Dr.Tara Skye Goldin's Newsletter Natural Medicine That Gets Results!
September 2007


Fall is finally in the air. I am seeing the first glimmers of color changes in the leaves down here in town while in the high country it is already well underway. I chose the lungs this month according to the Chinese medicine calendar as this is the time of year that lung organ energy is dominant. The lungs have to do with letting go (fall), grief and striving towards perfection which could mean letting go of whatever in your life doesn't work for you anymore. Transitioning well through this time of year can help prevent lung conditions later on during the winter according to this form of medicine . Be well and enjoy the many wonderful fruits of fall !

in this issue
Tips for better Lung Health Biological Activity of Common Mullein, a Medicinal Plant All About Quercetin, one of my favorite antiallergy allies! Food Allergies May Trigger Life-Threatening Asthma Attacks Apple Recipes!

Biological Activity of Common Mullein, a Medicinal Plant

Common Mullein (Verbascum thapsus L., Scrophulariaceae) is a medicinal plant that has been used for the treatment of inflammatory diseases, asthma, spasmodic coughs, diarrhea and other pulmonary problems. The objective of this study was to assess the biological activity of Common Mullein extracts and commercial Mullein products using selected bench top bioassays, including antibacterial, antitumor, and two toxicity assays-- brine shrimp and radish seed. Extracts were prepared in water, ethanol and methanol. Antibacterial activity (especially the water extract) was observed with Klebsiella pneumonia, Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus epidermidis and Escherichia coli. Agrobacterium tumefaciens- induced tumors in potato disc tissue were inhibited by all extracts. Toxicity to Brine Shrimp and to radish seed germination and growth was observed at higher concentrations of the extracts. From the Journal of Ethnopharmacology

All About Quercetin, one of my favorite antiallergy allies!

Quercetin is a flavonoid and more specifically a flavonol. It is the aglycone form of a number of other flavonoid glycosides, such as rutin and quercitrin found in citrus fruit. Quercetin is found to be the most active of the flavonoids in studies,[citation needed] and many medicinal plants owe much of their activity to their high quercetin content. Quercetin has demonstrated significant anti-inflammatory activity because of direct inhibition of several initial processes of inflammation. For example, it inhibits both the manufacture and release of histamine and other allergic/inflammatory mediators. In addition, it exerts potent antioxidant activity and vitamin C- sparing action. From Wikipedia

Food Allergies May Trigger Life-Threatening Asthma Attacks

June 12, 2003 - Food allergies may trigger life- threatening asthma attacks, according to results of a case-controlled study published in the July issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (JACI) and released early on the JACI Web site. Half of children hospitalized for asthma had food allergies, especially to peanuts, compared with 10% of controls. From Medscape

Apple Recipes!

I am rather partial to the apple. This time of year you can get so many wonderful varieties. Organic apple skins are a great source of quercitin (see above article) Also I just read a book about Johnny Appleseed to my son and so apples are on my mind! Here is a link to some recipes that may give you some new ideas about what to do with all of those apples! Yum!

Tips for better Lung Health

1. First of all, if you are a smoker, PLEASE QUIT! Here is a link that may be helpful for those of you who have been unsuccessful in the past. http:// www.cancer.org/docroot/PED/content/ PED_10_13X_Guide_for_Quitting_Smoking.asp Keep trying! I know it's hard!

2. Identify and eliminate your food allergens from your diet. Avoiding food allergens may also help reduce your airborne allergies and asthma symptoms. Gluten , dairy and soy are often big culprits, but it could be anything!

3. Avoid exogenous dust in your living environment. Investing in a HEPA air filter may be a smart move as well as removing carpeting and fabric drapes from your home. Lots of dust mites and mold can accumulate there and exacerbate respiratory conditions. Avoid burning incense which just puts dust and smoke in the air.

4. Get regular cardiovascular exercise. Avoid exercising early in the morning during allergy season as that is when plants are more likely to be pollenating. Cardiovascular exercise will strengthen your heart and lungs.

5. Practice yoga, meditation, prayer , breathing exercises, or stretching as this will calm the mind and reduce stress.

6. Avoid exposure to chemical cleaning supplies, paints, pesticides, herbicides and other toxic substances. These are often inadvertantly inhaled and can damage lung tissue. Chronic exposure to these pollutants may increase your risk of lung cancer.

7. Eat a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables as these contain lots of carotenoids and flavenoid compounds which are nourishing to lung tissue. Also drink lots of fresh clean water. Be well and breathe deeply!

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