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Issue 21 contains some very important information to assist you with maintaining your healthDownload_on_the_App_Store_Badge_US-UK_135x40

Ketogenic diet Diabetic patient measuring glucose level blood test

Here is a diet that might challenge your approach to weight loss and health but in her thoroughly referenced article Ellen Davis (USA) presents a strong case for a ketogenic diet.  How does it work? “The secret is reducing carbohydrate intake and increasing fat intake, and the resulting improvement in blood sugar, insulin and ultimately, cellular energy processes”. In this first article Ellen explains in detail the principles and physiology behind the diet and presents a strong argument for the efficacy of such an approach. “Medical researchers are using ketogenic diets to reduce the tremors of Parkinson’s disease and help Alzheimer’s patients regain memory and thought function, drive cancers into remission, provide diabetics better control over their blood sugar and lipid profiles and for the past twenty years, hospitals all over the world have employed the ketogenic diet to improve epilepsy treatment outcomes for children and adults”. She will follow up in the next issue with more specific information on how to eat according to the diet.

Serotonin and weight loss

Depositphotos_33182925_originalFor some people losing weight is difficult no matter how strictly they control their diet or how much they exercise. Dr. Lisa Watson (Canada) explains that for those people “weight loss requires more than just calorie restriction and increased activity.  Often there are hormonal imbalances which are leading to cravings for high-fat or high sugar foods, encouraging our body to store fat around our abdomen and hips, and preventing our body from burning fat.

An imbalance in serotonin is just one hormonal imbalance that can prevent weight loss. She explains the impact of serotonin on our appetite and mood and suggests ways to support and enhance the production of this important hormone. Dr Watson also offers dietary and supplemental suggestions to encourage the production of serotonin.

 

 

Natural approach to depression and anxietyDepositphotos_10087891_original

It is widely acknowledged that reports of people suffering from anxiety and depression are on the rise. Sometimes it can strike as a one-off event; for others the complaint can be chronic. Herbalist Natasha Flynn (Australia) explains that “depression is far more common than most of us realize, yet unfortunately many people suffer in silence… The first step is seeking help and for many people, this can be very hard to do… They may find it difficult to talk about how they are feeling and think that admitting that they have depression is a sign of ‘weakness’. Natasha describes her own experience with depression and offers some natural remedies and suggestions that can be helpful.

Shower faucetContrast therapy

More commonly known and ‘hot/cold’ therapy this approach to health is not some new fad. Naturopathic doctor Jody Stanislaw (USA) explains that “hot & cold applications have been used as a healing tool for thousands of years”. She explains how to follow this therapy and why it can be effective.

 

 

Meditation – can it help?mature woman meditating

Johns Hopkins Assistant Professor Madhav Goyal (USA) describes the results arrived at by his research team from their study into two common forms of meditation (transcendental and mindfulness). The study examined whether there was a placebo effect of meditation, whilst looking at several health issues including, amongst others, mental health, sleep, eating habits, substance abuse and pain. The results were more positive for some issues than for others and Dr. Goyal reminds us that “meditation was never conceived of as a health antidote.  It is much more than that, and any health effects are really a side benefit.  The real purpose of meditation is to improve our insight and awareness of our mind and bodies.  This insight has many benefits, one of which may be improvements in health or symptoms.

Understanding Cholesterol

porridge with raisin in a plate and dried fruitsWhilst there can be an element of fear associated with the word “cholesterol” N.D Catherine Stack (USA) dispels this by explaining why it is necessary to have a certain amount of ‘healthy’ cholesterol in our blood stream.  “Cholesterol is a natural byproduct of the liver and is actually produced as a protective mechanism against inflammation in the body.  Normal cholesterol is essential for cellular repair and plays a very important role in memory and learning. She feels that there has been a certain amount of misinformation circulated about cholesterol and diet, and seeks to allay those fears by revealing several foods that can help normalize cholesterol levels. Her message is clear:  “No medication or supplement will protect you from a poor dietMy information will serve you well if you use it in combination with some changes in your daily eating habits.

Help for your lower backActive attractive brunette stretching her leg in a park on a sunny day

Lower back pain is very common and, as anyone who has ever suffered from such a complaint knows, can be quite debilitating. N.D Emily Kane (USA) knows about low back pain only too well and is keen to share her 14 recommended ‘core toning’ exercises, specifically for treating the recovery phase of low back pain. She points out that these exercises are not for the acute stage of the pain and has divided them into those done standing and those done on the floor. For these to be successful Dr. Kane stresses that the trick is to do them every single day without fail and in the order given.  

Nutrtional supplements and cancer part 2

Alternative TherapyWe conclude the two part article by Professor Madhwa Raj (USA) on his study into and development of a plant-based compound (‘super cocktail’) shown to be effective in destroying cancer cells. Professor Raj explains that “we demonstrated that the cocktail could kill ovarian and breast cancer cells in the petri dish much more effectively than individual compounds.” Excited by this latest stage in the fight against cancer he has concluded from his research that “ consumption of antioxidant nutritional supplements extracted and concentrated from the various plants and vegetables, offers an excellent and convenient way to ensure enough of these beneficial compounds become available to the body to combat the free radical damage and inhibit molecular pathways that lead to cancers”.

Cruciferous vegetables and your thyroidStill life with assortment cabbages on wooden background

Dr Joel Fuhrman (USA) explores the controversy about cruciferous vegetables and their effect on the thyroid gland.  In some circles, doubt has been cast over the safety of these particular vegetables but Dr. Fuhrman points out that  “concerns about potential effects of cruciferous vegetables on thyroid function arose from animal studies, followed by findings suggesting that certain breakdown products of glucosinolates could interfere with thyroid hormone synthesis or compete with iodine for uptake by the thyroid. However, this is only a hypothetical issue. The scientific consensus is that cruciferous vegetables could only be detrimental to thyroid function in cases of iodine deficiency or insufficient iodine intake”.

Pre-surgery preparation

Four Surgeons Getting Ready To Operating On A PatientThere is no denying that there are certain times and conditions when surgery is the only option but, as Sherry Brescia (USA) points out, “in many cases surgery has also been either totally unnecessary or led to dangerous complications before and after the actual operation. Sometimes those complications can be life-changing or downright deadly.”  Sherry lists some of the surgical procedures that she feels are often done unnecessarily, stressing the importance of strengthening your immune system prior to having surgery. She describes several ways to achieve this,

 

 

Importance of IodineFresh seafood

If you are having trouble losing weight and feel tired and sluggish much of the time then chances are that you are low in the important mineral Iodine. Naturopath Margaret Jasinska (Australia) explains that “even though your requirement for iodine is small, it is surprisingly difficult to obtain enough of it in your diet. She reveals why it is so important for people of all ages, including infants, to get enough of this mineral, informs us of dietary sources for iodine and explains why it is important not to take too much.

Recipes

Depositphotos_33134525_originalWe present two delicious recipes – one savory and one sweet- from Dr. Ben Kim.

 

 

 

 

 

Mindful meditation videoZen stones with frangipani

Mindfulness trainer Paul Deger (USA) presents a guided mindfulness mediation exercise. Mindfulness meditation has been shown to be an effective tool in treating depression and anxiety (see article by Professor Goyal in this issue).

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