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Coffee Enema


Description:
A coffee enema is the enema-related procedure of injecting coffee via the anus to cleanse the rectum and large intestines. There is no medical, scientific evidence to support any positive health claim for coffee enemas. The process can result in sepsis, severe electrolyte imbalance, colitis, proctocolitis, internal burning, rectal perforation, and even brain abscess or heart failure.

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Coffee enemas are known to help flush out bacteria, heavy metals, fungus and yeast (like those responsible for candida symptoms, for example) from the digestive tract, including the liver and colon, while also lowering inflammation — therefore helping people restore bowel function, increase their energy levels and heal from disorders that have caused them trouble for years.

While the idea of rectal cleansing dates back to the Ancient Egyptians, the notion of coffee as an enema-related substance is not new. It was conceived in 1917, and appeared in the Merck Manual until 1972.

In 1920, German scientists investigated caffeine’s effect on the bile duct and small intestines. Max Gerson proposed that coffee enemas had a positive effect on the gastro-intestinal tract. Gerson said that coffee enemas had positive detoxification effects that contributed to the recovering health of his patients. He claimed that unlike saline enemas, coffee in the enema traveled through the smooth muscle of the small intestine, and into the liver. This, he said, stimulated autonomic nervous system in the same way caffeine does when consumed orally and activated the release of bile in the liver, cleared even more of the gastro-intestinal tract and removed more toxins than a normal enema. He told his patients often that the “coffee enemas are not given for the function of the intestines but for the stimulation of the liver.”

Coffee enemas appeared in the Royal Army Medical Corps manual in 1944 as a stimulating enema for the treatment of shock and poisoning, mixed with brandy.

The practice of colon cleansing experienced a renaissance in the 1990s, and at this time, coffee enemas were used as alternative cancer treatments

Today, doctors of functional and alternative medicines use coffee enemas as part of natural treatment protocols for fighting cancer, parasites, overdoses, constipation, liver dysfunction, candida virus, IBS and other digestive disorders.

Benefits:
Researchers from the University of Minnesota demonstrated that coffee enema benefits might include being able to help stimulate the production of a beneficial enzyme created in the liver called glutathione S-transferase, which acts like a antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and natural blood cleanser.

Some evidence shows that coffee enemas can help with:

*Repairing digestive tissue
*Cleansing the liver
*Improving blood circulation
*Increasing immunity
*Helping with cellular regeneration
*Relieving digestive issues, such as frequent constipation, bloating, cramping and nausea
*Improving gut health
*Improving low energy levels and moods (such as fighting signs of depression)

Known Hazards:
Some proponents of alternative medicine have claimed that coffee enemas have a rapid detoxification effect by “detoxifying” metabolic products of tumors.There is no medical scientific evidence to support any detoxification or anti-cancer effect of coffee enemas.

Coffee enemas can cause numerous side effects, including infections, sepsis (including campylobacter sepsis), severe electrolyte imbalance, colitis, proctocolitis, salmonella, brain abscess, and heart failure.If the coffee is inserted too quickly or is too hot, it could cause internal burning or rectal perforation.

When administered as often as every two hours, coffee enemas have shown to be connected to two cases of deaths as a result of severe electrolyte imbalance, hyponatremia, dehydration and pleural and pericardial effusions. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ruled that study participants must be warned of the risk of death from coffee enemas in studies that use them.

Resources:
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Chelation therapy

Description:
Chelation therapy is a medical procedure that involves the administration of chelating agents to remove heavy metals from the body. Chelation therapy has a long history of use in clinical toxicology and remains in use for some very specific medical treatments, although it is administered under very careful medical supervision due to various inherent risks.

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Chelation therapy must be administered with care as it has a number of possible side effects, including death. In response to increasing use of chelation therapy as alternative medicine and in circumstances in which the therapy should not be used in conventional medicine, various health organizations have confirmed that medical evidence does not support the effectiveness of chelation therapy for any purpose other than the treatment of heavy metal poisoning. Over-the-counter chelation products are not approved for sale in the United States.

Medicinal Uses:
Chelation therapy is the preferred medical treatment for metal poisoning, including acute mercury, iron (including in cases of thalassemia), arsenic, lead, uranium, plutonium and other forms of toxic metal poisoning. The chelating agent may be administered intravenously, intramuscularly, or orally, depending on the agent and the type of poisoning.

Chelating agents:
There are a variety of common chelating agents with differing affinities for different metals, physical characteristics, and biological mechanism of action. For the most common forms of heavy metal intoxication – lead, arsenic, or mercury – a number of chelating agents are available. Dimercaptosuccinic acid (DMSA) has been recommended for the treatment of lead poisoning in children by poison control centers around the world. Other chelating agents, such as 2,3-dimercaptopropanesulfonic acid (DMPS) and alpha lipoic acid (ALA), are used in conventional and alternative medicine. Some common chelating agents are ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA), 2,3-dimercaptopropanesulfonic acid (DMPS), and thiamine tetrahydrofurfuryl disulfide (TTFD). Calcium-disodium EDTA and DMSA are only approved for the removal of lead by the Food and Drug Administration while DMPS and TTFD are not approved by the FDA. These drugs bind to heavy metals in the body and prevent them from binding to other agents. They are then excreted from the body. The chelating process also removes vital nutrients such as vitamins C and E, therefore these must be supplemented.
The German Environmental Agency (Umweltbundesamt) listed DMSA and DMPS as the two most useful and safe chelating agents available.

Use in alternative medicine:
Chelation therapy is considered an alternative medicine that has the purpose of removing “heavy metals” and toxins from the body.In alternative medicine, some practitioners claim chelation therapy can treat a variety of ailments, including heart disease and autism.

Why would someone experience heavy metal toxicity in the first place? Although it might sound like something only tied to rare circumstances of accidental poisoning, heavy metals are more common than you think. If you have mercury fillings in your teeth (or amalgam fillings), have been vaccinated to prevent various diseases, eat farm-raised fish regularly, consume foods that are grown in foreign countries (like China) that aren’t certified organic, or are healing from radiation and chemotherapy treatments, you’re likely experiencing heavy metal toxicity right now to some degree.

Chelation therapy involves a chemical solution called EDTA (ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid), which is administered into the body — usually directly injected into the bloodstream — so it can bind with excess minerals. Once bound to “toxins” in the body, EDTA helps detox the body of heavy metals by removing them before imbalances and illnesses have the chance to develop.

Benefits:
The biggest benefit of chelation therapy is controlling levels of various environmental metals. Metals, including lead, mercury, aluminum and arsenic, can cause short- and long-term health consequences since they impact functions of the central nervous, cardiovascular, immune and skeletal systems. When the body is out of homeostasis due to experiencing imbalances in minerals, malfunction and damage to vital organs can develop.

You may expect to get the following benefits:

*Might Help Improve Heart Health:
Although ongoing research is still underway, some alternative health care providers use chelation therapy to help treat coronary heart diseases, including atherosclerosis (thickening and hardening of the arteries that can potentially lead to a heart attack or stroke).

It’s believed that EDTA binds with calcium within the arteries, helping reduce plaque build-up and deposits that can cut off blood flow. Once bound to calcium, EDTA can help carry the molecules out of arteries so circulation improves. In a similar way, EDTA might help control high inflammation and cholesterol levels, which also pose a risk for heart disease. In the future, we might see chelation therapy used a less risky and more affordable alternative to heart surgery and complicated mediations that have many side effects.

*Acts Like an Antioxidant:
EDTA might act similarly to antioxidants by reducing inflammation, fighting free radical damage and removing metals that cause the foundation of chronic disease development. It’s been suggested that EDTA binds to not only calcium within arteries, but also other metals stored within bones, muscles and bodily tissues that can lead to increased inflammation or pain.

Certain chelating agents have even been used to successfully lower the presence of plutonium radiation toxicity within the body, which is tied to increased cancer risk. Uranium and radionuclide are two types of chemicals that can cause toxicity, leukemia and osteosarcoma when someone experiences long-term radiation exposure, but chelating agents, including DTPA, are able to help remove these before serious illnesses can form.

*Lowers Pain and Swelling:
Since chelation therapy targets inflammation, the root of most diseases, including arthritis and many autoimmune disorders, many people report less pain from inflamed muscles, joints and bones when using EDTA.

Although this theory hasn’t yet been proven in controlled scientific studies, chelation therapy might work by helping to reduce the effects of oxygen ions (also called oxidative stress) that can damage blood vessels and tissue. When inflammation causes the walls of vessels to become clogged, circulation decreases and pain grows. Chelation therapy can offer an alternative to ongoing medication treatments for chronic pain.

*Can Help Fight Cognitive Disorders:
There’s evidence that chelation therapy can successfully treat cognitive disorders, including Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease. While the exact mechanisms in which EDTA helps resolve these problems isn’t yet clear or proven in studies, there seems to be a tie between heavy metal poisoning (or toxicity), including high levels of lead or mercury in the blood, and medical disorders that affect the brain, memory and learning.

Research also shows that increased accumulation in the brain of copper, iron and zinc might be associated with a number of neurodegenerative diseases. Long-term heavy metal exposure can lead to physical, muscular and neurological degenerative changes in the brain that set the stage for not only Alzheimer’s disease, but also dementia, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis.

*Helps Lower Risk for Learning Disabilities:
Sadly, rates of learning disabilities symptoms like ADHD and autism spectrum disorders have been on the rise in recent years, yet how exactly these conditions should be treated or prevented remains controversial in the medical community. Many practitioners are now looking to alternative treatment methods to control symptoms of cognitive disorders, including some like chelation therapy that target heavy metal poisoning.

While not technically authorized to be used for treating such conditions, “off-label use” of chelation therapy might be beneficial for cognitive health because of its proven ability to lower circulating or stored toxic metals that interfere with brain function. Going forward, we should expect to see new proven strategies using chelating agents that are capable of crossing the blood-brain barrier and bringing back homeostasis of minerals levels.

Known Hazards:
The use of chelation therapy by alternative medicine practitioners for behavioral and other disorders is considered pseudoscientific; there is no proof that it is effective. In addition to being ineffective, chelation therapy prior to heavy metal testing can artificially raise urinary heavy metal concentrations (“provoked” urine testing) and lead to inappropriate and unnecessary treatment. The American College of Medical Toxicology and the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology warn the public that chelating drugs used in chelation therapy may have serious side effects, including liver and kidney damage, blood pressure changes, allergies and in some cases even death of the patient.

When used properly in response to a diagnosis of harm from metal toxicity, side effects of chelation therapy include dehydration, low blood calcium, harm to kidneys, increased enzymes as would be detected in liver function tests, allergic reactions, and lowered levels of dietary elements. When administered inappropriately, there are the additional risks of hypocalcaemia (low calcium levels), neurodevelopmental disorders, and death.

Chelation therapy with EDTA should only be performed by a professional or under supervision due to the potential for side effects to develop in some cases. The most common side effect is a burning sensation at the site where EDTA is injected into a vein, but this usually goes away quickly and is mild. Some people also experience digestive issues like vomiting, feeling dizzy, fever, headaches, nausea, low blood sugar symptoms and blood pressure changes.

It’s very important for EDTA to be infused properly and slowly, since high levels can cause electrolyte imbalances. It’s also possible that while it removes unwanted heavy metals, EDTA can potentially also bind to needed vitamins and minerals and remove them from the body, which poses the risk for deficiencies. To make up for this, many practitioners give patients large doses of vitamins/minerals following chelation therapy so they avoid becoming very deficient.

Although it’s very rare, kidney damage and heart failure can also occur due to blood pressure levels dropping suddenly and abnormally low calcium levels in the blood (hypocalcemia). At this time, children, pregnant women, and anyone who has a history of heart disease or kidney problems should not use chelation therapy without consulting with a doctor first.

Resources:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chelation_therapy
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Breathwork

Description:
Breathwork is a way of changing your breathing patterns in order to influence how you’re feeling and improve your mental and even physical health. Breathwork draws from eastern practices like Tai Chi and yoga — if you’ve done breathing exercises in a yoga class, you’re already familiar with a bit of breathwork.

Breathwork originally became popular during the 1960s and ‘70s, when people wanted to tap into their consciousness more. As with a lot of fads from those days, breathwork remained on the fringes of society, more underground than mainstream. Decades later, as with many things (think kale, smoothies and whole-grains), it turns out those hippies were right: breathwork can be an extremely powerful tool.

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See, when we’re stressed or anxious, we tend to take shorter, more frequent breaths, mimicking our mental state in the way we breathe. When you inhale, you’re sending a signal to the brain. When you’re taking quick breaths, the brain thinks something is wrong, similar to the flight-or-fight response.

As a result, your brain activates the sympathetic nervous system, which gets your body ready for physical and mental activity by cranking up stress hormones like cortisol, blood rate, anxiety, blood pressure ­— all the things that you might need to help you, say, run away from a bear in the woods. (1) Wonderful for escaping wildlife, not so great for making it through a really tough day.

On the flip side, though, when you make a conscious effort to slow your breath, you’re sending a signal to your brain that all is well. Instead of the sympathetic nervous system, the parasympathetic system kicks in, quietly scaling back on all those physical responses, while also ushering in a sense of relaxation and calmness.

Breathwork helps you tap into that parasympathetic system, training your brain to chill despite clues telling it to just the opposite. It’s probably no surprise then, that in today’s ever-busy, always-connected world, breathwork is experiencing a resurgence. Not only can anyone do it — if you’re breathing, you can practice breathwork — but breathwork aficionados tout its near-instant ability to help you feel Zen as one of its major benefits.

Just like benefits-rich yoga and meditation, there are different types of breathwork that are meant to tap into different emotions and experiences to help you achieve certain results.

Types of Breathwork:
Curious about breathwork? Here are the most common types.

Pranayama: Yogis will likely be familiar with the practice of pranayama, or breath control. The idea behind pranayama is that by controlling the breath, we can move past emotional blocks that hinder the flow of our prana, or our life energy. (3) If breathwork is of interest, it’s a good intro to seeing how your breath affects your mind and physical body.

Rebirthing: This type of breathwork stems from the work of Leonard Orr, a New Age pioneer who believes rebirthing has two aspects. In the first, rebirthing focuses on the idea that through conscious breathing, instead of breathing simply to move air in and out, you can transform it to instead move energy.

What is conscious connected breathing?
This is just another name for rebirthing breathwork, or breathing to gain energy.

The second part of rebirthing is a bit more out there. The idea is that everyone suffers from trauma created during their birthing experience, something Leonard Orr “realized” after re-creating his own birth experience in a bathtub. Here, conscious connected breathing is used as a way to allow the mind to free itself from the emotional blockage and trauma created during birth.

Holotropic breathwork:
It’s a way of moving toward wholeness via the breath; in Greek, “holos” means whole or wholeness, and “trepein” means “to turn towards.”

It was devised by Dr. Stanislav Grof and his wife Christina. The two were researchers trained in psychoanalytic therapy, who studied how psychedelics like LSD could help people overcome trauma and other difficult experiences.

If you’ve ever heard of breathwork producing mind-altering experiences, similar to being on hallucinogens, it’s likely you were hearing about holotropic breathwork.

When the government cracked down on the drugs, making research more difficult, the duo searched for a drug-free way that they could help patients reach an altered state of consciousness. Their answer was holotropic breathwork. Usually combined with music, holotropic breathwork involves inhaling and exhaling for the same amount of time at different speeds to induce an altered state of consciousness.

These types of sessions are usually led in a group setting, with a holotropic breathwork facilitator leading it and providing instruction and support throughout the meeting.

Transformational breathwork:
This is an umbrella term for any type of breathwork that uses breathwork techniques to usher in personal growth and healing. Rebirthing and holotropic breathwork are considered types of transformational breathwork. There is also “transformational breath” which is a trademarked name.

Benefits of Breathwork:
Thyere are several benefits of breathwork.The immediate benefits that a person gets withen 3 months of sincere practice are:

1.The whole respiratory track gets cleaned. Improves lung  capacity.

2.Relieves stress and anxiety:
When you engage in breathwork, you change the nervous system’s response to stress. That means less of stress hormones like cortisol being released. Too-high levels of cortisol can lead to issues like weight gain, sleep disorders, hormonal imbalances and more. More breathwork = less cortisol. Win!

3.Improves your mood:
Following breathing patterns can provide a mood boost and, over time, even help with depression. One study found that three months of yoga and coherent breathing significantly reduced depressive symptoms in individuals who’d been diagnosed with major depressive disorders. Gets releaved from sudden anger.

And a review of breathwork studies found that it’s a viable additional treatment option for people suffering from depression and anxiety. It’s likely that as more research is done on breathwork, it’ll be used as a way to help combat post-traumatic stress disorder as well.

4.Keeps your gut working smoothly:
Not only does breathwork transform the way your body responds to stress, but it also affects reactions at the gut level. What does that mean for you? The extra energy you’ve brought by way of increased oxygen can help eliminate toxins from the body, allowing your metabolism to run more effectively. And if you’ve been suffering from stomach issues stemming from stress, breathwork therapy can help with that, too.
It strengthens the pelvic floor muscles also.

Precautions:
Generally speaking, breathwork is fairly safe for most people. However, there are sometimes when not to do breathwork.

If you have cardiovascular issues, high blood pressure, serious psychiatric symptoms or a history of aneurysms, it’s best to consult with your doctor about breathwork. While basic breathing exercises and pranayama should be fine, the more intense types of breathwork, where you’re looking to achieve an altered consciousness, can be too intense.

Additionally, some types of breathwork can induce hyperventilation, which can bring on dizziness, chest pain, pounding heartbeat, muscle spasms and more.

If you’re seeking out classes or workshops, do your homework before shelling over big bucks. Check qualifications, read reviews and trust your gut instincts. Breathwork can also bring up really troubling emotions and experiences for people, so find a practitioner you trust and never do anything you’re uncomfortable with.

Final Thoughts:
*Breathwork involves changing your breathing pattern to change how you’re feeling.
Breathwork was popular in the ’60s and ’70s, and is experiencing something of a comeback.

*There are many types of breathwork practices, some ranging from fairly basic and easy to do at home, like pranayama, to others that require a practitioner, like holoptropic breathwork.

*The benefits of breathwork range from reducing stress and anxiety to helping the gut run more smoothly.

*Before working with a breathwork practitioner, make sure you feel comfortable and have vetted the person. People with a history of cardiovascular issues, including high blood pressure, should check with their doctor first.

Resources: https://draxe.com/breathwork/

Black Salve


Description:
Black salve is the name used for a group of natural corrosive agents, sometimes called escharotics. One brand name for a black salve product sold online is Cansema. The types of cancers most often treated with black salve ingredients — including bloodroot, which is sometimes referred to as black drawing salve — are basal and squamous skin cell carcinomas. These cancers are commonly located on patients’ faces and can cause growths, marks or tumors on the eyes, nose, lips and scalp.

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Other patients have turned to black salve in order to treat cervical dysplasia, a precancerous condition picked up by pap smears that’s believed to be caused most often by the human papillomavirus (HPV). According to a report by Science-Based Medicine, proponents of black salve have claimed that this treatment can “selectively kill abnormal cells of the cervix while leaving healthy cells unaffected,” but again, there isn’t much evidence this is true. (1)

In addition to treating cancer, black salve drawing paste is used by some to dissolve other benign types of skin growths or warts, along with even internal tumors in some cases. Black salve formulas are usually applied in one of two ways:

Applied to the top of the skin — This method is used to dry, burn and erode growths or tumors.

Applied over internal tumors — The hope is that the ingredients are absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream and therefore help detoxify the body, drawing out toxins that can contribute to tumor formation or growth.

How Black Salve Works: Key Facts and Chemical Composition:

The strength, effectiveness and risks associated with using black salve depend on the specific formula. Ingredients vary, but most include a type of zinc called zinc chloride along with powdered bloodroot, derived from the bloodroot plant (Sanguinaria canadensis).

Records show that similar erosive formulas have been used to heal unwanted skin conditions for hundreds of years, but black salve didn’t make its way into mainstream medicine until around the 1930s when a doctor named Dr. Fred Mohs started using a similar formula on the skin of his patients prior to surgery. Despite being accepted by some doctors and dermatologists, “no controlled clinical trial has yet been published demonstrating any relevant clinical efficacy of black salve,” according to researchers from the School of Medicine at the University of Queensland, Australia.

The rational behind using zinc and bloodroot on the skin is that together they form a thick, dry scab called an eschar. The ingredient zinc chloride is an especially powerful escharotic, often used to treat recurrent ulcers and help break up abnormal or harmful bone spurs/growths.

Bloodroot is a perennial flowering plant native to northeastern part of the U.S. It contains a red liquid (which some say is poisonous) that thickens to a paste when left to dry. The primary active ingredient found in bloodroot is a type of benzylisoquinoline alkaloid, which is the collective term for related molecules that are used in hundreds of different medications, such as painkillers and prescription narcotics like morphine and codeine. Within bloodroot, one particularly beneficial alkaloid has been identified called sanguinarine.

It’s been found that bloodroot also contains certain antimicrobial compounds, and some small studies have even shown that it might in fact act like a natural anticancer agent under certain circumstances.

Black Salve Side Effects and Precautions to Consider:

Although black salve has some potential anticancer and antimicrobial properties according to a small number of studies, serious side effects of black salve that have been reported by doctors and patients.

These include:

*Burning the skin, sometimes severely
*Leaving behind open wounds, sometimes as big as one inch wide
*Causing blackening of the skin, scarring and discoloration
*Allowing cancerous cells and tumors to further spread and progress, which can be deadly at times

One case study published in 2014 in Dermatology Practical & Conceptual reported on a woman diagnosed with melanoma on her calf who declined to undergo surgery recommended by her doctor and decided instead to purchase black salve via the Internet. She applied the black salve paste to the site of melanoma under a closed dressing for roughly 24 hours.

Although the woman was led to believe that black salve would naturally help cure her skin cancer, authors of the study found that five years later when she returned to her doctor the metastatic tumor had spread to the lymph nodes and then her lungs, liver, scalp, and other subcutaneous tissues and musculature. Aside from not stopping her cancer from spreading, the patient also reported initially suffering from inflammation, ulceration and pain due to a wound forming after using black salve. The wound she developed took up to eight weeks to scab and heal, plus she wound up forming several additional dense nodule/lesions that did need to be removed surgically after all.

Another case study with scary findings was published in 2014 in the
Medical Journal of Australia.

Authors reported on one Australian man who used a bloodroot black salve on a lesion he suspected might be cancerous, causing a severe wound in his head that enlarged to one inch in diameter.

Are There Any Real Benefits of Black Salve?

1. Has Been Used to Treat Skin Growths

Some practitioners choose to use black salve/bloodroot in order to remove patients’ non-cancerous skin growths, including raised moles, unsightly “rubbery growths” and skin tags. There is evidence that certain indigenous Native Americans used bloodroot to naturally treat warts, polyps and moles prior to the invention of more advanced treatment options.

Dr. Andrew Weil has even reported that he’s been successful in using bloodroot to reduce growths on his patients’ necks, armpits, groins, eyelids and other body folds. According to Weil, “The red juice from the bloodroot is poisonous when taken internally but when used externally has a unique ability to dissolve superficial skin growths without disturbing normal tissue.” (5)

There has not been much evidence published in medical literature showing that bloodroot juice can safely dry up skin growths and prevent them from returning — however, anecdotal evidence exists that this has been a traditional folklore practice for many centuries. Although it may work in some cases, black salve’s effects on skin growths might not be worth the risk, since a simple visit to a dermatologist office may safely offer the same results.

2. Might Potentially Have Some Anticancer Capabilities

Some evidence exists that black salve has the capability of causing melanoma cell death in some cases due to the presence of sanguinarine. A 2013 study published in the European Journal of Pharmacology showed that sanguinarine causes cell death through selective oxidative damage.

Sanguinarine is found in other fumaria plant species and is known to have a broad spectrum of pharmacological properties that kill human melanoma cells, including altering calcium concentrations within cancerous cells and cutting off their energy supply at the mitochondria. The authors of the study also found that pretreatment with the antioxidant glutathione further helped the anti-melanoma activities of sanguinarine.

Overall, the researchers concluded that their data indicates “sanguinarine is a very rapid inducer of human melanoma caspase-dependent cell death that is mediated by oxidative stress.” However, other experts still warn there isn’t strong enough evidence to safely recommend it at this time.

Proponents of black salve for treating cancerous cells caused by the HPV virus also point to one case study in which a woman refused the conventional recommendation of loop electrosurgical excision procedure and chose to receive escharotic treatment instead. The patient received black salve at a frequency of two treatments per week for five weeks (10 treatments in total) along with supplementing with vitamins and botanicals recommended by her naturopath. Significant improvements were observed in follow-up pap smears, which lasted for at least five years following treatment in which the patient was monitored. (7)

3. Contains Antimicrobial Ingredients

Research published in 2014 by the Institute of Pharmacy and Molecular Biotechnology at Heidelberg University showed that sanguinarine can potentially overcome multi-drug antibiotic-resistant pathogens just as well as antibiotics usually can. The study tested results of three individual compounds — sanguinarine, a chelator called EDTA and an antibiotic called vancomycin— in addition to a combination of the compounds for the treatment of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The substances were evaluated for treatment of 34 strains of bacteria, all of which were found to be resistant to the standard antibiotic vancomycin. Sanguinarine, however, was found to have strong activity against all of the resistant bacterial strains and demonstrated results comparable to that of standard antibiotics. (8)

On the other hand, some studies have found contradictory results. A study from the 1990s testing sanguinarine against bacteria responsible for dental problems like gingivitis found that it had no effects above those of a placebo.

So Should You Use Black Salve?

At this time, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Cancer Society do not advocate for using escharotic treatment in order to treat cancerous cells. They have not spoken out against black salve use on their websites but have also not supplied any evidence that it works and is safe. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) warns against use of black salve on its website. (10) The AAD has found that the vast majority of patients who use the home remedy black salve do so without even talking to a dermatologist first, which is very risky.

Since black salve treatments have become somewhat popular in Australia over the past several decades, the Australian Government chose to issue a warning against the product and stated: “The TGA is not aware of any credible, scientific evidence which shows that any black or red salve preparation is effective in treating cancer.” (11)

Because other precancerous or cancerous treatments have been shown to have high success rates (such as biopsies for basal and squamous cell skin cancers or loop electrosurgical excision procedures used to stop progression of cervical dysplasia), it’s best to get your doctor’s opinion before treating abnormal cells on your own. LEEP procedures have been shown to remove cancerous cells effectively in 85 percent to 90 percent of cases, and surgeries for basal and squamous cell skin cancers usually have similar results.

If you do wish to learn more about using black salve for natural cancer treatment, your best bet is to visit a naturopath who has experience using this formula with patients and is accredited through a trusted organization. Use precaution when attempting to treat a serious condition like cancer, especially if you’re doing so against your doctor’s recommendation. That being said, below are some reasons that certain natural practitioners have decided to treat patients with black salve, which are topics you can discuss further with a professional before prior to treatment:

*It’s possible that black salve won’t damage normal cells in the process of killing cancerous cells.

*Some patients report that black salve leaves behind no scarring once healed and that growths/tumors don’t return.

*Compared to other cancer treatments, natural treatments might cause less risk for complications like infection, fatigue or reduced fertility.

*Certain practitioners believe black salve stimulates regrowth of normal tissue, which some other cancer treatments cannot do.

*Black salve treatment is less expensive than surgery — however, it can also require more visits over the duration of several weeks or even months.

*One brand of black salve that’s sold over the Internet called Cansema (manufactured by the company Omega Alpha Labs) has many patient testimonials praising the results of the product, but these have not been reviewed in studies or proven to be accurate.

*Keep in mind that visiting a naturopath for black salve treatment likely won’t be covered at all by medical insurance. On the other hand, many other conventional treatments for the same health conditions are covered, including LEEP or biopsies.

Final Thoughts on Black Salve:

Black salve is a risky anticancer alternative that has been shown in studies to have both positive and negative effects on abnormal (including cancerous) cells.

Some people choose to buy black salve products, such as Cansema, online and self-treat cancer or other growths against their doctors’ advice.

There is some evidence showing that black salve can destroy abnormal cells, including melanoma, and has certain antimicrobial capabilities.

Experts consider black salve to be dangerous and controversial because escharotic products have not been shown to work in all cases and also cause side effects like serious wounds or burns.

Resources: https://draxe.com/black-salve/

Biofeedback Tyherapy

Biofeedback therapy is a type of training program with the goal of teaching patients to control involuntary physiological processes — meaning those that are both mental and physical — that contribute to painful symptoms and distress. A report published in Mental Health in Family Medicine words the biofeedback definition as “a mind–body technique in which individuals learn how to modify their physiology for the purpose of improving physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.”

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Biofeedback therapy is sometimes used to manage high blood pressure, muscle pain or tension, anxiety, IBS symptoms and insomnia. What do so many of these health problems have in common? They’re triggered, or at least made worse by, chronic stress. For that reason, some experts believe that biofeedback is beneficial and able improve overall health and wellness because it’s effective as a natural stress relieving technique.

How Does Biofeedback Therapy Work?

Here’s an overview of what you can expect from a biofeedback therapy session:

A trained biofeedback therapist first takes an assessment of a patient’s condition, usually by performing several tests. These tests help the practitioner determine how their symptoms might be minimized by learning to manipulate involuntary physical and mental behaviors.

Biofeedback requires specialized equipment. A biofeedback machine converts physiological signals (like heartbeats and brainwaves) into meaningful information that the patient can understand. The types of tests that are frequently used in biofeedback therapies are those that measure skin temperature, heart rate, muscle tension and brainwave activities. Biofeedback machines that are used to performed these tests include skin surface scans, electromyography and MRI brain scans.

Currently, the most popular type of biofeedback therapy performed by doctors is called “electroencephalographic neurofeedback.” Anxiety disorders are the number one type of health problem treated through this biofeedback training, although other popular uses include pain management. In many biofeedback settings, small electrodes are attached to a patient’s skin. This sends feedback to a visible monitor, tracking and displaying the patient’s physiological symptoms.

Because sessions require active patient participation, biofeedback therapy is somewhat similar to certain aspects of physical therapy (PT). Like PT, biofeedback training usually involves practicing at home between sessions, includes some trial and error to determine what works best and requires patience on the part of the patient.

Most biofeedback therapy sessions take about 30 to 60 minutes. The typical course of treatment usually lasts two to three months in order to provide the most benefits. Some patients, however, choose to participate in biofeedback therapy for much longer, sometimes even for years. The goal is for the patient to be able to practice self-regulation techniques that they’ve learned from their therapist on their own, even after formal sessions end and the monitoring machines are no longer used.

Who Benefits from Biofeedback Therapy?

Psychologists and sports trainers have been using biofeedback for decades. Cleveland Clinic is in the midst of a large study looking at expanding the use of biofeedback to three populations of patients in need — those with coronary artery disease, diabetes and multiple sclerosis. Research continues to mount in favor of using biofeedback to improve these patients’ quality of life.

Conditions that are commonly treated with biofeedback therapies now include:

*Chronic pain
*Muscle tension or spasms
*Urinary incontinence (frequent urges to urinate)
*High blood pressure (hypertension)
*Tension or migraine headaches
*TMJ symptoms (temporomandibular joint dysfunction)
*Trouble sleeping or insomnia
*Digestive symptoms including constipation, IBS and diarrhea
*Anxiety and depression
*Eating disorders
*ADHD and autism spectrum disorders
*Epilepsy
*Cancer recovery
*Heart disease
*And just about any other condition made worse by stress

Those who could especially benefit from biofeedback training include:

*Anyone undergoing conventional treatment without a response
*People who are intolerant to medications or contraindicated
*Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding
*Patients who value self?control and being involved in their own therapy

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