Stress :-( Be Calm Instead :-)

Stress – It’s what most of us have too much of. Coping with day to day tasks and problems can sometimes be overwhelming – especially during high school football playoffs and the holiday season
Being calm, relaxed and well rested helps almost everyone be less stressed.
I like to look at basic nutrition to help with stress because I find that most people are deficient in basic nutrients. Most notably, B vitamins and magnesium.
Look at the following signs of B-vitamin deficiency:
Worry, anxiety, insecurity, or highly emotional state.
Trouble with concentration.
Constantly fatigued.
Wake up at night and can’t get back to sleep.
Moody or depressed.
Always tense, can’t relax.
Mind races or excessive worry.
Stress and lifestyle choices make us burn B-vitamins. I find that supplementing small doses of the best quality B-vitamins in the correct ratios makes most people feel better to the point that they are happier, less stressed and sleeping well.
Magnesium is the next great stress buster – most people are deficient in it as well as it is hard to get in the typical diet – especially this time of year.
Magnesium deficiency signs include:
Nervousness and anxiety
Low energy
Inability to sleep
Weakening bones
Hormonal imbalances
The other place to look if stress is a chronic issue is the adrenal glands. Symptoms of adrenal imbalance are:
Tendency to anger
Poor memory
Supplements that feed the adrenal glands will help balance stress.
These are the most common issues that “underly” stress. I recommend addressing a deficiency or underlying cause to promote long-lasting health, rather than just fixing a symptom.
However, if you just stressed and need to fix it now, there are some great products available. Here are my favorites: Perfect Calm, a great multi-vitamin that works; Total Calm, awesome stuff; Phenitropic, a GABA precursor; Total Calm Advanced; ASF – stands for anti-stress factors; and Calming Essence – homeopathic flower essences that work well and are kid safe.

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Trace Minerals – Electricity for your Body

Trace minerals are a category of nutrients that are commonly overlooked but very important to our health. One of most important roles of trace elements is as an electrolyte. Our bodies are bioelectric. Each cell acts as a tiny battery with its own electrical force powered by electrolyte minerals.
Trace minerals, along with macro minerals, assist in every aspect of life from the production of hormones and energy, digestion, nerve transmission, and muscle contraction to the regulation of pH, metabolism, cholesterol and blood sugar.
Essential trace minerals include boron, chromium, cobalt, copper, fluorine, iodine, iron, manganese, molybdenum, nickel, selenium, silicon, sulfur, tin, vanadium and zinc.
Our bodies like to maintain health by keeping a homeostatic balance of minerals. Many things we do will cause our bodies to go out of balance and try to self-correct. Minor aches, pains, anxiety, sleeplessness and the manifestations of degenerative disease are simply the body’s way of telling us that something is out of balance.
Simple problems such as muscle cramps and spasms have their origin in mineral deficiency. Even serious age-related disorders are linked to electrolyte deficiency. Electrolyte minerals are catalysts for healing.
Many substances in our day to day diet deplete our mineral stores. The type of food we choose either nourishes us or literally robs us of minerals. Coffee, tea, sodas, alcohol, refined grains and sugar deplete minerals. Stress is another cause of mineral depletion.
Osteoporosis and osteoarthritis are the examples of long term mineral imbalances and free radical damage. They are the manifestation of an acid condition in the body and develop because minerals are out of balance in the blood stream.
Many people take calcium to correct osteoporosis. However, calcium without magnesium and essential trace minerals such as boron, silica and zinc is useless – even harmful, causing further mineral imbalance.
There are many good trace mineral supplements. Good sources of trace minerals are plant sources such as alfalfa, kelp, red raspberry, and the family of super green foods such as spirulina, blue green algae, and chlorella. I like to recommend herbs because they are easily assimilated and they contain essential trace minerals among other nutrients.
Another trace mineral I like to recommend is Terratol – which is humate, a mineral source that is plant based and easily absorbable. It contains humic and fulvic acid. Humates oxygenate the blood, help chelate heavy metals, and have some anti-viral properties.
When using nutritional supplements to make up for deficiencies in the diet, it is important to include something rich in trace minerals. Many multivitamins today include trace minerals from good sources.
Form is important. I prefer plant based supplements as opposed to ground up rocks, which cannot be utilized by the body and will result in further imbalances if used over the long term.

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Silver – Safe and Effective!

Silver was probably the most powerful antibiotic, antifungal substance known prior to World War II. During this time, silver was ground up into small particles and suspended in a fluid known as colloidal silver. This type of silver was very expensive and only wealthy people could afford silver treatments.
During World War II, the methodology for making penicillin on a commercial scale was discovered and silver treatments became a thing of the past. That is until many bacterial strains became resistant to antibiotics.
During the 1960’s and 1970’s, research on silver began to take place with some remarkable results. The process of making silver solutions benefited tremendously from the technology developed during this time. Instead of ground up silver that would turn the body gray, the new silver solutions were electrically generated with extremely small silver particles as small as 1/10,000 of an inch.
Reseachers discovered that silver does indeed possess antibacterial and antifungal properties particularly with the electrically generated colloidal silver. They also found that extremely small concentrations such as 5 to 6 parts per million (ppm) were actually more effective than the stronger solutions. Note that the stronger solutions made from old technology are the ones that can turn you blue – stay away from high ppm solutions – I will not carry any higher than 30 ppm – our most popular version is just 10 ppm.
Silver has been used on almost any condition involving bacteria, virus, and/or fungus. These include ear infections, food poisoning, stomach viruses, sinus infections, skin infections, urinary tract infections, shingles, pink eye, yeast infections, ringworm, colitis, and many more. It is one of my favorite remedies to recommend because it is so safe and gentle – it is easy for anyone of any age to take because it tastes like water.
Over the years, I have had many customers use silver on a daily basis with nothing but positive results. It seems to help break the cycle of chronic ear infections in children and also chronic sinus infections is adults.
Silver is very safe and can be put directly into an infected eye or ear, or it can taken internally. I have also sprayed silver directly on wasp stings and had the pain resolve in just a few minutes, leaving no swelling or other sign of the sting.
I use silver at the barn. It is a great wound spray. I have used it to wash goopy eyes and have also used it when dealing with infection. My barn cat gets it daily – if not, she gets urinary tract infections.
Silver has become much more popular in recent years – especially after it was shown to be effective on anthrax. Clinical studies have been running for several years in Africa where silver has been used successfully on malaria. One of the nice things about using silver is that bacteria and virus strains have no known resistance to it.
The best silver solutions are those that are combined with oxygen that tend to make the silver more stable and more bioavailable. These tend to be ionized solutions rather than true colloids. Again, stronger solutions are not necessarily better since laboratory tests show that 5 to 6 ppm is effective on most organisms.
New research shows that silver when used over time does not kill beneficial bacteria in the intestinal tract. There is also significant research documenting the safety of silver.
Try a newly popular old remedy and see what you think.

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Parasites!!!! :-(

Parasites – Yuck! Parasites are an often overlooked cause of certain health problems today.
Parasites are actually very common in nature and more common in humans than we would like to think. Approximately one half of the population of the world carries at least one form of parasite. If you add yeast/fungus (another form of parasite) to that, it includes almost the entire world population.
Having good hygiene does not exempt us from parasites. In fact, our diet of refined foods tends to weaken our immune systems and make us more susceptible to parasitic infection. Remember, parasites like a weak host; so poor diets (lots of white sugar and white flour products) give these critters plenty of people to choose from.
Parasites are not just found in our intestinal tracts. They can infest any body part such as the lungs, the liver, the muscles and joints, the brain, the blood, the skin and even the eyes.
Most people think of worms – round, pin, tape, etc. when they hear the work “parasite”. However, many of these are microscopic.
It is very easy to come into contact with parasites. Contaminated water, undercooked meats, improperly washed fruits and vegetables are just some of the common sources of parasitic infections. Transmission from pets, insect or spider bites, or other people is also common.
Symptoms of parasitic infection can include chronic digestive problems, gas, constipation, diarrhea, skin rashes, stomach pains, and or fatigue. Parasitic infections may contribute to a variety of major diseases including Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, arthritis, and chronic fatigue syndrome.
Parasites can be very difficult to detect in conventional laboratory analysis. Of over 1000 species of parasites that could infect humans, only 40 to 50 have tests available to detect them. Medical testing procedures for parasites are not always accurate due to poor laboratory technique, not enough different stool samples, use of the wrong test, or not catching the parasite in a phase that is easily detected.
I love it when people walk into the store and tell me that they have been to over 7 or 8 medical doctors and their skin rash, or digestive issue, or whatever doesn’t go away with whatever they are prescribed. These problems, more often than not, resolve with a simple parasite cleanse that has no harmful side effects. Wow!
There are many good herbal products available that rid the body of parasites. Different formulas are used depending on the type of parasitic infection. Common herbs used include black walnut, artemisia or wormwood, cloves, garlic, oregano, grapefruit seed extract and olive leaf. Parasites are not affected by these herbs during certain stages of their life cycle, so it is helpful to repeat dosage after a 10 to 14 day break.
In my grandmother’s time, “spring tonics” were common. These “tonics” typically included herbs to rid the body of parasites or worms. Although these have fallen out of fashion, nature has not changed and parasites still find good homes in humans. People with pets and livestock routinely treat their animals for parasites but do not think about treating themselves.
Remember that parasites are part of nature and they can infect any living creature not just animals.

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