6 March 2012 –  A UN expert warns of a global public health disaster caused by unhealthy foods. Globalized food systems and the spread of Western lifestyles has spawned an international public health disaster with over a billion people suffering from undernourishment while another billion remain overweight or obese, an independent United Nations expert warned today.

“Our food systems create sick people,” said Olivier De Schutter, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, as he presented his latest report to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. Read more… »

I usually get my free range chickens whole from local farmers many of which are Amish. I stock up my freezer in the summer and fall because they are grown in the pasture and they will not survive during the winter. Pasture raised chickens look and taste different than what you get in a supermarket. They will cost more but they are will worth it. Read more… »

Keith Lewis, a wheat farmer, left this insightful comment about modern wheat growing practices: You conclude in your book that modern wheat breeding has dramatically changed the nutritional value of wheat. Modern wheat farming has as well.

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by Susun S. Weed

For thousands of years knowledge of the herbs and wild plants that could increase fertility were the secrets of the village wise women. But after the holocaust against European Wise Women (the “burning times”) and the virtual extermination of Native American medicine women, this knowledge virtually disappeared. In fact, many people erroneously believe that “primitive people” had no means of controlling the likelihood of pregnancy. Nothing could be further from the truth. Read more… »

Make My Own Tonic Water

The recipe for making tonic water at www.jeffreymorgenthaler.com calls for Cinchona powder however reading the blogs at that site I see everyone is talking about all the trouble filtering out the Cinchona powder. We at Herbal Advantage sell Cinchona Powder but we also sell Cinchona Cut – this is so much easier to filter out using a standard coffee filter. You might notice that Herbal Advantage also sells Citric Acid, Cinnamon, Cardamom, Cloves, Ginger, Orange peel, Lemon Grass, and many other herbs and spices that will make wonderful flavored drinks. Please keep in mind that the more herbs and spices used the more color you will have in the final liquid. Some believe that color and bitterness are related they are not. The color particle is usually the larger size particle and easier to filter out but not with a coffee filter. Removing the color from a liquid takes a mechanical filtration system. The bitterness is from the Cinchona and may be reduced by using less of it. Another suggestion would be to add only the herbs and spices to the water and boil for ten minutes, stirring occasionally. Take the pan off the stove, cover and let steep for 30 minutes. After steeping, very carefully remove the lid and without stirring, pour through a coffee filter slowly. This may take several coffee filters to complete. When the filtration is complete add the citric acid and syrup. The longer you boil the herbs the easier it is to burn them therefor I suggest that you only boil for 10 minutes and then steep 30 minutes.

Far too many people have become dependent on over the counter cough syrups, hot medicinal drinks, and capsules designed to supposedly fight the common cold.

If you walk by the cold remedy section of your local pharmacy, you will discover shelves groaning from the weight of a myriad of rainbow colored bottles of modern-day snake oil that promises to relieve every cold symptom known to man.

Many of them are formulated to make us drowsy when taken before we go to bed, and some will help us doze a bit through the night but really do little to prevent a cold from running it’s methodical, diabolical course. Often users mistake the drug induced snooze as the remedy fighting the cold, but unfortunately it’s a smoke screen that only serves to hide the symptoms for a short time.
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If you suffer from Type II Diabetes, like 23 million Americans, you may believe what your health care provider tells you, that Type II diabetes is impossible to cure and needs vast amounts of medicinal treatment to control it. They may also blame your parents and grandparents for passing on poor genes. Yet, these facts couldn’t be further from the truth. Not only is Type 2 diabetes a preventable condition, it can even been cured with the simplest herbal treatments which are readily available along with a proper diet.
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Herbal Home Remedies

Common medicinal herbs and their uses. Throughout the centuries the plants that grow around us have been used in one way or another. Mostly for food but in other cases as cures for our ailments. Today if we do not feel too well we will go to the doctor, tell him of our ailments and he will prescribe the appropriate drug. Read more… »

There are several ways prescription drugs may be making us all sicker—whether through illnesses brought on because these medicines deplete critical nutrients in our body, or because we’re unwittingly consuming pharmaceuticals in the municipal water we drink. Read more… »

What’s New In the World of Health Care for 2010
The Answer May Surprise You!

Dr. Linda Miller, Holistic Chiropractor, Anaheim, California – It’s strange how what seems to be “new” or “advanced”, can sometimes really be old fashioned – and what used to be considered “old”, or “folksy” can really be more advanced. Here’s what we’re talking about.
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Elizabeth J Baldwin says “Forget the Viagra for men, where the heck is something to boost a woman’s libido?”

After enjoying a healthy sex drive since the onset of puberty I suddenly had little or none. This did not make my husband happy, and it made me even more unhappy. After consulting with my doctor, trying various over-the-counter remedies, and generally pursuing any avenue that promised even a slight renewal of my sex drive I stumbled on a combination that works for me. Read more… »

With the approach of autumn, we welcome that slight chill in the air after the relentless heat of the summer. We look forward to the brilliant colors of the changing leaves, the final harvest of the fruit trees and digging out our favorite sweater. Cooler temperatures and shortening days also signal the start of flu season and the time to prepare is now. Read more… »

Have you ever wondered, “Why does my pain keep coming back?”
Your pain may keep returning because many foods in the typical American diet produce prostaglandin in the body. So pain relievers in the absence of other strategies to combat prostaglandin can lead to a chronic state that recurs or doesn’t resolve.

This is especially alarming because numerous scientific journals link usage of pain relievers, whether acetaminophen or NSAIDs, to an increased risk of cancer, stomach bleeding, heart disease and high blood pressure. That is, the more doses and the more often the pain relievers are consumed, the more likely those chronic, degenerative and potentially deadly diseases occur. Read more… »

Statistically speaking, there’s a very good chance that you know someone who has had a heart attack. You also are quite likely to know several more individuals who have cardiovascular disease but are unaware of it and the fact that their lives are in jeopardy as a result. But here’s the clincher: if you’re over 50, there’s a better than even chance that you yourself fit into one of these two categories. You may need Nattokinase.

It is generally accepted that the Japanese have longer life spans with far fewer health problems associated with cardiovascular disease than almost any other nationality in the world. Of course, part of this record can be attributed to a diet high in grains, vegetables and fish. However new research has shown that another important and relatively little known aspect of the Japanese diet, a fermented food called natto, plays a very large part in Japanese cardiovascular health. It was also what led researchers to discover the enzyme Nattokinase, an essential component of natto. Read more… »

Growing Stevia Plants

When the Stevia plants first arrive water them thoroughly to settle the soil. Keep in partial shade for a day or two then plant in full sun. We find that Stevia will grow in almost any climate, if it is given the correct soil, fertilizer, and light conditions. Stevia is not frost hardy and must be planted each year. In areas where there is no frost, Stevia is still replanted each year, due to the poor growth of the 2nd year root system.

Stevia should be planted in the spring after the soil temperature reaches 65 deg F. Plant in full sun and in a light, sandy, open, well drained soil with neutral pH. Use a standard garden fertilized. Do not use a lawn fertilizer or fertilizers with high nitrogen. Adding extra Boron will help keep the Stevioside level high.

Stevia should be harvested in the fall. The leaves contain about 12% Stevioside (one of the sweet factors). The old brown Stevia leaves will contain 8 to 10% Stevioside. The stems contain about 3% Stevioside. Our Stevia Sweet Recipes Cook Book has many recipes that use Stevia leaf powder.

In the Fall just as the plant is starting to bloom you cut the plant off at ground level (the sweet factor is the highest just before flowering). The plant should be harvested early in the morning and dried in the full sun. The whole plant should be dried first then the leaves pulled from the stems. Hang the plant upside down or lay on a plastic window screen in full sun until completely dry. Strip the leaves off the stems. Discard the stems. When crispy dry, store in a plastic bag until ready to use. Leaves harvested this way in the fall will be 2 to 3 times sweeter than leaves from the same plant harvested in the summer. Break the leaf with your hands or put them a blender to make powder. Please email or phone if you have additional questions. The best place to buy Stevia plants is at www.stevia-plant.com .

When I first read the claim that a papaya leaf dried and put in hot water makes a tea that can treat, slow down, or prevent cancer, I was highly skeptical. Having lost my mother, Julia Ruffin Robertson, to cancer when she was only 55, just at the point where she was becoming recognized for her work as both an artist and art historian (and certainly not because she had done anything to “deserve” cancer), my first thought was, “How dare this person make this claim”. My mother had lived the life of a saint; always two steps behind my father, holding him up and accompanying him to Africa because he wanted to be a missionary, only to succumb to cancer just at the most rewarding time of her life. So to me, the idea that a simple papaya leaf tea could perhaps have added years to her life was not anything to be taken lightly.

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The purpose of this post is to disseminate information regarding how you and your loved ones can use natural medicine to overcome many different types of ailments, as well as helping to improve your general health and well-being.

I don’t think there is anybody reading this who would disagree that ANY improvement in memory is most welcome, and much appreciated by all! Well, how about a tremendous increase in memory – over 50% increase – and with absolutely minimal effort! This is now a reality as you will see, with no arduous “mental exercises” to perform, or other cognitive brain teasers. All you need do is pop a couple of small tabs daily, and YOU WILL see the benefits in memory in less than one month.

I have tried this wonder herb for over 4 months now and I have experienced what I estimate is at least 50% improvement in short-term memory functioning. I no longer need to write my “TO DO” lists every day, I just remember a lot of the things that I have to do – it is simply quite effortless! So what is this wonder herb that can improve memory by so much with so little effort? Read on, and I will reveal all her secrets!

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Mood Lifters

Nutritional and Herbal ways to beat the blues

“…St. John’s wort can have a…beneficial effect on depression.”

Depression can be a response to stressful events, hormonal imbalances, biochemical abnormalities, or other causes. Mild depression which passes quickly may not require any diagnosis or treatment. From nutrients to herbs, there are many mood-lifting alternatives. But keep in mind that there’s a world of difference between an occasional funk and clinical depression—a physician, psychiatrist, or other health professional should be consulted for persistent or serious cases of depression.

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Acidity – Alkalinity

What are Acidity and Alkalinity how do they affect human health?

This subject is of vital importance!

Scientists report that over 150 degenerative diseases are caused by high acid levels in the body. Knowing this fact, we should begin by understanding what acidity and alkalinity are and how they relate to our health.

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Crank It Up

Energizing Vitamins, Minerals, and Herbs

If you are “tired of being tired,” you’re not alone —fatigue is one of the most common complaints heard at a doctor’s office. Fatigue can have a wide variety of causes: from poor diet, lack of sleep or exercise, and obesity, to side effects from certain medications or a sign of drug/alcohol abuse. And that’s not all. A feeling of tiredness could also indicate anemia, infection, hormone imbalance, low thyroid or adrenal function, depression, mental or physical stress, or other serious conditions.

The dietary changes and supplements discussed in the following sections can provide an occasional “oomph” to your life, but fatigue that persists for more than a few days, is associated with pain or discomfort for which the cause is unknown, or has unusual symptoms, should be addressed with your physician.

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