Can skipping breakfast affect learning?

Eating breakfast may be a little more important than we think.  Many of us just roll out of bed and scurry out the door without ever setting foot in the kitchen.  But, did you know that skipping breakfast can have a significant effect on your health?  A new study posted by Circulation on the American Heart Association website states that men who skip breakfast have a 27% higher risk of CHD.

study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that women who skipped breakfast even once a week were 20 percent more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who ate a meal every morning.  One reason may be that by skipping breakfast people are more likely to overeat throughout the day.  This behavior changes insulin sensitivity and can lead to diabetes.

As for the kids, breakfast has been linked, extensively, to better performance by children in the classroom, according at least to two studies performed by Tufts University psychologists on school children. Eating breakfast also helps control appetite, which allows kids to stay focused on learning throughout the day.

In his 2006 dissertation for Murdoch University on the relationship between breakfast and academic performance, Abdullah Khan reports that children who eat breakfast perform better on reading, arithmetic and problem-solving tests. Eating breakfast is linked to positive affects on endurance and creativity in the classroom, as well as better attendance and better classroom behavior and vigilance, which facilitates learning.

The kinds of food best in the morning or those that will help stabilize blood sugar and provide sustained energy.  Researchers pointed to the importance of the mixture of protein, fiber and complex carbohydrates in the morning.  Be smart and give yourself the best start to each day.

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What is up with your gut?

Wheat?  Gluten?  Grains?  What to do?

There’s a lot of press these days about eating wheat, gluten intolerance and grains in general.  Anyone trying to sort it out may find it a bit overwhelming.  How do you know if cutting out certain grains, particularly wheat, is best for you?  Here are a few simple things to consider:

Dr. William Davis, author of the best-selling books, Wheat Belly and the Wheat Belly Cookbook is a major voice speaking out about the importance of eating as little grains as possible.  Why?  When he asked patients with diabetes to stop eating wheat products, numerous conditions improved or disappeared–noticeable weight loss results, reduced pain in joints, IBS symptoms relieved to name a few.  Davis simply says, test it for 30 days and see what changes occur.  You will know for yourself if it’s beneficial.

Dr. Amy Myers has developed a list of conditions that can be caused by gluten products.  If patients have any of these conditions, she looks at the possibility of gluten as the cause.

Check the list and see if any of these are a match for you.

1. Digestive issues such as gas, bloating, diarrhea and even constipation. Even children can be affected by gluten with these conditions.

2. Keratosis Pilaris, (also known as ‘chicken skin’ on the back of your arms). This tends be as a result of a fatty acid deficiency and vitamin A deficiency secondary to fat-malabsorption caused by gluten damaging the gut.

3. Fatigue, brain fog or feeling tired after eating a meal that contains gluten.

4. Diagnosis of an autoimmune disease such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Lupus, Psoriasis, Scleroderma or Multiple sclerosis.

5. Neurologic symptoms such as dizziness or feeling of being off balance.

6. Hormone imbalances such as PMS, PCOS or unexplained infertility.

7. Migraine headaches.

8. Diagnosis of chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia. These diagnoses simply indicate your conventional doctor cannot pin point the cause of your fatigue or pain.

9. Inflammation, swelling or pain in your joints such as fingers, knees or hips.

10. Mood issues such as anxiety, depression, mood swings and ADD.

If any of the above conditions are something you haven’t been able to resolve, you may want to consider an elimination diet for a period of time.  Gut health is a keystone to overall health and well being.  Consider starting a program under the care of a holistic practitioner to monitor your own needs and assist you in overcoming personal challenges in balancing your system effectively.

 

Dr. Wendy Norman

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Summer is on its way out…Vata is around the corner!

It’s time to prepare for Vata season!  According to the practices of Ayurveda, Vata season occurs during late fall and early winter, late September through January.  This is a time of transition from the heat of summer to the cool of fall and is called the “Vata season”.  These months are marked by some of the same qualities that characterize Vata: cold, dry, light, clear, and moving.   Anyone will benefit from attending to Vata, especially those whose dominate dosha is Vata.

Find out more about doshas.

People identified in Ayurveda with a primary dosha of Vata are blessed with a quick mind, flexibility and creativity. Vata provides the essential motion for all bodily processes and is extremely vital for health. It is essential to “ground” or stabilize this motion. On an annual basis, Vata is most prominent in the fall and at the change of seasons.  These are the most important times to be careful of diet and lifestyle. Routine is very useful in assisting the Vata individual to effectively ground all this moving energy.

The attributes of Vata are dry, light, cold, rough, subtle, mobile, clear and dispersing.  Any of these qualities in excess can cause imbalance. Frantic travel, especially by plane, loud noises, continual stimulation, drugs, sugar, and alcohol all derange Vata, as does exposure to cold and cold foods. Like the wind, Vata types have a hard time becoming and staying grounded. Routine is difficult but essential if Vata is to be lowered and controlled. Vata tends to increase with age as is indicated by drying and wrinkling of the skin.

The Ayurvedic philosophy states that “like increases like.”  Thus, during the fall when the winds and dryness increase, it is vital to reduce the intake of anything that increases dryness within the body.  That means raw foods and cold foods should be minimized since these require more digestive juices than normal. Foods to avoid include dried fruit, seeds, nuts, and legumes—anything that requires more water to digest.  Dry weather needs to be countered with warm, moist, slightly oily, heavy foods.  In general, people with excessive Vata regardless of their primary dosha respond most rapidly to guidelines that including the following:

  • Eat foods that are warming, fresh, and well cooked; avoid dry or uncooked foods (especially salads and raw fruits and vegetables).
  • Drink lots of warming liquids such as hot water and herbal teas to prevent dehydration. You can prepare a fresh ginger tea by placing a teaspoon of fresh grated ginger into a pint thermos bottle and filling it with hot water.
  • Eat more of the sweet, sour, and salty tastes and less of the bitter, astringent, and pungent ones. Avocados, bananas, mangoes, peaches, lemons, pumpkins, carrots, beets, asparagus, quinoa, rice, mung beans, almonds, sesame seeds, and ghee are a few excellent Vata-pacifying foods.
  • Don’t worry if your appetite seems stronger than usual as this is a natural tendency in winter and helps pacify Vata. At the same time, of course, don’t eat to the point of discomfort.

http://www.chopra.com/articles/2010/10/29/stay-healthy-and-balanced-during-vata-season/

For those following blood-type diets, you can incorporate the Vata season guidelines by eating beneficial foods seasoned with beneficial spices and oils.  Eat cooked vegetables and fruit whenever possible.

Steam baths, humidifiers, and moisture in general are helpful.  Applying sesame oil to the feet and moisturizing the inside of the nose with sesame oil or ghee are very effective in grounding Vata energy.  Establishing a routine for exercise, meals, work, activities and rest are vital in reducing feelings of fear, anxiety and restlessness, which can be intensified during Vata season.

For more information, check keywords:  ayurveda, doshas, Vata, Pita, Kapha.

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Jing and The Three Treasures

Eastern philosophy offers us a wealth of knowledge regarding the body and energy systems that contribute to our essence of health.  Often referred to as “The Three Treasures,” Jing, Shen and Qi constitute the vital forces assisting us in optimal health and longevity.

Of all the treasures, Jing energy is said to be the root of our vitality.  It plays a key role in our ability to manage stress as it is the primordial energy unique to an individual that is passed to them at conception.  You can think of this as a “battery pack” or genetically based energy.  As a blend of Yin and Yang energy, Jing is associated with the hormones of the reproductive and adrenal glands.  When Jing is strong, youthfulness and a vigorous way of life can prevail.  If Jing energy is depleted, our life force is severely diminished causing a domino effect on the potential for many subsequent health issues, illness and disease.

Jing energy is said to be stored in the kidneys—a good reason to keep our kidneys strong for long-term health and well-being.  We can support our kidney health with a balanced lifestyle that includes daily exercise, good diet and nutrition as well as gaining an awareness of our emotional behavior.  Any effort to reduce mental, physical or emotional stress will benefit the kidneys.

The good news is that Jing can be strengthened through diet, life-style and herbal treatments. Foods that support Jing (kidneys) include apples, cauliflower, cranberries, egg whites, olive oil, onion, blueberries, cherries, raspberries, strawberries and garlic. Exercise is another key component to maintaining Jing and for kidney health it’s essential. Even the simple practice of gently patting the backside area where the kidneys are located will wake up the Jing energy.  Regular massage of the reflex points on the hands or feet will also contribute to improved kidney health.

A major source of kidney support is with your breath.  Breathing techniques such as abdominal and alternate breathing will renew Jing energy.  The practice of alternate breathing deepens your breath sending a message to your brain which will trigger the parasympathetic nervous system.  When this happens, you have effectively switched your nervous system from a stressed response, into a relaxation response with just a few minutes a day of alternate breathing.  Here is how it works:

Step one: Use right thumb to close off right nostril.

Step two: Inhale slowly through left nostril

Step three: Pause for a second

Step four: Now close left nostril with ring finger and release thumb off right nostril

Step five: Exhale through your right nostril

Step six: Now, inhale through right nostril

Step seven: Pause

Step eight: Use thumb to close of right nostril

Step nine: Breathe out through left nostril

Step ten: This is one round. Start slowly with 1 or 2 rounds and gradually increase. Never force. Sit quietly for a few moments after you have finished

 

Links:

Shen

http://www.panorama-golf.info/en/feng-shui/feng-shui-dictionary/shen-energy.html

Chi

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qi

Yin and Yang

http://www.taopage.org/yinyang.html

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Spring Cleaning

Spring is a great time of year to clean out both your house and your body.  It is a time for renewal and rebirth.  During the winter months we tend to feast on more acidic food such as sugar, wheat, animal proteins and even alcohol.  All of these foods cause the intestines to release more mucus, holding bacteria and viruses while preventing proper absorption of nutrients.  As a result we feel sluggish or even suffer abdominal pain from bloating and indigestion.  Some experience constipation and autointoxication where by the toxins released in the colon are reabsorbed into the blood stream, making us feel sick and tired.

When the body is overstressed with this toxic load, the liver may struggle to keep up.  If you are experiences allergies, headaches, nausea, irritability, foggy thinking, muscle tension, skin eruptions or itchiness, note that these are all signs of a stressed liver.  Women may experience PMS, fibroid tumors, or endometriosis as the liver is unable to process excess estrogen.

In Chinese medicine spring gives rise to the wood element, correlating to the liver and gallbladder.  The liver moves energy smoothly throughout the body and is responsible for cleansing and storing the blood.  Indigestion or nausea after a meal may indicate that your gallbladder is struggling and may need a flushing.  If you feel sharp pain under the right ribcage or between the shoulder blades it may be critical to detoxify and cleanse the gallbladder, as these are signs of possible stagnation or obstruction.

Now is the time to focus on your health as the body moves into a period of rebuilding.  Using drinks like the “Morning Cleansing Lemonade” every day is a great way to start flushing out the sludge in your intestines.  The drink below will help break down mucus, dissolve bad calcium, which may harbor harmful bacteria, and assist in ridding the body of chemicals and toxins absorbed from the environment.  Follow up with a “Green Goddess” juice every afternoon to assist in alkalizing your body.

Happy Spring Cleaning!

 

Morning Cleansing Lemonade – put ingredients into a VitaMix or blender

1 Lemon – peeled

12 oz fresh spring water

1000 mg MSM

1 tsp Zeolite

1 Tbsp raw honey

 

Green Goddess – juice in juicer

1 Cucumber

3 Celery stalks

8 Kale leaves

1/4 (or more) cup Cilantro

 

~Dr. Wendy Norman~

 

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A Love Affair with Spring Water

How far would you go for your water?

Every day we are faced with challenges and decisions that either lead us down the road of improved health or leave us stagnant, simply tolerating the polluted environment that surrounds us. Some people think it’s crazy to drive 45 miles just to gather fresh spring water, but not me.  I live in Orange County, CA where obtaining fresh, natural spring water is not as easy as turning on the tap.

In 1974 the Congress passed The Safe Water Drinking Act, which sets the national health-based standards for drinking water to protect against both naturally-occurring and man-made contaminants.  Pesticides, human waste, and household chemicals all pose a threat to our drinking water. The public has reason to be concerned. Between 2004 and 2009, water suppliers across the U.S. detected 315 contaminants in water supplied to the public. Nearly two-thirds of the 315 chemicals found in the nation’s drinking water over the last five years — a total of 201 — are unregulated. Public health officials have not set safety standards for them, even though millions ingest them in their tap water every day. Among the most common are some that have been linked to serious health concerns.

The list of detected contaminants includes:

  • 97 agricultural pollutants, including pesticides and chemicals from fertilizer- and manure-laden runoff
  • 204 industrial chemicals from factory discharges and consumer products
  • 86 contaminants linked to sprawl and urban areas or from polluted runoff and wastewater treatment plants
  • 42 pollutants that are byproducts of the water treatment processes or that leach from pipes and storage tanks

Reports from the Environmental Working Group (EWG)

Tap water disinfection is crucial for controlling waterborne disease, but the chemicals used can form harmful, DNA-damaging or cancer-causing byproducts in the treated water. The EWG’s analysis of tap water revealed 42 pollutants as residues of water treatment, storage and distribution, chemical byproducts of water disinfection, in water supplied to 237 million people in 45 states.  Amazingly, 24 of these disinfection byproducts are unregulated, with no enforceable health-based limits for drinking water.

Nationally, two groups of disinfection byproducts — trihalomethanes (chloroform, bromodichloromethane, dibromochloromethane) and haloacetic acids — top the list of the most commonly detected tap water contaminants. Disinfection byproducts are associated with damage to DNA and elevated risk of cancer (Richardson 2007; EPA 2005d; EPA 2007f).

The fifth frequently detected water pollutant is nitrate. Excess nitrate (and/or the related chemical nitrite) in water used to make infant formula can cause “blue baby syndrome,” a potentially fatal condition in which an infant’s blood is less able to carry oxygen (Knobeloch 2000; Manassaram 2006; National Research Council 1995). The greatest use of nitrates is as a fertilizer in agriculture (USGS 1999; EPA 2009b)

Drink up America!

Why spring water?

I often ask myself, “What would David Wolfe do?”  For those of you who know him I need no explanation, but to put it simply; “What would you do to assure you are getting the best water possible?”

Spring water is water that naturally flows on the surface and can be collected in a spring. Spring water does not contain any bacteria and chemicals that why it’s very tasty in comparison with tap water. There is something to be said about getting your water from the most natural source possible.  Spring water is living water that contains the mana of the Earth as well as essential information gathered and downloaded from all the natural forces acting upon it.  Doctors report that people who drink spring water feel more cheerful and energetic, therefore they are more successful.

Scientifically speaking, spring water is much more effective at hydrating your cells than purified, distilled, or RO water, which are actually dehydrating due to the lack of mineralization.  Minerals from the Earth are essential in making water alive and absorbable.  Spring water is also naturally alkaline (pH around 8.5) allowing your body the charge it needs to maintain health and hydration.  On the contrary, tap and bottled water by law have to measure in at a neutral pH around 7.0.  When tap water is processed minerals are stripped out and disinfectants like chlorine are added, making it naturally acidic.  To meet the legal pH standard lye must then be added to make it chemically neutral.

Why is water so important?

Water serves as our best detoxifier from environmental and internal toxins.  It is essential to all chemical reactions in our body.  Water is clearly the most important nutrient and the most abundant substance in the human body comprising about three quarters of the human mass and is a major component in every cell.  Being just 2% dehydrated can seriously degrade physical and mental functions.

Why not upgrade your health significantly by gathering your own spring water?  It is a lot of fun and very rewarding.  And remember, use glass containers to store your water when ever possible.

You can find a local spring in your area by looking at www.findaspring.com.

 

Dr. Wendy Norman, D.C.

www.bodyelectrictoday.com

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Be the BLING!

The only way to save the environment is to save the environmentalist.” ~ Unknown

Today is a typical morning in Southern California… the sun is shining, birds are chirping, and my dogs lay resting on the bed after our regular morning walk in the park.  While hustling around the house and preparing for my day at the office, I often find myself intently listening to internet talks from some of my favorite health gurus.  Their authentic and energetic sermons are just what I need to prepare for a successful day.  These brief morning moments are rather important and a key to having a focused mind to create my intentions for the tasks set before me.

Today was a lesson from my favorite raw food guru, David Avocado Wolf, who reminded me of how important it is to take the time to care of myself before helping others.  I though I would share what was discussed.

In our lives we are so concerned with giving our energy away.  Caring for others becomes the priority over caring for ourselves and we wonder why we are not living the life we were meant to live. We devalue ourselves daily by giving away our mental vitality, physical health, and emotional stability to other people and situations.  We grow up believing that sacrificing ourselves for others is the most noble way to show you care.  In fact, we are often taught to feel guilty for putting ourselves first as if we are less valuable than others, but how can you possibly help someone else if you can’t help yourself?

Remember the advice you receive on an airplane… “Put on your air mask before helping the child next to you.”  Why would we not apply this tip to our daily lives?

Discovering that you can really create a change in your life and be a positive force in the world takes courage.  The courage to look inward is possibly the most important, yet most feared action for improving our lives.  However, realizing that YOU ARE VALUABLE suddenly turns the focus to inside ourselves which allows us to gain strength and vitality needed to create a positive shift in the entire world.

The more energy you build within you allows for more energy you can give to others.  You be come efficient in your service and clear on your purpose.  One of the most critical ways you can gain positive energy is by paying attention to what goes into your mouth.  YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT!  Did you know that by eating certain foods you can actually raise your vibrational level and emit more positive energy?  Taking care of ourselves meaning we need to feed our body high quality superfoods, like goji berries and raw cacao, and take time to rest our mental and emotional bodies.  Yoga has gained popularity for this exact reason.  People are seeking a break from the rat race and it’s working!

You deserve to BE THE BLING, not just wear it around on your body.  Give yourself permission to heal and radiate that vibrant light within.  Give yourself the best care so you can have the energy and mental strength to create the life of your dreams.  Upgrading your health is like upgrading the operating system on your computer.  Don’t be left behind by forgetting to get the new version of YOU.

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Dr. Wendy Norman

www.bodyelectrictoday.com

 

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Kelp for Dogs


Marley and Me

Dogs are amazing animals from which we can learn how to tap into our intuition.  On my morning walk today with my dogs, Taj ran over to a patch of grass and started chomping.  He regularly does this and my usual response is to drag him away with the fear of him ingesting all the poisons typically sprayed on the local grass.  Today I had a new revelation.  I remember that grasses contain a high amount of minerals, chlorophyll, and other nutrients.  Similarly to why we take wheat grass shots, I realized that my dog must be craving something particular.  I considered the possibility that my dog might be lacking minerals and that I should find some alternative source for him to eat.  As things would have it, I just received a shipment of powdered kelp, intending to use it for my own healthy super smoothies.  It dawned on me that I could give kelp powder to my dogs for an added vitamin and mineral boost, not to mention the anti-radiation properties this has on all of us.

I found out more online at http://www.natural-dog-health-remedies.com…

“Kelp is the most nutritious of all sea vegetables. It is rich in minerals and trace elements and has a nourishing and tonic effect on all of the body’s systems.  Kelp contains over 60 minerals and trace elements, 21 amino acids, simple and complex carbohydrates and several essential plant growth hormones.In particular, kelp is a rich natural source of iodine, making it an excellent supplement to support and maintain a strong glandular system, especially for the pituitary, adrenal and thyroid glands (RADIATION PROTECTION). With properly functioning glands, optimal metabolism is easier to achieve.  For many years, the Japanese and the Chinese have been eating kelp and other seaweeds and it is said that one contributing factor to the longevity of Japanese people is the frequent consumption of kelp and other seaweeds.  In view of its rich nutrients, recently many holistic vets are also promoting the beneficial effects of kelp for dogs.”


Taj – Photo by Todd Puchalski

Kelp for Dogs – Health Benefits

Kelp supplies a natural source of minerals to a dog’s body and minerals are essential in every aspect of a dog’s health. In particular, it has been found that supplementing a dog’s diet with kelp can bring about the following health benefits:

Balancing Glandular Activities – Just as in humans, the iodine content and high levels of other nutrient minerals and vitamins in kelp make it an essential herb for regulating and balancing glandular systems (hormones). In particular, dogs suffering from hypothyroidism can benefit from the iodine in kelp. One of the functions of iodine is the stimulation of the thyroid gland.

Healthy Skin and Coat – Dogs with skin irritation problems as a result of allergies, dogs with dry skin, or dogs who are suffering from alopecia (hair loss) can benefit from kelp. In a study, dogs who had been fed kelp daily for a period of six months had darker, thicker, and shinier coats. They also scratched less and their skin was not as dry.  The protein in kelp is highly bio-available, which allows dogs to efficiently assimilate its amino acids so they can speedily and effectively assist in tissue repair.

Flea Control – In the same study, it was found that kelp for dogs could help control fleas. Dogs were found to be less attractive to fleas and flies after three weeks of supplementation.

Weight Control – Dogs can have better maintenance of body weight thanks also to the iodine in the kelp. Iodine stimulates the thyroid gland that controls the dog’s metabolism. With better metabolism, dogs with weight problems can reduce their cholesterol levels and lose weight.

Better General Health - With better metabolism as a result of improved glandular activities, dogs given kelp supplements can enjoy better general health. This may be particularly important for older dogs whose metabolism may be poor and glandular and immune functions may be compromised.


Photo by Todd Puchalski

Kelp for Dogs – Safety

Not all seaweeds are the same. Avoid getting kelp or other seaweeds harvested along U.S. shorelines, especially the Pacific Coast, because such seaweeds might be contaminated by industrial pollution and radiation.  Norwegian or Scandinavian kelp is considered to be of the highest quality due to the environment in which the kelp grows. The Norwegian coast is where fresh arctic ocean water meets mineral-rich glacial freshwater run-off, which combine to create the optimal conditions for kelp to thrive.

The easiest way to supplement kelp is to get a natural kelp product in powdered form and follow the feeding and dosage instructions on the product label.

http://www.natural-dog-health-remedies.com…

Dr. Wendy Norman

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Radiation Protection

In light of our current crisis in Japan, I have agreed to post my information from Wellness Wednesday discussing how to protect yourself from ionizing isotopes (radiation).

Radiation occurs when unstable molecules release energy that penetrates our skin and internal organs. There are many different types of radiation including sunrays, x-rays, cosmic rays, CT scans, nuclear radiation.  Each of these affect your cells energetically to create a release of FREE RADICALS.

Iodine – 131 is rapidly absorbed by the thyroid, and leaves only as it decays radioactively, with a half-life of eight days.  It is known to accumulate in the thyroid gland, where it can cause cancer and other thyroid diseases.

Cesium – 137 is absorbed by muscles, where its half-life of 30 years means that it remains until it is excreted by the body. It takes between 10 and 100 days to excrete half of what has been consumed.  Cesium – 137 accumulates in the body and soft tissues, where it increases risk of cancer, according to EPA.

Plutonium – 238, 239, 240 is one of the most dangerous chemicals to the planet.  It is highly carcinogenic in small doses and very difficult to detect.  With a half-life ranging from 88 years for isotope 238, 24,100 years for isotope 239, and 6,500 years for isotope 240, plutonium radiation is extremely damaging.  Once ingested into the body the particles bounce around like ping pong balls gaining momentum with every hit on an organ.  It is one of the most carcinogenic chemicals on the planet.

According to TEPCO plutonium has been found in several soil sites around the Fukushima power plant.  Link…

A danger to our seas?

As of April 10th 2011 TEPCO announced that 50,000 gallons of highly radioactive water is being flushed into the Pacific Ocean each and every day.  “Increased radioactivity in the marine environment occurred by aerial deposition and by discharges and outflow of contaminated water with a high radioactivity level.” (International Atomic Energy Agency – May 3rd 2011).  Link...

I still hear reports that there is nothing to worry about, but where do you think all this radioactive material goes?  Just because it’s invisible doesn’t mean we are safe.

What about our food?

There have already been foods tested around the world found to have radioactive contamination.  A few to note include:

  • Raw Milk
  • Milk products
  • Vegetables – spinach
  • Fruits
  • Fish

Milk tested April 4th in Hilo, Hawaii measured in at 18 pCi/l for radioactive iodine, a level six times the EPA maximum safety threshold of 3.0pCi/I and 19 pCi/l for Cesium-137, which has a half-life of 30.  Why do we test raw milk?  When cows’ milk starts testing positive for high levels of radioactive elements radioactive contamination of the entire food supply has occurred. 

April 7, 2011 CRIIRAD, a French research body on radioactivity, announced, “the risks associated with iodine-131 contamination in Europe are no longer “negligible.”

They advise pregnant women and infants against “risky behavior,” such as consuming fresh milk or vegetables with large leaves.

What can you do?

Luckily, there are foods that can help rid the toxic elements of radiation from your body.

Spirulina – shown to improve damaged immune system in response to radiation (Chernobyl) because it is high in GLA (Gamma-Linoleic Acid)

Chlorella/Chlorophyl – detoxifies the body of heavy metals and radioactive material.  Studied in Japan after Hiroshima in 1945.

If you can’t tolerate then use spirulina, blue-green algae, or phytoplankton

Kelp – iodine rich food to protect the thyroid gland.  Absorbs and eliminates radioactive elements and heavy metal contaminants from our bodiesCalcium Bentonite Clay is a negatively charged ion that pulls positively charged radioactive material from the body.  It adsorbs any kind of radiation and is recommended as part of a healthy diet.

Others

  • Rosemary
  • Reishi mushroom
  • Shiitake mushroom
  • Aloe Vera
  • Black walnuts
  • Bananas
  • Hempseeds
  • Coconut oil
  • Goji Berry
  • Acai
  • Zeolite

The best defense begins with diet and supplements. When you eat radioactive food, the threat to your health increases exponentially. That’s because internal radiation is far more deadly to your body than external radiation.  So, you have to eat good foods that will assist in detoxifying the radioactive foods.

Dr. Wendy Norman, D.C.

References

  1. David Wolfe – Superfoods
  2. NaturalNews.com
  3. NavitasNaturals.com

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Reflections of a Healer – Part 1

Africa is a spiritually powerful place to be, yet amazingly simple. The struggles for food and water are very real. The lack of basic medical care is overwhelming and the absence of support and necessary resources can be defeating if you let it be. Zimbabwe has an extensive history as this once thriving community is now devastated by greed and political corruption. Inevitably, we have seen the worst economic meltdown in our present day history. Zimbabwean money is now a thing of the past as 100 trillion dollar notes hold less value than a loaf of bread. As a result, the US dollar was adopted as local currency in 2009.

I began working in Zimbabwe in the fall of 2008 with no experience in bush medicine or with working in another country. I am a chiropractor and holistic healer by trade and work in the urban area of Orange County, California. Most of my patients suffer from the effects of a Westernized society, media driven and chemically toxic. Dietary hype, genetically modified foods, and excessively high levels of stress detach us from the essence of human life. This is a world of excess and access to everything imaginable, a world where want becomes a greater force than need. Scientifically based medicine is mainstream and highly acceptable route for curing ailments, yet we still suffer as one of the unhealthiest countries on the planet. Reflecting on the work we have done in Africa, I am able to document the rebirth of hope and illustrate a comparison between seeming unrelated cultures.

An innate spiritual strength that ties each of us together unfolds and I see how affected we are by one another.  As my story continues down this unexpected path, a new light and a new hope for our future will be found. Times are changing and we are about to embark on a powerful journey. In 2008 I walked into a very dismal time in Zimbabwe history. People were starving, the unemployment rate was nearing 90%, and the Zimbabwe dollar value dropped so drastically that we witnessed the worst inflation rate in the history of the world. The visions of people truly suffering are burned into my mind as a humbling reminder. Africa is not totally unique from other developing countries in their hardships. Any world traveler will tell you hundreds of similar stories, but the lessons we learn from these hardships are life changing.

Lesson 1: WATER IS LIFE

I will never forget my first patient in 2008, an embodiment of the effects of dehydration. Lying on the floor of a village home was a man in his mid 20’s clearly hours away from death. I had no idea what to expect walking into my first clinic day, but this was about as bad as it gets. I immediately realized that there was no one to call on, no one to come to the rescue, and no one who knew the first thing to do with a person this sick. Thoughts of desperation surfaced as I wondered, “Am I actually capable of helping this man?”At this moment it was as if two worlds collided, a pinnacle in time where one realizes that greater forces are at work. If we just have the courage to step out of the way, miracles can happen. Several months prior to my arrival in Zimbabwe, I began studying the ways of medical humanitarian work. In many cases, I realized that few organizations seemed to be utilizing natural medicines as their main method of treatment. Most organization use Westernized ideas and focus very little on nutrition and vitamin supplementation. I am disappointed to find our Westernized stigma on alternative medicine snuffs out traditional methods even in the most remote areas. Our beliefs grow like a cancer, feed by a greed for money and success. It came as no surprise that I would likely have to invent a new wheel for alternative medical missionary work.

I hoped to find someone with fresh ideas, someone to with a road map that I could refer too. I quickly realized that chiropractors and alternative health workers are not on any list of qualified medical personnel able to apply for current medical missionary programs. We are hardly even recognized in here in the US as credentialed and able practitioners despite the intense training regarding health and disease offered in chiropractic school. It seems that I belong to a select group of healers that believe the body is an extraordinary being, capable of healing without the use of drugs or man-made chemicals. However, there is little money in natural health and big business won’t settle for that.

As I continued my search and began looking at large scale triage care and military methods for treating soldiers, knowing that they often have to overcome the most challenging conditions with little resources, I found this simple information that changed my life forever. Many healthcare workers, nurses and doctors around the world treat people with a simple re-hydration mixture of salt, sugar, and water in specific ratios. As I briefed myself of what I may encounter in Zimbabwe, I came across the instructions of the Oral Rehydration Solution (ORS) and immediately knew this was important. People living in poverty lack two basic tools for survival and growth, education and resources. The issue of dehydration is a clear example. Dying from dehydration is a cruel and agonizing death and extremely preventable. Fact: Diarrhea directly kills 1.8 million children in developing countries each year, and contributes to the death of up to 15 million people. (UNICEF) On this day, our patient lived. A family has a father and leader because of a simple, yet profound pearl of knowledge. The proof that we really are given the tools we need at just the right moment couldn’t have been clearer. My first day healing in Africa ended with a miracle, the bar is now set. Initiation by fire and my work in the field officially begins…

Dr. Wendy Norman, D.C.

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