Laughter: A Healing Power

October 11th, 2013

Laughter  -  We all enjoying hearing it, we all enjoy doing it.  Laughter has natural healing powers.  It’s time to laugh more for your health!  Here’s why… 

For over a thousand years, long before the realm of modern science, age old proverbs reminded people of the healing power of laughter, 

A rejoicing heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Prov. 17:22

Dr. Don Colbert shares that laughter is one of his prescriptions to patients who come to be placed on nutritional programs. He has discovered that when he asks patients how often they laugh, most cancer patients respond, “I never laugh.” He prescribes 10 belly laughs a day for his patients. (1)

Research has shown a wide variety of healing aspects from laughter:

Pain Relief - A study of patients recovering from surgery showed that the group which was allowed to choose the humorous movies they saw benefited the most from the laughter therapy and required fewer pain-killers compared with a control group that saw none at all. (2) Other research has also shown laughter to increase one’s pain threshold. (4)

Lower Blood Pressure - Laughter reduces the levels of stress hormones such as cortisol, Immerse Yourself in the Full Healing Contemplation Here »

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Immune System Boosters

September 21st, 2013

Build your immunity with these easy-to-implement helps.

Any time is a great time to build your immune system, but such focus is especially helpful when there are extra viruses circulating at the job, grocery store, school, etc.

Here are a couple of tips we use:

1. Add lemon to your drinking water. If you are drinking the proper amount of water for your weight each day (weight x 50% = ounces per day), then you have plenty of opportunity to use lemon to build your immune system. Of course, do not just drop it into your water as they do at restaurants; squeeze the juice of a slice into each glass of water you drink.

2. Stimulate your immune system reflex points. You can follow this link to see a chart of reflex point that you can press on to stimulate your immune system. This site recommends using this technique 3 times a week. Our chiropractor has us do a different immune system stimulator, rubbing on the outside of the left knee, rubbing about 6 inches up the thigh towards the hip, for about 30 seconds.

3. Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables. Experts used to recommend 5+ ½ cup servings a day; though most of us do not eat that much of fresh or lightly steamed vegetables and fruit daily, I found a link that will give you the amounts to eat based on your age, gender, and daily Immerse Yourself in the Full Healing Contemplation Here »

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Improve Your Body’s Defense Against Flu & Other Infections

November 17th, 2012

Below are a variety of favorite suggestions by well-known physicians for natural ways to optimize your body’s natural health defenses through supplements and some common health practices. 

Dr. Holtorf  of the Holtorf Medical Group posted a question and answer session online from his interview with an international news network.  Here is a quote from his suggestions to prevent viruses and infections. Use the link in the footnote to read the full article.

Natural ways to prevent an infection include vitamin D 5000-15,000 per day (best to check levels), zinc 50 mg/day, vitamin C 3000 mg/day, licorice root extract and miataki mushroom D-fraction. There are good combination products available (Virunex, Immunostim). Nasal colloidal silver can be very effective. It is very safe, and no virus has ever been shown to develop resistance to silver. (1)

Dr. Joseph Mercola is also a strong advocate of optimizing your vitamin D levels, not just for flu prevention but daily health. It is also one of the least expensive ways to be proactive.

He makes 2 strong statements advocating vitamin D:

-Optimizing your vitamin D levels is the absolute best strategy for avoiding infections of all kinds.
-Vitamin D deficiency is the most likely true culprit behind seasonal flu, not the flu virus itself. (2)

Here are his 2 suggested standards for vitamin D supplements: Immerse Yourself in the Full Healing Contemplation Here »

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Natural Remedies for Adrenal Fatigue

July 28th, 2012

Table of contents for Adrenal Fatigue:

  1. Is Adrenal Fatigue the Cause of Your Weakness?
  2. Natural Remedies for Adrenal Fatigue

This is Part 2 of a two-part post.  In Part 1, we covered symptoms of adrenal fatigue, lifestyle factors affecting it, and a quick 5 minute test that you can do to determine if your weakness is adrenal related.  If you missed Part 1, please use the series link above to read this valuable info.

Both Supplements and Lifestyle changes are necessary to repair adrenal function and recover from adrenal fatigue.

These supplement suggestions are from a combination of health sites. See the footnotes below.

Supplements-

Vitamin B-5 (Pantothenic Acid) – B5 is a key building block for the adrenals. 1500 mg a day can restock adrenal reserves and alleviate symptoms.
Licorice Root – This prevents the body from breaking down the adrenal hormones too quickly.
Vitamin C with bioflavonoids – 2,000-4,000 mg/day sustained release
Vitamin # with tocopherols –  800 IU’s a day
Magnesium Citrate – 400-1200 mg in the powdered form
Proline – 500 mg daily to rebuild weak connective tissues. There is a correlation between weak connective tissues and adrenal insufficiency.
Dessicated Adrenal Gland – This is extremely important to adrenal repair as it provides raw materials to rebuild as well as contains adrenal hormones.
Sea Salt – 1/8  to 1/2 t. in 8 oz of water upon rising and at least a half-hour before you have the lowest energy of the day. (5)

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Be proactive and make Lifestyle Changes to restore your adrenal health and energy.

Dr. Wilson of Adrenal Fatigue.org encourages taking control of your life:

Optimal adrenal health is one of the major keys to the enjoyment of life. If you have adrenal fatigue, you can fully live life again by making the necessary lifestyle and dietary changes to treat your disorder. (6)

Physicians from WomentoWomen.com make a similar beneficial challenge:

Remember, you may feel too tired to make changes now, but by moving forward in stages, you’ll build the strength you need to stay with it. You will love how you feel when you do! (7)

Here are Lifestyle Changes recommended by Dr. Wilson and others as footnoted.

  • Sleeping until 9 a.m. as often as possible
  • Eat breakfast within 1 hour of waking, no later than 10 am and lunch between 11-noon. (9)
  • Avoid eating fruit at breakfast.  See list of fruits to be avoided by those with adrenal fatigue in footnote (10).
  • Lying down during your work breaks around 10 am and between 3-5 pm.
  • Eat a nutritious snack between 2-3 pm to get you through the natural dip in cortisol around 3-4 pm (9)
  • Eat a light dinner 5-6 pm. (9)
  • Laughing
  • Exercising
  • Minimizing stress
  • Taking negative people out of your life
  • Eating regular meals
  • Chewing well, at least 30 times per mouthful
  • Doing something fun each day
  • Combining unrefined (whole grain) carbohydrates with protein and oils
  • For best blood sugar levels, combine fat, protein and complex carbohydrates (like whole grains) at every meal and snack
  • Avoid hydrogenated fats, caffeine, chocolate, white carbohydrates, and  junk food
  • Eating five to six servings of vegetables each day
  • Early bedtimes (8)

You can make the easy changes suggested by these experts in adrenal fatigue and have the energy you need to get back to a more enjoyable life!

Dr. Wilson states that if you are committed to your treatment plan, you can expect adrenal fatigue to heal in 6 to 9 months for minor adrenal fatigue, 12 to 18 months for moderate fatigue, and up to 24 months for severe adrenal fatigue. (11)

5.  Adrenal supplements list from Heal with Hope and Natural Cure Remedy.
6. Dr. Wilson’s quote
7. WomentoWomen.com quote

8. Lifestyle changes  list from Heal with Hope and Project Aware.
9. Dietary Changes from WomentoWomen.com
10. List of acceptable fruits and fruits to be avoided during adrenal fatigue.

11. Recovery estimates from AdrenalFatigue.org

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Is Adrenal Fatigue the Cause of Your Weakness?

July 25th, 2012

Table of contents for Adrenal Fatigue:

  1. Is Adrenal Fatigue the Cause of Your Weakness?
  2. Natural Remedies for Adrenal Fatigue

If you have consistent low energy, especially upon standing, and have been unable to find a medical cause, you may want to check the possibility of adrenal fatigue.

Your adrenal glands not only give you bursts of energy for your “fight or flight” mode, but are responsible for increasing the flow of blood when you need to put out energy, such as just standing up from a lying or sitting position. With adrenal fatigue, which is common after long periods of extreme stress or for people with easily stressed personalities, the adrenal glands are unable to produce adequate quantities of its hormones, particularly cortisol.(1) Unfortunately, it is an often overlooked medical condition.

We had a friend who had passed out upon standing up and thereafter was consistently having difficulty just getting the energy to stand.  The lack of blood to his head was causing dizziness and lightheadedness.  He went through 6 months of medical testing at the hospital with no conclusive results.

In only 5 minutes, you can easily do a self test with a home blood pressure kit to see if you have adrenal fatigue.

Finally, a different doctor did the Ragland’s blood pressure test on him and in less than 5 minutes discovered the cause to be adrenal fatigue.  With the Ragland test, you take your blood pressure while lying down and resting.  Then, stand up and immediately take your blood pressure again. The systolic pressure (the first number) should go up about 10 points.  If it stays the same or drops, you probably have adrenal fatigue. (2)

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Here are some lifestyle factors that contribute to adrenal fatigue.

As I mentioned, an easily stressed personality overworks the adrenals, but these common lifestyle factors also contribute to it, provided by AdrenalFatigue.org (3):

  • Lack of sleep
  • Poor food choices (white flour, low fiber, sugar, few vegetables or fruit, lack of raw food, etc.)
  • Using sweet or salty food and sweetened or caffeinated drinks as stimulants when tired
  • Staying up late even though tired
  • Feeling/acting powerless
  • Constantly driving yourself
  • Trying to be perfect
  • Staying in no win situations
  • Too few of enjoyable and rejuvenating activities

Adrenal Fatigue from prolonged emotional stress and/or other stressful lifestyle habits, as listed above, is likely to produce the following symptoms:

  • Impaired cognitive performance
  • Low thyroid function
  • Blood sugar imbalances, such as hyperglycemia
  • Decreased bone density
  • Sleep disruption
  • Decreased muscle mass
  • Low blood pressure
  • Lowered immune function
  • Slow wound healing
  • Increased abdominal fat, which has a stronger correlation to heart attacks, strokes, higher levels of “bad” cholesterol (LDL), lower levels of “good” cholesterol (HDL). (4)
  • Brain fog, cloudy-headedness and mild depression
  • Fatigue – especially morning and mid-afternoon fatigue
  • Lowered immune function
  • Inflammation

This is Part 1 of a two-part post.  In Part 2, we will cover Natural Remedies for Adrenal Fatigue.

1.  Definition of adrenal fatigue
2.  Ragland’s Blood Pressure Test  for Adrenal Fatigue (self test)
3.  Contributing lifestyle factors
4. Adrenal fatigue symtoms  at Adrenal Fatigue Quiz and Cortisol and Adrenal Function

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Olive Leaf Extract: The New Multi-Faceted Supplement

May 26th, 2012

From Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia to Diabetes, High Blood Pressure and Cholesterol, Olive Leaf Extract Should be of Interest to You!

After seeing a comment on a webpage about olive leaf extract solving digestion issues, it spurred my interest to do some research on it.  I wanted to post for you excerpts from 2 of those articles as I was amazed at what I found. 

According to the Nutritional Supplement Educational Centre, the use of olive leaf extract for health benefits has been common to the Mediterranean culture, though more recently popular in the nutritional supplement industry. Olive leaf extract gained international attention when studies showed it to have an antioxidant capacity almost double green tea extract and 400% higher than vitamin C. (2)

Here is a sampling of olive leaf extract benefits listed by the NSEC:

1.  Boosts weakened immune system by neutralizing free radical cell damage.

2.  Naturally kills pathogens such as bacteria, parasites, viruses, and fungi, by preventing them from reproducing.

3.  Lowers blood pressure.

4.  Lowers high cholesterol. Immerse Yourself in the Full Healing Contemplation Here »

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Natural Lupus Treatment and Lifestyle Changes Part 2

March 11th, 2012

Table of contents for Lupus

  1. Lupus Symptoms & Causes Part 1
  2. Natural Lupus Treatment and Lifestyle Changes Part 2

Natural supplements and lifestyle changes can bring significant improvement to lupus by strengthening the immune system and lessoning the risk of other disease with overall better health.

Due to the lack of progress in a cure for lupus and the frequent side effects from the long-term usage of prescribed corticosteroid, implementing a healthy diet, body cleansing, exercise, and natural supplements offer promising options toward a better life for those diagnosed with lupus.

Long-term use of corticosteroids, such as used in the treatment of SLE, can result in adrenal atrophy and suppression of the body’s natural defenses in the immune system. In addition, the treatment often results in side effects such as:

  • mood swings
  • depression
  • generalized edema of body and face
  • redistribution of body fat to the abdomen
  • weight gain
  • lethargy (1)

We are going to briefly cover lupus research results from 4 various health sites, and then take a detailed look at the research and lifestyle changes suggested by Dr. Ray Sahelian, which will be extremely helpful for lupus sufferer determined to improve his or her health.

**It should be noted that there are some slight variations in suggested supplements between the sites. I want to emphasize 2 main points in this regard:

1. I would suggest avoiding any supplement that is questioned as safe by even 1 of the following doctors unless you first discuss it with your physician and have a plan for discerning possible side effects.

2. Before taking any new supplement, research it for any possible side effects relevant to your health, such as allergies, interaction with prescriptions, affect on blood pressure, etc.  The first site is one I have used personally; the second is one I just came across.

Medline Plus Medical Encyclopedia              Personal Health Zone

Prevention.com focuses on Omega 3 Fish Oils and Antioxidants for lupus improvement.

The omega 3 fatty acids in fish oil — EPA and DHA — has prevented autoimmune lupus in animals. Studies on humans have been shown to decrease inflammation. 20 grams of fish oil per day combined with a low-fat diet led to significant improvement in 14 out of 17 SLE patients in only 12 weeks. Lower amounts of fish oil did not help.(2) Immerse Yourself in the Full Healing Contemplation Here »

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Lupus Symptoms & Causes Part 1

March 8th, 2012

Table of contents for Lupus

  1. Lupus Symptoms & Causes Part 1
  2. Natural Lupus Treatment and Lifestyle Changes Part 2

What is Lupus?

Lupus is a condition that affects about 5 million people worldwide, 1.5 million of those being in the USA alone. 70% of those cases are systemic lupus; in half of the SLE cases, major organs such as the heart, lungs, kidneys, or brain are affected.(1) As Lupus is an autoimmune disease of unknown origin with no effective treatment, we are going to first take a look at the basics: its effect on the body, lupus symptoms, possible causes, and “why” natural remedies. This is Part 1 of a 2 part post. In Part 2, we will cover suggested lifestyle changes to improve and possibly overcome the symptoms of Lupus.

What Does Lupus do in the Body?

Lupus an autoimmune disease; it compromises the immune system, causing the body to attack healthy cells and tissues from within. There are many different types of Lupus, with no two people experiencing the same combination of symptoms.(2)

Symptoms of Lupus

The symptoms of Lupus vary greatly, depending on the type. Discoid lupus erythematosus is usually limited to effects on the skin while systemic lupus erythematosus attacks internal tissues. Hence the abbreviations DLE or SLE. SLE is then also divided into subgroups based on the severity of the disease. (5)

The symptoms of DLE are:

Chronic inflammation, sores, and scarring on the skin, including the face, scalp, ears, and body.

The non-organ-threatening type of SLE often has symptoms of:

severe fatigue, dyspnea, fever, swollen glands and joints, muscle and joint pain, and rashes or other skin conditions

The organ-threatening type has the same symptoms listed above, as well as negative affects on: Immerse Yourself in the Full Healing Contemplation Here »

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Adrenal Fatigue: Natural Remedies

September 28th, 2010

If you have consistent low energy, especially upon standing, and have been unable to find a medical cause, you may want to check the possibility of adrenal fatigue.

Your adrenal glands not only give you bursts of energy for your “fight or flight” mode, but are responsible for increasing the flow of blood when you need to put out energy, such as just standing up from a lying or sitting position. With adrenal fatigue, which is common after long periods of extreme stress or for people with easily stressed personalities, the adrenal glands are unable to produce adequate quantities of its hormones, particularly cortisol.(1) Unfortunately, it is an often overlooked medical condition.

We had a friend who had passed out upon standing up and thereafter was consistently having difficulty just getting the energy to stand.  The lack of blood to his head was causing dizziness and lightheadedness.  He went through 6 months of medical testing at the hospital with no conclusive results.

In only 5 minutes, you can easily do a self test with a home blood pressure kit to see if you have adrenal fatigue.

Finally, a different doctor did the Ragland’s blood pressure test on him and in less than 5 minutes discovered the cause to be adrenal fatigue.  With the Ragland test, you take your blood pressure while lying down and resting.  Then, stand up and immediately take your blood pressure again. The systolic pressure (the first number) should go up about 10 points.  If it stays the same or drops, you probably have adrenal fatigue. (2)

Here are some lifestyle factors that contribute to adrenal fatigue.

As I mentioned, an easily stressed personality overworks the adrenals, but these common lifestyle factors also contribute to it, provided by AdrenalFatigue.org (3): Immerse Yourself in the Full Healing Contemplation Here »

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Improve Your Body’s Natural Defense Against Swine Flu and Other Infections

November 3rd, 2009

Table of contents for Swine Flu

  1. Why You Should be Concerned about the Swine Flu Vaccine and Your Family
  2. Empower Yourself with Knowledge of the Flu Vaccine Types
  3. Improve Your Body’s Natural Defense Against Swine Flu and Other Infections

There are natural ways to optimize your body’s natural health defenses through supplements and some common health practices.

Dr. Kent Holtorf of the Holtorf Medical Group drew international attention after an interview with Fox News about why his own children will not be receiving the swine flu vaccine. People are not always aware of the ways to improve their health and the body’s own defense against the flu and other infections.

Dr. Holtorf posted a question and answer session online about the swine flu (dated April 2009). Here is a quote from his suggestions to prevent viruses and infections. Use the link in the footnote to read the full article.

Natural ways to prevent an infection include vitamin D 5000-15,000 per day (best to check levels), zinc 50 mg/day, vitamin C 3000 mg/day, licorice root extract and miataki mushroom D-fraction. There are good combination products available (Virunex, Immunostim). Nasal colloidal silver can be very effective. It is very safe, and no virus has ever been shown to develop resistance to silver. (1)

Dr. Joseph Mercola is also a strong advocate of optimizing your vitamin D levels, not just for flu prevention but daily health. It is also one of the least expensive ways to be proactive.

He makes 2 strong statements advocating vitamin D:

-Optimizing your vitamin D levels is the absolute best strategy for avoiding infections of all kinds.
-Vitamin D deficiency is the most likely true culprit behind seasonal flu, not the flu virus itself. (2)

Here are his 2 suggested standards for vitamin D supplements: Immerse Yourself in the Full Healing Contemplation Here »

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Laughter: A Healing Power

May 26th, 2009

Reading Level: Leisurely

Laughter  -  It is something we all enjoying hearing, something we all enjoy doing.  It has natural healing powers.  It’s time to do more of it! 

For over a thousand years, long before the realm of modern science, age old proverbs reminded people of the healing power of laughter, 

A rejoicing heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Prov. 17:22

Dr. Don Colbert shares that laughter is one of his prescriptions to patients who come to be placed on nutritional programs. He has discovered that when he asks patients how often they laugh, most cancer patients respond, “I never laugh.” He prescribes 10 belly laughs a day for his patients. (1)

Research has shown a wide variety of healing aspects from laughter:

Pain Relief - A study of patients recovering from surgery showed that the group which was allowed to choose the humorous movies they saw benefited the most from the laughter therapy and required fewer pain-killers compared with a control group that saw none at all. (2) Other research has also shown laughter to increase one’s pain threshold. (4)

Lower Blood Pressure - Laughter reduces the levels of stress hormones such as cortisol, epinephrine (adrenaline), and dopamine (4); stress hormones, on the other hand, increase the number of platelets, causing obstructions in the arteries and raising blood pressure. (3) Immerse Yourself in the Full Healing Contemplation Here »

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Superfoods Boost Overall Health

May 10th, 2009

Reading Level: Leisurely

You can significantly improve your overall health and nutrition for only a few dollars a day by incorporating super foods into your diet.

Superfoods (or super foods) are foods that are so rich in nutrients that they can treat or prevent disease. One can incorporate the natural forms into your daily meal plans or obtain the benefits of a wide variety that would be virtually impossible to eat by using one of the many new superfood supplements available. The following data and suggestions are excerpts from an article by Dr. David J.Foreman, Herbal Pharmacist, author of the monthly newsletter for the Vitamin Shoppe chain of stores. See the footnote below for a link to the complete article.(1)

According to Dr. Foreman’s research, most experts are now recommending 9 servings per day of fruits and vegetables.(1)

Few of us ever achieve that level on a daily basis. In addition, there are certain “superfoods” which have vastly higher amounts of beneficial phytonutrients and phytochemicals than the average fruit or vegetables one typcially eats. You should try to incorporate natural forms of these foods into your diet as much as possible, but also seriously consider a superfood supplement, as some superfoods are either not easy to fix or not tasty to the average person.

You can enjoy common health benefits from superfoods such as:

-Increased Energy
-Balancing of Your pH
-Strengthening Your Immune System
-Detoxifying Your Body
-Good Source of Fiber
-Nutrients More Easily Digested and Absorbed

Dr. Foreman personally saw major changes in his overall health after using a superfood supplement, including increased energy, better sleep, more effective digestion, clearer skin, and improved vision.

Here are some ways superfoods treat or prevent disease: Immerse Yourself in the Full Healing Contemplation Here »

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Immune System Boosters

February 27th, 2009

Reading Level: Leisurely

Build your immunity with these easy-to-implement helps.

Any time is a great time to build your immune system, but such focus is especially helpful when there are extra viruses circulating at the job and at school.

Here are a couple of tips we use:

1. Add lemon to your drinking water. If you are drinking the proper amount of water for your weight each day (weight x 50% = ounces per day), then you have plenty of opportunity to use lemon to build your immune system. Of course, do not just drop it into your water as they do at restaurants; squeeze the juice of a slice into each glass of water you drink.

2. Stimulate your immune system reflex points. You can follow this link to see a chart of reflex point that you can press on to stimulate your immune system. This site recommends using this technique 3 times a week. Our chiropractor has us do a different immune system stimulator, rubbing on the outside of the left knee, rubbing about 6 inches up the thigh towards the hip, for about 30 seconds.

3. Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables. Experts used to recommend 5+ ½ cup servings a day; though most of us do not eat that much of fresh or lightly steamed vegetables and fruit daily, I found a link that will give you the amounts to eat based on your age, gender, and daily physical activity levels. Click here to find your amounts of daily fruits and vegetables. Immerse Yourself in the Full Healing Contemplation Here »

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