Begun last week, this series has examined possible causes of this condition in the gum, teeth, mouth, throat, lungs and the involvement of diabetes (fruity breath) and kidney insufficiency or disease which leads to acetone build-up in the blood, urine and breath, (nail polish breath). Coincidentally about then, I developed a minor, unproductive cough originated in the upper throat. My nostrils were partially blocked. I realized these when I began to hear wheezing sounds whenever I lay in bed and paid attention to my breathing. I reached out for a jar of Echinace with Gold seal with root. It should help a bruise gum at the site of two teeth which often catches strands of beef and which sometimes get mauled by tooth pick. I emptied two capsules with my mouth, and with the tongue, later, a finger, spread it evenly on the gum, particularly the affected area. Then, I opened a third capsule which I employed as a snuff in one nostril after the other. Literally speaking, it went straight into the head, lighting a fire as it were.You know, a cold occurs when the system is cold. Heat overcomes cold and keeps the engine running smoothly. My nostrils ran, and I felt much relieved. The wheezing sound disappeared, and gum and teeth sourness and pain abated. I have seen then thought of another way of doing it with similar, if not better, effects and feel comfortable to recommend this other method to the mother of a four year-old child who said last week that the child was suffering from Sinus and Tonsil challenges. The other method involves dissolving the contents of one capsule in lukewarm water and, with a dropper, delivering it installmentally into one nostril at a time. Each time, the opposite nostril will be blocked so that the solution in the other nostril can be inhaled.

Mouth odour, body odour,

These conditions appear inter-related. When I was a boy, I was miseducated by tradition that people beset by body odour were people who were not well batted immediately after birth. Now, it seems more reasonable to link this condition to a smelly internal environment where odour cannot be completely expelled through the mouth, nose, urine and stool but through the skin and sweat as well. In many cases, these other excretory organs have deteriorated in their make – up and function and the skin, as the largest excretory organ, is called into service to handle more than its fair share of work. This thinking fascinated me years ago when I read a British Broadcasting Corporation (B.B.C.) report of an experiment on why mosquitoes appeared to attack some people more than others. Socks from many men were hung in pairs outside from a window overnight in a mosquito- prone area. In the morning, the socks were checked. The ones which had the most mosquitoes belonged to men who not only sweated most in the feet, but whose sweat contain the most nauseating smell. In other words, suggests the study, mosquitoes would appear to go more for poisonous oxidations. So, to address these questions, we should try to understand some of the things in such organs as the stomach, liver and intestine which may cause odor to develop in them and how to help these organs to overcome these conditions, so that, in overcoming them, we can surmount body odour as well as mouth odour and bad breadth.

The stomach

Many people eat to fill the stomach, rather than filling it half way. When the stomach is too full, food cannot be well digested. Therefore, it stays longer than it should. This makes the food begin to rot before it is pushed to the intestine for further digestion. The smell of rotten food can escape upwards to the mouth and the breadth. To worsen matters, the stomach may lack enough stomach acid to digest food. This, too, would keep the food hanging out longer, and the acid which rotten food will later produce can predispose the stomach to gastritis and peptic ulcer. One way to determine if stomach acid is low is to take one tablespoonful of apple cider vinegar (ACV) in a glass of water thirty minutes before a meal. If it doesn’t hurt despite seeming high acid level, low acid is the cause of the problems. Food will digest in the stomach far more quickly and the problems in the stomach may disappear. Gas is another problem of the stomach. It may cause bloating, cramping and pain. It may come from the ingestion of air with food, through talking while eating or in some other ways, or from the gas of putrefying food, the digestion of which is compromised by Helicobacter pylori, (H. Pylori) bacteria. The bacteria can be eliminated using Golden Seal root,Ditto probiotic (friendly bacteria) and colloidal silver among other herbs. Gas can be mopped up using activated charcoal zeolyte Pure or diatom pure. Digestive enzymes should also help. A standard product should provide amylase (for digestive carbohydrate), Lipase (fats) and protease (proteins). They help well in the intestine.

ther useful suggestions for gas and for bloating are fennel, charmomile, Anise, ment, peppermint, ginger. Some people who have low stomach acid may think they actually have excess stomach acid and, therefore, make the mistake of consuming antacids. This has the effect of actually increasing stomach acid and worsening the problem they had set out to correct. One product I cherish in balancing stomach acid, whether high or low, is bell’s excessive acid/alkaline balance. Another is Sodium phosphate, no 10 in the 12 number series of biochemic cell salts. It addresses acidoses throughout the body. Of excessive acid and Alkaline Balance, on of the readers of this column who was advice to try it for his ulcer-related conditions, was kind enough to accept that I share his experience with other readers. David (08032013005) said to me: The acidic Stomach Alkaline balance is a piece miracle worker. I took two tablets as prescribed on the evening of June 26th, 2015 and went to bed at 9:30pm. I woke up at 3:30am, lying on my left side this. This I haven’t been able to do since September 2014 despite having been examined by specialists in Germany, Sweden and Nigeria with course of this health challenge.’’

Thanks, David. Many people put their light under the bushel. You have kept yours on the table to light the void for other people. And what does this product contain? The ingredients are Alfalfa extract, Barley grass extract, MSM, blue green algae, chamomile extract, cinnamon extract, gilantro extract, sodium carbonate, Rosemary extract, bearbeing, Aloe vera, Turkey, rhubarb extract, sodium phosphate, potassium carbonate and potassium and potassium sul-fate.

Blue green alga, of course, refers to SPIRULINA, often mentioned in this column.

The liver

When I was a boy, and wished to grow tall and muscular, I loved to eat liver. We were taught in health science literature that it was a powerhouse of all –rounded nutrients. We were not informed that it was, at the same time, a warehouse of poisons waiting to be detoxified or inactivated or in various stages of inactivation. Ever since I knew about this, I stopped eating liver. What’s the point, I reasoned, of loading up on toxins while trying to load up on nutrients.

he liver is an important organ of detoxification as it is of digestion. Subnormal livers have been linked to cancers. They have been linked also to digestive problems which can lead to bad breath. Alcoholism can lead to fatty liver, a condition in which excessive levels of fats accumulate in liver cells, causing inflammation and making this organ unable to perform its functions. One of the well known problems of the liver, which causes belching, abdominal pain and bad breath is gall bladder disease. The gall bladder is located under the liver to store and concentrate the bile, which is produced in the liver. Bile salts help to digest fat after it is released into the upper part of the small intestine known as the duodenum. I have an acquaintance who has been beset with gall bladder problems for many years. In the beginning, stones formed in his gall bladder. Later, the stones dissolved under medication with herbs, but the gall bladder remained inflamed. He suffers excruciating pains in the upper right abdomen, belches frequently and is literally knocked out whenever he eats any fatty food. Many people have gall bladder stones without knowing they have them. Recent studies suggest such stones may be the underlying cause of low blood pressure, especially where the nails have begun to present vertical ridges. If the stones are too large to pass through the bile ducts to the duodenum, they block the flow of bile. This condition can cause inflammation of the gall bladder called cholecystitis sometimes, this condition can become life-threatening and demand surgical removal of the gall bladder. Some of the symtoms include “pain after meals, intolerance of fatty foods, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite” e.t.c

In many studies, deficiencies of certain nutrients have been linked to the formation of gall stones. These nutrients include the fat emulsifier, lecithin, magnesium, antioxidant, vitamin A, C, and E, B complex vitamins, zinc and selenium. Phosphotidyl choline, found in lecithin, has been found to dissolve gall stones which are often calcium stones. The preponderance of calcium in gall stones suggest that there is too much free calcium in the system and a lack of magnesium. Other risk factors include elevation of cholesterol in the blood stream and decrease in the secretion of lecithin, as already stated, which may cause cholesterol stones. Rapid weight loss, which releases large quantum of fat into the system is another.

Yet another is fiber- free diet. Food intolerance or food sensitivity may also have a role to play, according to many studies.

Bile is a greenish- yellow substance made of bile salts, water, electrolytes, bilirubin, cholesterol, and phospholipids.

Bilirubin is the yellowish portion of degraded red blood cells which accumulates under skin, in the nail bed or the eyes if the liver does not promptly and efficiently clears it up. Phospholips are fat molecules. Bile helps in the digestion and absorbtion of fats, absorbtion of fat soluble nutrients, such as vitamin A and E, evacuation of bilirubin, elimination of drugs and other dangerous compounds and the retention of water by the colon as a support for bowel movement. It helps, also, in the excretion of excess estrogen, which prevents elevation of estrogen in the blood of men and women. When there is not enough bile or bile flow is sluggish, these activities suffer, and the result can be not only pain an bloating from digestive system troubles but fermentation and food decay as well. Gas, such as methane, infiltrating the bloodstream can then cause headaches, bad breath and even body odour. In hospital settings, ultrasound, surgery and other methods are employed to break up gall stones so they can move freely through the bile duct and support, thereby, unhindered bile flow. In alternative medicine, the resort is to food medicine, including herbs. Historically, olive oil has been used to improve bile flow. Flax seed oil is said to improve inflammation and pain. Maria Trebent, says in her HELP THROUGH GOD’S PHARMACY:

“interestingly, more women than men have gallstones. Nausea, vomiting and agonizing pain which shoots up and across the right rib cage towards the heart are the symptoms. Since there are many remedies available in God’s pharmacy, it does not always have to end in an operation. A six- week course on radish juice has helped every time, unless the stones are of the rare kind that do not dissolve. In this case, an operation is necessary”.

he story of a general’s wife taught her this remedy. She had had gallstones surgically removed and, to remind her, had mounted one of them on the handle of a knife. As she was cutting radishes in the kitchen one day, the door bell rang. She kept the knife in the tray and went to answer the knock. By the time she returned, the radishes in the tray had dissolved the stones!

Besides radises, herbs which protect the liver and support its functions are known to help out in gallstone condition. Among these are milk thistle, carqueja, dandelion, lipase enzymes, turmeric, artichokes, wild yam root, vitamin C (which helps to convert cholesterol into bile), digestive enzymes, probiotic, chanka predra (the Asian name for a tropical plant known in Asian as stone crusher) and Eclipta Alba (another remedy widely used in Asia for liver, gall bladder, kidney and spleen conditions.

Eclipta alba

last week, I promised more information on this plant remedy after describing how it helps the elimination of excess bile, to prevent it from being reabsorbed and converted to cholesterol, a process which leads to the use of new cholesterol sources and, thereby, ultimately reducing cholesterol level.

Indigenously belonging to India, china, Thailand and Brazil, eclipta alba has been reported used for liver, eye, skin, hair, health, among other uses.

There are few controlled studies on the medicinal use of this herb. But the few reported in scientific journals suggest it may be a remedy for many seasons. It has been found, for example, to inhibit growth of cancer cells, kill staphylococcus bacteria, promote hair growth, darken hair when used with honey as cream, stop nausea and vomiting in the ulcer patients. The Tawanese use it to stop bleeding. The Chinese use it as a “cooling and restorative herb” to support “the mind, liver and eyes.”

According to an Eclipta alba literature review by BAN LABS LTD:

“A clinical trial was conducted on 50 children suffering from hepatitis. All patients were administered eclipta alba powder with honey in doses of 50mg/kg body weight in three divided doses for a period of one to five weeks. The results revealed that 80 percent of patients recovered fully. In another clinical trial, 100 percent cure in the patients of infective hepatitis was observed with Eclipta herbal powder. A clinical trial was conducted on 30 patients of viral hepatitis with a compound herbal preparation containing Eclipta alba as one of the ingredients. The response was excellent in terms of clinical as well as biochemical parameters as compared to the placebo group. Eclipta alba is source of coumestan type compound used in phyto pharmaceutical formation of medicine prescribe for treatment of cirrhosis of the liver and infectious hepatitis.

… Eclipta alba is widely used in India is cholagogne and de obstruent in hepatic enlargement, for jaundice and other ailments of the liver and gall bladder. The literature review speaks of stress relieving and muscle relaxant properties of Eclipta alba as well as a capacity to boost Macrophage (white blood cell) production, thereby signally an immune-boosting function. Its alkaloids help with pain reduction, it is said.

The literature review examined damaging effects of paracetamol (Acetamophen) when it is used to induce damage in the livers of mice.

“Treatment with 50 percent ethanol extract of E. alba (100 and 250 mg/100g body weight) was found to protect the mice from hepatotoxic (liver damage) action of Paracetamol as evidenced by significant reduction in the elevated serum transaminase levels.

Histological studies showed marked reduction in fatty degeneration and centrizonal necrosis in animals receiving different doses of E. alba along with Paracetamol as compared with the control group.’’

On a final note today, there is good news in Eclipta alba for people who have hair, problems, such as falling hair syndrome. When juice of the fresh leaf was mixed with petroleum jelly, it cut hair growth time by half. When the leaf extract was boiled with coconut oil, it not only promoted hair growth similarly but blackened it. This should be good news for Mrs Toyin Obasanjo who has just begun to produce Virgin and extract Virgin coconut oil, despite all the challenges it presents. What about presenting it to friends as a beauty agent in association with Eclipta alba?