B for sharp brains – Research Article

iStockPhotoBooksA recent study points out the importance of a simple dietary nutrient that can keep us mentally alert. It shows that low folate intake is related to the risk of memory loss or dementia later in life.

How simple it would be to just maintain the minimum recommended level of water-soluble B vitamins (folate and folic acid) as a preventive measure.

You and your physician can review the research article link below.

Research Article Link:Folate Intake Linked to Memory Loss”  from the December 2014 issue of Natural Standard’s Integrative Medicine Newsletter.

For additional research results, visit the American Holistic Health Association’s Special Updates eReport Archives and note Featured Research item in each issue.

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4 Key Concepts to Help You Change the Way You Think About Change – Video

with Danielle Hart, MS

with Danielle Hart, MS

All of us struggle with change on our path to wellness.

The video link below will teach you about concepts and stages that can support you to more effectively and confidently deal with change and be more motivated to make the changes.

Get inspired – change is possible!

Video Link: 4 Key Concepts to Help You Change the Way You Think About Change with Danielle Hart, MS

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Why Are You Here? Discovering the Meaning of and Purpose for Your Life – Article

Leona J Luyks, MEd

Leona J Luyks, MEd

Have you discovered your real purpose in life?

The article linked offers you exercises for allowing this to be revealed to you.

Discover the true meaning and purpose for your life. Realize that there is much more to life than what we all experience on a day-to-day basis.

Article Link: Why Are You Here? Discovering the Meaning of and Purpose for Your Life by Leona J. Luyks, MEd

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

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Dangers in light bulbs? – Issue

IssuesBlogPhotoHave you been changing from the old, “banned” incandescent light bulbs to the newer, more efficient options? Health-conscious persons are frustrated that their favorite, full-spectrum light, which is closest to natural sunlight, is not being reproduced with the new bulbs. They are also confused as they review conflicting research concerning the safety of the compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs), light-emitting diodes (LEDs), and halogen incandescent bulbs (the old incandescent bulbs with halogen added).

Some research verifies that CFL bulbs contain mercury and emit ultraviolet radiation leakage and other toxins. LED bulbs can be harmful to the retina of your eye. Halogen bulbs run hot and can be a fire hazard. Other research insists that none of these “dangers” are serious enough to be concerned about.

ISSUE: Are the currently approved light bulbs safe?

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.

PRO – not concerned
Pro Link #1: Phase-out of incandescent light bulbs (modified 12/6/14)

Pro Link #2: Separating Myth From Fact on CFL and LED Light Bulbs: Five Concerns Addressed (1/8/14)
by Patrick J. Kiger
National Geographic Society

CON – very concerned
Con Link #1: The medical experts who refuse to use low-energy lightbulbs in their homes: Professors have stocked up on old-style bulbs to protect against skin cancer and blindness. So should YOU be worried? (5/12/14)
by John Naish
Daily Mail

Con Link #2: Incandescent Light Bulb Ban Could Harm Your Health (11/25/14)
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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Reap The Benefits Of Light Meals

Judy E. Buss

Judy E. Buss

Who doesn’t love to eat? Of course, most of us do. However, depending on the choices we make, food can be harmful or health-boosting. Even in our fast-paced age of electronic push-buttons and instant results we must accept the fact that certain aspects of life cannot be condensed into a pill, or a click of a mouse. Preparing and eating nutritious meals is a necessary part of living if we expect to enjoy good health. And come to think about it: what is more fun, cooking up scrumptious fare, or spending time in hospital surgery and rehab units in pain?

Much has been written about the importance of eating a healthy diet, rich in fresh vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, beans, whole grains and beneficial fats. This includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner. An essential component of a healthy eating strategy is the avoidance of consuming two large meals per day (lunch and dinner). Two main meals daily are a prescription for overeating, with all of its detrimental consequences. One of the two meals should consist of a lighter fare.  The role of such a meal cannot be overstated.

Delicious, scaled down meals can be made with a minimum of effort. A fresh, raw vegetable salad should be the centerpiece of a light meal. It can be served with whole-grain roasted bread or pita, and a hearty homemade soup; or a salad paired with a whole grain pilaf; or a fabulously delicious sandwich, of multi-grain bread, stacked with a slice of a sweet onion, lettuce, cranberry sauce and turkey or quality cheese (not the imitation-plastic-cheese-slices variety). A whole-grain pasta salad, accompanied with a veggie salad or soup is another option.

These and countless other tempting dishes can be altered on different days to prevent monotony and increase nutritional intake. You can add or change herbs, sauces, toppings, dressings, vegetable combinations, and so forth. Leftovers of most of these types of dishes can also be taken to work. Advance cooking of larger batches of whole grains, beans, soups, or pasta, or washing additional salad veggies for later use, saves time.

Light meals are particularly important during holidays and other times of celebration. Going hungry to a party spells trouble… Instead, eat a light and healthful meal before you go. This will help prevent stuffing yourself at the festivity and sledge-hammering your effort to live healthier. Remember: unhealthy eating and/or overeating are optional.

3 servings

1 cup uncooked bulgur
1/2 cup finely chopped mint leaves
1 cup finely chopped parsley leaves
1 small tomato, finely chopped
1/3 cup sweet onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
Salt and pepper

In a saucepan bring 1 cup of water to a boil.

Remove from the stove. Mix in the bulgur, cover, and let stand 30 minutes.

In a large bowl, mix together all the other ingredients. Add the cooked bulgur.

If the mixture is too dry, add 1 – 2 tablespoons water. 

2 servings

2 cups uncooked whole wheat or multi-grain Rotini (corkscrew-shaped) pasta
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium tomato, finely chopped
2 green onions, thinly sliced, including their whites
8 pimento-stuffed green olives, chopped
1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons wine vinegar or lemon juice
1 tablespoon dried basil
2 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves, finely chopped
Salt and pepper to taste

Cook the pasta in water and 1 tablespoon oil 10 minutes. Drain.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl mix all the dressing ingredients, and add all the other ingredients.

*   Add 1/2 cucumber, thinly sliced, then chopped
*   Omit the olives and add 1/2 cup marinated quartered artichoke hearts.
*   Omit the peas and add 1/4 pound steamed green beans, cut into 1 inch sticks.
*   Omit the basil and add dried oregano or dill weed.

“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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Creating a Clean Slate – Article

Alan Seale

Alan Seale

We play many roles in the course of a day, but each of us is only one person.

The article link below shows you how each morning you can wipe the slate clean, create a new beginning, and get back to the pure essence of yourself.

When we wipe the slate clean, we step back to our God-self and remember who we are at the core. We can then accept our responsibilities and live our lives with full awareness and in full consciousness of who we choose to be.

Article Link: Creating a Clean Slate by Alan Seale

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

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Compassion for Self and Others

Marcey Shapiro, MD

Marcey Shapiro, MD

Most of us have compassion for others. We can also be compassionate to ourselves. “Always be kind to yourself ” is a sentence I have written on patient instruction sheets for as long as I have had a medical practice. Throughout the years, I have noticed that many people are distinctly unkind to themselves. They judge themselves harshly and even ridicule or belittle themselves when they do not live up to impossible standards. They are their own worst critics. Many good, kind people have told me horrible things about themselves, such as that they are “total failures” or they “have no self-discipline.” Ironically, these same people are also good-hearted, and they would never treat others the way they treat themselves. They would never say to others the unkind things they say to themselves.

Anxious persons can be particularly self-critical, self-limiting, and harsh. When we are cruel to ourselves, we dig ourselves further into a hole. As a result, anxiety increases. This may ring true for you. If it does, notice that the more the self-taunting voice belittles, the more your anxiety level rises. Eventually, as we step back and don the perspective of our inner observer, we realize that negative self-judgment is a learned, damaging, and totally useless habit.

It can be helpful to regard the self-deprecating inner voice as one would a small child who does not know better. There is an art to learning gentleness with ourselves. Think about how you would treat a baby, a kitten, a puppy, or a tiny bird. Most of us would treat them gently, indulgently, and patiently.

We deserve this for ourselves too. You are that baby, that small child, that little bird. A self-critical inner voice is often formed early in childhood as a protective response to uncontrollable life stressors. Many of us are unaware that we have a choice whether to identify with that fearful self-deprecating voice or with the quiet, peaceful, loving, inner wisdom. One way to unhook from our self-critical thoughts is by a dialogue of kindness with them. Instead of mentally arguing with them, we can appreciate and thank them for their past contributions to our well-being. Let yourself understand that you developed these habits of thought by trying to protect a younger, more vulnerable part of yourself. Explain to the thoughts that you no longer need or want this type of protection.

We can feel our emotions compassionately. We can be kind to ourselves no matter what we are feeling. Even difficult emotions are never a justification for beating ourselves up. Compassion also means letting go of negative self-talk about negative self-talk. Saying things like “Why is this taking so long?” “I am just not getting this,” or “I am no good at this” are all more ways to dig the emotional hole deeper.

Look at your beliefs about yourself. Allow yourself to shift those that no longer serve you. Another way you can let them drop is by deliberately telling new, kinder stories. For example, you might replace self-defeating thoughts with milder ones. Here are some examples: “I will get better at this eventually,” “I really want to feel better, and I know that my feelings will improve,” “It is okay if it takes a while,” “It is okay for me to develop my skills at self- soothing and shifting my feelings,” “Improvement will take as long as it takes, and I know it will be helpful if I can be as nice as possible to myself along my journey.”

Excerpted from Freedom From Anxiety: A Holistic Approach to Emotional Well Being by Marcey Shapiro, MD, published by North Atlantic Books 1/14/14 , copyright © 2014 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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Cauliflower Health Benefits – Video

with Karen Roth, Holistic Nutritionist

with Karen Roth, Holistic Nutritionist

Cauliflower is a heart healthy vegetable. It contains high levels of folic acid and B6 that help keep homocysteine levels from rising.

In the video link below learn the other benefits of this vegetable in the cruciferous family.

Plus you can save calories by substituting cauliflower for potatoes.

Video Link: Cauliflower Health Benefits with Karen Roth, Holistic Nutritionist

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Surviving the Holiday Food Gremlins – Article

Eve Tamar Berman, DO

Eve Tamar Berman, DO

Do you feel left out of holiday “fun” because you can’t eat the goodies everyone else can? Do you dread going to parties for fear of insulting the host or hostess when you find there is no food you can eat?

The article link below offers you ways to negotiate these events with grace and leave feeling nourished and full.

To stave off the most tenacious food gremlins, keep in mind the purpose of the holidays is celebration of family, friendships, and community. Although food and drinks are fulfilling pleasures, true fulfillment comes from within. Remember who you are and guard against confusing your food issues with your essence. Take time before holiday events to go inside yourself and find out your real reason for attending. Ask yourself what will make the evening satisfying. Then manifest that reality.

Article Link: Surviving the Holiday Food Gremlins by Eve Tamar Berman, DO

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