Stop The Flu In Its Tracks & 6 Health Benefits Of Elderberry Extracts

We have developed protocols that address a whole range of ailments and diseases. One of our favorites healing foods that we incorporate into many of our protocols is Elderberry Syrup which also is always our go-to berry during the flu and cold seasons. (which seems to be 12 months of the year here in the states.)

Hippocrates, the ancient Greek “father of medicine,” described the Elderberry plant as his “medicine chest” for the wide variety of sicknesses and diseases it helped to cure.

We have found over the years that Elderberry Syrup will stop the flu before it starts, as well as drastically reduce the time it takes to recover from the effects of the flu.

We have always known that Elderberry syrup was loaded with anthocyanin compounds. These are the phytonutrients responsible for giving the fruit a vivid purple color. We have also always believed these compounds should help strengthen a person’s immune response to colds and viral infections; But, we just did not completely understand how it worked. Thanks to a recent study, we now have an excellent understanding of the mechanisms behind elderberries fantastic ability to fight off colds and viruses.

A Recent Study of Elderberry Proving Its Value In Knocking Out The Flu

A recent study conducted by Professors Fariba Deghani, Dr. Golnoosh Torabian, and Dr. Peter Valtchev showed that the chemical makeup of elderberries can stop the flu virus’s entry and replication in human cells. The group performed a comprehensive study of the mechanism by which phytochemicals from elderberries combat influenza infections.

“What our study has shown is that the common elderberry has a potent direct antiviral effect against the flu virus,” said Dr.Golnoosh Torabian.

“It inhibits the early stages of infection by blocking key viral proteins responsible for both the viral attachment and entry into the host cells.”

The study did not use wild elderberries. They utilized commercially farmed elderberries, whose juice was applied to cells before, during, and after they had been infected with the influenza virus. The phytochemicals from the elderberry juice were shown to be effective at stopping the virus infecting the cells and was even more effective at inhibiting viral propagation at later stages of the flu cycle.

“This observation was quite surprising and rather significant because blocking the viral cycle at several stages has a higher chance of inhibiting the viral infection,” explained Dr. Peter Valtchev.

“In addition to that, we identified that the elderberry solution also stimulated the cells to release certain cytokines, which are chemical messengers that the immune system uses for communication between different cell types to coordinate a more efficient response against the invading pathogen,” said Centre Director, Professor Fariba Deghani.

6 Other Proven Benefits of Elderberry Syrup

  • Allergy & Asthma Relief
    Elderberry extracts are immunostimulating and anti-inflammatory. This makes elderberry an excellent remedy for allergy symptoms. Inflamed sinuses, runny nose, sneezing, itchy watery eyes, swelling, and coughing are all significantly reduced or eliminated by the powerful berry. (I recently suffered from a collapsed trachea and lung. The Elderberry Syrup enabled me to keep my congestion down and stopped mucus build up om my trachea and lungs. None of the prescribed medications worked as well.
  • Colds/Flu
    For many years, we have taught our students to use Elderberry syrup to treat colds and flu. A double-blind, placebo-controlled study was conducted during an outbreak of influenza B in Panama in 1995. The study found that within 48 hours, there were significant improvements. fever was reduced in 93.3% of those taking elderberry syrup. 90% of those taking the elderberry was well again within 48 – 72 hours compared to 6 days in the placebo group
  • Immune System
    Filled with powerful antioxidants Elderberries keep the immune system healthy and balanced. Recent research has shown the anthocyanins in the elderberry increase the production of cytokines proteins that act as messengers within the immune system – thereby enhancing the body’s immune response.
  • Antiviral
    Elderberries contain antiviral agents that do a fantastic job of knocking out viruses. The bioflavonoids in the Elderberries inhibit the action of certain enzymes within viruses, rendering them incapable of being able to pierce the cell wall and replicate. Research has shown that Elderflowers are also useful in killing common pathogens.
  • Cystitis/Urinary Tract/Bladder Infections
    Mainly affecting women, UTI’s, cystitis, and bladder infections cause excruciating pain. The constant urge to urinate, accompanied by a burning sensation, can leave the sufferer feeling miserable and depressed. Elderberry syrup or teas can bring significant relief from the pain and burning associated with UTIs. Elderberry causes the kidneys to flush out toxins and bacteria that caused the UTI.
  • Digestive Health
    The high fiber content of whole elderberries can help to eliminate constipation, reduce excess gas, to improve the health of the entire gastrointestinal system.

Hoping this article will contribute to your knowledge of how to take care better care of yourself during times of illness. Wishing everyone health, wealth and happiness. Dr. Bobby

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Dr. Ann Wigmores Orginal VegeKraut “Veggie Kraut” Recipe

Eating this amazing food everyday will completley recharge your immune system.

While I was the director of the Creative Health Institute, this wonderful food was served at every meal.  Some of the benefits associated with eating  regular and VegeKrauts  are:

Sauerkraut is an immune system booster
Packed with enzymes, vitamins, phytonutrients and minerals, sauerkraut has a wonderful effect on the immune system and has been used as an immune booster for centuries.  Sauerkraut contains, lactic acid bacteria and photochemical which are created and enhanced during the fermentation process. These naturally occurring, beneficial by-products of sauerkraut help boost the immune system which leads to a decrease in a number of health problems. The common cold, skin problems, weight gain, and tainted blood are all fixed by a healthy functioning immune system.

Sauerkraut is a cancer fighter
Sauerkraut’  is a superfood, with the ability to inhibit and even destroy cancer cells.  Studies published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry concluded that sauerkraut is a cancer inhibitor. The study discovered that the fermentation of cabbage produced a substance called isothiocyanate, which prevents cancer growth, particularly in the breast, colon, lung, and liver.  The University of New Mexico published a study linking sauerkraut consumption by adolescent females to a reduced risk for breast cancer earlier studies indicate sauerkraut may reduce the risk for other forms of cancer including lung, colon, prostate, and liver

“We are finding that fermented cabbage to be healthier than raw or cooked cabbage, especially for fighting cancer”, says Eeva-Liisa Ryhanen, Ph.D., research manager of MTT Agrifood Research Finland, located in Jokioinen, Finland. A recent study by the American Center for Cancer Research has found that sauerkraut has a profound effect on preventing and healing breast cancer. Based on reports that breast cancer rates amongst polish women in the United States were much higher than those in Poland researchers set out to find out why. Their answer; the women who still lived in Poland ate significantly larger amounts of sauerkraut especially important while they were in adolescence. The research found that the women who immigrated Americanized’ their diets and stopped eating as much of the superfood that is sauerkraut thus increasing their rates of breast cancer.

Digestive Aid
Eating sauerkraut is a great way to protect the balance of bacteria in your gastrointestinal tract. Sauerkraut is one of the few foods that contain the bacterium Lactobacilli Plantarum. L. Plantarum is a very dominant strain of healthful bacteria which helps your digestive system in the following ways: boost the immune system by increasing antibodies that fight infectious disease help inhibit pathogenic organisms including E.coli, salmonella and unhealthy overgrowth of candida (yeast) create antioxidants (glutathione and superoxide dismutase) that scavenge free radicals which are a cancer precursor transforms hard-to-digest lactose from milk to the more easily digested lactic acid. It neutralizes the anti-nutrients found in many foods including the phytic acid found in all grains and the trypsin-inhibitors in soy generates new nutrients including omega-3 fatty acids, digestive aids, and the trace mineral GTF chromium. These various properties are the best scientific reasons given for what has been known by loyal users for millennia, sauerkraut cures an upset stomach and is the best natural physic there is. Many sources say raw fermented foods are beneficial to the digestive system by increasing the healthy flora in the intestinal tract or creating the type of environment for them to flourish. Sauerkraut and its juice are traditional folk remedies for constipation. Fermentation actually increases nutrient values in the cabbage, especially vitamin C.

Fermented foods facilitate the breakdown and assimilation of proteins. They have a soothing effect on the nervous system. The benefits of sauerkraut and sauerkraut juice have been recognized for generations. In some families of southern Germany, the children are fed raw sauerkraut twice weekly to support their intestines.

Avian Flu Fighter
With the spread of Avian Flu spreading across the globe,  Korean scientist, Kang Sa-Ouk of Seoul National University, took 13 chickens infected with the avian flu virus and fed them Kim Chi extract.  11 of the birds recovered. It appears that the vital bacteria are created during the fermenting process and this gives the Kim Chi (Kraut)  its health-boosting qualities.

Dr. Ann Wigmores VegeKraut

  •  1 green cabbage
  • 1 purple cabbage
  • 6 carrots
  • 1 sweet red onion
  • 1 tablespoon  lemon juice or rejuvelac
  • Optional Seasonings to taste (garlic, cayenne, herbs, caraway seeds) – optional

Finely chop cabbage, saving outside leaves. Chop carrots and onion. Place vegetables into a large bowl or crock-pot. Mix in optional seasonings. Cover the top outside with cabbage leaves. Place large plate and weight on top (we use a large stone). Press down to remove air from Kraut. Leave at room temperature for 3 days or until it is sour enough for your taste. Place the Kraut in a glass jar with a lid and refrigerate. It will keep up to for several weeks. Eat a ½ cup serving a day with meals and enjoy the wonderful flavor and nutritional benefits of this wonderful food! Another zero fat, healthy bacteria, non-fruit recipe to give you amazing health!

Wishing you the best day ever,

Bobby

Robert Morgan – “Bobby” is the past program and health education director at CHI. He is a certified naturopath, iridologist, energy practitioner, colonic therapist, master raw chef, author, International lecturer, teacher and cancer surthrivor.

Bobby, is dedicated to continuing to carry out the work and vision of Dr. Ann Wigmore and all of the souls who have dedicated their lives to love, peace and natural health.

 

Dr. Ann Wigmores Orginal VegeKraut “Veggie Kraut” Recipe

Eating this amazing food everyday will completley recharge your immune system.

While I was the director of the Creative Health Institute, this wonderful food was served at every meal.  Some of the benefits associated with eating  regular and VegeKrauts  are:

Sauerkraut is an immune system booster
Packed with enzymes, vitamins, phytonutrients and minerals, sauerkraut has a wonderful effect on the immune system and has been used as an immune booster for centuries.  Sauerkraut contains, lactic acid bacteria and photochemical which are created and enhanced during the fermentation process. These naturally occurring, beneficial by-products of sauerkraut help boost the immune system which leads to a decrease in a number of health problems. The common cold, skin problems, weight gain, and tainted blood are all fixed by a healthy functioning immune system.

Sauerkraut is a cancer fighter
Sauerkraut’  is a superfood, with the ability to inhibit and even destroy cancer cells.  Studies published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry concluded that sauerkraut is a cancer inhibitor. The study discovered that the fermentation of cabbage produced a substance called isothiocyanate, which prevents cancer growth, particularly in the breast, colon, lung, and liver.  The University of New Mexico published a study linking sauerkraut consumption by adolescent females to a reduced risk for breast cancer earlier studies indicate sauerkraut may reduce the risk for other forms of cancer including lung, colon, prostate, and liver

“We are finding that fermented cabbage to be healthier than raw or cooked cabbage, especially for fighting cancer”, says Eeva-Liisa Ryhanen, Ph.D., research manager of MTT Agrifood Research Finland, located in Jokioinen, Finland. A recent study by the American Center for Cancer Research has found that sauerkraut has a profound effect on preventing and healing breast cancer. Based on reports that breast cancer rates amongst polish women in the United States were much higher than those in Poland researchers set out to find out why. Their answer; the women who still lived in Poland ate significantly larger amounts of sauerkraut especially important while they were in adolescence. The research found that the women who immigrated Americanized’ their diets and stopped eating as much of the superfood that is sauerkraut thus increasing their rates of breast cancer.

Digestive Aid
Eating sauerkraut is a great way to protect the balance of bacteria in your gastrointestinal tract. Sauerkraut is one of the few foods that contain the bacterium Lactobacilli Plantarum. L. Plantarum is a very dominant strain of healthful bacteria which helps your digestive system in the following ways: boost the immune system by increasing antibodies that fight infectious disease help inhibit pathogenic organisms including E.coli, salmonella and unhealthy overgrowth of candida (yeast) create antioxidants (glutathione and superoxide dismutase) that scavenge free radicals which are a cancer precursor transforms hard-to-digest lactose from milk to the more easily digested lactic acid. It neutralizes the anti-nutrients found in many foods including the phytic acid found in all grains and the trypsin-inhibitors in soy generates new nutrients including omega-3 fatty acids, digestive aids, and the trace mineral GTF chromium. These various properties are the best scientific reasons given for what has been known by loyal users for millennia, sauerkraut cures an upset stomach and is the best natural physic there is. Many sources say raw fermented foods are beneficial to the digestive system by increasing the healthy flora in the intestinal tract or creating the type of environment for them to flourish. Sauerkraut and its juice are traditional folk remedies for constipation. Fermentation actually increases nutrient values in the cabbage, especially vitamin C.

Fermented foods facilitate the breakdown and assimilation of proteins. They have a soothing effect on the nervous system. The benefits of sauerkraut and sauerkraut juice have been recognized for generations. In some families of southern Germany, the children are fed raw sauerkraut twice weekly to support their intestines.

Avian Flu Fighter
With the spread of Avian Flu spreading across the globe,  Korean scientist, Kang Sa-Ouk of Seoul National University, took 13 chickens infected with the avian flu virus and fed them Kim Chi extract.  11 of the birds recovered. It appears that the vital bacteria are created during the fermenting process and this gives the Kim Chi (Kraut)  its health-boosting qualities.

Dr. Ann Wigmores VegeKraut

  •  1 green cabbage
  • 1 purple cabbage
  • 6 carrots
  • 1 sweet red onion
  • 1 tablespoon  lemon juice or rejuvelac
  • Optional Seasonings to taste (garlic, cayenne, herbs, caraway seeds) – optional

Finely chop cabbage, saving outside leaves. Chop carrots and onion. Place vegetables into a large bowl or crock-pot. Mix in optional seasonings. Cover the top outside with cabbage leaves. Place large plate and weight on top (we use a large stone). Press down to remove air from Kraut. Leave at room temperature for 3 days or until it is sour enough for your taste. Place the Kraut in a glass jar with a lid and refrigerate. It will keep up to for several weeks. Eat a ½ cup serving a day with meals and enjoy the wonderful flavor and nutritional benefits of this wonderful food! Another zero fat, healthy bacteria, non-fruit recipe to give you amazing health!

Wishing you the best day ever,

Bobby

Robert Morgan – “Bobby” is the past program and health education director at CHI. He is a certified naturopath, iridologist, energy practitioner, colonic therapist, master raw chef, author, International lecturer, teacher and cancer surthrivor.

Bobby, is dedicated to continuing to carry out the work and vision of Dr. Ann Wigmore and all of the souls who have dedicated their lives to love, peace and natural health.

 

Sleep is a Necessity … Not a Luxury At Creativee Health Institute

Here at Creative Health all of our students are taught how to incorporate good sleep habits and how to identify which natural non habit forming sleep aids will assist them and others in their healing journeys.  We know,  for our bodies to overcome physical stresses we need to feed ourselves living foods combined with proper rest. These two elements are the basis for boosting the bodies immune system and putting the brakes on illnesses and disease that stress the body.

 The Center for Disease Control has adopted the slogan, “Sleep is a necessity … not a luxury” and has even implemented a viral e-card campaign on the Internet to spread the word.

Are you getting by with 5 to 6 hours of sleep or less per night? Have you convinced yourself you can function just fine on this small amount of of sleep?

The National Sleep Foundation has noted that the need for sleep changes as we age, but as a general guideline, adults need at least 7 to 9 hours of sleep during every 24 hour period. Sleep is when our body rebuilds muscle, calms nerves, balances hormones and does overall repair to the damages that  physical and mental stresses our body systems have endured during our waking hours. 

30% to 50%  of north Americans are getting insufficient sleep. Pour sleeping habits and insomnia weaken the immune system, brings on depression, aches and pains, weight gain,  lowered mental capabilities,  confusion, irritability, headaches and even death.

Best Life Ever!

Robert Morgan – Bobby

Creative Health Institute

Union City, Michigan

These Herbs Are Great Immune System Builders

Many of you have written, asking what kind of herbs would help when someones immune system has been compromised. These recommendations are not meant to take the place any prescription medication or drug you or anyone else may be taking at this moment and are to be read in the light that they are for informational purposes only and have not proven to have any kind of healing aspects and may even be dangerous to your health. 

There for please contact your  physician before embarking on any-kind of herbal supplementation as the risks of negative interactions with prescribed drugs is highly possible.  Here at Creative Health Institute we do not utilize any herbal formulas that are not food based. Our belief is that fresh organic sprouts, leafy greens, fruits and vegetables server as the foundation to the highest levels of health possible. We will be forever grateful to Dr. Ann Wigmore for showing us the way.

Blessings,

Bobby

ALOE VERA

Often used externally for healing wounds, burns etc., but can be used internally as an intestinal cleaner and healer.

ASTRAGALUS

This is a Chinese herb which stimulates the immune system and increases the activity of white blood cells. It also helps prevent colds and treats common bronchial infections.

BURDOCK ROOT

This herb possesses anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties and also helps strengthen the immune system. It is also beneficial in skin disorders.

CAT’S CLAW

A Peruvian herb that helps fight or prevent infection by boosting the immune system.

CAYENNE

A popular herb for cleansing the body of germs by killing bacteria in illnesses such as colds. It also aids in the treatment of sore throats and feverishness by warming the body and inducing beneficial sweating.

CHLORELLA

A green micro-algae so not strictly a herb, but a powerful detoxifier, intestinal deodoriser and healer.

CRANBERRY BERRY

Useful for urinary tract infections e.g. cystitis, it prevents harmful bacteria living in the walls of the urinary tract.

ECHINACEA

Possibly the first choice for stimulating the immune system, increasing white blood cell production and activity and stimulating antibody production. This reduces the ability of harmful bacteria and virus to spread. It is commonly taken to help prevent or speed the recovery from colds, flu and many other infections.

FENNEL

This common herb possesses anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti inflammatory properties and is also an excellent tonic for the digestive system.

FENUGREEK

Used in the treatment of sore throats and to loosen and expel mucus.

FEVERFEW

This herb reduces fevers and is excellent in reducing the severity of migraines and headaches.

GARLIC

The most popular of all herbs with anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-parasitic properties which make it the perfect choice for any colds, flu or common infections.

GINSENG

there are 3 types of this – American, Korean and Siberian – and they all help to aid recovery from illness, fight fatigue and strengthen the central nervous system.

GOLDEN SEAL ROOT

This kills many disease causing organisms e.g. bacteria, yeasts, fungi and parasites and also helps to boost the immune system by toning the blood and enhancing spleen activity. Golden seal helps everything from cystitis to respiratory infections.

JUNIPER BERRY

A useful diuretic and antiseptic helping fluid retention and urinary tract infections.

LICORICE

One of the most widely used Chinese herbs. It has strong anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties and therefore it is useful in the treatment of colds and flu.

OREGANO LEAF

This herb is commonly used in cooking and is very popular for dry, chesty coughs, bronchitis and asthma. The oil has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties.

There are many more great immune system builders. Meet with your physician before using any of the above listed items. If you are interested in knowing more about herbs and wild edibles, let us know. We can be reached at 866.426.1213

Blessings,
Robert Morgan – Bobby – Creative Health Institute – Union City, Michigan