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Statins Vs Garlic – which is better for your heart?

I always love reading about how natural products are used to treat different medical conditions.  This article on how aged garlic is of benefit to those with hardening arteries makes a good read.

It essentially challenges your understanding of the role cholesterol plays in heart conditions, and gives an alternative suggestion.  This alternative is then treated quite well using aged garlic.

 

Enjoy the read

 

Statins Vs Garlic – which is better for your heart?.

International Yoga Day

This year a new recognition day was established and it was for Yoga.

There are many differing types of yoga as I have recently discovered when I started doing Kum Nye Tibetian Yoga.

In a recent email from Huffington Post, I found some of these less conventional types of yoga raised a smile in me, and wanted to share them with you too.  I loved the idea of eating and yoga, and taking along your pet dog with you, amongst the more quirky types of yoga.

There is also another good post that shows you 7 simple yoga poses, includes great videos of the technique too, to undertake throughout your day. So no need to go to a yoga class at all!  Go enjoy your yoga and set your body up for the day

Meditation, yoga

Vitamin C – Positive Studies

Vitamin C

Getting Your Vitamin C

As we head into winter, some of the advice usually given by therapists, is to increase your Vitamin C intake.  I agree with this advice at this time of the year, also to ensure you have a course of Echinacea and homeopathically, taking a course of Anas barb (prophylatic for influenza).

I have come to notice some other information about Vitamin C also.  Over the years I have been told by other natural therapists of the benefits of intravenous Vitamin C on the body, especially when the immune system is being ravaged.

There is a study that was undertaken last year, at the University of Kansas Medical Center.  This study looked at the effect of Vitamin C on cells in the laboratory, in animals and in human research subjects. What’s of interest to me is the effect of the Vitamin C on ovarian cancer cells.

The researchers found that a combination of infused vitamin C and the conventional chemotherapy drugs carboplatin and paclitaxel stopped ovarian cancer in the laboratory, and reduced chemotherapy-associated toxicity in patients with ovarian cancer. The results of their study have been published in the journal Science Translational Medicine.

The consequences of this study, in the research world, would be to undertake more studies. This would be because there were only 27 humans in the study, far too many to come to a conclusion.  However, it is of interest, and something that we should be looking towards in treatments.

Interestingly, it’s reported that in the 1970s, ascorbate, or vitamin C, was an unorthodox therapy for cancer. It was considered safe, and there were anecdotal reports of its clinical effectiveness when given intravenously. But after oral doses proved ineffective in two cancer clinical trials, conventional oncologists abandoned the idea.

What this study set out to do, was to look at the difference between intravenous and oral applications. It appears that the body is better able to utilise the Vitamin C when it is taken intravenously, as opposed to quickly excreting it when taken orally.

There have been several reports of this study over the internet over the last year, and some of these do highlight the sad reality that because Vitamin C is not patentable, there will be little chance of further studies in this field.  That is indeed very sad.

Our Natural State

Our Naturally Healthy State

In our current society, it can be difficult to realise that our natural state is one of health.

Why is it difficult to realise this? Because we are constantly being told through the media that there is something wrong with us, and we need a variety of medications to get better.  Rather than looking to the world of nature.

I recently discovered this amazing video on the inner workings of a cell, bear in mind when you watch it that there are trillions of these working just like this in your body, every day!

Can you imagine what foreign substances that are not of benefit to your body will do to this fine balance of workings that occur in your body every day?

Recently the following came to my attention:

Once – measles, mumps and chickenpox

were considered ‘normal’

Now – we have a new normal

autism, type-1 diabetes, cancer, allergies

asthma, eczema, ADD, ADHD

learning difficulties…………

Does it have to be this way?  I don’t believe so.

By removing the impurities within our own body, we are allowing the body to function in the way it’s developed to do, build immunity, extract energy from our foods, allow development of healthy bones, organs and the brain.

More and more, aspects of our environment are impacting on the health of ourselves, our family and our friends.

A study that was published in 2008 shows that there is potentially a higher risk of Parkinson’s Disease, when the LDL cholesterol levels are lowered.  The LDL cholesterol is the ‘good’ cholesterol we need to maintain many of our bodily functions, including protecting the brain.  There is more ongoing work into this aspect, but it is an indicator that the widespread use of statins to lower cholesterol may have an ongoing long term effect that is yet to be determined.

All food for thought I would suggest.  How are you treating your body? Take action now and learn about how you can reduce your impurities in your body! Call me today, 5545 0939, or email me sandra@sandravenables.com for more information!

Wanting To Rid Yourself Of HPV?

We are often told today that Cervical Human Papilloma Virus is present in epidemic proportions, and that once you have it, you will increase your risk of getting Cervical Cancer.  That our only protection is vaccination and watch and wait.

Are there other thoughts on this issue?

Well, there is an interesing study that was undertaken in 2013, and published in the Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention, concerning a treatment regime for cervical HPV.  I found it most intriguing and wished to share the study outcomes and my thoughts here.

The study followed 287 women over a period of 30 days of treatment.  Of these women, there were four treatment arms.

  1. a cream containing extracts of curcurmin, amla (Emblica officinalis), saponins from Reetha, aloe vera and rose water
  2. a placebo cream
  3. a soft gel vaginal capsule containing curcurmin
  4. a soft gel vaginal capsule containing placebo.

Each of the women were tested to confirm presence of HPV and specifically the strains of 16 and 18.

While the differences in the clearance rate between the treatment arms and the placebo arms were not considered statistically significant, the treatment arm with the cream had a clearance rate of 87%, while the clearance rate of the combined placebo arms was 73%.  There were some adverse effects in the realm of burning and itching of the vagina in both treatment and placebo groups.

What I was intrigued about though, was the clearance rate of the placebo arm, and the discussion on the body’s ability to clear this virus, as it does the other viruses we come into contact with in our daily life.  And even the authors go further to discuss the clearance rate of CIN1 and CIN2 without medical intervention.

We truly do have amazing machines at our disposal that can unmake what it makes, with ease.

The use of the extract from Turmeric is not surprising given the amount of newsworthiness lately of the health benefits of turmeric and it’s effects on cancerous cells.

I would like to see more of this style of research being undertaken in natural medicine, as it does show benefits as well as highlight the ability of our body to heal.

The full article can be found here

A Form Of Snake Oil

A recent article I have read about the value of vaccines in our modern world has given rise to suggestions that the current flu vaccinations are as effective as snake oil.

I’m an advocate of a person’s personal right to choose what they wish to put into their own body, and agree that this should be done after considerable research so that the individual can make an informed decision.

I was horrified to read how the CDC in America publishs incorrect figures, or suppresses information, when it comes to the flu vaccine.

That the efficacy of the 2014 – 2015 flu vaccine is as low as 23%, according to the CDC.  There was even information showing that the flu vaccine for those over 65years, last year was as ineffective as snake oil, with only a 27% efficacy in this age group.

Very interestingly, one of the reports highlighted that the nations with the highest outbreaks of vaccine preventable diseases, namely measles, mumps, pertussin, rubella and polio, were the nations with the highest number of mandatory vaccines, including US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.  Indeed, an interesting concept!

In my field, we hear a lot about why vaccinations are so important, I just want to see truthful reporting of the scientific studies that show efficacy and safety and the precautions that need to be taken for those at risk populations.

To read the full article and garner your own opinion, check it out here

Secrets To Wonderment

Do you live with a sense of wonderment?

Do you see the beauty that surrounds you every day?

Are you aware and in the moment so that you can see the beauty?

I visited the South Bank Parklands over the weekend. I had to stop several times and take a photo of the beauty I was seeing.  I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I did!

Essential Oils, herbs, wellbeing

Herb Garden

Wonderment

A fun painting

Wonderment

Capsicums

Wonderment

Nectarines

Wonderment

Sunflowers

Wonderment

Deep pink Frangipani

The secrets to seeing the world through the eyes of wonderment, are to stop and see what is around you in the moment. Always look out for the beauty in any situation.

A good question to ask yourself is, how would you respond to the following situation?

You return home by car on a beautiful autumn evening. The sun is setting in a kaleidoscope of extraordinary colours.

Do you

a) anxiously lower the sun shield so as not to be dazzled

b) stop by the side of the road and take a few moments to absorb the wonderful spectacle

c) hope you’ll get home before it’s dark

If you answered B, then you are already undertsanding the secrets to wonderment in your life.

If you answered A or C, next time this happens, try out B and see how you feel afterwards!

I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I did