If you suffer from Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Arthritis or any other inflammatory condition you might want to include these in your diet.
Our lives are filled with stress. We live in a complex and uncertain world. It doesn’t matter where the stress comes from work, family, financial problems or our surroundings, the effect on the body is the same. Emotional distress, physical pain and chronic inflammation are aggravated by the stress we encounter in our day to day lives.
Stress short-circuit’s the body’s bioelectrical system causing a serious disruption in the way the body functions. This results in a lowering of the immune system; increases in blood pressure and cholesterol levels; alterations of brain chemistry, blood sugar levels and hormonal balance. It also increases the growth of tumors.
How Stress Causes Disease
When you’re stressed, your body releases stress hormones like cortisol, which prepare your body to fight or flee the stressful event. Your heart rate increases, your lungs take in more oxygen, your blood flow increases and parts of your immune system become temporarily suppressed, which reduces your inflammatory response to pathogens and other foreign invaders.
When stress becomes chronic, however, your immune system becomes less sensitive to cortisol, and since inflammation is partly regulated by this hormone, this decreased sensitivity heightens the inflammatory response and allows inflammation to get out of control.
Dwelling on stressful events increases C-reactive protein in your body which increases inflammation.
Although it’s impossible to completely remove all the stressors in our lives there are tools which can help us compensate for the damages stress causes.
Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), is one of these tools. It teaches you to reprogram your body’s reactions to the unavoidable stressors of everyday life. Developed in the 1990’s EFT is similar to acupuncture in that it stimulates different energy meridian points in the body by tapping them with your fingertips while using verbal affirmations.
The following video by EFT practitioner Julie Schiffman provides you with a general idea of just how simple EFT can be. It is particularly effective for relieving emotional or mental stress and anxiety but it can be used for physical pain relief as well. EFT can be done anytime you’re feeling stressed and as many times a day as you need to. When done in the morning, afternoon and right before bed it can help to de-stress the body.
The next time you’re not feeling up to par instead of reaching for chermical pain killers, try these “all natural” remedies that can be found in most kitchens.
1. Make Muscle Pain a Memory with Ginger
When Danish researchers asked achy people to jazz up their diets with ginger, it eased muscle and joint pain, swelling and stiffness for up to 63 percent of them within two months. Experts credit ginger’s potent compounds called gingerols, which prevent the production of pain-triggering hormones. The study-recommended dose: Add at least 1 teaspoon of dried ginger or 2 teaspoons of chopped ginger to meals daily.
2. Heal Heartburn with Cider Vinegar
Sip 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar mixed with 8 ounces of water before every meal, and experts say you could shut down painful bouts of heartburn in as little as 24 hours. “Cider vinegar is rich in malic and tartaric acids, powerful digestive aids that speed the breakdown of fats and proteins so your stomach can empty quickly, before food washes up into the esophagus, triggering heartburn pain,” explains Joseph Brasco, M.D., a gastroenterologist at the Center for Colon and Digestive Diseases in Huntsville, AL.
3. Prevent PMS with Yogurt
Up to 80 percent of women will struggle with premenstrual syndrome and its uncomfortable symptoms, report Yale researchers. The reason: Their nervous systems are sensitive to the ups and downs in estrogen and progesterone that occur naturally every month. But snacking on 2 cups of yogurt a day can slash these symptoms by 48 percent, say researchers at New York ’s Columbia University . “Yogurt is rich in calcium, a mineral that naturally calms the nervous system, preventing painful symptoms even when hormones are in flux,” explains Mary Jane Minkin, M.D., a professor of gynecology at Yale University.
4. Tame Chronic Pain with Turmeric
Studies show turmeric, a popular East Indian spice, is actually three times more effective at easing pain than aspirin, ibuprofen or naproxen, plus it can help relieve chronic pain for 50 percent of people struggling with arthritis and even Fibromyalgia, according to Cornell researchers. That’s because turmeric’s active ingredient, curcumin, naturally shuts down cyclooxygenase 2, an enzyme that churns out a stream of pain-producing hormones, explains nutrition researcher Julian Whitaker, M.D. and author of the book, Reversing Diabetes. The study-recommended dose: Sprinkle 1/4 teaspoon of this spice daily onto any rice, poultry, meat or vegetable dish.
5. Prevent Digestive Upsets with Pineapple
Got gas? One cup of fresh pineapple daily can cut painful bloating within 72 hours, say researchers at California ’s Stanford University . That’s because pineapple is natually packed with proteolytic enzymes, digestive aids that help speed the breakdown of pain-causing proteins in the stomach and small intestine, say USDA researchers.
Relax Painful Muscles with Peppermint
6. Suffering from tight, sore muscles?
Stubborn knots can hang around for months if they aren’t properly treated, says naturopath Mark Stengler, N.D., author of the book, The Natural Physician’s Healing Therapies. His advice: Three times each week, soak in a warm tub scented with 10 drops of peppermint oil. The warm water will relax your muscles, while the peppermint oil will naturally soothe your nerves — a combo that can ease muscle cramping 25 percent more effectively than over-the-counter painkillers, and cut the frequency of future flare-ups in half, says Stengler.
7. Heal Sinus Problems with Horseradish
Latest studies show sinusitis is the nation’s number one chronic health problem. And this condition doesn’t just spur congestion and facial pain, it also makes sufferers six times more likely to feel achy all-over. Horseradish to the rescue! According to German researchers, this eye-watering condiment naturally revs up blood flow to the sinus cavities, helping to open and drain clogged sinuses and heal sinus infections more quickly than decongestant sprays do. The study-recommended dose: One teaspoon twice daily (either on its own, or used as a sandwich or meat topping) until symptoms clear.
8. Beat Bladder Infections with Blueberries
Eating 1 cup of blueberries daily, whether you opt for them fresh, frozen or in juice form, can cut your risk of a urinary tract infection (UTIs) by 60 percent, according to researchers at New Jersey’s Rutgers University. That’s because blueberries are loaded with tannins, plant compounds that wrap around problem-causing bacteria in the bladder, so they can’t get a toehold and create an infection, explains Amy Howell, Ph.D. a scientist at Rutgers University.
9. Heal Mouth Sores with Honey
Dab painful canker and cold sores with unpasteurized honey four times daily until these skin woes disappear, and they’ll heal 43 percent faster than if you use a prescription cream, say researchers at the Dubai Specialized Medical Center in the United Arab Emirates . Raw honey’s natural enzymes zap inflammation, destroy invading viruses and speed the healing of damaged tissues, say the study authors.
10. Cure Migraines with Coffee
Prone to migraines? Try muscling-up your painkiller with a coffee chaser. Whatever over-the-counter pain med you prefer, researchers at the National Headache Foundation say washing it down with a strong 12- ounce cup of coffee will boost the effectiveness of your medication by 40 percent or more. Experts say caffeine stimulates the stomach lining to absorb painkillers more quickly and more effectively.
11. Tame Leg Cramps with Tomato Juice
At least one in five people regularly struggle with leg cramps. The culprit? Potassium deficiencies, which occur when this mineral is flushed out by diuretics, caffeinated beverages or heavy perspiration during exercise. But sip 10 ounces of potassium-rich tomato juice daily and you’ll not only speed your recovery, you’ll reduce your risk of painful cramp flare-ups in as little as 10 days, say UCLA researchers.
Written By Robert Tait, Jerusalem, 25 Apr 2013
The Telegraph, U.K.
Women’s rights campaigners won a potential landmark legal victory after a judge ruled that they should be allowed to pray at the Western Wall, Judaism’s most sacred site, in a manner previously deemed only fit for men.
The Jerusalem District Court said police were wrong to arrest five members of the Women of the Wall movement this month after they tried to worship under prayer shawls, known as tallits, and recite the Torah aloud.
The decision represents a major step forward for the organisation in a long and bitter campaign against an edict from conservative ultra-orthodox Jews that women should be forbidden wearing shawls at the wall, site of the ancient Jewish temple.
Police detained the women amid a hail of angry catcalls from ultra-orthodox men two weeks ago as they gathered for prayers to mark the start of the Hebrew month.
Officers said they had been arrested for violating a 2003 supreme court ruling that laid down that women praying under tallits broke the “tradition of the site” while provoking disturbances by upsetting other worshippers.
A Jerusalem magistrates court later threw out a police application to prosecute the five women.
Ruling on an appeal against the rejection, Judge Sobel said the police had misinterpreted the supreme court verdict and were not justified in using it as a basis for arresting the women.
“The conclusion in the  ruling is not phrased as an order directed at the Women of the Wall, but as a recommendation,”he wrote.
“The fear of creating disturbances, without a claim that any of the defendants used any kind of violence, physical or verbal, does not constitute a reasonable basis for the fear that the defendants are those who threaten public security or the security of any person in the Western Wall plaza.”
Anat Hoffman, chairwoman of Women of the Wall, said the latest ruling “liberated the Western Wall for all Jewish people.”. “We did it for the great diversity of Jews in the world, all of whom deserve to pray according to their belief and custom at the Western Wall,” she told the newspaper Haaretz.
This month’s arrests took place a day after the Nathan Sharansky, head of the state-run Jewish Agency, proposed a compromise to the dispute that would see a separate mixed section opening, away from the male-only compound, where females could worship as they liked.
Mr Sharansky had been charged with finding a solution by Benjamin Netanyahu, Israelﾒs prime minister, who has come under pressure on the issue from liberal American Jews.
Senator Tom Coburn produces an annual report, the “Wastebook”, outlining how much of YOUR tax dollars the government wastes each year. Every person who pays taxes should receive a copy of this report, it’s an eye-opener. Take a deep breath, sit down and prepare to be amazed. Listed below are the first 10 items noted in Senator Coburn’s report with a summary of each. This is not a joke, THESE ARE FOR REAL. There are a total of 100 items in the report, each more ridiculous than the next. If you’re feeling brave, click on the link below to go to Senator Coburn’s website and see a full explanation for each of the 100 items you’re paying for.
The Federal government is so bloated, mismanaged and fraught with fraud and corruption that one can only wonder why it’s taken us this long to come to the brink of bankruptcy.
1. The most unproductive and unpopular Congress in modern history does nothing while America struggles – (Congress) $132 million
Congress is “on pace to make history [for] the least productive legislative year” since 1947, with just 61 bills passed and made law in 2012 to date.4 “Even taking into account bills the House and Senate are expected to pass in the upcoming lame-duck session, the current Congress could easily have the lowest level of legislative activity since statistics began being tabulated,” according to the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call.
2. Professional sports loophole – (Taxes) $91 million
The National Football League (NFL), the National Hockey League (NHL), and the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) classify themselves as non-profit organizations to exempt themselves from federal income taxes on earnings. Smaller sports leagues, such as the National Lacrosse League, are also using the tax status.
3. OH SNAP! Junk food, luxury drinks, soap operas, and billions of dollars in improper food stamp payments – (Department of Agriculture) $4.5 billion
Starbucks drinks, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Taco Bell, soap operas, and alcohol were all purchased this year with federal food stamp funds. In Tennessee, food stamps paid for beer, diapers, and condoms. In three states, some individuals received more food stamp benefits simply because they smoke marijuana.
4. Oklahoma keeps unused airport open to collect federal checks – (OK) $450,000
The Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission (OAC) voted this year to keep a rarely used Lake Murray State Park Airport open simply to land more federal funds. The airport averages just one flight per month, has no planes based there, and is situated mere miles from two more heavily used airports.
5. Moroccan pottery classes – (U.S. Agency for International Development) $27 million
In 2009, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) began pursuing a four-year plan to improve the economic competitiveness of Morocco. A review by the agency’s Inspector General (IG) found the $27-million project “was not on track to achieve its goals.”
6. Out-of-this-world Martian food tasting – (HI) $947,000
That is the goal of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Advanced Food Technology Project, which has already developed a recipe for pizza and about 100 other foods that could be served some day on Mars.
7. When robot squirrels attack – (CA) $325,000
Researchers at San Diego State University and the University of California (Davis) spent a portion of a $325,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to construct a robotic squirrel named “RoboSquirrel” to answer that question.
8. USDA’s caviar dreams – (ID) $300,000
Many Americans are finding it difficult to afford to put just the basics on their family’s dinner table. Yet, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) spent $300,000 this year to promote caviar.
9. Bailed out tourist boat sinking private business – (AK) $3.3 million
Over $9 million in federal money was earmarked to a failing for-profit ferry verging on bankruptcy, which very few people benefited from and a small town in Alaska did not want. To make matters worse, this project is threatening the economic health of once vibrant local tour and ferry operator businesses.
10. Phantom, unused grant accounts draw fees – (Department of Health and Human Services) $2 million
The government pays as much as $2 million annually in monthly service fees to maintain about 28,000 phantom grant accounts that are empty and have expired.
A woman by the name of Sampat Pal Devi is a true beacon of light in the darkness. Sampat is a Hindi mother of five, former government work and former child bride living in India. Disgusted by widespread domestic abuse and violence against women in the poorest sections of Northern India, she formed a women’s movement in 2006 called “The Gulabi Gang” (from the Hindi word “gulabi” meaning pink). The women wear bright pink saris as uniforms and carry laathis (traditional bamboo stick weapons).
Northern India is poverty ridden, with a strict caste system, a high rate of domestic violence, child labor and child marriages.
The original intention of the Gulabis was to punish oppressive men and fight against domestic violence. They would first try to reason with the men and if the men continue their abuse they are publicly shamed. Finally, if the offending men resorted to the use of force they are then beaten by the women with their laathis.
Today, they work not only for the rights of women but for men as well, fighting human rights abuses against the weak and poor of both sexes.
Visit Sampat Pal Devi’s website for more information on the brave group of women: The Gulabi Gang
The world we live in today is toxic. Chemicals are in the foods we eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe and the products we put on our skin and hair. We don’t stop to think of the cumulative effect these are having on our health.
The skin is the largest organ of our body and whatever we place on it, is absorbed quickly into the bloodstream. The meats and poultry we eat are laced with steroids and antibiotics. The water we drink and bathe in contains chlorine and fluoride (both poisons). The air we breathe is contaminated by a multitude of pollutants. The fruits and vegetables we eat are planted in soil that is, at best, denatured and, at worst, chemically polluted. Are you starting to get the picture?
The body is a wonderful machine which works constantly to maintain and purify itself but the tremendous amount of stressors that modern life places on us causes or contributes to many illnesses. This is one of the reasons why detoxifying the body is so important.
Some simple, safe ways to begin detoxifying the body are:
- Eating Healthy, Whole, Unprocessed Foods
- Drinking Clean Water
- Moving More and Exercising
- Avoiding Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) as much as possible
These are the basics of living a healthy lifestyle. They will allow the liver, one of the main detoxifying organs of the body, to do it’s job properly. Toxins are naturally eliminated from the body through the liver. It converts many (but not all) of the harmful chemicals we ingest or absorb into water-soluble molecules that are flushed out in our urine or feces. If we fail to maintain a healthy lifestyle we can easily overwhelm the liver’s ability to process the toxic substances that are being eliminated during detoxification and we can become sick, wishing we had never done the detox in the first place.
According to Dr. Tanya Edwards, director of the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Integrative Medicine, “the old idea for detoxing was to fast, but your body needs nutrients to perform optimally under any condition, and that includes performing the tasks of detoxification. Your environment has profound impact on your health. Everything from the quality of the air you breathe to what you put into, and onto your body makes a difference. Mercury alone can mimic or cause any illness currently known, or at least contribute to it. Detoxing and cleansing your body of toxins periodically can definitely help counteract some of this onslaught of damage.”
One important reason for maintaining a diet that is full of whole, unprocessed foods, rich in vitamins and minerals is that when the body is deficient in the essentials metals it requires for health it will use toxic heavy metals as a “replacement”.
- A lack of Calcium is replaced by lead, which deposits primarily in bone, and disrupts the formation of red blood cells. Lead contributes to poor bone health such as osteopenia and osteoporosis.
- A lack of Zinc is replaced by cadmium, which tends to accumulate heavily in your kidneys. Cadmium overload is associated with peripheral neuropathy.
- A lack of Magnesium is replaced by aluminum, which, among other things, induces neurochemical changes and has been identified as a contributing factor to developing Alzheimer’s.
- A lack of Manganese is replaced by nickel, which is carcinogenic.
So not only do we need to make sure we’re getting vital nutrients in order to avoid this toxic metal replacement process, we also need nutrients to aid the body’s natural detoxification process.
The skin is another major organ of elimination through the process of sweating. Wearing synthetic or tight clothing that does not allow the skin to breathe can inactivate the skin’s elimination process. Saunas, steam baths, exercise and hot tubs all help the skin to eliminate toxins.
Things to include in your diet to help you detoxify naturally include:
- Water with Lemon Juice
- Seeds and Nuts
- Green Tea
Dr. Tanya Edwards, Director Cleveland Center for Integrative Medicine
Dr. Weston A. Price, D.D.S., Medical Researcher
Dr. Joseph Mercola, D.O., Medical Author