“2 secrets to a healthier happier you”

Early AM meditation and exercise will create a new healthier you:

Exercising and meditating early lets your body decrease food cravings which will reduce your calorie intake for the day.
Exercising and meditating daily significantly increases brain functioning for four to ten hours after your AM workout and meditation ends.
Getting up earlier means your body will be more ready to go to sleep earlier and you will sleep deeper and wake more refreshed.
Regular exercise and meditation at the same AM time let’s your endocrine system regulate your hormonal system and encourage a stable circadian rhythm.

Through regular exercise and meditation, the normal body rhythm stabilizes. This critical rhythm cycle prepares the body and mind for waking and exercise several hours before you actually open your eyes.

Regular exercise and meditation decreases stress and improves your health and wellness:

1. Circulating normal levels of hormones through the muscles at regular hours, prepare your body for exercise and meditation by regulating blood pressure, and heart rate.
Your organ systems’ energy can relax, refresh, rest and ready itself to function at peak efficiency at normal hours. Then your metabolism can normalize and in conjunction with all body’s hormones involved in activity and exercise, begin to elevate during sleep and help you be more alert, energized, and ready to exercise and meditate when you do wake up.
2. Increases your digestive energy so you will be hungry after exercise and be able to have a quality breakfast to start the day. Cravings and snacking will decrease, so many people can loss weight.
3. Your colon energy will improve and you will be able to have better elimination at normal times during the day.
4. Weight loss, improved muscle tone and increased stamina are often the bonus for
regular AM exercise and meditation.

The gift to yourself that keeps on giving
Exercising and having a quiet meditative time for yourself daily, brings your mind, body and emotions into a harmony that will increase your peace, patience and communication with yourself and others.

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“Kids’ health risk higher in stroke belt “

This is not a stroke of good luck belt this is the debilitating possibly paralyzing belt.
Too much fried food may contribute to the high rate of stroke in America’s southern states.
The study claims that eating fried fish twice a week is the possible culprit for the high incidence of stokes in the southern states of the USA.

The results showed that people living in the stroke belt – including residents of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas and Louisiana were about 30 percent more likely to eat two or more servings of fried fish every week than those living in the rest of the country, the researchers said.
However the data did not include all the other deep fried, dairy, pork or butter laden foods so typically consumed by southerners like hush puppies, collard greens or other foods drowned in butter, fries, chicken fried steaks, and cheese sticks to name a few.

Blacks have 3.5 times greater risk

Blacks statistically have an increased risk of stroke regardless of where they live, but their stroke risk was 3.5 times higher if they ate two or more servings of fried fish per week than whites.
Inhabitants of the stroke belt are 20 percent more likely to die from a stroke than those living in the rest of the country. Those living at the center of the stroke belt, the coastal plains of North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, are 40 percent more likely to die from stroke, said study researcher Fadi Nahab of Emory University in Atlanta.
Anything fried in oil or cooked in butter, is not healthy to eat
Stroke Belt or Stroke Alley is the name given to a region in the southeastern United States that has been recognized by public health authorities for having an unusually high incidence of stroke and other forms of cardiovascular disease. It iincludes an 11-state region consisting of Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia.
Analysis by the CDC of U.S. found that stroke death rates for these states ranged from a high of 169 per 100,000 in South Carolina to a low of 89 per 100,000 in New York. While most observational studies have focused primarily on stroke incidence in adults, in 2004 researchers reported that children in the eleven stroke belt states also have an increased risk of death from ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke compared with children in other states.

Glymour et al. (2007) reported that adults who had resided in the stroke belt during childhood and had moved outside the region had higher stroke risk at ages 50 and older than adults who grew up in areas with lower stroke incidence. Other stroke risk factors: hypertension, low socioeconomic status, diet, quality of healthcare facilities, smoking, and infections.

The Stroke Belt also has high rates of lung cancer, caused by smoking or exposure to cigarette smoke as a child, poverty, poor maternal nutrition,low birth weights would predispose individuals to higher than average risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease.
Smoking or  exposure to second and third hand smoke is reputed to be the strongest contributing factor of developing both diseases


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“”Afraid of germs/disease get a stuffed virus”

Finally, a parent produces a toy to help decrease germ fears in young children. Helping your children, students or patients to learn to take care of themselves without fear is the goal of disease education and hygiene classes. Viruses, the cold gem, the flu bug, ear ache virus are a few of the teaching tools developed by this company.

“Modern medicine” and biopharm. industries have done plenty to amp up people’s helplessness to fight germs or illnesses.
One parent did not know how to help calm her young 4-year-old son’s fear of germs after preschool lessons on hygiene. Then mom found Giant Microbes, a company dedicated to creating teaching toys with a message.
After giving her son a stuffed viral germ toy, he quite incentently wiping down everything he encountered with anti-viral tissues and could return to being a happy child again.

Will you find a giant stuffed cold germs, or cuddly E. coli, hugworthy heartworm under your tree this season?

Mini microbes are the new items this year, measles, rubella and the oh-so-popular diarrhea are the new Christmas tree ornaments. The toys are true to the microbes they represent.
Sales have spread virally through Facebook into niche markets such as museum shops and college bookstores. The toys depict each microbe at a million times its actual size or larger, and each comes with an often breezy but informative information card about their origins and avoiding illnesses they spread.
Now the Giant Microbes line has gone beyond the common microbes to exotic ones such as malaria and sleeping sickness, tiny critters such as dust mites and bed bugs, and water dwellers like copepods and algae. Some students take them to classrooms during their student teaching stints. Others use them as biology study tools.
Some American Red Cross divisions use the stuffed red blood cell in school presentations, and the Education Centre Library serving Ontario’s Canadore College and Nipissing University has dozens of Giant Microbes in its lending inventory.
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“Mercury contamination in kids”

If women are pregnant, want to be pregnant or are nursing eating more than one or two servings a week of canned tuna, especially albacore tuna could be harmful to their health according to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Tuna fish and other seafoods are packed with great nutrients such as omega-3’s, the B vitamins and lean protein. But lurking unseen is a toxic contaminant mercury that can affect brain development and the nervous system in young children. The number of children born witth mercury contamination is on the rise.

Buy your fish from the first list below not the last.

Lowest in mercury – You can enjoy two 6-oz servings per week

Anchovies, 
Butterfish, 
Calamari (squid), 
Caviar (farmed)
, King crab, 
Pollock, 
Catfish
, Whitefish, 
Perch (ocean), 
Scallops
, Flounder, 
Haddock, 
Hake
, Herring, 
Lobster (spiny/rock), 
Shad, 
Sole
, Crawfish/crayfish
, Salmon, 
Shrimp, 
Clams,
Tilapia
, Oysters, 
Sardines, 
Sturgeon (farmed), 
Trout (freshwater)

Below are a few of the cities that have  had trouble with toxic mercury levels in tuna:
Santa Cruz, CA,  San Diego, CA,  Destin, FL,  Long Island, N Y
Des Moines-Ames Corridor, Iowa   San Francisco Bay Area, CA
Mercury in Seafood: No Fair Warning.
Los Angeles, CA, San Diego, CA, Chicago, Il

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“Thanks for children safely home for the holidays”

During the holidays, many families have a tradition where everyone takes turns saying what they are grateful for. At the Polly Klaas® Foundation and Complementary Medicine Association, we are very grateful that you have joined us in our mission to keep children safe.

Keeping your family safe becomes part of your family bonding experience, an essential part of the fabric of your lives.

With your own children, you teach safety lessons throughout each day—at the grocery store, as you pick them up from school, and while they’re at sports and school events. While in casual conversations, you quietly let them know what you do to keep them safe.

You also watch out for other children. You could be stepping outside to be present and watch the neighborhood kids come home from school. Or, you could be shopping at a large store and show a lost child how to find a store employee who can page their parents over the loudspeaker. You can also distribute posters of missing children, showing your own kids how to help others.

We are fortunate this year to see an example of the power that family bonding can provide a child who finds himself or herself in unexpected and extreme danger.

We have enormous gratitude for being able to witness Elizabeth Smart’s strength and courage. Her 2002 kidnapping at knifepoint from her family home made international news, as did her recovery from captivity 9 months later. After all these years her captor has finally been put on trial.

The news stories showed us a remarkably poised young woman, who spared no detail in telling the court about her ordeal.

Perhaps the most vivid lesson for us was her 2008 statement about the importance of her family to her survival and resilience. “I always knew that no matter what, I’d still be part of my family. They could change my name, change the way I look, starve me to death. But they couldn’t change that I am Ed and Lois Smart’s daughter. That was a very powerful thing to me.”

Elizabeth Smart provides us with a living example of someone who has met unexpected brutal tragedy, lived through it, and recovered.  She shows us that we can be resilient. We can reach deep, and be as courageous as we need to be.

Elizabeth also shows us the power of the bond between parent and child, and how that bond can provide the strength and confidence to endure even the most unimaginable dangers.

For a free child safety kit click here.

“Stretching = success work n school”

Where ever you work take a success

break every hour to stretch your back.

When you sit too long the soft tissues and tendons in the back muscles get stressed, The muscles will either tighten up or get to weak and the spine will sublex or move out of alignment.

Moving regularly is the RX your body needs.

Doing a back stretching routine that will help to loosen the tendons in your back and relieve back pain that occurs when you’ve been in the same position for too long.

Step 1

Sit on the end of your chair, with your knees bent to a soft 90-degree angle. Extend one of your legs out in front of your and point the toe forward. You should feel a pull in your lower back as it is stretched. Hold the position for 30 seconds, and return to starting position. Repeat with the other leg.

Step 2

Sit up straight with your back flat against the back of a straight back chair. Make certain the chair has no wheels..

Put your back and spine comfortably against the back of the chair.

Slowly raise one knee to your chest and inhale deeply from your abdominal area. At the same time, hold the leg gently close to your chest feel the stretch through your back.

Hold for 30 seconds or what ever time is comfortable, and release, repeating with the other leg. Begin slowly and gently,

Step 3

Gently release your leg, relax and exhaleas you return the foot to the floor.

Sit up straight and feel the spine lengthen as you return back to your original position. Relax and breathe.

Repeat

Breathe in slowly and hold the knee close to the chest  for 4- 8 seconds (or as long as comfortable). Then release and slowly return the foot to the floor while you quietly and gently exhale.
Repeat the stretch, but begin slowly and do 2 to 4 to start. Quality is more valuable to your back then quantity.
This advise is not meant to diagnose or prescribe. Complementary Medicine Association (CMA) or the people involved are only suggesting ways you might help yourself. See your doctor immediately if pain is severe, persistent or reoccurring.

“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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“Will a laptop fry your parts?”

Sitting with a computer on your lap and the cell phone in your pocket on your hip or over your heart may effect your health and your ability to reproduce.
When the temperature in your upper leg area rises it may effect the quality, viability and numbers of sperm.of your nether regions.
In the journal Fertility and Sterility, short of putting your laptop on a desk, researchers found no way to protect the sexual organs..
The researchers hooked thermometers to the scrotums of 29 young men who were balancing a laptop on their knees. They found that even with a lap pad under the computer, the men’s scrotums overheated quickly. After one hour, when a laptop is held on your knees, sitting still with your legs closed. men’s testicle temperature had risen by up to 2.5 C.
A lap pad kept the computer cool and also made sure less heat was transmitted to the skin. But it didn’t do much to cool the testicles, and might give “a false sense of security,” according to Dr. Yefim Sheynkin, a urologist at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, who led the new study.
“Within 10 or 15 minutes their scrotal temperature is already above what we consider safe, but they don’t feel it,” he added. Under normal circumstances, the testicles’ position outside of the body makes sure they stay a few degrees cooler than the inside of the body, which is necessary for sperm production.  The body is designed to protect  the testicles’ position outside of the body to sure they stay a few degrees cooler than the inside of the body, which is necessary for sperm production.
Earlier research has shown that warming the scrotum more than one degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) is enough to damage sperm.
According to the American Urological Association, nearly one in six couples in the US have trouble conceiving a baby, and about half the time the man is at the root of the problem.
Many factors influence reproductive health including genetics, lifestyle, nutrition, drug use and this up and coming factor heat and radiation effects from cell phones and cell phone towers.

Health Hazard
Using computers, cell phone or living too close to cell phone towers can increase damage to living cells, increase sleep problems and malignant tumors and ADD and ADHD symptoms,  fatique and decrease overall well being.

The solution is protection, healthy diet and placing cell phone towers at a safe distance from communities they are serving.

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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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