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Archive for October, 2010

Royal Society had to rewrite Guide on Climate Change

The UK’s leading scientific body has been forced to rewrite its guide on climate change and admit that it is not known how much warmer the Earth will become. The Royal Society has updated its guide after 43 of its members complained that the previous version failed to take into account the opinion of climate change sceptics :

“The Royal Society has produced a new guide to the science of climate change. The guide summarises the current scientific evidence on climate change and its drivers, highlighting the areas where the science is well established, where there is still some debate, and where substantial uncertainties remain.”

download link for guide

Umckaloabo … the herbal remedy for sinusitis and bronchitis from South Africa

One year ago it started to drain, my sinus, and I had tried a couple of cures. So I was very sceptical when a friend recommended Umckaloabo, but after taking 30 drops three times daily for two weeks my chronic sinusitis was gone !

The history :

In 1897, Englishman Charles Stevens contracted pulmonary tuberculosis and left for the warmer climate of South Africa. While there he met a native healer by the name of Mike Kijitse who gave him a traditional cure known as Umckaloabo. When Mr. Stevens returned to England, his doctor pronounced him cured.

How it works : Studies have suggested that Umckaloabo exhibits both antimicrobial and immunomodulatory effects. Immunomodulatory means it changes the immune system; in this case it would cause the immune system to attack the virus or bacteria cells. Antimicrobial is a substance that inhibits or kills bacteria, viruses and fungi. If in fact the root extract of the Pelargonium sidoides did cure Charles Stevens of pulmonary tuberculosis, that means that Umcka can cure a disease caused by a bacteria, since tuberculosis is caused by bacteria. Studies have shown that Umcka has antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and immune-boosting properties.

From the Zulu medicine to the European phytomedicine Umckaloabo


The most powerful weapon against the leading cause of blindness… sun glasses

… but one must make sure the glasses block 99% of ultraviolet rays – both UV-A and UV-B rays

by Jenny Thompson
Director, Health Sciences Institute

Photokeratitis – that’s Excellent Reason Number One to wear sunglasses with proper UV protection.

Here’s Excellent Reason Number Two: Cataracts. More than 60% of blind South Africans went blind due to cataracts and I know you don’t want to join their ranks. The risk of cataracts increases with a family history of the condition, diabetes, smoking and long-term steroid use. But UV exposure ranks as one of the most serious risk factors.

Excellent Reason Number Three: Pterygium. When the cornea is damaged by sun exposure, scar tissue and blood vessels create an abnormal growth that can extend to the pupil and block vision. Severest pterygium cases require surgery.

Excellent Reason Number Four: Skin cancer. Sun exposure is the cause of basal cell carcinoma, one of the two most common cancers. The other is squamous cell. Both are treatable with minor surgery. But they’re unsightly and annoying, especially when they develop on eyelids.

Excellent Reason Number Five: Macular degeneration. As I’ve mentioned before, this is the most common cause of blindness in people 55 and over. If you live in a region that’s sunny year-round and don’t wear proper sunglasses, UV damage can reach the retina at the back of the eyeball. When damage occurs in the macula, at the centre of the retina, deterioration begins at the centre of the field of vision and slowly expands.

A Florida ophthalmologist told a local newspaper: “I’ve seen very expensive sunglasses that are not good ultraviolet absorbers and I’ve seen cheap sunglasses that were great ultraviolet absorbers.”

In addition to shopping for lenses that are reliable UV-absorbers, a wraparound frame does a much better job of filtering out UV than glasses with smaller frames and lenses.

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