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"
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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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- Koch Brothers Wealth Surges Past $100 Billion as They Try to Buy the Senate With Expensive Lies - Alternet
- Action Alert - Hit Monsanto where it hurts – their bank account! Every voice counts! - Food Democracy Now!
- The 1% Wants to Ban Sleeping in Cars Because It Hurts Their 'Quality of Life' - Alternet
- Study finds Homoeopathic pills as effective as Painkillers - Times of India
- Something Else You Should Know about Your Milk - Alliance for Natural Health
- Herbalists are not the only herb users - what will UK Herbal Regulation mean for other practitioners - ANH
- How to Fool a Health and Science Journalist About Health Fraud? Give the Story to Tom Chivers of UK’s The Telegraph newspaper - Child Health Safety
- Organic Consumers Association Newsletter - lots of news and petitions to sign
- You Can Do Anything With Bamboo. Anything - BBC
- Aussie Scientists Discover Potential Cancer-Blasting Drug.... In A Tobacco Plant - Gizmodo
- Mother Sentenced 20 Years for Killing Daughter with Morphine in Breast Milk - The Latest Drug War Tragedy - Alternet
- 8 Things Mainstream Media Doesn't Have the Courage to Tell You - Alternet
American Botanical Council report "In summary, 1000 mg/day of standardized ashwagandha extract improved cognitive and psychomotor performance in healthy young adult males when taken for 14 days"
BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine report "In conclusion, HESA-A is significantly effective against influenza replication in prophylaxis application affecting the virus penetration/adsorption to the cell without any toxic effect on the cell viability."
HESA-A drug is a natural product without or very low side effect and is anticancer with apoptosis, anti inflammatory, immune modulator, anti oxidant and hepato protective, can use in adjuvant therapy.
BMC Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine report "Conclusion (+)-Catechin protects against oxidative stress-induced cell death in fibroblasts, possibly by inhibiting phosphorylation of p38 and JNK. These results suggest that (+)-catechin has potential as a therapeutic agent for the prevention of skin aging."
Medical Acupuncture report "Results:All 17 patients reported a having lower level of pain after the auriculotherapy/ear acupuncture (AEA) treatment, and this effect was still maintained after 6 hours. A better performance in the sit-to-stand test was observed after 6 hours following treatment.
Conclusions:The auricular points, which were effective for reducing pain and disability, were spread out over a broad area of the upper external ear, which overlaps both the French and Chinese somatotopic auricular representations of the knee joint."
Medical Acupuncture report " This article describes the different methods that Paul Nogier, MD, used to study the correspondences between ear points and organs. This historical background allows readers to understand better the discovery and evolution of auriculotherapy.
Botanical Medicine from Bench to Bedside report "Conclusion : Further studies are required to establish optimal daily dosing of the cranberry-derived total phenols/PACs for efficient prevention of recurrent UTIs. In vitro and ex vivo studies indicate that these compounds prevent adhesion of E. coli to the epithelium of the urinary tract and thus prevent infection. Although in vitro studies indicate a clear dose- response effect with PACs, the clinical picture may be more complicated. There may be interference by high- and low- molecular- weight sugars naturally present in cranberry, reducing the effect of the PACs in prevention of UTIs via this mechanism. Other phenolics, including the anthocyanins, may also play a role in the clinical benefits observed."
Alternative and Complementary Therapies report "Conclusions: Diffused lemon essential oil is a safe, cost effective intervention that had a positive effect on cognitive test anxiety among nursing students"
Psychopharmacology reports "Our findings provide first evidence for the putative beneficial effect of green tea on cognitive functioning, in particular, on working memory processing at the neural system level by suggesting changes in short-term plasticity of parieto-frontal brain connections. Modeling effective connectivity among frontal and parietal brain regions during working memory processing might help to assess the efficacy of green tea for the treatment of cognitive impairments in psychiatric disorders such as dementia"
BMC Medicine report " In conclusion, this systematic review of RCTs has demonstrated the effectiveness of dietary interventions in increasing Fruit & Vegetables and fish intake among adults in the retirement transition age range. The results provide evidence to support the development of interventions to improve dietary behavior at this life-stage to promote health and well-being and to reduce the risk of age-related disease and associated costs to society.
The Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine report "To conclude, new approaches to treatment of Anorexia Nervosa are needed. In this study, analyses found that study participants reported improved well-being from two complementary therapies. These findings support a need for further research to examine the role of these complex complementary interventions in the treatment of acute anorexia nervosa"
The Journal Complementary and Alternative Medicine report "Taken together, results from our present study provide evidence that JTT (a traditional Chinese medicine offers neuroprotective effects against the neurotoxicity of MPTP and thus might be a potential treatment for Parkinson's Disease.
The Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism report
"In conclusion, we observed that the flavanol epicatechin (EC) dose-dependently protected transient ischemia-induced brain injury in both pre- and post-treatment paradigms. The protective mechanism is likely mediated at least in part by the Nrf2/HO1 pathway. These results provide a better understanding of the mechanism by which dietary flavanols can be beneficial and may help promote the design of improved neuroprotective agents for use in stroke."
Epicatechin concentrations are high in apples,blackberries,broad beans, cherries, blackgrapes, pears, raspberries,and chocolate
The Journal Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine report "In conclusion, silymarin (SLN) and glycyrrhizin (GLN) have hepatoprotective effects against CCl4-induced liver injury and are more effective in combination than when used individually. Our findings strongly suggest that the combination of drugs at higher doses, that is, SLN (200 mg/kg) and GLN (50 mg/kg), may have synergistic activity and confer the best hepatoprotective effects. The time-dependent studies revealed that the healing process for serum enzymes induced by SLN and GLN is directly proportional to the time course of treatment and that the herbs achieve an almost complete healing after six weeks of continuous administration.
The Journal Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine report "Results. Although levels of anxiety and salivary amylase activity were not different between the two groups, the modified Observer’s Assessment of Alertness/Sedation Scale of the Yokukansan group was significantly higher compared to that of the Diazepam group. Conclusion. Yokukansan alleviated preoperative anxiety without undesirable sedation, when compared with diazepam."
PLOSOne report "Patients who chose to consult GPs certified in homeopathy used less antibiotics and antipyretic/anti-inflammatory drugs for URTI than those seen by GPs prescribing conventional medications. No difference was observed in patients consulting GPs within mixed-practice. A non-statistically significant excess was estimated through modelling for associated infections in the GP-Ho group and needs to be further studied."
The EU Journal of Integrative Medicine report "Our results exhibited the neuroprotective effect of Chinese herb formula Qi-Lian-Gui-Shou Tang (QLGST) on acute ischemic brain injury in a rat model. We suggest this effect might be mediated by activation of the protective signaling Akt/GSK3β pathway."
Science Daily report "Streptococcus pneumoniae is responsible for more than one million deaths a year, killing children, the elderly and other vulnerable people by causing pneumonia, meningitis, and other serious infectious diseases.......researchers describe how zinc "jams shut" a protein transporter in the bacteria so that it cannot take up manganese, an essential metal that Streptococcus pneumoniae needs to be able to invade and cause disease in humans.
Speaking of Manganese: it is also involved in heart valve disease - Key enzyme found in disease-causing bacteria responsible for heart valve disease
International Journal Molecular Sciences Journal report "Parkinson disease (PD) is a complex neurodegenerative disorder characterized by a progressive loss of dopaminergic neurons........Collectively, our findings suggest that resveratrol induces HO-1 expression and prevents dopaminergic cell death by regulating autophagic flux; thus protecting against rotenone-induced neuronal apoptosis."
Two studies on the effects of touch on plants. BMC Plant Biology report " After gentle mechanical sweeping of leaf surfaces, a strong resistance to B. cinerea was observed. This was preceded by a rapid change in calcium concentration and a release of ROS, accompanied by changes in cuticle permeability, induction of the expression of genes typically associated with mechanical stress and release of biologically active diffusates from the surface. This reaction to soft mechanical stress (SMS) was fully independent of jasmonate (JA signaling). In addition, leaves exposed soft mechanical stress released a biologically active product capable of inducing resistance to B. cinerea in wild type control leaves. Conclusion Arabidopsis can detect and convert gentle forms of mechanical stimulation into a strong activation of defense against the virulent fungus B. cinerea.
Rice University report " “Our experiments show that plants that are repeatedly touched maintain high levels of jasmonate and therefore have enhanced insect and fungal tolerance
These findings reinforce existing reservations about the application of neonicotinoids in plant protection and uncover rather selective and highly relevant impairment of the foraging behavior of bees.
PLOS One report "This study demonstrates for the first time improvement of endothelial vasomotor and secretory functions with vitamin D in Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) patients without significant adverse effects on arterial stiffness, serum calcium or FGF-23.
Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine report "Compared to women treated with Hormone Therapy (HT), women treated with TJ-23 reported relief from headaches (65% versus 29%) and concomitant depression (60% versus 24%) more frequently. Improvement in the scores of headaches and depression correlated significantly with TJ-23 treatment.
Conclusions. Headache in middle-aged women is significantly associated with depression; TJ-23 could be effective for treating both of these symptoms
Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine report
" This study aimed to explore the antidepressant mechanisms of ginseng total saponins (GTS) in the corticosterone-induced mouse depression model. …........These findings imply that the effect of GTS on corticosterone-induced depression-like behavior may be mediated partly through interfering with hippocampal GSK-3β-CREB signaling pathway and reversing decrease of some plasticity-related proteins. "
Thank God for The Alliance for Natural Health and other major Natural Health Advocates: Mike Adams, Dr. Mercola, Gary Null, Jeffrey Smith, to name a few, who keep us all informed on Government legislation threatening Natural Healthcare..
The ANH EU report on the EU reform of the EU Novel Food Regulation....read and weep, then get proactive. If we have no choice in healthcare, then we have no freedom.
The British Journal of Nutrition report " The significant effects of Fluid Deprivation (FD) on mood included decreased alertness and increased sleepiness, fatigue and confusion. The most consistent effects of mild dehydration on mood are on sleep/wake parameters. Urine specific gravity appears to be the best physiological measure of hydration status in subjects with a normal level of activity; saliva osmolality is another reliable and non-invasive method for assessing hydration status.
The British Journal of Nutrition report "Our findings indicate that coffee consumption is associated with a reduced risk of total mortality."
PLOS One report "This meta-analysis showed that combination of IVF and CHM used in the included trials improve IVF success, however due to the high risk of bias observed with the trials, the significant differences found with the meta-analysis are unlikely to be accurate. No conclusion could be drawn with respect to the reproductive toxicity of CHM. Further large randomized placebo controlled trials are warranted to confirm these findings before recommending women to take CHM to improve their IVF success."
Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine report "Although all extracts exhibited antifungal activity, Psidium guajava L. had the greatest potential for developing antifungal treatments."
Plos One report "Besides PC6, PC6 combined with other acupoint(s) and other alternative acupoint(s) might be beneficial in prevention and treatment of PONV, the evidence justifies future high-quality studies."
Plos One report "The present systematic review shows that aerobic training increases heart rate recovery in patients with established heart disease"
The Journal Nutrients report "Meat consumption has been frequently investigated as a variable associated with diabetes risk, but it has not yet been described as a diabetes risk factor. In this article, we evaluate the evidence supporting the use of meat consumption as a clinically useful risk factor for type 2 diabetes, based on studies evaluating the risks associated with meat consumption as a categorical dietary characteristic (i.e., meat consumption versus no meat consumption), as a scalar variable (i.e., gradations of meat consumption), or as part of a broader dietary pattern."
The Journal Nutrients reports "Many phytonutrients have shown promise as photoprotectants in clinical, animal and cell culture studies. In part, the actions of these phytonutrients are thought to be through their actions as antioxidants. In regard to skin health, phytonutrients of interest include vitamin E, certain flavonoids, and the carotenoids, β-carotene, lycopene and lutein."
The American Journal Clinical Nutrition report "Higher intakes of vitamin C and linoleic acid and lower intakes of fats and carbohydrates are associated with better skin-aging appearance. Promoting healthy dietary behaviors may have additional benefit for skin appearance in addition to other health outcomes in the population.
The Journal Alternative and Complementary Medicine report on a study "Results: Unilateral nostril breathing (UNB) significantly decreased levels of anxiety for individuals in both groups. Performance on language measures increased for the individuals with aphasia.
Conclusions: Significant findings for language and affect measures indicate that further investigation regarding duration of UNB treatment and use of UNB treatment alongside traditional speech-language therapy in post-stroke individuals is warranted.
Afr J Tradit Complement Altern Med report "After the Yoga therapy, the case group showed a significant improvement in physical pain management (P=0.007) and the quality of life (P=0.001) as compared to the control group. The results showed that Yoga techniques can alleviate physical pain and improve the quality of life of multiple sclerosis patients."
Afr J Tradit Complement Altern Med report "It is concluded that Radix astragali can significantly improve the immune functions of the ovariectomized female rats, although it cannot change the sex hormones levels as significantly as estrogen."
The EU Journal of Clinical Nutrition report "Conclusions:
Compared with white bread, pistachio consumption reduced postprandial glycemia, increased glucagon-like-peptide levels and may have insulin-sparing properties. These effects could be beneficial for individuals with diabetes and metabolic syndrome."
The European Journal of Clinical Nutrition report " the present meta-analysis suggests a borderline significant inverse association between coffee consumption and prostate cancer risk based on cohort studies.
The Journal Hypertension report "Our results suggest that alcohol consumption is a similar risk factor for incident hypertension in both the middle-aged and the older populations."
The Journal Hypertension report "In summary, flaxseed induced one of the most potent antihypertensive effects achieved by a dietary intervention."
The American Botanical Council - HerbalGram report "This publication is consistent with another previous meta-analysis by other researchers of eight randomized, controlled trials on cinnamon preparations, which showed that cinnamon supplementation resulted in a statistically significant reduction of fasting blood glucose in people with type 2 diabetes and prediabetes.2
The Journal Behavioural Brain Research report "Chronic administration of curcumin significantly improved memory retention in both tasks, attenuated oxidative damage, acetylcholinesterase activity and aluminium concentration in aluminium treated rats (P<0.05). Curcumin has neuroprotective effects against aluminium-induced cognitive dysfunction and oxidative damage."
The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry report "Strawberries consumption improves plasma lipids profile, biomarkers of antioxidant status, antihemolytic defenses and platelet function in healthy subjects, encouraging further evaluation on a population with higher cardiovascular disease risk."
Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine Journal report "All the treated diabetic groups revealed marked improvement in the histopathology of the pancreas compared with the control diabetic group. Oral administration of 300mg/kg body weight of aqueous and ethanolic extracts of SP and metformin revealed pancreas protective or restorative effects.The seaweed extracts at 150mg/kg body weight reduced the liver and kidney damages in the diabetic rats and may exert tissue repair or restoration of the pancreatic islets in experimentally induced diabetes to produce the beneficial homeostatic effects."
Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine Journal report "In summary, the current study establishes a direct connection between protracted abstinence from morphine and depressive-like symptoms in rats. These results demonstrate that acupuncture stimulation of SP6 reduces the depression-and anxiety-like symptoms strongly associated with morphine abstinence, probably by modulating hypothalamic CRF and the noradrenergic system that underlies mood disruption. This indicates that acupuncture stimulation of
SP6 might be effective in preventing patients with drug addiction from relapsing into drug seeking while trying to quit, by relieving some of the discomfort of morphine withdrawal symptoms including depression and anxiety.Therefore, acupuncture stimulation may be a useful therapy in the development of alternative medicines for treating morphine withdrawal-related symptoms, such as depression and anxiety"
Plos One report "Conventional anticoagulants and antiplatelet drugs were documented to have harmful interactions with some commonly used single entity CHMs. For those patients who are taking conventional anti-clotting medications with CHMs for cardiovascular or cerebrovascular diseases, the potential risks of increased bleeding due to drug-CHM interactions should not be ignored.
The major consequences of these interactions were increased bleeding risks due to the additive anticoagulant or antiplatelet effects of the CHMs, specifically danshen, dong quai, ginger, ginkgo, licorice, and turmeric.
The Journal Alternative Complementary Medicine report on a study "Conclusions: Buddhist walking meditation was effective in reducing depression, improving functional fitness and vascular reactivity, and appears to confer greater overall improvements than the traditional walking program."
Huffington Post report "Physical activity may work just as well if not better than strong drugs in countering the symptoms of ADHD. Yet we live in a culture where people are conditioned to want a quick fix for everything, and with a medical system that has learned to provide it. Unfortunately, this is not always the best approach, and the case of ADHD may be the latest example. Before turning to expensive drugs rife with side-effects to treat ADHD, parents, physicians, teachers, and education policy makers should consider the role of physical activity, and promote making it a regular part of children's diets."
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