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Fall 2014 Newsletter

Welcome luminous beings!

This summer Dr. Elena Loboda led an expedition to sacred sites and places of power of Buryatia (Russia) and Mongolia. This is what she wrote afterwords:

“Yes, it was a real expedition. Huge number and variety of Forces, but obtained through inspection, testing, overcome…We were in places very remote from any whatsoever civilization…Very much alive and conscious forms of nature, natural spirits, astral-etheric traces of ancient civilizations and energy cluster fields created by ancient and modern practitioners of different lineages…All of those energies will be for a long time (maybe years) digesting and absorbing by participants at all levels of their organisms. Wonderful experience!”

See pictures from the expedition on .
Current Schedule
Workshops Fall 2014 East Coast:
  •  November 21, 2014: New York, NY
    Mini-workshop “The Art of Perfecting – The Power of Integrity”
    We are now in the process of transition to a new level of perception and awareness. The intensity of cosmic awakening and transforming energy continues to grow. There is no possibility to avoid changes in the structure of the physical, energetic and mental bodies. To be able to do it right, without harming yourself, we need the further and deeper purification, liberation from old energetic patterns and mental structures and concepts. And we need multidimensional integration.
    Friday, November 21, 2014 lecture & meditation, 7:00-9:30 PM, $35
    CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing)
    123 4th Ave, 2nd FL (between 12th & 13th St, above “Think Coffee”), New York, NY 10003
  • November 22, 2014: Brooklyn, NY
    Workshop “The MIRROR of AWARENESS – Creation by intent! The ancient heritage of the Northern sacred Knowledge”
    Our life, health, relationships, work, feelings and fulfillment 90% dependent and literally create by level of evolution our consciousness and purity of sub consciousness. This is our work and nobody can do it for us. We need carefully and assiduously work with our karmic traces and seeds by expending farther and deeper light of our awareness and thinning our sensations. Only when our consciousness grows spherically, to all directions of perception, we will achieve real changes, healing and progress. And we will able to make changes in the world.
    Saturday, November 22, 2014 – workshop, 11 AM-6 PM, $130
    61 Mayberry Promenade, Staten Island, NY 10312
    Please RSVP for carpool and lunch.
  • November 23, 2014: Brooklyn, NY
    Workshop “Power of mastering your conscious decision”
    Do you know the purpose of your life? Why were you born here on this beautiful plane of existence to live together with so many people and other creatures during this specific time? Are you aware of what you truly need for your health, wealth and personal development? Is it important to you to awaken your ability to see clearly your purpose in life and the available means to achieve it in the setting of your life circumstances?
    Sunday, November 23, 2014 – workshop, 11 AM-6 PM, $130
    Brighton Yoga Studio, 524 Brighton Beach Ave, 2nd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11235
  • November 24, 2014: Brooklyn, NY
    Mini-workshop “Who am I:the Path and society”
    Monday, November 24, 2014 – lecture & Q&A session, 7:00-9:30 PM, $35
    4497 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11235
Retreat Fall 2014 West Coast:
  • November 26-30, 2014:
    Cazadero Hills, North Sonoma Coast, CA

    Retrieve Fullness of the Soul. Fasting with support of herbal tea.
    The stress-filled lifestyle of modern civilization has impacted our physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual well-being. We are challenged to make a quantum leap in our consciousness by “detoxifying’ on all those levels. The best practice for it is Transformational Fasting. It allows one to break away from the habitual pattern of getting energy solely from food and open to the possibility for direct absorption of the Natural Elements’ Energy. Through fasting the body becomes a portal to enter higher states of consciousness and connect to divine frequencies.
    Wednesday, November 26, 2014 – Sunday, November 30, 2014 (3-5 days) – daily 11:00AM – 6:00PM, $130/day
    RSVP required:
    If you would like to participate, please register in advance. Upon registration you will receive a description of preparation, which is necessary to start a week before the retreat.
Light & Love,
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Spring 2014 Newsletter

Welcome luminous beings!

The spring equinox (also known as the vernal equinox)  – Thursday, March 20, 2014 – is the time in the earth’s annual cycle around the sun in which day and night are equal in length, before the days finally start to get longer after the dominance of darkness during winter, and life springs forth from death. Its deeper spiritual significance reveals the mysteries of spiritual resurrection.

In Christianity, the spring equinox is the time of the passion, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus. Likewise in ancient Egypt, it is the time of the resurrection of the ancient Egyptian god Osiris; and the resurrection of the Mayan Maize God Hun Hunahpu. The Great Sphinx of Giza, in Egypt, symbol of resurrection, gazes precisely at the rising of the spring equinox sun. The temple of Angkor Wat in Cambodia aligns to the spring equinox, and depicts the scene of the “churning of the milky ocean”—the struggle between the forces of light and darkness. At the temple of the feathered serpent in Mexico at Chichen Itza, the feathered serpent Quetzalcoatl ascends the nine terraces of the pyramid on the spring equinox.

Throughout the world, the spring equinox is a time of great confrontation between the forces of darkness and light, in the death and resurrection of the central deities of sacred teachings throughout the world. It symbolizes what an initiate goes through in a definitive and important stage of self-realization, where the struggle between darkness and light creates the opposition needed to attain immortality. This is symbolized by the dark half of the year on one side of the spring equinox sun, and the light half of the year on the other.

This article is an extract taken from the eBook called The Path of the Spiritual Sun.

Current Schedule

Workshops Spring 2014 East Coast:

Workshop “Traditional techniques of meditation: practice and results.”
Dr. Elena Loboda will describe the different classes of meditation practice (from different traditions), how they are practiced, what the goal and purpose of each type are and what type of meditation practice is most appropriate for what type of person. During the workshop participants will practice some of meditations as an example.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 – workshop, 7:00-9:30 PM, $35
29 Van Sicklen Street, Apt 1B, Brooklyn , NY

Workshop “Transforming negative emotions into blessings.”
The heritage of Arktida holds practices which awaken deep wisdom and inner goodness. Now in this time of deep and fast changes in nature and society, that ancient knowledge will help people to open an inner source to transform themselves, minimize conflict and suffering, maximize their good qualities, and harmonize their lives with the cosmic order.
Thursday, March 13, 2014 – workshop, 7:00-9:300 PM, $35
524 Brighton Beach Ave, 2nd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11235

Workshop “Consciousness Transformation in Ancient Siberian Practices and 5 Universal Elements.”
In Siberian Lineages, as in many ancients traditions, the five elements are considered sacred, the underlying forces of existence. The practitioners of Siberian Traditions use the gates that exist in the human energy system and journey through them to the inner cosmos by entering several levels of emotions, energy and consciousness. These levels connect to Universal elements: Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Space. Practices to restore and balance these five basic elements are used to purify, heal and transform the entire multi-dimensional human organism: body-energy-mind, and all that which affects life circumstances.
Friday, March 14, 2014 – lecture & meditation, 7:30-9:30 PM, $35
New York Open Center, 3а studio, 3 floor, 22 East 30th Street, New York, NY 10016

Workshop “Power of Attention directs energy (ancient practices of Transbaikalia)”
with Didgeridoo Sound Healing Session and organic food lunch
In ancient South Siberian tradition a practitioner uses his/her clear uninterrupted attention to lead flow of different streams of energy through his/her body and space.
In this workshop, using your conscious attention you will connect with Cosmic energy of 7 directions and with Universal consciousness. From invited spectrum of energy-consciousness using your clear attention, movements and breath you will develop and structure your subtle energy body.
Saturday, March 15, 2014 – workshop, 11:00AM-6:00PM, $130
275 Park Ave, Apt 5W, Brooklyn, NY 11205

Workshop “Some laws of development of awareness. From teachings of secret schools”
with organic food lunch
Path as the process of expansion and structuring of consciousness. Cosmic laws applied to Path. Spiral and Integral principles of quantum development. Levels of initiation. Traditional ways of overcoming the transition points. Theory and practice. Errors caused by karma-conceptual linear view of “reality.”
Sunday, March 16, 2014 – workshop, 11:00AM-6:00PM, $130
25 Blueberry Lane,Staten Island NY 10312

Workshop “Receiving the Heart Wisdom”
From the ancient, legendary times to the modern day of vulgar materialism, the knowledge of Heart Wisdom became almost extinct. This Wisdom is not a rationalism of our linear mind. It cannot be explained like any other type of thinking. This wisdom is beyond words, mind created ideals, conclusions, and even emotions. This Silent Primordial wisdom comes to our physical heart directly from the Great Mother of Everything.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 – lecture & meditation, 7:00-9:30 PM, $35
29 Van Sicklen Street, Apt 1B, Brooklyn , NY

Workshop “Sacred Feminine: Sun, Moon, Earth – Power of Circadian Rhythms”
Feminine creative power is the power to manifest that which is beyond control of our Ego consciousness and linear thinking: feelings, sensitivity, emotions and mysterious states of being – such as love, intimacy, connection, belonging, intuitive wisdom, generosity, aliveness, auspiciousness, and joy of existence. It is the power to transform your life from the inside out.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 – lecture & meditation, 7:00-9:30 PM, $35
275 Park Ave, Apt 5W, Brooklyn, NY 11205

Fasting with support of herbal teas.
Registration required!
Let us awaken ancient knowledge of the Pure Soul – alive conscious energy of Self Essence. Purity of Soul cans return us to the fresh, clear, joyful perception of the world and expands consciousness. Human soul, awakened from mirages and hypnosis of society, reveals all its talents, all its best qualities. Interacting with the body, the Pure Soul heals and cleans it and opens the possibility of deep transformation of the body up to the restructuring of DNA. Through fasting the body becomes a portal to enter higher states of consciousness and connect to divine frequencies.
March 21 – 23/25, 2014, Spring Valley, NY
from 11AM to 6PM, $130/day

Travel  Spring 2014:

The Journey to the Places of Power of Peru with Dr.Elena Loboda
We are now passing through the period of 13 years – the gap between eras. It is a unique opportunity for radical personal and global transformation; a powerful time to usher in a new Universal Consciousness. This is the end of the old paradigm and the beginning of the new. Ancient prophecies tell us we are now encountering a vast stream of cosmic energy that is working to elevate our consciousness and transmute our DNA. But we need to do efforts to be prepared to make it happen.
Our journey will be magical pilgrimage to connect and absorb the very ancient Power of Light of beautiful Peru. We will visit places with so ancient energy vibrations, much more before Incas.
April 5 – 19, 2014

Retreat Spring 2014 West Coast:

Fasting with support of herbal teas.
Registration required!
Let us awaken ancient knowledge of the Pure Soul – alive conscious energy of Self Essence. Purity of Soul cans return us to the fresh, clear, joyful perception of the world and expands consciousness. Human soul, awakened from mirages and hypnosis of society, reveals all its talents, all its best qualities. Interacting with the body, the Pure Soul heals and cleans it and opens the possibility of deep transformation of the body up to the restructuring of DNA. Through fasting the body becomes a portal to enter higher states of consciousness and connect to divine frequencies.
April 30 – May 4, 2014, North Sonoma coast, CA

Travel Summer 2014:

Expedition to sacred sites and places of power of Buryatia (Russia) and Mongolia with Dr.Elena Loboda
Our expedition will go to places of ancient civilization, which occupied the territory of the Putorana Plateau in Siberia, reach south to Lake Baikal and to the Gobi and Taklamakan desert. The expedition starts on the sacred Lake Baikal, the largest lake in the world, occupying the deepest cleft of the earth. And will continue through the mountains, deserts and lakes of modern Mongolia. Our goal is to visit and practice on the natural and structured by ancestors the places of Power; and the contemplation and filling energies of beautiful, primordial wildlife, which preserved its purity. Bowing to lake Baikal from Ulan-Ude are we going to Ulan-Bator. We will visit ancient and modern Buddhist temples, museums, memorial Genghis Khan. We will experience the energy of the sacred places of Power: Манзушир, Арджапана, Эйж Haad Mother stone. In the Eastern Gobi: Мөөм обоо (chest)-the place of fulfilment of desires of women; temple- Хамрын Хийд and «Шамбалын Oron» (Shambhala) – the most powerful energy centers in Mongolia and the world. There are 108 stupas-Subargan.  We will visit the cave for meditation in which the great lamas usamitnyuvalysya for 108 days. Near- mountain slope with a magnetic attraction, touch to it heals sickness; petrified trees, of which 60 million years. Farther Хаанбаянзурх – Mountain fulfillment of desires. We will visit the «Чингисийн Khuree» upon the holy mountain Bogdo Khan. 3 other mountains protect Ulan-Bator from all sides, forming a mandala of protection.
August, 2014

For details and to register for events please visit http://www.PolarLight.org.

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Fall 2012 Newsletter

Announcements
  • In October practitioners of New York and New Jersey were excited to host Dr. Elena Loboda with her powerful workshops. During practices permanent students and newcomers felt unusual power and purity of descending upon them energy. It accompanied many deep meditations and was realized as initiations. Even the Dr. Elena was surprised how high and pure were working with us vibrations. Edward Tarashchansky, the founder of “Conscious Living” spiritual center in Brooklyn, NY, left following testimonial after attending the “Receiving the Heart Wisdom” workshop:”Dear Elena, thank you for being a conduit of such High Consciousness. Many Blessings your way along this path.”
    Just before the hurricane Sandy Dr. Loboda left East Coast and flew to California where she is going to conduct her healing, Consciousness raising workshops for West Coast practitioners. See schedule below.
  • PolarLightDotOrg channel open on YouTube.
    As promised we published the video captured during Altai expedition this year. Enjoy!

Current Schedule

Workshops Fall 2012 West Coast:
  • November 21 – 25th, 26th, 2012, Cazadero Hills, North Sonoma coast, CAPurification and Retrieval of Fullness of the Soul and optional supporting Fasting.Let us awaken ancient knowledge of the Pure Soul – alive conscious energy of Self Essence. Purity of Soul cans return us to the fresh, clear, joyful perception of the world and expands consciousness. Human soul, awakened from mirages and hypnosis of society, reveals all its talents, all its best qualities. Interacting with the body, the Pure Soul heals and cleans it and opens the possibility of deep transformation of the body up to the restructuring of DNA. Through fasting the body becomes a portal to enter higher states of consciousness and connect to divine frequencies…
Please visit the Calendar page of PolarLight.org for additional details, to view printable flyers and to register for workshops. All workshops are open to public. Do not hesitate to invite your friends, but please be mindful and let us know you are coming.
If you would like to subscribe to the blog and receive notifications of new posts by email please visit the News of Polar Light blog’s Home page and sign up. Blog posts are also reflected on the Polar Light’s Facebook page.
Light & Love,
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Summer/Fall 2012 Newsletter

Announcements
  • This summer a group of brave practitioners led by Dr. Elena Loboda traveled deep into Altay mountains located in South Siberia, Russia to connect to sacred power of Belukha, the White Goddess Mountain.Indescribably beautiful, the Altay Mountains in Southern Siberia are the land of the ancient civilization built by descendants of Arktida, the Hyperborian. Belukha is a natural temple held sacred for thousands of years.Until our time people have lived no closer to Belukha than a distance of 3 days hiking. This is one of the purest places on our planet. The ecosystem of Altay Mountains is so clean that you can drink water directly from its rivers. Native people hold this place of tremendous power in deep respect for the clarity of Cosmic Primordial Energy available here.During this incredible journey the group has visited beautiful valleys, ancient ceremonial sites, cliffs etched with petroglyphs, stone circles and met with Akkem local people – shamans, yogis, hermits.We invite you to visit the Travel section of PolarLight.org to enjoy photos taken during the trip.
  • PolarLightDotOrg channel open on YouTube.
    Here you find videos, shot during last year’s expedition to the Altai, and the practice “Meditation of Oneness” in four languages.
    Later, we will publish the video captured during Altai expedition this year.

Current Schedule

Workshops Fall 2012 East Coast:

  • October 12-13, 2012, Manhattan/Brooklyn, NY
    Lecture and workshop “Receiving the Heart Wisdom.”
    …From the ancient, legendary times to the modern day of vulgar materialism, the knowledge of Heart Wisdom became almost extinct. This Wisdom is not a rationalism of our linear mind. It cannot be explained like any other type of thinking. This wisdom is beyond words, mind created ideals, conclusions, and even emotions. This Silent Primordial wisdom comes to our physical heart directly from the Great Mother of Everything…

    Friday, October 12, 2012 – Lecture 7:30-9:30 PM, $25
    CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing)
    123 4th Ave, 2nd FL (between 12th & 13th St, above “Think Coffee”), New York, NY

    Saturday, October 13, 2012 – Full day workshop 11AM – 5:30PM, $130
    Yoga Studio, 2 West End Ave, Suite #3, Brooklyn, NY

  • October 14, 2012, Brooklyn, NY
    Lecture and workshop “Sacred Feminine: Power of Lunar Circadian Rhythms.”
    …Feminine creative power is the power to manifest that which is beyond control of our Ego consciousness and linear thinking: feelings, sensitivity, emotions and mysterious states of being – such as love, intimacy, connection, belonging, intuitive wisdom, generosity, aliveness, auspiciousness, and joy of existence. It is the power to transform your life from the inside out…
    Note: Workshop will consist of two parts: morning – lecture and preliminary practices; afternoon – deep practices and meditation.

Full day workshop 11AM – 5:30PM, $130
Yoga Studio, 2 West End Ave, Suite #3, Brooklyn, NY

  • October 16, 2012 Brooklyn, NY
    Mini-workshop with deep meditation “Transforming negative emotions into blessings.”
    …The heritage of Arktida holds practices which awaken deep wisdom and inner goodness. Now in this time of deep and fast changes in nature and society, that ancient knowledge will help people to open an inner source to transform themselves, minimize conflict and suffering, maximize their good qualities, and harmonize their lives with the cosmic order…

Lecture & meditation, 7:30PM – 9:30PM, $35
Yoga Studio, 2 West End Ave, Suite #3, Brooklyn, NY

  • October 17, 2012 Brooklyn, NY
    Mini-workshop with deep meditation “Power of mastering your conscious decision.”
    …Spiritual integrative practices based on a direct perception of the world’s energy vibrations activate the healing frequencies and stimulate unfolding of consciousness. As the planet is undergoing rapid and profound changes, this knowledge is needed to allow people to harmonize their lives with the cosmic order. This is the next step in human evolution – an integrative evolution of consciousness…

Lecture & meditation, 7:30PM – 9:30PM, $35
Yoga Studio, 2 West End Ave, Suite #3, Brooklyn, NY

  • October 26, 2012 Brooklyn, NY

Mini-workshop with deep meditation Purification and Retrieval of Fullness of the Soul.
…Purity of Soul returns us to the fresh, clear, joyful perception of the world and expands consciousness. Participants will be able to discover the inner source for purification, healing and transformation of Self to live authentic lives…

Lecture & meditation 7:30-9:30 PM, $25
CRS (Center for Remembering & Sharing)
123 4th Ave, 2nd FL (between 12th & 13th St, above “Think Coffee”), New York, NY

Retreat Fall 2012 East Coast:
  • October 19-21 (or 23), 2012, Marlboro, NJ
    “Fasting with Purification and Retrieval of Fullness of the Soul.”
    …Through fasting the body becomes a portal to enter higher states of consciousness and connect to divine frequencies. On the base of fasting we will practice Purification and Retrieval of Fullness of the Soul. Purity of Soul returns us to the fresh, clear, joyful perception of the world and expands consciousness. Participants will be able to discover the inner source for purification, healing and transformation of Self to live authentic lives…
    Note: If you would like to participate, please register in advance. Upon registration you will receive a description of preparation, which is necessary to start a week before the retreat.
    Package Discount: Any full day workshop + Fasting retreat: For those participating in both events 20% discount is offered on a workshop (paid in full together).
Workshops Fall 2012 West Coast:
  • November 21 – 25th, 26th, 2012, Cazadero Hills, North Sonoma coast, CA
    Purification and Retrieval of Fullness of the Soul and optional supporting Fasting.
    Let us awaken ancient knowledge of the Pure Soul – alive conscious energy of Self Essence. Purity of Soul cans return us to the fresh, clear, joyful perception of the world and expands consciousness. Human soul, awakened from mirages and hypnosis of society, reveals all its talents, all its best qualities. Interacting with the body, the Pure Soul heals and cleans it and opens the possibility of deep transformation of the body up to the restructuring of DNA. Through fasting the body becomes a portal to enter higher states of consciousness and connect to divine frequencies…
Please visit the Calendar page of PolarLight.org for additional details, to view printable flyers and to register for workshops. All workshops are open to public. Do not hesitate to invite your friends, but please be mindful and let us know you are coming.
If you would like to subscribe to the blog and receive notifications of new posts by email please visit the News of Polar Light blog’s Home page and sign up. Blog posts are also reflected on the Polar Light’s Facebook page.
Light & Love,
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Meditate on This: the Practice Can Heal You in Less Than 11 Hours

The sense of spiritual consciousness, connecting to something greater than oneself, is one of the most intoxicating realms a human can enter. Across the millennia, such experiences have shaped the lives of individuals and, upon occasion, whole cultures. The question for science is not to deny them, but to seek to understand the processes by which they occur and the domain into which they lead us. Central to these true stories is a special state of mindfulness, what the psychologist Charles Tart described in his classic 1972 Science paper as a state of consciousness.

Although these experiences, when they happen spontaneously, are often one-time events, almost every human culture on earth has developed practices, usually in a spiritual or religious context, for attaining this state. Similarly, all the martial arts have this component of mindful discipline, a practice of focusing intentioned awareness. Collectively, we have come to call these practices meditation.

Of all the things that you can do to know yourself, nothing will serve you as well as developing the practice of meditation. Although meditation is often associated with Asian cultures, it is not Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim, Satanic or any faith at all. It can be done in the name of any of these faiths, or without faith in a religion — as distinct from a spiritual sense. Meditation is a single term defining many practices.

Read the Full Article on Huffington Post

Source:  Stephan A Schwartz

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The Gerson Institute – Alternative Cancer Treatment. Juicing

The Gerson Therapy is a natural treatment that activates the body’s extraordinary ability to heal itself through an organic, vegetarian diet, raw juices, coffee enemas and natural supplements.

With its whole-body approach to healing, the Gerson Therapy naturally reactivates your body’s magnificent ability to heal itself – with no damaging side-effects. The Gerson Therapy is a powerful, natural treatment that boosts your body’s own immune system to heal cancer, arthritis, heart disease, allergies, and many other degenerative diseases. One aspect of the Gerson Therapy that sets it apart from most other treatment methods is its all-encompassing nature. An abundance of nutrients from thirteen fresh, organic juices are consumed every day, providing your body with a superdose of enzymes, minerals and nutrients. These substances then break down diseased tissue in the body, while enemas aid in eliminating the lifelong buildup of toxins from the liver.

Throughout our lives our bodies are being filled with a variety of disease and cancer-causing pollutants. These toxins reach us through the air we breathe, the food we eat, the medicines we take and the water we drink. As more of these poisons are used every day and cancer rates continue to climb, being able to turn to a proven, natural, detoxifying treatment like the Gerson Therapy is not only reassuring, but necessary.

Read more from the source: the Gerson Institute

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Herpes – Why is Conventional Medicine Ignoring the Obvious Solution?

Search the mainstream medical journals, even search the Internet, and you won’t find this undeniably simple answer.

Everywhere you look, conventional medicine is singing the same tune: the Mayo Clinic, the Berkeley Wellness Letter, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Institutes of Health all say that even though there is no cure for  herpes, the best way to prevent or treat the symptoms is with antiviral medications like acyclovir (sold under the trade name Zovirax), famciclovir (Famvir), or valacyclovir (Valtrex).

They recommend one of two basic approaches: episodic therapy (that is, taking the medicine whenever you experience an outbreak) or suppressive therapy (taking the medicine daily to minimize the chances of recurrent or future outbreaks). Suppressive therapy for herpes means huge profits for drug companies, particularly since these medicines are expensive—there is no generic version for Acyclovir as yet, and a one-month supply of Valtrex costs around $200. There is also the small problem that these drugs do not work very well—and antiviral drugs tend to lead to drug-resistant superbugs.

But conventional medicine ignores the obvious natural prescription: get a vitamin D test!

Vitamin D is a powerful natural antiviral, which is why we bang the drum about vitamin D therapy for colds and especially flu every chance we get. Research from the University of Copenhagen shows that vitamin D activates the immune system by arming T-cells to fight off infections. Without vitamin D, the immune system’s T-cells remain dormant, offering little or no protection against invading microorganisms and viruses. But with vitamin D in the bloodstream, T-cells begin seeking out invaders, which are then destroyed and carried out of the body. You may recall the Japanese study we told you about in June which found that vitamin D was more effective than a vaccine in preventing flu, including pandemic flu. The report, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that school children taking vitamin D were 58 percent less likely to catch influenza A. By contrast, antiviral drugs such as oseltamivir (Tamiflu) and zanamivir (Relenza) reduced rates of infection by only 8 percent. Even vaccines had success rates significantly lower than the 58 percent achieved by vitamin D.

Our vitamin D–mediated immune response has been with us through more than 60 million years of pre-human and human evolutionary selection, as research from Ohio State demonstrates. Vitamin D is critical to our survival.

The problem is that a whopping 59 percent of the population is deficient in vitamin D, according to research published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. Moreover, nearly 25 percent of the study subjects were found to have critically low levels of vitamin D.

According to John Cannell, MD, founder of the non-profit Vitamin D Council, “Current research has implicated vitamin D deficiency as a major factor in the pathology of at least seventeen varieties of cancer as well as heart disease, stroke, hypertension, autoimmune diseases, diabetes, depression, chronic pain, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, muscle weakness, muscle wasting, birth defects, periodontal disease, and more.” All of this is in addition to viral and bacterial infections.

Type 1 herpes (cold sores) is thought to afflict a majority of the US population, genital herpes perhaps a quarter. For anyone plagued by herpes, and for everyone as we head into flu season, it’s essential that you are getting enough vitamin D. So please get your vitamin D level checked! If it is less than optimal—levels should be between 50–80 ng/ml, year-round—take a vitamin D supplement (be sure it’s D3—cholecalciferol), get your blood retested to verify that you’re taking the proper dosage, and get sufficient exposure to the sun. (Such exposure may not produce vitamin D in the winter, depending on where you live, or if you sunbathe too early or too late in the day.)

Besides vitamin D, there are a number of other natural ways to increase the odds of avoiding herpes outbreaks:

  • Eliminate sugar and white flour from your diet. They interfere with your immune system’s ability to fight outbreaks and new infections.
  • Identify any food allergies or sensitivities, and adopt an allergy-free diet.
  • Avoid foods (like cashews) that contain L-arginine, because this amino acid may facilitate outbreaks. (This is too bad, because L-arginine may also increase sexual arousal!)
  • Take natural vitamins and minerals: lysine (another amino acid, and a longtime favorite to control herpes), vitamin C, selenium (inhibits the ability of all “herpes-family” viruses to reproduce), lithium (slows down formation of the viral capsid), zinc (boosts the infection-fighting capability of immune system), and vitamin A.

Among natural treatments for active herpes lesions are vitamin C powder and propolis, a natural product found in beehives. The two can be combined. This is somewhat more realistic than the often-mentioned peppermint oil and tea tree oil, because their pungent odor announces their presence—not something you want during a herpes eruption. Lemon balm oil also has some research behind it.

Source: Alliance for Natural Health USA

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