Saturday, December 10, 2005


Yesterday I had six tally marks.

On 11/18 I spoke on the cons of some herbs, now for the pros, all things must balance. The herb Echinacea is said to protect healthy cells from attack by viruses and bacteria and aids in the growth of healthy new cell tissue. Green Tea contains a chemical that possibly prevents cancer cells in the body from dividing and may lower your cholesterol and improve your HDL to LDL ratio. Garlic, a half of a clove daily, reduces cholesterol level an average of 9 percent and prevents "bad" LDL cholesterol from being oxidized. Oxidized cholesterol damages arteries. Cayenne Pepper may promote calorie burning, supporting your diet and exercise efforts, also aids in digestion and absorption of nutrients, and can reduce excess appetite that is due to malabsoption; a commom condition in overweight people.

Disclaimer: Herbs interact with each other and with many prescription drugs. Always check with your doctor, what you intend to take. Even garlic capsules; you may have to adjust doses of apirin or other anticoagulants, to prevent excess bleeding. When botanicals are used in large amounts or over a long period of time damage may occur in the kidneys, liver, and other organs. Just as pharmaceutical drugs can cause side effects, so can herbs that produce a therapeutic effect.

Moderation in everything sounds like a good balance to me, although I battle with food consumpton. It's good, it's bad, it's good, it's bad; no wonder there is so much confusion in life. The air you breath, the water you drink, the food you eat, your meds, the authority figures, and even your own mind can all be a hinderance to a persons good long healthy happy life! It's all ambiguous to me. How do you stand? Cheerio.

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