Grief Acupressure Points – Video

with Michael Reed Gach, PhD

with Michael Reed Gach, PhD

Are you dealing with deep emotions? What triggered them?

In the video link below you can learn how to use Acupressure points for relieving grief, sadness, depression, feeling stuck, chest tightness, difficulty breathing, coughing, and for letting go.

Another self-healing technique to explore.

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

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Three clucks for chicken!

Judy E. Buss

Judy E. Buss

Unless you are in the habit of consuming industrial-size meat portions, chicken can be an important element in a healthy diet. Relatively lean, it is an excellent source of protein, zinc, B vitamins, potassium, calcium, and more. One serving is 4 ounces or ¼ pound per meal, per person. This equals to a small, cooked boneless breast, or one leg and a thigh. Highly active individuals may eat slightly larger portions.

Some nutritionists recommend shunning the dark chicken flesh, because it contains a bit more fat than its white counterpart. However, most of the fat in the dark meat is concentrated in the skin, or around certain cuts, such as the thighs. The skin can and should be discarded, and the yellowish visible fat attached to any cut can be easily removed.

Furthermore, dark meat consists of all of the chicken muscle tissue, which is rich in iron, while the white meat does not contain any. True, white meat, primarily the breast, is somewhat leaner, but tends to be dry and tasteless. To compensate for this, cooks often drown the meat in butter, oil, cheese, or mayonnaise, thereby drastically increasing, even surpassing dark meat in fat content and calories.

How the bird is cooked determines whether the dish is wholesome or harmful. Some particularly unhealthy cooking methods are deep-frying, grilling (sorry, friends!), consuming the skin, or using chicken fat for cooking. Chicken sausage, or any sausage for that matter, is high in fat and unhealthy additives, rendering it a weapon of health destruction as well.

Chicken meat lends itself to numerous fabulously delicious and healthful possibilities, including soups, sandwiches, salads, or roasted, stove-top cooked, and oven baked dishes. The liver, stomach, heart, neck, wings, feet, and bones, are also utilized, particularly in ethnic cuisine.

Cornish Game hens, are, unfortunately overlooked by many home cooks. The meat of these hybrid young chickens – weighing only approximately 2.5 pounds – is lean, tender, and utterly delicious! The name is misleading, because they are neither a game bird nor are only the females eaten. They are a domesticated fowl, sometimes referred to as Rock Cornish, and mostly prepared by roasting. Because of their small size they require less time to roast – an added advantage.

Leave it to scientists to worry about who came first – the chicken or the egg – enjoy eating chicken!

2 servings
1/2 pound cooked, boneless chicken
3/4 cup fresh pineapple, cut into small chunks
1 celery stalk, sliced
10 seedless grapes, halved
3 tablespoons walnuts, coarsely chopped

2 tablespoons olive oil (not extra virgin)
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon dried tarragon

In a medium bowl mix all the dressing ingredients.  Cut the chicken into bite-size pieces. Add the chicken and all the other ingredients to dressing. Refrigerate for one 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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ANT Therapy – Article

Daniel G. Amen, MD

Daniel G. Amen, MD

If your thoughts about the past, present and future have a dim grayness to them, you are suffering from Automatic Negative Thoughts, or ANTs.

The article link below offers you actual step-by-step “thinking” principles to help you heal your deep limbic system (that plays a large role in how you feel).

Whenever you notice an ANT entering your mind, train yourself to recognize it. Learn how to “kill the ANT” by feeding your emotional anteater.

Article Link: ANT Therapy by Daniel G. Amen, MD

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Dietary Choices and Listening to Your Body: Part B

Marcey Shapiro, MD

Marcey Shapiro, MD

You can learn to listen to your body, because your body is wise. It knows what it needs and wants. This is an opportunity for further self-exploration. The more you are able to tune in to your body, the less the question of what you “should” eat will occupy your conscious thought.

You might begin by examining any preconceived notions. Do you have beliefs about what is healthy for you? About what you should eat? About what is a more “spiritual” way to eat? About what is a more “healthy” way to eat? Where do these beliefs come from? Do you feel healthy? Do you feel spiritually connected? Do you feel vibrant? If not, do you recall feeling strong and fit in your life? When was that? What was your life like then?

This simple technique works well for many people who want to feel more in harmony with what they eat. The key is to ask, and then to listen for the answer. The body can respond in a variety of ways. You might feel something physically, like comfort or discomfort, or experience an emotion such as well-being or disgust. If you are someone whose tension manifests in the digestive tract, a food that is good for you in the moment will feel good emotionally. It will feel comfortable in your stomach when you think of it, while a food or nutritional supplement that is not right for you might cause a cramp, an “off” feeling, or a slight tensing. The more you practice this awareness, the easier it becomes to notice subtle cues. Another advantage of this practice is improved self- awareness. With greater attention to one’s body/mind/spirit connection, emotionally related physical symptoms can diminish and even disappear through listening to one’s inner wisdom.

When you are interested in a particular food but are not certain it is right for you, simply ask your body. You might start with breathing between your heart and an area of concern. This can be a specific area of the body or just a general query. For example, if you have joint stiffness, think of or hold a particular food that you are wondering about and feel for it in your joints, breathing between your heart and your joints. Ask your joints, will this food nourish and support you at this time?

Consulting just the mouth or taste buds can, unfortunately, be unreliable. Our whole self is sometimes not in alignment with something our taste buds find appealing. One reason our mouth and taste buds can be out of sync with our overall well-being has to do with our thoughts. Our taste buds can be influenced by culture, beliefs, and peer pressure, overriding our inner wisdom. We might associate the taste of a particular food with comfort, or relief, or happiness, even if it does not provide nourishment to the body. For many, the mouth’s desires for sweets, in particular, has associations with soothing that do not apply to the rest of the body/mind/ spirit. Bringing the mouth and taste buds into alignment involves finding other healthful ways to soothe the emotions so that better overall alignment can be achieved.

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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Pears – Video

with Karen Roth, Holistic Nutritionist

with Karen Roth, Holistic Nutritionist

Eating pears can promote digestive health.

In the video link below learn not only the digestive benefits of pears, but other benefits such as vitamins and copper.

Video Link: Pears with Karen Roth, MS, CNC

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A Good Night’s Sleep – Article

Rama Kant Mishra

Rama Kant Mishra

Millions of Americans of all ages are affected by sleep problems, many with severe, chronic sleep deprivation. While there is substantial awareness about the need for proper nutrition and exercise, many people tend to shrug off lack of sleep as not being of much consequence, and, as a result, go through life with both mind and body always performing at less than optimal levels.

Recent research indicates that pervasive sleep deprivation can lead to more serious health problems than just a dull clouded feeling the next morning — including obesity, high blood pressure and diminished resistance to infections.

The article link below includes ten easy ways to get your sleep based on an Ayurvedic approach.

Article Link: A Good Night’s Sleep by Rama Kant Mishra

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On Reducing Stress – Video

with John Fenton

with John Fenton

How do you deal with stress each day? Are you aware that the stress in your life impacts your health, quality of life and relationships?

In the video link below learn how to use your power of choice to take actions toward more balance in your life.

Video Link: On Reducing Stress with John Fenton

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Why Are Current Conventional Calcium Recommendations Wrong?

David Getoff, CCN, CTN, FAAIM

David Getoff, CCN, CTN, FAAIM

People can usually meet their calcium requirements with a healthy, traditional diet. Sometimes another 500-600mg is helpful. However, what is detrimental to health is too much calcium, especially calcium supplementation that is not in a 2 to 1 ratio with magnesium. For example, if you take a multivitamin with 800mg of calcium it should also supply you with at least 400mg of magnesium. More magnesium than that is not a problem, and is sometimes beneficial, as most of us are deficient in this nutrient, but more calcium is not helpful.

Often people will be told by their doctors that they need to supplement with 1500-2000mg a day of calcium. Interestingly, there are no research studies where individuals supplemented with those levels of calcium and succeeded in reversing osteoporosis. Yet, this is a common medical recommendation. Overlooked in these recommendations are the other nutrients needed to build bones and prevent bone loss-including magnesium.

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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Your Genes Don’t Have the Final Say – Article

H. Robert Silverstein, MD, FACC

H. Robert Silverstein, MD, FACC

Virtually all the diseases and malfunctions in the body have direct causes. Each person has particular genetic weaknesses and strengths that play a major role in the cause of disease. Most diseases occur if, and only if, susceptible people make lifestyle choices that trigger the expression of that genetic tendency.

The article link below lists items that can be used to proactively avoid the conditions that encourage disease, in a person who has the propensity.

Everyone should feel empowered to change the course of their medical history which otherwise may seem inevitable.

Article Link: Your Genes Don’t Have the Final Say by H. Robert Silverstein, MD, FACC

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Treatment question? – AHHA Resource

AHHA_LOGO_CLR_squarePerhaps the most important resource ever created by AHHA is the Health Information Search Services list. This unique list includes organizations whose experts can research treatment options for any health condition, plus they also answer other health questions. You can specify conventional medicine and/or alternative approaches. If you know of someone dealing with a life threatening or debilitating diagnosis, please let him or her know about this valuable support option.

For additional similar American Holistic Health Association resources visit the Wellness Resources section.

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