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HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT

DR. MIRELA CERNAIANU OF HERA HEALTH CARE • UNDERSTANDING

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Contents

HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT MARCH 2014

DEPTARTMENTS

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06/ PUBLISHER’S LETTER

Reality in Paradise

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28/ NATURAL APPROACH

Did You Know Sex Can Make You Sick?

by Dr. Sharon Norling

34/ COMPASSIONATE EATING How Our Food Choices Can Heal the Planet and Ourselves

by Bianca Rose Martinez

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36/ BEYOND GREEN LIVING

Latest Update—Chemicals Harmful to Us and Our Environment

by Jan Tucker, MBA

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FEATURES 14/ SPECIAL HEALTH BULLETIN

40/ DIRECTORY

LISTING - NEW!

10/ CONNECTION

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HERA Health Care: A Holistic and Restorative Gynecology Practice Focused on Women’s Health

by Alicia Doyle

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Permaculture: Designing With Nature

26/ MIND & SPIRIT

by Eric Werbalowsky

Want a Better Relationship? Tell the Truth—Respectfully

by Wayne M. Levine

18/ HEALTH VIEW 1

32/ FROM THE HEART

Demystifying Colony Collapse Disorder: Bees and Our Environment

by Sarah Doss

22/ HEALTH VIEW 2

Neuromuscular Dentistry—Solving the Pain Puzzle by Sid Solomon, DDS

Centennial Guild of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

by Alicia Doyle


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REALITY IN PARADISE

REALITY IN PARADISE I love working in my little garden. It’s very small but holds a paradise of beautiful flowers, each with their own offerings of joy. The butterflies, hummingbirds and bees collectively gather in my garden to feast on various nectars. Their presence brings me a sense of calm—without them my sacred space of joy would not be complete.

ANN K. CASTLE FOUNDER, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF & PUBLISHER

But the story becomes more involved when looking at the big picture of reality we are facing—climate change, the seriously dwindling bee population and the toxic environment Mother Nature must constantly battle as a result of our daily neglect. What would happen if the bees disappeared? The results would be devastating. It would cause a domino effect that could wipe out life as we know it. This is not theory—this is science. Now our beautiful state of California is in serious trouble as we face the driest winter in two decades. So we have to do more than just recycle, bring our own shopping bags and change our lighting. Now we have to cut back on water use. I turn back to my garden with plans to add drought-resistant plants, organic amendments and plenty of mulch to the soil to hold the moisture, hence reducing my use of water. In this issue, we provide the latest update on what’s happening with harmful chemicals in our environment, and address little-known facts about permaculture, the bee population, how our diets impact the environment, and how TMJ disorder can negatively impact our general health. In our Connection this month, we introduce Dr. Mirela Cernaianu at HERA Healthcare Medical Practice in Westlake Village. If you are wondering how our environment impacts all aspects of a healthy lifestyle and vice versa, read on. This is for you, my dear readers. This is my commitment to you. With Peace, Love, Blessings and Gratitude,

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HERA HEALTH CARE

BOARD-CERTIFIED IN ANTIAGING AND REGENERATIVE MEDICINE AND OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY, MIRELA DR. MIRELA CERNAIANU

CERNAIANU BELIEVES THE BODY IS EXTRAORDINARY, WITH AN AMAZING ABILITY TO PERFORM MIRACLES AND HEAL NATURALLY.

HERA HEALTH A HOLISTIC AND RESTORATIVE

PRACTICE FOCUSED ON WOMEN by Alicia Doyle photography by Mary Myers

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“I also believe our mind and spirit are not separate entities that need to be addressed by different individuals, or at different times in the process of providing quality health care,” said Dr. Mirela.

“Like many other physicians, I became disappointed with the quality of care that can be provided when the amount of patients that have to be seen daily only allows for a maximum of 10 to 15 minutes of interaction between me and my patients,” Dr. Mirela said.

THE WHOLE PERSON

“Now I can spend as much time as needed with my patients, so I can give them a chance to tell their story, listen to their fears, answer all their questions as well as educate them.”

At her Westlake Village practice, she approaches each patient as a person who not only has a health problem— but also has feelings, concerns, worries and various stressors, as well as unique individual circumstances.

With that, she started her own practice.

L I F E L O N G V O C AT I O N Born and raised in Bucharest Romania, Dr. Mirela always wanted to be a doctor.

“Each one of these is a very important piece of the puzzle that needs to be looked at and considered when medical treatment is recommended, in order to maximize the chance of achieving the desired outcome,” Dr. Mirela said.

In her last year of high school, she fell in love with nuclear physics. “But because my parents had already invested in my tutors for the medical school exam they talked me into taking the entrance exam anyway,” Dr. Mirela recalled.

HEALTH CARE CHANGES

“I have always dedicated myself completely to whatever task or challenge was in front of me, so I embraced what I was told was going to be a life of personal sacrifice and I never looked back,” she said.

She further emphasized that our health care system is facing numerous challenges as electronic records are implemented and used more frequently, as insurance premiums go up while reimbursement for medical services is going down, as large hospitals acquire more and more private practices, and as more and more physicians seek employment rather than establishing and running a private practice.

She passed the exam on the first try, and in the excitement of entering medical school, forgot all about nuclear physics.

FAT H E R ’ S I L L N E S S In 2011, Dr. Mirela’s father became ill with pneumonia. “The care he received shocked me,” she remembered. “Conventional medicine failed my father and even though I threw myself into a battle for his life that lasted more than two weeks, I eventually had to accept the limitations of the care he could receive and the finality of his condition.” After her father’s death, she vowed to keep her mother—who was 74 at the time—out of the hospital.

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“I also found peace and I stopped worrying and blaming myself, but it wasn’t easy.”

“I started researching anti-aging medicine and I read everything I could get my hands on,” said Dr. Mirela, who became board-certified in anti-aging and restorative medicine after passing a written and an oral exam. She then enlisted in the Fellowship with the American Academy of Anti-aging Medicine and graduated in 2013 after completing the training and other requirements. “I became so fascinated by what I was learning I enlisted in the masters program in metabolic and nutritional medicine with the University of South Florida,” Dr. Mirela said.

MOTHERHOOD—AND MIND, BODY, SPIRIT Although she has always had perfect health, Dr. Mirela was never able to conceive naturally. “With all the advances of modern science and technology, conventional medicine failed to help me achieve my dream of becoming a mother,” she said. “I completely understand the turmoil a woman goes through when dealing with unfulfilled desires of motherhood.” When alternative therapies like acupuncture, Chinese herbs and various nutritional supplements failed to help as well, Dr. Mirela started looking into the mind-bodyspirit connection. “With meditation and introspection and asking myself hard questions about why I want to be a mother and what I am willing to give up to achieve this desire, I found my answer and it surprised me,” she said. 12

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Dr. Mirela took everything she learned in this process and applied it to her practice of medicine. “I achieved great results and I was probably as happy as my patients were when they finally got pregnant naturally, or were able to avoid another miscarriage and carry their pregnancy to full term.”

WEST COAST An OB/Gyn for the past 22 years, Dr. Mirela started practicing OB/Gyn in Miami in 2001. “But even though I loved living and working in Miami my dream has always been to live in California.” After visiting friends in 1996 and falling in love with the weather, beauty of the scenery, and friendliness of the people, she moved to California in 2003. Since then, for the past 10 years she has practiced general obstetrics and gynecology in Ventura County, working for Clinicas Del Camino Real, Inc.

HERA HEALTH CARE “In 2012 I decided to open my own practice in Westlake Village, HERA Health Care - a holistic, esthetic, restorative and anti-aging medical practice.” “I see a large number of patients who look for holistic care and natural ways of healing and prefer to avoid medications with side-effects or invasive tests with risks for their health. I do practice conventional medicine and I discuss all options with my patients,” Dr. Mirela said. “Most patients are those with insurance who are very happy to have a physician who provides holistic care and their visits are covered,” she added. “I respect my patient’s autonomy and their right to choose what they

think is right for them, after making sure they clearly understand all risks of opting to not have a certain test, procedure or a medication.”

B O DY ’ S NAT U R A L HEALING ABILITY Dr. Mirela feels rewarded every time a patient achieves a positive outcome and is happy with the care she gave them. “I have patients who have been coming to see me for many years and there is a sense of a special connection that sometimes is as close as the one I have with my friends,” she said. “I want to help educate and empower all my patients to take matters into their own hands, to read about their condition, to ask questions and make smart decisions regarding their health.” She especially loves learning and putting into practice medical science that can enhance the body’s natural ability to heal and avoid disease. “Nob ody wants to get sick,” she said. “We all want to avoid illness, pain and disability.” Looking back on her life so far, Dr. Mirela said her decision to start a holistic medical practice has given her new hope and energy. “Sometimes it feels like I’m going back to medical school all over again, and I feel the passion that motivated me to become a doctor has been rekindled.” “Learning about metabolic and nutritional medicine is an amazing process,” she said. “Metabolic Medicine looks for nutritional deficiencies, looks into why there are nutritional deficiencies to start with and looks at connections between all the body’s systems. For example, the connection between our gut and our brain; looks at our toxic exposure and how it can be limited or avoided; it looks into how to provide what is missing so our body can do what it knows how to do best—heal itself.” For more information visit www.herahealthcare.com.


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SPECIAL HEALTH BULLETIN

DESIGNING WITH NATURE

PERMACULT Designing with Nature by Eric Werbalowsky

WE KNOW WHAT THE WORD SUSTAINABLE MEANS—THE ABILITY TO USE SOMETHING WITHOUT DESTROYING IT OR USING IT UP. HOWEVER, WHEN WE ADD ADJECTIVES LIKE ECONOMICALLY OR ENVIRONMENTALLY IN FRONT OF IT, INTERPRETATIONS BECOME OPEN TO DEBATE.

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TURE Business advisors tell us that a business plan and budgetary discipline are required for sustained success. You can’t spend more than you make for very long or a business simply will fail. We witnessed this dynamic during the last decade with the infamous dot com bubble and with the more recent speculative financial market busts.

A SERIOUS E N V I R O N M E N TA L PROBLEM Similarly, our modern lifestyles are based on multiple trends of using resources in excess of supplies. We are highly dependent on cheap fossil fuels to transport people, food and products all over the world. In addition to our energy appetite, it has been estimated that our current consumption rates would require several earths full of raw materials to provide developing populations the kind of resource-intensive lifestyle enjoyed in developed countries today. In much of the U.S., we pump, transport, use (and waste) groundwater faster than it can replenish. Global

These systems operate solely on the diverse and plentiful supplies of natural energy like wind, sun and water

industrial exhausts and pollutants threaten human health, along with the chain of life we depend on for survival. Since the 1970s and before, ecologists have increasingly realized these practices are not just economically, but environmentally unsustainable. After a prolonged denial as a culture, we are coming to grips with the reality that we can’t continue these practices without disastrous effects for future generations.

W H AT C A N W E D O ? One of the more promising trends is the re-imagining of our human role in imitating natural systems to meet our collective needs. We are taking a cue from the long-term success of the earth’s natural life support systems with which we have coevolved. These systems operate solely on the diverse and plentiful supplies of natural energy like wind, sun and water. All natural systems, including forests, rivers and weather, function in observable, continually repeating patterns. The same patterns in which rivers flow and trees branch and grow are mirrored inside our bodies. Blood flows like rivers in arteries and our lungs branch to alveoli, much as tree branches refine to leaves and trunks extend to root hairs. All life follows these long-evolved rules or patterns of nature. In this sense, we truly are an inextricable part of the whole.

P E R M A C U LT U R E — A N AT U R A L S O L U T I O N This understanding of natural patterns is the basis of the methodology known as permaculture design.

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DESIGNING WITH NATURE

The term permaculture was coined in the late ’70s, by a Down Under duo of system ecologists, Bill Mollison and David Holmgren. They focused on the systematic destruction of natural resources involving eroding topsoil and the over-pumping of water. Based on their observation of natural system patterns, along with a synthesis of ideas from influential natural designers before them, they created a dozen design principles to redress the negative impacts of commercial agriculture and modern development. The concepts go even further. Food and jobs can be localized and mutually-beneficial businesses can be collocated—such as where the surplus materials or energy of one can be a feedstock or other necessary input for another. Permaculture design is now practiced by tens of thousands of people worldwide. Increasingly popular intensive 72-hour training courses, followed by two years of guided application are yielding more and more new permaculture designers and teachers.

P E R M AC U LT U R E ’ S PROGRESS Since its introduction, the permaculture design framework has been employed for practically every aspect of human settlement need— even for social structures such as local economies and businesses. Permaculture has been applied to create everything from small homesteads to food policies for entire countries (as in Vietnam), and everything in between. A quarter-acre yard can be transformed from water-hogging sections of green grass and landscaping to a forest-like garden containing annual and perennial edibles—layered in mulch that retains moisture as it continually feeds the plants. Much of the necessary water can be harvested from rain and sunk in where needed. One inch of 16

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rain on a 400 square foot surface provide more than 200 gallons of water (www.csgnetwork.com/ rwcollectioncalc.html).

CHARACTERISTICS O F P E R M AC U LT U R E DESIGN Permaculture design strives to produce more with less human input as the project or installation matures. It strives to engage ecosystemlike webs with elements selected to perform multiple functions. For example, plants are favored that feed animals, attract insects, create food and improve the soil. Continuing with the food example, a permaculture design adds many more elements to create mutually-supporting groups. It may ward off common pests, attract beneficial insects, add and bring up nutrients in the soil, and even create a specific microclimate. Together, these groups form what are called plant guilds or polyculture. A diverse, multi-layered mix of animals, plants, bushes, vines and trees would be added over time to produce a mature food forest. This popular example of lush, perennial bounty with virtually no moving parts prompts the oft-cited Mollison aphorism—“The designer becomes the recliner.” An obvious yield of the permaculture food forest is food—but characteristically it has multiple yields. It can improve the land’s water table capacity and might cool or moderate the immediate climate. It can produce building materials, create income or barter capacity, and enable an interactive human community to form around it. Viewed in this way, permaculture design relies on assessing and understanding a set of behavior of elements over time. Rather than considering only the desired outcome of a project, a designer establishes a framework for a design that evolves and matures over time.

T H E 1 2 P E R M AC U LT U R E DESIGN PRINCIPLES Permaculture design principles are inevitably site- and situation-specific. The consistently-identifiable aspects of its application are not a particular set of trees or plants or animals—but the elegant interrelationship among its elements, whether in a food forest or any assemblage of elements for a particular task, business or life. The 12 permaculture design principles below are applied continually and repeatedly to create and hone any permaculture installation. A large part of the design process involves studying the natural resource and energy flows of a site. For example, the amount of rain that could be collected on slopes and building surfaces would be assessed. As Laguna-based permaculture designer and trainer Bill Roley often reminds, the goal is to make running water walk, walking water sit, and sitting water sink—to create a water lens of moist soil beneath the surface rather than runoff, and to recharge aquifers. With an eye on other energy flows, one would assess seasonal patterns of winds, sun angles and even the role of large and small animals. Animal nutrient transport is so important that trees growing hundreds of miles from the ocean contain significant amounts of phosphorus—essential for growth—carried in the bodies of returning salmon. David Holmgren’s 12 principles, from Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability, are: 1. Observe and interact: By taking time to engage with nature we can design solutions that suit our particular situation. 2. Catch and store energy: By developing systems that collect resources at peak abundance, we can use them in times of need.


3. Obtain a yield: Ensure that you are getting truly useful rewards as part of the work that you are doing. 4. Apply self-regulation and accept feedback: We need to discourage inappropriate activity to ensure that systems can continue to function well. 5. Use and value renewable resources and services: Make the best use of nature’s abundance to reduce our consumptive behavior and dependence on non-renewable resources. 6. Produce no waste: By valuing and making use of all the resources that are available to us, nothing goes to waste. 7. Design from patterns to details: By stepping back, we can observe patterns in nature and society. These can form the backbone of our designs, with the details filled in as we go. 8. Integrate rather than segregate: By putting the right things in the right place, relationships develop between those things and they work together to support each other. 9. Use small and slow solutions: Small and slow systems are easier to maintain than big ones, making better use of local resources and producing more sustainable outcomes. 10. Use and value diversity: Diversity reduces vulnerability to a variety of threats and takes advantage of the unique nature of the environment in which it resides. 11. Use edges and value the marginal: The interface between things is where the most interesting events take place. These are often the most valuable, diverse and productive elements in the system. 12. Creatively use and respond to change: We can have a positive impact on inevitable change by carefully observing, and then intervening at the right time. Permaculture design holds huge potential for major changes to the infrastructure of entire communities. Rather than impacting global climate, destroying land in pursuit of resources, or creating dependence on tenuous water supplies from afar, builders can use permaculture to create selfsustaining ecosystems using local, natural resources.

Eric Werbalowsky is a principal at Ventura Organic Garden Design (www. venturaorganicgardendesign.com) and Environmental Communications. He teaches home composting throughout SoCal. For more urban permaculture strategies, visit www.facebook. com/VenturaGrowingCircles, www.facebook.com/ VenturaOrganicGardenDesign and www.facebook.com/ VentuckyChicken or call 805.652.1142. MARCH 2014 YHCONNECTION.COM

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HOW BEES IMPACT OUR ENVIRONMENT

Demystifying Colony Collapse Disorder

HOW BEES IMPACT OUR ENVIRONMENT by Sarah Doss

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INSIDE EACH BEEHIVE IS A WELL-OILED MACHINE CONSISTING OF TENS OF THOUSANDS OF SINGLEMINDED BEES, EACH WITH HIS OR HER OWN TASK. THEY HAVE AN INTRICATE, DANCE-LIKE COMMUNICATION SYSTEM TO ALERT THE HIVE ABOUT FOOD AND OTHER CONDITIONS INSIDE.


Studies have shown bees are even capable of distinguishing family members from other bees in the hive. But what happens when we throw a monkey wrench into the works of this elaborate mechanism?

COLONY COLLAPSE DISORDER AFFECTS ALL In the last five years, U.S. beekeepers have documented that about 30 percent of the nation’s bees have either disappeared or died, failing to pollinate flowering plants and keep their colonies alive. In 2007, the mass disappearance was termed Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Neither beekeepers nor scientists could point the finger at any particular cause. But more than beehives are going barren. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, honeybees (the species used by beekeepers) are responsible for 80 percent of all pollination in the United States. That accounts for one-third of our diet, such as apples, nuts, soybeans, citrus fruits, berries, melons and squash. Even farm animals like cattle require bees to pollinate all their food. Without bees, we would only have grains and water to survive. While we rely on millions of honeybees each year to commercially pollinate millions of acres of crops, native species of bees are affected by CCD as well. Bumble bees and digger bees, for example, are wild species important for pollinating flowers and crops for our food supply. These bees are also dwindling at an alarming rate.

HOLISTIC VERSUS INDUSTRIAL BEEKEEPING We have an estimated 120,000 beekeepers in the U.S. according to the National Honey Board. A commercial apiarist is a beekeeper with 300 or more hives. Their main goal is to

manage pollination and keep our food supply abundant. Many commercial beekeepers migrate their colonies during the year to provide pollination services to farmers and to reach the best sources of nectar. Bill Lewis, President of the California Beekeepers Association and owner of Bill’s Bees, has looked after colonies of honeybees for more than 40 years. He says CCD is a real big deal, caused by several variables such as drought, parasitic mites and pesticides. “It is so dry in Southern California this year that we haven’t been able to put away any pollen,” said Lewis. “Our goal is keeping the bees healthy with crops and access to public land and property.” Bill’s Bees, nestled in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains, offers 100 percent raw honey that can be found at several farmers markets near you, like Thousand Oaks, Burbank and Santa Monica. Lewis has about 650 honeybee hives which he cares for like they were his own children. He’s intent on the quality and safety of their food, so he migrates his bees around the country, pollinating from pesticide-free crops. “We are forced to take our bees to irrigated crops, which can be risky, and hopefully when farmers plan to use pesticides, they tell us so we can relocate,” said Lewis.

A DIFFERENT KIND OF BEEKEEPING Some commercial beekeepers do not have the same priority of protecting their hives. Organic farmers and scientists are saying that many industrialized beekeeping practices are unsafe for the survival of bee colonies, and subsequently, for the environment. Maryam Henein is an investigative MARCH 2014 YHCONNECTION.COM

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journalist and the director of “Vanishing of the Bees,” an awardwinning documentary narrated by Ellen Page that details the economic, political and ecological consequences of CCD. In her film, Henein uncovers the unnatural practices of industrialized beekeeping. For example, the man-made process known as queen breeding, which includes artificial insemination, is explained in Vanishing of the Bees: “Commercial beekeepers routinely kill the queen after only a few months, and replace her with a younger, artificially raised one. Beekeepers remove the queen from the hive, pinch her head, and then introduce a surrogate in a cage. The cage prevents the colony from killing the foreign queen until they adapt to her scent.” Another commercial method of apiculture under suspicion is the process of replacing all the honey in the hives with sugar syrup. Generations of honeybees are essentially given junk food to maintain the well-being of the hive. Dee Lusby, founder of the Organic Beekeeping Group, believes that all these scientific methods combined are causing CCD. “When a bee is out of sync with nature, nature’s going to come in with all types of parasites, all types of viruses, bacteria, diseases, and they’re going to take down what shouldn’t belong there,” said Lusby.

ARE PESTICIDES THE ROOT OF ALL EVIL? During Henein’s research for her documentary, she found many factors that could contribute to CCD, but now she believes there is something more insidious at the core of these mass bee deaths. “When we started investigating the causes of CCD, we looked at Varroa mites, we looked at pathogens, viruses, loss of habitat,” said Henein. “Of course, all of these play into effect and all have variables that are interconnected, but at the root, we believe are systemic pesticides.” Monocultures are the harvest of a single crop—sometimes thousands of acres of one crop—which are extremely vulnerable to pests (basically, a smorgasbord for insects), so they require the use of pesticides. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council, neonicotinoids— nicotine-based pesticides—are the widest-used class of pesticide ever, and are distributed worldwide by chemical manufacturers like Bayer and Syngenta. Beekeepers and scientists alike are concerned with the sublethal, long-term effects these systemic pesticides have on bees, raising the issue of what worker bees are feeding to their young. “Here they are, flying around in a monoculture, and they’re taking these systemic pesticides back to their hives, and so it affects the future generations,” said Henein. “It’s like they have Alzheimer’s, and it impacts their navigational abilities and impairs their brains.” 20

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Beekeeper introducing a new queen bee into the hive.

Many current studies show that systemic pesticides are causing a catastrophic rift in our ecosystem, not just for the bees, but for all plant and animal life. Birds, fish and other insects are eating these neonicotinoid-doused crops. And, so are you! If bees are being negatively impacted across generations by ingesting pesticides, it raises the question—what effect is it having on the human body?

W H AT Y O U C A N D O If thousands of people had one hive each, instead of one beekeeper with thousands of hives, the bees would be less susceptible to disease and would not require migratory pollination. “I encourage everyone to have their own hive,” said Lewis. If you’re not interested in harvesting honey, you can grow a vegetable garden or plant a bed of sage blossom—it’s a great way to attract native species for pollinating during spring. Henein suggests visiting www.vanishingbees.com for information on how you can help reverse CCD. For example, you can buy organic and local produce and know more about organic pest control.

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“By far the most powerful way we can help the honeybee is by voting with our forks,” she states. You can also find organic recipes and gardening tips on the site and, of course, information on purchasing the film. “Working to preserve the health of the bees is also bettering the health of our home and community.” For more information contact: Bill Lewis, president of the California Beekeepers Association and owner of Bill’s Bees. 818.312.1691. billsbees@wildblue.net. Maryam Henein, director of Vanishing of the Bees and founder of HoneyColony.com. 323.640.9710 maryam@honeycolony.com. MARCH 2014 YHCONNECTION.COM

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NEUROMUSCULAR DENTISTRY

Neuromuscular Dentistry SOLVING THE PAIN PUZZLE ONE PATIENT AT A TIME by Sid Solomon, DDS

BELIEVE IT OR NOT, MODERN DENTISTRY PLAYS A VITAL ROLE IN DIAGNOSING AND TREATING MANY CHRONIC ACHES AND PAINS. NEUROMUSCULAR DENTISTRY IS A BRANCH OF DENTISTRY THAT CONSIDERS THE PHYSIOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF VARIOUS HEAD AND NECK SYMPTOMS. ITS FOCUS AND BEAUTY IS IN FINDING THE ETIOLOGY OF A NUMBER OF BODILY CHRONIC ACHES AND PAINS MOST PATIENTS NEVER THOUGHT COULD HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH THEIR TEETH!

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In many cases, a misaligned TMJ and resulting misaligned bite can lead to a myriad of bodily dysfunctions.

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It is clearly obvious that we are connected from head to toe. Today’s technology and science enables dentists to be more than tooth doctors. Dentists provide diagnoses and treatment which affect the patient’s entire body. We are able to provide a comprehensive approach to our patient’s needs, focusing on more than teeth and gums—also taking into consideration the intricate nerves and muscles in the head and neck. I am personally always amazed by the power of a proper diagnosis and how a very simple solution can often change a patient’s life dramatically. The solution I am able to provide, as a neuromuscular dentist, is focused around an omnipotent yet often unnoticed joint called the temporomandibular joint.

TMJ Disorder and Pain Conservative estimates indicate that 25 to 30 percent of the American population suffers from temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. If we include patients with signs of TMJ but no pain yet, this number is closer to a whopping 70 percent of the American population! TMJ affects the head and neck and can result in a myriad of chronic pain issues such as headaches and migraines, facial/neck/back pain, postural changes and problems,

ringing in the ears, clicking/popping/ locking of the jaw joint, pain behind the eyes, sleep disorders, digestive problems and even an inability to breathe properly. These symptoms often go undiagnosed by medical doctors and this is where neuromuscular dentistry plays a vital role in properly diagnosing and clinically resolving these chronic pain issues.

Diagnosing TMJ Disorder In many cases, a misaligned TMJ and resulting misaligned bite can lead to a myriad of bodily dysfunctions. With the assistance of advanced technology, we can effectively find the patient’s corr ect bite and eliminate the symptoms at their source. The science behind neuromuscular dentistry involves state of the art diagnostic tools and technology in full alignment with modern medical standards. Just as cardiologists take EKGs of the heart, the K7 evaluation computer system enables Neuromuscular dentists to take EMGs (electromyographies) of the jaw’s TMJ. These EMG scans are taken by attaching the patient to a computerized mandibular scanner. These scans help us determine the current biological bite and the optimal physiological

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bite of each patient. These measurements cannot by any means be attained by the naked eye—the K7 system is absolutely essential to proper measuring. Another very important technological tool is the TENS (transcutaneous electrical stimulation) unit which is used to completely relax the jaw joint, clinically undoing any torque the jaw may have. The TENS unit is connected to trigger points on the patient’s head and neck and sends rhythmic pulses to each of those points in a measured rate controlled by the practitioner. This increases blood flow, the release of endorphins, and the movement of waste products in order to relax the jaw and place the TMJ in its proper position. Using this technique, we are able to find the patient’s optimal physiological bite position and register this information with the assistance of the K7 evaluation computer system. These measurements are then sent to a neuromuscular lab that fabricates an orthosis device according to our specifications. The orthosis device is a very thin, three dimensional, plastic mouthpiece worn on the lower teeth. It is a frontless device which is very comfortable to wear and not visible.

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Essentially, the orthosis device enables the TMJ to be gently moved into its optimal bite position, thereby eliminating all of the patient’s related pain issues. This procedure is not an instant cure, but it is a clinicallyproven method to correct the realignment of the jaw and improve the overall health of a patient. Every TMJ case I see gives me a chance to improve another person’s quality of life and well being. I personally cherish this opportunity and give every patient my very best in order to provide them with some relief. I am honored to have been educated and trained by some of the best masters at The Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dental Studies and to be able to help my patients live life pain free. I urge patients daily to educate themselves about the importance of a properly-aligned bite and TMJ. This is because TMJ pain is real and TMJ relief is a choice—a potentially life altering choice that can only be made through awareness and understanding.

Dr. Solomon is a proud member of the ADA (American Dental Association), AAFE (American Academy of Facial Aesthetics), and LVI (Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies). He has been proudly serving his family of patients for the past 27 years. He has 3 dental practices located in Westlake, West Hills and West Los Angeles, He is a guest lecturer and speaker on Neuromuscular Dentistry topics and has appeared on several News Channels. He is the author of the layman’s guide to dentistry book: Dream Big…Smile Big. He can be reached at 855.327.2923.

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MIND & SPIRIT

WANT A BETTER RELATIONSHIP?

Want a Better Relationship?

Tell the Truth– Respectfully by Wayne M. Levine

WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF YOU TOLD THE TRUTH TO YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER? WOULD SHE RUN OFF CRYING, MAKE A SCENE OR THREATEN TO LEAVE YOU? WOULD YOUR EGO BE CRUSHED? WOULD YOU SULK, TURN HOSTILE OR GET IN YOUR CAR AND TAKE OFF?

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Come from this more loving place and trust the truth, and you will see a new outcome. The fear of what might happen if we were to tell the truth often keeps us paralyzed in our lies. In order for us to have what we want in our relationships, we have to be able to tell the truth. But we also need to express it without intentionally or unintentionally being hurtful in the process. Now, that doesn’t mean it won’t hurt; you can’t control whether her feelings will be hurt by what you have to share. But you can be conscious enough and compassionate enough to know that it’s clearly not your intention to hurt her, but rather to be closer and more intimate.

FIRST STEP We first have to be able to tell ourselves the truth. Unfortunately, we’re too afraid. If we can’t face the truth about our own feelings, desires and needs, how can we expect our partners to respect those truths? Fear is crippling. The best way to move through the fear is to confront it. Take action, talk to a counselor or a friend, read and then journal or meditate and allow the truth to reveal itself. However you get there, you must be clear about your truth. This won’t necessarily mean you know how to solve the problems in your relationship. But you can’t and don’t need to know the solutions before you’re ready to discuss how you feel and what you’d like to see happen.

DON’T ASSUME One of the most common missteps in relationships is to assume you know the proper route for the two of you to take to get to the solution. What typically happens is that one of you

thinks he or she knows exactly what’s necessary and attempts to manipulate or coerce the other into accepting the preconceived course of action. The truth isn’t about manipulation or coercion. It’s just about you, how you feel, what you need and what you would like to see happen. That’s where you start. You want to create a safe environment so you’re both willing to tell the difficult truth in the hope that something better can be created for the two of you.

THE STORIES W E T E L L O U R S E LV E S “That sounds great, but how the hell are we supposed to get to that fairytale place?” Well, you can get there from here. In reaction to your past experiences and failed attempts to improve your situation, you’ve created a very convincing story for yourself. It goes something like, “I say this, she says that, he does this, I do that, and now it’s worse than it was before.” When you are committed to the truth and are willing to take a stand without arguing—just being as vulnerable as you can be as you share what’s on your mind—the same old story will not play out. When we do something different, we get a different outcome. But you have to trust yourself and have faith in the power of the truth. Are you done dancing the old dance? Are you ready now, despite the feelings of impending doom, to stay calm, focused and to tell only the truth without name calling, criticism, and shaming?

CRITICISM KILLS INTIMACY As soon as we sense a critical missile heading in our direction, we run for the hills. Whether we get defensive, shut down, argue, cry, or leave the room, we’re done with the conversation. How many times has this happened in your attempts to bridge the gap, solve a problem, or just “have a nice conversation for a change?” Criticism can be overt and it can be deceptively concealed. “You’re an idiot,” is obvious. But equally destructive for an intimate conversation is, “What did you do that for!?” It implies blame, taps into shame and does anything but encourage open dialogue. So before you enter a conversation, check in with yourself and see where you’re coming from. Are you angry, resentful, selfish or vindictive? Or are you sad, open, willing, honest and caring? Come from this more loving place and trust the truth, and you will see a new outcome. Wayne M. Levine, MA, is a men’s life coach and director of BetterMen Coaching in Agoura Hills. He teaches men to be the best men, fathers, husbands and leaders they can be through individual, couples and group coaching, both in-office and via the phone. Wayne is author of the best-selling book, Hold On to Your N.U.T.s—The Relationship Manual for Men. Find out more, get a copy of Wayne’s book and register for the BetterMen Weekend Retreat at www.bettermencoaching.com. MARCH 2014 YHCONNECTION.COM

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NATURAL APPROACH

SEX CAN MAKE YOU SICK

Did you know

Sex Can Make You Sick? by Sharon Norling, MD, MBA

SPRING IS IN THE AIR. SEXUAL ENERGY IS ENHANCED AND HARMFUL TOXINS ARE ABUNDANT. WE HEAR A LOT ABOUT ENVIRONMENTAL TOXINS IN THE AIR WE BREATHE, THE WATER WE DRINK AND THE FOOD WE EAT. WE KNOW ABOUT THE DANGERS OF CLEANING PRODUCTS AND COSMETICS. BUT MANY ARE NOT AWARE OF THE TOXINS IN PERSONAL SEXUAL HEALTH PRODUCTS.

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Sometimes We Need More Friction Most people have used a personal lubricant at some point in their lives. Lubricants are a way of life. Everything works better when it is well-oiled. Yet commonly used lubricants loaded with toxins are directly absorbed unto the bloodstream. You have an opportunity to totally redefine your sex life. If you are an empty nester, you don’t have to worry about kids at home. You may have an empty bed you can fill with whomever you want. Here is a chance to redefine who you are as a sexual being—and we all have that chance. You don’t have to believe the story of your life you have been told. You’re not the same person you were when you first had sex and not the same person today you’re going to be five years from now. There’s always an opportunity to reinvent, rediscover, rejuvenate and redefine who you want to be as a sensual, sexual person. All it requires is the courage to be fearless, to open your heart, to let go of the judgments you’ve internalized. Now is your time.

Polyethylene glycol (PEG) is used in laxatives, medications and even oven cleaner! There are different types of parabens—the most commonly used are methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben and butylparaben. They are used as preservatives in products and as a germicide. Just read the labels to find them. Manufacturers love these chemicals, as they are cheap and effective at doing what they are supposed to— allowing for a longer product shelf life. The problem is, parabens are considered by many to be toxic and are now being found in the blood of consumers at high levels. Because parabens are often used in cosmetics, women in particular are at a higher risk for paraben exposure. Women are also more heavily exposed to parabens in personal lubricants from pap smears, vaginal dryness remedies and sexual use. They affect your body from your face to your vagina.

Parabens Have Been Heavily Researched

But a lack of lubrication can turn into a waning sex drive because natural lubrication is a primary signal of arousal. You want to be friction-free.

There has been some hot debate as to whether or not parabens are toxic; however, France, Denmark and other countries are already banning them.

What’s Wrong With Lubrication?— Ubiquitous Parabens!

Denmark banned two types of parabens: propylparaben and butylparaben in cosmetic products for children under the age of 3 on December 20, 2010. On May 3, 2011 the French National Assembly banned phthalates, alkylphenols and parabens in consumer and professional products. On June 26, 2012, the EU announced a ban on parabens in skin care products for children under the age of 6 months.

The competitive personal lubricant field is a $219 million dollar industry. Many choices are on the market but more than 95 percent of them contain petrochemical ingredients including propylene glycol, a primary derivative used in products like antifreeze and brake fluid.

Sex also has the potential for lowering your risk of developing heart disease, boosting your immune system and making you look younger.

Growing concerns continue as parabens are known hormone disrupters and are estrogenic—mimicking natural estrogens that promote cancer. They have also been linked to allergic reactions, skin rashes, breast cancer and decreased sperm count. Think about what they are doing to your penis or vagina before you use products containing them. Research proves parabens have been found in breast tumors examined after a biopsy. A 2004 study in the UK showed five types of parabens in cancerous tumors removed from 19 out of 20 women. While this does not show that the cancer was (or was not) caused by the parabens it does show the body is not able to metabolize or alter them and that they were able to permeate and remain in women’s breasts. In the U.S., the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR), as well as the National Cancer Institute (NCI) have all said that while they have not seen conclusive evidence that parabens cause cancer, they concede that there is no conclusive evidence that it does not. MARCH 2014 YHCONNECTION.COM

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Other Sex-related Paraphernalia to Avoid However, women do not want cobwebs in their vagina and men have needs, too. For many women (and men), masturbation is easier, faster and simply more reliable— like taking the highway versus the scenic country road, says Yvonne K. Fulbright, PhD, sexologist and certified sexuality educator. You’ll be heartened to hear research has found that women in relationships tend to masturbate more than those who are single. There could be many reasons, Fulbright says. “Maybe they’re left hanging, or they’re exposed to more testosterone through sex, or their partner is unavailable when they’re in the mood.”

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However, your super-charged, jelly-rubber vibrator may be causing not only a sexual problem but also a health problem. Some sex toys (seven out of eight in a study by the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research) contain dangerously high concentrations of phthalates—industrial chemicals that make plastic soft, squishy and easily molded into bumps, ridges and pearls. In 2008 the U.S. Congress banned (over specified limits) the use of six types of phthalates in the plasticized parts of children’s toys and other child care products (three of the bans are on an interim basis, pending further study). Under Proposition 65, California has added one of these to the list of chemicals known to cause cancer (DiNP—See where it is used here: www.bna.com/california-adddiisononyl-n17179880738). According to the EPA website, “EPA is concerned about phthalates because of their toxicity and the evidence of pervasive human and environmental exposure to these chemicals.” They

have a phthalate action plan that includes eight phthalates. Condoms also contain toxins. Condoms are made of latex, polyurethane, lambskin or non-latex natural rubber. They may contain lubricants, spermicides, and many have casein— a milk protein. A German scientific research institute has warned that most condoms on the market contain a cancer-causing chemical and has urged that their manufacture be subjected to stringent quality control. The Chemical and Veterinary Investigation Institute in Stuttgart, Germany found the carcinogen N-nitrosamine in 29 of 32 types of condoms tested. “N-nitrosamine is one of the most carcinogenic substances,” the study’s authors said. “There is a pressing need for manufacturers to tackle this problem.” The study said the carcinogen is thought to be present in a substance used to improve condom elasticity. When the rubber material comes in contact with human bodily fluids, it can release traces of N-nitrosamine. But since there are no prescribed limits of N-nitrosamine for condoms, the study hasn’t caused panic among manufacturers or mass recalling of the products from counters. Local government officials said condom users should not stop using rubber contraceptives based on the results of the study because N-nitrosamine does not present an immediate health risk. Germany’s biggest erotica company, Beate Uhse, however, has decided to play it safe. Shortly after the results of the study were introduced the group banned chocolate-flavored condoms from its range. The study had shown condoms laced with a chocolate flavoring had overwhelming high levels of N-nitrosamine.


Safer Alternatives The jury is out on the exact toll of chemicals on life and libido, but better vibes come from safer materials: medical-grade silicone or rolling a non-toxic condom over a trusty old vibrator that you suspect has phthalates. “Many factors are involved in keeping the vagina naturally lubricated, but anything that sabotages your hormone levels or your body’s blood flow can make you feel like the Sahara Desert,” said Dr. Lauren Streicher. Meanwhile use aloe vera gel, vitamin E oil, cocoa butter, coconut oil, shea butter, almond oil, or olive oil so everything works and nothing hurts. Being in a healthy, fulfilling sexual relationship can do wonders for your health. Fulbright reminds you of the fringe benefits of getting busy: Sex improves the muscle tone of the pelvic floor, lubricates the vagi-

nal tissues, can help prevent yeast infections, releases stress, and eases migraines, chronic back pain and PMS-related cramps. Sex also has the potential for lowering your risk of developing heart disease, boosting your immune system and making you look younger. Enjoy sex and live longer!

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FROM THE HEART

CENTENNIAL GUILD OF CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL LOS ANGELES

Centennial Guild of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Long-time Goodwill Ambassador for Children’s Health will Present Woman’s Symposium on Health this Month by Alicia Doyle

FOUNDED IN 2001 DURING THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL LOS ANGELES, THE CENTENNIAL GUILD TAKES PRIDE IN ITS MISSION TO HELP THE MOST VULNERABLE AMONG US—CHILDREN.

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Goodwill Ambassador

Paige is now an honors student at Thousand Oaks High School. “I know in my heart that Children’s Hospital Los Angeles saved my daughter’s life.” Rosenberg said. “Even though L.A. seems so far away, over 1,600 children from the Conejo Valley were treated last year.”

Fundraising

The Centennial Guild’s past events have included a Gala Evening at David Murdock’s Ventura Farms with host Jason Alexander.

The Centennial Guild of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is a fundraising and goodwill ambassador associate and affiliate of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in the Conejo Valley.

“Jay Leno and Cindy Crawford have both hosted past events,” Rosenberg said. “In our short history, we have raised over a million dollars for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.”

“Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is the only level 1 trauma unit in Los Angeles,” Rosenkranz added. “It’s an internationally-acknowledged leader in clinical care and research…where no child is ever turned away regardless of their ability to pay.”

In other efforts, a branch of Centennial Guild called the Teen Guild, comprised of high school and middle school students, held a garage sale and a Barnes & Noble book drive resulting in the donation of 545 new books to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Past patients include Max Page— also known as The Little Darth Vader—for open heart surgery, as well as the 15-month-old daughter Rosenkranz’s neighbor. “Last fall, she was airlifted for emergency life saving surgery to repair a tear in her small intestine,” Rosenkranz said. “She was already septic; if Children’s Hospital Los Angeles hadn’t responded so quickly, it would have been a very different holiday season for this young family.”

“Through these fundraising experiences, the Centennial Guild is constantly humbled by the generosity and support of the community,” Rosenkranz emphasized. “We see a lot of people really wanting to give back to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles through our events.”

Women’s Symposium

The Centennial Guild is a small, dedicated, diverse group, many of whom have had children treated at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

The Centennial Guild will present “Bloom: A Day of Rejuvenation and Renewal” on March 14 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village. Proceeds will directly benefit Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

“Although our goal is primarily fundraising, sometimes it hits pretty close to home,” said Rosenberg, whose daughter, Paige, was critically ill at 20 months. “My daughter was misdiagnosed at three hospitals and finally successfully diagnosed and treated for neuroblastoma, one of the deadliest types of pediatric cancers, at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles,” Rosenberg said.

“This interactive Women’s Symposium on health, wellness and beauty was inspired by the belief that women and moms are the caregivers of others, often at the expense of their own health and wellness,” Cashdan said. “We envision Bloom as a day of personal renewal, offering insights and techniques for creating that healthy lifestyle, balance and inner peace.”

Dedication

The day will start with a meditation by the Four Seasons waterfall led by The Chopra Institute, and includes a Beauty and Health Expo as well as a shopping boutique. A lifestyle panel discussion featuring Lori Corbin, a health and fitness reporter on ABC Channel 7, will be moderated by Kym Douglas, a health, beauty and life style correspondent for the Ellen Show as well as The Doctors, Dr. Phil and The View. Tickets are $150 for general admission; and $250 for VIP seating and a Swag Bag. “With the incredible support from our long-time sponsors Nordstrom and Seyfarth & Shaw, CBIZ, MDR Insurance and Financial Services as well as The Chopra Institute, we anticipate a very successful event,” Rosenberg said. MIKE D. NELSON, NELSON PHOTOGRAPHY

“What links us together is a profound desire to make a difference in the lives of children whose lives have been marred by illness and injury,” explained Melanie Rosenberg of Thousand Oaks, the guild’s copresident this year, along with Paula Rosenkranz of Westlake Village. “We dare to envision a world without childhood disease and we work hard to help to provide the resources toward that goal,” Rosenkranz said.  

Melanie Rosenberg and Paula Rosenkranz

Guests can bid on a variety of auction items, including an Alexander McQueen clutch and bracelet for the raffle. Additional items were donated by Jo Malone, Stone Fire Grill and Opolo Vineyards. “Bloom will be extremely successful in examining and promoting a health and wellness lifestyle that will endeavor to take care of the caregivers among us,” Rosenkranz said. “But also, more importantly—successful in the certainty that every dollar we raise will be translated into lives saved and hope given.” For more information or to make reservations for Bloom, please visit www.centennialguildchla.org or email centennialguild@aol.com. MARCH 2014 YHCONNECTION.COM

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COMPASSIONATE EATING

HEAL THE PLANET AND OURSELVES

How Our Food Choices Can

HEAL THE PLANET AND OURSELVES by Bianca Rose Martinez

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WHILE STUDYING ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AT CSU CHICO I WAS OVERWHELMED BY ALL THE FRIGHTENING STATISTICS ABOUT OUR WORLD’S PRECIOUS RESOURCES. DEFORESTATION, FRESH WATER SCARCITY, STARVATION, OVER-POPULATION AND SOIL EROSION WERE AMONG THE TOPICS I FACED EVERY WEEK. I started to have an almost helpless feeling about the world’s deteriorating state, but at the same time I was motivated to do something. But What? I couldn’t go down the streets with a megaphone telling people to stop using paper products and chemical cleaners (though it crossed my mind). What could I possibly do to make a difference against such huge issues? I watched countless documentaries and read books about the food and agriculture industry, since they were the source of many of these environmental problems. I thought this would be a good place to start looking for possible solutions.

The Food We Eat

I switched to a vegetarian diet after learning how many resources went into meat and animal product production. Up to 80 percent of our grain crops and fresh water go to livestock every year—it’s astounding. It takes nearly 10 times the amount of resources to make a meat meal versus a plant-based meal according to John Robbins book, “Diet for a New America.” It made sense to me to eat in a way that is more sustainable and could provide more food for more people. Animal cruelty alone is enough to get some people to make the switch. Most of us would rather not think about how the animals lived and died before ending up on our plates. In our modern world we are separated from the act of killing for our food. We would never allow the same cruel treatment, mutilation and suffering of our companion animals at home. It’s interesting how we can justify that it’s OK for certain living beings and not others. If we actually saw the pain and fear in the eyes of the animals used for food, most of us with a few inklings of empathy and compassion would stop supporting those industries.

The Food We Grow

For the environment, it is important that we adopt more sustainable

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ways of growing food. The current industrialized methods are increasingly destructive with their use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, and genetically modified seeds and herbicides. Supporting local, organic farming is one of the best ways we can ensure a greener future and a healthier lifestyle. By avoiding conventionallygrown food and processed foods we will be doing ourselves and the planet a tremendous health service. Having even a few organic veggie meals a week can help make a difference. You will be supporting greater environmental sustainability, less animal cruelty and potentially preventing heart disease, cancer and many other illnesses of the western world—most of which are directly related to diet and environmental toxins.

The Things We Use

Remember—it’s alright to think outside the plate too. By making small changes to our food habits we can be a friend to the earth by using eco-friendly dish soaps, bringing bags to the store or taking reusable food containers to work or school. Also, avoiding overly-packaged processed foods results in less trash in our landfills, parks, oceans and waterways. Our earthly home is facing some incredible challenges with an everincreasing population that demands more resources. Let’s all do our part by walking a little more gently and taking only what we really need. By adding a little compassion to our eating habits we can make a difference with every bite we take. Bianca Rose Martinez is an artist, public speaker and author of the book, “Compassionate Eating Conscious Consumption for Mind, Body Spirit & Planet.” She also teaches organic vegan cooking classes in Ventura. For free recipes, class schedules and health blog, visit www.compassionateating.com

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Chemicals Harmful to Us and Our Environment by Jan Tucker

THEY’RE LITERALLY EVERYWHERE—TOXIC CHEMICALS THAT SILENTLY HARM OUR HEALTH AND ELIMINATE THE POSSIBILITY OF A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT. ACCORDING TO THE EPA IN 2005, THE U.S. MANUFACTURED OR IMPORTED 74 BILLION POUNDS OF CHEMICALS PER DAY. THAT WAS 250 POUNDS PER U.S. CITIZEN PER DAY AT THAT TIME.

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And this number is underestimated. It includes only the 6,200 chemicals on the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) list whose volume was more than 25,000 pounds per site per year. It does not include fuels, pesticides, pharmaceuticals or food products. Where do all of these chemicals go? They go into industrial processes and the products we use every day. And billions of pounds of them continue to be released into the environment each year. In the end, we must rely on our governments—both state and federal—to change laws regarding the use of chemicals in order to make significant progress on this matter. Chemical companies and manufacturers using chemicals in their products spend a great deal of money to maintain the status quo. It’s an ongoing battle and it’s time for a major reform of the nation’s chemicals policy. We must take responsibili ty to tell our government officials we are gravely concerned about our chemical exposure.

Where do all of these chemicals go? They go into industrial processes and the products we use every day. And billions of pounds of them continue to be released into the environment each year.

How is this Problem Being Addressed? The Breast Cancer Fund (BCF) is one of our strongest advocates for a safer environment. Chemicals that cause breast cancer, along with many other chemicals, also cause other health issues and wreak havoc on our environment. BCF’s mission is the prevention of breast cancer. Their work involves multiple efforts—from working on a federal level to encourage breast cancer prevention and banning harmful chemicals from use in our products, to holding corporations responsible for ensuring ingredient safety, to public and worker education. I spoke to Jeanne Rizzo, RN, BCF’s president and CEO, for her take on the changes in the landscape regarding environmental chemicals since my last article about BCF in the May 2008 issue of YHC Magazine. Rizzo was optimistic, explaining that “the environmental health movement has grown tremendously.” She had some windfalls to report. She explained that BCF grounds their work—advocating against harmful chemicals in the environment—on the latest scientific research about the complex relationships between environmental factors and breast cancer. “In 2002,” she explained, “around 130 scientific citations… represented the overwhelming majority of the work done relative to toxic chemicals, radiation and breast cancer.” Currently, this number has jumped to 900 citations. There is more scientific research about chemicals and breast cancer. In other words, more people are paying serious attention. As a result, Rizzo said, “We accomplished a lot in terms of being a driver for more science.” This accomplishment led to a piece of legislation—the Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Act of 2008, which, Rizzo said, “…was passed by Congress to create a committee across all agencies of the federal government and outside advocates to meet and address the connection between the

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environment and breast cancer, and to develop recommendations.” Rizzo served on this committee, along with researchers from federal and independent agencies as well as other advocates, toxicologist, epidemiologists, representatives from the NIH, the Cancer Institute, the DOD, the EPA and the CDC. She said, “It was a really robust committee. It took quite a bit to reach a consensus, but once the members studied the subject deeply, they concluded the same position we’ve been taking—that we need to prioritize prevention, including the need to have a precautionary approach to chemicals.” Rizzo views this finding as “phenomenal” and said she never would have predicted such progress toward prioritizing prevention and prevention research when we spoke in 2008. Further, she said the committee’s report is with U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and “we’re seeing bits of it being interpreted in things that are happening. It’s serving as a capstone— it’s something that allows the National Institute of Environmental Health Science to really push the kind of science they want. …It serves in all kinds of policy debates.” Because the report identifies a need to invest in research into chemicals and also to reform chemicals policy, it assisted her greatly while testifying at a hearing on TSCA last June. Rizzo said, “The report actually calls for a requirement for policy improvement in order to protect health.”

TSCA and CSIA and Chemical Legislation Reform TSCA, passed in 1976 and never significantly amended, is our country’s main statute governing chemical policy. It has been the target of many arrows for several decades for its leniency regarding chemicals and the need for reform. Among other problems, TSCA approved more than 60,000 chemicals existing in 1976 for unrestricted use, when only 200 of them had 38

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been tested for safety. According to the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families coalition as well as many other groups, “TSCA perpetuates the chemical industry’s failure to innovate toward safer chemical and product design.” In April 2013, Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) reintroduced the Safe Chemicals Act to overhaul TSCA, partly by studying and regulating the use of chemicals, revealing previously confidential data about them, requiring manufacturers to prove the safety of their products, and giving more strength to the EPA. The act was first introduced in 2005 and finally passed through the Senate committee but never made it to the Senate floor due to the chemical industry’s backlash. The following month, on May 22, Senators Lautenberg and David Vitter (R-LA) introduced the bipartisan Chemical Safety Improvement Act of 2013 (CSIA) as a compromise. Lautenberg was in declining health, and this was his last attempt prior to his death in June to get some form of legislation passed. The overwhelming majority of environmental health groups are opposed to CSIA. Rizzo said, “We took a very strong opposition to this bill because it fails to take care of business.” At this writing, she explained the conversation has been moved to a point where the new bill has not passed. She also said, “Barbara Boxer is holding the line on not getting a bad bill…and the advocates are out in force with the key things that need to be changed… there continue to be hearings in the House and the Senate on this.”

The President’s Cancer Panel Rizzo further stated, The President’s Cancer Panel Report, which she also contributed to, “indicted the undue influence of industry on policy.” The panel was created by an act of Congress in1971 to report directly to the president and to monitor the multi-billion-dollar National Cancer Program. This 240-page report, entitled Reducing Environmental Cancer Risk, What We Can Do Now, is the

first in history to focus on the environmental causes of cancer. In a letter to Obama precedin report in 2010, the cancer panel stated, “the grievous harm from this group of carcinogens has not been addressed adequately by the National Cancer Program. ...The American people—even before they are born—are bombarded continually with myriad combinations of these dangerous exposures.” The panel reported that “the true burden of environmentally-induced cancers has been grossly underestimated.” They strongly urged action to reduce people’s widespread exposure to carcinogens, advising President Obama to “use the power of your office to remove the carcinogens and other toxins from our food, water, and air that needlessly increase health care costs, cripple our nation’s productivity, and devastate American lives.” The 2012 President’s Cancer Panel Report called for an acceleration of scientific innovation, and reiterated the significant role played by the environment. It pointed out the fact that there are “huge research gaps” regarding this aspect of cancer research and called for a “different type of thinking” applied by multiple disciplines using different metrics. These types of calls to action are what it takes to create major change—and we will see the results of those changes.

Other Promising Events A number of states aren’t waiting for federal regulations to target chemicals in consumer products. California has launched a Green Chemistry Initiative to reduce or eliminate the use of hazardous materials from product design and manufacture through recycling and disposal. In January, 2012 the state and the EPA formalized a partnership to push for safer consumer products in California. Initiated by the CA Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), The Safer Consumer Products Regulations of October, 2013, will require manufacturers of targeted substances,


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developed from a list of 150 chemicals of concern, to either use or develop inherently safer alternative technologies, or defend their use. Five products or product categories will be targeted by April 1. Main, Washington and Minnesota also enacted state-level chemicals management programs. New York, Massachusetts, Illinois and Florida are considering legislation.

On the Manufacturing Front In response to consumer pressure, Johnson & Johnson removed preservatives that release carcinogenic formaldehyde and reduced the levels of 1,4-dioxane to limited trace amounts, in their baby shampoo and other baby products as of the end of 2013. The new formulations should be available worldwide by publication of this issue. The company will remove these chemicals and others from all consumer products by 2015. The new baby shampoo formula still includes ingredients such as fragrance, PEG-80, betaine and phenoxyethanol, all ranked between 4 and 8 in the cosmetics safety database, giving the product an overall ranking of 4, placing it in the Environmental Working Group’s moderate hazard range.

WalMart, according to the NY Times, will “eventually require suppliers to reduce or eliminate 10 chemicals from cleaning and personal care products.” Target and Procter & Gamble are also making changes in their list of chemical ingredients. The battle continues, but there are many advocates and the future looks brighter than it did six years ago when initial efforts were being made to ban BPA from baby bottles and phthalates from children’s toys. Incidentally, BPA finally was banned by the FDA in July, 2012, but manufacturers have replaced it some BPA-free products with bisphenol S (BPS), which could be even more toxic because of its higher absorption rate—but that’s a story for another time.

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Center for Cosmetic, Implant and Neuromuscular Dentistry CCIND: Sid Solomon, DDS 1620 Westwood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90024 310.475.5598 www.tmjdentistla.com

Aesthetic Dental Group: 1655 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Suite 204 Thousand Oaks, CA 91362 805.449.2552 www.thousandoaksdentist.com Dental Wellness: 23101 Sherman Pl., Suite 520 West Hills, CA 91307 818.704.6450 farnazsolomon@yahoo.com www.mywesthillsdentist.com

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Duben Holistic Chiropractic Center

Alen Duben, DC & Lindsay Erickson, DC 3625 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Suite 172 Westlake Village, CA P: 805.494.1339 C: 805.300.1696 DrDuben@docduben.com www.docduben.com

Family Psychiatry

Sabira Saifuddin, MD, Board Certified Adult, Child & Teen Psychiatrist, & Addiction Specialist 5655 Lindero Canyon Rd., Suite 405 Westlake Village, CA 91362 805.341.3416 www.cuttingedgepsychiatry.com

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Nutritional Oncology Research Institute

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Shekinah Health Chiropractic & Acupuncture Dr. Joseph Kim 650 S. Westlake Blvd., Suite 200 Thousand Oaks, CA 91362 805.777.8154 www.shekinnahhealth.com

Therapy Services Plus

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Center 4 Special Needs

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Virella Neurosurgery

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Southern California Sinus Institute

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Center for Cosmetic, Implant and Neuromuscular Dentistry Sid Solomon, DDS

CCIND: 1620 Westwood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90024 310.475.5598 www.tmjdentistla.com

AESTHETIC DENTAL GROUP: 1655 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Suite 204 Thousand Oaks, CA 91362 805.449.2552 www.thousandoaksdentist.com DENTAL WELLNESS: 23101 Sherman Pl. Suite 520 West Hills, CA 91307 818.704.6450 farnazsolomon@yahoo.com www.mywesthillsdentist.com

Centers for Healing

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Andrea Gallagher, president 401 Hodencamp Road Thousand Oaks, CA 91360 Goebel Senior Adult Center 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks 91362 Simi Valley Senior Center (by appointment only) 3900 Avenida Simi, Simi Valley 93063 Moorpark Senior Center (Wednesdays only) 799 Moorpark Ave., Moorpark 93021 Agoura Hills Recreation Center (third Wednesday only) 30610 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Agoura Hills, 91301 Senior Concerns Mobile Caregiver Center (call for times and locations) 805.497.0189 info@seniorconcerns.org www.seniorconcerns.org

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HEALTH PRODUCTS Centers for Healing

Dr. Blanche Grube & Dr. David Villarreal Estrella All Natural Dental Care Products 1000 Newbury Road, Suite 225 Thousand Oaks, CA 91320 805.375.2233 info@centersforhealing.net www.centersforhealing.net

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HOSPICE CARE Buena Vista Hospice

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Dollface Skincare

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Insurances for Life’s Transitions

Long term care planning with plan options Carol Knowles, Broker 1642 High Valley Ave. Thousand Oaks, CA 91362 P: 805.405.2589 Toll-Free 855.405.2589 Ltc.insurance@yahoo.com www.carolknowles.com

LEGAL Center 4 Special Needs

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Andrea Gallagher, president 401 Hodencamp Road Thousand Oaks, CA 91360

Goebel Senior Adult Center 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks 91362 Simi Valley Senior Center (by appointment only) 3900 Avenida Simi, Simi Valley 93063 Moorpark Senior Center (Wednesdays only) 799 Moorpark Ave., Moorpark 93021 Agoura Hills Recreation Center (third Wednesday only) 30610 Thousand Oaks Blvd., Agoura Hills, 91301 Senior Concerns Mobile Caregiver Center (call for times and locations) 805.497.0189 info@seniorconcerns.org www.seniorconcerns.org

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MENTAL & EMOTIONAL HEALTH BetterMen Coaching

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NUTRITION SUPPLEMENTS Duben Holistic Chiropractic Center Alen Duben, DC 3625 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd., Suite 172 Westlake Village, CA P: 805.494.1339 C: 805.300.1696 DrDuben@docduben.com www.docduben.com

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Ruth Swissa Permanent Makeup & Skin Ruth Swissa 29020 Agoura Road, #A6 Agoura Hills, CA 91301 818.735.8818 www.ruthswissa.com

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