Change Your Brain Change Your Life – Video

with Daniel Amen, MD

with Daniel Amen, MD

Your brain is involved in everything you do. It is the organ of learning, working, and loving – the supercomputer that runs your life. Learn to care for it properly, and you will be smarter, healthier, and happier.

In the video below learn that brain dysfunction is the number one reason people fail at school, work, and relationships. Understand Dr. Amen’s eight simple principles of the brain.

When your brain works right, you work right. When your brain doesn’t work right, you can’t work right.

Video Link: Change Your Brain Change Your Life with Daniel Amen, MD

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Are Canola Oil and Cottonseed Oil Healthy?

David Getoff, CCN, CTN, FAAIM

David Getoff, CCN, CTN, FAAIM

People need to, as much as possible, stay away from soybean oil and canola and cottonseed oils.  Cottonseed is particularly harmful because cotton is a plant that is not considered to be a food. However, cottonseed is used frequently in many processed and prepackaged foods, because the oil is considered a food, and because it is cheap to grow and maintain. Since it is not a food crop, growers spray all kinds of pesticides and herbicides on it that are illegal for food crops.  It has even more toxins in it than typical soy and canola oils so I personally stay completely away from any cottonseed oils. Generally speaking, cottonseed oil, canola oil and soybean oils are genetically modified. There is no plant known as the “canola plant” or “canola seed.” The word canola was derived from this oil’s country of origin-Canada. Canola is made from rapeseed oil, and over 90% of canola oil produced is genetically modified. This oil causes severe damage and inflammation in the body, including harming the thyroid gland.

From Class Two of Attaining Optimal Health in the 21st Century Instructed by David Getoff, CCN, CTN, FAAIM.  Presented by the Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation.

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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

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Reduce seizures naturally – Research Article

iStockPhotoBooksFor those dealing with drug-resistant epilepsy, there is now an effective natural option to consider.

Research indicates that, while high dosage did not work, a low dosage of omega-3 fatty acids reduces the frequency of epilepsy seizures.

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

Research Article Link: Fish Oil Might Benefit People with Epilepsy“ from the November 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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Facial Acupressure Points – Video

with Michael Reed Gach, PhD

with Michael Reed Gach, PhD

Are you aware that there is a simple exercise for you to improve your facial tone?

In the video link below you can learn about an acupressure facial point to relax facial muscles and connective tissue that will not only improve your appearance, it can even relieve a stuffy nose and eye irritation.

Some feel this is an acupressure face lift.

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

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Managing Your Persistent Fears, Anxieties, and Stresses – Article

Stan Popovich

Stan Popovich

Although everybody deals with anxiety and depression, some people have a difficult time managing their moods.

The article link below offers techniques you can use to help manage your most persistent fears and every day anxieties and stresses.

Remember that all you can do each day is to do your best, hope for the best, and take things in stride. Patience, persistence, education, and being committed to solving your problems will go along way in helping you live a happier life.

Article Link: Managing Your Persistent Fears, Anxieties, and Stresses by Stan Popovich

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A threat to our right to know? – Issue

IssuesBlogPhotoHave you heard that a major pharmaceutical company (Bayer) is being sued over the health claims it makes for one of its synthetic vitamin supplement products? There is concern that a court victory in this suit could be used as a precedent in future cases against dietary supplement products and overriding the claims protection of the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994 (DSHEA).

The DSHEA created special protections for structure/function claims, which are statements that describe the role of a nutrient or dietary ingredient as it affects the normal structure and function in the human body. The October 2014 lawsuit is attacking Bayer’s “structure/function claims” of its vitamin product.

ISSUE: Can the class action suit against Bayer’s advertising claims be kept as an isolated matter, or could it become a legal precedent?

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 matter.

Pro Link #1: Lawsuit: Bayer Misleads in Marketing Its One A Day Vitamins (10/15/14)
Center For Science In The Public Interest

Pro Link #2: Supplement Claims: What’s Allowed (1/30/14)
Berkeley Wellness

Pro Link #3: One A Day Vitamin Health Claims in Contention (10/16/14)
Truth In

Con Link #1: Lawsuit threatens natural health advocates once again (11/2/14)
The Health Moderator

Con Link #2: Dangerous Lawsuit Threatens the Few Supplement Health Claims Currently Allowed (10/28/14)
Alliance for Natural Health USA

Con Link #3: Michael Jacobson and his Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI)
by David J. Hanson, Ph.D.
Alcohol Abuse Prevention

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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Thought Field Therapy or TFT Demo – Video

with Jef Gazley, MS, LMFT

with Jef Gazley, MS, LMFT

Curious about what Thought Field Therapy is?

In the video link below Jef Gazley guides a subject through this energy psychology process to remove a personal anxiety about flying.

Video Link: Thought Field Therapy or TFT Demo with Jef Gazley, MS, LMFT

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Wholesome Holiday Treats

Judy E. Buss

Judy E. Buss

Scrumptious holiday treats can be enjoyed without having to punch new holes in our belts afterwards. A wide variety of delicious appetizers and desserts made with wholesome ingredients presents better options. Many of them include little or no health-robbers, such as loads of sugar, butter, mayo, cream and other co-conspirators.

However, even festive fare made with nutritious ingredients can adversely affect health and weight if we overindulge. There is no substitute for the post-holiday feeling of having enjoyed celebratory cuisine, while at the same time exercising self-restraint and minding our health. One helping per event is a better choice than two, or three… Please note: one helping is not equal in size to the Goodyear Blimp!

Make delicious appetizers from vegetables (Bruschetta, tapenade, eggplant, or beans). Bake fruit and/or nut cookies, bars, and cobblers with whole wheat flour and little or no sugar or butter. Fresh or frozen fruit are by far superior to canned ones. Sweeteners may include chopped dried fruit, honey, turbinado sugar, or light brown sugar, all in moderation. Succulent fruit salads are another sweet and healthful option. Many Mexican, Mediterranean, and vegetarian dishes offer a vast variety of healthy, mouth-watering “foods for feast.”

Great news: We live in a democracy where we can choose what and how much we put into our mouths. So join the upper crust; those who refuse to be members of the “eat-it-today-wear-it- tomorrow “club. Below are some recipes for you to try. Happy and healthy holidays!

Yield:  2 -1/2 cups
2 large ripe tomatoes
1 tablespoon dried basil or fresh parsley
1/2 cup pitted, pimento-stuffed green olives
1 clove garlic
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste

Finely chop the tomatoes, olives and garlic. Add all the other ingredients and refrigerate in an airtight container. Serve on thin slices of whole grain baton bread (baguette).

Yield: 2-1/2 cups
3/4 cup finely chopped pitted black olives
2 tablespoons finely chopped pimento-stuffed green olives
2 small cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 tablespoon capers, drained, finely chopped
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard
2 – 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Refrigerate in an airtight container for one hour before serving. Serve on thin slices of whole grain baton-bread (baguette).

3 servings
2 oranges, peeled, sectioned
1 medium banana
1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1 cup orange juice

Into a bowl, cut each orange section into bite-size pieces and discard the seeds. Mix in all the other ingredients.

“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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Three Simple Choices for Remaining Healthy This Holiday Season – Article

 Erin Chamerlik, MS, MT (ASCP)

Erin Chamerlik, MS, MT (ASCP)

As this year is drawing to a close, we find our calendars are beginning to fill with parties and gatherings to celebrate the November and December holidays.

In the article link below learn about three simple choices that will not only support your health, but also create a springboard for shedding both poor eating habits and extra weight.

Choose to eat more whole foods. Choose foods that support health. Choose healthier beverages.

Article Link: Three Simple Choices for Remaining Healthy This Holiday Season by Erin Chamerlik, MS, MT (ASCP)

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