Helen Pensanti, M.D.'s Healthy Living & Health Tips
Aloe Vera - Made Easy“100% Aloe Vera” can be put on the label of an Aloe Vera beverage or product that only contains a fraction of Aloe. A manufacturer can put one gallon of pure Aloe in 100 gallons of water, mix it, and call it “100% Aloe Vera”, and it’s legal.”
Dear Precious ones - The Lord has given me Aloe Vera to bring into the 21st Century! What a privilege!
I encourage everyone to give my Aloe Vera a try. I believe it is better to prevent disease than pick up the pieces later trying to cure a disease.
Even if one is healthy, Aloe Vera should be taken for prevention of disease. Aloe Vera increases T4 fighter cells! These are your immune system fighter cells. What a great first line of defense against disease! We need over 519 as a measure of good immune system function.
High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.
Birth Control Pills - Why I don't like them.
Since the beginning of my private practice in 1985, I was always very wary of writing prescriptions for Birth Control Pills. Birth Control and Sex hormone binding globulin SHBG
Bladder Infections & Parsley Tea
Help eliminate (in most cases) the burning discomfort and the feeling like you have to go all the time (urgency) and the pain that goes along with bladder infections.
Read more bladder infection help
This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it the perfect way to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.
200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex England) school were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.
The prescription drug mycolex is o.k. for short-term use. May be caused by parasites which destroy the bacteria beds and allow yeast overgrowth. May be due to spinal misalignment which may cause poor digestion which can lead to fermentation/putrefaction. Use: rice fiber / palm oil / lactobacillus, acidophilus, bifidus. These add back it the good bacteria and suffocates the fungus. Changes the environment of digestive tract.
Cold Sores / Herpes Virus
Chaparral extract (Larrea tridentata): A powerful anti-viral. Gives immediate relief from pain and clears sores rapidly. Available
in capsule, liquid, and spray. O.K. for children
Also good for shingles, genital herpes, Karposi's sarcoma, and Epstein Barr syndrome
For herpes, also take Vitamin C. Decrease sugar intake & foods that contain Arginine (peanuts, chocolate) as these can cause outbreaks. Also take a Lysine supplement. this.
High in fiber, so therefore, including bananas in your diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.
Chronic Urinary Tract Infections
Check for a blockage
Check for structural misalignment (chiropractic)
Possible allergy (do cheap earrings cause an allergy?) Remove dental fillings. Crowns, fillings and root canals can cause a systemic abcess. Use: Natural progesterone, cranberry capsules (pure cranberry) , not the juice, olive leaf extract.
May be due to an allergy or microbiological source (parasite or bacteria or yeast)
Use rice fiber as for candida albicans recommendation page 1. There is a product called Paragone that is an herb that clears out the parasite that can be used first, then followed by the candida program.
C-Reative Protein- how to lower
- Vitamin E and Coenzyme Q10 were found to lower CRP by an average of 30%
- Vitamin C (1000 mg daily) in human research reduced CRP levels by 25%.
- omega-3 fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), vitamins A and E, and the antioxidant astaxanthin.
- Eating plenty of vegetables and fruits daily can lower CRP levels by an average of 30%.
- Regular, small amounts of dark chocolate can reduce CRP levels by an average of 20%.
According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel better.
A condition where "pockets" form in the intestines due to weak connective tissue.
Chronic constipation weakens the connective tissue of the colon.
Take zinc, manganese, copper, Vitamin C.
Eat high fiber, soft foods (pears, peaches, vegetables, fruit) Avoid nuts / seeds.
Magnesium and Jamaican dogwood relax the colon to prevent chronic constipation.
Castor oil will help pull toxins out of the body; will help bowels stay regular.
Try mixing oils of orange, citrus or cypress in water and drink. This coats the intestine and also detoxifies.
Omega 6 Fatty Acids: Take Gamma linoleic acid (GLA) or eat sunflower, safflower, or sesame seed oil.
Very often the head and neck are misaligned. Check for a bite problem.
May be allergic to mold, mites, formaldehyde in carpet cleaners.
This can be a very complex problem and requires a medical work-up
Use Lysine as a supplement. Also, copper.
Use supplements to boost and stimulate the immune system.
Avoid cured meats, red meats. Avoid the nightshades (green peppers, potatoes, egg plant) One therapy that has been considered successful is folic acid (2cc mixed with 1cc vitamin B-12) injected twice a week for 2-3 weeks.
Additional Gout information:
Gout is due to high levels of uric acid. Avoid high purine foods: organ meats, peas,
shellfish, beans, and lentils.
Take Folic Acid and B-12.
May be due to circulation problems; chelation may help
Take B vitamins
Try a colon cleanse
If you have mercury fillings, take a glutathione supplement
May be due to high testosterone level: Take saw palmetto, MSM.
In women, may be due to a decreased estrogen level
One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.
Your C-1, C-2 vertebra may be out of position. There is also an adjustment that a Chiropractor can do on your ear.
Take Choline, Inositol, B-12, B-6, and Folic Acid
Warm oil in the ear can help open the Eustachian tube. Flax oil is good.
Gingko Biloba improves circulation and can increase blood flow to the ear.
Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.
Some vaccines are believed to cause auto-immune diseases. You may want to decline for religious reasons
Hormone Imbalance: Are You Looking for an Answers?
- Ease menopause symptoms - The benefits of soy go beyond reducing long-term cancer risk. Recent studies have found that soy
isoflavones can reduce menopause symptoms such as hot flushes and increase bone density in women. Indeed, many menopausal and post-menopausal
health problems may result from a lack of isoflavones in the typical Western diet. Although study results are not entirely consistent, isoflavones
from soy or red clover may be helpful for symptoms of menopause.
- Isoflavones improve bone health - Soy Isoflavones help in the preservation of the bone substance and fight osteoporosis. This is the reason why people in China and Japan very rarely have osteoporosis, despite their low consumption of dairy products, whereas in Europe and North America the contrary happens. Unlike estrogen, which helps prevent the destruction of bone, evidence suggests that isoflavones may also assist in creating new bone. Other studies are not entirely consistent, but evidence suggests that genistein and other soy isoflavones can help prevent osteoporosis.
Sclerotherapy can work well for keloids.
Also, homeopathic graphite, oil of mustard seed, Vitamin E, and anti-oxidants
Rotolin (oral) can dissolve scar tissue.
Take a lactase enzyme
Use goat’s milk, rice, soy or almond milk
Check for glucose intolerance which may be contributing to the problem
Low HDL or Low Cholesterol
Cod liver oil elevates HDL (good cholesterol). Also, eggs (poached/soft-boiled)
Low cholesterol dries out the liver and it will become cirrhotic. Will compromise immune system & hormone system. Cholesterol should be between 170 - 190 HDL between 45 - 60.
Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness
Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.
Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.
Overweight - Is your work causing your weight gain?
Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and chips. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.
May be related to low blood sugar so keep your blood sugar balanced.
Rule out food allergies.
Check your amino acid levels. You may have low levels of seratonin or tryptophan
May be a chemical sensitivity; you may be absorbing toxins and pesticides which overwhelm the system.
If you have a pounding heart, it may be an indicator that you need potassium & calcium.
Eat a banana. The Vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.
Prostate Cancer - Conventional medicine believes excess testosterone is the cause.
According to Dr. John R. Lee, there is reason to believe that it is falling progesterone levels in aging men that leads to a fall in testosterone levels. As the testosterone levels fall, the effect of estradiol increases. Estradiol promotes the onco (cancer) gene, Bcl-2, while progesterone promotes the protective gene known as p53 which slows cell apoptosis. Evidence exists to show that prostate hypertrophy and prostate cancer are correlated with the condition of estradiol dominance.
Red Clover - What is it? Why have I chosen it for my Plant derived products?
Red clover has very high levels of isoflavones. The chemical structure of isoflavones is very similar to that of our own estrogen. Because of this similarity in structure, they can interfere with the action of our own estrogen. Depending on the type of estrogen receptor on the cells, isoflavones may reduce or activate the activity of estrogen. Isoflavones can compete with estrogen for the same receptor sites thereby decreasing the health risks of excess estrogen. They can also increase the estrogen activity. If during menopause the body's natural level of estrogen drops, isoflavones can compensate this by binding to the same receptor, thereby easing menopause symptoms as a result. The best way to consume isoflavones is in the form soy or soyfoods, so you can benefit from other healthy components of soy. Soy contains many types of isoflavones, but the most beneficial are genistein (see picture) and daidzein. The highest amounts of soy isoflavones can be found in soy nuts and tempeh. Another natural source of isoflavones is red clover.
Read more about Health benefits of Red Clover Isoflavones
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.
Sinus Problems: making your life difficult? Relief is here!
Over 40 million Americans suffer from chronic sinus problems. Common prescription and over-the-counter drugs to address this problem include Claritin, Flonase, Sudafed, and many others. Drugs try to slow down the flow of mucus (anti-secretory), kill the bacteria (antibiotics), or shut down the swelling (anti-inflammatory). While each strategy gives some people temporary relief, none of these drug approaches deals with the underlying problem:
Read more » Sinus Problems and the solution
Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6 and B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.
Take B-12, folic acid, B-6, trimethylglycine.
Take copper, manganese, and Vitamin C to strengthen the capillaries.
May be due to chemicals and toxic waste build up in the body.
Potassium is a vital mineral which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body's water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be re balanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.
According to research in "The New England Journal of Medicine," eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death from strokes by as much as 40%! So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrates, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around. So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, "A banana a day keeps the doctor away!
Strontium - Increase bone health to prevent and reverse osteoporosis.
Strontium is element number 38 of the periodic table of elements. It was discovered in 1808 and was named after Strontian, a town in Scotland. Strontium is one of the most abundant elements on earth, comprising about 0.04 percent of the earth’s crust. At a concentration of 400 parts per million, there is more strontium in the earth’s crust than carbon. Strontium is also the most abundant trace element in seawater, at a concentration of 8.1 parts per million. The human body contains about 320 mg of strontium, nearly all of which is in bone and connective tissue. Read more about Strontium
Many other cultures see bananas as a "cooling" fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand, for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.
Tinnitus (Ringing in Ears)
Ear adjustment/neck adjustment by Chiropractor
If the ear has been damaged by a loud noise, this may be difficult to help.
Phosphatidyl Serine has been shown to help repair nerve cell membrane damage. No studies have been done on tinnitus per se, but you may want to give it a try.
Probably due to a systemic fungus or yeast in the small intestine (symptoms are bloating, gas, diarrhea)
Can be caused by poor circulation
Use: olive leaf extract, soak the toe in tea tree oil or oregano oil
Additional Toenail Fungus information:
May be a systemic infection due to parasites, mercury fillings, circulation problems
Do a fungal study to find out what type of fungus. Treat orally and topically.
There are natural anti-fungals available.
May also be due to excessive use of antibiotics.
The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.
Ulcers in the Mouth
Very probable that you are allergic to nickel in porcelain crowns. Remove them.
Vaginal Dryness & Vulvar Dryness and Irritation
A diet low in oxalate salts has been suggested as treatment for women who experience unexplained vulval pain. The association of oxalates and vulval pain was highlighted in an article in an American medical journal...
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There is a Vitamin C herbal combination put out by Natural Alternatives that has been found to work.
Vegetarianism, Can it be healthy?
You must be very disciplined and be sure to get enough protein.
Type A blood types do best as vegetarians
Take B-12 and manganese
Studies have shown that the healthiest people are those who eat fish & vegetables.