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Beat The Backache Naturally!

Back and Neck Pain is the leading cause of disability worldwide. It is estimated that over 6 million people suffer with lower back pain, and over 3 million with neck pain around the world.

Most people use medication to get relief from back and neck pain. However, in recent years more have been turning to natural remedies to alleviate symptoms and even cure them.

Some of the most popular natural remedies for muscle related back pain include Yoga, exercise and acupressure. There are also a few herbs and spices that can aid with pain relief or simply improve bone and muscle strength to aid in recovery and help prevent against future problems. Listed below are the best ways to improve or treat back and neck pain.
  • Yoga helps by improving strength to targeted muscles and muscle groups. As it is designed to be relaxing, yoga can be ideal and is considered a gentle form of exercise, using concentration of the mind to work the muscle groups.
  • Acupressure can help relieve symptoms of back and neck pain. It has been used for thousands of years and studies have shown that many people who have used this form of treatment can be relieved of their pain for up to six months or more.
  • Gentle Massage is great way to relax the muscles in the back. It can be even better if you have a friend or loved one who is willing to help out. 
  • Exercising the stomach muscles can actually aid support to back muscles, especially the lower back, Improved muscle tone to the lower abdominal region can be particularly beneficial.
  • Valerian Root is a wonderful herb to help ease back pain. It works by helping to relax the muscles and is known for it's sedative effect which can help encourage a better night's sleep when suffering from back pain.
  • Cramp Bark helps alleviate back pain caused by muscle spasms or cramps as the name suggests. It has also been successfully used to relieve period cramps, which have also been linked to back pain. 
  • Turmeric is known for its anti-inflammatory properties thus aiding in the reduction of back pain caused by muscular issues.
  • Devil's Claw is an African herb which has been reported to ease back pain as efficiently as prescription drugs. It works by relieving pain caused by inflammation.

Proof That Soda Increases Risk of Diabetes

Drinking a can of sugar-laced soda a day will raise your risk of developing diabetes by 22%!

According to a new study just released evidence suggests that just one 12 ounce serving of a sugar-sweetened beverage can significantly raise the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

What’s interesting about this this is that since most of the research on the evil effects of soda has been done on people in the US, researches at the Imperial College of London set up to seek a link between soda consumption and Type 2 diabetes in Europeans as well.

The British researchers used 15 years of data compiled from over 27,000 people from seven European countries. Over that 15 year period, more than 40 percent of those people developed type 2 diabetes and those who said they consumed at least one soda or similar sweet drink showed an 18% higher risk of developing the disease! When they took out factors such as weight and body mass index, the risk rose to 22%!

Coincidentally, these findings were right in line with the US studies showing a 25% percent increased risk of type 2 diabetes when consuming one soda per day.

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Cure Severe Flu with Omega-3 acids

Written by: Chris Sumbs -

Cure severe flu naturally using omega-3

People are discovering the health benefits from omega-3 fatty acids. Many natural doctors, Eastern medicine practitioners, and those in touch with nature know its value for supporting cardiovascular health, reducing inflammation, and enhancing cognitive brain function. Now, there is recently discovered benefit, it helps fight severe influenza. Omega-3 is a polyunsaturated fatty acid (PUFA). The human body doesn’t generate it naturally. It’s an essential oil, meaning it needs to be supplied from outside sources.

It can be derived from two sources, plants and animals. Plant sources include avocados and nuts. Essential Omega-3’s, like those in NR Essentials DHA, are found in most natural supplements are flax seeds or oils, chia seeds, and hemp seeds. In the oil form, it needs to be refrigerated. Flax seed needs to be ground into powder for easy absorption. Chia seeds don't need to be ground or refrigerated. Hemp seeds need to be refrigerated but not ground. Animal sources of Omega-3 are readily found in eggs or meat. Perhaps the best source is fatty fish and fish and krill oils. Fish oil supplements, usually from cod or krill, are available in health food stores in the refrigerated section, and they must also remain refrigerated at home or they'll go rancid.

Can Omega-3 effectively rid the body of flu infection? A Japanese study was recently completed. It was entitled "The Lipid Mediator Protectin D1 Inhibits Influenza Virus Replication and Improves Severe Influenza." The study concluded that protectin D1, the lipid mediator, has both a preventative and curative potential for even H5N1(the "bird flu") which has been more lethal than any other influenza. Japanese researches infected mice with different strains of influenza viruses. Those fed the protectin D1 from Omega-3 fatty acid sources survived as well as those who were given Peramivir, a powerful intravenous drug given emergency approval for specific grave influenza conditions in South Korea and Japan. Half the mice died with taking only one or the other remedy. But all of the heavily infected mice given both Peramivir and protectin D1(Omega-3) survived. Further studies revealed the mechanics of how omega-3 fatty acid's protectin D1 shuts down viral replication at the cellular level. Protectin D1 is part of a natural substance, a polyunsaturated fatty acid or PUFA as omega-3 fatty acid. We know that with all this money on the line, it’s likely a pharmaceutical company will consign willing researchers to reverse engineer the protectin D1 from omega-3 to create a synthetic version of protectin D1 that can be patented. That way they can make it into a “synthetic drug” for commercial purposes. But for those of us in the alternative health community, we know exactly what this means. The research makes us aware that omega-3 fatty acids can effectively prevent and cure any flu.

Plant or Animal Omega-3, where to buy? EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) are considered the healthiest Omega-3 acids. EPA and DHA are found readily in the animal omega-3 sources such as eggs, fish, and dark meat. Plant sources contain ALA, or alpha linoleic acid (not alpha lopeic acid). As noted, these types of plant Omega-3 need to be altered or prepared for consumption. So some experts recommend using fish oil supplements. Maybe it’s a good idea to put both into a daily regimen of healthy herbs? There are certain benefits from plant ALA omega-3 as well. The best overall Omega-3 I’ve found is NR Essentials DHA. Maintain your brain. You can do it with DHA, an essential fatty acid. Just order NR Essentials DHA. It comes in capsules that are smaller, easier to swallow, and unflavored.  

About the author: Chris Sumbs is a natural health activist and writes about all things natural health at

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