Ground Therapy A Revolutionary Health Practice

written by Danica Collins

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Did you know...that a free, revolutionary health practice can eradicate the root cause of chronic pain–and prevent or reverse nearly every known health condition? If you suffer from chronic pain, you're not alone. More than 100 million Americans are suffering right along with you—and this massive epidemic of pain is taking a terrible toll on American health. In fact, 1 out of every 4 sick days is taken to deal with pain. Unfortunately, mainstream medicine has yet to develop an effective system for managing pain. Over-the-counter pain meds are riddled with side effects (with new dangers being revealed virtually every day) and prescription painkillers are even worse. However, a revolutionary alternative health practice known as ground therapy can quickly and lastingly eradicate pain by eliminating free radicals, the underlying source of many types of pain. The good news is that by addressing free radicals, you not only end pain, but also protect yourself against virtually every negative health condition and disease known to man. Here's why. How Free Radicals Ruin Your Health Free radicals are one of the key components of the body's inflammatory response. Normal metabolic processes generate reactive oxygen species, commonly called free radicals. Technically, any molecule with an unpaired electron is a free radical. The most dangerous (and most common) are oxygen-free radicals. "We need free radicals to live," Lester Packer, a biochemist at the University of California at Berkeley told New York Time science reporter Natalie Angier, "but they're also the bane of our existence." That's because free radicals are highly reactive. Sometimes, that means they "begin nicking [surrounding] cells to pieces," as Angier put it. When left untreated, free radical damage can result in numerous negative health outcomes including... Heightened stress Altered metabolic rate Greater risk of blood clotting Water retention Impeded healing Imbalance hormones Suppressed immune system Aging Disease Meanwhile, the chronic pain caused by free radicals sometimes leads to psychological issues like lows self-esteem...depression...and feelings of powerlessness and hopelessness. Permanent Relief in Just Minutes Ground therapy is one powerful, free method proven to eliminate free radicals and halt the pain and disease they can cause when left unchecked. Ground therapy (also called "grounding" or "earthing") is based on the scientific principle that standing barefoot on the ground gives us access to the earth's subtle electromagnetic energies, and that these energies can have an enormous positive impact on our health. Ground therapy relieves pain rapidly, often within 30 minutes of the first session. The simplest way to ground yourself, of course, is to spend more time outside. Playing outside with pets and kids, doing work outside during the warm months, or even just walking barefoot to get the mail are all ways of grounding yourself that involve relatively little effort. Most experts say that just 15 minutes of direct contact between your bare feet and the earth is all it takes to see profound benefits. For those with severe chronic pain and serious health conditions, or for whom being in contact with the earth for 15 minutes a day is not realistic, simple grounding devices are a great alternative. There are several different types of devices, such as grounding mats, throws, sheets, rods, and patches. Considering that grounding devices are capable of eliminating any kind of physical pain, you might think they would sell for hundreds or even thousands of dollars—but such is not the case! Depending on the retailer, quality devices cost only $20 - $60 dollars. These are simple actions that can have massive—and in many cases life saving—health benefits.

Fact or Myth: Can Manuka Honey Heal Wounds?

written by Danica Collins

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This is a FACT. Once upon a time, honey was the go-to healing aid for wounds. In the early 20th century, however, with the discovery of penicillin and subsequent antibiotics, honey fell out of favor…a home remedy at best. But, like fashion, natural remedies enjoy ebbs and flows of popularity, and it looks like honey in wound care is trending again. The Antiseptic Powers of Honey Unprocessed honey’s got the three As of wound healing: antibacterial, antifungal, and antioxidant. Honey is able to fight infection with its high concentration of antibacterial agents, like glucose, fructose, acid, and the hydrogen peroxide that’s released by the glucose oxidase enzyme. One study made up of 59 patients suffering from ulcers and wounds—80% of which couldn’t be healed with conventional treatments—showed that topical application of honey effectively treated 58 out of 59 wounds! There’s one honey, however, that stands out from the honey pack. Magical Manuka Honey Manuka honey, sourced from the medicinal Manuka bush in New Zealand, is the most potent honey in the world. Numerous clinical trials have shown that Manuka can destroy more than 250 strains of bacteria…even the most resistant: MRSA (methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus) MSSA (methicillin sensitive Staphylococcus aureus) VRE (vancomycin-resistant enterococci) Manuka honey is proven to work as well—if not better than—standard antiseptics at treating bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and all other infectious organisms. Manuka honey heals wounds so effectively due to its standout ingredient Unique Manuka Factor (UMF). No one knows what this unique factor is, only that it is only found in Manuka honey and it’s the key to Manuka’s remarkable healing properties and antimicrobial activities. In order to be “active” Manuka must have a UMF rating of 10 or higher. Use Manuka honey for healing wounds, leg ulcers, burns, acne, wrinkles, coughs, acid reflux, stomach infections, digestive ailments, ulcers, and diarrhea.

Fact or Myth: Low Vitamin D Levels Are Linked to Parkinson’s

written by Danica Collins

This is a FACT. Recent research flips the script. Having low vitamin D levels isn’t a symptom of Parkinson’s disease (as previously espoused) but a cause! Parkinson’s disease, a neurodegenerative disorder that afflicts 50,000-60,000 Americans every year, is the 14th most common cause of death. It disrupts proper motor function by assaulting dopamine-producing brain cells. Early warning symptoms include loss of smell, tremors, and unexplained changes in sleep patterns. Research keeps on showing that low vitamin D levels are linked to Parkinson’s. The Link between Low D and Parkinson’s Typically, low vitamin D levels are associated with an increased risk for osteoporosis, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes. It’s time to add an increased risk for Parkinson’s disease to that list. A study published in the Archives of Neurology followed 3,173 patients over 29 years. At the start of the study, when all patients were Parkinson’s free, researchers analyzed vitamin D levels in patient blood samples. At the end of the 29 years, results showed that those with the lowest levels of vitamin D had the highest risk of Parkinson’s, while those with the highest levels had the lowest associated risk. Another study confirmed that low vitamin D levels are linked to Parkinson’s. Out of 150 Parkinson’s patients, 70% had insufficient vitamin D levels (less than 30 nanograms/ milliliter) and 26% were vitamin D deficient (less than 20 nanograms/ milliliter). Soak Up Some Sun Rays These are frightening statistics for Americans, three-fourths of whom have low vitamin D levels! It’s not surprising. Over the last couple of decades, we’ve been scared away from the sun…and cancer and other life-threatening diseases have risen accordingly! The very best way to ensure adequate vitamin D levels is to expose large surface areas of your skin (legs and arms) to the sun. Be diligent and careful about managing the sun. A sunburn is indeed dangerous, but depending on your skin type and latitudinal coordinates, exposing your sunscreen-free skin to sunlight between 10 and 30 minutes a day will ensure healthy vitamin D levels year round. Although food can’t replace the sun when it comes to manufacturing vitamin D in the body, you can shore up deficiencies by eating oily, coldwater fish like salmon and mackerel. If you have been diagnosed with vitamin D insufficiency/deficiency, then consider taking a supplement made from the active form of vitamin D—vitamin D3.

Fact or Myth: Eating Spicy Foods Causes Ulcers

written by Danica Collins

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This is a MYTH. For decades, medical professionals attributed ulcers to causes such as eating spicy foods, chronic stress, tobacco, alcohol and other less-than-optimal lifestyle habits. A common prescription for ulcers was to dial down the stress and eat a bland, boring diet. While symptoms may have calmed a bit, the ulcers weren’t cured. In the early 1980s, however, it was discovered that these factors—including eating spicy foods—may exacerbate the symptoms of ulcers, but don’t actually cause ulcers. The real cause of peptic ulcer disease (PUD) may surprise you! Pesky Bacteria There’s a particularly pesky bacterium that’s responsible for infecting nearly three million people worldwide…and it’s responsible for two-thirds of all peptic ulcers. Helicobacter pylori lodges in your stomach and duodenum and secretes an enzyme that defends against stomach acid. It settles into your mucosal lining, and not even your immune system can defeat it. In fact, the nutrients sent to attack the bacteria actually end up feeding it! The bacteria thrive, and eventually an ulcer develops. If left untreated for decades, the bacteria may develop into stomach cancer. Good News If you are plagued by ulcers, don’t worry! Helicobacter pylori is treatable! Doctors typically prescribe a two-week antibiotic cocktail, followed by a proton inhibitor pump (PPI) such as Prilosec and a bismuth drug like Pepto-Bismol. There’s a chance that your ulcer isn’t caused by bacteria at all, but by the frequent use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen. No matter the cause, it’s important to see a medical professional to treat this painful and in the most extreme cases life-threatening health condition.

Fact or Myth: Drinking Water Flushes Toxins from Your Body

written by Danica Collins

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This is a FACT. Truth: drinking water flushes toxins from your body. And no, the water that is part of your soda, or tea, or coffee, or sports drink (or whatever other sugary beverage you enjoy) doesn’t count! In fact, these other drinks actually increase your need for water, because more water is required to flush these liquids (and any toxins they may carry) from the body. Water allows your kidneys to filter toxins, helps your cells take in nutrients and remove waste, and transports nutrients to every organ in your body. If you don’t drink enough water, then you might be suffering from a buildup of toxins throughout your body—from your kidneys to your bloodstream—and the effect is most definitely compromising your immune system. No Fancy Detox System Required It’s very simple. Your kidneys need water to work. Kidneys eliminate toxins and waste products from the blood and urine, and process water-soluble toxins from the liver. If you don’t drink enough water, your kidneys won’t have enough fluid to function properly. Instead of flushing metabolic waste out through the bladder, your body holds on to toxins. You can detoxify simply by increasing your water intake throughout the day, and flushing accumulated toxins from your kidneys! Water also softens stool and promotes regular bowel movements. Toxins are removed from the digestive system through your bowels! If you don’t have enough water lubricating your stool and colon, then the colon can dry out and stool can accumulate, causing constipation and other digestive ailments. So instead of reaching for that can of Diet Coke or bottle of Gatorade, reach for a glass of water instead…your kidneys will thank you!

Fact or Myth: Is Burning Incense Bad for Your Health?

written by Danica Collins

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This is a FACT. The wafts of smoke, the calming effects of aromatherapy…there is something magical about burning incense. It’s a practice with spiritual, cleansing, purifying, even healing applications. But did you know that burning incense carries some pretty significant health risks? Research has linked incense to various health disorders, including respiratory distress, headaches, cardiovascular complications, cancer, and undesirable transformations in lung-cell structure. Incense Smoke as Bad as Cigarette Smoke! According to a 2013 study conducted by University of North Carolina researchers, incense smoke carries similar health risks as cigarette smoke. Researchers used two types of incense commonly burned in 96% of the homes in the United Arab Emirates on a weekly basis. They burnt incense over the course of three hours in an indoor chamber that mimicked an archetypal living room. They identified and examined the particulate concentrations and levels of gases, including carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), sulfur dioxide, and oxides of nitrogen and formaldehyde. Human lung cells were kept in the chambers for 24 hours to let the particulates settle and impact the cells. The lung cells reacted with an inflammatory response that mimics the response of lung cells exposed to cigarette smoke! A 2008 study in the journal Cancer linked incense burning to a statistically higher risk of upper respiratory tract cancers, especially squamous-cell carcinoma tumors. Alternatives to Incense Burning Be it sticks, cones, or resin, incense is splashed with essential oils which impart the aroma you crave. Why not ditch the smoke that can make you sick, and instead benefit from the positive health effects of essential oils directly? Use an aromatherapy diffuser, which emits a mist of water and essential oils, so you get a smoke-like effect and a pleasant-smelling home or office without subjecting yourself to any health risks. If you refuse to give up your incense, then avoid using a charcoal briquette to burn your resin, as the smoke from the charcoal adds even more pollutants and carbon monoxide to the environment. And be sure to provide adequate ventilation, opening windows and doors to improve air flow.

Nurse Your Flu with Honeysuckle Tea

written by Danica Collins

It’s flu season again, but before you rush out for a flu shot and shoot yourself up with health-compromising toxins, consider stocking up with honeysuckle tea. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners have been prescribing honeysuckle tea to treat flu viruses for over a century, and recent research provides scientific evidence attesting to honeysuckle’s nurturing nature. In fact, the study, published in the journal Cell Research, marks the first time a natural substance has been found to directly attack a virus. Researchers from Nanjing University, China discovered that a molecule in honeysuckle called MIR2911 can suppress the influenza A (IAV) family of viruses, which includes the Spanish flu, swine flu, and avian flu. Even when honeysuckle is mashed up and boiled in water, the molecule’s antiviral properties remain in tact. MIR2911 works by deactivating two genes that have been pinpointed as key to the replication of IAV viruses. Researchers also determined that both the natural and synthetic versions of MIR2911 exhibit the same effect on IAV infections. In addition, researchers declare that MIR2911 also directly targets the Ebola virus. The researchers tested the effect of honeysuckle on mice infected with IAV viruses. Results showed that MIR2911 was effective against H5N1 and H7N9 IAV viruses, thereby demonstrating honeysuckle’s broad spectrum antiviral activity. Because IAV viruses have the ability to mutate and become resistant to previously effective treatments, it’s important to find natural methods that can treat multiple viruses. Honeysuckle seems to be one such alternative, however, human clinical trials need to be conducted to confirm its beneficial effects in humans. In the meantime, sip on some honeysuckle tea this flu season and do a little self-experimentation. It’s safe, side-effect free, and sweet-tasting!

Lack of Access to Quality Care Increases Cancer Risk

written by Danica Collins

This just in: Harvard researchers have discovered that nearly 1 in 20 cancer patients die within a month of surgery…a much higher percentage of death than that cited by previous smaller studies. While advanced cancer stood out as the primary risk factor, social and economic circumstances also featured as probable causes, leading researchers to conclude that lack of access to quality care increases cancer risk. Frightening New Cancer Stats The study, presented October 2014 at the American Society of Clinical Oncology Quality Care Symposium in Boston, included 1.1 million cancer sufferers who had surgery between the years 2004 and 2011. Cancers studied included some of the most fatal: lung, breast, colorectal, prostate, thyroid, esophageal, pancreatic, endometrial, ovarian, head and neck, liver, bladder/kidney, melanoma, and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Within just one month of post-op, 5% (that’s 53,500 patients) had died. Single, older, uninsured, minority, male, and less educated individuals, as well as those with advanced cancer, were at the most risk for death. Specifically… Men had an 11% increased risk Older patients had a 2% increased risk Minority patients a 13% increased risk Advanced cancer patients an 89% increased risk Married, insured, wealthier, and more educated patients fared much better. Specifically… Married patients had a 20% decreased risk Insured patients a 12% decreased risk Higher income patients a 5% decreased risk Better educated patients a 2% decreased risk Notably, 40% of the patients were younger than 65 and not eligible for Medicare, which calls into question the access some of these patients had to quality health care. Lead author Brandon Mahal, a research fellow at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, explains: "We believe that disproportionate access to quality health care is the major driver of the disparities in one-month cancer surgical deaths observed in this study." One more reason to be ever-vigilant in securing and safeguarding your health.

How Honesty Can Improve Health

written by Danica Collins

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According to lying expert Robert Feldman, most of us fib at least twice in the course of a 10-minute conversation. His research shows that on average, we lie 11 times a day! New research presented at the national convention of the American Psychological Association suggests that all this lying may be making us sicker and that honesty can improve health. Insincerity Counts When it comes to lying and its affects on health, insincerity counts. We aren’t just talking about big bold-faced lies, but half-truths, compliments given that you don’t really mean, and white lies told to make your life easier but that don’t really hurt anyone. Surely you’ve been guilty of a falsehood like, “Honey I ran out of gas, but by the time I refilled and made it to the market it was closed. So sorry, I couldn’t grab the milk”…when really, you just forgot. As part of their Science of Honesty project funded by Templeton Foundation, University of Notre Dame researchers Anita E. Kelly and Lijuan Wang set out to determine if honesty can improve health. They separated a group of 72 adults (with an average age of 41) into two groups: a control group that weren’t given any details or instructions beyond the fact that they were participating in a study, and a test group that were given the following orders: “Throughout every day of the next five weeks, you must speak honestly, truthfully, and sincerely—not only about the big things, but also about the small things, such as why you were late. You must always mean what you say in situations where your statements are to be taken seriously, as opposed to when joking or obviously exaggerating. While you certainly can choose not to answer questions, you must always mean what you say.” Participants in both groups checked in for polygraph tests and physical health assessments periodically over the next five weeks. Results were astonishing! The group on an insincerity fast showed a significantly decreased risk for seven fewer symptoms, including sore throats, nausea, headaches, and mental symptoms such as tension! Perhaps all the lying may affect our bodies and our health on a psychosomatic level, lowering our immune systems and upping our risks for colds and viruses? Practice Sincerity Giving up insincerity can be as difficult as giving up smoking for some. As you try to implement a 100% sincere life, go easy on yourself. You’re bound to slip you with a compliment you don’t really mean, or a half-truth to avoid making waves. Acknowledge your gaffe with insincerity and move forward with “sincere” intentions.

The Indigo Rose Tomato

written by Danica Collins

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Looks like your everyday red variety of tomato has some competition. Have you heard of the new Indigo Rose..the purple tomato teeming with antioxidants praised for their nutritional prowess? It’s more than a pretty pop of color tempting your palette; the indigo rose is pumped with anthocyanins, antioxidants that enrich the tomato with a purple hue and protect against cancer, diabetes, and neurodegenerative conditions. The Birth of the Indigo Rose The birth of the indigo rose tomato can be traced back to the 1960s, when two scientists cross-cultivated the standard red tomato with wild species of tomato from the Galapagos Islands and Chile. These wild varieties contained anthocyanins. It wasn’t until recently, however, that a team of graduate researchers under the leadership of Professor Jim Myers of the University of Oregon, were able to cultivate a brand new breed of purple tomato. Previously, wild garden tomatoes sported purple leaves or stems, but no purple (or anthocyanins) on the edible parts of the plant. The purple did absolutely no good in the wrong places! Myers and his team successfully bred red and purple tomato plants to create the indigo rose, the darkest variety of tomato around. According to Myers, "It is the first improved tomato variety in the world that has anthocyanins in its fruit." What’s the Big Deal About Anthocyanins Anthocyanins are antioxidants that have been touted for their pain-relieving, neuroprotective, and anti-inflammatory properties. Research has shown that a diet rich in anthocyanins may help treat and prevent diabetes, depression, anxiety, neurodegenerative diseases, and cancer. Red vs. Purple Myers claims that indigo rose tomatoes taste the same as red tomatoes, but it’s important to wait until they are ripe to harvest and eat so that the sugars and acids have had time to completely develop. Like the red tomato, the indigo rose is green when unripe, and turns purple when exposed to sunlight. When the purple hue has changed from a purple-blue to a purple-brown, it’s a green light go for consumption. Blueberries are another fruit known for their high concentration of anthocyanins. They actually have more anthocyanins than indigo rose tomatoes do. Nonetheless, people consume tomatoes more than blueberries—Americans eat 22 pounds of tomatoes a year according to USDA estimates! So adding some indigo rose in with red is a way to ensure you’re consuming a healthy amount of protective anthocyanin antioxidants. Note: Hybridization has been used for thousands of years to create new species of plants and is not to be confused with genetically modified foods.

Artificial Sweeteners Linked to Glucose Intolerance

written by Danica Collins

Glucose intolerance, or pre-diabetes, affects an estimated 41 million Americans. It’s the gateway to type 2 diabetes…and as obesity rates rise, more and more people are stepping through. A brand new study published in the weekly science journal Nature reports: artificial sweeteners linked to glucose intolerance…the very condition these sugar substitutes are supposed to treat!  What Is Glucose Intolerance? When consuming a food or beverage high in sugar, a healthy individual with properly functioning glucose controls will experience a spike in glucose (blood sugar), followed by a decline as insulin is released from the pancreas. Insulin tells the cells to either burn the excess glucose as energy, or store it as fat. When your cells stop listening to the instructions insulin is giving them, they become insulin resistant, and don’t let glucose enter. Blood sugar levels remain chronically elevated, and this state of glucose intolerance eventually manifests as full-blown diabetes if left unmanaged. The Link Between Artificial Sweeteners and Glucose Intolerance Motivated by the emerging link between artificial sweeteners and obesity, researchers from the Weizmann Institute in Israel set out to explore the possible association between artificial sweeteners and glucose intolerance. Young healthy mice received one of three sweeteners in their drinking water—saccharin, aspartame, or sucralose—at a dose equivalent to the FDA’s maximum daily suggested allowance for artificial sweeteners. The researchers compared this variable group to two controls: young healthy mice who received plain drinking water and young healthy mice who received regular sugar in their drinking water. After 11 weeks, researchers tested glucose tolerance by giving the mice a drink high in sugar, and then taking blood samples. The mice who consumed artificial sweeteners exhibited dramatic elevations in blood-glucose levels…much higher than the mice in the control groups. Furthermore, blood-glucose levels in the variable group took significantly longer to stabilize back to normal. Researcher Eran Segal explains, “They showed significant glucose intolerance at levels comparable to a metabolic disease." Artificial Sweeteners Affect Gut Bacteria Researchers speculate that glucose intolerance may be caused by the effect artificial sweeteners have on gut bacteria. To test this theory, they cleared out gut bacteria using antibiotics (which destroy both good and bad microflora). They then tested saccharin’s effects. With no gut bacteria, the artificial sweetener demonstrated no substantial influence on glucose tolerance. However, when they transferred the gut bacteria of mice who had been feed saccharin into the mice with previously bacteria-free guts, the mice became glucose intolerant! An examination of gut bacteria before and after the experiments confirmed that the mice fed artificial sweeteners demonstrated a dramatic increase in several different types of gut bacteria, particularly those associated with obesity. Researchers then attempted to connect the results of this animal study to its applicability to humans. They reviewed data from 381 people and determined that there was indeed a link between artificial sweeteners and glucose intolerance, but they couldn’t determine what came first…the obesity, glucose intolerance, and then artificial sweeteners in an attempt to manage the metabolic conditions…or the artificial sweeteners, then the obesity, then the glucose intolerance. To help solve the mystery, they put seven healthy individuals who did not normally eat artificial sweeteners on an artificial sweetener regimen that matched the FDA’s daily saccharin allowance. The result? Four out of seven people saw a dramatic increase in glucose intolerance, while three people experienced no significant change. The four who were affected had different gut bacteria than the three who were not. Moreover, those exhibiting glucose intolerance showed significant rises in deleterious gut bacteria. So, what to take from this groundbreaking study? Co-author Eran Elinav perhaps sums up the findings the best:  "The most shocking result is that the use of sweeteners aimed at preventing diabetes might actually be contributing to and possibly driving the epidemic that it aims to prevent."

The 8 Healthiest Foods on the Planet

written by Ivy Larson

The 20-year high school reunion I attended a little over a week ago has had me (and all of my girlfriends!) thinking and talking a lot about anti-aging. I feel incredibly lucky to have such a close group of friends I grew up with and still keep in touch with on a regular basis. Whenever we all get together I feel like I am 13-years old again! Well, let me rephrase that.... My spirit is the same as it was when I was 13, but my body is not (sigh). However, I know for a fact that I can slow the aging process by the foods I choose to eat---or not eat. When I started my "whole food" nutrition journey back in 1998  I was just 22-years old, and so I definitely did not have "anti-aging" on my mind. But as I approach my 40th birthday, I most certainly do now! The thought of aging can be a little scary, but when I look at someone like Mimi Kirk (in the photo to the left) who is living an incredibly full and vibrant life---and who looks absolutely stunning at 75 years old!!!---I know that aging gracefully is absolutely possible. But one thing is for certain... you won't age gracefully eating donuts and potato chips! I can also tell you that anyone who is over the age of about 30 years old and who enjoys vibrant health and still looks good is taking care of themselves and also paying attention to good nutrition (for the record, the beautiful Mimi Kirk has been a raw food vegan since her mid-thirties). Unfortunately, it is not always easy to get good nutrition in today's rush-rush world. This is why if you are serious about nutrition, you need to start adding raw, unrefined superfoods to your diet.... Superfoods for Super Health & Super Beauty  Raw, unrefined superfoods (such as the chlorella and spirulina in the photo above) play a critical role in anti-aging nutrition. In the simplest terms, what this means is that if you want to look and feel your very best for years and years to come, then you need to eat the very best and most nutritious food. And you need to eat it consistently. The problem is, some of the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet---including chlorella and sprirulina---are not exactly among the tastiest. But don't despair! I have a solution... I have identified 8 of the healthiest and most nutrient dense superfoods on the planet and I found a convenient, tasty and economical solution for how to eat them every day. Click HERE for the 8 Superfoods and My Simple Superfood Solution. I promise adding the superfoods really will make a difference... As always, thank you so much for your support of Clean Cuisine! Love, Ivy P.S. Thank you to everyone who attended the "Cure NF with Jack" golf tournament last Friday. It was a huge success! I just had to share two photos from the event below---one of little Jack Burke (our guest honor) and one of me with golf-legend Jack Nicklaus.

Bacopa Supercharges Memory

written by Danica Collins

Can This Ancient Herb Really Supercharge Your Memory? Experts Say It Can   Recently, a world-renowned medical expert claimed that an herb called Bacopa Monnieri can enhance your memory and help you focus better.  If that sounds too good to be true, read on, because reams of scientific research back up this expert's claims.   Memory Loss FACT Americans are now more concerned about losing their cognitive abilities than they are about cancer, heart disease, or stroke. Source: MetLife/Harris survey   Bacopa: A Memory Miracle Herb Proven by Modern Science  Bacopa is a leafy, creeping herb native to India.  It also grows in wetland areas throughout Asia, Hawaii, and southern parts of the United States. This herb has been used as a brain-booster in traditional Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years.  Historical texts as far back as the 6th century claim that Bacopa works wonders to enhance memory, learning and concentration. Researchers have confirmed these claims: New information retained better: In a study published in the esteemed journal Neuropsychopharmacology, researchers gave Bacopa or a placebo to 76 adults ages 40 to 65.  Bacopa had a significant effect on their retention of new information. Memory and learning abilities improved: In an Australian study at the University of Wollongong, Bacopa boosted memory and recall.  Prior to the study, researchers tested participants on their verbal learning abilities, memory and speed of information processing.  After giving them either Bacopa or a placebo, those tests were repeated at week 5 and 12 of the study.  Participants taking Bacopa scored considerably higher than those on placebo. Information learned twice as fast: A study presented at the 1996 International Brain Research Conference showed that Bacopa reduced the time needed to learn new tasks by almost 50%.  Participants taking Bacopa mastered the task in just 6 days, compared to 10 days for the control group. Better attention and information processing: A study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicineshowed that elderly participants who took Bacopa daily demonstrated greater improvement in attention and verbal information processing than those taking a placebo.  These results led scientists to conclude that Bacopa strongly supports normal brain function. Bacopa's Powers Enhanced By Companion Plants  Bacopa works wonders to shield and restore your brain... boost your memory... and sharpen your focus.  But even better, this herb's effects are drastically enhanced by other plant-based nutrients. Modern science has revealed 5 other plant-based brain boosters with effects that surpass all others:      The unusual mushroom that protects and rejuvenates your brain: In ancient China, only the emperor was allowed to eat a certain medicinal mushroom that was said to give him "nerves of steel and the memory of a lion."  It was used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine to stimulate the mind and soothe the stomach.  This powerful herb protects your brain in two primary ways.  First, it optimizes neuron health and connectivity.  Second, it protects your brain cells from damage from amyloid beta peptide, the production and deposition of which is considered by some researchers to be associated with the development of Alzheimer's disease.      The "graceful aging" mushroom from China:This nearly translucent jelly fungus grows in warmer climates and has been used as a tonic and beauty enhancer by the Chinese and Japanese for more than 2,000 years.  It has proven effective in supporting a healthy immune system... supporting normal response to infection... and maintaining healthy cholesterol.  It has also been shown to boost your capacity to learn and remember things.      The "miracle-worker" mushroom that restores balance: According to traditional Chinese medicine, this adaptogenic herb is a miracle worker because it helps your body maintain a healthy balance—and restores balance when you are sick.  For centuries, this mushroom has been used to boost the immune system... even when fighting chronic diseases... support a healthy cardiovascular system... ease respiratory problems... and relieve allergies.  This mushroom contains triterpenes and polysaccharides that help put the brakes on destructive proteins that cause memory-stealing plaque to form in your brain.  Plus, they protect your brain cells from irritation—which helps with neurodegenerative issues.      Power-packed leaves that even help with severe memory loss: Studies have found that the leaves from one of the oldest living species of this tree can help people suffering with severe memory loss by improving thinking, learning, and memory... social behavior... depression... and the ability to handle daily activities—like eating, walking and dressing.  Plus, it appears to work well in delaying brain aging.  It has been shown to improve blood flow to the nervous system and brain and has been used in China to boost cognitive abilities for thousands of years.  It even helps protect your brain from neuronal damage.      An amazing "cure all" that dates back to 33 BC:This herb has been used to treat everything from memory loss to regulating blood sugar for thousands of years.  Several studies show that it helps boost mental performance by lengthening attention span and improving focus.  In a German study, elderly participants who took this herb saw improvements in memory, concentration, attention and ability to cope. Best Science-Backed Brain Boosters Ever Identified... All-in-One Supplement Imagine what could happen if you were to combine the neuron-restoring, memory-improving powers of Bacopa with all 5 of the above-mentioned, researched and proven botanical memory boosters? You could... Normalize damaged nerve cells and help improve their ability to transmit signals in your brain... Stimulate your levels of nerve growth factor so your brain's neurons can stay healthy, growing and communicating... Protect against dangerous brain plaque and free radicals, before they can damage your nerve cells and wreak havoc with your brain function... Help enhance the circulation of nutrient-rich blood and oxygen to your brain... And protect your brain from memory-stealing irritation.    And as a result, you can remember things better... learn new skills and information faster... focus more easily... and even enjoy better moods! Discover for yourself how to supercharge your memory, boost your brain health, think more clearly, learn faster, and focus better—with the only all-natural supplement that contains optimal amounts of both Bacopa and all 5 synergistic plants to enhance its brain-protecting capacities.  Regain the ability to learn new things and remember even the tiniest of details with the ease of a much younger person, CLICK HERE to start now.

How to Reprogram Your DNA for Optimum Health

written by Underground Health Reporter

Spontaneous Healing and Other Health Miracles Through Epigenetics How many times have you heard someone say… “Cancer runs in my family. My grandmother had it… my aunt had it… and I may as well accept that I’m going to get it too.” “Almost everyone in my family is overweight, including me. It’s in our genes. I’ll never be able to lose weight – no matter how hard I try.” “My dad died of heart disease when he was just 50. I have his genes, so I’ll probably die young, too.” Or maybe it was YOU saying those things, because you’ve been led to believe that your genes are fixed and can never be changed. Well, what if everything you’ve been told about your genes is WRONG? What if you could change your genes – and take control of your health – in as little as 2 minutes? In the exciting field of epigenetics, scientists have discovered that your DNA – which is shaped like a double helix – is not a fixed structure after all. You can, in fact, alter your DNA with such things as magnetic fields, heart coherence, positive mental states and intention. In a recent study conducted at the Institute of HeartMath, human DNA was placed inside a sealed test tube. Test subjects were then trained to generate focused feelings. When they produced negative emotions, the two strands that make up the human DNA would wind together more tightly. However, when they focused on feelings of love and appreciation, the DNA strands relaxed and exhibited positive changes – in just two minutes! Just think about what this means… You have the power to reprogram your genes – and radically transform your health destiny! Using your emotions is just one way to change your DNA. There are many other ways that are easy for you to do in the privacy and comfort of your own home – without any medical intervention whatsoever. By tapping into the science of epigenetics, you can rewrite the way your genes express themselves and… Experience spontaneous remission from diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes… Conquer your biggest health challenge – whether it’s losing weight… boosting your immunity… or just getting healthier… Sleep like a baby at night, knowing you’re able to change the abnormal genes you inherited into healthy DNA that you can pass down to the next generation… And enjoy better health than you ever dreamed possible. This revolutionary discovery can change your life – and the lives of your future children and grandchildren. Click here to get the full story on epigenetics – and discover how easy it is for you to switch off your “bad” genes… jump start your “good” genes… and rewrite your health destiny.

Using Wheatgrass Health Benefits To Reverse Gray Hair

written by Danica Collins

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Gray hair: The ultimate telltale sign of aging. Approximately half of all 50-year-olds are at least 50% gray. Try as you may to postpone the inevitable with expensive, foul-smelling and messy dyes, the battle against gray is predictable...gray is pretty much the undefeated champion. Or is it? Regular consumption of the young grass of a common wheat plant can recolor those grays so that you can enjoy your lush, natural color well into your senior years. And it doesn't just stop at the gray. This young cereal grass slows down the entire aging process by rejuvenating your cells, detoxifying your body, fighting tumors and tightening loose and sagging skin. Gray Isn't Just a Sign of Age The age-old healing system of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) links hair pigmentation to the quality of your blood and the strength of your kidneys. According to TCM, gray doesn't mean old as much as it points to weak kidneys and blood. Made up of 70% chlorophyll, wheatgrass, from the wheat plant triticum aestivum, restores the health of your kidneys and blood. Chlorophyll helps to strengthen, build and oxygenate the blood. It is remarkably similar to hemoglobin, a compound that carries oxygen to the blood. Once consumed, chlorophyll is transformed into blood. It then transports nutrients, such as oxygen, to your cells, tissues and organs, rejuvenating, protecting and strengthening. Renowned nutritionist, Dr. Bernard Jenson, discovered that wheatgrass health benefits and other green juices high in chlorophyll are nature's best blood builders. In his book Health Magic Through Chlorophyll From Living Plant Life, he cites several cases in which he was able to boost red blood cell count in a matter of days simply by having patients soak in a chlorophyll-water bath. Consuming wheatgrass health benefits and other green juices regularly has been proven to boost red blood cell count even more rapidly. Beyond Beautification and into Total Body Health Wheatgrass health benefits is made up of an impressive array of nutrients that reinforce and rejuvenate everything from our cells and tissues to our organs and bodily systems. In addition to its 70% chlorophyll makeup, wheatgrass contains 17 essential amino acids, 90 minerals, 13 vitamins and 80 enzymes. Prominent research scientist Dr. Earp-Thomas says that,"15 pounds of wheatgrass is the equivalent of 350 pounds of carrots, lettuce, celery and so forth." Wheatgrass delivers an impenetrable line of defense against disease. An all-natural and powerful detoxifier, wheatgrass protects the liver and purifies the blood by neutralizing toxic substances such as cadmium, nicotine, strontium, mercury and polyvinyl chloride. Detoxifying is the first step. From there, wheatgrass takes the offensive as a proven anti-cancer agent that stops tumors in their tracks. Fact: Cancer cells cannot develop in oxygen rich environments! Wheatgrass health benefits are an abundant source of liquid oxygen. Boosting the production of red blood cells and increasing oxygen in the blood helps fight cancer cells because cancer cannot survive in such alkaline rich environments. A recent study published in the journal Mutation Research pitted chlorophyll against beta-carotene and vitamins A, C and E. Chlorophyll had a greater anti-cancer effect than all the other nutrients. Wheatgrass health benefits is truly a total body nutrition in one gulp! Why Has This Proven Anti-Aging Cure Been Hushed Up? Practically every week, new alternative health breakthroughs are discovered. Most of these anti-aging and longevity cures are already scientifically proven to heal a wide variety of diseases...eliminate pain...slow down or reverse the aging process...and enhance total body wellness. Yet, these powerful health alternatives—most of which are inexpensive or free—are unknown to most people because mainstream media rarely reports them. To the contrary, these powerful health solutions are systematically suppressed and even banned. The reason for this is simple: these inexpensive natural treatments threaten the profits of mainstream medicine and the pharmaceutical industry. Imagine what would happen to the earnings of Big Pharma and the medical industry if people had the information they needed to heal themselves of virtually any disease or health problem? Everyone would be able to optimize his or her own health and well-being... and no one would ever need medical treatment again—except for emergencies and natural disasters. Discover the cutting age, unconventional, top-secret cures for health problems ranging from A to Z—virtually every ailment in existence! You'll discover the No. 1 anti-aging food, and the North American fruit tree extract proven in a National Cancer Institute-funded experiment to be a million times more powerful than chemotherapy, with no harmful side effects. 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