“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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“Alcohol more dangerous to the family than illegal drugs”

Alcohol is more dangerous than illegal drugs like heroin and crack cocaine, according to a new British study. British experts evaluated substance abuse effects of alcohol, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and marijuana, ranking them based on how destructive they are to the individual who takes them and to society as a whole.
In the studied drugs, heroin, crack cocaine and methamphetamine, or crystal meth, were found to be the most lethal to individuals. When considering their wider social effects, effects of substance abuse, alcohol, heroin and crack cocaine were the deadliest. Marijuana, ecstasy and LSD scored far lower. Overall, alcohol outranked all other substances, followed by heroin and crack cocaine. The study was paid for by Britain’s Center for Crime and Justice Studies and was published online Monday in the medical journal, Lancet.

Some examples of how alcohol or the tendency to drink is destroying lives in the US.

  • Fifth and sixth-grade students found that those who demonstrated an awareness of beer ads also held more favorable beliefs about drinking and intended to drink more frequently when they grew up.
  • Children who are drinking alcohol by 7th grade are more likely to report academic problems, substance use, and delinquent behavior in both middle school and high school.
  • Classical alcoholism takes about 15 years to develop, but it can happen much quicker in adolescents and young adults.
  • Teen alcohol use kills about 6000 people each year, more than all illegal drugs combined.
  • One in five teens binge drink. Only 1 in 100 parents believes his or her teen binge drinks.
In the US current regular drinkers (at least 12 drinks in the past year): 52%
  • Kids who start drinking young are seven times more likely to be in an alcohol-related crash.One in three 8th graders drinks alcohol.
  • Drunk driving costs each adult in this country almost $500 per year.Number of alcoholic liver disease deaths: 14,406
  • Number of alcohol-induced deaths, excluding accidents and homicides: 23,199
  • By the time they are high school seniors, 80% have used alcohol and 62% have been drunk.
  • Every minute, one person is injured from an alcohol-related crash.
  • In the United States, roughly 50,000 cases of alcohol poisoning are reported each year, and approximately once every week, someone dies from this preventable condition.
  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) serves a victim or survivor of drunk driving every 10 minutes. Since 1980 MADD has nearly saved 300,000 lives

Treatment for alcoholism has been shown to reduce criminal activity up to 80% among chronic offenders, has increased their rate of employment, decreases homelessness and reduces all health care costs.

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“Behind influencing others lurks a monster”

The back side to influencing others –

Does power or positions of influence over others

like doctors, lawyers, minsters, government … corrupt?

Behavior of the powerful can and often does poison even the most intelligent and well-meaning people when their influential positions go to their head and let ego run the show.

Beware of  the following symptoms of developing ego corruption:

  • focusing more on your own needs and wants and less on the needs and reactions of others;
  • having less empathy for others, acting like the rules don’t apply to you and simply using others for your own selfish ends;
  • exhibiting less impulse control – too much sex, food, drugs, wild life and erratic emotional highs and lows.
  • They do inane things that damage themselves, their families, their business or organization and their country.

The good news is we do have fine examples to follow Dr. Deepak Chopra, Mahatma Gandhi and the Dalai Lama who stay grounded and growing in health, warmth, compassion and spirituality even at the height of their power.

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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.

Join us today as we enjoy being healthy, happy and having more energy to improve our world.

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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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“Start a CookShop in your city pass on the heart of success to families everywhere”

Truly this is a grassroots effort and a perfect example of People Helping People.
The CookShop a government sponsored program is the core nutrition education program of the Food Bank For New York City. It gives low-income children, adults and teens the knowledge and tools to adopt and enjoy a healthy diet on a limited budget. With hands-on workshops it reaches more than 28,000 New Yorkers across all five boroughs,

CookShop teaches cooking skills and nutrition information and fosters enthusiasm for fresh, affordable fruits, vegetables and other whole foods.

The goals of the CookShop are:

  • provides people with basic survival tools and solid nutritional support each person
  • gives each teen and adult a chance to help themselves and their families
  • helps decrease childhood hunger,
  • helps decrease obesity, and diet-related disease in neighborhoods where household income is low, access to healthy foods is limited, and rates of obesity and diet-related disease are high.

CookShop, gives the trainers the education, ongoing technical support, complete curriculum materials and all of the food, supplies and equipment needed for cooking lessons and class activities.

It uses hands-on exploration and cooking activities to helps create interesting activities that can be shared with their children,  while all enjoy  eating healthy foods,

CookShop Classroom is used in approximately 1,300 public elementary and after-school classes.”

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“Link trans fats and inflammatory diseases”

The escalation of chronic inflammatory diseases like heart, diabetes, weight gain, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel, many digestive and countless immune conditions like allergy, colds and flu is parallel to the growth in popularity of trans fats in the modern American diet.

Prior to 1910, dietary fats consisted primarily of butterfat, beef tallow, and lard.  In the early 1900s,  soybean oil came into use as a by product of the soybean industry. At the same time, there was not enough butterfat available for consumers. The method of hydrogenating fat and turning a liquid fat into a solid one had been discovered, and now the ingredients (soybeans) and the “need” (shortage of butter) were there. The fat industry found that hydrogenated fats was born.
Hydrogenated fat such as Crisco and Spry, sold in England, began to replace lard in the baking of bread, pies, cookies, and cakes in 1920. Production of hydrogenated fats (trans fats or saturated fats)  increased steadily until the 1960s, as processed vegetable fats replaced animal fats in the US and other western countries.

In 1988s research began to sound the alarm that trans fats could be a cause of the large increase in coronary artery disease and other inflammatory diseases. In 1994, it was estimated that trans fats caused 20,000 deaths annually in the US from heart disease. Women are more effected by saturated fats than men, but no one is immune. Leading a life sitting 6 hours plus a day will dramatically raise your chances of thickening  your belly and your arteries.

By January 2007, consumer and medical pressure and the USFDA forced Crisco to reformulate their product. of an outright ban on the sale of their product, Crisco was reformulated to meet the United States Food and Drug Administration definition of “zero grams trans fats per
Today chronic, low-grade inflammation almost always lurks beneath the surface of chronic diseases like diabetes, heart inflammation, excess weight, and many immune disorders. Low-grade inflammation has also been linked to an increased risk of cancer and Alzheimer?s disease. If you have any of the above conditions or unexplained weight gain or big emotional swings, your doctor/health practitioner can measure it with the high-sensitivity C-reactive protein or CRP test to find out if this inflammatory factor is very high. Changing what you eat and increase your exercise level can help.

Next article: Eating to decrease inflammation -good fats. -M.Wolken, PhD. Exec. Dir. CMA

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“Natural ways to get rid of warts”

No one likes warts, but how do we get them and more important how can they be removed.

A range of types of wart have been identified, varying in shape and site affected, as well as the type of human papillomavirus involved. These include

Common wart (Verruca vulgaris), a raised wart with roughened surface, most common on hands,
but can grow anywhere on the body;  Common warts are different from moles, and they aren’t cancerous. In fact, they’re usually harmless and often disappear on their own. But you may find common warts bothersome or embarrassing, and you may want treatment to remove them.

Treatment helps prevent common warts from spreading to other parts of your body or to other people. But common warts may recur after treatment, and they may be a persistent problem.


Flat wart (Verruca plana), a small, smooth flattened wart, flesh-coloured, which can occur in large numbers; most common on the face, neck, hands, wrists and knees.
Filiform or digitate wart on the lip, is a thread- or finger-like wart, most common on the face, especially near the eyelids and lips.

Plantar wart (verruca, Verruca pedis), a hard sometimes painful lump, often with multiple black specks in the center. They are usually only found on pressure points on the soles of the feet.

Mosaic wart, a group of tightly clustered plantar-type warts, commonly on the hands or soles of the feet;

Genital wart (venereal wart, Condyloma acuminatum, Verruca acuminata), a wart that occurs on the genitalia.
Periungual wart, a cauliflower-like cluster of warts that occurs around the nails.

The human papilloma virus (HPV) is the cause of warts. These growths can  appear anywhere on the skin of the body. From the head and face to the genital area and feet. They may look like small, fleshy bumps; hard, flat growths with a rough surface and well-defined boundaries; gray or brown lumps with tiny pinprick-size black dots.

There are about 130 known types of human papilloma viruses. HPV infects the squamous epithelium, usually of the skin or genitals, but each HPV type is typically only able to infect only a few specific areas on the body. Many HPV types can produce a benign growth, often called a “wart” or “papilloma”, in the area they infect. To grow the papilloma needs a blood supply to nourish it that is supplied by a network of capillaries.

Treatment for common warts

There are many different treatments and procedures associated with wart removal. One review of 52 clinical trials of various cutaneous wart treatments concluded that topical treatments containing salicylic acid were the best supported, with an average cure rate of 75%, compared with 48% for the placebo in six placebo-controlled trials including a total of 376 participants. The reviewers also concluded that there was little evidence of a significant benefit of cryotherapy (freezing with nitrogen) over salicylic acid or duct tape.

In a double-blind, randomized and controlled clinical trial at Mayo in 90 adults when transparent duct tape was compared to mole skin, there was no statistically significant difference for resolution of the target wart between patients treated with moleskin versus patients treated with duct tape. Eight of 39 patients (21%) in the treatment group vs 9 of 41 patients in the control group (22%) had complete resolution of the target wart. Fewer of the patients achieving resolution of their wart in the moleskin group had recurrence of their wart.

For Plantar warts often covering them with duck tape for a week up to 1 month then gently soaking off the tape. Drying the area and rubbing it gently with an emery board or pumice stone. Repeat the process over the course of a month or two before the warts disappear, but a study published in the October 2002 Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine found that the duct tape method worked better than having a doctor freeze the warts off with liquid nitrogen, which can be painful and cause scarring.It  is as effective as using any drug or over the counter preparation on them.

If a person has a very delicate or sensitive skin do not do this treatment. then soak in water and rub gently with an emery board or pumice stone. You may have to repeat the process over the course of a month or two before the warts disappear, but a study published in the October 2002 Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine found that the duct tape method worked better than having a doctor freeze the warts off with liquid nitrogen, which can be painful and cause scarring.

Other treatments for Plantar warts  include Leave them alone. Most will disappear without treatment, sooner or later.
Try a “paint on” solution. Look for an over-the-counter treatment containing a 40 percent salicylic acid, and apply once or twice a day for a few weeks. To help avoid getting plantar warts, avoid areas known to harbor the virus, including warm, moist places such as shower floors, locker rooms and public swimming pools. Always wear shower thongs or sandals when you use a public locker room or shower, and use foot powders and change your socks often to keep feet dry.

Homeopathic medicine has been effective in treating Plantar and figwarts. Contact your local naturopathic or homeopathic health care provider to find the remedy most beneficial to you.

Some have even used visualization to rid themselves of warts. By only seeing the area that holds the wart as perfect skin and the wart shrinking, the frequency of the cells in the area change and if your diet becomes more alkaline then viruses cannot live in an alkaline environment.

For more information on wart removal or to find a natural medicine physician contact Complementary Medicine Association through our email contactus@compmed.com.
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