My name is Laura Murphy, I am a Biologist and a practitioner of Natural Medicine, I am a qualified Naturopath, Homeopath, Herbalist and Nutritionist. I am passionate about natural medicine and spend innumerable hours researching evidence based natural therapies and disease and rather than hoard all this valuable information on my computer, I decided to set up this humble website. If you have any questions or suggestions please "contact me"
Look to your health; and if you have it, praise God, and value it next to a good conscience; for health is the second blessing that we mortals are capable of; a blessing that money cannot buy - Izaak Walton
Look to your health; and if you have it, praise God, and value it next to a good conscience; for health is the second blessing that we mortals are capable of; a blessing that money cannot buy - Izaak Walton
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- Attitudes About Complementary and Alternative Medicine Predict Use Among Cancer Patient - Newswise
- Monsanto Bids to Take Over Syngenta—A Move to Assure a Pesticide-Saturated Future? - Dr. Mercola
- Indian nightmare: GMO killer-cotton - RT Documentary
- Is PTSD Contagious? It's rampant among returning vets—and now their spouses and kids are starting to show the same symptoms - Mother Jones
- California Almonds Require 85 Percent of US Bees - Mother Jones
- Noam Chomsky: Why the Internet Hasn't Freed Our Minds -- Propaganda Continues to Dominate - Alternet
- Editor In Chief Of World’s Best Known Medical Journal: Half Of All The Literature Is False - Collective Evolution
- Free Ransomware Decryption and Malware Removal ToolKit - Hacker News
- With new EPA water rule, Obama again takes executive action on environment - LA Times.
- Vessels discovered in a Scythian grave mound contained traces of opium and marijuana, confirming the claim of an ancient historian.- National Georgraphic
- Sri Lankan President orders to ban import of glyphosate with immediate effect - Colombo News via Envrn. Health News
- Study finds fine particulate air pollution associated with increased risk of autism - Timesonline
- Police state government to start surveilling your poop in real time for illicit drug use… RFID tag readers in toilets will upload urine composition to the feds - Natural News
- March Against Monsanto explodes globally... World citizens stage massive protests across 38 countries, 428 cities... mainstream media pretends it never happened - Natural News
- Oil CEO Wanted University Quake Scientists Dismissed: Dean's E-Mail - Bloomberg
- EU drops controls on dangerous chemicals after TTIP pressure from US – report - RT News
- Achieving "zero waste" might seem impossible, but these cities have implemented plans that are getting them very close - FastCo
- 'The situation is desperate' for monarch butterflies, but here's the plan to save them - PRI.
- 2015 Sun Safety Guide for Children - Healthy Child
- Industry delayed EU regulation of toxic chemicals - EU Observer
- March Against Monsanto - Saturday 23rd May
National Geographic report "“We cannot solve our difficulties by using the type of thinking that created them,” Chandler says. He’s referring to the “persistent delusion” that humans can control nature. Better bees can be built, he believes, but only by bees themselves. The biggest enemy of honeybees, he contends, is not mites or viruses but industrial agriculture. Many scientists ruefully agree. The disagreement comes over what to do about it."
Living On Earth report "in the last few decades, some studies have suggested a possible link between talc and ovarian cancer. Levin recently wrote an article outlining the long-held concerns and the hundreds of lawsuits filed on behalf of women or their survivors against Johnson & Johnson. These studies go back, he says, to a British study in 1971. Researchers reported that microscopic analysis of 13 ovarian tumors found talc particles in 10 of them. Several other studies followed in the early 1980s in the United States and Europe and suggested that women who use talc feminine hygiene products may have up to a 35% higher risk of ovarian cancer than women who don’t those products."
The Journal Traditional Chinese Medicine report "Liuweibuqi capsules can improve the symptoms of COPD possibly by regulating the expression of the JAK1/STAT3 pathway and MMP9/TIMP1"
The Journal Chinese Medicine report "You-Gui pills (You-Gui-Wan; YGW) can promote T lymphocyte proliferation and differentiation, and restore Th1/Th2 balance in the treatment of asthma, but their mechanism of action is not fully known. This study aims to explore whether YGW can induce histone deacetylation or acetylation in memory T lymphocytes (Tm) for improvement of airway inflammation in asthma.
Conclusion: Histone deacetylation of Tm was observed during alleviation of asthma by YGW
Complementary Therapies in Medicine report "This brief lifestyle intervention, including a vegan diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and various legumes, nuts and seeds, significantly improved health risk factors and reduced systemic inflammation as measured by circulating C-Reactive Protein (CRP).
Science Daily report "Chronic pain is known to cause brain anatomy changes and impairments, but yoga can be an important tool for preventing or even reversing the effects of chronic pain on the brain
Phytotherapy Research report "Ongoing efforts to gain an in-depth understanding of the effects of this substance include experiments described in the present report and a phase I clinical trial of Sour Cherry Seed Extract (SCSE) delivered transdermally to patients with osteoarthritis. This treatment resulted in significant systemic amelioration of multiple disease parameters (including joint pain) and augmented protective T lymphocyte activity, with no associated toxicity (Mahmoud et al., 2014). These outcomes and ongoing results of work in progress suggest that SCSE will be safe and effective for a wide range of human applications."
Phytotherapy Research report "Regarding this important aspects of endocannabinoids and their receptors, we can say that it may provide a pivotal target for attenuating chemotherapy associated side effects. Moreover, antitumoral activities of cannabinoids might enhance the efficacy of standard chemotherapeutic agents. In such conditions, the coadministration of lower doses of anticancer drugs with cannabinoids will diminish the adverse effects drastically."
Environmental Health Perspective report "Prenatal exposure to organochlorines was positively associated with overweight at age 7 years in our study population. Other EDCs exposures did not confound this association."
The Guardian report "More than two out of five American honeybee colonies died in the past year, and surprisingly, the worst die-off was in the summer, according to a federal survey.
Since April 2014, beekeepers lost 42.1% of their colonies, the second-highest rate in nine years, according to an annual survey conducted by a bee partnership that includes the US Department of Agriculture.
The Journal Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine report "The Sahastara (SHT) remedy is similar to diclofenac in all evaluating symptoms of OA knee. However, the SHT remedy has shown to be a good alternative treatment for OA knee with less systemic side effects when it was compared with diclofenac.
BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine report "methanol extract of M. malabathricum leaves exhibited a gastroprotective activity due partly to the presence of quercitrin, its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities, and via modulation of NO and SH groups"
Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine report "While no change was detected in the control group, the program group reported reductions of 1.94, 1.84, and 2.06 points for anxiety, depression, and stress, respectively (p<0.01, p<0.01, and p<0.01). Scores decreased significantly after the first therapeutic laughter session (p<0.05, p<0.01, and p<0.01). As the therapeutic laughter program was effective after only a single session in reducing anxiety, depression, and stress in breast cancer patients, it could be recommended as a first-line complementary/alternative therapy.
The Intl Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology report "Lemon balm (Melissa officinalis) extract inhibits the proliferation of colon carcinoma cells and induces apoptosis through formation of ROS. Taken together, LBE or subfractions thereof could be used for the prevention of colon cancer.
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition report "Greater Polyunsaturated Fatty Acid concentrations may be associated with lower osteoporotic fracture risk in older adults, particularly in men. Critical time periods for n–3 fatty acid consumption may differ by sex. Daily fish-oil consumption in late life was associated with lower fracture risk in men. Daily fish-oil consumption in midlife was associated with lower fracture risk in women
The Intl Journal of Phytotherapy and Phytopharmacology report "This unique mechanism for DA transmission modulation contributes to the antipsychotic-like effects of alstonine and is compatible with its behavioral profile in mice and alleged effects in patients. These results may represent an innovation in the antipsychotic development field. "
The Guardian report "The cause of the most deadly sea star epidemic in recorded history remains unclear, but experts believe it may be a poorly understood ‘wasting’ disease. It is a gruesome death. First the legs shrivel up, followed by lesions. Then the legs inch away and finally detach. The victim continues to deteriorate until it is nothing but a plot of sticky goo.This is the thoroughly unpleasant way by which scores of sea stars, also known as starfish, have perished along the North American west coast in the most deadly epidemic to hit the iconic echinoderms in recorded history.
The Journal Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine report "These findings can explain, at least in part, the benefits of curcumin-enriched yoghurt to diabetes and substantiate evidences for the curcumin metabolite(s) as being responsible for the antidiabetic activity."
Environmental Health News report "Male minnows exposed to a widely used diabetes drug ubiquitous in wastewater effluent had feminized reproductive parts and were smaller and less fertile, according to a new study. It is the first study to examine the drug metformin’s impact on fish endocrine systems and suggests that non-hormone pharmaceuticals pervasive in wastewater may cause reproductive and development problems in exposed fish.
The Journal eCAM report "These results suggest that, in a rat model, GuiXiong Xiaoyi Wan (GXXYW) may be effective in the suppression of the growth of endometriosis, possibly through the inhibition of cell proliferation, the induction of apoptosis of endometriotic cells, and the regulation of the immune system"
The Journal eCAM report "In conclusion, the combination of Coriolus versicolor polysaccharide (CVP) and Ginkgo Flavonoid (GF) shows a synergistic effect with respect to improving the memory of D-gals and AlCl3-induced AD mouse model. The elevated inflammation and oxidation levels in the brain tissue of AD mice were found to be alleviated by the combination treatment. Our research provides a new insight into the treatment of dementia."
The Journal of Behavioral and Brain Science report "Our findings show that the aqueous extract of saffron contains an active component that can trigger production of important neurotransmitters in brain, namely, dopamine and glutamate. In addition, these results provide a cellular basis for reports concerning the antidepressant properties of saffron extract in humans and animals."
The Journal Ethnopharmacol. report "Our results showed that chronic morphine-injected rats displayed tolerance to the analgesic effect of morphine as well as morphine dependence. Ginger (50 and 100 mg/kg) completely prevented the development of morphine tolerance. In addition, concomitant treatment of morphine with 100 and 150 mg/kg attenuated almost all of the naloxone-induced withdrawal sings which include weight lose, abdominal contraction, diarrhea, petosis, teeth chattering, and jumping. In addition, morphine-induced L-type calcium channel over-expression in spinal cord was reversed by 100 mg/kg ginger.
The Journal Addict. Health report "The data indicated that ginger extract has a potential anti-addictive property against chronic usage of morphine"
BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine report "From the current line of evidences, it was concluded that lycopene can impart momentous protection against experimental esophagitis by wrapping up the reactive oxygen species and through dual inhibition of the arachidonic acid pathway. "
BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine report "Finally, asiaticoside prevents amyloidogenesis that precedes neurodegeneration in patients with Alzheimer’s disease"
University of Colorado Cancer Center report “It’s very simple: tumors from mice that were initially fed silibinin had fewer cancer stem cells, were smaller, had lower metabolisms and showed decreased growth of new blood vessels. Importantly, when these cancer stem cells from tumors in mice fed silibinin were re-injected into new mice, we found these stem cells had lost their potential to repopulate even in the absence of silibinin exposure,”
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition report "The beneficial effect of B vitamin treatment on brain atrophy was observed only in subjects with high plasma ω-3 fatty acids. It is also suggested that the beneficial effect of ω-3 fatty acids on brain atrophy may be confined to subjects with good B vitamin status."
Oncology Nurse Advisor report "According to a new study published in the British Journal of Cancer, researchers have found that men who reported taking muscle-building supplements, such as powders and pills with androstenedione or creatine, had a significantly increased likelihood of developing testicular cancer compared with men who did not use those supplements."
MedPage Today report "This recent study did not find any such changes. Instead, they hypothesized that the benefits are demonstrated by the fertilization rate of the eggs from the women eating soy versus those who weren't eating soy. The fact that it was higher in the soy group suggests that eating soy may improve egg quality. Regardless of the mechanism, all of the research agrees that dietary soy is associated with higher pregnancy rates and a greater chance at a live birth."
The Journal Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine report " Acupuncture therapy is effective for the dry eye patients, partly better than artificial tear treatment."
The Journal Complementary and Alternative Medicine report " In conclusion, the association between ginger and artichoke leaf extracts appears efficacious in the treatment of functional dyspepsia and could represent a promising and safe treatment strategy for this frequent disease, even though additional studies are needed to confirm these results."
The Journal Alternative and Complementary Medicine report "fter a short time, Dr. Dakuyo received feedback from patients that SAYE was even more effective than N'Dribala for treating malaria, and patients started buying it for this condition. Although SAYE is licensed and widely sold in Burkina Faso for the treatment of malaria, it has never been evaluated in a randomized, controlled clinical trial. It would also be useful to assess whether the currently recommended preparations and dosages are suboptimal, optimal, or excessive. The Ministry of Research of Burkina Faso has recently agreed to fund a clinical trial of SAYE versus ACT in uncomplicated malaria in adult patients, to be conducted by the Institute of Research in Health Sciences. This will provide more evidence on the clinical safety and effectiveness of SAYE in the treatment of malaria
The Journal Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. report "Although the primary end point of the study (induction of remission) was not achieved, a short course (8 weeks) of THC-rich cannabis produced significant clinical, steroid-free benefits to 10 of 11 patients with active Crohn's disease, compared with placebo, without side effects."
The Journal Pain report "As these NNT are comparable to those of traditional neuropathic pain medications, cannabis has analgesic efficacy with the low dose being, for all intents and purposes, as effective a pain reliever as the medium dose. Psychoactive effects were minimal and well-tolerated, and neuropsychological effects were of limited duration and readily reversible within 1–2 hours. Vaporized cannabis, even at low doses, may present an effective option for patients with treatment-resistant neuropathic pain."
Food Research International report "Pear has potential for phenolic-linked management of type 2 diabetes associated hyperglycemia and hypertension. Fermented pear juices also possess inhibitory activity of stomach ulcer relevant bacterium Helicobacter pylori. Pear cultivars have relevance to be included in dietary strategies for better management of early stage hyperglycemia. This in vitro study provides conceptual foundation for animal and clinical studies involving pear to combat type 2 diabetes.
The Journal Pain Medicine report " The findings suggest a role of low vitamin D levels for heightened central sensitivity, particularly augmented pain processing upon mechanical stimulation in chronic pain patients. Vitamin D seems comparably less important for selfreports of spontaneous chronic pain."
The Journal Pain Medicine report "A standardized mindfulness program (MBSR) contributes positively to pain management and can exert clinically relevant effects on several important dimensions in patients with long-lasting chronic pain."
Newswise report "the combination of pomegranate juice and dates along with their pits provide maximum protection against atherosclerosis (plaque buildup or hardening of the arteries), which can cause a heart attack or stroke."
The Journal Alternative and Complementary Medicine report "These findings suggest that MBSR, a secular meditation training program, is associated with improved depressive symptoms regardless of affiliation with a religion, sense of spirituality, trait level of mindfulness before MBSR training, sex, or age. Increases in both mindfulness and daily spiritual experiences uniquely explained improvement in depressive symptoms.
The Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine report "OBJECTIVE: To investigate how Chaiyuwendan decoction (CWD) affects endocannabinoid levels in the adipose tissue of depressed rats. CWD originates from San Yin Ji Yi Bing Zheng Fang Lun8 and consists of Banxia (Rhizoma Pinelliae), Fuling (Poria), Chenpi (Pericarpium Citri Reticulatae), Zhishi (Fructus Aurantii Immaturus), Zhuru (Caulis Bambusae in Taeniam), Gancao (Radix Glycyrrhizae), Chaihu (Radix Bupleuri Chinensis), Yujin (Radix Curcumae Wenyujin), and Renshen (Radix Ginseng). We found that CWD has positive effects on regulating body weight, fat weight, and the contents of AEA, PEA, and 2-AG in adipose tissue of depressed rats. Its effects seem better than those of amitriptyline. Therefore, we concluded that CWD might regulate the levels of AEA, 2-AG, and PEA in rats with stress-induced depression. It's encouraging to find the effectiveness of alternative medication for depression, but further study is required.
The Journal Chinese Medicine report "Oral administration of pineapple vinegar at 0.08 and 2 mL/kg BW reduced serum enzyme biomarker levels, restored liver antioxidant levels, reduced inflammatory factor expressions, and down regulated liver cytochrome P450 protein expression in paracetamol-induced liver damage in mice."
The Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine report "From the results it may be concluded that oils from Z. officinale and C. longa (200 mg/kg) exhibited hepatoprotective activity in acute ethanol-induced fatty liver and Z. officinale oil was identified to have better effects than C. longa oil."
The Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine report "Acupuncture on DU26 and KI1 accelerates recovery of consciousness after general anesthesia. Moreover, a possible synergistic effect of DU26 and KI1 is suggested. This issue may play a role in the optimization of operating room management and raise interest about the usefulness of acupuncture on unconsciousness states of different nature."
The Journal Phytomedicine report "In conclusion, the present study is the first one to provide evidence that ECF has a potent gastroprotective effect against ethanol-induced gastric ulcer, which was demonstrated by reduced ulcerated area and increased mucin content."
The Journal Phytomedicine report "mollugin dramatically restored bone mass density in an LPS-induced mouse model of bone-erosion. Furthermore, we confirmed that mollugin suppressed osteoclastogenesis by recovering the bone matrix and eliminating osteoclasts in bone tissue by using histological analysis.In conclusion, mollugin inhibited the RANKL-induced phosphorylation of ERK, p38, JNK, Akt, and GSK3β and downregulated the expression of different genes involved in osteoclast differentiation and function and exhibited anti-osteoclastogenesis activity in vivo. Although more research is needed to develop new treatments, we have demonstrated that mollugin has therapeutic potential for the treatment of bone erosion-associated diseases including osteoporosis and Paget's disease.
The Journal Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine report "Ethanol extract of Yueju pill, a Traditional Chinese Medicine herbal formula widely used to treat mood disorders, demonstrates rapid antidepressant effects similar to ketamine, likely via instant enhancement of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) expression in the hippocampus. Here we investigated ethanol extracts of the constituent herbs of Yueju responsible for rapid antidepressant effects....These findings suggest that GJ has rapid antidepressant effects, which are associated with the elevated expression of BDNF in the hippocampus. In Yueju formula, Yue represents GJ, as thus our study demonstrates the primary role of GJ in rapid antidepressant efficacy of Yueju.
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