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Painful, stiff and inflamed joints are a few of the characteristic symptoms of gout, which is a type of arthritis that is typically, but not always, located on your great toe.

When an attack occurs, the pain can be debilitating, with sufferers often describing it as being burned by a flame or skewered with a hot poker.

Gout symptoms usually go away within three to 10 days, and the next attack may not occur for months, or even years, if at all. However, oftentimes gout becomes a lifelong problem, with attacks occurring with increasing frequency and severity. In time, this can permanently damage your joints and surrounding areas.

Needless to say, preventing gout attacks is essential to maintaining your quality of life—which is why new research showing tart cherries might do the trick is worth shouting from the rooftops.


In a study of over 600 people with gout, those who ate a ½-cup serving of tart cherries a day, the equivalent of about 10 or 12 cherries, or consumed cherry extract, had a 35 percent lower risk of a subsequent gout attack. Those who ate more cherries, up to three servings in two days, had an even lower, 50 percent reduction in risk.

You only need to eat a small amount of cherries to get the benefit, and the sugar contribution is small. Plus, they contain powerful compounds like anthocyanins and bioflavonoids, which are known to fight inflammation. They may also be beneficial because of their impact on your uric acid levels.

Gout occurs when the metabolic processes that control the amount of uric acid in your blood fail to do their job effectively. The stiffness and swelling are a result of excess uric-acid-forming crystals in your joints, and the pain associated with this condition disease is caused by your body’s inflammatory response to the crystals. Past studies have found:

  • Eating two servings of cherries after an overnight fast lead to a 15 percent reduction in uric acid, and lower nitric oxide and C-reactive protein levels (which are associated with inflammatory diseases like gout.) The researchers noted the study supports “the reputed anti-gout efficacy of cherries” as well as “evidence that compounds in cherries may inhibit inflammatory pathways.”
  • Consuming tart cherry juice daily for four weeks may lower your levels of uric acid


Drinking just one soda or 6-ounce glass of orange juice a day has been linked to a significant increase in gout—74 percent and 41 percent, respectively—compared to drinking these only rarely. We believe the primary culprit is fructose, which typically generates uric acid within minutes of ingestion.

You probably already know that fructose is a sugar, but you may not realize is that it’s distinctly different from other sugars as it’s metabolized through very specific pathways that differ from those of glucose, for example, and through its distinct metabolic action, uric acid is generated.

Fructose ALONE drives up uric acid. And elevated uric acid levels are not only a factor in gout, they’re a factor in many other health conditions, including hypertension, insulin resistance/diabetes, obesity and kidney disease. Not coincidentally, many of these conditions, like diabetes and hypertension, also increase your risk of gout (as does the use of thiazidediuretics, which are commonly used to treat hypertension).

The connection between fructose consumption and increased uric acid is so reliable that a uric acid level taken from your blood can actually be used as a marker for fructose toxicity. I now recommend that a uric acid level be a routine part of your blood screening.

According to the latest research, the safest range for uric acid is between 3 and 5.5 milligrams per deciliter, and there appears to be a steady relationship between uric acid levels and blood pressure and cardiovascular risk, even down to the range of 3 to 4 mg/dl.

As you probably know, two-thirds of the U.S. population is overweight, and most of these people likely have uric acid levels in excess of 5.5. Some may even be closer to 10 or higher (this may explain why being overweight also increases your risk of gout).  Dr. Richard Johnson, professor of medicine at the University of Colorado, suggests that the ideal uric acid level is probably around:

  • 4 mg/dl for men
  • 3.5 mg/dl for women


Be careful not to overdo it on cherries. They key is moderation, as large amounts of fructose on a regular basis are not a good strategy for health.

According to Dr. Johnson’s research, a quarter of the U.S. population consumes a whopping 134 grams of fructose a day. This is a staggering amount of fructose when you consider the fact that you need to restrict your fructose intake to below 25 grams a day in order to maintain good health.

If you have gout, this is extremely important, and you must take into account the fructose you consume from fruit. For instance, if you eat cherries for their therapeutic value, 10 sweet cherries or 1 cup of sour/tart cherries contain about 4 grams of fructose.

So if you had no other sources of fructose, 25 cherries would put you at 10 grams of fructose. You would need to eat more than 60 cherries to put you over the limit. My guess is that if you only did this occasionally and did not have insulin resistance this would likely not be a problem. However, you would activate your fat switch and put on some storage fat. But that is fine, as you have the metabolism designed to burn it, especially if you are not consuming cherries every day.

Limiting fructose in your diet is one of the most important parts of managing and preventing gout attacks. You’ll want to be sure to cut out soda, fruit drinks and other sweetened beverages, as these types of drinks are a primary source of excessive fructose.

Instead, drink plenty of pure water, as the fluids will help to remove uric acid from your body.

Alcohol in general, and beer specifically, may also raise the levels of uric acid in your blood, so this should also be limited or avoided.

5 plants that can humidify your home and create the indoor perfect climate

Can you relate to those times where you can’t seem to get comfortable inside your home? Maybe the air is too dry or overly humid, or maybe it feels like you’re surrounded by an old dust-filled air filter. In either case, the wrong kind of air (which may differ from person to person) can lead to several health problems. Fortunately, filling your home with the right plants will not only give it a nice splash of living color. You’ll create an ideal microclimate that promotes good health, too!

Negative Effects of Different Kinds of Air

Climates vary from house to house let alone state to state or country to country. In addition to changes in temperature, air pollutants also play a significant role in our overall health. From dryness to humidity to pollution, each at heightened levels comes with its own set of risks.

Extreme Dryness

We tend to experience dry climates most during the winter months. The combination of below zero temperatures and heaters on blast can result in:

  • Dry, ashy, or cracked skin
  • Irritated sinuses and throat
  • Itchy eyes

    High Humidity

    This kind of climate can be a challenge to prepare for because the humidity makes it feel hotter than it is. Highly humid weather can make you feel sluggish and unenergetic which will likely be accompanied by:

  • Dehydration
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle cramps
  • Heat exhaustion, fainting, or heatstroke

Bad Air Pollution

Every one of us experiences air pollution daily. From dust in your room to cigarette smoke and car exhaust to city smog, how you’re affected depends on your current health status. In extreme cases of pollution, however, you can be at risk of:

  • Sped-up lung aging as well as decreased lung function and capacity
  • A heart and lungs that are overworked and overstressed from trying to supply your body with oxygen
  • Damaged cells in the respiratory system
  • Cardiovascular and respiratory illnesses (e.g., asthma, bronchitis, or emphysema)
  • A shortened lifespan

Plants You Need For A Perfect Indoor Environment

Plants That Keep the Air Dry

  1. Citrus limon plants fill any room with a lemony fresh fragrance when they flower. In addition to absorbing excess moisture in your house, it also contains curative substances that help to sterilize its surroundings. It thrives in direct sunlight, regular watering, and dry soil.
  2. Myrtus plants will help restore your home’s microclimate to a healthy one. And while they’re at it, they’ll also help you! The Myrtus releases phytoncides from their leaves and flowers that help kill of microbes in the air.
  3. Laurus nobilis is a tropical plant that loves high humidity which is what makes it so effective at absorbing the air’s moisture. But don’t to water it generously with lukewarm water and keep it shaded.
  4. Spathiphyllum (or “women’s happiness”) absorbs excess moisture in the air. This will simultaneously help normalize your home’s microclimate and destroy mold spores. It thrives most if the general temperature is around eighteen degrees Celsius.
  5. Coffea plants require good watering and prefer shade. In addition to giving off a tropical aroma when they flower, the coffea is also great at sucking up excess moisture.

Plants That Humidify the Air

  1. Sansevieria is a plant that can freshen the air, produce a lot of oxygen, and help neutralize (synthetic) air pollutants. They store a lot of moisture in their leaves which make them easy to care for with minimal watering all well helping keep your microclimate balanced.
  2. Rubber plants grow into unique shapes and require moderate watering and moist soil, especially in dryer seasons. It loves bright, filtered light but keep it away from cats and dogs because it is toxic.
  3. Chamaecyparis is an evergreen plant that adds moisture to your home as well as a fresh smell. It requires regular watering and a lot of shade. If you keep the plant healthy, however, Chamaecyparis can help to ease symptoms of migraines and headaches.
  4. Kalanchoe is a plant that is native to Madagascar and thrives in dry environments with a lot of sunlight and moderate watering. Because they accumulate a lot of moisture in their leaves, they can help balance an otherwise dry climate.
  5. Cissus is an ivy-like plant that adapts seamlessly to dry air and provides it with moisture. For it to be most effective, cissus requires a shaded area and you to mist it regularly.

Plants that Purify the Air

  1. Aloe vera can be finicky because it cannot thrive in standing water. But once you find a way to drain them effectively, aloe vera can remove formaldehyde and be used as an anti-inflammatory and to help soothe cuts.
  2. Bamboo palms are versatile because they can grow well in full sun or bright light. Growing up to twelve feet high, the bamboo palm removes benzene, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, and trichloroethylene.
  3. Snake plants are easy to keep because they only occasionally require watering. In fact, they prefer dryer conditions and some sun. This plant removes benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene.
  4. Peace lilies bloom flowers with a beautiful fragrant throughout the summer and thrive in shady areas. Pollutants they remove are ammonia, formaldehyde, benzene, and trichloroethylene.
  5. Dracaena plants give you a lot of option with over forty varieties to choose from. You may want to look elsewhere if you have pets, however, because the dracaena is toxic to cats and dogs. It removes benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene, and xylene.
  6. Spider plants are incredibly easy to grow and thrive on bright, indirect sunlight. Pollutants this plant removes are formaldehyde and xylene.
  7. Garden mums are inexpensive and you can plant them both inside and outdoors. Pollutants this flower removes are ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde, and xylene.

Source: The Hearty Soul

22 Signs That You Immediately Need Magnesium And How To Get It

Who would have thought that the lack of only one nutrient can have an enormous impact on the overall health?

Every single cell in the body needs magnesium to function properly, and it’s responsible for over 300 metabolic functions in the body. It’s clear that this element is vital for your health, but according to USDA, approximately a half of the Americans consume inadequate amount in their diet.

Functions of magnesium

The functions of magnesium in the human body is complex and sophisticated. But, some of the main functions include:

  • As a cofactor, enabling thousands of biochemical processes, including temperature regulation, breaking down of glucose and fat, production of proteins, antioxidants, cholesterol, and the creation of DNA and RNA.
  • Produces energy inside mitochondria, metabolizing them into usable energy and storing them. When magnesium level is low, one can expect to feel lethargic.
  • Magnesium is a cofactor for dozens of various other nutrients to be used as building blocks to create the body structure.
  • Magnesium is necessary for electrical transmission of our thoughts to the nervous system and to various parts of our body.
  • While calcium causes contraction of muscles, magnesium causes relaxation. In the presence of excess calcium and insufficient magnesium, crampings (of the lungs, uterus, blood vessels, legs, muscles, etc.) can occur.
  • Magnesium is required to maintain a healthy balance (homeostasis) of the body’s electrolytes-calcium, sodium, potassium-that affects nerve impulses, muscle contractions, and heart rhythms.

Sufficient magnesium is essential to achieving the delicate balance necessary to keep the smooth-running of all these body’s functions. So you can see, in cases of magnesium deficiency, there can be far-reaching implications for the body’s level of performance and health. Body processes and metabolism could easily spiral out of control.

Why do you get magnesium deficient

Some of the factors that cause magnesium deficiency include:

  • Soil that is deficient in minerals produce foods that are low in magnesium content.
  • Eating foods that are high in calcium. Calcium requires magnesium at the ratio of 1:1 in order to be absorbed.
  • Long-term medication (of any drugs) and stress deplete the body of magnesium.
  • Inefficient intestinal absorption hinders absorption of magnesium, even when ingesting foods high in magnesium.
  • Excessive consumption of high fat food, processed foods, sodas, salt and sugar-not only are these foods void of magnesium but in order to digest them, they further deplete the body of magnesium.
  • Drinking water that is fortified with fluoride that depletes the body of magnesium.

Symptoms of magnesium deficiency

Early signs of magnesium deficiency include muscle twitching (noticeably on the eyelid), loss of appetite, headache, nausea, fatigue, and weakness.

An ongoing magnesium deficiency can lead to more serious symptoms, including:

  • Numbness and tingling
  • Muscle contractions and cramps
  • Seizures
  • Abnormal heart beat rate
  • Coronary spasms
  • Anxiety

As magnesium is necessary in so many bodily functions and processes, the lack of it will easily spiral things out of control.

Some of the conditions that are linked to magnesium deficiency have been recorded as follows:

  • Anxiety, depression, confusion, anger
  • Asthma
  • Atherosclerosis and arteriosclerosis
  • Cardiac arrhythmias
  • High cholesterol
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Coronary heart disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Epilepsy
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Hypertension
  • Infertility
  • Inflammatory diseases
  • Insomnia and other sleep disorders
  • Kidney stones
  • Migraines and headaches
  • Muscle pain and cramps
  • Nervousness
  • Obesity
  • Osteoporosis
  • Stroke

If you suspect that you’re magnesium-deficient, first of all work to reduce the factors in your lifestyle or diet that contribute to the deficiency where possible. Magnesium is best available from food sources and from supplements.



Golden Milk That Will Restore Your Bone Strength: Rejuvenate Your Spine and Joints in Only a Month!

Golden milk is a turmeric potion which has incredible benefits for your health. It can preserve your youth, improve your digestion, clean your liver and remove toxins from your body. The drink is also great against arthritis as it relieves inflammation and improves joint mobility. It has been a part of Russian folk medicine for centuries, and is still praised by alternative medicine practitioners. Golden milk is prepared in 2 stages:

Turmeric paste


40 gr. of turmeric powder

100-150 ml. of water



Pour the turmeric in the water and stir well, then boil the mixture for 8 minutes until it thickens. If it’s too thick, add more water to dilute it. The paste should be as dense as yogurt. This is just the first part of the drink – continue reading below to see how to prepare the milk.


Turmeric milk


250 ml. of milk

2 tablespoon of almond oil




Boil the milk first, then add the almond oil and pour the mixture in a cup. Now, add a teaspoon of the previously prepared turmeric paste in the cup as well as some honey to taste. You can make bigger amounts of the paste for a longer period and freeze it. This will preserve it for about 40 days, but if you don’t plan to freeze it, keep it in the fridge for up to a week. When using it, always add a teaspoon of the paste per a cup of milk along with some honey.

The golden milk should be consumed in the morning on an empty stomach and again before going to bed. It should be taken for 40 days 2 times a year for best results.

This incredible mixture can clean your body of bacteria and toxins, while also eliminating excess fat and mucus. It will clean your liver and uterus, stimulate your blood circulation and accelerate your metabolism. The great taste makes golden milk ideal for treatment of fever, inflammation and blood and skin disorders. Turmeric can be easily found in any health store, so buy some and prepare golden milk today.

Source :   naturalandhealthylives.com

The Chemical That Causes More Cancer And Death Than Any Other Chemical

Most people believe that fluoride is a natural substance. However, this popular belief is not true. In fact, fluoride is the byproduct of the aluminum and nuclear industries use of fluorine gas.

The Merck Index lists fluoride’s primary use as rat and cockroach poison and it is a known carcinogen. It wasn’t until the 1950’s that the FDA was somehow convinced that the poison allegedly helped protect teeth.

Most recently, the California Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), published a document called Evidence on the Carcinogenicity of Fluoride and Its Salts that highlights the many health hazards caused by the consumption of fluoride.

The OEHHA document already states that multiple lines of evidence show that fluoride is incorporated into bones where it can stimulate cell division of osteoblasts (bone-forming cells), an admission that already recognizes fluoride as a cause of bone cancer.

The report goes on to state that fluoride induces genetic changes other cellular changes leading to malignant transformation, and cellular immune response thereby increasing the risk of development of osteosarcomas (bone cancer).

Multiple studies dating back to the 1970’s link fluoride exposure to thyroid and other cancers

Several studies conducted by Dr. Dean Burk, the former head of the Cytochemistry Section at the National Cancer Institute, have also shown connections between fluoride exposure and cancer. Dr. Burk’s research dating back to 1977 revealed that fluoride ingestion led to the growth of thyroid follicular cell tumors in mice.

Analysis of the results in rats showed that animals who drank fluoridated water showed: an increase in tumors and cancers in oral squamous cells, a rare form of bone cancer (osteosarcoma), and an increase in thyroid follicular cell tumors, reads a paper by Dr. Lita Lee, Ph.D., entitled “Fluoride – A Modern Toxic Waste.”

Source: thetruthaboutcancer.com

Eating Pinch Of Turmeric Is Like Workout For A Whole Hour

Undoubtedly, exercising is of vital importance, but newest studies have discovered that the turmeric extract does a pretty good job of producing some of the same cardiovascular health benefits. In particular, it is especially effective in women who are experiencing age-related negative changes in the arteries.

The bad news is that doctors don’t bother with this problem and they avoid the turmeric’s role against heart diseases although there are numerous studies on how turmeric is efficient against the cardiovascular diseases.

The last year’s study in the American Journal of Cardiology pointed out that turmeric extract reduces the heart attacks after bypass by 56%. This study also includes another previous study from 2012, which claims that curcumin, the primary polyphenol in turmeric is proven to be effective in improving the vascular function in women after menopause similar to aerobic training.

This study was conducted on 32 women after menopause and lasted for 8 weeks. The 32 women were divided into 3 groups: curcumin, exercise, and non-treatment control.

The researchers tested the elasticity, function, and health of the inner lining of their blood vessels with an ultrasound. A disturbance of the endothelial function is considered a key cause of the development of atherosclerosis. Hence, anything that can prevent, reduce or reverse endothelial disturbance could prevent the mortality due to heart diseases.

Women in the curcumin group were consuming 150g turmeric extract every day for 8 weeks. During these 8 weeks, they didn’t exercise or have changed their diet.

In the exercise group, the women did aerobic exercises more than 3 times per week and were also riding a bike and walking for 30-60 long minutes.

The study was over after 8 weeks. The result showed that both groups exercising and consuming turmeric increase the flow-mediated dilation. So, the researchers concluded that both of these methods are effective in improving the health and the function of the blood vessels.


Although this research emphasizes the health properties of turmeric thus encouraging people to start consuming it, turmeric nor any other supplement should replace regular exercising. Additionally, exercising cannot replace the turmeric’s role in maintaining the health and preventing diseases.

The best solution is to combine turmeric and exercising as this combination has more health benefits than if you use just one of them. So the winning combination is turmeric together with exercising although the study was conveyed on them separately.

The same researchers conducted another study in 2012, published in the American Journal of Hypertension. Namely, this time, the research investigated the combined effect of exercise and curcumin together in women after menopause and the way this combination improves the heart muscle stress tolerance.

The findings showed that regular exercise combined with daily curcumin ingestion may reduce endothelial disturbance to a greater extent than monotherapy with either intervention alone in postmenopausal women.

Therefore, the conclusion of this study was again that the best effects are achieved by the combination of turmeric and exercising. This combination is also perfect against pain and inflammation after workout. It also alleviates symptoms caused by osteoarthritis.





Remove Body Parasites And Fat Storage With Only 2 Ingredients

In this article, we’ll present you how to use only two natural ingredients that will help you remove all the fat and body parasites from your body! The results will amaze you!

According to experts, stored energy is only body fat, so in order to manage to use it properly, you must follow a strict diet to help you burn those fat deposits. Unfortunately, there are other energy reserves that interfere with the process of burning fat.

Other energy deposits include glycogen (stored glucose) and protein (muscle).The way our body uses fats can be changed by the way it uses these energy deposits.

When you crave for something sweet or savory, you can satiate it, especially when these cravings happen sporadically, but in case these cravings happen more frequently than normal and can’t stop completely, it means you suffer from high levels of stress or even have parasites in your stomach.

The consumption of large amounts of sweets creates an environment full of mucus that is perfect for the reproduction of parasites. This environment is also favorable for bacterial and fungal growth.

Natural remedy to remove fat deposits and parasites from your body


  • 100 grams of flaxseed
  • 10 grams of dried cloves


Grind both of the ingredients to prepare a powder. Mix it with a glass of yogurt or kefir, and your remedy is ready.

In order to get the best results, consume this powder for 3 days, make a break for 3 days and then repeat the procedure. Within a month, your body will be clean of fat deposits, toxins, and parasites.

The active ingredients in the clove are known to have antioxidant, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, carminative and anti-flatulent properties. Cloves increase the gut motility and digestion power through improved gastrointestinal enzyme secretions. Thus, it helps relieve indigestion and constipation problems. It is also thought to have a natural anti-parasite (kills intestinal worms) function.

On the other hand, flaxseed has shown to improve obesity and support weight loss. Since flax is full of healthy fats and fiber, it will help you feel satisfied longer so you will eat fewer calories overall which may lead to weight loss. Moreover, flax seeds promote bowel movement by increasing the water content and bulk volume of our stools, keeping us nice and regular.



9 Habits You Need To Adopt TODAY To Stop Dementia or Alzheimer’s Before It Starts

Dementia is a general term for loss of memory and other mental abilities severe enough to interfere with a person’s daily life. Dementia can appear in many forms, including Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, and vascular dementia. The most common type is Alzheimer’s disease, which accounts for an estimated 60-80% of cases.

If the cause is not treatable, dementia can be progressive. Symptoms including depression, apathy, and difficulty remembering recent conversations, names and events can worsen over time. Some risk factors for dementia can be prevented, while others cannot.

Risk factors that can be controlled include:

  • Poor diet and vitamin deficiencies
  • Use of medication that contributes to dementia
  • Impaired thyroid function
  • Cardiovascular risks including high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Low physical activity
  • Alcohol use
  • Head injuries

9 Ways To Help Reduce The Risk Of Dementia

1. Take Vitamin D

Studies have shown a correlation between low levels of Vitamin D and cognitive decline, leading to symptoms of dementia. Supplementing with Vitamin D can help protect the body against processes that lead to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The best way to get Vitamin D is through the sun, but taking a supplement might help if you aren’t able to get outside as much as you’d like too. It could also be helpful during the winter months!

2. Challenge Your Brain

Challenging your brain on a regular basis has some amazing benefits! Studies have shown that being bilingual delays the onset of symptoms of dementia by almost five years, compared to elderly adults who only speak one language. Another study found that doing crossword puzzles on a regular basis can delay the onset of memory decline by 2.5 years.

3. Stay Physically Active

Getting your blood moving and your heart pumping on a regular basis is one of the most effective ways to strengthen your vascular system. Exercising is the best preventative medicine for many chronic health concerns. About 30 minutes a day of moderate activity is enough to see health benefits.

4. Control Your Alcohol Intake

Studies have shown that people who drink alcohol excessively have the highest risk of developing dementia, compared to those who drink no alcohol or consume moderate amounts of alcohol. Controlling your alcohol intake can help prevent numerous health problems, including dementia.

5. Protect Yourself Against Head Injuries

Wear a helmet when you’re on a bike! It’s a simple but very important way you can protect your brain from damage. If you’re doing anything else that might be dangerous, such as participating in water sports or hitting the ski slopes, consider a helmet as well.

6. Be Social

Regularly interacting with others can help protect you against the negative affects of isolation. Even if it’s just a few friends or family members, talking to others on a regular basis can protect against several different health conditions. Even better – take a walk in nature to exercise with your friend!

7. Take Vitamin B

B vitamins can be helpful in lowering levels of a molecule called homocysteine or HC. This molecule is known to damage the vascular system. Having a high level can contribute to the risk of heart disease, stroke and other vascular problems. Taking a B complex vitamin can help protect the body from age-related cognitive decline.

8. Stop Smoking

Smoking can damage nearly every part of your body, including your brain. Studies have shown that current daily smokers are at a 45% higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease when compared to non-smokers and even former smokers. Even if you’ve been a smoker all your life, quitting can make a difference.

9. Track Your Numbers

Keep track of your blood pressure, cholesterol levels and weight. Knowing your numbers can help you find a problem early on. Cardiovascular and metabolic health are some of the most important predictors of dementia! Keep your body healthy in order to keep your mind healthy.

Some doctors believe that learning new things helps keep the brain health!

source:  www.davidwolfe.com

5 Reasons Why You Should Try Wild Lettuce

We all know about the dangerous side effects of over-the-counter and prescription painkillers. But when your head is pounding, it’s hard not to reach for the bottle of pills in your cabinet. We all experience pain every once in a while, whether it’s from a migraine, sore muscles or swollen joints. But instead of stocking up on painkillers, you might be able to find a natural painkiller in your own backyard!

Wild lettuce has been used for centuries as a natural painkiller and sedative. It looks similar to a cross between a dandelion and a thistle. Back in the day, many referred to it as the “poor man’s opium.” It contains a resinous milky sap which releases a small amount of pain-relieving opiates. When this substance is collected and dried, it’s known as lactucarium.

The main active compounds in lactucarium are lactupicrin, lactucin and lactucopicrin. These compounds have been found to possess analgesic activity, along with sedative activity. Researchers have found that this “opium lettuce” was a well-known painkiller even before the Victorian Period. If you want a natural way to help reduce pain, wild lettuce might be able to help.

Here’s what you can use it for:

1. Insomnia

Thanks to its powerful sedative effects, wild lettuce can be used to treat insomnia and other sleep problems. It has a mild sedative effect on the body which works to calm anxiety and promote sleep. Wild lettuce calms and relaxes the body.

2. Anxiety

Wild lettuce is believed to slightly inhibit the function of the nervous system. This makes it a natural remedy for stress and anxiety. It provides a calming effect on the body and mind.

3. Pain

Wild lettuce can be used as a natural pain remedy for sore muscles and joints. It’s calming, relaxing and pain relieving effects match those of over-the-counter painkillers, without the dangerous side effects.

4. Asthma And Coughs

Wild lettuce can be used as a natural treatment for asthma and coughs. The powerful herb helps reduce irritation of the bronchial tubes and lugs. It’s also able to loosen mucus and difficulty breathing associated with asthma.

5. Migraines

Migraines can be extremely debilitating. Sometimes medication can’t even help relieve the pain. Wild lettuce can be used as a natural remedy for headaches and migraines. It relieves pain while calming the nervous system to reduce the anxiety associated with migraines.

How To Use Wild Lettuce

Wild lettuce has a naturally bitter taste. But if you make it into a tea and mix in a little honey, you can enjoy its many health benefits. You can look for it in your own backyard or in health food stores. You can also buy it online. To make wild lettuce tea, pour a cup of boiling water onto 1-2 teaspoons of wild lettuce. Let it steep for 10-15 minutes then drink! Add some honey for a sweeter taste.

Watch the video below for more information about wild lettuce:

Source: David Wolfe

Bee Propolis Kills Infections, Colds & May Even Fight Cancer!

A beehive construction material might just be the health treatment you’ve been looking for.

Propolis, or bee glue, is a natural resin-like substance found in bee hives. Honeybees use it as a kind of cement that seals cracks and open spaces in the hive to protect the hive. People have been using this bee glue for centuries as home remedies, toothpastes, creams, ointments, drops, and dietary supplements.

Common Names:


Propolis resin

Propolis wax

Bee glue

Bee putty

At high temperatures, propolis is soft, pliable, and very sticky. At low temperatures it becomes hard and brittle. Honeybees don’t produce the propolis itself, they collect it from tree buds or other botanical sources. It is thought that the best sources of propolis are species of poplar, willow, birch, elm, alder, beech, conifer, and horse-chestnut trees.

Amazingly bee glue appears to also act as an antiseptic preventing microbial infection of larvae, honey stores, and the combs. Whether the bees know about these germ-fighting properties that is anyone’s guess. It is well established that bees around the world are constantly fighting off illness. The confined quarters and bee behavior make for the perfect conditions for viruses and disease to spread. The bees’ manufacturing and use of propolis reduces microbial growth on hive walls where combs are attached and controls airflow, maintaining a consistent humidity inside the hive.

But propolis has beneficial properties for humans and not just bees!

The history of the use of bee products can be traced back to 13,000 BC and our historical knowledge of propolis goes back to about 300 AD. There are records suggesting the use of it by ancient Egyptians, Persians, and Romans. Ancient Egyptians depicted propolis-making bees on vases and other ornaments and used it to alleviate many ailments. The Ancient Jews considered tzori (the Hebrew word for propolis) as a medicine. In fact, tzori and its therapeautic properties are mentioned throughout the Old Testament chapters of the Bible.

In the Middle Ages propolis was not popular and its use in mainstream medicine soon disappeared. Only a few manuscripts dealing with propolis have survived.

In the 21st Century, Bee glue made quite the comeback and is now available to the masses.

Beneficial Properties of Propolis

Researching and observing 50,000 patients treated with bee glue over 20 years in the 60s and 70s, Dr. Karl Lung Aagaard, known as Dr. Propolis, found a variety of conditions benefited from Propolis.

  • cancer,
  • infection of the urinary tract,
  • swelling of the throat,
  • gout,
  • open wounds,
  • sinus congestion,
  • colds,
  • influenza,
  • bronchitis,
  • gastritis,
  • diseases of the ears,
  • periodontal disease,
  • intestinal infections,
  • ulcers,
  • eczema eruptions,
  • pneumonia,
  • arthritis,
  • lung disease,
  • stomach virus,
  • headaches,
  • bile infections,
  • sclerosis,
  • circulation deficiencies,
  • warts,
  • conjunctivitis, and 
  • hoarseness


Since then, contemporary studies have confirmed certain benefits and found others such as eliminating parasites, improving fertility for females with endometriosis, and stop cold sore reproduction. The reputable Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center includes this list of benefits on its Integrative Medicine pages and describes a few exceptions and areas where more research in needed:

  • Cancer
  • Cancer treatment-related oral ulcerations (mucositis)
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Infections
  • Inflammation

Does harvesting propolis harm bees?

Like other honey products, the use of bee glue is controversial. The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals are opposed to its use in any form because “bees are often left unprepared to survive harsh winters, unable to fight off diseases, or worse” and for many other reasons like the stress caused and loss of life to bees.

Undeniably bees are killed in honey production for human consumption, though there are ways to minimize loss of life. For beekeepers who find other ways to protect the bees to survive winter and fight off diseases, they believe that harvesting propolis, if done properly, does not harm bees more than other types of honey production.

To harvest bee glue, beekeepers simply scrap frames, lids and hive boxes. One beekeeper reports that when she harvests propolis in this manner, she is “careful not to also scrape up bee parts, paint or wood…it saves me time gathering the purist of propolis”. Another way propolis is harvested from the hive is by placing a propolis trap inside the hive. Some companies report they never remove any propolis from the brood box where the larvae and queen live in order to reduce the harm to bees.

How to Take Propolis

Use of bee glue can be found as home remedies, toothpastes, creams, ointments, drops, and dietary supplements. How it is used and how often depend on what it is being used for. If it’s being used internally there are extracts, tinctures capsules and tablets, or you could even consume it raw. For topical needs, there are creams, sprays, ointments, powders, and balms. For detailed descriptions of quantities and frequency for certain ailments visit here and here.

Sloan Kettering warns that allergic reactions to propolis and bee pollen have been reported. Therefore, patients who are allergic to bee venom (i.e., bee stings), honey, ragweed, or chrysanthemum should not take these supplements. Bee pollen may increase the side effect of warfarin, a blood thinning drug.

Source: David Wolfe