Avoid a Shrinking Brain, Inflammation & Heart Disease, Naturally
Continuing my investigative report on the health-depleting effects of trans-fats and the oils/fats that are actually healthy, the following are updated studies important to share...Click to continue reading...
In my previous investigative report I shared the vital importance of our lymphatic system and its life-saving role. Expanding on that, I share a situation you must become aware of because of the barrage of antibiotic-resistant bacteria becoming all too familiar worldwide. I became a victim recently after what was supposed to be a “routine” biopsy and subsequent removal of a small growth on my arm (diagnosed as Basel cell carcinoma) no larger than the size of an eraser on a pencil. What followed is what the following information is based upon along with my detective work and healthcare experience that allowed me to take control of my own health; otherwise, I shudder to think what could have happened. I hope with this information at hand it will spare all of you the trauma I was forced to undergo...click to continue reading...
We are familiar with many parts of our body and how they relate to our health, however, when it comes to our lymphatic system, we just don’t “Know our Nodes.” Many of you hear about lymph nodes and know they are somewhere in the body but, beyond that; details about their function remain a mystery to most – unless all of a sudden faced with a disease like lymphoma.
Here are important lymph facts and functions you should know:
A lymph node is a small, kidney bean-shaped organ about the size of a jellybean – they expand when more power is needed to do their job fighting bacteria and viruses. Anytime your nodes are swollen and/or tender they are doing their job of fighting an infection.
In a global survey about lymph nodes, only 39% surveyed knew some about their function. Lymph nodes are actually the filters of the lymphatic system – cleaning lymph fluid and lymphocytes, removing bacteria, viruses, and other foreign health-depleting substances. The nodes are also responsible for manufacturing and storage of infection-fighting cells called lymphocytes....click to continue reading...
Parkinson’s is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system. The motor symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease result from the dealth of dopamine-generating cells in the region of the midbrain known as the substantia nigra. The symptoms below are those usually manifested early in the course of the disease. Later in the progression of the disease, thinking and behavioral problems arise, with dementia commonly occurring in the advanced disease stages and, often, the onset of depression.
Daily I’m asked what to look for if you suspect you, or someone you know, may be developing the dreaded disease of Parkinson’s. I am providing the following list as you requested:...click to continue reading...
Yes, there’s a lot of talk about the importance of supplementing with vitamin K (especially for those over 50) yet clients aren’t sure why it’s needed and ask me daily about its purpose, hopefully this investigative report will shed some light on its many benefits.
Meet the “K” Family…
There are two kinds of natural vitamin K called K1 and K2. They are in the family of naturally-occurring, fat-soluble vitamins. In addition, there is a specific form of vitamin K2 known as MK4 – made when plant synthesize vitamin K1 and then the human body creates the MK4 form when it converts K1 to MK4. MK4 is also found in dairy and meats but the levels are much smaller than those studied as beneficial for humans. MK4 is produced by our bodies, and only MK4 has been shown in clinical trials to reduce fractures and impede some forms of cancer...click to continue reading...
If you’re like me, you sit for endless hours at your computer. The practice of sitting and not moving your body on a regular basis, at least every 1.5 to 2 hours, is one of the tragedies of our modern technological lifestyle.
Researchers followed over 17,000 people for 13 years and found that people who sit most of the day increase their risk of dying from a heart attack by a whopping 54%, according to Pennington Biomedical Research Center. Even a larger study was confirmed by The American Cancer Society following more than 123,000 people for 14 years. The study found that women who sat for more than six hours a day were 40% more likely to die, and men increased their risk of dying by 20 percent.
If those statistics aren’t enough to get you moving, maybe this is – people who exercised regularly but spent their day sitting still had an increased risk of dying – in other words, you cannot undo the damage of sitting all those hours...click to continue reading...
Fat and Prolonged Sitting…
Okay, by now you’re asking, “what happens to the body to cause these devastating effects”? According to Dr. Hamilton of the University of Missouri in Columbia, “The fat will recirculate in the blood stream and get stored as body fat or it can clog arteries and cause disease. The existing data, by numerous studies, are starting to show that the rates of heart disease, diabetes and obesity are doubled, or sometimes tripled, in people who sit a lot.”
The longer you sit, the more of your metabolism shuts down – degrading the longer you keep from moving. What needs to be taken into consideration is the entire time sitting – at work, home and driving. When you move your body, your muscles actually use the fat and the result naturally energizes your mind and body.
Tired, Drained and Spent?
Let’s think about the average day in a busy person’s life. You probably drive extensively as part of your job or your commute, you sit at your job and then get home exhausted, tired, drained, mentally and physically spent…and all you did was sit. For those professions that do heavy physical work, they may have aches and pains from sore muscles but they actually have a healthier work activity than those who sit.
Not only is moving good for your heart and overall health, it actually increases work performance. Research conducted over a seven-week study supplied a sit-to-stand adjustable ergonomic desk unit to see if changing positions helped performance. The workers reported feeling better mentally, more focused, healthier and more energized.
The easiest way to remember to get up and move is to set an alarm, either a stand-alone or the alarm on your computer or portable device. From my clinical experience, I find its best to get up and move every 45 minutes for at least 5-10 minutes of stretching or moving. I personally get up and jump on my rebounder for 10 minutes several times a day. This exercise is easy to do, convenient to store in a corner and is unparalleled in stimulating the entire body, particularly the lymphatic system. This simple exercise has been said to be a facelift for your cells because it not only stimulates them but also adds oxygen. The secret is to ONLY pump your heels into the mat to the rhytym of your heart beat and then alternate feet, always keeping the ball of the foot and toes on the mat. This is not the type of exercise done by children on a trampoline where they fly up into the air -- great for children, not good for adults because of the stress on bones and joints and propensity for injuries.
It doesn’t have to be difficult to move your body. Hopefully the following suggestions will find their way into your daily routine.
Rebound every 45 minutes to each hour;
Stand and move while on the telephone;
Get up and refill your water bottle;
Take the stairs instead of the elevator where available;
Gently stretch every time you get up, especially neck, shoulders, arms and legs if you compute;
Where appropriate while you’re up getting coffee or water, speak with a co-worker. A 10-minute conversation improves memory by stimulating your brain. Social interaction improves cognitive function. For those of you who talk with people all day, your rejuvenation comes from going to a quiet spot to regroup;
Place items used several times a day out of arms reach to force you to get up and move;
Use an articulating foot rest; it’s easy to keep your legs moving without any conscious effort, naturally.
Let's begin with the actual definition of this condition from the National Library of Medicine:
Peripheral nerves carry information to and from the brain. They also carry signals to and from the spinal cord to the rest of the body. Peripheral neuropathy means these nerves don't workproperly. Peripheral neuropathy may be damage to a single nerve. It may be damage to a nerve group.
Peripheral Neuropathy (PN) affects over 20 million Americans and 60% of diabetics.
PN is mostly associated with conditions that include:
Diabetes, HIV, shingles, toxic overload, autoimmune disorders, neurological conditions, carpal tunnel syndrome and malnutrition. Additionally, statin drugs and chemotherapy can also cause PN...CLICK HERE to continue reading...
I’ve just completed a book that is long overdue. I was a victim of debilitating migraines from the age of 5 until my early-30s. Coming from a stressful and dysfunctional relationship with my biological parents, physicians and family attributed my headaches to stress – despite being raised by paternal grandparents, aunts and uncles who were loving and stable, no one could figure out why I was having 2-3 migraines per month.
In my teens and twenties, the headaches were so acute I was often hospitalized and prescribed pain medications and I.V.s to help me “get over them”. Of course, the medications got rid of the immediate headache but served to cause other serious side-effects including painful constipation, which then caused more migraines and the rebound cycle continued.
At that time I worked in dentistry and began research with a doctor who was proactive in natural health at Loma Linda University in the late 1960s. I discovered that monosodium glutamate (MSG) was in most processed food and was a MAJOR trigger for migraines – I lived on processed food in those days for convenience in order to work and go to school…and it diminished my quality of life and health.
In those days MSG was blatantly listed on food labels. Later, as it is now, it is legally hidden under many aliases that take a Health Detective to uncover; this book does that.
After eleven years in dentistry I transitioned into natural health – completing my education in EcoErgonomics, homeopathy and earning a doctorate in natural health and nutrition. I focused my practice in specialized wellness counseling with clients that were victims of multiple allergic responses, environmental illnesses and inflammatory disorders – becoming a Health Detective became a necessity. I had to “dig” for research and case histories and follow clues to find causes, effects and non-drug solutions in order to facilitate wellness; that research included understanding underlying causes, avoiding and overcoming migraines and other chemically-induced illnesses.
After having more than my share of health challenges and now recovered, as chronicled in my various books, blogs and articles, I'm in a unique position to share with you both personal and professional lessons learned - after all, been-there-done that and haven’t had a migraine in over 30 years. I travel worldwide to teach and consult and continue a busy private practice in two locations.
May the information in this book provide you the “clues” you need so you too can solve the mystery of your debilitating headaches and make necessary life-style modifications to live an abundant life without headaches and illness… and age without looking or feeling old.
The following are excerpts from the book, Migraines and Headaches:
Finally, a wholistic approach to finding the causes of migraines and headaches from a doctor of natural health and an investigative health journalist who is also a recovered victim. Instead of dealing with symptom-care, that eventually becomes drug-management...only serving to add to the body’s overall toxic load...this book provides causes, effects, nutrition-based and non-drug solutions.
This book will provide you with the following information and much more…
SECTION 1 – Covers the anatomy of migraines and includes the various kinds of headaches, including those induced by dental-related causes.
SECTION 2 – Identifies specifics about various headache triggers from what we eat, see, smell, hear, and what we’re exposed to environmentally.
SECTION 3 – Discusses other considerations as causes from hormones and medication rebound headaches to ergonomic considerations, identifying primary pain zones and many other health saboteurs.
SECTION 4 – Provides you with wholistic non-drug solutions including muscle trigger point therapy, Chinese acupressure, supplements, nutraceuticals and tried and true ancient wisdom remedies.
The book is available as an eBook and paper version.
Every 7 minutes someone in the United States becomes blind or significantly vision impaired.
Vision loss tends to strike later in life, specifically after age 60.
Nearly one-quarter of those over age 80 are blind or vision impaired.
Americans with blindness, low vision, or age-related eye disease is expected to grow by nearly one-third – to 50 million+ – by 2020.
Vision loss poses a very serious challenge to those who would otherwise remain part of a productive work force beyond age 65.
Currently, lost productivity because of vision loss accounts for over $9 Billion dollars in annual lost productivity.
Low vision or blindness affects approximately 1 in 28 Americans over the age of 40 – 3.3 million Americans.
An estimated 1 million Americans over the age of 40 are legally blind.
The fastest growing segment of our population, those over age 80, has the highest rate of blindness.
An association with vision loss and vehicular crashes has been shown in older adult drives.
Vision loss is a leading cause of falls in baby-boomers. One study found that visual field loss was associated with a 6-fold risk of frequent falls.
Even mild visual impairment doubles the risk of mortality over a 5-year period.
"Blindness and vision impairment are on the rise in the United States. A recent report by Prevent Blindness America indicates that, since the year 2000, incidence of blindness and vision impairment has increased by 23 percent among Americans age 40 and older. However, most blindness in this country is preventable with proper eye care. – The American Press
See…ing the Risk Factors…
In addition to age, major risk factors include a family history of eye disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure and/or cholesterol, to mention a few.
Major findings from a survey conducted by Tulane University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, the following replies from participants clearly demonstrate that most people do not SEE their risk factors:
Despite the fact that age is one of the largest risk factors for eye disease, only 10% of people aged 65 or older consider themselves at high risk.
More than a third of people in this age group said they did not get annual eye exams.
Just 17% of people with a family history of eye disease saw themselves as being at high risk, suggesting that they did not know family history was a strong risk factor for age-related eye disease.
42% of those who answered the survey didn’t know that diabetes was a risk factor for diabetic retinopathy, which is a leading cause of blindness.
Just one in four African-Americans, Hispanics, and Asians surveyed knew that their ethnicity put them at higher-than-average risk for glaucoma.
Only 14% of people who did not wear glasses considered themselves at moderate to high risk for eye disease. Keep in mind that good vision in early to middle adulthood has little bearing on risk for age-related eye disease.
Baby-boomer's Checklist for Healthy Vision
According to Dr. Evie Lawson, a practicing optometrist in Washington State, “A comprehensive eye examination provides doctors of optometry with information about the health of the eyes, and also offers indications about diseases that affect the whole body, like diabetes, hypertension and excessive cholesterol.”
The American Optometric Association has developed a checklist, which presents questions about visual symptoms and scenarios where vision is especially important. If individuals answer YES to any of the questions, they are encouraged to schedule an appointment for a comprehensive eye exam with their doctor of optometry.
• Someone with diabetes, hypertension, or any other systemic or chronic disease?
• At risk for certain systemic or eye diseases because of family history or other factors?
• Having more difficulty reading smaller type, such as books and newspapers?
• Experiencing frequent headaches after working on a computer or electronic device?
• Doing a great deal of reading and other close work?
• Rubbing your eyes frequently or having tired or burning eyes?
• Losing track of a person or objects in your peripheral (side) vision?
• Avoiding close work?
• Having difficulty driving at night?
• Experiencing frequent near misses, accidents, or difficulty parking with driving?
• Handling or using chemicals, power tools or lawn and garden equipment?
• Playing eye-hazardous sports like racquetball, softball, or tennis?
• Experiencing difficulty with eye-hand-body-coordination?
• Playing sports and having trouble judging distances between you, the ball, or other objects?
• Having challenges judging distances, even when handling objects?
If you said YES to any question on the checklist, or you have not seen your doctor of optometry in over a year, be sure to schedule an appointment for a comprehensive examination. Your eyesight and eye health deserve to be protected and monitored. Even if you didn't check yes, keep in mind that symptoms of vision problems aren't always apparent and after age 60 you should schedule a comprehensive eye exam annually.
Take-off Your Blinders…
In the cited above survey, less than one in seven participants (15%) correctly identified at least half of the listed risk factors for age-related diseases.
I am saddened to report that the survey confirmed that Americans are apparently more concerned about losing weight or back pain than the possibility of losing their sight, according to Andrew Iwach, MD, a San Francisco ophthalmologist and spokesman for the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). Walking around with invisible blinders does not protect your eyesight.
Yes, we are living longer. That said, the challenge for us is to embark on wholistic rejuvenation principles to age without looking or feeling old…and yes…that includes our vision.
My new book, Don’t Be BLIND to Degenerative Eye Disorders was just released in eBook and paper version. The information provided in this blog includes exerpts from that book. If what you read resonates with you, or someone you know, consider the detailed information provided both for a proactive approach and a natural non-drug approach.
This book will provide you with the following information and much more…
Section I – Discover the “Blind Truths” about the epidemic of eye disorders, particularly in baby-boomers; provides a check-list for healthy vision.
Section 2 – An in-depth look at the origin of headaches, the sinus and eye connection, and natural therapies for eyestrain and sinus headaches.
Section 3 – Dr. Gilbère shares her eye health secrets including a Chinese juice remedy, exercises to fight floaters and flashes, and self-tests for eye diseases.
Section 4 - Provides published case histories and investigative reports regarding Ocular Migraines and Posterior Vitreal Detachment.