Fasting – Good or Bad
For years, there has always been differing opinions as to whether fasting is good for you or not. Is it healthy or unhealthy? Typically, from what I’ve seen, doctors who practice western allopathic medicine tend to believe that fasting is harmful. Eastern and natural medicine practitioners tend to lean toward using fasting to improve health. Fifteen years ago, I learned that fasting is good for you because it clears the toxins from your body and boosts your immune system. Unfortunately, every time I tried to explain that position to people, I would get hammered by doctors and people who were told by their doctors that fasting was harmful.
People have been fasting for thousands of years both for health and for religious purposes. Others have fasted for political reasons. Moses fasted forty days. Jesus fasted forty days. Gandhi twice fasted for three weeks.
Recently, I read an article about how a 3-day fast can regenerate your entire immune system.
“Although fasting diets have been criticized for being unhealthy, new research suggests starving the body kick-starts stem cells into producing new white blood cells, which fight off infection.
Scientists at the University of Southern California say the discovery could be particularly beneficial for people suffering from damaged immune systems, such as cancer patients on chemotherapy.
It could also help the elderly whose immune system becomes less effective as they age, making it harder for them to fight off even common diseases.
The researchers say fasting “flips a regenerative switch” which prompts stem cells to create brand new white blood cells, essentially regenerating the entire immune system.
And the good news is that the body got rid of the parts of the system that might be damaged or old, the inefficient parts, during the fasting.
Now, if you start with a system heavily damaged by chemotherapy or ageing, fasting cycles can generate, literally, a new immune system.”
This is great news. I always enjoy when science catches up with things we promote in natural health. Some of you may have heard of Paul Bragg. He’s famous for his apple cider vinegar. He also wrote a book called The Miracle of Fasting. He was one of the original health gurus in the early to mid 20th century. Let me tell you what Paul was saying about fasting over 50 years ago: (from The Miracle of Fasting)
“Fasting is the best detoxifying method. It’s also the most effective and safest way to increase elimination of waste buildups and enhance the body’s miraculous self-healing and self-repairing process that keeps you healthy and youthful. A moderate, well-planned distilled water fast is our favorite. It can cleanse your body of excess mucus, old fecal matter, trapped cellular, non-food wastes and help remove inorganic mineral deposits and sludge from your pipes and joints.
Fasting works by self-digestion. During a fast your body intuitively will decompose and burn only the substances and tissues that are damaged, diseased or unneeded, such as abscesses, tumors, excess fat deposits, excess water, and congestive wastes. Even a short fast (1-3 days) will accelerate elimination from your liver, kidneys, lungs, bloodstream, and skin. Sometimes you will experience dramatic changes (cleansing and healing crisis) as accumulated wastes are expelled. With your first fast, you may temporarily have cleansing headaches, fatigue, body odor, bad breath, coated tongue, mouth sores, and even diarrhea as your body is cleaning house. Please be patient with your body!”
Isn’t it amazing that today’s science and medicine is saying the same thing that Paul Bragg and others have been saying for almost a hundred years.
That being said, I don’t typically tell my clients to jump into a water fast without their doctor’s supervision. In today’s world, so many people have health issues such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, etc. so a fast may be too much for your system. I normally have people try a juice fast first, and see how that goes. You also have to make sure that you start your fast correctly and finish your fast correctly. After fasting for a few days, you don’t want to break your fast with a pizza and soda! Avoid animal products when breaking a fast. It is better to break a fast with soup, broth, lightly cooked vegetables, and a little fruit.
I also want to say that fasting is not a diet plan. You will lose weight if you fast, but that is not really the purpose of a fast. We want to cleanse our system which will help boost our immune system.
There are still different ideas on how to do a fast. Some people will fast three days per month. Something I’ve seen picking up in popularity is the 5-2 plan, where you eat five days then fast for two. For some people, a juice fast is a good way to start. Since everyone is different, my suggestion is to see what works for you. What I will say is that doing a fast is like driving through a tunnel. During the fast, you may feel ill, but when you finish, you should feel healthier, more energetic, and clearer thinking.
Here are some interesting quotes about fasting over thousands of years:
“Fasting is the greatest remedy– the physician within.”
Philippus Paracelsus, one of the three fathers of Western medicine
“Instead of using medicine, better fast today.”
Plutarch, a Greek biographer and moralist
“The best of all medicines is resting and fasting.”
“Everyone has a doctor in him; we just have to help him in his work. The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well. …to eat when you are sick, is to feed your sickness.”
Hippocrates, one of the three fathers of Western medicine
“A little starvation can really do more for the average sick man than can the best medicines and the best doctors.”
Mark Twain, in My Debut As a Literary Person
“Nature heals, the doctor helps!”
Paracelsus, writing about activating
the “doctor inside”, or our own healing nature
“Every fool can fast, but only the wise man knows how to break a fast.”
G.B. Shaw, writer
“Humans live on one-quarter of what they eat; on the other three-quarters lives their doctor.”
Egyptian pyramid inscription, 3800 B.C.
If you have any questions, or if you’re ready to starting getting healthy, please give me a call, text or email. We can work on detox, exercise, massage, and supplementation.
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I’m sure you’ve gone to the doctor and gotten antibiotics for some health issue. The problem is that we’ve reached a point where antibiotics are so over-prescribed that it may be causing the emergence of super bugs that are immune to antibiotics. What happens when antibiotics don’t work anymore?
Antibiotics only work against infections caused by bacteria, fungi and certain parasites. They don’t work against any infections caused by viruses. Viruses cause colds, the flu and most coughs and sore throats.
Also, antibiotics kill ALL bacteria – both good and bad. Therefore, when we take antibiotics to kill the bad bacteria, we’re also killing the good bacteria. We need good bacteria to be healthy. This is probably one reason why probiotics have become so popular over the past few years. Probiotics help rebuild the good bacteria in your gut. http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/list-good-bacteria-7771.html
Of course, nature has provided natural antibiotics for us to use. Unfortunately, most people don’t know much about natural remedies. Most people just go to their doctor to get a pill. If you begin to include natural antibiotics into your daily life, you can boost your health and avoid bacterial infections that require antibiotics. Below is an article that lists 10 natural antibiotics. Pick a few that you like and put them in your kitchen. You’ll be healthier.
“Over the last several decades, over-use of antibiotics has reached an all-time high. The result has been drug-resistant bacteria and “superbugs” that evolve faster than scientists can figure out how to fight them. A future where bacteria are at the top of the food chain is not unheard of.
Long before there were pharmaceutical antibiotics – developed in the 1940s, there were foods and herbs that helped guard against infection and disease on a daily basis. Many of these natural defenders are still in use today with holistic healers around the globe.
Our ancestors also had a solution for healing, using antibiotics from nature and it would be good to remind ourselves who these antibiotics are and possibly think about using them in case of an illness.
Oregano and the oil of oregano
You’ve probably used oregano as a flavoring in your favorite Italian dishes without even realizing the health benefits that it contains. Beyond its antibacterial properties, oregano can help with digestion and aid in weight loss. An oil that is found in oregano, Carvacrol, has been found to fight the bacteria that can lead to infections. The oil of oregano has been found to treat digestive infections, and even one particular yeast infection. It is more than just a food flavoring.
Raw Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
The far-reaching benefits of daily doses of apple cider vinegar (ACV) include antibiotic and antiseptic properties, naturally alkalizing your system, and can aid you in everything from managing your weight to lowering cholesterol and your risk of cancer.
A chemical-free astringent, ACV can be used topically to disinfect and sterilize.
Ancient Romans used honey on the battlefield to treat wounds and prevent infection.
Civilizations all over the world continue to consider honey one of the best natural antibiotics, antimicrobials, anti-inflammatories, and antiseptics known to man after thousands of years.
New Zealand’s Manuka honey has been proven to have the highest levels of antioxidants and curative powers.
An enzyme found in honey releases hydrogen peroxide. This process helps your body fight infection and prevents the growth of bacteria. Soothing to the digestive system, honey removes toxins from the blood and helps your liver operate more efficiently.
A great boost to the immune system, consider combining honey with cinnamon to strengthen your white blood cells! Raw, organic honey is the best option since most pasteurization methods kills the antioxidant effects.
This spice isn’t just rich in color and flavor, but it also products your body against harm. Turmeric and be both consumed and applied externally, making it a great choice for fighting against bacteria. For extra benefit, from combining two bacteria fighting substances, you can mix turmeric with honey and create a paste to apply to infected areas on your skin.
You can protect your body against infections and bacteria based sicknesses by taking advantage of these safe and natural remedies that are available in the average kitchen. Protect your body without the use of prescription drugs by using honey, oregano, garlic, echinacea, and turmeric.
Flavorful and wonderful on a piece of butter toast, this plant also has very powerful qualities to it. Garlic can fight such simple infections as the common cold, pushing the germs away before they have a change to disrupt your life. Using the allicin that it contains, garlic protects against yeast, parasites, bacteria, and more. If you are looking for a simple way to live healthier, add more garlic to your diet.
Grapefruit Seed Extract
The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine published a study that found grapefruit seed extract (GSE) effective against more than 800 forms of viruses and bacteria, more than a hundred strains of fungus, and many parasites.
High in many antioxidants, GSE boosts immunity, alkalizes the body naturally, and aids in digestion by improving your beneficial gut flora.
So, you might not have as much experience with this product, but it is a safe herb that is found in many kitchens. The consumption of this herb has been proven to reduce the amount of colds that a person deals with in their life, and shorten the colds that the person does have to face. This herb is a great choice when taken as a preventative measure.
There are sulfur compounds found in cabbage – a member of the cruciferous family that includes broccoli and kale – that have been shown effective as cancer fighters.
What many people don’t realize is how much vitamin C is found in cabbage. One cup provides 75% of what you need every day.
Naturally antibacterial, eating shredded raw cabbage in your salad, as a side dish in the form of slaw, or drinking fresh cabbage juice (with honey added to sweeten) is an excellent way to improve digestion, prevent disease, and even manage your weight!
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
There is not enough that can be said for the benefits of coconut oil. It has naturally occurring anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties and is packed with antioxidants you can’t find anywhere else in nature.
Use it to boost your immune system, balance thyroid, cholesterol, and blood sugar levels, and even improve brain function. Safe to use internally and externally, coconut oil is one of the most versatile and unique gifts from Mother Nature.
Stir a spoonful into your morning coffee for added energy and a clearer head all day.
Unpasteurized cabbage, homemade pickles, kefir and probiotic yogurts, all of these renew our intestinal flora, protects us from cancer and keeps our body fit to fight off infections.
A natural antibiotic, colloidal silver is a mixture of silver particles suspended in fluid that have been used for centuries.
This treatment is temporary since too much silver – a heavy metal – can be toxic. However, it disables the enzyme that single-cell bacteria require to multiply. Deprived of their oxygen supply, the bacteria and viruses are destroyed without damage to you.”
I like all of the above. I take a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar every morning. I often cook with garlic and turmeric. I put honey (real honey) in my tea, and sometimes I just take a teaspoonful. So tasty.
If you’re ready to get healthy, give me a call, text, or email. We’ll put together a program using multiple health modalities including massage therapy, personal training, detox, nutritional supplementation, and clean eating.
Most Natural Health Practitioners will tell you that all disease begins in the gut. Think about that. It’s a pretty important statement. With all the diseases (dis-ease) we have in our society today, wouldn’t it be nice if we could trace everything back to a common source?
The way I see it, our health, or lack of health, comes primarily from the food we eat. We eat food. The nutrients get absorbed (if our gut is working correctly.) The nutrients get transported to all parts of our bodies, allowing those body parts and systems to work correctly and do the job of keeping us healthy.
So, dis-ease happens when our body parts and body systems aren’t working correctly. This happens, I believe, when we eat unhealthy food or when the nutrients we eat are not being correctly absorbed which leads to a host of health issues. These health issues can present themselves in any number of ways including joint issues (arthritis), blood sugar and pancreas issues (diabetes), heart issues, cholesterol issues, blood pressure issues, cancer, nervous system disorders, brain disorders, intestinal issues, etc.
Rather than treating the disease with drugs (which are inherently toxic to your system), I usually first look at the gut. If we can heal the gut and get it working correctly, that could clear up a lot of our health issues. Then, we can go back and look at your symptoms and see which are still present.
How do we heal the gut? Today, I want to talk about three things: probiotics, herbs and spices, and essential oils.
Probiotics are live, good bacteria needed to keep your gut healthy. Probiotics have become quite popular over the past few years, and I am a proponent. Many people have taken antibiotics for an illness. In doing so, they are killing both the bad bacteria and the good. Hence the need for probiotics. Common probiotics include: Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium.
Some health issues that probiotics help include:
Probiotics can be taken in liquid or pill form or can also be found in foods such as:
Herbs and Spices
The following comes from GutHealthProject.com
Just as you are what you eat, your gut health can control more in your body than you can possibly imagine. By becoming mindful of the foods that you put into your body, you can do wonders to heal yourself from the inside out. Promoting a healthy gastrointestinal tract can directly resolve a number of troubling issues in your body, such as: bloating, gas, constipation and inflammation.
From the food that you eat to the life that you live, there are a number of factors that can take a toll on your overall gut health. Simply consuming these 7 essential herbs and spices can have you feeling happy and healthy in no time all while healing your body. Here is the list of spices and herbs that can change your life:
This commonly used Indian spice works to aid digestion while soothing your digestive tract as an added bonus. Turmeric has long since been used to settle the stomach for the reason being that its astringency works to maintain the balance of stomach acid. An anti-inflammatory spice like this is great for healing, but it’s important to note that too much of a good thing can also affect the body. Practice its use in moderation so that you can receive all the many benefits of this wonderful spice.
This is a common spice in many Hispanic dishes that is excellent for eliminating bloating and gas after a meal. Cumin works to stimulate your digestion, and serves as a natural laxative to prevent constipation. Which if not relieved can lead to painful hemorrhoids.
Originally found in Mediterranean cultures, fennel is used for a number of culinary and medicinal purposes. Fennel can be found as an ingredient in many popular antacids, prized for its ability in calming indigestion, along with relief of constipation and flatulence.
Regarded by many for its abilities to relieve gastrointestinal distress, this healing spice is also trusted by many to cure nausea—especially in pregnant woman. For centuries people have relied on ginger to quiet their queasiness, but this amazing spice also works as an antispasmodic agent to calm your intestinal system and prevent diarrhea.
Although many may confuse this seed with the leafy plant (cilantro) that grows from it, coriander contains powerful gut health benefits. In a recent study, after 8 weeks of use among subjects suffering from irritable bowl syndrome (IBS), coriander helped to ease the pain and discomfort of IBS sufferers three times as much compared to placebo users.
Contrary to the popular misconception that intensely spiced flavor can lead to indigestion, a spice like cayenne actually works to ease digestion. This digestive stimulant encourages healthy food flow, while activating the proper production of digestive acids, and can even help to repair a damaged gut.
This potent plant is known by many for its breath-freshening purposes, but it can also be used like an internal workout for your body. Peppermint works to tone and strengthen your liver, stomach and intestinal tract all while relieving the symptoms associated with indigestion.
According to Dr. Eric L. Zielinski, the following essential oils can help heal the gut:
The types of gut issues that essential oils can help include:
Essential oils can be taken internally in capsule form or topically. They can also be put in a diffuser and used as an inhaler in aromatherapy.
Essential oils are quite potent, so you need to take care in using them. They should not be used in the eyes, ears, or in open wounds. If used topically, essential oils should be mixed with a carrier oil. If taken internally, they should be mixed with an oil (ie. coconut oil) or something like honey, etc.
Many essential oils have the following healing properties:
As you can see, there are many natural ways for you to help with gut issues. By healing your gut, you may also allow your body to heal other dis-eases in your body.
Natural products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. That being said, I don’t focus on treating any dis-ease. I look at how natural products can help promote the health of certain body parts or body systems that can lead to health issues.
I suggest adding probiotic foods to your diet. I suggest using more herbs and spices in your cooking. Try that first. Buy a diffuser and some essential oils, and try some aromatherapy. A diffuser is a much better choice than using a chemical air freshener.
If you’d like to talk to me about getting healthy, please call, text, or email me. We can put together a holistic wellness program that combines massage, exercise, detox, nutritional supplementation, aromatherapy, etc.
Weight Loss (and Metabolism)
We just recently finished an 8-week weight-loss community challenge with the Biggest Loser. The goal was to get people to lose weight, not by focusing on weight-loss, per se, but by focusing on being healthy. Because, if you work on being healthy and you are overweight, then you will begin to lose weight.
When I introduce people to my Complete Wellness System, I don’t necessarily focus on their particular health issue. I focus on making the body healthy. So, if you’re trying to lose weight, the last thing you want to do is go on a weight-loss diet fad. It’s been proven time and again that they don’t work. The idea is not to kill yourself for three months to lose weight and then go back to your old unhealthy habits. Guess what? You’ll gain the weight back. The idea is to change the way you think about health and weight-loss, make permanent healthy changes to your life, and the rest will fall into place.
There was an article out recently in the NY Times where they went back and checked on all the people who had won the Biggest Loser tv show. It turns out that most of them gained a lot of the weight back. Some are even heavier now than they were before the show! The article talked about how the people had lowered their metabolism and because of that, so many of their calories were turning to fat. Without getting too deep into the weeds, the article focused on the old theory of calories in vs. calories out. Let me tell you why I think this is wrong.
First of all, all calories are not the same. Compare a 2,000 calorie diet of fresh fruits and vegetables versus a 2,000 calorie diet of cake and ice cream. Huge difference. One diet is full of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, etc. The other is full of empty calories. It’s kind of a silly comparison, but I think you get my point. Dr. Katz puts it this way:
“…you’ll look at the literature at large that a diet made up mostly of, and folks, here’s the epiphany, shocker, diet made up mostly of vegetables, fruits, grains, beans, lentils, nuts, and seeds with or without fish and seafood, with or without dairy, with or without some lean meat and poultry, with or without eggs, but mostly vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, lentils, nuts, and seeds, and when you’re thirsty, drink water, that’s it. That’s the formula. We don’t need to bog down into cutting saturated fat or not. The answer is if you eat those foods mostly, your diet is low in saturated fat.”
The same goes with sodium and sugar. The point is that if you eat healthy, you don’t have to worry about fat, salt, sugar, etc. Therefore, I try not to count calories. It puts your mind in the wrong place and gets your focus off the important stuff. Typically, when people try to lose weight, they try to cut calories. Here’s the problem. If you’re eating a diet high in calories with no nutritional value, and you reduce those calories, are you getting any more nutritional value? No. You’re just eating less junk food. And if you reduce your calories too much, your body will go into starvation mode and hang on to your fat storage in order to keep you from dying. It will reduce your metabolism to save energy. By cutting your calories too much, you’re resetting your metabolism at a lower rate, so when you start eating again, you’ll get fatter faster!
So what do we do to lose weight and keep it off? I look at the type of food you’re eating and the nutrients you’re putting into your body. Here are some of the nutrients needed for weight management:
Asparagine: an amino acid that increases insulin sensitivity which helps your body store energy in muscle rather than fat.
Biotin: improves glycemic control (stabilizes blood sugar) and lowers insulin. It boosts metabolism
Carnitine: Helps to reduce belly fat (visceral adiposity). Carries fatty acids into the cell where they are burned for fuel.
Calcium: inhibits the formation of fat cells and helps burn fat cells.
Lipoic Acid: helps burn carbs more efficiently and improves glucose uptake into cells.
Chromium: makes body more sensitive to insulin which helps reduce body fat and increase muscle.
Vitamin B5: activates the enzyme lipase which burns fat.
Magnesium: increases insulin sensitivity by stimulating metabolism. Low magnesium impairs your ability to use glucose for fuel, instead storing it as fat.
Glutamine: Reduces fat mass by improving glucose uptake into the muscle.
Cysteine: reduces body fat in obese people
Inositol: may increase adiponectin levels. Adiponectin is a weight-loss hormone secreted by fat cells.
Vitamin B3 (niacin): increases adiponectin. Niacin bound with chromium can reduce body weight.
Vitamin A: reduces size of fat cells, and reduces a person’s tendency to store food as fat.
Vitamin E: inhibits pre-fat cells from changing into mature fat cells, reducing body fat.
Vitamin D: deficiency in D linked to poor metabolism of carbs.
Vitamin K: helps metabolize sugars. Deficiency linked to excess fat tissue.
Zinc: deficiency reduces leptin, a hormone that regulates appetite.
(list provided by Spectracell Labs)
You may notice that a lot of these nutrients affect insulin. Insulin plays a key role in fat metabolism (and diabetes.) So, my question to you is this, are you getting the nutrients you need (whether in food or supplements) that help you lose weight? My guess is no.
Another factor in weight-loss is boosting your metabolism. Some of the nutrients that help boost metabolism include:
Capsicum: a fruit extract from hot peppers. Helps manage appetite and increases thermogenesis.
Garcinia Cambogia: from a tropical fruit. The main ingredient is hydroxycitric acid (you may have heard of Hydroxy-cut.)
Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA): found in meat and dairy and some vegetable oils. Helps maintain normal fat metabolism and muscle.
What is the answer to losing weight? First, stop counting calories. You’re looking in the wrong place. Focus on the calorie to nutrient ratio.
Next, do a detox to get rid of all the toxins in your body that are slowing down your system. By the way, toxins are stored in fat cells, so getting rid of toxins and fat cells go hand-in-hand. By removing toxins from your system, it allows your internal organs to operate more efficiently.
Next, get rid of all the junk food in your house. If it’s in your cupboard, it’s more likely than not that you’re going to eat it in your hour of weakness.
Next, go to your farmers market and buy locally grown fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds.
Next, get a high-quality vitamin/mineral supplement that has all (or most) of the items listed above. (I have a special Weight Management formula that I sell that expressly focuses on nutrients needed for weight loss.)
Next, exercise a little. Anything is better than nothing. Walk around the block a few times. Go to the gym. Bike, jog, rollerblade, dance. Whatever you can do, move your body!
Next, when eating, think about portion control and glycemic index. Don’t over-eat. Eat slowly to give your brain time to realize that you’ve had enough. If you eat too quickly, you’ll over-eat. Eat foods lower on the glycemic index. The glycemic index ranks the amount of carbs in food. The lower the number, the better. Under 55 is considered good. The foods with a low glycemic index are more slowly digested, absorbed, and metabolized, and cause a lower rise in blood sugar.
There you have it. This is a brief and simple way for you to begin losing weight. Give it a try and let me know how it goes. I have workouts online if you want to workout at home. I have pharmaceutical-grade nutritional supplements if you need some. If you need a diet plan specifically for you, we can do that. If you want more information, I wrote a book on how to lose weight naturally. You can download it from my website. www.ulti-health.com.
Essential oils are one of many modalities I use to promote health. Essential oils have been used for thousands of years in places like Cyprus, Pompeii, and ancient Egypt. They were also used in Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic medicine. Where do essential oils come from? They are extracted from plants, trees, roots, nuts, leaves, bark, etc. Oils can be used internally or externally. They can be used in extracts, poultices, salves, and massage oil. They can be mixed with things like honey, flax oil, or coconut oil to be eaten or put in tea.
I put Essential Oils in the same category as herbal therapy and aromatherapy. For example, oregano can be a spice or an essential oil. Oregano is also used in nutraceuticals. Eucalyptus is used topically in massage oil and also used in diffusers for aromatherapy. Lavender is used in aromatherapy to enhance sleep, improve mood, and decrease moodiness. It is also used topically for cuts, burns, and various skin conditions. Many of you know the story of Jesus where the Magi brought gifts including frankincense. But did you know that recent research has suggested that frankincense can kill cancer cells and promote health in non-cancerous cells.
Some of the top essential oils include:
According to BoiSource Naturals, compared to food and vitamins, essential oils have much more antioxidant capacity (antioxidants are needed to combat free radical damage.) For example:
Food and Vitamins:
Vitamin E – 3,309
Pomogranates – 3,037
Blueberries – 2,400
Kale – 1,770
Clove – 1,078,700
Myrrh – 379,800
Coriander – 298,300
So, you can see the incredible amount of antioxidants contained in essential oils.
Let’s take a couple of samples. The essential oil of Cloves is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, analgesic, and antiseptic. Many of today’s current diseases are inflammatory diseases. (Anything that ends in “-itis” is inflammatory}. As an anti-fungal, Clove oil is effective against such things as candida. In dentistry, Clove oil was used for numbing and pain relief as well as slowing decay and de-mineralization.
Eucalyptus is one of my favorite essential oils. It is anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial. It is very effective in respiratory support because of its anti-inflammatory properties. A recent study showed that inhaled eucalyptus oil was effective in treating COPD. Eucalyptus is also an expectorant which comes in handy when you have a head cold or the flu. You can also use eucalyptus as a scalp tonic by mixing it with a carrier oil such as olive oil or coconut oil. It will help moisturize your scalp. Personally, I put eucalyptus in my massage oil (along with some other essential oils), so that when you receive one of my massages, you are getting both the positive effects of aromatherapy and the external effects of the oil on your skin.
Frankincense has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for such things as wound healing, arthritis, and hormonal issues. It has enormous anti-cancer potential, can boost immunity, and is anti-inflammatory and a pain-reliever. Lab tests have shown that one of the main ingredients in Frankincense, boswellic acids, are cytotoxic to ovarian cancer. Other studies have demonstrated similar effects on bladder, breast, colon, skin, stomach, and pancreatic cancers. Hopefully, as science progresses, we will find more ways to utilize Frankincense in cancer treatment and other health treatments.
As you can see, essential oils offer a lot of health benefits for a myriad of health issues. The quality of oils you use is very important. Essential oils are highly concentrated, therefore there are right ways and wrong ways to use essential oils, so please consult a professional before using them (especially if you plan to take them internally.)
Typically, when we talk about medicine, we think about pharmaceutical drugs. Therefore, the first thing I want to do is take the “medicine” out of Natural Medicine. Hippocrates (the Father of Medicine) once said, “Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food.” Even back then, he understood that nature and food provides what we need to be healthy.
Let’s talk briefly about pharmaceuticals. How do these companies come up with pharmaceutical drugs? Many times, they will start with an herb and try to find the one chemical compound that they believe makes that herb effective in treating some underlying dysfunction in the body. Then they take that compound to the laboratory, boost that compound, and create a synthetic drug that they can patent and trademark, so they can make billions of dollars. Pharmaceuticals, by their very nature, are toxic to your system. That’s why they come with a list of side effects. Some people are taking drugs to counteract the side effects created by another drug. That’s why many people are taking multiple drugs. For example, you may take one drug for depression which may cause headaches, so you take another drug for headaches which causes intestinal discomfort, so you take yet another drug for your intestines. Its kind of crazy, yet we’re conditioned to think that is normal. One thing that most drug companies won’t tell you is that when you take their drug, it is not only toxic to your liver or kidneys (your main detoxifiers) but it also interferes with your absorption of needed vitamins and minerals. If you then look at the side effects associated with a lack of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients, you may find that those are the exact same side effects listed in small print on the drug.
For example, some drug side effects include muscle weakness, jitteriness, muscle cramps, body aches, etc. Interestingly, a deficiency in calcium could lead to body aches, nervousness, and muscle cramps. Other drug side effects include gas, bloating, constipation, and food sensitivities. Would it surprise you if I told you that lack of enzymes could lead to bloating, constipation, gas, food sensitivities, and toxic conditions. I just saw a drug ad on TV, and one of the side effects was urinary tract infection and bowel issues. Can you guess the deficiency signs of probiotics? You got it – yeast overgrowth, bowel disease, gas and bloating, etc.
There have been many doctors across the country who have cured people of various diseases from diabetes to cancer to irritable bowel syndrome by utilizing natural means. Unfortunately, one can get into some serious legal trouble by stating that you’ve “cured” any disease. So what is the answer?
As a Natural Health Practitioner, I cannot cure or treat any disease. What I can do is look at the underlying cause of your disease and work on facilitating your own body’s regenerative abilities to heal itself. Your body was made to heal itself. Think about a bruise, cutting your finger, breaking a bone, etc. Your body will always try to heal itself, because your body always moves toward health. That’s what your immune system is for. That system not only works externally but internally, as well. If a smoker stops smoking, the lungs will begin to heal. If you eat enzymes and probiotics, your gut will move toward health. Your body is an intricate machine. If one thing gets thrown off track, it could create a cascade of events that could lead to “dis-ease”.
For example, if you have acid indigestion, you may take some type of acid-blocker. Lack of HCl could lead to high blood pressure, mental fatigue, mineral deficiencies (especially calcium), protein deficiencies, mineral deficiencies, and heartburn. Your stomach needs hydrochloric acid in order to activate pepsin which is needed to digest protein. When protein is undigested, it sits in your stomach, begins to decompose, and turns acidic, which could actually lead to more acid indigestion. As it moves through the intestines, it does not get digested, leads to acidity in the system, does not get broken down into amino acids, can become toxic to your system which could lead to Leaky Gut syndrome and other intestinal issues.
That’s just one example. You can typically look at any dis-ease and trace it back to its origin. Natural medicine will then look at using food, nutrients, nutritional supplementation, detoxification, exercise, and relaxation to restore the body to health. There will always be naysayers who will say that Natural Medicine doesn’t work. But where our typical medical model focuses on chemical interactions, Natural Medicine looks at the whole body and the whole system. Hence the term “Wholistic” or “Holistic”.
If you are taking drugs and are interested in looking at a more natural approach to health, please contact me. Of course, I never suggest stopping your meds without your doctor’s approval. If we can get your body healthy, your doctor should naturally reduce your meds because you no longer need it. Luckily, many doctors are beginning to see the value of a healthy lifestyle on your overall health. And if you listen closely to some of those drug ads, you might just hear something like, “along with a good diet and exercise…” so that gives me hope.
Biggest Loser Community Challenge
Let’s get healthy! Ultimate Health is working with the Pacific Palisades Chamber of Commerce to partner with the Biggest Loser Community Challenge. This is not a Weight Loss program. It’s all about Health and Wellness. We’re setting up teams of four people to compete with other teams. This is an extensive online and interactive program. I was asked, “how much commitment do I have to give?” You can put as much or as little effort into the program as you wish. Because it’s online and interactive, you track your progress online. Your team members and your coach are there to keep you motivated.
Here are some of the things offered:
Team vs. Team competition
Powerful team building
8 weeks of unique challenges
Individual Private Wellness Account
Interactive Health Tools
Motivation from Celebrities
Fitness videos and tracking
Nutrition tracking, recipes, and meal plans
Over 10,000 prizes available to win:
Personal training with Dolvett Quince
Trips to the finale of the Biggest Loser
Week-long stay at Biggest Loser Resort
Garmin Vivofit fitness trackers
Signed copies of Dolvett’s 3-1-2-1 Diet book
If you would like to be on my Ultimate Health Team, let’s make this big! It’s only $25 per person for the 8-week program. And 20% goes to the Chamber, so you’re helping a good cause.
I am part of an non-profit called Help for Stroke. We are trying to educate people on what a stroke is, how to avoid having a stroke, and what to do after you’ve had one. Did you know:
Help for Stroke was founded by two time stroke survivor Richard Horton in 2012. Unexpectedly in 2011, after suffering 2 strokes, Richard found himself at a crossroads. Unable to walk, speak and effectively communicate in any way, he evaluated his condition and ability to fully recover. Although he knew it would be a long road and effort he chose to put aside his current condition and persevere to full recovery. It challenged him to explore his brain in new ways requiring him to change his diet, relearn walking, speaking and maintaining a positive outlook on his future despite the circumstance.
In and out of hospitals for several months, Richard learned the problems in his own life that put him face to face with stroke. He learned consistently high blood pressure for an extended period of years was the catalyst to that day in 2011. Through physical therapy, family support and a team of doctors and educators, Richard found out about how much he could have done to prevent a stroke. As he has continued to recover he’s naturally become passionate about stroke prevention.
Prior to the stroke Richard managed and worked with world renowned jazz artists to the tune of Paul Jackson, Jr., Doc Powell, Kirk Whalum, Ron Brown and Oleta Adams to name a few. Having come from a musical background Help for Stroke’s founder is shaping the organization to be one of inspiration through music and health education.
Post stroke, Richard’s 26 year career in insurance has helped bring him to meet and help many other stroke survivors find hope in recovery and the necessity of health care. The Mission of Help For Stroke is to expand stroke awareness, provide access to information to prevent the occurrence of stroke, provide useful information on health care and nutrition to the public, survivors, as well as caregivers to help prevent the reoccurrence of stroke.
HFS, also provides forums and events focusing on Help For Caregivers, providing activities to support this overlooked community.
Board of Directors
Richard Horton www.helpforstroke.org
Dr. Alison McKenzie https://www.chapman.edu/ourfaculty/alisonmckenzie
Ronald Wheeler https://www.linkedin.com/in/ronaldwheeler1448b080
Bill Shuttic https://www.ulti-health.com
Tamyia “Tugene” Davis www.tugenedavis.com
Please take a moment to view the videos we use to assist us in spreading stroke awareness
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Need your help!
If you are a Stroke Survivor, or if you have a friend or family member who is a Stroke Survivor, and you would like to help our cause, we are looking for short videos of people who have been through a stroke (themselves or in the family). If you are willing to send us a brief 30-60 second video, we would greatly appreciate it. You can start with, “I had a stroke” or “My dad had a stroke” and then explain what it was like for you. If we like your video, we may use it on our website or in our marketing.
I had a conversation with a friend the other day who brought up something called “Functional Medicine” that he had never heard of before. I found that a little surprising, because I have known about Functional Medicine for a number of years, and what I practice as a Natural Health Practitioner is similar to Functional Medicine.
Functional Medicine is the 21st Century medical model. It is a bridge between Western Allopathic Medicine and Natural Medicine. It addresses the underlying cause of disease using a systems-oriented approach that creates a “partnership” between the practitioner and patient. For example, comparing the two forms of medicine:
Client is biochemically unique Treats everyone with same diagnosis
Focus on cause Focus on symptoms
In general, Functional Medicine is client-focused, works on balancing functional “systems”, integrates physical, mental, and emotional health, pinpoints the underlying cause of disease, based on lifestyle changes, nutrition, exercise, and is interested in outcomes rather than suppressing symptoms.
Let me give you a couple examples. Heart disease is the #1 cause of death in the United States (approx. 597,000 deaths/year.) If you go to the typical Western Allopathic doctor with a heart condition, you are likely to go home with a couple bottles of pharmaceutical drugs such as anti-coagulants like Warfarin (Coumadin), Haparin, Xarelto, Pradaxa, Eliquis, etc. Or, you may get an ACE Inhibitor like Lotensin, Capoten, Vasotec, Monopril, Zestril, Univasc, or others. Other pharmaceuticals include Beta Blockers, Calcium Channel Blockers, Vasodilators, Diuretics, and Statins like Lipitor and Crestor. The amount of pharmaceuticals we consume can make your head spin. Here is a piece of information you may not know: Iatrogenic death (death by doctor) is the 3rd leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer (approx. 225,000 deaths/year.)
Conversely, Functional Medicine (and Natural Medicine) will focus less on taking meds to stop the symptoms and more on the underlying cause of the heart issue and what can be done to boost heart function. So, if you go to a Functional Medicine Doctor or a Naturopathic Doctor, you may go home with a couple bottles of nutraceuticals (pharmaceutical-grade nutritional supplements) that are made up of herbs, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, etc. along with the advice to get more exercise and change your diet and even possibly a detox program. Your Functional Medicine Doctor may prescribe Fish Oil, Folic Acid and other B-Complex vitamins, Magnesium, Anti-Oxidants, and CoQ10. There are also a plethora of herbs that are good for the heart including Bee Pollen, Hawthorn, Astragalus, Garlic, Green Tea, Noni, Royal Jelly, Ginko Biloba, etc.
If you have arthritis, your Allopathic Doctor may prescribe an Anti-Inflammatory like Celebrex, a pain reliever like Oxycodone, Steroids like Cortisone, or others such as Prednisone, Plaquenil, or Trexall. You may just self-medicate with NSAIDs like Naproxen, Aspirin, Ibuprofen (Advil), Acetaminophen (Tylenol), etc. The downside is that NSAIDs can damage your intestinal tract, increase the risk of blood clots, heart attacks, and stroke. COX-2 Inhibitors may increase the risk of serious, even fatal stomach and intestinal adverse reactions such as ulcers, bleeding, perforations of the stomach or intestines, etc. More than 30 billion NSAIDs are sold in the U.S. The estimated number of annual hospitalizations in the U.S. for serious G.I. complications is at least 103,000 with costs exceeding $2 billion. There are over 16,500 NSAID-related deaths each year among arthritis patients.
A Functional Medicine Doctor or Naturopath might approach your arthritis differently. Arthritis may be classified as an inflammatory disorder or an autoimmune disease. Therefore, rather than prescribing a drug that blocks certain bodily functions (COX-2 Inhibitor), a more natural approach that focuses on inflammation and the immune system might be used. For example, the immune system can be negatively affected by, and inflammation can be caused by an overabundance of toxins in the system. Toxins can be bacterial, fungal, or parasitic. They can also come from preservatives, additives, alcohol, and trans-fats in our diet. Toxins are also present in the chemicals such as insecticides, herbicides, solvents, detergents, metals, and plastics in our air, water, etc. So, from a Functional Medicine perspective, we would look at removing inflammatory triggers, decreasing the toxic load to your body, optimize your G.I. (gastrointestinal) health by removing pathogens and controlling dsybiosis (overgrowth of bad bacteria), and correcting nutritional deficiencies. How do we do that? I always suggest starting off with a Detox Program in order to clean out the system. If you aren’t comfortable with that, a Functional Medicine Doctor may suggest an anti-inflammatory diet, have you start taking fish oil or other essential fatty acids, prescribe a Vitamin D supplement, take probiotics, or use anti-inflammatory and/or analgesic herbs such as White Willow Bark, Boswellia, Devil’s Claw, Aloe, Bee Propolis, etc. And, of course, there are a number of helpful nutraceuticals for reducing inflammation and boosting immunity. The good thing about this system is that it is natural and has very little, if any, side effects. Compare that to using pharmaceutical drugs that have a list of side effects a page long.
Functional Medicine is the new 21st Century medicine. It gets away from treating symptoms with synthetic chemicals which may be detrimental to your health in the long run. It is focused on you as an individual rather than lumping you in with everyone else. It is focused on your body’s systems (ie. Detox, Immune, Digestive, Endocrine, etc.) Therefore, I am a firm supporter of Functional Medicine, and I suggest you do some research into it.
As a Natural Health Practitioner, Nutritionist, Herbalist, Massage Therapist, and Personal Trainer, I am able to offer you a “Complete Wellness System” by integrating exercise, relaxation, nutrition, and detoxification into a single program. I utilize herbs, nutraceuticals, massage therapy and bodywork, and personal training to affect your health using multiple modalities. Look at the following list of Dis-eases and the list of potential side effects from pharmaceutical drugs. The choice is yours. If you are interested in getting together and discussing your health issues, please contact me.
Partial List of Dis-eases:
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
High blood pressure
Lou Gherrigs Disease
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Restless Leg Syndrome
Partial List of Potential Side Effects from Pharmaceutical Drugs:
Chronic (lasting a long time) inflammation of the stomach
Low magnesium levels in your body.
abnormal or fast heart beat
jerking movements or shaking (tremors)
spasms of the hands and feet
cramps or muscle aches
spasm of the voice box
Serious allergic reactions.