Magic lies in challenging what seems impossible.
INFORMATION FROM THE CANCER CONTROL SOCIETY CONVENTION OF 2017
Magical things happen to us all of the time without us even noticing. Things such as an elevator door opening right as we walk up to it might be classed as magic to some people. It’s all about believing that magic is everywhere. When you open up your eyes to it, you will realize that magical things happen all of the time and that magic really is all around us.
It is easy to believe in magic if we just allow ourselves to believe that magic is within us. We are capable of doing magical things if we just truly believe in ourselves. With true belief in our own capabilities, there really isn’t anything we can’t achieve.
Magic is the power to use supernatural forces to make impossible things happen, such as making people disappear or controlling events in nature. You can also use the word magic when you are referring to an event that is so wonderful, strange, or unexpected that it seems as if supernatural powers have caused it.
Magic can come in many forms, it’s just about what you believe to be magic. It is great to have something to believe in, and magic is a wonderful thing to believe in.
If you believe in magic, then you will lead a wonderful life because magical experiences are usually the best experiences. For Dan and I we have lived a magical life with one another. We face impossible things, but we make them possible. When one door opens another one opens, its magical.
No matter how impossible something may seem, it is never completely impossible. If you put your mind to something and believe in magic, then you will find a way to achieve the impossible. If there is something you want in this world, or something you want to achieve – go for it! Magic can happen anywhere, anytime.
Magic is believing in yourself, if you can do that, you can make anything happen. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
When Dan and I attended the CANCER CONTROL SOCIETY CONVENTION OF 2017, we were overwhelmed with the different types of vendors that had booths there. From vitamins to other products, to professionals with experiences from alternative methods, homeopathic, herbalist, physicians along with representatives of clinics. One booth that caught my eye was Dr. Tony O’Donnell’s with organic turmeric.
Turmeric is a spice widely used throughout Asia and a main ingredient in curries. Due to its yellow color, it’s sometimes referred to as Indian saffron. What’s more, its extensive use in traditional medicine has raised significant interest in its health benefits. Curcumin is the key active ingredient in turmeric.
Turmeric comes from the root of Curcuma longa, a flowering plant of the ginger family. It’s often sold in spice jars. However, if bought fresh, it looks similar to ginger root with a more intense yellow to golden color.
In India, turmeric is used to treat skin conditions, digestive issues and aches and pains. In fact, it’s a staple of Ayurvedic medicine, a form of traditional healing. Turmeric contains many plant substances, but one group, curcuminoids, has the greatest health-promoting effects.
Three notable curcuminoids are curcumin, demethoxycurcumin and bisdemethoxycurcumin. Of these, curcumin is the most active and most beneficial to health.
Curcumin, which represents about 2–8% of most turmeric preparations, gives turmeric its distinct color and flavor. In its own right, curcumin is known for its anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor and antioxidant effects.
Turmeric is used to treat many health problems, such as skin and digestive issues. It contains the active ingredient curcumin, which has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
As curcumin is considered the most active ingredient in turmeric, researchers have begun to isolate it and examine whether it could benefit certain conditions on its own. It has been shown to have strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects and can even support wound healing through its antibacterial effects.
What’s more, both turmeric and curcumin have been found to reduce blood sugars in type 2 diabetes. However, an animal study determined that curcumin was better at minimizing diabetes markers than turmeric.
Curcumin can specifically lower inflammatory markers such as tumor necrosis factor and interleukin 6, which are key contributors to type 2 diabetes.
These are not the only health benefits of curcumin. It may also reduce osteoporosis risk. One animal study found that rats who received turmeric extracts enriched with curcumin-like curcuminoids had preserved bone mass, whereas those who had a lower amount of added curcuminoids showed no effect. However, curcumin is often poorly absorbed and can pass through your gut undigested.
A helpful tip is to add some black pepper to your meals or supplements that contain curcumin. A substance in black pepper called piperine can increase the bioavailability of curcumin by 2,000%.
Curcumin’s potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects may benefit people with diabetes and osteoporosis but its absorption can be poor. Combining curcumin with piperine in black pepper can significantly improve absorption.
There is no official consensus on whether it’s best to take curcumin or turmeric supplements. Most studies that have shown beneficial effects have used extracted turmeric with a high concentration of curcumin or curcumin alone.
When choosing a supplement, it’s important to buy a formula that has been clinically tested and proven to be well absorbed. In a review on joint arthritis, turmeric extracts with 1 gram of curcumin per day showed the greatest benefit after 8–12 weeks. For those wanting to reduce their cholesterol, 700 mg of turmeric extract twice a day may help. One eight-week study found that 2.4 grams of turmeric powder combined with nigella seeds each day reduced cholesterol, waist circumference and inflammation.
Though the research is mixed, one study in athletes found that 6 grams of curcumin and 60 mg of piperine in three divided doses helped reduce muscle damage after exercise. Curcumin is considered to be well-tolerated and has been tested at high doses of up to 12 grams per day. However, it may cause some side effects like gut discomfort and nausea.
Research indicates that turmeric or curcumin supplements with 1–6 grams of curcumin per day may be beneficial. At high doses, there may be digestive side effects.
Turmeric is a golden spice that has been used to treat inflammation, bacterial infections and digestive issues for thousands of years. It contains curcumin, which has proven antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. There is no official consensus on whether it’s best to take curcumin or turmeric supplements.
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Most studies use extracted turmeric with a high concentration of curcumin or curcumin alone. Both turmeric and curcumin can reduce joint inflammation, cholesterol, blood sugar, as well as tumor, fungal and bacterial growth. Make sure you have some black pepper with your turmeric powder or supplement, as this will help improve curcumin’s absorption.
When Dan and I had treatments in Mexico, one of the supplements that we took IV was curcumin. Our home program also contains the supplement of curcumin.
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Until tomorrow, food for thought - that’s the thing with magic. You’ve got to know it’s still here, all around us, or it just stays invisible for you.