Heart failure risk link – Research Article

Aisle7-6_Photo“While the debate continues on the role of antioxidant supplements in heart health, a study published in the American Journal of Medicine found that women whose diets provided the most antioxidants had a 42% lower risk of heart failure than women whose diets provided the least.” from a healthnotes NEWSWIRE research article “Women: Eating Antioxidants May Benefit Heart.”

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Headache & Pain Acupressure Points – Video

with Michael Reed Gach, PhD

with Michael Reed Gach, PhD

How many of the acupressure points to relieve headaches do you know?

In the video below learn several of these acupressure points for relieving headaches. Some also help with mental stress, uptightness, frustration, irritability, neck stiffness, and fibromyalgia.

Be alert to the benefits when energy is flowing through your body.

Video Link: Headache & Pain Acupressure Points with Michael Reed Gach, PhD

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Tickling Our Funny Bone – Article

Steven M. Sultanoff, PhD

Steven M. Sultanoff, PhD

If humor is “the best medicine,” then how do we sustain it as a central part of our day-to-day lifestyle? Having a lighthearted attitude reduces emotional and physical distress leading to increased wellness, something valuable for us all.

The article link below provides ways to keep you chuckling through the day.

Discover the joy in humor, and the happiness found in sharing it with others.

Article Link: Tickling Our Funny Bone by Steven M. Sultanoff, PhD

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

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Hot Water Therapy & Hydrogen – Video

with Dr. Faris AlHajri

with Dr. Faris AlHajri

Hot water therapy enhances the hydrogen in your body organs.

In the video link below learn how hydrogen is the most powerful antioxidant and plays various vital roles in your health system.

Video Link: Hot Water Therapy & Hydrogen with Dr. Faris AlHajri 

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GMO labeling – Issue

IssuesBlogPhotoHave you been following developments related to GMOs (Genetically Engineered Organisms)? Expect this topic to be in the media during the next few months. Bill H.R.1599, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015, passed the House of Representatives in July. In response, the U.S. Senate is scheduled to develop its own version of the bill.

Opponents to the bill have nicknamed it DARK, or the Deny Americans the Right to Know Act, reflecting a very different view of what the bill does in terms of establishing Federal GMO labeling regulations.

Supporters are pleased that this national law would preempt state and local laws so that GMO labeling regulations would be standard nationwide and entirely voluntary; that no food label could suggest that non-GMO foods are safer than GMO foods; that a food could be labeled as non-GMO or “natural” even if it is produced with a GMO processing aid or enzyme or derived from animals fed GMO feed or given GMO drugs; that jurisdiction over non-GMO certification would be switched from the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) to the USDA (U.S. Department of Agriculture).

Opponents point out that current state and local regulations related to labeling and regulating GMOs would be nullified; that the companies that would get to voluntarily add GMO labels are the ones that do not want any GMO labeling, so there would be none; that the consumer would lose any hope of some way to identify which products have GMO ingredients.

ISSUE: Federal GMO labeling regulations

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.

Next stop for GMO labeling: Senate Ag Committee – COOL confusion in the Senate – USDA prepared to move forward with GIPSA rulemaking (7/24/15)
by Bill Tomson

H.R.1599 – Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015

No One Is Denying a ‘Right to Know What’s in My Food’ (7/24/15)
by James Hamblin
The Atlantic

The GM Labeling Law to End All Labeling Laws (9/8/15)
by Timothy Wise
The Cornucopia Institute

How GMO junk food industry is trying to trick pro-labeling Americans into supporting DARK Act (9/8/15)
by Ethan A Huff
Natural News

Monsanto Bill Blocks Mandatory GMO Labeling (9/2/15)
by Jerry McGlothlin
Western Journalism

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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Food Waste – Video

with Karen Roth, Holistic Nutritionist

with Karen Roth, Holistic Nutritionist

Have you ever wondered if those left overs were still safe to eat? Or how long after an expiration date is a product still good?

In the video below learn guidelines for how to confidently judge when food is still safe to eat.

Know tips for having your foods last longer.

Video Link: Food Waste with Karen Roth, Holistic Nutritionist.

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Let Spices Be Your Kitchen Workhorses!

Judy E. Buss

Judy E. Buss

Falling into a cooking rut may encourage you to “medicate” your kitchen creations with the old standbys such as bacon, butter, sugar, cheese and cream, or to reach for frozen “convenience food.” (How did these rascals find their way into your kitchen?) Luckily, spices come to the rescue and, along with herbs and a few other friends, delishify any food. Spices are the aromatic, dried parts of plants, except for their leaves and stems (herbs). They are central to a seasoned cook’s kitchen arsenal and include dried bark, roots, seeds, twigs, and berries.

There are hundreds of spices to choose from, but even having just a few at your disposal can turn boring dishes into an exceptional culinary experience. Spices are used whole or ground into a powder. When food is described as spicy, it means that it is hot, as in the Oriental kimchi, for example. Most spices though, are not mouth searing; they are flavor bombs which lend a magnificent taste to any dish and can be used in soups, grain dishes, meat, vegetable salads, even fruit salads and desserts.

Basic spices worth buying are cinnamon, allspice, cloves, cumin, nutmeg, cayenne, and black pepper.  Curry powder, another talented flavor star also worth purchasing, is used in numerous ethnic dishes. It is actually a blend of herbs and spices ground into a powder. There is no need to buy the most expensive spice brands; cheaper ones work just as well.

Try using CINNAMON in new ways: in a carrot salad, with raisins and orange juice; on your cooked breakfast oatmeal; or mixed with a mashed sweet potato or squash.  Sprinkle CUMIN and lemon juice on stir-fried boneless chicken nuggets; corn salsa; or bean soup. Add a dash of NUTMEG to cauliflower florets and steam them. Use CURRY POWDER in lentil salad; on halved, hard-cooked eggs; in chicken salad mixed with any cooked whole grain; in vegetable stew; or sweet potato soup. The sky is the limit!

When using spices, keep them away from steaming food, as they will be ruined by moisture. Simply measure the needed amount away from your stove. They may also lose some of their flavor and aroma after 6 – 12 months so use them frequently and restock your spice rack.

Spices are not only exciting flavor enhancers; they also contain powerful nutrients and medicinal agents. Various spices are used as natural remedies to help alleviate many conditions, from pain, indigestion, to inflammation and more.

Explore the wonderful world of spices. Travel to faraway places without leaving your kitchen; your taste buds and body will thank you!

4 servings
4 cups shredded red cabbage
1/2 cup raisins
1-1/2 tablespoons olive oil (not extra virgin)
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons wine vinegar
1-1/2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Place the shredded cabbage in a small saucepan and enough water to just cover it. Mix in the raisins, oil, and pepper. Cover, and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook about 12 minutes, until the cabbage is tender. Do not overcook.

Meanwhile, in a cup, mix the vinegar and flour with a fork until smooth. Set aside. To the cabbage add the cinnamon and nutmeg. When the cabbage is cooked, add 4 tablespoons liquid from the cabbage to the flour mixture in the cup and mix well until blended and smooth.

Gradually add the flour mixture to the cabbage, stirring constantly. Any remaining flour lumps can be dissolved by pressing them with the back of a spoon against the pot wall. Cover, and cook slowly 5 minutes until the liquid is thickened, stirring occasionally.

Serve with meat and potatoes, (if desired) – a traditional German dinner.

“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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Health Starts Here – Article

Robert A. Rakowski, DC, CCN

Robert A. Rakowski, DC, CCN

A person can acquire all of the riches and power that the world has to offer but without good health you really don’t have anything!

The article link below details what ‘true health’ is and how yesterday’s decisions affect the health you have today.

Learn how you can achieve true health.

Article Link: Health Starts Here by Robert A. Rakowski, DC, CCN

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Aromatherapy to Relieve Anxiety: Part A

Marcey Shapiro, MD

Marcey Shapiro, MD

Aromatherapy is a well-established branch of healing that employs the use of essential oils extracted from flowers, leaf, bark, or roots of plants for physical and emotional health. The term aromatherapy was coined by the French chemist Rene Maurice Gattefosse in 1937 after he observed that topical application of dilute lavender essential oil greatly enhanced healing from burns he personally sustained, clearing a case of gangrene. This was in the era of medicine prior to the widespread use of antibiotics, so it was a profound discovery.

Essential oils have been utilized since ancient times in numerous lands and cultures, including China, Egypt, India, and Southern Europe. Essential oils of cedar, myrrh, clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg were applied to the dead as part of the embalming process. Their residues have been found in tombs over two thousand years old.  Aromatherapy was advanced by French surgeon Jean Valnet, who read Gattefosse’s book and was inspired when medications were scarce, to use essential oils to treat injured soldiers during World War Two.

Smell is one of our primary five senses. It triggers powerful emotional responses. We process information from our sense of smell in an area of the brain adjacent to the limbic region, our area of emotional processing and memory recall. When the scent of an essential oil is inhaled, molecules enter the nasal cavities and stimulate a firing of emotional response in the limbic system of the brain. The centrally located limbic system influences many other areas of the body and brain, including the nervous system and many hormone-producing glands such as the adrenal glands, hypothalamus, and pituitary. These in turn regulate stress or calming responses such as heart rate, breathing patterns, production of hormones, and blood pressure. Aromatherapy oils have been demonstrated to assist all these systems.

Aromatherapy is not generally employed as a sole therapy for anxiety but is a wonderful adjunct, for some, in relief of anxiety and general mood support. There has been much scientific study of aromatic essential oils.

Here are a few popular oils to quell anxiety, and next month we will examine a few others:

Chamomile Roman, Chamaemelum nobile

Emotional: Longstanding use as a peaceful, calming scent; helps support sleep and inner harmony; decreases irritability, over- thinking, anxiety, worry; and generally soothes frayed nerves.

Physical: Alleviates muscle spasms, is a good antiviral, calms digestive upsets, menstrual cramps, and restless legs.

Safe, except some small risk of allergy, especially with persons who have allergy to ragweed.

Clary Sage, Salvia sclarea

Emotional: Uplifting, soothing, and slightly euphoric fragrance that enhances feelings of well-being and connection with others and with the natural world.

Physical: Helps alleviate fatigue and muscle spasms, including bronchial spasm, so it is often used in blends for asthma. Used in many women’s blends for hot flashes and menstrual cramps.

Safety: Generally safe but it can increase menstrual flow, so clary sage is not a good choice with heavy menses or during pregnancy; also avoid using in estrogen-dependent breast cancer unless under medical advice.

Geranium, Pelargonium roseum × asperum

Emotional: Used for alleviating anxiety and depression, restorative, with a calming and relaxing energy. Balances mood swings. Often used in combinations with citrus.

Physical: Helps vitality, is antiviral and antibacterial, decreases bloating and fluid retention, antispasmodic. Used often for PMS.

Safety: Widely considered safe for dilute topical use or inhalation

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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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

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