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3 Medical Challenges and Healthy Alternatives for Lungs, Diabetes and Vaccines

Just 2 Months’ Exposure to Anticholinergics (AC’s) Affects Cognition

Physicians “absolutely” over-prescribe ACs, said Dr. Boustani, Indiana University Center for Aging Research. Patients might push for these drugs in the belief that if they simply take a pill, their symptoms will go away. Also, physicians typically don’t have the time to discuss medication alternatives with individual patients. “They take the easy way out, which is to just simply spend 10 seconds writing a prescription,” said Dr. Boustani.

AC’s are used for a variety of conditions including:

Respiratory (with most seniors with COPD and asthma), urogenitary, gastrointestinal, dizziness and insomnia (shorterm only) . The results highlight the importance of limiting prescriptions for ACs in older adults. All too often, said Dr. Boustani, patients continue to take AC medications even when they’re not working.

Lorene Benoit questions how is one to know if cognitive impairment in seniors is being caused by, or worsened by the long term use of these medications when Mild Cognitive Impairment has been noted after only 2 -3 months of use. Many seniors are on these medications, compounded by having  several of them combined, for long term, usually years or until death do them part! How often is declining cognition being brushed off as natural aging, or dementia? Plus, some of these medications are prescribed for children with rapidly developing brains!

Healthy Natural  Approaches for Respiratory use of AC’s

When possible, physicians should substitute AC medications with those that have fewer cognitive adverse effects or with nonpharmacologic alternatives, said Dr. Boustani.

Benoit offers even safer, natural alternatives be considered. For breathing and respiratory  distress caused by COPD, asthma, or other respiratory conditions like bronchitis, congestion and coughs, Lobelia is safe, effective and inexpensive.

Lobelia Inflata is a third degree medicinal herb. It has so many positive actions that Dr. John Christopher has a whole chapter in his “School of Natural Healing” textbook dedicated to lobelia.  Some of  the following properties make it one of the essential herbs to have on at hand in every home.

Medicinal properties include:

Nervine:  Lobelia is one of nature’s strongest relaxant nervine herbs. Because of its ability to relax the sympathetic nervous system, it has been used effectively for nervous excitement, hysteria, relaxing  tight colon (spastic constipation, IBS)

Antispasmodic:  stops spasms so is useful for muscle spasms, cramps, convulsions, irregular heart beat,  bronchial spasms such as in asthma, coughs,

Analgesic, Anodyne:  effective for painful conditions such as teething, earache, muscle and joint inflammation, kidney or gall bladder stones, stiff neck, injuries. Helps eliminate pain and toxins of poisonous bites and stings. Apply externally, as well as taking internally.

Deobstruant: Lobelia has the ability to remove obstructions. This makes it effective in loosening and helping with expectoration of mucous, especially in the respiratory tract and stomach.  It helps to cleanse and stimulate movement of lymph fluid, thus aiding this important part of our immune system and body’s natural waste disposal.

Stop smoking:Medical Claim approved by Health Canada: Lobelia can help quit smoking, by helping to reduce the body’s craving for nicotine and easing withdrawal symptoms”. One of Lobelia’s active constituents is lobeline, which has a similar chemical composition to nicotine. This makes Lobelia very effective for those wishing to stop smoking, as lobeline will fill the nicotine receptor sites which create cravings, without any addictive effect or weight gain – a few drops under tongue, hold 30 seconds. Repeat up to 20 times per day, as required. Doing a cleanse, such as the Tiao He Pak (10-15 days), or Bod-E Klenz (30 days), can also help reduce cravings and make the shift to a positive lifestyle.

With these benefits, Lobelia should be in every person’s home 1st Aid Kit.

Other formulas that aid a weakened respiratory system is the Chinese formula LH-C.   Lung Healer – Chinese have kept many people off drugs and helped to heal lungs, not just address symptoms.

AL-J is another formula for allergies affecting respiratory system. It contains a blend of herbs well known for healing such as mullein, horseradish, fenugreek and boneset.

For other conditions for which ACs may be prescribed, there are a multitude of healthy herbs that have history of proven effectiveness that date back thousands of years.

References: Medscape: http://www.medscape.com

Alzheimer’s & Dementia. Published online November 26, 2012

Dr. John Christopher, “The School of Natural Healing


Actos medication for Diabetes Class Action Law Suit

Actos is used to improve blood sugar (glucose) control in adults with type 2 diabetes. It is prescribed to patients who have trouble regulating their blood sugar with diet and exercise alone. It may be used alone or with other medicines, including insulin and metformin.

However, long-term use of Actos is linked to a number of serious health complications, including heart failure, macular edema, lactic acidosis, bone fractures, and most recently bladder cancer. It is the link to bladder cancer that is leading more than 3,000 former Actos users to file lawsuits against Takeda Pharmaceuticals, the maker of the drug.

Reference: Aubrey Hayes     Public Outreach Drug Watch

ahayes@drugwatch.com     www.drugwatch.com

Healthy Natural  Approaches for Diabetes and Insulin Resistance

Safer herbal alternatives are GlucoReg, which has herbs traditionally used to control blood sugar mechanisms and Chromium GTF. Also dietary changes must be undertaken. Recommendations in Lorene Benoit’s book: The Paw Paw Program – A “Christopher Columbus” Approach to Cancer – The World IS Round and Cancer CAN Be Treated Naturally are helpful.

Her book explains the sugar and disease and inflammation connection. As well, extensive dietary recommendations are given to help people understand how to eat better. Some recipes are also included. Eliminating sugar, in fact, is critical to optimum health and prevention of all chronic conditions, including diabetes and cancer!

Other options are the raw food approach, as shown in this 4 minute video part way through the May, 2011 newsletter.


Vaccines Linked to a Host of Chronic Illnesses

While the preceding mainstream articles dance around the theories of autism causation, vaccination is never mentioned as a possible “environmental” factor in the etiology of autism. Vaccines are linked not only to autism, but to many chronic conditions that used to be rare in children. The producers of the new documentary The Greater Good, provide a catalogue of over 200 studies that raise serious concerns about vaccine side effects.

References: Vaccine Risk Awareness Network


Healthy Natural  Approaches for Immunity

See our past archives on Vaccines, specifically, Safe Vaccine Alternatives, and Immune Tips.

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


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)


Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome X

Diabetes is without question the fastest-growing chronic disease in North America. More than 2 million Canadians currently have the disease.

Twenty years ago, metabolic syndrome was almost an unknown idea among conventional practitioners. Today it is recognized as the precursor to full-blown diabetes. This is gratifying because it means conventional medicine accepts the idea that diabetes develops over time — it doesn’t just appear overnight.

The diagnosis of metabolic syndrome is made when three or more of five disorders are present in the patient: high triglycerides, low HDL cholesterol, high blood sugar, high blood pressure and an above-average waistline.

Insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome are basically the same thing. They begin with the same faulty cell signalling that, over time, causes metabolic disorders and damage, and eventually, degenerative diseases.

New research is confirming what herbalists and natural practitioners have known for millennium – that we can use specific natural ingredients to sort out the mixed-up cell signalling that occurs in metabolic syndrome and reverse the problem.

Chromium with GTF – Glucose Tolerance Factor helps the body to utilize glucose effectively

P14: a pancreas support combination, containing 14 different herbs that aid the pancreas in digestion, insulin production and secretion; also helps lower blood sugar levels.

Gluco Reg: blood sugar combination designed to help people overcome insulin resistance. Gymnema, Banaba, Bitter Melon, Fenugreek, Chromium, Vanadium

GreenZone: Protein, fats and carbs in ratio of 40-30-30 helps keep blood sugar levels balanced, prevents sugar cravings, maintains energy. GreenZone is a source of super dense greens nutrition.

SynerProtein or NutriBurn Whey as protein: helps balance blood sugar levels.

SuperTrio – an easy daily supplement to ensure you meet your daily needs. Contains Omegas which helps prevent inflammation, diabetes, decrease carb and sugar cravings.

A full Fact Sheet on any of these products is available from Benoit & Associates Health Education. Ph: 250-748-6802, or email: TakeTheNaturalPath@gmail.com

Some explanations of common terms:

Hypoglycemia is a condition of low blood sugar. Reactive hypoglycemia is when the drop in blood sugar happens 2-5 hours after eating. As Dr. Kharrazian, known for his revolutionary book on the thyroid, points out: “Reactive hypoglycemia is an early stage of insulin resistance… and can lead to diabetes.” He also explains how hypoglycemia is related to many forms of hypothyroidism and sluggish pituitary function. (4)

Insulin resistance happens when an ongoing release of insulin is released in response to high blood glucose (sugar). This excess insulin causes inflammation of the cell membranes, making them less able to accept insulin, which transports glucose into the cells.  We then lose energy as we have no fuel. We run out of gas, so to speak. Remember this is all due to excess sugars in the diet.

Some symptoms of insulin resistance:

  • sleepy after meals
  • weight gain, especially around belly
  • hungry all day, even after large meals
  • hormonal imbalances such as breast for men and facial hair for women
  • irritability or foggy thinking if you miss a meal
  • dependence on caffeine to make it though the day
  • difficultly falling asleep at night and sluggish in morning

The last 3 symptoms also point to adrenal exhaustion which is related to insulin resistance and hypoglycaemia.