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Holistic health emphasizes the connection of MIND, BODY & SPIRIT. It considers the person as a whole and how he/she interacts with his or her environment. #holisticunited

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A healthy lifestyle not only changes your body, it changes your mind, your attitude and your mood.

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DR. MONICA'S PEACE & SOUL-FULL HEALING:  6 TIPS FOR STRESS RELEASE

by Dr. Monica Bickerstaff Riley, DHM

 

There is no denial that right now, TODAY, we are living in very anxiety building, stressful and toxic times. I want ALL OF YOU to promise me ONE thing. These next 3-days, I want you to EMOTE: CRY, YELL, LAUGH...IN THAT ORDER! DO NOT hold toxic energy in your body!

BEAT STRESS- TIPS FOR STRESS RELEASE

Studies show that during the Summer months; our lives are often more stressful; causing us to "hold" more stress in our bodies. When we carry stress, our organs and body functions automatically shift into "flight or fight" mode. This means that our cortisol hormone levels can get dangerously high; causing a whole bunch of problems for us!

On any given day I Juggle MANY  colorful scarves! Holistic Medicine Practice, Master Blender of my Juicy 5-star Natural Remedies, CEO of my Media Relations Company, Interacting with my clients/wellness warriors, Award Winning Documentary Producer, College Professor, Academic Tutor, Aromatherapy Chemist, Honoring MY Divine Feminine Energy ....sure my plates are full (but no fuller than yours , AND I've learned over the years how to re-direct my stress and be grateful, sassy & funny through the GRIND! )

6 TIPS TO BEAT STRESS BEFORE STRESS BEATS YOU!

1. Be GRATEFUL for EVERY-THING! Gratitude allows us to enter a thoughtful mindset that is greater than ourselves. Stay aligned with God.

2. RELEASE- SURRENDER-REJOICE! Get your prayer & meditation on!

3. Remove yourself from toxic situations and relationships!!! Seriously, just say NO to the "energy vampires"!!!! Experience the POWER IN "NO"  Set YOUR Boundaries and revel in them!

4. BREATHE: I practice Ujayii Breath when I awaken each morning to ground myself.
Inhale from your lower diaphragm and completely fill your lungs; Release the breath, through a closed mouth, and allow the energy to warm your body

5. Stay HYDRATED: when you start to feel stressed, place your left hand over your heart, breathe deeply and sip COLD water; slowly.

6. EXERCISE....Get your body movin' DO what FEELS GOOD to YOU! Dance IT Out!!!

Get in touch with me for more stress release therapies! NOW, is the time to schedule your  "Turn Up with A Wellness Tune-Up" appointment with me.

"Living Well...one healthy step at a time"  Dr. Monica Bickerstaff Riley, DHM
Copyright© 2018 by Monica D. Riley all rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form without permission in writing from the author.

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So sleep is one of our necessities, but after a long day at work or dealing with home life, getting a good night's rest can be hard. It's easy to reach for a sedative or sleeping pill, but we all know how detrimental that can be long term,

So how do you ensure you get a good night's sleep?

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I’ve been a fast eater for as long as I can remember. It doesn’t matter if it’s a quick snack or a sit-down dinner, I devour food ravenously and swiftly.

I don’t know where I picked up this habit, because my family etiquette rules for dining aimed to imbue those practices in me. My folks thoughtfully chewed each bite at least 20 times. To them, dinner wasn’t just a meal, it was an experience.

My families' behaviour was similar to mindful eating, a practice that focuses on enjoying your meal and listening to your body’s hunger and fullness cues. It’s designed to make food a pleasurable event rather than simple nourishment that you scarf down between emails.

The method is often considered a dieting strategy, but it isn’t marketed that way or designed to be one. A simple internet search will yield tons of results saying that the practice helped people lose weight and develop a better relationship with food.

Perhaps the most appealing part about mindful eating is that you can consume whatever you want ― in fact, that’s the whole point. It’s all about listening to your body’s response to your meal ― whatever that may be ― as well as your psychological response, according to Marsha Hudnall, a registered dietitian and president of The Center for Mindful Eating.

Mindful eating is really just being intentionally present.

“Mindful eating is really just being intentionally present,” Hudnall told HuffPost. “You’re paying attention to what you’re doing, and your thoughts and feelings around what you’re eating.”

The end benefit is a more conscious, pleasurable approach to eating, said Hudnall. In turn, that may lead to more healthful decisions when it comes to food and your feelings about it. That’s important for consumption habits, Hudnall says, especially in a fad-diet culture where eating disorders and obesity are on the rise.

“If you get in touch with your body and support it, which is what mindfulness helps you do, then you become aware of what’s right for you as far as eating and what isn’t,” Hudnall said.

How to practice mindful eating

I wanted to give the technique a try over the holidays, starting with Thanksgiving. But I am powerless before stuffing, and I soon realized I was eating as rapidly as I always do. I didn’t pay attention to when I was full, which meant eating a ton of sides and pie.

I asked Hudnall how I can improve my practice ― and how you can start doing it, too. Below are a few simple tips:

Make your meal a enjoyable experience.

Food is just as much part of your emotional life as it is a source of nutrients, Hudnall said. Savoring your food taps into that aspect of eating ― and it helps you slow down in the process.

“Mindful eating really has you enjoy the flavor, the texture and the different aspects of food we find pleasing,” she explained. That means chewing slowly and mentally acknowledging that process, she added.

Take all judgment out of food.

Potatoes aren’t “terrible”; they’re food. Positive and negative labels make it difficult to have a healthful, mindful relationship with eating, Hudnall says.

“Mindful eating is also about removing the judgment,” she said. “It’s about not having any preconceived notions about whether something is ‘good’ or ‘bad.’”

Pay attention to how your body feels.

“So many people get caught up in their busy lives and really ignore the body’s cues for hunger and fullness,” Hudnall said. “Then that puts them into extremes, making poor choices.”

Pay attention to how you really, truly feel during your meal. And if that means eating lunch, stopping because your body feels like you should, then realizing you want more food an hour later, so be it, Hudnall says.

Eat whatever you want ― and be OK with that.

Mindful eating encourages you to drink the eggnog or have the holiday cookie without punishing yourself. It sounds counterintuitive, but it’ll actually lead to better choices, Hudnall said.

“When you let yourself have it without guilt and worry, you can find that stopping point that’s well before you start to feel ill. [It will be] when you feel satisfied.”

Don’t shame yourself if you mess up.

I didn’t regret my seasonal indulgences, be it summer or Christmas. However, I was feeling a bit guilty that I didn’t “control” myself ― but Hudnall says that’s part of the process.

“If you do indulge too much, you don’t beat yourself up about it. You learn from it,” Hudnall said. “You’re consciously observing at all times, so you can make better future decisions.”

Sounds a lot better than a juice cleanse, no?

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Have A Berry Intoxicating Summer

by Dr. Monica Bickerstaff Riley, DHM

Summertime is an especially bountiful season to enjoy the abundant health benefits of raspberries! These berries are tiny, tasty and tantilizingly colorful and they protect everything from your head to your heart.xz5kf2kikvx5r4kh4risaayccawfwv7t.jpg

Raspberries are also "berry-beneficial" for our health. What makes berries so special is their high levels of phytochemicals; nutrients that help protect cells from damage.

 

  • Berries Help Manage Diabetes: Raspberries are an excellent source of fiber. They rank low on the glycemic index and they're a good fruit option for managing blood sugar levels. According to Copperman, "because they come with fiber, they are beneficial in a diabetic diet as a serving of fruit."
  • Berries Might Prevent Parkinson's: According to a recent study published in the Journal of Neurology, people who eat at least two servings of berries a week, have a 25% less chance of developing Parkinson's Disease.
  • Berries Boost Memory: Studies by the Cleveland Clinic suggest increasing your intake of berries can help slow cognitive decline normally associated with aging.
  • Berries Slow Tumor Growth: Raspberries are a good source of phytonutrients and antioxidants. Rich in ellagic acid, this tannin found in raspberries prevents cell damage from free radicals and slows tumor growth.
  • Fight Cancer with Berries: Research published in the Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis suggests that flavonoids in raspberries may help reduce colon cancer risk.

 

Boost your grill power with this Savory BBQ sauce! This sweet, tangy smoky sauce is terrific brushed on grilled meat or veggies.

 

Raspberry-Ginger BBQ Sauce:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups fresh raspberries
  • 2 tbs. chopped gingerroot
  • 1/2 c. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbs. adobo sauce
  • 2 tbs. honey
  • 3 tbs. molasses
  • 1/4 c. minced onion

 

Simmer all ingredients together in a medium saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. Cook about 20-25 minutes.

Shopping and Storage Tips:

  • Select plump, brightly colored berries and remove any soft or moldy ones to prevent cross-contamination.
  • Raspberries keep best in a moisture proof container in the refrigerator. Wash them right before eating.
  • To keep raspberries fresh longer, swish them in a basin filled with a solution of three parts water to one part white vinegar.

"Living Well...one healthy step at a time"

©2018Monica D. Riley

 

 

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Meet Dr. Julie Rosenberg, MD - Pharmaceutical executive, author, speaker, and leadership consultant.

HU:  What inspires you?

Answer: I am awed and inspired by the beauty of nature and love the outdoors. I am inspired by helping others to optimize their health and wellbeing and seeing those individuals undergo transformations in their lives to healthier living.

HU: What is your biggest achievement to date (personal or professional)?

Answer: Successfully raising a son with autism, while maintaining a full-time career in medicine.

HU: What does a typical day look like for you?

Answer: I don’t really have typical days. I exercise and or do yoga in the early morning at least 5 days per week. I work full time in the pharmaceutical industry overseeing two global drug development programs, which keeps me quite busy. I also spend time writing articles and working on my next book, whenever and wherever I carve out time to do so. I try to spend quality time each evening with family and to do at least one thing for myself each day

HU: What is your favorite current project and why?

Answer: My favorite current project is ramping up my speaking and writing career – it’s a big job!

HU: If you could switch jobs with someone, who would it be and why?

Answer: I am a big fan of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I appreciate the level of responsibility that she has as a Supreme Court Justice, and the positive influence that she has had not only on the law, but also the youth of America. I value that level of leadership and skill in a public service role.

HU: What are your biggest professional challenges?

Answer: I work in a very hierarchal and somewhat rigid corporate environment. While I love my work, I don’t like the bureaucracy of much of corporate America. I am a ‘go getter’ and a ‘go giver’ and I like to get things done!

HU: What’s the most rewarding aspect about your career?

Answer: Serving patients with cancer worldwide.

HU: What is your motto or personal mantra?

Answer: “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” — The Buddha

HU: How do you maintain a healthy work/life balance?

Answer: I make exercise and healthy eating a priority. I structure my day so that I wake up early, begin each day intentionally with a short meditation/pranayama practice and then hit the gym. I eat three meals per day and try to make health conscious choices regardless of whether I eat at home or out of my home.

HU: What is the greatest obstacle you have overcome?

Answer: My father’s death was very difficult for me, as I was not able to help him to regain his good health after a diagnosis of advanced kidney cancer. He died 6 months after diagnosis, despite receiving appropriate treatment. He had a significant influence on the course of my life and my career choice. My recently released book, Beyond the Mat: Achieve Focus, Presence and Enlightened Leadership Through the Principles and Practice of Yoga is dedicated to him.

HU: What do you hope to share with the HU community?

Answer: My work is focused not only on developing new drugs for patients with cancer but on helping people to stay well and develop healthy habits for life. I hope that the HU community will read and share my articles and book, Beyond the Mat, with their constituency.

HU: What do you hope to learn/gain from the HU community?

Answer: We are on a collaborative journey which explores the shared purpose improving health and wellness. I do this by both developing drugs for patients with cancer and by helping people to develop healthy habits long term. I would love to connect with the broader HU community as our collective voices and wisdom are most powerful!

HU:  I understand that you are a physician executive for a major pharmaceutical company, and, in addition, are a trained yoga instructor. What inspired you to take a deeper look at the principles of yoga and apply them to your business life? 

Answer:  Corporate life can be very demanding and has attendant with it, many uncertainties. Coupled with this, my current position is international in scope, requiring availability well beyond typical business hours. While my goal is to serve patients globally, to do so, I must deal with very complex drug development considerations but also challenging business problems. Yoga initially caused me to pause, and it created some space for me to think, reflect, and exercise my creativity. It led to more flexibility of body and mind. The meditative and breathing exercises helped me to better cope with the demands and crises that came my way. The ‘oneness’ emphasized by yoga led me to redefine how I thought about leadership, and helped me to understand that becoming a highly effective leader is not about getting a position in the C-suite. It can be achieved by anyone, but it takes hard work and discipline.

HU:  How does yoga relate to effective business models?

Answer:  Business models built on a hierarchal structure with organized leadership and a guiding principle based on the “bottom line” are no longer popular. 

These models do not prioritize people—you can downsize them, rank order them, get rid of the bottom 10 percent, and take other liberties because in this system people are perceived as commodities. Leaders are now beginning to understand that building a company on connected, organic leadership and ideology of wholeness, not simply the “bottom line,” is actually a recipe for success. This model’s guiding principles are based on people and relationships. The skills and values we learn from our practice of yoga go hand in hand with the success of these principles. 

HU:  You talk about Enlightened Leadership in your book. What is Enlightened Leadership?

Answer:  As I mentioned, highly effective leaders aren’t necessarily those in the C-suite. Anyone can become an enlightened leader. Enlightened Leaders are committed to making the world a better place and to ongoing personal growth and transformation. Enlightened leaders are: Compassionate, confident, courageous, humble, intentional, open-minded, passionate, purposeful, self-aware, self-caring, spiritual and visionary. I have a quiz on my website: Are you an Enlightened Leader? See: http://www.julierosenbergmd.com.

HU:  What is one major thing that you still struggle with?

Answer:  Patience. I really have to practice this skill. I am not always the best listener. Practicing patience supports me in becoming a better listener and asking questions.  It demands that I take a deep breath and let go of my own impatience to solve problems myself. I continue to work to be objective enough to step back from a situation and remove my own opinions so that I can better see and appreciate it through the lens of another person. I am often in a hurry.  Practicing patience helps me to remember to breathe, slow down and respect the process. 

Learn more about Dr. Julie Rosenberg, MD, here.

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Medicinal Mushrooms and Other Tales of Fungi

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As the song goes, I wasn't looking, but somehow they found me. It's a tale of how my professional career has seemingly revolved around, been influenced by and now inspired by mushrooms.

In the mid '80's I entered an undergraduate school to study environmental microbiology and biochemistry. It was a forestry school, though I was not studying forestry, I had to meet certain forestry remnant requirements like ento

mology and dendrology to graduate. This also included a four week long intensive study on an island in the Adirondacks studying mycology (fungi;mushrooms).

My intent was to be one of those scientists who helped to support a clean planet. My Master of Science focus was on finding a bacterium that degraded lignin -- that brown stuff that mostly left as a tree or stump decays. It is the hardest portion to convert back to soil, and also hardest to handle by paper manufacturing companies which spend thousands of dollars on solvents. Those solvents and the lignin waste that result are toxic waste. We were looking for a biological way to do the same thing. I found a couple of bacterium in the process, but none were as effective or efficient as fungi for doing the job.

Directly after I finished my MS work I landed in a laboratory studying a very important fungi in the paper and pulp industry. This would be my life for approximately two years.

In 2005, I was awarded an National Institute of Health Research fellowship where we studied the effects of a natural product on the immune systems of healthy patients and those burdened by breast cancer. The natural product: mushrooms! Not any mushrooms but medicinal mushrooms all used for centuries by peoples of Asia, and many not in the form of fleshy mushrooms that we are familiar with.

Ethnobotanists and researchers really got serious about looking at the mushrooms mechanism of actions (i.e. the way they work) when they noticed that people in rural areas were using the mushrooms to treat themselves for various ailments. The health affects were curious enough that they documented how they were used and for what folk traditions they were used for, packed them up and took them into basic science laboratories.

Over the course of 45 to 50 years scientists primarily in Japan, but throughout the world discovered that certain mushrooms like Reishi, Turkey tail, Maitake and Shiitake have elements called polysaccharides in them. Polysaccharides is just another name for 'many sugars'. These are not the same kind of sugar as refined white sugar, its way more complex. It has a protein core and then many sugars branching out appearing like a test tube brush.

What the scientists found, which includes myself, is that these polysaccharides attach to certain receptors on immune cells (Natural Killer, CD8, macrophage and T helper 1) and make them more aggressive.

This is particularly important for cancer patients. Solid tumors create a microenvironment around themselves that causes these cells, once they are in the vicinity, to become 'sleepy' and less effective at locating pre cancerous and cancerous cells and ridding the body of them. What research has shown is that when these polysaccharides attach to the receptors, even within the microenvironment of the solid tumors, the immune cell are more effective at doing their jobs. As a result of research done by scientists, the Japanese pharmaceutical companies manufacture a purified version of the polysaccharide called PSK which is administered during chemotherapy to help with immunity.

In terms of colds, flu and viruses the same has been found to be the case, so these mushrooms are often used during cold and flu season too.

The research of medicinal mushrooms continues to this day at several respected scientific institutions. For more information on research published you should head over to PubMed and type in the keyword: medicinal mushrooms.

Wild mushrooms contain a variable amount of polysaccharides. Those containing the least are button mushrooms. As mentioned Shiitake, and Maitake contain a good amount, and a variety called Lion's Mane contains a good source and is used for by some for conditions involving neurological conditions.

Every fall and spring I enjoy forging for mushrooms and preparing them. Take a look at the recipe section of my blog and you will find a recipe or two there. I'll post one of my favorites from my book 'Cooking through Cancer Treatment to Recovery' -- Wild Mushroom Pate with Walnuts.

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Metabolic Syndrome: Are you at Risk?

A blog or two ago I wrote about the scientific connection between metabolic syndrome and increased risk for developing some forms of cancer, and increased chance of remission. Controlling metabolic syndrome is of particular importance to BRCA postive and Lynch syndrome identified carriers who are looking for ways to prevent cancer, and those cancer survivors looking to increase remission rates.

Ever the optimist I wanted to address how we can reverse and/or prevent the syndrome. Let's take a closer look at what it is.

Metabolic syndrome looks a lot like pre-diabetes with elevations in blood sugar levels and hemoglobin A1c values. However, even before these numbers begin to be abnormal, there are other  signs that this condition id developing.

Signs that one may be developing metabolic syndrome include:

- Increased waist line/girth (most often the greatest weight gain is along the waist)

- Increased blood pressure

- Increased blood sugar levels

- History of yo-yo dieting

-High levels of stress

- Pro-inflammatory states

The causes often include internal and external stress, disordered eating patterns, weight gain, inactivity, as well as depression or general disharmony.

So what can we do about these? I advise to start by taking a couple of weeks to exam life patterns and determine where small changes can be made.

Many people successfully adding a daily walk to their routines, as well as some limited dietary change like adding more fiber (simply adding a daily fruit or even a bean dish a couple times a week), or slowly decreasing the amount of simple carbohydrate one eats.

Interestingly enough one of the hardest issues to get a grip on what makes us happy/harmonious and what stands in the way of that happening. Its a great question to take your time with, and one worth considering. After all being stressed and unhappy can lead to suppression of the vitally important immune system.

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Morning are so often underused as just a time for a lie in and breakfast. But if you really split down your time and get up a little earlier, there is a lot you can achieve before diving into your day!

We'd love to know what everyone else does with their mornings!

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In my functional medicine clinic, blood sugar imbalances are one of the most common signs I see affecting people's energy, weight, cravings, and brain function. This blood-sugar roller coaster can further throw off your thyroid, insulin, cortisol, and leptin hormones and leave you feeling hangry, fatigued, irritable, and constantly craving sugar. Even the most well-intentioned people can unknowingly perpetuate blood sugar imbalance through the foods that they eat or don’t eat on a regular basis—not to mention the so-called healthy foods that exacerbate these health problems. After years of seeing people struggling through blood sugar imbalance, I want to share the top mistakes people make when trying to restore their blood sugar:

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Kate O’Donnell’s new book, Everyday Ayurveda Cooking for a Calm, Clear Mind: 100 Simple Sattvic Recipesis filled with ancient ayurvedic wisdom, updated to make sense for everyday modern life, but this trick is one of our favorites. According to O’Donnell, in India,
“this digestive is used 30 minutes before a meal to improve your appetite or following a meal to reduce indigestion and bloating,” she says. “Be sure to make it fresh for the medicinal benefit.” The traditional use is backed up by Western medicine—turmeric is a potent anti-inflammatory, while ginger soothes the stomach, and yogurt is packed with probiotics that aid in processing your food.  The fact that it tastes like a milkshake is only a bonus!

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Natural Ways To Beat Tiredness For Good

It's almost guaranteed that from time we start to feel a little dragged down by our daily lives and responsibilities. Sometimes it just creeps up on you and it can be oh so easy to just grab a caffeine based pick me up to get you through that tough morning.

Fatigue is a difficult thing to manage, as it is such a vague symptom or condition. There’s physical fatigue, emotional fatigue, fatigue as a symptom or as a disease in and of itself.

So to help put the tiredness to bed, we've got 5 of our favourite natural remedies below for you take a read through and see if something works for you.

1) Try Out Potato Water

While this might not sound like the most pleasant remedy in the world, its actually a fantastic way of creating a potassium rich drink that really kicks the feeling of tiredness into touch.

Without enough potassium, our muscles and nervous system wouldn't work half as well. By trying out this remedy, you are bound to give your body multiple benefits from one drink!

 

2) Go For Ginseng!

Ginseng is one of the most widely recognised medicinal plants out there, and has been used to improve our health for thousands years. Increasing research shows its value in relieving fatigue (when not due to any underlying conditions).

Mix a teaspoon of dried ginseng powder with water, for a morning pick-me-up

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3) Love Some Licorice

Licorice can be very much love or hate with most people, so skip this one out if the taste isn't for you! Licorice root is a herb that contains glycyrrhizin but also contains cortisol. Which, when balanced, both assist in beating fatigue.

The best way to get this super star into your system is to mix 1 tablespoon of dried licorice root with a cup of water and some honey/lemon to adjust the taste slightly.

 

4) Shake It Up With Spinach

Spinach has long been acknowledged as a super food; packing in vitamins and minerals, it's not just Popeye who can benefit from a daily dose. High in iron, Spinach supports our red blood cells, increasing energy and help to fight anaemia.

As well as helping you power through your day, spinach can support muscle recovery during and after workouts.

Being ultra-versatile, you can mix spinach into almost anything, including smoothies and salads. If you are in a rush, you can even eat it raw!

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5) Dive In For Dandelion & Nettle Tea

These two natural beauties count towards your tea intake of iron. Luckily you don't have to go out and pick you own ingredients as you can often find ready made tea in popular health stores. However, watch out for the bitterness and have some honey on hand to soften the taste. 

Fatigue is a tough one to crack because you once your are fatigued you have to become committed to solving the problem. This is, of course, made all the more difficult by the fact that you’re bordering on exhausted all the time.  there are two halves to the battle, and the latter-actually getting around said obstacle-is usually the hardest.

Stick with it!

 

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Every year between June 20 and June 21, the Earth tilts its closest to the Sun, marking the first day of summer and the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. This year's summer solstice falls at 6:07 a.m. EDT on June 21. Here are a few ways that astrology and the solstice overlap and some history about the rituals of the summer solstice:

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This year, there's been a lot of talk about the importance of beating plastic pollution so it doesn't end up in our oceans. And it’s about time. But there’s another complex waste stream we interact with every day that deserves our attention: organic waste.

The term organic waste refers to all of our food waste, yard clippings, and un-recyclable paper products like used tissues, paper towels, paper plates, and cardboard scraps. Many of us toss these things without even thinking about it: We wipe the scraps off our plates, trash our spoiled fruit, and throw out mounds of many paper towels used to clean up messes.

Long thought to naturally break down when thrown in the trash, we now know that these organics not only linger in landfills but release greenhouse gases that contaminate the environment as they (very slowly) break down. Composting steers materials away from this wasteful fate and turns them into something valuable: nutrient-rich soil conditioner that can fortify planters, gardens, and farms.

As an individual looking for new ways to offset your carbon footprint, composting is one of the best things you can do for the environment—and you don’t need to have a backyard to do it.

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People have been using herbs to flavor dishes for ages. Science shows us that these plants not only offer tasteful benefits but nutritional and medicinal benefits as well. While many of these medicinal plants are available to buy in their dried format stores, many of them can be easily grown in your home or garden as well.

In general, medicinal herbs are easily grown in your own garden without a lot of effort. In addition to the health benefits you reap from consuming these plants, you will also enjoy the benefit of exercise and sun while spending time in your garden.

Consider what your needs are and what type of garden you may like. Are you looking to grow a culinary garden to enhance your meals, or perhaps a tea or medicinal plant garden? Perhaps you are limited with outdoor space or prefer indoor plants. The decision will help you to determine plant and garden placement and will make planning your garden a little easier.

Whatever you decide, there are numerous delicious and healthful options to choose from. This list includes plants that are tasty and nutritious, as well as plants that offer true medicinal benefits for common health issues such as sunburn, coughs, colds, indigestion and more.

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Your own healing is a powerful contribution to the healing of everyone. #holisticunited

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I first found out about the ionic foot-baths from a psychoanalytic patient of mine who had just returned from London. He told me about (what he considered to be) an amzing device that had boostred his energy, and gotten rid of a long-standing leg pain. I liked what he said enough to look for the device he described, and after a reasonable amount of research, I subsequently bought it for La Casa.

 

As I was awaiting delivery of it, La Casa got a phone call from a woman, Susan, who had been told by the manufacturer that we had bought the device. She was eager to come in for a session. I had to regrettably tell her the device hadn't arrived yet from England. She called the next week, re-asking for an appointment. Again, I had to tell her that I wasn't ready to perform the treatment -- that  although it had arrived, I hadn't hadn't time to take it out of the box. She called yet again the next week; by then, it was out of the box, but we hadn't figured out how to use it. Finally, a month after her first inquiry, the device was ready to be used, and she happily came in for the treatment.

 

I asked her why she was so enthusiastic about it, and told her that I had never had a client hound me for a session as she had. She told me that she (like my psychoanalytic patient) had had the treatment in London. She had walked into the spa hobbling because of a spasm in her calf. When she left the spa, she saw the bus she needed on the corner about to take off, and she realized that she would have to run to catch it. Instead of hobbling, she was fleet-footed. Got the bus. Was happy and pain-free.

 

Susan became a regular client for La Casa's Pedi-Detox therapy. Since that first appointment with Susan, we have performed thousands of sessions with the Aqua-Detox device. Just one of the experiences we had was with a woman, Miriam, who had been diagnosed with cervical cancer. She had been treated successfully for it, but felt that a good cleanse was called for. The first time Miriam used the device, the water turned stark black, and became thick with mass. By the time Miriam came to La Casa, I I had had exoerience with hundreds of sessions with the device, and had never seen the water morph into such a dark color with such thick gook. Miriam bought a series of 30 sessions By the end of those sessions, the water was turning a light brown, and the ugly gooky mass had disappeared.

 

A few years later, about 5 years ago, the TV show Inside Edition called me to ask if I would go on their show to talk about the Ionic foot- bath. I said I wasn’t interested. 

 

The next day, I was walking out of my building to go to yoga class, and I was confronted a bevy of reporters and cameras, yelling in my ear that they wanted a statement from me. I kept walking, not prepared to talk to the press. They followed me down the street, still yelling, accusing me of dastardly deeds by offering what they described, on-air, as a useless therapy. I referred them to the research on the device, which is plentiful, as well as testimonials. I did offer the information that the device has a Class II certification as a medical device in UK (insuring safety). It was also rigorously tested and passed under the MDD (Medical Device Directive) in Europe. But their position was clear. Inside Edtion was doing a hatchet job.

 

I am bringing this unpleasant experience up because apparently Inside Edition re-aired the piece the other day. Lots of people listen to Inside Edition, including some of La Casa’s clients. That day four clients cancelled their Pedi-Detox appointments. 

 

I want to refer to what the esteemed Dietrich Klinghardt has said about the ionic foot-bath. If you don’t know his name, check out the panel to the right, and follow the links. He is one of the most trusted voices in the holistic field. His reach is enormous, his integrity impeccable, the respect he garners legion.

 

He explains that during an ionic foot-bath session, large concentrations of negative hydrogen ions are released during the process of electrolysis. (The array that sits in the water is what effects this electro-chemical reaction.) These ions are then absorbed into the body by osmosis through the epidermis of the foot. Once entered into the system, these negatively charged ions act as ultra high-powered antioxidants.

 

The feet are specifically used because they provide a large surface area of pores for the absorption of these negative hydrogen ions. It is these hydrogen ions that provide the detoxifying benefits of an ionic foot-bath. And, it is simply more comfortable than placing your hands, face or entire body in the water for an extended period of time.

 

Klinghardt further explains: “An antioxidant is a compound which has a weak attraction to one of its electrons. It readily surrenders an electron to a free radical that neutralizes it and ends the electron 'stealing' reaction. The ion does not become a free radical by donating an electron because it is stable in either form. Once the free radical is neutralized, it can be removed from the body.”

 

The negative hydrogen ions are thus acting as free radical hunter-gatherers, helping to prevent cell and tissue damage.

 

In terms of La Casa’s experience, we have had good success with the device. We routinely have clients saying they feel better after using it. But we also have seen improvement in various diseases, including long-standing degenerative diseases. We stand by our understanding of the therapeutic efficacy of the technology. And, if you are a reader of past Musings, you will know that we are IN LOVE with hydrogen, and feel that it is going to revolutionize the practice of medicine. The Pedi-Detox is one more way that we have of delivering the all-important hydrogen molecules to the body.

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Holistic health emphasizes the connection of MIND, BODY & SPIRIT. It considers the person as a whole and how he/she interacts with his or her environment. #holisticunited

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A healthy lifestyle not only changes your body, it changes your mind, your attitude and your mood.

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DR. MONICA'S PEACE & SOUL-FULL HEALING:  6 TIPS FOR STRESS RELEASE

by Dr. Monica Bickerstaff Riley, DHM

 

There is no denial that right now, TODAY, we are living in very anxiety building, stressful and toxic times. I want ALL OF YOU to promise me ONE thing. These next 3-days, I want you to EMOTE: CRY, YELL, LAUGH...IN THAT ORDER! DO NOT hold toxic energy in your body!

BEAT STRESS- TIPS FOR STRESS RELEASE

Studies show that during the Summer months; our lives are often more stressful; causing us to "hold" more stress in our bodies. When we carry stress, our organs and body functions automatically shift into "flight or fight" mode. This means that our cortisol hormone levels can get dangerously high; causing a whole bunch of problems for us!

On any given day I Juggle MANY  colorful scarves! Holistic Medicine Practice, Master Blender of my Juicy 5-star Natural Remedies, CEO of my Media Relations Company, Interacting with my clients/wellness warriors, Award Winning Documentary Producer, College Professor, Academic Tutor, Aromatherapy Chemist, Honoring MY Divine Feminine Energy ....sure my plates are full (but no fuller than yours , AND I've learned over the years how to re-direct my stress and be grateful, sassy & funny through the GRIND! )

6 TIPS TO BEAT STRESS BEFORE STRESS BEATS YOU!

1. Be GRATEFUL for EVERY-THING! Gratitude allows us to enter a thoughtful mindset that is greater than ourselves. Stay aligned with God.

2. RELEASE- SURRENDER-REJOICE! Get your prayer & meditation on!

3. Remove yourself from toxic situations and relationships!!! Seriously, just say NO to the "energy vampires"!!!! Experience the POWER IN "NO"  Set YOUR Boundaries and revel in them!

4. BREATHE: I practice Ujayii Breath when I awaken each morning to ground myself.
Inhale from your lower diaphragm and completely fill your lungs; Release the breath, through a closed mouth, and allow the energy to warm your body

5. Stay HYDRATED: when you start to feel stressed, place your left hand over your heart, breathe deeply and sip COLD water; slowly.

6. EXERCISE....Get your body movin' DO what FEELS GOOD to YOU! Dance IT Out!!!

Get in touch with me for more stress release therapies! NOW, is the time to schedule your  "Turn Up with A Wellness Tune-Up" appointment with me.

"Living Well...one healthy step at a time"  Dr. Monica Bickerstaff Riley, DHM
Copyright© 2018 by Monica D. Riley all rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form without permission in writing from the author.

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So sleep is one of our necessities, but after a long day at work or dealing with home life, getting a good night's rest can be hard. It's easy to reach for a sedative or sleeping pill, but we all know how detrimental that can be long term,

So how do you ensure you get a good night's sleep?

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I’ve been a fast eater for as long as I can remember. It doesn’t matter if it’s a quick snack or a sit-down dinner, I devour food ravenously and swiftly.

I don’t know where I picked up this habit, because my family etiquette rules for dining aimed to imbue those practices in me. My folks thoughtfully chewed each bite at least 20 times. To them, dinner wasn’t just a meal, it was an experience.

My families' behaviour was similar to mindful eating, a practice that focuses on enjoying your meal and listening to your body’s hunger and fullness cues. It’s designed to make food a pleasurable event rather than simple nourishment that you scarf down between emails.

The method is often considered a dieting strategy, but it isn’t marketed that way or designed to be one. A simple internet search will yield tons of results saying that the practice helped people lose weight and develop a better relationship with food.

Perhaps the most appealing part about mindful eating is that you can consume whatever you want ― in fact, that’s the whole point. It’s all about listening to your body’s response to your meal ― whatever that may be ― as well as your psychological response, according to Marsha Hudnall, a registered dietitian and president of The Center for Mindful Eating.

Mindful eating is really just being intentionally present.

“Mindful eating is really just being intentionally present,” Hudnall told HuffPost. “You’re paying attention to what you’re doing, and your thoughts and feelings around what you’re eating.”

The end benefit is a more conscious, pleasurable approach to eating, said Hudnall. In turn, that may lead to more healthful decisions when it comes to food and your feelings about it. That’s important for consumption habits, Hudnall says, especially in a fad-diet culture where eating disorders and obesity are on the rise.

“If you get in touch with your body and support it, which is what mindfulness helps you do, then you become aware of what’s right for you as far as eating and what isn’t,” Hudnall said.

How to practice mindful eating

I wanted to give the technique a try over the holidays, starting with Thanksgiving. But I am powerless before stuffing, and I soon realized I was eating as rapidly as I always do. I didn’t pay attention to when I was full, which meant eating a ton of sides and pie.

I asked Hudnall how I can improve my practice ― and how you can start doing it, too. Below are a few simple tips:

Make your meal a enjoyable experience.

Food is just as much part of your emotional life as it is a source of nutrients, Hudnall said. Savoring your food taps into that aspect of eating ― and it helps you slow down in the process.

“Mindful eating really has you enjoy the flavor, the texture and the different aspects of food we find pleasing,” she explained. That means chewing slowly and mentally acknowledging that process, she added.

Take all judgment out of food.

Potatoes aren’t “terrible”; they’re food. Positive and negative labels make it difficult to have a healthful, mindful relationship with eating, Hudnall says.

“Mindful eating is also about removing the judgment,” she said. “It’s about not having any preconceived notions about whether something is ‘good’ or ‘bad.’”

Pay attention to how your body feels.

“So many people get caught up in their busy lives and really ignore the body’s cues for hunger and fullness,” Hudnall said. “Then that puts them into extremes, making poor choices.”

Pay attention to how you really, truly feel during your meal. And if that means eating lunch, stopping because your body feels like you should, then realizing you want more food an hour later, so be it, Hudnall says.

Eat whatever you want ― and be OK with that.

Mindful eating encourages you to drink the eggnog or have the holiday cookie without punishing yourself. It sounds counterintuitive, but it’ll actually lead to better choices, Hudnall said.

“When you let yourself have it without guilt and worry, you can find that stopping point that’s well before you start to feel ill. [It will be] when you feel satisfied.”

Don’t shame yourself if you mess up.

I didn’t regret my seasonal indulgences, be it summer or Christmas. However, I was feeling a bit guilty that I didn’t “control” myself ― but Hudnall says that’s part of the process.

“If you do indulge too much, you don’t beat yourself up about it. You learn from it,” Hudnall said. “You’re consciously observing at all times, so you can make better future decisions.”

Sounds a lot better than a juice cleanse, no?

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Have A Berry Intoxicating Summer

by Dr. Monica Bickerstaff Riley, DHM

Summertime is an especially bountiful season to enjoy the abundant health benefits of raspberries! These berries are tiny, tasty and tantilizingly colorful and they protect everything from your head to your heart.xz5kf2kikvx5r4kh4risaayccawfwv7t.jpg

Raspberries are also "berry-beneficial" for our health. What makes berries so special is their high levels of phytochemicals; nutrients that help protect cells from damage.

 

  • Berries Help Manage Diabetes: Raspberries are an excellent source of fiber. They rank low on the glycemic index and they're a good fruit option for managing blood sugar levels. According to Copperman, "because they come with fiber, they are beneficial in a diabetic diet as a serving of fruit."
  • Berries Might Prevent Parkinson's: According to a recent study published in the Journal of Neurology, people who eat at least two servings of berries a week, have a 25% less chance of developing Parkinson's Disease.
  • Berries Boost Memory: Studies by the Cleveland Clinic suggest increasing your intake of berries can help slow cognitive decline normally associated with aging.
  • Berries Slow Tumor Growth: Raspberries are a good source of phytonutrients and antioxidants. Rich in ellagic acid, this tannin found in raspberries prevents cell damage from free radicals and slows tumor growth.
  • Fight Cancer with Berries: Research published in the Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Analysis suggests that flavonoids in raspberries may help reduce colon cancer risk.

 

Boost your grill power with this Savory BBQ sauce! This sweet, tangy smoky sauce is terrific brushed on grilled meat or veggies.

 

Raspberry-Ginger BBQ Sauce:

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups fresh raspberries
  • 2 tbs. chopped gingerroot
  • 1/2 c. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbs. adobo sauce
  • 2 tbs. honey
  • 3 tbs. molasses
  • 1/4 c. minced onion

 

Simmer all ingredients together in a medium saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. Cook about 20-25 minutes.

Shopping and Storage Tips:

  • Select plump, brightly colored berries and remove any soft or moldy ones to prevent cross-contamination.
  • Raspberries keep best in a moisture proof container in the refrigerator. Wash them right before eating.
  • To keep raspberries fresh longer, swish them in a basin filled with a solution of three parts water to one part white vinegar.

"Living Well...one healthy step at a time"

©2018Monica D. Riley

 

 

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Meet Dr. Julie Rosenberg, MD - Pharmaceutical executive, author, speaker, and leadership consultant.

HU:  What inspires you?

Answer: I am awed and inspired by the beauty of nature and love the outdoors. I am inspired by helping others to optimize their health and wellbeing and seeing those individuals undergo transformations in their lives to healthier living.

HU: What is your biggest achievement to date (personal or professional)?

Answer: Successfully raising a son with autism, while maintaining a full-time career in medicine.

HU: What does a typical day look like for you?

Answer: I don’t really have typical days. I exercise and or do yoga in the early morning at least 5 days per week. I work full time in the pharmaceutical industry overseeing two global drug development programs, which keeps me quite busy. I also spend time writing articles and working on my next book, whenever and wherever I carve out time to do so. I try to spend quality time each evening with family and to do at least one thing for myself each day

HU: What is your favorite current project and why?

Answer: My favorite current project is ramping up my speaking and writing career – it’s a big job!

HU: If you could switch jobs with someone, who would it be and why?

Answer: I am a big fan of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I appreciate the level of responsibility that she has as a Supreme Court Justice, and the positive influence that she has had not only on the law, but also the youth of America. I value that level of leadership and skill in a public service role.

HU: What are your biggest professional challenges?

Answer: I work in a very hierarchal and somewhat rigid corporate environment. While I love my work, I don’t like the bureaucracy of much of corporate America. I am a ‘go getter’ and a ‘go giver’ and I like to get things done!

HU: What’s the most rewarding aspect about your career?

Answer: Serving patients with cancer worldwide.

HU: What is your motto or personal mantra?

Answer: “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” — The Buddha

HU: How do you maintain a healthy work/life balance?

Answer: I make exercise and healthy eating a priority. I structure my day so that I wake up early, begin each day intentionally with a short meditation/pranayama practice and then hit the gym. I eat three meals per day and try to make health conscious choices regardless of whether I eat at home or out of my home.

HU: What is the greatest obstacle you have overcome?

Answer: My father’s death was very difficult for me, as I was not able to help him to regain his good health after a diagnosis of advanced kidney cancer. He died 6 months after diagnosis, despite receiving appropriate treatment. He had a significant influence on the course of my life and my career choice. My recently released book, Beyond the Mat: Achieve Focus, Presence and Enlightened Leadership Through the Principles and Practice of Yoga is dedicated to him.

HU: What do you hope to share with the HU community?

Answer: My work is focused not only on developing new drugs for patients with cancer but on helping people to stay well and develop healthy habits for life. I hope that the HU community will read and share my articles and book, Beyond the Mat, with their constituency.

HU: What do you hope to learn/gain from the HU community?

Answer: We are on a collaborative journey which explores the shared purpose improving health and wellness. I do this by both developing drugs for patients with cancer and by helping people to develop healthy habits long term. I would love to connect with the broader HU community as our collective voices and wisdom are most powerful!

HU:  I understand that you are a physician executive for a major pharmaceutical company, and, in addition, are a trained yoga instructor. What inspired you to take a deeper look at the principles of yoga and apply them to your business life? 

Answer:  Corporate life can be very demanding and has attendant with it, many uncertainties. Coupled with this, my current position is international in scope, requiring availability well beyond typical business hours. While my goal is to serve patients globally, to do so, I must deal with very complex drug development considerations but also challenging business problems. Yoga initially caused me to pause, and it created some space for me to think, reflect, and exercise my creativity. It led to more flexibility of body and mind. The meditative and breathing exercises helped me to better cope with the demands and crises that came my way. The ‘oneness’ emphasized by yoga led me to redefine how I thought about leadership, and helped me to understand that becoming a highly effective leader is not about getting a position in the C-suite. It can be achieved by anyone, but it takes hard work and discipline.

HU:  How does yoga relate to effective business models?

Answer:  Business models built on a hierarchal structure with organized leadership and a guiding principle based on the “bottom line” are no longer popular. 

These models do not prioritize people—you can downsize them, rank order them, get rid of the bottom 10 percent, and take other liberties because in this system people are perceived as commodities. Leaders are now beginning to understand that building a company on connected, organic leadership and ideology of wholeness, not simply the “bottom line,” is actually a recipe for success. This model’s guiding principles are based on people and relationships. The skills and values we learn from our practice of yoga go hand in hand with the success of these principles. 

HU:  You talk about Enlightened Leadership in your book. What is Enlightened Leadership?

Answer:  As I mentioned, highly effective leaders aren’t necessarily those in the C-suite. Anyone can become an enlightened leader. Enlightened Leaders are committed to making the world a better place and to ongoing personal growth and transformation. Enlightened leaders are: Compassionate, confident, courageous, humble, intentional, open-minded, passionate, purposeful, self-aware, self-caring, spiritual and visionary. I have a quiz on my website: Are you an Enlightened Leader? See: http://www.julierosenbergmd.com.

HU:  What is one major thing that you still struggle with?

Answer:  Patience. I really have to practice this skill. I am not always the best listener. Practicing patience supports me in becoming a better listener and asking questions.  It demands that I take a deep breath and let go of my own impatience to solve problems myself. I continue to work to be objective enough to step back from a situation and remove my own opinions so that I can better see and appreciate it through the lens of another person. I am often in a hurry.  Practicing patience helps me to remember to breathe, slow down and respect the process. 

Learn more about Dr. Julie Rosenberg, MD, here.

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Medicinal Mushrooms and Other Tales of Fungi

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As the song goes, I wasn't looking, but somehow they found me. It's a tale of how my professional career has seemingly revolved around, been influenced by and now inspired by mushrooms.

In the mid '80's I entered an undergraduate school to study environmental microbiology and biochemistry. It was a forestry school, though I was not studying forestry, I had to meet certain forestry remnant requirements like ento

mology and dendrology to graduate. This also included a four week long intensive study on an island in the Adirondacks studying mycology (fungi;mushrooms).

My intent was to be one of those scientists who helped to support a clean planet. My Master of Science focus was on finding a bacterium that degraded lignin -- that brown stuff that mostly left as a tree or stump decays. It is the hardest portion to convert back to soil, and also hardest to handle by paper manufacturing companies which spend thousands of dollars on solvents. Those solvents and the lignin waste that result are toxic waste. We were looking for a biological way to do the same thing. I found a couple of bacterium in the process, but none were as effective or efficient as fungi for doing the job.

Directly after I finished my MS work I landed in a laboratory studying a very important fungi in the paper and pulp industry. This would be my life for approximately two years.

In 2005, I was awarded an National Institute of Health Research fellowship where we studied the effects of a natural product on the immune systems of healthy patients and those burdened by breast cancer. The natural product: mushrooms! Not any mushrooms but medicinal mushrooms all used for centuries by peoples of Asia, and many not in the form of fleshy mushrooms that we are familiar with.

Ethnobotanists and researchers really got serious about looking at the mushrooms mechanism of actions (i.e. the way they work) when they noticed that people in rural areas were using the mushrooms to treat themselves for various ailments. The health affects were curious enough that they documented how they were used and for what folk traditions they were used for, packed them up and took them into basic science laboratories.

Over the course of 45 to 50 years scientists primarily in Japan, but throughout the world discovered that certain mushrooms like Reishi, Turkey tail, Maitake and Shiitake have elements called polysaccharides in them. Polysaccharides is just another name for 'many sugars'. These are not the same kind of sugar as refined white sugar, its way more complex. It has a protein core and then many sugars branching out appearing like a test tube brush.

What the scientists found, which includes myself, is that these polysaccharides attach to certain receptors on immune cells (Natural Killer, CD8, macrophage and T helper 1) and make them more aggressive.

This is particularly important for cancer patients. Solid tumors create a microenvironment around themselves that causes these cells, once they are in the vicinity, to become 'sleepy' and less effective at locating pre cancerous and cancerous cells and ridding the body of them. What research has shown is that when these polysaccharides attach to the receptors, even within the microenvironment of the solid tumors, the immune cell are more effective at doing their jobs. As a result of research done by scientists, the Japanese pharmaceutical companies manufacture a purified version of the polysaccharide called PSK which is administered during chemotherapy to help with immunity.

In terms of colds, flu and viruses the same has been found to be the case, so these mushrooms are often used during cold and flu season too.

The research of medicinal mushrooms continues to this day at several respected scientific institutions. For more information on research published you should head over to PubMed and type in the keyword: medicinal mushrooms.

Wild mushrooms contain a variable amount of polysaccharides. Those containing the least are button mushrooms. As mentioned Shiitake, and Maitake contain a good amount, and a variety called Lion's Mane contains a good source and is used for by some for conditions involving neurological conditions.

Every fall and spring I enjoy forging for mushrooms and preparing them. Take a look at the recipe section of my blog and you will find a recipe or two there. I'll post one of my favorites from my book 'Cooking through Cancer Treatment to Recovery' -- Wild Mushroom Pate with Walnuts.

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Metabolic Syndrome: Are you at Risk?

A blog or two ago I wrote about the scientific connection between metabolic syndrome and increased risk for developing some forms of cancer, and increased chance of remission. Controlling metabolic syndrome is of particular importance to BRCA postive and Lynch syndrome identified carriers who are looking for ways to prevent cancer, and those cancer survivors looking to increase remission rates.

Ever the optimist I wanted to address how we can reverse and/or prevent the syndrome. Let's take a closer look at what it is.

Metabolic syndrome looks a lot like pre-diabetes with elevations in blood sugar levels and hemoglobin A1c values. However, even before these numbers begin to be abnormal, there are other  signs that this condition id developing.

Signs that one may be developing metabolic syndrome include:

- Increased waist line/girth (most often the greatest weight gain is along the waist)

- Increased blood pressure

- Increased blood sugar levels

- History of yo-yo dieting

-High levels of stress

- Pro-inflammatory states

The causes often include internal and external stress, disordered eating patterns, weight gain, inactivity, as well as depression or general disharmony.

So what can we do about these? I advise to start by taking a couple of weeks to exam life patterns and determine where small changes can be made.

Many people successfully adding a daily walk to their routines, as well as some limited dietary change like adding more fiber (simply adding a daily fruit or even a bean dish a couple times a week), or slowly decreasing the amount of simple carbohydrate one eats.

Interestingly enough one of the hardest issues to get a grip on what makes us happy/harmonious and what stands in the way of that happening. Its a great question to take your time with, and one worth considering. After all being stressed and unhappy can lead to suppression of the vitally important immune system.

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Morning are so often underused as just a time for a lie in and breakfast. But if you really split down your time and get up a little earlier, there is a lot you can achieve before diving into your day!

We'd love to know what everyone else does with their mornings!

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In my functional medicine clinic, blood sugar imbalances are one of the most common signs I see affecting people's energy, weight, cravings, and brain function. This blood-sugar roller coaster can further throw off your thyroid, insulin, cortisol, and leptin hormones and leave you feeling hangry, fatigued, irritable, and constantly craving sugar. Even the most well-intentioned people can unknowingly perpetuate blood sugar imbalance through the foods that they eat or don’t eat on a regular basis—not to mention the so-called healthy foods that exacerbate these health problems. After years of seeing people struggling through blood sugar imbalance, I want to share the top mistakes people make when trying to restore their blood sugar:

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Kate O’Donnell’s new book, Everyday Ayurveda Cooking for a Calm, Clear Mind: 100 Simple Sattvic Recipesis filled with ancient ayurvedic wisdom, updated to make sense for everyday modern life, but this trick is one of our favorites. According to O’Donnell, in India,
“this digestive is used 30 minutes before a meal to improve your appetite or following a meal to reduce indigestion and bloating,” she says. “Be sure to make it fresh for the medicinal benefit.” The traditional use is backed up by Western medicine—turmeric is a potent anti-inflammatory, while ginger soothes the stomach, and yogurt is packed with probiotics that aid in processing your food.  The fact that it tastes like a milkshake is only a bonus!

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Natural Ways To Beat Tiredness For Good

It's almost guaranteed that from time we start to feel a little dragged down by our daily lives and responsibilities. Sometimes it just creeps up on you and it can be oh so easy to just grab a caffeine based pick me up to get you through that tough morning.

Fatigue is a difficult thing to manage, as it is such a vague symptom or condition. There’s physical fatigue, emotional fatigue, fatigue as a symptom or as a disease in and of itself.

So to help put the tiredness to bed, we've got 5 of our favourite natural remedies below for you take a read through and see if something works for you.

1) Try Out Potato Water

While this might not sound like the most pleasant remedy in the world, its actually a fantastic way of creating a potassium rich drink that really kicks the feeling of tiredness into touch.

Without enough potassium, our muscles and nervous system wouldn't work half as well. By trying out this remedy, you are bound to give your body multiple benefits from one drink!

 

2) Go For Ginseng!

Ginseng is one of the most widely recognised medicinal plants out there, and has been used to improve our health for thousands years. Increasing research shows its value in relieving fatigue (when not due to any underlying conditions).

Mix a teaspoon of dried ginseng powder with water, for a morning pick-me-up

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3) Love Some Licorice

Licorice can be very much love or hate with most people, so skip this one out if the taste isn't for you! Licorice root is a herb that contains glycyrrhizin but also contains cortisol. Which, when balanced, both assist in beating fatigue.

The best way to get this super star into your system is to mix 1 tablespoon of dried licorice root with a cup of water and some honey/lemon to adjust the taste slightly.

 

4) Shake It Up With Spinach

Spinach has long been acknowledged as a super food; packing in vitamins and minerals, it's not just Popeye who can benefit from a daily dose. High in iron, Spinach supports our red blood cells, increasing energy and help to fight anaemia.

As well as helping you power through your day, spinach can support muscle recovery during and after workouts.

Being ultra-versatile, you can mix spinach into almost anything, including smoothies and salads. If you are in a rush, you can even eat it raw!

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5) Dive In For Dandelion & Nettle Tea

These two natural beauties count towards your tea intake of iron. Luckily you don't have to go out and pick you own ingredients as you can often find ready made tea in popular health stores. However, watch out for the bitterness and have some honey on hand to soften the taste. 

Fatigue is a tough one to crack because you once your are fatigued you have to become committed to solving the problem. This is, of course, made all the more difficult by the fact that you’re bordering on exhausted all the time.  there are two halves to the battle, and the latter-actually getting around said obstacle-is usually the hardest.

Stick with it!

 

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Every year between June 20 and June 21, the Earth tilts its closest to the Sun, marking the first day of summer and the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. This year's summer solstice falls at 6:07 a.m. EDT on June 21. Here are a few ways that astrology and the solstice overlap and some history about the rituals of the summer solstice:

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This year, there's been a lot of talk about the importance of beating plastic pollution so it doesn't end up in our oceans. And it’s about time. But there’s another complex waste stream we interact with every day that deserves our attention: organic waste.

The term organic waste refers to all of our food waste, yard clippings, and un-recyclable paper products like used tissues, paper towels, paper plates, and cardboard scraps. Many of us toss these things without even thinking about it: We wipe the scraps off our plates, trash our spoiled fruit, and throw out mounds of many paper towels used to clean up messes.

Long thought to naturally break down when thrown in the trash, we now know that these organics not only linger in landfills but release greenhouse gases that contaminate the environment as they (very slowly) break down. Composting steers materials away from this wasteful fate and turns them into something valuable: nutrient-rich soil conditioner that can fortify planters, gardens, and farms.

As an individual looking for new ways to offset your carbon footprint, composting is one of the best things you can do for the environment—and you don’t need to have a backyard to do it.

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People have been using herbs to flavor dishes for ages. Science shows us that these plants not only offer tasteful benefits but nutritional and medicinal benefits as well. While many of these medicinal plants are available to buy in their dried format stores, many of them can be easily grown in your home or garden as well.

In general, medicinal herbs are easily grown in your own garden without a lot of effort. In addition to the health benefits you reap from consuming these plants, you will also enjoy the benefit of exercise and sun while spending time in your garden.

Consider what your needs are and what type of garden you may like. Are you looking to grow a culinary garden to enhance your meals, or perhaps a tea or medicinal plant garden? Perhaps you are limited with outdoor space or prefer indoor plants. The decision will help you to determine plant and garden placement and will make planning your garden a little easier.

Whatever you decide, there are numerous delicious and healthful options to choose from. This list includes plants that are tasty and nutritious, as well as plants that offer true medicinal benefits for common health issues such as sunburn, coughs, colds, indigestion and more.

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Your own healing is a powerful contribution to the healing of everyone. #holisticunited

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I first found out about the ionic foot-baths from a psychoanalytic patient of mine who had just returned from London. He told me about (what he considered to be) an amzing device that had boostred his energy, and gotten rid of a long-standing leg pain. I liked what he said enough to look for the device he described, and after a reasonable amount of research, I subsequently bought it for La Casa.

 

As I was awaiting delivery of it, La Casa got a phone call from a woman, Susan, who had been told by the manufacturer that we had bought the device. She was eager to come in for a session. I had to regrettably tell her the device hadn't arrived yet from England. She called the next week, re-asking for an appointment. Again, I had to tell her that I wasn't ready to perform the treatment -- that  although it had arrived, I hadn't hadn't time to take it out of the box. She called yet again the next week; by then, it was out of the box, but we hadn't figured out how to use it. Finally, a month after her first inquiry, the device was ready to be used, and she happily came in for the treatment.

 

I asked her why she was so enthusiastic about it, and told her that I had never had a client hound me for a session as she had. She told me that she (like my psychoanalytic patient) had had the treatment in London. She had walked into the spa hobbling because of a spasm in her calf. When she left the spa, she saw the bus she needed on the corner about to take off, and she realized that she would have to run to catch it. Instead of hobbling, she was fleet-footed. Got the bus. Was happy and pain-free.

 

Susan became a regular client for La Casa's Pedi-Detox therapy. Since that first appointment with Susan, we have performed thousands of sessions with the Aqua-Detox device. Just one of the experiences we had was with a woman, Miriam, who had been diagnosed with cervical cancer. She had been treated successfully for it, but felt that a good cleanse was called for. The first time Miriam used the device, the water turned stark black, and became thick with mass. By the time Miriam came to La Casa, I I had had exoerience with hundreds of sessions with the device, and had never seen the water morph into such a dark color with such thick gook. Miriam bought a series of 30 sessions By the end of those sessions, the water was turning a light brown, and the ugly gooky mass had disappeared.

 

A few years later, about 5 years ago, the TV show Inside Edition called me to ask if I would go on their show to talk about the Ionic foot- bath. I said I wasn’t interested. 

 

The next day, I was walking out of my building to go to yoga class, and I was confronted a bevy of reporters and cameras, yelling in my ear that they wanted a statement from me. I kept walking, not prepared to talk to the press. They followed me down the street, still yelling, accusing me of dastardly deeds by offering what they described, on-air, as a useless therapy. I referred them to the research on the device, which is plentiful, as well as testimonials. I did offer the information that the device has a Class II certification as a medical device in UK (insuring safety). It was also rigorously tested and passed under the MDD (Medical Device Directive) in Europe. But their position was clear. Inside Edtion was doing a hatchet job.

 

I am bringing this unpleasant experience up because apparently Inside Edition re-aired the piece the other day. Lots of people listen to Inside Edition, including some of La Casa’s clients. That day four clients cancelled their Pedi-Detox appointments. 

 

I want to refer to what the esteemed Dietrich Klinghardt has said about the ionic foot-bath. If you don’t know his name, check out the panel to the right, and follow the links. He is one of the most trusted voices in the holistic field. His reach is enormous, his integrity impeccable, the respect he garners legion.

 

He explains that during an ionic foot-bath session, large concentrations of negative hydrogen ions are released during the process of electrolysis. (The array that sits in the water is what effects this electro-chemical reaction.) These ions are then absorbed into the body by osmosis through the epidermis of the foot. Once entered into the system, these negatively charged ions act as ultra high-powered antioxidants.

 

The feet are specifically used because they provide a large surface area of pores for the absorption of these negative hydrogen ions. It is these hydrogen ions that provide the detoxifying benefits of an ionic foot-bath. And, it is simply more comfortable than placing your hands, face or entire body in the water for an extended period of time.

 

Klinghardt further explains: “An antioxidant is a compound which has a weak attraction to one of its electrons. It readily surrenders an electron to a free radical that neutralizes it and ends the electron 'stealing' reaction. The ion does not become a free radical by donating an electron because it is stable in either form. Once the free radical is neutralized, it can be removed from the body.”

 

The negative hydrogen ions are thus acting as free radical hunter-gatherers, helping to prevent cell and tissue damage.

 

In terms of La Casa’s experience, we have had good success with the device. We routinely have clients saying they feel better after using it. But we also have seen improvement in various diseases, including long-standing degenerative diseases. We stand by our understanding of the therapeutic efficacy of the technology. And, if you are a reader of past Musings, you will know that we are IN LOVE with hydrogen, and feel that it is going to revolutionize the practice of medicine. The Pedi-Detox is one more way that we have of delivering the all-important hydrogen molecules to the body.

http://www.icontact-archive.com/nBuMaHY0Fv49teZHhJoCbNgNtfqeAQqH?w=3

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