Colds? Allergies? Sore Throats?  Read on~

Colds? Allergies? Sore Throats? Read on~

It is FALL….yea!!!!

 It is also seasonal allergy and upper respiratory infection time…
which can make you feel like hiding!

YUCK!!!

 We have a favorite line of defense that we use for those times – one that has worked for us for years!  Take it from one who used to be in the doctor’s office twice a year (spring/fall) with a raging sinus infection… to not having been to a doctor in three years for sinus issues (or anything else for that matter)…

CONGAPLEX
Short-term “I Need It Now” Support – Provides Acute Respiratory Support

Congaplex provides glandular and nutrient support to boost the immune system by providing antioxidants. It contains Vitamin A which is required for normal functioning of the immune system, vitamin C and provides calcium support for a healthy immune response. It also contains ribonucleic acid, which your body uses to build new cells.

Congaplex is also available in a raspberry-flavored chewable tablet, perfect for children.

COLLOIDAL SILVER   For Short-term Immune Support

Colloidal silver is our ‘go-to’ instead of an antibiotic.  It is in liquid form, has a mild taste and can be taken undiluted or diluted with water or juice.  Most adults will take up to one teaspoon of 250 PPM for immune support not to exceed a duration of 7 to 10 days.  Use half that recommended amount for children ages 6-12 and one-fourth for ages 0-5.  There are many uses for this product.  A 4 oz. bottle  lasts for 6 months to a year around our house.

COCONUT OIL
Did you really think I wouldn’t add coconut oil to this list, my crazy good friends? 😉

With its anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-viral properties it is a no-brainer for colds and URI’s.  We make sure we are getting 3 – 4 tablespoons of Virgin Gold coconut oil daily and increase that amount if we feel ill.  It has been noted by many that it seems to shorten the duration of a cold if you increase your dosage to two tablespoons three times per day.  (Warning!  If you have not been using/eating coconut oil and try this you will be cleaning out your system and spending additional time in the bathroom so you must build up to 3 – 4 tablespoons per day not start it all at once.)  The bottom line here is that if you are getting enough coconut oil in your diet your general health and well-being will improve…ours surely has!  The kind we use is the best on the market in our opinion (and we have tried many) and will last quite a while.  I do not cook with the Virgin Gold oil-I use it for illnesses, ailments, abrasions, etc.

And there you have it…our secrets for staying healthy and functional during the allergy/cold season.  Life is too short to spend it suffering from ailments when you can be living a healthy life naturallyso email me for more information on where you can get these ‘CRAZY GOOD’ products!!!  As always…here is to the best of health for you and yours!!!

Blessings, Love & Light~

Coconut Oil and Cholesterol

Coconut Oil and Cholesterol

Can coconut oil lower cholesterol?  I have gotten this question a lot as of late so when I ran across this article from People’s Pharmacy I knew I had to share:

People’s Pharmacy ( http://www.peoplespharmacy.com/ )

Q. The secret for lowering my hubby’s cholesterol about 100 points was to eliminate all unnatural oils.

I wouldn’t allow him to take the medications. I’d been brainwashed about using vegetable oils years ago and they made his cholesterol numbers worse.

Finally I decided we would go all natural. I’d hoped that adding all these saturated oils would lower his numbers, and they did!

We use only organic oils–coconut, palm, olive, butter and regular rice bran oil. I also save the drippings from our organic bacon to use in cooking. I make mayonnaise using almond oil or other natural oils such as avocado. I have a wand blender that makes it easy to whip up the mayo in a jar.

The other benefits of eating these natural oils is that it does wonders for our skin. I’m 66 and people often comment on how good my skin looks. I don’t use commercial creams either.

A. Avoiding trans fats found in shortening and some commercial mayonnaise can help get cholesterol under control. It comes as a great shock to people to learn that saturated fats such as coconut or palm oil don’t necessarily raise cholesterol levels. We have been so accustomed to hearing that sat-fat is bad that we take it as an article of faith.

A study several years ago demonstrated that consuming palm oil did not raise blood lipids or LDL cholesterol (Archivos Latinoamericanos de Nutricion, Jun, 2002).

One study of medical students in Brazil suggested that palm oil might actually lower triglycerides (Nutrition, Jan. 2008).

Even more surprising was a study comparing dietary soybean oil to coconut oil. The group of women who were randomized to coconut oil had higher levels of good HDL cholesterol and a lower LDL:HDL ratio. They also had a better waist circumference after weeks of consuming coconut oil. Those consuming soybean oil experienced an increase in total cholesterol and LDL:HDL ratio and had reductions in good HDL cholesterol. The authors concluded, “It appears that dietetic supplementation with coconut oil does not cause dyslipidemia and seems to promote a reduction in abdominal obesity.” (Lipids, July, 2009)

We recognize that this flies in the face of conventional dietary wisdom. Because we do not know exactly how your body will react to palm oil or coconut oil, we think the best approach is to pay attention to your lipids with periodic blood tests. That way you can track the approach that offers you the biggest benefit.

And there you have it!   You all know I am an avid supporter of coconut oil and the many positive results we have experienced since we started using it about two years ago.  Bottom line…we are all individuals…what works for one may not work for another so…give it a go and have your periodic blood tests to see how your body is reacting to it.  All I can tell ya is that it works for us!!!

Medicinal Properties of Coconut Oil?  You Bet!

Medicinal Properties of Coconut Oil? You Bet!

Yesterday must have been ‘coconut’ day because I received numerous emails asking questions about coconut and its uses.  I was thinking that I really needed to add some additional info about this crazy good creation on the CGC (Crazy Good Creations) website when….

As fate would have it (yes, the universe really does work in our favor – when we ALLOW it), a friend sent me this link citing some of the evidence-based medicinal properties of  coconut oil. The article is from the greenmedinfo.com webpage and was written by Sayer Ji:

13 Evidence-Based Medicinal Properties of Coconut Oil

While coconut oil has dragged itself out of the muck of vast misrepresentation over the past few years, it still rarely gets the appreciation it truly deserves.  Not just a “good” saturated fat, coconut oil is an exceptional healing agent as well, with loads of useful health applications.

Some examples of “good” saturated fat include:

  • Fat-burning: Ironic, isn’t it? A saturated fat which can accelerate the loss of midsection fat (the most dangerous kind). Well, there are now two solid, human studies showing just two tablespoons a day (30 ml), in both men and women, is capable of reducing belly fat within 1-3 months.
  • Brain-Boosting: A now famous study, published in 2006 in the journal Neurobiology of Aging, showed that the administration of medium chain triglycerides (most plentifully found in coconut oil) in 20 subjects with Alzheimer’s disease or mild cognitive impairment, resulted in significant increases in ketone bodies (within only 90 minutes after treatment) associated with measurable cognitive improvement in those with less severe cognitive dysfunction.[i]
  • Clearing Head Lice: When combined with anise spray, coconut oil was found to be superior to the insecticide permethrin (.43%).[ii]
  • Healing WoundsCoconut has been used for wound healing since time immemorial.  Three of the identified mechanisms behind these healing effects are its ability to accelerate re-epithelialization, improve antioxidant enzyme activity, and stimulate higher collagen cross-linking within the tissue being repaired.[iii]  Coconut oil has even been shown to work synergistically with traditional treatments, such as silver sulphadizine, to speed burn wound recovery.[iv]
  • NSAID Alternative: Coconut oil has been demonstrated to have anti-inflammatory, analgesic and fever-reducing properties.[v]
  • Anti-Ulcer Activity: Interestingly, coconut milk (which includes coconut oil components), has been shown to be as effective as the conventional drug sucralfate as an NSAID-associated anti-ulcer agent.[vi]
  • Anti-Fungal: In 2004, 52 isolates of Candida species were exposed to coconut oil. The most notorious form, Candida albicans, was found to have the highest susceptibility. Researchers remarked: “Coconut oil should be used in the treatment of fungal infections in view of emerging drug-resistant Candida species.”[vii]
  • Testosterone-Booster: Coconut oil was found to reduce oxidative stress in the testes of rats, resulting in significantly higher levels of testosterone.[viii]
  • Reducing Swollen Prostate: Coconut oil has been found to reduce testosterone-induced benign prostate growth in rats.[ix]
  • Improving Blood Lipids: Coconut oil consistently improves the LDL:HDL ratio in the blood of those who consume it.  Given this effect, coconut oil can nolonger be dismissed for being ‘that saturated fat which clogs the arteries.’
  • Fat-Soluble Nutrient Absorption: Coconut oil was recently found to be superior to safflower oil in enhancing tomato carotenoid absorption.[x]
  • Bone Health: Coconut oil has been shown to reduce oxidative stress within the bone, which may prevent structural damage in osteoporotic bone.[xi] [Note: Osteoporosis is a Myth, as presently defined by the T-Score]
  • Sunscreen: Coconut oil has been shown to block out UV rays by 30%. Keep in mind that this is good, insofar as UVA rays are damaging to the skin, whereas UVB rays are highly beneficial (when exposure is moderate).[i]  Make sure to check this list of other sun-blocking oils.

Of course, when speaking about coconut oil, we are only looking at one part of the amazing coconut palm.  Each component, including coconut hull fibercoconut protein and coconut water has experimentally confirmed therapeutic applications.


References

  • [i] Mark A Reger, Samuel T Henderson, Cathy Hale, Brenna Cholerton, Laura D Baker, G S Watson, Karen Hyde, Darla Chapman, Suzanne Craft . Effects of beta-hydroxybutyrate on cognition in memory-impaired adultsNeurobiol Aging. 2004 Mar;25(3):311-4. PMID: 15123336
  • [iii] K G Nevin, T Rajamohan . Effect of topical application of virgin coconut oil on skincomponents and antioxidant status during dermal wound healing in young rats. Skin Pharmacol Physiol. 2010 ;23(6):290-7. Epub 2010 Jun 3. PMID: 20523108
  • [xi] Mouna Abdelrahman Abujazia, Norliza Muhammad, Ahmad Nazrun Shuid, Ima Nirwana Soelaiman. The Effects of Virgin Coconut Oil on Bone Oxidative Status in Ovariectomised Rat.Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2012 ;2012:525079. Epub 2012 Aug 15. PMID: 22927879

About the Author:

Sayer Ji is the founder and director of GreenMedInfo.com and co-author of the book The Cancer Killers: The Cause Is The Cure with New York Times best-seller Dr. Ben Lerner and Dr. Charles Majors. His writings and research have been published in the Wellbeing Journal, the Journal of Gluten Sensitivity, and have been featured on Mercola.com, NaturalNews.com, Reuters.com, GaryNull.com, Infowars.com and Care2.com.

Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Views expressed here do not necessarily reflect those of GreenMedInfo or its staff.