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Lack of Sleep and Weight Gain

dreamstime_m_53145361Not getting an adequate amount of sleep can leave you feeling irritable and tired and increase your appetite for starchy, fatty and sugary foods. Losing out on sleep increases your levels of the stress hormone cortisol, making you more prone to weight gain. The more sleep-deprived you are, the higher the amount of stress and cortisol. Continue reading

Between a full day of work, traffic, television and social media it is often difficult to turn off and relax. Unfortunately, the idea of getting a good night’s sleep is often met with sleep disorders and insomnia and more anxiety for not getting the desired rest.

Danger of Popping Pimples

dreamstime_m_64288114In a world where beauty and perfection is desired, we often cannot resist the urge to pop a pimple. These nasty zits usually appear without warning just in time before a party, an important function or a date. They can ruin that perfect look by Continue reading

their presence of an accumulation of oils, toxins and bacteria.

What are your options? Squeeze the pimple and risk infection and prolong the healing process or covering it with a layer of foundation and make-up products? The best option is to let it heal through its life span of 5 to 7 days if left alone.

But while worrying about beauty on the surface, the dangers of some practices and how they affect the area below the skin far outweigh the temporary appearance of the blemish. By picking and squeezing you may force the poisons and bacteria deeper into the body, below the skin where it can cause redness, inflammation, swelling and infection.

Popping pimples in the area known as “The Danger Triangle” of the face, which stretches from the bridge of the nose to the corners of the mouth and includes the upper lip, can result in vision loss, brain infections and paralysis.

So – hands off – let it heal on its own.

Sudden Weight Gain

dreamstime_l_19724110Sudden weight gain is defined as gaining two or more pounds in one week. The common reasons for excess weight are either eating too much food or exercising too little. This is not always the case, there are other conditions that can either temporally contribute to weight gain or to slowly add on the pounds. Continue reading

People come in all sizes and shapes and some are prone to gaining weight easier than others. Some people are genetically pre-programmed to be heavier and larger in size and genetics may contribute up to 60% to body size and weight, a larger frame or an endomorphic body type which translates into a fuller, rounder figure.

Another reason is that some people have a slower metabolism and therefore gain weight easily but there are other conditions that can increase your weight which are not diet related and need to be addressed.

Seasonal Affective Disorder

dreamstime_m_35188315Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD primarily affects people during the fall and winter season. It is a form of depression, with periods of being sad, angry or irritable and may leave you feeling more tired than usual.

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equator can disturb your internal clock and you may feel the need to sleep more than usual.

Presumably, food was scarce during most of human prehistory, and a tendency toward low energy during the winter months would have been adapted by reducing the need for calorie intake. Hibernation is an extreme example, but even species that do not hibernate often exhibit changes in behavior during the winter months.

In the fall cravings for carbohydrates to prepare for the season ahead are common and weight gain is often experienced during these times of low energy and with less time spent outdoors it is getting progressively worse as the winter season continues.

Seasonal mood variations are believed to be related to light. Treatment with a light box (Bright Light Therapy) has been proven to be effective and should be started in the early fall and continued throughout the long winter months. Once the days get longer towards the spring and summer the symptoms usually fade away gradually and healthy eating and outdoor activities will prevent the weight gain to become permanent.

Making Choices

dreamstime_m_49091298Every day, every minute we make choices. Choices about immediate actions, planning the next step or the future. These choices can have far reaching effects and can be responsible to change the rest of your life and that of future generations.

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We make decisions and choices in split seconds to keep us safe and secure. Choices to react to our surroundings and to others in what we consider an appropriate manner.

Some of the everyday simple choices include what food to eat, what clothes to wear and our overall image we present to the rest of the world.

When faced with simple options, and one being advantages over the other, the choices are clear and immediate and are just part of every day’s routine. We are usually satisfied with the outcome and move on to the next issue.

With more choices, it becomes harder to decide since the consequences are more severe and may have far reaching implications. The more important decisions often allow us to work through the details and we can evaluate the pros and cons and the consequences our choices may present.

Many people procrastinate or make no decision at all, leaving it up to chance and if the outcome is unsatisfactory they blame it on everything else except their own inability to make decisions. Hoping for the best is not a good option and luck should only play a small part in the outcome. A decision well thought out and executed is giving you confidence and satisfaction.

The Ultimate Weight Loss Formula

dreamstime_xxl_4758205There is a way to lose weight quickly and safely. The average person will gain approximately two pounds per year and that doesn’t seem to be much of a concern, but over the period of 10 years this amounts to about 20 pounds, over 20 years to 40 pounds and over a period of 30 years it can add up to 60 pounds. Continue reading

One day you look in the mirror and you ask yourself “How did this happen”. You know the answer. Even if you have been following a reasonably healthy lifestyle,
metabolism and a more sedentary lifestyle can make you gain weight in all the wrong places.

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Fasting to Kick-Start your Weight Loss

dreamstime_m_5546688Fasting can play an important part in getting you started to lose weight and is beneficial for overweight and obese individuals. A fast can last as little as 12 hours or can be extended to a period of 7 days.

Intermittent fasting has been embraced by many religions as a form of cleansing and great ancient personalities like Plato, Socrates, Aristotle, Leonardo Da Vinci, and Continue reading

Pythagoras promoted water fasting as a way to remove toxins and impurities from the body.

Research has shown that fasting may reset your immune system and in the process, increase mental clarity.  It is, however, important to stay hydrated during the fasting period and drinking lots of water is recommended.

One of the easiest ways to get started is with a 24 hour fast, starting at noon after lunch, skip dinner that day and breakfast the next morning and you can eat lunch again after the 24-hour period. Drink lots of water – stay occupied or meditate and you will benefit by having better focus, more energy and a great start towards a weight loss program and a healthier lifestyle..

Treating the Whole Person

dreamstime_m_3428950It is often difficult to determine if a condition is physical or mental in origin. Many people will express psychological stress in physical ways, such as abdominal pain, headaches, migraines, nausea or pain in various areas of the body. Continue reading

Anxiety and depression with associated insomnia can have serious effect on the immune system and puts a person at greater risk of infections if not adequately addressed. A weakened immune system is then unable to fight off infections and diseases.

Stress, worry and fear can lead to a variety of health problems and just as mental and emotional issues can cause physical pain and suffering, the opposite is true. Disease, injuries and illness can lead to medication dependency and addiction with psychiatric side effects.

Psychological and social factors are just as important as biological symptoms and are interconnected and complex.  Even if we could determine whether the cause of a particular condition or disorder is mental/emotional or physical it is most beneficial to treat the whole person.

Menopause and Night Sweats

dreamstime_m_13766791Waking up during the night and experiencing excessive sweating is not uncommon. If the sleeping quarters are too warm and heavy covers and clothing are used in addition, overheating is easily explained.

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menopause, infections, medication and fevers.

Menopausal night sweats or hot flashes are due to changes in hormones, ending the female cycles of fertility. It may manifest in the form of feeling flushed or redness of the face, the neck, the ears, the chest, the extremities or all over the body.

Stress can be a factor and hot flashes can be associated with diet, lifestyle and physical activity. Eating hot, spicy foods or consuming alcohol may have a similar effect and sensitivities can develop at any point in a person’s life.

Mental Stamina

dreamstime_m_1254762During a life-time we face many challenges. How we react and meet these adversities may say a lot about our mental strength. How well we are able to deal with job loss, marriage break-up, financial set-backs and disappointments in general is a measure of emotional stability and stamina. Continue reading

Mentally strong people are able to see new opportunities instead of defeat, overcome adversities by making though decisions to achieve positive results

Mental endurance and strength is a matter of emotional intelligence and maturity and taking responsibility for situations and their actions.

Emotional intelligence is the ability to navigate through social complexities, it increases self awareness and prevents self sabotage of personal growth and future goals.


Emotionally intelligent people place high value on their relationships, they treat everyone with respect, display a positive outlook and are willing to lend a helping hand.

They focus on solutions – not failure.

Wildlife Extinction Crisis

dreamstime_m_1890771Our planet Earth is experiencing a wave of mass extinction. Animal and plant species are disappearing at an alarming rate.

Although extinction is a natural phenomenon, it is usually limited to one to five species per year. At the current rate, scientists have Continue reading

estimated that we are losing thousands of species year after year due to human interference.

In the past, most mass extinctions were caused by volcanic eruptions, asteroid strikes, climate shifts or other natural disasters, the present situation is almost entirely caused by humans and is the consequence of changes to the delicate balance of eco-systems, our biosphere and habitats that include rainforests, coral reefs, grasslands, tundra’s, polar regions and local environments.

The loss or extinction of every species has the potential of leading to the extinction of other species interdependent through the ecology of their natural environment and it is clear, that thousands are at risk to disappear forever.

Amphibians such as frogs, toads are disappearing due to the loss of their habitat and water and air pollution. Declining bird populations confirm that many changes are occurring in response to human interference.

Butterflies, earthworms and 30% of the 1.2 million known species of invertebrates are at risk and threatened by water pollution, ground water changes and deforestation. Our rivers and oceans are polluted and many of the fresh water and marine habitats are endangered and at risk of disappearing

Even mammals – our closest relatives – the primates such as monkeys, apes and chimpanzees along with marine mammals such a whales, dolphins and porpoises are severely endangered and are heading towards extinction.

Can our planet be saved – can the human species survive?

Micro-Organisms Were First

dreamstime_m_59819250Microbes were the first forms of life on Earth. They have adapted and survived many changes over billions of years. They are too small to be seen with the naked eyes and we find these micro-organisms everywhere – from the deepest sea to the highest mountains, from the hottest springs and deserts to the coldest regions of the North and South Pole. Continue reading

Microbes are essential to nature, they are in the soil and feed our plants and trees and provide nutrition for animals and life-stock to grow and thrive. They feed the Earth and remove waste materials to be decomposed and recycled into their elementary forms, they are the keepers of the planet.

Microbes are part of the human body and outnumber human cells 10 to one, that means for every human cell there are at least 10 micro-organisms present. Are these micro-organisms harmful? Having a healthy gut flora is essential to protect us from invaders and to maintain a healthy balance is protecting our immune system which mostly resides in the digestive tract.

A weakened immune system can allow harmful bacteria to establish a presence. One thing we have to acknowledge is that microbes are extremely intelligent and that they are capable to change and evolve and that they have become resistant to anti-biotics and our efforts to eliminate these life forms.

Harmful bacteria have resisted all human efforts and are causing deadly infections which our most potent drugs can not eliminate. The best defense is a strong immune system to resist infectious bacteria in the first place and to limit the use of anti-biotics.

Exposure to 12 Toxins Before Breakfast

dreamstime_m_10183013Our environment is getting more toxic year after year. Most homes are now loaded with chemicals and toxins found in carpets, fabrics, pressed wood furniture, chemically treated substances, cleaning products and plastics. Continue reading

Even before breakfast the average person is exposed to a number of chemicals in soaps, shampoos, conditioners, toothpastes, mouthwash, deodorants, a variety of skin care products, cosmetics, hair spray, after shave, cologne and contact lenses.

In addition, the air quality inside our homes might be more toxic than the outdoors and residues from weed killers, fertilizers, bug control products, germicides and pesticides may be hidden in places not suspected to harbour them.

Pollution in the air, in our food and in our water, is at an all-time high and the average person is now the carrier of more than 200 toxins which our bodies are unable to identify and our immune system reacts to. These substances are often the reason for sensitivities, allergies and a variety of medical conditions difficult to identify.

We need to stop this exposure and look for safe and environmentally friendly substances if we want to avoid serious illness and enjoy good health and vitality.

It is a Toxic World

Fat Cells and Starvation

33-dreamstime_m_9166716In the past people were dependent on the skills of the hunter, the knowledge of the gatherers to find edible roots, berries, mushrooms and other vegetation and most of all they depended on nature to provide a suitable climate for fruits and vegetables to grow. Continue reading

When famine strikes, food is in short supply and survival depends on stored fat deposits in the body. Fat cells are found mostly underneath the skin and the concentration of the extra storage areas depends on your gender. Men tend to carry extra body fat in the chest area and the midsection giving the appearance of an apple shape.

Women are more likely to accumulate body fat in the breast area, waist, hips and buttocks creating the appearance of a pear-shape

The function of fat cells is to provide protection and energy when food is in short supply. Our bodies are always using energy, even when we sleep and this energy is supplied by the foods we eat or from the reserves in the fat cells.

When food is available again, these depleted storage areas or fat cells are then ready to fill up again, preparing for the next starvation cycle or famine and the cycle continues.

This explains why it is almost impossible to lose weight and to keep it off. The body is seeing weight loss as a threat to survival and is trying to prepare for the next famine or food shortage and with every new attempt to lose weight the fat cells are getting bigger and more efficient to store additional reserves.

The Hidden Causes of Weight Gain

dreamstime_m_37662822Have you recently stepped on the scale and noticed a weight gain of a few pounds? You are certain that you haven’t made any changes to your lifestyle and you have not been eating more than usual.

Unintended weight gain is always a concern and while too much food and too little exercise account for most weigh
gains, there are other conditions that can contribute to the extra pounds. Continue reading

Weight is affected by calorie intake, activity level, overall health, age, gender, hormones, lifestyle, allergies, nutritional deficiencies, medications and stress.

We know obesity rates have been climbing steadily and according to research about 70 percent of adults are now overweight or obese. More people are spending hours on computers, social media and hours in front of televisions.

Even household chores such as cooking, cleaning, lawn maintenance and the likes have evolved to require minimum effort.  Automatic appliances are more efficient and reliable in providing everyday comforts without the need for human energy.

To stay healthy, slim and fit requires eating real food, maintaining an active lifestyle and some discipline to resist the processed and nutritionally depleted substitutes.



Real Foods

26-dreamstime_m_384968-1When foods are depleted of their natural nutrients the consequences are poor health and/or unwanted weight gain. Those getting the least amount of nutrition will gain the most and those with the highest intake of vitamins and minerals are able to stabilize and balance their weight more easily. Continue reading

Low  nutrient levels can trigger uncontrollable cravings that make it almost impossible to resist the temptations of eating large amounts of foods without satisfying the need for the  nutrients our bodies require on a daily basis.

Once we understand that poor nutrition plays an important role in maintaining a healthy weight we need to make certain that we consume adequate amounts of essential nutrients every single day to avoid fatigue and to avoid a slow metabolism with its many side effects.

We can get our daily nutrients from 6 to 8 servings of fruits and vegetables along with proteins such as meat, chicken, eggs, fish, seafood and healthy fats.

In Case Of A Heart Attack – Insist On This

dreamstime_m_24400950If you end up in the emergency room with a heart attack, make sure you insist on a 2 cc injection of magnesium sulfate.

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a heart attack. The study published in one of the most prestigious medical journalsrevealed that after 4 weeks, the people who received the magnesium, only 7% died versus 19% who did not get the magnesium. That means magnesium cut the death rate a walloping 63%.

What was interesting is the fact that the study indicated that the people in the study were given far less than the 2 cc of magnesium recommended above.

Furthermore, the injection of magnesium decreased arrhythmias by 55%. Remember having a heart arrhythmia is one issue doctors are seriously concerned about following a heart attack.

In another study in the same medical journal approximately ten years later revealed that magnesium produced a 24% reduction in the number of deaths in one month after the heart attack.

Besides the proven benefits for victims of a heart attack, another study showedpeople who were given IV magnesium had a 76% reduction in death from a fatal blood clot.  And by the way this same study showed that aspirin made no difference.

It is in your best interest to insist that your doctor check your magnesium levels. However, don’t settle for the serum magnesium commonly ordered by most physicians. This test only evaluates the extracelluar magnesium which makes up only 1% of the magnesium in your body. You want your doctor to order the goal standard “intracellular magnesium test” which gives you the “real” picture of your level of magnesium in your body.

Your best protection is to keep your magnesium level high enough to possibly prevent having a heart attack in the first place. Considering that government studies show the average American diet only provides 40% of the magnesium that we need in a day, your best protection against a heart attack is to keep your magnesium level high enough. The best absorbed form of magnesium I’ve seen in 31 years is Magnesium Chloride Solution 200 mg/cc, and use half teaspoon once or twice a day.

Ronald Grisanti D.C., D.A.B.C.O., D.A.C.B.N., M.S


Rasmussen HS, et al, Intravenous magnesium in acute myocardial infarction, Lancet, 234-5, Feb. 1, 1986

Woods KL, et al, Intravenous magnesium sulfate in suspected acute myocardial infarction: Results of the Second Leister Intravenous Magnesium Intervention Trial (LIMIT-2), Lancet, 339: 1553-8,1992

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Midnight Snack Attack

dreamstime_m_44677110There is much confusion about the subject of night time eating. Research shows that eating at night can lead to a greater weight gain – even when total calories consumed are the same. Eating at night can have a variety of reasons – not related to hunger or the need to consume nutritious foods – it is a habit

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most likely to satisfy cravings or coping with boredom, fatigue and/or stress.

These late night snacks have a tendency of not being controlled and often consist of large amounts of high calorie foods such as chips, nuts, cookies and sweets. It is easy to lose track of the amount eaten while watching TV or sitting in front of a computer. It is easy to consume a large bag of chips, a carton of cookies with some soda to wash it down.

Night time, when no one is around to see you eat – may be the time you allow yourself to indulge in your favorite high calorie snacks and drinks. Don’t let your guard down after eating healthy all day just to ruin it during these few hours of relaxation.

Besides the extra calories, eating too close to bedtime may cause indigestion and prevent you from having a good night’s sleep. Going to sleep on a full stomach can add to your waist line and hold on longer to the calories consumed.

When choosing what foods to include in your late evening or midnight snack, it is important that you consider the amount of calories, since left-over calories (un-burned energy) is easily stored as fat. At any time, when you’re not expending much energy, you are much more likely to gain the extra weight.