Regenerate Your Entire Immune System in 72 Hours

Highlights

  • Prolonged fasting downregulates a IGF-1/PKA pathway in stem cells
  • Prolong fasting protects hematopoietic cells from chemotoxicity
  • Prolonged fasting cycles promote HSC self-renewal to reverse immunosuppression
  • Inhibition of IGF-1 or PKA signaling mimics the effects of prolonged fasting

The immune system is something that is highly misunderstood not just by everyday people but also by the many conventional doctors who we depend on for health advice.

Most people resort to things like synthetic vitamins and medicines (ignoring better natural alternatives) to deal with colds and improve immunity, but the cycle of sickness always seems to continue.

White blood cells (right) help immune response, and they can be recycled through fasting, the study said.

For people with compromised immune systems, there are many natural options, and now researchers have discovered what could well be one of the best ways to reset and recharge your immune system; one that happens to be free and is believed to work even in the elderly.

Three Days to a Whole New Immune System

According to researchers at the University of Southern California, the act of fasting for as little as three days can regenerate the entire immune system, even in elderly people.

The researchers said that fasting helps the body’s stem cells to begin producing new white blood cells, which help to fight off infection.

They added that the discovery could be especially effective for people suffering from damaged immune systems, including chemotherapy patients, who were protected from the toxic impacts of the treatment during the fasting period (note: we personally don’t recommend chemotherapy as a first go-to therapy; consult a holistic doctor for more information).

Flipping a “Regenerative Switch”

As the researchers noted, the act of fasting for as little as three days can regenerate the entire immune system, even in elderly people.

“Fasting gives the ‘OK’ for stem cells to go ahead and begin proliferating and rebuild the entire system,” Prof. Valter Longo, Professor of Gerontology and the Biological Sciences at the University of Southern California, told the UK’s The Telegraph.

He added that the body actually removed parts that were damaged, old or inefficient during the fasting process, creating “literally, a new immune system.”

According to Dr. Longo a person’s system recycles unneeded immune cells, especially damaged ones, in order to create energy while they are fasting.

Over the course of his study’s trials, participants were asked to regularly fast between 2-4 days over a 6 month period.

The study was released in June and Dr. Longo said that clinical trials must still be completed, but added that the research looks “very promising.”

You can read the full study in the journal ‘Cell Stem Cell’ by clicking here

CAUTION: Consult your physician before starting a fasting regimen.

Drink your GRASS – The Power of Wheatgrass

WHEATGRASS juice is nature’s finest medicine

It is a powerful concentrated liquid nutrient.
Two ounces of wheatgrass juice has the nutritional equivalent of 5 POUNDS of the best raw organic vegetables… twice the amount of Vitamin A as carrots and is higher in Vitamin C than oranges! file0002014167620

It contains the full spectrum of B vitamins, as well as calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sodium and potassium in a balanced ratio.
Wheatgrass is also a powerful detoxifier, especially of the liver and blood.

These powerful nutrients can also prevent DNA destruction and help protect us from the ongoing effects of pre-mature aging and cellular breakdown.

The high content of oxygen in chlorophyll helps deliver more oxygen to the blood.

The wheatgrass juice must be consumed fresh – within fifteen minutes of juicing.  Do not dilute it with any other liquid.

For about $1.00/week you can grow your own!

How to Grow Your Own Wheatgrass

  1. Soak your hard winter wheat seed (also called wheat berries) overnight (8 to 12 hours).
  2. Sprout the seed in a jar for the next 16 to 24 hours, rinsing the seed well three times a day.
  3. After a very short “tail” is visible, plant the seed on top of the soil. Basic potting mix or topsoil will work fine. Peat moss is an important ingredient to look for in your soil so if you have to add it, the mix is one part peat moss to three parts soil, filled halfway up a two-inch deep tray.
  4. Water the tray and then cover the seeds to keep them from drying out for the first three days.
  5. During the first three days of growth, water once a day in the morning and really soak the soil (until the tray drips is a good sign you are watering enough). Then lightly mist your seed in the evening (lift cover off to mist seed).
  6. On the fourth day, uncover grass (roots should begin to take over your soil), water heavily once a day and keep the grass in the shade (never direct sunlight).
  7. For mold problems, increase your air circulation with a fan or air conditioning to keep the temperature between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit (21° to 26° Celsius).
  8. Harvest grass when a second blade of grass appears on the grass blades, or when the grass “splits” toward the bottom of the blade. Average growing time is seven to 12 days, depending on the weather, but still always watch for the second blade of grass as you can never judge by how many days it has been growing or how tall the grass is.
  9. Only harvest once.
  10. Cut grass will store in the fridge for about seven to 10 days or longer in Green Bags. Then start the process all over again with new seeds and soil.

(resource: http://hippocratesinst.org/living-food/benefits-of-wheatgrass)

~ Be Well.

Move Over French Fries – It’s Tempeh Frites!

For those of us who do not eat white potatoes (spikes blood sugar), and still crave French Fries, sweet  potato fries are a God send.

Well, I wanted a little less ‘sweet’ in my fries last night, and decided to experiment with Tempeh I had just bought.

So I cut up the bar of Tempeh, like fries, and gently tossed them in a little melted coconut… mainly so the spices would stick to them.

Tempeh frites 1

Tempeh Friez

I added:

  • Himalayan Sea Salt
  • Garlic Powder
  • Dried Dill
  • Cumin
  • Black Pepper
  • and a little Cayenne

I baked them in my Big Boss Oil-less Fryer for 10 minutes, and ooOooOh were they crunchy and satisfying.  And thus was born Tempeh Frites!

Since Tempeh is a little bland, be generous with the spices, and you might want to make a dipping sauce.

I combined organic ketchup with some homemade Garlic Puree, and it was hard not to eat the whole batch myself!

Tempeh Frites 2 textOn the side we had shredded Cabbage Salad with my Miso Dressing, Broccoli and Sweet Potato medley and Pinto Beans cooked in a thick tomato sauce.

Making more tonight :D  and this time I’m going to make them a bit thinner.. and cook for 8 minutes.

~ Cheers!

The Healing Power of Spices – NIH Article

This isn’t the first post I’ve composed strongly recommending that we increase our use of spices in all cooking.  Study after study is confirming the incredibly powerful healing and disease prevention qualities in spices.

For some cancers, studies show that using Ceylon Cinnamon was more powerful than chemo drugs in their therapeutic effect.

The beneficial health effects of Ceylon or ‘True’ Cinnamon identified were; a) anti-microbial and anti-parasitic activity, b) lowering of blood glucose, blood pressure and serum cholesterol, c) anti-oxidant and free-radical scavenging properties, d) inhibition of tau aggregation and filament formation (hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease), e) inhibitory effects on osteoclastogenesis, f) anti-secretagogue and anti-gastric ulcer effects, g) anti-nociceptive and anti-inflammatory activity, h) wound healing properties and i) hepato-protective effects. The studies reported minimal toxic and adverse effects.

It’s also an immeasurable kindness to teach  our children to learn to love a variety of these healing foods, for the sake of their future health.

This PubMed article, published in Oct. 2011, is yet another declaration that upholds the importance, in fact critical nature, of adding spices to your dishes.

Neuroprotection by Spice-Derived Nutraceuticals: You Are What You Eat!

“… the incidence of certain neurodegenerative diseases among people living in the Asian subcontinent, where people regularly consume spices, is much lower than in countries of the western world.0
Extensive research over the last 10 years has indicated that nutraceuticals derived from such spices as turmeric, red pepper, black pepper, licorice, clove, ginger, garlic, coriander, and cinnamon target inflammatory pathways, thereby may prevent neurodegenerative diseases. How these nutraceuticals modulate various pathways and how they exert neuroprotection are the focus of this review.”

The article outlines several common degenerative diseases like Alzheimers’, Parkinson’s, Epilepsy, MS and others, and discusses spices and spice extracts that are proving to be highly therapeutic.

The prevention of neurodegenerative diseases has been one of the primary goals of researchers, but to make prevention feasible, two objectives must be accomplished: (1) individuals at high risk for the disease must be identified before the symptoms become evident, and (2) compounds that are safe and effective in either reducing or slowing the disease progression need to be developed. Unfortunately, to date, no such safe preventive agents are available. Therefore, there is an urgent need for agents that are pharmacologically safe, cost-effective, and immediately available with minimal side effects.

“.. Unfortunately, to date, no such safe preventive agents are available. Therefore, there is an urgent need for agents that are pharmacologically safe, cost-effective, and immediately available with minimal side effects.

“Spices are one such source that has been used in cooking to add flavor and color to the food.

“Modern molecular tools have shown that spices have active components, called nutraceuticals that contribute to the plethora of properties. Extensive research over the years has also identified the molecular targets of most nutraceuticals [79]. During the past decade, a number of nutraceuticals have been identified from spices (Fig. 1). These nutraceuticals are chemically diverse (Fig. 2) with a plethora of effects.”

Spices

READ FULL ARTICLE HERE.

Breakfast on a Cracker – Quickie Post

Breakfast on Oat Cakes

Breakfast on Oat Cakes

Between putting together 15 of my deodorant samples and making dough this morning .. I wanted a quick breakfast that I could munch with my fingers.

Presentation is important to me.. so I wanted it to be pretty although I was home alone today and no one else to cook for.

I had just been to the garden beds, and had a cucumber, bunch of tomatoes and fresh thyme among other things.. so I added smear of my homemade Almond Yogurt and some Lebanese Zaatar mix (always on hand at our house) to some Scottish Oat Cakes.  A couple of sliced green olives.. and voila! Breakfast!

My tea today was a blend of Matcha, Chai, and English Breakfast with a splash of black pepper.

~ Bon Apetit.

CASTOR OIL – THE PALMA CHRISTI

Recently, while doing research (I have had recurring tummy pain over several weeks)… I came across mention of Castor Oil.. and decided to purchase a book written by Dr. William McGarey, a physician who studied Edgar Cayce‘s use of Castor Oil to relieve dozens upon dozens of ailments with the many hundreds of people who consulted with him.

I knew of Edgar Cayce and his amazing ability to diagnose and heal people around the world, whether near to him or far.

For more on this amazing healer Click Here.

I bought a bottle of Hexane-free, organic Castor oil and the recommended wool flannel, and did abdominal castor oil packs 4 nights in a row .. and my aches have not returned!

For the past 5-6 years I have not been able to curl my big toes without pain, and I wear very supportive shoes (read mostly ugly) and toe separators to get by. Surgery was the only long term relief option given to me by an orthopedic surgeon sometime ago, but I never went through with it since I can’t afford to be off my feet for weeks.

After reading about the author’s success with arthritis patients, I generously rubbed the oil on my big toes and wore socks all night. The next morning… for the first time in 5 years... I bent my toes with NO Pain!  I barely use my toe separators now, and am wearing Bernie Mev purple shoes. :)

My wrists hurt from computer use, so of course I now rub Castor oil on them each morning and night, and haven’t used my magnetic wrist guard in weeks!

I’m taking half a teaspoon once a day to see if it helps my snoring, and for general “je ne sais quoi”.  I also use it as a moisturizer around my eyes, and on the back of my hands.

It feels like liquid gold to me.  Castor

I am recommending it to several people for a variety of ailments  – see list below.


 Edgar Cayce recommended using castor oil heat packs on abdomen 4 nights in a row, and then taking a week off, repeating as necessary.


CASTOR OIL – THE PALMA CHRISTI

Dr. William McGarey of the ARE Clinic in Phoenix has written extensively on clinical results.

These include:

  • Five drops of castor oil orally each morning to control allergies.
  • Puncture wounds, cuts and bruises heal rapidly when rubbed with castor oil.
  • Prevention of pregnancy stretch marks when abdomen is rubbed with castor oil during the last two months of pregnancy.
  • Rapid healing of a sprained ankle wrapped overnight in castor oil.
  • Marked reduction in tinnitus and hearing loss by applying castor oil drops in the ears.
  • Rapid healing of hepatitis using daily castor oil packs.
  • Clearing of cataracts with one drop of castor oil in each eye at bedtime.
  • Healing of a pilonidal cyst after castor oil packs.
  • Clearing of brown skin aging spots with castor oil plus baking soda.
  • Relief of severe eye allergies by rubbing eyelids with castor oil at bedtime.
  • Relief of low back pain with one week of castor oil packs.
  • Relief of chronic diarrhea with abdominal castor oil packs.
  • Clearing of vocal cord nodes and hoarseness with castor oil packs daily on the neck for three months.
  • Complete clearing of tinnitus with 6-8 drops of castor oil orally each day for four weeks.
  • Clearing of hyperactivity with abdominal castor oil packs.
  • Removal of a wart after four weeks of application of castor oil.
  • Resolution of a calcium deposit on sole of foot with daily castor oil massage.
  • Clearing of skin cancer with castor oil plus baking soda.
  • Clearing of snoring after two weeks of abdominal castor oil packs.
  • Rapid clearing of a bee sting by application of castor oil.
  • Increased hair growth with daily scalp massage with castor oil twenty minutes before shampooing.
  • Clearing of nail fungus after four months of castor oil packs on the nail.

All of these are from: http://www.edgarcayce.org/th/tharchive/therapies/castor1.html 

Others have found:

  • Marked reduction of swelling of the knee in a number of patients who wrapped the knee in a castor oil cloth overnight.
  • Excellent and rapid relief of acute abdominal pain with acute intestinal ”flu.”
  • Healing of deep wounds on the pastern of horses.
  • Rapid recovery from viral infections with castor oil baths or suits.

Wool Flannel 12 x 27 - 1 - Pack

Castor Oil Packs

You will need:


Soak with castor oil and place over the entire abdomen, especially the liver area (or around a joint, over neck, etc). 
Cover with plastic.

How to:

Lay on a towel in case any of the castor oil leaks. Cover pack with another thick towel and set your heating pad as warm as you can comfortably tolerate. Read a good book and keep pack on for one hour and/or leave on overnight without the heat.

Send me comments if you try this treatment!

~ In good health!

 

ECGC and Nano Technology to Deliver Chemo Drugs

Green-tea-based nanocarrier kills cancer cells more effectively

October 6, 2014
From: Kurzweilai.net

A drug-delivery system that may kill cancer cells more efficiently has been developed by Singapore researchers, using an antioxidant ingredient of green tea.

A key ingredient in green tea, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), is an antioxidant known to have therapeutic applications in the treatment of many disorders, including cancer. A*STAR’s Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (IBN) researchers have now engineered nanocarriers using EGCG that they say can deliver drugs and kill cancer cells more efficiently. Their work was published recently in Nature Nanotechnology.

“This is the first time that green tea has been used as a material to encapsulate and deliver drugs to cancer cells. Our green tea nanocarrier not only delivered protein drugs more effectively to the cancer cells; the combination of carrier and drug also dramatically reduced tumor growth compared with the drugs alone,” said Professor Jackie Y. Ying, IBN Executive Director.

A key challenge in chemotherapy is ensuring that the drugs are delivered only to the tumor to avoid harming the surrounding healthy tissues and organs. Researchers have developed drug carriers that specially target cancer cells. But these existing carriers limit the amount of drug a carrier can deliver, and are made of materials that themselves have no therapeutic effect — they may even cause side effects if used in large quantities, say the IBN researchers.

How it works

So IBN designed a therapeutic nanocarrier for drug delivery using novel compounds derived from EGCG as the core of this carrier to encapsulate drugs and proteins such as herceptin, a protein drug currently used to treat breast cancer. Here’s the recipe (referring to the diagram above):

  1. Combine herceptin (a protein drug used to treat breast cancer) with OEGCG (based on EGCG), creating a “micellar nanocomplex” that protects the protein drug from damage and removal by kidneys.
  2. Add a protective shell containing polyethylene glycol (PEG) combined with EGCG. (PEG is a “stealth” molecule that acts to camouflage the carrier, preventing it from being detected and filtered out of the body by the immune system before it reaches the tumor.)

The research team conducted animal studies to evaluate the nanocarrier, revealing that it reduced tumor growth much more effectively when compared to administering herceptin on its own: Twice as much herceptin drug accumulated in the cancer cells, suggesting improved tumor-targeting ability. Drug accumulation  was also lowered by 70% in the liver and kidney and by 40% in the lung.

IBN says it has filed a patent on the green tea nanocarrier and is developing it for clinical applications.

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In the meantime, drink your green tea!

Sencha, Dragonwell and Matcha provide the most ECGC.