To Reduce Stress, Stop Globalizing and Put Things in Perspective

“I’ve had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened.” ~Mark Twain   Life happens. And sometimes when life happens, we can get pretty stressed out. I’ve found that the way we view situations can either reduce our stress or make it worse. Here is just one way we aggravate situations, possibly unnecessarily, and how we can adjust our perspective to keep stress in check. A colleague of mine claims that he is “calendar-challenged.” He is often unable to attend meetings at the last minute or shows up late. I am, by contrast, a planner. I live by my calendar and know what I am doing months in advance. The different approach that my colleague and I take in the way we plan—or don’t plan—can cause friction. I could interpret my colleague’s behavior as merely irresponsible and chalk it up to a fairly ingrained part of his personality. That situation is irritating at worst. Or, I could take his lackadaisical approach personally by assuming that he doesn’t value me or my time. That’s somewhat stressful. I could even interpret his behavior as intentional and assume that he takes delight in making me angry. That is really going to stress me out. Do you see how my interpretation of the behavior can be as benign as “he’s not a planner” and it can escalate all the way to a vengeful person determined to sabotage my career? When we draw conclusions about a situation without checking the facts first, we can escalate it into a full-blown crisis in our minds. In other words, our negative thinking can spiral out of control, rapidly increasing our anxiety, unnecessarily. That’s called globalizing. How we think about our circumstances can make all the difference in the level of stress we feel. Many of us have experienced a workplace where budget cuts or a bad economy results in layoffs. The pall that can settle over an organization going through a period of like this can cause a great deal of stress, even for those employees still employed. Enter globalizing. I have what I call “straight to bag lady” syndrome. I can become convinced that if I lose my job I will never find another one, I will become homeless, and then I will be forced to live on the street. During the downturn of 2008 when many organizations were shedding employees like leaves in the fall, I occasionally went into this spiral in my mind. My good friend and colleague, however, did not. When I would ask her if she was stressed out by the loss of colleagues around us, she would say, “Yeah, I’m not going to worry about it. Even if they let me go, I assume I can just find another job.” Wow. What I wouldn’t give to have her attitude. She wasn’t oblivious to the fact that there was a good chance she might lose her job. However, instead of globalizing and assuming everything [...]

2018-11-05T16:41:13+00:00 By |

The Lung Cleansing Benefits of Lungwort

Lungwort, also known as lungwort leaf or Pulmonaria officinalis, is a natural plant that has been used around the world for a variety of respiratory ailments, including coughs, colds, bronchial detoxification and catarrhal problems. Lungwort is found in native damp habitats and coastal areas in Europe, Asia, North America, and Africa. [1] Because it’s very sensitive to environmental toxins, the areas in which it is found are typically unpolluted old forests, and thus, the presence of lungwort is often a good indicator of an ecosystem’s health. A Brief History of Lungwort In the early 1600s, a theory known as the “Doctrine of Signatures” was widely accepted. Essentially the foundation of this practice was that plants resembling certain human physical attributes were believed to be beneficial to the part of the body they resembled. It was during this time that lungwort–which resembles the tissue inside the lungs–was discovered to be an effective remedy for respiratory ailments. Over time, the medical accuracy of many “Doctrine of Signatures” based remedies was discredited. However, modern research suggests lungwort has certain traits, specifically as an antioxidant and secretolytic that may be beneficial to lung health. Lungwort for Reducing Irritation The University of North Carolina classifies lungwort as a plant helpful for reducing irritation and providing soothing qualities. [2] It is believed that these beneficial properties, based mainly on overwhelming anecdotal support, is deemed as a respiratory aid. Lungwort and Respiratory Issues Lungwort’s high mucilage content is known to be helpful in respiratory conditions, namely asthma and, in particular, chronic bronchitis. [3] While there isn’t a ton of research currently available, it is widely accepted that lungwort can be used by people with these conditions–in conjunction with doctor recommendations–as a complementary approach. Lungwort’s Antioxidant Benefits Lungwort’s role as an effective respiratory therapy is also due in part to its antioxidative properties. A Bulgarian study confirms these findings, noting high phenolic content and antioxidant properties in teas made from the plant. [4] It’s already well established that antioxidants serve vital roles in the human body, from protecting the cardiovascular system to supporting healthy aging. Antioxidants are crucial for supporting organ health and wellbeing, especially in the presence of pro-oxidants, or free radicals. That being said, it is believed that lungwort is effective against harmful organisms that affect lung and chest function due to its high level of flavonoid glycosides, another name for specific types of antioxidants. [5] Supplementing with Lungwort Lungwort is most often available in tinctures, teas, and capsule form. Short term or infrequent use of lungwort is generally considered safe. For supporting health on all levels, I recommend lungwort in its pure, natural form. Lungwort is one of the many high-quality, plant-based ingredients available in Allertrex®, an important natural tool designed to support lung and respiratory health. If you’re looking for a supplement to improve your respiratory system, check out ALLETREX at the AlrightStore. References (5) "Lungwort - USDA Forest Service." 2009. 12 Feb. 2016 University of North Carolina - [...]

2018-04-26T23:08:02+00:00 By |

7 Health Dangers of B-12 Deficiency

There are a great number of people out there who rely on vitamin B12 supplements as a natural way to help ease stress and boost their energy levels. While the vitamin’s ability to enhance mental performance is relatively well known, research suggests that the effects of B12 deficiency may be more serious than a simple lack of energy. Let’s take a look at seven of them. 1. Cognitive Impairment In the elderly, B12 deficiency has been linked to cognitive impairment and dementia. This deficiency has also been linked to other neurodegenerative disorders such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.[1] 2. Psychosis Depressed mood, hallucinations, seizures, and hypertension have been found in subjects who tested positive only for low B12 levels. Administration of B12 has been found to result in quick recovery (less than a week).[2] In one case, a middle-aged man diagnosed with obsessive compulsive disorder and low B12 levels found relief through the use of methylcobalamin (B12).[3] 3. Melancholic Depression Individuals suffering from melancholic depression (caused by physical rather than psychological factors) have consistently displayed an inverse relationship between B12 levels and depression.[4] 4. Stroke Increases in homocysteine levels resulting from adequate B12 have linked a B12 deficiency to stroke. One reported case involved an older male suffering from recurring strokes along with a reduction in blood cells from an intestinal inability to absorb B12. This resulted in abnormally high levels of homocysteine in the blood — a likely contributor to stroke and blood clots.[5] 5. Alzheimer’s Disease While studies continue into the mechanism’s causing Alzheimer’s disease, a recently published study demonstrated a treatment of folic acid, B6, and B12 as a significant improvement in the reduction of cerebral atrophy.[6] 6. Cardiovascular Disease Without B12 the body cannot convert homocysteine. This leads to a build-up of homocysteine levels which have been associated with atherosclerosis and increased risk of cardiovascular mortality.[7] 7. Anemia This disorder hinders the body from producing red blood cells and can develop into fever. Researchers have noted that administration of a B12 intramuscular injection alleviates indications of anemia.[8] Make Sure You Get Your B12 Vitamin B12’s overall value to the human body cannot be stressed enough. In addition to reduced brain mass, long term B12 deficiency has been shown to readily contribute to impaired DNA synthesis and replication inside the body, as well as nerve damage, memory loss, and other cognitive issues. In some cases, it has also been associated with mania and various forms of temporary psychosis. These complications can be avoided by simply keeping your vitamin intake regular and in check. Do you take a B12 supplement or do you rely on food? Please leave a comment below and tell us! If you’re looking for a supplement that can improve B-12 deficiency, check out VEGANSAFE B-12 at the AlrightStore. References (8) McCaddon A. Vitamin B12 in neurology and ageing; clinical and genetic aspects. Biochimie. 2013 May;95(5):1066-76. doi: 10.1016/j.biochi.2012.11.017. Dogan M, Ariyuca S, Peker E, Akbayram S, Dogan Z, Ozdemir [...]

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

Iodine and Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland does not produce enough key hormones. It is estimated to affect over 20 million Americans, over half of which are completely unaware.[1] Early symptoms can be mild and general, such as depression, weight gain, and elevated cholesterol. Women may specifically experience infertility. More advanced symptoms include goiter (a swelling of the thyroid) and low blood pressure. Men may experience reduced libido as a result of lower testosterone levels.[2] All of these symptoms result from the hormonal imbalances created by improper thyroid function. The most common cause is iodine deficiency,[3] although genetics[4], certain medications[5], pregnancy[6], exposure to radiation[7], smoking[8], alcohol[9] and stress[10] have also been associated with the condition and/or its symptoms.[11, 12] While many causes have been identified, again, the most common reason is simply not getting enough iodine. How Does Iodine Deficiency Causes Hypothyroidism? In the thyroid gland, iodine and an amino acid combine to form two hormones – triiodothyronine and thyroxine. These two hormones regulate metabolic function and the function of other non-thyroid hormones.[13] Without enough iodine in the diet, the thyroid cannot create enough of these two hormones. In adults, this results in problems associated with improper metabolism. During pregnancy, inadequate iodine can lead to impaired fetal development[14] or mental retardation[15]. The Association Between Hypothyroidism and Pregnancy You may have heard pregnant women say they’re, “eating for two.” Not only do pregnant women need to nourish both themselves and their developing baby with enough calories, but also with enough nutrients. Iodine requirements increase during pregnancy and women must maintain appropriate levels for their own well-being as well as their developing child.[16] Women who suffer from mild iodine deficiency can experience greater deficiency during pregnancy…and they must be aware of this and the potential danger to the fetus.[17] Simply put, women already suffering from hypothyroidism must increase their iodine intake to ensure the health of the child.[18] While iodine deficiency and hypothyroidism are proven to have substantial impacts on a pregnant woman and her fetus, researchers have identified additional complications related to these conditions… Complications Associated with Hypothyroidism and Iodine Deficiency Researchers have recently determined wider-reaching impacts of hypothyroidism. Hearing problems and hearing loss have been frequently reported with cases of hypothyroidism.[19, 20] When children suffer from this condition, it can have long-lasting impacts on education and personal relations. A connective tissue disease, systemic sclerosis, has also been associated with hypothyroidism.[21, 22] Complications like this show how mineral and nutrient deficiencies can have far-reaching impacts. Due to the importance of thyroid function to proper hormonal balance and general body function, it is very likely researchers will continue to discover new complications associated with thyroid disorders resulting from iodine deficiency. Avoiding Iodine Deficiency There are a number of foods you can add to your diet to increase your dietary iodine intake — and this is perhaps the best method. While it is possible, and many people are able to incorporate iodine-rich foods into their diet, [...]

2018-04-26T23:02:06+00:00 By |

3 Ways You Can Improve Your Mental Health Through Your Gut

Many of you already know your gut is home to countless bacteria and there’s about 1,000 different species living inside your intestinal tract? All these bacteria help make up what’s called the microbiome. It’s well documented that maintaining your gut’s flora can go a long way in improving your overall physical health and, now, more and more research suggests there might even be a link to mental health. 1. Take a Probiotic In one study, researchers fed probiotics—strains of good bacteria—to mice and suggested the resulting changes in the gut’s microbe colonies could ease feelings of anxiety. [1] A more recent study looked at prebiotics—carbohydrates that serve as “food” for that good bacteria—noting after three weeks, those who took a daily prebiotic supplement had an easier time sorting through anxious and depressed feelings. [2] And still, other reports suggested those out-of-whack bacteria levels could also be a cause of autism, suggesting probiotics as a therapeutic approach for autistic children. [3] [4] 2. Use Curcumin to Modulate Cytokines And so while probiotics and prebiotics could improve the condition of your gut, there’s also recent evidence suggesting internal irritation plays a strong role in your mental health. [5] There are many things that could cause irritation in the gut—unhealthy diets and obesity are just two of many. The body, then, sends cells and proteins to the site of the problem. Recent research suggests people with depression are loaded with cytokines—one of the proteins in question. Taking turmeric may show some relief in reducing gut irritation as well as environmental damage to the brain. 3. Incorporate More Omega-3s Into Your Diet At the same time there’s evidence suggesting depression could be an allergic reaction to internal irritation, other studies suggest that supplementing with omega-3 and curcumin (an extract from the spice turmeric) could ease issues in the gut in much the same way as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). [6] [7] More and more doctors are looking at approaching irritation in depression protocols, rather than simply addressing the neurological aspect. [8] Maintaining a Healthy Gut There are quite a few people out there who never even felt anxious or depressed until they experienced gut issues, furthering the idea that the intestine–brain connection is very real. [9] IBS, for instance, can cause depressive-like symptoms in people, [10] as can gluten intolerance. Performing a colon cleanse routinely and supplementing with probiotics can help you maintain a healthy gut. I recommend my Colon Cleanse Kit, which helps you cleanse your digestive tract of toxins while supporting your gut’s colonies of beneficial bacteria. So, will you try improving your gut health to better your mental well being? Tell us what you think in the comments below. If you’re looking for a supplement that can improve your gut health, check out FLORATREX and TUMERIC at the AlrightStore. References (10) Bravo, J. et al. Ingestion of Lactobacillus strain regulates emotional behavior and central GABA receptor expression in a mouse via the vagus nerve. Proceedings of [...]

2018-04-28T00:37:24+00:00 By |

Researchers Use Essential Oils to Successfully Treat ADHD Symptoms

How Essential Oils Work   Doctors continue to diagnose increasing number of children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). They most often turn to medication that stimulates the central nervous system (CNS) to treat ADHD symptoms. Yet, ADHD drugs can be quite detrimental to children’s health. Some even call them dangerous. As a result, we very much need alternative treatments. Researchers have shown that essential oils may be one such potential treatment. ADHD Diagnosis and Medication Although many people question if ADHD is an actual medical diagnosis, versus just a list of symptoms, the fact remains that many children have difficulty concentrating and controlling their behavior. In response, parents seek help from the medical establishment, which seems to favor CNS stimulants as the primary treatment. Unfortunately, CNS drugs can have some dangerous side-effects especially in children. Lack of scientific testing to diagnose ADHD also means many doctors may use ADHD as a scapegoat for behavioral issues or environmental conflicts. Thus, some children are taking ADHD medication although they don’t really need it. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) reports that about 11% of U.S. children (or 6.4 million) ages 4-17 have been diagnosed with ADHD. In January 2017, the CDC reported the rate at which doctors (mostly pediatricians and psychiatrists) recommend CNS stimulating medication during ADHD visits: CNS stimulant medications were mentioned (i.e., provided, prescribed, or continued) at 80% of ADHD visits by children aged 4–12 years and 81% of ADHD visits by children aged 13–17 years. Clearly, parents have the choice to refuse medication. Yet, these statistics show that the medical professional leans on CNS drugs versus exploring the true reason behind disruptive behavior. Doctors do recommend alternative treatments, such as behavioral therapy and social skills training, but typically in addition to medication. As a result, the real underlying reasons for a child’s ADHD-like behavior are overlooked. Many children start taking medications unnecessarily. A large share fall victim to common side-effects such as sleep problems, loss of appetite, and depression. In addition, behavioral side effects include “psychosis, mania, drug abuse, and addiction.” (source) This is why alternative treatment options such as essential oils are much needed. How Essential Oils Work Essential oils are aromatic, volatile liquids made up of resin and plant extracts. People make oils out of the most powerful part of a plant, such as the seeds, flowers, bark, or roots. The book Essential Oils Desk Reference claims that when a person inhales essential oils, chemical compounds in the oils have the ability to produce physical, emotional, mental and spiritual well-being. People have been using essential oils for these purposes for many centuries. Dr. Terry S. Friedmann, a physician associated with the American Board of Hospital Medicine, examined how different essential oils affect the body. He explains why essential oils work: When the essential oil is inhaled, the micro droplets are carried to the limbic system of the brain, which is that portion that is the processing center for reason, emotion, and smell, [...]

2018-10-25T17:26:41+00:00 By |

Is the Cure for Diabetes a Humble Root?

Billions are spent annually and still there is no conventional cure for diabetes. Or is there a cheap, safe and freely available solution already growing beneath our feet?     Diabetes is a very big business, representing tens of billion of dollars in pharmaceutical drug sales annually. Tragically, while the number of diabetes diagnoses continue to expand globally the drugs themselves, including recombinant (GMO produced) insulin, appear to actually increase mortality. Upton Sinclair nailed the problem on its head when he stated: “It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends on his not understanding it.” In other words, the resistance within the conventional medical system against finding both the causes and the cures for the diabetes epidemic is institutional,  and economically-motivated, which is to say fundamentally unethical. This happens to be why alternative health sites like continue to enjoy expanding popularity around the world. There is no shortage of research on natural solutions to both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, but with the mainstream media’s primary funding coming from Big Pharma, the storylines either completely ignore or are pitted against the natural solutions we regularly report on. Back in 2014, for instance, we reported on a truly groundbreaking finding published in the American Diabetes Association’s very own journal, Diabetes Care, which found a turmeric extract (curcumin) was 100% effective in preventing the progression from pre-diabetes to diabetes (type 2). Obviously, turmeric possesses a wide range of side benefits, making this finding all the more promising for those under conventional care. Clearly, if these spectacular results had been obtained through an FDA approved drug instead of a plant that grows freely, it would have made global headlines as one of the greatest achievements of modern pharmaceutical medicine history. Fortunately, it appears that academic interest in turmeric and diabetes is picking up. A recent report, focused on the work of an Indian scientist, Professor Manohar Garg, working out o the University of Newcastle’s Nutraceuticals Research Group, suggests that turmeric’s anti-diabetic properties are related to its well known anti-inflammatory properties. Professor Garg is presently designing a clinical trial that will look at this connection in depth: “The root cause of type 2 diabetes is systemic inflammation, which impacts insulin secretion and function” Professor Garg explains. “We want to nip the inflammation in the bud.” Professor Garg is leading a randomized, controlled trial that will test the effects of both turmeric and omega-3 fatty acids: “The anti-inflammatory mechanisms surrounding curcumin and omega-3 fats are different, so we want to test if they complement each other and have treatment synergies beyond their individual effects,” Professor Garg added. “Our thinking is that the combination is safe, free of any side- effects and may prove to be as effective as drugs used for management of diabetes”. already houses a wide range of studies on both turmeric and omega-3 fatty acid’s anti-inflammatory and anti-diabetic properties, along with extensive research on over 1700 other natural substances. You can view the anti-type 1 Diabetes research on turmeric here, [...]

2018-10-25T16:50:13+00:00 By |

Why Meditation Can Help You Overcome Depression for Good

Doctors and psychiatrists are well-versed in the science of antidepressants. They’ve established a body of research showing how levels of certain brain chemicals fluctuate to affect mood, and they can chemically stabilize someone’s mood with pills. But truly healing from depression involves many intangible factors such as diet, the support of family and friends, belief systems, self-identity, frustration with work, resolving or coming to terms with childhood trauma or past events, and so on. There really is no one-pill-chemical solution to heal people from depression. In an article entitled, The Real Cause of Depression Has Been Completely Overlooked, Christina Sarich looks at some of these intangibles. “Many of us with depression can think back to multiple instances of child abuse, negligence, and abandonment. We were likely raised by narcissistic parents who themselves, were abused. If our parents happened to be fairy-tale perfect, society did its own number on us, either bullying the innocent, exposing us to broken families and rampant poverty, or simply mind-controlling the heck out of us into thinking that because we don’t fit the images paraded before us, we are somehow lacking or inferior. Our brains are trying to help us live. They become depressed and anxious because they are calling those wounds to the surface so that they can be healed. If we keep medicating them, the wounds will only crash to shore with more vengeance, until we finally understand the Higher Purpose of pain. Just as food can be toxic to our bodies, so can stress. Adverse childhood experiences coupled with real depression-instilling societal norms upheld today have created an epidemic of depression.” ~Christina Sarich What we do know is that depression takes place in the brain. Some amalgam of thoughts, memories, and brain chemicals combine to cause it. And since it is somehow a function of the brain, then we can employ the tools at our disposal to manipulate how the brain works. Of course the drug companies have their stake in recommending pills, but the simple (and free) act of meditation can go along way in recovering from depression. For starters, meditation is an act that increases connection. It allows us to see clearly just how much control we have, or don’t have, over the thoughts and emotions running through the mind. It allows us to identify patterns and programs at work in the mind, by allowing us to isolate the inner happenings of the mind from the external influences inundating us each day. Furthermore, scientific studies have demonstrated that meditation can be highly effective. In a 2016 article entitled, How Running and Meditation Changes the Brains of the Depressed, Melissa Dahl reports on one such study: “To test this, Alderman and his colleagues recruited 52 young adults, 22 of whom had been diagnosed with major depressive disorder and referred by a university counseling clinic. (The rest of the participants were “typically healthy” individuals.) Twice a week for eight weeks, all of the study volunteers reported to the lab for MAP training sessions, during [...]

2018-10-25T15:00:16+00:00 By |

Cancer: Busting the Myths – More Natural Cancer Treatments

Natural Cancer Treatments: Great Alternative Doctors and Cancer Healers   Natural cancer treatments abound if you care to look hard enough. It just goes to show that Nature has provided us with all the answers. We don’t need Big Pharma pushing its synthetic agenda to make us well or treat our diseases. The Western Medicine-Big Pharma conglomerate (including the AMA, FDA, CDC, etc.) would like you to believe there is no scientific evidence that natural substances are useful in treating cancer. This is in spite of the fact that Big Pharma companies routinely use natural substances to inspire the design of their synthetic “medicines”, which almost always have toxic side effects. This article is the last in the series (part 1 here) and continues the list of natural cancer treatments begun in part 2. Natural Cancer Cures #10: Cannabis One of the most controversial natural cancer treatments to spring to public consciousness has been the cannabis plant. It has gone from being shunned to embraced in many US states due to its potent medical properties. Cannabis has been shown to help with a variety of ailments including cancer. There are many medical studies now proving the cancer-fighting ability of THC. For one example out of many, look at the 2010 Spanish study which found that THC reduced “tumor growth, tumor number, and the amount/severity of lung metastases” in mice. Rick Simpson (Run From the Cure) famously made cannabis oil with THC, however the non-THC varieties which are high in CBD also have anti-cancer properties. Cannabinoids (the phytochemicals or plant chemicals found in the cannabis plant) can cross the blood-brain barrier, and therefore show great promise as a brain cancer cure. Cannabis arrests the growth of cancer in these 4 key ways (all of which directly combat the hallmarks of cancer outlined in part 1): antiproliferative (prevents cancer cells from reproducing) apoptotic (induces cancer cells to self-destruct) antiangiogenic (prevents formation of new blood vessels needed by tumor to grow) antimetastatic (prevents cancer from spreading to other organs) Natural Cancer Cures #11: Cesium Chloride Cesium chloride is another natural cancer treatment which is both simple and astounding. To understand how it works, you need to remember that cancer cells, as discussed in part 1, function in a very different way to healthy cells. Healthy cells use oxygen to burn glucose (oxidation), whereas cancer cells use fermentation to burn the glucose. Dr. Otto Warburg won the 1931 Nobel Prize for discovering that cancer is anaerobic, not aerobic. Oxygen (O2), and ozone for that matter (O3), are the archenemies of cancer. It can’t stand them. So, as the cancer cells ferment the glucose, they produce the byproduct lactic acid, which begins to flood the surrounding cells. This naturally lowers the pH of the cells, taking them from a healthy alkaline state (around 7.3) to an acidic state (around 5.7). The newly created acidity also destroys the ability of DNA and RNA to control cell division, so the cancerous cells begin to multiply without limit. A vicious cycle of cachexia can begin in some cancer patients. The body sends [...]

2018-10-25T16:40:44+00:00 By |