Stress affects everyone at some time. Stress can be mild. Everyday stress people encounter paying mortgages, rent, telephone bills, driving to work, having problems with the car is associated with lifestyle and commitments. There is severe stress such as a family bereavement, or marriage break-up, or not being able to pay the rent. These types of stressful situations quite often need special attention.

The vitamin B group is of benefit as this group of vitamins is essential to help maintain proper nervous system function. Along with a well-balanced diet, a B group combined with small amounts of the anti-stress herbs, scullcap, valerian and Passiflora can help us survive stressful times.

Long-term stress can depress our adrenal hormones and drain us of energy. If suffering this depression-related stress, there are three herbs that can help give a lift and a return to normal life. They are oats, rosemary, and kola. Scullcap, valerian, Passiflora, hops, and gentian in combination can be a very potent anti-stress formula and can really help you get through those very difficult times. They are non-habit forming and very safe. Herbalists have used them for hundreds of years.

So, don’t forget, try to relax (meditation can help) and enjoy life. If you are a hard case, counselling might be appropriate; if not, try dancing, singing, or yoga classes.

SUPPLEMENTS

high potency 1 tablet daily

multi B formula

scullcap 475 mg The amount needed depends on

valerian 300 mg the individual. This type of

hops 750 mg formula is available from your

gentian health food store,

potassium phosphate (celloid) 35 mg 3 times daily

magnesium phosphate (celloid) 65 mg 3 times daily

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Vitamin C is used by most people looking for a natural way of treating the common cold. The reason for their choice was based on the work carried out by Professor Linus Pauling. Many people have said that Linus Pauling’s work has not been vindicated in recent trials. However, I do not believe this to be true. Recent double-blind trials on vitamin C have shown that the symptoms of the common cold can be dramatically reduced by the taking of 2000 mg of vitamin C daily. It is probable that ascorbic acid assists the immune system and acts against pathogens, especially bacteria and viruses.

Vitamin C levels of white blood cells have been shown to decrease with depressed immunological function. Viral infection rapidly depletes leucocyte ascorbate and varying degrees of nonspecific immunosuppression are now recognised to accompany such infections.

At my clinic using a combination containing garlic, echinacea, beta-carotene, vitamin E and vitamin C, in the treatment of many viral and virus-related illnesses has had successful results.

I have also used this combination of herbs and nutrients when treating patients suffering from post-viral syndrome and those who are constantly contracting viral infections. The results of these patient studies have shown a marked improvement in the patients’ resistance to infection.

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Cystitis is the inflammation of the bladder. The symptoms are usually a burning feeling during urination and a need to urinate frequently. The inflammation may be caused by a secondary infection in the urethra, the kidney, or by retained urine in the bladder caused by an enlarged prostate gland.

Cystitis is most common among women under 50 years of age, particularly during pregnancy. Sexual intercourse can lead to inflammation that can spread to the bladder by way of the urethra. This is often called ‘honeymoon cystitis’. Poor hygiene and tampons can also cause inflammation.

If you are a frequent sufferer of cystitis there are a number of things that can be done to help prevent further attacks and relieve the symptoms.

1. Wear cotton underwear, never synthetic.

2. Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water daily. Water helps flush the kidneys, bladder, and urethra.

3. Eat alkali-forming foods (see list in acid/alkali food chart). All vegetables and fruits are alkaline after digestion and should be eaten every day. Your diet should be 80% alkali-forming foods and 20% acid-forming foods. Eating foods in these proportions will help maintain good health and prevent infection.

There are a number of herbs that can relieve the symptoms and clear up the infection quickly. They are corn silk, boldo marshmallow, couch grass and bearberry.

SUPPLEMENTS

bearberry

(Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) 230 mg 3 times daily

cornsilk 800 mg 3 times daily

couch grass 800 mg 3 times daily

sodium sulphate 33 mg 3 times daily

sodium phosphate 195 mg 3 times daily

vitamin C 200 mg daily

vitamin E 500 IU daily

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Oat bran contains the highest percentage of soluble fibre at 4.8%, followed by rice bran at 2.5% and wheat bran at 2.0%. The latest technical information shows that rice bran and oat bran are equal in their ability to lower total blood cholesterol levels.

Rice bran has five times the insoluble dietary fibre of oat bran and more soluble fibre than wheat bran. It can help maintain a healthy colon and promote regularity, as well as caring for the cardiovascular system by helping lower cholesterol.

Psyllium is a natural grain and the husks make an excellent fibre, helping lower cholesterol and maintaining regularity. Psyllium was recently reported in the Archives of Internal Medicine 148, 292, 1988, which stated that psyllium, by removing bile acid from the intestine and preventing their reabsorption, lowered blood cholesterol levels. This action is the result of the use by the body of cholesterol in the manufacture of more bile salts. y

Psyllium husks 2 teaspoons in orange juice morning

and night.

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Body part Signs
Cause
Treatment
Face Moonface
Prednesone therapy

Oedematous
Protein deficiency
Ammo acids, protein
(swollen)

Pale
Iron deficiency
Iron phosphate, B12, folic acid
Dark skin over
Inadequate B
B2,B3
cheeks and
group of
Increase
under eyes
vitamins;
food
(malar
low kilojoule
intake
pigmentation)
diet

Scaling of skin
Inadequate
B2, B3, B6
around nostrils
vitamins

(naso-labial

seborrhea)

Lips Redness and
Inadequate
B2,B3
swelling of
vitamins

mouth or lips

(cheilosis)

Cracks at side of
Inadequate B
B6, B2, B3
mouth (andular
group vitamins,
Iron
fissures)
especially B6, B2, B3; iron

Nails
Spoon-shaped brittle, ridged white spots

Iron

Silica and fatty acids Zinc
Gums
Abnormally red and bleeding
Deficient vitamin C
Vitamin C

bioflavonoids
Hair
Dull, dry, falls out easily
Low in protein, fatty and amino acids
Fish oil, evening primrose oil, silica
Tongue
Raw, red, cracked, swollen, pale, smooth, slick, magenta
Lack of folic acid, niacin,

Supplement with these vitamins and minerals
Eyes
Pale eye membranes Iron deficiency

Spots of dryness Vitamin A conjunctivitis,

deficiency soft or

dull cornea
Iron

Vitamin A
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