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Oil of Oregano Research & Studies

Posted in Health on November 15, 2013 by betweentwopines

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    1. The book entitled Beyond Antibiotics: Healthier Options for Families, by Michael A. Schmidt, Lendon H. Smith and Keith W. Sehnert, has an entire section devoted to the antimicrobial (antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral) efficacy of essential plant oils.In this section they state that “one of the advantages essential oils have over antibiotics is that bacteria do not develop resistance to essential oils.” Many essential oils exert their antibacterial effect by interfering with the bacteria’s ability to breathe.

      On the other hand, antibiotics interfere with the life cycle, or metabolism, of bacteria, but since bacteria are very crafty creatures, they change their chemistry and genes, which makes the antibiotic less effective the next time it is used. As a result, new generations of antibiotics will need to be developed to stay ahead of these organisms. Additionally, “another advantage to essential oils is that some actually stimulate immune function.”

      Drs. E. Gildemeister and F.R. Hoffmann are referenced in the book as testing the antimicrobial efficacy of certain essential oils as compared to a medium, phenol. Phenol is an antiseptic substance found in Lysol, Pinesol and Chloraseptic throat spray. The findings were quite a surprise to the investigators. Oil of oregano was the most potent antimicrobial essential oil tested by the investigators, as it proved to be 21 times stronger than the medium.

    1. Volume 18 of the British Naturopathic Journal included an article entitled “Kill and Cure: The Healing Properties of Wild Oregano Oil.” In the article, David Potterton, ND summarized the findings of the world’s foremost expert on oil of oregano, Dr. Cass Ingram. According to Dr. Ingram, “oregano is the Rolls Royce of natural antiseptics”. It is, for example, far more active against noxious urinary pathogens than the typically relied upon natural compounds such as garlic, goldenseal and echinacea.The active ingredient, carvacrol, acts directly upon the mucous membranes of the urinary tract and bladder. It offers the unique advantage of destroying both urinary bacteria as well as yeasts, something that standard antibiotics fail to achieve.” In addition, according to the article, readers should get their hands on a copy of Dr. Ingram’s book The Cure is in the Cupboard: How to use Oregano for Better Health.

      One of Dr. Ingram’s predecessors, renowned scientist H. Martindale, documented that the essential oil of oregano was the most powerful plant-derived antiseptic known. This was back in 1910 when oregano was commonly used to treat illness. Mr. Martindale demonstrated that oregano was 26 times more active as an antiseptic than phenol, a powerful disinfectant used to sterilize hospital equipment.

    1. In 1977, at the Second International Congress of Phytotherapy and Aromatherapy Conference in Monaco, a French doctor named Belaiche unveiled his oregano index, which uses oregano oil as the base reference for comparing the bactericidal action of other substances. The reason he chose oregano oil was because he determined by rigorous laboratory experimentation that out of all natural essential oils, oregano was the closest to an ideal antibacterial agent.Belaiche used the analytical technique of Schroeder and Messing, who measured in millimeters the “halo” of bacterial inhibition caused by specific essential oils in a bacterial culture medium maintained in petri dishes. He tested the ability of essential oils to inhibit bacterial growth as well as to kill bacteria.

      Belaiche chose to use bacterial cultures from sick persons rather than cultures grown in laboratories. He tested essential oils on up to 90 different types of bacteria. Based on these experiments, Belaiche and other French doctors developed an “Aromatogramme,” a chart which measures the halo of inhibition caused by different essential oils on specific bacterial cultures.

      After the studies had been completed, Belaiche concluded that “This aromatic essence (oregano) is almost always the leader. Among the most active oils oregano is the ‘best of the best.’ The essential oil of oregano has always provided me with amazing results in treating infectious diseases. Besides oregano oil’s bactericidal action, it also prevents spasms, convulsions and nervous disorders.

      In my estimation, the antispasmodic qualities help to synergize its wonderful antiseptic powers, which comfort me every time I prescribe it for my patients.” For the complete guide to aiding numerous ailments with oregano, including allergies, asthma, bronchitis, candidiasis, colds, cold sores, diarrhea, the flu, gastritis, psoriasis, sinusitis and dozens of others, consult Dr. Cass Ingram’s book The Cure is in the Cupboard.

    1. In the article “A Serenade for Marinade” published July 5, 1999, in the Knoxville News (Health and Science section), Dr. F. Ann Draughon, a University of Tennessee microbiologist, studied the effects of herbs on food safety.Dr. Draughon found that oil of oregano was the most effective at killing all pathogens tested against, including nine food-borne microbes: Listeria monocytogenes, Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli (commonly known as E-coli), Yersinia enterocolitica, Pseudonomas aeruglinosa, Lactobacillus plantarum, Aspergillus niger, Geotrichum and Rhodotorula.
    1. The Tennessee Food Safety Initiative is a research program jointly supported by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the UT Agricultural Experiment Station.
    1. Has Oregano been tested and evaluated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture? Yes. Oregano had 3 to 20 times higher antioxidant activity than the other herbs studied. Researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture have determined that herbs are higher in antioxidant levels than fruits, vegetables and even spices such as garlic. Shiow Y. Wang, a biochemist at the USDA’s Beltsville Agricultural Center in Beltsville, Maryland, stated in the November issue of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry that the herb “oregano had 3 to 20 times higher antioxidant activity than the other herbs studied.”Additionally, oregano has 42 times more antioxidant activity than apples, 30 times more than potatoes, 12 times more than oranges and 4 times more than blueberries. This is an amazing discovery when considering the health benefits derived from consuming herbs like oregano.

      So what does this all mean for the general public? Antioxidants have become a synonym for good health in recent years. This is because antioxidants are a class of components that fight off the charged molecules known as free radicals, which cause chemical damage in the human body.

      Free radicals are atoms or groups of atoms that cause damage to cells, which can lead to an impaired immune system and infections. Free radicals are also associated with degenerative diseases such as heart disease and cancer. Our bodies produce free radicals as part of the everyday metabolic breakdown of foods we eat.

      Excess free radicals are generated by exposure to radiation, rancid oils (fried foods), food additives (food coloring, sugars), chemicals (pesticides, nitrates added to cured meats) heavy metal pollutants, exposure to UV rays from the sun and smoking. According to researchers at the USDA, the destruction of free radicals “may help fight the occurrence of heart disease and stroke.”

    1. What does the Physicians’ Desk Reference for Herbal Medicines, 1st edition, say about oregano? Indications and Usage: The herb is used for respiratory disorders and complaints such as coughs and bronchial catarrh, and as an expectorant. In folk medicine it is used for dyspepsia, painful menstruation, rheumatoid arthritis, scrofula, urinary tract disorders, and as a diaphoretic. Precautions and Adverse Reactions: No health hazards or side effects are known in conjunction with the proper administration of designated therapeutic dosages.
    1. Are there any concerns about taking oregano and prescription medications at the same time? If you are taking a blood thinner such as Cumadin™, it is recommended that you exercise caution, simply because oregano has a naturally occurring blood-thinning property which could be substituted for the traditional recommendation of an aspirin a day.According to the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database, compiled by the editors of Pharmacist’s Letter and Prescriber’s Letter and available online at, oregano is “likely safe” and has “Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) status in the US.” Possible Interactions with Drugs: The Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database states that “no interactions are known to occur, and there is no known reason to expect a clinically significant interaction with oregano.”

      Possible Interactions with Lab Tests: The Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database states that “no interactions are known to occur, and there is no known reason to expect a clinically significant interaction with oregano.”

    1. In 1977, at the second International Congress of Phytotherapy and Aromatherapy in Monaco, a French doctor named Belaiche unveiled his Oregano Index that uses Oregano oil as the base reference to compare the bactericidal action of other substances. The reason he chose Oregano Oil is because he determined by rigorous laboratory experimentation that, out of all natural essential oils, Oregano was the closest to an ideal antibacterial agent.He used the analytical technique of Schroeder and Messing, who measured the “halo” of bacterial inhibition in millimeters caused by specific essential oils in a bacterial culture medium maintained in petri dishes. He tested both the ability of essential oils to inhibit bacterial growth as well as to kill bacteria.

      Belaiche also chose to use bacterial cultures taken from sick persons rather than cultures grown in laboratories. He tested essential oils on test groups of bacteria that ranged from 20 to 90 different types such as E Coli, Candida, Staph, etc.

      Based on these experiments, Belaiche and other French doctors developed an “Aromatogramme” or a chart measuring the halo of inhibition caused by individual essential oils on specific bacterial cultures. After exhaustive studies he concluded the following statements:

      “This aromatic essence (Oregano) is almost always the leader. Among the most active oils Oregano is the “best of the best…” The essential oil of Oregano has always provided me with amazing results in treating infectious diseases.

      Besides Oregano oil’s bactericidal action, it also prevents spasms, convulsions and nervous disorders. In my estimation, the antispasmodic qualities help to synergize its wonderful antiseptic powers which comfort me every time I prescribe it for my patients. It is surprising that Oregano oil has been known for a long time but is only now being recognized for its therapeutic powers.”

      Belaiche and his colleagues devised a standard to determine which oregano oil would consistently provide therapeutic results. First they determined there were two constituents of Oregano oil, namely Carvacrol and Thymol (technically referred to as phenols}, which proved to be remarkable antibacterial agents. They analyzed Oregano oils from Spain, Morrocco, Italy, and Albania. They observed variations of 22.4% total of Carvacrol and Thymol in Albanian Oregano oil to 66.5% in Spanish Oregano oil.

      After careful study they decided to identify maximal therapeutic Oregano oil as containing a phenol total above 50% with a minimum of 40 % Carvacrol and the rest Thymol. During their tests in the 1970s they chose to work with the Spanish Oregano in the Labiatae family of plants, specifically called Floribundum Mumby, or generally classified as Origanum Vulgare.

      The results of their studies indicate that therapeutic Oregano oil is distinguished by its high percentage of Carvacrol in comparison to Thyme plants which have much more Thymol than Carvacrol. Sometimes different species of Thyme plants are also called Oregano, but they are not as active as real Oregano oil, nor as safe to use for human internal consumption.

  1. Impressive results have been published about Oregano oil’s qualities. Back in 1918, a French scientist named Cavel did research on meat stock cultured in septic tank water. He found that Thyme oil and Oregano oil in very small doses were able to destroy and prevent the development of microbes.In 1992, two researchers at the University of Bologna, Italy (Caccioni and Guizzardi) studied the fungicidal effects of essential oils on harvested fruits and vegetables. They determined that carvacrol derived from Oregano oil was able to almost completely inhibit spore development in fruits and vegetables at very minimal doses.

    Oil from the common herb oregano may be an effective treatment against dangerous and sometimes drug-resistant bacteria, a Georgetown researcher has found. Two studies have shown that oregano oil–and, in particular, carvacrol, one of oregano’s chemical components–appear to reduce infection as effectively as traditional antibiotics. These findings were presented at the American College of Nutrition’s annual meeting October 6 and 7 in Orlando, Fla.

    Harry G. Preuss, MD, MACN, CNS, professor of physiology and biophysics, and his research team, tested oregano oil on staphylococcus bacteria–which is responsible for a variety of severe infections and is becoming increasingly resistant to many antibiotics.

    They combined oregano oil with the bacteria in a test tube, and compared oregano oil’s effects to those of standard antibiotics streptomycin, penicillin and vacnomycin. The oregano oil at relatively low doses was found to inhibit the growth of staphylococcus bacteria in the test tubes as effectively as the standard antibiotics did.

    Another aspect of the study examined the efficacy of oregano oil and carvacrol, which is believed to be the major antibacterial component of oregano, in 18 mice infected with the staph bacteria

    Six of the mice received oregano oil for 30 days, and 50% of this group survived the 30-day treatment. Six received the carvacrol in olive oil, not oregano oil, and none survived longer than 21 days.

    Six mice received olive oil alone with no active agents (the control group) and all died within three days. A repeat study corroborated these findings, which demonstrates that there are components of oregano oil other than carvacrol that have antibiotic properties.

    “While this investigation was performed only in test tubes and on a small number of mice, the preliminary results are promising and warrant further study,” Preuss said. “The ability of oils from various spices to kill infectious organisms has been recognized since antiquity. Natural oils may turn out to be valuable adjuvants or even replacements for many anti-germicidals under a variety of conditions.”

    This study was sponsored by Waukegan, Ill.-based North American Herb and Spice. Georgetown University Medical Center includes the nationally ranked School of Medicine, School of Nursing and Health Studies, and a biomedical research enterprise.


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Federal Reserve Whistleblower Tells America The REAL Reason For Quantitative Easing

Posted in Finance on November 14, 2013 by betweentwopines

By Michael Snyder

A banker named Andrew Huszar that helped manage the Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing program during 2009 and 2010 is publicly apologizing for what he has done.  He says that quantitative easing has accomplished next to nothing for the average person on the street.  Instead, he says that it has been “the greatest backdoor Wall Street bailout of all time.”  And of course the cold, hard economic numbers support what Huszar is saying.  The percentage of working age Americans with a job has not improved at all during the quantitative easing era, and median household income has actually steadily declined during that time frame.  Meanwhile, U.S. stock prices have doubled overall, and the stock prices of the big Wall Street banks have tripled.  So who benefits from quantitative easing?  It doesn’t take a genius to figure it out, and now Andrew Huszar is blowing the whistle on the whole thing.

From 2009 to 2010, Huszar was responsible for managing the Fed’s purchase of approximately $1.25 trillion worth of mortgage-backed securities.  At the time, he thought that it was a dream job, but now he is apologizing to the rest of the country for what happened…

I can only say: I’m sorry, America. As a former Federal Reserve official, I was responsible for executing the centerpiece program of the Fed’s first plunge into the bond-buying experiment known as quantitative easing. The central bank continues to spin QE as a tool for helping Main Street. But I’ve come to recognize the program for what it really is: the greatest backdoor Wall Street bailout of all time.

When the first round of quantitative easing ended, Huszar says that it was incredibly obvious that QE had done very little to benefit average Americans but that it had been “an absolute coup for Wall Street”…

Trading for the first round of QE ended on March 31, 2010. The final results confirmed that, while there had been only trivial relief for Main Street, the U.S. central bank’s bond purchases had been an absolute coup for Wall Street. The banks hadn’t just benefited from the lower cost of making loans. They’d also enjoyed huge capital gains on the rising values of their securities holdings and fat commissions from brokering most of the Fed’s QE transactions. Wall Street had experienced its most profitable year ever in 2009, and 2010 was starting off in much the same way.

You’d think the Fed would have finally stopped to question the wisdom of QE. Think again. Only a few months later—after a 14% drop in the U.S. stock market and renewed weakening in the banking sector—the Fed announced a new round of bond buying: QE2. Germany’s finance minister, Wolfgang Schäuble, immediately called the decision “clueless.”

That was when I realized the Fed had lost any remaining ability to think independently from Wall Street.

Of course the fact that the Fed cannot think independently from Wall Street should not be a surprise to any of my regular readers.  As I have written about repeatedly, the Federal Reserve was created by the Wall Street bankers for the benefit of the Wall Street bankers.  When the Federal Reserve serves the interests of Wall Street, it is simply doing what it was designed to do.  And according to Huszar, quantitative easing has been one giant “subsidy” for Wall Street banks…

Having racked up hundreds of billions of dollars in opaque Fed subsidies, U.S. banks have seen their collective stock price triple since March 2009. The biggest ones have only become more of a cartel: 0.2% of them now control more than 70% of the U.S. bank assets.

But Huszar is certainly not the only one on Wall Street that acknowledges these things.  For example, just check out what billionaire hedge fund manager Stanley Druckenmiller told CNBC about quantitative easing…


This is fantastic for every rich person,” he said Thursday, a day after the Fed’s stunning decision to delay tightening its monetary policy. “This is the biggest redistribution of wealth from the middle class and the poor to the rich ever.

“Who owns assets—the rich, the billionaires. You think Warren Buffett hates this stuff? You think I hate this stuff? I had a very good day yesterday.”

Druckenmiller, whose net worth is estimated at more than $2 billion, said that the implication of the Fed’s policy is that the rich will spend their wealth and create jobs—essentially betting on “trickle-down economics.”

“I mean, maybe this trickle-down monetary policy that gives money to billionaires and hopefully we go spend it is going to work,” he said. “But it hasn’t worked for five years.”


And Donald Trump said essentially the same thing when he made the following statement on CNBC about quantitative easing…

“People like me will benefit from this.”

The American people are still being told that quantitative easing is “economic stimulus” which will make the lives of average Americans better.

That is a flat out lie and the folks over at the Federal Reserve know this.

In fact, a very interesting study conducted for the Bank of England shows that quantitative easing actually increases the gap between the wealthy and the poor…

It said that the Bank of England’s policies of quantitative easing – similar to the Fed’s – had benefited mainly the wealthy.

Specifically, it said that its QE program had boosted the value of stocks and bonds by 26 percent, or about $970 billion. It said that about 40 percent of those gains went to the richest 5 percent of British households.

Many said the BOE’s easing added to social anger and unrest. Dhaval Joshi, of BCA Research wrote that  “QE cash ends up overwhelmingly in profits, thereby exacerbating already extreme income inequality and the consequent social tensions that arise from it.”

And this is exactly what has happened in the United States as well.

U.S. stocks have risen 108% while Barack Obama has been in the White House.

And who owns stocks?

The wealthy do.  In fact, 82 percent of all individually held stocks are owned by the wealthiest 5 percent of all Americans.

Meanwhile, things have continued to get even tougher for ordinary Americans.

While Obama has been in the White House, the percentage of working age Americans with a job has declined from 60.6% to 58.3%, median household income has declined for five years in a row, and poverty has been absolutely exploding.

But the fact that it has been very good for Wall Street while doing essentially nothing for ordinary Americans is not the biggest problem with quantitative easing.

The biggest problem with quantitative easing is that it is destroying worldwide faith in the U.S. dollar and in the U.S. financial system.

In recent years, the Federal Reserve has started to behave like the Weimar Republic.  Just check out the chart below…

M1 Money Supply 2013

The rest of the world is watching the Fed go crazy, and they are beginning to openly wonder why they should continue to use the U.S. dollar as the de facto reserve currency of the planet.

Right now, most global trade involves the use of U.S. dollars.  In fact, far more U.S. dollars are actually used outside of the United States than are used inside the country.  This creates a tremendous demand for U.S. dollars around the planet, and it keeps the value of the U.S. dollar at a level that is far higher than it otherwise would be.

If the rest of the world decides to start moving away from the U.S. dollar (and this is already starting to happen), then the demand for the U.S. dollar will fall and we will not be able to import oil from the Middle East and cheap plastic trinkets from China so inexpensively anymore.

In addition, major exporting nations such as China and Saudi Arabia end up with giant piles of U.S. dollars due to their trading activities.  Instead of just sitting on all of that cash, they tend to reinvest much of it back into U.S. Treasury securities.  This increases demand for U.S. debt and drives down interest rates.

If the Federal Reserve continues to wildly create money out of thin air with no end in sight, the rest of the world may decide to stop lending us trillions of dollars at ultra-low interest rates.

When we get to that point, it is going to be absolutely disastrous for the U.S. economy and the U.S. financial system.  If you doubt this, just read this article.

The only way that the game can continue is for the rest of the world to continue to be irrational and to continue to ignore the reckless behavior of the Federal Reserve.

We desperately need the rest of the planet “to ignore the man behind the curtain”.  We desperately need them to keep using our dollars that are rapidly being devalued and to keep loaning us money at rates that are far below the real rate of inflation.

If the rest of the globe starts behaving rationally at some point, and they eventually will, then the game will be over.

Let us hope and pray that we still have a bit more time until that happens.