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May 18, 2017

Katy Perry Will Be Returning to the Saturday Night Live  for the May 20 Season Finale on NBC

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Katy Perry will be returning to the Saturday Night Live
for the May 20 season finale on NBC

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Stop Taking Ibuprofen if You’re Over 40! Say Doctors and FDA

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Stop Taking Ibuprofen if You’re Over 40! Say Doctors and FDA

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Ibuprofen is commonly prescribed for numerous symptoms such as back pain, toothache, headache, etc. Doctors recommend taking the pills regularly, and although the pain goes away for a certain period, it never goes away permanently.

You will wake up with the same back pain, or a headache, morning after morning. It’s a continuous cycle of pain and frustration. However, many people don’t know that long-term use of Ibuprofen can damage their health. These pills don’t cure the pain and are dangerous to the heart muscle so much that they can even cause death over an extended period of time. Sounds terrifying, but it’s true.

There are some real serious risks associated with an even casual use of the drug.

The most concerning is the potential risk for heart damage. In 2005, the FDA issued out an ibuprofen warning, claiming that it significantly increases the risk of heart attack or stroke and just last year, they strengthened this warning.

The FDA rarely does this.

After an extensive review of the drug, they issued the following statements:

  • “Even with short term use, one’s heart attack and stroke risk increase significantly”
  • “This risk increases the longer one continues to use ibuprofen”
  • “You do not need to have an existing heart condition to be at risk, although such a condition does increase your chances

“These risks make ibuprofen especially dangerous to individuals over 40 – the age at which one’s risk of heart disease begins to skyrocket”

You have to bear in mind that the FDA approves some pretty nasty medications, but even they are raising a red flag when it comes to this over the counter drug.

Healthy Alternative

Luckily, there is a safer and natural solution that prevents this terrifying possibility. The plant called turmeric, which originates from southern Asia, can heal both, hidden and pronounced pain. It is a major part of the Asian medicine and it has been used for thousands of years in this region.

The powder form of turmeric is rich in powerful polyphenols, while the spice form has more than 600 health benefits. Turmeric in powder form is available in most natural food and grocery stores. It has a rather spicy and earthy taste, and you can use it in different combinations.

A Simple Recipe That Will Relieve The Pains In Your Body

Mix the juice of one squeezed lemon, a cup of honey, and a tablespoon of turmeric powder. Using a wooden spoon, stir the mixture well. In a cup of warm water or tea, add just one teaspoon of the prepared mixture.

Consume the drink 3 times a day, and you will quickly notice the positive results. Feel free to throw away your ibuprofen once and for good. To ensure the effectiveness of the prepared drink, include it in your daily intake.

Top chefs add turmeric in many recipes while health gurus add it in their fruit and veggie smoothies for an added flavor, and of course for its many benefits.

When you can, add Black Pepper to boost the bioavailability of the turmeric up to 2,000%!

The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine has published a study, according to which turmeric is excellent for the treatment of osteoarthritis. The study was conducted on 109 knee osteoarthritis patients and lasted for 6 weeks. During this period, part of the participants were given 800 mg of Ibuprofen, while the rest received 2,000 mg of turmeric.

The researchers evaluated their level of pain during some exercise like walking, climbing stairs, and bicycling. After the 6-week period, the participants who received turmeric showed better results, indicating that the natural alternative is not only safer than Ibuprofen but also more effective.

Therefore, the next time your doctor recommends Ibuprofen for your pain, go to the nearest grocery store and get turmeric for your cure-all drink

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FDA Pain Draft Promotes Alternative Medicine

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FDA pain draft promotes alternative medicine

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by John Weeks, Publisher/Editor of The Integrator Blog News and Reports

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released proposed changes Wednesday to its blueprint on educating health care providers about treating pain. The guidelines now recommends that doctors get information about chiropractic care and acupuncture that may help patients avoid prescription opioids.

When I originally received the e-mail with the news, the only comment from the sender of the email was a quote from a young Bob Dylan: “The times they are a changin’.”

Indeed, they are—sort of. Readers will have a chance to help hurry those changes in pain treatment along by helping shape the FDA draft.

The agency, long lambasted by the integrative health community for its revolving door of leadership with big pharmaceuticals, released its initial version of “FDA Education Blueprint for Health Care Providers Involved in the Management or Support of Patients with Pain.”  Under Section 2, part two, on how to create a treatment plan, the very first consideration urged by the FDA offers is, “Nonpharmacologic therapies– includes psychological, physical rehabilitative, surgical approaches; and complementary therapies.”

Pharma follows next, as it should in a therapeutic order that seeks to do the least harm. (See figure.)

A subsequent section of the document on non-pharmacological approaches also lists “complementary therapies.” They are again at the tail end of the same set of considerations, following psychiatric, rehabilitation, and surgery. This is a topsy-turvy therapeutic order, with apparently little philosophy of medicine shaping it.

This section does, however, get more specific in what it means by complementary therapies. The agency gives gives acupuncture and “chiropracty” as examples. Explicit reference, even using an archaic term for chiropractic, is good for those called out.

For reference, and to raise reasonable concern, the December 2016 CDC draft guidance on opioid prescribing, for instance, originally called for “many nonpharmacologic therapies, including physical therapy, weight loss for knee osteoarthritis, complementary and alternative therapies (e.g., manipulation, massage, and acupuncture).” The March 2016 final guidance mentioned neither the category nor the specific approaches.

The FDA’s quarter page segment on non-pharma is effectively damning with faint praise as this cameo is swamped by seven pages on drug management strategies. Complementary therapies do not make another appearance in these pages, unless one is hungry enough to answer to “etc”. In a section on “Patient Education” the closest mention is, “Health care practitioners should inform patients about pain management expectations and managing pain through different modalities (non-opioids, rest, physical therapy, occupational therapy, etc.) when appropriate.”

In a section at the end on Addiction Medicine, the agency recommends that practitioners know “the types of pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatments available.” No specifics are offered.

The FDA has not yet set up a docket to support comments and response. See their notice here.

Comments: There is a chance for activism here, since this was a draft. As noted, the inclusions here can be swept out of the final, as the CDC did. The FDA hasn’t yet set up the docket for responding.

The title of the STAT article clearly overplays the reality of this document. This is nowhere more evident than a recommendation buried in the many pages on opioids. Think of what you might consider if you imagine a “paradigm shift” in pain management. One would take that “non-pharma first” guidance and help practitioners and their patients in all ways possible to create the optimal use of self-care, integrative, and non-pharmacologic approaches in pain treatment to prevent the need for, and get off of, opioids.

Here, in counter position, is the FDA, referencing this concept:

“Paradigm shift in opioid prescribing – HCPs should be knowledgeable about information about safe opioid practices current federal and state regulations, and guidelines on opioid prescribing and the use of naloxone.”

Nothing of complementary and alternative products, practices and practitioners in this new paradigm. The community has its work cut out for it. Here are some directions for comments, when the FDA opens its docket for comments:

  • If they want to see non-pharma, they need to expand the non-pharmacologic and complementary health section from a half page to at least three or more and fill it with good content. There is plenty of good content to be used if its new paradigm is to significantly include non-pharma. The document’s time and space devoted to the topic, via content such as that recommended in the bullets below, is part of the message to practitioners.
  • Build out an area on patient education. Ask for help from experts in the integrative health and medicine community in doing so.
  • Explicitly note other practices such as are mentioned in the recent ACP guideline on back pain (http://annals.org/aim/article/2603228/noninvasive-treatments-acute-subacute-chronic-low-back-pain-clinical-practice). Among those they should explicitly mention are massage, self-care, mind-body, tai chi, yoga, use of integrative, naturopathic and functional medicine specialists.
  • Drive health care practitioners to the ACP guidelines and the Joint Commission’s pain standard.
  • Provide a section on strategies for gaining coverage of non-pharmacologic approaches. This is a very challenging area. Teach them to advocate with insurers for coverage. This is essential.
  • Include more integrative services in the seven pages on managing drugs to remind prescribers that they needn’t stay lost in the pharmaceutical woods, that non-pharma, integrative approaches can both limit need for the drugs but also assist in the exit strategy.
  • Talk about the importance of partnership with complementary practitioners that the National Pain Strategy has recommended. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-weeks/chronicle-of-health-creat_b_9548062.html)
  • Teach them that most patients and practitioners don’t think of “chiropracty” when thinking of what chiropractic doctors do, so why not try using the language of the realm. What is that about?

One last reminder. Recall from the CDC guidance on opioid prescribing that inclusion in a draft does not insure inclusion in the final. The language that excited the write at STAT could be blown away by a little political pea shooting, as CDC’s draft language was rumored to have been shot down. A strong respond from integrative health practitioners and organizations is in order.

 

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Lyme Disease: Missed and Misdiagnosed

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Lyme Disease: Missed and Misdiagnosed

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by Joseph A. Annibali, M.D. @ Amen Clinics

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection caused by the bite of an infected black-legged tick, or deer tick. Lyme and its numerous co-infections can mimic or cause virtually any medical, neurological, or psychiatric condition.

Known as the “great imitator,” Lyme has been vastly under-diagnosed in the United States due to inadequate testing methods and a general lack of acknowledgment by the medical community. A nasty relative of the sexually-transmitted disease, syphilis, Lyme causes a multitude of disorders, yet is much harder to cure.

People with Lyme disease have been misdiagnosed.

Some of these people have been misdiagnosed with a variety of neurological, psychiatric and medical conditions, including:

  • ADD
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis (rheumatoid, reactive, infectious, juvenile, or osteo)
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Depression
  • Early Alzheimer’s disease
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Lupus
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Sleep disorders
  • Thyroid disease

Along with physiological symptoms like unexplained fevers, swollen glands, sore throat, headache, and joint pain or swelling, Lyme disease can cause the following common neuropsychological issues:

  • Impaired attention, focus, concentration, judgment and impulse control
  • Impaired memory and speech functions
  • Disorganization and getting lost
  • Poor problem-solving and decision-making abilities
  • Slower mental processing speed
  • Symptoms similar to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease

70% of those afflicted with Lyme disease report changes in their thinking, such as memory loss and reduced mental sharpness.

The fortunate ones are able to catch Lyme within the first few weeks when the appropriate antibiotics have a much better chance of working. Unfortunately, Lyme disease is often missed and the infection is allowed to take hold, disrupting the immune system and causing a cascade of inflammatory responses.

A tick bite is the best way to know whether you are at risk – however, one study showed that only 17% of those surveyed even recalled being bitten! Therefore, prevention is critical. Here are a few tips:

  1. Avoid walking through brush and high grass. When hiking in the woods, camping, gardening or mowing the lawn, wear long, light-colored clothing and tuck pant legs into tight-fitting socks. Remove clothes before coming back indoors, and wash and dry them separately.
  1. Shower as soon as possible after being outdoors, using a washcloth or loofah, and check your body carefully, especially in skin folds, for attached ticks. Remove ticks carefully with tweezers (without crushing) them by pulling gently and steadily near the mouth; then apply an antiseptic to the site

Lyme Disease Cases are Often Overlooked.

Thirty thousand cases of Lyme disease are reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention each year. But because Lyme is often overlooked or misdiagnosed, the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society estimates that the actual number of tick-borne illness cases each year is ten times that!

 

 

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May 17, 2017

How Much Coffee Do You Drink?

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How much coffee do you drink?

Dr. Patricia Bragg has NEVER had one cup of coffee!

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Is Caffeine is a Dangerous Habit

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Facts from Bragg book “Healthy Heart” (See page 60):

According to research, 12% of Americans have 1 to 2 cups daily. 17% have 3 to 4 cups; 15% have 5 to 6 cups; 10% have 7 to 8 cups; 12% have 8 or more cups and 17% have no coffee at all.

Coffee increases the toxic free fatty acid levels in blood that causes degenerative diseases! “There is a strong likelihood that coffee and caffeine may prove to be one of the most dangerous toxins to human life” Cancer Research. The digestive organs of coffee drinkers are in a state of chronic derangement which reacts on the brain, producing fretful moods – Dr. Bock 1910. Caffeine increases blood pressure, depletes calcium & magnesium from body, elevates cholesterol levels & increases level of dangerous homocysteine in blood. When your coffee high wears off, you feel the drop in terms of fatigue, irritability, headache & confusion.

Don’t use coffee and caffeine products if you want super health!

In May 2017, too much caffeine caused the death of a 16-year-old high school student from South Carolina who collapsed during class last month, according to the County Coroner.

 

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May 16, 2017

Miracle Drink? Apple Cider Vinegar Is Put to the Test

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Miracle drink? Apple cider vinegar is put to the test

KENS 5 speaks to 3 experts about Apple Cider Vinegar

Watch the Video at WFAA 8 abc

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GOD & LAWN CARE

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GOD & LAWN CARE

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Gardens & Nature

GOD to ST. FRANCIS: Frank,  …  You know all about gardens and nature. What in the world is going on down there on the planet?  What happened to the dandelions, violets, milkweeds and stuff I started eons ago?   I had a perfect no-maintenance garden plan. Those plants grow in any type of soil, withstand drought and multiply with abandon. The nectar from the long-lasting blossoms attracts butterflies, honey bees and flocks of songbirds. I expected to see a vast garden of colors by now. But, all I see are these green rectangles.

St. FRANCIS:
It’s the tribes that settled there, Lord. The Suburbanites. They started calling your flowers ‘weeds’ and went to great lengths to kill them and replace them with grass.

GOD:
Grass? But, it’s so boring. It’s not colorful. It doesn’t attract butterflies, birds and bees; only grubs and sod  worms. It’s sensitive to temperatures. Do these Suburbanites really want all that grass growing there?

ST. FRANCIS:
Apparently so, Lord. They go to great pains to grow it and keep it green. They begin each spring by fertilizing grass and poisoning any other plant that crops up in the lawn.

GOD:
The spring rains and warm weather probably make grass grow really fast. That must make the Suburbanites happy.

FRANCIS: Apparently not, Lord. As soon as it grows a little, they cut it- sometimes twice a week

GOD: They cut it? Do they then bale it like hay?

FRANCIS: Not exactly, Lord. Most of them rake it up and put it in bags.

GOD: They bag it? Why? Is it a cash crop? Do they sell it?

ST. FRANCIS: No, Sir, just the opposite. They pay to throw it away.

GOD: Now, let me get this straight. They fertilize grass soit will grow. And, when it does grow, they cut it offand pay to throw it away?

ST. FRANCIS: Yes, Sir.

GOD: These Suburbanites must be relieved in the summer when we cut back on the rain and turn up the heat. That surely slows the growth and saves them a lot of work.

FRANCIS: You aren’t going to believe this, Lord. When the grassstops growing so fast, they drag out hoses and paymore money to water it, so they can continue to mow it and pay to get rid of it.

GODWhat nonsense. At least they kept some of the trees. That was a sheer stroke of genius, if I do say so myself. The trees grow leaves in the spring to provide beauty and shade in the summer. In the autumn, they fall to the ground and form a natural blanket to keep moisture in the soil and protect the trees and bushes. It’s a natural cycle of life.

FRANCIS: You’d better sit down, Lord. The Suburbanites have drawn a new circle. As soon as the leaves fall, they rake them into great piles and pay to have them hauled away, too.

GOD: No!? What do they do to protect the shrub andtree roots in the winter to keep the soil moist and loose?

ST. FRANCIS: After throwing away the leaves, they go out and buysomething which they call mulch. They haul it home and spread it around in place of the leaves.

GOD: And where do they get this mulch?

ST. FRANCIS: They cut down trees and grind them up to make the mulch.

GOD: Enough! I don’t want to think about this anymore. St. Catherine, you’re in charge of the arts. What movie have you scheduled for us tonight?

CATHERINE: ‘Dumb and Dumber’, Lord. It’s a story about….

GOD: Never mind, I think I just heard the whole story from St. Francis

 

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Katy Perry on Ellen Degeneres May 16, 2017 on KSBY @ 4 Pm

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Katy Perry on Ellen Degeneres May 16, 2017 on KSBY @ 4 pm

Katy Perry on Ellen Degeneres Show on KSBY @ 4 pm Pacific Time

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May 12, 2017

Bragg Olive Oil Is the Ancient Fountain of Youth

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Bragg Olive Oil is the Ancient Fountain of Youth

Bragg Olive Oil is the Ancient Fountain of Youth. “I’ve never had but one wrinkle, and I’m sitting on it,” Jeanne Louise Calment famously quipped.  Jeanne Louise Calment was a French supercentenarian who had the longest confirmed human life span in history, living to the age of 122 years and 164 days. Jeanne Louise rubbed Olive Oil into her skin on a daily basis and credited Olive Oil with her youthful appearance and longevity.

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May 11, 2017

Take Control of Your Health, as 24M Could Lose Health Insurance

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Take control of your health, as 24M could lose health insurance

Take control of your health, as 24M Americans could lose health insurance in the next decade.
The War on Cancer and other diseases waged over the past 40 years  has not been successful.

Transform your health with a Food as Medicine approach.
Let’s transform our system of “disease” care to one of true “health” care.

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