Black Currants may help Alzheimers

Natural Health
The Black Currant is an herb occasionally found wild in damp woods as far north as the middle of Scotland, but is considered to be a true native only in Yorkshire and the Lake District - when found apparently wild in other parts of the country, its presence is due to the agency of birds. It is easily distinguished at all seasons by the strong perfume of its buds and leaves. The Black Currant herb has been studied recently with regard to Alzheimers: Black Currant and Alzheimers Black currants contain anthocyanins and polyphenolics, antioxidant compounds that pack a potent protective effect on neuronal cells against stressors caused by dopamine and amyloid-b, the peptide associated with Alzheimer's. These compounds protect a patient from Alzheimer's at the cellular level early on by…
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Protect Your Healthcare Freedoms in NC!

Health Freedoms
People often ask me what they can do to assure that we have the healthcare freedoms and choices to use complementary and alternative health modalities in North Carolina. Well, I have mentioned the House Bill (1303) that is in study committee right now, before. This bill is critical to assure our personal choice for healthcare remains open in North Carolina. I would strongly encourage you to join the NC Citizens for Healthcare Freedom to support their efforts to pass this bill! Membership is open and costs only $35.00, yet that goes a LONG way toward paying expenses, supporting a lobbyist for the cause, and assuring that our healthcare freedoms are preserved! Please consider joining CHF! I have a link to the membership form below: CHF Membership Application (PDF Format) Here's…
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Why Dark Chocolate is Good for Your Heart

Natural Health
Research indicates that eating some forms of dark chocolate is actually good for your heart. But, why? Dark Chocolate Benefits "...Researchers may have pinpointed the reason for those benefits, based on their analysis of the health of the Kuna Indians of Panama who consume three to four cups of flavanol-rich cocoa daily. One of these flavanols -- epicatechin -- was responsible for those vascular benefits the Kuna Indians experienced when they drank certain cocoas. Among those benefits: Higher levels of nitric oxide in the blood, demonstrating the flavanols were absorbed into, and present in, the bloodstream. Patients with high levels of epicatechin experienced improved circulation. Consuming pure epicatechin had almost the same effect as eating flavanol-rich cocoa.
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Double the Vitamin B12 to Go, Please!

Natural Health
Natural Health advocates have known for a LONG time that the government's RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) dietary guidelines are more like the "Recommended absolute minimums to stay alive"... not, to remain healthy. Now, research is proving us right (again!) Double the Vitamin B12 "Vitamin B-12 is essential for maintaining healthy nerve cells and red blood cells; a deficiency in the vitamin can cause symptoms ranging from the subtle -- including fatigue and mild dizziness -- to more severe complications like nerve damage, anemia and even dementia. Though the typical Western diet provides people with far more than the current RDA for B-12, certain individuals are at risk for a deficiency. Unlike most vitamins, B-12 occurs naturally only in animal products, including meat, poultry, fish and, in lesser amounts, eggs and…
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The North Carolina Naturopathic Physicians Registration Act

Natural Health
There are two bills (one in the Senate, one in the House) in North Carolina that are called the "Naturopathic Physicians Registration Act." These bills are very bad news for Naturopaths and people that care about Health Care Freedom in North Carolina. Why? For the full story, check this web site (which I also designed): Classical Naturopathy Web Site Why license traditional Naturopathic Practitioners at all? Haven't Traditional Naturopaths been teaching wellness for many, many years without licensure? Well, there are two main "drivers" for such licensure among the states considering it (like North Carolina.) One, an organization, founded and primarily composed of one group of so-called "Naturopathic Physicians" have been attempting to "stir up" U.S. state legislatures with "dire warnings" of the practices of "unlicensed health practitioners." They cite…
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Over the Counter Cough Syrup is Useless!

Natural Health
Over the Counter (OTC) cough syrup is heavily advertised to help you keep coughing to a minimum during illness. But a new study says, in effect, don't waste your money! OTC Cough Syrup is Useless! "Irwin's committee echoed a 2004 paper by the Cochrane Collaboration, a non-profit group that reviews scientific evidence for medical treatments: 'There is no good evidence for or against the effectiveness of OTC medicines in acute cough.'" They go on to say that there is a string placebo effect that probably explains why people think they are effective.
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How to Detox

Natural Health
I had a question from one of our readers in Canada on what to do to detox. I decided to go ahead and list my answer here, with the links, because I figure that many others may have this question as well... There are several good links that I like: This one: Healthy.net Detox Article Especially the section on: "How Do We Detoxify/Cleanse?" And: Detox Information Here's the "Supports" Section from that page: Supports Because of its many metabolic functions, the liver is the most important detoxification organ. Liver-supportive nutrients like the B vitamins (especially B3 and B6), vitamins A and C, zinc, calcium, vitamin E, selenium and L-cysteine are supportive of liver detoxification. Some doctors recommend a liver glandular during cleanses. Saunas, sweats and dry brushing the skin are…
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New Studies: Statins Do Not Prevent Cancer

Natural Health
Two new studies show that statins, the popular drugs used to lower cholesterol and prevent heart attacks, offer no protection against cancer, contrary to what some earlier studies suggested. Statins Do Not Prevent Cancer Statin drugs have taken a lot of heat recently as some studies indicate that they may damage the heart and liver. Again, I firmly believe that the natural approach is best. Diet, exercise, and healthy attitudes and living will stand you in good stead!
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