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How’s YOUR Digestion?


Elson M. Haas, M.D., one of the nations leading experts in the field of natural health and the author of Staying Healthy with Nutrition, tells us that digestive tract health is one of the core components of overall wellbeing. The body is a cauldron of chemical reactions, and each such reaction requires the services of an enzyme. In the natural products world, enzymes have become known as little facilitators of digestion, breaking down nutrients into their usable parts. Very specific in nature, each enzyme acts on a specific type of chemical, called a substrate, in what is commonly referred to as a lock-and-key relationship-the enzyme’s shape fits only its intended substrate. This is why people with insufficient production of the enzyme lactase struggle to breakdown lactose after ingesting dairy products. By nature, many of the foods we eat contain the enzymes necessary to digest that food. However, many variables, such as heating, can deplete these food-borne enzymes. It is best to consume natural foods that are either raw or minimally heated to preserve food-borne enzymes. Also, while the body makes its own menu of enzymes, this production can be negatively affected by aging and other health factors. Supplementation has become …

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Using Essential Oils May Help Calm Cold and Flu Symptoms

Using Essential Oils May Help Calm Cold and Flu Symptoms

By Shelly Allen, CEOC, AADP Every year millions of people suffer from symptoms of a cold and flu. Did you know essential oils may help relieve some of those symptoms? According to estimates, adults and children in the U.S. get 1 billion colds each year. There are over 200 viruses that can cause a cold. Cold viruses take up residence in the lining of the nose and grow, eventually attempting to infect the body. If the body is weak or unable to resist the germs, it will get sick. Despite what some people think, there’s no evidence that cold weather, large tonsils or other such wives’ tales can make you “catch” a cold.(1) Evidence does suggest that stress and allergies can increase your chances of getting a cold. Colds generally last from about two days to two weeks. Some common symptoms of a cold include runny or stuffy nose, low-grade fever, sore throat, cough and body aches. The flu is a common viral infection that attacks the lungs, nose and throat. It is similar to the common cold, but, generally, flu symptoms are more severe. It is incredibly common, with more than 10 percent of the U.S. population affected each …

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Research Suggests Frankincense Essential Oil May Be a Useful Tool in Fighting Breast Cancer

Frankincense Tree

By Shelly Allen, CEOC, AADP accredited In continuing our Essential Oils for Breast Health series, this week we will focus on Frankincense essential oil. Frankincense is probably one of the most widely recognized essential oils along with it’s BFF, Myrrh. Anyone who has any affiliation with the bible will immediately reflect on frankincense and myrrh as gifts the three wise men brought to baby Jesus. So what would make frankincense and myrrh such great gifts for mother and baby after child birth? To answer that we must look at the oil’s chemical components. There are three types of frankincense; Boswellia Carterii, Boswellia Sacra, and Boswellia Frereana. All three types have high levels of alpha-pinene, a monoterpene shown in clinical studies to have powerful anti-inflammatory effects, anti-bacterial, anti-cancer properties, and appears to function as a broad spectrum antibiotic. Some studies have even shown oils high in alpha-pinene may produce anti-anxiety and sedative effects. Seems the three wise men really were wise to give the gift of frankincense. It may have helped mother Mary with inflammation following birth, ward off illness causing bacteria and perhaps even ward off postpartum depression. Now, I’m just guessing here because no one really knows why frankincense …

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Essential Oils for Breast Health

By Shelly Allen, CEOC, AADP October is breast cancer awareness month, which is kind of interesting because I don’t think anyone reading this article isn’t aware of breast cancer. We all know someone who has gotten the call from the doctor’s office after a breast cancer test, “The doctor would like to see you…” From what I can ascertain, Breast Cancer Awareness Month is the month to remind women to keep their breasts healthy by getting their recommended screenings. My intention during this month is help you understand how you can use essential oils to help support breast health. So…What are Essential Oils? According to Wikipedia, essential oils are concentrated hydrophobic liquid containing volatile aroma compounds from plants, or the “blood” of the plant. Basically, all the effective compounds in the plants stems, roots, leaves or flowers are extracted in various ways, with steam distillation being the purest. These compounds are highly concentrated and their potential for supporting health has been studied widely. Top oils for fighting breast cancer cells: Chamomile, thyme, cinnamon In a 2010 study, researchers tested the healing properties of 10 of the most popular essential oils – mint, ginger, lemon, grapefruit, jasmine, lavender, chamomile, thyme, rose …

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

What You Need to Know Thanks to earlier detection – through screening and increased awareness – and better treatments, a woman’s risk of dying of breast dropped 38 percent between the late 1980s and 2014, translating into 297,300 fewer breast cancer deaths during that time. However, there’s much more to be done. Breast cancer is still the second leading cause of cancer death in women. Only lung cancer kills more women each year. And there remains a large racial gap in mortality, with African-American women having 42 percent higher death rates compared to whites. The chance that a woman will die from breast cancer is about 1 in 37 (about 2.7 percent). If you or someone you love is concerned about developing breast cancer, have been recently diagnosed, are going through treatment, or are trying to stay well after treatment, the American Cancer Society can help you find the answers you need. The Facts: The American Cancer Society’s estimates for breast cancer in the United States for 2017 are: About 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women. About 63,410 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be diagnosed (CIS is non-invasive and is the …

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Dark Chocolate: The Not-So-Bitter Truth

Dark Chocolate Health Benefits

By Joy Bauer, MS, RD | Reviewed by a board-certified physician Verywell FFor years, researchers have investigated the health effects chocolate (of course, when it’s eaten in moderation) and have ultimately reached the following conclusion: dark chocolate has numerous health benefits. I’m a huge fan of dark chocolate (and have even included it as one of my top 10 super foods), so I have compiled a list of its health benefits and of tasty ways to enjoy its deliciousness. Here’s your “Chocolate 101” lesson. The Truth About Antioxidants Dark chocolate is made from cocoa, a powder extracted from cocoa beans that are grown in humid climates. Cocoa is a rich source of flavonoids, specifically epicatechins and procyanidins (try saying those names three times fast!). These flavonoids belong to a group called polyphenols and are potent antioxidants that protect your cells from damage. This protection can help prevent aging, various types of cancer and dangerous heart and cardiovascular diseases. Other sources of polyphenols include red wine, tea and berries—the news just gets better and better, right? The Truth About Heart Health Dark chocolate similarly has positive effects on our ticker. Studies have shown that dark chocolate can help increase the diameter …

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The Six Hidden Causes of “Chronic” Illness

Chronic Illness

An estimated 133 million Americans, 40% of the population, suffer from chronic diseases, a number projected to grow to 157 million by 2020. Although these diseases are usually considered “incurable,” many people have found relief from their symptoms through methods pioneered by veteran holistic physician and author of bestselling book “The Emotion Code” Dr. Bradley Nelson, who has trained more than 3,200 healing practitioners worldwide in natural methods to relieve chronic pain and illness, and has testimonials to prove their success. DDr. Nelson practiced for 17 years as a holistic physician in Southern California plus two more years working with people remotely around the world. For a decade he specialized in working with people who were suffering from conditions that were considered “incurable” by Western medicine­, complex problems like; fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic pain, depression, anxiety, phobias, panic attacks, eating disorders, PTSD, and other diseases. Creator of The Body Code, a self-study course on energy healing, Dr. Nelson reveals the Six Hidden Causes of Chronic Illness: Infections/Infestations – Infections including viral, bacterial, fungal, and mold, are the number 1 killer worldwide. Infections and parasitic infestations are an often overlooked cause of chronic illness Structural Misalignment – The brain and …

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In Need of Fertility Treatment?

IVF Treatment

I Can Help. Growing up in California, I had many friends that were members of the LGBT Community. As I went through my medical training and became enamored with the field of fertility, I knew that one of my missions would be to help some of my wonderful friends become parents. As the leader of LGBT reproductive rights in South Florida, I was the first doctor to eliminate unnecessary medical testing requirements for members of the Lesbian Community undergoing fertility treatment. My goal was to make treatment as easy and friendly as possible, and treat all couples the same, regardless of their sexual preference. In 1997, I became the first doctor in the country to use a newly developed method of washing sperm to make it virus free, to treat HIV discordant couples for fertility. There were many success stories and many children were born free of HIV as a result of these early and groundbreaking treatments. As society has advanced, and technology has changed, I have continued my pioneering work in making fertility treatment affordable and accessible to all. At Palm Beach Fertility Center, all patients are welcomed and listened to and given a chance to have a child, …

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Four Ways To Stay Sober Through The Summer Holiday Drinking Season

Staying Sober

Here comes the summer drinking season—June graduations and weddings, Fourth of July, the beach, and barbecues! What could go wrong? Plenty, if you don’t have a plan for getting through the summer sober. In Alcoholics Anonymous, we call the period from Thanksgiving through Christmas and New Year the “Bermuda Triangle” of sobriety—many alkies come in, but not all make it through. If anything, summer is more dangerous for people in recovery, because there are so many social cues to drink. What’s a recovering alkie or addict to do? Here’s some kitchen-tested advice that gets passed along the Twelve Step meetings as holiday periods approach. No. 1: Have an exit strategy. Even before you get to the event, whether it’s a barbecue, a wedding, or holiday party, have a plan for leaving as soon as you feel uncomfortable. When everybody’s drinking, the pace of conversation and behavior in general seems to suddenly accelerate. This is an extremely uncomfortable moment for people newly in recovery, and sometimes for people who have been clean and sober a long time. When that moment arises, you want to have a plan for leaving. Did you come in your own car? Can you call an Uber …

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The clitoris is the female sex organ that has one purpose and one purpose only…PLEASURE! Yet it’s the most overlooked female body part! DID YOU KNOW 29% of college women are unable to locate the clitoris on an anatomy diagram? (Compared to ONLY 25% of their male counterparts!) 70 – 80% of women reach orgasm via clitoral stimulation alone, so without this pleasure-giving organ, women would be SOL when it comes to orgasms. So without further ado, give me a hand in welcoming these seven interesting facts that you may not have known about the organ that makes women’s eyes roll into the back of their head: THE CLITORIS IS REALLY A PENIS! The clitoris comes from the same embryonic tissue as a penis. During the development phase (approximately 12 weeks), the genitalia decide whether or not they’re going to become a penis or labia based on the chromosomes it was dealt. It’s components are similar to a penis as well… it has a glans, a foreskin (aka the hood), erectile tissue, and a tiny shaft. ONLY 1/4 OF THE CLITORIS IS VISIBLE! The clitoris is much bigger than you think! Did you know the clitoris extends up to 5 inches …

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