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« Reply #60 on: January 17, 2018, 07:51:48 PM »
As a result of the book, Rhodiola Revolutionand Rhodiola's mention in the Alzheimer's series I recently watched, I found a source of seed and am going to try planting some.  The packet of Rhodiola seed is from https://strictlymedicinalseeds.com and IIRC, they weren't expensive.

They DO like cold weather, but remember, many plants have some adaptive capabilities, and this one is really worth the try!

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« Reply #61 on: January 17, 2018, 08:47:39 PM »
As a result of the book, Rhodiola Revolutionand Rhodiola's mention in the Alzheimer's series I recently watched, I found a source of seed and am going to try planting some.  The packet of Rhodiola seed is from https://strictlymedicinalseeds.com and IIRC, they weren't expensive.

They DO like cold weather, but remember, many plants have some adaptive capabilities, and this one is really worth the try!
ilinda that's awesome!

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« Reply #62 on: January 18, 2018, 04:41:03 AM »
Thanks for the link Ilinda!  I ordered more hyacinth bean seed, and if anyone is serious about starting a patch of Russian comfrey for livestock feed, they have mature crowns available for mail-order!
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« Reply #63 on: January 20, 2018, 02:34:36 PM »
Thanks for the link Ilinda!  I ordered more hyacinth bean seed, and if anyone is serious about starting a patch of Russian comfrey for livestock feed, they have mature crowns available for mail-order!
BTW, I've ordered from https://strictlymedicinalseeds.com before and have always had good luck and highly trust them.

Also, in Rhodiola Revolution, we learn that the herb has been scientifically proven to:
1) maximize energy;
2) fight effects of stress and aging;
3) sharpen memory and concentration;
4) protect against heart disease and cancer;
5) ease anxiety and depression;
6) improve sexual function;
7) enhance physical performance; and
8) block fat for lasting weight loss.

And here's a tiny excerpt, that is so tiny, it should not violate any copyrights:

"we were climbing in the Sayan Mountains, the eastern continuation of the Altai range, on the northern border of Mongolia, searchcing for Rhodiola rosea growing in the wild.  Our journey already had taken us 6,000 feet above sea level in just 3 hours. After scrambling for miles on slippery rocks in a cold glacial river, we followed our guide, Pavel, through subarctic terrain to an altitude of 10,000 feet.  Our last hurdle was a 200-foot sheer rock cliff, which we somehow managed to scale.  When we got to the other side, we were greeted by the bright golden flowers of Rhodiola rosea growing everywhere in the walls of a craggy ravine."

Somewhere in the book and/or in the video series featuring Dr's Brown and Gerbarg, is a discussion of astronauts and how the Soviet astronauts would return from space looking fit and standing tall, whereas the American astronauts were so weak they could barely walk, if at all, and needed a lengthy recovery period.  What Americans did not know at that time was that the Soviets had full awareness of this herb and its the studies; plus they used the herb in preparation for space missions, as they knew the benefits.


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« Reply #64 on: February 22, 2018, 06:20:59 AM »
Yowbarb Note: Cross-referencing some of this info here: https://planetxtownhall.com/index.php?topic=2142.msg102755#msg102755
Gingerkane's Topic: Essential Oils to heal the unhealable

sesquiterpenes are substanes found in some foods. Pure essential oils, Care not to over do it, find your way... some sources you eat, some sniff...they are anti inflammatory, antiarasitic 'bring more blood to the brain, improve emotional well being," many life-giving functions. This is just a bit of info...if using essential oils for these brain and emotional benefits or any other benefits, the oils must be created right...pure...

Just a very partial list, sources: Carotenoids found in colored foods, Essential oils of plants, foods including citrus, cinnamon, cloves, oregano and thyme oil, basil, eucalyptus
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Sesquiterpene

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sesquiterpene
/ˌsɛskwɪˈtɜːpiːn/
noun
1.
any of certain terpenes whose molecules contain one and a half times as many atoms as a normal terpene. Formula: C 15 H 24
terpene
/ˈtɜːpiːn/
noun
1.
any one of a class of unsaturated hydrocarbons, such as the carotenes, that are found in the essential oils of many plants. Their molecules contain isoprene units and have the general formula (C 5 H 8) n [that's an 8 not a smiling animated face]
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The primary structures within the limbic system include the amygdala, hippocampus, thalamus, hypothalamus, basal ganglia, and cingulate gyrus. The amygdala is the emotion center of the brain, while the hippocampus plays an essential role in the formation of new memories about past experiences.
https://courses.lumenlearning.com/boundless-psychology/chapter/structure-and-function-of-the-brain/

High levels is sesquiterpenes, found in the essential oils of frankincense and sandalwood, help increase the amount of oxygen in the limbic system of the brain, particularly around the pineal and pituitary glands. ... The only way to stimulate this gland is with fragrance or the sense of smell.Jul 25, 2016
Emotional Release with Essential Oils: Lotus Integrative Medicine ...
https://www.lotussm.com/blog/emotional-release-with-essential-oils

http://www.teamessence.com.my/sesquiterpenes/An article by Nancy Sanderson

"Now some of you that are new to essential oils may be wondering what are Sesquiterpenes?"

Well it is just one of the constituents in essential oils. Sesquiterpenes, which are found in some essential oils, are:

anti-septic
anti-inflammatory
soothing to inflamed tissue
can produce profound effects on emotions and hormonal balance
work on the liver
are a gland stimulant
increase oxygen around the pineal and pituitary gland
have the ability to go beyond the Blood Brain Barrier (meaning they can cross the blood brain barrier increasing the oxygen to the brain)

What are terpenes ?
http://www.food-info.net/uk/qa/qa-fi69.htm

Terpenes are one of the most widespread group of natural products. They have many different functions in plants and animals, but for food they are mainly important as aroma components. The aroma of for example citrus, cinnamon and many other spices is characterised by several terpenes. Common terpenes (and terpenoids, see below) are limonene and citral (both in lemons), camphor, pinene (pine trees), eugenol (cloves), anethol (fennel, anise), thymol (thyme, oregano), geraniol (roses) and menthol.

As terpenes are largely found in essential oils, they were used in the Ancient Egypt for various religions aims. Camphor was introduced in Europe from the East by the Arabs around the 11th century.

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« Reply #65 on: April 02, 2019, 12:41:16 AM »
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2191814-we-may-finally-know-what-causes-alzheimers-and-how-to-stop-it/

We may finally know what causes Alzheimer’s – and how to stop it

January 2019 , updated 30 January 2019

By Debora MacKenzie

AFTER decades of disappointment, we may have a new lead on fighting Alzheimer’s disease. Compelling evidence that the condition is caused by a bacterium involved in gum disease could prove a game-changer in tackling one of medicine’s biggest mysteries, and lead to effective treatments or even a vaccine.

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« Reply #66 on: April 02, 2019, 12:43:59 AM »
https://www.newscientist.com/article/2191814-we-may-finally-know-what-causes-alzheimers-and-how-to-stop-it/

We may finally know what causes Alzheimer’s – and how to stop it

January 2019 , updated 30 January 2019

By Debora MacKenzie

AFTER decades of disappointment, we may have a new lead on fighting Alzheimer’s disease. Compelling evidence that the condition is caused by a bacterium involved in gum disease could prove a game-changer in tackling one of medicine’s biggest mysteries, and lead to effective treatments or even a vaccine.

As populations have aged, dementia has skyrocketed to become the fifth biggest cause of death worldwide. Alzheimer’s constitutes some 70 per cent of these cases (see “What is Alzheimer’s disease”), yet we don’t know what causes it. The condition, which results in progressive loss of memory and cognitive function, usually over a decade or so, is devastating both to those who have it and to their loved ones.

The condition often involves the accumulation of two types of proteins – called amyloid and tau – in the brain. As these are among the earliest physical signs of the disease, the leading hypothesis since 1984 has been that the condition is caused by the defective control of these proteins, especially amyloid, which accumulates to form large, sticky plaques in the brain.

The bulk of research into understanding and treating Alzheimer’s has centred on this “amyloid hypothesis”. Huge sums of money have been invested in experiments involving mice genetically modified to produce amyloid, and in developing drugs that block or destroy amyloid proteins, or sometimes degraded tangles of tau.

It has become clear that this approach isn’t working. In 2018 alone, the US National Institutes of Health spent $1.9 billion on Alzheimer’s research. But according to a recent study, the failure rate of drug development for Alzheimer’s has been 99 per cent.

Some have begun to question the amyloid hypothesis. The lack of results has been compounded by the discovery that people – including some in their 90s with exceptional memories – can have brain plaques and tangles without having dementia. In a review of the research to date last year, Bryce Vissel at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia, concluded that there isn’t sufficient data to suggest that “amyloid has a central or unique role in Alzheimer’s”.

“The bacteria in the brain are not the result of Alzheimer’s, but they could be the cause”
In 2016, researchers discovered that amyloid seems to function as a sticky defence against bacteria. They found that the protein can act as an anti-microbial compound that kills bacteria, and when they injected bacteria into the brains of mice engineered to make Alzheimer’s proteins, plaques developed round bacterial cells overnight.

At the time, the team said it still believed that amyloid itself went on to cause the brain damage of Alzheimer’s, not bacteria. But a spate of subsequent studies have looked at microbes. Bacteria have been found in the brains of people who had Alzheimer’s when they were alive. But it hasn’t been clear whether the bacteria caused the disease or were simply able to enter brains damaged by Alzheimer’s.

Multiple teams have been researching Porphyromonas gingivalis, the main bacterium involved in gum disease, which is a known risk factor for Alzheimer’s. So far, teams have found that P. gingivalis invades and inflames brain regions affected by Alzheimer’s; that gum infections can worsen symptoms in mice genetically engineered to have Alzheimer’s; and that it can cause Alzheimer’s-like brain inflammation, neural damage and amyloid plaques in healthy mice.

A whole new hypothesis
“When science converges from multiple independent laboratories like this, it is very compelling,” says Casey Lynch of Cortexyme, a pharmaceutical firm in San Francisco.

Now researchers from Cortexyme and several universities have reported finding the two toxic enzymes that P. gingivalis uses to feed on human tissue in 99 and 96 per cent of 54 human Alzheimer’s brain samples taken from the hippocampus – a brain area important for memory (Science Advances, doi.org/gftvdt). These protein-degrading enzymes are called gingipains, and they were found in higher levels in brain tissue that also had more tau fragments and thus more cognitive decline.

The team also found genetic material from P. gingivalis in the cerebral cortex – a region involved in conceptual thinking – in all three Alzheimer’s brains they looked for it in.

[ continued:  https://www.newscientist.com/article/2191814-we-may-finally-know-what-causes-alzheimers-and-how-to-stop-it/  ]

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« Reply #67 on: April 02, 2019, 03:53:09 AM »
Very interesting Barb. 

Would also link this prion discussion for consideration:
https://planetxtownhall.com/index.php/topic,6984.msg108019.html#msg108019

And this proteolytic enzyme discussion:
https://planetxtownhall.com/index.php/topic,6752.msg99113.html#msg99113

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« Reply #68 on: April 02, 2019, 08:18:25 AM »

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« Reply #69 on: April 02, 2019, 05:44:30 PM »
Barb, thanks for posting this, which looks at yet another possible cause of Alzheimer's Disease.

If it were to be found to be that simple--one cause, bacteria from gum disease, it would certainly make prevention a lot easier!

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« Reply #70 on: April 02, 2019, 09:05:30 PM »
Barb, thanks for posting this, which looks at yet another possible cause of Alzheimer's Disease.

If it were to be found to be that simple--one cause, bacteria from gum disease, it would certainly make prevention a lot easier!

America has lagged behind other western nations, as far as dental health and care...
It has been a problem for people I personally know... Lots of people all they can get is emergency extractions although some improvements...
I can see by the article there is likely a connection between the gingivitis bacterium and the plaque that forms in the brain... For people not able to totally handle the situation right away, at least they can make use of stevia, rubbed into gums, coconut oil technique, taking coenzyme Q10 and Vitamin C.

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« Reply #71 on: April 03, 2019, 05:09:16 PM »
Oil pulling should help as well.

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« Reply #72 on: April 04, 2019, 04:34:53 AM »
Ilinda, can you describe that?

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« Reply #73 on: April 04, 2019, 06:51:26 PM »
Ilinda, can you describe that?
Oil pulling is an ancient technique where a person will take a spoon (recommendation is 1 TBSP., but I find that way too much, and use 1 tsp.) of coconut oil, or olive oil, sesame seed oil, in the mouth, first thing in the morning, and swish and "pull" it through the teeth, in and around the gums and teeth, more pulling and pushing than swishing.

The idea is that the oil will attach to and "capture" the pathogenic microorganisms and other toxins that are lurking in the gums, teeth, and mouth in general, and then after "pulling" for 15-20 minutes, you spit it out.  Then you rinse with warm water two or three times, spitting all out.  The last doctor I visited also said a bit of sea salt and baking soda could be added to the warm rinse water, as an added bonus.

Some people do this upon arising, and just before retiring at night, while others, in morning only.  Oil pulling has been known to reverse and prevent gum disease.

One caveat is that olive oil is so thick that it's easier to choke on it, whereas coconut oil quickly becomes "watery" once it has been swirled and pulled a bit.  If using olive oil, I recommend paying close attention to what you are doing while oil pulling just because of the oil's viscosity.

Most beginners start with 5 minutes, and as days pass they can work up to 15 or so minutes.

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« Reply #74 on: April 04, 2019, 07:04:38 PM »
Just a stray thought about Alzheimer's Disease.

While researching brain health during the recent bout of glioblastoma of my brother-in-law, I read about how the blood-brain barrier does not always function properly during certain illnesses and conditions of the brain, including stroke, post-stroke, brain cancer, multiple sclerosis, and other brain ailments.  When the blood-brain barrier is not functioning up to par, it allows substances into the brain it ordinarily would disallow.  It's compromised.

So in Alzheimer's Disease, when we find in brain tissue, certain microorganisms that derive from the mouth and gums, it might be possible that the Alzheimer's-compromised blood-brain barrier is what allowed their entry in the first place.  It's just a thought.

 

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