Jamaican scientist Dr. Henry Lowe, confirmed that he and his research team have uncovered two major developments related to Guinea Hen Weed's ability to fight cancer and that the findings will be published in a respected peer review journal next month.
Dr. Lowe's research team at the University of Maryland School of Medicine discovered that one of the ways by which Dibenzyl Trisulfide (DTS) — the major bioactive molecule in Guinea Hen Weed — attacks and destroys cancer cells is by inhibiting a particular type of protein (called a Kinase) which exists in cancer cells and which promotes cancer development.
"If these Kinases are not inhibited or destroyed, they help the cancer cells to survive as well as to spread throughout the body," Lowe, said.
He also revealed that a study of the anti-cancer potency of the Guinea Hen Weed products on the international market, compared to those available here, found that the local products are "significantly more potent" than their overseas commercial competitors, "by an average of 25 per cent".
That study, he said, was conducted by his Biotech R&D Institute, and the findings have been accepted for publication in the April 2014 issue of the International Journal of Cancer Research and Treatment.
He said that this is the first time that this particular scientific discovery has been made and reported, thus significantly advancing the potential of DTS as a major anti-cancer agent.
Dr. Lowe, who is known for his anti-cancer research using the Jamaican Ball Moss, appeared excited by the findings, given that he has developed nutraceuticals using local plants, including Guinea Hen Weed, and markets them under the Eden Gardens brand.
Dr. Lowe said that Guinea Hen Weed, which is also called garlic weed (Petivera alliacea), is recognized internationally as one of the most interesting and important medicinal plants in the world.
"Although its medicinal benefits have long been demonstrated to include anti-cancer activities, headache and general pain management, nausea and anti-diabetic properties, most studies have been focused on its potent anti-cancer properties," Dr. Lowe said.
He pointed out that a significant number of studies on the plant's anti-cancer properties have been done by scores of scientists in more than 25 countries, including Jamaica where it grows.
"One of the earliest studies done on the plant was by Dr PC Feng at the Pharmacology Department at UWI (University of the West Indies) in 1962," Lowe said. "In recent times, Dr LA Williams has done additional work on its mechanism of action and certain anti-cancer properties.
"In the last 15 years, several scientific papers and patents have been published on the bioactivity of compounds isolated from Guinea Hen Weed. Among these, a scientific group from California has filed several patents, particularly on the anti-cancer activities of DTS isolated from the Guinea Hen Weed, thus restricting commercial development of some isolates from the plant."
Lowe said that although research suggests that most of the anti-cancer effects of the plant are related to DTS, new studies indicate that the biological activities of Guinea Gen Weed, including its anti-cancer effect, may be due to synergism, or biological activities due to two or more chemicals acting together to cause the observed effects.
He said that although the result of the anti-cancer activities of DTS looks very promising, the next challenge is to develop a pharmaceutical drug with the required bioactivity.
"At this time, the Biotech R&D Institute has developed nutraceutical capsules and medicinal teas as the first major steps towards the production of a pharmaceutical product from Guinea Hen Weed, for the management of cancer," he said, adding that his lab has also developed an "even more potent anti-cancer medicinal tea" using Guinea Hen Weed and Ball Moss.
Within the next three to six months, he said, he intends to introduce to the market a new anti-cancer nutraceutical made up of extracts of Guinea Hen Weed and Ball Moss.
He warned, though, that while it may seem okay to use medicinal herbs from the wild for therapeutic purposes, people need to understand that the plants must be harvested using Good Agricultural Practices and that the products need to be standardised and manufactured under Good Manufacturing Practices.
"Plants collected from the wild are most often exposed to rodents, reptiles and various insects, which can contaminate them by their faeces and urine etc, which could lead to a variety of diseases.," Lowe said.
"Consequently, it is important that as much as possible, people should use scientifically standardised herbal products," he said, adding that in cases where standardised products are not available, herbal medicines should, as far as possible, be processed and used with caution. Consult your physician before starting new herbs. HHM
Since surviving end-stage cancer and a near death experience, Anita Moorjani has gained international recognition for her New York Times best-selling book, Dying to be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing. She's travelled the globe and learned one thing: people everywhere live their life by many myths, and Anita believes that until we learn what self love really is and how to achieve it, we will never truly heal.
Far from having a know-it-all attitude, Moorjani uses her experience to inspire others to turn inward for answers, and encourages readers to use her book as a jumping-off point for their own.
Anita's story has appeared in media around the world, including FOX News, CNN, National Geographic, The Huffington Post, and PBS.
4 Myths That Keep You From Living Fully and Fearlessly By Anita Moorjani
One of the biggest lessons I learned from nearly dying of cancer is the importance of loving myself unconditionally. In fact, learning to love and accept myself unconditionally is what healed me and brought me back from the brink of death. During my workshops and speeches, I often tell the audience to "Love yourself like your life depends on it, because it does!"
Being at the brink of death taught me that my purpose in life is to be who I am, and express my authentic self fearlessly. But I also learned that I would never fully express myself unless I was able to accept and love myself unconditionally. The extent to which I am fearless about expressing my authentic self is in direct correlation with how much I love and accept myself.
If you're anything like me, you will feel that it's one thing to know the importance of loving ourselves in theory, but quite another thing to effectively put self-love into practice. Most of us come from cultures and societies that do not promote, or even support, self-love, and we often feel judged if we love ourselves, value ourselves, or put ourselves first.
It almost feels as though we live in an upside-down world where we are taught the opposite of what would really help us in life, and when we actually stumble upon the truth of how to live our lives joyfully, we are judged for practicing it.
Perhaps this is the reason why so many of us are struggling through life -- we are brought up to believe in the opposite of what would really help us, and when we inadvertently stumble upon the truth of how to live our lives joyfully, we are judged for practicing it.
Below, I've listed some common myths which people seem to take as truths, and which I believe hold us back from living our life fully:
Myth #1: It's selfish to love yourself: To dispel this myth, just look at its opposite: what does it look like if we don't love or value ourselves? We feel unworthy, undeserving, and unlovable, and the person we become is one who is needy with a void that we believe needs to be filled by others because we believe that it's selfish to fill it ourselves.
This is the person I used to be. I was needy -- and a people pleaser -- because I needed the validation of others in order to feel worthy. Now, I've noticed that when we love ourselves, we don't need the approval of others in order to be who we are. Instead, we are able to bring our fully-realized, joyful self out into the world -- someone who others want to be around -- instead of a self that is needy, with a hole that needs to be filled from the outside.
Myth #2: Loving myself means needing constant self-care, which could make me high maintenance: Many have expressed to me that they believe loving and honoring ourselves simply means making the time in our busy schedules to take care of ourselves -- for example, taking the time to meditate, smell the flowers, get a manicure, get our hair done, or get a massage -- basically, spend money on ourselves and give ourselves a treat. People tell me "I must already really love myself, because I do that type of stuff for myself all the time. But my life still doesn't work!"
Although I do think it's important to take the time to do those things for ourselves if it brings us pleasure, here's what self-love means to me: It means loving myself even when I fail. Even when I'm feeling down, and feel as though I have nothing left. Even when I feel that everyone on the planet is against me and doesn't understand me. I need to be able to look myself in the eyes, and say, "No matter what anyone else thinks, I will not let myself down, or forsake myself. I will stay by my own side!"
Myth #3: Loving ourselves means being in denial of our weaknesses Many believe that loving ourselves means being in denial about our seeming failures, and just talking ourselves with affirmations. However, this isn't the case. It's not just about constantly praising ourselves, talking ourselves up and telling ourselves how awesome we are. It's about loving the REAL us! It's about loving the human "us." The "us" who has feet of clay, the "us" who comes undone under criticism, the "us" who sometimes fails and disappoints those around us. It's about making a commitment to ourselves that we will stick by "us," even if no one else does! That's what loving ourselves means!
Myth #4: It's important to always stay positive, regardless of external circumstances: Although it's not a bad thing to have a positive attitude in life, I have found that as someone who reads books that advocate positive thinking, and how our thoughts create our reality, I started to become fearful of having "negative" thoughts. Whenever I had a fearful or insecure or negative thought, I would deny it, suppress it, and push it away, believing that it would contribute towards manifesting into a negative physical reality. It was only after almost dying of cancer, did I realize that I had been suppressing many of my thoughts and emotions, for fear of being negative, and putting "negative thoughts" out there. And this suppression only contributed to my illness. I then realized that it's not my thoughts that create my reality; it's my emotions towards myself. That is, the more I love myself, the better my external world. The more I love and value myself, the more I allow positive things to come into my life. The less I love myself, the less I feel worthy of allowing positive things to come into my life.
If I constantly suppress certain emotions and feelings within myself, judging them as being "negative" and forcing myself to have more positive thoughts, the message I am sending to my own self is that "my thoughts are wrong. I should not be having these thoughts!" Basically, I am denying who I am, and what I am feeling. This is not a loving thing to do to myself, and neither is it healthy to have all these feelings and emotions bottled up inside. I have since realized that it's more important to be myself than it is to be positive. And as a result, when I am positive, it is genuine and authentic.
Anita Moorjani is a speaker and bestselling author of Dying to Be Me: My Journey from Cancer, to Near Death, to True Healing. HHM
Photo of the legendary Maude Callen Nurse Midwife. 1951 Maude Callen served a population of thousands in Pineville S.C and the surrounding area, she traveled house to house providing healthcare. Photo credit Eugene Smith 12/3/51.
Ms. Sabrina Edmond M.A.Ed. is recognized as one of the authorities who strives to help educators to prepare students for greater success in careers and higher education. She has been a member of CACHE, HOSA (Health Occupational Student of America) as well as invited speakers on technical education and workforce development organizations. She has sat on the board of “Child Abuse Prevention Council” of San Joaquin County. The book shows how to go beyond traditional vocational program to integrate academic and vocational programs into curriculum that, raise student’s ambition, increase career option, and provide a meaningful learning content for both potential dropouts and college bound students. This will assist teachers and parents providing rigor and relevance into the lessons taught. Sabrina Edmond is a full time coordinator and teacher who is an enthusiastic and earnest supporter of education that prepares people for the work world.
Ms. Edmond developed and wrote “Medicine for the Mind” text book curriculum with a passion for education and career oriented students developed a curriculum that addresses the secondary dropout rate of 50% annually. After teaching health career courses for 19 years, she developed a book that can bridge your knowledge to an advanced level. “I realized the need for a curriculum that is easy to follow and can be used as a home school teaching tool.” Her book is developed for anyone wanting to know the basics of the health care field; Included in the text is Medical Spanish and Medical Math that correlate with “Common Core” the new state required curriculum.
The curriculum is articulated with the local San Joaquin Delta College. She is also a former business owner (Fitness Center) and current owner of “It Figures Los Libros” Publishing LLC
Other Affiliated groups
· California Health Care Workforce Focus Group
· American Red-Cross “CPR Saturday”
· Community Partners Advisory Committee (CPAC)
Medicine has advanced dramatically since 1939. Photo credit Hansel Meth 10/24/38
The Fear CureCultivating Courage as Medicine for the Body, Mind, and Soul
by Lissa Rankin, M.D.
“As a culture, we are so scared, we’re not just making ourselves miserable; we’re making ourselves sick. By all measures, we are the healthiest, smartest, richest, safest people in human history. And yet, we have never been more afraid.” Not many people in the medical world are talking about how being afraid can make us sick—but the truth is that fear, left untreated, becomes a serious risk factor for conditions from heart disease to diabetes to cancer.
Dr.Lissa Rankin, M.D., explains why we need to heal ourselves from the fear that puts our health at risk and robs our lives of joy—and shows us how fear can ultimately cure us by opening our eyes to all that needs healing in our lives. Drawing on peer-reviewed studies and powerful true stories, The Fear Cure presents a breakthrough understanding of fear’s effects and charts a path back to wellness and wholeness on every level.
• How a fearful thought translates into physiological changes that predispose us to illness
• How to tell true fear (the kind that arises from a genuine threat) from false fear (which triggers stress responses that undermine health) • How to tune in to the voice of courage inside—our “Inner Pilot Light”
• How to reshape our relationship to uncertainty so that it’s no longer something to dread, but a doorway to new possibilities
• What our fears can teach us about who we really are At the intersection of science and spirituality, The Fear Cure identifies the Four Fearful Assumptions that lie at the root of all fears—from the sense that we’re alone in the universe to the belief that we can’t handle losing what we love—and shifts them into Four Courage-Cultivating Truths that pave our way to not only physical well-being, but profound awakening. Using exercises from a wide range of mind-body practices and spiritual traditions, Dr. Rankin teaches us how to map our own courage-cultivating journey, write a personalized Prescription for Courage, and step into a more authentic life. About the Author Lissa Rankin, M.D., author of the New York Times bestseller Mind Over Medicine, is a mind-body medicine physician, author, speaker, and founder of the Whole Health Medicine Institute, a training program for physicians and other health-care providers. Passionate about what makes people healthy and what predisposes them to illness, she studies how healers might better care for patients and how patients might better care for themselves. She is on a mission to heal health care, help patients play a more active role in healing themselves, learn from indigenous cultures about anomalous forms of healing, and encourage the health-care industry to embrace and facilitate, rather than resist, such miracles. She is also passionate about how spiritual growth translates into physical healing and how awakening collective consciousness heals us all. Website: LissaRankin.com
Life Loves You: Seven Spiritual Experiments to Heal Your Life
By Louise Hay and Robert Holden, Ph.D.
“Knowing that life loves you is the secret to loving yourself and to living a life you love.” —Louise Hay Louise Hay has been an inspiration to millions since her best-selling book You Can Heal Your Life was published, and in this new book—a joint project between Louise and Robert Holden, best-selling author of Shift Happens! and Loveability—readers will delve into the power of one of Louise’s most loved affirmations: Life Loves You. Together, Louise and Robert look at what “Life loves YOU” really means—that life doesn’t happen to you; it happens for you. Life is on your side. And when you understand and live in line with this philosophy of basic trust, you open yourself up to countless opportunities to experience greater happiness, creativity, prosperity, and love. But the authors don’t expect readers to take their word for it. In fact, they outline seven practical and straightforward experiments that will help readers experience the loving universe for themselves. These experiments include:
Look in the Mirror – learning about Mirror Principle and self-love
Affirm Your Life – creating a Personal Manifesto of affirmations for your life
Follow Your Joy – trusting your inner wisdom and creating an Affirmation Board
Forgive the Past – healing your future, releasing the past, and living in the present.
Practice Gratitude Now – appreciating the good in your life
Live with Prosperity – living with an abundance mindset
Paint the Future – visualizing and creating the life you want
As readers go through the book, they will see more and more clearly that they are supported in all they do. They will understand that they live in a friendly universe. And they will begin to see life in a new way so they can heal themselves and the world around them.
About the Author Louise Hay, the author of the international bestseller You Can Heal Your Life, is a metaphysical lecturer and teacher with more than 40 million books sold worldwide. For more than 30 years, Louise has helped people throughout the world discover and implement the full potential of their own creative powers for personal growth and self-healing. Louise is the founder and chairman of Hay House, Inc., which disseminates books, CDs, DVDs, and other products that contribute to the healing of the planet. Visit www.LouiseHay.com
Robert Holden, Ph.D., is the creator of the Loveability program. His work on psychology and spirituality has been featured on Oprah, Good Morning America, and a PBS special called “Shift Happens.” He was also featured in two major BBC-TV documentaries, The Happiness Formula and How to Be Happy. His corporate clients include Dove and its Campaign for Real Beauty. He is author of Happiness NOW!, Shift Happens!, Authentic Success (formerly titled Success Intelligence), and Be Happy. Robert hosts a weekly show on Hay House Radio called Shift Happens! He also contributes daily to his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/drrobertholden. For information, visit www.robertholden.org.
The Tapping Solution for Pain Relief A Step-By-Step Guide to Reducing and Eliminating Chronic Pain By Nick Ortner
Do you suffer from chronic pain? If so, you’re not alone. In fact, more than 100 million Americans deal with this lifechanging issue every day. And if you’re like most of them, you’ve tried all the normal “solutions”: doctors, injections, medications, and surgeries. While these all have a place in healing, they have fallen short in dealing with the pain epidemic. So what can you do? In The Tapping Solution for Pain Relief, Nick Ortner presents a startling alternative. He lays out a step-by-step plan that teaches you how to use tapping, or EFT (emotional freedom techniques), to reduce or eliminate chronic pain. Looking at the scientific research surrounding pain, stress, and tapping, he opens your eyes to just how powerful tapping can be, and then outlines tips and techniques to address pain in both the short and long term. Nick guides you on a journey that begins on the surface—tapping to address the pain itself—and moves to the deeper issues that often affect pain. With easy-to-follow tapping scripts and exercises, Nick helps you heal the emotional pain and underlying beliefs that often keep people stuck. He also addresses topics that you may not think of as associated with chronic pain, such as: Creating personal boundaries Dealing with toxic relationships Clearing resistance to change Understanding the power of a diagnosis Working through anger There are many ways the brain and body can create, increase, and prolong pain. After reading this book, you’ll not only understand what’s causing your pain but also how to achieve complete and lasting relief. But let’s face it; this is about more than just pain relief. It’s about empowering yourself to take back your body in order to live the life you want.
ABOUT NICK ORTNER NICOLAS ORTNER is CEO of The Tapping Solution, LLC, a company with a mission to bring simple, effective, natural healing into the mainstream through Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) or “tapping.” Tapping is a healing modality that combines ancient Chinese acupressure and modern psychology. Nick’s goal is to empower people to create healthy, financially abundant and stress-free lives through his books, films, CDs, online events and speaking engagements attended by participants from all over the world. His bestselling book, “The Tapping Solution: A Revolutionary System for Stress-Free Living,” was published by Hay House in 2013. Prior to that, Nick created and produced the breakthrough documentary film, “The Tapping Solution,” which follows ten people who used tapping to overcome tremendous challenges, including 30 years of chronic back pain, fibromyalgia, insomnia, devastating grief and more. Both Nick’s book and film document real and extraordinary results that have inspired tens of thousands to follow suit by successfully applying tapping to their lives. Nick has also produced first-of-their-kind online programs that teach easy, effective ways to apply tapping to anything limiting a person’s life or health. Some noteworthy examples are: The “Tapping World Summit,” a free, worldwide online event that just celebrated its fifth successful season and has been attended by over 500,000 people (tappingworldsummit.com); the “Tapping Insiders Club,” a monthly membership program filled with articles, interviews, and videos with experts from the tapping field (tappinginsidersclub.com); and Nick’s popular seven-week EFT coaching programs, which cover common issues such as finances, weight loss and more. A dynamic speaker, Nick has presented breakthrough live tapping sessions and has shared the stage with speakers of the caliber of Wayne Dyer, Louise Hay, Jack Canfield, Bob Proctor, Lynne McTaggart, Dr. Joseph Mercola, and others. Nick and the Tapping Solution team are committed to spreading tapping throughout the world, and particularly to supporting its revolutionary and world-changing usage. They’ve raised over $250,000 for tapping-related charities such as ProjectLight: Rwanda, which aids genocide victims in that country (projectlightrwanda.com), The Veterans Stress Project, for veterans with PTSD (stressproject.org), and You Can Thrive! for women with cancer (youcanthrive.org).
In 2013, Nick created The Tapping Solution Foundation, which has already raised over $100,000 for charitable work in Newtown, CT to support the community after the tragic shootings at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. Nick lives in Newtown, CT with his wife, Brenna and is already working on his next book.
AN INTERVIEW WITH NICK ORTNER AUTHOR OF The Tapping Solution for Pain Relief: A Step-by-Step Guide to Reducing and Eliminating Chronic Pain
Dr. Summer Reed: How does tapping relieve chronic pain?
There’s a lot of research being done at places like Stanford University that is giving us a better understanding of chronic pain. Back pain is a great example. It’s the #1 cause of chronic pain, with over 30 million Americans and many more around the world suffering from it. That pain is often diagnosed as the result of a herniated disc, but studies show that a significant percentage of people with a herniated disc have zero back pain. We don’t know for sure whether a herniated disc even causes chronic pain! Thanks to recent studies of chronic pain, we know that stress and negative emotions like fear and anger increase pain. Those emotions are part of the body’s stress response, and that stress response can also turn short-term pain, like pain we experience after an injury, into long-term chronic pain. Tapping interrupts that stress response, including significantly lowering levels of the stress-related hormone cortisol. By putting the body into a more relaxed state, tapping allows the body to do what it’s meant to do, which is heal itself and relieve the pain.
Dr. Summer Reed Why use tapping for chronic pain relief over other pain relief treatments?
The short answer is because tapping works, has no negative side effects, and can be used anywhere. In addition to providing pain relief, tapping also relieves stress and improves physical, emotional and mental well-being. I’ve worked with a lot of people who, after years of taking pain medicine, have been able to stop taking it since they began using tapping for their pain. I’ve also seen people with degenerative conditions, and very dire diagnoses get pain relief. To start, though, I recommend that people add tapping into what they’re already doing to manage their pain. As tapping relieves their pain, they can then work with doctors and health professionals to figure out what else they still may or may not need in addition to tapping.
Dr. Summer Reed Does tapping work on all kinds of chronic pain?
Yes, tapping can provide powerful pain relief for pain from fibromyalgia, arthritis, chronic migraines, RSD (also called CRPS), pain from an injury, surgery, degenerative conditions, and much more. It works on pain throughout the body, and also on pain that has been chronic for years, even decades. The list goes on and on. I always encourage people to just try it, and keep using it until they get the relief they desire.
Dr. Summer Reed Does tapping relieve real physical pain, or just psychosomatic pain?
That’s an important question. The answer is yes, tapping relieves real physical pain. This is not imaginary pain. It’s very real physical pain, and in many cases it’s excruciating. When we discuss the mind-body science around chronic pain, we’re talking about how stress and emotions work with the body to create real physical pain. It’s a new understanding of chronic pain. Tapping targets that pain on a physical and emotional level, which is why it’s so effective for pain relief.
Dr. Summer Reed How will tapping impact the future of chronic pain treatment?
Tapping provides safe, effective pain relief without any negative side effects, so there’s growing interest in tapping from medical professionals who are open to alternative healing modalities. More nurses, doctors and other health professionals are learning tapping and using it with patients. My hope is that someday tapping will become part of standard medical treatment for chronic pain and other conditions. It is an incredibly powerful treatment to use in hospitals, pre and post-surgery, and of course as a preventive treatment. It has also had great results with treating PTSD, which often is accompanied by chronic pain. Vets, as well as trauma survivors in places like Rwanda and here in Newtown, CT since the Sandy Hook school shootings, are getting pain relief and overcoming emotional and mental trauma because of tapping.