Archived Articles - February 2014


Use vitamin C to naturally alleviate pneumonia
    Feb-05-2014

Pneumonia, caused by bacteria as well as viruses, is the eighth deadliest disease. Commonly, one may develop pneumonia following a cold or influenza infection. The virus that causes pneumonia may be extremely precarious, as it is resistant to antibiotics. The disease is not cure even after using heavy antibiotic doses. Usually, physicians prescribe antibiotics to treat any secondary infection due to bacterial assaults. However, we are lucky that now you can prevent pneumonia and also alleviate it naturally using elevated vitamin C doses.

Relief from pneumonia in three hours

In his world famous book 'Fire Your Doctor and Doctor Yourself', Dr Andrew Saul writes that you can cure flu infection by taking vitamin C in adequate doses. According to him, the vitamin C doses required by an individual depend on the severity of his/ her ailment. When a person is severely ill, he/ she will require additional amounts of vitamin C to cure their condition. Dr Saul recommends that one ought to take the appropriate amount of vitamin C, which will effectively cure the person, and it could be many times more than what he/ she had expected. According to Dr Saul, when he was ill, he took as much as 2,000 milligrams vitamin C at intervals of six minutes when he was awake - this means he took vitamin C in very elevated amounts, 20,000 milligrams in just an hour. Although he coughed a lot, he continued the dosage and his fever reduced by three degrees after just three hours, while the coughing also decreased.

Treatment for infants

Dr Saul cites the instance of treating a one-year-old baby, who was severely unwell. Although the baby was administered 11 complete antibiotic courses in just 12 months, there was not improvement in the condition. In fact, administering antibiotics repeatedly makes it ineffective. For instance, if antibiotics does not yield results in the first three months of treatment, it will not work ever. The situation made the infant's father desperate to try anything and Dr Saul recommended that the child be given vitamin C in elevated doses. As the parents were not aware of the required vitamin C dosage, they were told to give enough doses that may be necessary to cure the child. As a result, the child was given 20,000 milligrams of vitamin C and he was able to have a sound sleep all through the night. Consequently, the symptoms of the child also improved.

Another inspiring case

Here is another inspiring case - that of a New Zealand farmer, Allan Smith, who was severely ill with pneumonia and leukemia. Physicians attending on Allan were all set shut down his life supporting machine. However, his family persistent on giving him elevated doses of vitamin C first. After the physicians consented, he was given vitamin C in extra-large doses and eventually Allan recuperated and left the hospital.

Hence, whenever you suffer from a cold in future or are down with pneumonia and you have tried out all options fruitlessly, it is advisable that you try taking vitamin C in elevated doses. They are so effective that you will never ever think of taking flu shots.

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Paprika - an incredible spice to support your cardiovascular system
    Feb-08-2014

Paprika (belonging to the bell pepper family), which offers several health benefits, is popular for the distinct flavour it imparts to a variety of dishes. Like other members of this plant family, paprika contains loads of capsaicin, an amazing compound having antioxidant qualities, and is incredibly beneficial for the general health of the cardiovascular system.

Besides containing several essential nutriments, paprika is also an excellent natural source of vitamin C as well as carotenoids, which are extremely beneficial for people suffering from deficiency of vitamin A. Findings of a number of studies have shown as a bell pepper matures, its antioxidant power as well as the vitamin C and carotenoids content also augment proportionately.

A report published in the British Journal of Nutrition (December 2009 edition) says that the findings of an animal study undertaken to asses the aptitude of paprika in assisting the functioning of the cardiovascular system showed an overall elevated HDL cholesterol, also called 'good cholesterol', levels with no negative effect on the levels of LDL cholesterol and triglycerides. These animals were administered capsanthin, a carotenoid present in paprika.

Findings of an earlier study undertaken in England in 2008 demonstrated that low levels of vitamin C, retinol or carotenoids in the bloodstream are likely to enhance the risks of developing cataracts. During this study, scientists analyzed the blood samples of more than 1,000 people in North India and discovered that compared to people in the West the antioxidant levels, particularly vitamin C, in the bloodstream of these participants were extremely low. This led the scientists to conclude that a link may be established between the occurrences of cataracts and people suffering from antioxidant deficiency.

Positive effect of paprika on ingested fat foods and weight

A report in the November 2009 edition of Agriculture and Food Chemistry said that the findings of a study suggested paprika was beneficial for animals in shedding extra flab. During the study, the animals consumed beverages that contained paprika for six months. It looked as if this spice helped to set off the genes that promote glycogen production. The scientists found that paprika was considerably responsible for more effective conversion of glucose into energy. They also observed that even the levels of cholesterol in the bloodstream of these animals dropped after taking paprika for six weeks.

Scientists at the Pennsylvania State University have confirmed that including paprika in fat-rich foods can aid in neutralizing their harmful effect to some extent.

They undertook a study involving some healthy participants, aged between 30 and 50 years. Along with paprika, which is considered to be amongst the top eight herbs known for their antioxidant properties, these scientists used a number of other herbs in their study. The participants were given this spice along with their regular fat-rich foods and their blood samples were collected at intervals of 30 minutes during as well as subsequent to the meals. At the end of the study, scientist found that the antioxidant activity in the participants' bloodstream had increased. At the same time, the insulin response declined by about 20% after the meals.

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Cannabis compound helpful for relieving osteoarthritis pain
    Feb-14-2014

Osteoarthritis is a painful condition that may cause distended and stiff joints often incapacitating the patients. While there are several drugs available to treat the condition, they usually offer the patients two choices. The patients may opt to use these prescription drugs that help to alleviate their pain and endure a variety of adverse side effects caused by them. On the other hand, if the patients do not take these medications to avoid the side effects, they will be forced to live with the persistent pain. In fact, it is a Hobson's choice, as in any case the patients are left to suffer. Nevertheless, the situation may change soon and the patients will have a better choice.

Findings of a study undertaken by scientists at the UK-based University of Nottingham together with researchers from the Virginia Commonwealth University and University of Pittsburgh in the United States, the depletion of a particular cannabinoid by the body during osteoarthritis actually intensifies the pain, besides contributing to the rapid advancement of this excruciating condition. Hence, the scientists arrived at the conclusion that stimulating this particular cannabinoid, also called CB2 or cannabinoid 2, which is depleted in people suffering from osteoarthritis, helps to lessen pain associated with the condition, in addition to maintaining the symptoms as well as slows down the pace of the advancement of the disease.

While examining the spines of deceased people, who endured knee osteoarthritis, scientists found that all these people suffered from poor CB2 receptor levels. Responding to this, the National Institute of Health and Research UK jointly funded a research during which scientists stimulated the CB2 receptors in rats suffering from osteoarthritis in laboratory with a view to lessen their pain. Rats with the condition were administered JWh-33 injection, an artificially-made cannabinoid that does not affect the mental process (non-psychoactive), but attaches to CB2 receptors with a view to stimulate them. The findings of this study were intriguing indeed!

Study shows new possible method for alleviating osteoarthritis pain

The findings of the study demonstrated that when osteoarthritis is treated by activating CB2 receptors using JWH-33 injections, it lessens the amount of the chemicals, which are liable for inflammation in osteoarthritis. In addition, it also results in reduced excitatory nerves present inside the spine, which are activated by inflammation, and an augmentation in the CB2 receptor 'message' (also called MRNA) overall amount as well as increased amounts of protein in the nerve cells present in the spine.

In other words, stimulating the considerably reduced cannabinoid receptors in people with osteoarthritis diminishes inflammation, thereby lessening pain and, at the same time, enabling the patients to enjoy a better quality of life. Moreover, as patients suffering from osteoarthritis in late stage also have a severely diminished CB2 receptor 'message' levels in their spine, the augmented CB2 receptor 'message' levels may possibly also considerably decrease the relentlessness as well as the speed at which the disease advances.

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Fennel helps to combat cancer, promote weight loss
    Feb-25-2014

Those in North America may not be familiar with fennel, but is well-known in other places eastward. In fact, it is often used in several dishes, particularly in Mediterranean and Italian cuisines. The leaves, stalk, seeds and bulb of this plant can be eaten. Besides, it also forms a vital ingredient of the alcoholic beverage called absinthe.

People have been aware of the health benefits of fennel for more than 2,000 years and this herb was not only popular among the Romans, but medical practitioners in primeval Greece also appreciated its value. This herb has been used extensively to support the functions of the body, especially the digestive system, liver, kidneys, lungs and spleen. Knowledge passed down over generations and scientific studies have corroborated the fact that fennel helps in treating and improving health conditions like indigestion, diarrhea, constipation, flatulence, obesity, heart diseases, blood pressure, respiratory disorders, mental problems, and cancer.

Fennel has elevated amounts of phytoestrogens and is an excellent natural source of vitamin C, fiber, folate and potassium, the last three nutrients being beneficial for the health of the cardiovascular system. In addition, folate, fiber and potassium also facilitate the removal of carcinogenic contaminants from the colon. In fact, researchers at Korea's Eulji University have found that just inhaling the essential oil extracted from fennel considerably helped rodents to digest food, while reducing their intake of high calorie foods.

Fennel is chemo-preventive, protects against carcinogenesis

Like all other herbs, fennel is an extremely strong antioxidant. Detailed studies undertaken at the MD Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas have revealed that this herb also possesses extraordinary anti-inflammatory qualities, particularly owing to the presence of a phytonutrient called anethole, which helps to prevent inflammation as well as changing normal cells into carcinogenic ones.

Indian scientists, who undertook studies on rats, found that seeds of this plant have a chemo-preventive action, which varied subject to the dosage administered to them. During the research, the scientist closely observed the Swill albino mice having stimulated fore-stomach and skin papilloma. Basically, these experiments showed that the protective action of the fennel seeds potently inhibited the formation as well as expansion of new cancer cells.

Fennel possesses the aptitude to suppress desire for food and, at the same time, stimulates metabolism. Findings of a study undertaken at the Germany-based Thuringian State Institute of Agriculture demonstrated that fennel helped to reduce food consumption. Scientists believe that fennel is also effective in breaking down fat deposits in the bloodstream. In addition, this herb has a propensity to augment urination and less the body's water weight. Hence, it is highly recommended that you include fennel in your weight loss program that should also incorporate only organic foods.

Before concluding, it is important to mention that in 2011, scientists at the University of Granada discovered that to some extent fennel also possesses the aptitude to promote sleep, mainly because it contains melatonin, a substance that regulates sleep.


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