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How to Get Rid of Parasites

While we tend to accept that our pets can contract parasites that disrupt their overall health, the notion that humans can also get parasites tends to be a foreign one. The truth is that most of us will have unfriendly parasites in our bodies at one point in our lives.  Also, the truth is that anyone can get parasites—even those that don’t travel far from home. For some time many believed that people only got parasites if they traveled to exotic countries, but that just isn’t true.

Types of parasites include roundworms, protozoa (one-cell parasites), flukes and tapeworms. Before you start to imagine huge worms crawling around your body, keep in mind it is estimated that 70 percent of all human parasites are microscopic—which means that they can’t be seen with the naked eye. Despite the type of parasite, the good news is that there are lots of things that we can do to get rid of them and we don’t have to feel “creeped-out” by their existence.

So how do you know if you have parasites and if they are affecting your overall health?  While the symptoms vary widely, some more common signs include nervousness, stomach bloating, fatigue, fuzzy thinking, itchy anus, sinus trouble and feeling hungry, tired and malnourished—even after eating a large meal. And while you should always consult your health care provider if you believe you might have parasites and need advice on a course of treatment, below are some more common tools people have used to rid their bodies of unfriendly critters.

Garlic—Perhaps the easiest thing to do to help get rid of parasites is to add more garlic to your diet. Garlic contains Allicin and Ajoene—two components that work to kill parasites.

Wormwood –One of the most well-known herbs for parasites, Wormwood contains the components thujone and isothujone, which help to dispel parasites from the body. Looking for a parasite cleansing kit that features Wormwood? Check out Hanna Kroeger’s Wormwood Kit, which features Wormwood and other products that work in synergy to help rid the body of parasites.

Colon Cleanse—Diets heavy in processed and fast foods can clog up the body. And just like garbage attracts unwanted bugs when left outdoors for longer periods of times, so can waste that sits in a backed-up colon (You get the picture). Thus, a gentle colon cleanse can help dispel waste and parasites from the system.  Some of the most well-known products for colon cleansing include Sonne’s Organic Food— a highly regarded line of products which has been around since 1946. Whatever path you choose to rid your body of parasites, remember to talk to your health care provider before starting any supplement or cleansing program.

Natural Flu Fighters

With more people becoming increasingly concerned about the Flu, many are looking for ways to protect their health. Below are some helpful, general (and easy!) tips to overcoming the flu and other viruses.

Plain ol’ Vitamin C – Even though most people know the benefits of Vitamin C, many don’t take it to boost their immune systems when they are concerned about illness—they take it AFTER they get sick. To choose the right Vitamin C for you, talk to your health care provider about which dosage you should take. Drinks like “C Monster” make it easy to get some Vitamin C and stay hydrated at the same time. Which brings us to the next point…

Stay Hydrated and Eat Whole Foods – Again, this seems like common sense, but often the most logical and clear cut health strategies are the ones that are most missed. To help keep your body healthy make sure to drink lots of fluids throughout the day (remember that soda and coffee do not count!) and eat whole foods – including choices that boost health and immunity.  Look for organic choices like garlic (natural immune boost) squash (helps clear toxics), asparagus (cleans the blood) and Elderberries (antiviral properties and flu-fighting flavonoids).

Hyland’s Products— Since 1903, Hyland’s has built a long a solid reputation for producing effective products. They are FDA regulated and the largest domestic manufacturer of homeopathic medicines in North America. Hyland’s Complete Flu Care and new Complete Flu Care for kids feature two-phase action help to minimize flu symptoms at first onset and help relieve nasty symptoms after the flu has set in. We especially like their Cold ‘n Cough 4 kids, which helps to get rid of common cold symptoms, including sneezing, sore throat, and congestion without side effects. www.hylands.com.

Hanna Kroeger’s Vyren and INF Blend – Hanna Kroeger is recognized worldwide as having been an expert in herbs and natural healing. When she passed she left behind a legacy of natural healing tools that people around the world continue to rave about. Made to help fight viruses, Vyren contains a combination of Raspberry Leaves, Basil and Lettuce. INF (Infection) Blend is meant to help combat the flu and other common infections and contains a helpful blend of Lemon Peel, Chamomile, Thyme, Cayenne, Yerba santa, Eucalyptus, Mugwort and Coltsfoot. To learn more, please visit www.hannasherbshop.com.

We are an educational resource, please consult your health care provider for medical advice.

Protect your kids from overlooked health risk

A leading health risk often overlooked as a possible cause for disruptive and irritable behavior in children, lead poisoning is a serious condition that if left untreated can cause various health threats. In fact, according to the CDC, lead poisoning can damage the kidneys, the nervous system, the reproductive system, cause elevated blood pressure and is especially harmful to the developing brains of young children and fetuses.

So how does a child end up with too much lead in his or her system? Most people know about the dangers of lead paint found covering walls of many older houses and apartment buildings. However, not too many people consider their child’s exposure to water run through lead pipes or the massive amount of environmental lead residue. The EPA estimates that more than 12 million children primarily living in urban areas are exposed to around 10 million metric tons of lead residue resulting from the use of leaded gasoline and paint. Even juice boxes can be a source of lead!

According to the Mayo Clinic the signs and symptoms of lead poisoning in children may include:

• Irritability

• Loss of appetite

• Weight loss

• Sluggishness and fatigue

• Abdominal pain

• Vomiting

• Constipation

• Unusual paleness from anemia

• Learning difficulties

You can get your child tested for lead poisoning, often for free. Start by checking with your local health department regarding lead screening guidelines specific to the risks in your area.  If your child does indeed have lead poisoning, you’ll want to talk to your health care provider before starting any treatment, but there are a number of natural remedies that might help.

Natural Strategies for combating lead poisoning  include utilizing homeopathic remedies specifically for lead accumulation. For instance, Hanna Kroeger Herbs makes a Plumbum (Latin for lead) remedy specifically to help dispel lead from the body. Helpful herbs for combating lead poisoning and heavy metal toxicity include Alfalfa and Dandelion. Make sure to always buy organic or wild herbs that haven’t been treated with pesticides. And of course, it is important to identify the source of lead so that your child isn’t exposed again. Finally, don’t forget to test yourself and other family members for lead poisoning if your child tests positive! Other people in your family could also be at risk!

Natural sun protection products

From the picnics to the camping trips, the summertime means getting outside. Thankfully, there are a number of natural sun protection products that make it possible for your family to stay protected while enjoying all the warm weather fun. Tune in to Channel 2 this Tuesday in Denver as we talk about natural sun protection on Daybreak!

Urban Baby Bonnets
Urban Baby Bonnets was created by a mom who wanted to find a safe and stylish way to protect her daughter from the rays. Super cute natural and organic options keep your little one’s face shielded from sun, wind and light rain. There’s something for everyone, including little boys who want to look cute, too! Also, since the rims of the hats do not flop, they are more comfortable for the kiddos. Everything is handmade–no sweatshops, no outsourcing, just beautifully made, heirloom quality bonnets and clothes that you will love! www.urbanbabybonnets.com

Patagonia UPF Clothing
Patagonia is known for making clothes featuring sustainable materials to help to protect the environment for generations to come. They have launched many ground-breaking programsincluding their Common Threads Initiative, which focuses on helping reduce environmental footprint. Their UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) clothing collection is a must for the outdoors because it provides built-in sun protection that won’t wear off. You’ll find snazzy styles for every member of the family. www.patagonia.com

Mountain Ocean
Mountain Ocean is a company committed to using only superior natural ingredients to make various products that are perfect before, during and after a day in a sun. The Almond Oil and Skin Trip both soothe and nourish sun-soaked skin, while the Lip Trip uses PABA-Free sunscreen and other targeted ingredients to maintain proper moisture balance while protecting your pucker. www.mountainocean.com

Vitamin E, A and C– Many people don’t realize they can help protect themselves from the sun by taking Vitamin supplements. However, according to Discovery Health, when vitamins C and E are combined they help prevent sunburn and make the effects of the sun much less severe.  Also,Vitamin A is great tool to help heal skin from  sun damage. The key is to find high-quality products that feature targeted nutrients, like these from Hanna’s Herb Shop.

Kroeger Herb Sunny E

Kroeger Herb Sunny A

Nature’s Plus Vitamin C, Lovites, Chewable (ascorbic acid)

Are Retroviruses a Main Cause of Breast Cancer?

While many think that genetics are the main cause of breast cancer, only about 1 in 10 cases are caused by a genetic link. So if genetics aren’t the prevalent cause of breast cancer, what is?

Since the 1930s, there has been a stream of studies surrounding retroviruses and their link to human cancers.  Simply put, retroviruses invade the host DNA and disrupt genes that control cell division, which in turn can cause cancer. When it comes to breast cancer there has been some promising research that shows a connection. In fact, throughout the years well-known researchers have explored the possible link between breast cancer and a retrovirus known as the mammary tumor virus (MMTV). In two prominent studies, researchers found the MMTV retrovirus present in breast tumors and cells.

So what can you do to protect yourself from retroviruses?  Olive leaf extract has been found to be a wonderful healing remedy for retroviruses due to its antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, antiparasiti and antioxidant properties. Also, the X-40 Kit was specifically designed by the legendary healer, Hanna Kroeger, to combat retroviruses. It also helps prevent fatigue and lift brain fog and is a great tool to promote overall wellness.