Many of you may know Erin-- the fabulous Pharm D that worked in our office a few years back. Erin is a phenomenal gal and we embarked on the journey into natural medicine around the same time. As we both Read more
If you are like me -- you are just starting to realize why it is important to add supplements to your diet. Even if we are eating a clean, healthy and unprocessed diet; the mineral content of the soil Read more
This cold and flu season is still upon us and unfortunately, many patients are still being plagued by these nasty viral symptoms. Here are a few tips to try if you feel like you are coming down with something.
Of Read more
Blackberry Balsamic Vinaigrette
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup avocado oil or extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp local honey
1/3 cup blackberries
Process all the ingredients together in a blender and then season with ground pepper and sea salt
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This stuff is a must -- If you read labels these days you will be hard pressed to find a mayonnaise or salad dressing that doesn't contain some type of vegetable oil. Even the commercial mayos that advertise to Read more
So I got a little wicked crazy this weekend and decided to splurge on some pizza. We do gluten-free carry out around here sometimes, but my future son-in-law inspired me to make my own cauliflower pizza crust. He made Read more
Here's a throwback post that is certainly appropriate for this October weekend. This smoothie matches the season and will be a great way to start the lovely fall day.
Thanks to Smoothie Queen Amy for this great recipe
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Gluten-Free Zucchini Bread
So I have been struggling with gluten-free baking because honestly -- I've never been good at baking!! Then when I try to modify recipes using flours I'm not familiar with, it just makes a perfect storm of Read more
I’m sure you have seen this elsewhere but I still love this!
Walnuts look like little brains with two hemispheres, upper cerebrum, and lower cerebellums. The wrinkles look like the folds of the brain and walnuts develop over 3 dozen neurotransmitters for the brain
Sliced carrots look like the human eye with pupil and iris radiating lines. Carrots greatly enhance blood flow and functions of the eye. Grandma always said that carrots make your eyes shine.
Tomatoes have 4 chambers and are red just like the heart. They are loaded with lycopene and great food for the heart
Grapes hang in clusters in the shape of a heart. Each grape looks like a blood cell
Avocados look like a womb and research shows that if a woman eats an avocado a week, it balances hormones, sheds baby weight and prevents cervical cancer. Ironically, it takes exactly 9 months to grow an avocado from blossom to ripened fruit.
Figs are full of seeds and hang in pairs. They increase the number and mobility of sperm.
Onions look like the body’s cells. They clear waste materials from body cells. The tears shed cutting them wash the epithelial layers of the eyes.
Mother Nature knew what she was doing! Eat those veggies!!! Eat those veggies!
How many of us struggle with addiction? I will be bold and say the number must be 90% or above. I refer to addiction as anything that we can’t live without or obsess over–including tobacco, caffeine, sugar, drugs, alcohol, sex, bad relationships, negative thinking, impulsive behavior etc—I personally have kicked my diet mountain dew habit (it only took about a year) and like everyone else, I struggle daily with overcoming more unhealthy habits. It certainly isn’t easy! I am honored that my cohort addiction specialist, the infamous Mr. Jim Ryser, has privileged us with his own story to help us understand how diet, nutrition, thoughts, and mindset can heal addictive behaviors.
First-Here is a little background on Jim Ryser:
Jim Ryser began his music career at the tender age of 5 years old, learning to play violin to ease long hours spent in the hospital. Born with Spina Bifida Myelomeningocele and expected to live a poor quality and short life, Jim beat the odds due to a loving and caring family combined with an Irish tenacity that continues to this day.
Jim honed his musical skills during the recovery from over 50 surgeries he has had to correct problems associated with the original corrective procedure on his spinal cord when he was 9 days old.
He played Madison Square Garden as a solo violinist when he was 9, but it was picking up the guitar at 14 that took him down the music path of rock and roll dreams. “I played a lot of Rush and Pink Floyd, but I loved Fleetwood Mac and other more mellow rockers as well,” he says, “and I think that combined with my classical background made for some interesting stuff over the years!”
He signed his first record deal with Arista Records in 1990. Music legend Clive Davis was heading up the label at the time and told Jim – then known as Jimmy – that he had hit songs and wanted Jim on the roster. “Same Old Look,” the first single released in 1990, reached #6 on the Billboard chart and sent he and his band on a wild summer tour with The Moody Blues, Henry Lee Summer, REO Speedwagon, and John Mellencamp. He has played on some wonderful albums with John Mellencamp, Hall and Oates, and Tracy Chapman. He has guested with James McMurtry, Henry Lee Summer, and Bob and Tom over the years.
His health issues forced him to find another path; he had become addicted to his pain killers to combat the daily chronic pain associated with his spina bifida and related kidney, back, and orthopedic issues. Jim went through a pain program at the Cleveland Clinic and was able to learn new ways to deal with pain, such that he was inspired to acquire his college degree. His addiction, however, lay hidden and by the time he graduated Indiana University Summa Cum Laude, he was on some of the same drugs that led to Michael Jackson’s demise, using up to 500 mg of IV Demerol and taking 10-20 percocet pills a day. He hit bottom when he started drinking.
He went back to Cleveland and got sober in the summer of 1999, which led him to his graduate degree and an internship with addiction and pain. His specialty is rare in that he knows both chronic pain and addiction personally and professionally, and this combination led him to his current position as the program manager for pain services at Indiana University Health Methodist Hosptial in Indianapolis, Indiana. He runs a pain rehabilitation program there and he also helps people with acute pain issues while further helping others who have become iatrogenically addicted.
He got back into music quite by accident, and he says, “I got into hunting with my son-in-law Troy, getting a turkey on my very first day in the woods – an hour after he got his. I found that hunting did more for my pain management than anything else I ever did, so I spent time learning about deer hunting as well.” This journey led him to Bill Winke, one of the best known hunter-writers in the business. “I sent Bill a CD of my music in appreciation for the amazing work he does, and he asked if he could use some songs for his show, Midwest Whitetail. I told him I would go one better and write some songs…Now I am the principal writer for most of Bill’s projects!
This match created a great relationship with the entire staff and lots of new songs, which then led to Jim updating his recording studio and investing in some more gear to custom design songs for Bill’s shows exclusively. These songs hatched more ideas, and a new CD was born. The new disc highlighted on this website is a culmination of Jim’s musical life, and he says, “Having many years of sobriety now, a deep love for both work and my hunting/music passion, gave me something that very few folks get – and I wasn’t even supposed to live. I have remained on an incredible journey that makes me grateful for my pain and addiction, because they made me who I am today.”
Jim Ryser is a nationally recognized performer and speaker for both his musical and personal journey, and his expertise in managing pain for those who desire education about it. He has spoken all over the country and has consulted with several health care systems on various ways to manage pain without the use of mood altering drugs.
Here is Jim’s personal story that he chose to share with our followers that are empowering themselves to overcome disease–
“I wish I could say I “beat” addiction, but I can no more do that than stand on my toes unaided today. I have myelomeningocele. Long story short, I have damage to my spinal cord that resulted in neural connections being cut due to the original birth defect. There ARE no connections so it is physiologically impossible for me to stand on my toes unaided!
As to my addiction, we have assumed in society that we can change unaided too; telling a drug addict not to use is the same thing as saying “Just don’t breathe!” The addict has a compulsion to use and a craving once started that makes it impossible to stop on the basis of self-will. There is no connection just like with the nerves!
I have been fortunate to have stopped using drugs aberrantly. The thought process of the disease never goes away, but it can be managed. I found that out after I got sober and gained 50 pounds. My addiction switched seats on the titanic in many ways. So – for me, addiction is less about substance and more about the thoughts and the spiritual malady that goes with it. Moderation is not part of the addict’s vocabulary. With help, however, I have been able to stay sober for the past 14 years. I have also lost the weight and am continuing, a day at a time, to manage the unmanageable. Having a proper diet helps keep me on task with my pain pill addiction and chronic pain because I learned in proper eating habits I might sacrifice a “feel good” with food (sugar) that results in a crash that makes me feel bad in the long run. Today I have learned to slow down, do the RIGHT thing, and be rewarded over the long haul (and more consistent haul) with good health and overall good feeling.”
You may want to purchase a copy of his latest release “Lubricate my MoJo”
His next performance will be:
June 29, 2013
I can’t thank Jim enough for his honesty and committment to helping others in similar situations. I have come across a few other different resources for anyone who would like to learn more on the topic.
This video by Paul Chek is helpful in learning why we become addicted to things—
It’s a bit long but helpful to anyone wanting to learn more about the etiology of addiction.
Also, a great resource is well-known psychiatrist’s Dr Hyla Cass’s book—
Dr Hyla Cass—Overcome Addiction, Fatigue, Anxiety, and Depression Naturally
2 sprigs of fresh dill (the flowered heads of the dill taste the best for these pickles, so use them if you can get them)
½ tsp coriander seeds
¼ tsp mustard seeds
¼ tsp whole peppercorns
1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
2 cups of water
1 T sea salt
Here is how we roll
First, decide what size of cucumbers you want to make. I prefer sliced dill but the kids like the sandwich slices. Remember that the sliced cucumbers will ferment faster than whole cucumbers. Put them in a ball jar (or jar of your choice) and add your spices on top. Then, mix the water and sea salt together until the salt is dissolved. Pour the mixture over the cucumbers making sure that they are all submerged! Be sure and leave some space at the top of the jar. Bah Bahm! That’s all there is to it!!!
Top off the jar and let it sit on the counter for 3 days. Then put the jar in the fridge which stops the fermentation process. The pickles will then keep in the fridge for around 6 months!
You may see a white film or mold at the top of the jar–it is harmless and is just yeast from the fermentation process –just skim that off.
So for all of you hesitant to make your own Probiotics after reading that exhausting handout–this is an easy way to supplement your diet with some inexpensive fermented foods!
With the holiday week upon us —I wanted to get this out to you before you hit the stores with shopping lists this weekend. I just downloaded Sean Croxtons and Chef Lance Roll’s Paleo Thanksgiving recipes that are awesome —here are the links-
Ok guys–I know you are annoyed with all the Gluten-Free posts and don’t really understand this crazy fad any more than I do! Here is our chance to check out the science behind the madness! This is a great opportunity to learn anything and everything you need to know about Gluten.
Here is a simple way to tell if you are addicted to sugar. If you are still hungry and craving dessert, bread or soda after eating a low carb meal including a lean meat, veggies and fruit——Bah Bahm!– you are addicted to sugar. Your brain is craving the glucose even though you completely nourished your body and cells with nutrient dense foods. Our buddy Sean Croxton from Underground Wellness has a great explanation of sugar addiction along with a few tricks on how to curb it!!! Happy Hump Day everyone!!!
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.