Viruses — What You Need to Know

Posted by on Feb 1, 2015 in Ailments/Diseases, Exercise & Fitness, Health and Wellness, Newsletters, Supplements | 0 comments

Happy Fall! There is a lot of scare in the public right now as the Ebola virus is spreading. As we know through history viruses can have a grave impact on the population as seen with influenza and HIV.

How to Protect Yourself and Your Family

The most effective tool in combating a virus is to use the body itself by strengthening the immune system. The key is to strengthen and nourish the body with good nutrition so it can address the virus itself. Obviously once a serious virus has taken hold emergency medical means are necessary that would include IV fluids and possibly antibiotics as secondary infections can arise. I would also suggest IV Vitamin C.

Ways to Boost Immunity and Tackle a Virus

  • Healthy Diet – make sure your daily diet is filled with organic heavy dark green vegetables, such as kale, spinach, chard, broccoli, arugula, and watercress. Fruits such as papaya, mango, banana, and large goose berries are beneficial. Limit fruit to one piece a day to avoid excess sugar intake. Integrate culinary herbs, such as basil, cilantro, oregano, parsley, and thyme. Use and cook with ginger, turmeric, onions, and garlic. Organic sprouts such as sunflower, radish, and onion are very beneficial. Stay away from alfalfa sprouts as they are more prone to bacterial problems. Avoid or eat very little red meat, alcohol, sugars, and dairy. Try to avoid tubers/root vegetables and peas because of higher carbohydrate content.
  • Keep Candida (Yeast/Fungus) Levels in Balance – yeast and fungus are a banquet for viruses. Candida overgrowth and its toxins weaken an immune system allowing viruses to take over. Implement antifungals and probiotics as ways to keep the gastrointestinal tract and body in balance.
  • Use Hand Sanitizers After Touching Plastic – plastic is a breeding ground for bacteria and viruses. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizers, not ones with triclosan after pumping fuel at a gas station, pushing a shopping cart, going to the ATM, etc.
  • Exercise – exercising on a regular basis keeps the blood and lymphatic system working optimally to move out toxins and inflammation. Fast walking, yoga, swimming, or even marching in place watching your favorite tv show for 15 minutes is sufficient.
  • Breathing – take at least 10 deep breaths each hour to maintain a healthy immune system. Do not sit longer than one hour without one minute of pacing and breathing.
  • Hydration –  drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces of purified water each day. A bad habit that people do because of heavy workloads is wait too long to void the bladder. This only helps poison the body. Give yourself permission to go to the bathroom, and always be sure that you are completely finished. Don’t get in a hurry and shut the valve off too soon.
  • Meditation – stilling the “monkey mind” as I call it helps strengthen immunity. Quieting the mind greatly reduces stress and offsets imbalances with the endocrine system. The more the adrenal glands are taxed, the more cortisol is released into the body. Chronic cortisol levels weaken the immune system. Mediation can be accomplished in a few ways; sitting for 10-20 minutes when arising; taking a walk and focusing on a silent mantra; chanting; or putting your mental focus into a hobby that you love.
  • Supplementation & Teas – take in higher amounts of Vitamin C, lysine, zinc, and Vitamin D3 to enhance immunity and tackle viruses. Drink therapeutic teas such as pau d’arco, red clover, chamomile, and Essiac. Have a bottle of colloidal silver around and use it prophylatically or when a virus has taken hold. It has effective antimicrobial properties along with herbs such as olive leaf, astragalus, echinacea, and goldenseal.
  • Earthing or Grounding – An excellent way to reduce stress, which strengthens your immune system is to connect with the Earth’s natural surface. Make it a habit to walk barefoot on the grass for one minute; lay on a blanket in your backyard lawn or park; or put your ventral surface of the body against a tree and hug it for one minute. These simple exercises sound silly, but feel your stress and tension melt away.
  • Positive Thinking – there is no denial that viruses, bacteria, fungus and parasites can do harm. The main thing is to take care of your body by nourishing it with healthy foods and positive thoughts. Do not saturate yourself with all the media hype that has made a “Fad of Fear,” in the United States. Consistent fearful thoughts weakens your immune system.


I’m excited to announce the premiere of the documentary I am featured in called The Business of Disease. There will be a free screening on Saturday, November 15th at 10:30 a.m., at the Laemmle theaters in North Hollywood, California. Q & A and book signings will follow after the film. Please reserve a seat by emailing the producer, Sonia Barrett at:


Speaking at Autoimmune Support Group and Radio Show

Posted by on May 29, 2014 in Events, Newsletters | 0 comments

Hi Everyone. Sorry it’s been a while since my last newsletter and blog post. Things have been exciting but busy on my end as I have several new projects in the works.

I am glad to announce that I will be switching formats to a video newsletter and the first edition will be coming soon.

Autoimmune Support Group:

Elizabeth Layne, one of my clients who has successfully put MS and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis into remission, is now running an autoimmune support group called “No Plan B.” The meetings take place the last Saturday of each month in Culver City, California.

I will be attending and speaking at the June 28th meeting.

To find out more and to RSVP email Elizabeth at or call 310-430-5432.

Radio Show Interview:

Listen to my most recent radio show interview on Extreme Health Radio. Click on the link:


Social Media and Exciting New Projects

Posted by on Feb 24, 2014 in Newsletters | 0 comments

I am so excited to share with all of you the changes and new projects occurring. My intention is to keep you educated and empowered to live out a vibrant healthy life!

New Website:

First, check out my new and improved website. What’s new about it…it has a entire new look and feel with much more to read, watch, listen, and learn.

Go to:

Social Media:

Second, please join me on social media. You will find me actively posting on a new Facebook Page, Twitter, Google+, my own YouTube channel (videos coming soon), and Pinterest.

I am going to devote more time to keep you informed on how to get and stay healthy, what causes are worth supporting, other businesses and practitioners who are doing amazing work, and some fun personal posts along the way.

Please go to my new Facebook page and LIKE me. I won’t be posting much on my current Facebook personal (profile) page.

 New Facebook Page:


 Google +:

 You Tube:



Third, The Candida Cure Cookbook is halfway finished. If anyone would like to contribute a great candida recipe for the book please do so by emailing me at

I will keep you posted with the progress of the book through social media. Look forward to sneak peak pictures and free recipes.

Food line:

Fourth, Alchemy Foods, LLC is in motion. Chef, Alison Charbonneau and I have created a food line that will feature great tasting candida diet foods: protein bars, crackers, granola, salad dressings, breads, desserts, and more. We are in the beginning stages…stay tuned.


Creating a Healthy New Year

Posted by on Jan 1, 2014 in Diet/Nutrition, Health and Wellness, Newsletters | 0 comments

I hope everyone had a great holiday season. Time now to raise the bar and create a healthier balanced life. With all the changes in Obamacare, you can’t afford to get sick. Prevention and education is the key to be able to take your health into your own hands.

What Can I Do To Increase Wellness?

  • Dietary Changes – work towards eliminating the top inflammatory foods and drinks listed below as much as possible. Better yet do my 90-day program in the book, The Candida Cure.
  • Quality Sleep – get six to eight hours of quality sleep each night. Your body makes physiological repairs from 10 p.m. – 2 a.m. and psychological repairs from 2 a.m. – 6 a.m. It is better to wake up earlier than go to bed late if you can’t get in 8 hours.
  • Exercise – breathe and movement keeps circulation moving and eliminates toxins from the body. Exercise also increases endorphins making you happier, calm, and focused. Everything from fast walking, yoga, playing a sport, running on a treadmill, using a elliptical machine, and even marching in place for 15 minutes five days a week is sufficient.
  • Supplementation – the basics are critical for quality aging: multivitamin and mineral, extra vitamin C & E, fish oil, a superfood green powder such as Nanogreens, extra vitamin D3 if there is a low amount in your multivitamin, and a free-form amino acid blend.

Top Inflammatory Food/Drinks

  • Alcohol – particularly wine, beer, champagne, and sake because it is fermented and high in sugar. All alcohol is a neurotoxin.
  • Sugar & Artificial Sweeteners – everything from evaporated cane juice to agave nectar will increase blood sugar levels and acidify and inflame your body. Artificial sweeteners are neurotoxins.
  • Gluten – creates leaky gut and feeds candida. Be careful eating gluten-free products. Many are substituted with corn and potato which elevate blood sugar.
  • Dairy – only organic grass-fed butter and ghee is acceptable. Yogurt is out because it is in a pasteurized dairy base that will feed candida. Better to get probiotics from a supplement and prebiotics such as green vegetables.
  • Corn – 80% is genetically modified and increases blood sugar. Most genetically modified corn is fed to the livestock you eat; red meat, chicken, turkey, pigs, and even fish.
  • Soy – 90% is genetically modified and can aggravate thyroid function, particularly if using soy protein isolates found in protein bars, powders, etc.
  • Excess Caffeine – drinking more than one or two cups of organic espresso/coffee, black or green tea will put additional stress on your adrenal glands, ultimately making you more tired and increase blood sugar levels, which then feed candida and other microbes. Energy drinks such as Red Bull over excite the brain and should be avoided altogether.

Steps to Avoid Self-Sabotage

  • All or Nothing Approach – I have been culprit to this thinking many times. Don’t try to be a perfectionist from the start. Take one action step a month and build on it. If you are not doing my 90-day program stick to the 80/20 rule listed below.
  • Stop and Pause – before eating something that is not good for you ask yourself, “Do I really want to eat this slice of pizza?,” “How will I feel afterwards?,” “Do I really want to eat it knowing that I can have pizza whenever I want?” Many times if you slow down the impulse to eat whatever you want and talk to yourself, you typically end up making the better choice.
  • Shift your Perception – switch your focus to knowing you are removing inflammation and infection vs. deprivation when you pass up eating donuts, cake, pizza, soda, etc. The more you make healthier choices the better you feel, and then it becomes easier and easier to live a healthy lifestyle.
  • Blowing It – when you indulge in eating foods that aren’t good for you don’t beat yourself up, just get back on track. Tenacity pays off.

Clean Diet (80/20 Rule)

Living in a world filled with toxins in our food, air, and water it is essential to create a new balance point. We don’t live four decades ago when the toxic load was lower and you could get away with more. You certainly can eat what you want but the less conscious you are the more likely you won’t age with quality. And with statistics of 1 out of 6 people having Alzheimer over 60 in the US there is no wasting time. I suggest the 80/20 rule. 80% of your week eat healthy; lots of organic vegetables (50-60% of your diet), particularly dark leafy greens, grass-fed lean animal protein, good fats (nuts/seeds, avocado, olive and coconut oil), small amounts of organic fruit, gluten-free whole grains (omit corn), and small amounts of organic soaked beans/legumes. 20% or once or twice a week splurge on your favorite comfort food or drink unless you are dealing with a serious chronic disease such as cancer or autoimmune.


Why Don’t I Feel Good?

Posted by on Sep 1, 2013 in Ailments/Diseases, Candida, Health and Wellness, Newsletters | 0 comments

Time to revisit candida and what that means to you. Most everyone reading this email has candida overgrowth, whether it is a mild, moderate, or severe case. Why? Because of the greater exposure to chemicals in food, air, and water; poor quality food supply and intake; overuse of pharmaceutical drugs; and stress levels being higher than ever before.

WHAT IS CANDIDA? Candida (yeast) is a ubiquitous single-celled organism that lives in everyone’s body and primarily resides in the gastrointestinal tract. It stays balanced until we take pharmaceutical drugs (antibiotics, steroids, birth control pills, HRT, chemotherapy, radiation, vaccinations) and are exposed to heavy metals (lead, mercury (amalgam fillings), cadmium), all of which wipe out good bacteria and allow yeast to multiply.

The repeated intake of sugar in the form of alcohol (especially wine and beer), desserts/chocolate, gluten (breads, pastas, pastries), and dairy (milk, cheese, yogurt) continue to feed yeast over a lifetime. Eventually the yeast turns into a root fungal form and pokes holes in the intestinal lining known as leaky gut. The toxins that come off of fungus (mycotoxins) disrupt cellular communication in the body and attack organs and tissues.

Some people will experience symptoms immediately after finishing a dose of antibiotics, and some people will wonder why all of a sudden they are experiencing symptoms that came out of the blue, but really started many years earlier. It comes down to when your body has reached its tipping point.

Watch My Latest Videos on to Understand More:

Causes and Symptoms of Candida Overgrowth

Reversing Candida Through Diet

Mild Symptoms Of Candida Overgrowth:

  • Gas
  • Bloating
  • Heartburn
  • Fatigue
  • Sinusitis
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Constipation/diarrhea
  • Vaginal yeast infections
  • Irritability
  • Ear infections
  • Dry skin
  • Acne
  • PMS
  • Brain fog

Moderate Symptoms

  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Exhaustion/adrenal fatigue
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Food allergies
  • Hypothyroid
  • Eczema
  • Bronchitis
  • Endometriosis
  • Toe nail fungus
  • Prostate issues
  • Gout
  • Poor memory
  • Epstein Barr Virus
  • Mitral valve prolapse

Severe Conditions Connected With Fungus:

  • Autoimmune disease (MS, Lupus, Scleroderma, Rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s, Myasthenia Gravis, Fibromyalgia, Psoriasis, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome)
  • Cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic conditions
  • Mental Illness

How Can I Get Rid of Candida Overgrowth?

Do my 90-day program that you can read about in The Candida Cure. My program will help with so much more than just getting rid of pathogens (yeast, viruses, bacteria, and parasites). It will get to the root of what is ailing you by removing inflammation and infection from your body.

Note that the ABX and Apex supplements listed in the book are also available under the products page: AbX Supplements.

What Will Improve?

  • More energy
  • Relief from hypoglycemia and stable blood sugar
  • Clearer sinuses, better smelling breath
  • Weight loss
  • Clear thinking, able to focus, and sharper mind
  • Glowing, clear skin
  • Less anxiety and depression
  • Symptom relief from whatever you are personally dealing with

90 days might seem like a long time, but I can confidently say most of you will feel 60% better in 30 days, which will give you the continued tenacity to keep going. Think in

30-day increments, and switch your mindset from deprivation to, I am removing inflammation and infection.

Bottom line – you are worth it and deserve to age with quality!


How to Stay Health When Traveling

Posted by on Jun 1, 2013 in Environmental Health, Health and Wellness, Newsletters | 0 comments

Summer time is here and hopefully many of you will be vacationing. Here are some great tips to make sure your vacation is a success from start to finish because there’s nothing worse than traveling and getting sick during or upon return.

Common Reasons Why People Get Sick When Traveling:

  • Exposure to germs in an airplane
  • Drinking contaminated water or ice
  • Eating foreign street vendor food
  • Overindulging in sweets, alcohol, breads, cheeses, etc.
  • Not drinking enough purified water
  • Lack of sleep
  • Constipation

Checklist of What to Bring on Your Vacation:

  • Probiotics – good bacteria to strengthen your immune system and help with daily elimination. Primal Defense Ultra by Garden of Life or Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics 12 plus one pill when arising and bedtime without food.
  • Colloidal silver – one of the best antibacterial and antiviral remedies to have on hand, not just when traveling. Invision Silver 100 is one of my favorite brands that you can purchase on or Put 3-5 drops under your tongue before boarding a plane, and each morning and night while vacationing. If you actually do get sick take recommended dose on bottle 4-5 times a day until you
    feel better. Can also be used topically on any cuts or scrapes.
  • Neosporin First Aid Ointment – put a little Neosporin ointment (antibacterial) around the edge of each nostril before flying in an airplane…learned that tip from a flight attendant.
  • Digestive Enzymes – if you plan on eating a lot of foods that you don’t normally eat or if you have a hard time digesting foods in general, take a digestive enzyme with each meal. Super Digestaway by Solaray on or is a good enzyme.
  • Activated Charcoal Capsules – if you do get food poisoning take 1 to 2 capsules each day until you feel better. Any brand on or from your local health food store will do. Also drink a lot of water.

Moderation versus excess with regard to your diet. Vacations are times to enjoy food and drink but that doesn’t mean that each day you need to eat Gelato, pastries, bread, cheese, and alcohol :))


Diabetes and Prediabetes

Posted by on Jan 1, 2013 in Ailments/Diseases, Diet/Nutrition, Health and Wellness, Newsletters, Nutrition | 0 comments

The Next Epidemic is Here!

Your Best New Year’s Resolution:
Balance Your Blood Sugar

  • 25.8 million children and adults in the U.S. (8.3%) have diabetes
  • 79 million have prediabtes (1 out of 3 Americans)

Diabetes is a condition of having high blood sugar or hyperglycemia. Typical signs of diabetes are frequent urination, excessive thirst, and increased appetite.  Everyone needs to pay attention to their lifestyle habits and their diet in order to make sure blood sugar levels are normal. Having low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) does not negate the risk of having diabetes.

Types of Diabetes

  • Type 1 – the body does not produce insulin.
  • Type 1.5 – latent autoimmune diabetes with the presence of auto-antibodies in the blood and adult onset.
  • Type 2 – known as non-insulin-dependent, either the body does not produce enough insulin or the body’s cells cannot absorb and utilize the insulin (insulin resistance). Type 2 diabetes is the most common.
  • Type 3 – known as brain diabetes; protein plaque resulting from elevated blood sugar in the brain resulting in memory loss, Alzheimer, and dementia.
  • Gestational diabetes – occurs during pregnancy and usually returns to normal after delivery.

How to Determine if you are Diabetic or Prediabetic:

The Hemoglobin A1c test (blood test)
– at least 6.5% means diabetes
– between 5.7% and 5.99% means prediabetes
– less than 5.7% means normal

FPG (fasting plasma glucose) test
– at least 126 mg/dl means diabetes
– between 100 mg/dl and 125.99 mg/dl means prediabetes
– less than 100 mg/dl means normal

OGTT (oral glucose tolerance test)
– at least 200 mg/dl means diabetes
– between 140 and 199.9 mg/dl means prediabetes
– less than 140 mg/dl means normal

Causes of Diabetes

  • Eating too many carbohydrates (breads, pastas, crackers), fast food, sugary foods and beverages, especially those with high fructose corn syrup
  • Eating too many calories per day
  • Eating too little vegetables, fiber, and protein
  • Skipping meals
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Environmental toxins
  • Microbes such as viruses and yeast
  • Genetics

Symptoms and Complications of Diabetes:

  • Weight gain around the waistline
  • Diabetic neuropathy – nerve damage to arms, legs, and other parts of the body creating numbness, tingling, burning or sharp sensations
  • Candidiasis (yeast overgrowth)
  • Frozen shoulder and carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Vision problems – blurry vision, double vision, glaucoma, cataracts, and blindness
  • Foot problems – hammertoes, bunions, claw-foot, corns
  • High blood pressure and heart problems
  • Kidney disease
  • Diabetic stiff hand syndrome or limited mobility in the hands
  • Edema – fluid retention
  • Skin tags
  • Hair loss
  • Fatigue, confusion, memory loss
  • Infections – slow healing of wounds, urinary tract infection, periodontal infections
  • Depression/anxiety
  • Hearing loss
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Insomnia

What Can I Do?

  • Omit fast food, refined carbohydrates, gluten, fruit juices and soda, alcohol, sugary snacks, and desserts from your diet.
  • Eat a diet high in vegetables (60%), protein (20%), gluten-free grains (15% or not at all until sugar levels are balanced), nuts/fruit/beans (5%, stay off all juices except fresh green vegetable).
  • Eat three smaller meals a day and snack in between.
  • Do my 90 day program as set forth in my book “The Candida Cure.”
  • Exercise at least 4 times a week – walking is a great place to start; you don’t need a gym membership.
  • Supplements such as Glysen and Protoglysen from Apex Energetics or Blood Sugar Support by Vitacost help with insulin resistance and high blood sugar. (To purchase Apex products, call 800-736-4381 and set up a patient account using code P2017. Glysen and Protoglysen are best taken together if you already have diabetes. Glysen is good for prediabetics and insulin resistance. Gluco abX is good for those with hypoglycemia.)
  • Take probiotics, vitamin E, vitamin C, multi vitamin/mineral without iron, and fish oil.
  • Take 1 tbsp. of ground flaxseed meal and put into  10 ounces of water, or into a smoothie, or sprinkle onto food.

The USA’s National Diabetes Fact Sheet from January 2011
Well Being Journal, Diabetes: A Silent Epidemic Revealed, CJ Puotinen, Jan/Feb. 2013, Vol. 22 No. 1
Medical News


Leaky Gut and Genetically Modified Organisms

Posted by on Oct 30, 2012 in Ailments/Diseases, Cleansing/Detox, Diet/Nutrition, Health and Wellness, Newsletters, Nutrition | 0 comments

What Is Leaky Gut And Why Is it On the Rise?
Leaky gut is a condition where the intestinal lining of the gastrointestinal tract becomes more permeable allowing undigested food particles, microbes (candida, parasites, bacteria, viruses), chemicals, and other inflammatory agents to enter the bloodstream. Leaky gut contributes to many symptoms and conditions: allergies, food sensitivities, fatigue, headaches, skin conditions, autoimmune diseases, anxiety/depression, Alzheimer’s, and cancer.

Why Is Leaky Gut On The Rise?
Because of the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Genetically modified foods are one of the main culprits to causing leaky gut and continue to dominate our food supply. Take a look at the 10 list of GM foods, specifically animal feed. Livestock and fish being at the top of the list means it is virtually impossible to avoid eating GMOs.

The top 10 GMOs are:

  • Animal Feed
  • Salmon
  • Corn
  • Soybeans
  • Oils (cottonseed and canola)
  • Sugar Beets
  • Potatoes
  • Tomatoes
  • Squash
  • Rice

Research is becoming quite clear that GMOs, which are laden with herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides are disrupting our DNA. Everything from leaky gut, infertility and sterility in female and males, to autoimmune diseases and cancer are increasing at alarming rates.

Even though 50 countries around the world require genetically modified foods to be labeled, the United States still refuses mandatory labeling for GMOs. The companies who manufacture the chemicals and genetically modified seeds stand to lose profits if GMO labeling is required and are spending millions of dollars to defeat GMO initiatives or to keep them off the ballot altogether.

What is the US government response? At a world Codex (a collection of internationally recognized standards, codes of practice, guidelines and other recommendations relating to foods, food production and food safety) meeting the FDA argued that “the average consumer was too ignorant to recognize the difference between a GMO labeled food and a non GMO labeled food and that they would make the wrong choice.” Scott Tips, J.D. (GMO Ticking Time Bomb, documentary)

Genetically Modified Foods to Help with Overpopulation
Genetically modified were crops were developed to yield more crops and increase profits for farmers, especially those in Third World nations. The opposite is happening. In India, over 250,000 farmers have committed suicide because they can not sustain the costs of maintaining their genetically modified crops, which have also been modified to yield only one crop per seed.

The way you can make a change is to educate yourself, your family, and your friends about what is really happening to our food supply, crops, and livestock feeding. It is through education, social networking, and voting that we can make a difference. If we can start a revolution through Facebook and Twitter we can demand better farming practices and the use of organic organic seeds and crops.

This November in the state of California you will have the opportunity to vote on Prop. 37 which requires mandatory labeling of GM foods.
Please vote to pass Prop. 37 this November if you live in California!

There are two great documentaries I highly recommend to educate yourself, your family and friends about the danger of GMOs. One is about 15 minutes, the other is 85 minutes.

  1. Gary Null’s “GMO Ticking Time Bomb” – click here to watch:
  2. Jeffrey Smith’s documentary “Genetic Roulette” Click here to purchase and watch:



A new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association came out July 18, 2012 saying how disease-modifying drugs (Avonex, Betaseron, Extavia, Rebif) do not slow down the progression of MS. “Treatment with beta interferon was not associated with a delay in progression to disability,” says researcher Helen Tremlett, PhD, of the University of British Columbia. These drugs have supposedly been the game-changers for those with relapsing-remitting MS.

As many as 2.5 million people worldwide and 350,000 people in the U.S. have multiple sclerosis, a progressive disease of the central nervous system that leaves most patients functionally disabled within a decade or two of diagnosis.

The newly published study included 868 patients with relapsing-remitting MS followed for an average of five years during treatment with an interferon beta drug.

These patients were compared to a similar-sized group of untreated patients followed for an average of four years.

To read the full article go to:

Shirani, A. Journal of the American Medical Association, July 18, 2012.
Helen Tremlett, PhD, Division of Neurology, Department of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver.
Timothy Coetzee, PhD, chief research officer, National MS Society.
Biogen Idec Inc. statement, July 16, 2012.
News release, JAMA Media.
National MS Society: “Italian Researchers Find that MS Disease-Modifying Therapies Reduce the Risk of Future MS Progression.”
© 2012 WebMD, LLC. All rights reserved.


Are You Getting Enough ZZZs

Posted by on Oct 30, 2012 in Anti Aging, Emotional/Mental/Spiritual Health, Health and Wellness, Newsletters, Supplements | 2 comments

Time to revisit this topic again because it is so vital to staying in good health. Insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep) is a worldwide problem and is the number one reason why you may not age with quality.

Seven to nine hours of quality sleep is critical to repair your body and mind. Here’s how it is supposed to work:  From 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. your body makes physiological repairs and from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. it makes psychological repairs. During sleep, melatonin is secreted by the pineal gland during sleep. It is a powerful antioxidant, reduces stress, regulates other hormones, protects organs, lowers blood pressure, and maintains the body’s circadian rhythms. The darker your bedroom the more the pineal gland will secrete melatonin. Growth hormone, known as the anti-aging hormone, is secreted by the pituitary gland. The largest surges happen during deep REM sleep. Growth hormone in adults maintains muscle tone, decreases fat, makes sleep more restorative, gives energy and stamina, reduces anxiety, supports the immune system, protects organs, and develops strong bones.

It is normal to have a night or two where your sleep is interrupted. But if this is the case for you on an ongoing basis of weeks, months, and even years, it will greatly weaken your immune system, which can lead to a whole host of symptoms that affect you physically, emotionally, and mentally.

When insomnia becomes a pattern, a vicious cycle can ensue. Your body has a natural circadian rhythm, a 24-hour biological clock, which causes you to have more energy as the sun comes up and causes your body to wind down when it becomes dark. Insomnia over time will disrupt your circadian rhythm; you will  wake up feeling tired and you will feel ramped up or restless at bedtime, making it difficult to fall asleep. To compound this problem, anxiety starts to set in as you start having thoughts of not being able to fall asleep . . . thus more insomnia.

What Causes Insomnia?

  • Caffeine – espresso, coffee, black tea, soda, energy drinks (Red Bull), chocolate, and green tea (if you are very sensitive to caffeine)
  • Stress – continual feelings of being overwhelmed and anxious
  • Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) – waking up in the middle of the night is usually a sign of dysglycemia (imbalance of blood sugar metabolism)
  • Eating late a night – digesting while trying to sleep can keep you awake
  • Sugar and alcohol intake in the evening – not only do sugar and alcohol promote inflammation in the body, they can also disrupt your sleep cycle
  • Medication side effects – many medications can interrupt sleep, particularly decongestants, steroids, and ADD medications
  • Exercising at night – exercise stimulates your brain, heart, and muscles and for some can interfere with falling asleep
  • Electronics before bed – working or playing on computer and laptops close to bed can keep you awake
  • Traveling – particularly for those that fly frequently
  • Sleep apnea – a serious sleep disorder where one’s breathing is interrupted during sleep
  • Shift work – those that work at night vs. during the day
  • Anxiety from the thoughts of not being able to fall asleep

Detriments of Insomnia:

  • fatigue
  • irritability
  • aggressiveness
  • weight gain
  • limp hair
  • wrinkles
  • dehydrated skin
  • weak bones and muscles
  • anxiety
  • diabetes
  • psychosis
  • depression
  • ADD
  • suppression of the immune system

Some Solutions for Quality Sleep:

  • If you are having stubborn insomnia, cut out caffeine altogether because even your morning cup of coffee can be affecting a good night sleep; or at least avoid caffeine after 3 p.m.
  • Be consistent and try to go to bed at, or near, the same time every night; preferably no later than 10 or 11 p.m. to ensure body and mind restoration.
  • To help avoid hypoglycemia, incorporate protein at each meal, snack in between meals, and try not to eat carbohydrates at dinner, only vegetables and protein. Stay off sugars, refined carbohydrates (pasta, bread, crackers, cookies), and alcohol, in general.
  • Avoid sweet desserts and alcohol, especially in the evening.
  • Make sure your bedroom is as dark as possible at bedtime.
  • Do not fall asleep with the television on, especially the news, as this input goes into your subconscious mind and can disrupt sleep.
  • Completely power off or remove electronic devices from your bedroom one hour before sleep. Electromagnetic frequencies from all your electronic gadgets create more inflammation in the body.
  • Try taking an Epsom salt bath one to two hours before going to bed. This can help relax you and your muscles.
  • Steep for 20 minutes a cup of organic chamomile tea and drink one hour before going to bed.
  • Read a book.
  • Deep breathing exercises, breathing in and out slowly from your abdomen.
  • Meditate for five to ten minutes before going to bed.
  • Self hypnosis – breathing and sending relaxation into every part of your body starting with the crown of your head slowly down to the toes of your feet.
  • Visualization exercises that allow you to put away your work or outstanding tasks so you can rest: For example, imagine an empty chest or box at the foot of your bed (or in another room altogether). Give yourself permission to put all your work projects, family stresses, and unfinished business into that box or chest, thereby allowing yourself to only focus on sleep (knowing that you can open up your chest in the morning).

Supplements to Help With Insomnia, if Needed:

( or will carry many natural sleeping

aids along with those mentioned below)

  • Melatonin – a hormone secreted by the pineal gland that assists with a healthy sleep, restores the circadian rhythm of the body, and helps with jet lag
  • Passionflower – a plant that helps with restlessness and stress
  • Valerian – a plant that contains gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA), an inhibitory neurotransmitter to produce calming effects
  • L-theanine – an amino acid from green tea that has a calming effect and helps balance GABA in the brain
  • Calms Forte – a mild homeopathic remedy for nervous tension and insomnia
  • 5 HTP – an amino acid that converts to serotonin in the body




80/20 Rule of Moderation

Posted by on Feb 2, 2012 in Diet/Nutrition, Health and Wellness, Newsletters | 0 comments

We all like to indulge in our comfort foods: pizza, coffee, wine, chocolate, french fries, etc. And I would love to tell you that you can have your wine and chocolate every day.  Unfortunately, if you do indulge daily in these kinds of foods, you will not age with quality.  I suggest what I call my 80/20 Rule of Moderation. Keep your diet clean for 80% of the week, and enjoy your comfort food or drink no more than 20% of the week (once or twice a week, or not at all!). For those who are dealing with an autoimmune disease, cancer, or chronic condition, I would say keep your diet as clean as possible because indulging in sugar, for example, even once a week can progress your condition.

Why Do I Need To Tone It Down?

  • Genetically Modified Foods – chemical-laden seeds that disrupt DNA
  • Additives and Preservatives – FDA allows over 2,000 additives/preservatives to be added to our foods
  • Environmental Toxins – we are currently being exposed to high amounts of herbicides, pesticides, fungicides, dioxins, heavy metals, petroleum chemicals, etc.
  • Stress – world, financial, and relationship stress are at all time highs

Our bodies are being assaulted from many directions. This compromises our immune systems and overwhelms our hepatic (liver) pathways to remove toxins. So what we could get away with 20 years ago, I feel we can no longer do.

The best place to start moderating and balancing your health is to be conscious of what you eat. Remember that the food companies are in the business of selling food by telling you, the consumers, that their products, e.g. chocolate, wine, and milk, are good for you. Do the research yourself and you will discover differently. One example is chocolate. Yes, there are antioxidants and minerals in raw cacao, which is where we make chocolate from; but that is not what most of us are eating. We are eating a chocolate bar that is also loaded with sugar, milk products, and chemicals that are not good for you and have no business being in your body.

Start this year with smarter choices and more balance. Your body will thank you!

Top Foods/Drinks That Are Most Damaging To The Body:

  • Refined sugars (high fructose corn syrup, white sugar, dextrose, fructose, brown sugar, molasses) are found in candy, ice cream, donuts, fruit juices, snack bars, etc. Sugar creates inflammation in the body and strips it of essential vitamins and minerals needed for optimal functioning. Even unsweetened fruit juices have too much sugar. Consider instead: stevia, chicory root, coconut sugar, and small amounts of birch xylitol (Ultimate Sweetener).
  • Cow’s dairy products (milk, cheeses, ice cream, and, yes, even yogurt!)  Milk is pasteurized, homogenized, and filled with antibiotics and hormones. Pasteurized and homogenized means that milk is heated to high temperatures to kill off bacteria. But this process also changes the mineral structure and makes milk acidic. Acidic foods do not add minerals to the body but actually leach them from the body. Calcium and other minerals come from eating dark leafy green vegetables. What other species drinks milk from another species? None. Switching to Lactaid milk, which removes the lactose (sugar) from milk, doesn’t solve the problem because most people are also allergic to the protein molecule in milk. Consider instead: Unsweetened almond, coconut or hemp milk.
  • Gluten (barley, kamut, oats (unless gluten-free oats), rye, spelt, wheat, white flour) is found in cereals, breads, bagels, pastries, and snack bars. Gluten is a protein that creates inflammation in the body. I call it “goo and glue” in the gut. It strips the villi on the intestinal tract lining allowing antigens and food particles to pass through the intestinal wall and leak into the body.  Consider instead: quinoa, millet, buckwheat, wild rice, brown rice, teff, and amaranth.
  • Alcohol – a neurotoxin. Yes, wine has resveratrol in it, but you can get the benefits of that by taking a supplement or eating grapes–not drinking it in a base of chemicals that negatively impact liver and brain function.
  • Trans fats (partially hydrogenated or hydrogenated oils) – are found in processed foods such as pizza, chips, breads, pastries, donuts, and french fries. Trans fats are vegetable oils heated to high temperatures for the sole purpose of increasing the shelf life of a food product. These denatured oils clog arteries, increases bad cholesterol, and contribute to heart disease and diabetes.
  • Artificial sweeteners, caffeine, MSG –  many processed foods and drinks contain chemicals and stimulants. They have a direct impact on brain function and energy. High energy drinks such as Red Bull, Rockstar, Cocaine Energy drink, are loaded with sugar and caffeine, which over excite the brain. Caffeine, in particular, is acidic, an irritant to the central nervous system, and disrupts the endocrine system.


  • Vegetables – ideally, 60% of your diet should be vegetables. Organic, fresh vegetables are high in minerals, vitamins, and phytonutrients. The most beneficial are dark green leafy vegetables such as kale, spinach, broccoli, arugula, watercress, etc.
  • Beans/Legumes – are high in fiber, minerals, and protein.  Soak overnight before cooking whenever possible to minimize gas and allow for shorter cooking times which will preserve nutritional value.
  • Animal Proteins – fish (not farmed), antibiotic-, hormone-free eggs, chicken, turkey, and small amounts of grass-fed red meat.  Amino acids are building blocks of protein needed by every cell in the body.
  • Nuts & Seeds – raw nuts/seeds are high in minerals, trace minerals, and supply good fats to the brain, heart, and skin.
  • Fruits – organic fruits are nature’s best sweet snack. Limit to one to two pieces a day. Stay away from unsweetened/sweetened fruit juices and dried fruits because of their high sugar content.
  • Oils – olive, grapeseed, hemp, flaxseed, and coconut oil are good choices to have in your kitchen. Make sure to check if and at what temperatures these oils can be heated (e.g., hemp seed oil cannot be heated and olive oil should be used at low temperatures).


If Buddha Got Stuck by Charlotte Kasl, Ph.D.
This is a wonderful book for those who are feeling stuck and want to push past outdated beliefs, limiting thoughts, and negative patterns.