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Overcoming The Pain of Shingles/Herpes Zoster in 12 Days: a drug free approach

Shingles, caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox, affects the nerve endings in the skin. It usually occurs on the skin of the abdomen under the ribs leading toward the navel, but can appear anywhere on the body. An attack of shingles is often preceded by three of four days of intense pain in the affected area. Then numerous and excruciatingly painful and itchy blisters develop, normally lasting between seven and fourteen days. These blisters eventually form crusty scabs and drop off. After an attack of shingles, the pain may continue even after the blisters have disappeared, especially in the elderly. The pain can sometimes last for months or years. This post-herpetic syndrome can be even more painful than the original infection.

Healing Shingles/Herpes Zoster Naturally - Alternative Medicine

A personal account and a message of Hope
by Shirley

I have decided to share my experience with the Shingles - especially how fast I have been able to overcome its terrible pains with natural health treatments - because I want to help those folks out there who continue to suffer from its terrible pains for months and even years after the initial outbreak. This is a message of hope.

When I was 49 years old I came down with the Shingles but I didn't know that it was the shingles (or herpes zoster as it is also called). Initially I began to experience strange pains on the left side of my chest and I felt ill with weakness and malaise for 2 days before the eruptions of shingles broke out. 

It happened suddenly. I woke up one morning to discover with horror that 1/2 of my trunk, from my chest area all the way to my back was covered with nasty eruptions. While the eruptions were awfully ugly, itchy and caused burning and soreness, it was nothing compare to the horribly pains caused by the viral infection's attack on the nervous system. I became rapidely debilitated by continuous, unbearable stabbing like pains day and night in the area that had erupted. I could barely function anymore: I could hardly do computer work, eat or sleep. I resorted at first to take pain killers which didn't help. I refused to see an MD, dermatologist or neurologist because I have long ago lost confidence in these practitioners and their nasty drugs. 

I was able to muster enought strength to do a search on the internet for alternative treatments and I learned from David L. Hoffman, M.N.I.M.H., the following about shingles: "Shingles, or herpes zoster, is a viral infection of sensory nerve cells caused by the same virus (Varicella zoster) that causes chicken pox. The virus remains latent in the dorsal root ganglia of the spinal cord after the initial attack of chicken pox. The disease occurs most frequently in people over the age of 50. It may be activated through such factors as trauma to the spinal cord and its roots through surgery or X-ray therapy. Shingles is characterized by pain along an affected nerve and its branches and the eruption of blisters over skin areas supplied by the nerve. An attack will usually be preceded by a few days of intense pain in the affected areas. Then many extremely painful and itchy blisters develop, normally lasting 7 -14 days. These eventually form crusty scabs and fall off. Following such an outbreak, the pain may continue even when the blisters have disappeared, especially in the elderly. This may go on for months and can be more painful than the original infection." I found further valuable information from Health World Online about acupuncture, diet and nervines (herbal tonics) for the treatment of shingles.


I followed the holistic program that was recommended and had acupuncture 3 times a week. I also took several herbal and homeopathic remedies and ate mostly fresh raw fruits during the next few days. To my total amazement, on day 8 of the initial outbreak, the pain had been reduced over 90% and on the 11th day, the blister had dried up and all the pain was completely gone. I was amazed at the speed on my recovery because according to my research on shingles and from the testimony of friends who had the shingles, I knew that the pain may continue long after the eruptions have disappeared. This pain is referred to as post-herpetic neuralgia and it may last for months and even years. 

Cold sores are typically caused by Herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV1) 
Important Note:

The  Acupuncturist told me that it was of upmost importance to start acupuncture as soon as possible after the eruptions had broken out, and while they were still wet, and not wait until the eruptions had dried off. He explained to me that it was crucial to start the treatment early so as to PREVENT nerve damage. Once the nerve is damaged, it is much more difficult and it takes much longer to achieve healing. He also recommended mega doses of Bcomplex and vitamin C to support the nerve system. 

He related to me how some patients come to see him for treatment for their pain (post herpetic neuralgia) months or even years after their experience with Shingles. He said these patients went first to their dermatologist and to their neurologist and tried numerous drugs such antiviral or pain killer medications which were of little or no help and wasted precious time. By the time they came to see him for acupuncture treatment, their nerves were already severely damage and the treatment was much more difficult.

Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote natural healing and improve function. This is done by inserting sterilized, stainless-steel needles (that are as fine as a human hair) into specific points located near or on the surface of the skin which have the ability to alter various biochemical and physiological conditions in order to treat a wide variety of illnesses.

Shingles and Vaccines 
A newly published study from the US Centers for Disease Control is further formal confirmation chickenpox vaccine damages natural immunity and causes the more serious highly painful potentially fatal condition of shingles: The incidence and clinical characteristics of herpes zoster among children and adolescents after implementation of varicella vaccination. It is  long and well known in numerous studies that shingles cases and deaths in adults and the elderly will increase as natural immunity wanes as a result of the chickenpox vaccine. It is however perplexing that the US CDC study authors declare themselves mystified by the increase in teenage shingles cases shown by their study. Shingles is a serious painful condition in adults which causes death in some cases. Chickenpox is normally a mild disease in children which most children used to contract and gain natural immunity from.  Natural childhood diseases are known to prime childrens’ immune systems for future disease immunity.

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Ignite your body's internal healing force
Elimination of the symptom is NOT the same as elimination of the disease. The fastest way to restore wellness is to stop putting into the body the things that have caused the physical problem to develop in the first place, and then give the body the nutrients it needs to repair and rebuild itself. The holistic approach treats the whole person, ignites the body's internal healing force and stimulates the body's natural abilities to heal itself.

Boosting the Immune System: The body's defense department 
Your immune system is your bodyguard. It works both pro-actively and protectively to shield you from anything in your world that threatens your life and limb. The immune system is not responsive to drugs for healing. By rebuilding immunity, health is naturally restored and disease disappears. If health and immunity are thereafter conscientiously maintained, the individual is no longer vulnerable to disease. According t o Dr. George C Pack, MD, a cancer specialist at Cornell medical School, almost everyone has cancer cells present at times in our bodies. If our immune system is working properly, these cells are killed or reabsorbed by our defense system before they begin to grow and threaten our health. The only real defense against cancer is the immune system. Everyone gets cancer every day but if the immune system is where it should be those cancer cells are eliminated and we never know it.

Homeopathy in the Complementary and Alternative Treatments for Shingles   There are many effective homeopathic remedies for the symptoms of shingles.Homeopathy is an art and a science. At the hands of a skilled homeopathic practitioner homeopathy can do miracles. Unless you are familiar with homeopathy, it is always best to consult with a professional homeopath instead of attempting to do it on your own, as you  could mess things up.

Learn more about homeopathy - Directory of classical homeopaths in the US, Canada, UK and Ireland

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Health care practitioners report that Camu-Camu has provided very effective nutritional support for Herpes virus sufferers, putting shingles into remission and actually cutting the expected flare-up time in half! In addition, common ‘cold sores’ are said to be less common, not as ‘full blown’ and resolve in one day.  Shingles, is a remanifestation of the chicken pox virus in adulthood in a new form and cold sores are the result of the herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV1).  The herpes virus takes a number of different forms and is widespread today as a public health problem.  The Epstein-Barr virus is another common form of the herpes virus which may linger in the body for years, often causing fatigue and raising the total viral load which the body must combat. Yet another form of the herpes virus is genital herpes which is caused by the herpes simplex virus 2.  The principal anti-viral pharmaceutical medicine is Acyclovir® which like most pharmaceutical drugs, causes unpleasant side effects in some people.

The Truth about Herpes In his Clinician’s Handbook of Natural Healing, Dr. Gary Null states that Camu-Camu has extraordinary medicinal properties and is the most potent of herbs that contain phytochemicals with antiherpes properties  He says that Camu-Camu helps to strengthen the immune system, and maintain healthy gums, eyes and skin and offers support for people who have the hepatitis virus. All forms of the herpes virus lay dormant at the base of the spine and become active when the immune system is stressed beyond its ability to respond effectively.  Common stressors include insufficient rest, prescription drugs, emotional upsets, poor diet, menstrual periods, vaginal yeast infections, and too much sunlight on the skin.  Genital herpes is usually transmitted sexually.  In addition, Null lists disease conditions and the herbs that have been found effective for their health promoting properties in reference to specific system weaknesses and problems. In discussing the holistic treatment of depression, he lists 19 plants containing chemical compounds with antidepressant properties, in order of potency Camu-Camu is no. two on his list.  Some health care practitioners have reported that Camu Camu works the same day to help relieve depression and anxiety, and they have weaned some of their patients off pharmaceutical anti-depressants.   There are no side effects, such as photo-sensitivity or gastrointestinal problems, and it can be used safely in combination with pharmaceutical antidepressants.  There have been no reports of its interference with the effectiveness of any pharmaceutical drugs.

Glyconutritionals - It's Role in People and Animals' Health and Wellness
In test after test conducted at leading institutes around the world, glyconutritionals (nutraceuticals, saccharides) have been shown to lower cholesterol, increase lean muscle mass, decrease body fat, accelerate wound healing, ease allergy symptoms, and allay autoimmune diseases such as arthritis, psoriasis, and diabetes. Bacterial infections, including the recurrent ear infections that plague toddlers, often respond remarkably to saccharides, as do many viruses--from the common cold to the flu, from herpes to HIV. The debilitating symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and Gulf War syndrome frequently abate after adding saccharides. Goji juice from the Himalayan mountains are one of the richest source of saccharides. more

David L. Hoffman writes about the shingles: "The nervous system needs as much help as it can get!" "Nervine Tonics will 'feed' the traumatized nerve tissue. Nervine Relaxants may ease the associated pain, but will definitely lessen associated anxiety or tension."

David Hoffman recommends the following types of herbal remedies:

  • 1) Anti-inflammatories will reduce the inflammatory response.
  • 2) Antispasmodics will alleviate muscular tension developed in response to the pain. 
  • 3) Antimicrobials may help deal with the virus infection, but it is very intransigent. 
  • Nervines Tonic (Avena sativa, Hypericum perforatum)
  • Nervines Relaxant (Hypericum perforatum, Scutellaria laterifolia, Artemisia vulgaris)
  • Anti-inflammatory (Hypericum perforatum) 
  • Anti-spasmodic (Hypericum perforatum, Scutellaria laterifolia)
  • Anti-microbial (Hypericum perforatum, Echinacea spp.)
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Natural Herbal and Homeopathic remedies for the relief of shingles symptoms:

  • "Transfer factors are not only useful for disease prevention but can also help with diseases already established due to inadequate immune response.  Since transfer factor-producing T lymphocytes are important in immune recognition and memory, impairment of transfer factor production could neutralize the rest of the immune response in otherwise healthy individuals.  Therefore, introducing transfer factors can sometimes enable a dysfunctional immune system to return to normal." Greg B. Wilson, Ph.D. and James B. Daily, Jr., Ph.D.
  • Marine phytoplankton Dr. Jerry Tennant, M.D. says that marine phytoplankton contains almost everything one needs to sustain life and to restore health by providing the raw materials to make new cells that function normally. Marine phytoplankton has been called "the most nutritionally dense foods on the planet". Containing a wide range of trace elements, amino acids, vitamins, minerals, chlorophyll, enzymes and cellular materials, marine phytoplankton promotes and maintains optimum health by boosting and supporting all systems within the body. Its antioxidants and unique polysaccharides can halt the genetic mutations that can lead to cancer. Both high levels of saccharides and adaptogens increase energy and stamina by improving our ability to consume and use oxygen. Adaptogens also improve cardiovascular health by strengthening the heart and circulation.
  • Homeopathic remedies: Causticum, Hypericum, Phytolaca, Rhus Tox, Ran Bub, Variolinum, Anthracinum, Carbo Animalis, Arnica, and Agaricum. They are many other homeopathic remedies listed in the materia medica for herpes zoster. With homeopathy, it is best to seek the guidance of a homeopathic practitioner rather than attempt to self-treat. More info about homeopathy
  • Vitamins:I took 5.000 mg of vitamin C a day, 400 mg of B complex, 100 IU of E, 50.000 IU of beta carotene.
Rob Robertson, MD - "Transfer factors are tiny protein molecules that are produced by immune cells called T-cells. It allow the immune system to remember conditions for which immunity has already been established. When a person has been infected, for example, with chicken pox in childhood, their body develops a memory of that illness, and prevents the person from becoming re-infected with it later in life. In the future, the specific immune transfer factor molecule for chicken pox will endow the immune system with the exact ‘blueprint’ of what chicken pox looks like, and the body will be able to quickly recognize and respond to any possible re-infection. Many of these transfer factors - or "immune memory molecules," were introduced to us from our mother’s milk or colostrum, which is the richest source of concentrated transfer factors known to scientists. Transfer factors in colostrum have the sole purpose of transferring immunity from the mother to the baby’s immature immune system. All mammals produce transfer factor, but scientists prefer to work with chicken and normal bovine colostrum. A healthy cow already produces millions of different transfer factors, but when the cow comes into contact with a pathogen such as a virus, it produces a new transfer factor for that specific virus or pathogen. For individuals challenged by specific pathogens – such as those suffering with chronic illnesses like Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, supplementation with the appropriate transfer factor molecule may provide the ‘missing link,’ thereby allowing the immune system to target and destroy the offending pathogen, and mitigate the symptoms of the disease." Dr. Robertson is a former Emergency Room Physician. He received his medical degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in 1974. He served as the Director of Emergency Services at Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah, KY. 

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Chickenpox Vaccine Increases Risk for Shingles

Scientists said that vaccinating children against chickenpox (varicella) could increase the risk that adults would develop shingles, a painful blistering rash that is potentially dangerous in the elderly. The team, at Britain's Public Health Laboratory Service (PHLS), said that although vaccination would save thousands of lives over time, thousands of elderly people could also die from the complications of shingles, known as herpes zoster.

Writing in the journal Vaccine, they called for a re-evaluation of the policy of mass chickenpox vaccination that has been introduced already in the United States and is imminent in many other countries. In 1995, the chickenpox vaccine was approved for use in children over 1 year of age in the US and is now required for school entry. After a bout of naturally-occuring chickenpox, the varicella zoster virus remains dormant in the body and may reactivate decades later to cause shingles, a painful rash that typically strikes chickenpox veterans after the age of 60.

Marc Brisson and his team say their research shows that adults living with children have more exposure to the virus that causes chickenpox and enjoy high levels of protection against shingles. Being close to children means that adults are exposed to the virus, which acts like a booster vaccine against shingles, they believe. But if all children were vaccinated, adults who have had chickenpox would no longer be protected against developing shingles.

The researchers worked out a mathematical model that predicts that eliminating chickenpox in a country the size of the United States would prevent 186 million cases of the disease and 5,000 deaths over 50 years. However they said it could also result in 21 million more cases of shingles and 5,000 deaths.

The PHLS said in a statement it was working out what the impact might be of
introducing a chickenpox vaccine in Britain. "As more evidence becomes available, it will be shared with the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, which advises the Department of Health on the immunisation schedule.  JAMA May 1, 2002;287(17):2211: 

By attempting to eliminate an essentially harmless childhood disease, we are going to create a disaster of epidemic proportions. This is the "first glimpse" of things to come: vaccines to treat problems caused by vaccines.

Chickenpox is a mild infection of childhood caused by the varicella zoster virus. A self -- limiting disease characterized by fever, malaise and an itchy, vesicular rash that covers the entire body, chickenpox usually resolves within 4 -- 5 days, leaving the child with lifetime immunity. With vaccination by Varivax®, the duration of protection from varicella infection by is unknown.[1 ]

Shingles is thought to be caused by the reactivation of the same chickenpox -- causing virus, varicella -- zoster. It is generally a disease of the elderly but can also develop in insulin -- dependent diabetics and those who have immunodeficient diseases such as AIDS and leukemia. A shingles outbreak can be triggered by the stress-emotional or physical-or by certain medications, including steroids [ex: prednisone], chemotherapy and radiation. 

Unlike chickenpox, a shingles outbreak is anything but benign. The first sign is usually unilateral tingling, itching, or stabbing pain on the skin. After a few days, a red, blistering rash appears that is severely painful rash that can last for weeks. At its peak, symptoms range from a mild itch to intense pain. 

When the outbreak resolves, it can leave numbness, skin discoloration and permanent scars. Serious complications, including facial paralysis, hearing loss, or encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) can occur, and if the infection includes the eye, the result can be glaucoma, cataracts or even permanent blindness. 

Approximately 20% of shingles cases can result in post -- herpetic neuralgia. This condition manifests as unrelenting pain that can persist for years after the initial rash has healed. There is no conventional treatment for post -- herpetic neuralgia and even the strongest pain medications are rarely helpful. 

Chicken Pox: Why Do Children Die?

Children Who Had Chickenpox Vaccine Contract Disease

Making Peace with Herpes: A Holistic Guide to Overcoming the Stigma and Freeing Yourself from Outbreaks

Natural remedies offer many more options to relieve and prevent herpes outbreaks. For the millions who have herpes, this book offers dozens of practical suggesions for taking for taking control in dealing with the most types of herpesvirus infections with effective, natural methods anyone can use to help prevent and fight outbreaks and stay well. 

Essential Supplements for People with Herpes
B Complex 
Vitamin C 
Licorice root 
Vitamin E

Essential Foods for People with Herpes
Fresh green and yellow vegetables (preferably organic), lightly cooked for better assimilation 
Fresh fruits (preferably organic), except citrus 
Legumes (adzuki, black-eyed peas, chickpeas, lentils, great northern beans, navy, butter, pinto and kidney beans) 
Whole grains (in moderation), especially millet 
Seaweeds such as dulse, hijiki, arame, and kombu 
Shiitake mushrooms 
Garlic, raw and chopped

Essential Foods People with Herpes Should Avoid
Sugar, especially high fructose corn syrup 
White flour and white rice 
Coffee, including decaf 
Fried foods 
Processed meats 
Peanuts and peanut butter 
Soft Drinks 

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Teas Are One of The Most Effective Ways to Benefit from Nature's Healing Herbs

Teas can help fight depression and anxiety, heal skin conditions and gastrointestinal disorders, regulate hormone imbalances, improve your sex life, prevent illness, and  help you heal faster.  Many diseases and conditions for which we turn to modern medicine can also be treated naturally with healing herbs. These treatments can be safer, less expensive and possibly even more effective than traditional methods. Plant food and herbal medicine help in another way as well: by providing nutrients that are essential to life. Research has now shown that many of us are deficient in several nutrients essential to optimal health, if not essential to life itself. Many of these important, natural ingredients are found in herbs, but not in synthetic pharmaceuticals.  "Teas are rich in antioxidants called polyphenols which are plant chemicals that may help prevent cancer, heart disease, and other diseases" -- Monica Myklebust, MD

The Remarkable Healing Power of Velvet Antler
Betty Kamen, Ph.D.

In compliance with regulations, it can be claimed that the chondroitin sulfate and collagen type II found in deer velvet antler have been scientifically substantiated by research and clinical studies to support healthy joint structure and function!

That’s what’s new. As for deer antler itself, it’s an age-old remedy. Asians have benefited from its remarkable healing powers for at least two millennia. Ancient Chinese and Korean scrolls report its value for at least 52 disease states, including many afflictions that are still with us—such as arthritis, headaches, vertigo, and depression. Research validates the folklore in the case of arthritic joint damage.

I decided to explore velvet antler more thoroughly when I heard Dr. Michael Rosenbaum, M.D., say: "Velvet antler contains the missing link to longevity, something not present in any of the so-called ‘promising’ nutrition programs I have ever worked with." 

My research confirmed that velvet antler does:

  • stimulate the growth of nerve fibers
  • improve muscular development
  • enhance energy
  • relieve and perhaps event cure arthritis
  • help correct anemia
  • promote fast recovery after injury
  • augment levels of anabolic hormones
  • strengthen immune activity
  • increase fertility
  • correct sexual dysfunction
And the day I learned that velvet antler is considered the second most important ingredient in traditional Chinese medicine (after ginseng), my next book was born.

Among the impressive elements of velvet antler are its content of unusual protein/carbohydrate factors, collagen, prostaglandins, certain special fatty acids, and growth factors. (To the best of our knowledge, only two other commercially available substances contain significant amounts of growth factors: an extract of the nucleus of Chlorella algae and colostrums).


For reasons not yet understood, antlers "commit suicide," jettison from the deer that grows new ones every year. Antlers are unique in that they are the only mammalian organs that regenerate annually.

The first set of antlers, made of cartilage, develops in early spring of the male deer’s first year. Because of its rapid growth rate, the antler is comprised of very biologically active tissue. The entire antler is known as velvet antler—a potent nutritional product obtained without detriment to the animal.

The therapeutic effects of velvet antler seem to fall into several major categories:

  • anti-inflammatory effects
  • anabolic growth properties
  • enhancement of immune response
  • anticancer effects
It becomes extremely difficult to keep these benefits separate. Substances believed to have a primary effect in one area turn out to be very helpful in another. For example, in addition to their tissue-building role, growth hormone precursors found in velvet antler are important for immunity. The antler’s cartilage components are anti-inflammatory as well as possible anticancer agents. The deeper we study, the more difficult it becomes to associate only one of the velvet antler’s constituents with only one mode of action. Velvet antler works by allowing your natural control systems to move in the direction of normalcy—for almost any condition that is malfunctioning.

Deer velvet antler contains the most prized kind of collagen, collagen type II. In osteoarthritis, the loss of certain protein and carbohydrate complexes results in damage to the cartilage surface and eventual failure of the collagenous matrix. It can even cause the exposure of underlying bone. (Ouch!) Treatments suggested for osteoarthritis that recognize the relationship of this loss to cartilage failure are called chondroprotective—a word you may have seen in the popular press, and one your doctor may have started using. The kind of substances found in velvet antler is chondroprotective. It is believed that because of the elevated levels of IGF-1 in velvet antler during the antler growth cycle, antler products improve muscular development.

One large study demonstrates its use to increase testosterone. Significant healing substances in velvet antler include unusual forms of choline, responsible for at least part of its hypertensive activity. Other constituents are potent anti-aging factors. Velvet antler’s specific polyamines are reported to promote memory and learning function. The anti-ulcer effect has been attributed to its polysaccharide content. 

Two factors stand out when evaluating the constituents of velvet antler.

  • It contains substances rarely found in other natural tissues
  • It contains substances in higher quantities than can be found in other tissues
Some distant day, as the interior of our cells become more approachable with new advances in technology, we will undoubtedly reveal more of velvet antler’s secrets. Our enthusiasm for fully understanding every nuance makes us wish we could set our watches ahead a few decades. But, as with so many other working therapies—alternative or traditional—those who suffer need not wait for the incomplete science to catch up with the results. Taken together, ancient tradition and new research validating the benefits of velvet antler make a compelling case for its inclusion in every healthful diet.

Deer shed their antlers annually as a prelude to the regeneration, or re-growth, of new ones. The entire shedding process takes a mere two to three weeks to complete, and the re-growth phase takes place over the summer. The docile male deer that, with the exception of the male and the female reindeer, solely sports antlers, sheds them between January and April, after the autumn mating season draws to a close. He can do without antlers at this time, because his need for them in prior months, to attract and to impress females for his harem of mates, and to fight with his competitors for the females' affections, no longer exists.

During the growth phase of the bony antlers, they are covered with a sensitive skin referred to as "velvet," which is filled with blood vessels that feed the antlers the vitamins and the minerals necessary to build up the bone, and to promote normal antler growth. Antler growth spans two to four months, after which time the velvet is no longer needed, and a ring, which effectively serves as a shutoff valve, forms at the base of the antlers and cuts off the blood supply to the velvet. As a result, the velvet withers, dries up, and falls off, often assisted by the deer, which rubs his antlers against tree bark. The antler regeneration is complete, and the shedding cycle will resume once mating season in the fall concludes. The deers are treated humanely and are never harmed. The herd roams on pastures all year. 

Velvet Antler is available from Tobin Farm
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Water The Great Healer and Detoxifier! 
Water therapy has been used for centuries to heal the sick.  Hydro- and hydrothermal therapy are traditional methods of treatment that have been used for the treatment of disease and injury by many cultures, including those of ancient Rome, China, and Japan. Water therapy has been around for centuries. The ancient Greeks took therapeutic baths. Water is an important ingredient in the traditional Chinese and Native American healing systems. more

F. Batmanghelidj, M.D. - "Every function inside the body is regulated by and depends on water. Water must be available to carry vital elements, oxygen, hormones, and chemical messengers to all parts of the body. Without sufficient water to wet all parts equally, some more remote parts of the body will not receive the vital elements that water supplies. Water is also needed to carry toxic waste away from the cells. In fact, there are at least 50 reasons why the body needs sufficient water on a regular, everyday basis. Without sufficient water to constantly wet all parts, your body's drought-management system kicks into action. The histamine-directed chemical messenger systems are activated to arrange a new, lower quota of water for the drought-stricken areas. When histamine and its subordinate "drought managers" come across pain-sensing nerves, they cause pain. This is what I discovered in my research that I mentioned earlier." 

Benefits of Alkaline, Ionized Water, by Dr. Hidemitsu Hayashi, M.D. 
Water has the ability to attract and accumulate bio-energy. It also stores an energy memory of harmful or helpful vibrations to which it was exposed in the past.  Chlorinated tap water is polluted with non-biological chemicals and negative energy imprints. It is also devoid of bio-energy and so may be regarded as being badly polluted as well as 'dead'. Alkaline living water is regarded by a growing number of health care professionals as the best water to drink and is listed as a medical device in Japan for the treatment of degenerative diseases.

Joseph M. Price, MD - "Chlorine is the greatest crippler and killer of modern times. It is an insidious poison."

Albert Schatz, Ph.D - "Fluoridation  is the greatest fraud that has ever been perpetrated and it has been perpetrated on more people than any other fraud has." Professor Albert Schatz, Ph.D. (Microbiology), Discoverer of streptomycin and Nobel Prize Winner

Matthew Silver, MD  - "An associate in her early fifties who had suffered for many years from the toxic effects of chlorine poisoning from inhaling vapors from an over-chlorinated swimming pool. This had resulted in many severe health challenges including extreme chronic fatigue and breathing difficulty that kept her housebound and dependent on oxyn. Even minimal exertion led to extreme shortness of breath. After just three days of drinking glyconutrients, she reported that all of her symptoms improved dramatically and that she was able to leave her house without oxygen and work in her garden, which she had not been able to do in years."  The sugars found on all Glyconutrients (saccharides) also address the workings of the brain and nervous system – from memory and sleep to anxiety and depression.

Safe, toxin-free, Ionized, Energized, Drinking Water helps to naturally flush toxins and acidic waste from the body and is a powerful antioxidant. Ionized Water makes more oxygen available to our cells than distilled, reverse osmosis, filtered only, bottled or tap water and is the best possible drinking water. "Disease and early death is more likely to be seen with the long term drinking of purified water. Avoid it except in special circumstances." Zoltan P. Rona M.D

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The Truth About the Drug Companies : How They Deceive Us and What to Do About It    "The medical establishment works closely with the drug multinationals whose main objective is profits, and whose worst nightmare would be an epidemic of good health. Lots of drugs MUST be sold. In order to achieve this, anything goes: lies, fraud, and kickbacks. Doctors are the principal salespeople of the drug companies. " Guylaine Lanctot, M.D

Dangerous Side Effects or Flu Vaccine, H1N1, and Tamiflu Drug  NFL cheerleader suffers brain damage after getting flu shot (watch the video). Medical doctors warning about dangerous side effects of flu vaccine and flu drug. more...



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Dr. Jerry Tennant, M.D. says that marine phytoplankton contains almost everything one needs to sustain life and to restore health by providing the raw materials to make new cells that function normally. These nutrients improve mental function, and memory. They reduce depression, harmful effects of stress, and mood swings. Profound Life-Giving Properties of Marine Phytoplankton

A growing number of holistic doctors, pediatricians and veterinarians use transfer factors  as an alternative to, or in conjunction with conventional medicine for their acute and chronic cases, including cancer and other serious health conditions, with excellent outcome. 
Dr. Rob Robertson, MD  - "There is no other product in a nutritional substance, nor a drug, that has this kind of power and ability to affect our immune system. With the increase of killer viruses, mutated germs, super-resistant germs, and food contaminations, our only hope and defense, must lie within our own immune system."   Transfer factors and the immune sytem

MagnesiumTherapy Magnesium helps maintain normal muscle and nerve function, keeps heart rhythm steady, and bones strong. Dr. Sidney Baker - "Magnesium deficiency can affect virtually every organ system of the body. With regard to skeletal muscle, one may experience twitches, cramps, muscle tension, muscle soreness, including back aches, neck pain, tension headaches and jaw joint (TMJ) dysfunction." more

Natural Stem Cell Enhancers
The first natural plant-based stem cell enhancers have shown to trigger the release of millions of adult stem cells from the bone marrow very quickly. These stem cells can then migrate and attach to any cells, tissue, bone, muscle, cartilage, organ anywhere in the body needing repair. Learn more

AIDS/HIV/AZT: truth behind the propaganda

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