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March Issue Of Natural Alternatives
March 01, 2008
Natural Alternatives for Your Total Health

March 2008

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Nature is the Physician of all Disease ~ Hippocrates






Story by Tania Francois

It's been two months since most people made those new years resolutions to lose weight and quit smoking and if you're having a hard time the latest trend involves a staple in your ear. It has people who have tried it singing it's praises. One man says, "The proof is in the pudding. A year ago these pants were tight. I've only lost 15 pounds but the inches continue to fall off."Another says, "changed my life into who I am today. It actually gave me the will power of which I never had."

Sharon Doyal is an LPN here in Shreveport and she owns and operates "Staples by Sharon". Business is so good, during our interview her phone wouldn't stop ringing. She says it works similar to acupuncture. "We're targeting a particular pressure point using a stainless steal surgery staple." She says the people who get this done will "lose cravings for certain things, sweet chocolates, sodas. They might not crave them as much or they might not taste as good."

And for smokers, she says it flat out makes the nicotine taste bad. After putting the staples in, Doyal will massage the temple area of the face to soothe the sting which is similar to getting an ear pierced.

The weight loss she says can be dramatic. "A lot of people have lost 20 - 40 pounds. I have some people that have lost over a 100 pounds." One woman says, "the first month I lost 10 pounds and over the next few months I lost a total of 18 inches."

But not everyone is a fan. Dr. Marilyn Huheey of the Ohio Board of Cosmetology says, "There's absolutely no medical basis for that." Huheey goes on to say "it's very dangerous and the piercing could cause an infection that in a worse case scenario, could lead to death. That infection can go into the bone and the brain is right behind that bone. So someone could die."

Doyal says no one has ever been seriously hurt although she has and will remove any of the staples if needed. "Well, I tell everybody not everything works for everybody. It's not a miracle. I mean like I say it's a tool to help you and you have to work with it." Doyal says the staples will cost $45 and that includes staples for both ears. She says it's not just good for weight loss, it can also help people quit smoking, manage stress, get a good nights sleep and help with migraines.


Women who drank more fat free milk and had higher intakes of calcium and vitamin D from foods, and not supplements, tended to have a lower risk for developing hypertension or high blood pressure, according to a new study published in the American Heart Association journal, Hypertension.

After examining the diets of nearly 30,000 middle-aged and older women, Harvard researchers found that women who consumed more low-fat milk and milk products and had diets higher in calcium and vitamin D from foods were better protected against high blood pressure.

When the researchers investigated the benefits of milk specifically, they found women who drank two or more servings of fat free milk each day reduced their risk for high blood pressure by up to10 percent compared to those who drank fat free milk less than once a month. The same was not found for higher fat milk and milk products or calcium and vitamin D supplement users.

One in three American adults have high blood pressure, and an increasing number of women are living with undiagnosed hypertension, according to a second study published in the journal Circulation.

The last decade has seen significant increases in uncontrolled high blood pressure for women across the nation, a condition that puts them at serious risk for cardiovascular disease, stroke and even kidney failure.

Yet despite a vast body of research linking diet changes to blood pressure control, most Americans are still missing the mark on their diets. According to new research published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, Americans are ignoring the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) Diet, the therapeutic eating plan recommended by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute that emphasizes low-fat dairy, fruits and vegetables to help reduce blood pressure levels.


Long before the advent of chemical medications, humans treated their illnesses and diseasesnatural substances such as herbs or tinctures. Why then are herbal supplements now considered to be "fads" and "alternative" means of healing? Why are they written off as being substandard compared to modern medicine?

Many who subscribe to natural lifestyles believe that natural cures and medications are more effective at not only treating but also preventing illnesses, diseases, and their long-term effects. Unfortunately, the FDA does not currently allow herbal supplements to be classified as medications or drugs. They are classified as dietary supplements and the manufacturers of these supplements are not allowed to advertise what they believe to be the healing benefits of each herb.

The FDA and manufacturers of chemical drugs would have you believe that the medications you purchase today were once naturally derived from plants and animals. This may be the case, but over the course of time, scientists perfected methods of chemically recreating these combinations in order to mass-produce them without having to grow plants or raise animals.

These medications have evolved from natural cures to chemical copies. Many believe this change allowed for the loss of benefit that a natural plant would have provided as our bodies know how to process natural ingredients better than they can process synthetic molecules.

With the growing popularity of herbal supplements, there is of course the fear of dishonest manufacturers taking advantage of the public by selling medications that claim to be herbal or homeopathic but in reality, are not. The public would benefit from a regulatory system to oversee the distribution of homeopathic medications, but rather than protect the people, our government has instead blocked the regulation of natural remedies. They aim to discourage the use of natural remedies and steer the public back into the open arms of pharmaceutical corporations.

If you aren't sure about a medication, do not take it without consulting your physician first, regardless of whether or not it is herbal or chemical. Mixing herbal and chemical medications is discouraged, and you should check with your doctor or pharmacist to find out if there is a possibility for a potentially negative reaction.

Many people, including myself, have found the benefits of herbal remedies far outweigh the negative. For example, most chemical medications I have taken cause me to have side-effects that make me feel worse than the original illness itself. I generally end up taking natural

Do your research and make informed decisions about your use of medications, regardless of their origin. Always read the directions on the bottle and never change the dosages unless otherwise instructed by your health practitioner. If in doubt, check with your doctor or homeopathic practitioner as they are well versed in matters pertaining to drugs, remedies, and their interactions. Stay safe, and stay healthy![Source]

Some Advantages Of Herbal Medicine

a) No side effect if it is used in normal dosage This is because herbal medicine is composed by complex organic substances that suite to the body which is also composed of complex organic substances. In other word herbal medicine can be considered as food that means materials that are consumed in order to reconstruct destroyed organ or system. Excessive of herbal use certainly create side effects in a same way as excessive food consumed. As a result the key of the dosage recommendation for herbal use is the traditional dosage and a little bit lowered.

b) Effective, even for disease that is difficult to be helped with modern medicine. Based on the inheritance experiences written or oral, and than studied from various aspect such as botany, chemistry and pharmacology. The approached in using herbal medicine is emphasized on the pharmacology aspects which means the function of the herbs in the therapy process.

c) Low price and can be planted personally. Especially if the modern families can grow medicinal herbs as 'family medicinal herbs garden' that is important for healthcare, disease prevention and curative purposes. The price is increase when if the herb is preserved by drying, and higher when the herb is provided as powder to be consumed as tea or as capsule, and even higher when it is in the form of extract. The highest price is found when it is provided as certain isolate compound such as vincristine and vinblastine as the medicine to cure cancer which is isolated from 'tapak dara' (Catharantus roseus). The use of isolates are considered as chemical medicines.

d) No medical assistant needed. If the diagnosis is quite clear the therapy can be done at home with the help of the family members. Doctors are needed to give correct diagnosis with the help of clinical laboratory data, therapy recommendation can be given by the doctors but the therapy application is sufficiently done by the family member. [Source]


Thank you for reading.

Livia P.
Brampton, Ontario, Canada

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