Pain Bomb Recipe For Migraines

This post could really be titled 5,000 ways to use Essential Oils, but we’re too busy to blog about them all! HA! So, in case you haven’t noticed, Essential oils are becoming a way of life for my family.


Pain Bomb Recipe For Migraines: 

5 Drops of Frankincense                5 Drops of Copaiba                 5 Drops of Balsam Fir

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Frankincense frereana Essential Oil. 10 ml (1/3 oz). 100% Pure, Undiluted, Therapeutic Grade:

Botanical name: Boswellia frereana. Origin: Somalia. Extraction Method: Steam Distilled. Plant Part: Gum resin. Strength of Aroma: Medium. Aromatic Scent: Frankincense frereana essential oil has a fresh, woody-pine and lemony scent. Blends well with: Bergamot, Grapefruit, Juniper, Laurel Leaf, Lemon, Lemongrass, May Chang, Myrrh, Nutmeg, Orange, Pepper Black and Vetiver. Suggested Uses: Frankincense frereana is especially prized for its skin rejuvenating properties. When added to a carrier oil it is great for wrinkles, scars, dry skin and damaged skin, and can help heal a wound or cut. When diffused, Frankincense frereana can build your immune system as well as calm and relax your body and uplift your mood. Cautions: None known. Please Note: The International Federation of Aromatherapists does not recommend that Essential Oils be taken internally unless under the supervision of a Medical Doctor who is also qualified in clinical Aromatherapy.

Copaiba Balsam Essential Oil.10 ml (1/3 oz). 100% Pure, Undiluted, Therapeutic Grade: 

Botanical Name: Copaifera officinalis Origin: Brazil Extraction. Method: Steam Distilled. Plant Part: Balsam from wood. Strength of Aroma: Low. Aromatic Scent: Copaiba Essential Oil has a very delicate aroma. It is sweat, smooth and has a creamy-woody scent. Blends well with: Pepper (Black), Chamomile Roman, Cedarwood, Jasmine, Sandalwood, Vanilla, Frankincense and Ylang Ylang. Suggested Uses: Copaiba essential oil is a great anti-inflammatory. It has been known to help with digestive problems such as diarrhea and constipation. Add 2 drops Frankincense and 2 drops Copaiba to 1 tablespoon of carrier oil to any injury to help with inflammation. Add 2 drops Copaiba essential oil to 1 teaspoon of carrier oil and massage on your abdomen to help with digestive issues. Cautions: None known. Please Note: The International Federation of Aromatherapists does not recommend that Essential Oils be taken internally unless under the supervision of a Medical Doctor who is also qualified in clinical Aromatherapy.

Fir Needle Essential Oil. 10 ml (1/3 oz). 100% Pure, Undiluted, Therapeutic Grade. 

Botanical Name: Abies sibirica * Plant Part: Needles * Extraction Method: Steam Distilled * Origin: Russia * Description: Fir Needle Essential Oil comes from the Pinus type tree which grows in wide areas of Russia. * Color: Colorless to pale yellow clear liquid. * Common Uses: Fir Needle Essential Oil is reported to help with arthritis, bronchitis, colds, coughs, flu, muscle aches, rheumatism and sinusitis. It is a popular oil used to bring out masculine, outdoorsy attributes in men’s fragrances, bath preparations, air fresheners, herbal oils, soaps, and shaving creams. * Consistency: Medium * Note: Middle * Strength of Aroma: Strong * Blends well with: Pine, Cedarwood, Benzoin, Lavender, Spruce and Rosemary. * Aromatic Scent: Fir Needle Essential Oil has a fresh, woody, earthy, sweet scent that is much like the outdoors. Many compare it to the smell of the Great Outdoors. * History: From the earliest times the Fir Needle is thought by people as a forest healer. The natives used the crushed needles in poultices to heal wounds and infections. The needles were also boiled and drunk since it was believed to assist with respiratory issues. * Cautions: Fir Balsam Essential Oil is non-toxic, non-irritant and non-sensitizing. Liquid may cause irritation to the eyes so use well diluted. Avoid use during pregnancy.

Ways to Use Essential Oils in Your Home

 How Do I Choose and Use Essential Oils?

The essential oil that you choose will depend on the purpose—do you want it to help elevate your mood or do you need something to treat a burn? There is no “laundry list” that specifies which essential oil is used to treat which health condition. Instead, you need to be proactive about doing research and talking with qualified individuals.

A good place to start is to get a book about therapeutic aromatherapy. There are many good books available and you will be able to find one that matches your needs.

Be sure to pay attention to cautions for each oil and application method. We provide some examples in this section, but it is important to dilute the oils properly, consider your individual reactions, and watch closely for adverse effects.

How do I use essential oils?

Essential oils enter the body primarily in three ways—applied to the skin, inhaled, or ingested. Within each of these, there are many different kinds of application methods. For example, you can apply essential oils topically using compresses, sprays, baths, or massaging them into the skin.

How do I choose an application method?Carrier and essential oil

The application method chosen depends on the desired effect and the essential oil selected. For example, some essential oils are irritating to the skin because of their chemistry. These would need more dilution or might better be used by inhalation.

Once you have purchased an essential oil, the application method depends on the condition to be treated and the desired effect. For example:

  • Wound care most often involves topical applications.
  • Mood effects might be addressed by either inhalation or topical application. For fast action, inhalation might be preferred.
  • Baths involve both inhalation and topical absorption.

Note: If you are unsure about which application method to use, consult an experienced aromatherapist.

How can I inhale essential oils?

Essential oils can be inhaled using a variety of techniques and devices.

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  • Diffuser: Essential oils are placed in this device, sometimes with water (be sure to read the directions), and sometimes with heat so they evaporate. Some diffusers have a timer for convenience. Essential oils should never be directly burned as the chemical structure is dramatically changed with incineration (Buckle, 2003).
  • Dry Evaporation: Several drops of essential oil are placed on a cotton ball or tissue and allowed to evaporate into the air. If you want an intense dose, sniff the cotton ball. If a milder, more constant exposure is desired, simply keep the cotton ball in your immediate vicinity (for example, leave it sitting on your desk next to your computer).
  • Steam: Drops of essential oil are added to a bowl of steaming water, which quickly vaporizes the oil. Place a towel over your head and over the bowl of water with essential oil drop(s) and breathe deeply. This method is very direct and potent—the use of more than 1-2 drops may be overwhelming. It is important keep the eyes closed when using this method. The use of eucalyptus essential oil in this way can feel helpful with upper respiratory and sinus infections Note: This is not recommended for children younger than 7 years old. Children older than 7 who use this method of aromatherapy can use swimming goggles to protect their eyes.
  • Spray: Drops of essential oils are placed in a water-based solution, shaken, and sprayed into the air in order to deodorize a room or set a mood. An example might be spraying an aqueous solution of pine or citrus oils to enhance holiday feelings or a solution of peppermint oil to stimulate alertness. It is important to shake the bottle before spraying in order to spray the solution and not just water.

How do I apply essential oils topically?

Essential oils can be applied to the skin using a variety of techniques. It is important to note that most essential oils can not be applied directly to the skin without being diluted.

How do I prepare a solution?

As a rule of thumb, essential oils should be diluted in a carrier substance (vegetable or nut oil, or water) at no greater concentration than 3-5%.

That means if you have one teaspoon (5cc) of carrier, you would add 3 drops of pure essential oil. This would make a 3% solution that could be used on a portion of the body.

For massage or for application over large areas of the body, a 1% solution (meaning, one drop of essential oil in one teaspoon of carrier) is generally a safe concentration. For infants, using a 0.25% solution is recommended (.5% for toddlers).

Note: If you use water as a carrier, be sure to shake or mix your solution well before application.

What carrier oil should I use?

Common carrier oils are often available in natural foods stores or stores that specialize in natural bath and body products. Organic and cold-pressed carrier oils are preferred, and examples include sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, or avocado oil. These oils do not have a strong smell of their own. They should be kept refrigerated until used and should be discarded if they smell rancid. (Oils typically keep about a year if refrigerated.)

For wound care, an ideal essential oil would be gentle to the skin and antimicrobial. Some essential oils can be used in different ways. For example, true lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia) can be used on the skin for cuts and minor burns, and it can be inhaled to promote relaxation and sleep. Lavender is one of the few essential oils that can be used undiluted on small areas of the skin.

What are the techniques?

Oil and dressing

  • Compress: The essential oil is diluted in a liquid carrier (water or oil) and applied to a dressing or directly to the affected area. Optional heat or cold can be applied.For example, a few drops of ginger (Zinziber officinalis) essential oil can be added to comfortably hot water and mixed to disperse the oil; then a cloth can be soaked in the solution and placed on a stiff joint. Additional heat can be applied as desired.
  • Gargle: Drops of essential oil are added to water. You mix, then gargle the solution and spit it out. Do NOT swallow it. For example, one drop of tea tree oil in a glass of water can be gargled for sore throat discomfort.
  • Bath: Drops of essential oils are added to bath water in a dispersant immediately before stepping in. This method results in absorption through the skin, as well as inhalation of the volatilized essential oil. A few tablespoons of full cream milk can be used as a dispersant.Remember, essential oils are not water soluble; thus they will float on top of the bath and skin passing through the oil will be exposed to full strength essential oil. Bath salts can also be used to disperse essential oils. A relaxing bath base can be made by mixing one part baking soda, two parts Epsom salts, and three parts sea salt. Add six drops of true lavender essential oil to about two tablespoons of this mixture and mix it into bath water just before entering.
  • Massage: Drops of essential oil are added to a natural carrier oil and applied to skin areas with gentle rubbing. As noted earlier, massage blends should not exceed 1% concentration of essential oils (one drop in a teaspoon) for adults. For children, concentration should not exceed 0.25% for infants, 0.5% for toddlers age 6 months to 2 years, and 1% for children 2 years and older. The choice of essential oils for massage depends on the desired effect.

How does internal application work?

Essential oils can be applied internally in several ways including oral ingestion and suppositories, but remember that in the U.S. the ingestion of essential oils is only recommended under the supervision of a licensed healthcare provider.


Akashic Records Report – Major Events Are About To Unfold

Akashic Records Report – Major Events Are About To Unfold


In a recent interview,  a woman with access to the Akashic Records stated there will be some major impending changes on our planet, including a change in power and a new currency in the near future.

When a person dies, they have a life review in which they see and experience their affect on others, which helps their spirit achieve mastery, she said. According to the information she received from “source” (i.e. the Akashic records), Earth was originally a paradise planet, but experienced a fall and moved into denser and denser vibrations. Many of the early spirit beings came here a mission to get the planet back on track, and a lot of them are reincarnated now in this lifetime, she reported. Our old world is dying as a new energy is in the process of manifesting on Earth, but we have to go through a kind of birth canal to get there, which causes a lot of unresolved issues to surface, she pointed out.

In this interview, Aingeal Rose O’Grady, discusses her remarkable ability to access these records which are reported to contain all knowledge of human experience and the history of the cosmos.

“I find it interesting that there is this intelligence that does record every minute, every little detail of life”, she said.

Further, each person has their own ‘library book,’ as it’s called, as well as a ‘database’ which is the record of all the lifetimes a person has led, and their track record for successes and failures during them, she explained. She views the records as spiritual in nature, though some have said there are “holographic crystal discs” that hold this information.

So What Does O’Grady Foresee?

New Earth Energies

O’Grady stated that we are adjusting to new earth energies and it is going to manifest but it will take between 10-15 years.

Keep in mind that Pluto is in Capricorn until 2023, so that would less than 10 years from now.

In brief, the last time Pluto was in Capricorn was in 1776 during the American Revolution. It is no coincidence that revolutions are happening all around the world right now. Pluto is known as the “Destroyer” and typically breaks down that which is corrupt and allows that which is in humanity’s best interests to replace those control objects that have kept us economic slaves for hundreds of years.

According to O’Grady, she gets her material directly from “Source”.

Source told O’Grady: “It’s like we’re going into this birth canal.  This light is coming in and it is stimulating a lot of unhealed things in people,” adding that ,”The old world is dieing.  It’s just not going to be the same.  In that process, you will have people leave.  They won’t be able to handle the pressure of it.”

Shift In Consciousness

“The shift is happening on so many levels.  It’s happening to our biology’s, our animal our plant life.  It’s seen under the oceans.  There’s a huge cleansing going on and everybody is feeling it.”

O’Grady added that she continues to see blessing going all over this planet from outside sources. “Because of these blessings, we are being supported in manifesting in a way that we never have been before.”

In this writer’s opinion, it sounds as if our planet is being watched over and protected by our galactic neighbors.


O’Grady believes that people should prepare themselves for any sort of earth changes by having proper water, medical supplies and storable food but added that we are heading toward something that is “really, really wonderful”. More on Prepping view link on Pinterest

Evil Is On Its Way Out

“Source has told us that ‘evil’ is on its way out. It’s a process. It’s unrealistic to think that it’s going to happen overnight, not with all of the things that need changing. There is so much miraculous stuff going on… people (are) waking up (and) creating new paradigms that I think we’re going to succeed.”

“We have until 2017 for all of this cleansing process and all of this evil to be over with.  A lot of this is consciousness dependent.  Thoughts are materializing much faster now.”

Government Will Not Give Up Easily

“I think we still have a government fight on our hands.  They’re not going to give up easily in terms of their agendas to continue to take away more of our rights and our freedoms but we are the ones who really have to take hold of ourselves and stop our codependency on all these systems.”

A New Way Of Life -New Currency

O’Grady believes that we need to start growing more of our own food and come up with a new money system that replaces the current fiat currency.  “I don’t really see the end of money but I see a change in who controls it and what we do with it.

Many investors and corporate insiders are dumping their stocks in their own companies in mass quantities. It has become apparent that the current unsustainable system of fiat currency is about to meet its inevitable fate.

O’Grady stated, “Our thoughts are manifesting at a rapid rate right now and we really need to be choosing the highest (good) in all situations.”

You may want to incorporate abundance and prosperity for everyone in your thoughts and meditations.

For example, after I clear myself and my surroundings before I meditate, I then ask my spirit guides and guardian angels for guidance and protection. Additionally, I thank my friends and family on both sides of the veil as well as our galactic neighbors and friends for helping to protect us and ask for their guidance as well. I thank the visitors to in5d for being a big part of this amazing awakening process and lastly, I thank Mother Earth for being such a gracious host to us.

If our thoughts are manifesting quicker then ever, then please help to envision this new world of abundance for all!


A Song From My Heart to Yours-Bette Midler – From a distance (lyrics)


From a distance the world looks blue and green,
and the snow-capped mountains white.
From a distance the ocean meets the stream,
and the eagle takes to flight.
From a distance, there is harmony,
and it echoes through the land.
It’s the voice of hope, it’s the voice of peace,
it’s the voice of every man.
From a distance we all have enough,
and no one is in need.
And there are no guns, no bombs, and no disease,
no hungry mouths to feed.
From a distance we are instruments
marching in a common band.
Playing songs of hope, playing songs of peace.
They’re the songs of every man.
God is watching us. God is watching us.
God is watching us from a distance.
From a distance you look like my friend,
even though we are at war.
From a distance I just cannot comprehend
what all this fighting is for.
From a distance there is harmony,
and it echoes through the land.
And it’s the hope of hopes, it’s the love of loves,
it’s the heart of every man.
It’s the hope of hopes, it’s the love of loves.
This is the song of every man.
And God is watching us, God is watching us,
God is watching us from a distance.
Oh, God is watching us, God is watching.
God is watching us from a distance.

Message from Venus Perez of Utopia Pioneers

How to Build Your Own Solar Powered Generator

Having a solar powered generator can be functional, economical and fun. There are many different practical uses depending on the size of generator you decide to build.

Materials List

All parts below are parts available on Amazon. You can click on any picture to see items.

12v Solar Panel

A solar panel converts the sun’s energy into Direct Current, or DC electricity. Solar panels come in a variety of different sizes and shapes. You can get this 10watt solar panel for around $35. You can get a 100w panel for about $100 more. However, the 10w panel weighs around 2lbs. and the 100w weighs around 20lbs.


12v battery

Batteries are used to store the power from a solar panel so that power can be used at some future time. The battery in your car is designed for short periods of high energy output. You need a battery that is designed for continuous power output. The battery below will cost you around $38.


12v cigarette lighter/USB adapter

This will allow you to recharge any battery-operated item that has a cigarette lighter adapter or a USB. You can get this one for around $15.



This will convert the stored DC power in the battery into AC power. Lower quality inverters provide intermittent power and are not recommended. Also, better inverters usually include a voltage meter which will monitor the charge in your battery.

I recommend getting an inverter that is between 500-1500W. Many of these also have USB ports built in for direct charging for things like phones. A 500w will cost you around $36 but will not include a voltage meter; a 1500w will cost you $133.


Charge controller

This is needed to prevent damage to the 12-volt battery, primarily through overcharging. You can get one of these from $13-$35.


Other Materials

Once you begin building, you may find that you need basic wires or connectors. You can search for “solar wires and cables” on Amazon if you need connecting wires. What you need will depend on what parts you decide to buy. Some items come with connecting wires and some do not. Also, many people like to put this in a container. I have seen everything from a 4 pistol case to a homemade built box used.

Wiring Diagram

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As you can see, building a portable solar power generator is quite simple. These can be great devices that are fun to build. They are, however, limited in their practical uses.

Using a full size solar power generator is just like using a gas generator and can provide any range of either backup power or main power source.

There are many reasons for wanting or needing a generator including normal electrical failures, natural disasters, terrorist attacks, EMP, power grid failure, etc. If the loss of electricity becomes long term, gas generators will eventually become useless. Solar generators are silent which eliminates the high theft rates of gas powered generators during natural disasters and other times of need.

To see plans to build a full size solar power generator, Click Here.

Responsibility and Positivity: You Can’t Have One Without The Other


Self-talk is known by many names: thought processes, inner monologue, internal reasoning, etc. Self-talk is simply our inner voice. It is the voice that has the power to either motivate or demotivate. It is our thoughts that tell us to give in to, or walk away from, our vice. It can lift us up or tear us down. Self-talk is incredibly powerful and it acts as a filter through which we see the world and ourselves.

Negative self-talk is critical and judgmental of everything we do. It only sees problems, never solutions. It is destructive to self-esteem, relationships, and attitude. It focuses on the reasons why we will never reach our goals. It is the force that shoots down every helpful suggestion and resource with the idea that “it’ll never work for me”. Negative self-talk emphasizes what we can’t do, what we should be doing (though we’re not), and what we’re no good at. Negative self-talk highlights and magnifies every anxiety and worry we’ve ever had.

Positive self-talk, however, is solution-focused. It is not blind to problems, but instead of dwelling on them, seeks out silver linings and learning opportunities. Positive self-talk looks for our strengths instead of our limits. It sees our potential rather than failure. I have wrote several articles in the past highlighting the benefits of positive self-talk and methods to work towards developing a healthy, positive inner monologue.

For more information on this topic, read:

  1. Resilience: Hard-Won Wisdom for Living a Better Life
  2. Being Positive in a Negative World: Spiced Weekly Nuggets
  3. Change Your Thoughts – Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao

Something I have yet to address when it comes to positive self-talk is the issue of responsibility. Positive self-talk will always be just out of reach if we are unable to take responsibility for ourselves, our lives, and our thoughts. The initial reaction most people have is to blame someone or something for how we think and where we end up. But if we are not responsible for our own thoughts, who is? There are 5 warning signs that you are stuck in a negative self-talk cycle through irresponsibility:

#1: Continuing to Fault Parents For The Choices Made in Adulthood.

I’m going to hazard a guess that no one’s parents were perfect. They all made mistakes, some admittedly bigger than others. But as adults we no longer are powerless to affect our circumstances or environment. Yes, sadly many had to endure the pain of abuse or neglect as children, but we are no longer children. We can take our power back from our upbringing by taking responsibility for our thoughts and actions in the present. Blaming our parents hurts us more than it hurts them.

#2: Dwelling on the Pains of the Past.

We have all been hurt in the past. We have had our hearts broken, we have been betrayed by people we love, and we have experienced loss. We can learn a lot from these pains, but dwelling on them keeps us from moving forward. We cannot take responsibility for our thoughts and actions if we are constantly caught up in the past. Positive self-talk consists of thought processes that move us forward, not backwards.

#3: Unaware of Personal Contributions to Current Stress or Conflict.

There is always an element of personal responsibility in every conflict or stress we have. The key to resolving the conflict is owning up to the role we played in creating it. If we deny that we were responsible for any part of it, we are denying our ability to find a solution for it.

#4: Unable to Accept Constructive Feedback From Others.

Part of taking responsibility for ourselves is accepting the fact that we are all flawed and have room to develop. However, when we refuse to accept responsibility for our behaviour, we also have difficulty accepting that we have the power to grow. Instead of evaluating these criticisms and working to improve, an irresponsible person may react with denial or they may perceive that they are being attacked.

#5: Hiding or Lying About Personal Mistakes.

Denying or hiding mistakes occur when a person is more concerned with how they are perceived by others than their own personal growth. Attempting to maintain perfection is incredibly exhausting, so much so that no time or mental energy can go to positive self-talk or personal responsibility. Sadly, all mental bandwidth is completely devoted to projecting a facade.

In order to practice positive self-talk, grow, and personally develop, it is absolutely necessary to first accept responsibility for our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. Without this crucial first step, we cannot hope to gain all the wonderful benefits associated with positive self-talk.

17 Signs That You Better Start Preparing For A Nightmarish Global Food Crisis


A nightmarish global food crisis is coming.  Even though about a billion people around the planet currently live on the edge of starvation, those of us that live in the wealthy western nations still have more than enough food to eat.  But it will not always be that way.  With each passing year, the global population goes up while global supplies of fresh water go down.  And you need lots of water to grow food.  The “breadbaskets” of the world, the United States and Russia, are currently experiencing horrible droughts that scientists tell us are part of a long-term trend.  In fact, some are projecting that the United States will soon see the return of Dust Bowl conditions.  So what will the rest of the world do when the topsoil in the heartland of the biggest food exporter on the globe dries up and blows away?  Just remember what happened back in 2007 and 2008.  Food prices rose rapidly and it sparked massive food riots in more than two dozen different nations.  So what will things look like when there is a very serious shortage of food around the globe?

On Thursday, the price of corn hit another brand new record high of $8.28 a bushel on the Chicago Board of Trade.

Unfortunately, the price of corn is likely to go a lot higher because this drought never seems to end.

We just came out of the hottest July ever recorded, and the drought just continues to intensify.

At this point, more than 78 percent of the entire country (excluding Alaska and Hawaii) is experiencing at least some level of drought.

24 percent of the nation is experiencing “extreme” or “exceptional drought”.  That number has risen by two percent in just the last week alone.

Things are particularly bad in the heartland of America.  More than 69 percent of Iowa is experiencing “extreme” or “exceptional drought”, more than 81 percent of Illinois is experiencing “extreme” or “exceptional drought”, and more than 91 percent of Nebraska is experiencing “extreme” or “exceptional drought”.

So what happens if we have another drought like this next year?

This year U.S. consumers won’t notice a massive difference.

Yes, prices will rise as we burn through our reserves.

If things get bad enough, eventually the U.S. will cut back on ethanol production.

But there is not going to be starvation in the United States this year.

In other areas of the world, however, people are starving.

Just check out what is happening in Yemen.

And if drought conditions persist in the United States and Russia things are going to get a lot worse.  The following is from a recent Reuters article….

The world could face a food crisis of the kind seen in 2007/08 if countries restrict exports on concerns about a drought-fuelled grain price rally, the UN’s food agency warned on Thursday, after reporting a surge in global food prices in July.

Oxfam spokesperson Colin Roche had the following to say after the latest global food price numbers were released….

“These new figures prove that the world’s food system cannot cope on crumbling foundations. The combination of rising prices and expected low reserves means the world is facing a double danger.”

So what happens if global reserves are wiped out by the drought this year, and next year we see an even worse drought?

Most people simply have no idea how incredibly vulnerable the global food system is.

The following are 17 signs that you had better start preparing for a nightmarish global food crisis….

#1 The United States exports more corn, soybeans and wheat than anyone else in the world by far.  If Dust Bowl conditions return to the United States, there may not be any food to export in future years.

#2 Since June 18th, the price of corn has risen by more than 62 percent.

#3 The American Restaurant Association is projecting that the price of corn could surpass the $9.50 mark by the end of the year.

#4 Right now, approximately half of all corn being grown in the United States is either in “poor” or “very poor” condition.

#5 2012 will be the third year in a row that the yield for corn will decline in the United States.  That has neverhappened before in American history.

#6 U.S. corn reserves were already near a 15 year low at the end of 2011.  The drought of 2012 is going to make things a lot worse.

#7 The U.N. index of cereal prices rose by 17 percent during July.

#8 The global price of sugar increased by 12 percent during July.  That price increase had nothing to do with the drought in the United States.

#9 In July, the FAO global food index increased by the most that we have seen in a single month since 2009.

#10 As I have written about previously, millions of fish are dying in rivers and lakes all over the United States due to the heat and the drought.

#11 Crop insurance losses are projected to shatter all-time records this year.  In fact, it is being estimated that crop insurance losses could end up exceeding 20 billion dollars.

#12 In many countries around the globe, the poor already spend up to 75 percent of their incomes on food.  Even a 10 percent rise in the price of food is enough to send many families over the edge.

#13 Approximately 1 billion people around the world go to bed hungry every single night.  So what will that number be if we have a major global food crisis?

#14 Somewhere in the world someone starves to death every 3.6 seconds, and 75 percent of those are children under the age of five.

#15 The United States is facing a long-term water problem.  For example, the Ogallala Aquifer is the most important underground water source in the United States and it is rapidly being depleted.  At one time, the Ogallala Aquifer had an average depth of approximately 240 feet. Today, the average depth of the Ogallala Aquifer is just 80 feet, and in some parts of Texas the water is totally gone.  At the moment, the Ogallala Aquifer is being drained at a rate of approximately 800 gallons per minute.  Once that water is gone, the breadbasket of America will lose the major source of water that it uses for irrigation.

#16 Sadly, the drought that we are facing this year is just part of a longer term trend.  In fact, one team of scientists recently published a study that postulated that the western United States could be facing a “100-year drought“.

#17 Some scientists are already projecting that it is already too late to avoid serious damage to crops next year.  According to a recent article in the Guardian, some believe that the drought in the U.S. has been so nightmarish this year that it is going to take a “freak event” to avoid catastrophic damage to next year’s corn crops….

What matters now is whether there will be enough rain to get next year’s crops off to a good start.

“This drought isn’t going anywhere,” he said. “The damage is already done. What you are looking for is enough moisture to avert a second year of drought,” he said.

However, Svoboda conceded that might require a freak event, especially in the mid-west which has already passed its rain season. “In the entire corn belt, from Indiana to Nebraska to the Dakotas, we have already reached the maximum precipitation periods for year. From here on in, it’s all downhill,” Svoboda said.

“As far as widespread general relief for the whole region it would take a really freakish dramatic change to make that happen. That doesn’t appear to be in the cards, given the time of year we are in.”

Are you starting to get the picture?

This drought is unlike anything the United States has seen since the Dust Bowl days of the 1930s.

A white paper I was reading recently showed Mexico as importing 80%+ of our vegetable produce. Now look at the map and see how Mexico is faring with this drought and intense heat. Needless to say this means even higher markups on our fresh foods as well. How about California? It provides over half or our fruit and nut harvests. Look at how they are faring on the Vegetation Condition map! In previous years over 48% of our corn crops went directly to the fuel industry along with another 10% going towards other corn products (some of which you’d never dream were influenced by the corn market). So in a drought condition like this, what little will there be left for our actual food needs?

Mexico is our biggest supplier of vegetables, only sharing a 2 to 1 portion of the lime light with Canada, though China does take a distant third (in dollar values, not pounds) In the fruit category, most of it comes from Central and South America, with only China (4th) to break up the Top 6 of Mexico, Chile, Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Ecuador. Hmmm…have you had a chance to see if there’s a drought problem in those countries too?  Yup, there are.

Did you know that nearly three fourths of our meat supplies come from the worst hit drought stricken areas?? Ouch! And we thought the high price of corn was going to kick  beef prices sky high? Imagine what will happen when they can’t get ANY food for their cattle.

Hopefully we will get some relief from this drought.

But what if that does not happen?

Let us hope for the best, but let us also prepare for the worst.

If you have not been preparing, you might want to get started.

This is particularly true for the western half of the nation.  The following is an absolutely outstanding article to view more visit this link emergency survival preparedness and Prepper/Shft//RV/Camping Tips

Useful Herbs and Supplements to Fight Inflammation

Useful Herbs and Supplements to Fight Inflammation 


Finally, although they are not a long-term solution, the herbs that follow are useful for treating the symptoms of inflammation and relieving pain while you work at implementing the lifestyle changes above:

  • Boswellia: Also known as boswellin or “Indian frankincense,” this herb contains specific active anti-inflammatory ingredients, referred to as boswellic acids that animal studies have shown significantly reduce inflammation. This is one of my personal favorites as I have seen it work well with rheumatoid arthritis patients
  • Bromelain: This enzyme, found in pineapples, is a natural anti-inflammatory. It can be taken in supplement form, but eating fresh pineapple may also be helpful.
  • Ginger: This herb is anti-inflammatory and offers pain relief and stomach-settling properties. Fresh ginger works well steeped in boiling water as a tea or grated into vegetable juice. Powder capsules are also available, but I recommend using the fresh root.
  • Resveratrol: Resveratrol is a potent antioxidant found in certain fruits, vegetables and cocoa that is emerging as a modern-day fountain of youth. It works by preventing your body from creating sphingosine kinase and phospholipase D — two molecules known to trigger inflammation. The science surrounding this compound is so compelling that it has become one of my all-time favorite antioxidants, and I believe one that shows real promise of health benefits.
  • Evening Primrose, Black Currant and Borage Oils: These contain the essential fatty acid gamma linolenic acid (GLA), which is useful for treating arthritic pain. It is reasonable for many to take these as a supplement, particularly if you struggle with dry skin in the winter, as this is a strong indicator that you are deficient in these fats.
  • Turmeric, Tulsi and Rosemary: The transcription protein Nuclear Factor-kappa Beta (NfKB) is a major inducer of inflammation, and these three herbs are capable of modulating NfKB.

How Inflammation Affects Every Aspect of Your Health

How Inflammation Affects Every Aspect of Your Health


Inflammation controls our lives. Have you or a loved one dealt with pain, obesity, ADD/ADHD, peripheral neuropathy, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, migraines, thyroid issues, dental issues, or cancer?

If you answered yes to any of these disorders you are dealing with inflammation.

Sadly, most of us are suffering from one or more of these disorders but have no idea how to eliminate inflammation. Most doctors are utilizing pharmaceuticals in lieu of getting to the root cause.

It often seems extremely foreign to most people when they realize the majority of inflammatory diseases start in the gut with an autoimmune reaction which progresses into systemic inflammation. To truly be effective at managing or hopefully overcome a disease it needs to be addressed on all levels. Taking a look at where this process starts is the key.

Where Does Inflammation Begin?

Your gut is made of an incredibly large and intricate semi-permeable lining. The surface area of your gut can cover two tennis courts when stretched out flat.

Its degree of permeability fluctuates in response to a variety of chemically mediated conditions. For example when your cortisol is elevated due to the stress of an argument or your thyroid hormone levels fluctuate due to burning the midnight oil your intestinal lining becomes more permeable in real time.

Then you sit down to eat and partially undigested food, toxins, viruses, yeast, and bacteria have the opportunity to pass through the intestine and access the bloodstream, this is known as leaky gut syndrome, or LGS.

When the intestinal lining is repeatedly damaged due to reoccurring leaky gut syndrome, damaged cells called microvilli become unable to do their job properly. They become unable to process and utilize the nutrients and enzymes that are vital to proper digestion. Eventually, digestion is impaired and absorption of nutrients is negatively affected. As more exposure occurs, your body initiates an attack on these foreign invaders. It responds with inflammation, allergic reactions, and other symptoms we relate to a variety of diseases.

So you might ask, what’s the harm of inflammation and ongoing allergic reactions?

It may sound relatively harmless, but this situation can and often does lead to numerous serious and debilitating diseases. Since your immune system can become overburdened, these inflammatory triggers are cycled continuously through your blood where they affect nerves, organs, connective tissues, joints, and muscles. You can probably begin to see how diseases develop.

Inflammation Triggers the Symptoms of Disease

The presence of inflammation is what makes most disease perceptible to an individual. It can and often does occur for years before it exists at levels sufficient to be apparent or clinically significant. How long it has been smoldering really determines the degree of severity of a disease and often the prognosis assuming the inflammation can be controlled. One could also argue that without inflammation most disease would not even exist. Take a look at this list of diseases and their relationship with inflammation:

Disease Mechanism
Allergy 4 Immune Mediated Types + Sensitivities, all of which cause inflammation
Alzheimer’s Chronic inflammation destroys brain cells
Anemia Inflammatory cytokines attack erythropoietin production
Ankylosing Spondylitis Inflammatory cytokines induce autoimmune reactions against joint surfaces
Asthma Inflammatory cytokines induce autoimmune reactions against airway lining
Autism Inflammatory cytokines induce autoimmune reactions in the brain arresting right hemisphere development
Arthritis Inflammatory cytokines destroy joint cartilage and synovial fluid
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Chronic inflammation causes excessive muscle tension shortening tendons in the forearm and wrist compressing the nerves.
Celiac Chronic immune mediated inflammation damages intestinal lining
Crohn’s Disease Chronic immune mediated inflammation damages intestinal lining
Congestive heart failure Chronic inflammation contributes to heart muscle wasting
Eczema Chronic inflammation of the gut and liver with poor detoxification and often antibodies against Transglutaminase-3.
Fibromyalgia Inflamed connective tissue often food allergy related and exacerbated by secondary nutritional and neurological imbalances.
Fibrosis Inflammatory cytokines attack traumatized tissue
Gall Bladder Disease Inflammation of the bile duct or excess cholesterol produced in response to gut inflammation
GERD Inflammation of the esophagus and digestive tract nearly always food sensitivity and pH driven
Guillain-Barre Autoimmune attack of the nervous system often triggered by autoimmune response to external stressors such as vaccinations.
Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis Autoimmune reaction originating in the gut triggered by antibodies against thyroid enzymes and proteins
Heart attack Chronic inflammation contributes to coronary atherosclerosis
Kidney failure Inflammatory cytokines restrict circulation and damage nephrons and tubules in the kidneys
Lupus Inflammatory cytokines induce an autoimmune attack against connective tissue
Multiple Sclerosis Inflammatory cytokines induce autoimmune reactions against myelin
Neuropathy Inflammatory cytokines induce autoimmune reactions against myelin and vascular and connective tissues which irritate nerves.
Pancreatitis Inflammatory cytokines induce pancreatic cell injury
Psoriasis Chronic inflammation of the gut and liver with poor detoxification
Polymyalgia Rheumatica Inflammatory cytokines induce autoimmune reactions against muscles and connective tissue
Rheumatoid Arthritis Inflammatory cytokines induce autoimmune reactions against joints
Scleroderma Inflammatory cytokines induce an autoimmune attack against connective tissue
Stroke Chronic inflammation promoted thromboembolic events
Surgical complications Inflammatory cytokines (often pre-dating the surgery) slow or prevent healing

Why Inflammation Must Be Addressed at its Root…

The fact that your immune system drives the inflammatory process in disease is well established. Unfortunately Western medicine offers little in the way of actual answers as to managing or overcoming the Autoimmune process. The typical approach to therapy is generally to suppress the immune response with Immune suppressive agents or sometimes steroids. Both approaches are designed to reduce inflammation but neither stops the underlying disease processes or allows for damaged tissues to regenerate.

Unless you turn off the actual cause of fire (inflammation), all you have done is postponed the inevitable and potentially destroyed more of the building (your body) in the process, by allowing the fire to smolder in a subclinical fashion.

Every day on TV you can see professional athletes and others acting as spokespeople for Methotrexate, Orencia, Enbrel, Humira, Remicade, and other drugs which largely are designed to mask inflammation or suppress the immune response. None of these drugs actually have the capacity to correct the underlying condition and yet the imagery the ads leave the viewer with is that you will have your life back.

The Link Between Gut Dysfunction and Inflammatory Diseases

The term inflammation rarely elicits a truly accurate image in the mind of someone unless they are experiencing it. Then it begins to make sense because of the pain and dysfunction associated with inflammation. The ability to be inflamed is absolutely necessary for normal repair processes to occur. It is when the regulation of inflammation is not tempered or controlled that we begin to have a problem with inflammation.

It has been shown that many of the inflammatory diseases we suffer from are gut mediated but not presenting as gut issues. Dr. Maios Hadjivassiliou of the United Kingdom, a world authority on gluten sensitivity, has reported in The Lancet, that “gluten sensitivity can be primarily and at times, exclusively a neurological disease.” This means that people show gluten sensitivity by having problems with brain function despite having no gastrointestinal problems whatsoever. Dr. Hadjivassiliou indicates that the antibodies that a person has when they are gluten sensitive can be directly and uniquely toxic to the brain. For this there are specialty tests that have been developed.

Another author, published in a recent issue of Pediatrics, stated, “This study suggests that the variability of neurologic disorders that occur in celiac disease is broader than previously reported and includes softer and more common neurologic disorders including chronic headache, developmental delay, hypotonia and learning disorders or ADHD.” Clearly we have to broaden our evaluation criteria and perhaps definition of disease when a patient presents with complaints that do not fit into a typical clinical box.

How to Evaluate Inflammatory Diseases

Since inflammation is commonly mediated by the gut it is a logical starting point in the evaluation process of any patient. There are seven common areas that should be considered when looking at causative factors for gastrointestinal dysfunction that create the environment for chronic inflammation. They are listed below along with key triggers within the category of evaluation:

  • Diet: Alcohol, Gluten, Casein, Processed Foods, Sugar, Fast Food
  • Medications: Corticosteroids, Antibiotics, Antacids, Xenobiotics
  • Infections: Such as H-Pylori, Yeast or Bacterial Overgrowth, Viral or Parasite Infection
  • Stress: Increased Cortisol, Increased Catecholamines
  • Hormonal: Thyroid, Progesterone, Estradiol, Testosterone
  • Neurological: Brain Trauma, Stroke, Neuro-degeneration
  • Metabolic: Glycosylated End Products (inflammatory end products of sugar metabolism), Intestinal Inflammation, Autoimmune
Illustration – a private online neuro-metabolic physician study group

Inflammation and Autoimmune Disease

The truth of the situation is that FOOD MATTERS. That’s right, it’s not just a movie (which by the way you should all watch!). Hyper-permeability of the gut, regardless of whether you can feel it or not is often a significant cause of an extremely long and ever growing list of conditions. The inflammatory cascade that takes place by any inflammatory trigger (diet, medications, infections, stress, hormonal, neurological, or metabolic) can break down the intestinal permeability and allows for the leaky gut mechanism to initiate.

Due to the variety of triggers, it is often possible to reduce an individual’s immune reactivity but not cure it if leaky gut is not the primary trigger for the inflammatory process. There are multiple models of autoimmunity although it is becoming more well accepted that once you develop autoimmunity you will have increased Intestinal Permeability also.

Autoimmunity can be put into remission and this can have profound improved life consequences but it can also be turned on again if life circumstances change. It is considered “Incurable”. You may be able to change the expression of it but to think that you are going to be able to take a boat load of supplements and change your diet and cure the condition you are generally going to be let down.

Waxing and waning responses are par for autoimmunity. When stress picks up despite dietary intake a person will be expected to flare up. This inflammation is initiated by increased levels of iNOS (inducible nitric oxide) which causes an immediate increase in intestinal permeability much like elevated cortisol levels from stress. Once this occurs serum protein particles leak through and become extremely reactive. Gluten is an extremely common serum protein in a situation of increased permeability simply due to the commonality of daily exposure.

If you take on too many projects, eat poorly, have limited or poor sleep patterns, then you can bet that intestinal permeability will increase and food will start to leak through.

Your immune system will then begin to recognize these proteins as other similar proteins like cerebellum, thyroid, etc… When that occurs you will experience symptoms that generally are far removed from what someone would consider to be food related since they are not felt in the gut. Instead you experience brain fog, pain, fatigue, poor sleep, anxiety, or endocrine dysfunction. When antibodies combine with our structural proteins, specific genes are turned on in a special type of immune cell in the body. Inflammatory chemicals are created called cytokines, which are strongly damaging to brain function. In fact, elevated cytokines are seen in such devastating conditions as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and even autism.

You see, autoimmune disease is not clinically diagnosed until you have tissue destruction. For some neurodegenerative conditions, you need up to 70 percent demyelination (nerve damage) before it will show on an MRI. You cannot afford to wait for that type of advanced destruction before taking action. If you are symptomatic in any way and show to have antibodies or test positive on any of the tests listed above, you have Autoimmune Reactivity and that is enough to take action and make life changes to potentially stop the process from continuing. Inflammation can be a great friend in this sense. Look at it as an early warning sign and take action before it turns into a fire that rages out of control from one body tissue to another.

Recap & Treatment

Inflammation is rampant. In fact 1 in 12 women and 1 in 24 men are dealing with full blown autoimmune mediated inflammation. The number of undiagnosed people is going to be much higher. People with inflammation in the early phases of autoimmunity will often claim no dietary involvement. This is an inaccurate assumption however because the autoimmunity is often triggered by factors not strictly related to diet and the diet can become a secondary trigger later in the development of the condition. If you are dealing with inflammation then get a comprehensive evaluation to look at what is perpetuating your personal fire.

  1. Lifestyle: Remove adverse mechanisms (Stress, Over-exercising, Poor Sleep, Blood Sugar Dysregulation, Poor Social Behaviors.) Lifestyle factors are huge, the stress response triggers immune marker IL6 which turns on the immune pathway TH17 which is the fast track to Autoimmunity.
  2. Lifestyle: Restore beneficial mechanisms: Create conditions of love & appreciation, keep positive attitudes, maintain proper exercise (training to a maximum heart range; i.e. Peak Fitness exercises), have adequate sleep, restore blood sugar balance, and facilitate healthy social interactions. All these things promote natural systemic opioids which pushes the immune pathway TH3 which reduces Autoimmunity.
  3. Dietary Support: Stabilize blood sugar, remove food Autoimmune triggers, and promote intestinal integrity with proper flora and nitric oxide and glutathione pathways. Include fermented foods and supplement appropriately as may be needed.

Inflammation is a normal and beneficial process that occurs when your body’s white blood cells and chemicals protect you from foreign invaders like bacteria and viruses.

Most people don’t realize that you need some level of inflammation in your body to stay healthy, however it’s also possible, and increasingly common, for the inflammatory response to get out of hand.

If your immune system mistakenly triggers an inflammatory response when no threat is present, it can lead to excess inflammation in your body, a condition linked to asthma, allergies, autoimmune disease, heart disease, cancer and other diseases, depending on which organs the inflammation is impacting.

For instance:

  • Inflammation of your heart (myocarditis): Shortness of breath or fluid retention
  • Inflammation of the small tubes that transport air to your lungs: Asthma attack
  • Inflammation of your kidneys (nephritis): High blood pressure or kidney failure
  • Inflammation of your large intestine (colitis): Cramps and diarrhea

The Difference Between Chronic and Acute Inflammation

If you have an injury or infection, inflammation is necessary to help protect and heal your body. Through a series of biochemical reactions, white blood cells and other chemicals are sent to the injured area to fight off foreign bodies.

You’ve certainly experienced this type of beneficial acute inflammation if you’ve had a cut or infection, and the symptoms typically include:

  • Redness
  • Warmth
  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Loss of movement and function

When inflammation becomes chronic, however, there are often no symptoms until a loss of function occurs. This is because chronic inflammation is low-grade and systemic, often silently damaging your tissues.

This process can go on for years without you noticing, until a disease such as heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s or autoimmune disease like multiple sclerosis, ulcerative colitis, crohn’s disease or rheumatoid arthritis develops.

What Causes Chronic Inflammation?

Chronic inflammation can be the result of a mal-functioning, over-reactive immune system, or it may be due to an underlying problem that your body is attempting to fight off. Many of these “problems” are actually due to an unhealthy lifestyle.

As the summary above points out, the study of nutrigenomics suggests that certain dietary components can trigger or prevent health effects in your body, and this is very true with inflammation.

Whereas eating oxidized or rancid fats and sugar will increase inflammation in your body, eating healthy fats such as animal-based omega-3 fats or the essential fatty acid gamma linolenic acid (GLA) will help to reduce them.

In fact, all of the following can increase your risk of chronic inflammation:

  • Being obese or overweight
  • Eating a poor diet
  • An existing heart condition
  • A family history of heart disease
  • Diabetes that’s poorly controlled
  • A sedentary lifestyle (no, or very little, exercise)
  • Smoking
  • Long-term infections
  • Gum disease
  • Stress

So how can you determine if you have chronic inflammation, especially since many of the “symptoms” are silent?

One test used by conventional medicine is the C-Reactive Protein (CRP) test, which measures a protein found in your body that signals responses to any forms of inflammation. The underlying problem regarding CRP, however, is that doctors are aware that it exists but are uncertain whether reducing it is at all helpful.

Clinically, I have not been very impressed with the CRP test, as it does not appear to be very useful.

Another test that is more effective, depending on the severity of disease, is an ESR (sed rate) test, which checks for non-specific indicators of inflammation.

You can also use a fasting blood insulin level for this purpose. Although this test is typically used to screen for diabetes, it’s also a marker for inflammation as the higher your insulin levels are, the higher your levels of inflammation tend to be.

Problems with Most Conventional Inflammation Treatments

Conventional medicine will recommend anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin and NSAIDs when treating inflammation, but I strongly advise against them. I was the first to publicly warn against these drugs in the late ‘90s, including about Vioxx, which ended up killing more than 60,000 people from strokes and heart attacks.

Statins are also now frequently prescribed to individuals who have normal cholesterol levels if they have elevated C-reactive protein levels, to combat inflammation, and presumably reduce their risk of developing heart disease.

But taking a statin in this case will NOT resolve the underlying problem causing the increase in inflammation and will expose you to an abundance of statin-related side effects.

The third drug often given to people with inflammation is the corticosteroid prednisone. This immunosuppressive drug, though necessary in some cases, is associated with serious long-term side effects such as cataracts, bone loss, weakening of the immune system, and many others. One of the most serious complications from prednisone is the risk of osteoporosis, which occurs from the bone loss.

Although prednisone is indeed occasionally needed and can actually be life saving, it is nearly always a poor choice to use for the long term. Prednisone will cover up the disease, but it is the underlying dysfunction — the cause of the disease — that must be repaired.

How to Treat Inflammation at its Source, Naturally

Lifestyle changes will go a long way toward reducing chronic inflammation in your body, so focus on making the following changes:

  1. Focus on eating a healthy diet. This includes avoiding pro-inflammatory foods like trans fats, fried foods, sugar and grains, foods cooked at high temperatures and oxidized cholesterol (cholesterol that has gone rancid, such as that from overcooked, scrambled eggs).
  1. Get plenty of animal-based omega-3 fats by taking a high-quality krill oil that is chock full of these beneficial omega-3s. My favorite in this area is krill oil.
  1. Optimize your insulin levels. If your fasting insulin level is not lower than three consider limiting or eliminating your intake of grains and sugars until you optimize your insulin level.
  1. Exercise regularly. Exercise is a great way to lower inflammation without any of the side effects associated with medications.
  1. Quit smoking. Smoking hardens your arteries and increases inflammation. But research shows you can reverse all the damaging effects to your arteries within 10 years of quitting. However, be sure you get your diet under control first so you don’t fall into the trap of trading cigarettes for unhealthy junk foods.
  1. Make sure your waist size is normal. If you’re a woman with a waist measurement of over 35 inches or a man with a waist of over 40 inches, you probably have high inflammation and should take steps to lose weight.
  1. Have healthy outlets for stress and other negative emotions. High levels of stress hormones can lead to the release of excess inflammatory chemicals, so be sure you use tools to help deal with your current stress and resolve past emotional challenges as well. Meditation, prayer and my personal favorite the Meridian Tapping Technique (MTT)are all useful stress management techniques to try out.
  1. Optimize your vitamin D levels. Most people are not aware that vitamin D can have a profoundly dramatic impact on your health.

Your best source of vitamin D is through your skin being exposed to the sun or alternatively using a safe tanning bed. In the wintertime, however, you may need to take an oral supplement. Just make sure you’re taking the right form of vitamin D in the appropriate amounts to reap the benefits, and remember to get your vitamin D levels tested regularly.

Useful Herbs and Supplements to Fight Inflammation

Finally, although they are not a long-term solution, the herbs that follow are useful for treating the symptoms of inflammation and relieving pain while you work at implementing the lifestyle changes above:

  • Boswellia: Also known as boswellin or “Indian frankincense,” this herb contains specific active anti-inflammatory ingredients, referred to as boswellic acids that animal studies have shown significantly reduce inflammation. This is one of my personal favorites as I have seen it work well with rheumatoid arthritis patients
  • Bromelain: This enzyme, found in pineapples, is a natural anti-inflammatory. It can be taken in supplement form, but eating fresh pineapple may also be helpful.
  • Ginger: This herb is anti-inflammatory and offers pain relief and stomach-settling properties. Fresh ginger works well steeped in boiling water as a tea or grated into vegetable juice. Powder capsules are also available, but I recommend using the fresh root.
  • Resveratrol: Resveratrol is a potent antioxidant found in certain fruits, vegetables and cocoa that is emerging as a modern-day fountain of youth. It works by preventing your body from creating sphingosine kinase and phospholipase D — two molecules known to trigger inflammation. The science surrounding this compound is so compelling that it has become one of my all-time favorite antioxidants, and I believe one that shows real promise of health benefits.
  • Evening Primrose, Black Currant and Borage Oils: These contain the essential fatty acid gamma linolenic acid (GLA), which is useful for treating arthritic pain. It is reasonable for many to take these as a supplement, particularly if you struggle with dry skin in the winter, as this is a strong indicator that you are deficient in these fats.
  • Turmeric, Tulsi and Rosemary: The transcription protein Nuclear Factor-kappa Beta (NfKB) is a major inducer of inflammation, and these three herbs are capable of modulating NfKB.

Remember, a wide array of health problems, including but not limited to chronic pain, obesity, ADD/ADHD, peripheral neuropathy, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, migraines, thyroid issues, dental issues, and cancer are all rooted in inflammation, which must be properly addressed if you wish to be healed.

Lack of Sleep Can Quadruple Your Risk of Catching a Cold

Lack of Sleep Can Quadruple Your Risk of Catching a Cold


Sleep deprivation is extremely common and can weaken your immune system, accelerate tumor growth, accelerate diabetes, and impair all aspects of your cognition. And that’s just the short list of side effects.

Now that we’re moving closer toward cold and flu season, you would be wise to address your sleeping habits to ward off those banes of wintertime. Research shows sleeping less than six hours per night quadruples your risk of catching a cold.

According to National Sleep Foundation survey data on how much sleep Americans get, as many as one in five people get less than six hours of sleep per night.

A 2013 Gallup poll1 suggests this number may be closer to 40 percent. If you care about your health, don’t be in this category of short sleepers…

Lack of Sleep Increases Your Risk of Catching Cold, and More

According to recent research, adults who sleep less than six hours a night have a four times higher risk of catching a cold when directly exposed to the virus than those who get at least seven hours.

Sleeping less than five hours per night resulted in a 4.5 times higher risk.  Interestingly, they found that sleep was more important than any other factor when it came to protecting against the cold virus, including stress levels, age, and smoking.

According to the lead author:

“With all those things taken into account, statistically sleep still carried the day and was an overwhelmingly strong predictor for susceptibility to the cold virus.”

As noted by Dr. Nathaniel F. Watson, president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine:6

“This study reinforces the notion that sleep is just as important to your health as diet and exercise. People need to view sleep as a tool to achieve a healthy life, rather than as something that interferes with all their other activities.”

Lack of Sleep Impairs Your Body’s Insulin Sensitivity

Impaired insulin sensitivity, also known as insulin resistance, occurs when your body cannot use insulin properly, allowing your blood sugar levels to get too high. Insulin resistance is a precursor to type 2 diabetes as well as a risk factor in many other chronic diseases.

In fact, controlling insulin levels is one of the most powerful ways to reduce your risk of chronic diseases, including high blood pressure, heart disease, and cancer. The increase in insulin-related diseases we’re now seeing is likely related to a lack of sleep too.

So if you are having trouble losing weight or struggling with diabetes, it’s imperative that you optimize your sleep, as failure to do so could make it very unlikely you will ever be able to get these problems under control.

Lack of Sleep Decimates Your Immune Function

The fact that lack of sleep dramatically raises your chances of catching a cold makes sense when you consider the influence sleep has on your general immune function.

Previous research published in the journal Sleep demonstrates that sleep deprivation has the same effect on your immune system as physical stress.7White blood cell counts increase when you’re sleep deprived, and this is the same type of response you typically see when you’re sick or stressed.

In a nutshell, whether you’re physically stressed, sick, or sleep deprived, your immune system becomes hyperactive and starts producing white blood cells —   your body’s first line of defense against foreign invaders like infectious agents.

Elevated levels of white blood cells are typically a sign of disease. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society, which recently published updated sleep guidelines based on the available research, warn that sleeping less than seven hours per night is also associated with:

Weight gain Diabetes Hypertension
Heart disease Stroke Depression
Premature death Weakened immune function Pain
Impaired performance and cognition Increased errors Heightened accident risk

The results from more than 300 studies suggest that, to protect your health, you need right around eight hours of sleep per night; and at least a minimum of seven. This applies to adults and seniors alike.

School-aged children need anywhere from nine to 11 hours, and teenagers need eight to 10 hours of sleep per night.

Your Immune System Needs Melatonin for Optimal Function

For the past century or so, the developed world has been performing an open-ended experiment on itself by lengthening its days and shortening its nights in an effort to become a 24-hour per day, ever-productive society.

But light pollution generated by modern technologies is taking a heavy biological toll. Your body contains a number of biological clocks, which are governed by Earth’s cycles of light and darkness.

In short, you were built to be active and restful in accordance to the rising and setting of the sun, and ignoring this biological imperative has consequences that you cannot “will” away.

Your main master clock resides in the suprachiasmatic nucleus of your brain (SCN), which is part of your hypothalamus. Based on signals of light and darkness, your SCN tells your pineal gland when it’s time to secrete melatonin— a powerful antioxidant and free radical scavenger that helps combat inflammation.

Artificial lighting disrupts your biological clock and melatonin production, which in turn impairs your immune function. In fact, melatonin is so integral to your immune system that a lack of it causes your thymus gland, a key component of your immune system, to atrophy.

Melatonin also helps protect your brain health, and is a very potent anti-cancer agent. Cells throughout your body — even cancer cells — have melatonin receptors. So when melatonin makes its nightly rounds (its production peaks during the night), cell division slows.

When this hormone latches onto a breast cancer cell, it has been found to counteract estrogen’s tendency to stimulate cell growth. It also triggers cancer cell apoptosis (self destruction), and interferes with the new blood supply tumors require for their rapid growth (angiogenesis).

It’s also been well-established that night shift workers have an increased risk of weight gain, diabetes, and cancer. So the health consequences of disrupted sleep can certainly be far more dire than elevating your risk for the common cold…

How to Optimize Your Sleep

Get BRIGHT sun exposure during the day, every day Your pineal gland produces melatonin roughly in approximation to the contrast of bright sun exposure in the day and complete darkness at night.

If you are in darkness all day long, it can’t appreciate the difference and will not optimize your melatonin production. To help your circadian system to reset itself, make sure to get at least 10 to 15 minutes of morning sunlight. This will send a strong message to your internal clock that day has arrived, making it less likely to be confused by weaker light signals later on.

Also aim for 30 to 60 minutes of outdoor light exposure in the middle of the day, in order to “anchor” your master clock rhythm. The ideal time to go outdoors is right around solar noon but any time during daylight hours is useful.

Avoid watching TV or using your computer at night Light emitting technologies can have a significantly detrimental impact on your sleep, so avoid them for at least an hour or so before going to bed. TV and computer screens emit blue light; nearly identical to the light you’re exposed to outdoors during the day. This tricks your brain into thinking it’s still daytime, thereby shutting down melatonin secretion.

Under normal circumstances, your brain starts secreting melatonin between 9 or 10 pm, which makes you sleepy. When this natural secretion cycle is disrupted, due to excessive light exposure after sunset, insomnia can ensue.

Sleep in complete darkness, or as close to it as possible Even the slightest bit of light in the room can disrupt your internal clock and your pineal gland’s production of melatonin. So close your bedroom door, and get rid of night-lights. Refrain from turning on any light at all during the night, even when getting up to go to the bathroom. Cover up your clock radio. Make sure to cover your windows — I recommend using blackout shades or drapes. An eye mask is an inexpensive alternative.

If you need a nighttime navigation light, install a low-wattage yellow, orange, or red light bulb. Light in these bandwidths does not shut down melatonin production in the way white and blue bandwidth light does. Salt lamps are handy for this purpose. You can also download a free application called f.lux that automatically dims your monitor or screens at night.

Keep the temperature in your bedroom below 70 degrees F Many people keep their homes too warm. Studies show the optimal room temperature for sleep is between 60 to 68 degrees. Keeping your room cooler or hotter can lead to restless sleep. This is because when you sleep, your body’s internal temperature drops to its lowest level, generally about four hours after you fall asleep. Scientists believe a cooler bedroom may therefore be most conducive to sleep, since it mimics your body’s natural temperature drop.
Take a hot bath 90 to 120 minutes before bedtime This increases your core body temperature, and when you get out of the bath it abruptly drops, signaling your body that you are ready for sleep.
Check your bedroom for electro-magnetic fields(EMFs) EMFs can disrupt your pineal gland and the production of melatonin and serotonin, and may have other negative effects as well. To do this, you need a gauss meter. You can find various models online, starting around $50 to $200. Some experts even recommend pulling your circuit breaker before bed to shut down all power in your house.
Move alarm clocks and other electrical devices away from your bed If these devices must be used, keep them as far away from your bed as possible, preferably at least three feet. This serves at least two functions. First, it can be stressful to see the time when you can’t fall asleep, or wake up in the middle of the night. Secondly, the glow from a clock radio can be enough to suppress melatonin production and interfere with your sleep.

Cell phones, cordless phones, and their charging stations should ideally be kept three rooms away from your bedroom to prevent harmful EMFs.

Helpful Tools to Improve Your Sleep

To make sure you’re getting enough sleep, you need to make sure you’re going to bed early enough. If you have to get up at 6:30am, you’re not going to get enough sleep if you go to bed after midnight. A fitness tracker that tracks both daytime movement and sleep can be a helpful tool, allowing you to get a better picture of how much sleep you’re actually getting. Chances are, you’re getting at least 30 minutes less shut-eye than you think, as people typically don’t fall asleep as soon as their head hits the pillow.

Another novel invention is an app called Sleep Genius8,9 available for Android, and iOS. It’s a free application based on NASA research to help astronauts sleep better. It uses sounds scientifically composed to trigger your brain into getting to sleep faster, promoting deeper and longer sleep than normal. You can set it for a specific time, or let it play all night. Its Revive Cycle Alarm gradually wakes you up without harsh alarms. If you’re using it on your smartphone, be sure the phone is as far away from your bed as possible to avoid EMF exposure.

Additional Guidelines for Natural Cold and Flu Prevention

It’s important to remember that your immune system is your primary line of defense against any virus, so keeping your immune function high should be at the top of your list if you want to avoid the flu. According to the featured study, sleep may be the number one lifestyle factor that can increase or decrease your risk, so be sure to get enough rest. Just like it becomes harder for you to get your daily tasks done if you’re tired, if your body is overly fatigued it will be harder for it to fight the cold or flu virus.

In addition to optimizing your sleep quality and making sure you’re getting about eight hours a night, the following guidelines can help keep your immune system in optimal working order so you’re far less likely to acquire the infection when people around you start coughing and sneezing.

Optimize your vitamin D level Optimizing your vitamin D levels is one of the absolute best strategies for avoiding infections of ALL kinds, and vitamin D deficiency may actually be the true culprit behind the seasonality of the flu – not the flu virus itself. This is probably the single most important and least expensive action you can take. Regularly monitor your vitamin D levels to confirm your levels are within the therapeutic range of 50 to 70 ng/ml.
Avoid processed foods and sweet beverages Sugar impairs the function of your immune system almost immediately. Be aware that sugar (typically in the form of high fructose corn syrup) is present in foods you may not suspect, like ketchup and fruit juice.
Optimize your gut flora About 80 percent of your immune system resides in your gut, so optimizing your gut microbiome is really important. The best way to do this is to avoid sugars, processed foods, and most grains, and replacing them with healthy fats and taking regular amounts of fermented foods. This can radically improve the function of your immune system.
Exercise regularly When you exercise, you increase your circulation and your blood flow throughout your body. The components of your immune system are also better circulated, which means your immune system has a better chance of finding an illness before it spreads. Be sure to incorporate high-intensity interval exercises like Peak Fitness into your routine.
Take a high quality animal-based omega-3 fat Increase your intake of healthy and essential fats like the omega-3 found in krill oil, which is crucial for maintaining health. It’s also important to avoid damaged omega-6 oils found in processed foods, as having a lopsided omega-3 to omega-6 ratio can seriously damage your immune response.
Remember basic hygiene measures, such as washing your hands Washing your hands will decrease your likelihood of spreading a virus to your nose, mouth or other people. Be sure you don’t use antibacterial soap for this – antibacterial soaps are completely unnecessary, and they cause far more harm than good by promoting antibacterial resistance. All you need is a gentle soap and warm water.

In addition to washing your hands regularly, cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. If possible, avoid close contact with those who are sick and, if you are sick, avoid close contact with those who are well.

Address your stress We all face some stress every day, but if stress becomes overwhelming, then your body will be less able to fight off illness. If you feel stress is taking a toll on your health, consider using an energy psychology tool such as the Emotional Freedom Techniques, which is remarkably effective in relieving stress associated with all kinds of events, from work to family to trauma.
Use natural immune boosters Examples include oil of oregano, olive leaf extract, garlic, and colloidal silver.

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