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Here you'll find health tips from alternative medicine. Prevention, treatment, optimum health secrets on a variety of topics. Read cutting edge health info on keeping yourself at your best.

Health tip for hemorrhoids

A letter to Health & Healing newsletter, May, 2014, by Julian Whitaker, M.D. told of a product for hemorrhoid relief, "the only thing that has worked for me--and other members of my family." The product is Siosmin-HMC, a citrus-flavonoid blend that supports healthy veins and capillaries, helps circulation and reduces inflammation. Suggested does, sayd Dr. Whitaker, is one capsule twice a day. Find it in health food stores or on the Internet.

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Cluster headaches

Oxygen therapy for cluster headaches is effective, 78 percent of the time, at stopping a cluster headache within 15 minutes, according to a London study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers studied four different cluster headache episodes in 76 sufferers to see whether high-flow oxygen through a face mask was more effective than plain air. The plain air was effective only 20 percent of the time. For more info, see your doctor.

Source: USA Weekend, Jan. 15-17, 2010

Health tip for stomach distress

If you’re having trouble with prescription drugs, such as Prilosec, Nexium, Prevacid and the like, check with your doctor about zinc carnosine (75 to 150 milligrams daily) a supplement that suppresses inflammation. Deglycyrrhizinated licorice (DGL) is also a popular alternative treatment for acid reflux, two tablets chewed before meals or when symptoms appear.

Also, both my husband and I have had great success in relieving stomach distress with artichoke extract. It's amazingly effective, and it's available online or at your health food store. Here is a lengthy article on the benefits and effectiveness of artichoke extract for stomach distress.

Health tip for heartburn

My husband, Karl, went off the proton pump inhibitors, such as omeprazole, for a variety of reasons, but he still had bad heartburn. While researching Barrett's Esophagus disease, I came across a study about melatonin for GERD, which is a fancy term for heartburn. Karl started taking 3 mg of melatonin at night, and within three days his heartburn was gone.  It's still gone.

Health tip for sciatica

In a letter to the February 2015 issue of Health and Healing newsletter, a patient from Dr. Julian Whitaker's Newport Beach, California clinic says: "I'm free from sciatica pain! Anyone who has had this terrible spine and leg pain can attest to the fact that it is agonizing and unbearable to live with. After suffering with back pain for years, I had five high-intensity laser treatments at your clinic and the misery is gone. Completely! This has been life changing for me and I will be eternally grateful to the doctors and staff at Whitaker Wellness." 

High-intensity laser treatments are not even cutting edge anymore. They are readily available. Ask your doctor about it for your sciatica.

Health tips for psoriasis

A potent antioxidant compound in olives, hydroxytyrosol, eases inflammatory skin conditions such as psoriasis. During an unrelated study, subjects with psoriasis showed improvement while taking an olive extract, Olivenoil, for several months. One subject had 80 percent of his lesions go away.

Whey, a dairy byproduct may also be helpful. In a study on psoriasis, 84 subjects took 5-10 grams daily of a whey protein supplement called BioDERM, and more than 20 percent showed improvement after eight weeks and almost a third had significant improvements after 16 weeks.

An anti-inflammatory diet also helps, including fish rich in omega-3, such as wild salmon and lots of vegetables. Ease up on meat, vegetable oils and processed foods, and take a good multivitamin and mineral supplement.

Since UVB light therapy helps psoriasis by boosting production of vitamin D, check with your doctor about taking Vitamin D supplements and creams, such as the prescription cream Donovex.

Gels containing aloe vera or one-percent curcumin may help, as well as a product called Blue Cap, which contains zinc pyrithione.  Check your health food store for these products.

Health & Healing newsletter, May 2008, by Julian Whitaker, M.D. For subscription information, go to www.drwhitaker.com/MainSite/Newsletter.aspx

Health tip: Wound dressing with sugar or honey

Although sugar helps wound healing, a honey wound treatment is better. See this study: Effects of honey and sugar dressings on wound healing.

Julian Whitaker, M.D., describes how to make and apply a sugar dressing here. He says honey is fine, but sugar is less expensive.

Health tip for dry eyes

I have been taking a tablespoon of flax oil a day for my dry eyes for years, and it does help. There is a new supplement, however, that seems to be making a significant difference. They say it takes 30 days, but I am noticing improvement in less than a week. I actually have tears, which I haven't had for many years!

dry eyes tear film

When I wrote this in July 2015, I figured it must be pretty new, because I didn't see vendors selling it online yet. I subscribe to Life Extension magazine, and that's where I saw the information about MaquiBright, and I bought Tear Support with MaquiBright from them. More vendors will definitely make it available soon. For more scientific info on how it works, see this article from the U.S. National Institutes of Health on the MaquiBright clinical trial for dry eyes

Thanks to http://9.eyeplastics.com/ for the image.

Health tip for kidney disease

During a study of 134 men and women with chronic kidney disease, half were given baking soda as a supplement, 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon per day for two years. The rest did not get baking soda. After two years, the baking soda group had only one-third as much kidney disease progression as the ones who didn't get the baking soda.

There's more: Of those who didn't take the baking soda, 45% had rapid deterioration of their kidney disease. In the baking soda group, only nine percent had rapid deterioration.

There's still more: Study researchers said the nutritional state of the baking soda patients was better. They said: "This study demonstrates that bicarbonate (baking soda) supplementation slows the rate of progression of renal failure to end-state renal disease and improves nutritional status among patients with chronic kidney disease."

Don't dose yourself! Be sure to clear it with your doctor.

Source: Second Opinion newsletter, by Frank Shallenberger, M.D., March 2015.

Health tip for eczema

A letter to Health & Healing newsletter, 5/14, by Julian Whitaker, M.D. described a person with a "horrible" itchy rash. The dermatologist prescribed steroids, which didn't work, so the person went to the Whitaker Wellness Clinic in Newport Beach, Californa. There, a doctor recommended emu oil and vitamin D and prescibed low-dose naltrexone (LDN). Said the rash sufferer: "The eczema completely went away and has not returned. It's a miracle!"

Discover the difference between eczema and psoriasis.

Essential oil deodorant recipe

Here's what I use under my arms, and also on my feet, the bottoms of my feet and between my toes, to prevent fungus. It works!

Two parts tea tree oil

One part vodka

Put it in a small bottle. The small bottle that tea tree oil comes in, with a small hole in the top that allows you to shake out drops instead of pouring the liquid, is ideal. I use an empty NOW tea tree oil one-ounce bottle. You can refill it by prying off the little plastic part with the hole at the top and using a little funnel. I use a tablespoon of tea tree oil and a teaspoon of vodka.

Shake it vigorously (I shake 20 times) before use, because oil and water (vodka is water and alcohol) don't mix.hake some into the palm of your hand, a pool about 1/2 to 5/8 inch in diameter. Spread it over the palms of your hands, and then spread it with the palms of your hands under your arms. Spread repeatedly (maybe five times) until it is no longer wet.

This if my favorite of the health tips. I made this essential oil deodorant recipe after the maker of my favorite natural deodorant stopped making it. I looked at the ingredients on the bottle, and I said to myself, "I can make that."  And I did. Enjoy.

Memory improvement

Interacting with nature in a variety of ways can improve memory and attention span. A one-hour walk in the park, in good or bad weather, improved memory and attention span 20 percent, according to researchers at the University of Michigan. Participants in the study walked in a botanical garden sometimes and down city streets other times. The memory improvements only showed up during the garden walks.  The city walks had no effect.  “Interacting with nature can have similar effects as meditating,” says researcher Marc Berman. Even looking at scenic pictures of nature produced the same effect. 

Psychological Science, December 2008 as reported on Newsmax.com, 12/24/08

Stressed out?

The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these stress reducing suggestions:

  • exercise regularly; 
  • eat nutritious meals; 
  • get plenty of sleep; 
  • stretch, breathe deeply, or practice relaxation training;
  • move past things that are out of your control, and don't sweat the small stuff; 
  • prepare as much as possible for upcoming challenges;
  • maintain a positive attitude; 
  • find a friend or relative to talk to about what you're feeling; 
  • don't overburden yourself; 
  • don't be afraid to say "no" when necessary; 
  • establish realistic goals;
  • make time for fun. 

American Academy of Family Physicians, February 2017

Use caution with certain antibiotics

I do NOT normally write anything negative about conventional treatment, which saved my husband's life, but in this case the information is confirmed by the FDA. Really, I am writing this health tip for my family, so we don't forget these names when a doctor prescribes antibiotics.

A class of antibiotics known as fluoroquinolones (FQs) can cause serious damage. Common antibiotics in this class are Cipro, Levaquin, and Avelox. The most common side effect is tendonitis or tendon rupture. Says Glenn S. Rothfeld, M.D: "...the complete list of adverse effects associated with FQs would take up this entire newsletter..."

It's possible that FQs are associated with aortic aneurysms, the result of weakening connective tissue in the wall of the aorta.

FQs association with peripheral neuropathy is growing, since they penetrate into nerve tissue and may cause damage to peripheral nerves in hands and feet. A 2014 study in Neurology seemed to imply that people using FQs for the first time were most at risk.

One study in JAMA showed the risk of macular degeneration was five times more common in those who've been on FQs.

In 2016, feds issued a new warning to include peripheral neuropathy and central nervous system effects.  It states that doctors should "Reserve fluoroquinolone antibiotics for patients who have no alternative treatment options."

Source: Nutrition & Healing newsletter, by Glenn S. Rothfeld, M.D., March 2017.


"Come to Me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest."  Matthew 11:28.

A number of studies have linked prayer to healing, and although the results have been inconclusive, what could it hurt to talk to the omnipotent creator of the universe? A prayer for healing might go something like this:

"Dear Lord, please hear me now as I pray for your help with (name your problem). I pray you’ll cleanse my body and heal me completely. In Jesus’ name I pray; Amen."

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