Ear stimulation offers relief for Parkinson’s

Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that causes symptoms such as tremors, rigidity, slowness of movement and balance problems. There is no known cure for the progressive disease, and drug treatments — often offered as a first-line treatment — do not slow the underlying neurodegeneration that characterizes the condition.1

Parkinson’s symptoms often go untreated or are poorly treated, leading to significant negative effects on patients’ quality of life. As such, a study by researchers at the University of Kent in the U.K., which found a noninvasive form of ear canal stimulation may improve Parkinson’s symptoms, is raising hopes for the stimulation as an effective treatment.2

Ear stimulation improves Parkinson’s symptoms

In 2016, a case study was published using caloric vestibular stimulation (CVS), a form of neuromodulation, in a 70-year-old man with Parkinson’s disease.3 He self-administered the treatment at home “via a portable, solid-state, device that discharged time-varying thermal waveforms via ear pieces housed in a headset.”4

After using the device twice a day for 20-minute sessions over a period of three months, the man had a 50% reduction in both motor and non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, and the relief persisted for at least five months after the treatment was stopped.

At the time, the researchers concluded, “Caloric vestibular stimulation may offer a novel, home-based method of relieving everyday symptoms of PD [Parkinson’s disease], and merits further evaluative study.”5 That further research — a double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized study — was recently published in the journal Parkinsonism & Related Disorders.6

It involved 33 people with Parkinson’s disease who received either CVS or a placebo treatment. Participants administered CVS at home twice daily for eight weeks. Those who received the active CVS treatment had greater reductions in motor and non-motor symptoms, including improved movement and mobility, than those in the placebo group.

The treatment also helped the participants carry out everyday activities and led to “improvements in decision-making, memory, mood and sleep.”7 The improvements in symptoms were still apparent five weeks after the end of active treatment, but they started to recede by 24 weeks’ follow-up.

“At six months’ follow-up, most of the gains had returned to baseline status although there was some evidence of residual effect,” the researchers noted. “These clinical improvements were obtained without significant safety concerns; no serious adverse events likely to be device-related were reported, and subjects described their experience with the device as largely positive.”8

In other words, the ear stimulation appears to be an effective and safe form of treatment that patients can use in their own homes to get symptom relief. As for why the device works, the researchers suggested it may help to synchronize neural activity.9

Parkinson’s is on the rise

According to the Parkinson’s Foundation Prevalence Project, by 2020 930,000 people may be living with Parkinson’s disease in the U.S., and this is expected to increase to 1.2 million by 2030.10

The U.S. National Institutes of Health reports that about 50,000 people are diagnosed with Parkinson’s in the U.S. each year, and “Because the rate of PD increases in older adults, the burden will increase unless prevention and treatment improve.”11

The cause of Parkinson’s disease is unknown, but exposure to external toxins like pesticides may increase the risk by 80% in some cases.12 Exposure to toxins such as solvents and metals may also be associated with Parkinson’s disease,13 while only a few percent of cases are believed to be associated with genetic causes.

When pesticide exposure is involved, resulting mitochondrial dysfunction or oxidative stress may be responsible for some of the damage. As noted in Environmental Health Perspectives, “In experimental models, the pesticides paraquat, which causes oxidative stress, and rotenone, which inhibits mitochondrial complex I, both induce loss of nigral dopaminergic neurons and behavioral changes associated with human PD.”14

Further, people with a mutation in the synuclein gene, which is associated with an increased risk of Parkinson’s, may be particularly susceptible to the damaging effects of pesticides.

Alpha-synuclein is a type of protein naturally found in the human body. When the proteins are misfolded, they may clump together and cause damage to nerve cells that lead to areas of dead brain matter called Lewy bodies.15 These areas of dead brain cells lead to Parkinson’s disease symptoms such as problems with movement and speech.16

According to research published in the journal Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology,17 dopamine-producing neurons that had the genetic risk factor for Parkinson’s introduced were affected by low doses of pesticides, which could mimic the effects of gene mutations known to cause Parkinson’s disease.18

“People with a predisposition for Parkinson’s disease are more affected by these low-level exposures to agrochemicals and therefore more likely to develop the disease,” study author Scott Ryan of University of Guelph said in a news release. “This is one of the reasons why some people living near agricultural areas are at a higher risk.”19

As such, avoiding exposure to pesticides by not using them in your home or garden and eating organic or biodynamically grown food as much as possible is an important tool for lowering your Parkinson’s risk.

Gut microbes linked to Parkinson’s

Research published in the journal Neuron20 may further challenge the notion that Parkinson’s has no known cause, as it suggests Parkinson’s disease may originate in cells in the gut and travel to the brain via the vagus nerve, the 10th cranial nerve that runs from your brain stem down to your abdomen.

Researchers injected misfolded alpha-synuclein into the guts of healthy mice, then tracked it to see where it ended up. One month later, it had turned up in the brainstem, while after three months it had traveled to the brain’s amygdala and midbrain. Within seven months, it had turned up in even more regions of the brain.21

Next, the researchers injected the misfolded proteins into the guts of mice that had a severed vagus nerve. After seven months, no signs of cell death were present in the mice brains, and it appeared that the proteins were not able to advance to the brain. The study also evaluated behavioral changes in the groups of mice, such as their ability to build nests.

After seven months, mice with intact vagus nerves that received the misfolded proteins in their gut built smaller, messier nests, a sign of problems with motor control. Mice that did not receive the injection, and mice that received the injection but had a severed vagus nerve, scored consistently higher on nest-building activities.22

Supporting a healthy gut is therefore one important factor in lowering your Parkinson’s risk. Parkinson’s link to gut microbes may also help explain why Levodopa, a drug that acts as a precursor to dopamine and is often given as a treatment to boost dopamine levels and alieve symptoms, doesn’t work for everybody.

Levodopa’s effectiveness may depend on the composition of the patient’s microbiota. In some people, gut microorganisms may metabolize the medication before it has a chance to cross the blood-brain barrier, rendering it ineffective.23

Mucuna pruriens, also known as velvet bean, kapikacchu and cowhage seed, is a vigorous climbing legume best known as a natural source of L-dopa, which has shown some promise for Parkinson’s treatment.24

Resistance training might reduce Parkinson’s symptoms

Other noninvasive, DIY tools may also improve quality of life in people with Parkinson’s, including exercise such as resistance training. This has been found to reduce depressive symptoms in elderly people with the condition, a noteworthy achievement since depression affects up to 40% of Parkinson’s patients.25 Improved quality of life was also reported after 20 weeks of resistance training.

Other unique forms of exercise, including simulated horseback riding, may also be helpful. Six weeks of simulated horseback riding improved cognitive impairment and balance in older adults with Parkinson’s disease in one study.26

It’s also an important part of prevention: One Swedish study,27 which included 43,368 people, concluded that more than six hours of moderate exercise weekly may reduce your risk of developing Parkinson’s disease by 43% compared to exercising for fewer than two hours per week.28

Dietary factors may influence Parkinson’s

As far as your diet is concerned, eating Solanaceae, or nightshade vegetables, especially peppers, may be protective against Parkinson’s.29 Following a ketogenic diet has also shown promise.30 According to Frontiers in Neurology:31

“There is growing evidence that ketone bodies, which are derived from fatty acid oxidation and usually produced in fasting state or on high-fat diets have broad neuroprotective effects.

Although the mechanisms underlying the neuroprotective effects of ketone bodies have not yet been fully elucidated, studies in recent years provided abundant shreds of evidence that ketone bodies exert neuroprotective effects through possible mechanisms of anti-oxidative stress, maintaining energy supply, modulating the activity of deacetylation and inflammatory responses.

Based on the neuroprotective effects, the ketogenic diet has been used in the treatment of several neurological diseases such as refractory epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and traumatic brain injury.”

A ketogenic diet is a dietary approach that focuses on minimal carbohydrates, moderate amounts of protein and high healthy fat consumption — the three keys to achieving nutritional ketosis. You can find out the details of how to follow this type of eating program in my beginner’s guide to keto.

With advances being made regularly into Parkinson’s prevention and treatment, including not only a ketogenic diet but also noninvasive CVS, it’s hopeful that people with this condition will be able to reduce their symptoms for a better quality of life and one day even have a cure.

Discover the many benefits of wormwood to your health

Wormwood is a medicinal herb that was thought to cause toxicity in absinthe, a popular liqueur in France during the 19th century.1,2 But what is wormwood exactly, and what are its potential benefits and side effects? Read on to learn more about this plant.

What is wormwood?

Woodworm (Artemisia absinthium) is a perennial and herbaceous plant native in regions with mild temperatures such as Europe, North Africa, North India, Scotland and Scandinavia.3 Today, it may also be found in America, North and West Asia, New Zealand and the Azores. It thrives best in uncultivated fields and roadsides with nonacidic, sandy loam.

This plant grows up to 1.1 meters (3.6 feet) or higher, with spirally arranged leaves and branches that produce light yellow flowers. Its long leaves are green with hints of silver or gray because of the fine, silky strands of hair that cover them.

Although it is known to have a bitter taste, wormwood root has an aromatic and warm taste. Other common names of wormwood are green ginger, grand wormwood, American or Western wormwood, madderwort and wormwood sage. The name Artemisia is believed to have originated from Artemis, a Greek goddess, while the name absinthium is said to be derived from the ancient Greek word “absinthion.”4

Wormwood contains thujone, a monoterpene ketone often found in its essential oil.5 It acts as a modulator for the GABAA-receptor, which causes excitations and convulsions, as observed in an animal study published in the journal Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology.6 Its variant, sweet wormwood (Artemisia annua), is a medicinal plant traditionally used by the Chinese to help relieve fever.7

9 wormwood benefits that you should be aware of

According to the Scientific American journal, the earliest recorded medicinal use of wormwood dates back to ancient Egypt, where this plant had “religious as well as medicinal significance.”8 During the Roman period, wormwood was also known for its neuroprotective properties that may help alleviate stroke.9 Wormwood may provide beneficial effects to combat the following health conditions:

1. Lead exposure — Exposure to lead may greatly affect your central nervous system, since it is a neurotoxic agent. Wormwood extract, with its neuroprotective effects, may help reduce this by inhibiting cell damage and restoring enzyme activities and behavioral changes.10

2. Liver disease — Wormwood extract was found to exhibit hepatoprotective activities against liver damage by helping suppress microsomal drug metabolizing enzymes (MDME).11

3. Depression The methanolic extract of wormwood’s aerial parts were found to contain natural antioxidants that may help improve the symptoms of depression.12

4. Crohn’s disease A 2010 study found that wormwood may help improve the mood of people with Crohn’s disease as it may help suppress inflammation and boost their condition.13

5. IgA nephropathy — Consumed as a supplement, thujone-free wormwood was found to help manage proteinuria14 or the presence of abnormal amounts of protein in urine, which is a symptom of IgA nephropathy.15

6. Osteoarthritis — A 2017 study found that wormwood ointment may help reduce pain caused by knee osteoarthritis, one of the most common types of osteoarthritis.16

7. Leukemia — A 2019 study found that artemisinin (a drug extracted from wormwood17) and its derivatives may be therapeutic alternatives to chemotherapy for leukemia. Aside from their antimalarial and antischistosomal properties (the ability to inhibit the growth of schistosomes or blood flukes),18 they also exhibit anticancer activities that may help induce programmed cell death and suppress cancer cell growth and reproduction.19

8.Lyme disease Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, one of the top authorities on Lyme disease, recommends the Klinghardt antimicrobial cocktail to help you recover from the infection. The formula includes phospholipids, vitamin C, specific herbs and artemisinin, which can be extracted from wormwood.20

9. Lymphoma — Artesunate, a derivative of artemisinin, was found to help suppress the growth of B lymphoma cells,21 which may affect your immune system.

4 wormwood uses you should know about

Wormwood and its derivatives not only may help improve the symptoms of the mentioned health conditions, but may also be used as a culinary herb with its preservative and digestive properties, distinct odor, and bitter taste.22 Its other uses are:

  • Insecticide — According to a study published in the Journal of Economic Entomology, wormwood essential oil has an acaricidal property,23 a specific insecticidal activity that affects species under the arachnid subclass Acari,24 which includes mites and ticks.25
  • Anthelmintic — According to a 2009 study, wormwood extracts may be used as an alternative to anthelmintics or a group of drugs that may help suppress infections caused by parasitic worms.26
  • Analgesic ointment — Wormwood ointment may be used to help heal wounds, and relieve muscle and joint pain.27
  • Ornamental plant — Wormwood’s unique gray-green foliage makes it a good addition to gardens.28

Wormwood’s artemisinin content helps alleviate malaria

A Chinese study led by Tu Youyou, chief professor at the China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine, found that artemisinin or qinghaosu, a sesquiterpene lactone, may help suppress malaria.29 Tu received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2015 for this significant discovery.30

Artemisia annua contains the highest amount of artemisinin out of all Artemisia species, but this compound can be extracted from Artemisia absinthium leaves as well.31 According to the World Health Organization (WHO), artemisinin may be used as a potent and fast-acting blood schizonticide,32 a destructive agent against the malaria parasite.33

In addition, a 2012 study suggests that dried sweet wormwood plant material, together with an artemisinin-based combination therapy (ACT) drug partner, may be utilized as a low cost and effective oral therapy against malaria.34 The World Health Organization recommends ACT because its artemisinin content may help kill gametocytes,35 which are responsible for the transmission of disease from the host to the vector.36

What is absinthe and its association with wormwood?

As a flavoring agent, wormwood may also be mixed with alcoholic beverages, liqueurs, aperitifs, wines and vermouths. Being the main ingredient in absinthe,37 wormwood consumption led to the establishment of a daily event called “Green Hour” or a “happy hour” when people gather in cafés to drink absinthe.38

Absinthe should not be consumed straight, so French drinkers introduced a way of drinking this liqueur to fully savor its taste. First, a sugar cube must be placed on an absinthe spoon or a spoon with holes, which is placed across the glass rim. Cold water is then poured over the sugar until the cube dissolves. This procedure creates a louche, or white cloud effect, in the liquid. It may be stirred after.39

Chronic consumption of this once-banned beverage can lead to something called absinthism. It is a psychiatric disorder caused by absinthe’s high thujone content, with symptoms such as:40,41

  • Hallucinations and delirium
  • Vertigo
  • Thirst
  • Paralysis
  • Limb shaking
  • Mental decline
  • Digestive disorders
  • Psychosis
  • Seizures

Modern premium grade absinthe products are made by distillation with at least 45% alcohol volume and no artificial dye. These products must also have a recognizable wormwood flavor and must be able to create the louche effect when infused with liquid sugar.42

Wormwood oil also provides numerous uses and benefits

Wormwood essential oil is usually produced in Morocco, China, India and Bulgaria through steam distillation.43 According to the journal Planta Medica, wormwood oil is greenish and has a strong odor.44 Although this plant is known for its toxicity, a 2008 study found that essential oil of wormwood flowers from Iran has a lower thujone content.45

Wormwood oil may be used to help alleviate bruises and lower back muscle or joint pain.46 Other ways in which wormwood oil promotes benefits are by helping to:47

  • Kill pests through its antifeedant (a property that helps inhibit insect feeding)48 and toxic effects
  • Suppress agricultural and foodborne pathogens through its antifungal and antimicrobial activities
  • Inhibit the growth of parasites
  • Relieve spasm of involuntary muscles when used in small amounts49

Try this wormwood tea recipe today

Despite its bitterness, wormwood may be brewed as a tea to maximize its health-giving properties. Learn how to make wormwood tea with this quick and easy recipe from Leaf.TV:50

Wormwood tea recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon dried wormwood leaves
  • 1 cup of hot water
  • Raw honey (optional)

Procedure

  1. Place the dried leaves in a cup filled with hot water. Set it aside for several minutes. Remember that using more than 1 teaspoon of wormwood leaves may make your tea too bitter or strong.
  2. Strain the infusion and drink while hot.
  3. To reduce its bitterness, you may add honey or mix it with another herbal tea, such as peppermint or anise tea.

Wormwood tea may have other uses around the house, too. When sprayed on the ground, it may help lure away slugs and aphids on trees and plants, and ward off beetles. For dogs and cats, wormwood tea baths may help get rid of fleas.51

Wormwood side effects to watch out for

Although wormwood provides numerous beneficial effects, you should also be aware of its side effects, especially if taken in large doses. Thujone, a ketone found in wormwood essential oil, may exhibit neurotoxic effects if threshold concentrations are exceeded.52

A 2016 study suggests that this toxic agent may cause redness and pain in the face when used as a poultice. This may lead to a first-degree burn, so remember to consult a health care professional before applying wormwood products on your skin.53 According to WebMD, wormwood may also cause the following side effects because of its thujone content:54

  • Seizure
  • Muscle breakdown
  • Kidney failure
  • Restlessness
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach cramps
  • Dizziness
  • Tremors
  • Irregular heart rate
  • Numbness of arms and legs
  • Urine retention
  • Paralysis

Pregnant women and breastfeeding moms should avoid wormwood oil because of the potential toxicity of thujone. You should also avoid this herb if you have a kidney disorder or an allergy to ragweed and other related plants.55

Wormwood supplements promote beneficial effects in animals

Aside from the notable applications mentioned, wormwood may also be used as a supplement, according to a 2017 study involving rabbits. Wormwood helped improve their growth performance and exhibited antioxidant effects. Additionally, it helped reduce the number of oocysts, or the thick-walled stage in the life cycle of one-celled parasites,56 in the rabbits.57

Dried wormwood plant is usually more palatable to animals compared to freshly cut wormwood. In a 2002 study involving male cattle, it was found that they consume more nutrients when rice straw is replaced with dried wormwood, which contains more crude protein, crude fat and organic matter.58

Growing wormwood at home

Growing wormwood at home is easy. It can be easily propagated from the seed or through cutting or dividing the roots. This plant does not need too much care and attention — it simply has to be watered and pruned occasionally when transferred to the ground.59 Here are a few maintenance tips when growing wormwood plants:

  • They must be planted in an area where children or pets can’t reach them, as they are mildly toxic when ingested.60
  • Due to their toxic root excretions, they must not be grown near other plants, such as fennel, sage and caraway, since they may inhibit their growth. Instead, plant them in separate beds around ornamental plants to help ward off pests.61
  • Aside from seeds, you may also plant divided wormwood plants or their stems.62
  • Fertilizers are not necessary when planting wormwood because they do not like rich soil.63
  • These plants must be grown in an open area to help avoid fungal and rust diseases.64
  • Wormwood plants may be planted along with carrots, as their toxic components may help repel carrot flies and other garden pests such as ants, slugs, cabbage loopers, flea beetles, codling moths and tomato hornworms.65

Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about wormwood

Q: What is wormwood good for?

A: As found by studies, wormwood may be beneficial against malaria, Lyme disease, lymphoma, leukemia, liver disease, depression, Crohn’s disease, IgA nephropathy, lead exposure and osteoarthritis.

Q: Can wormwood make you hallucinate?

A: Wormwood, a key ingredient in absinthe, may cause hallucinations if taken in high amounts due to its thujone content.

Q: Is wormwood safe to eat?

A: Wormwood leaves may be steeped in water to make tea, while their extracts may be used in alcoholic beverages such as absinthe. However, I advise regulating your intake of this liqueur because it contains thujone, a potentially toxic chemical, which may be detrimental to your health if consumed in excessive amounts.66

Q: How does wormwood taste like?

A: Wormwood has a bitter taste with a strong, distinct odor.

Q: Where can I buy wormwood?

A: Wormwood essential oil, tea bags, supplements and seeds are available online.

Potent health benefits of cilantro and coriander seed

Cilantro and coriander seed are names identifying the two stages of development of the plant genus Coriandum sativum. Cilantro refers to the initial leafy stage of the life cycle. Once the plant goes through its flowering stage and seeds begin to develop, it becomes known as coriander seed.1

So, coriander is unique in that it’s both an herb (the leaves) and a spice (the seeds). In this article, the term Coriandum sativum refers to both parts of the plant equally. When a specific part of the plant is discussed, the terms cilantro and coriander or coriander seed will be used.

Cilantro leaf — a potent anticonvulsant

Cilantro is known to be rich in dietary folate and ascorbic acid (vitamin C),2 and may help detoxify heavy metals like mercury, arsenic, cadmium and lead.3 Recent research4,5 has also found cilantro leaf contains a potent potassium channel-activating anticonvulsant, suggesting it may benefit those suffering epileptic seizures. As explained in this paper, published in the July 2019 issue of The FASEB Journal:6

“Neuronal voltage-gated potassium channel subfamily Q (KCNQ) dysfunction can cause severe epileptic encephalopathies that are resistant to modern anticonvulsants.

Here we report that cilantro (Coriandrum sativum) … is a highly potent KCNQ channel activator. Screening of cilantro leaf metabolites revealed that one, the long-chain fatty aldehyde (E)-2-dodecenal, activates multiple KCNQs, including the predominant neuronal isoform … and the predominant cardiac isoform …

(E)-2-dodecenal also recapitulated the anticonvulsant action of cilantro, delaying pentylene tetrazole-induced seizures … The results provide a molecular basis for the therapeutic actions of cilantro and indicate that this ubiquitous culinary herb is surprisingly influential upon clinically important KCNQ channels.”

In other words, cilantro activates specific potassium channels responsible for regulating electrical activity in your brain, thereby reducing seizure activity. Lead investigator Geoff Abbott, Ph.D., professor of physiology and biophysics at the UCI School of Medicine, told Newswise:7

“Specifically, we found one component of cilantro, called dodecenal, binds to a specific part of the potassium channels to open them, reducing cellular excitability.

This specific discovery is important as it may lead to more effective use of cilantro as an anticonvulsant, or to modifications of dodecenal to develop safer and more effective anticonvulsant drugs.

In addition to the anticonvulsant properties, cilantro also has reported anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, antibacterial, cardioprotective, gastric health and analgesic effects. And, the best part is it tastes good!”

Health benefits of coriander seed

Coriander seed and coriander seed essential oil have also been linked to a wide range of health benefits. For example, as noted by the American Botanical Council, the seeds have been used to treat dysentery, bronchitis, anxiety and insomnia.8

A topical ointment made from coriander seed may also provide relief for arthritis and rheumatism pain, an effect attributed to its anti-inflammatory effects.9 The primary active ingredient in coriander seed is linalool, responsible for coriander’s pleasant smell. Linalool, and thus coriander seed, have been shown to:10

Prevent oxidative damage in the liver, heart, kidneys and brain

Improve diabetes management by improving insulin response and protecting against pancreatic islet damage; lowering glucose levels and postprandial glycemia

Enhance mood

Improve memory and learning

Alleviate anxiety

Protect against neurological disease by reducing memory deficits and oxidative stress in the brain

Reduce pain by inhibiting pain response

Inhibit microbial growth, including fungal infections affecting the skin and infections caused by Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, S. haemolyticus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Listeria monocytogenes.11 According to a review in Alternative and Complementary Therapies:12

One study looked at the effect of coriander seed oil on Acinetobacter baumannii, a gram-negative bacteria [sic] developing increasing antibiotic resistance.

In a microdilution broth susceptibility assay, coriander oil synergistically potentiated the action of the drugs chloramphenicol, ciprofloxacin, gentamicin, and tetracycline against A. baumannii. The synergistic effect of coriander on chloramphenicol, to which the bacteria were resistant, was pronounced …”

Topically, coriander seed essential oil has demonstrated effectiveness for the treatment of impetigo (a contagious skin infection caused by staph or strep bacteria), chronic wound care and acute outbreaks of herpes simplex.13

In India, coriander seed is used in the treatment of rheumatic fever and reproductive problems such as spermatorrhea (spontaneous, involuntary ejaculation) and leucorrhea (vaginal infection).14 Studies have also found the seeds to have aphrodisiac properties.15

Coriander seed safety and dosage guidelines

According to a 2016 review in Nutrition Today,16 “Coriander oil and linalool lack toxicity, which has led to the assessment that the essential oil is considered safe as a food additive at levels currently approved for use.”

The dosage used in traditional medicine is said to be 1 gram to 5 grams of coriander seed powder three times a day, or between 14 and 71 milligrams, three times a day, for a 154-pound person.17 Coriander seed tea can also be made using 4 grams to 30 grams of seed in about 3.5 ounces of boiling water (100 milliliters).18

According to Nutrition Today,19 “Adverse effects associated with any historical use of coriander seeds and leaves in traditional medicines have not been documented, although a case report from Iran described endocrinotoxicity in a woman who had taken approximately 200 mL of a 10% leaf extract for seven consecutive days.”

General benefits of Coriandum sativum

According to one review of the medicinal benefits of Coriandum sativum:20

“Coriander is used in the preparation of many household medicines to cure bed cold, seasonal fever, nausea, vomiting, stomach disorders and also used as a drug for indigestion, against worms, rheumatism and pain in the joints.

Many of [the] healing properties of coriander can be attributed to its exceptional phytonutrients and hence, it is often referred to as [a] storehouse for bioactive compounds.”

Areas of use for Coriandum sativum listed by the American Botanical Council include:21

  • Stomachache and nausea
  • Dyspeptic (digestive) complaints
  • Loss of appetite
  • Upper abdominal complaints such as uncomfortable fullness, flatulence and griping (cramps or spasms in the bowel or stomach)
  • Constipation

Yet another paper,22 “Cilantro — Culinary Herb or Miracle Medicinal Plant?” published in Alternative and Complementary Therapies, cite research showing Coriander sativum being useful in the treatment of:

“… digestive disorders, respiratory and urinary disorders, anxiety and insomnia, allergies, amoebic dysentery, burns, coughs, cystitis, dizziness, edema, hayfever, headaches, hemorrhoids, rashes, urethritis, urinary tract infections, urticarial, and vomiting. In Morocco, coriander is used to treat … diabetes and dyslipidemia.”

Why some people cannot stand the taste of cilantro

Cilantro tends to be either loved or hated. Those who cannot stand it will often say it tastes like soap, and researchers investigating the matter have found there’s a genetic component23,24 responsible for this divergent taste experience. I happen to be one of those who doesn’t tolerate it.

As reported by HuffPost,25 scientists have determined that cilantro haters have olfactory receptor and taste receptor genes that “pick up on the smell of aldehyde chemicals” found in both cilantro and soap.

Research26 published in the journal Flavor claims 21% of east Asians, 17% of Caucasians, 14% of people of African descent, 7% of south Asians, 4% of Hispanics and 3% of Middle Easterners dislike cilantro.

Cilantro purchase, storage and usage guidelines

If you like the taste of cilantro, you’re in luck, considering its many health benefits. For the richest flavor experience and to avoid pesticide residues, opt for organic cilantro. Look for fresh cilantro with vibrant green leaves, without indicators of spoilage or yellow discoloration.

Fresh cilantro can last for a week in the refrigerator, and maybe even longer if you follow the storage tips outlined by The Spruce:27

  • Place fresh stems in a glass of water, covering the opening loosely with a plastic bag; keep refrigerated.
  • Change the water in the glass every two to three days.
  • Wash the leaves right before using. Washing before storing will speed spoilage, causing the leaves to turn into a slimy green color.

To prepare cilantro for cooking, make sure the leaves have been thoroughly dried, and have a sharp ceramic knife ready. The book, “Rick Bayless Mexican Kitchen,” suggests the following steps for chopping cilantro:28

Procedure

  1. Bunch the leafy ends of the herb together.
  2. Fold under the top portion of leaves.
  3. Slice across the cilantro very thinly, including the stems. Continue until there are no more leaves left and you only have stems.
  4. Using your fingertips, “fluff” the thinly sliced cilantro multiple times so the stems fall to the bottom of the pile.
  5. Separate the fluffed and sliced leaves and transfer them onto a small dish.

Avoid using a dull knife or over-chopping cilantro as this can “bruise” the herb and cause its flavor to spill onto the chopping board. Ideally, try adding cilantro raw or near the end of the cooking process. The leaves are very fragile, so adding the cilantro last will retain its delicate flavor and texture.

Cilantro can hold its own ground in terms of flavor and does not need additional flavoring. Because of this, raw and fresh cilantro leaves make recipes like Sunflower Power Salad, Cabbage Crunch or Land and Sea Salad taste great.

The Normals vs. Conspiracy Theorists

by Jon Rappoport

August 8, 2019

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In the wake of the recent mass shootings; and after the FBI concluded that conspiracy theories could fuel terror attacks; and after the major media and politicians hoisted the notion that free speech should be further eroded, in order to protect the citizenry; the obvious choice for persons who want to avoid blame for violence is: REMAIN NORMAL.

Eyes straight ahead. Don’t think. Obey official orders. Maintain a pleasant outward appearance. Don’t question authority. If you accidentally encounter information that points to crimes committed by those in power, don’t bother trying to figure out where on the political spectrum they reside. Instead, move along, forget what you experienced, keep your mouth shut. Play dumb. Better yet, become dumb.

Here’s an instructive and astonishing example, if you consider the implications.

Fake evidence used in the Oklahoma Bombing.

How official “science” was deployed to advance a political agenda.

On April 19, 1995, one-third of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City blew up, killing 169 people and wounding 680 others.

Three men were arrested and convicted: Tim McVeigh, Terry Nichols, and Michael Fortier. McVeigh was put to death on June 11, 2001, Nichols is currently serving multiple life sentences without the possibility of parole, and Fortier was sentenced to 12 years (he served that term and was released).

The official narrative of the bombing stated: A Ryder truck parked at the curb outside the Murrah Building contained barrels of ammonium nitrate plus fuel oil (ANFO bombs), and their coordinated explosion occurred shortly after 9AM on the morning of April 19th.

In addition to the deaths and the woundings, the explosion impacted 324 buildings and 86 cars in the area.

(In My 1995, book, “The Oklahoma City Bombing, the Suppressed Truth,” I laid to rest the claim that ANFO bombs could have caused that much damage; and more importantly, I showed that an explosion coming out of a Ryder truck at the curb could not have caused the particular profile of damage sustained by the Murrah Building.)

The vaunted FBI lab decided that, indeed, all the damage and death HAD been caused by ANFO bombs in the Ryder truck.

But two years after the bombing, on March 22, 1997, we had this from CNN: “The Justice Department inspector general’s office has determined that the FBI crime laboratory working on the Oklahoma City bombing case made ‘scientifically unsound’ conclusions that were ‘biased in favor of the prosecution,’ The Los Angeles Times reported Saturday.”

“…[FBI] supervisors approved lab reports that they ‘cannot support’ and…FBI lab officials may have erred about the size of the blast, the amount of explosives involved and the type of explosives used in the bombing[!].”

“…harshest criticism was of David Williams, a supervisory agent in the [FBI] explosives unit, the paper [LA Times] said. Those flaws reportedly include the basis of his determination that the main charge of the explosion was ammonium nitrate. The inspector general called such a determination ‘inappropriate,’ the Times said.”

“…FBI officials found a receipt for ammonium nitrate at defendant [Terry] Nichols’ home and, because of that discovery, Williams slanted his conclusion to match the evidence.”

And with those revelations, the case, the investigation, the court trials, and press probes should have taken a whole new direction. But they didn’t.

The fake science was allowed to stand.

Therefore, other paths of investigation were abandoned. If bombs did, in fact, explode in the Ryder truck, but didn’t cause the major damage, then those bombs were a cover for other explosions of separate origin—for example, charges wired inside the columns of the Murrah Building, triggered at the exact moment the Ryder Truck explosion occurred.

Now we would be talking about a very sophisticated operation, far beyond the technical skills of McVeigh, Nichols, and Fortier.

Who knows where an honest in-depth investigation would have led? The whole idea of anti-government militia terrorism in the OKC attack—symbolized by McVeigh—was used by President Bill Clinton to bring the frightened public “back to the federal government” as their ultimate protector and savior.

Instead, the public might have been treated to a true story about a false flag operation, in which case President Clinton’s massaged message would never have been delivered.

But the fake crooked science pushed by the FBI lab was permitted to stand—despite exposure as fraud.

If the federal government can egregiously lie about an event as huge as the Oklahoma Bombing, using fake science as a cover—what wouldn’t they lie about?

That’s a question which answers itself.

IN THIS CASE, THE FBI, CNN, THE LA TIMES, AND OTHER MAINSTRAM MEDIA OUTLETS WERE ALL GUILTY OF PUSHING “A CONSPIRACY THEORY,” BECAUSE, AS ANY FOOL CAN SEE, FOLLOWING UP ON THE FBI LAB’S CROOKED LIES AND TWISTED EVIDENCE WOULD HAVE LED TO A NEW THEORY AND A NEW INVESTIGATION OF THE CASE, IN WHICH THE BOMBER AND HIS TWO ACCOMPLICES WOULD MOST LIKELY HAVE BEEN OVERTHROWN AS A COMPLETE EXPLANATION.

Therefore, the free speech of these conspiracy theorists—CNN, the LA Times, and the FBI lab—should be limited, if not completely shut down.

After all, these conspiracists certainly provoked severe demoralization/cynicism about the honesty of government in the minds of many, many persons—and a few of those persons would have been motivated to pick up a gun and do harm to others.

You can’t have it both ways. You can’t say conspiracies are only sold by people outside the mainstream AND no matter what the mainstream publishes it never implies a conspiracy. And this is where the protests against free speech crash on the rocks. This is where the stew of accusations and pretenses of knowledge about how opinion and information cause violence crash on the rocks.

This is where people who can think begin to see how agents and players try to divide and conquer society.

And this is where a 230-year-old weapon still stands to block assaults on free speech: the 1st Amendment.


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Benjamin Fulford Report 8/5/19: A look at power centers negotiating world government

Notice to readers:  This report and the next report will be pre-written, as I take my annual sabbatical.  We will only report breaking news if some game-changing event takes place.  The next report with weekly breaking news will appear on August 19th.  Your understanding is appreciated.


This autumn will be a time of serious horse trading that may finally result in the announcement of a world accord designed to replace the system built after World War II.  The U.S. military-industrial complex, Asian secret societies, the Chinese Communist party, the British Commonwealth, the Vatican, the Russian Orthodox Church, the Muslims, and other groups are all in basic agreement that this planet cannot continue business as usual.  They are also starting to agree on a structure for a loose but unified planetary federation.

The main problem, of course, remains the controllers of the old system, who are not planning to go quietly into the night.  A Swiss analysis discovered a core group of about 700 people who sat on the boards of the Fortune 500 and other mega-corporations.
https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21228354-500-revealed-the-capitalist-network-that-runs-the-world/

We refer to this group as the Khazarian mafia.  The Khazarians still control most mega-corporations, including the big oil companies, Internet giants like Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Apple, and famously, the fake news corporate media.  Their biggest source of power, of course, is their ownership of the central banks, which was what they used to seize control of the corporations.

This group has used murder, bribery, and lies to infiltrate the top level of world power, especially in the West.  They have also strategically married their daughters to powerful people.  The daughters would then indoctrinate the next generation of power brokers.  For example, we are now finding out from the Russians, NSA, and other sources that German Chancellor Angela Merkel, former UK Prime Minister Theresa May, and other leaders are daughters of Adolph Hitler.  We now find out former U.S. President Barack Obama’s mother was also a Hitler daughter.  It turns out the movie “The Boys from Brazil” was based on true fact, except that it was girls, not boys.

We have also found out the Clintons are actually members of the Rockefeller family.  In an update to what we reported previously, we have learned that Bill Clinton’s mother was a Rockefeller (rather than his father), while Hillary Clinton is the daughter of David Rockefeller.  Then, of course, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is a grandson of David Rockefeller.

The Khazarians change their last names and life stories in order to hide their intergenerational trail of control.  For example, we have traced the Bush family name to Scherff, Pierce, and finally to the Italian black nobility Pecce family.

Another thing to note about the Khazarian mafia’s power structure is that they actually have a person playing the role of God in their monotheistic system.  So the masses are made to believe in an abstract God when in reality there is a human god playing that role.  Of course, their god is known to them as Lucifer, Ba’al, Satan, Molech, etc.

If you study Jewish history you will find that many Jews have a similar system, as do Muslims and Christians.  This is where the concept of the noosphere, or brain atmosphere, comes into play.  There is a collective thinking process going on, and certain people at certain times become key nodes where final decisions are made in the group consciousness.  The person in a social group who consciously, or unconsciously, is the final arbiter is “God.”

So who plays the role of “God” in the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim religions?  First, in the case of the Shia Muslims, their most powerful leader is…

…the Agha Khan, a descendant of Mohammed and head of the Ismaili clan, also known to us in history as the Assassins.  Their secret society is known as the Blue or Green Dragon.  They have great power over the 200 million or so Shia Muslims, and retain great influence in places like India, where they were subcontracted by the British in order to help them keep that country under control.

This person also is the controller of Iran.  They get their power by infiltrating people into the inner circles of leading publicly-visible power brokers and letting them know they are vulnerable if they do not obey.  They are still not on board with the idea of a unified planet, and that’s one reason why there is a still a lot of Iran-centered tension.  Hopefully they will be brought around during negotiations this autumn.

The Sunni Muslims are currently not under any form of central control like the Shiites.  The closest to central control would be the leading Imams, especially in Egypt, but the system is definitely not centralized these days.  The Saudi Royal Family, who are Khazarian Satanists and not actually Muslim, have tried with their petrodollars to control Sunni Islam, but basically only have whores and mercenaries under their pay.  Fortunately, they have now fallen under the control of the U.S. military white hats who report to the Christian hierarchy (see below).

The Jews, for their part, are roughly divided into two camps—the secular and the religious.  The secular Jews are usually atheist, agnostic, or only vaguely religious.  If they had a god, it would be Mammon, the god of money, so I suppose the families that own the fountain of money—the Federal Reserve Board—would be their gods.  For many years, that role was played by David Rockefeller, who sat at the head of the Bilderberg group, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Trilateral Commission.  He was the final boss of the petrodollar system and his death has created a huge vacuum.

Much of the chaos and infighting in the U.S. political system can be traced to a fight to fill the vacuum he left behind.  His bagman, Henry Kissinger, tried and failed to replace it.  Rockefeller’s heirs, led by his daughter Hillary Clinton (Rockefeller), have been staging a bitter rear-guard fight ever since she lost the U.S. “election” (battle over electronic vote-stealing) to U.S. President Donald Trump.

The Donald Trump presidency was the result of an alliance of convenience between several groups who were united only by opposition to continued Rockefeller rule.

One was the Rothschild family, who resented the Rockefellers displacing them in the U.S. and Japan during the 20th century.  That is why there are so many former Rothschild employees in the Trump cabinet.  “Rothschild” should be taken as shorthand for a group of aristocratic European families who claim to be maternally descended from the biblical King David.  They can be seen as the leaders of the religious Jews, whose beliefs are divided roughly into Torah (Old Testament) and Talmud (Babylonian testament) factions.

The other group behind Trump presidency is the U.S. military-industrial complex, which is dominated by the Gnostic Illuminati, a group that opposes bloodline rule and favors meritocracy.  They believe the universe is so full of misery and suffering that whoever created it was evil, and they wish to overthrow it and take control themselves.

So the people behind the Trump presidency were, as the Asian saying goes, “Same bed, different dreams.”  The Rothschild faction is the one pushing Trump into his outlandishly pro-Israel stance.  They also try to provoke him into starting Armageddon by prodding him to attack Iran, North Korea, Syria, Russia, or wherever.  They sincerely believe doing so will bring the Messiah.

The Gnostic Illuminati think of this as superstitious nonsense.  They want to set up a meritocratic world government.  They also wish to end bloodline rule.  This is the group that has been pushing for the arrests of pedophiles and turncoats like Jeffrey Epstein, John McCain, and George Bush Sr.  They also want to restore the Republic of the United States of America that was surreptitiously replaced by the bloodline-controlled United States of America Corporation in 1871.

The P2 Freemason lodge are the people behind the Catholic side of Christianity.  Their long-term plan has been to a Roman-style, highly centralized world government, or New World Order.  They were behind George Bush Sr. but have now switched their allegiance and form an uneasy alliance with the Gnostic Illuminati.  They are very influential in the military-industrial complex through their control of knightly orders like the Templars, the Knights of Malta, the Teutonic Knights, the Hospitallers, etc.

The Protestant half of Christianity is looser but in large part reports to the Queen of England via Scots Rite Freemasonry and the British Commonwealth.  They are also now loosely aligned with the Gnostic Illuminati and P2 in their desire for a meritocratic world government, with the proviso that it includes constitutional monarchy where it now exists.

These forces are all united for now in overthrowing the Satan, Lucifer, Ba’al, Molech etc. worshiping faction.  They have more or less succeeded now in taking control of the three pillars of Western power—finance, religion, and the military.  These are symbolized by the Egyptian obelisks in London (finance), Rome (religion), and Washington D.C. (the military).  However, they will have to reach a final agreement, hopefully in the form of a loose world federation that includes traditional monarchies like those of England and Japan.

Now we bring China and the Asian secret societies into this picture.  Before World War II, the Asians were more or less united under the Black Dragon Society.  This group believed the Nazis were going to win World War II and then carry out their plan to wipe out non-European races.  They were the group behind the greater East Asian co-prosperity sphere.  Though the Japanese and Black Dragons were superficially allied with the Nazis during World War II, they were secretly preparing for what they saw as an inevitable East/West, North/South showdown.

Now, the Black Dragon society is a shadow of its former self.  In its place is an alliance of the Red, Blue, Green, and White Dragon Societies.  They believe we are all born of the same creation and share the same planet.  They also believe in a loose world federation but want to ensure that anybody, and not just Europeans, can rise to the top positions.  They believe Asia, which has 65% of the world’s population and the largest share of world GDP, deserves its turn to rule the planet.

They also say they were promised as much when they agreed to provide the Federal Reserve Board with a mandate that ran from 1912 to 2012.  The people behind the FRB have reneged on this promise, the Asian secret societies say.

The tentative deal reached between the White Dragon Society and its Asian allies calls for a European to be the first leader of the world federation, followed by an Asian.  After this, the top job would go to the best person, regardless of race or ethnicity.

The new federation would start off with a massive multi-trillion-dollar campaign to end poverty and stop environmental destruction.  This would be followed by huge celebrations, including a jubilee and possibly even a new calendar.  Then a new age can begin in earnest.

Of course the devil is in the details, and until these are worked out, no public announcement can be expected.  We will report on these negotiations in detail when they resume this autumn.

 

Source: https://benjaminfulford.net

Religion: the Oldest Weapon of Mass Destruction in Human History

by Ned Heiden, guest writer

Most likely the first human who invented the first god was some smart tribal guy who saw that it was a very effective way to protect himself from bodily harm by the stronger ones if he made them and the less smart members of his tribe believe he had a very strong friend living across the mountains.

A friend so strong that he could make the mountains rumble by stamping his feet on the ground. Others would not dare to attack him fearing the revenge of such a powerful friend and even though no one ever saw this friend it was better to be safe than sorry.

It probably did not take long for this smart guy to discover that his fellow tribesmen were easily led to believe that this thunder ally would make them nearly invincible in battle with rivaling tribes and could even conquer these tribes.

The smart guy was well aware that in reality he was not safe at all so he turned to the strongest one around, usually the tribe leader and made him believe that he was favored by the mighty thunder-friend across the mountains.

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Police State USA: 79yo Grandmother Sentenced to Jail for Feeding Stray Cats in Her Own Backyard

Garfield Heights, OH — Nancy Segula, 79, is a caring and compassionate woman whose love for animals shines bright. After her husband passed away in 2017, her pet cats died too. So, when hungry cats began showing up on her back porch shortly after, she couldn’t help but feed them.

However, thanks to the American police state, this grandmother’s compassion is landing her in jail—because feeding cats is illegal in Garfield Heights, Ohio.

“It began in 2017 with me feeding stray kitties. I used to have a neighbor that had a couple cats and he moved away so he left them,” Segula said. “I would always feed them and care for them because I was worried about them and I’m a cat lover. Once my neighbors got upset about it, they called the animal warden.”

“There’s been about six to eight adult cats and now there’s kittens coming over, too,” Segula told Cleveland.com Tuesday. “I miss my own kitties, they passed away, my husband passed away. I’m lonely. So the cats and kitties outside help me.

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Study: Mainstream Media’s Obsession With Mass Shooters is Creating More Mass Shooters

An exhaustive study which collected data from every mass shooting in America since 1966 found that the news media’s fascination with mass shooters is creating more mass shooters.

In the aftermath of tragic events like this past weekend’s two massacres, some commentators have called for the killers to be starved of the ghastly fame they crave and for the media not to reveal their names or identities.

The validity of that position has been bolstered by new research conducted by Jillian Peters and James Densley which was funded by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Tasked with preventing more mass shootings, the researchers discovered “four commonalities among the perpetrators of nearly all the mass shootings we studied.”

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