Friday, February 29, 2008
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Jeep2000, I think you bought the last pack of the fruit flavored Spry gum. All three flavors were gone when I checked. We'll have more tomorrow,.... but just between me and you, I'd call first. ..............Matt
Monday, February 25, 2008
Staph bacteria are normally found on the skin or in the nose of about one-third of the population. If you have staph on your skin or in your nose but aren't sick, you are said to be "colonized" but not infected with MRSA. Healthy people can be colonized with MRSA and have no ill effects. However, they can pass the germ to others.
Staph bacteria are generally harmless unless they enter the body through a cut or other wound, and even then they often cause only minor skin problems in healthy people. But in older adults and people who are ill or have weakened immune systems, ordinary staph infections can cause serious illness.
In the 1990s, a type of MRSA began showing up in the wider community. Today, that form of staph, known as community-associated MRSA, or CA-MRSA, is responsible for many serious skin and soft tissue infections and for a serious form of pneumonia.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Many of you refuse to eat anything other than meat and potatoes with cookies for dessert. I've had so many people tell me, "I not changing my diet," or "I eat really good." Then, I ask them about their diet, and they don't eat any fruits and vegetables. The next question they ask is if we carry anything that can make them alkaline. Instead of eating right, a pill would be much easier to take. Products are invented for stubborn people, and there are a couple of these to choose from.
A supplement called "Alkaline Body Balance" (liquid) is alkaline water which neutralizes acidity. Just a few drops a day can solve all your problems. Or, how about "Buffer-pH", a homeopathic/mineral alkalizer which can rid the body of acidic wastes.
You don't know if you're acidic? Assume that you are, but there are ph test strips that tell you just how bad the situation is. The strips range from a 5.0 -9.0 (optimum is 7.0-7.5) Find out where you're at on that scale, and make adjustments to your diet. These supplements are not the answer, but they can get you where you want to be quickly. ................Matt
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
You may not agree with Hillary's politics, but she is smart enough to know the health benefits of peppers. ................Matt
Saturday, February 16, 2008
10). huckleberry: Huckleberries look just like blueberries and taste like them too, but contain seeds that give them a unique crunchy texture. They're not grown commercially, so you'll have to find them in the wild. Don't get confused with the 'garden huckleberry' (solanum melanocerasum). It is not considered to be a true huckleberry but actually a member of the nightshade family. Huckleberries have not been studied extensively, but may have similar health benefits as blueberries. The chance of finding a huckleberry in Illinois is slim, but I was running out of berries.
9.) mulberry: Historically, mulberry fruit has been used medicinally to treat the kidneys, fatigue, anemia and weakness. Although still not widely studied to this day, it's thought that mulberries contain high levels of antioxidants and similar health benefits as other dark-colored berries like blueberries, blackberries and raspberries. Good luck harvesting these... you have to be quick. Starlings, and just about every other nuisance bird, gobble them up at an alarming rate.
8.) cranberry: One of the most popular uses of cranberries is to treat urinary tract infections. Researchers have found that cranberries contain proanthocyanidins which inhibit bacteria, including E. coli, from adhering to the urinary tract. They're also rich in antioxidants that may play a role in preventing heart disease and cancer. It also looks like cranberry can inhibit the H. pylori bacteria that causes ulcers. If you have an infection, think cranberry juice, and make sure there is no apple or grape juice added.
7.) elderberry: This one really should be number ten, but it's so good for the cold and flu that I had to move it up the chart. Elderberries contain plenty of antioxidants, anti-viral compounds, anthocyanins that help enhance immune function, and compounds that help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol. I guess elderberries should not be eaten raw. I found out they are mildly poisonous when unripe, but cooking the berries solves the problem. I ate three berries off my bush last year and felt fine. Worst case scenario...you'll probably puke, but you'll be making room for that delicious elderberry wine.
6.) cherry (berry): Cherries are rich in quercetin (a flavonoid that's a potent anti-cancer agent), anthocyanins and bioflavonoids (compounds that fight the pain from arthritis and gout). They have decent amounts of vitamin C and beta carotene, and of course, melatonin which helps you sleep. To benefit from the cherry juice, it needs to be 100% pure just like the cranberry.
5.) blackberry: Blackberries contain antioxidants, vitamins C and E, and ellagic acid, all of which may protect against cancer and fight chronic disease. They're also rich in the soluble fiber pectin, which may help lower cholesterol. Wild blackberries grow wild all over central Illinois. Find a patch and pick every last one of them.
4.) aronia berry: This one is commonly called the chokeberry because it can be a little sour. Aronia has an ORAC (oxygen radical absorptive capacity - a measure of an antioxidant's power to neutralize free radicals) value higher than any other food (maybe as much as 50x higher) This is due to the high concentration of anthocyanins and proanthocyanidins which fight cancer and heart disease. Next year, expect the aronia berry to move up to number one after more "paid for" testimonials are reported.
3.) strawberry: Like other berries, strawberries contain phytonutrients called phenols that make it a heart-protective, anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory fruit. Strawberries also help protect the brain from oxidative stress and age-related macular degeneration of the eyes. They're an excellent source of vitamins C and K, manganese, fiber and iodine, and they contain potassium, folate, riboflavin, vitamin B5, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin B6, magnesium and copper. Hands down, the best fruit to make smoothies with, but oddly enough, you never see strawberry juice for sale. Is it that hard to juice?
2.) raspberry: Raspberries are rich in phytonutrients for antioxidant, antimicrobial and anticarcinogenic protection. The main one is ellagic acid which causes cancer cell death. This tasty berry is an excellent source of salicylic acid, a compound closely related to aspirin that may inhibit atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). It is a good source of quercetin, a flavonol and anti-oxidant which has anti-carcinogenic properties. But the best thing, at least for me, is the raspberry's ability to reduce the release of histamines, which decreases allergic reactions.
1.) blueberry: And the number 1 healthiest berry you might find in your backyard, or somewhere in the lower 48 is.... blueberry. First of all, blue is my favorite color, so it wins automatically. Blueberries are one of the best sources of antioxidants that slow the aging process and drastically reduce cell damage. It is known as the "brain berry". In addition, "the anthocyanin pigments shone in a new study from the University of Illinois tested the effects of blueberries on prostate and liver cancer cells. The results showed that various compounds in wild blueberries—including anthocyanins—possess the power to help prevent cancer in all three phases: initiation, promotion and proliferation". Go Illini.
I'm just about "berried" out. For those of you who were wondering, the dingle berry is not considered a fruit. .........................Matt
Friday, February 15, 2008
-my knees don't "pop" like they used to, face is clearer (crow's feet have diminished and the dark circles under my eyes have lightened), a reduction in belly fat, an increase in strength and mass, recovery time from strenuous exercise is minimal, allergic reactions from food and airborne particles have decreased, and a definite increase in energy.
I take two capsules three times a day on an empty stomach. Eventually, I will go down to four capsules per day. Colostrum is available in chewables and powder form. There are too many benefits of colostrum to go through them all, but everything I've read has been true so far. Stay young and healthy. .........Matt
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
I have earaches all of a sudden. According to WebMD, earaches can occur due to a nasal or respiratory problem. The ear gets infected by the bacteria from the nasal or bronchial disease.
My first reaction is to reach for herbal teas, to kill bad bacteria, strengthen my immune system, and purify my bloodstream, to enable the body's natural defenses to kick in more powerfully.
At Naturally Yours, I have purchased many of the Alvita herbal teas. I'm glad I have mullein and golden seal in particular, for an online herb guide recommends them. I don't have my Back To Eden book nearby, so that's why I searched the web for info on earaches and ear infections.
I discovered this resource online: Herbal Remedies. It gives a brief list of suggested herbs for various ailments and conditions. Not bad for a quick answer.
"Herbal remedies for earaches"
Herbal Remedies For Ear Infections
ECHINACEA Used as a tincture to reduce drainage and speed healing.
GARLIC OIL Is applied to a cotton ball and placed inside ear to help fight infection.
GOLDENSEAL Tincture or capsules are used to boost immune system and speed recovery.
GREEN TEA Is used to help fight viral infections.
MULLEIN OIL Relieves inflamed lining in ear canals. It is applied to cotton and inserted into ear.
OLIVE LEAF Tinctures and capsules are used to fight infection.
ST. JOHN'S WORT OIL Has antiviral properties which help reduce inflammation.
If anyone has any experience treating earaches and ear infections, for adults or children, please post a comment. Thanks.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Should terminally ill patients be used as a subject in experimental tests for phase I studies of pharmaceutical drugs?
I think not, but the FDA and their pharma-brothers think it's a great idea. It could certainly speed up the process of wonderful new drugs by manipulating the outcome of studies. If the patients die, well... they were going to die anyway. I say test the unapproved drugs on FDA executives.
When they start 'dropping like flies', it will make it harder for the pharmaceutical companies to hire them.
Sunday, February 10, 2008
First, I need to address a comment about the foot detox pads from the other day. The ten pads retail for about $20. We only have one brand and one size available. At this point, I still have not received any feedback from customers.
My wife and I are big gum chewers, but we choose to chew different types. I'm trying to get her to switch to my brand because, let's face it, all gum is not created equal. She prefers "Eclipse" and I chew "Spry". What's the difference? Let me explain.
Eclipse: artificial and natural flavors (list of ingredients) maltitol, sorbitol, gum base, acacia, natural and artificial flavors, mannitol, glycerol, soy lecithin, aspartame, color (titanium dioxide), acesulfame k, carnauba wax, and bht (to maintain freshness).
Spry: sugarfree (list of ingredients) xylitol, gum base, natural flavors, glycerin, gum arabic, soy lecithin, and beeswax.
The Eclipse product is full of artificial sweeteners like maltitol, aspartame, and acesulfame k. If you chew enough of this gum, you'll probably get diarrhea, and by now you should already know how bad aspartame is.
Spry gum contains xylitol. Xylitol has been shown to benefit teeth and gum health. Xylitol is a sweetener that occurs naturally. It can be found, for instance, in berries, fruit, vegetables and mushrooms. This sweetener is also known as "birch sugar", because it is derived from birch tree fiber.
(from xylitol.org) "Research has shown that the use of xylitol also helps correct incipient damage to the enamel. Saliva in itself protects the mouth and teeth. Stimulated saliva in particular contains all the components needed to correct incipient caries. If sugar is only taken a couple of times a day, the saliva can do the job alone. But most people take sugar so often that the mouth's own defensive mechanisms are not enough".
"Saliva containing xylitol is more alkaline than saliva stimulated by other sugar products. After taking xylitol products, the concentration of basic amino acids and ammonia in saliva and plaque may rise, and plaque pH rises as well. When pH is above 7, calcium and phosphate salts in saliva start to precipitate into those parts of enamel where they are lacking. Thus, soft, calcium-deficient enamel sites begin to harden again".
My gum can help prevent cavities, and her gum is a neurotoxin. All commercial gum contains high fructose corn syrup or aspartame. Either way, you lose. Try chewing gum that is actually good for your oral health. It's worth the extra cost. ...............Matt
Friday, February 8, 2008
The past few days, I've picked up some things at Naturally Yours.
I was looking at a bottle of Swedish Bitters, an herbal elixir and detox agent. The formula is allegedly derived from a 500 year old, esoteric recipe of the alchemist Paracelsus. I postponed purchasing it until I do some more research online. But it sure looks interesting. Some consider it a universal cure-all.
If anyone out there, reading this blog, has any experience with Swedish Bitters, please share by posting a comment on this post.
My stomach has been kind of sour every day around 10 AM. I also think I'm teetering on the edge of a flu. I've been drinking more herb tea and honey lately, and taking some yogurt or kefir for breakfast. It's probably the late night snacking that's messing me up digestively.
Intuitively sensing that I might need "bitters" to balance my system, I decided to buy a box of organic roasted dandelion herb tea.
I'm a heavy user of such herbal teas as peppermint, mullein, blueberry, red clover, licorice root, and golden seal, but have never tried dandelion. I'll report back later to let you know how it works. Jethro Kloss says you can use dandelion root as a substitute for coffee and it's a terrific blood purifier and digestive system aid.
I needed some shampoo, and was pleased to see all the Avalon Organic shampoos on sale. At first, I was going to get the peppermint, but changed my mind and went with the rosemary. I really like this shampoo, all you need is a few tiny drops, it's so concentrated.
They say your eyesight gets bad when you turn 40.
Well, I'm already as blind as a bat, so I'm not too worried about my eyes deteriorating further. However, I do have an interest in age-related macular degeneration (AMD). You can prevent and reverse this condition by using lutein, zeaxanthin, and bilberry.
Lutein, which is usually extracted from the marigold flower, is a carotenoid that improves symptoms of pigment density, glare recovery, near vision acuity and contrast. In other words, your eyesight gets much better. It is also known to reduce the risk of severe cataracts and colon cancer. Broccoli, spinach, kale, kiwi and grapes have the highest concentration of lutein. Supplements contain 3-24 mg. Higher amounts are more effective, but expect to pay more.
Zeaxanthin is a bioflavonoid which is a type pigment found in almost all herbs, fruits, and vegetables. Bioflavonoids provide the body with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant protection. Lutein and zeaxanthin are the two major carotenoid pigments in the macula and retina. Good products have 3-6mg of zeaxanthin.
Bilberry is used for enhanced night vision and degenerative retinal problems. The anthocyanadins have anti-inflammatory effects, and the fruit has been proven to improve retinal lesions from diabetic retinopathy. An eye complex needs 100-200mg to reach the therapeutic amount.
Now, do you "see" what I'm talking about? ..........Matt .
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Ever wonder if you should take protein drinks as part of your diet?
I can't think of anybody who shouldn't. Don't use the excuse that you're a vegan. There's something for everybody. We have whey, rice, pea, goat, hemp, and soy protein available. Flavors range from unflavored to cookies and cream, and some are a mix of protein with vitamins and minerals.
What's that? ... you don't want to commit to a large container of protein? Fear not, you can buy 1.2 oz all the way up to 5lbs.
From what I've seen, whey protein has the best amino acid profile, but hemp offers omega 3's. Use them as a pre-workout drink or as a meal replacement. It doesn't really matter. If you're looking for more strength and energy, protein drinks are the way to go. .............Matt
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Take care of your liver. The organ has many functions that are vital to good health.
One of your liver’s main function is to break down food and convert it into energy when you need it. Your liver also helps the body to get rid of waste products. Think of it as a filter. It also purifies the blood, manufactures bile, and battles infections.
Diet, alcohol, and prescription drugs can damage the liver, so protect it with these herbs and supplements.
1.) milk thistle: I'd say it's the best thing for your liver. Milk thistle detoxifies the liver as well as protects it against damage. It also has the ability to regenerate the liver.
2.) dandelion root: dandelion root helps induce the flow of bile from the liver, once again, detoxifying the body. A well known herb (not a weed) that aids in digestion and balances electrolytes.
3.) artichoke: This vegetable offers similar liver protection and antioxidant benefits like milk thistle. I has been shown to protect liver cells from carbon tetrachloride toxicity, and enhance tissue regeneration.
4.) coriolus versicolor: A medicinal mushroom that promotes liver function. This particular mushroom has cancer fighting abilities and blocks free radicals that can damage cells.
There are a couple fo things to remember when purchasing a product for your liver. Milk thistle should be the main ingredient standardized to 80% silymarin. Tumeric may also be added to a liver complex along with glutathione, and N-acetylcysteine (NAC).
I almost forgot. Check for a milk thistle supplement that is a phytosome, which is a patented process that binds to 2 parts phosphatidycholine(soy) for better absorbtion. Your liver is one of the most important organs in your body, so take care of it.
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Monday, February 4, 2008
I watched a Montell Williams interview the other day, and he was talking about his very public battle with multiple sclerosis. He is almost symptom free now, due to his diet changes and certain nutritional supplements like "green drinks."
I decided to read up on MS over the weekend (after the SuperBowl of course), because I have never really been able to help anybody put their MS into remission. The supplements I recommend don't make much of an impact, and the customer reluctantly gives up. On the other hand, in my five and a half years working at the store, nobody has ever claimed to have found the answer.
One interesting fact about multiple sclerosis, is the geographical location of most MS cases. The majority of MS is found in the northern parts of the US, and places like Canada, England, and Scandinavia, etc. I immediately thought that it might be a vitamin D deficiency since these areas are generally colder and lack sunlight. After further reading, I think that vit D might be a natural inhibitor, but it still doesn't explain why it happens.
Coincidently, MS doesn't exist in Japan or Southeast Asia. The foods they eat are not typical of a western or European diet. So what is the food that Asians don't normally consume, but is a common staple of our own diet? Cow milk...
Asians drink soy milk or rice milk. Cow's milk is basically non-existent. There has to be a connection. Could it be the growth hormone or antibiotics administered to the herd, or the genetically modified grains they eat each day? Who knows, but this is where the prion hypothesis comes in. No, it's not a somewhat interesting, but mostly boring movie starring Matt Damon. It may just explain the cause and cure of multiple sclerosis.
"All doctors in medicine would agree that the cause of Multiple Sclerosis is that the human immune system begins attacking the myelin sheaths of the neurons in the human body and the immune system destroys them. What most doctors don't say is why the immune system attacks the myelin sheaths. In diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis, there is an abnormal protein detected in spinal fluid, and the abnormal protein is used for diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis. The human immune system is attacking these abnormal proteins which have somehow gotten into the myelin sheaths and the immune system destroys both the abnormal protein and the myelin sheaths."
"The only known thing that could cause an abnormal protein within parts of the human body is a prion. Prions are a rather new discovery and took much debate in the 1980s. None the less, prions are proven to exist. A prion is an infectious agent, lacking either RNA or DNA that attempts to enter into human cells. It changes normal proteins into abnormal proteins. Prions usually attack neurons and the protein structure of neurons as well as the protein structures of genetic code. Once a prion enters into a neuron, it replicates an abnormal protein inside it. Prionic science is in its infant stages. The first government funds allotted towards prion detection and research only began in 2001-2002 and the only prion detection at present is for fast acting prions which cause destruction of neurons and death within 1-2 years after ingestion. Prions are ingested which is one means of contracting a prion. They are usually found within the food table, abnormal proteins given to animals to help them produce more beef or milk. And it might also be possible that prions can be found in grains given to these animals to help them produce more beef or milk. For the most part, Multiple Sclerosis seems to be a slow acting prion, rather than a fast acting prion. This is highly beneficial to those with multiple sclerosis for it means that they can eliminate the prion and replace the normal protein structures of their myelin sheaths." For further research on how prions work, what they are, and scientific proof of their existence please research Dr. Stanley B. Prusiner (1997 Nobel Prize).
You'll also want to read about a study done at a university in Texas in 2005 that confirms Prusiner's theory about prions.
The most interesting part of the study is the connection to cows, and the "transmissible spongiform encephalopathies" (TSEs). Mad cow disease is a TSE caused not by a virus, but a prion. Is mad cow disease the equivalent to multiple sclerosis, or is MS the human form of mad cow disease? There's no question that areas with the most dairy consumption have the highest rate of MS. Think twice about that large glass of milk you're dunking your cookies into.
Decide for yourself. I know what I'll tell customers now. Get off all dairy products, start a gluten free diet, eliminate sugar and artificial sweeteners, consume green drinks, and supplement vitamin D and B12.(the myelin sheath is made up of mostly vit D and B12)
There are 250,000 newly diagnosed patients each year waiting for the cure, when they should be searching for the cause. I believe that all disease is caused by your diet and the environment you live in. MS is no different than the rest. Supernutrition and the elimination of the foods that cause the condition.
Sunday, February 3, 2008
Coffee is the second most traded commodity at $80 billion annually. Oil, the other black gold, ranks first. The United States is also the world's number 1 coffee importer.
The problem is the coffee growers get ripped off. High grade coffee that sells for $25 per lb here in the States, nets the farmer less than a dollar for those same coffee beans. Try making the switch to organic or fair trade brews. It's better quality and you support farmers who benefit from fair competition.
"Organic farmers adhere to biodiversity practices and do not use harmful chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides." There commitment to ecologically superior growing and harvesting procedures prevent toxic chmicals from reaching your cup of coffee each morning. Malathion and DDT are still commonly used on crops if it's not certified organic.
"Fair trade importers agree to pay a minimum price and provide credit to small farmers." Support coffee shops that serve all fair-trade beans. It's only going to cost you about 30 cents per cup, unless you make it so strong it could seal your driveway.
Next time, pour the good stuff, and taste the difference. ......................Matt
Friday, February 1, 2008
Special orders need to be picked up one week after your product arrives. We call you the day it comes in. There is no need to periodically check up on the status. Some products get back ordered, so it could take a month. Usually, we receive the order in one or two weeks.
Mail orders are also available. Your required to pay postage, but that's better than paying for gas.
Our selection of organic produce keeps getting better and better, and bulk items like flour, grains, and snacks can be ordered in large quantities for a 10% discount.
Please try to come in the entrance door. Entering the store through the exit door is a good way to get hurt. The doors are automatic, and they will shut on you. I have seen the look of horror in customer's eyes many times as they try desperately to pry the door open before it closes on their arm.
When buying bulk products, please write the bin number on the bag. It slows everything down when we have to search for the number at the register. Believe me, the people behind you in line will appreciate it.
Thank you for shopping.....................Matt