Happy Emotions, Happy Heart

Valentine’s day in the month of February has us focused on loving and taking care of others emotional and physical hearts, which is a beautiful thing….. but so is taking care of yourself.

Let’s be honest, when it comes to loving our bodies and minds we probably treat others better than we treat ourselves. How many times do you insult your friends by telling them their thighs look fat in those jeans, uhh NEVER….. or worry about the toll stress is taking on our loved ones rather than our own, ALWAYS! Yet we routinely dismiss our own negative self-talk or lack of healthcare.

It’s not ok to dismiss your emotional and physical needs on a daily basis. If you want to increase positive vibrations, get rid of negative self-talk and support a healthy heart through emotions and nutrition, YOU ABSOLUTELY MUST LOVE AND TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF FIRST.

Join me–Dr. Seleme–and Rebecca Precious tonight for a 30-minute training call and learn how through the use of essential oils and nutrient infused supplements, you can start supporting a healthy heart and happy emotions today. Just click the link below.

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Using Essential Oils to Heal

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What’s all the craze lately about Essential Oils or (E.O.) you might be asking yourself?

Well if you haven’t heard by now, there are literally HUNDREDS of different applications for them. Essential oils are the aromatic liquids found within shrubs, flowers, trees, roots, bushes, resins, and seeds. Some people like to call essential oils “nature’s living energy” because they contain unique constituents that provide a host of benefits.

Most essential oils are extracted from plant sources using steam distillation and are highly concentrated, making them far more potent than dried botanicals.  Essential Oils are not perfumes, although they can be used like them to achieve a desired smell or response in the body. Pure E.O.’s contain no artificial, processed or synthetic chemicals. Since everything we put on the skin is absorbed by capillaries that circulate in the body, you want to be sure the E.O. you are using is free of pesticides, synthetic constituents, chemicals and any other unwanted adulterated product. There are some researchers that report essential oils are better absorbed from areas of the body with greater concentrations of sweat glands and hair follicles, such as the head, feet, hands and armpits (Battaglia, 2003). Personally, I like the application to the hands and especially the feet. It is very effective and feels great.

Two great ways to use the oils is to diffuse them into the air or apply them to your body. Diffusing oils work because when you inhale the oils the active ingredients go directly to the limbic system (area of the brain responsible for emotion) which is responsible for memory, hormones, blood pressure, breath rate, and stress levels. This explains why smell triggers physiological and psychological responses in people. Some people like to dilute the oils in a carrier oil because people can have different reaction to the “neat” or undiluted oil itself. While many people are able to use the neat version of the oil, there are still sensitive individuals such as children and animals that you definitely should dilute the oil before application.

A carrier oil is a vegetable oil such as coconut oil or grapeseed oil that can be used to dilute EO. Carrier oils ensure that EOs applied topically do not cause any irritation to the skin. Don’t worry, dilution with a carrier oil will not dilute the effect of the EO and it helps prevents any waste due to excessive application. Please do not use vegetable shortening, butter, margarine or any petroleum derivatives (e.g. baby oil or mineral oil)–they should never be used as carrier oils. Some users choose to avoid olive oil as a carrier oil because of it has a strong smell. My favorites are coconut oil for its anti-inflammatory effects and jojoba oil for its skin softening properties. Below is a chart for recommendations on how to dilute.

Carrier Oil 1% 2% 5% 10%
1 tsp 1 drop 2 drops 5 drops 10 drops
1 TB 3 drops 6 drops 15 drops 30 drops
1 fl. oz. 6 drops 12 drops 30 drops 60 drops

I generally recommend 2%-5% dilution for most people.

There are so many ways to use essential oils in your daily life and health, below are some fantastic ways to begin replacing toxic chemicals in your home and life with more natural, safe and effective products. For recipes, please click here.

GOOD QUALITY ESSENTIAL OILS

I have seen some very wonderful results using Essential Oils and I know from research and experience that they are not all made alike! Most store bought oils are synthetic or adulterated and not worth your health or money. You certainly need to pick and choose carefully the quality of the oils you use on your skin as well as your loved ones. If you are interested in using Young Living Essential Oils–the brand I use, love, and trust–please email me at drseleme@drseleme.com to order and learn how to buy them.

Sincerely,
Dr. Venus Seleme

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I Want a New Drug!

Yes that’s right, I said it, a new drug! This statement is meant to be an eye-opener for all who don’t believe FOOD is a drug. Just like a drug you take that makes you feel good, bad, sluggish or energetic, food effects on your body can be immediate or take a toll on you 2-3 days later. Your body must have all the necessary components to process everything in the food you ingest. You need powerful enzymes from the mouth to break down carbohydrates, while the stomach produces acid and enzymes to break down proteins. Then there is insulin, glycogen and enzymes from the pancreas that break down fats, carbohydrates and proteins while enzymes from the small intestines are secreted to break down fat and lactose. Not to mention the regulation of alkaline-acid ph by the kidneys, the liver’s role in detoxifying the food you eat as well as producing bile for fat assimilation. The intestines require just the right mix of bacteria to digest and assimilate the by-products of the broken down food. Whew, that’s a lot! And these are just some of the functions needed for a healthy assimilation of foods. Digestion is like a fine tuned orchestra with just the right amount of coordination from the strings and percussion sections!

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Food, like everything in life, is complex and contains many different components. There are literally hundreds of naturally occurring chemicals in just about every type of food you can think of. Natural chemicals exist in food to impart color, flavor, nutrition, and natural toxins for protection from predator attacks or unhealthy microbes.  We all know by now, unfortunately, there are many man-made chemicals in our food but this article will focus on some of the natural chemicals and how they may affect your body function. You might be surprised to know that many of these naturally occurring chemicals if ingested in excess amounts could be considered poisonous!

Many of these natural toxins contribute to symptoms of pain, fatigue, brain fog, and digestive upsets. Most people don’t recognize how much food contributes to how they feel minute-to-minute. Food can make or break your day by dictating what kind of mood you are in and whether you will have body pain today or not.  The best advice I can give you is the next time you have sudden shoulder pain, migraines, knee pain, low back pain, gas, bloating, feeling grouchy, sluggish, angry or anxious, PLEASE look to the meals you ate in the last 24-48 hours as a major culprit. It may be a simple change in diet that changes a chronic symptom you have suffered from for years. Here are some of the chemicals more commonly involved in typical problems that I see.

SOLANINE

Solanine is a non-protein compound containing nitrogen. It is a chemical called a glycoalkaloid. In certain vegetables, it is found in all parts of the plant, including fruit, leaves and tubers. It has pesticide properties and is one of the plants naturally occurring defenses. Solanine blocks the enzyme that allows muscles, tendons, and ligaments to return to rest after activation. It can remove calcium from the bones and deposit it in any genetically weak or injured area of the body, including joint spaces, arteries, kidney and gallbladder. Unfortunately, in many people solanine causes increase in muscle pain and tightness, morning stiffness, joint pain, inflammation, osteoarthritis flare-up, autoimmune dysfunction, nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, and other neurotoxic properties.

In the medieval times, the majority of nightshades were not considered edible and they were used in witchcraft and shamanism. The Romans gave them the name “nightshades” because it was put in your enemy’s drink and when the person went home that night, the shade came down and they died! Solanines are not water soluble, aren’t destroyed by cooking and cannot be broken down in the body. So think wisely before you make your loved one their next meal!

Solanine is found in all “deadly nightshades”.  Nightshade foods are potatoes including white, red, yellow and blue-skinned (not sweet potatoes or yams), tomatoes, eggplant, paprika and all peppers, excluding black pepper. This brings a new and scary meaning to “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!”  Other foods which are not nightshades but contain solanine are blueberries, apples, cherries, beets, artichoke, gogi berries, okra and ashwagandha.

LECTINS

Lectins are a type of protein found in many plant foods and can interfere with your metabolism, clump red blood cells as well as adhere to your gut epithelial tissue and break down the small intestinal lining creating further leaky gut. Damage to the absorptive intestinal fingerlike microvilli, reduces the small intestines capacity to absorb vital nutrients needed for immunity and repair. Lectins in plants exist for pest and insect protection. They can enter our blood unchanged because they are indigestible to humans. Because we don’t break down and digest lectins, often we create antibodies to them–almost assuring that our bodies are having some kind of harmful immune reaction every time we eat them.

Genetically modified foods can be especially problematic because “splicing lectins” from one plant family to another occurs frequently.  Therefore, if you know you react to a particular plant lectin and that lectin has been genetically transferred to a different plant you may become symptomatic and not even be aware as to the cause. Soaking, sprouting, fermenting and cooking will reduce the amount of lectin content in your foods, so you may consider this as a way to process foods you want to eat without much gastrointestinal distress.

Lectins are found in all dried beans including kidney, soy and peanuts, nuts, seeds, wheat, wheat germ, oats, barley, quinoa, rice, millet, buckwheat, corn, potatoes, dairy and again the “deadly nightshade” family. So beans may be more than just a magical fruit!

 

OXALATES

Oxalates naturally occur in plants to help get rid of additional calcium by binding to it and preventing its absorption. It can be made by the human body from Vitamin C. Which is why kidney stone formers are asked to reduce their Vitamin C intake. When too many oxalates are consumed it can combine with calcium and the body can form painful calcium-oxalate crystals which can lodge in the kidneys as stones or get deposited in any body tissue and cause pain and inflammation as well as free radical damage and depletion of glutathione, a nutrient needed for many detoxification processes.

Oxalates have the ability to bind to the minerals calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc and copper in our intestines creating a mineral deficiency. There is a genetic tendency in some people, depending on your D.N.A., as to whether you are able to detoxify the substances that produce extra oxalates in your body. This genetic variable give you the ability to produce an increased level of oxalates even when you are not eating foods high in oxalates. Anyone with kidney or gallbladder disease, certain autoimmune conditions, or gout, should avoid these foods in high doses. My recommendation is to not use spinach or other high oxalate foods everyday in a smoothie or as a meal. Rotate or divide your meal in half with high oxalate and low oxalate foods to avoid any problems with mineral absorption or deficiency.

Oxalates are found in the Amaranthaceae family of spinach, beet tops, swiss chard, amaranth, and sorrel, rhubarb, parsley, okra, berries, kiwis, figs, grapes, cocoa, chocolate, almonds, cashews, peanuts, soy and tea. Oxalates level increase as food matures, so young fresh spinach is likely to have less oxalates. Boiling and steaming reduce the amount of oxalates as well.

Low oxalate greens are lettuce, celery, chickweed, watercress, escarole, asparagus, dandelion, and some of the cruciferous vegetables such as kale, bokchoy, collards, mustard greens, turnip tops, cabbage and arugula.

 

GOITROGENS

Goitrogenic basically means foods that are what I call “nasty pie” for the thyroid. In other words, they slow or block thyroid function by blocking iodine uptake. Iodine is what makes your thyroid metabolism work. Goitrogens can lead to hypothyroidism and goiters. When someone is diagnosed with a “goiter”, it means your thyroid grows more cells and is enlarged. This enlargement may be to compensate for the reduction in thyroid hormone levels. A goiter is usually felt as a soft swelling on one or both sides of the neck that is 2-5 inches in diameter.

Many goitrogenic foods are considered diet foods, so when trying to lose weight you may feel as if you are doing everything right but the pounds aren’t moving. I would suggest eating no more than 3-4 cups of these raw vegetable per week if you feel that this may be creating an issue for you. Cooking these foods at high temperatures inactivates the glucosinolate, the chemical responsible for the goitrogenic effect in foods with the exception of soy which has its own very big issues.  If you do have known thyroid problems, you may want to remove these items from your diet altogether.

Known thyroid goitrogens are cruciferous foods such as bok choy, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, kohlrabi, mustard greens, radish, turnips, as well as, soy, peanuts, and canola oil.

I have said many times, “Patients would rather change their religion than change their diet”. I am writing this article to pass on information not to scare you but make it so that you can be more present, conscious and proactive in taking control of your health. Many times, the answer lies within us and not in a doctor’s office.  Pay attention to what you use to nourish your body, the quality of your life may depend on it!

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

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.

Spiritual Health : Planetary Forces and the Human Body

Spiritual Health February 2013

Please click on the link above to view Dr. Seleme’s new article regarding planetary forces and its affects on the human body.

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