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.

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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.

In double-blind, placebo-controlled scientific study, they looked at 273 patients who were admitted to the hospital for Continue reading

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

References:

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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Egyptian Magic

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Based on the Ancient Formula used by Cleopatra for her legendary radiant and glowing skin. Continue reading

Egyptian Magic has become one of the most all-natural multi-purpose skincare products in the world, made with the blessings and guidance of our ancestors.
Made from six of natures most powerful and moisturizing ingredients derived only from living plants and organisms. It has become a beauty secret among celebrities like Madonna, Cameron Diaz, Eva Mendes, Gucci Westman and many, many more.

And it is not just celebrities and make-up artists who love Egyptian Magic – Pediatricians, Naturopaths, Dermatologists and Plastic Surgeons around the world recommend Egyptians Magic’s 100% natural cream to help with eczema, scars, burns, itching, rashes including Face Moisturizer – Make-up Primer -Hydrating Face Mask – Lip Balm – Eye Cream – Make-up Remover – Itching – Skin Irritations -After Shave – Hair Treatment – Hand and Cuticle Care – Body Moisturizer – Cracked Heels and Elbows – Vaginal Moisturizer and Lubricant – Massage Balm – Tattoo After Care – Stretchmarks – Cracked Nipples – Baby Cream – Diaper Rash.

A truly magical product with 6 natural ingredients – Olive Oil, Bees Wax, Honey, Bee Pollen, Royal Jelly and Bee Propolis

Digestion and Mental Health

dreamstime_m_53003952We obtain nutrients our body needs to survive through our digestive system. Vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fatty acids and many other nutrients are primarily provided by the foods we eat and the fluids we drink. However, when the diet is lacking or if our digestive system is not working properly, nutrient deficiencies and a range of inflammatory immune responses  will occur, Continue reading

This can lead to a whole spectrum of health problems, including mental disturbances such as depression, anxieties and even schizophrenia.
Research shows that people with digestive-based conditions and diseases (e.g. celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome) are significantly more likely to suffer from mental health problems.

Unfortunately, the gut brain connections and digestive disturbances are regularly overlooked in mental health assessments. ADD, ADHD, Anxiety, Autism, Depression, Bipolar disorder, even rheumatoid arthritis are now studied in connection to the gut flora.

Some of the most common causes of digestive problems that require treatment if present with mental health problems and digestive complaints are:

Food Allergies – Medications – Parasites and Pathogens – Digestive Enzyme Deficiencies – Stomach Acid Problems – Bacterial Imbalances and Intestinal Permeability (Leaky Gut).

We have more nerve cells in our bowels than we have in our spine and our brain and this must be given consideration when treating any of the above mentioned conditions.

Don’t Let The Bed Bugs Bite

dreamstime_m_13220557-600Bedbugs prefer warm environments, especially the inside of houses and places such as beds, bedding or other sleeping areas.

Bed bugs are mainly active at night which makes their detection difficult. They often lodge in dark crevices and soft Continue reading

materials, and the tiny adhesive eggs can be nestled by the hundreds in fabric seams. They spend only a tiny fraction of their life cycles physically attached to their hosts. Bedbugs prefer exposed skin, preferably the face, neck and arms of a sleeping person and they usually feed on their hosts without being noticed.

Bedbugs feed at five to ten-day intervals, and adult bedbugs can survive for up to five months without food. They are capable of surviving on domestic cats and dogs, though humans are the preferred host

Besides private homes they can also be found in apartments, dorms, hotels, library’s, taxi’s, buses, airplanes and similar places. They travel short distances or hitch a ride in someone’s luggage or clothing.

The recent reappearance of the bedbugs in North America is probably due to the fact that they never truly disappeared and contributing factors may be complacency, increased resistance to pesticides and international travel.

Check your bedding and mattresses regularly and at the first sign of an infestation call your local pest control professional.

Good night, sleep tight, don’t let the bedbugs bite

Microbes in the Gut

dreamstime_m_66660741Our digestive system inhabits approximately 100 Trillion species of bacteria. It is now being recognized as the most important area affecting our health and well-being.

Research has shown that healthy peoples micro-organisms are distinctly different from that of individuals suffering from a number of health problems, including digestive issues, anxieties, chronic illness and more Continue reading

serious conditions including cancer.

It has also been established that obese individuals have fewer of the good or healthy micro-flora than normal weight people and are therefore more prone to a multitude of health problems.

Micro-organisms in the human body outnumber human cells 10 to 1 and our health depends on that bacterial population and the ratio of good and beneficial bacteria to the harmful species found inside the digestive tract.

Many individuals are struggling with extra weight gain and the inability to eliminate these unwanted pounds and any have reduced their food intake to smaller portions without successfully reducing their weight.

The number one reason is that we have to feed our good bacteria in the gut to be healthy and resistant to any invaders. One of the best and easiest ways to accomplish that is to add supplements in the form of probiotics to your diet to strengthen your resident flora.

Another way to increase the good bacteria is to consume fermented foods, such as plain yogurts, kefir and any type of a variety of pickled and fermented vegetables such as sauerkraut, cabbage etc. and to consume fiber rich vegetables.

15 Ways To Leave Your Blubber

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With entertaining illustrations, it is an easy read and an enjoyable experience not to be missed. If you are serious about weight loss, this could be the answer you have been looking for. If you have been struggling to get rid of the extra weight, this book is for you. If you have been on the yo-yo train to nowhere, this book is for you. —  So sit down, relax, and enjoy.

Parasites Affecting Your Brain?

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Or consider Cordyceps, the parasite fungus that can grow into the brain of insects. It can force an ant to climb a plant before the brain is entirely consumed and the fungus released to find other hosts.

Research has shown that gum disease may contribute to dementia as bacteria involved in gum disease has been found in the brain. There is a connection between poor oral hygiene and Alzheimer which effects millions of people around the world

Earlier studies have linked certain bacterial and viral infections to an increased risk of stroke and Dementia. Exposure to infections, including those that can lead to lung inflammation and pneumonia can worsen cognitive performance and can affect memory, reasoning ability, mental processing and decision making.

Sometimes these invaders lay dormant for years – sometimes decades, only to emerge when the immune system is weakened and unable to fight these invasions. Keeping the immune system strong and to maintain a healthy bowel flora is a great way to keep these microbes in check and to prevent physical and mental decline.

Stiletto Heels In High Demand

dreamstime_m_28665819There is no denying that high heels and platform shoes are in high demand and with the history of high heels dating back many centuries, there are some interesting facts about high heeled shoes and their origin.

Foot wear has changed through the centuries and the first stiletto heels date back to about 1000 BC. Throughout the years they took on various roles and besides having functional value they were an indicator of social stature and importance.        Continue reading

High heels are defined as a shoe that has a heel positioned higher than the toe box. In the past high heels have been a symbol and defined the differences between social classes and the sexes.  They have also served as a symbol of class as they made women’s movements appear more elegant by these elevated heels.

Stiletto heels are particularly associated with sexuality and the image of the “femme fatale”. They are often considered to be a seductive item of clothing and have been featured in popular culture in this context.

The slender stiletto heel staged a major comeback in the early 2000’s when young women adopted the style for dressing up office wear or adding a feminine touch to casual wear, like jeans.

All high heeled shoes give the illusion of a longer, slimmer leg, a smaller foot and overall greater height. They alter the wearer’s posture and gait, flexing the calf muscles and making the bust and buttocks more prominent.  it takes practice to create the illusion of a natural and balanced movement.

Wearing Stiletto heels concentrates great pressure and a large amount of force into a small area. This pressure is greater than that of the feet of an elephant and can even cause damage to soft flooring, including carpets and vinyl coverings. The stiletto heel is also most impractical for outdoor wear on soft ground, such as grass, sand or mud.

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Kill Bacteria Naturally

babyDuring the 14th century in Europe about 25% of the total population died from the Bubonic Plague which swept the continent. Only the Gypsies seemed to be immune from the ravages due to their practices of using small amounts of ground-up silver in their veins. Continue reading

Silver kills bacteria, viruses, fungi, yeast and mold. Silver is a powerful
natural anti-biotic and was used to prevent and treat infections in the late 19th and early 20th century for a variety of ailments. However in the early 1940’s the medical profession turned its attention to pharmaceuticals drugs and ant-biotics.

Virtually anyone reading this probably had a drop of silver nitrate dropped into their after birth, which became standard practice at the end of the 19th century to prevent blindness, in the event that the mother had a venereal disease.

Silver is an important trace mineral and minute particles were found in soil before it became depleted by overuse and now the only way to get silver one needs is in liquid form. There has never been a reported allergic or toxic reaction. Excess silver may be deposited in the skin and tissue and can cause discoloration.

 

The Amazing Benefits of Oil Pulling

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It is most beneficial to practice oil pulling in the morning before brushing your teeth, before breakfast – on an empty stomach. The art of slowly swishing the oil around the inside of the mouth and by sucking and pulling the oil between the teeth for five to twenty minutes, mixing it with your saliva, creates an interaction to activate enzymes needed to draw toxins from your body.

As the oil is being swished back and forth mixed with saliva, it becomes more watery and white and very toxic and under no condition should it be swallowed. Once the process is completed, remove the oil by spitting and thoroughly rinse your mouth afterwards to eliminate any trace of it. Normal activities can be resumed at this point.

For chronic conditions the oil pulling process can be repeated one or two more times during the day, but always on an empty stomach and before meals and always with proper rinsing afterwards.

One of the most striking results is the fastening of lose teeth, the elimination of bleeding gums and bad breath. The benefits can be far reaching since studies show that oral health is linked to general health and well-being.

 

Children’s Exposure to Bacteria

Children's Exposure to BacteriaIs the pursuit of a bacteria-free world making us sick? The rising incidence of asthma and allergies in the developed world could be tied to the relatively sterile environments our children live in compared to a generation ago. Children are not exposed to harmful bacteria and consequently are given antibiotics to kill bacteria, do not receive the germ Continue reading

exposure required to make antibodies. More specifically, they do not develop T-helper cells, which fight foreign cellular invaders and minimize allergies.

For several years scientists have been uncovering signs that illness can result when the immune system does not get enough practice fighting bacteria and viruses. Several epidemiological and experimental studies have put this hypothesis on firm ground. Although it had been thought that the immune system required periodic infections during childhood, researchers now argue that the main problem is that the children have become squeaky clean. They suspect that children need contact not with disease-causing microbes, but with bacteria in soil and untreated water, particularly with organisms called mycobacteria, to strengthen their immune system.

The continuing rise in allergies coincides with the acceptance and use of antibacterial soaps and hand sanitizers, the ultimate in excessive cleaning. Antibacterial soaps are applied to the hands and bodies in the shower or during hand washing with warm water, allowing them to easily enter the body while pores are open. There is gathering evidence that these anti-bacterial ingredients are also carcinogenic. Washing hands the old fashioned way, with regular soap and water will send the bacteria down the drain and no harmful substances enter the body’s bloodstream. Read more….

Athlete’s Foot Prevention

athlete's footAthlete’s foot causes scaling, flaking, and itching of the affected area. Blisters and cracked skin may also occur, leading to exposed raw tissue, pain, swelling and inflammation. The infection can spread to other parts of the body, such as the groin, but is mostly manifested between the toes, with the space between the fourth and the fifth digits is most commonly afflicted. Continue reading

Athlete’s foot is a communicable disease caused by a parasitic fungus Trichophyton. As the fungus requires warmth and moisture to survive and grow, the primary method of  incubation and transmission is when people who regularly wear shoes go barefoot in a moist communal environment such as a changing room or shower, and then put on shoes.

Due to the much reduced ventilation of the skin in shoes and the tight space in which the toes are forced to be pressed together chances of infection are increased by not allowing moisture to escape. Fungus is only seen in a very small percentage of habitually (often) barefoot people, being barefoot allows full ventilation around the feet, causes them to remain dry and exposes them to sunlight, as well as developing stronger skin which will cause the fungus to be worn off before it can cause any infection.

When moving through an area that is likely to be infected it is important to remember that fungus requires for the foot to remain moist in order to grow. Since fungi thrive in warm, moist environments, keeping feet as dry as possible and avoiding sharing towels aid in  prevention. Always dry your feet thoroughly before putting on shoes and ensure that both the shoes and socks are clean and dry.

Since shoes are the primary mode of infection and incubation and since the fungus is almost non-existent in barefoot cultures the practice of keeping feet clean and dry is crucial in preventing re-infection.