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very time I sit down to draft my publisher’s letter, I reflect back on the month and there is always something that I have to, or want to, share with my readers and without going into too much personal detail, this is my thought for the month.
when we allow, or circumstances allow us to wallow in our self-imposed misery. Hopefully, such times are few and far between, but it does happen, and it happens to everyone. Fortunately, there are those who are there for us, ready, willing and able to pull us out of our blue funk, or as Schweitzer puts it, our light is rekindled by the spark of another. At risk of becoming too philosophical, it must be said that we must each be ready, willing and able to rekindle the light of another. In order to be able to do that, we must work to keep the flame within us burning brightly and never hesitate to spark that in someone else when needed. If we fail to spark the flames within those around us, we have no access to a spark when we need one. When we share our light with others, and they share it with others, and so on, we are assured that when and if we ever need a tiny spark to rekindle the fire within us, one will be there. If no one is willing to relight the flame in another, the light will eventually be gone from mankind forever. So SHARE YOUR LIGHT! Be there for those who may need you as you will need them at some time, for sure. Dr. D Rodger ND, MBA
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ith the advent of body joint replacement, it becomes only natural that dental implants are the obvious answer when it comes to teeth which are no longer able to function as they should. Dental implants are becoming the “go to” solution for many people because of their effectiveness, ease of placement and affordability. In fact, over 3 million people have implants and that number is growing by more than 500,000 a year with a success rate of over 90 percent after five years, according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. While traditional dentistry consisting of fixed bridgework or partial dentures is still relevant and the recommended choice in certain circumstances, implants are an option which does not involve other teeth in the mouth or create potential issues with the “anchor” teeth used in such treatments. Dental implants are literally plugs or screws which are inserted into the jaw; they act just like a real tooth root when they integrate with the body. They can immediately replace a tooth or be located where there is currently no tooth. The procedure is painless and is usually done under local anesthesia. Once placed, they need to sit quietly to integrate with the body. This integration time varies, but most are strong enough to support a crown within 3 to 4 months. Some people are even able to have function on the implant the day of placement based on guidelines your doctor can discuss with you. During the healing phase, patients can wear a temporary mouthpiece which provides replacement teeth for those missing. After the integration is complete, patients have impressions taken, and the abutment and crown are fabricated for delivery at the final patient visit. The benefits of implants include that they are not removable like dentures and partials. They also can’t come loose and get food trapped under them. Plus, they don’t feel like you have a mouthful of hardware that can affect speech and chewing. Although most people can have implants placed, there are some contraindications to them which your doctor can review with you. Serious medical conditions such as uncontrolled diabetes, and other autoimmune problems could potentially affect the integration of implants. Smokers are also at an 8 times greater risk of implant failure than nonsmokers. Your oral health is a big part of the success of implants, and although implants can’t get decay and are very resistant to breakdown, sound basic home care and regular dental checkups will keep them in tip top health. Dr. Dave Burt has been practicing dentistry for more than 38 years in the Lehigh Valley and owns Mountainville Dental in Allentown. 2004 South 5th Street, Allentown, PA 18103. Ca.. 610-791-2307 or visit Mountainvilledental.com. See ad, page 11. 10
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hen someone mentions chiropractic treatment, people think of treatment for back or neck pain. There are many misconceptions about what a chiropractor does during treatment or how the body benefits from chiropractic alignments. Imagine keeping your vehicle’s wheels in alignment so it rides smoothly and tires wear evenly; this is a good analogy for how and why everyone with a spine and extremities benefits from chiropractic treatment. By keeping shoulders, elbows, wrists, ankles, knees, hips and spine in alignment and functioning properly, your body will maintain good health and serve you better as you travel through life! This helps avoid costly surgeries and time-consuming recuperation and rehabilitation and allows your body to “see you through” your golden years when you have the time to do what you didn’t have time for before retiring! Chiropractors teach patients that a body stays healthier with good nutrition, restful sleep, frequent exercise and regular body maintenance through chiropractic alignments. With active lifestyles and stresses from repetitive motion activities such as long hours in front of computer screens, sitting/standing/bending/ lifting and other work and life stresses that place heavy strains on our musculoskeletal systems, it is imperative to re-balance and restore the natural state of health that our bodies deserve. That is what chiropractic treatment accomplishes. Good health is “normal”; pain and discomfort is not! Chiropractic alignments assist the body’s natural ability to heal. Chiropractic care has come a long way; even the medical community has begun to understand that chiropractors and medical doctors can work hand-in-hand to maintain patients’ health and wellness. Many well-known orthopedic groups and hospitals have incorporated chiropractors into their medical staffs to address the chiropractic issues affecting many patients. Every professional and prominent college sports team has a chiropractor on staff. Gone are the days of only scheduling a chiropractic visit because you “hurt your back”. Through education and a proven track record of obtaining safe and effective results without the use of pharmaceutical drugs, patients have grown accustomed to improving their athletic performance, reducing and eliminating their frequent pain episodes and preventing further injuries by insuring their body is in alignment through chiropractic adjustments. Dr. Perelli has been addressing the chiropractic issues of patients in the greater Lehigh Valley for 32 years and approaches each patient’s issues with a sincere desire to restore them to optimum health and wellness by addressing the root causes of their pain and discomfort. His office offers many holistic options to address the overall health of each patient through nutrition, weight loss, pain management, cellular detoxification, massage and chiropractic. Addressing the spectrum of their patients’ issues helps them insure that there is no stone left unturned in their quest to serve the health of everyone who comes through their doors! For more information: Associated Chiropractic, Dr. Joseph A. Perelli. 656 5th St. Whitehall, PA 18052. Call 610-266-6111 or visit AssociatedChiropractic.com. See ad, page 4.
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growing body of evidence indicates that water participates in cellular communication, water is a carrier of signals. When the signals contain life force energy as delivered in structured water, they contribute to harmony and balance in our bodies. However pollution, disinfectants, fluoride and pharmaceuticals common in today’s water, burden it with dense vibrations that reduce its ability to carry the finely tuned signals necessary for life. Even when water is traditionally filtered/ purified, it can still carry dense vibratory information from pollutants. When cells begin to vibrate disharmoniously, your body can begin a descent into imbalance and disease. Water receptors in our cells are “tuned” to receive highly energized, structured water. When water vibrates at lower frequencies, it is not admitted through the cell membrane. This sensitive mechanism protects cells from vibratory pollution, but it also contributes to dehydration. Coincidentally it is difficult for our bodies to vibrate at a high frequency when consuming water that is full of discordant energy, it is like trying to send light through muddy water. With a PlocherKat whole house water revitalization unit, previous memories of toxic pollutants are erased from water, lower frequency discordant energy is cleared. By releasing vibratory pollution and returning water’s life force via resonance, tap water is restored to a healthier state where hydration for you and your pets is not compromised. Consuming Plocher treated structured water carries purposeful information to every cell each time you drink, paving the way for a more vibrant, vital life. For more information, contact Val at 610-702-2687 or visit BackToVitality.com. See ad, page 24.
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very year we must fight against seasonal illnesses. Cold and flu symptoms, such as fever, headache, sore throat and fatigue could be the undesired consequences of our winter days. The flu viruses replicate quickly and every winter we must also deal with more than 200 flu-like viruses, and each of those viruses can cause 7 to 10 days of illness. Guna-Flu is a complex homeopathic medicine for the temporary relief of cold and flu symptoms*: Start using as soon as symptoms appear. Take on an empty stomach: one singledose 3 times a day for 4 days Then continue with: one single-dose a day for 3 days Guna-Flu homeopathic ingredients can help reduce the duration and severity of cold and flu symptoms*. • Aconitum napellus 5C, Asclepias vincetoxicum 5C, and Belladonna 5C are homeopathic ingredients useful to reduce fever. • Echinacea angustifolia 3C provides immune support. • Cuprum metallicum 3C helps relieve headache and muscle pain caused by influenza. • Haemophilus influenzae 9C and Anas barbariae hepatis et cordis extractum 200CK are useful for fighting flu-like symptoms that are caused by bacterial infections during seasonal cold and flu. Located in Whitehall, Pennsylvania, Guna, Inc. is a licensed U.S. distributor focused on medical information addressed to practitioners and pharmacists. Guna Inc., is the sister company of Guna S.p.a. Guna S.p.a. is a leading Italian GMP manufacturer and distributor of topquality health products in the Integrative & Alternative Medicine field, with a strong focus on research. For more information: Guna, Inc. 3724 Crescent Court West. Whitehall, PA 18052. Email Info@gunainc.com or call 484-2233500. Gunainc.com. See ad, page 45. *These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. They are based upon homeopathic principles.
Itâ€™s All About the Lifestyle
t age 61, I never thought of us. The key is to find ways to I would be at my peak improve health, wellness and health with virtually no fitness despite these barriers. I complaints or major health remember the moment that I concerns. In fact, growing made my decision to get on the up, I thought the 60â€™s was a path of better health. I was 50 declining age group from a years old, overweight and had health and wellness standelevated blood pressure, blood point. I could not have been sugar and cholesterol. On top more wrong. In fact, in the of all of this, I was the head of a past 10 years I have completvery busy medical practice, and ed over 30 triathlons, 8 half had all of the stressors that went marathons, 2 marathons and with that job. Albert J. Peters, D.O. numerous smaller competiI began my 10-year jourtive runs. My cholesterol, blood sugar and ney of better nutrition, exercise, improved weight are all normal and better than they sleep and hormone balancing, and now were when I was in my 30â€™s and 40â€™s. find myself actually enjoying life to its Does this sound impossible? Itâ€™s not. fullest. While my roots are in traditional I am speaking to you as an individual, medicine, there are things that traditional probably very much like me, and also as a medicine does not address. After furtherphysician who treats patients with the same ing my education in functional medicine, principles with which I treat myself and my I learned that to be truly healthy we must family. We all have barriers to a healthy life. address root causes of illness rather than Work, family, health issues, energy levels, to simply treat symptoms and disease. weight problems and daily stress affect all It is this journey that helped me
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The Bottom Line on Eco-Friendly Baby Care Taking care of newborn babies in an eco-friendly way can have a significant impact on both our environment and the little ones’ health. Treehugger.com reports that disposable diapers, made from a blend of plastic and wood pulp and often encased in additional plastic, remain for an estimated 200 to 500 years. A baby uses between 5,000 and 8,000 diapers before being potty-trained, generating 18 billion diapers annually in the U.S. alone. Further, a recent study by the French agency in charge of food, environmental and occupational health and safety says disposable diapers have been linked to allergic skin reactions and difficulties with potty-training because kids can’t detect as easily when they’re wet. It’s also cheaper to go cloth instead of the disposable route. Consumer Reports estimates parents spend $1,500 to $2,000 for disposable diapers before their child no longer needs them. GreenBabyGuide.com attests that the most affordable cloth option—prefolds plus covers—can cost as little as $243 over 2.5 years, which includes washing and drying expenses.
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iving with chronic illness, facing a new diagnosis or simply dealing with the natural aging process in today’s complex healthcare system can be an overwhelming prospect. If you or a family member is facing these challenges, you’ve probably felt frustrated, confused and overwhelmed as you’ve tried to figure out how to manage all the appointments, tests, lifestyle changes, prescriptions and more. Maybe your elderly parents live several hours away and you can’t be there for them as often as you’d like. Or you’re concerned that your spouse isn’t safe at home while you’re at work. From dealing with the insurance company to handling medications, appointments and safety concerns, managing the safety and wellbeing of a loved one can be a fulltime job. The good news is you don’t have to go at it alone. Board Certified Patient Advocates like Cathy Abreu, RN, of Navita Health Advocates, meet a real need in the community by filling the gap between medical providers and their patients. Even with her extensive background in healthcare, Ms. Abreu experienced these challenges herself. “My own parents live three hours away from me and have chronic medical conditions requiring multiple doctors, medications and treatments. Meeting their healthcare needs and ensuring their safety and wellbeing is an ongoing source of personal stress and sleepless nights.” This, along with her extensive experience as a nurse, inspired Ms. Abreu to start Navita Health Advocates to help restore balance and provide support to families going through the extraordinary challenges of guiding a loved one through the healthcare continuum. Navita Health
Advocates helps their clients understand their health, talk to their doctors, and manage medications, appointments and home care needs. Having a loved one in the hospital and not being able to be at their bedside can be a harrowing experience. Navita Health Advocates’ hospital advocacy services include bedside visits to ensure your loved one’s needs are being met, communicating with the healthcare team regarding tests, procedures and results, and providing daily updates to designated family members. After discharge from the hospital or rehab, Navita Health Advocates’ discharge planning and homecare coordination services make the transition to home easier and safer. An experienced and compassionate health advocate helps you and your family understand the discharge instructions and ensures proper medications, services and equipment are in place. You can rest easy knowing your loved one is set up for success and safety back at home.
Anyone with a chronic illness has a busy schedule of doctors’ appointments. It can be hard to remember all your questions or to even know what questions to ask. Professional health advocates provide knowledge-based assistance to help you prioritize your questions and concerns. They can accompany your loved one to doctors’ appointments and help interpret what doctors say. They can also assist with scheduling, arranging transportation and filling new prescriptions. Health advocates can also offer medication review. It’s important that all prescription medications, over-thecounter medications, and supplements be periodically reviewed by an experienced professional to identify possible negative interactions and over-medication scenarios. Along with the review, Navita Health Advocates will make sure that you and your loved one understand the reason for use and are familiar with the directions for use, possible side effects and potential adverse reactions. Because Ms. Abreu of Navita Health Advocates has personally experienced dealing with a healthcare challenge, she’s passionate and compassionate. “I want to be of service and bring peace of mind to my clients and their families during times of increasing healthcare challenges,” she says. “I know the turmoil caused when families are faced with making important healthcare decisions without the guidance and support of a trained professional who truly sits on their side of the table.” To find out more about how you can get someone on your side of the table, contact Navita Health Advocates, LLC for a free consultation. Phone: 908-528-3977 Email: Cathy@NavitaHealth.com Website: www. NavitaHealth.com Cathy Abreu, Founder and CEO of Navita Health Advocates, LLC, is a Pennsylvania Licensed Registered Nurse, Board Certified Patient Advocate, Certified Patient Educator and Advocate, and Certified Dementia Practitioner. See ad, page 13. January 2020
Drink Pomegranate Juice to Protect Fetal Brain Growth About one in 10 babies in utero struggles with a dangerous condition known as intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR), in which the flow of oxygen and nutrients through the placenta is restricted, hampering development of the growing fetus. Now, a simple solution—of mom drinking an eight-ounce glass of pomegranate juice a day—offers hope of a way to reduce infant deaths and lower the need for infant surgery. Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Boston, studied 77 mothers with IUGR at St. Louis’ Barnes-Jewish Hospital that received either one cup a day of pomegranate juice or a placebo. Evaluating 55 of the babies’ development with MRIs after birth, researchers found that the babies with pomegranate-drinking moms had evidence of both better brain connectivity and development of white matter—tissue through which messages pass in the central nervous system. Pomegranate juice is a rich source of polyphenols, a class of foods also found in nuts, berries, vegetables and teas that’s known to cross the bloodbrain barrier and have neuroprotective effects.
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Eating and drinking fermented probiotic dairy products such as yogurt, kefir, cheese and sour cream reduces the risk of heart disease for women, report researchers from the Netherlands that analyzed data from nearly 8,000 Australian women over a 15-year period. The effect was particularly strong for those that were obese and had Type 2 diabetes, according to the research. “In the process of dairy fermentation, beneficial compounds are released that have shown promise for improving glycemic control, blood lipids, cholesterol concentrations and blood pressure,” write the study authors.
Chomping on more nuts daily keeps the pounds at bay, according to research published in the journal BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health. Using records from three long-term longitudinal studies spanning 20 years and including nearly 300,000 health professionals, the report from Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that increasing nut intake by a half serving a day—about 12 almonds or seven walnut halves—was linked to lower instances of weight gain and obesity. Swapping out a serving of meats, refined grains or desserts for half a serving of nuts was associated with staving off weight gain of between 0.9 and 1.5 pounds in any four-year period. A consistently higher nut intake of at least half a serving a day was associated with a 23 percent lower risk of putting on 11 or more pounds and becoming obese in the same timeframe. No such links were found for eating more peanut butter. The researchers suggest the high fiber content of nuts can make a person feel full longer, and that that the fiber also binds well to fats in the gut, affecting a greater discharge of calories.
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Live Near Green Spaces to Stave Off Metabolic Syndrome Middle-aged and older adults that live in greener neighborhoods have a lower risk of metabolic syndrome, reports research from the Barcelona Institute for Global Health in the journal Environmental Pollution. The study followed more than 6,000 British adults in a cohort initially between ages 45 and 69 for 14 years, and correlated health records and interviews with satellite images of greenery. They found that exposure to green spaces seemed to help prevent metabolic syndrome and its individual components such as large waist circumference, high levels of blood fats and hypertension. The results “could be related to better opportunities provided by green spaces to perform physical activity, as well as a decrease in exposure to air pollution,” notes Carmen de Keijzer, first author of the study. Women fared even better than men, perhaps because women may spend more time in green spaces.
Eat Garlic and Onion for Breast Health Women eating more onions and garlic reduced their risk of breast cancer by 59 percent compared to those that ate less of these, according to a study in the journal Nutrition and Cancer. Researchers from the State University of New York at Buffalo and the University of Puerto Rico surveyed 660 women in Puerto Rico to measure their intake of onions and garlic, as well as sofrito, a local dish also cooked with bell peppers, tomatoes, cilantro and black pepper. Women that ate the onion- and garlic-rich sofrito sauce more than once a day slashed their risk of breast cancer by 67 percent compared to those that didnâ€™t eat it. Both garlic and onions contain compounds with anticarcinogenic properties, and earlier studies have found a link between higher onion and garlic intake and fewer cancers of the lung, prostate and stomach. Puerto Rican women eat more onions and garlic than women in Europe and the U.S., mainly due to the popularity of those two ingredients in sofrito, and also have markedly lower breast cancer rates.
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According to researchers, each airline passenger produces about three pounds of trash per flight, from disposable headphones and plastic cutlery to food scraps and toilet waste. To increase mindfulness about the trash, British design firm PriestmanGoode has refashioned the economy meal tray, replacing plastic with renewable materials such as coffee grounds, banana leaves and coconut wood. Associate Strategy Director Jo Rowan says, “Onboard waste is a big issue. Knowing that you have 4 billion passengers per year, it all adds up very quickly.” The redesigned items are featured in an exhibit, “Get Onboard: Reduce.Reuse. Rethink.” at the Design Museum, in London. The biggest environmental issue with air travel is carbon emissions, which are growing at a faster rate than previously projected. But as air travel becomes increasingly accessible and more people fly, airlines have been making public pledges to curb their environmental footprint, including the plastic forks and leftovers their passengers leave behind.
A collection of 18 papers published by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco indicates that climate risks may cause home values to fall significantly; banks to stop lending to flood-prone communities; and towns to lose tax money needed to build seawalls and other protections. One recommendation is for regulators to penalize banks that lend money in areas that have been hit by disasters, yet have not taken steps to protect themselves against similar future disasters. Banks could also be rewarded by regulators for financing projects that leave communities less vulnerable to flooding or other hazards. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome H. Powell wrote that the Fed takes “severe weather events” into account in its role as a financial supervisor. The San Francisco branch of the Federal Reserve, responsible for banking oversight across a major swath of the American West, wrote in March that volatility related to climate change has become “increasingly relevant” as a consideration for the central bank.
Uncowed by a Hurricane Cattle Survive Churning Sea
Three cows turned up at Cape Lookout National Seashore on the Outer Banks of North Carolina months after being swept out to sea by Hurricane Dorian. Local resident Paula D. O’Mally wrote on social media, “The cows are wild and have survived for decades without human intervention. They’re pretty tough that way.” A massive wave swept away nearly all 20 of the cows and 28 wild horses that were on private land on Cedar Island. The cows’ caretaker has identified them, and a group is formulating a plan to get the cattle back home. The rest, and all of the horses, are believed to have perished in the storm. 22
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A Hawaiian beach that was formed by lava from the erupting Kilauea volcano in 2018 is already littered with invisible pieces of tiny plastic. The black sand beach named Pohoiki, which stretches for 1,000 feet on Hawaii’s Big Island, was created from shards of hot lava coming in contact with seawater, and looks pristine. Nic Vanderzyl, a University of Hawaii at Hilo student, saw the new beach as an opportunity to study sediment that was perhaps untouched by human influence, and discovered 21 bits of microplastics per 50 grams of sand on average. The microplastics were smaller than five millimeters and rarely larger than a grain of sand. Most of them, he says, were microfibers, the hair-thin threads shed from common synthetic textiles like polyester and nylon. This invisible plastic has washed ashore on some of the world’s most remote beaches, uninhabited by humans. It’s still unclear how it will affect marine ecosystems, but scientists think it may have dangerous consequences for wildlife and human health. 24
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Scientists warn that as the Earth gets hotter, sea turtle hatchlings worldwide are expected to trend dangerously female. The West African island of Cape Verde is home to a sixth of the planet’s total nesting loggerheads, and 84 percent of youngsters are now female, researchers from Britain’s University of Exeter stated in a July report. “Males here could vanish in two or three decades,” says Adolfo Marco, a Spanish researcher. “There will be no reproduction.” Sea turtle eggs that incubate in sand below 81.86 degrees Fahrenheit produce males, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, while nests in the mid-80s create a gender mix. Temperatures higher than 87.8 degrees effect 100 percent females. In Cape Verde, the sand temperature has risen about 2.3 degrees Fahrenheit since 1964. Populations in Florida and Australia are also showing dramatic sex imbalances, casting the shadow of extinction over the ancient species. Sea turtles can live for 100 years and lay more than 1,000 eggs. They are polyamorous, and one male can fertilize dozens of females.
Farmers Respond to Climate Change
Growing up in Gambia, Nfamara Badjie’s parents taught him it’s much healthier to eat food they grew rather than food bought in a store. Badjie, a well-known drummer who moved to the U.S. in 2005, bought a plot of marshy land in Ulster Park, New York, two hours north of New York City, and is learning how to adapt the rice-growing practices of his West African ethnic group, the Jola, to East Coast climates. Agronomists hope the innovative operation, Ever-Growing Family Farm, can provide a blueprint for other area farmers to introduce new crops due to the threat of climate change. Erika Styger, an agronomist from nearby Cornell University, says, “We can reinvent agriculture even today, and if we have that mindset, there is a lot that can be done. We shouldn’t get stuck in how we have done things, and we need to adapt to climate change.” January 2020
We know caloric restriction extends life. But no one wants to do it, because it’s no fun. ~Lori Taylor
In their search for secrets to longevity, investigators often look for lifestyle clues provided by long-lived populations. Those residing in what National Geographic Fellow and bestselling author Dan Buettner calls “Blue Zones”, for example, are more likely to celebrate their 100th birthday and escape chronic maladies such as heart disease and cancer—the two biggest killers in the U.S. Buettner has identified the “Power 9” lifestyle habits commonly practiced by centenarians living in the five designated Blue Zones—Sardinia, Italy; Okinawa, Japan; Ikaria, Greece; Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica; and the Seventh Day Adventist community in Loma Linda, California.
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t age 29, Betty Holston Smith, of Rockville, Maryland, weighed more than 200 pounds, smoked cigarettes and ate processed junk food. Now, almost 79 years young, she is a vegan ultra-marathon runner and an inspiration to anyone wanting to age well. Smith’s story underscores the findings of researchers that have long pursued the keys to a long and healthy life. Some of these factors—heredity, for instance—are beyond our control. However, the most critical ingredient seems to be our daily habits. Although we’ve all likely heard or read about someone that lived into their 90s, ate bacon, drank whiskey and smoked a pack a day, these individuals are outliers: In truth, longevity is determined by a combination of genes, environment, lifestyle choices and luck. 26
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For example, some individuals may be born with genes that confer longevity, but be unlucky due to where they live. The National Center for Health Statistics reports that life expectancy varies by zip code. That’s because where we live influences how we live, predicting access to healthful food, clean air and water, safe neighborhoods and stress-relieving green spaces such as parks and gardens. Genes are important, but our social and physical environments play a greater role in predicting our “healthspan” —the essence of a long and healthy life. According to researchers at the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health, in New York City, even our first environment—the womb—can spawn diseases later in life if pregnant women are exposed to air pollutants, pesticides and the toxic stress of poverty.
Regardless of genetics, the following behaviors can help anyone slow the aging process and improve quality of life: ■ Eat a plant-based diet. ■ Stop eating when 80 percent full. ■ Practice stress reduction techniques. ■ Find a sense of purpose. ■ Engage in physical activity throughout the day. ■ Consume moderate amounts of alcohol with food and friends. ■ Join a faith community, regardless of denomination. ■ Belong to a social network that engages in healthy behaviors. ■ Share love and time with children, parents and partners.
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Tom LaFontaine, Ph.D., a clinical exercise physiologist based in Columbia, Missouri, says, “Mounting evidence shows that engaging in regular aerobic and strength exercise offers robust defenses against life-threatening diseases such as heart disease and several cancers.” One important marker of long-term health, particularly among women, notes LaFontaine, is bone mineral density (BMD). After menopause, BMD decreases in women and can lead to osteopenia—low BMD—and osteoporosis—pathological loss of BMD. “Women with osteoporosis are particularly at risk for fractures, especially of the hip, which can lead to a reduced lifespan.” LaFontaine recommends weightbearing exercises such as walking, jogging and high-intensity weight training to significantly improve BMD; and he’s proven that it works. “In 2012, we started a program called Older Women on Weights (OWOW), in which 40 post-menopausal women with an average age in the low 60s train with heavy weights. Some even participate in weightlifting competitions.” “We have observed women in this group move from osteopenia to normal BMD and from osteoporosis
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Smith, the septuagenarian marathoner, was inspired to make a change nearly 50 years ago when her 3-year-old daughter teased, “You can’t catch me!” during an innocent game of tag. She knew she had to make a change. She tried diet pills, fad diets and other quick fixes, but realized they were
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worthless. However, each evening Smith tuned in to Gabe Mirkin, a physician who hosted a national radio program about health and fitness. Following his advice, Smith began eating a diet rich in organic fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds, and says today she doesn’t want to put anything in her body that interferes with her lifestyle. She outlines the steps to her transformation in the book, Lifestyle by Nature: One Woman’s Break from the Unhealthy Herd to Roam Forever Healthy in Nature’s Lifestyle Change Herd. The first step—finding internal strength—is the most important, she says. “Most people have something in their lives they can point to for strength.” In addition to running 60 to 100 miles each week, Smith practices tai chi, meditates and enjoys camaraderie with her running mates. She also has an upbeat attitude, believing in the importance of passion, perseverance and “taking negative experiences and making them positive.” According to a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association Network, this spirit of optimism is protective against heart disease and other causes of death.
Eating Well, but Not Too Much
Food is a major contributor to both quality of life and life extension. Global and national recommendations to eat more fiber-rich whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, and omega-3 fatty acids, while decreasing added sugars and sodium, all help reduce our risk for life-shortening diseases. The plant-based Mediterranean diet consistently rises to the top for its health-fortifying benefits. However, in contrast to our Western culture’s practice of eating until belt-busting full, Blue Zone Okinawans practice hara hachi bu—eating until one is no longer hungry, but stopping before feeling full. “We know caloric restriction extends life,” says Lori Taylor, clinical dietitian and Core Faculty of Integrative and Functional Nutrition at Saybrook University, in Pasadena. “But no one wants to do it, because it’s no fun.” Instead, Taylor January 2020
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Studies in centenarians have suggested that people who live long and in good health have a regular lifestyle. ~Eve Van Cauter recommends intermittent fasting, eating only during a set window of 10 or 12 hours each day to reduce caloric intake. Similarly, Dorothy Sears, Ph.D., a professor of nutrition at the Arizona State University College of Health Solutions, has researched the impacts of both intermittent fasting and circadian rhythm on how our bodies handle calories. She recommends a “prolonged nightly fast” of 12 to 13 hours, as well as reducing caloric intake after 6 to 8 p.m. to help maintain a healthy weight and stave off such diseases as Type 2 diabetes and obesity-related cancers. Most significantly, she found that a 13-hour nightly fast reduced breast cancer recurrence by 36 percent among 2,300 breast cancer survivors in the Women’s Healthy Eating and Living study. Both improving diet quality and restricting calories appear to help slow the rate of aging at the genetic level, in part by preserving the length of our telomeres—the structures at the end of chromosomes that protect our DNA. The Mediterranean diet, with its abundance of protective antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrients such as vitamins C and E, polyphenols and omega-3 fatty acids, help prevent ageassociated telomere shortening.
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Michael Grandner, Ph.D., director of the Sleep and Health Research Program at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, says Americans tend to see sleep as unproductive time, but it’s a “biological requirement for life.” In fact, it is one of the three pillars of health, along with good nutrition and exercise, says Eve Van Cauter, Ph.D., former director of the Sleep, Metabolism and Health Center at the University of Chicago. “Studies in centenarians have suggested that people who live long and in
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good health have a regular lifestyle. They spend time in community, eat meals and go to bed at regular times, in sync with circadian rhythms.” No matter how long we live, we want to make the most of our time on Earth. Beyond diet and exercise, finding our personal passion, reducing stress and spending time in nature and with those we love can add years to our lives. Despite our virtual social networks, real human connection is vital for physical and mental health. According to a report
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What prompted your sense of urgency now in taking the media specifically to task for its general lack of coverage of the climate crisis?
Reality. The hottest temperatures on record, fueled by greenhouse gas emissions. Hurricanes of extraordinary force and frequency. Floods, tornados, wildfires. Mass migration as a result of crop failures. A president who calls climate disruption a hoax. A cabinet and Congress protecting the profits of the fossil fuel industry. David Attenborough told the UN Climate Summit, in Poland, that we’re talking about “the collapse of our civilizations and the extinction of much of the natural world.” But our corporate media was more obsessed with the new “royal” baby born in Britain.
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When Workouts Don’t Work
Why Less Is Sometimes More by Marlaina Donato
xercise is a proven component in losing weight and preventing cardiovascular disease and diabetes, but not all exercise regimens yield the same results for everyone, especially when daily stress is a factor. While workouts are often
intended to reduce the body’s physiological response to mental and emotional stress, exercise itself can serve as a physical stressor that exacerbates the problem. This delicate balance revolves around the stress hormone cortisol.
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While cortisol is needed to kickstart metabolism and burn fat, too much of it can increase the body’s fat stores. Stephanie Mansour, host of Step It Up With Steph, a weekly TV fitness program in Chicago, sees this correlation in her private practice for women. “Aggressive workouts definitely perpetuate stress, and aren’t always necessary for weight loss. If one of my clients is stressed-out, sleepdeprived, overworked and doing intense workouts but not seeing weight-loss results, that’s a signal that cortisol is potentially too high and needs to be addressed.” Fat-burning, high-intensity interval training (HIIT)—bursts of exercise with minimal periods of rest in between— raises levels of cortisol. These tend to decrease after a workout, but can remain on overdrive if HIIT is not balanced with low-intensity movement. Add jam-packed schedules to the mix, and the side effects of chronically elevated cortisol result not only in longer recovery time, but insomnia, fatigue, low immunity and failure to lose weight, especially around the midsection—a phenomenon that has earned cortisol the nickname “the belly fat hormone”. Balancing HIIT with yoga, Pilates, elliptical training, swimming or walking can help to reset the nervous system and bring the rest of the body back up to speed.
Mansour works with a naturopath that analyzes her clientsâ€™ cortisol and other hormone levels. â€œOne of the first things we focus on is helping the body move into the parasympathetic nervous system and out of the fight-or-flight stress response. One way we do this is by shifting into more relaxed workoutsâ€”gentle yoga, beginnersâ€™ Pilates class, light cardio or light strength training.â€? Fitness expert Beth Shaw chose a zealous approach in her own exercise regimen until high cortisol levels unraveled her health. The founder of YogaFit, a yoga teacher training program headquartered in Toronto, she emphasizes moderation. â€œThe key is to not overtrain and to do just enough to adequately stimulate the system.â€? She recommends 30-to 45-minute cardio sessions and no longer than 45 minutes for weights. â€œEndorphin release from these two types of exercises should offset any release in cortisol.â€? When we exercise may be as important to achieving weight loss and enhancing overall energy as the type of workout we choose, a factor based on circadian rhythmâ€”the bodyâ€™s biological clock. There are some schools of thought that cortisol is higher in the morning, and therefore this is the best time to exercise, says Mansour, while others believe we should target the mid-afternoon slump. â€œI advise my clients to pick a time that simply feels good to them.â€?
Mixing It Up
Hopping on a bike, going for a brisk walk or catching the waves on a surfboard can provide a great low-intensity, steady-state (LISS) cardiovascular workout, which aims for a low level of exertion for a long, continuous period. Repetitive motion for 30 to 45 minutes not only helps to balance cortisol levels, but according to a 2014 Australian study published in the Journal of Obesity, it evens out fat distribution in overweight individuals. LISS also nudges the body to use fat as fuel, rather than taking valuable glycogen from the muscles. Yoga and Pilates classes, though distinctly different, offer valuable benefits. â€œIf cortisol backlash is an issue, you definitely want to work with someone who knows the anatomy and physiology
of breathing,â€? says Tori Brown, owner of The Pilates Room & Antigravity Studio, in Ithaca, New York. â€œBy learning proper breathing techniques, practitioners are able to downregulate the nervous system into a more parasympathetic state, which leads to better focus, lower heart rate, better digestion, more optimal cortisol levels and improved sleep patterns. All of this leads to more focused workouts that build muscle while creating less stress on the nervous system.â€? Mansour suggests simple walking for stress-busting alternative cardio. â€œBrisk walking three times a week for 20 to 30 minutes is great to help reduce stress.â€? Marlaina Donato is an author and composer. Connect at AutumnEmbersMusic.com.
More Low-Stress Workout Tips
Beth Shaw: I recommend high-intensity training first thing in the morning on an empty stomach three times a week, and adopting a yoga practice a few days a week that includes restorative yoga in the evenings to reduce cortisol. Stephanie Mansour: Try high-intensity workouts for a few weeks. Take inventory of how you feel each day. Look at your progress over a few weeks to find a healthy balance. If itâ€™s not working, change it up.
Tori Brown: If Pilates is your go-to exercise for strength training, opt for private train-
ing three times a week (minimum). If you are combining Pilates with other modes of exercise and really just need the cortisol downplay and core work, choose mat classes two times a week. Pilates private instruction will completely change the way you do all other forms of exercise. It is very different than all other exercise and very complementary.
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RAISING ENVIRONMENTALISTS Teachers Prep Kids for the Future by Yvette C. Hammett
ducators have switched from preaching to kids about environmental degradation to using handson lessons to get K-12 students not only interested in the world’s environmental priorities, but also actively participating in solutions, maybe even seeking out related careers. “You hope students can translate passion into intellectual curiosity on these subjects and develop the expertise so they can go beyond being an activist to being an advocate,” says Kenneth Walz, Ph.D., who works on the Wisconsin K-12 Energy
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Education Program at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Walz, who teaches chemistry, engineering and renewable energy at Madison Area Technical College, also serves as its director of the Center for Renewable Energy Advanced Technological Education. While K-12 environmental education still has no specific niche in curriculum, according to a case study of The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, numerous groups and educators are working to ensure the next generation is prepared for the environmental chal-
lenges it will certainly face. Today’s educators believe hands-on learning will prepare Generation Z and those that follow to look for solutions and even seek active roles to implement them. Aaron Baker, a Sussex, New Jersey, advanced placement environmental science instructor and a two-time winner of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 2 Presidential Innovation Award, says the key to getting through to the next generation is showing them a problem that’s close to home that they can touch and feel, and then relating it to a global issue. “A major part of my philosophy for environmental education is to try to engage students in environmental issues in our own community,” Baker says. “We collaborate with the Wallkill River Watershed Management Group to restore riparian areas and increase biological diversity.” The high school students have planted more than 750 trees in the last three years along the creek that runs right below their school. “This type of hands-on work not only has a direct relationship to their lives here in Sussex County, but is also relevant to similar issues on a global scale.” The 30-year-old National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) no longer sends speakers to schools. Instead,
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it encourages teachers to get the students outside working with partners like the National Park Service or the U.S. Forest Service to learn about real world problems near their homes, says Robert Sendrey, program director of environmental education. Motivation and inspiration are key, he says. â€œWe were created to help make the environment more accessible, relatable, relevant and more connected to the average Americanâ€™s life.â€? Rather than focusing on the negative aspects of climate change and the challenges ahead, NEEF promotes a healthy lifestyle and emphasizes the need for clean air and water. â€œWe emphasize the well-being of people, which is directly related to the health of the environment,â€? Sendrey says. Success starts with a change in attitude and awareness, and ultimately needs to culminate with action, he says. For example, NEEF teamed up with zoos and aquariums for the Skip the Straw campaign, educating the public about the environmental harm caused by single-use plastics. The University of Wisconsin K-12 education program focuses on environmental impacts of the energy sectorâ€”especially on air and water quality. â€œIf you are burning coal to produce electricity, it creates all kinds of atmospheric pollutionâ€”acid rain and soot that causes respiratory illness,â€? says Walz. â€œIf we werenâ€™t burning fossil fuels, urban smog wouldnâ€™t even be a thing.â€? The energy curriculum for students includes content on biofuels and electric transportation. â€œFor them, it is more thinking about the types of transportation they use, whether they are driving, riding a bike or taking a bus.â€? They donâ€™t get to choose what kind of fuel the bus runs on, but they can be educated to be good future consumers, he notes. â€œI think they appreciate the issue,â€? Walz says of the students. â€œMiddle schoolers bring the passion. That sort of raw, emotional angst is something we left behind in our teenage years. Adults have been way too complacent for way too long.â€? Yvette C. Hammett is an environmental writer based in Valrico, Florida. She can be contacted at YvetteHammett28@hotmail.com.
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ost of us take our hands for granted until buttoning a shirt or opening a jar becomes a daunting task. Getting a grip on that pain and loss of function with holistic solutions can be a game-changer. Inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, as well as repetitive motion syndromes like carpal tunnel, are commonly linked to hand and wrist pain, and effective treatment relies on identifying the underlying cause. “Systemic inflammation will be an issue in any case, but the root condition needs to be addressed,” says Kiva Rose Hardin, a New Mexico-based herbalist and co-editor of Plant Healer Magazine. Carpal tunnel, for instance, is not always a repetitive injury syndrome; it can sometimes be triggered by endocrine imbalances such as hypothyroidism, she says. Susan Blum, M.D., author of Healing Arthritis: Your 3-Step Guide to Conquering Arthritis Naturally, agrees on both the role of inflammation and the importance of looking beyond the diagnosis itself. “Inflammation is a process in the body, an end result, and we have to go upstream, so to speak, to find triggers including stress, gut health, toxins and infections.” By finding the trigger, relief is within reach with non-surgical solutions and natural approaches such as physical
therapy, specialized yoga, acupuncture, essential oils and inflammation-taming foods and herbs.
Factors like leaky gut syndrome, stress and inadequate nutrition can all kick inflammation into overdrive. The right dietary adjustments can go a long way toward putting on the brakes. “Inflammation from compromised gut health can contribute to both rheumatoid and osteoarthritis,” Blum notes. “Abdominal fat releases inflammatory molecules into the joints, so metabolic syndrome should [also] be looked at as a factor in osteoarthritis.” The simplest place to begin is to pay attention to food quality, she says. “Choose whole foods high in nutrients and fiber; eliminate all processed food; read labels to spot hidden sugars and food dyes.” Blum, the founder of the Blum Center for Health, in Rye Brook, New York, initially guides her patients on an elimination diet to find dietary triggers like soy, corn, gluten, dairy, sugar and eggs. She also recommends a diet that is 70 percent plant-based and includes cold-pressed, solvent-free oils such as high-quality olive oil. Blum cautions against nightshade vegetables like eggplant, tomatoes, peppers and white potatoes that can trigger osteoarthritis pain.
Exercise and Prevention
Improper posture can set off a domino effect from neck to fingertips, resulting in carpal tunnel syndrome and other troublesome conditions. Prevention can go a long way. “Stretching and strengthening are the best ways to prevent injury or pain,” says physiotherapist Kelly Picciurro, of Spring Forward Physical Therapy, in New York City. Picciurro emphasizes exercise for rheumatoid arthritis sufferers. “It’s vital that these patients maintain a certain level of mobility, and [physical therapy] can improve that.” Those with repetitive strain injuries also respond well to gentle yoga postures like tree pose, upward hands and upward fingers. In general, yoga helps upper body muscles support and align the hands, wrists and elbows.
Snuffing Out Pain
Acupuncture, especially with a focus on postural muscles of the neck and back, can be effective in reducing pain and inflammation. Hot and cold treatments can bring relief for arthritis flare-ups. Circulation and resulting improved cell nutrition can be achieved by employing heat via showers, baths and heating pads. For acute pain, cold from an ice bag or frozen vegetables wrapped in a towel for 20-minute intervals reduces swelling by reducing circulation and dulling pain signals. Pain-reducing herbs such as cat’s claw, aloe vera, green tea, ginger, borage oil and chili pepper can all help fight systemic inflammation. Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, is also a heavy hitter. Blum recommends at least 1,000 milligrams daily of curcumin that is formulated with pepper or a phospholipid for optimal absorption. A 2018 study published in The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry found that the combination of curcumin and black pepper can repress inflammation signals in the intestines. Essential oils such as peppermint, eucalyptus, ginger, Roman and German chamomile, lavender and balsam fir are also effective in reducing pain, and have anti-inflammatory properties. A few drops can be added to Epsom salts for a bath or diluted and rubbed onto the area three times daily. Marlaina Donato is an author and composer. Connect at AutumnEmbersMusic.com.
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Food tips from Susan Blum, M.D.
Replace refined sugar with maple sugar, coconut sugar or honey, all of which offer nutrients and minerals. Avoid overly processed agave nectar. If meats are consumed, choose organic and grass-fed. Choose whole grains.
Herbal suggestions from Kiva Rose Hardin
For topical pain-relieving applications, look for a fat/oil-based preparation with mint or cayenne for faster action.
Powdered herbs in mass-produced capsules can lose medicinal efficacy quickly. Alcohol or glycerine-based tinctures are good choices that can be convenient when traveling. Ginger is an effective anti-inflammatory that can be added to food. Solomon’s Seal (Polygonatum), sustainably sourced, is especially useful in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis; the rhizome of this plant seems to work on the synovial fluid of the joints. Reishi (Ganoderma lucidim) is an important part of any autoimmune formula. A decoction or extract is beneficial for arthritis, fibromyalgia and lupus. Ashwagandha (Withania somniferum) reduces stress and anxiety while moderating inflammation; it is especially effective in the treatment of autoimmune disorders and endocrine disruption. Hawthorn (Crataegus) reduces systemic inflammation and has a moderating effect on most forms of arthritis and joint pain; it also strengthens the collagen matrix of the body and supports overall joint health.
Computer posture reminders from Kelly Picciurro
Elbows should rest at about a 90-degree angle and comfortably at the side. Wrists should lie in a neutral position; not be too extended or flexed. The keyboard and mouse should be close to the body to avoid excessive reaching of the hands. January 2020
GUT CHECK Feeding the Immune System
by Julie Peterson
educing stress, sleeping enough, exercising and getting sunlight are all known strategies for improving the body’s ability to protect itself from harm. However, the most important factor in building a rock-star immune system is nutrition. Here is a guide to the care and feeding of the inner fortifications that fight off disease, supporting long-term wellness.
Ground Zero: The Gut
About 70 percent of the immune system resides in the gastrointestinal tract—home to a microbiome that contains trillions of bacteria. It works as a complex ecosystem in which the good bacteria prevent the bad bacteria from taking hold and causing illness or disease. Eating plants promotes the robust growth of that good bacteria. “The GI microbiome evolved closely with our immune systems and under the influence of the plants our ancestors ingested,” says Holly Poole-Kavana, who practices herbal medicine in Washington, D.C. Yet about 90 percent of Americans don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The consequent weakening of the microbiome is a double-edged sword, because the processed foods Americans commonly consume promote the growth of harmful microbes. The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans indicates that added sugars, saturated fats and sodium eaten by most Americans are far above recommended amounts. This tipping of the scales causes weight gain, toxin buildup and immune system dysfunction.
What Not to Eat
Plants and grains on grocery shelves today are typically processed into bread, cereal, pasta, desserts and snacks, abundant in added sugars, salt, detrimental fats and chemical additives. These altered foods slam the gut’s immune protection and increase the risk of chronic disease. A Czech Republic study on food additives found 38
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The level of germ-fighting activity your immune system is able to maintain after a sugary meal decreases for a number of hours. ~Heather Tynan that gut microbes that fought inflammation were harmed by additives. According to the research, “Permanent exposure of human gut microbiota to even low levels of additives may modify the composition and function of gut microbiota, and thus influence the host’s immune system.” And of course, be wary of sugars. Anything that turns into sugar in the system—think carbs like refined bread products and pasta, not just sweets—is an immune-depressing culprit, says Heather Tynan, a naturopathic doctor at Evergreen Naturopathic, in San Diego. “The level of germ-fighting activity your immune system is able to maintain after a sugary meal decreases for a number of hours.” Saturated fats also alter immune cells, disrupting their functions and triggering inflammation. Getting away from processed food cravings can be a challenge, because the foods provide a temporary energy boost. Dorothy Calimeris, of Oakland, California, a certified health coach and author of three anti-inflammatory cookbooks, suggests that cravings mean the body needs something, but it may be rest or water. “By focusing on eating higher-quality nutrients, we can limit and eventually eliminate the cravings.”
“Blending fruits and vegetables into shakes or smoothies is also an effective way to eat the rainbow for those who are busy.” Whatever goes into the grocery cart should be certified organic, the only sure way to avoid ubiquitous genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the food chain, which animal studies have linked to immune system damage. Herbs are also helpful to boost the body’s inherent ability to protect itself. Poole-Kavana points to medicinal herbs like astragalus and reishi mushroom, which support immunity and balance gut
bacteria; antimicrobial herbs like garlic, thyme and oregano; and elderberry, an anti-inflammatory fruit that boosts the body’s ability to identify and eliminate viruses and bacteria. “The single greatest thing anyone can do for their health is to eat whole foods, including organic vegetables, fruits, highquality proteins, whole grains and healthy fats,” says Calimeris. Julie Peterson writes from rural Wisconsin and can be reached at JuliePeterson2222@ gmail.com.
Eat the Rainbow
Fruits and vegetables get their colors from phytochemicals, which provide the human microbiome with antioxidants, minerals and vitamins that keep the gut healthy and help the immune system combat cellular damage. National guidelines suggest Americans eat 10 servings of plants a day, ideally two each from the green, red, white, purple/blue and orange/yellow categories. But data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys show that eight out of 10 people in the U.S. don’t get enough of any color category. “A good strategy is to add one new vegetable a week to your grocery cart,” suggests Canadian nutritionist Lisa Richards, founder of TheCandidaDiet.com. January 2020
Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until the cauliflower is tender, about 5 minutes. Using an immersion blender, purée the soup in the pot until smooth. Stir in the coconut milk and cilantro, heat through, and serve. Total cooking time is about 15 minutes. Excerpted from the book The Complete Anti-Inflammatory Diet for Beginners: A No-Stress Meal Plan with Easy Recipes to Heal the Immune System, by Dorothy Calimeris and Lulu Cook.
Creamy Turmeric Cauliflower Soup Turmeric is the darling of the anti-inflammatory spices. For best absorption, it should be combined with pepper. This soup gets its creamy texture from coconut milk, but other nondairy milk can be used instead. Yields: 4 servings 2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil or coconut oil 1 leek, white part only, thinly sliced 3 cups cauliflower florets 1 garlic clove, peeled 1¼-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and sliced 1½ tsp turmeric ½ tsp salt ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper ¼ tsp ground cumin 3 cups vegetable broth 1 cup full-fat coconut milk ¼ cup finely chopped fresh cilantro In a large pot, heat the oil over high heat. Add the leek, and sauté until it just begins to brown, 3 to 4 minutes.
Lentil Stew Most stews take hours to cook, but this restorative dish, perfect for dinner or lunch, cooks up in a hurry. The plant-based recipe takes advantage of canned lentils and is loaded with nutritious, anti-inflammatory power foods. Yields: 4 to 6 servings 1 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil 1 onion, chopped 3 carrots, peeled and sliced 8 Brussels sprouts, halved 1 large turnip, peeled, quartered and sliced 1 garlic clove, sliced 6 cups vegetable broth 1 (15-oz) can lentils, drained and rinsed 1 cup frozen corn 1 tsp salt ¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper 1 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
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Add the onion and sauté until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the carrots, Brussels sprouts, turnip and garlic, and sauté for an additional 3 minutes. Add the broth and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until the vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes. Add the lentils, corn, salt, pepper and parsley, and cook for an additional minute to heat the lentils and corn.
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Add the cauliflower, garlic, ginger, turmeric, salt, pepper and cumin, and sauté to lightly toast the spices, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the broth and bring to a boil.
In a Dutch oven, heat the oil over high heat.
Total cooking time is about 15 minutes. Serve hot. Another tip: This soup is as versatile as it is simple. Feel free to use any kinds of beans or vegetables you have—it’s a great way to use up leftover vegetables at the end of the week. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator for a week, or in the freezer for longer. Nutritional information per serving (4 portions): calories: 240; total fat: 4g; total carbohydrates: 42g; sugar: 11g; fiber: 12g; protein: 10g; sodium: 870mg Excerpted from the book The Anti-Inflammatory Diet One-Pot Cookbook: 100 Easy All-in-One Meals, by Dorothy Calimeris and Ana Reisdorf. Also visit DorothyEats.com.
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TIDYING UP THAT BUCKET LIST Deciding What We Really Want by Carl Greer
any people have a bucket list of things they want to make sure they experience in this life. Tidying up that bucket list when it no longer reflects a person’s values and deepest desires makes sense. When reviewing our bucket list, we might feel inadequate or embarrassed because we haven’t accomplished what we thought we would. It’s okay if a goal is no longer as exciting as it once was. Guilt, frustration or embarrassment about what’s been
lingering on a bucket list for years might be signs that it’s time to dream different dreams. What’s on a bucket list might have been based on a need to prove ourselves to others. If we no longer feel the need to impress people or win their approval, we can move on to new goals. Maybe our family has always talked about traveling to the land of our ancestors as an important thing to do someday, but we don’t feel the same way. We might prefer to travel someplace where we can swim with
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s dogs and cats get older, they may slow down or have other physical issues. Some experience cognitive decline which resembles Alzheimer’s disease in humans. It presents differently in every pet and can include numerous symptoms that begin gradually, sometimes just seeming like quirky behavior instead of a disease. Cognitive dysfunction syndrome (CDS) can affect dogs or cats, and there is currently no known cause or prevention. Progress has been made on Alzheimer’s
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research in humans, with neurologists discovering that plaque buildup in the brain does not cause the disease: That is the immune system’s response to the disease. Necropsies on dogs with CDS have shown similar plaque buildup in the brain. “Unfortunately, little research has been done regarding this condition, so we can only hope to use human studies to gather information that will help our affected pets,” says Dennis W. Thomas, DVM, a holistic veterinarian in Spokane,
■ Confusion or disorientation: standing in a corner, difficulty walking through doorways, walking in circles or trouble following familiar routes ■ Decreased activity: sleeping excessively, seeming withdrawn, lack of grooming, loss of interest in toys, people or food ■ Restlessness, anxiety or compulsiveness: waking often at night, whining or yowling, new fears, pacing or constantly licking ■ Attention seeking: wanting to be near humans and showing high distress when left alone ■ Incontinence: soiling the house after previously being house-trained ■ Irritability or aggression: growling/hissing or biting without cause These troubles could also be indicative of a treatable condition, such as a urinary tract infection or an injury, so it’s essential to have the pet examined.
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While CDS will continue to alter brain and nerve function, there is some hope for pet lovers faced with the diagnosis in the early stages. Thomas recommends
Washington, and author of Whole-Pet Healing: A Heart-to-Heart Guide to Connecting with and Caring for Your Animal Companion. With no test available for CDS, pets are diagnosed by excluding medical and behavioral problems that can resemble having the ailment.
Keep your dog’s mind active by providing games and opportunities for play. Daily walks provide not only exercise, but also mental stimulation. ~Lisa Lunghofer a natural approach that includes diet modification, filtered water, vitamin and herbal supplements, and eliminating stress. Diffusing calming essential oils can be helpful for dogs (and humans), but is not recommended for cats. Kathryn Sarpong, DVM, a veterinarian at Metro Paws Animal Hospital, in Dallas, also recommends dietary changes to her patients. “Recent studies have shown that medium-chain triglycerides may be helpful, and they are in some senior pet foods. Supplementation of melatonin may help with sleep-wake cycles.” Anxiety often becomes part of the animal’s new normal, but pet parents can help cats and dogs with this by keeping them as active as possible, introducing new toys and interacting. “Keep your dog’s mind active by providing games and opportunities for play. Daily walks provide not only exercise, but also mental stimulation,” says Lisa Lunghofer, Ph.D., executive director of The Grey Muzzle Organization, in Washington, D.C. Pets with anxiety or pain may benefit from cannabidiol (CBD) products. Clarissa Valdes, a homemaker in Homestead, Florida, has a 15-yearold cat with CDS. Minini would wander around in the house, looking lost. Then, the all-night howling sessions began. “We started to worry that she was in pain,” says Valdes. However, a veterinarian diagnosed CDS. “The vet suggested medication, but I wanted to go in a natural direction,” says Valdes, who started Minini on CBD oil. The cat finally slept through the night. A month in, Minini is doing better overall. With time, CDS patients may lose hearing or sight in addition to
experiencing a progression of symptoms. “Make sure your home is predictable and safe,” says Lunghofer. Use gates to close off stairs or move furniture or other items that could be hazardous.
Prevention on the Horizon
Because inflammation caused by an inappropriate diet is the underlying problem of most chronic diseases in pets, Thomas believes that prevention for CDS is possible. “Feeding a non-inflammatory, species-specific, balanced diet that is fresh
and not heat-processed is critical,” he says. In addition, he advises his patients get probiotics, digestive enzymes, omega3s and antioxidant nutrients. Vaccinations, when necessary, should not contain heavy metal preservatives. “The goal is to keep the gut and immune systems healthy, avoid toxins that affect the nervous system and minimize environmental stress.” Julie Peterson writes from her home in rural Wisconsin. Contact her at JuliePeterson2222@gmail.com.
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HYPNOSIS & HYPNOSIS TRAINING HYPNO PATH CENTER, LLC
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When nothing else works, Hypnosis does! A Certified Professional Hypnosis Instructor and practitioner, bringing to the Lehigh Valley a systematic hypnosis process utilized in one-to-one sessions. Also, offering a self-hypnosis process unlike any self-hypnosis system. Experience the joy of being self-empowered. See ad, page 44.
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June Rose is the right solution…for YOU! She knows life isn’t always a bed of roses and we all need some help from time to time. June uses her super powers – Compassion, O r g a n i z a t i o n , P o s i t i v i t y, Empowerment – to help cut through the rough patches that life throws at you. Call or email her today for a free consultation and get the helping hand you need. See ad, page 46.
MASSAGE KONNECTIONS MASSAGE Kathy Hatcher, LMT 656 5th St. Whitehall, PA 18052 610-266-6111 KonnectionsMassage.com
Kathy has been administering deep tissue, therapeutic, medical, pregnancy and aromatherapy massage since 1996. Her NEWEST services are Ionic Foot Cleanse Detoxification as well as Red-light therapy for non-surgical weight loss and chronic pain management. Insurance billing for massage available. See ad, page 4.
NATURAL FAMILY MEDICINE MAULFAIR MEDICAL CENTER Conrad Maulfair, D.O. 5925 Tilghman Street, Suite 90 Allentown, PA 18104 • 610-682-2104 DrMaulfair.com • PurelyYouDetox.com
Dr. Maulfair is an Osteopathic Physician bringing four decades of knowledge and experience in alternative, complementary medicine to his patient care. Help for all conditions and all ages. Offering Chelation Therapy, Hubbard Method Sauna detoxification, and many other treatment programs. Bringing the best of both worlds to their patients. See ad, page 38.
WOODLANDS HEALING RESEARCH NATURAL FAMILY MEDICINE
Family, Environmental and Preventative Medicine Nicholas DiMartino, D.O. 5724 Clymer Rd, Quakertown, PA 215-536-1890 Woodlands Healing Research Center is a family practice supporting individualized natural approaches to health. We offer lifestyle and nutritional consultation to achieve optimal health and vitality. We also offer complete women’s services including GYN, menopause, osteoporosis and bio-identical hormone therapy. See ad, page 31.
NATURAL FOODS TO YOUR HEALTH NATURAL FOODS Jon Holznagel, PHD. 212 N. West End BLVD Quakertown, PA 18951 215-538-3480
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