Nutrition for Fibromyalgia – Video

with Julie Cerrato

with Julie Cerrato

Forming a solid nutritional plan is vital for fibromyalgia sufferers who may be nutrient-depleted.

The video link below notes that an anti-inflammatory, plant-based diet focusing on fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains is highly advised for the treatment of fibromyalgia.

Also, learn about diet choices to avoid.

Video Link: Nutrition for Fibromyalgia with Julie Cerrato

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The Courage to Heal – Article

Steven E. Hodes, MD

Steven E. Hodes, MD

Before you can understand the nature of healing you must understand the spiritual nature of human beings.

The article linked offers powerful strategies which can help you in your internal struggles.

We need to learn, and really ‘get,’ that our minds do create our own realities and that courage is needed to face the challenge, to own up to that truth.

Article Link: The Courage to Heal by Steven E. Hodes, MD

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Mercury in amalgam fillings – Issue

IssuesBlogPhotoAfter decades, the controversy about the safety of mercury in dental fillings is in the headlines again. The convictions of each side are just as strong as ever. The dental industry insists that when mercury is combined with silver, tin, and copper for an amalgam filling, the mercury is chemically changed so that the levels of mercury vapor released in your mouth are low enough to be safe. Concerned consumer groups stress the documented toxic nature of mercury. They point out that the mercury vapors of the amalgam filling in your mouth are higher than the levels banned by the EPA in paint fumes over two decades ago.

ISSUE: Mercury in amalgam fillings

AHHA strives to maintain a neutral position on issues. To support those who wish to learn more about this month’s issue, we have compiled the following pro and con online articles to get you started.

Pro Link #1: About Dental Amalgam Fillings
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Pro Link #2: What is Dental Amalgam (Silver Filling)? (9/6/14)

Pro Link #3: Fillings, Silver-Colored
American Dental Association

Con Link #1: Are Amalgam Fillings Dangerous? 60 Minutes Investigates Amalgam Fillings (5/16/14)
Dr. Marilyn K. Jones

Con Link #2: Measurably Misleading (August 2014)
Consumers for Dental Choice

Con Link #3: New Report Finds FDA Deliberately Deceptive—and Slowly Poisoning Millions of Americans (8/12/14)
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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Balance, Stress, and Optimal Health – Video

with Emmett Miller, MD

with Emmett Miller, MD

Dr. Miller offers you a deeper understanding of how the mind and body can work in harmony to produce healing, balance and wellness.

In the video link below learn how this deeper understanding can help you to reclaim your inborn personal wisdom and integrate with the scientific knowledge and techniques of modern medicine.

Enjoy the benefits of uniting the seemingly disparate fields of knowledge and experience.

Video Link: Balance, Stress, and Optimal Health with Emmett Miller, MD

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Whole Grain Pasta: Good For Your Health!

Judy E. Buss

Judy E. Buss

Whole grains play a major role in a healthy diet. These edible gems are packed with disease-fighting, health-boosting nutrients. They contain lean protein, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber and numerous other beneficial compounds. As is the case in many other beneficial foods, pasta should also be consumed in moderation.

Grains are seeds from a family of grasses. In processed (abused) grains, vital parts of the seed have been removed in order to prolong shelf life and for other reasons. In “enriched” grains, some nutrients are artificially added back, however, this does not adequately compensate for the nutritional loss. White pasta, white bread, and white rice are some examples. Whole grain pasta is made from mostly durum or semolina (a type of wheat suitable for making pasta), but may also contain spelt, amaranth, rice, or even beans. Gluten intolerant individuals can substitute with pasta made from gluten-free grain or vegetables.

Whole grains are carbohydrates, however much confusion exists regarding them: To eat or not to eat? There are two types of carbs: simple and complex. Simple carbohydrates in fruit juices and processed food take little time to digest; consuming them leads to a quick spike in blood sugar, followed by a rapid drop, thus putting an enormous stress on the body’s glucose mechanism as well as promoting more frequent eating

On the other hand, complex carbohydrates, which include whole grains, fresh (not canned) vegetables, whole fruits, legumes, nuts and seeds, require more time to digest and provide the body with slow, sustained release of energy and nutrients. Therefore, eating complex carbohydrates helps curb overeating and prevents the detrimental glucose roller coaster.  Complex carbs are not fattening unless oversized portions are served, or assaulted by “calorie bombs” such as butter, sour cream, cheese sauces, bacon etc.

Ingredients listed on labels appear in the order of their amount present in the product. When choosing quality, whole grain pasta, the ingredient list should begin with durum flour or semolina. Any pasta, or grain product for that matter, starting with words such as “enriched” or “unbleached” and the like, should remain in the store…

Whole grain pasta presents an unlimited choice of delicious, hot and cold dishes. They can be made with steamed or raw vegetables, chicken nuggets, or shrimp, as well as vegetarian pasta and bean salads. Whole grain spaghetti and meatballs, or a small amount of quality cheese for mac n’ cheese aficionados are other options.

What we opt to put in our basket at the grocery store, amounts to a choice between health and disease! Instead of consuming processed, chemical- laden junk food, “convenience” food, and other “weapons of health destruction,” we can transform each meal into a health event. The following is one of numerous great-tasting pasta recipe options for you to try – enjoy!

2 servings

2-1/2 cups uncooked, whole grain corkscrew pasta
4 tablespoons olive oil
1 large cooking onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 green bell pepper, cut into 1 inch strips
1/2 red bell pepper, cut into 1 inch strips
Salt and pepper
1 tablespoon oregano
5 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese

Cook the pasta according to package directions, drain and cool. Meanwhile, in a skillet heat the oil and cook the onion and garlic (covered) 10 – 12 minutes, or until the onion is translucent, stirring once or twice. Add the bell peppers, oregano, salt and pepper. Cook 10 – 12 minutes stirring occasionally, until the bell peppers are crisp-tender. Remove from the stove and stir the bell pepper mixture into the pasta and serve immediately. NOTE:  this dish can be also made in advance, refrigerated, and served cold.

“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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The Integrative Medicine Wheel – Article

William Collinge, PhD

William Collinge, PhD

Confused about what the term “integrative medicine” really means?

The article link below provides a practical tool you can use in communicating with your physician and others on your healthcare team about treatment options, and complementary relationships among them.

Learn how integrating modalities can be more effective than relying on any one approach by itself.

Article Link: The Integrative Medicine Wheel by William Collinge, PhD

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Marcey Shapiro, MD

Marcey Shapiro, MD

Trust can be a “hard sell” because it brings us to the heart of the self/other paradox. In a culture of fear, we are taught that we must control others for our own security and well-being, since they are unpredictable. The need for learning trust arises with the dawning realization that it is impossible to control external conditions in enough ways to ensure one’s own happiness or comfort. Even a little bit of control of others requires excessive time and effort. Mostly, we can neither predict nor control the actions of others.

What do we actually control? Not our children, our parents, our spouses or lovers, or even our pets. Not the political arena, not the microbes in our bodies. Not corporations or the traffic on the roads we drive upon. Not “wild animals.” We certainly do not control people who believe differently than we do and who have chosen dissimilar lifestyles. When we feel the need to control others for our own well-being, we are left with a feeling of powerlessness—due mainly to the false underlying premises of our culture. We believe we are at war. We are offered the false choice of trying to master the outcome of our personal experience by controlling “others.” This includes individuals, aspects of the natural world, and even one’s own body. The alternate choice we are offered culturally is passively accepting our circumstances without alteration. This is a false dichotomy.

Trust dawns in understanding that we do not need others to change for our well-being. Happiness, peace, and serenity are all an inside job. Trust implies letting go of our illusions of control. In actuality, we already do control everything essential to our well-being. We can control our thoughts, and we can control what we focus upon and how we think about it. No one else can make us think about something. No one can force our attention to any topic, though we may have habits so ingrained that it feels, especially initially, that we are compelled. We may believe that our limited-state perception is normal, reinforcing it by repeating adages like “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.”

But we can shift. At any age, and despite any prior conditioning, we humans can transform our lives by working with thoughts, beliefs, focus, and our- selves. We can give greater value to joy, love, and happiness. Our basic physiology indicates that essential functions including cellular repair, hormone balance, and immune activity are all dependent upon emotional well-being and self-love for optimal activity. For example, one of the keys to proper immune function is the production of endogenous opiates. In plain English, this means that each of us manufactures natural opiates, called endorphins. People who have higher levels of these hormones of well-being enjoy better moods than those who do not. We can increase our endorphin production by increasing exercise as well as retraining our thoughts to focus more positively. Our physical and emotional health can thrive as we develop new habits.

Excerpted from Freedom From Anxiety: A Holistic Approach to Emotional Well Being by Marcey Shapiro, MD, published by North Atlantic Books, 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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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

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Power Foods – Eating a Rainbow Diet – Article

To get a nutritious balance of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other essential nutrients, try eating a “rainbow diet.”

Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, HNB-BC, RN-BC

Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, HNB-BC, RN-BC

The article link below discusses the importance of the produce aisle, and using the colors of the rainbow as your guideline.

Do you remember “ROY G. BIV,” the acronym many of us learned in school? Time to use what you learned and apply it to what you eat!

Article Link: Power Foods – Eating a Rainbow Diet by Cyndie Koopsen, RN, BSN, HNB-BC, RN-BC

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Grief Acupressure Points – Video

with Michael Reed Gach, PhD

with Michael Reed Gach, PhD

Are you dealing with deep emotions? What triggered them?

In the video link below you can learn how to use Acupressure points for relieving grief, sadness, depression, feeling stuck, chest tightness, difficulty breathing, coughing, and for letting go.

Another self-healing technique to explore.

Video Link: Grief Acupressure Points with Michael Reed Gach, PhD

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