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Introducing Dr. Julissa’s New Books In English & Spanish: The Naturopathic Approach To Fertility

Becoming a parent is one of the most exhilarating joys and one of the happiest moments of life! To touch, hold, and breathe in the delicate scent of a little baby of your own creation… no words can truly capture the rapture one feels in every cell of ones body when that day arrives!

Unfortunately today, more and more couples are having difficulty getting pregnant. A baby from their divine Love is something many couples have shared with me is what they desire more than anything. But many couples are not aware that achieving a natural pregnancy is possible without using harmful fertility drugs.

Upon obtaining my CNHP Certification and ND, Doctor of Naturopathy degree and designation, I have for the last 22 years operated as an independent Certified Natural Health Professional and Naturopathic Doctor.  How to get pregnant, and how to stay pregnant to carry full term, is a specialty of mine I’ve helped couples with for the past 22 years I’ve been in practice. I feel honored and humbled my publisher asked me to write this labor of love you have before you, my new book, The Naturopathic Approach To Fertility. Why? Because as of this day, I have a 100% success rate, in that every couple who has come to me with fertility challenges, and has followed through with my recommendations and suggested individual programs, has achieved the dream of becoming loving parents to a precious child of their own creation.  Allow me to help you achieve this dream also…

A naturopathic fertility treatment for women and men is what I offer in my new book as the best fertility treatment a couple should consider to have the tiny, precious miracle they so wish for. And yet, this book is also for All those who desire to obtain a healthy reproductive system and a balanced body. Allow me to help you on this loving journey. ~

Get your copy today of my labor of love on #Amazon, #BarnesandNoble #BN. com, #BooksAMillion #BAM, and #IndieBound:

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Click the following link to visit my Author Page on Amazon and find honest, authentic, truthful book reviews as researched by Amazon, and loving patient testimonies:

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Also available at the following link in Spanish on Amazon and Books A Million titled, ‘El #EnfoqueNaturopaticoALaFertilidad’! Book release date April 11th, 2017!:

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#NATF #ENLF

A Journey Towards Self Love~

A fan from my 9 years as the resident Naturopathic Doctor of the nationally syndicated radio show, The @Michael Baisden Show, was overjoyed to meet for the first time @Simonia Robest as one of my new patients today; ) Honored to take this healing journey with her as she finally focuses on self love… ~Dr. J 💓

🌎 Una fan de mis 9 años como Doctora Naturopata residente de él programa radial nacionalmente sindicado, Él @Michael Baisden Show, me sentí alegre de conocer por primera vez @Simonia Robest como una de mis nueva pacientes hoy; ) Honrada de tomar esta jornada de sanación con ella mientras se enfoca en amor propio… ~Dra. J 💓

Woman ~

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#Woman

🌎Una Mujer es conocida como una criatura delicada quien balance interno puede ser desbalanceado por la turbulencia emocional negativa mas minima, o las comidas menos saludable mas mínimas. Ella debe siempre recordar de cuidar de su alma, corazón, y cuerpo; de saber su valor; de ser gentil, con compasión, e entendimiento; de servir aquellos mas necesitados; y de amarse ella misma para verdaderamente saber como amar a otros, para vivir una vida divinamente alegre, y darle al mundo de regalo una Reina adorada que sera amada de entorno… ~Dra. Julissa #Mujer

GAIA’S Essence Women’s Wellness Conference

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As exquisite creatures that you are as Women that I care for, I wish to share with you an event I am so honored and humbled to be a part of;)

The GAIA’S Essence Women’s Wellness Conference is attended by thousands of women and is known as the largest conference on women’s health. I feel so very excited to be 1 of the 3 featured speakers of this event being held Saturday, September 19, 2015, 12pm-8pm in the Islandia Marriott in Islandia (Long Island), NY. There will be participation from many contributors to health and wellness from all areas and all focused on specifically Women’s health;) For Mommies they will provide babysitting services for children with the owner of a daycare overseeing all children, an art teacher and yoga teacher to stimulate the children with energy and flow;)
My speech participation is entitled, ‘Sex, Women, And Looking Younger.’ Don’t miss it!

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Am here with Founder, Farrah La Ronde-Hutchinson~

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From left to right: Fellow Featured Speaker~> Donna Martini, Founder~>  Farrah La Ronde-Hutchinson, Organizer, Teacher, and renowned Korean singer~> Soh Young Lee-Segredo~

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Am here with fellow featured keynote speaker, Vallori Thomas~

Would love to see you All there, and please share with other women in your lives;) 💗

Love to you all, ~Dr. Julissa

http://www.DrJulissa.com

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

 

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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).

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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

 

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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!

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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:

BREAST ASSURED

PAW PAW CELL REG

CHINESE NEGATIVE PACK – take 1 capsule of each formula daily

E-TEA

IMMUNE STIMULATOR

NATURE’S HARVEST

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

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

 10 Questions to Ask Yourself

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

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

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

Women:
NATURAL CHANGES

X-ACTION FOR WOMEN

CIRCULATORY SYSTEM PACK

Men:

X-ACTION RELOADED

GLANDULAR SYSTEM PACK

CIRCULATORY SYSTEM PACK

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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 in-office appointments, via phone and video Skype consultations.

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

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

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

Here are 13 of them:

13 Ways to Age Healthy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*Additional Tips from Dr. Julissa:

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

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

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

Stay Young!

Uterine Fibroids: Preventing, Shrinking & Avoiding Surgery

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

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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:

CHINESE POSITIVE YANG PACK

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