Are You Built to Last?
February 5th, 2015

Bone is one of the strongest materials found in nature.

Ounce for ounce, bone is stronger than steel, since a bar of steel of comparable size would weigh four or five times as much. One cubic inch of bone can in principle bear a load of 19,000 lbs. or more — roughly the weight of five standard pickup trucks — making it about four times as strong as concrete.

With a substance so strong making up our skeleton, one would think that we would be unbreakable.

Well, we used to be pretty close. Or at least a lot less fragile.

Modern humans have a relatively lightly built skeleton compared with those of chimpanzees (the closest living relatives to humans) as well with those of extinct human lineages. It appears that our skeleton is only half as dense as those of our early ancestors.

So what happened? How did our bones become weak?

Research has found that bone density remained relatively constant over the course of human evolution, but sharply declined in the modern era. The drop in bone density correlates with shift from hunting and foraging to agriculture and industrialization

It would appear that our modern lifestyles, food, and environment has taken a toll on our bones. Osteoporosis is a serious concern for our aging population. The National Osteoporosis Foundation estimates significant bone loss is a public health threat for 55 percent of people 50 years old and up in the United States.

The good news is that problems with bone health can be prevented and even reversed through simple tools at your fingertips. No need to travel back in time to the Paleolithic era, or leave your modern lifestyle to become a hunter-gatherer.

In this week’s article we will pull the skeleton out of the closet and take a good hard look at it. Learn all about your bones – their function in the body, what causes conditions like Osteoporosis, why traditional treatments fail, and how to keep your frame strong for many years to come.

The Overachieving Organ You Just Gotta Love
January 8th, 2015

As far as I’m concerned, this amazing organ has more than earned its name, which derives from an Old English word for “life.”

Beneath your rib cage, lies your liver, the largest of your internal organs and one of the most vital.

Your liver is responsible for an astonishing variety of life-sustaining and health-promoting tasks.

It is quite a multi-tasker, performing over 500 functions.

Integral to countless metabolic processes, the liver supports the digestive system, controls blood sugar and regulates fat storage. It stores and mobilizes energy, and produces more proteins than any other organ in the body. The liver also stocks essential vitamins a nutrients, just like your local vitamin shop!

Our livers look out for our safely well being by helping our immune system fight infections, remove bacteria and toxins from the blood.

Think of your liver like your own personal filtering system: Suck in the bad and spit out the good.

A well-functioning liver works as our bodies’ fat-burning organ. It converts nutrients from the food we eat into essential blood components, storing vitamins and minerals and producing proteins and enzymes to maintain hormone balances in our bodies.

Whether you’re trying to drop unwanted pounds, clear up your skin, increase energy, improve your mood, or flush out unwelcome toxins, you need a healthy liver to make it happen.

There’s a lot your liver does for you on a daily basis, so show it some love.

In this week’s article learn what damages your liver, which toxins to avoid, and what you can do to keep this overachieving organ in optimal shape.

Do You Suffer From RSF -Resolution Failure Syndrome
January 1st, 2015

It’s that time of the year when the frantic speed of the holiday season begins to wind down and we anxiously anticipate the beginning of a fresh new year. You may already have a few promises to yourself rolling around in your head.

While New Year’s resolutions are no doubt made with the best intentions, most people go about creating them in a way that inevitably leads to failure and disappointment.

According to the Journal of Clinical Psychology, the a vast majority of resolutions are health-related, and a whopping 92% of those New Year’s Resolutions are never achieved. The withering, dwindling, and disappearance of New Year’s Resolutions is so common, you might say its “epidemic.”

If you are among the many who suffer from “Resolution Failure Syndrome,” help is available.

Failure to stick with your resolution often has little to do with your will power or strength and has a lot more to do with the resolution itself and the process that went into creating it.

During the last week of the year many years ago, Mark Twain observed: “Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual.”

In this week’s article, I explain how to create resolutions that you can stick to, making 2015 the year you finally take control of your health.

Wishing you and yours a happy and healthy New Year!

Faaantastic!

P.S. If you’ve been waiting for the perfect time to take control of your health by working with one of our FDN Coaches through the Self Care Program, then that time is now! Through the end of January we are offering a $300 discount off our full Self Care Program to help you reach your health goals in 2015. Schedule your free consult here.

Recover from the Holidays
December 29th, 2014

The holiday season is a time of giving.

But giving what?

Presents?

Dinner parties?

Holiday cards?

Good cheer?

But shouldn’t this time of year actually remind us that the most treasured holiday memories are created when give and receive more than gifts? The real magic of the season happens when we give each other ourselves: our time, our attention, and our love.

“The most precious gift we can offer others is our presence. When mindfulness embraces those we love, they will bloom like flowers.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

These days, multi-tasking is our regular modus operandi as we juggle our obligations of work, family, friends, and community. When the holidays roll around, the added obligations are simply (or not so simply) piled into the mix. In a mindless frenzy, we rush to find the perfect gifts for everyone we know, plan and cook elegant holiday meals, deck the halls, and trim the tree – all while staying on top of our regular responsibilities.

We find ourselves dashing from event to event, constantly distracted by the checklist in our head and what still needs to get done, and we can tend to miss out on the true enjoyment of the season. What good are all those presents if you don’t have presence?

More often than not, this approach to the holidays leaves us unfulfilled and drained – physically, mentally, and financially.

It doesn’t have to be that way!

In the spirit of the season for this week’s article, I’ve put together an FDN® Holiday Survival Guide packed with simple strategies to put the “happy” back into your holidays and the “healthy” into your New Year.

Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy holiday season!

Sweet Ways to Outsmart Diabetes
December 19th, 2014

December is right in the swing of the holiday season, a time of sharing love, special gifts, and the joy of family and friends. A time for sweet celebration.

The best gift of the season is learning to outsmart the risk factors, what diabetes is, and what you can do to “diabetes-proof” yourself and your loved ones. There is a lot of information out there. And unfortunately, a lot of it is mythical and misleading. (If the standard diabetes treatments worked, wouldn’t the statistic be dropping?)

Getting access to real, solid, scientific information that gets to the root of the disease is vital to defeating diabetes.

The numbers are staggering. Epidemic. More than 100 million Americans have type 2 diabetes or prediabetes. That’s one in three Americans. That could be you, your husband, your neighbor, or your child.

Diabetes is the 7th largest cause of death in the US. It is a serious and dangerous disease.

The bittersweet truth is that the disease is preventable and reversible—if you know how to outsmart it.

That’s exactly what I’m going to help you learn in this article.

In this week’s we look at what diabetes is, how to prevent the disease, what your doctor may not know, and natural ways to reverse the illness. I’m putting the power in your hands. Simply by adopting the healthy lifestyle behavior outlined here, you can outsmart diabetes for good.
This means more holiday celebrations! And that is pretty sweet!

Who took the “heal” out of health?
November 20th, 2014

When faced with disease, the first question on your mind tends to be “Is there a cure?”

If the answer is “yes,” we rejoice, but if no cure is known, devastation sets in.

Rather than losing hope, we can take comfort in the fact that we can still be healed.

Yes, I said that even those with incurable diseases can be healed.

You may have heard me say that I do not diagnose or treat any specific disease, but I seek out healing opportunities to aid the body in returning to its natural healthy state.

Healing is what I do.

You see, “healing” and “curing,” although commonly used interchangeably, could not be more different in their meanings.

Curing is the removal of symptoms and the remedy of disease to return health to a pre-disease state. Healing is a restoration of wholeness, not just to the pre-diagnosis level, but to a level that is new and comparatively better than before the onset of disease.

Healing is not the removal or cessation of symptoms, but rather an integrative process that transcends the physical and includes mental, emotional, and spiritual vitality and wellness.

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health as a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.

The reality is that health-care is about healing, while sick-care is about curing.

While it’s certainly exciting that medicine, medical research, and technology can effectively rid the body of many of the illnesses that only 20 or 30 years ago would have resulted in death, they still can’t effectively teach us how to regain our health and heal ourselves from chronic illness.

The problem is that chronic disease is responsible for 7 out of 10 deaths in North America. Negative thought patterns, toxic relationships, poor diets, sedentary lifestyles, and poor stress management contribute to dysfunction that cannot be cured, but needs to be healed.

No matter what condition, disease, or symptom you are experiencing, whether or not a cure is available, a commitment to the healing process will move you in the direction of health.

In this article we looked at where the medical model went wrong, why healing and health were left behind, and how you can ensure a that you and your family have a true system of “heal”thcare. Read on here.

What the heck are you eating?
November 13th, 2014

90% of the average American’s grocery bill is spent on processed foods. This includes food items purchased at the store that come in boxes, bags and cans, flavored beverages, frozen meals, and fast foods.

You probably have some of these items in your pantry.

Your children are likely being fed them at school.

Do you have any idea what the heck you are eating?

Most people think that they do, but in reality, they don’t have a clue.

Take, for example, a simple can of chicken noodle soup. The kind mom used to fix when you starting coming down with a cold. One would expect this to be a good healthy food. Unfortunately, that can of “wholesome” soup has a lot more in it than just chicken and noodles.

Have you ever taken the time to look at the ingredients in Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup?

Humorously, right under the marathon list of ingredients, they have the temerity to tell us that the soup is “made from only honest ingredients.” As if we should just ignore the ridiculous list of health-stealing toxins that we just read.

Here is the actual ingredients list in Campbell’s chicken noodle soup. Sit down, get comfortable, and prepare yourself for a rather lengthy listing.

Chicken stock, enriched egg noodles (wheat flour, eggs, niacin, ferrous sulfate, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), chicken meat, water, salt, chicken fat, monosodium glutamate, cornstarch, mechanically separated chicken, modified food starch, yeast extract, flavoring, sodium phosphate, soy protein isolate, beta carotene, and chicken dehydrated.

Some of those ingredients can be quite harmful to your health. Do you know which ones?

This week I will teach you how to identify the metabolically devastating, brain-cell-killing, addiction forming, and otherwise dangerous toxins hidden in some of your favorite foods.

Many of these harmful ingredients (including several appearing on the ingredients list above) are actually banned around the globe, but somehow still legal here in the US and Canada.

Could this be one of the reasons why North America is home to the fastest growing population of people with chronic disease?

This article is a must read for anyone who eats food and cares about their health and the health of their family.

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The Little Seed That Could – Restoring Damaged Brain Cells with This Commonly Used Spice
April 16th, 2014

 

A few years back, researchers in Egypt performed an experiment. They gave rats Alzheimer’s by feeding them aluminum chloride. Then they gave some of the rats an additional treatment that actually restored damaged brain cells to almost normal.

Could this be the next miracle Alzheimer’s drug?

Not likely. Reason? It isn’t a drug, but a common plant- one that is used as both an herb and a spice-coriander, and plants can’t be patented.

Coriander is the seed of cilantro after the herb has flowered. You know, the green herb so popular in Mexican cooking. The Egyptian researchers found coriander “improves blood circulation to the head, as well as imparts mental concentration and memory.” The spice also is a potent antioxidant, is antibacterial and antifungal with “low or no side effects.”

Coriander has also been studied as a way to control blood sugar and for its antibacterial properties. Its use goes so far back, it’s even mentioned in the Bible! There are tons of recipes online for ways to use this miracle spice in your cooking. Many people also use it medicinally by making a tea out of the dried seeds.

Sources: “Study the Possible Protective and Therapeutic Influence of Coriander (Coriandrum sativum L.) Against Neurodegenerative Disorders and Alzheimer’s disease Induced by Aluminum Chloride in Cerebral Cortex of Male Albino Rats” Enas, A Khalil, Nature and Science, sciencepub.net

Manuka Honey Could Help Fight Superbugs
April 13th, 2014

 

Forget about a spoonful of sugar to make the medicine go down. Grab that manuka honey!!

It might be even better medicine than the stuff it’s masking the taste of.

A new study has found honey to be a powerful disease fighter that’s especially effective against today’s “superbugs.” That’s because it makes them less resistant to antibiotics, said the lead researcher.

The research team found (so called medical grade) manuka honey’s antioxidants to be effective against several types of bacteria, including E. coli. Other studies, she said, have also shown honey fights bacteria, viral and fungal infections.

Besides drying out bacteria, she noted that honey keeps drug-resistant forms of them from developing in the first place.  Additionally, it helps antibiotics work better.

So in times you’re feeling a bit under the weather, maybe you should head to the pantry instead of the pharmacy.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-13047332