minerals

  1. Battle MERS virus naturally

    Arm yourself against MERS virus 

    It's one of the biggest health scares to make headlines in years -- one my own patients have been asking me about despite the fact that there hasn't been a single case here in California.

    It's Middle East respiratory syndrome, or MERS virus, a highly contagious and devastating viral infection.

    While there have been only three confirmed cases in the United States, there's always a chance it can spread and spread fast (we've already had our first transmission here within the States) -- so today, I'm going to tell you how to help protect yourself and your loved ones.

    But first, let me tell you a little about MERS virus itself.

    It originated in camels, but at some point made the jump to humans, with devastating consequences. So far, nearly a third of the victims have died.

    Because it's a virus, you have to come into contact with someone carrying it in order to get infected, and this is where it gets scary: It takes about five days to show symptoms, which means seemingly healthy people could carry and spread MERS virus without knowing it.

    Once the symptoms appear, they come on strong and include high fever, intense cough and shortness of breath.

    Since it's a virus, the best approach is to give your own immune system the power to fight it off before it has a chance to make you sick.

    The foundation of a good immune system is a quality multivitamin. Make sure it contains both vitamins A and C, which stimulate the production of the antibodies needed to resist viral infections. Also make sure it includes the minerals selenium and zinc, which support the white blood cells that form your first line of defense against infection.

    Certain herbal remedies, including Echinacea and astragalus, will also enhance your immune function so you're better able to fight of viruses.

    Other natural immune-boosters include elderberry, N-acetylcysteine (NAC) and lomatium dissectum, an herbal remedy so effective at stopping the reproduction of viruses that Native Americans used it against Spanish flu.

    All of these are good preventive options -- but the best preventive step of all is a little common sense. Be careful when traveling and when around people who've traveled recently, always wash your hands and don't rub your eyes.

    People think viruses enter through the mouth or nose, and they often do, but the eyes are another often overlooked major point of entry.

    For people with severe infections I utilize high doses of intravenous natural compounds such as vitamin C, hydrogen peroxide, and colloidal silver to blast these viruses.

  2. Essential vitamins can prevent death from breast cancer

    One of these every day can beat breast cancer

    Breast cancer awareness month just ended, and I've seen plenty of pink ribbons and I've heard all the usual propaganda about mammograms -- but I haven't heard a single word about what just might be the most powerful weapon against this disease yet.

    It's simple, safe and inexpensive. And if you've been taking my advice, it's something that's already part of your life.

    It's your multivitamin -- specifically a multi with minerals, as new research finds these daily essential vitamins can slash your risk of death from breast cancer by nearly a third.

    There's not much else out there with a benefit that big, ladies -- but like all good things, essential vitamins comes with a catch: You have to start now, because the study finds the life-saving benefits go to women already taking a multi when they're diagnosed.

    That suggests to me that the nutrients and minerals in the essential vitamins help your body fight the tumor early on, making sure it stays treatable and survivable instead of turning aggressive and deadly.

    Now, any time a study finds big benefits for multivitamins, mainstream experts line up to dismiss it. They never attack the studies, because the studies are sound.

    No, instead they attack the essential vitamins -- claiming most people don't need them because you can get all your nutrients from diet alone.

    And that just ignores reality.

    It's difficult, and maybe even close to impossible, to get absolutely everything you need, every day, from diet alone. Even a healthy diet loaded with nutrient-rich foods can fall short in some key areas.

    A multi is there to fill in the blanks and make sure you're covered, day in and day out -- and along with helping to fight breast cancer, studies have found plenty of other benefits.

    Ladies, a multivitamin can help lift your mood and reduce your risk of stress, anxiety, fatigue and more, according to a study I told you about earlier this year.

    Men, don't feel left out -- because multivitamins can slash your risk of all non-prostate cancers by 12 percent, according to another recent study. And in children, multivitamins can help during the most critical stages of development.

    But whatever you do, don't go for the low-price vitamins in the supermarket discount bin. Choose a quality multi from a maker you trust.

    Yes, they cost a little more -- but it's the best way to make sure you get the right amounts of the nutrients you need most in the forms your body can use best.

  3. How supplements can save you from cancer

    I was just about to celebrate the American Cancer Society's new common sense guidelines for disease survivors on the role of exercise and nutrition in preventing a recurrence -- until they started taking potshots at supplements.
  4. Seaweed for heart health

    But in Asia, this nuisance is on the menu -- and with good reason, too: Seaweed is one of the healthiest foods you can eat, and a new review of the research finds it can boost your heart health like nothing else.

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