transport oxygen and nutrients, not getting enough could lead to anemia. Of the two types of iron, non-heme, found in plant sources, is harder for the body to absorb. What this means is that vegans and vegetarians can have lower iron stores in the blood. This is why supplementing with iron is so important. Also, keep in mind that eating non-heme iron foods with vitamin C foods can actually increase absorption! If you don’t get enough iron in your diet, a plant-based supplement like Iron Fuzion™ can help you meet your daily requirements. If you’re looking for a supplement to increase your iron levels, check out IRON FUZION at the AlrightStore. 3. Zinc Found in every cell in the body, zinc helps with everything from maintaining your immune system to aiding reproduction. [3] And, while zinc can be found in vegetable sources, phytates in plants can actually bind to the mineral and weaken absorption. Taking additional zinc is highly recommended for vegetarians and vegans because of this. Since the body lacks any kind of zinc storage system, zinc orotate is one form that passes quickly and easily through cell membranes, allowing the body to get the most of the mineral. 4. Enzymes No matter what your diet, supplementing with enzymes can provide your body a great deal of help. There are some studies that suggest proteolytic enzymes could reduce irritation in the body, [...]

2018-04-27T23:53:00+00:00 By |

12 Ways to Support Your Immune System Naturally

Your immune system is your frontline defense against environmental toxins, viruses, bacteria, and other harmful microorganisms. Unfortunately, the toxins present in today’s world are weakening the human immune system at an ever-increasing rate and there’s only so much we can do to control what we’re exposed to. On the flip side, certain tools and supplements can help support your immune system. What Is the Immune System and Why Does It Need Support Your immune system is your body’s security system. It’s your natural defense against harmful organisms that cause sickness and contagious outbreaks. You come in contact with these agents every day and most are neutralized by your immune system without you even knowing it. However, if your immune system is weak, it may not win the battle against invading organisms, and that’s when you can get sick. The quality of your immune system relies on you — what you eat, what you’re exposed to, your physical health, and even your mental health. Suffice to say, you can support your immune system with nutrition, you can support it by bolstering your defenses and reducing the invading microorganisms it has to defend against, and you can support it by having good physical and mental health. 12 Ways to Boost Your Immune System Naturally A healthy diet devoid of refined sugar and processed foods is one of the best ways to support your immune system and physical exercise is also important. While these methods are helpful, they aren’t always enough. In a world where toxins run rampant and exposure is difficult to avoid, we really need to take extra precautions. Here are 12 ways to support your immune system naturally. 1. Probiotics The good bacteria in your gut are known as probiotics and are responsible for supporting digestion, combating harmful organisms, and keeping your immune system in check. Considering that 70% majority of your immune system resides in your gut, maintaining a balance of probiotic bacteria is essential for nurturing your immune defenses.[1, 2] Probiotic-rich foods like kombucha, sauerkraut, and kefir, or a high-quality, probiotic supplement can help balance your ratio of good to bad bacteria. A probiotic supplement like Latero-Flora™ is another effective way to encourage good balance. If you’re looking for a supplement that can improve your gut health, check out LATERO-FLORA at the AlrightStore. 2. Intestinal Cleansing Whether you’re on the road, at your computer, eating, or sleeping on a toxic mattress, it’s a safe bet that you’re exposed to toxins 24 hours a day. Most toxins take up residence in your intestines to wreak havoc on your health by degrading your immune system and weakening your defenses. Regular intestinal cleansing with an oxygen based colon cleanser like Oxy-Powder® can support your immune system by providing a balanced, clean environment for probiotic bacteria to thrive. The positive benefits of intestinal cleansing with Oxy-Powder® are enhanced when it’s paired with a good probiotic supplement. If you’re looking for a supplement that can improve your intestinal [...]

2018-04-28T02:10:10+00:00 By |

What Is Coral Calcium?

Calcium supplements have become very popular and are generally thought to be an effective way to promote healthy bone density. Indeed, calcium does have benefits but it’s important to understand there are various forms of calcium and they all behave a little differently. Some supplements are worthwhile and some are merely the work of scoundrels trying to capitalize on false pretenses. Before you invest in a calcium supplement it’s wise to understand a few things about calcium. What is Coral Calcium? Calcium is available in many forms- calcium carbonate, calcium citrate, calcium orotate, and that just names a few. Coral calcium, a form of calcium carbonate, is exactly what the name implies. It is calcium sourced from fossilized coral sources and is the most common form of calcium on the planet. A small, invertebrate animal polyp secretes a limey substance that hardens into the coral structure. This substance is calcium carbonate. If that description creates questions in your head about the sustainability of coral calcium harvesting, you’re on the right track. Concerns have been raised as to the environmental harm from ravaging irreplaceable coral beds. Is it even worth it? Is Coral Calcium Effective? Calcium in the most simple form is rock, which the human body can’t process. To deal with this, the body has a natural method called “chelating” which simply means that the calcium is combined or “coated with” another material. This other material, which may be an amino acid, is a substance the body can use and process. Chelating calcium with such a substance is done in attempt to make the body use and process the calcium as well. Calcium citrate, for example, is simple calcium carbonate “chelated” with citric acid. The citric acid is considered food by the body, so calcium citrate is more easily absorbed into the body than calcium carbonate. The stomach can also chelate calcium, and does, but, the older we get the less the body can chelate minerals and make them useful. Some forms of calcium, such as calcium orotate, incorporate advanced absorption mechanisms into their structure and may be beneficial for such situations. False Claims of Coral Calcium How effective is coral calcium? Well, it’s hard to say. But, in January 2004, the Federal Trade Commission came down upon some calcium carbonate manufacturers for making improper claims about the abilities of calcium carbonate and making claims that a coral calcium dietary supplement was able to cure cancer, multiple sclerosis, heart disease, high blood pressure, and other serious diseases. The defendants were also reprimanded for claiming that the body absorbs coral calcium better than other calcium supplements. [1] This is exactly why it’s imperative for you to investigate nutritional supplements on purpose and through research, not commercials! To market coral calcium with the promise of it being able to cure cancer isn’t just incorrect and ludicrous it’s immoral. Shame on them. Coral Calcium Research Coral calcium hasn’t provided many mind-blowing advances for the research community. The Department [...]

2018-04-27T23:12:26+00:00 By |

Can Lemon Water Detox Your Body?

You’ve heard you should drink eight glasses of water every day. While that’s a good baseline for most people, the exact amount can vary depending on body size, physical activity, and other factors. [1] Sixty percent of your body is water and water is part of many, if not all, internal processes. [2] Water helps all your organs function properly, the body uses it as a joint lubricant, and it helps flush waste and toxins. Studies show that people who get more water have greater energy and focus more easily. The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center even reported that men and women who drank less water developed colorectal cancer at higher rates than the men and women who drank more water. [3] Suffice to say, staying hydrated is important to your health. Some people say water lacks taste and can be boring, right? Well, it doesn’t have to be. Adding a little lemon to your water is a great way to add flavor and experience the benefits offered by lemons. It’ll also help cleanse your body of toxins and waste. The American Cancer Society recommends hot lemon water for alleviating constipation and clearing the bowels. [4] Let’s look at four more benefits of lemon water. 4 Benefits of Adding Lemon Water to Your Diet 1. Lemons Are Loaded with Nutrients and Phytonutrients Phytonutrients are the organic compounds responsible for the health benefits offered by plants. The phytonutrients in lemons, specifically, have antioxidant and antibiotic properties. Lemons also contain limonin, a compound found in citrus fruits with possible anti-viral and anti-obesity effects. [5] 2. Lemons Support Digestion Citrus fruits like lemons and oranges contain pectin, a dietary fiber that supports digestion. Lemons actually contain more pectin than oranges as well as high levels of citric acid. [6] Citric acid supports digestion, as does pectin, which slows down the speed that food leaves the stomach and improves the way it’s broken down. One study found that five grams of pectin mixed with orange juice produced a greater feeling of fullness after eating. This might help reduce the amount of food consumed and support weight loss efforts. [7] 3. Lemons Are High in Vitamin C Immune cells need vitamin C and medical experts have recommended vitamin C to boost the immune system. [8] Vitamin C also neutralizes free radicals, creates energy, and defends against certain environmental toxins. [9] Vitamin C protects skin from the premature aging that can be caused by the accumulation of toxins. The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey reported that women who consumed more vitamin C had stronger, firmer skin, less dryness, and fewer wrinkles. [10] 4. Lemons Support Normal Kidney and Liver Function Lemons support both the liver and kidneys. In animal studies, the pectin in lemons lowered liver cholesterol levels and supported normal liver function. [11] Polyphenols, plant compounds that promote liver enzyme activity and regulate metabolism, are likely the cause. [12] Some studies have found that the citric acid in lemon [...]

2018-04-28T03:12:40+00:00 By |

Iodine Supplements: The Three Best Kinds to Use

Learn how iodine can help regulate your metabolism!   Iodine is essential for a vibrant and radiant body. It’s important to the body in many ways, including supporting immune system function, metabolism, and even cardiovascular health.[1] Furthermore, it’s estimated that more than half of the US population suffer from insufficient levels of iodine. Iodine is a major contributor to the function of your thyroid gland,[2] especially in the creation of T3 and T4 hormones,[3] which are important for regulating metabolism.[4] Let’s look at some of the iodine supplements on the market and how they compare.   1. Transformative Nano-Colloidal Detoxified Iodine, or Nascent Iodine Nascent iodine is a consumable form of iodine that holds an electromagnetic charge. It allows for a larger release of energy once consumed and is very similar to the precursor form of iodine that is converted into thyroid hormones. Because of this, your body can easily recognize and assimilate it. Its unique structure and form allow it to travel through the body, quicker and easier than any other iodine supplement. Also, unlike many liquid iodine supplements, it contains no alcohol. To me, it’s the best form of iodine supplement; the product I recommend is Detoxadine®. If you’re looking for a supplement to detox your body, check out DETOXADINE at the AlrightStore. 2. Lugol’s Solution Iodine Lugol’s contains 6.3 mg of molecular iodine/iodide per drop. The formula is 85% distilled water, 10% potassium iodide, and 5% elemental iodine. Breast tissue prefers this non-toxic mono elemental-based iodine. Lugol’s may increase respiratory tract secretions and inhibit thyroid hormone secretion. One Malaysian study found that patients taking Lugol’s solution experienced a sharp decline in unwanted hormonal secretions during a period of ten days. 3. Potassium Iodide Potassium iodide is typically available in tablets, with servings ranging from 0.23 to 130 mg. This closely-bound inorganic form of iodine is only about 20% assimilated into the body. Studies show that potassium iodide blocks the uptake of radioactive iodine in the thyroid gland, thus lowering the chances of developing thyroid cancer.[5] Moreover, potassium iodide has been used in emergency treatments for hyperthyroidism (PDF).[6] References (6) Donald W. Miller, Jr. MD. Iodine for Health. Lew Rockwell. 2006 August 14. "The thyroid gland - Endocrinology - NCBI Bookshelf." 2010. 21 Apr. 2016 Sircus, Mark, Dr. Iodine Bringing Back the Universal Medicine. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print. "How does the thyroid work? - National Library of Medicine." 2015. 21 Apr. 2016 University of Maryland Medical Center. Iodine overview. United States Department of Health and Human Services. Potassium Iodide as a thyroid blocking agent in radiation emergencies(PDF). Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. 2001 December. †Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Global Healing Center does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Global Healing Center are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have [...]

2018-08-07T15:35:26+00:00 By |

How Does Vitamin B-12 Support Energy and Metabolism?

When you are feeling sluggish and slow what do you do? Many people turn to caffeine in the form of teas, coffees, and energy drinks. These methods may provide temporary relief, but if you feel tired because of a B-12 deficiency, caffeine won’t solve the underlying problem. Lack of energy due to a B-12 deficiency is more common than you think. Nearly 40% of Americans are deficient in vitamin B-12.[1] Since this B vitamin takes part in the production of red blood cells, nerve sheaths, and DNA, you’ll benefit from more than just improved energy levels.[2] Many people have returned their B-12 levels to normal after being deficient for years. They report feeling more energized and mentally sharp. If you’ve ever considered taking a B-12 supplement to improve your thinking or wellness, then read on. What Is Vitamin B-12? B-12 is an essential water-soluble vitamin and is one of the eight B vitamins. While each of these B vitamins influences your health in unique ways, B-12 remains one of the most well-known vitamins. Your body can’t produce B-12 on its own, so you have to get it from food or supplements. Most adults need around 2.4 mcg of B-12 every day to maintain healthy levels.[1] Are You at Risk for a Vitamin B-12 Deficiency? Consuming enough B-12 is easy. Plenty of supplements and foods will provide you with the right daily requirements, but finding out whether or not your body is absorbing the B-12 is a bit more complicated. Carefully calculating your B-12 intake on a daily basis is a great start, but it’s impossible to account for the absorption rate. The most abundant source of B-12 in food is meat and other animal products, which is why vegans have a higher risk for developing a B-12 deficiency. However, many grains, like breakfast cereals, are now fortified with B-12, and vegan B-12 supplements also provide active forms of the vitamin that can be readily used by your cells once absorbed from the digestive tract.[3] Ultimately, the only sure way to know if you are deficient in B-12 is by having a trusted healthcare provider check your B-12 levels. However, there are some common warning signs of B-12 deficiency. People who are deficient in B-12 may have difficulty walking, can develop yellow skin, experience muddled thinking, and have a sluggish metabolism.[4] How B-12 Supports Energy The most common side effect of a B-12 deficiency is a persistent lack of energy. Not having the energy to do the things you want can seriously affect your mental and physical well-being, and, compounded over time, may lead to more serious health problems. B-12 works at a cellular level to address the cause of energy loss and will aid your body in regulating long-lasting, healthy energy levels. There are several ways B-12 supports how energetic you feel. B-12 aids in the formation of the hemoglobin inside red blood cells. These hemoglobin molecules transport oxygen from your lungs to all of [...]

2018-04-27T23:43:14+00:00 By |

The Health Benefits of Peppermint Leaf

Peppermint (Mentha piperita) is a hardy perennial herb that is a hybrid of watermint and spearmint. It’s native to Europe, but can be found all across the world. With a long history of therapeutic use for a variety of ailments that extends back to ancient Egypt, peppermint is referred to as “the world’s oldest medicine.” Nutritionally, peppermint offers vitamins A and C, iron, potassium, fiber, and it’s low-calorie. Its refreshing flavor and cooling sensation lead to its inclusion in many products including mouthwash, toothpaste, soap, and ointment. Regardless if you obtain it from your local farmer’s market or grow it in your own herb garden at home, peppermint leaf offers many amazing health benefits. Peppermint Leaf Fights Harmful Organisms Peppermint or extracts of compounds from peppermint leaf, including menthol, can help defend against many types of harmful organisms.[1] It’s been evaluated against head lice,[2] fungus,[3] and even worms that reside in goat intestines[4]—all with positive results. Peppermint Supports Digestive Health Appreciation for peppermint’s qualities as a digestive aid extends back hundreds of years. Recent studies confirm peppermint tea is helpful for relieving indigestion.[5] Peppermint may also ease various symptoms of IBS, including abdominal discomfort, gas, and diarrhea.[6] Peppermint Promotes Respiratory Health You can breathe easy knowing that peppermint supports lung health and respiratory function.[7] Peppermint may even boost lung function during exercise. In a study of 12 healthy males, consumption of peppermint-infused mineral water lead to a measurable increase in respiratory rate and running performance—likely due to increased oxygen concentration and decreased blood lactate levels.[8] Peppermint Leaf and Oral Health Peppermint is frequently added to toothpaste, mouthwash, and floss. Although its minty flavor keeps your mouth smelling fresh and feeling clean, it has an even greater effect. Studies show that peppermint encourages a healthy oral environment by fighting plaque and supporting gum health.[9] Others studies suggest peppermint keeps the mouth clean by inhibiting the growth of bacteria and oral pathogens.[10] Peppermint Leaf, Headaches, and Stress Peppermint is a fantastic natural remedy for tension-type headaches—the most frequent type of a headache. In fact, by some accounts, peppermint oil can relieve a headache as well as aspirin and acetaminophen.[11] Peppermint has a soothing action and is recommended by aromatherapy practitioners for relieving feelings of stress and anxiety. Peppermint and the Liver Peppermint may support liver function by promoting the flow of bile.[12] Bile helps digest fats and encourages normal cholesterol levels; normal cholesterol levels reduce the workload placed on the liver. Additionally, animal studies show that compounds in peppermint leaf may protect the liver against certain toxins.[13] While more research is required to explore this relationship, early investigations about peppermint’s ability to support liver health are positive. Other Benefits of Peppermint Leaf Peppermint tea, one of the most consumed herbal teas in the world, contains antioxidants.[14] Traditional folk medicine recommends peppermint for relieving discomfort, a claim that has been investigated and substantiated.[15] Peppermint has a relaxing effect on smooth muscle tissue. There are many situations where relaxing [...]

2018-04-26T23:46:33+00:00 By |