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Medicine, Nature and Health

"Nature itself is the best physician."

“I NEVER THOUGHT OF THAT”

All About Healthy Choices

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JUST A LITTLE SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT AND CONSIDER

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QUESTION:

When was the last time you ate a meal that included one or more of the following: GLYPHOSATE, GENETICALLY MODIFIED ORGANISMS, BUTYLATED HYDROXYANISOLE, BUTYLATED HYDROXYTOLUENE, BLUE/GREEN/RED OR YELLOW DYE, SODIUM BENZOATE, SODIUM NITRATES/NITRITES, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP OR TRANS FATS?

ANSWER:

Most likely TODAY,YESTERDAY, the DAY BEFORE THAT and the DAY BEFORE THAT!

HOW DOES THIS AFFECT YOUR LIFE?

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These are the “THINGS” in most of the foods we eat that add flavor, color and texture and preserve them from spoiling. They also happen to be the residues of pesticides and chemical compounds determined to CAUSECANCER and other DISEASES.

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IF PEOPLE KNOW AND UNDERSTAND THESE DANGERS, WHY DO THEY CONTINUE TO REGULARLY EAT THESE FOODS?

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The vast majority of people believe:

  1. these foods and substances are NOT DANGEROUS

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“Scrape that Dirty tongue!”, or, Why a morning Jivha-Nirlekhan is so important

Dr. Herbz

The Ayurvedic daily routine (Dinacharyaa) highly recommends that you scrape your tongue after brushing the teeth every morning. It is called as Jivha-Nirlekhan in Sanskrit language. So what is this Jivha Nirlekhan thing, and why is it so important? Let us see.
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Tongue-scraping gives 4 major health benefits –
1. Rids the plaques accumulated on the tongue.
2. Helps in better sense of taste.
3. Helps improve digestion (“Really? How?” Read on.)
4. Helps eliminate bad breath in some.

Why tongue-scraping is necessary?
If you have already read our previous article about drinking water in the morning, you would remember the name ‘Aam‘. This is a generic term for the improperly digested metabolites that clog up your systems, leading to a wide range of diseases from acne to diabetes, depending on their location, distribution and chemical composition. So, the plaques that accumulate on your tongue through…

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The Other Top-Ten Misconceptions about Ayurveda Busted

A good article about Ayurveda myths.

Dr. Herbz

Our first article busting common misconceptions about Ayurveda got a great reception from around the World. So, today we again board the Myth-Buster Train with Dr. Harshad R., and present – “The Other Top-Ten Misconceptions about Ayurveda Busted” !
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Myth 1. Ayurveda endorses vegetarianism as a better lifestyle.
Prevalence:
Globally.
TRUTH: Ayurveda neither endorses nor refutes both vegetarianism or non-vegetarianism as a better lifestyle. Since every individual is unique in the view of Ayurveda, it solely depends on that individual’s Dosha-Prakriti (constitution) and environment, as to which lifestyle is better for them.

Probably, this myth roots from the fact that Ayurveda describes meat as harder to digest than vegetarian foods, and recommends avoiding it whenever the patient’s digestive capacity (Jathar Agni) is weakened, which is incidentally the case in most illnesses.

Myth 2. It is pronounced “Aa-yur-ve-daah”, and “Do-shaa”.
Prevalence:
in Western countries.
TRUTH: No matter who you…

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How a regular walking routine can improve your health.

A Quote by Hippocrates with regards to walking.
A quote by Hippocrates with regards to walking.

Oftentimes, we do not see walking as a form of exercise since it is something that we do on a day to day basis. However, the fact remains that this simple movement can significantly improve our health in many ways. Walking is an exercise that is  gentle on your joints compared to higher-impact activities like running or aerobics. More than half of our muscles are designed for walking, it’s a natural movement for us human beings that is virtually safe from major injuries.

Here are some reason why you should consider walking as part of your daily routine:

  1. Clears the mind, reduces fatigue and increases energy.
  2. Assist in controlling diabetes and reduce the risk of chronic disease, heart disease and stroke.
  3. Improve bone strength and helps prevent or control osteoporosis.
  4. Relieves stress and tension.
  5.  Helps in maintaining a healthy weight and a positive body image that will be more effective when combined with proper diet.

Doing regular brisk walking on the other hand:

  1. Reduces cholesterol and blood pressure and improve overall digestion.
  2. Conditions your heart, muscles and lungs to work more efficiently

Some other good reasons why you should walk:

  1.  Simple and cheap. Lessons or specialized equipment are not necessary to do it.
  2.  Suitable for anyone without regards to  fitness level, gender or age .
  3.  Convenient. You can walk almost anywhere, indoors or outdoors, at any time of year.
  4.  Walking allows you to adapt your effort based on your fitness level as it improves and adjust the intensity of the exercise with accordance to your personal goals.
  5.  Walking can contribute in helping the environment. When you choose to leave your car at home and walk to work, school, or any destination you contribute in reducing the carbon emissions in your area.
  6.  It can be a fun and social activity. A good way to spend time with family and friends.

You can find more studies and articles backed with research about the  benefits of walking but the listed items above alone proves how it can have a significant effect on your health.  So make sure that you spend at least ten to fifteen minutes everyday for walking. It’s doable people, and It’s for your own good. You just have to do it.

Top 5 health benefits from eating Garlic.

For a vegetable of its size, garlic (Allium sativum) has a well-deserved notoriety. This little guy from the Amaryllis family (cousin of onions, leeks and chives) is capable of changing any recipe to an intense and sweet-smelling culinary experience.

Garlic is made up of several “cloves” encased in a paper-like skin that may appear as white or sometimes pinkish in color. Despite the fact that they have a firm surface,  garlic can be effectively cut or smashed without too much effort. The flavor of garlic is exquisite; it hits the sense of taste with sharpness that is shadowed by an inconspicuous foundation of sweetness.

Throughout history, garlic has been  used for its health benefits probably due to its medicinal compound Allicin, which has antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal and antioxidant properties.

Here are some known garlic benefits:

  1. Anti-cancer properties – Garlic is considered the most powerful anti-cancer spice. Studies all over the world have shown that it lowers the risk of developing all types of cancers especially colon, stomach, intestinal, and prostate cancer. Check out this garlic fact sheet from cancer.gov if you want to know more.
  2. Good for the Heart – Garlic would undoubtedly be very helpful when included in the diet of people with poor heart conditions . It prevents heart diseases by bringing down cholesterol and improving blood circulation. It stalls the improvement of Atherosclerosis, a condition wherein the arteries becomes stiff therefore increasing the chance of a   heart assault or stroke.
  3. Healthy Eyes – Sulfur is obtained from garlic, which is essential for producing glutathione, an antioxidant that helps the eye lens. As  garlic contributes to maintain blood circulation, it also helps in  keeping the eyes healthy.
  4.  Good for Digestion –  Daily inclusion of garlic in your diet aids in eliminating many digestive problems.  It aids the digestive system by eliminating noxious waste matter in the body, stimulate peristaltic action and secretes digestive fluids. Problems such as swelling or irritation of the gastric canal may be relieved with garlic as a treatment.
  5. Anti-Bacterial and Anti-Parasitical properties – For the last 7,000 years, garlic has been used as an antibiotic to treat bacterial, fungal and parasitic infections. It may not have that appealing smell like mint but using a garlic-based mouthwash with through small quantities of its extracts is enough to fend off cavity-causing bacteria. Studies also supports that garlic extract helps children with tapeworm infections. 

Although there are still many benefits that can be taken from eating garlic, these are probably most popular ones that majority of us can relate to. Just go and do a quick search and you’ll learn that it can also be used for wounds, acne, and many more. So go ahead and start including it in your daily diet and reap its benefits!

Best quotes about health and medicine through natural means

I’m a firm believer of the saying that goes “the best medicine, is no medicine”. Illnesses can be prevented or cured by having a healthy lifestyle and with a little help from mother nature. This has been recorded many times throughout history by many civilizations across the world. Even prominent individuals ranging from Hippocrates up to Thomas Edison supports this basic concept. Having daily activities that supports us in taking care of our bodies should always be included in our to-do list. However, through the advancement of technology and our busy schedules in this fast-paced world we live in, we usually forget this simple but essential practice.

Below are some of the best quotations to remind us about the importance of health and medicine through natural means.

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  1. “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” – Hippocrates
  2. “The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.” – Voltaire
  3. “To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear. ” – Buddha
  4. Nature itself is the best physician.” – Hippocrates
  5. To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.” -François de La Rochefoucauld
  6.  “The doctor of the future will no longer treat the human frame with drugs, but rather will cure and prevent disease with nutrition.” – Thomas A. Edison

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  7. I saw few die of hunger; of eating, a hundred thousand.” – Thomas A. Edison
  8. Eat well, drink in moderation, and sleep sound, in these three good health abound.” – Latin Proverb
  9. “An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.” – Henry David Thoreau
  10. “Medicine is a collection of uncertain prescriptions, the results of which taken collectively, are more fatal than useful to mankind. Water, air and cleanliness are the chief articles in my pharmacopoeia.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
  11. “The competent physician, before he attempts to give medicine to the patient, makes himself acquainted not only with the disease, but also with the habits and constitution of the sick man.” – Cicero
  12. “Health is like money, we never have a true idea of its value until we lose it.”  – Josh Billings
  13. “Everything in excess is opposed to nature.” – Hippocrates
  14. “The way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d rather not. – Mark Twain
  15. “He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything.” – Thomas Carlyle
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