Beginnings lifestyle magazine
FINDING TRUE LOVE PERK UP! DENTAL HEALTH & HEART DISEASE HYPERBARIC OXYGEN THERAPY BURN FAT
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Finding True Love... 18
Brain Fog – Medical Detox
Dental Health & Heart Disease... 30
BOOKREVIEW... 12 The pH Miracle
Perk Up... 32
FITNESS... 13 Reduce Chances For Injury At Any Age
GREENLIVING... 14 Energy & Electricity
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy... 47 Burn Fat... 50
HERBS&SPICES... 16 Chamomile
Manage Intestinal Symptoms Naturally... 38
HEALTHYPETS... 20 Best Friends & Best Medicine
Stress & Hormone Balance... 41
DENTALHEALTH... 30 Dental Health & Heart Disease
Edema–Treating Naturally... 44 Sugar’s Surprisingly Large Number of Deadly Effects... 52
HEALTHYRECIPES... 31 Veggie Soup & Gluten-free Pancakes
Insomnia: Diabetics Obstacle... 62
FAMILYHEALTH... 34 Staying Healthy During Cold & Flu Season
NATURALBEAUTY... 46 A Natural Way To A Beautiful Body
INeveryISSUE COVERSTORY... 5 PUBLISHERLETTER... 5 NEWSBRIEFS...6
RECIPES... 8, 16, 31, 44
ASTROLOGY&HEALTH... 58 The Sun in Aquarius
NATURALSOLUTIONS... 62 Insomnia: A Diabetic’s Obstacle
COMMUNITYGUIDE... 55 MARKETPLACE... 60 CALENDAREVENTS... 59, 61 CLASSIFIEDS... 61
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Spice Up Your Life Written by Sara Piccola
his February don’t just spice up your love life, spice up your diet! This month’s cover is the vibrant chili pepper. There are hundreds of varieties of chili peppers and they have been part of the American diet since 7500 BC. If you’re thinking you don’t like spicy food, you might want to reconsider after you learn the abundance of health benefits from chili peppers. Capsaicin is the active ingredient in chili peppers; it’s what makes your mouth scream. This chemical provides pain relief for migraines, sinus headaches and helps combat nasal congestion. Capsaicin has the ability to make cancer cells commit suicide in rats, and may be used in the near future to combat prostate cancer in males. The substance is also a thermagenic and can assist in burning fat by increasing the metabolism of the body’s adipose tissue, generating heat. Capsaicin has the ability to lower blood pressure and protect the heart by lowering cholesterol, triglycerides and platelet aggregation. If spicy food is out of the picture, you can still benefit from chili peppers! Next time you get a case of cold feet, or are preparing for a ski day, put some cayenne in your shoes or boots. It will keep your feet warm for the winter months to come!
I hope many of you were able to watch President Barack Obama’s inauguration. Tears of joy wet my eyes and my heart warmed as I listened to his speech of courage and hope for a new government – a government that will be accountable to its people. His promise for change will not be a quick fix; rather it will be a work in progress. I appreciated his honesty in articulating that change will take time, as well as a dedication to the process. This way of thinking can also be applied to our physical and mental health and wellbeing. Instead of looking for instant gratification regarding health issues, look purposefully to the root cause. This will provide a stronger foundation in living a long and productive life. Watching what we eat plays a huge part in how we feel and consequently how we feel physically, affects our thoughts. Eating whole foods, drinking plenty of water and getting exercise every day enhance longevity and the quality of our life. Adopting a healthy mind set of paying attention to our thoughts, as well as to what we ingest will enable us to have the fortitude to endure a new way of life. Focusing our attention on what we have rather than what we are lacking elevates our mental attitude. Choosing our words carefully when we speak and adopting an attitude of service to others can be rewarding in all relationships, both business and personal. We live in an amazing and beautiful time. How wonderful to be a part of positive change in the making, “United we stand, divided no one wins.” Our mission at Healthy Beginnings Magazine is a constant work in progress bringing to you every month the latest in natural and integrative medicine, health, nutrition, fitness, sustainability, personal growth and more. Education is the key when it comes to change, enjoy reading this issue, look inside and I bet you will learn something new! Best in Health and Happiness, Dawn Gowery
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Our hearts. Our choice.
Humanity Unites Brilliance
The decisions you make every day have the power to determine your health. On April 3, choose to live a stronger, longer life and support the fight against heart disease in women. Attend the Go Red for Women luncheon on April 3 at the Grand Sierra Resort, 10am to 2pm. 10 – 11:30am. Healthy living breakout sessions and Health Expo. 11:30am to 2pm. Luncheon with inspirational speaker. $1500 for a table or $150 per person. Call the American Heart Association at (775) 322-7065 for more info.
The Institute for Inspiration, Reno, is introducing Humanity Unites Brilliance Tuesday night, February 24th from 6:30 - 8pm. A training for “Hubbies” will be offered right after from 8 - 9pm. HUB is a humanitarian organization dedicated to providing clean water, food, education and micro loans catalyzing positive change on the planet. HUB’s vision is to create a new social movement with programs that benefit all non-profits and financially empower those who are participating in its growth. Come hear how you can be part of this movement! Call Cheryl Blossom (775) 338-8617.
Sierra Behavioral Solutions Is Now Offering New Groups Available In February 2009
Integrative Awareness Classes
Group offerings will be: Facing Loss and Building Hope, Guided Meditation Group for stress reduction, a Journal Writing Group as a tool for building self esteem, and Sierra Behavioral Solutions (SBS) will be offering EFT Emotional Freedom Technique for stress reduction. EFT will also be offered specifically for US Veterans suffering from PTSD and stress. Call (775) 348-5800 for more info and to sign up for the groups. Cost for groups will vary depending on multiple groups or drop in fees. SBS Psychiatrists and clinicians are also taking new clients. CALL NOW!!
Would You Like Amazing Shifts & Breakthroughs in All Areas of Your Life? Integrated Awareness® classes and workshop now being offered at The Institute for Inspired Living. IA® classes Wednesday nights from 7-9pm & workshop Saturday and Sunday February 28th & March 1st. Identify and map specific energetic pathways that increase your clarity, ease and power. As you increase your awareness you transform your childhood strategies into conscious present time choices, thereby expanding your wisdom, potential, and effectiveness. Cheryl Blossom (775) 338-8617.
Virginia Parsons to appear on Channel 2 News Virginia Parsons, MS, CCHT, CTLC will appear on Channel 2 News with Wendy Damonte on Monday February 23rd at 5pm. She will discuss “Why Diet’s Don’t Work” and be available for phone in questions after the interview. Virginia has 20 years experience as a Lifestyle Coach and Hypnotherapist, and Master’s degree in Health & Fitness Education. She teaches clients “How to Reprogram Their Metabolic Switch to Burn Fat” using a multifaceted approach that includes low-glycemic eating, behavior modification, proper exercise, stress management, mental reprogramming, and proper supplementation. Virginia has recently moved her office to The Sanctuary. For more information call: (775) 250-6482.
New Hours and New Staff Member for Body Wisdom Physical Therapy Announcing new late hours for Body Wisdom Physical Therapy. We will now be open from 8am to 7pm Monday through Friday for your convenience. Body Wisdom Physical Therapy also welcomes a new member to the staff: Corrie Black, DPT has recently moved to Reno from Portland, Oregon. Corrie received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. Prior to moving to the Reno area, she was the physical therapist for the Rose City Rollers, a professional Roller Derby Team, as well as an Athletic Trainer and Special Olympics Coach. Body Wisdom: (775) 827-3777.
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Candace Andrews has worked in the addiction field in Reno, NV for 14 years and is a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor who has been in private practice in Reno since 2001. Alliance Counseling offers individual and group counseling as well as DMV licensed education. Candace enjoys working with adults and adolescents and offers weekend, daytime and early evening appointments. You can reach Candace at (775) 677-2612. 6
My Body: Experience, Perceptions, Relationship FREE Introductory Workshop, Saturday February 14th, 1011:30am This introductory workshop will emphasize an experience that allows our “witness self” to become more in line with how our bodies actually are in every moment, and exploring the terms by which it speaks to us. Join Jan Overbay, LMT and Core Education Practitioner, and Martina Young, Ph.D. Dance Artist and Pilates Educator, at Gerber Medical Clinic, 1225 Westfield Avenue. Call Inge at (775) 336-3483 for details.
Honoree Dinner for Nevada Senators Join us in honoring four northern Nevada Senators for their leadership and civic and community service: Mark Amodei, Bernice Martin-Mathews, Randolph Townsend, and Maurice Washington. Silver Legacy, February 19, 2009. Ticket and program information at (775) 829-5873 Or e-mail email@example.com.
Support Group for Women Women’s Empowerment & Spiritual Support Group. A support group of women exploring their spiritual paths, sharing ideas and learning how to empower themselves. Women of all ages are welcome. The group meets monthly at The Om Home located at 3670 Grant Drive #104A Reno Next meeting February 18th at 6:30pm. For more information call Diane at (775) 250-7756.
Change Your Financial Landscape In 2009
TAKE SOME TIME FOR YOURSELVES!
On Saturday February 28th, learn how to change your financial landscape for the upcoming year. Morning Breakthrough Breakfast 9AM, held at the Atlantis Conference Center. Orientation will answer HOW to focus your own money toward success and wealth with the Money Merge Account® from United First Financial®. For more information call Catherine Young (775) 250-4365 Register Online at www.seeyouherenow.com.
April 4-5, 2009
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RESTABS Sleep Formula Wins Award RESTABS Sleep Formula has been awarded the Gear Award for most innovative new sleep product by ShapeYou.com. Winners are selected by a panel of health and fitness experts. RESTABS has also been given a 5-Star Rating in Amazon.com. RESTABS is an all-natural supplement containing 8 natural ingredients. Contact RESTABS, Inc. (775) 345-1500 or www.restabs.com.
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What’s On The Label & What’s Not
What is That in My Chocolate? Written by Brittany Russell
hocolate lovers rejoice – St. Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and this holiday’s go-to gift is that very sweet indulgence most try to avoid all year. More chocolate is consumed in the winter, specifically in February, than any other time of year – so chocolate lovers beware. Some ingredients listed on that heart-shaped box may or may not have your heart in mind.
Tocopherol Tocopherol is a chemical compound with Vitamin E activity, and is part of a series of organic compounds consisting of methylated phenols – a colorless, possibly
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poisonous isomeric phenol derived from coal or wood tar. The vitamin E activity was first identified in 1936 from a dietary fertility factor in rats. Tocopherol is added to chocolate to protect the flavor of the cocoa. The facts concerning tocopherol can be confusing: it is synonymous with natural occurring vitamin E, but some forms may contain additional, possibly harmful components.
Soy Lecithin A food additive, soy lecithin is extracted from the soybean and is a byproduct of soybean oil. A small amount is added to chocolate to keep cocoa and cocoa butter from separating. Soy lecithin may be harmful if you are allergic to soy or if you are trying to minimize your soy intake. This ingredient may also prove helpful; soy lecithin is high in choline, which can be good for brain development, increased memory and heart disease prevention. As always, it is better to be safe than sorry; homemade is the typical safe option instead of guessing what an ingredient might do to your body. Try giving your sweetheart a personal box of chocolatey goodness, straight from the heart.
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Chocolate Truffles You will need: 12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips 3 tablespoons milk 3 egg yolks 3/4 cup butter, cut into pieces 1 tablespoon brandy (optional) Chocolate shot, nonpareil decors or cocoa On top of a double boiler, melt chocolate chips with milk. Beat with electric beater until smooth. Add the egg yolks one at a time, continuously beating the chocolate. Remove pan from hot water and beat in butter, a few pieces at a time, until completely blended. Continue beating 2 or 3 more minutes. Add brandy, if desired. Let chocolate sit for 4 to 5 hours to cool. If you are in a time crunch, chocolate may be cooled quicker by placing in refrigerator. When workable, roll into balls about the size of large marbles. Roll in chocolate shot, colored candy dots or cocoa to coat. Refrigerate. Serve in tiny paper cups. References: 1. www.sfu.ca/geog351fall03/groups-webpages/gp8/ consum/consum.html 2. medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Tocopherols 3. www.fitsugar.com/1074334 4. www.recipegoldmine.com/candytruffle/chocolatetruffles.html
Mirit Sloves, MSC, EMDR Therapist Written by Sara Piccola
“We all live in a system,” according to Mirit. For example, working with a child empowers the family as a whole. This supports her technique of collaborative therapy as everything is team oriented. If something does not work for a patient then it is re-evaluated and changed for the following week. Every one of Mirit’s patients has her cell phone number, and she is available beyond weekly sessions. There are many factors in today’s world that are affecting our overall health. Stress is the major factor, but when it comes to family, communication is also becoming more difficult with the new trend of texting and e-mail. The lack of personal contact enables people to hide behind technologies, where one cannot observe body language or voice tonality. When technology is prevalent in our world, we lose the opportunity of developing social skills. Because of demanding and busy lifestyles, some parents speak to their children approximately 15 to 20 minutes a day and most of that time is in passing and through command. She suggests that families sit down once a week, turn off all communication and have a family meeting for at least two hours. She also discussed the benefits of creating a business plan for your family. Most people make business plans for their jobs but they forget the most important business plan of all, the family. Mirit has found that children are often intimidated by going to an office for therapy. Therefore, in addition to her office hours, she has begun in-home therapy to eliminate this obstacle. She is using art and play therapy as well as enhancing study, organizational, problem solving and coping skills. Ultimately, Mirit sees herself opening a parenting school in Reno. The school would be a one stop place for parents, children, counseling, tutoring, etc. Mirit hopes to instill healthier and more balanced tools for her clients in order for them to enjoy and celebrate life. She tells her clients, “this is not a dress rehearsal, this is the show.”
orn and raised in Israel, Mirit Sloves has made Reno her home, a community she describes as family; everyone cares and watches out for one another, similar to her upbringing in Israel. After serving in the Israeli army, Mirit moved to the United States, where she has been involved in education for 18 years, working with children from an academic and emotional aspect. Several years ago she went to school to receive her Masters in Marriage, Family and Child Therapy from the University of Phoenix, Reno campus, in order to fulfill the drive to move beyond her limits and do more. Mirit completed an internship with Children’s Cabinet working with families and children, and now she has a private practice. In addition, she is an Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing-trained (EMDR) therapist and is currently working towards her PhD in Psychology. Although Mirit’s passion is working with children and families, she also sees couples and individuals of all ages. Her solution focus approach centers on the here and now counseling to equip clients with new and healthier tools to handle life’s many challenges. By placing emphasis on the client’s positive strength rather than dwelling on their weaknesses, short-term therapy is used with an average of 12 sessions. Additionally, Mirit believes in educating about consequences instead of using punishment, especially for children and adolescents. If a teenager comes to her with a smoking problem, they will research the consequences of smoking and look at x-rays of healthy lungs versus a smoker’s lungs. She is very involved in teaching her clients new behavior skills.
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Brain Fog Medical Detox Written by Michael Gerber, MD, HMD
t’s been my long time assertion that all of life’s ills can be resolved by putting in the good stuff and taking out the bad stuff in our body. I’ve been writing about the good stuff; supplements and healthy lifestyles, in our last three articles on Brain Fog and now it is very important to acknowledge the bad stuff; toxins and immunosuppressants and how to get rid of them. Heavy metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium and arsenic break down our nerves and can cause death. Short of death, these metals cause a lot of grief including neurological damage from Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis, arteriosclerosis, heart attacks, stroke, depression, psychosis, Attention Deficit Disorder, and what you end up with is brain fog. We are all exposed to these heavy metals daily and have 1,000 times more lead in our bones than pre-industrial man. The heavy metals issue has been around for a long time. At the turn of the 20th century the English felt hat makers were known to become “mad as a hatter” after a year of working on felt hats that were treated with mercury. This especially affected the workers who painted the hat brims with mercury and touched the paintbrush to their lips to moisten it. It is documented that they became psychotic, bipolar, ADD, melancholic (depressed) and lost their memory. The Murimota Bay disaster in the 1980s in Japan was another dramatic demonstration of what happens when an industry dumped mercury into a bay where the local people caught their fish. Many of the population began exhibiting MS like symptoms: gaunt, experienced total brain and body decline and loss of motor function.
Mercury, lead, cadmium and arsenic, among other heavy metals, are well known neurotoxins. According to the World Health Organization, the chief source of mercury in man arises from mercury amalgam fillings in teeth, which are 50 percent mercury and outgas mercury with chewing of food and drinking hot liquids. If you would like to watch mercury vapor coming off the teeth and see how radioactive mercury spreads through the body go to http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=9ylnQ-T7oiA. Be sure to ask your dentist about mercury before getting your next filling. Removing mercury and these other metal toxins involves a process called chelation. Chelation comes from the Greek root Chelos, the claw to grasp or to bind. There are many chelating agents available, which remove heavy metals from the body. You can read more about chelators in the next issue. Beside metals, we are all routinely poisoned by hundreds of chemical toxins such as pesticides, herbicides, volatile organic hydrocarbons, benzene, xylene, toluene, gasoline, propane, butane, diesel and jet fuel, plastics such as bisphenol A, phthalate, styrene, solvents such as MEK (methyethylketone), formaldehyde, formic acid and acetone. One effective way to remove these toxins is to undergo routine sweating. Far infrared saunas (FIR) are high tech- low temperature saunas that use the radiation wavelength of sunshine to detoxify the
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body. They are operated at low temperatures, 90 to 140 degrees instead of the high temperatures of regular saunas of up to 220 degrees, and are well tolerated by older, more sensitive people. When beginning a FIR detox, it is important to begin slowly, increasing time and temperature gradually so that you don’t release toxins from your tissues and cells more quickly than the body can eliminate them. To learn more, read Dr. Sherry Rogers book, Detox or Die. She makes a great case for toxicity in all of us and how routine sauna use removes these toxins by sweating so we can pursue healthy aging strategies without the road blocks of environmental toxins. References: 1. It’s All in Your Head: The Link Between Mercury Amalgams and Illness by Dr. Hal A Huggins, D.D.S. Avery Publishing; 1 edition (July 1, 1993) 2. Detoxify or Die (Paperback) by Sherry A. Rogers, M.D. Publisher: Prestige Pubs (December 2002)
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EFFECTIVE PROBLEM SOLVING
Written by Candace Andrews, LADC
roblem solving seems easy enough; you identify the problem and look for a solution. However, it is helpful to look deeper at the problem and most importantly identify your role in the situation. For instance, ask yourself the following questions in the â€œIâ€? form.
1. What Happened? What events led up to the problem?
2. How do/did I feel? Identifying our
feeling is important; it helps us decide how to proceed. Once we look at our part in the event we can decide what changes to make.
day if you need) It is okay to be angry, it lets us know we need to make a change in ourselves or make requests of someone else. When our feelings are hurt we may feel disrespected. To sit in negative emotion too long is detrimental to our overall health, so it is essential to identify what happened on our part so we can make plans for moving ahead.
6. How can I realistically handle the
problem? What is the best possible outcome for me? What would I really like to see happen?
7. Itâ€™s time to develop a plan.
3. What is my part in the event? (No For example: Guilt) Was someone unkind to us? Was a. Asking for or giving an apology. I unkind? Did I allow someone to take advantage of me? Did I break a commitment?
4. Remember to look for the gift/posi-
tive in the situation (there is always one). Sometimes we canâ€™t see the gift until we move through a situation and look back. Continuing to look for the gift keeps us out of self-pity/victimstance. Self-pity is detrimental to our physical, mental and spiritual selves. Looking for the gift keeps us hopeful and moving forward. In the Chinese language the same symbol is used for crisis and opportunity. Remember that every crisis is an opportunity to grow as a human being.
b. Making a decision to decline invitations with someone who has a tendency to stand me up or isnâ€™t reliable. c. Learning how to decline invitations with someone I am uncomfortable around without making excuses.
d. Letting someone know my feelings
are hurt and making a request for future interactions with the person that will benefit me.
e. If I have asked for my needs and wants and there is no change or little change on the other persons part I may want to choose to severe my relationship with the person.
5. How would you like to handle the f. A plan for self nurturing is essential. problem? (five minutes of venting, or a
We must treat ourselves well. Do some-
thing kind for ourselves especially positive self talk. If we were disrespectful it is important for us to encourage ourselves and commit to changing the behavior otherwise we will continue being disrespectful which will continue the turmoil and negative emotion. It is important to have some idea of how youâ€™d like to proceed rather than blindly acting out. Itâ€™s important to have more than one plan for any situation. If one plan does not work you are not stuck. You have two alternatives to choose from. If you abandon a plan itâ€™s a good idea to replace it, just in case. References: 1. Problem Solving Plan: Looking for the Gift
For more info, contact Candace Andrews, Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor with Alliance DUI School and Counseling at (775) 677-2612. Go to ad on page 49.
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The pH Miracle Balance Your Diet, Reclaim Your Health By Dr. Robert O. Young and Shelly Redford Young
A Book Review by June Milligan, M.Ed., CCHt
his is not the first book about the benefits of a correct alkaline/acid balance in your body, and it won’t be the last. Dr. Young explains why the pH level (acid/alkaline balance) of our internal fluids affects every cell in our bodies. It seems that the entire metabolic process depends upon an alkaline environment. Chronic over-acidity corrodes body tissue, and if left unchecked will interrupt all cellular activities and functions, from the beating of your heart to the neural firing of your brain. Dr. Young believes that over-acidity is at the root of all disease, and he also believes that’s what is keeping us fat. In order to create the proper acid/ alkaline balance within your body you must eat the proper balance of acid and alkaline foods. That means 80 percent of your diet must be alkalizing foods, like green vegetables. We need
much smaller portions of acid foods like meats and grains on our plates. So if you have three-quarters of your plate filled with green vegetables, you’ll be good to go. The book explains the details of why this is true, exactly what to eat and gives suggestions on how to prepare it. Dr. Young explains how this program will bring you increased quality of life. Over the years he has seen this alkalizing program bring immediate improvement to many who are seriously ill, especially those who are completely confused about what is causing their illness. Dr. Young says that it is only when the body is acidic is it vulnerable to germs – in a healthy base (slightly alkaline) balance, germs can’t get a foothold.
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Dr. Young has seen the following changes in his patients after beginning an alkalizing diet: an increase in energy, new mental clarity and powers of concentration, increased strength and stamina, release of excess body fat while increasing muscle mass, brighter eyes and clearer skin, and basically a return to vibrant, personal health. He believes that “all the body’s regulatory mechanisms (including breathing, circulation, digestion and hormone production) work to balance the delicate internal acid/alkaline balance. Our bodies cannot tolerate extended over-acidity. In the early stages of the imbalance, the symptoms may not be very intense, and may include only such things as skin eruptions, headaches, allergies, colds and flu, and sinus problems. As things get further out of whack, more serious situations arise. Weakened organs and systems start to give way, resulting in
FOR INJURY AT ANY AGE Written by Rio Simone
hether you are stepping off the sidewalk, picking up a child, or snow skiing; building strength, flexibility, and balance will ensure that you continue to function at your maximum and without injury. Strength not only increases your metabolism by burning more calories, it builds your bone density which reduces your risks for fractures or breaks. You can gain more strength through resistance training, which is best done slowly over time to prevent improper muscle growth or compensation by secondary muscles. Flexibility increases your strength and protects your muscles by allowing them to release joint stress, giving them elasticity so they can move through an entire range of motion without straining, and maintain their normal functional length. Balance is centered in your “core” and keeps you on your feet. Balance exercises increase the strength in your abdominals and back. Core muscles are located near your spine and in the abdominal region. They support your spine when you bend over to lift that child or the groceries. Without a strong core, you
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he month of February inevitably brings thoughts of 5. Beware of Vampires! Vampire loads, that is. When Valentine’s Day – the day devoted to Love. Since words not in use, small electronics chargers such as mobile phone such as “spark”, “electricity” or “energy” are often used and PDA plug-ins still draw or leak electricity. Consider powerwhen describing falling in love, it seemed appropriate cutting surge protector units that can regulate or turn-off the to devote the February installment of this series to Energy line voltage draw of electronics. The Energy Information Adand Electricity. Why separate them? Energy represents the ministration estimates that in the US alone more greater use of a variety of forms of energy, such than $3 billion annually in electricity use is due as transportation, manufacturing and electricity to Vampire loads. If this economy has you in a Simple habit production. Electricity is what we use to operate pinch, just unplug the chargers when unplugging lighting, appliances and equipment in our homes shifts... save the phone or device. and businesses. While closely intertwined, they remain independent. 6. Buy Energy Star. Eventually that old
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hen the day seems longer than usual and you cannot get to sleep, try a cup of chamomile herbal tea. In addition to its calming properties that help ease anxiety and insomnia, chamomile has a long history in serving as a digestive ailment, anti-inflammatory and easing spasm and discomfort in the digestive tract. The chamomile flower, from the sunflower family, is most often consumed in the form of a bitter herb tea infusion, and can also be found in liquid form and pills. The infusion can be applied externally to reduce minor skin irritation because of its mild antiseptic effect. Ingestion of the dried flowers has an emetic effect, possi-
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breath coming in / out of your nose. • Pay attention to your needs; learn how to set boundaries. • Allow yourself to feel lonely without needing to eat, smoke, drink, or be with other people. • Have a good cry. • Allow fear, accept it & move through it. • Consciously loving all of you, even your warts! • Affirmations – Say out loud and look into your eyes, “I love you, your name here.” • Practice lots of hugging – to give is to receive. • Buy yourself some flowers. • Spend time alone; get to know yourself. • Masturbate – Connects you with YOU. Upon finding love, you can tell your partner the important details. When you are ready to shed the performance, drop the show and defenses, and just be you, another person will then be able to love you in your nakedness,
unconditionally. With time and practice, loving yourself will come natural and you will have readied yourself to accept love from another and show them unconditional love in return. Real, loving relationships feel nurturing, promote emotional and spiritual growth, increase your self-esteem, and feel supportive. “Looking for love in all the wrong places,” rings true whenever we seek it outside of ourselves. You need less when you provide for yourself first. Here’s wishing you icing on your cake – true love and happiness – in all stages of your journey. References: 1. Alcoholics Anonymous World Service, Inc., Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions. 1952. 2. Baer, Greg, M.D. Real Love: The Truth About Finding Unconditional Love and Fulfilling Relationships. Gotham Books, New York. 2003. 3. Denise, Jan. Naked Relationships: Sharing Your Authentic Self to Find the Partner of Your Dreams. Hampton Roads Publishing, Charlottesville, VA. 2002.
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othing says unconditional love like the companionship of a furry family member. Most people will agree their pets add daily joy to their life; however, recent research shows that having a pet has a very positive impact on several aspects of our health as well. The most obvious way pets impact our lives is their ability to elevate our mood. It is nearly impossible to remain in a bad mood when you walk through the door to an anxiously awaiting dog, or when your cat snuggles up in your lap during your favorite TV show. Pets also lower blood pressure and serve as a good stress reducer. Walking with a pet helps sooth nerves and allows for some relaxation in a hectic world. Worldwide studies have proven that the impact of a stressful situation is lesser on pet owners, especially males. Studies conducted on women when they’re in a stressful situation showed that when their pet was present their blood pressure was lower than when friends were present. The benefit of having a pet does not stop there. It has been proven that they help prevent heart disease. Not only do pets provide people with faithful companionship, research suggests they may also assist in greater psychological stability from feeling depressed or lonely. Pet owners also have lower levels of blood cholesterol and triglycerides, all of which are large measures of protection from heart disease. Pet owners tend to have fewer medical appointments and minor health problems. Patients in nursing homes have shown to lessen the intake of prescription drugs and the overall costs of caring for the patient has dropped when pets have been a For past issues, go to: www.HBMag.com
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part of the therapy. Owning a pet is motivation to go out and exercise therefore positively affecting our overall health. This, in turn, keeps pet owners out of the hospital for minor medical conditions. Have you ever sensed that your pet knows something you don’t? You’re probably right. Various people who have periodic seizures, reported that their dogs can sense the seizure coming long before they can even feel it. Today, dogs are trained to recognize a type of change, prior to a seizure, and therefore are able to warn their owner 15-45 minutes before the seizure begins. These dogs are called “seizure-alert” or “seizureresponse” dogs. Dogs have also been trained to identify when a person with Parkinson’s is “freezing.” Freezing is one of the many symptoms of Parkinson’s where the feet freeze in place while the rest of the body continues moving, resulting in a fall. By touching the person’s foot the dog breaks the freeze and enables their owner to regain their balance. If that isn’t enough, dogs are beginning to be trained to detect cancer. In the 1990’s an experimental program was done to see if a dog could be trained to smell the disease. The dog detected malignant melanoma skin tumors with nearly 100% accuracy. As a result, researchers from Cambridge University are studying the use of dogs to detect the smell of prostate cancer in the urine of males. Although many animals are trained to do extraordinary things, animals bring unconditional love, compassion, and companionship into one’s life. For all age groups, caring for a pet provides a sense of purpose and fulfillment while lessening the feelings of loneliness and isolation. Pets are not only good friends, they are good medicine!
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ye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy longer relive the images, sounds, smells, and feelings as he or (EMDR) is a comprehensive, integrative psychotherapy she experienced them prior to treatment. After successful treatapproach. The goal of EMDR is to elevate human suf- ment with EMDR, affective distress is relieved, negative beliefs fering and assist individuals to strive for wholeness, as are reformulated and physiological arousal is reduced. well as a healthy lifestyle, in the shortest period of time, while EMDR uses an eight-phase approach. In the first phase, the also maintaining a client’s safety and stability within a social therapist obtains history, assesses the client’s readiness for EMDR system. and develops a treatment plan. Both the client and therapist In a controlled study, 80 percent of multiple civilian trauma identify possible targets for EMDR processing; these include victims no longer had post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) recent distressing events, current situations that elicit emotional after approximately six hours of treatment. A study of combat disturbances, related historical incidents, and the development veterans reported that after 12 sessions, 77 percent no longer of specific skills and behaviors that will be needed by the client had PTSD. More than 20 controlled studies have investigated the in future situations. effects of EMDR, and all of them consistently found that EMDR During the second phase of treatment, the therapist ensures effectively decreased or eliminated symptoms of post-traumatic that the client has adequate methods of handling emotional disstress for the majority of the clients. Even though researchers tress and good coping skills, and that the client is in a relatively concentrated on the effects of EMDR on PTSD, clinicians have stable state. If further stabilization is required, or if additional reported success using EMDR in the treatment of personality skills are needed, therapy focuses on providing these. The client disorders, panic attacks, grief, pain disorders, eating disorders, is then able to use stress-reducing techniques whenever necesaddiction, performance anxiety, sexual and physical abuse, and sary, during or between sessions. However, one goal is not to body dysmorphic disorders. need these techniques once therapy is complete. A typical EMDR treatment therapy for chilIn phases three through six, a target is idendren and for adults consists of 12 sessions; tified and processed using EMDR procedures. ...the client will each session lasts between 60 to 90 minutes. These involve the client identifying the most The number of sessions will be determined by still remember the vivid visual image related to the memory (if the therapist and depends upon the specific available), a negative belief about self, related problem and client history. However, repeated event, but in a less emotions, and body sensations. The client also controlled studies have shown that a single identifies a preferred positive belief. After this, upsetting way. trauma can be processed within three sessions the client is instructed to focus on the image, in 80 percent to 90 percent of participants. negative thought, and body sensations while While every disturbing event need not be processed, the amount simultaneously moving his or her eyes back and forth followof therapy will depend upon the complexity of an individual’s ing the therapist’s fingers as they move across his/her field history. of vision for 20 to 30 seconds or more, depending upon the A successful outcome of EMDR therapy is that the normal needs of the client. Although eye movements are the most information process is resumed; the client will still remember commonly used external stimulus, therapists often use auditory the event, but in a less upsetting way, and will therefore no tones, tapping, or other types of tactile stimulation. The client
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is instructed to just notice whatever hap- a stable client within a balanced system. pens. After this, the clinician instructs the After EMDR processing, clients generally client to let his/her mind go blank and report that the emotional distress related to notice whatever thoughts, feelings, to the memory has been eliminated â€“ or images, memories, or sensations come at least greatly decreased â€“ and that they to mind. have gained important cognitive insights. Depending upon the clientâ€™s report, the Additionally, these emotional and cogniclinician will facilitate the next stage of tive changes usually result in spontaneattention. In most cases, a client-directed ous behavioral and personal changes, association process is encouraged. This which are further enhanced with standard EMDR procedures. is repeated numerous times throughout the session. If the It is important to keep client becomes distressed in mind that EMDR should 80 percent of or has difficulty with the be administered only by multiple civilian process, the therapist fola trained clinician who lows established procedures successfully completed trauma victims to help the client resume EMDR training â€“ a twono longer had processing. When the client part course. In addition, it reports no distress related to is important to take time to post-traumatic the targeted memory, the cliinterview your prospective stress disorder nician asks him/her to think clinician; it is crucial to of the preferred positive bemake sure that the clini(PTSD) after lief that was identified at the cian is comfortable in approximately beginning of the session, or a treating your particular better one if it has emerged, problem. It is also imporsix hours of and to focus on the incident, tant that that you feel a treatment. while simultaneously engagsense of trust and rapport ing in the eye movements. with your therapist. Every successful treatment is After several sets, clients generally rethe result of a combined effort between port increased confidence in this positive clinician and client, using appropriate belief. The therapist checks with the client methods. regarding body sensations. If there are negative sensations, these are processed as above. If there are positive sensations, References: 1. Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocess Institute. they are further enhanced. Retrieved on December 21, 2008 from http://www. iĂ€ĂƒĂŠVÂœÂ˜ĂŒ>ÂˆÂ˜ĂŠÂ˜Ă•Â“iĂ€ÂœĂ•ĂƒĂŠĂƒĂ•Â?v>ĂŒiĂŠÂ“ÂˆÂ˜iĂ€>Â?Ăƒ]ĂŠ>ĂƒĂŠĂœiÂ?Â?ĂŠ>ĂƒĂŠ(2004). emdr.com/index.htm In phase seven â€“ closure â€“ the therapist 2. Shapiro, F. (1989). Efficacy of the Eye Movement DesensiiÂ?ĂžĂŠĂ€>Ă€iĂŠÂ“ÂˆÂ˜iĂ€>Â?ĂƒĂŠvÂœĂ•Â˜`ĂŠÂ˜ÂœĂœÂ…iĂ€iĂŠiÂ?ĂƒiĂŠÂˆÂ˜ĂŠĂŒÂ…iĂŠ1Â°-Â° asks the clientĂŠĂŠĂŠĂŠĂŠĂŠĂŠĂŠĂŠĂŠĂŠĂŠĂŠĂŠĂŠĂŠĂŠĂŠĂŠĂŠĂŠĂŠ to keep a journal during tization Procedure in the Treatment of Traumatic Memories. of Traumatic Stress, 2, 199-223. the week to document any related issues Journal 3. Shapiro, F. & Forrest, M. (1997). EMDR the breakthrough that may arise and reminds the client therapy for overcoming anxiety, stress and trauma. New of the self-calming activities that were York: Basic Books. 4. Shapiro, F. (1989). Eye Movement Desensitization: A mastered in phase two. Phase eight is a new treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder. Journal re-evaluation of previous sessions, and of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 20, 211-217. of the clientâ€™s progress since the last 5. Shapiro, F. (1990). The EMDR approach for psychotherapy (Rev. ed.). Watsonville, CA: Author. session. 6. What is EMDR? (2005). [Brochure]. EMDRIA, TX: EMDR treatment ensures the pro- Author. cessing of all related historical events, For more info, contact Mirit Sloves, current incidents that elicit distress and M.S.C., EMDR trained, at (775) 223-4796 future scenarios that will require different specializing in Individual and Relational responses. The overall goal is to produce Counseling. the most comprehensive and profound Go to ad on page 41. treatment effects in the shortest period of time, while at the same time maintain
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Redirecting Energy Written by Tania Marie, RMT, IARP, NAPW
o much is happening around us, it’s no wonder many people are experiencing challenges and increased levels of stress, anxiety, exhaustion and feelings of uncertainty. As transitions take place, the period of unclarity can be unsettling, and yet with gentle support and nonjudgment, the caterpillar naturally transforms into a butterfly. Clearing stress or getting to the bottom of what is causing anxiety can be analogous to cleaning a turkey pan at
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to replace professional medical advice and Reiki practitioners do not diagnose or prescribe medication. Reiki helps to stimulate the body’s own natural healing abilities for both psychological and organic diseases, while supporting a deep state of relaxation during that process. Reiki is becoming more widely utilized and accepted; promoting more ease and swiftness in maneuvering into the coming era of increased peace and wellbeing. As western medicine continues exploring alternative methods of healing, Reiki is destined to play an important role as an accepted and valued healing practice. It has the ability to aid movement towards powerful, co-created changes for personal and planetary evolution. According to pioneer trend strategist, Gerald Celente, Founder of the Trends Research Institute and Publisher of the Trends Journal, the “Heal Yourself Health Care” trend will become widely embraced and prove rewarding to the public. It is evident that self-empowered, natural healing methods, such as Reiki, are having wide-spread influence and growth in today’s world. Reiki is one such means of support that can provide navigation in today’s world of unclarity, thus supplying hope for tomorrow while promoting peace for today. References: 1. http://www.reiki.org/FAQ/FAQHomepage.html 2. http://www.trendsresearch.com/journal08.html
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ot stone massage is similar to a Swedish massage, but incorporates smooth, flat, basalt stones, heated usually by water. The heated stones are strategically placed on the body. Stones vary in size and purpose â€“ the largest stones, about 5-6 inches long, are used on the lower back and sometimes placed in the palm of the clientâ€™s hand. Medium-sized stones, about 3-4 inches, are set on specific places on the back â€“ along the medians or chakras (life lines that run throughout the body). These stones can also be used as tools by the therapist - for added pressure and warmth as the massage continues. Small stones, about 1-2 inches, can be placed between the toes, fingers and be used in facial massage. The heat of the stones is very soothing and penetrates down to help relieve muscle tension. A deeper massage is more easily attained once the tissue is warmed. After removing the stones, the massage therapist massages the client with oil. Stone massage, which can also be performed with cooled stones, is centuries old. As long as three thousand years ago, throughout ancient China and India, warmed stones were used in religious rituals as well as diagnosing disease. Basalt stones or volcanic rock has been the massage stone of choice by many. Basalt contains a high amount of iron which helps keep the stone hotter for longer periods of time. If you suffer from stress and tension, this massage method is an excellent answer for deeper relief from pain and body aches! References: 1. http://healing.about.com/od/massage/a/hotstone.htm 2. http://www.expertvillage.com/video/112022_history-hot-stonemassage.htm
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Consciousness and the Problem of the Shadow (part II)
Written by Andy Drymalski, EdD
ome people who experience a stroke–the loss of blood flow to part of the brain–lose the vision and physical sensations on one side of their body. Depending upon the location of the stroke, it may also affect their awareness of these sensory losses. For example, if I place an eyepatch over one of your eyes, you will be aware of the fact that your field of vision has been impaired. You will most likely compensate for this loss of vision by looking around more carefully before you walk, trying to see what you don’t see. You are conscious of your impairment. But this is not the case with some stroke victims. For them, what they do not see does not exist. If they’re in a hospital room, the half of the room that they see is the whole room to them. They see and read only half of a page in a magazine, yet think it is the whole page. They may even put makeup on just one half of their face (and they’re not trying to be funny). The half of their body that still has sensations is for them their whole body. Through rehabilitation they may
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gradually rediscover the other half of their physical being, a half that, frankly, feels no more a part of them than the table next to their bed. Even in the best rehabilitative environment their awareness and consciousness will often come the hard way–through tripping over and bumping into things. A very similar situation plays out in our relationship to the shadow. In its broadest sense, the shadow is the disowned and undeveloped part of our personality. It is our unacknowledged other half, composed of thoughts and feelings, attitudes, instinctual tendencies, and potentialities (both creative and destructive) that have been excluded from our sense of self. For example, if I identify with my strength and adult maturity, then my vulnerability and childlike nature will reside in my shadow. (An excellent example of this dynamic can be found in the movie, “The Kid.”) As the denied and neglected side of our larger personality, the shadow is similar to the “forgotten” side of the stroke victim’s body. Most of the time we are not even aware of its existence until we have bumped into and tripped over it a few times. Our shadow makes itself known to us in a variety of ways. We bump into it in our dreams, in our relationships with other people, and through our physical and emotional illnesses. It is important to remember that the shadow is the unacknowledged and unlived life within the psyche. Like the shoot of a tree that pushes up the pavement in search of sunlight, so the shadow will seek the light of consciousness through peaceful or disruptive means. One of the more pervasive but typically unrecognized ways that we encounter the shadow is through the process of projection. In projection we react to elements of our own psychology encountered in the behaviors of other people or in other outer life events. Here are some examples. A man at midlife developed an irrational fear of driving on mountain roads. He became obsessed with thoughts of skidding off the side of the road, being driven off the road, and on occasion, of purposely plunging over the embankment to his death. His fears made no sense to him; he had driven over the very same roads for years without any more than normal concern for his safety. He tried to reason with himself as best he could, assure and reassure himself, but all to no avail. Troubled and humbled by his powerlessness over his thoughts, he decided to get help. When there is a change that needs to take place in our lives, a new way of living or of understanding ourselves, it is sometimes symbolized as going over an edge. We may dream of driving off a road, falling off a cliff, or hanging onto the ledge of a mountain. This particular man had to go over an edge in his own life. He needed to expand his sense of self so that other positive but unlived aspects of his personality might find expression. Because he was egocentric in his viewpoint and unconscious of his inner life, his psychological process was projected onto outer life. He developed an irrational fear of driving over edges because he needed to grow beyond the boundaries of his current worldview. His intrusive fantasies involved im-
ages of death because his psychological opponents and critics, and to keep him process involved the death of an outworn informed of even the most inconsequenapproach to life. When he understood the tial protests to the war in Vietnam. His symbolic message of his symptoms, and behavior was typical of a man obsessed made the necessary changes in his life, his with power. Although his concerns were fears subsided and he was able to drive not without warrant–many people were comfortably once again. against the war and his handling of it–his A man dreamed that his wife was hav- paranoia bordered on the extreme and ing an affair with one of her coworkers, a contributed to the illegal wiretapping he man he perceived to be very materialistic authorized. in his approach to life. Following the When someone’s personality has dream he became more suspicious and been hijacked by a power-driven ego, it irritable towards his wife, certain that is not uncommon for that person to have the dream was giving him information dreams of being chased or attacked. Symabout her. Ironically, and as is usually bolically, these dreams show the unconthe case with these types scious is trying to reign in of dreams, the dream was the errant and inflated ego. Like the shoot more about himself than If president Nixon was at his wife. The other man in war with his unconscious, of a tree that the dream symbolized the it is instructive to ask how dreamer’s own materialishis inner life molded his pushes up the tic attitudes. His wife was interpretations of national pavement in a symbol of his feelings, and world events through and her attraction to the process of projection. search of sunlight, the coworker symbolized his It is also interesting to own unconscious attracsee how his psychology so the shadow tion to money and social coincided with the social will seek the light status. What appeared to unrest and conflict of the be a dream about the unnation he led. Or, nearer of consciousness faithfulness of his spouse to home, how a president was in reality a dream who sees life in simplistic, through peaceabout his unfaithfulness black and white terms, ful or disruptive to his own soul. Had he seems to inflame similar realized this, he might polarities in the nation means. have been able to address he governs. A social psyhis issues and marriage chologist might ask, “Which relationship with greater consciousness. comes first, the psychology of the leader, The fact that he didn’t contributed to his or the psychology of the nation he/she wife’s decision to leave him for another leads?” From the perspective of Jungian man. Sadly, her own unconsciousness led psychology, the two go hand-in-hand, a to the very activities he had suspected of mesmerizing dance of complementary her. Projection is pervasive and insidious projections. Only through greater conin relationships. Without consciousness sciousness, ownership of our shadow, it is easy to fall into the roles that others and the withdrawal of our projections, project onto us from the dramas of their does the dance ever change. Here’s to inner life. conscious dancing. Documents recently released by the Nixon Library add more definition References: Jung, C.G. The Undiscovered Self. New American to the picture of a man obsessed with 1. Library, NY 1957. protecting his power as president of the 2. Jung, C.G., editor, Man and his Symbols. Dell Publishing United States. The tapes and documents Co., Inc., NY 1964. 3. Sanford, John A. The Strange Trial of Mr. Hyde: A New show that his minions were instructed Look at the Nature of Human Evil. Harper and Row, San to dig up as much dirt as possible on his Francisco 1987.
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about doing. Unfortunately, “dreaming” is about as far as retirement planning goes for too many people. Stage 2 — Living with a prolonged illness, possibly a series of them, as health deteriorates in later years. When one partner’s health begins to fail, the other becomes the caregiver. Worse, medical bills begin to soar which can devastate your nest egg. Stage 3 — One partner dies, possibly leaving the survivor in a financially threatened position, unless proper plans have been made.
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Retirement — The Dream: After a lifetime of hard work — raising the kids, the bills, and building a stable and secure life — you and your spouse will be able to enjoy your golden years doing the things you’ve always dreamed about. Retirement — The Reality: It might be years of fun and leisure, but retirement can also be a time of financial difficulties, compounded by illness and loneliness. An overly harsh view? Perhaps, but it’s prudent to prepare for the worst while hoping for the best. That’s why married couples need to arrange for their own (and each other’s) retirement security as early as possible. Three Stages of Retirement Stage 1 — Life as a healthy, retired couple. This is the ideal, the retirement dream that most couples envision. If they’ve planned well, they’ll have the money to do everything they’ve dreamed
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The key to coping with the potential financial difficulties of retirement is early planning. If you and your spouse are aware of and prepared for these three stages of retirement, you shouldn’t run the risk of outliving your retirement funds. You’ll want to consider the following: • Draft a will with your attorney and keep it current. • Take time to map out a retirement game plan together. Identify common goals and determine the methods for achieving them. The closer you are to retirement, the more specific your plans should be. • Share information and responsibilities. Make sure both of you know where all the financial records are and how to access them. • Send dollars ahead. Know the benefits of your pension and retirement plans, and social security. Then begin to build up a supplemental fund of your own. • Plan to properly conserve your estate. A will can only go so far. Estate taxes may erode a substantial part of your lifetime legacy • Prepare for all possibilities. Life insurance, longterm care insurance and disability insurance (during working years) can be excellent ways to protect your retirement dreams. • Have trusted professionals. It’s important to develop relationships with experts in several areas — legal, tax, insurance, and financial professionals are the people who can help you map out and fund your retirement plan. References: 1. http://www.newyorklife.com/cda/0,3254,11094,00.html 2. http://www.newyorklife.com/cda/0,3254,11292,00.html Licensed in NV and CA Ins. Lic. #0G3057 Agent, New York Life Insurance Company. Registered Representative NYLIFE Securities LLC, (Member FINRA/SIPC), A licensed Insurance Agency 50 W. Liberty St., Ste 500, Reno, NV 89501 775.323.0751 This material is for informational purposes only. Neither New York Life nor its agents provide tax, legal or accounting advice. Please consult your own tax, legal or accounting professional before making any decisions.
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Hearing Impairment Myth or Fact? Written by Michael LeMay, Au.D.
they have one “good’ ear actually have two “bad” ears. When one ear is slightly better than the other, individuals learn to favor that ear for the telephone and group conversations. This can give the illusion that “the better ear” is normal when it isn’t. Most types of hearing loss affect both ears fairly equally, and most patients are in need of hearing instruments for both ears.
Myth: Hearing loss affects only “old people” and is just another sign of aging.
Fact: Hearing loss affects all age groups.
There are close to 6 million people in the United States between the ages of 18 and 44 with hearing loss and more than one million are school-age. Actually, only 35 percent of people with hearing loss are older than age 64.
Myth: The best way to clean ears is to use Q-tips.
Fact: Ear nose and throat physicians,
Myth: If I start to use hearing aid technology, my hearing will get worse due to the extra noise exposure from the amplification of loud sounds. Fact: Modern hearing instruments are
individually custom fit to amplify soft sounds that patients need to hear, and they can be adjusted by an audiologist to provide very little if any amplification for loud sounds. An exception to this would be the mail-order hearing devices advertised on the Internet and infomercials which are of poor quality and very easily
audiologists, and those in the hearing healthcare field, without exception, do not advise the use of Q-tips for cleaning ears. Using Q-tips is dangerous and can result in damage to the ear canal and eardrum. They simply push the debris further into the ear, making them not effective for cleaning wax from the ears. The old saying, “do not put anything into your ear except your elbow” is good advice.
Myth: If I had hearing loss, my family doctor certainly would have told me. Fact: Not true! Research has demonstrated that only 14 percent of physicians routinely screen for hearing loss during a physical. Looking in the ear canal for excessive wax, infection, or foreign bodies does not provide information about hearing. Most people with hearing impairment hear well in a quiet environment like a doctor’s office so it is virtually impossible for your physician to recognize the extent of your problem. It is important to ask your doctor for a referral to an audiologist for a complete evaluation if you are experiencing a problem. References: 1. Carmen, Richard E,. Hearing Loss and Hearing Aids a Bridge to Healing,. Sedona, 2009 first printing -- advanced release. 2. Courtois, Jean Earwax and foreign bodies in the ear canal. Vaerlodse, Widex, 1995
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he clear links between dental health and heart disease just got a lot stronger, which may now be a motivational factor for many to improve oral hygiene. People with bleeding gums allow entry of up to 700 different types of bacteria directly into their circulation, increasing the risk for a heart attack. The new research was presented by several groups at the Society for General Microbiology’s autumn meeting held at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. Dr. Steve Kerrigan from the Royal College of Surgeons explained how this works, “If you have an open blood vessel from bleeding gums, bacteria will gain entry to your bloodstream. When bacteria get into the bloodstream they encounter tiny fragments called platelets that clot blood when you get a cut. By sticking to the platelets bacteria cause them to clot inside the blood vessel, partially blocking it. This prevents the blood flow back to the heart and we run the risk of suffering a heart attack….In other words it doesn’t matter how fit, slim or healthy you are, you’re adding to your chances of getting heart disease by having bad teeth.”
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Kerrigan’s research team presented new findings showing that once bacteria enter circulation they actually use platelets to form a protective shield around themselves so as to hide from your immune system or a germ-killing compound. This causes little “mini clots” to form, which are more likely to stick together in a larger clot and cause a heart attack. Other research presented at the conference focused on how bacteria lead to plaque formation in the arteries. Professor Greg Seymour from the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand looked into a new angle on this issue and discovered that common stress-response proteins produced by both bacteria and inflamed human cells tend to confuse the human immune system. This leads to immune cells inappropriately targeting the inflamed cells lining the circulatory system, a factor that helps drive the process of artery hardening. Thus, a confused, overworked, and inefficient immune system response to ongoing low grade infection from poor dental hygiene could be a major risk factor for plaque accumulation in the arteries. The two studies taken together provide several mechanisms by which poor oral hygiene leads directly to heart disease. While this concept has been reported for a number of years, these precise mechanisms that explain the process are new and open doors to protecting yourself. Clearly, brushing your teeth and flossing takes on a new priority. Clearing out debris in your circulatory system will help your immune system work better and platelets not stick together, protecting the lining of your arteries with fat soluble antioxidants (vitamin E), and using natural germ fighters (like oregano oil) will be the foundation of this approach. Many other factors could easily interact with these mechanisms, including toxins from any source including pollution, too many inflammatory stress chemicals, and your immune system struggling with other infections (especially low grade chronic infections). This data also means that an acute infection could tax this already strained system and trigger a heart attack. References: 1. Richards Byron,CCN Wellness resources “ New Data on Dental Health & Heart Disease” September 16,2008 2. Mattila KJ, Nieminen MS,et.al., Association between dental health and acute myocardial infarction, British Medical Journal 189 ;298 :779-81 3. American Academy of Periodontology, Heart disease and stroke,http://www.perio.org/ consumer/mbc.heart.htm
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Delicious Vegetable Soup Ingredients: 3 Tbsp organic olive oil 3 (14 oz) cans chicken broth 2 cups organic vegetable juice or V-8 Juice 1 tsp sea salt Â˝ tsp cracked fresh pepper 3 large red potatoes, peeled and cut into Â˝ inch pieces 3 large carrots, cut into Â˝ inch pieces 1 large parsnip, cut into Â˝ inch pieces 2 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced 3 large tomatoes seeded and cut up 1 large leek 1 tsp dried thyme 1 tsp dried basil
Gluten Free Pancakes 1 cup all purpose baking flour 3/4 cup milk 1 beaten egg 2 Tbsp melted butter 1/4 tsp sea salt 1 1/4 tsp organic baking powder 1 tsp. organic sugar
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Add the red potatoes, carrots, parsnip, garlic and tomatoes to the pot. Cook and stir for 5 min. then add the sea salt and cracked fresh pepper, chicken broth, organic vegetable juice or V-8 juice, dried thyme and dried basil. Bring to a boil and then turn down to simmer for 30 min/ or until tender.
Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Heat a 10 inch pan (oiled) over med. high heat. Use a soup ladle to pour mixture into pan. Let bubbles appear and at this point you may drop fresh fruit of your choice on the pancakes, then turn the pancake and brown the other side. Blueberries are delicious, as are sliced strawberries and sliced bananas. It usually only takes a few minutes to brown the pancake.
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with 8 Energy-Generating Foods Written by Jamie Agee
ou feel like you can’t win— whether you get six hours of sleep or eight, you sip down your morning caffeine fix only to find yourself struggling to keep your eyes open and your brain in operation mode before the morning ever really starts. The problem may not be in the amount of sleep you’re getting, but rather in the food you’re putting into your body. Just as there are many foods that can bring your day to a grinding halt, there are a variety of
options that can jump-start your day— and no, caffeine is not on the list. Before diving into specific energygenerating foods, there are some basic diet-related factors that may help guide you throughout the day. If you begin to feel the weight of your eyelids or your head nodding, it may be because you’re dehydrated, so skip the coffee and grab a glass of water. In fact, that cup of Joe could be the problem—drinking too much caffeine can actually make you feel more tired in the long run, so limit your intake to about one cup a day. Also, a rule of thumb: more protein and fewer carbs is always better. Your body needs protein to keep organs functioning and energy levels up, while eating too many carbs can slow you down. But don’t eliminate carbs completely—they are what keep your blood sugar levels balanced throughout the day, which in turn makes you feel awake. Be sure you’re eating the right amount of healthy carbs. It’s also key to listen to your body—eat when you’re hungry. If you keep pushing lunch back until you’re about to faint, your blood sugar levels
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will plummet and so will your energy. Overall, a healthy and balanced diet with fresh, minimally processed foods will give you drastically more energy than a diet of mostly processed food. Specifically, adding the following eight foods to your diet will rev up your energy. (NOTE: Eating the certified organic versions of these foods will increase their energyboosting power even more.)
1. Lean Beef or Chicken
(ideally free-ranged) Lean protein contains tyrosine, an amino acid that helps your brain produce the chemicals norepinephrine and dopamine, which improve your mental function. Turkey, pork tenderloin, eggs, shellfish and sardines also contain tyrosine.
2. Black Beans Complex carbohydrates like those in black beans and other legumes help keep your blood sugar levels balanced throughout the day, providing a steady, slow-burning source of energy to make you feel awake. Plus, black beans are a rich source of iron—an integral part of hemoglobin—which transports oxygen in the body.
3. Seaweed Seaweeds like kelp, wakame, arame and dulse can be found in Asian grocery stores and health food stores. It can be eaten dried, straight out of the bag, or added to soups, salads and vegetables. Seaweed contains the broadest range of minerals of any food—the same minerals found in the ocean and in human blood. It also contains pantothenic acid and riboflavin—two B-vitamins needed for your body to produce energy.
4. Almonds These tasty nuts are rich in manganese and copper, both of which are essential cofactors of an enzyme called superoxide dismutase. This enzyme helps keep energy flowing by inhibiting free radicals inside cells’ mitochondria (the energy-producing area of cells). Plus, they also contain riboflavin, another important component of energy production.
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5. Cantaloupe This melon is an exceptional energy food because of its combination of vitamin B6, dietary fiber, folate, and niacin (vitamin B3). The B vitamins (necessary for the body to process sugars and carbs) combined with fiber (which helps the sugars be distributed gradually) support energy production by keeping blood sugar levels stable.
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6. Kiwi This tiny fruit often gets overlooked in favor of the more common apple or orange, but it packs a powerful punch. With more vitamin C than an equal amount of orange, it’s a potent energy-boosting food. When vitamin C levels are depleted, people often feel tired. Other foods rich in vitamin C include raw red or green pepper, broccoli, strawberries and Brussels sprouts.
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7. Oatmeal This morning favorite is loaded with soluble fiber, a key to slowing down carbohydrate absorption and keeping blood sugar levels steady.
8. Water We know, it’s not really a food, but it’s so important that we decided to include it anyway. Water is necessary for your body to produce energy, including digesting, absorbing and transporting nutrients. If plain water doesn’t appeal to you, try spicing it up with a squeeze of lemon, lime or other citrus. References: 1. Eight Healthy & Delicious Foods that Will Provide You a Major Energy Kick www.sixwise.com/newsletters/05/11/16/eight_healthy__amp_ delicious_foods_that_will_provide_you_a_major_energy_kick. htm 2. Why Some People Never Get Tired, and How You Can Join Their Ranks www.sixwise.com/newsletters/05/09/07/why-some-peoplenever-get-tired-and-how-you-can-join-their-ranks.htm
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STAYING HEALTHY During Flu & Cold Season
• Make sure you are taking good-quality supplements to fill in the holes where your diet leaves off. Whole-food based, organically produced vitamins and nutrients are the best variety. Don’t skimp on this important component of your health and purchase cheap varieties of these items. Ask a qualified health care practitioner to recommend something for your individual needs. • Be certain to take a good probiotic each day. Good brands include PB8, Biotics Research, Jarrow, Nature’s Life liquid probiotics (great for kids), and Prescript-Assist for especially low immune function.
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o you get sick a great deal in the fall and winter months? Many people believe that merely washing your hands more often should do the trick to keep illnesses at bay. But actually, there are many other factors which come into play toward keeping healthy. If you are a person who tends to catch every cold or flu that comes along, here are some tips that really work for avoiding viruses:
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• Avoid eating processed foods and refined sugars. Fall and winter months are times when people tend to eat more sugary and processed foods due to holiday activities and gatherings. Sugar is a poison to your body and lowers immune system function. This includes foods such as crackers, chips, most breads, bagels, pastas, cookies, desserts, candy, juice, and soda pop, to name a few. All of these items contribute to lowered immune system and poor health. A good rule of thumb to follow is, if it is not a whole food, avoid eating it regularly. Load up on real, raw, whole foods for snacks and meals alike. • Continue to eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables – especially those in season in your local area. Vegetables and fruits are high in nutrients and antioxidants which help thwart the development of disease and illness. • Drink plenty of filtered water (mineral water is a plus). Keep a glass container with you throughout the day and sip frequently rather than trying to gulp down several ounces at a time. Avoid plastic containers, tap water, and bottled water. Tap water contains toxins and plastic contains pthalates—both of which supress the immune system and health.
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• Be certain to take fiber each day. Good brands include Sonne’s, Fiber Fusion by Enzymatic Therapy, and Colon Plus by Biotics Research. Digestive enzymes are a plus as well as they provide digestive enzymes to make certain your food is properly digested and absorbed. A good brand is Digest Gold by Enzymedica. Remember – health begins and ends in the digestive tract. If you are not eating healthy foods, your health will suffer. • Be certain to take essential fatty acids each day. Good brands include SIBU, Nordic Naturals, and Solgar. • Watch intake of alcoholic beverages, which tend to increase during holiday months. Drinking excess alcohol can have adverse affects on appetite, blood sugar, blood pressure and cardiovascular function, metabolic processes, and weight. If you are a binge drinker during special occasions, cut yourself off after two drinks and make certain you are eating healthy foods and drinking plenty of water at the same time. • Make sure you are getting adequate rest and not overextending yourself. If necessary, say no to extra tasks that you know you really won’t have time or energy to accomplish. Stay home on a night when you might normally go out; rest, relax, catch up, and go to bed early (by 10 p.m.). • Set aside time for some regular exercise, preferably outdoors. In the colder
months people tend to go to health clubs more. Many more germs and toxins lurk indoors during colder months, so bundle up and go for a walk, hike, or bike ride. You’ll be pleased with how exhilarated you feel afterward. If you are a winter sport enthusiast, get out on the slopes and go skiing, snowshoeing, or snowboarding. If you are an equine enthusiast, make time to get out on your horse or a friend’s mount during weather that is not icy.
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• If you cannot shake a cold, flu, or illness, consider visiting an alternative health care practitioner such as a chiropractor, naturopathic physician, or other qualified individual. These practitioners are often very successful in alleviating health issues and perform treatment based on the cause of the problem rather than just treating symptoms. If you maintain a good schedule of eating healthy, avoiding processed foods and beverages, take proper supplementation, obtain moderate activity, exercise, rest, and relaxation, you will notice an enormous improvement in the way your health responds. You will have more energy, feel more productive, and avoid catching flus and colds.
References: 1. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2000/12/31/naturopathicadvice.aspx 2 . h t t p : / / w w w. a c u f i n d e r. c o m / A c u p u n c t u r e + I n f o r m a t i o n / D e t a i l / To+Stay+Healthy+This+Flu+Season+-+You+Don%27t+Need+a+Shot 3. http://www.eastwindsacupuncture.com/flu-season-stay-healthy-with-chinesemedicine 4. http://www.gaianaturopathic.com/docs/ten_tips_for_cold_flu_season.pdf
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here are many personal care prodIn addition to the above menucts including deodorants and tioned ingredients, there are antiperspirants on the shelves several other ingredients that are today. The trend is to make not listed on deodorant and andeodorants and antiperspirants that tiperspirant labels. Fragrances smell like perfume. Have you ever and or scents for instance; considered what makes up the gel are they synthetic or are they or white colored paste we slather natural oils? Over the past under our arms to stay fresh and decades more fragrances have sweat free? Remember the combeen added to deodorants mercial “Never let them see you and antiperspirants. The scent sweat;” sweating is actually very of spice, the great outdoors, healthy for you. It is our body’s and lavender, to mention a way of getting rid of unwanted few, may enhance the smell toxins. Toxins are also known as of deodorants but do they chemicals in body waste, and contribute to the effectiveness the by-product that is produced of the product? Are they toxic when organs metabolize what is to our health? ingested or topically applied. There is of course a natural Unfortunately all products route; mineral salts have proven are not created equal and many to be effective in stopping body health and beauty items are full odor and have been used to of toxic ingredients. Some of the eliminate unpleasant body most common ingredients found odor dating back to ancient in deodorants and antiperspirants civilizations. Mineral stones Written by Rita Shurtliff are: parabens, zirconium and are available today in sprays, aluminum. gels and bars. Over the last eight years, sevLook for other “safe” choiceral research studies have shown es, such as: deodorants made that various types of parabens act with vegetable glycerin, lilike estrogen when introduced chen, herbs or herbal extracts, to animal tissue cultures. Estrode-ionized water or distilled gen has been known to drive the water, green tea, aloe Vera, growth of cancer cells. baking soda and essential oils. All of these ingredients may be Research at Reading University found in stick, spray or in a roll has suggested there may be a link on format. between the increase in breast cancer in the last 25 years which Remember, good coincides with the introduction of health is a result of antiperspirants. Breast cancer tuchoice – choose wisely! mors in men and women tend to occur in the upper-outer section of the left breast, which could be because right-handed people apply more deodorant into their References: 1. Top 7 Ingredients to Avoid by Dr. Christine H. Farlow, D.C. “The Ingredients Investigaleft armpit. tor.” Dr. Farlow has been researching ingredient safety since 1991. Some researchers think that by preventing sweating, you 2. EPA & FDA Websites: Dr Samuel Epstein, University of Illinois, Chicago; Philippa block the excretion of toxins which can build up in the lymph Darbre, Journal of Applied Toxicology. glands. Zirconium and aluminum in antiperspirants have also For more info, contact NatureRich at (775) 331-6490, specialbeen found to enter cells and mutate DNA, which may lead to izing in mineral-based, pH balanced products. Go to ad on page 60. cancerous growth as well as disrupt hormone levels.
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ProAdjuster Technology Takes Chiropractic Care to the Next Level Written by Tony C. Jensen, Doctor of Chiropractic
hen it comes to back and neck pain chiropractors believe in treating the source of the problem. By checking the vertebrae for misalignment, it may be discovered that they are unable to move and function as they were designed. These misaligned vertebraes are termed subluxation, fixation or motion defects. If not treated, the end result is Nerve Impingement Syndrome. Ultimately this translates to nervous system interference resulting in pain or ill health. One shouldnâ€™t have to rely on medications to get through the day; most may only mask the problem, instead of treating it. ProAdjuster technology was created to keep up with people in todayâ€™s society who are consistently asking their bodies to perform at higher levels and who want to feel better, safely and naturally.
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An algorithm* is formulated before a treatment can be designed. The computer screen will display a waveform that matches the resistance of the vertebrae. A normal vertebra would produce a symmetrical bell-shaped waveform. A dysfunctional vertebral joint will produce erratic or aberrant waveforms; they may be too high, too low, or asymmetrical. These waveforms indicate the area and type of malfunction. The doctor can now apply the treatment via the percussive instrument using a very light and steady pressure. When the computer registers 10 consecutive â€œtapsâ€? measured equally, it knows that the vertebrae is less rigid and automatically stops the percussion. This information allows the doctor to isolate and treat a problem area faster and more accurately than manual procedures. After the computerized treatment, the ProAdjusterâ€™s sophisticated reanalysis allows both you and the doctor to chart your progress toward recovery. * Algorithm-interprets a series of formulas or data and then gives the answer, much like a translator listening to 15 people speaking 15 different languages. Imagine if that were funneled into a device that could take the information and translate it into one language that everyone could understand.
What is the ProAdjuster? The ProAdjuster chiropractic treatments are performed comfortably, while sitting in an upright position without the need for turning or sudden movements. These treatments are safe and gentle for newborns, as well as the elderly with osteoporosis. Significant advances in computer and engineering technologies have allowed chiropractors to both analyze and treat the human body in such a way that has never been realized before.
How does it work? By placing a sensitive instrument at each vertebral level of the spine, the doctor will apply very slight pressure. The instrument will accurately and comfortably measure the resistance of the vertebrae of your spine and record the data.
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Written by Dr. Bruce Eichelberger, OMD
rritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s Disease (CD) and Diverticular Disease are increasingly common problems seen in health clinics. Estimates indicate that between 25 and 40 million people experience these problems in the U.S. alone. Although there are some differences between the formal diagnoses for each of these three problems, they share strong similarities in people’s experience of them. Common symptoms include: • Abdominal discomfort, bloating and
pain, particularly in the lower abdomen • Chronic or recurrent diarrhea, constipation or both – either mixed or in alternation • Fatigue accompanying the above two sets of symptoms Contributing factors include a family history of similar problems, symptoms worsening with stress, and especially poor dietary habits. Traditional treatments for these problems focus on alleviating symptoms using
prescription drugs. However, a recent review of medical literature found no evidence that these drugs are effective for fixing the problem. More recently, medical researchers have identified a connection between such intestinal symptoms and a set of non-allergic food intolerance reactions. Strictly speaking, these aren’t food allergies, but rather food sensitivities. There are important differences between the two. Here is a chart showing the differences between them:
• Reactions occur in minutes to several hours after eating reactive foods.
• Reactions occur from 2 to 72 hours after eating reactive foods.
• Symptoms include hives, swelling of airways, asthma, anaphylaxis, vomiting, diarrhea and possible death.
• Symptoms are complex and hard to pin down and can include IBS and other changes in bowel habits, joint pain, kidney problems, migraine headaches, fibromyalgia, eczema, hives, obesity, and ADD/ADHD.
• Allergies are rare, only 4 percent of the population experience this.
• 40 percent of Americans have these symptoms.
• As little as 1 molecule of the wrong food can cause reaction.
• Reaction depends on the amount of the reactive food eaten.
• Can be life-threatening.
• Not life threatening, but symptoms often cause serious interruption of normal living.
• Usually there are only 1 or 2 allergic foods.
• Multiple foods may be involved with each having different levels of reactivity.
• RAST testing can identify the reactive foods.
• Very difficult to identify which foods are causing – the delay time of up to 72 hours makes a food diary useless for spotting the offending foods. Mediator Release Testing is the only reliable way to identify offending foods.
• Treat by avoiding reactive foods, reading labels carefully, asking questions when eating out.
• Treatment is patient-specific based on testing results.
• IgE antibody-mediated reactions to allergic foods (Type I).
• Reactions are mediated by IgG & IgM (Type III) and at the cellular level (Type IV – T-cells).
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Between the Type III and Type IV food sensitivities, Type IV is far more common and much more difficult to assess. The reason for this is that the reactions are mediated by T-cells and not by antibodies as in the Type I and Type III reactions. In addition, each food has hundreds of sub-components, and symptoms can take up to 3 days to show up. Because of this, techniques such as food journaling canâ€™t easily identify the likely problem foods, even with a serious rotation-type, food elimination diet. One common feature of these inflammatory bowel diseases is reactions to processed and refined foods. At the top of this list are sugar in its many forms and flour (breads, pasta, etc.) One excellent way to test if these are the problem is to stop eating all packaged processed foods for several weeks. If these foods are the primary causes of the problem, symptoms generally improve. If it were only this simple anyone could eliminate symptoms whenever they wanted. Unfortunately, there are at least 150 possible food triggers for inflammatory bowel problems. Currently the best way to determine which foods are reactive for food sensitivities is a test called Mediator Responses Testing (MRT). MRT can specifically identify the reactive foods and the degree to which each food causes an adverse reaction. This information gives someone experiencing bowel-related problems the ability to eliminate foods that are causing problems. The response to making these changes can be surprisingly rapid. Sometimes symptoms subside within 3 to 4 days of stopping these reactive foods.
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References: 1. Irritable Bowel Syndrome: An overview of diagnosis and pharmacologic treatment, Olden, Kevin, MD, Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine, Volume 70, Supplement 2, June 2003 2. Digestive diseases in the United States: Epidemiology and Impact, National Institutes of Health Publication No. 94-1447, NIDDK, 1994 3. http://www.AboutIBS.org/Publications/IBSBurden.html 4. Merck Manual, 17th Edition, Page 1051, John Wiley & Sons, West Point, PA, 1999
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Written by Cheryl Blossom, MA, EdT
ebruary is the month of hearts, flowers, romance, love and heart aches. When our heart is sad, it is generally due to some form of loss– that devastating ache of something missing. Even though we typically think of cupid in the month of February, thoughts of lost loves may also come to mind. How do we cope when we experience emotions of pain and grief, especially when these emotions are accompanied by the sense of alienation and hopelessness? Loss is a basic human experience starting with birth, in leaving the warm environment of our mother’s womb. As we grow in age we leave behind toys, teachers, friends, pets, loved ones, places, relationships and in the end we ultimately leave our physical body. Life is terminal and every loss that we experience along our journey, no matter the intensity, is like a death. Loss from divorce, deaths, jobs, homes, health issues, a planned future, a shared past, or a partnership all are deaths of some magnitude. In her book, On Death and Dying, Elizabeth Kubler-Ross distinguishes 5 stages of death. Stage One: Denial and Isolation - In this stage you may be in shock, avoiding the issue, hoping that it will go away, or that some unforeseen event or entity will intervene and take the pain away. For past issues, go to: www.HBMag.com
You may be overwhelmed with a heavy heart. Detachment, loneliness and alienation can be present. Stage Two: Anger and Rejecting - You may be volatile, defensive, struggling, and complaining. You can experience agony, suffering, blaming, fear, resentment, resistance, and guilt. Stage Three: Bargaining – During bargaining you may have rescue fantasies. You may make believe cheeriness, hope, and reassurance. This can alternate with anxiety and fear. Stage Four: Depression – You may feel like giving up and abandoning everything. You may have no energy or interest in everyday tasks. Helplessness and uselessness may be mixed with sheer fright. Grief sets in. Stage Five: Acceptance – You experience peace and dignity. You can freely express sadness and it is not overwhelming. The time frame in moving through each stage can sometimes be dependent on the magnitude of the loss. Regardless of the magnitude of the loss, it is different for each person. Keep in mind that you can get stuck in any one of these stages and or revisit a stage. It is wise and helpful to get support when experiencing loss. If you find yourself stuck in one of the stages – detachment, anger, anxiety, or depression, it is even more critical to seek help. Due to the complexity of each human being and their situation, there is no single approach when it comes to loss counseling. Yet, in a controlled study by San Francisco’s Kaiser Hospital, a modality for moving through loss, called Integrated Awareness®, showed promising results. In this study Integrated Awareness® accelerated and assisted in the innate sequencing for acceptance and healing. IA® quiets the mind chatter. Through Integrated Awareness® one becomes clear and present. Clarity and ease replace suffering and confusion. When one no longer resists, resents or rejects their current state – they will be at peace and in the present, and when in the present, one operates in a state of non-judgment and freedom. One becomes free to make different choices, and see new openings for taking action to feel satisfied and at ease. This allows one to accelerate and direct their life more powerfully. Efficiency and harmony increases helping them to move through and resolve their loss. Integrated Awareness® is a unique and brilliantly effective way to work through divorce, loss, illness and life transitions. References: 1. On Death and Dying, by Elissabeth Kubler-Ross, MD; 2. Life After Loss, by Bob Diets, 3. Authentic Happiness by Martin Seligman, PhD.
For more information contact Cheryl Blossom, MA, EdT, Integrated Awareness® practioner and teacher at (775) 338-8617, Director of The Institute for Inspired Living.
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Stress & Hormone Balance The Adrenal & Thyroid Gland Written by David Vasenden, RPh
n today’s society, we are inundated with stress. Mental/emotional stress caused by rushing around all day, financial worries, and relationship issues affects not only emotional health, but also insulin production and levels of reproductive, growth, and thyroid hormones. Chronic stress forces the adrenal glands to maintain high levels of the hormone cortisol, which can lead to adrenal fatigue, and symptoms such as weight gain, suppressed immune system, fatigue, insomnia, fuzzy thinking, osteoporosis, hypertension, depression, cravings and mood swings. Adrenal exhaustion can lead to much more serious health concerns. It is impossible for a person with tired adrenal glands to respond to the body’s needs or to achieve optimal hormonal balance. Recommendations to improve adrenal health include eating wholesome food, getting plenty of sleep, regular moderate exercise, stress management, slowing down to regain a proper perspective on life, and replacement of deficient nutrients and hormones. If only the adrenal deficiency is treated without addressing deficiencies of other hormones, results may be disappointing. The analogy has been used that while the adrenal glands provide the gas, the thyroid gland is the body’s accelerator. Although the normal thyroid gland secretes two forms of thyroid hormone, T4 and T3, most hypothyroid patients are treated only with levothyroxine (synthetic T4). Despite treatment with levothyroxine, some hypothyroid patients remain symptomatic, and a combination of levothyroxine and T3 may be required for optimal thyroid replacement therapy. However, the only commercially avail-
able form of T3 for replacement therapy is synthetic liothyronine sodium. Liothyronine is an immediate release formulation which is rapidly absorbed, and may result in higher than normal T3 concentrations throughout the body causing serious side effects, including heart palpitations. The ideal medication might be a slow release T3 preparation to avoid adverse cardiac effects. The best known form of Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) for women involves replenishment of declining levels of estrogen and progesterone. A study done at Harvard Medical School reported that postmenopausal women who were prescribed conventional synthetic HRT (conjugated estrogens and medroxyprogesterone acetate) often discontinue this therapy within one year, most frequently due to side effects such as bloating and breast swelling/tenderness. The goal of hormone replacement therapy should be to optimize function and minimize agerelated health risks, without harmful or annoying side effects. The ideal process for achieving hormonal balance begins with an assessment of hormone levels. This can be done using non-invasive saliva or blood spot testing. Based on test results and a complete evaluation of signs and symptoms, if a hormone deficiency is diagnosed, experienced practitioners can prescribe customized hormones in the most appropriate dose and dosage form for each woman. It is essential that a woman works with a health care provider that understands her physical problems, knows how to identify and treat adrenal dysfunction, and can customize a treatment plan to address her particular needs.
References: 1. Wilson, James L. Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome. Smart Publications, 2001. 2. N Engl J Med. 1999 Feb 11;340(6):468-470 3. Horm Res 2001;56 Suppl 1:74-81 4. Journal of Women’s Health & Gender-Based Medicine. May 1, 2001, 10(4): 343-350.
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Self-Help Jin Shin Jyutsu® Written by Daniel Kane
n Japanese, Jin Shin Jyutsu® means “the art of the Creator through the person of compassion.” Applying Jin Shin Jyutsu® Self-help allows us to be compassionate and loving toward ourselves. Jin Shin Jyutsu® Physio-Philosophy is an ancient, profound healing art that requires many years of study to understand fully. However, it is so simple to use, you don’t have to wait to enjoy its benefits. All you need is your own two hands! Imagine you are on a crowded plane or in a tense business meeting, or stuck in heavy traffic. You feel anxious, irritable, low energy, unclear, a stomach ache or a headache coming on. By holding certain fingers and touching your elbow or knee with your fingertips and thereby applying Self-help Jin Shin Jyutsu®, you experience your physical discomforts and emotions clear, as well as your energy level return. Best of all, you can do Jin Shin Jyutsu® anywhere: couch, car, bed, at the movies- even while jogging. No special equipment, clothing, environment or conditions are needed. Jin Shin Jyutsu® treatments can be experienced by applying the art to yourself or through a session with a trained Jin Shin Jyutsu® practitioner. Jin Shin Jyutsu® is a way of accessing the body’s own capacity to heal itself by harmonizing and balancing itself. In the 1950s, Jin Shin Jyutsu® was brought to the United States from Japan by Mary Burmeister, after she had finished years of study with Master Jiro Murai. By meditating and utilizing simple finger holds, Murai had experienced the art of Jin Shin Jyutsu® and cured himself of a life threatening illness. It is in this respect, that Self-help Jin Shin Jyutsu® is seen as the birth and core of Jin Shin Jyutsu®. Traditional Japanese and Chinese medicine is based on an invisible inner circulatory system made up of pathways called meridians that carry life force or Chi to every part of the body. When these pathways become blocked or disrupted, the circulation of life energy is compromised and health problems, attitude
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projects and/or pain occurs. For example, your fingers may seem distant and peripheral to a symptom in your chest, but they are not. Many energy pathways run through your fingers. Self-help Jin Shin Jyutsu® utilizes your fingers and hands like jumper cables, recharging what they touch. By harmonizing the fingers, we can begin to harmonize the entire circulation of life energy in our bodies. Jin Shin Jyutsu® Self-help is useful for occasional, chronic and acute conditions. The more often the art is applied, the faster the body responds and heals itself. Daily self-help creates optimum results. Many stories of miraculous healings abound in Jin Shin Jyutsu®, but it is self-help stories in particular that point to our innate capacity to heal and love ourselves. Jin Shin Jyutsu® Self-help engages you in self study. By developing awareness of the life force within you and how you can harmonize it by holding your fingers, toes or by utilizing simple energy flow patterns, you can easily become more responsible for maintaining your own balance, health, and happiness. Jin Shin Jyutsu® Self-help seminars are taught throughout the world. Currently, there is a research study on Jin Shin Jyutsu® and the heart in Morristown New Jersey Hospital. Nurses receive CEU’s for Self-help seminar attendance. The Jin Shin Jyutsu®, Inc. web site at www.jsjinc.net will inform you about any upcoming seminars throughout the world.
References: 1. Healing Touch by Alice Burmeister and Tom Monte http://www.atlantichealth.org/Atlantic/Patient+Care+Services/Integrative+Medicine/Com plementary+and+Alternative+Medicine/Energy+Medicine 2. http://www.atlantichealth.org/Gagnon/Patient+Care+Services/Heart+Health+at+Morri stown+Memorial+Hospital/Cardiac+Integrative+Medicine+Program
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he kitchen represents wealth in the Chinese culture. When in the kitchen, Feng Shui experts pay most attention to the placement of the stove. The logic follows a positive cycle: food feeds a person’s health therefore the better the food, the more capable the person and the larger his/her potential income. The chef should be aware of anyone entering the kitchen, or else residents’ health, wealth, and personal relations may suffer. If a cook is surprised, then a nervous chain reaction will be set off. For example, if a husband’s hug startles his wife while she is chopping carrots or cooking over a hot stove, she may get upset and this will not only affect their relationship that evening, but will trickle down to the office the next day. The cook should work in a spacious, brightly lit, and well ventilated area. A stove that is cramped in the corner will inhibit the chef’s Ch’i flow, lowering the quality of food, and harming the health, wealth, careers, and relationships of family members. Symbolically, the stove also figures prominently in a home’s finances. It should be clean and work smoothly so that money (ts’ ai) can easily enter the home. All burners should be clean or business will be plagued with obstructions. The family’s prosperity can be influenced by the number of burners; the more burners, the more money earned. If some burners are not regularly used, the family will not prosper. * If the stove is against the wall: mirrors or reflective aluminum on the walls behind the stove works great for staying aware of your surroundings while in the kitchen. A mirror on the side of the stove will allow for a more peaceful atmosphere and smoother cooking movements. A wind chime or crystal, hung in line with the stove and the door is also a great cure.
References: 1. Interior Design with Feng Shui, Sarah Rossbach, 1987, Penguin Group
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Treating Water Retention Naturally Written by Frank Shallenberger, MD, HMD
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n the $10 language of medicine, water retention is called edema. Edema refers to an accumulation of water in the legs that “pits” when pressed on. You can recognize edema by using your finger to push on the area around your ankles or just above them for several seconds. If you remove your finger and notice a depression or “pit” where you just pressed, you have edema. Another common way to diagnose edema is by noticing the same kind of pitting at the top of your socks toward the end of the day. Many people will notice that after being on their feet for several hours their legs will start to swell up. This is the classical way many people describe edema. The conventional treatment for edema is diuretic or “water” pills. These are pills that force your kidneys to alter their func-
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tion, and cause them to inappropriately pull water from your body. The ultimate result of the pills is that they cause the body to become dehydrated. Of course this will reduce the edema, but at the same time, it creates the problem of dehydration. And that leads to other problems. Common symptoms of dehydration are dry mouth, dry eyes, muscle cramps, nausea, increased heart rate, confusion and weakness. Some of the other side effects of diuretic pills are low potassium levels, arrhythmias , pancreatitis, jaundice, renal failure, interstitial nephritis and low white cells levels. Fortunately, most people don’t get any of these symptoms or side effects if they only use the diuretics occasionally, but that’s not the point. The point is that when edema is present, it is there for a reason. It’s okay to take diuretics while you’re a busy figuring out what is causing the edema, but it is more important to find and correct the cause. When you first consult your doctor about edema, the main causes that he has been trained to discover are heart failure and kidney disease. Kidney disease can usually be ruled out if the edema is limited to the legs, because the edema caused by kidney disorders is typically present not only in the legs but also in the face, arms and hands. The doctor can usually determine if the cause is heart failure based upon examining the patient, and ordering appropriate tests like a chest x-ray and echo cardiogram. The problem is that about 90% of the time, edema, even pitting edema, is not caused by either of these conditions, in which case many doctors just stop looking for the real cause, and simply offer the patient a diuretic for the symptom. So let’s look at the most common causes of edema that a doctor may miss, and what you can do about them.
Weight Gain – Frequently the development of edema is
caused by excessive weight. The weight increases the gravitational pull on the fluid in the legs, and causes the legs to retain fluid. During sleep, since the body is in a horizontal position, the gravitational pull is gone, and the water will move back into the general circulation. In many cases this newly acquired water during sleep will mean that you will need to get up and go to the bathroom several times during the night. It also means that when the morning comes around, all or nearly all of the edema has gone away. This is a classic way to recognize edema caused by excessive weight. Lose the weight
and the edema goes away. Another symptom of edema caused by weight is that it is worse when the weather is hot.
Sodium – Of course one of the most common causes of edema is excessive use of either salt or foods high in sodium. This is very individual. Some peoples’ bodies do very well with handling sodium, and others’ do not. If you suspect this to be the cause, then simply go on a two gram sodium diet for three weeks, and take some additional magnesium supplementation as described below. The edema will go away if excessive sodium is the cause. Besides salt, sodium is found in a great many foods. To find out how to go on a two gram sodium restricted diet, go to http://www.med.umich.edu/1libr/aha/2gSodiumDiet.pdf
Low Thyroid Function – The medical word for low thyroid function is “hypothyroidism.” Hypothyroidism is extremely common. It is one of the few hormonal deficiencies that can occur even in young people. Estimates are that it is present in over 80 percent of all patients over the age of 50. Many doctors will miss the diagnosis, however, because we were all mistakenly taught in medical school that the only way to diagnose hypothyroidism is when the thyroid blood tests are abnormal. This turns out to be completely untrue. There Female Hormones – In women, a common cause of edema are many articles in the medical literature that explain how is estrogen excess. During hormonal replacement therapy, hypothyroidism can be present even when all of the thyroid edema can occur either as a result of a dose of estrogen that blood tests are in the “normal range.” This is particularly true is excessive, or an insufficient dose of progesterone. Keep in mind that the drug Provera®, which is still for the most common test used to diagnose used by some doctors as a substitute for prohypothyroidism, the TSH test. The conventional gesterone is a very poor substitute. It is known The only 100 percent reliable way to be to cause cancer, strokes, heart disease, and sure that the body has normal thyroid functreatment for edema osteoporosis, and is also a common cause of tion is to measure basal metabolic rate (BMR). is diuretic pills... that fluid retention. This test is easy to do, is well validated in The other cause of estrogen excess, one the scientific literature, and often indicates force your kidneys to that is often seen in menstruating women, is hypothyroidism when all of the blood tests a result of an insufficient amount of the horare normal. The best way to determine BMR inappropriately pull mone progesterone being produced by the is with Bio-Energy Testing. This is a testing water from your body. body. In these cases, the woman will often procedure that measures BMR and then comnotice the edema in the two weeks before pares the result to what would be optimal for the weight, height, and sex of the person taking the test. You can she has her menstrual period. The treatment for this cause of learn more about Bio-Energy testing and find a clinic near you edema is to use progesterone cream during the two weeks before menses is due. The problem will typically disappear after that offers it by going to www.bioenergytesting.com. The way that many alternative doctors diagnose edema one to two months of therapy. Three other factors that might need attention in women with caused by hypothyroidism that do not have access to Bio-Energy Testing is by a physical examination, a symptom check, and edema are B6 deficiency, magnesium deficiency, and hypoa trial of thyroid hormone supplementation. In other words, thyroidism. All three of these conditions result in an estrogen if the patient looks like someone with hypothyroidism, and excess. So if you notice that your edema is definitely worse in has some of the symptoms commonly seen in hypothyroidism the days leading up to your period, then try taking 100mg of (such as edema), they give them a trial of thyroid hormone. If vitamin B6 along with 300mg of magnesium glycinate for few the symptoms and the edema go away, then the diagnosis of cycles and see if this doesn’t help to solve the problem. These hypothyroidism can be made. If there is no improvement, then nutrients work really great with progesterone cream. it’s back to the drawing board. Whatever the cause of your water retention is, don’t just Protein Deficiency – Another common cause of edema is accept it as natural, and don’t just blindly rely on water pills. a diet deficient in protein. If edema exists in a patient who is Find and treat the cause, and you will be much better off. a vegan or a vegetarian, this is always a possible cause. Other References: indicators are if there are symptoms of poor digestion. 1. Current medical and Treatment Guidelines - 43rd Edition. Tierney LM, McPhee A good way to determine protein deficiency is to get a blood S, and Papadakis MA. 2004. Lange Medical Books/McGraw Hill, NY.NY Textbook of Medical Physiology - 10th Edition. Guyton and Hall. 2000. test called a serum albumin. In healthy patients the serum 2. W.B.Saunders Company, Philidelphia, Penn. albumin is over 4 grams/dl. If the value is lower than this, the odds are pretty good that either the patient is not eating enough For more info contact Dr. Frank Shallenberger at The Nevada protein, or that they have a digestive disorder that interferes Center, specializing in comprehensive alternative medicine, with the proper digestion and assimilation of protein. Correct (775) 884-3990. Go to ad on page 25. the disorder and the edema will go away.
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also can tone the muscles, lifting and firming sagging tissue. There are three zones that Lypossage focuses on. Zone 1 focuses on the lower body from the twelfth rib to the knee. Zone 2 focuses on the upper body from the twelfth rib to the neck, including the décolleté. Zone 3 focuses on the head, neck and face; acting as a natural facelift. While there are some contraindications for specific medical conditions, Lypossage can be safely performed on most healthy individuals who are no more than 70 pounds overweight. Lypossage is a safer option to surgical procedures. While there are no restrictions or certifications needed to operate body contouring machines, Lypossage can only be performed by a trained massage therapist. References: 1. www.lypossage.net 2. www.lypossageinstitute.com 3. www.charleswiltsie.com
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yperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a treatment combination of breathing 95-100 percent pure oxygen while being in a pressurized chamber. One of the many physics laws that govern gasses, Henry’s Law, states that the amount of gas that can dissolve in a liquid is proportional on the pressure. The combination of pure oxygen and the pressure within the chamber can increase the amount of oxygen absorbed in the fluids of the body 10 times (while in a 1.5 atmosphere chamber). Proportionally more oxygen can be dissolved with higher pressures, but for comfort and safety, 1.5 atmospheres is the standard for “mild” hyperbaric therapy. The physiological benefits of increased oxygen, among other things, is that it significantly reduces inflammation, kills anaerobic bacteria, promotes healing, and detoxifies tissues. The most exciting effect of increased oxygen, however, is that it can get to areas of the body that red blood cells cannot get to because of their size. With certain brain problems such as trauma (i.e., strokes or a concussions), multiple sclerosis, or drug or alcohol-induced
brain injuries, some nerve cells have died, some are performing normally, and some are in between living and dying and are what has been termed “idling neurons”— sort of alive, but not doing anything functional. An infusion of oxygen will often “wake-up” these nerve cells. Depending on what percent of the injured brain tissue is “idling” and not dead, the success of this therapy can be phenomenal. Brain changes with HBOT can be objectively identified by SPECT scans, specialized CT scans of the brain that identifies what areas of the brain are functioning well and what areas are functioning slowly or not at all. Pre and post therapy scans will often show objective improvement. References: 1. www.infoplease.com/ce6/sci/A0823393.html 2. “The Oxygen Revolution” by Paul Harch, MD printed in 2007 by Hatherleigh Press, Long Island City, NY.
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Echinacea Written by Brittany Russell
amed for the prickly scales in its large conical seed head, the Native American medicinal plant, Echinacea, resembles the spines of an angry hedgehog (echinos, Greek for hedgehog).
Echinacea can be recognized by its tall stems, bearing a single pink or purple flower and a central cone that is usually purplish-brown in color. The large cone is the seed head with sharp spines. Of nine echinacea species, only three are used for medicinal purposes: Echinacea angustifolia, Echinacea pallida, Echinacea purpurea, often in combination. Results of archeological digs indicate that Native Americans may have used echinacea for more than 400 years to treat infections and wounds and as a general cure-all. The herb, his-
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torically, has been used to treat scarlet fever, syphilis, malaria, blood poisoning and diphtheria. Today, people use echinacea to shorten the common cold and flu and reduce corresponding symptoms. It is also recommended to help boost the immune system and help the body fight infections. More specifically, echinacea contains active substances that enhance the activity of the immune system, relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and have hormonal, antiviral, and antioxidant effects. Echinacea preventing or treating the common cold remains under debate. Several trials have shown that people who take echinacea as soon as they feel sick reduce the severity of their cold and have fewer symptoms than those who do not take the herb. Echinacea as a supplement contains several chemicals that play a role in its therapeutic effects; including polysaccharides, glycoproteins, alkamides, volatile oils and flavonoids. The roots of the plant have high concentrations of volatile oils (odorous compounds) while the above-ground parts of the plant tend to contain more polysaccharides (substances known to trigger the activity of the immune system). The combination of these active substances is responsible for echinacea’s beneficial effects, though research suggests that the above ground portion of echinacea purpurea is the most effective. Echinacea, including one, two, or all three of the medicinal species, is available in extracts, tinctures, tablets, capsules and ointments. As colder weather is upon us, any boost to the immune system could mean the difference between misery and a festive winter season.
Recommended Dosages: Adult: For general immune system stimulation, during colds, flu, upper respiratory tract infections or bladder infections, choose from the following forms and take three times a day: • 1 to 2 grams dried root or herb, as tea • 2 to 3 mL of standardized tincture extract • 300 mg of powdered extract containing 4% phenolics • Tincture (1:5): 1 to 3 mL (20 to 90 drops) • Stabilized fresh extract: 0.75 mL (15 to 23 drops) • For slow-healing wounds, creams or ointments should be applied as needed. Pediatric: Adjust the recommended adult dose (based on a 150 lb adult) to account for the child’s weight. If the child weighs 50 lb, the appropriate dose of Echinacea would be 1/3 of the adult dose. Always use alcohol-free preparations for children.
The American Herbal Products Association gives Echinacea a class 1 safety rating, meaning that it is safe when used appropriately and with the guidance of a healthcare professional. Those suffering from tuberculosis, leukemia, diabetes, connective tissue disorders, multiple sclerosis, HIV or AIDS, any autoimmune diseases or liver disorders should not take Echinacea. There is some concern that Echinacea may reduce the effectiveness of medications that suppress the immune system. For this reason, people receiving organ transplants who must take immunosuppressant medications should avoid this herb. Consulting a physician concerning specific side effects and interactions with other supplements or medications is recommended.
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BY REPROGRAMMING Your Metabolic Switch Written by Virginia Parsons, MS, CCHT, CTLC
re you one of those frustrated “dieters” who has tried a variety of weight loss programs only to gain the weight back? Stop blaming yourself for lack of will power or labeling yourself a failure. Diets simply don’t work long term. You can stop the yo-yo dieting cycle that comes from an imbalanced metabolism programmed to store fat. There are several keys to reprogramming your metabolic switch to burn fat. Once you “flip the metabolic switch,” you will naturally become healthy, lean and fit. There are several key factors that will help reprogram your metabolic switch.
1. Balance your appetite control system by eating foods low on the glycemic index.
2. Increase lean muscle mass with strength and interval training.
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3. Reduce and manage stress to maintain hormonal balance.
4. Adopt a healthier long term plan for life. The appetite control system is driven by a number of hormonal factors, such as insulin, cortisol and leptin. Eating highly processed foods, like white potatoes, high sugar cereals, pastries, and sweet beverages, elevate blood sugar, which is first stored as glycogen while the excess is stored as fat. Over time, insulin resistance sets up a fat storing metabolism. Food cravings, increased appetite, and lack of satiety follow. Those who eat the typical American “goo & glue” diet, can develop leptin resistance as well. Leptin stimulates a feeling of fullness. Those who are Leptin resistant feel hungry all the time. Daily stress elevates cortisol levels, which further stimulates fat storage. The appetite control system has run amuck. How does one repair this system? Start by eating foods with a low glycemic load that are rich in phytonutrients and high in fiber. This will keep blood sugar levels stable and Insulin levels low, which encourages a fat burning metabolism. The key is to eat foods that break down slowly. Increasing fiber intake is key to making the metabolic switch from fat storer to a fat burner. It slows down the rate of absorption. Since more digestion is required to break down the food, fiber increases thermogenesis (the amount of calories required to metabolize food.) You feel full and satisfied longer and tend to eat less throughout the day. Strive for 30 grams of fiber per day. Eat natural, unprocessed foods with a variety of colors. Eliminate fake, processed, chemically altered food. Eat foods as close as possible to the way they are found in nature. Whole fruit, whole vegetables, wild fish, whole grains, grass-fed beef, nuts, seeds, legumes. Also consume healthy fats (omega-3’s) that help communicate with “DNA to turn on special genes that help increase
fat burning, improve blood sugar control, correct Insulin resistance and reduce inflammation.â€? Dr. David Ludwig found that low fat diets slow your metabolism more than low-glycemic eating. At the end of the study, the low fat group had slower metabolism, increased appetite, and resistance to further weight loss. They were also more inflamed, and had higher triglycerides, insulin, blood sugar and blood pressure. Natural foods high in fiber keeps the metabolism revved up and facilities long term body fat loss. Bottom line, eating a low fat diet slows metabolism while low glycemic eating increases metabolism. Never skip breakfast. Those who start the day with a high fiber, high protein breakfast, consume fewer calories throughout the day, have fewer cravings and feel full longer. Studies show that those who eat breakfast are more successful losing weight and keeping it off. Also eating small healthy meals every few hours keeps your metabolism burning efficiently, like a well-tuned furnace. Another key to reprogramming your metabolic switch is regular exercise. â€œMove it to lose it. Muscle dictates metabolism.â€? Strive to increase your lean muscle mass with regular strength training. Muscle is much more â€œmetabolically active and burns seventy times as many calories as fat cells.â€? In addition, studies have shown that interval training is a more effective way to burn body fat than traditional endurance training. Researchers from Laval University found that groups who interval trained at half the duration of endurance trained groups, lost nine times more body fat. Interval training increased resting metabolism, allowing this group to burn many more calories at rest than did the endurance group. Regular exercise is also helpful in managing the effects of daily stress. Stress management is important for reprogramming your metabolic switch. Excessive, uncontrolled stress elevates the stress hormone cortisol. This hormone is predominantly stored in abdominal fat. It is an inflammatory hormone that prepares
the body for fight or flight. But today, we seldom â€œfight or flightâ€? so this hormone builds up in our fatty tissue. Elevated Cortisol inhibits fat metabolism. Regular exercise combined with deep breathing and stress reducing exercise like yoga or meditation help alleviate this problem. Follow the above suggestions to reprogram your metabolic switch. Adopt a lifestyle that includes controlling your appetite by balancing your hormones, eating regular meals with live, natural low glycemic foods, exercising regularly and calming stress factors in your life. Once you flip the metabolic switch from fat storer to fat burner, you will naturally
regulate the amount of food you consume; youâ€™ll feel satisfied and energized and will not have to worry about calorie counting or dieting ever again. References: 1. Ultra-Metabolism, Hyman, 2006 2. Dare to Lose, Lieberman, 2002 3. Ludwig D. High glycemic index foods, overeating and obesity. Pediatrics. 1999:102(3):26 4. TremblayA, Simoneau JA, Bouchard C. Impact of exercise intensity on body fatness and skeletal muscle metabolism. Metabolism. 1994 Jul;43(7):814-818.
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Sugar’s Surprisingly Large Number of Deadly Effects Written by Bruce Eichelberger, OMD
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circulate through the body gobbling up toxic and dangerous materials.
Sugar Reduces the Body’s Ability to Fight Off Cancer Sugar increases the risk of mammary cancer by defeating the ability of the body to fight abnormally multiplying cells. Sugar increases the risk of colon cancer - just one teaspoon of additional sugar per day increases colon cancer risk by 40 percent and an additional three teaspoons or more increases the risk of colon cancer by 100 percent.
ven though we think of the end-of-the-year holidays as the worst time for being exposed to sugar, we get plenty of opportunity to partake all year long. And that’s a shame because there is abundant evidence that sugar intake is not only harmful to health, it’s downright deadly. Here’s what I mean:
Eating Sugar Interferes with Crucial Metabolic Processes
Sugar Speeds Up the Aging Process Rats who stop getting fed sugar live twice as long as those who continue eating it.
Sugar Boosts Blood Pressure This means it contributes to a greater likelihood of stroke or heart attack.
Sugar Plugs Up the Urinary Tract
Sugar Smacks Down the Digestive System
Eating sugar increases the likelihood of kidney stones.
Consuming excessive amounts of refined sugar aggravates Crohn’s Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). 80 percent of Crohn’s Disease patients adopting a sugar-free diet show improvement.
Eating Sugar Squelches the Immune System
Eating Too Much Sugar Increases The Risk of Gallstones Sugar directly irritates the stomach and impairs protein digestion. In turn, this prevents the body from healing as quickly because proteins are the building blocks of cellular repair.
Sugar reduces the body’s production of antibodies, the body’s front-line soldiers that identify and neutralize foreign invaders. Excessive consumption of sugar interferes with the function of neutrophils, the most abundant type of white blood cells and a crucial part of a healthy immune system. Sugar also interferes with the function of phagocytes (literally “big eaters”) that
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Increased blood sugar levels raise the insulin production, contributing to insulin resistance, a precursor to diabetes. Sugar can initiate cross-linking of proteins and sugars, forming a sticky, caramel-like substance in the tissues (AGEs) that block healthy metabolism and lead to pain and other health problems. Sugar ramps up production of free radicals within the body, which have multiple negative effects on health, including increasing inflammation, aggravating heart disease and multiplying the likelihood of strokes. Excessive consumption of sugar can cause insulin resistance, a hallmark of metabolic syndrome and a precursor to diabetes. Excessive consumption of sugar exacerbates obesity by increasing the formation of body fat. In a diet too low in fat, it substitutes for dietary fats in energy production. Ironically, this leads to the accumulation
of fat around the internal organs, which interferes with their natural functioning. Sugar increases circulating triglycerides in the blood. Recent research implicates elevated triglycerides as aggravating a wide variety of chronic and ultimately deadly diseases such as heart disease, strokes, diabetes, and pancreatitis.
Sugar Ruins Oral Health Sugar causes tooth decay by converting the bad bacteria that naturally exist on the teeth into cavity causing lactic acid. This creates plaque, which is a fundamental part of creating tooth decay.
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Other Effects of Sugar Intake Sugar increases the production of cholesterol in the body. Since 80% of the cholesterol we have is made inside the body, this is a major contributing factor. Sugar increases the production of cortisol, aka the â€˜stress hormone.â€™ Chronically elevated cortisol has a long list of negative effects including weight gain, elevated blood pressure, sleeplessness, impaired learning and memory, and lowered immunity. Wow, thatâ€™s quite a list! Given what you now know about the effects of sugar in your body, I hope youâ€™ll be more careful throughout the upcoming year. Youâ€™ll be trading 5 minutes of â€œhappy mouthâ€? for a lifetime of happier, healthier living.
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