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Dr. Urban has been practicing Chiropractic for over 22 years now. Dr. Urban is a graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa (1991). He has built and maintained successful Chiropractic practices in Nebraska, Colorado and now in Hawaii on the beautiful island of Maui in Kahului.

Dr. Urban is proficient in the “GONSTEAD” art form of adjusting the spine.The Gonstead Method of Chiropractic care was developed by Dr. Clarence S. Gonstead of Mt Horeb, Wisconsin beginning in 1923. He refined his unique system over a 55 year period. The Gonstead Method focuses on being as specific as possible with the examination and treatment of the patient. Every patient is a unique case with specific subluxations and must not be given the same course of manipulation. The Gonstead practitioner believes that chiropractic care is not scientific unless the adjustment is specific.

“Look well to the spine for the cause of disease.”
- Hippocrates

Chiropractic Care

Chiropractic is a powerful, effective and natural way to get and keep yourself  healthy. Chiropractic recognizes the body’s innate ability to heal and it’s my position to help support this.

It is through “specific” spinal adjustments that subluxations (misalignments) can be corrected so that normal movement/positioning and function can help to improve upon the sensitive communication (nervous system function) that is so vital to your body’s potential to heal. When the spine is in alignment and the nervous system is functioning properly, your body knows how to heal, regulate and adapt appropriately to the many external stressors of everyday life.

Dr. Urban prefers to work with what is right within you (the intelligence of the body) then to focus on what is wrong with you (your symptoms). As you grow older, you should grow healthier…a realization that is often overlooked given our current medical mainstreams disposition on health!

Dr. Urban takes great pride in delivering a “specific” spinal adjustment to his clients. His approach does   NOT treat everyone with the same twisting of the neck and lower back from both the right and left and the middle back from top to bottom. This approach could potentially harm inpiduals with an inappropriate impact to the joints of the spinal column that can result in “neurological insult”. Dr. Urban prefers to access each of his clients inpidually so to skillfully perform an appropriate “specific” spinal adjustment with the least amount of force that is carefully delivered to adequately address his client’s structural and neurological needs.

It is amazing what one adjustment can do if applied right.
Clarence Gonstead, D.C.

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Testimonials

Debbie D.

Dr. Urban is a wonderful kind chiropractor who is knowledgeable and very skilled. He also does a wonderful energy technique that is very relaxing. He has helped me very much with my frozen joints due to R. A.  Blessings, Dr. Urban.

Anson P.

I’ve been receiving chiropractic care from Dr. James Urban for about a year now, and have been very happy with the results from his care, i have seen other doctors, and have very little relief from pain in my back and neck, Dr. Urban has help me to get some of my strength back in my arms and also relieved some of my discomfort, in my back, by opening up some of the nerves that seem to be blocked, i’am very happy to have found someone like Dr. Urban to give me back the quality of life i have now, thanks again.

Cynthia C.

I was referred to Dr. Urban by a friend and have been very happy with the results. I had seen a couple other chiropractors on Maui, but was never satisfied with the results. Dr. Urban offers compassionate, personalized service and he makes himself available after hours to address emergency situations. I highly recommend Dr. Urban to help you get back to feeling good again.

Eileen B.

As a part-time Maui resident, I was seeking a chiropractic doctor who had been trained in the Gonstead method. At home in New Mexico, I had been undergoing regular chiropractic treatment for chronic pain in my neck and left shoulder. Continuing this treatment was important in alleviating the problem while I was on Maui. So happy to find Dr. James Urban…upon reviewing my X-ray, he began adjustments which have resulted in huge gains in the mobility of my neck, along with significant pain reduction. Dr. Urban clearly explained what was going on in my hip, spine, and neck, along with his plan of action and adjustments necessary to achieve better alignment. I highly recommend Dr. James Urban for your chiropractic wellness choice on Maui.

Anjelika K.

When I first came to see Dr. Urban I was suffering with chronic discomfort due to a nerve impingement in my cervical spine. After exploring many alternative modalities I found Dr. Urban’s approach very effective, and I feel improvement after each visit with him. Dr. Urban has an exceptional insight into this medicine, his touch is very therapeutic, and most importantly he cares about our long-term health and not just fixing the problem in the moment. Thank you for your care Dr. Urban.

Renee T.

I just moved to Maui this year and needed to find a good chiropractor. I have been getting chiropractic care since 2005, so I was already familiar with what my body needed. I searched google and found Dr. Urban. What a god-sent. He is awesome! He really listened to my concerns and addressed them head on. He has helped me so much that now I have my husband seeing him too! And the best thing is that he’s very flexible with scheduling an appointment. I can call him the same day and get in! And he has this new appointment reminder that texts me a reminder 30 min before my appointment so I don’t forget. Very convenient. I highly recommend Dr. Urban!

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Five health benefits of beetroot

Five health benefits of beetroot

Beetroot, also often known as the beet, is a root vegetable that has been consumed since ancient times. Even the ancient Romans and Greeks thought beetroot had vitamins and minerals. In fact, today’s studies prove that not only are they loaded with beneficial nutrients, but beetroot is an amazing way to ensure that a person stays healthy.

A root vegetable, the reddish and bulbous portion of the beetroot is grown underground while its leafy top is seen above the ground. It grows in both tropical and temperate areas, and takes about two months to reach maturity. Though the plants have been cultivated for thousands of years due to their dietary benefits, it is only recently that their many health benefits have been explored.

1. Beetroot enhances sex

The ancient Romans prized beetroot as an aphrodisiac and raised them as such. Today’s science supports this Roman practice. Researchers have found that beets contain high amounts of boron, an element that relates directly to the production of sex hormones in humans.

2. Beetroot equalizes mental health

Betaine, the same component that is used by practitioners to treat depression using certain methods, is found in beetroot. Another great element that beetroot contains is tryptophan, which has been shown to create a sense of well-being while also relaxing the mind. They are also a great way to lower blood pressure, which can help offset the effects of stress on the body.

3. Beetroot increases energy levels

Because the sugar contained in beetroot is released slowly throughout the body, even though the sugar levels are high, they help maintain steady energy levels. When compared to foods such as chocolate whose sugars are processed quickly by the body, beetroot, which is also low in calories, makes its energy boost last a great deal longer.

4. Beetroot is high in vitamins and minerals

Because they are high in vitamin B and iron, beetroot is especially beneficial to those women who are pregnant. Vitamin B and iron are necessary for the growth of new cells as well as replenishing the iron levels that often dip at this time of life. In addition, beetroot is high in the following vitamins and minerals: fiber, phosphorus, potassium, folic acid, beta-carotene, vitamin A, magnesium, vitamin C and betacyanin.

5. Beetroot helps cleanse the body

Beetroot works to cleanse and clarify the liver. It can also purify the blood and has been shown to help prevent some forms of cancer. Eating beetroot can also indicate whether a person has low amounts of stomach acid. This is shown if their urine turns pink.

Adding beetroot to the diet is easy. Many people simply add beetroot that is mashed and cooked to their smoothies. Another way to prepare it is by thinly slicing it before drizzling with olive oil and broiling it.

 

SOURCE: NaturalNews

6 Facts About Asparagus and Why You Should Eat More

6 Facts About Asparagus and Why You Should Eat More

One of the 15 cleanest fruit (of pesticides) as shown by the Environmental Working Group, asparagus is one of many vegetables that ushers in warmer weather. Like peas and other early spring veggies, asparagus is one of the first to pop up at local farmer’s markets after a winter thaw. While U.S. families are eating more asparagus than ever, few people are hip to the many health benefits and other interesting facts about the lesser-known vegetable.

Here are 6 fun facts about asparagus:

1. Asparagus spears will grow into big bushy “ferns”. New crops of asparagus are only grown every 10 to 15 years because they are a perennial vegetable, returning every season on their own. If the spears aren’t harvested, they will unfurl similar to a fern and turn into a big bushy plant.

2. High respiration rate means asparagus “die” quicker than other harvested vegetables. The respiration rate of a vegetable is the rate at which a plant takes in oxygen, breaks down starche,s and releases carbon dioxide. After a vegetable is cut, it doesn’t initially die, but continues this metabolic process. Because asparagus has a high respiration rate, it has a tendency to “die” and go bad before other vegetables.

3. Asparagus is rich in saponins. Saponins are a type of phytonutrient credited with anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. They are also able to assist in maintaining blood pressure, regulating blood sugar, and controlling blood lipid levels.

4. The growth rate of asparagus could reach as much as 1 inch per hour. When the weather is right, asparagus grows very fast, keeping farmers busy harvesting the spears daily if they want to keep them from turning into large inedible plants.

5. That whole stinky pee thing. You probably already know that asparagus can make your urine stink. It turns out, this occurrence is due to something called asparagusic acid, which the body converts into sulfur-containing compounds – that stink. But scientists aren’t sure why this strange phenomena only affects some people. Conflicting evidence exists: some suggesting it’s in perception, where everyone produces the smell but only some people can smell it; and some suggesting that only certain people produce the sulfur compounds in concentrations high enough to produce an odor.

6. American asparagus farmers are struggling. Close to 90% of the asparagus found in America is imported, mostly from Peru. It wasn’t always this way. According to NPR, as recently as 1989 American farmers grew more than the country consumed and exported more than it imported. Now, however, farmers in the U.S. who are holding on to growing the vegetable are finding it hard to make a living with such cheap imports. Many are destroying their crops, slicing up the spears rather than harvesting them, in hopes that they can delay production and enter the market when Mexico’s high growing season is coming to a close.

SOURCE: NaturalSociety

Study Shows How Lifestyle Determines Which Microbes Are In Your Gut

Study Shows How Lifestyle Determines Which Microbes Are In Your Gut

Gut microbes are responsible for many aspects of human health and nutrition, but most studies have focused on “western” populations. A new study from an international collaboration of researchers has shown how bacteria play an essential role in adaptation to lifestyle patterns and subsistence.

Beneficial bacteria is the gut are known to attack pathogens, manufacture vitamins and even act as anti-cancer agents. Recent research has strengthened the scientific understanding that the microbes that live in your gut may affect what goes on in your body.

Trillions of bacteria are hostile and can cause disease, while many others are friendly and have established a symbiotic, mutually beneficial relationship with us over the millennia. These friendly bacteria have also been referred to as “probiotics” and are being used increasingly by mainstream clinicians for both preventive and therapeutic purposes.

The researchers of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, has for the first time analysed the gut microbiota of a modern hunter-gatherer community, the Hadza of Tanzania. The results of this work show that Hadza harbour a unique microbial profile with features yet unseen in any other human group, supporting the notion that Hadza gut bacteria play an essential role in adaptation to a foraging subsistence pattern. The study further shows how gut microbiota may have helped our ancestors adapt and survive during the Paleolithic.

Bacterial populations have co-evolved with humans over millions of years, and have the potential to help us adapt to new environments and foods. Studies of the Hadza offer an especially rare opportunity for scientists to learn how humans survive by hunting and gathering, in the same environment and using similar foods as our ancestors did.

The research team, composed of anthropologists, microbial ecologists, molecular biologists, and analytical chemists, and led in part by Stephanie Schnorr and Amanda Henry of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, compared the Hadza gut microbiota to that of urban living Italians, representative of a “westernized” population. Their results, published recently in Nature Communications, show that the Hadza have a more diverse gut microbe ecosystem, i.e. more bacterial species compared to the Italians. “This is extremely relevant for human health”, says Stephanie Schnorr. “Several diseases emerging in industrialized countries, like IBS, colorectal cancer, obesity, type II diabetes, Crohn’s disease and others, are significantly associated with a reduction in gut microbial diversity.”

The Hadza gut microbiota is well suited for processing indigestible fibres from a plant-rich diet and likely helps the Hadza get more energy from the fibrous foods that they consume. Surprisingly, Hadza men and women differed significantly in the type and amount of their gut microbiota, something never before seen in any other human population. Hadza men hunt game and collect honey, while Hadza women collect tubers and other plant foods. Though they share these foods, each sex eats slightly more of the foods they target. “The differences in gut microbiota between the sexes reflects this sexual division of labour”, says Stephanie Schnorr. “It appears that women have more bacteria to help process fibrous plant foods, which has direct implications for their fertility and reproductive success.” These findings support the key role of the gut microbiota as adaptive partners during the course of human evolution by aligning with differing diets.

Finally, the Hadza gut microbe community is a unique configuration with high levels of bacteria, like Treponema, that in western populations are often considered signs of disease, and low levels of other bacteria, like Bifidobacterium, that in western populations are considered “healthy”. However, the Hadza experience little to no autoimmune diseases that would result from gut bacteria imbalances. Therefore, we must redefine our notions of “healthy” and “unhealthy” bacteria, since these distinctions are clearly dependent on the environment we live in. Genetic diversity of bacteria is likely the most important criterion for the health and stability of the gut microbiome.

“Co-resident microbes are our ‘old friends’ that help us adapt to different lifestyles and environments”, says Amanda Henry, leader of the Max Planck Research Group on Plant Foods in Hominin Dietary Ecology. “Through this analysis of the Hadza gut microbiota, we have increased our knowledge of human-microbiome adaptations to life in a savanna environment and improved our understanding of how gut microbiota may have helped our ancestors adapt and survive during the Paleolithic.”

SOURCE: PreventDisease

6 probiotic foods to improve digestion and immunity

6 probiotic foods to improve digestion and immunity

Probiotics are foods that help build the population of healthy bacteria in the gut. Why is this so important to human health? Because poor digestive health leads to a wide range of health issues from allergies to many forms of cancer.

Antibiotics kill healthy bacteria. As a healthy adult, we are supposed to carry around 3 – 4 pounds of ‘good’ bacteria and yeast in our gut. But, every time you take antibiotics – you kill beneficial bacteria inside the digestive tract.

Eventually a condition called dysbiosis can occur – which can cause arthritis, autoimmune illness, vitamin B deficiency, chronic fatigue syndrome, food allergies and food sensitivities, irritable bowel disorders plus skin problems like, eczema and psoriasis.
Naturally, antibiotics may be necessary – in some cases. But, if your doctor prescribes antibiotics without mentioning the need for probiotics, then I would question his professional experience.

Natural foods to improve digestive health

Try eating fresh sauerkraut and pickles. Finely shredded cabbage, which gets fermented, is a super-rich source of probiotics. A 2007 study, published in the journal of Applied and Environmental Microbiology revealed that more than 13 different species of gut-friendly bacteria are present in sauerkraut. Naturally speaking, pickles and sauerkraut are some of the best foods to eat – especially after a heavy dose of antibiotics.

Fortunately, it’s quite easy to make your own sauerkraut – at home – by combining finely shredded cabbage with Himalayan sea salt. Just store it in a mason jar at room temperature. The cabbage, in the presence of sea salt, releases water and the surface bacteria on the cabbage helps in the process of fermentation.

If you want to buy sauerkraut, be sure to avoid the ‘commercial’ varieties that are heat-treated and pasteurized for obvious reasons. My personal favorite, store brand, is from Real Pickles.

Miso soup is one the mainstays of traditional Japanese medicine and is commonly used in macrobiotic cooking as a digestive regulator. Made from fermented rye, beans, rice or barley – you can easily add a tablespoon of miso paste to hot water to make an excellent (quick), probiotic-rich soup. One of my favorite companies for quality miso paste is South River Miso Company.

Kefir, which is similar to yogurt, is a fermented dairy product. High in lactobacilli and bifidus bacteria, kefir is also rich in antioxidants. Look for a good, organic version at your local health food store.

Kombucha is a form of fermented tea that contains a high amount of healthy gut bacteria. This probiotic drink has been used for centuries as a natural way to boost energy levels, improve digestion and achieve weight loss goals. Just keep in mind that kombucha, with its natural sugars, may not be for everyone – especially if you suffer with candida.

Tempeh – providing it’s non-GMO – is a probiotic rich, fermented soybean product. It’s also a delicious meat substitute for vegetarians or vegans and a nice source of vitamin B12.

Kimchi is the Asian form of pickled sauerkraut. It’s actually an extremely spicy and sour fermented cabbage – typically served in Korea. Kimchi is rich in beta-carotene, calcium, iron and vitamins A, C, B1 and B2 plus a great source of probiotics – providing you can handle the spicy flavor.

Remember, to restore your gut bacteria, it is also important to consume a variety of raw fruits and vegetables – as often as possible. We say ‘raw’ because, although most produce gets washed before consumption, some bacteria clings to the surface – which provides natural probiotic benefits.

Improving gut health is relatively inexpensive and loaded with health benefits like a stronger immune system and greater clarity of mind. If you suffer from serious health problems – work with an experienced healthcare provider to restore healthy bacteria today.

SOURCE: NaturalHealth365

Turmeric, Curcumin Shown to Prevent Numerous Cancers in Many Studies

Turmeric, Curcumin Shown to Prevent Numerous Cancers in Many Studies

Turmeric, the bright yellow root that is ground and put in foods for its deep flavor and beautiful color, is not only a tasty addition to curries and salads, but is also a known cancer-fighter. Turmeric is most often found in cuisines of the Middle East, Northern Africa, and Southeast Asian regions, but as the health benefits of this classic spice become more widely known, its popularity is growing.

Responsible for many of its benefits, curcuminoids are the active components of turmeric. Curcumin, one of these specific compounds, is frequently cited as the most potent component of the spice, though the term is also used applying to cucuminoids as a whole.

As Anthony Guicciardi reported more than three years ago, scientists studying the effects of curcumin found it to be a potent medicine when used against brain cancer cells. Glioblastoma (GBM) is a fatal form of brain cancer. The study published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry found that curcumin was able to decrease these tumors by 81 percent in 9 out of the 11 studies.

Another study in 2008 looked specifically at the effects of curcumin on breast cancer cells. The researchers found the compound was able to inhibit the spread and growth of these cells by altering the function of alpha-6 beta-4.

In addition, scientists revealed that curcumin is able to also go to the source of the cancer—inhibiting cancer stem cells.

As far back as 1996, scientists were reporting on the anti-cancer properties of turmeric, finding that “even low doses of turmeric inhibit the accumulation of DNA mutations, reduce DNA damage, repair precancerous lesions, lower the urine concentration of mutagenic chemicals in smokers and inhibit formation of tumors in the breast, gut, mouth and skin,” according to NaturalNews.

Few studies have been carried out in a clinical setting. Instead, these benefits are being revealed in labs, where curcumin is directly applied to cells. Still, if the spice is working at a cellular level, it isn’t a stretch to imagine that it would have similar benefits when working on the body as a synergistic system.

“Curcumin is an amazing natural compound that has profound effects on cancer and hundreds of other diseases,” said Gucciardi. “While it has been widely studied compared to many other nutritional substances, studies are only beginning to recognize the healing effects of curcumin and turmeric.”

SOURCE: NaturalSociety

Maui Petition Launched to Fight GMO: Battle Lines Drawn, Monsanto Responds

Maui Petition Launched to Fight GMO: Battle Lines Drawn, Monsanto Responds

This week, a petition carrying 9,500 signatures was submitted to officials in Maui County, Hawaii. The petition is in an effort to suspend genetically modified crops on the island, and would put the proposal before voters in November. Monsanto isn’t taking all of this citizen-action sitting down, saying the potential ban is “a terrible initiative” and “meaningless.”

According to Maui Now, the petition is now before the county registrar, who is verifying the signatures to ensure they are valid before announcing whether or not it will go to the ballot.

Mark Sheehan PhD, one of five residents who started the petition, said “a wide range of illnesses — childhood cancers, miscarriages, birth defects, ADD, ADHD, allergies, asthma, and more — are related to the contamination of the environment from massive use of pesticides.”

The petition drive was the work of “The Shaka Movement”, a grassroots community organization targeting GMOs in Maui.

“Every day brings more evidence of research studies from around the world linking both pesticides and GMOs to these illnesses and ailments,” said Mark Sheehan, PhD and one of those who started the petition. “Submitting these signatures today was of major importance for the health of the public as well as our ability to take action to overcome the ineffectiveness of our compromised politics.”

Politics, no doubt, funded by Monsanto.

For their part, Monsanto Molika’i officials say they will be mounting “an aggressive campaign” against the proposal. They say if passed, it would “devastate our county’s fragile agricultural economy.”

It’s true, hundreds of families on Maui make their money from GMO industry; they would be adversely affected. But, like many tough decisions, it comes down to what is most important.

“With almost 18 million farmers worldwide growing genetically engineered crops — 90% of whom are small farmers in developing countries — the SHAKA Initiative would stop Maui farmers from taking advantage of modern technology to help address some of the most pressing problems facing agriculture today,” argued the Hawaii Crop Improvement Association in a statement.

About 200 employees of Monsanto on Maui and 140 from Moloka’i marched in opposition of the petition drive last week. On March 30, their opposition held a rally that drew more than 1,000 participants, suggesting the potential ban has more support.

“The whole world is watching,” said Sheehan. “We have received support from around the country and other countries who are applauding what we are doing.”

SOURCE: NaturalSociety

Another amazing reason to drink green tea

Another amazing reason to drink green tea

Many of us know that green tea has many amazing, scientifically backed health benefits (especially in regard to cancer prevention). Add another benefit to the list! A new study out of the University of Basel which was published in the journal Psychopharmacology demonstrated the first known example of how green tea extract can affect cognitive functions such as the working memory! These are exciting and promising results, because they could have implications regarding the treatment of dementia and other neuropsychiatric disorders!

The Study

What makes the study special is that it is the first to help explain the cognitive-enhancing effects of green tea by determining the underlying neural mechanisms. The study was conducted by having male participants consume a soft drink that contained green tea extract before solving memory tasks. The researchers were then able to analyze how this affected brain activity via MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) and found that the neural connections between the parietal and frontal cortex of the brain had increased connectivity!

This led to improved performance on the exercises; the male subjects that drank green tea performed better on the memory tasks. “Our findings suggest that green tea might increase the short-term synaptic plasticity of the brain,” said Professor Stefan Borgwardt, a member of the research team. This could lead to green tea extract being a natural treatment for cognitive disorders such as dementia!

Other Great Health Benefits of Green Tea

Previous research on green tea published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry demonstrated that the catechins (antioxidant) within green tea can help prevent eye disease by actually being able to penetrate the eye tissue and offering their substantial benefits. It was previously unknown whether or not these substances could actually penetrate the eye tissue and help protect against eye disease!

Another great benefit of green tea is cancer prevention. A 2010 study conducted by the Chung Shan Medical University in Taiwan demonstrated that, among non-smokers, people who drank at least one cup of green tea per day were five times less likely to develop lung cancer. This was hypothesized to be due to the protective powers of polyphenols within the green tea!

Conclusion

Green tea truly is amazing. From helping prevent cancer to improving working memory, we can all benefit from drinking more of this wonderful drink! The newest research out of the University of Basal is promising for future research because it opens the possibilities that the increased connectivity between the frontal and parietal brain regions cause by green tea extract could lead to better natural treatments for dementia and other cognitive impairments!

SOURCE: NaturalNews

Aloe Vera Found to Stave Off Alzheimer’s, Improve Cognition

Aloe Vera Found to Stave Off Alzheimer’s, Improve Cognition

Researchers with the University of Miami’s School of Medicine found that a compound from Aloe vera could reduce the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and even increase cognition scores. The study was published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and established participants who received a supplement of aloe polymannose for a period of one year say significant improvements.

Forty-six percent of the study participants experienced improvements in their cognition. Also, several inflammatory factors were reduced in the participants. These factors paired with reduced cytokines are related to a reduction in neuro-inflammation which could trigger Alzheimer’s disease and/or it’s symptoms.

Best of all, unlike Big Pharma solutions, the Aloe product didn’t have side effects.

The research involved a supplement called BiAloe, created by Lorand Laboratories who is no doubt looking to make a profit. It’s always important to keep in mind who is funding the research. However, the health benefits of aloe vera are well established and the research into its effects on Alzheimer’s is promising.

The researchers wrote:

“Participants tolerated the APMC supplement with few, temporary adverse reactions. Our results showed improvements in both clinical and physiological outcomes for a disease that otherwise has no standard ameliorative remedy.”

Alzheimer’s disease affects an estimated 5 million Americans. It is the 6th leading cause of death in the country and one-in-three seniors will die while suffering from the disease. Generally, Alzheimer’s treatment is limited to popping Big Pharma solutions that may or may not alleviate the anxiety and stressors of the disease, without actually changing the condition itself. But a new study indicates a solution could be as close as your potted aloe plant.

Other recent research has linked the use of Aloe vera in the treatment and prevention of skin cancer. According to researchers with the University of Belgrade School of Medicine, compounds within the aloe can stop the proliferation of cells associated with skin cancer.

As Case Adams writes:

“The gel of the Aloe leaf and its other plant parts contain many constituents outside of those tested in these studies, including quercetin, luteolin, apigenin, kaempferol, isoorientin, isovitexin, saponarin, lutonarin, chlorogenic acid, pectic acid, caffeic acid, 5-P-coumaroylquinic acid, caffeoylshikimic acid, feruloylquinic acid, coumaric acid, ferulic acid, as well as glycosylchromone aloeresin B, and aloin, which is a precursor to Aloe-emodin (the compound tested in the skin cancer study).”

SOURCE: NaturalSociety

Combating blood pressure with herbs

Combating blood pressure with herbs

Controlling blood pressure with herbs is an important option, considering that one in four people in the United States suffers from high blood pressure. Many lose their lives to this silent killer every year. It is one of the leading contributors to heart disease and is not always obvious. It is exacerbated by unhealthy living, smoking, fatty foods, excessive drinking and stress. High intake of salt and other products contributes to the problem.

Avoid Covering the Problem:

The use of herbs to control high blood pressure aids in reducing high cholesterol and helps blood flow. Using natural methods to control blood pressure is best for the body. Most drugs only cover up the problem, encouraging the body to build up a resistance. Herbs are natural foods giving the body nutrients, solving the nutritional factor that may be feeding the blood pressure problem. Garlic is one of those herbs. People jokingly say garlic is a repellant of friends and other objects, but garlic keeps an abundance of unwanted health problems away from the body.

Herbs Detoxify:

Use herbs to detox the body. A huge problem with blood flow is inflammation. Once this problem is solved, the body can get necessary vitamins to affected areas. When preparing foods, include more onions, peppers and spices. These herbs are beneficial to the body. Basil, oregano and cinnamon are also helpful. Blend these herbs into as many dishes as possible and reduce salt and sugar intake. Too many foods are prepackaged with these products, so read labels.

Reduce the Inflammation:

Cardamom, olives and ginger work great, reducing inflammation in the body, bringing down blood pressure. Turmeric, hawthorn and celery seed aid in this process. People with a healthy diet of vegetables have far less trouble with blood pressure than most. This shows that eating a large amount of vegetables is a way of getting a variety of nutrients also found in herbs into the body. It is not enough to know about helpful herbs; use them for better health.

Herbs used for seasonings are basic to many kitchen cupboards: rosemary, elderberry, lemon balm and many others. Chamomile is popular as a soothing tea. Some herbs are more common than others and should be taken sparingly. Everyone responds differently. For example, garlic is good for the body; it is a natural antibiotic, but it is also a blood thinner and should not be eaten excessively.

Herbs are one of the least expensive foods on the market. They can be grown on a kitchen window seal or in a few flowerpots in a favorite sitting area. Thousands of people use grow lights to keep herb gardens when living in apartments, and others use small greenhouses available at local garden shops to grow herbs year round. Many neighborhoods have rooftop gardens or community gardens that satisfy the need for potent herbs. These plants are helpful to the body, and they can be acquired no matter how tight the budget, with a little effort. They are also fun and simple to grow.

SOURCE: NaturalNews

Reversing kidney disease with mineral clay

Reversing kidney disease with mineral clay

Poor diet and an aging population are contributing to the dramatic rise in chronic renal disease worldwide, with high blood pressure and diabetes the most significant risk factors related to renal failure.

Fortunately, according to scientific research, there is real hope for chronic renal disease sufferers – using uncontaminated green healing clay to reverse this dreadful health condition.

How does clay help reverse kidney disease?

Clay minerals actually help to lower the phosphate levels in the body. In a series of laboratory trials and cell culture experiments, it was proven that the high phosphate-binding capacity of the clay minerals was not only as effective as traditional pharmaceutical methods, but was better tolerated.

There are natural treatments for chronic kidney disease, but not all of them are safe or work well. Thanks to the mineral content, clay works well at lowering phosphate levels without negative side effects.

Patients with chronic kidney disease often experience electrolyte imbalances – one of which is phosphate excess. This is because in chronic kidney disease, the kidney loses its ability to effectively filter out phosphate – which is why it tends to accumulate, in the body and cause harm.

Poor kidney function is life-threatening

When kidney function is compromised, the extra calcium-phosphate gets deposited in the blood vessels – which leads to heart disease, stroke and premature death. Compared to people with healthy kidney function, those with kidney disease are at least ten times more likely to suffer a heart attack or stroke.

Hyperphosphatemia is the term used for the build up of phosphate and it is the biggest risk for having a cardiovascular event related to renal failure. In fact, it presents a higher risk than end-stage dialysis.

People suffering from chronic renal insufficiency are required to take phosphate binders with food. In the stomach and intestines, these medications bind to phosphates, from food, so they can be excreted (undigested) instead of being absorbed.

Obviously, these medications cause negative side effects, such as increased calcium levels in the blood, constipation and nerve problems. And, let’s not forget, we’ve written extensively about the dangers of excess calcium.

The good news is researchers from Fraunhofer Institute for Cell Therapy and Immunology and Fim Biotect developed a treatment which can be tolerated by patients. They found that clay, from volcanic ash deposits in the Friedland area of northeast Germany, was just as effective as conventional phosphate binders plus safer to use. This means it can be used for longer periods of time and actually help patients stabilize and improve their kidney function.

The healing power of clay

Clay, especially bentonite, has been used medicinally for centuries, but only in recent years has it been viewed as having powerful healing properties.

Natural healthcare practitioners have used clay to help detoxify the digestive system, clear away bacterial pathogens, eliminate parasites from the intestines, increase T-cell count, neutralize free radicals, remove heavy metals plus assist in alkalizing the body.
All of the above helps the filtering system of the body. Keep in mind, the kidneys are a major organ of elimination – so clearing the body of toxins helps them to function better.

As we all know, chronic inflammation can lead to degenerative conditions including kidney failure, heart disease and cancer. There is evidence that clay minerals work well on inflammatory conditions such as irritable bowel disorders. Remember, a healthy gut equals a healthy body.

The best way to use mineral clay

Clay can be used, to detoxify, in different ways such as in topical applications including packs and clay baths or internally with either a small amount added to water or in pill form.

Bentonite clay toothpaste removes unwanted oral bacteria, helps to kill off infections and promotes healthy gums. Bentonite clay masks draws out excess oils and debris, boosts circulation to tighten the skin and simulates cellular regeneration.

Applying the clay, externally, anywhere will revitalize the cells and help them to release toxins. Clay baths pull the stirred up toxins from the body through the pores. Living clay has strong electromagnetic power, which can pull toxins from soft tissue for elimination.

Taking the clay internally absorbs any fresh toxins ingested before they are assimilated by the bloodstream. All three methods can work together to restore balance.

However, mixing bentonite clay with a little water will produce a seriously thick paste. As you continue to add water, it will continue to thin out and disperse in the water. If you take it internally you must drink water throughout the day. The dosage is anywhere from a ½ to 1 scant teaspoon.

For people with a tendency toward constipation, it is better to take your clay in the evening. It is usually accompanied by Psyllium husks and specific herbs to aid cleansing and removal of toxic matter. Obviously, for serious health concerns – always work with a trusted, healthcare provider.

SOURCE: NaturalHealth365