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. Garlic 100 times more effective than drugs at killing food-borne bacteria

    Take two cloves of garlic and call me in the morning

    You know what garlic does to vampires, but that's nothing compared to what it can do to bacteria.

    Garlic is one of nature's most powerful antibiotics -- so powerful it can cure MRSA and staph infections. And now, researchers say it can even wipe out the most common cause of food poisoning 100 times better than two powerful antibiotics.

    That's a claim as bold as the unmistakably pungent taste of garlic -- but it's backed by a new study in which a garlic-derived compound, diallyl sulfide, was put to the test against campylobacter bacteria.

    That's a fecal bug that often finds a way into food -- try not to think about it! --where it can cause days of misery in the form of diarrhea, stomach pain, cramps, fever and more.

    It's one of the bacteria often blamed for Montezuma's Revenge. And in extreme scenarios, it can even trigger Guillain-Barre syndrome, a nervous-system disorder that could lead to paralysis.

    But garlic wiped it out -- and wiped it out even when the bacteria was using the main trick that helps it beat antibiotics.

    Campylobacter likes to camp out behind biofilm. That's essentially a layer of slime -- but to antibiotics such as erythromycin and ciprofloxacin, it may as well be a brick wall.

    When campylobacter is behind biofilm, it's 1,000 times more resistant to antibiotics than in its free form.

    To the diallyl sulfide, however, that biofilm has all the strength of tissue paper, according to the study in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy.

    If that's not enough of a reason to start adding garlic to all your dishes, the same researchers found in earlier experiments that garlic can wipe out other disease-causing bugs often found in food -- including Listeria and E. coli O157:H7.

    Garlic is also a powerful antifungal agent, and I've given my patients garlic extract -- allium sativum -- for athlete's foot as well as the candidiasis responsible for both thrush and yeast infections, just to name two.

    It can also help lower LDL cholesterol and raise HDL cholesterol, fight inflammation, thin the blood, fight the flu, and lower blood pressure.

    All that, and it tastes great too.

  3. Soda: still no good

    Ounce for ounce, there are few things in your home as bad for your body as soda.

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