Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Olive Leaf Extract

This is a great article from Dr. Ronald Hoffman's site, Intelligent Medicine.  PDF of this page can be found here:

Olive leaf extract

The Bible refers to the olive tree as the “tree of life.” Olives, the ripe fruit of the tree, yield healthy monounsaturated fats and phytochemicals that act as potent antioxidants. Research on the benefits of olive oil abounds in scientific literature. Yet, people are still not aware of the amazing healing powers of another component of the olive tree, the leaves.

The olive tree, botanically designated as Olea europaea,brings to us a promising herbal product known as olive leaf extract. The ancient Egyptians regarded olive leaf as a symbol of heavenly power, and in keeping with that belief, they extracted its oil and used it to mummify their kings. The healing powers of olive leaf were realized as early as the 1880s when it was utilized to counteract malaria. According to the 1854 Pharmaceutical Journal of Provincial Transactions (pp. 363-354), Hanbury stated that a “decoction of the leaves” of the olive tree had been found to be extremely effective in reducing fevers due to a severe and otherwise often-fatal disease that swept the island of Mytilene in 1843. The olive leaf extract was reported subsequently to be more effective in its fever-lowering properties than quinine. Hanbury recalled that similar observations had been made in France and Spain between 1811 and 1828. It appears that in the early 19th century, Spanish physicians sometimes prescribed olive leaves as a “febrifuge,” and often used them to treat cases of intermittent fever (2). Hanbury concluded that the properties of the tree Olea europaea deserved more extensive investigation.

In the early1900s scientists isolated a bitter compound called oleuropein from olive leaf that was thought to give the olive tree its disease resistance. In 1962 an Italian researcher recorded that oleuropein had the ability to lower blood pressure in animals. Other European researchers validated that claim and also found it to increase blood flow in the coronary arteries, relieve arrhythmia and prevent intestinal muscle spasms. In the years to come, a Dutch researcher identified that a primary ingredient in oleuropein inhibited the growth of viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites. This chemical was elenolic acid. Further European research determined
this compound to have strong bactericidal, antiviral and antifungal capabilities. A safety study on calcium elenolate was tested with laboratory animals and published by the Upjohn pharmaceutical company in 1970. The study concluded that even in doses several hundred times higher than recommended, no toxic or other adverse side effects were discovered.

Health professionals first started using olive leaf extract in 1995 when it first became available. Although we do not have a long-term perspective as yet, initial results are very positive. We see a very promising and unique herb with multiple applications. It shows considerable therapeutic action against many common conditions. In short, it appears to be living up to its unique background and expectations.  From research and clinical experience to date, we can say that supplemental olive leaf may be beneficial in the
treatment for conditions caused by, or associated with, a virus, retrovirus, bacterium or protozoan. Among those treatable conditions are: influenza, the common cold, candida infections, meningitis, Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), encephalitis, herpes I and II, human herpes virus 6 and 7, shingles (Herpes zoster), HIV/ARC/AIDS, chronic fatigue, hepatitis B, pneumonia, tuberculosis, gonorrhea, malaria, dengue, severe diarrhea, and dental, ear, urinary  tract and surgical infections. Many people who live stressful lives or who may be particularly susceptible to colds and viruses may benefit from long-term use of olive leaf as a preventive agent. Some patients have expressed other unexpected benefits of olive leaf including improved psoriasis, normalization of heart beat irregularities, diminished
cravings, and less pain from hemorrhoids, toothaches and chronically achy joints.

Research suggests that olive leaf may be a true antiviral compound because it appears to selectively block an entire virus-specific system in the infected host. It then appears to offer healing effects not addressed by pharmaceutical antibiotics. Olive leaf’s broad killing power includes an ability to interfere with critical amino acid production for viruses; an ability to contain viral infection and/or spread by inactivating viruses by preventing virus shredding, budding or assembly at the cell membrane; and the ability to directly penetrate infected cells and stop viral replication.

After exhaustive research, Dr. Hoffman is proud to announce his version of olive leaf extract. What makes this product so unique is the fact that it is standardized to contain a minimum of 20 percent oleuropein per capsule. The actual content can be as high as 23 percent. Remember, oleuropein is the active antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and antiparasitic component of olive leaf. Inferior products abound, partially due to confusion. For example, Dr. Hoffman’s own olive leaf extract contains 500 mg of olive leaf extract, standardized to 20 percent oleuropein per capsule and many people only focus on the 500 mg. Sure, I have found 500 mg capsules of olive
leaf in health food stores, but the usual amount of oleuropein (the active component) is only 6 percent. The highest percent of oleuropein I have ever found in a bottle of olive leaf is 12 percent, and that costs $40 per bottle for 60 capsules. Additionally, many olive leaf extract supplements do not contain the listed amount of oleuropein. Dr. Hoffman specifically researched this fact and makes sure that his brand of olive leaf extract contains what is listed and functions exactly as he intends. Dr. Hoffman employs olive leaf extract for most bacterial, viral, parasitic and fungal conditions. There are many unique uses for this medicinal herb. The key to
the benefits of olive leaf extract is to find a product that contains enough of the active constituent to achieve the desired outcome.

Dosage: for health maintenance take one or two 500 mg capsules (20 percent oleuropein), twice daily with meals. For the common cold take either two 500 mg capsules, 4 times per day with meals, or one capsule every hour while awake. For long standing infections or candida, take two capsules, three to four times per day, with meals.

This was generated from an article on
      © 2017 Ronald L. Hoffman MD, PC. All Rights Reserved | 1
Hanbury D. On the febrifuge properties of the olive (Olea europea, L.), Pharmaceutical Journal of Provincial
Transactions, pp. 353-354, 1854.
Cruess WV, and Alsberg CL, The bitter glucoside of the olive. J Amer. Chem. Soc. 1934; 56:2115-7.
Veer WLC et al. A Compound isolated from Europea. Recueil,1957; 76:839-40.
Panizzi L et al. The constitution of oleuropein, a bitter glucoside of the olive with hypotensive action. Gazz. Chim.
Ital; 1960; 90:1449-85.
Renis HE, In vitro antiviral activity of calcium elenolate, an antiviral agent. Antimicrob. AgentsChemother., 1970;
Petkov V and Manolov P, Pharmacological analysis of the iridoid oleuopein. Drug Res., 1972; 22(9); 1476-86.
Zarzuelo A et al, Vasodilator effect of olive leaf, Planta Med., 1991; 57(5)417-9.
The evaluation of long-term effects of cinnamon bark and olive leaf on toxicity induced by streptozotocin
administration to rats. J Pharm Pharmacol 1999 Nov;51(11):1305-12.

Wishing you health and healing,
Print Friendly and PDF

Natural Antibiotics

Since I seem to have such horrible reactions to antibiotics, I did a bit of research on Natural Antibiotics and found this great article on Healthy Home Economist site.  It is such a great article so I decided to repost it.  Her site is linked below.

This is a very long read but well worth the time! You may want to print it out and save.
Even a short course of antibiotics can lead to resistant bacterial populations taking up residence in the gut that persist for up to 4 years – maybe even longer!
The bottom line is that drug based antibiotics really should only be used for life threatening situations – as a last resort if you will.
For bothersome everyday infections that are not life threatening, however, nature provides some very powerful and effective alternatives. Here is the list of the best of these natural antibiotics which have succeeded in keeping my own family of five off all drug based antibiotics for colds, flu, skin and sinus infections for over 25 years (and counting!). This list of the best natural antibiotics on the planet is in no particular order although I make note of which one is my personal favorite.
How to Use the Best Natural Antibiotics on the Planet

Oregano Oil
There are over 40 different oregano species, but the most beneficial one to maximize the therapeutic antibiotic effect you need is the oil produced from wild oregano, called Origanum vulgare. Thymus capitatus, a variety that grows in Spain, is also very powerful.
Quality oregano oil made from these species is golden to dark yellow, with a strong spicy odor.
According to Dr. Mercola, the best uses for oregano oil as a natural antibiotic are the following:
Foot or nail fungus. Put a few teaspoons of oregano oil in a small tub water and soak your feet. The oil can also be diluted (one drop of oil with a teaspoon of olive oil) and then apply directly to nails or skin.
Parasites and infections: Dilute the oil as described above and place it under your tongue. Hold it there for a few minutes, and then rinse it out. Repeat at least four times a day.
Sinus infections: Put a few drops of oregano oil in a pot of steaming water or neti pot, and inhale the steam.
Cayenne Pepper
Cayenne pepper also called capsicum is a strong spice used for thousands of years for its healing power and antibiotic effects. It’s not just an anecdotal, folklore remedy, however. Science is validating its use as a natural antibiotic as well.
Cayenne pepper is particularly effective at resolving vulvovaginitis, a common infection in women. One Czech study found capsicum essential oil exerts a considerable anti-fungal and antibiotic effect on this condition. It is important to properly use a carrier oil such as olive oil and thoroughly dilute cayenne pepper essential oil, however, as capsicum is quite burning upon initial contact with the skin.
Cayenne pepper is also fantastic for helping to resolve strep throat,
Colloidal Silver
The remarkable antibiotic nature of silver has been known for centuries. In the early 1900′s, the founder of Searle Pharmaceuticals, Alfred Searle, wrote in his book The Complete Use of Colloids in Health and Disease:
Applying colloidal silver to human subjects has been done in a large number of cases with astonishingly successful results…it has the advantage of being rapidly fatal to microbes without toxic action on its host. It is quite stable. It protects rabbits from ten times the lethal dose of tetanus or diphtheria toxin.
In the 1970′s, Dr. Robert O. Becker at Syracuse Medical University began to intensively research colloidal silver. He discovered that silver not only kills bacteria, but it actually killed bacteria that were resistant to all known antibiotics with no undesirable side effects.
Grapefruit Seed Extract (GSE)
Grapefruit seed extract (GSE) has been reported to be a highly effective, natural antibiotic in combating a variety of common infectious agents. In one study, drops of concentrated grapefruit-seed extract were tested for antibacterial properties against a number of gram-positive and gram-negative organisms. The researchers concluded that GSE was comparable to “proven topical antibacterials. Although the GSE appeared to have a somewhat greater inhibitory effect on gram-positive organisms than on gram-negative organisms, its comparative effectiveness against a wide range of bacterial biotypes is significant.”
Used full strength to combat warts, properly diluted GSE has a variety of uses to combat pathogens in your home environment. The only caveat is that commercial preparations of GSE have a chemical in them called diphenol hydroxybenzene that is of questionable safety and other chemicals like triclosan and cancer causing parabens that are definitely to be avoided.
Therefore, if you intend to use GSE especially internally, it is best to make it yourself by grinding the grapefruit seeds and the juiceless pulp and then mixing with glycerin.

Garlic Of all the natural antibiotics, garlic is my personal favorite and my family’s go-to for internal use. The reason is that it kills the pathogens, not just bacteria but also fungus and viruses too without harming beneficial gut flora.
Garlic packs a punch with phytochemicals and healing sulfur components. These sulfur compounds even chelate toxic heavy metals (like lead & cadmium), binding with them for excretion out of the body.
It has antibacterial, anti-fungal, and even antiviral qualities.
It promotes the growth of healthy intestinal microflora by acting as a prebiotic (food for probiotics).
Garlic helps keep fats from oxidizing.
Garlic acts as a strong antioxidant and guards against DNA damage.
It protects against radiation & sunlight damage.
Garlic fights worms and parasites.
It benefits digestion, which is good for the whole body.
It contains many nutrients such as vitamins (C, B1, B2, B3), minerals (calcium, folate, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, zinc, and phytochemicals (Allicin, beta-carotene, beta-sitosterol, caffeic acid, chlorogenic acid, diallyl-disulfide, ferulic acid, geraniol, kaempferol, linalool, oleanolic acid, p-coumaric acid, phloroglucinol, phytic acid, quercetin, rutin, s-allyl-cysteine, saponin, sinapic acid, & stigmasterol).
The phytochemical allicin in garlic is so powerful that it is one of the best natural antibiotics effective against MRSA. This article describes how to use it appropriately for this purpose.
Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride MD suggests consuming a whole head of garlic a day when using for natural antibiotic purposes. She also outlines how to make garlic infused olive oil as a remedy for ear and other external infections.
1 crushed clove of garlic
1 – 2 tablespoons cold pressed olive oil
Place the crushed garlic in the oil and let sit for 30 minutes, then strain. The oil can be warmed slightly by placing it in a cup and setting the cup in warm water (don’t overheat or this will destroy beneficial properties). Use a few drops of this oil hourly in the ears to treat an ear infection. Garlic oil is a safe remedy for children and can also be used daily (just a couple of drops) to soften ear wax buildup.
Have you ever wondered why pickled, raw ginger is nearly always served with sushi? This is likely because of historical folklore concerning ginger’s natural antibiotic effects which help prevent food poisoning.
Studies have shown that fresh ginger really does have an antibiotic effect against food borne pathogens such as salmonella, listeria and campylobacter. Fresh ginger also increases stomach acid production and helps calm indigestion when a meal just doesn’t agree with you.
So, if you are going to eat something that has the potential for food borne illness such as sushi or raw oysters, always best to eat some fresh ginger (raw and pickled is most potent) too in order to make use of its natural antibiotic properties.
This article on how to make the Master Tonic includes fresh ginger (as well as cayenne pepper and garlic) and is a wonderful concoction to make when traveling overseas in order to have a handy formula available that packs the punch of several natural antibiotics synergistically combined and fermented for maximum potency.
Olive Leaf Extract
Most people are aware of the health benefits of pure, 100% extra virgin olive oil. However, many in the health community are still in the dark about the antibiotic effects of olive leaf extract coming from the very same trees!
According to Dr. Ronald Hoffman MD, olive leaf extract as a healing modality was first realized in the 1800’s for malaria. Olive leaf extract may be best known for it’s ability to reduce fever even due to severe illness.
Early in the last century, oleuropein was isolated from olive leaf extract as this phytochemical was thought to give the olive tree its resistance to disease. Researchers from the Netherlands then learned that elenolic acid, a component of oleuropein, acted as a broad spectrum natural antibiotic, which safely and strongly inhibits the growth of not only bacteria, but also viruses and fungi.
Dr. Hoffman MD’s suggestion for use of olive leaf extract for long standing infections or candida is two 500 mg capsules (20% oleuropein) three to four times per day, preferably with meals.
Turmeric is a spice widely used in traditional Indian cooking that has been used holistically for centuries.
Dr. Kelly Brogan MD uses turmeric widely in her holistic psychiatry practice. She writes,
This wonder-spice is a mainstay of my anti-inflammatory work with patients in my practice where I use liposomal preparations of curcumin, the natural phenols responsible for turmeric’s yellow color, when I suspect their symptoms stem from a challenged immune system.
In research, the curcumin in turmeric was shown to be effective against Helicobacter pylori common in gastroduodenal ulcers regardless of the genetic makeup of the strain. The administration of curcumin also resolved any gastric damage caused by the infection.
If you wish to use turmeric as a natural antibiotic, Dr. Weil suggests to look for extracts in dosages of 400 to 600 mg, and take three times daily or as directed.
Echinacea is an herb widely used to fight infections and has been the subject of wide scientific research. Even WebMD is positive about it concluding that:
Echinacea is widely used to fight infections, especially the common cold and other upper respiratory infections. Echinacea is also used against many other infections including the flu, urinary tract infections, vaginal yeast infections, genital herpes, bloodstream infections (septicemia), gum disease, tonsillitis, streptococcus infections, syphilis, typhoid, malaria, and diphtheria.
German scientists have studied echinacea using double-blind, placebo-controlled studies, the gold standard for scientific research on drugs. One of these showed that echinacea users experienced less frequent and less severe virus infections by one-third to one-half with no toxic effects compared to the group that took a placebo.
According to Dr. Sears MD, echinacea studies on adults suggest 300 mg three time a day for a total of 900 mg a day as a recommended regimen. For children, half the adult dose for ages 6-13, and one-quarter the adult dose for those under age six.
Manuka Honey
What would this list of natural antibiotics be without raw honey which has been used as an infection fighter since ancient times? Of all the raw honey on the planet, Manuka honey from New Zealand is the best when it comes to resolving infections.
I first used Manuka honey shortly after my first child was born to resolve a breastfeeding related infection. It worked so well I was able to avoid using antibiotics.
According to Dr. Mercola, clinical trials have found that Manuka honey is effective against more than 250 strains of bacteria, including:
MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus)
MSSA (methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus)
VRE (vancomycin-resistant enterococci)
Helicobacter Pylori (which can cause stomach ulcers)
In 2007, the FDA even approved Manuka honey based wound dressings.
The great thing about Manuka honey is that it is food. I’ve personally found it most effective for skin based infections (just slather on as needed), but the research indicates an internal infection fighting benefit as well even reducing the cavity causing bacteria responsible for dental plaque.
Pau d’Arco
Overuse of drug based antibiotics frequently leads to an overgrowth in the gut of a large family of yeasts or fungus known as Candida.
Pau d’arco is an herb that is highly effective at repressing Candida and significantly reducing the resultant sugar cravings that come with it. Repressing Candida and ingesting plenty of probiotics in the form of fermented foods and/or supplements will over time allow beneficial gut microbes to regain control of the gut environment.
While Pau d’arco has been used as a medicine for centuries as one of the best natural antibiotics to counteract fungal overgrowth, science is also validating these anecdotal observations. The Brazilian Journal of Biology found in 2010 found that Tabebuia avellanedae, one tree species that is the source of the Pau d’arco herb, does indeed exert an inhibitory effect on yeasts.
The form Pau d’arco is most often used is as an herbal tea, which I must admit, is an acquired taste! Even after drinking it as needed for the past 2 decades, I still don’t like it much! The good news is that the taste isn’t so terrible that you can’t drink a cup or two for a few days to a week or more. This will help you get back into the routine of healthy eating with sweets kept in moderation if Candida has gotten out of control during off the wagon eating while on vacation or due to a round of antibiotics.
Which of the natural antibiotics on this list are your favorites? What do you use them for and when?

Source:The Healthy Home Economist

Wishing You Health and Healing,

Print Friendly and PDF

Friday, March 30, 2018

Dr. Jeffry Bland - How the Brain Perceives Chronic Pain

For those of us who struggle with chronic pain conditions, this research looks promising. 

Future study of chronic pain conditions may be aided by a brain network stimulus-response observation technique recently borrowed from physics. “Explosive synchronization” has been found among brain networks in those with fibromyalgia, and the degree of abruptness in linking correlated to pain perception experienced by women with the condition. The electroencephalograph-based technique helped confirm that, in contrast to the gradual linking among brain centers after stimuli that characterizes a normal response, these centers connected in a more unstable and hypersensitive manner in subjects with fibromyalgia.
Researchers feel that this observation method, especially combined with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) or magnetoencephalography, may help deepen understanding of the etiology of fibromyalgia and other chronic conditions of hypersensitivity to pain signaling, and could also aid development of personalized, non-invasive brain therapies for modulating these patterns in affected individuals.

From Dr. Bland's April 2018 Convergence Newsletter. 

Wishing you health and healing,

Print Friendly and PDF

Friday, March 2, 2018

Benefits of Berberine

A friend of mine shared with me that he had started taking Berberine for his Diabetes and Heart Disease, so I thought I might give it a try.  I have been taking Berberine for over a year now and have personally seen improvements in many of the areas below.  Please check out Dr. Axe's site with a free download describing the "7 Benefits of Berberine."  I have also reprinted Medical Researcher, Dr. Jeffery Bland's article on "Berberine" from his monthly newsletter. 

The use of berberine benefits for a very wide range of serious health ailments, including:
  • Anti-aging
  • Diabetes
  • Gastrointestinal infections
  • Heart disease
  • High cholesterol
  • Hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Immune challenges
  • Joint problems
  • Low bone density
  • Weight control

Please check out Dr. Axe's website for more interesting information on Berberine,

Second and First Brains on Berberine
Within the last couple of decades, we’ve learned remarkable things about the human gut that have led to it being called the “second brain”:

  • every “brain” neurotransmitter has been found in the gut
  • the small intestine harbors at least as many neurons as does the spinal cord
  • the vast majority of vagal spinal fibers travel FROM the gut TO the brain
Clearly, our gut actively gathers information, interprets it, and acts upon it. It shares information with the central nervous system, and as an “enteral nervous system” (ENS) helps coordinate our overall response to our environment. The microbiome is a central operator within the ENS, taking data directly from the dietary environment we select for it with each day’s food intake as well as from the “commentary” provided by the peptides, fatty acids, endotoxins, bacteriocins, antigens, and other molecules released by digestion and elaborated by the ever-changing members of the gut’s community. The microbiome also interacts continuously with the gut-associated lymph tissue (GALT) that mobilizes immune offense and defense, and the composition and balance of our diets and the 2-3 pounds of metabolically active organisms in our microbiota determines the amount of beneficial short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) available to support the normally rapid growth and turnover of intestinal cells and the integrity of the gut’s epithelial barrier.
In this interview with Dr. Bland, author and clinician Dr. Robert Rountree describes combining his knowledge of the gut-brain connection with the bitter plant alkaloid berberine in successful treatment of dysbiosis by virtue of improving the microbiome’s balance among symbiotic, commensal, and parasitic species. He relates that he has never seen negative effects typical of antimicrobial drugs when giving berberine to his patients, and takes it himself. He and Dr. Bland also discuss the importance of bile acids and their receptor interactions in influencing inflammatory and insulin pathways, and the use of bitter lipotropic nutrients and botanicals to aid bile flow.
Berberine has been shown to beneficially affect cholesterol and triglyceride metabolism through stimulating fatty acid oxidation in skeletal muscle and the liver. In animals with impaired glucose tolerance, it not only reduced apolipoprotein B levels while raising those of ApoA1 and HDL cholesterol, but also dropped levels of fasting glucose, total cholesterol, free fatty acids, and triglycerides while improving glucose tolerance. Facilitating insulin secretion was found to be one mechanism of action of this phytonutrient. In a recently published article, berberine (333 mg thrice daily was employed with other supplements to heighten the efficacy of a lifestyle modification program in improving weight and body fat loss, total and LDL cholesterol reduction, apoB/apoA1 ratio, and hsCRP level in overweight individuals. As a bitter alkaloid, berberine is a component of several plants used to aid biliary tract and digestive function, and can increase bile acid turnover and reduce hepatic lipid accumulation by inhibiting bile hydrolysis in the gut microbiota, reducing hepatic fatty acid uptake, and activating intestinal farnesoid X receptor (FXR) activity, which helps regulate fat metabolism.
Berberine’s effects may not be not limited to the digestive tract, however—it may also improve glucose transport in the brain and has shown anti-inflammatory activity in models of Alzheimer’s disease.

Reprinted from Medical Researcher, Dr. Jeffrey Bland's "Convergence" Newsletter March 2018

Wishing you health and healing,
Print Friendly and PDF

Friday, February 2, 2018

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Daily Supplements with Dr Mike

This is such an interesting video.  The information on vaccinations is well done and backed up by research.  Every parent needs to see this video.

Wishing you health and healing,

Print Friendly and PDF