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Medicinal Use & Health Benefit of Cayenne Pepper (Capsicum)
"If you master only one herb in your life, master cayenne pepper. It is
more powerful than any other." Dr. Schulze
"In 35 years of practice, and working with the people and teaching, I
have never on house calls lost one heart attack patient and the reason
is, whenever I go in--if they are still breathing--I pour down them a cup
of cayenne tea (a teaspoon of cayenne in a cup of hot water, and within
minutes they are up and around)." Dr. Christopher
"Cayenne pepper - prized for thousands of years for its healing power.
Folklore from around the world recounts amazing results using cayenne
pepper in simple healing and in baffling health problems. But cayenne
pepper is not just a healer from ancient history. Recent clinical studies
have been conducted on many of the old-time health applications for this
miracle herb. Again and again, the therapeutic value of cayenne pepper
has been medically validated."Dr. Patrick Quillin  The Healing Power of
Cayenne Pepper
In a recent letter to the editors of the New England Journal of Medicine,
three Italian doctors describe how they were able to reduce patients'
reported dyspepsia symptoms by more than half -  by prescribing red
pepper powder. In a study of 30 patients with  functional dyspepsia, half
of the participants received a placebo, while the other half took 2.5
grams of red pepper powder each day (divided into capsules taken before
each of three meals). Both groups took their respective treatments for
five weeks, and rated their symptoms each day on a scale of zero  to
three (higher scores indicated more severe symptoms). By the third week,
the red pepper group showed a significant advantage over the control
group. And by week five, the pepper group's symptoms had declined 60
percent from their baseline scores - while the control group's scores had
only decreased about half as much. The symptom scores included ratings
for pain, a feeling of fullness, nausea, and an overall score. The red
pepper powder produced significant gains in all four areas.
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Many herbalists believe that Cayenne is the most useful and valuable herb
in the herb kingdom, not only for the entire digestive system, but also
for the heart and circulatory system. It acts as a catalyst and increases
the effectiveness of other herbs when used with them.
Cayenne is a medicinal and nutritional herb.  It is a very high source of
Vitamins A & C, has the complete B complexes, and is very rich in organic
calcium and potassium, which is one of the reasons it is good for the
heart.
Digestion
Cayenne can rebuild the tissue in the stomach and the peristaltic action
in the intestines.  It aids elimination and assimilation, and helps the
body to create hydrochloric acid, which is so necessary for good
digestion and assimilation, especially of proteins.  All this becomes
very significant when we realize that the digestive system plays the most
important role in mental, emotional and physical health, as it is through
the digestive  system that the brain, glands, muscles and every other
part of the body are fed.
Heart
Cayenne has been known to stop heart attacks within 30 seconds.  For
example, when a 90-year-old man in Oregon had a severe heart attack, his
daughter was able to get Cayenne extract into his mouth.  He was
pronounced dead by the medics, but within a few minutes, he regained
consciousness.  On the way to the hospital, he remained in a
semi-conscious state, but the daughter kept giving him the Cayenne
extract.  By the time they got  to the hospital, he had fully recovered
and wanted to go home and mow the lawn.  The doctor asked what she had
given him, as he said it was the closest thing to a miracle he had ever
seen.
If a heart attack should occur, it is suggested that a teaspoon of
extract be given every 15 minutes or a teaspoon of Cayenne in a glass of
hot water be taken until the crisis has passed.  Dr. Anderson also knew
of a  doctor who rushed out into the parking lot and put cayenne tincture
into the mouth of a man who had died of a heart attack while he was
parking his car.  Within a few minutes, the man's heart starting beating
again.
According to Dr. Richard Anderson, using cayenne and hawthorn berries
together has a most incredible effect upon the heart.  He believes that a
regimen of cayenne and hawthorn berries for several months will greatly
strengthen the heart, and possibly prevent heart attacks.  He states
further that if an attack were to occur in someone who had followed this
regimen, chances are very good that no damage would occur.  He tells the
following story about his mother:
"I had her taking hawthorn berries and cayenne when she had a heart
attack at the age of 79.  Her diet had not been the best, and she was in
an extremely stressful situation. While in the hospital, they found three
blocked arteries and wanted to operate immediately.  They did not think
that she could survive for more than a few weeks if they didn't operate.
(How many have heard that story!)  The doctors thought it would be very
risky to operate, but they had her there, and there was a lot of money to
be made.  So they decided to take some tests in the hopes that they could
find an excuse to operate.  In spite of the fact that she had  been
taking lots of aspirin for her arthritis, smoked like she was the
reincarnation of a boiler factory, and had just had a heart attack, they
found that her heart was incredibly strong.  In fact, they felt that her
heart  was stronger than most people in their 30's!  The good news was
that not only did she survive the operation, but also she stopped
smoking!  Well worth the operation, don't you think? In my opinion, that
was the best thing the doctors ever did for her.  Well, that is what
hawthorn and cayenne can do for the heart, and every good herbalist knows
it; every good doctor should also know it, but very few do."
Emergencies
It is a good idea to always have some Cayenne extract on hand for
emergencies.  Dr. Anderson carries capsules of cayenne with him in the
car and whenever he goes hiking, backpacking or mountain climbing.  He
says, "You never know when you may find someone having a heart attack or
some other emergency."
The following stories demonstrate only a few of the remarkable emergency
uses of cayenne.
If a hemorrhage occurs in the lungs, stomach, uterus or nose, it is
suggested that a teaspoon of extract (or a teaspoon of cayenne powder in
a cup of hot water) be given every 15 minutes until the crisis has
passed. The bleeding should stop in 10-30 seconds.  The reason for this
is that rather than the blood pressure being centralized, it is equalized
by the Cayenne, and the clotting action of the blood becomes more rapid.
For external bleeding, take cayenne internally and pour cayenne directly
on the wound.
Dr. Anderson, author of Cleanse and Purify Thyself,  tells of one time
when he was on the beach and a man began passing a kidney stone .  The
man took some cayenne, which relieved his pain almost immediately.
A person known to Dr. Anderson had a severe toothache in the middle of
the night on a weekend.  He tried many  things to relieve the pain.
Cayenne was the only thing that helped.
One of the youngest persons to take cayenne was a six-week old baby who
was born with chronic asthma.  Dr. John Christopher administered the
cayenne using an eyedropper, and it then became possible for the baby to
breathe normally.
Dr. Christopher has used cayenne to eliminate allergies, varicose veins,
cramps, constipation, and to increase energy.
Dr. Anderson recommends cayenne to help cleanse the body, increase body
heat, improve circulation, and strengthen the eyes.  But above all, Dr.
Anderson feels that cayenne is exceptionally beneficial for the heart.
Rich Anderson published the first Cleanse and Purify Thyself in 1988. It
became one of the most popular books on cleansing ever written. With
almost no advertising, this book spread around the world and was
translated into several languages.
Dr. Richard Schulze - "If you take cayenne pepper in capsules, you may be
wasting your time and never getting the cures I got with my patients."

Historical or traditional use
The potent, hot fruit of cayenne has been used as medicine for centuries.
It was considered helpful for various conditions of the gastrointestinal
tract, including stomachaches, cramping pains, and gas. Cayenne was
frequently used to treat diseases of the circulatory system. It is still
traditionally used in herbal medicine as a circulatory tonic (a substance
believed to improve circulation). Rubbed on the skin, cayenne is a
traditional, as well as modern, remedy for rheumatic pains and arthritis
due to what is termed a counterirritant effect. A counterirritant is
something which causes irritation to a tissue to which it is applied,
thus distracting from the original irritation (such as joint pain in the
case of arthritis).
What is the Scientific Evidence for Cayenne? Bibliography
Dyspepsia
In a double-blind study, 30 individuals with dyspepsia were given either
2.5 grams daily of red pepper powder (divided up and taken prior to
meals) or placebo for 5 weeks. By the third week of treatment,
individuals taking red pepper were experiencing significant improvements
in pain, bloating, and nausea as compared to placebo, and these relative
improvement lasted through the end of the study.
A placebo-controlled crossover study failed to find benefit, but it only
enrolled 11 participants, far too few to have much chance of identifying
a treatment effect.
All double-blind studies of topical capsaicin (or cayenne) suffer from
one drawback: it isn't really possible to hide the burning sensation that
occurs during initial use of the treatment. For this reason, such studies
probably aren't truly double-blind. It has been suggested that instead of
an inactive placebo, researchers should use some other substance (such as
camphor) that causes at least mild burning. However, such treatments
might also have therapeutic benefits; they have a long history of use for
pain as well.
Because of these complications, the evidence for topical treatments cited
below is less meaningful than it might at first appear.
Pain
Capsaicin cream is well established as a modestly helpful pain-relieving
treatment for post-herpetic neuropathy (the pain that lingers after an
attack of shingles) peripheral neuropathy (nerve pain that occurs most
commonly as a side effect of diabetes, but may occur with HIV as well as
other conditions), nerve pain after cancer surgery and arthritis.
Capsaicin instilled into the nose may be helpful for cluster headache.
(The fact that this has even been considered a viable treatment option
shows how painful cluster headaches can be!)
Actual cayenne rather than capsaicin has been tested for pain as well. A
3-week, double-blind trial of 154 individuals with back pain found that
cayenne applied topically as a plaster improved pain to a greater extent
than placebo.
Skin Conditions
A double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of almost 200 individuals found
that use of topical capsaicin can improve itching as well as overall
severity of psoriasis. Benefits were also seen in a smaller double-blind
study of topical capsaicin for psoriasis.
Topical capsaicin is thought to be helpful for various itchy skin
conditions, such as prurigo nodularis, but double-blind studies are
lacking.
Bibliography

Certified organically grown cayenne pepper powder 90.000 HU (type
"cayenne" in their search box)
Cayenne- Hawthorn: A synergistic blend of popular cayenne and hawthorn
combined with powerful antioxidants Vitamin E and Lecithin
Cayenne pepper tincture 2 fluid ounce from Nature's Answer
Cayenne ointment and other cayenne pepper compounds
.
Cayenne for your health
"Cayenne has the ability to clear the blood of matter and gasses that
cause digestive problems and to help people who suffer from cold hands or
feet. It alleviates inflammation and can break up the deposits that
contribute to the pain of arthritis. It clears sinus congestion,
conjunctivitis, and spongy, bleeding gums. Because it also has astringent
qualities, it can stop bleeding and prevent swelling. A source of Vitamin
C, it rejuvenates the entire body when energy is depleted and is such a
powerful stimulant that just a few sips of cayenne water or a few grains
of cayenne on the lips may help prevent shock or depression in times of
physical or emotional trauma. And it is believed to be a good tonic for
strengthening the heart. From my studies and my own experience with
cayenne, I consider it to be an important ingredient for anybody
interested in taking educated and careful responsibility for his or her
own well-being in situations that are not serious enough to require a
doctor's care or in circumstances in which medical attention is not
immediately available. "

Heart Attacks: Cayenne
Dr. Christopher
"In 35 years of practice, and working with the people and teaching, I
have never on house calls lost one heart attack patient and the reason
is, whenever I go in--if they are still breathing--I pour down them a cup
of cayenne tea (a teaspoon of cayenne in a cup of hot water, and within
minutes they are up and around). This is one of the fastest acting aids
we could ever give for the heart, because it feeds that heart
immediately. Most hearts are suffering from malnutrition because of
processed food we are eating, but here it gets a good powerful dose of
real food and it's something that has brought people in time after time.
This is something that everyone should know how great it is, because a
heart attack can come to your friends or loved ones any time. And even
yourself. The warm tea is faster working than tablets, capsules, cold
tea, because the warm tea opens up the cell structure--makes it expand
and accept the cayenne that much faster, and it goes directly to the
heart, through the artery system, and feeds it in powerful food. "
The Healing Power of Cayenne Pepper : Complete Handbook of Cayenne Home
Remedies

Poderes Curativos De Los Chiles/Healiing Powers of Hot Peppers

Left for Dead by R.F. Quinn
This book digs up the dirt on the medical establishment saying that heart
surgery can nearly kill you and do you no good in the end, all done with
a whopping price-tag. Drugs are favored over herbs since they can be
patented and sold to patients for great profits. Dick Quinn gives his
personal testimony about nearly dying from heart surgery, but finally
getting well by taking Cayenne, Garlic, Onion and other herbs, but mainly
Cayenne. He scoured the earth looking for the hottest Cayenne he could
find to burn his insides out! But no matter how much it burns, it's all
good for you. He started his own herb company servicing mainly heart
conditions which had a lot of loyal customers until the FDA... shut him
down because his cure was effective and cheap, and the medical
establishment did not profit. I ran out and bought some Cayenne and
popped several daily. I really didn't get the energy boost he got, but I
suppose they're helping. The book tells his story first, then describes
some herbs secondly, and then ends with the disadvantages of heart
surgery. There are sage quotes about the medical establishment and
goodness of healing herbs throughout the book from distinguished men. The
book seems somewhat disjointed as it goes into its different, but
inter-related parts written by different authors. Quinn's story is short,
skims the surface, and has some drama, but certainly is not a candidate
for an Oscar winning movie. The writing style is direct, conversational,
and informative and skips all literary flourishes to get the news out
that herbs can heal. I found particularly interesting that drugs like
aspirin merely synthetically imitate the healing effects of herbs, such
as aspirin being derived from Willow Bark.

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Medicinal Use & Health Benefit of Cayenne Pepper (Capsicum)
"If you master only one herb in your life, master cayenne pepper. It is more powerful than any other." Dr. Schulze

"In 35 years of practice, and working with the people and teaching, I have never on house calls lost one heart attack patient and the reason is, whenever I go in--if they are still breathing--I pour down them a cup of cayenne tea (a teaspoon of cayenne in a cup of hot water, and within minutes they are up and around)." Dr. Christopher

"Cayenne pepper - prized for thousands of years for its healing power.  Folklore from around the world recounts amazing results using cayenne pepper in simple healing and in baffling health problems. But cayenne pepper is not just a healer from ancient history. Recent clinical studies have been conducted on many of the old-time health applications for this miracle herb. Again and again, the therapeutic value of cayenne pepper has been medically validated."Dr. Patrick Quillin  The Healing Power of Cayenne Pepper

In a recent letter to the editors of the New England Journal of Medicine, three Italian doctors describe how they were able to reduce patients' reported dyspepsia symptoms by more than half -  by prescribing red pepper powder. In a study of 30 patients with  functional dyspepsia, half of the participants received a placebo, while the other half took 2.5 grams of red pepper powder each day (divided into capsules taken before each of three meals). Both groups took their respective treatments for five weeks, and rated their symptoms each day on a scale of zero  to three (higher scores indicated more severe symptoms). By the third week, the red pepper group showed a significant advantage over the control group. And by week five, the pepper group's symptoms had declined 60 percent from their baseline scores - while the control group's scores had only decreased about half as much. The symptom scores included ratings for pain, a feeling of fullness, nausea, and an overall score. The red pepper powder produced significant gains in all four areas.

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Many herbalists believe that Cayenne is the most useful and valuable herb in the herb kingdom, not only for the entire digestive system, but also for the heart and circulatory system. It acts as a catalyst and increases the effectiveness of other herbs when used with them.

Cayenne is a medicinal and nutritional herb.  It is a very high source of Vitamins A & C, has the complete B complexes, and is very rich in organic calcium and potassium, which is one of the reasons it is good for the heart.

Digestion

Cayenne can rebuild the tissue in the stomach and the peristaltic action in the intestines.  It aids elimination and assimilation, and helps the body to create hydrochloric acid, which is so necessary for good digestion and assimilation, especially of proteins.  All this becomes very significant when we realize that the digestive system plays the most important role in mental, emotional and physical health, as it is through the digestive  system that the brain, glands, muscles and every other part of the body are fed. 

Heart

Cayenne has been known to stop heart attacks within 30 seconds.  For example, when a 90-year-old man in Oregon had a severe heart attack, his daughter was able to get Cayenne extract into his mouth.  He was pronounced dead by the medics, but within a few minutes, he regained consciousness.  On the way to the hospital, he remained in a semi-conscious state, but the daughter kept giving him the Cayenne extract.  By the time they got  to the hospital, he had fully recovered and wanted to go home and mow the lawn.  The doctor asked what she had given him, as he said it was the closest thing to a miracle he had ever seen. 

If a heart attack should occur, it is suggested that a teaspoon of extract be given every 15 minutes or a teaspoon of Cayenne in a glass of hot water be taken until the crisis has passed.  Dr. Anderson also knew of a  doctor who rushed out into the parking lot and put cayenne tincture into the mouth of a man who had died of a heart attack while he was parking his car.  Within a few minutes, the man’s heart starting beating again.

According to Dr. Richard Anderson, using cayenne and hawthorn berries together has a most incredible effect upon the heart.  He believes that a regimen of cayenne and hawthorn berries for several months will greatly  strengthen the heart, and possibly prevent heart attacks.  He states further that if an attack were to occur in someone who had followed this regimen, chances are very good that no damage would occur.  He tells the  following story about his mother: 

“I had her taking hawthorn berries and cayenne when she had a heart attack at the age of 79.  Her diet had not been the best, and she was in an extremely stressful situation. While in the hospital, they found three blocked arteries and wanted to operate immediately.  They did not think that she could survive for more than a few weeks if they didn’t operate.  (How many have heard that story!)  The doctors thought it would be very risky to operate, but they had her there, and there was a lot of money to be made.  So they decided to take some tests in the hopes that they could find an excuse to operate.  In spite of the fact that she had  been taking lots of aspirin for her arthritis, smoked like she was the reincarnation of a boiler factory, and had just had a heart attack, they found that her heart was incredibly strong.  In fact, they felt that her heart  was stronger than most people in their 30’s!  The good news was that not only did she survive the operation, but also she stopped smoking!  Well worth the operation, don’t you think? In my opinion, that was the best thing the doctors ever did for her.  Well, that is what hawthorn and cayenne can do for the heart, and every good herbalist knows it; every good doctor should also know it, but very few do.” 

Emergencies

It is a good idea to always have some Cayenne extract on hand for emergencies.  Dr. Anderson carries capsules of cayenne with him in the car and whenever he goes hiking, backpacking or mountain climbing.  He says, “You never know when you may find someone having a heart attack or some other emergency.”

The following stories demonstrate only a few of the remarkable emergency uses of cayenne.

If a hemorrhage occurs in the lungs, stomach, uterus or nose, it is suggested that a teaspoon of extract (or a teaspoon of cayenne powder in a cup of hot water) be given every 15 minutes until the crisis has passed. The bleeding should stop in 10-30 seconds.  The reason for this is that rather than the blood pressure being centralized, it is equalized by the Cayenne, and the clotting action of the blood becomes more rapid.  For external bleeding, take cayenne internally and pour cayenne directly on the wound. 

Dr. Anderson, author of Cleanse and Purify Thyself,  tells of one time when he was on the beach and a man began passing a kidney stone .  The man took some cayenne, which relieved his pain almost immediately.

A person known to Dr. Anderson had a severe toothache in the middle of the night on a weekend.  He tried many  things to relieve the pain.  Cayenne was the only thing that helped.

One of the youngest persons to take cayenne was a six-week old baby who was born with chronic asthma.  Dr. John Christopher administered the cayenne using an eyedropper, and it then became possible for the baby to breathe normally.

Dr. Christopher has used cayenne to eliminate allergies, varicose veins, cramps, constipation, and to increase energy.

Dr. Anderson recommends cayenne to help cleanse the body, increase body heat, improve circulation, and strengthen the eyes.  But above all, Dr. Anderson feels that cayenne is exceptionally beneficial for the heart.

Rich Anderson published the first Cleanse and Purify Thyself in 1988. It became one of the most popular books on cleansing ever written. With almost no advertising, this book spread around the world and was translated into several languages. 

Dr. Richard Schulze - "If you take cayenne pepper in capsules, you may be wasting your time and never getting the cures I got with my patients."
 

Historical or traditional use

The potent, hot fruit of cayenne has been used as medicine for centuries. It was considered helpful for various conditions of the gastrointestinal tract, including stomachaches, cramping pains, and gas. Cayenne was frequently used to treat diseases of the circulatory system. It is still traditionally used in herbal medicine as a circulatory tonic (a substance believed to improve circulation). Rubbed on the skin, cayenne is a traditional, as well as modern, remedy for rheumatic pains and arthritis due to what is termed a counterirritant effect. A counterirritant is something which causes irritation to a tissue to which it is applied, thus distracting from the original irritation (such as joint pain in the case of arthritis).

What is the Scientific Evidence for Cayenne? Bibliography

Dyspepsia

In a double-blind study, 30 individuals with dyspepsia were given either 2.5 grams daily of red pepper powder (divided up and taken prior to meals) or placebo for 5 weeks. By the third week of treatment, individuals taking red pepper were experiencing significant improvements in pain, bloating, and nausea as compared to placebo, and these relative improvement lasted through the end of the study. 

A placebo-controlled crossover study failed to find benefit, but it only enrolled 11 participants, far too few to have much chance of identifying a treatment effect.

All double-blind studies of topical capsaicin (or cayenne) suffer from one drawback: it isn't really possible to hide the burning sensation that occurs during initial use of the treatment. For this reason, such studies probably aren't truly double-blind. It has been suggested that instead of an inactive placebo, researchers should use some other substance (such as camphor) that causes at least mild burning. However, such treatments might also have therapeutic benefits; they have a long history of use for pain as well. 

Because of these complications, the evidence for topical treatments cited below is less meaningful than it might at first appear. 

Pain

Capsaicin cream is well established as a modestly helpful pain-relieving treatment for post-herpetic neuropathy (the pain that lingers after an attack of shingles) peripheral neuropathy (nerve pain that occurs most commonly as a side effect of diabetes, but may occur with HIV as well as other conditions), nerve pain after cancer surgery and arthritis.

Capsaicin instilled into the nose may be helpful for cluster headache. (The fact that this has even been considered a viable treatment option shows how painful cluster headaches can be!) 

Actual cayenne rather than capsaicin has been tested for pain as well. A 3-week, double-blind trial of 154 individuals with back pain found that cayenne applied topically as a plaster improved pain to a greater extent than placebo.

Skin Conditions

A double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of almost 200 individuals found that use of topical capsaicin can improve itching as well as overall severity of psoriasis. Benefits were also seen in a smaller double-blind study of topical capsaicin for psoriasis.

Topical capsaicin is thought to be helpful for various itchy skin conditions, such as prurigo nodularis, but double-blind studies are lacking. 

Bibliography

  • Certified organically grown cayenne pepper powder 90.000 HU (type "cayenne" in their search box)
  • Cayenne- Hawthorn: A synergistic blend of popular cayenne and hawthorn combined with powerful antioxidants Vitamin E and Lecithin
  • Cayenne pepper tincture 2 fluid ounce from Nature's Answer
  • Cayenne ointment and other cayenne pepper compounds
  • .
    Cayenne for your health
    "Cayenne has the ability to clear the blood of matter and gasses that cause digestive problems and to help people who suffer from cold hands or feet. It alleviates inflammation and can break up the deposits that contribute to the pain of arthritis. It clears sinus congestion, conjunctivitis, and spongy, bleeding gums. 
    Because it also has astringent qualities, it can stop bleeding and prevent swelling. A source of Vitamin C, it rejuvenates the entire body when energy is depleted and is such a powerful stimulant that just a few sips of cayenne water or a few grains of cayenne on the lips may help prevent shock or depression in times of physical or emotional trauma. And it is believed to be a good tonic for strengthening the heart. From my studies and my own experience with cayenne, I consider it to be an important ingredient for anybody interested in taking educated and careful responsibility for his or her own well-being in situations that are not serious enough to require a doctor's care or in circumstances in which medical attention is not immediately available. "
     

    Heart Attacks: Cayenne
    Dr. Christopher

    "In 35 years of practice, and working with the people and teaching, I have never on house calls lost one heart attack patient and the reason is, whenever I go in--if they are still breathing--I pour down them a cup of cayenne tea (a teaspoon of cayenne in a cup of hot water, and within minutes they are up and around). This is one of the fastest acting aids we could ever give for the heart, because it feeds that heart immediately. Most hearts are suffering from malnutrition because of processed food we are eating, but here it gets a good powerful dose of real food and it's something that has brought people in time after time. This is something that everyone should know how great it is, because a heart attack can come to your friends or loved ones any time. And even yourself. The warm tea is faster working than tablets, capsules, cold tea, because the warm tea opens up the cell structure--makes it expand and accept the cayenne that much faster, and it goes directly to the heart, through the artery system, and feeds it in powerful food. "

    The Healing Power of Cayenne Pepper : Complete Handbook of Cayenne Home Remedies
     

    Poderes Curativos De Los Chiles/Healiing Powers of Hot Peppers
     

    Left for Dead by R.F. Quinn 
    This book digs up the dirt on the medical establishment saying that heart surgery can nearly kill you and do you no good in the end, all done with a whopping price-tag. Drugs are favored over herbs since they can be patented and sold to patients for great profits. Dick Quinn gives his personal testimony about nearly dying from heart surgery, but finally getting well by taking Cayenne, Garlic, Onion and other herbs, but mainly Cayenne. He scoured the earth looking for the hottest Cayenne he could find to burn his insides out! But no matter how much it burns, it's all good for you. He started his own herb company servicing mainly heart conditions which had a lot of loyal customers until the FDA... shut him down because his cure was effective and cheap, and the medical establishment did not profit. I ran out and bought some Cayenne and popped several daily. I really didn't get the energy boost he got, but I suppose they're helping. The book tells his story first, then describes some herbs secondly, and then ends with the disadvantages of heart surgery. There are sage quotes about the medical establishment and goodness of healing herbs throughout the book from distinguished men. The book seems somewhat disjointed as it goes into its different, but inter-related parts written by different authors. Quinn's story is short, skims the surface, and has some drama, but certainly is not a candidate for an Oscar winning movie. The writing style is direct, conversational, and informative and skips all literary flourishes to get the news out that herbs can heal. I found particularly interesting that drugs like aspirin merely synthetically imitate the healing effects of herbs, such as aspirin being derived from Willow Bark.