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    Poultice Making—
    what is a poultice? The term poultice comes from the Latin word for porridge. It was not uncommon to treat inflammations with porridge spread on a cloth and then applied to the inflamed area. They might also cover the chest during a chest cold. Usually, however, plain porridge mixed with mustard was applied directly on the chest and was called a plaster. Poultices may also be called cataplasms ( a medical dressing consisting of a soft heated mass of meal or clay that is spread on a cloth and applied to the skin to treat inflamed areas or improve circulation )—
    Ø Ø The simplest poultice you can make is by using oatmeal or clay—Simply add water to a bowl and add either or both of the clay or oatmeal—this can either draw out or put into the are what is needed to balance out or rectify a health condition—-
    Ø Ø Another way of making a poultice is by adding herbs or using herbs—what you would do is powder down some herbs either by pestle and mortar or coffee grinder or blender —you can add a combination of the herbs or just add one—you can heat the powder in little water to increase the release of the components of the herb by either adding it directly into a pot of wat and to simmer the herb til desired heat –and if needed add more powdered herb to a bowl if the herbal mix is to soppy ( sometimes after heating the herbs in a pot of water it can be a little runny so when you p0wder the herbs down always leave a little on the side just for this reason)
    Ø Ø Another way is to just use clay—I use a diamatious clay—just add water and make a paste out of this —again not to soppy or to dry —it will lay on the skin like a paste and when it dries it will draw out the poisons that maybe underlying in the skin–When applying these poultices—consider raising the levels of antioxidants ( vitamin C—alpha lipoic acid—Vitamin A—Vitamin E—Thyme—Rosemary—Cinammon—Bayleaf—Green Tea—Astragulus—Reishi Mushrooms—etc—YOU DON’T have to Use all of these —they are examples to consider —straight or in combination
    Making a Seed Milk
    Let the almonds ( or other seed or grains you might want to explore ) sit in a glass container or Jar over night ( you can do it in a shorter period of time but you might find it takes longer to blend and mix) the next day blend mix with your favourite sweetener ( Unpasteurized honey, xylitol, maple syrup, corn syrup ?whatever you would like or even use unsweetened) Add xanthium gum as a binder it keeps every thing together —Blend til smooth and add water as you blend til you fill to top of blender? blend til smooth–Stop pour out into another container ( preferably glass) refrigerate and drink or drink straight from the blender either way you will love it
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    Vitamin E may boost brain health after stroke–Recipe
    Food Supplements Directive Stay positive –or bans may follow
    Vitamin B12 May Protect The Brain In Old Age
    New study confirms bisphenol A link to heart disease
    Thyme Oil Can Inhibit COX2 and Suppress Inflammation—Recipe 2
    Vitamin E may boost brain health after stroke
    Tocotrienols may prevent nerve cell death in the brain following a stroke, suggests new research on this emerging form of vitamin E. —Alpha-tocotrienol, one of eight forms of vitamin E, was found to inhibit an enzyme from releasing fatty acids that eventually kill neurons, according to findings from a study with mouse brain cells published in the Journal of Neurochemistry. —The beneficial effects are observed at low levels of the nutrient, researchers from Ohio State University report following their National Institutes of Health-funded study. —“Our research suggests that the different forms of natural vitamin E have distinct functions. The relatively poorly studied tocotrienol form of natural vitamin E targets specific pathways to protect against neural cell death and rescues the brain after stroke injury,” said Professor Chandan Sen, lead researcher of the study. “Here, we identify a novel target for tocotrienol that explains how neural cells are protected.” –“We have studied an enzyme that is present all the time, but one that is activated after a stroke in a way that causes neurodegeneration. We found that it can be put in check by very low levels of tocotrienol,” he said. “So what we have here is a naturally derived nutrient, rather than a drug, that provides this beneficial impact.” –Industrial welcome –The study’s results were welcomed by Carotech, the producer of the tocotrienol ingredient used in the study. Dr Sharon Ling, vice president, scientific affairs, sales & marketing (Europe) for Carotech Ltd (London) told NutraIngredients that the company is “very excited that tocotrienol – a natural dietary nutrient from palm oil – can be just as effective [as drugs or other therapeutic agents], if not more so, in neural protection. –“This should open up new possibilities into prevention and even treatment of stroke and other neurodegenerative diseases,” she added. Dr Ling added that the potential neuroprotective effects of nanomolar levels of tocotrienol were first reported a decade ago. “This latest study from The Ohio State University elucidates how very low levels of tocotrienol, which are readily achievable by daily supplementation, protects the brain in artificially induced stroke,” she added. —“It shows tocotrienol inhibits the enzyme cPLA2 from releasing arachidonic acid into the brain. The release of arachidonic acid is an important step in causing neuronal death from glutamate induced state which mimics stroke,” explained Dr Ling. –The vitamin E family —There are eight forms of vitamin E: four tocopherols (alpha, beta, gamma, delta) and four tocotrienols (alpha, beta, gamma, delta). Alpha-tocopherol is the main source found in supplements and in the European diet, while gamma-tocopherol is the most common form in the American diet. Tocotrienols (TCT) are only minor components in plants, although several sources with relatively high levels include palm oil, cereal grains and rice bran. –While the majority of research on vitamin E has focused on alpha-Toc, studies into tocotrienols account for less than one per cent of all research into vitamin E. –Study details —Sen and his co-workers looked at the effects of alpha-tocotrienol to inhibit the action of the enzyme called cystolic calcium-dependent phospholipase A2, or cPLA2. Following the trauma of blocked blood flow associated with a stroke, an excessive amount of the neurotransmitter glutamate is released in the brain. Despite playing an important role in learning and memory, too much glutamate can trigger the death of brain cells, or neurons, said to be the most damaging effects of a stroke.—( á á á if you eat things like cottage cheese or breads with GMO production then one way to offset a potential issue is by including either Taurine or glycine or gaba to offset the problem of glutamate á á á )—By introducting excess glutamate into the brain cells of mice, the Ohio-based researchers mimicked the brain’s environment after a stroke. In the presence of excess glutamate, cPLA2 released arachidonic acid into the brain, which subsequently underwent an enzymatic chemical reaction to become toxic. —When tocotrienol was introduced to cells exposed to the high levels of glutamate arachidonic acid levels decreased by 60 per cent, said the researchers. This resulted in a cell survival rate four times higher than cells exposed to glutamate alone. —Prof Sen noted that the effects were observable with a 250 nanomolar dose of tocotrienol. This is equivalent to a concentration about 10 times lower than the average amount of tocotrienol circulating in humans who consume the vitamin regularly. –“On a concentration basis, this finding represents the most potent of all biological functions exhibited by any natural vitamin E molecule,” wrote the researchers in the Journal of Neurochemistry. –“This work provides first evidence in recognizing inducible cPLA2 activity as a key target of tocotrienol in protecting against glutamate-induced neurotoxicity,” they added. –Amazing potential —The new findings come after seven years of collaboration between Prof Sen and Carotech, said Mr W.H. Leong, vice president of Carotech Inc. —“The science generated with Tocomin and Tocomin SupraBio for the last seven years has been amazing especially on the potent neuroprotective effect of tocotrienols,” Mr Leong told NutraIngredients. “Being the largest and only GMP-certified tocotrienol producer, it underscores Carotech’s commitment to on science and clinical trials to bring this unique form of vitamin E to our customers.” –Source: Journal of Neurochemistry–Published online ahead of print, doi: 10.1111/j.1471-4159.2009.06550.x–“Nanomolar vitamin E alpha-tocotrienol Inhibits glutamate-induced activation of phospholipase A2 and causes neuroprotection”–Authors: S. Khanna, N.L. Parinandi, S.R. Kotha, S. Roy, C. Rink, D. Bibus, C.K. Sen
    á á á Recipe—you can take a supplement based vitamin E with Magnesium and Taurine to assist with the process of eliminating the unwanted effects of glutamate overload—remember a lot of this comes from soy ( msg ) and wheat that has been GMO or GE —the studies done on this was that the actual problem in the gluten was not the gluten itself but the abnormal levels of glutamate cause a lot to have a gluten intolerance when in fact it is a glutamate intolerance—-a lot of the things consumed in packages and cans or bags have in fact things like autolysed yeast—canola—msg—or soy additives that will cause in some cases an allergic reaction from a roseae like blemish called RIBO RASH—to kidney issues and digestive issue and intestinal issues—Eliminating this in the diet will assist and adding these supplements can offset the glutamates—here are other things that can reduce the impact of glutamates—-Folic Acid counteracts the toxicity of Glutamic Acid. —Lipoic Acid inhibits the excitotoxic effects of Glutamic Acid.—Vitamin B12 (especially the Methylcobalamin form of Vitamin B12) helps to prevent the damage to Neurons caused by exposure to excessive levels of Glutamic Acid. —Acetyl-L-Carnitine (ALC) helps to protect Neurons from the excitotoxic effects of excessive Glutamic Acid. N-Acetyl-Cysteine (NAC) inhibits the excitotoxic effects of Glutamic Acid. –Foods that will assist will be garlic ( it has Cysteine in several forms combine it with vinegar and you will have you NAC) consuming potatoes and wheat germ will also assist in the reduction of glutamatic acid—
    Food Supplements Directive Stay positive –or bans may follow–
    Products containing nutrients that don’t appear on the EU Food Supplements Directive (FSD) positive lists are now officially illegal and can be stripped from store shelves after the derogation period expired on December 31, 2009. –While this is not a problem for most companies that have engaged in reformulation where necessary to ensure their products are in line with the FSD, there remains a question mark over products that may remain on-market, and the manner in which the regulation will be enforced across the 27 member states of the European Union bloc. —Several member state trade associations have highlighted the issue, with concerned companies wondering what actions need to be taken in regard to unsold stock. —According to the European Federation of Associations of Health Product Manufacturers (EHPM) regulatory affairs director, Lorène Courrège, it is difficult to tell exactly how the regulation will be enforced. –“It is up to the enforcement agencies in each member state now,” she said. “It is difficult to say what actions will be taken , if any, but I suspect there is going to be a pragmatic approach.” –Asking for trouble —But she said companies were asking for trouble if they allowed products to remain on-shelf containing prohibited ingredients.—“This deadline has not come as a surprise – there has a lot of warning about it and prudent manufacturers will remove products otherwise there is a danger products could be removed from shelves.”—A European Commission spokesperson said the Commission left it to member state enforcement bodies to get on with policing the regulation, unless it received a corporate or consumer complaint directly that may prompt it into action. “There are instances where we can deal with on a case-by-case basis but usually it is up to the member states to enforce the rule,” she said. –Trade groups in Poland, Lithuania, the UK, the Czech Republic, Belgium and Hungary have registered concern about how the regulation is going to be enforced and what kind of advice they should be giving their members. —The Polish Council for Supplements and Nutritional Foods (KRSiO) had lobbied for an extended transition period to 2014, but this failed. It called the imposition of the Directive into Polish law a “flawed transposition”. —Edvinas Butkus, executive director of the Lithuanian Self-medication Industry Association (LSIA), said its members had highlighted as potentially problematic products containing ingredients such as chromium nicotinate and nickel sulfate. –Butkus said he was aware of about 10 ingredients that were raising potential red flags for its members. –“We hope extra time will be given to allow some of these products, for which there are no safety concerns, to be sold through.” Safety concerns —Aušra Aleknavičiūtė, products and registration specialist at supplier Walmark in Lithuania, said a sell-through period should be allowed because nutrients not on the positive list did not necessarily possess safety concerns. —In many cases the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) did not, “have enough data for their evaluation.” —“Those substances have been on the EU market for a long time and there is no serious reason for immediate withdrawal of these substances from the market. For such substances, there is no reason not to allow a reasonable sell-out period on the national level.” —Information about the FSD, including the full text and the annexes, can be found here . —EFSA processed 533 applications relating to 344 nutrients and identified safety concerns with 39 of them.
    Vitamin B12 May Protect The Brain In Old Age
    Vitamin B12, a nutrient found in meat, fish and milk, may protect against brain volume loss in older people. —ScienceDaily (Sep. 11, 2008) — Vitamin B12, a nutrient found in meat, fish and milk, may protect against brain volume loss in older people, according to a study published in the September 9, 2008, issue of Neurology.—For the study, 107 people between the ages of 61 and 87 underwent brain scans, memory testing and physical exams. Researchers also collected blood samples to check vitamin B12 levels. Brain scans and memory tests were also performed again five years later.—The study found that people who had higher vitamin B12 levels were six times less likely to experience brain shrinkage compared with those who had lower levels of the vitamin in their blood. None of the people in the study had vitamin B12 deficiency. á á á SOY has been studied to cause brain shrinkage and it depletes vitamin B12 as one of the elements it depletes as well as zinc –vitamin E—cacium—magnesium and manganese to mention a few!!!—-“Many factors that affect brain health are thought to be out of our control, but this study suggests that simply adjusting our diets to consume more vitamin B12 through eating meat, fish, fortified cereals or milk may be something we can easily adjust to prevent brain shrinkage and so perhaps save our memory,” said study author Anna Vogiatzoglou, MSc, with the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. “Research shows that vitamin B12 deficiency is a public health problem, especially among the elderly, so more vitamin B12 intake could help reverse this problem. Without carrying out a clinical trial, we acknowledge that it is still not known whether B12 supplementation would actually make a difference in elderly persons at risk for brain shrinkage.”—“Previous research on the vitamin has had mixed results and few studies have been done specifically with brain scans in elderly populations. We tested for vitamin B12 levels in a unique, more accurate way by looking at two certain markers for it in the blood,” said Vogiatzoglou.-Vogiatzoglou says the study did not look at whether taking vitamin B12 supplements would have the same effect on memory.—The study was supported by the UK Alzheimer’s Research Trust, the Medical Research Council, the Charles Wolfson Charitable Trust, the Norwegian Foundation for Health and Rehabilitation through the Norwegian Health Association, Axis-Shield plc and the Johan Throne Holst Foundation for Nutrition Research. The research was part of the program of the Oxford Project to Investigate Memory and Aging at the University of Oxford.—Story Source:–Adapted from materials provided by American Academy of Neurol
    New study confirms bisphenol A link to heart disease
    More evidence linking bisphenol A (BPA) to heart disease has been found by a group of researchers in the UK. —A team from the Peninsula Medical School and the University of Exeter said analysis of new data from the United States demonstrates that “higher BPA exposure, reflected in higher urinary concentrations of BPA, is consistently associated with reported heart disease in the general adult population of the USA”. The research was published in the journal PlosOne. —The results of the latest study carried out last year, re-confirm findings from a similar review undertaken the year before, said the group as it stated more research to “clarify the mechanisms of these associations” was urgently needed. Professor David Melzer, the academic leading the study, said the results confirmed the original findings were not a statistical anomaly. BPA link to heart disease –Using data from National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2006- 2006 population study, researchers evaluated 1,493 people aged 18 to 74. They discovered that urinary concentrations of BPA had dropped by 30 per cent compared to previous results from 2003-04. However, they also found that higher BPA concentrations in urine were still associated with an increased prevalence of coronary heart disease in 2005-06. —“This is only the second analysis of BPA in a large human population sample,” said Melzer, professor of Epidemiology and Public Health at Exeter’s Peninsula Medical School. “It has allowed us to largely confirm our original analysis and exclude the possibility that our original findings were a statistical blip.” —Professor Tamara Galloway, professor of Ecotoxicology at the University of Exeter and senior author of the paper said more investigation was needed into the cause of the health risk associations to clarify whether they were caused by BPA itself or some other factors linked to BPA exposure. —“The risks associated with exposure to BPA may be small, but they are relevant to very large numbers of people. This information is important since it provides a great opportunity for intervention to reduce the risks,” she added. —-BPA is a chemical used in polycarbonate baby bottles and sippy cups, as well as in the expoxy lining s of food cans. Its continued inclusion in food packaging has provoked considerable consumer anxiety in the United States. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is currently reviewing its stance that the chemical poses no threat at existing acceptable levels. The agency was due to deliver its verdict by 30 November, 2009, but has yet to release its decision. —Lack of evidence —The American Chemistry Council (ACC) said the study lacked sufficient evidence. “Studies of this type are very limited in what they tell us about potential impacts on human health,” said Steven G. Hentges, of the body’s Polycarbonate/BPA Global Group. —“While they can provide helpful information on where to focus future research, by themselves they cannot and should not be used to demonstrate that a particular chemical can cause a particular effect.” –He added: “The study itself does not establish a cause-and-effect relationship between BPA exposure and heart disease. In addition, the robustness of these limited findings is questionable, as fewer than 50 participants self-reported health conditions without medical confirmation.” —David Melzer, Neil E. Rice, Ceri Lewis, William E. Henley, Tamara S. Galloway. Association of Urinary Bisphenol A Concentration with Heart Disease: Evidence from NHANES 2003/06. PLoS ONE, 2010; 5 (1): e8673 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0008673 á á á —Interesting Note here—the studies are not conclusive based on the retort from industry but the fact is A) in huge populace utilizing these materials and then discarding them will cause an overload environmentally which in turn comes back into us B) Xenoestrogens have in fact connected to cancer and when several of them are exposed together they have a synergy to increase the detrimental impact to people and there health causing immune system break down—cancer—hormonal disruption and balance for both men and women
    Thyme Oil Can Inhibit COX2 and Suppress Inflammation
    Thyme growing. Researchers have found that six essential oils -from thyme, clove, rose, eucalyptus, fennel and bergamot — can suppress the inflammatory COX-2 enzyme, in a manner similar to resveratrol, the chemical linked with the health benefits of red wine. –ScienceDaily (Jan. 14, 2010) — For those who do not drink, researchers have found that six essential oils -from thyme, clove, rose, eucalyptus, fennel and bergamot — can suppress the inflammatory COX-2 enzyme, in a manner similar to resveratrol, the chemical linked with the health benefits of red wine. They also identified that the chemical carvacrol was primarily responsible for this suppressive activity.–These findings, appearing in the January issue of Journal of Lipid Research, provide more understanding of the health benefits of many botanical oils and provide a new avenue for anti-inflammatory drugs.—Essential oils from plants have long been a component of home remedies, and even today are used for their aromatherapy, analgesic (e.g. cough drops), or antibacterial properties. Of course, the exact way they work is not completely understood. However, Hiroyasu Inoue and colleagues in Japan believed that many essential oils might target COX-2 much like compounds in wine and tea.—So, they screened a wide range of commercially available oils and identified six (thyme, clove, rose, eucalyptus, fennel and bergamot) that reduced COX-2 expression in cells by at least 25%. Of these, thyme oil proved the most active, reducing COX-2 levels by almost 75%.—When Inoue and colleagues analyzed thyme oil, they found that the major component -carvacrol- was the primary active agent; in fact when they use pure carvacrol extracts in their tests COX-2 levels decreased by over 80%.Story Source:–Adapted from materials provided by American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, via EurekAlert!, a service of AAAS.–Journal Reference:–Mariko Hotta, Rieko Nakata, Michiko Katsukawa, Kazuyuki Hori, Saori Takahashi, and Hiroyasu Inoue. Carvacrol, a component of thyme oil, activates PPAR-gamma and suppresses COX-2 expression. Journal of Lipid Research, January, 2010
    á á á Recipe 2—take the essential oil of thyme 1-2 drops—add 1 tablespoon of honey—add 1/8 tsp off cayenne pepper –and mix well —and use 1/8 tsp of this—you have made an analgesic ( pain killer) Brain enhancer ( thyme increases DHA levels in the brain heart and kidneys )Immune enhancer—you will have the second strongest antioxidant in the world with thyme—circulation—anti bacterial—antifungal—antiviral impact from thisá á á You can make a tea with thyme as well by adding 2-3 sprigs of thyme with bay leaf 2-3 leafs and rosemary 1-2 sprigs—in a 2 pint pot—this will again be very potent for anti fungal –anti bacterial—anti microbial—antiviral—good for the reduction of yeast and mold—impacting brain efficiency and the reduction of brain fog a well as a Antioxidant and Immune support