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Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) and thyme essential oil have a long and fascinating history of use. Discover both ancient and new uses for...

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Thyme (Thymus vulgaris) has a fascinating and long history of use. If you were a knight going off to fight in the Crusades in the 11th and 12th centuries, your lady would have given you a scarf with an embroidered sprig of thyme upon it. Thyme was considered to give courage to its wearer even by the ancient Greeks and Romans.

Now, modern scientists use thyme mixed with special fats to create nanoparticles that give a compound found in thyme more killing power against cancer cells!

In our modern world, thyme is a popular herb in the kitchen. It’s known to be full of potent phytochemicals (naturally occurring plant-based chemicals), vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Thyme is a great source of vitamins C, A, B2, B6, and B9. It also contains the minerals iron, copper, calcium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc. There are over 300 varieties of thyme and at least 20 different chemotypes of thyme (see more on chemotypes below).

Did You Know? 10 Interesting Facts About Thyme

  1. The word thyme comes from the Greek word “thumos” which means smell, due to the rich fragrance of the plant.
  2. The ancient Egyptian medical text, the Ebers Papyrus, dating around 1550 BC, makes reference to the healing virtues of thyme.
  3. Egyptians used thyme (they called it “tham”) as one of the herbs in the embalming and mummification process.
  4. Medieval herbalists revered thyme for its ability to keep a wound safe from infection, and for healing bronchial infections. They even used it for tucking under the pillow for deeper sleep and warding off bad dreams.
  5. Druids considered thyme to be sacred. Among other things, they used it to ease depression and to protect against negativity.
  6. In the 12th century, Hildegard of Bingen, a German abbess, herbalist, music composer, writer, and visionary, prescribed thyme for her patients with plague, leprosy, even body lice. As it turns out, she was 100 percent correct in doing so!
  7. In the 18th century, thyme was included in a herbal preparation known as baume tranquille, which helped to relieve stress and nervous disorders.
  8. During the Crimean War (1853-1856) thyme was sprayed on the clothes of soldiers to protect them against yellow fever, lice, and other diseases.
  9. Thyme is part of a modern formula of herbs applied topically as a hemostatic agent, which means it stops the flow of blood. Called the Ankaferd hemostat, Turkish hospitals and ambulances use it to stop bleeding. It is sometimes used in controlled clinical trials and consists of standardized plant extracts from thyme, licorice, galangal, common nettle, and grapevine. (See below under “Research on Thyme” as to how it is also being used against melanoma).
  10. Thyme has one of the highest antioxidant levels among herbs.

The Different Chemotypes Found in Thyme Essential Oil

Studies performed at the Department of Chemistry, University of Alabama at Huntsville, and reported in the journal Foods in 2016, revealed that of 85 samples of thyme essential oil investigated, at least 20 chemotypes of thyme oil exist. So what is a chemotype?

A chemotype is a way of describing a plant’s chemical profile with specificity as to predominant phytochemicals (natural, plant-derived chemicals). Plants have differing chemical profiles for a variety of reasons. They might grow in different regions, or at different altitudes, under varying growing conditions and other environmental factors. This gives the plants a different array of phytochemicals. In other words, a thyme plant growing in Idaho may look the same as a thyme plant growing in Spain, it might belong to the same genus and species, but the two can have a very different phytochemical content.

If you see a thyme plant with the title thymus vulgaris ct thymol, it means that the chemotype of this thyme is thymol and thymol is the most abundant phytochemical. It will also have slightly different therapeutic properties from, say, thymus vulgaris ct linalool, due to the presence of varying amounts of phytochemicals in the plants. Unfortunately, many essential oil makers often do not denote from which plant chemotype their oil is derived. 1

The most common thyme chemotypes, and the conditions for which they have proven helpful, are:

  • Thymus vulgaris ct thymol – Between 60-70 percent thymol, this chemotype has strong antiseptic properties. It has a high level of antioxidants, with strong anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving benefits.
  • Thymus vulgaris ct linalool – One of the gentlest of thyme chemotypes, it commonly grows at high altitudes and has potent antifungal and anti-parasitic properties.
  • Thymus vulgaris ct carvacrol – Between 30-80 percent carvacrol (depending on when it is harvested), it has also has potent anti-inflammatory, analgesic (pain relieving) and antioxidant properties.
  • Thymus vulgaris ct 1,8 cineole – Is 80-90 percent cineole, with an interesting array of benefits. It is a good expectorant (phlegm releaser), diuretic (increases the expulsion of urine), and analgesic properties.
  • Thymus vulgaris ct thujanol – About 50 percent thujanol, this chemotype is known to support the immune system. It is found mainly in the wild, known commonly as Sweet Thyme.
  • The Potent Phytochemicals in Thyme

The most abundant phytochemicals in thyme include thymol, carvacrol, linalool, 1,8 cineole, thujanol, myrcene, alpha-pinene, beta-caryophyllene, p-cymene, camphor, camphene, geraniol, geranyl acetate, terpinene-4-ol, and the flavonoids apigenin, naringenin, luteolin, and thymonin. These phytochemicals are responsible for the potency of thyme and for its medicinal uses.

Historical Uses for Thyme

Historically, thyme has been revered for its ability to increase circulation. It was also used as a diuretic and as an antibacterial − not that the ancients understood about germs and bacteria, but they observed its ability to help heal wounds, cuts, bruises, insect bites, sprains and other injuries.

Thyme has also been used for treating respiratory problems and as an antifungal in the treatment of athlete’s foot and candida (see more on candida below).

Thyme has a high concentration of iron, and herbalists have found that it helped feed the blood in cases of blood loss. It was used for women’s conditions, including painful menstruation, irregular periods, and menopausal side effects.

Thymol, one of the most abundant phytochemicals found in thyme, has long been one of the ingredients in some of the most popular antiseptic, antibacterial mouthwash formulations.

11+ Benefits Researchers Have Discovered About Thyme & Thyme Essential Oil

1. Antibacterial, Antimicrobial, Antifungal

A 2004 study investigated the effects of several essential oils against the fungus Candida albicans. Included in the study were six chemotypes of thymus vulgaris. Researchers stated that thymus vulgaris ct thymol exhibited “the most efficiency” against C albicans. When used in combination with the antifungal drug amphotericin B, thymus vulgaris ct thymol increased the anti-fungal action of amphotericin B. 2

Pakistani researchers in 2017 evaluated thyme against four common pathogenic bacterial strains: Bacillus subtilis, Staphylococcus aureus, Pasteurella multocida, and Escherichia coli. It was also tested against four fungal strains: Aspergillus flavus, Rhizopus solani, Aspergillus niger, and Alternaria alternate. Thyme successfully inhibited all of them. 3

2. Anti-cancer

1998 American research found that of 150 herbs and plants tested for their ability to compete with estradiol and progesterone binding sites on human breast cancer cells, thyme was one of the best herbs tested. For those whose breast cancer cells exhibit estrogen and progesterone receptors (termed ER+ and PR+) oncologists almost always prescribe hormone blocking medications that come with a long list of onerous side effects. The researchers in this study found thyme to be one of the top six herbs that displayed the best ability to bind to both estrogen and progesterone receptors. 4 Scientists have discovered that these natural herbs exert a much weaker influence in the body than the body’s own estrogen and progesterone.

In 2010, Chinese researchers investigated several essential oils for both their antibacterial (see discussion below under Skin Conditions) and anti-cancer activity. Researchers found that thyme oil had the best ability to inhibit MCF-7 breast cancer cells − it had a 97 percent kill rate. MCF-7 cells are estrogen-receptor positive, progesterone-receptor positive, HER2 negative infiltrating ductal carcinoma cells with metastases. Researchers found that thyme essential oil also showed strong cytotoxic (toxic to cancer cells) properties against PC-3 prostate cancer cells and A549 lung cancer cells. 5

A 2011 German study found thyme inhibited the growth of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. Researchers advised that “Genes involved in the cell cycle, cell death and cancer were involved in the cytotoxic activity of thyme essential oil at the transcriptional level.” 6

A 2014 study on the antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-proliferative properties of various essential oils found thyme oil exhibited some of the most beneficial actions. Thyme was the best free radical scavenger, the most effective against the degradation of fats, and had the best ability to halt the spread of acute monocytic leukemia cells. 7

A 2016 Chinese in vitro (test tube) study on the effects of carvacrol, one of the phytochemicals in thyme oil, on human oral squamous cell carcinoma (tongue cancer) had interesting results. Carvacrol significantly inhibited the migration and invasion of these cells. Researchers stated “carvacrol plays critical roles in cell cycle, cell invasion, and metastasis signaling pathways.” 8

2017 Turkish research discovered thyme (as part of a topical herbal complex known as Ankaferd hemostat, discussed above under Interesting Facts) had potent inhibitory properties against melanoma cells. 9

A brand-new 2017 study performed in Argentina investigated the phytochemical linalool from thyme oil. Aware of the fact that linalool can be poorly absorbed, to make it more bioavailable these researchers created a nanoparticle by encapsulating the linalool in several differing lipid (fat) outer layers. They then tested the nanoparticles against several different cancer cell lines. The in vitro tests were done with hepatocellular carcinoma (liver cancer) and lung adenocarcinoma (lung cancer). Compared with free linalool, the nanoparticles had a higher inhibitory effect on these cells. 10

3. Anti-inflammatory

A 2010 Japanese study found one of the particular ways in which carvacrol suppresses inflammation: it inhibits the activity of an enzyme known as cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), which plays a key role in inflammation. Carvacrol also activates certain transcription factors known as PPARs (peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors), involved in the control of COX-2. 11

Brazilian research reported in 2016 also found that carvacrol had anti-inflammatory action in mice with intestinal mucositis, 12 an inflammatory condition affecting the inner lining of the intestines. It is often the result of cancer surgery, chemotherapy, and/or radiation.

A Chinese animal study found that carvacrol inhibited the inflammatory response and had a neuroprotective effect in animals with cerebral ischemia injuries. This means that the brains of the animals had insufficient blood flow. This often leads to insufficient oxygen to the brain and results in the death of brain tissue. With its anti-inflammatory action, carvacrol helped to protect brain tissue. 13

4. Antinociceptive (Pain Blocking)

Antinociception is a little different from analgesia. While analgesics ease the sensation of pain, a antinociceptive substance actually blocks the detection of a painful stimulus by the body’s sensory nerves. Some believe that in comparison with using systemic narcotic pain relievers like morphine, antinociception has a longer duration. 14 In 2012, Brazilian researchers studying the effects of carvacrol on mice discovered it had “significant” antinociceptive activity. 15

5. Antiparasitic

2015 Egyptian research looked at both myrrh and thyme against a parasite known as Trichinella spiralis. This parasitic worm can be found in animals that eat meat and causes a disease called trichinosis (also known as trichinellosis). Humans contract trichinosis by eating the raw or undercooked meat of animals infected with Trichinella larvae. Trichinosis can be a serious and debilitating disease, and the standard drug therapy does not work well. The researchers in this study found that both myrrh and thyme extracts, given orally, were safe and “highly effective” against both larvae and adult T spiralis infected mice. 16

Research reported in 2016 by Argentinian scientists found that carvacrol and thymol from thyme essential oil were potent against the parasite Echinococcus granulosus, also known as hydatid worm, hyper tapeworm, or dog tapeworm. 17

Another 2016 study investigated the effects of thyme essential oil against Pediculus humanus capitis, or the human head louse. Thyme oil exhibited potent toxicity against both adult lice and their eggs and did not cause any skin side effects. 18

6. Arthritis

Early stage joint Dutch/Italian research reported in 2012 found that carvacrol may have applications for rheumatoid arthritis and other chronic inflammatory diseases. Because of the high dosage of carvacrol that would be required for an effective dose, oral administration was not considered to be the best approach because of its strong antibacterial properties. Researchers were concerned that high doses of carvacrol could negatively affect the intestinal flora. In this study (done on mice), scientists treated special cells from the bone marrow with a combination of carvacrol and thermal stress which helped to suppress autoimmune arthritis. 19 That is truly thinking out of the box!

A 2014 study done by Portuguese researchers investigated the effects of alpha-pinene, another of thyme’s phytochemicals. They were examining its ability to modulate inflammation and the activity of chondrocytes, the cells involved in producing and maintaining cartilage. They found that alpha-pinene had anti-inflammatory properties. They said thyme was “promising for further studies to determine its potential value as an antiosteoarthritic drug.” 20

7. Detoxifies Aflatoxins

Thyme has been found to be a potent detoxifier of aflatoxins, a form of toxic mold. Aflatoxin molds are produced by certain types of fungi (especially Aspergillus parasiticus and Aspergillus flavus) and are known to form in grains and other foods stored for long periods. Aflatoxins are considered to be carcinogenic (cancer-causing). Aflatoxins B1 and B2 are the most toxic, and scientists have been actively looking for effective ways to get rid of them. 2015 research published in the journal Food Chemistry found that thyme essential oil completely inhibited the growth of Aspergillus flavus and its production of aflatoxins. 21

8. Hair Loss

Although thyme has been used traditionally to combat hair loss, it wasn’t until Scottish researchers released a study in 1998 showing certain essential oils (including thyme) actually do make a difference. Eighty-six study participants with alopecia areata were followed over a 7-month period of time. One group used essential oils of thyme, rosemary, lavender, and cedarwood in a mixture of grapeseed and jojoba oils rubbed into the scalp daily. The control group used only the grapeseed and jojoba oils. Forty-four percent of participants in the group using essential oils showed improvement. 22

9. Insecticidal

Mexican research performed in 2015 investigated the insecticidal properties of several essential oils against Aedes aegypti, the mosquito responsible for spreading yellow fever, dengue fever, West Nile virus, and other tropical diseases. Thyme oil was found to be extremely effective against the larvae of this mosquito. Many such studies exist. 23

Korean researchers in 2017 found thyme to be potent against Pochazia shantungensis, a newly recorded pest wreaking havoc on apple, blueberry, peach, and persimmon trees. 24

10. Skin Conditions

Thyme has been used traditionally for its benefits for oily skin, scars, acne, and slowing the effects of aging in skin.

In 2010, Chinese researchers investigated several essential oils for their activity against the bacterium that causes acne, Propionibacterium acnes. Thyme oil was one of the oils that exhibited the best antibacterial activity against P. acnes − it was completely eradicated after 5 minutes. 5

Italian research reported in the journal Mutation Research/Genetic Toxicology and Environmental Mutagenesis in 2015 found that thymol protected the skin from the effects of UVA and UVB rays on keratinocyte skin cells. Thymol inhibited the generation of reactive oxygen species in UVA and UVB-irradiated cells, associated with significant damage to cells. Thymol also inhibited DNA damage in the irradiated cells. 25

11. Stress Relief

Thyme contains vitamin B6, which has a direct effect on key neurotransmitters in the brain linked to stress hormones. Many studies have been done on the effects of B vitamins for easing symptoms of stress. Thyme’s high level of antioxidants and thymol have been found to be protective and to increase the percentage of healthy fats in cell membranes. This has a positive effect on the brain and other body tissues.

Thyme also contains an impressive amount of vitamins C and A. Vitamin C plays an important role in stress management. It assists the body to quickly clear cortisol out of the bloodstream. Cortisol is the primary stress hormone that increases in stressful situations. High cortisol levels are known to lead to premature aging, digestive problems, and many other health problems − including cancer. During times of stress, levels of vitamin A also decline.

Precautions for Using Thyme Essential Oil

Due to its phenol content, thyme can be a hot oil when applied directly to the skin. Be cautious when using thyme oil. Always dilute with an organic carrier oil such as olive, coconut, almond, or jojoba prior to use as it could irritate the skin or nasal membranes.

Never apply essential oils inside ears, anywhere near the eyes, or to other sensitive regions of the body.

It is best not to use thyme oil with infants or children under age 5. Nursing and pregnant woman should also avoid thyme.

If you intend to use thyme essential oil for therapeutic purposes, be aware that essential oil quality varies greatly. Find out whether the supplier of the essential oil brand you wish to use employs organic growing methods, and knows how to properly distill oils. Buy your oils from a trusted source. If the oils are improperly grown or distilled, they may have toxic chemical residues which can be harmful to your health.

It is not recommended that thyme essential oil be utilized for any health condition in lieu of the treatment recommended by your physician. Please work with your doctor, certified aromatherapist, or properly trained health coach when using essential oils for any health concerns.
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Editor’s Note: This article was initially published in May 2017 and was updated in June 2021.

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Ty Bollinger <![CDATA[Bacteria is Best: Why a Healthy Gut Microbiome is Key...]]> 2021-06-14T21:50:32Z 2021-06-14T21:27:04Z

An important key in cancer prevention is an underestimated part of your immune system. Discover why a healthy gut microbiome is...

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Your body’s immune system and its role in cancer prevention really doesn’t get the attention it deserves in the prevailing paradigm of allopathic medicine.

You’d be hard-pressed to find a conventional doctor or medical expert who’s willing or knowledgeable enough to talk about natural immunity in the context of keeping your body free of cancer. At least not to the full extent of its true capacity.

And yet this information is vitally important. In fact, it just might be the most overlooked facet of cancer prevention that’s not being talked about by the conventional medical system today.

Assuming you’re getting all the nutrients you need from food and supplements (and your body is effectively flushing waste and toxins as it’s supposed to), your immune system should be fully equipped on its own to naturally thwart cancer from ever taking hold.

So why isn’t this the case for the tens of thousands of Americans who are diagnosed with cancer every year? The answer could lie in an underestimated component of your immune system that’s only just beginning to break the mainstream mold of thinking on this imperative issue: gut microflora.

Beneficial Gut Bacteria and Immunity: Are You Protected?

Inside your intestinal tract live countless trillions of diverse microorganisms that help you properly digest food and protect your body against harmful bacteria. This beneficial bacterial “ecosystem,” so to speak, is often referred to in the scientific literature as the human microbiome. A healthy gut serves an important role in both disease remediation and prevention.

A 2011 study published in the journal Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy explains in further detail how the human body relies on a healthy microbiome to combat infectious agents. This microbiome works in synergy with the rest of the body’s immune system to prevent disease. This means these tiny microorganisms meld with your very being in a coordinated effort to maintain homeostasis, or a healthy state of balance and stability.

But there are many things that can interfere with the proper function of your microbiome. These include poor diet (processed foods are compositionally “dead” and lack the enzymes and living bacteria necessary for microbiome health), environmental pollution, chronic stress, lack of sleep, and pharmaceutical drugs like antibiotics. Antibiotics, you should know, kill off not only harmful pathogens but also the good bacteria that your body relies on for proper immune function.

When a person’s gut microbiome becomes damaged or is otherwise thrown out of balance, conditions are ripe for disease formation. With cancer specifically, science is now uncovering how a compromised microbiome can unleash a cascade of system failures throughout the body that, in many cases, leads to tumor growth and full-blown cancer.

Gut Dysbiosis, Inflammation, and Cancer

Unpacking this systemic breakdown in further detail, a study published earlier this year in the journal Science Translational Medicine fleshes out how dysbiosis, or the failure of the microbiome to sync up with the rest of the immune system, can lead to cancer formation, or carcinogenesis.

The paper explains how epidemiological studies have pinned microbiome damage as a major risk factor in cancer development. Intestinal dysbiosis, the researchers found, can trigger an inflammatory response in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract that, if left unaddressed, can lead to gut diseases such as Crohn’s disease or colorectal cancer.

the gut microbiome

Gastrointestinal microbiota help protect the intestinal lining and serve as gatekeepers. They allow nutrients into the bloodstream while blocking disease-causing pathogens and toxins from passing through. So it only makes sense that a microbiome failure is nothing short of catastrophic as far as the intestinal tract is concerned.

Gut dysbiosis has also been linked to many other forms of cancer as well, including cancers of the breast and liver. The various inflammatory responses generated by gut dysbiosis appear to be systemic in nature. This means they affect a range of systems throughout the body − both intestinally and extra-intestinally.

The intimate relationship between gut microbiota and the immune system is admittedly complex. But it can be summed up like this: in order for your immune system to effectively fight and prevent cancer, your microbiome must be in tip-top shape. And the best way you can ensure a healthy gut, besides avoiding the exposures that threaten its integrity, is to seek out foods and supplements that will help enrich it.

Getting the Probiotics You Need for a Healthy Microbiome & Cancer Prevention

You may have heard the term probiotics before. This class of nutritive, living organisms is finally gaining national attention for its role in improving digestive health and boosting immunity.

Probiotics are what so-called “living” foods, or foods that haven’t been “killed” through processing, often contain in their natural states. Probiotics are also found in foods like fermented dairy (yogurt, kefir), cultured vegetables (sauerkraut, kimchi), real sourdough bread (made from living starter), and even pickles (made the traditional way). These organisms are what make these foods highly nutritious and easily digestible.

Perhaps you weren’t aware, but probiotics hail from the same category of “good” bacteria as what naturally lives in your microbiome. They’re exactly what your body needs to replenish all the beneficial bacteria that’s been damaged or that’s missing − providing the boost your immune system needs to thwart disease.

Three probiotic foods you should add to your diet

Cultured or fermented foods are rich in cancer-fighting probiotics, and they also contain what’s known as lactic acid bacteria. This is a type of probiotic that studies have shown offers specific protective benefits against cancer. A 2010 study published in the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition explains how lactic acid bacteria and its so-called “probioactive cellular substances” release enzymes into the gut that exert definitive anti-tumor effects.

Other studies, including a 2013 paper published in the Indian Journal of Medical Research, pinpoint specific probiotic strains like Lactobacillus casei as a science-based immunomodulatory mechanism that helps protect the body against many types of cancer and other diseases. Lactobacillus casei is one of the most popular probiotics available to consumers.

No matter how you look at it, probiotics are essential in any anti-cancer regimen and for a healthy gut. If you’re not already taking them, or consuming foods like yogurt that naturally contain them, you should probably start. Probiotics are just one piece of the anti-cancer puzzle, but as you’ll learn through reading the information I’m sharing with you through this site, they’re a very critical piece that your body simply can’t do without.


Editor’s note: This post was originally published in January 2016. It has been updated and republished in June 2021.

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Charlene Bollinger <![CDATA[Detoxifying Cauliflower, Kale, and Pine Nut Confetti...]]> 2021-06-14T17:46:32Z 2021-06-14T04:01:22Z

Humble cauliflower is often overlooked, but it’s actually one of the healthiest foods on the planet. Here's an easy-to-make,...

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Humble cauliflower is often overlooked as a leading member of the cruciferous family, but it’s actually one of the healthiest foods on the planet. It boasts a rich supply of health-promoting phytochemicals, anti-inflammatory compounds, and other cancer-busting nutrients.

Importantly, cauliflower supports digestion and detoxification. This is due to its sulfur-containing compounds, known as glucosinolates. These compounds break down in your stomach into byproducts during digestion, supporting efficient nutrient absorption as well as toxin and waste removal.

This delicious side or main dish also features kale, another superstar cruciferous veggie that provides glucosinolate compounds in addition to vitamins A, C, K, anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids, and calcium. Like cauliflower, kale is filled with fiber and sulfur, both great for detoxifying your body and keeping your liver healthy.

The DIM (diindolylmethane) and indole-3-carbinole in cruciferous vegetables such as kale and cauliflower help metabolize and breakdown estrogen in the body. This helps women maintain a healthy balance of hormones, which is critical for overall health, and specifically to lower risk of hormone-driven cancers. Kale is also a good source of quercetin, which has strong anti-inflammatory compounds and prevents tumor cell growth.

Quercetin also aids in the removal of excess estrogen from the body by stimulating liver function to detoxify estrogen and other carcinogenic agents.

Last, but definitely not least, pine nuts help suppress appetite as they contain pinolenic acid, which triggers the release of appetite-suppressing hormones. They are also very high in protein… just 1⁄4 cup provides 8 grams of protein! Enjoy!

detoxifying cauliflower recipe infographic

Editor’s Note: This article was initially published in August 2018 and was updated in June 2021.


Detoxifying Cauliflower, Kale and Pine Nut Confetti Recipe

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Yield: Serves 2 as a main dish or 4 as a side dish

Detoxifying Cauliflower, Kale and Pine Nut Confetti Recipe


  • 1 tablespoon grass-fed butter
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (or more if desired)
  • 1 cup chopped shallots
  • 1 medium cauliflower, chopped small by hand or in a food processor (pieces should be just larger than a pine nut)
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon Celtic or Himalayan sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 cup kale, de-stemmed and chopped into small pieces
  • 1⁄2 cup raw (untoasted) pine nuts


  1. Heat the butter and oil in a large shallow saucepan over low heat. Add shallots and sauté for 4 minutes.
  2. Add cauliflower, thyme, and 1⁄4 teaspoon fine Celtic sea salt and sauté for 1-2 minutes more.
  3. Cover and allow to cook until tender, about 6 minutes.
  4. Add kale and sauté until coated and to desired softness.
  5. Stir in pine nuts and remove from heat. Season with additional salt and pepper, if desired.


For all recipes, please use fresh, organic, locally-grown ingredients whenever possible, including organic, non-irradiated spices. This will give you the maximum cancer-fighting benefits.

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Ethan Huff <![CDATA[FTC targets chiropractor for helping covid patients...]]> 2021-06-15T15:03:04Z 2021-06-14T04:01:03Z

The FTC is targeting a chiropractor for helping COVID-19 patients with natural vitamins and minerals like zinc and vitamin D...

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Dr. Eric Nepute, a chiropractor and owner of Quickwork LLC, has pledged to defend himself against the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which is accusing him of engaging in “deceptive marketing practices” concerning the use of vitamin D and zinc in treating the Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19).

The Department of Justice (DoJ) filed a lawsuit on behalf of the FTC accusing Nepute of violating the COVID-19 Consumer Protection Act (CCPA), which forbids American doctors from prescribing anything other than “Operation Warp Speed” injections and face masks to “cure” the Chinese Virus.

Because Nepute has been helping patients stay healthy and protected through the use of vitamins and other offerings from nature, the American government wants to fine or imprison him for committing the “crime” of recommending natural remedies.

Passed back in December while Donald Trump was still in office, the CCPA says it is now “illegal” for any American “to engage in deceptive marketing related to the treatment, cure, prevention, mitigation, or diagnosis of COVID-19” – this means nothing other than vaccines and masks for the American cattle.

Nepute had been saying that vitamin D and zinc are far more effective at keeping people healthy than injecting mRNA poisons and wearing Chinese cloth over the face. This is against the law in the “land of the free,” as only pharmaceutical companies, communist China, and Tony Fauci are allowed to provide “health care.”

NIH website says zinc, vitamin D both support immunity – are they “guilty” of violating CCPA, too?

It is important to clarify, here, that the federal government itself fully admits that zinc supports a healthy immune system. Right on the website of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), where Tony Fauci works, it is written that zinc “deficiency depresses both innate and adaptive immune responses.”

The NIH website also lists vitamin D as beneficial for the human body, as it helps to support “[proper] immune function.” This means that the NIH also believes that both vitamin D and zinc could help to protect against Chinese Germs.

Does this mean that the NIH also needs to be sued by the DoJ on behalf of the FTC for violating the CCPA?

It seems as though government bureaucrats can say and do whatever they please when it comes to health matters, but when ordinary people – in this case a doctor – try to help people using nature’s offerings, they are persecuted for it.

“Why do you think that they’re promoting the vaccine and suppressing what people like [Nepute] are saying? It’s on their website, that vitamin D affects the immune system,” asks Thomas Renz, an attorney who has been fighting Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) tyranny in this country for the past year.

“It’s on their website that zinc affects the immune system. And yet they’re going to say that [Nepute] shouldn’t be saying that zinc and vitamin D might affect your immune system in a positive way?! They’re saying it! How is it a violation of the law for him to say it?! It’s not. They just want to suppress anything they can with this because they need to push this stinking poison [the experimental vaccines] into as many people’s arms as they can … this is one of the most corrupt, egregious violations of rights I’ve ever seen.”

Nepute is also being persecuted by the American government for warning people that Wuhan Flu shots do not stop the spread of the Chinese Virus. This is common knowledge that even the government itself admits is true.

“It says it in the EUA [Emergency Use Authorization],” Nepute says. “It says it in Moderna’s papers. It said it in Pfizer’s papers. Covid-19 are symptoms. SARS-CoV-2 is the virus. It doesn’t attack the virus. It only attacks the spike protein.”

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Joven Gray <![CDATA[Pomegranate may help reduce the risk of certain cancers...]]> 2021-06-15T12:57:32Z 2021-06-12T04:01:37Z

A review conducted to explore the anti-cancer properties of pomegranate has found it useful for the prevention of certain cancers...

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A review conducted to explore the anti-cancer properties of pomegranate has found sufficient evidence that supports its use for the prevention of certain cancers.

The review looked at cell culture and animal studies, as well as human clinical trials on the use of pomegranate against certain types of cancers. After compiling and analyzing all the data, the team confirmed that pomegranate could help reduce the risk of breast, prostate, lung, colon and skin cancers, as well as hepatocellular carcinoma.

According to the review, pomegranates are good sources of antioxidants, phenolic acids and flavonoids. Just the peel of the fruit is rich in ellagitannins, ellagic acid, gallic acid, hydroxybenzoic acids and punicalagin.

The researchers said these compounds contribute to the plant’s anti-inflammatory, anti-proliferative, antioxidant and anti-tumorigenic properties. The team added that in the studies they’ve analyzed, pomegranates were able to modulate multiple signaling pathways used by cancer cells.

The team also discovered that the polyphenols present in pomegranates exhibited anti-carcinogenic effects in in vitro and in vivo experiments. Moreover, in animal studies, pomegranate extract showed the ability to inhibit the growth of lung, skin, colon and prostate cancer tumors. Meanwhile, in studies that involved human patients, punicalagin was discovered to have chemopreventive and chemotherapeutic properties against cancer cells.

“The therapeutic potential of pomegranate appears to be wide variety. So, leading to enhanced popularity as a natural compound and functional food for centuries. The pomegranate polyphenol; punicalagin, is known to have potent anticancer activity in breast, lung, and cervical cells,” the researchers wrote.

Different parts of pomegranate are beneficial

In addition, in the studies they’ve reviewed, some parts of the pomegranate plant (i.e., peel, juice and oil) have shown the ability to inhibit tumor cell proliferation, cell cycle progression and angiogenesis — the formation of new blood vessels — in different types of cancers.

Pomegranate peels, as mentioned, are rich in flavonoids and antioxidants, which were found to help delay the proliferation of different cancer cells. Aside from suppressing cancer growth, the peel can also be used to get rid of acne, pimples, rashes and wrinkles, as it is a natural skin moisturizer. Moreover, it can be used as a sunscreen and as a natural remedy for dandruff and hair loss. The peel may also help relieve sore throat, improve dental hygiene, boost bone health and improve gut health.

Meanwhile, pomegranate juice is rich in antioxidants, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, folate and potassium. It also has antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. The juice may help improve digestion, relieve inflammation caused by arthritis, promote heart health, lower blood pressure, improve learning and memory, enhance sexual performance and fertility, support physical endurance and lower blood sugar levels. According to the researchers, the juice also contains ellagic acid, which may be the reason behind the anti-carcinogenic effects of the juice.

On the other hand, pomegranate oil is rich in vitamins C and K, as well as the antioxidant punicic acid, giving it the ability to reverse the aging, fight inflammation, fade scars, brighten the skin and protect against damage caused by too much exposure to sunlight. (Related: The potential therapeutic uses of pomegranate seed oil.)

“In view of the different activities of pomegranate extracts, we believe that they are suitable further investigations as potential multiple target-oriented therapy and prevention and suppression for the wide variety of cancer and its pathological outcomes. It is hoped that the present review will provide some worthwhile clues for continues explorations of this most attractive botanical species,” wrote the researchers.

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Ty Bollinger <![CDATA[Why Grass-Fed Butter Is One of the Best Foods You Can...]]> 2021-06-10T19:45:03Z 2021-06-10T19:37:22Z

One of the best animal-based fats you can eat is butter derived from pastured, grass-fed animals. Learn more here...

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One of the best animal-based fats you can eat is butter derived from pastured, grass-fed animals. It’s rich in butyrate, a short-chain saturated fatty acid that a healthy colon also produces from dietary fiber. Grass-fed butter is an amazing health food that aids in supplying the body with nutrient-dense fats while promoting a healthy digestive tract.

Grass-fed butter is rich in fat-soluble vitamins like true vitamin A, vitamin D, vitamin K, and vitamin E, as well as all of their naturally-occurring cofactors that aid in absorption. These butter “catalysts” or “activators,” as Dr. Weston Price once referred to them, are what our bodies use to effectively absorb vitamins and minerals. Without them, it wouldn’t matter how many nutrients we ingested – very few of them would actually make it to their intended targets.

Butterfat is critical for sexual development and reproduction as its fat-soluble vitamins support healthy endocrine function. It also contains what’s known as the “Wulzen Factor,” or the “anti-stiffness” factor. Only present in raw animal fat, this substance protects humans and animals against calcification of the joints (aka degenerative arthritis). It also protects against hardening of the arteries, cataracts, and calcification of the pineal gland.

Butter further contains what Dr. Price described as “Activator X,” another catalyzing nutrient that helps the body better absorb vitamins and minerals. Activator X is only present in butter derived from animals that graze a heavy diet of natural grasses. It’s not found in conventional butter derived from cows fed soy-based grain feed or cottonseed meal.

Butter contains high levels of a substance known as arachidonic acid (AA), a nutrient that serves as a precursor to prostaglandins. It also supports brain health and cell membrane integrity. Butter also contains a high density of both short- and medium-chain fatty acids (between 12-15%) which are absorbed directly from the small intestine into the liver for quick conversion into energy. These same fatty acids possess antimicrobial, antitumoral, and immune-supportive properties.

Butter is one of only two dietary sources (other than mother’s milk for babies) of an important medium-chain fatty acid known as 12-carbon lauric acid. Butterfat contains high amounts of this highly-protective anti-fungal and anti-tumoral agent, as does coconut oil. (A quick side note here: despite recent news stories that coconut is not healthy because it’s a saturated fat, in my opinion it is the premiere alternative to butter for those who don’t consume animal products. One reason is that it also contains exceptionally high levels of medium-chain triglycerides.)

Other important factors that solidify grass-fed butter’s superfood status include:

» A near-perfect balanced ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids

» High levels of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a powerful anti-cancer nutrient that promotes healthy muscle tone while inhibiting weight gain (in the form of fat)

» High levels of both lecithin and cholesterol – lecithin acting as a natural facilitator to promote optimal assimilation and metabolization of cholesterol (and other fat constituents)

» Rich in glycophingolipids, a type of fat that is highly protective of the GI tract

» Densely packed with trace minerals like manganese, zinc, chromium, iodine – and especially selenium – all of which are easily absorbed because of butter’s wide array of metabolic cofactors

Here at the Bollinger house, we never go without grass-fed butter and coconut oil (expeller-pressed for cooking and extra-virgin for raw consumption). These are our go-to sources of saturated fat and corresponding vital nutrients, and two of the best superfoods that a human being can eat.

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Lloyd Burrell <![CDATA[Are Microwaves Safe? (Must Read if You Use a Microwave...]]> 2021-06-08T19:52:09Z 2021-06-08T12:08:17Z

You can find one in almost every home kitchen and work lunchroom, but are microwaves safe? Before you "nuke" that next meal, you...

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Where would you be without your microwave oven? Aren’t they just a huge time-saver? You can cook a meal in seconds. Even frozen food can be defrosted and ready to eat in a matter of minutes.

But have you ever wondered… are microwaves safe? Are there any dangers to using them? How could there be any dangers? If there were, the government would have taken microwave ovens off the market, right? These are the questions we’re going to explore in this article.

Microwave Ovens Use Microwaves – a Form of EMF

As the name suggests, “microwave ovens” use microwaves. These microwaves, which are a form of electromagnetic field (EMF) generated by a magnetron, vibrate at a speed of 2.4 billion times per second. This causes the water molecules in the food to resonate at very high frequencies and generate heat.

Conventional heating of food is a different, much more gentler process altogether. Heat is transferred by convection from the outside to the inside.

Cooking with microwaves begins in the cells and molecules where water is present. This energy is transformed into frictional heat. These are called thermic effects. Added to this are athermic effects which are not currently measurable but are thought to deform the structures of molecules and have qualitative consequences.

Microwave Ovens Microwave Your Home

Few people realize that when you use a microwave oven, the microwaves do not stay within the confines of the oven.

Microwave ovens have to meet safety standards set by the FDA. These standards “limit the amount of microwaves that can leak from an oven throughout its lifetime to 5 milliwatts (mW) of microwave radiation per square centimeter at approximately 2 inches from the oven surface.” This might sound quite rigorous, but it’s not.

My tests with an EMF meter show that even brand new microwave ovens emit significant levels of microwave energy, otherwise known as radio frequency radiation.

What this means is that when you switch your microwave oven on these EMFs permeate into your home… traveling through walls, ceilings, and you. These EMFs, though being in the non-ionizing range of the EMF spectrum, are not negligible.

In May 2011 the World Health Organization officially classified this type of EMF exposure as a class 2B possible carcinogen.

Added to this, a microwave ovens’ cables and motor also give off high magnetic fields, often over 10 milligauss. Exposures of just 4 milligauss have been firmly linked to leukemia. Not surprisingly these magnetic fields have also been categorized as carcinogenic.

Over 70 Years of German and Russian Research Point to Microwave Dangers

Twenty years of Russian research, and German studies dating back to 1942 in Berlin, make a strong case against the safety of microwave cooking.

The Nazis are thought to have invented the first microwave ovens to provide mobile food support to their troops during their invasion of the Soviet Union in World War II. After the war the United States War Department was given the task of researching the safety of microwave ovens. But it’s the Russians who are credited with having performed the most thorough research.

After the war the Russians set about researching the biological effects of microwave ovens. This led to microwave ovens being banned in Russia in 1976. The ban was later lifted during Perestroika to promote free trade with the west.

Their findings led the Russian government to issue an international warning about possible biological and environmental damage associated with the use of microwave ovens and other similar frequency electronic devices such as cell phones. (Note: Do cellphones cause cancer? Find out here.)

Are Microwaves Safe? What the Research Tells Us

The research on microwave ovens reveals the following…

  • Microwaving prepared meats to ensure sanitary ingestion was found to provoke the formation of
    d-Nitrosodienthanolamines, a well-known carcinogen.
  • Microwaving milk and cereal grains was found to convert some of their amino acids into carcinogenic substances.
  • Swiss clinical trials have found that microwaving food increases cholesterol levels. It was also found to decrease red and white blood cell counts while decreasing hemoglobin and producing radiolytic compounds.
  • Thawing frozen fruits was found to convert their glucoside and galactoside containing fractions into carcinogens.
  • Even very short exposure of raw, cooked, or frozen vegetables to microwaves was found to convert their plant alkaloids into carcinogens.
  • Russian and Japanese studies have shown how food can lose nearly 60% to 90% of its food value when cooked or heated in a microwave oven. Significant portions of Vitamins B, C, E, and essential minerals have been found to be lost.
  • Food cooked in a microwave oven with a little water can lose up to 97% of its beneficial antioxidants.
  • Another issue with microwave ovens is that many people cook food in plastic and paper containers. Carcinogenic toxins can leach out of this packaging into your food. Studies have shown that chemicals such as polyethylene terpthalate (PET), benzene, toluene, and xylene can leach from the packaging of common microwavable foods such as pizzas, fries, and popcorn.

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5 Tips to Break Free From Your Microwave Oven

In the light of the above I take a firm line with microwave ovens. I cleared my microwave oven out of my kitchen a long time ago.

Here’s how to survive without a microwave oven:

  1. Invest in a turbo oven or steamer instead. These are much healthier alternatives to microwaving.
  2. Plan your meals. Take your dinner out of the freezer that morning or the night before so you don’t end up having to speed-defrost food.
  3. Frozen soups and stews can be taken out the freezer an hour before mealtime and partially defrosted in a sink of water then when sufficiently thawed put in a pan to heat on the stove.
  4. If you do insist on keeping your microwave oven, don’t allow children, pregnant women, and people with low immunity in your kitchen (or in the adjacent rooms) when your microwave oven is on.
  5. Keep as far away as you can from your microwave oven when it is working. Your risk of EMF exposure will be reduced significantly.

Your Quality of Food = Your Quality of Life

There’s no doubt the food we eat affects our health. But already the foods we eat contain more toxins and are nutritionally poorer than they were only a few decades ago. If you use a microwave oven, not only are you diminishing the nutritional value of food which is already less nutritional than it was previously, you are also exposing yourself to potential harmful electromagnetic fields which are known carcinogens.

Are microwaves safe? The resounding answer is NO. Do yourself and your family a favor and remove them from your home and take steps to limit your exposure at work and other areas where they’re used.


Editor’s Note: This article was initially published in May 2016 and was updated in June 2021.

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Ty Bollinger <![CDATA[5 Cancer-Fighting Essential Oils & 5 Ways to Use...]]> 2021-06-09T14:40:56Z 2021-06-08T04:18:14Z

Ty and Charlene reveal their personal favorite essential oils for cancer prevention and healing, along with some ways to use them...

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Essential oils are one of the most potent forms of plant-based medicine in the world. From killing viruses (like coronavirus), to promoting relaxation, to soothing skin scrapes, to supporting the immune system, essential oils offer countless benefits to your life.

To be clear – the use of these oils is no “fad.” Essential oils have thousands of years of history in traditional medicine, in the most ancient of cultures. The Egyptians, the Chinese, the Greeks… they all used essential oils.

From the times of Biblical medicine on through to today, essential oils are used throughout the world. Until fairly recently they’ve been better accepted and popular outside of the United States… but I’m happy to see that so many Americans are catching on to the immense benefits of these healing oils.

One of my favorite examples of the long history and effectiveness of essential oils is about a group of thieves in England who, despite daily contact with corpses who had succumbed to the Black Death (the plague), didn’t get sick.

The story goes that the King heard about these men who would enter the homes of those taken by the plague, rob them of all their valuables, yet did not fall ill from the highly contagious disease. The King had these thieves captured and when they were brought in front of him, he demanded they reveal their secret.

They confessed to being from a family of a long line of apothecaries. They were familiar with the immune protection provided by certain blends of oils, which they would rub all over their bodies, before going thieving. They say the King forced the men to reveal their recipe and then subsequently used the oils to protect himself and his family from the ravages of the Black Death. They also say the recipe is still in the Royal archives to this day.

Now I don’t know if all this is all true or not, but the moral of the story is certainly sound. My own personal appreciation of the wide variety of benefits of essential oils (including their ability to protect the body from harm) began during my initial travels for The Quest for the Cures and A Global Quest documentary series. It was then that I realized how truly overlooked essential oils are as a component of the puzzle that is health and healing from disease.

These days, my family and I use essential oils in a variety of ways on a daily basis. Our uses for these therapeutic powerhouses are wide-ranging. I’ll list out more further down, but a few ways we personally use essential oils include as medicines, for personal care products, as our cleansing agents, and more.

Why do we believe everyone should follow in our footsteps and rely on essential oils, too?

It’s simple. My family has opted to use safe, natural remedies that have thousands of years of history proving their benefits, over a dependence on prescriptions of synthetic drugs that have a long list of side effects which are nothing short of dangerous.

Likewise, we prefer to use personal care products and household cleaners that are superior alternatives to those containing toxic ingredients. We get the same, or even better results, while losing the risk of damaging our bodies.

Charlene and I are frequently asked about what essential oils we favor, and also how we use them. So, I thought I’d share with you some of our favorite anti-cancer oils and some tips for uses. Before I list our favorite essential oils for preventing and healing from cancer, just a reminder that when you are choosing essential oils to always look for the highest quality. You want oils that are certified organic, with 100% purity.

5 Amazing Anti-Cancer Essential Oils (in alphabetical order)

1. Frankincense 

Frankincense may well be my number one favorite essential oil for its anti-cancer properties. It is anti-inflammatory, for one, which is vital in the quest to heal from all cancers. Specifically, frankincense has been shown to be a potent inhibitor of 5-lipoxygenase, an enzyme responsible for inflammation in the body.

Frankincense essential oil also helps boost immune function and prevent illness by dangerous pathogens by multiplying white blood cells and modulating immune reactions.

It also helps improve circulation, and reduce stress (it has sedative properties), as well as being a known pain reliever. Oil of frankincense has been shown to contract and tone tissues, which helps to speed regeneration.

Frankincense is also shown to provide neurological support, including the ability to destroy toxins that may lead to neurological damage.

However, this essential oil has several benefits beyond cancer treatment, including easing arthritis pain, balancing hormones, encouraging skin health, and aiding digestion.

2. Lavender

As I’ve written elsewhere on The Truth About Cancer site, lavender essential oil contains the phytochemicals perillyl alcohol and linalool, both found to support cancer healing. Not only is lavender a known pain reliever, true lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is anti-tumoral, and has demonstrated significant results in resetting the programmed cell death usually lacking in cancer cells. It has been observed to reduce the weight of tumors, and inhibit cell growth.

Lavender essential oil reduces stress and supports the function of the immune system. Quality of sleep is improved. Depression and anxiety are relieved. All of these go towards supporting the immune system in the often immuno-compromised cancer patient. Yet lavender oil has several direct antibacterial properties, as well.

Studies have shown lavender essential oil to be effective against many common germs, as well as the more serious ones such as Staphylococcus aureus (“golden staph”). It does so by supporting the macrophages and phagocytes systems in the body, as well as helping the body fight the infection through its influence on genetic activity.

3. Myrrh

Myrrh is one of those somewhat obscure essential oils that has a variety of powerful healing properties that should not be overlooked. In terms of cancer, myrrh essential oil exhibits notable effects on cancer cell growth, and contains anti-inflammatory properties.

In addition, myrrh is known to support healthy hormone balance, which can be essential in cancer healing. Like lavender and frankincense, myrrh oil has long been used as a pain reliever. It is also anti-fungal. With all these qualities, myrrh is a potent therapeutic support for your health.

4. Peppermint

Peppermint is another “wonder-oil,” with a wide range of benefits. This essential oil’s cancer benefits come from its phytochemicals limonene, phytochemicals beta-caryophyllene, and beta-pinene, which have defined cytotoxic and anti-inflammatory effects.

Studies have also shown peppermint essential oil to reveal antioxidant and cancer inhibiting properties, suppressing growth of tumors. In addition, peppermint oil contains antiangiogenic properties, which prevent tumors from developing their own blood supply.

Peppermint essential oil is a well-known antiseptic, with antimicrobial components that benefit respiratory infections (such as bronchitis), open wounds, tonsillitis, and laryngitis. Peppermint is so powerful it’s even useful against stronger bacterias such as Staphylococcus aureus and others that are often antibiotic resistant.

5. Turmeric (Curcumin)

In labs, curcumin has been found to inhibit enzymes such as COX-2 that cause inflammation which can lead to cancer, to activate a gene that suppresses tumors, cut cancer cells off from their fuel and oxygen sources, to kill large B-cell lymphoma cells, prevent cancer stem cells from regrowing, and stop the spread of cancer (metastasis).

Turmeric essential oil has been shown in studies to differentiate between normal and cancerous cells, while promoting apoptosis (cancer cell death).

This power-house oil has other benefits as well, including: helping to regulate blood sugar, help wounds heal faster, prevent Alzheimer’s disease, prevent help you lose weight, and ease arthritis.

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5 Tips for Using Essential Oils for Heath & Healing

Using essential oils is so integral to my family’s life, it’s hard to list every way we use them! However, here are some top tips for using essential oils in your daily life. [Be sure to check my list of precautions below to get the most from your oils.]

  1. Put a drop behind your ears. For example, every day Charlene uses myrrh and frankincense behind her ears and on her lymph nodes as a prophylactic (preventative protection). Lavender or peppermint would be good for respiratory issues, or simply to relax. You can rub on the back of the skull, the breasts, or the bottoms of your feet.
  2. Use a cold diffuser. We love to diffuse essential oils throughout our home. We do it for added mental clarity, and immune support for the entire family. My office is always filled with the therapeutic aromas of a variety of essential oils.
  3. Massage into the skin. Some essential oils, like peppermint and clove, are very strong and you’ll do well to choose a good “carrier oil.” You use a good quality, organic (preferably cold-pressed) oil like coconut, olive, or jojoba to mix in a few drops of the essential oil of your choice. You can then massage this simple “body butter” onto your skin. For a bit fancier body butter, use a mixer to whip solid coconut oil with essential oil. Use this mixture to apply directly to affected areas (such as with pain, arthritis, or digestive issues), and for quick absorption and overall health benefits.
  4. Ingest Internally. One of my favorite, refreshing drinks I like to make is a “Peppermint Lemonade.” I simply take 2-3 drops of peppermint essential oil, 3-4 drops of lemon (or orange or tangerine oils, depending on my mood), add water, some organic green stevia, and ice in a large pitcher. It’s a super-fast, healthy beverage that I love. It’s also delicious as a hot beverage (use hot water and omit the ice). If you’re just making one cup at a time, use only 1 drop of peppermint + 1 drop of a citrus oil. Essential oils are powerful and a little goes a long way! You can also use a few drops of essential oils in an empty gel capsule and swallow it.
  5. Toothpaste. You can make a variety of personal products using organic essential oils and other non-toxic ingredients: lotions, face washes, mouthwash, soaps. A toothpaste is easy to make using high quality, certified organic frankincense, myrrh, and coconut oil. Maybe add in some baking soda if you prefer, too.

Precautions for Using Essential Oils:

  1. Quality. This is so important that it bears repeating. Always use a top-quality, medicinal grade oil. It should be certified organic, and 100% pure. Check the reputation of your supplier, and ensure there are no fillers or additives.
  2. Keep oils away from sensitive areas. Essential oils are nature’s powerhouses. Keep in mind they are 40-50 times more potent than the plant itself. Some oils are more “spicy” than others. Some taste better than others. Oregano is one that can burn a bit when you ingest it directly. Peppermint requires caution, and usually does best with a carrier oil when applying to the skin. Never apply essential oils to sensitive areas of the body, including the genitals or near your eyes.You should also test new oils to ensure there are no reactions before applying too liberally. You can start by doing a sniff test of the oil in the bottle. If that seems fine, then apply a dab of carrier oil to the inside of your wrist or arm, add a drop of oil and wait to see if there is any redness, itching, or swelling. Everybody and every body is different so you may need to try different oils to see which ones feel best to you.
  3. Do not heat oils. You’ve probably seen or even have one of those oil burners for using essential oils. What you may not know is that heating these oils destroys their healing properties. It’s always best to use a cold diffuser. These are plentiful and economically priced online.
  4. Children. Always be cautious when using essential oils with children. Diffusion is safest. For direct application, it’s important to dilute the stronger oils, especially with a good carrier oil. When making body butters or massage oils for children, use 1 drop of essential oil to 4 tablespoons of carrier oil. This will dilute the essential oil enough to make it more tolerable and safer for your child. Be very careful not to place near the eyes and always do a sensitivity test first.


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In this 500+ page full-color book, you’ll get expert tips and secrets to healing with this Biblical medicine. It also includes a step-by-step guide to using more than 50 top essential oils.

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Editor’s Note: This article was initially published in October 2016 and has been updated in June 2021.

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Ty Bollinger <![CDATA[St. John’s Wort Plant: A Little Known Cancer Aid?]]> 2021-06-09T14:38:40Z 2021-06-08T04:02:44Z

Discover why St. John's Wort plant is a powerhouse of health and a natural go-to substance for cancer prevention...

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The yellow-flowering St. John’s Wort plant (SJW) is widely known as an herb that can help elevate mood and ease depression. What may not be known about this unassuming yet hardy plant (scientific name Hypericum perforatumis) is that its anti-inflammatory and detoxification capabilities may also provide assistance for those with cancer.

St. John’s Wort and Depression

The scientific evidence regarding St. John’s Wort and depression couldn’t be more clear. But just in case this is the first time you are hearing about the healing capabilities of the St. John’s Wort plant, here are just two of the major studies that have been done on the subject:

  • A meta-analysis conducted in 1996 in Germany found that SJW extract (SJWE) is “more effective than placebo for the treatment of mild-to-moderate depression and less likely to cause side effects than commonly prescribed antidepressants;”
  • According to the Cochrane Report of Systematic Reviews for 2008, St. John’s Wort is better than placebo for patients with major depression as well. They found that its effects were similar to typical antidepressants and resulted in much fewer (if any) side effects.

If you are concerned about cancer or are dealing with a cancer diagnosis, research has found a direct link between depression and the development of cancer. A January 2017 study conducted at the University of London analyzed the data from 160,000 people and found that those who suffered from “psychological distress” had a 32% greater chance of cancer morbidity.

According to Dr. David Batty, one of the researchers: “The results show that compared with people in the least distressed group, death rates in the most distressed group were consistently higher for cancer of the bowel, prostate, pancreas, and esophagus and for leukemia.”

Even if you are not considering St. John’s Wort as part of a natural healing protocol (more about that in the next section), if cancer has gotten you down or if you have a history of depression and/or toxic anti-depressive drug use, switching to St. John’s Wort may be an option worth discussing with your healthcare provider.

Promising Cancer Healing Abilities of St. John’s Wort Extract

What ancient peoples knew for thousands of years about Hypericum perforatum (SJWE), modern science is just now beginning to gather evidence about. What they are finding is that the same principles that make SJWE such a healer for neurological balancing can also provide relief for other systems in the body. SJWE is an anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and, most importantly, a major supporter of the body’s most important detoxification pathways.

Did you know that 80% of the energy created in the body goes towards supporting the detoxifying organs, especially the liver? The detoxification system − which includes the liver but also the kidneys, intestines, respiratory tract, skin, and lymph system —protects the body from potentially harmful toxins.

The detoxification process works through “pathways” throughout the body that involve these organs and also through key enzymes that are present within every organ of the body. The specific “messaging” for these enzymes begins at the genetic level. However, experts in the field of epigenetics note that the root cause for the vast majority of disease conditions are environmental factors that can affect genetic expression.

One of the major reasons why cancer rates continue to rise is not only because we are exposed to more toxins than ever before, but also because, in the process, our detoxification pathways are becoming overloaded. This allows harmful pathogens to run rampant.

Understanding the CYP Detoxification Pathway

The CYP detoxification pathway is one of the major avenues through which substances are broken down and detoxification occurs in the body. This pathway is made up of particular enzymes (also called P450 enzymes) that are found in pretty much all life forms.

In humans and other mammals, they are particularly found within liver cells and are responsible for breaking down proteins to make them more water soluble. CYP detox pathway enzymes also help with hormone synthesis, cholesterol synthesis, and vitamin D metabolism, amongst other things.

St. John’s Wort seems to provide support for the CYP detoxification pathway, in particular for an important detox enzyme called CYP3A4. It provides specific support for the liver and in helping us detoxify carcinogens.

Indeed, helping to maintain a healthy liver and other detoxification pathways is one way St. John’s Wort can be your ally for cancer prevention. But St. John’s Wort has also demonstrated its ability to inhibit cancer growth directly.

Can This Component in SJW Promote Cancer Cell Death?

One of St. John’s Wort’s main components is hyperforin, which has long been identified as the substance responsible for SJWE’s anti-depressant qualities. Recent research has shown that hyperforin can also promote cancer cell apoptosis (i.e. cancer cell death). The published report of a joint European study on leukemia stated that, “HF [hyperforin] inhibits the capacity of migration and invasion of different tumor cells, as well as exhibits antiangiogenic effects. Altogether, these properties qualify HF as a lead structure for the development of new therapeutic molecules in the treatment of various diseases, including some malignant tumors.”

A 2004 study published in the journal Cancer Research focused on St. John’s wort’s effectiveness on lung cancers in mice. After daily administration of St. John’s wort extract, they found that the mice had “remarkably reduced inflammatory infiltration” and that cancer metastasis rates had reduced by up to 48%, with no marked change in mouse behavior. Similar findings have occurred with prostate cancer studies as well.

Still other studies have noted SJWE’s effects specifically on certain cancer-related pathways, the regulation of cytokines, and cancer cell mitochondria pathways.

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Does St. John’s Wort Plant Help or Hinder Conventional Cancer Therapies?

The debate continues as to whether St. John’s Wort helps or hinders conventional cancer therapies, especially the effectiveness of chemotherapy drugs. As stated before, St. John’s Wort enhances the effectiveness of several CYP detoxification enzymes. Besides 3A4, it has also had a proven effect on other detoxification pathways which are used by many prescription drugs (including many chemo drugs) for metabolism. According to By Donald Yance, MH, CN, RH (AHG), SFO, author of the book Herbal Medicine, Healing & Cancer:

“Most of the interaction research on SJWE and various drugs, including the chemotherapeutic drug CPT-11 (Irinotecan), have demonstrated that SJWE extract (600-900 mgs daily) can reduce blood levels between 20-40%.”

He goes on, however, to issue a cautionary note as to the validity of these studies:

“Most of the research on SJWE has either utilized 900 mg of SJWE, an amount that is not typical…or they are in vitro studies which are very difficult to interpret and apply to clinical practice.”

According to some, SJWE may actually help the effectiveness of chemotherapy drugs such as 5-fluorouracil, oxaliplatin, and raltitrexed. This is because SJWE has been found to improve tolerability, decrease side effects, and improve the response rates of these drugs.

So, say Yance and others, while St. John’s wort may decrease blood levels of pharmaceutical drugs, this does not necessarily mean that it reduces their effectiveness.  In fact, very recent studies have now begun to look at combining St. John’s wort with pharmaceuticals as well as radiation therapy for an integrative protocol to cancer.

Whatever opinions exist as to the relationship between St. John’s wort and pharmaceutical drugs, one thing is for sure: this humble little plant is a powerhouse of health for your liver and for health brain function, which makes it a go-to natural substances for cancer prevention. What’s more, an increasing body of evidence is pointing to its direct effectiveness against cancer on several fronts.

Editor’s Note: This article was initially published in May 2017 and was updated in June 2021.

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A recent study has found that high-fructose corn syrup, a common sweetener used in soft drinks, promotes the growth of intestinal...

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A recent study has found that high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), a common sweetener used in soft drinks, promotes the growth of intestinal tumors. Excessive consumption of products sweetened with HFCS is also linked to obesity and metabolic syndrome.

According to the researchers behind the study, the epidemic of obesity seen around the world today is primarily caused by the increased consumption of sugar-laden beverages. Coincidentally, this rise in obesity rates is also paralleled by an increase in colorectal cancer incidence, especially among young and middle-aged adults.

As early as 2013, studies have emerged suggesting that obesity increases the risk of colorectal cancer. Some of the plausible mechanisms believed to be behind this association include insulin resistance, chronic inflammation and alterations in the levels of growth factors, adipocytokines (hormones secreted by fat cells) and steroid hormones. However, the influence of these proposed mechanisms still remains to be fully explored.

Another thing that is unclear about all this is if heavily sweetened products — the main culprits behind obesity — directly promote colorectal cancer development. To remove obesity and the metabolic syndrome as confounding factors, the researchers mimicked the consumption of sugar-laden drinks in mice that have been genetically engineered to develop intestinal tumors. This allowed them to determine whether HFCS, in particular, enhances tumor growth.

Fructose transport and tumor growth

In their report, which appeared in the journal Science, the researchers explained the difference between how fructose and glucose are processed in the intestine and the liver, and how these differences lead to enhanced tumor growth.

Using mice that lack the adenomatous polyposis coli (APC) gene, a key tumor suppressor, they first looked at the effects of adding HCFS to a regular diet. They reported that over an eight-week period, the genetically engineered mice became obese while normal mice showed signs of metabolic dysfunction. (Related: Food companies hiding harmful high fructose corn syrup under new name.)

To distinguish between the metabolic effects of HFCS consumption and HFCS-induced obesity, the researchers fed another set of genetically engineered mice a modest amount of the sweetener daily. In terms of human consumption, the amount was calorically equivalent to 12 ounces of a sugar-laden drink. The researchers found that despite the restriction, HFCS significantly increased the number of large adenomas (benign tumor) and high-grade tumors in the mice. This suggests that even in the absence of obesity and metabolic syndrome, regular consumption of even small amounts of HFCS promotes tumor growth.

To understand how HFCS achieves this, the researchers looked at how fructose and glucose are transported by tumors in the small intestine and colon. According to the researchers, fructose and glucose are transported by intestinal epithelial cells (IECs) in the small intestine differently. While there are designated active transporters for glucose, fructose transport occurs via a passive transporter called GLUT5. Previous studies show that consuming as little as five grams of fructose is enough to saturate GLUT5 and cause fructose malabsorption. This means that regular intake of HFCS can lead to fructose accumulation in the colon.

The researchers hypothesized that intestinal tumors may have the means to efficiently transport and metabolize fructose, and this is how HFCS enhances tumor growth. To test this hypothesis, they gave normal and genetically engineered mice a bolus of radiolabeled glucose and fructose. The researchers found that the tumors in the genetically engineered mice efficiently transported both sugars. But compared to the normal mice, the amount of fructose that reached the genetically engineered mice’s blood and livers was smaller, suggesting that intestinal tumors can trap fructose and use it as a source of energy.

The researchers also found that, compared to normal IECs, intestinal tumors have higher levels of GLUT5 and fructose-metabolizing enzymes. These findings suggest that intestinal tumors can transport fructose directly from the intestinal lumen, where the sugar accumulates once GLUT5 transporters in IECs are saturated.

Fructose metabolism and tumor growth

The metabolism of glucose and fructose in the liver and IECs also vary extensively. Whereas the activity of the enzyme that initiates glucose breakdown (glycolysis) is tightly regulated by the product of its first step, the activity of the enzyme that processes fructose is not subject to this kind of inhibition. As a result, the first product of fructose breakdown (F1P) rapidly accumulates in the liver, accompanied by a depletion in ATP, the principal molecule used by cells to store and transfer energy.

The researchers hypothesized that this depletion may lead to the activation of phosphofructokinase (PFK), the most critical regulatory enzyme in glycolysis that is normally inhibited by ATP. PFK activation would then facilitate glucose metabolism via glycolysis in intestinal tumors without APC. Again, using radiolabeled glucose and fructose, the researchers confirmed their hypothesis and found that lactate production is enhanced in tumors in the presence of fructose.

Cancer cells are known to derive most of their energy from glycolysis, specifically, by converting glucose into lactate for energy. These findings clearly show that fructose promotes cancer growth by enhancing glucose metabolism in intestinal tumors.

Another underlying mechanism the researchers discovered is that cancer cells also use glycolysis as a carbon source for fatty acid synthesis. Many studies have shown that cancer cells rely on fatty acid synthesis — also known as de novo lipogenesis — for many things, such as forming cellular membranes, producing and storing energy and communicating with other cells. A look at the expression levels of enzymes involved in lipogenesis confirmed that the intestinal tumors of mice given a bolus of HFCS have higher levels of these enzymes as well as long-chain fatty acids than IECs.

Altogether these findings show that fructose allows cancer cells to thrive by causing them to rewire their metabolic pathways in favor of glycolysis and fatty acid synthesis. (Related: Fructose can cause far more damage than glucose.)

“In this study, we have found that HFCS, the primary sweetener used in [sugar-sweetened beverages], contributes to intestinal tumorigenesis in mice by accelerating glycolysis and de novo lipogenesis. These effects are independent of obesity and metabolic syndrome. HFCS in liquid form rapidly increases the levels of fructose and glucose in the intestinal lumen and serum, respectively, which allows intestinal tumors to take up these sugars for their growth,” the researchers wrote in their report.

“Our study also provides important preclinical evidence that the combination of dietary glucose and fructose, even at moderate dose, can enhance intestinal tumor growth.”

This article was originally published on Cancer.News and has been republished here with permission.

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