Monthly Archives: September 2014

Curing Hypertension (High Blood Pressure) Naturally

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There are three basics to curing hypertension (high blood pressure) naturally:

1) Avoiding what is bad for you, in other words, all the things that cause the illness in the first place.

2) Doing what is good for you naturally, that is basically good, natural nutrition.

3) Exercise, especially cardiovascular exercise.

 

1)  Of course I have to mention what everyone already knows ( or most people do) which is all the more reason I have to mention it because it’s that important.  Avoid red meat! as much as possible.  Why? Fat and Cholesterol.  What do these things do?  They clog up the veins and arteries.  What is the difference between veins and arteries? These terms are often used interchangeably.  Basically arteries carry the oxygen containing blood from the lungs to the rest of the body.  Veins carry the blood after it has given nourishment and oxygen to the body back to the lungs to be replenished with more oxygen.  Blood is blue when it has no oxygen and red when it does have oxygen.

How do clogged up arteries and veins cause high blood pressure?  Remember when you used to put your thumb over the end of a garden hose to close up the opening and a thinner stream of water came out that travelled at a faster speed and squirted farther?  That’s what happens when the veins and arteries get clogged up.  There is a smaller passage for the blood to get through.  Therefore the pressure of the blood gets higher. Just as the same amount of water has to get through because of how much is coming from the source but the pressure builds up in the garden hose so the pressure of the blood has to go up to get the same amount of blood flowing that we need to stay alive.  Why is this so bad?  It’s bad because it wears out the heart which has to work harder whether a person is awake or asleep and so the heart never gets any rest.  This can cause heart disease.  If a main artery to the brain gets clogged up even for a short period of time it causes a stroke and can leave a person with brain damage.  This can cause a person to have full or partial paralysis.

How about eating turkey and chicken as a substitute?  That is a good first step.  There is less cholesterol and fat but this isn’t good enough.  It’s still too much cholesterol and fat.  Ever heard of a continental breakfast?  It may not be what you think it is.  Continental refers to the main continent of Europe.  A continental breakfast is bread or pastry, fruit juice or fresh fruit and coffee or tea or milk to drink, milk being more for children.  A continental breakfast could include croissant rolls for instance but believe it or not croissant rolls contain a lot of butter which is made from cream which is the fat of the milk.  This is certainly better however than eating meat and eggs and getting all that fat and cholesterol.  People were not intended to eat meat three meals in a day.  (More about that in another article.)

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What else to avoid?  Fried foods especially deep fried!  Why?  The type of oil that is used is hydrogenated.  This is when oil is heated, put under intensely high pressure and has metal added forcing the hydrogen molecules in between the molecules of the oil.  Why is this done?  Longer shelf life which makes the oil cheaper.  There is a longer shelf life because the hydrogen molecules make it more difficult for the oil to break down.  This, also makes it more difficult for the body to break it down.  Hydrogenated oils and saturated fat destroy the body’s ability to break down cholesterol and fat.  What is saturated fat?  Saturated fat is saturated with hydrogen molecules which makes it difficult for the body to break it down.  Some saturated fats are naturally occurring such as in red meat.  Poly-unsaturated fats are better.  Mono-unsaturated fats are best.

Hydrogenated oils can be found in all kinds of processed foods.  It is added to peanut butter to keep the peanut oil from separating from the peanut butter.  It is better to buy natural peanut butter that you have to stir when you first open because the oil has separated to the top.  Hydrogenated oils can be found in rice mixes, macaroni mixes and instant European coffees  like the kind that have chocolate in them.  They are used to fry potato chips and other chips.  The all purpose cooking oils that they sell in the supermarket are hydrogenated.  It is better to buy natural, pure-pressed oils from a natural food store.  Margarine is made up almost entirely from hydrogenated oils.  People have been taught that margarine is healthier than butter because it does not contain fat but it is better to get some fat than to get the substances that destroy the body’s natural ability to break down fat and cholesterol.   Hydrogenated oils and saturated fat are the reason a person can diet or even fast and not lose weight.

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Avoid caffeine and other stimulants!  Every time someone drinks a cup of coffee their blood pressure goes up instantly.  How do stimulants like caffeine drive up blood pressure?  Drugs that are stimulants including nicotine cause the electrical currents in the central nervous system and in the brain, as well as, in the nerves throughout the body to speed up.  The electronic impulses that go out from the spinal cord to the heart that control the beating of the heart speed up.  A person’s heart beats faster, his pulse gets faster and his blood pressure goes up.  People who are addicted to drugs like these have them in their system all the time even when they are asleep giving their hearts no rest.  Hence the need for depressant drugs to counter the effects which, also, cause damage to the heart. (More about this in an article about addictions.)

Do not get too much sodium in the diet.  The body needs salt to retain water otherwise a person would dehydrate.  Our bodies are mainly saline solution (water and salt).  The problem is people get too much salt and other forms of sodium in their diet.  This is easy to do because of hidden salt.  Salt is one of the most common ingredients for preserving food to give it a long shelf life.  There can be salt in things and you can’t even taste it for instance in sweet breakfast cereals that are, also, full of sugar.  Too much sodium in the blood thickens the blood which drives up the blood pressure.  A lot of preservatives are sodium such as sodium nitrate, sodium phosphate, tri-sodium phosphate, sodium benzoate.  Avoid preservatives.

2) Using things that are good for you.

A good natural non-fattening diet is good.  This should include whole grains, fruit and vegetables.  All these have fiber.  Unhealthy diets do not have enough fiber.

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Use good oils.  Natural pure pressed oils are the best.  Some people want to use virgin olive oil only.  This is because it’s the only natural oil they know about.  It’s great for some things like Italian dishes but is not a good all-purpose cooking oil.  Natural pure-pressed canola oil is good.  Believe it or not there are oils that help the body to break down fat and cholesterol.  One of these is natural pure-pressed soy oil.   It contains omega essential fatty acids.  What are fatty acids?  They are acids that the body uses to break down fat and cholesterol.   Fish oil contains essential fatty acids that break down fat and cholesterol.  It is good to get fish in the diet especially cold water ocean going fish such as tuna and salmon.  These contain the most essential fatty acids.   Flax seed oil contains omega essential fatty acids.  It, also, has many health benefits.  Besides breaking down fat and cholesterol it is anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-carcinogenic.  It can be found in the refrigerated section of a natural food store because it breaks down with heat.  To preserve its potency it is best to keep it refrigerated.  You can pour one to two table-spoons of it on your food before you eat it or put it in a salad dressing.  As with many things that have to do with good natural nutrition it is a matter of doing this daily over a period of time to get the full health benefits.

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Magnesium.  Magnesium in the diet daily helps to bring down blood pressure.  Nineteen out of twenty people who use magnesium supplements will lower their blood pressure.  I do not recommend the use of mineral supplements as it is too easy to get too much which can be very harmful.  It is difficult to get too much from natural foods as nature intended.  Magnesium can be found in almonds, pecans and cashews.

Potassium.  In order to keep down blood pressure one must have the proper ratio of potassium to sodium.  Most people get too much sodium and not enough potassium.  The ratio between these two minerals is important to a myriad of the body’s functions.

Magnesium and potassium can be found in bananas. Other good sources of potassium are potatoes and cabbage.

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3) Exercise is absolutely essential to keep down blood pressure.  Listen to your body.  It tells you what you need.  Why do we get up and stretch?  Because when we are in one position too long the circulation of our blood gets restricted.  Stretching and changing positions gets our blood flowing properly so even more so exercise gets our blood flowing.  Cardiovascular exercise is even better.  It gets the blood flowing even more.  What is cardiovascular exercise?  It is the kind of exercise that gets the heart and lungs really going. Cardio refers to the heart.  Vascular refers to the system of blood vessels in our bodies.  When the heart really gets pumping from things like running, bicycle riding, swimming and aerobics it pushes out blockages such as cholesterol and the fat that can accumulate along the linings of the blood vessels.  Right after running when the heart starts to slow down again the blood pressure really comes down.  Exercise must be done on a regular basis to get the full benefits.

 

If you are interested in traditional remedies try: Natural Remedies Since 1875!

 

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ANOTHER GREAT RECIPE! FETTUCCINE ALFREDO

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ANOTHER GREAT RECIPE! FETTUCCINE ALFREDO
Have you ever wondered how they make Fettuccine Alfredo?
Now you can make it from scratch! And believe it or not IT’S EASY!
Ingredients:
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup half-and-half
3/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh Italian parsley
1/4 tsp. salt
Directions:
In saucepan melt butter over low heat.  Add remaining ingredients.
Stir constantly until smooth.  Do not boil.  That’s it!  Pour over
freshly cooked fettuccine or linguine or noodles or whatever pasta
you want.  It’s that simple and sometimes is better than some I
get in restaurants.  You can garnish with extra grated parmesan
and chopped fresh parsley if you want.  You can saute chopped
vegetables with the melting butter to make Fettuccine Primavera.
Sometimes I saute chopped shiitake mushrooms and another
kind of gourmet mushroom with the butter.  It’s delicious and
healthy!  Bon Apetit!

Tobacco and Reproductive Harm: Miscarriages

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Smoking cigarettes causes reproductive harm to men and women all the time. This happens to women even when they are not carrying a child. Tobacco products cause damage to the reproductive system. Smoking causes lowered fertility in men. The macho image of a man who drinks hard liquor and smokes cigarettes as being a good lover is fake. It’s hard to understand why this image has been so prevalent in mainstream movies, television and books.

Smoking cigarettes not only causes premature aging but it may cause more than 100,000 miscarriages a year in America. It’s hard to understand how political Christian conservatives who say they care about the lives of the unborn miss this simple fact. The Christian Coalition and other conservative Christian political groups have been silent about tobacco and the advertising targeted at the youth. This could perhaps be due to political connections with Republican groups who accept contributions from the tobacco industry. For instance in 1993-1994 tobacco companies gave $259, 027 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee. There is even an indirect connection to the pro-life movement when this same Republican committee donated $175,000 to the National Right to Life political action committee. In communities where people depend on the tobacco industry for their livelihood even the existence of the churches depends on the tobacco industry. It seems amazing that conservatives and religious groups who claim to be in a war against drugs overlook the very addictive drug that teenagers turn to the most.

BIOGENETIC ENGINEERING: GMOs WHAT IS IT? AND HOW DOES IT AFFECT YOU?

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BIOGENETIC ENGINEERING
WHAT IS IT?  AND HOW DOES IT AFFECT YOU?

Biogenetic engineering is the industry of using the scientific knowledge and research about genetics that is information about chromosomes and DNA and manipulating the reproduction of life forms with that knowledge for commercial purposes.  Many including myself have been concerned about all the possible horror stories that could develop from scientists having the ability to create mutant species of life in the laboratory by knowing how to alter the very substance of life, DNA, that determines the characteristics of an organic, life form.  Truly there are mad scientists among us and there has been for a long time.  Unfortunately science and technology develop at a far more rapid pace than social and legal institutions can keep abreast of.  Moral concerns are at the last it seems in the development of technology but more importantly for the purposes of this website apparently health concerns are at the back door in this profit driven industry.  Ironically the biogenetic industry uses the promise of developing a cure for cancer as its main excuse to drive forward with technology that seems to go against nature itself.  Amazingly much of what biogenetic engineering has been used for commercially is in the same camp with big agribusiness and food processing corporations that are at the core of using technology that destroys people’s health and causes cancer.  There has been a lot of debate as to whether a corporation can own a patent on a life form.  Many have not been familiar with the technology of biogenetic engineering until the term GMOs was created.  GMO means genetically modified organism.  I have always referred to these altered organisms as biogenetically engineered organisms.

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To start with speaking about the horrors of biogenetic engineering I should mention the Monsanto corporation, a major chemical company that along with two other chemical companies created napalm, the insidious, incendiary bombs that were used to burn entire villages of Vietnamese people alive within minutes.  The Monsanto corporation by virtue of biogenetic engineering developed genetically engineered soy beans that cannot be killed by a poisonous, herbicide manufactured by Monsanto that kills all other plants and is incredibly toxic to human beings.  In addition these genetically modified soy beans are used in feed that is fed to livestock that in turn become human food.  This, also, affects other animal, food products besides meat such as eggs, milk and cheese.  Parts of these genetically altered soybeans such as soy lecithin and soy oil are, also, used in lots of processed foods.

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Besides the pollution of the environment and foods with poisonous residues from the herbicide what dangers do the genetically engineered food materials pose to humans?  In fact no one exactly knows because there has been no testing and it may take a few generations to see the effect on humans.  Truly people are the guinea pigs in this mad scientists’ scheme to increase corporate profits with no benefit to the people at all.  It is known that when cattle are fed feed containing these genetically engineered soy beans a certain kind of antibiotic will not work with them anymore so the cattle industry has to use another kind of antibiotic.  Is this not proof enough that scientists are tampering with things they do not know about and understand with little thought to the possible consequences?  Is this nothing new for scientific researchers who are highly paid by the academic, government, industrial complex?  Those who have been readers of this website I’m sure are already impressed with the fact that it is much less costly, much easier and makes much more sense to go back to everything natural while learning from the natural traditions of all the cultures on this planet.  It seems self evident that all of the answers and solutions can be found in traditional knowledge.  It is nice to have the wonders of electronics but in the areas of food and medicine massive questioning is truly needed.  It is interesting that the faster people are moving toward wanting what is natural the faster certain corporations move to use new technology to poison people without their knowledge.  It, also, bears noting that people’s desire for what is natural in healing and nutrition creates new companies that have something better to offer that actually heals instead of making people ill.  One however must, also, learn to recognize the same types of corporations previously mentioned exploiting people’s desire for what is natural by offering snake oil medicine concoctions with exaggerated claims.

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One who is reading this may wonder exactly how scientists can alter life forms.  One would think that scientists have knowledge of chromosomes and DNA that is almost mathematical and that they can alter life forms like changing numbers.  In the sub-microscopic world of DNA and working with biology this in fact is not possible.  Scientists manipulate life forms by splicing the genes of one life form with another.  There is no way that this can be an exact science.  One might still wonder how this is possible.  Consider that certain life forms that reproduce generations in a very short period of time such as bacteria and fruit flies can naturally mutate very quickly.  Viruses are a good example in which new strains of a life form can develop within a short period of time.  Once I was listening to public broadcasting radio and heard a story that scientists had spliced a human gene into a sheep.  Not only was this a scary thought but even scarier was the fact that the news radio show I was listening to did not give any details or explain what the purpose of splicing a human gene into a sheep was for.
Once when I worked as a charter bus driver doing business convention work I did a business convention for the AMGEN corporation.  I had to hold up a sign at the airport that said,”AMGEN”, to locate the business convention visitors as they got off the plane so I could shuttle them to the luxury hotel for the convention.  An older man saw the sign and excitedly asked me how AMGEN stock was doing.  I had to tell him that I didn’t know.  As I worked the convention shuttling the hotel guests for the convention to events such as dinner and entertainment at a luxurious estate home and back I asked some of the people when I had only a few on a bus trip what AMGEN did.  Interestingly, unlike with business convention people from other companies, the AMGEN people responded to my question with extreme displeasure and would just blurt out,”curing cancer”.  None of them wanted to talk about what the company really does which is biogenetic engineering.  I assume that is because they were very aware that there is a lot of public sentiment against biogenetic engineering.  Interestingly the NPR public broadcasting radio network has long ago added AMGEN to its list of corporate sponsors.  This is why NPR radio does not carry stories about the dangers and possible consequences of biogenetic engineering as other alternative media sources do.  Since NPR has “sold out” to corporate sponsors it, also, gives very little labor news.  It only covers the most major labor stories.  When NPR radio mentions AMGEN as a corporate sponsor at the end of one of its shows it only mentions,”working towards finding a cure for cancer”.

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Despite the controversy about a corporation being able to own a patent on a life form corporations now do in fact own patents on life forms.  The biogenetic engineering industry claimed that its genetically altered plants could not reproduce with and corrupt natural strains of plants.  Now it is known that biogenetically engineered strains of plants have developed in countries where it is illegal to bring in genetically altered produce and grains or any food products containing them into their countries to avoid tainting natural plants with the genetics of biogenetically altered life forms.  Recently a news story came out about a farmer in Canada where biogenetically engineered foods are banned from being brought into the country having corn crops that were tainted by biogenetically engineered genetics from genetically modified corn.  The Monsanto corporation was trying to sue the farmer to pay them royalties because they owned the patent on that biogenetically modified corn that tainted his crops. In Mexico where GMOs are, also, banned from the country biogenetically modified corn has corrupted corn in the remotest mountain areas such as Chiappas where native people have grown corn in traditional ways for thousands of years and have tried to keep their strains of heirloom corn pure.  Biogenetically engineered produce and grains are banned in Europe and countries throughout the world and yet the corporations of America push blindly forward without regard for the will of the people against it.
After years of personally learning about and talking with people about biogenetic engineering the natural foods industry has created the term GMOs (genetically modified organisms).  Now packages of natural foods including organic and vegan foods bear the words,”contains no GMOs.”  Interestingly I have found that many do not understand what GMOs exactly means.  Corporations have for a long time been developing GMO corn that produces a poison that kills the pests that live on corn but this GMO corn does not work on all the pests that damage corn crops and there is the danger that the pests it works on will develop an immunity to the poison that derives from a bacteria whose genetics were spliced into corn.  Some GMO corn that is resistant to herbicides has caused weeds that damage corn to develop the same resistance to the herbicides so farmers have to use more herbicides and work harder to protect their crops.  Is this the kind of food that people want or do US corporations simply not care?  One story I heard on public broadcasting radio that is worth noting is the story of a biogenetic engineering scientist who worked very hard to develop rice that has vitamin A in it.  His justification for his research was to keep people in China from going blind due to vitamin A deficiency.  The radio news story made the comment that there are lots of other foods that have vitamin A in them.  I have to add the comment myself that I can’t believe the country of China with its major universities, scientists and public health administrators would allow people to go blind due to vitamin A deficiency.  Obviously the government of China cares more about its people than America’s does.  This scientist must have been playing on people’s ignorance and racial stereotypes to justify his research.  Along with these horror stories is the realization that corporations have produced crops that are incapable of reproducing themselves.  This was done to force farmers to buy all their seeds from these companies since the farmers would not be able to grow their own seeds.
Now eighty per cent of the corn that is commercially grown in this country is biogenetically engineered corn.  This is how fast the industrial food complex works in secrecy while people such as myself struggle to just inform people that such a phenomenon even exists.  Some may think that the organic foods movement is fighting against the same toxins of big agribusiness and the food processing industry such as pesticides like DDT and preservatives.  In fact the industrial food complex does not rest in inventing new ways to destroy everything natural.  Keep in mind that GMO corn has wider effects in feed to animals and using parts of corn such as corn syrup and corn starch in processed food products.
What’s next with biogenetic engineering?  The best solution is to learn about organic foods and boycott the “food” produced by the mad scientists.  I have long ago “dropped out” of the commercial foods vicious circle so I don’t have to worry about getting cancer and having children with birth defects.