In August 1928, Scottish scientist Alexander Fleming made a discovery that would change the course of medicine for the better and the worse. Upon entering his lab, he observed a curious thing occurring in a lone petri dish. At the edge of the dish was a colony of mold, and around it, an area that was totally free of any sign of the common staphylococcus bacteria, which was proliferating everywhere else.
The cultured mold, Penicillium notatum, would be become known as penicillin. It was officially made available as a miracle treatment in 1941. The promise of penicillin heralded in the age of antibiotics and the successful treatment of potentially life-threatening infections.
Looking through the world’s history books, honey pops up time and time again, including in records from the ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians. As well as being a desired food, it is also one of the oldest known medicines, with famous philosophers, such as Aristotle and Dioscorides, mentioning it being used for ulcers, wounds and even a salve for sore eyes.
In more recent years, MGO Manuka honey, sourced from the wildest, most beautiful areas of New Zealand, has developed a reputation for being the most powerful of all and it’s easy to see why. Manuka honey is widely believed to soothe, moisturize and nourish troublesome skin, and support digestive health. Studies have also shown that it is effective at treating upper-throat infections and wounds. It has been the go-to health and beauty product for health enthusiasts for years with stars such as Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, Lizzie Jagger and world number one tennis player, Novak Djokovic, raving about it.
Does the health of your mouth have anything to do with the overall health of your body? As it turns out, it has everything to do with your health!
When the U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Health stated, “You cannot be healthy without oral health. Oral health and general health should not be interpreted as separate entities,” it highlighted the growing awareness of the profound connection between the health of your mouth and the health of rest of your body. This connection is known as the oral-systemic link.
It’s that time again. You’re getting excited to enter the New Year and you are wondering if this will be the year you finally stick to your goals, a.k.a. your New Year’s resolutions. In this article I will provide a few powerful and proven tips to help you mentally prepare yourself for achieving your goals in the year 2015 and beyond!
Garlic has been an important herbal remedy for centuries. Painted on the walls of Egyptian tombs and placed in the tombs, for consumption in the afterlife, as early as 3700 BC, garlic was used as a remedy for heart disease, cancer and other ailments, as documented in ancient Egyptian medical documents, dating from 1550 BC.
In addition to chronic pain, mostly due to underlying inflammation, most complaints I hear from client’s are about sleep issues—usually not enough of it. I can attest that most chronically ill individuals are sleep-deprived, which inhibits their body’s ability to rejuvenate in spite of other interventions.
I have been personally challenged with sleep issues ever since an accident and subsequent toxicity syndrome (fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and multiple allergic responses) several years ago. In consulting with thousands of clients worldwide with these disorders, the evidence is clear that sleep disorders plague its victim after a trauma—making it even more challenging to overcome their syndrome disorder. Although recovered from fibromyalgia and multiple allergic responses, getting to sleep and staying asleep, was still an issue for me.
The old adage that sleep disorders are mainly in type “A” individuals (high-energy workaholics) I don’t buy into for one minute because there are so many variables. That said, those of us in THAT category—whose brain computer doesn’t remember how and when to shut down and keeps “rebooting”—need non-toxic solutions to allow us the much needed deep restorative sleep in order to achieve and maintain health.
Few people are surprised when told that it is relatively hard to lose weight in the fall heading into winter and relatively easy to lose weight in the spring. This is not just a matter of Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s and the Super Bowl, although the grouping of these holidays hardly helps. Our bodies exhibit metabolic changes in preparation for the winter months and then tend to reverse at least some of these changes as the next year progresses. Hibernation is the classic example of these changes, but seasonal fluctuations in metabolism are shared by a quite large proportion of all mammals in temperate climates, including humans. More surprising to most of us is the fact that similar fluctuations in energy use and storage are tied to the twenty-four hour (circadian) cycle, as well, and these fluctuations are so strong that they may be more important than the usual dietary suspects — the amounts of carbohydrate, fat and protein in the diet — that typically are the targets of dietary advice.
Virtually everyone has stress. In fact, According to the Stress in America™ survey by the American Psychological Association,1 39 percent of respondents said their stress increased over the past year, and 44 percent said that their stress had increased over the past five years. The question is, how well do you handle your stress, how does it affect your life, and what can you do about it? The same Stress in America survey indicates the following percentage of Americans is only fair or poor at:
- Preventing themselves from becoming stressed (44 percent)
- Managing or reducing stress once experienced (39 percent)
- Recovering fully or recharging after they’ve been stressed (31 percent)
Before we begin to make New Year’s resolutions, it makes sense to first tune into where we are in our life — what’s transpired so far in our years on Earth and what we want to accomplish now. This allows us to tune into the next steps. Even with grand ideals, we still need the practical aspects of one step at a time. That’s the way we build a house, write a book, or humanifest whatever big dreams we have.
Usually, on the last day of the year, or on the day before my birthday, I write a list of what the past year was like—what happened, ups and downs, relationships and work, etc. Then on New Year’s Day and also on my birthday, I write what I wish to see happen in the upcoming year, and envision these things happening. And it’s based on expanding my current world, such as being on national TV shows this year to help get my healing message into the world.