August 2015- The Importance of Bladder/Kidney Cleansing

The Importance of Bladder/Kidney Cleansing

Your bladder and kidneys do more than just remove water wastes. The bladder and kidneys are primary removal sites for toxic and potentially toxic chemicals in the bloodstream, channelling pollutants and chemicals out of body systems before they build up in the tissues and contaminate cells — crucial to the body’s internal health and hygiene. What are signs you may need a bladder/kidney detox?

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Check out articles from Our Herbal Consultant, Sarah Abernathy

Are You Prone to Stones?: Kidney stones are a diet-related illness. They are directly linked to lack of water, large amounts of animal protein and too much salt.

Prostate Health: Between the ages of 51 and 60, 50% of all men have an enlarged prostate - over 90% percent by age 80.

July 2015- Healthy Aging Secrets

Welcome to the Healthy Healing Newsletter!

We all want to age healthfully. We all want to extend our life spans with the best health possible. Research tells us that we are only living two-thirds of the years our bodies are capable of! Did you know with the right nutrients, cell restoration may continue for many years past current life expectancy.

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  • Kava Kava – To Relax*

 

 

 

 

 

Articles from Our Herbal Consultant, Sarah Abernathy

Advantages of Exercise for Anti-aging

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

Anti-aging for Skin Beauty

Seaweed like nori, sweet sea palm, dulse and wakame are some of my favorite beauty foods, and they’re some of Nature’s most ancient beauty secrets.

Healthy Mary Tonic

15 minutes prep time  |  Makes 4. serving

 A virgin mary is really a healthy green drink when you make it fresh.

Makes: 4 drinks

 4.1.1
  • 3 cups water

  • 2 large tomatoes

  • 2 stalks celery with leaves

  • ½ green bell pepper

  • 1 green onion with tops

  • 1 handful fresh parsley

 

Juice all ingredients. Add 1 tsp. crumbled, dry sea veggies if desired.

June Anti-Fatigue Recipes

Revitalizing Tonic

15 minutes prep time  |  Makes 8 drinks.

 A good drink for more energy, an addiction purifying program or any kind of hangover. Effective hot or cold. Works every time.
Makes: 8 drinks:

  • In the blender, purée:

  • 1 ½ cups water

  • 1 cup chopped onions

  • 2 stalks celery chopped

  • 1 bunch parsley chopped

  • 2 tbsp. chopped basil

  • 2 tsp. hot pepper sauce

  • 1 tsp. rosemary leaves

  • ½ tsp. fennel seeds

  • 2 tsp. Bragg’s Liquid Aminos

  • Pour into a large pot with 48 oz. Spicy Veggie Juice. Bring to a boil and simmer for 30 minutes. Use hot or cool.

High Protein Sprouted Nori rolls

30 minutes prep time | Makes 6-8 servings

This borrows on the principles of macrobiotics and is an excellent adjunct to any healing diet. Add a little water if needed to blend.

Makes: 6 – 8 servings

Ingredients:
In a blender, prepare a nut and seed mixture:

  • 2 cups almonds

  • 1 cup sunflower or sesame seeds

  • ½ tsp. sesame oil

  • 1 lemon, peeled

  • 1 tbsp. fresh or pickled ginger, chopped

  • 3 tbsp. tamari

Lay out 6 to 10 toasted nori sheets. Spread nut-seed mixture over sheets. Then, spread 3 cups alfalfa or sunflower sprouts  across nut and seed mix, forming a line down the edge of the sheet.

Then, cut into long thin sticks and place lengthwise across nori:

  • 1 carrot

  • 1 avocado

  • 1 cucumber

Roll up like a burrito. Then eat like a burrito, or cut in 2˝ thick rolls. Optional: decorate with fresh basil leaves, sweet-hot mustard or a dab of wasabi.

June 2015- Is Fibromyalgia Disrupting Your Life?

Fibromyalgia is an arthritic muscle disease that researchers say affects up to ten million Americans (mostly mid-life women). Our parents and grandparents called it rheumatism. The whole body feels pain with tender spots that hurt significantly when pressed. A stress-related immune disorder, the central cause seems to be related to a low level of serotonin in the brain and reduced growth hormone. Fibromyalgia symptoms are wide and diffuse, sharing many nerve and anxiety signs with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), TMJ, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Aluminum toxicity and cortisol deficiency may be linked; magnesium deficiency, a virus, hypoglycemia, and immune system breakdown may be involved. Most sufferers complain of dizziness, weakness, fatigue and confusion, disrupted sleep, migraine headaches, chronic diarrhea and irritable bowel. Most have digestive problems and shortness of breath. Other symptoms include cardiovascular problems like mitral valve prolapse and allergies.

Nutritional Approach 
1.    Go on a short 3 day juice cleansing diet; then keep your diet at least 50% fresh foods during intensive healing. A largely vegetarian diet has a beneficial influence. Add cruciferous veggies like broccoli for 3-indole carbinole to reduce pain.
2.    Avoid fatty foods, sugary foods, nightshade plants, red meats and caffeine.
3.    Lowering your homocysteine levels may help: Take 4 garlic capsules (1200mg a day) to maintain aortic elasticity. Take B6, 50mg and folic acid 800mg to help break down homocysteine. Have red wine, 1 glass with dinner.

Bodywork: More muscle strength is critical to healing. Build up your fitness with a low-impact aerobic exercise program, 20 minutes a day for body oxygen and muscle tone. Add light weight bearing exercise for 10 minutes a day to start. Water aerobics can be especially beneficial.
Relaxation techniques are crucial:
•    Regular monthly massage therapy and acupuncture treatments have good success.
•    Choose from meditation, guided imagery, yoga, biofeedback, and progressive muscle relaxation - all of which have had success with fibromyalgia in developing a positive mind/body stance to work with the disease.
•    Gentle heat applications are effective, especially with a massage, and arnica or capsaicin cream.

Herbs & Supplement Choices: Pick 2-3 of the following.
1. For relief:  • Crystal Star Depress-ex caps as a balancer; • Natto-Zyme to break down and remove fibrin deposits; • Quercetin 1000mg and bromelain 1500mg with • Turmeric extract.•Muscle Relaxer caps daily.
2.    Support brain and nervous system: • Ginkgo Biloba 3x daily; •  Relax Caps, 6 daily as needed. • Gotu kola caps or Black cohosh extract for nerves, 3x daily.  * Rosemary tea, a memory booster.
3.    Support healthy serotonin levels: • SAMe (S-adenosyl methionine) 800mg daily boosts serotonin-dopamine levels. • St. John’s wort, 300mg daily;  •California poppy/scullcap/valerian sleep combo for refreshing sleep.
4.    Add magnesium and B-vitamins: • Magnesium 400mg 2x daily or  • B-complex 150mg 3x daily.

June 2015- Do you have chronic fatigue?

Do you have chronic fatigue? The outward symptoms for most fatigue syndromes are similar, so they are quite difficult to diagnose and treat: fatigue, unrefreshing sleep, frequent infections, swollen lymph glands. Many act like recurring viral infections that mimic colds and flu. A high stress lifestyle is often involved. A strong immune system is critical for dealing with a fatigue syndrome.
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Herbal Education

with articles from our herbal consultant, Sarah Abernathy

Differences in Form of Herbs

All About enzymes

Do you have Chronic Fatigue

May 2015- Healthy Healing Recipes

Potassium Juice

15 minutes prep time  |  Makes 1 12 oz. serving

This is the single most effective juice for cleansing, neutralizing acids and rebuilding the body. It is a blood and body tonic that provides rapid energy and system balance.

Makes: 1 serving
3 carrots    
3 stalks celery
½ bunch spinach
½ bunch parsley

Juice all ingredients. Add 1 to 2 tsp. Bragg’s Liquid Aminos if desired.

Chinese Weight Management Soup

1 hour prep time | Makes 6 servings

A detox recipe for a weight loss liquid diet. Take 2 to 4 cups daily to eliminate congested fluids, break down blood fats and activate the intestines.

Makes: 6 servings

Ingredients:
2 oz. astragalus    
2 oz. poria
2 oz. fresh chopped ginger    
12 – 18 pitted red dates
½ cup barley    
7 cups vegetable stock
3 celery stalks, diced    
3 beets, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced    
12 shiitake mushrooms, sliced
½ cup fresh watercress leaves or sunflower sprouts

Tie the astragalus, poria and ginger in a muslin bag. Simmer with the barley and dates for one hour in the vegetable stock. Add the celery, beets, garlic and shiitake mushrooms, and simmer for another 20 minutes. Remove herb bag. Add watercress leaves or sunflower sprouts and serve.

April 2015- Healthy Healing Recipes

Baked Turkey Sandwiches

1 hour prep time  |  Makes 6 servings

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High protein for better endurance.

Makes: 6 servings
4 cups herb stuffing cubes
4 cups cooked turkey, diced
½ cup onion, diced
½ cup celery, diced
½ tsp. sea salt
¼ tsp. pepper
1½ cups plain almond milk
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
2 eggs
1 tbsp. yellow mustard

Preheat oven to 350°F. Scatter herb stuffing over a large rectangular baking dish. In a skillet, sauté turkey, diced onion, celery, sea salt and pepper. Distribute mixture over top of stuffing. In a bowl, mix almond milk, cream of mushroom soup, mozzarella cheese, eggs and mustard. Pour over turkey and bake 40 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Make 6 servings.
 

Black Bean Tortilla Wrap

30 min prep time | Makes 4 servings

Rich in protein and chlorophyll

Makes: 4 wraps

Ingredients:
2 cups short-grain brown rice, cooked
4 large wheat tortillas
15 oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 tomato, diced
2 tbsp. fresh cilantro leaves, minced
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. garlic-lemon seasoning
plain yogurt

In a bowl, combine the black beans, bell pepper, tomato, cilantro, olive oil and garlic-lemon seasoning. Warm each tortilla in a dry skillet until soft. Lay flat and spread ½ cup of the brown rice down the center. Cover rice with bean filling. Roll up, tucking sides toward the center to form a bundle. Slice each in half and serve with several tablespoons of plain yogurt. Makes 4 wraps.

April 2015- Men's Health: Improve Hormones and Endurance!

From Dr. Linda Page

 April is all about Men's Health! Low testosterone affects an astounding 1,000,000 American men. Yet in one survey, 68% of men cannot name a single symptom caused by low testosterone. Only 15% named low libido as a symptom; 6% named fatigue; 3% named a decrease in muscle mass; and less than 1% linked it to men’s osteoporosis. Clearly, many men are in the dark about how hormone imbalances affect their health.

Learn more here

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March 2015- Healthy Healing Recipes- Fat Loss Foods

Tofu Scramble

15 minutes prep time  |  Makes 4 servings

Freeze and thaw tofu first for tastiest results.

Makes: 4 servings
1 lb. low-fat tofu
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 small onion, sliced
¼ cup fresh shiitake mushrooms, sliced
½ cup yellow bell pepper, diced
1 tsp. soy sauce
1 tsp. sesame salt


In a bowl, crumble the tofu and drain well. Set aside. In a skillet, heat the olive oil and sauté the onion, shiitake mushrooms, and bell pepper for 5 minutes. Add the tofu, soy sauce, sesame salt and sauté for more 5 minutes, until peppers are just tender and tofu is golden.  Serve hot as is or on whole grain toast.
 

Morocco Salad

30 min prep time | Makes 4 servings

Light and flavorful

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Makes: 4 salads

Ingredients:
1½ cup dry couscous
1 tsp. sesame salt
a pinch of saffron (or 4 tbsp. fresh mint, chopped )
½ cup slivered almonds
1 cup carrots, diced
1 diced bell pepper (any color)
1 cup frozen French-cut green beans
1⁄3 cup red onion, diced
1⁄3 cup currants
6 tbsp. olive oil
4 tbsp. lemon juice
3 tbsp. orange juice
½ tsp. lemon-pepper
¼ tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. paprika


Bring 1¼ cups water to a boil and pour over the dry couscous. Cover; let sit for 10 –15 minutes until water is absorbed. Remove cover and fluff. Add the sesame salt and saffron. Set aside. Toast the slivered almonds in the oven until golden. Set aside. Steam the carrots, diced bell pepper, frozen French cut green beans, and red onion. Drain when done; toss with the almonds and the currants. Mix with couscous and set aside. To make the dressing, mix the olive oil, lemon juice, orange juice, lemon-pepper, cinnamon, and paprika. Toss with the salad ingredients and couscous; chill to blend.

March 2015- Cellulite Flush with Herbs

Do you have cellulite? Many women (and men) do. Cellulite is fat, water and trapped wastes beneath the skin - usually on an otherwise thin person. Because it is unattached material, dieting and exercise alone don't usually dislodge cellulite. A program for a cellulite flush should be in four parts: 1) Stimulate elimination; 2) Increase circulation and metabolism; 3) Control fluids; 4) Re-establish connective tissue.

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with articles from our herbal consultant, Sarah Abernathy

Cellulite Solutions with Detox

Bodywork Techniques for a Cellulite Flush

Intense Fat and Sugar Cleanse

February Recipes for Sensitive Digestion

After Dinner Mint Tea for Good Digestion

10 minutes prep time  |  Makes 4 cups

Support healthy digestion

Makes: 4 cups

1 tsp. peppermint
1 tsp. hibiscus
½ tsp. papaya leaf
½ tsp. rosemary


In a tea pot, add all ingredients to 24 oz. of water. Add boiling water and let steep for 10 minutes. Makes 4 cups.
 

Sesame Ginger Chicken with Rice Noodles

30 min prep time | Makes 6 servings

Easy to digest and very healthy

Makes: 6 salads

Ingredients:

1 cooked organic chicken breast, shredded
6 oz. package cellophane rice noodles, cooked
4 tbsp. olive oil
3 tbsp. honey
3 tbsp. soy sauce
2 tbsp. crystallized ginger, minced
4 tbsp. lime juice
1 tsp. toasted sesame oil
2 tbsp. sesame seeds
hot (or mild) pepper sauce
granulated garlic
2 tbsp. olive oil
2 cups baby bok choy, chopped
1 cup white daikon radish, shredded
2 – 3 pinches garlic-lemon seasoning
1 cup baby spinach leaves
1 carrot, shredded
1 red bell pepper, diced


Have the cooked, shredded chicken breast ready. Have the cellophane rice noodles, cooked briefly until soft and cooled, ready. Make the vinaigrette sauce: in a bowl, mix 4 tbsp. olive oil, the honey, soy sauce, crystallized ginger, lime juice, toasted sesame oil, sesame seeds, 2 dashes of hot (or mild) pepper sauce and 2 dashes granulated garlic. Heat 2 tbsp. olive oil in a wok until hot; add the bok choy and daikon radish; sauté with 2 – 3 pinches garlic-lemon seasoning for 2 minutes. In a serving bowl, mix the spinach leaves, carrot, bell pepper, and the chicken and cooked vegetables. Pour the vinaigrette sauce over the top and serve. Serves 6.

Feb. 2015- Is Your Digestion Sensitive? Answers to Common Problems

From Dr. Linda Page

Do you have sensitive digestion? Next to the common cold, an irritable bowel is the second most frequent reason for work absences and trips to the doctor.

A gentle, cleansing formula can help symptoms, but gentle is the key for success. Certain herbs like aloe and peppermint work well for colon cleansing. However, if you have sensitive digestion, other herbs like cascara sagrada and senna can make symptoms worse. Herbal knowledge is power when it comes to your digestion.

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Herbal Solutions for Indigestion

with articles from our herbal consultant, Sarah Abernathy

All About Healthy Digestion

Five Easy Steps To Less Indigestion and Gas

Using Detox to Relieve GERD


Jan 2015- Deep Clean Your Liver! Get Healthy Today

From Dr. Linda Page

Start 2015 by deep cleaning your body's main organ of detoxification, the liver.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. Health problems occur after many years of abuse, when the liver is so exhausted it loses the ability to detoxify itself. This is where deep cleaning your liver really helps.

The Healthy Healing Liver Detox

For our complete cleanse, visit Deep Clean Your Liver on the web. For your ongoing diet, keeping fat intake low is crucial to liver regeneration and vitality. Beets, artichokes, radishes and dandelions are good liver foods because they promote the flow of bile, the major pathway for chemical release from the liver. A permanent diet for liver health should be lacto-vegetarian, low in fats, rich in vegetable proteins, with plenty of vitamin C foods for good iron absorption.

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January Healthy Recipes to Deep Clean Your Liver

Deep Liver/Blood Builder

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10 minutes prep time  |  Makes 4 servings

Highly nutritious deep body cleanser.

Makes: 4 large drinks

Juice:
2 bunches grapes (or 2 cups grape juice)
6 oranges, peeled (or 2 cups orange juice)
8 lemons, peeled (or 1 cup lemon juice)
 Stir in:
2 cups water    
¼ cup honey

Bitter Salad For the Liver

15 min prep time | Makes 6 servings

Healthy cleansing support

Makes: 6 salads

Ingredients:
Toss together:
½ cup dandelion leaves    
½ cup spinach leaves
4 cups red leaf lettuce    
½ cup fresh parsley
1 cup mixed wild greens like chicory, borage, violet leaves, sorrel,and beet greens
½ cup mixed tips of chives, fennel, mint, tarragon and yarrow
Add:
1 tomato, chopped    
1 cup alfalfa sprouts
1 leek, white portion chopped

Top with with a little high quality olive oil and lemon juice or low fat dressing of your choice.

December Recipes!

Sweep the Cobwebs Brain Booster

10 minutes prep time  |  Makes 1 serving

Wake up your brain.

Makes: 1 large drink

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Juice: 1 bunch parsley
4 carrots
2 stalks celery    
1" piece of fresh or dried burdock or ginseng root            
Add 2 squirts of ginkgo biloba extract if desired. Makes 1 large drink.

 

Fresh Seared Ahi

30 min prep time | Makes 6 servings

Ahi Tuna Slices

Omega 3's for better mood

Makes: 6 servings

Ingredients:
½ cup tamari
¼ cup sake
3 sprigs fresh basil, minced
1 tsp. fresh lemon zest
2 tsp. toasted sesame oil
1½ lbs. very fresh ahi tuna
2 carrots, diced
2 tbsp. crystallized ginger, minced
½ tsp. olive oil
½ tsp. toasted sesame oil
½ cup white wine
½ tsp. lemon-pepper seasoning
¼ cup low-fat cream cheese
4 mint leaves, chopped
fresh cilantro  

DIRECTIONS: 

Mix a marinade in a bowl: tamari, sake, basil, lemon zest, sesame oil. Marinate ahi tuna for 1 hour. Sear ahi in a hot, heavy skillet about 10 seconds each side. Remove, chill as you make the salad. Sauté for 1 minute the carrots, ginger, olive oil, sesame oil. Add ½ cup water, the white wine and lemon-pepper; simmer 3 minutes. Remove from heat and blend in the cream cheese and mint. Divide sauce onto 6 salad plates; divide the tuna—sliced very thin—over the top of the sauce. Sprinkle fresh cilantro over the top. Serves 6.

December 2014- All about Seasonal Blues

Signs you may have seasonal blues?  1. Do you oversleep or struggle to get out of bed, even if you get enough sleep?  2. Do you feel lethargic or have poor concentration during the day?  3. Do you have strong cravings for sweets or carbs or gain extra weight in the winter (up to 10-15 lbs.)? 4. Do short periods of sunlight lift your spirits?  A yes to two or more of these may be a sign that you are experiencing the seasonal blues.

News: All About the Seasonal Blues

Wintertime means depression for 35 million Americans. Seasonal depression symptoms manifest after the autumn equinox as sunlight hours lessen. Over 80% of people affected are women. Work productivity noticeably declines; relationships suffer.

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Dr. Page's Favorite Thanksgiving Recipe

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Dr. Page's Cranberry Relish
20 minutes prep time  |  Makes 8 servings

a favorite side dish! so much better than plain cranberry jelly

  • I package cranberries, fresh
  • one half cup turbinado sugar
  • one half cup raisins
  • 2 tbsps crystallized ginger
  • 1 cup fuji apples, chopped
  • one half cup celery, diced
  • one quarter cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • one half tsp. nutmeg
  • one quarter tsp. allspice

Simmer the cranberries in one quarter cup water and the sugar for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add the raisins and ginger. Then, add the apples, celery, red wine vinegar. cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. Chill and serve. This is both an attractive and tasty side dish. I’m always asked to bring it to holiday meals.

November- Healthy Recipes for High Energy

Sizzling Ginger Stir Fry

20 minutes prep time  |  Makes 4 servings

Keep your energy up with a high vegetable protein stir fry.

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Makes: 4 servings

1 tbsp. grapeseed oil
3 tbsp. fresh ginger, peeled and minced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 package firm tofu, drained and cut into ½-inch pieces
6 drops toasted sesame oil
1 tsp. honey
2 tbsp. hoisin sauce
2 tbsp. chives, chopped
2 tbsp. toasted sesame seeds

DIRECTIONS:

In a wok, heat 1 tbsp. grapeseed oil over medium heat. Add the ginger and garlic and sauté for 10 minutes. Add the tofu, toasted sesame oil, honey and hoisin sauce; gently cook through while stirring, about 10 more minutes. Top with chives and toasted sesame seeds and serve. Makes 4 servings.

Avocado Chicken Salad

20 min prep time | Makes 6 servings

Delicious, high protein energy salad

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Makes: 6 servings

Ingredients:

2 cups organic chicken, cooked, diced
1 large avocado, diced
1 rib celery, diced
2 hard-boiled eggs, crumbled
4 tbsp. raspberry vinaigrette
lemon pepper seasoning
6 Boston lettuce cups

DIRECTIONS:

In a large mixing bowl, toss the chicken, avocado and celery. Add the hard-boiled eggs. Mix in 4 tbsp. raspberry vinaigrette and season to taste with lemon-pepper. Serve in Boston lettuce cups. Makes 6 servings.

November- High Energy Diet for the Holidays

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Your High Energy Diet for the Holidays

Every day there is a new task to complete, usually many many tasks. And with the holidays looming ahead, there are inevitably more stresses for most of us. How will you keep your battery charged and mind sharp for the challenge? The answer is in your refrigerator. Make sure you are following a High Energy Diet for your health this holiday season.


 Diet Plan:
1. Your High Energy Diet should consist of 65-70% complex carbohydrates (fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes); 20-25% protein, (nuts, seeds, whole grains, legumes, soy, yogurt and kefir, seafoods and poultry); 10-15% fats (unrefined vegetable, nut and seed oils, avocado, eggs and seafood). Don’t skip meals.
2. Keep your metabolism high, and your blood sugar levels up with healthy snacks throughout the day.
3. Reduce sugar, caffeine (drains adrenals), and fatty dairy foods (produce clogging mucous). Take this 24 hour sugar test to see if your energy increases: Swear off sweets for 24 hours (have a high fiber whole grain bar instead when you crave sugar). Most people notice an energy boost the next day - without the let down feeling after 2 o’clock.
4. Take a protein drink every morning, like Whey or Hemp Protein. Add spirulina, chia or bee pollen granule as a booster. Protein’s amino acids boost alertness.
5. Keep your iron up - low iron, low energy. Oatmeal, walnuts, eggs, black bean soup, pumpkin, and sunflower seeds (good for B-vitamins, too).
6. Drink plenty of healthy liquids. Dehydration’s first sign is fatigue.

October- Breast Cancer Education

Breast Cancer Education

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In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, this month's newsletter is dedicated to breast cancer education. Cancer may be in part a lifestyle related illness. A strong immune system, proper hormone balance and a balanced, plant based diet may be your best protection. Additionally, here are the risk factors you should be aware of.  

Here's what we know about breast cancer risk:

Women who have very high, or imbalanced estrogen secretions, are at more risk for breast cancer. Examples: women who had their first period before age 12, those who went through menopause after age 55, those who had a child after age 30, or who never had children, and those who smoke. Avoid excess alcohol as that may be a trigger for some women.

Family history of breast cancer and certain marker genes play (BRAC1, BRAC2) a role in risk.

There is a veritable assault on female hormone balance from man-made estrogens - try to limit your exposure. Long term synthetic estrogen and/or oral contraceptive use, can raise breast cancer risk.

Obesity can increase your risk. Exercise is a key: it balances body chemistry to control fat deposits that store excess estrogen; it increases fat metabolism to help flush out excess estrogens.

Be aware that a diet high in meats and dairy foods is bad news for estrogen balance, too. Many food animals are injected with hormones that add to the synthetic estrogens circulating in a woman’s body. Note: Women who eat soy foods have lower levels of circulating estrogen. Vegetarians seem to have less instance of cancer because they process estrogen differently.


Purifying and Balancing Diet for Immune Protection

Cancer used to be rare. Is our modern lifestyle that bad? Smoking alone causes over 180,000 cancer deaths; and synthetic estrogen hormones seem to permeate our lives.

Dramatic diet changes can mean dramatic results for immune system health. The purifying diet below is an effective tool as needed for system strength and immunity.

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This diet cleanses and balances with high vegetable fiber and protein. It reduces fatty foods that can alter body chemistry.  It stimulates the heart and circulatory system with an emphasis on Asian foods like miso, green tea and shiitake mushrooms. It is alkalizing with umeboshi plums, sea veggies and soy foods. It is high in potassium, natural iodine and other minerals.

Its greatest benefit is that it is cleansing and strengthening at the same time, and offers truly balanced eating. It can be personalized for one’s environment, the seasons, and the health of the person using it.

The form given here for an intensive immune support program may be followed for 3 to 6 months.

Before each meal, and before bed: take 2 to 4 tbsp. aloe juice concentrate in water .

On rising: take carrot-beet-cucumber juice to clean the liver and kidneys; or cranberry concentrate (2 tsp. in water) or red grape juice; or a ginseng restorative tea; or a superfood drink.

Breakfast: have Pulsating Parsley Juice: 6 carrots, 1 beet, 8 spinach leaves, handful fresh parsley; then, make a mix of 2 tbsp. each: nutritional yeast, wheat germ, lecithin, bee pollen granules. Sprinkle some on a whole grain cereal or granola, or mix with yogurt and dried fruit; use on fresh fruit, like strawberries or apples with kefir or kefir cheese; or have a whole grain breakfast pilaf like Kashi, bulgur or millet, with apple juice or kefir cheese topping.

Mid-morning: take a cup of fresh wheat grass juice or a potassium drink; or a glass of fresh carrot juice; or a cup of miso soup with fresh ginger and seaweeds chopped on top. (Have 2 tbsp. dry seaweeds daily.)

Lunch: have a Super V-7 veggie juice: 2 carrots, 2 tomatoes, handful each of spinach and parsley, 2 celery ribs, ½ cucumber, ½ green bell pepper. Add 1 tbsp. of a green superfood powder. Or, have steamed broccoli or cauliflower with brown rice, or an oriental stir fry with brown rice and miso/umeboshi plum sauce; or a fresh green salad with whole grain pitas; or a black bean, onion or lentil soup, or a 3 bean salad.

Mid-afternoon: have green tea and whole grain bread sticks or crackers with kefir cheese or a soy spread; or raw veggies with a little sesame salt.

Dinner: have brown rice and steamed vegetables with maitake or shiitake mushrooms. Add 2 tbsp. chopped sea veggies (like dulse, arame or nori), 1 tbsp. flax or olive oil, and nutritional yeast; or have a brown rice, millet, bulgur, or kasha casserole with tofu, or tempeh and some steamed vegetables; or a hearty dinner salad with sea veggies, nuts and seeds, and whole grain bread or chapatis; or baked, broiled or steamed fish (wild caught in uncontaminated waters) with rice and peas or other veggies; or stuffed cabbage rolls with rice, and baked carrots with tamari and a little honey.
Before bed: have a cup of shiitake mushroom or ginger broth; a cup of miso soup; or a glass of organic apple juice.

To help this purifying diet work correctly with your body, avoid the following foods: • Red meat, preserved, smoked or cured meats of all kinds. • Coffee, black teas and carbonated drinks of all kinds (even juices). • All frozen, canned and processed foods;  white vinegar, and table salt. • Excessive sugars, corn syrup and all artificial sweeteners • Artificially colored foods, chemical-laced and microwaved foods. These foods clog the system so that the vital organs cannot clean out enough waste to maintain health.

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Longterm Diet Tips for  Cellular Health

A plant-based diet is best for health. Reduce animal fats in your diet. Especially avoid saturated fats and trans fats in snack foods, fried foods, dairy foods, and high sugar alcoholic drinks. Increase fiber, antioxidants and high lignan foods-fruits, vegetables, whole grains and soy.

Add cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and watercress for estrogen-reducing effects. Carotene-rich foods (esp. lutein), like dark greens, tomatoes and watermelon are especially good.

Sea veggies provide EFAs and protective plant minerals that reduce the chemical overload (like copper, zinc, chromium, manganese and magnesium), critical to detoxification pathways.  Seaweeds are a natural iodine source that balances thyroid activity. Use 2 tbsp. dry sea veggies daily.

Drink plenty of pure water. British research shows high water intake could reduce breast cancer risk by 79%! 

If you eat meat, choose hormone-free chicken and turkey. Fish, especially wild salmon, and walnuts offer protective EFAs.

Exercise daily. Increasing physical activity results in lower levels of estrogen in the blood, increases levels of hormone binding globulin (SHBG), and boosts protective DHEA in menopausal women. (EPIC Study)


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The Power of Therapeutic Mushrooms
Today many holistic  health practitioners use mushrooms to help enhance immune strength and whole body health. Important: Consult with a holistic physician to see if medicinal mushrooms are a good choice for you.
1. Maitake D-Fraction:a premier source of beta glucan for immune system health. Early research suggests it may enhance chemo and radiation results, and reduce side effects.
2. Royal Agaricus: the highest known content of immune boosting beta glucan of all mushrooms; helps stimulates interferon and natural killer cells.
3. Shiitake: its lentinan and LEM have strong immune power (clinical studies). Shiitake bolster the body’s own natural ability to eliminate abnormal cells. Japanese studies find that chemotherapy patients who also receive lentinan injections survive significantly longer with less tumor growth, than patients who receive chemotherapy alone.
4. Reishi: detoxify and disperse toxins. Reishi are helpful in protecting the body from infections caused by poor immune response or chemo/radiation.
5. Turkey Tail: New research shows turkey tail mushrooms boost recovery from chemo and radiation.
6. Cordyceps: an excellent endocrine rebuilding tonic, I’ve personally known people whose strength significantly improved with cordyceps supplements.