herbal remedies

  1. Garlic proven to be more effective than common antibiotics

    Garlic kills bugs dead

    One of the worst disease-causing stomach bacteria of all has met its match -- and if you're like me, you're going to love the taste of this one.

    Researchers say the Campylobacter jejuni bacteria responsible for some 2.5 million cases of food poisoning every year can be stopped cold by diallyl sulfide -- a compound found inside garlic.

    That's a trick even most antibiotics can't pull off, so until now the best "treatment" for Campylobacter jejuni has been to wait for the diarrhea and stomach pain to end.

    Smart docs know this and don't even bother with meds. The rest prescribe erythromycin or ciprofloxacin -- a waste of everyone's time, since neither antibiotic can penetrate the biofilm that the bacteria often hide behind.

    Both meds also come with their own risk of diarrhea and stomach pain, so all you REALLY get from this "treatment" is a chance to double your displeasure.

    Diallyl sulfide, on the other hand, can break through that biofilm like the Kool-Aid Man...OH YEAH! -- making it 100 times more effective than either drug at killing the bacteria.

    It remains to be seen if you can make dining out safer by simply ordering extra garlic on all your dishes -- but whether you're eating in a restaurant or staying home, there ARE plenty of good reasons to put some garlic in everything (with the possible exception of dessert): Garlic can fight heart disease, cancer and inflammation, lower blood pressure, and kill viruses as well as bacteria.

    If you want all those benefits, skip the garlic powder and use fresh garlic cloves. Chop or crush them first, then let the mixture sit for 15 minutes at room temperature.

    This causes an enzyme reaction that maximizes garlic's benefits.

    Then, add it raw to spreads and salads. If you can't take it raw, add it to your dishes only during the final minutes of cooking (be careful here as too much heat will wipe out the benefits).

    The only risks of excess garlic are social -- but a few breath mints will take care of that.

  2. Financial fall puts herbal alternative on the rise

    Financial fall puts herbal alternative on the rise

    Herbal remedies are gaining in popularity by leaps and bounds. Hard times have sent people looking for a more affordable alternative to Big Pharma's expensive (and often dangerous) narcotics that are often no more effective than natural cures available at a fraction of the cost.

    An Associate Press review has noted that herbal medicines have risen on pace with the decline of the economy. The reason people are making the switch? Supplements are cheaper than drugs. Self-employed bookkeeper Cathy Birleffi says she's turning to herbals because "doctors are so much higher [in cost], the insurance isn't paying as much."

    A U.S. government survey showed that in the final three months of 2008, retail sales of supplements and vitamins were up 10 percent over the same period in 2007. Considering that all these financial panics didn't really kick in until late summer of '08, it's remarkable how quickly people seemed to have made the switch.

    What's more, sales during this period were $639 million, including a six percent up tick of herbal supplements alone. And that's without even factoring in sales from such retail giants as discount club store or Wal-Mart - so these numbers could be even higher.

    Overall, it's good news that I'm happy about. But as much as I am a believer in natural remedies, it doesn't mean you should go pumping yourself full of herbs right away - especially if you are still taking prescription medications for the same ailments.

    Some of them can interact with existing drug regimens to cause a dangerous reaction.

    Consult with a physician skilled in herbal therapies that can assist you in finding a good product and can monitor your progress. To find one in your area, contact the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians at (703)610-9037 or www.naturopathic.org.

  3. Bee propolis one, urologists zero

    You might think this is just one isolated case - our RESPONSIBLE medical community would NEVER push a prescription down our throats when an herbal supplement performs better, right? Hmmm…

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