SUNBURN

Symptoms :

First degree burns –

  • painful, reddened skin, warm and tender to the touch.

Second degree burns –

  • extreme reddening,
  • swelling,
  • pain
  • blisters

Very severe sunburn –

  • fever,
  • chills,
  • weakness,
  • nausea,
  • possibly delirium,
  • rarely, the patient may go into shock (very low blood pressure, fainting, extreme weakness) 

Complications –

  • Infection in cases of second degree burns
  • Dehydration (especially in children)

Causes:

Risk factors –

People with albinism

Acute sunburn –

Brief overexposure to UV light

Treatment:

Lifestyle Recommendations

  • Avoid exposure, particularly to strong, direct sunlight, especially between 10 am and 3 pm, and during summer and at high altitudes,
  • Wear protective clothing (long sleeved shirts of tight-weaved material, hats, etc), sunglasses, as well as sunscreens with adequate UV protection (chemicals that filter out UV light)
  • High protein foods for tissue repair, and raw fruits and vegetables to supply the required vitamins and minerals
  • Plenty of fluids to combat dehydration
  • Soak for half an hour in a bath containing a pound of baking soda to relieve pain
  • In order to obtain a tan, it is best to start off with 15 minutes exposure, increasing this by 15 minutes every few days. Self-tanning lotions are a safer alternative
  • Certain medications and chemicals increase sensitivity to sunlight, so a doctor should always be consulted before sun exposure if on medication.

Supplement Recommendations

  • Add the contents of 1 capsule each of vitamin A, C and E, and selenium to sunscreen to help prevent free radical damage to the skin,
  • Lip ice containing natural ingredients such as aloe vera and vitamin E are ideal for use on lips
  • Cold tap water compresses can be used to soothe raw, hot areas
  • Skin moisturizers that do not contain anaesthetics or perfumes that may irritate or sensitize the skin can also be used
  • Aloe vera gel relieves discomfort, speeds healing and moisturizes the skin. A thin layer of gel should be applied to the burned area/s every hour until the pain has gone. Pulp from the inside of a fresh plant is best. If a commercial product is used, it should not contain mineral oil, paraffin waxes, alcohol or colouring
  • A salve of calendula flowers and St. John’s wort applied to the burned area/s has antiseptic and painkilling action, and promotes healing
  • Six cups of chamomile tea or 6 drops of chamomile or lavender oil added to a lukewarm bath, in which the patient should soak for half an hour, will ease pain and stinging
  • A compress made with strong comfrey or gotu kola tea, cooled and applied to the affected area/s for half an hour will provide relief
  • Horsetail, a good source of silica, aids tissue repair.
  • A cream containing at least 5% tea tree oil helps to heal sunburn
  • A wash of apple cider vinegar diluted with an equal amount of water can be used to wash the affected area/s, followed by application of an herbal infusion of St. John’s wort oil to the burned area/s

INFLUENZA

hh-influenza

Definition – Influenza is a common viral respiratory   infection. It is contagious with an incubation period of 24 to 48 hours. There are three main types of influenza (A, B, C). Only type A produces widespread outbreaks. This is due to the fact that the virus has the ability to constantly change, producing new strains every few years, reducing immunity to it.

Symptoms :

  • Headache
  • Runny nose
  • Coughing
  • Body aches
  • Fatigue

Causes:

  • Personal contact with an infected person
  • Indirect contact with an infected item
  • Viruses

Treatment:
 Lifestyle Recommendations

  • Consume plenty of fluids, especially fruit juices, herbal teas, soups and quality water – prevent dehydration and help flush the body
  • Eat plenty chicken and turkey broth, with cayenne pepper – help prevent and break up congestion
  • Avoid dairy products if possible, as they are mucous-forming, and sugar
  • Sleep and rest as much as possible
  • Avoid iron supplements during a fever, and do not suppress a fever unless it is over 40ºC

Supplement Recommendations

  • ACES + Zn – contains vitamins A (powerful antioxidant and immune booster), C (strengthens immunity) & E (potent immunostimulant that nourishes cells), plus selenium and zinc
  • Borage leaf tea can be drunk to bring down a fever, and is also said to relieve chest colds, bronchitis and coughs. The brew can also be used as a gargle for sore throats
  • The leaf and flowering top of catnip are rich in vitamin C. They can be made into an infusion to relieve colds and fevers; the plant induces sleep and perspiration without increasing body temperature
  • Chives have a blood cleansing, tonic effect and improve the appetite, and they also help ward off colds and flu
  • Honeysuckle flowers can be preserved in honey for use in medicinal remedies for winter ailments like coughs, colds, sore throats, flu, fever and chills
  • Echinacea supplements can speed recovery and help to prevent succumbing to infection
  • Inhaling the steam from a Eucalyptus bath can clear mucous from the upper respiratory tract
  • A few drops of Tea tree oil mixed in a glass of warm water can be used as a gargle to fight off throat infections (do not swallow)

 

INDIGESTION

hhh-indigestion

DEFINITION:– a symptom of a disorder in the stomach or intestines, or a disorder in itself

Symptoms:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Allergic symptoms
  • Belching
  • Bloated feeling
  • Burning sensation after eating
  • Chronic bowel irritation
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhoea
  • Gas
  • Insomnia
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Nausea
  • Rumbling noises
  • Skin disorders
  • Sugar cravings
  • Vomiting
  • Heartburn

Causes:

  • Swallowing air (by chewing with the mouth, open, talking while chewing, or gulping down food)
  • Drinking liquids with meals – dilutes digestive enzymes
  • Foods that irritate the digestive system (alcohol, caffeine, greasy, spicy or refined foods, vinegar)
  • Intestinal obstruction
  • Lack of normal gut flora
  • Malabsorption
  • Peptic ulcers
  • Disorders of the gallbladder, liver of pancreas
  • Food allergies and intolerances

Treatment:

Lifestyle Recommendations

  • Eat well-balanced with plenty of high-fibre foods such as fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains
  • Include fresh papaya (contains papain) and pineapple (contains bromelain) – good sources of beneficial digestive enzymes
  • Add acidophilus to diet – helps digestion
  • For gas, bloating and heartburn, try brown rice and/or barley broth (sip throughout the day)
  • Limit intake of lentils, peanuts and soybeans – contain an enzyme inhibitor
  • Avoid baked goods, beans, caffeine, carbonated beverages, citrus juices, fried and fatty foods, pasta, peppers, potato chips and other snack foods, red meat, refined carbohydrates (sugar), tomatoes and salty or spicy foods
  • Avoid dairy, junk and processed foods – cause excess mucous formation, resulting in inadequate protein digestion

Supplement Recommendations

  • Glucomannan (1 T in a glass of liquid upon rising) – colon cleanser that aids in normal stool formation
  • Proteolytic enzymes – aid in breakdown of protein for proper absorption; combat gas and bloating (not for children)
  • Catnip is good for indigestion
  • Fennel is a good digestive herb – a leaf, seed or piece of stem can be chewed after big meals to prevent indigestion; fennel tea relieves indigestion
  • Papaya aids digestion
  • Aloe juice relieves indigestion
  • Chickweed tea aids indigestion and soothes the digestive tract
  • Rosemary tea relieves indigestion
  • The juice from a sour fig leaf relieves indigestion

HAYFEVER

Definition – a seasonal allergic reaction to airborne substances.

Symptoms :

  • Itchy nose, roof of mouth, back of throat, eyes
  • Runny nose (clear, watery discharge)
  • Stuffy nose
  • Sneezing
  • Watery eyes
  • Whites of eyes and eyelids red and swollen
  • Lining of nose swollen and bluish-red
  • Headache
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Loss of appetite
  • Insomnia

Causes:

  • Pollen
  • Grasses
  • Mould spores

Treatment:

Lifestyle Recommendations

  • Avoid allergens where possible
  • Eat more fruits (especially bananas – magnesium quells hay fever attacks), vegetables, grains and raw nuts and seeds
  • Eat horseradish regularly to help alleviate congestion and runny nose
  • Eat yoghurt (unless allergic to milk’s casein) or any soured products 3 x weekly
  • Avoid caffeine, chocolate, other dairy, packaged or canned foods, pies, soft drinks, sugar, tobacco, white flour products, junk food
  • Avoid alcohol – increases mucous production

 Supplement Recommendations

  • Bio-Rizin contains licorice extract, which improves energy levels and helps relieve allergy symptoms
  • Eucalyptus oil in a steam inhalation helps relieve congestion
  • Alcohol-free eyebright and lady’s mantle (yarrow) liquid extracts (20-30 drops daily used to make a tea or placed under the tongue for a few minutes) relieve symptoms
  • Turmeric reduces inflammation
  • Horehound, mullen leaf, stinging nettle and/or wild cherry bark help for severe allergic reactions
  • Bromelain (1 000 mg 3 x daily between meals) – reduces inflammation associated with hay fever
  • Quercetin (400 mg 2 x daily before meals) – stabilizes membranes of cells that release histamine, which triggers allergic symptoms

GOUT

hhh-gout

Definition :– Acute inflammation of the joints

(especially feet).

Symptoms:

  • Excruciating joint pain
  • Joint stiffness
  • Inflammation
  • Redness
  • Warmth
  • Disability (acute cases)
  • Kidney failure (acute cases)

Causes:

  • Excess uric acid in blood
  • Deposits of uric crystal in joints
  • Over-indulging in purine-rich food, carbohydrates & alcohol
  • Genetic link

Treatment:

Lifestyle Recommendations

  • Avoid purine-rich food (anchovies, mackerel,     asparagus, shellfish, herring, meat gravies and broths, mussels, mushrooms, sardines, peanuts, baker’s and brewer’s yeast, mince meat and sweetbreads), carbohydrates & alcohol & caffeine & refined foods, which are acid-forming; do not take thyme and thyroid extracts for long periods
  • Eat cherries, raw fruit and other foods rich in anti-oxidants (especially for 2 weeks after an attack), as well as rice, millet, starchy vegetables, green   vegetables, corn, corn bread, cheese, eggs, nuts and milk
  • Avoid meats – contain high uric acid
  • Avoid alcohol – increases production of uric acid and reduces its elimination; beer and wine also contain yeast
  • Avoid heated oils – rancid fats destroy vitamin E and cause release of uric acid
  • Avoid refines products and amino acid glycine; limit intake of caffeine, cauliflower, dried beans, lentils, fish, eggs, oatmeal, peas, poultry, spinach and yeast products
  • Drink lots of quality water daily (8 glasses) and celery, birch leaf & parsley juices

Supplement Recommendations

  • Vitamin C with bioflavanoids (3 000-5 000 mg daily, in divide doses) – lowers serum uric acid levels
  • Bromelain, taken without food at a dose of about 350 mg 2x daily – can help to decrease inflammation (and pain as a result of that)
  • Fish oil or flax seed oil may inhibit the production of inflammatory chemicals in the body

Herbs –

  • Turmeric, boswellia, and devil’s claw – may help reduce inflammation
  • Quercetin – acts as a natural antihistamine and also inhibits the production of uric acid. A typical dose is about 300 milligrams 2-3 times daily (between meals)
  • Guaiacum Resin, Ginger, capsicum and           sarsaparilla
  • Vitamin B complex
  • Anti-oxidant
  • Calcium & Magnesium
  • Liver cleanser
  • Folic acid (80 mg/day)

DEPRESSION

hhh-depression

Definition – Feelings of sadness, hopelessness and a loss of interest in life, combined with a sense of reduced emotional well-being.

Symptoms :

  • Loss of appetite
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Loss of interest in social activities
  • Tiredness
  • Concentration problems
  • Anxiety
  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Hallucinations or delusions

Causes:

  • Often no single cause;
  • Physical illness
  • Hormonal disorders
  • Hormonal changes after childbirth
  • Certain drugs (e.g. oral contraceptives) may contribute
  • Heredity
  • Social and psychological factors

Treatment:

Lifestyle Recommendations

  • Eat a diet of plenty raw fruits and vegetables, with soybeans and bean products, whole grains, seeds, nuts, brown rice, millet and legumes – if too few complex carbohydrates are consumed, serotonin depletion may occur, resulting in depression
  • Eat white fish, containing essential fatty acids (particularly omega-3); turkey and salmon, high in tryptophan and protein, also uplift spirits
  • Avoid wheat – wheat gluten has been linked to depressive disorders
  • Avoid aspartamine (in soft drinks and artificial sweeteners) – may block serotonin formation and cause depression
  • Avoid fatty foods – they cause sluggishness, slow thinking and fatigue, and interfere with circulation
  • Avoid all forms of sugar – sugar boosts are followed by slumps and depression
  • Avoid caffeine, alcohol and processed foods and eliminate any food allergens that may be contributing to depression
  • Keep the mind active and get plenty of rest and regular exercise
  • Cognitive-behavioural therapy; counseling; support group

Supplement Recommendations

  • Essential fatty acids (salmon oil, flaxseed oil, primrose oil) – aid in transmission of nerve impulses; needed for normal brain function
  • 5-Hydroxytryptophan – increases serotonin production (not to be used with anti-depressants)
  • L-Tyrosine (up to 50 mg per pound of body weight, on an empty stomach with 50 mg vitamin B6 & 100-500 mg vitamin C for better absorption) – boosts adrenaline production, alleviating stress; raises dopamine levels, improving mood (not to be taken with an MAO inhibitor drug)

Herbs

  • Lemon balm – good for stomach and digestive organs during stress
  • Kava kava – induces calm and relieves depression (can cause drowsiness; long-term use may lead to dry, scaly skin and yellowish discolouration of hair and nails; not to be used if pregnant, nursing, or on anti-depressants)

CYSTITIS

hhh-cystitis

DEFINITION:– infection of the bladder

Symptoms:

  • Frequent, urgent need to urinate
  • burning or painful sensation during urination (dysuria)
  • urinary incontinence
  • fever (rare)
  • pain usually above the pubic bone and lower back
  • nocturia
  • cloudy urine with visible blood

Complications –

  • Kidney infection

Causes:

  • Bacterial infection due to –
  • improper toilet habits (females who wipe from the back to the front);
  • irritation to the urethra or bladder;
  • prostate disorders;
  • catheter use

High risk –

  • Female
  • Diabetes
  • Bladder disorders

Treatment:

Lifestyle Recommendations

  • Drink lots of water to flush the bacteria out
  • Urinate frequently
  • Women: wipe from the front to the back
  • Empty the bladder after sex
  • Avoid feminine hygiene sprays and douches

Supplement Recommendations

  • Drink lots of fluids; cranberry juice
  • Include the following in your diet as they are natural diuretics and UT cleansers: watermelon, celery, parsley (also parsley tea)
  • The leaves and juices from the stems of the Nasturtium plant are used in the treatment of cystitis

ATHEROSCLEROSIS

hhh-Atherosclerosis

DEFINITION:– a condition where the blood vessel walls contain     atheromas (patchy deposits of fatty material), leading to reduced or blocked blood flow

Symptoms:

Coronary arteries narrowed –

  • Chest pain (angina)

Coronary arteries blocked –

  • heart attack
  • abnormal heart rhythms
  • heart failure

Carotid arteries blocked –

  • Stroke

Arteries in legs narrowed –

  • Leg cramps

Arteries supplying 1/both kidneys narrowed or blocked –

  • Kidney failure
  • Dangerously high blood pressure

Causes:

  • High cholesterol
  • Repeated injury to artery wall through various mechanisms involving the immune system (inflammation) or through direct toxicity (bacterial or viral infection that damages the lining of an artery’s wall)

Risk factors –

  • Smoking
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Obesity
  • Physical inactivity
  • High levels of Homocysteine in the blood

Treatment:

Lifestyle Recommendations

  • Get plenty of exercise and keep the brain intellecEat high-fibre food, low in fat and cholesterol (primarily fruits, vegetables and grains)
  • Eat foods rich in vitamin E to improve circulation (dark green leafy vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds, soy beans, wheat germ, whole grains)
  • Use only pure cold-pressed olive oil or unrefined canola oil as fats to lower cholesterol (do not heat)
  • Drink steam-distilled water only
  • Avoid junk food, stimulants, alcohol and tobacco
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Get regular moderate exercise
  • Reduce and avoid stress

Supplement Recommendations

  • Fresh garlic included daily in the diet is used to treat arteriosclerosis and regulate fat
  • Calcium (1 500 mg daily) and magnesium (750 mg daily) – to maintain proper muscle tone in blood vessels (chelate form), plus vitamin D3 (400 mg daily) – aids calcium uptake and enhances immunity
  • Co-enzyme Q10 (100 mg daily) – improves tissue oxygenation
  • Essential fatty acids (flaxseed oil) containing vitamin E – reduces blood pressure, lowers cholesterol and helps maintain proper elasticity of blood vessels (vitamin E prevents rancidity)
  • Multivitamin and mineral complex – for protection
  • Vitamin C with bioflavanoids (5 000 – 20 000 mg daily in divided doses) (buffered form) – antioxidant

Herbs –

  • Cayenne, chickweed and hawthorn berries
  • Citrin – inhibits synthesis of potentially dangerous fats
  • Ginkgo biloba – improves circulation
  • Green tea – lowers cholesterol and lipid levels

ALZEIMER’S

hhh-alzheimers

DEFINITION:– progressive, relentless loss of mental function, characterized by degeneration of brain tissue, including loss of nerve cells and development of senile plaques and neurofibrillary tangles

Symptoms:

Dementia –

  • forgetfulness,
  • depression,
  • fears,
  • anxiety,
  • decreased emotion,
  • personality changes,
  • impaired judgment and abstract thinking,
  • changed speech patterns,
  • inability to interpret visual clues,
  • difficulty driving

Later –

  • long-term memory loss,
  • difficulty with day to day tasks,
  • wandering,
  • agitation,
  • irritability,
  • hostility,
  • physical aggression,
  • loss of sense of time and place;
  • incontinence,
  • inability to eat, speak, swallow
  • coma and death, often due to infections

 Causes:

  • Gene abnormalities

Treatment:

Lifestyle Recommendations

  • Get plenty of exercise and keep the brain intellectually engaged
  • Eat a well-balanced diet of natural foods
  • Eat plenty of fibre (e.g. oat bran or rice bran)
  • Avoid alcohol, cigarette smoke, processed foods and environmental toxins, especially heavy metals
  • Drink at least 8 glasses of steam-distilled water only

Supplement Recommendations

  • Zinc (80 mg daily, in divided doses) – immunity; helps with skin disorders
  • Acetylcholine (500 mg 3x daily, before meals) – deficiency implicated in causing dementia
  • Acetyl-L-cartinine (500 mg 2x daily) – enhances brain metabolism, slows deterioration of memory, reduces free radicals
  • Boron (3 mg daily) – improves brain function and memory

Herbs –

  • Butcher’s broom – improves circulation
  • Ginkgo biloba extract – antioxidant; increases blood flow to brain

ACUTE BRONCHITIS

hhhh-acute-bronchitis

Definition :– acute (self-limiting) inflammation of the bronchi due to infection of the bronchial tree

Symptoms:

  • Persistent coughing;
  • Signs and symptoms of infection (fever, malaise, loss of appetite, fatigue, increased number of white blood cells in blood);
  • It can last from 10 days to a few weeks

Causes:

  • Acute infection of the bronchi (bacteria such as Helicobacter pylori or viruses)
  • Acute irritation of the bronchi
    (dust, fumes from strong acids, ammonia, chlorine, air pollution and tobacco smoke)

Treatment:

Lifestyle Recommendations 

  • Include garlic and onions in diet – contain Quercetin and mustard oils which inhibit lipoxygenase, an enzyme that aids in releasing an inflammatory chemical in the body; garlic is also a natural antibiotic
  • Drink plenty of fluids (pure water, herbal teas and soups)
  • Avoid mucous-forming foods (dairy, processed foods, sugar, sweet fruits, white flour); also gas-producing foods (beans, cabbage, cauliflower, etc)
  • Avoid cigarette smoke – irritates air passages
  • Humidify air and keep environment clean
  • Do not use cough suppressants or swallow mucous

Supplement Recommendations

  • Colloidal silver (as per label, 1 week on, 1 week off, until relief) – natural antibiotic that destroys bacteria, viruses and fungi and promotes healing
  • Pycnogenol – removes dangerous substances and protects lungs; powerful antioxidant
  • Quercetin_C (500 mg 3x daily) – for allergic bronchitis – has an antihistaminic affect
  • Vitamin A (20 000 IU daily for 1 month, then 15 000 IU daily; max 0 000 IU daily if pregnant) – healing and tissue protection, plus natural beta-carotene (50 000 IU daily) or carotenoids complex – protection and repair of lung tissue
  • Vitamin C with bioflavanoids (including rutin) (3 000-10 000 mg daily, in divided doses) – enhances immunity and reduces histamine levels (use buffered powder form)

 Herbs –

  • Inhalations of garlic fumes (created by pouring boiling water over chopped garlic and producing steam, which is inhaled) can be used to treat all lung ailments, including bronchitis
  • An infusion of nasturtium can be made by steeping a quarter cup of fresh leaves in a cup of boiling water for five minutes. Strain and drink a sherry glass two or three times a day to relieve chronic bronchitis
  • Onions contain vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C and E, giving them antibiotic properties; they are useful in treating bronchitis
  • Borage leaf tea can be drunk to relieve bronchitis

 

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