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About Dr. Urban

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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Albert Schweitzer, M.D.

Testimonials

Mark W.

If you want to have more energy, feel stronger, and sleep better then do yourself a favor and give Dr. Urban a visit. I wasn’t looking for long term solutions for my chronic neck and back issues but just a short time after my first visit his reasonably priced, results driven, comfortable and effective treatments have more than paid for themselves. Mahalo Dr. Urban!

 

Holli M.

I first went to see Dr. Urban about a problem I was having with my ankle. He was very kind and informative and spent time talking with me, as I was a little nervous because I had never been to see a chiropractor before. I left that day with no more pain shooting up my leg!!! I returned to see Dr. Urban because I felt I was having a problem with my hips. We discussed looking at my spine to see if that may be causing the imbalance. I obtained an X-ray of my spine so he could further evaluate with an actual “blueprint”. The X-ray was eye opening!! Due to the position of my coccyx and several other vertebrae I realized that my body/nervous system had been existing in a state of dis-ease. We developed a plan to try and put things back into their proper alignment. After several visits I could feel a noticeable change, but the most UNEXPECTED and AMAZING thing happened. The area of my spine that had been most effected was my low back (lumbar). The nerves in this area affect the reproductive system. After years of a really intense menstrual cycle I had a complete and total shift !!!!! No more cramping, no more back pain, my cycle shortened from seven days to about four, and my PMS was worlds better!!! At first I thought it was just a coincidence, but it has been four months now and as a woman I can say I wish someone had told me sooner that a little chiropractic work could help with horrible menses!!! This was really amazing to me. It has also been quite rewarding to feel my body returning to a place of ease and comfort. Dr. Urban is very professional, yet easy to talk to. I would definitely recommend Dr. Urban to anyone who would like holistic chiropractic care. Thanks for the magic Dr. U

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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This Organic Oil Could Reduce DNA Damage from Eating GMOs

This Organic Oil Could Reduce DNA Damage from Eating GMOs

Have you eaten edamame (boiled green soybeans) lately? How about soy milk? If you haven’t dined on any obviously GMO-contaminated soy products, you likely have inadvertently consumed a few since they are lurking in hundreds of foods. Unfortunately, these GMO soy products may be causing some bodily harm. Have no fear, though. Researchers say that organic extra virgin olive oil may just be able to reduce the DNA damage caused by eating genetically modified foods.

A team of researchers from the UK, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia, conducted research on rodents who were given both genetically modified soybeans and olive oil. They found that rodents who ate olive oil along with their GMO diet experienced less DNA damage in the spleen, compared with rodents who ate only GMO soy.

These results were obvious with soy specifically, but could possibly apply to almost any GMO crop grown. Both GMO corn and soy have been linked to numerous health problems including cancer, infertility, and premature death.

The study abstract reads:

“We investigated the effect of extra virgin (EV) olive oil and genetically modified (GM) soybean on DNA, cytogenicity and some antioxidant enzymes in rodents. Forty adult male albino rats were used in this study and divided into four groups. The control group of rodents was fed basal ration only. The second group was given basal ration mixed with EV olive oil (30%). The third group was fed basal ration mixed with GM (15%), and the fourth group survived on a combination of EV olive oil, GM and the basal ration for 65 consecutive days.

On day 65, blood samples were collected from each rat for antioxidant enzyme analysis. In the group fed on basal ration mixed with GM soyabean (15%), there was a significant increase in serum level of lipid peroxidation, while glutathione transferase decreased significantly. Interestingly, GM soyabean increased not only the percentage of micronucleated polychromatic erythrocytes (MPCE), but also the ratio of polychromatic erythrocytes to normochromatic erythrocytes (PEC/NEC); however, the amount of DNA and NCE were significantly decreased.

Importantly, the combination of EV olive oil and GM soyabean significantly altered the tested parameters towards normal levels. This may suggest an important role for EV olive oil on rodents’ organs and warrants further investigation in humans.”

Another effect observed was the normalization of normochromatic erythrocytes altered by GM soybean when olive oil was added to the rodents’ diet.

The researchers concluded:

“We can conclude that adding EV [extra virgin] olive oil to the diet of rats appears effective in inhibiting oxidative damage and may act as a protective agent against chronic diseases such as liver fibrosis, hyperlipidemia and diabetes. In addition, EV olive oil may also have a protective function against carcinogenic processes. Further clinical studies are therefore required to determine whether the observations observed in our study translate to human conditions and illnesses.”

The study was funded by the Deanship of Scientific Research (DSR) at King Abdulaziz University. This study could help spur others, since similar research has been concducted on how GMOs affect human DNA.

Studies in the UK, for example, have shown that pesticides produced by GM crops survive the digestion process in humans. A large 2012 Chinese study found that not only does plant microRNA survive, it causes human cell apoptosis. The genetic code for microRNA has been linked to diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer’s, and diabetes for over a decade.

 

SOURCE: NaturalSociety

Bad memory improves with guarana seed extract

Bad memory improves with guarana seed extract

Too often, short term memory loss is seen as inevitable, simply due to stress, aging or everyday fatigue. Today’s typical diet and hectic lifestyles compound the problem by challenging the immune system, forcing the body to utilize more energy to combat illness and ward off environmental impurities – making it much more difficult to concentrate.

But scientific studies of the natural stimulant guarana bring new hope of improving memory loss. In fact, along with bettering memory retention, scientific findings suggest guarana may help alleviate symptoms of exhaustion, fatigue and an inability to concentrate often seen in those experiencing chronic stress or illness.

Are you experiencing these memory loss issues?

Guarana appears to be effective in improving short-term memory, a sort of “working” memory where the brain must manipulate multiple pieces of information simultaneously. An example would be working a simple math problem or developing a budget.

If you notice an increased forgetfulness on where you put objects, experience an inability to follow a movie or television show plot, feel like you are being bombarded with too much information at once or being to have difficulty following instructions, you may be suffering a deficiency in short-term memory.

Which is better for memory loss? Guarana vs. caffeine

Guarana contains a substance called guaranine, which acts much like a safer, yet more potent, version of what is typically referred to as caffeine. Guarana is found in nature as a flowering vine native to Brazil, where it grows along the Amazon River. Its properties were known as far back as the 1600s, when Native Amazonian tribes were known to use the seeds as a brain stimulant in medicines, beverages, topical treatments, and food.

Caffeine can be found inside nuts that produce guaranine and no one has successfully separated guaranine and caffeine. For that reason, guaranine is often confused with caffeine, though the latter is derived from different parts of the plant and is dissimilar in strength as well as effects.

Just as scientists are hard-pressed to identify a difference between natural and synthetic versions of the same vitamins while the human body can make the distinction, the body is likewise able to distinguish between caffeine and the natural substance guarana.

Through modern research, scientists now know that guarana contains greater amounts of natural stimulant than any other plant found anywhere in the world. Its memory-enhancing benefits are due to its natural stimulant component being bound to tannins and vegetable proteins.

In addition to a unique, natural caffeine-like stimulant, guarana contains theophylline, theobromine, and tannic acid in significant amounts, which may contribute to its effectiveness. Guarana is also rich in saponins, which help to boost the immune system and ward off serious diseases, such as cancer – a beneficial side effect of using guarana to improve memory.

Research reveals how guarana seed extract improves memory

Numerous studies have shown that guarana seed extract appears to improve short-term memory. In one such study, subjects who were administered 75 mg of guarana extract exhibited improved scores on working memory tests for as long as 6 hours after taking the stimulant.

It is believed that guarana enabled the study’s subjects to focus more attentively and recall short-term information more readily. A 75-mg dosage of guarana extract contains only about 9 mg of caffeine as a stimulant, so the typical caffeine-related side effects are unlikely.

In 2007, a double-blind study by the Human Cognitive Neuroscience Unit using rats compared the behavioral effects of the animals following administration of guarana extract in three dosage groups: 37.5 mg, 75 mg, 150 mg, and 150 mg.

The results of the four-phase study showed that guarana improves memory retention as well as physical endurance compared with rats provided with a placebo. In fact, the two lower doses showed better cognitive improvement than the higher doses, suggesting that in the case of guarana extract supplements, less is more.

Improvements in memory, mood and alertness supported findings of an earlier study that looked at cognitive improvements following a 75 mg dose of guarana.

Besides being safer to consume, with fewer side effects, guarana has other advantages over caffeine. Because guarana is not water soluble, it is absorbed slowly, allowing its affects to continue for as long as 8 to 10 hours. Compare this with caffeine’s normal buzz, which typically lasts only 3 to 4 hours.

There are some precautions to consuming guarana seed extract

As a stimulant, guarana is known to increase blood pressure, so it is not a good choice for those with chronic high blood pressure issues. Likewise, if you are sensitive to caffeine or xanthines, you probably should not take a guarana extract supplement.

As with any other natural supplement or drug, it’s always best to consult a qualified medical professional before taking guarana – especially if you’re concerned about a particular health issue.

One final note: Along with improving memory and concentration, guarana has been credited with a host of other benefits ranging from weight loss to increased energy. And unlike caffeine, the effects are known to last longer without the usual side effects of stimulants like caffeine – which can often cause jitteriness.

SOURCE: NaturalHealth365

This Simple Vegetable Can Flush Environmental Toxins from Your Body, Fast

This Simple Vegetable Can Flush Environmental Toxins from Your Body, Fast

A new clinical trial is showing that the tiny sprouts of broccoli can help neutralize air pollution and its toxic contaminants in the body.

People suffer from air pollution every single day, many not realizing that this exposure may be the cause of their medical woes. Air pollution causes cardio-respiratory deaths, asthma, pulmonary disease, and chronic respiratory conditions, among other ailments. It also adds to less severe problems, but equally as annoying, such as allergies, colds, and flu.

What’s more – the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has recently classified air pollution as carcinogenic to humans, so it makes sense to consume a food that might allay the damage caused by carcinogenic environmental chemicals.

Researchers from Johns Hopkins University and a few other institutions in the U.S. and China tested the power of broccoli sprouts to protect people from air pollutants.

In a 12-week randomized, placebo-controlled study of 291 Chinese adults in the Jiangsu province of China – one that has very high levels of air pollution – they found broccoli sprouts were extremely effective.

In the study, half of the participants were asked to consume approximately half a cup of a broccoli sprout drink every day. The control group drank pineapple and lime juice.

The results were published in the journal Cancer Prevention Research. They discovered that throughout the 12-week period the participants taking the broccoli sprout drink increased their rate of excretion of benzene by 61%.

So, why exactly is it important to excrete benzene? It is a known carcinogenic compound. It comes in the form of car and truck exhaust, emissions from coal and oil combustion, and evaporation of industrial chemicals like at gas stations. You also inhale benzene if you are a smoker.

In effect, participants who drank a broccoli sprout juice could effectively reverse some of the damage from sucking down a tailpipe full of carcinogenic fumes for one month.

In addition, the study participants taking the broccoli sprout drink increased their excretion of acrolein by 23%. Smoking and secondhand smoke is also a source of acrolein, but so are industrial wastes, like burning gasoline and oil. Acrolein is toxic to humans; inhalation exposure may result in upper respiratory tract irritation and congestion.

The toxins are likely defeated in the same way that other cruciferous vegetables do their work.

Cruciferous vegetables like kale, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts contain a plant compound called glucoraphanin.

When glucoraphanin is chewed or swallowed, it produces a cancer-protective compound called sulforaphane. This substance activates enzymes that gather up the pollutants and flush them out in our urine and feces.

Researchers in this particular study were surprised by the rapid rate at which sulforaphane was able to clear toxins from the body. Also noted was that the broccoli kept on working. They retained their high level of effectiveness throughout the 12 weeks.

Though you would have to drink a whole lot of broccoli sprout drinks to get rid of all environmental toxins, this research points to the possibility of alleviating a good deal of the toxins. And when coupled with other agents of detoxification, broccoli sprouts could be a very effective way of reducing cancer rates and other issues caused by environmental pollutants.

Researchers have not yet tested to see if other contaminates like pesticides, dioxin, herbicides, DDT, etc. are removed from the body with broccoli sprouts, but why not add them to your diet for good measure anyhow? Especially since broccoli has been shown to eliminate certain stem cells that make cancer live forever. Further, the sprouts are often 50-100 times more powerful than the full-grown plant itself.

SOURCE: NaturalSociety

New Study: Calorie restriction prevents chronic disease

New Study: Calorie restriction prevents chronic disease

Recently released results of a primate study from the University of Wisconsin (UW) reaffirm that calorie restriction partnered with consumption of nutrient-dense foods are critical to leading a long and healthy life. The findings contradict a controversial study two years ago, sponsored by the National Institute of Aging (NIA), that suggested humans may not benefit from calorie restriction in an effort to enhance longevity.

Yet, according to Felipe Sierra, Ph.D., director of NIA’s Division of Aging Biology, “the two studies share many of the same findings.” Obviously, there’s much more to this story.

Before jumping to conclusions – always look at ‘study procedures’

While both studies sought to learn whether calorie restriction could be the pathway to a longer life, slight differences in diets used in the control groups may hold the key to very differing results. Sadly, the general public NEVER gets to see this kind of crucial information.

In the NIA study, primates in the control group were fed a specific allotment of food, whereas the UW’s control group was allowed to eat whenever they wanted, circumstances that more closely match the typical human diet. This difference likely resulted in at least some of the primates in the NIA study to be on mildly restrictive diets compared to what they may have eaten if provided the opportunity.

It’s important to understand that earlier studies, on rats, have shown that even mildly restrictive diets can have longevity benefits.

Secondly, the primates in the NIA’s control group were provided with healthier sources of carbohydrates and protein, whereas the UW study sought to mimic a more typical non-restrictive human diet.

While both groups on control diets received the same amount of carbohydrates, at 60 percent of total diet, sucrose made up about 28.5 percent of carbohydrates in the UW study’s control group versus only about 3.9 percent in the NIA control group. Again, the UW study’s purpose with the control diet was to more closely match a typical human diet – without calorie restriction.

A similar scenario existed for protein sources. While the UW control group derived its protein from lactalbumin, the protein found in milk and whey, the NIA control group’s diet included fish meal, known to be rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Just as with the addition of healthier carbohydrates, access to a source of protein with benefits to the cardiovascular system was likely a contributor to improved longevity among primates in the NIA control group.

How does diet extend the quality of our life?

Results of the UW study reaffirm what was believed to be true all along, that a calorie-restrictive diet coupled with selection of nutrient-dense foods, can prolong life and lead to more robust health throughout the aging process.

While the earlier NIA study produced a media storm with headlines declaring what you ate – and how much you ate – had little to do with how long you would live, those results had been rebutted by many in the scientific community. The UW study’s results reaffirm what was believed to be true all along, based on previous research: that maintaining a calorie-controlled diet and choosing nutrient-dense foods can help avoid many of the most common and serious diseases of aging, including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease.

When is the best time to start a “calorie restrictive” diet?

The good news is results of the UW study provide evidence that beginning a restrictive diet of nutrient-dense foods can be beneficial at any age, even if started well into adulthood. Monkeys used in the study were all adults. Control animals, left with a non-restrictive, less healthy diet, had a 2.9 times greater death rate from age-related factors than the calorie-restricted primates in the study group.

Obviously, if you’re suffering from a serious health condition or have reservations, it would be a wise decision to consult a holistically-trained physician before making any changes to your diet.

The latest scientific research suggests activation of so-called longevity cell signals is the critical factor for slowing the aging process. As the UW study confirms, this may be as straightforward as monitoring calorie intake to stay within moderate levels and choosing foods that are known to be nutrient dense.

One final comment on longevity and quality of life: Keep yourself physically active and cultivate a ‘happy’ mindset as you go through life.

 

SOURCE: NaturalHealth365

Healthy diet at midlife lowers risk of dementia by 90%

Healthy diet at midlife lowers risk of dementia by 90%

While studies in the past have acknowledged the role that specific foods play in mental wellness and the reduction of age induced problems such as dementia, a new study looks at the diet as a whole.

The findings are a strong indicator that what you eat during midlife will have a powerful impact on brain activity, strength and function as you enter your senior years.

Simple summary of the study

A doctoral thesis by Ms. Marjo Eskelinen, MSc, shows the results of a 14-year study on the effects of overall diet and how nutritional choices during middle-aged years influences chances of developing dementia.

The thesis, published at the University of Eastern Finland, is groundbreaking in the sense that previous case studies have looked at how individual foods and even singular nutrients within certain foods can lower the risk of dementia. However, Ms. Eskelinen sought to greatly expand on such findings, recognizing that no single food makes up a person’s daily food intake.

Results of the research

The results of the research confirm yet another benefit to healthy eating habits. Wise dietary choices at midlife (average age of 50) reduces the probability of developing dementia by as much as 90% when compared to those who eat high fat, sugary foods during their middle age years.

A nutritious daily diet consisting of plenty of vegetables, berries and other fruits, as well as the consumption of foods like fish and healthy dairy products, were among the notable similarities in those who maintained better cognitive function as they grew older.

On the opposite end of the scale, the unhealthy diets included generally accepted unhealthy habits like eating sweet and sugary foods, fatty foods, particularly food high in saturated fats and sodium.

In a separate 21-year follow up, results indicated that high saturated fat intake makes a person particularly vulnerable to developing dementia, especially if they have a genetic predisposition to conditions like dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

A healthy diet decreases risk to those without a potential genetic inheritance, but also shows significant benefit to those with a family history of dementia and Alzheimer’s.

What to do to improve your life

Eat wide variety of healthy foods daily! Avoid high fat, high sugar, highly processed foods as much as you possibly can. Of course, this is obvious. Still, realize that early intervention into your diet is essential. Beginning healthy eating habits in young adulthood and certainly by midlife is an essential ingredient toward the prevention of a multitude of diseases, not just dementia.

Most people understand that you just can’t go wrong by eating a clean, healthy diet. Yet, so many of us falter in our efforts. It is important to mentally register consistent poor eating habits as an act of self-sabotage.

For example, when you know you are overdoing the junk food, say to yourself, “By eating this, I am engaging in a blatant act of self-sabotage.” Own it. Then, begin to wonder why you are knowingly doing something harmful to yourself; something that may deliver temporary pleasure (which is overrated) and certainly will doom you to feeling bad in just a few minutes. Beyond feeling bad in a few minutes, you are headed toward an extended period of misery in your later years.

Even this awareness is not enough for some of us. We seem hell bent on steering our lives toward negative outcomes. Why do we do this? There is a reason. To discover that reason, watch this enlightening and free video about how self-sabotage operates on the subconscious level.

 

SOURCE: NaturalNews

Can cayenne pepper stop a heart attack?

Can cayenne pepper stop a heart attack?

According to emerging scientific research, capsaicin – the ingredient that gives heat to cayenne peppers – may have the ability to minimize the damage caused by heart attacks and strokes. The promising study results have reinforced the longstanding conviction of some natural healers that cayenne pepper, scientifically known as Capsicum anuum, is a “miracle” remedy that can stop heart attacks.

However, the real story may be somewhat more complicated. Never jump to conclusions – especially when dealing with serious health conditions.

What (exactly) does the research reveal about capsaicin

In a study published in the September 2009 issue of Circulation, Dr. Keith Jones, a researcher at the University of Cincinnati, found that capsaicin applied to the skin of mice activated protective “pro-survival” pathways in the heart. Even more promisingly, capsaicin caused an 85 percent reduction in the death of heart cells, leading Jones to term it a form of “remote cardioprotection.”

Predicting that capsaicin will “eventually” save many lives, Jones cautions that clinical trials must be conducted in order to determine proper dosage and application. The researcher is currently working with Neal Weintraub, M.D., a cardiologist at U.C. Davis, to construct a plan that would test capsaicin on humans.

Tell me: Can cayenne pepper halt a heart attack in progress?

Many noted herbalists – particularly the late Dr. John Christopher, who claimed to have stopped heart attacks “in their tracks” with cayenne pepper — insist that it can, and anecdotal accounts of the life-saving effects of cayenne abound on the internet.

On the other hand, conventionally-trained physicians scoff at this assertion, and warn that there is not enough evidence to justify cayenne’s use as an emergency treatment. Many also point to the dangers of administering cayenne to a patient suffering from a heart attack or stroke.
Experts say its use could lead to uncontrolled bleeding if the person is on a blood thinner, such as coumadin. In addition, the pain of ingesting an unaccustomed dose of hot pepper could cause adrenaline to be released, increasing heart rate while reducing blood flow to heart and brain and causing increased death of tissues.

Reperfusion injuries – damage to tissues from the sudden return of blood and oxygen – could also occur. And some websites actually encourage the administration of liquid cayenne extracts to heart attack victims who have lost consciousness – an appallingly dangerous action.
Although cell and animal studies have been encouraging, it’s worth noting: Dr. Kevin Jones, the very scientist behind the capsaicin research, advises against applying capsaicin cream to the skin of someone who is having a heart attack.

It can’t be overstated: if you think you are having a heart attack, call 911 and summon immediate medical assistance. If you would like to use cayenne pepper to ward off heart attacks, discuss this with a trusted doctor.

Can cayenne pepper help prevent heart attacks?

The answer is probably yes – many researchers and experts believe that the use of cayenne pepper in Mexican, Italian and Asian cuisines contributes to these regions’ lowered rates of heart disease.

Like an assortment of other antioxidant-laden, carotenoid-rich natural fruit, vegetables and spices, cayenne pepper has impressive abilities to help lower LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. It also discourages platelet adhesion – the clumping together of platelets that causes blood clots and triggers strokes – and increases coronary vasodilation. In addition, its lignan glycosides give it strong antioxidant potential, helping to reduce damage from free radicals.

What else can capsaicin do for me?

Capsaicin-rich peppers have a long history of use in Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine, and modern-day healers often advise capsaicin for digestive and circulatory problems. The use of capsaicin can reduce body levels of substance P, a chemical messenger that carries the sensation of pain, and many patients report relief from using topical capsaicin cream for arthritis, joint pain, lower back pain and shingles.

Even Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSCC) reports that capsaicin may protect against breast, bladder, prostate and oral cancers, and notes that it slows the growth of cancer cells in animal studies.

How do I use cayenne peppers (safely)?

Cayenne peppers may be eaten raw or cooked; many people enjoy this spicy vegetable in a stir fry of tomatoes, green beans and garlic. Choose fresh, raw, whole, organic peppers that are bright red and intact, with no abrasions, cuts or mold. Peppers must be washed well, but avoid touching your eyes after handling them.

If you are sensitive to their irritating qualities, wear gloves.

Overindulging in eating cayenne pepper can cause stomach pain. As with any food, allergic reactions are possible; so talk to a holistically-minded physician if you’re unsure. And remember, as beneficial as cayenne pepper is for your heart, it does not replace medical care in the event of a heart attack.

SOURCE: NaturalHealth365

Young Coconuts Provide One Of The Highest Sources of Electrolytes Known

Young Coconuts Provide One Of The Highest Sources of Electrolytes Known

The first documented use of coconut water dates back just a few centuries, however it’s safe to assume humans have been enjoying this supreme hydrator as long as we’ve been around coconut palms. Here’s why young coconut water has one of the highest sources of electrolytes known to humans.

The coconut may be one of the greatest nutritional gifts of this planet. Super low in calories, naturally fat-free and having more potassium than four bananas, coconut water is one of the best electrolyte hydrators in the world. It’s Mother Nature’s sports drink and it is just as effective (or more effective) than any carbo-electrolyte drink on the market.
Coconut water has fewer calories, less sodium, and more potassium than any sports drink. Ounce per ounce, most unflavored coconut water contains 5.45 calories, 1.3 grams sugar, 61 milligrams (mg) of potassium, and 5.45 mg of sodium compared to Gatorade, which has 6.25 calories.

Natural Water Filter

The coconut is a natural water filter that takes almost 9 months to filter each liter of water. The water travels through many fibers being purified where it is stored away STERILE in the nut itself. Coconut water is identical to human blood plasma which makes it the universal donor. Plasma makes up 55% of human blood. By drinking coconuts we give ourselves a instant blood transfusion. Many peoples lives have been saved in 3rd world countries by the coconut IV.

It’s a natural isotonic beverage, with the same level of electrolytic balance as we have in our blood. It’s the fluid of life, so to speak. In fact, during the Pacific War of 1941-45, both sides in the conflict regularly used coconut water – siphoned directly from the nut – to give emergency plasma trasfusions to wounded soldiers. Many peoples lives have been saved in 3rd world countries by the coconut IV. There is some unfounded opposition by Doctors who claim that a coconut IV would cause elevated calcium and potassium, however the claims are unsubstantiated.

Most coconut water is still consumed fresh in tropical coastal areas – once exposed to air, the liquid rapidly loses most of its organoleptic and nutritional characteristics, and begins to ferment.Â

Stacked With Nutrients and Anti-aging

Research studies suggest that cytokinins (e.g., kinetin and trans-zeatin) in coconut water showed significant anti-ageing, anti-carcinogenic, and anti-thrombotic effects.

Cytokinins are phytohormones, or plant hormones. These hormones regulate the growth, development, and aging of a plant. Coconut water has been an important horticultural resource, used in the propagation of several plants, including orchids and traditional Chinese medicinal herbs. The cytokinins found in coconut water support cell division, and thus promote rapid growth.

Cytokinins have actually been found to exert an anti-aging effect on human cells and tissues. When human cells are exposed to cytokinins, aging slows down considerably. Cells treated with cytokinins don’t undergo the normal degenerative changes, so they don’t “act their age.” Researchers have suggested that if you consume a diet rich in cytokinins, you may experience anti-aging effects and have less risk for degenerative and age-related diseases. And coconut water is the richest natural dietary source of cytokinins.

Coconut water is composed of many naturally occurring bioactive enzymes such as acid phosphatase, catalase, dehydrogenase, diastase, peroxidase, RNA-polymerases etc. In effect, these enzymes help in the digestion and metabolism.

Pure coconut water was just as effective as coconut water from concentrate and a carbohydrate-electrolyte sport drink at rehydrating exercise-trained men after a 60-minute bout of dehydrating exercise, according to findings published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.

It is one of the best replacements for many liquids in smoothies designed to decrease inflammation.

 

SOURCE: PreventDisease

Beehive superfoods for optimal health

Beehive superfoods for optimal health

Full of robust nutritional value and bursting with health benefits, products from beehives have benefited mankind throughout history. In fact, beehive ‘superfoods’ have earned a strong reputation for helping people to eliminate environmental allergies, accelerate wound repair plus much more – since ancient times.

Interestingly enough, a queen bee is an incredible powerhouse, producing about 2 million eggs in its lifetime – a mark unmatched by any other living creature. But, in fact, such an incredible feat is vital to the survival of the bee.

Are you eating raw honey – yet?

Most people don’t realize that it takes approximately one million bee hours for every one pound of honey produced. While honey itself is one of the most energy-rich nutrients found in nature, the hive also provides us with additional useful products, all with their own impressive nutritional profile.

First, let’s take a closer look at why raw honey is so powerful.

Like most processed foods, the commercially prepared honey you can find on any grocery shelf is a far cry from the truly raw, unfiltered honey found in nature. The later is much more nutrient dense, boasting 80 or more substances known to play a positive role in human nutrition. These include not only vitamins and minerals, but live enzymes, proteins, carbohydrates and even antimicrobial agents that provide antiallergenic, bactericidal, expectorant and anti-inflammatory benefits.

Unlike white sugar and other sweeteners, raw honey contains two sugars that are easily absorbed and will not overtake the bloodstream or set the stage for a sugar crash. While also being easy on the intestinal tract, honey also helps the body to recuperate efficiently after exertion – something noted by many competitive athletes.

Honey also holds benefits as a beauty and skin care product. Its antimicrobial qualities make it a very popular ingredient in hair and body cleansers. Plus, it’s used in facial masks and topical skin preparations to promote healing of damaged skin cells.

The healing power of royal jelly

From menopause to arthritis, royal jelly – sometimes referred to as milk of the bees because it is a substance secreted by the nurse bees to nourish the queen bee and her hatched larvae – holds a very rich nutritional profile that can provide relief for a number of ailments.

A single pound of royal jelly required about 1,000 three-day-old queen cells to make and the product is fast to deteriorate. This substance is available in both liquid and lyophilized form for human use, although it’s most commonly found as tablets, soft gels or capsules.

Among the many substances found, on the laundry list of nutrients contained in royal jelly, are agents that fight infection and boost the immune system, as well as naturally occurring hormones, fatty acids, sulfur, protein, vitamin A, vitamin B complex, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, and gelatin, an anti-aging substance known to be a precursor to collagen.

With an impressive 12 percent protein content, royal jelly has also been found to contain compounds which are key for nerve transmission. Inadequate levels of these compounds are associated with several nerve-related disorders, including Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis.

Royal jelly’s ability to normalize blood vessel integrity has left it sought after for those seeking improved cardiovascular health and arthritic patients longing for improved circulation. In addition, the natural hormones it contains have been found to help alleviate conditions associated with the female reproductive system and hormone balance – including PMS and menopause.

Is propolis better than antibiotics?

Propolis is another beneficial substance that traces its origins back to the beehive. Bee propolis is actually a resin secreted by trees, which is then metabolized by bees. It is made up of 55 percent resins, 30 percent beeswax and 10 percent aromatic ethers and oils.

With about five percent pollen in propolis, bees use propolis to ensure an extremely sterile environment in the hive.

Propolis has antibiotic-like properties that actually slow the growth of fungi, bacteria and viruses. Medical researchers have determined that, used in liquid or capsule form, propolis can alleviate symptoms and duration of such ills as sinusitis, influenza, sore throat and the common cold.

As a topic agent, it has also been shown to heal inflammation, ulcers and tumors of the skin as well as treat other skin disorders. Scientists at the University of Western Australia, whose findings were later supported by Russian researchers, found that propolis also increase the effectiveness of conventional antibiotics, including neomycin, penicillin and tetracycline.

Its antibacterial properties are thought to be two-fold: it halts bacteria from multiplying and it increases disease resistance. Since it is a natural supplement, there are not the usual concerns found with conventional medications, including fears of antibiotic resistance.

Bee pollen is LOADED with essential nutrients to strengthen the blood

Finding its way into beehives because it is carried by bees, pollen is actually the male reproductive portion of plants. Like other products found in the beehive, pollen contains an impressive list of nutrients, including minerals, vitamins, omega-3 and other essential fatty acids, simple and complex carbohydrates, trace elements, enzymes, amino acids, and rutin – a known strengthener of blood cell walls and capillaries.

Its incredible powerhouse of nutrients have been used for generations to provide strength and improved health to the ill and weak.
Dr. Remy Chauvin, M.D., Institute of Bee Culture, Paris, also points out that bacteria such as salmonella E. coli cannot survive in bee pollen – making pollen an important agent in warding off such infections.

Its natural hormones are also known to promote bone and tissue development, increased muscle tone and even improved fertility, all without the harmful side effects of synthetic versions.

From allergies to wound repair, beehive products have helped humans for thousands of years. Obviously, if you’re concerned about an allergic reaction, consult a holistically-minded physicians before consuming any bee-related products.

 

SOURCE: NaturalHealth365

Scientists Reveal How to ‘Train Your Brain’ to Eat Healthy

Scientists Reveal How to ‘Train Your Brain’ to Eat Healthy

Are you a junk-food addict? Do you want to eat better, but don’t know how? No this isn’t some slimy advertisement! Some inspiring news, a study from Tufts University suggests that your brain can be trained to prefer healthful foods over high-calorie, nutrition-less junk foods, even if eating poorly is a long-standing habit.

By scanning the brains of both women and men, researchers found that people don’t start out craving french fries, pizza, and cookies while abhorring fresh vegetables and organic fruit. According to Professor Susan B. Roberts, senior study author and behavioral nutrition scientist at the Boston university, that habit is formed over years. She says:

“This conditioning happens over time in response to eating – repeatedly – what is out there in the toxic food environment.”

Scientists have found that, for example, that eating refined sugar or high fructose corn syrup repeatedly sets up an addiction in the brain and body that is as strong as those addicted to cocaine! While it can be very difficult to undo an addiction to food of this kind once it is set up, it is indeed possible.

Prof Roberts’ research, published in the journal Nutrition & Diabetes, proposes that the brain can learn to like healthful foods, and abstain from the ones that cause obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and other health conditions.

Roberts and her team studied the part of the brain linked to reward and addiction in 13 overweight and obese men and women, eight of whom were taking part in a specially designed weight-loss regime. She found that each of them could re-train their brains to like healthful food.

The key is to remain vigilant long enough to overturn the older, bad habit of eating poorly. Participants in the study were given diets high in fiber and protein to keep them satiated, and by watching their brain scans using MRI to monitor their progress, the researchers were able to successfully reverse the cravings in the participants so that they were actually craving healthful food instead of the unhealthy junk by the end of the process.

Comparing the scans taken before and after the program, the team saw a significant shift in reward center activity away from high-calorie toward low-calorie foods in the group that followed the program. Though the study involved few participants, and it needs to be expanded, it suggests that the brain is ‘plastic’ and can be re-trained to like what is good for the body. No food addiction is therefore, incurable.

Scans of the brain’s reward centre showed that food preferences had changed. This focused on changing food preferences by prescribing a diet high in fier and protein, and low in carbohydrates, but which did not allow participants to become hungry since that is when food cravings takeover and unhealthful food becomes attractive.

“When their brains were scanned using MRI at the start and end of a six-month period, those following the programme showed changes in the brain’s reward centre.

When participants were shown pictures of different types of food, it was the healthy, low-calorie foods which produced an increased reaction.

The study said this indicated an increased reward and enjoyment of healthier food.

The brain’s reward centre also showed decreased sensitivity to the unhealthy, higher-calorie foods.

The Boston researchers say that gastric bypass surgery, while solving the problem of weight loss, can take away food enjoyment rather than make healthier foods more appealing.

‘There is much more research to be done here, involving many more participants, long-term follow-up and investigating more areas of the brain,’ Prof Roberts said.”

 

SOURCE: NaturalSociety

Curing the incurables with ozone therapy

Curing the incurables with ozone therapy

Way before the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was ever created, ozone therapy was successfully used by established medical professionals to treat anemia, respiratory ailments, infectious diseases and countless ‘incurable’ health issues. But, by the 1940’s, the FDA decided to seize all ozone machines – despite its track record of being effective (and harmless) to thousands and thousands of people with all sorts of health problems ranging from AIDS to cancer.

The (successful) medical history of ozone therapy

Since the 1950’s, ozone therapy has been widely used in Germany. In fact, there are over 10,000 German doctors using ozone therapy – on over 10 million people (so far) – for a variety of health conditions with a 90% cure rate plus no negative side effects. So why does the FDA continue to ignore such success and support the risky use of toxic drugs?

In Russia, doctors have been successfully using ozone therapy – especially for tuberculosis – for over 40 years. In 1986, Cuba authorized the use of ozone therapy and it’s used in all of their hospitals. You can even find clinics in Mexico and certain parts of the Caribbean. When will the FDA wake up?

Another interesting note, in the 1960′s, Robert Atkins, MD had (temporarily) lost his medical license after he announced on his weekly radio show that he had cured a woman of breast cancer. It took huge public outcry and an agreement by Dr. Atkins to never use ozone therapy again for Dr. Atkins to get his medical license reinstated. Do you think conventional medicine is afraid of losing business to safe, natural therapies? (Yep!) Don’t let conventional ‘wisdom’ keep you in the dark about natural therapies that work.

How does ozone therapy promote optimal health?

There are literally 100 different benefits gained by the use of ozone – which some would call ‘super oxygen’ – such as: improved circulation to oxygen-deprived organs; better immune function; and liver cleanser. This should come as no surprise to anyone when you consider that a lack of oxygen will accelerate the aging process, destroy healthy tissues and promote the spread of cancer.

We often hear about the longevity and amazing quality of life displayed by traditional cultures like the Hunza people. How are they able to enjoy such a vibrant, stress-free existence? Many natural health experts suggest the key to their longevity are due to rich (uncontaminated) soils, clean (nutritious) foods and, most importantly, the super-rich oxygen environment of higher altitudes.

Ozone therapy can stimulate the production of white blood cells and interluekin-2 – which are both critical for healthy immune function – especially when dealing with cancer. In addition, ozone kills most bacteria – at relatively low concentrations; makes the entire antioxidant enzyme system work better; breaks down arterial plaque and, even degrades petrochemicals in the body – which cause chronic, biological stress.

SOURCE: NaturalHealth365