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The World of Glyconutrients

If you had to name an essential nutrient that is missing from the diet of virtually every man, woman, and child in America, a substance that is absolutely necessary for the body to function properly and one that also plays a major role in chronic infections, aging, arthritis, allergies, and a host of other conditions, what would your choice be? Calcium? Iron? Folic acid? Although all of these nutrients are very important for health, even they depend on the substance we’re looking for: sugar.

That’s right, sugar. No, not the white table sugar in your sugar bowl or the sugar that coats your breakfast cereal or even the high fructose corn syrup that can be found in most refined, processed foods on supermarket shelves—and in your kitchen cabinets. We’re talking about glyconutrients—“glyco” means sugar or sweet—substances known technically as saccharides, carbohydrates, monosaccharides, or polysaccharides, but they all mean basically the same thing: sugar. But although these terms generally refer to sugar, there is something very special about eight of them--eight distinct sugars that are present in every cell in the body and that are essential for disease prevention and overall health.

Before we jump into an in-depth discussion of glyconutrients, let’s shine a light on refined white sugar (sucrose, derived from sugar cane and/or sugar beets), the one we’ve all grown up with and know and love. In fact, Americans’ love  sugar so much, eating it has become a major health issue: annual consumption per person of the white stuff ballooned from an average of five pounds in 1900 to 158 pounds in 1999.(1) That’s 158 pounds of empty calories, or 395,000 calories per year! (Picture this: that’s equal to about 1,580 half-cup servings of premium chocolate ice cream.)

Consumption of refined sugar suppresses the immune system, contributes to the development of diabetes and obesity, contributes to bone mineral loss, promotes mood swings, hinders the absorption of various nutrients, increases the risk of gastrointestinal diseases such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, accelerates aging of the skin, and is related to a host of other health-damaging consequences. Obviously, you should seriously consider limiting your intake of sucrose.


 

Sugars In Your Diet:

  • Sucrose: a disaccharide (two sugars) that consists of equal amounts of glucose and fructose. It is found naturally in sugar cane and sugar beets.

  • Glucose: a simple sugar that is the main energy source in the body. It is usually found with other sugars in fruits and vegetables. Many foods are converted into glucose in the body.

  • Fructose: also known as fruit sugar, it is found in fruit, some vegetables, honey, and various plants.

  • Maltose: malt sugar, found in germinating grains

  • Lactose: milk sugar, it is composed of galactose and glucose molecules. Millions of people are lactose intolerant, which means they have a shortage of the enzyme lactase, which aids in the digestion of lactose.

 

What Are Glyconutrients?

On the other side of the sweet aisle are glyconutrients. The word glyconutrients is a general term for biochemicals that contain a sugar molecule. Of the more than 200 sugars that experts have identified thus far, only eight of them have been deemed to be necessary for optimal functioning of the human body and disease prevention. These eight essential sugars are the focus of our discussion.

These sugar molecules have a tendency to attach themselves to other molecules, especially proteins and fats (lipids), and take on critical and specific functions. When the essential eight sugar molecules combine with proteins, they form
glycoproteins, while those that bind with lipids form glycolipids. A few examples of glycoproteins can be seen in the sidebar. Glycolipids generally provide energy for the body.

Perhaps the most exciting and critical functions involving the essential eight sugars is cell-to-cell communication. These sugars are the ultimate communicators—they have their PhDs in broadcasting, debate, code breaking, and public relations all rolled up into one. We will discuss this ability to “sweet talk” in much more detail a bit later, but first it’s time to meet the essential eight.

SIDEBAR: Types of Glycoproteins

Glycoproteins are molecules that consist of protein bound to one of the eight essential sugars.(2) Therefore, a deficiency of any of the essential eight sugars means that the structure of glycoproteins is compromised and thus their ability to communicate with other cells and perform their vital functions is weakened. Examples of glycoproteins include the following:

  • Antibodies: These substances are the immune system’s response to invading, disease-causing elements.

  • Mucins: The mucus of the respiratory and digestive systems secrete these substances, which are important in the body’s fight against damaging organisms that can invade these critical organ systems (3)

  • Follicle-stimulating hormone: hormone released by the pituitary in both men and women that is necessary for reproduction

  • Thyroid-stimulating hormone: hormone that stimulates the thyroid to synthesize and release its hormones

  • Luteinizing hormone: hormone released by the pituitary in both men and women that is necessary for reproduction

 

 

Meet the Essential Eight

Of the eight essential sugars, only two are readily available in the modern American diet. Minute amounts of the other sugars can be found in some common foods, but poor soil conditions, use of pesticides, and nutrient depletion associated with processing, transportation, and storage make even these sources unreliable. Therefore it is best to take a glyconutrient supplement to provide your body with the sugars it needs. First, let’s identify the essential eight.

  • Glucose. This is one of the sugars readily available in the diet, because it is converted from the fructose, starches, and white sugar found in abundance in popular foods. Glucose is also found in most fruits and vegetables.

  • Galactose. This is the other sugar readily available in the diet once it is converted from lactose (milk sugar) found in dairy products. However, if you do not eat any dairy products, either because you are lactose intolerant or you choose to avoid them for health or ethical reasons, this essential sugar is likely lacking in your system. Galactose can be found in most fruits (including avocadoes), chestnuts, mushrooms, and many vegetables, such as asparagus, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, eggplant, green beans, green peas, onions, parsnips, and tomatoes.

  • Fucose (not to be confused with fructose). Breast-fed infants enjoy this glyconutrient, but once breast-feeding ends, so does the supply of fucose. Although this glyconutrient is also found in selected medicinal mushrooms and seaweeds (e.g., kelp, wakame), it is not readily available in other foods. Fucose has the ability to protect against respiratory tract infections, inhibit allergic reactions, impact brain development, and enhance cell communication.

  • Mannose. This essential sugar is obtained from a type of Indian sumac. Its tasks in the body include assisting with cell communication, helping reduce triglyceride and blood glucose levels in people who have diabetes, lowering cholesterol levels, relieving inflammation, preventing infections, inhibiting tumor growth and development, and treating urinary tract infections. (4) It also has a role in the production of cytokines, which are a type of protein involved in cell communication, among other tasks. Mannose can be found in aloe vera, black and red currants, cabbage, carob gum, eggplant, green beans, kelp, shiitake mushrooms, tomatoes, and turnips.

  • N-acetylgalactosamine. Although the amount of research associated with this monosaccharide has not been as extensive as that done with the other glyconutrients, experts do know that it is essential for cell-to-cell communication and that it can inhibit the spread of tumors. The fact that some patients with heart disease have lower than normal levels of N-acetylgalactosamine is an area of interest as well. This essential sugar is found in shark and beef cartilage and in a red algae called Dumontiaceae.

  • N-acetylglucosamine. This glyconutrient may look familiar. That’s because a metabolic product of N-acetylglucasamine is glucosamine, a common and popular supplement used to treat arthritis. Glucosamine helps reduce inflammation and pain, increases range of motion in people with osteoarthritis, and repairs cartilage. You will find this essential sugar in shark and beef cartilage and shiitake mushrooms.

  • N-acetylneuraminic acid. Breast-feeding infants get the benefits of this glyconutrient, which is key for learning, memory, and brain development. It also has a role in lowering low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and influences blood coagulation. Its ability to modify the viscosity of mucus is important for the immune system, as mucus serves to repel bacteria, viruses, and other disease-causing agents. Whey protein concentrate or isolate and chicken eggs are sources of this essential sugar.

  • Xylose. You may find this glyconutrient listed on the ingredient panel of your chewing gum or toothpaste, as manufacturers sometimes use it instead of table sugar. These items, however, should never be viewed as a source of this essential glyconutrient, as they do not provide you with an adequate amount of the nutrient. Xylose has antibacterial and antifungal properties, and may help prevent cancer of the digestive tract. It also helps promote the growth of beneficial bacteria in the intestinal tract, which is a boon to the immune system. Minute amount of xylose can be found in aloe vera gel, blackberries, cabbage, corn, echinacea, eggplant, green beans, guava, loganberries, okra, psyllium, peas, and pears.

 

 

The Essential Eight In Action

What makes these eight glyconutrients so special? The American Cancer Society notes that “there is a wealth of laboratory evidence that glycoproteins are important in communication between cells, and that this in turn may affect body systems such as the immune system.”(5) Experts agree that glyconutrinets excel in these two areas—cell-to-cell communication and the immune system, two areas that encompass a lot of territory. But these glyconutrients are up to the task, if you provide your body with adequate levels of these critical substances.

Whether these essential sugars team up with proteins and/or lipids, or they operate alone, they are involved in a great many critically important functions. For example, glyconutrients can:

  • Recognize foreign invaders (e.g., pathogens such as bacteria, fungi, and viruses) and alert the immune system to their presence so action against them can begin as soon as possible. This is important in your efforts to fight everything from the common cold to urinary tract infections to HIV.

  • Significantly increase the levels of pathogen-fighting cells (e.g., macrophages, natural killer cells) in the immune system. Once your immune system recognizes the enemy, it needs to bring in all the reinforcements it needs to eliminate it. The mighty eight help make that happen.

  • Enhance the antioxidant abilities of glutathione, which is one of the most potent antioxidants in the body. Research shows that glyconutrient supplementation can increase the level of glutathione by 50 percent and prevent the loss of this important antioxidant from the liver.(6) The ability of glyconutrients to enhance glutathione is important because the liver is the main organ that processes and eliminates toxins and other waste from the body. When this detoxification process is faulty, poor health is not far behind.

  • Slow the progression of aging. Glyconutrients do this in several ways, one of which is by enhancing the activity of antioxidants, which destroy age-promoting free radicals.

  • Assist in clotting of blood

  • Provide structural support (within cell membranes) for the body’s cells

  • Help prevent development of autoimmune diseases. Autoimmune diseases occur when components of the immune system mistake healthy cells for pathogens and attack them—an example of miscommunication and mistaken identity. Ensuring healthy levels of glyconutrients can help prevent such errors from happening.

  • Lower cholesterol, decrease body fat, and increase lean muscle mass. All of these benefits are especially helpful if you have or are at risk for heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, high cholesterol, or obesity.

  • Speed up wound healing, which is especially helpful following surgery or injuries, and if you have diabetes, which is associated with a reduced ability to heal.

 

Sweet Talk

Saying that glyconutrients are “involved” in cell-to-cell communication is putting it mildly: saying they are absolutely essential defines it more accurately. Emil I. Mondoa, MD, author of Sugars that Heal, notes that “virtually every change within our multicellualr bodies, from conception until death, is to some degree mediated by this language of sugars.” And because effective cell-to-cell communication is also necessary for proper functioning of every cell, tissue, and organ system in the body, the need to maintain a healthy, balanced glyconutrient population is critical as well. Before we look at what happens when you have deficiencies and/or imbalances of glyconutrients, let’s explore how these sugars are involved in the “sweet talk” that is going on continuously in your body.

The outer surface areas of the body’s cells are a haven for many different substances, and among them are sugar molecules. These molecules transport cellular codes that make it possible for your cells to communicate with each other. When two cells “meet,” for example, the sugar molecules on each cell exchange “sweet talk,” codes that contain critical information which allows the cells to carry out their tasks and processes that are involved in keeping your body healthy. If you have a deficiency of any of the eight essential sugars, the cells’ ability to communicate is compromised, and thus your health is jeopardized as well.

For example, if bacteria attack the immune system and the cells that typically respond cannot communicate properly because they lack the necessary sugar molecules that allow them to pick up signals from other cells (similar to not getting a strong enough signal on your cell phone), the message to fight the bacteria won’t get through. This breakdown in communication may lead to the development of a serious or potentially life-threatening condition, such as pneumonia, HIV, or herpes.

Or let’s say your cells are not as “sweet” as they should be and they begin to send poor or faulty signals, causing your immune system to mistake healthy cells for invasive foreign ones. This communication snafu may prove to be a costly one, and depending on the type of cells the immune system has attacked, the result may be the development of an autoimmune condition such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, or Crohn’s disease. Faulty cell communication can also cause the immune system to not recognize and eliminate mutated cells, which can then result in abnormal cell growth.


Healthy sweet talk is also important to ensure your cells perform other tasks as well. In fact, according to Emil I. Mondoa, MD, these essential sugars “are essential in virtually all intelligent interactions between the cells of the body. . . . glyconutrients affect how our cells form the structure of the body and the daily repair of our tissues.” Clearly, optimal cell-to-cell communication is
absolutely essential if you want to help avoid the scores of symptoms, disorders, and diseases that can develop when your body’s cells get their signals crossed. We’ll talk about a few of them here.

 

Communication Breakdown

Researchers have identified various disorders and diseases that are characterized by a deficiency of one or more of the eight essential sugars. They have also found that supplementing with glyconutrients can be an effective treatment for some of these conditions. Here’s a sample of what the experts know so far.

  • Allergies. If you suffer with allergies, you probably know that your body releases histamine in response to pollen, mold, cat hair, or whatever substance your immune systems has identified as being undesirable. The release of histamine turns on the sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes, congestion, and other symptoms characteristic of allergic reactions. A group of researchers has found that the sugar N-acetylneuraminic acid blocks the release of histamine and thus prevents symptoms as well. (7)

  • Attention-Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD). Although white sugar has been associated with behavioral problems, the essential sugars appear to offer significant help. Several studies show that glyconutritional supplements significantly reduced the number and severity of symptoms in children who had ADHD.(8)

  • Chronic fatigue. Research conducted at the University of California, Irvine, shows that supplementation with glyconutrients improved the immune system functioning in people with had chronic fatigue syndrome. These sugars increased natural killer cell levels and enhanced the activity of glycoproteins.(9)

  • Influenza. Fighting the flu is pretty much a yearly event for many people, but there is evidence that one of the essential eight, N-acetylneuraminic acid, is an effective anti-flu agent. Although several studies have pointed out this benefit, a 2006 study made its point in a unique way. The nests of the swiftlet, a bird found in Asia, are edible and valued for their healing powers. Investigators have found that these nests are an excellent source of N-acetylneuraminic acid, as the saliva of the birds is rich in this essential sugar. Thus an extract of edible birds nests has been shown to prevent influenza viruses.(10)

  • Rheumatoid arthritis. Low levels of fucose and galactose are a feature of this autoimmune disease, according to researcher Doris Lefkowitz, PhD. On the plus side, joint protection is handled by mannose, while N-acetylglucosamine and N-acetylgalactosamine assist in eliminating free radicals that accumulate around inflamed joints.(11)

  • Urinary tract infections. These annoying and oftentimes serious infections affect millions of people every year and are especially common in women: 20 percent of females experience at least one urinary tract infection during their lifetime.(12) Most urinary tract infections are caused by the bacteria Escherichia coli; these pathogens have sugar molecules on their surface which allow them to attach themselves to cells in the bladder. This feature adds to the difficulty of treating this condition, but research shows that a combination of glucose and mannose can be effective in reducing the severity of the infection within a twenty-four-hour period.(13)

Why Supplementation Matters

As we mentioned previously, only two of the eight essential sugars are typically found in the diet. On the positive side, the human body does have the ability to make some of these sugars. Unfortunately, the manufacturing process is long, complex, and easily disrupted by everyday roadblocks such as stress, food additives, aging, poor nutrition, use of medications, exposure to toxins in the environment, and a lack of the many different enzymes necessary to fuel these processes.

To make matters worse, production of the essential sugars requires a lot of energy, and in today’s high-stress world, you want to conserve your resources, not waste them. If your body needs to call upon its reserves to manufacture essential sugars, it has to divert energy away from your immune system. The best way to help keep your immune system properly fueled,
and to conserve your energy and ensure your body gets the essential sugars it needs, is to take a glyconutrient supplement.

Buying Glyconutrients

In a perfect world, the eight essential sugars would be readily available in your food, but since they are not, we are fortunate to have some excellent supplements on the market. You can buy products that offer just one or two of the essential eight, but your body needs all of these nutrients to keep the sweet talk going and the immune system humming. Therefore, look for supplements that contain all eight as complete saccharides—just like nature provides them—and not just trace elements of these sugars. Also only consider supplements that are standardized and stabilized and that come from a reputable company. Do not hesitate to contact the manufacturer (full contact information, including address and phone number, and preferably a website address should be available on the label or as part of the packaging or website) if you have any questions about the product before you make your purchase. You don’t want a sweet deal to go sour!

General References

Elkins, Rita MH. Miracle Sugars. Pleasant Grove, UT: Woodland Publishing, 2001.

Maeder, Thomas. Sweet medicines. Scientific American July 2002.

Mondoa, Emil I., MD, and Mindy Kitei. Sugars that Heal. New York: Ballantine Publishing, 2001.

Glyconutrients Reference: www.glyconutrientsreference.com

FOOTNOTES

1. Center for Science in the Public Interest, citing USDA figures:  http://www.cspinet.org/new/sugar_limit.html
2. Indiana State University: http://web.indstate.edu/thcme/mwking/protein-modifications.html
3. Forstner J. Intestinal mucins in health and disease. Digestion 1978; 17(3): 234-63.
4. Laurance Johnston, PhD. Natural Urinary Tract Health: The D-Mannose Solution. At http://www.healingtherapies.info/Urinary-Tract%20Health.htm
5. American Cancer Society website: http://www.cancer.org/docroot/ETO/content/ETO_5_3x_Glyconutrients.asp?sitearea=ETO
6. Busbee D, Barhoumi R, et al. Protection from glutathione depletion by a glyconutritional mixture of saccharides. Age 1999; 22:159-65; Barhoumi R, Burghardt C, Busbee DL, McDaniel HR.  Enhancement of glutathione levels and protection from chemically initiated depletion in rat liver cells by glyconutritionals. Proceedings of the Fisher Institute for Medical Research 1997; 1(1):12-16.
7. Matsuda K et al. Inhibitory effects of sialic acid- or N-acetylglucosamine-specific lectins on histamine release induced by compound 48/80, bradykinin and a polyethylenimine in rat peritoneal mast cells. Jpn J Pharmacol 1994 Jan; 64(1):1-8.
8. Dykman K and McKinley R. Effects of glyconutritionals on the severity of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Proceedings of the Fisher Institute for Medical Research November 1997: 24-25; Dykman K and McKinley R. Effect of nutritional supplements on attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Integr Physiol Behav Sci 1998 Jan-March; 33(1): 49-60.
9. See DM et al. The in vitro immunomodulatory effects of glyconutrients on peripheral blood mononuclear cells of patients with chronic fatigue syndrome. Integr Physiol Behav Sci 1998 Jul-Sep; 33(3):280-87.
10. Guo CT et al. Edible bird's nest extract inhibits influenza virus infection. Antiviral Res 2006 Jul; 70(3):140-46.
11. Lefkowitz Doris. Glyconutritionals: Implications for rheumatoid arthritis. Glycoscience and Nutrition, 2000: 1:15.
12. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: http://kidney.niddk.nih.gov/kudiseases/pubs/utiadult/
13. Michaels E et al. Effect of D-mannose and D-glucose on Escherichia coli bacteriuria in rats. Urol Res 1983; 11(2): 97-102.

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Allernone

In a small town in the Panhandle, a Medical Doctor in the Air Force left the Vietnam War allergy clinic that he had been pressed into heading as a 26 year old captain and opened a clinic of his own. Everyone told him that a tiny town like his couldn't support an Allergy clinic but the good Doctor had a gift for helping people with their allergies and he developed a formulation that people came from as far away as Colorado to receive. He had patients from New Mexico, Kansas, Oklahoma and all over NorthWest Texas. When he retired people clamored for his allergy treatment. In order to provide these people with relief, the Doctor worked with a wonderful clean room laboratory in another small town and came up with a homeopathic version of his formula that exactly matched his specifications. The formula was made available to his former patients. The clamor was so great that the formula was put into a few stores in Amarillo. Nine months later it was being used by people all over the Panhandle.

Four years later Allernone is now used in at least 29 states and continuing to grow basically by word of mouth. People come back and buy entire cases at a time. The original formula has only had one addition to it, when the Doctor added Sage, Sycamore and Oak in order to perfect his formulation. The fruit of over forty years work is now available to people everywhere.

The development and growing popularity of Allernone has corresponded with the increasing interest among Americans for a medical approach that is less invasive, more natural, and ultimately more effective. Interest in homeopathy had sagged during the early and middle part of the twentieth century as conventional medicine established a strong foothold in American society. But by the 1960s its popularity began to perk up. A survey conducted in 1999 reported that more than 6 million Americans had used homeopathy in the preceding year .(5) People in other countries, including Germany, India, Mexico, and the United Kingdom, had already embraced homeopathy and integrated it into their national health care systems .(6) More than 30 million people in Europe alone use homeopathic remedies ,(7) and it is the most popular form of medicine in India.

Acceptance in the United States has been slower, however, but growing steadily. According to the American Association of Homeopathic Pharmacists, sales of homeopathic drugs in the United States in 2003 were between $300 and $450 million, with an average growth rate of about 8 percent per year .(8)

The Art of Buying Homeopathic Remedies

While some users of homeopathy seek the guidance of homeopaths, many others treat themselves with remedies they purchase from pharmacies or natural health outlets .(9) When buying homeopathic remedies, they, like you, want to know how you can be assured you are getting what you pay for. After all, homeopathic remedies are not prescription medications, which are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. So is anyone monitoring the quality, safety, and effectiveness of homeopathic remedies?

As a consumer of homeopathic remedies, you have two levels of protection. One is offered by the Food and Drug Administration, the other by the homeopathic industry itself. Let's begin with the government's role.

In 1938, senator and homeopathic physician Royal Copeland of New York wrote the law, which was then passed by the US Congress, which stated that homeopathic remedies would be regulated by the Food and Drug Administration under the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. Today, homeopathic remedies are regulated by the FDA under guidelines that differ from those that apply to conventional drugs. For example:

• Manufacturers of homeopathic remedies do not need to submit new drug

applications to the FDA before they put their products on the market, and their products are exempt from undergoing product testing for strength and identity. Remedies sold in a solid form must have the name of the manufacturer on the label and identify the product as a homeopathic remedy.

• Some homeopathic remedies are made with alcohol, and the FDA allows

these products to contain alcohol at levels that exceed those allowed in conventional drugs, which are no more than 10 percent in drugs for adults and even less for children's medications.

 

• Homeopathic remedies that are sold for self-limiting conditions,

such as headache, colds, and sore throat, can be sold without a prescription. The FDA requires that the labels on these products contain the following information (10)

o List of ingredients

o Instructions for safe use

o At least one major health problem that the remedy can address

o Dilution

• Homeopathic remedies that are sold to treat serious diseases such as

cancer must be sold by prescription.

• All firms that manufacture, prepare, or otherwise process

homeopathic drugs must register as drug establishments and their products must be manufactured in agreement with current good manufacturing practices, except for a few exemptions as mentioned above.

Setting Standards

Homeopathic remedies are also monitored and regulated by experts within the homeopathic world itself. The Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia Convention of the United States (HPCUS) is a nonprofit, nongovernmental scientific organization that is composed of experts in a variety of fields (e.g., medicine, biology, chemistry, arts, botony,

pharmacy) but who also have experience and training in homeopathy. The HPCUS works closely with the FDA as well as homeopathic organizations (e.g., the American Institute of Homeopathy and the American Association of Homeopathic Pharmacists) to ensure the highest standards for homeopathic products.

 

When shopping for homeopathic remedies, for example, look for the acronym "HPUS" (Homeopathic Pharmaceopeia of the United States) on the label. This is your assurance that the product meets the legal standards of purity, quality, potency, and packaging, which have been established by the HPCUS. It also tells you that the active ingredients in the remedy are official Homeopathic Drug Products and can be found in the current Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States. The Convention also makes available the guidelines for both over-the-counter and prescription homeopathic drug products. (www.hpus.com).

 

Safety and Side Effects Associated with Homeopathic Remedies

Safety and side effects are foremost on the mind of everyone who takes any type of medication, and the impressive safety and side effect record of homeopathic remedies is one of the reasons why people choose them. The FDA has received a few reports of illness supposedly associated with the use of homeopathic remedies, but after reviewing the claims, the FDA concluded that the remedies were not at fault. The British Homeopathic Journal reported that homeopathic remedies in high dilutions, when taken under the supervision of trained professionals, are considered safe and unlikely to cause any serious adverse reactions .(11)

What some people call "side effects" in many cases may actually be the body's response as it adjust to the homeopathic remedy. It is not unusual for people to report that after they take the first dose of a homeopathic remedy, they temporarily feel a bit worse. Such reactions are known in homeopathic circles as a "healing crisis." This means that the body reacts to the remedy by working too hard. A homeopathic remedy is a trigger that stimulates the body's self-healing abilities. Sometimes the body responds by temporarily fighting back, but once you take the second dose—perhaps in a smaller amount--your body's natural healing energy will take over and your symptoms should be relieved or eliminated.

Sometimes, the chosen homeopathic remedy does not give you the results you had hoped for. If you don't experience relief within a short period of time—within a few hours or day or two, depending on the condition you are treating—you should stop taking it and select a new, more appropriate remedy that better matches your symptoms and profile. If you continue to take a remedy that does not reduce or relieve your symptoms, over a prolonged period of time your symptoms may get worse or you may develop new ones. This is your body's way of telling you, "Hey, this isn't working. I can heal myself if you just give me the right remedy!"

As a general rule—keeping in mind that each person has unique needs and characteristics—when you take a homeopathic remedy:

• If you feel better, do not repeat the remedy as long as there is

improvement in your symptoms

• If your symptoms improve for a while, but then you feel worse,

repeat the dose at the same strength

• If you don't feel any better or any worse after taking a dose,

repeat the dose at the same strength. If there is still no improvement, you likely need to find a remedy that more closely matches your symptoms.

By the way, according to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine ,(12) if you are taking any conventional medications, homeopathic remedies are not believed to interfere with such drugs. However, if you are considering taking both types of medication, you should talk to your health-care practitioner(s) before you do so.

Using Homeopathic Remedies

One of the great things about homeopathic remedies is that they are so easy to use. Most of them are available as a liquid or in a tablet or pellet that is designed to dissolve under your tongue. Powdered forms can be dissolved in water. Thus these remedies can be used by infants as well as by anyone who has difficulty swallowing pills. Regardless of which form you use, do not touch it with your hands. If you are taking a tablet, shake the tablet into the lid of the container and drop the tablet into your mouth. Hold the recommended dose under your tongue for a minute before you swallow it. This allows the blood vessels under your tongue to absorb the ingredients directly into your bloodstream and work more quickly.

Homeopathy is an energy medicine, and so it is influenced by the energy of other substances. To help ensure you get the most from your homeopathic remedy, we recommend that you do not eat or drink anything other than water for at least 15 minutes before and after you take your remedy. You also should avoid brushing your teeth, using mouthwash, smoking, or chewing gum during that time.

Homeopathic remedies are also sensitive to their environment, so store them carefully. The best location is a cool, dark place that is far away from any strongly aromatic foods, herbs, or household substances, such as coffee, essential oils, mints, tobacco, perfumes or fragrant cosmetics or health products, household cleaners, or vinegar. Thus keeping your remedies in the kitchen or bathroom is not a good idea.

Also:

• Do not store your remedies near any objects that emit energy,

including cell phones, microwaves, televisions, ovens, or computers

• Avoid exposure to direct sunlight or excessive cold or heat

• Always make sure the cap or lid is tight on the container

• Do not transfer remedies from one container to another

The Bottom Line

Does homeopathy work? More important, will it work for you? We invite you to try it. You certainly will not be alone. Around the world, millions of people are getting relief from homeopathic remedies, and many scientists continue to investigate their powers. In a recent multicenter study that involved more than one hundred primary care and specialty practices, investigators evaluated the effectiveness of homeopathic remedies on 2,851 adults and 1,130 children, 97 percent of whom had been diagnosed with a chronic condition, including hayfever, atopic dermatitis (an allergic condition), and headache. The researchers concluded that quality of life and disease severity had improved significantly following homeopathic treatment .(13)

Mahatma Gandhi had this to say about homeopathy: "[it] cures a larger percentage of cases than any other method of treatment and is beyond all doubt safer, more economical, and the most complete medical science." With an endorsement like that, even a skeptic should be tempted to give it a try .

FOOTNOTES

1. Colin P. Homeopathy and respiratory allergies: a series of 147

cases. Homeopathy 2006 Apr; 95(2): 68-72.

2. Muller-Krampe B et al. Effects of Spascupreel versus hyoscine

butylbromide for gastrointestinal cramps in children. Pediatr Int 2007 Jun; 49(3): 328-34.

3. Zabolotnyi DI et al. Efficacy of a complex homeopathic medication

(Sinfrontal) in patients with acute maxillary sinusitis: a prospective, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicenter clinical trial. Explore (NY) 2007 Mar-Apr; 3(2): 98-109.

4. Tsang KL et al.

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HOMEOPATHY: THE GENTLE, EFFECTIVE HEALER
A Special Report from New Rootz

The Skinny on Homeopathy

Homeopathy (from the Greek words homeo meaning like or similar, and pathos meaning suffering or disease) is based on several key concepts, one of which is the idea that people possess the energy to heal themselves. In homeopathic circles this energy is called a vital force. (It can be likened to chi [or qi], the life force referred to in traditional Chinese medicine or prana in the Ayurvedic medicine

tradition.) When your vital force is upset or thrown out of balance, your physical and/or mental health suffers. Homeopathic remedies can be used to stimulate your body's vital force and thus allow you to heal yourself.

The means by which homeopathy helps you heal yourself is the subject of much controversy and debate among the naysayers, skeptics, and ordinary curious onlookers. That's because homeopathy involves ingesting extremely minute doses of substances which, if taken in larger doses by healthy people, will produce characteristic symptoms of illness. This treatment approach is called "like cures like" or the "Law of Similars," which is one of the three guiding principles of homeopathy.

For example, if you were to eat the belladonna plant (the plant some say was in the sleeping potion taken by Juliet—but only Shakespeare really knows!), you would experience a throbbing headache, stomach pain, and cramps. If, however, the belladonna plant is used to make a homeopathic remedy, you would take it to treat those very same symptoms. However, you would take only a microscopic amount of the substance. Thus, like cures like.

Less is More

But if you are only ingesting an extremely minute amount of a substance that reportedly has healing abilities, how could it possibly work? That's where the second guiding principle of homeopathy comes

in: Minimum Dose. The principle of Minimum Dose states that repeatedly diluting a substance increases rather than decreases its potency and thus its ability to heal. This dilution process also eliminates the risk of experiencing side effects from the substance. An explanation of Minimum Dose gives us a chance to share a little history lesson as well. Here goes.

Back in the late 1700s, a German physician named Samuel Hahnemann was disturbed by many of the medical practices of his time. While his colleagues were cutting open blood vessels to drain "bad blood" from patients and administering mercury to clear up congested circulation, Hahnemann was looking for a more gentle approach to healing. His highly adventurous spirit and curiosity lead him to serve as a guinea pig in his own experiments. After reading about cinchona bark, a folk remedy for curing malaria, he ingested some of the bark and noted that he developed symptoms similar to those suffered by people who had malaria. This development led him to think that a substance has the ability to cause symptoms that it can also eliminate. Thus was born the principle of "like cures like."

Hahnemann was intrigued by his findings, so he conducted more experiments on himself using various undiluted substances. He also was curious about what effect dilution would have on the potency of these substances, so he recruited healthy volunteers for more experiments and used diluted formulas. Over time he combined his knowledge of herbs and medicine, information from his practice, and the results of his experiments to come up with what eventually became known as the gentle, homeopathic approach to healing.

The Success of Succuss

What Hahnemann discovered during the years he spent giving birth to homeopathy was that less is more: that diluting a substance, a process called "potentization," makes a remedy more effective rather than less while also eliminating any toxicity from the remedy. To begin the process of potentization, you need a pure sample of the substance, whether it be a mineral salt, a tincture of a plant, or an animal part. Let's say you have a tincture of red onion (Allium cepa) and you want to prepare a remedy at 6X potency. The number refers to the number of dilutions you will conduct with the tincture, while the letter refers to the proportions used in each dilution and the number of succussions (vigorous shaking actions) you will do during each stage of the process. The Roman numeral "X" means 10 and "C" means 100.

To prepare the remedy, you take one part of the Allium cepa tincture and combine it with nine parts of a carrier liquid (water or alcohol) and succuss it ten times, which results in a 2X solution. Repeat this process four more times for a total of six dilutions and succussions. The result is a 6X potency of Allium cepa. If, however, you wanted to make a 30C remedy, you would take one part of the tincture and combine it with 99 parts of water or alcohol and succuss it 100 times for a total of 30 steps. The resulting solution can then be used to medicate pills, powders, or tablets, or it can be taken as a liquid.

What Hahnemann found—as we mentioned previously--is that the more dilutions and succussions a substance undergoes, the greater the potency of the remedy—the principle of Minimum Dose. Now here's the part that really drives skeptics crazy: Homeopathic remedies with a potency greater than 12C no longer have any measurable amount of the original substance in it, yet homeopaths say that such remedies are even more powerful than less diluted remedies. Even though experts do not completely understand why such remedies are effective, meticulous observations and research indicate that the answer is energy. Investigators theorize that during the potentization process, the chosen substance and the medium in which it exists undergo a change in energy level, and that change prompts the body to rev up its self-healing processes. Essentially what exists in the remedy is not a hard, physical element but the "memory" or "energy" of the element, and that's what makes the remedy work.

This is not a farfetched idea. Although experts from the conventional medicine side of the fence are familiar with evaluating the chemical actions that drugs have on the body, they also know that nonchemical forces such as electricity and radiation, which are forms of energy, also have an impact on the body. Indeed, studies also show that other forms of energy therapy, such as therapeutic touch, electromagnetic energy, and reiki, have healing effects .(4) Therefore, it is certainly reasonable to consider that the energy emitted by homeopathic remedies have an impact on the body as well.

Studies on Homeopathy

"Homeopathy isn't real medicine. Don't waste your time." "Homeopathy? I don't understand it so I don't trust it." "My doctor told me homeopathy doesn't work."

Do these comments sound familiar? Maybe you've made similar ones yourself. Perhaps you're among the skeptical or downright nonbelievers in homeopathy. But the truth is, millions of people around the world have and continue to get relief from homeopathic remedies every day. Although the stories about these people do not get written up for medical journals or get reported on television or in newspapers or magazines, that doesn't make them any less real or dramatic.

A few do get reported. Consider the 147 cases of respiratory allergies reported in the April 2006 issue of Homeopathy. The researcher noted that there were 105 cases of ear, nose, and throat allergies, and only two of the cases had no improvement after being treated with homeopathic remedies. Among the 42 cases of pulmonary allergies, three patients did not improve after treatment, and two got worse. Overall, then, homeopathic treatment was successful in 87.6 percent of the cases .(1)

Or consider the more than 200 children with stomach spasms and cramps who were treated with homeopathic remedies. The remedies were effective and well tolerated by the children, who got relieve from spasms, sleep disturbances, eating difficulties, and stomach cramps, and the researchers concluded that the homeopathic therapy was an effective alternative to conventional medicine for these children.(2)

And then there are the 113 adults with acute maxillary sinusitis who underwent a 22-day, double-blind trial. Half were treated with a homeopathic remedy and the other half received a placebo. By the end of the study, 68 percent of the treated patients were symptom-free compared with only 9 percent of the patients who had received

placebo.(3)

The list of success stories goes on and on. Oh, and did we mention that tens of millions of people in Europe depend on homeopathy for their medical care, or that the most popular hay fever drug in Germany, and the most common cold and flu medicine in France, are homeopathic remedies?

To see what the FDA has to say about Homeopathy please go to www.fda.gov/fdac/features/096_home.html

 

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