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Are You Retaining Water? What To Do About Edema…


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:


8 Results To Expect From A Cleansing & Detoxification Program

Detoxification and Cleansing.  Doesn’t ‘cleansing’ negativity and bad health remnants sound like the right thing to do physically and spiritually?  And don’t we all want to Prevent Disease?  How can we think of preventing disease if we don’t consider using tools such as Detoxification?

The cleansing or purging of the intestines–detoxification–dates back to 2500 B.C. with Egyptian bowel specialists. The Greeks also used it, as did the American Indians. Detoxification has been known and used for ages. But this is the time in history it is the most needed and the most important. Foods have become denatured, devoid of enzymes, overly sugared, and just plain poisoned. Food and water have become more toxic. And our digestive systems are overloaded. Detoxification is absolutely imperative.

Your elders most likely practiced detoxification with you!  You may have memories of your grandmother or mother giving you a “clean-out” or “wash-out” every year right before the beginning of the school year…   Or you may remember being ill and watching your grandmother, or some family member, walk into the backyard,  pull some roots out of the ground, some leaves off a plant, wash them, and make you a potent tea that had you feeling light on your feet, energized, and brand new again in no time…


Detoxification has been called the ‘missing link to disease prevention’.  Unfortunately, with the amount of toxins in our foods and the environment, our bodies have difficulty performing such an automatic function alone. The process of eliminating or neutralizing toxins through vital eliminatory organs such as the liver, kidneys, lungs, skin,  and colon,  is something they were once capable of when they were not completely overloaded.  If these toxic substances are not eliminated, our intelligent bodies push toxins to one side, and surround it in mucous and fat in order for us not to suffer an imbalance or immune reaction.

Our emotions are also affected by a toxic, congested body.  The emotion of ‘Not Letting Go’ is associated with the health of the colon/large intestine.  Negativity is more difficult to ‘let go’ of’ in life if a person is not having minimum 2-3 bowel movements per day. The colon when impacted in this way brings a person to suffer constipation.  So consider a detoxification  a step towards cleansing emotionally also…

For those who have considered Detoxification to manage their weight, or to lose weight successfully, you should know you’re perfectly right in doing so!  Why? For the following reasons:  The body surrounds toxins with MUCOUS and FAT.   If the body is storing foreign substances in fatty deposits, this is a crucial reason for Detoxification.   The more Fat the body is storing, the more Toxic the body is.  And maintaining a low fat diet and low body fat in general is a form of disease prevention also.   People can be carrying between 5 and 16 pounds of mucous and fat that carry toxic waste!

A cleansing and detoxification program should do the following:

  • 1- to clean the digestive tract of accumulated waste and fermented bacteria
  • 2- purify the liver, blood, and kidneys
  • 3- clear excess congestion and mucous from the body
  • 4- correct craving dependencies of nicotine, alcohol, drugs, sugar and caffeine
  • 5- increase mental clarity
  • 6- balance hormones
  • 7- strengthen the immune system
  • 8- and change bad eating habits in a person so their stomach reduces to normal size

In other words,  I expect the best results from the program I choose to recommend. Here are my favorite detoxification and cleansing programs that  help you achieve true core health, weight management/weight loss, energy, fitness and balance:



Click the above links to obtain these and get detailed information. Use these for minimum 30 days.

* The proof is in the faces and testimonies of marvelously joyous patients and clients.  To see their photos, become my Facebook friend and see photo albums  ‘Weight Loss Success, Before & After’  and ‘Mobile Uploads’. *

Prevent disease by incorporating a cleansing program at least 3 to 4 times per year or as needed. Be Well!


Teaching Leaders ~


Was teaching once again in last night’s NYC NSP Leaders INForm class in midtown NYC! Excited everyone is so motivated about how they have put their skills to practice helping others with their health;) It was an exhilarating Q&A session with questions coming from every angle and so much fun to see them so happy about the I-Inspire program also;) Well done, my NSP Family! 😆

🌎 En la clase de anoche de Lideres NSP de NYC siguiendo con la motivación de INForm! Emocionada de ver todos tan motivados por poner sus tácticas en practica;) Era una sesión de Preguntas Y Respuestas de todo ángulo y me sentí tan alegre de ver todos motivados por el programa Yo-Inspiro! Bien hecho, mi Flia. NSP! 😆

#NSP #INForm #Iinspire #YoInspiro




Repost: ‘Mental Medicine: How Meditation Changes Our DNA’ by Dan Bischoff (From My Living Blog)


Gone are the days when meditation was only for monks with orange robes and vows of silence. Meditation, although a centuries-old practice, has become a new-age phenomena for dealing with our overstimulating world. Stress, anxiety and exhaustion are common ailments that motivate sufferers to turn to meditation for its calming, soul-healing effects.

But what about cancer? And what about heart disease? Everyone is looking for a cure for the two biggest killers in the United States, and recent studies are showing that mindfulness meditation might help. So close your eyes and say “Ommm.”

Meditation as a Medical Cure

Mindfulness meditation is similar to what you probably imagine when you think of meditating. It’s done seated, involves closing your eyes and turning your thoughts inward. Practitioners of mindfulness meditation try to live in the present, using meditation to forgive their past and stop jolting for the future.

Research about the physical benefits of mindfulness meditation have been coming out since 2008, when a study found that comprehensive lifestyle changes, such as stress management, aerobic exercise and a vegan diet had an impact on telomere length in prostate cancer patients.

Telomere length refers to the tip ends of the chromosomes that protect our DNA. Reducing stress can increase telomerase, which is the telomere-lengthening enzyme that scientists have discovered protect our DNA and contribute to our overall health.

Show Me the Science

meditation changes our dnaThe 2008 study asked 30 men with biopsy-diagnosed low-risk prostate cancer to make comprehensive lifestyle changes for three months. They found that these changes “significantly increased telomerase activity and consequently telomere maintenance capacity in human immune-system cells.”

Another study in 2013 tested the effects of mindfulness meditation specifically, finding that after eight hours of mindfulness practice, meditators showed a range of genetic and molecular differences from a control group who simply engaged in quiet, non-meditative activities. The changes were found in genes that are the current targets of anti-inflammatory and analgesic drugs, often used with patients who suffer from heart disease.

The most interesting finding, though, comes from a 2014 study that looked at 88 breast cancer survivors and found that the women who participated in regular mindfulness meditation had longer telomeres, and women in the control group who didn’t practice any meditation had shortened telomeres after the 12-week study.

Shortened telomeres don’t necessarily cause cancer or heart disease, but they do whittle with age and tend to correlate with patients of cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Lengthening, or at least maintaining the length of our telomeres may help prevent these illnesses in those predisposed or aid in recovery.

But Wait, There’s More

The positive implications of mindfulness meditation extend even further than cancer, heart disease and diabetes, if you can believe it. Dr. Linda E. Carlson, who was the lead investigator on the 2014 study, found that mindfulness is associated with healthier levels of the stress hormone cortisol in her earlier work. And that mindfulness stress reduction may help individuals fight the flu and effects of HIV.

Another study conducted by Harvard University in 2014 found that mindfulness meditation can physically increase the gray matter density in our brains, near the hippocampus and amygdala, which are areas associated with self-awareness, compassion, anxiety and stress.


Tibetan monks sometimes live to be anywhere from 100 to 120 years old. And it isn’t uncommon to find a monk that looks to be in his 40s who is actually 80. The secrets of these age-defying abbots is not a pill or a fountain of youth, but healthy living practices that include long hours of mindfulness meditation.

One of the biggest proponents of aging is oxidative stress, and learning to reduce stress is one of, if not the key, to slowing the aging process. Tap into the power of meditation and other natural remedies for stress to extend your years and lead a happier, healthier life as you do.




My notes:  With all that wonderful information said here, I share here a photo of myself meditating to the sound of crashing waves on the beach in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, this year, May 2015.  Prayer/Mediation has been my practice for some years now, and I invite All of You to incorporate the same into your daily lives to begin healing if needed, be divinely healthy, and to become Love…

‘The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind.’ A quote by Lessons Learned In Life‬. We should, as the precious souls that we All are, both pray and meditate. It is said, ‘Prayer is speaking to God. Meditation is allowing the spirit of God to speak to You.’~

Breast Cancer in Men, Women, & What You Need To Know




Newly updated October 12, 2016.

Breast Cancer. These two words make women AND men shudder in today’s day and age. It’s gotten to the point that most people know someone with breast cancer, and/or know someone who knows someone with breast cancer.

Cancer isn’t just one disease, but a number of diseases. There are four types of cancerous growths known as the following:

  1. sarcomas – affecting bones, muscles, and connective tissue
  2. leukemias – blood cancers
  3. carcinomas– affecting mucous membranes, skin, glands, and organs
  4. lymphomas – affecting the lymph system


Understanding these different types of cancer growths, know that there can definitely be more than one cancer in a location. And what do these 4 cancers have in common? Cells that become abnormal became de-sensitized to normal growth ‘guidelines’, then the damaged cells grow uncontrollably and may spread or move (metastasize) to other parts/areas of the body.

Here are the most recent 2016 U.S. Breast Cancer Statistics:

  • About 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.
  • In 2016, an estimated 246,660 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 61,000 new cases of non-invasive (in situ, or ‘on site’) breast cancer.
  • About 2,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in men in 2016. A man’s lifetime risk of breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000.
  • Breast cancer incidence rates in the U.S. began decreasing in the year 2000, after increasing for the previous two decades. They dropped by 7% from 2002 to 2003 alone. One theory is that this decrease was partially due to the reduced use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) by women after the results of a large study called the Women’s Health Initiative were published in 2002. These results suggested a connection between HRT and increased breast cancer risk.
  • About 40,450 women in the U.S. are expected to die in 2016 from breast cancer, though death rates have been decreasing since 1989. Women under 50 have experienced larger decreases. These decreases are thought to be the result of treatment advances (in my opinion, an increase in natural herbal therapy treatments also), earlier detection through screening (women should choose, in my opinion, Thermography Scans as opposed to mammograms, which I will discuss in this article), and increased awareness.
  • For women in the U.S., breast cancer death rates are higher than those for any other cancer, besides lung cancer.
  • Besides skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women. In 2016, it’s estimated that just under 30% of newly diagnosed cancers in women will be breast cancers.
  • In women under 45, breast cancer is more common in African-American women than white women. Overall, African-American women are more likely to die of breast cancer. For Asian, Hispanic, and Native-American women, the risk of developing and dying from breast cancer is lower.
  • In 2016, there are more than 2.8 million women with a history of breast cancer in the U.S. This includes women currently being treated and women who have finished treatment (conventional medicine treatment).
  • A woman’s risk of breast cancer nearly doubles if she has a first-degree relative (mother, sister, daughter) who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Less than 15% of women who get breast cancer have a family member diagnosed with it.
  • About 5-10% of breast cancers can be linked to gene mutations (abnormal changes) inherited from one’s mother or father. Mutations of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes are the most common. On average, women with a BRCA1 mutation have a 55-65% lifetime risk of developing breast cancer. For women with a BRCA2 mutation, the risk is 45%. Breast cancer that is positive for the BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutations tends to develop more often in younger women. An increased ovarian cancer risk is also associated with these genetic mutations. In men, BRCA2 mutations are associated with a lifetime breast cancer risk of about 6.8%; BRCA1 mutations are a less frequent cause of breast cancer in men.
  • About 85% of breast cancers occur in women who have no family history of breast cancer. These occur due to genetic mutations that happen as a result of the aging process and life in general, rather than inherited mutations.
  • The most significant risk factors for breast cancer are gender (being a woman) and age (growing older).


Know which women have one of the highest risks?… Overweight women are at higher risk. Why? If you’re more than 25% above your ideal weight, your risk rises because since there is a high level of fat cells in an overweight woman, it is important to note  that fat cells are the storage depots for environmental estrogen (causing the estrogen dominance issue I so often talk about), pesticides, organ-chlorine residues and other chemical toxins.  If you are about 30 years of age, Ladies, and are overweight, this increases the long-term risk of breast cancer, too.

Other risk factors in women include:

  • those who had their period before age 12
  • those who did not go through menopause until after 55
  • those who did not have a child before 30
  • those who did not carry pregnancy full term
  • those who smoke



Women whose diet are rich in dairy foods and meats have higher risk. Most animal meats are injected with hormones today, and we already know what these hormones are capable of doing to our bodies.

Another fact? Women who eat whole natural soy beans, (and I don’t mean the soy-derived foods like soy meats, or what some call ‘fake food’, etc.) I mean those who eat the true whole natural soy beans (organic is best, of course), have lower levels of circulating estrogen! Yes, my friends!


Vegetarians/Vegans are less at risk of breast cancer because they do not consume injected hormonal meats!… I feel I should write this again… Vegetarians are less at risk of breast cancer because they do not consume hormone-injected meats! Next, birth control use, estrogen pesticides, and long term synthetic estrogen are also risk factors for breast cancer.  Let’s fight Breast Cancer by having a FOCUS ON OPTIMUM HEALTH! Want to know one of the BEST keys to fighting breast cancer? REGULAR EXERCISE. It absolutely alters your body chemistry! So instead of large numbers of fat deposits which store excess estrogen, regular exercise will increase fat metabolism, which helps ‘out’ excess estrogen from the body.

Now, Ladies and Gentlemen, let us discuss Mammograms…  Most people believe having mammograms is breast cancer prevention. And this is far from true. Early detection is absolutely important, yes, yet we MUST understand that a healthy lifestyle and disease prevention should be the primary goal.

Mammograms are known to damage breast tissue and these damaged tissues can become abnormal and cancerous! There is a reason why studies from the 1970’s and 80’s show that mammograms should not be done without suspected cause. The scientific community itself is debating whether death rates from breast cancer are reduced at all by mammograms in women under 50! Younger women’s breasts are dense, so mammograms only detect dangerous lesions in young women about 50% of the time. And did you know that mammograms can not help with distinguishing between slow growing tumors and aggressive ones? Want another shocker? One study by the National Cancer Institute showed that radiologist reports of mammograms were false positives 16% of the time!







It has been documented that women over 50 who have routine annual mammograms may receive UP TO 3 FALSE POSITIVES in their lifetimes! Can you just imagine the emotional imbalance and trauma this causes? Did you also know that even more research also shows mammograms miss cancer 15% of the time! This is so detrimental that by the time the tumor is found because it has reached a ‘detectable size’, it has probably been growing for 7-10 years or more… This then means it could have also spread.

What is the next option? DITI (Digital Infrared Thermal Imaging).
Also known as Thermography. 
Thermography does not expose you to radiation or damage breast tissue. It takes measurement of skin surface temperature to determine cancer risk, looks at heat patterns, and to detect tumor growth it looks for specific changes in the blood. Thermography can detect changes years before it shows up on a mammogram. Thermograms are very precise in that they involve a scan of not only the breast, but the under arms (where lymph nodes are located), the upper chest (known to be where the majority of cancers begin), and the entire chest. It can also show how other body organs are doing, determine if there are imbalances and what might be causing them. Taking things a step further, experts say it can also show if an organ or system is prone/susceptible to tumors before there are even signs on a CT scan or X-ray.





The FDA stated in 1982, that Thermography is a highly advanced health scanning technique that offers the benefits of breast cancer screening without the drawbacks of mammogram radiation. Close to over 19,000 articles worldwide have been written about its success. So why, oh why don’t most people choose Thermography instead of mammograms? Most people don’t know they have this option. Many times it is not offered. And it pains me to say, that in the over 21 years I have in practice, I have noticed it is hardly offered at all to minority women… Refuse to put your breasts in that extremely painful caveman-like device of a mammogram, Ladies! The high rate of false positives and false negatives, their link to fibroids, X-ray-harmed breast tissue, and damaged, bruised breast tissue, has women considering thermography which offers a non-invasive technique to keep them better informed of their breast health. Ask for a Thermography. Be adamant about it. You will be glad you did!

Now let’s get down to the nitty gritty, as they say… Do you know what signs should alert you to possible breast cancer, whether you are a man or woman? Here they are:

  • Nipple discharge
  • Scaly skin patches around the nipple
  • Nipple retraction, inward nipple
  • Breast lumps, especially firm lumps with poorly defined edges that don’t move when touched or don’t change during your cycle, often along with breast skin irritation or dimpling and change in breast texture or color (these are truly serious signs)
  • enlargement of lymph nodes in the armpit
  • Chronic swollen sores around the mouth, gums or jaws
  • severe unexplained morning nausea
  • hypothyroidism due to low iodine can be early warning signs to watch for

TIME TO MAKE CHANGES. REDUCE BREAST CANCER RISK. IF YOU’VE ALREADY BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH BREAST CANCER, IT IS TIME TO FINALLY FEED THE BODY WHAT IT NEEDS TO FIGHT ABNORMAL CELLS AND SHRINK TUMORS. REGAIN YOUR HEALTH! >Diet, Diet, Diet… I have heard time and again, “You mean I have to STOP eating steaks, chicken, turkey, and pork chops, Dr. Julissa? Really?” My answer: ABSOLUTELY. Or we cannot prevent or help the body heal itself. “How could this be”, you ask? Reducing animal fats in your diet alone cuts your breast cancer risk by 33%! Let’s have a better look into this…

Beef is very difficult to digest and will putrefy for days in the intestines keeping toxins in the body. Chicken and turkey, except organic, are riddled with injected hormones. And again, even organic chicken and turkey must be reduced to reduce risk simply because they are animal fats. I personally recommend women discontinue all meats altogether, organic or not, if they are dealing with breast challenges or have a genetic family history of breast challenges. And why stop eating pork to prevent risk of breast cancer or to help the heal from breast cancer?! Get ready! And no, I am not referring to the religious reasons why some choose not to eat pork. Although they have chosen well! First, naturopathic medicine teaches us ‘there is no such thing as cancer without a presence of parasites…’. And PORK is THE ONLY MEAT THAT RETAINS PARASITES. This means, there is NO degree of heat a person has available to cook pork meat that will kill the parasites that infest this meat. Also avoid blackened, barbecued meat. These have carcinogenic hydrocarbons. Fresh wild- caught fish, and even then one must be careful, eaten ONLY OCCASIONALLY, is preferred, and must be well cooked! In other words, no raw fish, sushi or sashimi. Parasite infestation must be kept to a minimum. And so eliminating fish would be a positive change as well. Remember, Vegetarians/Vegans are at the lowest risk of developing breast cancer.

Fried foods, sugary foods, junk foods, snack foods, alcoholic drinks high in sugar, and dairy foods; all these foods high in fats and trans fats should be avoided to reduce the risk of breast cancer.  All in all, becoming a Vegetarian/Vegan is best for disease prevention in general.

What to eat to prevent breast cancer and increase healing? -Increase your intake of organic foods in general: such as organic fruits, organic vegetables, whole grains and natural soy beans. Pesticides, GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) and other toxic substances sprayed onto non-organic foods should be avoided as much as possible.

-Tomatoes and watermelons improve breast health

-Broccoli should be eaten daily. It contains estrogen-absorbing properties; again organic broccoli is best. Dark green vegetables as a whole should be increased in the diet.

-And an important fact I must bring to your attention is the following: There is no breast health with a presence of constipation’. To prevent breast cancer one must be sure to have proper bowel elimination, meaning the normal 2-3 bowel movements per day we should all have to help prevent disease. Of course a poor diet is one contributing factor to constipation, but also in many cases, constipation is due to a dry colon and ‘bad’ eating. DRINK MORE WATER TO REDUCE BREAST CANCER RISK BY 79%!

Purchase purified water or consider a RO (Reverse Osmosis) water filtration system.  And again, organic foods are the way to go to prevent disease in general. Lastly, and extremely important to remember is that, HERBS ARE FOOD AND HELP THE BODY TO HEAL ITSELF. And diet improvement is necessary and  primary because up to 50-70% of cancer risk is determined by your diet.

Natural therapies consisting of herbs are forgotten when most people think of their diet. Poor nutrition will change body chemistry. The immune system cannot defend the body properly when biochemistry is altered. It cannot tell its own cells from invading toxic cells, and in confusion may attack everything or nothing. A proper diet consisting of the right foods I mentioned and the food our earth provides and that was placed to help us treat our ailments, is definitely the place to start.

Most people with breast cancer feel radiation and chemotherapy are the only options available. Yet, why use conventional therapies that ‘try’ to kill abnormal cells but also kill good healthy cells in the process?

Alternative healing options have proven worldwide to help countless people overcome this life-rattling disease every day!

The following healing protocol has been recommended to my patients and clients with breast cancer, breast cysts, breast fibroids, and fibrocystic/dense breasts, general abnormal cell and benign breast challenges, with immense continued success. It is used to detoxify carcinogens, discourage tumor growth, reduce tumors with natural anti-neoplastons (components of a biochemical defense system that controls cancer without destroying normal, healthy cells), inhibit cancer, increase natural killer cell activity, deter cancer, inhibit cancer cell reproduction, balance hormones, and to help the body fight cancer:



CHINESE NEGATIVE PACK – take 1 capsule of each formula daily




Your health is precious. ‘You should not have to be convinced to be well.
Decide To Be Well.’ TM ~Dr. Julissa

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 consultations, via phone, Skype, Tango, Face Time, and Facebook Messenger video consultations.


Aromas & Scents for Sexual Enhancement



Can Aromatherapy enhance love-making…? Most people know there are certain scents that cause them to feel happy, sad, angry, depressed, and even scents that make them feel sexually aroused. I’ve received many questions in regards to what one can use for a healthier, more intense sexual experience. In answer to these questions, and those specific to aromatherapy, I will detail here what aromatherapy is and how we can enhance our sexual experiences in a holistic, healing fashion with essential oils.


Aromatic oils have been used since ancient times in massages and therapeutic baths. These excellent remedies used by herbalists are magnificent for depression and relieving stress. And of course, we have found they have a very intriguing effect on the sexual experience. Essential oils act in plants the way hormones do in us humans. Even Cleopatra is known for applying lotus and other essential oils behind her ears to attract Mark Anthony…



Scents have an effect on memory, thought, even our emotions, and studies show these effects on brain-waves also. There are specific aromatherapy oils that increase arousal and heighten love-making in both men and women. These essential oils have an affect of also increasing relaxation and alertness.

Sex enhancing oils are to be used in the following ways:

  • Massage 3-5 drops of essential oil on the bottoms of the feet, the lower back above the buttocks, and the front and side of the hips.  If utilizing a carrier oil, add 10-12 drops of essential oil to 1/2 oz. of carrier oil.
  • Place a few drops of essential oil on the bed sheets and pillows. In this way you infuse the bedroom with the scent that increases sexual desire in both a man and woman.

The following are sex enhancing oils for Women:

The following are sex enhancing oils for Men:

My favorite recommended Carrier Oil is an unscented formula that features the following combination of oils: Sunflower, Safflower, Grape seed, Olive, and Vitamin E.  An unscented formula as such is important so it does not compete with the scent of the essential oil combined with it.  In this way the healing effects on body and mind from inhaling is not disturbed.

(*NOTE: When considering utilizing essential oils, be sure they are high quality, authentic and ORGANIC. True essential oils should be free of GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms), pesticides, toxins, etc. SureSource Guarantee is key to trusting the authenticity of an oil.  SureSource Guarantee is a practice that absolutely verifies essential oil authenticity back to cultivation, harvest and original distillation.  Why does ‘Authenticity’ matter?  First, essential oils applied topically are absorbed through the skin into the bloodstream almost instantly. Second, inhaling an oil’s aroma immediately passes vapors into your body and mind.  For these important reasons, Authenticity matters and is crucial.  As a natural health practitioner in practice for over 22 years, authentic, high quality grade herbs, supplements, and products are all I recommend with confidence, with continued, successful results among patients and clients.)

Herbs and roots taken in combination with the use of essential oils have proven to be one of the best ways to bring the human body to an overall all-encompassing experience of heightened and sustained sexual response and good health.


In addition to the above oils, Women can use the following female herbal formula for sexual health, glandular and hormonal balance, increased sexual response, and heightened libido (sexual desire):

  • X-ACTION FOR WOMEN This exquisite herbal combination helps facilitate blood flow to the reproductive area and promotes circulation. More blood flow to the reproductive area of a woman means increased response to external stimuli. In other words, the woman ‘feels’ more. She becomes more sensitive and can orgasm with increased ease. This formula contains Maca root which provides a natural means for improving sexual desire and performance. It also is known to enhance physical energy and endurance and helps buffer the effects of stress.

Along with sex enhancing oils mentioned for gentlemen, Men can use the following herbal formula to help increase sexual vitality, sexual performance, and balance hormones, especially testosterone levels:

  • X-ACTION RELOADED This herbal formula combines nutrients to support male reproductive function, sexual performance and enjoyment, prostate health and cardiovascular health. Ingredients in the formula work together to support optimal nitric oxide levels in the body. Nitric oxide relaxes blood vessels to enable optimal blood flow. Efficient blood flow is crucial for healthy male sexual activity and overall vascular health. Icariin, a flavonoid extracted from epimedium, may selectively inhibit phosphodiesterase type V (PDE-5), an enzyme that causes the male sexual response to subside. By blocking this enzyme, sustained sexual activity may be promoted. Icariin also plays a role in increased smooth muscle relaxation and increased blood flow through its actions on cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP) levels and nitric oxide synthase (NOs) activity.

(Click each link above for more information.)

Love, stimulate your senses, and enjoy good health!


Men. Is Prolonged Arousal Without Ejaculation Healthy?

A man’s sex drive and fertility depends a great deal on the health of his prostate.  Its main function is to help the semen move through the urethra during ejaculation.  And the prostate enlarges when a man is aroused. If … Continue reading

2 Main Causes of Diabetes

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English: Diagram shows insulin release from the Pancreas and how this lowers blood sugar levels. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

DIABETES.   The Lancet published the following statistic: “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 is the 7th leading cause of death in the US.  This is a disease that we, those practicing natural medicine, see as the worst of all diseases.  Diabetes is a disease that destroys EVERY body system. Diabetes is a degenerative disease,  linked to mainly a diet of long-term excessive eating of sugar and highly processed carbohydrates, and lack of fiber.   Yet new studies, also in The Lancet, show two main causes of Diabetes:

  1. It is believed to be polygenic (involving multiple genes) in nature.
  2. It is also believed to be multifactorial</strong (involving both environmental and genetic factors) in nature.

In either case, whether diabetes is genetically inherited, or caused by the person’s environment, I’ve termed diabetes ‘the vicious circle disease’. When discussing the environmental factor, sugar metabolism and poor fat lead to obesity,  then lead to diabetes.   And of course, the cycle keeps going. The Statistical Update by the American Heart Association – American Stroke Association (AHA – ASA), reported that adolescents between 10 and 19 years of age were diagnosed with diabetes. Of those,  57.8% were Black46.1% were Hispanic, and 14.9% were white. In 2008, 18.3 million adults were diagnosed with diabetes: 8.3 million were males10.0 million were females. If you are diabetic, you know that diabetes makes you want to eat more,  so symptoms become worse, including craving more fat, too many sugary foods, too much fast foods, caffeine and alcohol.  When a person eats this way, the pancreas becomes damaged, so your body loses the ability to produce or even use insulin correctly.

Why do you also feel lack of energy?  Because insulin is the hormone that helps convert food into energy.  Simple carbohydrates and sugars stop being metabolized, accumulate in the body and are then stored as fat.  Lack of exercise, excess body fat, and what do you have? Insulin resistance which causes less energy to move into the cells. Type 2 diabetics produce insulin, but it isn’t used properly. Type 1 diabetes, which normally occurs in childhood, is much more severe and the person becomes dependent on insulin…  Until of course, we work to balance the body and strengthen the pancreas to optimum health.

Since many diabetics tend to develop hypertension / high blood pressure and cardiovascular / heart problems, it is imperative to try to help the body heal and become balanced as soon as possible.

Use the following natural therapies combined to help the body against genetic tendencies, normalize the pancreas and insulin activity, lower blood sugar levels, boost energy, support the health of the heart, kidneys, liver, pancreas, and to achieve or maintain an ideal weight:

for diabetic children)



Co-Q10 (50MG)

Regain your health and triumph over diabetes. 

12 Physical Signs Of Kidney Problems

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Everyone knows Kidney health is not to be ignored. And everyone says that kidney challenges are painful and serious. Even kidney stones are known to be so painful it has been described by those suffering from them that the pain feels worse than giving birth and worse than a heart attack!

Kidney challenges 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)

Another sign that the kidneys are in a weakened state is, yes Ladies and Gentlemen, premature aging!  In another article I’ve written on this blog, ‘Longevity, Youth & Health’, I wrote the following in reference to kidney health:

{Immune deficiency, in Traditional Chinese Medicine, is associated with the condition of the Kidneys. The kidneys are known as “the clock of the body”. History points to many Chinese scholars and physicians who achieved longevity by eating kidney traditional Chinese herbs and tonics. In My Teaching to Posterity, a literary classic by a Chinese scholar named Yan Zhi-Tui in the 6th century, he said, “I have been in the habit of eating kidney tonics throughout my life, which is why I could still read fine print when 70 years old with no gray hair on my head.”.  Even two Chinese emperors were famous for their longevity due to their firm beliefs in Traditional Chinese Medicine and to their regular practice of taking kidney tonics. ; Emperor Jia-Jing and Emperor Qian-Long.}

So if you’re dealing with too many wrinkles for your age, if your hair is graying too quickly, if your appearance is that of one in which you ‘look’ older than you truly are, then stop spending large sums of money on wrinkle creams and hair dyes. The kidneys should be your focus for a long, youthful, healthy life.  In these organs lies the true fountain of youth

So what are people doing that causes kidney disease and/or kidney stones?

First, kidney function becomes impaired, especially in elderly people, who chronically use NSAIDs drugs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs), pain relievers such as Aleve, Motrin, and Advil. The high levels of creatinine in the body that these drugs cause are the reason for the impaired kidney function. This explains why an article in USA Today says that over 350,000 people in US are on kidney dialysis. Kidney dialysis is a treatment used to filter the impurities from the blood that the kidneys and bladder can no longer handle. And USA has THE HIGHEST dialysis death rate IN THE WORLD.

Kidney stones are something that humans have been dealing with since the beginning of humanity, according to scientific studies. Would you believe that in 1901, kidney and bladder stones were found in the pelvis of a 7,000 year old egyptian mummy 4800 B.C.? Here are the stones scientists found:


With that said, know that kidney disease and kidney stones are absolutely diet-related. A diet consisting of high fat, fried foods, dairy products, red meat, carbonated drinks, sugar and/or drug overload, aspirin, overuse of prescription drugs, salt and chemical diuretics. All of these are a sure way of developing kidney disease.

Diabetes is usually involved. Deficiencies in the body of B-vitamins, magnesium, and essential fatty acids, are also found in those with kidney diseases. High levels of aluminum, heavy metal poisoning from cadmium (from smoking cigarettes) and lead, are usually found on kidney disease tests. Allergies and low thyroid, hypothyroidism, also play a role in kidney disease. Adrenal stress and an overuse of antacids contributes to kidney stones.

And what exactly are kidney stones? These form when minerals that normally float freely in fluid eliminated by the kidneys combine into crystals. If the body has too little fluid and inorganic material overloads the body, kidney stones will form. When a stone blocks the urinary tract, it then results in debilitating and excruciating pain.

Preventing kidney stones depends on balancing and strengthening the kidneys with the right foods and herbs (herbs, of course, are also considered foods for the body).

Dehydration is a key factor in kidney stone formation.  So DRINK WATER! At least 6-8oz. glasses daily or half of your body weight in ounces! And drink water during the day!  It is not recommended to drink water right before bed.  It is also not recommended to sleep with water in the bedroom. This energy, according to Chinese medicine, weighs on the body during sleep and can cause unrestful sleep and nightmares.

A diet that is mainly vegetarian, low in starch and protein is best to prevent kidney stones. Dark green vegetables and fruits like lemons, limes, and grapefruits are foods that alkaline the body and help prevent stone formation.

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. Studies also show that TUMS, the antacid, increases the risk for stone formation.

At first, the body may not show any symptoms of kidney stones except for a dull ache in the lower back.  Yet, when the stone or stones become large enough to block the urinary tract, as I said before, the pain radiates through the body and becomes excruciating, debilitating, with constant urgency to urinate and extremely painful urination.  Other signs that the body specifically needs a kidney stone cleanse are:

  • a distended abdomen
  • women who have anemia or heavy menstrual bleeding
  • vitamin K deficiency

When an infection has set in, there is nausea, vomiting, fever and chills.

Use the following for kidney flushing support, to normalize kidney activity, reduce kidney inflammation, and to cleanse and detoxify the kidneys:

To help the body break down, flush kidney stones, and prevent recurrence of stones, combine:

Use the above programs individually for minimum 6 months to stimulate optimum kidney function.

In the photo below, I am here with my patient, Juanita Harris, and her husband. Juanita was a new patient of mine of only 4 months at the time of this picture.  She came to me looking for help when she was diagnosed 5 months prior with impaired kidney function and a risk of needing dialysis.  That month, September 7, 2012, 4 months after beginning her natural therapy program with me, she arrived for her followup appointment with copies of her newest lab results and was told by her allopathic conventional doctor that her kidneys were functioning beautifully again and no longer needed to see him!  Truly a blessing!


Menopause, HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy), & Hot Flashes


Yes it’s true. There is no such word in the Japanese vocabulary for ‘hot flashes’. Believe it! And the main reason millions of women in the US are suffering is because of their diet.  Yes. Diet. Diet plays a key role in menopause. However, menopause is seen as more of a ‘Western concept’ since in asian cultures menopause symptoms are simply referred to as ‘symptoms following the end of the menstrual cycle’.

It was estimated that by 2015, almost half of All American women would be on menopause.  And jokingly enough, it was said the temperature of the planet would rise.  It is known that Menopause is intended by Mother Nature to be a gradual reduction of estrogen by the ovaries with very little side effects.  When a woman is balanced, energetic, vibrant, and well-nourished, glands, and especially the adrenals, take over the job of estrogenic secretion to keep her moving actively and make her even more attractive after menopause.  Unfortunately about 90% of women experience some ‘normal’ menopausal body changes and hormonal changes. Most times this will last only a year or two and aren’t so severe they would interrupt their daily lives.  However a poor, unhealthy diet and a stressful lifestyle means many women will reach their menopausal years with worn out and weak adrenals and a poor functioning liver where estrogen is not being processed correctly, so hormone fluctuations are multiplied.  It is extremely important to keep the adrenals and other glands healthy, to eliminate unpleasant menopausal symptoms.  Most women with erratic estrogen and other hormone secretions can cause them to suffer from chronic insomnia, fatigue, low sex drive/low libido, an increase in irritability, mood swings, scary heart palpitations, metabolism and calcium disturbances, an increased risk of osteoporosis, skin dryness, vaginal dryness, mouth dryness, and of course, the most common complaint, hot flashes.

Hot flashes and night sweats, some of the most uncomfortable symptoms a woman experiences during menopause, occur when the body’s temperature-regulating mechanism becomes unstable during the shifting hormone balance of menopause.  (What many do not know is that the body temperature-regulating mechanism organ, according to what Chinese Medicine teaches us, is the Pancreas. But we will discuss in a bit how to balance this organ to manage and overcome hot flashes.)  In short, not enough natural estrogen.  And when estrogen levels drop, other types of hormones increase to try to establish balance within the body.  When a woman experiences hot flashes, they can generally last from 2 to 4, and in some rare cases, up to 5 years after menstruation ends.

So what are Japanese women doing right? They are maintaining hormonal balance with natural herbal medicine to maintain glandular balance throughout life and eating healthy foods, such as a more vegetable protein and less animal protein diet compared to a Western diet.  The traditional Japanese diet is also low in fat and high in soy beans. 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.

Hot flash ‘triggers’ include:  alcohol, caffeine, excess sugar, dairy products, meat products and spicy foods.   All these rank among the top aggravators of severe hot flashes as well as mood swings.  Not being able to cope with extremely high levels of stress is also considered a trigger.

This explains why over 55% of women in the US in menopause have hot flashes, doesn’t it? When a woman is feeling these uncomfortable symptoms including: a decline in energy, mouth dryness, skin dryness, vaginal dryness, irritability along with mood swings, low sex drive, and more, her body is telling her it is out of balance. The good news is women can learn to rebalance their bodies, increase their energy, moisturize the body from within, and increase sex drive.

As I mentioned earlier, the Pancreas is a vital organ in need of balancing especially if there is a need to control hot flashes.   As TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) teaches us, the pancreas, an organ that shares the same meridian as the spleen, controls sugar levels, regulates body heat, controls skin humidity, coordinates the harmonious labor of all organs, and also purifies the blood. Chinese formulas that are yang positive formulas help eliminate excess heat, control body temperature, and help the body eliminate toxins.

What about HRT? Hormone Replacement Therapy? Should a woman consider this method?

Think again… 

There exists a lot of controversy here… Premarin, an estrogen replacement drug for menopausal women made from pregnant mare’s urine, is known as one of the top selling drugs in the US at the moment.  Need a reason not to use this drug? The threat of breast and uterine cancer is DRAMATICALLY increased with HRTs, and the risk increases even more as a woman ages. There is an increased risk of especially invasive breast cancer, stroke, heart disease, and pulmonary embolism, which is blood clots in the lungs.  These drugs include Premarin, Prempro, and Provera.  New research suggests taking HRT drugs increases the risk of death in women who already have lung cancer.  Drug companies and much of those in the conventional medical community, for whom synthetic hormones are an incredibly profitable business, continue to advocate for and justify the risks because of the ‘supposed’ advantages to osteoporosis en estrogen management. But, the newest research reveals that benefits for these problems are absolutely Not validated over the longterm. 

My opinion? The risks are too great, and there are proven ways to overcome and manage menopausal symptoms, and prevent the additional risks associated with HRT use.

Clear the heat and balance hormones with the following combination of natural therapies, and feel like a joyous, sensual woman again: