Another Reason to Add Cinnamon to Your Diet

cinI have written about the benefits of cinnamon many times. Here is a partial list . . . . . 

  • Cancer PreventionIn a study published by researchers at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Maryland, cinnamon reduced the proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cancer cells.
  • Anti-ClottingIt has an anti-clotting effect on the blood.
  • Arthritis ReliefIn a study at Copenhagen University, patients given half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder combined with one tablespoon of honey every morning before breakfast had significant relief in arthritis pain after one week and could walk without pain within one month.
  • Anti-BacterialWhen added to food, it inhibits bacterial growth and food spoilage, making it a natural food preservative.
  • High in Nutrients. It is a great source of manganese, fiber, iron, and calcium.
  • Kidney energy. The kidney energy is considered THE energy in the body. When strong, the entire system is strong. And vice versa. There are few substances that can match the kidney energy improving benefits of cinnamon.

Still not convinced?

Try this one on then. In a Recent study published by the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, researchers found that compounds in cinnamon reduced the aggregation of tau protein in the brains of men and women with Alzheimer’s.

Translation. . . . The tau protein is the one that is responsible for the assembly of small tubules inside a cell. It forms its structure. When it does not work properly, it clumps forming “tangled fibers.” Needless to say, nothing good follows.

This current study revealed that the cinnamon compounds inhibit this clumping effect by protecting the protein.

Doc’s Thoughts: I am not sure there is much to add here. I have recommended cinnamon for so many patients over the decades, particularly for diabetic ones as it has a tremendously positive effect on the stabilization of blood sugar. We can now add potential Alzheimer’s protection to the long (and ever growing) list of benefits.


Too Much Sitting: The New Version of Smoking

If you are active, you will find this article interesting, refreshing and one that will bring a smile to your face.

If you are not active, you will either not like this article or be motivated to start moving. It is that important!

In short. . . . the more you sit, the worse your health will be. . . the earlier you will pass. And it does not matter how fit or fat you are.

You have a desk job. When you come home, you say you are tired and just pack it in for the evening. Maybe watch TV or a movie. Read a book or something.  This doesn’t really bother you because you eat well and train 2 or 3 times a week for 40 minutes. Sorry to break the news to you, but it is a bother.

A growing body of research shows that people who spend many hours seated, die at an earlier age compared to those who sit less. EVEN if the “sitters” exercise!

Up until recently, if you were active for at least an hour a day, you were considered fit and healthy (for the most part). Now, a huge body of evidence has emerged which states that sitting increases risks of death and disease. In fact, it is similar to smoking in that if you exercise, eat well. . . and smoke, the latter trumps everything.

The average person sits 64 hours per week, standing 28 hours and spends another 11 or so, milling about. Translation: It is about 9 hour per day of sitting. Our body is designed to move, period. When it does not get the required movement AND exercise, disease or worse, inevitably finds us.

Why? Short answer is metabolic shutdown. Muscles, particularly those in the legs have reduced circulation. Therefore, a person uses less of the blood sugar, burns less fat and increases risks of diabetes and heart disease.

You have options. You can read this article and dismiss it, explain it way or simply laugh. This will produce one set of results.

Or, you can take the information and adjust your lifestyle. Move, get active. Use this as the catalyst for the lifestyle change you have been wanting to make for a long time now. Adding exceptional nutrition, a program that includes Doc Wellness Formula among others and a lot of passion in your life, and watch the changes.

Follow your fascination! Move. Get active. Be a participant in life!


How to Dramatically Reduce The Risk of Breast Cancer

Lymphatic_systemFrom the Journal of Clinical Oncology. . . .

Whereas observational studies have suggested that increased physical activity is linked to lower breast cancer risk, Canadian researchers explored how sex hormones were positively influenced by aerobic exercise.  Specifically, the team examined how an aerobic exercise intervention influenced circulating estradiol, estrone, sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG), androstenedione, and testosterone levels, which may be involved in the association between physical activity and breast cancer risk.

The researchers enrolled 320 postmenopausal women, ages 50 to 74 years, in a year-long trial, with 160 women randomly assigned to 225 minutes a week of aerobic exercise, and the remaining study subjects maintaining their normal level of activity.  At the end of the study, the team found statistically significant reductions in estradiol and free estradiol, as well as increases in SHBG, among the exercising women (as compared to controls).  While these hormonal changes were modest, the researchers urge that: “This trial found that previously sedentary postmenopausal women can adhere to a moderate- to vigorous-intensity exercise program that results in changes in estradiol and SHBG concentrations that are consistent with a lower risk for postmenopausal breast cancer.”

Doc Wellness Comments: So what does this all mean? Bottom line is when you get on a solid exercise program, great things happen. Sedentary lifestyles are a major problem. These are not pieces of new information. So what will it take to get moving?

Schedule an Active Wellness Coaching session with me. Together we can identify what activities trigger passion in you. Does running a marathon light a fire? Swimming? Something significant. Something more than just joining a gym and going through the motions.

Without passion, there is no driving force and without this energy, one is bound to fall short.  Again, you know this. You have done it countless times. Now . . . do something different.

You NEW YOU is waiting for you!


Six “Must Have’s” At The Farmer’s Market

foodsI know, going out of your way is time consuming. But there really are certain foods that a trip to the local Farmer’s Market is a great idea. More often than not, you will find superior products at competitive prices. Why settle for the piece of fruit with the least amount of bruises at the local grocery store where there are a bunch of beautiful and healthy alternatives?!

Take the kids for the ride. Focus on these:

* Watercress. It looks like a leafy, green something you would put into a salad. It has as much calcium as a glass of milk and more Vitamin C than an orange. It is also loaded with Vitamins A, B and K. Plus magnesium and iron. You usually find it April to around the end of December.

* Butternut Squash. It is the “usual” squash shape but typically a little thicker. This type of squash helps your body combat free radical damage to your cells, reduces various cancer risk factors, keeps the skeletal system strong and is a great anti-aging substance for the eyes. September to March is the time period to find it.

* Kale. Dark green, long leaves. Usually curly edges. Ready for this one? 1 cup of boiled kale contains over 1200% of the requirement for Vitamin K. Vitamin K has been shown to reduce risks of developing cancer. It is also THE key element for clotting of blood, bone health and overall improvement in immunity. You find it January to April.

* Heirloom Tomato. It is a larger than normal tomato, with a strange, somewhat disproportional shape. They are packed with lycopene – one of the best substances to prevent breast cancer (along with a ton of other health promoting qualities). It improve immunity and reduces risk of cardiovascular disease. Also they are high in Vitamins A, E and C. Best found in June to September.

* Lycee. My personal favorite! it is a small, dull reddish, spiny fruit. Absolutely delicious for starters, this fruit reduces risk of stroke and heart attacks, prevents blood clots and reducing aging of the skin. Studies have also shown lycee to be higher in beta carotine compared to carrots. Found in the summer months.

* And lastly. . . . . Purple Sprouting Broccoli. It looks exactly the way you picture it to look by the name. It is one of THE best cancer fighters in the world. Helps reduce risk of breast, uterine, prostate, lung, liver, kidney and colon cancers. (Told you it was that good!). The odd thing is that this type is about 50 times more potent compared to the full sized plant. Found in April to August.

There certainly are many more substances that you can find at various Farmer’s Markets but these are the Big 6.

Go out of your way. Great things happen when you do.


Attention Deficit Disorder: You Are Not Going To Like This One

ADDSome of you will really not like this post. Too invested in the disease and the same way of living.

Some of you will love this post. Very invested in health and a new way of living.

An article was posted regarding the “inventor of ADD and ADHA.” It reads. . . . .  The German weekly Der Spiegel quoted in its cover story on 2 February 2012 the US American psychiatrist Leon Eisenberg, born in 1922 as the son of Russian Jewish immigrants, who was the “scientific father of ADHD” and who said at the age of 87, seven months before his death in his last interview: “ADHD is a prime example of a fictitious disease”

Doc’s Thoughts: I think it is spot on accurate. Finally, someone had the courage to speak about. In my experiences, kids that are “diagnosed” with ADD or ADHA have the following traits:

  1. They are very creative and not given the necessary outlets for their creativity. By the way, video games do not constitute outlets for creativity.
  2. They are very active and not given the necessary outlets for their energy.  By the way, video games do not constitute outlets for activity.
  3. They consume too much sugar and processed foods.

When all 3 of these are address, they are some how “cured” of the problem. I think parents should take second and thirds looks if they are in this situation. There are alternatives available with much to gain and zero to lose. Think about it. If the statement by Dr. Eisenberg is correct, they can lead healthy, happy lives. If it is not accurate, they have vehicles for express creativity and energy, along with a healthy diet.


This System is THE Key to Strong Immunity and Longevity

Lymphatic_system

Along with balancing hormones such as  hGH, a major key to health and longevity is the lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is an extensive network of capillary vessels that transports the interstitial fluid of the body as lymph to the venous blood circulation. The lymph is the almost colorless fluid, containing chiefly white blood cells, that is collected from the tissues of the body and transported in
this system. The lymphatic system is probably the least known of  all of the systems in the body but is certainly one of the most important. Why?

Let’s use the analogy of a river and a pond. The water flows through a river and stagnates in a pond. The river water is clear, fresh and possibly drinkable. The pond of course, contains many micro-organisms which accumulate over time. This is similar to the lymphatic system. Because the lymphatic system depends upon the musculo-skeletal system as a “pump,” if exercise is not done, a “pond” will formulate and one is assured of disease.
The work of Gaston Naessens, a brilliant research biologist from Canada. Naessens discovered what he called “somatids” in the blood. Somatids, a Greek word meaning “tiny body” was defined as the link between energy and matter. Precursors of DNA. They follow a specific cycle in a healthy person, consisting of 3 stages. This is called the microcycle.
When a person starts the disease process which can begin years before they experience any symptoms or are diagnosed with a disease (research indicates that diseases such as Alzheimer’s may in fact, begin 30 years prior to symptoms). This pathological cycle, called with macrocycle, constitutes 13 additional stages. The higher the number, the greater the pathology.
The key in maintaining a healthy lympathic system and a HUGE key in longevity is keeping the somatids in their microcycle.

How? Quality food, exercise, hormonal balancing and the use of Royal Jelly.

Royal Jelly is made from the secretion of the queen bee. It contains many of the B vitamins and is used to strengthen the immune system and increase blood count. It also is a key to health and longevity. Chlorella is a second substance that will stabilize the somatid cycle and thus improve the lymphatic system. Finally, Slippery Elm will liquefy and assist the movement of the lymph.
I cannot overemphasis the importance of exercise also. A report in The Lancet (leading British medical journal) stated that a lack of exercise is worse than smoking 2 packs of cigarettes per day.

Doc’s Thoughts: As you can see, there are a few keys here to keeping your system healthy and strong. The great news is that the activities and substances needed are both safe and easy to attain. Doc Wellness Formula for hormonal balancing, Royal Jelly for lympathic health and of course, exercise. Follow these and watch the amazing results!


How Magnesium is Helping Kids with Cystic Fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis  or CF, is an inherited disease of the secretory   glands. Secretory glands include glands that make mucus and sweat. “Inherited” means the disease is passed from parents to children through genes. People who have CF inherit two faulty genes for the disease—one from each parent. The parents likely don’t have the disease themselves.

CF mainly affects the lungs, pancreas, liver, intestines, sinuses, and sex organs.

Now for the good news, magnesium supplements can help to relieve many of the breathing problems that are associated with this disease.

A study of 44 children and adolescence with CF, published in the American J of Clinical Nutrition, found that 300mg of magnesium taken daily for 8 weeks, significantly improved breathing.

 

Doc’s Thoughts: The form of magnesium is as important as any factor here. I would recommend a chelated formula. Chelated (pronouced “KEY-lay-ted’) means that an amino acid is wrapped around the mineral, making it more absorbable.

I would recommend Magnesium Bisglycinate Chelated (0r chelated form), taken before bedtime. As a general rule, minerals aid in sleep.


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