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Real-World Homeopathy diabetes A holistic approach to control and prevention. 21 Supplement Spotlight The buzz behind whole-food multis. 27 Sports Nutrition The power of protein. 28 The Goods 3 0 Postscript Heather Tick, MD, tells us not to let chronic pain dominate our lives. A source for news, information, and ideas for your healthy lifestyle. facebook.com/RemediesMagazine from the editor ’s desk Being Thankful I read recently, somewhere on the Web, that if I was able to read the message there my life was “pretty awesome.” It’s true: Access to free communication on a high-tech device implies significant liberty and wealth relative to much of the rest of the world. I’d go a step further while contemplating what to be thankful for this season: Those of us with the opportunity to read the material within these pages can add to that list our access to products that may help make our lives even better. 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Participants in the new study ate a “stabilization diet” for four weeks, then took either 10 milligrams of monacolins or a placebo every day for four weeks. Favorable changes in total cholesterol, LDL (bad) cholesterol, and non-HDL cholesterol were seen in the supplement group. No significant changes were seen in triglyceride levels, HDL (good) cholesterol, or overall safety. Additionally, levels of C-reactive protein—a marker of inflammation—were reduced by 24 percent. “Red Yeast Rice Improves Lipid Pattern, High-Sensitivity C-Reactive Protein, and Vascular Remodeling Parameters . . .” by A.F. Cicero et al., Nutr Res, 8/13 black tea for BP Drinking black tea may control nighttime blood pressure fluctuations, according to a recent study. Adults who drank three cups of the tea each day saw an immediate stabilization of blood pressure at night, and the effects continued for the length of the six-month trial. The researchers believe the flavonoids in the tea are responsible. Other research has indicated that blood pressure variability may be a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. “Wellness Made Easy,” University of California, Berkeley Wellness Letter, 8/13 did you know? Herbal remedies that have been shown to have positive effects on cholesterol and other blood lipids include artichoke, fenugreek, flax, garlic, hawthorn, psyllium seed, shiitake mushroom, and turmeric. Herbal Therapy & Supplements by Merrily A. Kuhn and David Winston, ($46.95, Wolters Kluwer, 2008) November 2013 l remedies 9 vegetarians need B12, omega 3s Vegetarians have lower risk than meat-eaters for a variety of diseases, including certain cancers and Type 2 diabetes. But a new study determined that vegetarians can have elevated levels of homocysteine (a risk factor for heart disease) and higher blood platelet volume and aggregability (which could lead to a clot). The author of the study suggested that these factors may be linked to low intake of vitamin B12 and omega-3 fatty acids in a vegetarian diet. “Effect of the Vegetarian Diet on Non-communicable Diseases” by D. Li, J Sci Food Agric, 8/21/13 ginseng helps with cancer fatigue Your online resource for natural solutions for a healthy mind and body. Cancer patients reported feeling less tired after taking 2,000 milligrams of American ginseng daily for eight weeks. The study compared the effects of the supplement with a placebo in participants who were experiencing cancer-related fatigue. Participants rated their levels of fatigue via a questionnaire. At the start of the study, both groups had an average score of 40 on a 100-point scale (higher scores indicate a higher energy level). After eight weeks, the group taking ginseng had a 20-point increase, while the placebo group improved by 10 points. “Nearly all patients with cancer can suffer from fatigue at some point; either at diagnosis, during treatment, and even after treatment,” said the Mayo Clinic’s Debra Barton, PhD, who led the study. “The issue with cancer-related fatigue is that it can be a profound fatigue that is not relieved by sleep or rest and that it can significantly impact the ability of people to accomplish the things they are used to doing every day.” “Ginseng Supplements Linked to Less Cancer Fatigue” by Kathryn Doyle, Reuters Health, 8/15/13 l “Wisconsin Ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) to Improve CancerRelated Fatigue . . .” by D.L. Barton et al., Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 7/13/13 10 remedies l November 2013 DI STIVE CA GE RE CO Better Health Begins with Better Digestion MPANY † * Brenda Watson, C.N.C. 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With the right holistic approach, diabetes can 12 be managed. What’s more, Type 2 diabetes actually can be reversed in many cases. While every individual is different, a holistic approach includes a healthy diet, exercise, and possible supplemental support. Consult with a healthcare professional about what’s best for you. Part of the plan “Supplements cannot take the place of a complete program to control and reverse Type 2 diabetes, which includes weight reduction and especially waist reduction, proper diet, regular physical activity, stress reduction, and hormone replacement therapy,” says Don Colbert, MD, author of Reversing Diabetes. Dr. Colbert adds that supplements can help control blood sugar “in a systematic, natural way” once a healthy eating plan has been established. He stresses that anyone with Type 1 diabetes will always need insulin. Get a move on Everyone needs to exercise to stay healthy, but regular activity is particularly important in diabetes management, according to remedies l November 2013 a holistic approach to Hope and natural help the American Diabetes Association (ADA). Here’s why: When you get moving, your insulin works more efficiently. What’s more, during exercise your cells work to remove glucose from your blood via a mechanism that’s separate from insulin. To exercise safely, Dr. Colbert advises consulting with your doctor before beginning a program; checking your blood sugar levels before, during, and after exercise; preparing for a low-blood-sugar emergency; and having proper foot protection. It’s no fun to exercise if your body aches. Natural supplements and remedies such as Arnica can help reduce muscle and joint fatigue and soreness. The right plate You might want to lose a few pounds so you can fit into your old blue jeans, but here’s another reason: Being overweight increases your risk for Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. The ADA advises creating a plate that’s half filled with nonstarchy vegetables such as carrots, greens, and many others; one-fourth with starchy foods such as whole grains; and one-fourth with lean meat, fish, or meat substitutes. did you know? The American Diabetes Association estimates that 7 million people in the US have undiagnosed diabetes. An additional 79 million have prediabetes, a serious precursor that can cause longterm damage to the body. November 2013 l remedies 13 Supplemental help These natural supplements and remedies show promise in helping to control symptoms of diabetes. Consult with your physician before supplementation, particularly if you’re on any medication or have diabetes or other health challenges. n Multivitamin/mineral. Dr. Colbert says multis should contain magnesium and B vitamins (including biotin), plus macro and trace minerals. Biotin helps prevent insulin resistance. n Alpha lipoic acid can help relieve metabolic syndrome, decrease insulin resistance, and promote weight loss. n Omega-3 fatty acids. “Omega-3 fats generally decrease inflammation, lower triglyceride levels, and may help prevent insulin resistance and improve glucose tolerance,” Dr. Colbert writes. Fish oils and krill oil are excellent sources. type 1 or type 2? If you have Type 1 diabetes (previously known as juvenile diabetes), you must inject insulin because your body cannot make it. In Type 2 diabetes, the body makes an insufficient amount of insulin or the insulin it makes does not function effectively. Type 1 can’t be prevented, but Type 2 can be delayed or prevented entirely. n Cinnamon. Studies have shown that this spice can help stop blood sugar spikes after meals, provide long-term blood sugar control, and lower prediabetes risk factors. n Gymnema. This Indian herb is a potent antidiabetic plant used in Ayurvedic preparations. n Bitter melon. Another Indian plant with antidiabetic potential, bitter melon is reported to increase muscle strength while decreasing body fat. Some research shows that bitter melon may help reduce blood sugar levels. n Green tea. “Green tea and green tea extracts are my favorite weight-loss supplements,” writes Dr. Colbert. “Ultimately, green tea promotes fat oxidation, which is fat burning.” n Fiber supplements can help control blood sugar and weight. American Diabetes Association, www.diabetes.org l “Bitter Melon,” www.webmd.com l Healing Spices by Bharat B. Aggarwal, PhD, with Debora Yost ($24.95, Sterling, 2011) l “Proanthocyanidins Are the Major Anti-diabetic Components of Cinnamon Water Extract” by L. 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This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. As always, consult your doctor or health care team before beginning any weight loss program or reducing your dosage of current medications. real-world homeopathy did you know? Like vaccines, homeopathic remedies can be used preventively. Lathyrus, a remedy derived from the chickpea, has been used during polio epidemics and found effective. sandpaper throats a gentler way to manage seasonal symptoms As we gather round the hearth this autumn, we share more than thankful hearts. The sound of coughing and the pain of scratchy throats from colds, flu, and dry indoor air are unwelcome but regular visitors of the season. Most of these symptoms resolve on their own with commonsense strategies like rest and plenty of fluids, but why suffer while you wait for these pests to run their course? Safe, gentle, and effective, homeopathic remedies can ease discomforts without the side effects of prescription drugs and the typical battery of over-thecounter artillery. Children and teens are more likely to get sore throats than others, according to the Mayo Clinic. And since they’re also more susceptible to streptococcal infection, or strep throat—the most common bacterial infection related to sore throat—the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends your child be seen by a healthcare professional when a sore throat is severe or is accompanied by difficulty breathing. Unusual drooling in little ones may also indicate difficulty swallowing. Strep throat requires prompt treatment with antibiotics to prevent complications. Coughs come in a wide range, from the dry, tickling kind to the loose, rattling variety that shakes your whole chassis. Causes can include irritation from pollution as well as the usual viral suspects. A cough that doesn’t resolve within a few weeks or one accompanied by thick yellow or green mucus should be evaluated by a doctor, as should asthma. While there are combination remedies that are helpful for coughs and scratchy throats, homeopathic remedies are most effective when they are prescribed for the unique constellation of symptoms that November 2013 l remedies 17 an individual—child or adult—is experiencing, advises homeopathic expert Dana Ullman, MPH. Matching the remedy to the symptoms shortens their duration and helps the body’s immune system respond naturally to promote healing. And since it can disrupt illness at its onset, homeopathy has the potential to prevent less-serious maladies from becoming more troublesome. —Elaine Ambrose Condition or Problem Persistent dry cough Raspy, tickling cough Barking, croupy cough Hacking cough, hoarseness Red, inflamed sore throat Sore throat associated with a fever Throat pain with swallowing Sudden acute sore throat Homeopathic Remedy Aconite for sudden onset Allium cepa Hepar sulphur Kali bic Apis Ferrum phos Rhus tox Belladonna Notes Best used at the beginning of an illness; especially helpful for children who wake up with this type of cough at night. The larynx may feel ticklish and the cough worsens in cold air. Cough is worse when the person is exposed to cold air; drinking cold liquids or taking a deep breath may exacerbate coughing. Cough may be accompanied by thick, sticky nasal discharge and violent sneezing in the morning. Burning, stinging pain that is worse with warm drinks or food but lessens with cold drinks. The throat may hurt even without swallowing. Throat is red and dry with burning pain. Pain from overuse of the voice often responds to this remedy. Swallowing causes pain initially but often decreases the more one swallows. This is the primary remedy for acute sore throat. The Complete Homeopathic Resource for Common Illnesses by Dennis Chernin, MD, MPH ($29.95, North Atlantic Books, 2006) l Easy Homeopathy by Edward Shalts, MD, DHt ($14.95, McGraw-Hill, 2006) l Homeopathy: An A to Z Home Handbook by Alan V. Schmukler ($17.95, Llewellyn, 2006) l “Homeopathy for Sore Throat” by Dana Ullman, HuffPost Healthy Living, www.huffingtonpost.com, 10/17/09 l “Sore Throat” by Mayo Clinic staff, 5/7/13 1 18REM_HH.indd remedies l November 2013 10/3/13 9:39 AM When it Comes to Black Elderberry We’re on Top * Tested for Efﬁcacy • Standardized BioActives® • Proven Bioavailability Perhaps these are the reasons why Nature’s Way® Sambucus is the best-selling black elderberry extract brand.* Or maybe it’s just because it works. *Best-selling elderberry extract supplement brand in health food retail stores according to SPINScan (last 52 weeks ending 8/31/13) Beauty from Within with Rejuvilaâ€™s Marine Collagen & Elastin PolypeptidesTM Collagen and elastin are both key proteins of the dermal extracellular matrix responsible for plump, hydrated, tight, firm skin. While collagen cushions and plumps the epidermis, elastin provides elasticity and flexibility. 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This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. 877-480-4402 www.rejuvila.com supplement spotlight whole-food supplements more than the sum of their parts Most experts agree that the best way to nourish our bodies is through whole foods. Since it’s difficult to get the full range of nutrients from our diets, however, more than half of all Americans take dietary supplements. More often than not, those supplements are in the form of multivitamin/mineral capsules or tablets. One trend is to avoid separating the parts from the whole. Instead of isolating vitamins and minerals—or manufacturing them artificially—companies are introducing “whole food” supplements, derived from actual foods. An expanding market Such products are not limited to multis but cover a comprehensive range. Wholefood supplements for heart health, stress relief, blood pressure control, and bone strength are among the many options. The idea is to concentrate as many of the foods’ components as possible so they can work synergistically—the way they do in whole foods. For example, an orange provides more than just vitamin C. It also contains fiber and other phytonutrients that together deliver optimal health benefits. Wholefood supplements are designed to deliver health benefits in that same way. Waiting for research While the theory appears to be sound, there has been very little substantive research done on whole-food supplements. Studies on the benefits of actual whole foods abound, of course. Recent work at the Linus Pauling Institute (LPI) at Oregon State University showed that a key component of broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables is poorly absorbed in supplement form. But that’s not true of all nutrients. “Some vitamins and nutrients, like the folic acid recommended for pregnant women, are actually better absorbed as a supplement than through food,” said LPI’s Emily Ho, PhD. Whole foods—and purportedly wholefood supplements—are also loaded with enzymes that help increase the assimilation of nutrients by our bodies. Such enzymes are vital for many metabolic processes. Using whole-food ingredients in supplements is believed to increase the bioavailability of the nutrients. Last, but not least, traditional supplements often contain preservatives, artificial coloring, and other additives that can be avoided by choosing whole-food options instead. —Rich Wallace “Health Benefits of Broccoli Require the Whole Food, Not Supplements,” Oregon State University, 10/11/11 l “Traditional vs. Whole-Food Nutritional Supplements” by Deborah Savran, ND, www.themix. coop l “‘Whole Food’ Vitamins Are a Cool Idea, but Proof of Benefit Is Lacking” by Katherine Hobson, US News & World Report, 1/8/10 l “Whole Food vs. Synthetic Supplements” by Melissa Wood, ND, www. stayhealthyandwell.com November 2013 l remedies 21 By Letitia L. Star keys 5 “Healthy digestion is the seat of total health,” says Elizabeth Lipski, PhD, clinical nutritionist and author of Digestive Wellness. “If you make poor food choices or if your body cannot digest, absorb, and utilize the food due to poor digestive function, you probably will eventually develop signs, symptoms, and finally a diagnosable illness.” Consider these natural supplements and remedies to improve digestion. 1 to digestive wellness Feeling vibrantly healthy goes hand-in-hand with excellent digestion and elimination. It’s important to eat healthily; however, how well you digest your food also counts. Digestive enzymes: Fresh, locally grown foods are good enzyme sources, as are fermented and cultured foods. But cooking destroys enzymes—even at the low temperature of 118 degrees. “Cooked, packaged, or processed foods are enzyme depleted,” advises Dr. Lipski. “Since these kinds of foods are what we eat, most of us will benefit from enzyme supplementation.” Look for single digestive enzyme supplements or enzyme combination blends. Raw enzymes and formulas for gas are also available. To aid in protein digestion, consider plant-based enzymes such as bromelain, which comes from pineapple plants, and papain, from green papayas. These protein-splitting enzymes also can help reduce inflammation. Pancreatic enzymes help digestion and can also assist in stabilizing blood glucose levels in people with diabetes or hypoglycemia. 2 Homeopathic remedies: Nux vomica helps relieve indigestion, especially due to undigested food. If you’re experiencing pains due to trapped gas, consider Lycopodium. Arsenicum can alleviate upset stomach, diarrhea, or vomiting. For nausea not relieved by vomiting, choose Ipecacuanha (also known as Ipecaca). November 2013 l remedies 23 3 Fiber supplementation: Dietary fiber promotes bowel health by reducing constipation. It also supports heart health, helps control diabetes, and assists in achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. “Insufficient dietary fiber intake is yet another reason people may not be absorbing or digesting their foods appropriately,” says Dr. Lipski. If you’re under age 50, the recommended daily requirement is 25 grams (g) for women and 38 g for men. Over age 50, it’s 21 g for women and 30 g for men. If you are not getting enough fiber from fiber-rich food, consider supplementation with natural formulas that contain psyllium, chia, or flax. Chia is a whole-grain food with up to 11 g of fiber per ounce (two tablespoons). Flaxseed is a great source of both soluble and insoluble fiber. Psyllium husks are available in flakes, capsules, or powders. There are 71 g of soluble fiber in just 100 g of psyllium. This fiber source makes a great bulk laxative, as well as a reliever of diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome. Probiotics: “Beneficial bacteria do not permanently stay in the gut, so we need to regularly get them from foods, such as yogurt or kefir, or use a supplement,” advises Dr. Lipski. Probiotic bacteria aid digestion and boost the manufacture and absorption of nutrients. These friendly bacteria also boost immunity, promote healthy metabolism and weight, and help normalize cholesterol and triglycerides. “Typically I look for mixed probiotic supplements that contain Lactobacillus acidophilus plus Bifidobacteria strains,” says Dr. Lipski. “However, there are times when you may choose to use a specific strain or a specific probiotic.” Some probiotic formulas are specifically created for men, women, children, and infants; others are raw, sugar-free, lactose-free, or vegetarian. 4 5 Healing herb teas: Find teas with herb blends for heartburn, gas relief, stomach upset, or healthy digestion. Fennel aids digestion and relieves cramping. Peppermint calms stomach upset, assists fat digestion, and much more. For relief of gas pains, rely on ginger in fresh or powdered form. Ginger can also help alleviate nausea and vomiting, plus motion and morning sickness. Chamomile helps soothe the digestive system with its calming and anti-inflammatory properties. It’s gentle enough to give to children; however, on rare occasions, chamomile causes allergic reactions, particularly in those with severe ragweed allergies. Other noteworthy herbs for digestion include goldenseal, milk thistle, slippery elm, and turmeric. Be mindful that common digestive complaints—chronic diarrhea and constipation, for example—could be symptoms of a serious condition. It’s always a sound practice to consult with your healthcare practitioner before starting supplementation. consider this Every bottle of Bio-K Plus from Bio-K International is individually fermented guaranteeing 50 billion fresh, live probiotic strains that help maintain a healthy digestive system. Ultimate Flora Ultra Potent 100 Billion from Renew Life has 100 billion live cultures and 12 GPS probiotic strains per capsule. Delayed release to survive stomach acid. Potency guaranteed. “The Benefits of Flaxseed” by Elaine Magee; “The Truth About Chia” by Kathleen M. Zelman, www.WebMD.com l Celiac Disease: A Hidden Epidemic by Peter H.R. Green, MD, and Rory Jones ($24.99, HarperCollins, 2010) l “Dietary Fiber: Essential for a Healthy Diet” by Mayo Clinic staff, www.MayoClinic. com l Digestive Wellness (4th Edition) by Elizabeth Lipski, PhD ($22, McGraw-Hill, 2012) l Homeopathy: An A to Z Home Handbook by Alan V. Schmukler ($17.95, Llewellyn Worldwide, 2006) l National Geographic Guide to Medicinal Herbs by Rebecca L. Johnson et al. ($40, National Geographic, 2012) l Simple Homeopathy by Robin Hayfield ($9.95, Anness Publishing Ltd., 2008) 24 remedies l November 2013 Take a Holiday From Stress The relax ing Anti-Stress D r ink Gluten-Free Vegan Organic Flavors Organic Stevia Free subscription to award-winning Organic Connections e-magazine at www.organicconnectmag.com For more product information, visit www.naturalvitality.com. 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The analysis concluded, “Calcium supplements . . . increase the risk of cardiovascular events, especially myocardial infarction (heart attack). . . . A reassessment of the role of calcium supplements in osteoporosis management is warranted.” What’s missing from this picture is that magnesium supplementation is more important than calcium in order to maintain healthy bones as well as a healthy heart. Magnesium keeps calcium dissolved in the blood. Without the proper balance of magnesium to calcium, about a 2:1 ratio, calcium ends up in coronary arteries, where it can lead to clogged arteries; deposited in kidneys, which can create kidney stones; and in joint cartilage, rather than in bones where we need it most. Adequate levels of magnesium in the body are essential for the absorption and metabolism not only of calcium but of vitamin D, because magnesium converts vitamin D into its active form so that it can help calcium absorption. So, there’s no point in taking vitamin D if you don’t take magnesium as well, and with magnesium you don’t require high doses of vitamin D. Magnesium also stimulates a particular hormone, calcitonin, which helps to preserve bone structure and draws calcium out of the blood and soft tissues back into the bones, lowering the likelihood of osteoporosis, some forms of arthritis, heart attack, and kidney stones. With magnesium, the body can n properly absorb calcium; n regulate calcium transport; n stimulate calcitonin; n suppress parathyroid, another hormone that breaks down bone; n activate an enzyme required for new bone to form; n convert vitamin D into its active form for calcium absorption. If you make the decision to supplement with magnesium, use twice as much magnesium as calcium. But consider choosing your calcium from food sources such as yogurt, hard cheese, sardines, cottage cheese, etc., and obtain your magnesium from wellabsorbed sources like magnesium citrate powder. “Calcium Supplements With or Without Vitamin D and Risk of Cardiovascular Events: Reanalysis of the Women’s Health Initiative Limited Access Dataset and Meta-analysis” by M.J. Bolland et al., BMJ, 4/19/11 A 32-page guide to the benefits of magnesium and how to avoid osteoporosis, strengthen bones naturally, and support a healthy heart is available as a free download at www. nutritionalmagnesium.org. clip and save These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Information appearing in remedies may not be reproduced in whole or in part without express permission of the publisher. 26 l remedies November 2013 sports nutrition like teens who are still growing, those new to exercise, athletes who are intensifying their workouts, people recovering from injuries, and anyone transitioning to vegetarian or vegan lifestyles may want to ramp things up with protein supplements. Powder protein supplements commonly come in three varieties: whey, soy, and casein. How to choose? Whey protein was recently shown to be more effective in building lean body mass than soy, but it’s also derived from milk, as is casein. Vegans might use soy protein, or consider hemp powder, a plant-only source of complete protein that provides the right combination of essential amino acids. All in moderation But it doesn’t take much to overdo it. To build a pound of muscle, the body needs an additional daily dose of just 10 to 14 g of protein. Some powder supplements sock you with 80 g per single serving, which may be problematic for the liver and kidneys. Here’s another tip: Slugging a protein shake right after a workout isn’t best. What your body needs immediately post-exercise is carbs—four times more carbohydrates than protein. If you’re going to build protein powders into your diet, spread them throughout the day as a snack or in place of a meal. As with all products, it’s wise to review the labels to be sure you’re getting the ingredients you want. —Karen Lovett “Dietary Proteins,” MedlinePlus, www.nlm.nih.gov l “Dietary Supplements for Athletes: Emerging Trends and Recurring Themes” by R.J. Maughan et al., J Sports Sci, 2011 l “Do You Need Protein Powders?” by Gina Shaw, www.WebMD.com l “Insufficient Amounts and Inadequate Distribution of Dietary Protein Intake in Apparently Healthy Older Adults . . . ” by R.E.R. Valenzuela et al., Clin Interv Aging, 9/13 l “Pump Up Your Workouts with Vegan Protein Powder” by Keegan Baur, www.PETA.org more muscle sorting out the protein craze Protein has been called a “building block of life.” This makes sense, because the macronutrient helps us form and sustain our bones, muscle, and skin. The trouble is that some of us—especially older adults—are a few building blocks shy of an ideal set. Inadequate amounts of protein put this particular age group at risk for sarcopenia, or loss of muscle mass. Others, from the casual athlete to the fitness fanatic, need to make sure that their protein intake satisfies their muscle mass and postworkout recovery needs. Enough is enough So, just how much protein are we talking about? The average person needs 50 to 65 grams (g) each day. For a more customized calculation of your target intake, multiply your weight by 0.4; this is how many grams to aim for per day. For athletes, use the simple ratio of 1 g of protein for every pound of body weight. Experts widely recommend a wholefoods approach to proper protein intake, meaning that a balanced diet including fish, chicken, legumes, and dairy products will do the trick. But some people, Read about safe, legal ways to boost sports performance at remediesmagazine.com/boost November 2013 l remedies 27 the goods donâ€™t miss these products! NOW Foods Omega-7 Softgels contain a molecularly distilled fish oil that provides 224 milligrams of palmitoleic acid, more than most sea buckthorn-derived omega-7 supplements. 888-669-3663, www.nowfoods.com Sambu Guard from Flora, Inc. is ideal for seasonal immune support. 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Many forces affect healing, and people lead complicated lives, so the road to recovery is neither straight nor the same for everyone. For most people, the road winds and curves. It may feel as if you aren’t always moving forward, but don’t worry too much about short-term fluctuations in your progress. Remember, worry causes inflammation, and a “go with the flow” attitude is healthiest. If you have chronic pain, you should not let pain be your guide. It can lead you astray and dominate your life. Sometimes pain in the short run achieves relief in the long run, and hurt does not necessarily mean harm. For example, an exercise program is important for everyone, but it comes with the healthy pain of reconditioning. A professional such as a private trainer, chiropractor, osteopath, or Heather Tick, MD, is the author of Holistic Pain Relief and has been an integrative medical practitioner for over 20 years. A sought-after speaker, she lives in Seattle and works at the University of Washington, where she is the first Gunn-Loke Endowed Professor for Integrative Pain Medicine. Visit her online at www. heathertickmd.com. exercise therapist, or a combination of these, should help you determine your safe levels of exercise. Your body begins life with optimal function. For example, early in life you start off using the most appropriate muscles for bending over or maintaining posture in your neck. As you get injured, some muscles get overworked or damaged, and your body compensates by using different, less-appropriate muscles. Over time, compensation patterns may occur. Your body may go through several compensation patterns before it has no more tricks to try. At that point, pain, weakness, and other symptoms develop. Think of all these compensation patterns as a large ball of multicolored yarn in which each compensation pattern is its own color. Healthy treatment will unravel the ball, but as it does, you will experience each color and the symptoms that come with it. These symptoms may include soreness in particular muscle groups. You may also recognize many of the colors as they unravel; they are compensation patterns you experienced while your body was becoming injured in the first place. As you are working through your therapies and exercise program, it may feel as if your pain is moving. This is a good thing. It means your body is getting closer and closer to the optimal function it began with. —Excerpted from the book Holistic Pain Relief, 2013, by Dr. Heather Tick. 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