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Cindy Jones is a medical writer and health educator and has authored numerous magazine and trade journal articles. See About the Author for links to articles on the web written by Cindy Jones. Her area of interest is in the effects of phytochemicals on human physiology.

Books by Cindy Jones: These books specialize in the subject of evidence based use of herbs in health.

The Antibiotic Alternative: The Natural Guide to Fighting Infection and Maintaining a Healthy Immune System, published 2000 (Inner Traditions) $14.95
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This timely book discusses the problems encountered with the overuse of antibiotics in the past 20 years.  Antibiotic resistance has risen to a point that once easy to treat infections are now more difficult to treat and even life-threatening in some cases. The book addresses herbal antibiotics, the immune system, the history of infectious disease, as well as how stress affects health. Learn when to use antibiotics and when to use safe, at-home herbal treatments for infections.       

Herbs for Healthy Skin, available from Mushroom ebooks,  (, $3.99, illustrated by Barry Jones
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Learn how to use herbs to care for your skin and feet; not only to keep skin healthy, but also to treat many common skin problems. “Herbs for Healthy Skin” is a 36-page booklet containing a wealth of information on skin and feet. Nine herbs are featured including chamomile, lavender and thyme with growing and using instructions. Besides a short introduction of the biology of skin, several skin problems are addressed such as athlete's foot, dry skin, eczema, scabies, aging skin and anthrax. Advice is given on treating these problems with a variety of herbs. There are also easy to make recipes for skin care products and instructions for altering them for personal needs. If you have skin, this book can help you!
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Healthy Heart Guide, available from Woodland Publishing ($4.95)
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Learn why the heart is so important to health and about common conditions that affect the heart. Outlined are conventional treatment for heart disease, as well as proven natural therapies involving diet, supplements and other lifestyle factors that can lead you to a healthy heart and an overall health lifestyle. A must-read for anyone concerned with protecting their heart!

Courses: Cindy Jones also does workshops and classes on various topics. Please contact her for details.  Under construction is a correspondence course on skin physiology specifically aimed at home toiletries makers.  Check back soon for more information.

Cindy Jones has also written a continuing medical education course for medical professionals. Click on the below title for more information on this course:
Foods and Phytochemicals in Cancer Prevention, an online CME course for medical professionals.
Pharmacognosy: The Science of Herbology, coming soon as an online course for medical professionals.

A Short History of Medicine
2000 BC - Here, eat this root.
1000 AD - That root is heathen. Here, say this prayer.
1850 AD - That prayer is superstition. Here, drink this potion.
1940 AD - That potion is snake oil. Here, swallow this pill.
1985 AD - That pill is ineffective. Here, take this antibiotic.
2000 AD - That antibiotic doesn't work anymore. Here, eat this root!

Treating Minor Infections With Herbs, by Cindy L. Jones

Once thought to be the magic bullet, able to rid the world of disease, antibiotics are now loosing their strength. Ever since penicillin became widely used in the 1940's, bacteria have been developing ways to get around antibiotics. Our over-dependence on antibiotics has created antibiotic resistant bacteria that are now more difficult to treat. Scientists are questioning whether it is really appropriate to treat minor infections such as earaches or bronchitis with antibiotics. Many times these infections are caused by viruses, which because of their biological makeup, do not respond to antibiotics. If we want antibiotics to work for life threatening diseases, we should save them for that purpose.

Many minor infections can be healed with common herbs including culinary herbs that have long been used as food preservatives such as sage, rosemary and thyme. But antibiotic herbs also include chamomile, garlic, goldenseal and licorice. Simple infections of the skin such as acne, respiratory tract infections such as bronchitis, as well as diarrhea can usually be treated successfully with herbal antibiotics. For a full description of treating these infections read "The Antibiotic Alternative".

Foods and Phytochemicals in Cancer Prevention and Treatment, by Cindy L. A. Jones, Ph.D.
In the past foods had been investigated for components that can cause cancer. Recent progress, however, has shown that foods contain agents that prevent cancer. This is especially important due to a lack of progress made in cancer treatment, making prevention much more important. Chemoprevention refers to the use of natural or synthetic chemicals to block, retard, or reverse the process of carcinogenesis. Plants contain phytochemicals that have potent chemopreventive activity and over the past ten years significant advances have been made in understanding the mechanisms behind chemoprevention. In fact, research on the benefits of phytochemicals is increasing daily with laboratory, animal and human research publications growing. Sorting through this myriad of information can be overwhelming. This course helps to inform health care providers of the mechanism of cancer development as well as important literature findings of phytochemicals for chemoprevention. Completion of this course will allow health care professionals to better advise their patients on dietary changes that can decrease their risk of cancer.

This online course provides CME (continuing medical education) credit for health care professionals including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists. ArcMesa is a category 1 provider of CME. To access this course login at and search for "Foods and Phytochemicals in Cancer Prevention and Treatment."

Contents of this site is copyrighted 2001-2002;  Artwork is copyrighted by Barry Jones, 2002.

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