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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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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!

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.

How Do I Use Homeopathic Remedies?

On a recent trip to the Vitamin Cottage off of 15th street near Downtown Denver, one of the Natural Products Network team members witnessed a woman browsing the rows of homeopathic remedies and asking an employee numerous questions. That trip provided the inspiration for this article because although homeopathic remedies have been around much longer than most types of Western medicine, many people have no idea what they are, how they work or how to use them.

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 thought that when the body encounters the homeopathic, it responds and combats the corresponding symptoms. Although, homeopathy has had its critics, it’s sheer staying power and number of users around the world say a lot about its effectiveness. In fact, homeopathic remedies are used by England’s Royal Family and widely prescribed by Physicians in Europe and Asia.

When choosing a homeopathic remedy it’s a good idea to first check with your health care provider. You may be pleasantly surprised how many Western Physicians are becoming more knowledgeable about homeopathy and can advise you accordingly. Recently, a friend of mine told us about a doctor she discovered at Kaiser who is both a Naturopath and a MD – pretty exciting stuff! If your primary doctor isn’t receptive, consider reaching out to a Naturopath for a recommendation. Whomever you go to, the most important thing is that you don’t feel belittled or patronized for wanting to explore another health option—especially one like homeopathy that has been around for a long time and has many fans around the world.

Regardless of which remedies that you end up choosing there are general rules that apply to all homeopathic remedies. First, never touch them as this can disturb the remedies. Instead, always pour them into the bottle cap first before putting them into your mouth and letting them dissolve under your tongue (If you use a liquid, squirt it directly under your tongue without touching the dropper to your mouth). Next, don’t eat or drink anything for at least 20 minutes before or after you take the homeopathic so that they can be absorbed directly into your system. One of our favorite brands of homeopathic remedies is Hyland’s which offers a number of solutions from their popular Cold n Cough 4 Kids to their legendary Calms Forte formula. Hyland’s also makes an effective natural acne treatment.

Also, when deciding on a healing path with your health care adviser, work on one set of correlating symptoms at a time so you don’t overload yourself with too many remedies.  Even though little to no adverse side effects have been reported, starting with too many homeopathic remedies too fast can be overwhelming. Lastly, if you purchase your remedies from a health food store, ask the cashier not to scan them at checkout. Although some argue that scanning is fine, there is also a belief that it could weaken the energetic quality of the homeopathic—so there’s no point in taking the risk.

Avoid hidden toxins in kid products

When you become a parent, you want to extend your eco-awareness to your kids so that they too can reap the benefits. Sure, you’ve chosen cloth diapers and are careful about recycling and packing nutritious, organic lunches, but what are you missing? Chances are some things you haven’t even thought of. Check out four of the most common mistakes parents make when trying to raise healthy, happy, natural kids.

1. Hidden Chemicals

Just because a product is labeled as natural or even organic does not mean that it is a healthy choice. In fact, many common seemingly healthy products aimed at kids are filled with harmful chemicals. 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 additives are used as flavor enhancers 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. 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 sometimes food additives in disguise! Two of the biggest culprits aimed right at our kids are Campbell Soups and Lunchables.

2. Toxic Toys and Clothes

We live in a world where quantity is often chosen over quality — especially when it comes to our kids’ clothes and toys. Even the most environmentally aware parent can get caught up in a wave of seemingly never ending consumerism. Worse yet, parents often end up buying an abundance of toys and clothes for their children that are actually toxic and harmful to their health.

In fact, according to the New York Daily News, dangerous levels of lead and hazardous chemicals continue to pop up in some popular children’s products like Barbie Bike Flair Accessory Kit and the Dora the Explorer Activity Tote. Also, conventional clothing can retain toxic chemicals that can cause rashes. So what is a parent to do? Check out wonderful websites like WildDill.com that offer a variety of clothes and toys that are safe, educational, high-quality and eco-friendly.

3. Over Juiced

Sure, consuming some juice is OK for our kids’ health, but nowadays over consumption of juice is becoming a real problem. So much so that even the American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a policy statement about “The Use and Misuse of Fruit Juice in Pediatrics.” According to the AAP, drinking too much juice can contribute to obesity, the development of cavities and gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhea, excessive gas, bloating and abdominal pain. Also, according to NRP, a California environmental group has found amounts of lead in bottled juice, juice boxes and packaged fruit that exceed federal limits for young children. And compounding this problem, juice boxes are often not recycled and end up littering our landfills.

4. Carbon Kid Print

When is the last time you calculated your carbon kid print? Um….never? If you are like many parents who calculate their individual footprint and its impact on the environment, you might realize that you’ve never even included your kids in this equation – or started a conversation with them about how they can have a positive impact on the environment. Thankfully there is this wonderful website called Carbonfootprint that can help you tally the results and use it as a teaching moment. 

Which Common Herb is Better Than Botox?

Looking for a way to shed years off your appearance without resorting to chemicals or even more drastic measures? If so, make sure to check out this age-defying herb that is touted for its natural ability to help heal and nourish the body.

Nettle, a member of the Urticaceae family, is a nutrition-packed herb that has been used throughout time to help promote better health. In fact, some two thousand years ago Caesar’s Roman troops were ordered to gather as much nettle as possible from England because of its many benefits.

Nettle is rich in chlorophyll, and is a good source vitamins A, C and E, iron, calcium and phosphates – key nutrients to help turn back time. It has been used to help prevent infections, combat viruses and bacteria and revitalize the body after childbirth.

When it comes to helping one improve their appearance, nettle serves as a magic tonic for hair and skin. It helps heal blemishes, just like these other innovative natural acne treatments.  Specifically, it helps increase circulation to make brittle hair feel more luxurious and strong. And guys – listen up – it has also been touted for helping to prevent hair loss. On the smooth skin front, it helps to soothe irritation and relieve acne and eczema to promote a more youthful appearance.

The easiest and perhaps best way to consume nettle is by making a simple tea. You can find high quality organic loose leaf nettle at sites including Mountain Rose Herbs. Try combining a bit of organic loose leaf peppermint with nettle to produce a delicious tea blend.

If you are new to nettle or herbs in general, consult your health care provider before adding nettle into your daily routine. If your current health care provider doesn’t know anything about nettle or its vast benefits (or treats you like an idiot for asking about it), then ask around or do your own research into the healing benefits of herbs.

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!

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.

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.

Homeopathy for Athletes

Whether you’re a professional racer zooming towards the finish line, or an amateur out on a Sunday afternoon, fitness goals remain a huge part of being an athlete at any level.

In order to reach goals, athletes train their bodies through sweat and perseverance and use their minds to focus on what they need to do to reach the next level. But with the majority of athletes who are training hard, injuries are bound to occur—from a simple bruise on up to strains and sprained muscles. Thus the focus shifts from training to healing.

Most often, healing an injury is approached purely from a physical perspective. Injuries are talked about in terms of painkillers, isolation, rest and rehabilitation, but hardly ever do we discuss the intricate relationship between our body’s physical, emotional and mental well being. Enter the practice of homeopathy.

Homeopathy is a form of medicine that takes the relationship between the body and mind and works to strengthen the vitality of the energetic field called “the body” to promote healing of injuries on multiple levels.

The system and practice of homeopathy was discovered by Samuel Hahnemann (1755–1843) and has proved to be an effective form of medicine. Based on the principle of similars, patients take a very diluted-like substance, which produces a similar “vibration” to their illness.

According to The World Health Organization, homeopathy is currently the second most widely used medical modality for primary healthcare in the world, with a whopping 500 million people every year using homeopathic remedies. It’s an inexpensive form of medicine and produces very few side effects.

Dr. Steven Rissman is a naturopathic physician (Naturopath) who uses homeopathic remedies to treat patients at his Denver practice. He believes that homeopathy is effective because it works with the patient by treating the cause of the illness rather than merely treating the symptoms. In terms of common problems that plague athlete’s such as shin splits, knee problems or sudden injuries such as broken bones or torn ligaments, Rissman focuses on a number of areas on top of the injured part of the body.

“It’s important to look at the whole symptom picture including mental symptoms such as memory loss, poor concentration, emotional symptoms such as a restless mind, mood swings and anger along with the physical symptoms to get a complete idea of what needs to be cured,” he says.

Dr. Rissman illustrates the importance of looking beyond just the physical problem as he remembers a cyclist he treated.

“I saw a cyclist with chronic neck problems and she would say, ‘I carry the weight of the world on my shoulders.’ She took on a huge amount of responsibility. It was important [for me] to look at the whole person so I could completely understand the case,” explains Rissman.

By looking at the whole picture, Rissman was able to prescribe a treatment plan that worked on both the mental and physical aspects of her injury. He describes this as a case where “her issues were in her tissues” because her neck problem was a reflection of not only her cycling but also of her feeling of overwhelming responsibility in her life.

Rissman recalls another recurrent injury case in which he helped a patient who suffered from chronic ligament injuries. He helped to prevent future injuries by treating her angry state of mind.

“A further expression of her tenseness and anger was in her ligaments and muscles so she was getting chronic sports injuries,” Rissman explains. He notes that the anger and tenseness caused her body to be rigid, “…so since there was no fluidity she would get an injury.” Thus, he treated her both at the physical level to heal her ligaments as well as the mental level to relax.

Rissman has also seen cases where mental illness drives athletes to push their physical bodies to the limit, which means that the mental problem must be treated to halt the physical punishment they are enduring.
“People who work out excessively I often find have extreme restlessness, a stressor that they are running from, or possibly a body image disorder,” Rissman says. “A history of emotional trauma where they are suppressing emotions so they are exercising pathologically. They need to address something on a deeper level.”

Not only does homeopathy work for recurrent injuries and exercising obsessions, but it also helps with sudden injuries and is an effective preventative tool. Thus, Rissman recommends patient’s to put together a first aid kit of homeopathic medicines geared towards their needs.

Following are some common homeopathic remedies that, according to Dr. Rissman, may prove helpful additions to your updated medicine cabinet.

Arnica—A must for any homeopathic first-aid kit. Useful for any trauma, especially with marked bruising or bruised pain sensation. Used after concussion or in postoperative patients for pain and to promote rapid healing.

Ruta—Mainly useful for horrible stiffness in the muscles and tendons. Injury to tendons, ligaments from strain or twisting of joint. Shin splints. Overuse.

Aconite—Good shock remedy after injury, exposure to cold/wind or accidents. Persons needing this remedy may have a fearful look of panic and a great thirst, often for cold drinks.

Belladonna—Helpful for sudden intense heat due to fever, heat/sun exposure. The patient will have a red, hot face, dilated pupils, cold hands and feet, lack of thirst and an aggravation from sunlight, jarring and motion.

Rhus tox—Helps with acute or chronic rheumatism. Aggravation from cold/wet. One who needs this remedy will be restless. The patient is worse with first motion but better after continued motion. Worse in the morning/on rising. Better after a hot bath or shower. Often left-sided symptoms, especially shoulder pain, bursitis, tendonitis.

Bryonia—This remedy is good for any inflammation that is worsened from the slightest motion or jarring. Distinguishing characteristics of those who need this remedy are an aversion to being disturbed, a desire to be alone and quiet, and thirstlessness.

Hypericum—Good for injuries to nerve-rich areas such as fingertips, toes, genitals, teeth, tongue. Shooting pains. Injury to spine, especially tailbone.

Ledum—Remedy for puncture wounds—nails, barbed-wire, including bites/stings with much swelling.

What to learn more about how homeopathy can help you? Find a Homeopath or Naturopath in your area.

Skin cancer on the rise because of sunscreen?

You might want to think twice before putting on traditional sunscreen this summer. Evidence has been mounting over the years that traditional sunscreen is actually bad for you and can do more harm than good.

The controversy started in 1991 when Professor Johan Moan of the Norwegian Cancer Institute found that melanoma in Norway had increased by 350 percent for men and by 440 percent for women between 1957 to 1984 despite the fact that there had been no change in the ozone layer during that time.  Since that landmark study was released, experts including Drs. Cedric and Frank Garland of the University of California have argued that sunscreen does not prevent skin cancer—but rather can actually cause it.

One of the biggest problems experts have found with chemical sunscreen is that it blocks skin from absorbing essential Vitamin D, a nutrient that the body desperately needs—get this—to help prevent cancer.  Also chemical sunscreens contain an array of artificial fragrances, chemical colors, fillers and stabilizers that are readily absorbed into the skin and can negatively impact the body.

For instance, most chemical sunscreens contain benzphenone, which has demonstrated an ability to increase the production of harmful free radicals and even negatively impact DNA cells. And don’t think that this nasty stuff just passes through your body. A study showed that after individuals applied sunscreen containing 4% benzophenone-3, it was found in their urine five days later.

So what can you do? If you are going out in the sun, opt for a natural sunscreen! Natural Sunscreens utilize high quality all-natural and organic ingredients to offer consumers an effective alternative to chemical sunscreens. Also, talk to your health care professional about the role Vitamin D and Vitamin D3 play in your overall health. This will help you determine whether or not you are getting enough of this powerful nutrient. Want to learn more ways to protect your skin? Check out our favorite natural acne treatments.