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Healing with Essential Oils

In Uncategorized on March 12, 2014 at 1:10 pm

The following is a guest post by my good friend Marnie Clark. Please be sure to visit her fabulous and informative website:  http://marnieclark.com/

Plants have been used for centuries for their wonderful healing properties. As long ago as 3,000 BC, the Chinese and Egyptians used plants extensively for healing. Indigenous cultures in Africa, Australia and the Americas all used herbs in their healing rituals.

Later researchers were surprised to discover that people in different parts of the world tended to use the same or similar plants for the same purposes.
With the advent of chemical analysis in the early 19th century, chemists began to extract and modify the active ingredients in plants, making their own version of plant compounds. You might be surprised to know that almost one quarter of pharmaceutical drugs are derived from plants. Over time, the use of herbal medicines declined in favor of drugs.
While the pharmaceutical companies are creating patentable drugs that imitate the healing properties of natural essential oils derived from plants, the problem with these drugs is that they work quite differently in the body and often have many side effects. Essential oils are the best thing nature could offer us in the way of medicine and their side effects are often more energy,improved digestion, better sleep, less disease, and so much more.

Herbs vs Essential Oils

These days, people are quite familiar with herbal medicine, it is one of the fastest growing industries. Herbs vary quite significantly from essential oils, however.

Herbs that are grown for the purpose of creating supplements are generally not grown organically. Regardless of that fact, the herbs are then harvested and taken into warehouses where they are dried with big blowers, chopped, capped, bottled, packaged and sent to be marketed. It may be weeks, months, or even years later that they are purchased and taken as a supplement. They may still assist us, but it usually takes awhile.
The main problem is that once a fresh plant is dried, not much of the essential oil is retained, and it’s the essential oil that gets us well! Herbs can lose up to 90% of their healing nutrients and oxygen carrying capacity in the drying process.
Essential oils are the life blood of a plant and are 50-70 times more therapeutically potent than dried herbs. They have many and varied healing properties, one of which is to protect the host plant’s immune system. The great thing is that essential oils can do the same thing for our immune system.
Essential oils are, quite simply, the subtle, volatile liquids distilled from plants, flowers, shrubs, trees, seeds and bushes. Distillation of these oils was nearly forgotten until a handful of passionate 20th century pioneers brought it back to life. It is a very precise art and there are still only a handful of people in the world who know exactly how to extract all of the life-giving phytochemicals from each plant – and it’s different for each plant!
Properly distilled essential oils retain all of their healing phytochemicals (plant chemicals). They are not simple substances, each oil is a complex structure containing anywhere between 80-300 different plant chemicals.

When you apply essential oils to your skin (the biggest organ of absorption), the oils will penetrate every single cell in your body within 20 minutes, thus bypassing the digestive tract,which, if faulty, can severely slow down or impair the healing qualities or whatever nutrient you are ingesting. Not so with essential oils!

Why Do Essential Oils Work So Well In The Body?

Therapeutic grade essential oils that are carefully grown without chemicals and distilled so as to retain all of their life-giving and potent phytochemicals retain a wonderful amount of energy and life force. This is what our bodies need and crave.

Essential oils have a great synergy with the human body. They were meant to be our medicine.One of their actions is to carry molecules of oxygen and when you realize that cancer likes ananaerobic (meaning without oxygen) environment, you begin to understand the role that essential oils can play in healing.

Research Indicates Essential Oils Are Powerful Healers

Essential oils are now being used as medicine by some of the world’s most prominent doctors.Clinical research (see below for just some of the studies) indicates that essential oils have immune stimulating properties, they are also anti-viral, anti-tumoral, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial,anti-inflammatory – all the important “anti’s”!

Essential oils have been pivotal in helping many people back to health – pain free, disease free,and much more. Recent research has also shown that many of the so called “super bugs” like MRSA which has doctors and hospitals so concerned can not survive in the presence of certain essential oils. Interestingly, the pathogens do not mutate in resistance to essential oils. The author has had a personal experience with MRSA and can attest to the fact that essential oils are very potent little healers.
Citrus oils like lemon, grapefruit and orange are high in a phytochemical known as d-limonene, a well researched plant chemical. For instance, in 1996, Charing Cross Hospital in London achieved close to a 15% remission rate in patients with advanced colon and breast cancer usingdoses from 1 to 15 grams of d-limonene from orange oil as their only form of treatment. Some patients who only had weeks or months to live were given the limonene treatment and it extended their lives by up to 18 months. (Vigushin DM et al., Phase 1 and pharmacokinetic study of D-limonene in patients with advanced cancer. Cancer Research Campaign Phase I/II CliniclaTrials Committee. Cancer Chemother Pharmacol. 1998;42(2):111-7.)

Here are a few more studies that have been done on d-limonene:
Human breast tissue disposition and bioactivity of limonene in women with early-stage breast cancer : http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23554130

Induction of apoptosis by D-limonene is mediated by inactivation of Akt in LS174T human coloncancer cells : http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23117412

D-limonene rich volatile oil from blood oranges inhibits angiogenesis, metastasis and cell deathin human colon cancer cells : http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22935404
Frankincense is another potent anti-tumoral essential oil:
Frankincense essential oil prepared from hydrodistillation of Boswellia sacra gum resins induces human pancreatic cancer cell death in cultures and in a xenograft murine model: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23237355
Boswellia sacra essential oil induces tumor cell-specific apoptosis and suppresses tumor aggressiveness in cultured human breast cancer cells: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22171782
Frankincense oil derived from Boswellia carteri induces tumor cell specific cytotoxicity: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19296830; another great article is:

Geranium also has anti-tumoral properties:

Effects of a Chinese medical herbs complex on cellular immunity and toxicity-related conditions of breast cancer patients : http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21864416

Lavender has been studied for its anti-tumor effects:

Comparative Studies of Cytotoxic and Apoptotic Properties of Different Extracts and theEssential Oil of Lavandula angustifolia on Malignant and Normal Cells :http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24571090

Thyme has anti-cancer properties:
Activities of ten essential oils towards Propionibacterium acnes and PC-3, A-549 and MCF-7 cancer cells : http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20657472
Clove exhibits anti-estrogen and anti-tumoral properties:
Structure-based design of eugenol analogs as potential estrogen receptor antagonists: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23144548
Comparative anticancer potential of clove (Syzygium aromaticum)–an Indian spice–againstcancer cell lines of various anatomical origin : http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22292639

Idaho Balsam Fir has anti-cancer activity:

Abibalsamins A and B, two new tetraterpenoids from Abies balsamea oleoresin (discussingIdaho balsam fir) : http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22394397

One Last Word – Make Sure Your Essential Oils Come From A Trusted Source

Without sounding like an infomercial, not all essential oils are created equally. There are many companies out there who are just concerned with the bottom line – creating a reasonable smelling oil for as little dosh as possible. If you intend to use essential oils on your wellness journey, you must do your homework. Find out who the world leader is in therapeutic grade essential oils.
Case in point : It takes pretty close to 5,000 pounds of rose petals to create one pound of rose oil,and yes, it is one of the most expensive essential oils to produce. Consider this – if those rose petals were laden with chemicals and pesticides, or distilled with toxic chemicals to bring out more of the oil, that oil would be quite toxic and you would not want it in your body.
Make sure your essential oils are organically grown and properly distilled, from someone who controls the whole process of production from the seed to the bottle, so as to create the most health-giving essential oils available.
I am not proposing that essential oils be used for the treatment of any disease. The purpose of this article is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional. You should not use the information in this article for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem and please be sure to consult your healthcare professional when making decisions about your health.

Marnie_homepageMarnie Clark is a natural therapist (17 years), a breast cancer survivor (10 years) and breast cancer coach (2 years) based in Perth, Western Australia. If you have any questions about essential oils, feel free to contact her at info@marnieclark.com.


             ~~If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any~~

Elyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor, professional cancer strategist, speaker, and the Executive Director for the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation. Elyn empowers women to choose the path for treatment that best fits their own individual needs. She is passionate about helping others move forward into a life of health and well-being. Elyn has been featured on CNN Money, Breast Cancer Answers, Courage and Grace, and Talk About Health, and has written for the Pink Paper, Breast Cancer Wellness, Integrative Oncology Essentials, Surviving Beautifully, Body Local and more, and writes the Options for Life column for the Natural Healing-Natural Wellness Newsletter.  Elyn hosts the Survive and Live Well Radio Show on the Cancer Support Network. She lives in New York with her husband and two young boys. https://elynjacobs.wordpress.com/about/

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Conquering Cancer with Parent Essential Oils

In Uncategorized on July 3, 2013 at 6:22 pm

Once again a popular health recommendation is called into question. Omega 3’s—are they part of the solution or part of the problem? Professor Brian Peskin, author of The Hidden Story of Cancer and a world-leading scientist specializing in parent EFAs—termed PEOs, shows that it is quite possible that we have been misled with regards to Omega’s 3’s. Are we misguided and unknowingly increasing our risk for cancer? There are only two true EFAs: Parent omega-6 and Parent omega-3.  Fish oil is only derivatives like EPA and DHA.   They are not essential as your body makes these from the “parent” just fine. Could an “oil change” prevent or cure cancer? Do fish oils really prevent heart disease?  The New England Journal of Medicine just published their total failure. Peskin was on my show Tuesday and provided some much needed answers. Although often quite technical, here is what you need to know:

Brian Peskin 1While advancing the scientific understanding of the role of essential fatty acids in the body’s metabolic pathways, Peskin has concurrently developed a means for alleviating cancer’s prime cause, as proven by German Nobel Prize winner Otto Warburg, M.D., Ph.D., by increasing cellular oxygenation. Amazingly, there is a fundamental cancer/heart disease connection, in which the same physiologic solution–parent essential oils (PEOs), solves both conditions.

“Americans suffer a widespread functional parent omega-6 DEFICIENCY”

Warburg found that the prime cause of cancer is oxygen deprivation at the cellular level.   Cancer cells function in an oxygen-deprived state and metabolically ferment sugar to lactic acid, enabling the cancer cell to ferment sugar very rapidly and to produce large quantities of energy for rapid reproduction (cell proliferation).  With just one-third less cellular oxygen than normal, you develop cancer.  But what is causing the impairment of oxygen transport?

The body requires special fats which make it possible for sufficient oxygen to reach the cells via the cell membranes.  These special fats are highly oxygen-absorbing entities called essential fatty acids (EFAs) and he calls them PEO’s (Parent Essential Oils).  Peskin determined that it is the relative deficiency of “parent” omega-6 fatty acids relative to omega-3 fatty acids that disrupts the cellular membranes, disabling cellular oxygenation.  Greater cellular oxygen deprivation is directly correlated with a worse prognosis, shorter lifespan, and great risk of metastases.

Omega KrillPhysicians and their patients are being misled. Tragically, physicians are prescribing what they think are essential fatty acids (EFAs) to their patients, but they aren’t. The body does utilize a small amount of omega 3’s, but we are once again out of balance and eating the wrong kinds of fats. Most of our omega 6’s come in the form of adulterated toxic, processed, rancid oils.  We have to stop taking fish oil supplements and other concentrated sources of omega 3’s. Peskin explains at length how fish and their oils become instantly rancid and the damage they impose; he explains in detail why many so-called EFA supplements are not EFAs but EFA derivatives that the body makes just fine but the overdoses in those supplements are very harmful.  Peskin spoke of the failure of fish oils to prevent heart disease and how patients typically don’t die from breast cancer (if there is no metastasis), but rather from cardiovascular disease.  He explained at length how PEO’s are the solution. The science behind the omega 3 recommendation just isn’t there.

Okay coach, so what do we do?

Peskin says we need to include more walnuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds and unadulterated organic oils such as sunflower and safflower into our diet.  We should eat organic cheese, butter, eggs and cream.  Grass fed meat is great.  Can’t eat enough of these?  PEO supplements are an option.  The key to a better health is to increase supplemental sources of undamaged parent omega-6 instead of exclusively taking excess omega-3 supplements that the body does not need or want.  Peskin advocates a balanced blend of both fully functional parent omega-6 and parent omega-3 in a ratio of about 2:1 in favor of parent omega-6.

 “Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex. It takes a lot of genius and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.” Albert Einstein, 1879-1955

Peskin also believes that because our skin has no omega-3 in its structure, the shortage of proper omega 6’s, alongside copious overdoses of 3’s plays a significant role in the increase of the incidence of skin cancer; far from the popular opinion that the sun is the culprit. And given the rising rates of cancer, acknowledging that cancer is not the genetic disease it was once thought to be, and the fact that our omega 3’s are not the knights we thought they were, perhaps we need to rethink our oils.

This information could prove to be one of the most significant health discoveries of the 21st century.  Many thanks to Professor Brian Peskin for enlightening us to a truth we must face or at the very least investigate and consider.  For more on Peskin’s theory and solution for cancer, please read: EFAs, Oxygenation, and Cancer Prevention: A New Solution and visit his website, http://www.brianpeskin.com/. The Hidden Story of Cancer is available at www.pinnacle-press.com and you can register on Peskin’s site to be notified on the release of his new book, PEO Solution: Conquering cancer, Diabetes and Heart Disease with Parent Essential Oils.  (ETA November 2013). To replay my discussion with Professor Peskin, please click here.

Buy the book: PEO Solution – Conquering Cancer, Diabetes and Heart Disease with Parent Essential Oils

Many thanks to Marnie Clark for her insightful post, The Ugly Truth About Fish Oil. Marnie was inspired by the conversation on Survive and Live Well and captured the message and passion of Professor Peskin’s work.

Many thanks to Sid Aust for allowing me to share Cancer as We Know It. Click Here for the complete story.

“You are about to discover how it is possible for “the humble reasoning of a single individual” to provide an insight into cancer prevention that has been missed by the world’s leading cancer research centers. The solution has not come from highly credentialed academia nor their pet field of genetics, because the development of cancer in an individual has nothing to do with a genetic cause and this area of research has only obfuscated the issue. As recognized by Galileo four centuries ago, the “authority” of the many is still irrelevant—in this case in finding cancer’s solution, because the cancer researchers’ reasoning is faulty.Albert Einstein’s quote is also fitting in relation to the so-called “war on cancer” because, in sum, over the past three plus decades, cancer researchers have repeatedly overcomplicated the subject and their developments have been devoid of fundamental insight. In the absence of Nobel Prize-winner Otto Warburg, M.D.’s simple, yet profound cancer discoveries, there would be little hope of ever finding effective prevention or the “cure”―witness over 35 years of research and trillions of dollars spent, resulting in embarrassingly little progress. In contrast, The Hidden Story of Cancer uses Albert Einstein’s simplifying approach to focus on an elegant and scientifically correct anti-cancer solution.” (Excerpt shared with the permission of Sid Aust)

~~If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any~~

Professor Brian Peskin, BSEE, MIT, is the world’s leading scientist specializing in physiologic parent EFAs— termed PEOs—and their direct relationship to the prevention and treatment of both cancer and cardiovascular disease.  Peskin’s discoveries, grounded strictly in state-of-the-art science—in particular, physiology— can be found in his seminal work The Hidden Story of Cancer, and soon to be released PEO Solution with Dr. Robert Rowen, MD, peer-reviewed and complementary/integrative medical journal articles, and his clinical (in vivo) oncology PEO pre-treatment experiment in mice. The seminal I.O.W.A. Study (Investing Oils With respect to Arterial health) conclusively showed PEOs are markedly superior to fish oil supplementation.

Elyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor, professional cancer coach, radio talk show host, keynote speaker, and the Executive Director for the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation. She is also on the peer review board of the Natural Standard Database. Elyn empowers women to choose the path for treatment that best fits their own individual needs. She is passionate about helping others move forward into a life of health and wellbeing. Elyn lives in New York with her husband and two young boys.

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DIM-New Thoughts on an Old Story

In Uncategorized on April 8, 2013 at 6:50 pm

Every so often new science and developments cause doctors, scientists and yes, coaches, to take pause for further consideration of something we were rock solid on. For 30 years we have relied on a theory that we have good and bad estrogen. We have also come to rely on the supplement Diindolylmethane (DIM), a phytonutrient and plant indole that was thought to help convert the bad to the good, or at least that is the short of it.  However, new research presented by Dr Jacob Schor, pokes some serious holes in these theories.  Estrogen Metabolite Ratios: Time for Us To Let Go.  While this is not good news for those of us with breast cancer, it is research worthy of our consideration.  I have been recommending DIM and I have been taking DIM, so Dr Schor certainly has my attention.

The connection between breast cancer and estrogen has been recognized for over a hundred years. However, breast cancer is not just about estrogen, and honestly, the critic in me now has some major questions involving the entire estrogen theory.  At this point there is still solid (for now) evidence suggesting that a higher level of 4 hydroxyestrone can result in increased risk of breast cancer. However, even in this exhaustive and convincing paper, Estrogen and the Risk of Breast Cancer, there is  the following statement: “Studies of the relation between serum estrogen concentrations and the risk of breast cancer in premenopausal women have had conflicting results, most likely because the measurements were made at various times during the menstrual cycle….” and the author makes a few similar comments.  Actually this paper is really worth the read and leaves the door open to challenge the estrogen theory.  I do realize that this paper is somewhat dated, but if you look at many of the studies referred to by Schor, it all starts someplace.  Still, for now we will go with the estrogen-fuels- breast cancer theory.

Keep in mind that there are many natural ways to manage estrogen, and even more importantly, estrogen is a substance natural and necessary to the human body; it is not all bad and cancer is not all about estrogen.   Further, it’s a matter of balance.  When estrogen and progesterone are in balance, they dance.  Without balance, there is trouble.

Please continue with your anti-cancer lifestyle.  Avoid exposure to xenoestrogens; a known villain. Eat your anti-estrogen foods and progesterone supportive foods as needed. For every bit of research that says diet doesn’t matter, there is equal or more that says it does. Besides, the alternative to eating well is eating poorly, which cannot be good for anything.

We don’t have all the answers when it comes to the mechanics of foods and supplements. If a compound has the research and can’t hurt, go with your gut.  Often when you isolate one compound and study it this way, the results are not always reliable…the synergy is lost—hence we get conflicting results which leads to more uncertainty. In other words, question everything, but use common sense.

You are right, Dr Schor: “Sometimes you’ve just got to admit when you are wrong and move on. It is past time that we let this particular idea go”.  So, I was wrong.  Thank you Dr Schor, I will move on and eagerly await further reports.

I also want to thank Marnie Clark for bringing awareness of this paper to the community; information that was brought to me by one of my clients seeking clarity.  This is one of the many things I enjoy about my work—the open exchange of information. I don’t have all the answers, but I like to stay on top of the research; I love to report back to my readers.  So, thank you all for sharing.

Here’s another good read on the subject: Estrogen Metabolite Ratio Testing: Is It Worthwhile?

And then of course, here’s one to enjoy: Estrogen Does NOT Cause Breast Cancer: Debunking the Common Myths About the Hormone

*********Please read this update**********

DIM: A Bright New View on Cancer Management 



~~If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any~~

Elyn Jacobs is a breast cancer survivor, professional cancer coach, radio talk show host, speaker, and the Executive Director for the Emerald Heart Cancer Foundation. Elyn empowers women to choose the path for treatment that best fits their own individual needs. She mentors women who are coping with issues of well-being associated with breast cancer and its aftermath; she is passionate about helping others move forward into a life of health and wellbeing. Elyn has been featured on CNN Money, Talk About Health and more and has contributed to Breast Cancer Answers as well as written for the Pink Paper, Breast Cancer Wellness, Natural Healing-Natural Wellness, Integrative Oncology Essentials, and other publications and newsletters. Elyn lives in New York with her husband and two young boys.

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