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10 natural Antibiotics to fight infection

Superbugs increasingly defy medical treatment, as Big Pharma’s manufactured antibiotics lose their effectiveness from over-use, especially by big corporate factory farms pumping antibiotics (and hormones) into chicken, cows, and pigs.
Here are 10 natural antibiotics that our ancestors used, from Refreshing News, May 17, 2015:

1. Oregano and the oil of oregano

Oregano isn’t just a flavoring in Italian dishes, it has antibacterial properties! Carvacrol, an oil found in oregano, has been found to fight the bacteria that can lead to infections. An oil that is found in oregano, Carvacrol, The oil of oregano has been found to treat digestive infections and one particular yeast infection. Oregano also can help with digestion and weight loss.

2. Raw Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has antibiotic and antiseptic properties. Daily doses of ACV alkalizes your system and can help in managing your weight to lowering cholesterol and your risk of cancer. ACV is also a chemical-free astringent that can be used topically to disinfect and sterilize.

3. Honey

Ancient Romans used honey on the battlefield to treat wounds and prevent infection. Civilizations all over the world continue to consider honey one of the best natural antibiotics, anti-microbials, anti-inflammatories, and antiseptics known to man. New Zealand’s Manuka honey has been proven to have the highest levels of antioxidants and curative powers. An enzyme found in honey releases hydrogen peroxide that helps your body fight infection and prevents the growth of bacteria. Soothing to the digestive system, honey removes toxins from the blood and helps your liver operate more efficiently. Consider combining honey with cinnamon to boost the immune system by strengthening your white blood cells. Raw, organic honey is the best option since most pasteurization methods kills the antioxidant effects.

4. Turmeric

This spice isn’t just rich in color and flavor, it can be consumed and applied externally to fight against bacteria. For extra benefit, mix turmeric with honey to create a paste to apply to infected areas on your skin.

5. Garlic

If you are looking for a simple way to live healthier, just add more garlic to your diet. Garlic can fight such simple infections as the common cold. The allicin in garlic also protects against yeast, parasites, bacteria, and more.

6. Grapefruit Seed Extract

The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine published a study that found grapefruit seed extract (GSE) to be effective against more than 800 forms of viruses and bacteria, more than 100 strains of fungus, and many parasites. High in many antioxidants, GSE boosts immunity, alkalizes the body naturally, and aids in digestion by improving your beneficial gut flora.

7. Echinacea

The consumption of this herb has been proven to reduce the incidence and shorten the duration of colds.

8. Cabbage

A member of the cruciferous family that also includes broccoli and kale, the sulfur compounds found in cabbage have been shown to be effective as cancer fighters. What many people don’t realize is how much vitamin C is found in cabbage: one cup provides 75% of what you need every day. Naturally antibacterial, eating shredded raw cabbage in your salad, as a side dish in the form of slaw, or drinking fresh cabbage juice (with honey added to sweeten) is an excellent way to improve digestion, prevent disease, and even manage your weight!

9. Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

There is not enough that can be said for the benefits of coconut oil. It has naturally occurring anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties and is packed with antioxidants you can’t find anywhere else in nature. Use it to boost your immune system; balance thyroid, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels; and even improve brain function. Safe to use internally and externally, coconut oil is one of the most versatile and unique gifts from God’s creation. Stir a spoonful into your morning coffee for added energy and a clearer head all day.

10. Fermented food

Unpasteurized cabbage, homemade pickles, kefir and probiotic yogurts, all of these renew our intestinal flora, protect us from cancer and keep our body fit to fight off infections.

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13 Foods that Fight Pain

So many of my family, friends, and acquaintances are wracked with pain — pain that is chronic, instead of the temporary pain from pulling a muscle, pinching a nerve, or spraining a joint. They are not alone.
According to a 2006 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, as many as 1 in 4 U.S. adults said they suffered a day-long bout of pain in the past month, and 1 in 10 said the pain lasted a year or more.
And as a result of increasing numbers of Americans suffering from chronic pain, the use of prescription pain-killer drugs has also dramatically increased.
ABC News reports on April 20, 2011, that the use of Vicodin, the most popular pain relief drug in the country, has grown dramatically from 112 million doses prescribed in 2006, to 131 million in the U.S. today. But experts say most of those prescriptions are unnecessary. The United States makes up only 4.6% of the world’s population, but consumes 80% of its opioids — and 99% of the world’s hydrocodone, the opiate that is in Vicodin. Andrew Kolodny, Chair of Psychiatry at Maimonides Medical Center in New York, warns that Vicodin “is no less abusable or addictive than Oxycodone or heroin.”
Given that, I thought this article may be useful.

13 Foods That Fight Pain,” by docakilah, Dec 8, 2011

While many foods taste great, they are also powerful healers in a vibrant multicolor disguise. The best healing remedies also taste fabulous (I can’t say that about any prescription medications). Plus, foods won’t cause the nasty common side effects that most drugs cause.
1. Cherries
Muraleedharan Nair, PhD, professor of natural products and chemistry at Michigan State University, found that tart cherry extract is ten times more effective than aspirin at relieving inflammation. Only two tablespoons of the concentrated juice need to be taken daily for effective results. Sweet cherries have also been found to be effective.
2. Blackberries 3. Raspberries 4. Blueberries and 5. Strawberries
Dr. Nair later found the same anti-pain compound in berries like blackberries, raspberries, blueberries and strawberries
6. Celery and Celery Seeds
James Duke, Ph.D., author of The Green Pharmacy, found more than 20 anti-inflammatory compounds in celery and celery seeds, including a substance called apigenin, which is powerful in its anti-inflammatory action. Add celery seeds to soups, stews or as a salt substitute in many recipes.
7. Ginger
Ginger reduces pain-causing prostaglandin levels in the body and has been widely used in India to treat pain and inflammation. A study by Indian researchers found that when people who were suffering from muscular pain were given ginger, they all experienced improvement. The recommended dosage of ginger is between 500 and 1,000 milligrams per day. If you’re taking medications, check with your health practitioner for possible herb-drug interactions.
8. Turmeric
Turmeric (curcuma longa) is the yellow spice commonly used in Indian curries. In research it has been shown to be a more effective anti-inflammatory than steroid medications when dealing with acute inflammation. Its main therapeutic ingredient is curcumin. Research shows that curcumin suppresses pain through a similar mechanism as drugs like COX-1 and COX-2 inhibitors (without the harmful side effects). Choose a standardized extract with 1500 mg of curcumin content per day.
9. Salmon 10. Mackerel and 11. Herring
Many fatty fish like salmon, mackerel and herring also contain these valuable oils. Omega-3s convert in the body into hormone-like substances that decrease inflammation and pain. According to Dr. Alfred D. Steinberg, an arthritis expert at the National Institute of Health, fish oil is an anti-inflammatory agent. Fish oil acts directly on the immune system by suppressing 40 to 55 percent of the release of cytokines, compounds known to destroy joints. Many other studies also demonstrate that eating moderate amounts of fish or taking fish oil reduces pain and inflammation, particularly for arthritis sufferers.
12. Flax Seeds and Flax Oil
Freshly-ground flax seeds and cold-pressed flax oil, contain plentiful amounts of fatty acids known as Omega-3s. Do not cook with flax oil otherwise it will have the opposite effect-irritating the body’s tissues and causing pain.
13. Raw Walnuts and Walnut Oil
Raw walnuts and walnut oil also contain the same powerful Omega-3 fatty acids that fight pain and inflammation in the body.
When it comes to pain, food really is the best medicine.

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