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Radical Remedy: Echinacea

Echinacea can be used for many more things than just the flu.

With increasing resistance of bacteria to antibiotics; the growing resistance of the influenza virus to vaccines, and the often ineffective prescription medications for the common cold, it is no wonder that many people are looking to natural alternatives to strengthen their immunity.

The body of evidence in favor of Echinacea to do just that is quite convincing. This amazing plant contains compounds called Cichoic Acid and Echinacoside. The first one has been shown to eliminate (by a process called phagocytosis) bacteria and viruses by immune cells called phagocytes. It also inhibits the ability of the HIV virus entering into and thus infecting immune cells. Echinacoside on the other hand provides antibiotic activity against Staphylococci and Streptococci; both very common bacteria that cause numerous infections.

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Radical Remedies: The Health Benefits of Magic Mushrooms

Today’s topic is perhaps the most interesting so far. With increasing legality of medical marihuana and the increasing flow of positive evidence of its health benefits it is no surprise that renowned university research centers have undertaken studies of magic mushrooms.

A study performed by John Hopkins University has found that low doses of the active ingredient in magic mushrooms, called psilocybin, had an anti-aging effect on openness. Openness relates to the ability to see and appreciate beauty, to imagine, to be aware of our own and other peoples feelings and to be curious and creative. Normally these traits attenuate as we age as we become more rigid. Magic mushrooms have been found to reverse this process with long lasting effects, on average up to a year or longer.

Research volunteers have reported increased interconnectedness to all people and things, feeling of peace and joy, a sense of sacredness and of stepping outside of “normal time and space”.

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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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Radical Remedies: Fecal Transplants Work

Shocking but true: Another person’s stool samples in enteric-coated capsules can save your life in the case of a certain devastating condition. Fecal transplant treatment is here to stay.

It all begins with a condition called Pseudomembranous Colitis —an infection of the bowel caused by clostridium difficile bacteria. The condition develops after antibiotic treatment eradicates all bacteria in the gut, including the good bacteria called probiotics. Normally probiotics prevent colonisation by bad toxic bacteria. However, when these good bacteria are eradicated by antibiotics, there is plenty of room for bad bacteria to step in and cause disease. The consequence: C-difficile causes the deaths of 300 people each day in North America — despite modern medical efforts.

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Radical Remedies: Prescription Medications, Their Side Effects and Natural Alternatives

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As you may have heard on the Natural Health Show this last Saturday I talked about prescription medications and natural alternative compounds. Most of you may have been shocked by my approach, but as a Medical Doctor I am aware of the serious side effects of all prescription meds. Of course some have more serious potential side effects than others but they all have them to some degree. It is the art of the medical profession to weigh the pros and cons of any medication to determine if the beneficial effects of treating certain conditions outweigh the negative effects of these medications.

The problem is that this art takes years of clinical experience and a clear understanding of the positive and negative effects of prescription meds. Another problem is that in general there is a tendency on the part of physicians to over-prescribe medications especially in situations where the medical condition is not as serious as to warrant the use of such medications. This applies especially when there are alternative more natural solutions with either no side effects at all or side effects which are much less serious and burdensome to the patient.

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