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THE PERRICONE PROMISE (DIET)

Is There a Face-lift in Your Fridge?

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The answer is “ YES ” if you follow Dr. Perricone’s Three-Day Nutritional Face-lift™.

To make it simple, follow this plan for three days. If you feel you need a change from all the salmon, you may substitute poultry or tofu--but remember the special essential fatty acids and antioxidants in salmon give skin a remarkable suppleness, radiance and youthful glow. To learn more, read The Perricone Promise, which contains a wonderful 28-Day Meal Plan with a wide variety of delicious foods as well as outstanding, yet easy to prepare recipes.

Three-Day Nutritional Face-lift
“Face-lift in Your Fridge”

N.V. Perricone M.D.

The promise of a visible difference in your looks in just three days may seem too good to be true. But if you eat the wrinkle-free way for even a short period of time, you will experience dramatic changes, not only in how you look, but how you feel. I recommend the Three Day Nutritional Face-lift™ as the perfect way to jumpstart the 28-Day Plan – this will allow you to see a drop in weight and visible results in your skin right away.

Three-Day Nutritional Face-lift™ aids in the elimination of puffiness, increases contours, firms jaw line, etc. You must eat salmon twice a day for the ideal effects of the DMAE, astaxanthin and the essential fatty acids in the salmon to take effect. This will increase radiance, glow and firmness to the skin. Wild Alaskan Salmon is far superior to farm-raised salmon. For convenient online access to the best wild Alaskan salmon, organic berries and more we recommend Vital Choice Seafood (www.VitalChoice.com)

If you do not eat salmon, go right to the 28-Day Plan – although you will not see the dramatic results in the first three days as you will by using the Three-Day Nutritional
Face-lift™.

Breakfast

 

 

3 egg omelet and/or 4-6 oz. grilled salmon
(I do not recommend smoked salmon or lox on the three-day diet because of the salt intake)

½ cup cooked oatmeal (not instant)
(Cooked oatmeal is a great source of fiber, low glycemic carbohydrates)

2” wedge of cantaloupe or 1/3 cup fresh berries
(Cantaloupe is very hydrating to the skin and contains important antioxidants – blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries are high in antioxidants)

No Juice, No Coffee or Toast
(If you normally drink large amounts of coffee, drink black or green tea to prevent caffeine withdrawal)

8-12 oz. spring water
(Per meal)

Lunch

4 – 6 oz. grilled salmon
(Option: you can also use canned salmon and mix a little mayo and fresh squeezed lemon)

2 cups green salad made with romaine lettuce garnish or other dark leafy greens
Dressing: extra virgin olive oil and fresh squeezed lemon to taste

1 kiwi fruit or cantaloupe and berries as above

8 – 12 oz. spring water

Snack

1 apple

2 oz. slice of turkey breast or 6 oz. plain yogurt

Small handful of hazelnuts, walnuts or almonds
(Great source of fatty acids and folic acid)

Dinner

4-6 oz. fresh grilled salmon

Green salad (as described above)

½ cup steamed veggies
(Especially asparagus, broccoli, spinach, etc. NO root vegetables, such as potatoes, carrots, beets, parsnips, etc)

Cantaloupe and berries

8 –12 oz. spring water

Before Bedtime Snack

1 pear or apple

2 oz. sliced chicken or turkey breast or 6 oz. plain yogurt

Small handful of hazelnuts, walnuts or almonds

Drink at least 8 glasses of pure water per day. Feel free to squeeze fresh lemon into    the water if desired
Always eat protein first
For optimal results, do not substitute any foods on the list
To learn more, read The Perricone Promise, which contains a wonderful 28-Day Meal    Plan with a wide variety of delicious foods as well as outstanding, yet easy to    prepare recipes. The Perricone Promise is available now at Amazon.com.

 

THE WRINKLE CURE (Dr perricone)

Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA)

Function:
 
Powerful antioxidant, soluble in both water and lipid.
 
Alpha Lipoic Acid is called the Universal Antioxidant because of its dual solubility.
 
Alpha Lipoic Acid is called the Metabolic Antioxidant because it plays a vital role in the energy production of the cells.
 
Characteristics:
 
Gentle yet powerful -- Alpha Lipoic Acid is 400 times more potent an antioxidant than Vitamins C or E.
 
Present naturally in the skin.
 
Promotes optimum efficiency for production of energy and aids in exfoliation.
 
Benefits:
 
Alpha Lipoic Acid is able to reach and protect both water and lipid portions of skin with potent antioxidant benefits.
 
"Spares" levels of other antioxidants, such as Vitamin C and E, which are naturally, present in cells, thus working to increase their levels.
 
Dual solubility enables Alpha Lipoic Acid to be rapidly available to the skin.
 
Skin develops a healthy youthful glowing appearance.

 

 

Vitamin C Ester

Function of Vitamin C Ester:
 
Proven antioxidant that helps protect surface skin and also provides essential Vitamin C needed for collagen production.
 
Characteristics of Vitamin C Ester:
 
Lipid soluble, neutral pH, non-acidic, thus, non-irritating and non-stinging.
 
Solubility enables this form of Vitamin C to reach the surface of the skin rapidly in amounts greater than can be achieved by water soluble Vitamin C (L-Ascorbic Acid).
 
Benefits of Vitamin C Ester:
 
Provides readily available form of Vitamin C to skin.
 
Believed to be an anti-wrinkle activator.
 
Can be used by individuals who have normally sensitive skin or whose skin is sensitive as the result of using Retin A.
 

 

DMAE (Dimethylaminoethanol)

Function:
 
DMAE is a nutrient found in high concentrations in fish, such as wild salmon.
 
It has been demonstrated that DMAE causes some degree of skin firming or tightening which is why it is often found in anti-aging skin care products. In a number of studies, DMAE has been shown to reduce age-related decline in cognitive ability and memory, and hence has been referred to as brain food by those who study it. It was also found to modestly increase life span of laboratory animals.
 
Characteristics:
 
DMAE inhibits and reverses the cross-linking of proteins and removes lipofuscin from the skin, which allows for skin firming.
 
DMAE - like other products of wild salmon such as Astaxanthin - in conjunction with the antioxidants Vitamin C Ester and alpha lipoic acid can have a profound effect on skin health and vitality, including delaying aging and liver spots.
 
Benefits:
 
Skin firming is as important for facial rejuvenation as any other facet of skin care, and the brain-beauty connection (DMAE is often called brain food) is an important reason to consider using DMAE.

 

 

Astaxanthin

Function:
 
Astaxanthin, which is famous for making wild salmon look pink or red, traps more types of free radical molecules that are destructive to cells than any other antioxidant.
 
Astaxanthin is a strong weapon in the battle against free radicals and the many age-related diseases associated with them. Thus, it is used in the most effective anti-aging skin care creams and supplements.
 
Characteristics:
 
Astaxanthin is a red pigment occurring naturally in a wide variety of living organisms. Most crustaceans, including shrimp, crawfish, crabs and lobster, are tinted red by accumulated astaxanthin; the pink flesh of healthy wild salmon is a clear example.
 
Benefits:
 
Several studies have shown the effectiveness of astaxanthin as a cancer preventive in rats and mice.
 
Astaxanthin is a powerful biological antioxidant, especially effective at preventing lipid peroxidation, with up to 500 higher efficacy than vitamin E, and up to 10 times stronger than beta-carotene.
 
Like other products of wild salmon such as DMAE, it is a common ingredient in effective anti-aging creams and supplements.

 

 

Neuropeptides

Function of Neuropeptides:
 
There are cells in the brain that produce various neuropeptides, and these neuropeptides do just about everything.
 
They can be either pro-inflammatory or anti-inflammatory, with anti-inflammatory being preferred. They are responsible for many functions:
 
They control our mood, energy levels, pain and pleasure reception, body weight, and ability to solve problems; they also form memories and regulate our immune system.
 
These active little messengers in the brain actually turn on cellular function in the skin.
 
Characteristics of Neuropeptides:
 
Peptides are compounds consisting of two or more amino acids (the building blocks of proteins), chained together by what is called a peptide bond.
 
Neuropeptides are peptides released by neurons (brain cells) as intercellular messengers. Some neuropeptides function as neurotransmitters, and others function as hormones.
 
Peptides and neuropeptides, like many substances in our bodies (think cholesterol) can work both for and against us. Anti-inflammatory neuropeptides work for us to reduce inflamation fo the skin.
 
Benefits of Anti-Inflammatory Neuropeptides:
 
Increase production of collagen and elastin.
 
Repair scars and wrinkles.
 
Increase circulation, resulting in breathtaking radiance and glow.
 
Experience rapid wound repair.
 
Develop a dewy, supple appearance to skin that you haven’t seen since your teens.

 

 

Botox Injections

Definition:
 
Botox is a toxin produced by the same bacteria responsible for a type of food poisoning called botulism. Injected in very small amounts into the eyelid muscles, botox has been found to be effective in stopping uncontrollable eyelid spasms such as those found in blepharospasm.
 
Botox is a trade name for botulinum toxin A. In this way, Botox is related to botulism, which is a form of food poisoning that occurs when someone eats something containing a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Botulinum toxin A is one of the neurotoxins produced by Clostridium botulinum.
 
Can Botox injections harm you? The most serious symptom of botulism is paralysis, which in some cases has proven to be fatal. The botulinum toxins (there are seven -- types are A through G) attach themselves to nerve endings. Once this happens, acetylcholine, the neurotransmitter responsible for triggering muscle contractions, cannot be released. A series of proteins, VAMP, syntaxin and SNAP-25, are essential for the release of acetylcholine. Certain botulinum toxins attack these proteins. Botox, or Botulinum toxin A, affects the SNAP-25.
 
Basically, the or botulinum toxins -Botox injections- block the signals that would normally tell your muscles to contract. Say, for example, it attacks the muscles in your chest -- this could have a profound impact on your breathing. When people die from botulism, this is often the cause -- the respiratory muscles are paralyzed so it’s impossible to breathe.

 

How Botox attacks nerves, eliminating wrinkles

Based on reports from the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Institutes of Health
 
STANFORD - Scientists solve mystery of how Botox attacks nerves, eliminating wrinkles
 
BY MARK SHWARTZ, Stanford Report
 
Every year, millions of people try to look younger by taking injections of Botox, a prescription drug that gets rid of facial wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing muscles in the forehead. Although best known as a cosmetic procedure, Botox injections also have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat uncontrolled blinking (blepharospasm), lazy eye (strabismus), involuntary muscle contractions in the neck (cervical dystonia) and acute underarm sweating (severe primary axillary hyperhidrosis).
 
Botox users might be surprised to learn that they're actually receiving minute injections of a bacterial neurotoxin called botulinum, one of the most poisonous substances known. Exposure to large amounts of botulinum bacteria can cause a paralytic, sometimes-fatal disease called botulism. Last month, several Floridians were hospitalized with botulism after receiving injections of an anti-wrinkle treatment that authorities suspect was a cheap, non-FDA-approved imitation of Botox.
 
The botulinum toxin works by invading nerve cells, where it releases an enzyme that prevents muscle contraction. In recent years, scientists have determined that the enzyme binds to specific sites on proteins called SNAREs, which form a complex in the synapse between nerve and muscle cells. Without SNAREs, nerves cannot release the chemical signals that tell muscle cells to contract, and paralysis results.
 
"The botulinum enzyme selectively attacks one of the SNARE proteins and cuts it into two pieces," said Axel T. Brunger, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator who holds professorships in three Stanford departments—molecular and cellular physiology, neurology and neurological sciences, and the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory (SSRL). "That's sufficient to disrupt its function. But the means by which the enzyme identifies and cleaves its target SNARE has been a subject of much speculation."
 
Now, Brunger and graduate student Mark A. Breidenbach have solved part of the puzzle. Their results, published in the Dec. 16, 2004, issue of the journal Nature, could help researchers develop alternative treatments for botulism and perhaps find new medical applications for Botox and other neurotoxins.
(Continued - next column.)
 

“The Wrinkle Cure” - Daily Supplements

NUTRIENT                           AMOUNT                              DOSAGE

Vitamin A                                  2,500-5,000 IU                           With meals

B-Complex                                Balanced formula                      Morning
Vitamin C                                  1000 mg                                   Divided Doses
Ascorbyl Palmitate                    500 mg.                                    Morning
(Vit C Ester)

Vit E                                         200-400 IU                                 Morning
                                    400 – 800 if                                          
                                    recommended by
                                    your Physician

Calcium / Magnesium                1,000mg / 400mg                      Divided into two doses
                                                One at dinner at one at bed time

Selenium                                   2000mcg                                   Once daily
Zinc                                          15 to 30 mg                              Once daily

Chromium                                 200mcg                                                Once daily

Acetyl L-Carnitine                      500 – 1, 500 mg                        Divided doses
                                                                                                Breakfast and Lunch                 

Alpha Lipoic Acid                      100mg                                      Divided doses
                                                                                                Breakfast and Lunch

Coenzyme –Q10                        30 – 100mg. daily                      Divided doses
                                                under age 40.                            Breakfast and Lunch
                                                100mg over age 40
                                                Consult your physician
                                                for dosage related to
                                                Heart Disease.

L-Glutamine                               500mg 2 grams                         Divided doses
                                                                                                Breakfast and Lunch

Ornega-3,                                  2:1 ratio –
Omega 6 oils                            2,000/ 1,000mg                         Daily

Pycnogenol                              50 – 100mg                               Daily

 

 

 

THE BODY BRUSH OFF

Forget your hair--try "brushing" your skin each day for terrific health benefits. The skin is the biggest organ of the body, but other than bath time, it's neglected.

"Dry brushing" works on the same principles as acupressure, stimulating circulation and helping to loosen toxins. It also:

  1. Helps eliminate cellulite
  2. Helps digestive processes
  3. Tightens the skin
  4. Stimulates the glands, to help all body systems perform at peak levels

You need a natural vegetable-bristle brush, or a rough sponge, which can be found in most health food stores. Gently brush each part of your body several times, upwards towards the heart. Start with your feet and ankles, then calves and thighs. Brush across your stomach and buttocks, finishing with your arms and each hand.   You can receive similar benefits too by using a loofah brush in the shower each morning. No matter how you do it, your body will thank you for giving it the brush off.

 

GIVE YOUR BODY A BOOST with Seaweed!

     

 

Be it internally or externally

Seaweed is a highly emollient Algae with Skin Soothing proteins. It contains powerful anti-oxidants and detoxifying properties that protects your skin, improves circulation, reduces water-retention and prevents premature ageing.  Rich in: B complex vitamins, Vit D, E & K, magnesium, calcium, carotenoids, amino acids, iodine, biominerals, vitamins, lipids, glucides, mineral salts and proteins.  Also acts as a Circulatory Stimulant, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antibiotic, diuretic and good for acne, dry skin, oily skin, seborrhea, wrinkles, antispasmodic, varicose veins & deodorant.

 

CHINESE ARTHRITIS REMEDY

This soothing drink relieves arthritic pain. Boil 20 grams of cinnamon twigs with 30 grams of fresh ginger in enough water to cover the spices. Boil until the water is half gone. Drink a cupful of this mixture 3 times daily. The ginger increases blood circulation, carries away inflammatory substances and warms the joints. Cinnamon has a similar warming effect.

Source: Natural Health Secrets/Shot Tower Books, 1994.


LIVE LONGER, LIVE BETTER

Star Trek's Mr. Spock was well over a hundred years old (funny, he didn't look a day over 35)...but what are the chances of ordinary humans living into their hundreds? Better than you think. Exciting new research is unlocking the keys to longevity and better quality of life for the elderly.

The current average lifespan in the U.S. is in the 70's, but the ranks of those 85 and older have increased 232 percent in the last 30 years. Why? Perhaps because scientists from Harvard, Duke and many other prestigious research facilities are redefining the causes of "aging." They currently view it as a series of degenerative diseases, many of which can be controlled, prevented and even reversed in some cases.

The newest research centers around something called "oxidative stress" in which highly reactive oxygen molecules roam through our bodies, gradually damaging our cells and organs. While these molecules ("free radicals") can't be prevented -- they're a normal by-product of breathing, eating and everyday living --but you can combat them.

1.
       Taking anti-oxidant supplements (Vitamins A,E, C and beta-carotene) are one defense.

2.       Another more controversial --but surprisingly effective -- tactic is to cut back on your daily calories by 15 percent. Studies on inhabitants of the Biosphere, who were forced to reduce their food intake due to shortages during their two years in the sealed facility, showed tremendous reductions in blood pressure, stress hormones and cholesterol, all factors contributing to longevity issues. Naturally, too much food deprivation creates more stress on the body. But potential centenarians would do well to follow a low-cal, nutrient-dense diet heavy on the grains, beans, fruits and vegetables. An added benefit are the additional anti-oxidants you can only get from whole food sources.

3.       Other factors towards a longer life included the compound Coenzyme Q10, which, when given to mice, increased both their energy and their lifespan. Exercise (and it's never too late to start) is another key: it boosts the immune system, strengthens the heart and throws off age-producing stress. But don't just limit exercise to the body: studies indicate that using your gray matter strengthens the brain and may combat degenerative diseases like Alzheimer's.

4.      A happy, positive attitude is also important in living longer: being happy literally changes the body's biochemistry. How you handle stress is important, too: older people who viewed stressful events as a challenge rather than a tragedy were found to have an overall better quality of life, and more of it. 

5.    Seems Ponce de Leon only needed a treadmill, a cheery outlook and a fridge full of fresh food to benefit from a real Fountain of Youth!

Source: New Age Journal/July 1995

DEPRESSION CURES

Aromatherapy is one way to lift your spirits: try inhaling a few drops of essential oils such as rose, lime, grapefruit, melissa or jasmine sprinkled on a handkerchief (pick one that appeals to you). Making dietary changes can help, too -- eliminate white sugar, caffeine, alcohol and as many processed foods as possible. St. John's Wort is an herbal remedy used in Europe as an alternative to antidepressants, although results are gradual (4 to 6 weeks) . Make a tea by pouring one cup of boiling water over 1 to 2 teaspoons of the dried herb, steep for 10 minutes, then strain. If your depression persists or gets worse, see a health practitioner.

Source: New Choices In Natural Healing/Bill Gottlieb, Rodale Press, 1995

 

25 NEW IDEAS FOR LOSING WEIGHT

In the Battle of the Bulge, check out these new strategies to help you win it once and for all.

1) Timing is everything. Statistically, springtime is the best time to start a diet due to increased outdoor activity and availability of lighter foods.

2) Define your weight-loss goals and plan how you want to get there. Just like any roadtrip, you need a map. Write down how much weight you want to lose, how you want to feel and determine a reasonable time frame in reaching those goals.

3) Feed your head: use your imagination to picture yourself slim and healthy. Plus, rework your inner dialogue, replacing negative thoughts like "I hate exercise" with more positive, encouraging words.

4) Fill up on information. Rather than just blindly following the latest fad diets, bone up on nutrition, weight loss and fitness facts. You'll probably discover some nuggets of information that will help you reach your personal goals more easily.

5) Go whole. If you're bored with counting calories or fat grams, simply focus on eating whole foods, like fruit, vegetables, whole grains and legumes. Choosing an apple over a slice of apple pie or a baked potato instead of fries is a no-brainer way of getting the right stuff into your diet.

6) Divide and conquer. Turn your three meals into six, by dividing them up. Eating six mini meals over the course of the day is an effective way to keep appetite under control and energy up.

7) Mix it up with veggies. Sneak big portions of vegetables into favorite dishes, to increase nutrition and decrease fat and calories. For example, mix a small serving of macaroni and cheese with a large serving of broccoli. It'll fill you up with good stuff, and your tastebuds won't be deprived.

8) Go "low" instead of "no." A little fat in the diet helps us feel satisfied. If you get hungry again soon after eating, try adding some low-fat foods with every meal.

9) Don't leave eating to chance. Plan ahead for temptation -- carry a healthy snack in your purse or in the car, have all the ingredients ready to whip up that nutritious dinner when you get home. Take it one step further by planning all of your day's meals in advance, too.

10) Party smartly. After eating a few hors d'oeuvres, sneak off to the bathroom and brush your teeth. It won't be quite so appealing diving into more spinach dip if your mouth tastes minty fresh.

11) Switch hands. When it comes to finger foods, use your nondominant hand to eat them with. The conscious effort you make will slow down mindless munching.

12) Get in a pickle. Pickles are a good low-cal, flavorful snack.

13) Take ten. Most cravings pass in 10 minutes, so next time the Cookie Monster rears its head, have a plan of distraction: take a walk, meditate, or call a friend.

14) Candy for dessert. Pop a sugar-free candy after dinner to curb that desire for dessert.

15) Get enough sleep. Sometimes people eat for "energy" when what they really need is a nap. Make sure you're getting enough zzz's every night.

16) Get wet. Dehydration is frequently mistaken for hunger. Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.

17) Take a seat to eat. Never eat standing up, as you're less likely to pay attention to what and how much you're consuming.

18) Get on the good side. When you eat out, order extra sides of veggies and steamed rice; eat mostly from that plate, and less of the main dish.

19) Stay single. Single servings give you instant portion control. One fudgsicle, for example, is less dangerous than a pint of ice cream.

20) Heat it up. Spices such as pepper and horseradish not only add flavor with almost zero calories, they also boost your metabolism.

21) Get the sensation. If you're craving ice cream, maybe you want something creamy. Try frozen yogurt or cottage cheese instead.

22) Be aware of ringers. Those low-fat versions of higher fat foods often contain more hip-padding calories.

23) Slurp some soup. It's filling and forces you to eat slowly.

24) Cut out alcohol. Besides adding calories, it slows down fat burning.

25) Include favorites. Deprivation only leads to overindulgence later. Schedule a favorite treat on occasion and really savor it.

Source: The Best of Prevention, 1997/editors of Prevention, Rodale Press,

 Acid-Alkaline Diets

The acid-alkaline balance within your body can be disrupted by your diet, producing acidic internal fluids which cause unwanted health problems. This can be rectified by adopting an alkaline (or alkalizing) diet, which is reflected in low acid levels in the body.

Acidity-Alkalinity measure

acidity of a solution (any liquid substance) is measured on the pH scale - termed the 'power of hydrogen'. The pH scale shows the activity of hydrogen ions present in the sample. The scale is a reverse logarithmic one - high acidity is represented by a low value, and low acidity (that is, alkaline or base substances) by a high value, with acidity level at each ascending step being one tenth that of the previous step.

For example, compared to lemon juice at pH 2.4, orange juice at pH 3.5 is less than one tenth as acidic, and beer at pH 4.5 is less than one hundredth as acidic. The pH of most substances falls between 0 and 14. Gastric acid has a pH of 1.5 to 2 (very acid), pure water 7 (considered to be neutral, neither acid nor alkaline), and household bleach 12.5 (extremely alkaline).

pH levels in the body

The pH level of the body's internal fluids affects every cell, and if out-of-balance this will be detrimental to the normal functioning of cells, tissues and organs. The western diet is typically based around meat and dairy products, sugars, alcohol, saturated fats and caffeine, all of which creates an acidic cellular environment. Such an unbalanced pH level can result in health issues like cancer, heart disease, obesity, weight problems, allergies, fatigue and premature aging as well as problems with the nervous system, cardiovascular system and muscles.

The 'alkalarian' approach to diet reverses over-acidification in the body, first de-toxifying and then creating and maintaining a more alkaline environment in which the body can heal itself.

An alkaline diet is one which produces an alkaline effect on the body, based upon the residue that remains after our foods are consumed or metabolized.  Some foods leave an acid residue, others an alkaline residue. Testing of bodily pH levels can determine whether a balanced range is generally present (6.75 to 7.25 depending on type of testing - salivary or urinary).

Alkalizing Diet

We need to adopt and adhere to an acid reducing lifestyle to achieve the correct balance. This is done by consuming alkalizing foods and drinks, while eliminating acidifying foods and drinks from the diet. In general, if an alkaline diet is recommended, use these guidelines for an alkalarian lifestyle based on a mainly vegetable diet:

Sample alkaline foods to comprise most (75-80%) of your diet. Eat salads, fresh vegetables, healthy nuts and oils, and plenty of raw foods. Drink at least 2-3 liters of clean, pure water daily.

Vegetables

Asparagus
Beetroot
Broccoli
Brussels Sprouts
Cabbage
Carrot
Cauliflower
Celery
Courgette
Cucumber
Garlic
Grasses (e.g. wheat, barley)
Green Beans
Lettuce
Onion
Peas
Radish

Fruits

Avocado
Grapefruit
Lemon
Lime
Rhubarb
Tomato
Watermelon (neutral)

Fats & Oils

Avocado
Borage
Evening Primrose
Flax
Hemp
Olive & Oil Blends

 

Seeds, Nuts, Grains

Almonds
Buckwheat Groats
Cumin
Flax
Lentils
Pumpkin
Sesame
Spelt
Sprouts/sprouted seeds fresh & as pastes: soy, alfalfa, mung bean, wheat, little radish, chickpea, broccoli, hummus, tahini
Sunflower

Drinks

'Green Drinks'
Fresh vegetable juice
Pure water (distilled, reverse osmosis, ionized)
Lemon water (pure water + fresh lemon or lime).
Herbal Tea
Vegetable broth
Non-sweetened Soy Milk
Almond Milk

   

Sample acid-forming foods to comprise the remainder (20-25%) of your diet. Avoid fatty meats, dairy, cheese, sweets & candy, chocolates, alcohol and tobacco.  Beware of hidden content of packaged foods and microwaved meals.  Don't overcook meals - this removes all of the nutrition!

Meats

Beef
Chicken
Crustaceans & other seafood (apart from occasional oily fish such as salmon)
Lamb
Pork
Turkey

Fruits

All fruits not listed in the alkaline table.

Dairy Products

Cheese
Cream
Ice Cream
Milk
Yoghurt

Fats & Oils

Corn Oil
Hydrogenated Oils
Margarine
Saturated Fats
Vegetable Oil
Sunflower Oil

 

Drinks

Beers
Carbonated Drinks
Coffee
Dairy Smoothies
Fruit Juice
Milk
Spirits
Tea

Convenience Foods

Candy/Sweets
Canned/Tinned Foods
Chocolate
Fast Food
Instant Meals
Microwave Meals
Powdered Soups

Seeds & Nuts

Cashew Nuts
Peanuts
Pistachio Nuts

Others

Artificial Sweeteners
Biscuits
Condiments (tomato sauce, mayonnaise etc.)
Eggs
Honey
Soy Sauce
Tamari
Vinegar
White Bread
White Pasta
Wholemeal Bread

 

 

The pH Miracle by Robert Young - achieving weight loss through correct pH balance - at Amazon. Also other titles from this author on the relationship between good health and balanced pH levels.

 

 

Four Common Myths About Allergies

July 9, 2004
Last reviewed on May 2, 2008

By Robert H. Shmerling, M.D.
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

While allergies of one sort or another are common, so are misconceptions about allergies. Here are some of the most common.

1. "I can't take any antibiotics — I'm allergic to them all. "

Allergic reactions to medications are common, and antibiotics are among the biggest culprits for provoking allergic reactions. And if you are allergic to an antibiotic, it is common to "cross-react" with an agent that is chemically similar or a member of the same family. For example, if you are allergic to penicillin, there's a chance you will also have a reaction to amoxicillin (a close relative) or even Keflex (a more distant relative) because parts of their chemical structure are similar.

However, it is unusual to be allergic to more than one or two types (or families) of antibiotics, because different types are chemically unrelated. For example, having an allergy to penicillin does not generally increase your chances of being allergic to sulfa-containing antibiotics (such as Bactrim). Knowing your specific allergy history is important because antibiotics can be very helpful — even life-saving — for bacterial infections, and you'd like to be able to take the most useful ones when needed.

Another source of confusion is separating out a non-allergic side effect of a medicine from a true allergy. Having an upset stomach while taking erythromycin is probably not an allergic reaction, but having a rash probably is. While it doesn't always matter — if you have a bad side effect or a bad allergy, you'd like to avoid the medicine in any event — the distinction between a side effect and a true allergy is sometimes important to make.

For example, if you have stomach upset with erythromycin, a closely related medicine, such as clarithromycin might be well-tolerated; but if you had trouble breathing after taking erythromycin, it might actually be dangerous to take clarithromycin. And in some situations, a doctor might recommend a medicine even if there have been side effects in the past (though rarely if a severe allergic reaction was experienced). The difference between a mild allergic reaction and a nonallergic side effect could determine the best way to get around the problem: An allergic reaction might be overcome with "desensitization," a technique in which a person takes tiny doses of the medication with a gradual increase in dose over time. This would be unlikely to work well if the problem was a side effect of the medication such as diarrhea; for that sort of nonallergic side effect, it might be worth tolerating the symptoms for a short time or treating it separately (for example, with loperamide, or Imodium).

If you're the one with the allergic reaction or other side effect, you'd like to avoid that medication in the future. For this reason, let your doctors know what medicines you have taken in the past that caused problems, but be sure to mention what the problem was so that true medication allergies can be distinguished from side effects.

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2. "I'm allergic to so many foods, I really have to watch what I eat. "

Food allergies do occur and are important to those who have serious reactions to specific foods. But the problem is not as common as you might think. Surveys suggest that 40% of adults report a food allergy, but when investigated, only about 1% to 2% of adults are truly allergic. A slightly higher rate is observed among children, but still only about 5% of the total population has significant food allergies.

The faulty assumption of food allergy probably relates to the failure to distinguish a nonallergic side effect from true allergy, just as described above for drug allergies. As an example, lactose intolerance is a remarkably common condition that makes people unable to digest lactose-containing foods, such as dairy products. If they do eat or drink these foods, gas, bloating, cramping and diarrhea may follow. They may mistakenly believe they are allergic, but the problem is actually due to an inherited deficiency in the ability to produce lactase, the enzyme needed to digest lactose.

Another reason that food allergies are reported more often than is the case is that two commonly occurring events (gastrointestinal symptoms and eating) are mistakenly linked to one another in an effort to explain the course of events. For example, if you eat an unusually rich dinner at a fancy restaurant and the next day you develop diarrhea, it may seem logical to blame one of the foods you ate. In fact, you may notice you are repulsed by the thought of eating that food again — the associations we make can be strong, even when made in error. In fact, the symptoms could just as easily have been caused by the lunch or snack you had before the fancy dinner, the midnight snack, or a coincidental viral infection. While a food allergy is always possible, it is not as common as many people assume.

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3. "We have to get a dog that doesn't shed because my sister is allergic. "

As illogical as it may seem, people who are allergic to animals are usually reacting to the skin or even saliva of the pet, not the fur. So, a short-haired pet or one that doesn't shed doesn't necessarily make a better housemate for the allergic person. Petting a short-haired dog can cause just as much trouble if you are unlucky enough to be allergic.

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4. "My allergies are awful these days. I'd better stay inside."

While pollen, grass, and other plant-borne allergens are common causes of seasonal allergies, there's also a reasonable chance that your home is the source of your allergies — and they may only get worse by staying indoors. For example, dust mites are common in bedding, mold tends to grow around the edges of windows, and many bathroom detergents and cleansers provoke allergic reactions after inhalation or with contact. Fortunately, there is much you can do to prevent these problems:

These simple measures can reduce the chances that you'll be sneezing because of something in your home.

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The Bottom Line

As a first step in combating allergy, most experts in allergic disease will recommend avoiding exposure to whatever triggers your allergies. But, to do that you must identify those triggers and understand your condition. Taking medications for allergies will not help if your symptoms are due to something else. Likewise, avoiding pollen won't help if you are allergic to mold. If you can figure out what sets off your allergies and you can easily avoid it, you may not need to take any medications to improve the situation. If your allergies are a mystery to you and the simple remedies fail (such as avoidance or over-the-counter medications), it may be time to see your health-care provider or an allergy specialist. Even people who understand the difference between allergy myth and fact sometimes need help to breathe easily.

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Robert H. Shmerling, M.D., is associate physician at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and associate professor at Harvard Medical School. He has been a practicing rheumatologist for over 20 years at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He is an active teacher in the Internal Medicine Residency Program, serving as the Robinson Firm Chief. He is also a teacher in the Rheumatology Fellowship Program.


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HOW TO USE A NETI POT - OPRAH

 

An audience member shows Oprah how to use a neti pot.

Before you try pouring water into your nostril, Dr. Oz offers some neti pot pointers. First, mix warm water with a quarter teaspoon of non-iodized salt.

"You never want to wash [human] tissue without having saltwater in them," he says. "Your own cells like it more."

Dr. Oz says washing out your sinuses with regular water can be irritating. Cold water may make you feel like you're drowning in a pool.

Amy, an audience member who suffers from sinusitis, demonstrates the proper way to use a neti pot. "I thought it would feel like drowning, but it feels good," she says.

It may look strange, but Dr. Oz says this treatment may be more effective than medication. "The [ear, nose and throat] doctors who are specialists in this area will often say this is a better treatment than a lot of the other drugs that we try to offer folks, because it mechanically cleans out the problem," he says.

What were Amy's long-term effects of using a neti pot for her allergies?

Neti pots are available at health food stores and most drug stores.

An embarrassing allergy »

From the show Ask Dr. Oz II

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1.     First, you'll need a nasal irrigation solution. You can buy one that's pre-prepared or you can make your own and tweak the percentages to suit your preference. The solution is a combination of water and pure non-iodized salt (no Mrs. Dash here). The percentages are approximately:

1.     8 ounces warm water

2.     ¼ teaspoon non-iodized salt

Remember that the lining inside your nose is delicate, so you don't want to be salting it like you would popcorn. Test the water temperature with your finger and adjust accordingly-too hot can burn and too cold is just not comfortable. Mix well so that the salt is completely dissolved.

2.     Next comes the getting it up the nose part. It is best to receive personal instruction from an experienced practitioner in this technique. Or in other words, from someone other than me. You don't want to be creating another Crater Lake up there without knowing how to get the water back out. But if you've decided to give it a go on your own, be sure to do this over the sink or bathtub or outdoors (or maybe not if the neighbors are entertaining).

You've done this a few times before by accident-think blind date-the only difference is that this time you're going to do it on purpose. Turn your head to the side, let go of your inhibitions, and insert the neti pot spout into your upper nostril. Raise the neti pot and yes, pour the salt water into your nose. The real trick here is to relax. Remember, gravity is your friend: Let gravity ply her magic. Breathe out of your mouth (rather than hold your breath) as this will help you to relax. Once you relax, the saline solution pours into your nose, through it, and out of the lower nostril. Keeping your chin tucked helps to prevent the salt water from going down the back of your throat.

How can you tell if you're using the neti pot correctly? When done correctly, there is almost no sensation because the temperature of the water is close to your body temperature, and the salinity of the water is the same as the interior of your nasal passageway.

3.     Pour a good amount through one nostril, then follow the same procedure with the other nostril.

4.     When you're finished, remove any remaining water from the nose. Breathing out of the nose in quick repetition is a good way to do this. Do not hold either of the nostrils closed as this could send water into an area that does not dry easily. If you use a tissue, hold it lightly outside the nose. Finally, you may want to bend forward and turn your head from side to side to be sure you've removed all the water.

Should you experience any pain or stinging sensations, there are two likely culprits:

·         Water temperature. If the water temperature is either too hot or too cold, you may experience discomfort. Aim for a lukewarm temperature, and remember to test the water first with your finger.

·         Nasal Irrigation Solution: Make sure your solution is thoroughly mixed by stirring it well. Either too little or too much salt will end up stinging the nose.

Now remember, you don't need to post a pictorial on your Myspace page, you just need to do the deed once a day in the privacy of your own home. At the very least, a neti pot can alleviate endless post-nasal drip and accompanying discomfort. And once you get the technique down, you never know what might happen. Some practitioners believe that (jala) neti practice affects the sixth chakra (or third eye), which helps to awaken higher states of consciousness. And even if your consciousness does not experience enlightenment, your nasal passageways will!

 

BARLEY FOR THE HEART

n Middle Eastern countries, heart disease is relatively low. One reason is thought to be because of the high consumption of barley. It's a soluble fiber (always good for clearing out the arteries) and is loaded with a substance called "tocotrienol", which acts much like Vitamin E in lowering blood pressure. Whether as cereal, flour, flakes or grits, barley is worth adding to your diet several times a week.

Source: Natural Health Secrets, Shot Tower Books, 1994.

BRAIN FOOD

Q: I'd like info on "brain food" to increase concentration -- specifically spirulina, gingko biloba,  ginseng and Linseed Capsules (1000mg). Also, what's the difference between American and Siberian ginseng?

A: Gingko biloba has shown encouraging results in improving brain function, mainly because it increases blood flow to the brain. It may also boost brain metabolism and electrical activity, and act as an antioxidant, protecting the brain from harmful free radicals. An average dose is 40 mg. of standardized extract containing 24% flavoglycocides, three times daily. It can be taken in tablet, capsule or tincture form. You must take it for an extended period of time before seeing results.

Ginseng has long been used to enhance physical and mental performance by boosting circulation to the brain and balancing blood-sugar levels. There are several kinds of ginseng: the rare American ginseng grows (slowly) in wooded areas in certain regions of the U.S. Chinese medicine uses this form of ginseng only for certain conditions. Siberian ginseng is in the same plant family, but differs somewhat from the typical oriental ginseng. It's much more common (and therefore cheaper), and has a strengthening "tonic" effect on the body, but research continues into possible adverse side effects. Chinese or Korean ginseng (botanical name: Panax ginseng) is your best bet. For brain-boosting, try 500 to 1000 mgs. of capsules standardized to 5 to 9 percent ginsenoside daily.

Spirulina is a concentrated form of chlorophyll and a whole-food supplement derived from microalgae. Many "miracle" claims are made for spirulina. Some nutritionists recommend it to lower cholesterol and boost immunity, but controversy rages over its effectiveness.

[If you have a question about a wellness issue, feel free to e-mail Cindy@wellmedia.com and we'll try to find some useful information for you. However, for specific health issues we strongly suggest you seek professional help from a qualified alternative health practitioner or medical doctor. The information we provide should not be considered a substitute for qualified medical information. Wellspring assumes no liability or responsibility; we are simply passing on information we find useful and interesting.]

 

FEELING YOUR OATS

No wonder that guy on the front of the Quaker Oats box has a smile on his face: oats are wonderful in helping people recover from exhaustion and depression. Besides containing a wide range of important nutrients, the plant contains alkaloids that help heal the nervous system. For this reason, it's often used in people who are trying to overcome addictions. And believe it or not, in large doses, oats can be a little too stimulating -- some feel it's an aphrodisiac (where do you think the term "sowing your wild oats" came from?). Besides the trusty version found in your supermarket, oat extract can be found in dried or capsule form, too.

Source: Off the Shelf Natural Health, Mark Mayell, Bantam Books, 1995.

 

HAIR PROBLEMS

L-Lysine (Amino Acid)

l-Lysine (Structural, Circulatory, Immune) is an essential amino acid (a protein building block) that cannot be produced by the body from other nutrients. It helps ensure adequate absorption of calcium and the formation of collagen for bone, cartilage and connective tissue. Lysine strengthens circulation and helps the immune system manufacture antibodies. It also helps control the body’s acid/alkaline balance, influences the pineal and mammary glands and plays a role in gallbladder function. It is necessary for all amino acid assimilation and assists in the storage of fats. Each capsule contains 500 mg of l-lysine monohydrochloride.

Take 1 capsule with a meal three times daily.

Women who are pregnant or nursing should avoid taking L-Lysine unless prescribed by their health care practitioner.

http://www.patrickholford.com/index.php/advice/nutritionalglossary/H 

There are many different kinds of hair problems, from dry or oily hair to premature hair loss, but most are linked to what you eat. Oily hair can occur with vitamin B deficiency. Dry or brittle hair is often a sign of essential fat deficiency. Poor hair growth, or loss of colour, is a sign of zinc deficiency. Hair loss is connected with general nutritional deficiency, especially a lack of iron, vitamin B1, vitamin C or lysine (an amino acid). Some hair supplements contain all these. Massaging the scalp also helps, as does hanging upside down, including headstands and ‘inversion’ poses in yoga, which improves circulation to the scalp. The combination of optimum nutrition, stimulating scalp circulation and correcting underlying hormonal imbalances (see Chapter 00) has proved the most effective answer for hair loss. Unfortunately there is no answer yet for grey hair, or any apparent connection with nutrition.

Diet advice
Follow the diet recommended in this book. Make sure you do not go short of essential fats and water. Avoid sugar and stimulants like tea, coffee and chocolate.

Supplements
• 2 x Multivitamin and multimineral (with 10mg iron and 10mg zinc)
• 2 x Essential Omega 3 and 6 oil capsules
• 2 x Vitamin C 1,000mg
• Lysine 1000mg (for hair loss only)

HEADACHES AND MIGRAINES

There are many causes of headaches and migraines, ranging from blood sugar drops, dehydration and allergy to stress and tension, or a critical combination. Peaks and troughs in adrenalin and blood sugar can bring on a headache. Often they go away with optimum nutrition. If they persist, look carefully at the possibility of allergy. See if you can notice any correlation between the foods you eat and the incidence of headaches.

For migraine sufferers, instead of taking an aspirin, or migraine drugs that constrict the blood vessels, try taking 100–200mg of vitamin B3 in the niacin form, which is a vasodilator. Start with the smaller dose: this will often stop or reduce a migraine in the early stages. It is best to do this at home in a relaxed environment, so the customary warm blushing sensation will probably not bother you.

Diet advice
Eat little and often and avoid long periods without food, especially if you are stressed or tense. Also make sure you drink regularly. Avoid sugar and stimulants like tea, coffee and chocolate.

Supplements
• 2 x Multivitamin and multi-mineral
• Vitamin C 1,000mg
• B3 niacin 100mg

(P.S. I have suffered with Migraines for 25 years, and after waking up one morning at 3am with so much pain that I wanted to die, I decided to read Patrick Holfords Book "Optimum Nutrional Bible".  I read all about Niacin (B3). I took one and within 1 hour my throbbing was gone.  Thankyou to Patrick Holford!! He has made my life so much easier now, as the minute I start to feel a Migraine comming on, I take a B3. IT REALLY WORKS!!!  Therese'

 

NATURAL HELP FOR KIDNEY STONES

Kidney stones, painful little bits of crystallized calcium that get lodged in your urinary tract, may be preventable in some people. Unfortunately, if you feel extreme pain your groin or lower back, you should see your doctor. But to help prevent kidney stones from developing, try these tips:

  1. Drink plenty of water. This is an obvious one, but it's important to keep your "pipes" flushed so stones can't crystallize.
  2. Eat more foods rich in magnesium, which has been shown to prevent formation of stones. Add things like tofu, wheat germ, pumpkin seeds and spinach to your daily diet.
  3. Drink more cranberry juice. Cranberries help reduce the amount of calcium in the urine. Two eight-ounce glasses of juice per day is optimal for prevention.
Source: New Choices in Natural Healing /Bill Gottleib, Prevention Books, 1995

 

CANDIDA DIET TIPS

 

Limit these to 20% of the time at home

Wheat & Bread             Bread, Cakes, buns, biscuits

Sucrose                       Sweets, Chocolates, Fizzy Drinks (Coco Cola)

Colorants                     Yellow Margarine and Yellow Cheeses

Preservatives               MSG. Fast Foods, Tartrazine, Preservatives

Fruit & Veg                   Oranges & Tomatoes

Other                            Mushrooms, Cream, Full Cream Milk, Beer, Wine (all fermentative)

 

Things you can eat

Wheat less & yeast less, rye bread & rice cakes

Gluten free cakes & biscuits

Maize, Maltabella, Oats, Muesli (Wheat, Yeast & Sugar free)

Fructose – Fruit Sugar

Low fat Milk, Natural Yoghurt

Puree Fruit Juice, Diluted and No Orange (Causes phlegm and post Nasal Drip)

All Fruit & Vegetables Raw and Cooked

Rice, Lentils and Baked Potatoes

Butter, Soya Spread, Tahina, white Cheeses

Skinless, Chicken, Fish and fat trimmed meat

Pure Billion (Fray Bentos, Marmite, Oxo)

 

RAW FOOD THERAPY (COLON CARE)

Chopped or grated raw vegetables and garlic with one teaspoon each of Linseed, sesame, celery and sunflower seeds.

 A tsp of Olive oil and a pinch of vegetable salt & cayenne pepper.

 As a main meal, add to the above, tuna, sardines, a hard boiled egg or cold meats.

 The green Vegetables supply your chlorophyll.

 

 YEAST FIGHTERS

 Cinnamon Nutmeg, Cloves, Coconut, Aniseed, Caraway and Garlic

  

DR ANDY’S HYPOGLYCAEMIC DIET

 Breakfast:         Muesli and plain yoghurt OR 2 Slices of yeast free bread and an egg.

                            1 Banana OR Apple

 10am:               1 Cup Green Tea and 2 Spirulina Tablets

 Lunch:             Raw Food (Lettuce, Spinach, Cucumber etc.) a protein, e.g. Egg and a a

Slice of maize bread

 3pm:                1 Cup Green Tea and 2 Spirulina Tablets

 Dinner:             Cooked Vegetables, complex carbohydrates (Rice or Potatoes), and a

Protein, (Chicken or fish)

Bedtime:          4 Calmag Tablets

 

TISSUE SALTS

1. CALC. FLUOR.
CALCARIA. FLUORICA CaF2 Produced from calcium fluoride
First signs: oblique or vertical lines at the inner corners of the eyes.
Calcium Fluoride helps to restore and maintain tissue elasticity, build tooth enamel and bone coatings. Combines with albumen to form elastic skin tissue. Use for callouses and hard skin on the hands and elbows, cracked heels, circulation problems (sluggish), cold sores of the mouth, cracked tongue and lips, ligaments, muscle weakness, piles, prolapsed womb, veins, ruptures, sagging and stretch marks, spastic colon, strained tendons, stretch marks, teeth decay, teeth loose in sockets, varicose veins, poor arterial circulation.

 

2. CALC. PHOS.
CALCARIA. PHOSPHORICA Ca3(PO4)2 - Produced from calcium phosphate
First signs: pale, waxy, transparent-looking ears and facial skin.
Calcium Phosphate is a cell restorer and is found in the bones, teeth, connective tissue, blood corpuscles and gastric juices. It is related to body nutrition. Also promotes healthy cellular activity and restores tone to weakened organs and tissues. This Cell Salt helps with absorption of Calcium. Use for anaemia, blood coagulation, bone building, building new cells, strengthening bones and teeth, calcification, chilblains, aids growth and normal development in children, chronic wasting diseases, circulation, combines with albumen (organic substance) so good for egg-whitey discharges, convalescence – acts as a tonic and restores lost vitality, during pregnancy, for cell division – promotes growth and repair of tissues, for growing children, growing pains, indigestion, iron deficiencies, kidney conditioner, numbness in the extremeties, panic attacks, pins and needles, poor circulation, Recuperative salt, Rickets, skeletal malformations, teething (when teeth are slow to arrive) and in decaying teeth, tooth enamel, THYROID gland, tonsillitis.

 

3. CALC. SULPH.
CALCARIA. SULPHURICA CaSO4 12H2O - Produced from calcium sulfate
First signs: acne, pimples
Calcium Sulphate is found in the skin cells and in the blood. It acts as a blood purifier, helping to disintegrate old cells. It strengthens the shell membranes and is a great healing salt. Often used in conjunction with Silicea and Kali Mur. Also found in the liver where it removes toxins and organic wastes. Great for boosting the immune system and thymus function. Use for abscesses, acne, spots, problem skins, blood impurities (use with Kali Mur), boils, carbuncles, cysts, Burns, Catarrh, Colds (early stages), Gum disease, HIV/Aids, lung problems, promotes suppuration – gets rid of the pus quicker, relates to the THYMUS gland – T-cells mature in the thymus, sore lips, ulcers and stomach ulcers, vascular coatings, wounds which are slow to heal.

 

4. FERR. PHOS.
FERRUM. PHOSPHORICUM FE (PO4)2 - Produced from iron phosphate
First signs: redness in forehead, outer ears or flushed face.
Ferrum Phosphate is the pre-eminent biochemic first aid supplement and oxygen carrier and should be the first salt in your mineral kit. It is a constituent of the red blood corpuscles which help to distribute oxygen in the body. It is also an anti-inflammatory salt. Helps to attract oxygen to the blood. For any ‘ITIS’ use Ferr. Phos. Builds strength. Works with Kali Sulph. Use for anaemia, arteries, bacterial or viral infections, bleedings and bruisings (for bruising, also use Silicea), chestiness, congestion, coughs, colds, chills, feverishness, haemorrhages, inflammation of the skin, muscular aches & pains, old age(!!), pain, inflammatory pain, rheumatism, shortness of breath, sore throats, scratchy throats, sores, temperatures below 38.5 deg C, throbbing headaches, tiredness due to lack of oxygen.

 

5. KALI MUR.
CHLORIDE OF POTASSIUM KCl - Produced from potassium chloride
First signs: Bluish-whitish area under the eyes. In very extreme cases entire face is pale and white.

Kali Mur is found in every tissue of the body except the bones. Relates to 2nd stage of any inflammatory process (for 1st stage, use Ferr. Phos).
Works well with Calc. Sulph. It is involved in the metabolism of fibrin and building fibres in the body. It is a blood conditioner, cleanser and detoxifyer. Helps form stomach acid and also found in the saliva so important for digestion. So-called ‘diary intolerance’ could merely be a Kali Mur deficiency. Use prior to any surgery to help PREVENT THROMBOSIS. USE FOR ALLERGIES, SINUSITIS AND HAY FEVER, blood clots, burns (dilute and place directly onto burn), chicken pox, coughs, colds, sore throats, tonsillitis, bronchitis, croup, diphtheria, dysentery, discharges (thick, white, fibrinous), ear infections, indigestion after eating fatty or rich foods, measles, mumps, nausea and biliousness (including morning sickness), pneumonia, reduces mucus, sluggish conditions, snoring, swollen glands, warts or other skin attachments.

 

6. KALI PHOS.
KALI PHOSPHORICUM K2HPO4 - Produced from potassium phosphate
First signs: bluish-greyish undertone around the mouth and chin, or generally grey complexion.
Kalium Phosphate is the great nerve and brain remedy. It serves as a nerve and brain cell nutrient, helps with mental and physical exhaustion (increases energy) as well as being a strong antiseptic. Use with Mag. Phos.  Kali Phos is homeopathic Potassium. Potassium is an important electrolyte and is crucial for energy. Potassium is also involved in pH and water balance. It regulates the transfer of nutrients into the cells. Potassium supports the adrenals, so is helpful for stressful times that can overtax the adrenals. Remember Kali Phos for mental energy and for physical energy. If you lack stamina part way through the day, use Kali Ph. Helpful in times of stress that need a clear mind, such as before an exam or presentation. Kali Phos has been called the pick-me-up Cell Salt and #1 stress remedy. Relax the tensions of the day. Remember Kali Phos for the stress of teens also.

 

Excellent for grounding. Increases the life force. Used for asthma as a result of nervous conditions, brain, for anything that affects the brain or the senses, depression, dizziness as a result of nervous exhaustion, functional brain disorders e.g. senility, good for stabilizing the blood, halitosis, headaches due to stress, hyperactivity in children, lack of concentration and inability to comprehend (students), lameness, lowered vitality, meningitis, mental and physical exhaustion, fatigue, apathy, jet lag, nerve degeneracy (such as loss of memory, prostration, depression), nerve pain, neuralgia, nervous conditions e.g. fretfulness, ill-humour, timidity or tantrums, septecemia, shingles, temperatures – for anything over 38.5 deg C (use in conj. With Ferr. Phos), weariness.

 

7. KALI SULPH.
KALI SULPHURICUM K2SO4 - Produced from potassium sulfate
First signs: Pigmentation marks or overall ‘bronzy’ undertone to the face. Yellow coating of tongue.
Kalium Sulphate is an oxygen carrier as well as a kidney conditioner. Works with Ferr. Phos. to oxygenate the body. Use when you have an enormous desire for COOL air. Relates to the 3rd stage of inflammation. It also helps with furnishing vitality to the skin as it is a natural lubricant. Use for improving bone marrow, brown spots and freckles (aging spots), catarrh, chronic infections, dandruff, discharge of the nose or throat being sticky or yellow in colour, dry skin, keeps skin glowing, gallbladder, hair falling out, intestinal disorders, lubricating joints, minor skin eruptions with scaling, a sticky or a yellowish discharge, epidermal conditions, poor conditions of the nails, hair and scalp, pregnancy pigmentation, promotes perspiration during inflammatory conditions, psoriasis.

 

8. MAG. PHOS.
MAGNESIA PHOSPHORICA MgHPO4 7H2O - Produced from magnesium phosphate
First signs: slightly pinkish to dark red area close to the nose and end of nose.
Magnesium Phosphate is connnected to muscles, nerve fibers, motor nervous system and the heart. It acts as nerve nutrient, general pain killer and is an anti-spasmodic. Works well with Kali. Phos. Magnesium is involved in more than 300 enzymatic reactions involving energy and nerve function. Magnesium is one of the trio including Potassium and Calcium involved in muscle function. Magnesium deficiency has been linked with CFS, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Consider Mg Ph when there has been nerve injury or damage. Injury recovery will benefit from Mg Ph. Mg Ph is indicated when nerve pain is shooting, darting, or spasmodic. Couple this with Mg Ph's presence in the brain and you'll see Mg Ph's importance in neuralgias and headaches. Use for asthma (due to stress), colic, cramps, diarrhea, headaches that have shooting or darting pains, hiccups, hunger pains, irritable bowel syndrome, menstrual cramping, motor-neuron diseases, wasting diseases, muscular twitching, neuralgia (use with Kali Phos), nervous anxiety, fear, worry, nervous tension, pregnancy and labour, relieve darting pains, spastic colon, sciatica, stomach ulcers, tummy aches, wind bloatedness.

 

9. NAT. MUR.
NATRUM MURIATICUM Nacl - From sodium chloride (common salt)
First signs: puffiness under the eyes and a strong naso-labial fold.
Natrium Muriaticum controls the water in the human body and relates to the spleen, liver and the mucous membranes. It is the water distributing salt. Works with Nat Sulph. Also good for the brain because its particles are so small it gets into the cell and draws water into itself, thus helping cell hydration. Closely associated with nutrition and glandular activity. A very important salt. Use for arthritis, blisters, blood pressure, colds with discharge of watery mucus and sneezing, constipation, craving for salty foods, depression, diarrhoea, dry painful nose and throat symptoms, excessive moisture or dryness, excessive thirst, eyes weak (the wind causes them to water), gout, hair falling out, hang nails, hangovers, hayfever, headaches, heartburn due to slow digestion, herpes, hydrochloric acid (helps make), hypertension, inflammation of the eyes, itchy skin and eyes, lack of energy, loss of smell or taste, swellings in any area of the body, toothache and facial neuralgia with flow of tears and saliva.

 

10. NAT. PHOS.
NATRUM PHOSPHORICUM Na2HPO4 12H2O - Produced from sodium phosphate
First signs: Greasy skin, oily T-bar, enlarged pores, pimples, acne, blackheads.
Natrium Phosphate is the acid-alkaline regulator of the cells in the body and found in the  kidneys and the bladder. GOOD FOR BALANCING AN ACID SYSTEM AND FOR URIC ACID. Note that cancer cells do not multiply in an alkaline condition – the more acid a system is the more it is likely to occur. Acidity is irritation on all levels. Use for acidity, acne, any yellow discharge from any area of the body, candida (loves high acid conditions), cholesterol, constipation, craving for sweets, diarrhea, digestive disorders, fungal conditions, gastric indigestion, gout, heartburn, oily skin, blackheads and pimples, parasites, worms and de-worming (3 tablets per day for a month), rheumatic pains and all rheumatic diseases, lumbago, smelly feet and perspiration, uric acid deposits, vomiting.

 

11. NAT. SULPH.
NATRUM SULPHARICUM Na2SO4 - Produced from sodium sulphate
First signs: Red outer edge of ear. Tip of nose red or purplish or entire face has a greenish-yellow undertone. Grey tongue.
Natrium Sulphate keeps the bile normal. It acts as a liver cleanser and eliminates excess water from the body. This is the primary liver salt. Works well with Nat. Mur. Use for asthma (due to humidity), biliousness, nausea, morning sickness, queasiness, bitter taste in the mouth, colic, diabetes, DETOX!, digestive problems, flu – principle remedy, green discharges from the body, headaches, hangovers, pain down neck and back of spine, hot flushes, night sweats (use with Kali Sulph for water bloating), humid conditions, influenza symptoms, liver cleanser, lymph problems, Malaria (use with Nat. Mur), Parkinson’s disease, Sweats and chills, Toxic eliminator, Tropical diseases and those that occur in humid conditions i.e. water borne diseases, Water retention.

 

12. SILICA
SILICEA SiO2 - Produced from silicon dioxide
FIRST SIGNS: WRINKLES! Especially around the eyes, also excessive hair loss, a shiny, glossy nose tip, dull hair, skin problems, sunken eyes.
Silicea acts as a skin conditioner, anti-stress agent and body cleanser. It promotes the discharge of pus and should therefore be used when there is a hard lump in the flesh, with suppuration or threatened suppuration. Works with Calc Sulph. Use for abscesses, boils, carbuncles, gumboils, styes. aggressiveness, cellulite, clamp-like headaches located around the head, hair and skin conditioner, irritation and whining in children, noise and light sensitivity, offensive perspiration, pimples and spots, protection from electro-magnetic fields e.g. computer fields, sinusitis, splinters or foreign material lodged in the body, stress, tissue conditioner, tonsillitis, toxic accumulations. Not to be used if you have any sort of implants.

 

1. COMBINATION 1 ARTHROFLEX (ARTHRITIS AND RELATED CONDITIONS)
1 Calcium Fluoride, 4 Ferrum Phosphate, 7 Potassium Sulphate, 9 Sodium Chloride, 10 Sodium Phosphate.

2. COMBINATION 2 OSTEO CALMAG (PREVENTION OF BONE LOSS)
1 Calc Fluor, 2 Calc Phos, 8 Mag Phos, 12 Silicea

3. COMBINATION 3 CLEARACELL (PIMPLES, ACNE,)
3 Calc Sulph, 10 Nat Phos, 12 Silicea

4. COMBINATION 4 IMMUNOBOOST (FOR PRE OR POST ILLNESS)
3 Calc Sulph, 4 Iron Phosphate, 5 Potassium Chloride, 9 Sodium Chloride, 12 Silicea

5. COMBINATION 5 ANTI-OXIDANT (ZAP THOSE FREE RADICALS)
4 Iron Phosphate, 5 Potassium Chloride, 7 Potassium Sulphate, 12 Silicea

6. COMBINATION 6 EMPOWER (PRE/DURING/POST MENOPAUSAL/MENSTRUAL)
2 Calc Phos, 4 Ferr Phos, 5 Kali Mur, 6 Kali Phos, 8 Mag Phos

7. COMBINATION 7 SKIN AND SCALP CONDITIONER
3 Calc Sulph, 5 Kali Mur, 7 Kali Sulph, 10 Nat Mur, 12 Silicea

8. COMBINATION 8 EASE OF BREATH (BRONCHIAL, ASTHMATIC, OXYGENATOR)
4 Ferr Phos, 11 Nat Sulph, 8 Mag Phos

9. COMBINATION 9 VITALITY (BRING BACK THE VOOM IN YOUR VOOMA!)
4 Ferr Phos, 6 Kali Phos, 9 Nat Mur

10. COMBINATION 10 PH BALANCE AND ANTI-AGING
9 Nat Mur, 10 Nat Phos, 12 Silicea

11. COMBINATION 11 VEIN AND LYMPHATIC CONDITIONER (BLOOD PRESSURE regulator)
1 Calc Fluor, 5 Kali Mur, 9 Nat Mur, 11 Nat Sulph

12. COMBINATION 12 DE-STRESS
6 Kali Phos, 8 Mag Phos, 12 Silicea. For balancing the FIRE element

13. COMBINATION 13 REGENERATION
11 Nat Sulph, 7 Kali Sulph, 2 Calc Phos. For balancing the EARTH element

14. COMBINATION 14 INSPIRATION
1 Calc Fluor, 3 Calc Sulph, 4 Ferr Phos. For balancing the WATER element

15. COMBINATION 15 ASSIMILATION
5 Kali Mur, 9 Nat Mur and 10 Nat Phos. For balancing the WATER element

16. Combination 16 CardioCare
1 Calc Fluor, 2 Calc Phos, 6 Kali Phos, 10 Nat Phos. For balancing the CARDINAL modality

17. Combination 17 Letting Go
3 Calc Sulph, 8 Mag Phos, 9 Nat Mur and 11 Nat Sulph. For balancing the FIXED modality

18. Combination BioPlasma
Containing all 12 salts, for daily maintenance of your body levels. Great for taking away on holiday without having to pack all 12 salts!

19. Combination Sulphate
Detoxification All the sulphates combined.

20. Combination Phosphate
Restorative Tonic All the Phosphates combined.