Traditional Amish home remedies to use for anything from migraines to fungal infections

Maybe other Americans have something to learn from Plain people. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

If there is one thing in common among different cultures around the globe, it’s the extensive use of home remedies to address health issues and simple everyday concerns. The Amish, for instance, have been known to use home remedies that have been passed down for generations for their effectiveness.

Traditional Amish home remedies
The Amish like to be self-sufficient in all things; they strive to be independent from conventional medicines. Below are some home remedies that can help with both health problems and common everyday issues – ranging from sore throats, burns and dandruff, to migraine and female menstrual problems. Continue reading

One of the most esteemed herbs in the culinary world, rosemary is also a powerhouse in traditional medicine

Previous studies have shown that rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) has many different therapeutic applications. These studies were collated by researchers from Pars Bioscience Research Center and University of Kansas-City Missouri to create a meta-analysis that would evaluate the preservative and therapeutic potential of rosemary. Continue reading

Functional recycling: Spent coffee grounds can make soil more fertile

Once you are done with your cup of brewed coffee, what do you do with the used grounds? Do you throw them away as garbage or consign them to the compost heap? Spanish researchers believe that using spent coffee grounds as a means of organic soil amendment will offer many benefits in agriculture and for the environment.

Coffee is a very popular and healthy drink. Its heavy global consumption produces six million tons of used grounds each year. A lot of this biological residue ends up in landfills, to rot alongside the rest of the garbage. Continue reading

POISON: Canola oil is the margarine of yesteryear…

… for uneducated health enthusiasts who have no idea it clogs blood and promotes dementia

What kind of food never spoils? You get one guess. That’s right – the kind you should never eat. So then why do you think most health food stores use canola oil mixed into nearly every packaged and jarred food on their shelves? The honest answer is they’re trying to make more money. Insects won’t go near canola oil – there’s a sign not to eat it right there. Its shelf life runs close to forever. Mix canola oil into salad dressings, mayonnaise, potato salad, macaroni salad, hummus, cereal, or corn chips and their shelf life extends almost indefinitely. Continue reading

Dr. V.: It’s BHAM Month! Ready to Take Your Healing Journey Up A Notch?

It’s officially BHAM month again, Healing Divas. This stands for Breast Health Awareness Month and it happens every October. I decided to rename “Pink Month” to this a few years ago and the movement has really taken off!

If you are on the Healthy Breast path, then you know that every day is your opportunity to be and do your best. However, October is your chance to reflect, refocus and turn up the dial on your commitment to yourself and your health.
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Ten Signs You Have An Underactive Thyroid

The thyroid is a butterfly-shaped organ in the front of the neck that produces the hormones which regulate the body’s metabolism, including heart rate, body temperature and weight.

Those who understand the consequences of an underactive thyroid have received a diagnosis of hypothyroidism. In the U.S. the prevalence of thyroid disease is 12%, or 30 million Americans. Of those with thyroid disorders, 36% are considered hypothyroidism, of which 80% are autoimmune, also known as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Continue reading

The Top 10 Poisons To Keep Away From Your Child

From BPA, MSG, pesticides, environmental chemicals, household cleaners, toxins in vaccines and prescription drugs, our children are exposed to a huge amount of toxic chemicals. Toxins are everywhere in our modern society. They are damaging your child’s health and causing disease. How can you get these chemicals out of your children’s bodies and protect them? The first step is to understand where they are coming from. Then you can eliminate them and incorporate a healthy lifestyle that naturally detoxes your child’s body. Continue reading

Sorry, But So Far War on Cancer Has Been a Bust

I recently got into an argument, again, about cancer. The occasion was a talk by one of my colleagues at Stevens Institute, philosopher Gregory Morgan, on the fascinating history of research into cancer-causing viruses.

The occasion was a talk by one of my colleagues at Stevens Institute, philosopher Gregory Morgan, on the fascinating history of research into cancer-causing viruses. In the Q&A, someone commented on how far science has come in understanding cancer’s causes.

With my usual kneejerk negativity, I lamented that all our knowledge about oncogenes, oncoviruses and other cancer catalysts has not translated into significant reductions in mortality. Continue reading

Harvard Study Confirms Fluoride Reduces Children’s IQ

At least when it comes to topical application, you have a choice. You can easily buy fluoride-free toothpaste and mouthwash. But you’re stuck with whatever your community puts in the water, and it’s very difficult to filter out of your water once it’s added.

A recently-published Harvard University meta-analysis funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has concluded that children who live in areas with highly fluoridated water have “significantly lower” IQ scores than those who live in low fluoride areas. Continue reading

Dr. V.: Flossing and Breast Cancer Prevention

Did you know that periodontal disease affects half the American population? This is a true health crisis, since gum disease can not only lead to tooth loss but is also connected to dozens of chronic disease conditions, including breast cancer. There is a way out of the cycle of periodontal disease and chronic illness, however. As it turns out, flossing may just prevent Breast Cancer.  Continue reading

Surgeons Admit That Mammography Is Outdated and Harmful to Women

Studies suggesting that screening tests like mammograms should be used less do not always find receptive audiences. ~ Ed.

 

Every year, millions of women flock to their doctors to get their annual mammograms, a breast cancer screening procedure that involves pressing a woman’s breasts between two metal platforms to scope out tumors. But surgeons everywhere are starting to question the controversial practice, which studies show isn’t even an effective screening tool, and is actually harmful to the bodies of women who receive it. Continue reading

The War on Cancer: Two Sides to Every Story

NOTE: The following was originally offered as a two-part presentation by the author dealing with both the “losing” and what he believed to be the “winning” side of the issue. We present both sides of the war in a single posting for your education and consideration. ~ Ed.

Part I: Losing the War on Cancer

In 1971, President Richard Nixon announced the War on Cancer and promised a cure by the 1977 bicentennial. In 2009 death rates from cancer are significantly increased and…..no cure is forthcoming! The failure of chemotherapy to control cancer has become apparent even to the oncology establishment. Scientific American featured a recent cover story entitled: “The War on Cancer — it’s Being Lost.” In it, eminent epidemiologist John C. Bailar III, MD, PhD, Chairman of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McGill University cited the relentless increase in cancer deaths in the face of growing use of toxic chemotherapy. He concluded that scientists must look in new directions if they are ever to make progress against this unremitting killer.

Cancer incidences have grown from 1 in 500 to nearly 1 in 2 today!
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Pediatricians Are Now Writing ‘Prescriptions for Play‘ During Well-Child Visits

The report recommends that pediatricians take a more active role in explaining to parents the value of childhood play.

Kids need to play. It seems like an obvious statement, as central to childhood as eating peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches and chasing fireflies. For generations, parents have known that a play-filled childhood is essential for healthy physical and mental development. They didn’t need to read the latest research findings on play. They didn’t need experts to tell them it’s important. They just knew it. Kids are designed by nature to play, and parents have generally let them. Continue reading

Are YOU brushing your teeth with someone else’s poop?

Study finds feces is common on toothbrushes in shared bathrooms

It’s enough to put you off brushing your teeth altogether.

According to a new study, there is a 60 per cent chance your toothbrush is covered in poo, regardless of how well you clean it.

And that’s not all. If you share a bathroom, around 80 per cent of that faeces will belong to another person. Continue reading