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.
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.”
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Often used as medicine, beta-glucans are naturally occurring, biologically active polysaccharides that are found in the cell walls of mushrooms, algae, lichens, plants, and some bacteria. This matters because beta-glucans are also immunostimulating and boost the effectiveness of your body’s own cancer-eradicating natural killer cells, or NK cells. Natural killer cells, according to one study on PubMed:
“. . .are effector lymphocytes of the innate immune system that control several types of tumors and microbial infections by limiting their spread and subsequent tissue damage. Recent research highlights the fact that NK cells are also regulatory cells engaged in reciprocal interactions with dendritic cells, macrophages, T cells and endothelial cells. . .
NK cell manipulation seems to hold promise in efforts to improve hematopoietic and solid organ transplantation, promote antitumor immunotherapy and control inflammatory and autoimmune disorders.”
As reported in an earlier article written by Mike Barrett, natural killer cells are white blood cells (lymphocytes) that seek out and kill cancerous or otherwise mutating cells that can harm the body. Considering that 1/3 of the population is expected to get cancer in their lifetime, it would behoove us all to boost our body’s natural ability to reduce cancerous tumors and virally infected cells. (After reading this piece on beta-glucans’ ability to defeat cancer via boosting NK cells, check out this piece outlining 5 other ways to boost your natural killer cells).
Oyster mushrooms and shitake are especially anti-carcinogenic for their high levels of beta-glucans. These mushrooms have also been shown to help destroy cancer cells, specifically. While different mushrooms have different levels of these healthy polysaccharides, most have been proven to boost immunity and also to have cytotoxic effects on cancer cells (meaning they help to kill them).
“As immunostimulating agent, which acts through the activation of macrophages and NK cell cytotoxicity, beta-glucan can inhibit tumor growth in promotion stage too. Anti-angiogenesis can be one of the pathways through which beta-glucans can reduce tumor proliferation, prevent tumor metastasis. beta-Glucan as adjuvant to cancer chemotherapy and radiotherapy demonstrated the positive role in the restoration of hematopiesis following by bone marrow injury.”
The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center recommends the use of Oyster mushrooms for their anti-tumor, antifungal, and immunomodulatory effects as well as their ability to lower hypoglycemic responses in the body. Shitake mushrooms are recommended by the American Cancer Society as well due to a compound called lentinin that can help halt cancerous tumor growth.
Eating your fungi might never have tasted so good.
Fran Kerr, author of Clear Skin for Life and How to Heal from Acne Naturally, has been a fan of jojoba oil for years. “I still do love it. I’m a massive fan of it, but I have a new favorite now,” she admits. “It’s organic hemp seed oil. I am in love with hemp seed oil as a cleanser and moisturizer.”
Kerr once had severe acne and is now free of the condition. While Kerr still acknowledges jojoba oil’s ability to help keep skin in great condition, she says hemp seed oil is now her preferred choice for several reasons.
Hemp seed oil won’t clog pores, plus other benefits
First, she explains that it has a comedogenic rating of 0 (jojoba’s is “2″), meaning that it can’t clog pores. A comedogenic rating refers to extent in which oil may clog skin. A “0″ rating means the product will not clog pores and the highest rating, a “5,” means it will likely be extremely problematic for acne-prone skin.
Secondly, oils with a “0″ comedogenic rating are also typically high in linoleic acid which is found in the skin’s sebum, or naturally-occurring oils. Hemp seed boats a 57 percent linoleic acid content, responsible for keeping our skin supple. Kerr says that when we use hemp seed oil on our skin, “we’re making the sebum much softer and smoother.” She also reminds us that sebum “is our friend, not our enemy,” discussing the myth that dry skin heals conditions like acne. Kerr also explains that sebum is naturally antibacterial and antifungal.
She simply uses organic hemp seed oil by wetting her face and putting it on like a normal cleanser. “It’s my new favorite,” Kerr says. “My skin has become softer and the quality has improved as well.”
She also enjoys hemp seed oil’s green color, known to help offset the red or ruddier complexions those with skin conditions often experience. For this reason, in addition to all of the other benefits, it’s common to see hemp seed oil as part of many moisturizers, makeup and skin creams. However, it’s always important to make sure the product is organic and does not contain harmful ingredients that could take away from hemp seed oil’s effectiveness.
Other people also have been known to enjoy hemp seed oil for its ability to help cure eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis. In fact, the Journal of Dermatological Treatment highlights a study done in Finland which showed that hemp seed oil’s ideal balance of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids contributed to dry, itchy skin relief among dermatitis sufferers.
Pineapple has been used for centuries to reduce pain and inflammation. It turns out that an enzyme found in pineapples called bromelain does, in fact, have scientifically proven medicinal benefits. Two molecules isolated from an extract of crushed pineapple stems have even shown promise in fighting cancer growth. Studies have shown that bromelain reduces swelling, bruising, healing time and pain. An even more potent anti-inflammatory is ginger whose analgesic properties have been proven stronger than ibuprofen. Combine the two in this smoothie recipe and you have deliciously balanced beverage at any time of the day.
- 2 cups ripe pineapple
- 1 cup ripe mango
- 1 piece of ginger (about 3 inches)
- 1/2 cup of celery
- 1 cup of coconut water
- 1 tsp. fresh vanilla
A high-speed blender is your friend for this recipe so if you have a vitamix or blend-tec you’ll be able to achieve a great consistency.
Since ancient times we have seen pictures and paintings of different spiritual leaders across various traditions but one thing that is common among all of them is the halo that surrounds their head which is known as the Aura- energy field. Many have dismissed Auras, especially those professed to be experts in natural sciences. However, with the assistance of highly sensitive cameras scientists have been able to photograph this field some experts believe could become a tool for use in the diagnosis and treatment of many diseases.
This aura represents your physical, mental, emotional as well as spiritual energies. The aura is often seen a mix of fine coloured frequencies where each colour defines its own individual nature and characteristics.
The vibration of this aura is very fine and subtle so we need very fine instruments to detect it and also to interpret the different colours and shapes in the aura which can reveal us a lot of unsaid information.
A study, published in the journal Consciousness and Cognition, explained the esoteric phenomenon of the aura and energy field of luminous radiation surrounding a person as a halo. The study explained that in neurological terms, synesthesia is due to cross-wiring in the brain of some people called synesthetes. In other words, synesthetes have more synaptic connections than “normal” people. “These extra connections cause them to automatically establish associations between brain areas that are not normally interconnected”, said Prof. Gomez Milan, a lead author of the study. “Many healers claiming to see the aura of people might have this condition.”
The pioneers in this field, in fact, are the Kirlians, to this day any halos around photographed objects are referred to as the “Kirlian effect”.
Kirlian photography is a collection of photographic techniques used to capture the phenomenon of electrical coronal discharges. It is named after Semyon Kirlian, who, in 1939 accidentally discovered that if an object on a photographic plate is connected to a high-voltage source, an image is produced on the photographic plate.
The technique has been variously known as “electrography”, “electrophotography”, “corona discharge photography” (CDP), “bioelectrography”, “gas discharge visualization (GDV)”, “electrophotonic imaging (EPI)”, and, in Russian literature, “Kirlianography”.
Kirlian patented many inventions to photograph the glow and captured many images of it. Over time, they noticed that the images varied from person to person. Kirlian and his wife were demonstrated that their images showed a life force or energy field that reflected the physical and emotional states of their living subjects. These images could be used to diagnose illnesses. In 1961, they published their first paper on the subject in the Russian Journal of Scientific and Applied Photography.
The aura of a person has been found to be directly connected to the level of health of the person. A person is considered to be healthy in when their physical vitality, mental clarity, emotional well being as well as highly positive spiritual energies are relatively balanced. So a person who is healthy at all these levels has a bigger and brighter aura and vice versa in the case of an unhealthy person. A faint glow around certain body parts may indicate the presence of a disease or disorder.
From the intensity of the glow, the Kirlians learned to determine the total activity of the body, the efficiency of different treatments, as well as the state of organs and systems. Today the GDV method is fairly well developed and can be used to conduct a general analysis of the whole body. The pictures are qualitatively and objectively interpreted reducing the risk of medical errors. The effectiveness of different treatments can be detected individually.
GDV is based on light emissions which appear in high voltage electromagnetic fields. If it were to become widely used in traditional diagnosis then, with its help, doctors could not only easily carry out common diagnosis at a given moment but also identify diseases which may occur in the future. This could greatly improve the quality of preventive care.
The Human Aura Can Change Dramatically and Quickly
It was found, that objects which are not alive, do not change parameters of their “aura” more than 2%. LIVING objects however can change their aura field dramatically and quickly. This provides scientists with unique tools to study physics of LIFE and consciousness using bio-electrography. For example, Prof Bunzen in Russia found that the response in Kirlian Aura seems to precede (appear as soon or earlier than) electric processes in the brain during a decision making process. From his research, presented in 2001 at the International Congress “Science Information, Spirit” in St Petersburg, it seems that a thought “appears” in the aura before any electrical activity can be detected in the brain. Is our consciousness electro-photonic to begin with?
It also appears that auras of people who interact with various objects such as drugs, crystals, minerals, colours etc. may change significantly. Modern Kirlian equipment are capable to quantify these effects in terms of their influence on the electro-photonic glow. It seems that detailed functioning of every organ and health effects can be also determined from the recorder stimulated electro-photonic glow.
All living objects show continuous changes in their aura. A major series of experiments of a team of scientists coordinated by Prof Korotkov in St Petersburg, Russia, demonstrated that aura of the human body continues to change continuously for almost exactly 72 hours after clinical death. It seems, that among other things, not only the time, but also the reason for death can be determined on the basis of these changes. It is interesting to note that in nearly every culture on Earth for centuries people observe a 3 day period between death of the body and burial.
Slowly and gradually as more research was done in this field of Aura photography different technologies were developed claiming to capture the human aura or the electromagnetic field. Now till date we have different systems like PIP (Poly contrast Interference Photography), DAS (Digital Aura Scanning system), RFI ( Resonant Field imaging) etc which claim to capture the human aura and also help us in detecting the subtle imbalances in our bodies.
More Science is Validating Sensory Activity and Consciousness
Even though we are often consciously aware of our current emotional state, such as anger or happiness, the mechanisms giving rise to these subjective sensations have remained unresolved. Brilliant research by Finnish scientists has mapped the areas of our body that are experiencing an increase or decrease in sensory activity when we experience a particular emotion. Each of these areas also affects our aura.
Each body area has a language as to what the organs do, the muscles, the nerves, etc. When a condition occurs in the body in a localized area, it’s to help us discover what we might need to change in order to keep “homeostasis” in our emotions, mental reasoning, and spiritual living.
Needless to say, that in the traditional ancient oriental medicine the concept of the aura is well understood and commonly accepted. Eastern practices, both medical and spiritual, are initially directed at correcting the aura i.e. the spiritual body rather than the physical.
Scientists such as Beverly Rubik have explored the idea of a human biofield using Kirlian photography research, attempting to explain the Chinese discipline of Qigong. Qigong teaches that there is a vitalistic energy called qi (or chi) that permeates all living things. Rubik’s experiments relied on Konstantin Korotkov’s GDV device to produce images which were thought to visualize these qi biofields in chronically ill patients. Vitalistic energies, such as qi and prana, exist beyond the natural world.
The Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR) program, which flourished for nearly three decades under the aegis of Princeton University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science, has also completed its experimental agenda of studying the interaction of human consciousness with sensitive physical devices, systems, and processes, and developing complementary theoretical models to enable better understanding of the role of consciousness in the establishment of physical reality.
Everything is Energy
Scientists and researchers today all around the globe have confirmed that the matter which appears to be solid in reality is NOT A TRUE reality. This solid looking matter is actually made up of pure energy which is vibrating at a specific frequency which gives matter properties like shape, size, texture etc. These solid looking objects like a pen, book and even the molecules, atoms and cells in our bodies for that matter are actually made up of vibratory energy particles called electron, protons , neutrons and further more tiny particles. So when these particles vibrate in their nucleus, a small electrical impulse is generated in our body and according to the famous law of physics “When there is a electrical field around a body, a magnetic field gets developed automatically”. So the tiny electrical impulses in our body results into the formation of a magnetic field around our body which is actually know as the AURA- electromagnetic field of the body.
Since everything in this universe is made up of the same constituent particles electron, protons, neutrons etc that means EVERYTHING HAS AN AURA. And if we keep on expanding these so called elementary particles we reach a point where we find nothing but pure energy vibrating at the very essence of these solid looking objects. Everything in this physical universe is nothing but energy which connects to everything in the universe.
If we study our ancient Indian texts especially the yoga sutras we will come to know the subtle anatomy of our human chakra system which is actually a very important aspect of our Aura. Spiritually we can say that aura is our very own soul nature, it reflects our innermost desires and feelings, emotions etc.
Aura is the layer of energy which interconnects all other subtle bodies and also acts like a shield covering and protecting our more refined subtle bodies like the mental, emotional, and spiritual and astral bodies. Like for our physical body to survive and maintain its health, oxygen plays a vital role for our existence similarly the Pranic forces which are commonly called Prana is the subtle energy that is required by our more refined bodies to function and maintain a good health.
Subtle Bodies Control Our Health In The Physical
So if we want our bodies to absorb oxygen properly from the environment we should keep our lungs healthy thereby keeping our physical body healthy, similarly if we want our subtle bodies to function properly and to absorb the pranic energies properly we need to keep our aura healthy. Like for our physical bodies we do regular exercises to keep it healthy and working, we should also practice some form of energy exercise which regulates the proper flow of pranic energies in our subtle bodies.
“Our Subtle bodies”, namely they are called physical body, emotional body, mental body, spiritual body and the last is our Astral body. So all in all our aura is made up of 5 basic layers out of which the physical body we are able to see with our naked eyes because it vibrates at a relatively lower and denser vibrational rate and the rest of the four bodies vibrate at a higher frequency.
Even if the physical organ is removed from the physical body, its energy imprint is always there in the astral body. Most of the healing which is intended to be sent on the physical body is first received on this layer, the healing is done on the intended parts of this astral body and then the new energy imprint or the information is transferred down to each of the lower body till it reaches the physical body.
Once the root of the disease is removed from the blueprint of our physical body, the symptoms appearing in the physical body start to disappear. The root of all disease then is not in the physical body but in the energetic body and no disease can ever take place in physical first before it is translated from the energetic body.
So in this way energy healing sent by prayers, reiki, intention etc. is always first received on the outermost layer of the aura i.e., Astral body and then transferred to the other bodies. The most important purpose of our aura is to act like a vessel to hold all our bodies together and also to act like a shield protecting us from unhealthy vibrations. So the stronger our aura is the more protected & powerful we are.
In time, a greater percentage of human beings will grow to adopt these concepts since consciousness is now at a level on Earth where we can understand why these energies exist without rejection. That in turn will assist in the progression of health to such an extent, that it will translate into a mastering of control on the subtle bodies that will no longer allow for disease in the physical body.
If you’re trying to alkalize the body and optimize your health – beet greens would be a wise choice. With an earthy bitter taste – these greens have a reputation for helping to regenerate and reactivate red blood cells by supplying oxygen throughout the body.
But, most importantly, beet greens can help to detoxify the body, inhibit cancer cell growth and eliminate constipation.
The ancient Romans were among the first civilizations to consume beets, surprisingly enough they eat the beet greens for their medicinal value while the roots were discarded. Only many years later, was it discovered that the roots were edible and quickly became quite popular – especially (now) in the natural health community.
Regenerate liver function by eating beet greens – daily
A 2012 study investigated the liver protecting action of beet greens in rat liver cultures and rats with hepatatoxicity. Test tube studies used n-butanol fraction of the beet leaves, and the rats were fed at a dose of 50, 100 and 200 mg/kg. Test tube and lab studies both showed significant liver protecting effects . The results of this study concluded that beet greens have potent hepatoprotective effect against ethanol-induced hepatic toxicity and it may have a great potential role in the management of alcoholic liver disease.
In addition, beet greens are also rich in phytochemicals such as betalains – betacyanins (red-violet pigments), betaxanthines (yellow pigments), flavonoids, polyphenols, vitamins and minerals. According to research, the combination of phyto-pigments and antioxidant effect exert a significant liver protecting action. Beet greens provide about 13 mg of the essential aminoacid tryptophan in one cup.
In addition, tryptophan helps to produce the neurotransmitter, serotonin – which regulates mood and sleep cycles in humans. Getting adequate tryptophan in the diet helps to prevent mood imbalances and promote healthy sleep cycles, which are important aspects of detoxification.
What are the best ways to enjoy beet greens?
Beet greens are in the same plant family as chard and spinach. Just like kale and bok choy, these greens are a great source of mixed carotenoids – lutein and zeaxanthin. A cup of greens provide about 275 micrograms of lutein, 48% of the daily value of vitamin A, 190% of the daily value for vitamin K and 19% of the daily value for vitamin C .
Beet greens are easy to prepare and you can enjoy them raw in salads, juices or smoothies. For cooking, don’t overdo it – a quick boil or steam, then add some extra virgin olive oil to taste. Another good idea is to combine beet greens with mung beans to make a nutritious salad. Beet greens are good to use within 2 -3 days after refrigeration – so use them quickly.
A guide to selecting beet greens
Choose beet greens that are dark, green color with fresh-looking beet roots attached. Wilted or yellowing greens are low in nutrition and should be avoided. Be sure to store greens in large, dry glass containers along with a strip of paper towel to absorb excess moisture or store away in well-sealed refrigerator vegetable bins. Beet greens are easily susceptible to wilting – so eat them all within 3-5 days. Never leave leafy greens in plastic produce bags as they will go bad very quickly. As with any leafy green, choose organic whenever possible.
Keep in mind, beets – especially beet greens – contain oxalates. If you have an kidney or gall bladder issues – talk to a natural healthcare provider about how to incorporate dark, leafy green vegetables into your diet. Whenever you think about detoxification – it’s important to be sure that all of your elimination pathways are working properly. A diet, rich in greens, will help you to improve your metabolism and rid the body of unwanted (toxic) substances like, heavy metals, excess calcium, and pesticides. (to name a few)
Don’t wait until something bad happens to you – take good care of yourself and enjoy the rewards of a healthy lifestyle.
In a development that sounds almost as far-fetched as a plot twist penned by a Hollywood screenwriter, some medical researchers are hopeful that a parasitic fungus found on Tibetan caterpillars may hold the key to ending the cancer epidemic.
Traditional Chinese Medicine reveals the true power of cordyceps
Cordyceps, scientifically known as Cordyceps sinensis, is one of the most important and revered herbal treatments in Chinese Traditional Medicine (CTM) – where it is known as semitake, aweto, yartsu gunbu and Dong Chong Xia. The first recorded use of cordyceps took place in the 15th century; it is very likely that it was being used for many centuries before that.
Usually prescribed to restore energy, boost the immune system, promote longevity, and improve quality of life, cordyceps has also been used in CTM to treat serious ailments, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and kidney failure.
Cordyceps is produced by a strange pairing between insect and fungus. The substance grows from the mummified remains of insect larvae that are found on the heads of a subterranean caterpillar that lives at high altitudes in the Qinghi-Tibetan plateau. Unfortunately, due to the expense and difficulty of harvesting natural cordyceps, most commercial varieties have been artificially cultivated.
Major hospital recognize the anti-cancer properties of cordyceps
According to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), cordyceps has antitumor, radioprotective, and antidiabetic effects. MSKCC cites a study in which cordyceps made the cancer medication cisplatin more toxic to lung cancer cells, and confirms that cordyceps can also help infection-fighting lymphocytes live longer, increase levels of T helper cells, reduce tumor cell proliferation and boost the activity of natural killer cells. Finally, the medical center reports that some studies have shown that cordyceps has caused cancer symptoms to improve, in addition to helping patients better tolerate the rigors of chemotherapy.
What exactly is in cordyceps?
Despite its bizarre provenance, cordyceps is not only non-toxic but safe and even nutritious to consume. According to the International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms, the fungus contains essential amino acids, several essential B-complex vitamins and the vitamins E and K. Beneficial fatty acids – including oleic acid, the same healthful monounsaturated fatty acid found in olives – are also present.
However, cordyceps’ most significant feature may be its nucleosides. Researchers believe that nucleosides, key signaling molecules in the body, help to fight cancer; nucleoside analogues are medically used as anticancer and antiviral agents.
In addition, cordyceps contains many nucleosides, including guanidine and guanosine; the most potent – and most studied – of these seems to be 3-deoxyadenosine, which researchers have dubbed cordycepin.
Is there any proof that cordyceps kill cancer cells?
Although human studies are limited, animal and test tube research have shown time and time again that cordyceps has the capacity to destroy cancer cells, help normalize low white blood cell count occurring as a result of chemotherapy, and even make certain medications more toxic to cancer cells.
In a study published in 2008 in Experimental Biology and Medicine, researchers explored the effects of cordyceps on mice that had low counts of infection-fighting white blood cells in their bone marrow as a result of being given the chemotherapy drug Taxol. Mice given cordyceps daily – for three weeks – had their white blood cell counts restored to normal ranges; the white blood cells counts in the non-cordyceps group were dramatically lower, sometimes by as much as 50 percent.
Concluding that cordyceps enhance recovery from clinically-induced leucopenia, the team remarked that the substance achieves a positive effect on osteoblast differentiation – an essential factor in new bone formation – by acting on proteins and core binding factors that are needed to produce new bone cells.
In a cell study published in Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology in 2007, cordycepin extracted from cordyceps had an apoptopic effect on human oral cancer cells – causing them to self-destruct.
Researchers used flow cytometry and viability assays to show that the survival of cancer cells significantly decreased with the administration of cordyceps, and noted that the effects became more dramatic as the dose and duration of cordyceps increased.
Scientists continue to identify and isolate new beneficial constituents of cordyceps.
In yet another test tube study published in 2009 in Cell Proliferation, scientists isolated two new anticancer constituents from cordyceps, and named them gliocladicillins A and B. These inhibited growth of tumor cells, causing cell self-destruction through extrinsic and intrinsic pathways. Calling the gliocladicillins “effective antitumor agents,” the team called for more study to explore the pair’s use in treating cancer in humans.
What is the best way to consume cordyceps?
Cordyceps is currently marketed as a health food supplement and nutraceutical, and can be found in health food stores or online. Most practitioners recommend taking between 2 to 3 grams a day, with food.
Cordyceps is generally considered safe. Of course, you should consult your doctor before taking it, especially if you take blood thinners or medication for diabetes. Don’t use cordyceps to treat cancer unless under the guidance of a well-trained physician. And, finally, make sure you obtain cordyceps from a reputable supplier – as some samples have been found to be contaminated with lead.
Although a parasitic fungus may seem an unlikely ally in the road to recover from a cancer diagnosis. Cordyceps could turn out to be a very important – and even a lifesaving player. Once again, Mother Nature has supplied a beneficial substance well worth attention and further study.
Island by island, our most tropical state is slowly advancing towards being GMO-free. A recently launched petition on the island of Maui would temporarily suspend the production of genetically modified crops on that island. If passed, Maui would join the islands of Kauai and Hawaii in regulating the production and sale of crops largely seen as both dangerous and destructive.
The ballot initiative needs to receive 8,500 signatures before it is approved to go before voters in November. If it makes it, the initiative would stop all production of GMO crops on the island and the spraying of related pesticides until companies like Monsanto could unequivocally prove their products were safe.
The signatures are due by March 31, and the five Maui citizens behind the petition think it’s not only possible, but likely that they’ll make the deadline.
“The Agro-chemical companies have effectively turned Hawaii into their own outdoor laboratory, which they operate with impunity.” Mark Sheehan said in a press release. “On Kauai, for example, a documented correlation has been made between rising levels of pesticide application and rising incidences of birth defects. That throws the safety of the entire GE operation into question, which brings the ‘Precautionary Principle’ to bear.”
With their year-round growing season, these giant corporations have literally put down roots on the Hawaiian islands, spreading their seeds across the warm and lush islands. Without the proper testing and precautions, they are essentially making it up as they go along, and any problems (like GMO contamination on non-GMO fields and pesticide run-off showing up in the drinking water) won’t be dealt with until it’s too late.
“The citizens of Maui County have serious concerns as to whether the GE seed operations, open-field mixing of pesticide cocktails, and GE crop experimentation occurring in Maui County are causing irreparable harm to the people, the environment, and public trust resources,” said Sheehan.
The burden would be on Monsanto to prove their products are safe, something they have had a hard time convincing the people of thus far. Largely, because there is evidence to the contrary.
For their part, companies like Monsanto and Syngenta are already challenging laws in Kauai and Hawaii for limiting their market.
In Kauai, a bill was passed in 2013 that not only requires biotech companies to report what pesticides they are spraying, but where and in what concentrations. It also requires they create “buffer zones” between fields treated with pesticides and neighboring communities. Failure to do these things could result in the employees of these companies being arrested.
In Hawaii, Mayor Billy Kenoi recently signed a bill that bans GMOs from the island. While the bill exempts the booming GMO papaya industry there, activists call it a success.
As a state, lawmakers are considering a GMO-labeling bill as well. It’s only one of several GMO-related state laws that are being considered in the island state. Lawmakers, voters, and activists in Hawaii are not backing down, despite the hard work ahead. And their progress thus far can be seen as inspiration for progressive change at the county and state levels alike.
A recent 2012 study by the Washington State University states that a compound from garlic is 100 times more effective than two popular antibiotics used in the treatment of intestinal infections caused by the bacterium species Campylobacter bacterium. Many other scientific research projects suggest that raw garlic has incredible healing properties.
Garlic, also called “the stinking rose’, has been used for many centuries as a food and medicine, it is most often used as an antiseptic – applied to wounds to prevent infection. In the beginning of the 18th century, in France, gravediggers supposedly drank wine mixed with crushed garlic to protect them from the plague. It was also given to soldiers – in both world wars – to prevent gangrene caused by bacterial infection. The healing properties of this spice ranges from anti-infective to antioxidant.
How does garlic destroy ‘unfriendly’ bacteria?
A recent study published in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy revealed that the compound called diallyl sulphide effectively penetrated the protective bio-layer formed by colonies of bacteria (campylobacter bacterium). Garlic’s active ingredient dissolves this layer and eventually destroys the bacteria.
Researchers of the study noted that campylobacter is 1000 times more resistant to antibiotics – due to the presence of its protective bio-film. They were also fascinated by the fact that garlic compounds was able to destroy the bacteria in just a fraction of the time taken by antibiotics like, erythormycin and ciprofloxacin.
Garlic contains a wide range of thiosulphinates such as allicin that are responsible for the antibacterial activity. The nutrients, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds in garlic make this condiment a remarkable natural remedy.
Garlic is a good source of minerals like, selenium, calcium and phosphorus plus a very good source of vitamin C, B6 and manganese. It also contains different kinds of natural sugars, including fructose, glucose and inulin.
And, let’s not forget, garlic is known for its high selenium content – higher than any other plant source.
What is the best way to prepare and eat garlic?
The way you prepare garlic influences the amount of beneficial compounds you receive from it. Heating, microwaving and even drying is found to substantially decrease the allicin and alliin content in garlic. When consumed raw these compounds are at high concentration.
According to many studies – crushed raw garlic that is allowed to sit in room temperature for 10 minutes has the highest amount of alliinase enzymes. This maximizes garlic’s ability to activate its germicidal effect. It’s really powerful!
There are many different ways garlic can be incorporated into your everyday menu. A good way to relish is to make a warm soup of tomato, basil and garlic to fight off a nagging cold or a simple juice of garlic with tomatoes and lemon for a quick tonic to boost immune system.
If you are not a big fan of the raw garlic taste – toss the chopped garlic, at the end of cooking time, to help retain its nutritive value. If you do need to expose garlic to heat – limit the cooking time of garlic as much as possible. (no more than 5-10 minutes)
Tips on storing and choosing the best garlic
Choose garlic that is plump and looks free of blemishes. It is best to store garlic in cool, dark place away from heat – in an open basket. This will prevent sprouting of garlic and maximum freshness.
Garlic has a strong sulfurous smell and is not attractive to pests, so it is more likely to be pesticide-free. Although garlic supplements are available in the market, not all of them have the same amount of active ingredients.
When choosing garlic supplements – look for freeze-dried, dried or aged garlic extracts. If you are planning to buy supplements read the label thoroughly for their ingredients, it is better to choose supplements with standardized ingredients to be sure you are receiving enough of the active compounds in the pills.
While synthetic antibiotics are losing their effect against ‘superbugs’ – garlic is certainly a safe and an effective alternative to fight off infection without damaging the digestive tract. If you take blood-thinning drugs like warfarin or aspirin – be sure to talk to your doctor before consuming garlic supplements. Naturally, if your doctor is not well-educated on natural therapies – find another doctor.
A recent study from researchers with the Kasturba Medical College in India found the survival rate of mice exposed to radiation was dramatically increased when they received black plum leaf extract.
You don’t have to work in the radiology department of your local hospital or live near Fukushima Japan to be exposed to radiation each and every day. Whether you use a microwave, fly on an airplane, or get your annually-recommended mammogram, you are exposed. While some of this exposure is unnecessary and preventable, much of it is not. For that reason, it makes sense to take efforts to minimize the effects of this chronic exposure. And black plum leaf extract could aid in that battle.
Varying concentrations of the extract were given to mice to determine how these various doses affected them when exposed to gamma radiation. The doses included 5, 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, and 80 mg. per kg. of body weight administered five days before radiation exposure.
For the study, each mouse was exposed to equal amounts of radiation—10 grays—and quickly began exhibiting the effects of radiation sickness. Over the following 30 days, the mice were studied.
Those who received no black plum leaf extract had a survival rate of only 12 percent. Among all black plum extract groups, the survival rate was 66.6 percent. While one would think the largest dose would have the greatest effects, that wasn’t the case. The mice receiving 30 mg/kg had the highest survival rate of more than 41 percent.
“Black plum leaf is designed to be effective against radiation. It is rich in acylated flavonol glycosides, quercetin, myricetin, myricitin, myricetin 3-O-4-acetyl-L-rhamnopyranoside, triterpenoids, esterase, galloyl carboxylase and tannins.
Clinical studies have shown how these constituents are antidiabetic as well. The fruits, seeds and stem bark possess powerful pharmacological activity too. Its gastrointestinal protective powers have been studied; it is anti-ulcerogenic, antifungal, antibacterial and radioprotective there.”
Our daily exposure to radiation is undeniable. And with the Fukushima spilling untold concentrations of radioactive water into our seas, it would behoove us all to investigate natural methods of protection. In addition to utilizing black plum leaf extract for potential protection, you may also use flaxseed to protect against radiation, as well as iodine, miso soup, broccoli, and much more.
A very large body of work, much of it taking place over a half-century ago, has clearly established that the vigorous dosing and administration of vitamin C can cure most acute infections, viral or otherwise, and promptly neutralize most toxin exposures – including many life-threatening health issues.
Behind the scenes, vitamin C is more than ‘just’ an antioxidant. Why mainstream medicine refuses to embrace the life-saving abilities of vitamin C remains unclear. But, the validity of the scientific data is absolutely inescapable.
The inescapable truth about avoiding disease
One fact that all doctors and all lay persons agree on is that a strong immune system is key to recovering from an infection, neutralizing and eliminating a toxin, and bringing diseased cells back to a state of good health. There also is no dispute that a competent immune system is the best way to keep a disease from developing and taking hold in the first place.
Therefore, anything that clearly strengthens the immune system and improves its ability to achieve these goals should logically be embraced as well by both the caregiver and the patient.
Vitamin C and the immune system
In addition to its role as the premier antioxidant circulating throughout the body, the scientific literature has clearly established vitamin C to directly promote and stimulate a number of very important functions of the immune system. These functions include the following:
1. Enhanced antibody production (B-lymphocytes, humoral immunity)
2. Enhanced interferon production
3. Enhanced phagocytic (scavenger cell) function
4. Enhanced T-lymphocyte function (cell-mediated immunity)
5. Enhanced B-lymphocyte and T-lymphocyte proliferation6. Enhanced natural killer cell activity (very important anti-cancer function)
6. Enhanced prostaglandin formation
7. Enhanced nitric oxide production by phagocytes
Why is vitamin C the key to powerful immunity?
Red blood cells have roughly the same concentration of vitamin C as the surrounding plasma. Heart cells and kidney cells, which are very metabolically active cells, have about 13-fold more vitamin C than the plasma, an impressive concentration difference. This is certainly consistent with the continual need for electrons in such active cells.
Phagocytic white blood cells (granulocytes) have 25-fold more vitamin C than the plasma. Since these cells need an abundance of energy to consume and digest pathogens and cellular “debris,” this concentration of vitamin C makes a lot of sense as well.
The king of the vitamin C concentrators, however, is the circulating monocyte, which becomes known as a macrophage, another cell with phagocytic functions, when it settles into the tissues. This cell has more than an 80-fold increased concentration of vitamin C inside it relative to the plasma. Few, if any, other examples of a circulating nutrient/vitamin being so selectively concentrated in a given cell type exist.
How vitamin C acts as a ‘lifesaver’
Whenever inflammation develops, oxidative stress is increased, and vitamin C stores of the inflamed areas are acutely depleted to absent. The first cells that the immune system mobilizes to areas of acute inflammation are the monocytes.
As a hypothetical possibility, then, it would appear that this early, initial function of the immune system is to compensate for the inflamed area depleted of vitamin C with a vitamin C ‘delivery system’: the monocyte. This concept also meshes quite well with the fact that many other immune cells have significantly increased concentrations of vitamin C as well.
Always include vitamin C in whatever “wellness program” you choose to follow.
There are many things you can do and/or consume to help you achieve the health and wellness you seek. However, you should never be completely comfortable that your health program cannot be improved upon.
Donation of electrons at the molecular level, which is the ultimate positive impact of any therapeutic protocol, is the antioxidant effect. You always want more electron donation and less electron depletion (oxidation). Vitamin C, while not the only good antioxidant you can supplement, performs this electron donation/flow better than anything else available, and it still remains very affordable, in spite of repeated attempts to make it more expensive and market it as a “vitamin C complex” or “natural” vitamin C.
Vitamin C is truly ‘designed by nature’ – as most animals synthesize this essential nutrient as needed. Humans, unfortunately, lost this ability, but we still need to cope as best we can for our daily antioxidant needs.