WHAT IS AN ADAPTOGEN?
Scientific research has proven the benefits of adaptogens on the human body. Adaptogens are biological substances found in certain rare plants and herbs that help the body "adapt" to changes and stress. Some of the benefits include overall stress protection, better ability to cope with stress, better sleep, quicker injury recovery, increased energy, and overall mental clarity and perception.
The risks are zero, and existing scientific experiments verify this safety record.
Adaptogens were secretly researched and developed over the past 45 years by hundreds of scientists in the former Soviet Union. Over three billion dollars was spent in the Soviet quest for naturally occurring substances that would improve performance without side effects. Adaptogens were used to improve performance in their Olympic athletes, cosmonauts, key military figures, chess champions and other performing elite. Although adaptogens are still relatively new to Americans, there are thousands of scientific studies documenting the benefits of including adaptogens in the diet.
The world-renowned Russian research pharmacologist and physiologist, Dr. Israel Brekhman MD, is the discoverer of Adaptogens, and holds 40 patents on this discovery. He taught the Soviet scientific community what they had to offer to humans. Dr. Brekhman's research was secret but significant, and applied with great success in the diets of Soviet cosmonauts and Olympic athletes to show off their superiority to the world.
A few years ago, Dr. Brekhman formed an exclusive collaboration with key US businessmen, which was made possible by the breakup of the USSR. They created programs based on his experience, knowledge and vision. They worked together to further enhance the technology. Dr. Brekhman's lifetime of research culminated with the development of the Award Winning Dietary Supplement Superfood known as MacaRosea.
Each of the five botanicals in MacaRosea are each responsible for several beneficial health changes to the human body. After years of research, we have determined that certain combinations (in standardized measured doses), are responsible for changes in the human body that are sometimes considered miraculous.
Adaptogens seem to be surprisingly effective in reducing allergies, often in as short a time and one or two weeks. This includes a wide spectrum of allergies, including dogs, cats, poison oak and most seasonal pollens. Most people will notice a significant lessening of their allergic response and many others experience total relief from their allergies. Not only do adaptogens greatly boost the immune system, thus allowing your body to fight the allergens naturally, but they also do an incredible job of reducing inflammation. Whatever the physiological explanation, adaptogens seem to mitigate the body's allergic response.
There are many different causes of alzheimers including the uptake of heavy metals, especially aluminum. If you are concerned about alzheimers you should go to a reputable ND and have a heavy metal analysis done for both blood and hair. The hair analysis is wildly unpredictable because of shampoos and hair coloring but it can still be useful. The brain is a fatty tissue and uptakes heavy metal at a completely different rate than the rest of the body.
The progression of alzheimers slow and in many cases stop when taking this adaptogenic formula. Again, 3 or 4 capsules per day for the first 60 days is recommended. Unfortunately there is no reversal of the damage but it does appear to stall further progression of the disease. Another advantage of this formula is that the Rhodiola Rosea does a great job of increasing serotonin production as well as improving the sensitivity of the serotonin receptors in the brain, providing a feeling of happiness and well being. It can do a great job of reducing depression, which is important in the early stages when the patient is still aware of the effects and prognosis of the disease.
Some of the most impressive results using adaptogens have been seen with people who suffer from various types of arthritis. Many retired football and sports people taking our adaptogens and experiencing relief from joint pain that they were not getting from pharmaceutical drugs, plus they aren't being subjected to the side effects of drugs.
Rheumatoid arthritis sufferers may see huge benefits from adaptogens but it is not overnight; the benefits build as time goes by and the body and immune system come more into balance. Many doctors also consider stress to be a major cause of rheumatoid arthritis and these adaptogens do an amazing job on stress.
Many times asthma attacks are caused by allergies. Because adaptogens work so well on allergies, they can also greatly reduce the number and severity of asthma attacks. Asthma attacks can also be induced by stress; adaptogens take care of that too. If you have asthma, try adaptogens and see if they benefit you. Take 3 or 4 capsules per day for 60-days and you should see a significant improvement in the frequency and severity of asthma attacks.
There is a bit of an argument in the medical community concerning the actual triggers and mechanisms of bipolar (manic-depressive) disorder. Adaptogenic formula for bipolar disorders in Russia recommend 4-6 capsules per day as an ongoing supplement. These active ingredients are used with great success in treating bipolar.
This is an area in which adaptogens excel, for many biological chemical reasons. They also stop the body's response to stress, which enables a person to think more clearly. The Soviet Union provided adaptogens to their cosmonauts, military Special Forces, and Kremlin leaders in large part because their scientific research documented a significant improvement in brain function and reasoning ability when under stress. The Soviet scientists conducted over 3,000 human clinical studies involving one-half million people and noted one consistent result -- a sharpening of reasoning ability and increase in concentration, especially when they were low on sleep or under physical or emotional pressure. We have many people now reporting these same results, especially those with stressful careers such as doctors, lawyers and high-level business people. College students are also now finding that adaptogens can significantly improve their test performances even after all-night cramming.
Cancer is big business in the medical world and I, personally, think it is a protected industry. That is as political as I will get on this subject. The cure for cancer was discovered some time ago; researchers found that ALL cancers die in an alkalized state, which translates to, lower your body’s acid levels and increase your body’s alkalized state, and no cancers can survive in that environment.
Our bodies are constantly producing rogue, unhealthy cells and it is our immune system's job to destroy those bad cells. If we (and our immune system) are healthy, then these bad cells are destroyed before they can do any damage. But an overtaxed, unhealthy immune system can be fighting a losing battle. Proper nutrition, rest, and exercise are important to sustaining a vigorous immune system but one of the most important factors is stress reduction. Medical research now estimates that over 95% of all diseases are caused, in part, by too much stress on our bodies, minds and spirits. The use of a powerful adaptogenic formula can help your body cope with the inevitable stress of life and keep your immune system functioning properly.
If you or someone you love does have cancer, the choice of treatment is up to you and your doctor. I would never tell a person to abandon conventional cancer therapy but I would strongly suggest taking 4 to 6 servings per day (split into 2 or 3 capsules per day) of this adaptogenic formula to help your body recover from the side effects of surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. We have heard many reports from people who felt they had an easier course of conventional treatment with the help of this formula. And it also supports good blood chemistry, which can help with the low red blood cell count some people experience during treatment.
The MacaRosea formula has not been shown to have any contraindications, meaning it does not interfere with other treatments or medications, and can help boost your immune system and recovery from stressful medical treatments.
Cellulite is an annoying problem for most women and has nothing to do with body weight. A woman's body has a layer of fat under the skin and when that layer of fat becomes too thick it makes the skin uneven and looks bad. 92% of all women taking adaptogens sees cellulite slowly go away, and many spas are starting to use adaptogens as well as the Hollywood crowd. This is the only effective cellulite treatment that I know of and is addressing the root cause of the cellulite.
Crohn's Disease & IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)
Crohn's Disease and IBS (inflammatory bowel disease) are nasty intestinal disorders that can ultimately have a severe impact on your health. Both diseases are regarded as an auto-immune disease and the normalizing effect of adaptogens on the immune system plus the unburdening of the immune system typically result in a gradual disappearance of the symptoms. It IS NOT an overnight process and many times it takes six to eight weeks to see progress. We also recommend eliminating grain and dairy from your diet. Antibiotics are often where Crohn's and IBS get their start because antibiotics kill all gut bacteria, good and bad. Unfortunately it is the bad bacteria and yeasts that grow back first and then your doctor puts you back on a course of antibiotics to take care of them and the cycle repeats itself. By the time you have Crohn's and IBS your body is seriously confused and many people suffer for the rest of their lives and end up having sections of their bowels removed and lots of other unpleasant things. Definitely get started on adaptogens at four to six capsules per day split into 3x daily. If you get a detoxification reaction you may have to cut-back on the dosage for a couple of weeks and then slowly raise it back up to the recommended dosage until the headaches and body aches of the detox reaction (Herxheimer reaction) go away.
Adaptogens help normalize the entire metabolism and we see this in action when it comes to the digestive and elimination systems. We have seen people plagued with acid reflux get relief, frequently in less than a week and we commonly see people with constipation having normal bowel movements within 10-days to 2 weeks. This is especially critical for older people taking medicines and many women also have unhealthy bowel movements. As a mammal, you should have a bowel movement each time you eat, ideally 3 times a day but at least twice a day. If you are not eliminating body waste a couple times per day, then you are "auto intoxifying" your body. That means the various body wastes and toxins are leaching back into your body from the stools that are sitting in your intestines waiting to be eliminated. Adaptogens help detoxify the body and clean out the intestines, which will really benefit your health.
For many years our medical system considered chronic fatigue to be a mental disorder but has finally come around to acknowledging it as a physical disorder. We have seen adaptogens provide great health benefits to people suffering with chronic fatigue, lupus and fibromyalgia; the benefits are not fast but they are steady and usually noticeable within 3 weeks. Often the rate of improvement increases the longer you take them and your body comes more into balance.
Adaptogens work at the cellular level and can provide you with more energy. While a healthy person may notice the increase quickly, often the same day, a sick person will be slower to respond. If there is much wrong with your health and your immune system is compromised then it may take a bit of time for you to notice health improvements. If you are under a doctor's care and are having regular blood tests, the results will probably show up in your lab results before you feel significant changes.
A significantly compromised immune system can be part of the problem with chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and lupus but adaptogens can help your body begin to heal itself. I've dealt with many people who suffer from these disorders and have seen improvement in over 40% of them, some even achieving total remission. Unfortunately, most of the benefits for these issues happen between the 3rd and 5th month and not everyone will stay with a health regimen that does not provide immediate benefit. But keep in mind that you didn't develop this condition overnight; it most likely happened gradually and was a culmination of many things over many years. Sometimes reversing health problems can be like turning the Queen Mary -- it just takes time and patience.
While this adaptogenic formula does carry a 30-day money back guarantee, if you suffer from chronic fatigue, lupus or fibromyalgia you will probably not notice significant benefits in that short a period of time. My recommendation would be to make the commitment for 6 months. As an initial loading dose, we suggest 3 to 4 servings per day. It's not expensive when you consider what you might gain in health and vitality.
The active ingredients found in Rhodiola Rosea, one of the adaptogens in our formula, does a fantastic job of increasing serotonin production and increasing the sensitivity of the serotonin receptors in the brain. Virtually everyone who takes this product reports a "feeling of well-being" within 10 days to 14 days. Everyone will experience great benefits; it just might take longer than a healthier person. Adaptogens are extremely effective at dealing with depression and they do it without "turning off your emotions" the way many of the psycho-active prescription drugs do.
Several years ago, my dad suffered from borderline clinical depression due to extreme personal stress. He started taking these adaptogens and was astounded on the 10th day when it seemed as if a switch had clicked on in his brain and suddenly he felt wonderful. It's only gotten better and better in the last 3 years as he has continued to take the product.
If you are suffering from any kind of depression we recommend that you take 3 to 4 servings per day. I have a close female friend who had PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) and she finally agreed to take the adaptogens, to see if they would help. She was an emotional wreck and would cry for absolutely no reason. After 4 days on the product, she called to tell me that she had woken up that morning with no bad thoughts in her head -- she felt great and had stopped the impulse crying. Not everyone will react quite this quickly. She is a very small person and weighs under 110 lbs. Even though I recommended only 2 to 3 servings per day due to her small size, she had decided on her own to increase it to 6 servings per day. While this is a totally non-toxic formula we don't advise more than 5 servings per day as more than that just becomes expensive urine. In her case though, it seemed to do the job in short order!
The base formula for this product was used extensively by Russia and other countries of the former Soviet Union to combat PTSD in their own troops. Similar to our Iraq veterans, about 40% of those troops returning from the Soviet Afghan wars were suffering from this disorder and adaptogens proved to be an effective treatment.
The only side effect of adaptogens we've seen is not really a side effect at all, it's a great health benefit -- detoxification. As we age our bodies accumulate and hold onto all kinds of toxins, including heavy metals, pharmaceutical and recreational drugs, pesticides, artificial hormones and various chemicals. These toxins are very bad for us and put quite a load on our immune system. Eventually our immune system gets overloaded with toxins, as well as the chemical and hormonal effects of stress, and then you see auto-immune diseases and cancer occurring.
Adaptogens also do an amazing job of preventing and dealing with hangovers. If you know you will be partying hardy, take a serving before you start partying and take 3 servings before you go to bed and you will not have a hangover. After all, a hangover is just leftover toxins from too much alcohol and adaptogens will help flush them out.
The adaptogens we recommend are frequently referred to as "liquid Viagra" because of their effect on men. Oddly enough it works equally well on improving sex for women and it has made many marriages much better. It turns out that the main problem for most men with E.D. is stress and that is what adaptogens were built for. On the female side it is stress that typically holds down the libido and when you remove that stress.... watch out!
High Blood Pressure
Having optimal blood pressure requires that many of the systems in your body work together properly, that you have good blood chemistry, and an unobstructed cardiovascular system, i.e., no cholesterol build-ups in the veins, and supple venal and arterial muscle and tissues.
Stress is also a major cause of high blood pressure. It is now a widely accepted fact that the average person is under significant stress 24/7 given our lifestyles, family and work obligations, poor nutrition, ingestion and accumulation of environmental toxins, as well as the constant bombardment by the many types of man-made radiation from electronic devices (cell phones, cordless phones, etc.). Our bodies respond to these stressors with a "fight or flight response," something that is built-in to all mammals and is part of our survival mechanism.
When your body goes into this "fight or flight response," your adrenal gland fires up and manufactures cortisol as well as other hormones and chemicals that quickly dump into your blood stream, basically putting your body into after-burner mode -- your heart rate and blood pressure increase, and your senses and reaction time sharpen so you can better deal with the perceived emergency. Just like a jet engine, if you run the after-burner too long, the engine explodes. In the case of the human body, your organs become fatigued and your cardiovascular system sustains great damage, as does your brain and virtually all other parts of your body. This is why modern medicine states that over 90% of the health problems that damage and kill are derived from the effects of stress.
So how can adaptogens help? By definition, adaptogens enable you to adapt to stress, both physically and mentally, thus effectively stopping the very damaging and ever-present stress response in your body. Adapting to stress can have huge, positive health benefits because stress also places an increased load on your immune system; by freeing up your immune system it can then more effectively deal with germs and other health challenges as well as repairing existing health problems. Our bodies are, indeed, self-healing organisms IF you can control stress and toxins, and give your body the nutrition and exercise it needs.
Another aspect of increased stress is the emotional reaction of depression. Really stressed out people are typically very depressed. The active ingredients in Rhodiola Rosea are proven through human clinical studies to increase the amount of serotonin our brain produces (serotonin makes you feel mentally balanced and good) plus it increases the sensitivity of the serotonin receptors in the brain. This double benefit is why people taking these adaptogens report a feeling of well-being and relief from depression in very short periods of time, typically 2 to 3 weeks after beginning daily supplements of a high-quality adaptogen.
My personal experience with adaptogens and blood pressure has been amazing, both on myself and my family, and with literally hundreds of people who have followed my recommendations. Blood pressure problems are typically gone within 3 weeks of beginning a regimen of 1200 milligrams per day (4 servings) of this adaptogenic supplement. We recommend you carefully monitor your blood pressure and notify your doctor that you are trying a nutritional supplement that is known to help people with blood pressure problems. Many MDs are ignorant of nutritional supplements and some take an adversarial stance against any and all supplements, but the MDs are slowly getting more educated in the area of nutrition and health supplements, and many will now encourage you to try other ways to attain good blood pressure and reduce or eliminate blood pressure medications.
By the way, all current blood pressure medications have side effects and all are addictive; you will most likely experience mild withdrawal reactions as you reduce your dosage. A good way to wean yourself off of blood pressure drugs is to first make sure that your blood pressure is doing well and that the trend is towards a more normal level. Then cut your dosage by 1/2 for the first week and continue to monitor your blood pressure levels. If your pressure and trend remain good, you can then cut your dosage by 1/2 again for the second week, and then reduce again for the third week. It is critical that you monitor your blood pressure constantly and resume your prescription medication if you are not improving. If your blood pressure is in a dangerous range you should only change your medication with your doctor's supervision.
Many people decide to maintain a small dose of prescription blood pressure medication because they feel more secure in doing so; that is your choice. In any case, give adaptogens a fair trial of 4 servings per day for 60-days and see how your body reacts. If you are using the adaptogenic formula we recommend, you are at no financial risk because the manufacturer provides a 30-day 100% satisfaction guarantee. You don't get that kind of guarantee with any drug or prescription.
A common effect of taking adaptogens is better cholesterol numbers and you should see marked improvement after a few months. Having proper blood chemistry is extremely important, both to your health in general and to your cardiovascular system in particular. I don't agree with the current cholesterol guidelines and if you do your own research, you will find that the drug companies have successfully lobbied to have the "healthy numbers" lowered to the point that over half our population requires cholesterol lowering drugs.
I suggest that you research this more at www.Mercola.Com which is the website of a very outspoken physician, Dr. Joseph Mercola in the Chicago area.
Enough politics; let's leave that discussion alone and talk about how adaptogens can affect your blood chemistry, including cholesterol. The research the Soviets conducted on these adaptogens showed that they are very powerful in normalizing the various components of blood chemistry including cholesterol, Creactive protein, fibrinogen, lipid panel and homocysteine. Those last four are much more important markers than cholesterol and you should have your doctor monitor them on your next blood test. This has been born out by many people who had their blood work done immediately prior to beginning adaptogen supplements and then again a few weeks later. The adaptogens will have a huge, positive effect on all your blood numbers, including cholesterol, and it will be noticeable within the first 4 to 6 weeks and sometimes sooner.
If you are taking cholesterol drugs you really need to visit Dr. Mercola's website and research the effects of these drugs. They are extremely bad for your body. Adaptogens give you a way to improve your cholesterol and many other blood marker numbers without using drugs and their attendant side effects.
Most people who experience difficulty sleeping will get relief very quickly by taking adaptogens. I don't know the full mechanism. I'm sure that stopping the perpetual stress response is a large part of it and increased serotonin production has a hand in it also, as well as other beneficial changes in body chemistry that adaptogens promote. I can tell you will certainty that about half the people who take adaptogens report that they are getting their best sleep ever.
Adaptogens will also give you more energy; not the stimulant kind you get from Red Bull or coffee or sugar, but the real, honest, deep down, steady cellular energy. Most people sleep very well when taking adaptogens but some may experience too much energy at night if they take a late afternoon or evening dose. If that's you, take the full amount for the day during the morning or in a divided dose with breakfast and lunch.
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Referring again to the Soviet Union's massive human clinical research effort, they discovered that adaptogens can drastically boost cellular energy and that is part of the reason the research and formulas were considered a Soviet military secret for many years. I have spoken to several Vietnam veterans, especially those who were in Special Forces, and they had all heard tales of the "human performance formula" that gave the Soviet squads better strength and endurance. Likewise, many of you will remember the Olympic competitions of the 1970s and 80's, when the Soviet athletes completely dominated the rest of the world and took home more than their fair share of gold medal. Again, they were all using these compounds to naturally improve their performances.
There is a lot of research relating to adaptogens and how they affect cellular energy and cellular communication. Nowadays, much of it is marketing hype and it can get pretty deep pretty quickly. Suffice it to say that the Soviets discovered that adaptogens can measurably increase your energy and ability to do physical work and also reduce the amount of time it takes to recover from extreme physical exertion. When adaptogens were first introduced in the United States by a track team, they quickly set a number of records. Today over 7 nations use adaptogens with their top Olympic athletes and it provides them a measurable physical edge.
As adaptogens become better known in the U.S. we are seeing increased use in many sports. Martial arts is now seeing widespread use of adaptogens and it is spreading into the other sports as word gets out. If you are active and engage in any sports, you should train with and use adaptogens. We have many marathoners now using adaptogens and they report a noticeable improvement in energy and endurance and much faster recovery. I have introduced many surfers to adaptogens and they tell me they don't get cold as quickly, last longer surfing, and do not feel like they've been "beaten up" the next day.
Adaptogens are proven to greatly improve the functioning of the brain, including memory, cognitive functions and the ability to concentrate while under high stress. Because of this, the Soviet cosmonauts were among the first to use the formula as it was imperative that they be able to function at peak mental capacity during space flights. The Soviet chess masters and leading scientists were also provided adaptogens to improve their mental faculties.
Now that these formulas are available to all of us, we have many people now reporting these same results, especially those with stressful careers such as doctors, lawyers and high-level business people. College students are also now finding that adaptogens can significantly improve their test performances even after all-night cramming. These adaptogens can also help the memory of people who are suffering from Alzheimer’s. Although adaptogens are not known to reverse the disease it does appear to stop the progression.
Night Vision and Acuity
The adaptogenic formula we recommend contains the active ingredients of the Caucasian Bilberry, which is a high altitude blueberry. This plant was used extensively in World War II by the British fighter and bomber pilots to increase their visual acuity and night vision. The mechanism of improvement has to do with increasing the amount of oxygen flow in the micro-capillaries at the back of the eye and it is extremely effective.
We have heard from many people that their night vision has greatly improved, especially from women who typically suffer from impaired night vision as they age. It normally takes three to six months of taking adaptogens to really get the night vision and acuity benefits but sometimes it happens within the first 30 to 45 days. I have heard from a few people that taking adaptogens also helped their macular degeneration but we cannot list this benefit with any real certainty.
Whether you are under-weight or over-weight, adaptogens will help your body achieve homeostasis or balance. About half the people taking adaptogens report gradual weight loss of 12 to 35 pounds per month without changing their diet or exercise patterns. The adaptogenic formula we recommend also contains the active ingredients of Caucasian Bilberry, a high altitude form of blueberry. That plant has been used for centuries to brew "diabetic tea" which has been shown to greatly benefit the insulin system in our bodies. As we age, the effects of our SAD (standard American diet) take their toll on our insulin system and it gets very confused and damaged, thus leading both to diabetes and weight gain. The adaptogens we recommend address this problem and positive changes to the insulin system begin immediately. If you are monitoring your blood sugar daily you will see the changes the same day.
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Psoriasis is a terrible affliction both from a pain and social standpoint. The good news is that adaptogens work extremely well on this disease and people typically see improvements begin within days and often have complete relief within a month to six weeks. Toxins and a confused immune system seem to be the big players in this disease and adaptogens excel in both areas. You can also use the adaptogens we recommend topically and it works very well on skin disorders. The guarantee period is sufficient for you to find out how well the adaptogens will perform in dealing with your psoriasis or other skin disorder. Take 3 servings per day or up to 6 servings per day in split dosages and see what happens over the course of eight weeks. In over 90 percent of the people with skin disorders they are greatly benefited. Stress and emotions can also have a big effect on psoriasis and those are also addressed by adaptogens.
PTSD - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
PTSD is now a name well recognized because over 40% of our military returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are being diagnosed with it. This is a very serious form of depression that ruins the lives of entire families and completely wrecks the life of the person suffering from it. Many of today's homeless are Vietnam Veterans who had PTSD and could not function in society or with their families. Unfortunately, it was not recognized as a mental disorder until recently.
Conventional medicine treats PTSD by prescribing psycho-active drugs that turn off the emotions; that is not a good way to live. Psychologists and psychiatrists have not come up with a successful method of dealing with PTSD either.
Doctors at Ft. Bragg Medical Hospital in North Carolina are treating solders with PDST with concentrated doses of Siberian Rhodiola Rosea extract and it worked well. Part of what adaptogens do is to get your body to control your stress responses. They also increase the serotonin production by your brain and increase the sensitivity of the serotonin receptors. The PTSD problem is being worked at from multiple angles and it typically provides relief over the course of six to twelve months.
There are no other effective treatments for PTSD that I know of and the combination of EFT and adaptogens is your best bet but it will take some time. Still, it is better than suffering from this debilitating disorder for the rest of your life.
This came at us out of left field for us as it was not mentioned in any of the Soviet research that I've reviewed. We have seen the healing of scars that has been totally unexpected. I have extensive scars on my chest and back from a serious accident 35 years ago. These scars were deeply pitted and itched constantly. After about 4 months of taking the adaptogens, the itching slowly stopped; after a year on the adaptogens the deeply pitted scars had pretty much filled in and now they look like freckles. That was an amazing healing with 35 year old scars!
Donna has some huge scars from the accident 12 years ago that crushed both of her legs. On her right leg she has an 18" long scar that was double incised to bone, once to put metal in, once to take it out. She had a hard, livid and raised scar line and you could feel the scar extending deep below the skin. After 2 years on the adaptogenic formula we recommend, that scar is not raised, it is not livid and you cannot feel any scar tissue at all -- it is totally amazing. We have ortho surgeons who are friends who say they have never seen anything like it.
One of our best friends in San Diego had a radical mastectomy 11 years ago. She tells us that in 9 months the scar went from a livid 6" scar to a barely noticeable scar under 1" long.
We have since had many reports of scar healings. Researcher and Formulator Dr. Ziqui Ramazenoff says that the body is being healed from the inside out. If you have some nasty scars that trouble you, take the adaptogens for a year or so and it is likely they will show great healing.
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Adaptogens are so named because they help an organism adapt to stress. That is of particular benefit to humans because we have an innate stress response that is hardwired into us called the "fight or flight response". This response causes our adrenal glands to instantly produce and dump cortisol into our blood stream. The cortisol heightens our senses and reaction times and causes many other physical changes in our blood chemistry, preparing us to fight or flee from danger. Basically this is like turning on the afterburner on a jet engine; it produces huge amounts of power but if you leave it on too long the engine blows up.
The analogy carries through with our bodies. If the cortisol and the resulting hormones, enzymes and blood chemicals remain in our body too long they stress our organs and act like battery acid to our cardiovascular system. It also leads to emotional damage, placing a huge burden on our immune system. This is why modern medicine states that over 90% of the disease that maim and kill us can be traced back to stress and the damage it does to our minds and bodies.
This is the biggest miracle that adaptogens perform -- they coax our body into NOT responding to stress except when appropriate, when the situation is dire. This is super critical because most people in the U.S. are in some state of "fight or flight" 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Part of it is due to our hectic lifestyle and some of the stress is from jobs, traffic, family, school, poor nutrition, environmental toxins, man-made radiation etc.
When you control the stress response, your immune system can get back to its real job of warding off diseases and repairing your body. Your mental outlook drastically improves and your enjoyment of life increases. Controlling stress and the cascade of positive benefits derived from that simple action is the single best reason to take adaptogens and is the real miracle of their discovery.
Thyroid and Hashimoto's Disease
Hashimoto's Disease is regarded as an immune disorder because the body's immune system attacks the thyroid gland -- which is really bad news. Even worse news is that there is no effective medical treatment available to solve this disease; the best current medicine can do is to provide daily doses of the missing thyroid hormones. This in itself is problematic because your hormone needs change constantly so you are really shooting at a moving target. People who suffer from Hashimoto's Disease usually get to experience both sides of the malfunctioning thyroid gland, hyper- and hypothyroidism, which is too much and too little of the hormones. This results in body aches and pains and lethargy during periods of hypothyroidism, and then switches to an agitated state with headaches during periods of hyperthyroidism.
Taking a properly formulated adaptogenic formula has helped many people with thyroid problems, including Hashimoto's disease. It is not an overnight solution but usually over the course of four to six weeks you will see a lessening of symptoms which enables thyroid medication to be reduced and in some cases eliminated. Adaptogens can provide a better way to manage the symptoms but have not proven to permanently solve the problem; when you stop taking the adaptogens the original problem slowly returns, typically over the course of 4 to 6 months after stopping the adaptogens.
The good news is that your quality of life is much better if you are using adaptogens and you typically eliminate the hypo/hyper thyroidism swings. There are so many other physical and mental benefits to adaptogens that can work synergistically to achieve much better overall health and a feeling of well-being. If you are battling thyroid problems, especially Hashimoto's Disease, you should definitely try a high quality, properly formulated adaptogen supplement for at least 60 days and see if you benefit. If you are under a doctor's care for thyroid problems you need to make him/her aware of what you are doing and be sure to monitor your hormone levels and adjust any drugs accordingly. If your doctor is not open minded about the use of adaptogens or other non-drug treatments you should consider finding a better doctor.
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