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Wellness Tips for Fall and Winter

Uncategorized Oct 09, 2013

Fall Wellness Tips

 

Every fall, the onslaught of sinus drainage, congestion, cough, and blah begins to be felt in communities around the country.  Maybe it is the kids all being back in school, sharing their versions of the most current bug, maybe it is just the weather change prompting the emergence of this year’s viruses, whatever it is, there are concrete steps you can take to minimize the impact these conditions can have and to stimulate your body’s natural defenses.

Defense:

  1. Wash your hands: this may sound crazy to put at the top of the list, but seriously, wash them after pumping gas, after going to the store, have your kids wash their hands after school, before eating anything, after their gymnastics, or martial arts class, and after being anywhere outside the home.  If you are out and unable to wash hands, carry thieves based hand lotion or tincture in your car and put that directly on your hands, especially if you will be eating anything while...
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Does Blood Work Really Tell You What Is Wrong?

Uncategorized Sep 12, 2013

Does Blood Work Really Tell You All That Much?

 

Does your blood work really tell you everything that is wrong?  Can it identify and pinpoint complex nutritional and hormonal problems?  Well…..maybe but more often than not, the way the blood is being interpreted is marginal, leading to improper prescriptions of nutritional and pharmaceutical products that the body has no idea how to use. There are a lot of doctors that rely solely on blood to identify problems, including nutritional issues. Entire companies have been created just to run specialized labs designed to identify exactly what each individual is lacking and how to fix the problem. Yet, by my perspective, they have all fallen short because many fail to understand why values might vary and all the possible scenarios that can produce dramatic blood levels.

First, it is essential to understand how the body compartmentalizes and sequesters nutrients. Each nutrient has a preferred level in which it...

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Pacific Seafood Is No Longer Safe To Eat

Uncategorized Sep 03, 2013

Pacific Seafood Is No Longer Safe To Consume

 

The tsunami of two years ago has continued to make its presence known via continued radiation leakage both into the air and into the ocean off the coast of Japan. This poses a significant threat to those who live in that country in particular, but the worldwide threat continues to grow and little is being said about it. One of the biggest exposure threats is from eating fish from the Pacific Ocean. Although major regulating agencies in the US have yet failed to adequately investigate the situation, reports continue to emerge from world scientists and news organizations about severe indications of radiation exposure and illness among fish and other ocean species throughout the pacific. The sad fact is, the fish from the Pacific can no longer be considered safe to eat. Below is a list of just a few of the news highlights and information that has been reported recently, all of which indicate that the problem is throughout the ocean,...

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Common pH Myths

Uncategorized Aug 22, 2013

Common pH myths

  1. Being too acidic is the real problem, if everyone were alkaline then everyone would be healthy.  So not true!  The reality is, we have cyclical variance in our body pH, and we are supposed to spend time each day in an alkaline and in an acidic environment.  Staying only alkaline will cause cellular disruption which can lead to chronic disease including cancer!
  2. Fruits and veggies make the body alkaline, meat makes it acidic. Another false statement, the reality is, meat can make someone acidic, or it can make them alkaline, this really depends on their metabolic state.  In fact, in certain people, a diet of high fruit and veggies with low protein and low fat can also make the body more acidic.  The impact is dependant on body balance, including parasympathetic and sympathetic function.  Identifying the state of the body is key.
  3. Urine pH indicates body pH.  This is partially true, but not entirely true.  Urine pH indicates the...
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Observer and Eccentric Article About Eating Organic

Uncategorized Aug 19, 2013

This Observer and Eccentric article about eating organic for health even on a budget has a great interview with Dr. Julie and Elizabeth, highlighting just how important and feasible it is to maximize your health and sustain nutritional food.  Check it out!

http://www.hometownlife.com/article/20130819/ENT/308190011/Local-mom-goes-organic-budget

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Are Essential Fatty Acid Supplements Really Essential?

Uncategorized Aug 12, 2013

Essential fatty acids are needed for many aspects of how our body works, however essential fatty acid supplements may not be.  They regulate membrane fluidity, which has an impact on nutrient absorption, and utilization, and they have impacts on prostaglandin production which affects pain and inflammation.  Yet, haphazard supplementation with these fats can come with difficulty.  Fish oils are prone to rancidity, and some evidence suggests that without proper process and cofactors, excessive and long term supplementation with fish oil may, in fact, cause issues with inflammation.  Seed oils too can be rancid causing damage to the cells.  So, what does one do to maintain cellular membranes and keep damage at bay?

Supplementing with essential fats may not be the key.  A body in homeostasis, which is regulating cellular and metabolic functions well, does not need supplementation of essential fats.  Fish consumption is not compulsory, evidenced by many...

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You Are What You Eat: Literally

Uncategorized Aug 01, 2013

A recent study from Nanjing University in China has shed some light onto the phrase “you are what you eat.”  Researchers found that mRNA from rice was present in the bodies of people who commonly ate rice.  To understand why this may be significant, mRNA codes for DNA, other strands of RNA code for protein synthesis, and others turn genetic expression on and off.  It is not currently known what mRNA from rice would do in the body, but the question must be considered: If RNA from rice is found in those who commonly eat rice, then is RNA from every food we commonly eat found in our bodies?  How significantly does this affect our health? Furthermore, what does this mean about the risks of consuming GMO foods?

Although this study was not aimed at GMO foods, its discoveries have prompted grave concern among the health community.  If mRNA from normal foods can be found in our bodies, what kind of RNA could be present from genetically modified...

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Your Libido Is A Direct Reflection Of Your Health

Uncategorized Jul 08, 2013

Your Libido is a direct reflection of your health.

When used in a healthy way, sex actually can build Qi, enhance mental and emotional balance and decrease stress. It is a natural, vital process and a great way to perk up a relationship that has been strained. Yet, as we age, it has become common dogma that sex drive must diminish and this is simply not true. Aging should have no noticeable effect on the sex drive if the Qi has been sustained. Women often present to physicians expressing a dramatically diminished libido, among other hormonal complaints. Sadly, since the topic of sex is still deemed too difficult to talk about openly, many doctors equate a low libido with depression, and rush to remedy the problem with pills. But there are other ways, and no, it is not depression.

Sex is a process governed by the Qi of the liver and kidneys. Consequently, if we have not cared for these organs in our youth, when we reach a certain age, they will start to show signs of wear. Jing is...

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Do You Tend To Leave Before The Grand Finale?

Uncategorized Jul 04, 2013

Do you tend to leave before the grand finale?
Think about it, in an interest of saving time, or beating the crowd do you leave before the best parts? It seems like a lot of people do, which makes me wonder, just how much are they missing out on?  At the fireworks in Plymouth the other night, I sat amazed as car after car began to leave about 15 minutes into the fireworks. I assume they were trying to beat the hoard that would be lined up trying to get home after the show, but the grand finale is the best part and getting to it is a lot of fun too. I had to ask, do these people do this in their life too? If so, just how much do they miss or abandon before it has the chance to come to fruition and don’t they miss all of those awesome experiences?

Thinking about this has led me to explore just how many ways leaving early could manifest throughout our lives.  If we adopt a plan to lose weight, for example, change our diet, begin to get more exercise, drink water, sleep...

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Naturopathic Medical Doctors Are REAL Doctors

Uncategorized Jun 30, 2013

Naturopathic Medical doctors are REAL doctors, despite what many would think.  I know what people say about Naturopathic doctors, I have heard it from friends, and friends of friends, have seen comments on blog posts, and message boards, suggestions of: "Why don't you see a real doctor." There is even a site called quack watch that labels ND’s as absolute quacks. I also know that when people set out to explore natural medicine, sometimes their family becomes certain that they have lost their mind. Usually, the objection comes as something a friend of theirs told them about how someone went to an ND and within a few minutes was told that they had certain problems, were then prescribed $500 dollars worth of supplements. Honestly, I wish I could say that this was rare, and that it almost never happened, but sadly I cannot. However, knowing how to pick an ND and what questions to ask and then therefore how to educate your loved ones who are honestly only expressing normal...

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