What Is Selenium Sulfide and Can it Benefit Your Health?

Selenium sulfide is a chemical compound created by fusing atomic selenium (Se) and sulfur (S).[1] The selenium and sulfur combination has been shown to promote skin health and thus selenium sulfide is found in many cosmetic, hair, and skin care products. It’s probably best known as an antifungal and is used to treat tinea versicolor, a fungal imbalance of the skin. Selenium sulfide helps relieve itching and flaking associated with dandruff.[2] It may also help soothe seborrhea, or seborrheic dermatitis.[3] Depending on its intended application, selenium sulfide is usually listed as either selenium disulfide (SeS2) or selenium hexasulfide (Se2S6). The benefits described in this article apply to both forms. Let’s begin by taking a deeper look at selenium disulfide. How Is Selenium Disulfide Used? If you’re familiar with chemistry, you’ve probably already recognized that selenium disulfide is created by fusing a single selenium atom with two sulfur atoms. Selenium disulfide offers antifungal properties and it’s added to shampoos and conditioners specially formulated for conditions like dandruff or dermatitis.[4] Selenium Sulfide Shampoos When choosing a selenium sulfide shampoo, don’t be thrown if “selenium sulfide” and “selenium disulfide” are used interchangeably. When reviewing shampoo ingredients, know that even if “selenium disulfide” is listed, some formulas actually use a mixture of both elements (while roughly maintaining the 1:2 ratio). All things equal, this should not affect product efficacy. Many shampoos also contain a harsh, synthetic antifungal drug called ketoconazole.[5] Ketoconazole is also used to make a prescription cream to treat fungal skin infections.[6] Because ketoconazole is artificial, it will not be found in any organic shampoo. Safety concerns have led to ketoconazole use being restricted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It has been shown to cause severe problems, including liver damage.[7] The list of potential side effects includes swelling of the eyes, face, lips, tongue, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs, difficulty breathing or swallowing, difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, hair loss, chills, nosebleeds, and even decreased sexual ability. When comparing cosmetic, skin care, or hair care products, it is important to double-check the ingredients. Many products are made with toxic chemicals that should be avoided. Fortunately, selenium and sulfur are both natural elements suitable for organic living. Selenium Sulfide Lotions The same antifungal properties that make selenium sulfide an effective ingredient in shampoo can also be had in many different lotions, creams, and related skin care products.[8] Selenium sulfide lotion (and shampoo, for that matter) comes in varying strength levels. There is a 1%, over-the-counter formula which has proven as effective at combatting ringworm as sporicidal therapy.[9] A more potent 2.5% formula is available only by prescription.[10] Even though selenium sulfide is made from pure, natural elements, it is still subject to regulation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Does Selenium Sulfide Actually Promote Wellness? Wellness is the body’s natural ability to care for, manage, and even heal itself. When you provide your body with good nutrition, for example, it’s more apt to [...]

2018-04-02T23:52:34+00:00 By |

Lung Cleansing Benefits of Oregano

Allergies, asthma, harmful organisms, and even inhalation of various pollutants may cause upper respiratory problems. Symptoms of respiratory problems can include chest congestion, difficulty breathing and irritated nasal or throat passages. If you, or someone you’re close to, has experienced these symptoms, you know they can be very disruptive. As we enter into the time of year when respiratory ailments are common, it’s important to know that organic oregano is a powerful tool to include in your lung health arsenal. Effective, reliable and safe, organic oregano is naturally rich in carvacrol, flavonoids, and terpenes; all of which are natural decongestants and antihistamines. Oregano as an Antihistamine When pollen, dust, mold, chemicals, fungus, and bacteria are invading your body, it releases a chemical called histamine which causes a reaction similar to allergic reactions — nasal congestion, increased mucous production, and sneezing. Histamine reducing herbs like oregano aid in counteracting histamine and may help reduce these reactions. Oregano also contains rosmarinic acid. An article summarizing a study that examined the ability of Rosmarinic acid to inhibit allergic irritation appeared in a 2004 edition of Clinical & Experimental Allergy. It was discovered that rosmarinic acid reduces fluid buildup and even swelling during an allergy attack, making it a natural histamine-reducing compound. [1] Oregano for Cough and Overall Health Research examined by the ENT Department at the Israel Institute of Technology Medical Center found therapeutic potential for various aromatic herbs, including oregano. Oregano has direct, positive benefits on the respiratory tract, coughing reflex and nasal passage airflow. [2] Oregano also contains calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, potassium, vitamins A and C, and niacin. Although these components don’t directly impact upper respiratory problems, all of them are required by the systems within the body, including the immune system. Adequate vitamin and mineral intake is paramount for maintaining a healthy body that can fight off problems, such as upper respiratory issues, before they start. [3] If you suffer from symptoms of respiratory ailments, or need to cleanse your lungs on a regular basis, check out OREGATREX or a lung cleansing formula such as ALLERTREX at the AlrightStore. References (3) Sanbongi C, Takano H, Osakabe N, Sasa N, Natsume M, Yanagisawa R, Inoue KI, Sadakane K, Ichinose T, Yoshikawa T. Rosmarinic acid in perilla extract inhibits allergic inflammation induced by mite allergen, in a mouse model. Clin Exp Allergy. 2004 Jun;34(6):971-7. Rakover Y, Ben-Arye E, Goldstein LH. [The treatment of respiratory ailments with essential oils of some aromatic medicinal plants]. Harefuah. 2008 Oct;147(10):783-8, 838. Review. Hebrew. Škrovánková S, Mišurcová L, Machů L. Antioxidant activity and protecting health effects of common medicinal plants. Adv Food Nutr Res. 2012;67:75-139. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-394598-3.00003-4. Review. †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 [...]

2018-04-25T02:43:36+00:00 By |

10 Facts Everyone Needs to Know about Bad Breath

Bad breath can negatively impact your life, as well as those around you. It can isolate and make you feel self-conscious, and that’s assuming you’re even aware of it! Friends and colleagues may keep their distance if your bad breath is a chronic problem and you may never even realize how much it impacts your relationships and opportunities. [1] However, knowledge is power. Being armed with the following 10 facts about bad breath is one step closer to never falling prey to bad breath, and living a more rich and confident life. Let’s take a look… Fact #10. ‘Halitosis’ is a New ‘Problem’ It was only as recent as the 1920’s that halitosis became a plague to our mouths when Gerard Lambert of Listerine took an obscure term for bad breath…and turned it into a marketing bonanza. Bad breath has been acknowledged for millennia, but until Listerine began telling us how bad our lives were with it, bad breath, or halitosis, had never been publically viewed as a social problem. [2] Fact #9. If It’s Something You Ate, It Needs To Work Through Your System If the meal you just ate included a healthy serving of onions and garlic, sorry to say, you will just have to wait. In this case, the odor you experience is a result of digesting the sulfuric compounds in the onion (these are good for your health), or the allicin (again a healthy sulfur-based food compound) from the garlic. As your body breaks down these compounds, they travel through your blood stream and can remain in your body for days. These compounds travel through the blood for excretion by the lungs, kidneys and skin. [3] If you’ve brushed and flossed and still find yourself with bad breath after a good meal of garlic and onions, take comfort in knowing that the garlic is good for you and the bad breath is temporary. Fact #8. Smoking is Bad for Your Breath No surprise here, smoking causes many changes to the mouth. For one, you introduce to your mouth all of the chemicals contained within that tobacco smoke. Many of these chemicals dry the mouth and encourage growth from the ‘wrong’ type of bacteria. On top of all this, it can damage the tissue in the mouth leading to infection and diseases such as cancer. If you’re wondering about the ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ bacteria, you need to know about… Fact #7. You Don’t Want VSCs VSCs, or Volatile Sulfuric Compounds, cause most bad breath. The waste released by these bacteria are the primary source of these compounds. This is the reason your dentist has told you to brush daily! Not all bacteria produce these VSCs, just the ones you don’t want in your mouth. For example… Fact #6. Streptococcus salivarius is Your Friend Like it or not, the human mouth contains billions of bacteria. [4] One such ‘friendly’ bacteria is Streptococcus salivarius, a naturally occurring oral bacteria. This friendly bacteria occurs in [...]

2018-04-21T01:12:46+00:00 By |

3 Amazing Health Benefits of Vitamin D3

Conversations on the benefits of vitamin D have taken the health industry by storm. A goldmine of pioneering studies around the turn of the 21st century on vitamin D have reported incredible findings about the “Sunshine Vitamin” and its positive effects on bone health, the immune system, and good health in general. 3 Benefits of Vitamin D3 There are many benefits to vitamin D and it’s virtually impossible to list them all in one post but here are a few of the more important health benefits of vitamin D3, all of which have seen an extensive amount of study. 1. Nutrition for Your Brain Getting enough vitamin D is important for your neurological health and promising research has been building over the last few years around the correlation between Alzheimer’s disease and vitamin D deficiency. There are over 35 million Alzheimer’s sufferers worldwide. Over 5 million of those are in America, and that number is expected to explode to 15 million by 2050. [1] It’s not to say that a vitamin D supplement will prevent Alzheimer’s but considering that around 90% of Alzheimer’s disease patients have low levels of vitamin D, researchers are examining the role of this nutrient. A recent study showed the effects of vitamin D on Alzheimer’s occurrence in elderly women. The study demonstrated that the group with the highest intake of Vitamin D (20% of the participants) experienced lower Alzheimer’s disease incidence. [2] Another study focused on 300 elderly people showed a profound 250% increase in occurrence of Alzheimer’s cases in people with low blood levels of Vitamin D. [3] 2. Nutritional Support for Autoimmune Disorders Autoimmune disorders have increased dramatically in recent decades, and within that time a little over 80 types of autoimmune diseases have been classified. Vitamin D is a potent immune system modulator and autoimmune disease describe a condition in which the body and its immune system (white blood cells, killer T cells, etc.) are stimulated and/or tricked into attacking healthy bodily tissues/organs, a process that doesn’t occur under normal circumstances. Adult women regularly consuming a multivitamin with just 400 IU/day of Vitamin D in one study had a 40% reduced risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Another study showed high ­dose Vitamin D supplementation resulted in RA symptom improvements in an astonishing 89% of patients and 45% of patients obtaining complete remission. In this instance, it appears that adequate vitamin D was very beneficial to joint health. [4] 3. Immune System Support The cold and flu are two of the most common illnesses that have plagued humanity for centuries, and we still haven’t been able to figure out how to beat them. While potentially dangerous in a small subset of people, they are generally seen as a nuisance more so than a fatal disease. Usually, illness occurs when the immune system — our main line of defense — isn’t functioning properly. Vitamin D is thought to stimulate the production of powerful peptides in white blood cells and [...]

2018-04-20T00:54:53+00:00 By |

10 Natural Remedies for Yeast Infections

The common yeast infection, sometimes referred to as vaginitis, is a painful condition that many women experience at some point in their lives. Characterized by extremely uncomfortable itching, burning and pain, and discharge, vaginal yeast infections are usually caused by unhealthy forms of fungus that grow in the warm, damp environment of the female genitalia. Men may also experience this condition, but it is most common in women. The most prominent form of yeast infection fungus is Candida albicans. Below, are ten of the most common natural remedies for yeast infections. Hopefully, if you’re ever in need, these remedies will provide relief from uncomfortable itching and burning. 10 Natural Remedies for Yeast Infections 1. Probiotics Some medications can disrupt the composition of your microbiota, opening you up to yeast overgrowth. To help maintain healthy and balanced microbial colonies, take a probiotic supplement to keep your system functioning at its best.[1] Learn more about the benefits of probiotics here. 2. Organic Apple Cider Vinegar Douche Soothe a yeast infection by douching with apple cider vinegar. Mix 3 tablespoons of raw organic apple cider vinegar with 1 quart of water, add to douche apparatus and use. I recommend Bragg’s, but any raw apple cider vinegar with “the mother of vinegar” should work.[2] For enhanced benefit, you can add colloidal silver to the mix.[3] I recommend adding 2 ounces of colloidal silver to each batch. 3. Organic Garlic Another common remedy for yeast infections is to eat several fresh garlic cloves each day. While this will probably give you bad breath, it will also help clear up a yeast infection. This works because garlic has natural anti-fungal properties and can even balance out harmful bacteria.[4] 4. Avoid Harsh Feminine Products The vagina contains oils that help prevent yeast from forming. Feminine hygiene douches, sprays, and perfumed products reduce natural protective oils. Most soaps are harsh and also strip them away. Alcohol and other toxic chemicals in these products alter the delicate pH balance of the vagina and leave it more susceptible to infection.[5] The best bet is to use organic hygiene products. 5. Organic Oregano Oil Oregano oil is another effective remedy for yeast infections. It will help reduce yeast and candida proliferation.[6] Place nine drops in a capsule and swallow 2-3 times daily after meals on a full stomach. 6. Organic Tea Tree Oil Tea tree oil is a powerful natural fungal cleanser. Place a few drops of organic tea tree oil on a natural tampon and insert into your vagina for 4 hours. Do this in the morning and afternoon. Do not sleep with the tampon inserted. A couple of days should be sufficient to relieve the symptoms.[7] 7. Organic Cranberries You’ve probably heard of using cranberries for bladder infections, but did you know they can also help with yeast infections? Drink the juice, unsweetened, to boost healthy pH balance and halt fungal overgrowth.[7] 8. Organic Plain Yogurt Another common folk remedy related to restoring flora [...]

2018-04-21T04:54:46+00:00 By |

The Role of Oxygen in Healing the Body

“Healing” is a word that gets thrown around a lot and it’s important to understand exactly what it means. Healing means getting your body back into a balanced, functioning state. Think of it like balance scales – the kind you might see at a courthouse. When you’re sick, one side hangs lower than the other. When you’re healthy, they’re level. Your body wants to be in balance and will seek to heal itself if it’s out of balance. Or, at least, it will try to. What’s the deciding factor? Oxygen. Oxygen is necessary for healing in injured tissues. [1] Researchers at Ohio State University found that wounded tissue will convert oxygen into reactive oxygen species to encourage healing. [2] What Are Reactive Oxygen Species? Reactive oxygen species, also known as oxygen radicals or pro-oxidants, are a type of free radical. A free radical is a molecule that lacks an electron but is able to maintain its structure. To most people, that doesn’t mean much. We just hear from marketing messages that free radicals are bad. Which is true… when your body is not in control of them. When in balance, your body actually uses free radicals to heal. It has everything to do with the nature of oxygen. Oxygen is an element with eight protons and eight electrons. In this state, oxygen is completely neutral. Oxygen likes to share its electrons; that makes it reactive. Sometimes when it shares an electron or two, it doesn’t get them back. When that happens, oxygen becomes an ion, meaning it’s missing an electron. Ionized oxygen wants to replace the electron it’s missing. In this form, oxygen becomes singlet oxygen, superoxides, peroxides, hydroxyl radicals, or hypochlorous acid. These forms of oxygen try to steal an electron anywhere they can, this can be destructive. Forms of Reactive Oxygen Species Singlet Oxygen This radical form of oxygen can act in one of two ways. It can trigger the genes inside a cell to start cell death. Or, if it encounters a lipid or fatty acid, it will oxidize the lipid. [3] Think of it like corrosion. Superoxides We’re still learning about superoxides but it seems they affect how the body destroys cells and manages wound healing. [4] Peroxides Hydrogen peroxide and hypochlorite help heal tissue. [5] Oxygen radicals form when hydrogen peroxide interacts with reduced forms of metal ions or gets broken down and produces hydrogen radicals. Hydrogen radicals are destructive. [6] Hypochlorous Acid Hypochlorous acid contains oxygen and chloride. It can affect tissue through chlorination or oxidation. [7] Effects of Reactive Oxygen Species in the Body Every time your muscles contract, you produce and use reactive oxygen species. High-intensity exercise causes reactive oxygen species levels to increase, leading to fatigue and muscle failure. [8] The energy created by mitochondria creates reactive oxygen species. Exposure to tobacco smoke, alcohol, toxic metals, pollution, chemicals, germs, and stress also creates reactive oxygen species. [9] When your body can keep up with and remove [...]

2018-04-04T22:35:36+00:00 By |

New MRI Research Reveals Cancer Cells Thrive on Processed Sugar

Do you have a sweet tooth? If so, your dietary habits could be significantly adding to your risk of developing cancer. New research published in the journal Nature Medicine has confirmed that processed sugar is one of the primary driving forces behind the growth and spread of cancer tumors, so much so that the future of cancer screening could rely on scanning the body for sugar accumulation. Scientists from University College London (UCL) in the U.K. made this discovery after experimenting with a new cancer detection method that involves utilizing a unique form of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). After sensitizing an MRI scanner to look specifically for glucose in the body, it was revealed that cancer tumors, which feed off sugar, light up brightly as they contain high amounts of sugar. "The new technique, called 'glucose chemical exchange saturation transfer' (glucoCEST), is based on the fact that tumors consume much more glucose (a type of sugar) than normal, healthy tissues in order to sustain their growth," explains a recent UCL announcement, noting that tumors appear as "bright images" on MRI scans of mice. Traditionally, cancer screenings have involved the use of low-dose radiation injections to identify the presence of tumors, which makes sense as radiation is another known cause of cancer. The things that trigger and promote cancer development and spread, in other words, can also be used by doctors to detect it inside the body. And now sugar can officially be added to this list. "The method uses an injection of normal sugar and could offer a cheap, safe alternative to existing methods for detecting tumors, which require the injection of radioactive material," says Dr. Simon Walker-Samuel, lead researcher of the study from the UCL Centre for Advanced Biomedical Imaging (CABI). Interestingly, it was also noted by the study's senior author that the amount of sugar in "half a standard sized chocolate bar" is all it takes to effectively identify the presence of tumors using the glucoCEST method. This is astounding, as it suggests that even relatively low amounts of sugar have the potential to promote cancer proliferation. Many cancer tumors respond directly to insulin produced by sugar consumption The UCL study is hardly the only one to have identified a connection between processed sugar consumption and diseases like cancer. Other research, including that being currently being conducted by Dr. Robert H. Lustig, M.D., a Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), confirms that the bulk of chronic illnesses prevalent today are caused by sugar consumption. You can watch a presentation from Dr. Lustig entitled Sugar: The Bitter Truth here: http://youtube.com As far as cancer is concerned, hormones produced by the body in response to sugar consumption also feed cancer cells. This means that every time you down a soda or eat a piece of cake, your body produces certain chemicals that tell cancer cells to not only start taking up sugar, but also to [...]

2018-04-02T22:18:46+00:00 By |

Top Foods High in Biotin

Biotin is a water-soluble, B-complex vitamin. It’s found in all living cells and is essential for cellular metabolism.[1] Biotin is also known as vitamin H, coenzyme R, and vitamin B7. Confusingly, it is also sometimes called vitamin B8, but this is unofficial and relatively uncommon (B8 more often refers to inositol). Biotin is used by all living creatures—plants, animals, and even single-celled organisms. In animals, biotin is essential for metabolizing proteins and converting sugar into usable energy.[2] It’s necessary for hormone production and helps maintain healthy blood sugar levels. Biotin promotes healthy hair, skin, and nails. Mammals, including humans, cannot synthesize biotin and must obtain it from dietary sources. Biotin deficiency is rare but dangerous. The vitamin is crucial for normal fetal development and a deficiency during pregnancy can result in birth defects.[3] Symptoms of biotin deficiency include brittle nails, hair loss, muscle pain, nausea, fatigue, anemia, and dry skin.[4] Not All Sources of Biotin Are Equal There are two forms of biotin found in living cells: free and protein-bound. The latter is just what it sounds like—biotin bound to protein. It’s mostly found in bacteria and animal cells. Free biotin, which is not bound to a protein, is more common in plants.[5] The human body can use both forms of biotin, but free biotin is more immediately bioavailable. With protein-bound biotin, your body must break the bond to convert biotin into a form it can use. Free-biotin doesn’t require this step—it’s easily absorbed and utilized in the body. Due to their high free biotin content, plant-based foods are generally better dietary sources of the vitamin than animal-based foods.[6] Protein-Bound Biotin Sources Many foods contain some biotin, but the concentration in most is negligible from a nutritional standpoint. Other foods have a very high biotin content. Organ meats, like kidneys and liver, are the most concentrated dietary source.[4] Milk, dairy products, and seafood are other rich, animal-derived sources.[7] Although egg yolks have a high concentration of biotin, they also contain a chemical that interferes with biotin absorption. A diet high in egg whites can actually lead to biotin deficiency.[4] At Global Healing Center, we strongly recommend a raw, vegan diet, however, we understand that not everyone will choose this lifestyle. If you must consume animal products, at least opt for organic whenever possible. This can mitigate, though not eliminate, some of the many health risks associated with the consumption of meat and dairy. Plant-Based Biotin Foods Although many types of animal-sourced food contain biotin, it’s protein-bound biotin. Plants contain free biotin, which is more bioavailable. This means that getting enough biotin from a vegan diet is achievable. Considering the multitude of other health benefits associated with a plant-based diet, it’s also the healthiest choice. As we’ve only recently begun to understand the importance of biotin, nutritional experts are still refining accurate methods for measuring biotin concentration in food. As such, estimates of biotin content vary greatly for some foods and are completely lacking for many [...]

2018-04-02T23:47:17+00:00 By |

The Health Benefits of Cilantro

Cilantro and coriander are the names used in the United States to describe two different parts of the same plant, Coriandrum sativum. It’s an annual herb, which means it blooms and must be replanted yearly. Cilantro is used to describe the green, citrus-flavored leaves. Coriander is the common name for the plant’s light brown seeds, which are dried and used as a cooking spice. Exactly what you call, or how you use, this amazing plant varies depending on where you live in the world, but its health benefits remain the same. Cilantro can help cleanse the body of toxic metals, it’s an incredible source of antioxidants, it’s loaded with vitamins and minerals, and it has a long history of culinary and therapeutic use.   Cilantro Nutritional Facts A great source of vitamins and minerals, cilantro should be considered a superfood, or at least a “superherb.” A small amount delivers the full daily value of vitamin A and K and is rich in vitamin C, potassium, and manganese. Cilantro is a great, low-calorie option for those who want to add more nutrients and flavor to their diet. Below is the full nutritional breakdown for 3.5 oz. of raw cilantro leaves.[1] Vitamins and Minerals Amount Daily Value Vitamin A equiv. 6748 IU 135% Thiamine (B1) 0.067 mg 4.5% Riboflavin (B2) 0.162 mg 9.5% Niacin (B3) 1.114 mg 5.5% Vitamin B6 0.149 mg 7.4% Vitamin C 27 mg 45% Vitamin E 2.5 mg 8% Vitamin K 310 ?g 387% Calcium 67 mg 7% Iron 1.77 mg 10% Magnesium 26 mg 7% Manganese 0.426 mg 21% Phosphorus 48 mg 5% Potassium 521 mg 15% Sodium 46 mg 2% Zinc 0.5 mg 1.6%   Cilantro and Toxic Metal Cleansing Beyond its nutritional benefits, cilantro is a powerful, cleansing agent that specifically targets toxic metals. We are constantly exposed to toxic metals like aluminum, arsenic, and cadmium. Toxic metals tend to accumulate in the endocrine system, muscle tissue, and even deep within the bones. Once these metals reach dangerous levels, many serious health problems occur. Common side effects of toxic metal exposure include hormone imbalance, oxidative stress from free radicals, and, in extreme cases, impaired organ function. Don’t wait to experience harsh side effects before cleansing your body. Mercury, for example, can have a devastating effect on your health. Many people who suffer from mercury exposure report feeling more clear headed after consuming large amounts of cilantro over an extended period.[2] Exposure to lead is also far more common than many people realize and has many adverse effects on the body. In animal studies, cilantro has been observed to protect against lead-induced oxidative stress.[3] Cilantro helps cleanse the body of toxic metals by supporting the body’s natural detoxification processes. Compounds in cilantro leaf bind to toxic metals and loosen them from affected tissue. This process allows metals to be released from the body naturally. You can access these benefits by consuming the raw leaves or ingesting concentrated extracts. Unfortunately, fresh cilantro [...]

2018-04-25T01:55:23+00:00 By |