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SOME GREAT THINGS TO SAY ABOUT TUMERIC TO FIX PAIN & CURE DISEASES

Saturday, September 16th, 2017

Turmeric is one of the world’s most revered spices. Its praises are sung from the rooftops by herbalists. Entire books have been written extolling its magnificent virtues. Revered in the orient for centuries if not millennia, it has even been called “the world’s most healing spice” and hundreds of scientific papers and other reports have been published attesting to its healing benefits for all manner of conditions including cancer, ulcers, arthritis, alzheimers, cystic fibrosis, hemorrhoids, arteriosclerosis, inflammation and liver diseases.

As you might expect, we have some pages focusing on turmeric and here are some of them:
http://www.herbs-info.com/turmeric.html – our full page including herbal uses, history, claimed health benefits and scientific reports.
600 Reasons Turmeric May Be The World’s Most Important Herb
Top 10 Anti-Inflammatory Herbs

What’s the best way to use turmeric? Essentially, the way that is typically suggested is to simply incorporate it into the diet – using up to 4 grams per day. The taste is strange and unique – difficult to describe. It is not particularly fiery in the manner of for example cayenne or ginger, and personally I really like it, though it may take some getting used to. The best possible way to eat it – as with so many things – is fresh, raw, organic. I do this and simply chop or grate some very small pieces and sprinkle them on top of salads; or (my favorite) on top of my morning eggs on toast – along with organic avocado, heirloom tomato, olives and raw pumpkin seeds… 🙂

Fresh organic turmeric may prove to be a challenge to find (though worth the effort) and so you could resort to the powdered version (typically found in with all the other spices at the supermarket). It is also possible to obtain turmeric in capsule form, so that you can get it down you in a regulated manner without worrying about the bizarre taste or the fact that the amount of powder for optimum health benefits may be more than that which you might sprinkle on to your recipe otherwise.

Another thing to note about turmeric (powder or whole fresh) – it will stain plates, fingertips and work surfaces a bright saffron-yellow color! This will generally come out after a few washes but it’s not a good look to give guests stained plates – and so you may wish to designate specific kitchen utensils / tableware for your turmeric experiments. 😉 I would also counsel against chopping turmeric directly on a marble countertop!

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TUMERIC PAIN RELIEF TEA BELOW

Ok here’s the link to the full turmeric tea tutorial: http://knowledgeweighsnothing.com/how-to-make-turmeric-pain-relief-tea/

Henry Sapiecha

 

How to Build a better brain

Friday, August 26th, 2016

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Experts — Posted 04/02/16

Brain expert Dr Jenny Brockis explains why we should do Sudoku and learn languages – and why the best thinking comes from a calm, rested brain.

We’ve been talking about the need for greater physical health for decades. We know how important healthy eating and exercise are – but until recently, better brain health hasn’t been included in the equation. The primary reason is that our understanding of the human brain is still very much in its infancy.

Fortunately we now have a wealth of neuroscientific information available to us at this critical time when the burden of multiple chronic medical conditions in a rapidly ageing population, along with spiralling levels of stress, anxiety and depression, desperately need sorting out.

There are a number of lifestyle elements that contribute to brain fitness: good food, exercise, enough sleep, mental challenge and stress management. If you have a healthy brain, you start to think better. It’s easier to stay focused, keep things in perspective, stay positive and be more mindful.

Brain fitness is crucial to health and wellbeing across the trajectory of our lifespan. That means if we teach our kids how to build healthier brains they will grow into brain healthy adults.

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“Brain fitness is about continuing to learn new things that with practice we can get better at. Learning a new language, picking up a musical instrument or signing up for a photography class are all great ways to stretch your mental muscle.”

How to keep your brain strong

Healthy food is important for nourishing your brain, and regular exercise keeps your brain fit as well as your body. Along with these healthy habits, there are some strategies you can use to reduce the effects of stress and brain overload, and to keep your neural connections strong.

Here are some things to try:

1. Reduce stress

Look for ways to manage stress levels by practising relaxation and taking time out. Tai chi, yoga, pilates and meditation are perfect ways to de-stress your day.

2. Create some breathing space

We need time to think, to pause and reflect. So switch off from all that technology regularly and give your brain a break. A 15 minute session to still your mind is all it takes – turn off your phone, close the door and just be.

3. Stretch your mental muscle

Practise being a five-year-old. Be curious about the world, ask questions, explore and try out new activities, especially those you don’t think you will necessarily be any good at. The more effort we apply to our learning the stronger those new neural connections will be. Many of us carry limiting self-beliefs: “I’m no good at (insert here – art, maths, dancing, etc)”. But if you feel drawn to trying something, give it a go anyway – you might surprise yourself.

Brain fitness is about continuing to learn new things that with practice we can get better at. Learning a new language, picking up a musical instrument or signing up for a photography class are all great ways to stretch your mental muscle. And the best thing is, the more we use that muscle the stronger it gets.

4. Connect with people

Staying connected and engaged with our world has been shown to be vital to our health and wellbeing on both a physical and mental level. Joining a club or volunteering are two ways we can widen our group of contacts.

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A young man is sitting on a sofa with a cat and is reading a big book

“Break up your work session into blocks of 25 to 90 minutes, and take regular brain breaks of 15 to 20 minutes in between.”

The brain in focus

Much of my work is centred around the “science of high performance thinking.” A high performance brain is a brain that is operating to its true capacity. It’s not about being the best – just your best. It’s about the idea that if we look after our brain, and use it in the way it was designed to operate, we get more done, at a higher level and with fewer mistakes. This leads us to feel less stressed and enjoy a greater sense of achievement and happiness.

Here are three things about brain performance that might surprise you:

1. Multitasking is the one brain function that gets worse with practice

We multitask because we think we can, we think we’re good at it and we think it will save us time and energy. Sadly, this is wrong on all levels.

The brain is designed to be able to focus on only one thing at a time. While we can divide our attention and undertake lots of activities simultaneously, only one can really have our full focus. Trying to multi task exhausts our brain, causes us to make more mistakes, reduces memory, and causes us to take longer to finish our work.

2. We’re not designed for long periods of focus

When we’re working, studying, or focusing on a big task, it’s tempting to think we should switch our brain into overdrive and keep going all day long. But like everything else, our brain needs regular breaks to allow our subconscious to consolidate our thoughts, prioritise what needs to be kept for long-term memory and reboot our mental energy levels.

So what should we do instead? Break up your work session into blocks of 25 to 90 minutes, and take regular brain breaks of 15 to 20 minutes in between.

3. Our best thinking comes from a rested brain

Getting enough good quality, uninterrupted sleep each night is essential for better brain health and function. Our brain is very active at night – doing important tasks like laying down long term memory, deepening our understanding of what we have learnt, as well as loosening up those synaptic connections no longer required. Understandably, it needs some solid quiet time to get this done.

We also need sleep for better mood and emotional regulation. We only have to deal with a cranky, sleep deprived two-year-old to know how true that is!

Plus, sleeping is the time we take out the brain’s trash. Our brain is highly metabolically active and builds up a considerable amount of waste each day. Sleep allows our brain to give itself a good flush each night, so we’re good to go next morning.

Jenny’s latest book, Future Brain, is available now. Learn more about brain health at drjennybrockis.com

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Henry Sapiecha

Home Remedies for Psoriasis

Saturday, January 16th, 2016

1…Lay It on Thick

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Looking for a way to ditch the itch? A heavy cream can be the answer. Try petroleum jelly or another thick moisturizer. It locks water into your skin to help it heal and reduce the redness.

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2…Apple Cider Vinegar for Your Scalp >> www.handyhomehints.com

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It’s more than just a salad dressing. Put some on your head a few times a week — either full strength or mixed with water. It’s a recipe for relief when your scalp calls out “scratch me.”Rinse it off after it dries so you won’t get an irritation. And don’t use this stuff if your scalp is bleeding or cracked. The vinegar will make it feel like it’s burning.

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3…Get a Little Sun

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Spend some time in the great outdoors. The sun’s ultraviolet B rays can help fight your psoriasis.

But don’t overdo it! Stick to 5 or 10 minutes a day and use sunscreen on spots without psoriasis. Too much sun can raise your risk of skin cancer.

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4…”Season” Your Bath

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Want to shed some scales and soothe your skin? Put Dead Sea or Epsom salts into a tub with warm water. Soak for about 15 minutes, and use a moisturizer when you’re done to seal the water in.

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4…Capsaicin  >> www.foodpassions.net

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It’s the ingredient that makes chili peppers hot, and it’s got a place in your bag of tricks.  Researchers say it can cut pain, inflammation, and redness. You’ll find it in over-the-counter creams.

But a note of caution: Some people say it gives them a burning feeling when they put it on their skin.

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5…Turmeric

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You might know it as the yellow herb that shows up in foods with a curry sauce. Studies show it may cut down your psoriasis flare-ups. You can try it as an ingredient in your meals or as a supplement.

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6…Tea Tree Oil

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It comes from a plant that’s native to Australia, but you don’t have to go that far to get relief. Shampoos made with this oil may help with psoriasis on your scalp, though more research is needed.

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7…Soak in Oats

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It’s a natural way to soothe your skin. Put some ground-up oats in your bath, sit back, and relax. Just make sure the water is warm, not hot, so you don’t irritate your skin.

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8…Meditation and Yoga

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Cut down your stress to shake off your symptoms. Meditation can help you take your psoriasis in stride.

Yoga is especially helpful if you have psoriatic arthritis, because it eases joint pain and increases your range of motion.

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9…Wrap It Up! >> www.handyhomehints.com

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Put cream on your skin at bedtime and cover the area with plastic wrap. Then add a layer of tight clothing — like gloves or socks.The idea is to seal the moisturizer in overnight and let your skin absorb it.

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10…Omega-3 Fatty Acids  >> www.foodpassions.net

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They fight inflammation, and you can find them in fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, tuna, and sardines. You can also buy fish oil supplements

But just how much they help with psoriasis isn’t so clear. Studies have mixed results, so get your doctor’s advice.

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11…Oregon Grape >> www.pythonjungle.com

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The name’s a little misleading. It’s an evergreen plant, not really a grape. It’s shown some promise in studies.

The plant’s formal name is Mahonia aquifolium. Look for creams in which it’s 10% of the ingredients.

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12…Mediterranean Diet  >> www.foodpassions.net

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This eating plan puts the focus on fish, fruits and veggies, and whole grains. A small study shows it might make your symptoms less severe.

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13…Aloe Vera  >> www.sunblestproducts.com

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Studies suggest this plant can improve psoriasis. Get gel or cream with 0.5% aloe vera in it and put it on your skin.

But steer clear of tablets. There’s no evidence that they help.

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HOW TO VIDEO OF HOME MADE TOPICAL OINTMENT FOR SKIN LESIONS & MELANOMAS

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Examples of how it works & who has used it with success

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Henry Sapiecha

How Alasdair Wilkins lost 45kg just by walking

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

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ALASDAIR Wilkins lost 45kg in a year without having to nibble on kale salads or battle through spin classes in expensive Lycra. He reckons his weight loss “secret” is actually “pretty dumb”.

“Basically, I just went to the gym and I walked. On a treadmill, uphill, at a brisk pace, for about an hour every day — and I do mean every day,” he wrote in a piece for Vox, which has been shared almost 10,000 times and attracted hundreds of comments.

The 27-year-old masters student weighed 129kg just 12 months ago. Alasdair was freelancing, he’d just moved out of his parents’ house (and away from their well-stocked fridge) and had lots of free time on his hands. It was the perfect time to lose weight.

“Like a lot of people who struggle with their weight, I was intimidated by the gym,” he told news.com.au. “But there was one machine I could use without the help of a personal trainer and that was the treadmill. So I just started there because it’s the easiest.”

He exercised solo everyday while watching Netflix on his iPad and the weight gradually started to come off.

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Alasdair before he lost the weight.

“I couldn’t jog. I would get out of breath just walking 8km/hr. Now I can do 12km/hr. Maybe this wasn’t the optimum way to work out, but it was the best way for me to get better and feel better about myself,” he said.

“I just found something that I enjoyed doing and that worked for me. When people say, ‘I love working out’, I always thought that was such a crazy ridiculous thing to say, because I couldn’t imagine thinking like that.

“What works for some won’t work for others. The big mistake people make is assuming that there is one right way for everyone to lose weight. It varies from person to person.”

Alasdair said his self esteem started to improve after losing 9kg.

“If you’re overweight or trying to lose weight, I think it’s really important to realise you don’t need to lose all of it immediately to feel better about yourself.

“Around the 27kg mark, that was when a lot of the very tightly held self loathing just started to unravel. When you’ve had low self esteem for such a long time, you don’t necessarily feel like you’re getting a lot of traction in your life.

“I didn’t lose 100 pounds because I have amazing willpower. There’s 26 years of evidence to show that I have very mediocre willpower. I just found a routine that I actually enjoyed and stuck with it.”

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Alasdair says he didn’t change his diet too much.

Alasdair wrote that he didn’t adjust his diet — just ate smaller portions.

“It was a lot easier for me to hop on a treadmill than to cut portions, at least at first. So I just ignored the (frequently contradictory) mountains of literature on the best way to lose weight and just focused on finding a way that worked for me,” he wrote.

At the close of his piece, Alasdair makes an interesting observation about the difference between how overweight men and women are perceived.

“An advantage I had, both while being fat and while losing weight was that as a man, I could live in a space largely free of judgments.

“I can think of only two occasions in my entire life where I was made to feel self conscious about my weight, and neither was particularly mean-spirited.

“I received less criticism at 100 pounds [45kg] overweight in my entire life than a woman 10 pounds overweight does in, what, a month? A week? A day?”

Alasdair says he is amazed at the response his article has received. He’s been inundated with emails and tweets from people sharing their weight struggles.

“It’s great how they’ve found the piece really meaningful and it’s inspired them to get out there and do something about it.”

HOW TO GET TO SLEEP IN LESS THAN 2 MINUTES

Thursday, June 11th, 2015

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“A simple breathing breath technique that can switch off the stress response and settle us into sleep.”

Falling asleep is as simple as 4-7-8. Or something like that. But, tell that to someone who is exhausted and stressed and cannot sleep.

Being stressed and sleepless is becoming more and more common. A quarter of Australians report feeling moderately to severely stressed.

One survey found 51 per cent of those who suffer insomnia blame stress for their lack of sleep. A lack of sleep exacerbates stress, and so the merry dance continues.

Stress affects sleep because it switches on our body’s fight or flight response. Our heart starts racing, our blood pressure rises, our muscles tense and our breath quickens in anticipation.

The mechanism is healthy when we need a hit of energy to get us through real or perceived danger, such as a deadline, exam or shitty day.

It is less helpful when we are trying to wind down for the day.

However, a simple breathing technique can switch off the stress response and settle us into sleep. Harvard-educated doctor and best-selling author Dr Andrew Weil explains.

“Breathing strongly influences physiology and thought processes, including moods,” Weil says. “By simply focusing your attention on your breathing, and without doing anything to change it, you can move in the direction of relaxation.”

By souping-up the experience further benefits can be achieved.

The 4-7-8 breath technique is utilised by yoga and meditation teachers (there are various other pranayama or breath works used in yoga to charge the oxygen in our bodies and extend our breath beyond the 10 per cent of capacity we typically breathe to).

The technique is also championed by Dr Weil.

“This exercise is a natural tranquiliser for the nervous system,” Dr Weil says. “Unlike tranquilising drugs, which are often effective when you first take them but then lose their power over time, this exercise is subtle when you first try it but gains in power with repetition and practice. Do it at least twice a day. You cannot do it too frequently.”

Simply breathe in for four seconds, hold the breath for seven seconds and exhale completely to a count of eight. It only takes a few seconds and Weil suggests repeating the technique up to four times.

Some users have said the technique helps them fall asleep within one minute.

It can help users relax and fall asleep, but breathing deeply and the knock-on effect this has on our nervous system offers plenty of other benefits too.

“The ability to breathe so deeply and powerfully is not limited to a select few. This skill is inborn but often lies dormant,” Harvard medical school points out. “Reawakening it allows you to tap one of your body’s strongest self-healing mechanisms.”

It improves our immune system, blood pressure, overall physical health and even helps us burn fat more effectively.

And of equal importance, it is a completely free technique that we can all use to change our response to stress.

“Once you develop this technique by practicing it every day, it will be a very useful tool that you will always have with you,” Dr Weil says. “Use it whenever anything upsetting happens – before you react.

“Use it whenever you are aware of internal tension. Use it to help you fall asleep. This exercise cannot be recommended too highly. Everyone can benefit from it.”

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Henry Sapiecha