Autoimmune diseases

biopsy of small bowel in coeliac disease

Not that long ago, you didn’t hear the term “autoimmune disease”. Now it seems to be a term that you hear frequently, but what does it mean? What is an autoimmune disease? Autoimmune disease occurs when the body has started to see some part of “self” as being foreign and needing to be eliminated. “Auto”

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Fighting Colds & Flus

Young Woman Blowing Her Nose in Bed

While Cold FX is still popular it isn’t a replacement for eating right. Besides, mother nature didn’t stop at American Ginseng (which Cold FX is derived from). Many herbs that live in the typical kitchen cupboard have their uses in fighting colds and flus. Of course they work best if they are of high quality

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Echinacea

Echinacea

Also known as Purple Cone Flower, Echinacea is a tall perennial plant from the daisy (compositae/asteraceae) family. It grows up to a height of about one meter and is a native to the western prairies of North America.There are three types that are typically used for medicinal purposes Echinacea purpurea, E. angustifolia, and E. pallida.

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Herbal Help for Headaches

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For many people, headaches, especially chronic or reoccurring headaches, seem to be just another part of life, but it shouldn’t have to be. There are a myriad of things that can contribute to the occurrence of headaches. Some of these include stress, side-effects of medications, lack of sleep, food intolerances, allergies, eyestrain, poor digestion, PMS,

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St. John’s Wort

St John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum)

When most people think of St. John’s Wort Hypericum perforatum these days they think “for depression”. Yet there is so much more to this wonderful herb than just an aid in depression. Traditional uses Traditionally the herb has been used: As a sedative for anxiety and tension For pain relief for neuralgia (fibrositis, sciatica, and rheumatic

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Why I Don’t Use Sunscreen… and No I Don’t Burn.

Woman Applying Sunscreen

A Google search for sunscreen safety reveals a plethora of articles for, and against, the use of sunscreen. The debate covers three main areas: potentially carcinogenic ingredients, vitamin D deficiency, and inadequate protection. Carcinogenic ingredients “Free radicals” or reactive oxygen species (ROS) increase in the skin with the use of certain sunscreen ingredients . This

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Plastics and Health

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The impact of plastics and other chemicals on our health are making it into the mainstream news, substantiating what many in holistic healthcare have been saying (and ridiculed for) for years about plastic and health. Now we have even more reasons to buy our food in the packages mother nature made. What have we learned?

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Ginger

Ginger

Ginger (Zingiber officnale)may already be a regular part of your diet, but how often have you considered using it as a medicine? This rhizome is so easy to use, it’s a shame to overlook its therapeutic benefits. It can be used in cooking, it can be eaten raw, it’s even good cut up and made

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