A New Year’s Resolution for Better Health: Detox and Lose Weight

We are into the second week of 2012 and if you’re anything like me, you are just getting around to actually putting a plan into place to help you accomplish your New Years Resolution for better health, which could include weight loss and/or detoxing your body.  One of the best ways to accomplish both of these goals is to simply rid your body of  the harmful chemicals and other toxins that you accumulated in 2011 (or for some of you-the past decade).  If you’re feeling quite not like yourself or if you’ve been diagnosed with a medical condition, you’re probably finding this article to be very timely. On the other hand, if you’re experiencing “good health”, you’re probably saying (while gasping), “I don’t have any toxins in my body.” Well, here’s a reality check-you do! We all do so let’s focus on how we got toxins in our bodies and what we need to do to get rid of them.

 

Gasp-Where Did They Come From?

 Toxins enter the body through the following methods:

(1) When you consume the chemicals, preservatives, pesticides, heavy metals (i.e. apple juice), and growth hormones that are found in the American diet;

(2) when you apply personal care products that are heavily burdened with harsh chemicals to your skin, hair, and mouth (i.e. your tooth paste; and

(3) when you breathe in toxic fumes from cars, airplanes, cleaning supplies, cigarette smoke, and indoor air pollution from gas emissions via your carpet, mattress, and many other furnishings and building materials.

 

 

I know, it’s a mouth full and lucky for you-I won’t continue to “beat the proverbial dead horse.”  If you are reading the above information for the first time, you’re probably in shock. Yeah- I was too, but I quickly refocused so that I could get into the solution and take control of my health.   Let’s take a look look at what you can do to eliminate toxins from your body short of living in a bubble-I mean, after all, a girl has gotta pay the bills-right?

 

How do I Rid My Body of Toxins?

One of the best ways to eliminate toxins from your body is to do a detoxification. Just like your car, your body needs to eliminate all of the sluggish slime that has accumulated throughout the year(s), and get replenished with fuel that will promote energy, vitality, and health. Dr. Don Colbert, a medical doctor with preventative medicine training, says that one of the best ways to detoxify your body is with the following diet:

 

The Detox

 

Avoid these foods:
Sugars- including honey

Wheat products (pasta, breads, bagels, and processed cereals), chips and corn
All processed foods- refined foods, fast foods, fried foods, animal skins, preserved meats, and fatty meats
Alcohol, coffee, sodas, dark teas, and chocolate
Hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils or trans fats

 

You can consume a small amount of these foods:
Skinless, extra lean free-range poultry and meats

If you must have dairy-eat plain yogurt, cheese made with skim milk, and/or organic butter sparingly. You can also drink skim milk and kefir sparingly

 

You can consume as much of these foods as you like:
Organic vegetables and fruits

Extra-virgin olive oil
Brown rice and wild rice
Raw, fresh nuts and seeds (avoid peanuts and cashews)
Flaxseed oil, evening primrose oil, black currant seed oil, borage oil, and fish oil
Garlic and onions
Filtered water with fresh squeezed lemon or lime (about two quarts daily)
Freshly juiced vegetable and fruit juices (you will need a juicer)
Green tea and other herbal teas
Green super foods or just take chlorella.

 

How Long Should I Detox My Body?

You should follow this diet for 14 days to adequately prepare your liver to do its job of detoxifying your body. Moreover, you will be slowly detoxifying during these 14 days so that your liver can handle the toxins and eliminate them efficiently when you do your juice fast on day 15. If you do not do this, you will run the risk of recirculating the toxins back into your blood stream because your liver will not be able to handle the excessive amount of toxins being eliminated. When toxins recirculate back into your blood stream, they can cause more damage to your cells, which promotes more sickness.

On the 15th day, do a juice fast of freshly juiced fruit and vegetables juices with chlorella or a green super food and drink plenty of water also. If you thoroughly follow the diet for the first 14 days, your liver will be ready to handle the amount of toxins that will be eliminated on day 15 when you do the juice fast.

 

How Do I Resume Eating After the Detox?

After day 15, you should slowly resume the previous diet starting with fruits and vegetables and gradually work your way up to the dairy and meats. This step allows your body to gradually prepare to eat your regular diet again. Although this diet requires four weeks of discipline and determination; the payoff is well worth the sacrifice.

 

What Should I Expect When My Detox is Over?

 

You will be amazed at the following results:

  • Your brain will be completely clear (you probably don’t even know that you have brain fog);
  • Your skin will be radiant;
  • You will feel very happy (this diet eliminates depression);
  • You will have more energy than you ever imagined possible;
  • You will reverse many medical conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, some chronic aches and pains, migraine headaches, psoriasis and eczema, autoimmune diseases, and heart disease;
  • You will lose enough weight to reduce your dress or pants size; and
  • You will have an increased libido.

This detoxification diet is a safe diet; however, please note that you should not stop taking your prescribed medications. Therefore, you will have to monitor your blood pressure and blood sugar regularly. If you see that your blood pressure or blood sugar levels are dropping, consult with your doctor regarding reducing your medication dosage while on the diet. Lastly, if you have psoriasis or eczema you should eat vegetables that are right for your nutritional blood type to get the maximum results.

We’re almost into the third week of January so that means no more excuses. It’s time to start being the best you for 2012.  If you do decide to do this detox, please share your experience with me and if you’re interested in doing it together-grab some some friends and leave a reply.

Breast Thermography: Is it the Safest Screening Method for Breast Cancer?

Possibly one of the oldest forms of human cancers, breast cancer dates back to Egypt in 1600 BC.  During that time, breast cancer was untreatable and  cauterization was the only treatment performed to remove the diseased tissue.  This “treatment” went on for centuries until the 17th century, when doctors began to understand the circulatory system. They made a connection between breast cancer and lymph nodes in the arm pits, and for the first time, a more “humane” approach to treating breast cancer was born.

 

Jean Louis Petit Makes Medical History

Jean Luis Petit was the first surgeon to perform a mastectomy, which then became the only treatment provided to women who had breast cancer.  The radical mastectomy was revolutionized in America through the work of William Stewart Halstead, when he  performed the first mastectomy on American soil.  Again, this treatment remained the only conventional treatment of breast cancer until the 1970s when doctors began to understand metastases better and perceived cancer as both, systematic and localized. Armed with a clearer understanding of breast cancer and how it metastacized, American doctors began to discover better treatment options for treating women with breast cancer.  And more importantly,  life saving cancer screening devices were making their way in hospitals across America.

 

Introducing Breast Thermagraphy and Mammograms

In 1982, breast thermography was approved by the FDA for the adjunctive screening of breast cancer. Four years later, on July 8, 1986, Patrick Panetta and Jack Wennet received their patent for the first Universal Mammography Comprehension System, aka, mammograms.  Almost everyone knows what a mammogram is; yet, breast thermagraphy remains relatively unknown to most women.

 

So Why Haven’t You Heard of Breast Thermagraphy?

Doctors highly preferred the mammogram when screening for breast cancer primarily because when young women were given mammograms, they were less likely to get false postive results.  On the other hand, there were a very high amount of young women being diagnosed as false positive with breast thermography.  Needless to say, the large amount of false positives caused a major concern in the medical community.  As a result, mammograms became the most trusted method for detecting breast cancer within the conventional medical community.   But is it really more reliable than breast thermography? Let’s take a closer look at both exams.

 

The Mammogram

The life time risk for developing breast cancer 50 years ago was one in 20, and today it is one in eight. As a result of this huge increase in breast cancer diagnosis, most women today intimately know the many “ins and outs” of mammograms. They are recommended for women age 40 and above, and require her to place each nude breast, one at a time, between the two plates on the mammogram machine.

 

This procedure is often very uncomfortable to women. An ionizing high dose (1000 times higher than a chest x-ray) of radiation is administered. The radiologist gets an an x-ray image of the examined breast from above and from the side. The results are recorded on a computer or on x-ray film and are reviewed by the radiologist. After the exam is complete, the doctor will convey the results to the patient. Unfortunately, the results are not always accurate. Now the question becomes, are mammograms really saving the lives of women through early detection?

 

Research suggests that mortality from breast cancer has gone relatively unchanged for the last 40 years. Moreover, when women conducted self breast exams only (not combining it with mammograms), their rate of detecting a tumor was equal to the mammogram’s rate of accurate detection. In other words, just performing a self breast exam is as equally effective as having a mammogram in regards to detecting breast cancer early and saving your life. Research shows that if you screen 10,000 women age 50-70 with a mammogram, at best, only 26 of them will be saved. On the other hand, breast thermography boasts a rate of 87-96% accuracy. What is breast thermography and why is it so effective?

 

Breast Thermography

Breast Thermography is a clinical exam that uses infrared heat that emanates from the patient’s body. She is placed in a temperature controlled room (66°F to 70°F), and the thermographer blows cool air over her breasts. This cool air regulates the patient’s temperature so that she is at equilibrium with the room temperature. However, the pool of blood and blood vessels that the cancer cells create is not under autonomic control and is not affected by the cool air. This results in a hot spot because the pool of blood will clearly stand out. Once the patient’s body is cooled, usually 10-15 minutes, she will be asked to hold her arms up so that images can be captured. These images will include both breasts from the fronts, the sides, underneath, and from a 45 degree angle. After the procedure is complete, the patient will be asked to hold a cold gel pack for one minute, which produces a neuralgic response in the breast and cools them. This cooling only affects healthy breasts, but not cancer. If there is cancer, it will remain hot. A second set of images are taken of the breasts. In some offices the patient will get her results on the spot; while in other offices, she will leave and receive her results later. Unlike mammography, this procedure comes close to a 100% accuracy rate for early detection.

 

A breast thermography boasts an early cancer detection rate of 87-96%. It is non-invasive and does not expose women to additional radiation, which can actually cause cancer. Needless to say, this is why naturopathic doctors highly recommend it as a replacement to mammograms. According to Dr. Shawn Sieracki, a Traditional naturopath located in Lewisville, Texas, comparing breast thermography to mammography is like comparing apples to oranges. Dr. Sieracki says that mammograms find the tumor that is already present in the body, while on the other hand, breast thermography is based on physiology and will detect abnormal patterns in the breast tissue up to five year before it becomes a malignant tumor.

 

As noted above, breast thermagraphy was dismissed as ineffective because of the high rates of “false positives;” however, 5 to 10 years later, those young women who were diagnosed as false positives actually did develop breast cancer. Therefore, they were not “false positive”-they were in their very early stages of developing breast cancer and could have possibly reversed the condition before it developed into cancer. Conversely, the mammogram could not detect the developing tumor at such an early stage so those women who had a mammogram and were told that they had healthy breast, were actually in the early stages of developing breast cancer.

 

This is great news for women, especially those who have been shown to carry the BRCA1 gene. Doctors generally recommend a mastectomy for BRCA1 gene carriers. Now these women can partner with their naturopathic doctor to get frequent breast thermography exams done and immediately detect any physiological changes that might be taking place. Conversely, a frequently conducted mammogram screening might actually cause cancer due to the high level of radiation exposure.

 

So What’s the Right Answer?

Like everything else, deciding which option to use for your next annual breast exam is a personal choice. Women can continue to do self breast exams solely or in conjunction with a mammogram, but perhaps it’s best to use all three until you definitely know which exam is best for your particular situation. Consult with your physician to schedule a mammogram and to find a practitioner who specializes in breast thermography, you can visit www.breastthermography.com

Eating Trans-fat has been Linked to Depression

It seems like everywhere you turn, there is somebody somewhere who is cranky or saying that they are depressed-it might even be you making the claim. In fact, depression is so common now that even children are moodier than they were a generation ago.  Even in the happy land of social media sites like Facebook, you are apt to view a post streaming through your rss feed, proclaiming depression. However, before you seek therapy or play doctor and prescribe Prozac, you might want to check out your diet.

It turns out that a study done by the universities of Nacarra and Las Palmas de Gran Canria in Spain showed that depression is also linked to a diet high in trans-fat.  Unfortunately, consuming trans-fat is very common in conventional foods. Conventional foods are processed foods-or foods that have been alterned from their natural state.  They are usually found in the inner aisles at grocery stores or at restaurants (especially fast food restaurants). However, don’t despair-you don’t have to resign yourself to a life of depression.  While consuming trans-fats is highly common, it can be avoided by making the following changes:

(1).    Increase your intake of omega 3 fatty acids, which can be found in fish oil, cod liver oil, flax seed oil and/or flax seed. Everyone should be consuming these even if they’re not depressed; and

(2).   Read your labels.  Don’t take the claim of “zero trans-fat” that’s found on the front of the package as the gospel. The FDA allows companies to put “zero trans-fat” on their packaging if one serving of food has less than 0.5 g of trans-fat.

(3).  Go the extra step and turn to the back of the package where the ingredients list is, and, allow me to quote the late William Faulkner, “read, read, read.” If the ingredients list has the words partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, that’s a trans- fat.  You might be saying that you are only going to eat one of those cookies. But let’s not fool ourselves; many of us always eat more than one serving of food, especially when we are snacking.  And if that’s not reason enough, the FDA says that there are no safe amounts of trans-fat so that means none should be consumed.

Now you see that avoiding trans-fat is quite simple and moreover, being happy really can be a choice. If you fuel your body with the right whole foods, you’ll be amazed at how wonderfully happy you can be. Before you know, the whole world could truly be happy-Now imagine that!

See California Bans Trans-fat video

 

 

 

Vitamin D is What Your Body Needs!

One of the biggest health epidemics today is vitamin D deficiency; therefore, everyone should get their vitamin D levels checked during their annual physical. Moreover, you should request that your doctor give you the more accurate 25(OH)D blood test for the best results. What exactly is vitamin D and why is it so important?

Technically, vitamin D is not a vitamin, but rather a metabolic product called calcitriol. Calcitriol is a secosteroid hormone, which means that it is similar to a steroid and has an endocrine mechanism of action. Over 2000 of the genes in your body are regulated by vitamin D. Therefore a deficiency in this hormone has a tremendous impact on your health and has been linked to several diseases such as cancer, osteoporosis, and birth defects. In addition researchers at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas say that there is a correlation between low serum levels of vitamin D and lupus. If you are deficient in vitamin D, let’s examine how you can restore your levels safely?

If it is summer time, good old fashion sunlight is the ideal way to obtain vitamin D. If you have pale skin, you only need about 10-50 minutes in the sun with 40% of your body exposed. If you have dark skin, you will need to stay in the sun significantly longer. Also, note that sun bathing for 30 minutes during the summer, produces about 20,000 IUs of vitamin D. During the winter, you can use safe tanning beds such as The Vitality Home Tanning Bed (for body tanning) or the D Lite tanning system, which produces vitamin D in your body; however, your body doesn’t tan. If you’re one of those people who are afraid to catch some ultraviolet B rays, you can always take an oral vitamin D supplement or you can buy a vitamin D spray.  Do not take the synthetic vitamin D2 supplement that your doctor might recommend. Instead, take a vitamin D3 supplement for optimum absorption. Adults can safely take up to 5,000 units per day (children should take half of that amount). Make sure that your progress is being monitored monthly by your doctor because over dosing on this vitamin can be fatal. Your vitamin D levels should be at least in the 50-60 ng/ml range for optimal health. If you have cancer, your levels should be in the 60-90 ng/ml range to aid in restoring your health.

Here what Dr. Oz  has to say.