Sunday, January 31, 2010
*Nearly 20 percent are secret.
*About 700 chemicals are introduced annually.
*"...many pose a "substantial risk" to public health or the environment."
*Of the secret chemicals, 151 are made in quantities of more than 1 million tons a year and 10 are used specifically in children's products, according to the EPA.
These chemicals are produced and emitted into the environment and our households in the hundreds of millions of tons annually. They can be found at the most fundamental stages of life; in our air, water, soil, and of course food. 100% of the human population carries these toxins. Even the cord blood of newborns has tested positive for a wide array of toxins.
These chemicals can be the source of the increase of a wide variety of otherwise unexplained ailments; hormonal and neurotransmitter problems such as ADD, anxiety, insomnia, and depression; cognitive decline such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's; autoimmune disorders, digestive problems, organ failure, blood sugar disorders, cancer, and the list goes on.
It is imperative for everyone of us to seek out a detoxification program by using diet, nutrition, exercise, and other methods under the guidance of a doctor with experience in this field.
The Integrative Health Center provides such a service locally in Israel and by phone consult to anywhere in the U.S. Please see the contact page for further info.
Use of potentially harmful chemicals kept secret under law - washingtonpost.com
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Does the stress and insomnia lead to a loss of grey mattter or does the fact one has less grey matter than normal cause the insomnia and inability to handle stress?
Losing Sleep, Losing Brain?
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Magnesium is an extremely important mineral. It is an invaluable factor in nerve transmission, aids in the balance of acid and alkaline (pH), prevents calcification of soft tissue, and protects arterial walls from surges in high blood pressure. Magnesium is a major player in cardiac function, helping to maintain cardiac rhythm. In fact many fatal cardiac arrythmias are due to Mg deficiency. A Mg deficiency can also mimic diabetes.
Fortunately Mg is found in most founds, especially dairy, meat, fish, and seafood. Many other foods and herbs contain Mg. You almost can't miss getting it in your diet.
So how could so many people have a deficiency you ask? Excess alcohol, diuretic drugs, flouride and high levels of zinc and Vitamin D could deplete Mg levels. Foods high in oxalic acid also block Mg: almonds, chard, cocoa, rhubarb, spinach, and tea. These are all healthy and good foods, but if you have a Mg defiency you need to minimize these.
How would you know if you're Mg deficient? The best test is an intracellular Mg screen, also called mononuclear cell.
It's best to find a qualified nutritionist to help evaluate and guide you in this area.
Magnesium May Improve Memory
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Mayo clinic researchers have applied a new term to this condition: normal weight obesity. If you're ready to throw up your arms and toss in the towel out of frustration just take a breath, relax, and read on. It makes sense.
Most of us are concerned with total body weight as measured by the traditional bathroom scale. This is not an accurate assessment of your condition since it is only a measure of all that you weigh. A far better gauge is some type of body composition, meaning muscle and fat. Researchers discovered people who had normal weight and appearance for their size and frame but their ratio of muscle to fat was low. These people are at the same risks for heart disease, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome ( a pre-diabetic condition) as their apparently obese counterparts.
My advice is to get your body composition measured. You can do this at some doctor's offices, gyms and health clubs, or even in the comfort of your own home. I use a scale from Tanita to check our family body composition.
Once you know your body composition then you can get to work on a diet and fitness program. Get your doctor's OK first and find something you can live with. Even walking can be great if you sit all day. You don't need to join a gym but do so if it helps you be organized and committed. You should be doing something to build muscle and also increase metabolism with aerobic exercise.
Remember that muscle weighs more than fat so if you're doing weight bearing exercises and build muscle you may gain weight. Not to worry since this muscle has a higher metabolic rate than fat and is therefore protective. You want to increase your muscle mass! You don't have to look like a bodybuilder!
Be fit, not fat!
My office provides the services mentioned above. For a consult please be in touch via the email on my blog or website.
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Jan. 19, 2010 - Childhood pneumococcal vaccination may be linked to an increase in a serious complication of pneumonia, a new study suggests.
The proven benefit of the vaccine -- which since its introduction in 2000 has slashed rates of pneumonia, bacterial meningitis, and blood infections in children -- far outweighs this possible risk.Children are getting pneumonia from the pneumonia vaccine but authorities state that the vaccine helps. Is that pretzel logic?
Kids' Chest Infections Up Since Vaccine
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Alar coated apples are a classic example of what is called bioaccumulation. This means that over time chronically being exposed to small doses of poison will eventually catch up with you. The liver has no enzymes to break these chemicals down and they will continuously circulate through the blood or get stored in fat and joints. Over the decades of life they will keep accumulating in the body with more exposure to polluted air, water, soil, and food.
Industrial chemicals, food additives and pesticides, heavy metals, plastics, and more are part of life today. It is critical for all of us to take measures to protect as much as possible against these harmful toxins.
1)Drink a liter of water for every 100 lbs body weight daily.
2)Sleep 7 hours
3) Eat organic & scrub food
4) Do a supervised detox program with a professional
5) Move! Exercise and stretch!
6) Practice deep breathing, visualization, and relaxation techniques
Sunday, January 17, 2010
There are other nutrients which are known for brain health; acetylcholine, phosphatidylcholine, NAC, and glutathione are a few very important brain nutrients.
Chronic lack of sleep is a major stress on the body. There was a recent study directly linking stress with cancer. Think about it! Meet your future in good health!
Saturday, January 02, 2010
Not just teens, but everyone face all sorts of problems from not getting enough sleep, and these days not many of us sleep enough. Sleep deprivation causes hormonal imbalances and affects us physically, mentally, and spiritually. Obesity, diabetes, depression, and more have been attributed to regularly not getting en...ough sleep. The optimal amount of sleep is 7 hours per night for most people.
Getting regular exercise is the other side of the coin. This stimulates brain function and the natural pharmacy we have. Motion is life! Move and then rest for optimal function and aging.
BBC News - Late-night teens 'face greater depression risk'