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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

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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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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

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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

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!

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

Cannabidiol (CBD) – Everything You Ever Needed To Know!

I want to begin this article with a disclaimer. Although I do not condone the use of illegal substances my main purpose in this blog is to share what may be important health information that you may benefit from the knowledge of. This is irrespective of the opinions of government agencies and bureaucracies. Also irrespective of the propaganda put forth by big Pharma and the government. The information in this article is solely for your use and knowledge to understand that there are natural alternative sources of healing and disease prevention other than you relying on the use of expensive lifelong drugs. 

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a compound found in the cannabis plant. Like its infamous cousin THC, CBD is a cannabinoid and is produced in the glandular trichomes (the tiny, resin-producing “hairs” on flowers and leaves) of certain varieties of the cannabis plant. Also like THC, it is a highly medicinal compound and has been found to be effective in treating numerous different illnesses of varying severity.

Like THC and most other cannabinoids, the CBD molecule is comprised of hydrogen, carbon and oxygen atoms. In fact, CBD and THC are practically identical in terms of molecular structure – they both have the chemical formula C21H30O2 (21 carbon, 30 hydrogen, and 2 oxygen atoms), and only differ from each other in their arrangement and the position of their chemical bonds.

How Does CBD Work in the Body?

The biological action of CBD has not been fully described in the scientific literature, and it’s likely that we’ll have to do a great deal more research to really get to grips with what it is doing in the body, and what it has the potential to do if used correctly.

Now, scientists are beginning to paint a basic picture of what’s happening – and surprisingly, it seems to be very, very different from the way THC works. As we explained in our recent post What Is The Endocannabinoid System?, THC acts in a similar way to the body’s own natural endocannabinoid, anandamide. It binds to the cannabinoid receptors, which are complex proteins found in the junctions between nerve endings.

But CBD doesn’t bind to these receptors, at least not to any great extent. Instead, it acts on certain other non-cannabinoid receptors and various other processes that are not dependent on receptors at all. However, it still has its place within the endocannabinoid system, as its activity affects the activity of other cannabinoids and endocannabinoids.

For example, it can delay the reabsorption of anandamide. In typical conditions, anandamide is produced by the nerve endings, then quickly reabsorbed the same nerve endings! But CBD gets in the way of that process, meaning that the effects of anandamide will continue to be felt in the body for longer.


Unlike THC, cannabidiol does not cause a psychoactive effect in the user. It is thought that the psychoactive effect of THC is related to its ability to bind to the CB1 receptor, which CBD does not do, at least not to a significant degree.

For this reason, it is not subject to the same restrictions as THC under international law, and it can be legally bought and sold in many countries. However, because of its association with cannabis, there are countries that have placed restrictions on its sale and use in medicine.

Furthermore, now that many countries are beginning to recognize its usefulness in medicine, it has sparked off regulations that actually make it less available, due to the purported need to follow the approval process and have it properly licensed and marketed as medicine. For example, in the UK, the medicines regulatory body recently issued a statement limiting the sale of cannabidiol – although many retailers report that there has been no enforcement and it has effectively not changed anything.

What Medical Conditions Can CBD Treat?

The medicinal effects of CBD have been studied for decades, and dozens of studies from researchers all over the world have shown that it can benefit a wide range of illnesses. Here’s a quick breakdown of what we know – for a more in-depth discussion, take a look at our recent post Conditions You Can Treat With Cannabidiol (CBD).

Strong evidence of the medicinal potential of cannabidiol has come from infant sufferers of rare, treatment-resistant forms of epilepsy, such as Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. In fact, several high-CBD varieties of medicinal cannabis have been developed in recent years with the primary intention of helping children afflicted with Dravet syndrome.

CBD has repeatedly shown potential in treating various seizure-related conditions as well as epilepsy. For example, some sufferers of Parkinson’s disease apparently experience an almost instantaneous effect on tremors and shakiness after taking a dose of CBD oil.

It’s important to remember that research into the effects of cannabidiol and other cannabis compounds is still in the early stages. The majority of existing research is on animals and not humans, so their usefulness is limited – and the few studies on humans aren’t always conclusive. However, as medicinal cannabis legislation continues to spread worldwide, it should become easier to investigate these crucial aspects of cannabinoid medicine.

How Can CBD Be Used?

How you choose to administer your cannabidiol depends greatly on the form it takes. If you are using a whole-plant extract or oil, you are best advised to ingest it orally or sublingually (beneath the tongue, so that it penetrates the mucous membranes and rapidly enters the bloodstream). You may also choose to add it to foods or drinks, such as smoothies, shakes or salad oils.

Otherwise, if you have access to high-CBD cannabis flowers, you can smoke, vape or make extracts from them in exactly the same manner as high-THC cannabis. CBD Caps are also a very effective method.

On the other hand, you may have CBD in the form of a purified, crystalline isolate. This type of CBD can be dabbed, dissolved under the tongue, dissolved in oil to make edibles, smoked, or vaped! For more information on using purified CBD crystals, check out our post How To Consume CBD!

Legal Status of CBD

CBD is not subject to worldwide prohibition via international treaties – although certain states and countries may have legislation in place controlling it or banning it entirely. So legality and availability depend on your location, but in worldwide terms, it’s generally easier – or at least not impossible – to obtain via legal channels.

Where Can Patients Source CBD From?

Depending on location, it may be possible to obtain CBD products over-the-counter at your local pharmacy, or possibly at health food or alternative medicine stores. However, care should be taken to avoid low-strength or poor-quality products in such locations.

In some countries, you may be able to obtain it via a doctors’ prescription. This has traditionally been difficult as cannabidiol has not been officially approved as a medicine in many countries. However, this is beginning to change – recently, the Dutch company Bedrocan received market approval for its drug Epidiolex, which is essentially a whole-plant extract of a high-CBD cannabis strain, for the treatment of epilepsy. This will hopefully pave the way for other CBD-based medications to get to the patients that could benefit from them.

However, if doctors, pharmacists or health stores can’t supply the CBD you are looking for, there are online vendors that will ship to a wide range of locations, discreetly and quickly. With a little knowledge and research, you should be able to find a supplier that will ship you CBD in the desired form, directly to your chosen destination.

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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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Alkaline Foods That Fight Cancer, Inflammation, Diabetes and Heart Disease

Everything above pH 7.4 is considered alkaline or healthy.

Have you ever considered trying an alkaline diet? It’s a type of diet regimen that consists of nutritious veggies and fruits.

We give you a full list of alkaline foods. Eat more of these, and your pH value will jump up to the safe (alkaline) zone. Health experts link acidosis to the development of diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and inflammation.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil: It’s abundant in vitamin E and monounsaturated fats.

Melon: It cleanses and nourishes the body.

Flax Seeds & Flax Seed Oil: The tiny seeds offer a humongous anti-inflammatory effect. They are packed with fiber and vitamin E.

Swiss Chard: It’s one of the greatest antioxidant-rich foods you will ever use. Swiss chard offers a strong antibacterial and antiviral effect.

Berries: Berries are healthy and full of fiber and antioxidants.

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Natural Cure For Cancer With A 90% Cure Rate

Dr. Johanna Budwig Turned 2 Simple Ingredients Into a Cure For Cancer With A 90% Cure Rate

Have you ever heard of Dr. Johanna Budwig? She was a nominated for the Nobel Prize in Medicine six times. The world knows Dr. Budwig for her success in curing 90% of her cancer patients.

The best thing about this is the fact that Dr. Budwig didn’t use any chemicals or toxins. Her natural treatments turned into the worst nightmare of pharmacists, and many tried to keep her silent.

“I have the answer to cancer, but American doctors won’t listen. They come here and observe my methods and are impressed. Then they want to make a special deal so they can take it home and make a lot of money. I won’t do it, so I’m blackballed in every country,” Dr. Budwig explained in one occasion.

The cure for cancer exists, but the BigPharma will never admit it. They earn on the millions of deaths each year. Dead people can’t bring profits. Chemical-laden drugs, radiation, acidosis, and malnutrition make the cancer even worse.

Acidosis is a condition in which the body is overly acidic, and cells can’t get enough oxygen. Healthy people have a blood oxygen level of 98-100, and it’s only 60 in cancer patients.

Instead of oxygen, the blood is “flooded” with carbon dioxide. The lack of oxygen fuels the fire, and tumors grow bigger. Let’s not forget that cancer cells need sugar to thrive.

Dr. Otto Warburg supported the theory, and won the Nobel Prize in 1931.

Oxygen is the strongest weapon in the fight against cancer. Dr. Budwig managed to boost the supply of oxygen in a better way than other scientists. Her protocol alkalizes the body, and provides enough oxygen. Mutated cells can’t grow in this condition.

According to Dr. Budwig, you need to ingest flaxseed oil and quark cheese. She also mentioned that popular diets worsen the condition, and created a special diet regimen that doesn’t involve any dangerous fat or foods that cause cellular oxygen starvation.

Her patents received healthy foods and essential fatty acids.

Dr. Budwig outlined the importance of sunlight. The sun is the greatest source of vitamin D3. This vitamin is known for his amazing anticancer effect.

In Dr. Budwig’s treatment, patients go through two stages. In the first, they eat quark/cottage cheese and flaxseed oil. She was aware of the fact that human body synthesizes omega-3 fats from flaxseed oil in the amount it needs.

“Without these fatty acids, the respiratory enzymes cannot function and the person suffocates, even when he is given oxygen-rich air. A deficiency in these highly unsaturated fatty acids impairs many vital functions.

First of all, it decreases the person’s supply of available oxygen. We cannot survive without air and food; nor can we survive without these fatty acids,” the doctor explained.

Her patients received the natural remedy orally, and terminally ill patients received flaxseed oil in their enema. The second part of the therapy involves a special 6-month diet.

Dr. Budwig’s Anticancer Recipe


2-5 tbsp. flaxseed oil, 10 capsules or 1-3 tbsp. freshly ground flaxseeds
1 cup quark cheese
A dash of cayenne pepper
Make sure your cheese is NOT made from homogenized milk. The oil or the seeds should be used right after being exposed to air. Combine the ingredients using a wooden spoon. Take your dose at least once a day.

Stage 2

The diet!

Eat freshly prepared food
Don’t eat butter/margarine, processed foods, soft drinks, sugar, mayonnaise, toppings, salad dressings, non-organic/non-range-fat meat, pure animal fats, artificial sweeteners, high-fructose corn syrup, medication, tap/bottled water
Use grape juice to sweeten your fresh juices
Eat chemical-free foods
Drink a cup of tea three times a day (grape, peppermint, rose hip) and sweeten it with natural sweeteners (Stevia, Truvia, etc.)
Drink fresh juices made of celery, carrots and red beet

Extra tips

Don’t use cosmetics, sunscreen, white flour products, white rice, white salt, white sugar, chlorine compounds, fish oil/non-flax source of omega-3 fats, table salt, hydrogenated oils, soy/canola oil

Use high-quality unbleached sea salt
Take a teaspoon of cold-pressed organic coconut oil every day
Use cold-pressed, organic flax seed oil that’s protected from air, heat, and light
Use chlorophyll supplements
Take up to 5 grams of vitamin C every day (don’t take more, otherwise your kidneys will suffer a great damage)
Drink green juices every day
Use safer alternatives to your detergents, bleaches, and soaps

Only three of Dr. Budwig’s books are translated in English:

Flax Oil As A True Aid Against Arthritis, Heart Infarction, Cancer And Other Diseases (Fette als wahre Hilfe gegen Arteriosklerose, Herzinfarkt, Krebs) 1972
Cancer – The Problem and the Solution (Krebs. Das Problem und die Lösung) Sensei Verlag (1999)
The Oil-Protein Cookbook (Öl-Eiweiß-Kost) Sensei Verlag (2000)

The protocol was based on an extensive research. Watch the video below for more details on Dr. Budwig’s therapy.

Budwig Diet Flaxseed Oil & Cottage Cheese by Sandra Olson

How To Make Budwig Protocol by Dr. Josh Axe

More Videos About Dr. Budwig Available Here

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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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Many Uses For Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar: weight loss booster, all-purpose cleaner, stomach soother. A popular kitchen staple, apple cider vinegar (ACV) dates back to ancient times: it’s said to have been used by Hippocrates himself.

While times may have changed just a bit, ACV is still a versatile, well-known item in many homes. One of the most popular and highest-rated varieties is from Bragg. Or, you can even make your own variety at home with this recipe for Home Made Apple Cider Vinegar.

There are tons of ways to incorporate ACV into your daily routine, as you’ll see below and in the comments from Facebook fans (near the end of the post). One of the most popular ways to add ACV to your diet, specifically, is by making a tea or other drink. For example, check out this recipe for homemade Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar Ginger Spice Drink or look below for the perfect drink recipe for new users of apple cider vinegar.

Check out all of the awesome and creative ways to add the benefits of apple cider vinegar to your life, and let us know if you have any other creative uses!

Top 15 Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar:

1 Use ACV in place of balsamic vinegar in salad dressing. (See below for an awesome salad dressing recipe!)
2 Add to your morning smoothie, but be careful—it has a pretty strong taste, so add a little to begin.
3 Use it as a facial toner. Mix one part ACV to 3-4 parts water. Apply to skin with a cotton pad, let it sit for about 10 minutes, then rinse. Repeat three times a day.
4 DIY Apple Cider Vinegar All-Purpose Cleaner: 1 part water, 1 part ACV, 2-3 drops of your favorite essential oil. Mix in a spray bottle.
5 Stomach Soother —Try this “Digestion Mocktail” with ACV and ginger. (Ginger is also known for its stomach-soothing properties. Learn more about ginger uses and benefits.)
6 Stop cats from biting cords around the house—rub a bit on a cotton ball and onto the cord every 4-5 days.
7 Use ACV in your bath. Add ½- 1 cup to your bath water along with Epsom salts and lavender essential oil for a relaxing and detoxifying bath.
8 I like using apple cider vinegar to get rid of hiccups—the sour taste of a straight teaspoon can stop hiccups.
9 Make a fruit fly trap—Put a thin layer of ACV in a cup with a drop of dish soap. Set it out on the counter and the fruit flies will (hopefully) fly in and get stuck.
10 Get rid of cat urine smell—add it to the laundry when you wash the clothing, blanket, etc.
11 Get rid of bad breath—add ½ tablespoon to a cup of water, and gargle for 10 seconds at a time until the cup is empty.
12 Use apple cider vinegar for a healthy throat. Mix 1/4 cup ACV with 1/4 cup of warm water and gargle every hour.
13 Beat exercise exhaustion —lactic acid buildup in the body causes fatigue, while the amino acids in ACV act as an antidote. Add a tablespoon to a glass of water after a workout.
14 Create shiny, untangled hair by adding 1/3 cup ACV to 4 cups of water and pour over your hair after shampooing. Leave on for a few seconds and rinse with cold water.
15 Use it as a teeth whitener by gargling with it every morning. The vinegar helps remove stains and clean the mouth and gums.

15 More Ways to Use Apple Cider Vinegar…

When we asked our Facebook fans how they like to use apple cider vinegar, we got tons of comments! Many of them were about drinking it in the morning with a glass of water. Our fans simply loved all the health benefits of apple cider vinegar. Highlights of the top uses include:

16 I love to make “buttermilk” by souring my rice milk to make yummy stuff like Cornbread or biscuits (Gluten Free and Dairy Free). ~ Amy O.H.
17 Mixed with sparking water; very refreshing and good for the liver ~ Louise F.
18 I have a multitude of uses for this product…I add a few drops to my bottled water that I take to the gym as a fat burner and it also seems to enhance the taste of the water, encouraging me to drink more. I sprinkle it over my foods, to get rid of the chicken smell of chicken and enhance the flavors of other foods. I use the regular distilled vinegar as a toner, it is a little less expensive. ~ Carol Z.
19 I use it to rinse my dreads. It works great to clean your scalp and remove build up ~ Alysha C.
20 I take mine twice a day with distilled water, honey and cayenne pepper. I use it my salad dressings. I use it for a hair rinse and a facial toner. ~ Robin B.
21 Marinate my steak with it. ~ Rick B.
22 This makes my home made tomato juice really tangyevery morning! YUM ~ Kay B.
23 I use it with my cucumbers and onions (with some mayo)…makes a greatcucumber salad! ~ Audra P.
24 In water with a packet of stevia each day and a T to a cup of chamomile tea water asa rinse for my hair following a rinse of 1 T baking soda to 1 cup of water. No need of shampoo… ~ Jaime L.
25 I use it in my smoothies…. ~ Jo Ann G.
26 I LOVE this stuff!! I put a capful into my raw rice before cooking and its nice and fluffy. No vinegar taste!! ~ Jody W.
27 To stop hiccups…. One capful usually works ~ Carroll S.
28 Anywhere it calls for vinegar ~ Patricia F.
29 It is a great hair detangler, facial toner, internal cleanser, fruit and veggie wash, salad spritz…..I love this stuff! ~ Mandy E.
30 I use with baking soda as a facial scrub and then ACV for toner. ~ Beverly D.

The Best Apple Cider Vinegar to Buy

We recommend buying an organic ACV that is raw, unprocessed, unfiltered, unpasteurized and contains “the mother.” Here are our two top recommended apple cider vinegar products.
Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar with Mother
Swanson Organic Apple Cider Vinegar with Mother

What Is “the Mother”?
It’s a natural complex of friendly bacteria, proteins, enzymes and fiber. It gives the vinegar a cloudy appearance, but that’s good—filtered, refined versions of apple cider vinegar that don’t contain the mother aren’t as beneficial.

Apple Cider Vinegar Uses Infographic

Apple Cider Vinegar Recipes

Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar Drink Recipe

Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) is a product with a wide range of health benefits… but there are only a select few who can handle drinking it straight. Being an acidic product with no sweeteners, it can be very hard for anyone’s palate to handle, but there are recipes and homemade solutions that people make to help either mask the flavor or to work with the flavor to make a drink that is more appealing to the taste buds. The problem is that no two palates are the same, so which apple cider vinegar recipe concoction will taste the best is difficult to say with any certainty.

Some like to mix it with other acidic juices like orange juice or other flavors that are similarly acidic, while some just drink a shot of the ACV and follow it with something to mask the taste, like bread. It often takes some trial and error to see what works best for your palate, but there are some good drink recipes that tend to be popular with a variety of people that you can try starting with:

1 to 2 tablespoons ACV in 8 oz glass purified water…stop there or: Add 1-2 tsps organic honey Add a few drops of liquid stevia Add 1-2 tsps of organic maple syrup
You can also add 1-2 tablespoons of ACV to your favorite juiced veggies/fruits and smoothie recipes

Apple Cider Vinegar Salad Dressing Recipe

I found this awesome recipe for Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey Vinaigrette Dressing, and decided to give it a try. Really, any combination of these ingredients would make a great salad, so feel free to adjust the recipe to your taste!

Dressing Ingredients…
3/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar 2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons honey
1 1/2 teaspoons salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Salad toppings

Spinach Apple Walnuts Raisins
Cheese of your choice
Combine vinegar, water, honey, salt and pepper in a blender.
Drizzle olive oil into blender until combined.
Combine dressing & toppings; serve.



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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 to our webpage for more information.
Click here now:

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

16 Ways to Prevent & Get Rid of Cold Sores


By Claire Goodall

A cold sore is not welcome on your face, or anywhere else, for that matter. Not only are they cosmetically unappealing, they can be downright painful. Let’s get over the fact they’re caused by the herpes virus. We all know it, and that aspect gets far too much attention. Defining cold sores simply for what they are, they are small, fluid filled lesions that pop up generally on or around your lips. The blisters often group together, and after they break, a crust forms over the resulting sore. There is no true cure for the virus, or the cold sores. The bright side is that there are preventative measures you can take that lessen outbreaks, severity, and duration. If the bothersome blisters do show up, there are a decent number of home remedies for cold sores that may ease your discomfort, and help diminish their appearance. Just because there is no cure, doesn’t mean you’re stuck using irritating prescription face creams or having a cold sore that hangs around for an eternity.

1. Enjoy vanilla

Vanilla extract, the real, good, pure, vanilla extract, is a natural cold sore remedy some people swear by. The thought process is that its alcohol based, and running along those lines, makes it hard for the virus to thrive and either wipes it out or lessens the severity and length of the outbreak. If you do use vanilla, try and get it organic, and try to start using it the second you feel the tingling set it.

You will need…
-a cotton swab or cotton pad
-pure vanilla extract

Soak cotton pad or swab in vanilla until thoroughly saturated. Apply directly to sore, holding the swab or pad in place for a minute or so. Do this four times daily until no longer needed.

2. Snag some licorice

One of the more random natural remedies for cold sores that you can use is licorice. Glycyrhizic acid, an ingredient in licorice root, has been shown in some studies to stop the virus cells in their nasty little tracks-or at least counteract the symptoms of them. This is thanks to its anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties. A way to glean something positive from this isn’t to go munch on a bunch of licorice whips, but rather get some licorice powder, and make a cream. You can also try drinking licorice tea daily, though that doesn’t seem as effective as topical treatment.

You will need…
-1 tablespoon licorice root powder or extract
-1/2 teaspoon fresh water OR approximately 2 teaspoons petroleum jelly

Mix one tablespoon of licorice root powder to ½ teaspoon of fresh water, or however much you need to get the consistency of cream you want, making sure to add in small increments. Another option is to mix it with petroleum jelly, which on its own can help speed up the healing process of cold sores. If you opt for this, start with a teaspoon of the petroleum jelly and mix it with the licorice root. You can work your way up to your desired consistency from there. Gently dab (a cotton swab is handy for this) a thin layer over the sore, making sure to get it completely covered. Leave it on for at least several hours, or overnight if possible.

3. Toss your toothbrush

Throw out your toothbrush after the blister has formed, and toss it once the sore has cleared up. A toothbrush is the perfect vessel to carry the virus, and you can end up triggering an outbreak in yourself if you re-use the same toothbrush again and again. This is a preventative measure, since it can stop an outbreak or cut it short, it’s well worth doing.

4. Hands off

It may sound obvious, but it can be near an impossible to resist picking at that crusty little (or big) patch by your mouth. Almost subconsciously you can end up bothering it, or very consciously, you just want to peel it off and be done with it. Whatever your motive, resist touching the sore-even just reaching up to touch it and see if it somehow shrunk-as those actions can cause a bacterial infection. That’s the last thing you need. They are also so highly contagious that even touching your sore and then accidentally rubbing your eye, or somewhere else on your body, could cause them to spread (they aren’t confined just to the mouth, you know.)

5. Get milk

Putting a whole milk compress on your sore can help speed up the healing, and ease pain. The reason? Milk contains proteins known as immunoglobulins, which are essentially anti-bodies that fight off and prevent viruses-like herpes. It also contains l-lysine. L-lysine helps inhibit the wicked work of an ammino acid called arginine, which has been shown to cause outbreaks, and may help speed up the healing process as well. In short to prevent outbreaks, drink whole milk and get your dose of l-lysine. To help cold sores that have already erupted, make a whole milk compress to soothe the pain and fight off the virus.

You will need…
-1/2 cup to 1 cup of whole milk, plus a tablespoon or 2 extra
-cotton balls or cotton pads

Soak a cotton ball in approximately 1 tablespoon of milk, and apply it directly to the cold sore for several minutes. Before doing this you can either let the milk come to room temperature or, if you prefer, you can apply it cold. Use a clean towel moistened with water to dab off the milky residue at the end. If you feel you need it, apply a dab of petroleum jelly.

6. Wipe it out with hydrogen peroxide

Anyone who had a parent that put hydrogen peroxide on a scrape knows that it’s not exactly pleasant. The good news is that it’s a lot less traumatic to use at your own will, nor does it seem to hurt as bad now that you’ve grown up a bit. Love it or hate it, the solution can be an effective cold sore remedy. It disinfects, healing up speeding, and makes it hard for the surfaced sore to spread or worsen. The blister is already bothered and infected, at the very least virally, and keeping it clean can ultimately make it go away faster.

You will need…
-1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide
-cotton balls, cotton pads, or facial tissue

Soak a cotton ball in 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide. Use more if you feel it isn’t saturated enough. Place the cotton ball directly on your sore-it’s probably going to sting-and hold it there for a few seconds, or dab it around. Let it be for 5 minutes or so, allowing it to do its job, before rinsing off.

7. Be minty fresh

Peppermint oil is thought to have properties that directly kill virus particles outside of your cells, like the ones floating around an erupted cold sore. It won’t help to ingest peppermint oil because it only attacks the virus escaped from your cells. What we mean by it being “outside” of your cells is that herpes simplex virus usually resides beneath the skin, lurking and waiting for a trigger to make it rear its ugly head. When its’ erupted, its accessible to treat with the oil. When applied directly to a cold sore, people have found that the sore healed faster than usual-especially when applied at the very first sign of one.

You will need…
-Good quality peppermint oil
-1 cotton swab
-a bit of fresh water

First, use a bit of water to rinse the surface of the cold sore. Doing so gets away some of the surface gunk that would make it harder for the oil to really sink in and do its best. Then, dip a cotton swab in clean water and then dip it into the peppermint oil. This is to dilute it a bit, making it less likely to irritate your skin. Try this twice daily until it is no longer needed.

8. Take Echinacea

There are a couple of people I am quite close to who drink Echinacea tea religiously and swear by it. Every time I come down with a bug they give me the “I am not sick now am I?” look, with a meaningful nod at their mug of tea. The reason they get away with their smugness is because Echinacea bolsters your immune system and its defenses, making it harder to catch bugs, and shortening how long you are affected by them. While not yet proven it may help prevent cold sore outbreaks which often show when the immune system is weakened.

You will need…
-1 bag of Echinacea tea
-1 cup freshly boiled water

Place your bag in a mug and pour boiling water over it. Cover-a plate works well-and let it steep for 10 minutes. Squeeze the juice out of the bag when you remove it to get all the extra good stuff.

9. Load up on vitamins E and C

Vitamins are good for us, and for our cold sores-and by good for our cold sores, I really mean bad for them. Vitamin C has been shown to boost white blood cell count, and white blood cells are the body’s defenders. When something like an infection sets in the brave little cells head into battle, and having more of them means you’ll be more effective at fighting off the infection, which in this case is herpes. Vitamin E, when applied topically, has been found to relieve the irritating and painful discomfort of cold sores, as well as minimize scarring. You can get the vitamins through an oral supplement, oil (in the case of vitamin E) and-the best way-through your diet.

Vitamin C rich foods include
-red berries
-red and green bell peppers
-spinach (little did Popeye know he was onto a cure for cold sores)

Vitamin E rich foods include
-leafy green vegetables
-whole grain

10. Cornstarch paste

If you’ve worked with cornstarch before you’ll be familiar with its fine, almost silky, texture-it seems like it could be soothing to a cold sore, doesn’t it? I would say so, and it can indeed help relieve the itchy burning pain of a sore when directly applied. The less obvious reason as to why cornstarch makes a pleasant home remedy for cold sores is the fact that it neutralizes the pH of the sore- the virus thrives in an overly-acidic environment-and creates an alkaline state (alkaline is the opposite of acidic.) To seek relief, and shorten the duration of your cold sore, simply whip up a silky-smooth cornstarch paste.

You will need…
-1 tablespoon of cornstarch
-1 teaspoon of fresh water to start

Measure out 1 tablespoon of cornstarch and place in a small bowl. Mix in 1 teaspoon of fresh water. Add more water slowly until you achieve a paste-like consistency. Put a dab on your cold sore before bed, and rinse off gently with water in the morning. Do this nightly until cold sore is gone.

11. Dab on some witch hazel

The leaves and bark of North American witch hazel have been used medicinally for years, namely by Native Americans, and have now become quite commercialized. Nowadays you don’t have to worry about tracking down a plant and stripping off its leaves and bark since you can find a bottle of witch hazel, or witch hazel hydrosol, at just about any pharmacy or general store. Since it does not produce enough oil to sell as an essential oil, the hydrosol is a distilled liquid version. It has been shown to help with a number of maladies, particularly in skin care, with emphasis on acne, bruises, insect bites, blisters and, if you hadn’t guessed by now, cold sores.

You will need…
-1 teaspoon of witch hazel
-cotton swab or cotton pad

Soak a cotton pad or the end of a cotton swab in witch hazel. Dab directly onto your sore, and leave on. Do this 1-2 times daily as needed.

12. Grab some aloe gel

The go-to for soothing minor skin irritations, aloe vera gel can provide quick relief from the pain of a cold sore once it blisters. It also fights off bacteria that may be irritating the sore more, and may make it go away faster. Being so dependable, aloe is often touted as being one of the best natural remedies for skin problems there is. The best way to benefit from it is to have an aloe plant. They’re not hard to come by, they’re hardy (I got one when I was five and it managed to survive my care for years,) and best of all, they’re useful and inexpensive. If you cannot get an aloe plant, find a good gel sold in stores.

You will need…
-1 aloe plant OR ½ teaspoon of aloe vera gel

Break off the end of one fleshy, succulent, leaf. Directly apply the gel to your sore. If you absolutely cannot come by a plant, dab a cotton swab in roughly ½ teaspoon aloe vera gel and apply directly. Leave on.

13. Ice it

Looks aside, cold sores hurt. They can really, really hurt. Think about what they are-little fluid filled boo-boos that burst, blister, and form a crust. Kind of like constipation, they aren’t taken very seriously. If you complain about constipation pain-which can land you in the E.R., by the way-all people think is “poop” and then they tune out. With cold sores, most people think “herpes” and then move on-especially since cold sores are so common. To numb the pain that some people just don’t understand (and the injustice of it all) try holding an ice cube directly on the sore for as long as possible, and then put on a dab of petroleum jelly. The jelly will help keep bacteria out, and will lessen that tight, skin-splitting sensation that sometimes happens when a blister gets too dry, as it might after using an ice cube. It’s along the same lines of how licking chapped lips makes them worse.

You will need…
-1 to 2 fresh ice cubes, or an ice pack
-A bit of petroleum jelly

Take a nice chilly ice cube, which would be most of them, and hold it on your sore for as long as possible, or use an ice pack. When you’ve finished, pat any obviously remaining water gently from the sore and apply a dab of petroleum jelly.

14. Wear sunscreen-even on your lips

Exposure to light, namely UV light, seems to be a very contributing factor in outbreaks. When you hit the beach, or even just go for a summertime stroll, apply sunscreen to your face, and apply lip balm with an SPF value of no less than 15. Indeed it may take you longer to get a crazy tan, but it’s a very, very, small sacrifice to make when you think of the painful cold sores erupting, and damage to your skin.

15. Wash it all away

You don’t have to go dump every single thing you own when you get a cold sore, but like your toothbrush, its best to get rid of some things that come in contact with your lips/mouth area-such as lip balm, or make up tools. In addition to this, wash your hands each and every time you touch, or even think you touch, your cold sore. While you’re always contagious, it’s easiest spread the virus when there’s an open blister and you may keep causes outbreaks if you continue using contaminated items.

16. Quarantine right away

The moment you feel the tingling sensation that precedes a cold sore flare up, start your treatment. Since there is no “cure” sometimes preventative measures work best, and nipping it in the bud seems to help boost the effectiveness of the treatment afterwards well as shorten the sores existence.

When it all comes down to it at the end of the day, you have a virus that will never go away completely until a true cure is found for herpes simplex. That being said, your world does not have to come to a crashing halt when a sore pops up. Use common sense, try to get to it in the beginning, and patiently treat it, keeping in mind that the remedy that works best for you will probably take some trial and error. Since you’ll probably be living together for a while, it’s good to remember that the less you bother your cold sore (i.e. picking at it or using unnecessarily harsh chemicals) the less it will bother you.

Wet…or dry? A word on cold sore living conditions

There are generally two chains of thought when it comes to treating cold sores. One is to dry them out, while the other is to keep them moist. Some people say the virus festers in a moist environment, others say it makes no difference and you’ll be uncomfortable with a dry, cracked, split, scab.

There isn’t much official research done on this, but from personal experience, I’d have to toss in with the “wet” lot. Putting a dab of petroleum jelly on a sore is a life-saver. The pain of a dry scab ripping open again and again is too much for me-not to mention I WILL pick at it if it’s all crusty. Perhaps with a bit more clout is the Mayo Clinic which, according to their website, also endorses the moist route for treating cold sores.

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