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C for CELANDINE

Posted by Geoff Beaty on 23 September 2021
C for CELANDINE
A bitter cholagogue and antispasmodic herb, used to treat spasms of the gastrointestinal tract and bile duct, celandine is said to clean the gall bladder and stimulate bile flow in cases of hepatitis, jaundice and gall stones. It is often used as an example of the doctrine of signatures, the concept that a plant resembles the condition or part of the body that it can heal, because the bright, yellowy, orange sap resembles bile. This sap is also used topically, twice daily, for viral warts a...
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Melatonin, Chemotherapy And Cancer Survival

Posted by Geoff Beaty on 23 September 2021
Melatonin, Chemotherapy And Cancer Survival
Melatonin is a hormone produced by our pineal gland, which is roughly located in the centre of our brain. Melatonin production follows a circadian rhythm, with the highest levels being produced at night while we sleep. Night time exposure to light can significantly decrease melatonin production, and multiple observational studies have linked night shift work to the development of breast cancer. Interestingly, women with breast cancer in Denmark can now receive financial compensation if, wi...
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Dirty Dozen #2: Dioxin

Posted by Geoff Beaty on 12 September 2021
Dirty Dozen #2: Dioxin
Dioxins are multi-taskers… but not in a good way! They form during many industrial processes when chlorine or bromine are burned in the presence of carbon and oxygen. Dioxins can disrupt the delicate signalling systems of male and female sex hormones in the body. This is a bad thing! Here’s why: Recent research has shown that exposure to low levels of dioxin in the womb and early in life can permanently affect sperm quality and lower sperm count in men during their prime rep...
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Regular Exercise May Reduce Cancer Risk

Posted by Geoff Beaty on 12 September 2021
Regular Exercise May Reduce Cancer Risk
We have all been told, over and over and over, about the importance of regular mild-to-moderate exercise.  We know that, cancer aside, exercise improves our health, manages our weight, helps us sleep, and relieves stress and anxiety. With cancer in the equation, we also know that studies suggest it can reduce the risk of development or recurrence in some kinds of cancer. We also know that regular mild to moderate exercise can help people better manage active cancer treatment. Even tak...
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Dirty Dozen #1: BPA

Posted by Geoff Beaty on 5 September 2021
Dirty Dozen #1: BPA
There is no end to the tricks that endocrine disruptors can play on our bodies: increasing production of certain hormones; decreasing production of others; imitating hormones; turning one hormone into another; interfering with hormone signalling; telling cells to die prematurely; competing with essential nutrients; binding to essential hormones; accumulating in organs that produce hormones. Some may say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but do you really want a chemical ...
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