Healthy Healing 14th Edition

Women's Weight Loss Over 40: Herbal Solutions to Fight Middle-Aged Spread

Nearly everyone faces a disconcerting body thickening and slow rise in weight in their 40s, even people who have always been slim, who eat a healthy diet, and who exercise regularly. In fact, body fat typically doubles between the ages of 20 and 50. Sometimes diet and exercise really isn’t enough! What’s happening to our bodies?

For women, a major calorie-burning process grinds to a halt after menopause. The metabolic rise in the last two weeks of the menstrual cycle accounts for 15,000–20,000 calories per year. Those calories really start to add up when the menstrual cycle stops. Further, women tend to develop more abdominal fat as estrogen levels are reduced. For men, lower testosterone levels caused by andropause leads to a decrease in muscle mass and an increase in fat storage.  Research shows that with age, men burn less fat during exercise, so older men actually need to work out longer to lose weight!

Healthy lifestyle changes are critical to achieve long-term weight loss goals, but it often takes more at mid life. Whole herbs are an ideal choice for weight loss after 40. They are not habit forming like stimulant anti-obesity drugs, and they support natural weight loss processes, like thermogenesis.

Thermogenesis’ Role in Weight Loss Over 40

Thermogenesis is all about fat burning. About 75% of the calories you eat work to keep you alive and support your resting metabolic rate. The balance of calories are stored as white fat, or burned up by brown adipose tissue (brown fat), your body’s premier fat burning factory. The more active your brown fat is, the more efficient your thermogenesis is, and the easier it is to maintain an optimum weight. Differences in brown fat activity explain why some people can overeat and stay slim, while others put on the pounds even though their diet and exercise plan is sound.

Starting in our early 40s, a genetic timer begins to slow down the thermogenic mechanism. Instead of calories being burned off, more of them get stored as white fat, leading to weight gain, especially around the middle. In addition, some people are simply not born with enough brown fat. These people gain more weight at middle age because the little brown fat they do have is reduced even further. Nature in her wisdom provides a solution. You can reactivate your brown fat activity after 40, and using thermogenic herbs is a key.

Fat Burning Herbs: The Good & Bad News

Most of us have heard of the herb, ephedra as a thermogenic aid to stimulate weight loss. Unfortunately, misuse and abuse of ephedra in highly concentrated, chemical ephedrine products has led to cardiovascular side effects and health risks for consumers. Today, ephedra is banned from use in dietary supplements in the U.S. But, ephedra is not the only herb that stimulates brown fat activity. Green tea, mustard seed, cinnamon and ginger are a few other thermogenic herbs that you can use without the side effects or health risks.

As a traditional herbalist, I only formulate with whole herbs, because they are much less likely to produce side effects or interactions than standardized herbs or highly concentrated herbs. Further, whole herbs in combination offer the advantage of addressing multiple body systems and needs. For “after 40” weight loss concerns, I combine thermogenic whole herbs with herbs that control appetite and sugar cravings, and herbs that relieve bloating. Whole herbs support the whole person.

Losing weight at mid life does present new challenges, but once the body adjusts to its new hormone levels, weight gain stabilizes, and becomes more manageable. Whole herbs can help you get over an “after 40” weight loss plateau, and have the added benefits of improving body chemistry and reestablishing better metabolic rates.

To Life-long health,

Linda Page

Weight Loss After 40

Achieve your goals with a full lifestyle program.

 Everybody faces a disconcerting body thickening and a slow rise in weight in their 40’s and 50’s… even people who have always been slim, who have a good diet, and who regularly exercise. Body fat typically doubles between the ages of 20 and 50. Both men and women go through a change of life in middle years that affects body shape. However, by cutting back on fat and adding more fiber, most people can avoid middle-aged spread. 

Remember, as metabolism slows, you don’t need to fuel it up as much, because your body doesn’t use up nutrients like it once did. If you eat like you did in your 20’s and 30’s, your body will store too much, mostly as fat. New research shows that moderating food intake extends lifespan as much as ten years! Make sure you are eating a low fat diet.

Stuck on a weight loss plateau?

If you change your diet, have a slow metabolism and still can’t shed unwanted pounds, herbs can help. A higher metabolic rate means you burn more fat, lose weight more easily, and maintain your ideal weight more comfortably. Herbs address fat burning, appetite and sugar balance, while working to increase metabolic rate and support liver function.

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Are you ready for a Liver Detox?

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Is a Liver Detox Right for You? Your liver is your most important organ of detoxification. Your life depends on your liver. To a large extent, the health of your liver determines the health of your entire body. The liver is really a wonderful chemical plant that converts everything we eat, breathe and absorb through the skin into life-sustaining substances.

Body signals that your liver needs some TLC include: • Unexplained fatigue, listlessness, depression or lethargy, lack of energy; numerous allergy reactions • Unexplained weight gain and the appearance of cellulite even if you are thin • A distended stomach even if the rest of the body is thin • Mental confusion, spaciness • Sluggish elimination, general constipation alternating to diarrhea • Food and chemical sensitivities, usually accompanied by poor digestion, and sometimes unexplained nausea • PMS, headaches and other menstrual difficulties; bags under the eyes • A yellowish tint to the skin and/or liver spots on the skin; poor hair texture and slow hair growth; skin itching and irritation. • Anemia and large bruise patches indicate severe liver exhaustion.

Liver Cleanse Nutrition Plan

Start with this 3 to 5 day nutrition plan.

Don’t forget: 8 glasses of water through the day.

The night before your liver cleanse… Take a cup of miso soup with sea veggies.

For the next 3-5 days...

On rising: take 1 lemon squeezed in a glass of water; or 2 tbsp. lemon juice in water; or 2 tbsp. cider vinegar in water with 1 tsp. honey. Breakfast: take a glass of carrot/beet/cucumber juice, or organic apple juice. Add 1 tsp. spirulina to any drink for protein and chlorophyll support. Mid-morning: take a mixed green veggie drink; or take a green superfood powder mixed into water or vegetable juice. Lunch: have a glass of fresh carrot juice or a glass of organic apple juice. Mid-afternoon: have a cup of peppermint tea, pau d’ arco tea, or Crystal Star Liver Cleanse Flushing Tea; or another green drink. Dinner: have another carrot juice or a mixed vegetable juice; or have a hot vegetable broth. Before Bed: take another glass of lemon juice or cider vinegar in water. Add 1 tsp. honey or royal jelly; or a pineapple/papaya juice with 1 tsp. royal jelly.

Follow up with a diet of 100% fresh foods for the rest of the week.

More Healthy Holiday Recipes!

Cranberry Walnut Bread

60 minutes prep time  |  Makes 2 loaves

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A little indulgence for the holidays. Makes: 12 servings

3 cups cranberries three fourths cup chopped walnuts, toasted 2 cups unbleached flour 1 and one half cups whole wheat pastry flour 1 and one half tsp. baking powder 1 tsp. baking soda one half tsp. sea salt one quarter cup grapeseed oil three quarters cup date sugar 2 eggs 1 cup orange juice 1 tsp. orange zest

Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly oil and flour 2 loaf pans. In a bowl, sift together the unbleached flour, whole wheat pastry flour, baking powder, baking soda, and sea salt. In another bowl mix the grapeseed oil, date sugar, eggs, orange juice, and orange zest. Gently combine flour mixture and batter. Fold in walnuts and cranberries. Pour the batter into loaf pans and bake for 40 – 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from pans and let cool

Double Ginger Dessert

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20 minutes prep time | Makes 4 servings

a light dessert with one of my favorite healing spices

Makes: 4 servings

5 cups Vanilla Rice Dream frozen dessert one foruth cup diced crystallized ginger three fourths tsp. cardamom one half tsp. cinnamon ginger ale

Slightly soften the Vanilla Rice Dream by letting it stand at room temperature about 10 minutes. Scoop into a large bowl. Add crystallized ginger, cardamom, and cinnamon; swirl ingredients together. Place bowl in freezer until dessert is firm enough to scoop… about 1 and one half hours; if storing up to 1 week, cover air-tight. Divide into 4 large water goblets. Slowly fill glasses with icy ginger ale, and serve immediately.

Choices for Muscle Cramps and Spasms

Muscle spasms, cramps, twitches and tics are usually a result of vitamin and mineral deficiencies or imbalances. Most cramping occurs at night as minerals move between the blood, muscles and bones. A good diet and natural supplements have been very successful in fortifying and strengthening the body against nutrient shortages. Improvement is noticeable within two weeks. Acupressure is highly successful. See Acupressure page 41 in Healthy Healing 14th Edition.

What Causes Muscle Cramps?

Metabolic insufficiency of calcium, magnesium, potassium, iodine, trace minerals, and vitamins E, D and B6; lack of sufficient HCL in the stomach. Vitamin C and silicon deficiency causes poor collagen formation, vital to muscle elasticity. Food allergies to preservatives and colorants may be involved. Note: If you take high blood pressure medicine and have continuing muscle spasms, ask your doctor to change your prescription. Some have sodium imbalance that upsets mineral salts in the body. Leg cramps are usually the result of poor circulation.

Do You Get Frequent Muscle Cramps, Pulls And Spasms?

Leg cramps are uncontrollable, very painful spasms and twitches, especially acute at night. Facial tics are embarrassing muscle twitches, etc.

Diet therapy is a key to prevention and treatment.

1. Eat vitamin C-rich foods; leafy greens, citrus fruits, especially kiwi, brown rice, sprouts, broccoli, tomatoes, bell peppers, etc.

2. Eat potassium-rich foods; bananas, broccoli, sunflower seeds, beans  and legumes, whole grains and dried fruits.

3. Add 2 tbsp. seaweeds daily for iodine and potassium - a difference in about a week.

4. Eat magnesium-rich foods; lettuce, bell pepper, green leafy vegetables, molasses, nuts and seafoods. Take a green superfood drink daily.

5. Muscles need healthy fluids to contract and relax. Take an electrolyte drink for good mineral salts transport.

6. Avoid refined sugars, processed and preserved foods. Food sensitivities to these substances are often the cause of twitches and spasms.

 

Diet for Children's Health

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This sample diet for optimal health for your child has been kid-tested for taste.On rising: offer a protein drink, and 1 tsp. liquid Multi-Vitamin/Mineral especially if the child’s energy or school performance is poor; or the child always seems to be ill.

Breakfast: have granola with apple juice or yogurt and fresh fruit; or have eggs, scrambled or baked (no fried eggs); or hot oatmeal or puffed kashi cereal with maple syrup or yogurt.

Mid-morning: whole grain crackers with kefir cheese and fruit juice; or dried fruit leathers with yogurt or kefir cheese; or crunchy veggies with peanut butter; or trail mix stirred into yogurt.

Lunch: have a veggie, turkey, chicken or shrimp sandwich on whole grain bread, with low fat cheese. Add corn chips with a low fat dip; or bean soup with whole grain toast; or have a vegetarian pizza on a chapati crust; or spaghetti or pasta with parmesan cheese sauce; or a Mexican bean,veggie, or rice burrito with fresh salsa.

Mid-afternoon: have fresh fruit or fruit juice, or a kefir drink; or a hard boiled egg and some trans-fat free whole grain chips with a low-fat dip; or some whole grain toast and peanut butter or other nut butter.

Dinner: have whole grain or egg pasta with vegetables and a light tomato/cheese sauce; or a baked Mexican quesadilla with low fat cheese and some steamed veggies or a salad; or roast turkey with cornbread dressing and a salad; or a tuna casserole with rice, peas and water chestnuts.

Favorite Summer Healthy Healing Recipes!

Sprouts Plus

A light snack rich in vitamin K, beta carotene. Diuretic properties for cellulite release.

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1 tub alfalfa sprouts

2 cups carrot, grated 1 cup celery, minced 3 pinches lemon zest

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Makes 2 servings.

Grilled Prawns with Veggies and Sesame Sauce

Healthy grilling- A delicious light summer dinner.

½ cup sesame seeds ½ cup sake or sherry 2 tbsp. tamari 1 tbsp. toasted sesame oil 1 lb. prawns, shelled and butterflied 8 green onions, sliced 4 small zucchini, sliced 8 fresh shiitake mushrooms 3 tbsp. olive oil 4 tbsp. white wine 1 tbsp. honey juice of 1 lemon 2 tbsp. fresh ginger, minced pinch paprika pinch garlic powder

Dry roast sesame seeds in a pan until golden. Set aside. Make the marinade: combine the sake, tamari and sesame oil. Use half to marinate the prawns, and the other half to marinate the onions, zucchini and mushrooms. Allow to marinate for at least an hour in the refrigerator. Grill prawns over high heat until just opaque but still tender. Then grill vegetables until seared and tender. Baste twice. Remove from heat immediately. Put prawns and veggies on a platter and keep warm. Make the Sesame Sauce:  in a blender, combine the toasted sesame seeds, olive oil, white wine, honey, lemon juice, ginger, paprika, garlic powder. Drizzle over prawns and veggies. Makes 4 servings.

Tropical Fruit Platter with Strawberry Sauce

Have fruit instead of a traditional dessert.

2 cups strawberries, chopped 1 tbsp. honey 2 tbsp. orange juice 1 large pineapple, peeled, cored, quartered lengthwise, and cut crosswise into ¼" slices 1 large ripe papaya, peeled, quartered, and cut into ¼" slices 6 medium kiwi, peeled, and cut into thin slices extra whole strawberries

In a blender, mix the chopped strawberries, honey and orange juice. Set aside. On a large platter, overlap slices of each fruit. Drizzle strawberry sauce over fruit. Garnish with whole strawberries. Cut each berry into 5 slices from tip to base, (but not all the way through) and flare slightly. Makes 12 servings.

Advantages of Exercise for Anti-Aging

Bodywork keeps you fit... fitness makes you look and feel far more youthful

•    Advantages of regular exercise for anti-aging:

  • Exercise boosts circulation and oxygen use for energy.

  • Exercise reduces the risk for heart attacks and cancer.

  • Exercise fans the metabolic fires for weight control.

  • Exercise reduces stress and tension, and relaxes you.

  • Exercise stimulates hormone production.

  • Exercise contributes to strength; Inactivity to fatigue.

  • Weight bearing exercises trigger bone remineralization.

  • Exercise helps agility and joint mobility.

  • Exercise lowers insulin levels and promotes regular elimination.

  • Exercise releases heavy metals, especially cadmium, lead and nickel, pesticides and other toxic material through increased perspiration.

  • Regular exercise helps manage glaucoma by reducing intraocular pressure.

  • Regular exercise boosts immunity, especially as you age. Research shows 73-year old women who are fit have immune response comparable to women half their age!

Deep breathing is a powerful way to decrease stress and slow the aging process. Deep diaphragm breathing lowers anxiety, relaxes and loosens muscles, and generates an inner feeling of peace and calm. Diaphragm breathing strengthens heart and lungs, AND encourages more restful sleep.

  • Inhale deeply through your nose. Try to fill your lungs.

  • Exhale slowly through your mouth.

  • Breathe deeply for 30 seconds to calm and center during anxious moments. Breathing deeply for just one minute prevents the short breaths which negatively affect the blood’s oxygen-carbon dioxide balance.

  • Breathe deeply to fill the lower part of your lungs. Notice the pop-pop feeling in your chest as unused lung pockets open up. Slowly exhale; your abdomen tightens.

  • As you breathe in, think of oxygen reaching and recharging all the cells of your body. As you exhale, imagine all the stress and tension leaving your body.

And finally… limit your use of microwaves. Microwaving foods, kills enzymes, an important tool for healing, detoxification, glandular functioning and estrogen metabolism.

To Life-long health,

Linda Page

Using Herbal Baths, Douches and Suppositories

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The skin is the body’s largest organ of ingestion. You can use topical herbal preparations as needed for healing, too. Note: If you decide to make your own herbal preparations, buy the finest quality herbs you can find. There is a world of disparity between fairly good herbs and the best. Superior stock must go into a medicinal formula so that the herbal product can do its job correctly. Superior plants cost far more than standard stock, but their worth in healing activity is a true value for the health care customer.

Herbal baths provide a soothing gentle way to absorb herbal therapy through the skin. In essence, you soak in a diluted medicinal tea, allowing your skin to take in the healing properties instead of your mouth and digestive system. The procedure for taking an infusion bath is almost as important as the herbs themselves.

Two Good Therapeutic Bath Techniques

…Method 1: Draw very hot bath water. Put bath herbs in an extra large tea ball or small muslin bath bag (sold in natural food stores). Steep in the bath until the water cools slightly and is aromatic, about 10 to 15 minutes.

…Method 2: Make a strong tea infusion on the stove as usual with a full pot of water. Strain and add directly to the bath. Soak for at least 30 to 45 minutes to give your body time to absorb the herbal properties. Rub all over your body with the solids in the muslin bag while soaking for best herb absorbency.

Herbal douches are an effective method for handling simple vaginal infections. Simply steep the herbs like you are making a strong tea, strain, and pour the liquid into a douche bag. Sit on the toilet, insert the applicator, and rinse the vagina with the douche. Use one full douche bag for each application. Most vaginal conditions need douching three times daily for 3 to 7 days. If the infection does not respond in this time, see a qualified health professional.

Herbal suppositories and boluses are an effective way to handle rectal and vaginal problems, acting as carriers for the herbal medicine. Herbal suppositories generally serve one of three purposes: to soothe inflamed mucous membranes and aid the healing process; to help reduce swollen membranes and overcome discharge; and to work as a laxative, stimulating normal peristalsis.

To Life-long health,

Linda Page

Chlorophyll- A Key to Healing

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Green foods are power plants for people. Our body chemistry comes from plant nutrients because plant chlorophyll (one of the most powerful nutrients on Earth) transmits the energies of the sun and the soil to our bodies.  The sun is the energy source of the Earth—plants constitute the most direct method of conserving the energy we get from the sun. Fruits, vegetables, grains and grasses reach out to us on branches and stems, making themselves beautiful and nourishing to attract us. Chlorophyll offers amazing healing benefits for humans. The most therapeutic ingredient in green foods is chlorophyll, the basic component of the “blood” of plants. Chlorophyll is the pigment that plants use to carry out photosynthesis - absorbing the light energy from the sun, and converting it into plant energy.  This energy is transferred into our cells and blood when we consume fresh greens. Chlorophyll is in all green plants, but is particularly rich in green and blue-green algae, wheat grass, parsley, and alfalfa.

Our blood has a unique affinity to chlorophyll. The chlorophyll molecule is remarkably similar to human hemoglobin in composition, except that it carries magnesium in its center instead of iron. Eating chlorophyll-rich foods helps our bodies build oxygen-carrying red blood cells. In my opinion, eating green foods is almost like giving yourself a little transfusion to help treat illness and enhance immunity.

Chlorophyll is a better tonic than Geritol for tired blood. It calms the nerves, so it’s helpful for insomnia, exhaustion and nervous irritability. It’s beneficial for skin disorders used topically and internally, helps you cope with deep infections, and dental problems like pyorrhea. Its anti-bacterial qualities are a proven remedy for colds, ear infections, skin ulcers and chest inflammation.  Chlorophyll is a key heart remedy, improving the overall condition of the heart and lowering blood pressure. It is a mild diuretic and stimulates peristalsis to relieve constipation.

Chlorophyll detoxifies your liver. It’s a potent antioxidant. It helps neutralize and remove drug deposits, and purifies the blood. Even the medical community sees chlorophyll as a means of removing heavy metal buildup, because it can bind with heavy metals to help remove them. A new U.S. Army study reveals that a chlorophyll-rich diet doubles the lifespan of animals exposed to radiation. Since the days of Agent Orange and Gulf War Syndrome, chlorophyll is considered a form of protection against some chemical warfare weapons and some natural poisons. Research shows supplementation with chlorophyllins (100 milligrams, 3 times daily) can reduce DNA damage caused by poisonous mushrooms by as much as 55%. (The amount used equals about ½ cup chopped raw spinach.)

Chlorophyll is rich in vitamin K, necessary for blood clotting. Naturopathic physicians use chlorophyll for women with heavy menstrual bleeding and anemia. Vitamin K helps form a compound in urine that inhibits growth of calcium oxalate crystals, so chlorophyll helps with kidney stones. Vitamin K also enhances adrenal activity, so chlorophyll-rich foods help maintain steroid balance for a more youthful body.

Chlorophyll improves digestion, reduces chronic bad breath and body odor… even in pets! It is used in natural air deodorizers. You can add chlorophyll to your detox juices during a cleanse to help keep blood sugar levels stable. Liquid chlorophyll is a good choice for people who want the ultimate benefits. Chlorophyll liquids and green superfood drinks from the health food store work well. Incorporate your choice of chlorophyll foods and supplements in your healing program.

To Life-long health,

Linda Page

The Blood Type Diet: Is It Right for You?

Followers often say it is the only thing that worked for them, but is there any real evidence that the Blood Type diet is any better than other fad diets out there?

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Here is the theory: each blood type has a different set of characteristics. Different foods, even different exercise regimens are appropriate based on your blood type. Even your personality is thought to be affected by blood type.

According to Peter D’Adamo, the author of Eat Right For Your Type, lectins in foods react differently to each blood type. Your specific blood type antigens may be incompatible with certain foods. His theory is based largely on the evolutionary theory of blood types by William Boyd, an immuno-chemist and anthropologist.

D’Adamo believes blood type O is the earliest blood group originating 30,000 years ago. He suggests type O’s are “the hunter” and do well on a high protein diet with more meat. They are prone to thyroid issues, benefit from adding bladderwrack (an easily gathered shoreline seaweed) in the diet, and supplementing with DGL (deglycyrrhizinated licorice) to counteract excess body acid production. According to the diet, “hunters” should avoid wheat, dairy, caffeine and alcohol.

Blood type A is considered “the cultivator” dating back 20,000 years ago. D’Adamo recommends a plant based diet with whole grains and vegetables comprising the majority of the diet. They do best with organic foods, a low stress lifestyle, plenty of rest and moderate exercise like tai chi.  It is suggested they avoid excess protein from meat and fat in the diet, and limit sugar, caffeine and alcohol. Note: the coauthor for this book followed the blood type diet for A’s and found it helpful.  For people who want to try it, transition into your correct blood type diet slowly over a period of weeks so as to not shock your system.

Blood type B is thought to be “the nomadic” blood type arriving 10,000 years ago with a more flexible digestive system and better immune system. They adapt well to different environments and altitude changes. They perform best with mentally challenging exercise like martial arts, hiking or golf. According to this diet, type B’s should avoid chicken because it contains an aggravating lectin that could lead to higher risk for stroke and autoimmune disease. Further, B’s are the only type that does well with dairy products.

Blood type AB, found in less than 5% of the population, is the most recently evolved type, arriving less than 1,000 years ago. It is the only blood type created by the intermingling of different blood types rather than by the environment. Type AB’s do well with a diet comprising the best elements of both diets for A and B. They should avoid smoked or cured meats, caffeine, alcohol and high stress. Instead, they should focus on fermented soy foods, seafood, and green vegetables.

What Do The Experts Say?

There is little scientific evidence that any of the Eat Right For Your Type dietary recommendations work for disease prevention. In fact, some studies suggest that lectins, which are specific for a particular ABO blood type aren’t even found in foods, other than a few exceptions like lima beans. Lectins which react differently to blood types are found more often in non-food plants or animals. Still, D’Adamo suggests that his diet is more about the foods you do eat versus what you avoid.

There are a few disease risks linked to blood type. Gastritis is somewhat more prevalent in type A’s and O’s (which incidentally make up about 80% of the world’s population). Anemia and diabetes are more prevalent in type A’s or B’s. A 2009 study suggests pancreatic cancer may be more common in type A and B’s. Research shows disease-carrying insects seem to prefer Type O blood.

I believe in a plant based diet for everyone, not just type A’s for overall health. See the diets on this website and in my book Diets for Healthy Healing.

What Do The Followers Say?

The Blood Type diet has a strong community of support. An internet survey with over 6500 respondents (conducted by D’Adamo’s website) reports that people following the Blood Type Diet for a month or more in a variety of health concerns, had improvement in 71-78% of cases. Most commonly, respondents reported weight loss. Note: Since each blood type diet eliminates specific problem groups of foods, like grains, dairy, meat and fish, the weight loss result is not surprising.

D’Adamo’s newest work is titled The Genotype Diet and expands upon his blood type diet theory to include more information on identifying your personal genotype and how it reacts with your environment to either create health or disease.

Learn a lot more about the blood type diet on www.4yourtype.com.

Therapies for Andropause

Eight in ten family physicians today recognize male andropause as a real change of life for men comparable to female menopause. Symptoms to watch for include: low energy; slowing facial or head hair growth; less muscle mass; lost height or early osteoporosis; enlarged prostate; depression; less strong or less frequent erections; lower than normal sex drive.

Diet for Ageless Male Vitality

1. Reduce fried foods, red meats and fatty dairy foods: they’re full of disrupting hormones linked to cancer; reduce caffeine and sugar — all of which deplete the adrenals and drain male energy. 2. Don’t go too far: An extremely low fat diet is disastrous for andropausal health. Penn State University studies find it may reduce testosterone levels… almost to preadolescent levels—definitely bad news for an older man! Include healthy fats from seafood and fish, and lean meats such as hormone-free turkey and chicken regularly. Consider flax seed or perilla oil as a healthy oil to use in salad dressings. (Use about 1 tbsp.) 3. Use your diet to prevent prostate cancer: Include cruciferous veggies like broccoli and cauliflower regularly. In one study, men who ate the most cruciferous veggies lowered their prostate cancer risk by 39%. The determining factor may be high 13C (indole 3 carbinol) in cruciferous veggies which helps detoxify carcinogens in the body. Diets high in lycopene, a carotenoid high in tomatoes, cut prostate cancer risk by 40%, so include tomatoes and tomato-based products often (cooking boosts the carotene). 4. Boost your zinc intake to renew sexual potency: Zinc, highly concentrated in semen, is the most important nutrient for male sexual function. Eat zinc-rich foods like liver, oysters, nutritional yeast, nuts and seeds regularly. Add zinc-rich spirulina to your superfood list. 5. Check your alcohol intake: Heavy drinking can lead to prostate problems and impaired erections. DHT elevation (di-hydro-testosterone - a rogue type of testosterone), linked to normal testosterone decline and elevation of female hormones, is definitely undesirable for men. 6. Take care of your prostate: Research documented in the Quarterly Review of Natural Medicine finds saw palmetto reduces the symptoms of BPH by blocking DHT (di-hydro-testosterone), and inhibiting the enzyme 5-alpha reductase related to prostate enlargement. Consider Healthy Prostate7. Revitalize your sexual virility: Try the herb tribulus terrestris or Epimedium (horny goat weed). An Ayurvedic herb, tribulus has been used since ancient times as a treatment for increasing libido and impotence in men. As an alternative, Male Performance caps have a long history of success for strengthening the male system. 8. Regular exercise is a vital component of male health: It makes the body stronger, function more efficiently and have greater stamina. In one study, 78 healthy, but sedentary men were studied during nine months of regular exercise. The men exercised for 60 minutes a day, three days a week. Every man in the study reported significantly enhanced sexuality, including increased frequency, performance and satisfaction. Rising sexuality was even correlated with the degree of fitness improvement. The more physical fitness the men were able to attain, the better their sex life!

To Life-long health,

Linda Page

Herbs for strong immunity

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We think of herbs as so gentle and subtle. How can they work when drugs can’t? Herbs may become some of our best weapons against drug-resistant diseases. Herbs work differently from drug antibiotics. Herbs work with each person’s own immune system. Drugs work against the harmful organism. As heroic medicine, drugs often work best for short time use, to arrest a virulent pathogen and give your body a chance to stabilize so your own immune response can take over. But antibiotic drugs target all bacteria in your body, not just harmful ones. So they wipe out friendly bacteria in the intestines, important for immune strength and protection against Candida yeast overgrowth, E. Coli and Salmonella infections. Antibiotics taken over a long time weaken your immune response. Research from Baylor School of Medicine reveals that antibiotics actually prevent your immune system’s white blood cells from attacking and killing pathogenic bacteria. Herbs work with your own immune defenses, to support the lymphatic system of disease, and stimulate your immune response without harming healthy tissue. Herbs are living medicines that interact with our bodies in a very complex way. We may never understand all their healing power, but one way is to remind ourselves that whole herbs are foods. Herbs work with our enzyme and digestive functions just as foods do. As with foods, herb interactions with drugs are rare. Would you stop eating spinach, for instance, just because you’re taking an antibiotic? Herb healing pathways are different from drugs - even for drugs that originally started as plants.

There Are The Three Categories Of Herbs You Can Use For Your Natural Immune Arsenal:

1. Immune Boosters: They aren’t direct germ killers, but they illustrate how herbs like echinacea and astragalus work as opposed to drug antibiotics.

• Echinacea

• Astragalus

2. Lymph Flushers: They work with the lymphatic system, your immune system’s circulatory process, to flush, filter and engulf pathogens, rendering them innocuous.

• Echinacea

• Seaweed

• Bitters herbs

3. Super powerful supplements that may be a good tool to wipe out supergerms.

• Olive leaf extract

• Tea tree oil

• Garlic

• Oregano oil

• Propolis

• Probiotics

• Selenium

To Life-long health,

Linda Page

Natural Adrenal Fatigue Therapy

A good diet and plenty of rest are essential. Potassium is the principal mineral lost when adrenal health is compromised. Potassium-rich foods like sea veggies, bananas, kiwis, potatoes, broccoli and fish help recharge adrenal energy.

Other key nutrients:

B vitamins (royal jelly shows excellent results); vitamin C (helps convert cholesterol to adrenal hormones); zinc foods, like brown rice, grains, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, nutritional yeast, bran, eggs, oysters, etc.; magnesium foods like green leafy vegetables, almonds, apricots, avocado, carrots, citrus fruits, lentils, salmon, flounder; and the amino acid tyrosine (I use about 500mg daily).

1. Eat small, instead of large meals, low in sugar and fats. Eat lots of fresh foods, cold water fish, brown rice, legumes, dark greens and whole grains.

2. Put seaweeds at the top of your list of adrenal enhancing foods. Add potassium-rich foods like potatoes, salmon, seafood and avocados to your diet… about 3 to 5 grams daily. Cut down on high sodium foods.

3. Avoid hard liquor, tobacco and excess caffeine during healing.

4. Avoid fats, fried, salty foods, red meats, sugary foods and fast foods.

5. Each morning, make a fresh mix of 2 teaspoons each: flax seed, bran, nutritional yeast, toasted wheat germ, and maple syrup and add to your favorite cereal or yogurt. Or, have a cup of miso broth every evening, adding 2 teaspoons each nutritional yeast and toasted wheat germ to boost benefits.

Adrenal support from herbs:

•     Adrenal Energy caps as directed with Evening Primrose Oil 4-6 daily;    Hawthorn extract - 1 dropperful as needed for a feeling of well-being. •   Gotu kola extract caps 6 daily, for nerves.

Superfood therapy: Choose 1 or 2 recommendations.

•    Crystal Star Systems Strength drink or caps with sea veggies. •    Just Barley drink.

To Life-long health,

Linda Page

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All About Low Blood Pressure

We get a lot of questions on low blood pressure. Here's what you need to know:

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Even though we hear less about low blood pressure, it’s also a threat to good health. Low blood pressure is generally recognized as 100/60 or below, an abnormal reading that registers malfunction of the circulatory system’s systole/diastol action.

What Brings About Low Blood Pressure?

Causes are wide ranging, from a reaction to drug medication (a common problem for the elderly who over-use drugs that lower immunity), to an electrolyte-loss response to a disease, or an endocrine or nerve disorder. LBP is also a sign of weak arterial system walls, where blood and fluid can leak and abnormally distend tissues, preventing good circulation. A poor diet that lacks vitamin C and bioflavonoids can cause this type of “run-down”  condition, along with weak adrenal action from emotional stress, and weak kidney action which may cause system toxemia. Natural treatment works well for symptoms like dizziness or light-headedness upon standing up, indicating a reduction of cerebral flow.

Do you have signs of low blood pressure? Great fatigue after even mild exercise, and low energy are primary signals, sometimes dizziness and lightheadedness, especially on standing quickly. Intolerance to heat and cold, nervousness, low immunity and high susceptibility to allergies and infections, particularly opportunistic disease like candida yeast overgrowth.

To Life-long health,

Linda Page

Anti-Aging Diet for Good Health

Longevity Begins with a Good Diet

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A nutrition rich diet is the centerpiece of a vibrant long life. Health experts agree that the food health pyramid needs to be modified as we age. Your diet must become even more nourishing, even higher in antioxidants as the years pass. A good diet improves health, provides a high energy level, maintains harmonious system balance, keeps memory and thinking sharp, staves off disease, and contributes to a youthful appearance. The aging process slows down if your internal environment is good.

Lower your daily calories to reduce the signs of aging. Overeating dramatically hastens the aging process; moderate food intake may extend lifespan by as much as ten years. Your body needs fewer calories and burns calories slower as you age; optimum body weight should be 10 to 15 pounds less than in your 20s and 30s. A low calorie diet protects DNA from damage, and prevents tissue degeneration.  An easy way to control a slow upward weight gain is to compose your diet of 50% fresh foods.

Fresh, organically grown foods protect your skin from aging. Your skin is a diet window. Already saturated with chemicals from pesticides, preservatives and additives, today over 70% of our foods are genetically altered. Brown age spots and rough skin texture are signs that our bodies are less able to process our foods correctly.

Keep your glands young! Trace minerals, essential fatty acids and protein are important for youthful gland function. Good gland foods: sea foods and sea greens, fresh figs and raisins, pumpkin and sesame seeds, broccoli, avocados, yams and dark fruits. Herbal digestive tonics with ginger, mineralizers from dark leafy greens like spinach, and herbal adaptogens like ginseng are gland boosters.

The best anti-aging foods:

•    Fresh fruits and vegetables! Fresh foods gives you the most vitamins, minerals, fiber and enzymes. Plants have the widest array of nutrients and are the easiest for your body to use. Enzyme-rich fruits and vegetables are the essential link to stamina levels. (Increased free radical production, abnormal tissue formation (fibrosis) and reduced digestive capacity are all hallmarks of aging, and directly related to low enzyme activity.) Organically grown foods insure higher nutrient content and aren’t sprayed with toxic pesticides. Have a green salad every day! European research reveals the immune cells of vegetarians are twice as effective as meat eaters in killing cancer cells.

Note: Eat fresh foods whenever you can. Fresh fruit and vegetable juices offer quick absorption of antioxidants, which protect the body against aging, heart disease, cancer, and degenerative conditions.

•    Sea vegetables are the ocean’s superfoods. They contain all the necessary elements of life and transmute the energies of the ocean to us as proteins, complex carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, trace minerals, chlorophyll, enzymes and fiber. Sea greens and sea foods stand almost alone as potent sources of natural iodine. By regulating thyroid function, they promote higher energy levels and increased metabolism for faster weight loss after 40.

•    Whole grains, nuts, seeds and beans for protein, fiber, minerals and essential fatty acids. Sprouted seeds, grains, and legumes are some of the healthiest foods you eat… living nutrients that go directly to your cells.

•    Cultured foods for friendly digestive flora. Yogurt tops the list, but kefir and kefir cheese, miso, tamari, tofu, tempeh, even a glass of wine at the evening meal also promote better nutrient assimilation. Raw sauerkraut is especially good for boosting friendly bacteria. (Avoid commercial sauerkraut processed with alum)  Bonus: Cultured foods act as a mild appetite suppressant for better weight control.

•    Six to eight glasses of pure water every day keeps your body hydrated and clean.

•    Green drinks, green foods, miso and brown rice keep body chemistry balanced for optimum health.

•    Two to three tablespoons of healthy, unsaturated fats and oils keep your body at its best.

•    Fish and seafoods 3 times a week enhance thyroid and metabolism for weight control and brain acuity.

•    Eat poultry, other meats, butter, eggs, and dairy in moderation. Avoid fried foods, excess caffeine, red meats, highly seasoned foods, refined and chemically processed foods altogether.

To Life-long health,

Linda Page

Do you have concerns about soy foods?

Research Reveals Concerns About Eating Too Much Soy

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In spite of all its benefits, new evidence shows that eating too much soy can have some drawbacks. Most of the problems occur for vegetarians who rely too heavily on soy for their protein, eating large servings of soy foods (especially non-cultured soy foods) many times a day.

Potential Problems With Soy You’ll Want To Avoid

—Soy foods are hard to digest for a lot of people. The tummy upsetting culprits? Heavy processing, and enzyme (trypsin) inhibitors, that are present in all beans. I always prefer cultured soy foods like tempeh, miso, tofu, soy milk and soy sauce in a healing diet because their healthy bacteria improves their digestibility. —Phytates in soybeans can bind to minerals like zinc, calcium and iron in the digestive tract and prevent their absorption. Note: Fermented soy foods have the least phytates. Soaking soy beans for 12-24 hours before cooking reduces phytate levels. —Soy foods are routinely genetically engineered, posing a problem for many people ethically and health wise. People with food sensitivities are especially affected. —A Hawaiian study suggests that eating a lot of tofu may speed up the aging process, even affect your brain. Researchers speculate that soy’s plant hormones act as an anti-estrogen in the brain, but more research needs to be done to determine if this is true. (Note: The normal aging process itself, a history of stroke and a good education play a much more significant role in the risk for mental decline than soy intake.) —One study has shown that genistein may increase the growth of estrogen-dependent breast cancer cells in vitro. Other studies dispute this finding, but it’s possible that very high doses of soy isoflavones can aggravate some types of breast cancer. — Some research shows that 40mg of soy isoflavones a day can slow down the production of thyroid hormone. I’ve heard often from menopausal women who eat a lot of soy that their metabolism has drastically slowed, leading to weight gain, bloat, and the fatigue that they dread!  A Japanese study show that eating a lot of soy may trigger hypothyroidism and goiter, which I have seen even in younger women. (Note that isoflavone supplements usually contain 40mg. One tablespoon of soy powder contains about 25mg. of isoflavones.) Cooking your soy foods helps deactivate these properties. —Animal studies suggest that a soy-based diet may lead to infertility problems. However, soy’s long history of moderate consumption in the Japanese and American cultures does not confirm this risk. —Soy may not be the best choice for infant formulas. A study by Maryland Nutritionists says babies on soy-based formulas receive the equivalent of 5-6 birth control pills daily from soy’s plant estrogens! Because of the potential impact on hormone health, experts advise caution when considering soy based infant formulas, unless there is a clear allergy to cow’s milk.

My Final Word On Soy?

Eat soy in moderation. Soy foods (especially cultured soy foods) have confirmed benefits for our health. Enjoy soy foods in a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, sea foods and seaweeds. Soy overload (4-5 servings a day) and high doses of isolated soy isoflavones may potentially lead to problems for some people. Whenever possible, choose organic, fermented soy products that are less affected by genetic engineering.

To Life-long health,

Linda Page

Organic 101—The Case For Eating Organic Foods

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Here's an important exceprt from my bestselling book, Healthy Healing 14th Edition on the value of choosing organic fods. Pesticides can remain in the food chain for decades. DDT, chlordane and heptachlor are still found in soils more than 20 years after their use was discontinued. Even worse, pesticides used today are 10 to 100 times more potent than chemicals used just 25 years ago. While some scientists don’t believe pesticide residues harm healthy adults, even the National Academy of Sciences concedes that  just low levels of pesticides can cause toxicity in children (because of their immature immune systems) and in pregnant women (due to increased stress on their organs).

The EPA acknowledges that it sets acceptable pesticide residue risk with 150 pound adult men. More than 2 million synthetic substances are known, 25,000 are added each year—over 30,000 are produced on a widespread commercial scale. They work their way into our bodies faster than they can be eliminated, causing allergies and addictions in record numbers. Only a tiny fraction are ever tested for toxicity. Those that come to us from developing countries have few safeguards. A report from the Pesticide Action Network of North America says that Americans are exposed to toxic pollutants from foods up to 70 times a day!

Recent World Health Organization studies show that chemical and environmental factors are responsible for 80 to 90% of all cancers. Canadian research shows that pesticide sprays encourage life-threatening bacteria to grow on food crops, posing a real threat for people who eat fresh commercial produce- especially strawberries, raspberries and lettuce. New studies also link pesticides and pollutants to hormone dysfunctions, psychological disorders and birth defects. The molecular structure of many chemical carcinogens interacts with human DNA, so long term exposure can result in metabolic and genetic alteration that affect immune response.

The chemical industry points out that DDT and some other harmful pollutants containing environmental hormones are illegal in America.  Yet, 99% of Americans test positive for DDT degradants, even though DDT hasn’t been used in the U.S. since 1972. The U.S. is still the largest seller of DDT to the rest of the world. Many food-producing countries that supply America do not have pesticide bans, so imported foods from them still carry a toxic threat to us. Even if we ban the sprayed foods at our ports, the Earth’s winds circle the globe and all the waterways are connected, so pesticides with environmental hormones reach the entire world’s food supply.

The newest statistics come from breast cancer research. The dramatic rise in breast cancer in the last decade is consistent with the increased accumulation of organo-chlorine (PCB) residues. In Long Island, for instance, women living in areas previously sprayed with DDT have one of the highest breast cancer rates in the U.S.

Israel’s pesticide experience offers even more dramatic evidence of the pesticide-breast cancer connection. Until twenty years ago, breast cancer rates and contamination levels of organo-chlorine pesticides in Israel were among the highest in the world. An aggressive phase-out of the pesticides led to a sharp reduction in contamination levels… and to breast cancer death rates.

Here’s how the link between pesticides and breast cancer seems to work.  Pesticides, like other pollutants, are stored in fatty tissue areas like breast tissue. Some pesticides (including PCB’s and DDT) compromise immune function, overwork the liver and disrupt the glands the way too much estrogen does. A recent study showed up to 60% more dichloro-diphenyl-ethylene (DDE), DDT, and polychlorinated bi-phenols (PCB’s) in the bodies of women who have breast cancer than in those who don’t. Some researchers suggest that the reason today’s older women have a higher than normal rate of breast cancer may be that these women had greater exposure to DDT before it was banned.

What can we do to overcome environmental health threats? It’s a quandary. The healthy fruits and vegetables we’re all encouraged to eat are likely to contain unhealthy pesticides. Should you stop eating fresh produce? Of course not; fruits and vegetables clearly protect against cancer and heart disease. Still, only whole foods are wholesome. A healthy detox twice a year is a good way to rid yourself of dangerous chemicals.

Start With The Foods You Eat

Steps to protect yourself from chemical residues in your food.

1. Almost 50% of U.S. consumers use organic foods when they have a choice. Sales of organic foods have risen to over $23.8 billion each year! Sales of organic baby food alone increased 21.6% in 2009. U.S. organic farmland now spans 4 million acres. With 20% annual growth rate, organics are the fastest growing agricultural sector!

Organic foods are a first line of protection for you and your family against chemical overload. Organic food standards require that no food labeled organic can be treated with chemical pesticides, radiation, genetic engineering, or have any contact with sewage sludge. In a recent study of 96 school children, the only child who had no measurable pesticides in his urine lived in a home where the family ate organic food exclusively.  For the best results, fix organic food yourself if you’re on a healing diet. A rapidly growing group of Americans now seek out farmer’s markets and produce stands.... even grow some of their own foods. Grocery stores and markets now offer affordable organic produce to meet the growing consumer demand.

Organic foods are better for the environment, too. Organic farming reduces pollutants in groundwater, creating richer, more fertile soil. Organic crops are healthier, create less erosion, and use significantly less energy resources than conventional farming. Organic farming also reduces the overload of airborne toxins that add to the burden on our bodies and our planet. Even in tough economic times, Americans aren’t sacrificing organic quality to save a dollar. A poll by Mambo Sprouts marketing shows 87% of consumers are buying organic even in the recession.

2. Buy seasonal, local produce whenever you can. Avoid imported foods as much as possible. Foreign countries have different regulations for pesticide use, so produce from other countries typically contains higher levels of pesticides than U.S. grown.  Developing countries have few regulations. Mexico, for instance, has only recently begun phasing out DDT and chlordane which have been banned in the U.S. for decades. Imported produce also carries the threat of dangerous microbes, like those found in Guatemalan and Mexican strawberries in during the 1990’s.

3. Eat fruits and vegetables that have low PCB residues - like avocados, onions, broccoli, bananas, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, watermelon. Eat a wide variety of foods to keep your exposure to any one pesticide low. Choose organic for foods with high residues: strawberries, cherries, peaches, green beans, spinach, bell peppers, corn, cucumbers and grapes. Additionally, rice , soy, corn and baby food should be sourced from organic brands to avoid excess pesticides and genetically modified organisms.

To Lifelong health,

Linda Page

A Man's Healthy Heart

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1. Men tend to overeat- especially fatty foods. Hardening of the arteries is strongly tied to a diet high in animal fat, especially from butter, red meat, ice cream and eggs, the very foods many men overeat! Over-consumption of salt, a high stress lifestyle with little “downtime,” and smoking are key factors. A low fat, high fiber diet is important for heart protection. It is essential for overcoming high blood pressure. Reduce fatty dairy foods like ice cream and rich cheeses. Cut back on red meat, especially pork. A better choice? Eat seafood at least twice a week. An 11 year study covering over 22,000 male physicians found that eating seafood just once a week cuts men’s risk of sudden cardiac death by 52%!

2. Use olive oil instead. You can’t fry in olive oil, but fried foods are so bad for your heart that this is a plus. Olive oil boosts healthy HDL cholesterol levels and removes fats from the blood. Try organic olive oil. Eat more Supergreen foods -  spinach, chard and sea veggies, for magnesium therapy and EFAs, keys to heart regulation and health.

3. Men at risk for heart disease need more fiber! Fiber has proven in many studies to reduce arterial plaque. Herbs are a good source of cleansing fiber for the male system. An herbal fiber drink mix daily along with artichoke extract helps reduce cholesterol, lower blood fats (triglycerides) and cleanse fatty build-up.

4. Add healing spices like garlic, onions, turmeric and cayenne peppers to your diet. Garlic thins the blood, normalizes blood pressure, helps reduce serum cholesterol and arterial plaque build-up. Both onions and garlic stimulate healthy circulation. Cayenne peppers strengthen all cardiovascular activity, dilate arteries and reduce blood pressure. Turmeric, an anti-inflammatory spice, helps decrease cholesterol levels and prevents progression of atherosclerosis. Don’t like spicy recipes? Consider a garlic product with garlic, vitamin E, hawthorn and cayenne pepper.

5. Eat vitamin C rich foods like citrus fruits, broccoli or peppers. Low blood levels of vitamin C are linked to progressing atherosclerosis and to increased heart attack risk.  A new study shows that men with no pre-existing heart disease who are deficient in vitamin C have 3.5 times MORE heart attacks than men who are not deficient in vitamin C.

6. Herbal stress busters are a good choice for men. They reduce anxiety. Herbal formulas with gotu kola, passsionflower and scullcap calm stress reactions. I recommend Siberian eleuthero, a ginseng-like adaptogen that builds resistance to stress and restores nervous system health.

7. New research show vitamin D-3 is protective through anti-inflammatory action. However, African American men may need up to 10 times the sun exposure to produce the same amount of this protective this nutrient than light skinned men. (Young adults need at least 2000 IU, older adults and African Americans need 5000IU.)

To Life-long health,

Linda Page

What Causes High Blood Pressure?

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Most cases of high blood pressure are caused by arteriosclerosis and atherosclerosis (clogging arterial fats and increased fat storage), 90% of which in turn may result from a calcium, magnesium or fiber deficiency - factors that can be controlled by diet and lifestyle improvement. Some people with high blood pressure are overweight due to a high fat, high sugar diet; most also have a high consumption of salt and red meat which raises critical copper levels. A high stress lifestyle, linked to smoking, excess alcohol and too much caffeine is involved. Key markers for high blood pressure: thickened blood with excess mucous and waste, insulin resistance from poor sugar metabolism (almost half of all people with hypertension also suffer from insulin resistance), thyroid metabolic imbalances, exhausted kidneys and varying degrees of auto-toxemia from chronic constipation.  Studies show that people with hypertension who make good lifestyle changes fare much better than those on anti-hypertension drugs. For example, vegetarians have less hypertension and fewer blood pressure problems than meat eaters. Exercise is a key to normalizing blood pressure. Exforge is a new triple drug approved for hypertension that combines a diuretic, a calcium channel blocker and an angiotensin 11 receptor blocker.

Do You Have High Blood Pressure?

Ideal blood pressure stays below 120 (systolic-the pressure exerted when the heart pumps) over 80 (diastolic-the pressure when the heart rests between beats) or slightly less. If the reading goes over 140/90, hypertension is usually indicated. If the diastolic (or bottom) number goes over 104, severe hypertension is diagnosed. In addition to your physician, most pharmacies have easy on site testing or home blood pressure test kits you can buy. Even small changes in blood pressure may be serious. People with blood pressure levels of 120 over 80, once thought to be safe, are now considered at risk for hypertension.

Warning Signs Of High Blood Pressure

• frequent headaches and irritability? chronic constipation? (from calcium and fiber deficiency), chronic respiratory problems? (from excess mucous and wastes)

• dizziness and ringing in the ears? frequent heart arrhythmias? flushed complexion? red streaks in your eyes? (from auto-toxemia)

• great fatigue along with sleeplessness? depression? kidney malfunction? (from insulin resistance and poor sugar metabolism)

• weight gain and fluid retention? (thyroid imbalance from fat storage, too much salt, red meat, and lack of exercise)

• swollen ankles (poor mineral/water balance- also a sign of congestive heart failure)

Can Natural Therapies Lower Blood Pressure?

The newest information shows that most people don’t require medication to control their disease. Millions can reverse high blood pressure with simple diet and lifestyle therapy. Harvard Medical School research finds a low-fat diet may lower blood pressure as much as drugs. New research from the West Oakland Health Center finds that meditation for 20 minutes, twice daily is as effective as drug therapy to lower blood pressure.

To Life-long health,

Linda Page