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Natural Ways to Knock Out Arthritis Pain

Natural Ways to Knock Out Arthritis Pain

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At least one in four of us has osteo or rheumatoid arthritis right now, and millions more will be diagnosed this year. The great news is that several common supplements and foods have recently been proven to prevent arthritis pain-or deliver relief fast if you’re already achy!

Consume healthy fats.

Eating two avocados and 12 oz. of fish weekly can cut your risk of developing any form of arthritis by as much as 52%. Researchers credit the healthy fats in both foods with neutralizing inflammation-triggering proteins and wastes before they damage joint tissue. And the selenium in fish strengthens cartilage, making it 38% more shock-absorbent.

Try pine bark extract.

A daily 200-mg. dose of the pine bark extract Pycnogenol cut arthritis patients’ pain almost 50% and their need for prescription arthritis meds 58% within three months. This nutrient-rich plant extract ups blood flow to damaged joints, flushing out pain-triggering wastes and speeding healing.

Have a drink.

Drinking one alcoholic beverage a day cuts a woman’s risk of rheumatoid arthritis. Women who drank beer two to four times weekly saw their risk plunge 31%. Small doses of alcohol activate enzymes that help immune cells stay “smart,” so they attack invaders, but not healthy joint cartilage-and the procyanidins in beer enhance that protective effect.

Consume orange produce.

Cryptoxanthin, the pigment that gives tangerines, pumpkins, carrots, and other orange foods their vibrant hue, speeds joint repair, easing arthritis-related aches and pains. Aim for one cup of your favorite orange fruit or vegetable daily.

Use olive oil.

Adding three tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil to your daily diet could make getting out of chairs, climbing stairs and even squatting a whole lot easier, often within six weeks. Extra-virgin olive oil is the only natural source of oleocanthal, a compound that cuts inflammation and discomfort as effectively as taking 200 mg. daily of ibuprofen.

Indulge in a lavender rub.

Lavender essential oil is well-known for its relaxing aroma. Less known is that the oil also contains a powerful natural painkilling compound called linalyl acetate. Simply applying the oil to tender spots twice a day can calm overactive nerves, soothing your achy joints in as little as 24 hours. Mix five drops of lavender essential oil into a dime-sized dollop of your favorite lotion and massage gently into the skin.

Drink milk.

For years, doctors have been telling us milk builds strong bones. Now researchers say it builds strong cartilage, too! The cartilage of women who drank at least 8 oz. of milk daily(cheese and yogurt didn’t provide this protection) was 32% thicker and stronger. The calcium and amino acids milk stimulate the repair and replacement of cartilage weakened by everyday wear and tear.

Consume grapes to tame inflammation.

Arthritis patients who eat two cups of grapes daily can bend, stand, climb stairs and exercise more easily within four months. Grapes have joint-healing compounds that also reduce inflammation inside tissues.

Chop some onions.

Eating just two cups weekly (raw or cooked) can lower your risk of ever being diagnosed with arthritis, and it can help your joints stay flexible and strong even if they do experience wear and tear. Onions contain quercetin and sulfur, nutrients that shield cartilage from damage and encourage healing if it does occur.

Natural Ways to Reduce The Risk of Alzheimer's Disease

Natural Ways to Reduce The Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

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Are you worried about getting Alzheimer’s disease? You’re not alone! It’s one of the top health concerns. Fortunately, these strategies make it easy to keep your brain healthy and dramatically reduce your risk of memory loss and Alzheimer’s.

Take vitamin D & cocoa flavonoids.

Taking 2,000 IU of vitamin D and 450 mg. of cocoa flavanols daily can decrease your risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease by 41% or more, according to Harvard research. Vitamin D blocks damaging inflammation inside the brain, while cocoa switches on enzymes that fix damaged neurons.

Eat eggs

One egg delivers 33% of your daily requirement for choline, a B vitamin that reduces brain aging and can even improve memory, focus, and concentration in as little as two weeks. Other excellent sources of choline include chicken, shrimp, and scallops. Or you can take a 450 mg. supplement daily.

Eat mushrooms

Add 1/2 cup of mushrooms to your diet. It is a delicious way to keep your brain young and your memory clear. Mushrooms are full of nutrients that help your brain and use blood sugar. And when your brain cells get a regular dose of glucose, it cuts your risk of memory problems by 45%.

Take regular walks.

Taking a 20-minute walk each day can cut your risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Walking incites the release of a chemical that grows healthy new brain cells. It increases the size of your memory center by 2% per year- instead of it shrinking.

Enjoy raspberries.

Fresh or frozen, raspberries are abundant in resveratrol, a compound that blocks the production of artery-clogging plaque, improving the flow of oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to the brain.

Get your hearing checked

When you can hear clearly, your brain is constantly stimulated by what’s going on around you. That keeps the memory center of your brain healthy and active. If you often find yourself saying, “pardon me,” ask your M.D. how to boost your hearing. It could be as simple as flushing out wax buildup.

Pair vitamin C with curcumin

Together, vitamin C and curcumin significantly increase your body’s production of the immune cells that break down troublemaking brain plaques. Proven dose: 1,000 mg. of vitamin C and 500 mg. of curcumin daily.

Indulge in a mini massage 

The stress hormone cortisol doesn’t only make you feel nervous and uneasy. It also makes your immune cells sluggish, so they have a harder time killing off germs. Reduce your cortisol production by at least 25% for 90 minutes by giving yourself a two-minute ear or hand massage whenever you start feeling anxious.

Stay warm

Keep comfortably warm with a hat and an extra layer of clothing on chilly days. That can re-energize your white blood cells so they stay active.

Quick Fix: Here's How to Banish Allergens From Your Bedroom

Quick Fix: Here’s How to Banish Allergens From Your Bedroom

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Where do you go when you feel stuffed up and sluggish? To bed, of course! However, you might not realize that hidden allergens in your bedroom might be creating those bothersome symptoms. Luckily, a few easy changes can reduce problems, helping you breathe easy and get rid of daytime tiredness within one week!

Get rid of the dust with vinegar.

Dusting each week with a cloth lightly sprinkled in diluted white vinegar (1/2 cup vinegar per 1/2 gallon of water) can triple the dust, dander, and germs that you get rid of from your bedroom, reducing congestion, an itchy throat, and other sleep-depriving symptoms in as little as ten days.

Try repotting your houseplants.

The soil in a lot of potted plants gives off mold spores, which can trigger throat inflammation, a dry cough, and other symptoms. Since mold flourishes in damp conditions, choosing plants that stay healthy even if they’re allowed to dry out between waterings can decrease mold growth dramatically.

Use soy candles.

Paraffin wax candles give off many chemicals, and many of those chemicals aggravate your airway, leading to throat irritation, chest tightness, and sometimes wheezing. Switching over to naturally scented or fragrance-free organic soy-based candles should make the problem disappear!

Replace your vacuum filter.

Bedroom carpets can hide up to 100 times more dust and dander than wood floors. Instead, get rid of those irritants by vacuuming your bedroom twice a week and replacing your vacuum filter every six months. Those steps can often help with tiredness, congestion, and other allergy symptoms.

Open the windows.

A tightly sealed bedroom during the winter months can lead to low oxygen and high carbon dioxide levels that leave you foggy and sleepy. Open your bedroom windows for five minutes in the morning and again at night and let carbon dioxide out and oxygen in

Heart Health, Diet, and Lifestyle

Heart Health, Diet and Lifestyle

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Why is hormonal balance and heart health so important in both middle-aged adult females and males? It’s because heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. According to Dr. Thierry Hertoghe, M.D., Twenty-one million cases are reported each year, nearly three-quarters of a million people die of it. I would like to share with you that as hormone levels decrease in middle age, heart disease and it’s risk factors increase. I don’t know how many woman I know that go to their annual gynecology appointment in their fifties and out of nowhere have high blood pressure. Most mainstream doctors jump right to blood pressure medicine without ever taking into consideration hormone decline, diet and lifestyle as causative factors.

Healthy Heart, Healthy Diet

First thing to consider is, are you getting a diet rich in fruit and vegetables? The body needs to stay in an alkaline state to remain in good health and ward off many diseases. It is also important to note that although you want to eat a diet low in fat you do not want to eat a no fat diet. Your body needs a moderate amount of healthy fats to stay healthy itself.


B Vitamins
Even with a superior diet you still need nutritional supplements for heart health. B-vitamin deficiency can be an important part of heart health. B-vitamin deficiencies of folic acid, riboflavin and vitamin B6 raise the blood levels of homocysteine, which increases the risk of heart disease.
Most particularly in combination with vitamin E, lowers blood pressure and raises HDL (good cholesterol). Vitamin E also lowers LDL (bad cholesterol) These days I have been using a high performance Vitamin C supplement called LypriCel. It delivers the C via maximum bioavailability.
Cholesterol levels tend to rise as we get older. It is not a coincidence that this coincides when our hormonal levels are declining mid age. Since the risk of having heart disease rises in direct proportion to our cholesterol levels we cannot ignore this warning sign.
Up to Eighty percent of the overall cholesterol in our bodies is not from what we eat, rather it is produced internally from our bodies. That is why hormones are much more important than we are led to believe. The major influences in woman are thyroid levels and estrogen. In men it is testosterone levels. Thyroid hormones keep the artery walls more flexible, which in turn stabilizes blood pressure.
Melatonin also fights high blood pressure. Studies show that people who have high blood pressure have too low of levels of melatonin. Melatonin is best used and absorbed in the evenings. I personally take 2mg per night.
For men, treating a testosterone deficiency is the key for preventative heart health. The heart muscle is very sensitive to testosterone. It accumulates in the heart twice as much as in normal muscle.
For women, estrogen plays a similar and protective role. Estrogen dilates coronary arteries. It also increases the blood flow to the heart. In addition, estrogen calms the heart by lowering the heartbeat. According to Dr. Thierry Hertoghe, M.D. a woman taking estrogen has two times less risk of a heart attack than a woman her age who is not supplementing with estrogen.
Summary list of nutrients for heart health

  • Vitamins
  • Folic Acid
  • Riboflavin
  • B6
  • C
  • E
  • Minerals
  • Zinc
  • Cooper
  • Magnesium
  • Trace Elements
  • Chromium
  • Manganese
  • Selenium
  • Phosphatidylcholine

A more comprehensive description of some of these nutrients can be found in my ebooks The Power of Anti-Aging Herbs and Vitamins and The Secrets of Weight loss, Diet, and Staying Lean Forever ($10 each). Of course these books are also available as part of my Health & Beauty Bundle.
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Prevent Symptoms of Menopause Naturally

Prevent Symptoms of Menopause Naturally

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Perimenopause and menopause are natural processes that every woman goes through. They are not diseases or disorders, so why do so many women go to the doctor when they enter this period of their lives? The truth is, if your body isn’t balanced, the symptoms of menopause can be pretty miserable. Hot flashes, mood changes, weight gain… you may feel like your body is out of control and you don’t know how to get that control back again. Don’t worry. You’re not alone. And even better? There are things you can do to control those symptoms without resorting to prescriptions.

(Suffering from a cold this winter? Read this post!)

Herbs to Prevent Symptoms of Menopause

Herbs work wonderfully for preventing menopause and perimenopause symptoms because they are able to adapt to your body’s needs. Because of this ability, they can adapt to your hormonal fluctuations, helping to ease symptoms. Here are some of the best herbs for menopause:

Sometimes called Indian Ginseng, Ashwagandha is an adaptogen herb that can help improve libido, improve sleep, and reduce depression and anxiety.
Black Cohosh
Native Americans knew that Black Cohosh root was useful in treating sleep disturbances, irritability, hot flashes and night sweats experienced during menopause and perimenopause. It may also increase vaginal lubrication.
Also known as Vitex, Chasteberry balances the pituitary gland which in turn balances the production of estrogen and progesterone in your body. It can help relieve hot flashes, depression and the irregular menstrual cycles of perimenopuase.
Dong Quai
This herb has been used in Chinese medicine for over 2000 years and is known as an herb especially helpful for women. It helps fight fatigue and may help with irregular menstrual cycles.
Not just for making beer, hops have a powerful form of phytoestrogen called 8-prenylnaringenin. When taken daily, studies have found that 8-prenylnaringenin can prevent hot flashes, improve sleep, and reduce irritability.
This beautiful flower is used to treat insomnia because of its ability to relax and calm you. It’s also useful in treating anxiety because it helps increase the production of GABA in the brain. In fact, research has shown it to work better than some prescription medications for treating anxiety with out the side effects.

Did you know? Herbs can not only do wonders for preventing your menopausal symptoms naturally, but they can also help slow or even prevent signs of aging, boost your immune system, cure insomnia, among other things! To learn more, check out my books The Power of Anti-Aging Herbs & Vitamins and The Power of Bio-Identical Hormones.

Lifestyle Changes

Herbs can really work wonders for your health, but to work their best you should also follow a healthy lifestyle. Daily exercise, at least 30 minutes a day, will help help control menopausal weight gain, improve your mood and help you sleep better. A proper diet is also essential. Make sure you have plenty of fruits and vegetables at each meal. Don’t forget to get enough protein and don’t be afraid of healthy fats. Eliminating grains can also produce amazing results in your overall health.

If you’re already having trouble sleeping, try to stick to a sleep schedule, even on the weekends, because adequate sleep is essential. Of course, make sure to drink plenty of clean, fluoride-free water. Eliminate processed foods and focus your diet on whole foods and the menopausal period of your life will be just another happy chapter in your book.

Homeopathic Cold Remedies for 2015

7 Homeopathic Cold Remedies for Winter 2015

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We all know that feeling. Your body starts to slow down, you may have a nagging headache, a little tickle in the back of you throat and a sneeze or two. Well, my friend, you have caught a cold 🙁 What is most important at this point is how to get rid of it. Believe it or not the quicker you respond to these initial symptoms can make a huge difference on curing your cold. I am going to share with you my tried and true homeopathic cold remedies to bring your body back to balance and cure your cold before any real symptoms rear their ugly head. So let’s get started!

My favorite Homeopathic Cold Remedies

There are 3 main homeopathic remedies I use for a head cold: Allum Cepa, Arsenicum and Oscillococcinum.

  • Allium Cepa is one of the best remedies for a head cold. You want to use a 30c potency and take 3 times per day.
  • Arsenicum is especially useful in winter colds when there is a thin watery discharge from the nose, and when you have a dull throbbing headache.
  • Oscillococcinum can be obtained at nearly every pharmacy and health food store. It is a homeopathic remedy that can be used in cold and flu prevention.

Consider these other homeopathic cures as well…

Hydrogen Peroxide

Always have this handy in the house so when you get that first little tickle in the back of your throat you can put 3 to 5 drops of hydrogen peroxide in each ear every two to four hours. Many people have had remarkable results in curing colds and flu when administering a few drops of three percent hydrogen peroxide. Colds and flu viruses enter through your ear canal, as opposed to your nose and throat.


Umcka is an herbal extract that has been shown to work against colds and flu. Umcka exhibits antimicrobial and immune changing effects on the body. Studies have shown that Umcka has antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal and immune-boosting properties.

Yin Chiao

The next plan of attack to cure your cold is Yin Chiao. Yin Chiao is an herbal cold remedy developed centuries ago in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It contains a mix of flowers, mint, and roots, that when taken at the first signs of catching a cold, may arrest or shorten the length of the illness. After the first dose, two or three pills may be taken every four hours until symptoms subside.


Another extremely effective way to cure your cold or prevent yourself from catching a cold is Biocidin. Biocidin is a potent combination of botanicals to support the immune system. If you purchase in liquid form begin with only 1 drop per day and work your way up to 5 drops very slowly. It’s that strong !
Mostly, mainstream society and typical cold prevention always points to vitamins and minerals instead more homeopathic cold remedies. I hope that you can benefit from some of these more effective and not as popularly know remedies and you can cure your cold as soon as you catch it.

Homeopathic Remedies for the Flu

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The 1918 Spanish flu pandemic killed 500 million people worldwide, making it one of the deadliest disasters in human history. However, as a testament to the power of homeopathy, there were homeopathic hospitals in the United States that had significant success treating the flu. While the mortality rate of people treated with traditional medicine and drugs was 30 percent, those treated by homeopathic physicians had mortality rate of 1.05 percent, according to medical records kept at the time. Of the fifteen hundred cases reported at the Homeopathic Medical Society of the District of Columbia there were only fifteen deaths. Recoveries in the National Homeopathic Hospital were 100% (yes, there was a national homeopathic hospital, just as there is a statue of Samuel Hahnemann, the founder of homeopathy, currently standing just blocks from the Capitol building). According to Dr. Frank Wieland, MD, in Chicago, “With 8,000 workers we had only one death. Gelsemium was practically the only remedy used. We used no aspirin and no vaccines.”

The 1918 flu responded particularly well to Gelsemium, while in other years, the flu symptom picture is different and other remedies are required. As mentioned above, Influenzinum can be extremely helpful for preventing and even treating the flu. Taking one’s constitutional remedy can also be incredibly helpful. However, if flu symptoms take hold, other remedies can help the unique symptom picture. The potential for deadly flu pandemics is a reality and knowledge about homeopathy can help a family be prepared. I highly suggest families to buy acute or emergency remedy kits as well as a guide book such as Everybody’s Guide to Homeopathic Remedies by Cummings and Ullman.

Below is some information on a few remedies commonly used for the flu. They can all be found at a local health food store and can be dosed every 2-3 hours in 30c potency. To read more on dosing for the flu, see my article on acute versus chronic dosing at http://www.angelicalemke.com/acute-versus-chronic/

Aconite (Acon.)

Aconite is useful in the initial time period of a sudden onset fever, accompanied by severe anxiety, restlessness, and intolerable pains and sensitivity – all much worse at night. The child may be hot and sweaty with significant thirst for cold drinks, and have eyes that may look shocked; staring, glassy, etc. The child is easily excitable, prone to panic, and strongly wants company.

Belladonna (Bell.)

Belladonna is one of the primary remedies for sudden onset very high fevers with intense dry burning heat especially in the locally affected parts. The fever may accompany any different kind of infection from bacterial to viral, etc. Key symptoms are a red, hot head and cold limbs, easy delirium during fever, dilated pupils, and extreme oversensitivity to their environment.

Bryonia Alba (Bry.)

Bryonia Alba can have a very high fever but usually with a sluggish and slow onset. Once in place there is a dry burning heat without sweating, and the main thing the child wants is to stay still to avoid exacerbating any of the chills or pains (from coughing, in the chest, etc). They are very dry and may be constantly thirsty for water. They may be irritable or angry and generally want to be left alone during the acute, spending all their limited energy on dealing with the illness at hand.

Gelsemium (Gels.)

Gelsemium is a remedy for fevers in which the main characteristic is extreme weariness and heaviness in the body; they can’t keep the eyes open, everything is heavy and drooping. Legs may be so heavy that they tremble. The fever may be from flu or other ailments, and often comes on during summer or changes of weather from cold to warm. There is also a lot of anticipatory anxiety seen in Gelsemium.

Eupatorium Perfoliatum (Eup. Perf.)

Eupatorium perfoliatum is an important remedy for those fevers where the most prominent symptom is intense, deep aching, bruised pains especially in the bones, to the point where the bones feel as if they may be breaking. The skin, likewise, is sensitive and sore especially in flu. Unlike Bryonia alba in which the intense pains lead them to want to remain very still, Eupatorium may be quite restless during the fever, though can also be depressed, sleepy, yawning and moaning.


On the bright side, our immune system deserves a congratulatory response with each sniffle and fever you get. As many of you are aware, many children on the spectrum do not have obvious cold and flu symptoms because the immune system is too weak, or too suppressed, to mount a response at the level of the mucous membranes. Often symptoms of a circulating virus may show up in more stimming, or OCD behavior, as opposed to a stuffed up nose. In summary: it is HEALTHY to occasionally get sick, it is the body’s way of doing a deep cleaning. And all the recommendations we give above will assist the body’s inherent vital force in doing what nature intended it to do – to strive for optimal health and growth, in body, mind and spirit.