Why a Diagnosis Doesn’t  (usually) Cure You!

Why a Diagnosis Doesn’t (usually) Cure You!

For People with a slew of mysterious symptoms, it is a great relief to “finally” get a diagnosis, no matter how grim or dismal its prognosis. Knowing is better than doctor hopping, pill popping and testing, testing and more testing. The list of possible diagnosis is ever growing, with new syndromes, toxins, and genetic mutations popping up in the medical jungle, to the point that some get lumped in categories like “rare diseases” while others are part of a spectrum that includes a variety of severity. This does not even include the iatrogenic “diseases” caused by multiple-drug interactions, or medical mistakes. A clinical diagnosis of “sluggish bile” may result in the removal of your gallbladder, but the long term affects of living without this little green organ, creates a new host of diagnosis and discomforts as a direct result of the original diagnosis. Why does the original diagnosis not lead to a cure? Because the origin, the source is often not part of the diagnostic process. After your months and years of chasing down a diagnosis, How can you be sure that a diagnosis will lead to a cure? Keep asking : WHY? Why is my bile slugish? Possible Answer- your liver isn’t making enough. Why is my liver not making enough bile? Possible Answer- your bile ducts may be blocked. Why are my bile ducts blocked? Possible answer: because your liver is over taxed and creates a safety mechanism by wrapping toxins or organism in cholesterol. These cholesterol “balls” (intrahepatic stones) block the bile ducts and inhibit bile flow to your gall bladder. Why is my liver over...
Diet vs Nutrition

Diet vs Nutrition

A simple explanation of terms that often get tossed around: A Diet is what we eat. -> A Diet is not the restriction of “bad” foods, to drop a quick 15 lbs, even though the weightloss industry would like us to believe that this is the definition of “diet”. Nutrition is how we absorb, assimilate, metabolize, and utilize nutrients from the diet.  Nutrition is not merely a function of the “raw” materials we put in our mouth,  but a complex holistic process which includes: mental and emotional health ( which affect stress levels, metabolism and genetic expression ) physical movement patterns (or lack there of) aka. exercise genetic predispositions deficiencies/environmental exposure to toxins and EMFs basic elements of homeostasis: water, sun, air, grounding, sleep gratitude/blessing the food Though we all know how to “eat”,  our ability to truly nourish ourselves has become confused by advertisements, stress, and time restrictions that all seem to cater more to our cravings (sugars, caffeine, and salty foods) which ultimately deprive our bodies not only of the essential building blocks, but compromise optimal food consumption. Lastly, excretion, elimination and detoxification compliment to nutrition. Without addressing these, the benefits of nutrition go out of the window! Resetting our bodies through whole foods, mindful eating practices and gradual detoxification (like your car’s oil change) allows our bodies to heal, grow and create the energy we need to live life fully!   To your Health in 2017! Love,...
The $40 Human Oil Change (Liver Flush)

The $40 Human Oil Change (Liver Flush)

A Story of Psoriasis, and How to Keep Your Plumbing Humming with a Liver/Gallbladder Flush Everyone accepts that our cars need an oil change every once in a while. Even if you extend the suggested mileage on the sticker they kindly place on your windshield to “remind” you when to visit them next, you will find yourself at a Jiffy Lube type establishment at least twice a year. While I can change a tire, check the oil and tire pressures, changing the oil is not my life’s calling this time around. So I happily plunk down the $39.99 (which usually includes a coupon) to keep our car’s plumbing humming. What is the Human Equivalent of an Oil Change? The Amazing Liver/Gall Bladder Flush. If these words could be animated in power point fashion, they would dance around the page, sparkle and shine and have trumpets playing to mark the importance of their entrance. I’ve spent a few thousands of hours researching things that pertain to human health. Note I am not a doctor or clinician and none of the following information should be used as or in the place of medical advice. I am a holistic nutritionist, epidemiologist, and avid life researcher, so naturally I’ve guinea pigged myself, my family and friends to a variety of experiments to observe the wonderful myriad of facets that contribute to this thing called “Health”. Holistically speaking it encompasses our spiritual, mental, emotional and physical well being. But I’ll tell you something you probably already know. It is a little bit difficult to quiet the mind for a meditation (or really to focus...
Off-Lable Drug Usage, the Voodoo of Science

Off-Lable Drug Usage, the Voodoo of Science

Most people consider holistic and alternative medical practices somewhere between voodoo and quackery. Herbs, roots, seeds, extracts, oils, leaves, needles and (gulp) invisible energy work and prayer. DEFINITELY NOT SCIENCE. I have news for you my friends: No, I don’t have news for you, the NEWS has news for you.  WSJ Monday March 28, 2016, Page A15. “Ending the Prescribe-Don’t-Tell Charade for Off Label Drugs” by Josepf V. Gulfo Even if the print is too small to read, the HIGHLIGHT: 73% of off-label drug medications had little or no scientific support. What is an off-label drug? Let us say that the FDA approved a pill for type II diabetes, however, your doctor prescribes it to you for your arthritis. This is legal as long as they don’t advertise it. While diabetes and arthritis may have some similar biochemical pathways, this kind of try-and-see approach is  ______ (fill in the blank with an adjective). Supporters say that this accelerates finding new treatment options, but this is a dicey non-consented medical situation. Studying a drug in people in vivo like this has NOT been approved by the human subjects board (IRB), making this off-label usage a few shades of grey away from the ethical mis-steps that our dear government took not too long ago in the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment (1932-1972). Even if the ethics of off-label drug use were clear, I can’t help but wonder if profit margins are at the center of this extreme explosion of non-approved drug prescriptions . Why do I propose this idea ? In 2001, 21% of the 150 million prescriptions were for off label use. It...
In and Out

In and Out

Most people focus on what they put IN their bodies, not what comes OUT. Is what comes OUT as important as what goes IN? Are they equally important? Why is the equation skewed? 99% of the food and supplement industry thrives off of what you eat, drink or apply to your skin, not what is released by the body through your GI system, your  breath, skin and through your urinary tract. Most medical professionals (even the “alternative ones”), emphasize the In, not Out, unless of of course you are a colon hydro-therapist or detox specialist. Even most  nutritionist, and diet Gurus love introducing new exotic superfoods and herbs that will make us stronger, thinner, happier and healthier. NEW ! Immune booster, Natural Energy, Anit-Inflammatory this and that. WHAT IF we shifted just 10% of the energy and resources we currently allocated to stuff going IN, and invest into releasing toxins from our body. Would this  slight shift support your body to heal, energize and boost itself? What needs to come out? In the last decade there has been a great rise in the toxic burden that we humans are exposed to. GMOs, pesticides/insecticides sprayed along roads, shopping centers, and parks, chemicals off gassing from pretty much everything (clothes, houses, cars,) tainted water supplies…. the list is depressing as it goes on and on and on. In fact, I have a 5 page document for clients who have entered the “detox” phase of our coaching sessions, which outlines the most common, every-day sources of toxicity, and how to ween yourself off of them. A few suggestions off of that list:...
Water Water Water

Water Water Water

We, western humans, are somewhat obsessed with multitasking Drinking water is one thing that brings multiple benefits to you, without you having to “do more”. That said, water, isn’t water, isn’t water. Water is much more than H -2- O. In fact, drinking water can kill you (slowly through its toxins or contaminants, or quickly, if you are an athlete and you drink water without replenishing electrolytes). I’m not a “no” person but here are a few no’s: 1) NO ice water 2) NO tap water – unless you are in a country that doesn’t flouridate, or have heavy pesticide, pharmaceuticals in water 3) NO water during meals–  a few sips of body temperature water to lubricate certain foods is ok, but not glasses of ice cold tap water!!! (hint- hydrate 10 min before meal and at least 1 hour after)   Water is important beyond quenching thirst. 1) It flushes the lymph system 2) Helps elimination (poop) 3) Hydrates and detoxifies cells   1) The lymphatic system is an unsung hero of our body. Part of the circulatory system,  but twice as big as the arterial blood supply system – and maybe twice as important, according to Dr. Douillard, founder and director of LifeSpa in Boulder Colorado. “The Lymphatic System removes waste  from every cell in your body while regulating the immune system.” You’ve most likely heard of it within the realm of cancer diagnosis/cancer metastases and holistic health care practices that offer lymph drainage via massage or yoga? In a nutshell, the lymphatic system is not only a TOXIN Flushing System, but it is also a highway...