By Natural Advocate | June 5, 2013 - 4:46 pm - Posted in Alternative Therapies

I kept seeing snarky and of course hokey headlines about a procedure called a “fecal transplant” in the news and other websites I was going to, and it took a while, but I finally read about what a fecal transplant actually is.

I gotta be honest, based on the rather distasteful name of the procedure, I figured it had to do with someone (or some thing’s) fecal matter being transplanted over to another person. But how? And where? And most of all WHY?

I got my answers and figured I’d share them with other inquiring minds. What I found was that this is actually a rather interesting, somewhat alternative type of therapy that is being used with a high rate of success on patients who don’t know what else to do.

Ok, so here’s what you’ve been waiting for. What IS a fecal transplant anyway?

It is a procedure where the fecal matter (solid waste) is taken from one healthy, functioning donor patient (possibly a family member) who does not currently have any gut issues and transplanted into the patient in need. This can be done one of two ways, and it is done with diluted fecal matter, not full-on solid by the way.

It is either transfused via an enema or via the nasal cavity via drip. I can tell you my preference would be the enema, then at least it wouldn’t feel like something that comes from the other end wasn’t so blatantly being put in the wrong end of the body if you know what I mean.

What good would this do? Well, most patients seeking out fecal transplants are desperate to get rid of a very serious infection of the gut called C diff, which is a bacteria that aggressively attacks and kills the healthy (good) bacteria in the intestines. Good bacteria is the kind the prevents things like diarrhea, flatulence and bloating and general discomfort. It also keeps you regular, so it keeps things moving and keeps you comfortable and in a good mood!

Patients who have gotten fecal transplants report a pretty staggering success rate in that it many times offers a complete and effective recovery from these dangerous intestinal bacterial invaders. It helps to restore the healthy flora in the colon and intestines, and restores the patient to full operating mode pretty quickly.

And it does it all with the healthy gut bacteria from another person, which apparently does a lot better than the man-made stuff and even sophisticated medications. See? Nature really is almost always a cure. At least in my opinion. This particular cure may be a bit icky on the outside, but it’s actually a very good alternative to some of the medications out there that have their own side effects, which are often as bad or worse than the symptom you’re trying to cure.

The Cost of a Fecal Transplant?

The cost for one of these procedures is usually the same as the cost for the colonoscopy-type procedure that is usually done to facilitate the transfer. This can range from $2,000 to over $3,000. It may be covered by insurance though if you have a good insurance plan.


By Natural Advocate | November 5, 2012 - 4:32 pm - Posted in Alternative Therapies

It’s the season for cold and flu bugs to come out swinging.  We are starting to close up our windows and recycle that air in the office as the winds become more cold and brisk, the rains become more dreary and we start to come into contact with a lot more germs as a result.

A study that recently came out in mainstream media of course tried to poo-poo the benefits of vitamin D in preventing colds and the flu.  I don’t believe for one moment that my vitamin D intake which is quite adequate thanks to my self-education on the subject, has not played a huge part in my avoidance of colds over the past few seasons.

The study basically said that the benefits are overblown of vitamin D when it comes to improved immune function.  However, there are plenty of people who think exactly the opposite, so I would make sure you are getting sufficient amounts of vitamin D, paired with a healthy fat for optimal absorption, during the flu season.

It also wouldn’t be a bad idea to take immune enhancing herbs like goldenseal and echinacea.  Another immune enhancing herb is ashwaghanda, which is primarily known for anxiety relief but also can have powerful immune enhancing benefits.

Be sure to avoid those door knobs and other contaminated surfaces when using public bathrooms. You can always use the paper towel you used to dry off your hands after washing them to open a door.  This is common so don’t worry about looking like a germaphobe for doing this.

Avoid touching your eyes and mouth with your hands, as these are the primary ways that germs enter your body since you touch so much with your hands every day.

Get your exercise.  This is paramount because exercise is truly one of the greatest immune boosters there is.

By Natural Advocate | September 30, 2012 - 12:42 pm - Posted in Alternative Therapies

While herpes is not a life-threatening disease, it is an embarrassing and painful one.  The problem is that there is no cure for herpes, but there are natural remedies for herpes that are available in the market.

What is herpes?  The complete name for the disease is Herpes Simplex and it is a viral disease caused by two Herpes Simplex viruses:  HSV-1 and HSV-2.  HSV-1 is more commonly known as oral blisters, fever, sores and herpes labialis; it is primarily a skin infection and is the most common type of herpes.  About 9 out of 10 people have it but may not be aware that they have it.

Herpes:  Recurrence

It is difficult to predict if someone who has had Herpes Virus 1 can get it again, but there are certain triggers which include: Ultraviolet light or over-exposure to the sun Foods such as chocolate, beer, nuts, seeds Menstruation Stress Fatigue Skin irritations Bad nutrition Fatigue There may be other factors for recurrence but those are some of the more common ones.

Millions of people have a dormant form of HSV-2, and the rate of HSV-2 infection is about 500,000 people annually.  It has been observed that HSV-2 can occur in 6% of people in the 12-19 age bracket, and can occur in 30% of people in the 30-39 age bracket.

A person increases his risk of catching HSV-2 when he has multiple sexual partners.  For monogamous individuals, the risk of catching herpes 2 with a single partner is only 10%.  That increases to 40% when someone is having sexual relations with two to ten partners and to 62% for 11 to 50 sexual partners.  In the case of men, studies show that there is almost a zero probability of risk when they have sex with only one lifetime partner.

Given the side effects of certain medication and given that people can react in many ways to prescribed medicines, more and more people are looking for natural remedies to heal their diseases and ailments.  In the last 20 or so years, natural remedies have become popular because they are safe to take and when taken under the supervision of a medical professional, produce hardly any adverse side effects.  Some people who are diagnosed with either herpes 1 or 2 would prefer to alleviate their herpes symptoms with natural products.

There are many natural remedies for herpes and if you feel that your prescription medication is giving you other problems or is not effective against the kind of herpes you have, you only need to visit your natural supplement store or an online natural products store to try alternative treatments.

One alternative treatment for herpes that people believe produces very good results is a homeopathic cure which is a blend of nine natural ingredients.

Some of the natural ingredients you can look for in a natural herpes remedy are rhus tox (reduces the itching and inflammation typical of blisters and infected skin), apis mellifica (for the relief of burns, pain and swelling); baptista (to reduce mouth sores and ulcers); capsicum (to ease pain) and nitricum acidum (relieves cracking and stops bleeding) and a few other natural ingredients.

Prescription medicine and natural remedies are available for herpes treatment.  No two people with herpes will react the same way to these medicines or natural remedies.  A good way would be to try them and speak to your doctor.

He is the one who has to know what medications you’re taking.  People who decide to go for natural remedies are advised to speak to their doctor first to make sure the natural remedies do not interfere with their current prescription medication.

However, nothing beats the best advice there is:  practice safe sex! HSV-1 infection begins with clusters of red and swollen blisters characterized by burning or itching.   After a few days, the blisters dry up and then the skin flakes and eventually sheds off.

People who are infected need not worry about scars.  The recovery process takes about 10 days to a week, which may be aided by natural herpes remedies like these.

Herpes:  Causes Herpes Simplex Virus HSV-1 or simply Virus 1 is contagious.  It is caused when an infected person comes into contact – sexually (or any physical contact) with another person.

The simple act of kissing a person, sharing the same drinking glass and utensils and even using the towel of an infected person can cause HSV-1. It is strongly recommended that people not share towels or linens with someone who has cold sores or genitalia herpes.   Herpes:  Recurrence

It is difficult to predict if someone who has had Herpes Virus 1 can get it again, but there are certain triggers which include: Ultraviolet light or over-exposure to the sun Foods such as chocolate, beer, nuts, seeds Menstruation Stress Fatigue Skin irritations Bad nutrition Fatigue HSV-2

This type of herpes primarily involves the male and female genitals.  People with HSV-2 may not have any symptoms.

Others will experience a certain sensation in the legs such as numbness and in other lower parts of the body such as the areas surrounding the genitals and anus.  The genital ulcers can be painful.  Urination can also be painful.

By Natural Advocate | September 27, 2012 - 5:01 pm - Posted in Alternative Therapies

In this day and age of amped up stress filled lifestyles, chock full of caffeine and other stimulants, it’s no wonder insomnia and lack of quality sleep has become a nationwide problem. Even more individuals have an exceedingly difficult time sleeping solidly through the night without interruption.  As a famous Irish Proverb says “A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor’s book.”

I think that perfectly sums up sleep and the problems presented by insomnia.  It’s precisely the reason it is that much more important to cure insomnia before it seriously hinders health and happiness.

Many individuals become so desperate to get a good nights sleep and conquer insomnia that they resort to a physician visit for prescription sleeping pills which many times become addictive and are needed in larger quantities by the body after time.

Equally as important as quantity of sleep hours is the caliber of sleep quality you receive every night.

Many people find that even after a solid 7-8 hours of sleep, they wake up feeling unrefreshed due to what they think is not enough hours of sleep, when in fact it is the quality of sleep that is the real problem.

Is There a Natural Cure for Insomnia?

Many people swear by this natural product as the answer to their wishes for a natural way to help prevent insomnia as well as produce the quality of sleep they need in order to wake up feeling energized, refreshed and ready to start the day anew.

Serenite is an all natural night time relaxant which aids the body in falling asleep faster and deeper, without frequent interruptions.  This means you get a solid nights rest and wake up feeling lively and positive.  The below symptoms are hallmarks of lack of sleep:

  • Increased incidence of anxiety
  • Depression
  • Delayed responses – both physical and mental
  • Slower metabolism, which results in weight gain and difficulty in losing weight
  • Irritability
  • Decreased effectiveness of the immune system
  • Inability to focus and pay attention
  • Lack of ambition and willpower

The Benefits of Natural Sleep Aids ( ) Over Prescription Sleeping Pills:

Clients have advised they experienced excellent results in increased sleep quality and less difficulty in falling asleep in a short period of time.

Instead of tossing and turning, feel the tranquility overtake you, but not in the same, groggy, overpowering way as heavy pharmaceutical drugs.   This also prevents careful dosage timing as with other medical and natural cures for insomnia.

No doctors visits, and it’s not addictive or habit forming like so many of its prescription sleeping pill counterparts.

In short, if you suffer insomnia and incomplete sleep cycles, and want to regain your well rested and refreshed feeling of days past, as well as help reduce stress and anxiety during the day due to lack of sleep, the Insomnia Cure and Sleeping Agent is an all natural choice.

By Natural Advocate | September 9, 2012 - 3:09 pm - Posted in Alternative Therapies

Naturally Treat Hemorrhoids from the Inside with This Herbal Treatment Formula

There are two types of hemorrhoids, external and internal. Both are equally uncomfortable and equally a nuisance in your every day life, making even sitting for any length of time uncomfortable. Bowel movements become very painful, and the itching and burning can make it hard to even focus or concentrate at your job, especially if you’re required to sit all day, which only aggravates them further.

Many people don’t know that you can treat hemorrhoids naturally, and internally with an herbal hemorrhoid treatment. What you need to look for is an all natural anti inflammatory cream with botanical soothers for the nonsurgical relief and elimination of hemorrhoids. It works efficiently and quickly to heal and help eliminate hemorrhoids, where the problems (inflammation, pressure and even bleeding when untreated) that cause hemorrhoids to be extremely painful.

What Causes Hemorrhoids, and Why Can They Be Treated Naturally?

Hemorrhoids are caused by excessive pressure in the rectum,which forces the blood in the rectum to stretch walls of the veins outward and make them painfully bulge, sometimes even rupturing them. Usually, hemorrhoids are caused by one of the following :

1.) Sedentary lifestyle 2.) Pregnancy 3.) Constant straining during bowel movements, in other words – chronic constipation 4.) Severe and constant coughing 5.) Heavy lifting

Ways you can avoid hemorrhoids, and help on the pathway to healing and getting rid of them is to make sure you remain active. Avoid lifting heavy objects, and if you do, make sure you have adequate help. Stay regular. Buy fiber supplements if you have to. Chronic constipation is one of the worst perpetrators of hemorrhoid formation, so staying regular is key.

There are 100% natural anti inflammatories like these that we talk about and has proven to be successful over the long term in treating and healing hemorrhoidal tissue. The primary function of Ziro is to naturally calm and soothe the strained muscles and veins, while also performing anti inflammatory actions, which greatly reduces the swelling and helps you get back to normal – relieving pain, itching and burning all at once.

Naturally treating hemorrhoids with this herbal treatment is a very effective way of getting to the source of the problem, and treating the inflamed and painful tissue to relieve pain and decrease swelling and irritation – naturally – without harsh chemicals which can further irritate this delicate area. It also provides fast relief and prevention of further formations, so it is truly a long term solution.


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