Monday, 20 May 2013
Life brings us stress from a multitude of sources: work, relationships, toxins, driving, exercise, food, emotions, trauma, and even good news. Because of this, we must find ways to counteract the toll it takes on our physical, mental, and emotional well being.
In our body, the adrenal glands are two organs that sit on top of our kidney glands, which monitor and respond to stress. The adrenals produce a series of hormones that stimulate a “flight” or “fight” response, causing our nervous system to go into an alarm state. that we can recover from if this stress is short term in duration.
Unfortunately, we are always faced with constant stress, so our adrenal glands do not get a chance to get the respite they need to recover. These glands are interconnected with many other glands and organs that run our body. They directly affect the thyroid gland, the intestinal tract, the pancreas, the brain, the liver, the spleen, the heart, the arteries and blood vessels, the digestive tract, the immune system, male and female hormones, inflammation in the body, muscle building, bone density, and recovery from exercise. As you can see, if the adrenal glands are not functioning properly, we will end up with never-ending diseases and dysfunctions. Therefore, we must do everything we can to counter stress and maintain adrenal health.
The hormones produced by the adrenal glands are adrenaline, noradrenalin, and cortisol. If the adrenals are pushed too much, they will make too much of these hormones. Over time, they start to get exhausted, and cannot make enough. Consequently, fatigue, weight gain, inability to recover from injuries, inability build muscle mass, poor metabolism, anxiety, chronic pain, allergies, disturbed digestion, blood pressure problems, insomnia, chronic illnesses, irritability, allergies, and osteoporosis can plague us all at once, or one by one.
Strategies that can support our adrenal glands and lead to stress management in our lives include: eating regular balanced meals; regular exercise; yoga; meditation; prayer; hot baths; 8 hours of restful sleep per night; supplements and herbs that support adrenal function; vacations; drinking at least 8-10 glasses of clean spring or filtered water per day; laughter; spending time with those you love; and balancing your emotions with flower essences and homeopathic medicines.
Also, the daily restorative pose can offset the effects of stress. This is done by: laying on the floor with your knees bent at 90 degrees, and your calves resting on a couch, bench, or chair, with your hands by your sides, and placing a picture of nature scene or resort up on the ceiling above you. Imagine yourself there having a serene, relaxing time. Do this for 15 minutes a day.
There are several herbs that support adrenal function, including: holy basil, ashwaganda, codyceps, Siberian ginseng, licorice root, and rhodiola. There are also vitamins and amino acids that assist adrenal function, including: pantothenic acid, phosphotadylserine, folic acid, vitamin C, B6, and L-carnitine. These should be taken on a regular basis to maintain wellness and prevent dysfunction. The one hormone that is produced by the adrenal glands, and, when exhausted, is in short supply, is DHEA. Therefore taking it when needed not only insures adrenal health, but also has beneficial effects on all other body systems and processes. When there are high enough levels of DHEA in the body, the brain believes you are younger. The brain then instructs the body to upkeep, repair, and regenerate more efficiently, slowing the aging process.
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Saturday, 18 May 2013
As we view the rebirth and renewal all around us, it’s a good time to think of spring cleaning both in our homes, and our bodies. Give your body (especially your liver and intestines) a vacation, through a 21-day nutritional cleanse program.
We all have over stressed our systems during winter. With the holidays come changes in diet and parties. Winter weather brings changes that cause our bodies to fight infection at an increased rate.
I encourage everyone to give your body a Spring Cleaning Break with the renewal and regeneration that only a nutritional cleanse program can provide.
This program, Clear-Vite, can greatly enhance your future health and quality of life! Designed to provide the support and nutritional ingredients you need for success in the program, Clear-Vite allows you to continue your normal daily activities while you cleanse.
Because you eliminate all possible food allergens, and eat only a diet of varied whole foods, you will feel better – without the common detoxification side effects!
Contact me for an appointment today, to begin your Clear-Vite program.
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Friday, 17 May 2013
I attended a wonderful weekend seminar about a cutting edge technology from Germany, called the MRS2000+. I have owned this technology since March of this year, and this certification seminar reinforced my belief.
I feel that the wellness benefits of this device will revolutionize my ability to increase and improve healing times and overall wellness for all of my patients, as well as myself, and the members of my family. In addition, the well-documented, peer reviewed and validated research behind this energy medicine wellness device, reaffirmed and confirmed my confidence in my purchase of the MRS2000+ for myself, my family and my patients.
I am also inspired to educate all of my colleagues about how vital and revolutionary this technology is as an adjunct tool that they can confidently integrate into their practices and their own wellness care. I believe that this device should be in every household in this country and around the world.
The MRS2000+ produces an electromagnetic field at a frequency range that your cells produce naturally and restores the health of living tissues.
Research from Galvani, Yasuda, Fukuda, and Wolff in the beginning of the 20th century, demonstrated the connection between bone growth and time-varying electromagnetic fields. Early clinical studies on electromagnetic fields were conducted in the 1960’s in Russia and Japan. Because of their findings, magnetic field therapy has been used far more extensively in these countries.
In 1973, the beneficial effects of time-varying low-energy magnetic fields were documented with more and more frequency in North America. By 1982, Dr. Andrew Bassett published several articles on the positive effects of pulsating electromagnetic fields for non-healing bone fractures in three well-accepted North American medical journals. Today, scientific journals all over the world publish research articles, and consider magnetic field therapy safe and effective for a wide variety of health conditions.
The frequency of magnetic waves that surrounds the earth are called Schumann waves, and measure 7.83 Hz. The frequency of the magnetic waves at the poles of the earth is around 11.75 Hz. These two sources of magnetic energy have been present since life began, and been sustained within these fields.
Evidence suggests that human beings need this magnetic field to survive. In the early 1960’s, after men spent time on space flights, the astronauts reported having severe health problems due to absence of the geomagnetic field of the Earth’s atmosphere. This electromagnetic field is essential for human beings, plants, and animals.
In 1975 W.R. Adey and S. M. Bawin conducted research on the response of brain tissue to electromagnetic fields. They found that brain cells were responsive only to electromagnetic fields within a certain frequency range (3-25 Hz). This range has been coined the ‘biological window” or “Adey Window”.
Based on this finding, it seems that humans and animals react positively to certain waves, while others frequencies have no effect, or even disturb the normal biological field. These non-biological frequencies are commonly referred to as “Electrosmog”. Compared with Adey’s natural biological window of 3-25 Hz, most households use electricity at 50-60 Hz, which is not within the biological window. In addition, typically cells phones use 800-1900 Hz, which is definitely not within the biological window!
There is an ideal frequency range of naturally-occurring intensities (or field strengths) of the magnetic field that positively influence the health of living tissues. The intensity of the Earth’s magnetic field is between 26-66 micro-Tesla, depending on your location. This “window” of intensities seems to be most compatible and conducive to human and animal life; the Earth’s magnetic field has enabled life to persist as it has for millions and millions of years.
The MRS200+ applies a pulsating electromagnetic field that matches the Earth’s magnetic field, and all 75 trillion cells of the body can be stimulated into harmonic resonance. As a result, the powerful capacity within the cell membrane increases, and enables the cells to produce more energy. This energy enhances the self-healing powers of the body.
Some of the effects mentioned in the scientific literature are: improvement of energy balance; more efficient blood circulation; enhanced oxygen transport; accelerated regeneration of sick tissues, faster, more complete bone healing, release of calcium for healthy cell membrane function, stimulation of neural cells, and faster nerve cell healing; improved regeneration of ulcers, wounds and other tissues; relaxation of the muscles; and better fluid exchange through the cell membrane for complete cellular detoxification.
As a consequence, the potential therapeutic applications of magnetic resonance stimulation include: pain reduction; restoring balance to functional disorders caused by toxic, environmental elctrosmog; rehabilitation and mobilization after accidents or serious illness; prevention of disease and wellness; improved circulation and oxygen utilization; enhancement of psychological wellbeing for stress, anxiety, and depression; and, improved immune system function.
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Thursday, 16 May 2013
In this industrialized world that we live in we are constantly exposed to a multitude of toxic substances. The U.S. government has la list of the top 10 hazardous substances;
4. Polychllorinated Biphenylls
6. Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons
Would you consider testing your body for these top 10 hazardous substances?
Even if you did decide to find out what the levels are, you will definitely continue to be exposed.
The question is whether there is an environmental risk to your health, and if so, who will be affected.
Ultimately we will all be exposed to mercury and all of the ten top toxic substances, there is no escape. The legal system is ineffective in identifying or preventing the sub clinical developmental toxic effects. In this country the majority of substances enter the commercial market without any legally required testing. Once substances are suspected of being harmful, the regulatory agency has to prove the risks or harmful effects and their causes, this has become increasingly difficult to prove.
Therefore, the concern is not if you will be exposed but rather how will you respond to the exposure. The research literature is finding that our response is not dependent on the quantity of dose or exposure for a reaction to occur. The reaction will be based on your immune/chemical tolerance. What this means is that depending on the health and integrity of your immune system and the body’s barriers (your gut, your blood/brain barrier, your lungs) will determine whether these substances will create symptoms and deteriorate your health. The health of these barriers and ultimately the integrity of your immune system can be deteriorated by several factors;
a. Chronic Stress
b. Intestinal Permeability (Leaky Gut Syndrome)
d. Chronic Inflammation
e. Poor Sleep
One or more of these factors can lead to a loss of chemical tolerance which leads to the loss of immune tolerance which will express itself as the development of auto-immune disease.
In today’s world we are seeing a unique pattern of illness that involves chemically exposed groups of people in more than a dozen countries, who report multi-system symptoms and develop new chemical, food, and drug intolerances. These groups of people share very little in common except for an initial chemical exposure now known as “Toxicant-Induced Loss of Tolerance”(TILT). TILT has the potential of explaining certain cases of asthma, migraine headaches, and depression, as well as chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and “Gulf War Syndrome”. This response evolves in two stages:
a.Onset of symptoms due to a profound breakdown in prior, natural tolerance.
b.Triggering of immune response by small quantities of previously tolerated chemicals (gasoline, fragrances, exhaust), foods, drugs, and food/drug combinations.
Will everyone have the same response to environmental exposure?
The answer is a definitely NO!
Exposure is NOT the ONLY issue; one has to consider the individual’s immune-chemical tolerance.
Currently alternative medicine is following an antiquated model for dealing with this crucial and ever growing toxic load.
1st Order heavy metal or environmental testing.
2nd Use chelating agents (DMSA, DMPS, EDTA) to clear the person with aggressive detoxification programs.
3rd Blame adverse reactions on the detoxification process and ignore the immune tolerance.
These are not only ineffective but also dangerous to an already immune compromised person. Current research shows that chelating treatments only lead to redistribution of metals to the brain and liver. Causing toxic effects to these organs. Chelation also leads to interference with the metabolism of essential minerals.
In cases where people are being exposed to chemicals and heavy metals for long periods of time, the integrity of the immune-chemical tolerance must be taken into account first and foremost.
Metal toxicity leads to loss of immune tolerance, which produces chemicals that cause oxidative stress; this is thought to be one of the main contributing factors. Use of antioxidants is vital to restore immune regulation.
Glutathione is one of the most powerful and important anti-oxidants the body makes to protect your cells intra-cellularly and in the blood stream. Glutathione gets depleted with exposure to toxins.
Glutathione has the following protective effects;
c.Required for Liver Detoxification
d.Protects the mitochondria in each cell
The body’s ability to have glutathione available in its usable form at all times is necessary to reduce symptoms of toxic exposure and ensure that we maintain our immune-chemical tolerance or are able to restore it when lost. I strongly recommend the use of a product called Glutathione Recycler, which provides all the necessary compounds to optimize glutathione availability.
What can we do to reduce the chances of becoming ill from the exposure to toxic substances?
1.Reduce your exposure wherever possible.
2.Take Glutathione Recycler
3.Heal any leaky gut, lung barrier, or blood/brain barrier issues.
4.Counter chronic exposure to stress
5.Get proper sleep
6.Take Vit D3
7.Take Nitric Balance to increase concentration of Nitric Oxide
8.Maintain blood sugar balanced
Friday, 10 May 2013
I am focusing on the use of Flower Remedies to open our hearts and stay emotionally balanced in these stressful times. When we tend to let our FEAR- False Evidence Appearing Real- envelope our consciousness and drive our lives.
Learn to use these individual and combination formulas to keep you moving forward and create balance in our lives. These remedies have no negative side effects or addictive properties. Their effects on the psyche are profound – I have seen deep depression lift instantly, a crying child cease crying as soon as the drops are in their mouth.
The effects of these remedies are subtle, yet powerful, at transforming your state of mind, and, thereby, transforming your mental and physiological states.
I have been working with these remedies for 13 years – they have become an integral part of my practice. Without them I would feel I have missed a huge component of the person’s chance of wellness.
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Wednesday, 8 May 2013
As summer approaches we tend to want to commit to more fitness activities to get ready to look good in summer clothing.
I suggest that the best way to achieve your fitness goals, is to first assess your current state of fitness: are you currently sedentary or doing some kind of regular exercise, once or more than once a week?
Then, gradually increase the number of minutes and intensity of the exercise, as you achieve your fitness goals.
I recommend Pilates by Design as a great place to begin to get coached on your exercise needs. Owned by Erin Boylan, the studio is offering two for one sessions. Get your special offer coupons in my office now!
Call Pilates by Design at: 760 271 9205
The second thing that you must keep in mind is, that you must burn more than you eat! Eat regularly, do not let your blood sugar drop or rise. This causes stressors to your hormonal system, and deprive the brain from sugar, which is the only thing the brain can use for energy. Once the brain runs out of sugar, it starts destroying its own tissue to liberate sugar. Brain damage is not a good trade off for starvation! Take care of the brain, reduce and avoid as many stressors as possible, and your fitness and health goals will be met. Avoid refined sugars, caffeine, processed, deep fried foods, and alcohol.
Some suggestions for other stress reducing activities are: meditation, prayer, watching a sunset, and everyone would be well served in doing the Restorative Pose to counter stress in life.
The Restorative Pose is: Lay on the floor with calves on a chair, sofa, bed, etc., as long as your legs are at 90 degrees from your torso and your arms are next to your torso extended along your sides. On the ceiling above you, place a photo or picture of a nature scene or resort where you wish you were, and imagine yourself there having the time of your life very relaxed and serene, for 15 minutes every day, do not allow any other thoughts to enter your mind, if they do, go back to the image and the relaxed serene feelings.
Get a massage or a chiropractic adjustment to reduce your stress – once a month is the minimum. Your skeleton and muscle system need tune ups because of the repetitive motion stressors of our sedentary stressful lifestyle!
Sleep at least 7-8 hours a night; this is vital for repair and regeneration to occur in every part of the body including recovery from physical activity.
I believe that if you combine all of this, you will achieve your fitness and health goals for the summer and beyond!
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Monday, 6 May 2013
Everything that is made of plastic is manufactured from the waste products of the oil industry. The plastic that is used to make water bottles is the cheapest and most unstable of all of them. Water is a natural solvent, and pulls everything into it. Because plastic bottles are made from a material that releases estrogen-like substances called xenoestrogens into the water that they hold, we are all being exposed and affected by these toxic elements in our bodies.
Normally, there should be a balanced ratio of estrogen to progesterone in the body of a woman. Unfortunately, there is a predominance of estrogen dominance in most women, because of the additional exposure to these xenoestrogens coming from water bottles, pesticides in our environment, smog, paints, carpeting, nail polish, and the increase in use of birth control pills, and hormone replacement therapies from synthetic man-made sources.
This leads to a very serious disruption in hormone balance that leads to erratic menstrual cycles, infertility, PMS, and a much higher incidence in cancers of the breast and ovaries. In order to prevent and protect our health and hormonal balance, it is important to:
1. Use glass or stainless steel containers to drink out of for our water.
2. Make sure that estrogen and progesterone are in proper physiologically safe ratio.
3. Ingest healthy whole foods
4. Avoid the use of synthetic hormones, and long term use of birth control pills.
Supporting our liver, the single most vital organ in charge of detoxifying and processing female hormones, is extremely important. This can be done by consuming herbs and B vitamins that assist our liver in its daily task of detoxification, and filtration of our blood. In order to avoid infertility and hormonal imbalances these steps are vital.
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Saturday, 4 May 2013
As spring unfolds, it is time to support the immune system, to avoid the onslaught of allergic symptoms.
Keeping your entire endocrine (hormonal system) in balance is crucial, so let’s review some previous newsletters to remind us of how to keep several of the glands and hormones in balance, including: supporting your adrenal glands; maintaining healthy blood sugar and insulin levels; a healthy intestinal tract; and last but not least a healthy brain.
The brain requires three very important things to function optimally. The first is a regular supply of glucose (the only fuel and energy source it can use), which is delivered by our body through the breakdown of proteins, carbohydrates; and fat. Oxygen is another vital requirement – without it, our brain will die in minutes. Oxygen is supplied by our red blood cells.
Finally, stimulation is necessary for proper brain function and health. This stimulation is external, such as: reading, exercising, doing mathematical operations, engaging in artistic activities, learning new skills, etc. There is also the need for internal stimulation. A balanced production of neurotransmitters, the brain monitors and integrates itself based on the amount and equilibrium of the various neurotransmitters: serotonin, dopamine, acetylcholine, and gaba.
In the past two years, by going to seminars about brain health, I have come to understand that in order to best serve my patients’ overall wellness, I must assess and educate them about the importance of having a healthy brain, and its effects and influence on health is vitally important.
Getting 8 hours of restful sleep every night is also crucial – this is the only time our brain and body are undergoing repair and regeneration. The first four hours of sleep are used to repair the physical body, and the last four hours are intended for psychic (emotional) regeneration and repair. In the first four hours, our brain produces its highest amount of growth hormone and melatonin. Growth hormone is responsible for the growth of new and healthier cells in every tissue and organ of the body. This production is dependent on the quantity of DHEA being produced by the brain and body, and is in abundance when we manage our stress levels and balance our lifestyle. Melatonin has a nightly rhythm that gradually increases as we approach midnight, and then declines in daylight. Melatonin is an anti-oxidant, a mood stabilizer, and allows our brain to achieve the deepest of sleep cycles. It is also derived from serotonin, a neurotransmitter that can be depleted by the production of excess cortisol, a hormone that is produced under high amounts of stress.
I recommend that you establish a protocol that will support your digestive tract, immune system, endocrine system, and brain health. Ingesting foods that will not inflame you, and assist in proper blood sugar balance (eating healthy protein and fat at regular intervals throughout the day); taking supportive nutrients such as Vitamin D3, and fish oils, along with adrenal-supportive herbs, such as rhodiola, eleuthero, holy basil, and ashwanganda (these keep your cortisol and adrenalin in balance). Also, anti-inflammatory nutrients such as tumeric, green tea, and flavinoids, and brain supportive nutrients such as vinpocetene, ginko biloba, and cayenne are helpful. Keeping all of these systems healthy goes a long way towards ensuring that your body repairs and regenerates throughout the year, and maintains a healthy response to the stressors of our global environment.
If you do succumb to allergic symptoms, consider making an appointment to treat these symptoms with a technique called NAET- Namudrapad Allergy Elimination Technique. This can greatly reduce or eliminate your allergic symptoms.
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Friday, 3 May 2013
I am inspired to share with you the importance of healing the intestinal tract, and eradicating the “Leaky Gut Syndrome” that plagues so many of us. The intestinal tract is, after all, the mother of the body. Its function is to break down all the nutrients we ingest, so they can be absorbed through the intestinal wall. These vital nutrients are then delivered to every cell in our body, via the blood stream. Without an intact and healthy intestinal wall, this process is not possible.
Ingesting inflammatory foods such as gluten, casein (a milk protein), sugars, allergens, preservatives, additives and alcohol, just to mention several, leads to chronic inflammation and irritation of the lining, subsequently leading to a wearing away, until small holes are formed. These holes then allow large molecules of food, which are not normally able to pass through, into our blood stream, to initiate an activation of our immune cells and the production of allergic and antibody proteins. This leads to severe food sensitivities, and/or protein intolerances.
In the spirit of renewal, I am embarking on a healing journey of my intestinal tract and will be starting a 45-60 day “Leaky Gut” repair program as of 1/03/2010. This program entails a restrictive diet, which eliminates all allergenic and inflammatory foods, and ingestion of healing/repair nutrients for two weeks.
The next 21-day stage includes a medical food that helps to detoxify the liver, and continues to heal the intestinal tract, as well as a combination of potent herbal supplements that kill any yeast, parasites, or bacterial overgrowth that may have developed, due to the inflamed and compromised intestinal tract.
The third and last stage of 30 days includes taking an effective pro-biotic supplement to re-establish the healthy flora necessary for optimal intestinal health. Each stage allows you to gradually and systematically increase the variety of foods you will be able to ingest..
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