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Weight Loss … Supplements and Symbology

By Michael Schwartz
February 1, 2016
File under: Herbs, Natural Alternatives, Supplements, Weight Control

Weight loss is a major topic unto itself and there are many ways to approach it. There are psychological concerns as well as physiological, glandular effects at work in most everyone with weight issues.

Levels of stress can affect weight as well. Stress depletes calcium, which disrupts the relationship between potassium and sodium and can result in five to fifteen pounds immediate weight gain through water retention.

Successful weight loss requires true desire and commitment. This leads to discipline, which in turn leads to success. The most difficult aspect of weight loss is changing the diet. Some things are hard to give up, even when we know they are detrimental to our health, primarily because of the myriad of emotional attachments and associations that we all have with food.  …read more of Weight Loss … Supplements and Symbology here

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Stress Contributes to Post-Holiday Edema and Weight Gain

By Michael Schwartz
January 4, 2016
File under: Health Concerns, Herbs, Natural Remedies, Stress Relief

A shocking nine out of ten adult diets in the U.S. contain too much sodium. Most of the sodium in the American diet comes from processed foods such as, pizza and cookies, animal products and restaurant fare… all of which are indulged to excess during the Holidays.

Excess salt creates an imbalance between sodium and potassium and causes the body to retain water.

Water retention (edema), is a serious health problem and directly contributes to obesity. Water retention can have several causes, but generally stems from an imbalance in the potassium – sodium relationship.

Stress can easily disturb this balance and depletes nutrients, such as calcium, magnesium and zinc. When calcium is depleted, the potassium – sodium ratio is upset, causing water to be retained. …read more of Stress Contributes to Post-Holiday Edema and Weight Gain here

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Holiday Blues

By Michael Schwartz
December 14, 2015
File under: Alternative Therapies, Herbs, Natural Remedies

Joy to the world … one of many proclamations of the Holiday Season

For many, the Holiday Season is one of blues, not joy. It is during the Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s cycle that many people who are alone deal with depression, because of their isolation.

There are two causes for that. One of them is a pattern of behavior. The other is low blood sugar. Keeping the adrenal gland healthy with pantothenic acid and vitamin C will ensure proper monitoring of sugar in the blood stream.

One of the roles of the adrenal gland is that when glucose/sugar in the bloodstream drops to levels that are too low, it signals the liver to release glucose into the bloodstream. Now the cells will have fuel/food. …read more of Holiday Blues here

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Could a Chinese Herbal Remedy Save Ebola Stricken Africa?

By Vincent Pedre M.D.
November 7, 2014
File under: Alternative Therapies, Herbs, Natural Remedies

The Chinese herbal remedy – yunnan baiyao (also known as yunnan paiyao) has been used quite extensively by veterinarians to prevent hemorrhage in animals. It is a well-known pre-emptive remedy to avoid exercise-induced lung hemorrhage in racehorses and has been studied as a topical agent for uncontrolled bleeding in adolescents with advanced cancer.

The first time I encountered this Chinese herbal remedy was when a colleague’s husband was in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) after having extensive surgery to remove a tumor and whose condition was tenuous. He was deteriorating and experiencing uncontrolled bleeding in parts of his circulatory system due to a complication called DIC (disseminated intravascular coagulation.)

Since very few therapies can save a patient in DIC, the patient was bleeding out through all his intravenous access points and even in his gut. Once a person enters DIC, it is often fatal.

Because his situation was almost hopeless, the hospital broke protocol and allowed the family to administer yunnan baiyao, recommended by their acupuncturist. …read more of Could a Chinese Herbal Remedy Save Ebola Stricken Africa? here

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1Hour Break, Effective, All Natural Stress Relief in a Spray

By Marie Oser, Managing Editor
March 26, 2014
File under: Alternative Therapies, Health Concerns, Herbs, Natural Alternatives, Natural Products, Natural Remedies


The demands of modern life can leave many of us feeling overwhelmed and physicians all too often prescribe medications with significant side effects that make it difficult to function.

Sales of antidepressants continue to rise and industry experts are forecasting that sales of these anti-stress medications will reach almost $6 billion by 2017. According to the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) about one in every 10 Americans is taking a prescription antidepressant and among women from 40 to 50, the figure is one in four.[1]

Antidepressants most widely prescribed come from a class of medications known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and include well-known antidepressants such as Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft.

Kava is a root that is best known for its relaxing qualities and has been used as a ceremonial beverage in the Pacific Islands for hundreds of years. Kava is said to produce a feeling of relaxation, elevate mood, wellbeing and contentment, and several studies have found that kava may be useful in the treatment of anxiety, insomnia and related nervous disorders. …read more of 1Hour Break, Effective, All Natural Stress Relief in a Spray here

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