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on natural remedies and other scientific findings in health and healing

carol schneiderMOTHER Nature's Remedies

By Carol Schneider

What does what happens in your “gut” or digestive system have to do with the health of your brain? A great deal, according to Dr. David Perlmutter.

Brain disorders are increasing dramatically in the U.S. and costing hundreds of millions in research for conditions such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, depression, mood and anxiety disorders and premature, as well as elderly loss of memory and cognition.

Read more: “Gut Health” and Your Brain

carol schneiderMOTHER Nature's Remedies

By Carol Schneider

If your evolutionary path has led to a vegetarian or by Carol Schneider vegan lifestyle, you may find that choice beneficial on many levels—but are you getting all the nutrition your body needs?

Proteins are nutrients essential to the building, maintenance and repair of our body tissues such as skin, internal organs and muscles. They are also the major components of our immune system, neurotransmitters, enzymes and hormones and produce ATP—the only energy our muscles can burn. In short, proteins are involved in every aspect of our mental and physical function.

Read more: PROTEIN: Are You Getting Enough?

carol schneiderMOTHER Nature's Remedies

By Carol Schneider

Every cell in the body contains and utilizes iodine, iodide or both. These are concentrated in the body’s glandular system. The thyroid gland contains a higher concentration of iodine than any other organ, with large amounts also stored in “iodine receptors” in the salivary glands, the brain, stomach, breasts, ovaries and prostate. In the brain, iodine concentrates in areas associated with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.

The Japanese average daily intake of iodine is 13.8 milli- grams (mg), compared with one tenth that amount—175 micrograms (mcg)—for the U.S. The Japanese eat seaweed, the food most plentiful in iodine, with every meal. It is even in store-bought snack items in Japan.

Read more: IODINE: Why You Need It; Why You Can’t Live Without It

carol schneiderMOTHER Nature's Remedies

By Carol Schneider

The lemon came from the Mediterranean to America with Columbus. A major crop in Florida since the 1700’s, 85% of lemons now come from California and Arizona. Actually a modified berry, the lemon thrives in tropical climates. Best when bright yellow and thin-skinned, this potent antioxidant can be squeezed over other raw fruits to add flavor while preventing them from turning brown. Also, if included skin and all with fresh vegetables when juicing, lemon lengthens the juice’s potency (if closely covered and refrigerated) to a full day or more, depending upon the juicer used.

Read more: The Health Benefits of Lemons

carol schneiderMOTHER Nature's Remedies

By Carol Schneider

Mainstream America has known for ages that too much sugar causes obesity, diabetes and dental caries—and has more recently connected sugar with metabolic syndrome and Alzheimer’s. Fewer of us are aware of the spectrum of chronic conditions caused by dietary sugar’s highly acidic nature.

As the dangers of sugar use unfold, there has been an increase in the production and consumption of artificial sugar substitutes, four of which, though currently FDA-approved, are not safe to consume: Saccharin (pink packet) aka Sweet ‘n Low; Sucralose (yellow packet) aka Splenda; Aspartame (blue packet) aka Equal or Nutrasweet; and AcesulfameK aka Sweet One. Research scientist, Dr. Betty Martini, calls these “the little packets of rat poison that nestle in neat containers on every restaurant table.”

Read more: Artificial Sweeteners: The New Evidence

carol schneiderMOTHER Nature's Remedies

By Carol Schneider

Although the ancient philosophies and healing practices of other cultures have recognized everything is interconnected, and many of us know it too, our scientific community is only beginning to take this into consideration when they look at disease.

More and more, connections between stress and physical health are being explored. Studies are showing the link between emotional distress and lowered immune function, physical pain, chronic inflammation, increased blood pressure and cholesterol levels, altered brain chemistry and mental illness, blood sugar level and hormonal imbalance. Stress has also been found to increase the rate at which tumors grow and to affect how long we live.

Read more: Our Relationship to Stress
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