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Saturday, January 17, 2015

This Fruit is 500% More Effective than Cough Syrup

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The exotic pineapple was brought to Europe from South America in the times of Christopher Columbus. It was originally a sign of prestige and featured only in lavish banquets. Nowadays, pineapples can be easily acquired and they are popular around the world for their sweet and fresh taste, and also for their health benefits.
In Central and South America, where this fruit is believed to originate from, it has been known for centuries for its positive effects on digestion and its anti-inflammatory properties.
The anti-inflammatory effect is attributed to the action of bromelain, which is an enzyme and a powerful antioxidant. Many studies to date looked at bromelain’s functions. It has been suggested that it alleviates joint painarthritis, reduces inflammation, inhibits tumor growth and shortens recovery time after surgeries.
Bromelain is one of the most popular supplements in Germany, where it has been recognized for its potential in reducing INFLAMMATION and swelling of the nose and SINUSES, most commonly after a surgery or injury. Bromelain kills bacteria and fights infections.  You can read more about the healing benefits of pineapple and how to use it to treat many ailments in my post on how to use pineapple as a medicine.
Pineapple is also rich in vitamin C. One cup of pure juice contains 50% of your recommended daily intake. If you eat fresh pineapple chunks, one cup will provide you with 131% of your vitamin C needs for the day. Vitamin C is an important vitamin and an antioxidant. It keeps your body healthy and strong by maintaining the bones, muscles and blood vessels.
Pineapple contains some other important NUTRIENTS too, including vitamin A, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B-6, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, manganese and potassium. It is an amazing source of essential vitamins and minerals.
When it comes to treating PERSISTENT COUGH and cold, pineapple juice can soothe a sore throat and helps to cough out all the stubborn mucus. One study that compared over-the-counter cough syrup and pineapple extract showed that pineapple was five times more effective. Patients recovered 4.8 times quicker when taking the natural pineapple remedy, and had an overall improvement in their cold symptoms.
In 2010, a group of Indian scientists looked into different treatments for tuberculosis. They discovered that a mixture of pineapple juice, raw honey, pepper and salt helped to dissolve the mucus in the patient’s lungs.
When you reach for pineapple juice as your healing modality, it is important to get unprocessed natural juice. Store-bought brands often contain a lot of sugar and not much real fruit. If you have a JUICER at home, the best option is to make your own fresh juice. Just follow this simple recipe:
  • 1 cup of fresh pineapple juice
  • A quarter of a cup of fresh lemon juice
  • Some fresh ginger
  • A tablespoon of raw organic honey
  • Half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • You can also add some turmeric (this will help with your digestion)
Mix all the ingredients and drink two to three times a day. Now you have your own cough remedy with no toxic chemicals added.

Thursday, January 15, 2015


If you haven't yet signed up for my Newsletter . . . here are some excerpts and what you are missing from the latest issue:

YOU ASKED ME . . . I got a call recently, from a woman who is a 

hard working,  holding down 2 jobs, who asked me what to do about her . . . . tired, achy feet.

Some Herbs from the Kitchen to treat


If your foot pain is due to some kind of strain, sprain, cut, or soreness, sage can be used to get relief from the discomfort.  It can also reduce foot odor.

  1. Gently rub a handful of sage leaves between your hands and then put them in a pot with a little less than one cup of apple cider vinegar.
  2. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for five minutes.
  3. Soak a cotton cloth in the warm solution and then hold it on the affected area.
  4. Repeat the process several times.
    I purchased one exactly like this for less than $20 . . . and use it
    AT LEAST once a week ~ the relief was phenomenal!

Essential oils such as eucalyptus oil, peppermint oil and rosemary oil will help soothe tired, sore and aching feet.
  1. Mix four drops each of eucalyptus oil and rosemary oil and two drops of peppermint oil in hot water.
  2. Soak your feet in it for about 10 minutes.
Next time you suffer from foot pain, simply try any of these natural remedies. However, if the pain is unbearable and does not improve, see your doctor.

When I used the foot bath, I would boil my preferred herbs in a pan on the stove, steep it for 20min or more (sometimes I would boil the herbs before I left for work and let it steep all day, then warm it up in the evening), then pour the herb water into the foot bath. To strengthen the bones, I used comfrey root, and plantain and or mullein to eliminate pain.
__________ cont'd in the Newsletter

Classes to start in February 2015
{Intermediate / Advanced / Nature's Medicine Bag 101}

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expressing your interest, and state which Course you are interested in.

Understanding Our Chakras
#3 Solar Plexus ~ Manipura

Manipura is the Sanskrit term meaning 'city of jewels'. It relates to the element of fire and the colour yellow or gold and is often depicted symbolically as a bright glowing Sun. Likewise in the same way that the Sun radiates heat and light throughout the solar system, manipura chakra radiates and distributes heat and prana throughout the entire human body and energy system. Manipura chakra s the centre of our personal power, vitality, dynamism and willpower. It provides our being with confidence, the energy to endure and the self worth and motivation to see projects through to their completion.

Anatomically it is situated just above and behind the navel and governs the solar plexus of nerves and pancreas gland, which control 

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I HAVE COMPLETED THE COURSE . . . . and I am now a 
Certified TV Producer

I have to personally thank Rose Whaley for this journey:
I went to her about returning to her show to promote my book, 
and her response was "why don't your produce your own show!!!"
V O I L A !

I am soo excited about producing awesome shows and 
programming that will educate, present tools and various 
skills to help you raise your daily "conscious living" choices!

Book(s) Update . . . . 

Herbs are Nature's Medicine
BOOK I: Functional Herbology

Well, it seems that the closer I get to completing the TOC and format of each book, another "book" morphs.

Initially, when I finally made a commitment in 2014  to finally write an herb book, it was definitively "Herbs are Nature's Medicine: Your Handbook to Healing with the Elements!" (See book cover to the right.)

Then as I began seeking counsel from others who self-published, were established,  award-winning authors and owners of web sites offering support and free services to assist the Indie (independent self-publishing) author, someone said, "why don't you do an 'Introduction'  to your first book (thanks Coco), so you can establish a following, a platform, wet your feet, etc.!!!  Hence "INTRO to Herbs are Nature's Medicine:  Healing with the Elements" stuck up its beautiful head.  In this edition (see book cover lower right) the main focus will be on the

 "elements" as few people realize that "As It Is Above,
So It Is Below" is in reality referring to the fact that all the elements that exist in the Universe (macrocosm) ether, air, fire, water, earth and metal, all have an inherent and specific correlation to our inner Universe 

There are a number of additional articles . . . . DON'T MISS OUT ON THE HEALING YOGA POSTURE . . . . . and AN INTERVIEW WITH BROADWAY STAR OF "PIPPIN" AND "CHICAGO" ~ STEPHANIE POPE ~ owner of BIKRAM YOGA EAST HARLEM (my home studio).  Every month I include in my Newsletter an article on one of the 26 postures of Bikram, along with illustrations and explanations of the health benefits, all explained directly from Bikram Choudry himself.

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Did anyone attend the Dec 16th Webinar: HOW TO TREAT HI BLOOD PRESSURE WITH HERBS . . . .

I was sick in bed and would appreciate an update if you attended.

Thanks, Zakiyyah




I've been busy these past few weeks, and sick in bed one of them.  

Apologies for my absence.


I completed my TV production course - am now a certified TV producer - and am about to shoot my first show in a couple of weeks.  I CAN'T WAIT TO BEGIN PRODUCING SOME AWESOME SHOWS FOR YOU.



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It may come as a surprise to some, especially those with conventional medical training, but the default state of the body is one of ceaseless regeneration.  Without the flame-like process of continual cell turnover within the body – life and death ceaselessly intertwined – the miracle of the human body would not exist.
In times of illness, however, regenerative processes are overcome by degenerative ones. This is where medicine may perform its most noble feat, nudging the body back into balance with foods, herbs, nutrients, healing energies, i.e. healing intention. Today, however, drug-based medicine invariably uses chemicals that have not one iota of regenerative potential; to the contrary, they almost always interfere with bodily self-renewal in order to suppress the symptoms against which they are applied.
Despite the outright heretical nature of things which stimulate healing and regeneration vis-à-vis the conventional medical system which frowns upon, or is incredulous towards, spontaneous remission in favor of symptom suppression and disease management, over the course of the past few years of trolling MEDLINE we have collected a series of remarkable studies on the topic…

1. Nerve Regeneration

There are actually a broad range of natural compounds with proven nerve-regenerative effects. A 2010 study published in the journal Rejuvenation Research, for instance, found a combination of blueberry, green tea and carnosine have neuritogenic (i.e. promoting neuronal regeneration) and stem-cell regenerative effects in an animal model of neurodegenerative disease. Other researched neuritogenic substances include:
  1. Curcumin
  2. Lion’s Mane Mushroom
  3. Apigenin (compound in vegetables like celery)
  4. Blueberry
  5. Ginseng
  6. Huperzine
  7. Natto
  8. Red Sage
  9. Resveratrol
  10. Royal Jelly
  11. Theanine
  12. Ashwaganda
  13. Coffee (trigonelline)
There is another class of nerve-healing substances, known as remyelinating compounds, which stimulate the repair of the protective sheath around the axon of the neurons known as myelin, and which is often damaged in neurological injury and/or dysfunction, especially autoimmune and vaccine-induced demyelination disorders.  It should also be noted that even music and falling in love have been studied for possibly stimulating neurogenesis, regeneration and/or repair of neurons, indicating that regenerative medicine does not necessary require the ingestion of anything; rather, a wide range of therapeutic actions may be employed to improve health and well-being, as well.
[View the first-hand biomedical citations on these neuritogenic substance visit our NeuritogenicResearch page on the topic]

2. Liver Regeneration

Glycyrrhizin, a compound found within licorice, and which we recently featured as a powerful anti-SARS virus agent,  has also been found to stimulate the regeneration of liver mass and function in the animal model of hepatectomy. Other liver regenerative substances include:
  1. Carvacrol (a volatile compound in oregano)
  2. Curcumin
  3. Korean Ginseng
  4. Rooibos
  5. Vitamin E
[view the first-hand biomedical citations on the Liver Regeneration research page]

3. Beta-Cell Regeneration

Unfortunately, the medical community has yet to harness the diabetes-reversing potential of natural compounds. Whereas expensive stem cell therapies, islet cell transplants, and an array of synthetic drugs in the developmental pipeline are the focus of billions of dollars of research, annually, our kitchen cupboards and backyards may already contain the long sought-after cure for type 1 diabetes. The following compounds have been demonstrated experimentally to regenerate the insulin-producing beta cells, which are destroyed in insulin dependent diabetes, and which once restored, may (at least in theory) restore the health of the patient to the point where they no longer require insulin replacement.
  1. Gymenna Sylvestre (“the sugar destroyer”)
  2. Nigella Sativa (“black cumin”)
  3. Vitamin D
  4. Curcumin (from the spice Turmeric)
  5. Arginine
  6. Avocado
  7. Berberine (found in bitter herbs such as Goldenseal and Barberry)
  8. Bitter Melon
  9. Chard (yes, the green leafy vegetables)
  10. Corn Silk
  11. Stevia
  12. Sulforaphane (especially concentrated in broccoli sprouts)
[view the first-hand biomedical citations on the Beta Cell Regeneration research page]

4. Hormone Regeneration

There are secretagogues, which increase the endocrine glands’ ability to secrete more hormone, and there are substances that truly regenerate hormones which have degraded (by emitting electrons) into potentially carcinogenic “transient hormone” metabolites. One of these substances is vitamin C. A powerful electron donor, this vitamin has the ability to contribute electrons to resurrect the form and function of estradiol (estrogen; E2), progesterone, testosterone, for instance. [2] In tandem with foods that are able to support the function of glands, such as the ovaries, vitamin C may represent an excellent complement or alternative to hormone replacement therapy.

5. Cardiac Cell Regeneration

Not too long ago, it was believed that cardiac tissue was uniquely incapable of being regenerated. A new, but rapidly growing body of experimental research now indicates that this is simply not true, and there is a class of heart-tissue regenerating compounds known as neocardiogenic substances.  Neocardiogenic substances are able to stimulate the formation of cardiac progenitor cells which can differentiate into healthy heart tissue, and they include the following:
  1. Resveratrol
  2. Siberian Ginseng (Eleuthero)
  3. Red Wine Extract
  4. Geum Japonicum
  5. N-acetyl-cysteine
Another remarkable example of cardiac cell regeneration is through what is known as fetomaternal trafficking of stem cells through the placenta. In a recent article we discussed the amazing process known as “fetal microchimerism” by which the fetus contributes stem cells to the mother which are capable of regenerating her damaged heart cells, and possibly a wide range of other cell types.

6. Cartilage/Joint/Spine Regeneration

Curcumin and resveratrol have been shown to improve recovery from spinal cord injury.  Over a dozen other natural compounds hold promise in this area, which can be viewed on our Spinal Cord Injury page.  As far as degenerative joint disease, i.e. osteoarthritis, there are a broad range of potentially regenerative substances, with 50 listed on our osteoarthritis research page.
Ultimately, regenerative medicine threatens to undermine the very economic infrastructure that props up the modern, drug-based and quite candidly degenerative medical system. Symptom suppression is profitable because it guarantees both the perpetuation of the original underlying disease, and the generation of an ever-expanding array of additional, treatment-induced symptoms.
This is the non-sustainable, infinite growth model which shares features characteristic of the process of cancer itself – a model, which by its very nature, is doomed to fail and eventually collapse. Cultivating diets, lifestyles and attitudes conducive to bodily regeneration can interrupt this pathological circuit, and help us to attain the bodily freedom that is a precondition for the liberation of the human soul and spirit, as well. provides cutting-edge, evidence-based natural health information and has one of the internet’s most popular e-newsletters with over 100K subscribers. Register for free here.