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Healthy Sex, Toxins, Sexual Lubricants, And Sex Toys

It’s natural to want to have a diverse and uninhibited sexual experience with your partner. And if that includes sex toys, so be it. But what most people don’t know is how to be safe from health risks with these intimacy enhancements.

According to the article, ‘When Sex Goes Toxic’, and we quote: ‘most sexual intimate toys and sexual lubricants are chock full of toxic ingredients like parabens, sodium benzoate, glycerin, petrochemicals and even propylene glycol — a common ingredient in brake fluid! Recent studies have also shown that many such products — especially (commercial) personal lubes — can seriously damage the cell lining, potentially enhancing our susceptibility to sexually-transmitted bags o’ fun like Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, Syphilis, Genital Herpes, Hepatitis B and, of course, HIV.’ ‘According to market research firm Iri, Americans plunk down roughly $200 million annually on lube alone, a substance that sort of faces Food and Drug Administration scrutiny but not necessarily in the ways you might expect.

That’s because the FDA classifies lube as something “to lubricate a body orifice to facilitate entry of a diagnostic or therapeutic device.” (And if that doesn’t get you all hot and bothered nothing will.)’ ‘The problem with classifying lubricants this way, as a de facto medical device, is twofold. First, thanks to the glorious idiosyncrasies of language, such products only face FDA scrutiny if they explicitly portend to be “vaginal lubricants.” Such a stipulation imposes a stipulation that the manufacturer must submit a host of applications (called “510k clearances”) to the FDA. But it doesn’t necessarily mean it has to prove the product is safe for repeat contact.’ ‘Second, companies that don’t explicitly state their products are intended for vaginal lubrication — even if everybody knows they are — face barely any regulation at all. So, unless people’s junk starts spontaneously bursting into flames after rubbing on some Liquid Sexy Heat, most manufacturers just keep on peddling.’

And more from the article and what studies have shown: ‘From a toxicity perspective, we know that many intimate-use products currently on the market (most of which come from China, by way of Unregulatedville) contain a host of parabens. Parabens are known endocrine disruptors, and endocrine disruptors have, for some time, been linked to birth defects, reduced sperm count, tumors, immune deficiencies and a seemingly endless list of nasty business, like the “feminization of boys.”’ ‘Furthermore, while the U.S. lags behind regulating the toxins we come in contact with, the entire European Union is seeking to ban parabens in any product meant for children under 6 years old. Officials at the World Health Organization (WHO), meanwhile, have stated outright that endocrine disruptors can potentially lead to “obesity, infertility or reduced fertility, learning and memory difficulties, Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, as well as a variety of other diseases.”’ ‘“We don’t have categorical proof that the toxic substances found in (these products) will kill you,” admits Dr. Peter Anton, who recently co-authored an in-depth study on lubricant use. “But if you could easily avoid them why wouldn’t you?”‘

With that said, what healthy lubricant substances can one use to help lubricate sex toys without the risk of toxicity? And could there possibly be something that can work as preventative and treatment of STDs? Some people have found just that. SILVER SHIELD GEL is a gel derived from Aqua Sol Technology for recurrent daily use and has been shown to be an effective cleaning agent, promoting natural hydration and moisturizing the skin. It is non-toxic, poses no risk of contamination, is made with food-grade ingredients, and contains no alcohol. It is patented (patent no. 7,135,195) and to acquire such patent the studies proved its antimicrobial and antiviral properties. This gel is recommended by Naturopaths and Holistic practitioners in treatments of and prevention of STDs, and to treat and prevent other health challenges of the reproductive systems.  And it is a Vegan product!

For articles where this gel is recommended to help with challenges from Herpes to Yeast infections in Men and Women, click here. To obtain and learn more about SILVER SHIELD GEL click here. For more information on the US patent no. 7, 135, 195 click here. The best lubricant should be something that has no negative effects on the body, should act as a healthy treatment of the reproductive system each time it is used, and should help prevent disease. Finally, a lubricant has been developed that does just that. Yes, it is possible to have non-toxic sex with your partner utilizing intimacy enhancements that can be fun, help you both express yourself, and can create more of a bond and emotional connection.

Love, Be Safe, Healthy, and Enjoy!

For the video and article, ‘Detoxify And Cleanse To Survive A Toxic World’ click here.

Tonight LIVE @7p EST for the 1st Source Radio Network Show of 2017!

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When In Traffic… ~

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When in traffic, eat an apple, and promote healthy eating!

Its the end of the work day, and as I’ve said before I carry healthy snacks with me in my vehicle to coast peacefully and calmly through traffic;) So when at at a red light, why not share a healthy experience?

Do you really know the new and beneficial benefits found about Apples? According to The World’s Healthiest Foods, here they are:

What’s New and Beneficial About Apples

  • The phytonutrients in apples can help you regulate your blood sugar. Recent research has shown that apple polyphenols can help prevent spikes in blood sugar through a variety of mechanisms. Flavonoids like quercetin found in apples can inhibit enzymes like alpha-amylase and alpha-glucosidase. Since these enzymes are involved in the breakdown of complex carbohydrates into simple sugars, your blood sugar has fewer simple sugars to deal with when these enzymes are inhibited. In addition, the polyphenols in apple have been shown to lessen absorption of glucose from the digestive tract; to stimulate the beta cells of the pancreas to secrete insulin; and to increase uptake of glucose from the blood via stimulation of insulin receptors. All of these mechanisms triggered by apple polyphenols can make it easier for you to regulate your blood sugar.
  • Even though apple is not an excellent source of dietary fiber (it ranks as a “good” source in our WHFoods Rating System), the fiber found in apple may combine with other apple nutrients to provide you with the kind of health benefits you would ordinarily only associate with much higher amounts of dietary fiber. These health benefits are particularly important in prevention of heart disease through healthy regulation of blood fat levels. Recent research has shown that intake of apples in their whole food form can significantly lower many of our blood fats. The fat-lowering effects of apple have traditionally been associated with its soluble fiber content, and in particular, with the soluble fiber portion of its polysaccharide component known as pectins. What we now know, however, is that whole apples only contain approximately 2-3 grams of fiber per 3.5 ounces, and that pectins account for less than 50% of this total fiber. Nevertheless, this relatively modest amount of pectins found in whole apples has now been shown to interact with other apple phytonutrients to give us the kind of blood fat lowering effects that would typically be associated with much higher amounts of soluble fiber intake. In recent comparisons with laboratory animals, the blood fat lowering effects of whole apple were shown to be greatly reduced when whole apples were eliminated from the diet and replaced by pectins alone. In summary, it’s not fiber alone that explains the cardiovascular benefits of apple, but the interaction of fiber with other phytonutrients in this wonderful fruit. If you want the full cardiovascular benefits of apples, it’s the whole food form that you’ll want to choose. Only this form can provide you with those unique fiber-plus-phytonutrient combinations.The whole food form of apples is also important if you want full satisfaction from eating them. Researchers have recently compared intake of whole apples to intake of applesauce and apple juice, only to discover that people report less hunger (and better satiety, or food satisfaction) after eating whole apples than after eating applesauce or drinking apple juice. But especially interesting was an additional finding about calorie intake following apple consumption. When healthy adults consumed one medium-sized apple approximately 15 minutes before a meal, their caloric intake at that meal decreased by an average of 15%. Since meals in this study averaged 1,240 calories, a reduction of 15% meant a reduction of 186 calories, or about 60 more calories than contained in a medium apple. For these researchers, “getting ahead” in calories with a net reduction of 60 calories was a welcomed outcome of the study, and an extra benefit to their study’s primary conclusion—the importance of whole apples (versus other more processed apple forms) in helping us manage our hunger and feeling more satisfied with our food.
  • Scientists have recently shown that important health benefits of apples may stem from their impact on bacteria in the digestive tract. In studies on laboratory animals, intake of apples is now known to significantly alter amounts of two bacteria (Clostridiales and Bacteriodes) in the large intestine. As a result of these bacterial changes, metabolism in the large intestine is also changed, and many of these changes appear to provide health benefits. For example, due to bacterial changes in the large intestine, there appears to be more fuel available to the large intestine cells (in the form of butyric acid) after apple is consumed. We expect to see future studies confirming these results in humans, and we are excited to think about potential health benefits of apple that will be related to its impact on bacterial balance in our digestive tract.

Liver Health – Why You Should Love Your Liver

 

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As the second largest organ in the body, liver health plays a significant role in the body’s overall health. The liver is a part of the hepatic portal system, which controls essential glucagon and insulin secretion throughout the body, monitors metabolism and digestion, acts as a detoxifying organ and produces cholesterol as well as blood-clotting substances.

If the health of the liver is jeopardized, all other systems in the body are affected. If you’re not careful, your liver health can be diminished. Alcohol,  medications, pollutants and even viral infections can damage the liver. Symptoms of liver problems may include everything from emotional imbalance leading to harboring increased emotional anger, reacting angrier in everyday situations, feeling less patient, chronic fatigue, yellow discolored skin and eyes,  nausea or loss of appetite. With the body relying on liver health, it is important that you do what you can to keep it strong.

Another few pluses to having a healthy, clean liver? Since the liver is the filter of blood, the filter of fat, and the filter of hormones, know that the healthier your liver is:

1-the healthier your skin will be since skin health is very much related to blood health

2-the easier your body can shed excess fat stores that attribute to general overall body weight gain, lymphatic congestion and cellulite formation

3- the easier you can prevent weight gain, and the easier you can shed that excess upper abdominal fat that seems to begin and protrude from just under the breasts/chest cavity that many complain about when they’ve gained weight

4- the easier it is to prevent hormonal imbalances that lead to many reproductive system challenges including from prostate inflammation to uterine fibroids, and the easier it is to overcome these health problems overall

There are certain herbs and supplements that are known to provide essential antioxidants and other nutrients that support liver health. Click on the link below to learn more about liver supplements that contain those essential antioxidants and nutrients that help one overcome liver challenges by cleansing and strengthening this vital organ.

HEPATIC SYSTEM PACK

Click here for All recommended supplements to help you achieve overall exquisite optimum health!

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!

8 Ways Exercise Helps Your Heart [Infographic]

Whether you hit the gym, sweat to the oldies, shake your groove thing or make it burn, moving your body around on purpose helps your heart be healthy. See the graphic we recently made outlining 8 reasons your heart will thank you for working out:

8 Ways Exercise Helps Your Heart
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Exercise benefits on the heart include:

Helps your heart pump more blood with less strain
Puts you at the lowest risk for heart disease
Improves cholesterol and fat levels
Reduces arterial inflammation
Helps with weight loss
Improves blood pressure
Reduces your resting heart rate
Lowers risk of stroke
Not to mention mental health and relationship-boosting benefits, too!
In one study, jogging 2 miles a day controlled high blood pressure so well that more than half of the patients who had been taking BP drugs were able to stop using their medication. But it’s not just jogging that can help. Simple things like walking 12 miles a week can lower LDL (bad) cholesterol beneficially. Yoga and Tia Chi can lower blood pressure almost as well as moderate-intensity aerobic exercise. Weight training also offers heart-health benefits.

The main thing is, according to the American Heart Association, no matter your current weight or fitness level, strive for 30 minutes of moderately intense exercise six days a week.

Source: New York Times.

Click here for my recommended natural herbs and supplements for General Health, Heart Health, and Blood Pressure support:

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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.

Impotence, BPH, And Prostate Health. Men. Let’s Talk…

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Men face unique health challenges and need to pay particular attention to the prostate gland, especially with age. Scientific research suggests that several herbs can help support men’s health, including saw palmetto, stinging nettle and African plum tree, or pygeum bark. Saw Palmetto is the most studied and best understood of those herbs, and research shows that it provides numerous health benefits for the prostate gland.

The general topic of men’s health is quite broad and can include issues that are part of women’s health too. Good examples here are cardiovascular health and weight loss, as well as sexual wellbeing. Prostate health and conditions such as impotence / erectile dysfunction (ED) are peculiar to men while in the older female, sexual dysfunction nearly always centers on menopause. In younger women, specific physiological disorders affecting sexual health seem to predominate. In men, vascular health and sexual function are very closely related.

Erectile dysfunction not only adversely affects intimate relationships, but it can also indicate potential cardiovascular health problems. In many cases, erectile difficulties may be a sign of an underlying cardiovascular disorder. Because vascular health reflects erectile function, it’s not surprising that nutritional supplement ingredients that support healthy erectile performance also contribute to cardiovascular health. Supplements that are intended to combat ED usually contain ingredients that will support optimal nitric oxide (NO) levels in the body. Nitric oxide relaxes blood vessels to facilitate improved blood flow. The amino acid arginine is well-known for its cardiovascular benefits primarily because of its conversion to NO in the endothelial cells that line the internal surfaces of arteries. Increased vascular smooth muscle relaxation and the resulting improved blood flow to erectile tissue are due to enhanced NO production.

It has been shown that oral arginine supplementation significantly supports erectile function when compared with placebo (1). Horny (Epimedium sagittatum) has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for centuries because of its aphrodisiac effects and support of erectile health. Scientists have isolated and characterized icariin and have shown this flavonoid derivative to be the major Viagra-like active component (2). Recent research has demonstrated that icariin selectively inhibits phosphodiesterase type 5 (PPE-5), an enzyme that causes a rapid termination of male sexual activity. By blocking this enzyme, sexual activity in men is sustained. Additionally, icariin enhances the production of NO from arginine. As we now know, increased production of NO by cells in the arterial wall results in dilatation of the penile blood vessels, which increases blood flow and maintains erectile function. This mechanism of action for natural icariin is amazingly similar to that of synthetic Viagra (3). The enhanced NO production from arginine also underlines potential cardiovascular benefits. Other natural ingredients have a long history of safe and effective use in ED and complement the actions of arginine and horny goatweed. These include Maca root or Peruvian Ginseng (Lepidium meyenii), Yohimbe root bark (Pausinystalia yohimbe) and DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone). All three of these ingredients act as aphrodisiacs and are noted for their erectile and sexual health benefits in men. Interestingly, Maca has recently been suggested to benefit female sexual health and to support female sexual dysfunction (4).

Another health issue that is fairly widespread in men is enlarged prostate or benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Keep in mind that BPH is not prostatic cancer, but it can be bothersome. Men usually know when they encounter BPH because of difficult urination and frequent nocturnal urination. The currently accepted and most plausible theory supporting the etiology of BPH centers on prostatic testosterone and its excessive conversion to the more potent dihydrotestosterone (DHT). The enzyme 5-alpha reductase catalyzes this conversion, and once formed, DHT stimulates the proliferation of prostatic cells. It appears logical that high levels of DHT lead to excessive numbers of prostatic cells, which can result in an enlarged prostate. Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens) is the most popular and best understood ingredient that provides benefit in cases of BPH. The lipophilic (fat soluble) fraction from Saw Palmetto berries is most active and it appears that fatty acids from this fraction inhibit 5-alpha reductase to lower prostate levels of DHT. The bark of the African Plum Tree (Pygeum africana) and the root of Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica) have shown significant benefit in cases of BPH (5,6). Also, anecdotal reports exist of the carotenoid lycopene and the mineral zinc producing prostate health benefits.

Men’s Formula with Lycopene provides nutritional support for the prostate gland. (A formula I researched, recommend, and have trusted for many years with my patients and clients with sustained excellent results.) It is specially formulated for men over 40 with saw palmetto, pumpkin seeds, pygeum bark, gotu kola, stinging nettle, as well as the antioxidant lycopene, which has been shown to have a supportive affect on prostate gland function. Saw Palmetto has been used for ages to support glandular tissue, particularly the prostate gland. It supports hormone balance and contains a compound used by the body to produce cortisone, an adrenal hormone that helps regulate the metabolism of fats, carbohydrates, sodium, potassium and proteins.

Most importantly, is the comfort of knowing a man can support his prostate and urinary flow without side effects. Equolibrium brings balance to your urinary routine by supporting healthy prostate function and cell replication. An exclusive formula, Equolibrium harnesses the power of equol. A powerful antioxidant, equol supports the prostate through a multi-faceted approach. First, equol binds directly to dihydrotestosterone (DHT) to prevent it from binding to receptor sites in the prostate. Equol’s unique DHT binding ability makes it the only known molecule that protects the prostate without triggering the side effects that can be caused by enzyme-blocking products.

Click here to watch the video ‘Equolibrium – How It Works’.

Maintenance of men’s health is an important priority and should not be ignored. Several nutritional approaches offer meaningful benefits. My belief is that men should optimize the proper functioning of all body systems so as to preserve the highest achievable health status.

(Supported and as per Dr. William Keller)

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Call Dr. Julissa today at 212.923.6366 and make an appointment to discuss this and other health issues. She is available for consultation via phone and online video Skype.

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

Repost from MyNSP Blog.

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 bad sleep.

In answer to your questions, see also supplements for Sleep and Relaxation here that I recommend to my patients and clients.

When it comes to the health of your body, a lack of sleep can lead to weight gain and increase in appetite and hunger for salty, fatty foods. Check out this graphic from Your Local Security on some of the dangers of sleep: