Archive for November, 2014

World Health Organization: Democratic Republic of Congo is Ebola-free

Ebola has officially been eradicated from the Democratic Republic of Congo, the World Health Organization declared Friday, even amid fresh concerns about the deadly virus in places like Sierra Leone and Mali.

The United Nations health agency cleared the DRC for Ebolabecause 42 days had passed since tests came back negative on the last person with the disease and there have been no other cases since.

The WHO credited the central African country’s leadership and effective coordination, including steps to monitor those with the disease and the people they had been in contact with, for the milestone. This marks the seventh Ebola outbreak in the DRC since the virus was first identified in 1976, the agency said.

The Democratic Republic of Congo has had 38 confirmed and 28 probable reported Ebola cases in recent months. Of those, 49 people — including eight health care workers — have died.

The DRC’s Ebola cases aren’t related to those in hard-hit West Africa, though they come at a time when many around the continent are dealing with the same disease. The DRC joins other countries, such as Nigeria andSenegal, that the WHO has declared Ebola-free in recent weeks.

This good news notwithstanding, Ebola remains a very real threat elsewhere, particularly in West Africa. And in some places, things are getting worse.

That includes Mali, where the first case of Ebola came from a 2½-year-old girl who’d crossed the border. Then there was a 70-year-old grand imam who came from Guinea to Bamako, where he died on October 27, prompting authorities to try to track down hundreds who were in contact with him.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called “the new trail of transmissions in Mali … a cause of deep concern,” announcing that WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan will head to the country to assist officials there.

“We must smother this little fire, this little smoke before it gets out of control,” Chan said. “… I am confident that, if we work together as one, we will be able to bring this outbreak under control.”

Six Ebola cases have been reported so far in Mali. Contrast that with Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, home to the vast majority of more than 15,000 Ebola cases and over 5,000 deaths in recent months, according to a WHO report out Friday.

French President Francois Hollande plans to spend November 28-30 in that stricken region — including a visit to Guinea, a former French colony — to address how to combat the virus, the Elysee Palace announced Friday.

France is giving more than $40 million to set up Ebola treatment centers in Guinea, as well as to send medical and related equipment to that and other West African nations.

Yet that’s just a fraction of what’s been requested to help fight the disease. The United Nations this year launched a $1 billion campaign to fight Ebola, but so far, it has fallen well short of that goal.

UN’s fast-track Ebola fund falls woefully short

U.N Under-Secretary-General Kandeh Yumkella told CNN’s Richard Quest on Thursday that he is “cautiously optimistic” that Ebola will be brought under control, pointing, for example, to successes containing the disease in Liberia and increased awareness in some of the hardest-hit areas.

But he also said that “infection rates are increasing exponentially” in parts of Sierra Leone, particularly its capital of Freetown. The U.N. official said the future rests in part on what and how much the international community does to help corral the virus.

Talking about Freetown, the former Sierra Leone trade minister said, “If you look at the spike in the capital, we cannot afford one minute of complacence, whether locally or internationally.”

Chan echoed this view Friday for all areas now battling Ebola, saying “we must maintain our vigilance” given that for all the places where the outbreak appears to be stabilizing, new cases are still popping up elsewhere.

But if the international community, local leaders and the residents of Africa do their part, Ban said, there’s hope that Ebola can be beaten.

“If we continue to accelerate our response,” the U.N. leader said, “we can contain and end the outbreak by the middle of next year.”




Homemade Syrup For Expelling Mucus

This home syrup will help you eliminate the mucus in your lungs, and the best thing is that it is also great for children.



  • 1 tbsp marshmallow root (Althaea officinalis)
  • 1 tbsp flaxseed
  • 1 tbsp sage
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1 quart filtered water
  • 1 cup of Pure Maple Syrup



  1. Put the water in a small saucepan, then add the pure maple syrup.
  2. Preheat the pure maple syrup on a medium heat.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients and turn the heat on low.
  4. After 15 minutes take the saucepan off the heat and strain.
  5. Take a tablespoon of the syrup three times a day.
  6. Use it until you feel some improvement and your cough is gone. Keep the syrup in your fridge.



Source: Real Farmacy

Vegetable Juices that Improve Skin Quality

Carrot Juice: One of the best vegetable juices for glowing skin, the carrot juice, is very rich in Vitamin A. Carrots are also rich in fiber and enable smooth bowel movement. It provides long term benefits for the skin and effectively slows down skin aging, making it appear younger and radiant.


Tomato Juice: One of the most common juices prepared in almost every household is tomato juice. Tomato is considered both a fruit and vegetable. It is used to add flavor to a variety of dishes. Tomato juice is great for the body as it is devoid of cholesterol and contains potassium. Tomato is mostly known for the abundant proportions of lycopene present in it. Lycopene is famous for possessing anti-cancerous properties. Tomato is rich in Vitamin C and really great for your skin. 


Baby Corn Juice: This is widely popular as a soup but its juice is also great for obtaining glowing skin. This is a very healthy option for those who like fluid diets owing to the high calorific value it holds. Baby corn provides roughage and adds bulk to our food. It is considered very useful for digestion. It contains Vitamins A and C, thus making it a beneficial vegetable juice for glowing skin.


Green Peas Juice: This vegetable is extensively used in many vegetarian dishes. Green peas are rich sources of Vitamins B6 and K. The presence of folic acid in it makes it a staple food for our body. The juice prepared from green peas is very nutritious Due to its anti- oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, it is really effective in making the skin radiant and glowing.


Spinach Juice: Spinach is also an ideal vegetable which can be used to prepare soups as well as juices. Being highly enriched with Vitamin K, it is excellent for bone health. Iron is present in abundance in spinach; this is what makes it an ideal food for the skin as well. Iron is essential for the production of red blood cells in the body. Vitamins like C and E along with the mineral, manganese act as great antioxidants for the skin and keep the free radicals away from the body. These free radicals are largely responsible for lifeless and dull-looking skin.

Broccoli Juice: Popularly known as Green Cauliflower, this is another ideal vegetable that is widely used by health-conscious people. It is known to possess the highest amounts of nutrients among all vegetables. This fibrous vegetable is very rich in Vitamin C that is required for healthy skin. Being a vegetable that is low on cholesterol, it is extremely nutritious and beneficial for the body and skin.

Four Foods for Hormone Balance

Basing meals off clean protein, hormone-balancing healthy fats, antioxidant-rich vegetables, and healing herbs will help your body thrive. Choose one food from each category for an easy, hormone balancing, skin healing, meal.


  1. Clean protein
  • Soaked or sprouted nuts
  • Beans
  • Seeds
  • Quinoa
  • Lentils
  • Organic pasture-raised/grass-fed chicken, turkey, beef, bison, elk, pasture-raised eggs
  • Wild caught fish
  1. Hormone-balancing healthy fats
  • Coconut oil (and all coconut products for that matter). It contains lauric acid, which is incredibly healing to the skin and extremely beneficial for hormonal production. It also kills bad bacteria and viruses in the body, provides a quick source of energy, is easy to digest, and speeds up metabolism.
  • They’re rich in healthy fat that helps our body absorb and use nutrients They are also full of fiber, potassium, magnesium vitamin E, B-vitamins, and Folic acid – all essential for maintaining hormonal balance in the body.
  • Raw butter/ghee. They provide a rich source of fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K2. These nutrients are key building blocks for hormonal production. Butter provides great amounts of short- and medium-chain fatty acids, which support immune function, boost metabolism and have anti-microbial properties; meaning, they fight against bad bacteria and viruses in the body.
  • Egg yolks. They’re rich in countless vitamins and minerals including: A, D, E, B2, B6, B9, iron, calcium, phosphorous, potassium and choline which all contribute to a healthy reproductive system, hormonal balance, and healthy skin. The choline and iodine in egg yolks are also crucial for making healthy thyroid hormones.
  • Nuts and seeds. Soaked nuts and seeds, olives and olive oil, fermented cod liver oil, hemp seed oil, flax-seed oil, and raw cultured dairy products.
  1. Antioxidant-rich vegetables
  • Look for anything dark green: asparagus, broccoli, spinach, collard greens, cabbage, cucumbers, kale, cilantro, etc.
  • Opt for brightly colored veggies: green, red, yellow, and orange bell peppers, red cabbage, red/white onions, tomatoes, and carrots.
  • Don’t overlook starchy vegetables: sweet potatoes, spaghetti squash, yucca, beets, artichokes, butternut squash, and turnips.
  1. Healing spices & herbs
  • Cinnamon
  • Turmeric
  • Cayenne
  • Cumin
  • Garlic
  • Ginger


If your body has the nutrients it needs to be in hormonal balance, it will be. You’ll experience glowing skin, stable moods, fertility, and consistent energy. Our bodies have an incredible ability to heal and be in balance, when given the nutrients they need to flourish.