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Have you ever been caught sabotaging your own weight loss journey by making excuses, telling yourself you have no willpower or by simply surrounding yourself with unhealthy foods?
Have you ever put things on hold because "life" got in the way?
You are not alone.  
I'm... see more sure many of your are you familiar with the inner-dialogue of somebody trying to lose weight. Let's take a closer look at some troublesome thinking scenarios: 
"I'm going to have this cake because it's my birthday/his birthday/Christmas".
"I had a stressful day". 
"I really deserved this." 
"I'm going to get back on track right after my vacation".
"One slice of pizza is not going to kill me". 
"I just can't seem to control myself around chocolate/pizza/wine". 
"I worked out extra hard today so I could have this".
Any of those sound familiar? 
Sabotaging thoughts like this can not only halt your progress, they can break your spirit, weaken your motivation and destroy your focus. 
First step is to recognize those thoughts are ideas, NOT truths. 
Some of them may be true, some partially true while others may be completely false. 
Are they excuses? I'm not sure. Sometimes we really believe the statement to be true and see nothing wrong with this line of thinking, or with the consequences that it brings.
So, let's recognize that whatever we are thinking or telling ourselves is not always correct. 
Big part of being successful in losing weight, and most importantly, keeping the weight off, is being able to change your mindset from a negative place (where you suck at losing weight) to a positive place (where you know you can do it). 
What I want to teach you today is how to combat some of the most common sabotaging thoughts and change your mindset so that you can tackle weight loss in a more positive way. 
Sabotaging thought: "I didn't lose weight this week. I will never be able to lose weight again." 
Positive response: "I didn't lose weight this week but I will not let the scale define me and my progress. I have much more energy and my clothes are fitting better, so clearly I'm doing something right". 
Sabotaging thought: "I just hate being hungry".
Positive response: "Being hungry is normal. Being hungry means I'm creating a deficit NOT a surplus. I'm ok getting comfortable with hunger so I can better gauge my food intake". 
Sabotaging thought: "Eating healthy is so expensive."
Positive response: "Being sick is expensive". 
Sabotaging thought: "I've had such a long day. I really deserve to eat/drink this."
Positive response: "Every day has been a long day lately. I'm going to find non-food related ways to de-stress so that I don't reach for food every time something goes wrong". 
Sabotaging thought: "I want to lose weight but I don't think I have the energy to do what it takes right now". 
Positive response: "Do I have it in me to sit back and watch myself put on weight, or best case scenario, stay the same way?"
Sabotaging thought: "This is too much effort. This will never work for me".
Positive response: "I'm going to give it my best and see how it goes. What's the worse thing that could happen?" 
Sabotaging thought: "I just can't seem to stay on track. Life gets so busy and I have no willpower to stick to my goals." 
Positive response: "I can dwell on all the reasons why this is hard OR I can focus on why am I doing this in the first place. Being healthy is really important to me plus I've done this before so I know I can stay on track if I really want to."
Sabotaging thought: "I'm not going to be dieting while I'm on vacation. I want to have fun and not worry about the calories". 
Positive response: "I may not eat as well as I eat at home while I'm on vacation, but I will try my best to make healthier choices because weight loss is important to me. I can eat better than I would in the past and still have fun". 
Sabotaging thought: "It's my birthday so I'm celebrating".
Positive response: "It's my birthday today, office party next week, mom's birthday the week after. I can always find a reason to go off my program but right now there are more reasons to stay on the path. I'm going to find ways to enjoy myself while I reach my goals". 
Sabotaging thought: "I will get back on track tomorrow/next week/Monday/after Christmas"
Positive response: "What's the advantage of waiting? Why not start right now?" 
Sabotaging thought: "One cheat meal is not going to ruin my diet."
Positive response: "I've been feeling really good lately, why would I ruin it by cheating? Cheat meals make me feel good only for a little bit. Usually they are not even worth it so they leave me feeling guilty. I'm choosing not to feel guilty ever again". 
If you are struggling with a negative mindset or lacking motivation to stay on track, do not hesitate to contact me here. 
A lot of people today are confused about homeopathy is (and isn’t), and this situation is not helped by the skeptics of homeopathy who go to incredible extents to exaggerate and misconstrue what homeopathic medicine is and who commonly provide misinformation about it.  It is more than a tad ironic... see more that these “skeptics” who hold themselves out as “defenders of medical science” have exhibited an embarrassingly poor scientific attitude when evaluating what homeopathy is and what the scientific evidence does and doesn’t say about it. 
Because many skeptics of homeopathy today indulge in spreading misinformation about homeopathy, this blog is addressed at setting the record straight and is packed with references to confirm the veracity of what is being asserted here.
First, to clarify, advocating for or using homeopathic medicines does not preclude  appreciation for or use of selective conventional medical treatment.  Advocates of homeopathy simply honor the Hippocratic tradition of “First, do no harm” and therefore seek to explore and utilize safer methods before resorting to more risky treatments.  This perspective has historical and international roots, and it is thus no surprise that American health care which has been so resistant to homeopathic and natural therapies in its mainstream institutions is presently ranked 37th in the world in the performance of its health care system.[1]  (The #1 ranked country in the world is France, a country in which around 40% of the population uses homeopathic medicines and around 30% of its family physicians prescribe them.[2])
The fact that homeopathy became extremely popular during the 19th century primarily because of its impressive successes in treating the infectious disease epidemics that raged during that time is a fact that is totally ignored by skeptics.[3] [4] [5]  It is highly unlikely that a placebo response is the explanation for homeopathy’s notable successes in treating epidemics of cholera, yellow fever, scarlet fever, typhoid, pneumonia, or influenza. Skeptics are wonderfully clever in trying to make up stories and excuses for the good and often amazing results that people get from homeopathic medicines.  Most often, however, they simply say that “old news is no news,” as they brag about not learning from the past as though this is a good thing.
There are more than 150 placebo controlled clinical studies, most of which have shown positive results, either compared with a placebo or compared with a conventional drug.[6] [7] [8] [9] [10]  
If that were not enough, studies testing the effects of homeopathic medicines on cell cultures, plants, animals, physics experiments, and chemistry trials have shown statistically significant effects.[11] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16]   Needless to say, the placebo effect in these basic science studies is virtually non-existent, while the effects from homeopathic doses are significant and sometimes substantial. 
Skeptics are virulently silent on the entire field of hormesis (the multidisciplinary science of evaluating the power of small doses of varied biological systems) and its thousands of studies (!) in a wide variety of scientific disciplines.[17] [18]   This silence on hormesis is completely understandable because their acknowledgement of this body of evidence obliterates much of their criticisms of homeopathy.  The doses of homeopathic medicines that are commonly sold in health food stores and pharmacies throughout the world are in a similar low dosage range of the thousands of hormesis studies on low-dose effects.  It is very odd that skeptics ignore the thousands of studies in this field, and yet, these same skeptics repeat their embarrassingly uninformed mantra of “where is the research?”  It is indeed no wonder that these skeptics are often referred to as “denialists” rather than skeptics.
It is readily acknowledged that the pharmacological process of making homeopathic medicines is often misunderstood or inadequately understood.  Homeopathic medicines are made with a specific process, called potentization, that is unique to homeopathy.  Each medicine is made in double-distilled water in a glass test-tube, diluted in a 1:10 or 1:100 solution that is vigorously shaken 40 or more times.  Then, this process of dilution and succussion (vigorous shaking) is repeated 3, 6, 12, 30, 200, 1,000, or more times.  Although one would think that one is diluting out whatever was in the original solution, the immense worldwide experience using homeopathic medicines over the past 200 years prove otherwise. 
There is a body of intriguing but not yet fully verified theories about how homeopathic medicines work.  These theories are too technical for this article, though I sincerely hope that the “good skeptics” out there will work to explore and help figure out the many mysteries that may explain homeopathy, rather than repeat the old reactionary mantra that “it cannot work.” 
For instance, the new “silica hypothesis” is particularly intriguing, especially in light of the fact that approximately 6 parts per million of “silica fragments” or “chips” are known to fall off the walls of glass vial during the shaking process, and the creation of nanobubbles from the shaking process results in transient localized regions of high pressure topping 10,000 atmospheres (atm) that have been hypothesized to alter the water in a significant and persistent way.[19]
Because a homeopathic medicine is selected for its unique ability to cause the specific pattern or syndrome of symptoms that it is known to cause in overdose, a living organism has a hypersensitivity to even extremely small doses of the correctly chosen homeopathic medicine.  Just as a “C” note of a piano is hypersensitive to other “C” notes, living organisms are hypersensitive to extremely small doses of medicines that are made from substances that cause the similar symptoms that the sick person is experiencing. This ancient principle, “like cures like,” was heralded by the Oracle at Delphi, the Bible, and various Eastern cultures, and the fact that modern-day immunology and allergy treatments derive from the primary principle of homeopathy, “the law of similars,” provides additional substantiation to this system of medicine.  Conventional allergy treatment and vaccination are two of the very few conventional medical treatments that do something to augment immune response, and yet, both of these treatments derive from the homeopathic principle of similars.
Actually, a better description of this principle of similars is the “principle of resonance,” which any student of music knows has both power and hypersensitivity. The additional wisdom of this homeopathic principle is that it use leads to the prescription of medicines that mimic, rather than that suppress, the symptoms and the innate intelligence of the human body.  Because homeopathic medicines are prescribed for their ability to mimic the similar symptoms that the sick person is experiencing, it is no wonder that people find that these medicines augment immune competence and improve body and mind health.
In this light, homeopathy can and should be considered a type of “medical biomimicry” and a “resonance medicine.”
Homeopaths may not yet adequately understand precisely how their medicines work, but the body of historical and present-day evidence and experience is simply too significant to ignore.  The fact that so many highly respected people and cultural heroes over the past 200 years have used and advocated for homeopathy provides additional evidence for this medical system.  Some of these cultural heroes include eleven U.S. Presidents, six popes, JD Rockefeller, Charles Darwin, Mother Teresa, Mahatma Gandhi, and scores of literary greats, corporate leaders, sports superstars, world-class musicians, and monarchs from virtually every European country.[20] 
It is also important to acknowledge that hundreds of thousands, even millions, of medical doctors learned conventional medicine but who have used homeopathic medicines in conjunction with or (commonly) in replacement of conventional medicines.  In comparison, the number of medical professionals who have trained in homeopathy and who then stopped using these medicines is extremely small.  The fact that homeopathic medicine represents the leading medical alternative in Europe and in significant portions of Asia (especially India and Pakistan) provides additional support for this often misunderstood medical science and art.  In fact, over 100 million people in India depend solely (!) on this form of medical care.[21]  Further, according to an A.C. Neilsen survey, 62% of current homeopathy users in India have never tried conventional medicines and 82% of homeopathy users would not switch to conventional treatments.[22] 
The So-Called Best Evidence that Homeopathy Does Not Work 
Sadly and strangely, the skeptics of homeopathy put much of their belief that homeopathy does not work on a review and comparison of homeopathic and conventional medical research that was published in the Lancet in 2005.[23]  The Lancet even published an editorial in this same issue entitled “The End of Homeopathy.” 
However, this “evidence” is a very controversial and some say extremely flawed review of homeopathic research.[24] [25]  This review sought to compare 110 placebo-controlled homeopathic studies and with a “matched” group of 110 studies testing conventional medications.  The researchers appropriately sought to only evaluate those studies that their criteria deemed to be a “high quality” study. 
Although the idea of comparing studies is a good idea, the way that this group of researchers evaluated only a small subset of all studies showed an initial and ongoing bias, as you shall soon see…
First, it is important to know that the leader of this review of homeopathic research is A. Shang’s boss (and co-author of this article) is M. Eggers, a noted vocal skeptic of homeopathy.  Second, evidence of strong bias against homeopathy by these researchers was brought to light by the Lancet’s senior editor, Zoe Mullan, who acknowledged that, “Professor Eggers stated at the onset that he expected to find that homeopathy had no effect other than that of placebo.”[26]
Shang and his team deemed that “high quality trials” must fit certain criteria. It must be acknowledged that two other meta-analyses that have previously been published in the Lancet (1997) and the British Medical Journal (1991) have deemed several trials that had strongly positive effects from homeopathic treatment as “high quality” than was not deemed as such by Shang (and he has never commented about this discrepancy). 
Despite the problems in comparing conventional medical research and homeopathic research, let’s assume that the two groups of studies ARE comparable.  It is therefore more than a tad ironic that they found 21 of the homeopathic studies fit this definition of “high quality” clinical researcher but only 9 of the conventional studies did so.  One would have thought that the researchers would then compare these “high quality” trials.  However, this result would have shown that there IS a difference between homeopathic treatment and a placebo in a variety of ailments, and authors (who are known skeptics of homeopathy) could not allow that conclusion.
Instead, Shang’s group chose to only evaluate a much smaller subset of these high quality trials.  They limited the review to the largest trials in both groups to 8 homeopathic trials (with at least 98 subjects) and 6 conventional trials (with at least 146 subjects).  Strangely enough, when evaluating only this last group of larger studies, they were not comparable in ANY way. The diseases that they treated were all different.  And conveniently enough, the researchers asserted that one of the large trials testing homeopathic medicines in the treatment of patients with polyarthritis (arthritis in multiple joints) did not have a comparable trial (they actually asserted with complete seriousness that there has never been a study of patients with this common malady, and rather than admit that this large trial of 175 patients which showed significant efficacy of treatment, they simply threw out the trial from their evaluation).  When one realizes that NONE of the studies in the final evaluation matched each other in any way, the researchers’ decision to throw out this study on the homeopathic treatment of people with polyarthritis is additional evidence of the researcher’s strong biases and their efforts to prove homeopathy as a placebo “by hook or by crook.”
The researchers put a higher value of those studies with larger numbers of patients because they asserted that smaller trials are “biased,” even though they were randomized double-blind and placebo studies (and many of which were published in the Lancet, the BMJ, and other highly respected conventional medical journals).  One group of four studies on patients with respiratory allergies which included 253 subjects and was published in the BMJ[27] was not a part of the final analysis without explanation.  An earlier study published in the Lancet with 144 subjects suffering from hay fever was also missing from the final analysis.[28]  The fact that these studies showed a significant benefit from homeopathic treatment was ignored entirely.
Using large number of subjects is “do-able” in homeopathy, though it is simply less frequent, due to the high costs of such studies and due to the fact that the profit margin for the sale of homeopathic medicines does not even approach that of conventional drugs.  Also, it is a lot easier using conventional medicine than homeopathic medicine in studies because the very nature of homeopathy is the necessity to evaluate a person’s overall syndrome, not just any localized disease.  This type of sophistication in individualized treatment is a part of good acupuncture treatment as well. 
It is therefore not surprising that 6 of the 8 large homeopathic trials gave the same homeopathic medicine to every subject, no matter what symptoms of the disease the subjects in the experiments experienced.  Astonishingly enough, the Shang review included a "weight-loss" study in their final review.  The “study” used Thyroidinum 30C (a small dose of thyroid gland), even though this remedy is not reported in the homeopathic literature as an appropriate medicine for this condition.
Even though a study can be “well designed” and “well conducted,” it will become a “junk science” study if the drug used is totally inappropriate for the sick person.  As it turns out, 6 of the 8 homeopathic studies in the final analysis by Shang used homeopathic medicines that were unlikely to be prescribed by a practicing homeopath (they prescribe their medicines based on the overall syndrome of physical and psychological symptoms the patient has, not just based on the diagnosed name of the disease, except in exceptional situations).  In research and statistics, good studies need to have “internal validity” (how the study was designed and conducted) and “external validity” (how the treatment in the study can be generalized to clinical practice).  The Shang group did not even seek to evaluate whether any of the studies had “external validity” or not.  Sad, but true.
Perhaps the most interesting fact about this study was totally ignored by its authors.  Shang and his team purposefully did not evaluate safety issues of treatment.  Therefore, it is not surprising that at least three of the conventional medical treatments that were found to be “effective” initially were later found to be so dangerous that the drugs were withdrawn from medical use. 
Finally, imagine if researchers evaluated ALL studies for which antibiotics were used.  Although antibiotics are primarily effective in the treatment of bacterial infections, they have been tested to treat a wide variety of infections, not just bacterial, but as we all know, antibiotics are not effective for anything other than bacterial infection (and even then, the frequency of use of antibiotics will reduce their efficacy because the bacteria adapt to it).  Just because antibiotics are not effective for most conditions does not mean that specific antibiotics are ineffective for specific conditions.  Good science requires specificity, not over-generalized statements, as Shang and his ilk have made. 
Although the above seems to be a simple and logical statement, skeptics of homeopathy prove their paucity of rational thought by lumping together ALL types of homeopathic research, then throwing out or ignoring the vast majority of studies (including MOST of the studies that the researchers defined as “high quality”), and using studies that are not good examples of how homeopathy is practiced. 
For instance, the World Health Organization has deemed that childhood diarrhea represents one of the most serious public health problems in the world today because millions of children die each year as a result of dehydration from diarrhea.  With this concern in mind, three randomized double-blind trials were conducted testing individually chosen homeopathic medicines for children with diarrhea.  One of these studies was published in Pediatrics,[29] and another study was published in another highly respected pediatric medical journal.[30] All three of these trials showed a significant benefit from homeopathic treatment when compared with placebo. 
Similarly, four double-blind placebo controlled trials has shown benefit from the homeopathic medicine, Oscillococcinum, in the treatment of influenza.[31]  Research has consistently found it to be effective in the treatment of influenza, though it does not seem to be effective in its prevention.
As for homeopathy and respiratory allergies, reference above was already made to four studies that showed effectiveness of homeopathic treatment (2 of which were published in the BMJ and 1 of which was published in the Lancet).  Further, a review of seven double-blind and placebo controlled studies showed that homeopathic doses of Galphimia glauca were effective in treating people with hay fever.[32] 
The two new re-analyses of the Shang review of homeopathic research provide the old cliché, GIGO.  Junk data indeed creates junk science which creates junk and meaningless results.  And ironically, THIS study is considered the ‘best” evidence that homeopathy does not work.  If this is the best that they have, skepticism of homeopathy is not only dead, it is stupid dead. 
While I would like to think that this article would finally put the last nail in the coffin of skeptics of homeopathy, I know that Big Pharma will not allow that to happen.  Further, these skeptics are often like religious fundamentalists who will believe what they want to believe no matter what.  And then, there’s the impact from cognitive dissonance:  many people who have invested their time and energy into conventional medicine simply cannot imagine admitting that homeopathy may have any benefit.  It may be time to put that rotary telephone in the attic along with the typewriter and your former skepticism of homeopathic medicine.  
A Simple Challenge to Skeptics
To adequately and accurately evaluate homeopathy, one has to evaluate the whole body of evidence that has enabled homeopathy to persist for 200+ years.  While evaluating double-blind clinical trials is important, so is evaluating the wide body of basic sciences, as well as the clinical outcome trials, the epidemiological studies, the cost-effectiveness literature, and the serial case review trials.  It is strange that these defenders of science would remain so ignorant of the whole body of evidence that homeopathic medicine stands.  Some leading skeptics of homeopathy even pride themselves on the value of having a closed mind to homeopathy.[33]
Skeptics of homeopathy assume that homeopaths, more than any other type of health practitioner, have incredible magic powers to elicit a placebo effect.  We all acknowledge a certain power of the placebo in treating the “worried well,” but do skeptics of homeopathy really believe that a placebo effect is consistently effective to treat all of the serious illnesses that are commonly treated by homeopaths…and for which good double-blind studies show efficacy?  Studies at the University of Vienna showed “substantial significance” in treating patients with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease…the #4 reason that people in the USA die!)[34] and severe sepsis (a condition which kills 50% of patients in hospitals who are inflicted with it, and yet, homeopathic treatment has been found to cut this death rate in HALF!).[35]   
The vast majority of homeopaths throughout the world are medical doctors or some other licensed or certified health professional who practice family medicine and who see patients with varied acute and chronic ailments.  Therefore, I personally challenge ANY skeptic of homeopathy to try to maintain a family practice and only dispense “sugar pills,” rather than real homeopathic medicines.  My challenge is simple:  while seeing a wide variety of children and adults with various acute and chronic problems, take them off all of their conventional drugs (with the exception of insulin and a small selection of drugs of “medical necessity”), and prescribe only sugar pills…for just one week. 
When you consider that homeopaths do this for 52 weeks of the year, skeptics of homeopathy should not have any problem IF they think that homeopaths are only prescribing placebos.  Let’s see how many patients complain, call you late at night expressing concern about the ineffectiveness of your “medicine,” and simply do not return for future health care.  Any skeptic of homeopathy will be “cured” by this experience in humility.  (For the record, I have offered hundreds of skeptics with this challenge, and not a single one has agreed to “prove” that placebo treatment can work in family medicine). 
To clarify, I honor good skepticism, for a healthy skepticism seeks to truly explore a subject with knowledge and without arrogance.  Further, good skepticism seeks to understand the wide body of evidence that it is necessary to evaluate to determine veracity of phenomena.   It is the bad or ugly skepticism that breeds an unscientific attitude and that is simply a form of denialism, or in some cases, hyper-denialism. 
Sadly, many of today skeptics are fundamentalists who epitomize a “closed mind.”  Deepak Chopra said it so well when he asserted, "professional skeptics who are self-appointed vigilantes dedicated to the suppression of curiosity" (huffingtonpost, Dec 27, 2009).  When such people do not want to learn from the past, do not even read the research (or only read those studies that confirm their own point of view), and maintain a high degree of arrogance, such “skepticism” isn’t skepticism at all:  it is bad scientific thinking, it is an unhealthy attitude towards science, and it is a model for how not to learn. 
One of the leaders of the skeptics is famed magician James Randi, who like many skeptics is seemingly skeptical of everything (except conventional medicine).  He, however, has begun to lose respect from his colleagues and scientists by his skepticism of global warming.[36] 
When the denialists assert and insist that homeopathy “cannot” work, I remind them that “science” and “medicine” are not just nouns but verbs…science and medicine are ever-changing. ..and what may be today’s medicine is tomorrow’s quackery, and what may today’s quackery may be tomorrow’s medicine.  This is not a prediction; this is history.  I encourage everyone and anyone who is seriously interested in the science and art of real healing to explore what homeopathic medicine has to offer.  As Mark Twain once asserted in 1890, “you may honestly feel grateful that homeopathy survived the attempts of the allopathists [conventional physicians] to destroy it.”[37]
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[35] Frass M, Linkesch M, Banyai S, et al. Adjunctive homeopathic treatment in patients with severe sepsis: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial in an intensive care unit. Homeopathy 2005;94;75–80.  
[36] http://www.randi.org/site/index.php/swift-blog/805-agw-revisited.html
[37] Twain, M. A Majestic Literary Fossil, Harper’s Magazine, February 1890, 80(477):439–444.
DANA ULLMAN, MPH, CCH, is one of America’s leading advocates for homeopathy. He has authored 10 books, including The Homeopathic Revolution: Why Famous People and Cultural Heroes Choose Homeopathy, Homeopathy A-Z, Homeopathic Medicines for Children and Infants, Discovering Homeopathy, and (the best-selling) Everybody’s Guide to Homeopathic Medicines (with Stephen Cummings, MD). Dana also created an e-course How to Use a Homeopathic Medicine Kit which integrates 80 short videos (averaging 15 minutes) with his famous ebook that is a continually growing resource to 300+ clinical studies published in peer-review medical journals testing homeopathic medicines. This ebook combines the descriptions of these studies with practical clinical information on how to use homeopathic medicines for 100+ common ailments. This ebook is entitled Evidence Based Homeopathic Family Medicine, and it is an invaluable resource. Dana has been certified in classical homeopathy by the leading organization in the U.S. for professional homeopaths.
He is the founder of Homeopathic Educational Services, America’s leading resource center for homeopathic books, tapes, medicines, software, and correspondence courses. Homeopathic Educational Services has co-published over35 books on homeopathy with North Atlantic Books.
Dr. Monica's Wise Woman Wisdom: 7 Tips To Prevent Holiday Stress (p.s. find YOUR Bliss!)
by Dr. Monica Bickerstaff, DHM
Be aware of your feelings. You may feel sad during the holidays if someone close you to has recently passed away or you are physically far away from family and friends. You don’t... see more have to pretend to be happy, however. Once you acknowledge your feelings, you then have the freedom to move on and focus on other things. Volunteering at a soup kitchen, your local church or a temple is a great way to re-focus & shift your feelings
Be flexible. Things change, and we have to change with them to stay in the flow of life.
Do not overspend. Use this year to find simple ways to enjoy the holidays without going into debt. Creating more debt will add to the stress you are already feeling. Remember it is the spirit of giving that counts, not the dollar amount of the gift.
Do some simple relaxation exercises. Try doing a simple math problem in your head for 6-8 seconds, moving your body into an easy yoga pose, or going for a brisk walk outdoors in nature. Plan in rest stops and alone time during your (holi)days so you will not be burnt out. B-R-E-A-T-H-E!
Set boundaries. Just "SAY NO"! If you never say no, your yes will never mean anything. If you don’t treat yourself as valuable, no one else will either. This can cause you to either “stuff” your feelings down within and become resentful or blow up and explode unintentionally. Learn to delegate - you don’t have to do everything by yourself!
Laugh and do things that bring you joy. When you laugh, your brain releases neurotransmitters like dopamine, oxytocin and serotonin, which make you feel happy and content.
Stop trying to be "Perfect"! Stop comparing yourself to others or measuring your success by impossible standards, including those of your family members.
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The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly - Buddha. #holisticunited #holisticquotes #holisticgram
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Cleaning a house naturally is not any more difficult than cleaning it with harsh chemicals. It improves indoor air quality and is much safer, especially for children.
We’ve switched entirely to natural cleaning products and our house is just as clean (or cleaner!). I don’t have to worry about... see more the kids getting sick if they lick the floors. (What, your kids don’t do that?)
Imagine having a friend tell you that they’re getting ready to start their own business and taking on $70,000 in debt to do it, only to hope that they can make a profit in 3 years time.
But in the meantime, they have to live and breathe their business. Sacrificing late nights, weekends, and time away... see more from family to try to make ends meet.
The struggle is real and odds are that your friend will stay stuck in a cycle of long hours and living paycheck to paycheck.
It sounds crazy right? And you’re probably thinking your friend is taking a huge risk right now.
But the irony is that this is exactly what we’re told to expect in school. Practice management experts will tell you, "Spend tons of money before you even see your first patient, then expect to work for the next several years before you can write yourself a decent paycheck. Oh and by the way, you’ll also be spending thousands of dollars in overhead a month to keep your practice running, too."
That’s just a recipe for burnout if you ask me.
I remember getting ready to quit my associateship, where I was working 11-hour days and making peanuts in a high-volume practice, and crunching the numbers on what it would take to start my own practice…
…and it was when a colleague in the same area told me that he spends $30,000 PER MONTH on overhead…I knew there just had to be another way that was easier on the budget to get my own practice off the ground.
Plus, I was completely done with the stress of a high volume, insurance-based practice. I felt trapped in those 4 walls and wanted to spend more time with my patients.
That’s when the light bulb moment hit me back in 2009….and I decided to create a house call practice. 
And with that one decision, I was able to start my practice for a mere $2K.
I had just instantly saved myself thousands of dollars in start-up costs. The staggering overhead went away. The high volume pressures were gone, and the red tape bureaucracy of insurance went away, because I created a cash practice that streamlined my systems and allowed me to focus on the work I love, rather than trying to run a practice.
I had longer appointments with patients and was able to provide care in their own home or office, which immediately made this a premium service that patients happily paid 3 times more compared to typical practices in my area for this level of care and convenience.
This allowed me to work part-time hours and still hit the income goals that I wanted.
The best part is that I did all of this and became profitable in 3 months, NOT the standard 3 years that everyone tells you to expect.
Here’s what this means for you...
You can start seeing patients immediately with little to no overhead by offering house calls.
You can spend more time serving the people in your community.
You can focus on quality vs. quantity.
The assembly line of high volume goes away. The type of provider that you want to be can thrive.
And you can build a thriving practice, where you got paid very well doing the work you love, and you can support your life and your loved ones.
So if you’re freaking out because your crunching practice numbers in a practice management class or you're drowning in practice overhead...
…then house calls may be exactly what you’re looking for.
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You know that for most of us, food is so much more than just fuel. We eat for many reasons other than keeping ourselves alive.
Some of those reasons are healthy and positive. Some of them are less so.
For instance:
Some of us look for the comfort, soothing, and physical pleasure that... see more we aren’t getting from our relationships.
Unlike certain people, food is undemanding. It’s always there for us and it lives to give.
Overeating is often a welcome release in a life that is full of commitments, obligations, responsibilities, and demands from others.
Some of us try to protect ourselves by eating (or not-eating). Some of us “stuff” ourselves with food to help us “stuff” our emotions.
Eating can distract us from conflict or take the place of self-assertion and direct confrontation.
On the other hand, people overeat in not only stressful, but the happiest of situations.
You can easily fall into a trap of finding reasons to celebrate just so you can overeat and say "It's a special occasion, I can have this" or "I'm celebrating, it's worth having it". 
But we needn’t call a psychiatrist every time we catch ourselves with our hands in a cookie jar. The source of our disordered eating isn’t always pathology. Sometimes it’s just a matter of habit.
The good news?
We can address our past hurts and unmet needs. We can change our habits.
If you are unsure what's the difference between physical and emotional hunger read this. When you understand the difference between those two, you will be able to control it better. 
Then, try these 5 tips below and see if they help with your emotional eating. 
1. Understand that food does not solve problems. 
Having a tub of ice cream because you feel heart broken will not mend the heart.
Eating or drinking provides a temporary distraction and a dopamine (pleasure hormone) release but often leaves us feeling worse than before.
Dopamine's main goal is to make us pursue happiness, not to make us happy.
We often mistake the experience of wanting for a guarantee of happiness.
As humans, we find it nearly impossible to distinguish the promise of reward from whatever pleasure or pay off we are seeking.  
The promise of reward is so powerful that we continue to pursue things that don't make us happy, and consume things that bring us more misery than satisfaction.
Having extra piece of chocolate because you think that, that 9th piece is finally going to hit the spot, or fill the hole that the 8th piece quite couldn't. 
2. Work on finding non-food-related ways to deal with stress, and emotions in general. 
Life is full of stress and struggles. It always will be. If you are hoping to wait for the time when life will be less stressful so you can get on with your diet, you will be waiting for a loooong time. There is always going to be hurdles and new challenges to tackle. That's the curse but also the beauty of life. 
Some of the most effective strategies to relief stress are: exercising, praying, reading, listening to music, meditating, yoga, walking outside, spending time with friends. 
Some of the least effective strategies are: shopping, gambling, smoking, drinking, eating, stuffing the Web, playing video games, watching tv for more than 2 hours. 
3. Distract yourself. 
When you start to feel an eating/drinking desire coming in: leave the kitchen, go for a walk, go upstairs, cuddle with your pet, call your friend, pick an item on your chores list and do it. 
Put physical distance between yourself and the object of your desire. 
4. Set a timer. 
When that urge comes - set a 5 or 10 minute timer and wait. If the urge is still there, go for it. If it went away - right on. Even if you still cave in, you are more likely to eat/drink less than before, as your actions will be less automatic and more rational. 
5. Try meditating. 
Studies show that people who meditate have more self-control. Even 5-minute daily meditations seem to work very well to help people be more mindful when eating and drinking. 
Have more questions on emotional eating or building new habits that can help you overcome it - let me help you. 
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With the changing times, people had started opting for the things that were convenient and didn’t take much of their time. Disposable bags, bottles, and cups only increased the waste even if they made life easy.
However, there is a need to live the all-natural lifestyle once again. Keeping yourself... see more away from the chemicals will not only protect you from a wide range of diseases but also save you a lot of money. Ingredients present in the house make great cleansers, detergents, and skin-care products. Minimizing use of resources such as water and energy will promote a greener and cost-effective lifestyle.
Here are 7 easy swaps you can make for a greener house.
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Plant-based foods don’t just ensure that you leave a smaller carbon footprint behind, they also happen to be extremely nutrient-rich.
Let’s look at a few other pressing reasons why you should eat more plant-based foods.
1. They Provide Energy
The body needs to produce enzymes for the digestion... see more process. And production of these enzymes needs energy, which causes some stress in the system. And as we get older, our enzyme production slows down, and it helps to consume enzyme rich foods, so that this strain on the enzyme-production system is lowered. A plant-based diet, especially raw foods are easily digested and absorbed, which translates into a net gain in the energy levels. Food cooked above 118 degrees Fahrenheit destroys these enzymes.
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Be thankful for what you are now and keep fighting for what you want to be tomorrow. 
#advice #inspiration 
#motivation #health
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Have you ever been caught sabotaging your own weight loss journey by making excuses, telling yourself you have no willpower or by simply surrounding yourself with unhealthy foods?
Have you ever put things on hold because "life" got in the way?
You are not alone.  
I'm... see more sure many of your are you familiar with the inner-dialogue of somebody trying to lose weight. Let's take a closer look at some troublesome thinking scenarios: 
"I'm going to have this cake because it's my birthday/his birthday/Christmas".
"I had a stressful day". 
"I really deserved this." 
"I'm going to get back on track right after my vacation".
"One slice of pizza is not going to kill me". 
"I just can't seem to control myself around chocolate/pizza/wine". 
"I worked out extra hard today so I could have this".
Any of those sound familiar? 
Sabotaging thoughts like this can not only halt your progress, they can break your spirit, weaken your motivation and destroy your focus. 
First step is to recognize those thoughts are ideas, NOT truths. 
Some of them may be true, some partially true while others may be completely false. 
Are they excuses? I'm not sure. Sometimes we really believe the statement to be true and see nothing wrong with this line of thinking, or with the consequences that it brings.
So, let's recognize that whatever we are thinking or telling ourselves is not always correct. 
Big part of being successful in losing weight, and most importantly, keeping the weight off, is being able to change your mindset from a negative place (where you suck at losing weight) to a positive place (where you know you can do it). 
What I want to teach you today is how to combat some of the most common sabotaging thoughts and change your mindset so that you can tackle weight loss in a more positive way. 
Sabotaging thought: "I didn't lose weight this week. I will never be able to lose weight again." 
Positive response: "I didn't lose weight this week but I will not let the scale define me and my progress. I have much more energy and my clothes are fitting better, so clearly I'm doing something right". 
Sabotaging thought: "I just hate being hungry".
Positive response: "Being hungry is normal. Being hungry means I'm creating a deficit NOT a surplus. I'm ok getting comfortable with hunger so I can better gauge my food intake". 
Sabotaging thought: "Eating healthy is so expensive."
Positive response: "Being sick is expensive". 
Sabotaging thought: "I've had such a long day. I really deserve to eat/drink this."
Positive response: "Every day has been a long day lately. I'm going to find non-food related ways to de-stress so that I don't reach for food every time something goes wrong". 
Sabotaging thought: "I want to lose weight but I don't think I have the energy to do what it takes right now". 
Positive response: "Do I have it in me to sit back and watch myself put on weight, or best case scenario, stay the same way?"
Sabotaging thought: "This is too much effort. This will never work for me".
Positive response: "I'm going to give it my best and see how it goes. What's the worse thing that could happen?" 
Sabotaging thought: "I just can't seem to stay on track. Life gets so busy and I have no willpower to stick to my goals." 
Positive response: "I can dwell on all the reasons why this is hard OR I can focus on why am I doing this in the first place. Being healthy is really important to me plus I've done this before so I know I can stay on track if I really want to."
Sabotaging thought: "I'm not going to be dieting while I'm on vacation. I want to have fun and not worry about the calories". 
Positive response: "I may not eat as well as I eat at home while I'm on vacation, but I will try my best to make healthier choices because weight loss is important to me. I can eat better than I would in the past and still have fun". 
Sabotaging thought: "It's my birthday so I'm celebrating".
Positive response: "It's my birthday today, office party next week, mom's birthday the week after. I can always find a reason to go off my program but right now there are more reasons to stay on the path. I'm going to find ways to enjoy myself while I reach my goals". 
Sabotaging thought: "I will get back on track tomorrow/next week/Monday/after Christmas"
Positive response: "What's the advantage of waiting? Why not start right now?" 
Sabotaging thought: "One cheat meal is not going to ruin my diet."
Positive response: "I've been feeling really good lately, why would I ruin it by cheating? Cheat meals make me feel good only for a little bit. Usually they are not even worth it so they leave me feeling guilty. I'm choosing not to feel guilty ever again". 
If you are struggling with a negative mindset or lacking motivation to stay on track, do not hesitate to contact me here. 
A lot of people today are confused about homeopathy is (and isn’t), and this situation is not helped by the skeptics of homeopathy who go to incredible extents to exaggerate and misconstrue what homeopathic medicine is and who commonly provide misinformation about it.  It is more than a tad ironic... see more that these “skeptics” who hold themselves out as “defenders of medical science” have exhibited an embarrassingly poor scientific attitude when evaluating what homeopathy is and what the scientific evidence does and doesn’t say about it. 
Because many skeptics of homeopathy today indulge in spreading misinformation about homeopathy, this blog is addressed at setting the record straight and is packed with references to confirm the veracity of what is being asserted here.
First, to clarify, advocating for or using homeopathic medicines does not preclude  appreciation for or use of selective conventional medical treatment.  Advocates of homeopathy simply honor the Hippocratic tradition of “First, do no harm” and therefore seek to explore and utilize safer methods before resorting to more risky treatments.  This perspective has historical and international roots, and it is thus no surprise that American health care which has been so resistant to homeopathic and natural therapies in its mainstream institutions is presently ranked 37th in the world in the performance of its health care system.[1]  (The #1 ranked country in the world is France, a country in which around 40% of the population uses homeopathic medicines and around 30% of its family physicians prescribe them.[2])
The fact that homeopathy became extremely popular during the 19th century primarily because of its impressive successes in treating the infectious disease epidemics that raged during that time is a fact that is totally ignored by skeptics.[3] [4] [5]  It is highly unlikely that a placebo response is the explanation for homeopathy’s notable successes in treating epidemics of cholera, yellow fever, scarlet fever, typhoid, pneumonia, or influenza. Skeptics are wonderfully clever in trying to make up stories and excuses for the good and often amazing results that people get from homeopathic medicines.  Most often, however, they simply say that “old news is no news,” as they brag about not learning from the past as though this is a good thing.
There are more than 150 placebo controlled clinical studies, most of which have shown positive results, either compared with a placebo or compared with a conventional drug.[6] [7] [8] [9] [10]  
If that were not enough, studies testing the effects of homeopathic medicines on cell cultures, plants, animals, physics experiments, and chemistry trials have shown statistically significant effects.[11] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16]   Needless to say, the placebo effect in these basic science studies is virtually non-existent, while the effects from homeopathic doses are significant and sometimes substantial. 
Skeptics are virulently silent on the entire field of hormesis (the multidisciplinary science of evaluating the power of small doses of varied biological systems) and its thousands of studies (!) in a wide variety of scientific disciplines.[17] [18]   This silence on hormesis is completely understandable because their acknowledgement of this body of evidence obliterates much of their criticisms of homeopathy.  The doses of homeopathic medicines that are commonly sold in health food stores and pharmacies throughout the world are in a similar low dosage range of the thousands of hormesis studies on low-dose effects.  It is very odd that skeptics ignore the thousands of studies in this field, and yet, these same skeptics repeat their embarrassingly uninformed mantra of “where is the research?”  It is indeed no wonder that these skeptics are often referred to as “denialists” rather than skeptics.
It is readily acknowledged that the pharmacological process of making homeopathic medicines is often misunderstood or inadequately understood.  Homeopathic medicines are made with a specific process, called potentization, that is unique to homeopathy.  Each medicine is made in double-distilled water in a glass test-tube, diluted in a 1:10 or 1:100 solution that is vigorously shaken 40 or more times.  Then, this process of dilution and succussion (vigorous shaking) is repeated 3, 6, 12, 30, 200, 1,000, or more times.  Although one would think that one is diluting out whatever was in the original solution, the immense worldwide experience using homeopathic medicines over the past 200 years prove otherwise. 
There is a body of intriguing but not yet fully verified theories about how homeopathic medicines work.  These theories are too technical for this article, though I sincerely hope that the “good skeptics” out there will work to explore and help figure out the many mysteries that may explain homeopathy, rather than repeat the old reactionary mantra that “it cannot work.” 
For instance, the new “silica hypothesis” is particularly intriguing, especially in light of the fact that approximately 6 parts per million of “silica fragments” or “chips” are known to fall off the walls of glass vial during the shaking process, and the creation of nanobubbles from the shaking process results in transient localized regions of high pressure topping 10,000 atmospheres (atm) that have been hypothesized to alter the water in a significant and persistent way.[19]
Because a homeopathic medicine is selected for its unique ability to cause the specific pattern or syndrome of symptoms that it is known to cause in overdose, a living organism has a hypersensitivity to even extremely small doses of the correctly chosen homeopathic medicine.  Just as a “C” note of a piano is hypersensitive to other “C” notes, living organisms are hypersensitive to extremely small doses of medicines that are made from substances that cause the similar symptoms that the sick person is experiencing. This ancient principle, “like cures like,” was heralded by the Oracle at Delphi, the Bible, and various Eastern cultures, and the fact that modern-day immunology and allergy treatments derive from the primary principle of homeopathy, “the law of similars,” provides additional substantiation to this system of medicine.  Conventional allergy treatment and vaccination are two of the very few conventional medical treatments that do something to augment immune response, and yet, both of these treatments derive from the homeopathic principle of similars.
Actually, a better description of this principle of similars is the “principle of resonance,” which any student of music knows has both power and hypersensitivity. The additional wisdom of this homeopathic principle is that it use leads to the prescription of medicines that mimic, rather than that suppress, the symptoms and the innate intelligence of the human body.  Because homeopathic medicines are prescribed for their ability to mimic the similar symptoms that the sick person is experiencing, it is no wonder that people find that these medicines augment immune competence and improve body and mind health.
In this light, homeopathy can and should be considered a type of “medical biomimicry” and a “resonance medicine.”
Homeopaths may not yet adequately understand precisely how their medicines work, but the body of historical and present-day evidence and experience is simply too significant to ignore.  The fact that so many highly respected people and cultural heroes over the past 200 years have used and advocated for homeopathy provides additional evidence for this medical system.  Some of these cultural heroes include eleven U.S. Presidents, six popes, JD Rockefeller, Charles Darwin, Mother Teresa, Mahatma Gandhi, and scores of literary greats, corporate leaders, sports superstars, world-class musicians, and monarchs from virtually every European country.[20] 
It is also important to acknowledge that hundreds of thousands, even millions, of medical doctors learned conventional medicine but who have used homeopathic medicines in conjunction with or (commonly) in replacement of conventional medicines.  In comparison, the number of medical professionals who have trained in homeopathy and who then stopped using these medicines is extremely small.  The fact that homeopathic medicine represents the leading medical alternative in Europe and in significant portions of Asia (especially India and Pakistan) provides additional support for this often misunderstood medical science and art.  In fact, over 100 million people in India depend solely (!) on this form of medical care.[21]  Further, according to an A.C. Neilsen survey, 62% of current homeopathy users in India have never tried conventional medicines and 82% of homeopathy users would not switch to conventional treatments.[22] 
The So-Called Best Evidence that Homeopathy Does Not Work 
Sadly and strangely, the skeptics of homeopathy put much of their belief that homeopathy does not work on a review and comparison of homeopathic and conventional medical research that was published in the Lancet in 2005.[23]  The Lancet even published an editorial in this same issue entitled “The End of Homeopathy.” 
However, this “evidence” is a very controversial and some say extremely flawed review of homeopathic research.[24] [25]  This review sought to compare 110 placebo-controlled homeopathic studies and with a “matched” group of 110 studies testing conventional medications.  The researchers appropriately sought to only evaluate those studies that their criteria deemed to be a “high quality” study. 
Although the idea of comparing studies is a good idea, the way that this group of researchers evaluated only a small subset of all studies showed an initial and ongoing bias, as you shall soon see…
First, it is important to know that the leader of this review of homeopathic research is A. Shang’s boss (and co-author of this article) is M. Eggers, a noted vocal skeptic of homeopathy.  Second, evidence of strong bias against homeopathy by these researchers was brought to light by the Lancet’s senior editor, Zoe Mullan, who acknowledged that, “Professor Eggers stated at the onset that he expected to find that homeopathy had no effect other than that of placebo.”[26]
Shang and his team deemed that “high quality trials” must fit certain criteria. It must be acknowledged that two other meta-analyses that have previously been published in the Lancet (1997) and the British Medical Journal (1991) have deemed several trials that had strongly positive effects from homeopathic treatment as “high quality” than was not deemed as such by Shang (and he has never commented about this discrepancy). 
Despite the problems in comparing conventional medical research and homeopathic research, let’s assume that the two groups of studies ARE comparable.  It is therefore more than a tad ironic that they found 21 of the homeopathic studies fit this definition of “high quality” clinical researcher but only 9 of the conventional studies did so.  One would have thought that the researchers would then compare these “high quality” trials.  However, this result would have shown that there IS a difference between homeopathic treatment and a placebo in a variety of ailments, and authors (who are known skeptics of homeopathy) could not allow that conclusion.
Instead, Shang’s group chose to only evaluate a much smaller subset of these high quality trials.  They limited the review to the largest trials in both groups to 8 homeopathic trials (with at least 98 subjects) and 6 conventional trials (with at least 146 subjects).  Strangely enough, when evaluating only this last group of larger studies, they were not comparable in ANY way. The diseases that they treated were all different.  And conveniently enough, the researchers asserted that one of the large trials testing homeopathic medicines in the treatment of patients with polyarthritis (arthritis in multiple joints) did not have a comparable trial (they actually asserted with complete seriousness that there has never been a study of patients with this common malady, and rather than admit that this large trial of 175 patients which showed significant efficacy of treatment, they simply threw out the trial from their evaluation).  When one realizes that NONE of the studies in the final evaluation matched each other in any way, the researchers’ decision to throw out this study on the homeopathic treatment of people with polyarthritis is additional evidence of the researcher’s strong biases and their efforts to prove homeopathy as a placebo “by hook or by crook.”
The researchers put a higher value of those studies with larger numbers of patients because they asserted that smaller trials are “biased,” even though they were randomized double-blind and placebo studies (and many of which were published in the Lancet, the BMJ, and other highly respected conventional medical journals).  One group of four studies on patients with respiratory allergies which included 253 subjects and was published in the BMJ[27] was not a part of the final analysis without explanation.  An earlier study published in the Lancet with 144 subjects suffering from hay fever was also missing from the final analysis.[28]  The fact that these studies showed a significant benefit from homeopathic treatment was ignored entirely.
Using large number of subjects is “do-able” in homeopathy, though it is simply less frequent, due to the high costs of such studies and due to the fact that the profit margin for the sale of homeopathic medicines does not even approach that of conventional drugs.  Also, it is a lot easier using conventional medicine than homeopathic medicine in studies because the very nature of homeopathy is the necessity to evaluate a person’s overall syndrome, not just any localized disease.  This type of sophistication in individualized treatment is a part of good acupuncture treatment as well. 
It is therefore not surprising that 6 of the 8 large homeopathic trials gave the same homeopathic medicine to every subject, no matter what symptoms of the disease the subjects in the experiments experienced.  Astonishingly enough, the Shang review included a "weight-loss" study in their final review.  The “study” used Thyroidinum 30C (a small dose of thyroid gland), even though this remedy is not reported in the homeopathic literature as an appropriate medicine for this condition.
Even though a study can be “well designed” and “well conducted,” it will become a “junk science” study if the drug used is totally inappropriate for the sick person.  As it turns out, 6 of the 8 homeopathic studies in the final analysis by Shang used homeopathic medicines that were unlikely to be prescribed by a practicing homeopath (they prescribe their medicines based on the overall syndrome of physical and psychological symptoms the patient has, not just based on the diagnosed name of the disease, except in exceptional situations).  In research and statistics, good studies need to have “internal validity” (how the study was designed and conducted) and “external validity” (how the treatment in the study can be generalized to clinical practice).  The Shang group did not even seek to evaluate whether any of the studies had “external validity” or not.  Sad, but true.
Perhaps the most interesting fact about this study was totally ignored by its authors.  Shang and his team purposefully did not evaluate safety issues of treatment.  Therefore, it is not surprising that at least three of the conventional medical treatments that were found to be “effective” initially were later found to be so dangerous that the drugs were withdrawn from medical use. 
Finally, imagine if researchers evaluated ALL studies for which antibiotics were used.  Although antibiotics are primarily effective in the treatment of bacterial infections, they have been tested to treat a wide variety of infections, not just bacterial, but as we all know, antibiotics are not effective for anything other than bacterial infection (and even then, the frequency of use of antibiotics will reduce their efficacy because the bacteria adapt to it).  Just because antibiotics are not effective for most conditions does not mean that specific antibiotics are ineffective for specific conditions.  Good science requires specificity, not over-generalized statements, as Shang and his ilk have made. 
Although the above seems to be a simple and logical statement, skeptics of homeopathy prove their paucity of rational thought by lumping together ALL types of homeopathic research, then throwing out or ignoring the vast majority of studies (including MOST of the studies that the researchers defined as “high quality”), and using studies that are not good examples of how homeopathy is practiced. 
For instance, the World Health Organization has deemed that childhood diarrhea represents one of the most serious public health problems in the world today because millions of children die each year as a result of dehydration from diarrhea.  With this concern in mind, three randomized double-blind trials were conducted testing individually chosen homeopathic medicines for children with diarrhea.  One of these studies was published in Pediatrics,[29] and another study was published in another highly respected pediatric medical journal.[30] All three of these trials showed a significant benefit from homeopathic treatment when compared with placebo. 
Similarly, four double-blind placebo controlled trials has shown benefit from the homeopathic medicine, Oscillococcinum, in the treatment of influenza.[31]  Research has consistently found it to be effective in the treatment of influenza, though it does not seem to be effective in its prevention.
As for homeopathy and respiratory allergies, reference above was already made to four studies that showed effectiveness of homeopathic treatment (2 of which were published in the BMJ and 1 of which was published in the Lancet).  Further, a review of seven double-blind and placebo controlled studies showed that homeopathic doses of Galphimia glauca were effective in treating people with hay fever.[32] 
The two new re-analyses of the Shang review of homeopathic research provide the old cliché, GIGO.  Junk data indeed creates junk science which creates junk and meaningless results.  And ironically, THIS study is considered the ‘best” evidence that homeopathy does not work.  If this is the best that they have, skepticism of homeopathy is not only dead, it is stupid dead. 
While I would like to think that this article would finally put the last nail in the coffin of skeptics of homeopathy, I know that Big Pharma will not allow that to happen.  Further, these skeptics are often like religious fundamentalists who will believe what they want to believe no matter what.  And then, there’s the impact from cognitive dissonance:  many people who have invested their time and energy into conventional medicine simply cannot imagine admitting that homeopathy may have any benefit.  It may be time to put that rotary telephone in the attic along with the typewriter and your former skepticism of homeopathic medicine.  
A Simple Challenge to Skeptics
To adequately and accurately evaluate homeopathy, one has to evaluate the whole body of evidence that has enabled homeopathy to persist for 200+ years.  While evaluating double-blind clinical trials is important, so is evaluating the wide body of basic sciences, as well as the clinical outcome trials, the epidemiological studies, the cost-effectiveness literature, and the serial case review trials.  It is strange that these defenders of science would remain so ignorant of the whole body of evidence that homeopathic medicine stands.  Some leading skeptics of homeopathy even pride themselves on the value of having a closed mind to homeopathy.[33]
Skeptics of homeopathy assume that homeopaths, more than any other type of health practitioner, have incredible magic powers to elicit a placebo effect.  We all acknowledge a certain power of the placebo in treating the “worried well,” but do skeptics of homeopathy really believe that a placebo effect is consistently effective to treat all of the serious illnesses that are commonly treated by homeopaths…and for which good double-blind studies show efficacy?  Studies at the University of Vienna showed “substantial significance” in treating patients with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease…the #4 reason that people in the USA die!)[34] and severe sepsis (a condition which kills 50% of patients in hospitals who are inflicted with it, and yet, homeopathic treatment has been found to cut this death rate in HALF!).[35]   
The vast majority of homeopaths throughout the world are medical doctors or some other licensed or certified health professional who practice family medicine and who see patients with varied acute and chronic ailments.  Therefore, I personally challenge ANY skeptic of homeopathy to try to maintain a family practice and only dispense “sugar pills,” rather than real homeopathic medicines.  My challenge is simple:  while seeing a wide variety of children and adults with various acute and chronic problems, take them off all of their conventional drugs (with the exception of insulin and a small selection of drugs of “medical necessity”), and prescribe only sugar pills…for just one week. 
When you consider that homeopaths do this for 52 weeks of the year, skeptics of homeopathy should not have any problem IF they think that homeopaths are only prescribing placebos.  Let’s see how many patients complain, call you late at night expressing concern about the ineffectiveness of your “medicine,” and simply do not return for future health care.  Any skeptic of homeopathy will be “cured” by this experience in humility.  (For the record, I have offered hundreds of skeptics with this challenge, and not a single one has agreed to “prove” that placebo treatment can work in family medicine). 
To clarify, I honor good skepticism, for a healthy skepticism seeks to truly explore a subject with knowledge and without arrogance.  Further, good skepticism seeks to understand the wide body of evidence that it is necessary to evaluate to determine veracity of phenomena.   It is the bad or ugly skepticism that breeds an unscientific attitude and that is simply a form of denialism, or in some cases, hyper-denialism. 
Sadly, many of today skeptics are fundamentalists who epitomize a “closed mind.”  Deepak Chopra said it so well when he asserted, "professional skeptics who are self-appointed vigilantes dedicated to the suppression of curiosity" (huffingtonpost, Dec 27, 2009).  When such people do not want to learn from the past, do not even read the research (or only read those studies that confirm their own point of view), and maintain a high degree of arrogance, such “skepticism” isn’t skepticism at all:  it is bad scientific thinking, it is an unhealthy attitude towards science, and it is a model for how not to learn. 
One of the leaders of the skeptics is famed magician James Randi, who like many skeptics is seemingly skeptical of everything (except conventional medicine).  He, however, has begun to lose respect from his colleagues and scientists by his skepticism of global warming.[36] 
When the denialists assert and insist that homeopathy “cannot” work, I remind them that “science” and “medicine” are not just nouns but verbs…science and medicine are ever-changing. ..and what may be today’s medicine is tomorrow’s quackery, and what may today’s quackery may be tomorrow’s medicine.  This is not a prediction; this is history.  I encourage everyone and anyone who is seriously interested in the science and art of real healing to explore what homeopathic medicine has to offer.  As Mark Twain once asserted in 1890, “you may honestly feel grateful that homeopathy survived the attempts of the allopathists [conventional physicians] to destroy it.”[37]
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[2] Ullman, Dana.  Homeopathic Medicine: Europe’s #1 Medical Alternative.  www.huffingtonpost.com/dana-ullman ; also: Fisher, Peter, and Ward, Adam, “Complementary Medicine in Europe,” British Medical Journal, July 9, 1994,309:107-110.
[3] Coulter HL, Divided Legacy: The Schism in Medical Thought. Volumes 2 & 3. Berkeley: North Atlantic, 1975, 1973. (Note:  Dr. Harris Coulter, a world renown medical historian who specialized in the history of homeopathic medicine, passed away in October, 2009.)
[4] Rothstein, W. Physicians in the Nineteenth Century. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1972.
[5] Ullman Dana. The Homeopathic Revolution: Why Famous People and Cultural Heroes Choose Homeopathy. Berkeley: North Atlantic, 2007.  www.HomeopathicRevolution.com
[6] Jonas WB, Kaptchuk TJ, Linde K, A Critical Overview of Homeopathy, Annals in Internal Medicine, March 4, 2003:138:393-399.
[7] Linde K, Clausius N, Ramirez G, et al., "Are the Clinical Effects of Homoeopathy Placebo Effects?  A Meta-analysis of Placebo-Controlled Trials," Lancet, September 20, 1997, 350:834-843. (In 1999, Linde acknowledged that some new research reduced the significance of this review, but he never said or implied that the significance was lost. In fact, in 2005, he sharply criticized the Shang review of homeopathic research.)
[8] Kleijnen J, Knipschild P, ter Riet G, "Clinical Trials of Homoeopathy," British Medical Journal, February 9, 1991, 302:316-323.
[9] Ullman Dana. Homeopathic Family Medicine: Evidence Based Nanopharmacology. An ebook. www.homeopathic.com/ebook 
[10] M. Weiser, W. Strosser, P. Klein, “Homeopathic vs Conventional Treatment of Vertigo: A Randomized Double-blind Controlled Clinical Trial,” Archives of Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery, August, 1998, 124:879-885.
[11] http://avilian.co.uk/ --This site provides references and links to many high quality basic science studies. 
[12] Witt CM, Bluth M, Albrecht H, Weisshuhn TE, Baumgartner S, Willich SN. The in vitro evidence for an effect of high homeopathic potencies--a systematic review of the literature. Complement Ther Med. 2007 Jun;15(2):128-38. Epub 2007 Mar 28. 
[13] Rey, L. Thermoluminescence of Ultra-High Dilutions of Lithium Chloride and Sodium Chloride. Physica A, 323(2003)67-74.
[14] Elia, V, and Niccoli, M. Thermodynamics of Extremely Diluted Aqueous Solutions, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 879, 1999:241-248.  Elia, V, Baiano, S, Duro, I, Napoli, E, Niccoli, M, Nonatelli, L. Permanent Physio-chemical Properties of Extremely Diluted Aqueous Solutions of Homeopathic Medicines, Homeopathy, 93, 2004:144-150.
[15] International Journal of High Dilution Research. http://www.feg.unesp.br/~ojs/index.php/ijhdr
[16] HomBRex - a database on Basic Research experiments on Homeopathy. http://www.carstens-stiftung.org/ -- a database of over 1,400 basic science studies, accessed 12-31-09. 
[17] Calabrese, Edward.  Hormesis: a revolution in toxicology, risk assessment and medicine. EMBO 5,2004: S37–S40. doi:10.1038/sj.embor.7400222. 
[18] Calabrese EJ, Linda A Baldwin LA. Applications of hormesis in toxicology, risk assessment and chemotherapeutics. Trends in Pharmacological Sciences, Volume 23, Issue 7, 331-337, 1 July 2002. doi:10.1016/S0165-6147(02)02034-5.
[19] Demangeat, J.-L, Gries, P, Poitevin, B, Droesbeke J.-J, Zahaf, T, Maton, F, Pierart, C, Muller, RN, Low-Field NMR Water Proton Longitudinal Relaxation in Ultrahighly Diluted Aqueous Solutions of Silica-Lactose Prepared in Glass Material for Pharmaceutical Use, Applied Magnetic Resonance, 26, 2004:465-481.
[20] Ullman Dana. The Homeopathic Revolution: Why Famous People and Cultural Heroes Choose Homeopathy. Berkeley: North Atlantic, 2007.  www.HomeopathicRevolution.com
[21] Prasad R. Homoeopathy booming in India. Lancet, 370:November 17, 2007,1679-80.
[22] A C Neilsen survey backs homeopathy benefits. Business Standard. September 4, 2007. http://www.business-standard.com/india/news/a-c-nielsen-survey-backs-homeopathy-benefits/295891/
[23] Shang A, Huwiler-Müntener K, Nartey L, Jüni P, Dörig S, Sterne JA, Pewsner D, Egger M.  Are the clinical effects of homoeopathy placebo effects? Comparative study of placebo-controlled trials of homoeopathy and allopathy.  The Lancet.  366,9487, 27 August 2005:726-732.
[24] Lüdtke R, Rutten ALB. The conclusions on the effectiveness of homeopathy highly depend on the set of analysed trials.  Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. October 2008. doi: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2008.06/015. 
[25] Rutten ALB, Stolper CF, The 2005 meta-analysis of homeopathy: The importance of post-publication data. Homeopathy. October 2008, doi:10.1016/j.homp.2008.09/008
[26] EHM News Bureau. Condemnation for The Lancet’s Stance on Homeopathy. Express Pharma Pulse, October 6, 2005.
[27] MA Taylor, D Reilly, RH Llewellyn-Jones, et al., Randomised Controlled Trial of Homoeopathy versus Placebo in Perennial Allergic Rhinitis with Overview of Four Trial Series, BMJ (August 19, 2000)321:471-476.
[28] D. Reilly, M. Taylor, C. McSharry, et al., Is Homoeopathy a Placebo Response? Controlled Trial of Homoeopathic Potency, with Pollen in Hayfever as Model. Lancet, 1985:881-6.
[29] Jennifer Jacobs, L. Jimenez, Margarita, Stephen Gloyd, "Treatment of Acute Childhood Diarrhea with Homeopathic Medicine: A Randomized Clinical Trial in Nicaragua," Pediatrics, May 1994, 93,5:719-25.
[30] Jacobs J, Jonas WB, Jiménez-Pérez M, Crothers D, Homeopathy for Childhood Diarrhea: Combined Results and Meta-Analysis from Three Randomized-Controlled Clinical Trials. Pediatrics Infectious Disease Journal. . 2003;22:229-234.
[31] Vickers A, Smith C. Homoeopathic Oscillococcinum for preventing and treating influenza and influenza-like syndromes. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2006, Issue 3. Art. No.: CD001957. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD001957.pub3. 
[32] M. Wiesenauer, R. Ludtke, "A Meta-analysis of the Homeopathic Treatment of Pollinosis with Galphimia glauca," Forsch Komplementarmed., 3(1996):230-234. 
[33] Baum M, Ernst E. Should we maintain an open mind about homeopathy? Am J Med 2009;122:973–974.
[34] Frass M, Dielacher C, Linkesch M,  et al. Influence of potassium dichromate on tracheal secretions in critically ill patients. Chest 2005;127:936-941. (This journal is consider THE most respected journal in respiratory medicine.)
[35] Frass M, Linkesch M, Banyai S, et al. Adjunctive homeopathic treatment in patients with severe sepsis: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial in an intensive care unit. Homeopathy 2005;94;75–80.  
[36] http://www.randi.org/site/index.php/swift-blog/805-agw-revisited.html
[37] Twain, M. A Majestic Literary Fossil, Harper’s Magazine, February 1890, 80(477):439–444.
DANA ULLMAN, MPH, CCH, is one of America’s leading advocates for homeopathy. He has authored 10 books, including The Homeopathic Revolution: Why Famous People and Cultural Heroes Choose Homeopathy, Homeopathy A-Z, Homeopathic Medicines for Children and Infants, Discovering Homeopathy, and (the best-selling) Everybody’s Guide to Homeopathic Medicines (with Stephen Cummings, MD). Dana also created an e-course How to Use a Homeopathic Medicine Kit which integrates 80 short videos (averaging 15 minutes) with his famous ebook that is a continually growing resource to 300+ clinical studies published in peer-review medical journals testing homeopathic medicines. This ebook combines the descriptions of these studies with practical clinical information on how to use homeopathic medicines for 100+ common ailments. This ebook is entitled Evidence Based Homeopathic Family Medicine, and it is an invaluable resource. Dana has been certified in classical homeopathy by the leading organization in the U.S. for professional homeopaths.
He is the founder of Homeopathic Educational Services, America’s leading resource center for homeopathic books, tapes, medicines, software, and correspondence courses. Homeopathic Educational Services has co-published over35 books on homeopathy with North Atlantic Books.
Dr. Monica's Wise Woman Wisdom: 7 Tips To Prevent Holiday Stress (p.s. find YOUR Bliss!)
by Dr. Monica Bickerstaff, DHM
Be aware of your feelings. You may feel sad during the holidays if someone close you to has recently passed away or you are physically far away from family and friends. You don’t... see more have to pretend to be happy, however. Once you acknowledge your feelings, you then have the freedom to move on and focus on other things. Volunteering at a soup kitchen, your local church or a temple is a great way to re-focus & shift your feelings
Be flexible. Things change, and we have to change with them to stay in the flow of life.
Do not overspend. Use this year to find simple ways to enjoy the holidays without going into debt. Creating more debt will add to the stress you are already feeling. Remember it is the spirit of giving that counts, not the dollar amount of the gift.
Do some simple relaxation exercises. Try doing a simple math problem in your head for 6-8 seconds, moving your body into an easy yoga pose, or going for a brisk walk outdoors in nature. Plan in rest stops and alone time during your (holi)days so you will not be burnt out. B-R-E-A-T-H-E!
Set boundaries. Just "SAY NO"! If you never say no, your yes will never mean anything. If you don’t treat yourself as valuable, no one else will either. This can cause you to either “stuff” your feelings down within and become resentful or blow up and explode unintentionally. Learn to delegate - you don’t have to do everything by yourself!
Laugh and do things that bring you joy. When you laugh, your brain releases neurotransmitters like dopamine, oxytocin and serotonin, which make you feel happy and content.
Stop trying to be "Perfect"! Stop comparing yourself to others or measuring your success by impossible standards, including those of your family members.
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The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly - Buddha. #holisticunited #holisticquotes #holisticgram
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Cleaning a house naturally is not any more difficult than cleaning it with harsh chemicals. It improves indoor air quality and is much safer, especially for children.
We’ve switched entirely to natural cleaning products and our house is just as clean (or cleaner!). I don’t have to worry about... see more the kids getting sick if they lick the floors. (What, your kids don’t do that?)
Imagine having a friend tell you that they’re getting ready to start their own business and taking on $70,000 in debt to do it, only to hope that they can make a profit in 3 years time.
But in the meantime, they have to live and breathe their business. Sacrificing late nights, weekends, and time away... see more from family to try to make ends meet.
The struggle is real and odds are that your friend will stay stuck in a cycle of long hours and living paycheck to paycheck.
It sounds crazy right? And you’re probably thinking your friend is taking a huge risk right now.
But the irony is that this is exactly what we’re told to expect in school. Practice management experts will tell you, "Spend tons of money before you even see your first patient, then expect to work for the next several years before you can write yourself a decent paycheck. Oh and by the way, you’ll also be spending thousands of dollars in overhead a month to keep your practice running, too."
That’s just a recipe for burnout if you ask me.
I remember getting ready to quit my associateship, where I was working 11-hour days and making peanuts in a high-volume practice, and crunching the numbers on what it would take to start my own practice…
…and it was when a colleague in the same area told me that he spends $30,000 PER MONTH on overhead…I knew there just had to be another way that was easier on the budget to get my own practice off the ground.
Plus, I was completely done with the stress of a high volume, insurance-based practice. I felt trapped in those 4 walls and wanted to spend more time with my patients.
That’s when the light bulb moment hit me back in 2009….and I decided to create a house call practice. 
And with that one decision, I was able to start my practice for a mere $2K.
I had just instantly saved myself thousands of dollars in start-up costs. The staggering overhead went away. The high volume pressures were gone, and the red tape bureaucracy of insurance went away, because I created a cash practice that streamlined my systems and allowed me to focus on the work I love, rather than trying to run a practice.
I had longer appointments with patients and was able to provide care in their own home or office, which immediately made this a premium service that patients happily paid 3 times more compared to typical practices in my area for this level of care and convenience.
This allowed me to work part-time hours and still hit the income goals that I wanted.
The best part is that I did all of this and became profitable in 3 months, NOT the standard 3 years that everyone tells you to expect.
Here’s what this means for you...
You can start seeing patients immediately with little to no overhead by offering house calls.
You can spend more time serving the people in your community.
You can focus on quality vs. quantity.
The assembly line of high volume goes away. The type of provider that you want to be can thrive.
And you can build a thriving practice, where you got paid very well doing the work you love, and you can support your life and your loved ones.
So if you’re freaking out because your crunching practice numbers in a practice management class or you're drowning in practice overhead...
…then house calls may be exactly what you’re looking for.
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A new method to build a low-stress practice without the financial risk. 
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You know that for most of us, food is so much more than just fuel. We eat for many reasons other than keeping ourselves alive.
Some of those reasons are healthy and positive. Some of them are less so.
For instance:
Some of us look for the comfort, soothing, and physical pleasure that... see more we aren’t getting from our relationships.
Unlike certain people, food is undemanding. It’s always there for us and it lives to give.
Overeating is often a welcome release in a life that is full of commitments, obligations, responsibilities, and demands from others.
Some of us try to protect ourselves by eating (or not-eating). Some of us “stuff” ourselves with food to help us “stuff” our emotions.
Eating can distract us from conflict or take the place of self-assertion and direct confrontation.
On the other hand, people overeat in not only stressful, but the happiest of situations.
You can easily fall into a trap of finding reasons to celebrate just so you can overeat and say "It's a special occasion, I can have this" or "I'm celebrating, it's worth having it". 
But we needn’t call a psychiatrist every time we catch ourselves with our hands in a cookie jar. The source of our disordered eating isn’t always pathology. Sometimes it’s just a matter of habit.
The good news?
We can address our past hurts and unmet needs. We can change our habits.
If you are unsure what's the difference between physical and emotional hunger read this. When you understand the difference between those two, you will be able to control it better. 
Then, try these 5 tips below and see if they help with your emotional eating. 
1. Understand that food does not solve problems. 
Having a tub of ice cream because you feel heart broken will not mend the heart.
Eating or drinking provides a temporary distraction and a dopamine (pleasure hormone) release but often leaves us feeling worse than before.
Dopamine's main goal is to make us pursue happiness, not to make us happy.
We often mistake the experience of wanting for a guarantee of happiness.
As humans, we find it nearly impossible to distinguish the promise of reward from whatever pleasure or pay off we are seeking.  
The promise of reward is so powerful that we continue to pursue things that don't make us happy, and consume things that bring us more misery than satisfaction.
Having extra piece of chocolate because you think that, that 9th piece is finally going to hit the spot, or fill the hole that the 8th piece quite couldn't. 
2. Work on finding non-food-related ways to deal with stress, and emotions in general. 
Life is full of stress and struggles. It always will be. If you are hoping to wait for the time when life will be less stressful so you can get on with your diet, you will be waiting for a loooong time. There is always going to be hurdles and new challenges to tackle. That's the curse but also the beauty of life. 
Some of the most effective strategies to relief stress are: exercising, praying, reading, listening to music, meditating, yoga, walking outside, spending time with friends. 
Some of the least effective strategies are: shopping, gambling, smoking, drinking, eating, stuffing the Web, playing video games, watching tv for more than 2 hours. 
3. Distract yourself. 
When you start to feel an eating/drinking desire coming in: leave the kitchen, go for a walk, go upstairs, cuddle with your pet, call your friend, pick an item on your chores list and do it. 
Put physical distance between yourself and the object of your desire. 
4. Set a timer. 
When that urge comes - set a 5 or 10 minute timer and wait. If the urge is still there, go for it. If it went away - right on. Even if you still cave in, you are more likely to eat/drink less than before, as your actions will be less automatic and more rational. 
5. Try meditating. 
Studies show that people who meditate have more self-control. Even 5-minute daily meditations seem to work very well to help people be more mindful when eating and drinking. 
Have more questions on emotional eating or building new habits that can help you overcome it - let me help you. 
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With the changing times, people had started opting for the things that were convenient and didn’t take much of their time. Disposable bags, bottles, and cups only increased the waste even if they made life easy.
However, there is a need to live the all-natural lifestyle once again. Keeping yourself... see more away from the chemicals will not only protect you from a wide range of diseases but also save you a lot of money. Ingredients present in the house make great cleansers, detergents, and skin-care products. Minimizing use of resources such as water and energy will promote a greener and cost-effective lifestyle.
Here are 7 easy swaps you can make for a greener house.
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Plant-based foods don’t just ensure that you leave a smaller carbon footprint behind, they also happen to be extremely nutrient-rich.
Let’s look at a few other pressing reasons why you should eat more plant-based foods.
1. They Provide Energy
The body needs to produce enzymes for the digestion... see more process. And production of these enzymes needs energy, which causes some stress in the system. And as we get older, our enzyme production slows down, and it helps to consume enzyme rich foods, so that this strain on the enzyme-production system is lowered. A plant-based diet, especially raw foods are easily digested and absorbed, which translates into a net gain in the energy levels. Food cooked above 118 degrees Fahrenheit destroys these enzymes.
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Be thankful for what you are now and keep fighting for what you want to be tomorrow. 
#advice #inspiration 
#motivation #health
#triadweightlossclinic
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