Integrative Vision Care And Nutrition – Article

Marc Grossman, OD, LAc

Marc Grossman, OD, LAc

Mind/Body medicine is based on the fact that our health and well-being depends on all the individual parts working together effectively. So it should come as no surprise that healthy eyesight is also dependent upon our total well-being, which is affected by our genetic makeup, the food we eat, our work environment and exposure to airborne toxins, as well as our general belief systems about ourselves and the world we live in.

The article link below references numerous peer-reviewed studies identifying specific nutrient deficiencies that could impact eye health.

Nothing replaces a positive, healthy lifestyle that includes regular exercise, daily meditations or walks in nature and a healthy diet. If that is not enough for your eyes to be healthy, you and your physician might include nutritional supplementation.

Article Link: Integrative Vision Care And Nutrition by Marc Grossman, OD, LAc

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Hidden dangers? – Issue

IssuesBlogPhotoFracking is making the news these days, and there are highly conflicting interpretations of the risks to people and the environment. Hydraulic fracturing is a mining technique that injects a high-pressure stream of water, sand, and chemicals in shale rock to crack open oil- and gas-rich deposits. There are studies supporting the concerns about (1) contaminating our drinking water, (2) triggering earthquakes, (3) using huge amounts (millions of gallons) of water for the fracking process, and (4) mishandling of the wastewater left over from the process. Once water has been used in fracking, it cannot be reused for anything else. Those who are pro fracking either dispute studies supporting these concerns or insist that the impact is both minimal and justified by the resulting gas and oil produced.

ISSUE: Fracking safety

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 [supporting the safety of fracking]
Fracking Has Not Had Big Effect on Water Supply, E.P.A. Says While Noting Risks (6/4/15)
by Coral Davenport
New York Times

EPA: Fracking Tainted Drinking Water, but Problems Not Widespread (6 /4/15)
by Alan Neuhauser
U.S. News & World Report

Major EPA fracking study cites pollution risk but sees no ‘systemic’ damage so far (6/4/15)
by Joby Warrick
The Washington Post

EPA study: No evidence fracking has caused “widespread” impacts on drinking water (6/4/15)
by Jennifer A. Dlouhy
Fuel Fix from the Houston Chronicle

Con [concerned about the safety of fracking]
Fracking Chemicals Detected in Pennsylvania Drinking Water (5/4/15)
by Nicholas St. Fleur
New York Times 

New York Bans Fracking due to Public Health Risks (2/10/15)
by Aisha Abdelhamid

Despite Historic Drought, California Used 70 Million Gallons Of Water For Fracking Last Year (4/6/15)
by Katie Valentine

The Link Between Fracking and Oklahoma’s Quakes Keeps Getting Stronger (4/6/15)
by Tim McDonnell
Mother Jones

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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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Rooting for the Radish Family!

Judy E. Buss

Judy E. Buss

Meet the radish family: one of its members, the pretty, red, round root you sometimes use as food garnish at social gatherings, is probably familiar. Unfortunately, this little vegetable and its many relatives are often overlooked for taste, crunchiness, versatility, and nutritional value.

Radishes, used since antiquity for culinary and medicinal purposes, are a large family of root vegetables  related to the cabbage. They come in numerous sizes, shapes, and colors. Some are elongated, others are round and plump. Colors range from white, pink, red, to gray, purple and black. Among members of the radish family are turnip, wasabi, kohlrabi, daikon, rutabaga, and horseradish. These vegetables are heavily used in Central and East Europe as well as in Asia. Oaxaca, Mexico celebrates “Night of the Radishes” on December 23rd before Christmas. The traditional horseradish and beet sauce, Maror, is eaten with matzo as a symbolic dish during the Passover Seder celebrated by the Jews.

Potent compounds present in radishes are also used for medicinal purposes in some cultures. The roots are prescribed for intestinal worms in children, infection of the urinary tract, bronchitis, gout, arthritis, cancer prevention, and for stimulating liver and intestinal function. The vegetables are also rich in vitamin C, some of the B vitamins, potassium, and calcium.

Radishes are widely available throughout the year. Although their leaves are edible and can be cooked like any greens or consumed raw in salads, most produce retail outlets sell the roots only, with their tops removed.

Radishes unique, mild to spicy taste, depending on the cultivar, lends itself to numerous culinary uses: raw, steamed, roasted, pickled, sprouted, or for juicing vegetables. They add a tsunami of flavor to a raw salad, thinly sliced or grated, and enhance pasta or potato salads, sandwiches, stir-fried with meat, or as condiments. Horseradish which is particularly hot and pungent is used by cooks as prepared condiment, combined with a vinegar brine and/or mayonnaise or salad dressing. It is served with beef, fish, and pork, in sandwiches, and some cocktails, such as the Bloody Mary.

Because of the powerful chemistry of the horseradish, it should not be fed to children under 4, or in large quantities to pregnant women. Collinsville, Illinois -  top importer of the root – is the Horseradish Capital of the World, and celebrates International Horseradish Festival every spring.

Sliced radishes provide great textural and flavor contrast when included in a dish. 1 -2 finely grated red radishes add a scrumptious flavor to vinaigrette dressing.

So get up close and personal with radishes; tap into their health benefits and fabulous flavor!

           (Serves 2)
3/4 pound cooked, skinless, boneless chicken
4 radishes, thinly sliced
3 cups fresh bean sprouts
1/2 yellow bell pepper, seeded, diced
2 green onions, sliced, including their whites
2 small carrots, thinly sliced

4 tablespoons cooking olive oil
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 garlic clove, finely grated
1 teaspoon honey

In a medium bowl, mix all the dressing ingredients, set aside. Cut the chicken into bite-size pieces. Add the chicken and all the other ingredients to the dressing. Refrigerate in an airtight container for 1 hour before serving.

“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 Doctor and the Patient: Relationship, Partnership or Marriage? – Article

Bernard S. Siegel, MD

Bernard S. Siegel, MD

The word “patient” actually means “submissive sufferer.” In your relationship with your doctor, do you consider yourself to be a patient or a partner in your healthcare?

The article link below explains how doctors can create a better relationship with those they serve and how medical education shapes future physicians abilities to be compassionate.

Discover how great your relationship with your physician can be.

Article Link: The Doctor and the Patient: Relationship, Partnership or Marriage byBernard Siegel, MD

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Healing from the Root Cause

Marcey Shapiro, MD

Marcey Shapiro, MD

The industrial medical response to illness is to treat the symptoms of illness while ignoring the message. If we have a cold, we take medicines that dry us up. If we have heartburn, we are prescribed medicines that block acid production. If we have allergies we are given anti-histamines, powerful systemic medications that block release of a key compound in the inflammatory/secretory chain of events. We call all effects of such medications that are not directly shifting our symptom “side effects,” but they are not peripheral; they are additional effects. Anti-histamines, for example, are systemic drugs that will make us drowsy, cause dry mucous membranes, and slow our digestion, causing bloating.

Homeopathic perspective says that illness is driven deeper into the body by treatments that only address symptoms instead of the underlying causes. Treating a skin problem with steroids or cutting out a small tumor does not end the imbalance. The problem will pop up in a more aggressive form at a later date if the underlying imbalance is not corrected. Surgery or pharmaceuticals can be helpful tools, but they are best utilized in a larger context. If the underlying cause is a vibrational pattern, a misunderstanding, then the vibrational pattern that caused the problem is ultimately what needs to be corrected.

Years ago I had a patient with a severe case of psoriasis. It covered parts of her face and much of her arms. We tried many tools to correct it and these would work for a while, but eventually the problem would return full-force. This puzzled me, so we gently explored her feelings about the psoriasis. She thought her skin condition made her look “ugly” and “freakish” but also admitted that it gave her a barrier to others and made her feel safe. When the psoriasis was active she was less likely to be touched, and she realized she felt quite vulnerable when it was not present. It turned out that she had experienced incest as a child. She had known this and thought she “had worked through it,” so had never connected the incest and her feelings of vulnerability with her psoriasis. She and I agreed it was pointless at that time to try to “cure” a skin condition that was the only thing helping her maintain a sense of safe boundaries. She entered into somatic psychotherapy to develop a greater sense of ease in the world, and liked it so much that she decided to become a somatic psychotherapist.

I saw her again, several years later. She was a different and much happier individual. She had good self-esteem, healthy boundaries, and was in a loving relationship with a compassionate man who really understood her. She had confidence about her safety in the world. Her skin was better without any remedies, natural or pharmaceutical. We were easily able to clear up most of the remnants of the problem with some dietary changes and herbal support. She still has bouts of mild psoriasis but has learned to work with this manifestation and notice minor feelings of vulnerability and fearfulness before the problem gets very big. She actually enjoys the opportunity for honest, non-judgmental self-examination that her skin condition affords her, greeting it with a willingness to embody a greater wholeness, greater self-love, and greater inner and outer peace.

Excerpted from Transforming the Nature of Health: A Holistic Vision of Healing that Honors Our connection to the Earth, Others, and Ourselves  by Marcey Shapiro, MD, published by North Atlantic Books, copyright © 2012 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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Power of the Unconscious Mind – Video

with Emmett Miller, MD

with Emmett Miller, MD

Dr. Miller speaks about the difference between the conscious mind and the unconscious mind using examples and audience participation.

In the video link below learn how sometimes our mind plays tricks on us, sometimes it doesn’t allow us to see the reality of a situation.

The subconscious responds to imagery.

Video Link: Power of the Unconscious Mind with Emmett Miller, MD

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Gentle Touch Produces Miracles – Article

Gerri Shapiro, MSEd

Gerri Shapiro, MSEd

Many of us suffer from some type of chronic body pain.

The article link below describes one woman’s solution to the back pain she suffered with for years.

Discover how the Bowen technique might help your chronic aches and pains!

Article Link: Gentle Touch Produces Miracles by Gerri Shapiro, MSEd

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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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Do People Get Sick From Milk?

David Getoff, CCN, CTN, FAAIM

David Getoff, CCN, CTN, FAAIM

There is a difference between the bacteria composition of raw milk and pasteurized milk. Raw milk is full of healthy, living “good” bacteria that is so powerful it can even kill off “bad” bacteria such as e-coli. Pasteurized milk is heated to very high temperatures so that all the bad bacteria living in it are killed. There is no filtering out of the dead bacteria after pasteurization so people very often drink these dead bacteria and have some type of reaction to the pasteurized milk. Pasteurizing milk also leads to the denaturing of the essential fatty acids. Interestingly, people who do not suffer from lactose intolerance often have reactions to pasteurized milk.  This could be due to the dead bacteria, the damaged essential fatty acids, the poor nutrient composition of milk from unhealthy (non-grassfed) cows or any number of issues. Regardless of your ability to handle lactose, raw, organic, grassfed milk is the best choice anyone who is a milk consumer.

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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