Aug 282015

How To Cure Acid Reflux NaturallyIf you suffer from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) you likely know plenty about it already.

Here’s the recap:
Acid Reflux or GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) is a common condition which affects as many as 20% of Americans. Acid Reflux sufferers experience unpleasant symptoms when the stomach’s acid and digestive juices (normally present in the stomach) regurgitate into the esophagus. In response to repeated exposure to the refluxed stomach’s liquids, esophageal lining may develop inflammation known as esophagitis; esophageal ulcers, esophageal strictures (scarring that develops after ulcers heal) as well as Barrett’s Esophagus (a lesion in the esophageal lining which may develop into a cancerous growth if untreated) or esophageal cancer. Among other complications caused by GERD are chronic cough, asthma and sinusitis.
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease can cause a multitude of symptoms and lead to severe health problems if left untreated.

When Acid Reflux sufferers first experience symptoms, they turn to antacids hoping for relief. Eventually, the antacids become a way of life. With time, the antacids that were once effective, bring less and less relief. When it becomes obvious that the heartburn is not going away, the next step is usually a referral and a visit to a gastroenterologist. Next come endoscopic tests and so on, and so on. There’re prescriptions. And still, there seems to be no end and the bothersome symptoms keep reoccurring.

I believe in conventional medicine. The value of medicine cannot be underestimated. The diagnostic equipment alone is far superior to anything available just one generation ago. There are situations when medical treatment is advisable; it can also be essential and life-saving.
With that said, I believe also that the goal of medicine is to heal disease – and if possible – eradicate the cause of a disease, not to control its symptoms, only. When it comes to GERD – among other diseases – it seems that the main focus of medical treatment is a temporary relief of symptoms.

Doctors commonly advise acid reflux sufferers to:
1/ eat smaller and more frequent meals.
2/ avoid foods known to accelerate acid production:

  • Citric fruits (oranges, lemons and limes)
  • Alcohol
  • Fried foods
  • Fatty foods
  • Spicy foods
  • Caffeine
  • Chocolate
  • Tobacco
  • Peppermint

And then, GERD / Acid Reflux sufferers are advised not to lie down for at least 2-3 hours after eating and to sleep with their upper body elevated by about 6 inches.

That’s all fine and good. If it works for YOU. Does it?
There are several reasons why you didn’t find relief.

Unlike what your doctor told you, there is every indication that your stomach produces not too much but TOO LITTLE acid.
The unbearable symptoms of Acid Reflux can occur due to a shortage of acid. When your stomach rushes to utilize the limited amount of acid available, it kicks into an overdrive: the stomach cramps and creates a backflow of acid into the esophagus.
Supporting the stomach with additional acid will calm the symptoms of Acid Reflux within minutes.

Try this: take 2 tablespoons of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (To ensure that the ACV is effective and chemical contaminants-free, it has to be organic; preferably “with mother” and it must come in a glass bottle. The very best Organic Apple Cider Vinegar costs about $3.50 which is nothing comparing with the prices of antacids, not to mention prescriptions.) and chase it down with 8 oz of water. You should experience relief within minutes.

Once you’ve experienced relief and want to remain symptom-free, take 1-2 tablespoons of ACV in 8 oz of water before meals and as a reliable remedy in an Acid Reflux “emergency”. When you feel better and experience symptoms less often, you’ll be able to find the perfect “dosage” and frequency for you. (Some ex-sufferers have just one ACV drink a day to stay symptoms-free.)

Problem solved? Maybe, maybe not.
You may still have an underlying bacterial infection or a stomach ulcer. Prolonged treatment for Acid Reflux (or GERD) may have depleted your intestinal microflora, the friendly gut bacteria.

A bacterial infection or a stomach ulcer calls for antibiotic therapy. The antibiotics that kill harmful bacteria (pathogens) are unfortunately even more effective at destroying the friendly gut bacteria. What to do? How To Cure Acid Reflux Naturally?

  • AVOID SUGAR and soft drinks. Sugar is everybody’s enemy but if you suffer from GERD / Acid Reflux, sugar in ANY form is your WORST enemy. Sugar exacerbates your condition, supports inflammation and cancer. (Chase sugar cravings away with sweet fruit or an occasional teaspoon of raw honey.)
  • EAT GARLIC to control possible infection or inflammation! Garlic known for its antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties (which is quite unprecedented and remains a feat today’s pharmacology is still unable to match) seems to be also selective. It protects us from harmful pathogens and supports the growth of beneficial gut bacteria.
  • Load up on Probiotics! Probiotic foods – foods containing LIVE cultures! – help restore internal microflora and support immune system. There are two main sources of natural probiotics: fermented milk and fermented vegetables.
    Commercially available fermented milk products (like yogurt and kefir) are pasteurized and don’t contain the LIVE cultures you need. The best way is to make fermented milk (kefir) yourself with fresh, milk kefir grains. That’s the healthiest and most cost-effective method. (Otherwise, buy PLAIN yogurt with LIVE cultures in your local health food store and eat at least 8 oz – 16 oz a day.) When it comes to fermented vegetables: read labels. Some fermented vegetables available in stores – especially imported – are not pasteurized. I recommend sauerkraut or kombucha.
  • Papaya renowned for its many healing properties contains digestive enzymes, flavonoids and antioxidants. In addition to replenishing the flora in your gut, it helps regulate bowel movement and protects the digestive system from parasitic infections.

Now you know How To Cure Acid Reflux Naturally, BUT neither GERD / Acid Reflux nor Gastritis stands alone. Their symptoms are the result of your faulty eating habits. The ACV, garlic, probiotics and papaya treatment will cure Acid Reflux naturally. The long term solution however HAS TO include a commitment to eating healthier. YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT.
Your gut is VERY important for a number of reasons. The obvious one is that we need to eat to live; the less obvious: your digestive system supports 80% of your immune system which protects you from – and prevents – disease.

Statements made on Website have not been evaluated by the FDA. They are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Likewise, blog posts published on are not a substitute for medical diagnosis or treatment.

Aug 272015

How To Restore Digestive Health And The Immune System after antibiotic therapy, anti-viral drugs, laxatives, excessive cleansing and involuntary exposure to drugs in food.

How To Restore Digestive Health And The Immune SystemDetoxing, desinfecting, sanitizing became buzzwords, recently. We walk an extra mile to protect ourselves and our kids from germs and bacteria. Many spray ammonia all-around. Others clean with bleach and bleach-containing products. Hand sanitizers are available in all shapes and sizes and sell like hotcakes. Many are so self-conscious, they believe that they can’t live without drugstore-bought deodorants. We are bent on detoxifying our bodies inside and out. We’ve taken the whole concept of being germ and bacteria-free to the extreme.

As if we forgot that the human body is an ecosystem populated by germs and bacteria: germs and bacteria we need, gut flora we can’t do without. Hello: this huge push to disinfect everything – ourselves included – is dangerous to your health. Drugs that kill harmful bacteria, kill the beneficial bacteria, too. Products designed to disinfect your surroundings, sanitizers that disinfect your hands and detox protocols to cleanse your body, do the same! Living in symbiosis with beneficial bacteria ensures good health. Being “cleaner” and without the balance of beneficial bacteria means also being miserable and more vulnerable to disease.

Our internal flora gets decimated by antibiotic therapies, anti-viral drugs, excessive use of laxatives, heavy metals, dental amalgam, antibiotics’ overload in meat and milk, toxic chemicals in household cleaners, personal care products, antibacterial soaps, etc. There are actually medical terms for the decimated internal microflora, they are “disbacteriosis” or “disbiosis”. The terms describe drastic imbalance in the quantity and composition of the internal ecosystem.

Why is it a big deal? Your digestive health determines not only your digestion but your overall health: 80 percent of your immune system is located in the digestive system!

Out of whack microflora in the digestive system may lead to a multitude of minor complaints, significant inconveniences, health problems and serious diseases. Among them are:

  • wide range of digestive problems
  • increased susceptibility to infections
  • yeast infection
  • infertility
  • hair loss
  • premature aging and gray hair
  • compromised immunity
  • anemia
  • diabetes
  • asthma
  • cancers

The emphasis shouldn’t be on eradicating all and any microorganisms in and around you but on rebuilding intestinal microflora and mucosa (intestinal lining).

The following foods support the restoration of beneficial intestinal bacteria:

Garlic known for its antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties (which is quite unprecedented and remains a feat today’s pharmacology is unable to match, yet) seems to be also selective. It protects us from harmful agents and encourages the growth of beneficial bacteria.

Papaya renowned for its many healing properties contains digestive enzymes, flavonoids and antioxidants. It regulates bowel movement and protects the digestive system from parasitic infections.

LIVE Probiotics – like those found in Milk Kefir Grains, sauerkraut, or kombucha – help balance intestinal flora.

Intestinal bacteria flourish in – and feed on – intestinal mucosa. L-Glutamine is an amino acid that helps restore damaged intestinal mucosa. The richest natural sources of L-Glutamine are: lean cuts of beef and cottage cheese.

On a final note, don’t overreact! Here in California there was a lot of talk recently about chickens “contaminated” by Salmonella. There was an outbreak of Salmonellosis followed by many hospitalizations. The public demanded a recall. The producer accused of distributing the “tainted” chickens declined and didn’t recall the chickens explaining that the Salmonella virus is naturally found in the digestive system of chickens.
The outbreak of Salmonellosis wasn’t the chickens’ “fault”, but the consumers’ who didn’t handle and / or prepare their food correctly. Overreacting would mean never eating chicken, again. Common sense? Keep your kitchen clean and don’t eat raw or undercooked poultry.

Aug 272015

What to do and what not to do to restore your energy. Water, oxygen, sleep and brushing are in!

If you always feel tired, there may well be a medical explanation for it. There are several diseases that produce the feeling of overwhelming tiredness.
Start by excluding possible, legitimate reasons for tiredness. Visit your doctor and get checked for:

  • anemia
  • underactive thyroid
  • diabetes
  • depression
  • heart disease

There are some common, lifestyle-related reasons for tiredness:

  • too much caffeine (cut down on coffee and don’t drink coffee after 5 pm)
  • too much sugar (the same advice as above!)
  • not enough sleep (create a routine to get yourself sleepy and get up at the same time every morning)
  • not enough exercise (no one is too tired to exercise; you’re too tired because you don’t exercise!)

What to do, if you’ve been found perfectly healthy, lead a reasonably healthy lifestyle and still feel tired?

How To Get Over Tiredness Naturally

1/ Make sure you’re sufficiently hydrated
Approximately 60% of adult human body is water. We all know that. Now, think about it: where is that water? We are alive for as long as our inner processes are in motion. They are in motion – and substances are being constantly moved within us – because water acts as a lubricant and “solvent” that dilutes dense substances. In a well-hydrated person the inner processes and dilutions are fast and effortless. (Not so in dehydrated individuals!)
Drink WATER, not coffee, tea, juice or soda. (Coffee and tea are dehydrating. Juice and soda have a lot of sugar which makes a person and consequently, his / her body’s inner functions sluggish.) Yes, you can drink infused water: lemon infusion is best!


2/ Move!
Exercise is good for you, but in this case too: ask yourself why? Media would have us believe that exercise is trendy; that specific types of exercise can redefine individual features of our bodies and that exercise supports weight loss. That’s kinda true, but none of it points to the actual reasons to exercise.
The reality is MUCH simpler. Ever heard “use it or lose it”? That’s where’s at! Since all those inner processes of your body’s are in motion they are stimulated by movement. The other important factor is breathing. When you exercise, specifically aerobic exercise increases your heart rate and stimulates your breathing: it actually increases your oxygen intake.
Well-oxygenated bodies have stronger immune system and are less susceptible to disease.
Here is an interesting tidbit: cancer is rampant, but no one yet developed heart cancer. Do you know why? Because heart is the last bastion of the body’s oxygen reserve and cancer can’t “live” or grow in well-oxygenated space.

Regular physical activity that involves some aerobic exercise is re-energizing, not tiring.

3/ Cut down on – or better yet, eliminate – sugar
Sugar gives us a sense of immediate gratification and emotional comfort. (The same can be said about MANY other addictive substances: alcohol, drugs and nicotine…) The fleeting sense of immediate gratification and comfort doesn’t justify the price, or to be more exact: the health risks. Yes, you can gain weight if you eat too much sugar, who cares! But did you know that sugar feeds inflammation and cancer? Eating sugar is akin to asking for cancer. Don’t ask! Two out of four people will be diagnosed with cancer whether they asked for it or not.

4/ Sleep
Sleep still holds many mysteries. Not even science understands it fully. We do know however that sleep is regenerative and that some bodily functions take place ONLY when we sleep.
We know A LOT more how harmful sleep deprivation is. It results in lowered resistance to disease, poor memory, irritability, inability to focus, poor performance, and more.
Get 8 hours of sleep every night! If you can’t, cut one or two hours and take a nap the following day. If you steal your sleep, you give away your health!

Those of you who wake up run down already will greatly benefit from an ancient technique borrowed from Ayurveda. It gained popularity in recent years and is often referred to as “dry skin brushing”.
It is a simple technique that will invigorate you through and through! The original “tool” used were raw silk massage gloves; today a natural bristle brush, regular exfoliating gloves or even a loofah will do. The magic isn’t in the tool but in the technique.

Arm yourself with one of the exfoliating tools and start at the very bottom: at the soles of your feet. Massage the rounder body parts (like the abdomen) in circular motion and long body parts in strokes toward the heart. Work your way to the top of your head. (Exercise common sense: be gentle on delicate areas and aggressive on those that are not.)

What does it do? Dry skin brushing:

  • revitalizes
  • reenergizes
  • improves circulations
  • supports lymphatic function
  • detoxifies
  • helps to relieve depression
  • exfoliates

Few years ago, I tried it once out of curiosity. It made me feel so good, a day without dry skin brushing seems like a waste to me, now.


To me personally, the lowest form of life is an individual who inflicts harm on other living beings. The second lowest form of life is an individual who destroys for no reason.

If you think of life, lifestyle and…. YOURSELF, you’ll be surprised to realize that in many ways you are vandalizing (destroying for NO reason) your most precious possession: your health. That’s unfortunately true for most of us. How sad!

Aug 252015

Castor Oil Alternative Treatment For Breast Tumors And Dry Eyes The times when Castor Oil was considered the gold standard treatment for constipation are over. Other safer and gentler methods have taken its place. This is not to say that we should discard other healing properties of Castor Oil.

Castor Oil (Ricinus Communis) is thick, very light yellow oil expressed from castor beans which grow mainly in India, China and Brazil. The oil itself is a triglyceride which consists of fatty acids, most notably Ricinoleic acid, Oleic acid and Linoleic acid.

As with many other natural remedies, Castor Oil too has a long history. The history is… mixed. Used externally – as a natural remedy – Castor Oil has been praised for its safety and effectiveness for hundreds and even thousands of years and is mentioned as a remedy in ancient Indian, Chinese and Egyptian writings. Unfortunately, Castor Oil has been also deliberately MISused to intimidate and humiliate political opposition in the 1940s. With that said, ANYTHING can be misused.

This article isn’t about the human character and its many flaws but the healing properties of Castor Oil. Before we go any further however it should be noted that ANY use of Castor Oil by pregnant women is a bad idea because it may induce premature labor. Likewise, I don’t recommend taking Castor Oil internally unless recommended by a physician.
If and when using Castor Oil, choose organic, cold-pressed Castor Oil because that’s its purest and therefore most effective form. (Store it in the refrigerator.) Finally, Castor Oil is staining and the stains are hard, if not impossible to remove. Keep it in mind while using Castor Oil: chances are that you’ll have to throw out the item – clothing or a pillow case – that came in contact with Castor Oil!

It may appear that there are thousands of sources providing information on the healing properties of Castor Oil already so writing another article on such a well explored subject is a waste of your time and mine. NOT SO!

I know of a few therapeutic uses of Castor Oil that apparently no other source is aware of. (Once again, I’d like to stress out that I’m not a medical doctor. My knowledge is based on my own research, personal experience, or both.)

Two specific situations make me think of Castor Oil. Whenever a female celebrity gets diagnosed with breast cancer and when someone complains about persistently dry eyes.

     When my Mom suddenly developed fast-growing lump in her breast and went to see a doctor, he was fast to guess that it is likely breast cancer and was eager to schedule a biopsy. It gave us a HUGE scare!
My Mom sought second opinion. The second doctor was quite old and experienced. He thought that since not every lump or tumor is cancerous, it would be prudent to try a home remedy, first. He suggested a Castor Oil pack on the affected breast.
Mind you, the procedure was quite messy as he advised my Mom to stick the pack in her bra and wear a bra with the Castor Oil pack 24 hours a day. She was to replace the oil pack daily and continue for 10 days. Her next appointment was scheduled 10 days later. By then, the lump has shrunk by 90%. After another week, there was no lump at all and the breast cancer scare was permanently over!

Please DON’T misunderstand me. I’m not saying that there is no breast cancer. I’m not saying that Castor Oil is a cure for breast cancer. I am saying that some types of breast tumors / lumps / fibrocystic breasts respond to Castor oil packs.
(The reason I’m reminded of this incident whenever a female celebrity is diagnosed with breast cancer is that I wonder whether fame and fortune aren’t the reasons for the rush toward more radical and more profitable – to the physicians, NOT the patients! – treatments.)

How to prepare a Castor Oil pack?

  • take a piece of natural fabric (we cut up an old, light-colored, woolen sweater)
  • soak it in an organic, cold-pressed Castor Oil
  • make sure the fabric is well saturated but not dripping wet
  • apply the fabric to the area over the lump
  • cover the fabric with a plastic wrap
  • put on a bra
  • have a large, glass Mason jar handy to store the excess Castor Oil and a ziplock bag for an alternate piece of natural fabric for the next application. The same oil pack can be reused up to 30 times. Store in the refrigerator but apply at room temperature.

(One more thing, the use of deodorant is discouraged during the time Castor Oil packs are used daily.)

The Castor Oil packs’ treatment may – or may not – help in your specific case. (There are different types of breast tumors.) I know it helped my Mom which is why it is my belief that it is well worth trying before medical treatment commences. It won’t cause any harm; the delay is short; it’s worth trying even if there is a small chance it will help you. IF it does, you’ll save yourself A LOT of anguish.

As I mentioned in my other writings, natural remedies aren’t as well researched as drugs seeking approval of the Food and Drug Administration because no researcher would benefit financially from such a research.
With that said, there was some research done on Castor Oil. A study on Castor Oil packs published in the Journal of Naturopathic Medicine (“Immunomodulation through Castor Oil Packs” by Harvey Grady) concluded that external application of Castor Oil Packs (for at least 2 hours at a time) enhances the immunological function of the lymphatic system by increasing the number of disease-killing T-11 cells.

     When it comes to dry eyes that can’t be relieved by moisturizing eye drops, one drop – only one, not more! – of organic, cold-pressed Castor Oil in each eye before going to sleep for 7 consecutive days relieved my dry eye symptoms. (I suffered from dry eyes for several years: I used moisturizing eye drops and prescription eye drops but the symptoms didn’t go away. After 7 days of using Castor Oil, I no longer suffer from the itchiness and redness that accompany dry eyes. I don’t need Castor Oil or any other eye drops anymore because I’m symptom-free.)
Be sure NOT to use Castor Oil for dry eyes daytime, vision is significantly diminished right after the application.
There is a little “side effect” I experienced while using Castor Oil to cure my dry eyes: I grew very nice, long lashes….

Castor Oil – used externally – helps relieve many common conditions and even beauty concerns.

  • Aching muscles: Castor Oil packs can be used to relieve the pain of aching muscles.
  • Arthritis: make a paste of Cayenne Pepper and Castor Oil and apply to aching joints. IMPORTANT: cayenne pepper bites! Wash your hands after each application and whatever you do: don’t touch your eyes with a hand that was in contact with Cayenne Pepper!
  • Ringworm: apply Castor Oil to the “rings” at least twice a day
  • Nail fungus: apply Castor Oil to nails at least twice a day, massage it well for better absorption
  • Corns: apply Castor Oil to the corn at least twice a day for a week or so: it will soften the corn and diminish pain. With prolonged use it will help the corn disappear altogether.

When it comes to beauty:

  • Castor Oil helps grow lashes and eyebrows: put a drop of Castor Oil on your finger and massage it into the roots of your lashes / eyebrows. It will take at least a week before you’ll see noticeable results.
  • Castor Oil can help heal and prevent split ends: take a drop of Castor Oil and massage it into the ends of hair.
  • Castor Oil with its antibacterial properties will support your fight with teenage or adult acne: massage on the pimples and the surrounding areas before going to bed.
  • Castor Oil is terrific for chapped lips! (It is used as ingredient in many commercial lip balms.)
  • Castor Oil nourishes skin and is great especially for relieving dry skin.
  • Castor Oil is said to have anti-aging properties: it hydrates, supports collagen building and improves skin’s elasticity. (Many believe that it reduces wrinkles and sagging.)

Castor Oil is NOT a miracle cure. It will help some individuals and fail to help others. It will resolve some common ailments and may not produce expected outcomes in others cases. That’s how natural remedies work: their effectiveness from individual to individual and from condition to condition varies. One more thing, Castor Oil isn’t a surgery or stem cell therapy, it doesn’t work instantly. Be patient.
EXPECT the above! Try Castor Oil for what it is: a natural ALTERNATIVE treatment. IF it works for you, the “payoff” justifies the effort. If it doesn’t, there is conventional medicine with its many modern miracles which aren’t foolproof, either…. Still, it’s worth remembering that when it comes to health, gentle first is a good policy.

Statements made on Website have not been evaluated by the FDA. They are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Likewise, blog posts published on are not a substitute for medical diagnosis or treatment.