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Damiana effects the nervous system acting as an anti-depressant, soothing anxiety, nervousness and mild depression, promoting the general feeling of well-being. Damiana also stimulates the circulation of the body consequently raising energy levels to alleviate fatigue and stimulate weight loss.
Other known uses for Damiana are as a mild laxative useful for relieving constipation, soothing headaches caused by menstruation and thinning fluids resulting from asthma, colds and flus.
Damiana leaf contains beta-sitosterol and various aromatic oils that create a stimulant effect on the body's sexual organs, helping to build stronger and more consistent sexual responses, and providing better sexual health and reproductivity.
Today, Dandelion is commonly found in salads, wines and multi-herbal combinations. Rich in calcium, iron, potassium, phosphorus and sodium, Dandelion is ideal for treating high blood pressure and poor digestion by stimulating the circulation of blood to the entire body.
Dandelion's anti-inflammatory properties help alleviate inflammation and muscle spasms, plus it acts as a mild laxative relieveing constipation. Dandelion, unlike some chemical diet supplements, will not deplete the body of potassium when used for weight loss.
Acts by straining and filtering toxins & wastes from the bloodstream. Dandelion exhibits hypoglycemic effects in experimental animals, and its beneficial effects on liver complaints have been well documented by both Asian practitioners and American physicians. It stimulates bile production, and helps the body get rid of excess water produced by the diseased liver. Dandelion extracts are said to also benefit the spleen, and improve the health of the pancreas. Dandelion root has also been shown to have potential for fighting cancer. It is important to note here that this herb has been shown to uniformly remedy chronic liver congestion, and has also been used in medical practice to successfully treat hepatitis, swelling of the liver, jaundice, and dyspepsia with deficient bile secretion.
See also Chiropractic
[Anti-Spasmodic Tincture] To be used in cases of apoplexy, convulsions, croup, fainting, cramps, delirium, tremors, hysteria, etc., also good for pyorrhea, mouth sores, coughs, throat infections, tonsillitis, etc. Use 1/2 to one teaspoon in a glass of distilled water as a gargle, and use until throat clears, also take one teaspoon in distilled water morning and evening. You can buy Antispasmodic Tincture here .
Depression, characterized by unhappy feelings of hopelessness, can be a response to stressful events, hormonal imbalances, biochemical abnormalities, food sensitivities or other causes. Mild depression that passes quickly may not require any diagnosis or treatment. However, when depression becomes recurrent, constant, or severe, it should be diagnosed by a licensed counselor, psychologist, or psychiatrist. Diagnosis may be crucial to determining appropriate treatment. For example, depression caused by low thyroid function can be successfully treated with prescription thyroid medication. Suicidal depression often requires prescription antidepressants. Persistent mild-to-moderate depression triggered by stressful events is often best treated with counseling and not necessarily with medications.
In many ways depression resembles the grief and mourning that follow bereavement. There are often feelings of low self-esteem, guilt, and self-reproach, withdrawal from interpersonal contact, and somatic symptoms such as eating and sleep disturbances.
When depression is not a function of external events, it is called endogenous. Endogenous depression can be due to biochemical abnormalities. Lifestyle changes and herbs may be used with people whose depression results from a variety of causes, but dietary and nutrient interventions are usually best geared to endogenous depression.
The first things that you have to think about when you have depression is getting more blood and oxygen to the brain and getting rid of the waste.
Massage the head when a person has depression. It increases the circulation.
When you're trying to get more blood to your head, you could spend a whole hour of bodywork, someone just stretching and kneading your ears, your jaw, your nose, your eyes, and massaging your scalp and neck.
What do we always do when we're under stress and we're depressed? I would always see my patients put their hands right to their head.
You know, their hands will go right to their forehead. They sink their face into their hands like, "Oh God, why me?" They grab their forehead, their eyes, their nose, their ears. So, this is where their hands go.
This is what people have to pay attention to. That's an area that needs to get touched. So, I always add in there, a scalp massage, ear massage, back of neck massage, even shoulder; all these areas.
Retirement is the great death sentence. I've seen more of my patients go into depression through retirement than anything else.
That's probably the number one problem for men I've found in my clinic. They retired and, within a year, we were dealing with a patient on Prozac. For women, it's menopause.
So, with her it was an endocrine problem, but it took her into the same symptomatic depression that the woman had with her toxemia and Thomas had with his artery Blockage. Depression is the end result of many different illnesses. Our job is to find out what the heck that illness is.
So, we started with cleaning his bowels. And what started coming out was so amazing, from parasites to old sausage casings, to all of the things - mucous - that we heard. We just kept going and the more bowel cleansing we did, the more came out. I mean, it was like Pandora's box. It was quite frightening.
This guy had years' worth of toxic build up stuffed into his colon to the point where it was making his blood stream so filthy he went into a clinical depression.
Dr. Schulze's Article How to cure the Worst Depression is on Dusan's website.
The depression/anxiety archives from the 'Ask Dr. Stoll' website are here .
See also Anxiety, Brain, Bipolar Depression, Carotid Artery, Stress
The Desert, Siskiyou, and Hof van Axen essence sets are available through Three in One Concepts, (818) 841-4786.
The average American diet is low in DHA. Fatty fish, meats & eggs are the primary sources. Vegetarians & those on low fat diets, or those on cholesterol lowering drugs, are particularly susceptible to DHA deficiency.
Sixty percent of your brain is fat & DHA is the most abundant fat in your brain & retina. DHA assures the optimal flexibility of nerve cell membranes essential for transmitting electrical signals from brain cell to other brain cells & to the body. An ongoing supply of DHA is necessary for proper brain function throughout life.
DHA is one of the critical nutrients required for the normal development of the brain & eyes of the fetus and newborn. It is vital throughout pregnancy & breast feeding. Studies show that breast fed babies have an IQ advantage over babies fed formula without DHA. Breast milk contains DHA in levels relative to the mother's dietary intake, while infant formulas currently contain no DHA. DHA levels in the breast milk of U.S. women are among the lowest in the world, typically 1/2 - 2/3 of the minimum amount recommended for infants by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Decreased DHA is associated with:
Researchers have also found DHA supplementation helps:
In clinical studies this naturally-occurring hormone has been found to protect and strengthen the immune system, enhance memory and learning ability, promote the growth of lean muscle mass, and prevent diabetes and obesity. Physicians are increasingly recommending that their patients supplement declining levels of DHEA in the maturing body.
There are two types of diabetes mellitus. Adult-onset diabetes is also called type 2 or non-insulin-dependent diabetes (NIDDM). With NIDDM, the pancreas often makes enough insulin, but the body has trouble using the insulin. NIDDM responds so well to natural medicine that even conventional practitioners recommend starting treatment with dietary and lifestyle changes.
Childhood-onset diabetes is the other form of diabetes mellitus. It is also called type 1 or insulin-dependent diabetes (IDDM). In IDDM, the pancreas cannot make the insulin needed to process glucose. Natural medicine cannot cure IDDM, but by making the body more receptive to insulin supplied by injection, it may help. It is particularly critical for people with IDDM to work carefully with the doctor prescribing insulin before contemplating the use of any herbs, supplements, or dietary changes. Any change that makes the body more receptive to insulin could require critical changes in insulin dosage that must be determined by the treating physician.
Glucose intolerance and diabetes constitute a separate risk factor for heart disease.
(Why) Diabetics should never apply heat to their feet: One complication of diabetes is damage to the small arteries at the greatest distance from the heart (the feet). When heat is applied, the skin demands more oxygen, but the arteries cannot supply it. This is a sure way to precipitate gangrene, since the definition of gangrene is when the tissue is not getting enough oxygen to survive.
Garlic has been proven in university studies to not only reduce your blood sugar, but it also increases your own insulin production.
It works two ways. It directly lowers your blood sugar without doing anything. It lowers the amount of sugar in your blood, but then it also stimulates the pancreas to produce more insulin, and of course, that's why you're shooting insulin because the pancreas isn't doing its job, so it's a good pancreatic stimulant, it also reduces your blood sugar level and it's a good one, obviously, for pancreatic cancer. Garlic is a brilliant herb.
I've seen numerous medical reports for garlic, for diabetes. I would say I've seen 50-60 reports out of medical schools from universities where they've used garlic on diabetic patients. But then again, you're never going to see that anywhere because there's no money in selling garlic.
Read Dr. Schulze's Essay on diabetes .
The Diabetes archives from the 'Ask Dr. Stoll' website are here .
Acute diarrhea is often caused by an infection and may require medical management. The primary role of nutrition in acute diarrhea is to prevent depletion of fluid, sodium, potassium, and calories. Replenishment of all four has been achieved with “rehydration solutions?and with a variety of foods, from salted carrot soup to peeled scraped apple to rice gruel. However, the need for rehydration requires direct medical supervision. Diarrhea-induced low blood sugar, dehydration, or electrolyte imbalance can be serious or even life-threatening, particularly if prolonged in children.
A healthcare provider should be consulted if diarrhea continues for more than a few days, as it may indicate a more serious health condition. Many people who have diarrhea with intermittent constipation have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Some cases of diarrhea have been improved with probiotics.
Diarrhea is now being linked to past or present parasitic infections.
Giardia, a virulent microscopic protozoa found in the contaminated water of lakes, streams and oceans is a common cause of traveler's diarrea.
See also Food Sensitivities, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Leaky Gut Syndrome
Some of the health benefits of dietary fiber include: controlling weight, reducing the risk of colon cancer, cleansing the digestive tract by speeding up the transit time of stool, helping to lower blood cholesterol, and reducing the risk of heart disease.
Yes, I want to tell your readers that all my patients who have healed themselves from a chronic disease realize that it was a blessing from God.
So, even though it's hard to capture that thought when you're vomiting bile or green worms are coming out your rear end, it is a blessing from God.
I've come to really understand this in the clinic and all my patients have, too. Disease is a way that your life is interrupted and you're forced on to a different path. We might not know what that is, but I guarantee everybody, it is a blessing.
What I've come to see is, the worse it gets, the better it gets around the corner. A remarkable, positive new life seems to be almost directly related to how bad it got. One of my patients said to me, "That makes sense because the more manure you put on, the better the flowers are in the spring." I thought, "That sums it up."
What I've tried to help my patients do is, in the midst of their being upset about their existence in life, try to keep focused on those three things, (1) that it's going to go away (all things will pass), (2) that it is a divine blessing, and (3) the worse it gets, the better it's going to get right around the corner.
Those three thoughts have helped my patients through their most depressive times. These three thoughts have also helped me through my own times - when I've been upset or depressed.
The Merck Manual, the medical industry's standard text for the diagnosis and treatment of disease, tells us that colon degeneration is on the rise. The incidence of diverticulosis has increased dramatically over the last 40 years. It states that in 1950 only 10% of adults over the age of 45 had this disease, in 1955, 15%, in 1972, 30% and in 1987, almost half. The latest edition states that every person will have many bowel pockets if they live long enough. Every American adult will have herniation of the large intestine.
Digestive system and colon health have reached an-all-time low in the United States. Diseases of the digestive tract are on the rise. In 1994 the #1 Cancer among men and women was Colon Rectal.
Modem lifestyle has taken its toll on our digestive/elimination organs. Refined, processed, low fiber foods, animal fats, a lack of exercise and an ever-increasing level of stress all contribute to our current gastrointestinal health crisis.
The frequency at which a normal, healthy person should move their bowels has been a great misconception among the public and most medical professionals. For years, doctors have thought that anywhere between 1 bowel movement a day and 1 a week was normal. In the examination of more primitive peoples, we find that their bowels move much more frequently, 2 to 3 times daily on the average. This is due to the fact that these people eat better, get more exercise and have much less stress. What we have learned is that it is normal to have 1 bowel movement a day for each meal you eat, (if you eat 3 meals you should have 3 bowel movements).
The Merck Manual, the medical industry's standard text for the diagnosis and treatment of disease, tells us that colon degeneration is on the rise. The incidence of diverticulosis has increased dramatically over the last 40 years. It states, that in 1950, only 10% of adults over the age of 45 had this disease, in 1955 15%, in 1972 30% and in 1987 almost?. The latest edition states that the incidence "increases rapidly" over age 40 and that "every person will have many" if they live long enough. Every American adult will have herniation of the large intestine.
Diverticula are saccular herniations that protrude through the wall of the colon. These "bowel pockets" are almost always asymptomatic, (you can't feel them). They are caused by a sluggish constipated bowel. These pockets fill with old fecal material which can be reabsorbed back into the bloodstream. This can infect the entire body causing all types of toxic reactions.
A sluggish bowel can retain pounds of old, toxic and poisonous fecal matter. Many times the real cause behind sickness and disease is this retention and reabsorption of this toxic waste.
The first step in everyone's health program should be stimulating, cleaning and toning all the elimination organs, and the bowel is the best place to begin.
You can buy Dr. Schulze's Intestinal Cleanse Formulas #1 and #2 here .
See also Vertigo.
See D-Phenylalinine and L-Phenylalinine
DMG is a water soluble antioxidant important in many biological systems.
Do-In combines stretches, breathing and exercises with acupressure.
Popular for regulating menstruation, Dong Quai is beneficial for promoting blood flow to the reproductive organs, relieving menstrual cramps, regulating uterine contractions and alleviating some symptoms related to menopause.
Other uses for Dong Quai are to increase the absorption of oxygen by the liver and purify the blood, therefore nourishing the brain, heart, and spleen. Dong Quai may also be used to boost the metabolism, reduce cholesterol, aid digestion and relieve pain caused by arthritis.
Is a Chinese herb derived from the root of Angelica sinensis or Angelica plymorpha maxim. A staple of eastern medicinal practice for thousands of years, Dong quai has been used in the treatment of female disorders such as menstrual cramps, premenstrual syndrome, and to relieve symptoms associated with menopause. Modern herbalists commonly recommend Dong quai as a uterine tonic to treat irregular menstrual flow and weakness during menstrual periods. As an antispasmodic, it is considered a remedy for menstrual cramps and nervousness.
For centuries, people with Down syndrome have been alluded to in art, literature and science. It wasn't until the late 19th century, however, that John Langdon Down, an English physician, published an accurate description of a person with Down syndrome. It was this scholarly work, published in 1866, which earned Down the recognition as the "father" of the syndrome. Although other people had previously recognized the characteristics of the syndrome, it was Down who described the condition as a distinct and separate entity.
Throughout the 20th century, advances in medicine and science enabled researchers to investigate the characteristics of people with Down syndrome. In 1959, the French physician, Jerome Lejeune, identified Down syndrome as a chromosomal anomaly. Instead of the usual 46 chromosomes present in each cell, Lejeune observed 47 in the cells of individuals with Down syndrome. It was later determined that an extra partial or complete 21st chromosome results in the characteristics associated with Down syndrome.
D-phenylalanine inhibits an enzyme that breaks down enkephalins & endorphins in your brain. Enkephalins & endorphins are naturally occurring morphine-like hormones which act as mild mood elevators & potent pain suppressers.
This product also helps block inflammatory responses.
Absorption of minerals occurs mainly in the duodenum
The Dysautonomia archives from the 'Ask Dr. Stoll' website are here .
A state of living with intestinal flora that has harmful effects. It can be described as being due to either putrefaction, fermentation, deficiency, or sensitization. A number of inflammatory diseases within the bowel or involving skin and connective tissue have been reported in association with Dysbiosis.
The leading causes of dysbiosis are:
The opposite of dysbiosis is eubiosis.
As many as half of menstruating women are affected by dysmenorrhea, and of these, about 10% have severe dysmenorrhea, which greatly limits activities for one to three days each month.
We think about all our anatomy as separate parts, but they are all touching each other. The uterus is surrounded by the bowel. Imagine if you or the average person has five pounds of extra fecal matter and some diverticulosis herniation spilled with fecal matter. They are all going to be pressing, flattening, squeezing and prolapsing that uterus. So now you go to have a period, or whatever, and the uterus starts to swell, and you have a painful period.
"80% of the women who come in with painful periods - we clean their bowels and their periods are fine."
When used in the context of the kidney refers to abnormal renal development characterized by the failure of the tubules to fully mature. Will often have abnormal tissue present such as cartiledge. Not cancerous.
Abnormal rhythm. Walt says the 2 main factors of chronic cardiac dysrrhythmias that are within our control are low intracellular magnesium and chronic stress-effect storage in the hypothalamus. The solution to the former is, of course, raising the intracellular magnesium, and so far, the only resolution to the latter is Effective Skilled Relaxation. Neither of these approaches can interfere with any conventional treatment and neither has any negative side effects.
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