Silver Hydrosol

I had not heard of silver hydrosol, before starting the Medical Medium 28 Day Cleanse, at the beginning of my healing journey. I had heard of people consuming silver, and healing from a host of diseases. But didn’t taking silver drops turn your skin blue?

You can be sure that before taking silver hydrosol, I did my research. Here is what I discovered.

Silver Hydrosol

Silver has been used since ancient times, to prevent the growth of bacteria, algae and other organisms, and to fight infections and diseases. It used to be a common practice to drop a silver coin into a container of milk, back before refrigerators existed, to prevent bacteria from contaminating it. Silver served as a natural antibiotic until the 1940s, and then fell out of use with the arrival of modern antibiotics.

Silver hydrosol, which consists of tiny drops of pure silver suspended in pure water, is making a comeback, and for good reasons. While modern antibiotics have surely saved countless lives, they have also created antibiotic resistant viruses and bacteria. Silver hydrosol suffocates bacteria and viruses, effectively killing them without allowing them to mutate into “superbugs”.

Silver Hydrosol

Silver hydrosol is antibacterial, anti-fungal and antiviral. It is effective in killing Epstein Barr, shingles and herpetic viruses. The drops can be applied topically to cleanse and soothe skin wounds and irritations and prevent infections. Silver hydrosol can also be used to treat thrush, warts, eczema and psoriasis. It can be used in the ears for fungal, viral and bacterial infections or dropped into the eyes to heal pink eye.

Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, silver hydrosol calms inflammation on the skin and throughout the body. Used as a spray, it clears the sinuses by eliminating infections, and can be used in a nebulizer to treat viral or bacterial pneumonia. Silver hydrosol is effective against colds and flus as well. And, it powerfully boosts the immune system.

Silver hydrosol comes in liquid form, and it is used topically or consumed by placing a dropper full under the tongue. It has a slight metallic taste that is very mild. This product WILL NOT turn the skin blue. That only happens when inferior silver products are taken at extremely high dosages. The recommended dosage is 1 – 6 full droppers under the tongue, for 14 consecutive days.

I first tried silver hydrosol after reading the recommendation in the book Medical Medium. The chapter on the Epstein Barr virus lists it as a supplement that kills EBV on contact and lowers the viral load in the body. As I was fighting shingles as well, I was willing to try it, especially after my research revealed how beneficial silver is. My shingles cleared up quickly, which brought relief from years of pain and inflammation.

With no concerns about my skin turning blue, I include silver hydrosol in my supplement regiment every few months, taking it for 14 days to kill off any new viruses, bacteria or unwanted microbes that have invaded my body. I feel good knowing that this natural product won’t create antibiotic resistant mutations that can do great harm.

Silver Hydrosol

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Magnesium

Magnesium plays a crucial role in the way the body functions. That info, coupled with the fact that 80 percent of the adult population is deficient in this mineral, helps us to realize that a magnesium supplement is vital to our health.

Magnesium

Magnesium is found in foods such as leafy greens, especially spinach and Swiss chard, avocados, bananas, black beans, almonds, cashews, potatoes, pumpkins seeds, melons, broccoli and Brussels sprouts. However, even on a healthy diet, a magnesium deficiency can occur. Soil depletion prevents vegetables from absorbing enough of the mineral, and antibiotics and other drugs damage the digestive tract so that magnesium can’t be properly processed by the body. In addition, the body naturally loses magnesium every day through normal bodily functions.

A magnesium deficiency can cause serious health problems, including muscle aches and spasms, hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, restless legs syndrome, kidney and liver damage, neurological disorders, migraines, Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, behavior and mood disorders, irregular heart beat, poor digestion, bacterial and fungal infections, other vitamin deficiencies, impotence, anxiety and sleep disorders. Since this mineral is vital for over 300 functions in the body, supplying magnesium is extremely important in maintaining health.

Magnesium

Magnesium soothes digestive issues caused by an underactive pancreas, reduces tension in and around the trigeminal nerves, preventing migraines, and reduces inflammation and calms the nerves, which prevents them from swelling and going into spasm. It also supports the muscles near damaged nerves. This mineral calms the central nervous system, and helps with the ability to think, learn, remember, read, and speak.

Magnesium balances thyroid hormone production so that the thyroid is neither under nor over producing hormones. It creates energy in the body by activating ATP, calms a racing mind, relaxes muscles and maintains an even heart rate so the body can sleep. Magnesium is important for proper bone formation, regulating calcium and potassium. And it is vital in the production of happy hormones, such as serotonin and eases anxiety.

I take one capsule daily, to maintain an adequate level of magnesium in my body and support my health. I also eat magnesium rich foods. This mineral is so important that I want to make sure my body has all it needs to function at an optimal level of health and wellbeing!

Magnesium

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Feverfew

Feverfew is one of the medicinal herbs that I’ve been aware of for many years. Used for centuries as a proven and powerful remedy for migraines and headaches, this herb has many other health benefits as well.

Feverfew

The feverfew plant is short and bushy, with feathery leaves and white and yellow daisy-like flowers. Native to the Balkan Mountains of Eastern Europe, feverfew now grows throughout Europe and the Americas. The leaves and flowers are used medicinally, although both can be added to salads as well.

Feverfew has been called the “medieval aspirin” because of its pain relieving properties. The biochemical parthenolide is responsible for this herb’s pain easing effects. Taking feverfew daily lessens the pain of migraines and helps to prevent the reoccurrence of these debilitating headaches, by preventing the widening of blood vessels that precipitates an attack. Feverfew also relieves the symptoms that accompany migraines, including light sensitivity, nausea and vomiting.

Feverfew reduces inflammation in the nervous system as well as in the joints, making it beneficial to those suffering from arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. This herb is a potent anti-inflammatory for the skin, easing redness, swelling and itchy rashes. Feverfew heals damaged skin cells, improving the appearance of the skin.

Feverfew

Research has demonstrated that feverfew has anticancer properties that inhibit the growth of cancer cells. And the herb has anti-thrombotic abilities, meaning it can help to prevent blood clots from forming and growing. This in turn improves blood circulation while reducing the risks of heart attack and stroke.

It is also helpful for these conditions: allergies, asthma, tinnitus, dizziness, infertility, stomachaches, fevers, muscle and joint stiffness, menstrual problems and psoriasis.

Feverfew may be purchased as capsules, tinctures, liquid extracts and creams, or as dried leaves and flowers, to make tea. I currently take feverfew in capsule form, although I intend to add this plant to my herb garden. Feverfew is an easy perennial to grow, in a sunny location. It can be invasive, making it a good plant to grow in a container so that it doesn’t overtake the rest of the garden. The flowers bloom from July to October.

I’m excited to include feverfew in the garden, planting it in one of my many containers, and using the leaves and flowers to make teas and tinctures.

Feverfew

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5-MTHF

This supplement, with the strange name, plays a crucial role in good health. One in three Americans have a genetic mutation that prevents them from properly utilizing folic acid, also known as vitamin B9. Folic acid is important to our health, due in part to its role in a biochemical process called methylation. The important thing to know here is that methylation, which should occur billions of times a day in the body, is essential for our health.

Folic acid is the synthetic form, used to fortify foods, and it is available in supplement form. 5-MTHF, also called methyltetrahydrofolate, or more simply, methylfolate, is the metabolically active form of folic acid. It is found in certain whole, unfortified foods, like raw leafy greens. This form of folic acid has to be separated from its protein carriers, in the body, in order to be absorbed.

Once absorbed, folic acid has to undergo several biochemical conversations to become 5-MTHF. Half of all Americans have genetically insufficient enzymes to create 5-MTHF. Which is a long explanation for why taking a 5-MTHF supplement is so critical. Millions of people can experience improved health and a longer life taking 5-MTHF, and since most of us don’t know whether we have the mutant or impaired genes or not, it becomes important that we all take this supplement daily.

5-MTHF

5-MTHF helps with DNA synthesis and repair. Having adequate levels of 5-MTHF reduces the risks for tumors and certain types of cancers, including childhood leukemia, breast, colon, cervical and lung cancers, helps to prevent depression, and eases arthritis symptoms.

This supplement reduces homocysteine levels. High levels of this amino acid damage arteries, which contributes to heart disease, and can also cause stroke, deep vein thrombosis, peripheral vascular disease, depression, miscarriage, birth defects, hearing loss, osteoporosis, cancer, arthritis, dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and diabetes complications.

According to Anthony William, in his books Medical Medium and Thyroid Healing, 5-MTHF helps strengthen the endocrine system and the central nervous system. It is extremely helpful for supporting reproductive health that has been compromised by the Epstein Barr virus. This supplement is an ally in healing from EBV caused issues such as infertility, endometriosis and PCOS.

I began taking this supplement to help heal and support my central nervous system, after 20+ years of inflamed sciatic nerves due to the shingles virus. After learning about how important 5-MTHF is to overall good health and longevity, I’ve continued to take it daily, long after my sciatic nerves healed.

I purchase and take the capsules, which are very inexpensive, while also eating foods that contain this form of folic acid. That list of foods includes raw leafy greens, beets, legumes, onions, tomatoes, cruciferous vegetables, shiitake mushrooms, citrus fruits, berries, seeds, rosemary and curcumin. It’s a simple, daily practice that is reaping huge health benefits in my life.

5-MTHF

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Olive Leaf

I have many associations with the olive tree. The olive leaf, along with the olive branch, has long been known as a symbol for peace. In addition, I was familiar with the health benefits of the fruit of the tree, the olive. And I’ve had the pleasure of walking in the olive groves of Tuscany in Italy, and sampling cold pressed olive oil while there. I did not know, until recently, that the olive LEAF has many health boosting benefits as well.

Olive Leaf

The leaf of the olive tree is a powerful and effective medicinal that contains tremendous healing properties for the immune, cardiovascular, circulatory, respiratory, digestive, and lymphatic systems. It is particularly beneficial in fighting viruses and bacteria in the body such as shingles, herpes, E. coli, salmonella, staphylococcus, and Klebsiella pneumonia, and it can help to wipe out colds and flu viruses faster than most over the counter medications.

This leaf can significantly lower blood pressure and maintain it at a healthy level. It contains a compound called Oleuropein which helps to prevent the constriction of arteries, increase blood flow, and improve functioning of the heart. It also helps to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and prevent the risk of strokes and heart disease.

Olive Leaf

The olive leaf has been known to benefit those suffering with diabetes, high cholesterol, bronchitis, gastritis, and auto-immune disorders such as chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, addison disease, guillain-barre syndrome, arthritis, colitis, lupus, celiac disease, eczema, scleroderma, psoriasis, cardiomyopathy, graves disease, and HIV.

Plus, it contains powerful anti-inflammatory properties which help to improve circulation, reduce swelling, and increase energy and flexibility in the body. It is also a great digestive aid and helps to remove excess acidity from the body. (Info from Medical Medium website. Visit his site HERE.)

Olive leaf extract can be found online or at your local health food store in liquid, tincture, cream, and phyto-cap form. Dried olive leaf can be found in tea and capsule form. I take olive leaf in capsule form although I’m very interested in obtaining dried leaves for tea.

I still associate olive leaves with peace. Now, I also think of them as an incredible ally as they deliver health and wellness to my body.

Olive Leaf

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Selenium

I first read about this mineral in Medical Medium: Secrets Behind Chronic & Mystery Illness & How to Finally Heal. My body, and your body, needs trace amounts of selenium to function well. And yet, I was totally unaware of it and the health benefits it offers.

Selenium

Plants take in selenium from the soil. Depending on geographic location and the quality of the soil, people can get the selenium that they need from consuming foods such as Brazil nuts, kiwis, avocados, greens, cabbages, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, eggplant and onions. Those who live in regions with insufficient selenium in the soil, or who aren’t eating selenium rich foods, can add this mineral through supplementation.

Selenium works in conjunction with vitamin E to prevent oxidative damage to the body. This powerful mineral is required for the body to create glutathione, a master antioxidant.

This supplement strengthens and supports thyroid tissue, protecting it from scarring due to the Epstein Barr Virus. It boosts the immune system, supports the central nervous system, and by supporting the thyroid, helps to stimulate the production of thyroid hormones T4 and T3.

By controlling free radicals and reducing inflammation, selenium can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, help to prevent cancer and aid with DNA repair. It also helps with detoxification in the body, easing stress on the liver.

I take one selenium capsule a day, and make sure I include selenium rich foods regularly in my diet. I’ve gone from knowing nothing about this mineral, to having a great appreciation for all that selenium does to keep me in optimal health!

Selenium

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Lobelia Herb

As a gardener, I have been familiar with a variety of the lobelia plant, known for its tiny attractive purplish blue or white flowers. I’ve planted it in containers in the backyard garden. When I read the chapter on the shingles virus, in Medical Medium by Anthony William, I learned that the plant, which is technically an herb, has health benefits as well. Anthony listed lobelia as a supplement to include, to fight the shingles virus. I ordered it immediately.

Lobelia Herb

Lobelia inflata, also called Indian tobacco, was originally used, many years ago, by people suffering from nicotine withdrawal. The herb’s health benefits include stimulating the respiratory system, relaxing and opening the lungs, and easing allergy and asthma symptoms and congestion. Lobelia has expectorant properties, making it useful as well for bronchitis.

As a diaphoretic, lobelia promotes perspiration, which may not sound like a benefit, but it helps to relieve fevers by cooling the skin and rids the body of toxins, while contributing to healthy blood circulation. Diaphoretics are useful in treating diarrhea, and liver and kidney disorders.

Lobelia Herb

Lobelia is also a powerful relaxant for smooth muscles and the nervous system, providing pain relief and easing spasms, especially in the respiratory system. And as I learned in the Medical Medium book, lobelia kills the shingles virus.

I was suffering greatly from severe sciatica when I began taking lobelia. The shingles virus had kept the nerves in both legs inflamed for years. I had tried everything to ease my discomfort. So there was no hesitation on my part in eliminating certain foods from my diet, and incorporating more fruits, veggies and supplements that targeted the virus, in an attempt to heal. I began feeling a difference in my legs in the first seven days. Within a few months the pain and inflammation had disappeared.

Lobelia is available in several forms, including capsule, tincture, dried loose leaf tea and powders. It’s also found in many over the counter cold remedies. I currently take it in capsule form, but I’d love to try it dried as a tea.

Steeping a small amount of lobelia leaves with sage, chamomile and peppermint would create a soothing and relaxing hot tea. And that would provide the perfect end to a busy day.

Lobelia Herb

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Vitamin D3

Even though I am a firm believer in the importance of supplements, and committed to taking them to support my health, that wasn’t always true for me. In fact, I disliked taking supplements, primarily because there were so many options out there and I never knew what I should be taking. And, most multi-vitamins are created in a such a way that they do the body little good, passing through without even dissolving.

I am grateful for helpful information about supplements in my Medical Medium books. They provide detailed lists about what’s beneficial and why. My desire, in sharing the Sunday Supplement posts, is to help inform others so that they too can decide which herbs and capsules would most benefit them.

Vitamin D3 is one of those supplements I was unsure about, and only recently began taking. Vitamin D is important for bone health. However, taking too much D isn’t helpful because the body discards most of it, deeming it toxic at high levels. Therefore, I’ve always preferred to soak up my D from sunlight and skip the capsules altogether. And then a funny thing happened.

Vitamin D3

When the new Natural Grocers store opened in Joplin, they celebrated their grand opening with give aways. The first time I visited I received, among other goodies, a bottle of Vitamin D3. I stuck it up in the cabinet and didn’t think much about it…until I started the 90 Day Thyroid Cleanse in the Thyroid Healing book.

As I made notes about what foods, herbs and supplements to include during the cleanse, I saw D3 listed as one to add. Anthony William writes, “Supplementing with this vitamin helps stabilize the immune system and prevent it from overreacting to invaders such as EBV (Epstein Barr Virus). Don’t overdo it though…megadoses of vitamin D are not productive.”

Vitamin D3

I retrieved that bottle of D3 and began taking it on Day 1 of the Thyroid Healing Cleanse and have continued to take one capsule a day.

Other benefits of vitamin D3, besides immune support, are: healthy bones and teeth, improved brain health, supports the nervous system, improves lung function and heart health, decreases risk of flu, and regulates insulin levels.

The important thing is not to increase the dosage, thinking more is better. It’s not. D deficiency can result in conditions such as osteoporosis, however, there are other nutrients to be more aware of. Severe deficiencies in B12 and zinc can be much more damaging and gravely affect the quality of life. Read about B12 HERE and Zinc HERE.

For the greatest health benefits, take one capsule of D3 5,000 IU a day…and get out into the fresh air and sunshine for a few minutes every day!

Vitamin D3

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Star Anise

Today’s featured supplement is actually a aromatic spice, used for centuries in China, India and parts of Vietnam to add flavor to meals. It grows on a type of evergreen tree native to these countries. The tree produces the star anise fruit, which is green and then turns brown and woody as it ripens. The star shaped fruits are picked before they fully ripen and dried in the sun to harden.

Star Anise

Valued for its sweet, licorice like flavor, star anise also has important health benefits.

Star anise is rich in vitamin C, calcium and iron. It has powerful anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, making star anise great for treating the flu. In fact, this spice contains a compound called shikimic acid that is the main ingredient in the anti-viral drug Tamiflu.

Star anise has strong expectorant properties that help to clear up mucus and congestion in the body. It is used as a digestive aid to relieve gas, bloating, constipation, cramping, heartburn and indigestion. Star anise is also beneficial in treating asthma, bronchitis, rheumatism, back pain, shingles, herpes and sinus infections.

Star Anise

In addition, star anise has sedative properties that ensure a good night’s sleep. And it supports female reproductive health and helps to increase the flow of milk in lactating mothers.

As a tea, which is how I primarily use this spice, star anise significantly boosts the immune system and wards off colds and flus. It can be purchased as a capsule or in dried or powder form. As a cream it helps to treat skin disorders such as eczema and psoriasis.

Star Anise I’m down to pieces of star anise in the bag, instead of the pretty star shaped dried whole flowers. No matter. The tea tastes the same.

I initially purchased dried star anise because of its fragrant, spicy scent. I included it in homemade potpourri. Then I discovered its amazing health benefits. No more letting this valuable spice go up in smoke. I add two teaspoons of the dried fruit, which looks like star shaped pods, to my tea infuser basket, pour boiling water into the cup and cover, letting the tea steep for 15 minutes.

The tea has a delicate and mild licorice flavor with hints of cinnamon and cloves. I’m sipping on a cup now as I write this post, and thinking I need to enjoy star anise tea more often. The dried flowers are also a wonderful addition to hot spiced apple cider in the winter.

I think I might go prepare a second cup of star anise tea!

Star Anise

L-Lysine

This necessary supplement is an essential amino acid, meaning the body does not produce it. L-lysine must be obtained through diet or supplementation and it is an essential component of all proteins.

L-Lysine

I began taking L-lysine while on my initial 28 Day Cleanse, according to the Medical Medium book by Anthony William. This amino acid impairs the ability of the shingles virus cells to move and reproduce. Because I was targeting the shingles virus, which had attacked my sciatic nerves, this supplement was crucial to me.

I continue to take it.

L-lysine also lowers the Epstein Barr Virus load. By inhibiting and reducing the EBV viral load, this amino acid acts as an anti-inflammatory to the entire nervous system, especially the vagus and phrenic nerves, which get targeted by the virus’s neurotoxins.

L-lysine helps to support the immune system by developing antibodies. And its antiviral properties also protect against the herpes virus. L-lysine reduces anxiety, plays an integral part in protein biosynthesis and works with the amino acids glycine and proline to build collagen, improving skin, bones, muscles and connective tissue.

For those on a plant based diet, like me, lysine can be found in lima beans and potatoes. I consume a lot of potatoes, however, it’s good to know I can support my body’s healing by taking L-lysine!

L-Lysine

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