By Natural Advocate | October 29, 2007 - 5:28 pm - Posted in Vitamins & Minerals

A common occurrence, especially in women, is a shortage of adequate iron with anemia resulting.  Anemia is a disorder of the blood from a shortage of hemoglobin in the red blood cells.  Since the red blood cells carry oxygen to the body, the symptoms of anemia are weakness and shortness of breath.  In some cases, it has even been linked to hair loss in women (see our Provillus review for an excellent hair loss remedy for women). 

An anemic person will also be pale and easily fatigued.  There are a number of different causes of anemia and diagnostic tests must be done to determine which type of anemia it is.  A common cause of anemia is nutritional deficiencies.
Often, women can have iron-poor blood, but not to the point of anemia.  Many women do not consume adequate iron daily to compensate for the blood lost in their menstrual cycles per month.  In studies done on the average women’s dietary intake of iron per day, it’s been found that they take in about 10.7 milligrams each day.  The daily allowance recommended for iron is 18 milligrams.
In addition to not getting adequate iron in the diet, too little of vitamin B12, folate and copper can play a role in iron-poor blood.  If you suspect you are anemic, a visit to your physician is needed to determine if you are anemic and what caused your anemia.  In this case, you should follow your doctor’s orders to correct your anemia.
If you want to eat well and maintain healthy blood cells, choose iron rich foods as part of your daily diet.  Cooking with cast iron pans helps to enrich your food with iron.  Liver is an iron rich food and also contains a healthy amount of copper, B12 and folate.
Iron rich plants include whole grains, enriched flours, dark green leafy vegetables and legumes such as lima beans, chick peas and kidney beans.  Some good sources of folate are spinach, kidney beans, wheat germ and asparagus.  Avoid cooking the folate rich foods for too long as it destroys the folate nutrition.

By Natural Advocate | October 26, 2007 - 7:45 pm - Posted in Natural Depression & Anxiety Relief

Stress and depression often coexist together.  Stress is inevitable and unavoidable in today’s society but stress that is unrelenting for a long period of time can lead to depression.  When an individual is depressed, it’s more difficult to utilize coping mechanisms for dealing with stress.
The incidence of depression is probably higher than reported since, still today, there is some stigma attached to any form of mental illness.  Despite a growing body of evidence that depression is the result of a biochemical disorder, many people hesitate to seek help.
The average age of onset for depression and anxiety is in the late twenties and it occurs in any race or ethnic origin.  If an episode of depression is left untreated, it will usually last for six months or longer.
Pharmaceutical treatment for depression includes drugs that, for the most part, increase the serotonin level in the brain.  Often, drug treatment with medications such as Prozac, is effective together with psychotherapy and counseling.  For some individuals,however, the usual line of medical treatment with pharmaceutical antidepressants is not effective in combatting depression.
Another mode of treatment is showing promise for this group of patients suffering from depression.  Electromagnetic brain stimulation has been shown to be effective for treatment of depression in some individuals.  The most recent form of this magnetic therapy is repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation in which electrodes are placed on either side of the head using a hand held device.
The magnetic therapy is used for the people with depression who have not responded to any other treatments.  It has been approved for use in Canada, Europe, Australia and South America, but has not been approved by the FDA for use on people in this country.
Studies are continuing to understand how it works so the medical profession will know how and when to use it.  Research is indicating that it effectively naturally treats depression in one third to two thirds ot the patients who have not responded to other therapies. 


By Natural Advocate | October 23, 2007 - 11:36 am - Posted in Nutritional Supplements

Ginseng has long been used in Asia as an energy booster.  Ginseng is an adrenal tonic and it is useful for people who are tired and are faced with complex tasks.  Ginseng can enhance performance and combat stress and fatigue.  Physiologically, the mode in which ginseng works is by stimulating the pituitary gland to release ACTH or adrenocorticotropic hormone. 

ACTH is a hormone that helps us battle fatigue and stress.  Ginseng benefits us by increasing strength and endurance.  Ginseng is meant for short term use, however, and is not to be taken daily for long periods of time.  High doses of ginseng for long periods of time should never be done.  Possible side effects of ginseng could include anxiety,hypertension and nervousness.  Possible side effects for women are changes in the menstrual cycle or breast pain. 

Either lowering your dosage or cessation of ginseng should ensue if you experience side effects.  Ginseng may be purchased in and oil base, as a tea, tablets, capsules or as a tincture.  It is important, no matter which form you use, to ensure you buy the ginseng without added sugar or coloring.  As with any herbal product, make sure you read the label for the standard amount of the active ingredient.  If you are looking at Panax ginseng, the active ingredient would be ginsenoside.

Read the label for the recommended minimum for the purpose of stimulating the adrenal glands.  For short term use, when added energy and stamina is required, ginseng could give you the boost that you need.

By Natural Advocate | October 20, 2007 - 11:30 am - Posted in Natural and Herbal Treatments

I was reading some extremely interesting material about something I previously had no knowledge of called bloodroot paste.  What is bloodroot exactly?  Well, bloodroot is actually a medicinal herb that is a perennial that has been used for many many years as a treatment for skin lesions and skin cancer as a natural alternative therapy to help it to retreat and return to a healthy normal skin tissue.  This was of particular interest to me as well, since I recently (within the past few years) had two spots removed from my body which were lab tested and came back as a basal cell carcinoma. 

Hence, no more sun for me, and my interest in alternative medicine as a means to help prevent and even possibly treat these types of skin abnormalities.  This Black salve site  and bloodroot became of interest because I read of their therapeutic qualities when it came to skin abnormalities.  This of course does not replace a physicians care, but if there is an additional way that this type of thing can be treated it’s always of benefit to educate ones self on it. 

The idea may be somewhat confusing, but nonetheless is worth looking in to, and the company that I found online that sells what seems to be high quality products in this salve and cansema arena for those who want to use the principal of creating an eschar (which is essentially burning the cells off naturally) by applying this salve with natural therapeutic properties.  I would highly recommend you check out the site via any of the hyperlinks I’ve provided in this post for more comprehensive information on this principal and their products. 

All alternative medicine and therapies are worth looking into, especially ones like this that have years and years of anecdotal and empyrical data supporting the fact that people have in fact successfully gotten rid of skin abnormalities by using this product.  I especially find it of interest with the increasing incidence of skin cancers and the fact that our increased environmental toxins as well as the fact that our ozone layer is wearing away and exposing us to more skin toxins and cancer causing rays.  This is a subject that is particularly close to me, since my grandfather died of melanoma skin cancer, and I’ve had two basal cell carcinomas removed myself. 

By Natural Advocate | October 15, 2007 - 9:03 pm - Posted in Alternative & Herbal Health News

The manner in which you align your body, commonly called your posture, can affect your health in many ways.  If you have good posture, it will give you a more attractive appearance and boost your confidence and attitude.

 A proper posture can also increase your strength and stamina, reduce your risks of injury and improve your coordination.
There are some recommended tips on how to improve your posture so you can make it a habit.  Keep your shoulders back instead of slouched forward.  For support of your lower back, keep your stomach and buttocks muscles pulled in.  Keep your head centered on your neck and don’t move it forward and keep your spine straight and elongated.

 You can look in the mirror and check your posture to see if you are standing correctly.  Posture is important while sitting also, so remember to keep your shoulders back and spine straight in this position.

 Remember to maintain proper body alignment when lifting or moving heavy objects to minimize the risk of injury to your back.  Tighten your “internal girdle” by pulling in your abdominal muscles and lift with your legs, not your back.

 Poor posture can actually affect your body’s organs ability to function properly. Poor posture is associated with shallow breathing, digestive problems, and poor circulation.  Spinal misalignments can be brought on by years of poor posture.

 Fatigue can also be a result of years of poor body alignment.  Along with fatigue, a negative mental attitude can ensue.  Stand up straight, don’t slouch and look in the mirror and see how much better you look. More important is the way you feel about yourself and how others perceive you will improve vastly with a strong confident stance.  The way that you carry yourself conveys a signifigant nonverbal message to those around you.

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