Omega 3s
 – Research Article

Aisle7-1_Photo“At your wit’s end with your kid’s unruly behavior? Grab a bottle of omega-3s.” from a new healthnotes NEWSWIRE research article “A New Way to Tame Your Unruly Kids: Omega-3s.”

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Exercise for Fibromyalgia – Video

with Julie Cerrato

with Julie Cerrato

Exercising regularly is one of the best ways to manage Fibromyalgia.

In the video link below learn how exercise can help reduce stress, improve serotonin levels, soothe muscles, and increase strength.

Video Link: Exercise for Fibromyalgia with Julie Cerrato

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Healthy Food That Swims

Judy E. Buss

Judy E. Buss

Seafood is an important component of a healthful diet. Packed to the gills with nutrition, it is an excellent source of protein, vitamins, minerals, and iodine. Omega 3 fatty acid, which is present in abundance in certain types of seafood, is vital to good health. It boosts the immune system, brain function (including memory), and skin health. It helps bypass heart disease… prevent cancer, is anti-inflammatory, and can also help relieve arthritic symptoms, and asthma. In fact, many health practitioners recommend fish oil supplements to individuals with certain health conditions.

Marine food sources with the most significant amounts of Omega 3 are krill, sardines, anchovies, catfish, tuna, herring, salmon, and mackerel.  Shellfish, such as shrimp, crab, mussels, and lobster offer less of the beneficial fat. Seafood is not limited to fish and shellfish. Nutrition-rich sea vegetables – a staple of Asian cuisine – have become more popular in the U.S.  Sushi, seaweed noodles, wraps and soups made from these vegetables are now served in many restaurants, and sold in supermarkets and health food stores.  Some of the vegetables are: dulce, nori, wakame, spirulina and chlorella. They are also used for their powerful medicinal value.

There is a catch however: many lakes, rivers, and seas are contaminated with industrial pollutants. To minimize ingestion of these toxins when consuming fish and shellfish, opt for the smaller species. Their shorter lifespan and position in the food chain prevents a significant toxic buildup in their bodies. The same applies to farm-raised fish; the smaller types contain lower amounts of pollutants, as well as hormones and antibiotics. Eating a variety of seafood in rotation also helps. Fish skin should be discarded as this is where the bulk of toxins are stored.

For cooking seafood, think outside the frying-pan!  Frying any food is extremely unhealthy: the intense heat during the frying process alters the oil chemistry and renders it carcinogenic (cancer causing). In addition, frying diminishes the Omega 3 potency, and also requires using large amounts of oil, a fact which increases the food’s caloric count.

Numerous scrumptious dishes can be made with frozen or fresh marine-based food, by baking, grilling, poaching or cooking soups and chowders.  Because all seafood cooks faster than it takes to change a light bulb in your microwave, you can prepare fabulously tasting dishes, literally, in minutes! Get your fishing gear ready, and let’s dive into a tsunami of marine cuisine! Flavor is on the menu: bon appétit!

2 servings

1 (4-ounce) can kippered (smoked) herring fillets
2 medium carrots, grated
1-1/2 medium Golden Delicious apples, cored, chopped
1 cup alfalfa sprouts or shredded Romaine lettuce
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper
4 (6-inch) whole wheat or multi grain pitas, warmed

In a medium bowl mix all ingredients, except the pitas. Cut each pita in half. Carefully open and fill each pocket.

“Mission Nutrition” Tips and Recipe from Judy E. Buss, Health Columnist, Nutritional Cooking Instructor.

Excerpted from Judy E. Buss’ article, first published in the “Feeling Fit” Magazine, Sun Coast Media Group newspapers, Florida.

Stay tuned for more Judy E. Buss’ “Mission Nutrition” words of wisdom and recipes.

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How to Look for a Healthcare Practitioner – Article


Judith Orloff, MD

Judith Orloff, MD

How do you select a healthcare practitioner to match your needs? What qualities do you look for and which do you avoid?

The article link below offers you guidelines to follow using common sense combined with intuition to choose the right practitioner for you.

Article Link: What to Look For in Your Healthcare Practitioner by Judith Orloff, MD

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Is EMF a threat?

IssuesBlogPhotoConsider the level of radiation in your living environment generated by a multitude of devices–Wi-Fi, cell phones, computers, iPads, microwaves, televisions, security devices, cordless phone base stations, utility smart meters, high voltage transmission lines, etc. Research studies of how the electromagnetic fields (EMF) these devices use and emit impact human beings continue to generate widely divergent results.

As an individual who is taking responsibility for your own health and the health of your loved ones, this may be an issue about which you want to become better informed. Here are some pro and con articles regarding this potential risk.

ISSUE: Electromagnetic field safety

AHHA strives to maintain a neutral position on issues. For those interested in learning more about this month’s issue, the following online articles have been compiled to get you started on researching this topic.

Final Opinion – Potential health effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields (3/6/15)
European Commission – Health and Food Safety

What are electromagnetic fields?
World Health Organization

Evidence Based Science Websites (2015)
EMF & Health

10 Shocking Facts about the Health Dangers of Wi-Fi
Global Healing Center

Wi-Fi ‘electrosmog’ a risk to health, say scientists (11/12/14)
World Bulletin

Wi-Fi Especially Dangerous for Young Children—Cell Phones Too (3/24/15)
Alliance for Natural Health USA

We encourage you to post your comments and tell your friends about additional resources you have found relating to this important health issue.

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Diet and Cholesterol – Video

with David Getoff, CCN, CTN, FAAIM

with David Getoff, CCN, CTN, FAAIM

Do you have high cholesterol readings? Did you know that this is probably caused by the starches, sugars, and alcohols in your diet?

Imagine eating all of the eggs you want, leaving the skin on chicken, and using butter instead of margarine, and having your cholesterol readings lowered.

In the video link below learn how eating the opposite diet from the medical approach can get positive results.

Video Link: Diet and Cholesterol with David Getoff, CCN, CTN, FAAIM

For additional educational video clips submitted by AHHA members, visit AHHA’s Self Help Videos section.

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On The Path – Article

Tim Custis, NMT

Tim Custis, NMT

Have you ever been told you’ll just have to live with pain, that nothing can be done! Did you question what you were told? Did you try to find help anyway?

The article link below discusses Tim Custis’ journey to healing through multiple doctor appointments, chiropractic and BioSync. It is very important to work with healthcare practitioners that you feel comfortable with and can trust.

Remember to embrace change in your life and your body. Don’t quit! Keep looking for the results you want.

Article Link: On The Path by Tim Custis, NMT

For additional articles, visit the American Holistic Health Association’s Self-Help Articles Collection.

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The Power of Placebos and Mind-Body Health

Marcey Shapiro, MD

Marcey Shapiro, MD

Placebos are powerful medicines. Researchers refer to their effects as the “placebo problem.” They are factored into drug trials because twenty-five to seventy percent of individuals will improve using placebo alone. Dr. Herbert Benson of Harvard University believes this may be as high as ninety percent in some situations. This is twenty- five to seventy percent above the number that would improve anyway if there were no intervention of any sort.

Some research indicates that the bigger and more elaborate the placebo, the greater the likelihood of success. For example, sham operations have been done as part of studies on placebo effect. In one small but well-known study done at the Veterans’ Administration Hospital in Houston in 1994, Dr. Bruce Moseley worked with a group of ten patients with arthritic knee pain. The patients consented to be part of a study, and all knew they would have either a real or a sham operative procedure. In fact, only two had the full arthroscopic knee surgery, three had a washing of the inside of the knee joint (one part of arthroscopic surgery), and five merely had three flesh cuts around the knee to simulate the appearance of an operation, but no actual surgery of any sort was performed. All ten reported significant improvement in their pain after the “operation.” Even six months later, all the patients were satisfied with the outcomes of their “surgeries.” The study was repeated with a larger group, 180 patients, and the results, published in 2002 in the distinguished journal The New England Journal of Medicine, found no difference in outcomes for patients who had real arthroscopic surgery versus placebo.  In the United States, placebo pills used to be available for prescription but were eventually deemed unethical except for clinical trials and are no longer available. So even “hard science” acknowledges that something is happening with placebos, causing a “placebo problem” that is yet another elephant in the living room leading us to the tricky role of mind and consciousness.

From the new premise that we are spiritual beings, sparks of divinity, creators, it is easy to see that the magic in the placebo is us. The power of placebo is the power of belief, the power of focus. The more we believe, the better the outcome. That may well be the power of many drugs and even vitamins. The earliest trials of SSRI antidepressants like Fluoxetine (well known as the brand Prozac®) and Sertraline (well known as the brand Zoloft®) were disappointing due to the meager benefits demonstrated by the drugs. But as more prescriptions were written and more doctors believed in them, they, like Tinker Bell, grew magically stronger. Later trials of the same drugs, which by then were popular and widely accepted, showed much more robust benefits.

Excerpted from Transforming the Nature of Health: A Holistic Vision of Healing that Honors Our connection to the Earth, Others, and Ourselves  by Marcey Shapiro, MD, published by North Atlantic Books, copyright © 2012 by Marcey Shapiro. Reprinted by permission of publisher.

Stay tuned for more thoughts from Marcey Shapiro, MD,  on “Transforming Health” and Heart Centered Living

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Touch, Caring and Cancer – Video

with William Collinge, PhD, MPH and others

with William Collinge, PhD, MPH and others

One of the most helpful forms of support you can offer a loved one with cancer is the use of touch. A simple 20 minute massage can reduce symptoms and side effects of cancer in half.

The video link below shows you that caregivers can learn some basic skills for touch and massage to use with their loved ones who are cancer patients.

Pass your love and good wishes through your hands.

Video Link: Touch, Caring and Cancer with William Collinge, PhD, MPH and others

For additional educational video clips submitted by AHHA members, visit the American Holistic Health Association’s Self Help Videos section.

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Sinus Survival is not a ‘Quick Fix’ – Article

Robert S. Ivker, DO

Robert S. Ivker, DO

True story of a middle-aged female who had a sinus condition that had become progressively worse with infections becoming more frequent, of longer duration, and greater severity. And her remarkable healing journey using a variety of alternative options.

The article link below tells you about her program designed to nourish the entire being, the mind, the body, and the spirit. It included diet choices, exercise, affirmations, environmental changes, reducing medications, and other changes.

The sinus/asthma survival program gives you the tools you need to rebuild your body and mind and soul, which in turn gives you good health, joy, and happiness as you take control of your own life.

Article Link: Sinus Survival is not a ‘Quick Fix’ by Robert S. Ivker, DO

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