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CANCER

hhh-cancer

Definition:– 

A cellular malignancy whose unique trait – loss of normal controls – results in unregulated growth, lack of differentiation, and ability to invade local tissues and metastasize.

Symptoms:

  • Pain
  • Fatigue
  • Various systemic diseases
  • Growths
  • Skin lesions

Causes:

  • Chromosomal abnormalities
  • Infection – viruses, parasites
  • Environmental factors – chemicals, radiation
  • Chronic skin trauma
  • Immunologic disorders
  • Systemic acidic conditions
  • Nutritional deficiencies
Treatment:

Lifestyle Recommendations

  • Mainly vegetarian diet based on organic foods
  • Vegetable juices
  • Fruit
  • Only filtered water
  • Avoid all refined and processed foods, meat, caffeine, cold drinks

Supplement Recommendations

  • Coral calcium
  • Cesium chloride DMSO (dimethyl sulfoxide)
  • Potassium
  • Turmeric

WARTS (Verruca)

warts-verruca

Definition:– 

Common, contagious, epithelial tumours, cause by at least 60 types of human papillomavirus; some tumours can become malignant

Symptoms:

  • A small, raised bump on the skin (1 to 3 mm, growing progressively larger), with a rough surface and clearly defined borders, the same colour as the skin or darker
  • Often in clusters around a mother wart
  • Black dots or bleeding points in the centre
  • Painless, although plantar warts may be rather tender

Causes:

  • Infection by a papillomavirus
Treatment:

Lifestyle Recommendations

  • Apply a heating pad set to 122°F (50°C) for 30 seconds at a time, one to four times, to regress common warts and prevent re-growth
  • Protective pad to relieve pain
  • Avoid scratching warts
  • Use salicylic acid topically
  • Reduce/avoid alcohol
  • Increase the amount of sulfur-containing amino acids in the diet (asparagus, citrus fruits, eggs, garlic, onions; desiccated liver tablets)

Supplement Recommendations

  • Vitamin B complex (50 mg of each major B vitamin 3x daily) – for normal cell multiplication
  • Vitamin C with bioflavanoids (4 000-10 000 mg daily, in divided doses) – powerful antiviral capacity
  • Zinc (50-80 mg daily) – increases immunity against viruses

Herbs –

  • Black walnut – heals (especially for warts in mouth and throat)
  • Aloe vera gel; myrrh; essential oils of clove, lemon-grass, peppermint, tea tree, wintergreen; tinctures of black walnut, chickweed, goldenseal and pau d’arco – used externally to treat warts
  • Garlic – topical

PEPTIC ULCER

peptic-ulcer

Definition:– Round or oval sore in the oesophagus or where lining of stomach/duodenum has been eroded by stomach acid and gastric juices

Symptoms:

Oesophageal ulcers –

  • Pain when swallowing or when lying down

Duodenal ulcers –

  • intermittent pain (steady and mild or moderately severe), usually just below the sternum
  • gnawing, burning aching, soreness in abdomen,
  • an empty feeling,
  • hunger

Gastric, marginal and stress ulcers –

  • pain that does not follow any pattern; may be relieved or brought on by eating
  • may result in oedema, causing small intestinal blockage, resulting in –
  • bloating,
  • nausea or vomiting after eating

Complications (bleeding/rupture) –

  • low blood pressure,
  • dizziness,
  • fainting

Causes:

  • Chronic exposure of stomach/duodenum lining to irritants such as excess stomach acid or gastric enzymes
  • Infection with Helicobacter pylori bacteria, drugs
  • Cancer (rare)
Treatment:

Lifestyle Recommendations

  • Eat plenty of dark green leafy vegetables – contain vitamin K, needed for healing; likely to be deficient in people with digestive problems
  • Avoid coffee and alcohol
  • Drink fresh cabbage juice daily
  • If severe symptoms, eat soft foods such as avocado, bananas, potatoes, squash and yams; blend
  • Eat frequent small meals; include well-cooked millet and rice, raw goats milk, soured milk products such as yoghurt, cottage cheese and kefir
  • Drink barley, wheat and alfalfa juice – contain chlorophyll and are thus potent anti-cancer treatments
  • If bleeding ulcer, eat organic baby foods or steamed vegetables, blended or mashed; add nourishing fibre such as guar gum and/or pysillium seed – easy to digest and nourishing and chemical-free
  • Avoid fried foods, tea, coffee, chocolate, animal fats and carbonated drinks, as well as salt and sugar – linked to acid production, and reduce intake of refined carbohydrates
  • Avoid cow’s milk – neutralizes existing stomach acid, but calcium and protein it contains stimulated production of more acid; almond, rice or soy milk are good substitutes
  • Chew food thoroughly and take bitters – aids digestion
  • Do not drink hot liquids
  • Do not smoke – delays or prevents healing
  • Keep the colon clean (daily bowel movements; enemas)
  • Avoid painkillers such as aspirin and ibuprofen
  • Avoid stress

Supplement Recommendations

  • Acid-Ease – balances acidity
  • L-Glutamine (500 mg daily) – heals peptic ulcers
  • Pectin – helps relieve duodenal ulcers by creating a smoothe coating in the intestines
  • Sodium Ascorbate (10 g/day) – soothing
  • Vitamin E (200 IU daily) – potent antioxidant that helps to reduce stomach acid and pain, and promote healing (use d-alpha-tocopherol form)
  • Vitamin A – for mucous membranes, circulation and scar tissue
  • Digestive enzymes – may be of assistance if there is flatulence
  • DO NOT USE Hydrochloric acid

Herbs –

  • Alfalfa – good source of vitamin K
  • Aloe vera juice/gel (4 ounces daily) – aids in pain relief and speeds healing
  • Bupleurum, in combination with angelica and licorice root – good for treating ulcers
  • Cat’s claw – cleanses and heals digestive tract (not if pregnant)
  • Comfrey – treats ulcers (not for > 1 month)
  • Garlic – may eradicate ulcers; antimicrobial
  • Malva tea – calms stomach and reduces intestinal irritation
  • Marshmallow root and slippery elm – soothe irritated mucous membranes
  • Rhubarb (juice or tablet) – treats intestinal bleeding

KIDNEY STONES

kidney stones

Definition:– Crystals formed from minerals/ urinary constituents, found anywhere along the urinary tract (UT)

Symptoms:

  • Usually none;
  •  Blood in the urine,
  •  Sudden excruciating pain in the back that radiates to the flank and groin; pain comes and goes

Complications –

  • Kidney infection
  • Kidney failure

Causes:

  • Dehydration;
  • frequent infections of the UT;
  • urinary retention;
  • alkaline urine
Treatment:

Lifestyle Recommendations

  • Drink lots of fluid
  • Decrease consumption of animal protein – causes the body to excrete calcium, producing excessive amounts of calcium, phosphorous and uric acid in the kidneys, often resulting in stones
  • Limit foods that contain oxalic acid:  asparagus, beets, celery, eggs, grapes, parsley, rhubarb, spinach, chocolate and cocoa
  • Increase consumption of foods rich in vitamin A (alfalfa, apricots, cantaloupes, carrots, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, squash) – benefits urinary tract and discourages formation of stones
  • Avoid salt, refined sugar,coffee and alcohol
  • Drink plenty of quality water – dilutes urine and prevents concentrations of minerals and salts that from stones

Supplement Recommendations

  • Inositol hexaphosphate with inositol – has been shown to prevent kidney stones
  • L-Methionine (500 mg daily, before meals) – destroys free radicals associated with stone formation
  • Magnesium citrate (500 mg daily) – reduces calcium absorption and can lower urinary oxalate, a mineral salt common in stones
  • Vitamin B complex (50 mg of each major B vitamin 3x daily), plus extra vitamin B6 (50 mg 2x daily) – taken with magnesium, reduces oxalate
  • Zinc (50-80 mg daily) – inhibits crystallization
  • Herbs –
  • Aloe vera juice – reduces size of stones and formationGinkgo biloba and goldenseal extracts – aid circulation to kidneys; anti-inflammatory; powerful antioxidants (do not take goldenseal daily for > 1 week, or if pregnant or allergic to ragweed)Combination of lobelia tincture (3-4 drops) and wild yam tincture (15 drops) in 1 glass warm water throughout day – helps relax ureters, relieve pain and speed passing of stones
  • Marshmallow root tea (1 quart daily) – cleanses kidneys and expels stones

GLAUCOMA

HHH-glaucoma

Definition:– optic nerve damage, often associated with increased eye pressure, that leads to progressive, irreversible damage

Symptoms:

Open-angle glaucoma

  • blind spots or patches of vision loss over months to years;
  • untreated – total blindness

Closed-angle glaucoma

  • abrupt onset of –
  • severe eye pain and headache,
  • redness
  • blurred vision
  • rainbow-coloured halos around lights
  • sudden loss of vision
  • nausea and vomiting

Causes:

  • Imbalance in production and drainage of fluid in the eye due to clogged, blocked or covered drainage canals,
  • heredity,
  • damage to eye caused by infection, inflammation, tumour, large cataracts or cataract surgery,
  • other conditions
Treatment:

Lifestyle Recommendations

  • Exercise regularly – can help to reduce intraocular pressure
  • Avoid prolonged eye stress, such as reading, watching television, using a computer for long periods
  • Avoid tobacco smoke, caffeine, alcohol, nicotine
  • Drink only small amounts of liquid at a time
  • Avoid high doses of niacin (> 200 mg daily)

Supplement Recommendations

  • Choline (1 000-2 000 mg daily) – important for brain and eyes, and inositol or lecithin
  • Essential fatty acids (flaxseed, primrose or salmon oils) – protects and aids repair of new tissues and cells
  • Glutathione (500 mg 2x daily, before meals, with 50 mg vitamin B6 and 100 mg vitamin C for better absorption) – powerful antioxidant that protects the lens and maintains molecular integrity of lens fibre membranes
  • Rutin (50 mg 3x daily) – important bioflavanoid that works with vitamin C and reduces pain and intraocular pressure
  • Vitamin A (50 000 IU daily, max. 10 000 IU daily if pregnant) – needed for good eyesight, essential for formation of visual purple for night vision, plus carotenoids complex with lutein and zeaxanthin
  • Vitamin E (200 IU daily) – helps remove particles from the lens; antioxidant properties to protect lens and other eye tissues (alpha-d-tocopherol form), plus L-Arginine – facilitates natural synthesis of nitric oxide, which promotes healthy blood vessels (avoid if pregnant, or have cataracts, colitis, or a viral infection such as herpes)
  • Herbs –
  • Bilberry (or fresh blueberries and red raspberry leaf) – contains flavanoids and nutrients to protect eyes from further damage
  • Chickweed and eyebright – good for all eye disorders
  • Combination of ginkgo biloba extract and zinc sulfate – slow progressive vision loss

IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Definition:–  a combination of intermittent abdominal pain and constipation, diarrhoea, or bouts of each, that occurs in the absence of another diagnosed disease

Symptoms:

    • Cramp-like pain in abdomen
    • Abdominal distension, usually on the left side
    • Transient relief of pain by bowel movement or passing wind

Causes:

      • Unknown
      • Anxiety
      • Stress
Treatment:

Lifestyle Recommendations

    • If constipation is the main problem, a high-fibre diet may help
    • Bulk-forming agents such as bran or methylcellulose may help for constipation
    • Short courses of anti-diarrhoeal drugs may be taken for diarrhoea
    • Drink plenty liquids such as carob drink, ‘green drinks’ and quality water to help prevent diarrhoea
    • Avoid high-fire foods during bouts of diarrhoea – stress digestive system; rather eat easily digested foods such as bananas, applesauce, toast, rice and cooked potatoes
    • Drink 3 cups rice water daily for diarrhoea – helps form stools and supplies B vitamins
    • Limit intake of fats, gluten (including barley, oats, rye and wheat), alcohol, caffeine, spicy foods during bouts of diarrhoea
    • Antispasmodic drugs can relieve muscular spasms
    • Chamomile tea can help calm a distressed patient
    • Ginger tea – helps with cramps and abdominal pain
    • Hypnosis, psycho-therapy or counselling may be effective

Supplement Recommendations

    • An infusion of catnip calms the nerves and is good for colic-type symptoms
    • Black cohosh – relieves cramps
    • Marshmallow root (malva) tea – calms stomach and soothes intestinal problems
    • Slippery elm bark (tea or extract) – soothes GIT

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

HYPERTENSION

hhh-hypertension-1

DEFINITION:– abnormally high blood pressure in the arteries

Symptoms:

  • Usually none
  • Long-standing –symptoms associated with damage to brain, eyes, heart, kidneys
  • Severe (brain swells) –
  • severe headache,
  • anxiety,
  • palpitations,
  • excessive perspiration,
  • tremor,
  • pallor

Causes:

Primary:

  • Constricted blood vessels (inherited abnormality)

Secondary:

  • Kidney disorders,
  • hormonal disorders (Cushing’s syndrome, hyperthyroidism, tumour of adrenal gland),
  • use of certain drugs,
  • arteriosclerosis,
  • obesity,
  • sedentary lifestyle,
  • smoking,
  • excessive alcohol or salt in diet

hhh-hypertension-2

Lifestyle Recommendations

  • Follow a strictly salt-free diet to lower blood pressure
  • Eat a high-fibre diet (oat bran is a good source)
  • Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Drink fresh ‘live’ juices and steam-distilled water
  • Avoid animal fats, alcohol, caffeine and tobacco
  • Keep weight down
  • Fast for 3-5 days a month to detoxify the body
  • Get regular light to moderate exercise
  • Get sufficient sleep

Supplement Recommendations

  • Calcium (1 500-3 000 mg daily), magnesium (750-1 000 mg daily) – deficiencies linked to high blood pressure
  • Potassium – counteract depletion if taking         cortisone or high blood pressure medicine
  • Co-enzyme Q10 – improves heart function, plus   co-enzyme A – works with Q10 to detoxify the body
  • Essential fatty acids (blackcurrent seed oil,       flaxseed oil, olive oil, primrose oil) – important for circulation and to lower blood pressure

Herbs –

  • Cayenne (capsicum), chamomile, fennel, parsley and rosemary

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