Jun 142017
 

Fermentation is an ancient art that pre-dates writing and agriculture.

Unlock the True Potential of Vegetables

  • By Kaare Melby
    Organic Consumers Association
    Want to boost your immune system, increase the nutrient content in your food, improve your mental health and detox your body? Fermented vegetables are for you!Fermentation is the process that occurs when the natural bacteria in a vegetable break down the food’s complex elements into more digestible forms. When fermentation occurs, vegetables become easier to digest, allowing your body to work less, while reaping more benefits. And those benefits include higher levels of available nutrients, and live cultures of pro-biotic bacteria (kind of like the good stuff in yogurt). These pro-biotic bacteria can improve  your digestion, boost your immune system, improve your mental health, and detox your body.
  • Worried that fermenting is risky? No need! Fermented veggies are actually safer than raw vegetables, because the fermentation process actually kills off any unwanted or dangerous bacteria that may exist on the food prior to fermentation. According to the USDA, there has “never been a single case of food poisoning reported from fermented vegetables.”

    Fermented foods have been around for eons. Fermentation is an ancient art that pre-dates writing and agriculture. It’s often considered to be the practice that first ushered our ancient relatives from the natural world, into a culturally driven world. In fact, the word ‘culture’ is another word for fermentation. Sandor Katz, who has written several books on the subject, calls it “a health regimen, a gourmet art, a multicultural adventure, a form of activism, and a spiritual path, all rolled into one.”

    And the good news is that it’s a simple process that even the most novice cook can accomplish.

    To get started, you’ll want to choose vegetables that are fresh, local, and organic, as your ferment will be only as good as the ingredients you start with. You can ferment any vegetable, but some work better than others. It’s best if you experiment and find a mix of vegetables that you enjoy. Here at the OCA office, we like to mix as many fresh organic veggies together as possible. Not only does this create a variety of textures and flavors, but it also creates a wider variety of beneficial bacteria in the end product.

    If you are looking for a good place to start, cabbage is easy to process, and makes a great ferment. Raddishes, carrots, turnips, apples and beets also make good ferments. The fermentation process creates a wonderful flavor that is often refered to as “sour.” But you can add more or different flavors in any way you want. Onions and garlic are great additions, and you can use fresh or dry herbs, and spices, too. The best approach is to experiment until you discover what combination of flavors you like most.

    Here’s how to get started.

    What you need
    • Fresh vegetables
    • A knife or grater
    • A glass or ceramic jar for fermentation (quart sized, wide-mouth canning jars work well)
    • A smaller jar that fits inside the fermentation jar (small jelly jars work great)
    • Salt
    • Clean water
    • A clean towel
    • Rubber band to fit over the mouth of the fermentation jar
    • Herbs and spices (optional)

    What to do

    • Chop/shred/grate vegetables, salting lightly as you go. You want to get all of the vegetables as uniform in size as possible. This way, they ferment at the same rate. Vegetables like carrots and radishes do well grated, while it’s best to slice up that cabbage or onion. As you chop or grate the vegetables, add small pinches of salt. But not too much—fermentation only needs a little. Try tasting as you go. The vegetables should taste only slightly salty.

    • Mix the veggies well. You want to make sure that the salt is spread out evenly throughout all the vegetables. Taste the veggies, and add more salt to taste if needed. If you are going to add any herbs or spices, add them now.

    • Let the vegetables sit for 5 to 10 minutes. As they sit the salt will start to draw the liquid out of the vegetables.

    • Squeeze the vegetables to release their juices. Take handfuls of vegetables and squeeze as hard as you can, keeping the juice that comes out. You want to get as much juice out of them as possible.

    • Tightly pack the vegetables into the fermenting jar and cover with collected juice. As you fill the jar with the vegetables, be sure to pack them down tightly to the bottom of the jar. This will help release more juice, and remove any air bubbles that get stuck in the vegetables. Add any remaining juice once the jar is filled. Be sure there is enough liquid to completely cover the vegetables. If you need to, use a mixture of salt and water to bring the juice level up over the vegetables. You don’t need too much salt for the water, just enough to make it taste like seawater.

    • Fill the smaller jar with salt water, then place it on top of the vegetables in the fermenting jar. The purpose of the second jar is to hold the vegetables under the liquid in the jar. This will help the fermentation process by preventing “scum” from forming on the top of the ferment.

    • Cover the fermenting jar with a clean towel, and secure it with the rubber band. Using a towel to cover the jar ensures that gases can escape, without letting any dirt or bugs get in.

    • Let it ferment! Put the jar in an easily accessible area, and keep an eye on it. In about 24 hours you will begin to see air bubbles in the vegetables. This is how you know it’s working. After a few days, the ferment will start to smell sour. Taste it at every stage. This will help you determine how fermented you like your vegetables. Some people like “young” ferments that have only fermented a few days, while others like “mature” ferments that have been fermenting for months. If there is a white layer of “scum” that forms just scrape it off. It’s ok if you don’t get it all. When you like the flavor, remove the towel and smaller jar, put a lid on the fermentation jar and put it in your refrigerator. When the ferment cools down, the fermentation process rapidly slows, and you will be able to enjoy your fermented foods for several weeks or longer.

    That’s it! Now you know the secret to unlocking the true potential of your vegetables. To learn more, check out Sandor Katz’s book “Wild Fermentation,” available through Chelsea Green Publishing. Good luck and happy fermenting.

  • Kaare Melby is social media coordinator for the Organic Consumers Association.
Jun 142017
 

Carefully Weigh Your Need for Narcotic Pain Relievers

Dr. Mercola

It’s extremely important to be cognizant of your level of impairment when taking ANY drug. Know your dosage. Also beware of the addictive potential of opioid drugs. I urge you to seriously weigh your need for them. If you have not seen it yet, watch the documentary “Chasing the Dragon” before filling that prescription. There are so many other ways to address pain.

Below is a long list of suggestions. If you are in pain that is bearable, please try these options first, before resorting to prescription painkillers of any kind.

If you need a pain reliever, consider an over-the-counter (OTC option. Research shows prescription-strength naproxen (Naprosyn, sold OTC in lower dosages as Aleve) provides the same pain relief as more dangerous narcotic painkillers. However, while naproxen may be a better alternative to narcotic painkillers, it still comes with a very long list of potential side effects, and the risks increase with frequency of use. Ibuprofen(Advil) belongs to a class of drugs called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Other members of this class include aspirin, naproxen (Aleve), indomethacin (Indocin), nabumetone (Relafen) and several others. These drugs are used for the management of mild to moderate pain, fever, and inflammation. Pain, fever, and inflammation are promoted by the release in the body of chemicals called prostaglandins. Ibuprofen blocks the enzyme that makes prostaglandins (cyclooxygenase), resulting in lower levels of prostaglandins. As a consequence, inflammation, pain and fever are reduced. The FDA approved ibuprofen in 1974.

Non-drug Solutions for Pain Relief

 

Eliminate or radically reduce most grains and sugars

from your diet

Avoiding grains and sugars will lower your insulin and leptin levels and decrease insulin

and leptin resistance, which is one of the most important reasons why inflammatory

prostaglandins are produced. That is why stopping sugar and sweets is so important

to controlling your pain and other types of chronic illnesses.

Take a high-quality, animal-based omega-3 fat

Omega-3 fats are precursors to mediators of inflammation called prostaglandins. (In fact,

that is how anti-inflammatory painkillers work, by manipulating prostaglandins.) Good

sources include wild-caught Alaskan salmon, sardines and anchovies, which are all high

in healthy omega-3s while being low in contaminants such as mercury. As for supplements,

my favorite is krill oil, as it has a number of benefits superior to fish oil.

Optimize your sun exposure and

production of vitamin D

Optimize your vitamin D by getting regular, appropriate sun exposure, which will work

through a variety of different mechanisms to reduce your pain. Sun exposure also has anti-inflammatory and pain relieving effects that are unrelated to vitamin D production,

and these benefits cannot be obtained from a vitamin D supplement.

Red, near-, mid- and far-infrared light therapy (photobiology) and/or infrared saunas

may also be quite helpful as it promotes and speeds tissue healing, even deep inside the body.

Medical Cannabis

Medical marijuana has a long history as a natural analgesic and is now legal in 28 states.

You can learn more about the laws in your state on medicalmarijuana.procon.org.

Kratom

Kratom (Mitragyna speciose) is another plant remedy that has become a popular opioid

substitute. In August, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration issued a notice saying

it was planning to ban kratom, listing it as a Schedule 1 controlled substance. However,

following massive outrage from kratom users who say opioids are their only alternative,

the agency reversed its decision.

Kratom is likely safer than an opioid for someone in serious and chronic pain.

However, it’s important to recognize that it is a psychoactive substance and should

not be used carelessly. There’s very little research showing how to use it safely and

effectively, and it may have a very different effect from one person to the next.

Also, while it may be useful for weaning people off opioids, kratom is in itself addictive.

So, while it appears to be a far safer alternative to opioids, it’s still a powerful and

potentially addictive substance. So please, do your own research before trying it.

Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)

EFT is a drug-free approach for pain management of all kinds. EFT borrows from the

principles of acupuncture in that it helps you balance out your subtle energy system.

It helps resolve underlying, often subconscious, and negative emotions that may be

exacerbating your physical pain. By stimulating (tapping) well-established acupuncture

points with your fingertips, you rebalance your energy system, which tends to dissipate pain.

Meditation and Mindfulness Training

Among volunteers who had never meditated before, those who attended four 20-minute

classes to learn a meditation technique called focused attention

(a form of mindfulness meditation) experienced significant pain relief —

a 40 percent reduction in pain intensity and a 57 percent reduction in pain unpleasantness.

K-Laser, Class 4 Laser Therapy

If you suffer pain from an injury, arthritis or other inflammation-based pain,

I’d strongly encourage you to try K-Laser therapy. It can be an excellent choice

for many painful conditions, including acute injuries. By addressing the underlying

cause of the pain, you will no longer need to rely on painkillers.

K-Laser is a class 4 infrared laser therapy treatment that helps reduce pain,

reduce inflammation and enhance tissue healing — both in hard and soft tissues,

including muscles, ligaments or even bones. The infrared wavelengths used in

the K-Laser allow for targeting specific areas of your body and can penetrate

deeply into the body to reach areas such as your spine and hip.

Chiropractic

Many studies have confirmed that chiropractic management is much safer and

less expensive than allopathic medical treatments, especially when used for pain

such as low back pain.

Qualified chiropractic, osteopathic and naturopathic physicians are reliable,

as they have received extensive training in the management of musculoskeletal

disorders during their course of graduate health care training, which lasts between

four to six years. These health experts have comprehensive training in

musculoskeletal management.

Acupuncture

Research has discovered a “clear and robust” effect of acupuncture in the treatment

of back, neck and shoulder pain, and osteoarthritis and headaches.

Physical therapy

Physical therapy has been shown to be as good as surgery for painful conditions

such as torn cartilage and arthritis.

Foundation Training

Foundation training is an innovative method developed by Dr. Eric Goodman to treat

his own chronic low back pain. It’s an excellent alternative to painkillers and surgery,

as it actually addresses the cause of the problem.

Massage

A systematic review and meta-analysis published in the journal Pain Medicine

included 60 high-quality and seven low-quality studies that looked into the use

of massage for various types of pain, including muscle and bone pain, headaches,

deep internal pain, fibromyalgia pain and spinal cord pain.

The review revealed massage therapy relieves pain better than getting no

treatment at all. When compared to other pain treatments like acupuncture

and physical therapy, massage therapy still proved beneficial and had few side effects.

In addition to relieving pain, massage therapy also improved anxiety and

health-related quality of life.

Astaxanthin

Astaxanthin is one of the most effective fat-soluble antioxidants known. It has

very potent anti-inflammatory properties and in many cases works far more

effectively than anti-inflammatory drugs. Higher doses are typically required

and you may need 8 milligrams (mg) or more per day to achieve this benefit.

Ginger

This herb has potent anti-inflammatory activity and offers pain relief and

stomach-settling properties. Fresh ginger works well steeped in boiling water

as a tea or grated into vegetable juice.

Curcumin

In a study of osteoarthritis patients, those who added 200 mg of curcumin a day

to their treatment plan had reduced pain and increased mobility. A past study

also found that a turmeric extract composed of curcuminoids blocked

inflammatory pathways, effectively preventing the overproduction of a

protein that triggers swelling and pain.

Boswellia

Also known as boswellin or “Indian frankincense,” this herb contains

specific active anti-inflammatory ingredients.

Bromelain

This enzyme, found in pineapples, is a natural anti-inflammatory.

It can be taken in supplement form but eating fresh pineapple,

including some of the bromelain-rich stem, may also be helpful.

Cetyl Myristoleate (CMO)

This oil, found in fish and dairy butter, acts as a joint lubricant and anti-inflammatory.

I have used this for myself to relieve ganglion cysts and carpal tunnel syndrome.

I used a topical preparation for this.

Evening Primrose, Black Currant and Borage Oils

These contain the essential fatty acid gamma-linolenic acid (GLA),

which is particularly useful for treating arthritic pain.

Cayenne Cream

Also called capsaicin cream, this spice comes from dried hot peppers.

It alleviates pain by depleting the body’s supply of substance P,

a chemical component of nerve cells that transmits pain signals to your brain.

Methods such as hot and cold packs, aquatic therapy, yoga,

various mind-body techniques and cognitive behavioral therapy

can also result in astonishing pain relief without drugs.

Grounding

Walking barefoot on the earth may also provide a certain measure of pain relief

by combating inflammation.

Low-Dose Naltrexone (LDN)

Naltrexone is an opiate antagonist, originally developed in the early 1960s for

the treatment of opioid addiction. When taken at very low doses (LDN, available

only by prescription), it triggers endorphin production, which can boost your

immune function and ease pain.

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Mar 082017
 

Shock-Wave Therapy System

By: Amy Lumsail

Shock-Wave Therapy is a multidisciplinary device used in orthopedics, physiotherapy, sports medicine, urology and veterinary medicine.

Only one unit Shock-Wave therapy system can solve all the above problems. It is the most popular choice for Physical Medicine , Sport Medicine, Orthopedic Medicine and so on .

We are leading manufacturer of Shock-Wave therapy systems since 2007, in Shanghai City , China.  Smart-Wave is the 3rd generation professional product for aesthetics (cellulite), physiotherapy (pain relief) and orthopedics (body reshaping). In fact , we have 3 different models Shock-Wave therapy machine, you can see :

Smart-Wave:

Snapshots:
Operator can choose proper treatment protocols, and check live-help to learn parameter settings.
Operator can modify parameter at any time, and track treatment history for certain client.
 
Packing:
Metal hand-case is included for easy moving. Trolley is optional for clients who would move the machine frequently.
Together with the machine there’s detailed operation manual, service manual and treatment table.
Detailed Parameters:
Specification
Value
Therapeutic penetration depth
45mm
Effects
Skin/Muscle
Energy
30mJ – 185mJ (0.5Bar to 5Bar)
Frequency
1 – 22Hz
Pulse Mode
Continuous or Burst
Transmitter
5 for different applications
6mm, 15mm, 25mm x 2, 39mm
Encyclopedia
Live Help with pre-set parameters
Treatment Protocols
30 + 8 preset protocols
Customer Profile Management
Yes
User Defined Settings
Yes
Multi-language
Yes
Conformity
EN60601-1-2, EN61000-3-2/3
EN60601-1:2006
Gross Weight (include handcase)
8Kg
  • Physiotherapy system ( sport injury ,  pain relief , podiatry problems , rehabilitation )
  • ED treatment
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  • ED treatment

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Jan 232017
 

KENAF       

(Hibiscus Cannabinus)           Eddie Kenaf Field A                                                 Kenaf SeedsKenaf Leaf Everglades

 

By

Eddie D Katz

A cellulose fiber plant dating 4,000 years back with historical roots in North East Africa. Kenaf has a botanical relationship with cotton, okra and hemp; a member of the hibiscus family.

There are several varieties of Kenaf (broad and palmate- segmented like hemp) and has been studied since the 1930’s at the University of Mississippi. Tender young leaves are used as alternative forage for livestock and food eaten by Africans, East Indians and Asians for 1,000 + years. In Pakistan it is called “Gongoora”.  As food, for example, it is a great salad addition (green leafy texture like spinach with a citrus flavor).  Nutritionally potent with high levels of calcium, selenium, protein, omega fatty acids, nitrogen, etc.

Kenaf is totally earth-friendly.  All you need is water and fertilizer to grow as high as 20 feet in about 150 days.  Having no natural predators, growing Kenaf nourishes the soil and cleans the air.  The flowers are pretty yellow-white blooms with a deep red center that opens at sunrise and closes at night.  Harvesting Kenaf three times during the growing season (to 5 feet) produces tender young leaf for highest nutrition (wet or dry).  Food for humans–forage for livestock.Growing Kenaf for the rest of the season yields stock and core material that can be made into paper and textile products, animal bedding, soil remediation (pollution buster–water, land and air).  Highest organic oil absorbancy to a 92% clean up, starting as soon as you apply it.  One pound of Kenaf absorbs 1.66 gallons of oil or over 11 pounds of oil.  Amazingly absorbs hydrocarbon products up to 12 times its own weight.  Environmentally safe and correct.  A great alternative to plywood (save the old growth trees).  For the garden it’s a great mulch.

Much can be said! Food,Clothing, Building Material( Plywood, Brick, Plastics) Cleans the Soil,Water and Air.  A remedy that we should act on now.  Proven environmentally correct, one that should be used to make paper without killing trees and it doesn’t need insecticides or fungicides.  There’s no need for importing from out-of-state any type of sawdust (substrate), bedding for livestock, mulch for gardens.  EPA approved for 20 years.  Bioremediation (clean up method converting contaminants such as creosote preservatives, PCP-pentachlorophenol, petroleum products into harmless byproducts, i.e. carbon dioxide and water.  Kenaf contains indigenous hydrocarbons digesting microbes without any cultures, preservatives or stablizers.  We can balance our pollution problem right here, right now!  Use Kenaf everywhere.

OIL SUCK:  Just a little sucks a lot. Kenaf manufactured locally by American farmers, is all natural and biodegradable. Kenaf absorbs up to 12 times its own weight. Kenaf assimilates pollution. Kenaf is a remedy for balancing pollution from industrial, military and lakes.  Store 2-5 pound bags of Kenaf in cars, boats and trucks.  Helps keep available proven clean up materials close by.   Do your part–clean the ground and water.  It will help clean our air, an incentive to reduce greenhouse effects.  Need Seeds? Inquire about a Kenaf Presentation. Contact us at WellnessWillpower.

                               Future   Green   Industries

Personal use

  • Food (leaves raw or cooked) for Humans and livestock
  • Dehydrated — freeze-dried — juiced — pickled (picture of pickled Kenaf in oil and garlic)
  • High in nitrogen, protein, calcium, selenium, omegas
  • Seeds yield nutritious food grade oil

 Agricultural benefits

  • Soil remediation – biodegradable (can be disposed in compost)
  • Absorbs oil 12 times it’s own weight
  • Highest organic oil absorbency tested by the us navy
  • Nourishes the soil – soil less potting mix
  • Landfills/ restore environmental balance
  • Store 2-5 lb. Bags of fine dust in cars, boats, trucks
  •  Kenaf Cleans the air as it grows (more co2 absorption)

 Industrial applications                                                         Kenaf Absorbent

  • Building materials that are environmentally safe
  • Paper 100% free of tree and chlorine
  • Pulp — Pellets
  • Particleboard — Composites
  • Lost circulation media/Oil well mud mixed with kenaf fiber
  • Pavers — Block
  • Grass erosion mats –- Seeded mats — Mats for roads of the future
  • Thermo Plastic extender (bio-degradable plastics) — auto industry
  • Soil Neutralizer — landfills, farms, beaches
  • Filter Applications –- water treatment plants (pools, water and air)
  • Oil — Bio-fuel -– industrial lubricants -– cosmetics
  • Containment booms –- absorptive booms -– absorptive blankets
  • Insulation material –- non toxic

 Textiles

  • Clothing
  • Jute (java jute) Indonesia – Burlap North America
  • Cordage
  • Upholstery
  • Canvas – sails

 Animal Bedding                        Animal Bedding

  • Alternative to sawdust (premium grade) no need to import
  • Many times more absorbent than wood shavings
  • Animal litter – low dust – non toxic
  • Preferred for reptiles and horses with allergy problems

    KENAF

       Facts

1.  History: Indigenous of southern Asia, Africa, Middle East.

2. Age: Cultivated for at least 4000 years – originating in Egypt.

3. Yield: Kenaf may yield 6 to 10 tons of dry fiber per acre. Per year. This is 3 to 5 times greater than the yield for pine, which requires 7   to  40 years before they are ready for harvest. 5000 acres produce pulp to supply paper plant 200 tons a day.

4.  Fiber: The outer fiber or bast makes up 40% of the stalks dry weight; the inner fiber or core makes up the other 60%.

5.  Processing: Can be processed in a mechanical fiber separator similar to a cotton gin.

6.  Growth: In the right climate, kenaf grows 14 feet tall in 4 to 5 months and is an annual. Environmentally safe.

7.  Harvesting: Harvesting kenaf 3 times during the growing season (to 5 feet) produces tender young leaf for highest nutrition (wet or dry).

8.  Flowers: Kenaf flowers at the end of the growing season, producing showy hibiscus-like blossoms.

9.  Requirements: Requires a minimum of fertilizers, pesticides, and water in comparison to other row crops.

10. Growing areas: Almost all growing areas of U.S. kenaf, seed cannot mature. You need 60 to 90 days frost free to germinate. Arizona and southwest deserts can produce mature seed.

11. Seeds: 15,000 to 20,000 seeds per pound. Varieties include; Everglades41, Dowling, Whitten, tainung2, all have broad shape leaf, tainung2 has both palmate and broad shape leaf. Seed Price range: $8.50 for 240+, advance order: $2.80/lb. Minimum order 2000 lbs. (Kenaf.seed.com)

12. Absorption:  Cleans the air 3 to 9 times more than other plants in Co2 Absorption. Absorbs oil up to 12 times its own weight. Neutralizes oil toxicity up to 92%.

Summary: America has studied KENAF enough for 80 years. I have been knocking on heads to start businesses for 14 years now!

                     Just a little Sucks Alot

Better than any Sponge-  Absorbs 12 times its own weight-  Oil Spills are happening Now. Its time to get this green industry on line now!

By Eddie D Katz
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Some Say Kratom Is A Solution To Opioid Addiction. Not If Drug Warriors Ban It First.

Prohibition is a short-sighted, ineffective policy, but that’s not standing in their way.

03/03/2016 08:38 am ET | Updated Sep 07, 2016

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A Mitragyna speciosa korth plant, also known as kratom. A number of states are trying to ban it in response to concerns about drug abuse.

America’s drug war is changing. Marijuana, long demonized without evidence as one of the world’s most dangerous drugs, is now legal, at least for medical use, in 23 states and Washington, D.C. The president has said that treatment ― not incarceration ― is the best way to combat the opioid addiction epidemic.

But even as the nation comes to terms with the overwhelming failures of the drug war, lawmakers around the country are pushing to open a new front.

Right now, politicians in at least six states are pushing to ban kratom, an herbal drug made from the leaves of Mitragyna speciosa, a Southeast Asian tree. The natural substance, usually consumed as a tea or powder extract, contains mitragynine and a related compound, 7-hydroxymitragynine, which appear to activate opioid receptors in the brain and reduce pain. While most opioids have sedative qualities, low to moderate doses of kratom serve as a mild stimulant.

As kratom gets a modern makeover, popping up in new products like energy shots and bright, gaudy packages sold in head shops, the Food and Drug Administration and Drug Enforcement Administration are raising concerns about it.

State lawmakers, encouraged by sensationalist news stories and isolated reports of abuse, are treating it like a dangerous recreational substance that must be outlawed. Kratom bans are already in place in Indiana, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Vermont and most recently, Arkansas. Legislation is now pending in Alabama, Florida, Kentucky, New Hampshire, New Jersey and New York, with more states jumping aboard the effort each session. People involved in abstinence-only drug rehab have spoken out against kratom, arguing that the drug is easy to abuse and can interfere with recovery from opioid addiction.

Despite the crackdown, there isn’t a scientific consensus on kratom’s full range of potential benefits and dangers. People in Southeast Asia have been using kratom for centuries, if not longer, and thousands of Americans now tout it as a promising therapy for opiate withdrawal and an alternative to certain prescription drugs, including narcotic painkillers. But if the drug warriors get their way, none of that will matter ― and kratom will be illegal.

Alissa Scheller
An assortment of products made from kratom, which lawmakers are now trying to ban.

Susan Ash’s path to kratom began around a decade ago in an old-growth forest in Oregon. Ash, then in her mid-30s, was working on a conservation project that often took her on treks through the towering redwoods, Douglas firs and Sitka spruce.

When she started feeling intense joint pain and debilitating fatigue, Ash didn’t think to consider Lyme disease. Nor did any of the many doctors she saw over the next few years. Though they couldn’t make an accurate diagnosis, the doctors did what they could to treat Ash’s worsening symptoms. That meant prescription drugs ― and lots of them.

“I was on every controlled substance under the sun,” Ash said.

Doctors were soon prescribing her pills just to treat the side effects of her other medications.

“I was on morphine, and because of the morphine, it was making me so fatigued that I wasn’t able to keep my job at the time, and so they put me on Adderall so that I could perform my work,” Ash said. “With the Adderall, my previous struggles with depression and anxiety got worse. They added on the Xanax. At one point I was on all three ― the benzodiazepines, the narcotics and the stimulants ― in addition to Seroquel [an antidepressant sometimes used for sleep], Lyrica [a pain medication used to treat fibromyalgia], Flexeril, a muscle relaxant.”

“I could go on,” Ash continued.

Despite being prescribed a cocktail of as many as 10 different pills, Ash’s condition only deteriorated. In 2010, after years of suffering, she began experiencing temporary paralysis and disturbing neurological effects. She was getting lost in her own neighborhood. She’d sometimes wake up unable to move her limbs until someone could pry them out of their torpor.

Finally, a pain specialist asked Ash if she’d been checked for Lyme disease. The test came back positive, and she began a 10-month course of antibiotics, pumped through a port installed in her chest.

Susan Ash
Susan Ash holds up an IV bag while receiving treatment for Lyme disease in 2011.

But while Ash’s Lyme disease symptoms began to subside, the years-long regimen of increasingly powerful painkillers had awakened another disease. As Ash’s opioid tolerance grew, so did the strength of the drugs doctors prescribed her, and by 2011, she says she was addicted to pain pills.

Millions of Americans caught in the nation’s surging opioid epidemic have followed a similar trajectory. In 2013, doctors wrote nearly 207 million prescriptions for narcotic painkillers, up from around 76 million in 1991, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Much of this was due to the pharmaceutical industry’s lobbying and PR campaign, led by Purdue Pharmaceutical, to boost the use of narcotics. (Purdue would ultimately plead guilty to misleading the public about the addiction risk posed by the painkiller OxyContin, and pay a $634.5 million fine.)

The United States is far and away the largest global consumer of these drugs, making up almost 100 percent of the world total for consumption of hydrocodone (also known as Vicodin) and 81 percent for oxycodone (also known as Percocet) in 2013 — all of which brings in billions of dollars for the pharmaceutical companies that manufacture the pills.

In some cases, dependence on prescription opioids for pain management leads to something more harmful. In 2014, 1.9 million Americans ages 12 or older had a substance use disorder involving prescription pain relievers, according to the American Society of Addiction Medicine. More than 18,000 people died after overdosing on prescription opioids that year. Another 10,574 died of heroin overdoses, a death toll that has continued to spike as people who get cut off from narcotic painkillers turn to harder, cheaper and easier-to-access drugs.

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In 2012, health care providers wrote 259 million prescriptions for painkillers, enough for every American adult to have a bottle of pills. That number fell slightly in 2013.

But like many people who get addicted, Ash wasn’t aware of her problem. She had a legitimate need for the pills, and didn’t realize what they were doing to her until it was too late.

“My family would look back on how I was then and say I was living my life with morphine glasses on,” said Ash. “I was not caring about my actual living environment. It was dirty and nasty and I wasn’t cleaning it up, and I didn’t even notice.”

Ash entered treatment in 2011. She successfully detoxed, and for a number of years continued in recovery with the help of buprenorphine, a medication used to treat opioid addiction. It worked, Ash says, but she still felt chained to pills, as if she couldn’t live free from narcotics. That’s when Ash discovered kratom, first as a way to help deal with the symptoms of withdrawal, and then as a replacement for other medications.

“Life couldn’t have been much worse at that point. I was not leaving the house at all. I was only leaving the house to see doctors,” she said. “In a matter of two weeks, I had the energy, I had the pain relief and I had the depression and anxiety relief I needed to become a productive member of society again. It was such a stark difference and such an immediate change in my life.”

Uncle Sam vs. Kratom

Kratom has long been known as an effective way to alleviate opiate withdrawals. In the 1940s, the Thai government banned it in what some historians believe was an effort to eliminate a threat to opium, which was bringing in substantial tax revenue at the time. Without an alternative drug or legal means to combat withdrawals, many users were likely driven back into opium dens, where the state could benefit financially from their addiction.

The U.S. government hasn’t gone that far — yet. Kratom is on the DEA’s list of “drugs of concern,” which means federal drug warriors are eyeing a more heavy-handed approach. The FDA has also identified kratom as a botanical substance that could pose a risk to public health and could potentially be abused, which has prompted large-scale seizures at the agency’s behest.

Much of this anxiety has been driven by fatalities supposedly linked to kratom. But in almost all of the cited cases, toxicology reports showed that kratom users who died also showed signs of polydrug abuse or pre-existing health conditions. In a number of instances, they appeared to have taken deceptively marketed products that contained not only kratom, but more dangerous synthetic drugs — a concern for people on either side of the kratom issue.

Is It Really Dangerous?

But focusing on reports like these mischaracterizes the potential risks of the plant, says Walter C. Prozialeck, a professor of pharmacology at Midwestern University who wrote a comprehensive literature review on kratom for the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.

“After researching the literature, I found that were more positive aspects to kratom than there were negative,” he said. “Additional studies are needed to explore potential benefits of kratom. Also, work is needed to look at toxicity, though. How would kratom interact with prescription drugs or nutritional supplements that a person might be using?”

Prozialeck described kratom itself as largely benign, and said it doesn’t produce much in the way of psychoactive high in low-to-moderate doses. That means it doesn’t have a particularly high potential for recreational use.

“With anything, there are dangers of using too much,” Prozialeck said. “But the amount that a person has to take in to get any severe effects is ridiculously high. You’re talking 10 to 15 grams of raw leaf. Most people who are using kratom for pain management don’t take that much. Most people can’t take that much.”

In online forums like Erowid and Sage Wisdom, users report that higher doses lead to sedative effects, and that taking too much kratom can cause gastrointestinal issues — stomach pain, nausea and vomiting. This isn’t fun, most of them suggest, and it’s certainly a stupid way to use any drug.

Others say kratom must be banned because its promise as a therapy that relies on a less harmful opioid substitute is complicating the addiction recovery process. But the loudest critics have so far been the ones who believe abstinence is the only way to overcome addiction, a position that has come under intense scientific scrutiny in recent years.

In January, The New York Times reported on a Florida woman who’d turned to kratom during her time in a recovery facility for heroin addiction. She was getting regular drug tests, and said she began buying kratom beverages at a kava bar — an establishment that sells a variety of mildly intoxicating drinks, often at an obscene markup — because it didn’t interfere with her screening. She eventually got addicted, she said, and spent hundreds of dollars a week before eventually returning to heroin. The woman said kratom was “causing a lot of relapses” among people who are addicted. The article concluded that the plant was essentially analogous to other opiates, and in some cases, equally as risky.

That thinking isn’t uncommon.

Gloria Anderson, supervisor of addiction programming at the Hazelden Betty Ford Clinic, a 12-step facility in New York City, recently told TV station PIX11 that 20 percent of her patients reported using the drug as “a Band-Aid when they are unable to get ahold of opiates such as painkillers and heroin.”

Anderson and others argue that lawmakers should respond by making kratom a Schedule I substance alongside heroin itself, classifying it as one of the most dangerous drugs with “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse.”

“After researching the literature, I found that were more positive aspects to kratom than there were negative.” Walter C. Prozialeck, professor of pharmacology at Midwestern University.

Initial studies have suggested kratom does have some addictive potential. And this is perhaps more likely to be true among people who have existing opioid abuse disorders and who may be in mandatory, abstinence-only drug treatment, where they may be going through painful withdrawals without the help of medication.

All of this speaks to the need for better education on kratom to encourage responsible use and minimize potential harm.

Considering the research he’s reviewed, however, Prozialeck says it’s a stretch to compare kratom to heroin and other opiates.

“I would respectfully disagree with the idea that kratom poses as much risk as other opiates,” he said. “I think kratom is probably less dangerous in terms of long-term dependence and addiction. People who turn to kratom are probably desperate for an alternative.”

Jag Davies, director of communications strategy at the Drug Policy Alliance, says he’s skeptical of the desire to ban kratom. He sees it as a function of the “treatment industrial complex,” which he says is profiting from treatment-instead-of-incarceration policies that funnel clients from the criminal justice system into programs that aren’t based on science, such as abstinence-only and 12-step. Davies said there’s a better way to approach the problem.

“A health-centered approach to drug use assesses improvement by many measures, not simply by someone’s drug use level, but also by their overall health, their employment status, their social relationships and their general well-being,” said Davies. “Determining success by boiling it down to this single measure of abstinence to this arbitrary group of certain drugs isn’t realistic or effective.”

If we were more willing to judge the success of treatment and recovery by other metrics, Davies says, people wouldn’t be so dismissive of the idea that a recovering addict could use kratom and be a productive member of society, while causing less harm to themselves than they did with heroin. In fact, from a treatment provider’s perspective, that should be seen as a victory.

Where Are We Headed?

But that would appear to be asking a lot in the current debate over kratom.

In Florida, a bill to ban kratom advanced through an initial committee vote last month, despite opposition from some members.

“They provided zero reasons for supporting it,” state Sen. Jeff Brandes (R) said of the legislation’s supporters. “Honestly, this was the least intellectual rigor I have seen in the Florida legislature — on this bill and on banning a product. There was literally zero testimony as to why this product should have been banned.”

Brandes voted against the bill, but he’s not so sure his colleagues will view the effort with the same skepticism as it progresses through the state Senate.

“It shows the utter conflict in drug policy,” he said. “I think it’s just a knee-jerk reaction to someone saying, ‘Oh, this is dangerous,’ but then providing no data to support their position.”

The stakes are high for advocates of kratom, and they’re now working to combat the sensationalism and misinformation that has historically dominated political debates about drugs.

Big Kratom Fights Back

In 2014, Ash formed the American Kratom Association, a consumer-based nonprofit that now has hundreds of dues-paying members and around 2,500 active contributors who share their experiences with kratom in an online forum. The AKA recently announced that Paul Pelosi Jr., son of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), would serve as the group’s executive director.

Advocates have been busy trying to convince lawmakers that banning kratom would deprive the public of a promising treatment that has already helped many people who struggle not just with opioid addiction, but with other ailments treated with heavier prescription drugs. And while Ash says kratom has worked for her and thousands of others, she adds that the drug affects everybody differently. As with any drug, prospective users should approach it with caution.

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Paul Pelosi Jr., right, with his parents Paul Pelosi and Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi Jr. was recently named executive director of the American Kratom Association, a group fighting to keep kratom legal.

There are also some legitimate concerns surrounding kratom, Ash admits, but points out they tend to get lost in the hysteria of total ban legislation. There is plenty of room, she says, for further regulation of kratom to ensure proper consumer protections are in place.

Much of the bad press has revolved around unscrupulous manufacturers that have sold adulterated products, or have marketed their products deceptively, leading to confusion about what kratom actually is. It doesn’t help that it’s regularly found in head shops, alongside shady synthetic drugs that have attracted their own share of negative headlines, in many cases for good reason.

“The industry needs to come together to self-regulate and self-police one another and get rid of some of the bad apples out there,” said Ash.

The AKA supports placing an age restriction on kratom for consumers who are 18 or older. The organization also believes that stricter labeling guidelines are necessary. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding shouldn’t use kratom, for example, and anyone with a medical condition or who is taking prescription medications should consult their doctor before trying kratom. Perhaps most importantly, the AKA wants to make sure that products aren’t being deliberately marketed toward younger consumers, or with the intent of comparing its effects to other drugs, like actual opiates.

Ash says that although she hopes the FDA will stop cracking down on kratom, she doesn’t see a path toward more mainstream medical acceptance. Clinical testing and FDA trials require huge financial investments, and considering the product in question is a plant that’s likely been around for millions of years, pharmaceutical companies wouldn’t see any way to make money from it. In fact, broader use of the plant as an alternative treatment would presumably take away from their bottom line.

But the pharmaceutical industry does factor in to what the AKA says are its broader hopes that it can help foster a smarter, more robust approach to treating addiction, chronic pain and other conditions that currently leave people with few options beyond prescription drugs. The organization would like to see better programs to manage and monitor the prescribing of opioids, while ensuring they’re accessible to those who need them, says Ash. The AKA also believes lawmakers need to invest more resources into recovery and reduce reliance on abstinence-only programs that, according to Ash, have shown “a dismal success rate.”

“Rather than put all of this effort and sensational attention onto this plant that could be part of the solution, why not focus on making better programs and evidence-based programs on recovery and putting more attention on mental health and addiction,” she said.

That may sound like common sense to the growing number of people who believe in a health-based approach to drug policy. But the campaign to ban kratom — which has shown therapeutic promise, but would benefit from further scientific research — shows we still have a ways to go in order to truly reorient the political conversation around drugs.

“We’re at a really contradictory moment in drug policy in some ways, where there seems to be this consensus for a new approach, but then at the same time, there’s still these knee-jerk, punitive responses whenever a new drug comes up,” said Davies, of the Drug Policy Alliance. “People are very easily fooled by new drugs, and it’s still very easy to push through bad legislation.”
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Nov 232016
 

For Optimal Health, Opt for Organic Food

Go Organic

Go Organic

 

A large number of studies have shown that organic foods:

  • Are less likely to be contaminated with pesticide residues. (Synthetic chemicals are not permitted in organic agriculture, yet can occur due to contamination from nearby conventional farms.)
  • Contain fewer heavy metals (on average 48 percent lower levels of cadmium for example).
  • Contain anywhere from 18 to 69 percent more antioxidants than conventionally-grown varieties.
  • May in some cases be more nutrient-dense. For example, one 2010 study which was partially funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), found that organic strawberries were more nutrient-rich than non-organic strawberries.Set in Motion Proper Digestion

If you live in the U.S., the following organizations can help you locate farm-fresh foods:

EatWild.com

EatWild.com provides lists of farmers known to produce wholesome raw dairy products as well as grass-fed beef and other farm-fresh produce (although not all are certified organic). Here you can also find information about local farmers markets, as well as local stores and restaurants that sell grass-fed products.

Weston A. Price Foundation

Weston A. Price has local chapters in most states, and many of them are connected with buying clubs in which you can easily purchase organic foods, including grass fed raw dairy products like milk and butter.

Grassfed Exchange

The Grassfed Exchange has a listing of producers selling organic and grass-fed meats across the U.S.

Local Harvest

This website will help you find farmers markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area where you can buy produce, grass-fed meats, and many other goodies.

Farmers Markets

A national listing of farmers markets.

Eat Well Guide: Wholesome Food from Healthy Animals

The Eat Well Guide is a free online directory of sustainably raised meat, poultry, dairy, and eggs from farms, stores, restaurants, inns, hotels and online outlets in the United States and Canada.

Community Involved in Sustaining Agriculture (CISA)

CISA is dedicated to sustaining agriculture and promoting the products of small farms.

FoodRoutes

The FoodRoutes “Find Good Food” map can help you connect with local farmers to find the freshest, tastiest food possible. On their interactive map, you can find a listing for local farmers, CSAs and markets near you.

The Cornucopia Institute

The Cornucopia Institute maintains web-based tools rating all certified organic brands of eggs, dairy products, and other commodities, based on their ethical sourcing and authentic farming practices separating CAFO “organic” production from authentic organic practices.

RealMilk.com

If you’re still unsure of where to find raw milk, check out Raw-Milk-Facts.com and RealMilk.com. They can tell you what the status is for legality in your state, and provide a listing of raw dairy farms in your area.

The Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund also provides a state-by-state review of raw milk law s. California residents can also find raw milk retailers using the store locator available at www.OrganicPastures.com.

 

Sep 222016
 

At PublicHealthCorps, we believe that all Americans should have easy access to the most current healthcare information — but we also know how tricky it can be to navigate the web to find the best data. That’s where we come in! We decided to put together a helpful collection of resources on healthcare and health insurance.

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A Guide to Senior Living in Southern California: Medication, Healthcare Equipment and Nutrition

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Aug 112016
 

Overview Information on Prostate    prostate

Natural Remedies for Enlarged Prostate (BPH)

Written by Stephanie Watson and Tricia Kinman
Medically Reviewed by Steven Kim, MD on April 8, 2015

Additions by WellnessWillpower

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Enlarged Prostate
Treatment Options
Saw Palmetto
Beta-sitosterol
Pygeum
Rye Grass Pollen Extract
Stinging Nettle
Foods
Considerations

Part 1 of 9: Enlarged Prostate
The Prostate Grows

The prostate is a walnut-shaped gland that wraps around the urethra (the tube that outflows urine). It’s part of a man’s reproductive system. One of its main jobs is to add fluid (called semen) to sperm. Although the gland starts out small, it tends to enlarge as a man ages. (30 to 90 yrs) An excessively enlarged prostate results in a disease known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Eventually, an enlarged prostate can clamp down on the urethra, restricting the flow of urine from the bladder. This leads to problems such as frequent urination, difficulty in voiding, urinary leakage, and urinary tract infections.

 

Part 2 of 9: Treatment Options
Enlarged Prostate Treatments

There are several treatment options for an enlarged prostate. Men can take alpha blocker drugs such as to help relax the prostate muscles, or antibiotics for chronic prostatitis (which may occur alongside BPH).

  • alfuzosin (Uroxatral)
  • doxazosin (Cardura)
  • silodosin (Rapaflo)
  • tamsulosin (Flomax)
  • terazosin (Hytrin)

They can also take a type of steroid reductase inhibitor. Dutasteride (Avodart) or Finasteride (Proscar) for reducing BPH symptoms.

They might also undergo surgery to remove the extra prostate tissue.

In addition, there are also natural remedies that work to combat prostate growth. However, the evidence is debatable on whether these treatments work. The American Urological Association currently does not recommend any herbal therapy for managing BPH. If you do want to try any of these natural remedies, talk to your doctor first.

Part 3 of 9: Saw Palmetto
Saw Palmetto

Saw palmetto is an herbal remedy that comes from a type of palm tree. It’s been used in traditional medicine for centuries to relieve urinary symptoms, including those caused by an enlarged prostate. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a few small-scale studies have suggested that saw palmetto might be effective for relieving BPH symptoms. Look for “Supercritical Co2 Extraction.” This technique delivers a superior quality extract that is highly concentrated with incredible purity.

However, the NIH reports that when larger studies were conducted, they didn’t find saw palmetto any more effective than an inactive pill (placebo). Saw palmetto is safe, though, and it doesn’t cause any serious side effects. German studies have more positive results.

Part 4 of 9: Beta-sitosterol
Beta-sitosterol

This prostate remedy is a mixture taken from different plants that contain cholesterol-like substances called sitosterols. Several studies have found that beta-sitosterol can relieve urinary symptoms of BPH, including the strength of urine flow.

There haven’t been any major side effects reported with the use of beta-sitosterol, although doctors still don’t know all the long-term effects of this natural remedy.

Part 5 of 9: Pygeum
Pygeum

Pygeum comes from the bark of the African plum tree and has been used in traditional medicine to treat urinary problems since ancient times. It’s often used to treat BPH symptoms, especially in Europe. Because studies on pygeum haven’t been well designed, it’s hard to know for sure whether it’s effective. The American Academy of Family Physicians does not recommend its use.

Still, a small study reported in Complementary Therapies in Medicine found that when prepared with other herbal remedies, it helps reduce the number of trips to the bathroom — both during the day and at night. Pygeum is safe, but it can cause stomach upset in some people who take it.

Part 6 of 9: Rye Grass Pollen Extract
Rye Grass Pollen Extract

Rye grass pollen extracts are made from three types of grass pollen — rye, timothy, and corn. A review of studies published in BJU International found that men who were taking rye grass pollen extracts reported an improvement in their symptoms compared to those who were taking a placebo.

This supplement seems to be especially helpful for preventing the need to get up during the night and use the bathroom. It can also help men urinate more completely, so there is less urine left in the bladder afterwards.

Part 7 of 9: Stinging Nettle
Stinging Nettle

You’ll know if you’ve accidently touched the common European stinging nettle, as hairs on its leaves can cause a sharp jolt of intense pain. But stinging nettle can have some benefits when used as a medicine. Nettle root is thought to moderate BPH symptoms, and is commonly used in Europe. However, a 2007 review concluded that more studies were needed.

Sometimes nettle is used in combination with other natural BPH remedies, such as pygeum or saw palmetto. Side effects from nettle are usually mild, including upset stomach and skin rash.

Part 8 of 9: Foods
Foods to Treat BPH

Eating one type of food or another probably won’t prevent BPH or relieve its symptoms, but a healthy diet can help. According to the Mayo Clinic, consuming vegetables that are high in vitamin C and zinc are best for preventing BPH and relieving its symptoms.

Part 9 of 9: Considerations
Going the Natural Route

It’s important to remember that just because a supplement is labeled “natural” doesn’t always mean it’s safe or healthy. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration doesn’t regulate herbal remedies like it does drugs. That means you can’t be totally sure that what’s listed on the label is inside the bottle. Herbal remedies can cause side effects. They can also interact with other medicines you take. Check with your doctor before trying any natural supplement.

Prostate Pills and Supplements

Two classes of drugs are commonly used to treat prostate enlargement: alpha-blockers and 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors. Alpha-blockers are generally used first because they act fast, relieving urination problems in a matter of days or weeks, while reductase inhibitors can take several months to provide relief. Sometimes the two types of drugs are used in combination.

Prostavar RX

Rating: A+ / Best Overall

Company: Superbalife International

Specs: Lab Report
Site: Prostavar.com

Prostavar Review:

Out of all the products we have evaluated, this was the clear choice as the premier prostate product on the market today. Manufactured by Superbalife International it produced laboratory results that practically made our eyes pop out! Across the board it performed at the highest level. The company attributes the success and effectiveness of what they call their new and strongest-ever version of Prostavar to a processing technique called “Supercritical Extraction.” This technique delivers a superior quality extract that is highly concentrated with incredible purity. This is very difficult to do with some of the natural compounds in Prostavar because of their “gummy” texture which makes it difficult and extremely time consuming to produce, but the results and craftmanship speak for themselves (See their attached lab report). The most impressive piece of data we found was that the total number of Sterols in each dose is 139mg. No other product came close. In our nationwide survey it was identified in overwhelming fashion as the most popular prostate supplement. We were flooded with jaw-dropping stories from men and their wives praising how much Prostavar has changed their lives. This product is the Tiger Woods or Mickey Mantle of prostate supplements and we want to congratulate Superbalife International for having created Prostavar, our clear choice for the third year in a row as the 2012 PRODUCT OF THE YEAR! With their constant upgrades to the formula nothing has been able to topple prostavar as the king of prostate supplements. Prostavar is available at www.prostavar.com or by calling 1-800-815-2398

Prostavar Basics:

Abundant in sterol-rich saw palmetto, beta-sitosterol and other all-natural ingredients, Prostavar claims to treat benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH), or a benign enlargement of the prostate gland. It also claims to cut down on embarrassing urinary problems caused by an enlarged prostate, such as incontinence, urinary retention, painful or bloody urination and incomplete bladder emptying. But the real results tell you everything you need to know about Prostavar: studies show it has a 94% success rate, with real results appearing in days, not weeks. It also contains the most sterols out of prostate supplements—a whopping 139mg—nearly three times the amount compared to other over-the-counter supplements.

Prostavar Ingredients:

Prostavar mostly contains saw palmetto, beta-sitosterol, pygeum extract and quercitin. It also contains vitamin E, zinc monomethionine and lycopene, a tomato-derived extract rich in antioxidants.

Does Prostavar Work?:

Definitely. Prostavar contains plenty of saw palmetto and beta-sitosterol, which were shown in several studies to reduce prostate inflammation, or BPH. Pygeum extract also helps reduce significant prostate enlargement. According to one European study, it decreased nearly all BPH symptoms by 40%, including frequency of nocturnal urination and poor urinary flow.

Quercitin may also treat men with chronic prostratitis, or a chronic infectious swelling of the prostate. According to a study reported in Urology, men who took a supplement containing quercitin reduced most of their symptoms by at least 25%, including pain and inflammation.

Our lab tests also show Prostavar contains nearly 159 mg of sterols per serving, indicating this is a high quality supplement. Sterols, which exist naturally in saw palmetto, improve how effective it reduces prostate inflammation and enlargement. High levels are a good thing—it indicates this is saw palmetto at its purest. Overly processed saw palmetto typically contains low levels of sterols, however, which you’ll often see in cheap, over-the-counter prostate supplements. Case in point: Prostavar is extremely effective, with no known side effects.

Is Prostavar Safe?

Yes. All of Prostavar’s ingredients do not contain any known significant side effects, unlike other prostate health supplements. There are also no known contraindications associated with Prostavar. Meaning, it won’t cause a bad reaction if used with other supplements, herbs or drugs.

Grade: A+.

We’ve called it the Tiger Woods of prostate health supplements for a reason: it works. All of its ingredients are shown to treat an enlarged prostate and promote prostate health with overwhelming evidence, proving it also treats urinary pain and infections. Prostavar is the most effective prostate health supplement on the market, and it’s definitely worth your money.

Prostavar is available direct from the manufacturer for $39.95 at www.prostavar.com or by calling them at 1-800-815-2398.

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Surgery  and Treatment Options

Stand the Heat

There are minimally invasive surgery options when drug therapy isn’t enough to relieve BPH symptoms. These procedures include transurethral microwave thermotherapy (TUMT). Microwaves destroy prostate tissue with heat during this outpatient procedure.

TUMT will not cure BPH. The procedure does cut down urinary frequency, makes it easier to urinate, and reduces weak flow. It doesn’t solve the problem of incomplete emptying of the bladder.

TUNA Treatment

TUNA stands for transurethral needle ablation. High-frequency radio waves, delivered through twin needles, burn a specific region of the prostate in this procedure. TUNA results in better urine flow and relieves BPH symptoms with fewer complications than invasive surgery.

This outpatient procedure can cause a burning sensation. The sensation can be managed by using an anesthetic to block the nerves in and around the prostate.

Getting in Hot Water

Hot water is delivered through a catheter to a treatment balloon that sits in the center of the prostate in water-induced thermotherapy. This computer-controlled procedure heats a defined area of the prostate while neighboring tissues are protected. The heat destroys the problematic tissue. The tissue is then either excreted through urine or reabsorbed in the body.

Surgical Choices

Invasive surgery for BPH includes transurethral surgery, which doesn’t require open surgery or an external incision. According to the National Institutes of Health, transurethral resection of the prostate is the first choice of surgeries for BPH. The surgeon removes prostate tissue obstructing the urethra using a resectoscope inserted through the penis during TURP.

Another method is transurethral incision of the prostate (TUIP). During TUIP, the surgeon makes incisions in the neck of the bladder and in the prostate. This serves to widen the urethra and increase urine flow.

Laser Surgery

Laser surgery for BPH involves inserting a scope through the penis tip into the urethra. A laser passed through the scope removes prostate tissue by ablation (melting) or enucleation (cutting). The laser melts excess prostate tissue in photoselective vaporization of the prostate (PVP).

Holmium laser ablation of the prostate (HoLAP) is similar, but a different type of laser is used. The surgeon uses two instruments for Holmium laser enucleation of the prostate (HoLEP): a laser to cut and remove excess tissue and a morcellator to slice extra tissue into small segments that are removed.

Open Simple Prostatectomy

Open surgery may be required in complicated cases of a very enlarged prostate, bladder damage, or other problems. In open simple prostatectomy, the surgeon makes an incision below the navel or several small incisions in the abdomen via laparoscopy. Unlike prostatectomy for prostate cancer when the entire prostate gland is removed, in open simple prostatectomy the surgeon removes only the portion of the prostate blocking urine flow.

Latest Treatment  January 2016

New treatment for benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH)!

Rezūm II uses Convective water vapor thermal therapy treatment and provides rapid and durable improvements in BPH symptoms and preserves erectile and ejaculatory function. Treatment can be delivered in an office setting using oral pain medication and is applicable to all prostate zones including median lobe.

Benefits of this new technology:

  • 0% Post procedure leakage
  • 0% Erectile dysfunction disorder post procedure
  • 0% Ejaculatory issues post procedure
  • Covered by Medicare
  • Within 2 weeks patients see improvements in BPH symptoms
  • In-office procedure
  • Patients may drive themselves home post procedure
  • FDA approved

Self-Care May Help

Not all men with BPH need medication or surgery. These steps may help you manage mild symptoms:

  • Do pelvic-strengthening exercises.
  • Stay active.
  • Decrease alcohol and caffeine intake.
  • Space out how much you drink rather than drinking a lot at once.self- catheterization
  • Urinate when the urge strikes — don’t wait.
  • Avoid decongestants and antihistamines.

Talk with your doctor about the treatment approach that best suits your needs.

Life saving information on Chronic Urinary Retention ( can not urinate) 

Get to Urologist or Hospital and get Catheterized and if needed learn to self-catheterize.

 

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Dec 272015
 

A list of Acid / Alkaline Forming Foods
Your body pH affects everything…
Balancing the pH is a major step toward well-being and greater health.

The pH scale is from 0 – 14 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 healthy 8 9 10 11 12 13 14

Human blood pH should be slightly alkaline ( 7.35 – 7.45 ). Below or above this range means symptoms and disease. A pH of 7.0 is neutral. A pH below 7.0 is acidic. A pH above 7.0 is alkaline.

An acidic pH can occur from, an acid forming diet, emotional stress, toxic overload, and/or immune reactions or any process that deprives the cells of oxygen and other nutrients. The body will try to compensate for acidic pH by using alkaline minerals. If the diet does not contain enough minerals to compensate, a build up of acids in the cells will occur.

An acidic balance will: decrease the body’s ability to absorb minerals and other nutrients, decrease the energy production in the cells, decrease it’s ability to repair damaged cells, decrease it’s ability to detoxify heavy metals, make tumor cells thrive, and make it more susceptible to fatigue and illness. A blood pH of 6.9, which is only slightly acidic, can induce coma and death.

The reason acidosis is more common in our society is mostly due to the typical American diet, which is far too high in acid producing animal products like meat, eggs and dairy, and far too low in alkaline producing foods like fresh vegetables. Additionally, we eat acid producing processed foods like white flour and sugar and drink acid producing beverages like coffee and soft drinks. We use too many drugs, which are acid forming; and we use artificial chemical sweetners like NutraSweet, Spoonful, Sweet ‘N Low, Equal, or Aspartame, which are poison and extremely acid forming. One of the best things we can do to correct an overly acid body is to clean up the diet and lifestyle.

To maintain health, the diet should consist of 60% alkaline forming foods and 40% acid forming foods. To restore health, the diet should consist of 80% alkaline forming foods and 20% acid forming foods.

Generally, alkaline forming foods include: most fruits, green vegetables, peas, beans, lentils, spices, herbs and seasonings, and seeds and nuts.

Generally, acid forming foods include: meat, fish, poultry, eggs, grains, and legumes.

Shifting Your pH Toward Alkaline…

This chart is for those trying to “adjust” their body pH. The pH scale is from 0 to 14, with numbers below 7 acidic ( low on oxygen ) and numbers above 7 alkaline. An acidic body is a sickness magnet. What you eat and drink will impact where your body’s pH level falls. Balance is Key !!!

This chart is intended only as a general guide to alkalizing and acidifying foods.

…ALKALINE FOODS…
…ACIDIC FOODS…
ALKALIZING VEGETABLES
Alfalfa
Barley Grass
Beet Greens
Beets
Broccoli
Cabbage
Carrot
Cauliflower
Celery
Chard Greens
Chlorella
Collard Greens
Cucumber
Dandelions
Dulce
Edible Flowers
Eggplant
Fermented Veggies
Garlic
Green Beans
Green Peas
Kale
Kohlrabi
Lettuce
Mushrooms
Mustard Greens
Nightshade Veggies
Onions
Parsnips (high glycemic)
Peas
Peppers
Pumpkin
Radishes
Rutabaga
Sea Veggies
Spinach, green
Spirulina
Sprouts
Sweet Potatoes
Tomatoes
Watercress
Wheat Grass
Wild Greens

ALKALIZING ORIENTAL VEGETABLES
Daikon
Dandelion Root
Kombu
Maitake
Nori
Reishi
Shitake
Umeboshi
Wakame

ALKALIZING FRUITS
Apple
Apricot
Avocado
Banana (high glycemic)
Berries
Blackberries
Cantaloupe
Cherries, sour
Coconut, fresh
Currants
Dates, dried
Figs, dried
Grapes
Grapefruit
Honeydew Melon
Lemon
Lime
Muskmelons
Nectarine
Orange
Peach
Pear
Pineapple
Raisins
Raspberries
Rhubarb
Strawberries
Tangerine
Tomato
Tropical Fruits
Umeboshi Plums
Watermelon

ALKALIZING PROTEIN
Almonds
Chestnuts
Millet
Tempeh (fermented)
Tofu (fermented)
Whey Protein Powder

ALKALIZING SWEETENERS
Stevia

ALKALIZING SPICES & SEASONINGS
Chili Pepper
Cinnamon
Curry
Ginger
Herbs (all)
Miso
Mustard
Sea Salt
Tamari

ALKALIZING OTHER
Alkaline Antioxidant Water
Apple Cider Vinegar
Bee Pollen
Fresh Fruit Juice
Green Juices
Lecithin Granules
Mineral Water
Molasses, blackstrap
Probiotic Cultures
Soured Dairy Products
Veggie Juices

ALKALIZING MINERALS
Calcium: pH 12
Cesium: pH 14
Magnesium: pH 9
Potassium: pH 14
Sodium: pH 14

Although it might seem that citrus fruits would have an acidifying effect on the body, the citric acid they contain actually has an alkalinizing effect in the system.

Note that a food’s acid or alkaline forming tendency in the body has nothing to do with the actual pH of the food itself. For example, lemons are very acidic, however the end products they produce after digestion and assimilation are very alkaline so, lemons are alkaline forming in the body. Likewise, meat will test alkaline before digestion, but it leaves very acidic residue in the body so, like nearly all animal products, meat is very acid forming.

ACIDIFYING VEGETABLES
Corn
Lentils
Olives
Winter Squash

ACIDIFYING FRUITS
Blueberries
Canned or Glazed Fruits
Cranberries
Currants
Plums**
Prunes**

ACIDIFYING GRAINS, GRAIN PRODUCTS
Amaranth
Barley
Bran, oat
Bran, wheat
Bread
Corn
Cornstarch
Crackers, soda
Flour, wheat
Flour, white
Hemp Seed Flour
Kamut
Macaroni
Noodles
Oatmeal
Oats (rolled)
Quinoa
Rice (all)
Rice Cakes
Rye
Spaghetti
Spelt
Wheat Germ
Wheat

ACIDIFYING BEANS & LEGUMES
Almond Milk
Black Beans
Chick Peas
Green Peas
Kidney Beans
Lentils
Pinto Beans
Red Beans
Rice Milk
Soy Beans
Soy Milk
White Beans

ACIDIFYING DAIRY
Butter
Cheese
Cheese, Processed
Ice Cream
Ice Milk

ACIDIFYING NUTS & BUTTERS
Cashews
Legumes
Peanut Butter
Peanuts
Pecans
Tahini
Walnuts

ACIDIFYING ANIMAL PROTEIN
Bacon
Beef
Carp
Clams
Cod
Corned Beef
Fish
Haddock
Lamb
Lobster
Mussels
Organ Meats
Oyster
Pike
Pork
Rabbit
Salmon
Sardines
Sausage
Scallops
Shellfish
Shrimp
Tuna
Turkey
Veal
Venison

ACIDIFYING FATS & OILS
Avacado Oil
Butter
Canola Oil
Corn Oil
Flax Oil
Hemp Seed Oil
Lard
Olive Oil
Safflower Oil
Sesame Oil
Sunflower Oil

ACIDIFYING SWEETENERS
Carob
Corn Syrup
Sugar

ACIDIFYING ALCOHOL
Beer
Hard Liquor
Spirits
Wine

ACIDIFYING OTHER FOODS
Catsup
Cocoa
Coffee
Mustard
Pepper
Soft Drinks
Vinegar

ACIDIFYING DRUGS & CHEMICALS
Aspirin
Chemicals
Drugs, Medicinal
Drugs, Psychedelic
Herbicides
Pesticides
Tobacco

ACIDIFYING JUNK FOOD
Beer: pH 2.5
Coca-Cola: pH 2
Coffee: pH 4

** These foods leave an alkaline ash but have an acidifying effect on the body.
UNKNOWN:
There are several versions of the Acidic and Alkaline Food chart to be found in different books and on the Internet. The following foods are sometimes attributed to the Acidic side of the chart and sometimes to the Alkaline side. Remember, you don’t need to adhere strictly to the Alkaline side of the chart, just make sure a good percentage of the foods you eat come from that side.
Brazil Nuts
Brussel Sprouts
Buckwheat
Cashews
Chicken
Corn
Cottage Cheese
Eggs
Flax Seeds
Green Tea
Herbal Tea
Honey
Kombucha
Lima Beans

Maple Syrup
Milk
Nuts
Organic Milk (unpasteurized)
Potatoes, white
Pumpkin Seeds
Quinoa
Sauerkraut
Soy Products
Sprouted Seeds
Squashes
Sunflower Seeds
Tomatoes
Yogurt

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease; research is ongoing.

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Here’s a chart that ranks foods from most alkaline to most acidic.

Ranked Foods: Alkaline to Acidic
Extremely Alkaline

Lemons, watermelon.
Alkaline Forming

Cantaloupe, cayenne celery, dates, figs, kelp, limes, mango, melons, papaya, parsley, seaweeds, seedless grapes (sweet), watercress.

Asparagus, fruit juices, grapes (sweet), kiwifruit, passionfruit, pears (sweet), pineapple, raisins, umeboshi plums, and vegetable juices.
Moderately Alkaline

Apples (sweet), alfalfa sprouts, apricots, avocados, bananas (ripe), currants, dates, figs (fresh), garlic, grapefruit, grapes (less sweet), guavas, herbs (leafy green), lettuce (leafy green), nectarine, peaches (sweet), pears (less sweet), peas (fresh, sweet), pumpkin (sweet), sea salt (vegetable).

Apples (sour), beans (fresh, green), beets, bell peppers, broccoli, cabbage, carob, cauliflower, ginger (fresh), grapes (sour), lettuce (pale green), oranges, peaches (less sweet), peas (less sweet), potatoes (with skin), pumpkin (less sweet), raspberries, strawberries, squash, sweet Corn (fresh), turnip, vinegar (apple cider).
Slightly Alkaline

Almonds, artichokes (jerusalem), brussel sprouts, cherries, coconut (fresh), cucumbers, eggplant, honey (raw), leeks, mushrooms, okra, olives (ripe), onions, pickles (homemade), radishes, sea salt, spices, tomatoes (sweet), vinegar (sweet brown rice).

Chestnuts (dry, roasted), egg yolks (soft cooked), essene bread, goat’s milk and whey (raw), mayonnaise (homemade), olive oil, sesame seeds (whole), soy beans (dry), soy cheese, soy milk, sprouted grains, tofu, tomatoes (less sweet), and yeast (nutritional flakes).
Neutral

Butter (fresh, unsalted), cream (fresh, raw), cow’s milk and whey (raw), margine, oils (except olive), and yogurt (plain).
Moderately Acidic

Bananas (green), barley (rye), blueberries, bran, butter, cereals (unrefined), cheeses, crackers (unrefined rye, rice and wheat), cranberries, dried beans (mung, adzuki, pinto, kidney, garbanzo), dry coconut, egg whites, eggs whole (cooked hard), fructose, goat’s milk (homogenized), honey (pasteurized), ketchup, maple syrup (unprocessed), milk (homogenized).

Molasses (unsulferd and organic), most nuts, mustard, oats (rye, organic), olives (pickled), pasta (whole grain), pastry (whole grain and honey), plums, popcorn (with salt and/or butter), potatoes, prunes, rice (basmati and brown), seeds (pumpkin, sunflower), soy sauce, and wheat bread (sprouted organic).
Extremely Acidic

Artificial sweeteners, beef, beer, breads, brown sugar, carbonated soft drinks, cereals (refined), chocolate, cigarettes and tobacco, coffee, cream of wheat (unrefined), custard (with white sugar), deer, drugs, fish, flour (white, wheat), fruit juices with sugar, jams, jellies, lamb.

Liquor, maple syrup (processed), molasses (sulphured), pasta (white), pastries and cakes from white flour, pickles (commercial), pork, poultry, seafood, sugar (white), table salt (refined and iodized), tea (black), white bread, white vinegar (processed), whole wheat foods, wine, and yogurt (sweetened).

More Ranked Foods: Alkaline to Acidic
Highly Alkaline Forming Foods

Baking soda, sea salt, mineral water, pumpkin seed, lentils, seaweed, onion, taro root, sea vegetables, lotus root, sweet potato, lime, lemons, nectarine, persimmon, raspberry, watermelon, tangerine, and pineapple.
Moderately Alkaline Forming Foods

Apricots, spices, kambucha, unsulfured molasses, soy sauce, cashews, chestnuts, pepper, kohlrabi, parsnip, garlic, asparagus, kale, parsley, endive, arugula, mustard green, ginger root, broccoli, grapefruit, cantaloupe, honeydew, citrus, olive, dewberry, carrots, loganberry, and mango.
Low Alkaline Forming Foods

Most herbs, green tea, mu tea, rice syrup, apple cider vinegar, sake, quail eggs, primrose oil, sesame seed, cod liver oil, almonds, sprouts, potato, bell pepper, mushrooms, cauliflower, cabbage, rutabaga, ginseng, eggplant, pumpkin, collard green, pear, avocado, apples (sour), blackberry, cherry, peach, and papaya.
Very Low Alkaline Forming Foods

Ginger tea, umeboshi vinegar, ghee, duck eggs, oats, grain coffee, quinoa, japonica rice, wild rice, avocado oil, most seeds, coconut oil, olive oil, flax oil, brussel sprout, beet, chive, cilantro, celery, okra, cucumber, turnip greens, squashes, lettuces, orange, banana, blueberry, raisin, currant, grape, and strawberry.
Very Low Acid Forming Foods

Curry, koma coffee, honey, maple syrup, vinegar, cream, butter, goat/sheep cheese, chicken, gelatin, organs, venison, fish, wild duck, triticale, millet, kasha, amaranth, brown rice, pumpkin seed oil, grape seed oil, sunflower oil, pine nuts, canola oil, spinach, fava beans, black-eyed peas, string beans, wax beans, zucchini, chutney, rhubarb, coconut, guava, dry fruit, figs, and dates.
Low Acid Forming Foods

Vanilla, alcohol, black tea, balsamic vinegar, cow milk, aged cheese, soy cheese, goat milk, game meat, lamb, mutton, boar, elk, shell fish, mollusks, goose, turkey, buckwheat, wheat, spelt, teff, kamut, farina, semolina, white rice, almond oil, sesame oil, safflower oil, tapioca, seitan, tofu, pinto beans, white beans, navy beans, red beans, aduki beans, lima beans, chard, plum, prune and tomatoes.
Moderately Acid Forming Foods

Nutmeg, coffee, casein, milk protein, cottage cheese, soy milk, pork, veal, bear, mussels, squid, chicken, maize, barley groats, corn, rye, oat bran, pistachio seeds, chestnut oil, lard, pecans, palm kernel oil, green peas, peanuts, snow peas, other legumes, garbanzo beans, cranberry, and pomegranate.
Highly Acid Forming Foods

Tabletop sweeteners like (NutraSweet, Spoonful, Sweet ‘N Low, Equal or Aspartame), pudding, jam, jelly, table salt (NaCl), beer, yeast, hops, malt, sugar, cocoa, white (acetic acid) vinegar, processed cheese, ice cream, beef, lobster, pheasant, barley, cottonseed oil, hazelnuts, walnuts, brazil nuts, fried foods, soybean, and soft drinks, especially the cola type. To neutralize a glass of cola with a pH of 2.5, it would take 32 glasses of alkaline water with a pH of 10.

A list of Acid / Alkaline Forming Foods

Alkaline Forming Foods
VEGETABLES
Garlic
Asparagus
Fermented Veggies
Watercress
Beets
Broccoli
Brussel sprouts
Cabbage
Carrot
Cauliflower
Celery
Chard
Chlorella
Collard Greens
Cucumber
Eggplant
Kale
Kohlrabi
Lettuce
Mushrooms
Mustard Greens
Dulce
Dandelions
Edible Flowers
Onions
Parsnips (high glycemic)
Peas
Peppers
Pumpkin
Rutabaga
Sea Veggies
Spirulina
Sprouts
Squashes
Alfalfa
Barley Grass
Wheat Grass
Wild Greens
Nightshade Veggies
FRUITS
Apple
Apricot
Avocado
Banana (high glycemic)
Cantaloupe
Cherries
Currants
Dates/Figs
Grapes
Grapefruit
Lime
Honeydew Melon
Nectarine
Orange
Lemon
Peach
Pear
Pineapple
All Berries
Tangerine
Tomato
Tropical Fruits
Watermelon

PROTEIN
Eggs (poached)
Whey Protein Powder
Cottage Cheese
Chicken Breast
Yogurt
Almonds
Chestnuts
Tofu (fermented)
Flax Seeds
Pumpkin Seeds
Tempeh (fermented)
Squash Seeds
Sunflower Seeds
Millet
Sprouted Seeds
Nuts OTHER
Apple Cider Vinegar
Bee Pollen
Lecithin Granules
Probiotic Cultures
Green Juices
Veggies Juices
Fresh Fruit Juice
Organic Milk
(unpasteurized)
Mineral Water
Alkaline Antioxidant Water
Green Tea
Herbal Tea
Dandelion Tea
Ginseng Tea
Banchi Tea
Kombucha

SWEETENERS
Stevia
Ki Sweet

SPICES/SEASONINGS
Cinnamon
Curry
Ginger
Mustard
Chili Pepper
Sea Salt
Miso
Tamari
All Herbs

ORIENTAL VEGETABLES
Maitake
Daikon
Dandelion Root
Shitake
Kombu
Reishi
Nori
Umeboshi
Wakame
Sea Veggies
Acid Forming Foods
FATS & OILS
Avocado Oil
Canola Oil
Corn Oil
Hemp Seed Oil
Flax Oil
Lard
Olive Oil
Safflower Oil
Sesame Oil
Sunflower Oil

FRUITS
Cranberries

GRAINS
Rice Cakes
Wheat Cakes
Amaranth
Barley
Buckwheat
Corn
Oats (rolled)
Quinoa
Rice (all)
Rye
Spelt
Kamut
Wheat
Hemp Seed Flour

DAIRY
Cheese, Cow
Cheese, Goat
Cheese, Processed
Cheese, Sheep
Milk
Butter NUTS & BUTTERS
Cashews
Brazil Nuts
Peanuts
Peanut Butter
Pecans
Tahini
Walnuts

ANIMAL PROTEIN
Beef
Carp
Clams
Fish
Lamb
Lobster
Mussels
Oyster
Pork
Rabbit
Salmon
Shrimp
Scallops
Tuna
Turkey
Venison

PASTA (WHITE)
Noodles
Macaroni
Spaghetti

OTHER
Distilled Vinegar
Wheat Germ
Potatoes DRUGS & CHEMICALS
Aspartame
Chemicals
Drugs, Medicinal
Drugs, Psychedelic
Pesticides
Herbicides

ALCOHOL
Beer
Spirits
Hard Liquor
Wine

BEANS & LEGUMES
Black Beans
Chick Peas
Green Peas
Kidney Beans
Lentils
Lima Beans
Pinto Beans
Red Beans
Soy Beans
Soy Milk
White Beans
Rice Milk
Almond Milk

More Ranked Foods: Alkaline (pH) to Acidic (pH)

Alkaline: Meditation, Prayer, Peace, Kindness & Love Acid: Overwork, Anger, Fear, Jealousy & Stress
Extremely Alkaline Forming Foods – pH 8.5 to 9.0 Extremely Acid Forming Foods – pH 5.0 to 5.5
9.0 Lemons 1, Watermelon 2

8.5 Agar Agar 3, Cantaloupe, Cayenne (Capsicum) 4,
Dried dates & figs, Kelp, Karengo, Kudzu root, Limes,
Mango, Melons, Papaya, Parsley 5, Seedless grapes
(sweet), Watercress, Seaweeds

Asparagus 6, Endive, Kiwifruit, Fruit juices 7, Grapes
(sweet), Passion fruit, Pears (sweet), Pineapple,
Raisins, Umeboshi plum, Vegetable juices 8

5.0 Artificial sweeteners

5.5 Beef, Carbonated soft drinks & fizzy drinks 38,
Cigarettes (tailor made), Drugs, Flour (white, wheat)
39, Goat, Lamb, Pastries & cakes from white flour,
Pork, Sugar (white) 40

Beer 34, Brown sugar 35, Chicken, Deer, Chocolate,
Coffee 36, Custard with white sugar, Jams, Jellies,
Liquor 37, Pasta (white), Rabbit, Semolina, Table
salt refined and iodized, Tea black, Turkey, Wheat
bread, White rice, White vinegar (processed).

Moderate Alkaline – pH 7.5 to 8.0 Moderate Acid – pH 6.0 to 6.5
8.0 Apples (sweet), Apricots, Alfalfa sprouts 9,
Arrowroot, Flour 10, Avocados, Bananas (ripe),
Berries, Carrots, Celery, Currants, Dates & figs
(fresh), Garlic 11, Gooseberry, Grapes (less sweet),
Grapefruit, Guavas, Herbs (leafy green), Lettuce
(leafy green), Nectarine, Peaches (sweet), Pears
(less sweet), Peas (fresh sweet), Persimmon,
Pumpkin (sweet), Sea salt (vegetable) 12, Spinach

7.5 Apples (sour), Bamboo shoots, Beans (fresh green),
Beets, Bell Pepper, Broccoli, Cabbage;Cauli, Carob
13, Daikon, Ginger (fresh), Grapes (sour), Kale,
Kohlrabi, Lettuce (pale green), Oranges, Parsnip,
Peaches (less sweet), Peas (less sweet), Potatoes
& skin, Pumpkin (less sweet), Raspberry, Sapote,
Strawberry, Squash 14, Sweet corn (fresh), Tamari
15, Turnip, Vinegar (apple cider) 16

6.0 Cigarette tobacco (roll your own), Cream of Wheat
(unrefined), Fish, Fruit juices with sugar, Maple
syrup (processed), Molasses (sulphured), Pickles
(commercial), Breads (refined) of corn, oats, rice &
rye, Cereals (refined) eg weetbix, corn flakes,
Shellfish, Wheat germ, Whole Wheat foods 32,
Wine 33, Yogurt (sweetened)

6.5 Bananas (green), Buckwheat, Cheeses (sharp),
Corn & rice breads, Egg whole (cooked hard),
Ketchup, Mayonnaise, Oats, Pasta (whole grain),
Pastry (wholegrain & honey), Peanuts, Potatoes
(with no skins), Popcorn (with salt & butter), Rice
(basmati), Rice (brown), Soy sauce (commercial),
Tapioca, Wheat bread (sprouted organic)

Slightly Alkaline to Neutral pH 7.0 Slightly Acid to Neutral pH 7.0
7.0 Almonds 17, Artichokes (Jerusalem), Barley-Malt
(sweetener-Bronner), Brown Rice Syrup, Brussel
Sprouts, Cherries, Coconut (fresh), Cucumbers, Egg
plant, Honey (raw), Leeks, Miso, Mushrooms, Okra,
Olives ripe 18, Onions, Pickles 19, (home made),
Radish, Sea salt 20, Spices 21, Taro, Tomatoes
(sweet), Vinegar (sweet brown rice), Water Chestnut

Amaranth, Artichoke (globe), Chestnuts (dry
roasted), Egg yolks (soft cooked), Essene bread 22,
Goat’s milk and whey (raw) 23, Horseradish,
Mayonnaise (home made), Millet, Olive oil, Quinoa,
Rhubarb, Sesame seeds (whole) 24, Soy beans
(dry), Soy cheese, Soy milk, Sprouted grains 25,
Tempeh, Tofu, Tomatoes (less sweet), Yeast
(nutritional flakes)

7.0 Barley malt syrup, Barley, Bran, Cashews, Cereals
(unrefined with honey-fruit-maple syrup), Cornmeal,
Cranberries 30, Fructose, Honey (pasteurized),
Lentils, Macadamias, Maple syrup (unprocessed),
Milk (homogenized) and most processed dairy
products, Molasses (unsulphered organic) 31,
Nutmeg, Mustard, Pistachios, Popcorn & butter
(plain), Rice or wheat crackers (unrefined), Rye
(grain), Rye bread (organic sprouted), Seeds
(pumpkin & sunflower), Walnuts

Blueberries, Brazil nuts, Butter (salted), Cheeses
(mild & crumbly) 28, Crackers (unrefined rye),
Dried beans (mung, adzuki, pinto, kidney,
garbanzo) 29, Dry coconut, Egg whites, Goats
milk (homogenized), Olives (pickled), Pecans,
Plums 30, Prunes 30, Spelt

Neutral pH 7.0 Ñ Healthy Body Saliva pH Range is between 6.4 to 6.8 (on your pH test strips)
Butter (fresh unsalted), Cream (fresh and raw), Margarine 26, Milk (raw cow’s) 27, Oils (except olive),
Whey (cow’s), Yogurt (plain)

NOTE: Match with the numbers above.

1. Excellent for EMERGENCY SUPPORT for colds, coughs, sore throats, heartburn, and gastro upsets.
2. Good for a yearly fast. For several days eat whole melon, chew pips well and eat also. Super alkalizing food.
3. Substitute for gelatin, more nourishing.
4. Stimulating, non-irritating body healer. Good for endocrine system.
5. Purifies kidneys.
6. Powerful acid reducer detoxing to produce acid urine temporarily, causing alkalinity for the long term.
7. Natural sugars give alkalinity. Added sugar causes juice to become acid forming.
8. Depends on vege’s content and sweetness.
9. Enzyme rich, superior digestibility.
10. High calcium content. Cornflour substitute.
11. Elevates acid food 5.0 in alkaline direction.
12. Vegetable content raises alkalinity.
13. Substitute for coca; mineral rich.
14. Winter squash rates 7.5. Butternut and sweeter squash rates 8.0.
15. Genuine fermented for 11Ú2 years otherwise 6.0.
16. Raw unpasteurized is a digestive aid to increase HCL in the stomach. 1 tablespoon, + honey & water before meals.
17. Soak 12 hours, peel skin to eat.
18. Sundried, tree ripened, otherwise 6.0.
19. Using sea salt and apple cider vinegar.
20. Contains sea minerals. Dried at low temperatures.
21. Range from 7.0 to 8.0.
22. Sprouted grains are more alkaline. Grains chewed well become more alkaline.
23. High sodium to aid digestion.
24. High levels of utilizable calcium. Grind before eating.
25. Alkalinity and digestibility higher.
26. Heating causes fats to harden and become indigestible.
27. High mucus production.
28. Mucus forming and hard to digest.
29. When sprouted dry beans rate 7.0.
30. Contain acid-forming benzoic and quinic acids.
31. Full of iron.
32. Unrefined wheat is more alkaline.
33. High quality red wine, no more than 4 oz. daily to build blood.
34. Good quality, well brewed – up to 5.5. Fast brewed beers drop to 5.0.
35. Most are white sugars with golden syrup added.
36. Organic, fresh ground-up to 5.5.
37. Cheaper brands drop to 5.0, as does over-indulgence.
38. Leaches minerals.
39. Bleached – has no goodness.
40. Poison! Avoid it.
41. Potential cancer agent. Over-indulgence may cause partial blindness.

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These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration.
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Prostate Power Protection
Saw Palmetto Berry Extract

If you know anything about natural approaches to prostate health, you’ve heard of saw

Saw Palmetto Berries

Saw Palmetto Berries

palmetto. Make sure your getting the highest quality Saw Palmetto “Supercritical Co2 Extraction”.This extract of the dwarf palm plant, also known as Serenoa repens, is the most popular herbal preparation used to promote prostate health.

And for good reason, as many studies have demonstrated its effectiveness and safety.

How does it work? Well, saw palmetto helps reduce the conversion of testosterone to DHT. Plus, it contains compounds that also promote proper inflammatory response.

It’s true that saw palmetto HELPS promote a healthy prostate. As is the case with most supplements, a combination of ingredients is much more powerful than taking a single nutrient or two for prostate health.

 

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Pomegranate Fruit Extract

Biologically active compounds in pomegranate juice, known as ellagitannins, are known to have powerful antioxidant effects and promote proper inflammatory response.

Of course, you could drink pomegranate juice daily. However, it’s not only expensive but also loaded with sugar you don’t need.

 

Prostate Power Protection Beta Sitosterols

Plant Sterols with Beta-Sitosterol 

Beta Sitosterols

This plant-derived nutrient is popular in Europe to promote prostate and urinary tract health — mainly because of its benefit on lowering levels of the 5-alpha reductase enzyme to reduce DHT.

In one randomized, double-blind study of 200 men, half the group received 180 mg of beta-sitosterol daily, while the other half received a placebo. After six months, the beta-sitosterol group saw improvement in the International Prostate Symptom Score, the measurement of urine flow, and the amount of residual urine remaining in the bladder.

To confirm these effects of beta-sitosterol, another study was performed using 177 men. Again, urinary flow values increased while residual urine volumes decreased substantially. The International Prostate Symptom Scores showed a statistically significant improvement.

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Pumpkin Seed Powder

Pumpkin seeds contain protective compounds called phytosterols, which help promote proper prostate size and function.

They also contain chemicals that help reduce transformation of testosterone into DHT. As you recall, low levels of DHT are associated with proper prostate size.

Additionally, pumpkin seeds are a natural diuretic and offer excellent antioxidant protection for your prostate.

Prostate Power Protection 
Pygeum Africanum Bark  

Pygeum

Pygeum

This bark of the African plum tree has been used medicinally for thousands of years and promotes proper inflammatory response.

Pygeum is another “heavy hitter” when it comes to prostate health, shown to improve urinary symptoms.

Numerous scientific studies report that pygeum significantly reduces urinary hesitancy, urinary frequency, and the number of times patients need to wake up at night to urinate.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health give pygeum an “A” grade for use in promoting prostate health against benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Strong scientific evidence supports this use.

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Boswellia Gum Extract

Gum Arabic on tree branch, waiting to be collected.

Gum Arabic on tree branch, waiting to be collected.

Boswellia extract is derived from the sappy resin of the boswellia tree.

Back in the 1970s, scientists in Germany discovered that boswellia could be used to help promote proper inflammatory response in the body. Although boswellia is a potent herb best known for supporting joint health, this has the ability to promote proper inflammatory response.

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Stinging Nettle

Stinging Nettle

Stinging Nettle Root Powder   

Stinging nettle root is another compound widely used in Europe for prostate health to treat BPH.

Nettle root contains numerous biologically active chemicals that may influence the function of the prostate, interact with sex hormones, and promote proper inflammatory response.

This little-known extract is believed to inhibit the production of DHT, that troublesome hormone in the testosterone family that can negatively impact your prostate health.

Studies suggest that stinging nettle, in combination with other herbs (especially saw palmetto), may be effective at relieving symptoms such as lowered urinary flow, incomplete emptying of the bladder, post-urination dripping, and the constant urge to urinate.

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Lycopene

Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant found most notably in tomatoes. Studies indicate that lycopene may help support prostate health.

Unfortunately, the levels of lycopene in your blood decrease with age. So even if your diet is rich in tomatoes, you may not have enough of this important prostate-health nutrient.

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Flower Pollen         Flower Pollen

There is some evidence that flower pollen extracts may help support proper prostate size and help relieve urinary symptoms, including restricted urine flow, frequency, hesitancy in starting and stopping the flow of urine.

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Hydrangea Root Powder 

Hydrangea root powder

Hydrangea root powder

Hydrangea provides the powerful antioxidant quercetin and the flavonoid rutin, both of which protect and strengthen your blood vessels.

5 Steps for Healthy
Prostate Self-Care

1. Go to the bathroom as soon as you feel the urge to go — don’t wait!

2. Drink plenty of fluids, especially pure water.

3. Avoid caffeine, which will make you urinate more.

4. Eat right, and include lots of fruits and vegetables in your diet.

Plus, hydrangea root may help promote normal prostate size and provide support for the urinary system by promoting proper prostate health.

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Selenium

Selenium is a must-have mineral for prostate health. Considerable research highlights its importance in prostate health.

Many soils are now depleted from important minerals like selenium due to the use of strong fertilizers and commercial farming practices. This makes it hard to get your daily supply without supplementation.

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Vitamin D3

Vitamin D3 is one of the most powerful healing chemicals in the body. However, many people have a deficiency of this important vitamin. Many studies have shown that vitamin D deficiencies contribute to increased risks of many common and serious diseases.

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Zinc

Scientists have long known that zinc plays an essential role in maintaining the health of the prostate, especially as you grow older.

Zinc is also helpful in maintaining the health and size of the prostate.

It is, however, a mineral that should not be overused.

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Vitamin E

Vitamin E is known for its antioxidant properties. One study demonstrated that in prostate cells exposed to vitamin E, PSA levels dropped by as much as 80-90%.

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Copper

Copper is a trace mineral essential for both the health and function of your prostate.

A nutritional supplement designed for optimal prostate health should always maintain a correct balance between zinc and copper, because zinc can reduce the absorption of copper in the body.
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