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Can Turmeric Slow Down the Spread of Breast Cancer?

What drives the spread of Breast Cancer?

Recent studies from the University of California, San Diego, published in the British Journal, NATURE, have discovered a molecule called RANKL, found in aggressive breast cancer cells that predicts more deadly, lethal and life threatening disease. The findings from these recent studies suggests that drugs that block RANKL may be effective in preventing both the early stages of breast cancer and the advanced progression of the disease. Research has also shown that Curcumin, the active ingredient in the common spice, Turmeric, has properties that also reduce the expression of these deadly molecules within cancer cells and can potentially slow the spread of breast cancer.

Breast Cancer is not one disease. There are actually many breast cancers. When a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer, the tumor cells in her body must be analyzed in order to understand the nature of her unique disease. Some cancer cells are more aggressive and fast growing. Some cancer cells are sleepy, slow growing and less dangerous.

It is the presence of these more aggressive cancer cells that predicts that the breast cancer will spread to other parts of the body through a process called metastasis. Metastasis kills. Cancer patients rarely die from the primary tumor, the site where the cancer originates in the body. Breast cancer patients typically die from cancer that has spread or metastasized to other parts of the body, debilitating the function of vital organs such as the liver, lungs or brain. When breast cancer cells are aggressive and able to spread throughout the body, long term survival is threatened. Identifying agents that stop or slow the spread of disease through these mechanisms can stop or slow the spread of cancer and save lives.

This new research demonstrates that when a protein molecule called RANKL (Receptor Activated Nuclear Factor Kappa Ligand) is present in breast cancer cells in high amounts, these tumor cells are more activated, more aggressive and more likely to spread, more likely to kill. RANKL is produced by regulatory T-Cells that modulate our immune response. High levels of these T-cells means high levels of RANKL, high levels of inflammation and aggressive high risk disease.

Blocking tumor promoting RANKL can block the spread of breast cancer cells to other parts of the body. A new drug, denusomab, has recently been released by Amgen that performs this function. However, this new drug is not widely available to patients for all possible applications, requires insurance company approval and is very expensive. Therefore few patients will be able to have access to and benefit from this new therapy in the near future. The good news is that there is an Alternative Cancer answer available now without a prescription, the natural substance Curcumin, derived from turmeric that can lower inflammation, lower RANKL, lower risk.

Dr. Bharat Aggarwal, Ph.D.Professor, Department of Experimental Therapeutics, Division of Cancer Medicine, The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX is one of many respected researchers and experts who has published many studies on the effects of curcumin on cancer cells. According to Dr. Aggarwal

"Curcumin has a very special nature which will work both for cancer prevention as well as for cancer therapy."

Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is one of the most potent Cancer Fighting Foods. Curcumin, the active ingredient in this common medicinal and culinary herb has been widely studied. It is recognized as a potent cell protectant, anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory agent. Turmeric has been used for centuries to support cancer patients in Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine and Indian Ayurvedic Medicine. Now modern science demonstrates why it works. Curcumin has been shown to influence many cellular factors, including lowering RANKL.

Curcumin has been shown to decrease RANKL in tumor cells. Curcumin can block RANKL as well as other inflammatory and tumor promoting molecules in cells (COX-2, LOX-5, MMP2,TNFa, NFKbEGFR, HER2, bFGF, TGF-B1, and VEGF.) Turmeric is found in many herbal formulas for the prevention and treatment of cancer.

The active medicinal principle, curcumin, when taken orally, is best absorbed when taken with oil as in traditional Indian curries. To use botanical medicine for the prevention and treatment of any serious health condition, the herb must be of pharmaceutical quality and taken in the proper doses. As with any potent botanical medicine, the use of curcumin as an anti-inflammatory and anti-tumor agent should be used under the supervision and guidance of a knowledgeable health care professional. Countries such as India in which turmeric is frequently consumed in the daily diet have lower rates of many cancers including prostate cancer, breast cancer and colon cancer. Turmeric can be safely added to your food as a cooking spice to add anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and anti-cancer properties to your daily diet.

EDITORS NOTE: These statements have not been approved by the FDA and are presented for educational purposes only. Though initial findings have been promising, there are no clinical trials on the effects of tumeric on RANKL. Please consult a physician before making any decisions regarding breast cancer treatment. Please refer to the reference articles below for additional information on research on tumeric.

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[comment - what we can say is that there is a lot of evidence that correlates turmeric as an anticancer food. Personally I have choosen it as a part of my anticancer strategy. What we have to be careful about is making a strong causal link between the fact that India has lower cancer rates than the West and turmeric as the cause. There could other explanations, like the lack of availability of Western processed food. As cancer patients we can not always wait until causation is proven, but recent reading has shown me that we need to be careful to recognise that some correlations are an illusion. A classic is something is good for me, therefore x times the amount must be even better]


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This Indian spice packs a powerful anti-cancer punch

(NaturalNews) Known as a staple in the Indian diet, turmeric and its powerful derivative compound curcumin have rapidly gained attention as a potent antioxidant compound that is used to prevent and treat many forms of cancer. Curcumin is taking its rightful place among a small handful of agents that fight cancer at the genetic level by inhibiting ten critical initiation steps necessary for development and progression of the disease. The spice has demonstrated efficacy in more than 240 peer reviewed research studies over the past year alone. Scientists continue to provide conclusive evidence that indicates most health-minded adults should include the spice as part of their regular diet.

Cancer is known to develop through ten independent causative factors including DNA damage, chronic inflammation, cellular signaling dysfunction, abnormal cell death and metastasis. As if designed by nature to provide a protective shield against each of the factors known to promote cancer, curcumin has been shown to inhibit and halt the expression of genes that allow cancer cells to multiply.

Publishing in the AAPS Journal, researchers found that curcumin is an inexpensive natural compound that fights cancer at its root cause by derailing the initiation phase of ten different pathways used by the disease to multiply and spread throughout the body. Curcumin has also been shown to interfere with the production of advanced glycation end products, which promote the accumulation of dangerous inflammatory byproducts that lead to cancerous mutations.

The FEBS Journal reports that curcumin is particularly effective in targeting hormone-dependent forms of the disease such as breast cancer. The study found that curcumin is able to induce apoptosis (normal programmed cell death) in the most resistant breast cancer cells that lack estrogen receptors. The spice targets only cancerous cells causing them to self-destruct by destroying the mitochondria that power the rapidly growing tumor tissue.

Curcumin is a potent agent in the fight against colon cancer, an insidious form of the disease that ranks second among cancer deaths and takes the lives of more than 50,000 Americans each year. The Journal of Interferon and Cytokine Research provides evidence that curcumin slows the progression from colon polyp to cancerous growth by damping the pro-inflammatory cytokine called NF-kB. This action halts the development of cancer cells before they can become detectable tumors.

An extensive library of research underscores the importance of curcumin as an anti-cancer agent. As the second leading cause of death, cancer will affect 1 in 3 women and half of all men during their lifetime. Any natural compound that can help to lower these statistics should be embraced by traditional and alternative medical institutions alike. Nutritionists recommend supplementing with 250 to 400 mg of curcumin twice daily with meals to provide optimal cancer protection.

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Taking antioxidants before and during pregnancy prevents obesity, glucose intolerance in children

(NaturalNews) Antioxidants play a crucial role in preventing the onset of disease, and they can make all the difference in determining whether or not children develop glucose intolerance or become obese. According to a new study out of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHP), women who consume high amounts of antioxidants before and during their pregnancies may be protecting their children against diabetes and obesity.

Noting that diets high in bad fats and carbohydrates cause harmful oxidative stress that leads to obesity and diabetes, researchers decided to study the effect that antioxidants have in mitigating their onset. The team fed four groups of test rats either a high-fat, high-cholesterol diet, or a healthier and more balanced diet. The first two groups received such diets with no additional antioxidants, while the other two received extra antioxidants with their diets.

At the conclusion of the study, the group eating the unhealthy "Western" diet with no added antioxidants had significantly higher rates of inflammation and oxidative stress than the other groups, and their offspring were larger and had highers rates of glucose intolerance. The Western diet group that consumed added antioxidants, however, produced offspring with markedly lower rates of glucose intolerance and no obesity whatsoever -- and these conditions persisted even after two months.

"These results suggest that if we prevent obesity, inflammation and oxidative stress in pregnant animals, we can prevent obesity in the offspring," said Rebecca A. Simmons, MD, a neonatologist at CHP.

The study shows that not only do antioxidants help prevent obesity, but they even do so when consumed as part of the Standard American Diet (SAD). This is not to suggest that consuming a SAD diet is beneficial, but rather that the incredible power of antioxidants to alleviate oxidative stress and its resultant diseases is strong enough to counteract some of the negative effects associated with the worst of diets.

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More scientific evidence that antioxidants can fight cancer

(NaturalNews) For the first time, scientists have discovered a genetic pathway suggesting that antioxidants may help in the treatment of cancer, according to a study conducted by researchers from Thomas Jefferson University and published in the journal Cancer Biology & Therapy.

Scientists have known for a long time that diets high in antioxidant-containing foods are associated with a lower risk of cancer. This effect is widely attributed to the fact that antioxidants remove DNA-damaging free radicals from the body.

"Reactive oxygen species [free radicals] are formed in vivo during normal aerobic metabolism and can cause damage to DNA, proteins, and lipids, despite the natural antioxidant defense system of all organisms," writes Erich Grotewold in the book The Science of Flavonoids.

"Diets high in flavonoids, fruits, and vegetables are protective against a variety of diseases, particularly cardiovascular disease and some types of cancer," he writes.

Yet now researchers have shown that antioxidants may not just prevent, but also treat cancer. The Thomas Jefferson University researchers had previously discovered a protein called Caveolin-1 (Cav-1) that, when present in the human genome, suppresses tumor growth. Indeed, the presence or absence of the Cav-1 protein is the single best predictor of breast cancer outcome. Women with triple-negative breast cancer - the most deadly kind - are more than 75 percent likely to be alive 12 years after diagnosis if they have the protein, and less than 10 percent likely to be alive five years after diagnosis if they lack it.

The researchers further verified that Cav-1 plays an antioxidant role in the body. In the current study, the researchers confirmed that when Cav-1 is removed, oxidative stress in breast cancer tumors increases, leading to a 300 percent increase in tumor mass and volume.

"Antioxidants have been associated with cancer reducing effects - beta carotene, for example - but the mechanisms, the genetic evidence, has been lacking," lead researcher Michael P. Lisanti said. "This study provides the necessary genetic evidence that reducing oxidative stress in the body will decrease tumor growth."

The findings may actually cast doubt on the effectiveness of many chemotherapy drugs, which are actually known to increase oxidative stress. They also suggest that many antioxidant drugs used to treat other conditions, such as diabetes and malaria, may be effective in treating cancer.

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Latest weapon against skin cancer?

Few would associate rheumatoid arthritis with skin cancer. But, potentially life-saving research has found that a drug used to treat inflamed joints may also stop the growth of the deadliest skin cancer tumours.

Tests showed that the drug, leflunomide, greatly reduced tumour growth in mice with human-like melanoma.

The effect was even more powerful when leflunomide was combined with an experimental melanoma drug called PLX4720. Working together, the two compounds virtually halted cancer growth.

Because leflunomide is licensed to treat a human disease and known to be safe, the trial process should be faster than usual. The scientists say a new treatment for melanoma based on the drug could be available within five years.

Dr Grant Wheeler, from the University of East Anglia’s School of Biological Sciences, who co-led the joint British-US research, said: “This is a really exciting discovery – making use of an existing drug specifically to target melanoma.”

If caught early, surgery can be used to remove melanoma tumours, but the prospects for patients with spreading disease are not good. Leflunomide was first identified as a potential skin cancer therapy after the University of East Anglia team observed its effect on the development of pigment cells in tadpoles.

Working with US colleagues from the Children’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, the researchers went on to show how the drug inhibited skin tumours in mice. The stage is now set for clinical trials to investigate the effect of leflunomide on melanoma patients. – Daily Mail

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Not all types of vitamin E fight lung cancer

Vitamin E or tocopherols exist in different forms. A new study led by Rutgers University researchers suggests not all forms of tocopherols have the same protective effect against lung cancer.

The study led by C.S. Yang and colleagues subcutaneously injected lung cancer cells into mice and then fed the animals a diet with 0.17 percent or 0.3 percent of tocopherol for 49 days.

The researchers earlier demonstrated gamma-tocopherol-rich mixture effectively inhibited the development of colon cancer and lung cancer, and the growth of transplanted lung-cancer cells in laboratory mice.

In this study, the researchers found delta-tocopherol had the strongest preventative effect against lung cancer. Gamma- and gamma-tocopherol-rich mixture also inhibited the tumor growth, but less effectively.

But alpha-tocopherol had no effect on lung cancer growth.

Delta-tocopherol also strongly reduced oxidative DNA damage and nitrotyrosone formation and boosted apoptosis in tumor cells or promoted deaths of cancer cells. Gamma-tocopherol had a less active effect on oxidative DNA damage and formation of nitrotyrosone while alpha-tocopherol had no effect.

Additionally, increased serum alpha -tocopherol decreased serum levels of gamma-tocopherol.

The study findings suggest that delta-tocopherol in high doses is more effective than gamma- or alpha-tocopeherols at inhibiting lung cancer growth.

Vitamin E has been known to prevent cardiovascular disease, cataracts and cancer. And it can also be used to treat disease like cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus, dementia, and cancer, according to Linus Pauling Institute.

The current study used high doses of vitamin E. According to Linus Pauling Institute, it seems safe to use up to 2 grams of alpha-tocopherol daily for a few weeks to a few months. But it remains unknown how safe it is for people to use tocopherol in high doses for a long term.

Lung cancer is diagnosed in more than 222,000 people in the United States each year and the disease and implications kill 157,000 each year, according to the National Cancer Institute.

Lung cancer is lethal. The rate of new cancer diagnoses for men and women in the U.S. fell 0.8 percent each year between 2003 and 2007, according to the Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer published Thursday in the journal of the National Cancer Institute.

The report says, according to the American Cancer Society, the rate of women drying from lung cancer is on the decline after decades of increases.

Even though smoking is a major risk for lung cancer, a healthy diet may help prevent the disease. Studies have actually showed that omega-3 fatty acids in high daily doses may even help cure certain types of lung cancer.

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Selenium detoxifies the body of toxic mercury and reverses aging

(NaturalNews) A recent study published in the journal Neurotoxicology says that the essential element selenium effectively scours the body of toxic mercury buildup and mitigates its neurotoxic effects. Selenium also visibly helps to improve mobility and athletic ability as the body ages, according to the research.

Conducted by a team of scientists from Auburn University (AU), the study adds to the growing body of evidence proving the severe toxic effects of mercury in the body, which include sensory and motor deficits and neurological damage. It also highlights some new findings about its health-promoting benefits.

The team included 0.06 or 0.6 ppm of selenium as part of the test mice's diets, and after 100 days, researchers introduced varying levels of methylmercury (MeHg), ranging from 0.0 to 15 ppm, into their drinking water for 16 months. At the end of the study period, researchers tested the mice for somatosensory sensitivity, grip strength, hindlimb cross (clasping reflex), flexion, and voluntary wheel-running, and observed in every category a clear dose- and time-dependent impairment caused by the mercury exposure and buildup.

"Selenium (Se), an essential nutrient, both increases deposition of mercury (Hg) in neurons and mitigates some of MeHg's neurotoxicity ... (and) significantly delayed or blunted MeHg's effects," wrote researchers in their paper. "Selenium also increased running in unexposed animals as they aged, a novel finding that may have important clinical implications."

"Together, these results quantify the neurotoxicity of long-term MeHg exposure, support the safety and efficacy of Se in ameliorating MeHg's neurotoxicity, and demonstrate the potential benefits of Se during aging."

Foods naturally rich in selenium include brazil nuts -- which contain up to 90 micrograms (mcg) of selenium per nut, and one of the highest known sources -- as well as salmon, sardines, turkey, calf's liver, and tuna. There are also whole-food supplements high in natural selenium, including MegaFood Selenium (http://www.naturalnews.com/031397_M...).

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Anti-inflammatory drugs could treat epilepsy, research suggests

Anti-inflammatory drugs could be the answer to treating epileptic seizures when anti-convulsants have failed, according to research at the Mario Negri Institute for Pharmacological Research in Italy.

The researchers found that giving mice repeated doses of an enzyme inhibitor reduced both epileptic activity and seizures, suggesting a new route for patients who do not respond to established treatments.

An inhibitor for the enzyme ICE/Caspase-1 was testedin a mouse model of acute seizures, finding that it had powerful anticonvulsant effects.

The authors of the report, published in the journal Neurotherapeutics, said: "Our results support a new target system for anticonvulsant drug intervention.

"Our findings open new perspectives for the clinical use of this anti-inflammatory strategy for treating established drug-resistant epileptic conditions."

Meanwhile, a research team at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey has outlined a new model that could help to predict serious adverse reactions to drugs, by using an artificial neural network.

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Astaxanthin is a top natural anti-inflammatory

(NaturalNews) Astaxanthin, a substance known to be the most potent known antioxidant, has a natural and scientifically proven anti-inflammatory ability. The fact that astaxanthin is natural and has no side effects makes it very attractive to people as a health supplement. The scandals and deaths associated with leading pharmaceutical anti-inflammatories make it all the more appealing.

Astaxanthin is a red pigment found in different strains of algae, phytoplankton and plants. Because these organisms constitute the base of many food chains, the pigments can also be found in some animals as well. For example, it is astaxanthin that gives salmon and trout their reddish colour; in fact, the redder the fish are the healthier we can assume they are.

When certain types of algae are under stress, usually caused by a lack of nutrition or too much sun, the cells of the algae accumulate high concentrations of astaxanthin for protection. Due to the protective abilities of the pigment, these algae cells can lay dormant for up to 40 years without food or water and still return to normal under proper conditions.

Inflammation

Inflammation is a first-response defence and healing function that becomes active before our immune system does. If our bodies cannot solve the problem with inflammation, then our immune system takes over. Inflammation can occur within seconds in response to some kind of injury or attack on the body. It is non-specific, which means that is does not matter what the problem is: your body always responds in a similar way.

Specifically, the inflammation process is an extremely complex and highly evolved system. In general, inflammation causes redness, swelling, heat and pain. These effects occur due to the effects of a wide spectrum of inflammation mediators that are released after a detected injury or attack. Some of the known mediators include prostaglandins, tumor necrosis factors, interleukins and nitric oxide. All of these different substances play a role in a complex, coordinated and balanced defence of the body.

One type of mediator, prostaglandins, are chemical messengers that can, for example, regulate the contraction and relaxation of smooth muscle to increase or decrease blood flow. Prostaglandins are generally made from arachidonic acid and two enzymes called COX-1 and COX-2. The biggest-selling pharmaceutical anti-inflammatories are extremely strong COX-2 inhibitors, which means they limit the production of prostaglandins and therefore ease swelling and pain. Part of the reason that these synthetic drugs cause undesirable, and sometimes dangerous, side effects is because it is very unnatural and unbalanced for the body to deal with the extreme suppression of a single mediator (in this case just one of the two COX enzymes) without affecting the balance of all the other mediators. Naturally occurring anti-inflammatories in foods we eat ease inflammation by gently inhibiting several inflammation-causing mediators, including prostaglandins, thereby calming the process as a whole.

Although astaxanthin is no where near as strong as leading pharmaceutical anti-inflammatories, it has been found to be one of the strongest anti-inflammatories found in nature. Several double-blind, placebo-controlled animal and human clinical trials have shown that astaxanthin naturally inhibits many of the known inflammation-mediators and therefore can ease inflammation and pain without any negative side-effects.

The red pigment does, however, have many side-benefits such as being the strongest acting antioxidant known as well as being extremely beneficial for your eyes, central nervous system, brain, skin and immune system and for increasing sports performance & recovery.

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This Powerful Herb Can Combat Cancer

The role of epigenetics in health and disease is becoming ever clearer, and I firmly believe this field of study will eventually supplant the current medical paradigm. The conventional belief has been that genes controlled their own expression and were therefore the direct cause of certain diseases. This laid the groundwork for the idea that your genes predetermined your health.

But genes are in fact NOT self-regulating.

Having “bad genes,” does not at all mean you’re doomed to suffer some inevitable fate. Genes are merely blueprints, and these blueprints are activated and controlled by something else entirely, namely their environment. This environmental information—which includes diet, toxic exposures, as well as thoughts and emotions, and more—can create more than 30,000 different variations from each blueprint, allowing for an astounding amount of leeway in modifying the expression or “read-out” of each gene!

The Power of Food as Medicine

As a result of these findings, we’re now finally seeing science alter its course to investigate the power of optimal nutrition to improve health and prevent chronic disease from occurring in the first place. To anyone who is well-versed in alternative medicine, this is simply common sense. But many are still in denial about the power each individual wields over their own health, and that preventing disease and even treating disease can be as simple as modifying your diet and lifestyle—essentially, altering the environment of your body, to provide the best, most health promoting growth medium possible for all your cells.

Part of the explanation for why food can have such a powerful influence on serious diseases such as cancer is due to its influence on a biological process called angiogenesis– the process your body uses to build blood vessels. Cancerous cells, like all other cells in your body, cannot thrive without the oxygen and nutrients supplied by your capillaries.

Excessive angiogenesis (too many blood vessels) promotes diseases such as cancer.

Most of us actually carry around microscopic cancer cell clusters in our bodies all the time. The reason why we all don’t develop cancer is because as long as your body has the ability to balance angiogenesis properly, it will prevent blood vessels from forming to feed these microscopic tumors. Trouble will only arise if, and when, the cancer cells manage to get their own blood supply, at which point they can transform from harmless to deadly.

As our ancestors intuitively understood, Nature has laced a large number of foods and herbs with naturally occurring inhibitors of angiogenesis, rendering them natural “anti-cancer medicines.” Simply by consuming these anti-angiogenetic foods you can naturally boost your body’s defense system and prevent blood vessels from forming and feeding the microscopic tumors that exist in your body at any given time.

I’ve previously written about a number of different foods found to have particularly powerful epigenetic influence, such as broccoli and resveratrol, but many researchers consider the curcumin in turmeric to have the greatest potential in combating cancer.

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Let food be our medicine

In fact, a light application of lipstick is all that is needed for this ayurvedic consultant from Delhi, India.

“I see many women here in Trinidad spending a lot of money on cosmetics at Pennywise. I have never spent any money on any of that. I put nothing on my skin. I am always so busy. Maybe, when I have a little time I grind a little dal (yellow split peas) and mix with a little water and use it as a face mask,” Arora confided during an interview at Newsday’s head office at Chacon Street, Port-of-Spain, on Tuesday.

Now, Arora’s booklet, Kitchen Clinic, her second instalment of a series, is available to the public and features amazingly simple remedies for every day ailments, beauty tips or even chronic diseases. And believe it or not, many of the ingredients can be found in your kitchen cupboards or in your very own backyard gardens.

Arora launched her first booklet in Trinidad in 2009, when she was visiting as a member of an Indian trade show. Due to the success of the first booklet, Arora said she was encouraged to impart more of her home remedies with her local readers.

Ayurveda stresses the use of plant-based medicines and treatments.

“That’s why I say ‘Let food be our medicine and kitchen be our clinic’,”Arora said.

Ayurvedic medicine has been around for several thousand years, especially in the eastern parts of the world, and is a system of traditional medicine native to India. In Sanskrit, ayus means longevity and veda means related to knowledge or science.

“Natural home remedies are always better with respect to their effectiveness, not having any side effects, ease of availability and even economical. Nature has provided cure for all ailments, but we are not aware of this,” Arora said.

Western medicine has ayurveda classified as a system of complementary and alternative medicine that is used to complement, rather than replace the treatment regimen and relationship that exists between a patient and their existing physician.

Arora earned her Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS ) 15 years ago and has been treating her patients through this procedure successfully over the years.

A vegetarian all her life, Arora was quick to stress that while most of us tended to want to make the outside of our bodies look good, it was equally important that our insides were treated and cared for in order to necessitate a healthier lifestyle.

“Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.

“Everything we eat has two aspects – it either nourishes us or poisons us. Food that has been over- processed and contains preservatives acts like a slow poison,” she said.

Arora said in order to keep the body healthy, it is important to follow a wholesome diet which includes lots of fresh fruit and green vegetables, pulses and fresh juices.

Complementing these healthy choices would be sufficient sleep, fresh air and proper physical exercise such as yoga and prannayam (extension and control of the breath).

Giving examples of how everyday items could cure persons, she said just a pinch of baking soda in a glass of water could bring relief from acidity in the stomach, while chewing a small piece of fresh ginger with salt before meals helps to stimulate digestion, she said.

A fretful, colicky baby could be soothed by adding the liquid from fennel seeds boiled in water to the baby’s milk, while sipping coconut water or simply sucking on a piece of ice helps to control vomiting and nausea.

Spices used on a daily basis, such as turmeric (haldi), cloves (laung), cumin seeds (geera), fennel seeds (saunf), ginger, cinnamon (dal chini), black pepper and coriander seeds, mixed with other ingredients, can help with cholesterol, loss of appetite and lactation, she explained.

Arora said the western world was now openly embracing ayurvedic medicine and its holistic healing powers.

“You don’t have to go to the doctor for everything because that costs money. If you have a little fever, or upset stomach or an ache, there are things you can use at home to heal yourself,” she said.

Arora was quick to note, however, that the remedies she recommended were not trumped up or experiments, but were well researched.

“We do research on each ingredient, each herb, to find out what are their healing qualities. There are some herbs that may have healing qualities and bad qualities. We have to take the healing qualities out.

“The more serious an illness becomes, the more expensive the treatment, because more herbs and ingredients are needed. There is one medicine that has 56 ingredients in it,” she said.

And while she said she does not tell people what to eat, she did endorse vegetarianism.

“We can tell when a fruit is diseased or a tree is diseased, but we cannot tell with an animal. We don’t know if the animal was ill, or had been vaccinated and then you eat the flesh of that animal,” Arora said.

She said dependence on medicines had become “such an evil nowadays”, with everyone running to doctors even for the common cold.

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Spice up your sex life with this simple curry spice

(NaturalNews) A new study conducted by researchers from both Applied Science and Nutrition, an Australia-based scientific and consulting company, and the University of Queensland's medical school have found that the curry spice fenugreek livens up a lot more than just food. Based in their findings, men who consume fenugreek regularly can boost their sex drives by as much as 25 percent, which can eliminate the need to take dangerous pharmaceuticals.

For its study, the team assigned 60 healthy men between the ages of 25 and 52 to take 600 milliliters (ml) of fenugreek twice daily for six weeks. Researchers monitored the participants' libido levels during this time, and noted a 28 percent average rise by the end of the trial period. A placebo group, on the other hand, saw their libido levels drop over the course of six weeks.

Researchers believe the active substances in fenugreek responsible for the positive benefits are saponins, a type of bioactive metabolite compound that helps regulate hormone levels and boost testosterone levels.

"It probably works to increase testosterone or androgen levels, which decrease with age," said Dr. Raj Persad, a consultant neurologist, in response to the findings. "If it's proven to be safe, this is good news. Men with good sexual health live longer than those who [sic] without."

Besides boosting sex drive, fenugreek is also known to help treat diabetes, lower blood sugar and bad cholesterol levels, maintain healthy metabolism, prevent constipation, purify blood and detoxify the body, and increase breast milk production in lactating women (http://www.naturalnews.com/030628_m...). And a traditional Chinese medicinal tea composed of fennel, flax, and fenugreek, is known to help treat coughs and colds, mucus buildup, irritable bowel syndrome, and Chron's disease (http://www.naturalnews.com/030842_f...).

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Turmeric is the most used substances in Indian society. Its healing power is much active than any medicines. It has many uses for skin and other health care.
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Turmeric really done a lot for me. I had a low grade cancer doctor said for opertion but my believed on turmeric came true. I am free from it......
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Turmeric is the Anti-Aging, Anti-Oxidant, Anti-Inflammatory Super Spice

(NaturalNews) Curcumin's anti-inflammatory properties have been known in Chinese and Ayurvedic Medicines for thousands of years. It is the active ingredient of turmeric, which is a component of the curry preparations used daily in Indian and other South Asian cuisines. Since those cuisines have infiltrated the west, modern science has also been investigating the health benefits of turmeric and curcumin.

Curcumin/Turmeric Health Benefits

Don't confuse curry powder with turmeric. Turmeric is the substance that gives curry its yellowish color, while curcumin is the active ingredient of turmeric that offers the health benefits known in earlier medical traditions and that is being discovered now in western nutritional medicine. Curcumin comprises five percent of turmeric.

Curcumin is both an anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant. Epidemiological studies of people who have a high dietary intake of turmeric show a lower incidence of cancer among them.

Dr. Russell Blaylock from Dermatologist in Dubai included curcumin extract supplements in his post vaccination first aid kit to minimize the possibility of inflammation and cytokine storm from a vaccination. Curcumin has proven even better for relieving arthritis pains and stiffness than expensive pharmaceuticals, without side effects. It has also been proven to protect the liver and gallbladder.

Many other tests with curcumin extracts have been documented with in vitro (petri dish/test tube) and in vivo (living organisms) trials that show how amyloid plaque, considered a cause of Alzheimer's, is suppressed by curcumin. There have also been many trials, mostly in vitro, that indicate curcumin helps impede cancer cells' growth.

Curcumin extracts have been used as an adjunct with orthodox cancer treatments to reduce dosages of toxic cancer drugs.

Curcumin is considered non-toxic. Up to six grams of curcumin daily for extreme cases, such as cancer, has shown no toxic side effects. Since only five percent of turmeric is curcumin, this allows for consuming a good deal of turmeric.

How to Take Curcumin

Curcumin as part of turmeric powder is very beneficial as a daily regimen if taken properly. The problem with curcumin is similar to that of resveratrol: The stomach won't let it pass through to the small intestines enough to appear significantly in blood serum, where it has to be for cellular nourishment.

That's easily resolved with turmeric by combining it with fats. Cold pressed oils, coconut oil, organic butter, ghee, raw milk, and organic cottage cheese are optimum choices. It has also been discovered that heat helps absorption without decomposing the curcumin in turmeric. Some users mix turmeric in warm milk. After all, curry involves cooking with some sort of fat.

The curcumin extract capsules, used for extreme conditions or by those who can afford the convenience, pose the same absorption problems with a different set of solutions. This extract is usually in capsules. Enteric coating needs to be used to keep the capsule intact in the stomach yet to allow it to break down in the small intestines, allowing for immediate absorption into the blood.

Enteric coatings are used commonly by Big Pharma, but not by natural supplement providers. So you need to look for that on the label or you're wasting your money and time.

Some curcumin extract providers insert piperine, an extract of black pepper, to help absorb the curcumin. But curcumin supplements using piperine can cause problems with pharmaceutical medications. So if you are on pharmaceuticals, avoid curcumin extracts with piperine.

Unless your situation warrants higher supplementation, consuming turmeric at one to three teaspoons full per day with fats to get the curcumin into your bloodstream provides an inexpensive, safe,* and efficacious anti-inflammatory, anti-aging boost to your health.

*Those afflicted with hepatitis or gallbladder stones need to use caution.

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Beyond the benefits of turmeric there are some side effect also.

Turmeric usually does not cause significant side effects; however, some people can experience stomach upset, nausea, dizziness, or diarrhea.

1. Curcumin binds to iron and may increase the risk of anemia.
2. Curcumin can interfere with certain medication. So if you are taking prescription drugs, make sure to talk to your doctor before taking curcumin or turmeric.
3. Some clinical studies have reported gut-related problems, such as nausea, diarrhea and abdominal pain even at fairly low doses


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