Are You Retaining Water? What To Do About Edema…

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Water retention, edema, bloating.  Uncomfortable health challenges that much too many people suffer with.  But what exactly constitutes water retention?  When one has too much fluid that has accumulated in body cavities and tissues, we must understand this is the body’s cry for help from a problem of imbalances and not enough water.  If we do not feed the body enough water, it tries to compensate by retaining fluid causing these levels to go out of balance.

What are some other health issues related to water retention/edema? Liver problems, kidney problems, circulation, blood pressure, pre-menstrual issues, and pregnancy problems.  All these are associated.

How do you know if your symptoms are caused from retaining water?  If you have and feel swollen ankles, feet and hands, and your belly feels as if it is bulging (also caused from wearing tight clothing) then you could be retaining water. If you see a significant shift in the way your clothing fits one day, then very tight and fitted the next, head feels heavy and achy, then your bloating is probably hormone induced also related to menopausal changes or PMS (most definitely if suffering from estrogen dominance).  Constipation, lack of exercise, allergy symptoms, and even weather and climate changes can have an impact on water retention.

So what are the causes of holding on to so much fluid?  Serious dieting and weight control can cause one to remove foods from the diet that provided the body with natural water.  Diet imbalances are direct causes if they are ones that include red meat, too much salty food, MSG, not enough B complex vitamins, potassium, and most definitely water retention will occur is  you have a diet with not enough protein.  You could also be suffering with dehydration.  Pharmaceutical diuretics, birth control pills, alcohol, and steroidal drugs all cause dehydration.

If you are suffering with chronic edema, consider circulatory problems (such as spider veins and varicose veins), kidney, bladder and liver challenges.  Natural herbal therapies are known to balance metabolism and body chemistry to correct the challenge rather than just helping the body to release fluids.

If your water retention stems from Kidney/Bladder challenges then consider there is an emotion root cause.  Kidney issues also stem from harboring specific negative emotions. The two main emotions that affect the Kidneys are:

  • Fear (TCM – Traditional Chinese Medicine)
  • Unresolved Forgiveness (Holistic Medicine)

Understand please, Family and Friends, that holding on to and harboring these emotions of Fear and Unresolved Forgiveness is to surely weaken the kidneys and eventually one will begin to experience physical signs of kidney problems.  If you know you are holding on to these very emotions, the good news is, strengthening and balancing the kidneys helps you in turn feel strong enough to let go of these emotions.

12 Physical signs of Kidney problems:

  • lines under the eyes
  • purple, deep, dark circles under the eyes
  • puffy eyes
  • fluid retention
  • constant lower back pain
  • frequent, painful urination
  • weak bones (TCM)
  • fatigue specifically between 3pm and 7pm
  • fevers, chills, trembling
  • high blood pressure
  • a dull constant ache in the lower back may indicate kidney stones
  • ear problems, hearing loss, chronic ear infections (in adults and children)

A diet that is mainly vegetarian, low in starch and high in plant based-protein is best to prevent water retention. Dark green vegetables and fruits like lemons, limes, and grapefruits are foods that alkaline the body and help as well.

Eliminate the following: fried foods, salty and sugary foods, caffeine foods, and carbonated beverages which impede the kidney from filtering waste. Avoid dairy foods, starches, fats and heavy grains since these cause clogging and mucous.

Use the following combined for flushing support, to normalize and balance the whole body and the most vital organs from a Chinese medicine perspective, and increase kidney activity:

 

Enlarged Prostate, Vasectomy, And Prostate Cancer

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The American Cancer Society estimates the following latest statistics about prostate cancer  in the United States for 2016:

  • About 180,890 new cases of prostate cancer
  • About 26,120 deaths from prostate cancer

And did you know that other than skin cancer, prostate cancer is the most common cancer in American men?  It is estimated 1 in 7 men will be diagnosed with Prostate Cancer during his lifetime…

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Prostate problems are affecting men at younger and younger ages.  Unfortunately, today these disorders are now being suffered by men beginning after about age 35.  And some of the easiest ways to prevent prostate problems are by exercising regularly and avoiding chemical antihistamines which impair prostate function and impair the liver with overuse.

So, Gentlemen, if these disorders begin at such a young age, how old do you think you will be by the time 50% of you have an enlarged prostate? Between ages 51 and 60.  And by age 80, well over 90% will have an enlarged prostate. Of course, once again, this can be prevented.

What are the main causes of prostate enlargement?

  1. A diet with too little fiber
  2. A high fat diet
  3. Too much caffeine
  4. Too much alcohol
  5. Imbalanced hormones such as altered testosterone levels and elevated estrogen levels due to prostaglandin and essential fatty acid depletion
  6. Lack of exercise
  7. An overloaded and exhausted lymphatic system, usually due to overuse of medications

When the prostate is inflamed, enlarged, sexual intercourse is not recommended since it will irritate the prostate further and delay recovery.  Delay sexual intercourse until the inflammation is alleviated.

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And what if you are thinking about, or have had a Vasectomy?  Studies have shown that a man must think through his decision before having a vasectomy. There is a larger risk of cancer of the prostate in vasectomized men. Why, do you ask? Sperm builds up due to the sealed off vas deferens. With this build up, the body reabsorbs the sperm and the body is prone to having an autoimmune response to its own tissue. Since the testicles are known as a very powerful energy focal point in a man’s life force, when something interferes with the free flowing movement of sperm, this means energy is blocked and not flowing as it should either. Eventually this results in degeneration. Stagnation, if you will.

Think twice before performing this procedure.  You will be preventing disease and a number of other undesirable side effects, and, your body will love you for it and will perform better sexually.

The liver is also affected from a vasectomy by causing blockage that leads to built up anger and irritability, the emotion related to an ill liver, and also leads to an inflamed prostate, abdominal pain, and sciatica or leg cramps.

Natural herbal therapy solutions?

Chinese herbs are the best at balancing us emotionally and physically.  Western herbs just don’t do it the same.  That is way, because internal energy balance is a necessary focus when helping the body overcome these types of male reproductive system challenges, I recommend Chinese herbs, whether negative (yin) formulas or positive (yang) formulas.

The liver is the filter of hormones.  And since the liver regenerates every 90 days, and hormone levels are crucial to prostate health, use the following combination to prevent and help the body heal from prostate inflammation, balance hormones, and elevate mood:

CHINESE POSITIVE PACK

MEN’S FORMULA W/ LYCOPENE

EQUOLIBRIUM

If you have had a vasectomy, have a presence of abnormal cells, even benign cells, or prostate cancer is present, negative Yin Chinese herbs are best to help the body overcome these challenges with also, great success.  I recommend the following combination therapy program for minimum 3-6 months to help the body fight abnormal cells:

CHINESE NEGATIVE PACK TCM

MEN’S FORMULA W/ LYCOPENE

EQUOLIBRIUM

Return to an active vibrant sex life with vitality, vigor and health…

Be well and be healthy, Gentlemen!

 

 

I Love This Herb For Women And Men ~

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Ah, yes… Damiana.  This is a leaf I love and recommend for All.  Damiana herb was first introduced in the USA in 1874, and has a long history of use in the folk medicine.  Scientifically called ‘Turnera diffusa, T. aphrodisiaca’, Damiana is known world-wide as a tonic that lifts one’s mood, enhances vitality, and is known to have aphrodisiac qualities that stimulate libido, for sexual health in general, and for increasing sex drive and sexual desire in Women and Men, including supporting sexual performance and sexual energy.

The part used is the leaf.  It is also known as a diuretic, for its hypoglycemic properties, its antibacterial properties; is widely used as a nerve tonic as it helps with nervous exhaustion so one can cope with stresses better; a mild natural antidepressant for mild depression.

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Ancient Mayas and Aztecs used Damiana as a general tonic to improve health condition. When used on a regular basis, Damiana will help to improve mental stamina and mood. As a sexual tonic, it is a gentle acting remedy that can be taken safely always to enhance libido because it supports the glandular system.

It is interesting to note, however, that boosting sexual desire is not the only property of Damiana.  Native tribes also are known to use it to treat constipation and digestive problems, as well as gastric ulcers, menstrual irregularities, and bed-wetting in children and adults.  Damiana is a precious medicinal plant that I believe all can benefit from. ~

I recommend Damiana in a single herb formula, or have made sure it is a key ingredient in certain herbal formulas I recommend to patients and clients. Click the link below to obtain this exquisite herb and for more information:

DAMIANA

Herpes. Do You Know Everything You Need To Know?

Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) are way too common. And did you know that every year, as reported in the Huffington Post, 19 MILLION NEW CASES are reported in the US alone?  With time, STDs can cause you to become infertile or develop cancer of the reproductive system if nothing is done to treat them.

And as far as STD’s go, one of the most common is HERPES.  Herpes is scary.  Over 80% of the population that has it is unaware of it. And the infection can spread from person to person even without feeling any of the typical symptoms, or seeing any visible symptoms. But some people have figured out, regardless of what conventional chemical medicine says, that if you feed the body what it is missing, it can fight against viral invasion.

Before we talk about how to fight herpes, here are the latest 2012 Herpes statistics.  All statistics below are based on Americans 14-49 years old:

  • All: 16.2% (over 25 million; 1 out of 6) have genital herpes
  • (Note: 80% of all Americans have oral herpes)
  • Women: 20.9% of women have genital herpes
  • Men: 11.5% of men have genital herpes
  • Blacks: 39.2% of black Americans have genital herpes (48% of black women!)
  • Whites: 12.3% of white Americans have genital herpes
  • 80% of Americans with genital herpes (HSV-2) are unaware of their infection (which is why it’s important for everyone to specifically request the herpes blood test with their STD screening) . There is a definitive test called the IgG that looks for antibodies in the blood that would be present to specifically combat the herpes virus. This test can tell you which type of herpes you have, whether HSV1 or HSV2.  Either can show up on either the lips or genitalia, but 1 prefers oral and 2 prefers the genitals.
  • Up to 50% of new genital herpes infections are caused by HSV-1, mainly through cases of oral herpes being passed through oral sex

So how many types of Herpes are there?  There are two types of herpes, HSV 1 and HSV 2. But they’re just two strains to the same herpes virus. One strain has no stigma whatsoever and the other has entirely too much.

Oral herpes is known as the following:

mouth sores, “cold sores” or mouth herpes

  • HSV1 (or HSV-1)
  • Herpes simplex virus 1
  • Herpes type 1
  • Herpes A

Oral herpes/mouth sores is known as the common cold sore.  They are caused by HSV1 virus and are extremely contagious.   You can become infected by sharing eating utensils, kissing, towels, and drinking glasses.  80% of Americans have oral herpes, so there’s a clear lack of stigma.  HSV1 prefers to be in the drier mucous membrane of the outer mouth.  Mouth sores will show up about 20 days after the person has been exposed, and they show up as a series of red, pus-filled, painful bumps on the chin, nose or lips.  There is usually a sore also in the inside of the mouth.  Fevers and flu like symptoms that accompany the sores or bumps are not unusual.   The symptoms last about 2 weeks, the first week of oozing and severe pain, followed by a week where a scab forms and eventually falls off.  It can still show up on the genitals (if oral sex is given during an outbreak, for example).

After a fever or illness,  fever blisters or canker sores occur and are usually triggered by specific food allergies.  Food that cause these are high in gluten and arginine.  Iron and B-vitamin deficiencies are causes as well, and even toothpaste with Sodium Lauryl Sulfate.  These blisters and sores appear on the gums, inside the cheeks, or on the tongue and are grayish or yellowish.  Women experience canker sores most often because of PMS and hormonal imbalances.  Emotional stress and Crohn’s disease, from nutrient deficiency,  can also be causes.

Genital herpes is known as the following:

  • penis herpes or vagina herpes
  • HSV2 (or HSV-2)
  • Herpes simplex virus 2
  • Herpes type 2
  • Herpes B


Genital herpes has way too much stigma. 16% of Americans have genital herpes (1 out of 6). What shows up on people’s lips without a stigma is the same that shows up on the genitals with a stigma. Genital herpes can show up on the mouth, but is much less likely because HSV2 prefers to be in the warm, moist environment of the genitals.

This is the most widespread of all STD’s.  Even at birth, babies can pick up the virus risking blindness, brain damage, and even death.  Men tend to be more susceptible to recurrences than women, although studies show women are more likely to be infected.  Transmission is done through oral sex, intercourse, kissing, and even skin discharges.   What are outbreak triggers?  Poor diet (usually from excess levels of arginine in the body), food allergies, emotional anxiety, alcohol, drugs, sunburn, hormonal imbalances related to the menstrual cycle, a cold, and fever.

The first herpes outbreak is usually the worst most potent one.  Fever tends to set in accompanied by swollen glands.  All this because the immune system is rallying to fight the infection.  Sores, sometimes clear-fluid filled, or clusters of painful blisters above the buttocks, on buttocks, thighs and groin are accompanied by more fever, stiff neck, and headache, and swelling of groin lymph glands.  Patients describe feelings of also genital itch, the blisters of sores fester and swell, and shooting pains go through the legs and thighs.  Blisters burst or rupture in 1-4 days, then tend to slowly heal in 4-6 days.

I’m known to be blunt and direct.  And although some are not happy that I am so vocal about educating you in your options, please know I will always do everything in my power to do so.  Now, having said that.  Without being too technical with medical terminology, let’s use common sense…

I’ll ask this question:  Do you know anyone who has had the flu forever?  Well, do you?   Simply put, No.  Think about it.   Influenza (the flu) is a virus.   HPV (human papilloma virus)  is a virus.  And Herpes is a virus.  I believe I’ve made my point.  Just because there is no chemical pharmaceutical drug developed that cures the body of the herpes viruses, doesn’t mean something else can’t exist that can help the body heal itself from it.

Naturopathic Doctors/Holistic Practitioners, as myself, have, for quite some time now, used the following with patients and clients to help their bodies fight against viral presence.  In my years of naturopathic and holistic studies, this was passed on to me by my mentors:

VS-C TCM

SILVER SHIELD (15 bottles total)

SILVER SHIELD GEL (to apply externally to affected areas)

IMMUNE SYSTEM PACK

ST. JOHN’S WORT Time Release

NERVOUS SYSTEM PACK

OLIVE LEAF EXTRACT

Use all the supplements above combined for minimum 3-6 months.  Check your HSV1 and HSV2 blood test results and index numbers every 3 months until results show negative.  During this process, with a healthy whole food diet, reduced stress levels, and obviously WITHOUT re-exposing yourself to unprotected sex with a partner who has Herpes, as the body fights against viral presence there is a decrease in index numbers with each blood test.  Everyone is obviously different.  And the length of time needed to help the body fight against this virus is unique to each person.  Yet, the average time frame we have seen ranges from 3 months minimum to a maximum of 18 months for blood tests to show simply ‘exposure to’ HSV or negative for HSV.  Now, for a disease that so many have been living with for a long time, in many cases for years, I believe these few months of treatment are not long at all.   And yes. You do obtain a normal life again…

The body knows how to heal itself.   We just have to feed it what it is missing to do so.

To listen to one of my latest discussions on The Michael Baisden Show, ‘Natural Therapies for STD’s (Sexually Transmitted Diseases), click the You Tube Michael Baisden Show Rewind below!

Be Well, Family and Friends.

~Dr. Julissa

New office in Charleston!

Charleston, South Carolina! As promised to all of you during interviews last week on both radio show platforms, @WGLRO. com Radio and @Source Radio Network, I am honored to share I am in Your area with a new office location!

👉👉4000 Faber Pl Dr #300, Charleston, SC 29405

Charleston, SC, get ready to get healthy! Looking forward to seeing all of you!

To schedule an in-office appointment with me for this location, (appointments must be pre-scheduled for January 2017) call our offices:👉 212.923.6366

Access the following link for additional ‘Contact Me’ information and for addresses of all my other Natural Health Center Inc. US office locations:

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New office in Charlotte!

Charlotte, North Carolina! Thanks to a request by long time patient of mine, @RoseDiaz, I am honored to share I am in Your area with a new office location!

👉👉1914 J N Pease Pl, Charlotte, NC 28262

Charlotte, NC, get ready to get healthy! Looking forward to seeing all of you!

To schedule an in-office appointment with me for this location, call our offices👉 212.923.6366

Access the following link for additional ‘Contact Me’ information and for addresses of all my other Natural Health Center Inc. US office locations:

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Live tonight, Thursday, 7:30p est!

Live now, Thursday night, 7:30p est! Join me on Healthy Living on @Source Radio Network with Kathy B on Facebook Live.

Topic: Water Retention And Edema

Watch it here:

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Live now, 9:15a est! It’s To Your Good Health Thursday!

Live now, this Thursday morning, 9:15a est! Join me for my interview on To Your Good Health Thursdays on #WGLRORadio on Facebook Live.

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Topic: #Diabetes and Children

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Watch it here:

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#radioshow #interview #health #wellness #naturopathy #holisticmedicine #naturalmedicine #chinesemedicine 

Wherever you go…

Share your love and light with All you encounter. ~Dr. Julissa #SpreadLove 💓

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🌎Donde quiera que vayas, ve con todo tu corazón. -Confucius

Comparta tu amor y luz con Todos que encuentres. ~Dra. Julissa #EsparceAmor 💓

Grateful~

Grateful, I welcome and embrace 42… Thankful for love and divine blessings~ 💓

🌎 Agradecida, le doy la bienvenida y abrazo a 42… Dando gracias por amor y bendiciones divinas~ 💓

This Morning On Facebook Live…

🎙😄If you missed my Live interview on #WGLRORadio this Thursday morning on Facebook Live, watch it here:

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Topic: A Woman’s Delicate Balance

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#womenshealth #balance #hormones #pcos #polycysticovariansyndrome #fibroids #uterinefibroids #pms #menstruation #period #birthcontrol #fertility #health #wellness #naturopathy #holisticmedicine #naturalmedicine #chinesemedicine

New Life Blessing~

Ladies & Gentlemen, my new baby niece 💗

🌎 Damas y Caballeros, mi nueva sobrinita 💗

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#8lbs1oz21in #divineblessing #alltripspostponed #auntieniecelove #sweetbaby #thebestbirthdaygiftIcouldaskforthisyear

PCOS And Constant Bleeding

#PCOS #HeavyPeriods

Question: Hi u doing. I have a friend that has pcos and she has been on her menstrual for 2 months now. Is there anything that u would recommend for her to stop her menstrual. The doctors has also tried to put her on metformin but she doesn’t want to take it. What would u recommend?

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My Answer on Facebook Live here:

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