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Do You Suffer From RSF – Resolution Failure Syndrome

Thursday, 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

Monday, 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!

Who took the “heal” out of health?

Thursday, 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.

Keep Diabetes at Bay by Eating This Popular Food

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

 

If you haven’t jumped on the yogurt bandwagon yet, this latest news could be enough to convince you.

A new study from Britain has found that those who eat cultured dairy products have an almost 25% lower risk of developing diabetes. Cultured, or fermented foods, are high in probiotics — also known as “good bacteria.”

Those who eat the most common kind of fermented dairy, which is yogurt, there’s a 28 percent lower chance of getting the disease.

The researchers compared the eating habits of type 2 diabetics and healthy people from the same area in England.

They stopped short of saying yogurt helps ward off diabetes. But when almost a third of yogurt eaters didn’t get the disease, well, you can come to your own conclusion!

Since yogurt contains a lot of calcium, magnesium, and vitamins D and K, it’s a huge boost to your immune system, which could explain the lower diabetes risk.

So how much do you need to eat to get these benefits? The researchers said that those who ate four to five cups a week seemed to be receiving the most protection.

But here’s where you need to be on the lookout. As yogurt has become more and more popular, the number of brands and varieties on the market has gone through the roof.

Before you buy any particular type, it’s important to check the label for live or active cultures. If it simply says “made with” active cultures, that’s not enough. To help keep you healthy, all that ‘good’ bacteria needs to still be alive when it enters your gut! Look for brands that have been cultured after pasteurization.

Be certain to avoid any yogurt made with artificial sweeteners, like aspartame. It might make you think it’s even better for controlling blood sugar. But that is a whole other blog posting.  For now it’s just eat your fermented foods!

Sources?“Eating yogurt may cut diabetes risk, new research shows” Melanie Haiken, February 6, 2014, Forbes, forbes.com

The Hidden Dangers of Shopping

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

 

We definitely want to be weary of all the crappy food items surrounding the outside perimeter of our favorite grocery stores.  Not only from the candy or the latest tabloid news about the Kardashians, but believe it or not, a big risk to our health comes from the person handing you a receipt!  That’s because register receipts are coated with the chemical BPA, which can be absorbed through the skin.

Researchers have now found evidence of a link between prostate cancer and exposure to BPA. In a new study, men with prostate cancer were found to have two to four times more BPA in their urine than those who were cancer-free.  BPA levels were especially high in prostate cancer patients under 40, when age isn’t a factor.

Those results prompted the lead author to do additional research.

She found that prostate cells treated with BPA became abnormal in the way they divided — something often seen in cancers. In this case, low doses of the chemical caused this in two to eight times more cells than usual. BPA, which mimics estrogen, has already been linked to breast cancer, diabetes and miscarriages.

That’s why women have been advised not to handle register receipts or use plastic food and beverage containers that have become warm. Now “you guys” need to watch out for it as well.

Sources: “BPA levels higher in men with prostate cancer: study” Zoe Schlanger, March 3, 2014, Newsweek, newsweek.com – See more at: http://hsionline.com/2014/03/18/hidden-shopping-danger/#sthash.3iXICULo.dpuf

Cigarette Smoking as a Cause of Anxiety, a New Study FInds

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

 

If you’re still lighting up thinking that you’ll be an emotional wreck if you don’t. Your idea just went up in smoke. (Sorry…worst pun ever!)

A new British study has actually found that kicking the habit can actually make you feel a whole lot better. So much for the myth that smoking calms our nerves.

It has long been used by Big Tobacco to encourage combat troops to take it up. The findings were based on questions put to people who smoked between 10 and 40 cigarettes a day, both before and after they attempted to quit. Those who succeeded said they felt less anxious, stressed and depressed than those who didn’t.

According to the lead investigator, the study showed that “when you stop smoking and you break the nicotine withdrawal cycle, your mental health improves.”

So while having a cigarette might seem to “calm your nerves,” once you put it out, you’re thinking about the next one. The researchers found that after each smoke was done, withdrawal anxiety begins again.

Hmmm, kind of sounds like bread! So it’s just like quitting again and again all throughout the day (not to mention the “where the heck can I smoke?” anxiety).

This is a great piece of research.

Sources:?“Quitting smoking boosts mood as much as antidepressant drug: study” February 14, 2014, News Max Health, newsmaxhealth.com

Freshen Your Home…. with Toxic Chemicals…

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

 

Everyone knows someone who goes around “freshening” the air at any given moment.

Except instead of opening a window, they’re either burning a “scented” candle,  plugging in a “plug-in”, or spraying from an aerosol can.

Well, you can tell them this before they strike again: air fresheners are actually air pollutants.

While they might make your home smell like a rose garden, that’s not the fragrance of roses you’re breathing in.

It’s actually a mix of volatile organic compounds, cancer-causing chemicals, and toxins that can irritate your nose, eyes and lungs, cause allergic reactions and possibly even produce birth defects!

Even the head of the American Lung Association advises against using these products if someone in your home has respiratory problems.

If you look at the data sheet for SC Johnson’s Glade “Clean Linen” air freshener, it warns that you should “avoid breathing (the) vapors” and that it can cause “abdominal discomfort” and irritation to your eyes, mouth and throat.

So next time that scent of clean linen, lavender fields or Hawaiian breezes drifts your way, hold your nose, shut your eyes and head outside — for a breath of fresh air.

Sources:?“Glade automatic aerosol spray Clean Linen” Material safety data sheet, whatinsidescjohnson.com

“Secret toxic chemicals: from the SC Johnson family to yours” Women’s Voices For the Earth, womensvoices.org

Researchers Giving Us the Flu?

Friday, February 14th, 2014

 

Did you know that after years and years of selling us flu-shot hype, the brainiacs  at the CDC have finally admitted that they really don’t know that much about the flu shot — or the flu itself, for that matter?

Time for a little reality check.

The CDC is rounding up 100 people between 18 and 50 and deliberately giving them the flu. (For their time and trouble, the volunteers are being paid $3,000.)

What does the CDC hope to learn from this “rare” type of?“research?”

Well, for starters, how to build a better flu vaccine. CDC researchers have admitted they just aren’t sure what antibody levels to aim for in the shots.

Not a huge surprise here…they don’t even know if the antibody levels in their precious flu vaccine might “protect” you from the flu.

According to Anthony Fauci of the NIH allergy and infectious diseases division, “We made some assumptions that we knew everything about flu.”

No joke, Dr. Fauci!

For years the CDC has practically been the ad agency for the flu vaccine. They basically “market” the flu shot, rambling off numbers without any real data to back them up.

Now after needling us for decades, they’re finally trying to figure out how to make a vaccine?

At this point the volunteers’ reaction to the deliberate flu are what I would expect…sniffles, mild fevers, congestion. And, surprise, surprise, they are all recovering just fine. One even called the whole thing “…a really cool experience.”

Now that the CDC has a whole class of paid guinea pigs, it would be nice if they stopped trying to experiment on the rest of us!

Sources:?“Scientists paid these people $3,000 to get the flu” Lauran Neergaard, The Associated Press, 1/26/2014, dailynews.com

 

Having Trouble With Recall? You Might Know Too Much

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

 

Forgetting things?

Might not be a senior moment…but a genius moment!

That’s right…  A study just done in Germany says that as we age, our minds may not be as quick to find information, but only because we know so much!

The researchers compared the brain to a computer filled with emails, files and photos — one that’s “as good as new,” but slowed down by all that information it has to process.

To test that theory, scientists used computers that they programed to behave like people — reading and learning new things every day.

Once a computer was stuffed full of data, similar to a lifetime of memories, it slowed down. This, the researchers said, was because the computer had so much more to process, not because there was anything wrong with it.

So the next time someone asks you something that you can’t immediately recall, just tell them you’re “recalculating!”

Sources:?“Brains of elderly slow because they know so much” Sarah Knapton, The Telegraph, 1/20/14, telegraph.co.

 

Research Shows Another Good Reason to Take That Coffee Break

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

 

Need another excuse for that coffee break?

A study at Johns Hopkins found that those who took a caffeine pill containing about the same jolt as a large cup of coffee had better recall the next day than those who didn’t get the stimulant.

It seems to work for bees too! Last spring a study in the U.K. found honeybees also remember things better with a caffeine buzz. No, they didn’t give them tiny cups of Peet’s or Starbucks, but had the test bees feeding on nectar from coffee plant flowers.

Researchers found it improved their memory three times better than eating nectar from other plants. The Hopkins researchers added that along with improving memory, caffeine is also known to protect against Alzheimer’s disease, and is “associated with healthy longevity.”

Think I’ll go grab a full cup of healthy longevity right now!

Sources:?“Coffee myth-busting: cup of Joe may help hydration and memory” Allison Aubrey, 1/13/2014, the salt, npr.org