Wheel of Vaccination!! How to determine the best vaccine for you.

scientist.jpg__800x600_q85_cropIn this day and age, everyone seems to know everything about Vaccinations.

From internet junkies and trolls, to the glamorous and prestigious confines of the medical laboratory researches high among their stools, publishing vast amounts of data that no body reads, and according to the research that includes most of your Doctors.

 

In fact, just ask someone!  Tell them you realize that special populations are at higher risk for infections, which means they have weakened immune systems, and that you want to make the best decision for yourself.
Ask them if they’ve gotten a flu shot this year, chances are they have.  Then politely proceed to ask how they determined which vaccines are the most reliable, which are the safest and ultimately, what made them choose the ones they did.

 

Key Education Points:
.-.` The process by which your body builds immunity
.-.` What a vaccine is intended to do
.-.` How the companies make their best guess on which viruses to include in their vaccine (remember, they have to make a best guess because once the virus is in the vaccine, it does not change. Unlike Mothers breast milk which is highly intelligent, constantly changing and adapting to the environment based on the sights, smells, and cues from her environment, and once the babies mouth touches her nipple, adapts physiologically based on that incoming information)
.-.` What to do if the virus that you end up getting ‘sick’ with is not the virus you were vaccinated against
.-.` How viruses and bacteria grow and replicate, and most importantly, what that means to you when it comes to choosing a vaccine

 

 

Chiropractic: Your Life. Expressed.

Founded on a Philosophy of Vitalism, the principle that everything in the Universe is run by an intelligent innate design.  Owing to the properties of life, the intelligence manifests itself perfect without interference. The same intelligence that grows a giant red oak from a single seed, with the mere adage of water and sunlight. The same intelligence that grows an embryo and egg of an animal, reptile, creature or human into a viable offspring.  We recognize that the very same intelligence also causes the body to heal itself from injury, manifest the ability to move, think, feel, smile, run, create, theorize, talk, discuss, sing and dance.

The healthiest functioning bodies are free of interference, so the nervous system and life force can flow abundantly and beautifully throughout.  Every nerve sends signals to every organ, tissue, cell and organelle and when your nervous system is functioning properly and optimally, your life becomes the difference between viewing it in through foggy dirty glasses, and seeing it in live HD Retina display!

Discover more about the Doctor of Chiropractics education!

 

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Can Cloves & Coffee cure your Allergies, Asthma and Colds?

Why are cultures so obsessed with putting cloves in their Coffee?
They have been doing it for centuries. Just do some traveling, and you will see that quite like we have our vanilla and chocolate powder, next to the cinnamon and the occasional nutmeg at our local Starbucks, other cultures have cloves galore in the Cafés and Coffea Shoppes.
And why should Americans start doing it?! This is a very timely topic, especially with Fall/Winter here and coming.

Hydrolyzable.
The word of the day. Why is this so important to your health? More on that in a minute. First, let’s get to the action step.

Tis the ‘season’ of colds, and flus.
Or not really.

With the frequency of misdiagnosis, and futile misunderstanding at large of how our bodies function and operate, it’s no wonder Americans, and many others, pop pills and chase symptoms during these times of the year. And actually fail to ever see their cold or flu go away. Probably because they don’t actually have one, but that’s another issue.

What’s really happening is they continue to experience exacerbations of the same mucous plug, irritant, infection or other issue that caused these symptoms in the first place.

What’s really happening?
Stagnation is occurring, things are building up faster than excreting, and your body is creating new tissue and trying to get rid of it.

So what can you do?
Number one, let the process happen. Coughing and sneezing are necessary, so don’t suppress it. Most people are taking cough syrups (ladened with sugars and highly toxic chemicals) and simply suppressing the bacteria, virus, or the dead tissue that’s attempting to slough off.

What can you do? Simple steps to facilitate the process.
Start using more cloves!
Back to hydrolyzable, plants that have properties that are hydrolyzable are important because they mix well with water. Water is essential to detoxification, and most notably in this case, it’s essential to excretion!

Cloves mixed with your coffee, double as an amazing expectorant and protective agent. In my experience and research, no one is talking about how cloves are actually protecting the stomach lining, which as a powerful tannin, that is exactly what they’re doing. So perhaps their effect comes largely from their ability to protect the stomach, intestinal and sinus cavities, in addition to their ability to bind exudates. Exudates being the nasty excrement you are trying to get out of the body and do not want to suppress as explained earlier.

Another powerful reason they work so damned well is that they precipitate proteins. That’s important to what we just discussed with tissue layer protection, but also perhaps that is why they work so well to quell inflammation from irritants. In other words, your ‘common allergies’ and ‘allergenic’.

Make no mistake, Coffea arabica, coffee, is a very powerful protector against asthma and allergies, and it is definitely due largely in part to these properties discussed. When you add cloves to it, it becomes even more potent. This isn’t theory, this is everyday use for decades and probably centuries. Many cultures, unfortunately not the US, utilize cloves commonly in their coffee. Which, by the way, is not riddled with milk and sugar, two of the actually most powerful inflammatory agents and mucous producing agents. No wonder coffee gets a bad rap.

Sources:
Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology, 2016. [[Currently the Worlds #1 Journal in this area]]
Medical Book of Herbalism, Hoffman, 2003.
Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry, 2016.

Turmeric. The age of drug incompetency.

img-turmericIn the age of a plethora of literature and research, gaining insight and access to such medical information is as easy a few clicks.  However, that comes withs risk, that the validity of the information you’re reading is of clinical significance, or real world application.  That’s why we turn to the top medical databases and studies. But that’s not where we stop. In fact, that’s not even the most important.  That is just a starting point.

The most important is actual real world application and use. Far too many people are stuck reading and never acting. We’re here to tell you our staff are highly educated, and to us that means experience. Experience means to know is to do, and not to do, is not to know.  Your Doctor should lead by example, and as best as possible, be a master in what he or she is conversing about.  After all, would you go to a Professional Basketball Player for advice, or a self proclaimed internet expert who has only read about basketball?  Research has it’s limits.

Turmeric is one the most thoroughly researched plants in existence today.  Its medicinal properties and components (primarily curcumin) have been the subject of over 5600 peer-reviewed and published biomedical studies.  In fact, our five-year long research project on this sacred plant has revealed over 600 potential preventive and therapeutic applications, as well as 175 distinct beneficial physiological effects. This entire database of 1,585 ncbi-hyperlinked turmeric abstracts can be downloaded as a PDF at GreenMedInfo’s  Downloadable Turmeric Documentpage, and acquired either as a retail item or with 200 GMI-tokens, for those of you who are already are members and receive them automatically each month.

Given the sheer density of research performed on this remarkable spice, it is no wonder that a growing number of studies have concluded that it compares favorably to a variety of conventional medications, including:

  • Lipitor/Atorvastatin(cholesterol medication): A 2008 study published in the journalDrugs in R & D found that a standardized preparation of curcuminoids from Turmeric compared favorably to the drug atorvastatin (trade name Lipitor) on endothelial dysfunction, the underlying pathology of the blood vessels that drives atherosclerosis, in association with reductions in inflammation and oxidative stress in type 2 diabetic patients. [i]  [For additioncurcumin and ‘high cholesterol’ research – 8 abstracts]
  • Corticosteroids (steroid medications): A 1999 study published in the journal Phytotherapy Research found that the primary polyphenol in turmeric, the saffron colored pigment known as curcumin, compared favorably to steroids in the management of chronic anterior uveitis, an inflammatory eye disease.[ii]  A 2008 study published in Critical Care Medicine found that curcumin compared favorably to the corticosteroid drug dexamethasone in the animal model as an alternative therapy for protecting lung transplantation-associated injury by down-regulating inflammatory genes.[iii] An earlier 2003 study published in Cancer Letters found the same drug also compared favorably to dexamethasone in a lung ischaemia-repurfusion injury model.[iv]  [for additional curcumin and inflammation research – 52 abstracts]
  • Prozac/Fluoxetine & Imipramine  (antidepressants): A 2011 study published in the journal Acta Poloniae Pharmaceutica found that curcumin compared favorably to both drugs in reducing depressive behavior in an animal model.[v] [for additional curcumin and depression research – 5 abstracts]
  • Aspirin (blood thinner): A 1986 in vitro and ex vivo study published in the journalArzneimittelforschung found that curcumin has anti-platelet and prostacyclin modulating effects compared to aspirin, indicating it may have value in patients prone to vascular thrombosis and requiring anti-arthritis therapy.[vi]  [for additional curcumin and anti-platelet research]
  • Anti-inflammatory Drugs: A 2004 study published in the journal Oncogene found that curcumin (as well as resveratrol) were effective alternatives to the drugs aspirin, ibuprofen, sulindac, phenylbutazone, naproxen, indomethacin, diclofenac, dexamethasone, celecoxib, and tamoxifen in exerting anti-inflammatory and anti-proliferative activity against tumor cells.[vii] [for additional curcumin and anti-proliferative research – 15 abstracts]
  • Oxaliplatin (chemotherapy drug): A 2007 study published in the International Journal of Cancer found that curcumin compares favorably with oxaliplatin as an antiproliferative agenet in colorectal cell lines.[viii] [for additional curcumin and colorectal cancer research – 52 abstracts]
  • Metformin (diabetes drug): A 2009 study published in the journal Biochemitry and Biophysical Research Community explored how curcumin might be valuable in treating diabetes, finding that it activates AMPK (which increases glucose uptake) and suppresses gluconeogenic gene expression  (which suppresses glucose production in the liver) in hepatoma cells. Interestingly, they found curcumin to be 500 times to 100,000 times (in the form known as tetrahydrocurcuminoids(THC)) more potent than metformin in activating AMPK and its downstream target acetyl-CoA carboxylase (ACC). [ix]

turmeric1Another way in which turmeric and its components reveal their remarkable therapeutic properties is in research on drug resistant- and multi-drug resistant cancers.  We have two sections on our site dedicated to researching natural and integrative therapies on these topics, and while there are dozens of substances with demonstrable efficacy against these chemotherapy- and radiation-resistant cancers, curcumin tops both lists:

We have found no less than 54 studies indicating that curcumin can induce cell death or sensitize drug-resistant cancer cell lines to conventional treatment.[x]

We have identified 27 studies on curcumin’s ability to either induce cell death or sensitize multi-drug resistant cancer cell lines to conventional treatment.[xi]

Considering how strong a track record turmeric (curcumin) has, having been used as both food and medicine in a wide range of cultures, for thousands of years, a strong argument can be made for using curcumin as a drug alternative or adjuvant in cancer treatment.

Or, better yet, use certified organic (non-irradiated) turmeric in lower culinary doses on a daily basis so that heroic doses won’t be necessary later in life after a serious disease sets in.  Nourishing yourself, rather than self-medicating with ‘nutraceuticals,’ should be the goal of a healthy diet.

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Superfood Pumpkin Pie

Superfood Pumpkin Pie.

In another installment of Opt’d, we take some of the healthiest information, and knowledge shared by previous authors and Optimize it.  Giving you the one up on the most healthful and vitalistic nutrient dense foods on the Earth.

blog-optd-pumpkinpieEating seasonal has many benefits, most of which, it allows your body to nourish itself with the rhythms of nature.  These are vitalistic principles taught and adhered by the medical literature and practice of many cultures.  Many people are not familiar with utilizing squash and gourds for reasons other than decoration.  This article dives into the utmost importance of using the fall season to its maximum benefit! We focus on a pumpkin, a plant many are more than familiar with, but just aren’t aware of it’s superpowers. We’re not kidding!

Get Your Pump On —Why A Superfood?

Pumpkin has several varieties and species, and depending on the location and environment they’re grown in, they can have higher protein content, upwards of three grams per cup!  For a squash, that is an incredible amount.  Their amazing hues indicate that they are loaded with antioxidants, polyphenols and disease-fighting vitamins, and if you eat the seeds, you can take it to the bank with added vitamins and (wheel)barrows-full of minerals.  Their hue indicates they’re loaded with beta-carotene, a provitamin that is converted to vitamin A in the body. Known for its immune-boosting powers, beta-carotene is essential for eye health and has also been linked to preventing coronary heart disease [1] [2]. If you want the most bioavailable nutrients, you’ll want to consume it fresh!  One cup of canned pumpkin has seven grams of fiber and three grams of protein, and for those looking to become healthy and lose bodyfat and toxins, they’re very filling! If that wasn’t enough, they also contain ample vitamin K, which may reduce the risk for some types of cancer [3]. Bodybuilders and physique athletes take heed! The real treasure is in the seeds. One ounce (about 140 seeds) is packed with protein, magnesium, potassium, and zinc. This makes for a great choice for altering the nutrient intake to shed bodyfat and get in contest shape, while pumping up the nutrient profiles to keep your body functioning efficiently and aiding in detox.  These seeds, like many seeds, act as chelating agents which help bind toxins that your body is trying to get rid of.  In fact studies suggest pumpkin seeds provide a number of health benefits— such as blocking the enlargement of the prostate gland, lowering the risk of bladder stones, and helping to prevent depression [4] [5] [6] [7]. Plus, they contain high levels of phytosterols, which research suggests can reduce cholesterol and even help prevent some types of cancers [8] [9].

Phase it In—How to Eat it!

There are plenty of ways to sneak pumpkin into any meal—whether it’s the seeds or the guts, canned, cooked, or raw, or in a main dish.While we highly advocate the freshest organic pumpkins, especially because you should be eating the skin, canned pumpkin can be added to almost anything and (voila!) out comes the perfect autumn treat. For a hot breakfast filled with fiber, try adding canned pumpkin to oatmeal. And take note: if a recipe calls for canned pumpkin, don’t be afraid to replace it with fresh. While you may be tempted to microwave your plants, steer clear of this habit. We promise you, your body will thank you!

Did someone say roasted nuts!

Save those seeds—they’re easy to roast. After removing seeds from the pumpkin’s inner cavity (like, say, after carving it for Halloween!), wipe them off with a paper towel. Place in a single layer on a cookie sheet, sprinkle with some seasoning, and lightly roast at 160-170 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes. The key here is roasting at low temperatures. Why? Roasting for a short time at a low temperature helps to preserve their healthy oils. While there’s no such thing as too much pumpkin, eating a lot can actually give skin a “pumpkin-like glow.” Too much beta-carotene isn’t toxic, but excessive consumption can cause a yellowish discoloration of the skin calledcarotenemia.  Fret not, the skin discoloration is harmless and can be easily reversed [10].

If you’d like to read the original article, check it out here! Opt’d article: http://greatist.com/health/superfood-pumpkin Opt’d author Caitlin Covington

Works Cited

  1. Nutrition and retinal degenerations. Berson, E.L, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary, Boston, MA. International Ophthalmology Clinics, 2000 Fall;40(4):93-111.
  2. Beta-carotene and risk of coronary heart disease. A review of observational and intervention studies. Tavani, A., La Vecchia, C. Istituto di Recerche Farmacologiche Mario Negri, Milan, Italy. Biomedicine and Pharmacotherapy, 1999 Oct;53(9):409-16.
  3. Dietary vitamin K intake in relation to cancer incidence and mortality: results from the Heidelberg cohort of the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC-Heidelberg). Nimptsch, K., Rohrmann, S., Kaaks, R.. Division of Cancer Epidemiology, German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg, Germany. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2010 May;91(5):1348-58. Epub 2010 Mar 24.
  4. Pumpkin seed oil and phytosterol-F can block testosterone/prazosin-induced prostate growth in rats. Tsai, Ys., Yong, Y.C., Cheng, J.T., et al. Institute of Clinical Medicine, Department of Urology, College of Medicine, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan Taiwan. Urologia Internationalis, 2006;77(3):269-74.
  5. The effect of pumpkin seeds on oxalcrystalluria and urinary compositions of children in hyperendemic area. Suphakarn, V.S., Yamnon, C., Ngunboonsri, P. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 1987 Jan;45(1):115-21.
  6. The effect of pumpkin seeds snack on inhibitors and promoters of urolithiasis in Thai adolescents. Suphiphat, V., Morjaroen, N., Pukboonme, I., et al. Division of Experimental Nutrition, Faculty of Medicine, Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand. Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand, 1993 Sep;76(9):487-93.
  7. The treatment of depression in general practice: a comparison of L-tryptophan, amitriptyline, and a combination of L-tryptophan and amitriptyline with placebo. Thomson, J., Rankin, H., Ashcroft, G.W. Psychological Medicine, 1982 Nov;12(4):731-51.
  8. Phytosterol, squalene, tocopherol content and fatty acid profile of selected seeds, grains, and legumes. Ryan, E., Glavin, K., O’Connor, T.P., et al. Plant Foods for Human Nutrition (Dordrecht, Netherlands), 2007 Sep;62(3):85-91. Epub 2007 Jun 27.
  9. Dietary phytosterols: a review of metabolism, benefits and side effects. Ling, W.H., Jones, P.J. School of Dietetics and Human Nutrition, McGill University at macdonald Campus, Ste-Anee-de-Bellevue, PQ, Canada. Life Sciences, 1995;57(3):195-206.
  10. A case of carotenodermia caused by a diet of the dried seaweed called Nori. Nishimura, Y., Ishii, N., Sugita, Y., et al. Department of Dermatology, Yokohama City University School of Medicine, Japan. The Journal of Dermatology, 1998 Oct;25(10):685-7.

Fatigue and optimizing your Adrenals

Adrenal fatigue is estimated to affect around 80% of people in the world! According to James Wilson (author of “Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st Century Stress Syndrome”) chronic stress and lifestyle affects the body’s ability to recuperate from physical, mental or emotional stress.

Whether for a short time, or a chronic condition, most people will struggle with adrenal fatigue at some point in their life.

Do you sometimes have:

  • body aches
  • trouble concentrating
  • racing thoughts
  • moodiness and irritability
  • constant tiredness
  • feeling overwhelmed
  • hormone imbalance
  • cravings for sweet and salty foods

These symptoms can be indicative of a few different disorders, and are often overlooked by doctors, but more and more people are starting to realize that a combination of these could indicate the onset of adrenal fatigue also known as adrenal insufficiency.

And if you have adrenal fatigue, it can also be a major cause of excess fat storage andlow energy levels. So, let’s talk about exactly what your adrenal glands do and how you can heal adrenal fatigue in 3 simple steps.

Your Amazing Adrenal Glands

adrenal glands above kidneysYour adrenal glands are two thumb-sized organs that sit above your kidneys that are part of the endocrine system. Also known as the suprarenal glands, they are involved in producing over 50 hormones that drive almost every bodily function, many of which are essential for life.

Hormones affect every function, organ, and tissue in the body directly or indirectly. They react to each other, as well as respond to conditions in the body, in an intricate and highly sensitive balancing act. The adrenal glands work closely with the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland in a system known as the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis (HPA axis).

Adrenal glands play a huge role in the stress response. Your brain registers a threat—whether it is emotional, mental or physical. The adrenal medulla releases adrenaline hormones to help you react to the threat (the fight-or-flight response), rushing blood to your brain, heart and muscles. The adrenal cortex then releases corticosteroids to dampen processes like digestion, immune system response, and other functions not necessary for immediate survival.

Your adrenal glands are responsible for balancing hormones such as:

Glucocorticoids – hormones that balance your body’s blood sugar, help with energyand food metabolism, help your body handle stress and manages your immune response. (Example: cortisol)

Mineralocorticoids – hormones that maintain healthy blood pressure, manages your blood hydration level, and keeps your blood healthy by keeping salt and water in balance. (Ex: Aldosterone)

Sex hormones – estrogen and testosterone

Adrenaline – hormones that affect your heart health, makes sure that all parts of the body are getting blood and converts glycogen into glucose in your liver.

What Causes Adrenal Fatigue?

Adrenal fatigue is a condition where your body and adrenal glands can’t keep up with the tremendous amount of daily stress many people experience. Sometimes misunderstood as an auto-immune disorder, adrenal fatigue can mimic some precursors to other common illnesses and disease.

Wellness doctors and practitioners believe that an episode of acute stress or prolonged, chronic stress can cause adrenal glands to become overloaded and ineffective. They believe that adrenal fatigue can be caused by:

  • Stressful experiences like death of loved one, divorce, or surgery
  • Exposure to environmental toxins and pollution
  • Prolonged stress due to financial hardship, bad relationships or work environment, and other conditions that entail feelings of helplessness
  • Negative thinking and emotional trauma
  • Lack of sleep
  • Poor diet and lack of exercise

Also, according to the Mayo Clinic, severe adrenal fatigue symptoms may actually be Addison’s disease.

Adrenal Fatigue Symptoms

What happens when the adrenal glands stop producing hormones efficiently? Every bodily function is affected and as adrenal hormone levels shrink, and even the normal get-up-and-go you get from them disappears. Adrenal fatigue symptoms include:

  • Morning fatigue or trouble waking up
  • Decreased libido
  • Depression
  • Muscle weakness
  • Poor focus
  • Bone loss
  • Inflammation
  • Increased allergies
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Irritability
  • Fatigue
  • Cravings for sugar
  • Hair loss
  • Weight gain
  • Muscle tension
  • Inability to tolerate high carb/potassium foods unless paired with fat and protein

If you’ve experienced any of these adrenal fatigue side effects, take heart, there are now many natural ways to treat and support your adrenal system.

The 4 Steps to Heal Adrenal Fatigue

Treatment for adrenal fatigue involves reducing stress on your body and your mind, eliminating toxins, avoiding negative thinking, and replenishing your body with healthy food and positive thoughts.

1. Optimizing the Nervous system

In every building there are circuit breakers to keep the electrical wiring and engineering in check. When there’s too much stimulus and overload to the electric grid, the breakers shut off power. The same thing happens in the human body. The nervous system is controlled and regulated by the brain and spinal cord.  When the overload of stressful information occurs, the body begins its protective mechanisms by causing subluxation, which shuts down function, and that means the same system of nerve function that controls and regulates your adrenal glands.

In order to deal with these extra stressors, function and urgency is placed elsewhere in the body, thereby shutting down function to your adrenal glands, among other organs, to take care of the immediate acute overload.  In the building, no one cares if the bathroom is coffee pot is overflowing or the paperwork is backing up, the company’s first priority is taking care of the electric grid that just shut down.

The idea is to remove any interferences to your nervous system so that it can function optimally.  When the body cannot respond and adapt to stressful situations, including toxic food and lack of sleep (see steps 2-4), then it begins to cause adaptations to protect itself.  Osteopathic Doctors, Naturopaths and Doctors of Chiropractic are trained in manipulations of the spine.  The Doctor of Chiropractic is a highly specific Physician who specializes in health of the human frame, in subluxation and dysfunction of the spine and body.  Get to your Chiropractor today and get your nervous system checked.

 

avocado and mango salad2. Adrenal Fatigue Diet

In every case of adrenal recovery, diet is a huge factor. There are a number of foods that support adrenal function. They will help replenish your adrenal energy so your system can come back to full health. But first you must start byremoving any hard to digest foods and any toxins or chemicals in your environment.

The idea is to remove anything that taxes your adrenals. Foods to avoid are:

Caffeine: This can interfere with your sleep cycle and make it hard for your adrenals to recover. If you must drink coffee or a caffeinated beverage, then have a limited amount in the morning before noon.

Sugar & sweeteners: Includes avoiding high fructose corn syrup and artificial sweetener as well. Avoid sugary foods, cereals, candy, sweets, etc. Be aware that sugar is an additive in many breads, condiments and dressings. Try to avoid as much extra sugar as possible. Use raw honey or stevia as an alternative.

Processed and Microwaved foods: First of all the microwave has its own dangers, but additionally, most microwaveable foods have many preservatives and fillers that are hard to digest and wear out your body’s energy and digestion cycle. Try to buy food on the outer walls of your grocery store and prepare your own food whenever possible.

Hydrogenated Oils: Vegetable oils like soybean, canola and corn oil are highly inflammatory which can lead to adrenal inflammation. Try to only use good fats such as coconut oil, olive oil, organic butter or ghee.

Next, you will want to add in nutrient dense foods that are easy to digest and have healing qualities. Some of the top superfoods for adrenal health include:

  • Coconut
  • Olives
  • Avocado
  • Sea Salt
  • Cruciferous vegetables (cauliflower, broccoli, brussel sprouts, etc.)
  • Fatty fish, e.g. wild-caught salmon
  • Chicken and turkey
  • Nuts, such as walnuts and almonds
  • Seeds, such as pumpkin, chia, and flax
  • Kelp and seaweed
  • Celtic or Himalayan sea salt

These foods help overcome adrenal insufficiency because they are nutrient dense, low in sugar and have healthy fat and fiber.

See also my healing diet for more food suggestions.

3. Adrenal Fatigue Supplements

Another big key to overcoming adrenal fatigue, is taking the right supplements. I always recommend eating the right foods to heal your body. supplements and natural medicineHowever, due to soil depletion (from over-farmed and unhealthy farming practices), much of the fruits and vegetables do not have the same
amount of nutrition that it did even 50 years ago. So, certain adrenal boosting nutrients are needed to get your adrenal function back up such
as:

Taking these supplements in their whole food form could greatly improve your symptoms of adrenal insufficiency.

4. Adrenal Fatigue Stress Reduction

The last and most important key to restoring your adrenal function is to treat your mind and stress needs. Pay attention to your body!

  1. Rest when you feel tired as much as possible.woman sleeping peacefully in bed
  2. Sleep 8-10 hours a night
  3. Avoid staying up late and stay on a regular sleep cycle. Ideally, in bed before 10p
  4. Laugh and do something fun every da
  5. Minimize work and relational stress
  6. Eat on a regular food cycle and and reduce sugar and caffeine
  7. Exercise (even moderate exercise and walking can help)
  8. Avoid negative people and self talk
  9. Take time for yourself (do something relaxing)
  10. Seek counsel or support for any traumatic experiences

Let’s talk about “self-talk” for a minute. Our body is made to heal.  However, the words we say have a great impact on our body and our ability to heal. Regardless of what diet and supplements you take, your environment is one of the most important components.

So, be kind to yourself. Try to avoid saying negative things about yourself and others. It is important to choose to be around positive people and stay positive about yourself as well.

Adrenal Insufficiency Recovery Time

Recovery for adrenal fatigue can take a little while. After all, it took months, maybe years to wear out your adrenals; so it takes a little time to build up their strength again. For full adrenal recovery you can expect it to take:

  • 6-9 months for minor adrenal fatigue
  • 12-18 months for moderate fatigue
  • Up to 24 months for severe adrenal fatigue

The best approach is to make solid changes to your lifestyle for lasting results. If you aim for a balanced lifestyle with a healthy level of sleep, exercise, fun, and positive environment, then you are most likely to keep your adrenal system going strong!

To learn more about some of the natural treatments for adrenal fatigue read some of my articles about how Ashwagandha Benefits Thyroid and Adrenals and check out this article about Vitamin B12 Deficiency: Symptoms, Causes & Cures.

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You can’t afford to be sick. Period.

 The White Elephant in the Room.

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Even the White Elephant is on drugs

It’s to the point where it’s beyond the analogy of the white elephant in the room. Our failing Medical System in the United States has become the fishs’ water.  It’s so pervasive, we’re ignoring it’s relationship; a heroine addict denying his problem.

Medical Healthcare costs are the leading cause of Bankruptcy in the United States, and increasingly suicide.
As if that wasn’t enough, our Healthcare is failing. According to several prestigious Universities including John Hopkins, our Healthcare is also among the absolute worst, despite being the most costly.

While the United States population is a mere 5% of the World, we consume over 80% of the medications.  Those stats are from a few years ago, and the numbers have dramatically risen over the past several decades. So we ask you, if drugs are the answer to health, then shouldn’t taking more drugs lead us to health?  Why then do we have among the worst health in the World?

Pregnancy complications and deaths, and organ failures and suicides are among the main reasons our health is the worst.  We rank #1 for deaths caused during/due to pregnancy, but we tout our Medical Hospitals as being the most safe route of pregnancy.  Third world countries have safer and better survival rates for pregnancy.  Something doesn’t add up.  Talk to any intelligent Medical Doctor, Osteopath, or Doctor of Chiropractic and they will tell you that the Heath of our Nation is abysmal (as long as they aren’t being paid by Pharmaceutical companies or letting their ego get in the way).

Good news, Tylenol is no longer the number one cause for liver failure. However, the ever pervasive antibiotic usage have now overtaken the number one position for liver failure; used in feedlot animals, soaps, hand sanitizers, food and for viral/bacterial illness episodes (despite contraindications).  If you think aspirin is safe too, you’re sadly mistaken.  The latest Medical journals and research concur. Especially considering herbs are not only more effective, they’re safer.  Since they are plants, they are also high in nutrients and healing powers. Back to the food is the most powerful form of Medicine quote.

In addition, and check out public law court cases related to court settlements especially for vaccines. Regardless if you believe in Vaccine safety or not, there are still known deadly side effects and they occur more often than your Doctor may realize.

Bankruptcy…

Bankruptcies resulting from unpaid medical bills will affect nearly 2 million people this year—making health care the No. 1 cause of such filings, and outpacing bankruptcies due to credit-card bills or unpaid mortgages, according to new data. And even having health insurance doesn’t buffer consumers against financial hardship. An estimated 1.7 million people will file for bankruptcy protection this year.

Even outside of bankruptcy, about 56 million adults—more than 20 percent of the population between the ages of 19 and 64—will still struggle with health-care-related bills this year, and the numbers are rising.

And if you think only Americans without health insurance face financial troubles, think again. NerdWallet estimates nearly 10 million adults with year-round health-insurance coverage will still accumulate medical bills that they can’t pay off this year.  High-deductible insurance plans requiring consumers to pay more out-of-pocket costs are a challenge for many households.

“With an average American family bringing home $50,000 in income, a high medical bill and a high-deductible insurance plan can quickly become something they are unable to pay,” LaMontagne said. “If you have an out-of-pocket maximum of $5,000 or $10,000, that’s really tough,” he said.

Medical Bankruptcy by Age

Age Range
% of Total
Bankruptcies
2013, Estimated
US Medical-Related
Bankruptcies 2013,
Estimated
Size of
Household
People Living
in Households
with medical-Related
Bankruptcy
2013, Estimated
18-24 2.3% 14,618 2.41 35,229
25-34 18.7% 120,708 2.86 344,622
35-44 28.9% 186,812 3.35 624,888
45-54 26.4% 170,875 2.81 480,159
55-64 15.8% 102,080 2.18 222,534
65+ 8.0% 51,719 1.76 90,767
Source: MSNBC

Not surprisingly, more than 11 million people will take on additional credit-card debt to cover mounting medical bills, LaMontagne said. Because credit cards often charge high interest rates for unpaid balances, debt only mounts, creating a vicious cycle for consumers.

Meanwhile, 15 million people will deplete their savings to cover medical bills. Another 10 million will be unable to pay for necessities such as rent, food and utilities because of those bills.

What are you to do about it?

Simple. Understand above all that you have the power to dramatically change your circumstances.
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The best Medicine is food, sunshine and activity; more than prevention, we’re talking about a radical shift in the paradigm of Health-thought.  It’s easier to stay healthy, than to cure dis-ease.
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The majority of the United States, and other major first world countries are over medicated, under-nourished and simply not enjoying life. It’s time to start moving, discuss with your Doctor about how to decrease your medications, and how to improve health.  Medical Doctors are not trained in health, they are trained in sickness, disease and pathology.  The Doctors of Now, Doctors of Chiropractic, Naturopathy and Traditional Chinese Medicine, can help drastically shift your paradigm into a wellness.
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Just say no!? Healthiest tips for Coffee addicts to improve health

The alarm clock buzzes. You toss around in your comfortable Snuggie, slowly draw back the curtains and crack the windows. It’s bright and early, the cool scent of autumn sweeps in.  You roll out of bed and rush down the stairs. Six-o-clock comes sooner each day.  You pop open your new bag o’ Joe, throw it in the grinder, and prep your hot water. Instantly you begin waking up to the mere scent of the fresh ground beans.  Like a scene from a commercial, there you are, early morning, with your cup of fresh java in your hand as you sit down to read the paper, grinning from ear to ear.  Something about your morning ritual is just soothing and relaxing.  You’re not really sure if it’s the coffee, or the routine.

You take the first sip. Something’s not right! You quickly realize you grabbed the roommates bag of Coffee, and suddenly realize it’s decaf. Oh well, you drink it anyways, slightly offset from your typical routine. It’s probably better for you anyways.  Besides you’re healthy, so you shouldn’t drink regular coffee anyways.  Everyone knows it’s bad for you.  Or is it?  I’d like to offer you an alternative perspective; perhaps a Goosebumps-style choose-your-own-ending perspective.

Many short term studies isolate and compare specific chemical compounds in coffee, and have shown amazing benefit, from liver health, gallbladder and gallstone prevention, asthmatic prevention and health, all the way to improved mood, cognitive functioning and energy (you know, that whole reason most of us drink coffee in the first place).

However, some studies show negative effects of coffee as well, and typically the long term studies that seem plausible end up looking at epidemiological occurrences. The problem with those is akin to saying broccoli is bad for you but basing that data on a study which surveyed southern families tendencies to eat broccoli; which failed to extract key information, namely that southern families wouldn’t actually eat broccoli.  They would cook it with loads of butter and cream, or cheese.  In much the same way, long term studies and epidemiological studies can’t distinguish Coffea arabica, the herb, from its typical consumption in a form known as a Starbucks latte, or the typical home prepared version known as hot milk, cream and sugar drizzled with a dollop of coffee, if you catch my drift.

For sake of this article I’m focusing on the actual plant Coffea arabica, also known as an herb. What I’m not referring to is how it is typically consumed in America, which is by no means a “healthy choice” and I’m pretty sure that’s agreed upon by most people.

Current belief suggests that decaf coffee is great for you so you can enjoy the benefits of coffee, without the negatives of caffeine! It is a ‘drug’, after all. Again I’d like to offer an alternative Goosebumps-style choose-your-own-ending perspective.

While decaf coffee may have less caffeine, we’re not so sure it’s any bit better for you.

We’d like you to consider that perhaps the whole plant is better off unadulterated. The coffee bean after all is all natural, so it must be good for you (pretty heavy on the sarcasm). However, you might consider learning about the toxic processes involved in the decaffeination process.   High temperatures, caustic chemicals and noxious byproducts are just a few of the negatives to decaf coffee.  Decaf coffee is better in one aspect, its aflatoxin count, which is typically highest in macrobrewed coffee operations, not to throw anyone under the bus… Folgers, Maxwell House.

If you guessed aflatoxins are bad for you, you guessed correct.  Aflatoxins are neutralized by natural chemicals found in the coffee bean. These natural compounds, namely tannins and caffeine, are destroyed, lost and rendered useless during the decaffeination process.  Brewing large batches of coffee add to the inherent risk that all batch processes succumb to, and that is quality control. Macro-brewed coffee does not allow for stricture adherence to quality control. This has been largely researched and proven through many clinical studies; one more reason to support and buy local micro-brewed coffees and food.  These are just tipping the ice-berg for why you should avoid decaf coffee and consider brewing your roasted bean in it’s most natural whole form again.

Coffee, fresh ground whole beans, and recently roasted, offer the largest health benefit.  If you believe caffeine is a negative side effect of the herb Coffea arabica, the fruit of the coffee plant normally referred to as ‘coffee bean’, you might consider brewing your coffee a bit longer.

Much akin to sprouting raw foods, or ripening fruit, as you let nature take it’s course (read: allow enzymatic reactions to propagate), structure of the molecule is altered, and therefore so is function. When it comes to brewing your coffee longer, it helps release more tannins within the tissues and membranes.  In addition to retention of nutrients, the potent natural molecular compounds found in this herb actually help to negate the effect of caffeine.  Tannins, largely found in Camelia sensins, green tea, are also found in coffee, but at about one half the amount.  Since tannins originate inside the tissues and membranes of plants, it requires breaking of the membrane to expose them.  Tannins also prevent bloating, intestinal parasites and relieve gaseous emissions from methane and ammonia. Yep. If you were also wondering why roasted dark coffees have more tannins in them, this is the exact reason. Isn’t it wonderful understanding the pharmacokinetics of herbs?

If we’re good at one thing in America, it’s taking a specific isolated variable, and applying it to a generalized area or population. Notice the irony? It’s important to consider a variety of factors with herbs, and that’s something the Chinese have nailed down.  One cannot simply say “coffee is bad”, nor can they say it is “good”. As research, and most importantly real life long term data shows, coffee, like any herb, has yin and yang tendencies.

When the bean is kept in it’s raw form, it has hypotensive beneficial factors, when roasted, it has potential hypertensive factors.

But that’s just dealing with the cardiovascular system, and it’s also dealing with a specific dose. So not only does the preparation of the bean have yin and yang factors, but so does roasting the bean. If you roast it a lot, and brew it strong, it has a different yin and yang tendency than if you brew it weaker, or for a lessened period of time. In addition, there are certain factors, such as gender or genetic makeup, may influence an individual’s response.  Something rarely ever mentioned by “coffee haters”. One epidemiological study found that coffee consumption was associated with improved insulin sensitivity in women, but not in men. Further research is warranted to examine the role of gender, as well as other genetic factors, in short- and long-term chlorogenic acid supplementation.

So what’s the final verdict on coffee;  good or bad? While I’d love to sit here and proclaim that coffee is a wonder herb,  that would be leaving out a lot of information. I also can’t switch gears and tell you that coffee is deleterious to your health either. Both of those perspectives would not only be incorrect according to the ample research available, but that’s simply not a great perspective to approach the usage of coffee.  Rather, entertain the idea that the appropriate answer is actually a question and that is, under what circumstances would one be able to utilize coffee to assist my body back to homeostasis, or achieve a desired effect.  Coffee is like any other plant.  It has it’s different effects, both raw, and roasted, sociologically and ecologically (micro vs macro brews), and even microbiologically (aflatoxins, mycotoxins, and bacteria).  Not surprisingly,  the research does seem to show the same as most herbs. You need to have a basic understanding of potential effects both ‘positive’ and ‘negative’, and understand that using any herb in a strong ‘dose (as coffee is usually done), and for a long period of time, is going to potentially have health benefits up front, and then reverse after long term usage.  One thing is for sure, if you’re going to add sugar, milk and whipped cream with flavors, that’s no longer coffee; this concoction exists in the realm paralleling the usage of multiple drugs, we just can’t claim the effects from any one thing in particular. And we also can’t ignore the white elephant in the room as is often ignorantly dismissed. Akin to smoking, there must be some benefit or people wouldn’t be using it so frequently. So if you’re going to choose to give coffee a chance in your herbal repertoire, we have some suggestions to make it the healthiest choice possible.

How does this all translate to your morning coffee? I mean after all, that’s all we really care about, right! Next time you’re about to buy a big name brand decaf coffee because it’s cheaper, or you’re about to brew your decaf coffee because you’re afraid of the caffeine content, I suggest perhaps to entertain the new refreshing perspective on

the key benefits to coffee, and herbs, unmasked by taking the whole herb, organically produced, freshly roasted and ground and locally brewed.

And if you’re interested in a late night cup of Joe, let it brew longer and you’ll naturally reduce the free caffeine content, while increasing health benefit by releasing more deeper rooted compounds.

 

 

Wasting Your Food: Fixing Cultural Habits that Promote Poor Health

Seriously!  Much like the dermal skin layers on your body provide major function and vitality, the out layers of plants are essential. And if you’re like most people and throw the skins away, you might just be wasting the most important part of your food! Chock full of essential oils, vitamins, minerals, alkaloids, sesquiterpenes, tannins, antioxidants and more words we can’t pronounce, the skin is essential. 

By throwing away the skins of your food you simply miss out!  

You see, these big words you can’t pronounce, won’t use and don’t really care about, can actually impact your health.

What we’re talking about here actually extends to the seeds, skins and peels of plants. The outer tough fibrous layers protect these plants from changing climate conditions, animals and wildlife, and other harsh conditions. These layers of tissue protect the plants from harm, and they’re acting as the CIA, guarding top secret materials. They’re designed just so to protect the seeds; the seeds, my friends, from which the entire plant sprouts, grows and develops.

The ripe peels of many fruits, especially citrus, have plenty of important actions in the body. The mechanism of action, also known as pharmacokinetics, of precisely how these complex chemical substituent’s work varies greatly from plant to plant. The effects are largely owed to the plants bitter, warming and pungent properties.  They are highly utilized by Chinese Medical Doctors for the liver, gall bladder and bile congestion.  These characteristics are seen in the alkaloids contained within the plant. The induced effects have anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic and antibacterial actions, often seen in bitter substances.  This is where the remedy for freshly squeezed lemon and lime juice mixed with water comes from; mixed with water and taken on an empty stomach.

These citrus plants are great for relieving liver toxicity and stagnation and are highly researched in Eastern Medicines.

So what about the rinds? Are they just as important? You betcha! The rinds are rich in limonene, linalool, hesperidin, carotene, flavonoids, and extremely rich with vitamins, especially B and C. Lemons and many citrus fruits have large amounts of citric acid. Because of the acidic nature they help to cleanse and detoxify. Everyone knows that lemons are great for detoxification, but rarely do they know more than the sound bite. Acidity changes structure of the molecules. Altered structure changes polarity, thereby allowing the fat-soluble toxins to become water-soluble, which makes them more easily excreted by one of the most important waste elimination systems in the body, the kidneys. This in turn aids the liver by lessening it’s utilization of enzymes, a necessary burden of detoxification. The astringent properties afford the precipitation of proteins, similar to gallic acid. This is one pharmacokinetic explanation for gallic acid’s usage in clearing the lungs. In addition, because of the biochemical makeup of the lemon, when it enters the stomach it actually inhibits hydrochloric acid excretion. This reduces the acid entering the duodenum, therefore lessening the amount of bicarbonate secretions by the liver; lessening the chance of gut leakage that often occurs due to heavy stress. Clinical studies show the acids also increase pancreatic secretions and bile, which also alleviate liver burden.

Ripe mandarin orange peel is utilized for digestion, whereas unripe or green citrus is more specifically eaten for bile congestion in the liver; unripe bitter orange peels are utilized in those with abdominal distention, gas and other intestinal accumulations. Along with lemon peel essential oils, bitter orange naturally reduces cholesterol and therefore may be beneficial for those with hypercholesteremia.  Many citrus peels have carminative actions. Lemon peels tend to be great for the liver, whereas limes and grapefruit target the spleen area. The seeds of the mandarin orange are used for phlegm, whereas the innards are used as antiemetic for abdominal distention, bloating and hiccoughs. The more aged the better the quality. Bitter orange has been considered one of the strongest chi-moving herbs in Chinese medicine for centuries. Now the main stream supplement industry has grabbed on heavily to this notion, which is why you see the vast promotion of bitter orange as a diet and weight loss supplement aid.

Another way citrus plants aid in detoxification is by reducing the load of ammonia byproducts from protein digestion. Adding a weak acid such as citric and gallic acid creates an increase in excretion of ammonia.​​

​Medical hospitals like Cleveland Clinic, and doctors across the globe, incorporate essential oils in their treatment and cure of many conditions;  from peppermint extracts that are largely utilized by college students and workers for aiding digestion, upset stomach and focusing and calming the mind, to lavender and oregano to cure MRSA infections (among at least sixty-four other plant oils) and most related to our topic are seeds and oils from the peels and rinds of lemon, grapefruit and orange as previously mentioned.

If you want a potent effect to mitigate your acute condition and really experience quick proof of the power of plants, use a drop of the oils in your cold beverages, hot water (to make tea), smoothies and even recipes to spruce up the taste and health!

Now that you’re armed with the research and information behind seeds, rinds, peels and skins, you can start incorporating them into your diet!  Start slowly by buying organic lemons, grapefruit, oranges, and grapes with the seeds and eating them whole! You can make the transitions easier by adding the rinds, also known as zest, to your smoothies and salads, then move on to the whole plant or fruit.

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