Can Drinking Okra Water Help Fight Diabetes?

According to research, extracts from okra could help offset damage done by oxidative stress and insulin resistance, and simultaneously improve your blood glucose levels. Those results were attained when scientists tested okra extracts on pregnant rats with induced gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM).

During the featured study on rats from 2015,1 scientists found okra extract exerted potential antihyperglycemic and hypolipidemic effects. The okra was also associated with reduced damage to pancreatic tissues. In a recent study,2 researchers concluded that okra may improve glucose homeostasis and ?-cell (beta cells that produce, store and release insulin3) impairment in diabetes.

Okra, you may know, is a vegetable known as a favorite in the American south for dishes like Creole-style gumbo. The Abelmoschus esculentus (okra) plant, also known as Hibiscus esculentus (being related to the hibiscus plant, as well as cotton), is also called lady fingers because it produces several tapering, pentagon-shaped, fuzzy pods with pointed tips and lots of compartmentalized seeds.4

As an ancient, flowering plant with origins all over the world, okra has several more names: gombo, bamia or bamya in France; bhindi in India, quibombo in Spain and simply “bamies” in the Mediterranean and Middle East. It was probably brought to the Southern U.S. by slaves from West Africa, who often used it to thicken soups.5 In fact, this plant does require balmy temperatures to thrive.

The seedpods are the part of the plant with the most gastronomical interest. As Cooking Channel TV maintains, they can be barbecued, pickled, skewered and grilled, or sautéed. It doesn’t have to be doused in canola or some other “vegetable” oil, coated with flour and deep-fried; you can use healthy ingredients:

“Gumbo is nothing without the okra that breaks down and helps thicken the stew … Okra is often paired with acidic flavors like lemon juice or tomatoes to balance out the earthy, woody flavors … Yankee Okra, or okra sautéed in olive oil with garlic, crushed red pepper, thyme and basil, pairs the flavors you know and love with an ingredient that you will soon be familiarizing yourself with.”6

Okra water is a form of this vegetable that has emerged recently, and it’s gained more interest since it may improve your blood sugar levels. To make okra into a drink, the pods are soaked for several hours or overnight, during which time the skin and seeds will be absorbed into the liquid. Another way is to slice the pods thinly before soaking them, but the resulting beverage may be slightly bitter. Just remember the benefits!

Okra May Benefit Diabetes, Lower Blood Sugar Levels

According to the study,7 “Therapeutic Effect of Okra Extract on Gestational Diabetes Mellitus Rats Induced by Streptozotocin,” scientists divided 30 rats into three groups: those with GDM, an intervention group and a control group.

Once the model was established successfully, the study notes,8 200 mg of okra extract was given (orally) to the rats in the intervention group, while the other two groups received only the okra solution and water.

To be precise, it wasn’t extracts from okra alone that scientists used, but an okra solution similar to that used in other studies. A study in 2011, for instance, tested okra’s ability to prevent liver damage.9 Shade-dried okra pods were “coarsely powdered and macerated,” then placed in 3 liters of 96 percent ethanol for 72 hours before being “suspended” in distilled water (which does not dissolve it) before being given to the rats.

At the conclusion, the study authors wrote that due at least in part to the antioxidant substances in okra, the rats’ oxidative stress and insulin suppression was decreased, and along with it their blood glucose levels.

Previous studies have found similar results, including a 2005 study published in the journal Planta Medica,10 in which scientists purified a chemical called myricetin, an antioxidant flavonoid found in okra, and gave it to rats via IV. The result was that the rodents’ muscles were more readily able to absorb glucose, which consequently lowered their blood sugar levels.

It appears okra may support the function of insulin and has even been deemed a potential adjuvant therapy for treating diabetes, whether consumed as a nutraceutical or vegetable.11

Diseases and Disorders Okra — in any Form — May Improve

A 2018 study12 asserts that okra could improve metabolic complications, and if it has a beneficial effect on the pancreas in rats, benefits may translate to humans, as well.

Type 2 diabetes and obesity are the most common endocrine-based metabolic diseases, characterized by hyperglycemia and impaired insulin resistance. Causes are complex and often interrelated, and include:

  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Eating high amounts of processed foods, which typically contain sugar, grains and unhealthy fats
  • Genetic predisposition

While okra alone may not cure diabetes, studies show there is evidence that it helps. Several beneficial nutrients in okra have a positive effect on several other problems, as well:13

  • Potassium — Helps optimize your nerve impulses, digestion, blood pressure, heart rhythm and pH balance
  • Vitamin B — While there are different types, in okra it’s specifically B1, or thiamin, which imparts neurological benefits; B2, or riboflavin, which helps maintain sharp vision; and B6, aka pyridoxine, helps babies’ brains develop properly and helps convert food to energy
  • Vitamin C — Can reduce both the duration and severity of the common cold14
  • Folic acid — Makes and repairs your DNA and produces red blood cells, and is important for pregnant women and women of child-bearing age as a deficiency can lead to birth defects, such as spina bifida15
  • Calcium — A mineral crucial for bone health, but vitamin D is also needed to help absorb it. Additionally, it plays a role in muscle contraction, blood clotting and cell membrane function

The Nutrient Compounds Behind Okra’s Health Benefits

The featured study isn’t the only one that’s revealed remarkable health benefits of okra consumption. Research on okra may be in the early stages, but as it turns out, the relatively meager information already out there supports what other researchers have discovered in the past decade or so.

For instance, a study in 2011 highlights the antidiabetic and antihyperlipidemic potential of okra peel and seed powder in diabetic rats.16 Okra seeds have also been used in Turkey for lowering blood sugar levels,17 which further casts this humble veggie in a very good light by listing the science behind many of its health benefits.

The peel is one of the most popular okra parts used to get the medicinal qualities from this little pod. It can be shredded using a lemon zester or grate, and one-half teaspoon is recommended as sufficient to get the desired benefits. Grinding the seeds after drying them is another method, and simply adding them to your smoothie or protein drink is another. Seeds can be purchased either from a health food store or ordered online.

Besides being rich in dietary fiber, which helps keep your system moving smoothly and efficiently and can both cut hunger cravings and keep you fuller longer, there are other key reasons why eating okra can help with any of the above.

Another study indicates that lowered recovery times after a workout and improved energy levels are a few of the benefits of eating okra. As it happens, okra has a particularly high set of nutrients that fight fatigue, one of them being the antioxidants. The seeds in particular contain polysaccharides, polyphenols and several flavonoids, all of which are important in your diet to battle fatigue. The study notes that:18

“Fatigue is becoming a more and more common symptom in normal humans with the increasing pace of modern life. Large community surveys have showed that more than half of the adult population complains about fatigue. Long-term accumulated or chronic fatigue not only lowers the quality of life, but also leads to chronic-fatigue syndrome and other organic illnesses.”

Glutathione peroxidase and superoxide dismutase also increased dramatically, but the study noted that the polyphenols in the seeds are about 24 times as much as those in the skins, but the content of polysaccharides in the seeds is much lower compared to the skins.

While okra consumption has been shown to block the absorption of the drug Metformin, prescribed to help manage blood sugar levels, you may want to talk to your doctor about the benefits of adding okra to your diet.

From the clinical evidence, the upshot may be that eating whole okra pod, prepared your favorite way, may contribute to a more active and consequently healthier lifestyle overall. And even if you’re not a fan of using it in your cooking, simply making and drinking okra water can be beneficial too.

Protein in Royal Jelly Shows Promise in the Facilitation of Stem Cell Research

Aside from being vital pollinators, bees produce a number of products that benefit human health. Honey1 is an obvious one, but there are others as well, such as royal jelly, a nutritious substance secreted by nurse bees as exclusive nourishment for the queen of the hive.

Recent research2,3,4,5 by Stanford University scientists found royalactin (also known as major royal jelly protein 1, or MRJP1), a protein found in royal jelly responsible for the queen’s massive growth, has the ability to keep embryonic stem cells pluripotent.

This initial finding could eventually lead to the development of drugs to boost stem cells in the human body, allowing for the regeneration of healthy tissue in damaged organs, be it your heart, eyes, skin or spinal cord.

They also identified a protein with similar qualities found in mammals, which they dubbed Regina — a nod to the queen bee for which royalactin is made — which like royalactin allows embryonic stem cells to maintain their naïve state. According to the authors:

“This reveals an important innate program for stem cell self-renewal with broad implications in understanding the molecular regulation of stem cell fate across species.”

Researchers Discover Innate Program for Stem Cell Self-Renewal

Embryonic stem cells are the product of the initial meeting of egg and sperm. Three days after fertilization of the egg, an inner cell mass can be isolated, and these are the embryonic stem cells that, if left alone, will grow into a fetus.

Stem cells are pluripotential, meaning that they have the ability to turn into any and every type of tissue to form an entire being, be it animal or human. Adult stem cells, in contrast, are multipotential, meaning they only have the ability to form subsets of tissue.

The problem researchers have is that embryonic stem cells have a tendency to differentiate into mature tissue cells of various kinds when grown in the lab, and in order to use the stem cells for research and/or therapies, they must be kept in their “naïve” state long enough. As explained by New Atlas:6

“With the ability to differentiate into all kinds of cells that serve specialized functions, like muscle cells, red blood cells or brain cells, embryonic stem cells have incredible potential. But growing them in the laboratory is difficult, because their natural inclination is to quickly outgrow their pluripotent state and become something else.

To preserve that pluripotency, scientists must add special molecules to the culture that inhibit that behavior. Wang and his team found that by adding royalactin instead, they could stop the embryonic stem cells from differentiating just as well.

In fact, they found that they were able to maintain the cells in their embryonic state for up to 20 generations in culture without the need for inhibitors.”

This was a complete surprise. Normally, scientists must use leukemia inhibitor factor to prevent the embryonic stem cells from differentiating when grown in culture. What they discovered is that royalactin performed the same function. The question is: How?

Royalactin-Like Protein in Mammals Inhibit Embryonic Stem Cell Differentiation

Mammals do not produce the royalactin protein, yet the royalactin activated a network of genes known to code proteins that allow the embryonic stem cells to maintain their pluripotency. To find the answer, the researchers searched scientific databases to identify human proteins with structures similar to that of royalactin.

What they found was a protein known as NHL repeat-containing-3 protein or NHLRC3, produced during the development of the mammalian (including human) embryo. They then duplicated the mouse experiment using NHLRC3, which was found to trigger a similar gene network as royalactin.

The end result was the same — the embryonic stem cells maintained their pluripotency in culture. Kevin Wang, assistant professor of dermatology and lead author of the study, commented on the results, saying:7

“It’s fascinating. Our experiments imply Regina is an important molecule governing pluripotency and the production of progenitor cells that give rise to the tissues of the embryo. We’ve connected something mythical to something real.”

Next, Wang and his team will investigate whether Regina — the mammalian equivalent of royalactin — has the ability to affect cell regeneration and wound healing in adult animals. And, as reported by New Atlas:8

“It could be used as another way to keep embryonic stem cells pluripotent in the lab, and could one day lead to the development of synthetic versions that deliver stocks of stem cells in the human body.

[T]hose kinds of drugs could be used for all kinds of things, from generating healthy tissue for damaged hearts, degenerating eyes, injured spinal cords and severe burns.”

What Is Royal Jelly and How Is It Made?

Royal jelly is a gelatinous, milky substance secreted by the hypopharyngeal and mandibular glands of worker honeybees between the sixth and twelfth days of their life,9 and is an essential food for the development of the queen bee. It’s a complex substance containing proteins (12 to 15 percent), sugars (10 to 12 percent), fat lipids (3 to 7 percent), along with a variety of amino acids, vitamins and minerals.10

Compared with the short-lived and infertile worker bees, the queen bee, which is exclusively fed royal jelly, is characterized by her extended lifespan and her well-developed gonads. Therefore, royal jelly has been long-used as a supplement for nutrition, antiaging or infertility.

The larva selected to become queen is fed royal jelly exclusively, while the rest of the larva receive royal jelly along with pollen and honey. Research11,12 reveals this exclusive royal jelly diet activates certain genes in the queen bee, allowing her to grow much larger and become such a prolific egg layer. The honey and beebread fed to worker bee larvae contains p-coumaric acid, and it’s the presence or absence of p-coumaric acid that determines the caste of the bee.

Larvae fed royal jelly to which p-coumaric acid had been added produced adults with reduced ovary development. “Thus, consuming royal jelly exclusively not only enriches the diet of the queen-destined larvae, but also may protect them from inhibitory effects of phytochemicals present in the honey and beebread fed to worker-destined larvae,” the researchers explain.13

Health Benefits of Royal Jelly

Folklore in Europe and Asia has it that royal jelly is a powerful rejuvenator capable of boosting longevity and fertility. It’s also been used to promote hair growth and minimize wrinkles. In Chinese medicine, royal jelly is revered as a substance that helps increase life expectancy, prevent disease and restore youth.

The fact that the protein Regina in mammals and humans appears to work like royalactin in royal jelly could possibly account for some of these benefits. Royal jelly also has antimicrobial benefits, courtesy of bee defensin-1, an antimicrobial peptide found in it. Because of components such as these, it’s fair to assume that royal jelly is in fact beneficial for humans.

That said, the idea that consuming royal jelly might somehow affect your stem cells is probably taking things too far. There’s no evidence of that — only that royalactin allows mammalian embryonic stem cells in an undifferentiated state in a lab environment.

Also keep in mind that it’s difficult to ensure potency and quality of royal jelly products on the market. Toxicology tests suggest most if not all honeys, for example, are tainted with the herbicide glyphosate, and the bee population has taken a hit around the world due to various pesticide exposures. If the bees have toxins in them, it’s feasible their royal jelly might be contaminated as well.

Still, the research was conducted by a very prestigious institution and published in a respectable journal, and they seem to believe there are possibilities here. Just realize that the focus is on Regina, the mammalian protein equivalent of royalactin, and not on royal jelly itself.

Health Benefits of Bee Propolis

Propolis is yet another bee product with health benefits, including immune-boosting properties and strengthening your body’s defenses against bacteria, viruses and other disease-causing organisms.

Propolis is used by bees to close openings in their beehives, which is why it is also referred to as “bee glue.” The materials are usually taken from leaves, bark, flower buds and other plant parts. These are then combined with bee saliva, wax and pollen, which are then adhered to the hive holes.

Studies suggest propolis also protects the bees from bacterial infections and possible external elements that may endanger the whole colony. In some cases, propolis may also be used to encase the carcasses of hive intruders to stop bacteria from spreading.14

Propolis has been used for years in folk medicine because of its proposed effect on various body systems, dating back to the time of the ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians.

In fact, Hippocrates notes that propolis is beneficial for promoting wound healing, both internal and external, while Pliny the Elder documents that propolis may be used to treat tumors, muscle pain and ulcers. This bee product was also documented in the Persian manuscripts as a remedy for various conditions, including eczema and rheumatism.15

Today, propolis is used in a wide variety of skin care products, including creams and extracts to promote wound healing and ease various types of infections. It is also available as a supplement, with people taking it on a regular basis to boost their immune system function.16

Another Bee Product, Propolis Has Flavonol With Health Benefits

Research also suggests a flavanol in propolis called galangin has anticancer effects on several cancers, including melanoma, hepatoma, leukemia and colon cancer.

In one such study,17 galangin was found to induce apoptosis (programmed cell death) in two types of colon cancer cells (HCT-15 and HT-29 specifically), and that the effect killed the cancer cells in a dose-dependent manner. According to the authors:

“We also determined that galangin increased the activation of caspase-3 and -9, and release of apoptosis inducing factor from the mitochondria into the cytoplasm by Western blot analysis.

In addition, galangin induced human colon cancer cell death through the alteration of mitochondria membrane potential and dysfunction. These results suggest that galangin induces apoptosis of HCT-15 and HT-29 human colon cancer cells and may prove useful in the development of therapeutic agents for human colon cancer.”

Galangin has also been shown to inhibit inflammation by regulating the nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-?B), PI3K/Akt and peroxisome proliferator activated receptor-? (PPAR ?) signaling in activated microglia in the brain and thus should improve or prevent Alzheimer’s.18 Additionally, galangin reduces insulin resistance by increasing the activity of hexokinase and pyruvate kinase, promoting glucose consumption and glycogen synthesis.19

Royal Jelly May Be Beneficial for Health, But Don’t Expect Miracles

In summary, while royal jelly has a number of health benefits, it’s premature to assume it can affect your stem cells directly. A number of studies done on royal jelly have focused on its potential effects on cancer, fertility and its role in testosterone production.

In one study,20 infertile men were given different dosages of royal jelly and honey to increase the production of testosterone. After three months, those given royal jelly had higher testosterone levels, improved sperm active motility and luteinizing hormone levels, thus showing the potential impact royal jelly can have on infertility in men.

In another study,21 royal jelly was found to reduce symptoms of mucositis in patients suffering from neck and head cancer. Mucositis refers to the inflammation of the digestive tract brought on by chemotherapy and radiotherapy. Patients who were given royal jelly thrice a day showed a decreased occurrence of mucositis.

A recent study22 published in an obscure Chinese journal also suggests royal jelly has an antisenescence effect on human lung fibroblasts in cell cultures. Other studies have found royal jelly supplementation can improve menopausal symptoms23 and Type 2 diabetes outcomes.24,25

How to Identify a Quality Product

So, provided you can find a high-quality product (which can be expensive), it could be a valuable supplement in some instances. In terms of what to look for when shopping for a royal jelly product, here are a few pointers:

  • Fresh royal jelly is ideal if you can find it, but lyophilized royal jelly is also a good and more convenient option
  • To assess quality, look for 10-hydroxydecanoic acid (10-HDA) content. Most companies that care about quality will test their royal jelly for this. For fresh royal jelly the typical range is ~1.5 to 2.3 percent. For lyophilized royal jelly, it is ~4.5 to 6.6 percent
  • Look for organic royal jelly as it is less likely to contain antibiotics or be adulterated

Weekly Health Quiz: Cholesterol and Life Expectancy

1 For optimal health and prevention of cardiovascular disease and neurological degeneration, you’ll want to maintain the following ratio of omega-6 to omega-3:

  • 1-to-18
  • 1-to-3

    While omega-3s have an anti-inflammatory effect, the omega-6 found in seed oils tend to be proinflammatory. Maintaining a healthy 1-to-3 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 is important, as chronic low-grade inflammation is a hallmark of most chronic diseases, including obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Learn more.

  • 1-to-6
  • 1-to-1

2 Which of the following is more likely to kill a person than being unvaccinated and contracting the childhood diseases rubella, mumps or rotavirus in childhood?

  • Slipping in the shower
  • A lightning strike
  • Choking on food
  • All of the above

    Before vaccines became available and were routinely used, the annual death toll in the U.S. from rubella was 17 to 24, rotavirus 20 to 30 and mumps 39 to 50. For comparison, each year 100 people die from being struck by lightning, 200 die from choking on food, 350 die from slip and fall accidents in the bath or shower. Learn more.

3 The most significant risk factor for cardiovascular disease is:

  • High total cholesterol
  • High LDL
  • High HDL
  • Insulin resistance

    The most significant risk factors for cardiovascular disease are insulin resistance, Type 2 diabetes and the chronic inflammation associated with these conditions. Learn more.

4 The reduction in life expectancy in the U.S. over the past three years is primarily driven by rising rates of:

  • Drug overdoses and suicide

    The drop in life expectancy in the U.S. during 2015, 2016 and 2017 is being attributed to a combination of still-increasing drug overdoses — especially from fentanyl — and a 3.7 percent rise in suicides. Learn more.

  • Automobile accidents and gun violence
  • “Acts of God” such as hurricanes, fires and landslides
  • Climate-driven infectious diseases

5 Which of the following global health crises is the leading cause of disability and chronic illness worldwide?

  • Infectious diseases
  • Obesity

    Obesity has become a greater global health crisis than hunger, and is the leading cause of disability and chronic illness around the world. On average, people are plagued by obesity-related pain and illness during the last 14 years of life. Learn more.

  • Hunger
  • Back pain

6 The suspected cause behind the skyrocketing global rates of macular degeneration, a disease that was virtually nonexistent more than a century ago, is thought to be tied to:

  • Lack of sufficient beta-carotene intake
  • Family history and genetics
  • Increased consumption of processed food

    Given the reality macular degeneration has gone from being an extremely rare disorder more than a century ago to one that is found at increasingly alarming rates in developed countries around the world, Knobbe points to higher intakes of processed food — not aging or genetics — as the root cause.
    Learn more.

  • Overexposure to artificial lighting

7 The following diet has been scientifically shown to impede tumor growth and lower inflammation, significantly reducing your chances of developing cancer:

  • Atkins diet
  • DASH (low-salt) diet
  • Mediterranean diet
  • Ketogenic diet

    Ketogenic diets promote healthy mitochondrial function and respiration, reduce tumor vascularity and inflammation, and enhance tumor cell death. Learn more.

Essential Oils — Highly Effective at Destroying Lyme Bacterium

Lab-based research conducted at Johns Hopkins School of Public Health suggests various essential oils, including garlic, can effectively kill persistent forms of Lyme disease bacterium. While clinical trials are needed to validate the lab-based results, this is good news for anyone who had previously been relying on antibiotics alone to treat this life-threatening, tick-based disease.

Notably, 10 of the 35 essential oils tested showed strong killing activity against dormant and slow-growing “persister” forms of Lyme disease bacterium.1

If you are struggling with Lyme disease, I encourage you to look beyond conventional treatment, which often focuses on the use of long-term antibiotics. You owe it to yourself to investigate essential oils and other natural solutions, which I highlight below.

Essential Oils Shown To Be Effective for Treating Lyme Disease

As presented in the featured video, a new study published in the journal Antibiotics2 suggests essential oils such as garlic and eucalyptus may be useful in treating Lyme disease.

Interested in the oils’ strong antibacterial properties and many other health benefits, a team of researchers from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health conducted lab tests designed to treat Lyme bacterium with 35 essential oils.

Previously, lead study author Dr. Ying Zhang, professor in the department of molecular microbiology and immunology, and his colleagues identified five essential oils, including oregano, cinnamon bark and citronella, that have higher antipersister activity than the commonly used Lyme antibiotic drug daptomycin.3 Results of the current research revealed:4,5,6

  • Ten of the 35 essential oils that were tested showed “strong activity” against persister forms of Lyme disease bacterium
  • Essential oils derived from allspice berries, cinnamon bark, cumin seeds, eucalyptus, garlic cloves, myrrh trees and thyme leaves are among those found to effectively combat persister forms of Lyme disease
  • Five of these oils were effective against dormant forms of the Lyme bacterium in a concentration of only 1 part per 1,000
  • Essential oils from allspice berries, garlic, may chang trees, myrrh trees and spiked ginger lily not only eradicated all Lyme disease bacteria in seven days, but also prevented regrowth in 21 days

About the study outcomes, Zhang stated, “We found that these essential oils were even better at killing the ‘persister’ forms of Lyme bacteria than standard Lyme antibiotics. At this stage, these essential oils look very promising as candidate treatments for persistent Lyme infection, but ultimately we need properly designed clinical trials.”7

Given the study outcomes, essential oils are certainly worth consideration when it comes to addressing Lyme symptoms. Later in this article, I will share other natural remedies you may want to consider. For now, let’s take a closer look at what causes the disease and how it is most commonly contracted.

What Causes Lyme Disease?

Lyme disease is caused by a spirochete — a corkscrew-shaped bacterium called Borrelia burgdorferi. It is primarily transmitted by deer ticks and black-legged ticks found in grassy and wooded areas throughout the U.S. and at least 60 other countries.8

Lyme is sometimes accompanied by a characteristic bullseye rash and may include flu-like symptoms such as: body aches, fatigue, fever, headaches and stiff or swollen joints.

As I have often mentioned, early treatment is vital because it may help you avoid future complications such as chronic joint inflammation (Lyme arthritis), cognitive defects, heart rhythm irregularities and neurological symptoms.

Quite often, Lyme disease can be complicated by factors such as coinfections, nutrient deficiencies and toxin overload.9 LymeDisease.org provides the following facts about the disease:10

  • Most people contract Lyme from the bite of an immature tick — and the bite is often so tiny and painless, you may not realize you’ve been bitten
  • An undisturbed tick can feed for several days; the longer it is attached to your body, the greater the chances it will transmit Lyme and other pathogens into your bloodstream
  • Lyme, which is known as “The Great Imitator,” is very challenging to diagnose because its symptoms mimic conditions such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, fibromyalgia and multiple sclerosis
  • Lyme disease can affect any organ of your body, including your brain and nervous system, muscles and joints and even your heart

Who Gets Lyme Disease?

Lyme disease is no respecter of persons and one bite from a tick the size of a poppy seed may be the only thing separating you from this devastating illness. At least 300,000 Americans are diagnosed with Lyme disease annually.11

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Lyme disease cases are mainly concentrated in the Northeast and upper Midwest, with 14 American states accounting for more than 96 percent of the cases reported to the CDC.12

The people at greatest risk of picking up a Lyme-infected tick include children and older adults, as well as firefighters, park rangers and others who spend time in areas known to increase their exposure to ticks.13

Antibiotic Treatment for Lyme Disease Is Not Always Effective

In most cases, the first line of treatment for Lyme disease usually involves the administration of antibiotics such as amoxicillin, cefuroxime or doxycycline for two to four weeks. That said, antibiotics are not always effective. It’s also important to note that the overuse of these drugs contributes to antibiotic resistance, which is becoming an increasingly bigger issue worldwide.

A 2013 study suggested 36 percent of antibiotic-treated patients continued to suffer from fatigue six months after taking the medication, whereas 20 percent experienced ongoing joint or musculoskeletal pain and 45 percent dealt with persistent neurocognitive symptoms.14

This poorly understood condition that lingers after standard treatment has been completed is known as “persistent Lyme infection” or “post-treatment Lyme disease (PTLDS) syndrome.”15 While the cause of so-called persistent Lyme infection is unknown, experts have observed that the Lyme bacterium can enter a dormant stage in which its cells multiply very slowly or don’t divide at all.

As such, these so-called persister cells are known to be more resistant to antibiotics. About this aspect of Lyme disease, authors of the Johns Hopkins study stated:16

“We found that the variant persister forms such as round bodies, microcolonies and biofilms with increasing degree of persistence in vitro, cannot be killed by the current Lyme antibiotics or even persister drugs like daptomycin alone. [T]hey can only be killed by a combination of drugs that kill persisters and drugs that kill the growing forms.

These observations provide a possible explanation in support of persistent infection despite antibiotic treatment in vivo.

Although daptomycin has good antipersister activity, it is expensive and is an intravenous drug and difficult to administer and adopt in clinical setting, and it has limited penetration through blood brain barrier (BBB). Thus, there is interest to identify alternative drug candidates with high anti-persister activity.”

Natural Strategies to Fight Lyme Disease

As mentioned, conventional Lyme treatment usually focuses on antibiotics, which often stop short of addressing the underlying issues associated with the disease. Due to the damage it will do to your gut microbiome, I do not recommend long-term antibiotic use for Lyme.

The use of antibiotics also increases your risk of fungal or yeast infections. Moreover, antibiotics tax your natural immune function and increase your risk of antibiotic-resistant infections.

Rather than choose antibiotic therapy as your primary means of treating Lyme, you’d be wise to investigate the many natural alternatives first, or, at least use the natural remedies in concert with any recommended pharmaceutical medications. You may find the following nutritional supplements useful in addressing Lyme disease:

Andrographis and artemisinin — herbs that treat a Lyme coinfection called Babesia

Krill oil — this omega-3 powerhouse helps reduce inflammation and relieve Lyme symptoms

Astaxanthin — a powerful antioxidant that neutralizes toxins and relieves joint pain

Probiotics — promotes healthy gut flora and boosts your immunity

Cilantro — a natural chelator for heavy metals

Quercetin — an antioxidant known to reduce histamine, which is usually high in Lyme patients

CoQ10 — a potent antioxidant that alleviates muscle pain, boosts cardiac health and reduces brain fog

Resveratrol — this antioxidant helps with detoxification and may treat the common coinfection called Bartonella

Curcumin — the active ingredient in the spice turmeric, which eliminates neurological toxins and helps reduce brain swelling

Serrapeptase helps dissolve biofilms

GABA and melatonin — two great sleep supplements that will help address insomnia, a common complaint of Lyme sufferers

Transfer factors — help boost your immune function

Grapefruit seed extract — known to kill bacteria, Candida and parasites and may help treat the Borrelia bacterium in cyst form

Whey protein concentrate — may be useful as a dietary supplement

Lumbrokinase Also Shown to Help Treat Lyme

Beyond the natural remedies mentioned above, lumbrokinase, a group of six proteolytic (protein digesting) enzymes derived from earthworms, has been successfully paired with antimicrobial remedies for the treatment of Lyme disease.

Lumbrokinase is believed to effectively penetrate through thick clumps of gut bacteria known as biofilms, which are one of several factors involved with Lyme. When pathogenic bacteria hide within biofilms, they can feed and replicate out of the reach of your immune system.

As such, they remain strong and unaffected by any antimicrobial medications, including antibiotics and herbs, you may be taking. The fact lumbrokinase is helpful in breaking down fibrinogen is an important aspect of Lyme treatment because the pathogenic bacteria use fibrinogen, which they convert to fibrin, to strengthen their network.17

Researchers studying the effects of lumbrokinase18 say earthworms have been used for thousands of years within traditional medicine in Asian countries such as China, Japan and Korea. In these countries, dry earthworm powder taken orally has been shown to promote healthy blood circulation. 

Dr. Miguel Gonzalez, a functional, integrative and holistic medicine specialist from Thousand Oaks, California, and creator of the Lyme People website, suggests lumbrokinase, “appears to assist in dissolving the excess fibrin that covers and hides the bacteria, is involved in the regulation of blood clotting and also eliminates the abnormal proteins that are released as a result of the bacteria’s activity.”19

You May Want to Try Klinghardt Academy’s Lyme Treatment Protocol

My mentor Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, founder of the Klinghardt Academy in Woodinville, Washington, is one of the leading authorities on the treatment of Lyme disease. Having been used successfully to restore health to hundreds of patients, his Lyme disease treatment protocol is most definitely something you should check out, especially if you have been unable to get the help you need elsewhere.

Be Vigilant: Preventing Lyme Disease Is Your Best Option

Lyme disease is a complex, controversial and extremely challenging condition to treat, making prevention your safest and best option. Your first line of defense is to take precautions to avoid the ticks that transmit the disease. After all, no tick bites, no Lyme disease. Because the ticks can be as small as poppy seeds, you must be vigilant to safeguard yourself, your loved ones and your pets from ticks.

Whatever you do, do not spray your body or your clothes with insect repellant containing N,N-Diethyl-m-toluamide, also known as DEET. Because DEET is a known neurotoxin,20 I recommend avoiding all DEET-containing products. If you live or spend time in a high-risk area, you can protect yourself from tick bites by:21,22

  • Avoiding tick-infested areas such as densely wooded areas and always walk in the middle of trails to avoid brushing against tall grasses and other plant material that may house ticks
  • Looking for ticks on your body and hair immediately upon returning from a high-risk area and continuing to check your body, hair and bedding daily for several days afterward
  • Wearing long sleeves and pants, as well as closed shoes and a hat, when venturing into wooded areas
  • Checking your pets for ticks, which can latch onto collars and fur
  • Removing ticks properly and, if possible, keeping them alive; for detailed instructions on handling ticks, visit the lymedisease.org tick removal page

2019: Scientists Funded by Bill Gates to Spray Particles into the Sky in First Experiment to Dim the Sun

In 2019, researchers plan to spray particles into the stratosphere to test the geoengineering method of dimming the sun.

by Matt Agorist

The controversial subject of geoengineering or weather modification — which was popularized, and oversimplified with the term “chemtrails” — is once again stepping from the shadows and into the light of public scrutiny. And it may soon be a reality as scientists plan first ever experiment to spray particles in the sky to dim the sun.

What was once a conspiracy theory is now the subject of congressional debate, peer-reviewed studies, and now a Harvard experiment. Harvard scientists will attempt to replicate the climate-cooling effect of volcanic eruptions with a world-first solar geoengineering experiment set for early 2019.

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Macron Accused of Treason by French Generals for Signing UN Migration Pact

General Antoine Martinez has written the letter signed by ten other generals, an admiral and colonel, and also includes former French Minister of Defense Charles Millon.

They’ve given strong warning that Macron’s signing the U.N. Global Migration Pact strips France of even more sovereignty providing an additional reason for “an already battered people” to “revolt”.

The highly decorated military co-signees assert that the beleaguered Macron is “guilty of a denial of democracy or treason against the nation” for signing the migration pact without putting it to the people.

Macron with French General

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In Memorium: Paradise, California


By Anna Von Reitz

Proof of satellite-based strike on Paradise, California. 

I have been waiting for this specific footage to become widely available, because although we can describe Directed Energy Weapons (DEWs) it is much more effective to show the affects.  


Here is a very short (4 minute) video that at the end of the rant about incompetent and biased media, shows the actual satellite footage as witnessed by another satellite at a higher altitude and about 25 degrees declination. 

I am posting a link that may or may not work for you, but you can also look it up directly on YouTube under the title: 

SHARE THIS! Corporate Media is Hiding VERY Incriminating Footage! 


For those who may be a bit confused by the satellite images and what they reveal, please note the first red spark of fire that appears on the screen as a very small dot of red light, and then, within one second, the very much larger circular red dot that appears on screen and which then drifts in the direction of the original spot of red light, overtaking and consuming it. 

No natural forest fire on Earth acts in this way or this quickly.  

Some conspirator(s) on the ground lit the signal fire, and those operating the DEW system then instantly responded and killed the team on the ground and tried their best to consume the evidence of their crime. 

If this had been a natural forest fire following the pattern demonstrated on the screen, sparks and burning debris from the original campfire would have to have time to develop and then “jump” approximately a quarter of a mile on the prevailing winds to start a second much larger fire to account for the second much larger dot. 

Those of us who have a lot of experience burning wood for campfires and in wood-burning stoves can testify to how quickly a fire can develop in dry wood, but even in true tinderbox conditions, it takes far longer than a second or two to burn enough debris to drift a quarter of a mile, much less ignite an instant secondary blaze two or three hundred times larger than the first. 

Now note the shape of the dots.  

The first dot is irregular, as if someone jabbed a pen-point into paper at an angle, with the thrust of the point being bent to the East, as you would expect given the prevailing Westerlies blowing over California.  The second dot is almost perfectly round and it stays round as it drifts slowly westward — that is, strongly and steadily against the direction of the prevailing wind in California.  

Not natural.  Not even possible behavior for a natural forest fire. 

Instead, this is the pattern of a satellite-directed DEW attack as the satellite established the beam and then itself continued in its eastward orbit.  In essence, it had to reach backward from the direction of its own orbit to continue the attack and this caused the apparent drift of the red circular dot against the direction of the prevailing wind on the ground. 

We’ve just witnessed another Holocaust, akin to 911, carried out by disloyal “US” mercenary Municipal United States forces (US NAVY, USAF, US ARMY, etc.)  directed by madmen bankers against the rest of us, using equipment paid for with money and credit that they have stolen from the victims of this atrocity. 

It’s time to take up the pitchforks, in whatever form of “pitch fork” we may wield — with pen and paper, with email and bank balance, with telephone calls and court actions, with the re-deployment and re-direction of our own Armed Forces, with complaints to the United Nations concerning the deployment of these weapons against “non-domestic targets”, with destruction of the offending equipment and with the arrest of the personnel operating it.  

We know where it started, when it started, and we can triangulate the exact position, ownership, and nature of the satellites used to do this act of Terrorism.  In fact, that has already been done and the man-hunt for those responsible is on.  

I just wanted you all to see it for yourselves.  Watch now before the censors get busy.  

Also note that we have similar though not as visual information on the Big Lake Earthquake, demonstrating that that was not natural, either. 
It was intended as a direct strike on me and as a “warning” to all those who are awake and moving to put an end to this crime spree. 

The depth of the quake (25 miles) is a dead giveaway, and the location of the secondary “ping-pong” quakes around the world serve the same function as the triangulation of the satellites.  We know where the “hit” was generated and we can deduce who the guilty parties are — the same old Nazi “UN CORP” that has been responsible for so much of the war and misery in the world. 

The perpetrators of this crime meant to open up the whole West Coast Earthquake Fault Zone like a zipper, but it didn’t work.  They encountered a shield they weren’t expecting that dissipated over 90% of the energy they intended to unleash and which saved millions if not billions of lives around the Pacific Rim. 

The sheer magnitude of the disaster they intended to create speaks volumes about the evil nature and yes, the literal insanity of the perpetrators. 

Big Lake is still standing and will continue to stand, but the men responsible for these acts won’t be.  They will be hunted down and removed from the company of other people, which is the least of the punishments which they deserve. 

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They Lied: The UN Migration Pact IS Legally Binding and Could Be Valid FOR ALL Countries

They lied. For months proponents of the UN Migration Pact told us that the pact was non-binding. 

The response to the many citizens of nation states worldwide having signed country specific petitions was that it was non-binding so there was nothing to worry about, it was going to be good.

The immensely opposed and disastrous document declares unlimited migration to be treated as a human right, thereby deprecating the term ‘illegal migrants’, and criminalizes any criticism of migration as hate speech.

The points that raised alarm for most was that it seeks to eliminate all forms of dissent. Media organizations for example, should they criticize anything to do with migration would lose access to state funding.

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