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July 31, 2020

Natural Alternatives for Your Total Health

August 2020

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By Sayer Ji, MD

Fluoride is found everywhere today, from antibiotics to drinking water, no stick pans to toothpaste, making exposure inevitable. All the more reason why research proving this common spice can prevent fluoride damage is so promising...

Fluoride's neurotoxicity has been the subject of academic debate for decades, and now a matter of increasingly impassioned controversy among the general public, as well. From 'conspiracy theories' about it being first used in drinking water in Russian and Nazi concentration camps to chemically lobotomize captives, to its now well-known IQ lowering properties, to its ability to enhance the calcification of the pineal gland -- the traditional 'seat of the soul' -- many around the world, and increasingly in the heavily fluoridated regions of the United States, are starting to organize at the local and statewide level to oust this ubiquitous toxicant from municipal drinking water.

A compelling study published in the Pharmacognosy Magazine titled, "Curcumin attenuates neurotoxicity induced by fluoride: An in vivo evidence," adds experimental support to the suspicion that fluoride is indeed a brain-damaging substance, also revealing that a natural spice-derived protective agent against the various health effects associated with this compound is available.

The study was authored by researchers from the Department of Zoology, University College of Science, M.L. Sukhadia University, Udaipur, India, who have spent the past decade investigating the mechanisms through which fluoride induces severe neurodegenerative changes in the mammalian brain, particularly in cells of the hippocampus and cerebral cortex.

The study opens by describing the historical backdrop for concern about fluoride's significant and wide ranging toxicity:

"Fluoride (F) is probably the first inorganic ion which drew attention of the scientific world for its toxic effects and now the F toxicity through drinking water is well-recognized as a global problem. Health effect reports on F exposure also include various cancers, adverse reproductive activities, cardiovascular, and neurological diseases."

The study focused on fluoride induced neurotoxicity, identifying excitoxicity (stimulation of the neuron to the point of death) and oxidative stress as the two main drivers of neurodegeneration.  It has been observed that subjects with the condition known as fluorosis, a mottling of tooth enamel caused by excessive exposure to fluoride during tooth development, also have neurodegenerative changes associated with a form of oxidative stress known as lipid peroxidation (rancidity). Excess lipid peroxidation in the brain can lead to a decrease in total brain phospholipid content. Owing to these well-known mechanisms of fluoride associated neurotoxicity and neurodegeneration, the researchers identified the primary polyphenol in the spice turmeric -- known as curcumin -- as an ideal agent worth testing as a neuroprotective substance. Previous research on curcumin indicates that it is capable of activing as an antioxidant in 3 distinct ways by protecting against: 1) singlet oxygen 2) hyrodxyl radicals and 3) superoxide radical damage. Also, curcumin appears to raise endogenous glutathione production in the brain, a major antioxidant defense system.

In order to assess the neurotoxic effects of fluoride and prove curcumin's protective role against it, researchers randomly divided up mice into four groups, for 30 days:

1. Control (no fluoride)
2. Fluoride (120 ppm): fluoride was given in distilled water drinking water without restriction.
3. Fluoride (120 ppm/30 mg/kg body weight) + Curcumin: Oral dose of curcumin dissolved in olive oil along with fluoride in drinking water
4. Curcumin: (30 mg/kg body weight)

In order to ascertain the effect of treatment, the researchers measured the malondialdehyde (MDA) content in the brains of the different treated mice. MDA is a well-known marker of oxidative stress/damage.

As was expected, the fluoride (F) only treatment group showed significantly elevated MDA levels vs. the non-fluoride treated control. The F + Curcumin group saw reduced MDA levels vs. the fluoride only group, demonstrating curcumin's neuroprotective activity against fluoride associated neurotoxicity.

The study concluded,

"Our study thus demonstrate that daily single dose of 120 ppm F result in highly significant increases in the LPO [lipid peroxidation, i.e. brain rancidity] as well as neurodegenerative changes in neuron cell bodies of selected hippocampal regions. Supplementation with curcumin significantly reduce the toxic effect of F to near normal level by augmenting the antioxidant defense through its scavenging property and provide an evidence of having therapeutic role against oxidative stress mediated neurodegeneration."


This is far from the first study to demonstrate curcumin's remarkable brain-saving properties. From the perspective of the primary research alone, there are over two hundred peer-reviewed published studies indicating that curcumin is a neuroprotective agent. On our own turmeric database we have 115 articles proving this statement: Turmeric Protects The Brain.  We have also featured studies on turmeric's ability to protect and restore the brain:

* How Turmeric Can Save the Aging Brain From Dementia and Premature Death

* Turmeric Produces 'Remarkable' Recovery in Alzheimer's Patients

Considering the many chemical insults we face on a daily basis in the post-industrial world, turmeric may very well be the world's most important herb, with over 800 evidence-based health applications.

About the Author: Sayer Ji is founder of, a reviewer at the International Journal of Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine, Co-founder and CEO of Systome Biomed, Vice Chairman of the Board of the National Health Federation, Steering Committee Member of the Global Non-GMO Foundation.
GreenMedInfo LLC. This work is reproduced and distributed with the permission of GreenMedInfo LLC. Want to learn more from GreenMedInfo? Sign up for the newsletter here //"

By Honah Liles

Mosquitos, the uninvited guests that show up to every backyard barbeque and leave pesky reminders of their attendance, are one of the least enjoyable parts of summer.

There are plenty of over-the-counter treatments that can get rid of mosquito bites. For example, hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion can stop the itch and help your bite heal quickly. 

But if you don't have those products, and you can't get to the pharmacy, you may have some other natural remedies in your home right now.

1. A cold compress

The most basic home remedy for mosquito bites is an ice pack or any cold compress (for example, a bag of frozen peas works well, too). 

When a mosquito bites, it injects its saliva in your bloodstream. That saliva triggers your immune system to send histamines to the bite, which causes an inflammatory response — that red, swollen, itchy bump.

There is no complicated science to this cold treatment: ice numbs the area of your mosquito bite, which helps reduce the itchiness and soothes your skin. Applying the compress for about 5 to 10 minutes should be enough to relieve the discomfort, at least temporarily.

Ice can also help decrease the inflammation and swelling as your body responds to the foreign substance injected by the mosquito, says Rich Agbortoko, PharmD, a pharmacist in Maine.  But it won't help the bite heal any faster, though.

2. Aloe vera 

Aloe has been used medicinally for thousands of years, as far back as early Egypt. These days, it is a fairly common, and easy to care for, house plant. The gel inside the thick, stocky leaves is used to treat many skin conditions, and aloe can help relieve sunburn or mosquito bites. 

For starters, slathering aloe onto a mosquito bite will likely bring you immediate relief, because it has a slight cooling effect on the skin. 

Moreover, aloe vera has also been shown to be effective at reducing erythema, which refers to the redness that accompanies skin irritation, whether from a mosquito bite or sunburn. 

In a small 2015 study, researchers used a sodium lauryl sulfate solution to intentionally irritate the forearm of 17 female participants. After six days of applying treatment twice a day, aloe vera was as effective at relieving erythema as other medical creams, like hydrocortisone. 

3. Baking soda 

To both treat the itch and promote healing, mix baking soda with water and put that on your mosquito bite. You don't have to worry about exact measurements of water and baking soda, just start with about a teaspoon of baking soda and add some water to create a paste that you can apply on your skin. 

Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, is a base, so it helps counteract the acidity of the reaction between your body and the mosquito saliva. "It helps the body neutralize the reaction and keep it from spreading and irritating," says Agbortoko. 

Baking soda can also be used as a home remedy for chicken pox or eczema, which cause dry, itchy, inflamed patches of skin.  Often, products or treatments marketed for eczema will also help with mosquito bites, Agbortoko says, because they address the same symptoms of skin inflammation and irritation. 

4. An oatmeal bath

Like baking soda, oatmeal is a common kitchen item that has been used for years to relieve itchiness. 

The most common method is an oatmeal bath. You can get it in a form called colloidal oatmeal, which is basically just finely ground oatmeal made specifically for skin treatments. Regular uncooked oats will also work, but it's best if you grind them in a food processor or blender first. 

To take an oatmeal bath, just sprinkle the oatmeal into a warm bath, then get in and soak for about 10 minutes, according to the Mayo Clinic. If you are using store bought colloidal oatmeal, follow the instructions on the container. If you are using DIY ground oats, add about a handful to the water.

 According to a 2012 study published in the journal Dermatology Research and Practice, oatmeal can help form a protective barrier on the skin and soothe irritation. The study examined children with atopic dermatitis, an inflammatory skin disorder. Children who used both a colloidal oatmeal cream and a colloidal oatmeal cleanser twice a day reported being less itchy. 

5. Raw honey 

This method, while a bit sticky, has a number of benefits. Honey, like many of the other home remedies, has anti-inflammatory properties that will help treat your mosquito bite.

According to a review of raw honey in the journal Wounds, the sticky substance facilitates debridement, the medical term for removing dead tissue and foreign debris. Basically, the honey pulls fluid from the tissue around the wound, which also helps wash the wound and flush out any irritants. 

If your mosquito bite opens up — like if you've been scratching it a lot — consider putting a dab of honey on it, just like you would any type of ointment. You may want to cover it up with a band-aid to avoid getting honey on anything else. 

6. Tea tree oil

Tea tree oil, which comes from the leaves of Australia's shrub-like tree Melaleuca alternifolia, has been used medicinally for decades, mainly as antiseptic and anti-inflammatory medicine. It is now also found in some over-the-counter anti-itch treatments, says Agbortoko. You can buy the essential oil at a local health food store. A 2002 study published in The British Journal of Dermatology also suggests that tea tree oil may be a natural antihistamine, which can help reduce itch for mosquito bites. Researchers injected 27 volunteers in the arm with histamine diphosphate, then measured the flare and weal of the reaction every 10 minutes. After participants applied tea tree oil, weal volume decreased. 

To use tea tree oil on a mosquito bite, you'll want to mix a little bit with any other common type of oil — like olive oil or vegetable oil —  to dilute it. Then, you can just dab it on the bite. 

By Jamie Schneider

Perhaps you haven't really thought twice about your shaving cream. Allow us to remind you: A moisturizing agent is essential before taking a razor to the skin, as it softens the hairs and allows for a closer glide. But think twice before reaching for the aerosol can; while those traditional creams can give you the perfect little sphere of foam, they also typically contain harsh ingredients like formaldehyde, parabens, and phthalates. 

The solution? Turn to DIY. 

Yes, you can create a shaving cream that's just as fluffy as the traditional foam. Better yet, it contains moisturizing properties to hydrate parched, scaly skin (and none of the questionable players). Here's exactly how to make your own at home. 

How to make a DIY shaving cream. 

Full disclosure: This isn't your typical shaving cream that foams upon application. But that's a good thing; many traditional options contain chemical-laden formulas within aerosol containers, which is what gives those conventional creams their foamy consistency.  

That's not to say you can't mimic those commercial creams (they are fun to slather on, after all). Marisa Plescia, research scientist at clean beauty e-tailer NakedPoppy, explains that you can definitely recreate a "whipped" natural oil and butter-based product. It works just as well, and better yet, it "will make your skin feel especially silky-smooth." 

Here's what you'll need to whip it up (pun intended):

~ ¼ cup carrier oil. Plescia's favorite is coconut, but you can also use almond oil, jojoba oil, or olive oil. Different oils have slightly different moisturizing and antioxidant properties, so feel free to choose your own adventure here.

~ ¼ cup unrefined shea butter
~ Optional add-ins, like 1 to 2 tablespoons aloe vera juice or 15 drops of essential oil

As for the method, all you need to do is mix the shea butter and coconut oil with a standup or electric mixer (you can also use an immersion blender, if you don't have any mixers on hand) until the formula has a whipped consistency. Once you have your whipped texture, fold in any optional add-ins. You want the texture to be "light and creamy with no chunks," says Jana Blankenship, product formulator and founder of the natural beauty brand Captain Blankenship.

And that's it! Easy, no? When you're ready to use, just place a thin layer of the shaving cream on your skin before going about your usual shave routine. "Just be sure to thoroughly wash your razor," Plescia advises. "As the shave cream can clog the blades." The butter-based cream can also be harder to wash off than your typical shave gel, so you might have to use soap to scrub it off post-shave. Nonetheless, your skin will be touchable smooth.

Insider tips and warnings. 

A couple of tips to keep in mind: If you find the shea butter is too difficult to whip, Plescia says you can simply melt the butter and oil together, then refrigerate until it cools to a semisolid state. "That would be easier to whip with a mixer," she notes. 

As for the additional ingredients, aloe vera gel or juice is great to add if you have sensitive skin. As you may know, aloe has anti-inflammatory properties that can make your shave cream extra soothing. In fact, you can find aloe in a ton of professional products, due to its ability to calm any nicks and scrapes as you shave. On that note, essential oils can provide a personalized scent (Blankenship is partial to eucalyptus, lavender, chamomile, or peppermint essential oils), but those with sensitive skin may want to proceed with caution: Essential oils have the potential to become irritating when used at high concentrations.

A final, important note: This DIY shaving cream is not meant to withstand the test of time. According to Plescia, it's best to keep it for up to two weeks max in a dry, cool place (note: not your shower). "If water gets into your shave cream, discard it and make a new batch," she says. "Water can promote the growth of microbes." And you don't want your shave cream becoming contaminated with bacteria. 

The takeaway.

Creating your own shaving cream is so easy, you might want to make the DIY version your new go-to. Plus, the simple formula contains minimal ingredients (just two for the base!) that have plenty of good-for-skin properties, with none of the irritating gunk you typically see in conventional shave gels. It's so moisturizing and smoothing, in fact, that Blankenship notes, "It also doubles as a body cream." Win-win.

About the Author: Jamie Schneider is the Editorial Assistant at mindbodygreen. She has a B.A. in Organizational Studies and English from the University of Michigan and has previously written for Coveteur, The Chill Times, and Wyld Skincare. In her role at mbg, she’s covered everything from organic skin care, to sustainability practices, to the gut microbiome. She currently lives in New York City.


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