HEALTH & RESEARCH
How to Improve Your Eyesight Naturally Tags: Health Natural Health Empowerment

By KALEE BROWN

As the dirty secrets behind Westernized medicine continue to be revealed (12, and 3), more people are turning towards naturopathic and traditional Eastern medicine. Personally, I put high importance on my diet and use essential oils and other natural remedies regularly.

However, I wear eyeglasses and have never given any thought to alternative treatments for my near-sightedness. Glasses have the same Band-Aid effect that pharmaceuticals do; they’re a quick fix and don’t solve the underlying problem.

We get our eyes tested on a biennial basis and trust our optometrists to administer these tests and our corrective lenses. But I don’t extend the same trust to conventional medicine doctors that I used to, so why shouldn’t I go above and beyond what my optometrist suggests and do a little research of my own?

Many people claim to have naturally healed their eyesight through a combination of mental and physical exercises. Greg Marsh, a certified natural vision coach, maintains that perfect vision can be achieved by anyone, even those who wear prescription glasses. Marsh corrected his own eyesight using a technique called the Bates Method.

What is the Bates Method?

Dr. William H. Bates, a certified ophthalmologist, designed his method to naturally correct eyesight over 100 years ago. Norman Doidge, M.D. explains in his book The Brain’s Way of Healing that it was so effective that Bates was forced out of his position at the New York Post-Graduate Medical School and his teachings were banned in New York after optometrists lobbied politicians, stating that it threatened their business model. This isn’t surprising, since we have seen this happen numerous times in the healthcare industry (source).

How the Bates Method actually works:

You have 6 muscles on the outside of your eye and if they strain too much, your vision becomes impaired. A common misconception is that when you squint, your eyesight improves, but this actually increases strain and therefore worsens it. The backbone of the Bates Method rests on faith and meditation; if you’re confident your eyesight will improve and you relax your eyes enough to remove the strain, you can correct your vision.

The most popular exercise used in the Bates Method is referred to as “palming,” the act of placing your palms on your eyelids while they’re closed shut. Beforehand, you observe your surroundings, being mindful of the clarity of your vision.

Then, you apply your palms to your eyes and allow your entire body to enter into a state of relaxation (you can lay your forehead down if this helps). You use the free flow of energy between your hands and eyelids to send love and relaxation to your eyes. You may also envision your eyes forming a natural, round shape. When you’re ready to open your eyes, you will likely experience clearer vision than you had before the exercise, even if it’s only for a brief moment.

Another common exercise is called the Bates Long Swing, whereby you simply sway your body back and forth. This helps to relax the brain and affects your thought patterns, thus having an effect on your eyes as well. This encourages movement and reduces the tendency to stare, ultimately minimizing the strain on your eyes. (source)

How To Correct Your Vision According to Tibetan Monks

Another way to naturally correct your vision is by using the Tibetan eye chart. The philosophy behind Tibetan medicine is that all beings are connected to their surrounding environment. It is believed that ailments are caused by a combination of diet and physical health, personal relationships, and climate. The Tibetan eye chart was created by Tibetan Lama monks to strengthen the optic nerves and muscles to correct vision.

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How To Use The Tibetan Eye Chart

  1. Hang the chart on a wall or place it in front of you with the centre of the chart aligned with your nose. Then, touch the centre spot of the image with your nose.
  2. Without moving your head, allow your eyes to follow along the outer edges of each arm of the figure, including the dots, in a clockwise motion.
  3. Once finished, blink and relax your eyes.
  4. Repeat the exercise counterclockwise.
  5. Blink and relax eyes.
  6. Repeat as many times as desired.
  7. Once finished, completely relax the body and slow the breath. To aid in relaxing your eyes, engage in palming. Keep palms cupped around your eyes for at least 30 seconds (the longer, the better).
  8. Recommended to practice for a few minutes every morning and night.

How Vitamin A Can Improve Your Eyesight

Over the course of my childhood, my mother would constantly tell me to eat carrots to improve my eyesight. This is a common phrase heard in many households which actually has some truth to it. The body utilizes beta-carotene to make vitamin A, which helps our eyes convert light into a signal that’s transmitted to the brain, enabling us to see during poor lighting conditions.

Numerous studies have proven the correlation between increasing your intake of vitamin A and reducing your likelihood of poor vision. One study performed on pregnant women proved that by increasing your consumption of carrots, you could improve your night vision. If you have poor night vision or have difficulty seeing in general, try increasing your intake of vitamin A!

Eyesight is arguably the most important of the 5 senses because it represents the visual connection to our surrounding environment. Eyes have also been referred to as the gateway to the soul, which means they can be used as a tool to look beyond the physical world and into the spiritual. Perhaps if we have poor eyesight, this is merely the universe encouraging us to look within. Regardless of the cause of your visual impairment, I encourage you to set aside your glasses (and your reservations) and try one or more of these methods!

 

 

Oil of Cloves – the Aromatic, Anti-Cancer Essential Oil Tags: Health Natural Health

By Marnie Clark
The Truth About Cancer

Clove, the aromatic and exotic spice, has a long history of medicinal use going back many centuries into early human history. Clove was highly regarded by the German abbess Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179) for its medicinal properties. Clove is also well known in the traditional medicine of India and China.

Clove comes from clove trees (Syzygium aromaticum) which grow in tropical regions. Oil of Cloves (also known as clove oil or clove essential oil) is steam distilled from flower buds and stems. Clove has several interesting properties, due mainly to its high content of a phytochemical known as eugenol. Clove oil consists of about 75-85% eugenol.

Eugenol is creating interest in both conventional and alternative medicine because of its ability to effectively stop cancer cells.

Clove Oil’s Interesting History

Clove has been used for centuries for numbing pain, repelling internal parasites, arthritis and rheumatism, and for treating throat, sinus, and lung infections. Clove is a natural anti-coagulant (see warning at end of article), with anti-fungal, antioxidant, anti-bacterial, anti-tumoral, anti-viral, and anti-inflammatory properties. All the important anti’s!

An excellent illustration of clove’s anti-viral capabilities occurred in Indonesia in the mid-17th century. The people of Indonesia’s islands of Ternate and Tidore (historically called the Spice Islands) used clove extensively throughout their history for wellness. During the mid-1600’s the Dutch East India Company controlled the spice trade in the Spice Islands and gained complete control of the clove trees in this area. Any clove trees discovered that didn’t belong to the Dutch East India Company were destroyed, thus allowing them to have a complete monopoly of this and other spices.

As a consequence, the islanders who relied on those clove trees died from the epidemics that raged through the region, brought to them courtesy of the same Dutch colonists. Such is the power of clove to protect us.

Oil of Cloves, Eugenol, and Cancer

The most exciting and promising research on clove essential oil relates to its anti-cancer benefits. Most of the researchers who study clove essential oil for any length of time agree it has great promise ? not only for its ability to kill cancer cells, but as a natural chemopreventive (cancer prevention) agent.

Clove essential oil has been found to have cytotoxic (cancer cell killing) properties against a line of breast cancer cells known as MCF-7. These cells are invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC) with both estrogen and progesterone receptors (ER+/PR+). A 2014 study investigated different clove extracts, including water, ethanol, and essential oil and found that the essential oil provided the most cytotoxic activity against the MCF-7 cells. Researchers stated, “Cloves are natural products with excellent cytotoxicity toward MCF-7 cells; thus, they are promising sources for the development of anticancer agents.”

An earlier 2013 study investigating the anti-cancer potential of eugenol found the phytochemical in highest quantity in clove. Researchers tested eugenol against different breast cancer cell lines including the aforementioned MCF-7 breast cancer cells. They also tested eugenol against MDA-MB-231 cells, which are triple negative breast cancer cells and invasive ductal carcinoma.

Researchers discovered that eugenol increased apoptosis (planned cell death, lacking in cancer cells). It also decreased the protein coding gene E2F1 (also known as survivin). Eugenol also inhibited the rapid growth of these cells. It inhibited onco-proteins known to be highly expressed in breast cancer cells and tissues, both in vitro (test tubes) and in vivo (inside the body). Eugenol was found not to be toxic to normal, healthy cells.

For women with estrogen-receptor positive breast cancer looking for natural anti-estrogen products, clove essential oil provides one other exciting benefit. A 2012 study revealed that eugenol not only exhibited growth inhibition and promoted apoptosis (as described in the previous study) but also exhibited an ability to act as an antagonist to estrogen. Researchers found eugenol “to have compounds that have similar or even better affinities to ER than tamoxifen and its metabolites.”

Clove essential oil is not only useful for breast cancer. There are plenty of studies showing its benefits for liver cirrhosis, for colon cancer, and esophageal cancer.

Indeed, because of clove’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties as well as its ability to effectively stop the growth and spread of many cancer cell lines, oil of cloves shows great promise. Its natural healing properties and anti-cancer benefits will no doubt continue to be studied extensively in years to come.

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8 Great Other Ways to Enjoy Clove Essential Oil

Not only is oil of cloves beneficial for cancer, you can use it in these ways too:

1. As an Anti-bacterial – Clove is powerful against many strains of bacteria, including E. coli, Salmonella, Helicobacter pylori (the one associated with stomach ulcers), Staphylococcus Aureus, Streptococcus pneumoniae, and many others. Clove oil works just as well as ampicillin against bacteria – without the side effects. If you choose a pure, medicine grade oil you can take it internally in an empty gel capsule (see caution #3 below). Oil of cloves can also be applied topically.

2. As an Anti-fungal – Clove oil is a potent anti-fungal, especially against Candida albicans. Clove can kill 99.9% of C. albicans within seven minutes of exposure. As with item 1, above, you can take clove oil internally by placing a few drops in an empty gel capsule (see caution #3 below).

3. Helps Toothache & Abscesses – Apply oil of cloves to a cotton swab and hold it onto the affected tooth or gums. Clove oil has great pain relieving properties and has been used by the dental industry for decades. Clove oil is often included in dental rinses and mouthwashes.

4. For Cold Sores – Clove is quite effective against herpes simplex, the virus that causes cold sores. Put a drop or two on a cold sore to decrease pain and duration. You can also put a few drops into an empty capsule and take it internally to rid yourself of viral infections.

5. Flatulence, Indigestion, and Diarrhea – Dilute oil of cloves in a base oil such as almond oil, coconut oil, or olive oil and massage over the abdomen. It has a warming and antiseptic action which makes it especially soothing for these maladies.

6. Arthritis Pain – Clove oil’s pain relieving properties make it beneficial in the treatment of rheumatism and arthritis. As in step 5, dilute it and rub it into the affected painful area.

7. Head Lice – Using 1 tablespoon of your favorite natural hair conditioner, mix in several drops of clove oil. Wash your hair, then massage in the clove-enhanced conditioner. Don’t rinse yet, instead comb it through carefully with a head lice comb, removing any lice you see (they will be dead), then rinse the conditioner out. Reapply daily until the infestation is gone. This treatment is nice and natural, with no nasty chemicals.

8. Natural Insect Repellent – Clove is an excellent insect repellent, especially when combined with cedarwood, cinnamon, and lemon in a carrier oil and applied to the skin. It also relieves the sting and itch of various sorts of insect bites.

3 Points of Caution When Using Oil of Cloves

1. Oil of cloves has natural anti-coagulant properties which can be enhanced when combined with drugs like Warfarin and aspirin. Be very cautious about using clove oil if you are on these blood thinners.

2. Clove oil may irritate the skin. Don’t apply it to your face, it will sting. If preferred, dilute clove oil before using topically, although it is not terribly hot or unpleasant if you do not.

3. Because of its strength, clove oil can be potentially dangerous when ingested in high amounts. Use it in moderation and consult with a qualified aromatherapist and/or healthcare practitioner familiar with essential oils. Make sure your clove essential oil comes from a reliable source and is a therapeutic grade (medicine grade) oil.

 

A Common Unlisted Food Additive May Induce Food Allergies Tags: health food allergies

By Catherine J. Frompovich

What would you think if I told you that not all additives and preservatives are listed on food labels?  You’d probably say I didn’t know what I was talking about.  Well, many chemicals used in food processing don’t seem to make it into print on package labels!  One is the synthetic preservative and antioxidant tert-butylhydroquionone (tBHQ) added to cooking oils, nuts, crackers, breads, waffles, fast and frozen foods.

TBHQ is a form of butane gas that’s used in welding or portable gas stoves!  According to FDA regulations, 0.02 percent of the total oils in a food can be tBHQ.  It’s used in unsaturated vegetable oils and some edible animal fats too.  It also is used to ‘protect’ food with iron from discoloration.  Frozen fish products have some of the highest concentrations of tBHQ.

There are known adverse health effects from long term, high doses of tBHQ, one being cancer of the stomach.  However, a Michigan State University researcher has devoted her work to finding out how tBHQ affects the immune system and causes T cells to release certain proteins which can trigger allergies to common foods like eggs, nuts, shell fish and wheat.

 

What Cheryl Rockwell, the assistant professor of toxicology and pharmacology at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, wants to understand is why tBHQ causes T cells to release a different set of cytokines (proteins) that trigger allergies rather than triggering normal cytokines.

According to the professor’s research, when tBHQ was present, T cells acted differently.

Rockwell claims there’s a signaling pathway in cells that seems to play a role in causing allergies when tBHQ is present in food.  My question for the professor to research further would be, “How does tBHQ interact with other food processing, agricultural and potable water chemicals we also consume that must be processed by the body, especially the liver?”  That would be called “synergistic effects” [5], which no aspect of science seems readily interested in pursuing, especially the U.S. FDA, who should be demanding such tests as part of the approval process.  I wonder why!

 
 

Another issue tBHQ may contribute to is behavioral problems.  Those who struggle with attention deficit and hyperactivity (ADHD) are cautioned to avoid it.  But how can they, when it’s not listed on product ingredient labels?  That’s where safer and more comprehensive labels and labeling regulations/laws should be required at the FDA.  Personally, I’d add that children on the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) also stay away from as many additives, preservatives and sugars, especially low calorie synthetics, as possible.

People eating a high fat diet, which includes chips made with oils, obviously get more tBHQ.  Here’s a listing of foods/products, which apparently contain tBHQ or other petroleum byproducts:

  • Mcdonalds chicken nuggets and french fries have TBHQ.
  • Red Robin fast food chain also uses tert-Butylhydroquinone in cooking oil.
  • CHEEZ-IT Crackers made by Kelloggs have petroleum products.
  • Butterfinger chocolate and Resee’s Peanut butter cups have tert-Butylhydroquinone.
  • Nestle Crunch has tert-Butylhydroquinone.
  • Wheat Thins contain petroleum.
  • Many brands of Microwave popcorn have Tert-Butylhydroquinone.
  • Pam cooking spray has petroleum by products.
  • Aldi products have Tert-Butylhydroquinone.
  • Keebler Club crackers contain petroleum by products.
  • Kellogs eggo frozen waffles and many other Kellogg products.
  • Taco bell beans and some taco shells have Tert-Butylhydroquinone.
  • Teddy Grahams uses petroleum in products.
  • Red Barron frozen pizza has Tert-Butylhydroquinone.
  • Keebler Cookies has petroleum by products.
  • TastyKake has Tert-Butylhydroquinone.
  • Little Debbie uses petroleum products.
  • Kellog’s Pop-Tarts – Keebler has Tert-Butylhydroquinone.
  • Girl scout cookies contain petroleum by products? Not all of them so better off checking before buying.
  • Homestyle Peanut butter cookies has Tert-Butylhydroquinone.
  • Some forms of soymilk have petroleum by products.
  • Different breads cereals and crackers could contain Tert-Butylhydroquinone.
  • Crisco oil contains petroleum by products.
  • Also many restaurants use Tert-Butylhydroquinone when they deep fry. Check the oil ingredients before buying it.
  • Some pet foods have petroleum by products in them.
  • Many cosmetic products and baby products have Tert-Butylhydroquinone.
  • Lacquers, resins and varnish contain petroleum by products your baby crib that your baby maybe putting his mouth on could contain Tert-Butylhydroquinone.
  • Some hair dyes lipsticks and eyeshadows contain Tert-Butylhydroquinone.
  • Some peanut butter products contain petroleum by products.
  • Olive Garden croutons have Tert-Butylhydroquinone.
  • Maruchan soup and Ramon noodles have petroleum by products.
  • Wrigley’s gum has Tert-Butylhydroquinone.
  • Little Debbies nutty bars and some M&M products have Tert-Butylhydroquinone.
  • KFC beans and fried chicken contain petroleum by products. [1]

NOTATION SHOULD BE MADE THAT SOME SOFT DRINKS CAN CONTAIN TBHQ, BUTYLATED HYDROXYANISOLE     (BHA) OR BUTYLATED HYDROXYTOLUENE (BHT) [2].  THAT’S SOMETHING NO ONE PROBABLY CONSIDERS WHEN GUZZLING DOWN A COLD ONE—THE UNKNOWN OR UNLISTED ANTIOXIDANTS IN SOFT DRINKS!

ANOTHER QUESTIONABLE INGREDIENT IN SOME SOFT DRINKS IS BROMATED VEGETABLE OIL FOUND IN MOUNTAIN DEW, SQUIRT, FANTA ORANGE, FRESCA ORIGINAL CITRUS, GATORADE THIRST QUENCHER ORANGE, AND OTHER CITRUS-FLAVORED SOFT DRINKS AND SPORTS DRINKS. [3,4]

“The Loopholes of Food Labeling” may help consumers understand more about why some ingredients are not listed on package labels, but that doesn’t make it biochemically right for the body’s overall health and wellbeing.

Furthermore, consumers need to recognize that we are consuming way too many toxic chemicals in air, food, water, cosmetics, vaccines, pharmaceuticals, and booze – all while regulatory agencies aren’t doing very much to protect us.  They seem to be corporate lapdogs only too happy to keep approving more and more toxic chemicals.

What’s in your food?

References:

[1] http://miami-water.com/blog/1812/list-of-tbhq-products-petroleum-foods-are-toxic
[2] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25622305
[3] http://www.dietsinreview.com/diet_column/11/6-common-food-preservatives-and-their-nasty-side-effects/
[4] http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/01/11/brominated-vegetable-oil-in-us-soda.aspx

Resources:

EVALUATION OF NATIONAL ASSESSMENTS OF INTAKE OF tert-BUTYLHYDROQUINONE (TBHQ)
http://www.inchem.org/documents/jecfa/jecmono/v042je26.htm

FDA Overview of Food Ingredients, Additives & Colors
http://www.fda.gov/Food/IngredientsPackagingLabeling/FoodAdditivesIngredients/ucm094211.htm

Catherine J Frompovich (website) is a retired natural nutritionist who earned advanced degrees in Nutrition and Holistic Health Sciences, Certification in Orthomolecular Theory and Practice plus Paralegal Studies. Her work has been published in national and airline magazines since the early 1980s. Catherine authored numerous books on health issues along with co-authoring papers and monographs with physicians, nurses, and holistic healthcare professionals. She has been a consumer healthcare researcher 35 years and counting.

Catherine’s latest book, published October 4, 2013, is Vaccination Voodoo, What YOU Don’t Know About Vaccines, available on Amazon.com.

Her 2012 book A Cancer Answer, Holistic BREAST Cancer Management, A Guide to Effective & Non-Toxic Treatments, is available on Amazon.com and as a Kindle eBook.

Two of Catherine’s more recent books on Amazon.com are Our Chemical Lives And The Hijacking Of Our DNA, A Probe Into What’s Probably Making Us Sick (2009) and Lord, How Can I Make It Through Grieving My Loss, An Inspirational Guide Through the Grieving Process (2008)

Catherine’s NEW book: Eat To Beat Disease, Foods Medicinal Qualities ©2016 Catherine J Frompovich coming in Summer 2016

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