Eggplant has a compound that can exacerbate arthritis pain. It is rich in iron and copper (nutrients group 2), antagonists of calcium and zinc (nutrients group 1).  Calcium, magnesium, Vit B6, zinc and Vit D are important for cell growth.

So in eating a little of everything (nutrients 1 and 2), fish and veggies, we can balance what the body needs. Older adults need more calcium than iron/copper since excess copper can lead to mental health issues.

There are pain relieving foods, they are yellow in color (ginger and turmeric).  All these nutrients work better with Vit C and E.

Between processed foods and whole foods, I choose whole foods.

Eggplants Are Packed with Antioxidants

Eggplants contain fiber, copper, B vitamins, vitamin K, and potassium, but their brightly colored skin is a sign that they’re also rich in antioxidants. Anthocyanins are one type of phytonutrient that are responsible for that dark-purple color.

One variety, nasunin, has been found to have potent antioxidant and free-radical scavenging abilities. It’s also known to protect the fats in your brain cell membranes,3 and it has iron-chelating abilities, which is beneficial if you suffer fromiron overload.

The predominant antioxidant in eggplants is chlorogenic acid, which also has anti-cancer, antimicrobial, and anti-viral properties. Chlorogenic acid is also one of the most potent free-radical scavengers found in plants. One variety of eggplant in particular, known as Black Magic, has been shown to have nearly three times the antioxidants as other varieties.4

In addition, nasunin and other phytonutrients in eggplant, including terpenes, are thought to be beneficial for heart health. Animal studies show that eggplant juice has beneficial effects on cholesterol levels and also relaxes blood vessels for improved blood flow.5

Eggplant Extract May Kill Cancer Cells

A cream containing eggplant extract, known as BEC and BEC5, appears to cure and eliminate most non-melanoma skin cancers in several weeks’ time. There are reports that extracts of plants from the Solanaceae family of vegetables are effective for treating cancer dating back nearly 200 years to 1825, according to natural health pioneer Dr. Jonathan Wright.

However, it wasn’t until much later, after the 1950s, that they were formally studied. The leading researcher in this area today is Dr. Bill E. Cham, who reported as early as 1991 in Cancer Letters that:6

“A cream formulation containing high concentrations (10%) of a standard mixture of solasodine glycosides (BEC) has been shown to be effective in the treatment of malignant and benign human skin tumors.”

One of Dr. Cham’s more recent studies was published in the International Journal of Clinical Medicine.7 The paper includes two impressive case reports of 60-something men who were suffering from large basal cell carcinoma (BCC) or squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), which had plagued them for years. The results upon treatment with a cream formulation of BEC (eggplant extract) twice a day are astounding:

    • In the first case, treatment with the eggplant-extract cream resulted in rapid break down of the tumor. After two weeks, the lesion was reduced to about half its original size, and after 14 weeks the cancer was clinically eliminated with no scar tissue formation. Even the hairs had regrown where the tumor was originally.
    • In the second case, after six weeks of treatment with eggplant-extract cream, the large skin cancer lesion appeared “cleaner” and some of the cancerous tissue had been replaced with normal tissue.

In another three weeks, the lesion was much smaller and more normal tissue was apparent. After a total of 14 weeks, the lesion was completely eliminated with no scar tissue present.

Unfortunately, simply eating eggplant, tomatoes, peppers, or similar veggies, while beneficial for many reasons, will not induce this same effect because the active components are not able to effectively penetrate your cells. This requires the addition of glycosides, molecules with various simple sugars attached to them that can latch on to receptors found on skin cancer cells.

That being said, eggplant compounds have also been found to have anti-proliferative activities against human colon and liver cancer cells.8 The fact that eggplant has anti-cancer effects is one more testament to the benefits of eating a wide variety of natural foods.

How to Choose and Prepare Eggplant

For best flavor, choose eggplants that are glossy in color, firm, and heavy for their size. The stem should be bright green, and if you push on the flesh with your thumb, it should bounce back. A lasting indentation is a sign that the eggplant may be overripe. Overripe eggplants tend to be more bitter in flavor, as do those that are stored too long.

You can store an uncut eggplant in your refrigerator’s crisper drawer (in a plastic bag), but they are quite perishable. Ideally, look for eggplants that are locally grown and use them as soon as possible after harvest.

One of the allures of eggplants is their versatility. They can be baked, roasted, steamed or boiled, mashed, pureed, diced, and sliced. Although it’s not a requirement, many people “sweat” their eggplant prior to using it in recipes to help draw out some moisture, tenderize the flesh and reduce any bitterness. To do so, the George Mateljan Foundation recommends:9

To tenderize the flesh’s texture and reduce some of its naturally occurring bitter taste, you can sweat the eggplant by salting it. After cutting the eggplant into the desired size and shape, sprinkle it with salt and allow it to rest for about 30 minutes.

This process will pull out some of its water content and make it less permeable to absorbing any oil used in cooking. Rinsing the eggplant after ‘sweating’ will remove most of the salt.”

Healthy Grilled Eggplant Recipe

Eggplant is a perfect addition to soups, stews, casseroles, and side dishes, and it’s often used as a replacement for meat in those following a vegetarian or vegan diet. But it’s also quite tasty on its own. To savor the unique flavor and texture of eggplant, all you need is a bit of healthy oil, salt and pepper. The grilled eggplant recipe below, from the Rodale Recipe Index, is one well worth keeping:

Grilled Eggplant4


  • 4 eggplants (1 lb each), with peel, cut lengthwise into 1″ thick slices
  • 2 tsp kosher salt, divided
  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive or coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper


  1. Layer several paper towels on baking sheet. Place half of eggplant on top in single layer. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of the salt and cover with paper towels. Arrange second layer of eggplant, sprinkle with remaining salt, and cover with paper towels.
  2. Let eggplant stand 30 minutes, then rinse each piece and blot dry. (This helps extract excess water, reducing bitterness and preventing eggplant from absorbing excess oil during cooking.)
  3. Brush both sides of an eggplant slice with oil to coat and transfer to large bowl. Repeat with remaining oil and eggplant slices. Season with pepper.
  4. Heat grill to medium. Grill eggplant, with cover closed, 16 to 20 minutes, turning once, until lightly browned and tender. Refrigerate leftovers in airtight container for a day or two.

More eggplant recipes from Dr Axe:

 1. Almond-Crusted Baked Eggplant

Crispy eggplant sans frying is possible. Grounded almonds are used in place of traditional breadcrumbs to coat eggplant slices and then are baked to achieve ultimate crunch. Serve with marinara sauce, in a sandwich, or with a salad.

Almond-Crusted Baked Eggplant
Photo: Almond-Crusted Baked Eggplant / Jessica in the Kitchen

2. Baba Ganoush

One of my favorite eggplant recipes, this Middle Eastern staple is perfect for dipping crackers, veggies, or spreading on a sandwich. Broiling the skins adds a smoky flavor to the dip — I recommend you make a double batch. You’ll want it!

Baba Ganoush
Photo: Baba Ganoush / Inspired Taste

3. Balsamic Roasted Eggplant

This delightfully simple healthy recipe is full of flavor thanks to Dijon mustard, garlic, fresh thyme, and, of course, balsamic. Try adding other veggies like zucchini, onions, or carrots for a hearty side dish.

Balsamic Roasted Eggplant
Photo: Balsamic Roasted Eggplant / iheartyum

4. Beef and Eggplant Casserole

Reminiscent of lasagna, this beef and eggplant casserole is the type of dish that’s excellent on a cold night when you need something cozy for dinner.

Ground beef is cooked with garlic and marinara sauce and then layered atop fresh eggplant slices and Parmesan cheese. The result is a crisp oven-baked casserole that’s carb-free and delicious. Top with fresh basil.

Beef and Eggplant Casserole
Photo: Beef and Eggplant Casserole / Not Enough Cinnamon

5. Cashew-Less Vegan Queso

Former cheese-loving vegans, get excited: this dip tastes super similar to traditional queso dips except it has no cashews, soy, dairy, or gluten. But thanks to roasted eggplant as its base, this dip does have lots of creamy, spicy goodness. Top it with smoked paprika for extra color.

Cashew-Less Vegan Queso
Photo: Cashew-Less Vegan Queso / Minimalist Baker

6. Chicken Eggplant Lasagna

Skip the gluten, carbs, and calories normally found in lasagna and add in tons of taste with this dinner. Eggplant slices stand in for noodles while a mix of meaty mushrooms, onions, and bell peppers take the place of ricotta. The result is a guilt-free lasagna everyone will enjoy. Hint: Omit the chicken to keep this vegetarian-friendly.

Chicken Eggplant Lasagna
Photo: Chicken Eggplant Lasagna / Plentytude

7. Chinese Eggplant With Spicy Garlic Sauce

Homemade Sichuan-style eggplant is the perfect antidote to greasy takeout Chinese food. It’s also crazy quick to whip up, great for busy weeknights. Serve it with a side of brown rice, veggies, or even eat it solo (but make sure to use coconut oil!). You won’t regret it.

Chinese Eggplant With Spicy Garlic Sauce
Photo: Chinese Eggplant With Spicy Garlic Sauce / Steamy Kitchen

8. Crisp Eggplant Chips

Put down the bag of store-bought chips and snack on these instead. Eggplant slices are slow-roasted in smoky seasonings for a perfectly crisp chip. And because an entire eggplant is just 150 calories, you can snack on these and feel great about it!

Crisp Eggplant Chips in bowl
Photo: Crisp Eggplant Chips / Healthful Pursuit

9. Crispy Eggplant and Tomato Hash

Forget potatoes and swap in eggplant in this breakfast hash. Drying the eggplant before cooking will let help it reach ultimate crispiness. Try this for a weekend brunch or on breakfast-for-dinner night!

Crispy Eggplant and Tomato Hash
Photo: Crispy Eggplant and Tomato Hash / Baker By Nature

10. Cumin Rice With Eggplant and Peas

Brown rice is baked with eggplant, peppers, and tomatoes in this easy main dish. Because of spices like turmeric, ginger, and cinnamon, it’s packed with flavor. Sneak in more veggies or swap in your favorites..

11. Eggplant and Wild Mushroom Stuffing

Think you can’t get a good stuffing without bread? Think again. Eggplant and your favorite mushrooms absorb the goodness of the other ingredients — think grass-fed butter, bacon (opt for beef!), and turkey juices — while keeping their own shape. Try this once and you won’t look back at your usual stuffing again.

12. Eggplant Benedict

 Make a restaurant favorite at home — and keep it low-carb and gluten-free — with this Benedict recipe. Eggplant slices stand in for English muffins in this impressive breakfast. Use turkey or beef bacon and, to make this extra special, serve with asparagus on top or on the side.

Eggplant Benedict
Photo: Eggplant Benedict / All Day I Dream About Food

13. Eggplant Bruschetta

Need an easy appetizer? I love the idea of using eggplant slices in place of bread for a fresh bruschetta that comes together right on the grill during warm months — broil when it’s too cold out!

14. Eggplant Gratin With Tomato, Herbs and Crème Fraiche

With such few ingredients required to make this gratin, sticking to fresh herbs will turn this main into a show-stopping meal. Pair this with a side salad for a warm, filling meal.

Eggplant Gratin With Tomato, Herbs and Crème Fraiche
Photo: Eggplant Gratin With Tomato, Herbs and Crème Fraiche / The Iron You

15. Eggplant Hole in the Head

In this non-traditional take on the classic “hole in the head” breakfast, eggplant stands in for bread, with eggs cooking right in the center. It’s easy to make and fun to eat!

16. Eggplant Jam

Eggplant jam?! It sounds crazy, but it tastes amazing on everything from grilled meats to grilled bread. Harissa keeps things spicy, but sub in hot sauce if you don’t have this Mediterranean condiment. Try it out at your next cookout!

17. Eggplant Parmesan With Fresh Mozzarella

Eggplant Parmesan sounds like a healthier alternative to the chicken version but after dredging and frying eggplant slices, it’s easy to load up on calories, too. This baked version is good for you and easy too: eggplant “boats” serve as the base while the other delicious ingredients gets stuffed right into them — no slicing or dicing here. Opt for gluten-free breadcrumbs or almond meal.

Eggplant Parmesan With Fresh Mozzarella
Photo: Eggplant Parmesan With Fresh Mozzarella / She’s Cookin’

18. Eggplant Vegetable Soup

Eggplant plays well with other vegetables in this easy soup. Because the soup gets blended at the end, mix and match other veggie favorites to tweak the taste — celery would be a nice addition.

Eggplant Vegetable Soup
Photo: Eggplant Vegetable Soup / Maria Ushakova

19. Eggplant-Wrapped Goat Cheese

Bite into creamy goat cheese and buttery eggplant when you make this amazing side dish or snack. Raisins add a hint of sweetness while basil adds fresh flavor — and a hint of green!

Eggplant-Wrapped Goat Cheese appetizer
Photo: Eggplant Wrapped Goat Cheese / Dr. Axe

20. Grilled Eggplant, Halloumi, and Pesto Burgers

Grilled, meaty eggplants make a wonderful substitution for traditional beef burgers. Topped with halloumi cheese and pesto, this is a veggie burger even carnivores will love.

Grilled Eggplant, Halloumi, and Pesto Burgers
Photo: Grilled Eggplant, Halloumi, and Pesto Burgers / Veggie Belly

21. Grilled Eggplant With Mozzarella

Eggplant and mozzarella are a natural fit and there’s no better way to munch on them together than in this side dish/appetizer. Eggplant slices are grilled and then stacked with mozz, tomatoes, and basil. Use a grill pan to get those great grill marks if it’s too cold outside!

Grilled Eggplant With Mozzarella and Basil
Photo: Grilled Eggplant With Mozzarella / Dr. Axe

22. Grilled Miso Glazed Japanese Eggplant

This caramelized Japanese-style eggplant is melt-in-your-mouth good. Grilling gives it a smoky flavor, but the stovetop works in a crunch, too. Use coconut sugar in place of regular and don’t forget to top with scallions at the end!

Grilled Miso Glazed Japanese Eggplant
Photo: Grilled Miso-Glazed Japanese Eggplant / Recipe Tin Eats

23. Julia Child’s Eggplant Pizza

Who needs pizza crust when you have eggplant? Slather your favorite ‘za toppings (don’t skimp on the fresh basil!) onto eggplant slices, bake, and enjoy. Pizza night has never been this easy.

24. Mediterranean Eggplant Chickpea Salad With Feta and Parsley

Get your Mediterranean fix with this loaded salad. Bursting with chickpeas, garlic, and cheese, it’s healthy and tastes delicious to boot. And did I mention it’s really simple to make, too?

25. Oven-Baked Eggplant Fries

You’ll be eating your burgers with a side of yum after making these eggplant fries. Almond meal helps the fries crisp as they bake, while maple syrup, sea salt, and paprika infuse flavor. Bye bye, potato fries!

Oven-Baked Eggplant Fries
Photo: Oven-Baked Eggplant Fries / Veggies Don’t Bite

26. Quinoa and Veggie Stuffed Eggplant

If you’re tired of eating quinoa the same way, this should perk up your taste buds. Quinoa, which is loaded with protein and fiber, gets stuffed into eggplant, along with veggies, flaxseed, and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese. You’ll love this meatless main dish.

Quinoa and Veggie Stuffed Eggplant
Photo: Quinoa and Veggie Stuffed Eggplant / Lemons and Basil

27. Roasted Eggplant Pesto Sandwich

Biting into a hearty vegetarian sandwich can be difficult sometimes. That’s not the case with this one. Oven-baked eggplants slices are topped with avocado, cheese, and a kale-based pesto. Throw it all on a sprouted grain hamburger bun and you’ve got yourself one amazing sandwich.

28. Roasted Eggplant, Raisin, Pine Nut, and Quinoa Pilaf

If your idea of pilaf is of the boxed rice variety, prepare to be pleasantly surprised. This version is quinoa based and brimming with juicy raisins, crunchy pine nuts, and roasted eggplant. It’s a fine side dish, but serve with a side salad and it’s a great vegan main, too.

29. Roasted Eggplant With Spinach, Quinoa, and Feta

This is one of those tasty eggplant recipes that is comfort food at its best: good for your body and your mind. It’s also perfect for beginners in the kitchen: it’s ready in just a few steps. This delicious stir fry-esque meal will become a new family favorite.

Roasted Eggplant With Spinach, Quinoa, and Feta
Photo: Roasted Eggplant With Spinach, Quinoa, and Feta / Julia’s Album

30. Roasted Vegetable Pasta Salad

Do the words “pasta salad” conjure up images of limp, mayonnaise-slathered pasta? Think again. This wholesome pasta dressing is made with olive oil and freshly squeezed lemon juice and loaded with veggies. Crumbled feta adds saltiness and fresh basil ties it all together. Use brown rice or gluten-free pasta and inhale.

Roasted Vegetable Pasta Salad
Photo: Roasted Vegetable Pasta Salad / Cookin’ Canuck

31. Slow-Roasted Ratatouille

Not only an animated movie, ratatouille is also one of the most classic eggplant-based dishes. It’s a standout meal brimming with fresh veggies — hit the farmer’s market for this one.

Because it takes several hours to roast in the oven (and tastes even better the second day!), I recommend you make this during the weekend and then enjoy on a hectic weeknight.

Slow-Roasted Ratatouille
Photo: Slow-Roasted Ratatouille / Feeling Foodish

32. Spicy Asian Eggplant and Quinoa

When you’ve got a hankering for Chinese fried rice, this spicy eggplant and quinoa will hit the spot — and has more nutritional value. Plus, like most stir fry dishes, the veggie ingredients are entirely customizable based on what’s on hand.

Spicy Asian Eggplant and Quinoa
Photo: Spicy Asian Eggplant and Quinoa / Julia’s Album

33. Sweet and Smoky Eggplant Spread

This “poor man’s caviar” is a smooth spread that can be eaten as either an appetizer or a side dish. Try it on crackers, as a sandwich spread, or with your scrambled eggs. Yum!

34. Sweet Potato and Eggplant Burger

Who says a veggie burger has to be second class? This veggie patty, made from potassium-packed sweet potatoes and eggplants, isn’t just a meat substitute — it’s a great burger in its own right. Try it with a side of baked French fries for a healthy happy meal.

35. Thai Basil Eggplant

Pretend you’re in Bangkok while indulging in this dish. It’s full of Thai flavor goodness, but it uses common Asian-cooking ingredients like hoisin and soy sauces. Sub tempeh in for tofu and arrowroot powder for cornstarch and keep this quick dish healthy and tasting good.

Thai Basil Eggplant
Photo: Thai Basil Eggplant / Vegetarian Gastronomy

36. The Best Vegan BLT

You can be a vegan and get your bacon, too. Smoky eggplant “bacon” meets lettuce, tomatoes, and cashew mayo for the ultimate veggie BLT. Use sprouted grain bread and almond milk for the cashew mayo. This is one sandwich you’ll want to make again and again!

The Best Vegan BLT
Photo: The Best Vegan BLT / Oh My Veggies

37. Turkish Eggplant Casserole

Get your healthy fats in with this eggplant- olive oil- and tomato-based dish. With just a few ingredients like diced tomatoes and fresh parsley, you’ll have a restaurant-worthy meal. Save yourself a slice!

Turkish Eggplant Casserole
Photo: Turkish Eggplant Casserole / Feed Me Phoebe

38. Vegan Eggplant Meatballs

One of the eggplant recipes you should definitely try tonight: Meatballs!

Combine eggplant, white beans, and gluten-free crumbs which all lend an unbelievable texture to these vegan meatballs. Enjoy them over brown rice pasta, in a sandwich, or, as suggested, with zoodles (zucchini noodles). No matter what vehicle you use, you’ll love these meatballs!

Vegan Eggplant Meatballs
Photo: Vegan Eggplant Meatballs /


Sulfur for bone health and cancer prevention

Sulfur for cancer prevention and bone health

Excerpted interview with Patrick McGean by Trung Nguyen

Sulfur-rich foods include eggs, legumes, whole grains, garlic, onions, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage.

What theory is the “Live Blood and Cellular Matrix Study” trying to prove?

The main hypothesis of our Study is that we all may be sulfur deficient. What we are trying to demonstrate is that by adding sulfur back into our diet we can allow healthy cellular regeneration to occur through the enabling of oxygen by sulfur. Sulfur is necessary for our bodies to make many of our amino acids and proteins. The function of the cell membrane is dependent upon the proteins and peptides in these membranes that allow the transport of nutrients and gases across the membrane.

When these proteins and peptides are diminished the cell membrane become aplastic and leathery forcing the cell to undergo anaerobic metabolism, acidosis or fermentation are examples of unhealthy cellular metabolism and result in cellular degeneration. When cells are allowed to regenerate after years of being scarred or damaged we believe this is an example of how cellular regeneration can be reactivated and some of the examples of neurological regeneration may be the most impressive.

We follow our Study members with digital photographs of their face to support what they report from taking Organic Sulfur.

What is the importance of Sulfur in the Live Blood and Cellular Matrix Study?

Sulfur is a mineral but is first it is an element listed on the Periodic Table. Without oxygen we die. Sulfur, Selenium and Tellurium are the elements of the Oxygen Group. The interaction or enabling of oxygen is what makes sulfur so important regarding cellular regeneration. Everything on the planet including minerals is made of elements and there are only 118 elements if you include the “man made” series.

Like the human body the 3,800 minerals are made from the interaction of the elements. Sulfur is is an element with two main mineral forms: Elemental sulfur which is produced by volcanic activity in the atmosphere and organic sulfur which is produced by the same volcanic activity in sea water. The salt in sea water allows the sulfur to be released directly into the water and we believe that this is beginning of the sulfur cycle for all living organisms. Our research into the nature of sulfur leads us to believe that its bio availability is effected not only by temperature but also by the ease with which it bonds with most of the other elements. There is a sulfate, sulfite or sulfide of most of the other elements and this is the source of many compounds known as minerals.

Sulfur is not bio available in many of its compounded forms and some are toxic. Elemental sulfur is toxic to insects and animals. When you are in Yellowstone believe the signs that say don’t drink the water from sulfur springs. The other issue that is the sulfur cycle itself, animals do not store sulfur save for a minute amount in keratin found in hair, nails and cartilage so it must be supplied daily to be effective. Sulfur is passed every 12 hours after being ingested and the reason that most forms of manure are an excellent source of sulfur. Though sulfur is not a true catalyst sulfur enables oxygen through protein production. Without a constant supply of sulfur we are, in effect, dying each day through cellular degeneration.

How did you become involved with the Live Blood and Cellular Matrix Study?

I was introduced to sulfur by accident. In 1999 I was given some MSM [Methylsulfonylmethane] as an alterative to acid indigestion for which I had been using tons of Tums, and the MSM worked in four days. I began to research the active element of MSM which is organic sulfur. Shortly thereafter my son was diagnosed with testicular cancer and following all of the surgery, chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant his physicians stated that his chance of survival was less than 3% in the next few years. They offered no further hope or therapy.

The research into sulfur revealed a relationship between oxygen and cancer, aerobic verses anaerobic cellular metabolism as described by Otto Warburg. He received a Noble Prize for proving that cancer was anaerobic in 1930. One ‘on line’ Study from Great Britain described 28,000 women who chose not to repeat surgery, chemotherapy or radiation therapy for their breast cancer but opted to take a pure form of MSM and had no reoccurrence of their cancer from 1975 to 2000. That article made me encourage my son to take sulfur. He is alive and cancer free 8 years later. Our Study was begun in an effort to explain not only that we are sulfur deficient but that most of the MSM methylsulfonylmethane which we tested was not as effective as demonstrated by the early researcher such as Dr. Stanley Jacob. The examples of cellular regeneration did not begin to be reported until we found a pure crystal precipitate which was not processed past precipitation. When this same crystal was pulverized our Study members reported that it less effective. MSM in pill, capsule or powder form are made with anti caking ( flow ) agents and as discussed regarding how sulfur bonds so easily these flow agents have been reported to inhibit or block the uptake of sulfur. Silicon dioxide completely blocks sulfur. Those Study members who had been taking one of these forms of MSM reported a remarkable improvement in effectiveness over those contaminated by pulverizing or the addition of anti caking agents.

What is the fertilizer in our food made of and what effects does it have on our health? How does the fertilizer now, in terms of mineral content, differ from the fertilizer of the pre-industrial age?

Pre industrial age fertilizers were organic, natural decomposition of organic material mainly manures. Chemical fertilizers are produced from high temperature processing of organic materials such as coal tar and later crude oil. The use of temperatures above the vaporization point of sulfur as described by the petrochemical company’s own web sites appear to be the issue.

Those cultures which have organic fertilized food supplies have lower disease than those who use artificial forms of plant foods. Finland banned the use of chemical fertilizers because of they feared the cadmium and its perceived toxic abilities in 1985. Their epidemiology has shown a 10 fold improvement compared to that of the US in 1985 which had almost identical numbers.

This is a story that may be too convoluted to tell briefly. But regarding sulfur hopefully this will suffice. Chemical fertilizers were first developed in the 1700s by a Polish researcher. Not until Farbin ( Bayer ) adopted this research and began producing chemical fertilizers from coal tar in 1860 did their use affect those who ate the food.

Two medical events which occurred in Germany we feel could be directly related to these fertilizers. 1906 Dr Alzheimer described “ women lost in their own minds.” otherwise Alzheimer’s which had not observed in countries other than Germany until after the adoption of the use of these chemical fertilizers. Most of Europe had adopted these fertilizers before the start of WW2. In 1920, Dr. Otto Warburg had an opportunity to see enough cancer to describe the basis for his Noble Prize work while cancer was less evident in other countries. In 1938 when the price of gas and crude oil was cheap Prescott Bush [the grandfather of current (2008) U.S. President George W. Bush] and Nelson Rockefeller [the son of John D. Rockefeller] contracted with Farbin I.G. to develop a crude oil based fertilizer in the West Nile Region of Africa. That formula which is known as Ammonium Sulfate and Ammonium Nitrate is the leading formula for most chemical fertilizers used world wide.

These fertilizers are devoid of sulfur due to the 380 degree F temperatures at which they are “crackled.” The other issue is that these fertilizers bind up any free sulfur available in rain water from the sulfur cycle.

Sulfur is the forgotten nutrient as stated by Dr. Beth Ley, Ph.D. Sulfur is the third or fourth most important mineral ( element ) necessary for healthy metabolism yet sulfur is not discussed in medical or scientific literature. The assumption is that we get all of the sulfur we need from our food we eat and that may have been true until we changed the way we feed our food.

A review of the epidemiology of the US since 1954 when chemical fertilizers were mandated shows as much as a 4,000% increase in cancer and other disease entities. The responses from our Study members appear to suggest that by adding sulfur to their diets these disease entities have been reversed or addressed in a positive manner.

Finland is an interesting case for the effects of chemical fertilizers. Fearing the cadmium these fertilizers contained Finland banned their use in 1985. Nowhere was sulfur ever mentioned regarding these fertilizers.

Other cultures such as the Amish which use only organic fertilizers also enjoy fewer diseases though we must rely on the fewer studies regarding their “epidemiology.” Okinawa and South Korea have lower disease rates compared to the rest of Japan or North Korea. Brazil has higher disease rates than Argentina which relies on manure rather than chemical fertilizers.

The manufacturers of chemical fertilizers argue that their products produce greater crop yields, but the question is whether the nutritional value is also higher compared to the gross tonnage. [a very interesting point]

You’ve noted “Without a constant supply of sulfur we are, in effect, dying each day through cellular degeneration.” What are some ways a person can get an adequate supply of sulfur in their body to stay healthy?

Prior to the use of chemical fertilizers, we and many nutritional researchers as stated in Jack Challem’s article the “Sulfur Solution” our nutritional need for sulfur was supplied by all of the food we ate. We argue that since we have altered the bio available sulfur our food receives have become sulfur deficient. Grass eating livestock plus organically grown produce could again supply our need for sulfur. Those cultures which eat organically grown foods are not sulfur deficient. Garlic, green onions, kale, broccoli and spinach are high in sulfur, if grown organically. Sulfur is a mineral which is not made by plants or animals, it is either in our soils or NOT. Until we return to a more organic agribusiness then supplementing is the only way we see to allow our bodies to stay healthy regarding our need for sulfur. We feel it is important to remember that we and all living organisms are cells which are combined within a matrix to form all of our “parts” and in turn our whole.

You’ve written that “The research into sulfur revealed a relationship between oxygen and cancer, aerobic verses anaerobic cellular metabolism as described by Dr. Otto Warburg. He received a Noble Prize for proving that cancer was anaerobic in 1930.”

This is very intriguing. Linus Pauling was the only person in history who was awarded two unshared Nobel prizes and he stated that “You can trace every sickness, every disease and every ailment to a mineral deficiency.” Everett Storey, another scientist who invented the water-splitting technology that made the hydrogen bomb possible, stated that “It is time for the general acceptance of the concept that even in some terminal cases, our bodies can be given essential building blocks [oxygen, electrolytes, minerals, enzymes, amino acids] to repair and reconstitute every living cell within a span of 11 months.” Now, Dr. Otto Warburg, another Nobel Prize winning scientist comes into the picture.

Can you briefly describe the “relationship between oxygen and cancer, aerobic verses anaerobic cellular metabolism” and the work of Dr. Otto Warburg?

Cellular biology can be restated as cellular regeneration, throughout our life time we regenerate all of our cells save for memory cells. What Dr. Otto Warburg described was anaerobic cellular metabolism in plants as the healthy model. When plants were forced into aerobic metabolism fermentation occurred and the cellular regeneration ceased and plant cell necrosis occurred. On the other side of the symbiotic scale when animal cellular metabolism becomes anaerobic a similar form of fermentation or acidosis becomes the rule. An animal cell will undergo mitosis with or without intracellular oxygen, or it will die if such mitosis fails to occur.

What Dr. Warburg described was anaerobic cellular metabolism in the carbon dioxide or waste gas which remains in the cell when oxygen is not transported into the cell, gas transports is cellular respiration, no new oxygen in to “push” the carbon dioxide out.

Dr Warburg “proved” that such anaerobic metabolism was the precursor to cancer. He stated that all cancer can be linked to such anaerobic metabolism which allows the cells to become acidic and the energy produced by the cells was a function of fermentation not oxygen enabled ATP.

Dr Warburg’s research makes us believe that viral infections are also anaerobic and we have had a remarkable response from those few Study members who suffer from Hep C and HIV. Decreased viral loads may not be as important as regeneration of the livers of those with Hep C. The alternatives are Interferon chemotherapy or liver transplants if those infected can get on a transplant list. Both of these vial conditions cause cellular degeneration not only the liver but other cellular systems. We have too few Study members who have these viral conditions to make any claims but feel confident that sulfur could help with no adverse side effects. We encourage any who is infected to consider participation in our Study along with whatever other modalities they now depend. Oxygen is the enemy of all viruses whether due to its presence in the cell or the flexibility of the cell membrane which makes the virus incapable of “tearing” into the cell.

What is your view on the theory that several cures for cancer do exist but the “cancer industry” is suppressing them? Among them, The Gerson Therapy, Laetrile (Vitamin B17), DCA [DCA is an odorless, colorless, inexpensive, relatively non-toxic, small molecule. And researchers at the University of Alberta believe it may soon be used as an effective treatment for many forms of cancer]

Our Study is not qualified to discuss the therapies you list. These “cures” differ from conventional modalities in that they address the body’s ability to heal itself rather than the intention to destroy the cancer with chemicals, surgery or radiation. We believe that the oxygen enabled by sulfur also allows the body to “cure” itself through healthy cellular regeneration. Unlike conventional or alternative approaches to diseases we believe that sulfur is the element ( mineral ) which has been missing from our diets. We don’t believe that sulfur is a “cure” but a mineral necessary for healthy cellular metabolism.

It appears that the pharmaceutical industry (cancer industry) has demonstrated a desire to suppress any and all non pharmaceutical therapies not only for cancer but all diseases. It’s the business of heath rather than what should be natural process of health. Those doctors who suggest conventional therapies do so because the research suggests that drugs, surgery and radiation are the best “legal” medical approach to treatment.

That is how doctors are trained and the research has been supported by the commerce of medicine. Until the research supports other modalities then the “legal” aspect of the equation forces the cancer industry to lumber along treating disease rather than addressing its causes. The insurance industry may be complicit in this equation, will your insurance pay for preventative medicine?

: “We are what we eat” has been effectively demonstrated if you consider the Amish and other cultures that have an organic food supply. The health of our cells depends on the basic elements that are provided by an organic food supply. Foods not fed chemicals, irradiated or processed with additives which our body cannot assimilate on the cellular level. What may be a more important issue are the diseases caused by the side effects of the drugs of pharmaceutical industry, why do most drugs advertised carry a list of adverse side effects? Why don’t carrots or spinach carry the same warnings? Why do these adverse side effects require more drugs to treat these side effects which result?

These drugs are not natural substances because natural substances cannot be patented. They are produced from coal tar, crude oil or from synthesized material rather than collecting the natural substances found in nature. The new drugs developed from the plants of the Amazon are not produced from these plants but are synthesized to replicate them so that they can be patented. Natural products are not subject to patents. Aspirin is the classic example and the first drug to receive a patent but not for the acetylsalicylic acid that can be extracted from while willow bark but from the acetylsalicylic acid which was synthesized in the lab. “The Aspirin Wars” by Mann and Plummer explains why our drug industry may be more interested in profits than our health. The best example is that the cancer industry does not discuss cures only treatments. The body human can cure itself if it has the necessary material such as vitamins and minerals including sulfur, which means we agree with Everett Storey.

I have mentioned “patented” numerous times and will do so again because it is a necessity for the drug manufacturers to be profitable. Is our health only an issue of profitability?

The US Constitution guarantees the rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness; life is health; liberty can the freedom from disease, i.e. good health; and how do we pursue happiness if we are not healthy? Therefore we have a dilemma between the profits of corporations especially the medical and pharmaceutical industries and the rights guaranteed by not only our Constitution but by the laws of nature.

 I’ve interviewed many health care practitioners and I keep running across the same word no matter what field they’re in. The world is “metabolism.” What is metabolism and its importance in health?

Metabolism from the Greek. metaballein, “to turn about, change or alter that which an organism ingests and converts within its cells into nourishment, protoplasm, energy and waste.” The importance to our health is how “healthy” is defined for all living organisms, healthy cellular metabolism yields a healthy organism. Unhealthy cellular metabolism yields degeneration not regeneration. We believe that one of the main items that is overlooked in this process is the cell membrane and its ability to allow the basic nutrients and gases to transport across the cell membrane to permit healthy cellular metabolism. Energy can be produced by fermentation but most of that energy stays within the cells to fuel the mitosis and is not delivered to the organism as usable energy. When oxygen is not transported across the cell membrane anaerobic metabolism is the result and the Krebs cycle does not function and no extra cellular energy is available for the organism.

One unintended benefit of the Live Blood Cellular Matrix Study is that it can help people get off prescription drugs safely. How did that become to be?

Actually the cessation of prescription drugs has never been an aim of the Study. It is what we have learned from of our Members; we have never suggested that anyone stop taking drugs. The fact that they have stopped taking most all of the drugs we see advertised and some with the blessings of their physicians may be an example of the value of aerobic cellular metabolism.

The drugs advertised for relief from gastrointestinal distress were the first to be discontinued which was not surprising from my results, but Nexium or Prilosec are not Tums nor as inexpensive.

Preteen children who stopped taking Ritalin after taking sulfur was based on the observation of their parents not our suggestions. Those who had been taking anti depressants woke up feeling better and chose not to continue taking their SSRIs. Those who had been on high blood pressure meds for years who were told by their doctors to stop was based on their blood pressure readings not our suggestion.

The cessation of statins was more voluntary but if we were to suggest a drug to stop it would be statins, after photographing retinal blood vessels we believe that the argument that cholesterol causes strokes is not supported by pathology. Microscopic study has demonstrated that calcium carbonate (rocks) or the bright plaque of Dr Hollenhorst can and do block arteries. Those who were on arthritis meds stopped taking Vioxx and Celebrex because of reduced pain and increased motility not because the Study told them to do so.

Pain is the absence of oxygen on the cellular level. Pain meds are big business for the pharmaceutical industry, therefore is it surprising that people would cease their meds for pain if their cells were being oxygenated? Other than the pain issue the regeneration of cells that were incapable of regeneration due to an aplastic cell membrane no longer flexible and plastic enough to allow the transport of the largest of the gas molecules necessary for healthy cellular metabolism, i.e. oxygen. Certain amino acids and proteins that are dependent upon sulfur and how the cell membrane allows transport across its very complex structure.

To date every drug “advertised” on the tube has been voluntarily replaced with sulfur without any adverse side effects for our Study members, the key word is voluntarily. Those study members who added sulfur to their chemotherapy regimens reported no adverse side effects to the chemotherapy and their white blood counts stayed high; normally most chemotherapy destroys the white blood cells and makes the body open to infections.

Any parting words for our readers?

All the water that was, IS and the same is true of sulfur. We depend upon the natural cycles of life on this finite planet, sunlight or radiant energy is the only new part of the equation. The natural cycles are how these elements are utilized and when we change or alter these cycles we disrupt the nature of our cellular health. Every living organism on this planet is cellular, whether protozoa or man, we are all cells and with cell membranes. The cell membrane provides protection for its contents but it also works in concert with other cells to form a matrix to define not only our parts but the whole of the organism.

We feel that by studying the cells within their matrix will allows us to better understand how the cellular matrix can maintain the whole.

Science and medicine looks at the whole and its parts with little concern for the cells of which they are made or the matrix which allows them to perform their multi cell interactions. Our heart is an organ made of cells and via the cellular matrix it allows the continued circulation of our blood cells.

To date, The Live Blood & Cellular Matrix Study has over 90,000 voluntary study members. To join, please contact John Hammell, IAHF Study Director, at .


Food sources of Selenium mineral with anti-cancer properties

Selenium is required by the body for proper functioning of the thyroid gland, and may help protect against free radical damage and cancer. A deficiency in selenium can lead to pain in the muscles and joints, unhealthy hair, and white spots on the fingernails. In long term cases it may even lead to Hashimoto’s disease, a condition in which the body’s own immune system attacks the thyroid. An excess of selenium can lead to bad breath, diarrhea, and even hair loss. The current daily value (DV) for selenium is 70µg (micrograms).

It is important to note that the amount of selenium in any product varies greatly by the amount of selenium in the soil in which it was produced/grown/raised. Be sure to check individual labels, and if you have a deficiency in selenium, get tested after changing your diet to be sure you are eating adequate amounts. Below is list of high selenium foods by common serving size, for more see the list of high selenium foods by nutrient density, and the extended list of selenium rich foods.

1: Brazil Nuts

Selenium in 100g Per Cup (133g) Per Ounce (28g)

1917.0µg (2739% DV) 2549.6µg (3642% DV) 536.8µg (767% DV)

Other Nuts High in Selenium (%DV per ounce): Mixed Nuts (14%), Cashews (8%), Black Walnuts (7%), and Macadamia Nuts (5%).
2: Seafood (Oysters – Cooked)

Selenium in 100g Per Oyster (25g) Per 3 oz (85g)

154µg (220% DV) 38.5µg (55% DV) 130.9µg (187% DV)

Other Seafood High in Selenium (%DV per 3 oz cooked): Mussels and Octopus (109%), Lobster (89%), Clams (78%), Squid (63%), and Shrimp (60%).

3: Fish (Tuna – Cooked)

Selenium in 100g Per Ounce (28g) Per 3 oz (85g)

108.2µg (155% DV) 30.7µg (44% DV) 92.0µg (131% DV)

Other Fish High in Selenium (%DV per 3 oz cooked): Rockfish (93%), Swordfish (83%), Halibut (67%), Tilapia (66%), Mackerel (63%), and Snapper (60%).

4: Whole-Wheat Bread

Selenium in 100g Per Slice (28g) Per Slice (Toasted – 25g)

40.3µg (58% DV) 11.3µg (16% DV) 13.2µg (19% DV)

Other Whole-Wheat Breads Provide (%DV per piece): Oat Bran Bagel (51%), Large Pita Bread (40%), English Muffin (38%), and Medium Dinner Roll (25%).

5: Seeds (Sunflower)

Selenium in 100g Per Cup (128g) Per Ounce (28g)

79.3µg (113% DV) 101.5µg (145% DV) 22.2µg (32% DV)

Other Seeds High in Selenium (%DV per ounce): Chia Seeds (22%), Sesame Seeds (14%), Flaxseeds (10%), and Pumpkin and Squash Seeds (4%).

6: Pork (Lean Tenderloin – Cooked)

Selenium in 100g Per 3 oz (85g) Per Chop (73g)

51.6µg (74% DV) 43.9µg (63% DV) 37.7µg (54% DV)

Other Cuts of Pork Provide (%DV per 3 oz cooked): Roast Leg Ham (61%), Lean Pork Mince (60%), and Lean Pork Loin (59%).

7: Beef & Lamb (Lean Beef Steak – Cooked)

Selenium in 100g Per 3 oz (85g) Per Steak (225g)

44.8µg (64% DV) 38.1µg (54% DV) 100.1µg (144% DV)

Other Cuts High in Selenium (%DV per 3 oz cooked): Lean Ribeye Steak and Brisket of Beef (48%), Sirloin (47%), Lean Stewing Lamb and Lean Lamb Shoulder (46%), and Lean Lamb Foreshank (43%).

8: Chicken and Turkey (Turkey, Back or Leg Meat Cooked)

Selenium in 100g Per Cup Chopped (140g) Per 3 oz (85g)

37.8µg (54% DV) 52.9µg (76% DV) 32.1µg (46% DV)

Chicken is also High in Selenium Providing (%DV per 3 oz cooked): Roast Chicken Breast (39%), Chicken Thigh (36%), and Stewing Chicken (35%).

9: Mushrooms (Crimini)

Selenium 100g (Raw) Per Cup, Sliced (72g) Per Mushroom (20g)

26.0µg (37% DV) 18.7µg (27% DV) 5.2µg (7% DV)

Other Mushrooms High in Selenium (%DV per cup sliced): Shiitake, cooked (51%), Portabella, grilled (38%), Portabella, raw (23%), and White, stir-fried (21%).

10: Whole Grains (Rye)

Selenium 100g Per cup (169g) Per 3 oz (85g)

13.9µg (20% DV) 23.5µg (34% DV) 11.8µg (17% DV)

Other Whole Grains High in Selenium (%DV per cup cooked): Brown Rice (27%), Pearl Barley (19%), Oatmeal (18%), and Quinoa (7%).

The 1 million race for the cure to end aging

If asked what is my one million entry for the cure to end aging, it will comprise of the following factors in synergy:

  • Happiness: finding love, joy,satisfaction and confidence in every day. Happiness from the beauty of the place you live and work. Where there is no toxins or pollutants, where you can breath well. And kept a good size of close and loving family, friends and community. A soul mate, loving children, and many more ways others define happiness
  • Nutrition and Movement: Need to limit calories, sugar and toxic food ingredients and eating mostly whole foods with important ingredients such as turmeric, alkaline veggies, cocoa nuts, edible mushrooms, flax seeds, raw nuts, coconut oil  and other healthy colorful food raw and cooked in moderation. Happy foods from colorful whole foods. As you move and listen to calming music, you create more neurons to the brain.
  • Sleep, lifestyle free from severe stress and time for relaxation to relax and calm the nerves. Which goes back again to creating happy thoughts and environment. Sunshine and fresh air contribute to a relax environment.
  • Touch, massage, essential oils food for the brain and avoidance of brain toxins such as meds, drugs, alcohols and other unknowns. A mother’s massage during the early years of the baby stimulate growth of the body’s immune system.  Care during and before pregnancy prepares the womb for the baby to have the right environment and during labor, the absence of unnecessary meds also has influence on baby’s growth. Breastfeeding and in absence use of goat’s milk have profound effect to the health of the baby and the adult. Most elderly in care homes who lived past 95 yrs of age have full teeth as most infection can enter in the mouth.
  • Community and meaningful work, employment or business make one feel happy and secured and calms brain neurons.

The above factors I believe contribute to long life and delays the aging process. Why the scientists of today will spend so much for research to fight inflammation, gene decay, short and tangled brain neurons and other novel ways when all we need are the above.

Please email me your feedback. Connie Dello Buono, health author 408-854-1883

Turmeric and low back pain

Low back pain

Low back pain is one of the most common problems people have. About 60 – 80% of the adult U.S. population has low back pain, and it is the second most common reason people go to the doctor. Low back problems affect the spine’s flexibility, stability, and strength, which can cause pain, discomfort, and stiffness.

Back pain is the leading cause of disability in Americans under 45 years old. Each year 13 million people go to the doctor for chronic back pain. The condition leaves about 2.4 million Americans chronically disabled and another 2.4 million temporarily disabled.

Most back pain can be prevented by keeping your back muscles strong and making sure you practice good mechanics (like lifting heavy objects in a way that won’t strain your back).

Signs and Symptoms

Symptoms of low back pain may include:

  • Tenderness, pain, and stiffness in the lower back
  • Pain that spreads into the buttocks or legs
  • Having a hard time standing up or standing in one position for a long time
  • Discomfort while sitting
  • Weakness and tired legs while walking

What Causes It?

Low back pain is usually caused by and injury — strain from lifting, twisting, or bending. However, in rare cases low back pain can be a sign of a more serious condition, such as an infection, a rheumatic or arthritic condition, or a tumor.

A ruptured or bulging disk — the strong, spongy, gel-filled cushions that lie between each vertebra — and compression fractures of the vertebra, caused by osteoporosis, can also cause low back pain. Arthritis can cause the space around the spinal cord to narrows (called spinal stenosis), leading to pain.

Risk factors for back pain include age, smoking, being overweight, being female, being anxious or depressed, and either doing physical work or sedentary work.

What to Expect at Your Provider’s Office

Often your doctor will be able to diagnose your back pain with a physical exam. Your doctor will ask you to stand, sit, and move. Your doctor will check your reflexes and perhaps your response to touch, slight heat, or a pinprick. Depending on what your doctor finds, other tests may include an X-ray, a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan, a bone scan, and computed tomography (CT) scan.


In many cases back pain will get better with self-care. You should see your doctor if you pain doesn’t get better within 72 hours. You can lower your risk of back problems by exercising, maintaining a healthy weight, and practicing good posture. Learning to bend and lift properly, sleeping on a firm mattress, sitting in supportive chairs, and wearing low-heeled shoes are other important factors. Although you may need to rest your back for a little while, staying in bed for several days tends to make back pain worse.

For long-term back pain, your doctor may recommend stronger medications, physical therapy, or surgery. Most people will not need surgery for back pain.

Medications used to treat low back pain include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) and naproxen (Aleve), muscle relaxants such as carisoprodol (Soma), and steroids such as prednisone. Your doctor may prescribe opiates such as hydrocodone (Lortab, Vicodin) for short-term use. An injection of a corticosteroid (cortisone shot) may also help decrease inflammation.

Complementary and Alternative Therapies

Alternative therapies can help ease muscle tension, correct posture, relieve pain, and prevent long-term back problems by improving muscle strength and joint stability. Many people find pain relief by using hot and cold packs on the sore area. Special exercises, such as ones designed for your specific problem by a physical therapist, can help strengthen your core abdominal muscles and your back muscles, reducing pain and making your back stronger.

Nutrition and Dietary Supplements

There is no special diet for back pain, but you can help keep your body in good shape by eating a healthy diet with lots of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Choose foods that are low in saturated fat and sugar. Drink plenty of water.

Foods that are high in antioxidants (such as green leafy vegetables and berries) may help fight inflammation.

Avoid caffeine and other stimulants, alcohol, and tobacco.

Exercise moderately at least 30 minutes daily, 5 days a week. Get your health care provider to okay you for exercise before starting a regimen.

These supplements may help fight inflammation and pain:

  • Omega-3 fatty acids, such as flaxseed and fish oils, 1 – 2 capsules or 1 tablespoonful oil daily, to help decrease inflammation. Omega-3 fatty acids can increase the risk of bleeding and potentially interfere with blood-thinning medications such as warfarin (Coumadin) and aspirin.
  • Glucosamine/chondroitin, 500 – 1,500 mg daily. In some studies, glucosamine and chondroitin have helped relieve arthritis pain. It has not been studied specifically for low back pain. People with allergies to shellfish should not use glucosamine. There are some concerns that chondroitin may worsen asthma symptoms. Glucosamine and chondroitin may interact with blood-thinning medications such as warfarin (Coumadin) and aspirin.
  • Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), 3,000 mg twice a day, to help prevent joint and connective tissue breakdown. In some studies, MSM has been shown to help relieve arthritis pain.
  • Bromelain, 250 mg twice a day. This enzyme that comes from pineapples reduces inflammation. Bromelain may increase the risk of bleeding, so people who take anticoagulants (blood thinners) should not take bromelain without first talking to their health care provider. People with peptic ulcers should avoid bromelain. Turmeric is sometimes combined with bromelain, because it makes the effects of bromelain stronger. Bromelain may interact with some antibiotic medications.


Herbs are generally available as standardized, dried extracts (pills, capsules, or tablets), teas, or tinctures/liquid extracts (alcohol extraction, unless otherwise noted). Mix liquid extracts with favorite beverage. Dose for teas is 1 – 2 heaping teaspoonfuls/cup water steeped for 10 – 15 minutes (roots need longer).

  • Turmeric (Curcuma longa) standardized extract, 300 mg three times a day, for pain and inflammation. Turmeric is sometimes combined with bromelain because it makes the effects of bromelain stronger. Turmeric can increase the risk of bleeding, especially for people who take blood-thinning medication. Ask your doctor before taking turmeric.
  • Devil’s claw (Harpagophytum procumbens) standardized extract, 100 – 200 mg one to two times daily. Devil’s claw has been used traditionally to relieve pain. One study found that more than 50% of people with osteoarthritis of the knee or hip or low back pain who took devil’s claw reported less pain and better mobility after 8 weeks. Devil’s claw may increase the risk of bleeding and interact with diabetes medications, so tell your health care provider before taking it if you also take blood-thinning medication or if you have diabetes. Devil’s claw can affect the heart and may not be right for people with certain heart problems. It can also potentially be problematic for people with gallstones.
  • Willow bark (Salix alba) standardized extract, 500 mg up to three times daily, to relieve pain. Willow acts similar to aspirin. Do not take white willow if you are also taking aspirin or blood-thinning medications. Check with your health care provider if you are allergic to aspirin or salicylates before taking white willow. Do not give Willow should to children under the age of 18.
  • Capsaicin (Capsicum frutescens) cream, applied to the skin (topically). Capsaicin is the main component in hot chili peppers (also known as cayenne). Applied to the skin, it is believed to temporarily reduce amounts of “substance P,” a chemical that contributes to inflammation and pain. One found a topical capsaicin cream relieved pain better than placebo in 320 people with low back pain. Pain reduction generally starts 3 – 7 days after applying the capsaicin cream to the skin.


Although very few studies have examined the effectiveness of specific homeopathic therapies, professional homeopaths may consider the following treatments to relieve low back pain based on their knowledge and experience. Before prescribing a remedy, homeopaths take into account a person’s constitutional type — your physical, emotional, and psychological makeup. An experienced homeopath assesses all of these factors when determining the most appropriate treatment for each individual.

Some of the most common remedies for this condition are listed below:

  • Aesculus — for dull pain with muscle weakness
  • Arnica montana — especially with pain as a result of trauma
  • Colocynthis — for weakness and cramping in the small of the back
  • Gnaphalium — for sciatica that alternates with numbness
  • Lycopodium — for burning pain, especially with gas or bloating
  • Rhus toxicodendron — for stiffness and pain in the small of the back


Contrast hydrotherapy — alternating hot and cold — may help. Alternate 3 minutes hot with 1 minute cold. Repeat three times to complete one set. Do two to three sets per day.

Castor Oil Packs

Apply oil directly to skin, cover with a clean soft cloth and plastic wrap. Place a heat source over the pack and let sit for 30 – 60 minutes. Repeat this procedure for 3 consecutive days.


Reviews of clinical studies have found that acupuncture may be effective for low back pain. In addition, acupuncturists frequently report success in treating low back pain, and the National Institutes of Health recommend acupuncture as a reasonable treatment option. An acupuncturist may use a comprehensive approach including specialized massage, warming herbal oils, and patient education.

Treating low back pain with acupuncture can be complex because many meridians (including the kidney, bladder, liver, and gallbladder) affect this area of the body. Treatment of the painful areas and related sore points is often done as well, with needles or moxibustion (burning the herb mugwort over specific acupuncture points).

A study using acupuncture to treat 1,162 patients with a history of chronic low back pain found that at 6 months, low back pain was better after acupuncture treatment — almost twice as better than from conventional therapy. Patients had ten 30-minute acupuncture sessions, generally two sessions per week.


According to a comprehensive review conducted by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, spinal manipulation and NSAIDs are the two most effective treatments for acute low back pain. Of these, only spinal manipulation was judged to both relieve pain and restore function. Spinal manipulation also appears to be effective for chronic low back pain, but the evidence is less conclusive.


Massage may help treat and prevent short and long-term back problems.

Yoga and Tai Chi

There is evidence that suggests that the mind-body practices of yoga and tai chi offer significant relief of the symptoms of low back pain.

Special Considerations

Chronic low back problems can interfere with everyday activities, sleep, and concentration. Severe symptoms may affect mood and sexuality. Chronic pain is also associated with depression, which can in turn make chronic pain worse.

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Connie’s comments: My 80-yr old mother made her massage blend of coconut oil and fresh ginger and I bought her Zyflamend capsules from Whole foods which has turmeric and ginger and she attest to its efficacy.  She also likes the cooling effect of Salon Patch on her back (with camphor and menthol).
You can also try to lie on the hardwood floor to stretch your back and do deep breathing.

And also try to rock your back on a foam roller, similar to the ones they use in the gym.

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