Here is a quick video preview of Real Food Con which is something I am so excited about! As you all know, I have a minor crush on my Superhero Sean Croxton from Underground Wellness. The man has literally opened my world up to a dimension of health I had no idea that I would cross into when I started my practice over 12 years ago. There are a plethora of free podcasts with all of the top gurus in the areas of holistic wellness. His level of scientific detail is amazing but, it is also incredibly understandable. Real Food Con starts this week so I encourage you to go to his site and sign up!! I’ll give you the Cliff Notes version this week.
First: This video gives you some of the essentials with which to stock your kitchen—- from Amy Densmore.
Register here! Real Food Con
Ok–I’m getting on my soap box for this one. Recent research shows that prescription narcotic abuse has now superseded the use of street drugs. In 2007, 2.5 million Americans used prescription pain killers for the first time compared to 2.2 million whom used marijuana for the first time. In 2007, the drug Fentanyl (a narcotic 30-50x more powerful than heroin) killed more than 1000 people.
I admit that pain meds do serve a purpose in post surgical issues and in cancer therapy. They may even be helpful short-term in some chronic pain conditions. However, the root cause of the problem always needs to be addressed.
Recently, a fabulous patient with peripheral neuropathy turned me on to the use of compounded pain creams. Unfortunately, Cathy has tried almost all treatments possible including diet changes, acupuncture, physical therapy and traditional meds including Lyrica and Neurontin. She is morally opposed to taking narcotics and so she sought out a compounded pain cream. On her most recent visit, she proclaimed to me that this was the first treatment that had actually given her some relief. Much to my dismay, I had not come up with the idea first and so I have researched the best creams and begun prescribing them with fabulous results.
Please ask on your next visit if you might be a candidate for one of these topical compounds as I now have them in my arsenal of alternative therapies.
There are huge advantages to these products!
1. They are delivered directly to pain receptors
2. They are great for patients that have trouble swallowing pills
3. There are fewer adverse side effects
4. There is minimal systemic absorption
5. They target multiple pain receptors at one site
6. There are reduced drug/drug interactions
7. These are NONaddictive formulations
Over the past year, I have come to realize how important nutrition is to my body. About three years ago I started feeling awful nearly every day. It got worse and worse and I finally went to my doctor and described the symptoms. He sent me in for a CAT scan of my head and neck and a week later dropped the bomb on me. I had Multiple Sclerosis. An MRI and lumbar puncture confirmed it. I met with my neurologist and he gave me information on drug injection therapy, but never once mentioned nutrition. I began reading posts about MS and nutrition and talked to a man in Florida that was near suicidal with MS pain at one time. No drug therapy worked and he was about to end his own life from the constant pain. He could barely walk and his hand and arms trembled so badly every day.
His wife convinced him to start pounding his body with nutrition. He began juicing 5-8 veggies and drinking Monavie every day. Over the next 90 days he started to heal and now 2 years later, continuing this diet along with exercise, he walks 18 holes of golf and is 95% normal.
About the time I heard of this, someone very special to me (Kathy C) introduced me to a few Netflix videos. I watched them over and over and it all finally clicked! I began discussing this with my good friend Dave S and as a PhD research scientist, I figured I’d introduce the concept and listen to his opinion. He watched them and read and came back with “I’m going to try it”. He bought an Omega 8000 juicer after much research and began juicing. He lost over 20 lbs in about 2-3 weeks and simply felt SO much better.
I logged on Amazon and bought my Omega 8000 and began juicing that week. Wow, the first 3 days were hard. I did supplement with fish, brown rice and beans and some hard veggies, but for the most part, I just drank the green juice. I felt lousy for 3 days as my body was detoxing. About day 4 I started to get this “high” and started feeling better. It’s been a few months and I feel GREAT! I struggle to keep weigh ON… and know if this was a drug, I could make millions. Instead I simply did this… I started telling people my story and hence the reason for this page. I now directly or indirectly know of over 30 people who now juice because of the Pay it Forward advice I’ve given (and been given) and I just ask you pass this on. Feel free to repost this page and share your comments.
If you are serious about feeling better, here is what you need to do:
Watch on NetFlix in this order
5. Buy a juicer and PLEASE only buy an auger based, masticating juicer like the Omega 8005. The Jack LaLanne juicers and such are Centrifugal, while much faster and fine for fruit, do a terrible job on the 2 most important veggies, Kale and Spinach. The slow / auger based technology maximizes the juice extracted. Last week we did a side by side comparison and it was comical the difference in efficiencies. You can get the Omega on Amazon for about $260. I’ve never found it in a retail store.
1. Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead
2. Dying to Have Known (also on YouTube)
3. The Gerson Miracle (also on YouTube)
4. The Beautiful Truth (also on YouTube)
This page explains the differences in juicers:
6. Find a local grocer that provides fresh produce and buy organic when you can. I’ve posted what I juice and what works for me. I plan to start changing it up soon. This post shows so many great foods to juice.
7. Start drinking… esp on an empty stomach in the morning. You will quickly find it’s a great substitute for caffeine. If you plan on doing a juice fast, consult your doctor. Try to drink it within hours of juicing, but if left in the fridge, keep in an air tight container to reduce oxidation. Never go more than 2 days in the fridge. I juice every evening so it’s cold and ready for me in the am.
Please take the time to watch this —Sean does a great job explaining digestion and the concepts behind reflux disease and stomach acid production. I could write a long lengthy post describing the science behind this but honestly –I think just watching Sean explain it gives you everything you need to know in a nutshell!
Have a great rest of the weekend!
Thanks to Kathy our Yoga Expert for sharing more Yoga Benefits. I think this is particularly useful considering the holidays and busy seasons are quickly upon us. Please visit her site for more great information.
Aloha! I’ve been asked back to write a follow-up for my last post. In this post, I will be diving further into the first health benefit of yoga (on my list at least because each benefit should be number 1)…relaxation.
As we all know, this time of year is the beginning of the crazy, hectic, and busy holiday season. When the rest of the natural world is starting to slow down and hibernate, we humans begin to pick up our pace to make sure all holidays, kids school work, after school activities, and our adult lives are taken care of.
Yoga can help you handle all of this, slow down, and stay more calm in high pressure situations by reminding you how much better you feel when you do take the time to relax. The next time you are in a yoga class, focus on your breath in each posture. It doesn’t matter what your posture looks like compared to others. All that matters is you. If you can breathe comfortably in the posture, then you are doing it right!
If you generally don’t take yoga classes or don’t have any offered near you, try this next exercise. It only takes 5 minutes and you will feel so great afterwards: (this practice can be accomplished whether you are stressed, just need 5 minutes to yourself, or for any reason)
Find a place to sit comfortably or lie down.
Close your eyes and allow yourself to sink into the chair or floor you are on
Begin to focus on your breath, feeling the rise and fall of your chest, feeling the warm air from your nose float over your upper lip.
Allow all thoughts to float away, knowing that they will be there again when you need them
Breathe for as long as you’d like.
When you finish the practice, slowly sit or stand up and slowly begin to move back into your routine for the day.
As I said before, you don’t need to be in a stressful place to feel the benefits of this practice. Although it definitely helps stress, this practice will help you be more productive in your work and even throughout your life as a person of many roles. So just breathe and focus on the simple things in life that we all generally take for granted every day.
So I have been doing the Paleo diet successfully, but have struggled with eliminating corn and wheat tortillas for wraps! I have been searching for an alternative other than just using lettuce. I stumbled upon this recipe and am planning to try it out this week —-I’ll keep you posted on the outcome. You may remember what plantains are from the infamous episode of “Little Bill”–Season 4, episode 2—Little Bill learns about trying new foods!!! Maybe we could all use a lesson in that!!! YES—it is gluten-free!
3 large or 4 small yellow plantains, about 2-2.5 pounds
2 egg whites
3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
1 teaspoon lime juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
For more great recipes using plantains—like a great one for grilled plantains:
After wiping my weepy eyes after listening to this interview on the drive into work this am, I decided it was too amazing not to repost and share. It is long (about 45 minutes) but it is worth watching! These near death experiences are absolutely amazing—-Happy Monday all!!!! Have a great week! This should start you off on a positive note.
For all of you who enjoyed the previous post about suicide prevention –see the post HERE. Here is a quick update on Lucy and Maggie’s story: Lucy (Maggie’s childhood friend) and my dear friend got her 1st tattoo this weekend. Her parents weren’t keen on the idea but told her that she could get one when she turned 18. Lucy (now 18) got her first tattoo in honor of Maggie’s favorite Shakespeare quote!
“The course of true love never did run smooth”
Maggie’s spirit continues to live on in so many of us that hardly even knew her. Some spirits just leave their mark in this way.
Wayne Dyer says that we are spiritual souls inhabiting a human existence and I can’t help to believe that when I experience such profound emotion over a child I barely knew. We were obviously soulful connections.
It’s strange but this last week has been filled with interesting circumstances and spirit filled interactions that I am compelled to share. Some of these were some pretty incredible near death experience stories.
One of my favorites is the minister that had a fatal car accident. His car was a literal accordion and he was pronounced dead on the scene after being hit by a semi. The paramedic’s tried to get him out of the car for approximately 2 hours.
A man (also a minister) pulled up to the scene and asked the medics if he could climb in the car and pray for the man. He had driven by and felt a sudden inclination to pray for the accident victim.
Annoyed, the medics told him that the victim had been dead for over 2 hours but they eventually allowed him to enter the scene. The minister climbed in while the medic continued to work at getting the dead man out. The minister prayed over the shoulder of the man he could not see for about 10 minutes. After around 10 minutes, the man began to sing “What a friend we have in Jesus”. He had no idea why, but he felt compelled to sing. Then —– he heard another voice chime in and thought how wonderful it was that a medic was singing with him. He stopped and the voice continued. Suddenly, the shoulder he was holding began to move.—
Yes- the victim was singing! The medics continued to work feverishly at this point and as they pulled the victim out of the car, the minister realized that it was his best friend.
I have a patient in the last 12 years whose spirit honestly connected with mine. We were kindred spirits right at the beginning of our journey together. The story about Ric is so amazing that I struggle to put words to its content. Ric was diagnosed with cancer just about a year after my conscience decision to transform my practice into a nutritional/functional health approach. He was 100% on board to heal himself of his disease and was confident and supportive of the unconventional decision that I had made. There was no judgement-he supported me unconditionally. He lost weight, ate right, and Damn-he even watched the CRAZY SEXY CANCER video in the office with me! I was thrilled to have a patient listen and I was sure he was cured after his chemo and radiation. He claimed that the Cancer would never win the War.
Unfortunately, Ric died this last year. I had the opportunity of seeing his brother whom was his caregiver throughout his final days. On Friday, we spoke of a dream that his kindred spirited brother had before his final days. The dream was as follows and is paraphrased of course. He saw his brother in his most healthy, strong, and happy states the first two nights. He was mid 20’s, smiling, robust, and full of energy and vitality. On the third night, his brother looking wonderful, sat with friends and family and announced that cancer won the battle but he won the war.
His brother was confused by this notion, however, the day after Ric’s life here had ceased—-His brother looked back on the tired, cancer ridden body lying in a hospital bed spiritless and realize that it was all true. Cancer did win the battle –but the spirit of Ric had certainly won the war and left some pitiful remains—–