1. Chamomile tea benefits turn off cancer cells

    Chamomile compound fights cancer

    There's nothing quite like a piping hot cup of tea at the end of a long and hectic day -- and if that tea happens to be chamomile, you're not just getting a warm mug of liquid relaxation.

    You're getting a ton of chamomile tea benefits and a powerful ally in the fight against cancer.

    Cancer cells have what's considered a superpower, at least on a cellular level: They just don't die the way other cells do. They live much longer, allowing tumors to grow, and cancers to spread.

    Well, it's time for that superpower to meet its kryptonite -- a natural substance called apigenin that's found in abundance in chamomile. In a series of experiments on breast cancer cells, apigenin was able to correct the defect that gives cancer cells their super longevity.

    Once corrected, the cells died like normal cells, according to the study of apigenin and chamomile tea benefits in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

    Out in the real world, cancer cells that live and die like normal cells are easy to defeat. And in some cases, they might not have the chance to form a tumor at all -- which is why this discovery could pave the way for a natural treatment that could work alongside current therapies or even fight the disease on its own.

    And since up to 80 percent of all cancers survive and grow thanks to this same "superpower," the benefits almost certainly won't be limited to the breast cancer cells used in the new study.

    I'll keep you posted on this as the research continues to unfold. But in the meantime, you may be able to get the bulk of the chamomile tea benefits right now just by drinking a cup or two each day.

    As I wrote in my book The Natural Physician's Healing Therapies, there are two forms of chamomile used medicinally, German and Roman. I prefer German because it's less likely to be contaminated with pesticides and other chemicals.

    I find it works best when you brew it fresh, but it's also available in other forms -- including capsules, tinctures, skin creams, and more. And along with protecting you from cancer, chamomile tea benefits can also fight infection, stress, ulcers, and stomach problems such as irritable bowels, cramps, and flatulence.

    But if you're just looking for a source of cancer-fighting apigenin and chamomile isn't your cup of tea, you can also find it in celery and parsley.

    I've got more on tea -- this time, the green variety. Keep reading!

  2. Cherries and gout

    Gout is on the rise -- here's your cure

    I don't need to see a new study to know that gout is on the rise. All I have to do is look out into my own waiting room, where I've got more patients limping in than ever before. But I am interested in a different study of eating cherries and gout prevention.

    One new study finds gout cases in the U.K. have doubled inside of a decade, increasing by an average of 7.2 percent per year in that time. On the other side of the globe, in New Zealand, gout has increased by an average of 5.5 percent in that same decade.

    And here in the United States, other recent numbers show that 8.3 million adults are battling gout -- and if that sounds like a lot, just wait. More than 43 million Americans have high levels of uric acid, a marker that means many of them will be fighting their own battles with gout pain in the not-too-distant future.

    We're facing so many new cases of gout that they're literally rewriting the rules on this, issuing a new set of guidelines for patients and doctors alike.

    Those guidelines do a good job of pointing out that dietary changes and restricting or eliminating alcohol can help prevent flare-ups -- but after that, they read more like Big Pharma marketing material.

    You can see them here if you need some bedtime reading. You'll find they mention just about every possible drug for gout despite the fact that many of these meds are barely effective, take far too long to kick in, and often come with unacceptably high risks.

    There are much safer and far better alternatives -- and another new study of cherries and gout confirms the effectiveness of one of the gout treatments I recommend most - You've guessed it, it's cherries.

    In the cherries and gout study of 633 gout patients tracked for a year, researchers found that those who ate either 30 delicious cherries a day or drank a daily cup of cherry juice had a 35 percent lower risk of flare-ups than those who were told to avoid cherries.

    Cherries are rich in anti-inflammatory phytonutrients called anthocyanins. I know that's not exactly a word most people will remember, so just keep this in mind: This compound in cherries can dissolve uric acid crystals. When the crystals dissolve, they can get kicked out by your kidneys.

    And when they get kicked out by your kidneys, they don't build up in your joints, especially your foot, where they can bring on the pain.

    One note here on cherries and gout: Not all cherries are equally effective. I've found that sour cherry works best -- and you can find it in supplement form, as an extract, or even a juice. If you want to give the juice a try, be sure to read the ingredients closely to make sure it's all cherry and not a blend with sweeteners and other ingredients.

    Other natural ways to beat gout include increasing your vitamin C intake and either eating more celery or taking a celery seed supplement. And since high blood sugar levels often go hand-in-hand -- or foot-in-foot -- with gout, make sure you keep them under control.

    Finally, don't forget to make dietary adjustments -- because even small changes can make a big difference. You can read more about those changes for free right here.

  3. Natural solutions for gout

    Gout used to be known as "the rich man's disease" because it usually struck the wealthy -- the only ones who could afford to over-consume the foods that cause this painful form of arthritis. Today, you don't have to be rich (or even a man) to suffer from gout -- just fat. And since more people are fatter than ever before, more people are also battling the foot pain that marks this condition.
  4. Apples top pesticide list

    I know it feels like summer has only just begun, but fall is right around the corner -- and that means apple season is almost here. Don't be fooled by the apples you'll find in the supermarket year 'round -- most of them are actually months old... and you won't believe the tricks they use to keep them fresh.
  5. Woman face rising gout risk

    New numbers show a dramatic rise in the condition called gout -- with more than 8.3 million Americans now fighting its notorious pain.

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