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|Olive Leaf Extract
Supports the Immune and Circulatory Systems
How does Olive Leaf Extract Work?
Immune System Support
Humans have an elaborate immune system. That system acts as a coat of armor to protect us from the billions of pathogenic (disease-causing) organisms in our environment and that enter the body through breathing, eating, drinking and cuts in the skin.When the immune system is functioning at the peak of efficiency, these microorganisms can be present in ones body but they have little effect. However, when an injury or an over abundance of physical or mental stress weakens the immune system, these opportunistic germs are able to get a stronghold.Disease results as these pathogens overtake various glands, organs and tissues in the body. At some point, the diseased glands, organs or tissues produce symptoms that are characteristic of the particular pathogen. For example, cold viruses normally attack the respiratory system. The respiratory system then reacts by producing more phlegm. Tissues swell, then sneezing, coughing, runny nose, and other discomforts appear as symptoms.Sometimes the symptoms are immediate. But, many times it takes months and even years for them to appear. Even prior to the appearance of symptoms, the pathogens are in the body draining strength from the infected tissues and the immune system.The ingredients in Olive Leaf Extract support and boost the immune system.
The Three Ways Olive Leaf Extract Works to Produce Health:
- Interfering with the pathogen's amino acid processes. This prevents the pathogen from reproducing and creating more microbes within the body. Studies even suggest that calcium elenolate can enter infected cells in the body and stop viral cells from replicating.
- Preventing virus shedding, the means by which viruses reproduce. Right-reflecting calcium elenolate attaches to the cell membrane to stop viruses from multiplying and spreading. In the case of retroviruses, calcium elenolate neutralizes the production of reverse transcriptase and protease. These enzymes are essential for a retrovirus, such as HIV, to alter the RNA of a healthy cell. Without them, the retrovirus is rendered impotent.
- Directly stimulating phagocytosis, an immune system response in which cells ingest microorganisms and foreign matter.
Olive Leaf Extract is Not a Drug
It is also important to realize that Olive Leaf Extract is not a drug. As a result, taken in recommended amounts, one may not notice an overnight improvement. In some cases of seriousImmune system problems, two or three months of regular ingestion are required before significant improvements in chronic conditions of ill health are realized.
IMPORTANT: Olive Leaf Extract IS NOT a Cure
Olive Leaf Extract does not cure disease. It is important to remember that pathogens are not the disease. Neither are symptoms the disease. Disease occurs as pathogens or other harmful substances damage glands, organs or tissues of the body.Nothing in the extract can change or fix damaged cells in the body.By attacking microbes and directly strengthening the body's immune system, Olive Leaf Extract enables the immune system to better protect and help restore health.Olive Leaf Extract can simply help improve and maintain the immune system and healthy body function.
The "Die-Off Effect:" is a Good Sign
In cases where people are suffering with a chronic problem, there may be a quick and somewhat adverse reaction.The "die-off effect," or Herxheimer Reaction, refers to symptoms generated by a detoxification process.As the body begins to deal with dead microbes, one may experience a variety of detox symptoms."Die off" occurs as large quantities of invading organisms die. When that happens, the dead microbes release toxins and other substances. The cell wall proteins of the dead microbes get absorbed into weakened mucous membranes. When large quantities of this foreign material are present, the body begins a process to get rid of it.Sometimes it's more than the eliminative organs can handle at one time. The liver, kidneys, intestines and skin may become over-burdened. Thus, one could feel ill or develop skin reaction. All of these conditions are good signs -- they indicate that the Olive Leaf Extract is working to destroy germs that may be causing various conditions of ill health.Common reactions include fatigue, diarrhea, headaches, muscle/joint achiness or flu-like symptoms. Some people may develop a rash, pimples or other skin condition. Severity differs also from person to person, depending on the extent of the problem.
How To Handle "Die-Off" Effect
The best way to maximize the power of Olive Leaf Extract and limit any adverse reaction is to drink four cups of water in between usages. Water helps to strengthen the lymphatic system and flush the kidneys.In the event substantial detoxification symptoms occur that produce discomfort, the first line of attack is to drink a large amount of distilled or reverse osmosis water. If detox symptoms persist, there are other courses of action as well.For minimal discomfort, such as a headache or muscle/joint pain, a simple over-the-counter analgesic such as aspirin or ibuprofen usually suffices.For more than minimal discomfort, one might consider reducing the daily intake of Olive Leaf Extract. One might even stop taking it altogether for a few days. It may take a day or two, or even a week, for the body to process and eliminate the toxins produced by the dead microbes.After these few days, one should resume taking Olive Leaf Extract at a slightly lower amount and increase slowly. Many people also find that large amounts of vitamin C help the body during this time.
Safety Studies with Olive Leaf Extract
Research indicates that amounts many times higher than recommended are unlikely to produce toxic or other adverse side effects. During 1993 testing of the liquid form of the product against the herpes virus, there were no observed or reported side effects.Die-off effect is only temporary, and usually ends with a greatly enhanced feeling of well-being. Olive Leaf Extract is very safe, in spite of the "die-off" detoxification effect among some individuals.
Olive Leaf Extract and Increased Energy
Olive Leaf Extract produces substantial energy increases in most people that use it. It is not at all uncommon to hear people state that they have more energy than they have had for years.One likely reason for this is that the body is now freed from fighting so many opportunistic invaders. Without having to direct much of its energy inward for immune processes, the body can redirect that energy level outwards to be used as desired.During clinical use by a doctor in southern California, patients stated that Olive Leaf Extract solved their tiredness and fatigue problems. One frequently heard comment from users is that they feel more energy and a greater sense of well-being. Many choose to continue with Olive Leaf Extract even after their conditions of ill health are gone. Healthy people without any noticeable health problems who take it say they also feel this infusion of energy.
Beating Debilitating Fatigue
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is a rather prevalent condition of late. While it may seem like a rather new problem, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is related to the more widely known malady, mononucleosis, commonly called the "kissing disease" years ago a reference to the method of transmission.
Viral Origin of Chronic Fatigue
Both illnesses are caused by the Epstein Barr virus. This virus is a member of the herpes family of viral infections, and is related to the viruses that cause shingles and genital herpes.Chronic Fatigue Syndrome also many times afflicts its unfortunate victim with Immune Dysfunction Syndrome, thus the acronym CFIDS, short for Chronic Fatigue Immune Dysfunction Syndrome.The symptoms of CFIDS include, of course, bone-crushing fatigue as well as fever, sore throat, swollen glands, loss of appetite, insomnia, recurrent respiratory infections, nausea, intestinal problems, stomachache, diarrhea, anxiety, cough, depression, rash and skin problems, vomiting, mood swings, swelling, sleep problems, weight gain or loss, temporary memory loss, loss of concentration, unusual stress, headache and other aches and pains. These symptoms mimic other common viral illnesses such as the flu, therefore diagnosis may be difficult. No medical cure or vaccine exists for the virus. Past medical histories of those with CFIDS often includes mononucleosis, cold sores or oral herpes, genital herpes, shingles and surprisingly, allergies to food, drugs or the very common "hay fever."
Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia - A Serious Problem
The Center for Disease Control in Atlanta estimates that tens of thousands of Americans are infected with this virus. Approximately 20% of the population may be carriers only, with no visible symptoms. The Epstein Barr virus is highly contagious, and is spread by personal contact, kissing, sharing good, coughing, spitting (which leaves microscopic droplets in the air) and intimate contact.The virus causes an overreaction of the body's immune system, which most often results in decreased immunity by overtaxing the immune system. Herein lies the danger of the virus -- it is incurable and can do much damage to the immune system. Immune-suppressed individuals experience an approximate 30% higher rate of viral replication than those with functional immune systems.
Infection Lasts for a Lifetime
Additionally, once the Epstein Barr virus enters the body, it remains there, waiting until the immune system becomes compromised. Some experts believe that the virus can remain in a person's body their entire lifetime, putting them down with illness again and again.
All Adults Infected with Epstein Barr
These same experts maintain that infection with the Epstein Barr virus is inevitable for all adults in the entire world. People in third world nations, the economically disadvantaged and those within the confines of the inner city are usually infected by early adolescence. In middle and upper economic and social levels, about 55% of the population is infected by adolescence. After college age, however, nearly all the individuals in this group have detectable Epstein Barr virus antibodies, indicating a past or present active infection.Of even more disturbing news is the data that some researchers are now discovering. A number of research teams have unearthed new evidence that other microbes have joined with the Epstein Barr virus or act as substitutes for it. This list includes the scary retroviral foamy viruses, HTLV-2, enteroviruses (including polio), cytomegalovirus and human herpes virus type VI.A person cannot become immune to the Epstein Barr virus, and since it is a virus, no antibiotic has any power against it. The same frightening scenario exists for the other viruses mentioned above.
Olive Leaf Extract - A potent Barrier of Protection
All of this would paint a rather bleak picture, were it not for the existence of potentiated Olive Leaf Extract. A good number of people have reported the elimination of fatigue-type problems after using Olive Leaf Extract.This is no surprise since laboratory testing demonstrates that Olive Leaf Extract kills a wide variety of viruses in vitro, including the Epstein Barr and other viruses.
Fibromyalgia is another syndrome that has been diagnosed with increasing frequency over the last few years, much like Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.Approximately 2% of the total population has Fibromyalgia, while up to 20% of the female population between the ages of 40 and 60 years old have the symptoms. Of great interest is that the syndrome occurs most frequently in the 20-40 year old age group, roughly the time that infection with the Epstein Barr virus also occurs.Simply defined, Fibromyalgia is a disorder that manifests itself in various parts of the body. In the early days of this new syndrome, many practitioners simply classified any soft tissue complaint that they couldn't otherwise diagnose as Fibromyalgia.
Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia
Today, diagnosis is much more specific. The symptoms of Fibromyalgia include aches, pains, stiffness, localized tenderness and swelling, fatigue, stress, headache, sore throat, intestinal problems, depression, anxiety, memory blanks, loss of concentration, mood swings and non-refreshing sleep.
Fibromyalgia and CFIDS Linked
Note the substantial similarity in symptoms of Fibromyalgia with those of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. There have been some immunologic antibody findings that indicate a pathogenic-linked cause for Fibromyalgia, just like Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Most researchers today link Fibromyalgia in some manner with CFIDS.Dr. Walter Gunn states "What seems to show up in article after article is some kind of immune dysfunction." Whether these abnormalities are due to a viral infection, a reactivation of latent viruses or another factor is as yet unproven. It is known however, that a large number of infectious agents initiate the onset of Fibromyalgia.Additionally, two different laboratories have found that Fibromyalgia is accompanied by low levels of natural killer cell activity. As mentioned earlier, Olive Leaf Extract empowers the immune system by increasing phagocytes, the body's natural killer cells.Olive Leaf Extract also has a proven record invitro against both viruses and latent viruses as well as numerous other pathogens. Thus we can surmise that these nutritional problems can be helped by Olive Leaf Extract.
Olive Leaf Extract and the Heart
It is now well-known and well documented that one product of the olive tree, olive oil, has a positive health benefit to the cardiovascular system. The Mediterranean Diet, of which olive oil is a part, is beneficial when used as part of a healthy lifestyle. It must also be remembered that olive oil is rich in various olive phenolics which likely accounts for much of its nutritional power.Petroni and Blasevich at the Institute of Pharmacological Studies, University of Milan found that olive oil reduced blood platelet aggregation. This could potentially result in lessened risk of blood clots and heart problems.As reported in the April, 1995 issue of Thrombosis Research, they determined that this beneficial effect was caused by the antioxidant properties in the extra-virgin olive oil. Of equal, or perhaps even more importance, they also found that the aqueous was water from the olive oil refining process, rich in phenolics, showed rather potent activities as well.
Serous Cardiovascular System Problems
Petroni and Blasevich's partners at the University of Milan, F. Visioli and C. Galli, paved the way in their 1994 study which showed that olive leaf derivatives are good antioxidants. Thus, they proposed that this is a new link between the Mediterranean diet and the prevention of serious heart problems.V. Petkov, working on his research in Europe and writing for peer-review journals in the United States, also found uses for olive leaf in nutritionally maintaining healthy cardiovascular systems and helping other heart problems.
Low Density Lipids and Cholesterol
Perez-Jimenez and Espino, in their 1995 article in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, demonstrated that a diet rich in olive oil increased the high-density lipids, or good cholesterol, by 7%.A 1994 experiment at the University of Milan's Institute of Pharmacological Sciences found that olive leaf inhibited oxidation of low-density lipoproteins, the so-called "bad cholesterol" connected to various heart problems.A subsequent study in 1995 at the same institution linked olive leaf to the reduction or delaying of problems in the heart.The 1996 study by Ruiz-Guttierrez and Muriana at the University Hospital found that components in olive oil significantly boosted high-density lipids )"good" cholesterol) and reduced the low-density lipids ("bad" cholesterol).
Nutritional Support for the Heart
Of great importance is the report that Olive Leaf Extract helps solve the nutritional problems associated with a weakened cardiovascular system.Anecdotal reports from some people indicate that Olive Leaf Extract helped solve their nutritional problems. One elderly male reported vast improvement in only eight days as a result of taking Olive Leaf Extract.A woman with a mild problem said her condition improved substantially when she took Olive Leaf Extract and her problems returned after she discontinued taking it.
Olive Leaf Maintains Proper Blood Pressure
Olive Leaf Extract has also been studied for its ability to lower blood pressure. Ribeiro and Fiuza reported the findings of their study in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology. They studied thirty two medicinal plants, and verified that olea europaea, olive leaf, produced a beneficial effect.
These findings were confirmed by A. Zarzuelo and J. Duarte, researchers in the Pharmacology Department at the University of Granada, Spain, who studied Olive Leaf Extract. They showed that oleuropein is largely responsible for this good effect, but that there was also one other compound in the olive leaf that potentiates this pressure-lessening action. (We now know this other compound to be calcium elenolate.)A recent study of olive leaf to determine its blood pressure lowering capabilities was undertaken in 1996 by a large team of researchers in Belgium. They tested thirty patients who were suffering from high blood pressure. After three months on Olive Leaf Extract, all thirty patients experienced a decrease in blood pressure. Quoting the researchers, "We note for all patients a statistically significant decrease of blood pressure." Additionally, they noted that they did not find any side effects from the Olive Leaf Extract occurring in the patients in this study.Another 1996 study from the University Hospital in Sevilla, Spain found that phenolic-rich olive oil reduced both the systolic and diastolic blood pressures.As demonstrated here, Olive Leaf Extract is a powerful antioxidant much like flavonoids and proanthocyanadins. These very compounds protect the heart and cardiovascular system from free radical-induced damage, and promote powerful good health in the user.
Olive Leaf Extract, Colds and Flu
Eight years ago, a flu swept the globe and killed 21 million people. It decimated families and left pain, suffering and death in its wake. The mortality rate was 10 times worse that the normal strain of influenza. This new flu strain caught the world by surprise.Many people had fevers of 104 degrees, and died as their lungs filled with fluid. Many became delirious before they died. In the U.S., 675,000 people died from the flu in less than a year's time. Its impact worldwide was worse than Europe's black plague of the Middle Ages.This killer flu was called the Spanish flu, believing that it had originated in Spain. That was incorrect -- most likely, the killer flu of 1918 originated in China, where most new flu strains are born.Which gives one pause, considering that in late 1997, Hong Kong panicked upon discovery of an avian influenza, aptly named the "bird flu." A flu strain previously limited to birds appeared in humans, and killed a number of people. Authorities worried that the virus might mutate into a form more easily passed among humans. Authorities killed more than one million birds in hopes of eliminating the disease carriers.While it appears that the disease was halted, one scientist remained wary. He's quoted as saying "It's a lull in the battle. We can't say it's still not lurking somewhere."While these events are certainly scary, one need not excessively fear health problems caused by flu, colds, or their related problems, such as pneumonia, in the case of influenza.
Almost Half the U.S. Population Suffers Every Year
Many Americans fall prey to several colds every year. Additionally, in 1990, 43.4% of Americans suffered through at least one bout of the flu. That's more than 110 million people missing work, school and other important aspects of their lives due to a virus. The single largest cause of missed work or school are viral cold and flu infections.Laboratory testing shows that Olive Leaf Extract could substantially reduce one's susceptibility to cold or flu viruses. Dr. Robert Lyons performed a clinical test of his patients using Olive Leaf Extract. Of the 164 patients suffering from respiratory and lung conditions (colds, flu, lung problems and the like), 157 fully recovered and 7 improved while using Olive Leaf Extract. That's a success rate of almost 96%.One doctor believes that Olive Leaf Extract may be a true germ killer since it selectively blocks an entire virus-specific system in the infected host. It appears to offer organic health benefits not available with pharmaceutical antibiotics. M any people who lead stressful lives or who may be particularly susceptible to colds and viruses may benefit from long-term use of Olive Leaf Extract as an immune system booster.
Immunity and Antibiotics in Crisis
Life-Saving Potential Against Serious Infections
Deaths from infectious diseases, formerly on the decline, have recently taken an alarming upward turn in this country.According to federal researchers, such deaths rose by 58% from 1980 to 1992, pushing this category of illness up behind heart disease and cancer in the No. 3 spot of killer diseases. Experts say there has been an unusual increase in mysterious respiratory infections among the elderly and blood infections among people of all ages. When you eliminate AIDS, the death rate during the same period for all other infectious diseases rose by 22%.The World Health Organization as far back as 1978 was saying that by the year 2000, sources other than Western, technological medicine would be needed in order for all people to have adequate health care. The organization recommended the use of traditional forms of healing and medicine, such as the use of herbs, to meet the demands of an exploding global population. The recommendation was adopted by the organization.
The Problem with Traditional AntibioticsOur traditional treatment-of-choice against infections has been various kinds of antibiotics. We know that the mechanism by which antibiotics work is perhaps not the most beneficial to the human body. Most antibiotics suppress the immune system, and nearly all of them destroy beneficial organisms in the intestinal tract.Additionally, medical science has stated numerous times over recent years that the current antibiotics have largely been rendered of little use against the newly-named "superbug" germs. With no new antibiotics on the horizon, this poses a grave threat to health.It must be noted that this is a major medical problem today of epidemic proportions. Largely as a result of overuse of antibiotics, many microbes are resistant to those medicines.Today, there are few effective antibiotics available that continue to work with the most common pathogens such as staphylococcus and streptococcus. Some of the new strains of "superbugs" are totally unaffected by traditional drugs.
Olive Leaf Extract and the "Superbugs"A new series of testing with Olive Leaf Extract shows a very interesting and immensely significant development. Olive Leaf Extract empowers the immune system by directly stimulating production of immune system cells called phagocytes. These phagocytes move throughout the body looking for foreign invaders.They then neutralize any abnormal organisms that they find. An important fact is that microbes cannot be resistant to phagocyte cells like they can to drug interventions.Olive Leaf Extract also contains flavonoids, esters and multiple iridoids that create a structurally-complicated molecule. It appears that bad microorganisms cannot readily develop a resistance to Olive Leaf Extract's complex structure.Incidentally, Olive Leaf Extract does all this while enhancing immune system function, and leaving intact the beneficial bacteria in the intestines.Already Olive Leaf Extract has shown itself to be the only effective and nutritional remedy available for the fatal Bacillus cereus contamination. This is a microorganism that infects the body, and there is no known medical treatment or cure. Once infected, the microorganism takes over the body, and the person dies.Tassou and Nychas, researchers at the Ministry of Agriculture in Athens, Greece detailed the results of their studies in the prestigious journals Lancet and Biotechnology Applied Biochemistry stating that Olive Leaf Extract and oleuropein inhibit the germination and growth of the pathogen.
Olive Leaf Extract Beats GermsOf the people who enter hospitals each year, more than 2 million of them end up with an infection acquired solely as a result of their being in a hospital. These hospital-acquired or nosocomial infections are fatal to 22,000 Americans every year.According to Robert Haley, M.D., head of the Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine Unit at the University of Texas Health Science Center, "every piece of equipment, every invasive technique provides the opportunity for infection to develop."It could be surmised that, given the high rate of antibiotic-resistant microbes in the general population, the infection-causing germs in a hospital environment are likely to be drug-resistant. This poses additional problems for the patient whose immune system is already overburdened or compromised.For instance, staphylococcus infection can prove fatal to its victim when it contaminates a wound, gets inside the body during surgery or infects someone in an immune-suppressed condition. No longer destroyed by penicillin, staphylococci present in hospitals are so drug-resistant that only a very potent intravenous antibiotic, vancomycin, has any success at killing them. It must be noted that vancomycin is a serious drug with several serious side-effects, notably kidney toxicity and hearing loss.Enterococci, a relative of staphylococci, infects surgical wounds below the waist and has now become resistant to even this powerful drug.Two common respiratory infectors, Haemophilus influenza and Streptococcus pneumonia are largely resistant to antibiotics. Both children's ear infections and adult sinus infections are usually caused by S. pneumoniae.
Olive Leaf Extract Powerful and Safe against "Super Bugs"Tranter and Tassou, of the PHLS Centre for Applied Microbiology and Research in England, found in 1993 that oleuropein inhibited the growth of Staphylococcus aureus when tested in vitro. A concentration of only 0.6% was sufficient for this anti-bacterial effect. They also noted that oleuropein was effective in the destruction of enterotoxin.lOlive Leaf Extract has also been tested and found to be safe in amounts far higher than the normal daily amount. Pharmaceutical testing indicates that amounts many times larger than the daily recommended usage are not toxic and do not cause adverse side effects.Capasso and Evidente, along with their team of 4 other researchers, found in 1995 that olive oil malaxation waters were highly toxic to a number of different bacterium. They tested it against phytopathogenic Pseudomonas syringae, Ps. savastanoi (Gram-negative) and Corynebacterium michiganese (Gram-positive).
Olive Leaf Extract and ParasitesAmericans are living longer, but not healthier. Numerous authorities believe that a significant cause for this lack of health is the existence of parasites in the human body.Dr. Hazel Parcels states that "85% of adult North Americans are infected with parasites."Dr. Peter Wina, Chief of Pathobiology at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research adds "We have a tremendous parasite problem right here in the U.S. It is just not being addressed."But perhaps the most surprising statement comes from Dr. Frank Nova, Chief of the Laboratory for Parasitic Diseases at the National Institute of Health when he says "In terms of numbers, there are more parasitic infections acquired in this country than in Africa."The World Health Organization categorizes parasites as among the six most harmful infectious diseases in humans.Parasite infection is an unrecognized epidemic that plagues a great number of people throughout the world including the U.S.Researchers claim that a majority of people around the world host parasites of one type or another. Parasites can inhabit muscle tissue, the digestive tract, the bloodstream and even the brain, heart and other vital organs.
Seen and UnseenParasites can be microscopic in size or can stretch up to 30 feet long. When most people think of parasites, they visualize tapeworms, hookworms, roundworms and flatworms. The Centers for Disease Control says that tapeworm infection in the U.S. has doubled in frequency within the past ten years.Roundworm infection is abundant in meat-eating cultures. One type of flatworm, a fluke, can live in the intestines, liver, lungs or blood. Trichina larvae, sometimes found in pork products, burrow into the intestinal wall and enter the bloodstream. The blood flow carries the larvae to the muscle fibers where these worms live and grow.Worms, such as the hookworm, attach themselves to the intestinal wall and live off the host's blood.Microscopic parasites do not live off their host as such, but can thrive on processed foods, and their waste excretion can cause serious problems within the human body.The Center for Disease Control considers parasite-caused giardia the number one waterborne disease. It has been found in the water supplies of major cities in America.Giardia is one of the many microscopic organisms that can greatly interfere with physical and mental functioning. This parasite can coat the intestinal wall, inhibiting digestion and assimilation.
Causes of Parasite InfestationParasites can be contracted by eating under cooked beef, pork, fish or other meats, walking barefoot on infected soil, through both intimate and casual physical contact, being in contact with flies or mosquitoes, eating unclean raw vegetables, drinking infected water, close physical contact with cats, dogs or other pets and simply contacting unclean environments through breathing or touching. There is an increased danger of contracting parasites when traveling to tropical or underdeveloped countries. The rise in immigration, especially from these areas, also contributes to the epidemic in the U.S.It must be noted that some types of parasites, after attaching themselves to muscle tissue or infecting tissues, can reproduce and survive for years in the body.One study illustrates the longevity of parasites in the human body. In 1979 a British study reported on 600 former prisoners of war from World War II. These men had been stationed in the Far East. Thirty years after the war, 15% were still infected with a parasite called Strongyloides that they had contracted during the war. Thus, a parasite infestation from years ago could still be alive and active in the body.
Detecting ParasitesDetermining if one has parasites can be very difficult indeed. This subject has not received a great deal of attention, and as such, accurate testing methods are still being developed. Current laboratory testing finds only about 1% of the more than 1,000 parasites that can live in the human body.There will likely be an increased demand for effective testing procedures, especially as the parasite problem becomes more pronounced. Recent outbreaks, such as that which occurred in the water supply of the upper mid-west, will only expedite the development of parasitology. This outbreak was caused by Cryptosporidia, a microscopic parasite that infected thousands of people. Many people became ill and some people died, especially those who had weakened immune systems.
Many Telltale SymptomsMost parasites live in the body without revealing their presence. Thus, parasite infestation manifests itself in less obvious ways, many times hidden within the symptoms of various chronic health problems.Problems claimed to be caused by parasites include hypoglycemia, indigestion, a weakened immune system, fatigue or lack of energy, colitis, back pain, headaches, acne and other skin problems, poor assimilation, nausea, vomiting, lack of concentration, weakness, flu-like symptoms, muscle and joint pain, weight loss, a feeling of fullness in the stomach, appetite loss or uncontrolled appetite, gas, dizziness, memory loss, asthma, allergies, sinusitis, irritability, abdominal pain, constipation, infertility, itchiness, slow reflexes, blurry or unclear vision, back pain, menstrual problems and bed wetting.Some researchers claim that the waste material produced by flukes is extremely carcinogenic and contributes to the formation of cancer. The waste material from just one tapeworm may make some people ill. Microscopic parasites can cause arthritis-like symptoms.
Olive Leaf Extract Kills ParasitesParasites are notoriously difficult to kill and expel from the body. Olive Leaf Extract exhibits powerful anti-parasitic action against just such invaders.Examine the various entries in the Appendices to determine specific parasites killed by Olive Leaf Extract invitro. Amoebi, cryptosporidia, giardia, pinworm, tapeworm, ringworm and roundworm are some of the more familiar parasites which Olive Leaf Extract kills.NOTE: During a parasite cleanse, some people may become nauseated or experience other unpleasant feelings. This is most likely due to severe parasitic infection and the resultant "die-off" which releases toxins or dead proteins into the bloodstream.
Tropical IllnessesOlive Leaf Extract may offer considerable potential against tropical ill health problems such as malaria and dengue fever. Malaria is caused by parasitic protozoans injected into the body by infected mosquitoes. Protozoans are one-celled organisms, the simplest creatures in the animal kingdom.As far back as 1827, reports have appeared in medical literature indicating the benefits of Olive Leaf Extract against malaria. In 1906, one report stated that olive leaves were, in fact, superior to quinine for malarial infections.Quinine was preferred, however, because it was easier to administer. In studies performed by the Upjohn company, calcium elenolate was found to be effective against the malaria protozoa.Malaria has been reported recently in Texas and continues to be a leading cause of illness and deaths worldwide, particularly because of drug-resistant strains. It is a continuing concern in the United States because of increased international migration, travel, and commerce, as reported in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports.Another serious tropical disease giving concern to public health officials is dengue fever. In 1995, large outbreaks of dengue were reported by health authorities in 12 Latin American and Caribbean countries.This ailment is also mosquito-borne, caused by a virus, and occurs mainly in tropical Asia and the Caribbean. In its most severe form, it can cause vomiting, high fever, loss of appetite, and abdominal pain, and is deadly in approximately 50% of the cases.Some 50 million people are affected each year and about half a million require hospitalization, according to the World Health Organization. Researchers are trying to find a vaccine but no breakthroughs have occurred yet. For the afflicted, Olive Leaf Extract offers hope that is not available elsewhere.
Candida, Yeast and Fungal ProblemsCandida Albicans is a yeast which normally exists in a certain amount in the intestines. It is a symbiotic relationship -- normally it causes no problems in healthy people. However, once allowed to grow b eyond this amount, in a situation called yeast overgrowth, problems begin. Some health practitioners believe candida overgrowth to be a large problem today, especially in the western world.Candida enters newborn infants during or shortly after birth. Usually, the growth of the yeast is kept in check by the infant's immune system and thus produces no overt symptoms. But, should the immune response weaken, the condition known as oral thrush can occur as a result. By six months of age, 90% of all babies test positive for candida. By adulthood, virtually all humans play host to Candida albicans and are thus engaged in a life-long relationship.
Problems of CandidiasisLaboratory testing is of little use to determine a chronic overgrowth situation. Multiple problems, not just one or two, can be considered an indicator of candida overgrowth (chronic candidiasis), These can be:Fatigue, lethargy, depression, headaches, muscle aches or weakness, joint pain, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, gas, vaginal burning, itching or discharge, prostatitis, endometriosis, infertility, menstrual problems, PMS, anxiety, irritability, drowsiness, lack of coordination, mood swings, insomnia, eczema, itching eyes, psoriasis, sensitivity to foods, itching, cough or recurrent bronchitis, urinary frequency or urgency, burning on urination, recurrent infections, inability to concentrate, skin problems, gastrointestinal symptoms, nervous system problems, recurrent yeast infections in women, allergies, sinus problems, recurrent colds & flu, indigestion, respiratory problems, food cravings, asthma and over or under-weight.
Causes of Yeast OvergrowthDiets high in carbohydrates, sugar, yeast and yeast products, as well as molds and fermented foods provide a ripe breeding ground for candida.Additionally, prolonged exposure to molds, antibiotics and sulfa drugs also pose a threat. For women, taking birth control pills or having multiple pregnancies can raise or lower the body's pH level to provide a favorable environment for growth of candida.Some believe that aspects of our environment allow for a proliferation of candida in our bodies. Examples include stress, poor nutrition, pollution, steroids, antibiotics and hormones in meat.Above all, a compromised immune system is the crucial factor that allows for a yeast overgrowth. The prevalence today of candida may be most directly related to the widespread societal exposure to antibiotics -- from prescriptions for colds, infections, acne, and from additional consumption of antibiotic-treated foods such as meats, dairy, poultry and eggs.The overuse of antibiotics is a widely known fact today. This not only creates a serious situation with regard to pathogenic infection, it is likely also a leading cause of candidiasis in both men and women.
Candida Weakens the Immune SystemOnce begun, if not recognized and treated appropriately, candida overgrowth can result in a self-perpetuating, negative cycle. Large numbers of yeasts can weaken the immune system, which normally protects the body from harmful invaders.Even though candida is part of the ecological balance in the body since birth, it is still recognized by the immune system as a foreign body that needs to be controlled. So, when overgrowth occurs, a chronic stimulation to the immune system results, as an attempt by the immune system to regain control. In time, this may exhaust the immune system, predisposing one to more serious illnesses.The immune system may also be adversely affected by poor nutrition, heavy exposure to molds in the air, as well as an increasing number of chemicals in our food, water and air. Over 10,000 chemicals have been added to the food supply alone that were not there just 100 years ago.In addition, 79 different toxic products are known to be released by candida, which in itself places a considerable burden on the immune system. These get into the bloodstream and travel to all parts of the body where they may give rise to a host of adverse problems.
Removing the Yeast OvergrowthIn the past, various protocols have been used for candida elimination. Prescriptions of nystatin, a yeast-specific antibiotic are common. In numerous people, however, nystatin causes an allergic response.A very restrictive candida diet is almost always prescribed as well. This diet virtually eliminates all yeast-containing or yeast-benefiting products from the diet, such as bread, cereal, wheat, potato, cheese, ketchup, mustard, fermented foods and the like.Suffice it to say that such protocols are inconvenient and difficult to maintain.Olive Leaf Extract produces beneficial results against various yeast problems while being much easier to use, and without any side effects.As shown in the Appendices, Olive Leaf Extract works against Candida krusei NRRL Y-105, thrush (oral candidiasis), vaginitis yeast syndrome, chronic polysystemic candidiasis and other candida and yeast organisms invitro.The only inconvenience using Olive Leaf Extract for candida elimination is a possible Herxheimer reaction. Candida, a single cell fungi, releases powerful poisons as it multiplies, which circulate in the bloodstream causing all kinds of problems.Killing a large amount of yeast at one time, as with Olive Leaf Extract, may overwhelm the body's eliminative capacity.
Fungus ProblemsIt is estimated that more than ten million Americans suffer from disfiguring and painful fungal nail infections. This large number of sufferers makes it one of America's most under-recognized health problems. It is frequently found among people with cancer and diabetes, among athletes, elderly individuals, people who spend considerable time standing or who wear the same shoes day after day, or who wear artificial fingernails. Many drugs lower resistance and are believed to make people more susceptible to infection.Typical anti-fungal medications are very expensive. One drug currently used costs more that $5.00 per capsule.For the first time in 35 years, a new drug has been approved for the condition. It is called Sporanox and is reported to be more effective than previous anti-fungal preparations. But none of these preparations come cheap. The normal dosage of two 100-milligram pills of Sporanox taken daily for three months costs about $900. Older drugs, taken for 12 months or more, cost double or more that amount over the longer duration. Even with the new drug, the condition may return if the medication is stopped.Olive Leaf Extract offers a natural -- and for sure, less expensive -- method of self-treatment.
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