Here’s an excerpt from this related story.
A first year watermelon grower in Jianhsu (ying-soo) Province said he sprayed the growth accelerator, forchlorfenuron (for-klor-fen-ur-on) on the melons with hopes to beat his competitors and get his melons to the market faster and the next day. POW! Hundreds had exploded.
This is just another reason to buy organic as a lot of the time, you simply don’t know what’s in the “conventional” produce you’re buying.
flax seed reduced breast cancer size between the time of diagnosis and surgery. The phytoestrogen contained in the flax seed binds to the progesterone receptor, but does not stimulate it. The flax seed phytoestrogen competes with other estrogens that would otherwise stimulate the estrogen receptor. The flax seed phytoestrogen acts as a blocker.
Coffee is a known phytoestrogen that exacerbates fibrocystic breast disease. Since it is a phytoestrogen, decaffinated coffee may still be able to act as an estrogen.
[In clover and alfalfa] Formononetin mimics estrogen [and impairs reproductivity in sheep]
Coumestrol found in sunflower seeds when fed to the mother rat caused permanent reproductive problems in the rat pups….Flax seed oil and Soy oil are known NOT have the active phytoestrogens. Sunflower oil MAY or MAY NOT have active hormone components in it.
Licorice, Red Clover, Yucca, Hops (Beer) and Motherwort - these herbs stimulated estrogen receptor positive breast cancer cells to grow. Red Clover and Yucca were found to be equal in potency to estradiol at the same concentrations. Women who harvest hops for beer begin menstruating 2 days later anecdotally…beer has a significant amount of phytoestrogens that have moderate estrogen activity from hops used in the flavoring of beer.
Bloodroot, Ocotillo, Mandrake, Oregano, Damiana, Pennyroyal, Verbenna, Nutmeg, Tumeric, Yucca, Thyme, Calamus rt., Red Clover, Goldenseal, Licorice, Mistletoe, Cumin, Fennel, Camomille, Cloves… Zava, PhD was able to show that the above herbs are able to bind to the progesterone receptor. These herbs would compete against any natural progesterone taken and should also be avoided. Interestingly enough all the progesterone binding herbs were antagonists or neutral meaning they competed against progesterone and worked against it or blocked progesterone. None of them were progesterone stimulators.
Bloodroot, mandrake, pennyroyal, yucca, and mistletoe all have very strong progesterone binding activity and are used as abortifacents (create an abortion), and to bring on menses. Bloodroot was used in England to treat breast cancer 100 years ago, and was used by Native Americans to treat surface tumors. Herbalists today use it to treat breast cancers, nasal polyps, and cervical dysplasia. Mistletoe has been used for 100 years in Europe to treat breast cancer and leukemia.
I mentioned wild carrot/queen anne’s lace in the previous post. More on that here.
This site mentioned pomegranate
Modern testing has shown that pomegranate does have contraceptive effects. However the effectiveness has varied between species, in two studies sited pomegranate reduced fertility in female rats by 50% and in female guinea pigs by an impressive 100%. This does not mean that pomegranate will have the same effect in women, but the possibility for a reduction in fertility defiantly exists.
Both animal types regained their fertility forty days after they stopped receiving pomegranate.
Research has also shown that the highest concentrations of the active substances are found in the seed pulp. Just as the ancients told us in the writings they left behind.
Fennel is also effective.
Modern researchers tested plants of the same genus (Ferula) and found anti-fertility effects ran in the family. Crude alcohol extracts of asafetida and a related plant (Ferula orientalis) were found to inhibit implantation of fertilized eggs in rats by 40% (asafetida) and 50% (F. orientalis). Other Ferula species have produced impressive results; one species F. jaeschikaena was found to be nearly 100% effective in preventing pregnancy when administerd to adult female rats within three days of colitus (penis/vagina intercourse).
wild yam works by thickening the outer covering of the egg’s “shell” so that the sperm are unable to penetrate.
Smartweed leaves (Polygonum hydropiper)
Neem is also very effective - which is relevant to me because I probably get some of it via neem toothpaste. More on Neem here and here. Neem can be effective for women, and here’s the excerpt on how it can be effective for men:
Neem may become the first truly effective birth control “pill” for men (Riar, 1988). Neem leaf tablets ingested for one month produced reversible male antifertility without affecting sperm production or libido (Deshpande, 1980) (Sadre, 1984). In India and the United States, exploratory trials show neem extracts reduced fertility in male monkeys without inhibiting libido or sperm production (Sharma, et al, 1987).
In a test of neem’s birth control effects with members of the Indian Army, daily oral doses of several drops of neem seed oil in gelatin capsules were given to twenty married soldiers. The effect took six weeks to become 100 percent effective, it remained effective during the entire year of the trial and was reversed six weeks after the subjects stopped taking the capsules. During this time the men experienced no adverse side effects and retained their normal capabilities and desires. (Vietmeyer, 1992) There were no pregnancies of any of the wives during the period of the study.
Mayonnaise is a great conditioner for dry hair. Depending on the length of your hair, apply approximately 1/2 cup of mayonnaise to your dry hair. Work into hair really well and then cover your hair with a plastic bag, allowing to set for about 15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly and then shampoo as usual.
Mayonnaise can be made from either vinegar or lemon juice…I’d prefer the vinegar as it seems to have less potential to turn my hair blond. Still, it’s kind of a pain because you need to grab mayo from the fridge when you wash your hair.
You can mix avocado oil, coconut oil, olive oils, and mayo to make a variety of home made conditioners. Other sites mention shea butter.
I think I might try a mix of avocado oil and coconut oil since they are both relatively stable and they are something I can just leave it in a bathroom and experiment with it. I might also add shea butter as that’s easy and stable as well.
Oh and as a background I’m concerned about SLS and other documented toxins in traditional shampoos, so I’m experimenting with food based shampoos, so far with great results.
Why does lemon juice bleach?
Oxidation, oxidation, oxidation. Lemon juice is comprised mostly of citric acid, which happens to be a weak oxidizer. The same reason why sodium hypochlorite (bleach) bleaches your hair is the same reason why lemon juice bleaches your hair. Adding NaCl to lemon juice won’t really do anything. … The salt in the water isn’t really adding to the bleaching effect. … The reason that it “seems” to bleach faster when you’re by salt water is that when you go to the beach, you stay outside the whole time for several hours. When you’re inland, you’re constantly passing through shade and going indoors and outdoors.
hair is a filament of protein that’s produced by a hair follicle and extruded out through the skin. Within the hair follicle populations of cells called melanocytes add forms of melanin called phaeomelanin and eumelanin to the hair, giving it its colour.
But once the hair leaves the follicle and grows out onto your scalp it is beyond the reach of the melanocytes and therefore the melanin it carries cannot be replaced; sunlight falling on the hair can therefore photolyse (break apart) the melanin molecules, bleaching the hair.
So oxidize means chemically combine with oxygen, and an oxidizer is something that facilitates that process. Vinegar is also an oxidizer - so can it lighten hair as well? Saw this:
Use white vinegar to bring out blond highlights and lighten your hair. Apple cider vinegar will bring out auburn tones.
Another site says the same:
apple cider vinegar … will bring out auburn tones in your hair.
Honestly I’m pretty happy with my hair color, and don’t want any changes. I’ve been using apple cider vinegar to help eliminate dandruff - and it’s actually been effective.
I’m pretty young and have no gray hair, but here’s a relatively older man who says Apple Cider Vinegar restored his natural hair color and got rid of his gray hair.
I think this effect is not that strong since most people seem to say that apple cider vinegar helps remove hair dyes and restore natural color. Very few mention the auburn, so we’ll see what happens….