Category Archives: Emotional Health

On CT Style on WTNH8 TV, now on YouTube!

On #YouTube now! Watch my interview on @ct.style on @wtnh8 TV – an @abcnetwork station – with #TeresaDufour as I discuss #Fertility challenges among #couples today and my #newbook, ‘The #NaturopathicApproachToFertility’.

👉 https://youtu.be/GlfdwSLzyCk

Get your copy today of my book, my labor of love 💓, at #BarnesandNoble #BN or #Amazon Books:

BN.com 👉http://bit.ly/2axg5YI

Amazon 👉http://amzn.to/2a2Hl37

(Also available in #Spanish for preorders on Amazon at the link below.)

🌎 En YouTube ahora! Vea mi entrevista en el programa @ct.style en @wtnh8 TV – una estacion de @abcnetwork – con Teresa Dufour sobre los retos de #Fertilidad que tienen las parejas de hoy y mi nuevo libro, ‘El #EnfoqueNaturopaticaALaFertilidad’.

👉https://youtu.be/GlfdwSLzyCk

🌎Preordene su copia de mi libro, mi labor de amor 💓, disponible en Español, en Amazon:

🌎 👉http://amzn.to/2gdfHm

#Baby #Love #Conception #Infertility #Pregnancy #Pregnant #Health #Wellness #Wellbeing #Naturopathy #HolisticMedicine #NaturalMedicine #ChineseMedicine #AlternativeMedicine #PreventiveMedicine #DiseasePrevention #WomensHealth #MensHealth

Are You Retaining Water? What To Do About Edema…

edema-2

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:

 

3 Types of Alcoholics. Which One Are You?

Newly updated 11/16/2016.

Do you have a friend or family member who is a heavy drinker or a binge
drinker
? In other words, an alcoholic? Most people do. And sadly, those that don’t, know someone who is an alcoholic or know someone who knows someone that is. The latest facts and statistics published Jan 2016 by The National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism state that:

  • The United States spent $249.0 billion in 2010 on alcohol misuse problems.
  • Binge drinking is three-quarters of the total cost of alcohol misuse.
  • Regarding the global burden, in 2012, 3.3 million deaths, or 5.9 percent of all global deaths (7.6 percent for men and 4.0 percent for women), were attributable to alcohol consumption.

But some people have figured out a way to overcome this emotional and physical imbalance, and have figured out how to focus on bringing that oh so important vital organ called, the Liver, back to life.

There are various reasons why a person would begin to abuse alcohol and become addicted. First, understand the following… Negative addictions are ALL rooted in depression, as seen from a holistic and Traditional Chinese Medicine point of view. Addictions to everything from cigarettes to cigars, to marijuana and drugs, to alcohol, are ALL rooted in the person having some form of depression.

The Liver is the main vital organ directly linked to alcohol addiction, and is known, in the two alternative medicine approaches mentioned prior, to have a specific negative emotion that stems from it. The specific emotion related to the liver is, Anger. So, alcohol abuse (and again, ALL negative substance addictions) is characterized by depression, anger, stress, insecurities and, yes, deficiencies in the diet (nutritional deficiencies).

image

Genetics has been found to also play a part in reasons for alcohol addiction (and other addictions). Yes, believe it or not, it can be inherited as a family trait. Alcohol addiction is a serious disease…  Addictions as these are so severe, the person ‘feels’ as though they may die if they don’t continue with it. And unfortunately, the majority of addicts say they are not alcoholics.  Over 41% of alcoholics develop Hepatitis and Cirrhosis, both well-known liver diseases.  In other studies, alcohol abuse shows it also contributes to a compromised immune system, mineral deficiencies, mental deterioration, and even diabetes and pancreatitis.

According to the NIAAA (National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism), these are the latest 2016 published Drinking Statistics:

Alcohol Use in the United States:

  • Prevalence of Drinking: In 2014, 87.6 percent of people ages 18 or older reported that they drank alcohol at some point in their lifetime; 71.0 percent reported that they drank in the past year; 56.9 percent reported that they drank in the past month.
  • Prevalence of Binge Drinking and Heavy Drinking: In 2014, 24.7 percent of people ages 18 or older reported that they engaged in binge drinking in the past month; 6.7 percent reported that they engaged in heavy drinking in the past month.

Alcohol Use Disorders (AUDs) in the United States:

  • Adults (ages 18+): 16.3 million adults ages 18 and older3 (6.8 percent of this age group4 ) had an AUD in 2014. This includes 10.6 million men3 (9.2 percent of men in this age group4 ) and 5.7 million women3 (4.6 percent of women in this age group4 ).
  • • About 1.5 million adults received treatment for an AUD at a specialized facility in 2014 (8.9 percent of adults who needed treatment)5 . This included 1.1 million men5 (9.8 percent of men in need) and 431,000 women (7.4 percent of women who needed treatment).
  • Youth (ages 12–17): In 2014, an estimated 679,000 adolescents ages 12–176 (2.7 percent of this age group7 ) had an AUD. This number includes 367,000 females6 (3.0 percent of females in this age group7 ) and 311,000 males6 (2.5 percent of males in this age group7 ).
  • • An estimated 55,000 adolescents (18,000 males and 37,000 females) received treatment for an alcohol problem in a specialized facility in 2014.8

 

  • Alcohol-Related Deaths:
  • Nearly 88,000 people (approximately 62,000 men and 26,000 women) die from alcohol-related causes annually, making it the third leading preventable cause of death in the United States.
  • In 2014, alcohol-impaired driving fatalities accounted for 9,967 deaths (31 percent of overall driving fatalities).

Alcohol and the Human Body:

  • In 2013, of the 72,559 liver disease deaths among individuals aged 12 and older, 45.8 percent involved alcohol. Among males, 48.5 percent of the 46,568 liver disease deaths involved alcohol. Among females, 41.8 percent of the 25,991 liver disease deaths involved alcohol.34 Âť
  • Among all cirrhosis deaths in 2011, 48.0 percent were alcohol related. The proportion of alcohol-related cirrhosis was highest (72.7 percent) among decedents ages 25–34, followed by decedents aged 35–44, at 70.3 percent.35 Âť
  • In 2009, alcohol-related liver disease was the primary cause of almost 1 in 3 liver transplants in the United States.36 Âť
  • Drinking alcohol increases the risk of cancers of the mouth, esophagus, pharynx, larynx, liver, and breast.

image

Some people call themselves Moderate Drinkers. However, what is the difference between a Moderate Drinker, a Heavy Drinker, and a BINGE Drinker? Here is what the NIAAA explains are the specific ways in which each of them vary:

Moderate or “low-risk” drinking:

Research shows that people who drink moderately may be less likely to experience an ‘alcohol use disorder‘ (AUD). These drinking levels, which differ for men and women, are:

For men: No more than 4 drinks on any single day AND no more than 14 drinks per week

For women: No more than 3 drinks on any single day AND no more than 7 drinks per week

To stay low risk for AUDs, you must keep within both the single-day and weekly limits.

Heavy or “at-risk” drinking:

For healthy adults in general, heavy drinking means consuming more than the single-day or the weekly amounts listed above. About 1 in 4 people who drink above these levels already has alcohol dependence or alcohol abuse problems.

Binge drinking:

Binge drinking means drinking so much within about 2 hours that blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels reach 0.08g/dL. For women, this usually occurs after about 4 drinks, and for men, after about 5. Drinking this way can pose health and safety risks, including car crashes and injuries. Over the long term, binge drinking can damage the liver and other organs.

Having shared that, how else would you know if you are suffering with alcohol addiction? How else would you know if you are an alcoholic?. Here are some questions you can ask yourself:

  • Do I use alcohol for daily calories instead of food?
  • Do I experience frequent short term memory loss?
  • Am I suffering with nervousness?
  • Am I lacking in coordination that is noticeable to others?
  • Are my LDL cholesterol levels (bad cholesterol levels) high?
  • Is my blood sugar high?
  • Do I lack emotional control?
  • Am I angry very often, abusive, and aggressive towards family? Towards friends?

 

The Liver controls hormone balance and filters hormones. In Men, excessive alcohol especially affects their estrogen levels through liver damage. Alcohol abuse can bring a man to experience enlargement of breasts, reduced sex drive, and beard growth.  It also causes the testes (testicles) to shrink. There are lifestyle changes that can be quite a challenge for both men and women,  but making major lifestyle changes may be your best medicine for changing body chemistry.  These reforms may seem overwhelming and difficult at times,  but this is the first step to helping the body heal itself.

There are things that must be done to reduce’

alcohol craving. First, AVOID  people and places that might make you want to desire alcohol. And next, use alternative natural therapies since they have long proven effective in controlling cravings for alcohol, restoring liver health, emotional and physical balance and well-being within the body, and this has been evident in my own patients and clients.

Combine the following to detoxify the blood and the body’s six vital organs, increase liver performance and strength, stabilize mood, and achieve a strong, healthy blood flow:

HEPATIC SYSTEM PACK

CHINESE POSITIVE PACK TCM

TIAO HE CLEANSE

Click each link provided above to obtain and learn more.  Use these supplements combined for minimum 3 months, then every other month for 6 months, or as needed.

Keep your vital organs, and especially the liver, healthy and well, and get back in control of your health and life!

Courage and Boldness: What Emotions Can Stop Our Children From Being Great?

If we as parents are not careful, our children’s emotions can rule them instead of them mastering them… And to live a balanced life with Health and Joy, we, and our children, MUST do all in our power to master emotions. According to an article in The Lancet on Infectious Diseases, our emotions are also used against us. It reads: ‘We human beings are creatures not only of intellect but of emotion too. Understanding this very well, campaigners against medical advances appeal to the latter at least as much as the former. From battles over the earliest vaccines, through cornea grafting in the 1950s and heart transplantation in the 1960s, to embryo research today, opponents invariably deploy emotional ammunition as well as whatever rational arguments they can muster.’ So what emotions are poked and prodded to make us feel forced to do things that we should not, keeping our children from feeling truly bold and courageous in their lives, and making their health suffer?

Chinese medicine teaches us of seven (7) emotions that can cause disorders of our internal organs and disease. These seven emotions are: fear, shock, joy, sorrow, worry, contemplation, and anger. Of these there are specifically two (2) that must be focused on to help us overcome the others. These are Fear and Anger. Let me elaborate on these two main emotions.

I have noticed these to be more prevalent today in the past 5 years
than ever before in my 20 years in practice. First, what organs do you think are weakened by Fear? The answer? The Kidneys. Before I continue, I must remind you to open up your minds. You must unlearn what you think you know about your bodies when I discuss Chinese Medicine. It is the only way to truly understand it and help the body to heal itself. Having said this, let’s continue…

Do you have a child with kidney problems? Bladder problems? Bedwetting problems? Frequent urination problems? Constant urinary infections and bladder infections? Have you noticed they are harboring fear or are dealing with unresolved forgiveness and unresolved fear issues? Chinese medicine focuses on strengthening these organs to help the child overcome this debilitating emotion. The kidneys are important organs in charge of growth, reproduction, and maintenance of the metabolic balance of water throughout the body. Everything from bone health, to a healthy puberty, and reproductive system health depends on kidney health. Think of those children you know with back pain, joint problems, ear problems, constant ear infections, or hearing problems, unfounded fears, etc.

Here are other specific symptoms Chinese Medicine teaches us are experienced when the kidneys are weak in children:

  • Weak legs
  • Brittle bones
  • Kidney inflammation
  • White/graying hair
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ear)
  • Back problems
  • Problems when climate turns cold
  • Premature aging in a child
  • Ailments in the bones

To balance and help diminish an excess of the emotion known as Fear, strengthen the kidneys, and increase energy in the body, use both of the following natural therapies with children for minimum 3 months.  If the child has trouble swallowing capsules, they may be opened and mixed in 1-2 oz. of apple juice. Preferably organic.:

These provide a basic balancing of yin energy of the vital organs with specific focus on kidney health.

angry-child

 

And now, the second emotion,… Anger. This is the emotion related to the Liver. This negative emotion forces energy upward. Think of a child who’s face and/or eyes become red when angry. Heat rises and so this is the perfect example of how this negative energy flows within the body. This upwards energy, which comes from the chemical plant of the body, the liver, will have a child demonstrating symptoms of nausea, vomiting, vomiting blood and may even experience diarrhea containing undigested foods. Do you know a child who gets ‘ticked off’ quickly all the time? A child who throws constant temper tantrums? A child who lives angry at others all the time and/or angry at the world? Please know, these are symptoms of liver imbalances. Do you know a child that even at their tender young age has already been diagnosed with a liver disease? Most likely the child lives with underlying anger.

The liver is one of the most important internal organs in the human body. It is the filter of blood, fat and hormones. It stores and regulates the blood throughout the entire body and is also in control of extending and flexing muscles and joints. The liver loves to grow and disperse, and hates to be inhibited and oppressed. For this reason, when the liver is inhibited by the emotion of anger, it is harmed as a result. Anger and anxiety are even linked to heart disease according to an article this year in The Atlantic. Think of a child dealing with these negative emotions and suffering with early heart disease… All this contributes as a root problem to diseases of the liver. And therefore, when the liver is diseased, a child will demonstrate many more subsequent emotional problems.

Here are other specific symptoms Chinese Medicine teaches us demonstrate Yang liver imbalances:

  • Irritability, anger or hardheadedness
  • Throat irritation
  • Tonsil inflammation
  • Eye infections
  • Allergies
  • Digestive problems
  • Headaches, Migraines
  • Menstrual irregularities

To balance the liver, help bring more harmony within, and bring forth a more joyous child, use the following natural therapy with a child for minimum 3 months:

If we balance the emotional, the physical will follow.  Let’s do all in our power to help our children be happy, healthy, courageous, and bold so they may succeed in life;)

Frigidity In Men And Women: Healing Fear And Pain

frigidity6

Newly Updated May 16, 2016.

To resist the frigidity of old age, one must combine the body, the mind, and the heart. And to keep these in parallel vigor one must exercise, study, and love. -Alan Bleasdale

Frigidity. Most who suffer with Frigidity feel they are suffering with more than just a physical problem. And many feel there is no hope for them in saving their relationships with their partners, or feeling good again about themselves. But some have figured out a way to overcome Frigidity to enjoy a loving, lush, intimate, and sensual life again.

What is Frigidity? According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary it means: the quality or state of being frigid; specifically :  marked or abnormal sexual indifference especially in a Woman. Note: it can also be indifference in a Man.  “Because of the derogatory connotations that have become associated with the term frigidity, it has been replaced in the vocabulary of sex therapists by the general term hypogyneismus, the inability of a woman to obtain sexual satisfaction under otherwise appropriate circumstances.

I have come across this issue with patients and clients time and again in my 20+ years in practice.  It is something that I find is one of the root concerns in those who suffer with reproductive system health problems.

frigidity1

Frigidity in Women: Unfortunately many times these women are referred to as ‘cold and distant’.  Frigidity in women is marked by painful intercourse usually due to vaginal dryness, and/or fear rooted in sexual trauma (possibly rape, molestation, or any other sexual episode in the woman’s life that brings her discomfort if she has not overcome her trauma and those specific thoughts enter her mind when trying to be intimate). First, with the concern of vaginal dryness, it is recommended improving lubrication internally and improving skin and muscle tone.

frigidity2

 

Frigidity in Men: According to The New Yorker issue, September 28, 1929, article ‘Frigidity In Men’, it is described as “… a man who does not respond to any of the general advances made by the aggressive female. This type of man possesses a recessive knee and also is reticient about kissing. He shrinks from any demonstration of affection, and is considered a biological “sport”. He would rather admire his women from afar and dream about them.” This term of Frigidity is mostly used for women, while today it is referred to generally as impotence in men.

According to Psychology Today, ‘… frigidity in women and impotence in men,… have now been replaced with less judgmental terms. Impotence is now known as erectile dysfunction, and frigidity is now described as any of several specific problems with desire, arousal, or anxiety. For both men and women, these conditions may appear as an aversion to, and avoidance of, sexual contact with a partner. In men, there may be partial or complete failure to attain or maintain an erection, or a lack of sexual excitement and pleasure in sexual activity. In women, there may be an inability to lubricate enough to complete the sex act’.

***Please note I feel both descriptions of a Frigid Woman (as in when she is referred to as ‘cold and distant’), and a Frigid Man are negative and derogatory.  As Medical Online’s Sex Therapy states, “Both men and women need the right conditions to respond, and often do not get them.” The right conditions to respond sexually, that is. Best, I feel, let us look deeper into the emotional and physical healing that must take place for these people dealing with this sexual problem so they may feel the capacity to have sexual intimacy again.

sarasam_frigidity

Fear to have sex, in both men and women, because of some physical or emotional trauma has been marked as one of the major causes of Frigidity. This Fear is considered emotional pain. And this Fear may also bring on depression.  If in turn a person is taking anti-depressants or other medications to stabilize mood, that person’s libido is almost guaranteed to suffer. If they feel they cannot be pleased or feel they cannot please their partner, it may bring about despair and an even more depressed state, and it becomes a vicious cycle.  Depression-related libido problems are resolved when we increase serotonin and also naturally improve libido with herbal aphrodisiacs. TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) teaches us that all the above symptoms in women are due to emotional weakness, physical weakness, weak energy flowing through the body, fear/fright, damp-heat within the body, and that the main organs of focus are the Kidneys.

The Kidneys are in charge of reproduction, growth, and the metabolic balance of water throughout the body.  Located in the lumbar region of the body, it is said the loins (hips, groin, lower abdomen, reproductive organs) are the residence of the kidneys, so when the kidneys are ill/diseased, symptoms may occur across the loins.  Fear is the emotion associated with the Kidneys. Excessive Fear hurts the Kidneys. Toning, strengthening and reinforcing the Kidneys’ energy, according to TCM will also help a person eliminate deep rooted Fear.  Frigidity is more than just not feeling like having sex. As we see here it is rooted in a combination of imbalances that reflect themselves in the emotional and physical.

afr-amer-couple-sexually-happycauc-couple-sexually-happy

 

The recommendations I’ve made below are revitalizers for sexual energy as well as effective natural treatments for the unfortunate and common sexual problem Frigidity I’ve stated in this article. Herbs have a centuries-old reputation for effectiveness in working with the body toward sexual health and enhancement.  Use the following combination of therapies for increased circulation, heightened sexual desire, and hormonal balance. (Click on each link for detailed information on each herbal supplement.)

For both Men and Women needing emotional and physical balance, here TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) formulas:

CHINESE NEGATIVE YIN PACK

For Women, add to Chinese Negative Yin Pack for increased sexual energy and desire the following two herbal therapies:

X-ACTION FOR WOMEN

FEMALE COMFORT

For Men, add to Chinese Negative Yin Pack for increased sexual stamina and vitality the following two herbal therapies:

X-ACTION RELOADED FOR MEN

MEN’S FORMULA

Ladies, if you are concerned about VAGINAL DRYNESS/VAGINAL ATROPHY see my other female health article here.

* Another tip, Ladies And Gentlemen! Remember I’ve also shared times before in my posts that studies show an active sex life can make you look up to 7 to 12 years younger, count them, 7 to 12 years younger! “It’s good for you to have good sex,” says David Weeks, a clinical neuropsychologist at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, whose study on the effects of sex on aging appears in his book, Secrets of the Superyoung. With that said, All Men and Women should consider it a must to get healthy sexually! Love, Be Well, Happy, Young, Healthy, Abundant, and Vibrant!

20131204-110506.jpg

If you would like to discuss this and/or other health issues with Dr. Julissa, she is available for in-office appointments (*possibly in your area in one of her offices across the US*), phone consultations, Skype, Face Time, Tango, and Facebook Messenger video consultations. Call 212.923.6366 or 917.580.0898 for scheduling. If needed, please leave a detailed message and a staff member will get in touch with you shortly. We look forward to being a part of your optimum health journey!

 

Fear and Anger: 2 Main Emotions That Cause Disease

Eyes-Expression-of-Fear-Anger--99983

If we are not careful, our emotions can rule us instead of us mastering them… And to live a balanced life in  Health , Joy, and Wealth, we MUST do all in our power to master them. According to an article in The Lancet on Infectious Diseases, our emotions are also used against us. It reads: ‘We human beings are creatures not only of intellect but of emotion too. Understanding this very well, campaigners against medical advances appeal to the latter at least as much as the former. From battles over the earliest vaccines, through cornea grafting in the 1950s and heart transplantation in the 1960s, to embryo research today, opponents invariably deploy emotional ammunition as well as whatever rational arguments they can muster.’ So what emotions are poked and prodded to make us feel forced to do things with our health that we should not?

Chinese medicine teaches us of seven (7) emotions that can cause disorders of our internal organs and disease. These seven emotions are: fear, shock, joy, sorrow, worry, contemplation, and anger. Of these there are specifically two (2) that must be focused on to help us overcome the others. These are Fear and Anger. Let me elaborate on these two main emotions.

I have noticed these to be more prevalent today in the past 5 years
than ever before in my 20 years in practice. First, what organs do you think are weakened by Fear? The answer? The Kidneys. Before I continue, I must remind you to open up your minds. You must unlearn what you think you know about your bodies when I discuss Chinese Medicine. It is the only way to truly understand it and help your bodies heal themselves. Having said this, let’s continue…

Do you know someone with kidney problems? Have you noticed they are harboring fear or are dealing with unresolved forgiveness and unresolved fear issues? Chinese medicine focuses on strengthening these organs to help the person overcome this debilitating emotion. The kidneys are important organs in charge of growth, reproduction, and maintenance of the metabolic balance of water throughout the body. Everything from bone health, to fertility, to blood pressure health depends on kidney health. Think of those you know with back pain, joint problems, infertility issues, ear problems or hearing problems, low or high blood pressure, edema, unfounded fears, etc.

Here are other specific symptoms Chinese Medicine teaches us are experienced when the kidneys are weak:

  • Impotence
  • Weak legs
  • Brittle bones
  • Arthritis
  • Kidney inflammation
  • Osteoporosis/ Premature over calcification
  • White/graying hair
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ear)
  • Back problems
  • Problems when climate turns cold
  • Premature aging
  • Ailments in the bones

To balance and help diminish an excess of the emotion known as Fear, strengthen the kidneys, and increase energy in the body, use both of the following natural therapies for minimum 3 months:

These provide a basic balancing of yin energy of the vital organs with specific focus on kidney health.

20140722-154556-56756521.jpg

And now, the second emotion,… Anger. This is the emotion related to the Liver. This negative emotion forces energy upward. Think of someone who’s face and/or eyes become red when angry. Heat rises and so this is the perfect example of how this negative energy flows within the body. This upwards energy, which comes from the chemical plant of the body, the liver, will have a person demonstrating symptoms of nausea, vomiting, vomiting blood and diarrhea containing undigested foods. Do you know someone who gets ‘ticked off’ all the time? Someone who lives angry at others all the time and/or angry at the world? Please know, these are symptoms of liver imbalances. Do you know someone who has already been diagnosed with a liver disease? Most likely the person lives with underlying anger. The liver is one of the most important internal organs in the human body. It is the filter of blood, fat and hormones. It stores and regulates the blood throughout the entire body and is also in control of extending and flexing muscles and joints. The liver loves to grow and disperse, and hates to be inhibited and oppressed. For this reason, when the liver is inhibited by the emotion of anger, it is harmed as a result. Anger and anxiety are even linked to heart disease according to an article this year in The Atlantic. All this contributes as a root problem to diseases of the liver. And  therefore, when the liver is diseased, a person demonstrates many more subsequent emotional problems.

Here are specific symptoms Chinese Medicine teaches us demonstrate Yang liver imbalances:

  • Gastric acidity-gastric
  • High triglyceride count
  • Irritability, anger or hardheadedness
  • Throat irritation
  • Tonsil inflammation
  • Gallbladder stones
  • Eye infections (ex: sties)
  • Allergies
  • Digestive problems
  • Migraines
  • Menstrual irregularities

To balance the liver, and help bring more harmony within, more joy to the body and self, use the following natural therapy for minimum 3 months:

If we balance the emotional, the physical will follow.

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

eating-disorder

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.

9 Reasons Why The Body Feels Pain & Controlling Pain Naturally

Far too many people suffer with pain daily. And this is frustrating, debilitating, and takes a severe toll on the body. But some people have been able to overcome their pain by taking a holistic natural approach.

Understand first, pain is an internal alarm that a problem is persisting. And some are very resistant to pain, while others of are very sensitive to it. When we think of pain, many automatically think of only physical pain. Types of pain are many. These types range from:  physical, persistent, intermittent, emotional, shooting, pulsating, throbbing, sharp, dull, spasmodic, and more. Pain is our best body alarm. And this alarm tells us when something must be given attention immediately. This alarm gives us a specific location of what area is having a challenge. Although pain can be our best body alarm, when pain continues without relief it can drain you physically and mentally. Chemical drug pain killers, known to have side effects, may help in the moment, yet do not correct the underlying root of the problem causing pain. A person then may feel the need to constantly take chemical drug pain killers just to feel they are living a normal life.  The pain may be alleviated by these drugs for a certain time, but the side effects of chemical drug pain killers will harm other parts of the body. Natural therapies are found by many to be the relief they are searching for, feeling they are exceptional and far superior to chemical drugs and of course, the side effects they cause. Natural herbal therapies work profoundly to reach the root cause of pain helping one to feel calm, relaxed, and help the body to heal itself.

9 Main Reasons The Body Feels Pain :

  1. A diet high in acidity that destroys protective tissue
  2. Malnutrition. A diet low in nutrients.
  3. Stress, emotional turmoil
  4. Stressed exhausted adrenals
  5. Surgery
  6. Injury
  7. Tumors
  8. Growths
  9. Anger

To help manage, ease pain, reduce inflammation, and help the body heal, the following natural therapies are recommended. Choose 2 to 3 formulas combined. Use for minimum 30 to 90 days:

CURCUMIN BP

STRUCTURAL SYSTEM PACK

RELIEF FORMULA

CHINESE NEGATIVE PACK

TEI FU CREAM

Gallery

Sleep or Die: 4 Reasons Why You Should Get More Sleep

This gallery contains 2 photos.

Trouble sleeping? If so, that could have some serious health risks. The lack of sleep causes your brain to slow or shut down completely. Creative thinking, judgement and visuals, memory and learning, math and logic — they all suffer under … Continue reading

Low Sex Drive? 10 Signs That Indicate Why You Might Have A Low Libido

Women on Top: How Real Life Has Changed Women'...

Is your Libido Low? Libido has definitely dropped. And this is a serious concern for most who are suffering with a low sex drive. The latest statistics for America, show that 43% of women have some type of sexual dysfunction, and 52% of men between the ages of 40 and 70 have impotence problems. Did you know that our poor nutrient, unhealthy diets, over use of drugs, stimulants and rushed, high pressured lifestyles lead to low energy and lack of time for love-making. After all, sex is significant part of our lives.

 10 Questions to Ask Yourself

  1. If you’re a women in menopause, have you gained unusual weight or have you lost your normal energy?
  2. If you’re a man going through andropause, have erections become slow and difficult or painful?
  3. Have you become dissatisfied with the path your life is taking?
  4. Are you depressed?
  5. Have you been under a lot of stress for a long period of time?
  6. Do you feel unattractive or that you have lost your looks because of age change?
  7. Has your diet changed to fast foods on the go?
  8. Do you rely on prescription drugs to get through the day?
  9. Was your childhood marked by physical abuse or trauma?
  10. Do you have a serious nervous illness? (MS, Parkinson’s or diabetes)

Why use a natural therapy method to help? Herbs have a century-old reputation for effectiveness in working with the body towards health and enhancement. If you are taking prescription drugs, take a look at the information. Most of them have side effects that cause impaired sex drive. New studies show that an active sexual life can make you look up to 7 to 10 years YOUNGER! So, with that said… Get active!

Use the following natural therapy recommendations to help with sexual energy, stamina, emotional health, and hormonal balance. Use for at least a minimum of 90 days to correct imbalances:

Women:
NATURAL CHANGES

X-ACTION FOR WOMEN

CIRCULATORY SYSTEM PACK

Men:

X-ACTION RELOADED

GLANDULAR SYSTEM PACK

CIRCULATORY SYSTEM PACK

image

Call Dr. Julissa today at 212.923.6366 and make an appointment to discuss this and other health issues. She is available for in-office appointments, via phone and video Skype consultations.