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Alternative Medicine News – February 4, 2013

Waking Times
Qigong Exercise for the Heart

Qigong is the Chinese practice of cultivating energy. Some people compare it to a combination of yoga and tai chi.

There are literally hundreds of qigong exercises. And according to my original teacher of 41 year ago, qigong is a subset of a larger category called neigong (nui kung in Cantonese).

This variety means that there are exercises for just about any imbalance you can imagine. That means physical, emotional and even spiritual imbalances.

An important branch of qigong focuses on heart health. Why? Because the heart is considered the “Emperor” of the body. It is the home of the spirit and shares its warmth, love and joy with all the other organs in the body.

Waking Times published an article on qigong exercises for the heart. These exercises support heart health at multiple levels. You can learn about them, including videos and instruction about how to do them here.

Green Med Info
Mycotoxins: The Hidden Hormone Danger In Our Food Supply

Mycotoxins are molds that grow in certain foods when they aren’t stored properly. They are especially dangerous since you don’t normally see or taste them in your food.

One of the most deadly of these is aflatoxin. It grows on corn and peanuts among other crops. Aflatoxin is toxic to the liver. It can also cause cancer.

Of course most toxins are present in such small doses that our bodies can eliminate them with little or no damage. But that isn’t always the case.

And it turns out that even a small amount of these toxins can cause problems. In 2011 a study was published pointing out endocrine disruption from small doses of a particular myotoxin called ZEA. It grows on grains, but also can spread to animals that eat the grains.

The effect of ZEA found in the study was to block estrogen. It reduced normal sexual development in young women.

But there are things you can do to avoid and reduce exposure to these poisons. For the details, see this article on the Green Med Info site. You’ll find it here.

Mark's Daily Apple
7 Foods You Don’t Need To Buy Organic

Last week’s Balance Point included a list of foods best to buy organic. But are there foods that you can safely eat that aren’t organic?

It turns out there are.

The quick overview is this:

  • Coconut
  • Onions
  • Avocado
  • Honey
  • Asparagus
  • Sweet Potato
  • Farmed Bivalves

If you want the details of why each is safe to buy conventionally, Marks Daily Apple web site has the details. The site is focused on the Primal Diet, but even those who don’t follow that particular approach will benefit from the information. See it here.

Bottom Line Health
Rev Up Your Immunity to Fight Colds, Flu and Pneumonia All Winter Long

This year is shaping up to be a nasty flu year. Many people are coming down with a strong, long-lasting virus.

That means it is more important than ever to keep your immune system strong. But how?

If you search the internet, you’ll probably be overwhelmed by the number of recommended remedies for immune health. There’s a LOT of them.

Fortunately, Naturopath Michael T. Murray ND has done 30 years of research to find what really works. In that time he looked at 60,000 scientific articles. That’s a man on a mission!

He shares the 5 top natural remedies for immune health in this Bottom Line article. You’ll find the information here.

Life Extention Foundation
Lower CoQ10 Levels Damage Your Brain and Increase Death After Heart Attack

You know about the standard medical approach to heart disease – statin drugs.

What you may not know is that statin drugs reduce CoQ10 levels. And as it turns out this is both important and ironic.

It is important because CoQ10 in necessary to protect the heart from damage. Which is also why it is ironic. The medicine that is supposed to protect you from heart disease lowers one of the most important nutrients for protecting the heart.

But there is more to the story. An August 2012 article in Resuscitation talks about a study that found low CoQ10 increased brain damage and lowered survival in cardiac arrest. That means if, in spite of everything, you have a heart attack, you’ll have a much better chance of surviving and recovering well if your CoQ10 levels are up.

As a side note, the best form of CoQ10 is called ubiquinol. Note the “ol” at the end. The other common supplement form is called ubiquinone. Note the “none” at the end. In other words, take “none” of that one.

My favorite source for very high-quality and super absorbable ubiquinone is Pure Encapsulations. If you are interested, here’s a link to the product. The advantage is you get at least 8 times more benefit that regular CoQ10.

To learn about how CoQ10 affects post cardiac arrest quality of life, see the article here.

All the best to you for your health and happiness,

Dr. Bruce Eichelberger

Dr. Bruce

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