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Nine Herbs that Can Help Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally!

Nine Herbs that Can Help Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally!

 

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Benefits Include Lowering Blood Pressure to Increased Memory and Decreased Pain.

There are many things in the natural world that can help us restore balance in our bodies when due to the stresses of modern life things have gone wrong.  The immune, reproductive, genitourinary, cardiovascular, digestive and elimination systems can all benefit from using natural substances like herbs and spices to regulate them, sometimes with effects that rival or surpass those of modern drugs and without any of the harmful “side effects”.

These herbs and spices if used on a regular basis can help regulate your blood pressure.  Try them you will surprised at how effective they are!

  • Cayenne Pepper –   the main ingredient in this spice that helps lower blood pressure is capsaicin which if used several times a week has shown long tern effects on high blood pressure.  You may have also heard of the benefits of capsaicin in pain relief.  This spice has multiple benefits because it helps reduce inflammation.  Enjoy  this herb regularly but be careful because it is has plenty of heat in it.
  • Garlic – a very tasty and flavorful herb, garlic also has significant blood pressure lowering capabilities.   It is also well established as a natural antibiotic so it serves in fighting infection as well.  Eating it raw has been historically shown to be the most effective way to experience its benefits, but cooking with it also works.
  • Ginger – another pungent herb, ginger is found in foods from many cultures.  This food if added fresh into your cooking or used in infusions has demonstrated substantial blood pressure lowering effects.  Ginger is also great for helping digestion and for combating a variety of other ailments including diabetes and morning sickness.
  • Ginkgo Biloba – a powerful herb which grows in China, it has been used for centuries to improve blood circulation.  Ginkgo has been shown to expand arterial walls which helps lower blood pressure as well as help improving memory and alertness.
  • Hawthorn (Hawthorn berries) – has a wonderful restoring effect on the entire cardiovascular system including lowering blood pressure.  It can be taken as a syrup, herbal capsule or as an infusion.
  • Olive Leaves – can be used either fresh or dried to strengthen and enhance the heart and blood vessels.  The active ingredient in the leaves is oleuropein, a elenolic acid that protects the heart.  Additionally, the leaves contain flavanoids which protect the heart and expand the blood vessel walls.  This can be taken as an herbal capsule or as an infusion or essential oil.
  • Tumeric – perhaps my favorite all round spice because of its incredible healing properties.   It is a powerful anti-inflammatory, lowers cholesterol, reduces the likelihood of blood clots and lowers blood pressure, particularly in people who suffer from auto-immune disease.
  • Valerian – a very gentle but powerful herb which has been shown to relax the muscles surrounding the blood vessels which improves blood circulation throughout the body.  It can be taken as an herbal supplement or a tea.
  • Yarrow – this European plant is well established for its muscle relaxing and spasm relieving capacity.  It will cause the body to sweat more and reduces blood pressure by relieving spasms throughout the body.

The natural world is full of amazing, health promoting herbs, spices and plants.  Please contact me if you would like help identifying the natural ways you can try to lower your blood pressure.  My phone is 516 609 0890 and my website is drdbrant.com

Yours in infinite wellness,

Dr. Garry D’Brant

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Long Island’s Largest Health Navel Expo Returns May 15th!

Long Island’s Largest Health Navel Expo Returns May 15th!

I am very excited to announce that I will be presenting two lectures at the upcoming NAVEL Expo which is happening on Sunday, May 15th.  The Navel Expo is Long Island’s largest alternative health expo with over 60 venders and 30 speakers and is attended by about 1500 people!  It is a great opportunity to get your health questions answered and learn from some very skilled practitioners.  You can read about the event by using this link:http://www.navelexpo.com. The expo will be held at the Huntington Hilton Hotel, 598 Broad Hollow Rd, Melville, from 9am to 8pm.

My lectures on the critical importance of doing Liver Detoxification and Adrenal Fatigue, Is It Making You Tired, Stressed Out and Overweight?will be happening at 1pm and 6pm respectively in main ballroom B.
My first lecture will focus on the important role of the liver and the need to detoxify it and our bodies on a regular basis.  Many people suffer from poor functioning detoxification pathways which make them tired, suffer from headaches, body aches, bloating and have low immune function.

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This Saturday: Natural cancer prevention, treatment

Latest technology and philosophy in cancer prevention

As a prelude to Sunday’s NAVEL Expo, I’ll be speaking at 11 am this Saturday at a new event created by my colleague, Alex Lubarsky. Lubarsky hosts the NAVEL health and wellness expo twice a year in Long Island, and he asked me to be one of eight cancer prevention and treatment experts speaking as part of the inaugural Richard Linchitz Cancer-Free Mastermind.

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“We have created an event that will bring together the latest and most advanced technology and philosophy in the prevention and reversal of chronic, life-threatening disease,” Lubarsky wrote in an article about the event. He formed the panel of speakers in honor of his friend, Richard Linchitz, MD, who died earlier this year. Continue reading This Saturday: Natural cancer prevention, treatment

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Vitamin D: The Little Vitamin That Could

Vitamin D:  The Little Vitamin That Could

Vitamin D is one of those vitamins that until recently hasn’t gotten much attention.  Most people assume that we have adequate amounts of it from absorbing sunlight while walking around outside.  People don’t think about vitamin D and its many important health promoting effects in the body. Furthermore, it is my experience that most people are actually deficient in this most valuable and little appreciated vitamin.

In this article, I am going to review several studies that demonstrate the importance of having adequate vitamin D levels and the direct impact it can have on an individual’s health.

In June 2012, a study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers found a direct relationship between levels of cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3) and the risk of developing diabetes in overweight and obese individuals.  Researchers found that the risk of developing type 2 Diabetes decreased as the serum levels of vitamin D increased.  Specifically, when serum levels of vitamin D reached 25 nmol/L, a 17% decrease in the risk of developing diabetes was reported.

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Grave Concern About The Threats Associated With The Overuse Of Antibiotics – Part 2

Grave Concern About The Threats Associated With The Overuse Of Antibiotics – Part 2

As previously noted in Part 1, antibiotic resistant bacteria and intestinal hyperpermeability are cause for great concern.  The other areas that the use of antibiotics may affect include but are not limited to musculoskeletal disorders, neurotoxicity, skin outbreaks, anemia, blood sugar abnormalities and very commonly gastrointestinal disorders. 

As if that were not enough, there may also be a relationship between antibiotic use, hormone imbalances, Candida and the occurrence of breast cancer.  Although the exact mechanism isn’t clear when using antibiotics there appears to be an alteration in immune function, an increase in inflammation, altered estrogen metabolism and therefore a susceptibility to developing breast cancer.

In one study of over two thousand women2 there was a correlation between all classes of antibiotics and the development of invasive breast cancer.  The data from the study suggested that women who took antibiotics more than 25 times over a period of 17 years had twice the risk of breast cancer as women who had taken no antibiotics.  Men are also subject to higher risk of breast cancer when taking antibiotics according to the results of another study3.

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Grave Concern About The Threats Associated With The Overuse Of Antibiotics – Part 1

Grave Concern About The Threats Associated With The Overuse Of Antibiotics – Part 1

Everyone of course knows that there is an overwhelming use of antibiotics in this country as a first line defense against microbial infections.  The antibiotic revolution began in the 1940’s with the development of penicillin which is produced by a fungus.  Along with tetracycline, streptomycin and chloramphenicol (antibiotics produced by soil bacteria), the widespread use of these “original” antibiotics forever changed the landscape of modern medicine.

What many of us may not know is that there is an ever increasing list of negative health consequences (some of which are quite severe and life threatening) associated with antibiotic use.  Just this last week, Great Britain’s Chief Medical Office, Dame Sally Davies, warned of the “catastrophic threat” of antibiotic resistant bacteria.  In her annual report1 she states:   “the problem of microbes becoming increasingly resistant to the most powerful drugs should be ranked alongside terrorism and climate change on the list of critical risks to the nation.” Continue reading Grave Concern About The Threats Associated With The Overuse Of Antibiotics – Part 1

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X-iser

X-iser

A very efficient and cost effective way to lose weight

Can you lose weight, burn fat, improve cardio conditioning and coordination and increase your lean muscle mass? The answer is a resounding yes and what’s even better is that you can do this in just four to six minutes a day! That’s right, by using the X-iser burst training device you can do all of these things and more. Continue reading X-iser

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Coping with the Stress that Accompanies Change

Coping with the Stress that Accompanies Change

This time of year and its accompanying change of season often gives me pause to reflect on change and how best to cope with it.  There is that very famous saying that goes something like this:  The only certain thing in life is change.  But change in my life and perhaps in yours, often brings a certain amount of anxiety with it; therefore I spend some time thinking about how to “self soothe” and make the inevitability of change less anxiety and stress producing.  Here are some strategies that I have found helpful in coping with the stress of change: Continue reading Coping with the Stress that Accompanies Change

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The Sky is Pink: A New Documentary

The Sky is Pink: A New Documentary

I am a passionate advocate for people gaining control over our health. One of the principle ways that I know to support people in doing this is to empower them with knowledge. When we become more knowledgeable about health we can make better decisions that keep us healthier.

In this video Josh Logan, the videographer of Gasland takes us on a frightening tour of the reality of fracking, the process by which industry extracts natural gas from the earth. He focuses on the science behind whether fracking is safe and what we are being told by industry that their own experts disavow.

After watching this video and studying the issue (remember knowledge is power!) I have determined that fracking is not safe, in fact its quite dangerous to everyone and has implications for undermining the health for generations to come.

Please watch this video and become informed about this very important issue and then take an active role in protecting your and your families health.

Yours in infinite wellness,

Dr. Garry D’Brant

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Kidneys in Traditional Chinese Medicine

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), it is crucial to take care of the kidney if you want to live a long and fruitful life.  A person’s growth and development depends on the health of the kidney, as the kidney represents the foundation of longevity.

Emotions associated with the kidney: fearful, weak willpower, insecure, aloof, isolated. Fright in particular can put undue strain on the kidneys.

Kidney Functions: Key organ for sustaining life. Responsible for reproduction, growth and development, and maturation. Involved with lungs in water metabolism and respiration. Connected with bones, teeth, ears, and head hair.

Symptoms of Kidney Imbalance: Frequent urination, urinary incontinence, night sweats, dry mouth, poor short-term memory, low back pain, ringing in the ears, hearing loss, and other ear conditions. Premature grey hair, hair loss, and osteoporosis.

Here’s to a long and happy life!