Category Archives: Inflammation

Can a Magnesium Deficiency Make You Twice as Likely to Die?

magnesium-elementYou might be 2 times as likely to die as other people with a magnesium deficiency in an often overlook but extremely critical mineral, according to a study published in The Journal of Intensive Care Medicine.

Magnesium deficiency also accounts for a long list of symptoms and diseases — which are easily helped and often cured by adding this nutrient.

Magnesium is critical for over 300 enzyme reactions. It is often used in medicine - but many medical professionals don't know why or use it before an emergency.  Magnesium is one of the 4 electrolytes that include sodium, potassium and calcium.

Magnesium deficiency is linked to inflammation (elevated levels of C-reactive Protein), autism, PMS, cramps, early labor, high blood pressure, asthma, insomnia, anxiety, headaches, constipation, angina, chronic fatigue, osteoporosis, and so much more including weight gain and obesity.  Basically if you have a health concern, you might want to look at supplementing magnesium.

You can find a natural source of magnesium in a whole state in Red Raspberry Leaf. It is the best whole and natural source. And it has long been a remedy for men and women for puberty, male/female menopause, PMS, cramps and pregnancy.

We carry a new Liposomal delivery system of magnesium that many find very beneficial - especially for those with digestive issues (most Americans).MagnesiumLiposomal

And you can use magnesium topically. You can make your own, or come get ours.

Try soaking more often in a bath of Epsom salts.

Magnesium is often overlooked.

Many are deficient because our need is much greater.

Most people do not eat enough of the foods high in magnesium.  Food sources are: High magnesium foods include dark leafy greens, raw nuts and seeds, wild fish, beans, whole grains (not whole grain commercial bread and pastas - it isn't there despite the label - you need actual real whole grains like your grandparents used to eat), brown rice, avocados, real raw yogurt (not commercial), bananas, dried fruit, and dark chocolate which is why many women and men crave chocolate (again not the junky cheap chocolate with sugar, real healthy and good for you dark chocolate).

And many people are deficient because of the poor conditions of our guts or our digestive systems.  Minerals like magnesium require a low pH to be absorbed.  Your stomach is normally a low pH to properly digest food.  American's are confused by this and think that acid reflux is the result of TOO MUCH ACID.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  So in turn many are popping acid neutralizers from over the counter source and prescriptions.  If your a bit confused on your digestive system, check this article out and I'll explain it better.   Here are some alternatives for acid reflux.  So many people are neutralizing stomach acid and are unable to absorb and utilize what little magnesium they eat and the magnesium they supplement with.

Due to poor absorption of magnesium because of the digestive system, DesBio answered that with their Liposomal delivery of Magnesium, it bypasses the digestive system and gets the magnesium to the cells.

Many drugs can cause a magnesium deficiency as well.

Drinking alcohol, diabetes both type 1 and type 2, any gastrointestinal problems including Crohn's and IBS, and excessive sweating cause you to lose magnesium at a higher rate.

red raspberry leaf capsIn addition you need adequate levels of Vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin.  And many people are deficient in this nutrient.  You also need Vitamin K1 and K2.  K1 is found in dark green leafy vegetables and K2 is normally made in your healthy gut.  Problem is, most people don't have a healthy gut due to antibiotics both prescribed and in our food supply.  So you need to supplement with ideally naturally fermented foods and good probiotics.

So are you feeling a bit overwhelmed right about now?  Don't worry.  We are here to help.  It isn't as simple as taking a supplement.  In fact, taking a ton of supplements is what is wrong with the natural health care field, every one just wants to throw pills at you.  And unfortunately there are not magic pills.  But as 'Once Upon a Time' fans know, magic comes with a price.  You can take your magic pill, and you will pay a price whether that pill is a Rx formula prescribed by your doctor or another pill promising results, you will pay a price.

The real solution..... it is what we teach and live.  Our Seven Simple Steps to Wellness.  You just need to join us, follow us, and learn from us.  We will help you Get Real help and healing and get on the path to real health, not just a magic pill.  This is why buying a bunch of supplements of random websites can cost you a lot of extra money and may even compromise your health.  Support your naturopaths and healers, they are the ones that have acquired useful information through years of study and research and can help you.

So what can you do if you suspect you are low in magnesium?  And more than 50% of the population is.

  1. Drink more water.  Lack of water actually makes it harder for your stomach to get a low enough pH to digest your food.
  2. Eat right and severely limit your junk food, sodas, coffee and alcohol.  Eat a balanced whole food diet with plenty of leafy greens, fruits, vegetables, good fats, and the right amount of protein.
  3. Get your sunshine to increase vitamin D levels.
  4. Include easily made naturally fermented foods like kefir, kombucha, real pickles (not commercial store bought), and home made yogurt.
  5. Supplement with Liposomal Magnesium while fixing your digestive system.  Call us or come into the store for information.
  6. Supplement with good sources of magnesium like red raspberry leaf.
  7. Take a regular bath in Espsom salts.  And who couldn't use more time in the bath?  Right.
  8. Talk to us and we'll help you on the path to real health and wellness.

If you suffer with a chronic illness, have unexplained illness or are even dealing with depression and anxiety; talk to health expert that might know about magnesium.  It is a simple fix and has helped thousands.

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Our First Aid Kits Including What We Take Camping and Hiking

Bag Of First Aid by m_bartosch at FreeDigitalPhotos.netWe have a few interesting items in our first aid kits from essential oils, to charcoal tablets.  And when we go camping or send our kids off to camp, they take these along with them.  Join us and find out what we keep in our 1st Aid Kits.  Catch the latest show here.

You will find the basics in our first aid kits like standard band aids and elastic bandage wraps; but you will also find aloe vera, colloidal silver, charcoal tablets and even essential oils.  Plus we teach our family to scavenge the immediate area for healing plants like plantain.  Of course you will want to know what plants you're dealing with before using them as a first aid remedy.  Nearly every community has local classes to help you get in touch with local plants.  One of our favorit additions to our 1st Aid kit is cayenne powder and extract.

Tune in to find out why we stock these items and what things you see in our first aid kits.

Remember call 911 for emergencies.  These items and comments are only to assist and render immediate first aid.  It is a good idea for everyone to learn some basic first aid and most communities offer free classes.

I like to get a 1st Aid Kit from a company called Melaleuca.  They sell them every summer.  If you are interested in one, I can hook you up.  I have one at home, my office and my car.  More recently, my son just took one with him for his mission to Brazil so he would have all the basics in a nice bag.  This kit has the basics and then I add to it.

I include a book from Kurt King, a master herbalist called 'Herbs to the Rescue, Herbal First Aid Handbook'.  I also like to include laminated pictures of the 3 poisonous plants for identification.

Broadleaf PlantainWe use plants around us for food and remedies.  I encourage everyone to be familiar with the plants around them.  Most communities have someone in the area that does 'Herbal Walks'.  Learning to identify plants that can feed you, provide water, and render first aid could save your life.  I once went on a kayaking trip down in South America for a whole week.  On day 1, I got a huge blister that was making it impossible to paddle.  When we stopped for lunch, I scavenged the area for plants that could help.  I hit gold and found plantain (not the banana).  I mashed the leaves and applied to my thumb and after lunch the blister had drained and a hard layer of skin had formed as protection.  I was able to easily use my thumb the whole week with no pain or problems thanks to miracle of plantain.  I love plantain and it grows nearly everywhere and it truly an amazing plant.  It is edible so you could survive on this plant if needed.  It helps with mosquitoes also.  I nibble on the young leaves to help protect from bugs.  That is just one of the healing plants around.  It is a good idea to identify others.   You will also want a list of emergency numbers.

If you want a list of what I include, keep on reading.

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Here is my full list of the items in my first aid kit.

  • Alcohol prep pads in single packs for travel and a small bottle of alcohol in my home kit.
  • Clear Defense moisturizing hand sanitizing wipes in single use packs and travel size gel from Melaleuca and doesn't have harmful chemicals.
  • A good antibiotic ointment.
  • I like to keep Melagel from Melaleuca, it has tea tree oil in it and is great for cuts, scraps, bug bites and even minor burns.
  • An anti-fungal cream.
  • Super Lysine cream and/or Dr. Christopher's Cold Sore Relief Balm, I have kids that can get cold sores so I always have this on hand.  Plus it is in my smaller kits.  You need to keep items like this that your deal with often.
  • And anti-itch cream with hydro-cortisone.
  • Dr. Christopher's plantain ointment and comfrey ointment.
  • Homeopathic Sting Stop or similar for bug bites.
  • A soothing gel for sore muscles like Pain-A-Trate from Melaleuca, Tiger Balm, Cayenne ointment, or Jason's Muscle ointment.
  • Silver Shield from Nature's Sunshine
  • Arnica ointment or gel.
  • Aloe Vera gel
  • Calamine lotion for stings or poison ivy

Here is the list of essential oils that I might include.  You can pick and choose what works for you.  The synergies are Indigo Mountain Scentsations oil synergy blends.

  • Tea Tree (melaleuca):  many uses
  • Peppermint:  headaches, sunburn, tummy aches, gas
  • Oregano:  poisonous bites, stomach flu, flu, food poisoning
  • Lavender:  many uses, sunburn, headaches, itch, insomnia
  • Rosemary:  stimulating, anti-spasmodic, strengthening, colds and flupeppermint bottle
  • Bug Off Synergy and if you like you can add lemon eucalyptus to this
  • Purify (contains lemon eucalyptus which is great for mosquitoes):  bug, ant bites, odor control, purifying and can be used as a hand sanitizer.
  • Evelyn:  cuts, wounds and bruises
  • Sport Pro:  bumps, bruises, and sore muscles
  • Aura:  colds and respiratory
  • Vitality:  energy and I keep it for tooth aches
  • Tummy Rub:  car sickness, stomach aches, gas
  • Spice Traders:  colds, flu, sore throat, dental issues
  • Fortify:  builds the immune system and protects
  • You could combine Spice Traders and Fortify in a blended bottle for camping.
  • Helichrysum, White Lavender in foraha for serious cuts and wounds
  • A spray bottle of water, distilled aloe vera, white lavender, lavender and peppermint for sun burn and burns.
  • A spray bottle for Bug Off to chase away bugs.
  • A spray bottle of Purify
  • Instant cold packs
  • Heat / Cold Gel Beads
  • Guaze pads of various sizes and rolls
  • 1st aid tape
  • varying sizes band aids
  • butterfly band aids
  • large cloth for band aids, wrapping, splints, etc.
  • New Skin liquid bandage
  • Mole skin for blisters
  • Self-adherent bandage (it sticks to itself)
  • Ibuprofen or appropriate pain killer for your family
  • antihistamine for allergies
  • decongestants
  • anti-diarrhea medicine or herbal remedies
  • laxatives for constipation
  • Cough drops
  • sterile eyewash or saline (even contact lense solution works)
  • Elastic bandage wrap with velcro
  • latex or non-latex gloves
  • tweezers
  • scissorsarnica clik pak
  • Multi-purpose pocket knife
  • Snake bit kit
  • Q-tips (many uses including helping to remove tics)
  • cotton balls
  • needle and thread
  • safety pins
  • exact o knife or razor blades
  • bulb syringe
  • thermometer
  • tongue depressor (good for splints on a finger)
  • Emergency blanket (for hiking, camping or traveling)

This is my basic list of remedies that I keep on hand.

  • Black Cohosh, Plantain and Echinacea extract for venomous bites
  • Echinacea extract
  • Elderberry Extract
  • Super Garlic Immune Formula
  • Immune System Formula from Dr. Christopher
  • Ginger
  • Turmeric
  • Lysine capsules (because of cold sores)
  • Charcoal caps:  upset stomach, stomach flu, poisoning
  • Calmacid from Melalueca an herbal stomach remedy with ginger
  • Food enzymes
  • Colloidal silver, also in a spray bottle
  • Homeopathic Bug Bouncer (helps you avoid bug bites)
  • Cayenne extract and/or capsules
  • Arnica tablets
  • Emergency remedy from Australian Bush Flowers or Rescue Remedy
  • Powdered clay like bentonite or green
  • Witch Hazel
  • Mineral, natural sunscreen
  • As natural as possible bug spray if the other remedies don't work.
  • After sun care, we like the Aloe gel from Melaleuca
  • Lotion for dry chapped skin
  • Lip balm
  • Tampons and menstrual pads:  need always for feminine needs, but tampons are useful for a bloody nose that wont stop or a puncture wound.  Pads are great for absorbing blood on a bad cut or wound.
  • Paper and pencil
  • Flashlights and extra batteries.  I like solar powdered lights.  You will need to check these at least annually.  I also like a headlamp so I can be hands free.
  • Whistle
  • Duct tape
  • Fire starter (flint and cotton balls)
  • candles
  • water bottles full of water (especially for a car first aid kit)
  • Nikken sports water bottle or Lifestraw to filter water
  • Zip lock bags and trash bags

With this list, I can handle just about every emergency.  The over the counter medications we have just in case, but we usually end up tossing them unopened when they expire.  The herbal remedies and essential oils take care of nearly all our needs and emergencies.  Depending on the trip I'm taking determines the items I take with me.  Sometimes this whole kit goes with me.

Short List for HikingTravel First Aid Kit by Mister GC at FDP

  • Melagel
  • Small bottle of black cohosh, plantain and echinacea extract
  • small amount of first aid tape wrapped onto a pencil (broken in half)
  • gauze
  • band aids, various sizes and butterfly band aids
  • a small piece of folded paper
  • individual packs of hand sanitizer and alcoholElastic Bandage ” by blackstock at FreeDigitalPhotos.come
  • mole skin
  • arnica tablets
  • scissors (unless they are on a pocket knife)
  • pocket knife
  • tweezers (unless included in a pocket knife)
  • charcoal tablets (4 to 6 tabs in a small baggie)
  • pain reliever (a few in a small baggie)
  • A very small bottle of tea tree oil
  • Elastic bandage wrap
  • snake bite kit
  • sunblock if needed
  • lip balm

I will also include the following items to send off with my kids for camps or short trips for ourselves.

  • Anti-itch cream and anti-fungal if needed
  • triple antibiotic ointment
  • Plantain ointment
  • sting stop for bug
  • small pain-A-Trate
  • small arnica gel
  • Bug Off synergy
  • Sports Pro
  • Aura
  • Tummy Rub
  • Purify
  • Evelyn
  • Oregano
  • Spice Traders with Fortify
  • after sun care
  • Sometimes I send an aloe vera leaf
  • Q-tips and cotton balls
  • safety pins, sewing needle and thread
  • emergency blanket
  • Immune booster herbal remedy like echinacea
  • Cough Drops
  • colloidal silver
  • cayenne
  • flashlights and batteries
  • water filter
  • bags
  • Any other remedies and medications that may be needed individually

I might be over the top.  But I have had 7 kids, many vacations, camping trips, and I have sent them all off to various camps around the country.  Over the years, this is the list that been created from what we actually use or have packed for emergencies.  I used to travel with a long list of essential oils and I've narrowed it down a bit.  You will want to pick and choose the items that work for you and your family.

So if you still with me here after that long list, you may want to listen into the radio show if you haven't already as we tell about some of these items.

What items do you keep in your first aid kit?  What do you find the most beneficial?

Mark and Kally

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Magical Remedy for Sports Injuries and Inflammation

free_disney_clipart_tigger_bounceAnyone who knows me can tell you, I live an active lifestyle. In fact, most friends will say that I rarely ever sit still. I believe a fitting childhood nickname, Tigger, was meant to describe my ability to “bounce off the walls.”  Bumps and bruises were a part of my childhood.  My mom always had 'magic' little pills with her, arnica.  It made them go away and feel much better.  In-fact where ever we went the arnica came with us.  My mom sent it every where with us, and when I went to college and moved to China she sent arnica with me.

I still remain very active, from dancing pointe ballet, yoga, running 5 miles to conquering 100 push-ups in 6 weeks - easier than you might think; my body gets its fair share of stress. Inflammation and injuries are something I deal with on a regular basis. The idea of not exercising just doesn’t make sense to me. I love it. Movement really is my life.    

Life is movement—we breathe, we eat, we walk—we move!  ~John Pierrakos

Ask anyone involved in a sport or other intensive physical activity and they’ll tell you what I’ve lived. Injury is unavoidable.  Many injuries are small, such as the muscle fiber tears that cause sore muscles or a simple stubbed toe from walking into the wall.  Unfortunately, despite taking precautions and stretching, warming up, and resting properly; it is also common to experience more painful injuries: pulled muscles, shin splints, sprains, or worse. When these injuries hit athletes, they don’t want to slow down for long, and neither do I!

People like me have to be back and in the action as quickly as possible  Or, else a harmless sprain might lead to death by boredom.

Reject your sense of injury and the injury itself disappears.  ~Marcus Aurelius

Some people choose to ignore injury and “move through the pain.” This is harmful and leads to further injury with longer recovery time.

Luckily I’ve known for a long time this secret weapon of arnica that can beat injury in its tracks, getting me back to my regular lifestyle in no time. What is this awesome weapon? It’s a flower. A relative of the sun flower family, Arnica montana. It has been used for hundreds of years to fight bacteria, ease pain, and to help injury.  In its herbal form, a strong dose can be toxic if ingested.

arnica clik pakArnica is most commonly used in a safe homeopathic form to be taken internally. Get it here.  Arnica also comes in the form of gels, creams, and ointments that can be put on bruises, sprains, breaks and other injuries to help to the body to heal faster.  Get gel here. 

Articles on the even suggest using Arnica tablets before and after surgery to reduce recovery time.

Dana Ullman, MPH, author of The Homeopathic Revolution, also suggests these benefits, explaining that the Arnica reduces surgery shock, shortens bleed time, and reduces the stress on veins from IVs.

My brother broke both bones of the forearm on the trampoline when we were younger.  It was pretty bad.  My parents of course took him to the emergency room and on the way my mom gave him the arnica tablets that she always kept in her purse.  The doctors said he would need surgery.  Well my brothers arm never experienced much inflammation and as a result, they never did surgery.  His arm healed perfectly fine.  We know that the arnica helped him with inflammation and with pain.

Tim Ferris, author of the New York Times best seller, The 4 Hour Work Week, is a master of simplicity and speed. In his second best seller, The Four Hour Body, he explains using Arnica (among many other remedies) to increase his recovery time and reduce muscle soreness.

As I said before, injury is a part of life. The harder you push yourself, the more likely injury will occur. On the up side, injury doesn’t have to keep you down. If you use my favorite secret weapon, the time tested best support for injury, you’ll be sure to heal fast and stay strong. Arnica has completely kept me going through years of dance, sports, travel, and all other parts of life where injury can attack. Don’t let injury last, fight back, and get back to your active life.

Do you have an amazing story to share about Arnica?  Leave your comments below.

Angela Sept 2012 for a show in SeptemberAngela Efros

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Sluggish and Tired and Chinese Traffic Jams

RULES, they are everywhere.  It is an interesting word.  It can be a noun or a verb.   It originated around the 13th century.  It was defined as:  “principle or maxim governing conduct”;  “straight stick, bar, ruler, pattern”;  “straighten, guide”; or “regulation governing play of a game, etc.”

There are rules that govern this planet like gravity - what goes up must come down.  That rule doesn't apply to space.  There are many more that apply to planet earth that don't exist in space.   We have rules that tell us how to play games.  When you don't follow those rules, it is called cheating unless everyone playing the game AGREES to change the rules.  Then you are following those rules.   You can rule over a group of people and exercise control or dominance.  

Families, communities, cities, states and nations set rules to govern and protect.  We have traffic rules to not only protect us on the streets, but to keep traffic flowing.  

And there are rules of conduct that are more like traditions and customs.  Knowing the rules and following them makes life so much easier.  For example did you know in Japan it is OFFENSIVE to leave a tip for a meal or services?  It is considered throwing your money around.  While in America a tip is expected.  Burping after a meal in Asian countries is a complement to the hostess, while in other countries it is rude.  If you are in Mexico and invited to dinner, the rule is to arrive 30 minutes LATE (and you may even need to ask if later is better).  It is rude to show up on time.   And, if invited to their home, bring a gift of flowers or sweets.  

This picture that my daughter Angela took in China is rather common.  There are 2 major rules in China.  The first:  Don’t hit anything.  The second:  Don’t get hit by anything.

Bad driving is normal.  Bicycles and motorcycles and sometimes cars ignore one-way signs and seeing those same cars going the wrong way down the shoulder is normal, a few even go the wrong way.  Lane markings are also routinely ignored.  It is illegal to pass on the right, but it is commonly done.  People tend to break all the traffic rules.  Check out this video to get an idea of Chinese drivers.  This video is an Instructional Video for Foreign Drivers.
The result is that Chinese traffic is very dangerous for all.  Road accidents in China are common and fatal.  China has 2% of the cars in the world and they have 15% of the accidents.    In addition traffic jams are normal as shown in this picture.
To have a state of wellness in the body is generally governed by rules as well.  You can ignore them as many do and the result of this of often disease, tiredness, feeling sluggish, and weight issues.  It doesn't happen all the time.  We all know someone who eats horribly and has no weight issues.  Just like in China, you can break all the traffic rules and you may not have an accident that day, but your risk is higher driving on Chinese roads.  And following the rules of good health doesn't guarantee you will be free of disease, but it increases your chances that you will be.
Dr. John R. Christopher often taught that constipation was the root of all illness.  Other teachers I have had expanded on that idea to include constipation of anything:  bowels, circulatory system, lymphatic system, energy flow and even emotions.  Anything stuck in its system creates problems and inflammation.   Have you ever been in a traffic jam - it gets heated.   
There are rules to follow and when those rules are not followed traffic jams in the body occur.  Depending on the unique conditions of your body determines that outcome.  
Your body was made to move and flow.  It all begins in the digestive tract.  Food comes into the body, it is broken down and the nutrients are moved to be utilized by the cells, the toxins are removed immediately, waste material from the cells are moved to be eliminated.  The circulatory system is busy bringing oxygen and nutrients to the cells.  The lymphatic system helps keeps the fluids of the body balanced and defend the body against infections.   Holding onto or stuffing negative emotions is NOT considered a healthy practice and can lead to poor emotional and physical health.
Following some basic rules of wellness will help you achieve optimal health.    Numerous studies show that increasing your consumption of fruits and vegetables significantly lowers your risk for cancer and heart disease.  People are able to control or eliminate diabetes with diet.  Cholesterol can be reduced with diet, exercise and water.   A German doctor showed that all cancer has an emotional root or constipation of those emotions.
I follow a simple program Get Real Wellness.  You can ignore the rules like they do in China with traffic and you are going to experience traffic jams with delays and a higher risk of accidents, injuries and fatalities.   Or, you can follow some simple guidelines which leads to great energy, health and vitality and longer life.  You can get our 10 Free Keys of Wellness over to the right.
My own awakening and getting real with wellness gave me a lot more energy.  I don't experience slow downs very often due to illness.  I don't NEED caffeine to get through the days.  I don't need to take prescriptions for any illness.  I can't remember the last time I took a pain pill.  I enjoy healthy relationships and friendships and find value and purpose to my life.  I didn't before.  I used to bend the rules or do what everyone around me was doing and I got the same results of poor health, low energy, and I was very overweight.   If you are getting sick a lot or don't have the energy you want.  Then do something about it.   Sodas are not a substitute for water and junk food is not a substitute for real food and the end results are a much higher risk for bad health.  
Great health and vitality are the end result of following some wellness rules.  
Have a vibrant day!
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