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Cure Alzheimer’s Naturally

Normal Brain & Alzheimer’s Brain
Normal Brain & Alzheimer’s Brain

Researchers at the University of Southern California were recently able to reverse the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease in animals using two nutritional compounds.

The study involved four groups of mice with Alzheimer’s and an equal number of healthy animals.

Mentally healthy animals performed as expected, but impaired ones exhibited behaviors analogous to humans with Alzheimer’s disease.

Over three months, the diet of the Alzheimer’s animals was supplemented with epigallocatechin-3 gallate (EGCG, or green tea extract) and ferulic acid (FA), a plant sterol complex found in carrots, tomatoes, rice, wheat, and oats. (J Biol Chem 2019 Feb 22;294(8):2714–31)

The combination of these compounds appeared to reduce nerve inflammation and oxidative damage in the brain, which are two of the key characteristics of Alzheimer’s disease. The compounds also appeared to block the process that leads to the formation of amyloid plaques that gum up the brain in Alzheimer’s patients.

EGCG and FA were given at the human equivalent dosage of 30 milligrams for every 2.2 pounds of body weight. So, for someone weighing 150 pounds, the daily dosage would be 2 grams (2,000 milligrams) daily of each compound.

There are numerous supplement suppliers that market green tea extract. But Ferulic acid is a lesser-known compound and not as widely available. The company Source Naturals sells 250-milligram tablets of Trans-Ferulic Acid (same thing) in a 60-count bottle available on

There have been earlier animal studies demonstrating its safety and effectiveness as a scavenger of free radicals. It is widely used in many skin care formulations to help delay skin aging due to sun exposure. In several countries, it is also used as a food additive to prevent fats from going rancid.

Other studies have indicated that oral ferulic acid may be able to prevent/treat a wide variety of diseases including cancer, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, high blood pressure, fatty liver, hypercalciuria, kidney stones, and heart disease.

Another study also focused on FA for preventing Alzheimer’s disease in animals. In that study, the compound was found to have a protective effect and the researchers commented that it could be a useful preventative agent against the disease. (Drugs Exp Clin Res 2001;27(1):17– 26) (Br J Pharmacol 2001 May;133(1):89–96)

Both nutrients are harmless so it is a no brainer. No pun intended. You can also use a much lower dosage as a preventative.

Legal CMA Disclaimer:

Although this article may contain factual information, the information contained in this article has probably not been evaluated by the FDA nor is it in any way intended to be medical advice.

Unfortunately, I must recommend that for any change in medical or health behavior or for any change in the way you use prescribed drugs by your healthcare providers or before acting upon any of the advice given in this or any other article, that you consult with your licensed healthcare provider or physician.

Dr. Locker and his friendly, knowledgeable staff invite you to call Gentle Family Dentistry in Duncansville, PA for the greatest, most advanced, painless dental experience you have ever had.

You can call us at 814-693-6777 or just click the link to
go to our web page for more information.
Click here now:

And remember, You only have to floss daily the ones you want to keep.

A Healthy, Radiant Smile Can Be Yours for Life

Get the Smile of a Lifetime for Life with Gentle Family Dentistry’s Endless Whitening Deep Bleaching Program.

For over 15 years Gentle Family Dentistry has been providing the best, most high tech teeth whitening system called Deep Bleaching. The whitening results we have achieved have been nothing less than stunning. However, we have noticed a few minor drawbacks with our old Deep Bleaching system.

These minor drawbacks have been primarily limited to:
1) possible teeth sensitivity in some cases severe enough to impact compliance
2) minor fade back in brightness over time
3) cost

Dr. Locker is always on the lookout for the newest, most useful and most reliable technology to improve the way we help our patients succeed in getting and maintaining strong, beautiful, healthy teeth and gums while limiting discomfort and inconvenience.

Recently we have upgraded our Deep Bleaching program with a brand-new system.

Gentle Family Dentistry’s new Deep Bleaching program has all but eliminated the minor drawbacks in the original system.
1) our new system has eliminated 95% or more of the teeth sensitivity during treatment
2) we now offer our Endless Whitening Program which will enable you to maintain dazzling white teeth for a lifetime at no additional cost.
3) we are now offering our Endless Whitening Deep Bleaching Program for 59% off the original price of our old Deep Bleaching Program.

The new system is at least as effective as the old one. But at a greatly reduced cost and also instead of 2 – two-hour in office visits separated by 2 weeks of nightly conditioning at home we can now accomplish the same goal with 1 – 1½ hour in office visit followed by 2 weeks of nightly conditioning at home.

In order to be a candidate for Gentle Family Dentistry’s Deep Bleaching Program, you must meet certain requirements.
1) you must have few or no fillings or crowns in your front teeth.
2) if you have fillings or crowns in your front teeth you should be prepared to have them replaced after bleaching to match your new color.
3) you must be free of gum disease
4) you must be a daily flosser and maintain plaque free teeth and healthy gums.
5) before bleaching you must have all necessary dental work completed to minimize risk to carious or unhealthy teeth.

The Endless Whitening Program is a great way to keep your smile looking its brightest for years to come. As long as you keep your regular hygiene appointments (as recommended), we’ll give you free whitening refills — for life.

How do I join?

First, consult with your dental professionals at Gentle Family Dentistry to see if you are a whitening candidate. Then, purchase a Deep Bleaching procedure to join the program.

What if I have already done Deep Bleaching at Gentle Family Dentistry prior to the roll out of the Endless Whitening Deep Bleaching Program?

You may be grand fathered into the program if you comply with the requirements of the program.

How does it work?

Once you enroll, be sure to maintain your regular hygiene appointments as prescribed by your dental professional, and we’ll give you a free whitening syringe after each appointment.

What is the cost?

You are required to purchase an initial whitening treatment, including custom-made whitening trays. After that, there is no additional cost for the ongoing touch-up syringes.

What if I miss my appointment?

If you miss a regularly scheduled appointment, your membership will be cancelled. To re-enroll, you will have to pay an additional fee of $100.

Call us at Gentle Family Dentistry today to schedule your hygiene appointment or to request more information about Gentle Family Dentistry’s Endless Whitening Deep Bleaching Program.

Legal CMA Disclaimer:

Although this article may contain factual information, the information contained in this article has probably not been evaluated by the FDA nor is it in any way intended to be medical advice.

Unfortunately, I must recommend that for any change in medical or health behavior or for any change in the way you use prescribed drugs by your healthcare providers or before acting upon any of the advice given in this or any other article, that you consult with your licensed healthcare provider or physician.

Dr. Locker and his friendly, knowledgeable staff invite you to call Gentle Family Dentistry in Duncansville, PA for the greatest, most advanced, painless dental experience you have ever had.

You can call us at 814-693-6777 or just click the link to
go to our web page for more information.
Click here now:

And remember, You only have to floss daily the ones you want to keep.

Kill Viruses and Cancer with AHCC

AHCC is a product that contains an extract derived from the shiitake mushroom called active hexose correlated compound (AHCC). The product was first produced in Japan more than 30 years ago and has been safely used by tens of thousands of people around the world.

Study after study has proven that it is one of the most effective and safest methods of naturally stimulating the body’s immune system. In fact, when it comes to providing an immediate, sustained boost to the immune system, there is no compound, natural or synthetic, that works as well as AHCC.

One of the ways AHCC enhances immune function is through its ability to increase natural killer cell function.

Natural killer cells (or NK cells) comprise roughly half of the white blood cells that are part of the immune system. They are the first line of defense against any pathogens (bacteria, fungi, viruses, etc.) that invade the body. NK cells also destroy cancer cells.

NK cells contain several small granules that act much like a grenade. For example, once an NK cell has recognized a cancer cell, it attaches itself to that cell’s outer membrane and injects these granules directly into the interior of the cell. The granules then explode, destroying the cell within five minutes. The NK cell, however, isn’t damaged and can then move on to repeat the process with other cancer cells or pathogens over and over again. When your immune system is particularly strong, active NK cells can take on two or more cancer cells or pathogens at the same time.

It’s important to note that if your NK cells are strong enough, the rest of your immune system can remain inactive and be better prepared for another assault, if needed. And if the NK cells are extremely efficient, further backup from other parts of the immune system may not even be necessary. This also helps prevent an overreaction from your immune system, which can lead to excess inflammation and damage to the tissue it is trying to help.

A lack of NK cells is rare. Most people have plenty of them. Rather, it’s the activity of NK cells that typically determines whether we are sick or healthy and if we can survive an onslaught of pathogens or cancer. In other words, NK cell activity is often the main criterion that determines our survival.

Monitoring NK cell activity has been one of the main markers in both AIDs and cancer. Research indicates that, when NK cells cease to function, the end is near.

The early stages of chronically low NK cell activity might manifest as any one or more of a long list of health problems. These can include an ongoing sinus or respiratory infection; slow-healing wounds, gastrointestinal ulcers, or other damaged tissue; gum and oral cavity inflammation or infections; heart disease; chronic allergies; and recurring toxicity.

AHCC has the ability to directly increase NK cell activity through several mechanisms:

• It boosts the number of explosive granules in NK cells.
• It raises levels of interferon, a potent compound produced by the body that has been shown to inhibit the replication of viruses and increase NK cell activity.
• It increases the formation of tumor necrosis factors (TNFs), which are a group of proteins that help destroy cancer cells.
• It can boost NK cell activity by up to 300 percent (or even more), while also increasing the activity of other key immune cells like T cells (200 percent) and B cells (250 percent).

Cancer Preventive and Virus Killer

AHCC is one of the best natural products for anyone battling cancer. It has been shown to enhance NK cell activity without side effects or destruction of healthy tissue. It can prevent metastasis, and studies have shown it to be a powerful tool in treating numerous forms of cancer, including leukemia and those of the breast, ovary, cervix, prostate, and liver. It can be used in conjunction with (and help improve results of) conventional treatments like chemotherapy, radiation, and immunotherapy. It has also been used to help relieve the side effects of chemotherapy.

The dosage typically utilized with cancer and other serious illnesses is 3 grams per day. The maintenance/preventive dose is 1 gram per day. At 1 gram daily, an increase in NK cell activity usually can be seen within four weeks.

At the higher dose of 3 grams, the same effect will take place in one to two weeks.

AHCC belongs in the group of four compounds that are some of the most potent natural antiviral compounds. (The other three are modified citrus pectin, elderberry extract/Sambucol, and high doses of vitamin D3.) Its ability to destroy and clear viruses from the body is an amazing attribute and makes it a very powerful healing tool in many of the more difficult disease situations we’re seeing today.

In fact, the latest study illustrating AHCC’s strong antiviral capability was just released at the Society of Integrative Oncology’s 15th International Congress in October 2018. That study revealed that AHCC can eradicate one of the most challenging viruses linked to cancer—the human papillomavirus (HPV).

HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the US. It affects between 60 and 80 percent of sexually active adults. Approximately 14 million new cases are diagnosed each year.

There are many different types of HPV, and if there’s any good news, it’s that the immune system clears about 90 percent of these infections, so the virus does not cause any long-term problems in those people.

However, some HPV infections can lead to genital warts, and other more persistent forms can cause cancer, including cervical—the second most common cancer in women. Persistent HPV infections occur in roughly 10 percent of the population, and around 19,400 women and 12,100 men in this country develop cancers that stem from HPV.

Earlier studies have been conducted on mice, but this latest study involved 10 women over the age of 30. Each had high-risk, persistent HPV (meaning they had the infection for 18 months or longer).

The women were given 3 grams of AHCC once daily for five weeks to six months. Half of those who stayed on the protocol for four months showed complete eradication of HPV.

In a second study, nine women were given a smaller 1 gram daily dose of AHCC for up to eight months. At the end of this study, four of the nine women experienced complete eradication of the virus.

The fact that a natural compound like AHCC can destroy this virus is nothing short of amazing—especially considering there is currently no conventional medical treatment available to eliminate high-risk HPV infections.

For women with persistent HPV, the only option (until now) has been to just wait and see if they develop cancer. Current treatments are only directed at relieving symptoms and removing lesions created by the virus. Knowing how difficult it is for a natural supplement to be accepted by the conventional medical community, I doubt anything will change anytime soon. There is absolutely no money to be made by the multi-billion dollar cancer treatment syndicate by just telling you to go buy a natural over the counter herbal supplement.

There’s another factor at play here, as well.

HPV was in the news a few years ago when a few pharmaceutical companies developed vaccines that purportedly prevented infection with the virus. The first was called Gardasil, followed by Cervarix and Gardasil 9. All of these vaccines were very heavily promoted, and you still see television ads today. Keep in mind these vaccines aren’t for treating existing infections, just a possible prevention mechanism.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends vaccinating all children (male and female) at the age of 11 or 12, with additional shots in their 20s. Some states started to require these vaccinations, even though there were numerous known side effects, including chronic fatigue syndrome, menstrual interruption, complex regional pain syndrome, postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, and various other nervous and immune system issues.

There have been no long-term studies to determine any possible future health ramifications. Even the FDA, which approved the vaccine, has expressed concerns that the HPV vaccine hasn’t been thoroughly tested to determine if it might cause cancer, impair future fertility/reproductive capacity, or cause harm to fetuses already developing at the time of the mother’s vaccination.

One thing was known for sure, though, upon approval of this vaccine: The pharmaceutical companies would reap huge profits.

In 2007, I spoke with one drug company analyst who projected Gardasil sales totaling $1 billion annually—and billions more when states passed legislation to require the vaccination in school children.

AHCC is a product that could prevent cancer and eliminate the need for mass vaccinations in millions of children. Although it eradicates viruses in humans, the fact that it would eradicate billions of dollars in pharmaceutical profits makes it highly unlikely that the general public will ever learn about this natural miracle.

AHCC can stop viral infections like influenza and West Nile in their tracks—in just a few days. For this very reason, you should always keep a few bottles on hand. It should be your go-to product whenever an upper respiratory problem doesn’t resolve on its own in a few days. You also want to be prepared for any possible flu or viral pandemic. (it’s not a matter of if we will experience another viral pandemic, but rather when.)

We constantly face the threat of new strains of influenza viruses coming out of China and Asia, in large part due to their live poultry, pig, and other animal markets. China is the largest producer of pork in the world, and raising poultry and pigs together, as they do everywhere in Asia, is a recipe for disaster. It allows viruses, which often begin in birds, to mutate and transfer to pigs, then humans.

For the past century, China and Asia have been the cradle of influenza, including at least two of the three major human flu pandemics (Asian flu in 1957, the Hong Kong flu of 1968, and possibly the Spanish flu in 1918–1919). We’ve already been threatened with SARS and avian influenza (bird flu).

China’s agriculture authorities are trying to contain the spread of a pigkilling virus called African swine fever. It was first reported in August 2018 and has quickly spread to five provinces. It spreads easily between pigs and kills nearly every pig that it infects.

The Chinese are saying that it can’t spread to humans, but they haven’t always been forthcoming with the information they disseminate. They are currently withholding information and lab samples of another deadly disease labeled H7N9 flu virus, which can infect both poultry and humans.

AHCC is one product to keep on hand, or at least be aware of, when the next flu or viral pandemic hits. Quickly clearing most viruses from the body before one of these serious illnesses takes hold can be the determining factor as to whether you remain healthy, quickly overcome the illness, or succumb to it.

And don’t overlook its ability to boost NK cell activity when it comes to cancer. All in all, AHCC could truly be a lifesaver for you and your family.

Legal CMA Disclaimer:

Although this article may contain factual information, the information contained in this article has probably not been evaluated by the FDA nor is it in any way intended to be medical advice.

Unfortunately, I must recommend that for any change in medical or health behavior or for any change in the way you use prescribed drugs by your healthcare providers or before acting upon any of the advice given in this or any other article, that you consult with your licensed healthcare provider or physician.

Dr. Locker and his friendly, knowledgeable staff invite you to call Gentle Family Dentistry in Duncansville, PA for the greatest, most advanced, painless dental experience you have ever had.

You can call us at 814-693-6777 or just click the link to
go to our web page for more information.
Click here now:

And remember, You only have to floss daily the ones you want to keep.

Cure Lyme Disease in 21 Days with this Essential Oil

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have identified certain essential oils that are able to eradicate the bacterial species known as Borrelia burgdorferi, the tick-borne parasite that causes Lyme disease. (Antibiotics 2018;7(4):89)

While most Lyme disease patients can be cured with a 2 to 4 week course of antibiotics, as many as 20 percent continue to suffer chronic disease. The reason seems to be that Borrelia burgdorferi forms what are called “dormant persisters.”

Dormant persisters are bacteria cells that avoid eradication by going into a sleep mode, only to return when the threat of removal has passed—similar to an adult child who lives in his parents’ basement and refuses to find work and leave home :).

I’ve been following the work of these same researchers for some time now. In this study, they screened 35 essential oils and found 10 oils that had strong activity against these dormant persisters. In an earlier study, they identified three other oils. (Front Med (Lausanne) 2017 Oct 11;4:169)

While essential oils can be beneficial for a wide variety of conditions, there aren’t that many that have been shown to be “food safe” or safe for consumption. One of the oils actually has been labeled by the FDA as GRAS (generally recognized as safe). This doesn’t mean you can ingest all you want or that the FDA endorses its ingestion. It just indicates that the oil is generally recognized as safe for its intended use, which is ambiguous, government-derived, gobbledygook that can mean just about anything.

Although the food industry uses essential oils in lots of different foods we consume daily, no one seems to want to go out on a limb and suggest you can ingest them for therapeutic reasons. And frankly, very few essential oils are even considered food safe. I’m sure part of the reason stems from the fact that the industry that produces these oils is unregulated. There can be much adulteration that frequently occurs in the manufacturing and distribution channels of the essential oil industry, both here and abroad. However, there are also legitimate sources for these products.

The researchers in this study, like most medical studies, actually seemed more inclined to determine which specific compounds in the oils were the active components. This would allow drug companies to synthetically produce patentable components that could be sold as drugs. That’s where the profit is—not in natural products that cannot be patented.

Among the oils that worked best at eliminating these dormant persisters were garlic, oregano, and cinnamon bark. Of these three, cinnamon bark oil is the only one that I’m aware of that has GRAS status with the FDA, and also whose active component, cinnamaldehyde, has an acceptable daily intake limit set by the Council of Europe. (In 1992, the Council of Europe set the acceptable daily intake level of cinnamaldehyde at 1.25 mg per kilogram of body weight.)

The above study had first tested cinnamon bark oil and found it was effective at eliminating the dormant persisters of Borrelia burgdorferi, and then they tested the component in cinnamon bark, cinnamaldehyde, and found it to be just as effective.

Since their tests were performed using very weak dilutions on bacterial cultures in petri dishes, there’s no way to effectively determine what oral dose in humans might be effective. In the lab cultures, cinnamon bark oil was effective at 0.25 percent and cinnamaldehyde was effective at even 0.05 percent, totally destroying the dormant persisters in 21 days.

If I had personally had Lyme disease that couldn’t be cleared with antibiotics, I would definitely be consuming larger amounts of these spices in my diet. I would also be taking a single drop, no more, of cinnamon bark oil daily, diluted in hot water or a cup of hot tea…or added to my morning protein shake.

The need for diluting cinnamon bark oil cannot be overstressed. Cinnamon bark oil can cause skin or mucous membrane irritation in some individuals, especially undiluted. Keep in mind that it was effective in the above study at only 0.05 percent. To achieve a 0.05 percent solution using hot tea as the carrier, would roughly be one drop of oil in 3 1/3 ounces of tea. A “normal” serving of hot tea is considered 6 ounces, and I think one drop of oil in 6 ounces would be my daily dosage, provided I didn’t experience any irritation or allergic reaction. I would continue this for three to four weeks and then discontinue.

The researchers in this study obtained their cinnamon bark essential oil from a company called Plant Guru in Plainfield, New Jersey. Their prices are reasonable and they don’t promote some multilevel marketing program, like many other sellers of essential oils. In my opinion, these programs drive up the cost of products. Plant Guru can be reached at (877) 788-0530 or online at

It’s important to mention that there are two forms of cinnamon essential oil. One form extracts the oil from the leaves and twigs and is referred to as cinnamon leaf oil. Leaf oil only contains between 0.6–1.1 percent cinnamaldehyde. The other form utilizes the inner bark to get the oil, and the bark oil contains 63.1–75.7 percent cinnamaldehyde.

Since the study found that cinnamaldehyde was the active ingredient and responsible for eliminating the dormant persisters, you probably should only use cinnamon bark oil and not cinnamon leaf oil.

Legal CMA Disclaimer:

Although this article may contain factual information, the information contained in this article has probably not been evaluated by the FDA nor is it in any way intended to be medical advice.

Unfortunately I must recommend that for any change in medical or health behavior or for any change in the way you use prescribed drugs by your healthcare providers or before acting upon any of the advice given in this or any other article, that you consult with your licensed healthcare provider or physician.

Dr. Locker and his friendly, knowledgeable staff invite you to call Gentle Family Dentistry in Duncansville, PA for the greatest, most advanced, painless dental experience you have ever had.

You can call us at: 814-693-6777 or just click the link to
go to our webpage for more information.
Click here now:

And remember, You only have to floss daily the ones you want to keep.

Is Gum Disease a Matter of Life and Death?

Probiotics can certainly be one of the key components to help deal with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). A quality oral probiotic such as “Evora Pro aka Probiora Pro” can help restore and maintain the balance of healthy bacteria in the oral cavity. Periodontal disease (gum disease) occurs when pathogenic bacteria become established in the oral cavity.

Studies have found that individuals with RA are eight times more likely to have periodontal disease compared to those without RA. (Arthritis Res Ther 2016;18(1):161) (J Periodontal 2008 Jun;79(6):979–86)

One of the main forms of bacteria responsible for periodontal disease is Porphyromonas gingivalis (P. gingivalis). Studies have shown that just before someone starts to experience the onset of RA symptoms, the concentration of antibodies against P. gingivalis begin to increase. Additionally, P. gingivalis leads to earlier onset, faster progression, and greater severity of RA, including increased destruction of bone and cartilage tissue. (Connect Tissue Res 2012;53(4):327–33)

One of the latest studies in this area, published in October 2018, found a connection between RA and tooth loss. The more teeth you lose, the greater your risk of developing RA and experiencing increased joint inflammation. (Korean J Intern Med 2018; kjim.2018.093)

A full set of adult teeth, including wisdom teeth, numbers 32. A study involving 540 patients with very early-onset RA found that 24 percent had 10 or fewer teeth, 15 percent had 11 to 20 teeth, 36 percent had 21 to 27 teeth, and 22 percent had 28 or more teeth. The RA of those with the fewest teeth (10 or less) progressed the fastest. These people experienced higher rates of inflammation and more swollen and tender joints as the disease progressed. They also had the least positive response to any type of therapy.

Patients with fewer than 20 teeth have also been found to have eight times the risk of having at least one swollen joint compared to those with all 32 teeth.

Hippocrates suggested pulling teeth could cure arthritis. The procedure wasn’t that uncommon a century ago. Fortunately, periodontal disease can be treated and controlled, and removing teeth isn’t required to treat RA.

It stands to reason that if periodontal disease and its accompanying inflammation either causes or exacerbates RA, then getting it under control is a good way to treat RA. And research shows that’s exactly the case. If you get rid of infections and inflammation in the mouth, it will subdue it in the joints.

Researchers at Case Western University tested this theory on 40 patients with severe RA. Half the people were given deep, nonsurgical dental cleanings, while the other half were given instructions from a dentist on how to keep their teeth clean at home.

Within six weeks, those who had the professional cleanings had significantly less pain and morning stiffness and fewer swollen and painful joints than the group that cleaned their teeth at home. Not surprisingly, the researchers also found that those receiving the professional deep cleanings had far less of the inflammatory proteins that trigger joint inflammation in their blood. (J Periodontol 2009 Apr;80(4):535–40)

If you have RA, eliminating periodontal disease is a no-brainer. If your doctor hasn’t mentioned this, then maybe it’s time to look for a new one. Regular dental cleanings and care should be part of every RA treatment program.

Beyond RA

Arthritis wasn’t the only condition found to be associated with pathogenic bacteria in the oral cavity. Various forms of bacteria are known to attack and damage not just the joints, but also the heart, nervous system, kidney, liver, and brain. While I’ve primarily discussed joints, more and more “new” discoveries are linking many of our most prevalent diseases to oral pathogens as well.

Periodontal disease increases the risk of cardiovascular disease by 19 percent (and that number jumps to 44 percent for those 65 and older) and heart attack by 78 percent. Type 2 diabetes patients with severe periodontal disease have 3.2 times greater mortality risk compared to diabetics who do not.

Pathogenic bacteria from the oral cavity also appear to be linked to many forms of autoimmune disease. If you suffer from any chronic inflammatory condition, don’t overlook periodontal issues as a contributing cause or factor.

Finally, in what may be one of the most important studies to be released so far this year, researchers have identified P. gingivalis in Alzheimer’s patients and discovered that this bacterium appears to drive the brain destruction associated with the disease. The ramifications of these findings could be a gamechanger in both the prevention and treatment of this horrible disease. (Science Advances 23 Jan 2019. DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aau3333)

While there have been other infectious agents implicated in the progression of Alzheimer’s, prior to this study there hasn’t been any convincing research to pinpoint exactly what causes the disease.

This latest research was performed at the University of Louisville. The researchers discovered that in animal models, an oral P. gingivalis infection led to brain colonization of the bacterium, along with increased production of the telltale amyloid plaques commonly associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

The research also went a step further and revealed that the toxic enzymes specifically produced by P. gingivalis were present in the nerve cells of patients with Alzheimer’s. These are the neurotoxins that lead to the destruction of nerve cells in the brain and the formation of amyloid plaques.

The researchers were testing synthetic drug compounds that could block the action of these toxic enzymes. Although their focus wasn’t on methods of preventing Alzheimer’s, their work has spotlighted periodontal disease as a cause of the brain condition.

Alzheimer’s is a horrendous disease. More than 5.7 million Americans have it, and over the next 30 years that number is expected to rise to 14 million. Between 2000 and 2015, deaths from Alzheimer’s have increased 123 percent. It is currently the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, killing more people than prostate and breast cancer combined. None of this is that surprising when you look at the corresponding prevalence of periodontal disease in this country.

The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey assessment in 2009–2010 determined that the rate of periodontal disease in the general US population over age 30 is 47.2 percent, with 30 percent being moderate and 8.5 percent being severe. In adults 65 and older, prevalence rates increase to 70.1 percent. (J Dent Res 2012 Oct;91(10):914–20)

Living with chronic periodontal disease is a recipe for longterm disaster. Periodontal disease is the equivalent of having a constant intravenous drip of toxins entering your body on a 24/7 basis. If you don’t have a health goal this year, resolving or preventing gum disease would be a very worthwhile one.

Legal CMA Disclaimer:

Although this article may contain factual information, the information contained in this article has probably not been evaluated by the FDA nor is it in any way intended to be medical advice.

Unfortunately I must recommend that for any change in medical or health behavior or for any change in the way you use prescribed drugs by your healthcare providers or before acting upon any of the advice given in this or any other article, that you consult with your licensed healthcare provider or physician.

Dr. Locker and his friendly, knowledgeable staff invite you to call Gentle Family Dentistry in Duncansville, PA for the greatest, most advanced, painless dental experience you have ever had.

You can call us at: 814-693-6777 or just click the link to
go to our webpage for more information.
Click here now:

And remember, You only have to floss daily the ones you want to keep.

What You Need To Know About The Flu

Emergency Room visits have increased dramatically in the recent weeks with patients presenting with flu-like illnesses.

Here is information from the CDC for what to look for:

How Flu Spreads
Most experts believe that flu viruses spread mainly by tiny droplets made when people with flu cough, sneeze or talk. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. Less often, a person might also get flu by touching a surface or object that has flu virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.

Period of Contagiousness
You may be able to pass on the flu to someone else before you know you are sick, as well as while you are sick. Although people with the flu are most contagious in the first 3-4 days after their illness begins, some otherwise healthy adults may be able to infect others beginning 1 day before symptoms develop and up to 5 to 7 days after becoming sick. Some people, especially young children and people with weakened immune systems, might be able to infect others with flu viruses for an even longer time.

Onset of Symptoms
The time from when a person is exposed to flu virus and infected to when symptoms begin is about 1 to 4 days, with an average of about 2 days.

How do I know if I have the flu?
You may have the flu if you have some or all of these symptoms:
• Fever – It’s important to note that not everyone with flu will have a fever
sore throat
• runny or stuffy nose
• body aches
• chills
• fatigue (tiredness)
• sometimes diarrhea and vomiting

Legal CMA Disclaimer:

Although this article may contain factual information, the information contained in this article has probably not been evaluated by the FDA nor is it in any way intended to be medical advice.

Unfortunately, I must recommend that for any change in medical or health behavior or for any change in the way you use prescribed drugs by your healthcare providers or before acting upon any of the advice given in this or any other article, that you consult with your licensed healthcare provider or physician.

Dr. Locker and his friendly, knowledgeable staff invite you to call Gentle Family Dentistry in Duncansville, PA for the greatest, most advanced, painless dental experience you have ever had.

You can call us at 814-693-6777 or just click the link to
go to our web page for more information.
Click here now:

And remember, You only have to floss daily the ones you want to keep.

Causes of High Blood Pressure (Hypertension) and How To Prevent/ Cure It

There are probably a hundred or more causes of high blood pressure (hypertension), but five of the most common are:

Your Heart
Your Kidneys
Your Blood Vessels
Your Stress Level
Your Thyroid

Your Heart
Although not the most common cause of hypertension, certain heart valve problems or a malfunction of the nerves in the heart muscle can cause increased blood pressure. These problems are difficult to treat naturally and very often require medication.

Your Kidneys
The kidneys may seem unlikely organs to influence blood pressure until you take a closer look.

Not only do your kidneys constantly clean and filter blood, they also regulate the volume of blood in your circulatory system. As nutrients are broken down in various cells throughout your body, the waste products created are deposited into the bloodstream. Your kidneys must sort through the blood, keeping necessary minerals to flush toxins and waste material into the urine (an important reason to drink lots of water every day).

One of the more important minerals your kidneys must regulate is sodium (salt)—the amount of salt the kidneys excrete or retain determines how much blood you have circulating. When you need blood, your kidneys retain additional salt. Salt acts like a chemical magnet, holding more water in the body, which increases blood volume. This explains how too much salt in your diet can exacerbate (or even cause) high blood pressure. It also explains how diuretics lower blood pressure. Diuretics keep the kidneys from holding onto salt and other minerals. Using diuretics may be the simplest way to lower blood pressure, but they can upset your mineral balance, causing a whole new set of problems.

Your Blood Vessels
If your arteries harden or become clogged (atherosclerosis), your heart has to pump harder to push blood through your system. Also, if the small circular muscles that surround blood vessel walls contract, the size of the artery decreases and it takes more pressure to push blood through. Like all muscles, the ones surrounding your blood vessel walls are controlled by the nerves, which can be triggered by the next cause of high blood pressure—stress.

Your Stress Level
Most people think of jobs, money problems, or family situations when they think of stress. While these things often do contribute to blood pressure problems, there are additional (and overlooked) factors that place stress on the body and can cause blood pressure to increase. Here are three common examples:

Drugs (legal and illegal). Whether prescription or over-the-counter, drugs can raise blood pressure by triggering the nervous system. NSAID pain relievers are particularly well-known for this, although the offending substances can be anything from caffeine to cocaine. Even some nutritional supplements and herbal products can cause high blood pressure.

Pain, muscle tension, and misalignments of the joints or vertebra in the spinal column. This is why chiropractic adjustments to the spine can help lower blood pressure.

Poor breathing technique. Your breathing habits directly influence the health of your heart and blood vessels, and therefore your blood pressure. When you breathe properly your heart rate naturally accelerates as you inhale and decelerate as you exhale. This small change results in a smooth and consistent rise and fall of blood pressure, and the pulsating gently massages and flushes the walls of your blood vessels, helping to keep them elastic and supple.

Many people, however, breathe shallowly. Shallow breathing sets off a cascade of reactions in the body that can be a cause of high blood pressure. Your heart rate increases and the level of oxygen in the blood falls, which alters your blood’s pH level and results in constriction of your blood vessels. Chronic constriction eventually leads to a narrowing of the arteries.

Your Thyroid
An underactive thyroid gland can cause a long list of health problems, but few people—including doctors—associate hypothyroidism with high blood pressure. Yet one study showed that nearly a third of patients with high blood pressure and an underactive thyroid had their blood pressure return to normal when they were treated for the thyroid condition.

To find out if an underperforming thyroid may be the cause of your high blood pressure, take your basal body temperature. You can also ask your doctor for a blood test, but blood tests aren’t the best way of detecting an underactive thyroid.

If you have high blood pressure, your diet is one of the primary ways by which you can lower your blood pressure numbers without medication. Combined with appropriate lifestyle changes and targeted nutritional support, changing your diet can not only reduce your blood pressure numbers but significantly improve your overall cardiovascular health. Here are some recommendations to help you get started.

Foods that can help lower blood pressure:

Doctors at the University of Chicago studying the Oriental custom of using celery as a food to lower blood pressure discovered that celery contains the chemical 3-n-butyl phthalide. This smoothes the muscles lining blood vessels, which increases vessel diameter and allows for easier blood flow at lower pressures.

Using the recommended Oriental dosages to lower mild cases of high blood pressure, one would eat about four ounces of celery (about a cup of chopped celery) daily. You should begin to see results after only a week or two.

Fish or Fish Oil
Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish and fish oil lower blood cholesterol, protect arteries, and can even lower blood pressure levels as much as 10 points. It has also been discovered that the protein in fish may help protect against stroke! Fish protein contains high levels of the sulfur-containing amino acids methionine and taurine. When these two amino acids were added to the diet of hypertensive test animals, the stroke rate dropped from 90 to 20 percent.

To get the benefit of omega-3 fatty acids, try eating a six-ounce portion of oily fish several days a week.

If you don’t like fish and the cost of fish oil supplements is prohibitive, flaxseed or flax oil can have similar benefits at a nominal cost. Taking a tablespoon of flax oil daily can have a great impact on high blood pressure.

Pomegranate Juice
For thousands of years, the pomegranate has been revered as the “fruit of life.” One of its remarkable powers is to improve cardiovascular health.

In one study, pomegranate juice was given to patients with hardening of the carotid arteries. Of the 19 patients (5 women and 14 men, 65–75 years old), 10 received 250 mL of 100 percent pomegranate juice daily, and the other nine were given a placebo. After one year, the participants who were on the placebo had an additional 9 percent increase in the thickness of their carotid arteries. However, the patients drinking pomegranate juice showed a 35 percent decrease in thickness, with a 13 percent reduction in just the first three months.

As you might guess, the blood pressures of the patients on the placebo didn’t change—but the systolic pressures of those drinking pomegranate juice dropped from an average of 174 to an average of 162 mm Hg in just one month. After 12 months, it had fallen even further, to an average of 152 mm Hg.

If you drink pomegranate juice to naturally lower your blood pressure, be sure your juice has no added sugars.

Hibiscus Tea
Hibiscus tea has been a traditional remedy for high blood pressure in Iran and other countries around the world. In one study, drinking hibiscus tea for just 12 days reduced systolic pressure by an average 11.7 percent and diastolic pressure by 10.7 percent.

However, this remedy is one that must be used continuously to maintain its positive results. When participants in the same study stopped drinking the tea for just three days, their blood pressure began to creep upward—systolic pressure by 7.9 percent and diastolic pressure by 5.6 percent. I’ve also found this to be true in my own experience.

Look specifically for tea made from Hibiscus sabdariffa. It is generally made from the flowers and fruit of the plant.

Because they are a good source of nitrate, beets and beet juice are excellent foods to lower blood pressure. Nitrate is converted by your body into the gas nitric oxide (NO2), which relaxes the small, smooth muscles in the walls of blood vessels, causing them to dilate. NO2 also has antiplatelet effects, which lessen the clotting tendency of blood. Both of these effects allow for an immediate increase in blood flow.

Beets and beet juice are relatively inexpensive, and you should begin to see benefits immediately. It should be noted that the nitrates in beets are not destroyed during cooking, which makes cooked beets just as beneficial.

Depending on soil conditions (they have a lot to do with nitrate content), other vegetables are also high in nitrates. These include radishes, kale, celery, lettuce, mustard greens, turnip tops, spinach, Chinese cabbage, regular cabbage, eggplant, leeks, scallions, potatoes, string beans, and carrots. Radish and kale, in particular, can be even higher in nitrates than beets.

In a study where patients took a fiber tablet called Fiber Trim Plus, their blood pressure went down. Systolic pressure dropped 10 points, and diastolic pressure dropped 5 points. I doubt there’s anything magic in this particular product, however. By adding more fruit, whole grain, and vegetable roughage, I feel certain the same results can be achieved with diet.

When I was in Cuba, oftentimes my meals would end with the fruit of the guava tree. While the fruit is not that common in this country, it is abundant in Cuba and many other countries nearer to the equator. In those areas, it is often referred to as the “apple of the tropics.” Considering what we know about this fruit, that might be a very appropriate name. It may well be that “a guava a day also keeps the doctor away.”

Researchers in Moradaban, India found that guava fruit has positive effects on high blood pressure. Their controlled study involved 120 patients with high blood pressure. Sixty-one of the patients ate one guava fruit (3½ ounces) each day before a meal. The other 59 made no changes in their diet.

After 12 weeks, the patients eating the guava fruit had an average reduction in their systolic blood pressure of nine points, and their diastolic pressure dropped eight points.

The availability of guava appears to be its only drawback. Ask at your local health food store or supermarket if you can purchase them in your area.

Here are some foods to avoid if you have high blood pressure:

Though often overlooked as a cause of high blood pressure, sugar can be the biggest culprit of all. Studies have shown over and over that sugar increases blood pressure, as well as heart and artery disease. Insulin, which is needed to regulate blood sugar, causes salt retention and is thought to contribute to cholesterol and fats attaching to arterial walls. Also, excess sugar is quickly converted to blood fats, like triglycerides.

Moderate amounts of alcohol (less than three beers, mixed drinks, or glasses of wine a day) can actually lower blood pressure. However, drinking more than that often leads to hypertension. If you have more than three drinks a day, you can naturally lower blood pressure 10 to 15 points by cutting back or eliminating alcohol.

It is estimated that 56 percent of total calories in the “average” American diet come from fat. Lowering your fat intake by 25 percent can naturally lower blood pressure an average of 10 points. This change also reduces risk of heart attack and other cardiovascular diseases.

As with my other recommendations for lowering blood pressure naturally, work with your doctor to monitor your pressure closely if you’re taking a prescription blood pressure medication. As the natural approach takes hold, you may need to adjust (or even eliminate) your dosage.

Eating foods that lower blood pressure and taking targeted nutrients are two effective ways to lower your blood pressure naturally. However, you can further reduce your numbers by making some simple changes to your lifestyle:

Lose Weight
Obesity places an extra burden on the heart. For every extra pound of fat you carry, your heart has to pump blood through several additional miles of blood vessels. Returning to a weight that is right for you can naturally lower blood pressure as much as 15 to 25 points.

Stop Smoking
Smoking depletes practically every known protective vitamin and mineral your body needs, and it wreaks havoc on your cardiovascular system. Nicotine constricts blood vessels, which raises blood pressure. It increases the fats that circulate in your blood (like cholesterol). Cigarette smoke contains carbon monoxide, which decreases the blood’s ability to carry oxygen, in turn, forcing the heart to work harder.

Quitting smoking can naturally lower blood pressure levels 5 to 10 points. Niacin (vitamin B3) can help lessen some of the adverse effects of nicotine by opening blood vessels. I recommend 50 mg of niacin daily.

A combination of regular exercise and proper diet will strengthen the heart, open up collateral blood vessels, reduce stress, normalize weight, and help lower blood pressure. Regularity of exercise is the key. In fact, occasional “he-man” strenuous workouts are far less effective than simply walking at least 30 minutes each day.

Learn more about the three exercises everyone should do and how you can incorporate exercise into a busy routine.

Reduce Stress
It should come as no surprise that reducing stress can play a major role in lowering high blood pressure.

If stress is a problem for you, keep in mind that controlling it is all about how you react to a situation. Vacations, meditation, exercise, and hobbies can help you deal with irritating situations. Also, pets have been shown to help reduce stress and blood pressure. But if none of these helps, you may need to more significantly change your lifestyle.

Relaxation methods using yoga or biofeedback have been shown to lower blood pressure in practically everyone. To be effective over the long run, however, they must be used on a regular basis—at least daily, and more often in stressful situations. Biofeedback is an easy, inexpensive way to relax. Rather than spend a fortune on equipment and training, you can simply purchase a pulse monitor from a sporting goods store. It’s a small device that slips over the tip of the index finger and shows a continuous readout of pulse rate.

By observing exactly what situations raise your pulse rate, you can pinpoint areas of stress in your life. By concentrating on relaxing and lowering your pulse rate, you’ll have a form of biofeedback to help you deal with everyday stress more effectively.

Breathe Deeper and Better
Diaphragmatic breathing exercises can be especially beneficial for lowering blood pressure without medication. Many cases of what is called essential hypertension (where no underlying cause can be found) can be corrected through breathing and relaxation. Practitioners of yoga believe the movement of the diaphragm is instrumental in keeping many of the internal organs healthy. Certain yoga positions are designed so movements of the diaphragm massage and stimulate blood flow to the underlying organs.

Sedentary occupations, prolonged television viewing and the lack of exercise can all contribute to shallow breathing habits.

Chiropractic Adjustments
A simple chiropractic adjustment could reduce your blood pressure. In a trial conducted at the Rush University Hypertension Center in Chicago, a group of 50 patients received either an adjustment to the upper cervical vertebra, known as the atlas, or a sham procedure designed to imitate the real thing but produce no benefit.

Those who received the real adjustment had an average decrease of 17 points in systolic blood pressure and 10 points in diastolic pressure. These results are similar to what can be achieved by typical two-drug combination therapy for hypertension. The decrease in blood pressure lasted for at least the eight weeks of follow up in the study.

The blood pressure–lowering effect likely is due to the fact that so many parts of the nervous system and cardiovascular system are packed together at that point in the neck. The atlas is the uppermost vertebra, and is held in place by soft tissue such as ligaments and muscles—instead of being interlocked with other vertebrae the way all the others are.

You can check yourself to see if a misaligned atlas could be causing your high blood pressure. Simply lie on your back on a hard surface—the kitchen floor will do fine—in bare feet. Ask a companion to compare the position of your heels. If they’re even, then the atlas isn’t out of alignment. If they’re uneven, then your companion should watch what happens to your heels as you turn your head from side to side. If their relative position changes as your head moves, then the atlas is out of alignment and an adjustment could help.

Learn which vitamins and minerals can support a natural blood pressure–lowering program.

A diagnosis of high blood pressure doesn’t have to mean years of prescription medications. Targeted nutrients, along with blood pressure–lowering diet changes and lifestyle modifications, can bring your numbers down to a healthy level.

Nutritional support can be used on its own; however, you’ll get the best results if you also make diet and lifestyle changes. Here are my top nutrients for lowering blood pressure:

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)
Vitamin E and Iron

I don’t know of a single nutrient that will help everyone lower their blood pressure, but from my clinical experience, garlic probably helps the widest range of people. For overall health, I recommend at least a clove of garlic each day, raw or cooked. If you have heart problems or are recovering from a stroke, you should take garlic in supplement form as well.

Be careful when buying garlic supplements. Many are 99 percent vegetable oil with just a touch of garlic. I have had the best results using SGP odorless, tasteless, powdered garlic capsules. Kyolic is one of the best brands on the market, and it’s available in most health food stores. I recommend one capsule, six times a day (one with each meal, assuming you are eating three nutritious meals per day, plus one capsule mid-morning, mid-afternoon, and in the evening). As your blood pressure starts to normalize, the dosage can be reduced gradually to one to three capsules a day.

This mineral helps balance the amount of salt in the body so the heart and blood pressure remain normal. Conditions that deplete potassium include excessive salt, prolonged diarrhea or vomiting, and the use of diuretics or cortisone-like medications, alcohol, coffee, and sugar. People with digestive diseases may also have low potassium levels. Supplemental potassium is not considered toxic, even in high dosages, except in certain individuals with kidney problems that prevent excretion of the excess.

Excellent results can be obtained using 500 to 1,000 mg of potassium daily for eight weeks. (In one study, blood pressure dropped 10 points in more than 40 percent of the participants.)

For basic health protection, 100 mg as part of a good multivitamin/mineral supplement is sufficient, along with a healthy serving of potassium-rich foods each day. The two best sources of potassium are bananas and citrus fruits. Other good sources of potassium include:

Green vegetables
Mint leaves

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)
Deficiencies of CoQ10 have appeared in most patients with high blood pressure. Studies at the University of Texas and in Osaka, Japan, showed that daily doses of 45 to 60 mg of CoQ10 often lowered blood pressure levels as much as 12 to 25 points. Researchers concluded that CoQ10 was often the only thing needed to return blood pressure to normal in patients with mild or even moderate hypertension.

If you take CoQ10, look for the softgel form. The dry form of CoQ10 (or any nutrient, for that matter) can only be absorbed by water-based cells. When the CoQ10 is suspended in oil, it can be absorbed by both water- and fat-based cells. From a dosage standpoint, this increased absorption means that a lower dosage of the softgel form is equivalent to a higher dosage of the dry form. It also means you get more nutrient for your money, which is always a good thing.

This mineral has a strong link to high blood pressure, especially in older men. In fact, out of the 615 men studied in one trial, those consuming more of this mineral in their diet had consistently lower blood pressure.

Researchers now feel that 500 mg a day of magnesium may be needed just to replace what the body loses through perspiration, stress, excess alcohol, diuretics, sugar, and normal body functions. Good natural sources of magnesium include:

Fresh green vegetables
Raw wheat germ
Nuts and seeds rich in oil

Because the “average” diet provides barely enough of this precious mineral, you may need a magnesium supplement, especially if you have high blood pressure. I recommend 500 mg per day.

Vitamin E and Iron
These two nutrients help lower high blood pressure in a roundabout way. Iron helps increase the oxygen-carrying ability of blood, and vitamin E helps the heart muscle use oxygen more efficiently—both of which lower the level of effort required from the heart.

Initially, high dosages of vitamin E may temporarily raise blood pressure. Authorities recommend the d-alpha tocopherol acetate form of vitamin E in dosages ranging from 200 to 1,600 IU a day. People with heart or circulation problems should start with smaller dosages. I recommend 50 to 100 IU daily, gradually working up to the higher dosages over several weeks. Vitamin E should be taken either during or right after meals.

High Blood Pressure Treatment: The Conventional Approach

Benefits of blood pressure medications often don’t outweigh the risks. Conventional physicians are quick to treat high blood pressure with prescription drugs. I would never suggest that you not take medication if alternative treatments have not worked for you. However, I do insist that you make sure you truly need a drug before going ahead with it, because you may be putting yourself at risk unnecessarily.

Drugs No Better Than Lifestyle Changes

Especially in cases of mild hypertension, studies have shown that blood pressure medications perform no better than natural approaches.

One study found that when combined with lifestyle modifications, a placebo worked just as well as medication in lowering mildly elevated blood pressures. In addition to either a placebo or medication, participants took part in an exercise program, lost an average of around 10 pounds, and lowered their salt intake. Of the five classes of hypertensive drugs tested, all performed about the same. Diuretics, however, caused an increase in the LDL cholesterol levels.

A study at the University of Southern California showed that using relaxation techniques could dramatically contribute to lowering high blood pressure. All participants were instructed to decrease salt and foods high in saturated fats, exercise, and lose weight, but only half were taught relaxation techniques to use for 10 to 20 minutes, three times daily. After three months, the relaxation group lowered their blood pressure twice as much as those who didn’t. In fact, most (70 percent) had lowered it more than 7 percent, which is as good as most medications are able to do.

These results provide an incentive to try natural approaches to treat high blood pressure before resorting to medications.

Additional Medication Dangers

In addition to having minimal to no benefit for people with mild hypertension, blood pressure drugs also pose other dangers.

Blood pressure lowered too far raises heart attack risk. A study at the Albert Einstein Medical College of Medicine in New York found that when medication dropped blood pressure too much (more than 18 points in those with mild or moderate hypertension), participants experienced more heart attacks. The general attitude of most doctors—which is, the lower the blood pressure the better—may be a dangerous perception.

Taking blood pressure medication at night may contribute to vision loss. Also, doctors’ recommendations to take blood pressure medications at bedtime may increase risk of blindness. While this suggestion is usually made to minimize side effects this nocturnal drop in blood pressure can be disastrous for patients with glaucoma or “stroke” of the optic nerve. Research in these individuals found that they already experience abnormal drops in blood pressure at night. It is thought that the loss of blood pressure reduces blood flow to the optic nerve, causing damage. Taking blood pressure medication only aggravates the problem and speeds up the degeneration process.

What You Should Do

Everyone must be evaluated on an individual basis when it comes to treatment of hypertension. Your doctor should take into consideration things like your—

Gender (studies seem to indicate that drug therapy for hypertension in women rarely produces much benefit in reducing heart attacks, especially before menopause)
Exercise routine
Stress factors
Other factors, such as cholesterol and triglyceride levels

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How To Beat Cancer Naturally by Chris Wark

Recently while surfing Facebook I saw some information from a stage III cancer survivor named Chris Wark. He has his own program now to help others cure their own cancer without deadly chemotherapy or radiation treatments.

I have copied some of his information for you to look through for your own knowledge and understanding. As a disclaimer, I don’t know if his program works. But I do know that chemotherapy and radiation treatments are deadly and only a lucky few survive the treatments. What I also know is that doctors do not try to cure your cancer or even understand the cause of your cancer. What they do is obey the dictates of the pharmaceutical industry and the insurance industry. Any doctor that will try to help you cure your cancer naturally will lose his medical license and be accused of witchcraft. The American cancer treatment system is a $20 billion a year industry. And they are not about to give that up.

You can watch a video that Chris has done below to see how interested you may be in his system.

In the following information, which is fairly lengthy, there are some links to other websites where you may find more information and gain more knowledge about cancer and its natural cures.

If you choose to pursue his program there is a link further down to his webpage.

I hope this information is helpful to you and obviously there are no guarantees that the system works for everyone. But it certainly can’t hurt. You be the wise and knowledgeable consumer and decide for yourself whether this is for you.

Chris Wark talks about his cancer treatment.

I first had surgery to remove the tumor.
I did not have chemo or radiation before the surgery.
During the surgery, the doctor discovered that the cancer had spread to my lymphnodes (Stage 3C).
After surgery, the doctors recommended 9-12 months of chemotherapy.
I declined, which was not a popular decision.

Most of my family thought I was crazy and it took several years and multiple cancer free reports before they came around.
I believe that in some cases, surgery makes sense; to get as much cancer out as possible and to give your body a jump start in dealing with whatever cancerous cells are left.
In other cases, surgery can cause the cancer to spread. It’s a bit of a gamble…
Knowing what I know now, I probably would have postponed surgery, pursued hardcore natural methods first for 90 days, and along the way, would have had the doctors monitor my progress.

If you’ve read my posts on chemotherapy then you know that my reasons to reject chemotherapy were:
Chemo causes permanent damage throughout the body
It destroys your immune system, which is the most critical component in getting well.
Chemo is a highly toxic carcinogen that can cause secondary cancers throughout the body.
The reports of its effectiveness are grossly exaggerated.
A groundbreaking 14-year study was published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology in December 2004 called “The Contribution of Cytotoxic Chemotherapy to 5-year Survival in Adult Malignancies”.

Researchers at the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Northern Sydney Cancer Centre studied the 5-year survival rates of chemotherapy on 22 types of cancers in the US and Australia.
They studied 154,971 Americans and Australians with cancer, age 20 and older, that were treated with conventional treatments, including chemotherapy.
Only 3,306 had survival that could be credited to chemotherapy.

Study Results:
“The overall contribution of curative and adjuvant cytotoxic chemotherapy to 5-year survival in adults was estimated to be 2.3% in Australia and 2.1 % in The USA”

Study Conclusion:
“As the 5-year survival rate in Australia is now over 60%, it is clear that cytotoxic chemotherapy only makes a minor contribution to cancer survival. To justify the continued funding and availability of drugs used in cytotoxic chemotherapy, a rigorous evaluation of the cost-effectiveness and impact on quality of life is urgently required.”

Chemo Only Contributes About 2%!
The fact that chemo only contributes on average about 2% to the overall 5-year survival rate is very alarming.
This is probably also something that your doctors didn’t (and aren’t likely to) tell you about chemotherapy.
It is important to remember that the “2.1% average” can be deceptive.
Some cancers do respond better to chemo than others.
According to this research, the best results from chemotherapy are in treating Testicular Cancer.
In testicular cancer, chemo is 41.8% effective.
With Hodgkins Disease, chemo it is 35.8% effective.
Still not great.
(Would you hire an auto mechanic who had a 42% success rate at fixing cars?)
You can read and download the entire study HERE.
Make sure you look at the tables on page 3 and 4.
These tables show the survival rate in the US and Australia, with chemo treatments, for each type of cancer.

You will notice that the survival rate for some cancers after chemo treatment has a dash (-).
That means ZERO effectiveness of chemotherapy toward 5-year survival.
And yet chemotherapy is still prescribed as a treatment for these cancers today, over more than a decade after this study was published.
And although not included in this research, chemo does have a better success rate on leukemia and some childhood cancers.

How Effective Is Chemotherapy for Colon and Rectal Cancer?
As for mine and yours, chemotherapy is 1.8% effective toward 5-year survival for colon cancer and 5.4% effective for rectal cancer.
As bad as all this sounds, the reality is actually worse.
Nowhere in the study does it say that the 3,306 patients (2.1%) who made it to the five-year mark were actually cancer free.
The only thing we know is that they were “still alive” at the five-year mark.
It is safe to assume that some of them still had cancer and may have died of cancer later.
I would love to see a follow up on how many of the 5-year survivors actually lived to the 10-year mark.

I imagine the results would be even more brutal.
As far as I know, that study hasn’t happened.
Why Does Chemotherapy Continue to be the Go-To Solution?
So why in the world are doctors continuing to prescribe a treatment that doesn’t work on most cancers? Read my post on The Business of Chemo.

When I was where you are, back in 2004, I also knew chemo was a toxic poison, which is why I didn’t want to do it.
It didn’t make sense to me that I could poison my body back to health.
Nevertheless, in the back of my mind, it was my last resort if nothing else worked.
Today, as I’m writing this post, I know many people (personal friends, as well as folks I’ve met online), whose bodies have been wrecked by chemotherapy.
They’ve spent tens of thousands of dollars on these “treatments” and they still have cancer.

That is why I do what I do here on this site.
I am not a doctor and cannot give cancer treatment advice, but as a friend, I can certainly share what I did.
There’s no law against that! (yet)

What Else Can Be Done Instead of Chemo?

One very powerful approach is converting to the Raw Plant-Based Diet to flood your body with the nutrients it needs to heal itself.
This consists of:
–Giant Salads
–Green Smoothies (giant salad blended up in a powerful blender like a Vita-Mix)
–Coconut Berry Smoothies

Read the books on my Resources page. (

I also highly recommend Dr. Richard Schultze’s Incurables Program. It is hardcore, but it ain’t chemo! Get it at (
(I don’t receive any compensation for recommending his program)

Also, you can download for free Chris’s report called “20 Questions for Your Oncologist” by clicking this link: 20 Questions for Your Oncologist

My personal belief is that God has put everything on this earth that we need to heal all our ailments including cancer. There are also some very common sense things that you can do to avoid cancer and cure it if you should get it.

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Although this article may contain factual information, the information contained in this article has probably not been evaluated by the FDA nor is it in any way intended to be medical advice.

Unfortunately, I must recommend that for any change in medical or health behavior or for any change in the way you use prescribed drugs by your healthcare providers or before acting upon any of the advice given in this or any other article, that you consult with your licensed healthcare provider or physician.

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22 Home Remedies for Acne & Pimples

By Claire Goodall

Your skin is your friend. You like your skin. Your skin likes you. It protects you from the elements and literally keeps you together. You, in turn, do your best to protect it from any kind of damage. Then, one day, acne rears its ugly head, and you suddenly hate your skin. What do you do then? Turn to harsh chemicals, and expensive scrubs? That’s a fine way to thank a friend who’s been there for you since day one. Your epidermis isn’t at fault here-it can’t help that your hormones are causing all that extra sebum to clog up your pores, or the fact that bacteria is running rampant. If your skin could talk it would say something along the lines of “patience, grasshopper. Treat me right and I shall repay you in kind.”

The point is, natural acne remedies are a good way to get rid of it, or at least hold it at bay. They make you step back and really figure out what’s going on with your skin, and how to work with it. Chances are, your skin will repay you in kind for not simply ravaging it with strange chemicals-and your wallet will probably thank you too.

1. Apply some apple cider vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is a powerhouse when it comes to acting as an acne remedy. Why? It kills off the bacteria that may be causing all the trouble in the first place. It also becomes alkaline and balances the pH of your skin, which in turn makes it harder for bacteria to thrive.

To top it off it’s an astringent, like lemon juice, and will help dry up excess oil. Keeping that in mind, don’t overdo and dry out your skin too much. This could cause the sebaceous glands overproduce to compensate, therefore triggering an outbreak.

You will need…
-Pure unfiltered apple cider vinegar
-Fresh water

Wash your face with water and pat dry. Using a ratio of 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water, dip a cotton ball into vinegar and apply it directly to the blemish.
Leave on for at least 10 minutes, or overnight. Reapply several times a day, washing face thoroughly after each time. Make sure to use a moisturizer afterward as well if you feel like your skin is getting dry.

2. Make a cinnamon and honey mask

Honey is sticky, and cinnamon is spicy, and it seems like they’re both things you’d want to avoid getting near your skin. Surprisingly, while it may sound strange, honey and cinnamon make a (literally) killer combo when it comes to acne. Cinnamon has antimicrobial properties so it can help stop bacteria from getting out of hand. If it does, the honey is a natural antibiotic, ready and waiting to wipe the little buggers out.

You will need…
-2 tablespoons of honey
-1 teaspoon of cinnamon
– paper towels

Rinse your face with water and pat dry. Mix 2 tablespoons of honey and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon together until they are thoroughly blended and have formed a sort of paste. Apply the mask to your face (or spot treat) and leave on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off completely, and pat your face dry. This is a sticky mixture, so make sure you have some paper towels at on hand.

3. The land of milk and honey (or yogurt)

While there is quite a bit of hub bub around dairy products causing acne, applied topically it seems that milk can improve your outbreaks and skin tone. The reason it is suggested that milk would cause acne is because of the extra hormones in it-but unless it’s ingested, this doesn’t really do much. For the most part, it just soothes the irritated skin and helps tone down the redness. Cleopatra swore on the milk baths she took, and well, she was Cleopatra. You could also use yogurt. The acids in it are antibacterial while the fat provides moisture, making it quite nourishing for the skin.

You will need…
– 1 tablespoon plain low-fat or full-fat yogurt or milk, anything but skim
– 1 tablespoon of natural, raw, honey

Let yogurt or milk come to room temperature (or close to) so you don’t get a chilly shock when you put it on your skin. Mix 1 tablespoon of milk or yogurt thoroughly with 1 tablespoon of honey. You can apply the mixture with a cotton pad, but scooping it up and patting it on works just fine as well. Let each layer dry before adding a new one, until the mask is the thickness you want. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Wash your mask off and use a washcloth to gently scrub in a circular motion, getting rid of loosened dead skin. Once you’re finished, moisturize as usual.

4. Whip up some ‘whites’

Egg whites are an easy and affordable way to help reduce acne and fade scars left by unfortunate blemishes. The reason people have found egg whites to be helpful for their skin is that they’re chock full of proteins and vitamins that both combat acne and help to rebuild your skin cells. They also soak up excess oil, which means excess sebum, (exactly what you were thinking right?) which means less stuff for bacteria to feed on. Hooray! Just make sure to use a good moisturizer afterward, as they can dry your skin out a bit.

You will need…
-2 to 3 egg whites, separated from yolks

Rinse your face with water and pat dry. Separate the whites from the yolks. You can use as many as you like, but normally 2 to 3 is enough. Whisk the whites until they’re frothy, and let them sit for a few minutes. Cover your face with the mixture (applying with fingertips is easy) focusing on problem spots. 3 to 4 layers is usually enough, but make sure to wait the first has dried before applying more. Allow the mask to sit and dry for about 20 minutes before rinsing off completely with warm water and a patting dry with a soft washcloth. Apply moisturizer appropriate for your skin type.

5. Papaya for the pimple prone

Papaya is an essential ingredient in a lot of beauty products on the market today, but there’s no need to go out of your way to gain its benefits? Plain raw papaya is an all-natural acne remedy that removes dead skin cells and excess lipids from the surface of the skin, leaving it soft and smooth. Lipids are a general term for fats, of which oil is a form of. Papaya also contains an enzyme called papain, which reduces inflammation and helps prevent the pus from forming.

You will need…
-1 fresh papaya

Rinse your face with water and pat dry. Mash up the flesh of the papaya well, until it is of a consistency that can be easily applied to your skin. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes, and then rinse off completely with warm water. If your skin has a tendency to get dry after you cleanse it, use a moisturizer appropriate for your skin type afterward.

6. Make an orange peel paste

Ah, oranges. They taste rejuvenating and refreshing, and our skin may find them just as appealing as our taste buds do. Acne that is caused by bacteria and extra oil/dead skin cells clogging up pores may improve with the use of an orange peel face mask of sorts, thanks to the vitamin C, citric acid, and its astringent properties. The vitamin C is particularly helpful because it promotes the growth of new healthy cells, keeping your skin in better condition overall.

You will need…
-2 Orange peels
-Clean, fresh water

Rinse your face with water and pat dry. Grind/pound up your orange peels (you could use a blender, mortar, and pestle, whatever gets the job done) and add a little water to create a paste. Add a little at a time, as too much will make it too thin and runny. Once you have the right consistency, apply it to your face and/or problem areas. Wait for 20-25 minutes. Ideally, the mask should be firm, but it can still work if it isn’t. Rinse off completely with water, pat your face dry, and apply a good moisturizer.

7. Tap into tea tree oil

You’ll read about tea tree oil for a lot of home remedies, but will most likely see it mentioned the most when comes to skin care, specifically, acne. But why, when too much oil is clogging the pores and making you break out, would you want to use more oil? Tea tree oil isn’t like the oil your skin naturally produces, rather it is more like a solvent that cuts through the extra sebum and dead skin cells and unblocks the pores. Its antibacterial properties also kill off the acne causing bacteria and prevent further outbreaks.

Note: Tea tree oil is ok for topical use, but should never be ingested. It should also always be diluted before use.

You will need…
-Tea tree oil (a small bottle will do)
-Clean water
-Q-tips or cotton balls

Wash your face with water and pat dry. Dilute tea tree oil by mixing 1 part oil to 9 parts water. Dip a Q-tip or cotton swab in the mixture, and apply to problem areas. If you decide you want a stronger dilution after a while, you can slowly (slowly!) begin to increase the strength, making sure to use each new mixture for at least a week for making it any stronger. Again, it should never be applied undiluted. You can apply a light moisturizer afterward if you wish.

Another option, especially if you have sensitive skin, is to dilute it with aloe vera gel instead of water.

8. Mix strawberries and honey

Honey and strawberries make a home remedy for acne that sounds pretty sweet (pun intended) and it combines two things that are used commonly in pricey, often time’s harsh, facial scrubs and cleansers. Strawberries may seem random but consider the fact that they’re high in salicylic acid. Salicylic acid-a primary ingredient in many commercial acne treatments- encourages the epidermis to shed its cells more readily, opening up clogged pores, and neutralizing bacteria. It also shrinks up the pores a little bit, which prevents them from clogging up as much in the future, and encourages new cell growth. Honey also works against bacteria that may be behind your acne and is an anti-inflammatory.

You will need…
-3 fresh strawberries, washed well
-2 teaspoons of good honey-raw is best

Wash your face with water and pat dry. Rinse 3 strawberries and mash them up well, taking care that they don’t get over-mashed and runny. Add the strawberries to two teaspoons of honey, and thoroughly blend them together. Apply to your face and let the mixture sit for 20 minutes. Rinse off completely with warm water, pat dry, and moisturize if your skin has a tendency to dry out. Use twice a week for at least a month.

9. Utilize a banana peel

Bananas are full of all sorts of goodness-even the part we don’t eat. Their peels contain something called lutein, an extremely powerful antioxidant that reduces swelling and inflammation and encourages healthy cell growth. So…rubbing a banana peel on your face can reduce the redness, obviousness, and discomfort of acne. It’s (debatably) a better use than using it to trip your friend.

You will need…
-1 banana peel

Peel your banana and eat it- it’s not cool to waste, and they’re good for you. Take the peel, and rub in a circular motion all over your face. When you feel as though you’ve covered all of your face, let it sit for at least 30 minutes before rinsing it off.

10. Aloe for acne

Aloe vera gel can be used with other things to fight acne, but it’s a good thing on its own as well. If it’s going to be used on its own, the best is to have a little aloe plant floating around in your house, otherwise, a good gel that’s sold in stores may work as well-just do some research on which ones have the least amount of additives. Not only is the aloe soothing, it works as an anti-inflammatory, decreasing redness and swelling. It also has antibacterial properties.

You will need…
-Enough aloe vera gel to spot treat or cover your problem areas

Wash your face with water and pat dry. Using your fingertips or a Q-tip, apply the aloe directly to your problem areas.

11. The wonders of sodium bicarbonate

Sodium bicarbonate, glorious sodium bicarbonate, swoops in and makes itself useful in too many ways to count. In the case of acne remedies, this fabulous substance (also known as baking soda) is useful thanks to its mild antiseptic properties, as well as its uncanny ability to fight off fungus and bacteria and dry up excess oil, all while exfoliating your skin via microdermabrasion and making it soft and beautiful. I know-I get star struck too now whenever I see a box of baking soda.

You will need…
-a box of baking soda
-fresh water

There are two ways to go about this-making a facial mask or a straightforward scrub. For a facial mask, mix equal parts baking soda to water to form a thick paste. Massage the paste on in slow circular motions for 2 minutes. Leave the mask on for around 15-20 minutes, then rinse thoroughly with warm water, pat dry, and moisturize.

For a scrub, mix a half a cup of baking soda with a one-eighth  cup of water. Apply the paste to your face, massaging it in well. After 5-6 minutes of this, rinse your face thoroughly with warm water, pat dry, and moisturize.

12. Dab some lemon juice on it

Lemon juice can help get rid of breakouts for a number of reasons. It is rich in vitamin C, which is good for all types of skin, and it’s a citric acid, so it helps ‘exfoliate’ the skin as well. Most importantly though, it is an astringent. An astringent will cause a contraction of body tissues, and will, therefore, dry out the blemish itself. It is also a natural skin whitener, which helps reduce redness. If you misplace a dab you may get a little white spot, but don’t panic- it will go away on its own accord. Rinse off any lemon juice before going out in the sun, as it may make you more sensitive to it.

You will need…
-1 tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice (approximately)
-Q-tips or cotton balls (optional)
-Yogurt (optional)

Rinse face gently with water and pat dry. Dab fingers, a cotton ball, or a Q-tip in lemon juice and apply to the pimple. If it stings, try mixing it first with a bit of yogurt.

13. Make it steamy

Steam can help soothe a number of minor maladies, acne being one of them. It helps reduce acne, and its glaring appearance, by opening up the pores and flushing out impurities lurking deep within your skin. You can choose to only steam, or you can use something afterward. If you use it with something else, you’ve cleared a sort of path for whatever you’re using to really do its job.

You will need…
-1 pot of boiling water
-1 towel
-A large bowl

Boil a pot of water, pour into a large bowl, and let it cool for a few minutes. After its temperature has lowered slightly, place your face above the bowl, and drape the towel over your head to trap the steam. After 10-15 minutes, remove the towel and pat your face dry. Do this once a day or as needed.

14. The wonders of garlic

Garlic is thought to be a good natural remedy for acne because of its supposed antibacterial properties. You can either ingest it or apply it topically to help reduce the severity of your breakouts and prevent them in the future. If you can get the juice from the garlic, great, if you can’t, mashing it up and putting it in some water is fine. Never, ever, ever, apply garlic to your skin without diluting it first. If you’re hesitant about the garlic smell, look at the silver lining-others may be a bit taken aback, but you won’t have to worry about Dracula creeping around either.

You will need…
-2-3 cloves of garlic
-water OR aloe vera gel

Either extract the garlic juice and mix it with 1 teaspoon or so of water, or mash up 2-3 cloves and let sit in water for about 10 minutes. Using a cotton pad, soak up the juice or garlic water and cover problem spots. If you don’t have a cotton pad or something similar to apply it with, the mixture can be a bit runny and hard to work with. In this case, substitute aloe vera gel for water. If you choose to ingest garlic, a clove or two a day should be enough. Prepare it however you like.

15. Oatmeal boost

Oatmeal can power you up from the inside out-and the outside in. If you soak/cook your oats and use them in a mask, they can reduce the inflammation and unsightly redness that accompanies breakouts. Add some honey to your mask and you have a great recipe for a rather tasty sounding acne remedy. Keep in mind that oatmeal on its own will not cure your acne, and should be used as part of a sensible routine acne treatment. However, it may very well reduce the blatant, painful, appearance of the breakouts.

You will need…
-One serving of oatmeal-steel cut seems to work well
-Two tablespoons raw honey

Whip up a batch of oatmeal as usual, or by following the directions on the box. When it is finished and still hot, add two tablespoons of honey. Let mixture cool to room temperature. Keep in mind it retains quite a bit of heat, so really make sure it’s a comfortable temperature before applying it to your skin-the last thing you need is a burn! Leave it on for 20-30 minutes. When it has set, rinse off with warm water and pat your skin dry.

16. Sugar scrub

Sugar, white or brown, helps get rid of the excess skin cells clogging up your pores by acting as a gentle exfoliator. Mix it up with honey, olive oil, or just plain water, and you have a sweet scrub to help rid you of your acne woes. There are plenty of different recipes out there, but we found this one to be particularly delightful (courtesy of you for sharing this!)

You will need…
-1 ½ cups of white sugar
-1 ½ cups brown sugar, light or dark
-2-3 tablespoons coarse sea salt
-Roughly 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil
-10 tablespoons of pure vanilla extract
-1 whole vanilla bean (totally optional)

Mix 1 ½ cups of brown sugar and 1 ½ cups of brown sugar, adding a few tablespoons of coarse sea salt for extra exfoliation, and mix. If you’re using the vanilla bean, scrape out the caviar (the inside stuff) and mix it in at this point as well. Put about 2 cups of this sugar/salt/vanilla mixture into a liquid measuring cup and pack it down nice and snug. Pour the extra virgin olive oil over the top, and let it soak through half the mixture, leaving a little layer on top. Mix this up in the measuring cup, and then add it to the rest of the sugar/salt/vanilla mix. Add 4-5 tablespoons of pure vanilla extract and mix it in. Now you can spoon your scrub into whatever containers you wish to store it, making sure to pack it down. If you like, drizzle one tablespoon of vanilla extract on top to ensure that you’ll get the delicious scent when you open it up. This will fill 4 half-pint jars.

17. Avocado & honey mask

There are so many rumors surrounding diet and acne, it’s hard to know what’s right and what’s wrong. Amongst these rumors is the claim that avocado (eating it and sometimes applying it topically) will make you break out because it’s higher in fat. As far as I am concerned, there’s no concrete evidence to prove this, and far more people seem to have success using it than not. It’s so full of good vitamins and nutrients it seems it can really help tone down the acne. If you have sensitive skin, too, it’s quite mild. There are different combinations you can try, as with most home remedies, but this one blends together avocado and honey.

You will need…
-1 avocado
-1 tablespoon of honey

Rinse your face with water and pat it dry. Scrape out the inside of the avocado and mash it up, then stir in the honey. Continuing mashing/stirring until it turns into a paste. Apply it to your skin and leave it on for 15-20 minutes. When you’re done, wash off the mixture with lukewarm water and pat your face dry. Depending on your skin type, apply moisturizer.

18. Wash your pillowcase

Technically, a pillowcase should be washed at the very least once a week. While most of us don’t practice this, when it comes to keeping your skin fresh and healthy, it might help to get a little picky about your pillow case. If you never wash it, all the stuff that gets rubbed onto it then comes in contact with your face for around 6-8 hours every night and can exacerbate your acne. Keeping a clean, comfy place to rest your weary head is worth the hassle of stuffing your pillow back into its case-the real reason we avoid washing it-if it could prevent future breakouts.

19. Don’t touch your face (more specifically, your breakouts)

This doesn’t mean you can’t rest your chin in your hands or anything-it means don’t itch, scratch, pick, peel, pop, or rub at your skin. I distinctly recall the constant discomfort of acne, especially when treating it with irritating topical stuff. Almost subconsciously I would touch my face-probably every 2-3 minutes on average-and pick at my breakouts. Of course, this just made things go from bad to worse. While touching your face with your hands now and then won’t cause acne, if you suffer from it, resisting the urge to bug it will help the healing process go smoother and more efficiently.

You will need…
– self control

20. Freshen up with mint

Mint contains menthol, which works as a natural anti-inflammatory and pain killer. It won’t cure your acne per say, but it may help the redness fade and ease up some of the discomfort caused by painful swelling.

You will need…
-A decent handful of fresh mint leaves

Rinse your face with water and pat it dry. Crush up the leaves thoroughly, you can use a blender but a mortar and pestle work quite well if you happen to have one lying around. Rub the juice and crushed leaves on your face and leave for 5-10 minutes before rinsing off thoroughly with cold water.

21. Put a potato on it

Potato is a wonderful vegetable, to be sure, but one of its benefits may not be something you’ve heard of before. That benefit would be taming acne, as potatoes are full of potassium, sulfur, phosphorus, and chloride-all components that can help reduce bothersome blemishes. They also have antioxidants to nourish your skin and encourage the healthy growth of new skin cells.

You will need…
-1 potato

Wash your face with water and pat almost dry, leaving it a bit damp. Grate 1 raw potato and rub the pulp and juice onto your face for a few minutes in a circular motion. Let it dry for 15-30 minutes, and then rinse off completely with warm water.

22. Tea Time

There have been some promising studies recently (namely in 2011, 2012, Journal of Investigative Dermatology) in which green tea was shown to have a noticeable impact on acne when used externally. Internally, there is a theory it helps as well, but less concrete evidence. To sum up the findings briefly, there is an antioxidant in green tea called epigallocatechin-3-gallate or EGCG. ECGC was shown to reduce sebum production, inflammation, and bacterial growth in acne-prone skin-basically the main causes behind breakouts. It’s exciting for the future of acne, or rather, a future without acne. Here’s how to use it topically-you can also try drinking a cup or two a day to detoxify.

You will need…
-1/2 cup fresh water
-2 teaspoons loose organic tea leaves OR 1 green tea bag

Wash your face with water, and pat dry with a soft clean towel. Place your leaves in a clean bowl and pour boiling water over them. Steep for 4-5 minutes before straining the leaves and letting the liquid cool to a comfortable temperature. You can then pour into a spray bottle and spritz your face lightly, soak a cotton pad/soft cloth and apply, or simply use a tea bag steeped for 2-3 minutes, patting it onto your face or problem areas. Some people find more success just leaving the refreshing liquid on, while others rinse it off with cool water.

Now what?
Have patience. The desperate urge to find a speedy solution to acne, preferably something that takes minimal effort, is a strong one. In all reality though, and like so many other aspects of life, one really doesn’t exist. Having a regular skin care routine and adding a good, natural, acne remedy to it may take extra work, but stay committed, do things right, and give your treatment time to have an effect. Remember, you live in your skin and that’s not ever going to change. Taking the effort to really care for it will make all the difference in terms of your comfort, happiness, and confidence.

Debunking 5 Myths About Acne

Acne is shrouded in misconception and covered up with conflicting information. Knowing what’s true and what’s not true can help you figure out how best to treat your skin.

1. Acne is caused by dirt/dirty skin– Acne is not caused by dirt, poor hygiene, not washing your face and so on. Too much scrubbing or cleansing with harsh soaps or chemicals can actually irritate your skin and make the acne worse. If you “over clean” you can end up drying out your skin, which will then try and compensate by making that much more oil. A simple cleansing of the skin to get rid of excess oil and dead skin cells is all that is needed.

2. Greasy food/chocolate makes you breakout-Greasy food and chocolate have been shown to have little to no effect on the development of acne. Diet can still have an impact, as some dairy products or carbs increase blood sugar or have added hormones and trigger acne, but it’s not usually the case.

3. Stress causes acne– In theory, stress can affect hormones, and therefore promote acne. It’s hard to quantify this though, and when you think about the stress most of us deal with in day to day to life, there wouldn’t be an acne free face in sight. An effective acne treatment regime will override a bit of everyday stress anytime.

4. Having acne means you can’t use a moisturizer– Look for a good noncomedogenic (meaning less likely to clog pores) moisturizer to use. After treating your acne, be it with banana peels or over the counter creams, a moisturizer can help balance out your skin, ensuring that it doesn’t create excess oil to compensate for all that you dried up.

5. Sunlight/tanning clears up acne– In the short term getting a tan, or even slight sunburn, will seemingly clear up your acne. Long term, it’s not a solution. It’s just hiding the redness, and while it does dry up your skin, it can make it too dry, and do more harm than good.

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Although this article may contain factual information, the information contained in this article has probably not been evaluated by the FDA nor is it in any way intended to be medical advice.

Unfortunately, I must recommend that for any change in medical or health behavior or for any change in the way you use prescribed drugs by your healthcare providers or before acting upon any of the advice given in this or any other article, that you consult with your licensed healthcare provider or physician.

Dr. Locker and his friendly, knowledgeable staff invite you to call Gentle Family Dentistry in Duncansville, PA for the greatest, most advanced, painless dental experience you have ever had.

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Lemon Water Instead Of Drugs For Your Health

Having a glass of warm lemon water is one of the healthiest morning rituals. Lemon juice is a mighty antioxidant. It is packed with vitamins B and C, potassium, carbohydrates, volatile oils, and other healthy components.

Regular consumption of lemon juice provides a powerful immunity boost, enhances digestion, reduces cravings, stimulates healthy weight loss, and enables a proper pH balance in the body.

Use lemon juice to relieve the following ailments:

1. Acne treatment

Lemon water prevents the occurrence and reduces acidic effects.

Gently rub your face with a squeezed lemon. It is a nice cleansing technique.

2. Kidney stones

Potassium increases citrate levels in urine, which prevents the formation of oxalates.

3. Immunity boost

Lemon water enhances the lymphatic function, which helps the immune system to detect and eliminate pathogens.

4. Suppress appetite and lose weight

Vitamins in lemons regulate blood sugar. The citrus fruit is also rich in pectin, a fiber that aids in controlling hunger. Lemon juice also enhances digestion. It stimulates bile production, and your body uses it to break down food.

5. Gallbladder ache

Drink lemon water with your meals to deal with this aching condition.

6. Cold and flu

Vitamin C in lemons acts as a natural antioxidant. It provides strong antibacterial properties, which is why it should be used in the treatment of flu and colds.

7. Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

Stay away from your TUMS, and drink lemon water instead. You should notice some improvement within 2 weeks.

8. Finger nails

Lemon juice strengthens nails, and eliminates white spots.

9. Foodborne diseases

Drink lemon water when traveling. This will keep you safe from food poisoning.

10. Fibromyalgia

Lemon water and yoga stretches will help you deal with exhaustion caused by fibromyalgia.

11. Inflammation

Thanks to their anti-inflammatory properties, lemons neutralize acidity. As you already know, inflammations are more likely to occur in acidic bodies.

12. Sore muscles after workout

Drink lemon water after a heavy workout to relieve the pain.

13. Joint swelling and pain

Lemon juice reduces uric acid buildups in the joints, and thus prevent inflammation and arthritis.

The Lemon Water Mistake Millions Of People Make Every Morning

Most people can’t stand the sour taste of lemons; in fact, some can’t even think of lemons without getting tight, puckered lips and squinted eyes.

However, this citrus fruit offers a wide array of health benefits – it’s a real pity not to take advantage of these simply because you can’t stand the acidic taste. There’s one way you can still reap the amazing health benefits of lemons without cringing at the thought of it, and it’s to combine them with a glass of hot water as water takes over most of the sour flavor.

Is Lemon Water Good For You?

Lemon water is extremely refreshing and energizing; plus, it’s a great metabolism booster. One of the most abundant nutrients in lemons is vitamin C.

A single cup of fresh lemon juice packs 187% of vitamin C RDA (recommended daily allowance)
Lemon juice is also rich in potassium, magnesium, and copper.
But, there’s one common mistake most people do when it comes to lemons – they throw away the rind! Lemon peel is actually the most nutritious parts of the whole fruit.

If you are preparing your lemon water by squeezing some lemon juice and mixing it with some hot or cold water, you’re doing it the wrong way.

Even though it seems quite simple to mix two ingredients, it’s actually more to it than you think. Here we give you clear directions on how to make the perfect cup of lemon water to start your day with.

The Perfect Lemon Water Recipe

• Get two fresh organic lemons.
• Cut them into thin or thick slices according to preference.
• Squeeze some of the sliced lemons into the water.
• Grate the peel of the squeezed lemon pieces into the water.
• Put the rest of the slices in your blender bottle, mug, or travel cup.
• Fill up the container with either boiling hot, or ice cold water.

Lemon Water For The Win

As mentioned above, lemon water offers a wide range of health benefits. For one thing, it’s highly acidic, which promotes healthy digestion. Plus, it slows down the absorption of food, conserving insulin stores in the body and ensuring optimal food processing.

Moreover, lemon water prevents water retention and boosts metabolism.

Lemon water is always the winning combination. Start your day with a glass of it and boost your health on many levels!

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Although this article may contain factual information, the information contained in this article has probably not been evaluated by the FDA nor is it in any way intended to be medical advice.

Unfortunately, I must recommend that for any change in medical or health behavior or for any change in the way you use prescribed drugs by your healthcare providers or before acting upon any of the advice given in this or any other article, that you consult with your licensed healthcare provider or physician.

Dr. Locker and his friendly, knowledgeable staff invite you to call Gentle Family Dentistry in Duncansville, PA for the greatest, most advanced, painless dental experience you have ever had.

You can call us at 814-693-6777 or just click the link to go
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And remember, You only have to floss daily the ones you want to keep.