Are Certain Foods Responsible For Your Depression? – Part 2

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By Kac Young ND, DCH, PhD.

Continued from part 1 of this article…..

boyhamburgerFast Food is also known to contribute to depression: People who eat fast food are 51 percent more likely to develop depression than those who don’t, according to a 2012 study in the journal Public Health Nutrition. (2) This includes commercial baked goods, hamburgers, hot dogs and pizza, the researchers said.

The inflammation-linked diet consumed by the women in the study included lots of refined grains — including bagels, pasta and white rice — as well as soft drinks, red meat and margarine. This diet was also low in wine, coffee, olive oil and green leafy and yellow vegetables, study researcher Michel Lucas, Ph.D., a visiting scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health. (3) This diet was considered linked with inflammation because it was associated with levels of C-reactive protein, interleukin-6 and tumor necrosis factor α receptor 2 in the plasma; these are known markers of inflammation. (4)

If you think you have depression, get off the cycle of refined grains, fast foods and sugar. Replace those food traps with more whole grains (wheat or brown rice pasta) fresh vegetables, fresh fruits, lean and hormone free meats, reduce the amount of red meat and use chicken or turkey instead. Substitute soft sugary drinks for unsweetened drinks like water, pure iced tea, club soda or mineral water. You may use a small amount of fruit juice and add sparkling water to create your own refreshing drink. Say no to sodas.

Stay away from the fast food chains. If you must eat out choose Subway. Select whole wheat bread, go for the chicken, skip the cheese and stay away from the fatty dressings. Other chains offer salads, bowls of ingredients instead of tortilla-wrapped items and chicken or veggie instead of meat burgers. You can control how you feel by choosing what you eat. www.HeartEasy.com shows you how to treat your health and your body like the gifts they are.

References:

(1) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/04/inflammation-diet-depression-women-refined-grains-soda_n_4212848.html

(2) http://www.livescience.com/41759-foods-linked-with-depression.html

(3) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/04/inflammation-diet-depression-women-refined-grains-soda_n_4212848.html

(4) ibid

Kac Young, a former television director and producer, has earned a PhD in Natural Health and is a Doctor of both Clinical Hypnotherapy and Naturopathy. She is the author of 10 books. Heart Easy is a system of nutritionally sound, delicious meals that promote heart health, long life and taste great. In the Heart Easy Cook Book sound nutritional advice is followed by family favorites that have been turned into heart healthy meals anyone can make and everyone will love.

Are Certain Foods Responsible For Your Depression? – Part 1

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By Kac Young ND, DCH, PhD.

riceAccording to recent studies, it’s possible that eating certain foods is associated with depression. Can you get happier then by eating differently? Absolutely!

Refined Grains can be causing your depression: Pasta may be a quick go-to meal for those busy nights when you don’t have a lot of time to prepare involved meals, but it is certainly not a good meal to have every night.

Pasta, white rice and bagels (all refined grains) are foods that have been identified as inflammatory and have been linked to depression in women ages 50 to 77, according to an October 2013 study in the journal Brain, Behavior and Immunity.

In the study, researchers looked at the eating habits of more than 40,000 women, who didn’t have depression at the study’s start. They found that those who consumed inflammatory foods regularly were more likely to suffer from depression by the end of the study.

Soft Drinks can also contribute to depression: It’s all too convenient to grab a “Coke” when you’re rushing around, but the same study in Brain, Behavior and Immunity study indicated that soft drinks as part of a regular diet may also contribute to depression. In the study, men and women who consumed one or more sugar-sweetened sodas per day were 16 percent more likely to have a stroke over a 20- to 30-year period, compared with those who drank no soda.

“Soda remains the largest source of added sugar in the diet,” said researcher Dr. Adam Bernstein, of the Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Institute. “What we’re beginning to understand is that regular intake of these beverages sets off a chain reaction in the body that can potentially lead to many diseases — including stroke.” (1)

If a soda is your go-to drink when you’re thirsty, it may be time to switch to something healthier like water or unsweetened iced tea. Reduce your sugar intake and you will reduce inflammation in your body and help ward off depression.

Stay tuned for part 2 of this article shortly…..

References:

(1) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/04/inflammation-diet-depression-women-refined-grains-soda_n_4212848.html

(2) http://www.livescience.com/41759-foods-linked-with-depression.html

(3) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/04/inflammation-diet-depression-women-refined-grains-soda_n_4212848.html

(4) ibid

Kac Young, a former television director and producer, has earned a PhD in Natural Health and is a Doctor of both Clinical Hypnotherapy and Naturopathy. She is the author of 10 books. Heart Easy is a system of nutritionally sound, delicious meals that promote heart health, long life and taste great. In the Heart Easy Cook Book sound nutritional advice is followed by family favorites that have been turned into heart healthy meals anyone can make and everyone will love.

Are Scars Hurting Your Health And Happiness? – Part 1

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By Dr. Mark Pitstick

seniorwoman2Have you ever heard the phrase, “She was scarred for life”? Usually, it refers to emotional scars and the lasting impact those can have on a person. Physical scars, however, can also negatively affect the quality and maybe quantity of your life.

Scars are the result of trauma that breaks the surface of the skin: surgery, cuts, injuries, animal or insect bites, injections, IV sites/ports, burns, stretch marks, body piercings and tattoos. Areas with old or active acne, boils, rashes or open sores can also act as scars. Again, skin trauma can be devastating to ones health and are sometimes the most important key in solving chronic severe health problems.

“Mary” had been perfectly healthy until age thirty-five and the birth of her third child. Then it was all downhill, big time. At age fifty-five, despite the best of conventional and natural health care, she was a cardiac invalid, completely bed-ridden and looked seventy-five.

Finally, someone told her about nutritional-based healing approaches and she was evaluated. Her doctor found that a scar—from an episiotomy and perineal tear during childbirth—was negatively affecting the energy flows to her cardio-vascular system. After treating the scar at home for several weeks, she began improving. After one year, she was totally healthy and looked and acted much younger than her age.

To explain how skin trauma can cause problems, I must describe a bit about how your nervous system works. Don’t worry, I’ll be brief and you won’t be tested.

One part of your nervous system, the sympathetic nervous system (SNS), regulates more active functions. The parasympathetic nervous system (PSNS), on the other hand, controls functions that require relaxation: sleep, optimal digestion and sexual arousal. The SNS and PSNS are supposed to predominate when needed so all functions of the body work normally.

doctorThe sympathetic nervous system fibers terminate or end on the surface of the skin. These fibers are so vast in number that—if everything else about you but your SNS were dissolved—your outlined form would still be recognizable.

Normally, the SNS fibers relay information in the form of nerve impulses—tiny energy currents—to and from the brain. However, scars can disrupt normal communication and cause problems. Instead of flowing smoothly, the energy can build up at the scar site and discharge in an unbalanced manner. Over time, organ dysfunction and associated symptoms can result.

Stay tuned for part 2 of this article shortly…..

Mark Pitstick, B.S., M.A., D.C., has over forty years experience and training in hospitals, pastoral counseling settings, mental health centers, and holistic private practice. His training includes a premedical degree, graduate theology/pastoral counseling studies, masters in clinical psychology, and doctorate in chiropractic.

His book Radiant Wellness: A Holistic Guide for Optimal Body, Mind and Spirit was endorsed by Drs. Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Bernie Siegel and others.

Mark has been a frequent radio and TV guest and hosts a nationally syndicated radio show. He has presented many workshops on holistic health and spiritual awareness. He has been a review editor and regular contributor to many magazines and e-zines. Mark founded the Radiant Wellness Center and the Stressor-Nutrient Balancing healing method.

Disclaimer: Listing improvements of past patients’ problems does not imply a guarantee for those with similar conditions. I do not claim to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. I do teach people and health care professionals how to assist the body in healing itself of imbalances.

Are Fruits And Vegetables What They Used To Be?

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By Dr. Michael Wald

An apple a day is not enough…and never was!
applevectorMore than a few studies have alluded to the fact that our fruits and vegetables these days are less nutritious than they used to be. A number of environmental factors have impacted the nutritional quality of a large variety of crops including fruits, vegetables and grains, including acid rain, over-harvesting of the soil, and organopesticide contamination. The reduced nutritional content of foods, higher acid and pesticide contents are all known to increase one’s risk of developing various diseases such as multiple sclerosis, lupus, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, hypothyroidism, osteoporosis and various cancers.

Acid rain and reduced nutritional content of soil
Acid rain has negatively affected crops and caused nutrient loss in the soil. This has caused a loss of nutrition that is taken in by growing crops. We eat nutritionally depleted crops, which cause us to become nutritionally depleted. Inadequate nutritional intake is associated with an increased risk of developing virtually all chronic degenerative diseases including cancers, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, migraines, infertility, and inflammatory bowel disease.

Over-harvesting
The soil has been over-harvested, meaning that over years of use and turnover of soil it has become depleted in nutrition. All crops growing in depleted soil are depleted in nutritional content. The pesticides and herbicides used in group processing both directly and indirectly affect nutritional content. Foodstuffs now are transported great distances, resulting in a loss of nutritional content along the way, specifically if the foods are not frozen during transit. Freezing foods help to maintain their nutritional content. The time from the harvesting of foodstuffs to their consumption at the table results in nutritional loss. The longer the time from harvest to consumption is, the lower the nutritional content. The overall production of more crops due to advancement in technologies has resulted in crops that are diluted in nutritional content; a greater yield of crops derived from the same soil will become progressively more and more depleted.

Goodbye selenium, hello cancer!
People should be concerned about nutritional depletion of foodstuff because we as consumers will, and have, become nutritional deficient. The levels of selenium in soil are estimated to be entirely absent within the next five years. This will increase cancer risk and human susceptibility to oxidative diseases (virtually all degenerative diseases are oxidative in nature).

healthycartFoods close to home
We can get more nutrition out of fruits and vegetables, even those that are inherently deficient based on what I have written above, by consuming foods closer to the time of harvesting as opposed to waiting long periods. Choosing to eat frozen foods as opposed to non-frozen (fresh) is best, because non -frozen foods lose nutritional value faster than frozen. This does not mean that fresh foods should not be consumed.

Cooking is not just cooking
Cooking foods more slowly reduces nutrient loss. Cooking foods at lower temperatures also reduces nutrient loss. Chewing foods thoroughly to break the plant cell walls of fruits and vegetables releases nutrients. Choose organically grown foods that contain less toxic residues that actually require nutrients for the body to process and detoxify them. We can choose to consume foods that are grown locally as smaller farms are not as over-harvested, so the soil has a higher nutrient content. Canned foods are the least healthy, generally speaking.

– Dr. Michael Wald, aka The Blood Detective, is the director of nutritional services at Integrated Medicine of Mount Kisco, located in Westchester New York. He has appeared on ABC World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer, Channel 11 PIX, Channel 12 News, CNN, The Food Network and other media outlets. Dr. Wald earned the name Blood Detective for his reputation to find problems that are often missed by other doctors. He earned an MD degree, is a doctor of chiropractic and a certified dietician-nutritionist. He is also double-board certified in nutrition. He has published over a dozen books with three additional titles due for release late 2013 including: Frankenfoods – Genetically Modified Foods: Controversies, Lies & Your Health and Gluten-A-Holic: How to Live Gluten Free and the Blood Detective’s Longevity Secrets. Dr. Wald can be reached at: www.intmedny.com or www.blooddetective.com or by calling: 914-242-8844.

Are Your Cosmetics Safe?

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by Paul J. Rosen, J.D., L.Ac., EAMP

cosmeticsThe more you look the more you see. Have you ever noticed that when you buy a new car you see more of them on the road? This goes for a blouse or a pair of shoes as well? Well, what I’ve been noticing a lot more of lately is deception in advertising.

While I was researching for my latest book, Be Healthy Now ~ for Women, I came across the title Toxic Beauty, a book written by Dr. Samuel Epstein, who is a well-known expert in the field of cancer causing agents. Wow, this book is an eye opener. What jumped out at me?

There are over 10,500 personal beauty and cosmetic products available in North America. Ninety-nine percent of them have at least one ingredient that has never been tested for safety.

Now get this: The phrase “For professional use only” that we find on so-called higher quality beauty products allows manufacturers to keep any harmful chemicals off the labels. They may still be in the products ~ but just not on the labels.

Finally, the terms “hypoallergenic,” “allergy-free” and “safe for sensitive skin” can be placed on products without actual testing and neither the FDA nor any other regulating body even requires the companies to prove their claims.

Now that we’ve established that we are left almost completely in the dark about product safety and their effects on your health, here is why you should care.

womanarmupYour skin is the largest organ of your body. And your skin’s health is a reflection of the health of your kidneys. This means that if you are having skin problems like psoriasis, acne or eczema you should look to your kidneys as part of the strategy to clean things up.

And speaking of skin, deodorants often contain aluminum to stop perspiration and propylene glycol as a drying agent. Aluminum has been associated with chronic health conditions including chronic bladder problems like interstitial cystitis, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.

Propylene glycol is the main ingredient of anti-freeze ~ the colored liquid you pour into your car’s radiator to prevent engine freeze-up. Safety warnings associate propylene glycol with liver abnormalities and kidney damage.

Chemicals and foods called estrogenic are capable of altering your hormone balance and they find their way into beauty products. For those who choose natural products, soy is a common ingredient. Soy is also associated with altering hormone balance and not always in a positive way. But don’t tell the soy lobbyists.

So, if you’re struggling with menstrual irregularities, stubborn menopausal symptoms, irritability, blue moods, dry skin, thinning hair and fatigue, look no further than your lipstick, face and body creams, soaps and detergents as potential parts of the problem.

Fortunately, there are many safe options. Coconut oil and olive oil for skin care, mineral make up for color and soy-free biodegradable soaps and detergents for house cleaning and laundry are good places to start.

Deception is a marketing norm. We see it every day. And as responsible consumers, we must become knowledgeable about the products we use.

– Paul J. Rosen, JD, LAc, EAMP is the clinic director of AcuNatural Family Healthcare and a licensed acupuncturist in Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington. His expertise extends to nutrition as a certified master of Nutrition Response Testing. After 20 years of practice his chosen specialty is designing nutritional healing programs for folks suffering with chronic and degenerative illness. He is the author of three books: The Great Health Heist, Be Healthy Now ~ Your Passport To Wellness and Be Healthy Now ~ for Women. Paul is also a local radio personality and host of “Health Matters”. His show can be heard each Sunday from 8- 10 AM PST on AM860 KPAM. Paul is available for public appearances and speaking engagements. Contact him at 360-750-7375 or via his website at www.acunatural.com

Are Parents Responsible For Childhood Obesity?

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overweightboyFrom Your Health Journal…..”I just love the Policy Mic web site, always try to bring traffic their way. If you have never been to their site, please visit it, I will post a link below. Today’s article to discuss is called Are Parents Responsible For Childhood Obesity? – written by Abdulrahman El-Sayed. Childhood obesity has tripled since 1980. Today, about 17% of American kids are obese and 25% are overweight. Obesity related illness is also on the rise as many children show signs of heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, and weak joints. Physical education and recreation programs are being cut, and technology is creating sedentary lifestyle. But, the author of this article is questioning whether parents may also be responsible for the rise in childhood obesity. The author writes, “In that respect, what has changed is the environment within which parents are making decisions about food. Rather than being able to choose between several healthy, affordable options, today’s post-subsidy world has rendered the most affordable options the least healthy, forcing parents’ hands in favor of less nutritious diets for children, particularly in low-income settings.” Please visit the Policy Mic web site (link provided below) to read the complete article.”

From the article…..

Recently, I wrote an open letter to LeBron James asking him to reconsider his endorsements with Coca-Cola and McDonald’s and an article decrying Beyoncé’s recent $50 million contract with Pepsi. Reaction to the articles was mixed. Many supported them, recognizing the implicit influence that stars like LeBron and Beyoncé have on the consumption habits of impressionable children.

Others were less supportive. They argued that rather than food companies and trend makers like LeBron and Beyoncé, children today are obese because their parents aren’t doing a good job controlling their children’s diets and coaching them to more active lifestyles.

But the numbers tell a different story.

Childhood obesity has tripled since 1980. Today, about 17% of American kids are obese and 25% are overweight. Such a drastic increase suggests that something has changed over the past 30 years. Getting to the bottom of what’s causing the childhood obesity epidemic means figuring out what is changing.

And it’s probably not parents.

In fact, the numbers suggest that parents are more worried about obesity than ever before. A recent poll found that parents are increasingly worried about childhood obesity— it tied with illegal drug use as the most prominent concern among parents these days.

If parents haven’t stopped caring about their kids’ eating and exercise habits, what has changed?

In 1973, high commodity prices were devastating grain farmers throughout the central U.S. In response, the Nixon administration initiated agricultural subsidies, artificially dropping the global price of corn and other grains. The reverberations of this move still echo throughout the food market — and have important implications for childhood obesity.

Subsidies keep the price of food, from beef to high-fructose corn syrup, artificially low. That, in turn, increases the number of people who eat foods containing these products both here in the U.S. and abroad. American farm subsidies have largely underwritten the global food corporations that have come to be synonymous with obesity, like Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and McDonald’s, by decreasing the cost of their starting materials and allowing them to sell their products at lower prices than the market would otherwise allow.

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