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Diabetes Today In Children And Adolescents

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Diabetes: A disease among adults, and unfortunately, children and adolescents, that is growing at frightening rates… Most diabetic children and adolescents feel it is impossible to bring their blood sugar levels back to a healthy balance. And prescribed diabetes medication and insulin is known to never correct or cure this imbalance. These only mask the problem and symptoms, bringing on negative side effects. But some parents and children have figured out a way to better their health, achieve and maintain normal blood sugar levels, and control diabetes naturally by following specific steps.

First, my belief is that Health is too important to ‘beat around the bush’. And so I will be Blunt, Direct, and Raw about the information I will share here. With that said, let’s begin…

According to the American Diabetes Association, “…by the year 2050, one in three people will have diabetes. Children from certain racial and ethnic groups are at higher risk, including African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian/Pacific Islander and Native American children.” Something must be done. And it begins with adults AND children/adolescents becoming aware of the risk factors associated with diabetes, learning alternatives to controlling it, and using preventive measures. It is time adults AND children/adolescents took matters into their own hands. Of course, there are some cases where parents have tried to teach the child to eat properly from birth, purchase healthy foods for the home, and instead the child was going behind the parents’ backs eating the worse junk food they could get their hands on… Alternatively, there are also many cases in which parents were buying unhealthy foods, and maybe even, because of cultural norms, threatened children to ‘eat what we have or else’. And yet, for the youth reading this article, it’s time to learn to take Your health seriously and into your own hands, and not just become dependent on mother or father to know what to feed you, or dependent on your conventional doctor to just prescribe medications you’re told you must take ‘for life’ when there are other ways to help the body heal, control and prevent this disease.

Type 2 Diabetes, a vicious cycle disease, is considered so because it is a behavioral disease. It is associated with ‘the behavior’ of a eating a diet overloaded with sugar, highly processed foods, and very little or no fiber. In other words, unhealthy foods. Children and adolescents who are overweight or obese are at the highest risk for being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, especially since most likely they do very little or no exercise, and many times live on mainly fast foods on a daily basis. Obesity in those suffering sugar imbalances comes about from poor sugar and fat metabolism. This is what leads to diabetes. And the cycle then viciously continues. Diabetes makes those crave more fatty foods, more sugar, more junk food, more caffeine, etc. In turn, more symptoms are experienced. The pancreas can only take but so much, and when overloaded and damaged, the body loses its ability to use or produce insulin correctly. Diabetics suffer fatigue often because insulin is the hormone that helps convert food into energy. If there is improper insulin use and production, lethargy and fatigue set in. A child or adolescent with diabetes may lose the ‘oomph’ to want to go out and play with friends, or may lose interest in a social activities because, as one adolescent diabetic patient once said to me, ‘I feel like I’m dragging my body…’

When carbs and sugars are not metabolized, they accumulate as fat in the body. Unfortunately, today’s youth (and yes, we know adults as well) is much more sedentary due to television, video games, computers, cell phone usage, etc. Lack of exercise and an excess of body fat causes insulin resistance, and the cells of the body receive less energy. The difference between a Type 2 and Type 1 Diabetic is: Type 2 diabetics produce insulin, but do not use it properly. This is insulin resistance. Juvenile onset diabetes, or Type 1 diabetes, is much more serious, and the person is dependent on insulin to maintain life. The body in this case is attacking its own insulin-creating cells in the pancreas categorizing Type 1 diabetes as an auto-immune disease or disorder.

What are signs of diabetes?

Type 1 Juvenile onset diabetes
-Usually Insulin Dependent
-Is the child urinating often?
-Is the child excessively thirsty?
-Is the child unusually hungry? Even after eating a meal?
-Is the child excessively angry, irritable, drowsy, fatigued?
-Is the child dealing with unusual grief?
-Has the child lost weight for no apparent reason?
-Is the child dealing with slow learning lately?
-Do injuries, bruises, cuts take a long time to heal?

Type 2 diabetes
-Many times Non-Insulin Dependent
-Is the child urinating often?
-Is the child always thirsty?
-Do injuries, bruises, cuts take a long time to heal?
-Does the child get frequent infections?
-Is the child constantly angry? Drowsy, fatigued?
-Has the child lost weight without trying?
-Is the child mentally alert?
-Is the child experiencing blurry vision?
-Is the child feeling ‘pins and needles’ in toes and/or fingers?
-Is the child feeling leg cramps?

Pay attention to these signs to take immediate action to help the body heal. Please note, in Naturopathy, Natural Medicine, and Holistic Medicine, we maintain the view that there is no worse disease than Diabetes. Why? Because it is a disease that destroys ALL body systems; from the circulatory system, to the urinary system, etc. And yet, there is a way to control this disease and support a body to help it begin to heal. Prescribed drugs and insulin are used by some diabetics to regulate their blood sugar. But you will also find there are other diabetics that can balance their blood sugar and control their diabetes without drugs, by making diet improvements, adhering to a healthy diet consisting of smaller portions, exercise, and combining alternative medicine natural therapies to reverse Diabetes.

So, let’s talk Diet. The diabetic’s diet is of utmost importance. Improving a diabetic child or adolescent’s diet is imperative to overcome diabetes. I will say this: it is difficult for some children to perceive junk food as ‘bad’ when they have been inundated with commercials and ads featuring brilliant advertising and bright color additives in food that make these ‘poisons’ look so delicious. What makes it easy for a diabetic to finally ‘get it’ and finally understand that the soda and fast food meal before them is poison, is when they think about another insulin injection, the pain associated with this, taking another diabetes pill with side effects that cause even more symptom discomfort, and how sick they feel in general being a diabetic… These reasons, and so many more, are enough to encourage anyone to make the proper changes to control this disease.

Here are some food ideas to help with balancing blood sugar levels and in achieving/maintaining a healthy weight:

Breakfast: Plain yogurt with added frozen berries; oat bran; whole grain cereal or granola with almond milk, rice milk, apple juice, and for those that like it and prefer it, soy milk; whole grain, spelt, or buckwheat pancakes made with water or apple juice.

Lunch: Tofu (seasoned or marinated) in a green, leafy salad (romaine lettuce, arugula, etc. all green veggies are wonderful and encourage good blood flow); veggie and/or tofu burgers; steamed broccoli with melted soy cheese on top; soy grilled cheese sandwich with whole grain, or spelt bread; tuna sandwich with olive oil on whole grain bread with romaine lettuce and/or watercress.

Dinner: Eat light at night. Broiled or baked fish (eat salmon at least twice a week, preferably wild fish occasionally, instead of farm-raised) with brown rice. Note: Eating a minimum of 1-2 cups of brown rice every week lowers diabetes risk by 11%! Veggie or whole grain pasta salad with tuna; vegetable quiche, organic chicken, organic turkey (hormones in non-organic meats full of injected hormones disrupt body chemical balance, can cause obesity, and can cause blood sugar imbalances) with steamed veggies.

Snacks: The best fruits are frozen berries, grapefruits, lemons and limes (squeeze juice from these onto food). Other great snacks are: baked potatoes, raw veggies with veggie dip, and drink green or white tea.

Drink plenty of water!

Chromium stabilizes blood sugar. Eat chromium-rich foods (preferably organic) such as: eggs, liver, string beans, cucumbers, onions, whole grains.

Fresh vegetables, raw or simply steam cooked, are metabolized by the body easiest to prevent blood sugar spikes. My favorite vegetable for diabetics? Artichokes! Start loving this unique veggie to significantly lower blood sugar.

Increase healthy fats in your diet. Use extra virgin olive oil drizzled on food after preparation. Eat avocados and un-roasted nuts.

Eliminate foods that are fried, fatty, and high in cholesterol, caffeine or caffeinated foods, foods with food coloring, and sodas. Yes, I said it. Eliminate soda, even diet soda, which unfortunately many diabetic children believe is alright to drink. Sodas and diet sodas have phenylalanine that affects blood sugar levels. Avoid fatty dairy foods like milk, fatty cheeses, ice cream, etc.

Fruits should be eaten in moderation and it is best to focus on the ones previously mentioned above. Avoid bananas as they have the highest glycemic index.

Use natural alternative sweeteners such as stevia herb, or my favorite for diabetics, Xylitol. This helps to reduce food cravings.

Increase fiber. Constipation contributes to uncontrolled glucose metabolism. In some diabetic cases, changing a combination of negative dietary habits and incorporating high fiber foods, herbs, and supplements, have been key to a discontinuation of insulin therapy.

The following natural therapy recommendations are excellent for children and adolescents. Combined they help balance sugar levels, boost energy, prevent nerve damage, provide fiber to assist in blood sugar balance, normalize insulin and pancreas activity:

NutriBiome Bacillus Coagulans

GTF Chromium (Glucose Tolerance Factor Chromium)
Blood Sugar Formula
Super Supplemental w/o Iron or Super Supplemental w/ Iron or, if it is difficult for child/adolescent to swallow tablets, here is a fruit-flavored soft chew multi-nutrient, Sunshine Heroes Multiple Vitamin & Mineral.                                 Xylitol (excellent sugar substitute)

Yes. It is possible for a diabetic to live a ‘normal’ life again. Taking advantage early of a young body, a diabetic child or adolescent still in the process of maturing and developing to adulthood is the ideal time to alter an imbalanced body chemistry dealing with this disease by feeding the body everything it needs to heal itself. Make the changes.

My motto about our health, ‘You should not have to be convinced to be well. Decide to be well.’ TM

8 Signs Your Body Needs A Skin Cleanse & Face Mapping

Most people feel that to have healthy skin takes a bit of work. And it is as if one wrong move can have you scarred and stressed about the appearance of your skin. From getting the wrong facial, to using the wrong razor to shave with, to using the wrong products on your skin. But some people have figured out a way to get their skin back, or better yet achieve the skin they always wanted, by focusing on some specific points…

(Side note: As my son watched me write this article, I was flattered to have him suggest I add a photo taken of us. He said, ‘If it’s about skin, mommy, you’ve got to put your picture!’ My child is so sweet…)
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The skin is the cover that reflects what is happening inside the body. Healthy, young, glowing skin means a healthy, young, glowing interior. I’m sure you know the skin is the largest organ of the body. And if you feed your body ‘junk’, then junky skin you will have, my friend. It is the organ of elimination and detoxification; the backup for the other elimination organs. If your colon is congested, overloaded, and toxic because you aren’t eliminating minimum 2 to 3 times daily, then the skin also becomes dull, overloaded and riddled with toxins.

The liver is the filter of the blood and it is also known that everything that has to do with the skin is also related to the blood, so your liver must be in optimum performance if you want optimally healthy skin. If the liver can’t efficiently filter impurities coming from the digestive tract, your skin suffers, trying to compensate by releasing toxins through the pores. If you are suffering with constipation, you will specifically experience acne and rashes.

Your skin is also the largest organ of absorption and indigestion; both of nutrients and toxins. If you have a healthy diet, your skin will prove it. Highly processed food, junk foods, fried foods, foods bombarded with hormones and chemicals and nutritional deficiencies are the first to show on the skin. Toxins are excreted through the oil glands. This leads to, not only acne, as I mentioned prior, but also boils.

Even your emotions are relevant in your skin! It is a mirror of your emotional and hormone balance, too. Stress causes the skin to react negatively and hormonal imbalances are perceived as poor skin texture, spots and/or blemishes.

 

Having shared all this, what are the 8 signs that indicate you need a skin cleanse? They are the following:

  • Do you have sallow skin? Poor skin coloring may indicate waste buildup from liver malfunction or drug residues. Do you have age spots? Brown mottled spots on the hands, neck or face may reflect waste accumulation in the liver.
  • Do you have adult acne, or uneven skin texture?  Waste build-up from environmental pollutants, poor, liver exhaustion and stress allow increased free radical formation which attack skin cell membranes.
  • Do you have wrinkles, or sagging skin contours? Free radical activity also affects skin collagen and elastic proteins, resulting in wrinkling and dry skin.
  • Do you have puffy or swollen eyes, dark circles under eyes, or crusty, mucous forming in your eyes? If your breath is also bad, it’s a pretty solid sign your body has an overload of fluid wastes.
  • Do you have a skin disorder?  Psoriasis, dermatitis, seborrhea, and even dandruff, all indicate its time for a skin cleanse.
  • Do you have skin sores or rashes that aren’t healing? or hard bumps on the skin?  Your body may be overloaded with waste that your not eliminating.
  • Do you have usually oily skin? or scaly, itchy skin? or chronically chapped and red skin? A skin cleanse will probably help.
  • Do you have poor circulation? Cold hands and feet, swollen ankles, poor digestion and chronic constipation are also signs that your body lacks tissue oxygen uptake. Poor skin tone is a sign of an antioxidant deficiency.

Yes. It is possible to have healthy skin again. Even if you dealt with products that harmed skin or had procedures that harmed skin. YOU CAN have amazingly glowing healthy skin!

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Apart from the 8 signs I’ve detailed here, there is another tool you can use to unlock the cause of skin challenges.

As ‘Beauty Gypsy’ states in an article ‘Face mapping… combines Ayurveda and ancient Chinese medicine to explain how certain parts of your face are connected to other areas of your body. Put simply, think of your face as a map and blemishes as X’s on that landscape. Spots in different zones correspond to different problems.’ One can use the image above as a guide to help you address the underlying causes of your individual skin issue and at the same time take preventive measures to treat underlying health problems in time.

For the best combination focusing specifically on internal cleansing of the main eliminatory and vital organs that improves skin within just a short few weeks time using Ayurvedic and Chinese herbs, here is my favorite natural therapy combination for beautiful skin:

SKIN DETOX, Ayurvedic
TIAO HE CLEANSE
PAU D’ARCO LOTION

Use the prior combination for minimum 30 days. Then repeat every 3 months to maintain healthy skin always.

My Favorite Foods for Skin?

Water: Number one for hydrating skin from within naturally. Filtered water of course.

Papayas: Papayas are rich in vitamin C and help with collagen production. This fruit is also known to help nourish and heal dry, sagging skin.

Olive Oil (preferably Extra Virgin): Add this to your diet for EFA’s, the essential fatty acids needed for soft, fresh, healthy, young-looking skin. Olive Oil is best used raw, unheated, and drizzled on top of your food right before eating it after serving yourself on a plate. Also, it is recommended to rub Olive Oil on skin to lock in moisture. (Excellent during the fall and winter months.)

Green Tea: Wonderful for inflammatory, itchy skin conditions.

Celery, Tomatoes, Pears, and Lemon Juice: Chinese Medicine recommends preparing a juice blend of these. Prepare mixture and drink once per day for facial dark brown spots, itchiness, and acne.

*Extra Tip* Always wash face with cold water. This way you do not strip skin of its natural oils and prevent premature aging. As for skin on the body, do not take scalding hot showers. Instead, take showers in which the water is as cool as you can stand it.

Wellness to you! And enjoy healthy, glowing skin again!

Eating Disorders: 19 Signs And The Difference Between How Caucasian Americans And African Americans Are Affected

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More Americans than you can imagine have some type of eating disorder. Ranging from Women to American teenage girls. Appearance and competition is one of the major reasons as to why we have such a high percentage of these women dealing with these disorders. Bone thin is seen, most times, as the health standard by people with eating disorders. Luckily, curves are slightly more acceptable now when you see posters, billboards, and commercials on TV today.

Men, are not completely exempt. Body builders make great models and men in show business compete with ever-thinner rivals, and can suffer reduced testicular functions from starving.

There a are 3 major eating disorders:

  1. Bulimia is one of the most common eating disorders. This disorder consists of consuming of huge amounts of food in a very short time period and then making yourself vomiting to purge it from the system. Dentists are the first to diagnose it because frequent vomiting erodes tooth enamel.
  2. Anorexia is self-starvation. Characteristics include a distorted body self-image, extreme preoccupation with food, and sometimes binge eating.
  3. Orthorexia. This eating disorder consists of a person who becomes obsessed with dietary purity to the point where it becomes self-destructive.

Do you have an eating disorder? Ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Do you feel overweight/fat regardless of what your body weight is?
  2. Have you failed time and again to diet and fail to lose weight?
  3. Do you still think you’re fat even after losing a good amount of weight?
  4. Do your weight loss goals match what you “should” be according to your height?
  5. Do you fast or put yourself on incredibly strict diets where you become totally preoccupied with food?
  6. Do you have a rigid eating routine?
  7. Do you eat when under stress, pressure, or depressed?
  8. Do you prepare food for everyone else, and then refuse to eat it? (Anorexics often do this.)
  9. Are you a compulsive exerciser?
  10. Does guilt take over you if you miss exercising?
  11. Do you feel fat because you missed a regular exercise schedule?
  12. Are you hiding your eating habits from others?
  13. Is your self-esteem linked to your eating habits?
  14. Do you feel out of control of your life?
  15. Does guilt take over you if you eat dairy, meat, high-fat or high-calorie vegetarian foods?
  16. Do you binge, or eat large amounts of food in short periods of time?
  17. Have you tried to “correct” your “pigging-out” by using chemical laxatives, vomiting, or fasting? (Bulimics are usually malnourished as well as extremely thin, because vomiting and excess laxative use discharge most of their nutrients.)
  18. Has your body changed in a negative unhealthy way since you changed to a strict unhealthy diet? Such as in harder stools? Slower pulse rate? Cold hands and feet? Bloating and water/fluid retention? Slower metabolism? Lack of menstrual period?
  19. Do you “look” different? Is it an unhealthy look? Yellow teeth? Bone loss? Tooth decay? Dull, brittle hair, dry hair? Dry skin? (Anorexics at times develop a layer of thin, downy hair, called lanugo, which helps them keep warm when body fat becomes dangerously low.) (Bulimics have a swollen neck, broken blood vessels on face and eroded tooth enamel from excessive vomiting.)

If you answered yes to 2 or more of these questions, then consider balancing the body to treat an eating disorder.

Here are the latest Eating Disorders Statistics according to ANAD (The National Association of Anorexia Nervosa And Associated Disorders Inc.):

• Almost 50% of people with eating disorders meet the criteria for depression.1
• Only 1 in 10 men and women with eating disorders receive treatment. Only 35% of people who receive treatment for eating disorders get treatment at a specialized facility for eating disorders.2
• Up to 24 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder (anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder) in the U.S.3
• Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.4

Students:
• 91% of women surveyed on a college campus had attempted to control their weight through dieting. 22% dieted “often” or “always.”5
• 86% report onset of eating disorder by age 20; 43% report onset between ages of 16 and 20.6
• Anorexia is the third most common chronic illness among adolescents.7
• 95% of those who have eating disorders are between the ages of 12 and 25.8
• 25% of college-aged women engage in bingeing and purging as a weight-management technique.3
• The mortality rate associated with anorexia nervosa is 12 times higher than the death rate associated with all causes of death for females 15-24 years old.4
• Over one-half of teenage girls and nearly one-third of teenage boys use unhealthy weight control behaviors such as skipping meals, fasting, smoking cigarettes, vomiting, and taking laxatives.17
• In a survey of 185 female students on a college campus, 58% felt pressure to be a certain weight, and of the 83% that dieted for weight loss, 44% were of normal weight.16

Men:
• An estimated 10-15% of people with anorexia or bulimia are male.9
• Men are less likely to seek treatment for eating disorders because of the perception that they are “woman’s diseases.”10
• Among gay men, nearly 14% appeared to suffer from bulimia and over 20% appeared to be anorexic.11

Media, Perception, Dieting:
• 95% of all dieters will regain their lost weight within 5 years.3
• 35% of “normal dieters” progress to pathological dieting. Of those, 20-25% progress to partial or full-syndrome eating disorders.5
• The body type portrayed in advertising as the ideal is possessed naturally by only 5% of American females.3
• 47% of girls in 5th-12th grade reported wanting to lose weight because of magazine pictures.12
• 69% of girls in 5th-12th grade reported that magazine pictures influenced their idea of a perfect body shape.13
• 42% of 1st-3rd grade girls want to be thinner (Collins, 1991).
• 81% of 10 year olds are afraid of being fat (Mellin et al., 1991).

For Women:
• Women are much more likely than men to develop an eating disorder. Only an estimated 5 to 15 percent of people with anorexia or bulimia are male.14
• An estimated 0.5 to 3.7 percent of women suffer from anorexia nervosa in their lifetime.14 Research suggests that about 1 percent of female adolescents have anorexia.15
• An estimated 1.1 to 4.2 percent of women have bulimia nervosa in their lifetime.14
• An estimated 2 to 5 percent of Americans experience binge-eating disorder in a 6-month period.14
• About 50 percent of people who have had anorexia develop bulimia or bulimic patterns.15
• 20% of people suffering from anorexia will prematurely die from complications related to their eating disorder, including suicide and heart problems.18

Mortality Rates:
Although eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental disorder, the mortality rates reported on those who suffer from eating disorders can vary considerably between studies and sources. Part of the reason why there is a large variance in the reported number of deaths caused by eating disorders is because those who suffer from an eating disorder may ultimately die of heart failure, organ failure, malnutrition or suicide. Often, the medical complications of death are reported instead of the eating disorder that compromised a person’s health.

According to a study done by colleagues at the American Journal of Psychiatry (2009), crude mortality rates were:

• 4% for anorexia nervosa

• 3.9% for bulimia nervosa

• 5.2% for eating disorder not otherwise specified

Athletes:
• Risk Factors: In judged sports – sports that score participants – prevalence of eating disorders is 13% (compared with 3% in refereed sports).19
• Significantly higher rates of eating disorders found in elite athletes (20%), than in a female control group (9%).20
• Female athletes in aesthetic sports (e.g. gynmastics, ballet, figure skating) found to be at the highest risk for eating disorders.20
• A comparison of the psychological profiles of athletes and those with anorexia found these factors in common: perfectionism, high self-expectations, competitiveness, hyperactivity, repetitive exercise routines, compulsiveness, drive, tendency toward depression, body image distortion, pre-occupation with dieting and weight.21

Even after seeing all these stats, anorexia is rare among African-Americans. An article in psychology today states that in fact, not a single black woman, in a study done on anorexia in 2011, met criteria for anorexia in the earlier 12 months, and there were no reports at all of anorexia in Caribbean adults. Interestingly, however, the age of onset for anorexia was lower for African-American adults (14.9 years) compared with late adolescence as seen in an earlier similar national study with primarily White participants (18.9 years), and there were no cases among African-Americans occurring after age 19. These findings show that Black Americans are at lower risk of anorexia than their White counterparts, and Caribbean Blacks are at an even lower risk. Although when African-Americans do have anorexia, the age of onset is lower and the course of the disorder is longer. The lower rates of anorexia are thought to be due to less of an emphasis on thinness in African-American culture operating as a protective factor.

Lifetime prevalence rates found for bulimia in Black Americans is 1.5% for adults, which is slightly higher than the national average of 1.0%. The average age of onset is 19 years, which is the same as the general population. Thus, rates of bulimia among Blacks may not be as uncommon as once believed. This finding could be a sign that Black people do feel pressure to conform to the American ideal of thinness, contributing to the higher rate of bulimia, although not to the more extreme level that is connected to the development of anorexia.

Binge eating was the most prevalent eating disorder among Blacks in the NSAL, with a lifetime prevalence of 1.7%, although 5.1% had some problems with binge eating whether or not they met criteria for a disorder. Males were significantly less likely to binge than women, but may have more issues around behaviors that emphasize an athletic build. While most eating disorders had an age of onset during adolescence, binge eating had the highest age of onset (22.8), which is similar to the general population. This older age of onset may reflect less of a concern for smaller body size and may represent more of a reaction to stress. Lower incomes and stress due to racism may have an effect on the drive to binge as a coping mechanism.
As in previous research, adult women had higher prevalence of eating disorders than men in the NSAL study. There were no gender difference in eating disorders among teens, but there was a tendency for boys to exhibit more disordered eating behaviors during adolescence. There is some research that indicates this could be due to weight restrictions for sports participation, such as school football, boxing, wrestling teams, etc. Therefore, Black boys should not be considered immune to eating disorders.

Taken as a whole, research shows that cultural differences must be taken into account when considering eating disorders in African-Americans. Clinicians should be prepared to recognize and treat groups that may be least likely to develop an eating disorder. This will require training to work with diverse cultural groups to ensure that appropriate treatment is provided. Professionals should be educated to possible differences ing prevalence, age of onset, persistence and gender differences in eating disorders, including differences among subgroups of Black people. The social climate and subculture in which a person was raised may effect the risk and course of development of an eating disorder. Earlier and more frequent screening of eating disorders in Black communities may be a critical component to capturing cases of these disorders.

If you or someone you know has an eating disorder, use the following natural herbal therapy combination (a combination I have used with patients and clients with marvelous success) to help the body heal from emotional imbalances, normalize appetite and metabolism, regulate mood-appetite brain chemicals, control stress reactions, stimulate digestion and nutrient assimilation, maintain an ideal weight, increase energy, and to bring in green whole superfoods, all considered lifesavers:

NATURE’S HARVEST

CHINESE NEGATIVE PACK

SUPER TRIO

*Note: There is a well-known link between sexual abuse and eating disorders. Chinese medicine is known to balance emotionally and physically. Western herbs do not do it the same. For this reason I recommend the Chinese Negative Pack in all programs involving eating disorders.

Focus on optimal nutrition, Friends and Family. Herbs and roots along with fruits, vegetables, and wholesome whole grain foods, were placed here on this earth to keep us on a path of optimum health.

The Stress Hormone Linked To Weight Gain

 

Maintain cortisol levels

You know that being in a constant state of stress is bad for you—your overall mood, your focus, and even your health can suffer. But did you know that stress may also affect weight gain?

Researchers have begun to notice a connection between cortisol, a stress hormone, and weight-management indicators, such as calorie consumption and weight gain.

What is cortisol?

Cortisol is a hormone produced in the adrenal glands in response to stress. It promotes the formation of glucose, which is used as fuel during stressful situations. However, excess glucose can be stored by the body as fat.

The research into the link between weight gain and cortisol is ongoing, but it’s always a good idea to try to reduce stress in your life. Fortunately, fighting stress can start with such simple changes as getting enough sleep, eating a balanced diet and regular exercise. A deep breath during a stressful situation never hurts, either!

Cortisol supplements for stress management

You can also help manage cortisol levels with a supplement, such as Nature’s Cortisol Formula. This formula contains Relora® to help the body manage stress and maintain cortisol levels already within the normal range. Other key ingredients include:

Banaba, holy basil, chromium and vanadium to help maintain blood glucose levels already within the normal range.

DHEA, a hormone precursor that interacts with the adrenal glands, which may subsequently affect cortisol production.

Decaffeinated green tea extract (60% EGCG).

L-theanine (Suntheanine®, which supports the body during times of stress).

However you choose to manage stress, you’ll benefit both mentally and physically—and you may even see a positive change in your weight, as well.

For more information on Weight Management and Cortisol supplements click HERE.

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17 Signs That Indicate You Need A Liver Cleanse

The liver is the filter of blood, the filter of fat and the filter of hormones. it is known as one of the most vital organs of the body. And did you know that your liver is the most important … Continue reading

13 Tips For Healthy Aging, And More (Reposted from my Healthy Living Blog With Additional Notes)

The fountain of youth … a magical elixir that prevents aging, illness and death.

It sounds great, but for those of us with a more realistic outlook on life, we can do simple things right now to feel good and to help give our bodies their best shot at longevity.

Here are 13 of them:

13 Ways to Age Healthy

1. Stay active. Keep moving. Walk, work in the garden, play tennis or golf. Do anything that sounds fun if you can. Not all of us will be skydiving on our 80th birthday, but regular activity keeps the circulatory and respiratory systems in better shape, burns calories, warms us up, and helps lower the risk of debilitating diseases. And it’s good stress therapy.

2. Use your brain every day. Do mental math, crossword puzzles, jumbles, etc. Keep those neurons firing and active to help preserve healthy neural pathways. Also eat brain foods and brain supplements known to support brain health and function.

3. Antioxidants. Fight cellular damage to your skin, eyes and circulatory system by getting plenty of antioxidants in your diet. These nutrients have extra electrons that neutralize dangerous free radicals caused by sunlight, pollution, radiation and other things in our environment. Choose colorful fruits and vegetables, including leafy greens like spinach, purple and red fruits, orange and yellow veggies, tomatoes, dark chocolate and more. Or drink your antioxidants in a potent beverage like Thai-Go® or in a supplement like Super Orac.

4. Put things on your calendar. Look forward to a concert, a family gathering, lunch with friends, etc. Australian researchers found that elderly people who are more social live longer compared to those with fewer friends.

5. Drink plenty of water. Proper hydration keeps blood and waste moving and helps the kidneys flush toxins and waste out of the body.

6. Take a nap! Naps may help combat stress in the body. One study of 24,000 people found that those who take a nap regularly are 1/3 less likely to die from heart disease than those who don’t get regular naps.

7. Go fishing. At the dinner table that is. Fish provides important essential fatty acids, including omega 3s and 6s, that are often lacking in our diets. These EFAs support circulation, heart health, brain health, blood pressure and more.

8. Eat less. Cutting back on calorie consumption by 20–25% is enough to increase your lifespan markedly. Instead of filling your stomach, fill your time with learning, moving and socializing.

9. Get a little nutty. Adding uncooked nuts and seeds to your diet adds important trace minerals like selenium and the essential amino acid tryptophan. The former helps quench free radicals and eliminate heavy metals, and the latter helps with both mood and sleep.

10. Pray. A 12-year study of adults over 65 shows that people who attend religious services more than once a week had stronger immune systems than those who did not attend services. They were also less likely to die (early). Worshipping together creates strong social bonds between friends, which may boost health.

11. Sprinkle on the seasonings. Shakespeare was right. Rosemary is for remembrance. Cooking with herbs like rosemary, sage and turmeric can help improve mood and memory.

12. Watch your waistline. Being overweight puts you at risk for heart disease, diabetes, osteoarthritis and other unwelcome conditions. Stay active and eat smart to keep your weight in check and disease at bay.

13. Invest in a healthy future. Get a physical once a year, and stay on top of your recommended health screenings.

*Additional Tips from Dr. Julissa:

-Practice Prayer/Meditation. In an article I’ve reposted on my website titled, ‘Mental Medicine’ by Dan Bischoff, “Tibetan monks sometimes live to be anywhere from 100 to 120 years old. And it isn’t uncommon to find a monk that looks to be in his 40s who is actually 80. The secrets of these age-defying abbots is not a pill or a fountain of youth, but healthy living practices that include long hours of mindfulness meditation.”

-Let Go more. In other words, let go of those things you know you cannot change. Especially let go of trying to change other people. Focus more on You. Forgive. And stop holding grudges. It only hurts you. Let Go…

-Love more, laugh more and enjoy life more! Laughter extends the ‘life clock’. Do more of the things that bring laughter and joy into your life. Don’t be afraid to show how much you care for someone. Show more love to others. Lastly, love yourself and treat yourself lovingly so others know how they should treat you.)

Stay Young!

Natural Hair? Simply Beautiful!

Men and women alike want healthy hair. When hair has changed and it is no longer vibrant, we’re looking at, in most cases,  nutritional deficiencies. I’ll go right to the point by discussing specific hair concerns I’ve come across in my practice.

Bad hair. To say “my hair’s gone bad” may actually make sense to many people reading this. Hair that:  has begun to fall out, become too oily or dry,  a scalp with flakes and dandruff,  is brittle, dull,  has split ends;  is showing a lack of manageability, bounce and elasticity, and more.  All these symptoms demonstrate that there are chemical imbalances within the body. These signals must be paid close attention to.

What are some of the causes of the earlier symptoms?

  • Lack of healthy protein and the inability of the body to use it properly
  • liver problems associated with hair loss
  • mineral deficiencies
  • drug use
  • illness
  • poor circulation (definitely something not to be overlooked)
  • And we can’t rule out the use of chemical products such as permanent hair colorings, etc.

Did you know the risk for bladder cancer doubles from using chemical hair dyes once a month? And your risk triples when using them for 15 years or more!

Alopecia. Or is it? Just ALOPECIA or CCCA? Many of you already know what alopecia is and probably know someone suffering with it. And CCCA has been found to be a ‘new kind’ of alopecia. Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia. A scarring hair loss most prevalent in African-American Women. This thinning hair problem, we Naturopaths know, involves a problem of the immune system and a presence of parasites.

Research in 2011 shows 4.6 million people in the US are affected. Over 60% of male Caucasians show male pattern baldness.  Over 50% of women have permanent hair loss. Poor circulation to the scalp, poor oxygen to the scalp, is of the most common causes also.

Diet is definitely also a factor. Eating and excess of sugar, salt and little protein are definite contributors to hair loss.

Women must think of their glandular health (mainly thyroid imbalance) and excess testosterone/overproduction of male sex hormones, and birth control use and disuse, as causes as well. Hair loss above the temples in women means possible adrenal and/or ovarian tumor and/or PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome).

What contributes to making this problem worse?

  • Prolonged stress
  • emotional stress
  • anemia (chronic anemia from severe illness is an almost sure indication of parasite presence)
  • high blood pressure medications & chemotherapy that cause certain vitamin deficiencies
  • mineral deficiencies
  • high cholesterol
  • dandruff (again, Friends and Family,  think thyroid gland here)
  • seborrhea

What one needs is to stimulate the scalp to produce hair, balance hormones, and feed hair from within.

Since so many factors are involved in the prior hair problems I’ve mentioned in this article,  I have recommended a thorough and complete program to my patients/clients.

Use these natural alternative therapies and wholesome plant-derived products to achieve overall nourishment and balance internally and externally (utilize 3 months minimum):

Having beautiful hair is attainable if the body is fed what it is missing~