Tips for Detoxing

Did you know?

  • Some 77,000 chemicals are produced in North America
  • Over 3,000 chemicals are added to our food supply
  • More than 10,000 chemical solvents, emulsifiers and preservatives are used in food processing
  • 1,000 new chemicals are introduced each year
  • The chemicals outlawed over 50 years ago are still found in our blood
  • That losing weight counts as detoxification due to the high amount of toxins stored in adipose (fat) tissue.

What can we do about it?

  1. AVOID chemical exposure.  Here are a few examples:Bisphenol A – found in plastics, canned food, soda;  they can cause cancer and damage the nervous system

    Pthalates – found in solvents, paint, glue, perfumes, shower curtains, plastic tableclothes, raincoats;  they can cause cancer and damage the reproductive system

    Pesticides – read about symptoms of exposure and sources

    Fish – avoid high mercury in fish.

  2. Use air filters – Arizona air has a high content of particulates that contain pesticides and heavy metals.  Sources – www.ewg.org and http://ecoclean-az.com/
  3. EAT only organic, hormone free products. Growing evidence that avoiding pesticides and chemicals reduces risk for cancer.
  4. Support our bodies detoxification pathways.  These are in the liver.  There are many pathways, and they all need certain amino acids, vitamins and minerals to be able to work correctly.  If we give our body what it needs in high amounts, it makes the liver work faster and more efficiently.  REMEMBER, detoxing your body can be harmful if not done correctly.  Always ask your physician if you are well enough for an intense detox.
  • Helpful supplements are NAC, L-glutamine, Alpha Lipoic Acid, L- Methionine, Calcium D-Glucarate
  • Whey protein powder has high amounts of needed amino acids
  • Herbs that stimulate detox are burdock root, dandelion root, milk thistle seed, celandine leaf, beet root
  • Flax lignans, ground flax seed, psyllium seed will help pull out toxins (vitally important!)
  • Broccoli, beets and other cruciferous vegetables stimulate liver function
  • Foods like onions, garlic which have high sulfur content help the liver process toxins
  • Drink Green Tea, we need anti-oxidants to detox safely
  • Include antioxidant foods (organic only) berries, bright colored vegetables in the diet

Questions?  Email me directly at naturalhealth@drwendywells.com

If you would like my assistance, I have a variety of detoxification plans available.

Psychiatric Diagnostic Manual Editor Reveals Emperor Has No Clothes

http://www.naturalnews.com/031088_psychiatric_disorders_mental_health.html

Monday, January 24, 2011

By Monica G. Young, citizen journalist

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“There is no definition of a mental disorder.  I mean, you just can’t define it,” states Allen Frances, MD, lead editor for the Diagnostic Statistical Manual (DSM-IV). As DSM-IV is the imperial doctrine used by psychiatrists in diagnosing mental disorders, prescribing powerful psychotropics to the masses, and commanding health care dollars, this is quite a confession. “We made mistakes that had terrible consequences,” Frances concedes.

Gary Greenberg who interviewed Frances and wrote an in-depth article for Wired Magazine, describes how Frances’ conscience has been hitting him in the gut. “Diagnoses of autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and bipolar disorder skyrocketed, and Frances thinks his manual inadvertently facilitated these epidemics — and, in the bargain, fostered an increasing tendency to chalk up life’s difficulties to mental illness and then treat them with psychiatric drugs,” writes Greenberg.

DSM-IV led to a 40X increase in child bipolar diagnoses and an epidemic of dangerous anti psychotic prescriptions for children, even as young as 3.

Senior editor of DSM-III (the prior version), Robert Spitzer MD, had his own rude awakening. He is the one who spurred Frances to join him in battling against the creators of DSM-5 — the next edition in progress. Spitzer publicly censured the APA for mandating that psychiatrists involved in DSM-5 sign a written promise to never talk about what they were doing, except when necessary for their jobs. “The intent seemed to be not to let anyone know what…was going on,” says Spitzer.

Spitzer and Frances warn that including a proposed “pre-psychotic” disorder could lead to a new diagnosis explosion and drug company marketing onslaught. Frances says an emphasis on early intervention would encourage the “wholesale imperial medicalization of normality,” producing “a bonanza for the pharmaceutical industry” while imposing on patients the “high price [of] adverse effects, dollars, and stigma.”
There are many other dissenters in the field. Greenberg says “they are becoming increasingly restive, and some are beginning to agree with Frances that public pressure may be the only way to derail a train that he fears will ‘take psychiatry off a cliff.’”

Greenberg, himself a psychotherapist, points out that scientific certainty eludes psychiatry. He reports, “every fight over nomenclature threatens to undermine the legitimacy of the profession by revealing its dirty secret: that for all their confident pronouncements, psychiatrists can’t rigorously differentiate illness from everyday suffering.”

With 25% more mental disorders than DSM-III, DSM-IV has been a goldmine for drug companies. According to a 2006 study by Tufts University, more than half of the DSM-IV authors had financial links to the pharmaceutical industry.

Lacking medical research, the DSM-5 website is riddled with “deliberating”, “discussing”, and “heavy discussions” to describe how these professed experts attempt to decree new disorders. New proposals for DSM-5 include “Hoarding Disorder”, “Skin Picking Disorder” and worse, new labels for babies: “Temper Dysregulation Disorder” and “Feeding Disorder”. This would open the door to an infant drugging marketing campaign!

Like the tale of the pompous emperor who pretends his clothes are so magnificent they can only be seen by wise people, the psychiatric and drug industries peddle their fabricated labels and drug remedies to the world. And like the little boy who shouts the obvious “the emperor has no clothes”, it’s up to public pressure to stop this.

Sources include:
http://www.wired.com/magazine/2010/
http://www.psychiatrictimes.com/dsm
http://www.tufts.edu/~skrimsky/PDF/

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/031088_psychiatric_disorders_mental_health.html#ixzz1BzdJhdBD

Holiday Health Made Simple

Submitted by Dr. Alisa Cooper

We are in the midst of the holidays: wonderful and uplifting in some ways; and hectic and stressful in others. I won’t be unreasonable and tell you to chill out , or “just say no” to every goodie that passes your way. Let’s focus instead on moderation and self-preservation.

No Need to Pack on the Pounds

Some of us are really watching what we eat so we can fit into those special jeans or slinky, cocktail party dress. Others are merely trying to maintain, and some just want to get through the season without being asked to play Santa at the mall. Regardless of your goals, some simple rules apply. On the days when holiday parties and dinners are on the schedule, don’t fast all day first. Research shows that those who skip breakfast and lunch tend to overeat later on; actually consuming more calories than if they had eaten modestly that day. Eat a healthy breakfast, like an egg white omelet and a few orange slices and forego the toast and bacon. Eat a salad for lunch with a few ounces of lean protein, and leave off the croutons, cheese and other condiments. Forego the creamy dressing. Sprinkle your greens with a tsp. of olive oil, a squeeze of fresh lemon, and a pinch of sea salt. Have a small snack before you go out for the evening, like a slice of deli turkey, a small apple and a 1tsp. of organic peanut or almond butter. With your blood sugar stabilized and metabolism in gear, you won’t walk in the door like you stepped out of the Donner Party!

Drink Up

The next rule is to stay properly hydrated throughout the season. It is so easy to forget to drink enough water, especially now that the weather is cold. Start your day with some flavorful and warming herbal tea. Cranberry green tea is pleasant, peppermint tea, invigorating, and chamomile is calming. Pour a large pitcher of water first thing in the morning and make it your goal to have it finished by bedtime. Sip continuously throughout the day. Since we often mistake thirst for hunger, we tend to overeat when we are dehydrated.Don’t underestimate this phenomenon! If you think you are hungry, drink some good quality H20, and see how you feel 10-15 minutes later. If you still feel hungry, a light, healthy snack may be in order. Also, when you are dehydrated, your mucous membranes dry out making you more susceptible to respiratory infections. Mucous is mostly water, and its main job is to lubricate airways and prevent pathogens from taking up residence.

You First!

The last rule is to make you a priority! You want to get right to your shopping, baking, card writing, wrapping, and shipping. But would it kill you to take a brisk walk or sit down with your feet up for a few minutes of quiet time? You don’t have to soak in a hot bath for an hour to feel invigorated and relaxed. It’s amazing what twenty minutes can do! Question: Are you trying to prove to your family and friends that you’re still the Energizer Bunny? Slow it down a notch. We are getting a bit older, not much mind you, but a bit, and we need to treat ourselves with a little consideration and unconditional love.

Get to bed at a reasonable hour. Let the little things go. Remember, good health is about keeping stress to a minimum as much as it is about eating right and staying fit. So, elementary as it may seem, remember to breathe! Slowly breathe in and out, in and out, from the diaphragm this time, deep, slow and relaxed, breathing in and out… see, you’re getting it! When you take care of yourself, you will radiate the joy of the season. You will have that sparkle and shine that turns heads! Enjoy
and Happy Holidays!

Submitted by Dr. Alisa Cooper
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Hugs and Praise – Health Food

Family therapist, Virginia Satir, through research, concluded that: Humans need four hugs a day for survival; eight hugs a day for maintenance; and twelve hugs a day for growth. Spiritual gurus, such as; Mata Amritanandmayi advocate hugging because of passing the divine energy from person to person.

Many people feel embarrassed or uncomfortable giving hugs to people outside their circle of friends and family. Satir advocated offering hugs because people are bound to feel grateful to you for offering.

Praise is another highly effective, but, overlooked way to exchange divine energy. You can give a silent wave of praise to everyone you meet or pass without them being the wiser. Then, watch the results.

Simply send praise from your heart for the good that they are doing, for the good they seek. Each time you encounter someone in a store, building, work place, service desk or while driving, send a silent wave of praise and see the results.  More often then not, you will see the person turn and smile or give a nod of recognition.

I have practiced giving hugs and sending praise to strangers, acquaintances, family and friends for many years. The results are amazing.  See – “I Give Hugs” http://ezinearticles.com/?I-Give-Hugs&id=343721.

Giving hugs or praise is a miracle. Hugs and praise are natural, organic, naturally sweet, carbohydrate, preservative, and pesticide free, non-fattening, no artificial or genetically engineered ingredients, and 100% wholesome.

Hugs and praise are perfect medicine for health and well-being. There are no batteries to wear out, no periodic check-ups. They have low energy consumption, high energy yield, inflation-proof, no monthly maintenance or payments, no insurance required, theft-proof, non-taxable, non- polluting, money back guarantee can be included and last, but, not least fully returnable.

Pause now and give a silent wave of praise to everyone you see, and watch the results.

 

Are you thinking too much?

MIND MATTERS

Wray Herbert

Less (Information) Is More

According to a new book, most people think too much before they make important decisions.

Newsweek.com Nov 20, 2007 | Updated: 4:13  p.m. ET Nov 20, 2007

When Benjamin Franklin‘s nephew Joseph Priestley found himself stumped by a complex life decision, he wrote his sage uncle for advice. In his 1772 letter of reply, Franklin described his own method for reasoning out complex problems, which he called “moral algebra.” Divide a sheet of paper in half, he counseled his nephew, and make an exhaustive list of pros and cons. Then, over a couple days, weigh the pros and cons, and when a pro and a con seem of equal weight, strike them both out. What is left in the balance is the best answer.

Such “balance sheet” calculation is still taught today as the most logical and systematic method for dealing with many of life’s complexities. Kids are counseled to choose colleges and careers this way, and managers similarly deliberate the pros and cons in important business decisions; some people are even methodical in matters of the heart.

But is moral algebra really the best method for decision making in today’s dizzyingly complicated world? Or is there virtue in simplicity for many life choices? A growing number of psychologists are questioning the soundness of Franklin’s method, and its modern iterations, including data-heavy calculations by increasingly powerful computers.

One of the leading challengers to the dogma of decision making is psychologist Gerd Gigerenzer, of the Max Planck Institute in Germany, whose new book “Gut Feelings” collects a convincing body of evidence for the power of hunches over laborious data crunching. Hunches, gut feelings, intuition—these are all colloquial English for what Gigerenzer and his colleagues call “heuristics,” fast and efficient cognitive shortcuts that (according to the emerging theory) can help us negotiate life, if we let them.

Consider the “take the best” heuristic. “Take the best” means that you reason and calculate only as much as you absolutely have to; then you stop and do something else. So, for example, if there are 10 pieces of information that you might weigh in a thorough decision, but one piece of information is clearly more important than the others, then that one piece of information is often enough to make a choice. You don’t need the rest; other details just complicate things and waste time.

Gigerenzer has demonstrated this in the laboratory. He asked a large number of parents to consider a scenario in which their child wakes up after midnight short of breath, wheezing and coughing. They are told that a doctor could make a home visit in 20 minutes; it’s a physician they know but don’t like all that much, because he never listens to their view. Alternatively, they could take their child to a clinic 60 minutes away; the doctors there are unknown, but good listeners by reputation. Which to choose?

There are actually four pieces of information in play here: 20 minutes vs. 60 minutes, home visit vs. driving to the clinic, familiar vs. unfamiliar doctor, and good vs. bad listener. Some parents in Gigerenzer’s experiment did weigh all four pieces of information, but almost half did not. Instead they made this very important decision based on one factor, and for the vast majority that factor was whether or not the physician was a good listener—even if it meant waiting 40 minutes longer for treatment. Many fewer made their decision based on waiting time alone. Nobody much cared about a home visit.

Gigerenzer calls such decision making “satisficing,” as in “satisfying” enough to “suffice.” Satisficers don’t feel the need to know everything, in contrast to “maximizers,” who do want to weigh every detail imaginable in making even minor life decisions. Interestingly, studies have found that satisficers are more optimistic about life, have higher self-esteem, and are generally happier than maximizers.

Gigerenzer has had a hard time convincing other cognitive scientists of the power and accuracy of heuristics. Nobody quite believes that you can make sounder decisions with less information and less time, which is what heuristics claim to do. To prove his point, he has gone head-to-head with powerful computers, which can crunch vast amounts of information in the manner of Franklin’s moral algebra. Consider another experiment involving parents: in this one parents have to choose a Chicago high school for their children, and they want the one with the lowest dropout rate. But that information is unavailable, so how does one make a decision?

Well, there is a lot of other information available, including SAT scores, attendance rates, writing scores, and more—18 pieces of information in all. Gigerenzer had a computer do what’s called “multiple regression” analysis, which is just modern jargon for Franklin’s moral algebra. It estimated the importance of all 18 pieces of available information and did a complex calculation to predict the dropout rate for each school. Gigerenzer also had a computer choose a school using the “take the best” strategy. In this case, it looked first at attendance, but there was no significant difference in the schools, so it moved on to a second piece of information, writing scores. Based only on these two pieces of information, the “take the best” method was more accurate than the complex and time-consuming analysis in determining the actual dropout rates of Chicago schools—and much faster.

Gigerenzer and his colleagues have run similar head-to-head tests on dozens of real-world problems, in fields as diverse as economics and biology and health care. In every case, one good reason has proven superior to data-greedy mathematical equations in making the best choices. Psychologists now believe that these cognitive shortcuts evolved over eons in the brain’s neurons, probably because exhaustive and complex calculation was so often impractical for our early ancestors, who were always only one step ahead of their predators. Today we’re one step ahead of an information tsunami, so it’s comforting to know that the quick and dirty choices we’re forced to make on the fly are grounded in some ancient intelligence.

Wray Herbert writes the “We’re Only Human…” column at www.psychologicalscience.org/onlyhuman.

© 2007 Newsweek, Inc.

The Best Breast Test: The Promise of Thermography

Here is a great article by Dr. Christiane Northrup, M.D.

(For more information on Dr Christiane Northrup M.D., go to www.drnorthrup.com.)

Every year when Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October) comes around I am a saddened and surprised that thermography hasn’t become more popular. Part of this is my mindset. I’d rather focus on breast health and ways to prevent breast cancer at the cellular level than put the emphasis on testing and retesting until you finally do find something to poke, prod, cut out or radiate. That’s why I call October Breast Health Awareness Month, not Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I understand that mammography has been the gold standard for years. Doctors are the most familiar with this test, and many believe that a mammogram is the best test for detecting breast cancer early. But it’s not. Studies show that a thermogram identifies precancerous or cancerous cells earlier, and produces unambiguous results, which cuts down on additional testing–and it doesn’t hurt the body. Isn’t this what women really want?

I recently discussed thermography with my colleague Philip Getson, D.O. Dr. Getson has been a medical thermographer since 1982. As you may know, thermography is a form of thermal (infrared) imaging. Dr. Getson explains how thermography works this way.

It is widely acknowledged that cancers, even in their earliest stages, need nutrients to maintain or accelerate their growth. In order to facilitate this process, blood vessels are caused to remain open, inactive blood vessels are activated, and new ones are formed through a process known as neoangiogenesis. This vascular process causes an increase in surface temperature in the affected regions, which can be viewed with infrared imaging cameras. Additionally, the newly formed or activated blood vessels have a distinct appearance, which thermography can detect.

Heat is an indication that inflammation exists, and typically inflammation is present in precancerous and cancerous cells, too. (It’s also present in torn muscles and ligaments as well as arthritic joints, which thermography can also detect.)

Thermography’s accuracy and reliability is remarkable, too. In the 1970s and 1980s, a great deal of research was conducted on thermography. In 1981, Michel Gautherie, Ph.D., and his colleagues reported on a 10-year study, which found that an abnormal thermogram was 10 times more significant as a future risk indicator for breast cancer than having a history of breast cancer in your family.[1]

Early Detection

The most promising aspect of thermography is its ability to spot anomalies years before mammography. Using the same data from the 10-year study, researchers H. Spitalier and D. Giruaud determined that thermography alone was the first alarm in 60 percent of the cases of women who were eventually diagnosed with cancer.[2] Dr. Getson adds:

Since thermal imaging detects changes at the cellular level, studies suggest that this test can detect activity 8 to 10 years before any other test. This makes it unique in that it affords us the opportunity to view changes before the actual formation of the tumor. Studies have shown that by the time a tumor has grown to sufficient size to be detectable by physical examination or mammography, it has in fact been growing for about seven years achieving more than 25 doublings of the malignant cell colony. At 90 days there are two cells, at one year there are 16 cells, and at five years there are 1,048,576 cells–an amount that is still undetectable by a mammogram.

(At 8 years, there are almost 4 billion cells.)

Today, women are encouraged to get a mammogram, so they can find their breast cancer as early as possible. With thermography as your regular screening tool, it’s likely that you would have the opportunity to make adjustments to your diet, beliefs and lifestyle to transform your cells before they became cancerous. Talk about true prevention.

Clearer Results, Fewer Additional Tests

To many, it felt like the world was set on its ear when, in November 2009, the United States Preventative Services Task Force said it recommended that women begin regular mammograms at 50 instead of 40 and that mammograms are needed every two years instead of annually between the ages of 50 and 74. Some women felt this was a way for the insurance companies to save money, but I cheered these new guidelines. (For more information read “The New Mammography Guidelines” in the Women’s Wisdom Circle on www.drnorthrup.com.) The Task Force concluded that the risk of additional and unnecessary testing far outweighed the benefits of annual mammograms–and I couldn’t agree more.

Ten years ago, Danish researchers Ole Olsen and Peter Gotzsche concluded, after analyzing data from seven studies, that mammograms often led to needless treatments and were linked to a 20 percent increase in mastectomies, many of which were unnecessary.[3] Dr. Getson expounded, “According to the 1998 Merck Manual, for every case of breast cancer diagnosed each year, 5 to 10 women will undergo a painful breast biopsy. This means that if a woman has an annual mammogram for 10 years, she has a 50 percent chance of having a breast biopsy.”

Thermography is a particularly good choice for younger breasts, which tend to be denser. It doesn’t identify fibrocystic tissue, breast implants or scars as needing further investigation. It’s also good at detecting changes in the cells in the armpit area, an area that mammography isn’t always good at screening. Perhaps even more exciting is that a thermogram can help a woman diagnosed with ductal carconoma in situ (DCIS) decide, along with her health practitioners, whether she requires aggressive or conservative treatment. If you’ve ever had an unnecessary biopsy or been scared by a false positive result on a mammogram, please consider getting a thermogram and using it in conjunction with the mammogram to figure our your treatment options.

It’s Safe.

Thermography is very safe–it’s even safe for pregnant and nursing women! It’s merely an image of the heat of your body.

It’s ironic that the test women are using for prevention may be causing the very problem they’re trying to avoid in the first place! Another reason the United States Preventative Services Task Force reversed its aggressive mammogram guidelines was because of the exposure to radiation. It’s well known that excessive doses of radiation can increase your risk of cancer.[4] And this doesn’t even touch on the harm done to the body from unnecessary biopsies, lumpectomies, mastectomies, chemotherapy, radiation treatment and so forth.

It Doesn’t Hurt

Unlike a mammogram, a thermogram doesn’t hurt! Just about everyone who’s ever had a mammogram has complained about how painful it is. The first time you get a mammogram can be quite a shock. Who knew a breast could be flattened like that? Well, the pain isn’t in your imagination. The pressure that the mammogram machine puts on each breast when it’s being compressed is equivalent to putting a 50-pound weight on your breast.

The Best Test for You

As with anything, I suggest you let your inner guidance help you in all decisions about your health. If you feel it’s best to get an annual mammogram, then by all means continue with them. Just be aware of the drawbacks and risks associated with the test. One helpful way to assess your risk for breast cancer–which in turn can help you decide how often you want to have mammograms–is to use the National Cancer Institute’s Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool. After you answer seven simple questions, it calculates both your risk of getting invasive breast cancer in the next five years as well as your lifetime risk, and it compares each to the risk for the average U.S. woman of the same age and race or ethnicity.

You would be surprised by how many women tell me their doctors make them feel guilty for not having a mammogram. Women who just know they have healthy breasts. Don’t be intimidated if you prefer to forgo annual mammography.

Thermography is a better technology for all the reasons I’ve already described. Plus it gives results that are unique to you, time after time. But there are some things to be wary of. Dr. Getson explains, “To be sure, not all thermographic equipment is the same, nor is every center backed by qualified, board-certified physicians who are specifically trained in the interpretation of these images.

Dr. Getson says that women (and men) seeking to have infrared imaging should consider the following:

  1. What is the “drift factor” in the apparatus? Anything over 0.2 degrees centigrade leads to poor reproducibility.
  2. What are the credentials of the interpreting physician?
  3. The room in which the study is performed should be free of outside light and the temperature should always be at 68-72 degrees Fahrenheit, with a proper cooling system in place.
  4. Make sure the images are marked up (doctors call this “stat”-ed) for future comparison.
  5. Ask if the studies are read on site or sent by email to a distant interpreter.
  6. Be sure that the physician is available to explain and discuss all findings.

Instead of just screening for breast cancer, a thermogram can tell you how healthy your breasts are. It also has the potential to truly detect breast cell anomalies long before mammography can detect cancer, when done properly. This allows you to implement lifestyle changes that can improve the health of your breasts proactively instead of waiting for a cancer diagnosis later. In honor of Breast Health Awareness month, I encourage you to check out thermography for yourself and your loved ones.

To learn more about Dr. Northrup go to www.drnorthrup.com. For more cutting edge articles on health and wellness, visit www.drnorthrup.com and sign up for the Women’s Wisdom Circle.

Copyright Christiane Northrup, Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited.

This information is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any disease. All material in this article is provided for educational purposes only. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you have regarding a medical condition, and before undertaking any diet, exercise or other health program.

References:

1. M. Gautherie and C. M. Gros, “Breast Thermography and Cancer Risk Prediction,” Cancer, vol. 45, no. 1 (January 1, 1980), pp. 51-56.
2. H. Spitalier et al., “Does Infrared Thermography Truly Have a Role in Present-Day Breast Cancer Management?” in M. Gautherie and E. Albert, eds., Biomedical Thermology: Proceedings of an International Symposium (New York: A. R. Liss, 1982), pp. 269-78; R. Amalric et al., “Does Infrared Thermography Truly Have a Role in Present-Day Breast Cancer Management?” Progress in Clinical and Biological Research, vol. 107 (1982), pp. 269-78.
3. Gotzsche, P. and Olsen, O., “Is Screening for Breast Cancer with Mammography Justifiable?” The Lancet, vol. 355, no. 9198 (Jan. 8, 2000), pp. 129-34; Gotzsche, P. and Olsen, O., Cochrane Review on Screening for Breast Cancer with Mammography, The Lancet, vol. 358, no. 9290 (Oct. 20, 2001), pp. 1340-42.
4. Semelka, R., Imaging X-rays cause cancer: a call to action for caregivers and patients, Medscape, Feb. 13, 2006, reviewed and renewed Feb. 16, 2007.

Your Thoughts Create Your Reality

How often have you commented on a suggestion of improving or doing something with the comment, “Yeah right…the chance of that happening is slim to none?’

Your belief that creates the ‘Yeah right’ thinking is the same thinking that keeps you and your life, career, income, business and relationships from growing and flourishing.

Everybody knows they desire to have improvements in some or many areas of their life. Everybody says it is easier said than done. Most people have difficulty deciding what to do. Deciding is fundamental to creating.

There are two kinds of people. Those who continue to do what they are doing expecting different results and those who take action to resolve what is holding them back or resolve issues.

Would it be OK if I told you your thinking creates your reality? Would it be OK if I told you that changing your beliefs, changing your thinking; you can change your life and experiences?

What you believe and how you believe determines your reality. From the vantage point of source, any perception or creation, directly or indirectly received through any sensory channel – imagination, intuition, or faith can be experienced as real or not, dependent on what you deliberately believe. It is impossible to have a perception or creation that does not exist, but one may believe the perception or creation is unreal. Humans intentionally limit their perceptions. -Harry Palmer

Your reality is anything you believe it to be; if there is no conflict with your previous beliefs. Thus, the statement, ‘Yeah right…” is a manifestation of your disbelief that you could have something, which then means, you won’t.

In order to change your circumstances you need to change your beliefs. Changing your beliefs, changes your experiences. Your experiences create new opportunities to decide what you want to create.

Pause this moment. Decide what you want to create. Then, set a plan to accomplish it and as the saying goes, “Go for it.”


Dorothy M. Neddermeyer, PhD

Board Certified Clinical Hypnosis & Regression Practitioner
480-794-1561
http://www.drdorothy.net

See and Hear With Your Heart

Antoine de Saint- Exupéry, 29 June 1900 – 31 July 1944, a French writer and aviator was best known for his novel, Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince) and aviation adventures. He wrote from his heart. One of my favorite quotes is: And now, here is my secret, a very simple secret: Ce n’est qu’au coeur que l’un peut voir correctement. (It’s only at the heart that one can see rightly). L’essentiel est invisible pour les yeux. (What is essential is invisible to the eye.).

Ponder his poignant statement. It’s only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye. Think about that. Our heart has eyes and our heart has hands.

Right now make a decision that you will put your heart in the place you see from for the rest of the day. Right now, pause and let your heart show you how wonderful it is to be alive, how blessed you are to have a breath of life, how blessed you are to be able to choose what you pay attention to.

When you see someone with your heart you see a whole and perfect person, as someone who is doing their best, therefore you feel kindness, compassion, appreciation and reverence. To be kind, and compassionate with appreciation and reverence you need to get out of your head and into your heart where feelings reside. You need to see everything from your heart. “The heart has eyes which the brain knows nothing of.” – Charles H. Perkhurst

What is essential is invisible to the eye. It is only with the heart that you can see rightly, so see from the heart today and make it a great day.

This article was submitted by Dorothy M. Neddermeyer, PhD, Metaphysician -

Certified Hypnosis and Regression Practitioner, Author and Speaker. Dr. Dorothy facilitates clearing blocks, fears and limiting beliefs. Then, you can live the life you desire.She brings awareness to concepts not typically obvious to one’s daily thoughts and feelings. http://www.drdorothy.net

Better Bones for Life

By Dr. Alisa Cooper, D.C., C.C.N

Osteoporosis is a common and potentially debilitating disorder. It can cause painful compression fractures of the spine leading to stooped posture as well as severe hip fractures that can rob you of your mobility and independence. Osteoporosis costs us mentally, physically and financially; not only as individuals, but as a nation too, upwards of 18 billion per year, or $40,000 per hip fracture. Clearly steps must be taken to prevent and treat this disease, preferably in as natural a manner as possible.

A couple of little known facts demonstrate the complexity of our bones. First, our bones are not dry and stagnant structures. They are alive, dynamic and metabolically active. Additionally, certain bone cells are derived from the same lineage as the white blood cells, the soldiers of the immune system. That makes osteoporosis, in part, an immune system disorder, and what affects your immune system will ultimately affect your bones.  That is why it is vital for you to make the effort to stay as healthy as possible throughout your life.

Just like everything else in the body, bone health is a matter of balance: the intricate balance between two different bone cell types: those that form new bone and those that break it down. This constant remodeling of bone is what keeps it healthy and strong. Just as debris must be cleared away from a construction site, old, damaged bone cells must be removed to make room for new ones. When the immune system malfunctions, we end up breaking down more bone than we should, and that leads to osteoporosis.

Let’s follow the line of reasoning that osteoporosis is in large part, an immune system disorder. And let’s take it at face value that 70% of your immune system cells are located in your gut, which they are. Then it suddenly makes tremendous sense to have your digestive system working at its best. That means getting rid of bad bacteria and taking probiotics to re-populate the gut with beneficial bacteria. It includes taking digestive enzymes to ensure food is adequately broken down and absorbed. For many, it is also advisable to avoid gluten-containing foods that can irritate and inflame the intestines. Internal inflammation, along with an acidic blood pH, sets off reactions that end up over-stimulating the cells that break down bone. These over-stimulated cells, like sharp-toothed piranha, dig very deep pits that weaken the bone and make them susceptible to fracture.

One of the most important ways to keep bones healthy is by eating a diet that emphasizes fruits, vegetables and adequate lean protein. In essence, the same healthy diet that keeps blood on the slightly alkaline side. Conversely, eating sugar and other refined carbohydrates acidifies the blood. When our blood is too acidic, calcium is readily leached from the bones in an effort to buffer that acid overload. This results in bones deficient in calcium that are simply more likely to fracture.

Not only must we maintain the proper pH of the blood, we must also be sure to eat calcium rich foods. Sardines, sesame seeds, salmon, almonds, Swiss chard, cooked spinach, bok choy, mustard greens, pinto beans and cheese are all good dietary sources. The challenge is absorbing the calcium from these foods and delivering it directly to the bones in a usable form.  Research presented by Dr. Naidu, M.D. has shown that lactoferrin, available as a supplement, transports calcium directly to the bone to increase its density.

For bones to function optimally and remain strong throughout life, they need vitamins and minerals like calcium, magnesium, Vit D, Vit K, and others. At the same time, a proper supply of hormones is needed to orchestrate the delivery and function of these nutrients. Certainly, we must go well beyond the basic instructions to “get enough calcium” in the diet in order to prevent and treat osteoporosis. We must take a whole-body approach to bone health.

Healthy bones require an adequate supply of vitamin D. Vitamin D makes your digestive tract more receptive to absorbing calcium. Then it mobilizes the necessary minerals and directs them to the bone. Unfortunately, as we age it becomes more difficult to convert Vitamin D from the sun into its usable form, a conversion that takes place within our skin. Likewise, aging intestines are not as efficient at absorbing vitamin D from food, so it has become imperative to take it as a supplement.

Magnesium is another vital component of any comprehensive bone building regimen. Without enough magnesium, any calcium you ingest above and beyond the body’s need will end up being deposited in the soft tissues and arteries.  Since dietary intake of magnesium has gone down dramatically over the last 100 years, nearly 80% of Americans are now magnesium deficient and must take a supplement. Another well-researched supplement for bone health is encapsulated digestive enzymes. Taken with meals, these enzymes break foods down to liberate the calcium within.

Besides eating a healthy diet and taking supplements, eating adequate protein deserves special mention. Protein deficiency causes the muscles to become weak. Muscles normally weaken with aging, and not getting enough protein just makes matters worse. Without strong muscles, the bones have no “motivation” to stay strong; without anything for them to support, the bones simply begin to wither.  For this reason, we have to exercise moderately and consistently throughout our entire lives, hopefully at something we enjoy.  Not only does exercise strengthen the muscles, but performed against the force of gravity, it puts healthy stress on the skeletal system leading to new bone formation.

Anything that mineralizes the bones and makes them strong is like putting money in a “bone bank account.” The more deposits you make into your bone bank account, the more you will have on reserve in times of stress, accident, or illness. No single preventative measure is a guarantee, but collectively they go a long way in providing a strong safety net.

In some cases, medication may be necessary to treat severe osteoporosis, but in many cases, very low dose bio-identical estrogen given for the first few years of menopause may help those at high risk. Bio-identical progesterone, available in a cream, has been shown to actually create new bone cells, and may play a significant role in the treatment, and reversal, of osteoporosis at any age.

Again, it is also crucial to keep inflammation at bay. Inflammation, the “silent killer” long implicated in heart disease, is a known factor in osteoporosis as well. Two of the best ways to calm the fires of inflammation is to replace fried foods with sautéed, steamed, grilled or baked foods, and trans fats with healthy fats such as olive oil, avocado and raw nuts and seeds, in moderation. Adding essential fatty acids in the form of a high quality fish or krill oil supplement is also advisable.

Lastly, we need to modify our thinking about genetics. We are not necessarily doomed to the same maladies as other family members. The science of epigenetics has shown that our genes are not formed in stone, but rather they interact with our diet, the environment, and even our thoughts. Just because you have a gene for something does not mean that gene will be switched on. We can change, or at least influence, the expression of our genes! Let that fact alone motivate you to make the diet and lifestyle changes necessary to improve your bone health.

A comprehensive, integrated approach to preventing and treating bone loss is essential. Cultivating a healthy body, diet, lifestyle and mindset can play a significant role in the treatment and prevention of this worrisome condition. You can start right now to have better bones for life!

Dr. Alisa Cooper

The Wellness Coach
“You can be fit and fabulous in your forties, fifties and beyond!”
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Adrenal Gland Basics

Fatigue and lethargy are some of the most common complaints amongst adult patients. If you have symptoms such as tiredness,fearfulness, allergies, frequent influenza, arthritis, anxiety, depression, reduced memory, difficulties in concentrating, insomnia,worn-out, and the inability to lose weight after extensive effort you may be suffering from Adrenal Fatigue (technically known hypoadrenia).

Adrenal Fatigue has a broad spectrum of non-specific, yet often debilitating symptoms. The onset of this condition is often slow and insidious. Patients are told that they are stressed and need to learn to relax more. Yes, we all know that “stress kills” to a large extent. But, the question is how?

The real truth is that stress and Adrenal Fatigue are not a mysterious entity at all. Our body has a built-in mechanism to deal with it. Being able to handle stress is a key to survival, and the control center in our bodies is the adrenal glands.

Adrenal Fatigue was first described in the medical texts in the 1800′s as a clinical condition. It was one of the most prevalent conditions, afflicting almost every adult in one way or another. Despite effective diagnostic tools and treatment programs, most conventional physicians were simply not informed of Adrenal Fatigue and not prepared to take Adrenal Fatigue as a serious threat to health. This condition was seldom diagnosed as a sickness for the past 50 years. Instead, Adrenal Fatigue was considered a condition whereby no treatment was available other than to tell the person to “relax” and take anti-depressants. This often makes the condition worse as the root cause is left unresolved. Over time, the condition worsens as the natural progression of this pathology takes its course. Adrenal Fatigue is not a medical condition recognized by mainstream institutions, though it is now being taken seriously by forward looking physicians.

Adrenal Fatigue should not be confused with another medical condition called Addison’s disease where the adrenal glands are not functioning. While Addison’s disease is often caused by an auto-immune dysfunction, Adrenal Fatigue is largely caused by stress along with a host of other factors. Adrenal Fatigue is the non-Addison’s form of adrenal dysfunction sub-clinically. Unfortunately, conventional medicine only recognizes Addison’s disease as hypoadrenia. As such, do not be surprised if your doctor is unfamiliar with this condition.

Signs and Symptoms of Adrenal Fatigue

  • Tendency to gain weight and unable to lose it, especially around the waist.
  • High frequency of getting the flu and other respiratory diseases and these symptoms tend to last longer than usual.
  • Tendency to tremble when under pressure.
  • Reduced sex drive.
  • Lightheaded when rising from a horizontal position.
  • Unable to remember things.
  • Lack of energy in the mornings and in the afternoon between 3 to 5 pm.
  • Feel better suddenly for a brief period after a meal.
  • Often feel tired from 9 – 10 pm, but resist going to bed.
  • Need coffee or stimulants to get going in the morning.
  • Cravings for salty, fatty, and high protein food such as meat and cheese.
  • Increased symptoms of PMS for women; periods are heavy and then stop, or are almost stopped on the 4th day, only to start flow again on the 5th or 6th day.
  • Pain in the upper back or neck with no apparent reason.
  • Feels better when stress is relieved, such as on a vacation.
  • Difficulties in getting up in the morning.
  • Lightheaded.

Other signs and symptoms include:

  • Mild depression
  • Food and or inhalant allergies
  • Lethargy and lack of energy
  • Increased effort to perform daily tasks
  • Decreased ability to handle stress
  • Dry and thin skin
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Low body temperature
  • Nervousness
  • Palpitation
  • Unexplained hair loss
  • Alternating constipation and diarrhea
  • Dyspepsia

If you have many of these signs and symptoms, and you have ruled out other organic pathologies, it is time to consider Adrenal Fatigue as a possible cause. None of the signs or symptoms by themselves can definitively pinpoint Adrenal Fatigue. When taken as a group, these signs and symptoms do form a specific Adrenal Fatigue syndrome or picture of a person under stress. These signs and symptoms are often the end result of acute, severe, chronic, or excessive stress and the inability of the body to reduce such stress. Stress, once a “basket” term used by physicians to explain non-specific symptoms, undetectable by conventional blood tests, is not a mystery to the body at all.

The ability to handle stress, physical or emotional, is a cornerstone to human survival. Our body has a complete set of stress modulation systems in place, and the control center is the adrenal glands. When these glands become dysfunctional, our body’s ability to handle stress is reduced.

This article was taken from Dr. Lam’s newsletter.

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