Saturday, April 21, 2007

NEW IDEAS/ Neem & Hydrogen peroxide

I bought some neem powder about two years ago. I had to send all the way to India for it. It was my quest for getting rid of a particularly nasty case of athlete’s foot. I know now to use Hydrogen Peroxide* [more on that later].

Anyway, I found Neem and saw it had lots of applications other than healing fungus growth.

“Medicinal properties of neem have been known to Indians since time immemorial. The earliest Sanskrit medical writings refer to the benefits of neem’s fruits, seeds, oil, leaves, roots and bark. Each of these has been used in the Indian Ayurvedic and Unani systems of medicine.

In Ayurvedic literature neem is described in the following manner: ‘Neem bark is cool, bitter, astringent, acrid and refrigerant. It is useful in tiredness, cough, fever, loss of appetite, worm infestation. It heals wounds and vitiated conditions of kapha, vomiting, skin diseases, excessive thirst, and diabetes. Neem leaves are reported to be beneficial for eye disorders and insect poisons. It treats Vatik disorder. It is anti-leprotic. It’s fruits are bitter, purgative, anti-hemorrhoids and anthelmintic’.

Cures for many diseases have been reported but these need to be confirmed independently by trials under controlled conditions. Laboratory tests have shown that neem is effective against certain fungi that infect the human body. Some important fungi against which neem preparations have been found to be effective are: athlete’s foot fungus that infects hair, skin and nails; a ringworm that invades both skin and nails of the feet; a fungus of the intestinal tract; a fungus that causes infections of the bronchi, lungs, and mucous membranes and a fungus that is part of the normal mucous flora that can get out of control leading to lesions in mouth (thrush), vagina, skin, hands and lungs.

Neem has been used traditionally in India to treat several viral diseases. Even many medical practitioners believe that smallpox; chicken pox and warts can be treated with a paste of neem leaves – usually rubbed directly on the infected skin. Experiments with smallpox, chicken pox, and fowl pox show that although neem does not cure these diseases, but it is effective for purposes of prevention. ‘Crude neem extracts absorb the viruses, effectively preventing them from entering unaffected cells.” Recent tests, although unconfirmed, have shown that neem is effective against herpes virus and the viral DNA polymerase of hepatitis B virus. Should these findings be confirmed, neem could be used to cure these dreadful diseases.”

Did you see that? It said it works to heal diabetes. So when I first got it for my feet I tasted it so I could get rid of the diabetes. Alas, it is much too bitter-yucky tasting, the cure is worse than the disease.**

In reading the Literature later I didn’t find huge claims that Neem would heal Athletes’ foot.

Oh and by the way when the above article mentions Indians, they are not referring to American indigenous peoples but natives of the country India.

Now, however I’m going to try it in capsule form. I’ll let you know how it goes.
Here for your convenience are the definitions of a few of the properties in the above quote:
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A·yur·ve·da ( y r-v d , -v -) n. The ancient Hindu science of health and medicine. [Sanskrit yurveda : yu , life, health; see aiw- in Indo-European roots + veda , knowledge, lore; see weid- in Indo-European roots.] A yur·ve dic adj.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2003. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

ant·hel·min·tic ( nt h l-m n t k, n th l-) also ant·hel·min·thic (-th k) adj. Acting to expel or destroy parasitic intestinal worms.n. An agent that destroys or causes the expulsion of parasitic intestinal worms. [ant(i)- + Greek helmins, helminth-, worm; see wel-2 in Indo-European roots.]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2003. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

pur·ga·tive (pûr g -t v) adj. Tending to cleanse or purge, especially causing evacuation of the bowels.n. A purgative agent or medicine; a cathartic.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2003. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

anti-leprotic, well leprotic refers to Leprosy, draw your own conclusions. For me Anything Anti-Leprosy is a good thing.
I did try to look up Vatik disorder, and the only thing I found were references to diabetes in Hindu medicine, which I admit I know very little about.

*Now onto Hydrogen Peroxide, I had, as I said a terrible case of athletes foot that was just driving me crazy, I couldn’t sleep for scratching and my sheets were bloody from raking the itching with my toenails.

First, I remembered a cure I was introduced to many years ago. Dr. Whitfield’s ointment, a clear ointment that hurt so bad when applied but cured the athletes foot in seconds. I searched high and low, and finally found some for sale, In England! So, I ordered it and it just did nothing. I kept searching, however and found Neem, I tried that too, but it just didn’t keep the fungus from returning. Then I tried Hydrogen peroxide, And HORRAY! It WORKS!

**Now to the cure worse than disease bit:
Years ago I was sort of the neighborhood consultant for natural medicine and my friend brought me her sister who was suffering from a very bad sore throat. I told her I didn’t know much about it but I knew that Alum worked for mouth sores because I used it, BUT the cure was worse than the disease. The taste was awful, but she could gargle with it to rid her pain from the sore throat. I warned her often and frequently, honest, I did.

You see I did warn her, She, of course was not listening and used the “cure”. Later I saw her out walking, I asked her how she was and she punched me.

“That stuff was horrible, how could you?” she said. I just asked if she still had the sore throat and she brightened and relpied, very surprised and delighted,” No, it’s All gone!”

A few more words about Hydrogen Peroxide:
· I gargle with it every day to hold down bacteria, it is supposed to bleach my teeth too, but I’m mostly concerned with keeping my mouth disease free.
· Whenever I feel the return of athlete’s foot, I thoroughly clean my feet and dry them and pour a generous amount of Hydrogen Peroxide.
· It will foam the accumulation of wax from your ears.
· It will lighten your hair, although continued use does dry it considerably.
· Some people soak in it to clean out wounds (3) says this is dangerous, but they [doctors] used leaches for this purpose; debridement--and yes, they still do, [most of the medical community has a problem with hydrogen peroxide because it’s cheap and it WORKS!]
· Here is a wealth of information on oxygen therapy ,including the use of internally taken “Food grade” hydrogen peroxide. Educate-Yourself -The Freedom of Knowledge, The Power of Thought ©

Apparently, according to the above site doctors like to tell you that the use of hydrogen peroxide is dangerous. But in my experience it hasn’t been. It’s well worth your time to check out this site but I just don’t have the space here to reiterate, condense and re-present their already well-researched information.

Oh and in closing I do not recommend the use of Alum, it is aluminum, I use NO, z-e-r-o, zip aluminum products in my life.

In the meantime here are some well-researched supplements I do recommend:

Vitamin E-1000
Vitamin E is an important antioxidant necessary for proper immune system function as well as healthy skin and eyes. Absorbed through the gastrointestinal system, vitamin E is stored throughout the body in organs and tissues. A deficiency in vitamin E may evidence itself as fatigue, anemia, concentration problems or low thyroid levels. Low blood levels have also been associated with depression.
In addition to its importance to a healthy immune system and healthy eyes, vitamin E has been shown important in preventing a number of other conditions:
Immune system protection
Eye disease prevention
Memory loss prevention
Alzheimer’s disease
Parkinson’s disease prevention

Ester C-1000- for the healing process, whether it is from infection, injury, disease or surgery, Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is an important vitamin for general health. Because it is water-soluble, the body cannot store the vitamin so you must be certain to get enough daily, either through your diet or supplements like Ester C - 1000. Vitamin C is a critical component of both basic body building functions and disease prevention. It is needed for the growth and repair of tissues in all parts of the body. Vitamin C is essential for the healing of wounds and the repair and maintenance of cartilage, bones and teeth. During any kind of healing process, whether it is from infection, injury, disease or surgery, the body uses large amounts of Vitamin C. Vitamin C is an antioxidant which can help block damage from free radicals.

Milk thistle-liver improvement-detoxMilk Thistle, or Sylbum marianum, saw medicinal applications as early as the first century with the Romans who used it primarily to treat liver problems. Modern scientific studies suggest that the active substances in Milk Thistle, particularly silymarin, protect the liver from damage which may be caused by toxins, alcohol, viruses and certain drugs.

grape seed antioxidantProvides superior protection against free-radical damage.
Supports healthy vein and capillary structures.
Helps provide antioxidant protection for the brain and nervous system.
Has beneficial effects on a variety of conditions including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and cardiovascular disease.

Alpha lipoic acid for Liver healing;antioxidant Very important ally with the essential Vitamins C and E-Alpha-Lipoic Acid is a powerful fat and water-soluble antioxidant. It directly recycles vitamin C and indirectly recycles vitamin E, providing additional antioxidant protection.
It is also an important component in the energy production process in the cells. In recent research, 600 mg of alpha-lipoic acid daily was found to decrease plasma LDL oxidation. Source Naturals ALPHA-LIPOIC ACID TIMED RELEASE is designed to be released gradually throughout the day.

Vitacomplete liquid supplement
one month supply, easy to take, complete supplemental nutrition designed for >antioxidant/free radical support>Heart and Circulatory health>Muscle/bone/joint support>Digestive health>organ cleanse>vision and anti-aging enhancement. Contains over 200 nutrients. Includes many popular juices like Mangosteen and Acai Berry. Save money! Get all your supplement needs in one product instead of multiple supplements. 29 Fruits, 13 Vegetables, and 26 Proprietary Herbs. 4 types of beneficial fiber. 13 Vitamins. 69 Minerals from Whole Foods. 6 Essential Fatty Acids.
17 Amino Acids. 7 Organic Plant Digestive Enzymes

flax seed oil- antioxidant- also for digestion One of the keys to staying young is staying “young at heart”. Flax Seed, which is rich in essential fatty acids, has been used by civilizations around the world for more than 10,000 years. Flax Seed Oil is a rich source of the Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acid alpha linolenic acid, which is necessary for a wide variety of biological processes. Natrol® Flax Seed Oil is manufactured without the use of chemical Hexane solvents.

Lycopene antioxidant
Natrol Lycopene is an amazing phytonutrient. Lycopene is the subject of recent research revealing its antioxidant properties. Lycopene has been identified as the key compound found in rich, red tomatoes. Although a diet high in fruits and vegetables is recommended for optimum health, it can be difficult to obtain the appropriate daily servings. By isolating Lycopene into easy-to-swallow tablets. Natrol now offers a solution to help supplement your diet with this health-promoting compound.

Cardiovascular Health: Resveratrol promotes cardiovascular health through its antioxidant action and its ability to maintain healthy platelet function and arachidonic acid metabolism.
Antioxidant and Cellular Health: Studies suggest that resveratrol promotes cell health by maintaining healthy enzyme function and scavenging free radicals.
What Is The Source?
Pure Encapsulations Resveratrol is derived from one of the richest known sources, Polygonum cuspidatum, an herb utilized as a nutritional agent for centuries. It is standardized to contain 20% trans resveratrol and 10% emodin.

Chromium Liver supportAids in loss of body fat without causing a loss of body mass. Promotes increased metabolism. Perhaps the most popular form of chromium supplements on the market. Supports healthy blood sugar levels.

Pycnogenol- a very powerful antioxidant
Pycnogenol® (pronounced pick-nodge-en-all) is the brand name of an extract taken from the bark of the Maritime Pine, which grows along the Atlantic Coast of southwest France. The extract is rich in antioxidants and has been used by physicians in Europe for over thirty years to deal with a broad range of health conditions.
It has also been the subject of numerous controlled scientific studies and is now being hailed as one of the nutritional breakthroughs of the late twentieth century. As Professor Ronald Watson of the University of Arizona stated, “Here's a completely natural substance with remarkable activity, producing effects within minutes. It may have important health implications for an aging population.”

Complete Liver Cleanse~Stimulates bile flow, rids the liver of toxins.
It has a specially-designed fiber which binds with toxins so they leave the body
Why cleanse the liver?
Everything we breathe, eat, drink and absorb through our skin is purified and detoxified in the liver. Environmental toxins and the effects of improper eating and lifestyle habits can build up in the liver. It makes sense; toxins have to go!
How does it work?
A unique combination of ingredients stimulate bile flow, which help rid the liver of toxins. Once toxins are on the move, you don't want them reabsorbed. Complete Liver Cleanse is the answer. It has a specially-designed fiber which binds with toxins so they leave the body. The result is superior support for liver function and health!

As always, please write to me with anything you questions about or want to share, NO SPAM, please!

(2) FREEDICTIONARY.COM/ leprotic/ anthelmintic/ Ayurveda / purgative
(3) Hydrogen Peroxide
(4) Educate-Yourself -The Freedom of Knowledge, The Power of Thought


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