Holiday gifts can include health tips – AHHA Resource

AHHA_LOGO_CLR_squareAre you looking for a special holiday gift to motivate a loved one to get more involved in his/her quality of wellness? AHHA members have written a number of books (and created CDs and DVDs) that are filled with tips for improving personal health.

AHHA Resource Links: Health-related Books, CDs, DVDs… and the Books/Other Media section of the AHHA Organizational Member list.

For additional information about the other resources that we offer, visit the wellness resources page.

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Wellness Exercises & Stretches for Long Life – Video

with Michael Reed Gach, PhD

with Michael Reed Gach, PhD

Discover wellness stretches to counteract stiffness and muscular pain.

In the video below learn a series of easy-to-do daily stretches to relieve muscular pain and reduce stiffness. Includes acupressure points to boost your immune system.

Acupressure points open the healing energy to flow, which tones the muscles, and makes stretching more effective and therapeutic.

Video Link: Wellness Exercises & Stretches for Long Life with Michael Reed Gach, PhD

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

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Why is Fructose Damaging to the Body?

David Getoff, CCN, CTN, FAAIM

David Getoff, CCN, CTN, FAAIM

High-fructose corn syrup damages the body in multiple ways. It’s not damaging only because it is made from corn or that is made from genetically-modified ingredients, although these are certainly factors. Fructose can actually help cause diabetes because it promotes insulin resistance. Fructose is metabolized by the liver and is far more likely than glucose to be metabolized as fat in the liver. This can lead to non-alcholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). NAFLD in turn leads to insulin resistance which promotes Type II diabetes. So, high-fructose corn syrup and fructose in general is not only unhealthy but damaging, and should be avoided in the diet as much as possible.

Excerpted from Class One of Attaining Optimal Health in the 21st Century. Instructed byDavid Getoff, CCN, CTN, FAAIM. Presented by the Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation.

Next month David will explain how long it takes to clear gluten from the body and why American hybridized wheat is so damaging.

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Surviving Holiday Feasts – Article

Surina A. Jordan, PhD, Holistic Nutrition

Surina A. Jordan, PhD, Holistic Nutrition

The holiday season for many of us brings with it a mixture of issues and challenges. Food is used as the common thread, and as a major element of an affirming, wholesome environment in which to be social.

The article link below offers suggestions that will help you push back from the table and override impulses to overeat.

During the holiday season, there is no healthy substitute for self-control and a commitment to eat consciously. As you remember the reason for the season, take the high road of self-discipline making food choices that let you have fun, feel good and look great the next morning.

Article Link: Surviving Holiday Feasts by Surina A. Jordan, PhD

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

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Benefits of pumpkin – Research Article

Aisle7-8_Photo“Here’s some good news for people who like to fill up on pumpkin during this time of year: Research suggests that two carotenoids found in pumpkin, beta- and alpha-carotene, are associated with a reduced risk of type 2 diabetes.” from a new healthnotes NEWSWIRE research article “Two Carotenoids Common in Fall Foods May Decrease Diabetes Risk.”

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On Reducing Stress – Video

with John Fenton

with John Fenton

How do you deal with stress each day? Are you aware that the stress in your life impacts your health, quality of life and relationships?

In the video link below learn how to use your power of choice to take actions toward more balance in your life.

Video Link: On Reducing Stress with John Fenton

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

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Overcoming Holiday Excesses – Article

Donald B. Ardell, PhD

Donald B. Ardell, PhD

Are you wondering how best to meet the daunting challenge of managing your weight during the lengthy period of holiday temptations?

The article link below offers you advice for how to develop a plan for the holiday season at hand. Consider which of the options offered might work for you.

Whichever strategy you choose, don’t overlook the point of it all: think about and be joyously appreciative of your opportunities, good fortunes and the wonderful people in your life–and be grateful.

Article Link: Overcoming Holiday Excesses by Donald B. Ardell, PhD

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

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Homeopathy claims – Issue

IssuesBlogPhotoThe Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is considering stricter regulations for what will be allowed in advertisements for OTC (over-the-counter) homeopathic products. At a workshop on September 21, members of the mainstream medical community voiced their belief that evidence is lacking to support homeopathy, and that homeopathic remedies are potentially unsafe. The homeopathic community input at the workshop was to educate about the breadth and depth of research on individual homeopathic medicines that have been accepted by the FDA through the Homeopathic Pharmacopeia of the U.S. for decades. The tone and contents of the FTC remarks at the workshop suggest that it is not likely that the FTC will relax its regulation of OTC homeopathic product advertising. Regulations might, in fact, become more restrictive. The online FTC public comments page is accepting public comments until midnight November 20, 2015.

ISSUE: Do homeopathic products need to substantiate their claims by using the research demands required for other OTC medical products?

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 your research.

FTC Homeopathic Medicine & Advertising Workshop (9/21/15)
Federal Trade Commission

Notice of Workshop and Opportunity for Comment (deadline 11/20/15)
Federal Trade Commission

FTC Considers Advertising of Homeopathic Drugs (10/6/15)
by Sarah Abramson

FTC scrutinizing homeopathy claims (10/28/15)
by Greg Cima

Federal Trade Commission Workshop: Submit YOUR Comments to the FTC (10/20/15)
National Center for Homeopathy

The FDA and Regulation of Homeopathic Medicines (9/23/15)
by Dana Ullman
The Blog

The FDA and FTC’s Continuing War against Homeopathy (9/17/15)
Homeopathy For Everyone

FTC Holds Workshop to Examine the Advertising of Homeopathic Medicines (10/5/15)
Whole Foods Magazine

We also encourage you to post your comments. Use this opportunity to share additional resources you have found relating to this health issue.

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Paleo Peach Flax Muffins – Video

with Rachel Kahn

with Rachel Kahn

Interested in a gluten free, gab and go muffin for breakfast?

The video link below shows you step-by-step how you can make a healthy breakfast muffin.

Part of the series about inspiring creativity with food.

Video Link: Paleo Peach Flax Muffins with Rachel Kahn

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

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Traditional Holiday Fare: Trim The Calories, Keep The Yum!

Judy E. Buss

Judy E. Buss

The winter holidays are about celebration, not deprivation. By making a few simple changes to traditional recipes, we can enjoy celebratory cuisine without the negative consequences associated with the original food preparation drowning in fat, sugar, and calories.

Make stuffing from quality whole grain bread instead of its nutritionally-challenged cousin, white bread. Replace fatty, additive-laden sausage with delicious meaty mushrooms, herbs, nuts, olive oil, and low-fat milk or unsweetened soy milk. One modest portion of meat and one small helping of dessert are also part of a simple strategy of celebrating self-control and sharing good times with loved ones while minding our health. There’s no reason to stuff ourselves at Thanksgiving with enough food to feed the entire population of Kazakhstan!

Instead of butter, cream, sugar, and marshmallows (Please pass the Tums – thanks!), vegetable dishes can be prepared with wholesome ingredients that taste just as good without leading to weight gain and other health-sabotaging side effects. Consuming larger portions of veggies during a festive meal (rather than vast quantities of meat and dessert), is a better option. Steaming or cooking vegetables briefly rather than cooking them to death immersed in water, preserves their nutrients, flavor, color, and texture.

The following are some easy, quick, and great-tasting slimmed-down versions of traditional holiday fare. And remember: eating unhealthy food or overeating is optional – wink, wink. Happy and healthy holidays!

NOTE: The recipes presented here can be doubled, tripled, etc.

4 servings
2 pounds red or white potatoes (4 large potatoes)
4 tablespoons olive oil
1/3 cup water, or skim milk, or unsweetened soy milk
5 cloves garlic, peeled
2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning
Salt and pepper to taste

Peel the potatoes. With the tip of a small sharp knife, remove the “eyes” and blemishes. Rinse the potatoes, and cut into ¾-inch pieces. Place the potatoes and whole garlic cloves in the steamer and steam 20 minutes, until the potatoes are fork-tender. Drain.

Transfer the cooked garlic and potatoes into a medium bowl or pot and add all the other ingredients. Using a hand masher, mash the potato mixture until smooth. Mix the mashed potatoes with a large spoon, as mashing does not evenly blend all the ingredients. If too dry, add 1 – 2 tablespoons milk or water.

Keep warm in a covered ovenproof dish in a 200F-degree preheated oven, if desired.

VARIATIONS: The sky is the limit. Try mashing other smooth, cooked veggies with the potatoes, such as carrots, turnip root etc. or using a different herb.

4 servings
4 medium sweet potatoes
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon ground ginger
3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Pepper to taste
3 tablespoons lemon juice

Scrub the potatoes clean under running water then dry with paper towels. With the sharp tip of a small knife, remove the “eyes” and blemishes. Peel and cut the potatoes into ¾-inch chunks. Steam them about 15 – 20 minutes, until fork-tender but not mushy. Drain.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl or pot, mix all the dressing ingredients. Add the potatoes, and with a hand masher, mash the potatoes until smooth. Thoroughly mix with the dressing, using a large spoon. If not moist enough add 1/8 cup water or orange juice. Serve immediately.

To keep warm: Place in an ovenproof covered dish in a preheated 200F degree oven.

“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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