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The following article is from a website selling the product described below. Much of what is said I have already discovered in my research, but it is handy to find these points all in one place. At the end is a link for you to find the product itself if you like the sound of it. I am in no way associated with the manufacturers or sellers of this product and I benefit in no way from it’s sales. This post is not meant to be a product endorsement because I have not ever tried it. Peace..
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Diabetes and related insulin and blood sugar problems are now a raging epidemic. Junk food diets and lack of daily exercise have combined to fuel this epidemic with chronic implications. Blood sugar is normally kept in control by the hormone “insulin.” This attaches to sugar in the blood and carries it out but when the pancreas fails to produce sufficient insulin, or the insulin is unable to leave the blood itself, the blood sugar rises. There are various forms of Diabetes.
Juvenile Diabetes is an autoimmune disorder. Nonspecific antibodies attack the insulin producing “islet cells” causing pancreatic failure. Adult Onset Diabetes often occurs from low Chromium levels.
Chromium is the “miracle mineral” that controls the pancreas, today’s refined food diets are chronically lacking in Chromium. This in turn causes the insulin receptors to lose up, preventing the insulin from leaving the blood. Alloxan Induced Diabetes is crated when “alloxan” or oxidized uric acid attacks the islet cells, leading to pancreatic failure. Gestational Diabetes is a hormone imbalance that may develop during pregnancy. It normally disappears after birth of the baby but a complex carbohydrate diet and high amounts of Chromium are advised to repair the body. Type Two Diabetes is a failure of the pancreas and islet cells to communicate and is the most prevalent form of this disease in America today.
Side effects of Diabetes occur both from elevation of blood sugar and by elevated insulin levels. These can erode the myelin sheath that protects our nerves which in turn results in Diabetic Neuropathy. Elevated insulin levels can occur from injections or through insulin resistance, which occurs when the insulin cannot leave the blood due to the insulin receptors being “closed” or damaged. The resulting destruction of blood vessels in the eye can lead to Diabetic Retinopathy and blindness. If the blood vessels in the kidneys are affected, then kidney failure can occur. Gangrene results from the insulin damaging the blood vessels in the hands and feet leading to amputation. This can also lead to heart attacks and strokes. This blockbuster, all-natural formulation, two years in development and tests, uses a deft combination of Chinese Traditional Medicinal compounds with revered Ayurvedic ingredients plus other herbs and
Chromium and Vanadium mineral compounds–all renowned for blood sugar control and pancreatic health and rejuvenation.
*Gymnemma Sylvestre Extract. A highly revered Ayurvedic compound from Indian medicine. Known as “the sugar killer,” it literally washes sugar from the body. Blocks sugar absorption and well as increasing islet cells on the pancreas and thus improving insulin sensitivity.
*Elecampane Root. An amazing plant that grows vigorously in Florida. Highest known herbal source of “inulin,” which lowers blood sugar.
*Stevia Root. A natural sweetener, but this is not its use here. Stevia regulates blood sugar through its high, natural Chromium content. Helps increase the number of islet cells on the pancreas for better insulin/blood sugar coordination.
*Prickly Ash Bark. An essential herbal remedy for anyone on high insulin medication. The Prickly Ash protects the blood vessels from insulin damage caused by extreme constriction.
*Fenugreek Seed. This herbal compound acts like a “sponge” within the blood to lower blood sugar levels.
*Juniper Berry. Dramatic pancreas strengthening herb. It contains a compound that is identical to insulin. Also removes uric acid in Alloxan Induced Diabetes.
*Bitter Melon Fruit. Another Ayurvedic compound from Indian medicine. Used for centuries to lower blood glucose sugar levels and also increases vital islet cell formation on the pancreas.
*Yucca Root. A natural anti-inflammatory and also enhances the body’s utilization of other nutrients.
*Billberry Fruit Extract. Helps with retinopathy by increasing circulation to the retina also helps to lower blood sugar levels.
*Amla Fruit. An abundant source of Vitamin C, the “cellular cement” that protects the blood vessels from insulin damage. Also acts on protein metabolism to control blood sugar levels.
*Ocean Sourced Mineral/Trace Minerals. All 84 minerals and trace minerals required for the body to generate life. Particularly high in Magnesium, the “heart mineral.”
*Peptide/Amino Acid Complex. An ocean-sourced peptide and amino acid complex for protein synthesis and rebuilding of the cells.
*Vanadyl Sulfate. The miracle mineral and sister to Chromium. Both are vital for insulin control and blood sugar regulation. Vanadium “mimics” insulin in the body.
*Chromium Chelavite/US Patent #5614553. The most powerful form of Chromium in the world. Up to three times more assimilative power. Chromium is the “foreman” of the pancreas factory and vital for Glucose Tolerance Factor to occur. Helps regulate blood sugar through increased insulin sensitivity and by
increasing the number of islet cells on the pancreas.
*Selenium. The antioxidant trace mineral compound that protects the body from free radical damage from insulin.
*Note: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Herbal antibiotic alternatives.
Humans exist in symbiosis with bacteria living all around and inside us. Children migrate towards bacteria. They are inherently fond of the same things bacteria treasure, things like bread, cheese, soil, and sticky fingers. The occasional ingestion of bacteria boosts a child’s acquired immunity. Antibiotics have been rightfully deemed “miracle drugs” because of the countless lives they have saved from potentially lethal infections such as meningitis. Yet the word “antibiotic” means “against life.” These powerful drugs kill bacteria in the body. Our society has initiated a foolhardy war on bacteria, forgetting that bacteria support life more regularly than they do harm.
Hundreds of beneficial types of bacteria live in our bodies, helping to protect against the harmful ones. While antibiotics are effective in killing bad bacteria, they also kill the good bacteria, an important part of our immune system, lining the digestive, respiratory, and urinary tracts. Without protection from friendly bacteria, disease-causing agents more readily take hold.
Antibiotic use often causes yeast overgrowth, as seen in babies that present thrush after treatment. Yeast overgrowth further weakens the immune system. The prophylactic prescription of antibiotics is a major contributing factor to chronic health conditions. David Bell, antimicrobial resistance coordinator for the CDC, clarifies one reason for this: “The overuse of antibiotics is the driving force for bacteria to become resistant.” Antibiotic resistance occurs when the antibiotic is effective in killing some of the bacteria, but the ones that survive breed more of this stronger type and mutate to become resistant to the antibiotic should they meet it again.
Antibiotic use can also lead non-disease causing bacteria to mutate into more pernicious strains and become disease causing. Often, a vicious cycle is created of taking antibiotics and breeding new and more resistant strains of bacteria while the immune system becomes increasingly degraded. Drug-resistant bacterial infections affect nearly two million Americans. “If you’ve had antibiotics recently, you are three to nine times more likely to have a resistant infection than someone who has not had an antibiotic.” Bell explains. Yet US doctors prescribe around twice as many antibiotics as English doctors and four times as many as those in Germany, often for ailments such as the common cold or a sore throat. Antibiotics are ineffective in killing viruses; still, in 1992, American doctors wrote twelve million antibiotic prescriptions for respiratory infections, a category of illnesses Usually caused by viruses. A staggering ninety percent of all antibiotics prescribed in the US are either prescribed inappropriately or used inappropriately by the patients. This overuse is largely due to the American desire for quick results that ensure our daily routine is interrupted as little as possible. Antibiotics are strong and operate fast. This “quick fix” mentality is especially harmful to our children. Some day care centers have seen the number of children infected with penicillin-resistant strep as high as twenty-nine percent. Overprescription occurs most often between age one and six, when ear infections are common.
Herbal treatments are very effective in treating bacterial and other common childhood infections. (Please consult an herbalist for age/condition-appropriate dosing). Several herbs such as garlic, goldenseal, myrrh, usnea, and uva ursi have antibiotic effects. The difference between an antibiotic drug and an antibiotic herb is that the drug is an isolated constituent limited to the power of that one chemical, whereas the herb contains several constituents with a variety of healing properties, producing a synergistic effect.
The herb can actually kill only the bad bacteria while not harming the good; the drug does not have the wisdom to differentiate. Furthermore, most bacteria are not fooled by all isolated compound; Often the drug becomes ineffective or the cells mutate eventually to become resistant to the drug. The organic herb is nature’s match for the bacteria.
Care for your child first by using prevention. I believe it was Edison who eloquently conveyed, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Herbs are wonderful allies for boosting the immune system. Focus on boosting your child’s immunity before they go back to school, where contagions are readily spread, Fresh garlic is an antibiotic, antibacterial, antifungal immune stimulant. Add it to foods to prevent illness. A lemonade with garlic, ginger, and honey nips colds, flus, and respiratory ailments in the bud before they have a chance to become infectious. Odd as it may sound, this is a drink so yummy most children will fake a flu to get it! Immune boosting herbs that make “tasty additions to soups are astragalus, codonopsis, burdock root, nettles, medicinal mushrooms, and seaweeds. It is increasingly important to incorporate these healing foods into the child’s diet during the change of seasons, when the immune system is most vulnerable.
Garlic and mullein flower oil is soothing, and, along with omission of dairy, wheat, and sugar, is an effective treatment for ear infections, whereas inappropriate antibiotic use may perpetuate the problem instead of solving it. See a doctor if the child’s temperature is over 103, ear discharge presents, or the pain lasts for over an hour.
Calendula tea is one of my favorite initial remedies for almost anything a child contracts. Make a tea for eczema, allergies, chronic respiratory infection, colds, flus, fevers, or coughs. Calendula tea alone or with myrrh can be used as a gargle for gum, mouth, and throat infections. Myrrh is especially beneficial for mucus membranes and stimulates white blood cell production. Use calendula in combination with the immune stimulant Echinacea for tonsillitis. If swollen glands are present, add a lymphatic cleanser such as cleavers.
When a child gets a skin injury, try herbs instead of antibiotic ointment. Calendula is an extremely effective, yet gentle herb. It is an anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antiseptic wound healer that induces detoxification through sweating and stimulation of the lymph. Calendula has been proven effective against Staph bacteria, which has become resistant to many antibiotics and is responsible for causing skin infections. Use a tea or diluted alcohol extract to cleanse a wound first. Then use a salve made from calendula infused oil to inhibit infection and inflammation and promote the growth of new skin. Another versatile antibiotic herb to include in a salve is Usnea. The unique blend of antibiotic chemicals in this lichen is used to protect the plant from microorganisms. They affect humans the same way. Used topically, Usnea will kill germs, fungus and molds, and internally it will fight conditions such as bronchitis, and urinary tract infections. Usnic acid is effective against streptococcus, staphylococcus, and bacteria that causes pneumonia.
Honey is another miraculous wound healer that has proved exceptional in its treatment for burns. Honey will keep the wound or burn moist which aids tissue regeneration and inhibits scarring. While moisture provides an excellent environment for bacteria to thrive, the natural hydrogen peroxide present in honey makes it a powerful antibacterial. My two-year-old daughter is sometimes wary of salve, but is always excited to have honey applied to a boo-boo.
Antibiotics are abundantly misprescribed for children with fevers. Fevers are a symptom of an underlying invasion in the body. The fever results in an effort to burn the antigen to its demise. Fevers under 102 should be allowed to run their course for at least 24 hours, providing that the child is taking fluids well and not excessively out-of-sorts. Support the fever in doing its job more efficiently with “febrifuge” herbs and diaphoretics. My favorites for children are yarrow, which is also antiseptic; catnip, which aids the child in getting some sleep; lemon balm, an antidepressant antiviral; and elder, a magical mothering plant that enhances immunity especially where allergies are present.
When using an herbal therapy, improvement should occur in the child within 24-48 hours, continue, and the infection should be cleared up within seven to ten days. If this is not the case, please consult a physician. If antibiotic treatment is necessary, make sure to support the body through this intense therapy. Follow up with probiotics that restore healthy gut flora. Plain live yogurt is an ideal source of acidophilus and bifidus, but supplements are available as well. Inulin is a probiotic found in the roots of dandelion and burdock. These versatile healing roots will also aid the liver, kidneys, and urinary system in their effort to cleanse the antibiotic pharmaceutical from the body, as will the use of aforementioned diaphoretics that aid the body in sweating.
Increase your child’s vitamin C consumption. Leafy greens are a great source, as are rose hips, hibiscus, and violet flower teas, all of which children will enjoy drinking and helping to prepare.
Make sure to involve your child in her/his treatment. As with any relationship between living things, plant medicines work better when there is respect and friendship present. Explain to your child the amazing work their body is doing to keep them well and encourage their convalescence. Whether using pharmaceuticals or herbal treatments, be sure to have the child rest for at least two days after all symptoms have subsided. Illness is a way the spirit works through the body to remind us to take time off from work and school to care for our loved ones and ourselves. It is truly a gift that demands that we integrate nurturance into our busy schedules.
Ceara Foley is the director of The North Carolina School of Holistic Herbalism. NCSHH offers Earth Sprouts! Herbal Appreciation and Earth Awareness Camp for Children as well as in-depth, hands-on courses for beginning, intermediate, and advanced adult herbal enthusiasts. Contact NCSHH at 828-350-1221 or visit http://www.HerbsHeal.com
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Whole Ecology Design
An Edible Prefab Home for Humanity
This home concept is intended to replace the outdated design solutions at Habitat for Humanity. We propose a method to grow homes from native trees. A living structure is grafted into shape with prefabricated Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) reusable scaffolds. Therefore, we enable dwellings to be fully integrated into an ecological community.
1. Composed with 100% living nutrients.
2. Make effective contributions to the ecosystem.
3. Accountable removal of human impacts.
4. Involve arboreal farming & production.
5. Subsume technology within terrestrial environs.
6. Circulate water & metabolic flows symbiotically.
7. Consider the life cycle, from use to disposal.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Team H.E.D. [Human Ecology Design]
Mitchell Joachim, Ph.D.
Lara Greden, Ph.D.
Javier Arbona, M.S.
Structure, Form & Growth
A methodology new to buildings yet ancient to gardening is introduced in this design – pleaching. Pleaching is a method of weaving together tree branches to form living archways, lattices, or screens. The trunks of inosculate, or self-grafting, trees, such as Elm, Live Oak, and Dogwood, are the load-bearing structure, and the branches form a continuous lattice frame for the walls and roof. Weaved along the exterior is a dense protective layer of vines, interspersed with soil pockets and growing plants. Prefab scaffolds cut from 3D computer files control the plant growth in the early stages. On the interior, a clay and straw composite insulates and blocks moisture, and a final layer of smooth clay is applied like a plaster to dually provide comfort and aesthetics. Existing homes built with cob (clay & straw composite) demonstrate the feasibility, longevity, and livability of the material as a construction material. In essence, the tree trunks of this design provide the structure for an extruded ecosystem, whose growth is embraced over time. Living examples of pleached structures include the Red Alder bench by Richard Reames, “Sycamore Tower” by Axel Erlandson.
Blending Ecologically in the Landscape
The Exterior Supports Life
The Fab Tree Hab concept resolutely accumulates the inscribed nuances that influenced the American Rustic period. Stemming from the insurgent writings of Thoreau, Emerson, Whitman, and Alcott, America defined a sensibility. These authors represent an early mode of intention that was profoundly ecocentric. Their notion of dwelling was envisioned as retreats, poets’ bowers, hermitages, and summer cottages in a Sylvan style.
Primary Structural Growth Stages
Unfolding Each Five Year Period
The seasonal cycles help the tree structure provide for itself through composting of fallen leaves in autumn. Seedlings started in such a nutrient rich bed may provide the affordable building blocks for a new home typology, firmly rooted to place. Likewise, realization of living structures would introduce forest renewal to an urban setting. Building of these homes occurs throughout a longer time period, yet the benefits are enjoyed as long as the trees live, after which another wave of renewal begins.
Living Machine & Rain Harvesting
Plan of Home with Open Aerobic Reactors
Life Sustaining Flows
Water, integral to the survival of the structure itself, is the pulmonary system of the home, circulating from the roof-top collector, through human consumption, and ultimately exiting via transpiration. A gray water stream irrigates the gardens, and a filtration stream enters a Living Machine, where it is purified by bacteria, fish, and plants who eat the organic wastes. Cleaned water enters the pond, where it may infiltrate the soil or evaporate to the atmosphere. Water consumed by the vegetation eventually returns to the water cycle through transpiration, simultaneously cooling the home.
Plan of Water Cycle:
1. Washer, 2. Tub, 3. Sink, 4.Toilet, 5. Living-Machine Link, 6. Garden, 7. Pond.
Tree Hull Section
Two Story Living Interior
Section revealing nutrient flows: 1. Circulation + Entry, 2. Gravity Plumbing, 3. Composting, 4. Aqueous Garden.
Furthermore, the approach draws from Jeffersonian ideologies in regards to equalizing edification and ecology. In the mind of Thomas Jefferson, the measure of any single human gesture was its contribution to the individual’s pursuit of happiness. He believed humans had natural rights. He devoted most of his life to a revolution ensuring the rights of agrarianism and education. This was vital to a citizen’s personal livelihood in an agrarian economy within a nascent system of government. Universal access to education was critically linked to sustenance thus, the “gentleman farmer.” Jefferson essentially would advocate ecological principles applied to human habitat so that each person can live off the land without detriments. He could have never imagined a human race that ignored the right to freedom from toxicity, carcinogens, and ozone depleting substances. The Fab Tree Hab not only attempts to provide a healthy biological exchange with the inhabitant, but also strives to contribute in a positive way to everyone’s quality of life.
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