Issue 3.23.18 Itchy Scalp - Signs, Symptoms & Natural Solutions
When it comes to dandruff, most people focus on the flakes. Itching, on the other hand, may be the most uncomfortable side effect. SO…what exactly is your scratchy scalp trying to tell you?
By age 20, about 50 percent of the population worldwide, and 20 percent of Americans have suffered from dandruff, which is an excess of dead skin that dots your hair and shoulders, along with a potentially itchy, and scaly scalp that may also be accompanied by redness and irritation. A small amount of flaking is normal, as skin cells do die and flake off your scalp, but some people experience an unusually large amount of flaking, either chronically or as a result of certain triggers – let’s review the causes…CLICK to continue reading...
- Dry skin is one of the most common causes of dandruff, and if this is the case for you you'll probably notice dry skin elsewhere on your body as well. Dandruff caused by dry skin tends to involve smaller, less oily flakes than dandruff by other causes.
- Dry, flaky skin anywhere on your body is often a sign of a deficiency in animal-based omega-3 fats. SO…consuming more omega-3s, in the form of sardines, anchovies, wild-caught Alaskan salmon, krill oil, or omega-3 complex would be the first place to start if you have dandruff. Omega-3 fats help normalize your skin fats and prevent dehydration in your cells. This keeps your skin cells strong and full of moisture, which can help to decrease flakiness. Additionally, omega-3 fats are reported to have an anti-inflammatory effect that can help soothe irritated skin, including on your scalp. I recommend and use 1440 Omegas, a proprietary blend. If you have dry, flaky skin, I suggest you begin with 2 capsules with each meal until condition improves or abates. If additionally you are a victim of inflammation, take 3 capsules with each meal until improvement.
- If you don't think dry skin is to blame, your dandruff may be caused by a fungal infection, specifically a species called pityriasis capitis. AND…another yeast-like fungus, malassezia globosa, has also been implicated. The fungi live on your scalp, feeding on skin oils. If you believe your symptoms could be fungal related, consult with a Wholistic Rejuvenist Practitioner for guidance.
The malassezia globosa fungus uses enzymes, called lipases, to metabolize the oils, creating a by-product called oleic acid. The acid penetrates your skin and triggers skin cell shedding. According to Des Tobin, professor of Cell Biology, University of Bradford, "This yeast is strongly implicated in dandruff, though the nature of this relationship between the two isn't completely clear…It may introduce an inflammatory immune response in some people because the yeast produces enzymes capable of causing the scalp's surface cells to increase their shedding rate."
Getting to the “Root” Causes of Dandruff…
- One of the best ways to solve a dandruff problem caused by a yeast issue is to cut down on your intake of sugar and refined carbohydrates. Sugar increases the growth of fungus and yeast, and processed grains also break down to sugar very rapidly.
Even juices or consuming lots of fruit can perpetuate the growth of the fungus. SO…switching to a low-sugar, no-, or low-grain diet will be an important strategy to fight this underlying cause of dandruff.
What else might cause dandruff?
- Seborrheic Dermatitis: This condition, characterized by irritated, oily skin, is another common dandruff cause. You'll typically have red, greasy skin covered with flaky white or yellow scales. The condition may affect not only your scalp but also your eyebrows, breastbone, groin area, armpits, nose, and backs of your ears (all areas rich in oil glands).
- Sensitivities to Non-Organic Hair Products: A sensitivity to hair care products may lead to contact dermatitis, leading to a red, itchy, and scaly scalp. This could be from shampoo, conditioner, or styling products. The chemical paraphenylenediamine, found in permanent hair dyes, is also known to lead to a red, itchy, and scaly scalp.
- Shampooing too Often and Over-using Styling Products: Shampooing your hair too often may irritate your scalp, leading to dandruff. Using too many styling products may cause a similar issue and can build up on your scalp, making it oilier and more prone to dandruff.
- Victims of Neurological Illnesses More Likely to Develop Dandruff
Anyone can struggle with dandruff at any point during their lives, however men are more likely to have dandruff than women. This may be because the condition is related to male hormones or because men have larger oil-producing glands on their scalps.
Your age may also be a factor. Most cases of dandruff occur between young adulthood and middle age, although it's possible to get it at any age. Dandruff is also more likely to strike in people recovering from an illness, such as a heart attack or stroke, or in those with compromised immune systems (including those with HIV).
People with neurological diseases, such as Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer’s and Dementia are also more likely to develop seborrheic dermatitis and dandruff, although the reasons for this are unclear.
- A poor diet may also play a role, specifically if it's lacking in zinc, B vitamins and healthy fats; people with poor intake of these nutrients may be more likely to get dandruff.
Are Medicated Shampoos the Answer?
You may be tempted to opt for a medicated shampoo if dandruff is a problem for you. Some of the most popular brands contain zinc pyrithione, an antifungal that, although effective at controlling dandruff, is NOT a cure. If you stop using the shampoo, the dandruff is likely to return, which is why many people end up having to use it at least a few times a week to stay dandruff-free.
Other shampoos contain ketoconazole, another antifungal that may irritate your scalp if you use it more than twice a week. Plus, one study found such shampoos left hair harder to comb, less smooth, and frizzier than the zinc pyrithione shampoo.
Coal tar is another common ingredient in dandruff shampoos. This works by slowing the growth and die-off of skin cells on your scalp, so there's less flaking. But this is the last thing you want to be rubbing into your scalp, as it's a known carcinogen.
Not to mention, recently fungicides from dandruff shampoos were detected for the first time in water that had already gone through wastewater treatment plants. The fungicides are thought to be killing algae, harming growth in larger plants, and impacting fish and other marine life.
According to Statista, a data collection cooperative, census data collected in 2016 reveals that approximately 11 million United States citizens use Head & Shoulders shampoo for at least eight times a week.
That these products do help in the short term is obvious, but what many won’t tell you is that some of the ingredients used are bad for your health. The line between good and bad hair products has been blurred thanks to aggressive marketing and celebrity endorsements.
Cause for Alarm: Carcinogenic Ingredients
- Head and Shoulders, Selsun Blue, Nizoral, and other popular hair products use carcinogenic ingredients – chemicals known to cause cancer. This worrying revelation was brought forth by researchers at the National Institute of Health who conducted experiments by exposing mice to selenium sulfide (the most common carcinogenic ingredient used in anti-dandruff shampoos) by both oral and intravenous administration. After a few weeks, the mice developed liver cancer and benign/malignant lung tumors. Watch out for selenium sulfide (or disulfide) in smaller brands.
- A different study links methylisothiazolinone, another commonly used ingredient, to neurological damage of the nervous system. Although the researchers were careful to note the studies were not conclusive, these findings should ring the alarm bells for everyone intensively and extensively using commercial anti-dandruff shampoos.
- 4 Harmful Ingredients Contained in Modern Anti-Dandruff Shampoos
- Zinc Pyriothione – is the the most common active ingredient in shampoos – including Head & Shoulders and Selsun Blue – because of its ability to control flaking and reduce scalp irritation. Unfortunately, the drug comes with potential side effects which may include skin rashes, irritation to the eyes, nausea, organ toxicity, and even hair loss in serious cases.
- Coal Tar – according to the National Cancer Institute, coal tar is a known carcinogen mostly associated with skin cancer. In fact, the use of coal tar for dermatologic purposes has been banned by the European Union and Canada, although manufacturers are still free to use it in the United States. You won’t find it in Head & Shoulders or Selsun Blue, but watch out for this ingredient in smaller brands on the shelf (other names for it include carbo-cort and impervotar).
- Sulfates – widely used in commercial shampoos because of their ability to produce foamy lather. They are known for causing irritation to the skin, eyes and the hair itself. A concentration of just 0.5% of sulfates in shampoos is enough to cause massive irritation. The most common sulfates include Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, and Sodium Laureth Sulfate. Selsun Blue shampoo has Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate listed as one of its active ingredients.
- Parabens – preservatives used to prevent the growth of bacteria and other microbes in anti-dandruff shampoos during storage and active use. They are known to increase the risk of female breast cancer and may also disrupt the normal functioning of the male reproductive system. Watch out for parabens listed as “benzoate” in the ingredient list of Head & Shoulders and other brands.
Fighting Dandruff Using Natural Products
Commercial shampoos have become very common in the fight against dandruff. However, their use, as we have seen, exposes patients to a host of pathogenic substances that may cause various forms of cancer and other maladies. So, “What other options do we have?” One might ask. Fortunately, there are natural ways that you can use to fight dandruff that is backed by strong scientific evidence. Below are the main options:
- Coconut Oil
Coconut oil contains lauric acid which fights growth and development of Malassezia and other fungi that are associated with diseases like Piedra and folliculitis. In addition, coconut oil is an effective moisturizer that can help keep your scalp moist. Thus, it can help you to get rid of the dry, white flakes that develop due to dandruff. For best results, it’s important to rub the oil into the entire scalp and leave it on for at least 30 minutes, after which you can rinse the scalp with plenty of warm water. Keep in mind that coconut oil is also antifungal and anti-inflammatory so the benefits are widespread.
- Rosemary-Apple Cider Vinegar Treatment
A homemade shampoo made by combining a bunch of rosemary with 1 cup of apple cider vinegar is not only less expensive than most commercial shampoos, and in my experience actually works better. Unlike commercial shampoos that can strip away the natural oils from your hair because of the chemicals, this natural shampoo is also great for hair loss.
Rosemary helps to reduce inflammation that is noted in the early stages of dandruff development. Apple cider vinegar is mildly acidic, making it an effective killer of fungus and bacteria that may attempt to thrive on your scalp.
- Fight Dandruff Naturally… from The Inside Out
More so than any other recipe or technique, the best way to get rid of dandruff for the long term is from the inside out. This means adding natural, healthy oils to your diet (Omegas), which over time will make your skin supple and moisturized. Seriously, forget moisturizers, forget anti-dandruff shampoos this is the best way to get rid of dandruff.
The best thing you can do is buy a high-quality Omega complex and take it every day. This is quite a lot to consume, but the effect can be remarkable for anybody with dry skin, or a dry scalp.
If you use an oil instead of capsules, the mixed oils should contain pumpkin seed oil, hemp seed oil, avocado oil, evening primrose oil and pomegranate oil or some mixture and of these and any others that you find suitable and/or delicious.
- Homemade Dandruff Shampoo
If you want to make a homemade version of dandruff shampoo, try crushing two aspirin tablets and mixing it with your organic shampoo (in the palm of your hand) just before you wash your hair. Aspirin contains salicylic acid, which is used in many dandruff shampoos to loosen flakes and make them easier to wash away. Let the mixture sit on your head for a minute or two before rinsing and repeating with regular shampoo.
- Tea Tree Oil or Lavender Oil
Tea tree oil has natural antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties that can reduce inflammation and effectively treat infections. One study found using shampoo with 5 percent tea tree oil lead to a 41 percent improvement in the severity of dandruff.
Lavender oil is also a potent antifungal that is likely to have similar effects. You can try this method by adding a few drops of tea tree oil or lavender oil to your organic shampoo and using as normal.
- Baking Soda
Grab a handful of baking soda and rub it into your wet hair and scalp vigorously, then rinse. The baking soda will help to reduce fungi because it has an alkaline response and after a few weeks may help your scalp producing natural oils for softer hair.
- Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar by itself changes the pH of your scalp, making it less favorable for yeast growth. Try mixing a quarter cup of apple cider vinegar with a quarter cup of water in a spray bottle, then spritz it on your scalp. Wrap your head in a towel and let it sit for 15 minutes to one hour before washing as usual. Use the apple cider spray twice a week.
Like apple cider vinegar, lemon changes the pH of your scalp so dandruff is less likely to occur. Massage two tablespoons of lemon juice into your scalp then rinse. Next, add one teaspoon of lemon juice to one cup of water, and use it to rinse your hair. Try this daily until you notice improvement.
- Sea Salt
Salt works because it's abrasive. When you massage some onto your dry scalp, it'll help to loosen flakes so they're easily removed when you shampoo.
- Aloe Vera
If your dandruff is accompanied by irritation and itch, smooth some fresh aloe vera onto your scalp before you shampoo. It will help to cool your scalp and relieve irritation and itch.
Garlic is another natural antifungal, which can be crushed and rubbed into your scalp to help stop dandruff. To make it easier to apply and reduce the smell, try mixing it with honey first and then shampooing your hair as usual.
- Reduce Stress
Stress is known to trigger dandruff and make symptoms worse, so regular stress management is crucial for just about everyone. For some, this might include staying away from negative or overly-stressed individuals and situations, or at the very least turning off the nightly news if it is too upsetting, to avoid feeling empathic stress. Ultimately, however, what you do for stress relief is a personal choice, as your stress-management techniques must appeal to you and, more importantly, work for you.
If a round of kickboxing helps you get out your frustration, then do it. If meditation is more your speed, that's fine too. Energy psychology techniques such as the Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) can be very effective as well, by helping you to actually reprogram your body's reactions to the unavoidable stressors of everyday life.
- Consume Plenty of Zinc and B Vitamins
Zinc helps to control the production of oils on your scalp, and it's this excess oil that may encourage the growth of dandruff-causing fungus. B vitamins, particularly, vitamin B6, helps with proper zinc absorption in your intestines, and a vitamin B6 deficiency has been linked to dry skin and dandruff (zinc deficiency has also been linked to flaky skin like dandruff). Animal products, like oysters, grass-fed beef, cheese, and pastured chicken, are by far the richest of dietary zinc, but you can also find it in pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, cashews, almonds, and in supplement form.
Finally, remember that in order to get rid of dandruff for good, you need to address the underlying cause. If that cause is an overgrowth of yeast or fungus, you should tackle the problem by cutting down on your intake of sugar and grains, as these will rapidly increase the growth of fungus (worsening symptoms of dandruff). If you need help getting started on a healthier diet, a customized nutrition plan provides a step-by-step guide.
The Way I See It…
Simply put, you cannot afford to trust today’s popular anti-dandruff shampoo brands at the expense of purely natural ingredients. The power of brand marketing has duped many into believing in products that may end up doing more harm than good in the long run. Going natural may be the least expensive, yet the most effective way to safeguard the health of your hair and body in general.
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Issue: 3.9.18 Spring into Action - COMBAT Spring Allergies
No one who responds to seasonal allergens looks forward to spring, especially when the tree pollen's and dust begin flying. That said, you can minimize or eliminate – as I did – allergic responses to airborne triggers by taking simple steps you may not have considered. In addition, using a proprietary homeopathic remedy to not only rid yourself of symptoms but to take proactively before the season is well on its way, is your best "insurance". AND, March is the time to begin that therapy.
More than thirty years ago I relocated from Southern California to Northern Idaho to open two natural health clinics. I never had seasonal allergies in California and I lived in both the southern and northern parts of the state. I didn’t give any thought to protecting myself from, or that I’d even respond to, airborne pollutants – was I in for a surprise!
The first spring, around mid-March I found myself with nagging frontal headaches, itchy swollen eyes, post-nasal drip and then by the first of April I developed a full-blown sinus infection with a headache that felt like a sledge hammer landed on my head. I hadn’t had a sinus infection in more than twenty years and after trying everything non-drug I finally ended up in the emergency room. The physician that saw me asked if I had a history of sinus infections. After taking a complete history, he commented, “Oh, if you just relocated here you’ll always have symptoms and/or infections this time of year with the burning of farm fields at the end of summer, and in the early spring all the pine pollen's and dust flying around, just get used to it the rest of the year is beautiful here.” I couldn’t believe my ears...just get used to it! The only thing he could offer was an antibiotic for the sinus infection and an injection of a steroid (Kenalog) to help with the acute inflammation. Being a doctor of natural health, I KNEW what side-effects could ensue but I was in SO much pain I felt I could do anything once surely without terrible side-effects, right? WRONG...Click to continue reading...
Yes, my sinus infection cleared up, my head stopped pounding, my eyes were now back to normal albeit still couldn’t wear my contact lens because my eyes became too irritated with the continual barrage of airborne pollutants. In addition, I experienced the exact same side-effect of the antibiotic that I deal with in my patients...a yeast infection that was painful and itchy – of course those are the side-effects of the antibiotic killing ALL the bacteria, good and bad.
Within approximately four weeks, my hairstylist commented that my hair was coming out in handfuls when she shampooed. I have always been blessed with enough hair for two women but it was becoming thinner and hard to manage. With all the travel I did, I had my hair styled weekly so she was the best barometer of what was occurring with my hair. I never related the hair loss to the Kenalog injection until several patients I consulted with began losing their hair and in my case history intake I asked about Kenalog or any kind of corticosteroid use. Sure enough, when sudden hair loss began in these patients they had either injectable or oral corticosteroids prescribed for allergies. It is my experience that this drug causes the same symptoms it is meant to treat and many more – some serious. The mystery was solved and I went on with my health detective investigation to formulate a homeopathic to help my body not only avoid the symptoms by building my natural resistance to airborne pollens and weeds but to also protect me proactively. The yeast infection was resolved with high potency probiotics of 200 Billion microorganisms in one serving for 14 days and the spring allergies were resolved with the creation of a special homeopathic.
Onward and Upward…
After consulting with my homeopathic pharmacist, he suggested I get some “un-touched” pollen of every kind possible in my area and send him a petri dish full. Oh great, I had to actually collect the stuff that made me so sick.
Oh well, a good health detective must endure in whatever terrain they must tread in order to succeed in solving the case, right?
My clinic was on the second story of a walk-up medical building in Idaho with a wrap-around deck. What happened next is comical now but it wasn’t then. My secretary and I climbed on a tall latter to the huge pine trees hanging over the balcony of the building. Armed with hoods, shields, gloves and fully-covered, we shook the branches until we filled two petri dishes of pollen. (YES, that’s what I looked like during my pollen collection safari, go ahead and laugh, I do now).
The pollen was sent to my homeopathic pharmacist to make a remedy because in homeopathic medicine – like cures like – taking some of the offending substance in a homeopathic helps build resistance to the substance and alleviates symptoms. As the years passed and clients raved about its effectiveness we had newer complexes made that now include as many airborne pollens and weeds as available nation-wide as well as some for other countries when clients can send me local pollens and pollutant substances.
Be PRO-active Not RE-active…
After more than thirty years, this proprietary homeopathic formula, Pollen & Weed, is used by thousands worldwide and my patients wouldn’t be without it. I use it beginning March 1st every year and all I need is 6 drops under my tongue once daily to avoid any symptoms of spring allergies. If I go to a new area I need to take it 2-3 times daily because my body hasn’t yet built immunity to the new species, but this formula still helps me avoid symptoms by stopping them before they cause irritation that can become an infection. I stop taking the remedy about June or when the nasty airborne pollen has subsided. If you don’t take the remedy until AFTER you have symptoms you’ll need to take 6 drops under the tongue 5-6 times daily until all symptoms subside then you can adjust depending on exposure and symptoms. I call it Nature’s Pollen & Weed Solution because it works so well. I even have clients from Brazil, Australia, England, South Africa, Ecuador and Mexico who order it every year because they have been recipients of its benefits.
After taking the remedy for one entire season, you’ll see that you need less and less in subsequent years as your body adjusts and builds its own resistance with the help of the remedy.
In a later issue, I’ll share with you the other homeopathic that necessitated being formulated for dealing with the dampness and mold of fall allergies.
Other Irritants to Watch For…
When pollen counts are high it’s best to wear your glasses rather than contact lens. According to David Rosenstreich, M.D., director of Allergy and Immunology at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, NY, "If you trap pollen in your eyes and it stays there, you may experience more problems that can lead to a serious infection."
Soft contact lenses especially are prone to absorbing airborne irritants, like pollen or smoke, because they're permeable. A soft lens lets more oxygen through but can absorb anything in the tears, according to Steven Shanbom, MD, a board-certified ophthalmologist in Detroit. If you're set on wearing contacts and don't like hard lenses, you may want to look into disposable ones you can throw out daily to prevent pollen buildup during the season.
- Produce with pollen-like proteins
If you're sneezing and sniffling, you could also be sensitive to some fruits and vegetables – called oral-allergy syndrome (OAS). The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America estimates up to a third of patients allergic to pollens may be affected. What’s apparently to blame is a protein found on the surface of some raw produce, including apples, tomatoes, and cantaloupe – though each pollen allergy has its own set of trigger foods. "Pollen and food proteins are like first cousins, so your body thinks you’re swallowing pollen," according to Cliff Bassett, MD, founder of Allergy and Asthma Care in New York City. "This usually leads to symptoms like an itchy throat and mouth as well as cough and post-nasal drip. Peeling produce may help reduce your reaction. Even cooking the produce may help. Just be careful—research shows about 2% of people with OAS have symptoms than can progress to potentially life-threatening anaphylactic shock, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.
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Since my specialty includes allergic response syndromes and inflammatory disorders, I am constantly playing health detective with my clients when they experience allergic reactions/responses and this is what I teach my Wholistic Rejuvenist Practitioners. Additionally, many people with existing inflammatory conditions like fibromyalgia experience an acceleration of symptoms when, for instance, cantaloupe is consumed. I believe it’s the mold that forms on the outer skin because other melons don’t seem to “ignite” the same inflammatory responses. I, for one, avoid cantaloupe because it does create some inflammation not previously experienced in those with underlying inflammatory conditions.
Nature always has a remedy or natural food for us so in my practice, I always use Food as Medicine, Homeopathics and Herbals when possible. Health thru Education™ is my life’s passion, share information so that our wholistic health reach broadens more each year.
Issue 2.23.18 Milk Does Your Bones Good...OR...Does It?
We’ve been “sold” a bill-of-goods for many decades about the health benefits of milk, particularly when it comes to preventing deterioration of bones – namely osteoporosis.
Science has once again finally shattered the myth that milk makes strong bones. A new Swedish study links drinking milk to higher rates of bone fractures and even death!
The study tracked the eating habits of over 60,000 women for 20 years and over 45,000 men for 15 years. Researchers found that drinking more milk did NOT lead to lower risks of bone fracture. In fact, women who drank three glasses of milk per day broke more bones. Compared to women who drank less than one glass per day, heavy milk drinkers had a 60% greater risk of breaking a hip and a 16% higher risk of breaking any bone.
But it gets worse. People who drank more milk also had a higher risk of dying from any cause. For every glass of milk they drank every day, women had a 15% higher risk of death and men had a 3% higher risk...CLICK to continue reading...
Why does milk lead to more broken bones and higher death rates?
The following outlines the research findings regarding the health effects of drinking milk…
- Milk drinkers had more biomarkers for oxidative stress and inflammation. Researchers suggested that high levels of two sugars in milk – lactose and galactose – were the cause.
- In fact, they noted that low doses of D-galactose are often used in animal studies to induce signs of aging. Studies link D-galactose to a shortened life span, oxidative stress, chronic inflammation, neurodegeneration, decreased immune response, and gene transcriptional changes. The dose used to obtain those results in animals is equivalent to a human drinking one to two glasses of milk per day.
- Milk may be high in calcium but too much calcium can break bones – not strengthen them.
SO, I’m sure you’re asking if milk doesn't build strong bones, what does? Below are 10 foods proven to be a better choice for reducing your fracture risk and keeping your bones strong.
- Yogurt – a Swedish study found that fermented milk had the opposite effect on your bones as drinking plain milk. For each serving of fermented milk products women reduced their hip fracture and death rates by 10 to 15%. Examples of fermented milk products include yogurt, kefir, and sour cream. Fermented dairy was also linked to lower oxidative stress and inflammation.
- Cheese – the Swedish researchers also found eating cheese lowers fracture and death rates. Cheeses are also rich in vitamin K2 which is essential to strong bones. The best choices with the highest levels of vitamin K2 are Gouda, Brie, and Edam. Other good cheeses for your bones include Cheddar, Colby, Swiss, and Gruyere. Stick to traditionally made cheeses and AVOID processed varieties like Velveeta, soy cheese, and other modern processed "cheese products."
- Natto – a traditionally fermented soy product popular in Asia, Natto is another food high in vitamin K2. In a study of 72 premenopausal women, researchers found that those who ate more Natto had better bone formation. And a University of Tokyo study concluded that Natto consumption may contribute to the relatively lower fracture risk in Japanese women. NOTE: Natto is its pure form is awful in my opinion – t e taste and aroma I couldn’t tolerate. That said, I take a daily supplement made of Natto that is scientifically praised for heart health and inflammation and available over-the-counter in the U.S. and online as a supplement. I take it because Natto also has the ability to keep the blood naturally thin and I’ve had life-threatening blood clots from an accident and this replaces my need to toxic blood thinners.
- Green Tea – a Mediterranean Osteoporosis Study showed that drinking up to 3 cups of organic green tea per day was associated with a 30% reduction in the risk of hip fractures in women as well as men over 50 years of age.
And researchers from Texas Tech University showed that 500 mg of green tea polyphenols improves bone health after three months and muscle strength at six months. That's about what you get in four to six cups of green tea. The green tea compounds support osteoblast activity (bone building) and suppress osteoclasts activity (bone breakdown).
- Prunes – a Florida State University research project tested bone density in 100 menopausal women over 12 months. Half were told to eat about 10 dried plums a day. The other half ate dried apples. Researchers found the prune eaters had significantly higher bone mineral density in the forearm and spine. Other studies show dried plums slow bone loss.
- Pomegranates – these are known to relieve symptoms of menopause including bone loss. In a 2004 study in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, rats who had their ovaries removed suffered accelerated bone loss, a typical symptom of menopause. But when they were fed an extract of pomegranate juice and seeds for just 2 weeks, their bone mineral loss reverted to normal rates.
- Oranges – osteoporosis has been called "scurvy of the bones" because lack of vitamin C has been linked to brittle bones. In animal studies feeding rats orange pulp significantly improved bone strength. Other studies show bone mineral density is higher in women who supplement with vitamin C. Eat fruits and vegetables high in vitamin C for bone health. Choose oranges, strawberries, papaya, Brussels sprouts, cantaloupe, pineapple, kiwi fruits, and cauliflower.
- Black Seed (Nigella Sativa) – researchers in animal studies showed that nigella sativa can reverse osteoporosis when about 2 TB. are taken daily.
- Cumin – a study conducted in 2008 showed that cumin seeds inhibit loss of bone density and strength as effectively as estrogen. The amount recommended is 2 TB. daily.
- Chocolate – bone density is linked to magnesium intake. But magnesium levels in the bone decrease with age. Your body needs magnesium to convert vitamin D to its active form and absorb calcium. Only about 20% of Americans get the recommended daily amount of 420 mg of magnesium for men and 320 mg for women. Dark chocolate has a healthy 176 mg of magnesium in a 3.5-ounce bar. Look for chocolate that is organic, fair-trade, and as dark as possible with at least 70% cacao content. The higher the cacao content, the lower the sugar content. NOTE: As a certified practitioner of hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA), I always recommend my patients have an annual HTMA because its not only about supplementation but about the ratios of one mineral to another. The most accurate scientific method of testing nutritional elements is an analysis via HTMA.
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Issue 1.19.18 Valentine's Day - Get to the HEART of Health - Dangers of Synthetic Fragrances
I hope none of you are planning to gift someone a product with a synthetic fragrance this Valentine’s Day or any day! I’m NOT speaking about organic essential oils, this is all about those toxic man-made fragrances.
I’ve written and taught for years about the dangers of non-organic candles, synthetic fragrances and toxic wicks, yet, it seems a lot of my research has fallen on deaf ears because people continue to use them or ask me why they shouldn’t…you asked, here it is…CLICK to continue reading...
FACTS to DIGEST…The candle industry generates more than $2 Billion in sales annually.A new study revealed the high cost of scented candles with their sabotage on our health and that of our pets.Those beloved scented candles could be releasing cancer-causing chemicals into the air. A cooperative effort of a professor at the National Centre for Atmospheric Science and the BBC measured levels of “volatile organic chemicals (VOCs)” and how their chemicals made their way through six homes for five days.
- Researchers asked each resident to write down any scented candles, cleaning products and air fresheners they used and how often, and then tested the air in each home. When they analyzed the results, a disturbing conclusion was made.
- The chemical they found the most of was limonene, a substance used to give products that iconic citrus smell. The homes that used the most scented candles and cleaning products also had the highest levels of the potentially dangerous chemical. NOTE: Although limonene itself isn’t particularly dangerous, it becomes life-threatening when it’s released into the air and creates formaldehyde when it reacts with the ozone – YES, the same formaldehyde used in embalming! This is especially concerning due to the National Cancer Institute’s report that formaldehyde is associated with several types of cancers.
Several years ago, when I was on two advisory boards of organizations for “chemical sensitivities” and “chemically-induced immune system disorders,” I created a flier to help everyone understand how serious the dangers are of synthetic fragrances and what to look for.
Because interest has newly re-emerged about the health hazards of synthetic fragrances, I updated the flier and I’m offering it to you FREE of charge. Please remember that Your Perfume is POISON…if it’s not organic!
CLICK the link to download the eBook: Download 1.17 IWR-Fragrance
Issue 1.5.17 Get to the "ROOT" of Your Health Dilemmas with Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA)
Begin the new year with a commitment to uncover the underlying causes of your disorders!
For centuries archeologists and forensic scientists have relied on hair analysis, otherwise known as hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA) to identify the health, food choices and living environments of past civilizations.
Trichology is the scientific study of hair and its practice dates to the mid-1800s. Today, forensic scientists use three types of hair analysis: Chemical assays to determine illegal drug use, screening for heavy metals, and to determine nutritional deficiencies and imbalances.
I’ve been using this easy, non-invasive method in my practice for over 30 years and now, after many requests, we’ve complied a kit you can order from my website at www.gloriagilbere.com and we’ll mail out everything you need to cut your sample and return to us for submission to the laboratory.
The full report of analysis includes a detailed discussion about health and disease manifestations based upon the levels and ratios needed for wellness. A diet plan will also be presented identifying your current metabolic type and individualized supplement and dietary recommendations.
TMA, measures levels of 29 major nutrient minerals and 8 toxic metals. We know mineral imbalances and toxic metals are often the underlying cause of many disorders, including, but not limited to:
- Adrenal & thyroid exhaustion;
- Immune system & digestive disorders;
- Multiple allergic response syndromes (MARS™)
- Hair loss & thinning;
- Hormone imbalances;
- Sleep disorders;
- Inflammatory disorders (fibromyalgia, Lupus, etc.);
- Skin disorders and many more.
#1: If you choose to do a full 90-minute new client consultation at the same time as your HTMA, or within three months, the cost of $240. is reduced by the cost of the TMA which is $149…meaning your in-depth new client initial consultation ALONG with the recommendations and follow-up consultations for 90-days and interpretation from the hair analysis only costs you $91.
#2: If you select ONLY the HTMA (hair analysis) it INCLUDES a full written interpretation and recommendations by Dr. Gloria Gilbère to balance out-of-range minerals and/or how to easily detoxify any toxic heavy metals. Dr. Gloria will write out a full report and send via email along with the laboratory results. However, it covers only recommendations/interpretation of your analysis results, it is not a new client consultation to cover generalized health concerns.
Order your kit today so you too can begin to uncover what may well be hidden causes of your health dilemmas, your quality of life depends on it, Naturally. Either call Client Services at: (888) 352-8175 telephones are staffed Mon. – Thurs. 8: to 2: Pacific Time, OR order your HTMA kit directly. Client Services will keep track of when you ordered your kit so you can take advantage of this offer now or within 90-days of interpretation for full new patient consultation. CLICK LINK to Order:
As a gift for your continued support of my blog, I’m offering a FREE copy of my book, a $15. value.
CLICK the link to download your copy: Download HTMA eBook