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Tears turned to joy p.9 Chronic stress and inflammation
Michael Radulescu, M.D. p.23
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Obesity: a big problem, growing bigger p.14 p.7
Grand Opening – TriVita’s Wellness Center Olivia Newton-John joins the Dedication Ceremonies p.10 trivita.com
THOUGHTS FROM THE EDITOR
…And then there was Nopalea™
W 10 Essentials
for health and wellness. Good health is a gift to be treasured and nurtured every day. TriVita joyfully shares these keys to helping you experience wellness®: the 10 Essentials of physical, emotional and spiritual health.
Physical 1. Breathe Deeply 2. Drink Water 3. Sleep Peacefully 4. Eat Nutritiously 5. Enjoy Activity Emotional 6. Give and Receive Love 7. Be Forgiving 8. Practice Gratitude 9. Develop Acceptance Spiritual
hile waiting at a traffic light recently near a major freeway in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA, I glanced over at the unique cactus design etched into the concrete on the side of the expressway. Although this particular stretch of the highway with its desert designs has been around for years, it really came alive to me that afternoon. I suddenly noticed all of the prickly pear, or Nopal cacti, that were growing right up against the busy freeway. What I barely observed for years suddenly stood out. I reflected a moment on what an incredible plan God has for everything. Here’s this spiky desert plant growing all around us that produces the amazing fruit that Nopalea is made from. All the stories that we hear daily about how Nopalea has changed lives flashed across my mind. If you’re one of the hundreds of thousands of people who have already taken the Nopalea Wellness Challenge, you can attest to the wonder of this delicioustasting wellness drink. A story recently came in from a woman who had been desperately seeking relief for serious pain. One day on a trip to the shopping mall, she overheard a conversation between two women talking about how the cactus juice helps the body restore itself to wellness. Her interest was piqued and upon her return home, she frantically searched the Internet, which led her to TriVita® and Nopalea. Flash forward: the woman is now able to resume her exercise program and morning walks which were always so important to her. I was very touched by her words, “I wasn’t quite sure why I went to the mall that day, perhaps a higher force led me there. What I am sure of, however, is that guardian angels do exist, and they come in many forms. In my case, she is a beautiful, prickly, fuchsia little cactus sphere called Nopalea!” That is only one example of the countless stories that pour in. If you’ve been somewhat sceptical, take the opportunity to get started on the Nopalea Wellness Challenge by ordering a 4-Pack at special online pricing of $131.99 (see page 7). Throughout the VitaJournal, you’ll find informational articles on a variety of health and wellness topics. Once you’ve read it, forward the link to this VitaJournal to someone you care about! It’s extremely rewarding to work with a company that changes quality of life for countless people on a daily basis!
10. D evelop a Relationship with God Pam Knox, Editor
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Amazing Power of 6 The Bioflavonoids What’s the secret of these inflammation-busting nutrients?
Turned To Joy 9 Tears Nopalea relieved Annette’s unrelenting misery. ™
Leading-Edge 10 TriVita’s Wellness Center Welcomes You
It’s designed to foster better health – wherever you live.
Food/Mood Connection 12 The Eat better to feel great. Big Problem, Growing Bigger 14 A Obesity in Australia and New Zealand.
Insides Need Cleansing Too 16 Your You’ll feel the difference, says Lacramiora Burlacu, M.D. hronic Stress, 23 CChronic Inflammation They can “clog us to death”: Michael Radulescu, M.D.
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attitude window clean May your goals and resolutions manifest in your life throughout 2013!
I Michael R. Ellison
am thrilled to announce that the TriVita Wellness Center is now open! This has been a goal of ours for years and now it has manifested itself in a far more significant and beautiful way than we ever imagined. Learn more on pages 10-11.
Wellness Seeker CEO of TriVita
Yes, goals and dreams do come to pass when we refuse to let them die and hold on to them. In order to do that, we must keep a positive attitude. In the connected world we live in, we are bombarded every day by negative news and information that can affect our attitude if we allow it to. We need to rise above the negativity around us. In his book Attitude is Everything, Jeff Keller writes, “We must think of attitude as the mental filter through which you experience the world. It is really your window through which you see the world. When you were a child the window seemed pretty clean. But as you know there comes a time when life starts throwing dirt on the window. Our windows get dirty by criticism from parents and teachers, smudged by ridicule from peers, smeared by rejection, soiled by disappointments and clouded by doubt.”
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“The problem is dirt keeps building up and all too many people do nothing about it. They continue to go through life with a dirty window from which they view their world. They lose enthusiasm, get frustrated easily, and depressed. And most tragically, they give up on their dreams and resolutions all because they failed to clean their attitude window.” You can’t control the dirt and mud that is thrown on the window, but you can choose to take out the squeegee and clean the window! I promise you, life will appear brighter and sunnier: you will be happier and healthier; you will accomplish more; your resolutions and dreams will come alive and stay alive. But only you can choose to wipe the window clean. Adjusting our attitudes through the wellness essentials of love, forgiveness, gratitude, and acceptance is one of the greatest ways I know to consistently wipe the window of attitude clean. Dr. Viktor Frankl, who survived the horrors and atrocities of the Holocaust, wrote these words: “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms – to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” Remember, only you can wipe your attitude window clean each day. Please know having a more positive attitude is achievable and with it a healthier and happier life!
Welcoming the world to TriVita’s new
ead all about the opening of TriVita’s new Wellness Center in Scottsdale, AZ, USA, on pages 10-11. The mission of this center is to connect people to their sense of Purpose and provide them with the tools necessary to optimise their state of wellness. This Wellness Center may seem far away, but thanks to the wonders of modern technology, our Australian/ New Zealand Members and Independent TriVita Business Owners can benefit from this state-of-theart facility. Being on the cutting edge of telemedicine and eCoaching will allow TriVita to bring wellness applications to a digital oriented world. That means you! We are pleased that Olivia Newton-John, who opened her Olivia Newton-John Cancer and Wellness Centre in Melbourne earlier this year, joins us for our Wellness Center ribbon cutting ceremony on January 25, 2013. Olivia went through her own health crisis with breast cancer. “The whole experience has given me so much understanding and compassion,” she says. “I now want to help others going through the same journey. I also believe we are a world in desperate need of healing. I’m committed to doing whatever I can.” Look to future issues of the VitaJournal for more exciting news about TriVita’s Wellness Center and how it will help you reach your own health goals.
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The amazing anti-inflammatory power of
Nopalea™ offers an abundance of these inflammation-busting nutrients By Brazos Minshew, Chief Science Officer
relatively new discovery has merged ingredients in nature in a way that science did not know was possible. These nutrients are protein-bound Bioflavonoids. They were originally thought to be just a pigment, an inert color that made a plant pretty, but imparted no real health benefit. Brazos Minshew
As time progressed, science discovered that the protein structure of Bioflavonoids is not only beneficial – it is vital for life! Soon, the antiinflammatory value of Bioflavonoids opened the door of discovery: Bioflavonoids exist in a wide variety (there are 1,100 Bioflavonoids), and each one completes a specific need in human health by supplying structure and function to every human cell. Important functions of Bioflavonoids A cell distressed by external toxins and internal deficiencies will eventually wither, collapse and die. If more cells die than can be replaced, we slip into a kind of “deficit spending” and our lean body mass withers. This is called sarcopenia. Bioflavonoids can be used to shore up or strengthen the cell wall. This leads to rehydration of the cell and repair of sarcopenia. A cell in the human body is very much like a water balloon: tremendous internal pressure held in place by a thin membrane. Your body maintains this pressure by keeping a perfect balance of minerals inside and outside the cell wall. If this balance of minerals shifts, the membrane becomes unstable and the “water” pours out; the cell dies. The mineral balancing effects of Bioflavonoids relentlessly work to maintain a 2:1 ratio of minerals: potassium inside the cell, sodium outside the cell; magnesium inside the cell, calcium outside the cell and so on. This maintains the integrity of the cell wall and keeps the cell from “popping” – dying prematurely. 6 l VITAJOURNAL Australia Vol. IV 2013
Speaking of “popping” a cell, nothing pops a cell like a toxin! We are exposed to toxins from the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat. We are also exposed to toxins from within our own body. Bioflavonoids support the structure and function of the cell as mentioned before. They also work to neutralise toxins by supporting your natural detoxification processes as well as draining away accumulations of toxic waste. If toxins accumulate or trauma injures a cell, if stress creates tension or if nutrient deficiency weakens a cell, then chronic inflammation is certain to appear. Chronic inflammation is at the heart of the most feared diseases we face. Bioflavonoids serve as anti-inflammatory nutrients to help reduce inflammation. Regardless of where inflammation begins or what process it affects, Bioflavonoids help reduce the activity of the enzymes known to cause all inflammation. Concentrated Bioflavonoids As mentioned before, science has discovered 1,100 Bioflavonoids, each with a different structure and different function. The Nopal cactus of the Sonoran Desert contains the highest concentration of proteinbound Bioflavonoids. This is because the Sonoran Desert is the most extreme desert in the world and the Nopal plant needs all 1,100 Bioflavonoids to survive in this intense environment. How about you? Is your environment so intense that you are threatened by chronic inflammation? Are you exposed to toxins from outside and inside your body? Perhaps the emerging science of Bioflavonoids – the anti-inflammatory complex from the Sonoran Desert – can help you live a happier life! See pages 7-9 to find out more about Nopalea.
This article is intended for educational purposes only.
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Take the Nopalea™ Wellness Challenge! How great will you feel in 60 days? Join people everywhere in the 60-day Wellness Challenge, and challenge yourself to experience greater wellness. Here’s how it works:
Nopalea works! Let it work for you the way it works for others… and tell everyone you know who suffers from pain-causing, chronic inflammation.
• Drink 90-180 ml of Nopalea each day for a full 60 days
How great will you feel in 60 days? Find out!
• Track your progress from start to finish
Results may vary depending upon your body’s inflammation-fighting needs. Most people achieve optimal results after 60 days. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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questions? We've got the answers
he huge international success of Nopalea brings questions about the antiinflammatory wellness drink into TriVita every day. Brazos Minshew, TriVita’s Chief Science Officer, answers some of the queries that come up most often.
ow soon can I expect H results after drinking Nopalea?
Some people report feelings of relief quickly when they start taking the Nopalea ingredients. Most people take longer to feel the results. Nopalea helps break the cycle of inflammation. How long it takes to work depends on how much inflammation you have and how long you have had it. Start by taking 90 to 180 ml each day for 60 days. For maintenance, drink 30 to 90 ml daily, depending on your body’s inflammationfighting needs.
hat’s the difference W between the fruit in the Nopal cactus and other superfruits?
The big difference is a unique concentration of anti-inflammatory nutrients called Bioflavonoids in the Nopal cactus superfruit. The Nopal cactus superfruit is the only one that acts as an anti-inflammatory.
I s it best to take the full serving once a day, or split it up throughout the day?
Our suggestion is to take Nopalea twice daily for 60 days. After that, simply listen to your body as to how frequently you need to take it.
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I s it okay to mix Nopalea with other beverages, such as orange juice or club soda? Yes, it will not dilute the effect at all. Should I take Nopalea with or without food?
Either way is fine. Nopalea is a food and will digest like any other food.
Is Nopalea gluten-free?
Although Nopalea contains no gluten, it is not certified to be gluten-free. A product that is certified gluten-free must be produced in a facility where there is no chance of cross-contamination with other ingredients containing gluten. Several ingredients in Nopalea are processed in facilities that do not have this certification.
Can I cook with Nopalea?
We don’t suggest it. Many of Nopalea’s beneficial properties will be lost to high heat.
Is Nopalea Certified Organic?
Nopalea is Organic; however, since the ingredients are “wildcrafted” by the Sonora natives (defined as “collected in the wild without cultivation”), it cannot be legally “certified” as organic.
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Tears turned to joy Nopalea™ relieved Annette’s unrelenting misery
nnette O. was on a never-ending cycle of pain and discomfort with no solution in sight. It affected every aspect of life for this Nuriootpa, SA, AUS resident. Annette’s condition had gradually deteriorated over several years and nothing seemed to be helping. Her laundry list of maladies included chronic skin disease, a nagging back problem and chronically stiff, swollen and painful joints in her hands. “I was no longer able to knit garments for my grandchildren,” Annette recalls. “Moving around became much more difficult. Parts of my skin looked like raw steak. It burned and itched so badly that I was bursting into tears with frustration.” Annette’s husband, Bill, felt equally powerless to assist in any way. It had become a serious situation with no end in sight. He says, “Our relationship became so tense that I would rather be out of her way, even though she desperately needed my support and care. This was not good for the health of our marriage.”
up about Nopalea,” says Bill. “We both decided to give the product a try. After all, what could we lose?” Once their Nopalea arrived, Annette immediately began the Loading Phase. She was pleasantly surprised when she started feeling a little bit better in a short period of time. The long-term results were even more impressive.
Triumphant relief Here’s the latest report. After months of using Nopalea, Annette’s skin has cleared up and her hands feel much better. She even started knitting again. Annette also feels that her immune system is stronger and her energy levels have improved. “We are so grateful for Nopalea,” says the very happy couple. “We offer our sincere thanks to the people behind the product, and for TriVita’s support and caring attention. We have not hesitated to recommend Nopalea to anyone who has seen the difference it has made in our lives.”
A fruitful online search Out of desperation, Bill started searching the Internet. He saw a number of websites with outlandish claims that only increased his skepticism. “Then one night I came across the TriVita website and I started reading
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TRIVITA WELLNESS CENTER
BECAUSE YOU MATTER
TriVita inaugurates leading-edge
Breast cancer survivor Olivia Newton-John joins in the celebration
riVita takes another giant step forward in its mission of helping more people experience better health with the grand opening of its Scottsdale, AZ, USA Wellness Center on January 25, 2013.
TriVita’s CEO and founder, Michael R. Ellison. “We are on the verge of leading a revolution in the way we think about health – and I believe we will become comparable to the Mayo Clinic when it comes to wellness.”
4 crucial steps
TriVita recently held a pre-grand opening for its staff – empowering the corporate team with a message that “You Matter.” This event was designed to help them discover their own purpose and provide the tools they will need to manage their own wellness. They, in turn, can help take that wellness message to the world. “TriVita’s new Wellness Center will become a beacon of light to give hope to those who desire to optimize their wellness,” says
TriVita’s Wellness Center is designed to bring you closer to good health – wherever you live – by combining a wealth of unique health and wellness services in a leadingedge, state-of-theart facility. Each wellness experience begins with a 4-Step process: Assess, Educate, Coach and Reassess: Assess • From health risk assessments to diet, nutritional, exercise and fitness counseling Educate • Coordination of medical care and other supportive health services • Diet, nutritional planning and support
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• Exercise and fitness training • Specialized topics, seminars, classes and lectures
Coach • Continued support via personal health coaching • Emotional wellness and stress management counseling Reassess • Comparative analysis of all assessments, based on biomarkers, milestones and goals The 4-step program is customized to meet individual needs including a wide range of physical examinations, bio-metric screenings and other assessments. Client and coaches will co-create a wellness program based on personal goals, motivation for change and clinical markers for “optimal wellness.” The ongoing partnership will regularly reassess needs as goals are met.
Superior healthcare team The Wellness Center is pleased to welcome Harolyn C. Gilles, M.D., a board-certified family physician with expertise in preventive medicine, natural therapies, hormonal balance and other procedures. Her motto is: trivita.com
“Rejuvenation from the inside out.” Dr. Gilles has won the “Best of Scottsdale, AZ, USA, Physicians and Surgeons Award” four years in a row, a unique recognition for outstanding doctors in her field. Joining Dr. Gilles will be professional healthcare providers and support staff who will help guide clients to illuminate their goals, identify personal strengths and highlight areas of improvement. “This isn’t a medical center or health spa, but an all-encompassing wellness center,” emphasizes TriVita’s Chief Science Officer, Brazos Minshew. “Our priority is to offer a more preventive approach that focuses on health coaching, instead of limiting ourselves to practicing traditional medicine.”
The wealth of services includes:
Center and let us help guide you on your journey to optimal wellness.”
equipped gym and Pilates center • Goal-oriented wellness coaching • Therapeutic massage therapy – designed to relax, reduce stress and improve overall health • Emotional wellness and life purpose counseling – clarifying your empowering life vision and helping set strategies to live a life of purpose • Educational center – offering a variety of speakers, educational seminars, demonstrations and hands-on workshops on a wide variety of vitally important health and nutritional topics
Visit trivitawellnesscenter.com for more information.
• Fitness Center – with a fully
Easy international access
TriVita’s telemedicine capabilities, digital technology and health coaching programs will help connect people nearly everywhere – from the United States and Canada to Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom and Hong Kong. “Being on the cutting edge of telemedicine and eCoaching allows TriVita to bring better health to so many more people,” says Michael Ellison. “We encourage you to take full advantage of our Wellness
We were especially pleased to welcome 4-time Grammy Awardwinner Olivia Newton-John as a very special guest at our ribbon-cutting event. Olivia has taken a keen interest in wellness because of her own health crisis. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992 on the same weekend that her father passed away from liver cancer. Olivia has been cancerfree for more than a decade. Olivia Newton-John is also a celebrated humanitarian, and her own bout with cancer led Olivia to become a tireless advocate for health and wellness. She is helping many others going through similar health journeys with the Olivia Newton-John Cancer & Wellness Centre in Melbourne.
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EATING FOR WELLNESS
connection Eat for how you want to feel By Christa Orecchio
he saying, “You are what you eat” is true. Food is our most intimate relationship, and it affects all of our other relationships, too.
Christa Orecchio is a Certified Clinical Nutritionist and Holistic Health Counselor. She is also the founder and owner of The Whole Journey, a clinical nutrition and health practice located in Encinitas, CA USA.
Food contains not only nutrients, but energy as well. If we understand this concept then we can use that energy to ground, calm and balance us or to expand and lift us up. If we understand how food affects us beyond the physiological, we can use it as one of our greatest tools to stay balanced in today’s fast-paced, sometimes chaotic world. My first introduction to this idea that foods contain energy, and that it is possible to eat according to how you want to feel, was the dietary theory of Macrobiotics presented in The SelfHealing Cookbook by Kristina Turner. A Macrobiotic diet involves eating grains as a staple food, supplemented with other foodstuffs like local, seasonal vegetables and sea vegetables, and avoiding the use of highly processed/ refined foods and most animal products. Macrobiotics also addresses the way we eat, discouraging overeating and requiring that food be chewed thoroughly before swallowing. This dietary theory helped me become conscious about what I was putting in my body, how I was eating and how foods were affecting me. It was the first time in my life I went a long time without animal meat and sugar.
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While my diet has since evolved and changed, I will never forget what Macrobiotics has given me – the ability to have a strong connection to my food and a sense of empowerment that I can control how I feel based upon what I eat. How do you feel? Do you have frequent aches and pains, tension, upset stomach, headaches, skin eruptions, mood swings and colds? The self-healing lifestyle of Macrobiotics starts with the recognition that minor symptoms don’t just happen to us. We have an active hand in creating them, by the choices we make in our daily lives. On the flip side of this, there is always something we can do to bring our bodies into a new state of balance by embracing three basic principles:
1: Eat in harmony with nature
This means to eat traditional, whole, unrefined foods that are locally grown and cooked appropriately for the season.
2: Balance natural forces in cooking
Here, seek a healthful blend of food characteristics: warm and cool, wet and dry, hard and soft, salty and sweet, heavy and light.
3: Use food to create desired effects
If you can use food to improve the health of your body, that will affect your moods, and in turn, your life.
Food types for how you want to feel
Foods that are expansive or uplifting are usually: Light, porous Grow upwards Perishable Tender, juicy Cool, wet Sweet, sour or bitter Spicy or oily Raw These foods fuel mental, psychological or spiritual activity, relaxation and a feeling of looseness. Some examples: leafy greens; nuts and seeds; potato and tomato; tropical fruits; butter and oil; honey and spices. Foods that are grounding and help us focus have these qualities: Dense, heavy Usually grow downwards Keep well for a long time Grow in cool climates Tough, fibrous Are cooked Salty, bland or meaty Examples include: root vegetables; animal protein (fish, chicken, turkey and especially eggs and red meat); salt and cheese. By checking in and seeing how you feel before a meal, and then deciding how you want to feel, you can pick and choose from these food groups to eat to fulfil your body’s natural urge for balance.
Put “flu fighters” on your
GROCERY LIST These immunity boosters help prevent illness
elp protect yourself against the flu bug and colds with the following disease-fighting foods: • Yogurt: A healthy digestive system fights disease, and friendly bacteria in yogurt helps keep the intestine free of disease-causing germs.
• Garlic: Fights infection and bacteria. Also has anti-
inflammatory/anti-fungal properties and boosts immune functioning.
• Teas: This natural anti-viral and anti-bacterial remedy
boosts the immune system by stopping bacteria growth that causes infection.
• Orange foods: Sweet potatoes, pumpkin, cantaloupe,
winter squash and oranges are rich in glutathione, an immune-system component that helps destroy flu viruses.
• Shiitake mushrooms: Contains a type of carbohydrate
called beta-glucans that helps boost your body’s immune response.
• Water: Our body’s immune system needs water to function. Water also helps flush viruses and other toxins out of the body. No wonder “Drink Water” is one of TriVita’s 10 Essentials for Health and Wellness.
Avoid the following immunity busters:
• Sugar: Damages the ability of white blood cells to evict viruses and bacteria.
• Chemicals: Nitrates in hot dogs and bacon, food
additives and artificial colours and flavours are all immune suppressors.
• Sodas, flavoured coffees, sports and energy drinks: Loaded with immunity-zapping sugars.
• Snacks: Polyunsaturated fats and trans fats in many chips, crackers and other popular snack foods weaken the immune system.
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Map ©WHO 2012
A big problem, growing bigger: Obesity in the region
ike much of the world, Australia and New Zealand are weighed down by the “globesity epidemic,” as it’s called by the World Health Organization (WHO). Contrary to the image of days gone by, when outdoor fun and fitness seemed to be the norm, Aussies and Kiwis are catching up to the world leaders in a dangerous race: who can have the most overweight and obese people? The global map here created by WHO shows the light red “danger” zones of overweight and obesity by nation in 2010 (the latest year available). Clearly, Australia and New Zealand are in the same league as the U.S., Argentina, South Africa and others: between 65 and 80% of the people are either overweight or
obese, as measured by Body Mass Index (BMI). (This map reflects females ages 15 above; the numbers for males are slightly lower.) BMI, as many know, is an index of weight to height used to classify adults. A BMI of 25 and over is overweight; 30 or over is obese. While extra weight may be associated with nations of higher incomes and advanced development, many low- and middle-income countries are struggling with the issue, too. This is blamed on the growing availability of cheap, processed foods high in fat, sugar and salt, coupled with a decrease in physical activity.
For comparison, here are the estimated figures for overweight and obesity combined for some of the “red” countries: Australia 66.5% New Zealand 74.2% Egypt 76% U.S. 76.7% As WHO notes, when these numbers rise so do the risks of heart disease, diabetes, joint issues and some cancers.
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By Daniela Radulescu, M.D.
or some of us, just the thought of menopause might increase our level of stress. Still we should think of it as what it is: a natural part of life. So, we need to learn how to adapt to its challenges. The first step is to get well informed and prepared. Menopause normally affects women between the ages of 45 and 55, with the average age falling around 51. It starts with a pre-stage (premenopause) when the production of hormones (especially estrogen) by the ovaries begins to slow down. As this change occurs, the hormone levels in a woman’s body will tend to fluctuate. As a result, women often experience a range of symptoms: hot flashes, night sweats, aches and pains, irritability, tiredness and headaches. If these symptoms sound familiar, you’re certainly not alone. About 30% of women report psychological symptoms related to menopause. Some women become irritable and snappy, while others experience tears and despair. These intense emotions are just part of the transitional period your body is going through; they are temporary and will eventually disappear. If you’re approaching or in menopause and feel stressed by symptoms, be proud! The fact that you are aware of your symptoms is great. These symptoms are a wake-up call: they’re telling you to pay attention to your body and to your mind. These tactics may help you cope: 1800-257-538
7 keys to handling stress
1. Physical activity. It works magic against stress and could also help reduce other menopausal symptoms. 2. Sleep. Poor sleep raises the levels of stress and irritability. If you’ve tried and failed to sleep better, contact your healthcare provider. 3. A healthy diet. Too much stress over too long a period not only depletes your body of nutrients, but it also alters your body’s biochemistry, making you more likely to crave and overeat junk food and to store weight. 4. Planning. Planning gives you time to pace yourself, to take breaks and enjoy relaxing activities to help clear your mind. 5. Be realistic. Work within your limits and set realistic expectations for yourself and others. Practicing positive self-talk can also help you offset negative thoughts.
Daniela Radulescu, M.D. Daniela Radulescu, M.D., is a clinical research scientist in Sydney, Australia. She holds an advanced degree in molecular genetics, and has been involved in clinical research for investigational medicines for more than seven years.
6. Laugh. Find humour in your life. Laughter is a great tension reducer. 7. Connect. Stay in touch with your family, friends and community. Finally, be aware that stress and depression share many common symptoms. While the stress of menopause is usually temporary, depression is a disease that requires treatment. If you suspect your stress is something deeper, talk with your healthcare provider.
This article is intended for educational purposes only.
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Your insides need
cleansing, too The benefits of cleaning out toxins and waste By Lacramioara Burlacu, M.D.
I Lacramioara Burlacu, M.D. Lacramioara (Lily) Burlacu, M.D., has lectured in Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa, Canada, and now lives in Wantima, Victoria, Australia. She holds Master’s degrees in exercise physiology and pharmacology, and pursues research in obesity and hormone disorders.
magine that you live on a planet where everyone has one car during their entire life, with no chance to have another one. How would you care for it, knowing that it should last your entire life? Certainly, we clean our cars and houses, their pipes and drains, to maintain them in good condition because we don’t want to lose them. But how often we forget about our own bodies, with their “pipes and drains,” taking for granted their normal functioning. No matter how often or well we cleanse our outsides, we need to pay attention to our insides, too.
Toxins and waste: “intrusions” in the body
In time, there is a gradual, silent accumulation of waste products and toxins inside the body. They come from our own metabolism, from our environment, from our food, from the air we breathe, and from drugs and medicines. The body reacts to these intrusions with a process of cleansing that involves the kidneys, intestines, skin and lungs. The most important organ involved in cleansing? The liver, where chemicals like drugs, alcohol and unwanted harmful particles from the environment undergo a process called “biotransformation” by the enzymes
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in the liver. The foreign compounds will be burned, or adhered to sugars (similar to glucose) in order to be carried out easily.
“Toxicons”: disrupting hormones
Toxins and waste can harm us in another way. They can interfere with our internal communication system through chemical messengers called hormones, produced by endocrine (thyroid, adrenal and other) glands. These intrusive molecules, called environmental hormones or “toxicons,” can disrupt the normal functioning of endocrine glands and lead to cancers, fertility problems and autoimmune diseases. We call this phenomenon “endocrine disruption” – and modern medicine hasn’t yet found a remedy.
Who needs cleansing
Individual needs vary, of course, but even newborn infants can carry toxins. Studies have revealed that more than 20 unwanted chemicals have been identified from umbilical cord cells collected from newborn babies. This data shows that nobody is protected enough – even in the womb.
Start with healthy food
What we can do? Where should we start? The best first step is to make healthy dietary choices; this is a good long-term investment in our own health and it applies to everyone. I’m not talking about a diet to lose weight, but a diet for life, comprised of the elements you already know: fruits and vegetables, lean protein, whole grains and lots of water. For many people, undergoing a detoxification, or cleansing program from time to time, is the answer to concerns about internal pollutants. Be sure to consult your healthcare provider before undertaking a cleanse.
Feeling fresh, full of energy You may see and feel the benefits of cleansing in several ways. When you get the essential nutrients you need through healthy eating and high-quality supplements, the body will crave fewer calories. So, you’ll have less fat being stored, and fewer places for toxins to “live” (fat tissue acts like a warehouse for pollutants). After all, what’s better than waking up on a sunny morning feeling fresh and full of energy?
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If joint pain keeps fight back with the right activity By Linda Hertzberg
A Linda Hertzberg Linda Hertzberg is a fitness director and trainer in Scottsdale, AZ, USA. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology, and is certified in several fitness disciplines by ACE (American Council on Exercise), as well as being a Certified Pilates Trainer.
re achy, stiff joints keeping you from exercising? The solution might be… exercise! Especially for women, who tend to suffer more joint pain than men, activity that works the joints without over-working them can be just what the doctor ordered. (Of course, consult with your healthcare provider first.) Did you know that for every .45 kilogram you are overweight, there is an extra 1.4 kilograms of stress on the knee joint? Plus, every extra kilogram adds 2.7 kilograms more stress to the hip joints. According to one study reported by Harvard Health Publications, women 55 and over with knee osteoarthritis could decrease their symptoms 33% by losing weight. Today, we know that exercising will make you stronger, ease joint pain and help you be more mobile. These three tactics can help you exercise your way to less joint pain:
3 ways to start reducing joint pain
right now). You can do more uninterrupted time if you feel ready. 2. Swimming. It’s great for reducing stress to your joints and improving joint mobility. 3. S trength training with a flat exercise band is an effective way to make muscles stronger so they can support shoulders, elbows, hips, ankles and knees. Your flat band should be at least 1.8 meters long; you can purchase one online or at many department and sports stores.
3 easy exercises for better joint support 1. Abduction for hips. Stand with both feet on the flat band about 30.4-40.6 centimeters apart. Hold the ends of the band firmly in each hand, maintaining the resistance of the band. Stand up tall and begin lifting alternating straight legs to the side. Complete 10 repetitions 2 times. This will strengthen your hip and butt muscles to give more support to your hips.
1. Walking. If you have pain, do 3 or 4 10-minute stints of walking each day (especially if you are doing nothing
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2. Calf raises with bicep curls. Stand on the band with feet about 10-13 centimeters apart while holding the flat band firmly in each hand. Raise and lower heels as you bend your elbows and bring your hands up in front, using your bicep muscles. Do 10 repetitions 2 times. This will strengthen your ankles, arches, calves and arm muscles.
3. S quats with side bends. Open feet wide with toes pointing out diagonally. Bend your knees toward your toes. Hold the flat band overhead stretched between each hand. Slowly, side-bend right and left, 10 times for 2 sets. This will strengthen your big leg muscles (quadriceps) and your core abdominal muscles.
Consult with your healthcare provider before beginning any exercise program. This article is intended for educational purposes only.
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Smoking, high blood pressure may speed ageing of the brain London, England
Smoking and high blood pressure may be associated with the accelerated decline of memory, learning, attention and reasoning in older adults, according to research published in Age and Ageing. Researchers at Kings College London found that study participants who smoked, had high blood pressure or other cardiovascular risk factors, performed more poorly on tasks that tested memory, verbal fluency, attention, mental speed and visual scanning. They found that smoking had the most consistent negative impact across all tasks. “Cognitive (mental) decline becomes more common with ageing and for an increasing number of people interferes with daily functioning and well-being. We have identified a number of risk factors which could be associated with accelerated cognitive decline, all of which, could be modifiable. This offers valuable knowledge for future prevention and treatment interventions.” ....................................................................................
Fruits and veggies may cut heart attack risk Stockholm, Sweden
A daily diet that includes seven servings of antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables may reduce a woman’s heart attack risk by 20-29% over 10 years, say scientists at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm. Published in the American Journal of Medicine, the study was a review of data on more than 32,500 women, aged 49 to 83, who were part of The Swedish Mammography Cohort. While previous studies have concentrated on single antioxidants, the researchers in this case wanted to determine the relationship between a wide range of dietary antioxidants and heart attack. They found that women with the highest antioxidant intake were 20-29% less likely to have a heart attack than those with the lowest intake (7 servings of fruits and vegetables per day versus 2.4 servings). ....................................................................................
Grapefruit-medication interactions on the rise London, Ontario, Canada
The list of medications that can cause adverse reactions when combined with grapefruit is increasing, said Lawson Health Research Institute researchers. Adverse effects may include kidney failure, respiratory failure and gastrointestinal bleeding, to name a few. “Many of the drugs that interact with grapefruit are highly prescribed and are essential for the treatment of important or common medical conditions,” wrote lead author Dr. David Bailey. “Recently, however, a disturbing trend has been seen. Between 2008 and 2012, the number of medications with the potential to interact with grapefruit and cause serious adverse effects… has increased from 17 to 43.” Some of the medications that carry an interaction risk include certain cholesterol and blood pressurelowering drugs and opioid pain relievers. As little as one grapefruit or eight ounces of juice can cause a reaction.
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There’s a lot to know about health and wellness in Australia and New Zealand. Here’s a sampling of the most recent figures available:
Brazos Minshew is TriVita’s Chief Science Officer, in charge of formulating the best new supplements possible. He is dedicated to bringing greater health and wellness to TriVita Members. He combines an extensive background in medical science, naturopathy and alternative treatments to create lifestyle and nutritional solutions to prevalent health challenges.
Percentage of New Zealanders who rate their health as excellent/very good.
Proportion of Australians who say they are “delighted, pleased or mostly satisfied” about their quality of life.
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Proportion of adults in New Zealand reporting that they enjoy at least 30 minutes of physical activity, five or more days a week.
Annual estimated cost of OBESITY to Australia, including healthcare, loss of productivity and damage to careers. 1800-257-538
Scott Conard, M.D., DABFM, FAAFP, has more than 20 years of successful clinical practice, research and leadership experience. Through his Texas-based, USA practice and books he’s authored, he empowers people to take control of their health.
Medical Advisory Board TriVita created a Medical Advisory Board to assist our efforts in staying abreast of current scientific developments and to provide input on the latest, most effective testing methods. Samuel N. Grief, M.D., FCFP Named one of “Chicago’s Top Doctors” in 2012, Dr. Grief is Medical Director at the University of Illinois, USA. He received his medical degree from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, CAN.
The number of Australian adults who don’t meet national exercise guidelines suggesting 30 minutes of moderate exercise on most days of the week.
TriVita’s Healthcare Professionals
Tammy Pon, M.D. A functional medicine physician, Dr. Pon received her medical degree from the University of Texas in Houston, USA. She completed specialty training in Healthy Aging. Mark Mattie, M.D., Ph.D. Currently the Director of Research at the University of Bridgeport, Dr. Mattie trained and practiced medicine at Yale New Haven Medical Center, USA. Daniela Radulescu, M.D. Dr. Radulescu is a clinical research scientist in Sydney, Australia. She holds an advanced degree in molecular genetics, and has been involved in clinical research for investigational medicines.
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The power of positive self-talk “WORDS are the construction crew of your life. Use them carefully to construct the life you really want to live.” By Dr. Judy
s we move through the first few months of a new year, it’s a good idea to reflect on your goals and track your progress. It’s also good to assess your “mental chatter” to make sure your internal dialogue is lining up with your positive intentions.
Judy Ellison, Ph.D. Judy Ellison, Ph.D., is a psychologist, author and motivational speaker. She has inspired people around the world to reach within and find their passionate purpose to live a more meaningful life. To read more from Dr. Judy, check out her blog in the Wellness Center on trivita.com.
We talk to ourselves all day long and, unfortunately, this self-talk is frequently negative. This negativity can destroy any seed of hope we may have for accomplishing our dreams and goals. When times are going well it is easy to think and speak positively. But life is filled with happy times and times that are challenging. Practicing positive self-talk no matter what the circumstances can help set in motion actions that will bring us the outcomes that we want. The words of your mouth are a creative force. When you were created, you were given ONE THING to co-create your world with. WORDS. Use them wisely. Your words are predestining your future with every word you speak. They are the architects and construction crew of your life. So use them carefully to construct the life you REALLY want to live.
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Pre-thinking has brought you here
For better or for worse, pre-thinking has brought you to this place in life. The words spoken in the past have created your present. If you are happy with the results that you have obtained, then you have used the proper building blocks of thoughts and words to get you to this place. However, some of you are not happy with the results. You have been “hung by your tongue” by releasing negative words out of your mouth, setting in motion a negative outcome. Replacing self-talk from negative to positive is not going to happen overnight. However, if you find yourself often struggling, unable to achieve your goals and you know you have negative mental chatter going on, then you should commit to the process of change. Here is a secret tool that I use when a negative thought persists: I hit the mental delete button and say, “delete” a couple of times. Then I envision the thought disappearing into thin air. If you are determined to be a positive talker, this method of conditioning will work. Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Visualise reaching your goals by year’s end and be relentless with your words to create the dream life you really want to be living. trivita.com
your body, His Temple – 1 Cor. 6:19-20
When life overwhelms, turn to Him By Chaplain Donna Kafer
“I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give isn’t like the peace the world gives. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” ~ John 14:27
t is very rare these days to find an individual who claims to have little or no stress in their lives. Instead, most of us face the rigorous demands of each day propelled head-on into the fast lane. Even though some stress is a normal part of our lives, we should take precautions to deal with it effectively. So what are we supposed to do if our lives begin to spiral out of control and we’re left desperately trying to contend with difficulties? What measures can we take to halt the stress and worry that threaten to sideline us? Our help comes through the promise that is found in the Bible; the promise that He will never leave us nor forsake us, ever! Psalm 46:1 says, God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. What a tremendous promise! We can trust that the LORD will be with us no matter what may be occurring in our lives. We can trust that He will never abandon us, that He will give us just what we need when we need it. How beautiful is this blessed assurance 1800-257-538
that we can rely on forever. God is the one constant force in the universe that we can count on when everyone and everything else fails us. He never tires, or complains that we are asking too much from Him. There are no limits on how often He provides strength, comfort and renewed encouragement. It is His joy to bless us with His power and immeasurable love, mercy and grace. When we stay connected to the source from which all blessings flow, we are able to abide in our Father’s peace. Remember this truth: when we stand on the firm foundation of God’s Word, we are living out our faith.
Donna Kafer, TriVita’s chaplain, has also served as chaplain to the Arizona (USA) State Legislature for 15 years. She has written two books, and has a third in progress.
When stress and worry invade our hearts and minds, we can pray to God, asking Him to fill our entire being with His peace. We can also take time to read the Bible, gleaning life-giving strength that will help cast out our fears. It is my prayer that you will claim this truth as a vital principle in your life. Trust Him, believe in His Word, rest in Him and place all of your cares and worries in His more than capable hands. “I will lie down in peace and sleep, for you alone, O LORD, will keep me safe.” ~ Psalm 4:8
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INSPIRE ME! Odds and ends for a healthier you Boost your self-esteem Live an inspired life by boosting your self-esteem. You can do this by focusing on your positive attributes, avoiding negative selftalk and celebrating your own achievements – don’t minimise or apologise for them!
Be sun savvy Australia and New Zealand have some of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world. Help protect against skin cancer by reducing your exposure to sunlight when UV levels are 3 and above, especially from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Don’t touch the “T Zone”! We touch our faces an average 384 times a day. But by keeping your hands away from the so-called T Zone – eyes, nose and mouth – you can help prevent respiratory illnesses like colds and the flu.
Get organised! Did you know that being organised can help reduce stress? Disorganised home/ work spaces, tasks and projects or time management can quickly have you feeling overwhelmed. Getting organised can help reduce that stress, plus save you money and free up your time. 24 l VITAJOURNAL Australia Vol. IV 2013
Time for a relationship check-up Are your various relationships healthy? Respect, encouragement, honesty and open communication are all signs of relationship wellness. You may need to re-evaluate the value of relationships that involve manipulation, ridicule, criticism and jealousy. trivita.com
THE DOCTOR IS IN
chronic inflammation: A deadly combination for our hearts By Michael Radulescu, M.D.
hronic stress and symptoms of depression contribute to sickness and death from heart disease, though we’re not sure why. What we do know, however, is that our response to chronic stress leads to chronic inflammation that can literally clog us to death. You’ve probably heard of the “fight/ flight” stress response: the heart races, blood pressure rises and breathing becomes fast and shallow. These automatic, split-second responses deliver extra oxygen and nutrients to body parts that need them most, so that we can either flee from the source of danger or fight for our lives.
Angry lion, annoying boss: the same to our brain
Once the danger is gone, our blood pressure, heart rate and everything else gradually return back to normal. Here’s the problem: Our brain can’t tell the difference between stress caused by an angry lion and stress caused by an annoying boss. The lion stress is acute (short-term); the boss stress can be chronic, stretching on for months or years. The body’s response to both is the same. Research indicates that exposure to chronic stress generally increases vulnerability to coronary heart disease.
Chronic stressors lead to chronic inflammation
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the immune system in a way that leads to persistent, or chronic, inflammation. With long-term exposure to inflammation, people develop symptoms of depression and experience progressive atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), the root of heart disease. It’s also been shown that repeated episodes of acute mental stress may ultimately lead to atherosclerosis. Stress, by activating the release of various stress hormones, damages the lining of blood vessels. Add in the accumulation of other fatty nutrients, such as cholesterol, and we get plaques (semi-hard accumulations) around the blood vessels. When enough plaques accumulate, blood flow will be greatly reduced. This can trigger heart disease, stroke and other serious conditions.
What we can do to cope
Michael Radulescu, M.D. Michael Radulescu, M.D., is in private practice in New South Wales, AUS, after working in emergency medicine for several years. His specialty areas are cardiology, diabetes and neurology.
While we can’t banish daily stress, we can respond to it in better, healthier ways:
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T ry relaxation techniques such as deep breathing exercises or meditation. L earn how to express our thoughts and feelings. S tay in close contact with friends and family. Cultivate a positive attitude. Stick to a healthy diet. Exercise daily. E liminate smoking and alcohol excess.
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One wellness drink stopped
Gayla’s 14 years of misery
“I am going places, doing things I haven’t done in many years and making big plans for my future.”
failed neck fusion operation created 14 years of agony for Gayla C. Before the surgery, this Mt. Pleasant, TX, USA resident was a healthy and active person who loved playing softball and volleyball. e ss During illn “The after-surgery pain never really went away,” Gayla recalls. “I spent the next 14 years doctorhopping in an attempt to get my health back.”
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Gayla fell into a deep “after-surgery” depression and lost hope that she’d ever be well again. Her entire body ached with After Nopalea unbearable, stabbing pain. “I could barely keep track of what day of the week it was,” she says, “whether it was night or day, and I slept on and off around the clock. Pain controlled my life and fatigue kept me from being able to do Gayla also reminds people who are taking the simple things like brush my hair, bathe and dress Nopalea Wellness Challenge to be patient and myself. I barely existed in a vegetative state.” consistent. “I explain to them that they didn’t get sick overnight, and they won’t receive complete relief Mystery resolved overnight,” she emphasises. “If you have a chronic Finally, 10 years into her ordeal, Gayla was diagnosed illness like me, it will take time for your body to repair with a tick-borne illness that had wreaked havoc itself. I have one avenue for wellness and I know the on her immune system and mimicked many other plan – Nopalea for the rest of my life.” illnesses. Gayla’s case was so severe that she was actually interviewed for a Japanese television “For me, better days are not on the way,” Gayla documentary. concludes. “They’ve already arrived.”*
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• A decrease in chronically stiff, swollen and painful joints
• Improved mobility throughout her body • Reduced pain, minimised need for
prescription medication • Increased energy level, decreased fatigue “I am jubilant about what God, Nopalea and Michael Ellison have done for me and my family,” says an 1800-257-538
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