“What’s swinging in your family tree?”

– M.Wolken editor of CMANews
When I went in the early 90s to a family reunion for my mother family I took time to observe what was swinging from my family’s health tree and the decade of life these  various health imbalances began to show. It was fasinating glimpse into the my possible health future.
My training in natural medicines especially Homeopathy has taught me to look at each of life’s challenges from a different perspective. Our response to each health and or emotional crisis has come to be from our cumulative training from those people and the environment both inside our body as well as those stresses of living our life has brought us.

To assist a person  find peace and wellness a practitioner must learn as much about the entire personal and familial history  as possible. Nothing in health or dis-ease happens in isolation.

Family health history a powerful, underused tool in modern medicine today.
In integrated medical practice like homeopathy, ayurvedic, oriental, and naturopathic medicines, the family history has always been seen as needed. We were taught the better the initial history the better the evaluation, the better insight, the better individualized care and the more positive the healing.

In Homeopathy and Oriental medicine add another aspect to the history and patient profile, learning how to observe how a person, how they move, presents themselves, shake hands, the health and coloring of their tongue and their emotional history are the vital components of the patient history.

These wholistic aspects to patient care are so often ignored or missed in the current “managed care system of seeing a person every 3 to 5 minutes, reminding them to focus only on what is bothering them the most and running on to the next person before the patient has gotten acquainted with the professional.
A recent  Cleveland Clinic study compared using a good oral family history to using simply the lab results from an online genomic testing services that analyze DNA glitches and predict people’s predisposition to various diseases to uncovered who might be at an increased risk of cancer.  Not surprisingly , a good family history taken by an office assistant from relatives accompanying the patient was found to be a better predictor.
All it costs is a little time questioning your relatives, yet good family health trees are rare. A government survey estimated less than a third of families have one – and time-crunched doctors seldom push their patients to remedy that.

*Encourage each family to write down as much as they can remember about the conditions their parents and elderly had, how they died and from what. Knowing both sides of your family tree are vital. A study of 2,500 women found that women not only know less about the health of their paternal relatives, they tend to dismiss the threat of breast cancer if it’s on Dad’s side.
“It’s a risk no matter what,” says Dr. Wendy Rubinstein of Chicago’s North Shore University Health System.

Dr. Charis Eng, a cancer geneticist at the Cleveland Clinic’s Genomic Medicine Institute believes that  “It’s the best-kept secret in health care.”

How to start your family health history.

The U.S. Surgeon General operates a free website – https://familyhistory.hhs.gov – that helps people create a family health history and share it electronically with relatives and their doctor.

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“Go Mediterranean avoid plus girth”

Adherence to the healthy Mediterranean dietary patterns are key factors for avoiding the natural long-term yearly weight gain occurring during adulthood and with advancing age.
These are the findings of a research study after following 10,000 Spanish university graduates for six years. The average age of the students were 38 years The study found the average participant gained half a pound (0.24 kilograms) per year.
Those that strictly followed the Mediterranean plan were 10 percent less likely to become overweight or obese by the end of the study, and had 24 percent lower odds of packing on more than 11 pounds (5 kilograms) over the study’s first four years.

The Mediterranean dietary pattern focuses on fresh fruit and vegetables, olive oil, non processed grains, lean meat and fish. More weight might have been lost if non-virgin olive oil was used.  This foods combination approach causes less inflammation in the body.

Iris Shai of Ben Gurion University, in Israel, observed that people who follow the Mediterranean diet are likely to be more satiated by the high fiber content of a typical meal and tend to consume fewer “empty calories.”

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“Let’s become buff and serene not beefy”

Looking through the looking glass darkly, some Harvard researchers are predicting that Americans will grow in girth even faster if their have a friend or family member that is beefing it up.

Now, there is a positive statistic.

The total percent of Americans expected to become obese is 42 percent.

Why stop at 42 % or when US citizens get that big will no more fit in this country side by side?

If ever there was a time to become buff not beefy this is it.

Let us go lean and serene.

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“Stop colds this season?”

The Human rhinovirus is the common cold. It enters through the nose and attaches itself to the surface cells (epithelial cells) in the nose or upper respiratory tract, then copies it self rapidly like a fax machine gone crazy. If the cells of the respiratory system becomes weakened through  emotional stress, too little water, accidents, poor food choices, lack of sleep, too little exercise .. the environment for your cells is challenged and often the body’s pH will become acidic. This allows the Rhino Virus to breed and spread inside your respiratory system.


How does it copy itself so fast?

The Human rhinoviruses enters the upper respiratory tract. and the virus inserts itself into another molecule called a receptor protein on the surface of a cell that is lining  the nose, throat or bronchi. The virus functions like a  key in the lock of a door. Once the virus locks itself to the receptor protein, it unlocks the cell and duplicates itself. The copy breaks away  to find another weakened cell to infect.

The infected cells do not enjoy being invaded, so they send out chemical distress signals called that activates the healing response in the form of immune cells that will come to the rescue of the inflamed cells and try to quell the inflammation.
Infection occurs rapidly, within 15 minutes of entering the respiratory tract. Over 50 per cent of individuals will experience symptoms within 2 days of infection. Only about 5 per cent of individuals have a cold after infection in less than 20 hours. Five percent of the people will take longer than four and a half days to exhibit the Rhino virus symptoms. It grow well at 32°C the temperature which is the normal temperature in the upper respiratory tract.

Symptoms of a cold may include a sore throat, runny nose, nasal congestion, sneezing and cough; sometimes accompanied by muscle aches, fatigue, malaise, headache, muscle weakness, or loss of appetite. Fever and extreme exhaustion are more usual in influenza. Children may have six to twelve colds a year. In the United States, the incidence of colds is higher in the autumn and winter, with most infections occurring between September to April. The seasonality may be due to the start of the school year, or due to people spending more time indoors (thus in closer proximity with each other),
Preventing the cold before it happens:

  • eating plenty of fruit.
  • exercising five or more days of the week cut the length and intensity of a cold from about five days in three-month period. Those that did little or no exercise colds lasted nine days in three months.
  • Feeling fit and being active cut the risk of having a cold by nearly 50%.
  • keep well hydrated
  • eat lots of fresh multicolored vegetable
  • get lots of sleep
  • do stress buster activities like deep breathing, meditation, dance
  • wash hands frequently

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“Rx for success”

If they walk like a duck
If they quack like a duck
They must be ducks.
Once again hasty generalization is not valid.

What turns a dummy pill into a catalyst for relieving pain, anxiety, depression, sexual dysfunction, or the tremors of Parkinson’s disease? The brain’s own healing mechanisms, unleashed by the belief that a phony medication is the real thing. The most important ingredient in any placebo is the doctor’s bedside manner, but according to research, the color of a tablet can boost the effectiveness even of genuine meds—or help convince a patient that a placebo is a potent remedy.—Steve Silberman

Researchers at the University of California published in the October issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.a review of a 167 placebo-controlled trials published in peer-reviewed medical journals in 2008 and 2009 and found that 92 percent of those trials never even described the ingredients of their placebo pills.

There are no regulations govern placebo composition. The composition of placebos can in randomized, placebo-controlled trials. Reviewers independently abstracted data from the introduction and methods sections of identified articles, recording treatment type (pill, injection, or other) and whether placebo composition was stated. They found that most studies disclosure was less common for pills than for injections and other treatments (8.2% vs. 26.7%; P = 0.002). Placebos were seldom described in randomized, controlled trials of pills or capsules. Because the nature of the placebo can influence trial outcomes, placebo formulation should be disclosed in reports of placebo-controlled trials.
Why is this important. The fact that “modern medical research” claims that their system of drugs is better and safer for patients then homeopathy, herbs, or acupuncture, because they have run double and triple blind studies using placebos to measure the effectiveness of the trial medicine.
What they have not done is standardize what is in the placebos. Why? It was considered unimportant and the less attention given to individuals getting better on something other than the test drug was baffling and down right bad for Big Pharm business.

A placebo may contain sugar or olive oil or salt or some liquid for all the patients know, but they may outperform the trial drug. Why? The placebo or healing response works best when the patient or tester spends quality time with a health professional before the trial begins.

Yes, consistently placebo + human caring + hope +belief = better results with or without the trial drug even over extended periods of time.

So healing of the body begins in the mind of the patient and is accelerated when the practitioner explains and shares his support and expertise with the patient.  People caring for people is the key to success in life, love and healing.

This is very important for another reason too-the patients put their hopes and faith in the test that they will be helped. The mindset of the person can be giving better results than the test drug. The placebo could also potentially harm the individual as well.
Primary Funding Source: University of California Foundation Fund 3929—Medical Reasoning.
University of California Foundation Fund 3929–Medical Reasoning. The manuscript was revised while Dr. Howick was a recipient of a Medical Research Council/Economic and Social Research Council Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellowship (G0800055).
Published their findings in the October issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine
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“1 secret to physical and emotional health and fitness- cook with love”

Where is your head when you cook? – CMA healthy living tip of the day

Remember the old expression “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach?” How does this work?

Think about where your energy and feelings arre as you prepare a meal?

Do you just want to throw something -anything together to end the hunger churning in your stomach?

Are you resenting the fact that you are alone? Angry no one is helping you?  So  frustrated and scared that you may be fired and have to job search all over again?

Negative, nervous charged feelings are the  fastest way to ruin a quality meal for yourself and your family.

The Secret to mental and emotional health and fitness is in the energy you cook

Your mental/emotional state is transferred to your food when you prepare your meal. So if you are upset or if the person(s) that put together your processed or restaurant food was upset then that is the energy you are eating. Negative, stress out, nervous, fearful, combative angry  energy depletes your ability to get up and love your life and enjoy it to the fullest.

Raising the energy of your food.

When you prepare your food put some relaxing uplifting music on or chant.
Cook the food lightly without killing it.
Serve your meal in a quiet spot away from TV or computer.
Give thanks for the whole, healthy food you are blessed to eat.
Chew each bit thoroughly.
Drink liquids before or after a meal so you get maximum use out of your digestive enzymes.

Cooking with love with energize your food, your health and the increase in vitality and gratitude with fill your world with more energy and peace.

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Be well.
M. Wolken is the Editor and Exec. Director of Complementary Medicine Association (CMA) copyrighted 2010. She has been helping people to better health naturally for 40 years.

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“Be proactive to lessen SAD symptoms and the winter blues”

Seasonal Effective Disorder and the winter blues may both be strongly aggrevated byinsufficient light which can disrupt the body’s hormonal balance. It seems that the light/dark and sleep cycles are orchestrated by the pineal gland.that controls the flow of light energy traveling through the nerve pathways from the eyes to various parts of the brain.  The light must be brighter than ordinary room light to activate the pineal gland.

When the pineal gland senses darkness of night secretes a hormone called melatonin, which has sedative properties.

These symptoms of SAD or the winter moody blues can be lessened by

  • increasing exposure to light, either by being outdoors more in the winter or using full-spectrum lighting in the home that contain the full spectrum from ultraviolet to infrared,violet, indigo, blue, green, yellow, orange, red, and others.
  • Limit the amount of time you wearing sunglasses because sunglasses limit the light traveling from the eyes to the pineal gland. Caution: Take precautionary measures when sunlight is strong.
  • Deficiency in any nutrient can cause an imbalance to the body which may result in a worsening of the winter blues or SAD.
  • try to eat a well-balanced diet to help your body cope with seasonal changes.  Be sure to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, including many raw fruits and vegetables.
  • Eat more raw foods and drink green/fruit drinks. Have a large and varied salad at each meal; raw fruits, nuts, and seeds (unsalted preferred)

These foods and condiments are high in magnesium  *  iron * selenium which help decrease SAD or winter blues symptoms.

Flours: Whole wheat, Nuts: dried, unblanched brazil nuts, almonds, cashew

Legumes: beans, tofu,

Herbs: dried Chinese parsley, caraway, cilantro, dried marjoram, dried/freezed dried parsley, freeze dried chives,oregano, tarragon, thyme, saffron, dried marjoram,

Seeds: flaxseed, pumpkin and squash seeds, dried pepitas, celery seed, dill seed,   cumin seed, fortified peanut butter, sesame butter paste

Seaweeds, agar

Meats chicken, turkey fish, game meat, tofu, green spagetti, turnips, lamb, wheat flour,

Spices: basil, dried, thyme, dried, crude rice bran, coriander leaf, sage, ground

Crude Wheat bran

Babyfood, cereal, oatmeal, with honey, dry

Cereals ready-to-eat, KELLOGG, KELLOGG’S Complete Oat Bran Flakes

Let us know if these suggestions are helpful. Please comment.

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“Dancing down high BP for those that sit too much ” fun tip of the day

Get it movin’ is the name of the blood pressure game.

This can be fun you know.

Try to vary up your time at a desk or computer by taking a

Take a fun break at least every hour.

Drink some quality water

Plug into your favorite music on the ipod or radio and spend 5 minutes “gettin down”

Imagine yourself as your favorite singer/dancer and have fun ” gettin movin”

This will improve your productivity and help decrease your blood pressure and weight at the same time you will increase your flexibility and your digestive and immune health.

Tip of the Day – MW -CMA Editor

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“Defending against colds and flus-the secret to winning the war this year”

The body has excellent defense mechanisms. When a person is well hydrated, you eat healthy foods, exercise regularly, your pH stays around 6.5 to 7.2, are happy, productive, meditative and at peace,  your body is able to stop the cold and flu invaders.

When you get the flu or a cold, viruses are the cause.
What happens to these invaders inside the body?

Viruses get caught in mucus, lymph or blood  and other fluids inside your body and are destroyed by your immune system. (see live first time video video). Other viruses get expelled in coughs and sneezes. If the immuno- defense systems are weakened, the body tissues are invaded and its targeted cells are turned into tiny factories that help spread the disease.

In this animation, NPR’s Robert Krulwich and medical animator David Bolinsky explain how a flu virus can trick a single cell into making a million more viruses.

Credit: Robert Krulwich, David Bolinsky, Jason Orfanon
David Bolinsky and his team at XVIVO designed this animation for a research company called Zirus (and we thank Zirus for letting us play with their pictures). Bolinsky says what you see in the video actually happens much, much faster in real life — in a fraction of a fraction of a second. So this is a very slow motion version of cellular activity.

Color has been added to proteins, DNA, organelles, and the teeny things inside a human cell are so small, and the insides of cells are so dark, that for all practical purposes, they are colorless.

“Be Slim, trim and healthy -the secret”

Let’s get real. There is nothing “natural” about high fructose corn syrup, table sugar or brown sugar. Without man manipulating cane sugar or corn none of these products would exist.

Our waist lines would be slimmer, our brain and body chemistry would function better. Last but not least, without manmade sweeteners,  our emotional inner harmony would be improved and learning would be easier.

Sugar comes through our mouth into our digestive system then quickly passes into the blood through enzymes  in the small intestine creating the sugar high and shortly after the low.

To help curb the need to eat or drink sugary foods or drinks, so you can keep your weight and health in check, follow these tips.
Decrease or avoid breads, dried fruits coated in sugar or sweetener, crackers where sugars might be hiding. Learn to identify terms that mean added sugars on the ingredients list, including sugar, white sugar, brown sugar, cane sugar, confectioner’s sugar, corn syrup, crystallized fructose, dextrin, honey, invert sugar, maple syrup, raw sugar, beet sugar, cane sugar, corn sweeteners, agave, evaporated cane juice, glucose-fructose, granulated fructose, high fructose corn syrup, fructose, malt, molasses, aspartamine, saccharin, aspartame, sucralose, neotame, acesulfame potassium, stevia. and turbinado sugar.

If you take your coffee with sugar, try adding a small piece of cinnamon stick or vanilla bean to your cup. It adds flavor without adding caloric sweeteners.
When baking, reduce the amount of sugar in baking of muffins, breads and baked desserts. substitute apple or sweet vegetable puree like carrots  or squash blended up to replace the commercial sugar and gain vitamins, minerals and fiber.

Sweeten other food items with vanilla extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, or allspice can naturally sweeten a recipe.
Top your breakfast waffles or pancakes with fresh fruit compote instead of syrup or have a high quality green protein fruit shake to replace a meal.  Drinking a bottle of just juices is a waste of time and your waist besides being hard on your brain integration and your immune system. Giving yourself or your children a bottle of juice to drink at school on the playing field or at work will be counter productive to quality thinking and coordination.

Eliminate regular soda and caloric-sweetened beverages, by replacing them with Kombucha or green tea and lemon. High quality water is always the best and healthiest drink. Most Americans are chronically under hydrated water. “If you do not like to drink water add lemon or lime juice, a small amount of fresh fruit juice, or pieces of frozen fruit to it.

Avoid processed cereals or yogurts with added sweeteners.
As often as possible eat healthy whole organic foods or at least the freshest locally grown food you can get.

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