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January 2011

Don't leave out God and prayer - the 2 most important ingredients in any situation. 

While you are praying or after praying don't forget to LISTEN for the answers! They will come. 
 click here - to view the studies showing the scientific proof that prayer works.
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Aromatherapy and autism: an account of an experience 
By Jane Ellwood

How autism affects sensory perception is a very complex issue. In fact, some authors describe autism as a disorder of the senses rather than a social dysfunction, where each sense operates in isolation, the brain unable to organize the stimuli in any meaningful way (Hatch-Rasmussen 1995, p1). The brain relies on information gathered by various sensory receptors such as touch, smell, taste, hearing and sight in order to make sense of our environment. The disruption caused by a sensory disorder as to how the information is organized in the brain can have a devastating effect on how a situation is perceived and understood (Siegel 1996, p79). The author Donna Williams, herself diagnosed autistic, makes many references to what she calls sensory shutdown, which occurs when an autistic individual is subjected to too much sensory stimuli and the brain cannot cope (Williams 1996. Pg.126) Many people with autism will experience hypersensitivity to certain stimuli resulting in actual physical pain of sensory overload. (Waterhouse 1995, p.19). This is why I undertook with great trepidation some aromatherapy sessions with a small group of autistic children attending a special school in Bristol.

I decided not to use aromatherapy in the traditional healing sense, but to use some of the safe oils (chamomile, lavender, peppermint, geranium) to stimulate the sense of smell and to use foot and hand massage techniques to explore the relationship of touch as an aid to developing trust and communication. Initially I expected the children to be resistant, or even hostile to such a new activity. However, I was surprised at their interest and some of the unexpected responses to the experience of smell, touch and massage, hot and cold. Immediately obvious was their enjoyment of a new and interesting activity. As the sessions progressed, the opportunities for interaction became more frequent, leading to valuable opportunities to communicate with some very difficult children.

The group was a small class of 6 junior aged children, all severely autistic and non-verbal. The class comprised of a mixture of learning styles:  one child being mono-sensory, only able to use one sense at a time, 2 very tactile defensive children, resistant to any form of contact; one severely hyperactive child with obvious attention deficit, unable to sit still for longer than 3-4 seconds at a time; another child being a kinesthetical learner and very inquisitive, the remaining child solely a functional learner, motivated only by constant need to self-stimulate - but often self-stimulation would include smell and tactile fixations.

Very aware that many individuals affected by autism can be hypersensitive to strong smells, I was surprised to see positive responses in all but one of the children to a dilute peppermint essential oil solution being sprayed near their arms and into the air. 3 of the children were obviously interested and indicated for me to repeat the experience. One child in particular kept smelling his hands and laughing, unable to smell and look at his hands at the same time. Normally he found the process of having to suddenly switch off one sense in order to use another quite difficult, which would result in much frustration. During the smelling sessions he soon learnt to shut his eyes while he sniffed at his hands.

More surprisingly was the interest shown by one of the tactile defensive children in a small pillowcase filled with dried cracked wheat impregnated with chamomile oil, heated in the microwave until quite warm. The bag was floppy and, heavy and the child immediately placed it on the back of his neck, remaining motionless for the rest of the session. This child was usually quite fidgety, always trying to place himself in a particular position in order to feel safe and comfortable.

A further session of hand massage with grapeseed oil was enjoyed by most of the children - particularly the functional learner whose need to self-stimulate included spitting on his hands and rubbing it in. By allowing him to indulge, but in an acceptable and reciprocal way, he remained calm and interested in what was going on around him, even able to indicate preferences for which hand to be massaged and when to use more oil. More startlingly, after several sessions, he would sit at the table unprompted and patiently waited his turn, something he would not do very often.

The more able and inquisitive child began to massage the hands of another child - an enormous step forward for both children, particularly as the receiver was touch defensive. The other child normally resistant to touch continued to be more interested in the heat cushion until I gave him an ice pack (the type normally used for sports injuries), this then immediately took preference. Again he placed it carefully on the back of his neck. While the ice pack was in place, he was totally passive to staff who were able to put their hands on his shoulder and massage his hands. Normally he would have screamed and moved away.

The only session the hyperactive child chose to participate in was foot massage. I used neutral carrier oil to massage his feet. Initially he resisted, but after about 5 seconds of perseverance, he lay on his back with his hands behind his head and placed both feet in my lap. He then lay still; enjoying a 5-minute foot massage which was the longest staff had ever known him to be still!

Aware of the often-negative effects of excessive sensory stimulation to those affected by autism, I was not prepared for the positive way in which the aromatherapy sessions were received. The children I had expected to react adversely to the massage and sensations of heat and cold (the tactile defensive ones) were the most accepting - as if the extreme sensory experience enabled them to satisfy an internal need, enabling them to become more focused and receptive, (or perhaps the sensation of the heat and ice pack was so overwhelming; they were oblivious to things that would normally make them feel very uncomfortable). The child whom I thought would most resist new smells was the most fascinated and amused by the experience.  Because of his obvious enjoyment he was highly motivated to find ways to regulate incoming sensory stimulation by switching off one sense while receiving another, a skill that could be adapted for use in other situations - a skill that is also pursued in Sensory Integration Theory (Hatch-Rasmussen 1995, p1).

For the most difficult and aggressive child, the sessions were a legitimate way to satisfy a constant need to self stimulate, yet still being able to practice the valuable social skills of sitting in a group and turn-taking without feeling  the need to become aggressive or disruptive.

For all of the children, the experience of aromatherapy has led to new opportunities for interaction and communication. The sessions have given staff new ideas for interacting with some very isolated and difficult children.


Many of the Essential Oils overlap in their properties. This is just a few possible uses of Eucalyptus alone.
Various published references suggest or imply the following benefits for inhaling vapors from Eucalyptus Oil

expands alveoli (tiny air sacs of lungs)
temporarily expands lung capacity
increases air flow into lungs
increases oxygen flow to body
has stimulative effect
its effects are immediate
acts as a decongestant
reduces nasal dripping
reduces nasal stuffiness
helps to clear sinuses
reduces severity of sinusitis

can prevent some asthma attacks
can cure some cases of asthma
reduces severity of asthma attacks
reduces severity of some respiratory allergies
thins mucus in nasal passages
thins mucus in bronchial passages
thins mucus in lungs

mucus thinning effect reduces chances of
getting lung infections
good expectorant
can reduce coughing
good for treating chronic bronchitis
helps clear mucus from obstructed "smoker's
lungs"
helps clear up raspy chest coughs
helps clear mucus from bronchial tubes
used to treat whooping cough
can prevent colds and flus

reduces the length and severity
of colds and flus

reduces the severity of symptoms
from colds and
flus
reduces the severity of symptoms from croup

once infected, will NOT cure colds and flus
prevents spread of  head colds and flus into

pneumonia
prevents spread of head colds and flus into lung infections
cures some cases of pneumonia
cures some cases of TB
kills infectious bacteria that can cause pneumonia
kills infectious viruses that can cause pneumonia
kills infectious fungi that can cause pneumonia
kills certain antibiotic resistant pathogens
prevents influenza
good for all types of respiratory disorders
good for treating COPD ("Chronic Obstructive
Pulmonary Disease")
old-time prescription for emphysema
by preventing lung infections, can prevent
resulting emphysema
good way to prevent becoming tethered to
oxygen tanks for life
other than possible allergic reactions, few known
side effects
no known deaths from inhaling vapors from
Eucalyptus Oil
is very safe when compared to prescription drugs

is very safe when compared to other
Pharmaceuticals
is very cost effective when compared to
prescription drugs
avoids putting pills in your stomach to help

your lungs
provides first line of defense saving antibiotics for later use

is 100% NATURAL


 





Honey as a Beauty Aid
along with essential oils
  • Cleansing Scrub: Honey mixed with ground almonds makes an excellent facial cleansing scrub.
  • Skin Firming Mask: A tablespoon of honey whisked together with an egg white, 1 teaspoon of glycerin and about 1/4 cup of flour 2 drops of Lemon essential oil makes an excellent firming mask. Just smooth on the face, leave on 15 minutes, and rinse off with warm water. You will be pleased with the results.
  • Skin Moisturizer: Honey also makes a great moisturizing pack. Just mix 2 tablespoons of honey with 2 teaspoons of whole milk, adding a drop of Rose Otto or Frankincense essential oil -  heals and nourishes facial tissues - smooth over the face and throat, and let it do its job for 15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water, and finish splashing with cold water.
  • Lotion for Dry Patches: Honey also makes a great lotion for dry patches of skin on hands, elbows, or other parts. Just mix 1 teaspoon of honey with 1 teaspoon of olive oil, 2 drops of Lemon essential oil and a 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice. Apply to hands, elbows, heels of your foot, etc., and wash off after 15 minutes. Fast relief! Other Essential oils you could use instead; Camphor, Lavender or Grapefruit.
  • Cure for Chapped Lips and Acne: Honey works well on chapped lips and for acne add a drop or two of Lemon or Tea Tree essential oil because it has antibacterial properties.
  • Shampoo & Conditioner for Dull Hair: Wash hair with 1 tablespoon of baking soda and 1 tablespoon of honey with your favorite shampoo. To give your hair lustrous shine, mix 1 teaspoon of honey into 4 cups of warm water. Use as a hair rinse. And if you're a blond, add the juice of 1 lemon, too.
  • Antibacterial Mouthwash: Mix 1 tablespoon of honey with a cup of warm waterand one drop of Tea Tree. Use it as a mouthwash. Honey cleans teeth and dentures, and kills germs in the mouth.You could add 2 drops of X-Plague.


Dandruff can be a sign of Candida. This fungus on the scalp can cause itching and irritation. It is treatable using the recipe below;
A great scalp stimulator can be made by using a small amount of vodka (not rubbing alcohol) and mixing it with different oils for different need applications. Using vodka leaves the hair soft and manageable without an oily feel. Another perk of vodka is that it will leave the scalp feeling clean and fresh without the heavy smell of a vinegar application and it will not be extremely drying.

3-4 Tablespoons if vodka is all that is needed for an effective scalp treatment. When 3-4 drops of Tea Tree oil and 2 drops of Peppermint oil is added the effect will be a mild tingling sensation. The following oils can be added to the vodka according to your personal sensory preferences. When oils such as Lavender, Geranium, Rosemary or Sandalwood are used, the mixture will be relaxing, comforting and soothing. When oils such as Lemon, Lemongrass, Cypress, Helicrysum, or Birch are added to the original mixture it will be invigorating and uplifting.

Taken from the Blog Take It Easy and Relax read more > > >


Fighting a cold
The best cold-fighting weapon may be your tennis shoes
The best way to protect yourself isn’t with a pill, but by breaking a sweat. The immune system and viruses are affected by exercise. Any exercise, however limited, is great. If you really want to ward off colds this winter, you’re best off working out at least 5 days per week. A brisk 30-minute walk 5 times per week does the trick to cold-proof your immune system. “Mild exercise is good as it moves the blood around the body and also moves the immune white cells around to search for infection.

Late nights could be contributing to your sniffling and sneezing
How much sleep did you get last night? If it was fewer than seven hours, you’re three times more likely to catch a cold. It’s also important to use your time in bed wisely—meaning, when you're in bed, sleep. To get more shut-eye, sleep experts recommend banishing the TV as well as night lights, which can distract and impede your sleep cycles.

If you’re under a lot of stress, or are putting your body to the test—for example, training for a marathon—a daily dose of 200 mg of vitamin C may reduce your chances of catching a cold by about half. To get more C naturally, load up on these foods: oranges and citrus, of course, and also papaya, broccoli, tomatoes, red peppers and kiwi.

There’s a flower that may help fight cold viruses
Echinacea is believed to help boost the immune system. University of Connecticut researchers put the theory to the test recently, and after studying more than 1,600 people, they reported that not only did echinacea cut the chances of catching a cold in half, but also those study participants who took it reduced the duration of their colds by about 14 days.

A cold virus could make you fat.
Could you blame that extra 15 pounds you’ve gained on the cold you got last spring? It may not be a far-fetched idea, according to researchers at Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego. In their study of children, published in a recent issue of the journal Pediatrics, they found that kids who had been infected by adenovirus 36, a common cold virus that causes typical cold symptoms and sometimes gastrointestinal issues, were, on average, 50 pounds heavier than children who hadn’t been infected by the strain, suggesting that a viral infection may cause excess weight gain. While researchers aren’t implying that all cold viruses—even this particular one—cause lifelong weight problems, it's some extra incentive to stay healthy this season, right?

Hot drinks can help zap the symptoms of cold viruses
Tea and hot soup may be the keys to feeling better when you're hit with a bad cold. Simply sipping a hot beverage can provide immediate and sustained relief from your worst cold symptoms, like coughing, sneezing, runny nose, sore throat and fatigue. The researchers tested hot beverages versus room-temperature drinks and found that the warmth in a cup had soothing, feel-good properties. Your new feel-better-fast remedy: herbal tea with a squeeze of lemon and one teaspoon of honey, which has also been proven to soothe sore throats.

An ingredient found in breast milk can make you feel better fast
It turns out that an ingredient in breast milk (that you can find via supplements—whew!), may help your most intense cold go away. “A derivative of lauric acid, monolaurin, is a fatty acid found naturally in breast milk. It is known to decrease symptoms of the flu and fatigue.

Colds are really not that contagious.
We hear so much about the dreaded rhinovirus that most people think a mere handshake with a sick person is going to send them coughing. Not true, say experts. Recent research by the Cardiff University Common Cold Centre found that when healthy people were put in a room with cold sufferers, it was “remarkably difficult” to spread the infection from one person to another. In fact, the cold virus has to have the ideal conditions when hitting your body to infect you. Colds are not very contagious, and most colds are caught at home from kids and partners from prolonged and close contact.No need to don a mask in public—just use common sense


Self Awareness in 2 easy steps
Meditation - Awareness - De-Stressing
Awareness
Step 1: Before you actually sit down to meditate, you must first figure out who you are. In a notebook or private journal, list your likes and dislikes. Avoid making a list of material things, such as types of cars or styles of clothing; instead, make a list that contains information about what makes you happy or unhappy (for example, Likes: being with my family, creative projects; Dislikes: working late, cold weather grocery shopping). The purpose here is truthfully evaluate yourself — to find out who you are, and more importantly who you are not. Once your list is complete, compare your likes and dislikes (who you are) to your personal and professional realities (what you do). Then ask yourself: do a majority of the things that you like take place within your job and home life? If so, good. If not, take note and gradually start doing more of those things that you like, and minimize and eventually stop doing those things that you don't like. Easier said than done? Certainly. But try it! Create methods that gradually move actions or activities that you like into your life, and those that you don't like, gradually start moving them out, or at least find ways to minimize them. Little by little, the stress will dissipate.
The second self-study exercise can be compared to one of those home makeover shows. You can't create a new room if you don't first organize the clutter and then throw out the inessentials.
Acceptance and Release
Step 2: Create a list of your worries and stressors (for example, Worries and Stressors: deadlines at work, others opinions and expectations of me, wanting to spend more time with family). The purpose of this exercise is to truthfully evaluate what concerns can be dumped from your "worry wagon." After you have created your list, separate the stressors that are past worries — things that happened in the past that you can no longer do anything about. Then, separate from the list the stressors and worries about the future — the things to come of which you have very little or no control. Next, tally up what's left. The remainder of the list should be made up of stressors and worries that are constantly present in your mind — things that never seem to go away. Since you have consciously made yourself aware of your stress inventory, you must realistically let go of the stressors of the past and future. Be honest with yourself and recognize that they are not in your hands, so you have to mentally throw them away — you must learn to let them go. Now, take a good look at the list of stressors and worries that are left. You need to learn to accept them for what they are — the personalities of the people in your life, the deadlines — they are all simply must-have items. You can't control them, but, unlike the past and future worries, they are real. Accept them as the here and now, and deal with them individually as they come in and out of your life. By taking these steps you are starting down a pathway that allows you to be in control of you.
Congratulations! You have just completed a course in self-study. The way to continue to de-stress, to maintain your new awareness and to keep the worries in check is to practice disciplines that allow you to continue to discover, evaluate and improve your new self-awareness. Meditation is one method of practicing this self-maintenance. Using our Chakra EssentialOil set can be helpful - you will find more information here > > >  you can get the set here>>>



Need More Energy?  Try these simple tips;
Make your Pep last longer with quercetin. How it works: It increases the number of mitochondria ( the energy producing parts of cells) in muscles.
Or reboot your pep with CoQ10 - helps the body's cells replenish energy. 
Some other considerations: Essential oil combination Energy   or  Grandma's Energy  or Dr. Christopher's Bee Power
 Resveratrol boosts blood flow to the brain while also helping your cardiovascular, liver and blood vessels.  It also helps with inflammation.  Suggested amount 250mg. 
Backaches, headaches, arthritis, muscle strain, menstrual cramps and other pains can slow you down. Give Ginger tea a try or take a ginger capsule.



Heal Faster using natural remedies
A sore Throat - To sooth a sore throat mix 2 drops Oregano Oil or X-Plague in  12 oz. water and gargle two times daily or try Herbal Throat Spray.
A cold sore - Coat  a cold sore with unpasteurized honey four times a day to speed healing by 43%. Raw honey's enzymes shut down inflammation and stalls the growth of the virus. Or  Dr. Christopher's  Cold Sore Relief (CSR)
Relax to heal even faster - A study found angry or frustrated people are four times more likely to have slow-healing, easily infected wounds. To invite lasting calm - take a whiff of Serenity, Tranquility or  Lavender Oil. These scents calm the stress-hormone production within five minutes! 


Beet Juice for Alzheimer's?
MRIs showed that after eating a high-nitrate diet, the older adults had increased blood flow to the white matter of the frontal lobes – the areas of the brain commonly associated with degeneration that leads to dementia and other cognitive conditions.

High concentrations of nitrates are found in beets, as well as in celery, cabbage and other leafy green vegetables like spinach and some lettuce. When you eat high-nitrate foods, good bacteria in the mouth turn nitrate into nitrite. Research has found that nitrites can help open up the blood vessels in the body, increasing blood flow and oxygen specifically to places that are lacking oxygen.

Also coconut oil may offer profound benefits in the fight against Alzheimer's disease.

Dr. Mary Newport discovered that with Alzheimer’s disease, certain brain cells may have difficulty utilizing glucose (made from the carbohydrates we eat), the brain’s principal source of energy. Without fuel, these precious neurons the brain starts to atrophy, or starve, leading to impaired functioning and eventual loss of memory, speech, movement and personality. There is an alternative energy source for brain cells—fats known as ketones. If deprived of carbohydrates, the body produces ketones naturally. Also by consuming oils that have medium-chain triglycerides, when MCT oil is digested, the liver converts it into ketones. When MCT oil is metabolized, the ketones which the body creates may, according to the latest research, not only protect against the incidence of Alzheimer’s, but may actually reverse it. The dose is 4 teaspoons a day.
For more information, see Dr. Newport’s website.

Vitamin B3, lowered levels of a protein called phosphorylated - that leads to the development of tangles, one of two brain lesions associated with Alzheimer's disease. The vitamin also strengthened scaffolding along which information travels in brain cells, helping to keep neurons alive and further preventing symptoms in mice genetically wired to develop Alzheimer's.
Curcumin may help boost the immune system and thus clear the brain of amloid-beta, which forms plaque, therefore giving hope and relief to Alzheimer`s patients. 

Chronic, low-grade inflammation

Almost always plays a role in the development of diabetes, excess weight gain, as well as declining heart and brain health. 

You can’t usually see or feel the damage, but this type of inflammation significantly increases the risk of coronary heart disease, the leading cause of death especially among people with diabetes. 

Low-grade inflammation has also been linked to an increased risk of cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. Your doctor can measure it with the “high-sensitivity C-reactive protein,” or a CRP, test.

If you heard the nightly news with Brian Williams (3/31/10), you'd know that The Food and Drug Administration just approved new drug criteria for Big Pharma, specifically Crestor, which is made by AstraZeneca and is the nation’s second best-selling statin, behind Lipitor by Pfizer. 

"The FDA just gave the pharmaceutical industry the green light to market to folks with elevated CRP levels which quite frankly is a pile of CRAP in my opinion." -David Dansereau 

(Have you noticed how many drugs are being dropped because they are causing more deaths and other health problems than they are helping. Buyer Beware!)

Processed sugars and other high-glycemic starches increase inflammation, just as they raise blood sugar, according to a variety of articles in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 

Aspirin, ibuprofen, and many other drugs reduce inflammation, but they pose a risk of side effects and no doctor’s going to suggest taking these drugs on a regular basis because your CRP is elevated. Right? Well, now with the FDA approval of statins for elevated CRP, and Big Pharma's deep marketing pockets we'll have to see.

A diet alternative to drugs exists. Many foods have anti-inflammatory benefits, and the only side effects to adding these sides of real foods to your plate are perhaps numerous health benefits too lengthy to list in this article but obviously not as sexy as the sale of statins. 

What is inflammation?

Inflammation is the first response of the immune system to infection or irritation. We are all familiar with the classic signs of inflammation (swelling, redness and pain) that occur when we hurt ourselves or have some kind of infection. However recent research has shown that eating the wrong foods can cause inflammation within our bodies. In fact being overweight can itself be the cause of inflammation.

Body fat causes inflammation

The fatty tissues of the body secrete hormones that regulate the immune system and inflammation, but in the case of an overweight individual this can become out of control. Three of the hormones that play a role in metabolism are leptin, resistin and adiponectin. 
  • Leptin is involved in appetite control. 
  • Resistin is a hormone that increases insulin resistance. 
  • Adiponectin lowers the blood sugar by making your body more insulin sensitive. 


The fact that it is the fatty tissue that produces these hormones makes the fat self regulating, as the hormones should act to bring the increased fat under control. Bodies with more fat will produce more leptin bringing the appetite under control. However in cases where the body is inflamed there is often a problem with leptin resistance, and the self regulation of fat does not occur. Leptin resistance is where the body stops responding to the appetite controlling effects of the hormone. 
In addition to these metabolism regulating hormones your fatty tissue also produces chemicals that cause inflammation and this can make the problem of leptin resistance worse. This is why obesity can cause an increase of these inflammatory chemicals which in turn inhibit the correct balancing function of the weight controlling hormones. This results in a vicious circle of weight gain causing inflammation which inhibits hormone function thereby causing further weight gain. 

Food and inflammation

Another major cause of inflammation in our bodies is the food we eat. Inflammation can be aggravated by diets high in refined or hydrogenated vegetable oils such as those found in margarines, potato chips and baked goods and by diets high in sugars. However, food can also be part of the solution to the problem of inflammation. 
Anti-inflammatory foods, if eaten regularly, can reduce inflammation in the body and bring the problem under control. Below is a list of anti-inflammatory foods that if incorporated into your regular diet will help bring a balance to inflammation in your body. Try and feature some kind of anti-inflammatory food into every meal that you eat, and eliminate pro-inflammatory foods from your diet all together. People who have done this often describ a noticeable relief from previous discomforts and a greater ability to control their weight. 
Please also remember that exercise is one of the greatest ways to counter inflammation.   

Antioxidants assist the body in the reduction of swelling and inflammation.
SAM-e  effective as anti-inflammatory painkillers but with fewer side effects. It works in conjunction with vitamin B-12, B-6, and folate.
Turmeric This supplement is used in traditional Chinese and Indian Aruyvedic medicine to relieve pain, stiffness and inflammation. A small study that combined turmeric, boswellia and zinc showed decreased pain. Two studies using a combination of turmeric, boswellia, ginger and aswangandha relieved pain and inflammation.



Here are our TOP TEN best anti-inflammatory foods:


Fermented Foods and Liquids are anti-inflammation super stars for many reasons. One example is that they build immunity and help control infections that are often an underlying cause of inflammation.
1 Salmon Coldwater fish, including salmon, contain anti-inflammatory fats called omega-3s. Wild salmon has more of these super-healthy fats than does farmed salmon.
Shopping tip: All salmon from Alaska is wild, whereas Atlantic salmon is usually farmed. Herring, sardines, and tuna also contain omega-3s.
2 Ginger This relative of turmeric is also known for its anti-inflammatory benefits, and some research suggests that it might also help control blood sugar. 
Suggestion: Brew your own ginger tea. Use a peeler to remove the skin off a piece of ginger, then add several thin slices to a cup of hot water and let steep for a few minutes.
Garlic Research suggests garlic may have some anti-inflammatory and glucose-regulating benefits and it may also help your body fight infections. At the very least, it won’t hurt and makes for a tasty addition to food. Kitchen tip: Dice garlic and fresh rosemary, and rub them on a whole chicken before roasting.
4 Green tea Like fruits and vegetables, green tea contains natural anti-inflammatory compounds. It may even reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer. 
Suggestion: Drink a 4-6 cups a day — or brew it like sun tea, refrigerate, and serve.
5 Grass-fed 
beef and 
other
animal foods 
As opposed to traditional, grain-fed livestock, meat that comes from animals fed grass also contains anti-inflammatory omega-3s, but in lower concentrations than coldwater fish. Free-range livestock that graze in pastures build up higher levels of omega-3s. Meat from grain-fed animals has virtually no omega-3s and plenty of saturated fat. 
6 Dark green
salads
Dark-green lettuce, spinach, tomatoes, and other salad veggies are rich in vitamin C and other antioxidants, nutrients that dampen inflammation.
Suggestion: Opt for olive oil-and-vinegar salad dressing (vinegar helps moderate blood sugar) and skip the croutons.
7 Cherries A study in the April 2006 Journal of Nutrition showed that eating cherries daily can significantly reduce inflammation. Cherries are also packed with antioxidants and relatively low on the glycemic index.
Tip: Frozen cherries are available all year long and make a tasty dessert with a little yogurt or cheese.
8 Turmeric This spice contains a powerful, natural anti-inflammatory compound, according to a report in the August 2007 Biochemical Pharmacology. Turmeric has long been part of curry spice blends, used in southern Asian cuisines. To use: Buy powdered curry spice (which contains turmeric and other spices) and use it as a seasoning. 
9 Blueberries These delectable fruits are chocked full of natural compounds that reduce inflammation. Blueberries may also protect the brain from many of the effects of aging. Frozen are usually less expensive than fresh—and just as good.
10 Cruciferous
vegetables
These veggies, which include broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and kale, are also loaded with antioxidants. But they provide one other ingredient — sulfur — that the body needs to make its own high-powered antioxidants, such as one called glutathione

Candida Cleanse

Candida Cleanse
by Dr. Christopher's
    After many requests by people searching for a convenient way to rid themselves of yeast, Dr. Christopher's School of Natural Healing has come out with more information on Candida along with a cleanse - Intestinal Sweep. Available February 7, 2011.
    Most alternative therapies focus on killing off the yeast and providing the body with probiotics. These therapies fail to correct the damaged intestinal tract which allows the yeast condition to return.  Soothing Digestion was designed to coat, sooth and heal the lesions in the intestinal wall. Another vital component of the Candida Cleanse is the Lower Bowel as it allows the body to eliminate the yeast. You could useBowel Conditioner instead.
Read more and a simple home test for Candida > > >


 
New Years Resolutions - Eight steps to a new me!
Step 1 - Make healthier food choices;  One in four Americans is obese, according to a recent study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Tired of being part of that statistic? Do something about it. Don't think of it as going on a diet. Instead think of losing weight -- and keeping it off -- as a healthy lifestyle.
66 percent of American adults are overweight, a number that has increased by 23 to 31 percent in recent years. Carrying extra weight significantly increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure and cancer. Lose even a modest number of pounds -- as little as 5 percent of your total body weight -- and you'll start to see health benefits including lower blood pressure, cholesterol levels and blood sugars.

Step 2 - De-clutter your surroundings

  • Have a plan -- Before you unload everything from your bedroom closet, take a few minutes to make a plan. First figure out what you're trying to accomplish. Are you trying to get organized? This can be solved by installing closet systems and using baskets and organizers. Or, are you trying to eliminate clutter? The big solution for this is simply to get rid of stuff. 
  • Set a realistic goal -- Start by making a list of areas you want to address -- and be realistic. No one is going to judge you for not taking on the Herculean task of de-cluttering and organizing your house from basement to attic over one weekend. Look around -- what will give you the biggest impact but cost you the least time? Choosing a small task that can be finished in a relatively short amount of time, such as organizing the pantry, is a great way to begin. Small successes will motivate you to tackle the bigger areas later. 
  • Make a date -- Despite good planning and goal setting, clutter isn't going to clear itself. Make a date with yourself and put it on your calendar. 

Did You Know?
According to the Institute of Living Anxiety Disorders Center at the Hartford Hospital, compulsive hoarding, a mental health disorder characterized by accumulation of excessive clutter, may affect up to 2 million Americans.

Step 3 - Enjoy your life
Are you a glass half-full or glass half-empty kind of person? As it turns out, the way you approach your life not only affects your quality of life but also your life expectancy.
Researchers are beginning to identify a connection between our minds and bodies, specifically how our disposition affects our health. In 2002, Mayo Clinic researchers found that over the course of a 30-year study, which was published in "Mayo Clinic Proceedings," pessimistic patients increased their risk of death by 19 percent when compared to their expected life span.
What's unclear is how optimism causes a longer life. Researchers think that optimists may be more likely to eat well, exercise and seek medical help as needed. If looking at the glass as half-full means adding a few years to your life, what's stopping you from appreciating family, friends and all that comes your way? Nothing


Step 4 -Bringing a pet into your life can increase your life expectancy.
A study by the Minnesota Stroke Institute found that owning a cat reduced a person's risk of suffering a heart attack by 30 percent.

Step 5 -Excersise
Staying physically active not only helps you to maintain or lose weight but also reduces the risk for high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart attack, stroke, several forms of cancer, arthritis pain, osteoporosis, and also reduces the symptoms of depression and anxiety.
You get all of that in trade for less than an hour of moderately intense aerobic activity a day. Sounds like a bargain.
While 30 minutes of daily walking is enough to prevent weight gain for most people, a Duke University study found that to lose pounds, you need to exercise beyond the 30-minute mark. For example, 45 minutes of brisk walking every day burns an extra 300 calories every day, adding up to 30 pounds of weight lost in a year -- and that's without changing your diet.

Step 6 - Friendship
Whether you fancy yourself a loner or a social butterfly, spending more quality time with family and friends may help you live a longer, healthier life.
While no study pinpoints why people who keep up good relationships with their friends and relatives have longer life expectancies, having an active social network does seem to influence our survival. A 10-year Australian study, published in the "Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health," found that elderly subjects (age 70 or older) with strong social networks were roughly 40 percent more likely to still be living at the end of the study, as opposed to participants who did not maintain long-lasting relationships.
What is it about having friends that means so much? Staying tight with friends and family may help us to curb our vices -- they're the ones most likely to encourage us to stop smoking or give us a shoulder to lean on. Furthermore, researchers are noticing that our friends may also help us fight illness, recover faster and stay young.

Step 7 - Learn something new
Many of us spend several hours a week at the gym exercising our bodies, but what about exercising our brains?
You might already know that exercising your brain, no matter what age you are, can help to improve your intelligence. But did you know that it can also help to prevent dementia from developing? If puzzles aren't your thing, try video games (choose those that emphasize dexterity skills) or something simple such as taking a new route to work. Consider getting both your body and brain in on the action. Dancing requires your body to move around -- physical fitness -- while your brain is forming new pathways as it learns and recalls dance steps -- mental fitness.
Your new fact for today: Take advice from real age expert Dr. Oz -- eat foods high in selenium, a mineral that could help keep your brain young. Try blueberries, a superfood that's shown to be beneficial for preventing and slowing neurological aging.


Step 8 - Buy plants
Bringing plants into your living space can help remove indoor air pollutants (including formaldehyde and benzene, two chemicals associated with increased cancer risks), but be sure to choose the most helpful varieties. Spider plant, Golden pothos, English ivy and peace lilies are popular choices for natural air purifiers.
taken from an article from Prevention



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