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Parasites are any foreign invader including bacteria, viruses, yeast, molds, Candida, and worms. Sources include undercooked meat, pets (especially letting them lick you), drinking water and walking barefoot outside. Many people have parasites but are diagnosed with GERD, Reflux, Colitis, Epstein Barr, Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Vaginitis or Prostatitis. Symptoms are varied including bad breath, sour taste and itching.



Platelets are irregularly-shaped, colorless bodies that are present in blood. Their sticky surface lets them, along with other substances, form clots to stop bleeding. When bleeding from a wound suddenly occurs, the platelets gather at the wound and attempt to block the blood flow. The mineral calcium, vitamin K, and a protein called fibrinogen help the platelets form a clot.



Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) is caused by rising hormone levels prior to menstrual flow. Symptoms include irritability, cravings, breast tenderness and bloating. Once menses ends, hormones return to normal levels and symptoms subside. Controlling huge swings in these levels brings hormonal balance and reduces or eliminates PMS. Throughout the entire month, a balanced diet, exercise and supplements prevent PMS.



Promotes regular heart rate. Promotes normal muscle contraction. Regulates transfer of nutrients to cells. Preserves or restores normal function of nerve cells, heart cells, skeletal-muscle cells, kidneys and stomach-juice secretions. Treats potassium deficiency due to illness or taking diuretics (water pills), cortisone drugs or digitalis preparations.



This gland secretes seminal fluid into the ejaculate and surrounds the urethra which carries both urine and semen out of the body. Disease normally involves one of these; Prostatitis or inflammation, BPH or enlargement, and Cancer. The PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) is a blood test; it is not diagnostic. This should always be used in conjunction with a digital rectal exam to palpate the gland. Symptoms are both urinary and sexual.



The second most common component of the body, besides water. Protein is crucial for the body's tissue development and growth. The body builds protein from amino acids. Common food sources include eggs, fish, chicken, red meat, milk and cheese, and brown rice legumes and nuts.



Psoriasis is severe dermatitis or inflammation of the skin involving dry, crusty patches usually in the scalp, ears, legs, knees, elbows and back. Attacks may be triggered by smoking, stress, poor diet (lack of essential fats), illness, surgery and as a side effect of prescription medications. Treatment is to eliminate the cause, reduce inflammation and as with all skin conditions address the problem internally not just with topical creams.


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