Herbs vs. Conventional Medicine

Oftentimes we might ask the question are herbs or conventional medicine better for you or even more effective than the other?  To start with let me give you a little background history about myself. I first became interested in herbs when my newborn son became ill and the conventional methods were not working well or seemed futile.  After many medical tests and misdiagnosis my husband and I made the decision to investigate the use of herbs over medicine that may require many years of use and dependence along with multiple more drugs to deal with the side effects. After a diagnosis of Gerds, Cerebral Palsy, and finally autism we started looking into herbs to help relieve or reduce some of the symptoms from his health problems.  

My mom has over 20 years experience as a nurse and my siblings and I have over 16+ years as nursing assistants.  Five years of those years as nursing assistant I was also a medication aide and saw firsthand the effects of conventional medicine on people who once did not use medicine.  

The first thing to know is the different effects that each does to the body.  

Conventional Medicine: This is great in an emergency situation to address and kill viruses, bacteria and any other life threatening illnesses quickly.  If used correctly and for a short period of time it is very effective.

Herbs:This option is great for long term treatment and for rebuilding dead or dying tissue and cells. Herbs help the body by strengthening a weak system and making it stronger.  However, the reason many people don’t use this option is because it can take too long to heal which means the person has to rest and recuperate for a period of time in order to achieve optimal results from the herb.  

Many choose to use conventional medicine in order to “recover” quickly and continue on the lifestyle that they have been on, that in actuality caused the problem to begin with. Take the common cold for example; due to improper diet, lack of rest, lots of stress the body has built up mucus to protect the fragile system but continuing in this pattern only adds to the mucus since the body will produce more to defend itself, and the body has to work harder to gain better health.  By eating well and getting lots of rest, along with the proper herbs the body has a better chance to repair damage in the body and allowing you to be up and running faster.  If you take conventional medicine you are only putting a “band-aid” on your symptoms and lengthening the recovery period even longer since nothing is being ingested to help the body rebuild itself.  Conventional medicine long term can also cause damage by either killing healthy cells, tissue and beneficial bacteria along with the bad cells. 

Our family has found a great resource for herbs in helping our son with his autism at: http://mountaingrannysorganicherbs.com/my_herbs/home.html   You can also read about our journey with his autism at: myautismjourney.wordpress.com.

From my experience I highly recommend the use of herbs over conventional medicine, however, it is extremely important to remember that herbs take time to take effect and do not get discouraged with this time frame.  It is also important to remember that if you use conventional medicine to talk with your doctor before adding herbs as mild to fatal side effects can occur. 

I would recommend that if you are on conventional medicine for a health condition that you research how to improve your health with herbs and a healthier diet. Not only are you helping your body to better health but the dependence on medicine will be stopped.

Take care as you pursue better health.

Try some green tea for your health!!

I wanted to share this article that I received about the benefits of green tea.  It has been many years since I added it to my diet for the allergy relief and weight loss benefits, to which I highly recommend.  I hope you enjoy and share this information with others!! 🙂


It’s tea time . . . green tea for me!

by Leanne Ely

We’ve been hearing for years that green tea is good for us, but do you know why? And do you know how much good it really does once you’ve consumed it?

Well, let’s take a look.

First of all, why is green tea different than black tea?

Both come from the same tea bush but it’s in the processing where things get a little different.

Green tea is picked, partially withered and then heated almost right away to just about 200 degrees Celsius so that fermentation doesn’t take place. It’s then shaped and heated again.

Black tea is withered and rolled before it’s heated at all, then it’s left to ferment until it turns black and develops flavor before it’s heated again to stop the fermentation process.

So green tea is not fermented and black tea is. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s look at the benefits we can gain from green tea!

Cancer prevention. Green tea is believed to destroy cancer cells without harming healthy tissue. Green tea is also shown to reduce the risk of developing esophageal cancer.

Weight loss. Green tea revs up your metabolism and aids in weight loss.

Heart health. Scientists believe green tea might prevent clots from forming in arteries, preventing heart attacks. Green tea is also believed to help blood vessels remain relaxed, which leads to healthy blood pressure.

Diabetes. Green tea can help regulate glucose levels in diabetics, preventing insulin spikes.

Cholesterol. Adding green tea to your diet can reduce bad cholesterol levels in your blood.

Tooth health. If you drink green tea, you may be killing viruses and bacteria that lead to dental cavities, throat infections and other tooth issues.

Younger skin. If you want to slow down the aging process (who doesn’t?), drink green tea. Put some on your face, too, because it may reduce signs of sun damage.

Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. You may be able to slow down the effects of these two diseases by adding green tea to your diet, as it can help to protect brain cells from dying while also restoring those with damage.

Mood boost. Green tea contains an amino acid by the name of Theanine, which can ease feelings of depression, making you feel nice and relaxed.

How much green tea should you drink every day to reap the benefits? The jury’s still out, but somewhere between two and five cups is the general idea. If you’re sensitive to caffeine, you might want to limit yourself to one cup a day.

If you are pregnant or trying to conceive, you may want to avoid green tea. It contains tannins, which can disrupt the absorption of folic acid and iron which are important minerals for developing babies.

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Benefits of plants

In my last blog I had added incoporating indoor plants in your home especially during cold season.  In my research I was pleasantly surprised to find that there are at least 9 plants that are exceptional NATURAL air purifiers.  If you suffer from asthma or extreme allergies, try one of more of these plants to your environment!!!




Health Benefits of House Plants

House Plants do more than just brighten up a room with color and living energy. Along with being pleasing to the eye, they bring real health benefits.

Not only do complaints about headaches, stress, heart and circulation symptoms, and colds decrease when indoor plants are present, according to Dr. Leona Rogler in “The comprehensive office series,” but also richly decorating rooms with plants can help to keep the air clean.

Mother Fern is one of the best at purifying the air, is a very popular house plant because it is easy to care for, thrives in indirect light and with little moisture, and is very attractive.

Top Nine Air Purifying Plants

The following plants are most effective in removing potentially harmful chemicals, including those in paints, varnishes, dry cleaning fluids, car exhaust fumes, and tobacco smoke from the air in your home.

    • Dragon Tree
    • Ivy
    • Ficus
    • Philodendrons
    • Spider Plants
    • Peace Lilies
    • Ferns
    • Chrysanthemums
    • Palms

House Plants Clean the Air

The good news is that a classic National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) study found that common house plants could improve air quality. In fact, they reported that house plants were able to remove up to 87 percent of air toxins in 24 hours.

The recommendation? Use 15 to 18 “good-sized” house plants in 6 to 8 inch diameter containers for an 1,800 square-foot house.

Plants can remove a variety of toxic air emissions including ammonia, formaldehyde, carbon monoxide, benzene, xylene and trichloroethytene. See the box above for some of the best plant varieties to choose, and remember-the healthier the plant, the more purifying it will be.

Plants Make You Happy

House plants make people feel calmer and more optimistic, says Bruno Cortis, M.D., a Chicago cardiologist. Interestingly, he says that studies have shown that hospital patients who face a window with a garden view recovered more quickly than those who had to look at a wall.

Plants Fight Fatigue and Colds

According to a University of Agriculture in Norway study, indoor plants can reduce fatigue, coughs, sore throats and other cold-related illnesses by more than 30 percent, partially by increasing humidity levels and decreasing dust.

Plants at the Office

Even major corporations and work environments are beginning to catch on that adding plants indoors does wonders for employee health and morale. According to one study published in Rehabilitation Literature, a manufacturing company integrated plants into its office so that no employee would be more than 45 feet from greenery.

The result? Company administrators said they noticed enhanced creativity and increased productivity in employees.



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Treating and coping with illnesses

At the time of this writing I am treating the cold that I caught, I write this not because I want sympathy but to share with you the importance of rest and rejuvenating your body.  I suspected that I would come down with something soon as many diseases are running rampant at this time, however, unlike my counterparts I do not wish to run to the first and quickest conventional medicine that I can found only to suppress my symptoms in order to resume my hectic lifestyle.  I am choosing to take the time to listen to my body and focus on “learning” on how NOT to overtax my system.  In this day and age of getting everything done now and fast we seldom take the time to relax and let ourselves enjoy the “quiet times” in life. We have been taught and ingrained with the teaching that unless we are constantly moving we are not successful or contributing to mankind.  If you ask yourself and give an honest answer, how many times do you overextend yourself only to find there is no reward for this or a feeling of accomplishment?

Ways you treat a common cold naturally:

1) First and most important, listen to your body and rest!!  Many times this may be all that is needed!  Your body repairs and rebuilds tissue, muscle and organs get a much needed rejuvenation.  When we are up moving around our body is focused on keeping us going and all organs and systems are operating at an optimal level.  When we rest many of our organs and blood goes into rebuilding!

2). Focus on healthy eating- do not overtax your system which is trying to get rid of toxins and viruses by eating more acidic foods, this will slow down the healing process.  Focus on broths and liquids, lots of hot tea and water will help the body flush out toxins and viruses.  Also very important tip – add lemons, although it is acidic when broken down in the body it becomes an alkaline ash.  See my post on the benefits of lemons

3) For pain – take ibruprofen; this will help bring down swelling and inflammation in the body, taking a bath with epson salt will also help with pain.
Note: I read in a health book one time that the best way to kill a cold fast is to take the hottest shower you can stand then bundle up really well with hat, warm socks, warm clothing and get under some heavy blankets and take a nap.  This will help the body kill the virus by heating the body to a fever stage; viruses thrive in a warm, moist environment but when it is too hot they die off.  Once the “fever” stage has broken you will start to feel better especially after a nice warm bath.

4) Drinking chamomile tea is an excellent relaxer for body stress and difficulty with colds.  It calms the nervous system.

5). Using a humidifier while you sleep also will keep your congestion to a minimum.  During the period of dealing with my son’s allergy problems I learned from his ENT that the best thing you can do for allergies and colds is to sleep with a humidifier which will help keep your nasal passages clear.  Something you may not know is that during the day the hairs in nasal passages are moving, filtering and staying moist, but at night when we are resting the hairs in our nasal passages also stop moving; when you are sleeping your are inhaling forced heat which dries out the passages.  Since nothing is getting filtered all particles stay in your nose until morning which is why we are congested upon awakening.  The use of a humidifier during the winter months helps keep our nasal tissue and skin nice and moist whether we are exposed to wood or artificial heat.

6) Use a neti-pot – while for some this may be a frightening experience.  The use of a neti-pot assists the body in getting rid of phlegm in the nose and throat. If you are coughing or blowing your nose frequently during the cold it is time to get out the pot and help the body get rid of excessive mucus that is causing much pain, suffering and possibly lack of sleep. 😦

7) Incorporate plants into your home, plants are excellent air purifiers

I hope some of these tips help you with your illnesses.  Feel free to share treatments that have worked for you….


Do vaccines cause autism? Rep. Carolyn Maloney grills CDC in Congressional inquiry

It is finally being proven and discussed the effects of the chemicals and rate of vaccinations to possibly being linked to high cases of autism!!  If you choose to vaccinate, PLEASE, PLEASE read ALL labels and ask questions, there are so many metals and other hazardous ingredients to a growing child in them!!!


Do vaccines cause autism? Rep. Carolyn Maloney grills the CDC over the practice of injecting babies and infants with multiple vaccines all at once.

FACT: The CDC openly admits that vaccines contain mercury, aluminum, MSG and formaldehyde. All of these are neurotoxic chemicals or metals. Read more at:



CDC is now recommending the Tdap Vaccine for EVERY pregnancy!

Note: This was posted on a facebook group I’m on.  Whatever your decision is to vaccinate; please, please be informed and aware of your choices!  While this “may” be a “recommendation” at this time, we all know that it could very quickly become law at any point in time…….


Dr. Bob Sears

CDC Just Announced Tdap Vaccine Now Recommended for Pregnant Women During EVERY Pregnancy. Not just ONE dose during ONE pregnancy, but a dose during EVERY pregnancy. Have they gone insane? What are they thinking? I just read the story in my Infectious Diseases in Children magazine.
So, I understand that Pertussis has increased, and the current vaccine hasn’t been enough to reduce the disease, AND that about 30 infants (tragically) die every year from this disease, BUT what the CDC is proposing is to expose EVERY single unborn baby to the unknown effects of the Tdap vaccine. EVERY baby. So, if a mom gets the shot during one pregancy, then gets pregnant a year later, boom – she gets another Tdap shot. Here’s the good part – the article I read is filled with quotes about the lack of safety research:

“. . . despite the concern over the lack of data for the safety of multiple Tdap vaccinations.”
“There is absolutely no question that we need more data.”
The Tdap’s effectiveness decreases significantly after 1 year. So women will need a fresh dose with each pregnancy.
“A lack of safety data about multiple Tdap vaccinations caused some hesitancy among the [CDC] committee.”
“There are no data available that address this specific issue.”
“. . . the need for a prospective study to determine the adverse event risk in women with multiple pregnancies.”
“. . . the recommendation is an off-lable use of the Tdap vaccine.”
“. . . this is uncharted territory. Studies need to be done . . . We also don’t know for sure if there will be adverse effects . . .”
So, what if every dose of Tdap actually does harm to every single baby? We harm every single baby in order to TRY to save the lives of 30? Does that make any sense? What if giving moms the vaccine doesn’t even help protect the babies? There isn’t any evidence yet that it does So, we risk harm to EVERY baby for a theoretical, unproven benefit? That makes no scientific sense at all.
Here’s a thought . . . how about we do some SAFETY RESEARCH before we start giving every unborn baby a Tdap vaccine. AND let’s prove it’s efficacious, so that the risk is warranted. The ACIP (the CDC committee that makes vaccine policy) has officially gone insane, and my faith in their ability to make logical, science-based decisions is no more. I still love the rest of the CDC – they do great work. But until the ACIP starts practicing science-based medicine again, I will not follow their policy recommendations.
Dr. Bob Sears
Pediatrician and author of The Vaccine Book
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