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Autoimmune Bootcamp

Posted by on Feb 2, 2012 in Newsletters | 2 comments

I hope you had a wonderful, joyful holiday season.

This year, my New Year’s resolution is to share the work I do with as many people as possible—to continue to educate people and help them get and stay well.

What’s your New Year’s resolution?

I imagine that for many of you, one of your major resolutions is to continue on your healing path and to achieve even greater health than you had in 2011.

I think that’s an amazing goal! And I’m going to continue to do my best to help you make it a reality.

To that end, I’m proud to be able to begin the year by offering you the Autoimmune Warrior Bootcamp
http://www.theselfhealingcoach.com/op/awbootcamp
7-week webinar series.

I launched this series in October of last year as a live weekly class with blogger and health coach Karen Gordon.

It was even more popular than we expected and extremely well-received, and I’m thrilled that I can now make it available to
all of you who weren’t able to be a part of the live class.

What I really love about this program and what I believe makes it so valuable is this:

Before we created the Autoimmune Warrior Bootcamp, the only way to get personal access to what I have learned in my 14 years of practice was by booking a session with me.

But, despite the fact that I do my absolute best to convey as much value to you as possible in our sessions, time is limited, and I can only book so many sessions per day.

But now, you can get direct access to the information it took me 14 years to learn on how to beat autoimmune disease, whenever and wherever you want, carefully and thoughtfully distilled for you to learn and apply easily and simply, on demand.

When you purchase the Autoimmune Bootcamp, you’ll receive exactly what the live class received, but you’ll have the benefit of access to the entire 14-hour program INSTANTLY so you can work through the weeks at whatever pace makes sense for you. You’ll also get instant access to the transcripts of the classes and the printable versions of each webinar, so you can take notes as you go.

The Bootcamp is intended to arm you with the information, inspiration, and practical advice and tools you need to get going on my recovery plan to beat autoimmune diease. I have helped thousands of people heal and I hope very much to add you to that list this year.

Click the link below to purchase your copy of the Bootcamp now:
http://www.theselfhealingcoach.com/op/awbootcamp

Warmly,
Ann

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Children’s Health

Posted by on Mar 15, 2011 in Children's Health, Newsletters | 0 comments

I recently watched a Dr. Oz show about vaccinations and their possible link to autism. The show was heated and it made me reflect on what parents need to know to keep their child healthy. ADD, autism, autoimmune diseases, obesity, diabetes, eczema, earaches, hypoglycemia, digestive issues, asthma…the numbers continually rise among children, and particularly in the US. Why? Because children, not just adults, are polluted from a poor diet, infections (candida/yeast, parasites, viruses), vaccinations, stress, and environmental toxins. Science has shown that today the umbilical cord of a newborn already contains 200 chemicals. This means the genes that each generation is passing down are weaker as a result of adults being more toxic and inflamed than ever before.


The starting point begins with nutrition. Nutrition is the key to turn around a health condition that already exists, or to prevent one from occurring. Take one look at the lunches served in schools and you will find virtually nothing healthy on the tray. Instead there are piles of processed and denatured food containing trans fats, gluten, high fructose corn syrup, and preservatives. Parents are frustrated as to why their child is having difficulties at school and why their grades are poor. How can you expect a child to sit still, focus, and produce positive results when trash is going into their system. They can’t!


TOP FOODS TO ELIMINATE FROM YOUR CHILD’S DIET:

  • Cow’s dairy products (milk, cheeses, ice cream, and yes even yogurt) – milk is pasteurized, homogenized, and filled with antibiotics and hormones. Milk that has been pasteurized and homogenized means that it 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. Conditions linked to drinking and eating dairy products:
    ADD, autism, eczema, allergies, asthma, constipation/diarrhea, earaches, sinus problems, and joint pain.
  • Gluten (barley, kamut, oats (unless Bob’s Red Mill’s 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.
    Conditions linked to eating gluten grains:
    ADD, autism, allergies, anxiety/depression, eczema, autoimmune diseases, candida, gastrointestinal issues, and Celiac disease.
  • Refined sugars (high fructose corn syrup, white sugar, dextrose) – 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.
    Conditions linked to eating refined sugar:
    ADD, autism, hyperactivity, gastrointestinal disorders, obesity, diabetes, hypoglycemia, eczema, anxiety, and autoimmune diseases.
  • 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 used only to preserve the shelf life of a food product. These denatured oils clog arteries, increases bad cholesterol, and contributes to heart disease and diabetes.
    Conditions linked to eating trans fats:
    Diabetes (1 out of 3 children in the US), obesity, high cholesterol, heart conditions, eczema, neurological disorders.
  • Miscellaneous (artificial sweeteners, caffeine, MSG, preservatives) – Chemicals are found in all processed foods. 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, caffeine, and preservatives which over excite the brain.
    Conditions linked to caffeine, artificial sweeteners, perservatives:
    Epilepsy, allergies, headaches, pms, neurological disorders, autism, ADD, and anxiety/depression.

So now you’re thinking what am I going to feed my child? Food that is not processed. Yes, it is tough to control what your child eats. Yes, they will kick and scream and refuse to eat what you serve them. Do the best you can and start off with eliminating one food group at a time. Shop for healthier items from health food stores, amazon.com, and vitacost.com that have no trans fats, less sugar, better sweeteners, etc. You will notice swift changes in your child’s behavior and health by lessening the load of toxicity in the body.

Making and packing your child’s lunch is the best solution. The USDA will not fund schools if they don’t reach a certain number of calories per day per lunch. The only way that can happen is that the school must serve unhealthy meals. Try to keep your child’s total grams of sugar per day under 10 grams. One 8 oz. soda has 28 grams of sugar.

HEALTHY DIET & FOOD ALTERNATIVES:


A health diet for you child would consist of:

  • Vegetables – organic fresh vegetables are high in minerals, vitamins, and phytonutrients. The most important are dark green leafy vegetables such as kale, spinach, broccoli, arugula, 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 to preserve nutritional value.
  • Animal Proteins – fish (not farmed), antibiotic-, hormone-free eggs, chicken, turkey, lamb, and small amounts of red meat.  Amino acids are building blocks of protein needed by every cell in the body.
  • Nuts & Seeds – raw and small amounts of dry roasted. 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. Allow only small amounts of unsweetened fruit juices and dried fruits as they are high in sugar.
  • Oils – olive oil (low heat), grapseed, and coconut oil are good choices that can withstand heat. Flaxseed is another good oil but must not be heated or it will turn rancid so use with salad dressings, condiments, etc.
  • Dairy alternatives – unsweetened almond, hemp, or coconut milk. If you must get a sweetened one, find one with the lowest grams of sugar on the label. Raw goat milk and raw goat/sheep cheese are better substitutes if dairy is a must. Limit or avoid soy and rice milk. Soy is a high allergen and rice milk is high in carbohydrates if more than 4 oz is used at one time.
  • Gluten free grains – quinoa, gluten-free oatmeal, brown rice, buckwheat, wild rice, millet, teff, amaranth. Always try to use whole gluten free grains, not those stripped of minerals/vitamins such as white rice or instant oatmeal. Make hot cereals and add stevia, fresh fruit, almond milk, and cinnamon to sweeten. If you must use a tastier sweetener then use small amounts of organic raw honey.  Brands that make gluten free items: Namaste foods, Sami’s Bakery (millet/flax products), French Meadows, Edward & Sons, Go Raw Crackers, Food For Life, Authentic Foods.
  • Sugar substitutes – stevia, Just Like Sugar, xylitol (Ultimate Life, Ultimate Sweetener), and small amount of raw honey. Read the nutritional facts label on any sweet dessert or food item and make sure the sugars are lower than 5 grams whenever possible.

  • Snack foods – you can’t expect your child to never indulge in snack items. Buy trans fat free chips, gluten free crackers, naturally sweetened cereals (honey). Read ingredients and if there are more than 5 to 8 ingredients and you can’t recognize or pronounce put it back…too many sugars, and chemicals/preservatives.


Diet alone is not enough to keep your child healthy. Soils are no longer rich in minerals and therefore produce nutrient deficient foods. Processed foods strip the  body of its vitamin and minerals. To make up for the deficiencies baseline supplementation should be considered. These brands listed below can be found on vitacost.com, iherb.com, or amazon.com to save you money.


DAILY SUPPLEMENTATION:

  • Multivitamin & Mineral – Childlife, Nature’s Plus Animal Parade, Rainbow Light, or Greens Today Childrens Formula. Multivitamins and minerals provide the basics for the body to stay healthy.
  • DHA for kids – Nordic Naturals, Childlife, or Carlson. Omega 3 fish oil is critical for brain, heart, and hormone function.

  • Vitamin C – Nature’s Plus Animal Parade, Childlife, or Carlson. A beneficial antioxidant and immune booster.
  • Greens – Natures Plus Animal Parade Kidgreenz, or Greens Today Children’s Formula (all in one multivitamin/mineral and greens). To keep the body alkaline vs. acidic from poor diet and stress. Also supply the body with minerals and fill in the gaps when children refuse to eat vegetables/fruits.
  • Probiotics – Childlife, Jarrow, Garden of Life, NSI, or Udo’s Choice. Probiotics supply good bacteria to the gastrointestinal tract and keep infections (candida, bacteria, viral, parasitical) away.

EXERCISE:

Children need exercise and movement to stay healthy and relieve stress. Make it a point to reduce the time your child plays video games or watches television. Replace that time with sports, dance classes, playing games outside with friends. I remember being a young child during the summer and playing outside all day and going to bed exhausted and how good that felt. Our bodies need to move and breath deeply. Instead children are bombarded with electromagnetic frequencies from cell phones, computer screens, video games, and television.

ENVIRONMENTAL TOXICITY:

The environment has more toxins now than ever before from pesticides, herbicides, heavy metals, petrochemicals, electromagnetic frequencies. Be mindful of having non toxic house cleaning products in the house. Buying chemical free body care products and toothpastes (fluoride free). Investing in water and air filtration systems for cleaner water and better indoor air quality.


VACCINATIONS:

Vaccine therapy is one of the most pressing issues to become educated on. Just last month a U.S. Supreme Court ruling makes it more difficult for  pharmaceutical companies to be sued and found liable for injury or death to your child from a vaccine. Also laws are changing to make vaccinations mandatory in each state. This is an infringement on our right to choose. There are some great resources to get you educated and I suggest you do so. This is a choice only educated parents can make.

Vaccines have live and dead strains of viruses, bacteria, mercury, formaldehyde, aluminum, and other substances that can injure your child now and later bring about retroviruses.  When I was born I had about 17 vaccinations. Today a child will have over 32 vaccinations. Hepatitis B vaccine is now given to your infant before she or he leaves the hospital–before a child has a fully developed brain barrier formed. You need to know the law, and your options, including your option to sign a document refusing that your child get this vaccine at birth.


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February 2011 Newsletter: Who is Your Best Health Care Provider?

Posted by on Feb 1, 2011 in Diet/Nutrition, Health and Wellness, Newsletters | 0 comments

I was coming back from a short road trip last week and was struck and saddened by five billboard signs encouraging lap band surgery or gastric by-pass surgery. One sign read, “Diets fail, lap bands work.” In what other country in the world would you see this billboard?Unfortunately, we have become desperate and lazy about taking care of our health. We want magic-bullet fixes, surgery, or pharmaceutical medications, which come with high price tags and sides effects.

Remember our bodies are not deficient in Prozac, Crestor, or Prilosec. We are indeed deficient in vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids. Over time, these deficiencies create the unhealthy conditions we are experiencing.

Health is a choice and we all have this amazing capacity to make better choices. The time is NOW to wake up and take action with your health. Millions of people are without health insurance. The conditions which I am used to seeing in a 60 or 70 year old are now appearing in people much younger.

Yes, taking action means moving out of your comfort zone. Yes, it means cooking more, spending more money on organic, antibiotic and hormone-free animal proteins, and eliminating the daily junk food. And yes, it means making time to exercise for at least 30 minutes, four times per week.

As a nation, we are failing to educate ourselves on how to stay healthy. Food manufactures are filling your grocery aisles with processed foods; fast food restaurants are selling “food” for under a $1.00 (what do you think you are really eating?); beauty care manufacturers are selling skin and hair products filled with chemicals that are absorbed through your skin and go directly into your bloodstream; insurance companies are keeping your doctor visits to  15 minutes; prescription medication is overused and misused; chemical companies are controlling the food supply with genetically modified seeds and foods; excessive vaccinations are mandated (a child now receives 32 vaccinations compared to my 17 when I was a child); and our water supplies are contaminated.

There are times when medications are necessary. Similarly, there are times to let yourself enjoy your favorite treat or drink. But we’ve lost the sense of moderation and balance in our lives.

There are many things out of our control, yet YOU can control what goes into and onto your body. It is time that you start making choices that prevent disease and help you age with quality.

10 Action Steps to Integrate
Towards Making You Healthier:

  • Stop eating at fast food restaurants. Reduce or omit the intake of white flour, refined sugars, dairy products, trans fats, soda, and alcohol.
  • Drink 8 glasses of purified water daily. Any herbal or green teas count as a credit towards your 8 glasses.
  • Buy organic vegetables and fruits, antibiotic and hormone-free eggs, dairy products, chicken, turkey, and red meat.
  • Cook at least three healthy meals a week. Incorporate dark leafy greens daily (kale, spinach, arugula, broccoli, baby greens, etc.)
  • Start a basic supplement regime to replace what your body is missing and to neutralize environmental toxicity:1. Multi vitamin/mineral without iron
    2. Extra vitamin C
    3. Extra vitamin E
    4. Omega 3 fish oil
    5. Evening primrose oil for women
    6. Probiotics
    7. Free form amino acid blend
    8. Green powder for alkalizing the body, such as Nanogreens or Macrogreens
  • Exercise at least four times a week: walking briskly, yoga, swimming, or your favorite sport.
  • Buy only personal health care products that use non toxic chemicals. Brands such as Alba, Aubrey, Weleda (toothpaste and deodorant) on vitacost.com, iherb.com, or amazon.com
  • Relieve stress by either meditating for 5-10 minutes before you spring out of bed, yoga twice a week, journal each morning or night, breath deeply throughout the day, smile and laugh several times a day, hug a tree for 1 minute
  • Stay informed and educate your family, friends, and neighbors with free daily health oriented web newsletters: www.mercola.com and
    www.naturalnews.com
  • Love and respect your body. Yes, you are more than just a body, but if don’t protect, nourish, and honor your “house,” it will crumble
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January 2011 Newsletter Top 5 Teas to Keep You Healthy

Posted by on Jan 1, 2011 in Diet/Nutrition, Newsletters | 0 comments

Not a great water drinker? Then think about adding powerful teas into the mix of your daily fluid intake. The average person needs half their body weight in ounces of water (e.g.,150 lbs = 75 oz or 9 glasses of water). The good news is that tea counts as water and you can subtract the cups of tea from the total amount of water you need to drink. But note that all teas are diuretics so make sure to drink purified water as well.

Green Tea

Green tea originates from China. Green tea is well-established as a potent source of healing antioxidants called polyphenols–the same beneficial compounds found in fruits and vegetables and even in red wine. It is very high in antioxidants, which prevent inflammatory responses in the body. Green tea is also good for helping with blood sugar and insulin levels, blood pressure, headaches, lowering cholesterol, immune system, raising metabolism for weight loss, and preventing and fighting cancer. 1 cup in the morning and 1 cup in the afternoon would be ideal times to drink green tea since it contains caffeine. Drink organic green teas. There are many good organic sources you can find in your local health food stores and on the internet. This is a tea that you can drink daily.

Chamomile Tea
Chamomile is found all over the world. Chamomile has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-allergenic, and sedative properties. The key with using chamomile as a sleeping aid is to steep the tea for 20 minutes and drink 1 hour before going to bed. Chamomile is also good as a digestive aid. Organic chamomile tea is a great way to end the day to relax your mind and body.

This is a tea that you can drink daily.


Note: Do not drink Chamomile tea if you have ragweed allergies.


Red Clover Tea
Red clover is a species of clover, native to Europe, Western Asia, and northwest Africia, but is grown all over. Red clover is a rich source of
isoflavones (water-soluble chemicals that act like estrogens and are found in many plants).

Red clover is a foundational step to cleansing the blood and lymphatic system. It is also beneficial in removing stress hormones from the body. There is some controversy about using red clover in connection to breast health. I have found it to be beneficial in preventing common female disorders that pertain to the breast, ovaries, and uterus. Make sure your source is organic and bulk loose leaf (www.pacificbotanicals.com). Do not buy tea bags brands–they are typically not good quality and tend to have mold because they sit on the shelves of stores too long.

Work up slowly (increase by 1 cup every three to five days) if you decide to drink more than 1 cup per day as it is initially detoxifying and common to experience die-off symptoms the first few days, such as a headache, fatigue, and brain fog. Make sure you have daily bowel movements (everyone needs to eliminate once per day–two to three time per day is ideal. If constipated, add in more fiber, such as FiberSmart by Renew Life) before drinking this tea. Therapeutic levels of red clover are 3 to 4 cups per day and you can drink three months at a time. Maintenance would be 1 to 2 cups three to four times per week.

How to make: 1 tsp of herb to 8 oz of boiled water makes 1 cup of tea. Steep 15 minutes. For the first couple of weeks finish your tea before 6 p.m. – there is no caffeine but because red clover cleans the bloodstream and it can keep you up at night until your body gets used to it.


Note: Do not drink this tea if you are on blood thinning medication, pregnant/breast feeding, or have grass allergies
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Pau D’arco Tea
Pau d’arco is native to South America and has antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiparastical properties. It is very effective against candida overgrowth, herpes, cancer, and any other microbial infection.
Work up slowly (increase by 1 cup every three to five days) if you decide to drink more than 1 cup a day as it is detoxifying and common to experience die-off symptoms the first few days, such as a headache, fatigue, and brain fog. Make sure your bowel elimination is daily before drinking this tea.

Traditional Medicinals or www.pacificbotanicals.com are good sources for this tea. It is bitter tasting so you might want to add stevia. Pau ‘Darco is good to mix with red clover for the most therapeutic value. Therapeutic levels of pau d’arco are 3 to 4 cups a day and you can drink this tea three months at a time. Ideal to drink after vacations, holiday binging, after weekends of indulging on alcohol/unhealthy foods, or if you have a health condition. Maintenance would be 1 to 2 cups three to four times per week.
How to make: 1 tsp of herb to 8 oz of boiled water makes 1 cup of tea. Steep 15 minutes.

Note: Do not drink this tea if you are pregnant or breast feeding.

 

Rainforest Treasure Tea

Rainforest Treasure Tea is from Amazon Herb Company. This blend of amazon herbs has many beneficial properties. For example, Una de Gato, is a powerful anti-inflammatory good for arthritis and inflammatory conditions. This tea also cleans the blood and is a broad spectrum infection fighter. Jatoba is an herb that helps with bladder and prostate infections, and is also an energizer, fortifier, and decongestant used for respiratory problems. Tahari is an herb that strengthens the immune system. Chuchuhuasi is an herb that helps relieve arthritis, rheumatism, and back pain. Chanca piedra (stone crusher) removes mucous and stones from kidneys and urinary tract as well as from the liver and gall bladder. And Stevia is an herb to help with pancreatic function.

How to make: One tea bag (makes 2-3 cups) daily, steeped for 10 minutes. You can drink this tea daily.

Note: Do not drink this tea if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

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October 2010 Newsletter Super Foods

Posted by on Oct 1, 2010 in Diet/Nutrition, Newsletters | 0 comments

Pomegranate, Acai, Noni, Blueberry
Yes…No…Which One?

Today the market is flooded with antioxidant powders and juices from pomegranate, acai, black cherry, gogi berries, noni, blueberries, cranberry, etc…each one being touted as the best antioxidant ever to reverse and prevent disease. Do I need to be taking one of these? And which one is the best?

The simple answer is yes. With bodies being containers of toxins from poor diet, the environment, and stress, the demand is greater to keep you in balance. Our food supply is denatured, depleted, and even harmful in many cases from the use of pesticides, herbicides, being genetically modified, and loaded with additives and sugars. Therefore, we need extra antioxidant protection to eliminate free radical damage that is aging us more quickly and bringing about conditions/diseases at alarming rates.

What Are Antioxidants?

Antioxidants are substances or nutrients in our foods which can prevent or slow the oxidative damage to our body. When our body cells use oxygen, they naturally produce free radicals (by-products) which can cause damage. Antioxidants act as “free radical scavengers” and hence prevent and repair damage. Phytochemicals are chemical compounds that naturally occur in plants and contain antioxidant protection. Carotenoids, flavonoids, isoflavones, phytosterols, are just some of the names of phytochemicals that help us stay balanced.

Phytochemicals In Fruits:

  • Blueberries are a rich source of phytochemicals such as anthocyanidins, flavonoids, resveratrol, anthocyanins, and ellagic acid.
  • Acai fruits are very rich in vitamins but also contain high levels of antioxidant phytochemicals such as cyanidin.
  • Noni is rich in octoanoic acid, scopoletin, damnacanthal, terpenoids, anthraquinones, caproic acid, ursolic acid, and rutin.
  • Cranberry contains catechins, triterpenoids, quinic acid, hippuric acid, and anthocyanin.
  • Pomegrante juice contains ellagitannins, pelargonidin, punicalin, punicalagin, anthocyanins, cyanidin, and ellagic acid.

Taken from the site: http://www.phytochemicals.info/

What Is The Best Way To Add In Antioxidants?
Eating food is still the number one choice in how to fuel and regenerate the body…the key is buying organic fruits and vegetables. But fruit juices such as pomegranate, blueberry, and black cherry juice, etc are high in sugar. I prefer using powder blends that do not contain a high sugar content and contain a variety fruits to obtain optimal antioxidant protection.

Products With Antioxidant Protection:
Fruits of the Earth – HealthForce Nutritionals
NanoReds – BioPharma Scientific
Nanogreens – BioPharma Scientific – providing both alkalizing greens, fruits, and other vitamins and antioxidants.
Miracle Reds – MacroLife Naturals

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August 2010 Newsletter – Gluten Know Your Facts

Posted by on Aug 1, 2010 in Ailments/Diseases, Allergies, Diet/Nutrition, Newsletters | 2 comments

Gluten-free food products are taking up an entire aisle in your health-food stores. Why is that and why is gluten bad for you?

What Is Gluten?
Gluten consists of two proteins, gliadin and glutenin, found in all grains but with highest concentrations in wheat, wheat derivatives (such as kamut and spelt), barley, oats, and rye. Oats are included in this list not because they are naturally high in gluten but because of cross-contamination in milling plants that also process wheat.

The typical American diet consists mainly of white flour and wheat products.
The large quantities of white flour and wheat products consumed, in combination with the fact that 90% of wheat is genetically modified (which means more chemicals such as herbicides and pesticides), has made us gluten-sensitive.

Gluten sensitivity and Celiac disease is becoming more prevalent each year. Celiac disease is a genetic autoimmune disorder of the small intestinal lining, whereby gluten destroys the villi, tiny hair-like projections along the intestinal walls that absorb nutrients.

Gluten Sensitivity/Allergy Can Result In:

  • Allergies
  • Anemia
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Back pain
  • Bloating/gas/cramps
  • Celiac disease
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Eczema
  • Edema
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches/migraines
  • Joint Pain
  • Malabsorption
  • Mouth Sores/Cracks
  • Sinusitis
  • Skin Rashes
  • Weight Loss

“Gluten-Free” Doesn’t Always Mean It Is Good For You
Most gluten-free items just remove the gluten grain but still have all the unhealthy items that most processed food products have such as refined starches (potato, white rice), yeast, sugars, and trans-fats. Make sure to read ingredients on everything you purchase and try to get quality ingredients with whole grains (quinoa, millet, brown rice, wild rice, amaranth, teff), and limited or no added sugars or fillers.

Clue: If a food item has more than 5-7 ingredients listed (and you can’t pronounce the words) then put it down…that is not food!

Example: Gluten-Free Muffin Mix
(17 grams of sugar and refined flours that spike sugar levels)

  • Sugar, rice flour,modified potato starch, inulin, modified tapioca starch, rice flour, emulsifier, rice starch, ployglycerols esters of fatty acids, mono and diglycerides of fatty acids, sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium bicarbonate,cornstarch, monocalcium phosphate, natural vanilla flavor, salt, guar gum, xanthan gum, nutmeg

Foods Containing Hidden Gluten:

  • Beer
  • Bologna
  • Bouillon
  • Brewer’s yeast
  • Canned bakes beans
  • Chutneys
  • Gravy/sauces
  • Gum
  • Hydrolyzed vegetable protein
  • Imitation crab meat
  • Malt vinegar
  • MSG
  • Pates
  • Pickles
  • Salad dressings
  • Sausages
  • Seitan (wheat gluten)
  • Soups
  • Soy sauce
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June 2010 Newsletter – Corn & Agave

Posted by on Jun 1, 2010 in Allergies, Diet/Nutrition, Environmental Health, Newsletters | 0 comments

Summer is here: warm weather, barbecues, and corn on the cob. Think again before you eat that corn! Corn, along with soy and wheat are the most genetically modified crops in the U.S. Genetically modified foods means more herbicides and pesticides polluting your body.

But what is more alarming is the use of corn in almost everything you ingest. Michael Pollan’s book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, descriptively educates us on how corn is fed to cows, chickens, pigs, none of which can properly digest corn, making them sick and, as a result, they are pumped full of antibiotics. The majority of antibiotics in this country are used in livestock. If we just fed them grass animals and, in turn, humans would be healthier. Even farmed fish are being fed corn to keep costs down.

Why Is Corn So Bad For Us?

First, corn is high in glycemic index and glycemic load. The glycemic index (GI) is a measure of how fast foods breakdown into sugar in your bloodstream. Carbohydrates, such as corn, break down quickly during digestion and release glucose rapidly into the bloodstream, thus having a high glycemic index.

The glycemic load (GL) is a ranking system for carbohydrate content in food portions based on their glycemic index (GI) and the portion size. Foods with a glycemic load under 10 are good choices-these foods should be your first choice for when it comes to carbs. Foods with a glycemic load above 20 will cause blood sugar and insulin spikes. Corn products range between 20 and 30 in GL.

Second, corn is everywhere. For example, high fructose corn syrup, which is derived from corn, is a staple used in nearly all processed foods in the U.S. And we wonder why diabetes is 1 out of 3 adults and 1 out of 2 children.

Corn is making us overweight, destroying our endocrine system (hormonal), and inflaming our bodies, which results in disease.

How Does Agave Nectar Relate To Corn?

Agave nectar (also called agave syrup) is a sweetener commercially produced in Mexico from several species of agave. Agave nectar is sweeter than honey because of its high concentration of fructose (90%) compared to the small amount of glucose (10%). Agave has to be heated to 140 degrees and broken down into fructose to be sweet. (Adding insult to injury, some suppliers of agave mix it with corn syrup.)

Agave, which is touted as being a natural sweetener, turns out to be just as bad as having a soda, particularly when eaten every day in moderate to large quantities. Beware as many raw and health foods contain agave sweetener.

Better Complex Carbohydrates To Eat Instead Of Corn:

  • Quinoa
  • Buckwheat
  • Amaranth
  • Millet
  • Teff
  • Wild rice

Better Sweeteners To Use:

  • Stevia
  • Just Like Sugar (chicory root)
  • Sweet Fiber (chicory root and luo han)
  • Xylitol (small amounts and use Birch tree source, not corn)
  • Raw honey (small amounts, not daily)
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May 2010 Newsletter Sugar Addiction

Posted by on May 1, 2010 in Addictions, Ailments/Diseases, Candida, Diet/Nutrition, Emotional/Mental/Spiritual Health, Newsletters | 2 comments

How many of you out there, including myself, have devoured a box of cookies, eaten a pint of ice cream, or couldn’t stop eating the bread and butter served at a restaurant? Why is it that we know sugar and white flour are not good for us but we still can’t stop ourselves?

Researchers at Princeton University report that sugar-loving mice demonstrate all three criteria of addiction: increased intake, withdrawal, and cravings that lead to relapse. Previous work has shown that mice deprived of food for several hours and then allowed to binge on sugar water (with concentrations similar to that of soft drinks) soon developed addictive behaviors. Sugar intake causes the release of dopamine in the brain, a reward chemical. After a month of sugar binging and increased dopamine levels, the rats’ brains developed fewer dopamine receptors and more opioid receptors–changes similar to those observed in mice on cocaine and heroine. When their sugar supply was suddenly cut off, the mice exhibited signs of withdrawal, including teeth-chattering, anxiety, and refusing to leaving their tunnels. The latest research showed that when these mice were offered sugar once again, they worked harder to attain it and consumed more than ever. (Discover magazine, December 2008)
Unfortunately there is one more element that adds to your sugar/carbohydrate addiction – Candida. Candida or yeast live in everyone’s body and stay balanced until you upset the environment. Sugar is the main fuel source for the overgrowth of yeast and once the yeast is out of balance it compounds the cravings for sugar and carbohydrates. So now you have a viscous cycle of sugar cravings stemming from your brain receptors wanting a fix and candida overgrowth.

Because sugar is addictive, food manufacturers put it in at least 80% of the products in your grocery store, such as breads, salt, package meals, dressing, crackers, meats, etc. Please read your ingredient labels. Most consumers don’t know that the following are sweeteners which can contribute to candida overgrowth and cravings:

Sugar And Other Sweeteners

  • Agave nectar
  • Aspartame (NutraSweet)
  • Barley malt
  • Brown rice syrup
  • Brown sugar
  • Corn syrup
  • Dextrose
  • Fructose
  • Fruit juice sweetened
  • Honey
  • Maltodextrin
  • Maltitol
  • Maple syrup
  • Molasses
  • Raw/evaporated cane juice
  • Saccharin
  • Sorbitol
  • Sucralose (Splenda)
  • Sugar

Nancy Appleton’s book,Lick the Sugar Habit points out 59 reasons why sugar ruins your health…here are a few off the list:

  • Sugar may cause hyperacidity, anxiety, difficulty concentrating and crankiness in children.
  • Sugar produces a significant rise in triglycerides.
  • Sugar can lead to cancer of the breast, ovaries, intestines, prostate or rectum.
  • Sugar interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium.
  • Sugar can cause hypoglycemia.
  • Sugar can cause signs of premature aging.
  • Sugar can lead to alcoholism.
  • Sugar contributes to obesity.
  • Sugar increases the risk of Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis.
  • Sugar can cause symptoms often found in people with gastric and duodenal ulcers.
  • Sugar can lead to arthritis.
  • Sugar can contribute to asthma.
  • Sugar can cause Candida albicans (yeast infection).
  • Sugar can contribute to gallstones.
  • Sugar can lead to heart disease.
  • Sugar can cause appendicitis.
  • Sugar can lead to multiple sclerosis.
  • Sugar can contribute to varicose veins.
    Sugar can lead to periodontal disease.
  • Sugar can contribute to osteoporosis.
  • Sugar can cause food allergies.
  • Sugar can contribute to diabetes.
  • Sugar can cause toxemia during pregnancy.
  • Sugar can contribute to eczema in children.
  • Sugar can contribute to sagging skin by changing the structure of collagen.
  • Sugar can lead to cataracts.
  • Sugar can cause emphysema.
  • Sugar can cause atherosclerosis.

What Steps Can I Take?

  • Stick to a diet of protein and vegetables. Eliminate grains, beans/legumes, and fruits until you feel balanced and energized.
  • Take antifungals or probiotics to kill off candida and other microbes.
  • Glysen (a supplement for those with hyperglycemia, i.e. diabetes or insulin resistance) – balances sugar regulation, helps with insulin resistance, and diminishes sugar cravings. Signs of hyperglycemia are cravings for sweets/carbs throughout the day, fatigue after meals, craving sweets after a meal, and if one’s waist girth is equal or larger than their hip girth. Call Apex Energetics at 800-736-4381 or (949) 251-0152 – set up a client account using P2017. My recommendation is 1 pill 3x/day after a meal. If you are still fatigued and have intense cravings, double the dose to 2 pills 3x/day. Note: For those on diabetic medication check with your doctor first before taking Glysen and monitor your sugar levels throughout the day, as you might not need as much insulin or medication.
  • Gluco abx (a supplement for those with hypoglycemia) – balances sugar regulation and diminish sugar cravings. Signs of hypoglycemia are feeling jittery/shaky if meals are skipped, and eating tends to relieve feelings of fatigue, blurred vision, agitation and irritability. Call Apex Energetics at 800-736-4381 or (949) 251-0152 – set up a client account using P2017. My recommendation is 1 pill 3x/day after a meal for a couple of months until you feel your energy is restored and cravings are gone.
  • Incorporate EFT (emotional freedom technique) – method to remove subconscious addiction to sugar.
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April 2010 Newsletter Top Preventive Measures For Quality Aging

Posted by on Apr 1, 2010 in Anti Aging, Diet/Nutrition, Emotional/Mental/Spiritual Health, Exercise & Fitness, Newsletters | 0 comments

Today’s stress (environmental, mental/emotional, dietary) is higher than it has ever been equating to the statistics below.

In the U.S.:
  • 1 out of 2 children will have diabetes
  • 1 out of 3 adults will have Type II diabetes
  • 1 out of 3 people will have cancer
  • 1 out of 5 people will have an autoimmune disease

Alarming to say the least. It is not uncommon for clients to say to me “what does it matter what I eat and drink, I’m going to die anyway.” My reply, “yes you are…but quality aging is what you are striving for so that through your nineties you are not suffering from a chronic disease, depending on dozens of medications, functionally immobile, or losing your mental faculties.”
The root of all disease is infection (candida, parasites, viruses, bacteria) and inflammation (infections, dietary deficiencies/toxins, environmental toxins psychological stress) over time. If you can move toxins out as fast as they accumulate you will stay healthier in the short and long run.

What Is The Key To Assuring That?

  • Prevention and education
  • Making lifestyle changes NOW


What Steps Can I Take?

  • Sleep – (6 to 8 hours a night) – insomnia is one of the top 5 complaints I hear in my office. Either you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep or both. Growth hormone is produced during sleep and is known as the anti-aging hormone. With interrupted sleep you create more oxidative stress and age faster.

Remedies

  1. Cut out caffeine (even if you have it in the morning)
  2. Exercise in the morning
  3. Take B vitamins at breakfast and lunch (not dinnertime)
  4. Drink chamomile tea (steep for 20 minutes one hour before bed)
  5. Eat a couple slices of turkey one hour before bed – tryptophan will make you sleepy
  6. Try natural remedies such as melatonin, Valerian root, Benesom by Metagenics, or Calming (homeopathic) by BHI
  • Healthy eating – keep your diet to 50% organic vegetables, 1-2 animal proteins (organic, antibiotic and hormone free) per day, 10% good fats (coconut oil, olive oil, raw nuts/seeds, avocados), 1-2 servings of gluten- free grains (amaranth, buckwheat, brown rice, millet, quinoa, teff, and wild rice), 1-2 organic fruits per day, 1 serving or less of beans/legumes per day, and very small amounts of dairy (organic butter, almond milk, and raw goat/sheep cheese). Use sweeteners such as stevia, xylitol, Just Like Sugar, Sweet Fiber, or small amounts of raw honey. Keep your diet clean: 80% of your week, stick to what is listed above. 20% or less each week (once or twice) indulge in your favorite treat (i.e. ice cream, cookie, french fries, glass of wine, etc).
  • Stay hydrated – drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water each day (e.g., 150 lbs = 75 ounces of water per day). Herbal and green teas count towards your water intake, but because they are diuretics, you must nonetheless drink water. Filtered water is better (reverse osmosis, structured matrix, distilled, Kangen water system).
  • Make sure your body is free from infections – candida overgrowth is pandemic in this country – read The Candida Cure to know more. Either take an antimicrobial formula or probiotics daily to keep candida, parasites, viruses, and bacteria away.
  • Exercise – walking, yoga, swimming, cycling, etc. is critical to keep the blood and lymph system moving toxins out of the body. Even if you can’t leave your house you can march in place for 20 minutes watching your favorite t.v. show. Twenty minutes or more 5 times a week is what your body needs to stay balanced.
  • Breathing – deep breathing, particularly the exhale removes 3/4 of the body’s toxins. Most of us hold our breath (unknowingly) throughout the day adding to tight muscles and strain in the upper back, neck, and arms. >One to two minutes three per day – inhale slowly to 7 counts, hold for 7 counts, and exhale for 7 counts. Work your way up to 14 counts for each.
  • Supplements – you have to eat five times what your grandparents ate to get the same nutrients. If you want quality aging know that you can’t get everything from food today. The most crucial are:
  1. Multi vitamin/mineral – one with high amounts of d3 and B vitamins, chelated minerals, and high antioxidants. NSI Synergy Neuropower.
  2. Omega 3 Fish Oil Carlson Super Omega 3 Fish Oil – crucial for hormonal and cardiovascular balance.
  3. Vitamin C NSI AdvanC with bioflavonoids – antioxidant, immune system booster, feeds the adrenals for energy.
  4. Vitamin ECarlson E Gems Elite – Unfortunately, multivitamins do not contain enough of this critical antioxidant, requiring you to supplement.
  5. Green powderNanoGreens – alkalizing to the body and contain minerals to rebuild the body.
  6. Maca rootvitamyr.com (1 lb jar organic). Root from Peru that balances male and female hormones, enhances libido, balances the endocrine system, helps with production of red blood cells, and increases energy and endurance
  7. Amino Acid ComplexCarslon Super Daily Amino Acid Blend (750 mg) – basics to rebuild the body
  • Hobby – pursuing a passion is essential for quality aging. Many of us do not like our jobs so when you have downtime it is important to engage in what feeds your soul. If you are not sure what your passion is start experimenting…take a class in something you’ve always wanted to do.
  • Spiritual connection – times are challenging and it is important to feel connected to something that is greater, something positive that gives us faith, hope, and vigor to be the best we can be.
  • Green household and hygiene products – we are bombarded with chemicals. Make sure your household cleaning products are chemical-free. Use non-toxic pesticides, herbicides, etc. You should also purchase non-toxic body care shampoos, soaps, lotions, etc.
  • EMF (electromagnetic field) reduction – technology is helpful to us yet causes inflammation. Sleep with your head facing magnetic north, use a hands-free or speaker for cell phone, take mini breaks outside throughout your computer usage.
  • Laughter – endorphins are released when you laugh making you feel happier. Physical laughter can cut through the most tense/critical mental situations and give you the courage to keep moving forward. Laughter also gives us perspective and reminds us not to take life so seriously. Be willing to laugh at life and yourself daily.
  • Read/crossword puzzles – you want to keep the mind active and engaged, not let it turn to Jello. Stimulate the brain by reading books regularly and/or doing puzzles, such as word searches, sudoku or crossword puzzles.
  • Live in the NOW moment – this is your place of power to neutralize anxiety, expectations, and feel more calm, joyous, and peaceful.
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March Newsletter 2010 Organic and Genetically Modified Foods

Posted by on Mar 25, 2010 in Diet/Nutrition, Environmental Health, Laws & Regulations, Newsletters | 0 comments

We hear the words organic and genetically modified foods. What do these terms mean and why is it important to know the facts?

Organically farmed animals are those raised without the use of antibiotics, artificial hormones, steroids, or other drugs and chemicals. They are raised on open farmland and allowed to graze and roam freely, getting their dose of fresh air and sunshine. They are also fed clean and healthy organic foods. Organic meat must also not be irradiated or processed with harmful chemicals. Organically farmed animals must not be the offspring of cloned or otherwise genetically modified animals.

By contrast, commercially farmed animals are usually raised in filthy and cramped conditions, where they are hemmed in and locked up, resulting in total lack of movement. They are  often fed unclean foods which includes, among other things, the sometimes diseased innards of other animals.

Organic produce are grown using organic farming methods, without the use of chemical or synthetic pesticides, such as fungicides, herbicides and insecticides, fertilizers, or other harmful chemicals.
No chemicals are used to make the fruits and vegetables grow faster, or ripen faster, or grow bigger, or alter their taste and appearance, etc.

Organic food products must not have artificial or chemical flavorings, colors or additives added. Organic food must neither have been irradiated, nor be biologically or genetically modified, nor have genetically modified organisms (GMO).

A genetically modified organism (GMO) or genetically engineered organism (GEO) is an organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. We are making super foods that stray from nature’s creation, which also consist of using more pesticides and herbicides. Genetically modified foods are purportedly used to increase crop yields, reduce costs for farmers, and to use less herbicides. Far from the truth. The traits of GM crops can get passed on to other non-GM crops. This means that a crop engineered to contain a vaccine, or to be sterile, could easily taint an entire region, and eventually the entire world. The majority of corn, soy, and wheat in this country is genetically modified.

GM Foods Can Be Or Cause:

  • Toxic
  • Less nutritious
  • Carcinogenic
  • Infertility
  • Infant mortality
  • Food allergies
  • Immune dysfunction
  • Stunted growth
  • Accelerate aging
  • Super-viruses
  • Outbreaks of Morgellons Disease. (Morgellons Disease, has been cropping up worldwide, is described as a sensation of bugs moving around beneath their skin. This unsettling sensation is accompanied by open lesions that ooze blue, black or white fibers that can be several millimeters long. These fibers are strong enough to distend the skin when pulled and are painful to remove).

How To Recognize GM Foods:

  • Examine produce stickers on the fruits and vegetables you buy. The PLU code for conventionally grown fruit consists of four numbers; organically grown fruit has five numbers prefaced by the number nine; and GM fruit has five numbers prefaced by the number eight.

    Examples Of PLU Stickers On Produce:
    #94017 organic
    #4017 conventional
    #83058 genetically modified


What Can You Do?
  • Buy organic foods. The only foods that you can be sure are not GM foods are labeled “Certified Organic“. Bottom line – organic foods are more expensive and you are worth it. As the demand increases prices will come down.
  • Shop and support local farmers markets.
  • Make more meals at home using organic foods.
  • As a consumer you have power. Large portions of Europe have already succeeded in kicking GMOs out of their food supply, forcing food manufacturers to use real ingredients in their European product lines.
  • Let your elected official know how you feel about GM foods.
  • Sites to help you become educated and more vocal:
  • Stay away from processed foods. Most of these contain corn, wheat, and soy products.
  • Ask your local supermarket to stock the shelves with more natural organic foods.
  • Watch the movie “Food Inc.”
  • True Food Shopping Guide is also great tool to help you determine which brands and products contain GMO ingredients. Print it out and take it with you every time you go to the grocery store. Avoid all processed food products and buy only fresh, locally grown, organic foods.


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