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  • Cayenne Pepper: King Of The Herbs

    01/08/2017 12:12:52 AM PST · by Sontagged · 101 replies
    Your Cayenne Pepper Guide ^ | 2010 | Glenn Reschke
    If cayenne pepper (Capsicum annuum) is not the king of medicinal herbs, it is certainly a prince among them due to the incredible health benefits it gives. It may have been presumptuous for me to have first coined it "king of herbs" but I feel it is just that -- for there is no other medicinal herb or spice that can do what it can. If you have heard about Capsicum or are interested in its benefits, you've come to the right place. Bold to say yes, but I stand by it. For I am the one who conducted the...
  • The Simplest Health Habit You Should Start Today

    04/20/2016 6:05:40 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 21 replies
    Christian Broadcasting Network ^ | April 19, 2016 | Lorie Johnson
    Not many substances are as widely studied as tea. Now, the verdict is in. The bottom line: if you're not drinking tea on a regular basis, it might be a habit worth starting. That's because when it comes to your health, tea packs a powerful punch. Combined studies examining literally hundreds of thousands of tea drinkers led a vast array of scientists to conclude that a consistent dose of tea is good for the body. Most of the research was conducted in Asian countries, on people drinking hot, green tea. The amount mattered. Usually people only experienced health benefits if...
  • Learning curve part of herb garden's growth

    06/30/2015 11:22:51 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 13 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 6-30-15 | Nancy Stohs
    Kate Fons couldn't help herself. It was Earth Day, and she was listening to public radio, to a segment describing how Earth Day originated in Wisconsin and so, by the way, did Little Free Libraries. A guest on the program was a man who had combined these two, installing a Little Free Library in his front yard specifically for cookbooks and planting herbs around the base. What a cool idea, Fons thought. There already was a Little Library a few blocks away from her south side home, so Fons zeroed in on the herb garden idea. She ordered a colorful...
  • Study: Many herbal supplements aren't what the label says

    02/05/2015 12:56:49 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 77 replies
    AP via Yahoo! Finance ^ | February 3, 2015 | Mary Esch
    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Bottles of Walmart-brand echinacea, an herb said to ward off colds, were found to contain no echinacea at all. GNC-brand bottles of St. John's wort, touted as a cure for depression, held rice, garlic and a tropical houseplant, but not a trace of the herb. In fact, DNA testing on hundreds of bottles of store-brand herbal supplements sold as treatments for everything from memory loss to prostate trouble found that four out of five contained none of the herbs on the label. Instead, they were packed with cheap fillers such as wheat, rice, beans or houseplants.
  • Study: Many Herbal Supplements Aren't What the Label Says

    02/03/2015 5:07:03 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 52 replies
    NY Times ^ | FEB. 3, 2015
    DNA testing on hundreds of bottles of store-brand herbal supplements sold as treatments for everything from memory loss to prostate trouble found that four out of five contained none of the herbs on the label. Instead, they were packed with cheap fillers such as wheat, rice, beans or houseplants. Based on the testing commissioned by his office, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Tuesday he has sent letters to the four major store chains involved — GNC, Target, Walmart and Walgreens — demanding that they immediately stop selling adulterated or mislabeled dietary supplements. Nutritionist David Schardt of the Center...
  • Garden Herbs: Attractive, Tasty, and Surprisingly Useful

    05/29/2012 6:14:45 AM PDT · by orsonwb · 9 replies
    The How Do Gardener ^ | May 29, 2012 | Rick Bickling
    A plant part valued for its medicinal, culinary, or aromatic qualities, for centuries herbs have been used to make medicines, add flavor to foods, make teas, mask odors, and attract bees and other pollinators into the garden...
  • Seed Source Listing

    01/10/2012 10:15:49 AM PST · by orsonwb · 27 replies · 1+ views
    The How Do Gardener ^ | January 10, 2012 | The How Do Gardener
    An alphabetical listing of 40 sources of Seeds, Transplants, and Bulbs for Vegetables, Herbs, Flowers, Grains, Grasses, Ground Covers, Vines, Fruits, Sprouting, Trees, Wildflowers, and much more. Many are Open-pollinated, Non-GMO, Organic, and Heirloom varieties. Most offer a Free Catalog.
  • What Secrets Do Ancient Medical Texts Hold?

    05/13/2011 9:32:18 PM PDT · by Palter · 13 replies
    Smithsonian Magazine ^ | May 2011 | Megan Gambino
    The Smithsonian's Alain Touwaide studies ancient books to identify medicines used thousands of years ago In 2002, Alain Touwaide came across an article about the discovery, some years before, of a medical kit salvaged from a 2,000-year-old shipwreck off the coast of Tuscany. Divers had brought up a copper bleeding cup, a surgical hook, a mortar, vials and tin containers. Miraculously, inside one of the tins, still dry and intact, were several tablets, gray-green in color and about the size of a quarter. Touwaide, a science historian in the botany department at the National Museum of Natural History, recognized that...
  • Big Pharma scores big win - Medicinal herbs will disappear in EU

    09/21/2010 9:43:24 PM PDT · by MamaDearest · 32 replies ^ | September 12, 2010 | Heidi Stevenson
    It's almost a done deal. We are about to see herbal preparations disappear, and the ability of herbalists to prescribe them will also be lost. Big Pharma has almost reached the finish line of its decades-long battle to wipe out all competition. As of 1 April 2011—less than eight months from now—virtually all medicinal herbs will become illegal in the European Union. The approach in the United States is a bit different, but it's having the same devastating effect. The people have become nothing more than sinks for whatever swill Big Pharma and Agribusiness choose to send our way, and...
  • Your right to choose vitamins and other supplements could end this year (ALERT)

    02/04/2005 1:55:31 PM PST · by FeeinTennessee · 25 replies · 1,988+ views
    Your right to choose your vitamin, mineral and other supplements may end in June-August of this year (2005). After that U.S. supplements will be defined and controlled by the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The CODEX ALIMENTARIUS (Food Code) is setting the supplement standards for all countries in the WTO. They will be enforced by the WTO and will over ride U.S. laws. The U.S. President and Congress agreed to this take-over when the WTO Treaty was signed. Violations are punished by WTO trade sanctions. CODEX drastically restricts vitamins, minerals, herbs and other supplements. CODEX...
  • Cloves are the best natural antioxidant

    03/16/2010 2:35:54 PM PDT · by decimon · 17 replies · 530+ views
    Using spices eaten in the Mediterranean diet as natural antioxidants is a good way forward for the food industry, given the beneficial health effects of these products. This has been shown by researchers from the Miguel Hernández University (UMH), who have put the clove in first place. Researchers from the Miguel Hernández University have identified cloves (Syzygium aromaticum) as the best antioxidant spice, due to the fact they contain high levels of phenolic compounds, as well as having other properties. "Out of the five antioxidant properties tested, cloves had the highest capacity to give off hydrogen, reduced lipid peroxidation well,...
  • Disappointing McCain Push to Ban Supplements & Herbs

    02/17/2010 1:35:58 PM PST · by molybdenum · 101 replies · 1,546+ views ^ | 2-15-10 | Mary Conley, MNH, ND
    Once again herbalists, health food consumers, and those who wish an alternate choice for their own healthcare decisions are under fire. It seems John McCain of all people wants to ban supplements and herbs from health food stores and in commercial establishments. This is an extreme disappointment. John McCain had stood by the Conservative base in opposing all things Obama, but this seems to be a huge jump on the Obama bandwagon that is limping along to take our health freedoms away. Maybe its time for McCain to retire? Please contact your reps to oppose this. ttp://
  • Hazards: A Warning on Mixing Herbs and Medicine

    02/08/2010 10:21:02 PM PST · by neverdem · 222 replies · 1,695+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 9, 2010 | RONI CARYN RABIN
    Researchers are warning that popular herbs and supplements, including St. John’s wort and even garlic and ginger, do not mix well with common heart drugs and can also be dangerous for patients taking statins, blood thinners and blood pressure medications. St. John’s wort raises blood pressure and heart rate, and garlic and ginger increase the risk of bleeding in patients on blood thinners, the researchers said. Even grapefruit juice can be risky, increasing the effects of calcium-channel blockers and statins, they said. “This is not new research, but there is a trend toward more and more use of these compounds,...
  • Herbs 'can be natural pesticides'

    08/17/2009 10:56:13 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 6 replies · 852+ views
    bbc ^ | Monday, 17 August 2009
    Common herbs and spices show promise as an environmentally-friendly alternative to conventional pesticides, scientists have told a major US conference. They have spent a decade researching the insecticidal properties of rosemary, thyme, clove and mint. They could become a key weapon against insect pests in organic agriculture, the researchers say, as the industry attempts to satisfy demand. The "plant essential oils" have a broad range of action against bugs. Some kill them outright while others repel them. Details were presented at the Fall Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in Washington DC.....
  • Healing spirits, A shaman helps clients with a variety of problems

    09/05/2008 7:36:49 PM PDT · by Coleus · 4 replies · 637+ views ^ | 08.26.08 | SARAH SCHILLACI,
    Jose Juarez is a shaman, a Mesoamerican healer from a village in Mexico. He owns a botanica, called New Age Store Leecatzin, in Clifton's Botany Village. In the background an Aztec drawing represents life, strength and prosperity, with a reminder to rem A shaman helps clients with a variety of problemsAlbert Ponce had a broken spirit. Life for the 25-year-old Clifton resident had recently hit a bumpy patch. He couldn't land a job working in an office. He didn't want to settle for a retail job, or working in a factory; he wanted to make use of his business...
  • Abortion and Contraception: Old Lies

    07/31/2007 7:29:27 AM PDT · by NYer · 35 replies · 862+ views
    Catholic Exchange ^ | July 10, 2007 | Pete Vere
    Growing up Catholic, I knew theologically that my church forbade abortion and contraception. Although the church's stand on abortion was self-evident in my opinion, I didn't really understand why she took such a hard line on contraception until I found myself judging annulment cases on a Catholic marriage tribunal. With few exceptions, I could trace every marital breakdown to the couple saying "no" to the fertility with which God had blessed them. Shocked, I began to research the history of abortion and contraception in my spare time. I was interested, both as a canon lawyer and a pro-family journalist, in...
  • House, Senate seek FDA regulation of tobacco

    02/17/2007 4:56:02 PM PST · by FairOpinion · 46 replies · 1,010+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 16, 2007 | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    House and Senate lawmakers of both parties introduced sweeping legislation Thursday to subject tobacco to the kind of safety regulation that applies to medicines and food, and said prospects for action were the most favorable in years. "This bill is long overdue, and this is the year, I believe, that regulation of tobacco by the Food and Drug Administration is going to become law," said Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Los Angeles), a longtime nemesis of the tobacco industry who heads the Government Reform Committee. "If this gets to the House floor, [its passage] will be [by] a very large margin,"...
  • Iran unveils Aids herbal remedy

    02/03/2007 5:49:04 PM PST · by Lorianne · 8 replies · 702+ views
    Tehran - Iranian health minister Kamran Baqeri Lankarani announced on Saturday that Iran's scientists have produced a herbal medicine to boost the human body's immune system against HIV/Aids. "The herbal-based medication, called Imod, serves to control the Aids virus and increases the body's immunity," Baqeri Lankarani was quoted as saying on state radio by the official news agency IRNA. "It is not a medication to kill the virus, it rather can be used besides other anti-retroviral drugs." The drug was made after five years' of research and had been tested on 200 patients, said IRNA. It said the drug was...
  • Ancient Book of Herbs Used in the War on Bacteria

    01/18/2007 8:59:47 PM PST · by FLOutdoorsman · 27 replies · 1,076+ views
    MedGadget ^ | 17 Jan 2007 | MedGadget
    The history of medicine is a rich and fascinating topic which has very little relevance to non-geeks... until now! Researchers from the Mayo Clinic have published a paper in the BMJ, which used an ancient herbal text as a guide to finding novel drugs. Apparently they stumbled onto an antibiotic that can wipe out some of the more stubborn strains of super bacterias. Here's more from the press release: A unique Mayo Clinic collaboration has revived the healing wisdom of Pacific Island cultures by testing a therapeutic plant extract described in a 17th century Dutch herbal text for its anti-bacterial...
  • The Wines And Herbs In The Land Of Pan

    12/29/2006 4:56:39 PM PST · by blam · 8 replies · 563+ views
    Kathimerini ^ | 12-28-2006 | Stavroula Kourakou
    The wines and herbs in the land of Pan A survey of ancient Greek sources reveals the surprising properties of certain wines that continue to provoke the curiosity of scholars today A parody of Circe offering Odysseus wine that contains a magical herb that will make him behave like an animal. Hermes has given the ancient Greek hero another herb called moly so that Odysseus is not seduced by Circe. Medical historian Sevasti Karahaliou says moly must have been an anti-aphrodisiac. (From an early 4th century BC Boeotian cup, Ashmolean Museum.) By Stavroula Kourakou (1) In early December, the interdisciplinary...