10 Yrs In Prison for Danish Couple Who Sell Marijuana to Help People With Cancer

A Danish couple is facing up to 10 years in prison for providing marijuana to people with cancer and other medical ailments. Although the husband has admitted his guilt, his wife denies any wrongdoing.

By Nerti U. Qatja@VOP_Today


In an article today 06.10.2016 RT writtes: Claus ‘Moffe’ Nielsen, who was arrested with his wife on Tuesday, told Danish tabloid BT that he wanted to supply ill Danes with cannabis to provide them with relief from their ailments.

Nielsen said he realized the medical benefits of cannabis when he began taking edible marijuana products for his osteoarthritis. He said he was always aware his dealings were illegal, and that he might be arrested one day.

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“It should be laboratory technicians, chemists and doctors who [sell cannabis products] under controlled conditions. I’m no trained expert, but I have some principles and I stand by them,” he said.

Nielsen’s attorney, Erbil Kaya, said his client “hasn’t hidden the fact that what he does, and he knew it was illegal. That’s why he has admitted his guilt. But he hasn’t done it to make money and be a criminal mastermind. He has done it in broad daylight and been open and honest about it.”

Nielsen’s wife, however, has denied any involvement in the dealing drugs.

Both are being charged under Denmark’s narcotics laws and, if found guilty, they could face a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

The couple’s initial court appearance was held behind closed doors, despite the defendants’ desire to have the case shared with the public.

“The public is aware of this case so there is nothing secret about it and he has spoken out about his business. There is also a documentary being made about him, so there is nothing to hide as far as he is concerned,” Kaya said.

The attorney went on to state that Nielsen sells cannabis to help sick people, as well as to put pressure on the government to change its outlook on medical cannabis. His clients include those with cancer, sclerosis, and fibromyalgia.

Legalization of cannabis for medical and recreational purposes has been widely debated in Denmark in recent months. In August, the Region of Southern Denmark agreed to move forward on a plan that would see it become the first in the country to prescribe marijuana for medicinal use. Information Newspaper also reported over the summer that Health Minister Sophie Løhde is considering a four-year countrywide trial program.

Eighty-eight percent of Danes support the legalization of cannabis for medicinal use, according to a June Gallup poll. Other surveys have shown a narrow majority in favor of legalizing marijuana for recreational use.

In 2014, several Danish parties signed an agreement to earmark funding for “research projects on pain relief, including the use of medicinal cannabis.” Although several political parties support the legalization of cannabis, the country’s three largest parties remain opposed.

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7,000 Studies Confirm Turmeric Can CHANGE Your Life: Here are 7 Amazing Ways to Use It

Today I want to talk to you about one of my all-time favorite super spices. If you’ve been hanging around VOP_Today for a while, then you’ve definitely heard me talk about it before.

By Nerti U. Qatja@VOP_Today – Source: FitLife


I just can’t get enough of this super spice that has proven itself again and again in my life, the lives of those on the VOP_Today – Team and in over 7000 scientific studies conducted all around the world.

History of Turmeric

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Legend has it that when baby Jesus was born, wise men from the east brought him gold, frankincense and myrrh.

If you look back at ancient texts, many believe that gold actually refers to a commonly used spice of the time: turmeric.

Not only was turmeric mentioned in the Bible, but Ayurvedic medicine has used it for centuries. There are Chinese records of turmeric use dating back over 2000 years.

Turmeric is not only a flavorful spice, but is also a powerful blood cleanser. When kings would get poisoned, doctors would give them turmeric in hopes of helping them survive. Healers would administer turmeric in order to cleanse a king’s body of poison.

Although turmeric has been known and used successfully all over the world for centuries, it has taken Western Medicine a long time to catch up in understanding and applying turmeric!

It’s only been in the past 30 years that America has started to catch on to the incredible medicinal potential of this ancient spice.  

Now there are over 7000 published studies that have shown the benefits of turmeric!

So what does this mean for you?

Modern Day Poison

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Last year, 42, 000 new toxins were introduced into our environment.

That’s shocking, to say the least.

Where are all these chemicals coming from?

Well, there are chemicals in our air, toothpaste, shampoo, cleaning products, cosmetics, water, air fresheners and even in our food.

Although some of these chemicals may be harmless, a shockingly large portion of them are not. Many chemicals in our everyday environment are known to disrupt ourendocrine system. This is the system responsible for secreting various hormones directly into our bloodstream to be taken throughout our body.

Many commonly used chemicals also disturb your primary organs including your liver, kidney and heart. I don’t think I need to explain to you how important those are to your health and wellbeing!

There are a lot of steps you can take to avoid chemical exposure and you can find a lot of information about that on our blog. But at the end of the day, it is impossible to completely eliminate every harmful toxin from your life. Because of this, it is vitally important to focus on optimizing your health so that you can handle the stress of toxin exposure without getting burdened by chronic illness.

Mother nature is JAM PACKED with incredible superfoods that are full of medicinalproperties that will blow your socks off once you start bringing them into your home!

The Amazing Benefits of Turmeric

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There are a lot of people worried and wondering about the health crisis in America. They are worried about their own health and the health of their loved ones. Despite phenomenal advances in modern medicine, we, as a nation, are sick.

Whole foods, along with simple healthy lifestyle changes, have the power to revolutionize our health and turn around the wellbeing of people all over the world.

This is why I spend so much time and energy researching and talking about GOOD, REAL FOODS like the vibrant spice we are talking about today.

I’ve read a lot of great books about turmeric, one of my favorites being: Turmeric: The Ayurvedic Spice Of Life by David Frawley and Prashanti De Heger.

In the book, Prashanti gives a list of dozens of different constituents found in turmeric. George Duke from the USDA signed off this list as being accurate!

Turmeric has successfully proven itself (and this is a condensed list!) to be a:

  • bactericide
  • insectifuge
  • cancer preventative
  • fungicide
  • anti-tumor
  • anti-inflammatory
  • antiallergenic
  • herbicide
  • antispasmotic
  • antiseptic
  • antiulcer
  • antiviral
  • antibacterial
  • …and much more!

Why aren’t western medical doctors prescribing it? Why aren’t more people using it? It’s because they DON’T REALIZE or UNDERSTAND the power behind whole foods!

I am excited that you have opened this blog post today and I am confident that if you start using food as medicine and if you bring turmeric and other superfoods into your home, they WILL change your life for the better.

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Why I Use Turmeric Daily

I use turmeric in one form or another every single day. Why?

It Soothes Inflammation

I work long hours and spend a lot of time moving either from day-to-day tasks or at the gym. I make it a high priority to eat clean but even I am still susceptible to inflammation. Taking turmeric daily helps me keep excess inflammation in check so that I feel my best and avoid illness.

Hundreds of studies have been done on the anti-inflammatory benefits of turmeric. Seeing that the BULK of chronic illness is caused by some sort of inflammation, this is very significant for a lot of people.

According to Dr. Mercola,

Turmeric has been used as a powerful anti-inflammatory in Chinese and Indian medicine for millennia. Curcumin, the primary pharmacological agent in this spice, contains proven effects in this area that are comparable to over-the-counter anti-inflammatory agents as well as some prescription medications. But curcumin doesn’t produce the toxic effect that synthetic drugs sometimes do, such as ulcer formation, internal bleeding, and even a lowered white blood cell count.”

It Boosts My Mental Health

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Turmeric has incredible neuro benefits. I consider myself to be ambitious and in order to pursue my dreams and accomplish daily tasks, I need to stay on top of my game mentally. Taking turmeric daily helps me with mental focus and clarity.

Studies have shown turmeric to have neuroprotective benefits that may treat a variety of ailments including Alzheimer’s disease, tardive dyskinesia, depression, epilepsy and otherneurodegenerative disorders.

It Boosts Gut Health

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I use to be intolerant to dairy. Although I still don’t use dairy very often, taking turmericand goat kefir together has helped to heal my gut so that I don’t experience frustrating symptoms when exposed to dairy.

Having a healthy gut has also helped me to have healthy moods. Because some of your most important mood-stabilizing and boosting hormones are in your gut (95% of your serotonin!), keeping your gut healthy is vital to you feeling your best about life.


7 Different Ways To Use Turmeric On A Daily Basis

Here are seven different ways to use turmeric every day!

#1 Turmeric Juice Shot

Ingredients
  • ½ inch turmeric root or 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • ½ lemon
  • sea salt
Instructions
  1. Simply juice the lemon and turmeric, combine with a pinch of sea salt and drink! If you don’t have a juicer you can simply use fresh squeezed lemon juice and turmeric powder.

#2 Turmeric Tea

You can simply chop up some turmeric and throw it in your tea maker or follow the recipe below.
Ingredients
  • ½ tsp fresh grated turmeric
  • raw honey to taste
  • squeeze of lime (makes turmeric more bioavailable)
  • dash of black pepper
  • 1 cup hot water
Instructions
  1. Bring water to a boil, add turmeric and allow to simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and strain. Add remaining ingredients. Enjoy!

#3 Turmeric Soup

Author: Drew Canole
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Simmer broth with turmeric for 15 minutes, strain chunks out, add some black pepper (boosts bioavailability) and enjoy.

#4 Turmeric Scramble

Ingredients
  • Simply throw some turmeric on your traditional eggs in the morning!

#5 Golden Milk

If you’re short on time, you can simply mix some warm coconut milk with 1 tsp of turmeric powder. For a more flavorful drink try the recipe below.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup coconut or almond milk
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder/fresh grated
  • ¼ tsp ginger powder/fresh grated
  • ¼ tsp vanilla
  • dash of cardamom
  • dash of cinnamon
  • dash of clove
  • 2 tsp raw honey
Instructions
  1. Simmer all ingredients in pot for 1 min

#6 Turmeric Smoothie

Throw a little into any of your favorite smoothies or try the recipe below!
Ingredients
  • 1 ½ cups frozen pineapple or mango
  • 2 tbsp coconut flakes
  • ½ coconut or almond milk
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder/fresh turmeric
  • 1 tsp hemp seed hearts
  • 1 tsp maca root
  • dash of black pepper
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend to perfection. Enjoy!

#7 Turmeric Kefir

Ingredients
  • This tastes incredible and is one of my favorite ways to use turmeric. Simply add a tsp or so of turmeric powder to kefir and drink!


Conclusion:

You can also take turmeric in capsule form.

If you are looking for simple foods that can improve the quality of your health, you’ve found one of the best!

We’ve been working on something exciting for a while now… our very own organic turmeric supplement that is 4 times more bioavailable (useable) by the body! More than any other organic turmeric supplement on the market. You asked and we listened!Our turmeric supplement will be coming out VERY soon so stay tuned!  

It will be added to our Organifi organic WHOLE food superfood line and we can’t wait for you to try it and experience the incredibly powerful benefits for yourself.

Do you have any turmeric recipes that we should know about? Please share them with us in the comments below.

Use This ONE Ingredient And NEVER Go To The Doctor AGAIN

Turmeric has a peppery, warm and bitter flavor and a mild fragrance slightly reminiscent of orange and ginger, and while it is best known as one of the ingredients used to make curry, it also gives ballpark mustard its bright yellow color.

By Nerti U. Qatja@VOP_Today


Turmeric comes from the root of the Curcuma longa plant and has a tough brown skin and a deep orange flesh. Turmeric has long been used as a powerful anti-inflammatory in both the Chinese and Indian systems of medicine. Turmeric was traditionally called “Indian saffron” because of its deep yellow-orange color and has been used throughout history as a condiment, healing remedy and textile dye.

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This chart graphically details the %DV that a serving of Turmeric provides for each of the nutrients of which it is a good, very good, or excellent source according to our Food Rating System. Additional information about the amount of these nutrients provided by Turmeric can be found in the Food Rating System Chart. A link that takes you to the In-Depth Nutritional Profile for Turmeric, featuring information over 80 nutrients, can be found under the Food Rating System Chart.

Health Benefits

Turmeric (Curcuma longa), the bright yellow of the spice rainbow, is a powerful medicine that has long been used in the Chinese and Indian systems of medicine as an anti-inflammatory agent to treat a wide variety of conditions, including flatulence, jaundice, menstrual difficulties, bloody urine, hemorrhage, toothache, bruises, chest pain, and colic.

A Potent, Yet Safe Anti-Inflammatory

The volatile oil fraction of turmeric has demonstrated significant anti-inflammatory activity in a variety of experimental models. Even more potent than its volatile oil is the yellow or orange pigment of turmeric, which is called curcumin. Curcumin is thought to be the primary pharmacological agent in turmeric. In numerous studies, curcumin’s anti-inflammatory effects have been shown to be comparable to the potent drugs hydrocortisone and phenylbutazone as well as over-the-counter anti-inflammatory agents such as Motrin. Unlike the drugs, which are associated with significant toxic effects (ulcer formation, decreased white blood cell count, intestinal bleeding), curcumin produces no toxicity.

An Effective Treatment for Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Curcumin may provide an inexpensive, well-tolerated, and effective treatment for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) such as Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis, recent research suggests. In this study, mice given an inflammatory agent that normally induces colitis were protected when curcumin was added to their diet five days beforehand. The mice receiving curcumin not only lost much less weight than the control animals, but when researchers checked their intestinal cell function, all the signs typical of colitis (mucosal ulceration, thickening of the intestinal wall, and the infiltration of inflammatory cells)were all much reduced. While the researchers are not yet sure exactly how curcumin achieves its protective effects, they think its benefits are the result of not only antioxidant activity, but also inhibition of a major cellular inflammatory agent called NF kappa-B. Plus, an important part of the good news reported in this study is the fact that although curcumin has been found to be safe at very large doses, this component of turmeric was effective at a concentration as low as 0.25 per cent—an amount easily supplied by simply enjoying turmeric in flavorful curries.

Relief for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Clinical studies have substantiated that curcumin also exerts very powerful antioxidant effects. As an antioxidant, curcumin is able to neutralize free radicals, chemicals that can travel through the body and cause great amounts of damage to healthy cells and cell membranes. This is important in many diseases, such as arthritis, where free radicals are responsible for the painful joint inflammation and eventual damage to the joints. Turmeric’s combination of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects explains why many people with joint disease find relief when they use the spice regularly. In a recent study of patients with rheumatoid arthritis, curcumin was compared to phenylbutazone and produced comparable improvements in shortened duration of morning stiffness, lengthened walking time, and reduced joint swelling.

Help for Cystic Fibrosis Sufferers

Curcumin, the major constituent of turmeric that gives the spice its yellow color, can correct the most common expression of the genetic defect that is responsible for cystic fibrosis, suggests an animal study published in the Science (April 2004). Cystic fibrosis, a fatal disease that attacks the lungs with a thick mucus, causing life-threatening infections, afflicts about 30,000 American children and young adults, who rarely survive beyond 30 years of age. The mucus also damages the pancreas, thus interfering with the body’s ability to digest and absorb nutrients.

Researchers now know that cystic fibrosis is caused by mutations in the gene that encodes for a protein (the transmembrane conductance regulator or CFTR). The CTFR protein is responsible for traveling to the cell’s surface and creating channels through which chloride ions can leave the cell. When the protein is abnormally shaped because of a faulty gene, this cannot happen, so chloride builds up in the cells, which in turn, leads to mucus production.

The most common mutation, which is called DeltaF508, results in the production of a misfolded protein. When mice with this DeltaF508 defect were given curcumin in doses that, on a weight-per-weight basis, would be well-tolerated by humans, curcumin corrected this defect, resulting in a DeltaF508 protein with normal appearance and function. In addition, the Yale scientists studying curcumin have shown that it can inhibit the release of calcium, thus allowing mutated CTFR to exit cells via the calcium channels, which also helps stop the chloride-driven build up of mucus. Specialists in the treatment of cystic fibrosis caution, however, that patients should not self-medicate with dietary supplements containing curcumin, until the correct doses are known and any adverse interactions identified with the numerous prescription drugs taken by cystic fibrosis sufferers.

Cancer Prevention

Curcumin’s antioxidant actions enable it to protect the colon cells from free radicals that can damage cellular DNA—a significant benefit particularly in the colon where cell turnover is quite rapid, occuring approximately every three days. Because of their frequent replication, mutations in the DNA of colon cells can result in the formation of cancerous cells much more quickly. Curcumin also helps the body to destroy mutated cancer cells, so they cannot spread through the body and cause more harm. A primary way in which curcumin does so is by enhancing liver function. Additionally, other suggested mechanisms by which it may protect against cancer development include inhibiting the synthesis of a protein thought to be instrumental in tumor formation and preventing the development of additional blood supply necessary for cancer cell growth.

Inhibits Cancer Cell Growth and Metastases

Epidemiological studies have linked the frequent use of turmeric to lower rates of breast, prostate, lung and colon cancer; laboratory experiments have shown curcumin can prevent tumors from forming; and research conducted at the University of Texas suggests that even when breast cancer is already present, curcumin can help slow the spread of breast cancer cells to the lungs in mice.

In this study, published in Biochemical Pharmacology (September 2005), human breast cancer cells were injected into mice, and the resulting tumors removed to simulate a mastectomy.

The mice were then divided into four groups. One group received no further treatment and served as a control. A second group was given the cancer drug paclitaxel (Taxol); the third got curcumin, and the fourth was given both Taxol and curcumin.

After five weeks, only half the mice in the curcumin-only group and just 22% of those in the curcumin plus Taxol group had evidence of breast cancer that had spread to the lungs.

But 75% of the mice that got Taxol alone and 95% of the control group developed lung tumours.

How did curcumin help? “Curcumin acts against transcription factors, which are like a master switch,” said lead researcher, Bharat Aggarwal. “Transcription factors regulate all the genes needed for tumors to form. When we turn them off, we shut down some genes that are involved in the growth and invasion of cancer cells.”

In another laboratory study of human non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma cells published in Biochemical Pharmacology (September 2005), University of Texas researchers showed that curcumin inhibits the activation of NF-kappaB, a regulatory molecule that signals genes to produce a slew of inflammatory molecules (including TNF, COX-2 and IL-6) that promote cancer cell growth. In addition, curcumin was found to suppress cancer cell proliferation and to induce cell cycle arrest and apoptosis (cell suicide) in the lung cancer cells. Early phase I clinical trials at the University of Texas are now also looking into curcumin’s chemopreventive and therapeutic properties against multiple myeloma and pancreatic cancer, and other research groups are investigating curcumin’s ability to prevent oral cancer.

Turmeric and Onions May Help Prevent Colon Cancer

Curcumin, a phytonutrient found in the curry spice turmeric, and quercitin, an antioxidant in onions, reduce both the size and number of precancerous lesions in the human intestinal tract, shows research published in the August 2006 issue of Clinical Gasteroenterology and Hepatology.

Five patients with an inherited form of precancerous polyps in the lower bowel known as familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) were treated with regular doses of curcumin and quercetin over an average of six months. The average number of polyps dropped 60.4%, and the average size of the polyps that did develop dropped by 50.9%.

FAP runs in families and is characterized by the development of hundreds of polyps (colorectal adenomas) and, eventually, colon cancer. Recently, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs such as aspirin, ibuprofen) have been used to treat some patients with this condition, but these drugs often produce significant side effects, including gastrointestinal ulcerations and bleeding, according to lead researcher Francis M. Giardiello, M.D., at the Division of Gastroenterology, Johns Hopkins University.

Previous observational studies in populations that consume large amounts of curry, as well as animal research, have strongly suggested that curcumin, one of the main ingredients in Asian curries, might be effective in preventing and/or treating cancer in the lower intestine. Similarly, quercetin, an anti-oxidant flavonoid found in a variety of foods including onions, green tea and red wine, has been shown to inhibit growth of colon cancer cell lines in humans and abnormal colorectal cells in animals.

In this study, a decrease in polyp number was observed in four of five patients at three months and four of four patients at six months.

Each patient received curcumin (480 mg) and quercetin (20 mg) orally 3 times a day for 6 months. Although the amount of quercetin was similar to what many people consume daily, the curcumin consumed was more than would be provided in a typical diet because turmeric only contains on average 3-5 % curcumin by weight.

While simply consuming curry and onions may not have as dramatic an effect as was produced in this study, this research clearly demonstrates that liberal use of turmeric and onions can play a protective role against the development of colorectal cancer. And turmeric doesn’t have to only be used in curries. This spice is delicious on healthy sautéed apples, and healthy steamed cauliflower and/or green beans and onions. Or, for a flavor-rich, low-calorie dip, try adding some turmeric and dried onion to creamy yogurt.

Turmeric Teams Up with Cauliflower to Halt Prostate Cancer

Prostate cancer—the second leading cause of cancer death in American men with 500,000 new cases appearing each year—is a rare occurrence among men in India, whose low risk is attributed to a diet rich in brassica family vegetables and the curry spice, turmeric.

Scientists tested turmeric, a concentrated source of the phytonutrient curcumin, along with phenethyl isothiocyanates, a phytochemical abundant in cruciferous vegetables including cauliflower, cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, kale, kohlrabi and turnips.

When tested singly, both phenethyl isothiocyanate and curcumin greatly retarded the growth of human prostate cancer cells implanted in immune-deficient mice. In mice with well-established prostate cancer tumors, neither phenethyl isothiocyanate nor curcumin by itself had a protective effect, but when combined, they significantly reduced both tumor growth and the ability of the prostate cancer cells to spread (metastasize) in the test animals.

The researchers believe the combination of cruciferous vegetables and curcumin could be an effective therapy not only to prevent prostate cancer, but to inhibit the spread of established prostate cancers. Best of all, this combination—cauliflower spiced with turmeric—is absolutely delicious! For protection against prostate cancer, cut cauliflower florets in quarters and let sit for 5-10 minutes; this allows time for the production of phenethyl isothiocyanates, which form when cruciferous vegetables are cut, but stops when they are heated. Then sprinkle with turmeric, andhealthy sauté on medium heat in a few tablespoons of vegetable or chicken broth for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and top with olive oil, sea salt and pepper to taste.

Reduce Risk of Childhood Leukemia

Research presented at a recent conference on childhood leukemia, held in London, provides evidence that eating foods spiced with turmeric could reduce the risk of developing childhood leukemia. The incidence of this cancer has risen dramatically during the 20th century, mainly in children under age five, among whom the risk has increased by more than 50% cent since 1950 alone. Modern environmental and lifestyle factors are thought to play a major role in this increase.

Childhood leukemia is much lower in Asia than Western countries, which may be due to differences in diet, one of which, the frequent use of turmeric, has been investigated in a series of studies over the last 20 years by Prof. Moolky Nagabhushan from the Loyola University Medical Centre, Chicago, IL.

“Some of the known risk factors that contribute to the high incidence of childhood leukemia are the interaction of many lifestyle and environmental factors. These include prenatal or postnatal exposure to radiation, benzene, environmental pollutants and alkylating chemotherapeutic drugs. Our studies show that turmeric—and its colouring principle, curcumin—in the diet mitigate the effects of some of these risk factors.”

Nagabhushan has shown that the curcumin in turmeric can:

  • inhibit the mutagenicity of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) (carcinogenic chemicals created by the burning of carbon based fuels including cigarette smoke)
  • inhibit radiation-induced chromosome damage
  • prevent the formation of harmful heterocyclic amines and nitroso compounds, which may result in the body when certain processed foods, such as processed meat products that contain nitrosamines, are eaten
  • irreversibly inhibit the multiplication of leukemia cells in a cell culture

Improved Liver Function

In a recent rat study conducted to evaluate the effects of turmeric on the liver’s ability to detoxify xenobiotic (toxic) chemicals, levels of two very important liver detoxification enzymes (UDP glucuronyl transferase and glutathione-S-transferase) were significantly elevated in rats fed turmeric as compared to controls. The researchers commented, “The results suggest that turmeric may increase detoxification systems in addition to its anti-oxidant properties…Turmeric used widely as a spice would probably mitigate the effects of several dietary carcinogens.”

Curcumin has been shown to prevent colon cancer in rodent studies. When researchers set up a study to analyze how curcumin works, they found that it inhibits free radical damage of fats (such as those found in cell membranes and cholesterol), prevents the formation of the inflammatory chemical cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), and induces the formation of a primary liver detoxification enzyme, glutathione S-transferase (GST) enzymes. When the rats were given curcumin for 14 days, their livers’ production of GST increased by 16%, and a marker of free radical damage called malondialdehyde decreased by 36% when compared with controls. During this two week period, the researchers gave the rats a cancer-causing chemical called carbon tetrachloride. In the rats not fed curcumin, markers of free radical damage to colon cells went up, but in the rats given turmeric, this increase was prevented by dietary curcumin. Lastly, the researchers compared giving turmeric in the diet versus injecting curcumin into the rats’ colons. They found injecting curcumin resulted in more curcumin in the blood, but much less in the colon mucosa. They concluded, “The results show that curcumin mixed with the diet achieves drug levels in the colon and liver sufficient to explain the pharmacological activities observed and suggest that this mode of administration may be preferable for the chemoprevention of colon cancer.”

Cardiovascular Protection

Curcumin may be able to prevent the oxidation of cholesterol in the body. Since oxidized cholesterol is what damages blood vessels and builds up in the plaques that can lead to heart attack or stroke, preventing the oxidation of new cholesterol may help to reduce the progression of atherosclerosis and diabetic heart disease. In addition, turmeric is a good source of vitamin B6, which is needed to keep homocysteine levels from getting too high. Homocysteine, an intermediate product of an important cellular process called methylation, is directly damaging to blood vessel walls. High levels of homocysteine are considered a significant risk factor for blood vessel damage, atherosclerotic plaque build-up, and heart disease; while a high intake of vitamin B6 is associated with a reduced risk of heart disease.

In research published in the Indian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology, when 10 healthy volunteers consumed 500 mg of curcumin per day for 7 days, not only did their blood levels of oxidized cholesterol drop by 33%, but their total cholesterol droped 11.63% , and their HDL (good cholesterol) increased by 29%! (Soni KB, Kuttan R).

How Turmeric Lowers Cholesterol

Tumeric’s cholesterol-lowering effects are the result of the curry spice’s active constituent, curcumin, which research reveals is a messaging molecule that communicates with genes in liver cells, directing them to increase the production of mRNA (messenger proteins) that direct the creation of receptors for LDL (bad) cholesterol. With more LDL-receptors, liver cells are able to clear more LDL-cholesterol from the body.

LDL-receptor mRNA increased sevenfold in liver cells treated with curcumin at a concentration of 10 microM, compared to untreated cells. (Liver cells were found to tolerate curcumin at levels of up to 12. microM for 24 hours). (Peschel D, Koerting R, et al. J Nutr Biochem)

Practical Tips:

Help increase your liver’s ability to clear LDL-cholesterol by relying on turmeric, not just for delicious fish, meat or lentil curries, but to spice up healthy sautéed onions, potatoes and/or cauliflower; or as the key flavoring for a creamy vegetable dip. Just mix plain yogurt with a little omega-3-rich mayonnaise and turmeric, salt and pepper to taste. Serve with raw cauliflower, celery, sweet pepper, jicama and broccoli florets. Be sure to choose turmeric rather than prepared curry blends. Recent research indicates the amount of turmeric (and therefore curcumin) in curry blends is often minimal.(Tayyem RF et al.,Nutr Cancer)

For the most curcumin, be sure to use turmeric rather curry powder—a study analyzing curcumin content in 28 spice products described as turmeric or curry powders found that pure turmeric powder had the highest concentration of curcumin, averaging 3.14% by weight. The curry powder samples, with one exception, contained very small amounts of curcumin. (Tayyem RF, Heath DD, et al. Nutr Cancer)

Protection against Alzheimer’s Disease

Growing evidence suggests that turmeric may afford protection against neurodegenerative diseases. Epidemiological studies show that in elderly Indian populations, among whose diet turmeric is a common spice, levels of neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s are very low. Concurrently, experimental research conducted recently found that curcumin does appear to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s in mice. Preliminary studies in mice also suggest that curcumin may block the progression of multiple sclerosis. While it is still unclear how it may afford protection against this degenerative condition, one theory is that it may interrupt the production of IL-2, a protein that can play a key role in the destruction of myelin, the sheath that serves to protect most nerves in the body.

A number of studies have suggested that curcumin, the biologically active constituent in turmeric, protects against Alzheimer’s disease by turning on a gene that codes for the production of antioxidant proteins. A study published in the Italian Journal of Biochemistry (December 2003) discussed curcumin’s role in the induction of the the heme oxygenase pathway, a protective system that, when triggered in brain tissue, causes the production of the potent antioxidant bilirubin, which protects the brain against oxidative (free radical) injury. Such oxidation is thought to be a major factor in aging and to be responsible for neurodegenerative disorders including dementias like Alzheimer’s disease. Another study conducted jointly by an Italian and U.S. team and presented at the American Physiological Society’s 2004 annual conference in Washington, DC, confirmed that curcumin strongly induces expression of the gene, called hemeoxygenase-1 (HO-1) in astrocytes from the hippocampal region of the brain.

Curcumin Crosses Blood-Brain Barrier, May Help Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease

Research conducted at UCLA and published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry (December 2004), which has been confirmed by further research published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (April 2006), provides insight into the mechanisms behind curcumin’s protective effects against Alzheimer’s disease.

Alzheimer’s disease results when a protein fragment called amyloid-B accumulates in brain cells, producing oxidative stress and inflammation, and forming plaques between nerve cells (neurons) in the brain that disrupt brain function.

Amyloid is a general term for protein fragments that the body produces normally. Amyloid-B is a protein fragment snipped from another protein called amyloid precursor protein (APP). In a healthy brain, these protein fragments are broken down and eliminated. In Alzheimer’s disease, the fragments accumulate, forming hard, insoluble plaques between brain cells.

The UCLA researchers first conducted test tube studies in which curcumin was shown to inhibit amyloid-B aggregation and to dissolve amyloid fibrils more effectively than the anti-inflammatory drugs ibuprofen and naproxen. Then, using live mice, the researchers found that curcumin crosses the blood brain barrier and binds to small amyloid-B species. Once bound to curcumin, the amyloid-B protein fragments can no longer clump together to form plaques. Curcumin not only binds to amyloid-B, but also has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, supplying additional protection to brain cells.

Turmeric Boosts Amyloid Plaque Clearance in Human Alzheimer’s Patients

The most active ingredient in turmeric root, bisdemethoxycurcumin, boosts the activity of the immune system in Alzheimer’s patients, helping them to clear the amyloid beta plaques characteristic of the disease.

In healthy patients, immune cells called macrophages, which engulf and destroy abnormal cells and suspected pathogens, efficiently clear amyloid beta, but macrophage activity is suppressed in Alzheimer’s patients.

Using blood samples from Alzheimer’s patients, Drs. Milan Fiala and John Cashman have shown that bisdemethoxycurcumin boosts macrophage activity to normal levels, helping to clear amyloid beta. Fiala and Cashman also observed that bisdemethoxycurcumin was more effective in promoting the clearance of amyloid beta in some patients’ blood than others, hinting at a genetic element. Further study revealed the genes involved are MGAT III and Toll-like receptors, which are also responsible for a number of other key immune functions. Bisdemethoxycurcumin enhances the transcription of these genes, correcting the immune defects seen in Alzheimer’s patients. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2007 Jul 31;104(31):12849-54.

Description

Turmeric was traditionally called Indian saffron since its deep yellow-orange color is similar to that of the prized saffron. It has been used throughout history as a condiment, healing remedy and textile dye.

Turmeric comes from the root of the Curcuma longa plant and has a tough brown skin and a deep orange flesh. This herb has a very interesting taste and aroma. Its flavor is peppery, warm and bitter while its fragrance is mild yet slightly reminiscent of orange and ginger, to which it is related.

History

Turmeric is native to Indonesia and southern India, where it has been harvested for more than 5,000 years. It has served an important role in many traditional cultures throughout the East, including being a revered member of the Ayurvedic pharmacopeia. While Arab traders introduced it into Europe in the 13th century, it has only recently become popular in Western cultures. Much of its recent popularity is owed to the recent research that has highlighted its therapeutic properties. The leading commercial producers of turmeric include India, Indonesia, China, the Philippines, Taiwan, Haiti and Jamaica.

How to Select and Store

Even through dried herbs and spices are widely available in supermarkets, explore the local spice stores or ethnic markets in your area. Oftentimes, these stores feature an expansive selection of dried herbs and spices that are of superior quality and freshness than those offered in regular markets. Just like with other dried spices, try to select organically grown turmeric since this will give you more assurance that the herb has not been irradiated. Since the color of turmeric varies among varieties, it is not a criterion of quality.

For the most curcumin, be sure to use turmeric rather curry powder—a study analyzing curcumin content in 28 spice products described as turmeric or curry powders found that pure turmeric powder had the highest concentration of curcumin, averaging 3.14% by weight. The curry powder samples, with one exception, contained very small amounts of curcumin. (Tayyem RF, Heath DD, et al. Nutr Cancer)

Turmeric powder should kept in a tightly sealed container in a cool, dark and dry place. Fresh turmeric rhizome should be kept in the refrigerator.

Tips for Preparing and Cooking

Tips for Preparing Turmeric

Be careful when using turmeric since its deep color can easily stain. To avoid a lasting stain, quickly wash any area with which it has made contact with soap and water. To prevent staining your hands, you might consider wearing kitchen gloves while handling turmeric.

If you are able to find turmeric rhizomes in the grocery store, you can make your own fresh turmeric powder by boiling, drying and then grinding it into a fine consistency.

How to Enjoy

A Few Quick Serving Ideas
  • Add turmeric to egg salad to give it an even bolder yellow color.
  • Mix brown rice with raisins and cashews and season with turmeric, cumin and coriander.
  • Although turmeric is generally a staple ingredient in curry powder, some people like to add a little extra of this spice when preparing curries. And turmeric doesn’t have to only be used in curries. This spice is delicious on healthy sautéed apples, and healthy steamed cauliflower and/or green beans and onions. Or, for a creamy, flavor-rich, low-calorie dip, try mixing some turmeric and dried onion with a little omega-3-rich mayonnaise, salt and pepper. Serve with raw cauliflower, celery, sweet pepper, jicama and broccoli florets.
  • Turmeric is a great spice to complement recipes that feature lentils.
  • Give salad dressings an orange-yellow hue by adding some turmeric powder to them.
  • For an especially delicious way to add more turmeric to your healthy way of eating, cut cauliflower florets in half and healthy sauté with a generous spoonful of turmeric for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and toss with olive oil, salt and pepper to taste.

For some of our favorite recipes, click Recipes.

Nutritional Profile

Turmeric is an excellent source of both iron and manganese. It is also a good source of vitamin B6, dietary fiber, and potassium.

For an in-depth nutritional profile click here: Turmeric.

In-Depth Nutritional Profile

In addition to the nutrients highlighted in our ratings chart, an in-depth nutritional profile for Turmeric is also available. This profile includes information on a full array of nutrients, including carbohydrates, sugar, soluble and insoluble fiber, sodium, vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, amino acids and more.

Introduction to Food Rating System Chart

In order to better help you identify foods that feature a high concentration of nutrients for the calories they contain, we created a Food Rating System. This system allows us to highlight the foods that are especially rich in particular nutrients. The following chart shows the nutrients for which this food is either an excellent, very good, or good source (below the chart you will find a table that explains these qualifications). If a nutrient is not listed in the chart, it does not necessarily mean that the food doesn’t contain it. It simply means that the nutrient is not provided in a sufficient amount or concentration to meet our rating criteria. (To view this food’s in-depth nutritional profile that includes values for dozens of nutrients – not just the ones rated as excellent, very good, or good – please use the link below the chart.) To read this chart accurately, you’ll need to glance up in the top left corner where you will find the name of the food and the serving size we used to calculate the food’s nutrient composition. This serving size will tell you how much of the food you need to eat to obtain the amount of nutrients found in the chart. Now, returning to the chart itself, you can look next to the nutrient name in order to find the nutrient amount it offers, the percent Daily Value (DV%) that this amount represents, the nutrient density that we calculated for this food and nutrient, and the rating we established in our rating system. For most of our nutrient ratings, we adopted the government standards for food labeling that are found in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s “Reference Values for Nutrition Labeling.” Read more background information and details of our rating system.

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How to Plant and Grow Turmeric

Use This ONE Ingredient And NEVER Go To The Doctor AGAIN

 

Magic Mushroom “Miracle Drug” for Depression

Psilocybin shows higher remission rate than SSRI drugs in U.K. study

By Anthony Von Dari@VOP Today


Magic mushrooms or the active ingredient psilocybin in magic mushrooms may be the cure to depression according to a new study from researchers from Imperial College London. 12 people were involved in the study, with five patients in complete remission by it’s end.

“We can give psilocybin to depressed patients, they can tolerate it, and it is safe. This gives us an initial impression of the effectiveness of the treatment.” says Robin Carhart-Harris, a neuropsychopharmacologist at Imperial College London. Since mushrooms are categorized as a Class A illegal drug in the UK It took 32 months between the grant funding and treating the first patient and the participants were required to undergo a three-month follow-up ensuring that they did not experience delayed psychotic symptoms.

A hallucinogenic drug derived from magic mushrooms could be useful in treating depression, the first safety study of this approach has concluded.

Researchers from Imperial College London gave 12 people psilocybin, the active component in magic mushrooms. All had been clinically depressed for a significant amount of time—on average 17.8 years. None of the patients had responded to standard medications, such as selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs), or had electroconvulsive therapy.

One week after receiving an oral dose of psilocybin, all patients experienced a marked improvement in their symptoms. Three months on, five patients were in complete remission.

“That is pretty remarkable in the context of currently available treatments,” says Robin Carhart-Harris, a neuropsychopharmacologist at Imperial College London and first author of the latest study, which is published in The Lancet Psychiatry.

The equivalent remission rate for SSRIs is around 20%.

The study’s authors are not suggesting that psilocybin should be a treatment of last resort for depressed patients. “Our conclusion is more sober than that—we are simply saying that this is doable,” says Carhart-Harris. “We can give psilocybin to depressed patients, they can tolerate it, and it is safe. This gives us an initial impression of the effectiveness of the treatment.”

DRUG PROBLEMS

Demonstrating the safety of psilocybin is no small task. Magic mushrooms are categorized as a Class A illegal drug in the United Kingdom—the most serious category, which also includes heroin and cocaine.

The ethics committee that granted approval for the trial was so concerned that trial volunteers could experience delayed onset psychotic symptoms that it requested a three-month follow-up on the subjects.

“This was unprecedented,” says neuropsychopharmacologist David Nutt at Imperial, who is senior author of the study.

It took 32 months between having the grant awarded and dosing the first patient, says Nutt. By comparison, it took six months “to get through the machinations” for his team’s previous studies using the equally illegal drugs LSD and MDMA, he says.

“Every interaction—applying for licenses, waiting for licenses, receiving the licenses, applying for contracts for drug manufacture, on and on—involved a delay of up to two months. It was enormously frustrating, and most of it was unnecessary,” says Nutt. “The study result isn’t the remarkable part—it’s the fact that we did it at all.”

Scientists at the Heffter Research Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico, have been investigating how psilocybin could be used to alleviate depression and anxiety in people with terminal cancer, but this is the first study to look specifically at how psilocybin could be used to treat depression alone.

The World Health Organisation calls depression “the leading cause of disability worldwide”. But effective therapies are hard to find. Searching for new treatments, researchers have looked to potent and quirky alternatives such as ketamine and ayahuasca, both of which have shown promise in clinical trials.

“It’s worth noting that we have not developed any new treatments which are widely used since the 1970s for depression, despite the fact that this is the major public-health problem in the Western world and middle-income countries,” says Glyn Lewis, who studies psychiatric disorders at University College London.

Particularly interesting, he says, is the fact that psilocybin seems to take effect with a single dose, unlike some current medications for depression that must be taken daily.

“This study is simply asking: is this interesting enough to pursue further as a treatment for depression?” says Lewis. “My own judgement is that yes, it is.”


34 Medical Studies Proving Cannabis Cures Cancer

There’s still a lot of confusion across the nation about whether or not marijuana is effective for cancer patients. Odds are you’ve heard something about it but weren’t sure whether the information was reliable or definitive.

By Nerti U. Qatja@VOP_Today – Source: Waking Times


So, in order to help clear things up, here is a list of 34 studies showing that marijuana cures cancer, categorized by the type of cancers being cured in each study. As you sort through the articles, note that the consistent theme between them is that cannabis shrinks tumors and selectively targets cancer cells.

As bills and voter initiatives to legalize medical marijuana spread from state to state, remember that we’re not just talking about mitigating the side effects of chemo (though this is another viable use), we’re talking about curing the cancer itself as well as preventing its spread. I’ve taken the liberty of only including articles from credible scientific journals, removing any biased or otherwise improperly cited studies. Enjoy!

Cures Brain Cancer

http://www.nature.com/bjc/journal/v95/n2/abs/6603236a.html

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11479216

http://www.jneurosci.org/content/21/17/6475.abstract

http://jpet.aspetjournals.org/content/308/3/838.abstract

http://mct.aacrjournals.org/content/10/1/90.abstract

 

Cures Mouth and Throat Cancer

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20516734

 

Cures Breast Cancer

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20859676

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18025276

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21915267

http://jpet.aspetjournals.org/content/early/2006/05/25/jpet.106.105247.full.pdf+html

http://www.molecular-cancer.com/content/9/1/196

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22776349

http://www.pnas.org/content/95/14/8375.full.pdf+html

 

Cures Lung Cancer

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22198381?dopt=Abstract

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21097714?dopt=Abstract

http://www.nature.com/onc/journal/v27/n3/abs/1210641a.html

Cures Uterine, Testicular, and Pancreatic Cancers

http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/cam/cannabis/healthprofessional/page4

http://cancerres.aacrjournals.org/content/66/13/6748.abstract

 

Cures Prostate Cancer

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12746841?dopt=Abstract

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3339795/?tool=pubmed

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22594963

 

Cures Colorectal Cancer

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22231745

 

Cures Ovarian Cancer

http://www.aacrmeetingabstracts.org/cgi/content/abstract/2006/1/1084

 

Curse Blood Cancer

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12091357

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16908594

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ijc.23584/abstract

http://molpharm.aspetjournals.org/content/70/5/1612.abstract

 

Cures Skin Cancer

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12511587

 

Cures Liver Cancer

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21475304

 

Cures Biliary Tract Cancer

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19916793

 

Cures Bladder Cancer

http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/803983 (Sign-up required to view study)

Cures Cancer in General

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12514108

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15313899

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15313899

Make A Golden Mixture – The Strongest Antibiotic And Anti-Cancer Remedy

In this article we will present a great recipe which you can easily prepare. We are talking about so called “golden mixture” – natural remedy, which by its appearance and properties reminds of gold.

By Nerti U. Qatja@VOP_Today – Source: Natural Health Care For You


This mixture is recommended is you are dealing with bacterial and viral linked problems. It is also great for strengthening the immune system and for preventing cancerous diseases.

The remedy possesses these properties thanks to the super powerful ingredients, honey and turmeric. The mixture got its epithet “golden” because those two ingredients give its color.

Honey is well known to be one of the best natural remedies. The same can be said about turmeric. When combined, these two ingredients have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and anticancer properties.

Unlike drugstore bought chemical medicaments, the golden mixture does not cause any side effects. It also has the ability to improve both red flora and the whole digestion process.

In addition, we will present the recipe.

Ingredients needed:

  • 1 tablespoon of turmeric
  • 100 grams of organic honey
  • 2 tablespoons of natural apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon of finely grated lemon rind
  • A pinch of black pepper

Method of preparation:

Put the turmeric, black pepper and apple cider vinegar in a bowl and mix well. Add the lemon rind afterwards, and finally the honey. Give the mixture a good stir until you get homogeneous mixture.

Transfer the resulting mixture in a glass bowl which you should keep in the fridge.

Way of consuming:

  • In case you caught a cold or some other infection, the first two days you need to consume half a teaspoon of the resulting mixture on every hour. The third and fourth day you need to consume half a teaspoon of the remedy on every two hours. After the fourth day, consume half a teaspoon three times a day. Repeat this until you completely get rid of the symptoms.
  • For anticancer action, strengthening the immunity and improving your overall health, take one tablespoon of the golden mixture on a daily basis. Consume the remedy in the morning because this way you will gain the best benefits.

It is crucial for you to consume the golden mixture properly. Put the remedy in your mouth and wait for it to completely melt. After swallowing it, wait several minutes before you drink any kind of beverage.

Also, you can spread the golden mixture on a piece of bread and eat it as a breakfast. You can add it in a tea, but make sure the tea is not hot because the mixture will lose its benefits.

We recommend you to try this great recipe and share your impressions afterwards.