Ode to Castor Oil

Besides wanting Carl Kasell on my voice mail really badly…I want a healthy glow, great digestion, all the toxins from modern living to run screaming from my body, oh, and gorgeous, long, thick shiny hair. So what does this have to do with that nasty goop we call castor oil? EVERYTHING!

These claims you may say are silly and certainly not approved by the FDA–well no and yes. Hardly any good statements are approved by the FDA, especially fun and fabulous ones. This is all besides the point.These claims are far from silly when I can provide stacks of articles both scholarly and not, books, research, and, of course, you-tube videos on the the subject.

Castor oil has been used since the time of the ancient Egypt, and they knew a thing or two about preservation. Castor oil is made from the castor bean (Ricinus communis). Many people know about it as a laxative taken orally- which I do not recommend (there are better ways to create explosive diarrhea). However, I do recommend it for so many lovely things.

Castor Oil

So lets get greasy….and healthy

1. Soften dry skin–rub a small amount of castor oil into skin that is intact, castor oil should never be used on open cuts. The best way to use castor oil is to pour it into a glass container and heat it over water till warm. this way is soaks in better. After rubbing it on, cover with something you don’t mind getting messy. Castor oil stains. Ex. rub on feet then cover with socks and go to bed.

2. Castor oil packs–are legendary! A castor oil pack involves the use of cloth soaked in castor oil which is placed on the skin then covered with a towel and then a hot water bottle/ hot rice pack/ of electric heating pad (which I am not fond of for several reasons–but that is another story). The benefits include helping decrease the following: Inflammation, Arthritis pain , Congestion, Constipation and Liver, kidney, and pelvic disorders (fibroids too and fibrocystic breast tissue), Increase detoxification, Cholecystitis (inflammation of the gall bladder) . To find out more look up Edgar Cayce castor oil packs as a home remedy. (He also wrote a book on “Health through Drugless Therapies.”) Insert shameless plug: I am currently making a wonderful “how to video” and instructions, plus an easy to use kit. Frankly, the stuff is messy, so I am am trying to clean it up and make it more convent.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sVaCT80TzlY

3. Hair…as I researched, I found castor oil scalp massage helps hair growth, improve thickness and also some resources said it helps prevent hair loss. I did find some fun you tubes with all types of people proclaiming their love for castor oil when it comes to improving their hair. There is even a castor oil challenge, were people are trying and showing the results in a fun, non scientific manner- so don’t expect and ‘n value.’ As I too love to experiment..I took my castor oil and smeared it on, then massaged it into my scalp. Soon after this I felt like Travolta in Grease, therefore I recommend doing this before bed (or a costume party). Be sure to cover your head with an old towel then attempt to wash (it took two washes) in the am. We shall see if this works. This girl loves castor oil too! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cb5ADnxgihA&feature=related

4. Healthy skin – great for oil skin oddly enough since the stuff is super oil. Castor oil helps break down natural oil and remove impurities… this is a more professional video than the one above. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVw7-b_e1x8

Castor oil plant

Visit my health living guide section for how to get oil and healthy with castor oil–it shall be up this week unless the dog eats my computer. The tips will include:  when, where, why, and how. All those questions like how much do I apply, how often, when should I not use this? For example: never use castor oil pack over the abdomen during menses- it will increase bleeding. Basically it is fun, safe and effective externally you just need to follow some simple guidelines.

Have fun getting greased up–maybe castor oil wrestling will be the next big thing.

I am no longer a webinar novice–well maybe

Today, I conquered my first webinar. It was a fabulous success of women vs technology and I think I came out victorious….if I do say so myself.  Today at noon, I did a very informative webinar for Incyst on a ‘Naturopathic Approach to Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.’ It was much fun, thanks to Monika Woolsey. If anyone is interested please contact me for more information.

Webinar Success

Hell ya! But my mom does not approve!

OK, My mom would not approve. This study on swearing  is F’ing amusing but very flawed, (which makes for great news headlines and conversational starters). However, “they” did not test the impact of positive statements or encouragement, etc.

I enjoy a good swear at the appropriate time and plus cussing a blue streak can be liberating, but really…it is far more satisfying to hurl an insult that is an educated, clever, witty retort to a situation. Frankly, if you can bewilder a gormless, mouth breather that has offended your moral concept of justice; you may obtain a better stress relief than a simpleton’s four letter quip. Get out your Thesaurus and do yourself justice! OK, I am only joking. There is much truth to letting off steam’s ability to help us endure situations, however there are just as many studies on meditation (and going to our “happy place”) to provide relief when things are painful or when morons vex us. (http://www.healthnews.com/Categories/Natural-Health/Meditation-Can-Provide-Greater-Pain-Relief-Than-Powerful-Medication) Positive thoughts and happy places actually are proven to do more good in our bodies than negativity. Check out the studies on the structure of water and the impact of negative language if you do not believe me. (Masaru Emoto studies on water. Plus “What the Bleep do we Know”) This is just something to think about as we succumb to cussing out the self righteous…beautiful human that cut in line in front of us.

Ramsay’s Remedy: Swearing ‘Lessens Pain’

A study into people’s tolerance to physical pain has got scientists swearing by foul-mouthed outbursts.

Gordon Ramsay

‘Effing and blinding’ like Gordon helped volunteers cope with pain

Gordon Ramsay-style profanities could actually help people cope with the effects of knocks, bumps and other mishaps, researchers from Keele University in Staffordshire found.

The scientists were investigating whether swearing could have a psychological effect on increasing pain tolerance.

To test the theory they had 66 volunteer students submerge a hand into a iced water for as long as possible while repeating a swear word of their choice.

At the start of the experiment, participants were asked for “five words you might use after hitting yourself on the thumb with a hammer” and then told to use the first swear word on the list.

They then repeated the task, with the students instead asked to use one of “five words to describe a table”.

The evidence discovered a virtue in the participants’ vulgarities.

The study found volunteers were able to keep their hands in the freezing water for significantly longer when they swore.

At the same time their heart rates accelerated and their pain-perception, as measured with a questionnaire, reduced.

The scientists believe swearing triggers a “fight-or-flight” response and heightens aggression.

They wrote in the journal NeuroReport of the effect of “everyday examples of aggressive swearing”.

They included: “The football manger who ‘psychs up’ players with expletive-laden team talks, or the drill sergeant barking orders interspersed with profanities.

“Swearing in these contexts may serve to raise levels of aggression, downplaying feebleness in favour of a more pain-tolerant machismo,” the researchers wrote.

Dr Richard Stephens, who led the study, said: “Swearing has been around for centuries and is an almost universal human linguistic phenomenon.

“It taps into emotional brain centres and appears to arise in the right brain, whereas most language production occurs in the left cerebral hemisphere of the brain.

“Our research shows one potential reason why swearing developed and why it persists.”

Aspirin, a real pain…

This article only skims the surface of all the problems with Aspirin (NSAIDs group of meds) and how the biochemical action works–in short, using aspirin treats only the symptom rather than the cause, unless perchance, you have a severe aspirin deficiency problem. NSAIDs act as nonselective inhibitors of the enzyme cyclooxygenase (COX), inhibiting both the cyclooxygenase-1 (COX-1) and cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) isoenzymes. This is the same biochemical pathway that vitamin B3, B6, Folic acid, Omega 6 and Omega 3 take when being processed in your body . To explain it simply all those good foods and expensive fish oils you consume get stopped short and unused by your body if you take NSAIDs like aspirin.  If you read the whole article you will learn how Aspirin is linked to many nasty things such as gastrointestinal ulcers, stomach bleeding, and tinnitus (annoying ring in your ears) especially in higher doses. Plus, in children and adolescents, aspirin should no longer be used to control flu-like symptoms, the symptoms of chickenpox or other viral illnesses for that matter, due to the risk of Reye syndrome. Follow my blog and find ways to avoid aspirin through healthy living, aligning your skeletal muscular system properly, exercising, avoiding inflammatory foods like sugar, reducing stress, trying acupuncture, etc…Ok that was a shameless plug. Now you can read this enlightening article (even if it is from Fox News).

Study: Healthy people who take aspirin to prevent heart attacks could be doing themselves more harm than good, experts have warned.

The drug, which reduces the risk of blood clots, can be taken by patients who have already suffered a heart attack or are at risk of one.

Millions of others are also believed to take a daily dose as an “insurance policy” with the hope of guarding against heart trouble.

But the routine use of aspirin by healthy people to prevent heart problems “cannot be supported,” professors from the Aspirin for Asymptomatic Atherosclerosis (AAA) said.

Their study found that the risk of cardiovascular problems had to be set against the increased risk of internal bleeding.

Professor Peter Weissberg, of the British Heart Foundation which partially funded the research, said: “We know that patients with symptoms of artery disease, such as angina, heart attack or stroke, can reduce their risk of further problems by taking a small dose of aspirin each day.

“The findings of this study agree with our current advice that people who do not have symptomatic or diagnosed artery or heart disease should not take aspirin, because the risks of bleeding may outweigh the benefits.”

The study recruited 28,980 men and women aged between 50 and 75 who were free of clinically evident cardiovascular disease in central Scotland.

They were given either a daily dose of 100 milligrams of aspirin or a placebo.

Major bleeding requiring admission to hospital occurred in 34 (2 percent) subjects in the aspirin group and 20 (1.2 percent) of the placebo group.

Oh Sugar….is it a sweet poison?

oooh, you sexy thing!

I have a slight sugar addiction, I can quit at any time….and I do, again and again. Then some how I slip. It my be that kind neighbor who brings me a treat or that chocolate temptress in the glass counter at the tea house. As strong as I would like to be, there are times I fall into serious lust with a delectable treat and succumb to my base desires. Oh ya, I arm myself with trail mix, dried fruit, kale chips, flax crackers, etc but some days they are no match to that come hither look a gluten-free, double chocolate cupcake can give when peering over that fair trade/ organic card. I have read the Harvard studies, the Robert Lustig study, Dr. Weston Price’s book “Nutrition and Physical Degeneration” but somehow it happens…my eyes gaze with lust, my heart believes it is true love and my hand goes for my wallet…in the next moment I have secured that cupcake in my grasp…my lips touch the soft icing as I slowly undress the sweet thing. Then it is all over, I feel sad that I cheated on my kale chips for empty calories and a meaningless relationship that will negatively effect my blood sugar balance, decrease my immune system for the next few hours (http://www.healtharticles101.com/weakened-immune-system-how-to-fight-diseases/) and cause an inflammatory response in my body (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21443679) (There are many more thrilling articles if you research.)

So why do I do this? Many, many reasons: stress reactions cause a chemical craving (cortisol messes with your insulin response), or sometimes I am tired therefore turning to sugar for a quick boost or it is emotionally comfort food. Whatever the reason, we all have a scientifically explained draw to the demon. Frankly, we need a small amount of natural sugar in our body- it is our fuel. We just over do it to the point of causing health problems; sometimes very serious ones.

As the time of chocolate bunnies, candied eggs, jelly beans and peeps approaches- I vow to take a stand against the evil beast we call sugar. I shall be strong because it is good for me plus it is important I am not a complete hypocritical jerk telling my patients to stay off sugar while I indulge.

Find out more about sugar: Is Sugar Toxic- New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/17/magazine/mag-17Sugar-t.html?_r=1

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Hello All,

Soon I will be posting loads of helpful blogs on health, rants about how we should change the world, and many links to interesting health related articles/ videos/ etc…plus you will get a smattering of humor, bad spelling, and a pleasant nonsense intermixed with my rambling.

Dr. Susan Lundgren

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