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June 24th, 2016
This is so completely ridiculous that the public should contest this decision and rescind it in favor of saving traditional knowledge as a cultural treasure. This is more of a ploy for monetizing an enormous market for wellness products for profit through regulation. Although I can understand the value of training to be knowledgeable about selection of the appropriate herbs, we can never underestimate the value of grandmothers and individuals who take care of their families and themselves using these herbs. When was the last time anyone you know used ‘horny goat weed’?
There are far more complications and reactions from standardized pharmaceutical products, but you won’t see very many articles about this problematic situation. Many people are on so many drugs at the same time, that they would not be able to discern which pharmaceutical drug was causing the negative reaction or undesirable side-effect (let alone the doctor). I have tested drugs and found so many harmful interactions that I question the training of future physicians in medical school as well as those in private practice who weren’t paying attention to the indicators and recommendations from the manufacturer or the pharmacy. It would be more rational to use these herbs that are about to be unavailable or highly regulated before resorting to pharmaceuticals whose efficacy must be questioned.
This article describes some of the concerns as well as naming some of the herbs that are at the center of this controversy. It boggles the imagination how they could calculate the effects of regulatory control changing people’s behavior and how in the world those who would be dispensing these herbs can possibly learn enough about their applications when they have not been trained, nor are they experienced in their use. It’s a financial endeavor – not a thoughtful attempt to protect consumers. Consumers of herbal formulations already are aware that the appropriate selection and administration of these herbs comes from an experienced herbalist or healer who uses natural medicine. The understanding of ‘Best Practices’ goes far beyond research or clinical studies. Just because someone gets a license, it doesn’t mean that they know what they are doing for their patients or clients and just because a nation regulates a controlled substance, it doesn’t mean that the standardized form is effective or better than the original system that has drawn attention for a need for a registry.
Europe to Ban Hundreds of Herbal Remedies
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June 7th, 2016
I watched the interview with Miss USA on “Kelly Live” this morning and I must be living in a parallel reality when it comes to choosing women in our culture who are representative of our ideal image of the feminine gender. Miss USA, the new reigning Miss Barber, does not meet my expectations and is perhaps the extreme opposite of that which fits my idea of women which offer up a distillation of our cumulative cultural model for young girls to emulate and men to admire.
Miss Barber complained about her nutritionist who restricted her consumption of Krispy Kreme donuts for five months during pageant training when presented with a half dozen of the least healthy choices any woman in this country could make for a snack or breakfast munchables. Here is an example of feeling like we live in some strange parallel universe: The representative of women give their power away to other people when making significant decisions about the foods they consume to maintain their health and well-being. This young woman craves donuts, yet is willing to forego eating donuts in order to preserve the image that is felt to embody an ideal. As Miss USA, Miss Barber will be eating those donuts which disrupt her metabolic processes with refined sugar, artificial ingredients, and empty calories that do not sustain her beauty, her work schedule, or her spindly frame.
In my universe, the ideal young woman is well-informed about nutrition and exhibits the discipline, the intelligence, and the inherent wisdom to consume healthy foods which nourish and fortify her body, mind, and spirit. Her choices do not depend upon external gratification or adoration by others, her choices do not include processed foods that are known to be injurious to one’s health, and her choices are not gauged by artificial constraints in place that contradict her innate wisdom to live a balanced lifestyle. My concept of the ideal model of young women in our culture would never eat a donut that does not contribute to her well-being. She would welcome an array of fresh organic blueberries, a slice of organic watermelon, a bowl of organic pineapple, and organic strawberries plucked from her sustainable garden. She would enjoy a salad with a grouping of freshly-picked Greens with vegetables and herbs that promote her health and well-being with every bite. She would volunteer in a soup kitchen to feed our senior citizens and homeless with foods that offer solid nutrition with a smile to feed their souls. She echoes the qualities of ancient Greek Goddess, Demeter.
No, I am not impressed with Miss Barber as Miss USA. She seems more like the Greek Goddess Athena. I listened to her answers to questions given to her during the pageant. Her identity is embroiled in her military career and she seems to be trying to prove that she is just as tough as the guys in the military model of our culture. That alone should give us pause… If she is so invested in needing to prove herself in a traditionally male environment and comes from a family who all serve; then it becomes clear that her own sense of self-worth comes from an external source of evaluation – one that is based upon following orders, curtailing one’s own authority to a chain of command, and pursuing a course of action that models behavior of defeating an adversary beneath the guise of protecting freedom. This does not represent my cultural construct of a young woman who represents the best our country has to offer those of us looking for inspiration, inherent intelligence, or progressive enlightenment. No, quite the contrary… Women nurture others, instead of killing them in war. Women imbue new life, rather than terminating the existence of enemies. Women restore the balance of life, instead of destabilizing regimes with military strategies that undermine the adversary’s way of life. Miss Barber is part of a system that opposes the greatest qualities and characteristics of the feminine gender. She would not be my choice to represent young women or any nation. I am looking for a modern-day Demeter!
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May 21st, 2016
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May 19th, 2016
256 years is a sign that some knowledge combined with experience has been successful when finding and utilizing the secrets to Longevity and a peaceful mind!
Li Ching Yuen described a very specific way to achieve long life with a career as an herbalist who quite literally ‘walked his talk’ by consuming goji berries, gotu kola, ginseng, and rice wine while doing Qigong. He practiced meditative breathing techniques, enjoyed peace of mind, and got plenty of sleep as he learned the ancient secrets that some even older have mastered over the centuries.
Healthy lifestyles revolve around daily practices that build well-being with consistent practice and discipline with diet and attitude. Your state of mind is exceptionally important when walking through this world for hundreds of years to do all you wish to do, to experience all this world has to offer, and to enjoy the amazing potential that exists in each of us to live a long and prosperous life.
Read the article about Li Ching Yuen: The Oldest Man in the World
The length of his life is fairly well-documented and he spoke of the approach that provided the chance to be married numerous times with many children. He traveled the Eastern world to gather herbs known for Longevity, known for their medicinal value, and known for balancing the systems of the human body as well as the mind.
While you may not be willing to restrict your own diet to these Chinese herbs and rice wine, you can still avail yourself of the health benefits of these jewels that will complement any approach to well-being in the Western world. You may not choose to go into the mountains to gather wild ginseng, but you can benefit from those who do procure ginseng for reputable brands that are familiar and skilled in the ways of processing these herbs and roots to derive the energy that lends to improved states of well-being. You may not choose to drink rice wine or practice disciplines, yet you can glean similar benefits from supplying your body and mind with substances that are recognized to nourish and replenish in subtle and profound ways.
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Even if you live half as long as Li Ching, you may find this information as enthralling and purposeful as the ancients have for many centuries to prolong and improve one’s quality of life. Mindful, peaceful, content, and joyful – these are the qualities that give our lives purpose and meaning. Our daily vitality and zest for living is supported with these remarkable substances as they are incorporated into our routines with whole foods and great red wine. When you reach 156, let me know how valuable this information has been for you!
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December 13th, 2015
It’s a good question – one that administrators and potential patients should be asking when choosing a hospital or healthcare provider. I recently was impressed to learn about a healthcare group who is going to act in such a manner. This hospital chain is going to get rid of the fast food and the contracts that lock them into the cycle of braking all of the rules of a healthy lifestyle. You cannot promote wellness when you are featuring fast foods in your healthcare settings.
Here’s the article that explains the decisions and actions taken to ensure that this healthcare group is acting on their principles. The “Choosing Healthy” campaign is an excellent choice in the implementation of a framework of health and wellness promotion:
“Major Hospital Chain Terminates Lease Early” shows signs that there are some nutrients making their way to the brains of the stakeholders of this organization.
You cannot expect to have healthy employees who are functioning at the top of their professional game when they go to the cafeteria in the hospital and eat burger and fries. Healthy food choices are essential for effective work performance and a healthier lifestyle that is predicated on wellness.
I would hope that other healthcare groups use Allina Health as a model for their wellness initiatives. Progress in this arena is paramount to future success and the promotion of healthcare at all levels of the system. Food first and then the results of healthy daily choices in terms of healthcare and professional management.
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October 30th, 2015
There are many parents who want to know what kind of healthy treats are good for Halloween. If you are going to have a party for the kids at your home; then you can make unwrapped goodies for the children and adults in attendance. Although, you can wrap items individually if you want to better ensure that your Halloween treats are sanitary and healthy for those kids who just grab with their fingers regardless of where they’ve been. Cellophane wrappers or bags are available in most local stores that sell baked goods, pastries, donuts, and candy. But health begins in the kitchen and then extends to the end presentation of the product…
The perfect product for this Halloween is the organic candied apple. Organic apples like golden delicious or granny smith are readily available in your grocery stores, Food Co-ops, and Farmer’s Markets. You can also find supplies for making the caramel sauce or the organic hard candy coating that many stores are putting out at this time of year for such an occasion. If you don’t have wooden popsticks, you can use the wooden sticks that many craft stores have in stock. If all else fails, go to that same bakery or candy store and see if they have inexpensive sticks for candied apples that can be purchased separately.
There is a coconut milk caramel sauce that is ready to use that is delicious, thick, and ideal for candied caramel apples. All you need to do is to heat it gently and dip your clean organic apples into the caramel to coat the apple completely; set it on a cookie sheet that has been lined with a silicon sheet; and let them cool gradually until set and ready for eating without drips or burning. Yes, caramel sauce can burn your fingers when you are heating it on the stove. The brand that I adore is Liefie’s Coconut Milk Caramel Sauce.
If you want to get fancy, you can chop some nuts or use coconut flakes to decorate your candied apples. Granola can also be used to give some texture and crunch to the caramel coating. If you like the blended taste of chocolate and caramel, you can use organic chocolate chips that will adhere to the caramel after the apples have cooled a little, but before the caramel is set firmly. You don’t want the chocolate chips to melt from the heat of the caramel right after dipping your apples. The other option for young children who have lost their front teeth and find that biting into an apple isn’t as easy can have frozen bananas that have been dipped into the caramel sauce or simply into some chocolate sauce before rolling it into the chopped nuts or coconut flakes. It’s a good idea to keep the frozen bananas in the freezer until the Halloween party commences to keep them from melting with the candy covering.
There are also candy suckers made with manuka honey, lemon, and ginger root that are good for kid’s immune systems and taste better than most suckers or lollipops. You can find these individually wrapped in a bag at your local Food Co-op or natural foods market. Personally, these lollipops can serve the purpose of protection from the seasonal flu or used to help shorten the length of a cold or the flu. They also make great Halloween treats to hand out to children who come to your door. But be warned, the adults may abscond with these treats before the kids ring that door bell or knock on your door, because they are really ‘good’!
If you are going to make your own caramel sauce, be careful when selecting the sweetener you use to ensure that you have thought of all of the children who are allergic to corn sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and artificial sweeteners that can cause allergic reactions. Use maple syrup, stevia, organic cane sugar, honey, agave, or even coconut sugar as a healthy alternative to the usual culprits that cause the kid’s adrenals to go crazy after a dozen or so treats. The parents of the children at your party or those who come to the door will thank you for your thoughtful consideration.
Have a fun and healthy Halloween!
I found a companion article about candied apples and healthy ideas for you to get even more ideas:
Natural Candy Apples
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October 19th, 2015
You may watch TheDoctorsTV now that the new season has started, but do you really trust the validity of their conclusions about the topics they discuss? I do not. Why?
These doctors, for the most part, are inexperienced and untrained when it comes to holistic approaches to addressing the causes and solutions for many health issues. They are trained to treat diseases with drugs, so they have very little knowledge about health when they focus on pathology. They spend even less time being educated about the daily lifestyle practices that set the stage for developing symptoms that then are identified collectively as a disease process. For instance, inflammation or exposure to environmental toxins can impact the human body to the point that opportunistic pathogens gain entrance to various organs. Conditions in the body can continue to become elevated to expressing as an infection or reduced to a tumor when the body’s responsiveness has been compromised.
If these TV doctors had an inkling of Gerson Therapy and coffee enemas; they would understand the biochemical mechanisms that are in play which support the release of toxins effectively. This modality has been proven for a long time and there are former cancer patients alive today that are free of any evidence of cancer or degenerative disease. Travis and the other panelists might consider booking a trip to Mexico to learn something for a change, rather than bashing a process they have no knowledge of – only a biased opinion. They could converse with Dr. Vickers about Gerson Therapy and coffee enemas in order to properly and ethically deliver an informed opinion to the public on television programming in the future. They would learn that a lightly roasted organic coffee bean is the only one that is used for their coffee enemas in order to get the correct biochemical response that works.
One of the methods for cleansing and detoxification of waste materials and toxic substances that has successfully stimulated the release of impacted colons with coffee enemas was discussed today. People have been introduced to the use of enemas, colonics, and other methods for supporting the organs and systems in doing their job when they have been too compromised to do this alone without external intervention. It is more the effect of the caffeine in coffee that stimulates the contraction of the colon to move the stool when constipated by using an enema, rather than reducing inflammation or treating any disease directly.
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Listen, it’s far better to stop putting toxic substances into your body than relying upon any method of detoxification. However, there are times when it is advantageous to use safe and effective methods to support the body in eliminating waste materials that make demands on the energy reserves and resources of any human or animal body. The expenditure of energy to deal with toxins uses energy that is better utilized for the function of the immune system, the digestive system, or the organs of elimination like the kidneys or large intestine. Coffee enemas are not used in isolation, but are often part of a comprehensive care plan that considers the whole person and their lifestyle.
Oh, well, there is at least one doctor on the panel that recognizes the place for these actions that do have some merit. Most of these doctors just reacted to the idea of coffee used for an enema when they are used to drinking coffee. Maybe they wouldn’t be so grossed out if they could separate their own practices of drinking coffee from protocols that are proven to be effective using natural substances. Imagine that!?! Remember that these are the same doctors that would prefer to include liquor with their strawberries rather than simply enjoying organic fresh berries as a stand-alone snack.
Later in this episode there is a health trend expert who shares bone broth and a new resin drink with the doctors that make faces that remind me of the taste of cod liver oil or worse. Bone broth, especially the good stuff, has more than mere stock and provides enough collagen and nutrients to replenish the elasticity of the skin, build cartilage, and offer sustenance for many hours. Fulvic acid is also available in Liquid Zeolite from one of our suppliers, so if you don’t happen to like the taste of the ‘tar(m) pit’ according to Travis; you do have alternatives.
Then to top off this episode that portray these doctors as uninformed imbeciles, the gentleman with a build that Travis envies clues the doctors into his secret to his muscular strength and stamina – microgreens and live sprouts. If only Travis and the others on this panel would extend themselves to embrace a willingness to experience these approaches to health before sharing their uneducated attitude of distaste and displeasure, then I wouldn’t be so harsh. Until then…
TheDoctorsTV Episode with Healthy Trends that Make Physicians Wince
One of these day, these doctors will turn their attention to the medical practices that really do present dangerous risks. Chemotherapy…radiation therapy…invasive surgical procedures that cripple or kill people. Let’s discuss those things some time soon.
Vitamin C can be therapeutic in specific doses and the doctors need to get out more to visit some wellness center and holistic healthcare clinics here and around the world to learn how these approaches are helping people achieve their wellness goals. Liver toxicity or problems with the movement in the large intestine can be effectively dealt with using non-invasive methods that are life-promoting. The problems associated with liver toxicity are not the goals of coffee enemas specifically, despite what you heard from the clip during the television program today. Holistic practitioners do usually explain the purpose and benefits of coffee enemas or colon therapy to their patients. It is the patient’s shared responsibility to understand and approve any approach that helps them take greater responsibility for their well-being, instead of blindly going along with any prescription that any doctor might order without explanation of the risks and benefits. So many conventional doctors do not maintain their educational pursuits sufficiently to know about the many advances and conclusions from recent studies that promote a healthy lifestyle with natural approaches, so they are no longer the experts they would like to think they are in this area of interest. Far from it. The moral of this story is to get your information from the real experts who use these approaches in their private practices in your local or regional wellness centers and holistic healthcare clinics.
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October 13th, 2015
Let me begin by saying that the doctors on TheDoctorsTV know very little about an alkaline dietary approach and let me end by saying that they know even less about alkaline water!
They assume that it is a harmless trend promoted by celebrities like Kelly Ripa and Jennifer Aniston who eat specific foods that the body will utilize for establishing greater alkaline/acid balance. Travis is mistaken that profit is the sole motivating factor for the distribution of alkaline waters. He drinks tap water! He in uninformed…obviously.
Does the Alkaline Diet Work? as discussed on today’s episode of TheDoctorsTV
At least Dr. Drew has applied a logical reasoning process to this issue. The body does have to expend more energy and resources to restoring acid/alkaline balance when you eat foods that are too acidic or too alkaline as well as the summation of the combination of foods and beverages. It is all about BALANCE. These doctors treat this information by dismissing it when they should be giving it due consideration. Drew even mentions that the stars look too thin and may not be healthy.
Excuse me, but that is one of the reasons why these people with access to knowledge, holistic practitioners, and the best that money can buy are realizing that their personal health and professional appearance deserves the most progressive and intelligent approaches to well-being possible. Jennifer Aniston looks healthier and more vibrant than ever. Kelly Ripa has always had a slender build and she does have muscular strength. I just wish that these doctors on television would give greater attention to an issue and explore it in depth before making a cursory judgement about any approach.
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Look: I would recommend eating whole foods like fresh organic vegetables and fruits that replace soda pop and fast food burgers before having to undergo cosmetic surgery or get botox treatments. The healthy lifestyle approach will earn you a youthful appearance far better than nips and tucks; because your entire body is stronger, has more nutritional resources available, and is more responsive to the environment – and it shows in the luster of your skin. One does not separate the pH from whole foods when assessing how healthy these foods happen to be, although one can perform an analysis on a scientific and biochemical level to further enhance one’s understanding of the value of a balanced acid/alkaline combination of foods and beverages And by the way, would someone inform these doctors that the science of nutrition and healthy foods are not limited to physicians.
Celebrities and other real people have access to and use scientific knowledge to make informed decisions. They also tend to have greater access to real professionals and experts in this field. Not one of these doctors on the panel are nutritional experts. We know that our medical schools do not provide more than a few courses in nutrition and very few offer courses in holistic approaches to wellness. So the education that these doctors think make them capable of offering a suitable assessment of any whole foods approach to well-being is insufficient and impractical at best. I invite them to get continuing education about this area of interest!
The doctors on TV certainly are willing to put strawberries into their tequila as evidenced in the segment following the discussion of alkaline diet trends. Perhaps the doctors should have waited until they took shots with black pepper, cayenne, and turmeric, ginger root, and lemon before discussing alkaline diets. They toss around terms like homeostasis and balance without exhibiting a deeper understanding and awareness of how to accomplish this in the human body using whole foods and healthy beverages, including alkaline water. I don’t pretend to be an expert in the mechanisms of pharmaceutical drugs, so why are they operating under the pretense of considering themselves experts in nutritional and plant-based dietary practices? Go out and find a bottle of Essentia, taste the difference, and feel better by incorporating more balanced foods into your daily routine.
Brain Fog cocktail on TheDoctorsTV
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September 7th, 2015
For a few minutes on 60 Minutes, there was a moment when I thought that we had finally penetrated the thick skull of media talking heads who think they know it all! I know that this sounds as if my worldview is superior to those who scurry around in absolute stress filling their minds with a flurry of entangled thoughts and fears; yet this trend appears to suggest that some chord was struck when Anderson Cooper explored the interior of his mind by quieting the busy thoughts than ramble through the caverns of his corpus callosum.
Generally, Mindfulness and stress management training may be found in the most progressive corporate centers who have crafted a solid Wellness program for their employees or in the proving grounds of those who practice as a ‘Way of Life’. Anderson Cooper was tasked with going to a retreat and he was surprised with his personal experience. This is the point of the inner work! When you recognize the inherent value of the benefits of Mindfulness training and practice in your daily life, it will dawn on you that it shapes your attitude while your environment conforms to your inner state of ‘Being’.
Here is the video with Anderson Cooper from the 60 Minutes segment: The Newly Mindful Anderson Cooper
It stands to reason that it is only when you immerse yourself in a new experience that you can genuinely understand what it is for you as an individual and get a glimmer of the value it may offer for our culture, including our business culture. If you have yet to encounter Mindfulness training; seek it out, learn what it holds for your personal growth and presence of mind, and what it may contribute to your overall level of Well-Being. It is also imperative to remember that once you learn to quiet your mind and be fully present in the moment; it will then be time to enter the next phase of your training to focus your mind to create your personal reality with contemplation using another set of disciplines.
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August 3rd, 2015
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Your body is not designed to excrete petroleum by-products, glues, plastics, and other surprising ingredients that you will find in the average brands of chewing gum on store shelves. Aspartame, rubber, and questionable substances found in these chewing gums are known to present risks for cancer and other health conditions.
Chewing Gum article Revealing Facts about Health Concerns
There are healthy alternatives to the traditional brands of chewing gums that you can trust to disclose all of their ingredients. One company is Simply Gum that uses cinnamon, maple, ginger, and other natural flavors or spices for good taste along with healthy substances for the chew factor. Simply Gum has a website that gives locations where you can find their bold new and delicious chewing gums. So if you must chew gum, then this is the gum for you.
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