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Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Most Powerful Antioxidant

Health benefits of Astaxanthin


According to Dr. Mercola it is possibly the most powerful of all antioxidants. Only on the market for a short time it is not widely known about yet but what we do know is very impressive:

It has been beneficial in the treatment of a host of ailments and these are some of the ones tested:

  • Alzheimer's
  • Anti-inflammatory, aiding in joint, ligament and tendon pain
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Carpal tunnel
  • High cholesterol, improves good cholesterol levels
  • Improve muscle performance
  • Improve skin elasticity
  • Macular degeneration, improves eye health
  • Male fertility
  • Menopausal symptoms
  • Parkinson's
  • Prevention of cancer
  • Prevention of cell damage
  • Prevention of sunburn, when applied directly to the skin
  • Reducing the symptoms of acid reflux
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

It isn't just used orally but topically as well.

This supplement can be applied directly to the skin to protect against sunburn.

Is it because it is so new that there is a word of warning?

There is not enough research completed on Astaxanthin to positively state that it is safe for consumption by those who are pregnant or breast feeding. The studies which have been performed indicate it is safe in doses of 4 to 40 mg daily in conjunction with other carotenoids and supplements for up to 12 months. Web M.D. stated that research is still young.

Please consult with  your physician or health care provider before changing the way you take care of your health.


Web MD

May God richly bless you.


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Road to Recovery

It started as a little cough

One of the blood pressure medications (Lisinopril) I take lists coughing as a side effect so I have become resigned to the fact that I will probably be coughing from now till whenever, but last November the coughing became non stop. I didn't sleep at night. I was afraid of holding my grandchildren because of the constant coughing and not knowing what caused it. My throat was sore and raw. It was so irritated that I would gag on my medications or cough drops and I could barely talk above a whisper. (Remember that I work long hours in a call center). The more I talked the more I coughed and the worse I felt.


My coughing was like an internal hurricane

Mark Bricklin writes in one of his books; The Practical Encyclopedia of Natural Healing:
The mechanics of a cough involve first the inspiration of over 2 quarts of air. Next the epiglottis and vocal cords close while the diaphragm and other expiratory muscles contract, building up air pressure in the lungs. The epiglottis and vocal cords then suddenly open and air rushes out, sometimes reaching velocities of 75 to 100 mph, well over hurricane force.

It all tested negative

My health care providers tested me for strep, TB, pertussis, HIV, and a host of other ailments. I was given urine tests, blood work, lab tests on my phlegm, cough medicine, antibiotics, cough suppressants, a chest x-ray, a CT scan, inhalers, IV fluids and nasal spray. With everything coming back negative and my cough becoming worse, I went back to the ER on my day off.  This time the ER physician diagnosed me with acid re-flux. We hadn't considered it previously because I had no heart burn.

Life Modifications

I just completed my two week treatment of Prilosec, modified my diet tremendously, and raised the foot of my bed 5 inches. I chew on fennel seeds or gum (not mint) nearly around the clock. I stay up at least 2 hours before going to bed to allow my food a chance to better digest and have given up a lot of my favorite foods. Can you imagine a BLT where you hold the tomato AND the bacon? I've also had to say good by to my favorite dessert, chocolate chip ice cream.
recipe and source

It's just the beginning

I'm not a smoker, nor a drinker. I don't drink pop. I am not obese, nor a fast food junkie, so I want answers:
  1. How does this happen? I read that 33% of chronic coughers are undiagnosed victims of acid re-flux!
  2. Is there a cure?
  3. What are the long term effects?
  4. What is the long term treatment?
Thanks for joining me and may God richly bless you and yours.


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