Arthritis: a word used “freely” whenever a joint or even a finger hurts……..even if there are so many forms and reasons for arthritis you may want to know what to do to relieve hurting joints [p’rakim]

Try some yellow [“golden”] raisins soaked in gin or if you are not a “gin-person” then  try the following: pour two parts vinegar and one part honey over golden raisins and allow them to soak and eat every day a handful or more.[ from the website of Graedon]

Dark chocolate

In young adults -some 2 hours after eating some 35 gram dark chocolate- vision has shown to been improved and also the time required to detect motion direction.

 Eyesight and brain health may be improved by  increased blood flow to the retina and brain, according to a study published in the journal in Physiology and Behavior. The findings suggest the effects may last for several hours after consumption.

Alzheimer and Galantamine 

In the second world part of the Dutch people had eaten “tulpen-bollen” [tulip-bulbs] in the so called hunger winter[1944/45] to prevent starvation.

The narcis bulb is known to contain galantamine, I am not sure about the tulp-bulb but I think It may also contain this compound.

[Is there any reader who has more information about this?]

I wonder also if any “dementia” patients at that time improved who ate bulbs evenif Alzheimer was an unknown word at the time [I recall that ii was called “presenile dementia”[dementia precox]

Researchers found that the natural alkaloid galantamine continued to improve symptoms in Alzheimer’s disease  patients far longer than anyone suspected.

They were given up to 16 mg/day of galantamine.

This subject is to complicated to describe here in full  but it is good to know about it. Galatamine is available in Israels as Reminyl.

I don’t know what the experience shows at the moment with this product.

If this medicine is taken one may have to be careful with eating grapefruit or taking some [natural] medicines like hypericum.

Older adults on blood pressure drugs known as calcium channel blockers could suffer dangerous drops in blood pressure if they are given certain antibiotics.

Patients on calcium channel blockers who were given the antibiotics erythromycin (brands like E-Mycin) or clarithromycin (Biaxin) were at increased risk of being hospitalized for dangerously low blood pressure.

A third antibiotic in the same class—azithromycin (Zithromax)—was not linked to the risk.When clinically appropriate, it should be used preferentially in patients receiving a calcium channel blocker.”

Examples ofcalcium channel blockers are:

amlodipine (Norvasc), felodipine (Plendil), nifedipine (Procardia, Adalat) and diltiazem (Cardizem, Dilacor, Tiazac).

Glaucoma: 

increased pressure in the eyes: only to be treated by your doctor.

What you can add to his treatment is some 200mg of alpha-lipoic acid per day to be taken with food.

Also high doses of vitamin C are very useful in this condition [3x per day some 500 mg or more]

Lipoic acid is already for a long time on the market [a natural supplement] but hardly ever used by doctors. It is very widely examined and is a very safe medicine and can used in most conditions .

Diabetes patients specially nay benefit from it. Read on the internet about it

http://altmedicine.about.com/od/alphalipoicacid/a/alphalipoicacid.htm

Despite recent advances in antibiotic therapy and intensivecare, sepsis remains a widespread problem in critically illpatients with a high mortality.

A popular Chinese herb, Angelicasinensis (also known as Dong Quai) has been used traditionally for treating women with gynecological disorders (such as dysmenorrhea -painful menstruation-and hot flashes)

Now new data suggest that A. sinensiscontains components that exert protective effectsagainst lethal  experimental sepsis.

[Sepsis is a severe illness in which the bloodstream is overwhelmed by bacteria]

If you are working in a hospital ,try to keep this in your department, you may save lives!