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The contents of these pages are to provide consumers with information only and are not intended to diagnose or treat any ailment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other licensed healthcare practitioner before taking any drug or nutraceutical.

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Cancer - Carcinoma
Carcinoma can manifest in the breast, colon, liver, lung, prostate, and stomach. Cancer is a complex disease with no singular, complete cure. However, many natural remedies and herbs may help sustain the body as it fights off the disease.
Celiac Sprue
Also known as Celiac Disease, gluten enteropathy or gluten intolerance, Celiac Sprue is a disease of the auto-immune system due to an inability of sufferers to properly digest gliadin, a gluten protein found in wheat and related grains, such as rye, barley and oats. There is no known cure for the disease and those involved must avoid gluten containing foods for the rest of their life. Celiac Sprue is often mistakenly diagnosed as lactose intolerance, IBS, IBD, Crohn's Disease and other illnesses with similar symptoms.
Chemotherapy
(see Toxin)
Chest Congestion
(see COPD)
Cholesterol
Cholesterol is a vital nutrient for healthy body function. Cholesterol is used by the body in the manufacture of the hormones testosterone, estrogen, progesterone to name just a few. This list is by no means complete. It is also used in myelin sheath formation (covering for nerves). The liver makes approximately 90 percent of the body’s daily cholesterol requirement. The remaining 10 percent is obtained from dietary sources. Cholesterol is usually transported around the body in the blood bound to different proteins. There are two types of protein called HDL (High Density Lipoprotein) or LDL (Low Density Lipoprotein). High LDL, in conjunction with a low HDL has been associated with atherosclerotic plaque formation and hence has been linked to cardiovascular disease. Atherosclerotic plaque formation on the arterial walls causes hardening and narrowing of the arteries which can lead to heart attack and stroke. HDLs carry the cholesterol in the blood and from artery walls to the liver, where it is then excreted through the bile. Therefore, you need to have a high HDL cholesterol level (HDL-C) and a low LDL (LDL-C) cholesterol level to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Fiber is known to bind dietary fat and cholesterol in the gut and thus inhibit their absorption by the body. Increase your intake of anti-oxidants like beta-carotene (a vitamin A precursor), vitamins C and E, soy products, green or black tea to help fight high cholesterol. Anti-oxidants are believed to slow down the development of atherosclerosis. Beta-carotene and vitamin C can be found in citrus fruits and in red, orange and dark green vegetables. Vitamin E is found mainly in cold-pressed oils and nuts.
Chronic Fatigue Symptom - CFS
(see Fibromyalgia)
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease - COPD
COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) is an umbrella term used to describe a group of respiratory diseases characterized by airflow obstruction or limitation. Usually, emphysema, chronic bronchitis and chronic asthma are included top of the list for COPD yet tobacco smoking is a very common cause. Many herbs successfully address the symptoms of this group of diseases.
Cirrhosis
Cirrhosis is a complex and serious disease of the liver and results from damage to liver cells from toxins, inflammation, metabolic derangements and other causes. Damaged and dead liver cells are replaced by a scarring, fibrous tissue. Liver cells regenerate in an abnormal pattern primarily forming nodules that are surrounded by fibrous tissue, resulting in an abnormal liver architecture which can lead to decreased blood flow to and through the liver.
Cold
Is it a cold or the flu? These two ailments often get confused due to their similarity in symptoms. Generally the symptoms of a cold are much more mild than the flu. Common symptoms of a cold are stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat and a cough. Many natural health products may successfully address these most common symptoms.
Constipation
Constipation most commonly refers to infrequent or delayed bowel movements. Symptoms of constipation may include passing stool that is hard and dry, needing to strain to have a bowel movement, the feeling of incomplete evacuation, and sometimes feeling pain during a bowel movement. You may be constipated if you have three or less bowel movements in about a week. Although many people have a daily bowel movement, everyone is different and your body finds its own normal number of bowel movements. The average number of BM’s for adults can vary between three times a day to three times a week. It is a common error for many people to think they are constipated when they are not. Almost everyone will get constipated at some time or another and brief periods of constipation may be normal. Chronic constipation is a problem as it may be painful and indicative of a more serious illness. If chronic constipation is suspected consult a licensed health care practitioner. Some herbs and natural remedies are a very gentle and helpful relief in cases of constipation.
Cough, Chronic
A cough that is chronic may be an indicator of a more serious illness. Please consult a licensed health care practitioner if your cough persists for more than 10 days.
Crohn's Disease
Crohn's disease is a particular type of IBD or Inflammatory Bowel Disease. IBD occurs when the immune system causes damage of the gastrointestinal tract through chronic inflammation. Often confused with IBS, Celiac Sprue and ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease is thought to be an auto-immune condition.
Cystitis
Cystitis is an inflammation or infection of the urinary bladder which in more serious cases can lead to infection of the kidneys or another part of the body. If you suspect a bladder infection contact your licensed health care practitioner for the best treatment options. One may utilize herbs and natural health remedies to assist in overall kidney and bladder health.

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