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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→

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a disorder that affects both children and adults. Learning disabilities such as forgetfulness, inability to organize thoughts and shortened attention span can make ADHD a very frustrating illness to live with.

Research has shown that the cause of ADHD is a failure of the brain to properly stimulate the neural network that rules such areas as how we react to outside stimulation and our emotions. The result can be extreme anxiety and aggressive behavior.

Diet is a component that should be addressed when attempting to treat ADHD — too much sugar or allergies to certain foods such as peanuts, tomatoes or milk – can have a huge impact on controlling adverse stimulation to the brain. Red, yellow and blue food dyes found in many foods can also cause undesirable reactions in children with ADHD.

Mainstream medicine often uses antidepressants or other stimulant-type drugs to treat ADHD, but they’re often ineffective and can cause a lack of interest in life and depression. More people who suffer from ADHD are turning to herbal remedies for positive results. Some helpful herbs include: Read More→

Tea: Cancer Fighting Polyphenols

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

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Tea is rich in polyphenols, found in the camellia sinensis plants, which are crushed and then fermented into common teas (such as green tea, black tea and the oolong tea). These polyphenols have been extensively studied to determine the extent of their benefits.

The studies showed that they contain about 10 times the amount of antioxidants than what are found in our fruits and vegetables. The antioxidants are a powerful ally in the fight against ailments like cancer.

The ones found in the green and black teas are different than the antioxidants that are found in fruits and vegetables. Green and black teas contain flavonoids, such as the catechins, that can seek out and destroy chemicals that damage a body’s cells, and cause cancers to form.

Tea is also thought to defend against toxic chemicals that we see with inhaling tobacco smoke. They protect cells from these nasty enemies and prevent them from damaging our body’s cells.

Tea can defend against other ailments like blood clot formations, high cholesterol and it can possibly delay the onset of diseases like diabetes. Polyphenols are also known for their aid in weight loss programs and in the defense against halitosis and dental problems.

They can also improve skin conditions and they are possibly linked to aiding in the delay of Parkinson symptoms. The benefits don’t stop there, though. It’s reported that tea can help reduce your chances for skin cancer – and in some cases, by using the tea extract in lotion form, you may be able to block the damage from the sun.

Tea is known to slow the growth of already-formed tumors, it protects your bones from frailty, and even boosts your immune system so you can lessen your chances for colds, throat infections and flu symptoms. Read More→

Green Tea: Special Health Benefits

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

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Green tea has been around a very long time. It’s been used by the ancient Chinese for many medicinal purposes for about 4,000 years. It’s been used in their culture for just about everything.

Modern-day scientists have studied green tea and reported a possible linkage with the reduction of chances for people to contract some types of cancers, along with positive effects on our bodies like increasing our energy levels.

Green tea has been linked to helping eliminate our chances of contracting other diseases as well, such as cardiovascular disease and arthritis – and it can even help lower our cholesterol levels.

Using green tea can help with our minor aches and pains like headaches and joint pain.  Green tea contains catechin polyphenols, which are believed to be the ingredients that give us all of these wondrous health benefits.

The polyphenols are found in the leaves of the camellia sinensis plant, which is then ground up and made into our green tea. These polyphenols are thought to inhibit the cancer cells from growing to form the many types of cancer we see today, without damaging any tissues in the process.

Polyphenols are considered to be very powerful anti-oxidants, which promote healthier body processes. It’s also known for helping some people lose weight, by increasing your energy levels and promoting a healthier rate of calorie burning within your body. Read More→

Herbal Healing and our Ancestors

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

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The fact is, without herbal medicine, modern medicine wouldn’t be as advanced as it is today. Humans have relied on plants for thousands of years – not only for nutrition, but to ease what ails us.

Herbs have helped us survive disease and pestilence, and contributed to our survival for as long as we’ve been around. Herbs are even mentioned in the bible many times.

Only over time have we learned which herbs and parts of a plant provide value and which have the potential to cause damage.

We know that our ancestors used herbal remedies because archeologists have unearthed evidence that they used plant-based treatments all over the world. What’s intriguing is that cultures on a global scale, which had no known contact with one another, all used herbal remedies in much the same way – testing and tracking what worked and what didn’t in the herbal world of remedies.

As time proved some assumptions correct, our ancestors passed the teachings about herbal treatments down through familial lineage. They also created texts to help others study and learn about the techniques used in taking a natural approach to healing. Read More→

What You Need to Know…

Healing Herbs: Echinacea

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Let me precede this post with the fact that I am a huge believer in herbs and natural remedies. I studied them for years though I am NOT a practitioner. The information I provide here is not intended as medical advice in any way. It’s provided for your interest in alternative health therapies available.

I’ve used herbs, vitamins, enzymes, healthy foods, etc., personally for nearly two decades. Obviously, I’m sold on the benefits!

Let’s talk about some specific things you should know before you buy herbs for your health.

Although widely touted as a healthy alternative to synthetic pharmaceuticals, herbal treatments must be used with caution and by someone who knows what they’re doing. You want to be knowledgeable about what you put into (or on) your body before you ingest a dangerous amount of an herb you’re not familiar with.

Many companies sell herbs off the Internet without any verifiable way to back up their claims or even that you’re receiving the kind of herb you’re investing in. You want to only buy from a reputable company that delivers herbs you can trust.

Make sure you’re working toward preventative health, and not simply treatments or cures for diseases or ailments you encounter from time to time. Herbal medicine works best when you try to maintain a balance within your body, not when you seek out help solely to fix an immediate problem. Read More→

Herbs and Naturopathy

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Naturopathy and HerbsMore and more people are turning to natural healthcare, using naturopathic medicine to treat what ails them. Taking this natural approach, using herbs and natural remedies, offers you a whole body healing approach, rather than the dominant single-symptom treatments doctors use in modern medicine.

Naturopathy

Naturopathy enables you to treat your entire body and leading you to good health (and can even reverse some conditions). It combines the mind, body, and spirit so both your internal and mental states get back in balance and have a stronger ability to stave off infection and heal faster.

For thousands of years, our ancestors have practiced naturopathic medicine because it’s all they knew (and all that was available prior to the culmination of man-made prescriptions). Read More→