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Radical Remedies: Royal Jelly

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Did you know that bees create Royal Jelly?

When worker bees are raising a new queen bee, they feed a few chosen larvae copious amounts of Royal Jelly, a honeybee secretion that stimulates morphological changes in the larvae to transform them into queens. The queen is much larger than the workers, it has a longer life span and unlike to the worker bees, it has ovaries that can produce eggs.

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome IBS

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Welcome back all of my dear readers. This months blog themes are Cancer awareness (prevention and what to do once you got it), and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). I will begin with the latter.

The prevalence of IBS in the Canadian population is 6%. It is 3 times more likely to be diagnosed in women than in men and is responsible for 30 billion dollars annually in medical costs and non medical costs (e.g. work absenteeism) in the US.

The symptoms are mostly abdominal pain with a predominance of diarrhea, constipation or both alternating with one another. Other symptoms are excessive flatulence and bloating.

A clear cause is still unknown. There are two prevalent theories. One is that a large proportion of IBS occurs after some kind of gastrointestinal infection. The other large proportion of IBS occurs in individuals that have undergone some kind of significant stressful event. This stressful event may have happened just prior to the IBS symptoms or years before. Needless to say psychological trauma and/or GI infections seem to correlate strongly with this condition. Continue reading


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Radical Remedies: Natural Pain Management

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Pain management. It’s a very hot topic. The reason for this is straight forward. It is safe to say that every living person in this world has experienced pain at one time or another. It is also the predominant feature of most diseases, acute and chronic alike.

Pain is commonly elicited in regions of the body where there is inflammation. If the inflammation lasts a long time, it causes damage to the organ that is inflamed. This may lead to chronic, debilitating and painful illness.

The problem with common pain medications is that they rely heavily on blocking the perception of pain but not the underlying cause. Another problem with these medications is that most of them have serious side effects and can also be highly addictive as they fall in the category of narcotics.

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Pain Management

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Pain Management. It’s a very hot topic, and a topic which will be covered on the upcoming episode of the Natural Health Show. The reason for this is straight forward. It is safe to say that every living person in this world has experienced pain at one time or another. It is also the predominant feature of most diseases, acute and chronic alike. The human body has literally millions of pain nerve endings which are located in every single organ (including the skin) with the exception of the brain. The brain is unique in this respect because it is the organ which processes pain signals and sends signals back to the point of origin so that we feel pain in those regions, but it has no pain receptors of its own. In other words poking the brain during brain surgeries does not elicit pain and that is why some brain surgeries are performed on conscious patients without general anesthesia.

From the biological point of view the reason for the existence of pain is two fold. First is makes us aware that something is wrong and that the region of our body where the pain is located needs our attention and care. Secondly pain is commonly elicited in regions of the body where there is an inflammatory process. This inflammatory process is partly beneficial because it attracts immune cells to this specific region so that these cells can “fix” the problem. On the other hand, if the inflammation is chronic and lasts a long time it causes progressive damage to the organ which is inflamed. This may lead to chronic long term illnesses, some examples of which are arthritis (due to inflammation of joints), bronchitis (due to inflammation of airways), or cirrhosis (due to inflammation of the liver), to name a few.

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