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Psoriasis. Are You Inflamed?


Psoriasis. A skin disorder that affects close to 7 million people in the US. Immune system imbalances are involved, yet it is not contagious. Psoriasis is characterized by an abnormal growth of skin cells. While psoriatic skin cells take an abnormal 3-6 days to mature, normal skin cells mature in a month. It may seem like a simple skin disorder, but did you know over 45o people die each year from certain complications due to severe psoriasis? Symptoms include:

  • Arthritic joint pain and skin
    joint inflammation
  • a significant ‘dip’ or pitting of the nails
  • inflammation, scaling and redness of skin usually on hands, feet, scalp, knees, behind knees, inside and outside of elbows
  • intense skin peeling, sometimes
    painful

Some severe cases have shown large amounts of skin loss which then make the person susceptible to infections that can become serious.

Excellent results are seen with a holistic approach including the following natural therapies that help correct psoriasis by focusing on strengthening the immune system, strengthening the nervous system to cope with stresses better, reducing stress, and reducing discomfort with anti-inflammatories:

Healthy skin is attainable as so many have shown when using a natural holistic approach. And this is highly encouraged and stated in a report in The Lancet. The immune system needs time for strengthening. Use the above supplements for 3-6 months to ultimately help the body heal from this disorder. Healthy skin to All! Be Well!

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.

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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;)

Fear and Anger: 2 Main Emotions That Cause Disease

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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.

  1. 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.

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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.

17 Symptoms of Low Thyroid

Hypothyroidism

Newly updated Jan. 29, 2016.

The Thyroid.  According to the most recent research by the American Thyroid Association, more than 12 percent of the U.S. population will develop a thyroid condition during their lifetime.  Their research continues to point out the following:

  • An estimated 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease.
  • Up to 60 percent of those with thyroid disease are unaware of their condition.
  • Women are five to eight times more likely than men to have thyroid problems.
  • One woman in eight will develop a thyroid disorder during her lifetime.
  • Most thyroid cancers respond to treatment, although a small percentage can be very aggressive.
  • The causes of thyroid problems are largely unknown.
  • Undiagnosed thyroid disease may put patients at risk for certain serious conditions, such as cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis and infertility.
  • Pregnant women with undiagnosed or inadequately treated hypothyroidism have an increased risk of miscarriage, preterm delivery, and severe developmental problems in their children.
  • Most thyroid diseases are life-long conditions that can be managed with medical attention

Statistics of Nov. 2012 indicate the following: 1 in every 4,000 babies is born with congenital hypothyroidism in the US (American Medical Women’s Association). This is of serious concern.

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The thyroid is the gland known as The Master of Metabolism of the body.   A recent study in The Lancet reports that “an estimated 200 million individuals worldwide have a thyroid disorder.”  A low thyroid, Hypothyroidism, is as you can see, very common.  When the thyroid gland is “low” it does not produce adequate thyroid hormone to meet body demands.  All the cells of the body are affected when metabolism slows down.
Symptoms of a sluggish metabolism and hypothyroidism are:

  • appearance of goiter (inflammation/swelling of the thyroid glands)
  • poor memory,  lack of concentration
  • personality changes
  • mood swings
  • dry hair; brittle, dull hair; dry skin; brittle nails; itchy, dry skin; puffy eyelids; puffy, swollen face
  • fatigue (especially between 11am and 3pm)
  • weak muscles
  • indigestion, gas, and bloating after meals
  • unexplained obesity or weight gain (especially in the upper body)
  • depression, many times accompanied by low sexual desire (low
    libido)
  • depression many times accompanied by poor immune response
  • unexplained hair loss (in women many times accompanied by breast cysts or breast fibroids)
  • lack of or delayed menses, or extremely heavy menstrual blood flow (hormonal imbalance)
  • cold hands, ears and/or feet
  • feet or hands having a yellowish appearance in color
  • cold loins (cold groin area)
  • high cholesterol levels (high “bad” cholesterol)

Alright.  Now knowing these symptoms, here are the causes of hypothyroidism:

  • Low iodine levels (iodine deficiency) from X-rays
  • Hashimoto’s thyroiditis – enlarged thyroid goiter caused by an
    autoimmune disorder where the immune system attacks healthy tissue
  • Radiation (low dose radiation, such as from mammograms)
  • Exposure to environmental pollutants (such as fluoride. Thyroid cancer has now been linked to fluoridated water.)
  • Dieting excessively
  • Using Hormone Replacement Therapy drugs

Lifestyle changes to help balance the thyroid gland:

  • Stop drinking fluoridated water. Stop using fluoridated tooth paste. These depress the thyroid.
  • Avoid red meat, refined foods, sugar, saturated fats, white flour, fried foods.
  • Certain foods prevent the use of iodine by the body. Avoid these “goitrogens”:  peanuts, pine nuts, mustard, turnips, soy products, cabbage, and millet. (Although, cooking these foods help to inactivate the goitrogens.)
  • Eat more iodine-rich foods: fish (not raw), garlic, onions, watercress, seafood,  and sea greens.
  • Some vitamin A-rich foods that also help are: carrots, dark green vegetables, eggs (organic of course), and yellow vegetables.

Natural therapies prove to increase thyroid activity, improve memory, mental function, help elevate mood, help alleviate depression, and increase a sluggish metabolism helping to achieve weight loss.  Supporting the adrenal glands (the glands sitting on top of the kidneys) is imperative to support the thyroid also.   And antioxidants stop thyroid destruction.  Use the following combination:

Our glands carry out tasks in the body that range from sleep, to sexual development, to growth, and metabolism.  The thyroid, as I mentioned before, is The Master Gland of The Body.  Keep it in balance for overall well-being.

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2 Main Causes of Diabetes

DIABETES.   The Lancet published the following regarding stat this year: “WHO estimates that more than 346 million people worldwide have diabetes. Without intervention this number is likely to more than double, and around 470 million people are projected to have prediabetes by 2030.”  Diabetes … Continue reading

Uterine Fibroids: Preventing, Shrinking & Avoiding Surgery

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Newly updated March 31, 2016.

Latest statistics, January 19, 2016:

  • 70% to 80% of American women will develop uterine fibroids by age 50

Most women with uterine fibroids suffer severe discomfort, distended bellies, pain, and excessive bleeding. And the proposal of surgery by most of their allopathic doctors is all too common.  But some have figured out another option in using alternative methods to help the body heal, shrink  fibroids, and avoid surgery all together…

It’s something many  women can not conceive. They say to themselves, “It’s genetic. My mother, aunts, and sister have them, so I was bound to develop them also…”. Please know that we are not doomed to suffer the same ailments, conditions and diseases our family suffers or suffered. If the body is fed what it needs, it knows how to heal itself.

I’ve updated this article with the following recent statistics:

-Fibroids are the number 1 reason for hysterectomy in the US (The National Women’s Health Information Center, CDC).

-Fibroids result in 150,000-175,000 hysterectomies in the US (The National Women’s Health Information Center, CDC).

-Prevalance of Uterine Fibroids: 10-20% women (NWHIC)

-Prevalance Rate: approx 1 in 20 or 5.00% or 13.6 million people in USA.

In a recent US study by BioMed Central Women’s Health, with randomly selected women between 35 to 49 in reports, medical records and sonography, the incidence of uterine fibroids by age 35 was 60% among African-American women, increasing to greater than 80% by age 50, whereas Caucasian women showed an incidence of 40% by age 35, and almost 70% by age 50.

When it comes to uterine fibroids, it is crucial to understand they can be prevented. There are ways to shrink them naturally and avoid surgery. But how can we do any of this if most times women don’t know they are ‘feeding‘ their fibroids?

If you have fibroids and drink and eat:

-COFFEE

-CHOCOLATE

-SODAS

-TEAS/ICE TEAS (except Green Tea and White Tea is recommended for healing)

-BEEF/CHICKEN/TURKEY

… then you may be ‘feeding’ your fibroids. Instead of helping your body shrink them, they may grow larger. In my practice these are the first foods I recommend be eliminated from the diet.

Estrogen dominance and an overloaded liver are some causes for uterine fibroid risk, and the above list of foods cause more hormonal imbalance. Even organic versions or decaffeinated versions of the above foods should be avoided. What we eat determines whether we put ourselves at risk for fibroids. Period.  This is such a valid point, that an Italian scientist in studies showed women who eat plenty of vegetables cut their fibroid risk in half, while women who eat red meat double their risk!

In continuing the discussion regarding foods, there is a controversy regarding soy.  The following is very important to understand: Soybeans contain the compounds genistein and daidzein, which are estrogenic and reduce the risk of  breast cancer as well as reduce hot  flashes and other types of menopausal discomfort.  If they reduce the risk of cancer, then the thought of them causing fibroids is not true.

The type of estrogens that are harmful to a woman’s health are xenoestrogensThis type of xenohormone imitates estrogen.  These estrogens are foreign to the human body and the bad news is that xenoestrogens are not only in plastics and styrofoam, but its in the hormones the stockmen and farmers use to fatten up their animals for market – beef, chicken, turkey, pork These xenoestrogens put you at risk of estrogen dominance, and in turn make a woman more prone to developing abnormal cell growth, or ‘feeding’ abnormal cells.

With that said, studies also show uterine fibroids to be more common than blue eyes. They are painful and cause excessive menstrual bleeding. Another recommendation I make to clients and patients is I tell them, “Do not wear tampons”. Your body does NOT eliminate monthly menstrual waste properly if something is obstructing the vaginal tract.  And Ladies, a tampon can never absorb a menstrual blood clot. It is necessary to avoid the chlorine and other chemicals traditional pads are laced with so as not to suffer heavy menstrual bleeding,  itching, odor, and vaginal discomfort in the form of discharge all in part due to the interaction of these chemicals with your body chemistry.  The body can not heal itself, or shrink the fibroids naturally, if waste is constantly staying within the body and being reabsorbed because of the use of tampons instead of maxipads.
The following recommended natural therapy should be used for minimum 6-8 weeks (depending on the severity and size of fibroids) to help the body shrink fibroids, promote hormonal balance, reduce heavy menstrual bleeding, decrease inflammation and pain, and stabilize mood:

Ladies, studies show 2/3 of hysterectomies are unnecessary.  Also, according to The Lancet, a myomectomy carries a high risk of adhesion formation (up to 60%) and uterine rupture, especially after laparascopic resection.  And, according to Obstetrics and Gynecology International, Uterine Artery Embolisation (UAE), one of the newest methods used to remove fibroids, is now showing superior risk compared to hysterectomy.

Follow the recommendations in this article. Prevent surgery as so many others have…

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Call our offices, The Natural Health Centers Inc., at 212.923.6366. Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Julissa to discuss this and other health issues.

HPV aka Genital Warts

Most people consider Sexually Transmitted Diseases a factor in choices they make regarding their reproductive lives and sexuality. And research shows 1 out of every 5 people in the US has a sexually transmitted infection. But some people have found a way of fighting off viral and bacterial infection with specific natural therapies. In this article the focus will be on a specific STD: HPV (Human Papilloma Virus), also known Genital and/or Venereal warts.
These are an extremely common sexually transmitted disease worldwide. A study in The Lancet shows it occurring at rates of 1% or more per year in people aged 16—35 years. HPV infects anal areas, ovaries, fallopian tubes, cervix, uterus and genital/vaginal areas. It plays a role in cervical cancer and can increase risk five-fold. And please know it is usually a result of risky lifestyle habits and a low immune system. Men can be carriers and have no symptoms. Abnormal PAP smears can result. And HPV increases the risk of anal cancer.
Other common risk factors are first intercourse at an early age, poor diet of fast food, smoking, and multiple sex partners. Signs of HPV include: bleeding between periods, heavy painful periods, and pain during sex. These are all first signs. Itchy, uncomfortable, ugly warts in the anal and/or genital area are a sure sign. Many times other STD’s like gonorrhea, herpes, or constant yeast candida albicans infection w/ heavy, pus-filled discharge are also involved.
Note: there is usually high fever during infection.
Natural therapies deal with the causes of HPV and should be accompanied by a significant lifestyle change and strong commitment. Use the following for minimum 90 days to control infection, treat venereal warts, and detoxify the blood and liver:
HEPATIC SYSTEM PACK
IMMUNE SYSTEM PACK
SILVER SHIELD GEL
THAI GO

For permanent improvement and prevention of further warts eliminate high risk lifestyle factors. This includes eliminating: smoking, oral contraceptives (birth control pills), excess alcohol, and multiple sex partners. Use the above mentioned topical supplement, SILVER SHIELD GEL, as a sexual lubricant during intercourse to help prevent HPV re-infection. Finding out you have an STD is absolutely not ‘the end of life as you know it’. Not doing anything to help your body heal itself IS like deciding not to want to enjoy life at its fullest.