Even marathon runners are “couch potatoes,” according to the New York Times!

You may have seen the recent report in the New York Times¹ of a study of marathon runners done by scientists affiliated with the School of Public Health at the University of Texas at Austin.

The runners reported spending considerable time sweating, as one might expect of a runner in training for a marathon. On average, they exercised vigorously for nearly seven hours per week, which exceeds the standard exercise recommendation of most health authorities.

“But those hours of exercise do not seem to have reduced sedentary time. On an average workday, the runners reported sitting for more than 10 hours at the office and at home, easily topping the national average,” the New York Times observed.

So even those of us who consider ourselves active and not sedentary, may find on examination that we are more sedentary than we realize!

The lifestyle so many of us lead, at least here in America with our automobiles at the ready, our high-digital television sets turned on, and our computers always booted up both at home and at work, is one that includes a lot of sitting!

Even when we’re moving we are sitting! In the car, on the bus, on the train, in the air! We just sit – for hours each day – not moving hardly a muscle, at home watching TV or on our computers, and then at work sitting at our desk or in the lunch room.

No wonder we’re all gaining weight enormously! No wonder we have so many ailments!

We need to get off our butts and get moving! And keep moving!

How about re-configuring our desks so we can stand up to work on our computers? And how about leaving the car in the driveway while we walk down to the corner store or to our church down the block?

All of us need to do much more walking! We have become a nation of sitters! And now we learn, according to the New York Times, that even runners are sitters!

In another edition of the Times, physical activity, even walking, can substantially reduce a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer! Encouraging new science shows, in part, it seems, exercise changes how a woman’s body deals with estrogen.²

The study, the Times reported, included 73,600 postmenopausal women, age 50 to 73, some reporting that they exercised vigorously and often, typically by running, swimming or playing singles tennis. But most walked, usually at a pleasant pace of about 3 miles per hour. About half of the group reported that such strolling was their only form of exercise.

The few women who were the most active, sweating vigorously for up to 10 hours each week, realized an even greater benefit, with 25 percent less risk of developing breast cancer than those women who exercised the least.

And guess what all that sweating does for you? It eliminates toxins in the body, through the pores, accumulated from our diets, from the environment, and our sedentary lifestyles.

That’s why Grandpa Wally always says: Keep moving or they’ll start digging!





Cayenne Pepper is an age-old natural remedy for a myriad of common ailments!

If you’ve never explored the natural health benefits of cayenne pepper, I’d urge you to get started right now.

Cayenne pepper (capsicum), that red hot fiery pepper used in many recipes to spice up the flavor, also has many healthy alternative uses for curing what ails you. I commend it to you as a primary natural remedy. Cayenne pepper should be on your “absolute must-have” list for your kitchen spice rack and for your medicine cabinet as well.

It’s as important to have cayenne as a component of your first aid kit in your home as to have a box of band-aids or a bottle of iodine.

Used by American Indians for more than 9,000 years for medicinal relief from pain and other ailments, cayenne pepper has been my primary herbal remedy for serious coronary artery blockage and other health concerns.¹

I was treated several years ago for serious blockage of my coronary arteries. I had had a mild heart attack and took myself to the local emergency room where an angioplasty was performed. Left coronary artery is 40% blocked, the cardiologist said, and the right coronary is 100% blocked!

As for the left, I was told to “stent or die!” I agreed to placement of a stent to “open” the left artery so blood would flow adequately again.

As for the right artery – It would take five or six stents to open the right coronary artery up adequately, and he said he didn’t “want to go there.”

Normally, the cardiologist told me, “I would recommend by-pass surgery.” But in your case, he said, it may not be necessary. He explained that my body had “miraculously” established its own “by-pass” in the form of a collateral artery, a “natural by-pass.”

He told me that the collateral artery was quite narrow and fragile. But if you concentrate on enlarging and strengthening it, you may be able to avoid by-pass surgery.

So, you bet, Grandpa Wally has been “laser-focused” on strengthening and widening his right collateral artery ever since. And now, about four years later, although I am not 100% back where I want to be, I am much improved, with more stamina, more vigor, and better blood flow to and from my heart muscle, and improving every day.

In addition to walking daily, taking the stairs, avoiding elevators, and aerobic, and isometric exercises every morning, I have been trying all the nutritional and herbal remedies that benefit one, like me, with coronary artery disease (CAD).

I’m going to tell you about a number of different treatments that I have been using on myself as remedies for CAD. And a number of these have been helping. One of these natural remedies involves a common kitchen spice known as cayenne pepper (capsicain).

On rising each morning, I “reboot” my 82 year old body with a concoction made with a level teaspoon of cayenne pepper mixed with the juice of half a fresh lemon with teaspoon of powdered tumeric in a half glass of purified water (room temperature).

I chug it down quickly in gulps and swigs, and before this hot, fiery, spicy pepper burns my tongue and throat and causes me to gag, it’s all gone and busy warming my stomach. I started out with much smaller doses: 1/8th tsp of pepper and tumeric, and built up slowly and gradually from there until I could handle a full teaspoon of each with the lemon lemon juice. The tumeric powder not only adds flavor, but it tempers the heat of the cayenne and makes it somewhat more bearable going down.

The last time the cardiologist checked me over, he ended our meeting with by remarking, “You have a very strong heart!” Music to my ears.

It has been established that a dose of the cayenne concoction as I’ve described above will actually save the life of a person experiencing a heart attack. Cayenne pepper, taken at the onset of a heart attack, will literally stop the heart attack in just one minute!

Good reason to keep some cayenne pepper, not only in the kitchen, but in the medicine cabinet as well!

Note that authorities tell us that cayenne pepper taken in capsule form is not an effective cure for heart attacks. Only the raw ground cayenne pepper is sufficiently powerful, and absorbed quickly enough, to work the life-saving heart benefits I’ve described.

And there are many other uses of cayenne pepper as well. Cayenne is an age-old natural remedy used over centuries for many health benefits. I’ll be talking about some of those other cayenne pepper benefits as we continue this blog.

So, keep coming back! And Grandpa Wally will tell you more!

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¹ University of Maryland Medical Center;‎


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Grandpa Wally stalks High Blood Pressure.

As I was cashing out the other day at the local health food store where I’m a regular customer, the young lady cashier asked me if I would recommend a book on how to lower blood pressure with food.

I said: “You don’t need a whole book on this. It’s easy. Just eat 4 stalks of celery every day to lower your high blood pressure.”

This recommendation isn’t anything new: Doctors of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) have been prescribing celery or celery root to patients with high blood pressure for more than a century.

Many folks have no idea that a simple food like celery can have such striking health benefits.

There are many foods and nutrients that have beneficial effects on high blood pressure. And I will cover more of them in a later post. But today I focus on the common household vegetable known as celery, a powerful tool for use in treating high blood pressure naturally.

Celery has qualities that reduce stress, inflammation, and widen blood vessels, making it easier for blood to travel along the miles of arteries and veins in our bodies.

Celery contains high levels of calcium, magnesium, potassium and an active compound called phthalide (3-n-butylphtalide [3nb] ), a compound that gives celery its unique aroma and taste, and perhaps the most significant of the blood-pressure-lowering ingredients in celery. Phthalides have been found to relax the smooth muscles on the inner walls of your blood vessels, allowing them to dilate, which facilitates healthy blood flow at lower pressure.

Another ingredient in celery is called coumarin. The high levels of coumarins in celery bolster the body’s immunity and enhance the body’s resistance to infection by stimulating white blood cell activity, reducing stress hormones and fending off free-radicals.

And celery possesses another property known as apigenin, a bioflavonoid found in green leafy vegetables, as well as in apples, oranges, nuts and other plants.

Apigenin is an anti-inflammatory, anti-irritant, anti-oxidant, anti-carcinogenic, and antiseptic. Apigenin also promotes blood vessel elasticity and thereby facilitates lower blood pressure.

So … with these chemical properties in profusion, celery is one of the strongest candidates of foods for lowering high blood pressure.

Eating at least four stalks a day will help keep your blood pressure under control.

I asked the young lady to try it and report to me her results at the end of the month, which she agreed to do. So I will share her story with you when she reports back to me later in the year.

BUT, if you are suffering high blood pressure, why not try 4 stalks of celery each day for about one month … and then report back to Grandpa Wally with your results?

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A Natural Remedy for Age-Related Cataracts?

I want to tell you about a new product on the market that is being used for treating cataracts, especially age-related cataracts.

While cataract surgery is generally regarded as safe, there are significant complications following the surgery in many cases. It has been estimated that about 2% of the 1.3 million receiving cataract surgery in the United States each year develop serious complications.

In my research of the available science (in my quest to avoid cataract surgery by any reasonable means) I have discovered that a new product has been developed for treatment of cataracts.

It’s called NAC (abbreviation for n-acetylcarnosine). NAC has been tested and developed over the past few years by Innovative Vision Products (IVP), an American company with research operations in Russia (employing Russian scientists). ¹

IVP has developed and patented a process that produces high-purity NAC that is claimed to be exceptionally effective in the non-surgical treatment of age-related cataracts.

NAC has a significant statistical and clinical success rate for cataract patients after using it daily for three to twelve months duration.

Well, Grandpa Wally decided to try it. And we’re currently using NAC two or three times daily, two drops in each eye, in addition to the effective and continued use of castor oil (two drops in each eye at bedtime each night), a natural treatment for cataracts that I described in an earlier posting. ²

NAC dropping maintains a brilliant clarity of vision all day long, and relieves eye stress from intense computer work and reading fine print all day in my coaching and consulting practice.

So far, Grandpa Wally continues to test 20/20 vision in both eyes with no evidence of cataracts forming.

And now we have found TWO natural remedies for avoiding cataract surgery!

Next Post: Grandpa Wally discloses the natural remedy he used to cure a hiatal hernia!


² See:

Doctor, Doctor – Where Did My Cataracts Go?

“Castor Oil?” She said, “I don’t think I can recommend that to any of my patients!” Then she stormed out of the room!


 Today I want to tell you where my cataracts went! And, here’s the story …

 I would be 80 years old the end of August, 2011, and the Department of Motor Vehicles was hounding me to renew my driver’s license due to expire at the end of the month. I knew that DMV would require an eye examination certifying good vision for the renewal.  

 So I made an appointment and went to the eye clinic to get an eye examination the first week of August.

 After the test was completed, the doctor reported that the results showed I had 20/30 vision in my left eye and 20/40 vision in the right. That’s sufficient for DMV, she said.

 Then she stated ominously: “BUT … I see evidence of cataracts forming. Can we have you come back for more definitive testing in a month?” she asked. “We can discuss cataract surgery at that time,” she added blithely.

 I asked her if there were natural alternatives to remove cataracts. “NO,” she said bluntly: “The only cure for cataracts is surgery.”(This is the standard medical industry position on the issue of cataracts, which if untreated can lead to total loss of vision.)

 Well, needless to say, just the thought of having “eye surgery” sent a cold shiver up ole Grandpa Wally’s degenerating spine.

 I agreed to come back in a month for “more definitive testing,” picked up my medical certificate to take to DMV, and came on home.

 That night, I couldn’t sleep. I was obsessed with the evil thought of a  doctor taking a scalpel to my eyes, cutting out the lens, and then implanting a plastic lens.

 Y’know, cataract surgery is the most frequently performed surgical procedure in the world! The medical profession is making a mint of money – billions – every year performing cataract surgery. Removal of a clouded lens and implanting an artificial plastic lens replacement.

 Many of my friends and family members have submitted to cataract surgery over the years, some with good results, some not so good, some horror stories.

 Several friends and other acquaintances have reported horribly serious vision problems following poorly done cataract surgery.

 On the other hand, my older brother (now deceased), after he had cataract surgery, told me that he was fine and able to throw away his reading glasses. He said he was able to see “like a teenager” now.  So I guess it works for some folks. For many, apparently.

 Although the medical profession tells us that surgery is the ONLY remedy for cataracts, and that the procedure is “a safe and effective way to restore vision – with serious complications being unusual,” I was not ready to accept their pronouncement out of hand and without looking around for some independent information.¹

 So I went online that night, did extensive, careful research and found studies and reports claiming that cataract surgery is NOT the only cure for cataracts.

 Cataracts can be reversed; cataracts can be dissolved; and vision can be restored without surgery!²

One treatment I discovered claimed medical studies have established that castor oil can dissolve cataracts! And there are other natural remedies, nutritional remedies, and supplements that can dissolve cataracts.

The castor oil treatment I tried prescribed two drops of castor oil in each eye at bedtime for two to three months to dissolve cataracts.³

 At first I thought: Castor Oil? In the eyes? Then I recalled that castor oil has been administered orally to infants through the ages, for generations. I decided to try it.

 I purchased pharmaceutical grade castor oil at the local health food store, and eye droppers at a local pharmacy. Next evening, I began the procedure of two drops of castor oil in each eye at bedtime every night. There was no pain, just temporary mild blurred vision from this procedure. Awakening the following morning, I noted  increased clarity of vision. I was thrilled, and continued the castor oil drops at bedtime each night thereafter.

 Three and a half weeks later I returned to the eye clinic for the “more definitive” tests the doctor had requested to check the cataracts.

 When the results were determined, the eye doctor was incredulous!

 She said, “the results of this test show you to have 20/20 vision in both eyes! And I see NO EVIDENCE of cataracts!”  “What have you been doing differently?” she asked me.

 I told her about the castor oil protocol I was using and her jaw dropped. Then hastily she called in the clinic’s chief ophthalmologist who carefully re-examined my eyes.

 The “more definitive” test results were the same: 20/20 vision in both eyes and no evidence of cataracts!

 She said, “Castor oil, huh? Well, I don’t think I could recommend that to any of my patients!” … then she stormed out of the room.

 The evidence was plain as day there before their eyes to see. But they were not willing to accept the clear evidence of their own test results!

 I continue drops of castor oil in both eyes at bedtime each night with no ill effects. In fact, quite the opposite. My vision is stronger every day. I no longer need glasses for driving or reading (assuming a font of reasonable size and appropriate lighting).

 And by the way …. the kicker to the story: DMV renewed 81-year-old Grandpa Wally’s driver’s license for eight years, to the year 2020!

 Check back. In the coming weeks Grandpa Wally will have more on vision issues in a later blog.


 ¹ American Optometric Association,

² National Institutes of Health,

³ EarthClinic,

  Norman Shealy,

Welcome to Grandpa Wally’s natural health remedies web blog where we talk about natural ways to treat your ailments!

Grandpa Wally

Welcome to my natural health blog site.

I imagine you might be asking: who is this guy Grandpa Wally, anyway?

I’m going to start off by telling you who Grandpa Wally is, and why he’s publishing this blog.

Many years ago, when I was about three years old and suffering from a miserable cold, I remember Grandma Sarah Allan telling my mother to give me a dose of honey, lemon juice, and whiskey for my cold and to relieve my sore, hoarse throat.

That was the first “grandma’s natural health remedy” I ever heard of. That was eight decades ago and, ever since,  I’ve had an enduring and avid interest in treating health issues naturally. I’ve experimented and used many natural treatments on myself.  I have researched old, natural remedies and have read every natural health book or blog I could lay my hands on since that time.

I’m also reminded of my last conversation with my personal physician; a distinguished Medical School professor who practiced internal medicine. He was my doctor for more than twenty years.

Well, about 12 years ago, when I had complained to him about experiencing numbness of my feet and the tips of my fingers, it was he who suggested I should have an MRI to help with the diagnosis. But, he advised, MRI’s are expensive procedures, so – since I was a Korean War veteran – I might want to seek treatment at the local VA Medical Center where expensive tests could be performed at much lower cost. [I had recently left my employment and consequently lost my health insurance coverage.]

Several years later, when he announced his retirement from the practice of medicine, I called his office to make an appointment just to say “farewell” to a man who had been giving me medical advice and treating me for one ailment or another for over 20 years.

We had a nice conversation that day and said our “goodbyes.” Then as we stood to shake hands before I headed out the door, he said a very surprising thing.

He looked me in the eyes and said:

“Well, Wally, I just wish you had had more pain!”

“Why would you say a thing like that?” I asked him, incredulously.

His reply was: “Well, we doctors know how to treat pain!”

 I suppose he was expressing some remorse at having been unable to diagnose the cause of my peripheral neuropathy.

 [Eventually the VA Medical Center diagnosed my numbness as small fiber idiopathic peripheral neuropathy – idiopathic meaning “we can't determine the cause of this numbness and therefore don’t know how to treat it!” This was the result after about five years of very expensive testing.]

Well, you know, I thought about his farewell remark for a second and then said, “yeah, doc, you know how to treat pain with pain pills. But you don’t always know how to ‘cure’ the underlying cause of the pain, just giving the patient some temporary superficial relief.” He just smiled and waved goodbye.

 [We remain good friends and see each other occasionally on the campus of the university where he continues to teach medical students part time in his retirement.]

 Well, as time goes by, although I have tremendous respect for the medical profession, I find that I rely on their supposed wisdom less and less, and “self doctor” more and more, and with good results overall.

 So, now that brings me to the reason for this blog. Over a long spread of time – more than 60 years – I have done loads of research and study to find the answers to my health issues as they have arisen, especially when I was dissatisfied with a doctor’s diagnosis or lack thereof, or didn’t wish to submit myself to the risks of traditional medical procedures.

 And now, like my Grandma Sarah Allan, I want to share the knowledge of that research and some of the results of my self doctoring. It is my hope and desire that the natural remedies I impart through this blog – most of which I have actually used myself to cure my own personal ailments of one kind or another – will help you and your loved ones and others who find this blog to do some self doctoring yourself when your medical professional is not able to diagnose or treat you appropriately – or when you are not satisfied with and don’t want to settle for just a dose of those pain pills they so readily hand out or prescribe. If you’re like me, you know those pain pills, while they may give some immediate and temporary relief from pain, are usually accompanied by some serious side effects that can lead to additional health problems going forward.

 So come back and keep up with the natural health remedies I’ll talk about, some of which I’ve experimented with on myself and have worked wonders for me.  As we go along, you can leave comments in our comments section with your email address and I’ll try to get back in touch with you as soon as possible.


DISCLAIMER: I’ll begin by telling you that I am not a medical professional, a doctor, or a medical expert of any kind. Nor am I representing myself in any way as an authority on health or medical issues. Here I am only relating to you, the reader, details of my personal experience with natural health remedies I have researched and experimented with on my own.

 If you have a medical problem Grandpa Wally would be the first to advise you that you should first see your doctor or a medical professional. Discuss the issue with someone who is licensed to practice medicine by the local government authorities.