Monthly Archives: July 2011

Zinc Lozenges Proven Effective

The outcome of a meta-analysis published online on June 23, 2001 in the Open Respiratory Medicine Journal concludes that zinc lozenges are beneficial in reducing the length of the common cold if the mineral is available in sufficient quantities.

For the review, Dr Harri Hemilä of the University of Helsinki selected thirteen placebo-controlled trials examining the effects of zinc lozenges on cold duration. Three trials tested zinc acetate and five trials tested other forms of zinc in daily doses of greater than 75 milligrams. The remaining five trials evaluated the use of lozenges that contained lower doses of the mineral.

While pooled analysis of the five trials that analyzed the effects of less than 75 milligrams zinc found no benefit, zinc acetate consumed in doses higher than 75 milligrams per day was associated with a 42 percent reduction in cold duration. Consuming more than 75 milligrams per day of other forms of zinc was associated with a 20 percent decrease in the length of colds.

Dr Hemilä notes that consideration of dosage alone may be a simplified approach to supplementation, because some types of zinc lozenges, including those that contain zinc tartrate or citrate, bind zinc ions tightly, thereby decreasing the level of free zinc ions. Additionally, some brands of lozenges may contain ingredients such as cotton seed oil that can react with zinc ions to create insoluble compounds. “New trials should be carried out to confirm the benefit of zinc acetate lozenges at a dosage of about 80 mg per day, and to examine whether even lower daily doses in appropriately formulated lozenges might be effective,” Dr Hemilä writes.

Although no long term adverse effects were observed, high doses of zinc consumed for extended periods of time are not recommended. Nevertheless, Dr Hemilä remarks that 150 milligrams per day zinc has been administered for therapeutic uses for months or years in specific patients, and that a trial involving six weeks of supplementation at this level failed to result in a deficiency of copper (a potential side effect of prolonged intake of high amounts of zinc).

“Since a large proportion of trial participants have remained without adverse effects, zinc lozenges might be useful for them as a treatment option for the common cold,” Dr Hemilä writes. “More research is needed on zinc lozenges to find optimal lozenge compositions and treatment strategies.”

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Exercise and Bone Health

I can’t stress enough how important it is to exercise and help keep your bones  strong and healthy as you age.

Strong Legs Critical to Health

Exercise Helps Prevent Fracture  

More leg strengthening and toning exercises

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When Antibiotics Fail

Pelargonium

Respiratory issues are of concern to many, especially with the many concerns over failed antibiotics.

For quite a number of years I have been using remedies that are specifically ready when either antibiotics fail or you wish to avoid using them.

Here’s a trusted herbal remedy that may be very effective when you are facing a respiratory infection.

An extract from a South African geranium might reduce the length of your next cold by two days if you take it within 48 hours of your first symptoms. A University of Chicago study found that the plant—Pelargonium sidiodes—may weaken viruses and boost your immunity.

Pelargonium sidoides (Umckaloabo) for treating acute respiratory tract infections

Umckaloabo is a herbal extract derived from the plant Pelargonium sidoides (P. sidoides) and is available in both tablet and liquid forms. The extract is used for the treatment of acute respiratory tract infections (ARIs) where antibiotic use is unnecessary. In the light of inappropriate antibiotic use and increasing drug resistance rates worldwide, the need for an alternative, effective remedy for these medical conditions is crucial.

We reviewed eight randomized clinical trials with acceptable methodologies. Two trials showed that P. sidoides was effective in relieving all symptoms, and in particular cough and sputum production in adults with acute bronchitis. However, a third study showed that the preparation was only effective for treating sputum reduction. Similarly, P. sidoides was effective in resolving symptoms of acute bronchitis in two out of three pediatric studies. In acute sinusitis and the common cold P. sidoides was effective in resolving all symptoms including headaches and nasal discharge in adults when taken for an extended time period. Adverse events were more common with P. sidoides, but none were severe .

There is limited evidence for the effectiveness of P. sidoides in the treatment of ARIs. The herbal preparation may be effective in relieving symptoms in acute bronchitis in adults and children, and sinusitis in adults.  SOURCE

In 1897, Englishman Charles Stevens went to South Africa hoping to cure himself of a respiratory illness.  While there, an African tribal healer gave him a remedy made from Pelargonium sidoides roots (a plant native to the coastal regions of South Africa).  Fully recovered, Stevens brought the remedy back to England where it became popular as Stevens’ Consumption Cure.

In 1920, Dr. Adrien Sechehaye learned of Stevens’ cure.  Over the next nine years he treated more than 800 patients in Switzerland with a homeopathic preparation of P. sidoides roots (EPs 7630).  But with the advent of synthetic drugs, the remedy was forgotten by Western medicine until its recent rediscovery by European researchers.

Today’s formula is a clinically proven preparation of EPs 7630, and the name is derived from the African word “umKhulkane” (meaning respiratory infection).

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Welcome to Simply4Health.

We look forward to your visiting with us to learn what you can do  to successfully work your way through the health care maze and improve your health.

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Great tip for hot weather

We hope you’ll take the time to visit our web site and our other publications.

The focus here is to be able to interact with our visitors and provide sound natural health and health information based on our 50+ years of study and health of natural health care, and the traditional model. 

We’ll post our remedies from time to time.  You may have some too that you’d like to add.

Starting things off is a great tip for hot weather –

Using fresh mint, add a few springs to a large glass jar.

Add 1 cup freshly boiled water and allow to steep.

Then add 3 cups fresh water to the jar and refrigerate for 1-2 hours.

You’ll have refreshing mint water to cool your day.

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greetings

Welcome to simply4health and our new blog.  Here’s your opportunity to ask questions and get  simple answers about your health.

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