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Discover the healing benefits of grape seed extract

August 2, 2011 by  

Because of its many health-promoting properties, grape seed extract (GSE) is often called a “miracle remedy.” For centuries, the leaves and fruit of the grapevine have been used in Greece for healing a variety of ailments.

According to Dallas Clouatre, Ph.D., in his book, All About Grape Seed Extract, GSE helps fight “allergies, arthritis, diabetes, heart and blood-vessel disorders and vision problems.” In the United States, GSE is perceived as merely a food supplement and is not nearly as well-known as it is in many European countries. Physicians overseas recommend GSE for cardiovascular disease, water retention, varicose veins, collagen damage, arthritis and skin conditions.

The National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine indicates that GSE can help fight high blood pressure, high cholesterol and poor circulation. Plus, it contains antioxidants that can help fight the free radical damage to your cells that could possibly lead to cancer.

For these reasons, there are “very few items in the nutritional arsenal [that] can boast as many and varied potential benefits as grape seed extract can,” Clouatre indicated.

Bob Livingston

is an ultra-conservative American and author of The Bob Livingston Letter™, founded in 1969. Bob has devoted much of his life to research and the quest for truth on a variety of subjects. Bob specializes in health issues such as nutritional supplements and alternatives to drugs, as well as issues of privacy (both personal and financial), asset protection and the preservation of freedom.

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  • Les Wood

    Dear Mr. Livingston,

    I am so thankful for yours and articles by other so-called “health nuts”. Right now, I need to “vent”, because of my anger with the whole U.S. medical system.

    Starting with the doctors and nurses that we are supposed to rely on. Most of them went to “Progressive Medical Schools”, where many of them drank, drugged and cheated their way through school. What learning they absorbed was “what” to think, now “how” to think.

    Then we have the pharmaceuticals. They are so moved by profits that they submit phoney statistics, phoney treatments of “symptoms” and outrageous prices, while at the same time, lobbying for and getting in bed with the AMA all for the purpose of enflating their bottom profit dollars.

    I have a long history looking back… now realizing in how many areas, my health was jeprodized by doctors prescribing what they have been told to prescribe, and hospitals and their nurses giving “care” as they were told was the “only” way to care.

    In the year 2000, I was on my last legs. I could recognize every day that I was getting weaker and weaker from years of abuse by a medical system that doesn’t know any better. I was on high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes prescriptions. I was only up to 5 prescriptions while many people that I have talked to are taking upwards of 12 to 20 different prescriptions per day.

    Being the age of the computer, I knew that there must be answers. I just needed to find them. I studied and confirmed that I had made some very sensible medical decisions for prolonging my personal health, and time and time again, the doctors poo-pooed my choices.

    I studied more, and soon found that I had alternatives that I hadn’t even considered. I took charge of my body. I made the mistake of telling my (at the time Veteran’s Administrative) doctor what I was going to do, and she shouted: “Are you crazy; do you realize how drastic of a choice this is”? She talked down to me and belittled my “ignorence”. I felt that I had survived 61 years of living in this body and that with adding my “newfound” wealth of knowledge to my experienced knowledge, I realized that practically every major illness and medical problem had resulted from believing that doctors actually knew what they were talking about.

    To make a long story short, I followed my advice. Along the way, I still had encounters with poor medical treatment. For instance I had an emergency gall bladdder removal operation in 2005. At the time,all my other medical stats were excellent. I no longer had high blood pressure; acid reflux problem solved; no symptoms of diabetes; no sleep apthnea; weight was down over a hundred pounds. All the blood tests were excellent: no high bad cholesterals; no low good cholesterals; triclycerads were great; blood sugars at or below 85; everything was great! All of this was accomplished without one single solidary prescription drug.

    The hospital knew that I was a controlled diabetic, but after the operation, they put me on “sugar water” for nourishment. My blood surgar measurement jumpted “through the roof”. They gave me insulin. I had never had insulin in my life. I thought that I was going to die. I never in my life had experienced such a feeling of anxiety, sweats, headaches, fever, and other symptoms of blood sugar highs and lows.

    Needless to say, I was not allowed to take any of my personal prescription of alternative natural health preservatives or medication. My blood pressure went up. I was finally released from the hospital and so sick, I just wanted to crawl into bed and die. I couldn’t eat, and I unforgiveably neglected to get back on my routine “natural” health preservatives for over a week longer.

    Within a few days, I was starting to began to feel better, and then I had a stroke. I recognized it immediately and drove to the hospital because I know the seriousness of getting treatment for a stroke now!

    But… I was smart enough to insist that if I was in the hospital more than just overnight, I would be nourished by a new protein drip that takes the place of the “sugar water”.

    I recovered and for six years I enjoyed great health until June of 2011. I had had chest pains, and at my age of 72, you have to take these seriously. I had had these before and each time, they apparently turned out to be caused by excess gas. I even had a stress test done a few years ago, and the doctor said: “you have the heart of a 40 year old man.

    This time, the doctor seemed more concerned. He kept me overnight and had multiple blood tests. Oh by the way, at the time of admission my blood pressure was 121 over 80. As the night wore on in emergency, it went down to 110 over 60 and even lower the next morning. Still, the doctor recommended that I have another stress test because of something he spotted on the EKG.

    The stress test was scheduled, but the person who normally does the running stress test was not available, and I was urged to sign on to having a “chemical stress test” done. I had a feeling that adding chemicals to your body to make your heart beat as fast as if you had been running for 15 to 20 minutes did not seem natural. But I signed the release.

    During the chemical stress test, this same doctor who was there observing, shouted, “Shut it down now”! I don’t know what he saw, but I was so grateful, because I thought that my heart was going to jump right out of my chest.

    Next stop was a scheduled Angio-gram. I talked with this doctor and submitted that I though that it was just excess gas, or perhaps I was taking too much of a the mineral, selenium. You see, I had been doing my homework, and completely reviewed all of intake of natural preservative medicines, and counting the multi-vitamins, the extra “E and selenium”, and… the 3 to 4 Brazil nuts and hand full of walnutes each day, that I may have been taking over 1100 mcg of selenium per day for the past three years. I told him that I had read that selinium poisoning might be part of my problem.

    Naturally, this doctor poo-pooed this as all in my head, and he preceded with the precedure of filling my arteries from my groin with iodine and checking it out. After all, inserting a stent would reap an even higher amount of medical billing.

    Like a fool, I let them do this to me. After the procedure was done, the doctor said: “Your heart is just fine; go home”.

    I had earlier made an appointment with the Veteran’s Clinic for the purpose of having them cover the costs of hearing aids. I went through with this appointment only to find that my blood pressure was 142 over 79. By the way, I was assigned to the same woman V.A. doctor who I had seen eleven years earlier. I expected that she would be surprised to see me in such good health without my cane.

    No… she jumped all over me for having high blood pressure. I figured that it might just be the chemicals from the stress test were still lingering in my body or something. After all, I had over 10 years of normal blood pressure, except for periods of hospitalization. She was asking me how much salt I consumed, and she again talked down to me, for having any salt in my diet at all. She was a “God” and I was her subject to be belittled for even thinking that I could treat myself. When I told her that I had just introduced DGL into my diet to help with the gas, she came unglued again ranting how licorice causes high blood pressure.

    I admit that I have little capacity for arguing for my case. I just took the brow beating and indicated that I would not submit to taking any pharmaceutical prescriptions. She seemed very offended and asked just what do I want? In my defense, I said that I would like to find a real doctor who really cared about my health and at the same time cared to learn from me what I know about my own body.

    As I left her office, I overheard her dictating into a microphone a very negative report of our confrontation. She refused to accept or read any of the hard copy pages that I had brought to share with her on my previous successes and failures, and a complete list of all of the natural preservative health medications that I was taking.

    Since then, I have had a complete set of blood tests and urine tests by a naturalist doctor. He also had a “mind set” personality. He only heard one or two things about my past, and came up with immediate cures which required that I purchase this or that off of his in-store stock of “natural preservative medicines.

    The results of these tests were “crazy”. According to them, I am alergic to “everything”, and must cut them out of my diet.

    At age 73, how does one all of a sudden become alergic to 80% of the foods that I have been eating and consuming for 73 years without any alergic symptoms, except for headaches. I have lived with these headaches for at least 65 of those 73 years, and I am not about to change to a bland and boring diet just to get rid of headaches. Sure, I had reconized that cheese and chocolate seemed to cause headaches, but not enough so as to wipe them out of my diet.

    And so, here I am now stuck with high blood pressure, and I am currently cutting selinium down to 300 mcgs per day. Just on the chance that the DGL would cause high blood pressure readings, I have cut that out. I also have cut down on salt and so far after three days, the lowest that I was able to get my blood pressure was 140 over 77. I haven’t given up.

    If I haven’t seen results by next week, I will increase my anti-intoxicants by 25%.

    My question to you is: Have you ever heard anything about the chemical stress test having a negative after effect on a patient?

    Have you ever heard anything about the insertion of iodine into the arteries for an Angio-gram having a negative after effect on a patient?

    I am searching for good health again. By the way, I use Stevia in my chocolate and in place of sugar, in case you were wondering. I also used almond milk in place of regular milk. But I have been using butter, olive oil, cinnamon and honey for over 11 years.

    Two doctors said that the high blood pressure thing has to be treated even though all blood tests have shown signs of having good health. Oh yes, my selinium was checked and it was very high.

  • Suma G Nathan

    Les, you really are doing very Good! I know all about the “Doctor is God thing”. But since I have heard it all, professionally for 30 yrs, yes, you can get your BP down, because it’s just Stress, and since you seem to have a toxic accumlation, that also can be taken care of slowly. You can’t fight with them, but YOU, have taken mostly control of this, that’s excatly what you have to do, as I say in all my seminars, “Don’t give your body to the doctor” Today, it seems that it’s either the prescription pad or surgery!!! I have lots of client with Auto-Immune diseases that are doing well. One has to behave and follow through. working with Nutritionals, Chinese, Ayurvedic, American Indian & Rainforest Herbals, these combinations are for REAL!!!
    Suma G Nathan
    Certified Registered Holistic Nutritionist
    certified Chinese Herbologist
    Holistic Health Practitioner/Journalist
    30 yrs professionally
    Home Office Las Vegas, N.V.


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