Black cumin, or Nigella Sativa, is known as ‘The Seed of Blessing’ in the Middle East. Part of the buttercup family, black cumin has been used for over 3,000 years, since its discovery in Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun’s tomb. These powerful anti-inflammatory seeds have been used in the Middle East, the Mediterranean and India for everything from minor headaches and skin irritations to ailments deemed untreatable. Black cumin seed oil has also been used by Ayurvedic and Chinese Medicine practitioners for thousands of years. Black cumin is just one of the black seed oils. There is also black caraway, black sesame, onion seed and Roman coriander….
Coffee is a legal stimulant that many people can’t do without. Once you acquire a taste for its caffeine ingredient, usually in your early twenties, many are hooked for life. Health benefits were never associated with coffee, especially when it was considered unusual not to light up a cigarette on coffee breaks.
As soon as the weather gets warmer all you hear about is covering yourself head-to-toe in sunscreen to protect yourself from burns and skin cancer. Many beauty and skin care products are also made with sunscreen. There exists a current belief that sun exposure = skin cancer and that sunscreen = skin cancer protection. For me though, sunscreen is my last resort. I just don’t use it, unless I’m in a very hot climate and unable to get out of the sun (such as on a long boat trip drinking rum punch)….
After I was diagnosed with Cancer in 2012 I subsequently began researching the ways I could bring my body back into balance, including ways to support my body’s innate healing processes. A shocking realization for me was the impact that toxins have on our bodies. A 2009 study from the Environmental Defense Group shows that we are exposed to over 200 toxins daily, specifically from pesticides, personal care products, plastic and pollution. While our bodies are well equipped to eliminate toxins, our livers are often over burdened, making toxin elimination a slower process.…
Cancer is the leading cause of death in Canada and is responsible for 30% of all deaths. It is estimated that an average of 555 Canadians are diagnosed with cancer every day and an average of 216 Canadians die from cancer every day. Lung, breast, colorectal and prostate cancer are the most common types of cancer, accounting for half of all new cancer cases. Are we winning the war on cancer? I think not. Perhaps the medical orthodox view that cancer is primarily a genetic disease needs rethinking and revisiting….
Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is an autoimmune disease affecting the thyroid. As is the case with all autoimmune diseases, antibodies and sensitized T-cells are produced against one’s own tissues. Types of autoimmune conditions include lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease, and more. In the case of Hashimoto’s, the body turns on itself to attack and destroy its own thyroid gland.
Ask anyone what are the best things you can do for maintaining a healthy lifestyle, most often the answer (besides more exercise) is to start with managing trans fats and junk food in your diet. No arguing with that advice….
The liver is our main detoxification organ. As unglamorous as it sounds, the liver acts as our garbage disposal system. It is designed to help our body get rid of anything potentially harmful or toxic. The liver should be able to handle detoxification without any help from us, but with today’s lifestyle, eating habits and environmental pollution, we are exposed to more toxins through more avenues than the liver was ever designed to handle. The number of toxins we put into our system can be reduced while we actively work at reducing the toxic load the body has already accumulated. This is where detoxification and cleansing regimens come in….
Diets! There are so many of them to choose from! How do you decide which one is right for you? There is no single, without-a-doubt best diet for every person to follow, always and forever. While you may feel like a particular nutrition idea – such as paleo or ketogenic – works for you, it doesn’t mean everyone else should follow the same program….
Of the many ways and means for managing your stress levels, one has been in use for centuries in Europe and Asia – Rhodiola rosea (also known as golden root, rose wort, arctic root or roseroot). It’s a hardy herbal plant that grows in mountainous zones of northern Europe, Asia and parts of North America. Its root is where the goodies are found – antioxidants, tannens, flavenoids and rosavins – the latter a compound believed to have an anti-anxiety effect….