A health professional’s personal experience with coconut oil

The following is quoted from the book ” Virgin Coconut Oil: Nature’s Miracle Medicine” by Bruce Fife, ND

I am a health professional and therefore not surprisingly I was abashed when I would see books about coconut oil. Until my own health problems begin. My thyroid levels were swinging around and not really high enough to be treated by most allopathic doctors.
I felt awful. My hair was falling out, my skin was so dry.  It itched and cracked. My cholesterol was up and so was my weight, ever so slowly with every passing month.
In addition My co workers were amazed at how I could function when I am constantly sick and on antibiotics. I was a mess at the fairly young age.
I did some of my own research and kept coming up with coconut oil. Then I found out your website (Coconut Research Centre ) and became more convinced as I accessed the journals presented.  I felt like what was I to lose ? 
Here is what happened after taking coconut oil for several months 
1. Weight has stopped increasing, it is starting to drop because I know longer crave sweets or simple carbs and have massive surge of energy which allows me to be more active.
2. cholesterol Dropped HDL [the good cholesterol] went way up (from 30 to almost 60)
3. my skin is beautiful I was having rosacea, now it is smooth and clear.  my legs feel as if I am a teenager they are so smooth. I even put coconut all around my eyes as a moisturiser. 
I love feeling my legs it is almost as if I have made  a discovery.  I cannot believe at my age my skin can be so soft and supple.
it’s almost like having a flashback on my teenage years! 
4. I’m not bloated anymore; my stomach not distended and my feet not hurting from not fitting in my shoes at the end of the day 
5 I feel iso much more energetic as if I was 10 years younger 
6. My hair is beautiful and silky and not falling out
7. I am hardly ever sick any more. When I and my kids are coming down with something, we up the coconut. We are better within a day 
8. my daughter was born with such extreme eczema she was constantly itching, even had patches mof scabs on her body and scalp. I have spent hundreds of dollars on expensive prescription steroid creams, which after few years stopped working. The doctor laughed at me when I mentioned it coconut oil. The proof is in the fact that my daughter skin is beautiful and flawless now , no itchy bumps, just beautiful baby skin. Even though she doesn’t like the taste of Coconut oil in her food she will eat it when I remind her of her skin problems.( she also is a very healthy weight).
9. No more monthly yeast infections 
10. Wounds heal very quickly when coconut oil is applied. It’s almost like magic 
11. My TSH levels are way down into the normal range (not even subclinical hyperthyroid any more ). wow! The first time in over 6  Years.

It took quite a long time before I noticed these changes (several months).  At first I gained weight and was very depressed by it all. I stuck with it. The health changes have been remarkable. simply remarkable. Coconut I has changed my life 
The only sad part is, when I mentioned this to my colleagues or friends, I still get glazed over looks of disinterest and disbelief or outright gasps of horror with a refusal to listen to anymore of it.

Gut Health

Having healthy gut will help the body prevent and heal many chronic diseases such as allergies, asthma, thyroid disorders, ulcerative colitis, arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, oesophageal cancer, colorectal cancer, anxiety, depression, eczema, psoriasis, autoimmune diseases. The gut can not perform properly its function when it leaks and its micro biota is in disequilibrium. The cause is usually due to – not being breastfed at birth – unhealthy diet – bad eating habit – physical , emotional and mental stress and – frequent use of antibiotics . Using bovine colostrum, black cumin seed oil, fermented foods, changing diet and eating habit and changing lifestyle can help restore and protect our gut health and free us from many chronic diseases including those mentioned above.

Digestive tract (gut) function in brief

The gut’s primary function is to make suitable nutrients from foods and drink we consume (digestion), feed them into blood stream (absorption of nutrients), prevent unwanted matters from entering the blood and eliminate undigested matters ( excretion). 90% of digestion and absorption is performed in the small intestine. The lining of the healthy intestine is one cell thick with tight junctions to allow only appropriate nutrients into the blood while keeping large molecules out. The digestive system needs both healthy gut and good gut flora (micro biota) to work effectively. The gut microbiome contains tens of trillions micro organisms (virus and bacteria) which communicate with the brain. It has at least 1000 kinds of micro-organisms with more than 3 million genes (150 times more than human genes). It weighs in total up to 2 kilos. Most microorganisms in the gut are friendly and not harmful to our body. A third of our microbiome are the same while 2 thirds are particular or unique to each person. Gut bacteria are essential for our body with many important roles including:

• Helping to produce hormones, like serotonin, for example

• Aiding in the extraction of energy (calories) and nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fatty acids and antioxidants

• Managing our appetite and body weight

• Digesting fiber which helps form stool

• Controlling our moods, motivation and cognitive health

• Preventing us from catching colds and viruses

• Helping repair damaged tissues and injuries.

A healthy gut has more friendly bacteria than bad bacteria. When there are more bad bacteria than good bacteria, gut health is in trouble. This condition of “dysbiosis” often happens after a course of antibiotics. Research shows that after a week of antibiotics treatment it takes up to a year to restore normal gut micro biota. The majority of germs live in the large intestine while the small intestine is usually sterile. But when the germs sneak up into the small intestine and proliferate there, the gut microbiota becomes unhealthy creating a condition called “Small Intestine Bacteria Overgrowth” (SIBO), one of the main causes of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and can contribute to leak gut condition.

Leaky gut in adults

When the lining of the intestine is damaged or leaks, the tight junctions become loose allowing toxins and large molecules to enter the blood stream. The body’s organs are invaded. The immune system is mobilised to fight back. The battle is raging all over the body, causing casualties, weakening and damaging its organs. Inflammation spreads all over the body, antihistamines are sent out. All sort of abnormal symptoms surface, especially skin and respiratory allergies.

Certain incidents can cause leaky gut. The first and most common incident happens when we eat food containing gluten, a protein in wheat , barley , rye , spelt, flour, farina, couscous. Gluten increases the protein zonulin, a substance that loosens intestinal tight junctions.

The second is when in the gut we have undigested food, harmful food. Eating on the go, or in a rush does not give enough time for the food to be digested. The result is intestinal inflammation. Inflammation is like fire. It starts burning and causing damage to intestinal tight junctions causing leaky gut.. Undigested food particles, bacteria, yeast and things like that go into the blood. All of the body including the brain, inflammation is activated to resist aggression.

The immune system normally can heal gut damages during sleep if the condition is limited. However if we keep consuming gluten food, or frequently eating in a hurry and do not give enough time (at least 12 hours) for the digestion to rest, the immune system can not heal daily gut damage. Thirdly, when we have mental, emotional and physical stress, the body secretes cortisol, which reduces healing DHEA and growth hormones hormone. Cortisol reduces IGA (immunoglobins) in all viscous membranes of the body, particularly in the gut, the role of which is to prevent proliferation of parasites , micro-organisms and fungal. Therefore, It essential to reduce all types of stress to avoid risks of leaky gut.

Leaky gut in children

In recent years there have been so many children suffering food allergies and eczema due to leaky gut. It is mainly because many children are born by C- section, instead of natural birth. And they were not breast-fed in the first four or five days of life. Natural birth allows babies to absorb billions of good germs from the mother’s birth canal. Good bacteria from mothers are needed for the children’s life long immune system. Children born by C- section are deprived of bacteria for their digestive and immune systems. At birth, the newborns have intestine permeability or leaky gut by design. However the condition disappears after two days of feeding on colostrum – mother milk secreted first few days after giving birth – which contains growth factors to tighten the gut lining. In other words, after the first few days of having colostrum, breastfed babies no longer have leaky gut.

Babies not breastfed from birth miss the natural closing of leaky gut, therefore suffer leaky gut related diseases, especially food allergies and eczema. The good news is that this leaky gut condition can be healed by taking bovine colostrum, according to new research findings and clinical trials. As this new information is new and has not been widely known, it is unfortunate that too many children still suffer food allergies and eczema.

Symptoms and signs of leaky gut

-Food allergy is the most common sign and symptom of leaky gut.

• Irritable Bowel Syndrome (constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain) and

• Inflammatory Bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease (diarrhea, abdominal pain, unexplained weight loss, anal bleeding, constipation, nausea, fever) and ulcerative colitis as severe leaky gut can occur in the large intestine.

• Autoimmune diseases like Lupus (when the immune system attacks the body’s tissues and organs), Multiple sclerosis (MS), type 1 diabetes, arthritis, psoriasis and ceczema.

• Thyroid disorders such as Hashimoto’s, thyroidisis, metabolic syndrome causing fatigue, depression, weight gaining, and obesity.

• Nutrient malabsorption causing deficiency in B12, magnesium and digestive enzymes.

• Brain disorders such as autism, depression, anxiety, Parkinson’s.

In addition, the following signs may relate to leaky gut:

• Gastric ulcers

• Infectious diarrhea

• Celiac disease

• Esophageal and colorectal cancer

• Allergies

• Respiratory infections

• Acute inflammation conditions (sepsis, SIRS, multiple organ failure)

• Obesity-related metabolic diseases (fatty liver, Type II diabetes, heart disease)

• Propensity towards weight gain or obesity

Natural ways to heal leaky gut

1. Remove factors that may cause damages to the gut: First we should eat slowly with thorough chewing before swallowing. Do not eat on the run. Instead sit down, relax and enjoy eating. Secondly, let your digestive system rest at least 12 hours a day for healing.

Next, stop eating: – unsprouted grains and seeds – and GMOS animal and plant products • sugar added foods • refined vegetable oils such as soybean oil, corn oil, canola oil, – chemically processed foods • Dairy products

2. Gut health supplements

Bovine or goat colostrum. Colostrum contains antimicrobial peptides, immune-regulating compounds and growth factors. It provides essential nutrients, regulates immune response, balances gut flora and improves tissue growth and healing. Clinical results confirm Colostrum’s effectiveness in healing leaky gut and related symptoms including psoriasis, acne, eczema, allergies in making skin look younger. Colostrum is available in almost every country in capsules and in powder.

Black cumin seed oil. Research and clinical trials show that black cumin seed oil can help heal leaky gut symptoms such as psoriasis, inflammation, inflammation, eczema, allergies, asthma or cough. The healing can be quick with children, but it may take 1-2 months for adults . (Please see the article black cumin seed oil). Recommended dosage is from 40 mg to 120 mg/ kg of body weight. It is better to try with small dose.

• Probiotics (approximately 50-100 billion live bacteria of CFU (colony forming unit) a day to help replenish good gut bacteria and reduce bad gut bacteria number.

• L-Glutamine-an essential amino acid supplement helps protect and heal the gut lining.

• Licorice root as extract powder or tea helps balance cortisol, improve stomach acid level and protect, heal throat mucus lining. Using 2 licorice tea bags per cup can quickly reduce reflux, bloating, abdominal pain and sticky sensation in the throat.

3. Increase in consumption of gut healing foods such as – bone or vegetable broth. It is been shown that 3-4 days of fasting with only bone or vegetable broth significantly improves autoimmune disease and leaky gut condition.

• Fermented vegetables and foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi, natto, yogurt, kombucha, fermented ginger. If you are still allergic to foods, please test each of them before consuming. These foods have lots of good gut bacteria and can replace the probiotics at a later stage of treatment.

• Coconut products-all coconut products are very good for the gut. Medium chain fatty acid in coconut oil is more easily digested than other fats and is good for the gut. Coconut yogurt or kefir is better than dairy yogurt for some people.

• Vegetables rich in soluble fiber are prebiotic, essential for nourishing and multiplying good gut bacteria: Beet root, beans, onion, garlic, apple, unripe banana, sweet potato, grain and seed sprouts, chilled cooked potatoes. It is better to start with cooked vegetables.

• Increased consumption of good fats such as egg yolks, avocados, cold pressed coconut oil, flax seed oil, wild caught fish – to a moderate level.

• Increased consumption of fruits of diverse variety with moderation daily 1-2 times, best time is the morning.

• Add ginger and turmeric in daily diet to enhance digestion including relief of bloating, reflux, and healing of intestinal and stomach lining.

4. Reduce mental, physical and emotional stress.

Breathing exercise, relaxation, mindfulness meditation, moderate physical exercise, praying, practice to be thankful, forgiving and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) can be used effectively to release stress thus reducing cortisol and inflammation that play an important role in gut disorders.

DISCLAIMER: This guide is for information purpose only and does not replace the advice of your physicians.

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Guide to defeating cancer

Even though thousands and thousands of people have survived cancer with changes in diet and lifestyle, cancer is still considered a death sentence in  mainstream media. As a result, most people accept it as true and make no effort to fight even before the doctors say it is too late. If they are lucky to be treated early by conventional treatment they may survive but the 5 year survival rate is very low.

Those who wan to fight cancer with natural methods on the other hand do not know where to start, what to do and what can be done. They are confused mainly because the information is so diverse.  Hearing that some herbs and some foods can cure cancer, they try to find t as many and as much as they can. But unfortunately, the result is far from what they expected.

This short guide is compiled to help you and people diagnosed with cancer defeat it with confidence.  With no more than 2 pages, the guide consists of   9 evidence based weapons any body can use. You can download it in PDF format here guide to defeating cancer

This guide can be used independently as a holistic approach to cancer or for enhancing the effectiveness of conventional cancer treatment.

1. View Cancer as a wakeup call, not a death sentence: This is the most important step. It is only a death sentence if you believe it’s a death sentence, as confirmed by physicians who treat cancer patients. Those who viewed cancer as a wake-up call on the other hand repeatedly expressed how grateful they are that they had the disease and how it transformed them and their life. Why? It is now widely known that tens of thousands new cancer cells are produced daily in every human body and the immune system is there to kill them. If the immune system is too weak to do the job properly, cancer cells accumulate and cancer results. Cancer diagnosis therefore is a wake-up call that we need to restore / strengthen the immune system to enable it to reverse the cancer development process. It is possible for every one to do so by avoiding unhealthy foods, eating healthy foods, nurturing healthy relationships, having a compassionate heart, a thankful spirit and a healthy lifestyle. We need to keep in mind that we need to address the root cause – i.e. not just to kill cancer cells but also to prevent their coming back. No drugs or doctors can cure the cancer in you. You are the only one who can free yourself from cancer by changing your diet, lifestyle and mental/emotional conditions. Once you are convinced and determined to get rid of cancer for good, the following are what you need to do:

2. Avoid unhealthy foods that cancer cells love, such as red meat, dairy, alcohol, high-sugar foods and processed foods including all refined vegetable oils such as canola oil, soy bean oil, sunflower oil, rice bran oil, safflower oil; artificial sweeteners, soda, and GMO foods. Excessive omega-6 to omega-3 in most vegetable oils has lead to numerous chronic inflammatory conditions and chromic illnesses including cancer.

3. Always eat a diet high in fruits and vegetables of a wide variety to boost the immune system. For those of us who want to have a clearly guided food plan during the fight against cancer, we may use the following brief summary of the food plan prescribed by Dr. Renee Wellhouse for her cancer patients in 1990s :

• Breakfast: Fruits and juices (no fats, vegetables or protein). Organic if possible.

• Lunch: Vegetables together with healthful fats such as extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, flaxseed oil (well mixed with coconut yogurt is more beneficial) (no protein). Organic if possible.

• Dinner: Plant based Protein -such as legumes- together with vegetables (no starch or fruit) Organic if possible.

Include in your daily diet some of the following foods that have been scientifically proven to have anti-cancer nutrients such as:

• Mushrooms for protection against Breast, Stomach, Colorectal and Prostate cancers.

• Garlic for protection against Skin, Lung, Colon, and Stomach Cancers.

• Berries for protection against Skin, Bladder, Lung, Breast and Oesophageal Cancers.

• Turmeric for protection against Breast, Bowel, Stomach and Skin Cancers.

• Cabbage and crucifers for protection against Breast, Lung, Colorectal and Prostate Cancers.

• Leafy, dark green vegetables for protection against Breast, Skin, Stomach, Mouth, Pharynx and Larynx Cancers

• Legumes for protection against Mouth, Stomach, Colorectal, Breast and Prostate Cancers.

• Red grapes for protection against Skin and Breast Cancers • Walnuts for protection against Breast and Prostate Cancers

• Celery for protection against Ovarian, Pancreatic, Prostate, Breast, Liver and Lung Cancers.

• Lemon / citrus peel for protection against Skin, Ovarian, Colon, Breast, Leukaemia Cancers and cancer metastasis. Lemon peel can be taken by adding 1/2 or 1 whole organic – or well soaked non-organic – lemon to other fruit and vegetable juice.

• Coconut oil (cold pressed virgin) 2-3 tablespoons a day for protection against breast and colon cancers and as the only oil for cooking. Research has proven coconut oil has no less than 50 other benefits for health.

• Drink daily herbal teas that have anticancer property such as green tea, dandelion root tea, papaya leaf tea.

4. Specific anti-cancer protocols to speed up the healing process:

• Black cumin seed oil for protection against all types of cancers but particularly Pancreatic, and Colon cancers. Evidence based protocol is to take 1 teaspoon of black cumin oil mixed with 1/2 teaspoon of raw honey (Manuka honey is the best) half an hour before breakfast and before bed, 1 teaspoon in the afternoon mixed with the juice of one orange. (3 teaspoons of oil in total per day until cancer free and 1 teaspoon per day for maintenance). Black cumin seeds and its oil also enhance the health of kidneys, heart, liver, brain, respiratory, immune and digestive systems.

• Take 1 tablespoon flax seed oil well mixed with 2 tablespoons of cottage cheese or 3 tablespoon of coconut yogurt (ratio 1:3) 3 times a day. This mixture was well researched and used by Dr Budwig of Germany to successfully treat cancer on the basis that this substance help bring oxygen to the body cells. As cancer cells can’t thrive around oxygen, they are killed by this Budwig protocol. This protocol should continue after defeating cancer to maintain good health.

5. Release the emotional stress or negative emotions: This is critically important. Scientific studies have confirmed that negative emotions give rise to an irregular and erratic heart rhythm pattern, causing the body to function inefficiently, draining our energy and wearing out the whole system. We need to be freed from anger, frustration, anxiety, hatred, grudges, unforgiving, bitterness, regrets…. to save our body from deterioration. Carefully check and identify all the negative emotions we have harboured, specifically people who have not forgiven. Reflect on the damage/cost of holding on to them in terms of personal health, happiness and life enjoyment. Pray for strength to speak out and affirm that we forgive and to let them go. Keep on praying every day until you no longer have any negative emotions and become free of emotional stress. It greatly helps if we can find prayers and support from a professional and/or spiritual counselor; and from some loving and caring family members or friends. An EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) practitioner may help too.

6. Build up positive emotions

Positive emotions are confirmed to give rise to a coherent heart rhythm pattern, helping our body’s systems work in harmony and more efficiently to heal itself. Once we perceive cancer as a wake-up call, we probably look back to our life, reflect and reset the purpose and the meaning for our life. We may find it is best to start and end our everyday by identifying things that we should be thankful for and sincerely give thanks to God for them. Next is to pray for a heart filled with compassion, unconditional love, forgiveness, appreciation, kindness… Having support from a caring and loving family member and/or friend is also important.

7. Increase exposure to sunshine. Sun exposure is the best way to increase vitamin D. Vitamin D has proven to prevent cancer growth, growth and metastasis including prostate, rectum, breast and skin cancers.

8. Fasting 2-3 days a month or 16 hours a day  for the digestive system to rest. This will give the immune system and the detoxification system more energy and more time to clean toxins / waste from the body and to speed up the healing process.

9. Engage in light to moderate physical activities such as swimming, walking, biking, light sport 30-60 minutes 3 times a week.

Disclaimer: The purpose of this guide is for information only. It does not replace the advice of your physician.

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Benefits of ingesting Black cumin seed oil

Black cumin seed oil has so many amazing health benefits, that have been traditionally and scientifically proven and none of us should miss.

Yes, I would like to introduce to you this oil, which I came to know and use about 6 month ago.

I am delighted and grateful to God for showing me this oil because it helped  clear the psoriasis I had suffered for over 10 years. Even though my psoriasis symptoms greatly reduced by 80-90% compared with 8 years ago thanks to diet improvement, the remaining 10-20% seemed incurable until I knew black cumin seed oil. After a day drinking 2-3 teaspoons of black cumin seed oil for 2-3 weeks, I was so happy to see the psoriasis symptoms on my legs disappeared.

Reading that black cumin seed oil is anti-convulsant and can address insomnia, I tried using it to help my grand-daughter to avoid seizures during sleep. Now with just 3.5 ml before bed, she falls into sleep easily and sleeps well with no seizures – whether at night or in day time – a result that is impossible to achieve with medication and other natural therapies.

As black cumin seed oil is also a bronchodilator and anti-asthmatic, I introduced it to some acquaintances suffering from asthma. After about 1 week, they said it helped them breathe easier without having to use asthma inhalers as often as before.

I prescribed “black cumin seed oil” for some patients at Antara free clinic. The results were amazing  for a kid with asthma, a kid with allergy to cat and an adult with insomnia and depression.

In the following paragraphs, you may think that black cumin seed oil is said to have too many health benefits to be true. But I believe black cumin seed oil has so many health benefits partly because it helps heal and protect the digestive system. Scientific studies agree that all illnesses start from the gut or the digestive system. My skin disease did not go away because my gut was leaking – a condition when the tight junctions of the intestinal wall become loose, allowing bacteria and toxins to enter the blood stream. The looser these tight junctions become, a wider variety of toxins enter the blood steam.

It has not been proven that leaky gut is the cause of many skin diseases and autoimmune disease. However there is a close association between these diseases and leaky gut condition. Many people do not know this association and try to find topical medicine to suppress  symptoms of their skin illness without making an effort to change their diet and lifestyle to help restore the health of their digestive tract wall. The result is frustration.  Black cumin seed oil has the power to heal leaky gut with the support of healthy diet and lifestyle. That is how it helped heal my psoriasis symptoms.

What is Black cumin seed

Most of us have probably never heard of black cumin seeds or black cumin seed oil. Why? Because black cumin plants, Nigella sativa by scientific name, grow only in India, Southern Europe, North Africa and the Middle East countries. Black cumin seed oil has been used by practitioners of herbal medicine in these regions for thousands of years to treat an extensive list of difficult health conditions. Its healing effects are said to treat any illness except death.

Since 1964 there have been about 460 scientific studies confirming the amazing therapeutic properties of black cumin seed oil.

Therapeutic activities

Black cumin seed oil is scientifically confirmed to have the following therapeutic actions:

  •  Anti cancer especially  leukemia , breast cancer , brain tumor , pancreatic cancer.
  • Boosting immune system function and response
  • antihistamines – anti-allergy
  • Analgesic (pain killer)
  • Anti-bacteria including anti biotic resistant bacteria such as methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-ulcer
  • Anti-cholinergic
  • Anti-fungal
  • Anti-hypertensive
  • antioxidant
  •  Antispasmodic
  • Antiviral
  • a bronchodilator
  • Diuretic
  • Anti-diabetic (both type 1 and type 2 diabetes)
  • Balancing serum cholesterol
  • Hepato-protective  (Promoting liver health)
  • Hypotensive
  • Insulin sensitizing
  • A galactagogue ( increasing the flow of breast milk in nursing mothers)
  • An emmenagogue (stimulating menstrual periods)
  • Reno-protective (kidney protecting)
  • A tumor necrosis factor alpha inhibitor
  • An immune system function and response booster
  • Reno-protective (kidney protection) •
  • A metabolism booster

Health Benefits of Black Cumin Seed Oil (BCSO)

Following are some of the many conditions reportedly treated with consistent ingestion of BCSO •

  • Cancer
  • Heart & cardiovascular disease
  • Poor hair growth and poliosis (early graying)
  • Poor bone marrow production
  • Allergies and sinusitis
  • Anxiety and nervous tension
  • Bronchitis
  • Colds and flu
  • Colic (babies)
  • Diabetes
  • Diarrhea, indigestion and heartburn
  • Hair loss
  • Headaches and migraines
  • High blood pressure
  • Insomnia
  • Intestinal parasites
  • Lethargy and depression
  • Migraines
  • Parasites
  • Candida albicans
  • High serum cholesterol level
  • Inflammation in the cardiovascular system
  • Hardened and  blood vessel walls
  • Acne
  • Backache, arthritis and rheumatism
  • Burn
  • Eczema
  • Fungal and other infections
  • Joint pain
  • Psoriasis
  • Sore muscles
  • Asthma
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Poor muscle tone
  • Over-excited nervous system
  • Respiratory problems/symptoms •
  • Infectious disease •
  • Weakness •
  • Seizures •
  • Dermatitis •
  • Prostate issues •
  • Gallbladder stones •
  • Kidney stones •
  • Hemorrhoids •
  • Varicose veins •
  • Depression •
  • Difficult circulation and many other health problems •
  • Dry skin

Safety

BCSO is normally safe and well tolerated. There has been no reports about BCSO toxicity or adverse reactions. However, anything -including filtered water- in excessive use is unsafe. So it is better to start from low dose and stay within the dosage range suggested by experienced physicians and nutritionists.

If BCSO is used topically, its better to test it first or dilute it with coconut oil or olive oil before applying.

If you are taking prescribed medication, it is better to consult the doctor before using BCSO to avoid unwanted interactions, which may increase or reduce the efficacy of the drugs.

How to use BCSO:

The best way is to use cold pressed black cumin seed oil in bottles or as 500 mg capsules.

According to naturopathic doctors and nutritionists, the normal dose is 1 teaspoon (5 ml) twice a day on an empty stomach (morning and before bed) for treatment or once a day before bed for maintenance .

Capsules can be taken 2 to 5 capsules 2 times a day.

As the taste of the oil can be too strong for some people, it is best to mix it with water, hot tea and honey or orange juice before drinking.

In Vietnam black cumin seed oil may not be available locally, but can be purchased through fado.vn. It can be bought online in any country (e.g. purenature.co.nz in New Zealand or www.iherb.com worldwide). But remember to choose food grade oil. Some stores label BCSO as ” black seed oil”. At iherb.com you can buy with your local currency (not US dollars if not in the US) and they use DHL service at very low freight cost. Before purchasing please check that the oil must have scientific name, “Nigella sativa” to make sure the product is genuine BCSO. It also pays off to read Reviews to find good quality brand.

Please remember that while taking BCSO you still need to have healthy diet with plenty of vegetables and fruits, avoiding as much as possible red meat, animal based products and simple carbs. You also need to relax and engage in adequate physical activities to enjoy the full benefits of black seed oil.

Disclaimer: This article is only for information and education and does not replace the advice from your physician.

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Ahmad, A. et al. (2013) A review on therapeutic potential of Nigella sativa: A miracle herb Asian Pac J Trop Biomed. 2013 May; 3(5): 337–352.

Axe, J. (2018). 9 Proven Black Seed Oil Benefits that Boost Your Health. https://draxe.com/black-seed-oil-benefits/

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Shakeri, F. Gholamezhad, Z., Megarbine B., Rezace, R. & Boskabady, M.H. (2016). Gastrointestinal effects of Nigella sativa and its main constituent, thymoquinone: a review. Avicema Journal of Phytomedicine (AJP). Volume 6, No. 1, Jan – Feb 2016.

SHORT GUIDE TO PREVENTING AND REVERSING DEMENTIA

SHORT GUIDE TO PREVENTING AND REVERSING MEMORY LOSS 

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 Loss of memory affects more and more people in the world, especially the elderly. This evidence-based brief guide may help you confidently start and engage in the fight against memory loss with concrete and simple steps.

Risk factors:

There are many factors that may lead to memory loss – from short-term dementia to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

They include excess alcohol consumption, smoking, inflammation, depression, drug effects and interactions, lung problems, metabolic disease or abnormalities, diabetes, sleep problems, anxiety and/or depression, obstructive sleep apnea, stress, vitamin deficiency, abnormal thyroid function and metabolic syndrome involving abdominal obesity, low levels of HDL cholesterol, high triglyceride levels, high blood pressure and insulin resistance. Evidences have accumulated that dementia symptoms clearly improve once these factors are well under control or reversed.

Dementia resulting from strokes and brain injuries that impair blood flow to the brain – called vascular dementia – is more difficult to improve or reverse. However, we can lower the chance of developing vascular dementia by controlling risk factors of heart disease and stroke.

The following changes in diet, lifestyles and medication have proven effective in improving and even reversing memory loss.

PART 1: Protecting and improving memory 

  1. If you have been experiencing fatigue, anxiety, depression or restlessness and irritability you may need high potency Vitamin B complex. Deficiency in B3 is often associated with loss of memory, dementia, fatigue, depression and anxiety. Deficiency in B5 involves restlessness and irritability. Deficiency in B12 is associated with dementia, memory loss as well as anxiety and irritability while B7 deficiency may also cause depression. In fact deficiency in any one of several different B vitamins can cause anxiety. If you have been taking anti-depressant, anti-psychotic and anxiolytic drugs, talk to your doctor because sometimes they contribute to memory loss, depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts. Recommended dosage: 1 capsule of high potency B complex a day, 500 mg vitamin B3 three times a day.
  2. Avoid excessive alcohol consumption, smoking and foods that cause diabetes, inflammation, obesity such as sugary foods, processed foods, vegetable oils (except coconut oil and raw olive oil), white bread, sugary cake, white rice.
  3. Eat a healthy diet with fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean protein from low fat dairy products, nuts, seeds, fish, beans, occasional servings of eggs, poultry, and lean meats, olive oil and avocado oil.
  4. Increase daily consumption of special foods and herbs that can help protect memory:
  • 3 tablespoons of virgin coconut oil a day. Coconut oil contains 60% of medium chain triglycerides (MCT), which have been proved to increase 8-9 % of the brain energy with as little as 20-30 mg a day. Virgin coconut oil also helps reduce many dementia risk factors including inflammation, oxidative stress, inducing weight loss, increase metabolism, enhancing the immune system.
  • Edible and medicinal mushrooms such as Shiitake, Cordyceps , Veiled lady mushroom ( indusiata), Caterpillar fungus (C. militaris), Reshi, Lion’s mane, Maitakei or Hen of the woods (Grifola frondosa)

Research confirms these mushrooms are functional foods for the brain. Some of them can help regenerate damaged brain cells and stimulate nerve growth factor (Lion’s mane, Reshi, Hen of the woods). If fresh or dried mushrooms are not available in your region, they can be found as dietary supplements in powder and extract powder with instruction of use and dosage.

  • Teas made from brahmi (Bacopa monnieri), Gotu kola, Ginkgo biloba, or ginseng. Clinical trials confirmed these herbs are tonic to brain and memory. In particular, bacopa can effective in alleviating cognitive decline and in enhancing cognitive function while Gotu kola can increase memory and cognition, repair and reverse damage to brain cells
  • One teaspoon of black cumin seed oil with 1 teaspoon of honey or some fresh orange juice before bed, especially if having enough good sleep is a problem.
  • Black cumin seed oil also has other health benefits for heart disease, diabetes, obesity, memory loss, kidney disease, enlarged prostate , fatigue, depression and anxiety.
  • Flax seeds, flax seed oil, fatty fish, fish oil, walnuts. Rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, these foods help modulate the structure of nerve cell membranes to protect the central nervous system.
  1. Exercise to ensure adequate flow of oxygen rich blood to the brain areas responsible or learning and memory function. Table tennis and badminton games are perfect for this purpose as they involve eye-hand coordination, decision-making, rapid information processing and increased blood circulation. It benefits the brain to get fit by having at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise at least 5 days a week (e.g. walking, running, jogging, rope skipping, swimming, water walking, cycling…). Vary your activities to avoid boredom. Even household chores and gardening are good exercise.
  2. Be sure to have enough good sleep ( about 7 hours a day) by developing a healthy sleeping habit. A teaspoon (or a capsule) of black cumin seed oil with honey one hour before bed is beneficial for your sleep.
  3. Stay socially active to keep your brain active through having meaningful interactions with others. Make friends if you don’t have any friends.
  4. Stay mentally active by frequently engaging in mentally challenging activities such as reading news, playing chess, chinese chess or scrabbles, taking dance lessons, memorizing favorite quotes, scriptures or memorizing and singing favorite songs, hymns.

PART 2: REVERSING SEVERE MEMORY LOSS.

If you are the carer for a loved one of yours who has severe dementia (Alzheimer’s or Parkinsons) the following may stop the condition from getting worse and bring back the memory. These have been well researched and proved effective for many people even though not every one.

  1. Vitamin Bs: Serve our loved one with the following doses of vitamin Bs – used successfully in an Oxford University study to stop brain shrinkage : 0.5milligrams of Vitamin B12, 20 milligrams of B6, and 0.8 milligrams of folic acid (or B9) a day.
  2.  Herbal extracts: Serve the patient once a day : 300-500 mg of bacopa monnieri extract, 2000 IU Vitamin E and 1000-4000 mg of lion’s mane mushroom hot water extract (containing a minimum of 15% beta glucan).A clinically proven effective supplement called Redimind , containing bacopa monnieri extract, lion’s mane extract, ginkgo extract, alpha GPC and Huperzine A (firmoss) extract, is available online at https://www.nutreance.com/products/redimind/
  3. 21 day diet plan: Every 6 months, use  the following 21 day diet plan as recommended by Dr. Ron Goldman based on a study undertaken by the Yale University of Medicine. Foods in this diet plan provide the components of TC-2153 – a compound that improves the potential to reverse Alzheimer’s as discovered in the above study – and fall into 1 or several of the 4 main groups:
  • Group A contains foods rich in hydrochloric acid, alkaline foods and nitrogen, the mixing of which will give amine hydrochlorides, a component that has been found to benefit the fight against AD in the above study.
    • Hydrochloric acid subgroup includes apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, black olive, celery, spinach, apples.
    • Alkaline foods subgroup includes almonds, grapefruit, mushroom, soy beans, peaches, bell pepper, radish, pineapple, cherries, wild rice, strawberries, bananas, apricot, avocados, green tea, lettuce, celery, sweet potatoes, peas, egg plant, green beans, beets, blueberries, pears, grapes, kiwi fruits, melons, tangerine, figs, dates, mangoes, papayas, spinach, broccoli, artichokes, cabbage, cauliflower, green beans, carrots, cucumbers, lemons, limes, seaweed, asparagus, kale, radish, collard greens, onion.
    • Nitrogen subgroup includes beef, pork, chicken, turkey, goose, duck, mussels, sardines, anchovies, scallops, crab, shrimp, lobster, oyster, cauliflower, spinach, green peas, asparagus, eggs, nuts, oats, milk, yogurt.
  • Group B contains Benzyl alcohols, which are needed to enable neurotransmitters to move freely around the brain. Foods in group B include beets, carrots, leafy vegetables, lettuce, raspberries, tea and essential oils (jasmine, ylang-ylang).
  • Group C contains the Catalyst or Iron nitrates, needed to “catalyze amine hydrochlorides and benzyl alcohols so that they can actually work within the brain”. Foods in this group include arugula, rhubarb, cilantro, butter leaf lettuce, basil, beet greens, oak leaf lettuce, Swiss chard, beet juice, spinach, dark chocolate (75% cocoa), coffee, raspberries, salmon.
  • Group T contains foods that induce Trifluoromethyl, a compound that helps reverse Alzheimer’s and can be promoted in the body through a diet that is rich in carboxylic acids. This group therefore consists of foods rich in carboxylic acids such as pickles, ketchup, mustard, salad dressing, marinades, vinegar, apples, grapes, blueberries, cherries, strawberries, pineapple, lemons, lime juice, oranges, persimmons, green tea, beer, chocolate, rhubarb, artichokes, lettuce, apple juice, apple cider, oranges, red beans, lentils, cinnamon, thyme, cloves, vanilla, tomatoes.

Each day of the 21 days diet cycle, consume (yourself and your loved one with memory problem) a bowl of salad mix made up of foods/drink in all 4 groups. It is best to have it eaten within a 15 minute time period between 6 and 8 o’clock in the evening (or between 10 am and 11:30 am in the morning if taking coffee). You can make the salad mix /drink differently each day according to the following amounts of foods for different groups:

  • Group A: 1 ounce (or 30 grams) of foods in each subgroup’s list or 1 glass of milk, or 1 cup of yogurt, or 1 medium size boiled egg. E.g. 1 ounce (or 30 grams) of boiled sweet potatoes plus 1 ounce of roast beef (or pork or chicken..) and 1 cup of low fat yogurt.
  • Group B: 4 ounces or 120 grams of different products or a pint or a large glass (480 mls) of tea leaves infusion. E.g. 60 grams of carrots  plus 60 grams of beet or 480 mls of tea infusion
  • Group C: 1 ounce (or 30 grams) of an ingredient in the list or 1 cup strong coffee or 1 glass of juice. E.g. 30 grams of dark chocolate or 30 g of spinach
  • Group T: 2 ounces or 60 grams of different products or 1 glass of drink from the list. E.g. 2 ounces or 60 grams of tomatoes or 1 glass of apple juice.

It is best to plan in advance to save time in grocery shopping and food preparation.

It is not statistically known how effective  this plan works. But it is worth trying if you want to prevent or reverse memory loss because  it is very healthy, easy to follow & cheap.

Disclaimer: This short guide is for information only and does not replace the advice of the physician in charge.

Download PDF here Preventing and Reversing Memory Loss

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