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Relief from Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)
Here is one client's account, expressed to Kristina via e-mail correspondence, of her experience of working with Kristina through the consultation process, and the resulting relief of her nightly Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS):
Great to hear from you! I am putting your order in now. What changes are you noticing with your RLS?
If I remember to take the licorice root and the trace minerals the way you indicated, I do not have much trouble with RLS. I've gone from RLS being a 10+ problem to about a 2 now.
Also, the Candida essential oil
seems to be helping me as well - as a rectal implant
, at night. My sleep has been so much better than it was!
You have done more for me than anyone I've ever worked with!
Fantastic! I am so delighted to be a part of your healing team! Any other elements of the program that you think have been crucial in your healing? I want to write this up as so many are suffering from RLS without help, as you know.
How many other therapeutic approaches have you tried? How long did you have the RLS?
A couple of things may also be contributing...
Your bone broth soup
always makes me feel stabilized and grounded. I'm sure I’m getting good calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus, etc., from that.
After every BM, I put an essential oil suppository (some are the Lyme essential oils you mentioned**
and sometimes I use others) back up there to fight off any Lyme and company, co-infections, parasites, and fungus. So, I may be doing 3 to 4 suppositories a day.
, and Frankincense
Maybe stopping using the stevia herb to sweeten my foods has helped, but hard to say.
I bought a NutriBullet and have 2-3 cups a day of veggies with fruit in it, and feel like I am getting nutrition that I haven’t had in years. My daughter is a DPT (Doctor of Physical Therapy) and she has me doing some stretching exercises and the "ball on the wall" for my glute muscles before bed. I know these aren't in your program, but I mention them because they may be helping too.
In the past, others have recommended the usual magnesium, calcium, and potassium supplements. I've tried all the home remedies like soap in the bed, drinking baking soda water, Candida diets, CALM, buying all kinds of RLS supplements that are out there, including homeopathic, etc.
I've had RLS for about 5-6 years consistently, I think. It's been torture. I've lost a lot of quality of life due to it. I do think it started here and there when I was younger.
Last night I did have RLS that lasted the whole night long, but my neighbor made a fire in his fire pit and the smoke got into our house. I shook the whole night and only fell asleep at 6 am this morning for 3 hours when I took 2 teaspoons of the licorice root and the mineral supplement you put me on. (Do you have any idea why the smoke smell would do that to me? I was shaking internally.) But that is the exception. I've been doing well with the RLS for about 3 or 4 weeks now and haven't needed Xanax to help me.
So sorry about your reaction to the toxic smoke. The reason for your reaction is that your body struggles to detoxify without overwhelming your nervous system. As you continue with your program, this will shift. Also, you might consider adding in Neurotrophin
. You'd take 2, twice daily, along with the Trace Minerals.
Also, if that experience happens again, immediately toss Purification essential oil
EVERYWHERE - on door frames, in a pot of boiling water, on bedsheets, in a steaming shower - to douse the house and clear the air a.s.a.p. Also, put the Purification on your neck and drink 1-2 drops of Peppermint
and 1-2 drops of a citrus oils
every 20 minutes for a couple of hours.
Labels: bone broth soup, detoxification, essential oils, licorice root, restless leg syndrome, RLS, suppository, trace minerals
Strategies to Slow Down Aging: The Power of Frankincense
If you were to find a fountain of youth, what would it look like? It would naturally have something to do with maintaining health, right? Yes, today we understand that a properly functioning immune system is a key part of maintaining good health... but what about really staying
young? Finding a way to slow down the decay of our bodies?
According to researchers, viable anti-aging strategies may include:
- consuming antioxidants, especially from fruits and veggies
- caloric restriction to quench cell-damaging free radicals
- a balanced diet of proteins, good fats, and complex carbohydrates
- stress reduction or meditation (to avoid the poison of the hormone cortisol)
- good sleep
- regular exercise (and if you're exercising a lot, be sure to intercept those extra free radicals produced with antioxidants)
- avoidance of environmental and food-borne toxins
- supplementation of nutrients that decline with aging (such as CoQ10)
- drinking lots of water
- reducing inflammation
Without inflammation present in the body, there is no way that cholesterol
could accumulate in the walls of our blood vessels and cause heart disease and strokes. Without inflammation, cholesterol would move freely throughout the body as nature intended. It is inflammation that causes cholesterol to become trapped
Reputable scientists worldwide are finding that inflammation may be the root cause of almost every major disease out there
, from arteriosclerosis to autoimmune diseases to ulcerative colitis to allergies to cancers of all kinds.
When one looks deeper and deeper through an abundance of scientific research into the nature of many debilitating and killer diseases, the search for anti-aging strategies almost invariably points to the importance of reducing inflammation
, which in turn commonly points to frankincense
as an important tool in inhibiting inflammation.
FRANKINCENSE: COULD IT REALLY BE A "FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH"?
Science now recognizes that frankincense, an aromatic resin obtained from trees of the genus Boswellia
, possesses therapeutic anti-inflammatory properties. (Boswellia
is called Salai guggul
in ancient Ayurvedic medicine, where guggul
means "one that protects against diseases.")
Science specifically points to acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid
, a constituent of Boswellia
resin, as a key anti-inflammatory agent.
Along with the anti-aging strategies listed above, below are numerous scientific research articles validating the profound effects of Boswellia
on your body, helping to keep it young by nipping inflammation in the bud. It's this simple: add Frankincense Essential Oil
to your sacred medicine bag.
Couple this with ample scientific evidence that the colon is a superior delivery system for therapeutic agents
, and I suggest we have a powerful anti-aging essential oil to use.
Use 4-20 drops
of frankincense in the colon as often as once a day. Deliver it via a suppository
, colon implant
, or coffee enema
FRANKINCENSE RESEARCH TO EXPLORE:
- RESIN OF BOSWELLIA HAS ANTI-INFLAMMATORY, ANTI-ARTHRITIC AND ANALGESIC PROPERTIES
Natural anti-inflammatory agents for pain relief.
- FRANKINCENSE INHIBITS ATHEROSCLEROSIS
Anti-inflammatory and anti-atherogenic effects of the NF-kappaB inhibitor acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid in LPS-challenged ApoE-/- mice.
"The inhibition of NF-kappaB activity by plant resins from species of the Boswellia family might represent an alternative for classical medicine treatments for chronic inflammatory diseases such as atherosclerosis."
- FRANKINCENSE INHIBITS COLORECTAL CANCER
Boswellic acid inhibits growth and metastasis of human colorectal cancer in orthotopic mouse model by downregulating inflammatory, proliferative, invasive and angiogenic biomarkers.
"Our findings suggest that this boswellic acid analog can inhibit the growth and metastasis of human CRC in vivo through downregulation of cancer-associated biomarkers."
- FRANKINCENSE INHIBITS INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE
Acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid, a constituent of an herbal medicine from Boswellia serrata resin, attenuates experimental ileitis**.
"Oral therapy with the Boswellia extract or AKBA significantly reduces macroscopic and microcirculatory inflammatory features normally associated with indomethacin administration, indicating that the anti-inflammatory actions of the Boswellia extract in IBD [inflammatory bowl disease] may be due in part to boswellic acids such as AKBA."
** Ileitis, or inflammation of the ileum (a portion of the small intestine), is often caused by Crohn's disease. However, ileitis may be caused by a wide variety of other diseases.
- BOSWELLIC ACIDS SHOW ANTI-INFLAMMATORY AND ANTI-TUMORIC PROPERTIES
Inhibition of microsomal prostaglandin E2 synthase-1 as a molecular basis for the anti-inflammatory actions of boswellic acids from frankincense.
"Frankincense, the gum resin derived from Boswellia species, showed anti-inflammatory efficacy in animal models and in pilot clinical studies... There is [also] accumulating evidence for... anti-tumorigenic effects of BAs. Pilot clinical studies have suggested some efficacy of frankincense preparations in the treatment of osteoarthritis (OA), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), inflammatory bowel diseases, asthma and cancer."
- FRANKINCENSE INHIBITS VARIOUS CHRONIC INFLAMMATORY DISEASES AND CANCER
Boswellic acids: biological actions and molecular targets.
"Gum resin extracts of Boswellia species have been traditionally applied in folk medicine for centuries to treat various chronic inflammatory diseases, and experimental data from animal models and studies with human subjects confirmed the potential of these extracts for the treatment of not only inflammation but also of cancer."
- FRANKINCENSE IS POWERFUL ANTI-INFLAMMATORY AND ANTI-ARTHRITIC AGENT; AIDS RECOVERING ARTICULAR CARTILAGE DAMAGE
Cellular and molecular mechanisms of anti-inflammatory effect of Aflapin: a novel Boswellia serrata extract.
"BE-30 (5-Loxin) and Aflapin [which contains B. serrata extract enriched in AKBA and non-volatile oil portion of B. serrata gum resin], exhibit powerful anti-inflammatory efficacy and anti-arthritic potential. In particular, in comparison with BE-30, Aflapin provides more potential benefits in recovering articular cartilage damage or protection from proteolytic degradation due to inflammatory insult in arthritis such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis."
- FRANKINCENSE INHIBITS RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS, CHRONIC COLITIS, ULCERATIVE COLITIS, CROHN'S DISEASE, BRONCHIAL ASTHMA, AND PERITUMORAL BRAIN EDEMAS
Boswellic acids (components of frankincense) as the active principle in treatment of chronic inflammatory diseases.
"Preparations from the gum resin of Boswellia serrata have been used as a traditional remedy in Ayurvedic medicine in India for the treatment of inflammatory diseases. Compounds from the gum with genuine anti-inflammatory effects are pentacyclic triterpenes of the boswellic acid type. Boswellic acids inhibit the leukotriene biosynthesis in neutrophilic granulocytes by a non-redox, noncompetitive inhibition of 5-lipoxygenase. The effect is triggered by boswellic acids binding to the enzyme. Moreover certain boswellic acids have been described to inhibit elastase in leukocytes, to inhibit proliferation, induce apoptosis and to inhibit topoisomerases of leukoma and glioma cell lines. A series of chronic inflammatory diseases are thought to be perpetuated by leukotrienes. In clinical trials promising results were observed in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, chronic colitis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, bronchial asthma, and peritumoral brain edemas."
- FRANKINCENSE INHIBITS ASTHMA, CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE, EMPHYSEMA, REPERFUSION INJURY, PSORIASIS, RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS, CROHN'S DISEASE
Identification of human cathepsin G as a functional target of Boswellic acids from the anti-inflammatory remedy frankincense.
"[Cathepsin G] catG is a functional and pharmacologically relevant target of BAs, and interference with catG could explain some of the anti-inflammatory properties of frankincense...CatG, a neutral serine protease, is mainly expressed in neutrophils, stored in azurophilic granules, and released upon degranulation. After release into the plasma, it cleaves extracellular matrix proteins, including laminin, proteoglycans, collagen, fibronectin, and elastin, implying a role in local destruction of connective tissue at sites of injury. CatG also processes chemokines, functioning as chemoattractant for T cells and other leukocytes, and modulates integrin clustering on neutrophils. Moreover, catG stimulates platelets via the protease-activated receptor-4 for aggregation and secretion and acts as chemotactic agonist for the formyl peptide receptor on phagocytic leukocytes. Accordingly, catG inhibitors have been proposed to exhibit potential in treating certain inflammatory disorders such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, emphysema, reperfusion injury, psoriasis, and rheumatoid arthritis."
Labels: antioxidants, balanced diet, boswellia, caloric restriction, cholesterol, coffee enema, colon implant, essential oils, frankincense, immunity support, inflammation, suppository
Scientific Literature Absolutely Supports the Use of Enema Treatments
While it is true that the scientific literature is not considerable in
terms of using colon cleansing, the enema, or the coffee enema for health benefits, you absolutely can
find peer-reviewed, randomized, double-blind studies in the scientific literature that do support the use of enemas as an important therapeutic tool
Some scientific articles even go so far as to say that by using therapeutic agents in the colon, such as butyrate
, you can "enhance the maintenance of colonic homeostasis... by
regulating fatty acid metabolism, electron transport, and oxidative
In this article, Butyrate-Induced Transcriptional Changes in Human Colonic Mucosa
, published by PLOS ONE**
, an international, peer-reviewed, non-profit online journal, researchers report that the enema is "a safe
way to deliver a specific amount of substrate to the distal
[descending/sigmoid] colon" and that "other techniques, such as oral
intake of dietary fibers or encapsulated butyrate, do not allow to
accurately target the distal colon." They go on to say that the enema
was chosen as a delivery method of the butyrate intervention since "the
incidence of carcinomas and diseases... of the colon is rising."
If I may transgress, I must directly speak to the Florida couple in the TV show My Strange Addiction
who were "reportedly addicted" to the coffee enema, to ABC News, and to
the medical doctor who was interviewed by ABC News for an article
about the TV program.
Beyond the fact that scientific evidence does point to the enema as a safe and reliable way to deliver therapeutic substances
every day I receive phone calls and emails from clients who share that
enemas, colon cleansing, and coffee enemas saved their lives. Every day.
For 16 years now, I have heard the same stories. I know that my
personal and professional experiences aren't the same as the scientific
method, but in terms of human life, these stories matter
It is wrong to use mocking of the coffee enema as a form of
entertainment. Even the woman in the show said that the coffee enema
allowed her to "live life for the first time in years." It seems obvious
to me (but not in the way that the show presented it) that this
person's experience of first using the coffee enema for a healing tool
but later only as an addictive habit is just one person's
Tragically, in the show and the subsequent reporting about the show,
the Florida woman's story is used to speak to the very nature of the
coffee enema itself: it is reported as if addiction is inherent in the
use of coffee enemas. I doubt that this story is even about that woman's
"addictive" personality. Perhaps these people are simply actors? To me,
the pieces of the story don't fit together; there are numerous discrepancies
For instance, the article's title is, "Couple Addicted to Coffee
Enemas, Up to Four Times a Day," but in the beginning of the interview,
she says, "In a 24-hour period, I probably did 9 or 10 coffee enemas."
At this point, her husband acts like this is a surprise to him. And this
is a but one inconsistency among many.
This is a story ONLY for
entertainment, a story that is being cloaked in an air of science by
interviewing a medical doctor who obviously hasn't spent time thoroughly
researching the enema before she comments. She says, "The bottom line
is there is not any beneficial effect and there is some risk associated
with any enema..."
Don't get me wrong. I adore entertainment. For instance, I love going to the movies. Just Friday night, I saw The Grand Budapest Hotel
. Wes Anderson's second best movie ever. My favorite movie of his is Moonrise Kingdom
But to scorn a healing tool, such as the coffee enema, as a form of
entertainment crosses a line where entertainment is distorting reality
in a way that interferes with people's lives
. And, the
fact that the producers and the writers went further to say that there
is "no scientific evidence" of the enema as a therapeutic tool so that
OTHER PEOPLE will become afraid of the enema is wrong
. It is absolutely wrong.
What can those of us who know colon cleansing, enemas, and/or coffee enemas as invaluable healing tools do?
the word! Share your stories! Talk to your friends, co-workers, and
strangers on the street about what you are doing and how it is helping
- Read the scientific literature
to really back your practices. With your confidence, tell your doctor
what you do. Bring your health practitioners the scientific research
that you collect.
- Support scientific research on colon cleansing, enemas, and coffee enemas.
- If you'd rather remain anonymous, send your stories of healing to the Optimal Health Network where others can learn from you.
ONE features reports of original research from all disciplines within
science and medicine. By not excluding papers on the basis of subject
area, PLOS ONE facilitates the discovery of the connections between
papers whether within or between disciplines.
Labels: addiction, butyrate, caffeine, cancer, coffee enema, colon, therapeutic enema
Extracts from Hyssop Plant Have Been Found to Be Potent Anti-HIV Agents
The medicinal herb hyssop (Hyssop officinalis)
has been used therapeutically for thousands of years. Hyssop is a blood nourisher, an immune system strengthener, and possesses potent antiviral, antifungal, and antibacterial activity. Today, researchers think that hyssop may be useful in the treatment of patients with AIDS.
Hyssop can be absorbed into the colon via enema or suppository as a single essential oil
. Hyssop is also found in the essential oil blend ImmuPower
, which gives the body the added healing benefits of mountain savory, cistus, ravensara, frankincense, oregano, clove, cumin and Idaho tansy.
1) In one study, extracts of dried leaves of Hyssop officinalis showed strong anti-HIV properties.
- Hyssop officinalis inhibits syncytia formation (the abnormal clustering of cells), HIV reverse transcriptase (RT, or how HIV viruses reproduce), and p17 and p24 antigen expression (an antigen is anything, like a protein foreign to the immune system, that stimulates the production of an antibody, so 'antigen expression' is the triggering of antibody release, an indicator of the presence of a foreign invader; antigens p17 and p24 are proteins found in human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV).
- Hyssop officinalis was non-toxic to the uninfected (Molt-3) cells.
- Caffeic acid was identified in the extracts. As a confirmation, commercial caffeic acid also showed good antiviral activity in i) the RT assay and ii) high to moderate antiviral activity in the syncytia assay and iii) high to moderate antiviral activity in p17 and p24 antigen expression.
- Tannic acid and gallic acid, commonly found in teas, was not identified in the extracts. But when these two acids from commercial products were tested, they showed high to moderate activity against HIV-1.
- Overall, Hyssop officinalis contains caffeic acid, unidentified tannins (a class of phytochemicals), and other compounds that show strong anti-HIV activity. Therefore Hyssop officinalis may be useful in treating AIDS patients.
2) In another study, a polysaccharide isolated from Hyssop officinalis also showed strong anti-HIV activity.
- The polysaccharide MAR-10 (polysaccharides are chains of sugars) isolated from Hyssop officinalis was found to inhibit HIV-1 replication by inhibiting HIV-1 p24 antigen and syncytia formation.
- MAR-10 had no toxicity or effect on lymphocyte functions or CD4+ and CD8+ T cell counts.
- MAR-10 also has broad spectrum anti-glycosidase activity (inhibits HIV from replicating and inhibits HIV-mediated syncytium formation, ref: http://glycob.oxfordjournals.org/content/13/10/93R.long).
- This study shows that the polysaccharide MAR-10 has strong anti-HIV-1 activity and can be considered potent in treating people living with HIV or having AIDS (difference between the two here: www.healthcommunities.com/hiv-aids/hiv-aids-difference.shtml)
The scientific research on hyssop coupled with the ample scientific evidence that exists that the colon is an effective delivery system for therapeutic agents suggests that the hyssop enema
and the hyssop suppository
are powerful additions to the therapeutic tools in assisting people with AIDS.
Inhibition of HIV replication by Hyssop officinalis extracts.
Isolation of a previously unidentified polysaccharide (MAR-10) from Hyssop officinalis that exhibits strong activity against human immunodeficiency virus type 1.
Screening of selected plant extracts for in vitro inhibitory activity on human immunodeficiency virus.
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Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis)
Here is a sampling of scientific studies looking at the application of therapeutic agents directly into the colon:
Again, hyssop can be absorbed into the colon via enema or suppository as a single essential oil
. Hyssop is also found in ImmuPower
essential oil blend, which gives the body the added healing benefits (see below) of mountain savory, cistus, ravensara, frankincense, oregano, clove, cumin and Idaho tansy.
- Mountain savory (Satureja montana) has immune stimulant, antiviral, antifungal, anti-infectious, and anti-parasitic properties.
- Cistus (Cistus ladanifer) has antibacterial, anti-infectious, and antiviral properties. It is also an immune stimulant.
- Ravensara (Ravensara aromatica) has antibacterial, antifungal, anti-infectious, antiseptic, antiviral, and expectorant properties. It is a cross between the nutmeg and clove plants so it may support the adrenals.
- Frankincense (Boswellia carteri) has antidepressant, anti-infectious, and immune stimulating properties. The high sesquiterpenes level stimulates and oxygenates the limbic system of the brain which elevates our mood and helps us relax (overcome stress).
- Oregano (Origanum vulgare) has antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties. It is also an immune stimulant.
- Clove (Syzygium aromaticum) has antiseptic, antiviral, anti-infectious, and antifungal properties. It is COX inhibitor (anti-inflammatory) and has one of the highest ORAC values of any plant in the world!
- Cumin (Cuminum cyminum) has antiseptic and immune stimulant properties.
- Idaho Tansy (Tanacetum vulgare) has antiviral, antibacterial, anti-infectious, and anti-inflammatory properties. It is also an immune stimulant.
Labels: AIDS, antibacterial, antifungal, colon, essential oils, HIV, hyssop, immunity support, suppository
How do I use Super Salve for healing an anal fissure?
Here is an example of what our customers are saying about using Super Salve
for healing any irritations on the anus, including fissures
that doctors say need surgery:
have been using this product for only a little over a week now and I
can feel the difference in the healing process. I have an anal fissure
in the perineal area on the outside which itches and is very painful. I
have tried creams and cryotherapy (cold therapy), and to my
frustration, none of them worked. But I have tried this wonderful
product and it has made an immediate difference!
walk 40 minutes a day and when my butt rubs together on the fissure, it
burns. So, I apply some Super Salve before I go out and it gives me
immediate relief! I can actually make it back home without being in
pain! I will be purchasing more of this.
I use a long colon tube and when inserting and pulling it out, it rubs
on the fissure, irritating it. So I apply Super Salve for every
insertion and it relieves the pain. I was worried I would have to give
up enemas because of using colon tubes, but now I don't have to worry
about it. I know I can continue on with the Super Salve. What a great
Liberally lubricate the anal
area, both externally and along the inner rim of the anal sphincter. It
applies easily. Be gentle. You don't need to use a lot, but you can if
you find that it is what works best for you. And you don't need to apply
the salve inside the anal cavity.
Apply the salve 2-6 times daily. The art of application frequency depends on the fissure and your activity level. Experiment.
You will need to wash your hands well after application. Our goat milk soaps
work well for the hand washing. If needed, use a non-latex glove.
can be used as part of an anal fissure healing program, in the tub, as
some people heal more quickly with the added benefit of the rosemary, clove, and niaouli oils.)
Labels: anal fissure, Celtic Sea Salt, essential oils, goat milk soap, Super Salve