It was a fair number of years ago that a huge crowd gathered in the street outside a hotel in Glasgow, Scotland.

The folks hailed from every economic and educational strata. They had come together for a very important purpose.  They wished to welcome home their victorious soccer team.

Unnoticed Alexander Fleming created Penicillin
Unnoticed Alexander Fleming created penicillin.

During the midst of the celebration a quiet, little man entered the hotel unnoticed. He wasn’t a soccer player. He didn’t amount to anything in the eyes of that great group of enthusiastic people.

That shouldn’t have been. While the soccer team brought home a trophy and civic pride, the unnoticed man had been responsible for many of them being there. Indeed, he was the reason many of them were still alive.

You see, the forgotten fellow was Alexander Fleming. Fleming is the man most responsible for putting penicillin on the shelves of the world’s pharmacists. Yet he went unnoticed. No one acknowledged his existence.

Penicillin is an antibiotic and is used to treat and prevent a variety of bacterial infections. It works by stopping the growth of bacteria. Penicillin treats and prevents ONLY bacterial infections, it will not work for viral infections. Penicillin has the ability to cure people of many once-fatal bacterial infections. It has saved so many lives that it is easy to understand why it was once called a miracle drug.

Sometimes the important can be pushed aside by the inconsequential. And all too often, the thing we deem “important” are really inconsequential.

Food for thought…

Polio Found in China

Polio Found in China

A week or so ago the World Health Organization reported that polio found in China for the first time since 1999. Even more, they believe there is a high risk of the debilitating virus spreading because of the yearly Hajj, the Islamic pilgrimage which will take place in early November.

Polio, short for poliomyelitis, is a disease that can damage the nervous system and cause paralysis.

Polio Found in China
Polio Found in China


The World Health Organization said polio was showing up in remote locations where financial cutbacks had reduced the administration of the vaccine. Since polio immunization has become widespread in the United States, cases of polio are rare.

Polio is a horrible disease.

How You Catch Polio

The polio virus lives in the throat and intestinal tract of infected persons. The virus enters the body through the mouth, usually from hands contaminated with the stool of an infected person. Objects, such as eating utensils, can also spread the virus. Food and water are not thought to play a major role in the spread of polio.

What Happens With Polio

The polio virus attacks the nerve cells that control muscle movements. Many people who contract the virus have few or no symptoms. Others have short-term symptoms, such as headache, tiredness, fever, stiff neck and back, and muscle pain.

More serious problems happen when the virus invades nerves in the brain and causes paralysis of the muscles used in swallowing and breathing. Invasion of the nerves in the spinal cord can cause paralysis of the arms, legs, or trunk. Paralysis of the muscles that control breathing and swallowing can be fatal.

Symptoms usually start 7 to 14 days after exposure. Infected persons are most contagious from a few days before to a few days after the start of symptoms. However, persons with polio can spread the infection for as long as the virus is in their throat or stool. The virus can be found in the throat for about 1 week after infection and in the stool for 6 weeks or longer.

There is no treatment for polio. For more information about polio, visit the Global Polio Eradication Initiative web site.

Nature’s Circulation Cleansing Cures

Nature’s Circulation and Cleansing Cures

Ginkgo, ginger and cayenne are herbs that can help problems caused by poor circulation. Poor circulation can cause build up of toxins, hypertension, hardening of the arteries, Buergers and Raynauds disease. When circulation to the legs is poor, varicose veins can occur. There is also atherosclerosis, a very serious disease.

Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo aids circulation.
Ginkgo aids circulation.

Ginkgo Biloba is an all-round circulation booster. It is known most commonly for its ability to improve memory, because it helps increase blood flow through the brain. In Germany, Gingko is used by physicians to treat varicose veins.

Ginkgo can improve blood circulation and strengthen your blood vessels. It helps reduce inflammation, relaxes the lungs, improves blood flow to the heart, reduces shortness of breath and is helpful in asthma.


Ginger Root
Ginger Root

Ginger increases circulation to the muscles in the body. Ginger provides the body with extra blood and oxygen to fight toxins. It also helps relieve pain and inflammation.

Ginger has a long history of therapeutic use in traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. Chinese herbalists recommend ginger for routine body temperature regulation. Ginger is also regarded as a great supportive herb for the cardiovascular system.


Cayenne Peppers
Cayenne Peppers

Cayenne can be used externally for poor circulation. Capsicum based creams, liniments, and infused oils can be rubbed onto the skin. Avoid the eyes and other sensitive area of the body. It can have the same sting on your eyes and skin as it does in your mouth.

Internally cayenne can stimulate your heart, regulate blood flow and strengthen your arteries. Cayenne can be taken as powder in a capsule or as a liquid tincture. Research has also shown that cayenne, referred to as a hot herb, can raise your metabolic rate by as much as 25 percent. This means it can assist in weight loss efforts.

Garlic and Onions

Garlic Clove
Garlic Clove

Add garlic and onions to your meals. They also assist circulation, cleanse the blood, tone the heart and circulatory system and reduce the risk of atherosclerosis. That’s just for starters. Onions help relax your muscles as well.

Here is a quick, circulation-stimulating recipe you can whip up in a juicer that includes ginger.

The carrots provide beta carotene,  which is needed in helping the blood circulate and detoxify.

Carrot Juice

6 large carrots
1 apple, cored
1, 1-inch piece ginger

Pass all ingredients through a juicer. Drink immediately.

The Healing Essence of Flowers

The Healing Essence of Flowers

Did you know that flowers can have a healing essence? The Bach Flower Therapy approach explains this interesting development. Plus, they so pretty to look at they can give us a lift in spirits just with their presence.

Bach Flower Therapy

Dr. Edward Bach, a British medical doctor and bacteriologist, discovered a system of treating emotional imbalances using the “essence” of flowers. He had observed that many of his patients’ emotional difficulties seemed to be having a negative effect on their physical health.

In search of a way to help them and after many years of studying wildflowers in England, Dr. Bach developed remedies to work on mental and emotional problems.

Healing Essence of Flowers
Healing Essence of Flowers

The basic principle of Bach Flower therapy is simple. People with fearful, worried, or depressed mental states heal more slowly and less completely than positive, cheerful, and hopeful people.

The Healing Essence of Flowers in Practice

To practice Bach Flower remedies, go through the list below and the description of personality characteristics. Find the one or two remedies whose descriptions most resemble your feelings or personality. Only pick out descriptions that apply to your current situation, not any from past difficulties. You want to focus on negative emotions you are currently experiencing. This is when the healing essence of flowers can do their best.

Using Bach Flower Remedies

The remedies, in the form of liquids, usually come in small dropper bottles. Follow the directions on the bottle or place several drops under your tongue. You can also use a glass of water and sip throughout the day. For short term problems and immediate stressful situations, dilute two drops of each chosen Bach Flower Essence in a small glass of water. Sip at intervals until there is relief.

To use the essences directly from the stock bottle, drop carefully onto your tongue or rub behind your ears. If preferred, you could also do this on the temples and wrists. Use 2 to 4 drops of concentrate 4 times a day. You can also add the flower essences to your bath water (16 drops per use). Or, if using several, dilute ten drops of each chosen essence (no more than ten essences) in a 100 ml bottle of lotion or oil. Dilution of the essences will have different effects for different people.

Bach Flower Essences are safe and natural. These healing essence of flowers have no side effects. They will not interfere with any other form of treatment. This includes nutritional, homeopathic, herbal and prescription medications.

Bach Flower Essences can be used as often as desired. In a crisis you may need only one dose. For a continuing emotional problem you can take them for as long as needed.

The Healing Essence of Flowers and What They Allegedly Help or Cure

Each flower noted below is followed by the potential of the healing essence of flowers to help clam or cure.

  • Agrimony. Suffers a lot internally, but keeps it hidden.
  • Aspen. Fear of unknown things.
  • Beech. Arrogant, critical, and intolerant.
  • Centaury. Weak-willed, subservient, and easily used.
  • Cerato. Lack of self-confidence, asks advice all the time.
  • Cherry plum. Fear of going crazy, losing control, or causing harm, violent temper.
  • Chestnut bud. Fails to learn by experience, repeats mistakes.
  • Chicory. Over possessive, selfish, and attention-seeking.
  • Clematis. Absentminded, dreamy, mental escapist.
  • Crab apple. Self-dislike, feels unclean.
  • Elm. Temporary inadequacy.
  • Gentian. Depression with known cause, easily discouraged.
  • Gorse. Depression, all seems pointless.
  • Heather. Obsessed with own problems.
  • Holly. Jealousy, suspicion, revenge, hate.
  • Honeysuckle. Living in the past.
  • Hornbeam. Procrastinators.
  • Impatiens. Impatient.
  • Larch. Depression, inferiority, expects to fail.
  • Mimulus. Fear of known things.
  • Mustard. Deep depression without reason.
  • Oak. Brave, plodders, determined.
  • Olive. Mental and physical exhaustion.
  • Pine. Guilt, self-blame.
  • Red chestnut. Fear for others.
  • Rescue Remedy. A combination of cherry plum, clematis, impatiens, and Star of Bethlehem. Used for shock, trauma, and external and internal first aid.
  • Rock rose. Terror, panic.
  • Rock water. Self-demanding, self-denial.
  • Scleranthus. Indecision, mood swings.
  • Star of Bethlehem. Shock.
  • Sweet chestnut. Despair, no hope left.
  • Vervain. Fanatical, tense, overenthusiastic.
  • Vine. Ambitious, tyrannical, demanding, unbending, power-seeking.
  • Walnut. The link breaker, for times of change.
  • Water violet. Reserve, pride, reliability.
  • White chestnut. Persistent thoughts and mental chatter.
  • Wild oat. Helps define goals.
  • Wild rose. Apathetic slackers, unambitious.
  • Willow. Bitter, resentful.

Read more at Bach Flower Therapy.