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22 Reasons to Use Arginine for YOUR Health!

The nitric oxide derived from arginine is directly or indirectly implicated in practically every cellular response and health condition imaginable, from the cardiovascular system to the immune system, and hormone function to nerve function. Although an exhaustive list of possible applications for the amino acid is not included, the following are the primary scientifically-backed reasons that anyone – even healthy people – should consider adding arginine to their health and wellness regimen.

In 1998, a team of pharmacologists won the Nobel Prize for their discovery of how nitric oxide (NO) regulates blood flow in the body. One of the applications is that the release of NO causes dilation of the blood vessels. It was then discovered that an amino acid called L-arginine causes the human body to produce NO. As a result, L-arginine became a popular ingredient in dietary supplements for helping men achieve peak performance in the bedroom.

In addition to supporting male sexual function, L-arginine helps improve blood circulation for both sexes and helps support normal blood pressure levels. L-arginine is converted into NO that helps dilate your blood vessels. This, in turn, means your heart does not have to pump as hard, which promotes normal blood pressure and circulation.

The American Heart Journal presented 11 randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials involving  L-arginine, all with positive results in lowering both systolic and diastolic blood pressure.

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Below are some of the documented benefits provided by L-arginine Plus, a formulation which also contains other cardiovascular support. To see the benefits of each ingredient in Arginine Plus and other synergistic formulations, refer to Arginine for Cardio and Heart Health .

1. Arginine Plus is one thousand times more powerful than any naturally occurring antioxidant in the body. Arginine`s antioxidant properties support various body systems and may protect against heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes, as well as slowing premature aging. 1, 2

2. Arginine Plus offers wide-ranging cardiovascular support, including controlling blood pressure 3, 4 and plaque formation. Nitric oxide keeps arteries relaxed and pliable for normal blood pressure, preventing hypertension and angina. 5

3. Arginine Plus enhances memory,6 particularly long-term memory, and may help to reverse the effects of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.7

4. Arginine Plus boosts human growth hormone (HGH) production, which has anti-aging properties. 8

5. Arginine Plus enhances communication of messenger cells between nerves and the brain. 9

6. Arginine Plus may help improve immune function10 and fight bacterial infections. 11

7. Arginine Plus may help in the treatment and prevention of diabetes since many disease complications, including poor circulation and blindness, are vascular in nature. Arginine is also found to regulate insulin secretion in the pancreas. 12,13

8. Arginine Plus may inhibit the division and proliferation of cancer cells. 14,15

9. Arginine Plus helps with cholesterol control by lowering serum and LDL cholesterol levels. 16

10. Arginine Plus enhances male sexual performance by treating vascular erectile dysfunction (ED). 17

11. Arginine Plus anticoagulant abilities reduce clotting to lower heart attack and stroke risk. 18

12. Arginine Plus reduces pregnancy-related hypertension, a risk factor for both the expecting mother and the unborn child. 19

13. Arginine Plus is useful in the treatment of asthma by opening pulmonary pathways for easier breathing and the treatment of lung disorders. 20, 21

14. Arginine Plus relaxes hypertonic sphincter muscles, preventing and healing hemorrhoids.22

15. Arginine Plus boosts lean muscle mass and preserves bone density by encouraging HGH production,23 which also leads to a reduction in fatty tissue. Because of these properties, it may be useful in weight management and strength training.

16. Arginine Plus can help offset cardiovascular and lung damage caused by tobacco use,24 since nitric oxide levels in smokers are less than half of those found in nonsmokers.25

17. Arginine Plus helps to accelerate wound healing26 and postsurgery recovery.27 Research has shown it is useful in treating burn wounds28 and stimulates wound healing in the elderly.29

18. Arginine Plus may be useful in enhancing athletic performance due to its ability to boost exercise tolerance,30 its beneficial effect on the lungs, and its effect on HGH levels, which helps with building lean muscle tissue.

19. Arginine Plus may be used to improve the function of the prostate.31

20. Arginine Plus may prevent and possibly reverse the effects of osteoporosis by positively affecting bone mass.32

21. Arginine Plus has been used in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome33 and to reduce the occurrence of ulcers – especially stress- related – without affecting gastric acid production.34, 35

22. Arginine Plus may improve renal function and slow the progression of renal disease and age-related chronic renal failure.36,37 Arginine`s protective effect on the kidneys may also benefit those with diabetes.

REFERENCES

There are 37 references for the information above; if you wish this to be sent to you as a document, please contact our office via email: TakeTheNaturalPath@gmail.com, or contact via our website.

 

Success with Tei Fu Oil

As we were  sunning ourselves on a  beautiful Mexican beach, we saw a woman throw herself off a passing boat, followed shortly by her young son jumping in. As she pulled her gasping self up on the sand, her body green like an iguana, her son said she was ready to die with severe motion sickness. I asked if she would trust me, knowing I was a fellow Canadian, and when she said she’s try anything, I gave her a couple of drops of Tei Fu Oil on her hand to lick off. We repeated this in 10 mins. plus put a drop in each nostril. Within 45 minutes, she was up walking around and felt like she had never been sick. She has suffered from severe motion sickness for years, and said sometimes she will be sick for days afterward. She thanked me for “saving her life.

I am so glad I always carry this tiny first aid kit in a bottle with me, as it has helped many people over the years.

Submitted by Liz, Duncan BC.

Comments from Benoit & Associates Health:

In addition to motion sickness, Tei Fu Oil is a must to have on hand to stop pain, swelling and allergic reactions to many stings and bites from mosquitoes, bees, wasps, spiders, and jelly fish. It helps with all digestive upsets, colds, decongestant, headaches, bruises and more. Here is a list of uses for which we carry this little bottle with us at all times:

  • one drop internally: respiratory and sinus congestion and infection, sore throat, cough, mental alertness, breath freshener,  nausea, motion sickness
  • one drop topically:  sore muscles/ muscle spasms and cramps/ Charlie horses,  headaches (on temple and at back of neck,  bites and stings, bruises, cold sores
  • inhale for: respiratory and sinus congestion and infection

For external use only, many people use Tei Fu Massage Lotion,  for similar external uses to cover larger areas for conditions such as arthritis, and achy muscles, sprains or strains.

To order either of these professional quality products, please contact our office at 250-748-6802 or TakeTheNaturalPath@gmail.com.

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Sinus Conditions

We have four pairs of sinuses, air-filled pockets, in the bones of our face. These connect to nasal passages and the rest of our respiratory system. The mucous membranes lining sinuses provide lubrication, and natural immunity by trapping foreign particles. Tiny hairs called cilia also trap germs then push the mucus out through tiny opening drains called ostia. Three of the four ostia drain downward, the 4th drains upward, which explains why many people get “plugged” up and mouth breathe, or snore during sleep.

Sinusitis occurs when the mucus-producing linings of the sinuses become inflamed and infected.  As ostia openings get clogged, foreign material is trapped, oxygen levels drop and bacteria in the nasal cavity reproduce anaerobically. Inflammation causes the sinus walls to swell, causing heat and pain, while increased white blood cells may create excess mucous and pus.

If the inflammation is healed properly, then all systems revert to normal. However if offending conditions continue to promote the inflammatory response, or if the immune system is too weak to mount a defensive, continued inflammation can eventually damage cilia and cause scarring, polyps or sores.  Allergic reactions to dust, animal dander, foods, smoke, and other pollutants can prevent the natural healing process. Dairy is a large offender closely followed by wheat  and gluten. Sugar leads to fermentation and lack of oxygenation, plus feeds bacteria and viruses.

Prescription antibiotics, inhalants and OTC decongestant drugs may reduce inflammation and swelling, however they do nothing to promote healing or removal of the cause. Long term use can increase dependency and reduce effectiveness, leading to stronger drugs or surgery.

To heal your sinuses with natural remedies:

  1. Treat acute stage – eliminate any infections, viral, bacterial, or fungal that may be contributing to the symptoms, by using immune enhancing herbs and formulas.
  • SN-X , called (Sinus Support in US.) is a proven herbal combination that is effective in treating symptoms such as congestion, head ache and sinus drip.  Take 4- 6 per day, minimum 1 month, until acute stage is cleared.
  • Liquid Silver Guard  is one of the most powerful natural antibiotics. Use a nasal spray bottle to destroy all bacteria, viruses, mould or fungus. Spray at least 2- 4 Xs per day, one squirt in each nostril, and at least 1x/day after doing the inhalation or shower to clear passages first.
  • Liquid Silver Guard   internally will help eliminate long standing conditions more quickly. Minimum of 1 tsp. /5 ml. 2X/day, til improvement, then decrease.
  • Antibacterial, anti-viral Essential Oil (EO) inhalation: Put 1-2 drops of therapeutic quality EO into a bowl of very hot water. Cover your head with a towel and breathe in fumes, with eyes closed. Breathe until nostrils are clear; this may take up to 20 mins. to loosen mucous and clear nostrils, then silver can then access all the inner sinus areas. One of the most effective is Tei Fu Oil, a combination of eucalyptus, menthol, lavender, wintergreen and cloves.
  • Strong antioxidants and anti-inflammatories, such as Zambroza can be taken in double dose as an extra aid to overall health.
  • Avoid all dairy and wheat products, which are mucous producing for most people.
  • Eliminate any dietary allergens that are at the root of the problem
  • Improve digestion with enzymes to help eliminate the allergic response
  • Use herbal combinations to clean up the sinuses. Look for formulas what contain Fenugreek and Thyme , historically used to disinfect, soften and clear out old mucous. AL-J is a formula that helps reduce allergic response, improve digestion and thins mucous. It contains herbs such as horseradish and mullein, herbs known to have positive effects on the respiratory system. Expect to take these for a minimum of 3 months, plus one month for each year the problem has existed. Although relief will be noticed sooner, this is the naturopathic rule of thumb for true healing.
  • Saline Nasal Rinse: Use a baby or bulb syringe from drug store to flush the nasal passages. To 1 cup of warm water add, ½ tsp. salt and a pinch of baking soda. Squirt this into one nostril, while gently closing the other nostril, so that water comes out the mouth. Repeat with the other nostril. This is an old Yogic cleansing practice, using a neti pot, which has proven itself over the centuries. For long standing chronic infections or sinus problems, do this one to three times daily for months, until all symptoms have been clear for a couple of weeks.
  • Continue using silver nasal spray, 1 – 2x per day to prevent reoccurrence. This will also help protect you from the common cold and flu. Many people are finding the Silver spray easier to do and as effective as the saline. Choose one that suits you, or alternate weekly.

 2.  Treat chronic condition – once acute stage has passed, treat the root cause to eliminate re-occurrence. This involves:

  • Eliminate any dietary allergens that are at the root of the problem
  • Improve digestion with enzymes to help eliminate the allergic response

As with all health conditions, follow the 4 Pillars of Health as outlined in Benoit’s book: The Paw Paw Program.

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© Lorene Benoit, BEd, MHH, CHC, CI, CRA.   Master Holistic Health,

Certified Herbal Consultant and Educator.    Contact her office at:   250-748-6802

Email:      TakeTheNaturalPath@gmail.com               Website: www.naturalpathremedies.com

This article appeared in The Herbal Collective Dec. 2011

 

 

LOVE YOUR LIVER !

Gotta love your liver!

It is largest organ in your body, performing over 500 different and essential functions, without even being reminded. A few amazing facts about your liver. It  weighs about three to four pounds , has an amazing ability to regrow even if only 20% is left, and performs more than 500 functions to keep your life flowing smoothly!

Among its many functions, the liver:

  • Filters harmful waste products and toxins from the blood and distributes them for elimination via the bowels, kidneys, skin, lungs and lymph
  • Regulates and secretes substances important in maintaining your body’s function and health – glucose is a good example
  • Liver metes out glucose, or stores it for later use, thus controls our energy levels
  • Produces cholesterol and special proteins to help carry fats through the body
  • Produces bile to help break down and digest fats
  • Is critical in digestion of fats, proteins and carbohydrates
  • Produces enzymes and amino acids – such as glutathion
  • Metabolizes and helps balance of hormones
  • Assimilates and stores fat-soluble vitamins, such as Vit. A , D and E
  • Processes hemoglobin , thus is involved in anemic challenges

Your liver is really one intelligent, giant filter, screening all of the nutrients, drugs, medicines, chemicals, hormones and preservatives we intake daily. We need to take care of this hard-working organ. Stress, diet, environmental toxins, alcohol and overeating can wreak havoc on your liver. Some symptoms of a tired, overworked and congested liver may be:

  • Low Energy right up to Exhaustion
  • Allergies  and Chemical Sensitivities
  • Anemia
  • Anger or Depression
  • Bloating, Belching, Burping ( the 3 B’s)
  • Constipation and Diarrhea
  • Eczema, Acne, Hives, Rashes and Itchy Skin
  • Headaches, especially migraines
  • Hormonal Imbalances
  • Inability to Tolerate Cold or Heat
  • Nausea
  • Mentrual challenges including PMS, painful menses, and menopausal challenges
  • Muscle Pain
  • Weight Gain or Weight Loss

To help the liver, and other eliminative organs such as lymph, colon and kidneys function optimally, we need to nourish the liver with  super nutrition every day, plus help it with seasonal detoxification. A few suggestions for detoxification follow:

DETOXIFY ANYWAY YOU CAN!  DO IT NOW AND DO IT REGULARLY!

  • Allow your bodies to sweat., do not clog sweat pores with anti-perspirants, use Crystal Clear natural deodorant.
  • Help your body to detoxify by doing a 10- 30 day herbal overall body cleanse at least 2X/year. Tiao He Pak is an excellent choice for overall body cleansing, 10-15 days. For added weight loss, use the Bod-E Klenz and balanced 30 day cleanse.
  • Use fibre in your diet.
  • Drink lots of water, with Chlorophyll, fresh lemon or lime, or herbal teas
  • Add mineral and antioxidant supplements to help neutralize stage 1 detox free radicals, Super Trio is an excellent daily nutritional supplement providing all essentials.
  • Decrease toxins your body comes in contact with.  Every small bit helps. Use natural products for house cleaning, such as NSP Concentrate Cleaner and Nature’s Fresh Enzyme Spray, and use natural personal products on your body.
  • Include exercise in your daily regime
  • Deal effectively with your emotions and strive to have an Attitude of Gratitude!

Many suggestions for healthful lifestyle including diet, stress, exercise, recipes are in my book:

 Lorene Benoit’s book: The Paw Paw Program – A “Christopher Columbus” Approach to Cancer – The World IS Round and Cancer CAN Be Treated Naturally

 Contact the author at TakeTheNaturalPath@gmail.com for suggestions on healthy detox programs and support specific to you!

 

 

Weight Loss 4 Pillars /Insulin Resistance

 Four Pillars of Weight Loss

 I am often asked, “What do you recommend for weight loss?” I find that I am not able to answer this question with a simple answer, because there are many variables. Weight gain can be due to glandular imbalance, improper or too much eating, lack of activity, emotional outlook, poorly functioning digestion or eliminative systems, Candida, or any combination of these.

I do not like to look at just taking supplements or herbs for weight loss. To achieve healthy weight management, you have to take a wholistic approach which entails several lifestyle conditions. I find it helpful to refer to these as the                     “ Four Pillars of Weight Management.”

1. Diet:

  • better diet: eat only natural, unprocessed carbohydrates and fibres such as vegetables, fruit, sprouted and soaked nuts and seeds. The most important is to increase vegetables, which provide phytonutrients, fibre, protein, carbohydrates as well as plant sterols, ALL essential for health. Eliminate processed, packaged, junk foods containing  fat, sugar, chemicals and paste (think pasta and other items with flour, especially white).
  • one exception to the above dietary recommendations is if one has an insulin resistant state of metabolism. This means the body cannot handle carbohydrates and is storing most of them as fat – usually resulting in weight gain especially around the middle. To correct the way the body handles blood sugar, carbs must be reduced drastically, and the body supplemented to be able to reverse this trend and process them better, with minerals like Chromium and formulas like GlucoReg.
  • drink more water, with Chlorophyll, fresh lemon or parsley.
  • ensure adequate intake of Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs), such as cold pressed Flax Seed oil, Evening Primrose, and quality tested fish oils. We get excellent results with Super Oil,  which combines these and fish oil; also add Olive and Coconut Oils to diet.
  • drinking 1-2 Tbs. of pure, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar with 1/2 tsp. unpasteurized honey  in a cup of warm water before meals can  help speed up metabolism and improve digestion, as it increases your body’s natural production of hydrochloric acid .

2. Lifestyle:

  • more exercise: a minimum of  four – 30 minute walks per week at a good pace that is enough to get you breathing  heavily. As you continue this, you will find that you are able to walk further/faster each week. Don’t worry if the first walk only takes you 50 meters. It’s a start! “No time” is not an excuse: just don’t watch TV or read newspaper for those times. Make time if health is a priority, which it is #1 priority for most people, if they think about it. Weight bearing exercise increases muscle mass, which may weigh more, but looks better and is healthier than fat.
  • ensure that you have two or more bowel movements per day. If not, take LBS II (a Lower Bowel herbal combination). These are both natural herbal laxative and bowel toners which are not addictive; the longer you use them the less you will need. You may also require the addition of fibre in the form of Psyllium Hulls Combination. They are very inexpensive insurance for better lifelong health and this is one of the most important lifestyle habits to develop. If your bowels are not working well, this is an essential part of any weight loss program.  A Cleanse is a good start to any weight loss program, and essential if someone does not have 1-2 movements per day. .

3. Emotional:

  • create a positive mental attitude about yourself, your body image and your life. Use pictures, affirmations, visualizations, meditation, journaling – there are many good tools. Having a buddy for encouragement is helpful. Set achievable goals and treat yourselves when you achieve them.  (non-food treats).

 4. Supplements:

Chromium is a trace mineral that is part of the Glucose Tolerance Factor (GTF), which   is necessary to balance glucose levels in the blood. It helps burn fat, regulate blood sugar, increase energy, and nourish the pancreas. Chelated Chromium Nicotinate is more bioavailable, as it is bound with niacin so the body’s cells and enzymes recognize this as part of the natural GTF molecule. It is enhanced by the addition of yarrow and red clover which also are natural sources of Chromium. 

Synerprotein Powder is a nutritionally balanced non GMO soy based protein powder with amino acids and cruciferous vegetable base. This can be used as meal replacement (one – two times/day) and is a delicious  protein energy drink which can be mixed with water, juice,  and fruit. Either Synerprotein powder, or Nutri Burn  Protein poweder are best taken as a super shake.

Nutri- Burn is a whey based protein powder with added CLA – Conjugated Linoleic Acid, which boosts metabolism.

Digestive Enzymes  or Garden Essence plant enzymes – most people find that if they are digesting their food better, they require less food and have higher energy levels. Each of these enzymes are full spectrum, meaning they can digest all 3 major food groups. Eliminates 3 Bs:  belch, bloat & burp. 

Collatrim contains protein in the form of collagen and amino acids, which our body needs for healthy muscles, skin, hair and nails. When taken on an empty stomach before bed, many people have found decrease in size, as fat converts into muscle. Other positive side effects are noticed in improved hair luster and skin tone, decrease in stretch marks,  stronger nails, and better sleep. “Lose while you Snooze”.

Fat Grabbers helps increase intake of water-soluble dietary fibre. Helps adsorb and eliminate cholesterol and dietary fat. Taken before meals also helps one to eat less.

Cleanses: 10 day Tiao He (balance & Harmony),  7 day Clean Start, or 14 day Candida Clear are all a great start to a weight loss program, as well as a good way to start healthier eating and lessen addictions.

“Healthy” Wheat and other grains?

Cardiologist William Davis, MD, says challenges started when big agriculture stepped in decades ago to develop a higher-yielding crop. Today’s “wheat,” he says, isn’t even wheat, thanks to some of the most intense crossbreeding efforts ever seen. The wheat products today are nothing like the wheat products of our grandmother’s age.

The intensive breeding efforts that have so dramatically transformed wheat should not to be confused with genetic engineering of food, or GMOs, which has its own set of additional problems.

Modern wheat’s new biochemical code causes hormone disruption that is linked to diabetes and obesity. “It is not my contention that it is in everyone’s best interest to cut back on wheat; it is my belief that complete elimination is in everyone’s best health interests,” says Dr. Davis.

In addition to this there is more research daily showing how wheat and other gluten containing grains are wreaking havoc on peoples’ intestinal tract. Leaky gut is an increasingly chronic condition caused by continual aggravation and inflammation of the digestive tract. Wheat (Triticum aestivum), has a high content of gliadins and lectins causing  wheat germ agglutinin (WGA). WGA plays a prominent role in lectin-induced adverse effects, causing immune disruption, cytotoxicty, neurotoxicty and cardiotoxicty.

The Paleo diet, Caveman diet, Atkin’s diet, are all versions of the same thing: what we have taught the last 30 years: CCC – Cut The Crappy Carbohydrates. .In other words, decrease the carbohydrates, especially processed ones!

As in my book, The Paw Paw Program, I recommend people opt for non-wheat, and more alkalinizing grains like quinoa, buckwheat, millet, and wild rice,  in small quantities (less than half a cup) to avoid triggering high blood sugar, abnormal cell growth and weight loss. If you are insulin resistant with belly bulge, you may even need to curtail these until you have regulated your insulin metabolism.

Other References:  http://www.rodale.com/wheat-free-diet-o

Dr. Cordain’s Paleo Diet.

Weight Loss Success

Here is one success from a woman who has followed the basics of our Weight Loss Program, by dropping her carbohydrate addiction.

Maureen weightloss

Before

This picture was taken in Ireland 3 years ago . Note the size of my neck and arms.  I was at the doctor’s office yesterday and weighed in at 156 lb. In September of 2010, I was 195, so have lot almost 40 lbs. One of the other things I’ve been using is apple cider vinegar.  I think this revved up my metabolism.

 

Maureen weightloss after

                                      After (with new granddaughter)

 

Candida Albicans / Yeast Infections


WHAT IS IT?

Candida albicans is a form of parasitic yeast which thrives in warm-blooded animals. Candida normally populates the bowel, vagina and mucous membranes. In those with healthy immune systems, it is kept in balance by friendly bacteria such as acidophilus and bifidophilus bacteria. If the balance is upset, the Candida proliferates.

As it multiplies in a hospitable environment, this single cell can rapidly develop into new strains, which is why target- specific drugs have limited effect. Researchers have identified multiple species of Candida, including C. parapsilosis, C. glabrata, C. tropicalis, and C. dubliniensis. Canvas bulgeris as a secondary fungus that can cause many of the symptoms that accompanies Candida albicans.  Researchers who follow the polymorphic philosophy, believe that these are forms of the same organism as it progresses through different stages. It is known that Candida albicans can change its structure and metabolism into a fungal form, with a mass of filaments that can penetrate into surrounding tissue. These filaments are called mycelium. These mycelium can penetrate the lining of the colon, where Candida overgrowth usually begins, and enter the bloodstream. This is how Candida can spread to other organs and systems. When it enters the blood stream, it can travel to any weaker areas of the body, creating infectious – type responses. At this stage it is now considered to be “systemic yeast infection”. At this  systemic stage, it can severely affect your health.  As the fungi multiply they also produce toxins which circulate in the blood stream & cause all kinds of sickness & illness,  known also as Candidiasis.

 

SYMPTOMS:

Candida ferments glucose, maltose, sucrose, and lactose to produce gas, acids, ethanol alcohol, as well as acetaldehydes, which can inactivate our body’s enzymes. These and other toxic by-products produce an intoxicated effect if they reach high levels in the blood.  Symptoms can be so far reaching that until a few years ago allopathic doctors refused to believe that Candida could be responsible for so many diverse symptoms and refused to recognize its dangerous potential. The symptoms will often fall under one or more of the following categories:

Allergies: partially due to the inactivation of enzymes and therefore the body ends up absorbing incompletely digested dietary proteins. Allergies can range from food sensitivities, to debilitating environmental hypersensitivities. Chemical reactions, pet allergies, continuous nasal congestion or drainage, dark circles under eyes are some examples.

Gastrointestinal: digestive and intestinal problems: 3Bs: belching, burping and bloating, gas, fatigue after meals, diarrhoea or constipation or both, irritable bowel syndrome, leaky gut.

Immune deficiency: yeast infections, thrush or mouth sores, frequent infections: ears, tonsils, bronchitis, diaper rash, bladder infections, vaginal or rectal burning or itching, discharge.

Nervous system: difficulty concentrating, poor coordination, mood swings, depression (both unipolar and bipolar), hyperactivity, poor attention span, mental confusion and anxiety.

Skin: constant skin problems, pimples on cheeks, rashes, athlete’s foot, ringworm, cradle cap, jock itch, psoriasis.

Nutritional deficiencies and imbalances: cravings for junk foods & sugar, dry mouth or throat, fatigue, difficulty getting pregnant, PMS problems including menstrual cramps.

 

CAUSES:

Antibiotics: promote the growth of Candida by killing friendly intestinal bacteria that control Candida, plus destroy Vit B and K.

Birth control pills: weaken the immune system, alter hormones, release toxins & destroy folic acid, Vitamins C, B6, B2, B12, B1 and E.

Cortisone and other steroid hormones: suppress immune system and destroy Vit A, B6, D, C, zinc and potassium.

Hormones: Progesterone suppositories produce a hormonal imbalance & cause yeast infections. Repeated pregnancies can increase changes in hormonal balance.

Sex:  partners can re-infect each other, so both should follow treatment to eliminate Candida.

Stress: weakens overall immunity, making it a prime target for opportunistic yeast infections.

Diet: Just like the yeast you may use for baking bread, Candida grows rapidly on sugar and flour. Too much acid-forming foods such as meat, poultry, eggs or farmed fish create an imbalanced pH.  Antibiotics and hormones are fed and injected into cattle, chicken and turkeys. Aim for a diet of 80% alkaline, (vegetables of every color and shape) and 20% acid forming foods.

 

TREATMENT: As with all health challenges, the Four Pillars of Health need to be considered:

1. Nutrition

Follow a healthy diet, which may also be called a Candida Diet. Think of this not as a restriction diet until Candida is gone, but rather as life-long dietary changes that promote ongoing health and build the immune system. Look at broadening your healthy food choices, rather than as an elimination diet. Eliminate causes listed above – replace drugs and improve health with herbs.

2. Exercise

Energy begets energy. Choose a form of exercise that suits your lifestyle, your interests and level of health, then stick with it and enjoy it.

3. Emotional

Think positively as you begin taking the steps to improve your own health and you will reap the benefits. As you cleanse your body physically, you will find it easier to cleanse emotional toxins.

4. Supplementation

Herbs, enzymes and probiotics work on a two step approach. First, the climate or environment of the body needs to be changed to eliminate Candida overgrowth, while increasing the friendly bacteria. You do not want to be a good host to Candida and you do want to create an environment that is a great host to the friendly bacteria.

Second, herbs are used to nourish a weakened body and thereby strengthen the immune system

Once the situation is under control, maintenance programs promote strong immunity and are highly recommended.

 

SUPPLEMENTS TO CHOOSE FROM:

 

These previous two are a complete herbal program, when accompanied by dietary change, adequate water intake and daily bowel movements. The following are alternatives to the Candida Clear program and effective for maintenance. All of the products listed in this article have complete Fact sheets, as well as the advice of trained herb specialists.

  • Digestive Enzymes: 1-2 with each meal.
  • Para Pak consists of Wormwood (Artemisia) Comb, Caprylic Acid Combination, Herbal Pumpkin: Elecampane is a specific for aiding the body to eliminate the Canvas bulgeris fungus. Caprylic Acid, from coconut, is a fungicidal for Candida albicans.
  • Yeast Fungal DeTox:  herbal combination designed to eliminate yeast and support overall health
  • Black Walnut: specific for Candida, helps rebuild a low thyroid, eliminate other parasites.
  • HRP-C: Chinese immune boosting formula for virus, fungal and yeast infections.
  • High Potency Garlic: enteric coated with chlorophyll, low odour, full potency.
  • Pau D’Arco (Taheebo): immune booster, inhibits yeast, viral & parasitic infections.
  • Cat’s Claw with Astragalus and Echinacea: anti-yeast and immune booster
  • Paw Paw (Asimina triloba) is also an excellent anti-fungal herb. This herb is powerful enough to be effective for cancer, as written in my book,The Paw Paw Program – A Christopher Columbus Approach to Cancer”

N.B. The bowels must move regularly (2 healthy BMs/day) for optimum health. If necessary add Psyllium Hulls Combo with LBS or Cascara to achieve this. Hydrated Bentonite helps to adsorb toxins and carry them out through the bowel as Candida is eliminated and will help prevent too serious a “die off reaction”.

For chronic Candida follow a maintenance/prevention for 5 days a month, after you have cleared it up. Suggested is to take 4 per day of any of the above formulas, or one of the Paks.

If you can do this around full moon, it will be more effective. Doing it 5 days/month means that one set of herbs will last for 5 months, so this is a worthwhile investment.

 

For optimum nutrition:

  • Green Zone added to shakes or smoothies helps provide dense nutrition, and alkaline body pH that one could get from 5-8 servings of green vegetables.

 

For full fact sheets on any products, or to receive Candida Dietary Suggestions, please contact Benoit & Associates Health Education

ph: 250-748-6802      email: TakeTheNaturalPath@gmail.com   website:  http://www.naturalpathremedies.com


July Health Newsletter

We have been enjoying these sunny days preparing our herb gardens for the upcoming Medicine Wheel Workshop and Annual Herbal Intensive. Registration is open until July 14th.

For more information or for help with achieving your optimum health levels, please contact our office by phone:  250-748-6802
email: TakeTheNaturalPath@gmail.com Website www.naturalpathremedies.com

Articles added to our blog since the last newsletter, with direct link:

Allergies:
To help a person who has allergy problems, one must play detective. There are several body systems which may need to be addressed to solve the riddle. Determining which one or ones are the priorities can help to find quicker resolution. Every person is an individual, and although there are some herbs which will help many people most of the time, there are more severe or stubborn cases, where some sleuthing can make a difference quicker and with longer lasting benefits.

The systems that we assess for allergies are digestive, eliminative, respiratory, urinary and hepatic or liver. Our marvellous liver performs over 500 functions, so for those who are challenged with allergies, the liver is certainly one of the organs to check out. Let’s look briefly at the other systems first, by learning some of the clues as to which system is trying to tell you something. Click here to read more

Muscle Testing:
Muscle Response Testing, or MRT, is based on the principle that there is an energy field which flows around and through all things. The Chinese call this energy CHI. Like a magnet creating a magnetic field, which holds iron filings in a certain pattern, the CHI creates a field which holds the cells of our body in alignment. In muscle response testing we are checking the strength or weakness of the body’s energy field. It is a method of measuring the body’s energy balance. Click here to read more

Weight Loss and HCG:
Response to question: I have done some research and have come up with several opinions which  feel the HCG component is a placebo affect. This makes sense as anytime a person cleans up their diet, and decreases their caloric and carbohydrate intake, they will lose weight! Click here to read more

PhytoTherapy and Hormones:
Many women using synthetic hormones stopped when the Nurse’s Initiative published the negative side effects. Now more women use natural treatments to help with hormonal challenges, ranging from acne to weight gain and hot flashes.

Phytotherapy is the use of plants, either from food or herbs, for healing purposes. Phytotherapy is a wonderful alternative for hormonal balance because it works with your body to give you what you need, and has a proven track record of safety and efficacy. Click here to read more


If there is a natural health topic you would like to know more about, ask me on my website blog and I will do my best to answer.

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Education

Free education, resource centre, fact sheets, webinars and professional conference calls available to all members. Canadian link is www.nsprc.ca. Call our office to get connected in other countries.
Ztyo Compass – learn what your body’s needs are: watch this 3 minute video to explain this simple, yet accurate biofeedback tool:
http://www.zytocompass.com/af/link.aspx?a=lbenoit
Assessments in group setting – fun and informative – are only $25, second time $20 – make it a party to get yours free, plus host gifts

Political Scene

If some people actually think there have been deaths from vitamins… which of course is ridiculous because the very word means “Vital Minerals”, please direct them to this one article. It is an excellent backup for those of us who find ourselves struggling to convince people… the article clearly shows that there has not been ONE proven death from natural products in the last 27 YEARS.

Compare this to the annual deaths reported by government agencies on deaths from adverse effects of drugs – in the USit is now over 160,000 per year! (Canadawould be roughly 1/10 of that figure).

http://orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/v07n05.shtml

More than 2,000 vaccinated babies died: The cost of doing businesshttp://www.naturalnews.com/z031820_vaccinations_babies.html

Risk of infant mortality linked to more vaccines:
http://www.infowars.com/new-study-finds-direct-link-between-vaccines-and-infant-mortality/

Spiritual and Emotional

It was Tagore who said, “I slept and dreamt that life was joy.  I awoke and saw that life was service.  I acted and behold, service was joy.”

To do the thing that is yours to do today, that’s service.  As we do the thing that is ours to do today, there is joy.  We can act from that joy and live in a state of joy.

It was Charles Fillmore, the founder of the Unity religion, who on his 90th birthday wrote this affirmation:  “I spring out of bed and fairly sizzle with zeal and enthusiasm and go forth this day to do the things that ought to be done by me.”

Health Tip
Have a healthy happy summer storing up your Vit. D3 – sun is good for you in moderation. Protect yourself with clothing and shade, rather than sunscreen, especially between 10am and 2 pm.

Yours in health,
Benoit & Associates Health Education
Here to serve you……

Allergies

To help a person who has allergy problems, one must play detective. There are several body systems which may need to be addressed to solve the riddle. Determining which one or ones are the priorities can help to find quicker resolution. Every person is an individual, and although there are some herbs which will help many people most of the time, there are more severe or stubborn cases, where some sleuthing can make a difference quicker and with longer lasting benefits.

The systems that we assess for allergies are digestive, eliminative, respiratory, urinary and hepatic or liver. Our marvelous liver performs over 500 functions, so for those who are challenged with allergies, the liver is certainly one of the organs to check out. Let’s look briefly at the other systems first, by learning some of the clues as to which system is trying to tell you something.

The digestive system will manifest as problems that include bloating, burping, upper abdominal distress, or headaches, to name a few.

The eliminative system will basically push some of these symptoms further down the G.I. tract, causing lower abdominal bloating, cramping or other pain, flatulence, and elimination problems such as diarrhea or constipation.

The respiratory system may show up as foul breath, running nose, watery eyes, sneezing, post- nasal drip or sinus headaches, earache or sore throat.

Problems with the urinary system may manifest through the skin, such as rashes, hives, pimples, acne, dandruff or itching.

Overload or deficiency of the liver can cause headaches, stiffness, muscle aches and irritability. The ability of the liver to handle toxins that we take into the body in our daily lives will also affect all the above mentioned systems. If more toxins enter the bloodstream via the liver, then these other systems must handle the extra burden.

Spring is the best time to improve the health of the liver according to Traditional Chinese Medicine. This is why in most cultures spring cleaning is an annual ritual. If you haven’t yet done this, it is not too late. Herbs traditionally used for liver cleansing are dandelion, milk thistle, nettles, beet, turmeric, gentian and the dock sisters, (yellow and bur). I use western herbal formulas which combine a number of these, as well as two Chinese formulas, one for a toxic (yang) condition and the other for a weakened (yin) condition. The main caution with cleansing is how strongly you approach it, dependent on your condition. If a person is already weakened and they cleanse too quickly it can further deplete their energy. You can consult a qualified herbalist for direction, but you want to also learn to pay attention to your body. It will become your best advisor.

Some of the most effective herbs and combinations for allergies are listed here. Please contact our office to become a member and receive direct to your door discounts on any of these.

Digestive System:

Digestive Enzymes: Good health begins with efficient digestion. This is a full spectrum Enzyme that aids digestion of protein, carbohydrates and fat and is one of the most effective and well priced on the market.

Eliminative System:

Tiao He Pak – “Balance and Harmony” -a 10 day cleanse for liver, bowels and blood
Bod – E Klenz – a 30 day cleanse that also contains building herbs, antioxidants, enzymes and probiotics, along with herbs to cleanse bowels, liver, blood, lungs and kidneys.

Respiratory System:

AL-J – a combination of herbs that promotes digestion, liver function, and lung decongestion.
SN-X – a decongestant and cleansing formula for the entire respiratory tract, especially effective for sinus, both acute and chronic and sinus headaches.
Fenugreek and Thyme – Fenugreek helps break down old, hardened mucous and Thyme is an antiseptic.
Histablock – Controls inflammation and swelling of mucous membranes, supports free breathing.
All the above formulas are more effective if begun during winter to help strengthen respiratory system before allergy season arrives.
Tei Fu Oil – see separate handout for uses for this cure all “snake oil”
Lobelia – helps to thin mucous to allow for better expectoration, calms bronchial spasms, therefore useful for coughs and asthma (anti-spasmodic), also calming to nervous system.

General Nutrition:

Chlorophyll – Nature’s Green Magic” helps you drink adequate water. Adds minerals, vitamins and flavour without calories or sweeteners. Inexpensive and healthy, what a combo!
Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids – nature’s natural anti-histamine.
MSM – Methylsulfonylmethane – scavenges free radicals and foreign proteins, can provide needed sulphur to help eliminate allergies within 3 to 4 days. Also gives building blocks to build stronger nails and hair and reduce inflammation of joints, skin and mucous membranes.

Lorene Benoit has a Master of Holistic Health, Master Herbalist, natural health consultant, CRA practitioner and educator. She teaches and lectures internationally. For more information phone or fax her Duncan office at 250-748-6802 or contact by email: TakeTheNaturalPath@gmail.com