Migraines are a chronic disorder characterized by recurrent moderate to severe headaches, affecting 28 million Americans annually. Normally people with a migraine have an intense unilateral headache, one half of their head is in pain, normally pulsating nature. Migraines can last from 2-72 hours and can cause nausea, vomiting, increased sensitivity to light and/or sound with pain normally exacerbated by physical activity.

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Five Emergency Medicinal Herbs

There are many medicinal herbs that are wonderful for emergency situations! Keeping a well-stocked first-aid kit that includes the best of both modern and herbal medicines, along with the knowledge of how to use them, is an essential part of survival. But what happens if you don’t have your emergency kit with you, or you don’t have enough supplies to last through the emergency? I think it is important to know how to identify and use at least a handful of medicinal plants that grow in most areas of the U.S. If you know how to identify and use the resources that grow around you, you’ll never be helpless in medical emergencies!

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Vitamin A

Vitamin A is not a single compound but is a family of fat soluble compounds including retinol, retinal, retinyl ester and retinoic acid. We also use the term vitamin A to talk about certain plant compounds called carotenoids that are dietary precursors of retinol. Vitamin A is responsible for many actions in the body. It acts as a hormone, controlling the gene expression that governs the growth of epithelial cells. These cells make up not only our skin, but the lining of the intestinal tract, lungs, reproductive and urinary tract and the outer surface of the cornea. Vitamin A is essential in maintaining the integrity of the mucus membranes and helping in the production of IgA, along with helping our white blood cells function properly. Vitamin A deficiencies are implicated in chronic viral infections, including frequent respiratory infections and HIV. Vitamin A is also essential for eye health. Night blindness, excess sensitivity to light, age related macular degeneration and chronic dry or red eyes are all common signs of a Vitamin A deficiency. Vitamin A deficiencies are common in the developing world and even in America where less than 50% of Americans get the suggested RDA of Vitamin A.

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High Cholesterol Doesn’t Cause Heart Disease

What is Cholesterol? Cholesterol is a Steroid! “Chol” = bile and “Sterol” = steroid.

Cholesterol is the most abundant steroid in the body. Cholesterol  is used as a building block for cell membranes, aids digestion by producing bile and is essential in the manufacture of sexual hormones!

  • All cells contain cholesterol and all tissues make it. It’s so important that every cell regulates its own level internally.
  • Cholesterol is found in high concentrations in the brain and is essential to brain health.
  • Vitamin D is made from the interaction between cholesterol and sunlight hitting your skin. Vitamin D is essential to the immune system and it can help prevent diabetes and cancer.
  • A major portion of the body’s cholesterol is used by the liver to produce bile salts. These salts are used in digestion to make sure fats get broken down and that vitamins A, D, E, K get utilized. Adequate bile production is also a key part of healthy bowel function and liver detoxification.

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