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  1. The healing secret that’s right under your feet

    Back in the day, getting a cut or a scrape was no big deal.

    You slapped on a Band-Aid... smeared on a topical antibiotic cream (remember Bacitracin?)... and poof!

    In a few days, that gash was all healed up.

    But as we age, our bodies heal wounds much more slowly. After all, our immune systems aren’t as active as they used to be.

    And because many of the bacteria that thrive in open sores have become resistant to some of our toughest drugs, you could even wind up with a wound that NEVER heals -- even when your doc prescribes powerful oral antibiotics to treat it.

    But according to a new study, there's something that can kill these superbugs AND mend your wound -- and it may come as quite a surprise.

    I'm talking about MUD! Well, a special type of mud that comes from Oregon, that is.

    Now, in modern life, we think of mud as something that needs to be cleaned OUT of wounds.

    But the idea of applying wet clay or mud to skin as a wound treatment goes back nearly as far as human history.

    And when Mayo Clinic researchers tested blue clay from Oregon on superbugs like E. coli and Staphylococcus aureus in the lab, they found that it stopped these nasty bacteria in their tracks.

    What's more, the clay even blasted its way through the biofilms, or the protective coatings that help superbugs resist antibiotics.

    And that's pretty amazing -- because two-thirds of all infections these days involve these biofilms, which are incredibly tough to treat with conventional methods.

    Of course, this isn’t NEW news. Previous studies have shown that minerals in certain clays (including iron and aluminum) can poison bacterial cells, causing them to die off.

    And you can bet that our ancestors figured out how to use everything that was right under their noses – and feet – to survive as long as they could.

    That’s something we seem to have forgotten.

    Now, if you've got a wound that won't heal, I'm not suggesting you go dive into a mudslide.

    Not all mud has medicinal properties -- and some types of mud and clay can even ENCOURAGE harmful bacteria to grow.

    But you may be able to find an integrative doc in your area who incorporates clay treatments into their practice.

    At the Rothfeld Center here in the Boston area, I like to use bentonite clay for many purposes, including detoxification.

    It can soak up toxins like a sponge!

    You should also slash sugar from your diet, since high blood sugar can keep wounds from healing. (That’s why wounds that won’t heal are a common complication of type 2 diabetes.)

    Whatever you do, don't keep throwing antibiotics at your wound -- because these drugs can open the door to deadly diarrhea and a Pandora's box of other health problems.

    And their overuse is largely responsible for the rise of superbugs in the first place!

  2. Cure for colon cancer found… in Belgium?

    Now that fall is officially here, there's a new wave of fresh produce arriving at your local farmers market.

    Cool-weather veggies like Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and broccoli (a.k.a. "cruciferous" vegetables) are on their way in.

    Now, that may sound like precisely the vegetable assortment that you’d hide under your mashed potatoes as a kid so you wouldn’t have to eat them.

    But give Brussels sprouts another shot.

    These tiny cabbages, first cultivated in ancient Rome but the pride of Belgium since the 13th century, are healthiest when they’re prepared in the most delicious way.

    And that may not be how you grew up eating them.

    You see, when you digest cruciferous veggies like Brussels sprouts, your gut naturally produces a compound called "indole-3-carbinol" (a.k.a. I3C).

    And in a new study, researchers in London found that eating a diet enriched with I3C rendered a group of mice IMMUNE to developing cancerous tumors in their guts.

    The control group without the I3C? Not so much.

    What's more, switching mice from the control diet to the I3C-enriched diet made their pre-existing cancerous tumors DISAPPEAR! And any remaining tumors were rendered nearly powerless.

    I3C works because it tamps down inflammation and repairs damaged cells in the lining of your gut.

    But that’s not the only way that cruciferous veggies like Brussels sprouts may shield you from cancer.

    All cruciferous veggies contain a compound called sulforaphane, which has been proven to slow the growth of multiple kinds of cancer, including cancers of the breast, mouth, and throat.

    So, if you want to beat colon cancer -- and other types of cancer for that matter -- it's time to put this Belgian export at the CENTER of your plate!

    Now, if you think that you hate Brussels sprouts, it’s because you’ve been eating them wrong. Growing up, you might’ve pushed a few boiled buds around on your plate – but that’s actually the worst way to cook them.

    Boiling steals not only the FLAVOR out of your cabbage cousins, but it also reduces the levels of sulforaphane.

    To make Brussels sprouts edible and a credible cancer killer, sauté them in a pan with some olive oil, garlic, and bacon.

    Plus, be sure to get regular colonoscopies, as they absolutely save lives.

  3. Drugs being pushed on you can knock you down

    Here we are at the start of autumn. The temperatures are DIPPING... and those colorful leaves are FALLING... but there's something you don't want to DROP, now or any time of year. YOU! As careful as you may be on rain-slick sidewalks, you can still find yourself DOWN for the count. And the culprit is none other than the drugs...
  4. Could Parkinson's begin in your EYES?

    Like many older guys, I wear glasses. At my age, I’m helpless without them! Father Time can really do a number on our vision as time goes by. But it’s not just about reading the newspaper or a menu in a dark restaurant. Because what’s going on in our eyes can tell us a lot about what’s going on in...
  5. This ‘poison’ can NEUTRALIZE a hostile fungal takeover

    Q: I can control my yeast overgrowth, but if I stray from my restrictive diet at all, it all comes back. How do I KILL the infection for good? GR: Candida albicans is one of the most common fungal issues – and one of the hardest to get rid of. Because while a variety of factors may feed the yeast...
  6. NEVER wake up on the wrong side of the bed again!

    I’m a good sleeper. For this, I’m eternally grateful. But sleep problems do hit close to home for me… because my wife is most definitely NOT a good sleeper. She might stay up doing a Sudoku puzzle or reading instead of getting the shuteye she needs… while I’m happily snoozing next to her. If I ever wake up for a...
  7. Tame your ‘caveman’ stress responses… by getting out of the cave!

    Ah, stress. Sometimes, it seems like there's no escape from it. No matter how much you’ve organized your life… how much wisdom you've gained... and how much you try to "accentuate the positive"… it can feel downright impossible to maintain any sense of “zen” in the midst of modern-day chaos! You don’t need me to tell you how stress can...
  8. Why you should NEVER stop moving

    As you’ve read right here in eTips, I travel the world looking for natural therapies that can help beat back some of the most devastating diseases that afflict my patients and readers. But with as many exotic locales as I visit, my travels always take me back to China. The East is thousands of years ahead of the West in...
  9. This ‘Popeye’ secret is a feast for your ears

    You max out the TV volume... crank up the stereo... and try to keep up in conversations. As we age, our hearing isn't what it used to be. Now, the mainstream will tell you that there's nothing you can do to slow down age-related hearing loss, short of wearing earplugs everywhere you go. And if you’ve already lost some hearing...
  10. This prickly plant REGENERATES a beaten-down liver

    Our livers are increasingly under assault. According to a new study, deaths from liver disease and liver cancer have SKYROCKETED in recent years. The worst part is that liver disease doesn’t have to be a death sentence. Mother Nature has given us everything we need to RESCUE and REPAIR a liver that’s taken a beating. But first – more on...