April 2006

Natural Health Article

CONTENTS

  • ABCs of Health – “Y” is for Yeast
  • Tip of the Month – Give dinner rolls that “just baked” freshness
  •  STIs (Sexually Transmitted Infections)
    …. Could it happen to you?
  • The Herbalist – “K” is for Kelp

ABCs OF HEALTH

“Y” is for yeast; a group of single celled fungi and bacteria.  Yeast may play neutral or even helpful roles in normal bodily functions or it may create havoc.

There are two types of yeast:

  • Candida albaicans
  • Lactobacillus acidophilus

Should a yeast infection occurs, one of the organisms, Candida albaicans grows out of control.  The “good” bacteria that keeps it in check is called Lactobacillus acidophilus its reserves are depleted. The  overgrowth is known as candidiasis. Candidiasis is rarely transmitted sexually, and can affect many areas of the body; producing many  disorders and symptoms such as these few:

  • thrush, vaginal and sinus infections
  • weight gain
  • athlete’s foot
  • constipation
  • heartburn
  • memory loss, mood swings, depression and fatigue
  • suppressed immune system
  • canker sores
  • PMS (premenstrual syndrome)
  • colds, flu and canker sores
  • asthma and respiratory problem

Simple ways to combat this type of system would be to ensure that your immune system is functioning at an optimal level, avoid sugar ladened foods and your PH level is  balanced. This will keep the flora in your body balanced.

Their are many conventional antifungal agents, such a Candidiasis kits (herbal preparations) and books.  The most valuable book by author William G. Cook is The Yeast Connection.  It is an  easy read and simple to apply the principles to rid oneself of canadidiasis. Buy this book at Amazon.ca

STI (SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED INFECTIONS) – COULD IT HAPPEN TO YOU?

The answer is a resounding YES, no person is immuned to infection.

Safe and healthy choices, are critical if you are having, or thinking about having sex.  Sex is a normal and healthy part of our lives, and we need to  know how to avoid STI (Sexually Transmitted Infections) also known as STD (Sexually Transmitted Diseases).

Get the facts, educate yourself.

Some symptoms (may be a few, none or combination):

  • heavy discharge, or change of discharge from the vagina
  • burning feeling when you void (peeing)
  • sores of the genital or anal area
  • appearance of a rash
  • swollen glands of the groin

Some types and common names of STIs are:

  • Chlamydia
  • Gonorrhea ( “clap” or “dose”)
  • Trichomonas (“trich”)
  • Public Lice & Scabies (“crabs”) – not always a STI
  • Genital Herpes (same virus that causes “cold sores” around the mouth)
  • Human Papillomavirus (HPV)
    – Genital Warts
    – Genital Cancer (Cervical, Vulva Cancer or  Cancer of the Penis or Anus)
  • Hepatitis B (“hep B”) – not always a STI
  • Syphilis
  • HIV/AIDS (Human Immunodeficiency Virus, that causes Auto Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS)

Sexually transmitted infections can affects you by:

  • the inability to become pregnant
  • cause some types of cancer
  • no cure – HIV or death – AIDS

Avoid risky behaviour by making healthy and safe choices:

  • abstinence
  • other choices of sexual “play”: touching, petting (caressing and touching), kissing
  • proper  use of condoms number of partners – too many?
  • do not share needles for tattoos or body piercing or medical drug use
  • communicate with your partner
  • avoid anal sex (males and females) as this sexual behaviour is the riskiest way of catching an infection
 SEXUALLY ACTIVE?
DO NOT TAKE ANY CHANCES SEE YOUR
HEALTH PROFESSIONAL
FOR A CHECK UP

TIP OF THE MONTH

To give dinner rolls and buns that “just baked” freshness, fill a brown paper bag with water, then pour it out immediatly. Fill the bag with the rolls or buns, rolling the top of the bag to close. Place it in a low temperature oven for 5 -10 minutes. They will then have that “fresh from the oven” taste.

THE HERBALIST

I promised I would give you some information on a specific herb, it’s origins and uses.  I really enjoy this part of our newsletter, as I always learn something new and exciting.
This month we will discuss:

Kelp

Latin Name: Fucus, Laminaris, Macrocystis, Nerocystis (Sargassum [kelp] family)

Other common name: bladderwack (Fucus vesiculosus)

General Description:  Kelp is a seaweed, brownish-green in color.  The brownish seaweed is commonly known as bladderwack.  Kelp can grow anywhere from a few feet to over one hundred (thirty metres) in length.  Three feet (one metre) in length are the ones that are usually harvested and used in herbal medicine preparations.  Kelp is harvested year round.

Excellent For: Kelp can be used as a laxative and contains large amounts of iodine. Herbalists use kelp’s active ingredient, sodiun alginate, to treat heavy-metal toxins such as barium and cadmium.
Kelp contains an enormous supply of essential nutrients, including protein, essential fatty acids, fiber, sodium and potassium. Its mineral content is known as one of the highest single sources.

Benefits of kelp for specific health conditions include some of the following:

Cellulite: For quite some time kelp has been used to reduce cellulite, the unsightly deposits of fat of the thigh area. This is due to many practictioners assuming that it stimulates the thyroid function; because of the high iodine content, thus increasing the rate of energy at which the body uses energy. It is most likely to stimulate weight loss when used as part of a low-calorie or balanced diet.
Constipation: Kelp’s weight is composed of 45 per cent of algin. Algin is a complex carbohydrate that swell when mixed with water. Algin forms a gel within the intestines that coats and smooths the intestinal lining and softens the stool.

CONTRAINDICATIONS: Kelp contains too much iodine to be eaten every day. It could be safely consumed once a week. However, one should not consume kelp if you suffer from hyperthyroidism, have heart problems, or are pregnant or nursing.

This concludes another exciting issue of Natural Health. REMEMBER YOU HAVE TO READ TO WIN!

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