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Place a few drops of tincture of lobelia (warmed) into each ear and plug with cotton. Substitute antispasmodic tincture or Black Cohosh Tincture Combination [B&BTincture] if needed.
The Earache archives from the 'Ask Dr. Stoll' website are here .
The EAV relies on the classical acupuncture's energetic basic knowledge. It is Dr. Voll's merit to have made this method accessible to occidental thinking by decoding the traditional Chinese medicine's philisophical terms and associating the (EAV) acupuncture points with medical terminology. Furthermore, he discovered and designated unknown meridians during his research in this field. He also associated these meridians exactly with the corresponding organs while developing a measuring system that clearly indicates the degree of an organ's inflammation.
It would be a week of echinacea. For example, taking a 2 oz. bottle of echinacea and consuming 8 or 10 dropperfuls a day for a week's period. In other words, just taking a whole bottle.
You can take 10 dropperfuls of echinacea a day, like 2 dropperfuls 5 times a day for a week. And that will consume a whole 2 oz. bottle. You do that for a week and that's the way echinacea should be used - in a blast. The same way we would use antibiotics. [Editor: Make sure to use homemade echinacea tincture, which is far stronger than the commercial junk everyone is using.]
Use it every day, a good high dosage of it for a week and then stop. That would stimulate the immunity.
You can buy a strong Echinacea tincture and tea here .
Eczema is a boil-like dermatitis, often oozing, crusting, and thickening the skin. See LGS and CRS for causes and Wellness for permanent cure. Eczema does not affect the palms of the hands.
Food sensitivities and Leaky Gut Syndrome are implicated in many cases of eczema.
Read Relieving Itching of Infantile Eczema by Elizabeth Burch, ND here .
Read More on Eczema by Elizabeth Burch, ND here .
The Leaky Gut Syndrome archives from the 'Ask Dr. Stoll' website are here .
A substance that separates into ions when fused or in solution, and thus becomes capable of conducting electricity; an ionic solute.
The Energy Healing archives from the 'Ask Dr. Stoll' website are here .
Over 85% of people with chronic disease have food allergies. Most will find not one, but a handful of foods acting as the major culprits. This is the reason why eliminating just one or two random foods is all but useless. If you were allergic to a large number of tree pollens, springtime grasses and weeds the removal of only one of these airborne allergens would usually have little impact on your total allergy symptoms. If the allergen was added back into the mix you probably wouldn’t notice. The effect from this one allergen would be hidden or ‘masked?by your already prominent symptoms to the other allergens. The same phenomenon occurs with foods.
How could we find whether the airborne allergen in the above example was a significant factor in triggering our allergic symptoms? The best way would be to place ourselves in a room with perfectly filtered air (in essence eliminating all airborne allergens) until our allergy symptoms abated. The specific allergen would then be re-introduced and any allergic reaction noted. In this way the impact of a single, specific allergen can be isolated and tested. What was previously thought to be a rather insignificant allergen would often deliver a surprisingly strong allergic response.
We can do the same thing with foods. Historically ‘spring water fasts?have been employed. Patients would drink only spring water for the initial 4-5 days. This type of ‘fast?would obviously eliminate all food allergens from the diet. It was maintained for 4-5 days to also allow physical elimination of all foods eaten prior to the start of the ‘fast?from the digestive tract.
Fortunately years of previous testing has provided a list of ‘safe?foods that can be temporarily substituted for your usual diet. These foods are not completely hypo-allergenic but they do have a low allergenic potential. In other words they are rarely found to induce a reaction. The foods include cod, trout, mackerel, pears, parsnips, turnips, rutabaga, sweet potatoes, yams, celery, zucchini, carrots and peaches. Any foods routinely eaten more than twice a week should be removed from the list. All the foods must be fresh and in their ‘whole?or natural form. No cans or other packaging allowed.
Spring water or sparkling water are the only acceptable liquids. The only allowed condiment is sea or mineral salt. Steaming is an excellent method of preparing foods during your elimination diet.
Prior to starting the diet you’ll need to purchase a bottle of magnesium citrate (found in the laxative section) and alka-seltzer ‘gold?(it’s found only in the gold colored box). All drugs should be continued. Smoking should be ceased when initiating the diet. You will not be able to eat at restaurants during the diet.
If you work Thursday evening will be the best time to begin. Wait two hours after dinner and pour one-half of the contents of the bottle of magnesium citrate into a tall glass. Add an equal amount of water and some ice and drink slowly. Repeat the same procedure with the remainder of the magnesium citrate just prior to retiring.
Friday morning’s breakfast and all subsequent meals for the next six days should consist exclusively of the ‘safe?foods (cod, trout, mackerel, pears, parsnips, turnips, rutabaga, sweet potatoes, yams, celery, zucchini, carrots and peaches). You may eat them in any combination and in any amount as often as you want throughout the first six days. Take note of what you are eating and how often you are eating it. You won’t be able to remember so keep a diary. You will need that information later.
By Friday evening (day 1) you should start feeling your first ‘withdrawal?symptoms. You won’t be getting the temporary lift provided by your allergenic food(s). Withdrawal symptoms can take many forms. The most obvious is an increase in joint swelling and pain. Headache, muscle aches, fatigue and other flu-like symptoms are very common. Strong hunger pangs and cravings are usually present. It’s not unusual to still feel hungry shortly after a meal.
Withdrawal symptoms will worsen on Saturday and Sunday (days 2 and 3). The intensity of these symptoms should not be underestimated. In fact many will feel completely crippled during these days. Withdrawal symptoms can be somewhat ameliorated by taking one tablet of alka-seltzer (in the gold box) in a large glass of water. This can be repeated every 4 hours if needed. You should try to drink plenty of water. It will help speed elimination and the ‘clearing?of symptoms.
By Monday (day 4) some will feel significantly better as their withdrawal symptoms begin to clear. This ‘clearing?will continue on Tuesday and Wednesday (days 5 and 6). While younger people tend to clear their symptoms earlier, 85% of all arthritics will clear a large part of their arthritis symptoms by day 6. After clearing most report that they feel better than they have in years.
Now that symptoms have cleared new foods can be introduced, one by one, to the base diet of ‘safe?foods that you’ve been eating the past 6 days. Up to 3 foods can be tested each day if there is no reaction.
The Robert McFerran's Diets archives from the 'Ask Dr. Stoll' website are here .
For irritations of the respiratory tract, lungs, and bronchials, the Resp Free formula can be used: comfrey root (Symphytum officinale), mullein (Verbascum thapsus), chickweed (Stellaria media), marshmallow root (Althea officinalis), and lobelia (Lobelia inflata). Emphysema, bronchitis, asthma and tuberculosis sufferers have been helped by using this formula either as a tea (three cups a day), or in capsules (two or three capsules or tablets three times a day with a cup of comfrey tea). Three to six drops of tincture of lobelia may be added to the tea for additional aid.
You can buy Resp Free here .
Read Emphysema and Rebounding by Walt Stoll, MD here .
The Energy Healing archives from the 'Ask Dr. Stoll' website are here .
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Enzymes have been referred to as the “sparks of life? since they play an active role in virtually all of the biochemical activities that take place in the body. Enzymes are essential for proper digestion, brain stimulation, cellular energy, and reparation of cells and tissues. Food enzymes are important in the digestive system for effectively breaking down proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. By aiding digestion, these enzymes maximize nutrient absorption, cut down on toxins in the digestive system, and guard against stomach and intestinal disorders.
To understand the role of enzymes, think of a large factory, like an automotive plant. You have all these raw materials (equivalent to nutrients) coming into the plant?sheet metal, screws, window glass, tires, paint, etc. But without the workers nothing is put together and processed to the finished product. Enzymes in the body are equivalent to the workers.
While the body can manufacture its own enzymes, it can also obtain enzymes from food. However, even very low heat (118 degrees Fahrenheit or above) can destroy enzymes, so the only way to get enzymes from the diet is to eat raw foods or supplement with enzyme formulas.
Enzymes only have their activity in the presence of their substrate. That is, if they don't have correct nutritional substrates to work on, they are simply used by the body as a high quality nutritional protein. A word of caution, taking too many enzymes produced by companies whose formulations do not include the necessary co-factors, will deplete certain minerals and co-factors from the body, eventually causing more harm than good.
You see a stagnant pond of water swarming with mosquitoes. Did the mosquitoes cause the pond to stagnate or were the mosquitoes drawn to the static water? This is not a trick question. "It’s obvious" you say "it’s the latter. Mosquitoes can’t cause water to stagnate" you say and you are right.
We know that while mosquitoes are everywhere they need water to lay their eggs. Are the mosquitoes actually lured from distant places (with the stagnant pond acting as a mosquito magnet) or are we simply witnessing the fact that the few mosquitoes that happened to be in close proximity to the pond are much more successful breeding there?
The same questions need to be addressed concerning the relationship between opportunistic micro-organisms and human disease. Are these micro-organisms the true source of disease or does their presence (in large numbers) really signal that the tissues were already somehow ‘stagnant? Remember this is the same question that was so hotly debated by Louis Pasteur and his peers. The ‘stagnant water?of their discussions was the ‘terrain?of the body.
This question has been totally neglected if not completely forgotten. Researchers routinely build the framework for studies without giving any consideration to the status of the immunity (or ‘terrain? of their patients.
Dr. Walt Stoll gives a simple yet comprehensive perspective into the importance of immunity in his book SAVING YOURSELF FROM THE DISEASE CARE CRISIS. In it he describes a study where a large number of laboratory rats were injected with rabies virus. The great majority of the rats quickly became rabid and died. There was a surprise however. Some of the rats survived, seemingly unaffected, remaining in good health long after the other animals had perished.
The health of the animals prior to the experiment seemed to be the same. Researchers assumed that if there where differences in immunity they would be insignificant. They were not. Small variations in immunity proved so critical that it literally meant the difference between life and death. For the living animals the key variable was not the injection of rabies virus but rather the high hurdle created by the status of their immunity. It was the key variable for the dead animals as well.
Months later the surviving rats were exposed to a variety of stressors (loud noises, temperature extremes, starvation, etc.). They soon succumbed to rabies and died. It was apparent that the surviving rats possessed a greater reserve of immunity (to deal with the rabies virus) than the other rats. It was equally evident that once these reserves were exhausted (by stress) the rabies virus was no longer innocuous but instead deadly.
Mononucleosis (commonly referred to as mono or ‘kissing disease? is associated with the presence of EBV (Epstein-Barr Virus). Unlike rabies, EBV is a very weak virus. It has little chance of creating problems unless the immune function of the host is fairly low. Since it is a virus, and no drugs are effective in killing viruses, doctors really have no pharmaceutical weapons to offer. They must rely completely on the natural immunity of the patient to rein the virus back under control. They give a deceptively simple prescription ?complete bed rest until symptoms resolve (usually about 6 weeks).
By avoiding stress through bed rest patients can usually increase their immunological reserves enough to push Epstein-Barr virus back into dormancy. However once this virus is contracted the host will continue to carry it for the rest of their life. If immunity drops sufficiently in the future this virus can multiply rapidly and become active.
In effect a person with Epstein-Barr virus will never be completely ‘cured?since the virus cannot be entirely eradicated. This does not mean that the patient cannot become asymptomatic (without any symptoms) of mononucleosis. Most do. In fact if they maintain sufficiently high immunity they won’t have any problem with EBV or mono for the remainder of their life.
Pat, I know that this doesn't really answer your question but I feel the key thing to understand in this whole EBV thing is that symptoms are a function of the immune system of the host -- assuming that the virulence of the microorganism (in this case EBV) is constant.
In my own case I developed mono in my early 20's upon moving from Louisville to Philadelphia to accept my first post-college job. The stress of that change coupled with eating a pizza and hoagie diet (instead of mom's good home cooked meals) undoubtably allowed me to acquire this very weak virus (EBV) and obtain mononeucleosis.
Seven years later I developed chronic fatigue syndrome that happened to also be characterized by a re-activation of EBV with elevated antibody titers to this virus. I had many of the same mono-like symptoms -- mainly swollen lymph nodes and debilitating fatigue but now I know that much more was going awry than just the re-activation of a virus. By this time leaky gut had been in place for many years culminating in food and inhaled allergens as well as increasing chemical sensitivities.
This is an important distinction since if I wanted to get rid of a 'reactivated' case of EBV I would pay little attention to the virus. I would address the leaky gut and the commitant food allergies, chemical sensitivities, chronic bracing, etc. If I did that I would have the best chance to push the virus back into dormancy and resolve symptoms.
Personally I believe that the re-activation of the virus DOES lead to some symptoms (specifically enlarged lymph nodes). HOWEVER, most of the symptoms are due to a leaky gut and it's fallout.
The Epstein Barr and Chronic Fatigue archives from the 'Ask Dr. Stoll' website are here .
Peter D’Adamo, N.D., a Naturopathic physician, continued in his father’s footsteps by observing the relationship between diet, disease and blood type. He found that certain foods containing lectins react with specific blood types. These lectin/blood reactions trigger inflammation.
Today, as we look back on this remarkable evolutionary revolution, it is clear that our ancestors had unique biological blueprints that complemented their environments. It is this lesson we bring with us into our current understanding of blood types, for the genetic characteristics of our ancestors live in our blood today.
Our ancestors left each of us a special legacy, imprinted in our blood types. This legacy exists permanently in the nucleus of each cell. It is here that the anthropology and science of our blood meet.
Here are the foods that I recommend that you totally eliminate from your diet based on blood type:
Peter D'Adamo's Eat Right For Your Type site is the definitive source of information about the ER4YT diet.
You can buy the supplies that compliment the ER4YT diet here .
The Robert McFerran's Diets archives from the 'Ask Dr. Stoll' website are here .
Era I, which can be called "mechanical medicine" and which began roughly in the 1860s, reflects the prevailing view that health and illness are totally physical in nature, and thus all therapies should be physical ones, such as surgical procedures or drugs. In Era I, the mind or consciousness is essentially equated with the functioning of the brain.
Era II began to take shape in the period following World War II. Physicians began to realize, based on scientific evidence, that disease has a "psychosomatic" aspect: that emotions and feelings can influence the body's functions. Psychological stress, for example, can contribute to high blood pressure, heart attacks, and ulcers. This was a radical advance over Era I.
The recently developing Era III goes even further by proposing that consciousness is not confined to one's individual body. Nonlocal mind -- mind that is boundless and unlimited - is the hallmark of Era III. An individual's mind may affect not just his or her body, but the body of another person at a distance, even when that distant individual is unaware of the effort. You can think of Era II as illustrating the personal effects of consciousness and Era III as illustrating the transpersonal effects of the mind.
It's important to remember that these eras are not mutually exclusive; rather they coexist, overlap, and are used together, as when drugs are used with psychotherapy, and surgery is used with prayer.
This interview with Larry Dossey can be found here.
How does the essential oil extracted from a plant differ from the herbs we use? The essential oil is like the 'blood' of the plant. It carries the essence br healing. While an herb may be the leaves. buds. seeds, roots, stalks of the same plant. the essential oil of that same plant has a lot of other chemotvpes and components comparable to the blood of the body versus the body itself.
Like flower essences, essential oils have their emotional aspects. But many such oils have direct pharmacological properties, including antibacterial, antiviral, antispasmotic, vasodilatory (widening blood vessels), vasoconstrictatory (narrowing blood vessels), and diuretic (enhancing urine secretion) properties. Some act directly on the thyroid, adrenals, ovaries, etc. When an essential oil is inhaled, the aroma passes to the top of the nasal cavity where nerve signals are modified by various body processes before being transmitted to the limbic part of the brain (the “emotional switchboard?. The limbic system directly connects to the parts of the brain that control blood pressure, heart rate, respiration, hormone levels, memory, and stress handling. Research has shown that breathing essential oils is a fast way to bring about desired physiological and psychological benefits. E.g., effects on brain wave patterns indicate the oils such as rose, jasmine, orange, and roman chamomile have a tranquilizing effect, producing calmness and a sense of well-being. Some oils are stimulating, such as rosemary, cardamom, basil, peppermint, and black pepper, producing an increased feeling of greater energy. Aromas too subtle to be detected consciously can have substantial effects on the central nervous system.
French physicians routinely use aromatherapy, and French pharmacies stock essential oils. English hospitals use essential oils such as lemon, lemongrass, and lavender to reduce transmission of airborne infectious diseases, and the nursing staff give massages with essential oils to relieve pain, induce sleep, and especially counteract stress from surgery, terminal cancer and AIDS. A blend of the essential oils lavender, melissa, clove and cinnamon was found in 1973 to be as effective as medical antibiotics in treating bronchial conditions. Oils of cinnamon and eucalyptus are especially potent against flu. Sandalwood oil is an effective remedy for sore throats and laryngitis. Jean Valnet, MD, French medical researcher and essential oil expert, reports that essential oil from thyme destroys anthrax, typhoid, diphtheria and glanders bacilli, Koch’s bacillus (tuberculosis lesions), staphylococcus and meningococcus, etc., etc. Rose oil or melissa oil or a blend of lemon and jasmine oils, or of eucalyptus and bergamot, are effective against herpes simplex lesions, often giving immediate relief. Herpes zoster (shingles) often responds well too. Various skin conditions, including acne, respond to such oils as thyme, neroli, rosewood, carrot seed, eucalyptus, and tea tree (melaleuca alternifolia). Muscle spasm and some other muscular disorders are relieved by combinations of lavender, roman chamomile, and clary sage. Arthritis pain and stiffness often respond within minutes to topical application of oils such as cinnamon, clove, and thyme. Many other healings have been reported.
Ester-C was originally developed to provide a highly absorbable form of vitamin C that could be taken in large amounts without side effects. Many individuals are familiar with the flatulence, diarrhea, and discomfort experienced when large amounts of C are taken. This is known as the acid rejection syndrome. Ester-C is totally nonacidic and has a neutral pH the same as that of distilled water, eliminating annoying side effects. In the Ester-C manufacturing process, the vitamin C is fully reacted with an essential mineral (such as calcium), resulting in a neutral pH and a strong mineral bond. Buffered forms of mineral ascorbates are also nonacidic; however, many are dry-blended which means that they don't react until they are in your system, causing gas accompanied by stomach and intestinal discomfort.
In comparison to other forms of vitamin C, studies indicate that Ester C:
Inter-Cal holds the patent on Ester-C and is the exclusive manufacturer of the bulk product that other manufactureres use to produce their supplements. Their website has information and links about Ester-C.
The Estrogen Replacement archives from the 'Ask Dr. Stoll' website are here .
Evening primrose oil acts like a plant form of estrogen in the body, balancing female hormones and relieving hot flashes and other symptoms related to menopause. This essential fatty acid is also helpful for PMS, heart disease, high blood pressure and inflammation.
The Exercise archives from the 'Ask Dr. Stoll' website are here .
The Eye Problems archives from the 'Ask Dr. Stoll' website are here .
Herbal eyewash combination: Bayberry Bark, Eyebright Herb, Golden Seal Root, Red Raspberry Leaves and Cayenne.
This formula is excellent for brightening and healing the eyes, and it is known to remove the cataracts and heavy film from the eyes.
You can buy Dr. Christophers Eyebright here .
Rich in vitamins A and C, Eyebright also contains tannins that are beneficial for reducing inflammation. Astringent properties found in Eyebright make it ideal for relieving excess mucus and infectious conditions generally associated with sinusitis allergies, colds and upper respiratory problems.
Eyebright has recently been used for cleansing and purifying the blood, therefore stimulating healthy liver functions.
Eyebright is a small flowering shrub which is found in Europe and northeastern America. It has been used to alleviate eye problems on both sides of the Atlantic for centuries.
In Europe, back in Roman times, it was named Euphrasia, which means "cheerfulness due to improved vision." So even back at the time of Christ, they knew that eyebright helped to improve vision. Eyebright was used in Iceland as early as the thirteenth century. Icelanders used to take the plant, squeeze the juice out, and put it right in the eyes. The Scots also used it in a similar manner. Eyebright was also used in England for centuries. The famous seventeenth century doctor, Nicolas Culpeper, said the following about eyebright: "If the herb Eyebright was but as much used as it is neglected, it would half spoil the spectacle makers' trade."
In America, Eyebright was used by the Indians. It was used by the early settlers. It was used and recommended by famous herbalists at the turn of the century. Eyebright is listed in the official Homeopathic Pharmacopeia of the United States. It's also listed as an eye remedy in a standard medical reference book, The American Illustrated Medical Dictionary, written by A. Newman Dorland, M.D. Listen, it all makes sense. How do you think eyebright got its name? Do you think it just happened by accident? Of course not. It was named eyebright for good reason - because it helped brighten people's vision. That's the reason the name has stuck for over 700 years.
Dr. Christopher's eyebright newsletter is here .
You can buy Dr. Christophers Eyebright here .
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