January 2010
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Welcome to the latest Earth Clinic newsletter. This month, along with new ideas in natural health and wellness, we send you our best wishes for the New Year. May you find all the days ahead generous and vital.
As always, Earth Clinic is proud to serve as a unique forum to discuss health concerns, where together with your peers and a few knowledgeable friends of the site we find safe, reliable remedies. Still, in our concern for your health and safety we ask you to please keep in mind that this newsletter - like everything on our site - offers only advice.

Our general educational materials can help map out a path on your journey to a healthier life. Still, there is no substitute for a conversation with your own doctor to help you sort through all medical advice - conventional and traditional - in light of your own medical history and situation. Never embark on a new treatment or diet without talking to a physician or pharmacist about your unique needs and concerns.

That being said, we hope you'll appreciate this occasional newsletter, offering contributions from readers and popular contributors like Ted, with all the best of what's new at Earth Clinic.
Furthermore, we hope you will look forward to our next newsletter, the start of a new series for us. In spirit, all of the work we do at Earth Clinic recognizes the complexity of human life and well being, and all the ingredients that must go into our lives to maintain proper balance. To further spotlight that need for integration and development, we launch a series of newsletters focusing on your Mind, Body, and Spirit. Look for our kick-off interview with international Traditional Karate champion, Soolmaz Abooali to arrive soon.
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Notable Posts

Below are a handful of outstanding and informative posts from the past 6 months. However, since Earth Clinic receives several hundred posts a week from our readers, we suggest you read EC's Latest Posts page each day for many more exciting remedies and cures!


07/08/2009: Dianne from Tampa, Fl writes: "I apologize in advance for how lengthy this is. I am writing to let everyone know about the Aloe Veraincredible benefits we have experienced with Aloe. About one and a half years ago our whole family came down with whooping cough. I decided to try Aloe, as a friend I had known had had great success with it for treating a serious prolonged cough and my mother also told me that in Colombia SA they would use a beaten concoction of Aloe and egg whites to treat whooping cough when she was a little girl. I researched Aloe on the internet, and though I didn't find the egg white recipe, I found many things Aloe is good for. It did work very well for whooping cough, especially helping to calm the nightime attacks, and a friend tried it for her daughter's whooping cough and had the same results. When I looked Aloe up on the internet, the treatment for the ailment that interested me the most was asthma. My son had been struggling with it for several years- not severe, but mostly sports induced and it greatly hindered his ability to play sports. I have tried most home remedies for asthma and have had so-so results. He began drinking it every day and by the end of the second month his attacks were completely gone. As long as he continues to drink it daily, he has no attacks. If he stops it entirely he begins having attacks again after a couple of months.

I found that one of the reasons that Aloe works for asthma (and other conditions like arthritis and lupus) is because it is anti-inflammatory. So, it keeps the airways from getting inflamed. Another reason it works is because it is also excellent for treating allergies which many times are a trigger for asthma. One of the reasons it works for allergies is because of the collagen it causes your body to produce which thickens the the mucus linings of your respiratory system and intestinal tract (heals leaky gut) which in turn helps you not to be so sensitive to allergens. Another reason is that it treats systemic candida which is usually the root of asthma and allergies.

The funny thing I noticed, which is not mentioned in any literature I have researched about Aloe, is that it has also helped with his stunted growth. My son is really short for his age and in the two years before taking Aloe, he only grew six inches total. Once he began taking Aloe for his asthma he grew almost six inches in one year. The growth spurt coincided exactly with time he first began the Aloe. I've tried my own "experiments" to see if his growth is related to the Aloe or if it is just his time to start growing, and I've found that if he has a period of a couple of months where he doesn't take his Aloe at all or only takes it once a week or so, he only grows about a quarter of an inch per month or less. When he takes it every single day, he grows about a half inch per month.

My father has been really inspired about my son's story and began taking it himself about four months ago for his prostate. He has been on prostate medication for the past ten years and still gets up to urinate about four times per night. He has tried different prostate medicines as well as his own share of home remedies, and nothing has worked. Well, after drinking Aloe daily for a couple of months, he was able to get off of his prostate medicine completely. Now he only gets up once or twice per night and he's not on any prostate medicine.

I've heard some people make some type of Aloe tea infusion, but the way we take Aloe is this: We buy a fresh Aloe stalk from the produce section of the grocery store. It has to be at least fourteen inches long, or I've read it's not as beneficial. The Aloe has to be nice and firm. Don't use it if it is soft and squishy as it is too old and may actually aggravate some candida problems. We slice off a three inch section from the base and peel off the thick green skin with a paring knife and discard it. We then take the gel (from the three inch section) and gently blend it with a drink mixer with some orange juice for palatability. The less you blend, the better as you don't want to destroy the beneficial properties.

You can buy bottled Aloe, but I DON'T RECOMMEND IT! While there may be some good Aloe products out there, I've read that sometimes the bottle can say 100% Aloe and it is actually 95% water, but for some reason the FDA allows them to say 100% Aloe even if it isn't. The other reason is that bottled Aloe is usually pasteurized which kills many of the beneficial enzymes that make Aloe so effective. Fresher is always better with Aloe."



07/08/2009: Chris from Dighton, MA writes: "I use 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in 5 oz. of water per day.

I also use 1 teaspoon of turmeric in 5 oz. of water per day.

*I had extreme diarrhea, it has gone away.
*My stomach upset has gone away.
* My blood pressure was 145/90, now it is 120/80.

*I had cholesterol of 260. HDL of 42 and LDL of over a hundred. It is now 190 total and a HDL of 89 and LDL of 100.

* My lower back pain is gone.

* My long distance eye sight has come back and I no longer need glasses.

* My tinnitus is still with me though. I am 68 years old."



12/31/2009: Claire from Horseshoe Bend, Id, Usa writes: "Baking Soda for colds

I had all the early signs of a cold / flu coming on yesterday - achy, runny nose, sore throat, cough. I started taking 1/2 tsp of baking soda in a glass of cold water every 2 hours last night, and cut back to every 4 hours this afternoon. It has been just over 24 hours, and I feel FINE. I can hardly believe it myself, but I KNOW I was exposed, I KNOW I was getting sick... now, I am fine. Absolutely worth trying if you are coming down with a cold or flu!"



12/28/2009: Jeanie from Lancaster, Ca, USA writes: "I have suffered from migraines for 40 years. Recently my husband came in from the cold and to tease me put his hand down the back of my neck, expecting me to yelp. Instead, I said, "Don't move that feels great!" He thought I was kidding. I wasn't. I was getting yet another headache. His hand warmed up so I got a gel pack out of the refrigerator and held it where his hand had been. In about 15 minutes the headache was gone. I have been doing this for about a month. It has stopped every migraine except one, and it was 50% better. I shared this with a friend who said that I was cooling down the brain stem. I googled "migraines and brain stem" and found a significant number of articles linking the two, but, nowhere could I find that applying cold would help. Here is what I do: I use a gel pack that is 4 inches by 5 inches. I do NOT keep it in the freezer - the frig is cold enough. I place it in the area from the base of my neck to the top of my spine. It's best if I can sit down in a high backed comfortable chair or sofa, or lie down. It takes about 15 minutes to start feeling very relaxed and to feel my hands and feet warm up. My daughter thought that it would feel uncomfortable because she always feels cold during a headache, but she said that it surprised her how good it felt. It has worked on other types of headaches as well and even stopped a panic attack. I don't know the science behind it, I just know that it is the fastest, cheapest, no side effects remedy I have ever used. Thanks for this great site - my family is healthier because of you!"



06/08/2009: Pcline from Springfield, Ohio writes: "Turmeric has controlled almost all of my health issues! I am amazed! It was given to me by a relative when I fell on the ice, to prevent swelling and inflammation in my injured knee, and while it appeared to make a difference (I continued to be able to walk, and the pain and swelling abated quickly) the most wonderful thing that emerged was that I realized about a week later that the my whole sinus/allergy issue was clearing up. I had been taking at least one Zyrtec and often either more Zyrtec or other sinus medication every day for over 18 years to keep the ever-lurking migraine away. I could not have gone more than 24 hours without taking the Zyrtec or a headache would start creeping up and my sinuses would begin to swell shut. First I saw, after taking turmeric for about a week, that I did not need any "back-up" medication, then I tried missing a Zyrtec, and to my complete amazement, I felt GREAT! No headaches! I can breathe! I cannot believe it.

I take at least a heaping teaspoon of turmeric (from the spice section of the grocery, although I am looking for it in bulk now) stirred in water as soon as I get up, and one in the evening. If I begin to feel any swelling during the day, such as when I am exposed to household dust, I take another teaspoon right away, and it eliminates the "headache creep". I stay ahead of the allergies this way, but if I cannot get turmeric when the swelling starts, and it begins to cause headaches, when I can get to the turmeric, I may have to take several teaspoon doses before it alleviates, leaving a half-hour or so before I take each additional dose, but IT WORKS! It has ALWAYS EVENTUALLY WORKED. I have not had to take more than three additional doses to stop what used to be RAGING migraines, causing me to have to go to bed and be debilitated for hours afterward.

I feel marvelous, but the additional benefits have been that I realize that my arthritis in my knees is all but gone! I can walk up stairs most of the time without noticing any discomfort at all!

Finally, most astonishingly, I (and everyone I know who has begun to take this) have lost weight! I determined after a bout of intestinal virus to eat less food at a time. (After all, I had not been able to eat anything for 3 days, so this was a good time to break a habit) This was just before I started taking turmeric. With the addition of the turmeric, I feel, I was able to eat less. Nothing else has ever made a difference in my being able to eat less and not feel ravenous and deprived. In just over 3 months, I have lost 48 pounds!!!! And I feel energetic, fabulous, lively and alert! I cannot say what actual physical role turmeric plays as an aid in losing weight, but I don't care. I am 53 years old and feel better than I have in YEARS!

I have begun to try turmeric on everything that occurs. I got a spider bite and it began to itch and sting immediately. I washed it right away and put a band-aid with moistened turmeric on it and in minutes, the pain and itch left, no sign of any bite. My family jokes that I would try to revive the dead by sprinkling some turmeric on them, but I cannot believe what a difference just taking turmeric has made with me."



08/08/2009: Neecy 58 from Lincolnton, Nc, Usa writes: "Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) has really done wonders in stabilizing my blood sugars. Prior to using the information I found on this site about ACV my fasting blood sugar were running about 250 to 290 even though I didn't eat anything after 8 pm. I don't drink sodas, no white flour, use stevia, eat lots of veggies, chicken and fish. I started off with 2 TSP. ACV in vegetable juice before I went to bed and noticed an immediate drop the next morning. I am also on metformin 1000 AM and PM and actos 45 in AM. I've increased my ACV to 2 TBS twice a day in vegetable juice as my morning drink and evening "cocktail" and 2 TBS added to a liter of water which I drink at work. I've been trying to reduce my prescription med but it seems my numbers increase slightly when I do that so I'll just leave well enough alone right now. This morning my FBS was 114. Also, before this I also suffered from hypoglycemic seizures. I'd be feeling alright, start to feel a little off kilter and then wake up on the floor or in the ER. Fortunately this never happened while I was driving but I gave up riding my motorcycle this year because I was so afraid I'd have an episode while on my bike. Since I've started taking the ACV I've been able to feel the physical effects of my blood sugar dropping and take steps to bring it back up. I've also notice a slight improvement in my eyesight. This website has literally saved my life. Thank you so much"

Welcome to the conversation! This is as exciting a time for Earth Clinic as it was when we got started more than 10 years ago, and we want to keep you up-to-date with our newest discoveries in health and healing. You've heard the best of what we have to say this week, what's new with you?
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Deirdre Layne & Earth Clinic

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Tedarth Clinic, not as a substitute for professional medical prevention, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult with your physician, pharmacist, or health care provider before taking any home remedies or supplements or following any treatment suggested by Ted or by anyone in this newsletter or on the Earth Clinic site. Only your health care provider, personal physician, or pharmacist can provide you with advice on what is safe and effective for your unique needs or diagnose your particular medical history.


11/08/2009: Ted from Bangkok writes: "Since I don't receive any questions from earthclinic on strokes, I have decided to make a brief summary on this condition, in case someone is interested.
This is the remedy for a stroke victim, where there is a blood clot in the brain and was unable to improve for at least half the year. The medication I have looked into didn't make sense. The iron supplements had to be discontinued, this causes the blood clot. The medication that dissolves blood clot didn't make sense since if the iron were discontinued, the anti blood clot medication doesn't need it either. Besides, my approach to increasing iron has never been to take iron anyway. A daily 2000 mg dose of piracetam were counter-productive, since it's taken everyday, that causes a cascade of neurodegeneration, when there is not temporary discontinuance of the medicine.

It was changed from taken everyday, to taken once every two to three days. This the body can handle. The dinner was discontinued, the objective was to get three bowel movements a day.

Initially the bowel movement was once every ten days. When I first had a glimpse, the bowel movement appears to be about once every three days to once a day, which was unacceptable. The stroke was bought on by daily meals of steak which leads to constipation and the blood became toxic, leading to clotting, which leads to stroke. Hence steak was discontinued, only salads are eaten for dinner.

Stroke victim: entire half of the body is paralyzed, partial feeling only in the right foot. The rest no feeling. Cannot talk, not possible to use right part of body.

In the first day of remedy, feeling restored for the entire leg, on the third day was able to take bath, unassisted, On the second week, is regularly talking to his son over the cellular and able to go on exercise bicycle by herself. Although not a perfect remedy, always need improvement. This is just only my archive and the woman's doing fine since last reported about a week ago.
Constipation, Blood clot, low rate of healing, digestive enzyme deficiency, anemic, low stomach acid, recovery slow, wounds don't heal, brain damage from stroke, blood clot, flatulence, possible electrolyte imbalance, in particular potassium, metabolic acidosis, inability to communicate.

Needs three month's supply of:

1. Digestive enzyme
2. tetra EDTA
3. Magnesium Chloride
4. Potassium Citrate
5. Sodium Citrate
6. Baking soda
7. Potassium Carbonate
8. Humic acid to help digestion
9. White tea to lower blood sugar
10. Granulated Lecithin
11. Chlorophyll Drops
12. Hydergine
13. Piracetam (Nootropil)
14. Zeolite Azomite
15. Iodine and potassium iodide
16. Vitamin C
17. DMSO
18. B50 Bottle
19. Amino acid
20. Vitamin C
21. HCl
22. Borax,
23.  Glycine

I expected the recovery time to be three months, apparently it went much faster than expected, after only 2 or 3 weeks.

 The recovery is about 80-90% back to normalcy.

My only concern is the supplements may need to be discontinued or reduced much faster then expected.


01/08/2010: Ted from Bangkok, Thailand writes: "As for the update for the stroke victim, she continues to improve. However, it is my feeling that women generally recover from strokes faster then men because women have higher progesterone levels.

Hence in a stroke victim, I have modified the remedy to use progesterone cream apply near the neck area, on the side of the neck, as this area has the least fat that reduces absorption. This allows people, and especially men, to recover from strokes faster. In fact a progesterone that is very low in men may also be what's causing the stroke and prostate enlargement.

Men generally need a lot less progesterone then woman, but they still need it.

The dose for a progesterone cream applied is around 1/8 teaspoon once a day for women for 4 days out of a week. For men the dose maybe 1/2 of that to be applied for only 2-3 days to out of a week, at only 1/16 teaspoon. This allows the brain to recover from stroke faster and repair the damaged myelin sheath also.

I am also expected to attend a wedding of the stroke victim (who is a mother to the son who's getting married) this February in Hong Kong.. Obviously she's strong enough to go and her speech has returned (after the paralyzimh stroke she couldn't speak) and now she regularly calls her son by cellular phone."

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Deirdre Layne, Founder of Earth Clinic
Earth Clinic currently has central offices in Atlanta and correspondents from around the globe, including the irreplaceable Ted; however, it began in 1999, very simply as our founder and owner, Deirdre's private healing site in Los Angeles. On a bit of a whim, we added a page on - you guessed it! - apple cider vinegar after having such success with it for allergies and sinus infections. As it turned out, people were much more interested in the few home remedies posted on our site than in the alternative healing modalities that had been our founder's specialty. The site as you know it blossomed from that first uncertain seed into an orchard full of effective, home-tested, and community-vetted remedies and cures proven through years on this site and in the homes of commonsense families for centuries.