Is Your Mattress Secretly Out To Kill You?

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Have you considered that one of the most consistent places you ever will be, for at least 8 hours every day of your life, is in your bed? You probably don’t realize this but next to your family, your bed is possibly one of the most important things in your life! Many studies now show as a society we get at least 1-2 hours less sleep than in the 1940’s. The CDC in 2009 reported nearly 9 million people take sleeping pills for insomnia, disrupted sleep, or painful sleep. Sleep problems are becoming epidemic along with the rise in illness and autoimmune disease, diabetes and toxicity.

Throughout the years, mattresses have seen a huge metamorphosis from just a regular box spring made of woods, coils and cottons to synthetic plastics, latex, elastic and foams. The evolution of new mattresses with new material means additional chemicals to be aware of. We as consumers are taught to look for mattresses that can enhance deep sleep, give our spines proper support and relieve painful pressure for 8 hours. We generally assume most mattresses are environmentally safe, but a major concern with the new and improved mattresses are fumes and chemicals that come from the synthetic material in our modern plastic world.

The top part of the mattress is meant to be supportive and comfortable.  This support layer for your spine and bones can be comprised of a core made of air, foam or innerspring unit. The comfort layer is meant to create air circulation and remove pressure from your body and is made of a combination of synthetic latex (rubber), memory viscoelastic, soy, and polyurethane foams. These synthetic materials have replaced the old steel springs and cotton used in the “old days”. In addition to these synthetic compounds, in 2006 the federal government passed a law that required mattresses to contain enough Fire Retardant to withstand a 2 foot wide blowtorch open flame for 70 seconds.

Here are some of the problems with today’s modern mattress:

Off-gassing

The use of petroleum based products are what causes off-gassing. Carcinogenic and harmful, Volatile Organic Compound (V.O.C.) are of concern like formaldehyde (a preservative), chlorofluorocarbons (blowing agents), and Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers/PBDEs (fire retardants). These chemicals may present a problem in people with sensitive respiratory systems or chemical sensitivities. It is quite common to see eye, nose and throat irritation, nausea, and headaches that may develop with exposure. Studies have been linked to longer-term effects like central nervous system damage, organ damage, and cancer. The fastest growing segment of the mattress industry is memory foam made from polyurethane foam and additive chemicals. Polyurethane foam is highly flammable and therefore many flame retardants are usually added to the mix.

 

Alignment and Pressure Support

The synthetic support from the new foam materials in latex and memory foam wears with use quicker than with cotton or natural rubber. As chiropractor I know the importance in having firm support for the neck and shoulders and the low back and hips. This requires proper pressure to hold up these body parts against gravity. The new synthetic mattress material softens with repeated use and you begin to see body indentations, impressions and dips due to the materials inability to rebound over time. The life of a new mattress is only 3-8 years compared to its old cotton counterpart of 20 years.

 

Fire Retardants

Fire retardants are chemicals of all sorts including, methylene chloride, heavy metals, phthalates and formaldehyde. Without having to pull out an encyclopedia of sources proving the dangers in sleeping and breathing in chemicals, I think it’s safe to say, “THIS JUST CAN’T BE GOOD!” Personally, I wouldn’t want my baby, loved one or myself breathing chemical soup all night, every night. Talk about nightmares! Mattress producers are required by law to prove to the federal government that their products can extinguish an open flame but not required to tell the consumer what materials they are using.

So by now you are saying to yourself, “What alternatives do I have?” When looking for a new mattress, I would look for one that is organic and natural. They are generally a bit more expensive but worth the cost in that the natural rubber material they use will last the 20 years you are looking for and especially because they have no out gassing or flame retardants in them. They embed their mattresses with wool (which is a natural flame retardant) therefore, no harsh chemicals are used in the making and most come with a 30 year warranty. If you are looking for a quality mattress that you don’t have to be worried about being poisoned while sleeping, here are a few references:

In Vienna, VA there is Savvy Rest Natural Beds (www.savvyrest.com); they offer a 10% discount in store to anyone who mentions Dr. Seleme. At Urban Mattress (www.urbanmattress.com), they have various discounts on their items and even sometimes a free pillow—just ask! Tell both of them Dr. Seleme sent you to receive the discount offer.  You can go to their websites to look at mattresses or go to their store in Vienna to try it out. Another great source is www.cozypure.com, although they don’t have a store in the area, you can always take a drive to their warehouse in Norfolk, VA and try out one of their natural rubber mattresses.

I believe staying informed and aware of your environmental surroundings is one of the best ways to protect you and your family from unseen chemicals and toxins in our everyday lives. If you are looking for a better way to get a safe and peaceful sleep you make want to look into these organic, natural mattresses for your bed. Here’s to getting all the comfy zzzzzz’s you deserve. See you in the morning!

Glyphosphate: The Secret Reason Wheat May Be Making You Sick & How To Detoxify From It

As a Holistic Doctor who specializes in treating the whole patient, it surprises me how many new primary complaints of my patients are related to digestion problems in the form of bloating, pain, gas and indigestion. This rivals the other common complaint of “chronic fatigue”. It makes sense to me though because when you are unable to use food to nourish and resupply the body of vital nutrients, of course, you are always tired and fatigued. When there is a constant association of fear with food, when you are always thinking about what you are going to eat, how you are going to feel in an hour or even the rest of the day simply because of one meal, it becomes utterly exhausting. Add to that the lack of nutrients actually getting to your cells and it becomes overwhelming.

A new peer-reviewed paper published in the Journal of Interdisciplinary Toxicology (Vol. 6(4): 159–184 ) by Doctors Anthony Samsel and Stephanie Seneff shows that celiac disease, gluten intolerance and irritable bowel syndrome are on the rise worldwide, and that rise has taken place in parallel with the increased use of glyphosate, the herbicide in Roundup.

The Doctors researched the known effects of glyphosate along with the symptoms associated with celiac disease, gluten intolerance and irritable bowel syndrome.  They identified both chemical and biological pathways where glyphosate can be the cause of these diseases.

Non-organic wheat farmers for nearly 20 years now have been routinely using glyphosate as a “crop desiccant.” It gets applied to the field 7-10 days prior to harvesting the crop to dry it down and for uniformity. If that is not bad enough, these same farmers also use RoundUp during the growing season to assist in weed control.

Roundup kills plants by interfering with a biochemical pathway involved with synthesis of amino acids, in the good bacteria in our gastrointestinal tracts. This important pathway found in our gut bacteria is vital to our intestines making enough essential amino acids as building blocks for our body.  By interfering with the biochemistry of bacteria in our GI tract, consumption of glyphosate depletes essential amino acids and predisposes humans to a host of chronic health problems. Depletion of these amino acids can contribute to obesity, depression, inflammatory bowel disease, and other neurological disorders.

When you consider Roundup is put on some of the major ingredients in all foods Americans eat, specifically corn, soybean, canola, cotton, wheat, all grain crops, rice, seeds, dried beans, peas, sugar cane, sweet potatoes, and sugar beets there is no reason to assume we aren’t all affected.

Recent studies have shown glyphosphate to be a cytochrome P450 inhibitor. This is the major detoxification pathway that the liver uses for all toxic metabolites in the body. The result of the breakdown in this pathway is toxicity and metabolic waste begin to overflow and there is no way to get relief or remove them from the body. People begin to get toxic and chronic illness appears insidiously.

You can protect yourself in 4 different ways through detoxification of your body. These principles are a requirement, not an option, for anyone interested in getting better from a chronic illness or maintaining your health.

1. Open the lymphatic vessels to help waste and release toxins
2. Support your body’s own natural detoxification pathways
3. Use antioxidants to soak up dangerous and constant free radical production
4. Chelate toxic metals out of your body

You can start by taking Epsom salt baths to open and drain the lymphatic vessels. Soaking in a tub of warm water mixed with 3 cups Epsom salt and one 16 oz. bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide for 20-30 minutes is one of my favorite methods (if you use food grade hydrogen peroxide, use only about 4 oz. in your bath). It makes you feel great and helps elimination of toxins and relaxation of muscles. It also provides oxygen to skin and other vital organs. I recommend adding my Charcoal Detoxifying Bath Salts along with the epsom salt and hydrogen peroxide to receive the extra benefits of other ingredients like charcoal, bentonite clay, and essential oils (available for purchase at the office and online).

Support your body’s natural detoxification by supplementing with N-acetyl-cysteine or N.A.C. This will help produce glutathione, a primary antioxidant and important nutrient produced in every cell of your body, especially your liver. Glutathione’s role in detoxification is paramount due to the fact it supports both major phases of detoxification in the liver. It breaks down harmful xenoestrogens, heavy metals, pesticides and fat-soluble toxins stored in adipose tissue.

The next two herbs, I personally take every single day to make sure I keep my liver open and flowing. Milk Thistle and Dandelion Leaf are two extremely valuable herbs used to strengthen your liver natural ability to detoxify. Milk Thistle helps regenerate the liver cells, promotes more glutathione production, may have anti-cancer properties, aid in gallbladder function and help decongest kidneys, spleen and veins. While Dandelion leaf can promote healthy lipid profiles, reduced insulin resistance, and suppress fat accumulation in the liver.

Small intestine are vital, since most of your immunity live here. Supplementing with an amino acid called L-glutamine aids in sealing and healing the leaky gut holes created in the small intestines. This is where harmful food toxins and proteins can cross over and get into the circulation causing autoimmunity and food allergies. Prebiotics such as arabinogalactans act as a food source for friendly microflora and the probiotic lactobacillus sporogenes, a sporulated hearty bacteria, can help re-inoculate a weak gut within hours. These products are available for purchase at the office.

Various other antioxidants used to support your body’s ability to detoxify and defend can be found in BioProtect, a product we carry in our Seleme Health Detox Kit. This is a simple yet elegant way to keep the flow of the liver and the ability of the cells to slough off even the most toxic waste. This has CoQ10, selenium, zinc, Vitamins A, E, and C—all the vital nutrients the liver uses to dump waste.

Chelation can be accomplished with the use of Spirulina, a blue-green algae or Chlorella, a green algae, which contain a nutrient called chlorophyllin, a compound which binds toxic metals in the gut. Zeolite a naturally occurring mineral, is another great way to bind and capture heavy metals.

Our office has multiple detoxification processes available for your health needs. Two times per year we conduct a 21-day group detoxification program. Our next group session begins October 18, 2015. You may want to consider joining us in our personal effort to stay clear of these very harmful toxins in our world. If you are feeling motivated enough, you don’t need to wait for our fall date. You can begin as soon as you feel ready. As I always tell my patients “healing begins today”.

 – Dr. Seleme

Super Foods for Your Cleanse

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Consider adding some of the great Amazon Rainforest Super foods to your Mediclear Shakes and in your food.

1. Camu Camu has one of the richest source of Vitamin C in the world
2. Maca enhances strength, stamina, immunity and even libido. Yay!
3. Chia Seeds has vitamins, minerals, proteins, antioxidants, Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids.
4. Chlorella blue-green algae has an ability to support detoxification and remove heavy metals and pesticides. Double Yay!
5. Cacao is the raw material behind chocolate but so much less caffeine. It has amino acids and antioxidants. Great way to still get your chocolate fix during the cleanse. Use Cacao powder, almond milk and stevia. Viola! Chocolate Milk.
6. Spirulina blue green algae and a rich source of Vitamin A, C and E. An exceptional source of vegetable protein with all the amino acids. A 3.5-ounce portion of dried spirulina contains 57 grams of protein, which is more than 100 percent of the DV. Yowza! Please use a reputable source when buying Spirulina.

Happy Cleansing!

Day 1 of Cleanse

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Day 1. Started the morning by weighing myself, looking at the number then had a good cry…snapped out of it and pulled myself together and drank a cup of warm water with lemon. While chanting the mantra, “I do love myself, I do love myself”, I made a shake this morning with the Medibulk Plus, almond milk, stevia, broccoli, celery, spinach, 1/3 cup of blueberries and strawberries, chia seeds, dash of vanilla and cinnamon. MMMH! My liver is already jumping for joy! Oh YAY. I am going to bundle up and go for a brisk walk this morning and remind myself of all the things in life I have to be grateful…and NO coffee will not be on the list!

10 Things To Do For An Easier Detox

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Experience has shown me…

that with patients who begin any new detox or lifestyle change, not being prepared is the number one reason people fail to accomplish their goal.  You have a better chance of succeeding when you anticipate potential problems and prevent them from happening by creating conditions that support you in reaching your goal.So, what can you do, you ask?  Well, below are 10 helpful things you can do to begin preparing your body to detox.  Begin the process of a lifestyle change NOW for a smoother detox and healthier you!  And remember, my 3-week Online Detox Program begins February 16th , 2016.  Register now for additional support in achieving your goals!

10 Things To Do For An Easier Detox

1. Take time to get rid of sugary sodas and cookies, plasticized pre-packaged foods, chemically laden meats or cheeses and breads. Get rid of anything that might tempt you to fail sticking to your cleansing period plan.2. Begin to buy organic food at the grocery store, health food store or farmer’s market. If you’re not able to buy all produce organic, buy and use a natural fruit and vegetable wash to help clean your produce of pesticide residues, waxes, and other undesirable chemicals.  For some DIY options, read my article on fruit & veggie washing.3. If you’re a regular coffee drinker, begin to reduce your coffee intake by 1/4 cup each day.  This will help you to avoid a caffeine withdrawal headache.  Once you’ve worked your way to no coffee at all, you may consider substituting the following as a good replacement for coffee: dandelion tea, chocolate pu-erh tea, green tea and warm water with lemon.4. Begin to monitor you water intake. To figure out your ideal daily water intake level, take the number of your weight and divide it by 2.   This is the number of ounces of water you need to drink per day.  Many people like to keep a reusable water bottle with them throughout the day to aid in remembering and monitoring water intake.

5. Before showering, exfoliate your skin with a dry brush starting at your feet and arms and finishing toward your heart.  This will prompt lymphatic drainage and support circulation.

6. Take detoxifying hydrotherapy showers. Begin by taking a very hot shower for five minutes. Allow water to run over your back. Follow with cold water for 30 seconds. Do this three times, and then get into bed for 30 minutes.

7. Eat a vegetable-only salad for one meal per day. You choose the meal. Use only lemon/lime and olive oil for dressing. Avoid dressing with soy oil and sugar.

8. Start to reduce your consumption of fatty, hormone and antibiotic-laden animal meat by consuming only 1 meal per day with lean animal protein. You can do without the meat by replacing it with dishes featuring plant-based protein such as beans, lentils, amaranth, hemp seed, and quinoa. Combining nuts with grains, grains with legumes, and nuts with legumes in dishes will also form a complete protein (e.g. rice and beans, pita bread and hummus, corn tortilla chips and bean dip, a nut butter and whole grain bread/crackers, pasta with beans, etc.).  While soy is known to be a good source for plant protein, I am personally, not a fan of it for many different reasons (which can be its own article)!

9. Start to sweat in a Far-Infrared Sauna 30 min twice/week (call our office to schedule your sweat sessions!).  This will help you naturally expel toxins from your body. For more details on its benefits, click here!

10. Don’t forget the health of your mind and emotions!  Begin to make a gratitude list. Sit in a quiet place and focus on putting aside any worry, anger or resentment.

Think of all the things you are proud of yourself for and all the people and situations that have made you the person you are. Even if there are situations that ended badly. What important lesson did you get from that? How did that make you stronger? Focus especially on the seemingly little things. They can be the most important. “I’m thankful I have a big heart”, “I know how to forgive”, “I am strong”, “I have a resilient body.” A little gratitude and positive energy goes a long way. You would be surprised.

Pucker up and enjoy lemon water’s alkalizing benefits.

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In preparation for the kick off of my February 16, 3-week Detoxification Program, I have begun my daily routine of drinking the juice of 1 lemon wedge in an 8 oz glass of filtered water. In fact, if you drink lemon water throughout the day you will find that daily elimination becomes much more regular as you begin to clear the liver and the gallbladder with the alkalizing effects of lemon juice. Alkaline is the preferred state for your body as disease and illness can only thrive and exist in an acid state.

woman_drinking_lemon_waterRegular intake of lemon juice can take care of constipation problems, by increasing peristalsis and clearing the toxins that have accumulated in the bowels. Most would believe lemons make your body more acidic based on the taste but the truth is you become more alkaline with the digestion of lemons. The metabolic by-product of digested lemon creates an alkaline ash in your body which causes the blood to become more alkaline. Lemons contain a vitamin most have never heard of. Vitamin P, which stands for bioflavonoids. These water soluble plant substances, improves capillary strength, lowers blood pressure and contains systemic anti-inflammatory properties.

Lemon is also a helpful stimulant for the liver as it helps to absorb toxins and dissolve uric acid while thinning and producing more bile. It can aid in digestion relieving belching and indigestion. Another side effect of sipping lemon water throughout the day is weight loss. Many added pounds are due to the increase burden of toxins that reside in our bodies as we age. This can make you bloated, fat and just plain miserable!

To reduce the amount of sugar, sodium and fat on salads and vegetables, use fresh squeezed lemon as a dressing. Just squeeze on your salad to give it an incredible boost in flavor and nutrients. Add fresh olive oil if preferred. In fact, I recommend only using fresh squeezed lemon or lime juice and olive oil as dressing during our detox programs.

FN_Ice-Cube-Tray-Lemon-Juice_s4x3.jpg.rend.snigalleryslideAnother great idea is to squeeze fresh, organic lemons into an ice cube tray and save. Melt in a glass of warm, filtered water anytime you want to give your body an alkalizing lift. As a reminder, do not add sweeteners like honey or sugar. This will reduce the alkalizing effects of lemon greatly.

When adding lemon juice to your diet always remember to go organic or go home! In addition, fresh is always best! So pucker up, enjoy, and feel better!

– Dr. Seleme

How to Avoid the Tens of Thousands of Chemicals in Your Food!

 

Did you know…
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More than 10,000 chemicals in the form of emulsifiers, solvents, and preservatives are used in food processing and storage? 
Below are a few of the many produce and foods with high pesticide or chemical content.

 
Celery
Celery is one of the most pesticide-laden vegetables  with a high content of the pesticides chlorantraniliprole and spinosad, which are very high in its toxic effect.

Potatoes
Unfortunately for you potato lovers there is a very high pesticide content such as that of chlorpropham and o-phenylphenol  that can actually increase the toxic impact of potatoes as well as, disrupting the endocrine balance of your body.

Lettuce
Research shows that a typical lettuce produce has been treated with 9 different pesticides before actually reaching your supermarket store. Research reveals often lettuce is coated with some pesticides such as DDT and Lindane.

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When was the last time you saw Benzimadazol,  Dieldrin, Maleic Hydrazide Thiabendazole, Methylparaben, Dimethyl polysiloxane growing in a farm field or your back yard?

To help you avoid these dangerous chemicals, print and keep this handy list of high and low pesticide produce in your purse or wallet when you go grocery shopping!

Wash Away Pesticides, Waxes, and Chemicals – Naturally!
We know that it’s not always feasible to buy organic all the time, so here are 3 natural methods for properly wash produce to remove pesticides and waxes.


–  Soak 
produce in 1 part white distilled vinegar and 4 parts warm water for 30 to 60 minutes


–  Soak produce in a sink full of cold water and a few drops of essential oils (e.g. Lemon, Lime, or a germ-killing/purifying blend)

–  Spray a mixture of 1 TB lemon juice, 2 TB baking soda, and 1 cup water onto produce and let sit for 5-10 minutes. Rinse off and enjoy!  

Commercial fruit and vegetable washes can also be used, just make sure that the ingredients are all natural and free of harsh chemicals.

Counter Chemicals by Choice
Besides buying organic produce and carefully washing them, here are other ways you can avoid harmful chemicals from food in your life.
Perfluorooctanoic acid, aka “PFOA.”

The lining of microwave popcorn bags contain PFOAs.   The high heat created in the Microwave can convert this harmful chemical into vapors that spread throughout the popcorn. They steam given off as the bag is being opened immediately after heating can cause harmful fumes to the body as well.  PFOA toxicity has been linked to thyroid disease in humans. 
What to do?

Air pop non-GMO popcorn yourself.  If you don’t have an air popper you can use kernels in a paper bag in the microwave.  Simply add about 1/2 cup of popcorn to a brown paper bag, twist the top then microwave listening carefully for when it’s finished popping or snack on some healthy chopped vegetables or fruits.
Benzoate Preservatives, aka “BHT, BHA, TBHQ.”

A chemical are used to help keep fats from going rancid.  They’ve been linked with serious concerns like increasing asthma, hives, cancer risk, and disrupting estrogen balance.  Read your packages carefully – it’s often hidden in cereal, nut mixes, gum, butter, meat, dehydrated potatoes.
What to do?

  • Use a dehydrator to make your own veggies and fruits!  So easy and inexpensive and chemical free!
  • Only chew gum from health food stores WITHOUT aspartame and other additives.
  • Mix your own nuts – get a variety of raw nuts and roast them with spices or raw. Remember nuts are a healthy fat but still a fat and will add weight especially to the waist line. No more than 6-8 per serving.
Bisphenol-A, aka “BPA.”This is one found in canned foods, such as tomatoes, beans, fruits and vegetables. It is an estrogen-like chemical that is pervasive in canned foods.  BPA has been linked to diabetes, ADHD, reproductive cancers, and thyroid disorders like hypothyroidism and obesity. The acidity in canned tomatoes can pull even more of this chemical into the food.
What to do?

  • Never heat or freeze plastic containers, including leaving them in your car during a hot day or at night.
  • Make big batches of fresh tomato sauce and freeze in glass containers.
  • Make beans from dried beans and store for later use.
  • Choose frozen fruits and veggies (not canned) when fresh is not available or in season.
  • Look for tomato and other packaged products in glass jars.
Top Signs Your Body is Toxic
Across the United States, the EPA took samples of people’s fat cells (adipose) and analyzed the samples for the presence of various toxins. In 98% of the samples they found many toxins, including benzene, PCBs, DDE (a metabolite of DDT pesticide), dioxins, toluene, and chlorobenzene, all of which are highly damaging to the immune system and compromise every tissue in the body. Once these chemicals and metals create a “home” for themselves in you fat and nerve cells, it can take years, if ever to have them removed on their own.

These are only a very few examples of the barrage of chemicals or bodies struggle to remove every day from typical foods that are eaten.  Our bodies are like any other machine you know of…if you don’t clean it, eventually it will break down in the form of autoimmune disease, cancers, arthritis you name!
Here is a brief list of known symptoms often related to toxicity:

• allergies
• acne
• anxiety
• burning skin
• brain fog
• chronic fatigue
• chemical sensitivities
• depression
• eczema
• frequent colds or flu
• feeling “sick all over”
• insomnia
• loss of dexterity
• low body temperature
• memory loss
• mood swings
• muscle and joint pains
• poor concentration
And the list goes on and on…..

When the amount of toxins exceed the body’s ability to excrete them, our body will begin to store these toxins. The accumulation of toxins can seriously impede our physiological health and lead to chronic disease.

If you identified having some of these health symptoms, consider detoxifying your body with help from us at Seleme Health Center.  We use 2, 4, or 6 week specific protocols to remove these harmful heavy metals and chemicals from your body using Frequency-modulated Low-Level Laser protocolsFar Infrared Saunas, nutritional supplements and homeopathic remedies, just to name a few ways to help eliminate the toxic influences that block your body’s ability to completely heal.

 

Call us today at (703) 273-0573 for more information or to customize your detoxification protocol!

Worried about holiday weight gain?

Trying to avoid being “stuffed” like a Thanksgiving turkey? Watching the glycemic index of the food you eat is the key to maintaining your weight and avoiding the dreaded unwanted extra holiday pounds.

Turkey Eating PieWhat is the “Glycemic Index” you ask? It’s scientific way of measuring how quickly the body breaks down the carbohydrate (sugar) in food and puts it into blood sugar (glucose). It’s a number ranking for food that contain carbohydrate by how high they raise blood glucose over 2-3 hours after ingestion.

Why is this so important to the body?

  • High Glycemic Index foods quickly digest andare turned into glucose in the blood causing a rise in insulin, your fat storage hormone.
  • Whatever glucose is not used as immediate fuel is stored in the liver and muscle, once those tanks are full the rest gets stored as fat.
  • If you combine food that has a high Glycemic Index with fat, none of the fat gets used b/c the bloodstream is too flooded with sugar and this gets stored as fat.
  • Insulin does such a good job of removing and storing excess blood sugar and converting any extra to fat,  that when removed quickly your blood sugar will drop and you will get hungry again.

Continuing to flood your body with high levels of sugar, followed by high levels of insulin, makes your pancreas, (where insulin is created), less efficient at processing these sugar and overtime you become hypoglycemic or insulin resistant. If this continues your pancreas becomes completely exhausted and shuts down insulin production and diabetes begins.

 

The pancreas creates 2 hormones in response to food.

1. INSULIN – the hormone responsible for storing fat and producing energy from sugar.

*Insulin is secreted in response to the carbohydrate you eat.

2. GLUCAGON – the hormone that promotes the mobilization and utilization of fat for energy. Glucagon is the only hormone that allows stored body fat to be released into the bloodstream to be burned by your muscles as energy.

*Protein consumption produces glucagon.

 

Based on these simple facts about blood sugar and fat storage here are some easy tips to control your holiday calorie-fest!

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  1. Add Beans – a low-medium GI food bring down rating of the entire meal.
  2. Sprinkle on some cinnamon – ½ tsp day improves insulin uptake of glucose
  3. Add a vinaigrette to any salad or protein
  4. Use good fat – 1-2 tsp Olive oil, canola oil, fish oil, nut/seeds
  5. Add some low fat protein which slow digestion and absorption of sugars

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  1. Eat low – medium G.I. foods*
  2. MUST eat 3 SMALL meals per day with 2 snacks in between
  3. MUST eat every 3-4 hours
  4. Eat foods high in fiber
  5. Exercise!!!

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divided-plate-thirdsDivide your plate into thirds:

  • 1/3 protein
  • 1/3 -2/3 non starchy veggies
  • 1/3 fibrous grains
  • Use fat as an add on sparingly

Mold Allergy

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The main culprit to winter allergies are due to a fungus called mold?  Have you ever wondered why you still have that runny nose, itchy eyes, nagging cough and fatigue even though there is no tree pollen or ragweed in the air?  You are probably suffering the effects of a chronic mold allergy.

Mold can grow indoors and outdoors. It is often found on compost, decaying leaves in the winter, wooded areas, wet carpets, bathrooms and window sills, any area that doesn’t have ventilation in the winter. Any porous material like cotton, paper, wood, leather, wallboard and of course foods, can become a breeding ground for mold spores. Unlike pollen and ragweed, molds do not die with the frost, instead they lay dormant until the conditions are ripe to begin growing again. The right moisture, temperature, oxygen, and nutrients can cause mold to grow and spore. Molds use spores to reproduce in the same way that plants use seeds.

Once formed, the spores of mold are released into the air and spread to create new mold colonies. If a spore lands on a suitable material and other environmental conditions are suitable then the spore can germinate and begin to create another new mold colony. One of the main environmental requirements for the spore to grow is moisture; most spores need the surface to be damp for 24-48 hours which is why the rain and snow in the winter create a perfect environment for them.

In the fall and early winter months piles of leaves collect and absorb moisture and cold, damp air promotes mold growth in many outside locations. Mold loves to hide away in dead vegetation, this is where they thrive because they are not killed by winter frosts. Something most allergy sufferers do not know is that many molds can become dormant during the winter months and then grow on plants that have been killed by the cold when springtime arrives . This is how mold becomes a year-round allergy trigger.

Common symptoms of mold allergies are:

  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Cough and postnasal drip
  • Itchy, watery eyes, nose and throat
  • Sinusitis, an inflammation of the sinuses

When it comes to food which contains mold, remember that you do not need to see the mold in order for it to be present. Molds have branches and roots that penetrate into the food where they cannot be seen. In addition, if you ever see mold on bread, cheese, berries, etc. the entire package needs to be discarded as mold send out poisonous fumes called mycotoxins, a metabolic by-product which can cause serious illness as well.

Foods that often contain molds are:

  • Cheese
  • Beer/Wine
  • Mushrooms
  • Vinegar; foods containing vinegar; salad dressing, catsup; pickles
  • Sour cream, sour milk, and buttermilk
  • Meat or fish more than 24 hours old
  • Breads and other food made with yeast
  • Sauerkraut
  • Pickled and smoked meats and fish
  • Dried fruits; dates, prunes, figs; raisins
  • Soy sauce
  • Hot dogs, sausages
  • Canned juices

If you believe you suffer from Chronic Mold Allergies, please call our office at 703-273-0573 to make an appointment, so we can test the severity of the your sensitivity and begin to heal your internal organs from mold infestation. Often we find mold in chronic lung, sinus, liver and intestinal disorders. Many times it is even the root cause of weight gain!  So come on in to see if we can help heal your mold allergies.  We offer healing treatments in the form of NAET, Neurolink, and vitamin and homeopathic supplementation. Mold is a problem for your health, but one that can be healed with the proper regimen. 

Lung Cancer Leading Cause of Death Than Breast, Colon and Prostate Cancers.

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After reading this article about chemtrails, it makes sense lung cancer is by far the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women. Each year, more people die of lung cancer than of colon, breast, and prostate cancers combined. Did you know there is an estimated 159,260 deaths from lung cancer (86,930 in men and 72,330 among women) that account for about 27% of all cancer deaths.

Natural News: Irrefutable proof we are all being sprayed with poison: 571 tons of toxic lead ‘chemtrailed’ into America’s skies every year

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