The Best Natural Joint Pain Remedy That Strengthens Knees and Rebuilds Cartilage

Many of us are brought up to believe that as you age, your joints start deteriorating. While this is half true, it doesn’t mean that we can’t prevent, or ease the rate at which it happens. And this is where my joint pain remedy comes in, full of joint-supportive ingredients to reduce cartilage degradation, and ease joint pain.

Before I get to the recipe, I want to talk about factors that might be contributing to your knee pain.

What Causes Knee Pain?

Osteoarthritis (OA) is one of the most common forms of knee pain, and also one of the most common forms of arthritis. It occurs when the protective cartilage on the end of your bones starts to wear down. It can happen anywhere on the body, but it more often than not affects the joints in the hands, knees, hips and spine. While OA cannot be reversed, symptoms can be managed with things like the ingredients in the joint pain remedy below.

Our knees will also start hurting if they’ve ever been injured. Even after the initial period of healing, pain symptoms may still persist.

Another cause of joint pain is vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D is needed to maintain blood calcium levels, and it also regulates calcium and phosphorous, which keeps our bones and teeth hard. Being deficient in vitamin D causes brittle bones and weak muscles. Make sure you get out in the sun for at least 30 minutes a day, and if you can’t, opt for a vitamin D3 supplement.

Whatever the culprit of your joint pain may be, you can help decrease your pain and strengthen the cartilage around your joints with the help of a few special ingredients (and no, you don’t need gelatine or other animal products to do so).

Introducing The Ingredients

The ingredients included in this joint pain remedy smoothie help increase bone cartilage while reducing inflammation (the banana and cinnamon I added more less to add flavour). They are:

1. Apples

Apples contain a powerful antioxidant called quercetin, which is known to increase the production of both collagen and fibronectin, two substances necessary to keep the joints and skin healthy (1). Collagen, as you might already know, is needed in order to make cartilage. Quercetin is also a potent anti-inflammatory, and is more powerful than anti-inflammatory drugs used for the protection of arthritic joints.

2. Turmeric

Turmeric is a pretty incredible herb when it comes to joint pain. When cartilage breaks down, bones begin to rub against each other causing swelling, pain and stiffness. Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, contains anti-inflammatory properties that curb the production of inflammatory cytokines in conditions such as osteoarthritis. It does this by suppressing the metabolic activity of chondrocytes (bone cells) and prevents degradation of cartilage (2).

Research has also shown that curcumin is a chondroprotective agent – meaning, it protects bone health and prevents cartilage from degrading. Curcumin acts on various enzymes and proteins in order to prevent cell death of bone cells and degradation of cartilage (3).

So not only does turmeric help protect your remaining cartilage from suffering further damage, but it also helps provide relief from pain.

3. Ginger

Like turmeric, ginger protects remaining cartilage from suffering further damage, and also provides pain relief.

Ginger consists of a complex combination of active compounds like gingerols, shogoals, and paradols. These compounds all possess strong anti-inflammatory properties, which are highly beneficial when protecting our cartilage from degradation.

Studies have found that ginger is able to reduce the pain and disability in osteoarthritis (4). In vitro, it has been shown that ginger extract suppresses TNF-alpha and inhibited COX-2-mediated synthesis of pro-inflammatory cytokines (5).

4. Almond Milk

Nuts, like almonds, are an excellent addition to the diet if you’re wanting to increase bone cartilage. Almonds are loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, which prevent inflammation and speed up the healing process. They’re also high in manganese, an important mineral for cartilage repair (6). Manganese helps glucosamine (the main molecule used by the body for building cartilage), to work even faster.

5. Berries

Last, but not least, berries are a rich source of vitamin C and other antioxidants, which protect our joints and reduce systemic inflammation. Vitamin C helps protect your cells and tissues from suffering further damage. It also works as an anti-inflammatory by reducing swelling in over-worked joints.

Natural Joint Pain Remedy: The Recipe

Ingredients: (serves 1)

– 2 apples, cored  – 1 tsp. turmeric powder
– 1 tsp. cinnamon
– small piece of fresh ginger
– 1 cup homemade almond milk*
– 1 cup berries of your choice

*If you can’t make your own almond milk, add in 1/4 cup almonds and 1 cup of water to the smoothie

Method:

Stick all of the ingredients in a high speed blender like the Optimum VAC2, and blend on high. Drink at one time, or split it up so you’re drinking some in the morning, and some in the evening. Drink for 15 days total.

About the Author

Carly Fraser has her BSc (Hons.) Degree in Neuroscience, and is the owner and founder at Live Love Fruit. She currently lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, with a determined life mission to help inspire and motivate individuals to critically think about what they put in their bodies and to find balance through nutrition and lifestyle. She has helped hundreds of thousands of individuals to re-connect with their bodies and learn self-love through proper eating habits and natural living. She loves to do yoga, dance, and immerse herself in nature

Fasting, in some form or another, has become a massive topic of discussion in health circles today. It’s studied benefits are far and wide, including balancing insulin levels, increasing human growth hormone levels, initiating cellular repair, influencing positive changes in gene expression, and much more.

And even though fasting might seem like a new trend, in reality it has been around for thousands of years.

Fasting for spiritual purposes is one of the most ancient and widespread traditions in the world, and remains part of virtually every major religion. Jesus Christ, Buddha and the prophet Muhammed all shared a common belief in the healing power of fasting.

The Greek physician, Hippocrates, wrote, “to eat when you are sick, is to feed your illness.” Another Greek historian and philosopher, Plutarch, shared the same sentiment around fasting. He wrote, “instead of using medicine, better fast today”.

The ancient Greeks believed that medical treatment could be observed from nature, and one of the greatest observations of nature is when animals become sick. They cease eating and retreat away from the world, giving their body vital rest and time to rejuvenate itself.

Dr. Arnold Ehret, a nineteenth century German health educator, also believed in the miraculous powers of fasting. In his book, Rational Fasting, he called fasting “nature’s operating table”, and believed that when left alone, our body’s intelligence would heal itself.

Today it seems that the fasting phenomenon has found a renaissance among health advocates, with a legion of men and women promoting its noted cognitive, physiological, and spiritual superpowers.

Recently I tried a juice fast combined with periods of dry fasting for myself, and I can say that there is a reason why this practice has maintained prevalence over the last few Millenia.

The different types of fasting

Fasting can be done for many reasons (religious, spiritual, physical, etc.), for different periods of time and in different ways.

Some fasts can be done for long periods of time, such as when trying to heal a terminal illness, in which a person might fast for months on end under a specific protocol (Master Fast system). Other fasts might last 3-10 days, and then there are those who practice fasting daily or intermittently for anywhere from 12-24 hours.

There are various types of fasts as well. There are fasts that involve eating only raw fruits and vegetables, juice fasts, water fasts, dry fasts, and more.

Juice fasting is just one of many different types of fasting. Water fasting and dry fasting are two other popular methods.

Each type and length of fast is used strategically based on what your personal goals are, but in general the mechanism works the same: Fasting gives the body rest from extensive digestive and metabolic issues, taking its life force energy and using it to clean out acids and toxins while allowing itself to heal.

The Standard American Diet is bogging us down

The Standard American Diet (SAD), which includes high amounts of cooked meats, dairy, grains, and processed foods, overburdens and weakens our digestive and eliminative systems.

The Standard American Diet (SAD) is wrecking havoc on our systems.

When we consider the fact that no other animal cooks its food, we can see how our deviation from nature has caused a diseased and exhausted population. This heavy diet of cooked fats, starches, and meats are void of naturally occurring enzymes, which forces our digestive system to produce more endogenous enzymes and taxes our organs. But before these foods can be broken down and eliminated fully, they instead putrefy in our gut and continually release toxic byproducts into the blood.

Cooked meat, fat, and grains are void of enzymes needed to break down the food in the body. Therefore, the body cannot properly digest cooked food, which ends up putrefying in our gut.

When we compare digestion of cooked foods to raw foods, there is a major difference. Due to the high enzyme levels in raw fruits and vegetables, our digestive system is able to break them down quicker and utilize nearly all parts of the food, minus the fibres which act as a broom to our digestive tract.

Raw fruits and vegetables are rich in enzymes and nutrients. Our digestive system easily breaks down these foods, utilizes their nutrients and eliminates them fully.

Most never give their body a break from digestion longer than nine hours, and in turn the body is constantly using energy to digest rather than to eliminate and thereby heal. Fasting allows the pancreas, stomach, liver, intestines, and kidneys to have a much-needed rest, which provides more energy for the immune, glandular and lymphatic systems. At this point our body will move into a natural state of purification and elimination.

The power of dry fasting

One way to boost the rejuvenating impact of fasting is by incorporating periods of dry fasting. Dry fasting is simply abstaining from food and water.

When I first heard of the idea of dry fasting my mind would not accept the fact that abstaining from water could be a beneficial practice. We’ve been told from a young age that water is more imperative than anything else, to be sure that we are getting our “eight glasses daily.” I was one of those people who chugged nearly four litres a day to stay ‘hydrated’. However, I learned that drinking water, especially the water that is most commonly available to us today, isn’t hydrating at all.

Most of the exogenous water we drink today does a poor job of hydrating our cells. Dry fasting allows our body to draw its water from metabolic water within our weakened and sick cells.

Our cells will not absorb exogenous water to the point of proper cellular hydration. For the most part, drinking copious amounts of water taxes our kidneys and prevents them from doing their main job, which is filtering lymphatic waste. One of the great ways to hydrate our cells is through dry fasting. Sound strange? Keep reading.

In his roughly-translated book, Dry Medical Fasting: Myths and Reality, Russian Dr. Sergei Ivanovich Filonov explains what happens in the body when we dry fast.

During a dry fast, he says, the body switches its detoxification pathways and becomes a cellular “incinerator.” A process of intense body cleansing is initiated as the body rids itself of sick and old cells, creating space in tissues for new stem cells to form.

Because the body is starved of water, our cells get clever. Stronger cells cannibalize the body’s weaker cells through a process of phagocytosis. As the stronger cells consume the weaker cells, they absorb the cell’s metabolic water, which hydrates the body on a much deeper level than exogenous water. Essentially, “dead” water is replaced with “living” water.

With this new endogenous water activated within the body, blood and lymph are purified through an internal filtration process, and the tissues through which blood and lymph circulate are cleaned out.

The immune system also benefits greatly from dry fasting. Inflammation is fed by water, so when the body is deprived of an inflow of exogenous water, it uses endogenous water very carefully—only for feeding healthy cells. Damaged cells, as well as various bacteria, viruses and parasites suffer from a lack of water and die. Irregularities like cysts and benign tumors also dissolve as a result of autolysis.

Illustration of phagocytosis. During dry fasting our stronger cells will cannibalize the weaker cells and absorb their metabolic water.

Fat loss is another side-effect of dry fasting, more so than any other type of fasting. During water fasting, both fat and muscle tissue are lost in almost equal proportions. Dry fasting burns mostly fat due to the transformation of metabolic processes. Since 90% of fat cells are water, they disintegrate 3 – 4 times faster than muscle cells during dry fasting. As a result, weight loss and toning takes place.

It is through the elimination of weak and damaged cells that dry fasting performs its miracles. Cells become stronger, and as a result produce “healthy offspring” once they divide. This process launches the mechanism of natural selection, wherein only the strongest cells survive and thrive.

How to dry fast safely

In Dr. Arnold Ehret’s book, Rational Fastinghe cautions that the average person should be careful before jumping into a longer dry fast. This is because as the body begins to remove toxins, it can begin to recirculate in the blood. This is often known as “detox symptoms.” If a person is too toxic and obstructed, and the rate of elimination cannot keep up with the amount of toxins being loosened from the tissues, then they can get very ill.

For this reason, anyone who is chronically ill or anyone who has consumed a SAD diet for many years should fast under the supervision of a health care or detox professional.

A great way to ease into a fast is by cleaning up your diet beforehand. This might look like eating a diet high in fruit and vegetables the week prior, or even juice fasting for a day or two before jumping into the dry fast. This preparation will make the fasting and detoxing process less uncomfortable.

Juice fasting is a great way to ease into a longer period of dry fasting. For the chronically ill or those who have been on the SAD diet for many decades, it is best to seek the support of a health care or detox professional.

As a safety precaution for those who are heavily burdened by toxicity, Dr. Ehret recommends doing shorter fasts more frequently. Consistent, daily dry fasting periods between 12-18 hours can be just as powerful as longer dry fasts. This might look like finishing your dinner at 7PM, and then abstaining from food and water until noon the following day, give or take an hour or two. After doing these shorter fasts for awhile, then you can work your way up to longer periods.

Lastly, Dr. Ehret stresses that breaking the fast is just as important as the fast itself. The first meal after a fast should have a laxative effect, meaning eating foods that pass through the digestive tract quickly and which bring toxins and decaying food matter with them. Watery and astringent fruits, such as grapes, cherries, oranges, etc., are the ultimate “scrubbers” in this case, while raw vegetables act like the “sweeper” of our GI tract. After breaking the fast with raw fruits and vegetables, you can then move into eating cooked vegetables.

Unlocking your vitality

Is fasting the ultimate way to unlock our vitality? If the animal kingdom has something to teach us, then it could very well be a tool with unlimited rejuvenating potential.

Our ancestors, as well as some of the great spiritual masters of our time, understood that fasting was the key to purification and higher states of consciousness, and today it seems we are rediscovering this capability.

While some may argue that fasting in its various forms is just another health “fad,” what cannot be denied is how the body feels and looks after periods of fasting.  The proof truly is in the pudding, and as such, fasting stands as yet another testament that there is no more powerful operating table then nature’s very own.

How Your Body Rebuilds Itself In Less Than 365 Days!

Within the next year, 95% of the cells in your body will die and be replaced. In just 365 days, your body rebuilds itself into something better (or worse), depending on how well you treat it.

This also goes to show that you are what you eat, and that almost every cell in your body eventually dies and is replaced by new cells from the food that you eat. Every day is a new opportunity to build a new body, so why not start today?

You could re-build your body on processed junk foods, cakes, pies and pastries and frozen dinners or canned and boxed foods – OR – you could re-build your body with fresh, whole fruit and vegetables, nuts and seeds, legumes and pseudo-grains like kamut and quinoa. If you really wish you feel your optimal best, you’d opt for the latter and provide your body with what it needs, instead of with foods that don’t truly nourish the body.

It is also important to note that fresh fruit and vegetables will improve cell regeneration and infuse the body with beneficial vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, all of which help us live longer, happier lives. The Standard American Diet will simply dig you an early grave, and we all know that isn’t much fun.

So, without further adieu, here is how long it takes different organs and cells to regenerate:

Brain – 1 year

Brain cells typically last an entire lifetime, although there is a process called neurogenesis, which has been documented in 3 areas of the cerebral cortex, whereby new nerve cells are created. For almost a century, scientists have believed that human (and other primate) brains do not regenerate or add new neurons after maturation, however in recent years, scientists have slowly been discovering that neurons do in fact regenerate, and new neurons can be added after maturity.

Liver – 6 weeks

The liver does one thing incredibly well: regenerate itself. In fact, the liver has the best rate of regeneration than any other organ in the human body. If a chunk of the liver is removed, then it will quickly regrow back to normal size, and not beyond that. In just 6 weeks the liver completely rebuilds itself! This isn’t surprising, however, given how many toxins it processes in a lifetime. If the liver didn’t rebuild itself every 6 weeks, we probably wouldn’t be living very long lives.

DNA – 2 months

With our bodies constantly being bombarded with free radicals, the DNA undergoes significant damage. Fortunately, for us, our DNA has the ability to repair itself and it takes a little over 2 months to do so. Eating a wide variety of high-antioxidant foods like broccoli, berries, and reishi mushrooms will improve DNA repair (along with enzyme-rich raw foods, and herbs like cat’s claw, which has been found to provide our DNA with super-rebuilding activity).

Stomach Lining – 5 days

The stomach lining can heal, if given the chance, but you better not be taking any sort of prescription drugs. It takes just 5 days for the epithelial-cell lining of the stomach to completely rebuild itself. This is no surprise given their rough life of breaking down food. The average age of cells originating from the main body of the stomach is around 16 years.

Skin – 1 month

The surface layer of the skin (epidermis) is recycled every 2-4 weeks (around 1 month). The skin is one of the most regenerable areas of the body, and thankfully so, given how much it is exposed to every day. The ability of the skin to heal (even after major damage), occurs because of stem cells that are present in the dermis of the skin as well as cells in the stratum basal of the epidermis, both of which help generate new tissue.

Blood – 4 months

Red blood cells live for about 4 months, whereas white blood cells live on average more than a year. The body is constantly making new blood, especially for women who menstruate once a month (or those who have undergone injury or donated blood). As they travel through the circulatory system, red blood cells become old and battered, and are discarded to the liver, where they are stripped of iron to be used for healthy red blood cells, before the remaining old red blood cell is destroyed in the spleen.

Bones – 3 months

Your body rebuilds new bone cells in as little as over 3 months! The entire human skeleton, however, is thought to be replaced every 10 years or so in adults. Your bones, in fact, are constantly changing. Cells called osteoclasts break down old bone so that osteoblasts can replace it with new bone tissue (bone remodelling). This constant bone remodelling replaces old bone tissue with new tissue over the course of around 2-3 months. That’s also usually the time it takes for a broken bone to repair itself (or at least that’s how long it took my broken leg to get better!).

Lungs – 2-3 weeks

The lung cells are constantly renewing themselves, and for good reason, too. Because the lungs are constantly taking in and filtering pollution, chemicals, and other stuff that lingers in the air, they require a fast cell turn-over rate. The alveoli of the lungs (where exchange of oxygen and gases takes place) have a steady regeneration state that takes over a year. However, the cells on the lung’s surface renew every 2-3 weeks.

Sources:
http://www.livescience.com/33179-does-human-body-replace-cells-seven-years.html
http://askanaturalist.com/do-we-replace-our-cells-every-7-or-10-years/
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/08/02/science/your-body-is-younger-than-you-think.html?_r=0

About the Author

Carly Fraser has her BSc (Hons.) Degree in Neuroscience, and is the owner and founder at Live Love Fruit. She currently lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, with a determined life mission to help inspire and motivate individuals to critically think about what they put in their bodies and to find balance through nutrition and lifestyle. She has helped hundreds of thousands of individuals to re-connect with their bodies and learn self-love through proper eating habits and natural living. She loves to do yoga, dance, and immerse herself in nature.

Cannabis Can Kill 9 Types Of Cancer

The truth about the healing powers of cannabis is starting to see the light of the day in many parts of the world.

Cannabis or better known as marijuana has been used as a remedy for many centuries. Today, it is known that the reason lies in the compounds found in cannabis called cannabinoids. Some of them are psychoactive and act on the brain by changing mood or consciousness. They can be taken by mouth, inhaled, or sprayed under the tongue.

They have been studied and tested in labs and clinics for relieving pain, nausea and vomiting, anxiety, and loss of appetite. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have approved two cannabinoids (dronabinol and nabilone) for the prevention or treatment of chemotherapy related nausea and vomiting.

According to Christina Sanchez, a molecular biologist from Compultense University in Madrid, Spain, who has been studying the molecular activity of cannabinoids for more than 10 years, tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, the primary psychoactive component of cannabis, induces tumor cell “suicide” while leaving healthy cells alone. During a study where they researched brain cancer cells for the purpose of better understanding how they function, they noticed that when exposed to THC, tumoral cells not only ceased to multiply and proliferate but destroyed themselves, both in lab tests and animal trials.

A 1980s’ research revealed that the human body contains two specific targets for THC. The endocannabinoid system processes THC and other cannabinoids, along with containing various cannabinoid receptors throughout the body that utilize them. This system regulates a lot of biological functions: appetite, food intake, motor behavior, reproduction, and many, many other functions. Tests done on mice and rats have shown that cannabinoids help to inhibit tumor growth by causing cell death, blocking cell growth, and the development of blood vessels needed by tumors to grow larger.

Cannabis has great benefits in fighting, so far, nine types of cancer.

Brain cancer

The journal Molecular Cancer Therapeutics published a study that outlines how brain tumors are highly resistant to current anticancer treatments, which makes it crucial to find new therapeutic strategies aimed at improving the poor prognosis of patients suffering from this disease.

The British Journal of Cancer published a study conducted by the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Complutense University in Madrid, where it was determined that THC and other cannabinoids inhibit tumor growth. THC was found to decrease tumour cells in two out of the nine patients, and the delivery was safe and was achieved with zero psychoactive effects.

The Journal of Neuroscience published a study that examined the biochemical events in both acute neuronal damage and in slowly progressive, neurodegenerative diseases. They looked at THC and found that it reduced neuronal injury in rats, and provide evidence that the cannabinoid system can protect the brain against neurodegeneration.

The Journal of Pharmacology And Experimental Therapeutics published a study that already acknowledged the fact that cannabinoids have been shown to possess antitumor properties. This study examined the effect of cannabidiol (non psychoactive cannabinoid compound) on human glioma cell lines (Glioma is the word used to describe brain tumor). The addition of cannabidiol led to a dramatic decrease in the viability of glioma cells, the study concluded that cannabidiol was able to produce a significant antitumor activity.

Pancreatic cancer

The American Journal of Cancer published a study where it was determined that cannabinoid receptors are expressed in human pancreatic tumor cell lines and tumor biopsies at much higher levels than in normal pancreatic tissue. Results showed that cannabinoid administration induced apoptosis. They also reduced the growth of tumor cells, and inhibited the spreading of pancreatic tumor cells.

Breast cancer

The US National Library of Medicine published a study conducted by the California Pacific Medical Centre, where it was determined that cannabidiol (CBD) inhibits human breast cancer cell proliferation and invasion. They also demonstrated that CBD significantly reduces tumor mass.

The Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics  published a study where it was determined that THC as well as cannabidiol dramatically reduced breast cancer cell growth.

The Journal Molecular Cancer published a study where it was shown that THC reduced tumor growth and tumor numbers. They determined that cannabinoids inhibit cancer cell proliferation, induce cancer cell apoptosis and impair tumor angiogenesis (the creation of new blood vessels), providing strong evidence for the use of cannabinoid based therapies for the management of breast cancer.

The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) published a study that determined that cannabinoids inhibit human breast cancer cell proliferation.

Lung cancer

The journal Oncogene published a study by Harvard Medical Schools Experimental Medicine Department that determined that THC inhibits epithelial growth factor induced lung cancer cell migration and more. They go on to state that THC should be explored as novel therapeutic molecules in controlling the growth and metastasis of certain lung cancers.

The US National Library of Medicine published a study conducted by Harvard Medical School investigated the role of cannabinoid receptors in lung cancer cells. They determined its effectiveness and suggested that it should be used for treatment against lung cancer cells. They also published a study by the by the Institute of Toxicology and Pharmacology, from the Department of General Surgery in Germany where it was determined that cannabinoids inhibit cancer cell invasion. Effects were confirmed in primary tumor cells from a lung cancer patient.  Overall, data indicated that cannabinoids decrease cancer cell invasiveness.

Liver cancer

The US National Library of Medicine published a study that determined that THC reduces the viability of human HCC cell lines (Human hepatocellular liver carcinoma cell line) and reduced the growth.

Blood cancer

Again, the US National Library of Medicine published a study conducted by the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology by Virginia Commonwealth University that determined that cannabinoids induce apoptosis in leukemia cells.

The journal Molecular Pharmacology published a study where it was shown that cannabinoids induce growth inhibition and apoptosis in mantle cell lymphoma. The study was supported by grants from the Swedish Cancer Society, The Swedish Research Council and the Cancer Society in Stockholm.

The International Journal of Cancer published a study where it was determined and illustrated that cannabinoids exert antiproliferative and proapoptotic effects in various types of cancer and in mantle cell lymphoma.

Prostate cancer

The US National Library of Medicine published a study that proved the effectiveness of cannabis on prostate cancer.

Another study they published illustrates a decrease in prostatic cancer cells by acting through cannabinoid receptors.

And another one determined that clinical testing of CBD against prostate carcinoma is a must, as cannabinoid receptor activation induces prostate carcinoma cell apoptosis (cell death).

Oral cancer

The US National Library of Medicine published a study whose results show cannabinoids are potent inhibitors of cellular respiration and are toxic to highly malignant oral Tumors.

Colon cancer

A study in mice showed that cannabinoids may protect against inflammation of the colon and have some potential in reducing the risk of colon cancer.

Aiding chemotherapy

According to a laboratory study of cannabidiol (CBD) in human glioma cells, when given along with chemotherapy, CBD made the chemo more effective, and increased cancer cell death without harming the normal cells. Studies in mouse models of cancer showed that CBD together with delta-9-THC may make chemotherapy such as temozolomide more effective.

Cannabis also has anti-inflammatory properties, antiviral properties and relieves muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis.

The health authorities have identified one of their top concerns as they wage war on diabetes: white rice. It is even more potent than sweet soda drinks in causing the disease.

Sharing his battle plan to reduce the risk of diabetes, Health Promotion Board chief executive Zee Yoong Kang said that obesity and sugary drinks are the major causes of the condition in the West.

But Asians are more predisposed to diabetes than Caucasians, so people do not have to be obese to be at risk. Starchy white rice can overload their bodies with blood sugar and heighten their risk of diabetes.

Mr Zee is armed with data. A meta- analysis of four major studies, involving more than 350,000 people followed for four to 20 years, by the Harvard School of Public Health – published in the British Medical Journal – threw up some sobering findings.

One, it showed each plate of white rice eaten in a day – on a regular basis – raises the risk of diabetes by 11 per cent in the overall population.

Two, it showed that while Asians, like the Chinese, had four servings a day of cooked rice, Americans and Australians ate just five a week.

But Mr Zee does not plan to ask Singaporeans to stop eating rice, a popular feature of meals here. What he would like is to see more people turn to healthier varieties.

Long grain white rice is also better than short grain when it comes to how it spikes blood sugar – a rise in sugar levels causes the pancreas to produce more insulin, and frequent spikes can lead to diabetes.

He would also like people to try adding 20 per cent of brown rice to their white rice. This amount is enough to reduce their risk of diabetes by 16 per cent.”There is no need to fully replace what they now eat. Just increase the quantity of whole grain and brown rice.”

Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said last month that this disease is already costing the country more than $1 billion a year. Diabetes is a major cause of blindness, kidney failure and amputations in Singapore.

Dr Stanley Liew, a diabetes expert at Raffles Hospital, advised people to eat less rice. He added that most junk food and sodas are just as bad and should be discouraged.

Introduction To Basic Holistic Nutrition

Here is simple yet powerful introduction to basic holistic nutrition. Understanding will help you make wiser choices regarding your health.

What is health to you?  To some it means not being sick, some say it’s being able to do what they want to do.  Some equate health with energy, whilst others say that health is longevity.

To me, health is not just the absence of diseases, but it should also mean a life full of energy and vitality.

Where does our energy and vitality come from?

Our body is made up of about 100 trillion cells which need to be treated with care in order to feel energized and stay healthy. We should treat our body as 100 trillion cells and not just as flesh, blood and bones.

We all learned in school about cells and the tiny mitochondria within our cells which are the power source that give us our energy.

Basic holistic nutrition - mitochondrion in a cellHere is what a mitochondrion from our cell looks like. There are many of these within one single cell. This is the power source of our energy.

By knowing this, we now have a choice of how we want to grow old. We can choose whether to grow to 70 but feel and look like 50; or we can choose to grow to 50 but feel and look like 70 (assuming you’re not there yet).

Having said that, I want to tell you that there is no such thing as aging. There is only the degeneration of our cells — either our cells are damaged or they die prematurely because of our ignorance and careless eating.

You are what you eat

What we put into our bodies will directly determine the health of our cells. The air we breathe, the water we drink, the food that we eat will either choke and kill our cells or allow them to flourish. Even prolonged emotional stress can cause havoc in our body.

A poor diet and lifestyle results in:

  • An acidic environment
  • Build up of toxin within our tissues and cells
  • Oxidation within the body and build up of free radicals

This causes our cells to deteriorate and die and creates the ideal environment for disease.

The Stages of Cellular Degeneration and Disease

Below is a chart graph showing the stages of cellular degeneration. Most disease starts from a simple inflammation or a discharge that you may often ignore (Stage 1 in the chart).

Basic holistic nutrition - the stages of cellular degeneration and chronic disease

Stage 2 marks the beginning of poor health. You may feel fatigue, constipated, have a headache, lower backache or develop simple skin blemishes. If at this stage you can acknowledge the onset of a problem, take action and start eating and living healthily, you are often still in time to reverse the problem.

When the doctor tells you that you have high-blood pressure or cholesterol, you have asthma or worse, tumors, you are at Stage 3 where you chronically encounter very poor and weak health.

Don’t wait till you reach Stage 3 or 4 before taking action – it may be too late.

Help is available. The answer is in nourishing and caring for your cells with correct diet, hydration and exercise, as we shall discuss shortly.

How Our Cells Die

Consumption of too many acid-forming foods creates an acidic environment in our body causes cells to die. As cells die, the body becomes even more acidic, creating the perfect environment for bacteria and parasites to breed and diseased cells to spread.

Then we fall sick and we see the doctor who prescribes more acid-forming drugs. The drugs create other side effects because our body is already acidic. It becomes a downward cycle and it goes on and on until our body starts to break down and degenerative diseases set in.

We need to break the cycle by cutting out harmful foods and nourishing our cells fresh fruit and vegetables.

Basic Holistic Nutrition: The 4 Cornerstones of a Healthy Body

Our 100 trillion cells require these 6 nutrients and four essential factors to stay healthy and happy. If we take the trouble to adhere to these four cornerstones of a healthy body, our cells will keep us healthy and full of vitality.

1. Effective Waste Elimination

There is no drug in the world that can heal your condition. Your body was made to self-heal so you need to give it a chance to heal by itself.

To allow our body recover we need to first reduce our intake of harmful foods. This will take the workload of our system and allow the body to more effectively eliminate toxins.

You simply cannot continue to feed your body with junk and expect it to heal.

There are many ways to detox, but whichever detox program you choose, ensure that it is safe and natural. Try juice fasting, or go on total fast for a few days to let your body rest, detoxify and heal. Always drink plenty of water to flush out the toxins.

A colon cleanse is an important part of detoxification. A congested colon (constipation is a symptom) may be carrying as much as 25 pounds of dried fecal matter – the perfect environment for bacteria to breed and multiply by the millions every day.

A congested colon leads to generally unclean blood that is toxic and harmful to your 100 trillion cells which will quickly dwindle in number from damage.

Colon cleansing with herbal fiber is a gentle approach that requires patience, but provides a thorough and effective cleanse. Most fiber cleanses take from 2-3 weeks to reach maximum efficacy; but the wait is worth it.

For extreme cases, one has to consider doing a colonics.

2. Improve Oxygen Delivery to Your Tissues

Our cells need oxygen to function. Our blood cells transport oxygen to where ever it is needed. The following improve the delivery of oxygen to our tissues:

  • A correct detox will clean up the colon and liver that in turn encourages cleaner blood.
  • I bet you’ve heard this one before — exercise is important! Exercise encourages the heart to pump blood and encourages circulation throughout our body. When blood circulates, it stirs up stagnant blood which otherwise would cause a host of health problems.
  • Deep breathing is also therapeutic. Take a walk outside, early in the morning when the air is still fresh and try some deep breathing exercises. This alone does wonders and helps generate energy that can last you for hours.

3. Drink Pleanty of Water – to Stay Hydrated

Drink water - little and often to stay hydratedI can’t stress enough the importance of drinking enough water.

Dehydrated cells can’t talk, but they do send signals to the body. When they are dehydrated, they cause pain and when we give them enough water, the pain often goes away.

Don’t just assume that you’re drinking plenty of water: check if you are drinking enough water.

I recommend drinking the purest form of water, distilled water. Hard water and so-called mineral water will deposit inorganic elements in your body that your body cannot assimilate, thus should be treated as toxins.

 

4. Replenish Your Body With Nutrients

Nutrients are what this site is all about. Once you have done a proper detox, removed the unhealthy food from your diet, drink sufficient water and exercise daily, then you are ready to feed your cells with proper nutrients from live food.

Poor “modern day diets” of processed foods that are high in fat and low in fiber and nutrition deprive the body of the nutrients we need. Juicing is the most effective and fastest way to get large amounts of concentrated nutrients to our deprived cells.

The body needs these 6 essential nutrient groups for good health: carbohydrates, protein, fat, water, minerals and vitamins. Here is handy list of nutrients essential to basic holistic health:

  • Amino acids (protein)
  • Complex carbohydrates
  • Essential fatty acids (EFAs)
  • Vitamins
  • Minerals and trace minerals
  • Phytonutrients
  • Anti-oxidants
  • Bio-flavonoids
  • Chlorophyll
  • Enzymes
  • Fiber
  • Healthy colon flora (friendly bacteria)

What Is Mead, and Is It Good for You

Mead is a fermented beverage traditionally made from honey, water and a yeast or bacterial culture.

Sometimes called “the drink of the gods,” mead has been cultivated and consumed across the world for thousands of years.

This article explores mead and its possible benefits and pitfalls.

What Is Mead?

Mead, or “honey wine,” is an alcoholic beverage made by fermenting honey.

It’s one of the oldest alcoholic beverages ever made, as it was consumed as far back as 4,000 years. Interestingly, mead was common across ancient cultures around the world including those in Asia, Europe and Africa.

Though similar to beer, wine or cider, mead occupies a beverage category on its own since its primary fermentable sugar is honey.

All you need to make basic mead is honey, water and a yeast or bacterial culture. However, ingredients such as fruits, herbs, spices, grains, roots and flowers are often included as well.

Mead’s alcohol content varies but is typically around 5–20%. Its flavor profile ranges from very sweet to very dry, and it’s available in both sparkling and still versions.

Summary Mead is an alcoholic beverage made by fermenting honey. Its historical significance dates back thousands of years, and it’s available in many styles.

Does Science Support Suggested Health Benefits?

In ancient cultures, mead was associated with good health and vitality. In Greek mythology, it was often referred to as “the drink of the gods” and allegedly given to warriors after a fight to enhance healing of their battle injuries.

Today, many still believe that drinking mead benefits your health and that the drink has healing properties. However, there is limited evidence supporting these claims.

Most modern health claims related to drinking mead are centered around the honey from which the drink is made and the probiotic content it’s presumed to have as a result of the fermentation process.

Therapeutic Benefits of Honey

Honey has been used for its culinary and therapeutic applications for centuries.

Research indicates that honey has strong antioxidant and antimicrobial properties, both of which have driven its use in ancient and modern medicine to treat a variety of physical ailments (1).

Today it’s frequently used as a topical treatment for skin wounds and infections, or consumed orally to soothe a cough or sore throat (1).

Some claim that because mead is made from honey, it possesses the same medicinal properties. Yet, there is no significant evidence to support this notion.

As of now, it remains unclear if fermented honey has the same therapeutic properties as unfermented honey.

Probiotics and Gut Health

Mead is often heeded as a health-tonic due to its potential probiotic content.

Probiotics are living microorganisms that, when consumed in adequate quantities, can have a positive impact on your immunity and gut health (2).

Although the understanding of how probiotics support human health is still at an early stage, some research indicates they could help prevent and treat chronic diseases including heart disease, cancer, allergies and gastrointestinal (GI) disorders (2, 3).

Unfortunately, there is no research specifically evaluating mead as a source of probiotics or how the drink may affect your health.

Additionally, the probiotic content of different types of mead could vary significantly. The fermentation process plus the other ingredients included in the beverage could affect the concentration of beneficial bacteria in the final drink.

What’s more, the alcohol content of mead may counteract any possible benefits, as excessive alcohol consumption is associated with negative changes in your gut bacteria .

Until more research is available, it cannot be confirmed that drinking mead offers any health benefits by way of its probiotic content.

Summary Mead is often touted for promoting health because of the honey it’s made from and its potential probiotic content. Currently, no research supports these notions.

Potential Downsides of Drinking Too Much

Though frequently praised for its health benefits, drinking mead could have negative health consequences that may be worth considering before you start filling your glass.

Alcohol Content

The alcohol content of mead ranges from about 5% to 20%. For comparison, regular grape wine has a typical alcohol content of about 12–14%.

Excessive alcohol consumption can lead to serious health risks including liver disease, systemic inflammation and impaired digestive and immune system function (

The American Dietary Guidelines recommend limiting your alcohol intake to one serving per day for women and two for men. One serving equals about five fluid ounces (148 ml) of mead with 12% alcohol by volume (ABV)

Given the relatively high alcohol content of mead, it could be easy to go overboard, especially if you’re drinking it under the assumption that it’s good for your health.

Mead should be treated like any other alcoholic beverage. It’s good to exercise moderation and limit your intake if you plan to drink it.

Allergic Reactions

For most people, mead is generally well tolerated in moderation.

Mead is typically gluten-free, depending on what is added during the fermentation process. Thus, if you have a gluten allergy, double check the mead you plan to drink to ensure no gluten-containing ingredients were included in the brew.

Mead may potentially cause serious allergic reactions in some people, especially those with honey and alcohol allergies or intolerances.

Though rare, there have been reports of honey leading to anaphylactic reactions. If you’ve ever had a serious allergic reaction to honey or bee pollen, it may be a good idea to avoid drinking mead (7).

Additionally, if you’ve ever been diagnosed with an alcohol intolerance or allergy, you should not drink mead as its alcohol content could trigger symptoms.

Calorie Content

Mead is a high-calorie beverage, thus, overconsumption could negatively impact your health.

Drinking too much of any alcoholic beverage, including mead, can increase your blood triglycerides, blood pressure and your risk of obesity and diabetes

While there isn’t much information available on the precise nutritional content of mead, pure alcohol alone provides 7 calories per gram.

One serving of any alcoholic beverage contains about 14 grams of alcohol, equaling at least 100 calories. This doesn’t take into account any of the calories from, for example, the sugar in the mead

Summary Excessive consumption of alcohol and calories from mead could lead to serious health problems. For sensitive individuals, there’s also a risk of allergic reactions from the honey or alcohol in the drink.

The Bottom Line

Mead is an alcoholic beverage made from fermented honey.

Due to its honey and potential probiotic content, it’s touted as offering various health benefits, but scientific evidence to back up these claims is lacking.

Additionally, its alcohol content may negate benefits and, in fact, cause health issues.

As with any other alcoholic beverage, practice moderation and enjoy it responsibly.

Rick Simpson Attention new members..

We have placed some simple information below for you regarding the oil, cancer and other serious conditions that will help you including the links needed, some of the information you may already know so please forgive anything duplicated or irrelevant:

We do not sell the oil, we do not provide the oil, we do not have any oil, we simply show others how to make their own oil by following the free and simple instructions on our website.
On the website you will find the full written instructions, the dosage for cancer and other serious conditions plus a “how to make the medicine” video.

We do not communicate with anybody outside of this official verified public Facebook page, anyone who privately messages you would be a scam / fraud. ( you will see by Ricks “note” posted below that Rick does not answer any emails etc. any longer ).

We do not advise asking where to get the oil from on a public page as this attracts fraud, many fake profiles pretend to be Rick or another reliable source – do not talk to fake profiles / companies – all the information you will need to make your own oil is free and simple to follow on Ricks official website ( you can also click a “translate” button for 72 other languages if needed ).

The advice we give is to make your own oil, it is not difficult, Rick says if you can make a cup of coffee then you can make the oil.
If you are not able bodied, we advise to ask real friends or family to help you.
The oil is made from cannabis and contains a high level of THC and therefore, it cannot be posted / shipped ( no matter what you read or are told ).. do not buy oils online to be delivered or you will be scammed.

We do not recommend CBD only oils, they are not the same cannabinoid and will not have the same effect ( Rick Simpson mentions cbd being an antagonist in the video below “Questions for Rick Simpson” @ 6:31 ).

Even if you live in the US or another legal country / state.. we would recommend to “make your own” as buying a “ready made” version from a legal dispensary may mean the difference between life and death depending on the condition being treated if the oil is not strong enough or made correctly.
We do not advise to let anyone make the medicine when money is concerned as many people / companies have been known to make short cuts to make extra money.

We do not recommend a particular dispensary where to obtain the oil from, if you are in the US / Amsterdam or another legal country / state and look for a dispensary who claims to sell RSO ( Rick Simpsons Oil / Phoenix tears) then please note that it was not made by us ( as we do not make it ).

If you do travel to a legal dispensary it would be advised to look for one who displays an authentic dated valid laboratory test certificate for that particular batch showing the full cannabinoid analysis.
A decent typical home made RSO may contain a THC content of 90%+, and a cbd content of approximately 1 to 2% plus all the other cannabinoids, terpenoids and flavonoids working together like an “entourage effect”, the very best oils are 95%+ THC.. some have been tested at 98.5% THC..
Dispensaries ( with many of the strains available to them ) should be able to produce an oil with a very high THC content.. check before buying. ( some tests we have seen show little to only 50% THC.. such oils are not authentic oils and are “watered down” versions ).

As many dispensaries are interested in their profit margin, many will use low-grade materials to make an oil from, including leaf, stems, stalks and even roots, some have been known to bulk their product up by adding other oils.
As there are no standards enforced upon such dispensaries the oil is usually not strong enough and will not have the desired effect to help with serious conditions such as cancers.
For this reason, we always recommend that you make your own oil, such dispensaries are ideal to obtain the cannabis from to make the oil, we must use indica or indica dominant strains with a minimum THC content of 20% to 25% + for best results.
The authentic oil can be 90% + THC, therefore it cannot be legally shipped / posted as THC is illegal to just simply “post” it anywhere if simply bought on a website, so avoid any claims that the oil can be simply bought on line.. because it cannot. Do not buy oil online as you will be scammed.

The information given here on this thread is just general good advice, we do not advise to add new members on Facebook via our page as many have been known to have an “ulterior motive” and want to take your money directly or via a website / email etc etc, most of the answers that anyone needs have been put on Ricks website and are there free for everyone.

If a patient / care giver is thinking of travelling to a legal country / state to take the 60Ml of correctly made oil over the average 3 months for serious conditions such as cancer, they should also be made aware that they will need to continue to take a “maintenance dose” when the 60Ml had been taken ( as mentioned below ).
Cannabis / oil cannot be taken legally out of any “legal” country / state.

This is another reason why we recommend making your own.
Several strains mixed together can make a great oil, as the research has not been done to know what particular name of a strain of cannabis is best suited to a particular condition so we advise to mix as many strains as possible ( when possible ) to try and cover all the bases.

In many situations, a patient / caregiver may have to source their own starting materials ( cannabis ) from other places – such as discreetly asking real friends and family to help them.
Cannabis is popular in almost every country in the world, so in reality, many people can find the cannabis with ease just by simply asking friends and family, most recreational users do not shout out about the fact that they use cannabis, so many people maybe surprised who can get the cannabis for them.

In Ricks film “Run from the cure” he refers to the oil as “Hemp oil”.. this confuses many people as they think of it being “Hemp seed oil”.. Rick has apologised for the confusion, however the video has gone viral.
The oil is in fact a type of “Cannabis oil” ( named RSO “Rick Simpsons Oil” or “Phoenix tears” ) this is to differentiate it from the many other types of cannabis oil that are prepared differently.
Ricks oil is not a “Hemp seed oil”.
The oil Rick speaks of is made from the buds of the female cannabis plant and not from crushing the seeds from a hemp plant. Ricks oil is a purified decarboxylated cannabis oil.

Rick also advises for cancer patients to ingest the seeds from 2 or 3 different apples each day to obtain the B17 ( also known as amygdalin / laetrile), the chemical is only harmful in large amount, 1700+ seeds in 24/48 hours – so a few won’t harm – many private cancer treatment centres use B17 – cancer hates B17. ( the seeds should be split or chewed or they may pass through the body whole ). Some people have been also known to ingest bitter appricot kernels to obtains the laetrile – when ingesting the b17 daily, it is said to also use Zinc. B17 may lower the blood pressure so this should be taken into consideration.

Stay away from sugars – cancer loves sugars.

There are two main types of cannabis, Rick recommends “Indica or indica dominant strains” to make the oil with for internal conditions such as cancer:
Indica = relax.
Sativa = energise.
If we use the wrong type of cannabis strain(s) ( Sativa or sativa dominant ) it can keep the patient awake and be unpleasant as they cannot rest and people want to stop the protocol altogether.
We do not want cancer patients ( or anyone ) all high and trying to dance & paint the house etc. – so we use Indica or indica dominant varieties.

Most cannabis dealers / dispensaries know the strain of cannabis they sell – a simple Google search will tell us if its indica or sativa ( or a mix of both plus the % of the indica ).
In some situations we have to use what is available – ( so make a smaller batch with an ounce or 2 ) while you look for better indica strains.

To make better oils..when possible mix “several strains” of indica or indica dominant cannabis with a THC content of 20 to 25%++( the higher the better ), and a nice low cbd content of around 1% ( 1 to 3% is fine – the lower the better ) – the mixed oil will be great for many conditions, use dry buds for best results ) no leaves or large stems ).
When following the full protocol, by roughly day 21 the patient / person would of reached the full 1ml per day dosage ( over the 3 x daily doses given ) – when using decent cannabis, 2 ounces of Indica / dominant cannabis should be enough to cover the first 3 weeks of treatment as the dosage is smaller in the beginning.

Sativa strains produce an oil that is a very good antidepressant, but generally speaking, we do not recommend it for internal conditions in larger doses ( for life-threatening conditions such as cancer etc ) when larger doses are required the Sativa oils are unbearable.
When the patient takes the RSO ( Rick Simpsons Oil ) many people find if they are using any medications such as steroids / painkillers / morphine makes horrible side effects when mixed, so many people reduce the medications by half on day one – then reduce and stop the medications over 7 to 14 days – mixing the medications with the oil can produce undesirable side effects – the symptoms / side effects of the medications can be exacerbated,
The main conditions / medications we warn about are the heart, blood pressure, and diabetes and to closely monitor the levels over 3 months or so.

The use of ingesting hemp seeds / hemp hearts is recommended in the patients diet when they are using the oil.. and / or
Ingesting a capsule or 2 of shop bought hemp seed oil ( cold pressed hemp seed oil ) 40 minutes to 1 hour before the RSO dose may help to create new receptor sites for the oils molecular structure to bind onto / aid good health, As Rick mentioned on his website is it beneficial to raise the ph of the body with food and drink.

When the cancer is gone or the condition is under control ( usually when the full 60Mls of correctly made oil are ingested ) or for general good health benefits, we recommend to take a preventative / maintenance dose of between 1 to 2 ML per month, this tiny amount equates to the size of between “half to a full dry grain of short-grain rice” per day, usually taken an hour before bedtime.
This maintenance dose is essential as we have known of a few cancer patients who did not do the “maintenance dose” and the cancer returned, if the oil is made correctly and a maintenance dose is followed ( forever ) it will keep it away.

We do not recommend any scans to be taken / ordered until the full 60Ml of correctly made oil has been taken over 90 days ( as per dosage instructions ).
When possible ask for a MRI scan or an ultrasound or x-ray, the use of CT scans may be required in some cases, but in many cases a MRI would also work to know if the cancer / tumour / tumor is shrinking or has gone.

Rick does not like CT scans as they use very high levels of radiation and in many cases do more harm than good, in some cases a CT scan is the only thing that can work but stay away from them if / when possible.

If you decide to make your own oil:
Make sure you have all the equipment ready to make the oil as soon as possible when you find the cannabis, an ounce can make 3 to 5 ml of oil.
Rick says you need 60ml ( the average starting point for most internal cancers ) – that’s 16 ounces / a full pound of indica cannabis – smaller batches of oil can be made from an ounce or 2, by using less cannabis and alcohol / solvent.
In some cases ( usually when chemotherapy and or radiotherapy has been previously used or with a difficult cancer / condition ) more oil maybe required.. some people may need 2 or 3 times the standard amount at 120mls or 180mls.
Make sure you have a fan & rice cooker with 2 temperature settings.. high / low – heat – warm etc. ( but not the on / off version ).- buy the version that the lid comes totally off for best results – not the hinge version due to the wind.
We cover the cannabis with alcohol for just 3 minutes each time ( x 2 = 6 minutes total soak / smash time ).

When making the oil for the first time – pay attention to the unmarked paragraph 28 on the section marked “PRODUCING THE OIL” regarding “decarboxylation”, this is the vital key stage to change the oils molecular structure to fit the receptors in the brain ( CB1 ) and the body ( CB2 receptors ) without full decarboxylation the oil is weak / worthless.
On Ricks website note the limited few alcohols / solvents Rick recommends to use.. ( use the ones stated only for best / safest results )

IPA Isopropanol / Isopropyl 99.9% ( CAS# 67-63-0 ) is one of the few alcohol / solvents Rick uses ( it is available in almost every country ) – 5 litres will be enough for 5 to 8 ounces & 8 to 9 litres will be enough to make the full treatment – when following the instructions to the letter, no traces of the alcohol remain in the final medicine.
Buy the 99.9% alcohol on eBay or Amazon now ( ASAP ) to be ready to make your own oil, if you cannot find the IPA in your country, simply log into another countries eBay and order from there.
Try and get as close to 99.9% as possible, other versions are available, 99.9% is ideal, 99% is good, 95% not so good, 91% is poor, the higher the %, the less water is in the product and the more effective the alcohol is at stripping the cannabinoids from the plant..
Ricks number one choice of solvent ( available in Canada ) is pure light aliphatic naphtha, we have to make sure we get the right version or it may have harmful additives, the one we recommend is a specific type, it is marked with a CAS Number ( unique numerical identifier assigned by Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) ), the version we recommend has a CAS number marked 64742-49-0, we could order it from eBay or amazon but if the number is not marked, we may have to ask the seller what the CAS number is, If we can not find it, we could look on another countries eBay and search there ( Canada ), if your not from Canada it will take longer to arrive / cost a lot more or may not be able to find the right version, if this is the case use what most people use and that is 99.9% IPA as mentioned above.
Isopropanol is an accepted solvent under USP 36. Isopropanol is a very safe / friendly solvent for terpenoids etc… well liked by the FDA.

Best wishes,
The admin team.
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Rick’s video “Run from the cure”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDJX7GqsQoA

Ricks website:
http://phoenixtears.ca/

Full written instructions to make the oil:
http://phoenixtears.ca/producing-the-oil/

Dosage information for cancer and other serious conditions:
http://phoenixtears.ca/dosage-information/

Video showing how to make the medicine:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=La426H2GluQ

Questions for Rick Simpson: ( Rick mentions cbd being an antagonist @ 6:31 ).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSGmKB8sVuQ

Super oils:
http://phoenixtears.ca/super-oils/

An important message from Rick Simpson [January 2015]: ( Rick mentions he no longer answers emails ).
https://www.facebook.com/notes/rick-simpson/important-message-from-rick-simpson-january-2015/782256871821454/

FAQ ABOUT RSO
http://phoenixtears.ca/faq-about-rso/

Ricks Youtube channel:
https://www.youtube.com/user/RickSimpsonOilCure/

Rick Simpsons publishing page on Facebook: Simpson RamaDur
https://www.facebook.com/simpsonramadur/

Website: https://simpsonramadur.com/
Making Cannabis Oil with Rick Simpson
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNPxe06aHww/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDJX7GqsQoA

10 Secrets To A Happy & Healthy 100 Years Of Life: Lessons from Okinawa, Japan

The island of Okinawa in Japan, just north of Taiwan, has long been a hot spot for the secrets to longevity. It is unrivaled for its health, spirituality, and connection to mind and body. In fact, Okinawa has some of the highest number of centenarians (those who live past 100) in the world, at about 50 per 100,000 compared to 5-10 per 100,000 in the USA. These aren’t your average old folks, either. Here in the West, we associate old age with misery, joint pain, dementia, and nursing homes, but in Okinawa, the centenarians are happy and surprisingly independent.

Diseases like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, autism, cancer, diabetes and heart disease are virtually unheard of, at least, not until you’re 90! Interestingly enough, when an Okinawan is removed from his or her society and rituals and adopts an American or Western lifestyle, their age limits begin to parallel those of the citizens of the United States. What exactly is their secret? Although genes do play a role, it seems lifestyle is the biggest contributor. In 2000, the Okinawa Centenarian Study published some fascinating facts on longevity:

1. Plant-based Diet

Okinawa is a beautiful tropical island (which helps anyone’s mood), but there is a bigger secret to their success. Because the plants are closer to the equator, where the sun’s damage may be greater, they protect themselves by producing higher amounts of phytochemicals and antioxidants to stay alive. These nutrients not only protect the plants from the sun’s rays, but from animal or insect consumption too. Those phytochemicals are what correct free radicals and eliminate inflammation from our bodies! Okinawans eat up to 10 servings of fruits and veggies a day — ALL ORGANIC!

2. Limited to No Animal Protein ( better no meat and no fish)

In Okinawa, the population follows a plant-based diet where they grow their own food. It is 80% plant based with the 20% reserved for fish and, occasionally, Meat if there is a special ceremony. It is also free of the antibiotics, hormones, and cruelty that exist in Western culture in factory farms.

3. High Flavanoids (estrogenic compounds from food) and Good Fats

They eat natural grains, root vegetables, sweet potatoes, leafy greens, and a ton of NON GMO fermented soy (90% is GMO in the USA). Examples like miso, flax, or tempeh are excellent for the liver and for menopause. Women experience menopause naturally with fewer complications. Another secret is bitter gourd or goya. As the name implies, this is a very bitter melon! It contains B vitamins, vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus, iron, and beta carotene. It contains a phytonutrient called charantin and an insulin mimicking compound called polypeptide P that induces lower blood sugar and could be a remedy for diabetics.

4. Caloric Restriction

They practice a technique called Hara Hachi Bu, where they do not overeat. It translate to 8 parts out of 10, meaning they stop eating when they are 80% full. Caloric restriction has been a debatable topic but studies have shown that restriction, without malnutrition, can produce measurable benefits and potential longevity. For one thing, you will lose weight, and this is a good thing for most Americans. Caloric restriction also activates autophagy, which is the process by which older, dead cells are gobbled and cleaned up by other cells to keep the body running at tip top shape. If the body is inefficient at removing old debris, then this buildup can lead to neurodegenerative and cardiac diseases. Other studies point to “hormesis,” which means to induce benefit from low intensity biological stressors. This theory proposes that a calorie restricted diet excites the immune system and heightens the defensive state by inducing small amounts of stress, which lead to turning on longevity genes through science-based epigenetics (certain genes are turned off and on based on nutrition, environment, thoughts, etc)

5. Daily Exercise

They practice daily exercise that is not only beneficial for the body, but the mind too. You know how wonderful it feels to finish a challenging or relaxing yoga class? Imagine doing that every day in a slower paced, island environment. The majority practice Tai Chi, karate, gardening, dance, yoga, or martial arts, all of which are known to connect mind and body in a more spiritual process. Also, no one smokes! They also have little osteoporosis (no, they don’t drink a lot of milk, which does not stop osteoporosis) because they eat more plants which are chock full of calcium! They then activate vitamin D and overall bone health by spending time outdoors in the sun.

6. Positive Attitude

When polled, the Okinawans consistently scored higher in the ability to handle stressful situations as well as on their overall outlook on life. On the island they enjoy a slower paced life and close, supportive networks. Lab results reveal low levels of homocysteine, an inflammatory amino acid present in those with heart disease. Okinawans have an 80% lower risk of heart attack

7. Close Knit Community Groups

We are social beings who need love and support from friends and loved ones. Up to 80% of Okinawa’s elderly live alone independently or with a spouse, however they never give up their connection to community centers or elder day cares where they engage in games, sports, or exercise together. There is a name for these social groups and they are called moai groups. In Okinawa, growing old is looked at respectfully and the elders still help to run the community. There is always family visiting as life is slower paced. There are local festivals, gardening activities, and healing herbs brought to friends and dances for all to attend to continually heal the body and soul.

8. Find Tour “Ikigai”

Ikigai means “your purpose.” Retirement is a foreign concept in Okinawa. Their belief is that one should make life worth living no matter how old you are. You help others and continue to always look for a renewed mission.

9. Cultivate Spirituality

Spirituality, but not religion, is a major part of life in Okinawa. There are morning rituals, meditation groups, and a continued sense of belonging to a group that works collectively to achieve something bigger than them. They do not shy away from music or dancing as they believe this awakens the soul. The natives play Okinawan instruments like a traditional banjo and gather for community celebrations often. Women in Okinawa are noro (priestesses) or yuta (female shaman).

10. Eastern and Western Medical Approaches

Unlike the mindset in the West where there is a pill for every symptom and hard work to achieve health is often shunned, the Okinawans combine both aspects to achieve overall health. The employ shamanistic healing practices, spirituality, and some Western methods as well. They believe in the vitality and health of the people and their villages. Particularly, the older women play an active role as the religious leaders and spiritual shamans in the villages. Ancient herbs like the ones used in Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine are used in daily life. In fact, turmeric is consumed in large quantities (mostly in tea) and is revered for its antioxidant and detoxifying effects on the liver .We could all learn some lifestyle lessons from the wise and gentle people of Okinawa, Japan.

Sources:

1. Okinawan Centenarian Study 2000 — ww.okicent.org