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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- Veterans Hurt by Chemical Weapons in Iraq Get Apology - New York Times
- Attorney Demolishes Pro-Vaccine Talking Points, Lays Bare The Shocking Facts About Vaccination Risks And Dangers - Laleva.org
- Plastics labelled biodegradable may not break down in landfill as advertised, according to new US research - ABC News
- Monsanto seeks retraction for report linking herbicide to cancer - Reuters
- GM farmer ordered to disclose any financial help from PGA, Monsanto in landmark case - ABC News
- Open letter to alt. news sites everywhere: re Monsanto - Jon Rappoport
- U.S.A. - Is Your State Trying to Outlaw Vaccine Exemptions? - Mother Jones
- Big Sugar Doesn't Want You to Know This - Mother Jones
- Foodwatch boss: 'Europeans will not stomach TTIP anymore' - EuroActiv
- Traffic-related air pollution linked to type 1 diabetes in children - EuroActiv
- Gold in faeces 'is worth millions and could save the environment' - The Guardian
- Journalism as Subversion - TruthDig
- Powdered Alcohol Is Now Legal - But Is It Safe? - Discovery News
- Animals That Could Become Extinct in Your Lifetime - Discovery News
- FDA approves genetically engineered potatoes, apples as safe - Big Story
- Vitamin D may keep low-grade prostate cancer from becoming aggressive - Medicalxpress
- Modern marijuana is often laced with heavy metals and fungus - Smithsonian Mag
- Simplest Way to Check If Your Emails Are Being Tracked - Hacker News
- Food sovereignty activists protest at Bill Gates’s corporate seed conference - Global Justice Now
- 5 reasons you should feel proud this Earth Hour! - WWF
- Troops Who Don’t Pass the Smell Test Likely Have Traumatic Brain Injury - Newswise
- Study Finds Being Near Greened Vacant Lots Lowers Heart Rates - Newswise
- Lead can cause brain damage, maybe even crime - Lancasteronline.
- Replacement ‘plastic’ may be as risky as BPA - Student Science
- As the E.U. moves to restrict hormone-disrupting chemicals, the U.S. government objects. - Civil Eats
- San Diego Sues Monsanto for Polluting Bay With Banned Carcinogenic Chemicals - NationofChange
- The incredibly stupid way that Americans waste 1 trillion gallons of water each year - Washington Post
- The Eight Most Damaging Ingredients to Watch for on Food Labels - Dr. Mercola
- Study Reveals Statins Not Very Effective or Safe - Dr. Mercola
- Using Mindfulness to Take Control of Workplace Problems - mindful.org
- Mindfulness: Apps for That? - mindful.org
- Mindfulness: What's the POINT? - mindful.org
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.
The Journal Phytomedicine report "Our results indicated that PE, with abundant flavonoids, had remarkable antiosteoporotic activity and therefore can be a promising candidate for the treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis induced by estrogen deficiency through herbal remedy."
The Journal Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine report "Organic extracts showed a significant antifungal activity against C. albicans and C. glabrata (MIC80 between 16 and 31 µg/mL) but only a weak activity towards A. fumigatus (MIC80 = 250 µg/mL). DCM based extracts exhibited a selective Gram-positive antibacterial activity, especially against S. aureus (SA) and several of its methicillin-resistant (MRSA) and methicillin-susceptible (MSSA) strains (MIC100 30–97 µg/mL). A new and active derivative of catechin was also identified whereas a synergistic antimicrobial effect was noticed during this study.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the specialized cancer agency of the World Health Organization, has assessed the carcinogenicity of five organophosphate pesticides
The herbicide glyphosate and the insecticides malathion and diazinon were classified as probably carcinogenic to humans (Group 2A).
The insecticides tetrachlorvinphos and parathion were classified as possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B).
The BBC report "Mercury pollution has risen nearly 50-fold in the feathers of a breed of Arctic bird over the past 130 years, say scientists. Analysis of museum specimens shows high mercury levels in the endangered ivory gull. It could have implications for the bird's ability to reproduce and raise chicks, says a Canadian team Mercury levels are going up in other Arctic birds, fish and mammals, due to atmospheric pollution, they report.
The Environment Health News report "Lawsuit launched over US EPA’s approval of a new insecticide. A group of environmental and food safety organizations will sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over its approval of an insecticide that the groups say will harm threatened and endangered wildlife. The Center for Biological Diversity, the Center for Food Safety and the Defenders of Wildlife sent a formal notice of intent to sue to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy this week claiming that by approving the insecticide flupyradifurone in January the agency is in violation of the Endangered Species Act.
Integrative Medicine Research Journal report "Honeybee collected pollen, traditionally known rich source of antioxidant principles is claimed to be useful food for sportsmen and athletes, however very few scientific evidences are available for same. Current study was designed to investigate influence of monofloral Indian mustard bee pollen (MIMBP) and processed monofloral Indian mustard bee pollen (PMIMBP) supplementation on chronic swimming exercise induced oxidative stress implications in gastrocnemius muscle of Wistar rats....The study establishes antioxidant, mitochondrial up-regulatory and myostatin inhibitory effect of both MIMBP and PMIMBP in exercise induced oxidative stress conditions, suggesting their usefulness in effective management of exercise induced muscular stress.
American Botanical Council report "Evidence for a cardioprotective role of chocolate consumption is apparent from the population-based studies and short-term RCTs, and currently provides greater support for the flavan-3-ol content rather than theobromine. However, interpretation of findings is difficult because of considerable variability between studies and it is unclear whether they work individually or in synergy."
Phytotherapy Journal report "Although Rhodiola rosea produced less antidepressant effect versus sertraline, it also resulted in significantly fewer adverse events and was better tolerated. These findings suggest that R. rosea, although less effective than sertraline, may possess a more favorable risk to benefit ratio for individuals with mild to moderate depression.
The Journal of Integrative Medicine report "In this study, pretreatment with aqueous extract of Carica papaya seed exhibited anti-ulcerogenic and antioxidant effects, which may be due to the enhanced antioxidant enzymes."
Trees for Life Journal report " In conclusion, the studies clearly demonstrated that P. hexandrum extract provides protection from gamma-radiation by the modulation of expression of proteins associated with cell death attributed to its ability to modulate free radical flux."
Trees for Life Journal report "The mechanism of the radioprotective action of Rosmarinus officinalis leaf extract in this animal model may thus be its free radical scavenging activity and its ability to thus protect cellular molecules from oxidative damage. Furthermore, it inhibited lipid peroxidation and modulated GSH levels in blood of these Swiss albino mice. The activity of rosemary may also be attributed to stimulating or protecting hematopoiesis in bone marrow and a subsequent increase of hematological constituents in the peripheral blood. Since significant protection was obtained at a non-toxic low dose, RE may have an advantage over the known radioprotectors. Further investigations are in progress to study the exact mechanism of action and clinical applicability of R. officinalis in radioprotection."
Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine Journal report "The bioactive fractions from A. gratissima and L. sidoides significantly reduced the biovolume of extracellular polysaccharides and bacterial cells in the S. mutans biofilm model used, but there was no difference with regard to biofilm thickness. Taken together, our findings support the view that these fractions disrupt biofilm integrity and may have created porosity in the biofilm, as biomass decreased but thickness was unaltered. Furthermore, C. sativum EO drastically affected the viability of C. albicans cells. These results highlight the promising antimicrobial activity of these plant species and suggest avenues for future translational research on the treatment of dental caries and oral candidiasis."
The Journal Nutrition report " These results suggested that total B vitamins intake is associated with cognitive function in cognitively impaired Alzheimer's Disease (AD) and Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) elderly, and the association is stronger in AD patients."
The Journal of Medicinal Food report "During the last 2 weeks, a significant increase in the quality of sleep (P < .005) and level of physical energy (P < .05) was seen. The pain reduction during the initial 2 weeks was associated with significant reduction in the use of pain medication (P < .05). Consumption of an oral liquid formula containing highmolecular-weight hyaluronan was associated with relief of chronic pain.
The Journal Alternative and Complementary Therapies report "Although the loss in biodiversity can have numerous causes, in the end, it does not matter how the habitat is being changed. Just the fact that it is actually happening means we are losing animal and plant species and, with them, a loss of potential therapeutic options. Environmental changes can include urbanization, coastal reef damage, loss of freshwater and wetland habitats, deforestation, and land degradation. These changes can result in, or occur along with, the loss of species. Environmental changes can result in direct health impacts to populations, such as flooding, heat waves, water shortages, and exposure to pollutants. However, these changes can also result in more personal health impacts, such as an increase in the risk of infectious disease or reduced food growth caused by a decrease in arable farm land, resulting in malnutrition and impoverishment. There is also a potential for depletion in natural medicines. We know that there are numerous plants in the rainforest that potentially are of pharmaceutical benefit; however, many of these plant species are threatened because of activities such as logging.
Alternet report on a study "Dietary emulsifiers impact the mouse gut microbiota promoting colitis and metabolic syndrome" and conclude while gastrointestinal inflammation caused by consuming dietary emulsifiers is not the sole contributor to the rise in obesity, their increased use in the food supply does roughly parallel the increase in chronic inflammatory diseases that can interfere with satiety and lead to overeating and obesity."
The Cochrane Library report "Devil's claw, in a standardized daily dose of 50 mg or 100 mg harpagoside, may reduce pain more than placebo; a standardized daily dose of 60 mg reduced pain about the same as a daily dose of 12.5 mg of Vioxx®. While willow bark, in a standardized daily dose of 120 mg and 240 mg of salicin reduced pain more than placebo; a standardized daily dose of 240 mg reduced pain about the same as a daily dose of 12.5 mg of Vioxx® (a non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drug). Cayenne was tested in several forms: in plaster form, it reduced pain more than placebo and about the same as the homeopathic gel Spiroflor SLR. Two other ointment-based medications, and appeared to reduce perception of pain more than placebo creams. Lavender essential oil applied by acupressure appeared effective in reducing pain and improving flexibility compared to conventional treatment."
American Botanical Council report " American Ginseng treatment in this study demonstrated “rather convincing long-term clinical safety when administered as an adjunct to conventional antihypertensive and antidiabetic therapy.”
The FASEB Journal report "Altogether, our findings demonstrate, for the first time, that the relationship between hyperhomocysteinemia induced by folate deficiency and premature hearing loss involves impairment of cochlear Hcy metabolism and associated oxidative stress."
The FASEB Journal report "Supplementation with vitamin D and tryptophan is a practical and affordable solution to help prevent autism and possibly ameliorate some symptoms of the disorder."
ADHD, hyperactivity disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and impulsive behavior + Vitamin D + Marine Omega 3 Fatty Acid
The FASEB Journal report "We propose a model whereby insufficient levels of vitamin D, EPA, or DHA, in combination with genetic factors and at key periods during development, would lead to dysfunctional serotonin activation and function and may be one underlying mechanism that contributes to neuropsychiatric disorders and depression. This model suggests that optimizing vitamin D and marine omega-3 fatty acid intake may help prevent and modulate the severity of brain dysfunction."
Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine report "This result revealed its in vivo efficacy on facilitation of bone healing. Furthermore, the detection of the chemical markers of CDNR in the skin and muscle of the treatment area demonstrated its transdermal properties. However, CDNR did not affect the bone turnover markers in serum of the rats. With its anti-inflammatory and bone formation properties, CDNR is found effective in promoting bone healing.
.....A herbal paste for topical use (CDNR) was thus created with four herbs, namely, Carthami Flos (C), Dipsaci Radix (D), Notoginseng Rhizoma (N), and Rhei Rhizoma (R).
BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine report "Melaleuca alternifolia oil at a 12.5% was effective to eradicate a C. albicans biofilm formed in vitro and to reduce yeasts of C. albicans in an immunosuppressed mouse model."
BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine report "During the intervention, no one experienced any aggravated side effects. Conclusion: We suggest KRG is efficient for protection for female QOL and BPA- exposure and – related oxidative stress. "
American Botanical Council report "All five studies concluded that WS was safe. Adverse events in the WS groups were mild and did not differ in frequency or duration compared with the control groups. In summary, WS significantly improved measures of anxiety compared to the control in most trials."
PLOSOne report "In this respect, our present study provided mo evidences to confirm the effectiveness of acupuncture for dry eye patients
PLOSOne report "Given that a sizable fraction of the U.S. population consumes these beverages, and high consumption by some persons, a substantial cancer burden may persist even if exposures are reduced to the NSRL nationally. Accordingly, federal regulation to eliminate unnecessary 4-MEI exposures may be needed. An FDA intervention, such as maximum levels for 4-MEI in beverages, could be a valuable approach to reducing excess cancer risk attributable to 4-MEI exposure in the U.S. population."
The Journal Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine report "Compared with other treatments, Tai Chi Chuan (TCC) intervention on the basis of the same other treatments in patients with chronic disease also showed the beneficial effect on lowering blood pressure.
Conclusion. The present systematic review indicates that TCC exercise is beneficially associated with the primary prevention of stroke in middle-aged and elderly adults by inversing the high risk factors of stroke."
The Journal Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine report "Tai Chi appears to be beneficial for reducing severity of depression, anxiety, and stress and leg strength in centrally obese people with depression symptoms."
Environmental Health News report "Michigan’s bald eagles full of flame retardants".
What does your old couch have to do with the health of the nation’s most iconic bird? More than you think. Michigan’s bald eagles are among the most contaminated birds on the planet when it comes to phased-out flame retardant chemicals in their livers, according to new research.
The Journal of Herbal Medicine report "The literature review found promising results for the use of Mentha spicata, Cinnamomum verum and berberine containing herbs. There was a weaker evidence base for the use of Glycyrrhiza glabra and Paeonia lactiflora....This exploratory study suggests that there is a role for phytotherapy in the treatment of PCOS.
Planta Medica report "To date, evidence from recent studies suggests that commonly used medicinal herbs and their phytochemicals could potentially be used to treat AD. Although these studies focus on the efficacy of inhibiting AD development, and research on humans is limited, numerous findings demonstrate the possibilities of the use of medicinal herbs for the treatment of AD. The approach to investigate the potential treatment of AD may support drug development from herbal medicine."
Planta Medica report "In conclusion, natural accelerators of cutaneous tissue repair with simultaneous anti-inflammatory activities are of great interest for a variety of dermatological disorders. Thus, treatment with P. edulis leaf extract or isoorientin may be a potential therapeutic strategy to promote wound healing and to prevent inflammation in a persistent inflammatory condition. Further investigations of the precise mechanism by which P. edulis and isoorientin reveal anti-inflammatory as well as wound-healing properties are currently underway."
The Journal Phytotherapy Research report "The results suggest that Hypericum perforatum Extract (EHP) can significantly improve the glucose and lipid metabolism in DIO mice. In vitro, EHP inhibited the catalytic activity of recombinant human protein tyrosine phosphatase 1B (PTP1B) and reduced the protein and mRNA levels of PTP1B in the skeletal muscle. Moreover, expressions of genes related to fatty acid uptake and oxidation were changed by EHP in the skeletal muscle. These results suggest that EHP may improve insulin resistance and lipid metabolism in DIO mice
The Journal Phytotherapy Research report "We found that Gallic Acid (GA) decreased dryness, skin thickness, and wrinkle formation via negative modulation of MMP-1 secretion and positive regulation of elastin, type I procollagen, and transforming growth factor-β1. Our data indicate that GA is a potential candidate for the prevention of UVB-induced premature skin aging."
The Journal Phytotherapy Research report "Garlic (Allium sativum) is known to have many beneficial attributes such as antimicrobial, antiatherosclerotic, antitumorigenetic, and immunomodulatory properties.
.....Therefore, we believe that our findings support the notion that garlic is beneficial to the immune system.
The Journal Phytotherapy Research report "The peripheral administration of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) induces depressive-like behavior. Anhedonia is a core symptom of depression, defined as a loss of the capacity to experience pleasure. The present study used the sucrose preference test to investigate the influence of Ginkgo biloba extract (EGb 761) on LPS-induced anhedonia in male rats.. Our results suggest that EGb 761 may be useful for reducing anhedonic depressive-like behavior
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