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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- Updated “DARK Act” Will Block States from Banning GE Crops - ANH
- FDA “Compounds” Its Attack on Supplements - ANH
- 3 Ways to Protect Your Children’s Photos Online - Empowering Parents
- 10 Steps to Set Your Kids Up with a Healthy Online/Offline Balance - Empowering Parents
- Guided Meditations - Deepak Chopra
- The Health Benefits of Practicing Compassion - Deepak Chopra
- Naomi Klein Accepts Pope Francis’ Invitation to Debate Climate Change Action at the Vatican - TruthDig
- Society will collapse by 2040 due to catastrophic food shortages, says study - The Independent
- Google Chrome Silently Listening Into Your Conversations - Hacker News
- Pope Francis Is on a Roll -- Brings Sanity to the GMO Debate - Alternet
- A 12-Step Program to Cure America of Its War Addiction - Alternet
- Dalai Lama - 80th birthday speech at Glastonbury 2015 - YouTube
- Why the Media Can't Get Its Story Straight About the Amazing Medical Potential of Cannabis - Alternet
- Study Finds Decreased Social Anxiety Among Young Adults Who Eat Fermented Foods - Newswise
- 10 Healthy Reasons to Eat Quinoa - Newswise
- Puffing curcumin may blast Alzheimer’sScientists developing new aerosol delivery - NewHope
- Senators and sensibilityAmendments to control supplements in the military got ignored in the Senate last week - NewHope
- Lamb genetically modified with jellyfish protein may have been sent from Paris lab to abattoir after dispute between researchers – and ended up on someone’s plate - the Guardian
- Could these piglets become Britain's first commercially viable GM animals? - The Guardian
- Does Air Pollution Cause Dementia - Mother Jones
The Journal Alternative and Complementary Medicine report "This study successfully implemented Energy Medicine (EM) provided by a solo practitioner in inpatient and emergent hospital settings and found that acceptability and demand justified its presence. Most patients experienced marked, immediate improvement of symptoms associated with their chief complaint."
Maastricht University report "The associations between nuts and peanuts intake and cardiovascular death confirm earlier results from American and Asian studies that were often focused on cardiovascular diseases. However, in this new study, it was found that mortality due to cancer, diabetes, respiratory and neurodegenerative diseases was also lowered among users of peanuts and nuts. Project leader and epidemiologist Professor Piet van den Brandt commented: “It was remarkable that substantially lower mortality was already observed at consumption levels of 15 grams of nuts or peanuts on average per day (half a handful)"
eCAM report "We conclude that RuPeng15 Powder (RPP15) may be a promising candidate for the development of a new treatment for gout and its activity of antigout may be partially related to inhibiting TNF-α, IL-1β, IL-8, and NF-κB p65 expression in the synovial tissues.
The Journal Carcinogenesis report "In vivo, Cannabigerol (CBG) inhibited the growth of xenograft tumours as well as chemically induced colon carcinogenesis. CBG hampers colon cancer progression in vivo and selectively inhibits the growth of colorectal cancer (CRC) cells, an effect shared by other TRPM8 antagonists. CBG should be considered translationally in CRC prevention and cure.
Chinese Medicine Journal report "Qing-Yi Decoction (QYD) could restore gastrointestinal motility to normal and reduce the infection rates in the severe acute pancreatitis patients who completed a full course of QYD treatment according to per protocol analysis."
Phytotherapy Research report "Azadiradione exhibited potent antiulcer activity through the inhibition of H+ K+-ATPase (proton pump) activity via its cytoprotective effect and also via its antisecretory effect. This combined effect has valuable potential in the future treatment of peptic ulceration.
Phytotherapy Research report Various studies have shown that A. catechu heartwood is an excellent source of catechins and epicatechins as well as flavonoids, which have a high degree of antioxidant activity. The antioxidant activity has been well demonstrated by both in vitro and in vivo studies. The antioxidant activity is believed to be responsible for the anti-inflammatory, antineoplastic, tissue protectant, and analgesic activities that have been demonstrated, and may be related to the antihypertensive and antidiarrheal effects. In spite of the long-term use of A. catechu and the general safety of catechins and epicatechins, there is a need for additional well-controlled safety studies in animals and humans.
The Guardian report "While insecticides are a known deadly threat, two studies find that bees exposed to fungicides are smaller, sickly and declining in ‘chemical cocktail’ farmlands"
The Journal Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine "Higher sympathetic arousal during a touch-based healing ritual predicted improvements in subjective well-being. Results suggest that moderate arousal may precede non-specific intervention effects of touch-based healing rituals. Results suggest the occurrence of an anticipatory stress response, i.e. a state of enhanced sympathetic activity that is known to precede relaxation"
Clinical Therapeutics report "In patients with low- to moderate-risk hypercholesterolemia a nutraceutical combination in association with a hypolipidic diet significantly reduced total cholesterol and LDL-C levels and may favor the reaching the recommended cholesterol targets."
The Journal Clinical Nutrition report "Our findings suggest that egg consumption may increase ovarian cancer risk. Additional studies, especially large prospective cohort studies, are warranted to confirm the findings"
The Journal Clinical Nutrition report "Specialized Proresolving Lipid Mediators are increased after 8 weeks n-3 fatty acid supplementation in patients with CKD. This may have important implications for limiting ongoing low grade inflammation in Chronic Kidney Disease.
Current Therapeutic Research report "Echinaforce Hotdrink is as effective as Oseltamivir in the early treatment of clinically diagnosed and virologically confirmed influenza virus infections with a reduced risk of complications and adverse events"
The American Botanical Council report "Strawberries, like most dark-colored berries, contain a complex series of phytochemicals that can be divided into six main groups: anthocyanins, flavonols, flavanols, ellagitannins, ellagic acid glycosides, and cinnamic acid conjugates.5 These compounds have significant health benefits and have been studied for their anti-cancer, antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-parasitic, and antiviral activities, as well as their ability to regulate blood glucose."
The Journal Z Kinder Jugendpsychiatr Psychother.report "The current short-term open pilot study showed that Ginkgo biloba special extract (EGb 761®) seems to be a well-tolerated complementary or alternative medicine for treating childhood ADHD in patients who do not tolerate or are not willing to take methylphenidate. Treatment with Ginkgo biloba EGb 761® over a total summarized period of more than 700 observation days revealed an incidence rate of 0.004 adverse events per observation day without any serious side effects. Following administration, interrelated improvements on behavioral ratings of ADHD symptoms and electrical brain activity related to response preparation were detected in this open study."
The Journal Herbal Medicine report "This study showed that a tea made from Dill seed can be used in the initial stages of labour without any side effects on mother and foetus to reduce labour pain"
The Journal Herbal Medicine report "The results showed that the selected herb, Dolichos biflorus has excellent anticrystallization activity and therefore, might be beneficial if used in formulating a strategy for the dissolution and thereby prevention of urinary stones."
The American Botanical Council report "The authors conclude that lavender cream with or without foot bathing for 8 weeks significantly improved anxiety, stress, and depression in pregnant women"
The Japanese Journal Complementary and Alternative Medicine report "The Rosa rugosa petal-containing diet appears to have benefits in improving hypertriglyceridemia and hypercholesterolemia
The Journal Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine report "A 12-week Hatha yoga intervention has favorable effects on cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular strength and endurance, and flexibility in Chinese adults."
PLOSone report "While no other statistically significant relationships were found relating aluminium to bee or colony health, the actual content of aluminium in pupae are extremely high and demonstrate significant exposure to aluminium. Bees rely heavily on cognitive function and aluminium is a known neurotoxin with links, for example, to Alzheimer’s disease in humans. The significant contamination of bumblebee pupae by aluminium raises the intriguing spectre of cognitive dysfunction playing a role in their population decline."
The American Botanical Council, HerbalGram report "In summary, Ceylon Cinnamon Extract consumption in rats decreased both glucose and insulin concentrations during a starch tolerance test, and doses of 12.5 mg/kg body weight and above resulted in decreased glucose concentrations"
The Journal of Clinical Oncology report "High Vitamin D Receptor expression in prostate tumors is associated with a reduced risk of lethal cancer, suggesting a role of the vitamin D pathway in prostate cancer progression."
Alaska Dispatch News report " published in the journal Ecosphere, supports two hypotheses about wood frog deformities in Alaska: one concerning warmer water temperatures that are hastening predation by tadpole-biting dragonfly larvae and the other concerning chemical contamination"
The Daily Record report "Hundreds of small turtles have washed up dead on the eastern end of Long Island in the last month, a die-off scientists blame on waterborne toxins that have reached unprecedented levels for reasons that aren’t entirely clear. Necropsies on some of the more than 200 diamondback terrapins found on the island’s North Fork point to saxitoxin, a biotoxin produced in algae blooms that has been found in the water at 10 times the normal level. The poison collects in shellfish, which are eaten by the turtles in brackish bays and estuaries, quickly causing paralysis and death. Gobler and Esposito both believe the increase in saxitoxin levels may be related to nitrogen in the water caused by leaking septic tanks and sewage that makes its way into bays, though there appears to be no explanation for why the levels are now higher than ever before
Planet Earth Online report "Ancient mainstays of our woodlands, hedgerows and parklands are at risk from a surge of pests and diseases - but a new research programme is bringing experts together from many fields to find solutions....The arrival of ash dieback has triggered heated debate in the media and beyond, and many of us now know enough about tree health to report sightings and take steps to avoid spreading disease. But there's still a lot we don't know about public understanding of tree-health risks - and about the social, cultural and economic factors that shape it."
Environmental Health News report "A new study suggests the long-held industry assumption that bisphenol-A breaks down safely in the human body is incorrect. Instead, researchers say, the body transforms the ubiquitous chemical additive into a compound that might spur obesity.
The study is the first to find that people’s bodies metabolize bisphenol-A (BPA) — a chemical found in most people and used in polycarbonate plastic, food cans and paper receipts — into something that impacts our cells and may make us fat.
The Journal Ayurveda Integr Medicine report "Ethanolic extract of Manihot esculenta Crantz (MEC) leaves exhibited significant antidiarrheal activity by decreasing intestinal fluid accumulation and the gastrointestinal motility in Wistar rats."
PLOSOne report "In summary, the meta-analysis suggests that SJZT is more efficacious than placebo in improving global symptoms, BSS score, and abdominal pain for patients with IBS-D. SJZT is safe in short-term trials. However, due to the high clinical heterogeneity and small sample size of the included trials, further standardized preparation, randomized double-blind, multicenter, large-scale trials are required."
Antioxidant, Anti-inflammatory, Immunomodulatory, Antiviral, Antibacterial, Antimicrobial, Antifungal, Antitumour + Propolis
The Journal Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine report "The goal of this review is to discuss the potential of propolis for the development of new drugs by presenting published data concerning the chemical composition and the biological properties of this natural compound from different geographic origins."
Neural Regneration Research report "nutritional interventions rich in phytochemicals (for example anthocyanins and caffeic acid) such as berry fruits may be a valuable asset in preventing against aging by reducing or delaying the development of age-related neurodegenerative diseases.
The Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B: Biology report " This study is the first to show that the oral ingestion of a combination of rosemary and citrus extracts can reduce some molecular events related to skin photo damage,such as intracellular ROS generation and DNA damage. The results may contribute to understand how dietary polyphenols may provide a skin protective effect against UV, further than the daily use of topical sunscreens
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."
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