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A Bit of Background

Demodex Folliculorum, also know as Demodicids, are a species of tiny mite that some researchers have recently identified as a profound contributor to hair loss. While we believe that there are other factors affecting those with hair loss, such as diet, genetics, and chemical laden hair care products, many researchers attribute this microscopic critter with much more than just a small role in the plight of hair loss. Demodex has also been called “face mite” as it has been commonly associated with various skin complications of the face, such as Acne Rosacea, blackheads, and other skin irritations.

Varying in size from .1mm to .4 mm long, it lives in your pores and hair follicles, typically on your scalp, cheeks, nose, eyebrows and often in the roots of your eyelashes. Demodicids have worm-like attributes, with tiny claws, and scales over the whole of its body so that it may better anchor itself in the hair follicle. An individual female may lay up to 25 eggs in a single follicle, and as the mites grow, they become tightly packed. When mature, the mites leave the follicle, mate, and lays more eggs. During the day, Demodex mites remain feeding

Patch Your Leaky Gut | Jash Botanicals

When you first hear the term “leaky gut”, you might think of incontinence. However, while not as embarrassing, leaky gut is by far a more serious illness. Chronic stress, intestinal infections, small intestine bacterial overgrowth, environmental contaminants, alcohol, caffeine, poor diet, NSAIDS (e.g. aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen), antibiotics, and other medications can all cause leaky gut syndrome. Recent research indicates that leaky gut may either cause or elevate many other illnesses. What is a Leaky Gut? Our overall health is largely dependant upon the condition of the gut (intestinal) wall. The nutrients we need latch onto carrier proteins. In a healthy gut, the intestinal lining provides your body with a filter that lets carrier proteins pass through it, yet blocks harmful substances from accessing the bloodstream. When the intestinal lining is damaged, the gut becomes more permeable (porous). Enlarged spaces allow our bodies to absorb larger than usual protein molecules.

Since these larger protein molecules aren’t supposed to be in the bloodstream, our immune systems see them as invaders and take defensive action beginning the cycle of leaky gut syndrome. The Four Cycles of Leaky Gut Syndrome 1. Food Allergies — Typically, leaky gut syndrome begins with food allergies as white …

Toxic Metals and Autism: Epidemic | Jash Botanicals

The Great Debate

The CDC (Center for Disease Control) defines epidemic as “The occurrence of cases of an illness in a community or region which is in excess of the number of cases normally expected for that disease in that area at that time.”

Recent studies show that ASDs (Autistic Spectrum Disorders) are ten times more prevalent than they were just a decade ago increasing from 1 in 1,000 to 1 in 150. Autism is the second most common developmental disability, next to mental retardation. The presence or absence of an autism epidemic continues to be a hot topic of debate in schools, medical circles, and the media. Moreover, whether or not toxic metals contribute to and/or cause autism adds to the heat of the debate.

Autism is a brain disorder that affects a person’s ability to communicate, form relationships with others, and respond appropriately to the environment. Autism is typically first diagnosed in children between birth and 30 months of age.

Before 1912, There Was No “Autism”

Swiss psychiatrist Eugene Bleuler first used the term in a 1912 journal, developing it from the Greek word autos, meaning “self”. Even so, autism went unrecognized as a specific condition until 1943 …

Grow Herbs In Terra Cotta Strawberry Pot

Upright, terra cotta strawberry pots make perfect pots for growing a variety of different herbs in a small space. A terra cotta strawberry pot planted with herbs is also an eye pleasing way to show off those herbs and makes a beautiful focal point for porch, patio or flower garden.

The only draw back to growing herbs in a terra cotta strawberry pot is that terra cotta dries out easily. That problem can be solved by taking a narrow piece of PVC pipe that is longer than the terra cotta strawberry pot is tall, and drilling several holes in it down the entire length of the PVC pipe. Place the perforated PVC pipe into the center of the terra cotta strawberry pot, then fill the strawberry pot with planting soil. Water and feed your herbs through the perforated PVC pipe to ensure water and food are reaching all the way down to the bottom herbs growing in your strawberry pot.

When you plant herbs in the sides of the terra cotta strawberry pot, place the root ball of the herbs slightly below the hole and firm the soil around the root ball. This will prevent the soil from washing out …

Adaptogenic Herbs: Natures Answer to Depression and Stress | Jash Botanicals

What if you could feel better? Truly better: less anxious, less easily swayed by the stress of everyday life, and more in tune with your body. Does this sound too good to be true? Herbal adaptogens are designed by nature to do just that. Although many herbs are touted for their stress and depression-busting properties, not just any herb can be properly called an herbal adaptogen. Herbal adaptogens are a remarkable group of herbs that are rightly known as nature’s answer to depression and stress.

What Makes an Herb an Adaptogen?

A Russian scientist named N.V. Lazarev first coined the term ‘herbal adaptogen’ in 1947. Later, the holistic Russian doctor named I.I. Brekman enumerated the specific criteria that a plant must meet before being labeled as an herbal adaptogen. The criteria is as follows:

    1. The herb must not cause harm or place additional stress on the body.

2. The herb must help the body adapt to a variety of stresses, both environmental and psychological in nature.

3. The herb must work in a nonspecific way. That is, it should support the whole body, including all the major systems (nervous, immune, hormonal, etc.), and help regulate all the body’s functions.

Health or Harm: The Truth About High Dose EDTA Chelation Therapy | Jash Botanicals

Nowadays, detoxification therapies — and particularly chelation therapies — have grown increasingly popular. Unfortunately though, High Dose EDTA Chelation Therapy is giving more effective (not to mention less harmful) chelation therapies a “bad name” in many circles. Most recently, some folks have been misled into believing that High Dose calcium-EDTA Chelation Therapy can reduce or eliminate atherosclerosis, and more importantly for the scope of this article—chronic heavy metal toxicity.

Rapid Injection of Calcium-EDTA is Dangerous and Unproven

The title above appears atop a page of the Mount Rainer Clinic. The article that follows it was written by Elmer M. Cranton, M.D., a much respected doctor in the field of holistic and alternative medicine. Dr. Cranton advises against the use of High Dose EDTA Chelation Therapy saying in his article, “Calcium-EDTA has no proven benefit in the treatment of age-related diseases, coronary heart disease or atherosclerosis,” and adding that rapid infusion of a full dose of EDTA is “potentially dangerous”.

Dr. Cranton goes on to remind his reader that a slow 3-hour infusion is “the only safe way to administer a full therapeutic dose of intravenous EDTA.”

Among Cranton’s many credentials is a past presidency of the American College for Advancement

Mercury Toxicity and Its Many Faces

The Rise of Mercury Awareness

When describing mercury toxicity, one well-known phrase creates a vision of one of its many faces.

“Mad as a hatter. “

You might think the phrase was coined by Lewis Carroll in his 1865 release of Alice in Wonderland, but actually “mad as a hatter” originated because of mercury toxicity and felt hats, like the top hat.

Beaver fur with its serrated edges, easily mats into felt fabric, but hatters treated less expensive furs, like rabbit, with mercury nitrate to roughen them and make the fur fibers more easily mat into felt. Later in the process, hats were steamed, vaporizing the mercury, a process that released it into the air and consequently into the hatter’s lungs.

Accumulations of the heavy metal caused kidney and brain damage. Hatters displayed both physical and mental symptoms of mercury toxicity including tremors (hatter’s shakes), loss of coordination, slurred speech, irritability, loss of memory, and depression. This condition was called “the mad hatter syndrome”.

Although hatters no longer use mercury, mad hatter syndrome is still a common description of the symptoms of mercury toxicity and mercury is still widely used today in the manufacture of many common products.

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The Benefits of Aloe Vera | Jash Botanicals

The Egyptians described aloe vera as the “plant of immortality” and incorporated it into their funeral offerings and was often buried with the pharaohs. In the last ten years, medical research has corroborated and broadened many of the health claims for these dagger-shaped leaves.

This wonderful “potted physician” as it is sometimes called made its way from Africa to North America in the sixteenth century. We are talking about aloe vera, in case you have not figured it out yet. The name aloe vera actually means “shining bitter substance,” and was highly regarded as a master healing plant long before it came to us.


The leaf of the aloe vera plant is filled with gel, comprised of 96% water with the remaining 4% containing 75 known compounds. It is utilized topically to treat wounds, consumed as a liquid and is even taken in capsule form. However, aloe’s notoriety frequently stops short with its common usage as a topical burn therapy—but if you read on, you might be surprised at the extent of aloe’s medicinal capacity.

Aloe and Your Skin

When used for wounds, aloe vera gel is a gentle anesthetic that alleviates itching, swelling, and pain. In addition, it is