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Health Is Not Just About What You Do

Guest post from Marc David, Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating

When I first started practicing in NYC about 30 years ago, my high-powered Wall Street clients fascinated me. For one thing, they made gobs of money. How did they get so rich? They were incredibly motivated and educated, and they were all following intense workout and running programs despite long hours at work and a family at home. Many had excellent diets. Yet they all had some type of intense health complaint – digestive issues, fatigue, brain fog, mood swings, and low immunity. What especially caught my attention was that they were all shocked as to why they weren’t “healthy.” The logic was, “I’m doing all these healthy things for myself, so I should certainly look and feel healthy.”

We tend to limit health to nutritional, metabolic and exercise factors. And collectively, we haven’t quite made the connection that health is also given by who we are, how we think, what we feel and believe, how we conduct ourselves in the world, how honest we are, how authentic we are, our sense of spiritual connection, the degree of love in our life, of pleasure, rest, play, purpose, and so much more.

Health is not just about what you do (diet, exercise) – it’s also about who we are at the deepest place of our being. Can we be daring enough to go there?

Marc David M.A. is the Founder of the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, a leading visionary, teacher and consultant in Eating Psychology, and the author of the classic and bestselling books Nourishing Wisdom and The Slow Down Diet. His work has been featured on CNN, NBC and numerous media outlets. He has held senior consulting positions at Canyon Ranch Resorts, the Johnson & Johnson Corporation, and the Disney Company.

Oil Pulling • DIY Remedy for Whiter Teeth & Healthy Gums

The health of your teeth, mouth and gums has a profound impact on the health of your entire body. In fact, poor oral health and hidden dental infections can be making you sick, inflamed and tired.

Research has shown that root canals, mercury fillings and other dental work can often leave behind toxins that are released into the bloodstream. Many cases of sudden heart attack have been traced to root canals or pulled wisdom teeth in which a cavitation remains or an infection develops. Leaky, infected root canals cause inflammation and hidden infections that can go undetected for years, and when left untreated can be a serious health hazard. Paula Owens, MS ••• PaulaOwens.comHidden dental infections are a silent killer, a major source of inflammation, and underlying cause of baffling health problems ranging from thyroid dysfunction to many other glandular and organ issues.

Tooth loss, silent dental infections, gum disease and harmful bacteria that live in your mouth increase the risk of dementia, hypertension, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, arthritis, osteoporosis, diabetes and stroke.

Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic method of dental and systemic cleansing where you swish sesame oil or coconut oil in your mouth. It works by removing disease-causing micro-organisms and toxins in the mouth that can cause poor health.

Oil pulling has been used extensively for many years as an effective and affordable do-it-yourself oral health remedy.

Oil Pulling Benefits. Oil pulling strengthens the immune system, reduces bacteria and gum inflammation, stops gum recession, naturally whitens teeth, fights bad breath, helps prevent tooth decay and cavities, reduces plaque related gingivitis, is effective against bacterial biofilms, and improves your overall oral microbiome.

• • •  Oil Pulling How-to • • •

1. Start with approximately one tablespoon (teaspoon for young children) of either sesame or coconut oil in the mouth (preferably organic, non-GMO and cold-pressed). Coconut oil contains predominantly medium chain fatty acids and is approximately 50% lauric acid, which has the best direct antimicrobial effectiveness against bacteria and yeast, and has anti-inflammatory effects. 

2. Swish the oil around in your mouth between the teeth for 5-10 minutes working up to 20 minutes. The oil will thin and turn milky white. If you’ve never tried oil pulling, start with 5-10 minutes and work up to 20 minutes.

3. The oil should not be swallowed. After 20 minutes, spit the oil out into the trash can and rinse your mouth with water or salt water (a mixture of water and Celtic sea salt). Then, floss and brush your teeth with fluoride-free toothpaste (of course!) Open-mouthed smile

As a holistic nutritionist and functional health practitioner, my philosophy is to identify the root cause of any underlying health issues, slowly "peel away the layers of the onion," and design a healing protocol and comprehensive LIFESTYLE plan specific to your unique biochemistry so you can heal, experience vibrant health, balanced hormones, age well, and look, think and feel better than ever for a lifetime. I consult with men and women all over the U.S., from around the world, and with clients locally in the Phoenix area. Schedule a free 15-minute consultation!

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Dirty Electricity: Tips to Reduce EMF Exposure

Our environment is increasingly being bombarded by electromagnetic frequencies (EMFs) and electromagnetic pollution: radio frequency radiation (RFR), poor power quality (aka dirty electricity), low frequency electric and magnetic fields, and ground current. 

“Dirty electricity can be used to describe electric power that has become corrupted by our use of modern appliances. Items such as compact fluorescent light bulbs, cell phone transmission antennas, power supplies for portable computers, cell phone chargers, dimmer switches, variable speed fans and many other electronic devices that require a transformer to convert the voltage will dirty the electricity that enters your home. This form of dirty electro-magnetic fields (EMF) is invisible to the eye, but has a biological effect on the human body and has been associated with a wide variety of illnesses.”  ‒ Magda Havas, PhD, Associate Professor of Environmental & Resource Studies at Trent University

Dirty electricity, EMFs and electromagnetic pollution are major problems that affect everyone’s health. The damaging effects are cumulative.

Sources include: wireless internet routers in our homes, offices and schools, cell phones, smart meters, electric-powered exercise equipment, baby monitors, security systems, faulty wiring, airplanes, office equipment, microwave ovens, fluorescent and halogen lighting, CFL bulbs, and living close to electrical wires, power lines and cell phone towers. Dirty electricity flows along wires and can enter your home from neighbors through your electric panel.

EMF testing meters are available for rent that can measure EMFs in your home. Visit Antenna Search to see how many towers are within a 4 mile radius of your address.

EMFs are an invisible source of exogenous electrical currents and environmental and geopathic stress that enter our bodies and the bodies of animals, our pets, and plants altering normal function. High frequency voltage transients in electrical wiring have been linked to many modern health conditions, diseases and life-threatening health problems. People experience various symptoms and just assume that their symptoms are caused by a specific disease. They fail to look for environmental causes.

EMF contamination and cell phone radiation affects children more than adults. Toddlers, infants and unborn babies are especially vulnerable. With that in mind, pregnant women should limit their exposure to wireless radiation exposure, and it’s even smarter to limit exposure your child’s exposure to wireless devices too, including cell phones and tablets. (Not to mention the potential adverse effects of too much screen time on their sleep quality, attention spans, focus and cognitive development.)

Studies have shown that EMFs may be linked to birth defects, miscarriage, infertility, hypertension, migraines, ADHD/ADD, learning disabilities, diabetes, thyroid disorders, heart arrhythmias, tachycardia, Alzheimer’s disease, depression, suicide, leukemia, lymphoma, chronic fatigue, MS, brain tumors, and cancer (brain, breast, melanoma and nervous system cancers).

EMFs have also been associated with nausea, headaches, fatigue, anxiety, dizziness, mental confusion, memory loss, digestive problems, hair loss, insomnia, decreased testosterone and hormonal imbalances, itchy skin and skin rashes. We can only imagine the accumulative detriments of chronic cell phone exposure over time.

In humans, EMFs have been found to……

  • affect and alter enzyme activity, DNA synthesis and cell division
  • alter circadian rhythms
  • affect the pineal and hypothalamus glands 
  • affect neurotransmitter production 
  • increase blood-brain barrier permeability aka leaky brain
  • accelerate infections
  • create artificial stress responses
  • over-stimulate the immune system initially, then suppress it
  • decrease T-lymphocyte production
  • induce oxidative stress
  • promote malignant tumor growth specifically concentrated in the central nervous system, the blood and skeletal systems, and in glandular tissue.

Protect Yourself & Your Family: Tips to Reduce EMF Exposure at Home, School and the Office

  • Use cellphones as little as possible and only in speaker mode. Never hold it next to your ear.
  • Never stash or carry your cell phone in your pocket, underneath your bra strap, on your hip or anywhere on your body. If you must carry it in your pocket, put it on airplane mode.
  • Never set your laptop computer on your lap.
  • If you live in close vicinity to or underneath electrical wires, power lines or cell phone towers, you may want to consider moving.
  • Switch out compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs for incandescent light bulbs.
  • Turn off Wi-Fi routers in your home, office and cell phone when not in use, and especially at night a few hours before bedtime.
  • Consider replacing Wi-Fi routers with Ethernet cables for your computer.
  • Never charge your cell phone in your bedroom while sleeping. Always charge it in a room other than your bedroom, preferably on airplane mode or better yet, turn it off at night. 
  • Avoid water beds with electrical heating systems, electric blankets and electric heating pads.
  • Remove all electrical devices from your sleeping area. If you must use an electric alarm clock, keep it at least 5 feet away from your body when sleeping. Better yet, opt for a battery-operated alarm clock versus an electrical one.
  • Move power strips at least 3 feet away from your feet.
  • Switch to flat screen televisions and computer monitors as these give off far less EMFs than the older styles.
  • Replace cordless phones with a corded phone.
  • Avoid standing within 3-4 feet of microwave ovens when in use.
  • Turn off (or unplug) lights, electrical devices and power bars when not in use.
  • Replace all dimmer switches with simple on/off switches.
  • Consider shielding devices to reduce EMF exposure from your cell phones, cordless phones and landline speaker phones. DefenderShield and EMF Safety Shop
  • Repair faulty electrical wiring.
  • Ask your electric utility provider to remove wireless smart meters and replace them with a wired smart meter. Make sure to opt out of smart meters and go back to the analog meters.
  • Walk barefoot on the sand, beach, grass or dirt to connect with the earth’s natural electrical charge. This common practice known as earthing or grounding allows the healing negative ions from the ground to flow into our body, which is shown to reduce stress hormones and inflammation.
  • Use 100% beeswax candles and Himalayan salt lamps in your home or office to absorb EMFs from the air. Himalayan salt lamps serve as natural room ionizers, emitting negative ions into the surrounding environment that effectively bind with all the excess positive ions, reducing EMFs, killing bacteria and purifying the air. Plus, they create a calm and relaxing ambiance.

Awareness is key. Educate yourself and your kids about the health risks of chronic cell phone use, EMFs and dirty electricity. Remove, protect and distance yourself as much as possible from EMF pollutants.

“EMF pollution may be the most significant form of pollution human activity has produced in this century and all the more dangerous because it is invisible and insensible."  ‒ Andrew Weil, M.D.

As a holistic nutritionist and functional health practitioner with over 25 years of experience, my philosophy is to identify the root cause of any health complaints and underlying health issues, slowly "peel away the layers of the onion," and design a healing protocol and comprehensive LIFESTYLE plan specific to your unique biochemistry so you can heal, experience vibrant health, balanced hormones and look, think and feel better than ever for a lifetime. I consult with men and women around the world, all over the U.S. and with clients locally in the Phoenix area. Schedule a free 15-minute consultation!

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3 Calming Practices That Are Better Than Taking A Pill

Guest post from Kelly Brogan, M.D.

One of my long term goals is to set up holistic rehab facilities for patients withdrawing from psychiatric medications. What I have witnessed in my practice around bezodiazepine ("anti-anxiety") medication dependence has been sobering. Finally, there is an emerging acknowledgement that antidepressants are habit forming, but medications like Xanax and Valium have been known to be addictive for many decades.

Nonetheless, unsuspecting patients are written prescriptions for months to years on end. There are entire websites devoted to supporting patients in their journey off these medications which can incur both short and long-term side effects.

One of the most powerful solutions to anxiety, particularly when it is bodily in nature (racing heart, sweating, muscle tension, stomach discomfort, headaches) is blood sugar stabilization. Reactive hypoglycemia masquerades as anxiety and panic attacks, particularly in women.

In the absence of a physiologic driver, anxiety can be important. It is a signal of imbalance. A signal of a need for inner focus. A signal of a need for growth and for change. When we can react less and meet that anxiety with a watching eye, shifts can happen.

Here are three relatively quick fixes that serve to promote that subtle resilience (to take the edge off) so that this symptom can be better examined.

1. Left nostril breathing. The Kundalini yoga method of left nostril breathing activates the nerve ending in the left nostril, which relates to calmness and relaxation. Left nostril breathing is associated with the moon energy, which is changeable, the feminine, yin energy, and coolness. Breathing through the left nostril for five minutes can help calm you and lower your blood pressure.

To practice this form of pranayama (the art and science of yogic breathing techniques), sit comfortably in a cross-legged position. Close your right nostril with your right thumb, with your other fingers outstretched. Your left hand is in Gyan Mudra (tip of thumb and index finger touching) on your left knee. Close your eyes and send your attention inward, to your third eye. Begin to breathe long and deep, only through your left nostril for 3-5 minutes.

2. Drink grass-fed gelatin. Because our diets are typically heavy in methionine-rich muscle meats, we miss out on the abundant glycine in bones and connective tissues. Studied in randomized trials for sleep, and active at the NMDA receptor, glycine is an amino acid with calming properties.

Use grass-fed gelatin in warm liquids or hydrolyzed collagen in cold or add to a green smoothie. Start with one tablespoon, up to two. It's flavorless!

3. Soak in Epsom salts. Who has time for a bath? Half of my Manhattan patients don't even have a bath tub or they use it as a guest bed. Structuring a bath into the end of a stressful day is an act of self-care, and can also double as a mineral cure for anxiety. Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) is readily absorbed through the skin, getting to work on optimizing detoxification and cellular function. Often called the "relaxation mineral," magnesium is calming to the sympathetic nervous system.

Add two cups of Epsom Salts to filtered bath water and soak for at least 20 minutes.

Supporting your body and mind through dis-ease offers you the opportunity to take a mindful look at symptoms and states, so that necessary changes can be made and that which is not serving us can be willfully released. Don't fight yourself, because the body and mind fight back. There's a gentler way.

This article was written by Kelly Brogan M.D. and shared with her permission. Doctor Brogan is boarded in Psychiatry/Psychosomatic Medicine/Reproductive Psychiatry and Integrative Holistic Medicine. She practices Functional Medicine, which is a root-cause approach to illness as a manifestation of multiple-interrelated systems. After studying Cognitive Neuroscience at M.I.T., and receiving her MD from Cornell University, she completed her residency and fellowship at Bellevue/NYU. She is one of the only MDs with perinatal psychiatric training who takes a holistic evidence-based approach in the care of patients with a focus on environmental medicine and nutrition. She practices in NYC and is on faculty at NYU/Bellevue. Visit Dr. Brogan’s website.

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“I AM” A-Z Exercise — The Power of Words

The words we speak and the sounds that fill our external environment affect our internal environment — our very cells. The words we speak about ourselves and others have a huge impact on our health and well-being, and also the people in our lives. 

I love what Tony Robbins says about the power of words: “Words have a biochemical effect on the body. If you want to change your life, if you want to shape your decisions and your actions, shifting your emotional patterns are the key. One fundamental tool that can change it faster than anything else is consciously selecting the words you use to describe how you feel. This is how you create a level of choice instead of a habitual reaction. Simply by changing your habitual vocabulary (the words you consistently use to describe emotions), you can instantaneously change how you think, how you feel, and how you live.” – Tony Robbins

Dr. Masaru Emoto, world renowned researcher and New York Times bestselling author provided powerful evidence of the magic of positive thinking. He became famous when his water molecule experiments featured in Dr. Joe Dispenza’s award-winning film, “What The Bleep Do We Know!?” demonstrated that human thoughts, words and intentions can alter physical reality. The results of his experiments match what psychologists, neuroscientists, biologists and researchers including Candace Pert, PhD, Bruce Lipton, PhD, Deepak Chopra, MD and Louise Hay have shown — that the words we speak and the thoughts we think impact our well-being on all levels.

Words have energy. “I AM” are two very powerful words. What you include after “I AM” defines what you believe to be true about yourself, and has a profound impact on your health, your physiology, and your entire body on a cellular level. The cells in your body react to everything your mind says. Negativity brings down your immune system, while positivity enhances health.

You may complain and say negative things without even realizing it. When you do, you begin a chain reaction of negative forces in your life. Having toxic language in your life is poisonous, and has a direct effect your physical, mental and emotional health. The thoughts you think and the words you speak aloud — whether they are about yourself, about the events in your life or about others — have energy and impact those who hear them, not just yourself but also your children, your partner, family members, friends and co-workers.

The “I AM A-Z Exercise” is a simple and powerful exercise I created for my clients. Starting with the letter “A” and ending with “Z” state one word after “I AM.” The only rule is that the word must be empowering, uplifting and positive. Do this exercise when you walk, drive, before you go to bed, in the shower or anytime throughout the day and watch your mood lift and energy shift.

Anytime you start a sentence with “I AM” you’re creating who and what you are, your life, and what you want to be. Instead of saying negative, energy-zapping, low vibration things such as "I am tired, I am fat, I am broke, I am old, or I am worried", immediately catch yourself and shift to positive affirmations such as “I am healthy, I am energized, I am grateful, I am amazing, I am successful, I am lovable, I am intelligent, I am prosperous,” and notice how different you feel.

Start now! Do the "I AM A-Z Exercise" every day! As soon as you begin, you’ll realize how often you’ve been feeding yourself negativity, and how simple it is to change that destructive habit.

I am..........How would you fill in the blank? Here are a few ideas….

I AM _________________

[A]  authentic, accomplished, amazing, awesome

[B]  brilliant, beautiful, blessed, brave

[C]  confident, classy, calm, creative, courageous

[D]  determined, driven, dedicated, dignified

[E]  exceptional, elegant, energetic, evolving, encouraged

[F]   fabulous, fortunate, faithful, fearless, fantastic, fit

[G]  grateful, gracious, gorgeous, gifted, generous

[H]  healthy, honest, happy, hopeful

[ I ]  intelligent, inspiring, interesting, incredible

[J]   joyful, judicious, jovial

[K]  kind, knowledgeable, keen

[L]  lovable, lean, lovely, lively, loving

[M]  mindful, magnificent, marvelous, motivated, magical

[N]  nice, nurturing, noble, notable

[O]  optimistic, organized, outstanding, one-of-a-kind

[P]  passionate, prosperous, positive, professional, persevering, powerful

[Q]  qualified, quick-witted, quiet

[R]  resilient, responsible, radiant, respectful, remarkable, relaxed

[S]  successful, strong, secure, spiritual, smart, sensational, spectacular

[T]  terrific, thriving, truthful, trustworthy, tenacious, thoughtful

[U]  unique, unstoppable, unlimited, understanding, unbreakable

[V]  valuable, vivacious, vibrant

[W]  wise, whole, wealthy, wonderful, warrior

[X]  xtraordinary

[Y]  youthful

[Z]  zealous

Words have energy and influence the quality of our lives, our health and our relationships. Train yourself to speak positively and use your words to improve the quality of your life. Begin today! Set a new and higher standard by changing the words that come out of your mouth. Be mindful and pay attention to how you think and speak about yourself. Reflect on the impact of your words. Make a conscious effort to think and speak only positive, loving, kind thoughts and empowering words about yourself...and others.

“When we understand the power of our words and realize that we can choose what we think and speak, our lives can be transformed.”

I AM are two very powerful words!

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