My Favorite Paleo Recipes:
Al’s Best Paleo Burger

 
I’ve made plenty of burgers in my time, but I believe this is my best. It is juicy, tasty, and quite versatile for many presentations. I do this burger on a thick slice of an heirloom tomato and then garnish it with slices of avocado and black radish. If you want, spread some healthy mayo under the burger on the tomato. All ingredients are organic if possible. Adjust the seasonings for your taste.
 
Ingredients:Al's Best Burger 1
1 Tbs Ghee
1 Shallot – finely chopped
2 Cloves of fresh garlic – finely chopped
10 Shitake mushroom caps – slightly chopped
1/2 Tsp Kelp Granules (I use Sea Seasonings brand)
1 Tsp sea salt
1/2 Tsp ground pepper
1 Pound grass-fed and grass-finished ground beef
1 Tbs Dijon mustard
1-2 Large heirloom tomatoes, sliced into thick discsAl's Best Burger 2
1 Peeled black radish (or any radish), sliced into thin discs
1 Avocado, diced
 
Preparation:

  • Place the Ghee or butter in a saucepan on low heat
  • Sauté the shallot, garlic, and mushrooms until soft in the covered saucepan; season with Kelp Granules, salt, and pepper; set aside in saucepan
  • Place ground beef in mixing bowl and add the shallot-garlic-mushroom mixture as well as the mustard; mix thoroughly and form into 6 patties
  • Heat the saucepan to medium high and then place the burgers. Cover; immediately lower temperature to low; and cook for 6 minutes
  • Flip burgers and cook an additional 1-2 minutes covered
  • Place tomato discs on serving plates, place burger on top, and garnish with avocado and radish slices
  • Al's Best Burger 3

  • Enjoy

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Al's Best Burger 4

What’s Up With Stinky Breath?
5 Things To Do

evolution rBad breath stinks, and nobody wants stinky breath. But, everybody has had stinky breath or halitosis at times. You may not know that you have stinky breath, but people that come close to you will know. So, what causes it, and what can you do about it? I am going to tell you.
 
Documentation of bad breath dates back to 1550 BC when the ancient Egyptians inscribed in the Ebers Papyrus (an ancient Egyptian medical document) how to use tablets made from cinnamon, myrrh, and honey to fight bad breath. Unfortunately today, most people still try to mask the odor but never address the actual causes.
 
Certain bacteria, certain foods, lack of saliva or dry mouth, infections either in the mouth or elsewhere in the body, or stress may cause bad breath. But, the fact is, if you could correct the causes, then your stinky breath would no longer be an annoying problem.
 
The first major source of halitosis is the mouth, where 90% of all bad breath originates. 80%-90% of this odor from the mouth originates on the back of the upper side of the tongue. This is where many bacteria reside, and where they break down dead cells and food particles to form stinky breath.
 
The next likely place in the mouth for bad breath is located in the crevices where the gum surrounds the necks of teeth and in spaces between the teeth. Bacteria that cause bad breath can accumulate in these hidden places, but more importantly they can cause gum disease, which can contribute to even worse stinky breath.
 
Other less common sources creating bad breath in the mouth may originate from dental decay; poorly fitting dental work; abscesses and other mouth infections; tobacco; alcohol; dry mouth frequently as a result of some medications; and volatile foodstuffs like onion, garlic, cabbage, and cauliflower.
 
The second major source of bad breath is from the nose. This is usually caused by sinus infections and post-nasal drip.
 
Another source of halitosis can be the odors produced from the metabolism of volatile foodstuffs, which are eventually expelled through the lungs as well as the skin.
 
Less frequent sources of bad breath are infected tonsils, liver and kidney diseases, carcinoma, lung infections, metabolic disorders, and diabetes.
 
A likely source that is actively being investigated through peer-reviewed research is the gut bacteria. Healthy bacteria in the gut can be damaged by specific foods, medications, and stress, all of which in turn can affect the bacteria throughout the body. These unhealthy changes in the gut can affect the healthy bacteria in the saliva, which then can change the bacteria in the mouth. Here and Here
 
So, what can you do? Here are 5 solutions:

  • Brush your tongue. An effective way is to use a teaspoon. Place the inverted teaspoon as far back as is comfortable on the upper side of your tongue. Then, gently glide the teaspoon forward, removing the bacterial film and microscopic food particles. Repeat this 2-3 times, and then wash off the teaspoon. Perform this tongue-cleaning method in the morning and then in the evening before bed. If you want to spend your money, here are some tongue-cleaning gadgets on Amazon. Also, here is a link from my friend William Revak of OraWellness.com to his video from his website that demonstrates tongue brushing.
  • Brush and floss your teeth correctly. This will remove the film of bacteria called dental plaque from around the gum line. Here is my blog on how to do this.
  • Have regular dental checkups to make sure your oral health is up to par, and have professional cleanings at your dentist’s office to remove any tartar from under the gum tissues.
  • Eat a Paleo-type diet to improve the health of both the microbes in your gut and also the lining of your gut. The fiber in veggies that dominate a Paleo-type diet will feed the good bacteria of the colon.
  • Eat live-culture fermented foods every day like kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha, yogurt, and kefir to improve the composition of the good bacteria in your gut.

 
What you don’t want to do is to try to kill off bacteria indiscriminately. Invariably, you may destroy some of the offending bacteria, but you will destroy many healthy microbes thus creating a more serious health problem. Mouthwashes are not the remedy. On the other hand, if you attacked the real causes of stinky breath and not just tried to mask bad odors, you could resolve these issues, and your breath would smell significantly better. You will be happy; your closest friends will be happier; and your partner will be ecstatic!

 

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If I Knew Then What I Know Now

evolution rIt’s always like that. Right? Hindsight is 20/20. How often do you say, “If I really had the correct information THEN, I would have done things differently?”
 
Well, I am here to challenge you because there is information available today that can change your life. Are you receptive, or do you want to wait 20 more years to once again say, “If I only knew then what I know now, it would have been different?”
 
At my age of 68, there are so many things that I now know that I didn’t know growing up. A little more than two years ago, at the ripe young age of 66, I learned about primal nutrition and lifestyle. This new knowledge changed my life. What I implemented in my life was backed up by science. I could have procrastinated at the age of 66, but I jumped in 100%. I am reaping the personal benefits today and I believe for the rest of my life.
 
As I stated, there is science…

  • Enough science to uncover truths for anyone who has an open mind to think and the physical ability to respond
  • Enough science to demonstrate that our bodies can be changed for the better immediately
  • Enough science to verify that 2.5 million years of evolution teaches many facts

 
Here is what I believe is true:

  • You can practically stop gum disease and tooth decay if you act on this science now.
  • You can prevent most chronic diseases if you act on this science now.
  • You can significantly improve (if not cure) chronic diseases with which you are suffering if you act on this science now.

 
The here and now may well be providing you with 20/20 vision. Will you focus and act upon it?
 
So what is this science?
 
To start, almost all disease begins in the gut. Certain foods and various environmental factors change the ratios and types of microbes in the gut and thereby start in motion various changes in the body. The gut lining, which is only one cell layer thick, may become damaged. Bad things in the gut could begin to leak into the bloodstream through this damaged gut lining to initiate chronic inflammatory reactions. Some of these reactions lead to autoimmune diseases; some of them lead to metabolic disturbances; and others lead to further disruptions of many biological pathways throughout the entire body.
 
The basic science revolves around nourishing the body with what each cell needs to survive and thrive while removing from the body that which it cannot use or which is damaging to individual cells.
 
The research suggests that incorporating the following four concepts can improve the health of all individuals:

  • Eat nutrient-dense foods
  • Exercise efficiently
  • Sleep restoratively
  • Remove or reduce external and internal sources of stress and toxins

 
Many of my blogs go into more detail regarding these four pillars of health. Various books from such authors as Terry Wahls, MD; David Perlmutter, MD; David Brownstein, MD; and William Davis, MD (to name a few) delve into these areas. An online source for published science is PubMed.gov, which is a repository for all peer-reviewed medical articles worldwide.
 
I cannot motivate you to make a change in your life. No one can motivate you but you. You are the only one who can set the gears in motion. I believe that everyone has a tipping point – something that triggers YOU to make a change. It might be surviving a heart attack or a stroke; it might be the birth of your grandchild; it might be the day you get married or land your ideal job; it simply might be believing that there is something better out there. My hope for you is that you become motivated to make a change in your health based on science. If I am able to move you closer to your tipping point, I have succeeded.

What I Eat

evolution rWhen I discuss a healthy diet with my patients, they invariably ask me, “So, what do YOU eat?” That’s the best question they could ask.
 
I know many physicians and dentists who tell their patients to do one thing, but for themselves they do the exact opposite. Some of these practitioners hardly are pictures of health. Here are two personal examples. One from many years ago and the other from a few months ago:

  • When I moved to Charleston, SC some 40 years ago, I did not have a personal physician. An acquaintance suggested that I make an appointment with his personal MD for my initial exam. I took his advice and made an appointment. After my physical examination, the doctor sat me in his office to go over his findings. He then proceeded to light up a cigarette! Can you believe that? How could I accept professional health advice from a smoker? I thanked him for his time and left his office. That was the last time I acted on someone’s recommendation before doing my own research.
  • Recently, a specialist in Internal Medicine and I were talking about my personal eating habits. He told me that I was eating far too much liver and eggs and then continued to tell me why I should refrain from these foods. He is 30 years younger than I with an obvious weight problem. How could his ideas of nutrition resonate with me?

 
So, what do I eat? Obviously, every day is not the same, but I eat a Paleo-type diet consisting of nutrient-dense foods while avoiding grains, legumes, processed foods, and unhealthy fats and oils. I also limit my starchy carbohydrates and high-fructose fruits.
 
I start my day usually with 2 cups of my French Press coffee that I blend with coconut oil, ghee, Ceylon cinnamon, and raw cocoa Here. Most days I skip breakfast. If I have breakfast on weekends, frequently it will be eggs over easy, sautéed veggies, and some fresh berries.
 
Lunch may include a smoothie made from various leafy greens, an avocado, fresh berries, and maybe a banana. I enjoy liver pâté spread on slices of cucumber or celery sticks. Sometimes I have a raw bell pepper filled with sardines and chopped nuts and then sprinkled with Kelp Granules and a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime and topped off with blueberries.
 
Dinner might include various vegetables sautéed with onions, garlic, and shiitake mushrooms seasoned with turmeric and ginger, along with salt and pepper. Salmon baked in parchment paper with ghee and seasonings is one of my favorite protein dishes. My go-to drink is Kombucha (GT’s Organic Raw Kombucha). Sometimes I have homemade bone broth. There is always room for a glass of Cabernet or Zinfandel.
 
Dessert may include my favorite dark chocolate (85% Dark Blackout made by Alter Eco) or a couple of dark chocolate macaroons made by Hail Merry. Some fresh berries always go well with chocolate.
 
Generally, I do not snack between meals because I rarely have cravings. But, if I do snack, macadamia nuts and Brazil nuts satisfy me.
 
I rarely eat anything after 8 PM. My next meal will be lunch the next day. This means on most days I am practicing intermittent fasting for approximately 16 hours (from 8 PM until noon the next day).
 
I do take one natural supplement daily: One teaspoon of Green Pasture’s Blue Ice Royal Butter Oil / Fermented Cod Liver Oil Blend.
 
There you have it. That’s a sampling of what I eat. Check out my previous blogs for many of My Favorite Paleo Recipes. I have posted 32 of my best.
 
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My Favorite Paleo Recipes:
Powerhouse Salad

 
evolution rFood is Medicine. This is a powerful statement!
 
Almost 2500 years ago, Hippocrates was credited with saying, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” He also was credited with saying, “The natural healing force within each of us is the greatest force in getting well.”
 
Nutrient-dense foods nourish us and assist our natural healing potential by stimulating a myriad of biochemical processes. One process is the activation of the Nrf2 pathway, which I described in this previous blog. Dr. Pall and Dr. Levine, in their 2015 review article, inferred that the Nrf2 pathway might well be one of the most important discoveries of all time.
 
The following nutrient-dense salad includes many phytonutrients, most of which stimulate the Nrf2 pathway in addition to other biochemical pathways. It’s not only delicious but also “medicinal”. This has become my favorite go-to health salad. Play around with the ingredients and their quantities, and see if it becomes one of your favorites.
 

Ingredients: (all ingredients are organic)

  • 1 4-ounce bag of Herb Blend Organic Salad by Earthbound Farm (baby lettuces, chard, mizuna, spinach, arugula, radicchio, parsley, dill, cilantro)
  • 2 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 avocado, sliced and diced
  • 1 tomato, sliced and diced
  • 1 Tsp fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 Tsp fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 Tsp Kelp Granules (I use Maine Coast Sea Seasonings)
  • 1 Tsp turmeric
  • 1 Tsp green onion, chopped
  • 1 Tsp fresh garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh berries (blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries)
  • salt and pepper to taste

 

Preparation:

  • Add all ingredients into salad bowl and toss (use more or less of any ingredient to satisfy your taste)
  • Serve in separate salad bowls

I Love My Coffee
Here’s Why!

Alvin H. Danenberg, DDS Nutritional Periodontist
June 15, 2015

 

 

evolution rI love coffee. I drink my brew made from organic, single origin, freshly ground coffee beans. I use a French Press and then power-blend it with my organic favorites: coconut oil, grass fed ghee, raw cocoa powder, and Ceylon cinnamon (C. verum). Yum! The taste satisfies me, but who would have thought that coffee was overall healthy for the most part?

 

Coffee beans contain a natural blend of polyphenols, bioflavonoids, and other phytonutrients from which our bodies benefit, as well as a small amount of vitamins and minerals. Even the caffeine has some benefit.

 

This article discusses the chemistry of a cup of coffee (Here). It describes many of the benefits of coffee and some of its negatives. It appears that coffee consumption of 3-5 cups a day may decrease the chance of type 2 diabetes, protect neurons, provide antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits, benefit the gut microbiome, and stimulate the Nrf2 pathway, which I have described in my previous blog. The caffeine in coffee stimulates the brain and possibly aids in the prevention of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. One of the interesting things about coffee (like most whole foods) is that when subjects were given the individual components from coffee, the overall health benefits were not as pronounced as they were when subjects consumed a real cup of coffee.

 

Here are a few of the peer-reviewed articles on coffee consumption:

  • Coffee may help in the prevention of type-2 diabetes: (Here. Here. Here.)
  • Moderate coffee drinking of 3-5 cups a day may lower the prevalence of subclinical coronary atherosclerosis in healthy individuals (Here) and decrease the risk of coronary heart disease (Here).
  • Research published in the New England Journal of Medicine (Here) summarized that coffee consumption was inversely associated with premature death. The more coffee a person drank, the lower the risk of death from heart disease, respiratory disease, stroke, injuries and accidents, diabetes, and infections. In addition, coffee drinking was inversely related to all-cause death (Here).
  • Caffeinated coffee has been reported to decrease the incidence of melanoma. (Here)

 

But, coffee is not the panacea or Go-To health drink. Here are some negatives:

  • Coffee contains acrylamides. Acrylamides are potentially carcinogenic chemicals. In coffee, acrylamide formation peaks at some point in the roasting process before decreasing significantly. The coffee beans with the least levels of acrylamides are Arabica beans that have been dark roasted (Here).
  • Coffee has been shown to increase total and LDL cholesterol levels in a meta-analysis study (Here).
  • Coffee will increase blood pressure temporarily but not cause a long-term negative effect (Here).

 

For me, the positives outweigh the negatives. I do love my cup of coffee. I routinely drink 2 8-ounce cups a day. And, my preferred cup of coffee is my spiced bulletproof recipe that I described at the beginning of this article. However, some people will find that coffee irritates their stomach. Others might find that coffee makes them jittery. If these reactions occur for you, then don’t drink it.

 

Here is an infograph that shows how to make great French Press Coffee

 

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I was interviewed on
The Health Edge Podcast

evolution rDr. John Bagnulo and Dr. Mark Pettus interviewed me for their podcast, The Health Edge. It aired on June 10, 2015. Here is the link to their 53-minute interview with me.
 
Dr. Bagnulo and Dr Pettus created The Health Edge podcast as an ongoing conversation between the two of them and other guests. Its goal is to examine all things health through a provocative and thoughtful lens…applying the science, acknowledging its limitations and recognizing that still, in this era of the information-age revolution, much of the beauty, mystery, and wisdom of life raises far more questions than it does answers.
 
John has a PhD in Nutrition and Food Science. Over the last 19 years, he has taught full time as an assistant professor at the University of Maine at Farmington. In addition, he teaches at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health as well as the Center for Mind Body Medicine’s Food As Medicine programs. John also has a private practice in Belfast, Maine.
 
Mark is a triple-board certified Internist, Nephrologist, and Integrative Medicine physician practicing for over 25 years. He currently serves as the Director of Medical Education, Wellness and Population Health at Berkshire Health Systems in western Massachusetts. In addition he serves as The Associate Dean of Medical Education at The University of Massachusetts Medical School as well as serving in many other capacities.
 
Enjoy the podcast; it was fun interacting with both John and Mark.


The Roots of Health Interview

evolution rMeredith Rhodes Carson interviewed me for her podcast, The Roots of Health, which aired on June 9, 2015.
 
Meredith Rhodes Carson is a geologist turned health coach. After her own doctor failed her, Meredith was motivated to become the expert in her own body, and so began her journey of self-discovery. Over the course of a year or so, she weaned herself off of 2 prescription medications, regained her fertility, stopped losing hair, lost her anxiety, gained confidence and mental clarity, and cultivated a very healthy respect for her body. Recently she’s been certified through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition as a Holistic Health Coach. She hosts a podcast called The Roots of Health and contacted me to be a guest on her show.
 
Here is the link.

Your Gums and Your Health

evolution rI write frequently about nutrition, gum disease, and overall health. This is my passion since I know first hand that providing our cells with the nourishment and supportive lifestyle they need will allow our bodies to thrive. You could read my personal transformation here.
 
I want to share some thoughts about the connection between gums and health.
 
Do you have gum disease?
 
If your gums bleed sometimes, you most likely have a form of gum disease called gingivitis. This is an infection; it involves inflammation and bacteria. Often, this infection can travel under the gums and into the jawbone surrounding the roots of your teeth, which transforms into a more advanced stage called periodontitis.
 
Gum disease can give you bad breath, loose teeth, tenderness in the gum tissues, gum recession, and root sensitivity. It also can participate in spreading infection throughout your body. Unfortunately, as the disease progresses, your occasional bleeding gums might go away, causing you to believe that this disease is not a problem any longer. Don’t become misled. Often this infection has moved deeper under the gums and into the bone around your teeth, slowly destroying your jawbone. The bleeding has stopped, but the infection is worse. And, it may not cause pain until the teeth are ready to fall out.
 
But, be aware that bleeding or sore gums might be something other than gum disease. The mouth mirrors many of the internal functions and malfunctions of the entire body. Sometimes, both a dental as well as a medical evaluation are necessary to determine if you have gum disease or something totally different.
 
What can you do about gum disease?
 
You need to be cleaning your mouth properly. A well-trained dental hygienist can demonstrate what you need to do if you need some help. I find that most people will benefit by brushing with an electric toothbrush that efficiently cleans the bacterial film from around much of the tooth. It is also important for you to clean between the teeth with floss and a small brush that is designed to clean the in-between spaces as a bottle brush would clean the inside of a baby’s bottle. Brushing is all about removing the bacterial film (called dental plaque) from the surfaces of the teeth. When it comes to toothpaste, my recommendation is organic coconut oil and baking soda.
 
For most people, I recommend the following for effective tooth cleaning:

  • Have a small jar of coconut oil and baking soda in your bathroom. Coconut oil has antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties; baking soda has very low abrasiveness and helps maintain a healthy pH level in your mouth. The coconut oil is solid at room temperature, but melts at 76 degrees F.
  • Dip your toothbrush bristles into some coconut oil, and then dip them into some baking soda. I like an electric toothbrush because it is more efficient than a regular manual toothbrush. I find that the electric toothbrushes that sit in a cradle that charge from an electrical outlet in the wall are much more effective than battery-operated brushes, which don’t seem to have much torque.
  • Next, place the toothbrush bristles at a 45-degree angle into the gum margin where the gums meet the teeth. The baking soda will make the toothpaste taste salty.
  • Turn the brush “on”, close your lips to keep the drool and splatter in your mouth and not all over the bathroom wall and mirror, and let the electric toothbrush do all the wiggling. Just move the brush from one side of your mouth to the other staying in the gum margins. Be sure to clean all the outside surfaces facing the cheeks and lips and then all the inside surfaces facing the roof of your mouth and your tongue.
  • You also want to clean the in-between surfaces of your teeth. Floss is good, but I also like a tiny brush that fits between the teeth. Think about how you would clean the inside of a baby bottle. These little interdental brushes are soft, and they gently remove the soft bacteria sticking to the tooth surfaces between the teeth as you slide the brush in and out between these teeth.

 
The bacteria, which are major factors causing this infection, also can harden around the teeth and under the gums. A dentist or a dental hygienist can gently remove these deposits called tartar that are like barnacles that form on a boat’s bottom as it sits in the water. Tartar irritates the gum tissues like a splinter in your finger would irritate the surrounding skin until it was removed.
 
To understand what is going on with your gums, you should make an appointment with a gum specialist (periodontist) like myself. A periodontist could help you learn how this infection might be spreading in your body and how it might be arrested and healed.
 
Gum health and overall health
 
Gum health is not only about brushing and flossing. While most dental offices will never address nutrition in depth, I believe nutrient-dense nourishment is a critical component for a healthy mouth and a healthy body. The refined carbohydrates (like breads, cereals, processed foods, sugars) that you consume can increase bad bacteria in your gut. Then, unhealthy bacteria from your gut can affect the bacteria in your mouth by way of your saliva. These unhealthy bacteria have a negative effect on overall health as well as mouth health. Infection-causing bacteria forming in your mouth feed off of the refined carbohydrates you consume to cause gum disease and tooth decay – a vicious cycle.
 
This cycle needs to be broken. The ways to a healthy mouth and a healthy body must start with individual cell health. And, the only way a cell can get healthy is with proper nutrients and the removal of any irritants. You need to remove the bad and replace it with the good. From a mouth perspective, it means removing the soft bacteria and the tartar from around the teeth. From a nutrition standpoint, it means eating nutrient-dense foods and removing the unhealthy carbohydrates. From an overall perspective, it also means obtaining restorative sleep, effective exercise, and stress reduction.
 
If you would like, you could schedule a phone consultation with me. You would fill out a Questionnaire and a 3-Day Food Journal (both are on my Website), then send them to me by FAX or online. If you would prefer, you could mail them to my Post Office Box listed at the bottom of this page. I will review them and call you by phone or Skype to discuss your issues. I am here to help if you feel the need.
 
I see patients in my office located in Bluffton, SC (843-593-8123). The way I treat advanced gum disease is by incorporating a laser procedure called LANAP (Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure) with Primal Nutrition and Lifestyle concepts. Positive lifestyle changes can make all the difference as they assist cells around the teeth as well as cells throughout the entire body in healing.


Swish & Swallow for Gum Healing

evolution rI am not an herbalist, but I have learned that some herbal compounds provide significant benefits for our body.
 
Herbs are plants that have phytonutrients, and some of these can assist our body in numerous cellular functions. There are more than 25,000 phytonutrients found in plant foods, and many are continuously being discovered.
 
Phytonutrients are one of the reasons why plants are so important for us to ingest. These chemicals are what a plant uses internally to fight off infections and predators just like our immune system fights off infections and stressors attacking our body. While we do not require phytonutrients to sustain life, many of these chemicals have protective or disease preventive properties for our bodies. Some of the common names for these beneficial chemicals are antioxidants, flavonoids, carotenoids, and resveratrol.
 
Here are three liquid herbal extracts from MediHerb. They can be combined into a liquid tonic, which can assist with cellular health both topically and systemically. The tonic is diluted into an individual dose, swished in the mouth, and then swallowed. It is not a treatment for gum disease but an adjunct to gum treatment that aids in the healing process:

  • Echinacea Premium is a combination of Echinacea angustifolia root and Echinacea purpurea root. These substances work together to regulate and promote normal immune responses. They are helpful in virtually all conditions associated with microbial pathogens. WebMD.com suggests that Echinacea can activate chemicals in the body that decrease inflammation as well as attack yeast and other kinds of fungi directly.
  • Goldenseal contains hydrastine and berberine that work together to help maintain healthy mucous membranes, cleanse the gastrointestinal tract, help maintain healthy mucus function, and help support the body’s response to environmental stress. WebMD.com states that it may be effective against bacteria and fungi.
  • Gotu Kola contains pentacyclic triterpene ester saponins, which can promote healthy tissue function, support the body’s normal tissue repair process, and enhance vascular integrity. WebMD.com states that it may decrease inflammation and also increase collagen production that is important for wound healing.

 
The concoction ratio is:

  • 70 cc Echinacea Premium 1:2
  • 60 cc Goldenseal 1:3
  • 70 cc Gotu Kola 1:1

 
This recipe makes 200 cc of tonic. Measure the individual herbal extracts with a graduated cylinder, and store the combined solution in a dark glass bottle at room temperature. Measure 5 cc (1 teaspoon) of this mixture, and add filtered water to make an individual dose of approximately 2-3 teaspoons – more than that will be difficult to swish. Disposable plastic graduated medicine cups are ideal for this.
 
Three additional facts you need to know:

  • The liquid has a very dark brown color that could stain fabric. Also, it will leave a dark brown color on your tongue, which is not a problem.
  • After rinsing and swallowing, your tongue, palate, and lips will be left with a tingling sensation that will last for a little while. The tingling is from the alkylamides in the Echinacea. That’s actually how you know you’re getting a quality Echinacea.
  • This herbal tonic is extremely bitter with a strong aftertaste. I recommend you place 4-6 drops of Organic Whole Leaf Stevia Extract Liquid into the individual dose to make it more palatable. Here is a link to such a product made by NOW Foods.

 
To benefit from this blend, swish the measured dose for about 30 seconds, and then swallow. It will provide a topical effect as well as a systemic effect. Do this 2 or 3 times a day for 10 days. You should notice an improvement in the inflammation in your mouth. Be sure to have your dentist or periodontist evaluate and treat your mouth appropriately.
 
MediHerb prepares and bottles these individual herbal products, which are exclusively sold through Standard Process in the United States. Your healthcare professional could obtain these for you. Here is a link to the MediHerb Catalogue, which lists all of their herbal preparations.
 
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