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How to Get Rid of Parasites

While we tend to accept that our pets can contract parasites that disrupt overall health, the notion that humans can also have parasites living in the body tends to be a foreign one. The truth is that most of us will have unfriendly parasites in our systems at one point in our lives. For some time many believed that humans only got parasites if they traveled to exotic countries, but unfortunately that isn’t true. Anyone can get parasites—even those who don’t travel far from home. Do you have parasites? If so, there are easy things you can do to help yourself.

Types of Parasites

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.

How Do You Know if You Have Parasites?

How to Get Rid of Parasites - Natural Products Network

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.

Easy Ways to Fight Parasites

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. Check out Hanna Kroeger’s Wormwood, which is one of the highest-rated Wormwood supplements.

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 Detoxification Pack— 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.

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Parathyroid Imbalance Causes Anxiety and Depression

If you’re like us, you probably don’t think of your parathyroid glands very often…if ever. However, these pea shaped glands are very important to our overall health. An imbalance it can cause a host of problems including anxiety, lack of concentration, loss of energy, depression, high blood pressure, trouble sleeping, gastric reflux, headaches, osteoporosis and even mental instability.

So what does the parathyroid do and why is it important? The parathyroid glands are part of the Endocrine system. In short, they help to regulate calcium and phosphorus in the body. The work of the parathyroid helps to:

  • normalize blood clotting
  • promote bone and teeth health
  • increase cell membrane permeability
  • protect the health of the nervous system

It’s surprising that symptoms of a parathyroid issue can be anxiety and depression, however, this is not something that is normally discussed. Most likely, many of you reading this have never even considered that your parathyroid might be giving you trouble.

The most common problem people encounter with the parathyroid is hyperparathyroidism, or hyper-activity of the parathyroid glands which can produce a calcium imbalance. Thankfully, there are steps that you can take to help correct a parathyroid imbalance once you are aware that you have a problem. For instance, Kelp easy to find and is known to help feed the parathyroid.

Learn more about hyperparathyroidism and remedies that help balance the parathyroid. Getting the information you need will help you take control of your health and feel your best!

Kelp helps nourish the parathyroid.

Natural products to help heal your pets emotions

People know that pets have emotions, but rarely do we think of helping our pets with their emotional baggage. Perhaps, this has lots to do with the fact that we are focused on our own emotional problems and that our pets can’t verbalize how they feel.

For instance, some animals have been subjected to puppy mills and animal shelters prior to landing in a loving home.  Experiences like these can take a toll on pets, even years later. Fortunately, the line of Bach Flower Remedies for Animals can really help.

Bach makes a wonderful line of remedies for your pet’s emotional needs. The Bach Flower Remedies for Animals utilizes homeopathic principles to help little furry friends become more balanced. You’ll find remedies for everything from jealousy and depression to fear and anger.

Check out the line of remedies now!

The 221 B.C. Drink for Modern Times

So, lately we’ve been seriously addicted to drinking Kombucha because it makes us feel really, really good! The other day a person even remarked that the whole office had glowing skin (not in a freaky radioactive way, but in a healthy, vibrant way). Plus, when we drink Kombucha we feel more energized to complete our work during the day.

Turns out that there’s good reason for our newfound “glow.” Kombucha contains beneficial probiotics that help the digestive and immune systems (take that flu!), contains live active enzymes that help recharge the body’s cells, and contains polyphenols that help fight free radicals. So where do you get this magical drink? Our favorite is GT’s Kombucha that can be purchased at health food stores around town including Whole Foods.

Here are some more interesting facts about Kombucha from one of the first and best to hit the market GT’s Kombucha.

o    Kombucha has been a health-promoting and life-enhancing wonder food since as early as the Tsin Chinese Dynasty of 221 BC. Its popularity has been documented throughout history in all corners of the world, from Russia to India, Germany to Japan.

o    In his autobiography, Nobel Prize winner Alexandr Solzhenitsyn wrote that drinking Kombucha helped him survive the Siberian slave camps of the former Soviet Union.

o    Kombucha may be known by many different names in other parts of the world, including Manchurian Tea, Manchu Fungus, Tea Kvass, Mo-Gu Fungus japonicus, Kwassan, and many others.

o    A report on NBC’s Dateline stated that over three million people regularly drink Kombucha.

Now that’s something to toast to! Cheers!…Now drink up!

Deadly Staph Infection Cured by Pesky Tree

Lots of people know the Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria as the “scary staph” that is resistant to most forms of medications—and the bad news is that this dangerous bacteria infection is on the rise. According to the Center of Disease Control, thirty years ago only 2 percent of all staph infections in the US were MRSA, but by 2003 that number climbed to a whopping 64 percent. By 2005, 94,000 people developed life-threatening MRSA with nearly 19,000 dying from it.

However, a simple tree could be the key to fighting MRSA and stopping its threat in its tracks. Researchers have discovered a staph-fighting chemical compound in the needles of Red Cedar trees. Initial tests have shown promise that this chemical compound can thwart the deadly MRSA bacterium.

What makes this more intriguing is that the Red Cedar tree has often been considered a “trash tree” and has been thought of as a nuisance because of the way it invades fertile farmlands. Also, the Red Cedar is available in large numbers year around so there is plenty of supply—an estimated 500 million grow in Missouri alone.

“I wanted to find a use for a tree species that is considered a nuisance,” said Chung-Ho Lin, research assistant professor in the MU Center for Agroforestry at the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. “This discovery could help people fight the bacteria as well as give farmers another cash crop.”

Lose weight with hot celebrity workout

Break the weight loss barrier with a complete system consisting of an innovative workout, ground-breaking nutrition plan and guided meditation to remove obstacles.  Developed from more than 20 years of experience by Cameron Shayne, Budokon fuses elements of martial arts, yoga and meditation into one exhilarating workout that keep celebrities like Jennifer Aniston coming back for more.

Product Details

Instructor(s): Cameron Shayne
Media Format: DVD
Length: Disc 1 – 1 hour 20 minutes, Disc 2 – 1 hour 10 minutes, Disc 3 – 56 minutes

Workout Breakdown:

Disc 1 – Learn the basics

The pose guide’s main purpose is to get you going in the right direction. It includes a helpful breakdown of Budokon moves such as modified crescent, cat stance front kick and pivot punch so you can learn the mechanics before you start the practice. The DVD also contains a 50-minute workout with step-by-step instruction which helps you ease into Budokon without getting. It begins with fast-paced Ashtanga yoga sequences to deeply stretch the body, followed by classic martial art moves to build strength and ends with a brief meditation to prep the mind. It’s important to remember that in this system, the longer the practice, the less intense the workout. You’ll also find an interview with Cameron where he talks about his background and why he created Budokon. Little know facts include that he got into martial arts because he was bullied as a child and he once was a body guard for Charlie Sheen.

Disc 2 – Accelerated and maintenance workouts

Now, you can apply what you learned with disc 1 with two accelerated routines based on the initial 50-minute practice. The 40-minute routine includes minimal instruction and the 30-minute workout includes very little so you can do the workout at a truer pace. A helpful rule of thumb when deciding when to accelerate your workout is when the workout speed your presently doing feels comfortable enough that you’re beginning to anticipate Cameron’s next move.

Disc 3 – Self empowerment

Make the most of the energy you’ve created with your workouts as Cameron guides you through key areas of self-discovery to help you overcome weight loss challenges. You’ll be surprised what you learn about yourself and how little changes in attitude can lead to big results.

Weight Loss Guide and Workout Plan
This guide  teaches you how to set healthy goals in 3, 4-week stages and contains information about food combining to effectively lose weight and recipes from New York’s edgy Pure Food & Wine restaurant. You’ll also find a 12-week workout guide that includes weekly goals and a workout schedule.

From the instructor Cameron Shayne: “The Budokon practice for the average person out there, what it brings to our culture that is so material, focused and driven – it brings you back to the Earth. It brings you back to some tranquility, some center, some real true art. You want to feel art again? Practice something like this. Budokon cultivates people, it cultivates the human spirit.”

For more information about to purchase this workout, please visit www.budokon.com.

Use Foods Around the House to Heal Indigestion, Acne and Sore Throat!

While the saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” isn’t usually taken literally—it should be. Apples, like a lot of other common foods you’ll find in your fridge, are packed with healing nutrients that can save you a trip to the doctor the next time you’re not feeling so well. While us westerners often think of food as nourishing our bodies, we hardly ever look to it for medicinal purposes. However, for centuries different cultures such as the Chinese and American Indians have used food to help them feel better.  And we are not just talking about eating food, but also utilizing it in tonics and salves—and even placing it on the body to help draw out toxins.

Despite the disconnect often experienced when thinking of the notion that food can heal, nearly every person can think of a food related remedy that has been passed down in her or his family. The interesting thing is that a lot of these “old wives tales,” as they are often called, actually work and have been backed up by science. Furthermore, with health care costs on the rise, now is the perfect time to explore how to utilize common foods to promote better health. So open your mind—and your fridge— and let’s get started looking at the healing powers of food.

Tomatoes – There are oodles of studies that show that the chemical that makes tomatoes red, known as lycopene, may lower the risk of cancer. Tomatoes are also rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Calcium and Potassium and can be used topically to draw out toxins. Next time you have a breakout try rubbing fresh tomato juice on your skin during your cleansing process.  Also, when you have a sore throat, try cutting a tomato in half and putting each side, juicy side down, on your neck where it hurts. This really works! You can also enjoy the healing benefits of tomatoes by making delicious sauces. Some of our favorite natural tomato products are made by Muir Glen.

Onions – Ahhh, the onion. Did you know that onions contain as many as 150 phytochemicals including quercetin which works to help to dispel free radicals in the body? Probably not, which is why you are reading this article in the first place, right? Anyway, the next time that you find yourself really stuffed up or feeling like you might have a touch of the flu, try making a huge pot of simple onion stew. First, find the biggest and deepest pot that you have and fill it with water until it’s about half full. Then cut 3 whole onions, put them in the pot and bring it to a boil. Simmer for about 15 minutes or until the onions are tender. After you’ve removed it from the heat, check the temperature of the steam with your hand (don’t burn yourself!) When it’s not too hot, poor the onion broth into a cup and sip it slowly while continuing to inhale the wonderful, healing vapors. This simple remedy can help clear you up and get you back on track.

Apple Cider Vinegar – Without going into a long narrative about how Apple Cider Vinegar works to help the body, we’ll save you a lot of boring reading by stating simply that it has been suggested that it works because it helps balance alkaline levels in the body. (Western diets are often more acid than alkaline…thus more alkaline can be ideal).  If you find yourself eating out a few times a week, try making Apple Cider Vinegar your new best friend. After eating heavy restaurant food—or just something that didn’t quite agree with you—put a tablespoon of Unfiltered Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (like Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar) in a large glass of water and sip it very, very slowly. Don’t be surprised if by the time you are finished your tummy ache is completely gone. Apple Cider Vinegar is also a wonderful natural acne treatment.

Wasabi Infused Desserts

Cherished for decades in the East for its unique flavor and healthful influences, Wasabia japonica is best known as an age-old food pairing with sashimi or sushi dishes. But, its uses can be much more wide-reaching…even as far as dessert! A company called Real Wasabi is pioneering the use of Wasabi in a variety of inventive products. Check out these dessert ideas, which all incorporate the flavors of organic Dried Ground Real Wasabi.

Wasabi Spiced Pumpkin Pie
Prep time 60 minutes, serves 4

1 1/4 cups pumpkin puree, canned or fresh
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. Dried Ground REAL WASABI™
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. all-purpose flour
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup evaporated milk, undiluted
2 Tbs. water
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 unbaked pastry shell (9-inch)

Preheat oven to 400°. In a medium mixing bowl combine pumpkin, sugar, salt, Dried Ground REAL WASABI™, ground ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon and flour. Then add eggs and mix evenly. Once the ingredients are equally mixed, stir in the evaporated milk, water and vanilla and mix well. Grease a pie pan and line with pastry. Pour contents of the mixing bowl into pastry-lined pie pan. Bake at 400° for the first 15 minutes and then reduce heat to 375° and bake 30 additional minutes, or until center is set.

Real Tempting Hot Chocolate
Prep time 15 minutes, serves 2

2 cups milk
splash water
2 Tbs. cocoa
2 Tbs. sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. Dried Ground REAL WASABI™
pinch salt
2 Tbs. white chocolate

Over medium heat, mix cocoa, sugar, 1 cup milk and water until slightly warm, smooth and creamy. Add the rest of the milk, the salt, and Dried Ground REAL WASABI™ and keep stirring, until mixture begins to bubble and steam. Remove from heat and set aside. In another pan, melt white chocolate over medium heat until creamy and then set aside. Stir mixture one last time and then pour into large mugs. Using a butter knife, swirl in white chocolate and serve immediately.

Fresh Fruit Compote with a Twist
Prep time 30 minutes, chill time 4 hours, serves 4

3 cups water
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup raisins
1 cup sweet white wine
1 lb. fresh mixed fruit such as blueberries, strawberries, prunes, raspberries, pears, apricots, peaches, apples or figs
2 tsp. Dried Ground REAL WASABI™
2 whole cloves
1 Tbs. lemon zest
3 cinnamon sticks

In a large saucepan, stir in water and sugar over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Place the rest of the ingredients into the saucepan and stir. Simmer for about 25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until fruits are tender and liquid has reduced to a syrupy texture. Turn off heat and let mixture cool to room temperature. Pour into a large glass bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Serve on fruit cups, in long-stemmed goblets with a dollop of natural whipped cream; on warm pie; alongside poultry dishes; or in the place of jelly.

Extraordinary Easy Apple Crisp
Prep time 45 minutes, serves 4

4 apples, peeled and sliced
1 Tbs. water
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup flour
4 tsp. brown sugar
4 tsp. butter
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. Dried Ground REAL WASABI™
1 dash nutmeg

Preheat oven to 350°. Grease pie pan or baking dish. Combine apples, water, and salt and then place in baking pan or dish. Mix remaining ingredients in a separate bowl until crumbly and then sprinkle over apple mixture. Bake in the top part of the oven for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
Marty’s Marvelous Wasabi Cheesecake
Prep time 75 minutes, chill time overnight, serves 4

1 3/4 cups Graham Cracker Crumbs
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 1/4 cups sugar, divided
3 pkg. (8 oz. each) Cream Cheese, softened
2 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. Dried Ground REAL WASABI™
3 eggs
1 cup Sour Cream
1 jar apple, strawberry or raspberry jelly for topping

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl mix crumbs, butter and 1/4 cup sugar. Once completely mixed, press evenly on bottom and sides of deep baking dish or spring form pan and set aside. Next, use an electric mixer to beat Dried Ground REAL WASABI™, cream cheese, remaining sugar and vanilla until creamy. Then beat in eggs, one at a time and carefully blend in sour cream. Once the mixture is ready, spread in prepared dish or pan. Bake for 60 minutes or until center is set. Turn off oven. Leave cheesecake in oven 1 hour with the door slightly ajar. Remove from oven; cool completely and then refrigerate overnight. Top with apple, strawberry or raspberry jelly before serving.

To purchase Real Wasabi Products, please visit www.realwasabi.com

Protect your right to freely purchase health supplements! Act now!

Perhaps one of the greatest concerns of those who utilize herbs and supplements to support their overall health is that new regulations will be put in place to restrict our access to these powerful tools. Since the US Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA) passed in 1994, which gave us the right to purchase supplements, many have wondered if this would truly be the end of the battle.

Part of the concern comes from the fact that other countries do not have the same rights to supplements as people living in the US. For instance, “The Guidelines for Vitamin and Mineral Food Supplements,”as developed by the Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex), has challenged people’s rights to supplements throughout the world.

Adding to the concern, a few years ago there was a bit of an uproar over the FDA “reclassification” of vitamins, supplements and herbs. This turned out to be a false alarm because it was determined that the new reclassification did not specifically propose any new federal laws beyond those already in place. However, that doesn’t mean that our health freedoms will always be protected. Make sure that you stay informed! Head here to join the National Health Freedom Action (NHFA) mailing list to make sure that you always have the latest information!

Conquer Flu Fear

It’s that time again when people start worrying about getting sick. In a past post, we mentioned how Bach Flower Remedies can be used if someone is experiencing a great deal of fear over the negative media coverage surrounding the flu. Then, a reader (Thanks Nancy!) gave us a tip on an article that the Bach Flower Education Center has posted on their Web site about this very same topic!

As Dr. Margaret  Chan, General Director of the World Health Organization, raises the global pandemic level to 5, the second highest level of threat possible, another disease is quickly ravaging people around the globe – fear. Reports from Mexico state that many have abandoned their homes and jobs for the countryside, while others have been housebound for days, both groups left with little to do but watch the news and worry about their own health and that of their loved ones. Meanwhile, in the US, sales of hand sanitizer are soaring nationwide and, in far north Ann Arbor MI, the local pharmacy is running out of surgical masks.  It is certainly essential to take practical health precautions such as washing your hands, covering your mouth when you cough/sneeze and avoiding those who are ill, yet being fearful and worried about the flu is not in the best interest of your heath and wellness. In fact, research shows that to stay well, it is best to remain calm and positive. Read full article.

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Only 13 Percent of Kids Get Enough Veggies!

Boil, steam, sauté and salad. That’s pretty much summarizes how most of us prepare and consume our veggies. So it’s really no wonder that often times veggies are thought of as a little bit of a bore. Probably that’s why lots of us don’t get nearly enough. Surveys from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that only 27 percent of adults eat the recommended three servings of veggies per day. Oh and it’s even worse for high school students — only 13 percent of our youth are reaching the goal for vegetable consumption each day.

But, thankfully with the rise of the raw food movement, more people are saying “hello” to beautiful broccoli and savory squash by simply learning how to make vegetables more interesting and appealing. Not only that, but eating raw foods preserves valuable nutrients that are missing from most Western diets. So how does one learn more about raw food preparation? Check out the number of wonderful raw food cookbooks available today that boast a bevy of beautiful flavors.

One of our favorite raw food cookbooks is Living Raw Food by Sarma Melngailis. The recipes are from the legendary  Pure Food and Wine restaurant and represent a mixture of delicious gourmet and everyday options. We recommend that you start with the salads—so amazing and easy, even your kids will ask for seconds. Also, make sure to check out Sarma’s amazing Web site oneluckyduck.com to find a number of veggie and raw food friend products. By discovering just a few veggie friendly recipes you like, you can take one step closer to better health. And once you master some new healthy recipes, make sure to tell us when we can come over for dinner!

French Fries Can Cause ADHD

Recently a landmark study was released that links pesticides to ADHD in children. In the study, performed by the Journal of Pediatrics, more than 1,000 kids were tested and of those 119 had ADHD. The children that had ADHD were found to have high levels of pesticides in their systems, particularly organophosphates, which were first developed for chemical warfare.

So what does this mean? Obviously, we need to be more mindful of pesticides and how these common chemicals affect our health. But, more so than that, we need to look at our exposure to ALL toxins and how this exposure might be affecting us and our children. In the case of ADHD, there are many potential factors that may be causing the symptoms related to this condition.

Specifically, many of us eat highly dangerous toxins every single day and don’t even know it. These toxins are additives and preservatives called excitotoxins, which can cause a host of problems including  headaches, nerve problems, anxiety,  hyperactivity, depression, mental illness, seizures and brain damage. Check out this amazing book, Excitotoxins: The Taste that Kills, to find out the truth about the dangers of common preservatives and food additives. What you’ll find is that there is concrete scientific evidence against common substances like MSG found in a variety of foods (not just Chinese Food!!). These harmful substances are put into food to make it taste better and represent a billion dollar business. The problem is that they are also making us sick.

The good news is that we can do something about this by choosing foods that are free of these common chemicals. Check the labels of foods and stay away from packaged foods that contain an abundance of chemicals. Also, be careful because seemingly harmless ingredients such as “enzymes,” “hydrolyzed vegetable protein,” “natural flavors” and “spices” are really MSG in disguise! Two of the biggest culprits that you would never suspect are diet foods and Campbell Soups which are loaded with excitotoxins. Also, just because foods are labeled as “natural” or “organic” does not mean that they are safe! Get informed and take control of your health and the health of your family! Try making wholesome meals at home completely from scratch for a month and see how you feel. Our guess is much, much better.

For more information, please read the informative article by our friend Jaime Ann about Treating Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD) Naturally.

Think Beyond Your Facewash: Check Out These Innovative Natural Acne Fighters for Your Best Skin!

Chances are this morning you utilized regular skin care products to keep blemishes at bay, but surely there must be more that you can do to promote clear, glowing skin? Check out these innovative natural acne fighters that work in new ways to help you get great skin.

Hyland’s Calendulated Oil – Introduced to US settlers as early as the 1600’s, Calendula boasts a long history of effectiveness for its healing power on the skin. Hyland’s Calendula Oil is used as a local application for simple skin irritations and blemishes causes by dryness. Also great for dry hands, chapped wind-blown faces and rough elbows!

Dessert Essence Tee Tree Oil – Continued scientific testing has revealed tea tree oil to contain over 100 different chemical compounds, making this singular leaf-derived oil an effective antiseptic and detoxifying agent. Studies have shown that tea tree oil has similar effectiveness to treating acne as benzoyl peroxide but without burning, itching or drying the skin.

Mountain Rose Herbs Organic Strawberry Leaf TeaStrawberry leaf contains high levels of calcium and vitamin C and plenty of trace minerals. A favorite to help heal eczema and rashes, you can either use the loose herbs to make a delicious tea or apply it directly onto the face as a hot compress to get glowing skin.

Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar – Apple Cider vinegar contains alpha-hydroxy acids that help regulate the pH balance of the skin. To make a fabulous natural toner, simply put one tbs. of Apple Cider vinegar into one cup of filtered water, mix thoroughly and dab on skin with a cottonball. Works great to balance and nourish for super soft, clear skin!

Nobel Prize-winning scientist endorses homeopathic remedies

For years there has been on ongoing discussion in the medical community about homeopathy. Now, a prominent Nobel Prize-winning scientist has made a profound discovery that is rocking the medical and scientific communities. The scientist, Professor Luc Montagnier, has completed research that shows the scientific basis for homeopathy.

Professor Montagnier’s finding is important because it shows that water has a memory that continues after many dilutions—which is a driving principle of homeopathy. This may be hard for non-scientists to understand, but this finding is vital because it provides the scientific root for this hundred-year-old healing tool. With his new research, doctors and scientists can better understand how homeopathic remedies work.

Homeopathy was first discovered by Samuel Hahnemann in 1796 when he came up with the principle that “like cures like.” Thus, each homeopathic remedy is made from an extremely diluted substance that has similar qualities to the symptoms it is targeting. It is believed that when the body encounters the homeopathic, it responds and combats the corresponding symptoms to help the person feel better. Homeopathic remedies are used by England’s Royal Family and widely prescribed as a safe and natural healing tool by physicians in Europe and Asia. While homeopathy is more popular in Europe, it is also gaining a committed following in the United States and counts celebrities such as Cindy Crawford, Cher and David Beckham as fans.

Choosing a Homeopathic Remedy
Although homeopathic remedies have been around a long time, many people are not familiar with how to use them. You may be pleasantly surprised how many Western physicians are knowledgeable about homeopathy and can advise you accordingly. Some Western physicians within large networks, like Kaiser for instance, are both Naturopaths and MDs—just ask an advisor in your network to point you in the right direction. If your primary doctor isn’t knowledgeable, consider reaching out to a Naturopath or Homeopath for a recommendation.

A great resource for those who want to learn more about homeopathy is the Hyland Homeopathy Web site. Established in 1903, Hyland’s is FDA regulated and the largest domestic manufacturer of homeopathic medicines in North America. Some of their most popular products include Cold ’n Cough, Leg Cramps and Calms Forte. You can find Hyland’s products at many popular retailers like Whole Foods, Walgreens, Target and CVS.

Although homeopathic remedies vary, general guidelines for use include placing the remedies directly from the bottle into your mouth and taking them at least 20 minutes before or after meals. Check with your physician for any additional guidelines.