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February 2013 

Don't leave out God and prayer - the 2 most important ingredients in any situation.
While you are praying or after praying don't forget to LISTEN for the answers! They will come. 
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There is so much to Celebrate about! Another cycle of life, a New Year full of possibilities and good things. I know that I will and can do better in the up coming months.

When you want something you've never had, you have to do something you've never done.

How do bacteria become antibiotic resistant?

Antibiotic resistance is a genetic trait, like brown hair or blue eyes, but unlike these traits, antibiotic resistance transfers very quickly between one bacteria and another.  Somehow (and as I understand it, scientists are still trying to figure this out) bacteria communicate with each other extremely rapidly, and through this communication they are able to transfer survival traits.

In a study by Dr. Stuart Levy and his colleagues, they found that introducing antibiotics into chicken feed very quickly promoted the spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria in the chickens’ intestinal tracts, as well as the intestinal tracts of the people working with the chickens.  The chickens’ guts changed within a week, the farm workers in 3-6 months.  Further, the bacteria sampled were not only resistant to tetracycline (the antibiotic used), but several other commercial antibiotics – they had learned and adapted.  (Personally, this freaks me out.)
The good news – after they stopped using the antibiotic laced feed for six months, no detectable levels of tectracycline resistant organisms were found in the farm workers.

How are herbal antibiotics different from pharmaceutical antibiotics?

Many pharmaceutical antibiotics are isolated chemical constituents.  They are one compound/one chemical – penicillin is penicillin, tetracycline is tetracycline and so on.  This makes them easier for bacteria to adapt to and counteract.  In contrast, herbs are much more complicated.  Garlic has over 33 sulfur compounds, 17 amino acids and a dozen other compounds.  Yarrow has over 120 identified compounds.  (It makes me look at my herbs with a new appreciation.)  In plants, the whole appears to be more than the sum of its parts.  The different compounds work together, often to produce better than expected results. 

Top 15 Antibiotic Herbs

There is much, much more to learn about herbal antibiotics, but I just wanted to give you a brief overview and let you know that herbs can be effective remedies, sometimes even for infections that don’t respond to “standard” treatments.  Always exercise caution when using herbs as medicine, and be doubly careful if you are on any prescription medication.
I’ll share a few that I use regularly.
Aloe vera: is active against Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonos aeruginosa, and herpes simplex virus type 1 and type 2.  Aloe and honey are two of the most effective treatments for burn victims when applied externally to speed wound healing and prevent infection.  Aloe is used simply by slicing open the leaves of the fresh plant to get at the sap and applying the aloe gel to the wound or burn until well covered, repeating as necessary.
Cinnamon: a team of surgeons found that a solution made with cinnamon oil killed a number of common and hospital-acquired infections, like streptococcus and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA. German research claims cinnamon “suppresses completely” the bacteria that causes urinary tract infections and the fungus associated with yeast infections as well.
I like to keep a pan of warm apple cider on the stove with cinnamon in it and give it to the kids to drink it is an effective way to get it down.
Garlic: is active against Tuberculosis, Shigell dysenteriae, Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonos aeruginosa, Candida albicans, Escherichia coli (E.coli), Streptococcus spp., Salmonella spp., Campylobacter spp., Protues merbilis, herpes simplex, influenza B, HIV and tested against viruses - it is an excellent virus killer! 

Garlic make be taken fresh (as juice or as cloves), in capsules, as tincture, or in food.  Start with small doses and gradually increase.  Raw garlic may cause stomach upset and even induce vomiting, if taken without food, so be careful.  Small, frequent doses are generally easier to take than large doses (1/4 to  teaspoon juice as needed).  Capsules may be better tolerated and easier to take.  Ample garlic in food is also helpful.  Watch out for garlic and blood thinning medication.
Grapefruit Seed Extract: Since Grapefruit Seed Extract is made from all-natural ingredients, it can be used to fight bacteria both internally and externally. When taken as an oral dose, it is effective at combating the bacteria that can cause diarrhea and stomach upsets, like salmonella and E Coli, as well as having protective qualities for the pancreas. It is even said to alter the pH of the blood, which makes it an inhabitable place for some fungi (like the candida fungus) and viruses to take up residence.
Echinacea: is active against Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus spp., mycobacterium (tuberculosis), abnormal cells (direct application necessary).  It has been recommended it for abnormal pap smears, strep throat, and very early onset of colds and flus.  For strep throat and heading off colds and flus, I would recommend the use of echinacea tincture, 30 drops (full dropper) each hour.  I have also had success fighting off a cold with a steady stream of echinacea tea.
Honey: has long been acknowledged for its antimicrobial properties. Traditional remedies containing honey were used in the topical treatment of wounds by diverse ancient civilizations. Honey inhibits wound-infecting bacteria. Honey supplies the nutrients necessary for healthy tissue regeneration and stimulates the growth of new blood capillaries. The antibacterial properties also provide a barrier to cross-infection of wounds. Honey's high sugar content has an osmosis effect on wounds. It draws lymph out to the cells while absorbing moisture and provides an anti-inflammatory action which reduces swelling and pain
Juniper: is used as a mild diuretic to treat urinary problems. Juniper detoxifies the system and helps prevent the buildup of uric acid in cases of gout and rheumatoid arthritis.

Licorice: is active against malaria, tuberculosis, Bacillis subtilis, Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus sobrinus, S. mutans, Salmonella typhimurium, Escherichia coli, Candida albicans, Vibrio cholera, Trichophyton mentagrophytes, T. rubrum, Toxocara canis, and coughs.

Licorice is a powerful immune system stimulant and antibiotic, and works well with other herbs.  It does have side effects, especially with overuse.  I have found in practice that the use of the whole root does in fact produce fewer side effects than the extracts. However, some of the same side effects still occur: higher blood pressure, water retention. These occur with less frequency and generally occur in those of middle age – i.e. those who have gone through menopause. Should be used with caution in those with high blood pressure.

Wormwood: exhibits properties that are beneficial to boost the immune system. Consumption of wormwood will aid the body to rid itself of toxins, which is beneficial in fighting fevers and infections. For maximum benefit, wormwood can be mixed with mint to make it more palatable and then consumed to treat the flu, lasting fevers and food poisoning. The antiseptic properties of woodworm are to destroy viruses and bacteria that can cause fevers.
Essential Oils that build your immune system:
Rubbing X-Plague on the bottom of my feet, works wonders at boosting my immune defenses.

Some Essential Oils that are antibiotic and bactericidal, for fighting bacteria infection : basil, eucalyptus, lemon, lemongrass, myrrh, neroli, niaouli, palmarosa, tea tree, and rose.
Happiness Creates Wealth
Happiness and wealth are part of a cycle, each one creating more of the other.
You can increase the amount of happiness in your life within minutes, simply by taking more notice of things that make you happy.

It's easy to forget that the mere fact of conscious existence--that you are alive--is itself a miracle. As the old saying goes "every day above ground is a good day."

Rather than thinking of illness as something bad that happens to you, start thinking of health as something good that's happening to you.

There is nothing more conducive to long-term happiness than knowing that your actions are making the world a better place.

Almost everyone has friends, although it's easy to lose track of them in the rush of events. Take a few minutes--today--to reconnect with some of them.

If you've got a good relationship with your family, rejoice! You're experiencing one of the deepest sources of happiness on the planet
Feeling secure that you can count on yourself to accomplish what you set out to accomplish creates a quiet but potent happiness.
Having the support of a wider group makes you more aware that you're part of something greater than yourself.
Rather than focusing on what you don't have or what's out of reach, be thankful for the wonderful things already in your life.
It is impossible to laugh and be miserable at the same time. Regular doses of laughter are more than medicine... it's the flavor of life.
Create these ten things in your life and I guarantee that you'll either become more wealthy or, if not, you won't really care anyway because you'll already have what's important.

Many chronic medical issues stem from an allergic response our body is having to toxins. Toxins that our bodies are bombarded with every day from our drinking water, to our health and beauty products, to the materials used to build and furnish our homes!

Cold and Flu
Your immune system launches an inflammatory storm to fight off the invaders.
Just 2 weeks of this total-body inflammation--which is the time it takes to recover from a bad cold or the flu--can increase your long-term risk of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. - Doctors have long noticed that heart attacks spike during the winter, and while that may be due in part to all that snow you have to shovel, it's more likely because of the flu. 

Flu is thought to cause an inflammatory process in the blood vessels, particularly in those people who have narrowing of the arteries due to coronary heart disease.

Plaques in the arteries are more likely to rupture when someone contracts the flu, and that could trigger a heart attack.
Cardio exercise can increase your immune system.  Every bout of exercise enhances circulation of key immune cells.
Neti Pots: Keep your nose clean. When flu patients squirted a saline solution into their nostrils three times a day for 8 days, they recovered about 2 days faster, a recent study from China found. Why? Nasal irrigation may rinse out the virus as well as inflammatory molecules. Use a saline solution, but be careful--two deaths have been linked to irrigation with amoeba-contaminated neti pots. Use only distilled water or H2O you boiled first. When you're done, clean the container with fresh disinfected water and let it air-dry.
Take vitamin D. People with low circulating levels of vitamin D may have impaired infection-fighting responses because their blood has less of the virus-killing compound cathelicidin. A shortage of sunlight from October through March means your body may be unable to manufacture enough vitamin D on its own. So during the cold-weather months, supplement your diet each day with 600 to 5,000 IU of vitamin D3.
Garlic:  In a new study in Clinical Nutrition, people who took a daily garlic supplement for 3 months experienced 21 percent fewer cold symptoms than those on a placebo. Credit garlic's ability to prime natural killer cells and T cell--both part of your immune system's first line of defense--to respond faster and with more force when viruses attack, says study author Susan Percival, Ph.D. You don't have to eat a clove of garlic. Just pop a supplement that contains 2.6 grams of garlic extract every day.
Silver Sol -- Possibly one of the most important medical roles for colloidal silver is it's ability to destroy pandemic flu viruses and deadly pathogens like methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA. Colloidal silver not only stops bacteria and the flu virus in its tracks after being infected, but protects against contagion. Take colloidal silver prophylactically as soon as you experience the first symptoms of illness to ward off a full-blown attack. Prophylactic treatment involves adults taking a teaspoon or two daily during flu season. Children can take one-half to one teaspoon daily depending on age and weight.?.
Garlic tea -- A well-known immune system strengthener, garlic shines as an antibacterial and antiviral for fighting colds, coughs and especially the flu. One of the best ways to take advantage of garlic's healing properties is by drinking fresh garlic tea sweetened with a little raw honey. Take a little Chlorophyll after taking garlic to sweeten your breath. Chop fresh garlic put on the bottom of your feet, to absorb it's wonderful properties.
Chicken soup -- Take advantage of the high antioxidant properties and nutrients to fight the flu by eating lots of chicken soup.  In addition to vitamins and minerals found in vegetables, bone broth made by cooking chicken home-made is a strong immune system builder and provides numerous trace minerals to support healing. Use organic chicken and vegetables to obtain the best of the nutrients provided.
Fenugreek tea It is a fine expectorant that relieves asthma and sinus problems by reducing mucus and is also good for coughs and cold. Fenugreek dissolves hardened masses of accumulated mucus and is considered a treatment for tuberculosis. As a body cleanser and expectorant, Fenugreek is said to expel toxic waste and mucus through the elimination system.
Mullein -- Tea made from the herb Mullein relieves chest congestion from coughs, colds and the flu. It acts as an expectorant, loosening trapped mucous in airways and soothing painful sore throats. Mullein supports the immune system as well, during the flu and may be used prophylactically to prevent flu by drinking the tea daily during an epidemic.
Gelsemium -- Used to alleviate general flu symptoms, homeopathic Gelsemium is indicated for aches and pains, weakness, dizziness, shaking, occipital headache at the back of head and neck, drowsiness, paralysis, drooping eye lids.
Belladonna -- Homeopathic Belladonna is indicated when the onset of flu illness is sudden and very intense, high fever, red face, pulsating veins and throbbing headache often worse on the right side, stiff neck, hot, glassy-eyed, delirious, lack of thirst.
Bryonia -- Bone and muscle pain made worse from any motion indicates homeopathic Bryonia along with other symptoms such as chills, fever, headache, thirst for large quantities of cold water, painful cough, dryness of mucus membranes.
Chlorella is a potent detox agent for mercury and other heavy metals. In one animal study, mice given chlorella along with methylmercury excreted about twice the amount of mercury compared to those not given chlorella.
Unusual uses for Olive Oil
Fix a Squeaky Door: Forget going out and purchasing WD-40. Dab a little olive oil in your squeaky door hinge and, voila, the squeak is gone!
Floor Polish: Mix 3/4 part lemon and 1/4 part vinegar to the oil for a wood polish. Wipe your floor with the mixture and it will shine like never before!
Shaving Cream: Run out of shaving cream? This oil can provide a safe and natural lubricant that will ensure a close shave.
Remove Stickers: Rub olive oil onto a sticker or label and let it sit for a few minutes. Grab an edge and the sticker will peel right off. No scraping needed, and best of all, no sticky residue left behind
Shine Stainless Steel and Brass: Dab some olive oil on a clean rag to make your brass and stainless steel shine. It also will prevent streaks, corrosion, and tarnish.
Cat Care: Place a teaspoon of olive oil in your cat’s food. It will help stop hairballs and  promote a shiny, healthy coat of fur.
Furniture Polish: Olive oil will help you remove dust on furniture, all while giving it a shine. Place in a teaspoon lemon juice and it creates a non-toxic and petroleum-free polish that will also gently clean wood surfaces
Fix Stuck Zipper: Apply olive oil to a cotton swab and gently apply to the teeth of your stuck zipper. Then slowly pull the tab down the zipper.
Remove Paint: After certain art projects, paint becomes stubborn if left on skin for too long. Use some olive oil and the paint will come right off.
Lamp: Purchse specially made olive oil lamps, or simply pour it into a glass mason jar and poke a hole in the lid. Add a wick and you have yourself a DIY oil lamp!
Eye Make-up Removal: Even the heaviest, drag-show-worthy makeup job can’t stand up to the removal power of olive oil. Dab a little on a cotton pad and your eyeshadow, eyeliner and mascara – including waterproof formulas – will wipe right off.
Hair Treatment: Sure, you could buy a fancy commercially-prepared hot oil treatment for your hair – or you could just grab the bottle of olive oil that’s already sitting on a shelf in your kitchen. Apply a few tablespoons of warmed olive oil to damp hair, massage into the scalp and rub through the ends, then leave it on for thirty minutes to an hour. The oil will clean and condition the scalp, soften the hair and help the cuticles lay down flat for a sleek look.
Skin Moisturizer: You might think using olive oil as a moisturizer would leave you with oily skin, but that’s not the case. Used in small amounts, it seeps in completely, eliminating dryness and reducing the appearance of wrinkles without clogging pores.
Bath Oil: Add a few drops of your favorite essential oils to 3-4 tablespoons of olive oil and you’ve got a custom bath oil that will gently scent and moisturize your skin.
Throat Soother: Got a big singing performance or speech coming up? Swallow a tablespoon of olive oil just before you step on stage and you won’t have to clear your throat nearly as often. This trick also works to soothe itchy throats and lubricate the back of the mouth and tonsil area, which may lessen snoring.
Ear Ache Relief: A little warm olive oil is a fast, effective means of relieving painful ear aches. Just place the bottle in a bowl of warm water for a few minutes, then pour a few drops into the affected ear. To cure ear infections, infuse the olive oil with a crushed clove of garlic, strain the garlic out and drip into the ear.
Lice Treatment: Olive oil has long been a preferred natural treatment to eliminate dreaded head lice. It reportedly helps to dissolve the exoskeleton of these little parasites, and smother the ones that are resistant. Pour it on to dry hair liberally, comb out any visible lice with a nit comb and then leave it on under a shower cap for up to 8 hours. Follow by coating the hair in apple cider vinegar; leave it on overnight, shampoo as usual and then comb out any remaining eggs.
Hairball Prevention: Nobody likes the sound of a cat loudly hacking up a hairball, especially since it always seems to happen when you’re trying to eat or sleep. Help it pass through your cat’s system more easily by adding 1/4 teaspoon of olive oil to his or her food each day.
Chewing Gum Remover: Whether your child comes home from school with a mass of sticky pink bubble gum in her hair or you find yourself the victim of a wayward wad, you don’t have to resort to any crazy tricks or – gasp – scissors to get it out. Apply olive oil to the gum and the surrounding hair, leave it on for five to ten minutes and then pull the gum out.
Psoriasis and diaper rash treatment: Olive oil soothes itchy, burning, irritated skin and may help rashes heal. Apply it to a baby’s diaper rash or directly to any eruptions on your own skin for quick relief. Consuming olive oil on a regular basis may also be helpful in the treatment of mild to moderate psoriasis.
Rosehip seed oil is often referred to as “Mother Nature’s anti-aging miracle oil”. It’s rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acids and helps to combat wrinkles, stimulate collagen production and moisturize the skin
Calendula-Rosehip Facial Serum
1 oz. Rosehip Seed oil
1 oz. Calendula Infused Grapeseed Oil
2 oz. Jojoba Oil
5 drops Carrot Seed Essential Oil
3 drops Chamomile Essential Oil
7 drops Vitamin E Oil (7500 IU)

Place all ingredients into a small bottle and shake well. Use a few drops and massage into clean skin.  Use twice daily.
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