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Aloe’s Natural Treatment Benefits

Aloe’s Natural Treatment Benefits

It’s outrageous that an ancient and proven natural therapy as powerful as the aloe plant is still ignored by most American doctors. Aloe is a powerful natural treatment that’s used all over the world — but not in America, where it’s applied only to soothe sunburns.

Mainstream medicine, Big Pharma, and the FDA have yet to accept aloe’s extraordinary medicinal qualities, though aloe has been a medicinal powerhouse for more than 5,000 years. It’s widely used today in Europe, South America, Africa, and Asia.

The Benefits of Aloe

In Ayurvedic medicine, the oldest health care system in the world, aloe is called “Kumari,” or “miracle herb.”

Aloe is used extensively by healers in Africa. In Bali, it’s called “lidah buaya,” or “crocodile tongue,” and is considered to be a potent immune-system booster.

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    In Europe, the EMA — the European equivalent of the FDA — approved it years ago as an immune-system booster for AIDS patients. It’s widely recommended there as a natural therapy.1

    An aloe-based protocol is also widely used in Brazil and in many parts of Asia.

    Aloe Studies

    Dozens of studies confirm aloe’s benefits.Compelling research from Japan shows that even in small concentrations, aloe can trigger apoptosis (cell death) in liver, brain, and glandular cancer cells. The study found that the higher the dosage, the more effective it is.3

    Another study from China revealed that one extract in particular, Aloe-emodin, is antiviral and can kill lung, liver, and breast tumors.5,6

    What Does the Aloe Plant Contain?

    Aloe contains three powerful immune-system boosters — polypeptides, polysaccharides, and acemannan.

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    Aloe also contains a special kind of polysaccharide called acetylated mannose. Studies show that acetylated mannose doubles your number of T-cells within three weeks and significantly boosts the power of your natural killer cells (NK), which seek out pathogens and destroy them.

    Aloe has also been shown to minimize the damage to your body from chemo and radiation therapy. While chemo and radiation can be highly effective at killing cancer cells, they also wreak havoc on your immune system.7

    To be clear, I’m not talking about the typical green, gel-like aloe you use as after-sun. I’m talking about fresh aloe water or aloe juice straight from the leaves of the plant.

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      You can find aloe water or juice online and at most health food stores. The best products contain at least 98% aloe and are cold processed using the whole leaf without aloin — the irritating chemical in aloe that can cause diarrhea. You should also avoid varieties that contain sugar and fruit juice, which diminish the nutritional value.

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      I often recommend my patients add it to my healthy “Green Drink” smoothie recipe:

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        Ingredients:

        • ¼-cup radicchio
        • 1 purple carrot
        • 1 cucumber
        • 1 lime
        • ¼-cup parsley
        • ½-cup Swiss chard
        • 1-cup spinach
        • ½-cup filtered water
        • ½-cup ice
        • 1 scoop (1.5 grams) of aloe powder

        Instructions:

        Blend all the ingredients together until smooth. You don’t have to follow this recipe to the letter — you can make it to your taste. Just be sure to add the aloe.

        Aloe can also be taken as a supplement. Gel capsules are available online and at most health food stores. For the best immune-boosting results, take 300 mg twice daily. Remember to consult with your doctor before starting or stopping any treatments.

        To your good health!

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        References:

        1. Ahirwar K, Jain S. “Aloe-emodin novel anticancer Herbal Drug.” International Journal of Phytomedicine. 2011;3, 27-31
        2. Karaca, K., et al., Int.J.Immunopharmacol., vol 17, p. 183, 1995.
        3. Sukai, R., “Epidemiologic survey on lung cancer with respect to cigarette smoking and plant diet. Japanese Journal of Cancer Research.” 1989. 513-520.
        4. Chen R, Wang S, Zhang J, Chen M, Wang Y. “Aloe-emodin loaded solid lipid nanoparticles: formulation design and in vitro anti-cancer study.” Drug Deliv. 2014.
        5. Du Plessis, L., Hamman, J. “In vitro evaluation of the cytotoxic and apoptogenic properties of Aloe whole leaf and gel materials.” Drug Chem Toxicol. 2014.
        6. Sani, M., Goyal, P., Chaudhary, G. “Anti-tumor activity of Aloe vera against DMBA/croton induced skin papillomagenisis in Swiss albino mice.” 2010. Journal of Environmental pathology, Toxicology and Oncology.
        7. Bałan, B., Niemcewiz, M., Kocik, J. et al. “Oral Administration of Aloe Vera Gel, Anti-Microbial and Anti-Inflammatory Herbal Remedy, Stimulates Cell-Mediated Immunity and Antibody Production in a Mouse Model.” Central-EuropeanJournal of Immunology. 2014. 125–130.

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        The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

        The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

        Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

        your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

          Why You Need a Vision

          Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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          How to Create Your Life Vision

          Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

          What Do You Want?

          The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

          It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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          Some tips to guide you:

          • Remember to ask why you want certain things
          • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
          • Give yourself permission to dream.
          • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
          • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

          Some questions to start your exploration:

          • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
          • What would you like to have more of in your life?
          • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
          • What are your secret passions and dreams?
          • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
          • What do you want your relationships to be like?
          • What qualities would you like to develop?
          • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
          • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
          • What would you most like to accomplish?
          • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

          It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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          What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

          Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

          A few prompts to get you started:

          • What will you have accomplished already?
          • How will you feel about yourself?
          • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
          • What does your ideal day look like?
          • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
          • What would you be doing?
          • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
          • How are you dressed?
          • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
          • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
          • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

          It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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          Plan Backwards

          It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

          • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
          • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
          • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
          • What important actions would you have had to take?
          • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
          • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
          • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
          • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
          • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

          Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

          It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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