Black Seed Oil for increased health and healing

Image result for black cumin'Occasionally, I will run across a supplement or healthy food item that simply deserves a little more recognition. Not that I believe that any one thing can cure us. I’m a pretty firm believer, at this point, that our health is a complex endeavor that requires a multifaceted approach that can be different for everyone.

However, I’m also a firm believe that there are some simple things that we can do that can make it easier for our bodies to achieve a better state of wellness.

Meet Black Seed oil (BSO)

Black Seed Oil (From the plant Nigella Sativa or Black Cumin), is a brown oil that is extracted from the seeds of the Nigella Sativa plant. Black Seed Oil is mentioned in both the Koran and the Bible and was touted by the Prophet Mohammed as ‘A cure for everything but death’. I don’t know about all of that. But… I do know that since I’ve been taking the oil regularly, I have felt an increase in my overall health. Enough so, that if I were forced to choose a single supplement to use, it would be Black Seed Oil.

What are the health benefits of Black Seed Oil?

I have a feeling that we don’t even know all of the benefits of black seed oil. But here are some of the benefits we do know about.

  • Helps to modulate the immune system.
  • Antibacterial, Anti parasitic, Anti fungal and maybe even antiviral. (This means that black seed oil can possibly help with any disease that involves pathogenic infection, which I believe includes things like RA, MS, ALS, Parkinson’s, Crohn’s, IBS, Lyme disease and many, many more).
  • Anti-diabetic- Black seed oil is well-known to have the ability to lower blood sugar and help with insulin resistance. Note: If you are diabetic, be careful to monitor your blood sugar when you take this. But, I believe that over time you might find your insulin usage will be reduced.
  • Gut health- BSO can help level the playing field in your gut by helping to eradicate candida and harmful gut pathogens so that your gut, and your body can heal.
  • Potential anticancer effects- Black seed oil has even been studied as a cancer fighter. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3252704/
  • Anti-anxiety and anti-depressant.
  • Lowers cholesterol and blood pressure. An NIH study concluded that BSO lowered blood pressure dramatically…without negative side effects. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23436437
  • And on, and on….

Does it really do all of that?

After having taken BSO for more than a month, I do believe so, yes. And, I believe that BSO increases health system wide in somewhat of a domino affect. For example, if your liver is healthier you will likely see improvements in your skin and hair as well.

Personally, I have felt less fatigue and less overall body discomfort (joint pain,etc),  less brain fog and am starting to feel a little stronger. I have not had any real depression during the time I have taken the oil, but can’t positively attribute it to that. I have simply felt overall better.

Amazing Herbs Premium Black Seed Oil, 8 Fluid Ounce(Packaging May Vary)

How much do I take?

In researching BSO, I found that about 2 teaspoons is an average dose. Personally, I started with 2 teaspoons daily, split between morning and evening. Now (after a few weeks at the starting dose), I take around 3 Tablespoons, split throughout the day and do not feel any adverse effects at this dosage.

Conclusion

After experiencing the healing effects of Black Seed Oil, I will continue to use it 2-3 times a day in the hopes that my health continues to improve. If you are fighting any kind of disease…do yourself a favor and give Black Seed Oil a try. I have a strong feeling that you simply will not regret it.

 

 

Advertisements

Brain Fog

We are complicated.

Our bodies possess a complex collection of functional tools like our brain, eyes, limbs, heart, joints and other organs that help us to make our way through life. Life is good when everything is working the way it is supposed to. But, if one of these crucial systems begins to fail, it can completely change the game for us in no time.

Introducing brain fog.

For me, brain fog comes and goes, but seems to be more prevalent when I’m hitting the antibacterial, antiviral and anti fungals harder than usual. In many cases, when it hits me, I lose my concentration and become forgetful. And, I can no longer pull myself to successfully work. It just isn’t there. I simply have a hard time concentrating and it is far more difficult to problem solve and making decisions.

Brain fog is really exactly like it sounds. It can come upon you quickly and subside just as quickly or it can come on gradually and maybe last for years. I don’t pretend to know all of the mechanisms that can cause brain fog, but from what I’ve found so far, some of the reasons might be:

  • Infection- Bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic infections are far more prevalent in society than ever before. Infections consume resources that we need to stay healthy and can block the uptake of others. I have a feeling that a great majority of brain fog is related to some kind of pathogen. Many diseases like Rheumatoid Arthritis and Lyme Disease are well known for their ability to fog your brain. I am a firm believer that infection can and does cause a great deal, if not most, behavioral disorders and diseases like ASD, Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia. And, I can attest, that the way my thoughts and emotions have been constantly in disarray during my battle with this disease, that these infections can affect your mind as much as they can affect your body and central nervous system.
  • Healing crisis- Recently, I added a new supplement to my RA toolbox (Stevia by Nutramedix *NOTE ON STEVIA BELOW) and have been experiencing some intense healing crisis (herxheimer). During this healing crisis my brain fog has kicked into high gear and my motivation, into low. I can only imagine the amounts of toxins that are generated when we effectively slaughter invaders like this. But, I have a distinct feeling that these toxins are often much of the cause of brain fog. Detox anyone?
  • Environment- Molds, EMF, vaccinations, heavy metals, barometric pressure and so on could definitely play a role in brain fog.
  • Diet- Some say that wheat, gluten or other food allergies can cause brain fog. I do believe that this is true. But, I think that there is likely a infectious reason behind the food allergy. For instance, it is said that those who have a Candida overgrowth crave sugar. In my opinion, diet changes that help with these diseases are not helping because our body is suddenly broken, it is helping because of some kind of interaction with the underlying infection.
  •  Injury- Of course, brain fog could come from traumatic injury as well.

Treatment of brain fog

Hmmm. Well. I don’t know if there is any one cure-all for brain fog. I believe that to effectively eliminate it, you basically have to eliminate the cause of the issue itself. So, instead of buying supplements to boost your brain and clear your head, I recommend trying to work on clearing the illness or infection that is behind it as well as implementation of some kind of detox.

In visiting Earth Clinic, I found a couple of suggestions:

  1. Apple cider vinegar- They say that taking a couple of tablespoons of ACV a few times a day can effectively kill brain fog. I believe that this might come as a result of ACV’s ability to help clear toxins from the body. Either way, ACV has been touted time and time again for several healthy benefits. So, for me it’s a no brainer. As of today, I’m getting back on the ACV wagon. I’ll post an update letting everyone know how I fare. I use the Bragg brand of ACV ‘with mother’. Simply pour a couple teaspoons in a small glass of water (or a low sugar juice) and drink it down.
  2. Extra virgin cold pressed coconut oil- We’ve all heard the goodness that coconut oil can bring to our lives. Many say that eating a spoonful of coconut oil 2-3 times a day can help to eliminate brain fog and give you added energy as a bonus.

Well, one thing is for sure. Both of these remedies are super well known for their health benefits and I have found that both can play an huge part in fighting a bacterial infection. So, it sounds promising. I’ll keep you posted with my findings.


UPDATE: The brain fog that I had for so long diminished at this time to the point where I no longer notice anything other than some occasional,minor lack of concentration. I believe that if you just continue to attack the pathogens that are causing your issues, the brain fog will be diminished as other symptoms lessen. So, I don’t have a distinct treatment answer for this, other than just to keep attacking bacteria, viruses and biofilms.


*NOTE ON TAKING STEVIA*– Stevia (Nutramedix) is said to be an effective biofilm buster. While I do believe that there is something to that, I also have to report that I experienced what seemed to be a reduced level of testosterone while taking it. While I believe it to be effective, especially if you are really sick, I urge caution with this one.

Due to my somewhat negative experience with Stevia, I discontinued taking it directly, and instead am now adding a few droppers full to each new large bottle of listerine mouthwash that I buy. This seems to be working well and helping to keep my mouth in great shape, while not affecting me physically in any noticeable manner. After discontinuing the direct Stevia dosing, it took about a month to feel like I was back to normal.

11-16-17 ANOTHER POSSIBLE OPTION: A lot of reviewers have stated that Pinella, by NutraMedix (Awesome company) helps tremendously with brain fog. I have not taken this and no longer have brain fog. but, if you do, this might help:

Here’s the link:  Pinella by NutraMedix

 

 

 

Some thoughts about chronic disease

Before falling victim to Rheumatoid Arthritis, things were different for me. Obviously, before the illness, I didn’t have regular joint pain and inflammation, as well as the other numerous symptoms of the disease. But, that’s not the only thing that was different.

I was once, like most of us are, completely confident that the doctors at the local hospital had the latest and greatest information and treatment options for whatever it is that ails us. I also had this cookie cutter image of various diseases, including cancer, and felt that if I were unlucky enough to catch one, that my future would look dismal. I mean hey, if you look around you at the people that are afflicted with serious disease, you rarely see those people come back to a state of wellness anywhere close to what they were before. Well, that is…if they choose to treat themselves using traditional medicine.

We are trained, from birth, to believe that the best medical advice comes from our traditional (allopathic) medical doctors and that the best medicine is made in a lab and sold in a pharmacy. We, as a society, have been told that any kind of medical solution that does not come from a doctor’s office is snake oil and is unproven and unsafe. When you begin to see that this isn’t entirely true….it changes your entire outlook on, well, just about everything.

So, as you read on, I urge you to open your mind. Because, just when we think we know everything…

Autoimmune disease 

So, with an autoimmune disease, our body suddenly, and without reason, begins to attack itself, causing all sorts of things like inflammation, painful joints, nerve issues, sleep problems, cognitive issues, heart and organ issues, and on and on.

This is typically what we are told: ”

Your body’s immune system protects you from disease and infection. But if you have an autoimmune disease, your immune system attacks healthy cells in your body by mistake. Autoimmune diseases can affect many parts of the body.
No one is sure what causes autoimmune diseases. They do tend to run in families. Women – particularly African-American, Hispanic-American, and Native-American women – have a higher risk for some autoimmune diseases.
There are more than 80 types of autoimmune diseases, and some have similar symptoms. This makes it hard for your health care provider to know if you really have one of these diseases, and if so, which one. Getting a diagnosis can be frustrating and stressful. Often, the first symptoms are fatigue, muscle aches and a low fever. The classic sign of an autoimmune disease is inflammation, which can cause redness, heat, pain and swelling.
The diseases may also have flare-ups, when they get worse, and remissions, when symptoms get better or disappear. Treatment depends on the disease, but in most cases one important goal is to reduce inflammation. Sometimes doctors prescribe corticosteroids or other drugs that reduce your immune response.”

So, no one knows what causes these diseases that all look eerily similar with just a few different symptoms from that of many of the other ‘autoimmune’ diseases.

After living with and researching RA myself, here are my thoughts:

Note: These are opinions based on the wealth of information that is now becoming available from various researchers and other resources. You can take it or leave it. I feel that it is simply my obligation to share the information that I have found to be closer to the truth than that provided by the medical community.

  • Autoimmune theory- I no longer believe that our bodies simply go rogue and start attacking itself for no reason. Could it be a thing in some cases? Maybe, anything is possible. But, I no longer feel like we can blame these disease on immune systems that finally decide to stop playing by the rules and begin trying to cause us great pain and discomfort or even death.
  • The Pharma approach- Many of the pharmaceutical treatments for these types of disease are designed to lower the immune system so that it stops aggressively attacking us (for no reason of course). Somehow…that doesn’t seem right to me. To me, that would be like turning off the stoplights on a busy Saturday night because traffic is too heavy and it is causing high wait times. The traffic light is doing what it is designed to do. It is not the cause of high traffic and certainly turning it off is not going to fix the issue.
  • Cause and effect- Doctors are trained to believe that a certain cause always results in certain illness affects. In other words, if you have influenza, you have the influenza virus. And, the symptoms of the virus will be much the same for you as they are for me. In most cases, this is absolutely true. However, I now believe that this isn’t always the case. I don’t think that doctors are purposefully mistreating us. I just think that they have been as misdirected by the medical establishment as we, the patients, have.
  • Bacteria, viruses and fungi can be at the root of most common diseases- I have read articles that state that researchers believed that diseases like Rheumatoid Arthritis might have a bacterial origin as early as 1935. The problem with the theory is that the type of bacteria that can cause these diseases are often stealth bacteria that are not easily detected in simple blood work and can often only be found by using a test called PCR (Polymerase Chain reaction) )that actually looks for the DNA of the bacteria. These tests are expensive and not always covered by insurance. A pioneer in the field of Microbiology, Dr Garth Nicolson, (www.immed.org) found a direct connection between these types of bacteria (Mostly Mycoplasma, but also those associated with Lyme Disease) and the growing list of autoimmune diseases that we are facing at an unprecedented rate. With everything I have experienced and read since being diagnosed with RA, I believe this wholeheartedly. So, maybe that immune system is doing exactly what it is supposed to do…fighting off an infection. I will begin posting information soon about how I approached my RA treatment and embarked on the path to healing.
  • Food allergies, diet and Gluten- Although I don’t claim to know the mechanism that causes it all to happen, I now believe that certain foods cause reactions due to the way that certain bacteria, viruses and fungi interact with it. In other words, certain foods will make an infection either thrive or diminish. You can easily find articles that declare that a certain diet will diminish the symptoms of certain illnesses. I do believe that many of them are true and effective. However, I think there is a missing piece to that puzzle and that is the ‘why?’. Why is it that someone all of the sudden has an allergy to a food that they have been able to tolerate all of their life? Here is another one of those areas that we just accept, and maybe change our diet, and move on. But, what if the reason you are now having a reaction to a certain food is because you now have an active infection that is using those foods to further its own existence in your body. I do, wholeheartedly, believe that if you remove the infection…you might eventually lose the intolerance to those foods.

Summary

In summary, what we are told by doctors, pharmaceutical companies and the media about chronic illness, may not be the whole story. The key is that we must not just blindly trust our healthcare providers and we must do our own research and take control of our own health.

Biofilms

BIOFILMS Biofilm explanation

Mycoplasma are a stealth virus . Not only can they change shapes and evade or even turn off the immune system. They also have the ability to form what’s called a ‘biofilm’.

Biofilms are basically a group of bacteria or viruses that have surrounded themselves with a protein like coating that protects them from the immune system and antimicrobials. (Mycoplasma are not the only critters that can create biofilms. In fact it seems that most bacteria and viruses can.)

This, I believe, is why it takes so long to defeat these types of infections. I believe that the bacteria have the ability to grow in the biofilm, in an unrestricted manner. Then, every so often, they release more bacteria into the system that attempt to re-infect the host. I also think this is one of the main reasons why someone ends treatment prematurely, thinking that they are feeling worse and therefore thinking that the treatment is not working. It also might account for the ‘ups and downs’ of these types of illnesses.

So, at some point we have to address biofilms. If we don’t, the bacteria will come out of hiding and reinfect the host…repeatedly. NOTE: I highly recommend that you do not start treating for biofilms right away. I recommend that you treat with antimicrobials (lightly first, then more heavily with time) and then, after about 3-4 weeks, begin attacking the biofilms. Otherwise, I think that you will have a heavy die off that could overwhelm your system.

Natural Biofilm Dissolvers

  • Serrapeptase – Serrapeptase is an enzyme produced by serratia bacteria in the intestines of silkworms.  The enzyme only dissolves dead or damaged tissue such as Fibrin, the building blocks for Biofilm.  Once the enzyme dissolves the fibrin, Bacteria is exposed to antibiotics and the immune system. This is what I use. I currently take about 4 – 6 capsules spread throughout the day. these should be taken 30 min before a meal or well after a meal. Other uses for serrapeptase are:
    • Heart health
    • Pain relief
    • Anti inflammatory
    • Fibroid dissolver
    • Helps with cancer patients
    • UTI’s
    • Here is a link with some information about serrapeptase, but also many testimonials that outline what it has done for different people that have used it. http://www.helpherself.com/serapeptase/ 
  • Lumbrokinase – Lumbrokinase is an enzyme produced by earthworms.  It is commonly used for breaking up biofilm by dissolving the fibrin that it consists of.  Lumbrokinase is said to be more powerful than Nattokinase.
  • Nattokinase – Nattokinase is an enzyme produced from Natto, a Japanese food made from fermented soybeans.  It is commonly used for breaking up Biofilm by dissolving the fibrin it consists of.
  • Bio-fibrin– Bio-fibrin is a supplement that is designed for use against biofilm aBiofibrinnd contains 2 of the 3 enzymes listed above as well as several others that are known to be heavy hitters. Personally, I take 3 Serrapeptase and 3 Bio-fibrin each morning, first thing and then wait for at least 35 minutes to eat.  Personally, I feel like keeping biofilms under control is a key to good overall health, much less a true key to rising above chronic illness.

Remember, Healing takes time

Rome wasn’t built in a day and you did not become less than healthy in a day, either. I feel so much better now than I did when I first became ill. But, it has been a long and slow process. In fact, January 2018 will mark two years since I first began to experience the life changing illness that swooped down upon me like a phoenix. So, set your sights on wellness and just start moving forward. One foot ahead of the other…