Thyroid Balancing Acupressure Points – Video

with Michael Reed Gach, PhD

with Michael Reed Gach, PhD

A thyroid imbalance can cause weight problems, chronic fatigue, overwhelm, anxiety, emotional imbalances, hair loss, skin problems, depression or a combination of these symptoms.

In the video below learn how to use a pair of Acupressure points for balancing the thyroid gland,

Thyroid acupressure points enable healing energy to move through the thyroid, which restores its balancing or homeostatic mechanisms.

Video Link: Thyroid Balancing Acupressure Points with Michael Reed Gach, PhD

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Harvest The Benefits Of Eating Beans

Judy E. Buss

Judy E. Buss

O.K., we all made fun of beans with our comrades in kindergarten… Let’s take a fresh look at this remarkable food. Beans are nutritional gems, loaded with potassium, iron, calcium, phosphorous, B vitamins, protein and more. They are low in fat and high in fiber. Canned ones are, by far, less nutritious. Beans, peas, lentils, and peanuts are members of the legume family – the seeds found in pods of a particular group of plants.

Legumes are complex carbohydrates, and unlike simple carbohydrates, are digested longer, releasing a steady, slow supply of glucose. This helps stabilize blood sugar, a fundamental factor in the maintenance of good health, particularly of hypoglycemia or diabetes sufferers. Beans are also extremely filling, and help prevent general overeating.

Soybean products have been enthusiastically added to menus around the country. Tofu can take on any flavor, and comes in the form of Firm, Soft, and Silken textures. Firm tofu can be cubed and added to raw vegetable salads, stews, soups, etc. Soy milk is lactose and cholesterol-free and is a good substitute for milk, also in cooking and baking. Soy sauce is used in cooking and in salads. Among other soy products are flour, nuts, sprouts, and soy protein.

Beans, peas, and lentils are exceptionally versatile. They can be used in dips, salads, veggie burgers, stews, and soups. Combined with grains of any kind, they provide complete protein and can be substituted for meat.  This can contribute to an excellent and economical weight-control strategy if consumed at least twice a week!  Cooking beans does not require a major time investment; a faster method is given below. Cook a double batch and refrigerate the rest for another meal. (Remember to use up the beans within 6 days, before they grow penicillin…)

Fast bean cooking method:
FIRST PRECOOK: Check the beans for debris. Rinse them in a colander, place in a medium pot and cover with 2 inches of water. Bring the beans to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat. Let stand in the hot water for one hour (time to walk the dog…). Drain the beans, cover with 2 inches of fresh water, and add a half teaspoon of ground ginger to reduce the unwanted side effect of eating beans. (The cooked beans will not taste like ginger as a result).
TO COOK THE BEANS: Cooking-time varies for each type of legume: Black-eyed peas – 15 minutes; chickpeas, pinto, and navy beans – 45; black beans – 90; split peas – 45. Lentils require no soaking or precooking and take only 20 minutes to cook.

Join the millions of “beaniacs” of the world. Make legumes permanent residents in your kitchen, and explore the limitless and delicious possibilities of this power food! Below is a recipe for you to try – Enjoy!

 2 servings
1 Firm tofu brick
4 fresh mushrooms, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons purple onion, finely chopped
1/2 small, green bell pepper, seeded, diced
1-1/2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
2 cloves garlic, finely grated

Drain the tofu and blot the access water with paper towels. In a medium bowl, mix the soy sauce, garlic, and onion. Cut the tofu into ½ inch cubes, and gently mix with the dressing. Add the mushrooms and bell pepper. Refrigerate 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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Surviving Depression and Bulimia – Article

Ximena Veliz

Ximena Veliz

A true story of one woman’s journey to find solutions to resolve her depression and bulimia.

The article linked below shares the steps she took and the helpful counseling and support that guided her empowered healing process. Are there some ideas you might adapt to your healing journey?

Article Link:  Surviving Depression and Bulimia by Ximena Veliz

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

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Illness as Metaphor: Fungus Part A

Marcey Shapiro, MD

Marcey Shapiro, MD

One way to approach health problems is to examine them through the lens of nature. Any physical illness provides a wealth of metaphorical information to the person or community that is affected. Look for what healthy role the disease-causing agent has in nature. In this light, we can learn a lot from fungus. Health issues relating to overgrowth of fungi are commonplace in a family-practice setting.

Fungus is a communal organism much like ants are communal insects. They grow in vast cooperative networks, especially in dark, damp places like the soil. They spread in a web-like manner through underground filamentous projections. Most of the life of terrestrial fungus is subterranean. Above-ground mushrooms and other fruiting bodies of fungus are a minute fraction of their mass.

In humans, the soil in which fungus embeds is human tissue. As in the Earth’s soil, fungi grow well in stagnant areas with persistent dampness. On the planet’s surface, fungi have many important roles. They enliven stagnation and clear it, getting things moving again, as demonstrated by the example of stagnant water purification via fungus-catalyzed bioremediation.

In Chinese medicine as well, dampness is associated with stagnation. Excessive dampness in the digestive tract results in bloating, heaviness, fullness, and murkiness that can also express as cloudy thought, rumination, cysts or tumors, and in severe cases, insanity. Dampness interferes with the conversion of food nutrients to energy, bone, blood, and thought. Dampness in the lungs leads to phlegm, cough, shortness of breath, infections, and anxiety. Once dampness is prevalent in the system, it can be slow to transform.

Likewise, once fungus is established, it can be difficult to clear up without significant changes in behavior and attitude. Fungi, like humans, are complex multicellular organisms. The pharmaceutical model of killing fungus is problematic because the things that kill “them” kill “us” too. Many antifungal drugs are toxic, especially to the liver, our main organ of detoxification. Fungi interlace themselves through our tissues and do not give up easily. Fungal die-off rapidly releases many products of stagnation back into our system that the fungi had been slowly transforming.

Therefore many people with yeast overgrowth syndrome prefer to remain on a milder program of protracted dietary restrictions, gentle detoxification, and shifting of thoughts and beliefs. (Yeasts like Candida albicans are types of fungi commonly associated with humans.) This allows the excess fungus to slowly clear as their body gradually eliminates bound metals and toxins, and allows time for the murkiness in their thoughts and emotional overwhelm to settle and clarify as well.

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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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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It’s Not All In Your Mind – Article

Joan Mathews-Larson, PhD

Joan Mathews-Larson, PhD

In the last few decades, biochemists and medical doctors have begun to pinpoint scientific explanations for behavior that used to be labeled “physiological.”

The article link below describes several of the biochemical abnormalities that can be caused by molecular imbalance in the brain and how they can be reversed and/ or treated successfully.

Discover what happens when chemists become doctors and how we all benefit from their discoveries.

Article Link: It’s Not All In Your Mind by Joan Mathews-Larson, PhD

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

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Power of Choice available in Spanish – AHHA Resource

AHHA_LOGO_CLR_squareThe popular AHHA booklet, Wellness From Within: The First Step, is available in Spanish. You can direct your Spanish-speaking friends to this resource for learning about the power of choice.

For a briefer version of the same concepts, there is the flyer available in Spanish.

AHHA Resource Links: Booklet in Spanish; Flyer in Spanish

For additional information about the other wellness resources, visit the Wellness Resources resource page.

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6 tips to Control Your Food Cravings – Video

with Daniel Amen, MD

with Daniel Amen, MD

Did you know that strong food cravings could be playing havoc with your decision making? When your blood sugar goes low, less blood flows to your brain – and contributes to you make poor decisions.

In the video link below learn six important tips for dealing with cravings:
1. Keep blood sugar balanced.
2. Get rid of artificial sweeteners.
3. Stress management program.
4. Outsmart the food triggers.
5. Deal with hidden food allergies.
6. Use supplements to help cravings.

If these are not enough, you may be a compulsive overeater and need more tools.

Video Link: 6 Tips to Control Your Food Cravings with Daniel Amen, MD

For additional educational video clips submitted by AHHA members, visit the American Holistic Health Association’s Self Help Videos section.

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3 Steps to Manifesting Your Ideal Life – Article

Edwin Harkness Spinia

Edwin Harkness Spinia

Did you know that you can create your experience via your underlying beliefs  – whether they are conscious or unconscious? If you’re not conscious of your beliefs, then you must make them conscious.

The article below explains that once you are clear on exactly what you want, then it is a straightforward matter to manifest your desire following three steps.

Visualize exactly what you want for five minutes per day; put yourself in the pictures, with detail and emotion; focus on the end result.

Article Link: 3 Steps to Manifesting Your Ideal Life by Edwin Harkness Spinia

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

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Do you have high blood pressure? – Research Article

iStockPhotoBooksIf you want to reduce your blood pressure without the use of drugs, have you considered yoga?

Researchers recently did a review of studies that tracked the blood pressure of participants who practiced yoga over an extended period of time. Although the study results were not consistent, perhaps due to varying research techniques, many showed positive results.

The research link below shows positive results.

Research Article Link: “Yoga Might Reduce Blood Pressure“ from the September 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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