June 6th, 2017

Rituals are Habits Made Holy


Rituals are habits made Holy”~ Fern Olivia 
By my bedside are these beautiful crystals to help me sleep and this delicious oil, Grace, by Ajai that helps me fall asleep. Ritual at bedtime helps the production of Oxytocin, the "feel good hormone”. Oxytocin helps lower cortisol, the stress hormone and helps us relax and fall asleep. Rituals combined with aromatherapy, such as this beautiful roll on oil at bedtime. This formula includes Egyptian rose, geranium, patchouli, and Australian sandalwood. These essential oils help ground and center you before bedtime. A recent study demonstrated aromatherapy with rose oil can reduce anxiety by reducing sympathetic stimulation.( Iran Red Crescent Med J. 2014 Sep; 16(9): e14455.)
Crystals such as rose quartz, pink tourmaline, strawberry garnet, kunzite,and white quartz, harmonize the body and help induce a state of calm , centeredness, and open the heart for peaceful dreams. Kunzite is actually made of lithium which is used to treat depression. Making a ritual a daily habit can help relax you and help induce a state of calm and peace. 💗

You can purcahse Grace by visiting www.fernolivia.com and www.ajaialchemy.com

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May 28th, 2017

Yes, Yogis get Cancer

 

Please read this important article by my patient ,Lisa! No matter how healthy we are, we must always integrate all aspects of medicine and health.

Yes, Yogis Can Get Cancer Too. Here's What I Wish I'd Known

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Photo: Christine Hewitt

As I sat in the waiting room in the basement of the NYU Cancer Center waiting to see my oncologist, I picked up the New York Times to find an article titled "Colon and Rectal Cancers Rising in Young People." I consumed the article in minutes and read it again…and again. "Cancers of the colon and rectum have been declining in older adults in recent decades and have always been considered rare in young people. But scientists are reporting a sharp rise in adults as young as their 20s and 30s, an ominous trend…Experts aren’t sure why," the article stated.

I was living the wellness dream life.

This past July, at age 41, I was diagnosed with stage 3 rectal cancer. The cause was unknown, and it came as quite a surprise! You see, I’m a yogi—it’s a wellness lifestyle. Along with that is my dedication to healthy habits. My morning ritual includes oil pulling, a 20-minute meditation, and dry skin brushing. I sip on hot water with turmeric and lemon throughout the day. I rarely drink alcohol. I eat healthy. You get the idea.

We are not exempt from cancer because we are drinking kombucha and meditating.
 

In 2012 I left a high-stress job in fashion, and that same year I graduated from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and earned certification as a yoga teacher. Spending lots of time in the wellness bubble, I met and became friends with a tight circle of health and wellness trendsetters and trailblazers. Eventually I morphed into an event producer with a unique niche: health and wellness. My first big gig was with my dear friend Joe Cross (you know, the juice guy). Together, we produced Camp Reboot, a 200-person retreat at the Omega Institute, three years in a row. It was quite satisfying to see the participants walk away with great health gains and a toolbox of new skills to take home and create their own wellness routine.

Now, here I am sharing my most unexpected experience with cancer to spread a very important message. Whenever I reveal my diagnosis or mention that I am on chemotherapy, the recipient of this information usually reacts with a comment like, "But you look so healthy," or "How can that be? You take such good care of yourself." It wasn’t until reading the article in the Times that I was able to put this together: Yogis get cancer too. This is why I am sharing my story. Tell your friends, your sisters, your lovers. We are not exempt from cancer because we are drinking kombucha and meditating. There is much conversation in the health and wellness world about digestion and gut health; it is imperative to add awareness and early detection by colorectal cancer screening to the conversation.

I had symptoms for over two years before I was diagnosed and maybe even subtle signs before that.

I’d seen a gastroenterologist and a proctologist prescribed suppositories for bleeding hemorrhoids. There was no explanation or discussion about a potential progressing disease. It never crossed my mind that my unresolved symptoms could be caused by something really serious, like cancer. Without any relief and a gut instinct of something being not quite right, I naturally tapped into all my contacts, resources, and knowledge in my wellness network. I explored ayurveda—How can I spark my agni?

Because of my judgments about the traditional Western medicine system, I ignored my instinct to revisit my symptoms with an M.D.
 

 

My bestie is a functional nutritionist, so I riffed, "I think my microbiome is out of whack. Do I have a leaky gut?" I saw an acupuncturist who advised me to eat cooked foods and sent me on my way with a bag of Chinese herbs. I tried an elimination diet, a raw food diet, a juice fast, and a dozen different brands of probiotics.

Because of my judgments about the traditional Western medicine system, I ignored my instinct to revisit my symptoms with an M.D. A colonoscopy would have detected the tumor...possibly early, before it grew into stage 3 cancer, before six months of chemo, and before a five-hour surgery to remove most of my rectum. And last but certainly not least, before a temporary ileostomy (yeah, that’s a plastic bag attached to my abdomen to collect waste while my plumbing is under repair).

After 8 rounds of chemotherapy (yuck) and two surgeries, I'm considered cancer-free.

I’m now in remission. I'm forever on diligent watch because the cancer could return and I understand that it is more difficult to treat if it comes back. So, I’ll carry on as a yogi with continued dedication to healthy habits. I credit these practices with sustaining my mind, body, and spirit through my year of treatment. I attribute the comments on looking healthy to my dedication to the practice. This is the path of the yogi, to show up and practice when it is most difficult.

So, before you read another article searching for alternative answers to what ails you, consider reaching out to a trusted M.D. for a checkup; show up and participate in your own well-being. Bring this article along as well as the article in the Times. I’m with you—we’ve got stats. One out of every three women will have cancer in her lifetime. Modern medicine has advanced science and technology for the specific purpose of diagnosing. Discuss what type of screenings and diagnostics are appropriate for you. Once you understand the big picture, you can decide how to navigate healing with the support of an M.D. or not if that is your choice. If you don’t have a relationship with an M.D., start looking for one. I suggest you start with researching functional medicine. Perhaps, here is an opportunity to bridge the chasm between Western and Eastern approaches. Most importantly, follow your gut. If you feel that something is seriously wrong, have it checked out—tested. Push the doctor, if you must, so you can rule out disease and move toward healing in a manner that is true to you. My dearest yogis, please do spread the good word—maintain your dedication to a healthy lifestyle and at the same time, open yourself up to cancer awareness and early detection. This just might save your life.

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April 26th, 2017

Seasonal Allergies

Today I am happy to be featured in Cleanplates about how to treat seasonal allergies naturally. It is important for readers to decrease whole body inflammation by eliminating pro inflammatory foods like dairy, junk foods, refined foods and incorporate a whole foods diet. Some of the best advice I can give patients is to begin a regimen of 1,000 mg of quercetin 3 times a day preferably with citrus bioflavinoids. For acute allergies I like to also include stinging nettles for itchy eyes and runny noses. For year round sufferers of allergies my weapon of choice is a high quality HEPA air purifier. My favorite is IQAir. #allergies #seasonalallergies

 

http://www.cleanplates.com/eat/tips-eat/natural-remedies-seasonal-allergies/







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April 22nd, 2017

Essential Oils and Earth Day Special

Happy Earth Day!

This week I am happy to be interviewed in Rodale's Organic Life about essential oils!

Essential oils give plants their smell and are used in perfumes, medicinal agents. Essential oil extracts can be up to 100 times more potent than the plant itself,, Now that essential oils are gaining in popularity  so are both benefit and risk. (Battaglia, 1997). Essential oils should be used diluted with a carrier oil, used with a diffuser, with the exception of flavorings like peppermint or fennel. 

 

 The most common preparation for essential oils are inhaled or used topically. Peppermint, wintergreen, eucalyptus and rosemary are all used for upper respiratory infections. These can also be used topically, diluted with a carrier base for pain as well. The use of essential oils for skin complaints is well-founded as many have been shown to possess antibacterial (Hmamouch et al., 1990) and antifungal (Onawunmi, 1989) properties. Though the use of essential oils shares a common origin with herbal medicine, the use of isolated essential oils is more properly referred to as aromatherapy. Aromatherapy has been used worldwide for ages. Rosemary was used hundreds of years ago to disinfect hospitals.  

Right now my favorite company, www.littlemoonessentials.com is running a promotion for all my readers. Use the code Elizabeth10 and receive 10% off your order. My favorite essential oil product is Clear Skies Ahead. I spray it everywhere! I love this company beacuse all the products are organic and made here in the USA. Have a wonderful Earth Day and make sure you make Earth Day every day!











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January 23rd, 2017

Paleo Raw Raspberry Lemon Cheezecake


Happy Integrative Medicine day!

In honor of today I am posting the recipe for my beautiful Lemon Raspberry Cheezecake.

This is a very time consuming, but well worth project. Everything in this cake is good for you and is loaded with anti-oxidants and healthy fats.

I have used a silicone heart shaped pan. Whatever you choose as your mold, make sure it is silicone as your dessert will slide right out. I have quadrupled the recipe because the mold was so huge, but it served about 25 people.

 

Coconut Layer:

 4 cup raw cashews, soaked and rinsed 

1 cup cold pressed coconut oil

1 cup desiccated coconut

2 and 2/3 cup coconut cream

1 cup organic rice malt syrup

juice of 1 whole  lemon

1 cup frozen or fresh raspberries

Raspberry Cream Layer

4 cup frozen or fresh raspberries

1 cup extra virgin cold pressed coconut oil

4 cup raw cashews, soaked and rinsed

4 cup coconut cream

2 cups organic rice malt syrup

2 packets of thawed pitaya for color

Coconut Layer

1. Using your food processor, blend the cashews until completely smooth. As smooth as possible.

 2. Add the coconut oil, desiccated coconut, coconut cream, rice malt syrup, and lemon juice. Blend until smooth and creamy.  If it isn’t sweet enough add more rice syrup or a touch of stevia.

3. Fold in the raspberries and pour mixture into your silicone mold. Freeze for a few hours or, until set. Raspberry Cream Layer

1. Using your food processor, blend the cashews until completely smooth.

2. Add the coconut oil, desiccated coconut, coconut cream, rice malt syrup, thawed pitaya and raspberries.

3.Blend until smooth and creamy.

4. Pour mixture over the top of the coconut cream layer, and freeze until set. When ready to serve, flip it over, and top with extra raspberries.

Chocolate Syrup

1 and 1/3 cup coconut oil

1 cup cocoa powder

1 cup brown rice syrup

Mix all ingredients with a whisk and carefully pour over chilled cake. It should set up immediately from the cold. Put in freezer to solidify the chocolate sauce.

Note: Please remember that this recipe was quadrupled for size. The mold I used was huge and needed a lot of volume. You can safely cut this in half and make two separate 8x8 silicone mold cakes . Extra silicone cupcake holders are excellent for surplus ingredients. Don’t forget to freeze on a level surface for a straight line otherwise the cake will freeze lopsided. Also, make sure you leave the cake out at surface temperature for about an hour from the freezer. Use a knife in hot water to cut.

 

 

 

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January 5th, 2017

Detox Nation


 Detox Nation


It’s that time of year again when everyone seems to be making New Year’s resolutions to eat healthier, work out more, be nicer to mankind and DETOX!!! I have seen so much on social media, especially the past few days, on the detox bandwagon. I find it all rather alarming. Since when did our bodies become so toxic and dirty?

 

As the millennial generation began aging into adulthood over the past fifteen years, combined with the prevalence of social media and the need for instant gratification, I have witnessed a spike in the Detox phenomena. Although I think that healthy living is imperative at all times, the recent hype around detoxification today is just plain overkill.

 

Millennials, people born between the mid-1980s to the early 2000s, make up approximately 25% of the population. This demographic is generally associated with trends, the internet and modernism and they are 2.5 times more likely to be early adapters of technology. In fact, this description is no longer unique to millennials; these traits are common among a range of generations too engaged with technology and less connected with their natural environment.

 

Technological attachments have their pros and cons, the greatest downside being the inability to ground down and connect on a deep interpersonal level. Many of my patients, not only millennials, have a hard time unplugging from the technological world around them, especially with their phones, Instagram, and Facebook The dependence on social media results in unrealistic expectations of one’s own social life when viewed against the over-glamorization of others’ lives. The race to keep up and post every social moment, rather than just being present and experiencing the moment is doing as much damage to our bodies as poor food choices.

 

This generation has become fascinated with episodic cures for all ills. Instead of seeking a brief detox regimen involving a juice fast, try incorporating a few prolonged life changes. I think a smarter way to begin a detox is to plan a trip somewhere outdoors with bad cell phone reception or taking all apps off your phone and restoring them after your trip. The practice of taking a break from technology has begun picking up speed in 2010 after Dr. Todd Braver, a neuroscientist and neuropsychologist at Washington University, went into nature with four other colleagues to understand how the brain is over taxed my heavy use of technology.  Not so shocking, these scientists found that spending time outside in nature, without cell phones and laptop computers, can refresh the brain and also increase attention and focus.

 

Another side effect of our connection with technology is that we become completely detached from our food sources. I grew up in farm country in Ohio and I experienced the ability to connect with where my food came from. Most millennials haven’t been to a farm, or seen a cow milked and haven’t experienced the incredible amount of energy and love that goes into growing our food. Having this awareness is vital to our health. It raises our consciousness about the food we eat and how it is grown. This leads to lest wastefulness, a greater concern for the sanctity of our environment, and ultimately improved diet. We buy healthier varieties of food and even begin to experiment and cook more at home instead of relying on fast food.

 

If you can’t make it to a farm for fresh produce and organic meats, then try and go to a farmers market and talk with the farmer. Find out about what they do and make that connection to where your food comes from. Try and make a meal from what you bought from that market and really consider all the energy it took to get that food into and nourish your body. The upsurge of urban gardens and backyard chicken coops are further evidence of food consciousness springing up all of our cities.

 

Another way to reset your body is with soaking in salt. I have travelled extensively to some of the saltiest places in this part of the world in both southern Bolivia and Northern Chile into the Salt Flats. These incredible places have salt and other minerals in the ground and your body literally feels energized after being in nature and in the salt; it produces a mentally grounding effect.  One of my favorite product lines is Little Moon Essentials. They make organic bath soaks for almost anything that is bothering you. It is a way to bring nature into your bathtub.

 

Another simple way to detox is to get rid of your televisions. I only have one TV in my home and only use it for weekend movies for the most part. It is rarely on and never in any of the bedrooms of my home. Unfortunately, almost everything is toxic on television, especially the news and reality television. Limiting your TV time to a few hours per week will free your mind and your time to engage in more productive activities like gardening or exercising.

 

My last point is the word detox, a word that seems to glamourize the fact that we are dirty vessels. Take a moment to think about how we view our bodies, our lives and the world around us compared to our great-grandparents. Their daily lives involved mindful eating and physical activity. They would never have to consider undergoing a detox. Adopting lifestyle choices a little more consistent with our ancestors will continue to improve your health long after your new year’s resolutions crash.

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May 17th, 2012

Lose 5 Pounds in 2 Weeks


Many Women will ask me how can I lose weight quickly? There is no such thing as a quick fix with weight loss. By staying away from junk, and eating at least 1,200 calories a day of clean, healthy and organic food it is possible to drop anywhere from 1/2 pound to 5 pounds in two weeks. Here is an outline I give to patients. Make sure to eat protein at every meal and pick either a starchy vegetable or starch at each meal to keep blood sugar stable.

Women’s Weight Management Dietary Guidelines

Daily intake:

Proteins: 4-6 oz of fish,  or seafood(if permitted), 4-5 oz of poultry, 3-4 oz of red meat: beef, lamb and bison(if permitted), ½-3/4 cup beans;2 oz of hard cheese, ½-1 cup of ricotta(skim) or cottage cheese(skim), 1 cup plain unsweetened yogurt; 2 eggs(if permitted);1 cup egg white , 1 cup tofu or soy yogurt;3-4 oz of seitan or tempeh;1 oz of nuts(10-20) or 2 tbsp of nut butter. 3  servings of protein a day

 

Vegetables: artichokes beets bok choy broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, chard, cucumber eggplant, greens (collard, kale, mustard, turnip),leeks, mushrooms(shitake, Portobello no white button), okra, onions peppers pumpkin, radishes, rutabagas snow peas, green beans, snap peas, zucchini, yellow squash, spaghetti squash, tomatoes, watercress,  herb mix salad, Brussels sprouts, carrots, spinach, water chestnuts, yellow wax beans, endive, escarole, fennel, parsley, sprouts(alfalfa, mung bean and radish) . Unlimited

Fruit: Apple, apricots,1/2 of a banana, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cantaloupe, cherries, Clementine, cranberries, fresh figs, grapefruit, grapes(1 cup) guava, honeydew, kiwi, lemon, lime  lychee (fresh) mango, nectarine, orange, papaya, peach, pear, persimmon(fresh)pineapple, plums, pomegranate, raspberries, rhubarb, star fruit, strawberries, tangerine, watermelon. Unlimited

*7-11 servings a day of vegetable and fruit/day, emphasize vegetables.

 

Starchy vegetables: 1/3-1/2 cup beans or peas(cooked), ½ cup corn, ½ cup green peas, ½ cup edamame, ½ cup plantains or yuca,1 small yukon or purple potato, 1 small sweet potato,

Starches: 1/3-1/2 cup of cooked barley, whole grain cous-cous, bran, whole wheat pasta, quinoa, brown or basmati rice, oatmeal;1 organic corn tortilla, 1 slice whole grain high fiber bread,3/4 cup high fiber cereal, 3-5 whole rye crackers,1-2 cups air popped popcorn(limit); 5 Mary’s Gone Crackers, 5 San J,  Holgrain, or Edward and Sons brown rice crackers.

*3 servings a day of starchy vegetables or starch servings/day

 

Fats:  ½ avocado,10 green or black olives,  1 tbsp capers,1tsp of organic olive, canola or sesame oil, 1tsp of smart balance, spectrum spread, or earth balance, 1tsp vegan or organic mayonnaise, 2 tbsp salad dressing(Annie’s shitake sesame or goddess, Newman’s original). Nuts, see protein. 3-4 servings/day.

 

Water. Minimum of 64 oz a day. This can include oolong, green, white and herbal tea, seltzer water. Studies have shown green tea has facilitated weight loss. You may have low sodium organic vegetable, chicken or beef stock.

 

Additional foods: spices, herbs, all dietary supplements and herbs, stevia, fresh lemon and lime juice, apple cider or balsamic vinegar, coffee(limit 2 cups)1 tbsp honey or maple syrup.

Please eat every 2-3 hours. Stop eating 3 hours before bedtime or by 8pm. Herbal tea permitted

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May 5th, 2012

FLOWER POWER


"April showers bring May Flowers,” but did you know flowers bring health and beauty? Flowers are commonly used in cosmetic preparations for skin and hair. There are hundreds of medical studies that have taken place to prove the efficacy of botanicals used for the treatment of skin and hair. Science is looking to Mother Nature for a more beautiful and youthful appearance. Botanicals have been used for thousands of years in folk remedies for beauty and now these are being proven in studies all over the world. Here are just a bouquet of a few of them and how they can improve your skin and hair from the inside out:

Roses are excellent for the treatment of skin. Rosa Mosqueta and Rosa Rubiginosa has many scientific studies backing the efficacy of this wonderful flower. A two year study was conducted at the University of Conception in Chile. Patients with surgical and post burns scars along with patients with premature aging applied Rosehip oil and it was found that both groups of patients had effective regeneration of the skin, and prevented further scars, wrinkles, loss of color and tone to the skin.


In 1988, another study entitled "Contributions to Identification and Application of Active Components Contained in Rosa Aff. Rubiginosa". (Dr B Pareja, Lima, Dr Horst Kehl, Missouri) studied photo aging in skin. Twenty women between the ages of 25-35 years of age who had significant damage from the sun in the form of wrinkles, brown spots and tanned skin applied rosehip oil for four months. By the third week of application surface wrinkles disappeared, and spots started to fade. By the end of the last month almost all the brown spots were gone and on some participants disappeared.


Rosa mosqueta oil applied to surgical scars has also demonstrated healing properties.
Ten women aged between 45 and 68, who had suffered unilateral or bilateral mastectomy applied rosa mosqueta oil after the surgical stitches were removed. After three months of applying the oil twice daily (the scars were less apparent, without lumps, and skin elasticity had improved, as had the color of the area. By four months the doctors conducting the studies indicated that the skin conditions were improving so much that implantation of breast implants had far better conditions than patients that did not apply the rosehip oil.

Rose hip oil has been found to improve the conditions of scarring from laser and surgery. With 6 months of use there was an improvement in 90 percent of the cases. Rosehip oil was effective in acne scarring as well.( Do not use if acne is currently active)

Rose hip oil has also been studied for skin burns and for patients who have had burns from radiation as well. The oil has demonstrated improvement in color and texture of scars. It improves elasticity of scars and seems to flatten them as well.

Borage is a five pointed blue flower native to the Mediterranean. It’s oil is high in gamma linoleic acid. It is used both topically and orally. When taken orally it is used to balance hormones. Topically it has show to help with the effects of seborrhoeic dermatitis and transepidemial water loss in skin. It has also demonstrated improvement in eczema and atopic dermatitis.

Leonor Greyl Regenerescence Oil. This special treatment oil is used on scalps for dandruff, dry scalp and hair. I often use this oil as well topically on skin for excema, psoriasis and even dermatitis. It contains rosa rubiginosa as well as mimosa tenuflora, and borage oil, in it. Mimosa tenuflora has been studied for its healing properties for venous ulcers on skin, its anti microbial properties and its ability to increase fibroblastic activity in the dermis. (Journal of Ethnobotnpharmacology, 2009)




Calendula or Pot Marigold has been widely studied for its healing and anti oxidant properties. It has demonstrated healing properties for dermatitis and radiation burns. (Journal of Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition, 2008) It is so safe that it can be even used on babies. Calendula is used for the treatment of dry and sensitive skin. Many natural baby products chief ingredient is Calendula.

Orchids are moisturizing, fight free radicals, increase skin immunity and reducing the appearance of fine lines. Part of the species Vanda coerulea are as an agent for maintaining or restoring the hydration state of the skin. I found some research on the web that stated that orchids” hydrating effect on skin is obtained in particular by stimulating the expression of aquaporin 3 and of the LEKTI protein.” Orchid extract helps to protect the skin from moisture loss by replenishing yin in Chinese herbal medicine. Right now many high end cosmetic companies have been using orchid extract in skin care lines, especially Guerlain. Here is a link to their website and a product that was recently released:
http://www.guerlain.com/int/en/base.html#/en/home-soins/soin-catalogue/skincare-orchidee-imperiale-presentoir/orchid-e-imp-riale-cream.html

Iris is used to help the skin regulate its moisture content. Iris extract on the skin surface, the outmost epidermal layer, holds moisture there, giving an immediate feeling of hydration. This layer of dead skin cells, the stratum corneum, is the only one reached by many skin creams. Iris, however, has fatty acids which can penetrate and nourish the lower epidermal cells which produce keratin, giving the skin resilience and melanin, the pigment which protects us from sunlight.

Over the past 30 years, extensive scientific investigations have confirmed the traditional uses of German chamomile (Matricaria recutita). Chamomile is used in general skin care, and especially where inflammation may be present, such as in various skin problems, including acne, irritation and other forms of rashes and skin complaints. Chamomile contains phenolic derivatives, which have an antiseptic and healing quality, which is most helpful in relieving skin congestion. Camomile contains azulene which helps to reduce puffiness and cleanse pores of impurities. It also contains Alpha-bisabolol that oil promotes granulation and tissue regeneration. Camomile helps to reduce capillary fragility due to the flavinoids and lipophilic compounds in the oil. Chamomile softens the skin, making it an effective ingredient in any anti-aging cosmetic product
Chamomile oil has also demonstrated efficacy in wound healing properties and is extensively used with skin problems such as rashes, acne, eczema, psoriasis, hypersensitive skin and allergic conditions.

Sea Buckthorn oil. There are very well documented studies on the benefit of both oral or topic use of this oil that has been used for centuries in Europe and asia. Sea buckthorn oil is an excellent agent for the process of cellular rejuvenation. It has been studied and demonstrated its effects from protecting skin against radiation and aid in diabetic would healing and atopic dermatitis. .(Journal of Nutrition Biochemistry , 2000). Sea Buckthorn can be taken both orally and topically. A new product called Charmi Vi will be released later this month (March 2010) . There is a clinical trial that has been taken place in Italy for the past 2 years on anti aging for both topical and oral consumption of Sea buckthorn (Adriana Bonfigli Ph.D Reasearch Director). Weleda has a good range of sea buckthorn products

Here is an article I contributed to for Orlando Magazine:

http://www.orlandomagazine.com/Orlando-Magazine/May-2010/Petal-Power/

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Natural Health Magazine: A Day in the Life of a Natural Beauty, March 2012

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March 7th, 2012

CLEANSING

Every few months, especially this time of year after two big holidays, I am inundated with calls from patients interested in doing some sort of cleanse or detox. Whether you ate too much matzo or chocolate Easter bunnies or both, the request is still the same. “I ate too much and overindulged and now I have to clean myself out and detox.”

Having been in this field for twenty years I have seen so many fad diets and health trends come and go. Lately, cleansing has been glorified in the media depicting celebrities who do special fasts, weight loss detoxifications, and spa vacations, all in the hopes of losing a few pounds to look better at award shows or premieres.

The same mentality permeates every-day people who want to counter overeating with extreme measures. Patients are expressing their discontent with their figure and that they feel toxic and in need of a major clean-out. I am shocked and saddened by mothers who are willing to let their bodies literally eat themselves up just to get 5 pounds leaner.

Pursuing a regime of strictly limiting food intake or solely drinking juice, combined with strenuous work-outs, managing a career, running errands around town and juggling the demands of parenting is not only insane, but it is dangerous as well. Detoxing or fasting boast speedy weight loss in just a few days, however losing weight too quickly may be a sign that your body is actually burning muscle rather than fat. Furthermore, losing muscle mass will actually slow down your metabolism in the long run. Once you return to eating regular solid food, the weight you lost through a fast will quickly return and then some!

For thousands of years people have fasted during religious holidays or other rites of passage. These days were usually holy or special and the only activity for the day was to create a higher consciousness, pray and nothing more than that. There was no carpool, soccer or grocery shopping.

Today’s lifestyle isn’t always ideal for an extreme fast over the course of days or weeks. I am not against fasting or detox diets. But too often I witness people recklessly and incorrectly doing a fast.

A detox regime should not be taken lightly and must always be done under the guidance of a licensed healthcare practitioner. In fact, if you are considering a fast or detox the best time of year to do so is between April and summer, when the expansive nature of spring and summertime bring us seasonal foods that are naturally lighter in calories and have a cleansing effect.

I recommend to my patients to take a few days off from work and running around in general in order to take the additional load off their bodies. I suggest if possible to either take a “staycation” or to travel to a facility where someone else is preparing food and cleaning and the patient can actually sleep, meditate and limit their physical activity to s ome light yoga and walking.

It’s also important to take the patient’s constitution into consideration as well. Everyone is different, and for this reason no fast fits all! A mother of four children certainly requires a vastly different detox program than a woman without children, or from that of a man. Juice for one person may be just the answer, while for the next person it may completely diminish their digestive fire.

Our bodies are constantly being exposed to chemicals and the effects of modernization. From an evolutionary perspective, our bodies have not been able to adapt to modern living and the food that we consume. I often say how the flour we eat today does not remotely resemble the flour from 100 years ago. Because we recognize that our bodies are being assaulted by poor quality food, we mistakenly believe we need to constantly cleanse to rid our bodies of toxic chemicals.

The truth of the matter is that we have to work twi ce as hard as our grandparents to keep healthy food in our diet. Instead of turning to a cleanse or detox to combat our poor food choices, we should be more mindful of not loading up with junk and toxic chemicals on a daily basis.

I recommend eating organic food whenever possible. Avoid all junk food and foods made with sugar. Stay away from anything “man made” if you can make it yourself with a little more effort. And drink at least 64 ounces of filtered water every day.

If on the rare occasion you need to embark on a cleanse or detox program make sure you prepare and follow the healthy guidelines from an experienced licensed practitioner.



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