Ever wonder what Wonder Bread is really made of, or how many miles that head of limp lettuce have traveled? There’s nothing like fresh, whole, organic foods to maintain your health and well-being. Farm-fresh produce and meats go directly from the source to your table, leaving little time in between for nutrients to be lost. Many foods at your supermarket have been picked or slaughtered weeks or even months before they make it onto the shelf. These items are preserved by nitrogen or other artificial means, making them appear fresh. Moreover, foods treated with pesticides and artificial fertilizers have lower nutritional value then organically grown foods.
Many people today are understanding the role of the mineral of Magnesium, which is the 4th most abundant mineral found in the human body. What mineral many people do not hear about or understand is the role of a small trace mineral called Manganese. Many people do get these two confused sometimes, so let me help you to understand the mighty role of this little mineral.
Manganese is an essential trace element that is needed for brain health and your nervous system. Alzheimer's disease, schizophrenia and Meniere's Syndrome have been linked to a deficiency of manganese. The deficiency of this trace mineral is directly related to a poor diet consisting of heavily processed foods.
Manganese is considered an antioxidant trace mineral with more studies needing to be done to fully understand its role in human health.
Properties and Uses
The common garden and cooking herb Sage has many medicinal uses and properties.It's a handy herb to have in your garden or tea cabinet.
Sage has a wide variety of uses and anyone can benefit from its healing properties.
Vitamin E is a fat soluble vitamin which is one of our absolute vital antioxidants. One of the functions of vitamin E is an anticoagulant, but it has a role of boosting our immune system and protecting against cardiovascular disease.
Vitamin E is needed for the production of energy and is stored in the body for only a short period of time with up to 75% of the dose being excreted in the feces.
Wheatgerm, broccoli, leafy green vegetables, peanuts, eggs and whole grains
The daily dose is between 400-1000IU. Any dose above 400IU, one should consult with a healthcare professional is you have high blood pressure.
by Ward W. Bond, PhD
One of the gentlest of herbs for healthy functioning of the heart is Hawthorn berry. With billions of dollars being spent on high blood pressure medications, this herb has fallen in almost the forgotten category of helpful cardiovascular herbs. In today’s society, herbs are treated with a fad-mentality and it’s a shame because herbs have been around for centuries and they were the go-to medicines.
Hawthorn berry should be the first herbal helpmate when one thinks of healthy cardiovascular function and healthy blood pressure. Hawthorn has a strengthening action of the force of the heart muscle and can help maintain a normal heart rhythm and blood pressure. There is much research on this herb and that research shows that hawthorn improves blood flow through the heart itself helping the muscle cells are well oxygenated.
Hawthorn contains flavonoids in the fruit, leaves and flowers and provides potent antioxidant properties to protect the heart cells from damage.
There have been numerous clinical studies and one of the largest is the SPICE trial that was conducted in 13 European countries.With over 2,500 patients, they were either placed on the hawthorn extract or a placebo for 8 years. The study showed moderately reduced function in the left ventricles of the heart muscle, which is considered one of the hardest working muscles in the heart. The left ventricle has to pump blood out of the heart into the aorta and them throughout the body. The hawthorn extract showed to reduce the risk of sudden cardiac death from month 12 to 24 in the study.
When someone is dealing with mild to moderate high blood pressure, Hawthorn berry should be consider as a safe natural remedy. This herb does not interfere with cardiovascular medications, but it always wise to consult with your healthcare professional.
Millions of people eat a variety of bell peppers on a daily basis, but did you know if you juiced green bell peppers you will feed your body with the trace mineral silicon? This amazing trace mineral is needed for healthy nails, beautiful hair, healthy skin and strong bones.
The trace mineral silicon is important for daily health. The deficiency symptoms of silicon are quite apparent as they are closely associated with the connective tissues. Along with the poor development of bones, this deficiency also causes thinning of the hair, brittleness of nails, and formation of wrinkles and general aging of the skin.
Besides green bell peppers, some other important sources of silicon are apples, cereals, raw cabbage, peanuts, carrots, onions, cucumber, pumpkin, fish, unrefined grains, oats, almonds and oranges. Truthfully, I’ve never been a bell pepper lover so the other food choices are perfect me and possibly for you too!
Benefits of Silicon:
Prevents Thinning Hair: Alopecia, or thinning of hair, is caused due to the intake of a refined diet that lacks nutrients, specifically silicon. The health benefits of silicon encourage the growth of thick and healthy hair. It also increases the luster and shine of hair.
Prevents Brittle Nails: Silicon plays a very significant role in the maintenance of nail health. Silicon helps in improving the quality of nails and protecting them against several nail infections so your fingers remain attractive and strong.
Prevents Deformities in Bones: Silicon has been found to play a vital role in assisting calcium for the growth and maintenance of joints and bones. It induces flexibility in the bones by increasing the amount of collagen, which is the protein component of bones. It also increases the rate of healing of bone dislocations and fractures.
Maintains Skin Appearance: Silicon prevents the skin from becoming flabby and restores the natural glow of the skin. It helps in brightening the eyes as well. It also prevents several serious skin problems.
Helps the Healing Process: Silicon plays a key role in protection against many diseases like tuberculosis and the others which are related to mucous membranes. It also helps in increasing the healing rate during fractures.
Prevents Aluminum Toxicity: It has been found that higher amounts of aluminum are found in the brain lesions of patients suffering from the Alzheimer’s disease. It has been discovered that silicon, through its bonding with aluminum, prevents the absorption of the latter in the gastrointestinal tract, and can reduce the signs and symptoms of aluminum toxicity.
by Ward W. Bond, PhD
Popeye never had a migraine headache. Want to know why? Spinach of course! Spinach is a food that targets the entire digestive tract, both the alimentary section of the body which consists of the stomach, duodenum, small intestines and then the colon.
Migraines can be caused by many things such as hormones, food sensitivities, food allergies, chemicals, pollutions, stress and yes your gut. The gut is the most forgotten part of the body when people suffer with migraines. Pain medicines may help for a short time, but there’s a vital connection between your gut and your brain.
Spinach is used for the cleansing, reconstruction and regeneration of the intestinal tract. If you’re constipated, spinach can relieve this condition in a few days or weeks. When people are constipated they can become irritable, grumpy, fatigued, sluggish and the list goes on and on. A toxic colon will lead to a toxic brain and the brain is very sensitive to toxins, chemicals and poor food choices. All of which can lead to migraines that never go away.
The vagus nerve is a nerve that runs from the brain to the gut and back up again. If the gut isn’t healthy, the brain will respond in a negative way. In people with fatigue, food sensitivities, anxiety, gut problems, brain fog, and depersonalization, the vagus nerve is almost always at play. These people have lower vagal tone, which means a lower ability of the vagus nerve to activate or perform its functions.
The word vagus means “wanderer,” because it wanders all over the body to various important organs.
The vagus nerve connects to the brain, gut (intestines, stomach), heart, liver, pancreas, gallbladder, kidney, ureter, spleen, lungs, fertility organs (females), neck (including the pharynx, larynx, esophagus), ears and tongue. If take a close look, you’ll many of the organs that are involved in digestion and elimination and this is the reason for many with migraines problems related to poor gut health.
Spinach isn’t the only cure for migraines, but it’s an easy inexpensive remedy found in the produce department at your grocery store. The best way is to juice the spinach and drink it daily for better digestion, gut health and elimination. Never eat cooked spinach due to the creation of oxalic acid that can found stones in the kidneys. It’s best made into a juice for healing and eaten raw for better health.
Eating fermented foods such as miso, tempeh, kimchi, kefir and taking a daily probiotic will help to improve your overall gut health. When your gut is healthy, the brain is healthy and every organ in the body is healthy. When you’re healthy, the a less likely chance of ever getting a migraine caused by your eating habits.
Popeye the sailor man, you never had a migraine again!
Myrrh is the gum from a shrub native to northeastern Africa and southwestern Asia. The tree exudes from natural cracks or man-made increases in the bark. It leaves the tree as a pale yellow liquid, which yellowish-red or reddish-brown substance which is collected for use. This resin or gum has been used for thousands of years for its healing properties. In the Bible, myrrh is one of the gifts the wise men brought to the Christ child.
Myrrh is availble in its raw form, capsules, oil and herbal extracts.
by Ward W. Bond, PhD
In 4BC, Greek physician Hippocrates notes Chaste Tree’s use for menstrual conditions. It wasn’t until the 1950’s that German researchers developed a patent medicine containing chaste tree extract.
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) involves a number of physical, psychological, and emotional symptoms occurring 5 to 10 days before a woman’s menstrual period. It is estimated that up to 90% of women experience occasional PMS. The dried fruits of chaste tree have repeatedly been shown to dramatically improve the symptoms of PMS. Germany’s health authorities recommend the herb for the treatment of PMS, menstrual irregularity, and mastalgia, or breast tenderness.
A three-month study published in the British Medical Journal evaluated the effectiveness of chaste tree in 178 women with PMS. Chaste tree users showed a significant improvement in PMS symptoms such as irritability, moodiness, anger, headaches, and breast fullness. Overall, the reduction in PMS symptoms was 52% for women taking chaste tree versus 24% for those taking a placebo.
Another randomized placebo-controlled study of chaste tree was conducted in Beijing, China, involving 208 women with PMS. Women taking a 40mg chaste tree extract had a significant reduction in PMS symptoms compared with those taking placebo.
When the psychological symptoms of PMS are more severe (premenstrual dysphoric disorder), the condition is typically treated with antidepressant medication. A randomized controlled trial found that chaste tree was roughly equivalent to fluoxetine (Prozac) for improving psychological and physical symptoms.
Chaste tree is sometimes recommended for women having difficulty conceiving. Chaste tree extracts used daily for at least 3 months, have been show to restore progesterone levels, which may improve female fertility.
by Ward W. Bond, PhD
Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid) is a water-soluble vitamin and a member of the B-complex family. It is needed for the health of your nervous and immune systems.
Evidence shows that vitamin B5 can lower cholesterol and protect against heart disease. It is useful in reducing the effects of stress on the body and is needed to convert choline into acetylcholine for better memory.
Your best food sources of Vitamin B5 are nutritional yeast, meats, eggs, brown rice, whole grains and molasses.
500mg per day. 1000mg per day can be taken in divided doses.
by Ward W. Bond, PhD
When we think of salad greens we think of kale, romaine, iceberg, green leaf and red leaf and others, but we don't think of watercress. This is a potent healing leafy green that should never be ignored. High in vitamin C, it has a pungent taste and should be more than just garnish on your plate.
How to Use Watercress
Watercress, one of nature's powerful healing greens.
by Ward W. Bond, PhD
Celery is a common vegetable that can be overlooked for its incredible healing properties. The seeds, leaves, and edible root is best eaten raw and let's not forget about its juice. The seeds are rich in iron, vitamin A, B and C. Let's take a look at how celery can bring healing to your body.
How to Use Celery as a Healing Food
Don't overlook all the parts of celery as each area can help target specific areas of your body and produce the healing response you desire.
"Well, have no fear and don't get all stressed out as there are some natural things you can do to help relieve the stress and prevent anymore gray hair. It maybe the season for Santa, but you don't have to end up looking like him!" - Ward W. Bond, PhD
by Ward W. Bond, PhD
The holidays are among us and yes all the stress that comes with it. The financial stresses, the shopping in stores and online hoping to find that special gift and of course the variety of Christmas plays, pageants and parties to attend. I feel stressed out just writing the last sentence!
TIP 1: Tackle one task at a time. Multi-tasking is not recommended this time of year, so focus on one thing at a time. Learn to breathe and don't be afraid to ask for help. Don't try to be super woman or Superman to do it all yourself. Gather your elves and delegate like Santa and have fun doing it!
TIP 2: Watch your diet. This time of year we rush and grab for the goodies, the sugary types. The high sugar foods will not give us energy, but actually cause fatigue and in some people lead to depression. Depression is at an all time high during the holidays, so don't feed the beast! If you want a Christmas treat, wait for the party or Christmas Eve and Day. Stick with nuts, fruits, vegetables, high quality protein and grab a smoothie. You'll have more energy and feel better and prevent added pounds that you don't want part of your New Year's resolution.
TIP 3: Magnesium. Yes, the mineral magnesium can be of great help this time of year. Why? We all need it and it helps us to stay calm and stress free. Magnesium deficiency is between 70-80% in all Americans. During the hoiidays, the blood pressure can increase, the insulin resistance increases (bad food choices), we get all tensed up and we lose sleep. Supplementing with magnesium can help in all these areas naturally. I recommend Natural Vitality's Natural Calm as a daily supplement. Take once or twice a day. They also have an incredible cream available if you get those sore muscles from walking from mall to mall. And Natural Vitality has a Natural Calm Bath remedy you can add to make a soothing bath in the evening to release all your cares away and help improve sleep.
TIP 4: Stressed and having a lack of focus can go hand in hand. I recommend L-Theanine 200mg up to 4 times a day during the holidays. Theanine is found in Green Tea and will help keep you calm and focused at the same time. It can help normalize blood pressure if elevated blood pressure is caused by stress. It can be a miracle worker in many people. Another remedy is the herb Mucuna. Mucuna helps to improve dopamine levels and can help people reduce stress and stay focused as well. Mucuna should only be used by adults. Herbal Ultra's Mucuna is the best on the market. One to two capsules a day is all that is needed.
TIP 5: Learn to enjoy the holidays. This is the season of giving and give yourself and your family the best Christmas gift of all...you! This is the time of year we think of others, but don't forget about yourself while trying to get it all done. Christmas comes around once a year, so you have plenty of time to get ready for the next one...and don't let that stress you out either. Merry Christmas!
Let's be honest. We all know someone with cancer. Some have beat it and others have succumb to it. This article isn't about the lack of medical care we all know exists when it comes to fighting this dreaded disease. Cancer therapy has not progressed any further than it has in the last 40 years. Cancer rates are not declining as the experts want you to believe, but they are actually increasing.
When someone gets the negative report, the person has a choice to either face it head on or give up on the spot. The mental aspect of dealing with the thought of fighting cancer is scary and daunting to say the least. I've met people on both sides. Some give the fight all they got and others simply quietly give up and only appear to fight to bring peace to those around them who are just as scared and fearful.
What can I say? My own father died of the complications of cancer. He actually died from the treatment and the malpractice of doctors and nurses who couldn't do the simplest things right, such as keeping his chemo port clean. He actually died of sepsis.
Moving on. Fighting cancer is a three part battle. One is in the mind, the second is in the body and the third is spiritual. All three must be addressed to effectively fight the good fight.
The Mind. The moment one gets the news, the mind is the first part of the body to start processing information. What is the immediate thought? Will I live or will I die? What is the treatment going to do? Will I be able to handle this? What will it cost? Will insurance cover me? How will I continue to support my family, etc and etc. This is where one must immediately hold every negative thought captive and keep a positive attitude and a peace that passes all understanding. Look, I know it's not easy. If you need encouragement, then just watch my TV interview (above) with Dodie Osteen (Joel's mother) who beat terminal liver cancer 31 years ago. She explains very candidly how the mind will start thinking about the end, when you are still believing for a positive outcome. It's worth every minute to watch this interview.
The Body. On my television show, Think Natural, I constantly tell people to eat right and to eat natural. Everything you put in your mouth will either help you or hurt you. Give your body a fighting chance and eat what God created and avoid all the man-made junk. Eat organic to keep the chemicals from your body. I'm not here to tell what treatment to use as each type of cancer uses a different approach. Ask you doctor or seek your own treatment that is best for your type of cancer. Exercise! Exercise will help strengthen the body and improve immune response. Also, know that you need rest too. Don't over do either.
Your Faith. Honestly, you can't fight cancer with no belief system. You all know I'm a Christian and I don't hide that fact. I know who I believe in and when times are good or bad, I look to the One who created me and died for me. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. You have to walk by faith and not sight and fighting cancer fits this category. There are times of pain, sickness, doubt, unbelief and there are victories. There can be ups and downs, but never ever give up. One has to believe that miracles happen. Also, God didn't give you cancer. He isn't trying to teach you a lesson. God doesn't do that to people. Need healing? All He has asked you to do is believe and He'll take care of the rest. Psalm 118:17 says, "I shall not die, but I shall live and declare the miraculous works of the Lord." Your were made to testify. How does one end up with a testimony? With a test in one's life that's how. Sounds unfair, but go back to the part of this article on the mind and stay positive.
If you are dealing with cancer, you can beat it. Keep that mentality. If someone who know is fighting cancer, be as positive and supportive as you can. You standing by them will help them more than you'll ever know.
- Ward W. Bond, Ph.D.