Archive for June 2011 – Page 2

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It’s very frustrating to even go through one sleepless night because you end up so tired the next morning that you may be disoriented and unable to function as you should. However, if you suffer from sleep loss on a regular basis, you most likely have insomnia. (Generally speaking, this is not a diagnosis.)

Hormonal changes, heart disease, depression and sleep apnea can all cause insomnia. Check with your doctor.

If you’re having trouble sleeping and you want to try some natural remedies here are some natural sleep tips.

  • Melatonin – One of the most popular natural remedies for insomnia, melatonin is actually a hormone produced naturally in the body. The brain makes serotonin which is then made into melatonin, which helps you fall asleep naturally. If your body isn’t producing enough melatonin, you may need to take a supplement before retiring each evening.
  • Meditation – Yoga practices of deep breathing and meditation before you go to bed have proven beneficial to help sufferers of insomnia fall asleep naturally.
  • Aromatherapy – The sedative qualities of inhaling lavender, ylang ylang and chamomile are found to be useful in treating insomnia.
  • Valerian – Non-addictive Valerian has been used for years as a remedy for insomnia. It has qualities that are believed to affect the brain’s calming neurotransmitters. Read More→

Top Selling Herbal Supplements

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011
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Top selling herbs and supplements are being used for chronic conditions that are difficult to treat or manage with conventional medicine. Ailments such as mood disorders, heart disease, arthritis, women’s health conditions, and digestive disorders are among the most common reasons. Before taking any herbs it’s highly recommended to talk to your doctor. Also, be sure to see precautions and potential side effects for each herb, listed on the individual pages linked.

Below is a list of the top selling herbs based on the most recent information online:

  1. Ginkgo Biloba sold $147 million worth, commonly used to increase because of it’s antioxidant properties, which is believed to help improve memory, increase brain blood flow, and prevent dementia. It’s also thought to help prevent heart attacks and stroke.
  2. St. John’s Wort, nature’s anti-depressant (sold $104 million) is generally used for mild to moderate depression.
  3. Ginseng at $84 million, is used to help combat fatigue and weakness. (Primarily for men, Don Quai is for women.)
  4. Garlic, more than just a tasty addition to foods, it’s a natural antibiotic and has sold $84 million in a year. It’s also used to lower cholesterol levels.
  5. Echinacea, an herb I always keep around, sold $72 million in 2010. This herb while listed as a treatment for colds and respiratory infections, is best used to prevent these problems when taken at the change of seasons and/or the first signs to shorten duration. I take it instead of a flu shot!  If a cold or respiratory problem has already shown it’s nasty signs, I also take Elderberry and Zinc (formula) to expedite healing.
  6. Saw Palmetto, at $45 million in sales, is used primarily by men to prevent or help with prostate conditions. (In women it seems to make breasts perkier!)
  7. Kava Kava, $18 million in sales, is used to reduce or relieve stress and anxiety. The effect is similar to drinking a glass of wine. Read More→

It was the spring of 1997 when I first became highly interested in the benefits and the power of herbs and natural remedies. Very rarely have I had beneficial experiences with western medicine. I’m allergic to a lot of the “stuff” they prescribe and seem to have far more toxic reactions than average. And, unfortunately, I’ve often been a “victim” of iatrogenics, which means “of or relating to illness [or death] caused by medical examination or treatment”).

5 Hospital Stays,
4 Near Death Experiences

It’s true. I have been admitted to the hospital five times in my life and 4 of those times they nearly killed me… and that’s not what I went in there for! Even giving birth resulted in a medical mishap that nearly cost my life.

Did you know that medical errors kill an average of 44,000 people every year? Wait. That’s not all. It’s really much bigger than that when you look at the whole picture.

Death by Medicine

According to the 2003 medical report “Death by Medicine,” (by Drs. Gary Null, Carolyn Deanh, Martin Feldman, Debora Rasio, and Dorthy Smith) 783,936 people in the United States die every year from conventional medicine.  Approximately 200,000 are from prescribed-taken-as-directed-drug reactions.

According to a 1995 U.S. iatrogenic report, “Over 1 million patients are injured in U.S. hospitals each year, and approximately 280,000 die annually as a result of these injuries. Therefore, the iatrogenic death rate dwarfs the annual automobile accident mortality rate of 45,000 and accounts for more deaths than all other accidents combined.”

Over the course of a 12 month study, more than 2 million patients suffered a serious adverse drug reaction (ADR). Worse still, studies reveal that 75% of these were from toxicity rather than allegic reactions. 100,000 of these patients died.

(And that was before the Vioxx recall and other such cases that have taken place since then.)

Americans are heavily reliant on western medicine and all it’s trimmings, particularly a drug for every conceivable disease, health problem, and (IMO) made up diagnosis. (Have you been paying attention to the advertisements by the pharmaceutical companies? Listen to the side-effects, adverse reactions, and such, too. Then, if you’re prescribed any of these medicines, I highly recommend that you research them as much as you can! )

According to the governmental “Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services” (CMS), national health spending is expected to reach $4.4 trillion and comprise just over one-fifth (20.3 percent) of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by 2018. Talk about gargantuan business!

Iatrogenic causes now ranks as the #3 killer Read More→