Prayer, Community and Healing – Article

Douglas Bloch, MA

Douglas Bloch, MA

Have you ever wondered if praying for oneself or others can make a scientifically measurable difference in recovering from illness or trauma? It is one thing to understand such a healing intellectually; it another to know it form experience.

The article link below shares one man’s recovery from depression through the support of a wellness program.

The moral to this story is that no matter how sophisticated our brain science and technology become, there is no substitute for human love and caring. Scientific studies repeatedly reveal that strong social bonds, as a prayer, strengthen the immune system and ward off the harmful effects of stress.

Article Link: Prayer, Community and Healing: My Story by Douglas Bloch, MA

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

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GMO safety – Issue

IssuesBlogPhotoOrganizations promoting their beliefs on the safety of genetically modified foods are focusing on influencing the consumer to adopt their points of view. These organizations carefully select research to support their specific position.  If you are interested in being informed about GMO safety, keep this trend in mind as you read the recent articles in the media. Particularly note where opposing sides reference the same piece of research and draw totally different (and often opposite) conclusions from it.

ISSUE: GMO 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 [presenting research supporting GMO safety]
G.M.O. Dilemma: Swaying a Wary Public (6/24/15)
by Conrad de Aenlle
New York Times

Scientist deconstructs Seralini’s PLOS GMO study: ‘Failed attempt at redemption’ (6/18/15)
by Alison Bernstein
Genetic Literacy Project

If you don’t want your food genetically modified, tell nature to stop it. (5/22/15)
by Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar

Is Genetically Modified Food Safe? (4/2/15)
by Quinn Fucile
The Science Times

CON [presenting research against GMO safety]
New Study Finds A “Very Strong” Correlation Between GMOs And Two Dozen Diseases (1/17/15)
[link to related 7/15/14 article with Gilles-Eric Seralini's new research proof]
by Arjun Walia
Collective Evolution

The War on Genetically-Modified-Food Critics: Et tu, National Geographic? (2/27/15)

Former EPA scientist: Biotech companies encouraging pesticide treadmill (5/28/15)
by Ken Roseboro
The Organic & Non-GMO Report

GMO Industry Safety Studies Are Worthless (6/18/15)
Food Democracy Now

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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Sleep Better Insomnia Acupressure Points – Video

with Michael Reed Gach, PhD

with Michael Reed Gach, PhD

Do you have a problem getting to sleep?

In the video below learn acupressure ankle points to sedate your energy for counteracting insomnia, plus tips to get to sleep.

Pressing these ankle points together can enable your body to relax deeply for a good night’s sleep. These techniques are easy to teach your child.

Video Link: Sleep Better Insomnia Acupressure Points 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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It’s Mind Over Matter – Article

John Abdo, CFT

John Abdo, CFT

Getting, and keeping motivated for your fitness lifestyle is a wrestling match everyone experiences at some point. Don’t throw in the towel!

The article link below provides several steps that you can use to help you stay on track and keep your head in the game.

Discover how becoming your own body engineer will get you enthused about yourself and your fitness goals.

Article Link: It’s Mind Over Matter by John Abdo, CFT

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

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Dietary Choices and Listening to Your Body: Part A

Marcey Shapiro, MD

Marcey Shapiro, MD

I used to be fairly dogmatic about diet, believing there was a right way to eat. In my twenties, this right way was vegetarianism. I was an ethical vegetarian and felt sanctimonious about it. I deplored the idea of killing animals for food. I loved the works of writer Frances Moore Lappé and would quote her to anyone vaguely interested. But my body did not agree with my mind’s choice. In my early forties, I discovered the work of the nutrition-oriented dentist, Weston A. Price, then read Sally Fallon’s book Nourishing Traditions and fell in love with the idea of a “right diet” all over again. In contrast, this diet incorporated lots of animal fats and animal protein. While I still respect these works and remain influenced by them, I have since come to an even broader understanding of health and nutrition.

Simply put, there is no one right diet for everyone. One person may actually feel fine on a vegetarian diet, while another may thrive with an abundance of saturated fats and animal protein. One person may do very well with wheat and whole grains, and another may not tolerate gluten, or grains. One person may feel best eating predominantly salads and light fare; another may flourish eating mostly cooked food. All of these, and more, are viable and appropriate for various people. An individual body may have changing needs over a life- time, and that is fine too. A woman who is menstruating might crave meats, including liver, and want them daily, while the same woman post-menopause might find herself less interested in such foods.

There are many reasons why our dietary needs vary. Early nutritional factors, ethnicity, genetics, taste preferences, metabolic type, stress level, work load, allergies, environmental exposures, and phase of life all play a part. Not everyone can digest or metabolize certain foods. We have all heard that everyone needs to eat more fiber, but for many people, fiber aggravates existing bowel conditions. If your body cannot utilize or assimilate the six servings of fibrous “healthy whole grains” currently “recommended” per day, why on Earth would you eat them?

As simplistic as it might sound, the best way to find out what is right for you, at any moment, is to consult your own body. Consult your cells. Consult your organs…..

In the seventh year of vegetarianism I found myself dreaming about eating meat almost nightly, visiting steakhouses and rib joints in those dreams and enjoyably dining on meaty delights. After about three months of this, I took a gentle but firm look at myself and asked some tough questions. I began with “What am I doing to myself?” and proceeded with “Why am I doing this and for whom?” and “Could I love animals and still eat them?” I realized that my opinions could not just railroad my body. I understood that I was doing my body a disservice by deciding what I would eat based upon a programmatic ideology. So I sought and found a different direction. I made the radical decision to include my body in the conversation about what to eat, by listening to what my body was asking for. My dreams were obviously indicating that meat was on my body’s menu, so somehow I needed to make peace with that. At the same time, I easily found evidence of spiritual and moral people who ate meat. I discovered that even the Dalai Lama eats meat, because after two years of vegetarianism, he developed jaundice.  His body, too, asked for something different. Eventually I went out to a local restaurant and ordered ribs. An hour after eating them, I felt a deep flush of physical well-being, a feeling I had forgotten knowing. It was an almost religious experience of nutrition. I understood, viscerally, that the body itself must be consulted about its needs.

This is not meant to be an argument for or against vegetarianism or veganism. I know healthy vegetarians, and I have known others who could not get past their mental constructs when their body clearly had a different idea of what it needed. Many people stop listening within, as I did, based on ideology and opinion. As a society, we are obsessed with eating properly, yet many of us are poorly nourished. We cannot rely on external “experts” to guide us. “Experts” differ widely, and by listening to them instead of ourselves, we relinquish our power to notice, choose, and decide what is right for us.

Excerpted from Freedom From Anxiety: A Holistic Approach to Emotional Well Being by Marcey Shapiro, MD, published by North Atlantic Books 1/14/14, 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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Cauliflower Health Benefits – Video

with Karen Roth, Holistic Nutritionist

with Karen Roth, Holistic Nutritionist

Cauliflower is a heart healthy vegetable. It contains high levels of folic acid and B6 that help keep homocysteine levels from rising.

In the video link below learn the other benefits of this vegetable in the cruciferous family.

Plus you can save calories by substituting cauliflower for potatoes.

Video Link: Cauliflower Health Benefits with Karen Roth, Holistic Nutritionist

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

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Where Do I Go From Here? – Article

Jeanne Wallace, PhD, CNC

Jeanne Wallace, PhD, CNC

Have you recently heard news from your doctor that was frightening? Chances are, we will all hear something we don’t like. What do you do first? How can you deal with the diagnoses?

The article link below provides advice and tips on dealing with the diagnosis of illness and taking responsibility for your health.

Learn how a challenging prognosis can help you learn more about yourself and influence your healing.

Article Link: Where Do I Go From Here by Jeanne Wallace, PhD, CNC

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

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Variety under one roof
 – AHHA Resource

AHHA_LOGO_CLR_squareAre you one of the increasing numbers of people who appreciate the value of integrating multiple healing options? Wouldn’t it be convenient to have these under one roof?

AHHA introduces you to AHHA Institutional Members who are centers or clinics that have gathered several healing approaches within one facility.

AHHA Resource Link: Healing Centers in North America

For additional practitioner referral resources visit Referrals.

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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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Understanding Iron Levels

David Getoff, CCN, CTN, FAAIM

David Getoff, CCN, CTN, FAAIM

The best way to check iron levels is to check ferritin, or iron storage. If your ferritin level is, in general, between 35-100 your iron levels are healthy, and you don’t need to supplement with it. Ideally, you would choose an iron-free multivitamin supplement because your levels are fine. If your ferritin level was below 35 you probably need more iron and you should choose a multivitamin that does contain iron. However, if your ferritin level is up past 100 and heading toward 150, you have way to much iron in your blood and it is probably causing oxidative damage. The standard (and healthy way) to lower your ferritin levels is to give blood, sometimes multiple times, until your ferritin levels go down again.

In the past decade, a study was done in which the ferritin levels of children with attention deficit disorder were tested, and they came back in the non-detected to 12 range. The children benefitted from supplementing with iron. Anemia is another commonly-known health condition caused by iron deficiency, but it can also be caused by low vitamin B12 or folic acid.

From Class Four 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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