Hippocrates Health Institute http://hippocratesinst.org Just another WordPress site Thu, 30 Jun 2016 13:13:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.9 The Inner Dimension of Bodywork http://hippocratesinst.org/the-inner-dimension-of-bodywork http://hippocratesinst.org/the-inner-dimension-of-bodywork#comments Wed, 29 Jun 2016 16:07:42 +0000 http://hippocratesinst.org/?p=54976 The Mind/Body Gap The intimate connection between the “mind” and the “body” too often goes unrecognized by psychotherapists and bodyworkers. When the mind is seen as some disembodied entity with its own independent imbalances, and the body as merely physical, the essential wholeness of a person gets ignored, and fractionalized treatment can be ineffective, and […]

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The Mind/Body Gap

The intimate connection between the “mind” and the “body” too often goes unrecognized by psychotherapists and bodyworkers. When the mind is seen as some disembodied entity with its own independent imbalances, and the body as merely physical, the essential wholeness of a person gets ignored, and fractionalized treatment can be ineffective, and even make things worse.

The latest findings of psychoneuroimmunology help to bridge the mind/body gap. The discovery of the vast inner neuropeptide network, that contains and relays our emotions, inner images, and even beliefs, lays the common ground for doctors, bodyworkers, and psychotherapists to collaborate and formulate a new holistic approach and language to healing. Deep feelings held in the body outside of conscious awareness are the lock. Touch is the key.

Touch is the Key
Touch is our mother tongue, the original and only language of the body. As mammals we rely on skin contact and warmth to awaken our digestive, circulatory, and nervous systems. Kittens not licked or caressed at birth, die. Gentle touch stimulates the hormone thymopoeitin, which nurtures the budding immune system into readiness, and helps us be safe in the world as separate beings. In his groundbreaking book, Touching: The Human Significance of the Skin, Ashley Montagu says: “The communications we transmit through touch constitute the most powerful means of establishing human relationships, the foundation of experience.”

Touch is emotional. Although bodyworkers primarily focus on the treatment of the soft tissue of the body, they are in fact treating the whole person, and often encounter an expression of emotion and/or memories triggered by touch. The science of psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) investigates the mind/body link and offers a model that bridges the connection. Holistic treatment calls for the bodyworker to be familiar with the concepts of PNI to help understand the emotional component of his or her work in order to better facilitate positive changes that last over time.

So if you like to synthesize approaches of heart, mind, and body to get healthy, or help your client get there, and want to be up on the latest mind/body holistic science-based approaches, my book is for you.


Hippocrates’ psychotherapist, Andy Bernay-Roman, also licensed as a Registered Nurse and Massage Therapist, has written a book, Deep Feeling, Deep Healing: Mind/body Wisdom for Bodyworkers, about the mind/body connection and the latest discoveries in the field of psychoneuroimmunology (PNI). He offers a user-friendly model to help body therapists better understand how they are not just treating the soft tissue of the body, but rather, the whole person.

Knowing how bodywork impacts the emotional body helps therapists bring more awareness and compassion to their clients.

Available on Amazon in both print and Kindle versions:

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YOU Can Help With Labeling GMOS http://hippocratesinst.org/youcan-help-with-labeling-gmos http://hippocratesinst.org/youcan-help-with-labeling-gmos#comments Wed, 29 Jun 2016 15:44:00 +0000 http://hippocratesinst.org/?p=54972 ALL HANDS ON DECK FOR LABELING GMOS – CALL YOUR SENATORS AND HOUSE MEMBERS – Call 202-224-3121 Summer temperatures soar around the country as the GMO labeling debate in Washington heats up again.  The winds of the Vermont GMO labeling bill taking effect July 1 has increased pressure to change directions. Simmering for three months with […]

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ALL HANDS ON DECK FOR LABELING GMOS – CALL YOUR SENATORS AND HOUSE MEMBERS – Call 202-224-3121

Summer temperatures soar around the country as the GMO labeling debate in Washington heats up again.  The winds of the Vermont GMO labeling bill taking effect July 1 has increased pressure to change directions. Simmering for three months with secret negotiations between Agriculture Committee Chairman Roberts and Ranking Member Stabenow over the GMO labeling of food and salmon,  a compromise labeling bill has emerged. Out of the smoldering defeat of the Dark Act, the new version was published on July 23rd.  It has no number at this time and we don’t know how and when attempts will be made to insert it in agendas. (The POP Campaign experts have reviewed the bill and posted an analysis on FB and at popcampaign.org )

Anti-Labeling Senators were adamant that there needed to be a QR scan code option and a two-year outGMO  label if they were going to compromise for mandatory labeling. (This options still cloaks the content of a product from the busy shopper.) . Senator Stabenow, who has always said she believes GMOs are safe and has received over $1 million from Monsanto Industry donors, nevertheless stood firm on the mandatory labeling component for her constituents – and has helped orchestrate a compromised version.  We don’t agree with this compromise, although kudos to her for standing up as best as she can…we need more. 

Adding to the bias, the finer points of the labeling requirements will be left to the USDA Secretary to hammer out…..who was at one time a Monsanto employee. (Who said anything about a fox in the hen house?)  

WE CAN DO THIS…we almost have this victory….we need hard push-back calls to your Senators (House Reps too if you have time).  it is better to the leave the patchwork of state laws in place rather than to put through a bill that has the weaknesses and is not fair to all Moms and Dads across this Country.  

The message to your Senator is simple : We want a clear consumer friendly access labeling of GMO food – now.  If you want to go further, maybe something like this: 

All food and food products available to consumers in the United States shall be labeled clearly whether or not it contains any Genetically Engineered ingredients, disclosing 100% of any ingredient directly or indirectly derived from a GMO source or Genetically altered gene. “

 Attempts are being made for a  “midnight slip-in” vote, folding a provision into a larger bills or measures at the last minute.  The POP Campaign remains vigilant for you…(we hate sneaky maneuvers)….check FB and our site for updates. 

This would be a major victory foot print for your children and generations to come.  Please see the list below of members who voted the correct way last time stopping the Monsanto maneuvering …these are your friends on this issue…let’s encourage them to hold firm. (Senator Stabenow appears to be switching her vote based on her compromise language, we do not know for certain) .  There is no compromise at this time…..we demand transparency in our food and food choices…this is our Right..

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Marinated Veggie Kabobs http://hippocratesinst.org/marinated-veggie-kabobs http://hippocratesinst.org/marinated-veggie-kabobs#comments Wed, 29 Jun 2016 15:37:34 +0000 http://hippocratesinst.org/?p=54969 Marinade: 4 oz. Lemon Juice                                           16 Cremini Mushrooms w/stem removed 4 Cloves Garlic                                                 1 Large Zucchini 1 T. Kelp Powder                                             1 Large Red Onion 2 Tsp. Paprika                                                   2 Red Peppers 3 T. Chopped Fresh Parsley                             1 Large Yellow Squash 4 T. Pizza Seasoning 1 Tsp. Garlic Powder 7 oz. Organic Cold Pressed Extra […]

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Marinade:

4 oz. Lemon Juice                                           16 Cremini Mushrooms w/stem removed

4 Cloves Garlic                                                 1 Large Zucchini

1 T. Kelp Powder                                             1 Large Red Onion

2 Tsp. Paprika                                                   2 Red Peppers

3 T. Chopped Fresh Parsley                             1 Large Yellow Squash

4 T. Pizza Seasoning

1 Tsp. Garlic Powder

7 oz. Organic Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil

 Technique

  1. In a blender, mix all marinade ingredients.
  2. Place vegetables on a skewer to your liking or as follows:

a mushroom, a sliced zucchini, a sliced red onion, a square red pepper, a sliced

yellow squash, a sliced zucchini, a sliced red onion, a square red pepper, a sliced

yellow squash, and a mushroom

  1. Roll in marinade.
  2. Put in dehydrator on Teflex sheets or parchment paper.
  3. Dehydrate for 3-8 hours.

 

 

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5 Great Reasons To Start Your Day With Water and Lemon http://hippocratesinst.org/5-great-reasons-to-start-your-day-with-water-and-lemon http://hippocratesinst.org/5-great-reasons-to-start-your-day-with-water-and-lemon#comments Wed, 29 Jun 2016 15:16:22 +0000 http://hippocratesinst.org/?p=54959 Water with lemon helps to hydrate you because the lemon is high in electrolytes. This is especially helpful upon waking since you have not been drinking anything for eight hours and you may be dehydrated. Lemon water alkalizes your body. The higher the pH, the more your body is able to fight diseases. Cancer cells […]

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  • Water with lemon helps to hydrate you because the lemon is high in electrolytes. This is especially helpful upon waking since you have not been drinking anything for eight hours and you may be dehydrated.

  • Lemon water alkalizes your body. The higher the pH, the more your body is able to fight diseases. Cancer cells cannot thrive in an alkaline environment.

  • Water with lemon cleanses the liver, blood vessels and arteries. Lemon juice stimulates the liver to release toxins.

  • Water with lemon can help lower blood pressure. Lemon has a high content of potassium, calcium and magnesium. A daily intake of one lemon can reduce high blood pressure by 10%.

  • Lemon water has an astringent effect on your stomach which helps to suppress hunger cravings. Studies show that people who start their day with lemon water lost weight faster.

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    What Is Health? http://hippocratesinst.org/what-is-health http://hippocratesinst.org/what-is-health#comments Fri, 24 Jun 2016 13:31:17 +0000 http://hippocratesinst.org/?p=54280 by Michael Galitzer, MD Health is commonly mistaken to mean the absence of disease. In reality, it is so much more than that. From a medical point of view, health is ultimately based upon the level of energy you experience on a daily basis. The more energy you have, the healthier you are and the more you are […]

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    by Michael Galitzer, MD

    Health is commonly mistaken to mean the absence of disease. In reality, it is so much more than that. From a medical point of view, health is ultimately based upon the level of energy you experience on a daily basis. The more energy you have, the healthier you are and the more you are able to enjoy your life. Energy allows us to regenerate the cells and tissues of the body. Ill health is caused by a loss of energy at the level of our cells. When there isn’t enough energy for the body to accomplish its basic physiological processes efficiently, we don’t feel well. It’s harder for the body to absorb nutrients from food and to eliminate toxic wastes. The immune system is less effective in fighting off bacteria, viruses, parasites and other invaders. Cell turnover decreases, and it takes far longer for the body to recover from illnesses, or just to get through the day.

    Most people’s health complaints today can be attributed to functional disturbances in their body’s ability to produce and utilize energy. Such disturbances occur well before specific tissue or organ damage can be identified by conventional medical tests, which is why so many patients today continue to experience symptoms of poor health even when their doctors can’t find anything wrong with them. The use of energy medicine techniques can help detect and identify these disturbances very early on. Doing so makes it easier to effectively reestablish balance to the energetic pathways that run through all of your body’s organs, glands and tissues, thereby restoring and maintaining optimal health. 

    When we are young, the processes of optimal energy production, regeneration, and a host of other physiological functions within the body chug along very happily, doing exactly what they’re supposed to — keeping the body healthy, clean and vibrant. But over the years we bombard our bodies with internal and external stressors. Lack of energy is created by the slow accumulation of damage due to toxicity, hormone depletion, lifestyle choices and mindset. Addressing each of these factors is the key to reclaiming the energy of your youth.

    Toxins: When I was an ER doctor, the only times we talked about toxicity were when we saw an overdose of sleeping pills or other drugs, carbon monoxide poisoning or a chemical or oil spill — the acute care/disease approach. However, in Energy Medicine we see toxins as substances that produce energetic imbalances in the body, resulting in physical, emotional and mental symptoms. (Most symptoms are actually the body’s way of trying to get rid of toxins and to regain homeostasis and balance.) Toxicity can produce both specific illnesses (like migraine, arthritis, psoriasis, influenza, sinusitis, immune deficiencies and tumors), and nonspecific illnesses (clusters of symptoms that are identified as fatigue, headaches, insomnia, bad breath, muscle stiffness, depression, hypoglycemia, candidiasis, allergies and stress).

    We are constantly exposed to toxins every day. Toxins can come from the outside environment or be produced as a result of imbalances in our metabolism. Environmental toxins can come from tap water, smog and petrochemicals, coffee, tobacco, alcohol, sugar, food preservatives, pesticides, heavy metals (mercury, aluminum, lead, cadmium), viruses such as Epstein-Barr, influenza, cytomegalovirus, herpes, and HIV, bacteria (streptococcus, staphylococcus, salmonella, and so on), parasites, even prescription or over-the-counter medication. Internally-generated toxins are produced as a result of compromised digestion, inefficient metabolism, pancreatic digestive enzyme deficiency, poor eating habits and improper food combinations.

    Both internally-generated and environmental toxins need to be cleared out by the body’s elimination organs (liver, kidneys, lymph, colon, lungs and skin) for us to feel healthy. However, if there are too many toxins for these organs to handle, these toxins start to accumulate — first in the connective tissues of the body, and then in the organs. The body tries to compensate by having the endocrine system secrete more hormones to help stimulate detoxification, but over time these glands also become inefficient and “tired.” As the cells and tissues of your body become more toxic, you feel less well, your energy drops, and an ideal environment that allows yeast and viruses to grow is created. An inefficient elimination system with toxin accumulation, coupled with depleted hormones and reduced organ function, equals autointoxication and ill health.

    While the tests offered by most Western medical doctors aren’t sensitive enough to diagnose the kinds of toxicity that contribute to so many diseases, Energy Medicine (which can track the impact of toxins and other stressors on a cellular level) is designed specifically to assess toxin damage in the body. Based on the levels of toxicity I have seen in almost every single one of my patients, I believe that proper and thorough detoxification is just as important as good nutrition in creating health.

    Hormone Depletion: Researchers have long known that a decline in hormone levels in the body contributes to many different diseases and symptoms. Since hormones affect virtually every bodily process, low levels of hormones and impaired communication within the endocrine system, which oversees and balances hormone production, create havoc with all other body systems, including the immune, cardiovascular, detoxification and gastrointestinal. Chronic illness is frequently associated with the body’s decline in hormone production.

    Nutritional deficiencies, lack of exercise, and exposure to toxins, can all result in diminished hormone production that ultimately leads to diminished biological functioning. Chronic stress can seriously impact hormone production. Other factors include malnutrition, sleep disorders, exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMFs), lack of sunlight and the long-term use of over-the-counter and prescription medications.

    There are seven key “players” on your hormonal “team”: testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, insulin, thyroid, human growth hormone (HGH) and adrenal hormones. For you to be healthy, each player has to perform well, while also playing well with the rest of the team.

    Lifestyle Choices: In the 1960s and 1970s, we all heard the phrase that “life was all about sex, drugs, and rock and roll.” Well, nowadays for many people the pleasure of sex has been replaced by the pleasure of food, drugs have been replaced by alcohol or prescription medication, and rock and roll has been replaced by TV, the internet, or anything that keeps us sedentary, on the couch, not exercising and passively entertained. You must chase the pattern. But food, alcohol and TV are not the only elements of our toxic modern lifestyle. Exposure to almost constant electromagnetic radiation through our smart phones, cell towers, microwave ovens, and computer screens, also contribute to our declining health. And when you throw into the mix the heightened levels of stress created by a culture where we’re expected to be accessible to work and our families 24/7, and the lack of sleep caused by our overscheduled, overstressed lives, it’s no wonder we feel so exhausted.

    The good news is that making changes to lifestyle can be fairly simple and extraordinarily effective. In fact, studies done by the Harvard School of Public Health show that simple changes in diet and exercise, combined with basic preventive medical care, can add 20 more years of healthy and productive life to the average individual. Lifestyle changes are some of the easiest ways for anyone to feel more energized.

    Mindset: Our general state of health is directly tied to our feelings, thoughts, beliefs, attitudes and intentions — our consciousness, if you will. Our bodies are constantly renewing themselves, and our consciousness can affect the regeneration of cells and organs positively or negatively. A change in our health, either better or worse, involves a change in our consciousness. Your mind has the power and ability to cure any disease in the body. However, many people unknowingly use the mind to create illness. Because the mind plays a dominant role in health and disease, emotions such as fear, worry, tension, frustration, hate, aggression and other negative emotions can render us more susceptible to illness.

    At least sixty percent of all illness involves a psychosomatic (mental/emotional) contributing factor. The most debilitating emotion I see in my patients is fear. We are afraid of poverty, criticism and ill health. We fear old age; we fear death; and most important, we fear the “big four” diseases: diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and cancer. Negative, fearful thinking creates disharmony in the body, literally acting like harmful frequencies. So eliminating fear is crucial for us to be able to move out of the survival mode and into the growth mode required for vibrant health. Replacing fear-based thoughts with positive thoughts of love, gratitude and joy is one of the most effective ways that you can proactively start to take better control over your health. Such thoughts are to your body like sunlight is to plants and produce healing frequencies that resonate with every cell in your body. As I tell my patients: Thoughts that make you happy make you well!

    Mindset also includes elements like our level of happiness, sense of purpose, our connections with friends and family and our belief and connection to a higher power. Since health is the balanced functioning of body, emotions, and mind, rejuvenation must always include mind, body, and spirit. Mindset and emotions are part of the six essential keys of an energetic life that you will discover in my book, “Outstanding Health: The 6 Essential Keys To Maximize Your Energy and Well Being.” 

    Dr. Michael Galitzer is a nationally recognized expert in anti-aging medicine and bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT). He has been featured in 8 of Suzanne Somers’ books.

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    Concentrated Sun Power http://hippocratesinst.org/concentrated-sun-power http://hippocratesinst.org/concentrated-sun-power#comments Wed, 22 Jun 2016 15:50:29 +0000 http://hippocratesinst.org/?p=54071 Chlorophyll is a phytonutrient found in all green plants and is the basis of all plant life. It is the molecule that traps the most elusive of all powers – light. Chlorophyll is the first product of light and therefore contains more light energy than any other element. We humans are all solar-powered, once removed. […]

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    Chlorophyll is a phytonutrient found in all green plants and is the basis of all plant life. It is the molecule that traps the most elusive of all powers – light. Chlorophyll is the first product of light and therefore contains more light energy than any other element. We humans are all solar-powered, once removed. Through the process of photosynthesis, chlorophyll transforms the light energy into carbohydrates which is what our cells need to live. Dr. Birscher, a research scientist, called chlorophyll “concentrated sun power.” He said, “chlorophyll increases the function of the heart, affects the vascular system, the intestines, the uterus, and the lungs.” When we eat green plants we are fueling our cells indirectly with the sun’s powerful energy.

    Chlorophyll oxygenates your cells and cleans the blood. The brain and all body tissues function at an optimal level in a highly-oxygenated environment. Disease cannot exist in an alkaline and oxygenated body. The chlorophyll molecule is like the “blood” of green plants and is very similar in structure to the heme group found in hemoglobin, except that in heme the central atom is iron, whereas in chlorophyll it is magnesium. Wheatgrass juice is one of the best sources of living chlorophyll available.

    Another byproduct of photosynthesis is the creation of oxygen in the air through the consumption of carbon dioxide. Therefore, green plants both clean the air and produce the most important nutrient we need in order to live – oxygen. A single tree produces enough oxygen for two to ten people depending upon the size and the type of the tree. Houseplants are an excellent way to scrub and purify the air inside your house. Chlorophyll is produced in plants even under artificial light. This is evidenced by the green color developed on the leaves of indoor plants.

    By Brian Hetrich

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    Sunlight and Your Diet http://hippocratesinst.org/sunlight-and-your-diet http://hippocratesinst.org/sunlight-and-your-diet#comments Wed, 22 Jun 2016 15:37:13 +0000 http://hippocratesinst.org/?p=54067 Since all life comes from the sun, we should consciously pursue sunlight daily. This is challenging in a time where science has twisted our minds to believe that the sun’s very energy creates cancer. Factually, there is no higher incidence of cancer with the Africans and South American indigenous populations than there was a half-century […]

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    Since all life comes from the sun, we should consciously pursue sunlight daily. This is challenging in a time where science has twisted our minds to believe that the sun’s very energy creates cancer.

    Factually, there is no higher incidence of cancer with the Africans and South American indigenous populations than there was a half-century ago, yet these people spend far more time in the sun than we indoor-dwellers do. This poses a question – why do so many people in the Western world contract cancer of the skin from sun exposure?

    This is very easy to answer, since the major difference between the developing world and Western civilization are the diets and lives that we now lead.

    The sun is a great booster of the immune system. When the needed ultraviolet rays penetrate our bodies, our T-cells are activated, and this sparks a chain reaction throughout the immune system. As you know, the immune system is the army within your body that prevents unwanted life forms from harming us.

    Our Western diet consists of several times more meat and dairy food than a century ago, making it a definite foe of the immune system. This diet is laced with an insane cocktail of xenoestrogens, pesticides, PCP, fungicides, etc. The immune system aggressively pushes this lethal blend out of the system as rapidly as possible; unfortunately, this happens through our skin, one of the central organs of elimination.

    Each day the average person eliminates one kilo, two pounds, of debris though the pours. When the sun’s rays interact with this concoction, it causes a mutagenic effect on the cells, often resulting in melanoma and other cancers of the skin. This is not limited to current sun exposure, but actually reaches back to sun damage you may have suffered as a young child.

    Although not health-threatening, the greatest cause of skin dryness and wrinkles is sun exposure. Even if you are magnificently healthy, you should avoid sun exposure after 9AM until late in the day, depending upon the season. On the other hand, it is critical that all of us directly or indirectly expose our bodies to sunlight for approximately thirty minutes per day. Although nude exposure is preferable, clothing made from natural fiber allows UV rays to penetrate the skin.

    When living in seasonal climates, make sure, no matter how cold it may become, that you go outside daily, for brisk walks, sports, or other activities. When doing so, select an organically pure sun block that does not contain the carcinogenic chemicals that many of the so-called “natural” crèmes still contain. There is a body of scientific evidence showing that many sun blocks literally increase our chance of cancer. Effective sunglasses should also be worn when exposed to the sun during the main daylight hours.

    Our overall health, including brain function, requires UV exposure. Make sure that you are getting indirect sunlight in your eyes during the early and late part of the day. Dr. Jacob Lieberman, in his book Light, explains the significance of this need. You may never feel more energy than when you have been exposed to the sun.

     

    By Brian Clement PhD, LN

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    How To Keep Cool All Summer Long http://hippocratesinst.org/how-to-keep-cool-all-summer-long http://hippocratesinst.org/how-to-keep-cool-all-summer-long#comments Wed, 22 Jun 2016 14:52:48 +0000 http://hippocratesinst.org/?p=54056 The first nine months of 2015 in Florida was the second hottest period noted on record since we began keeping records in 1895. This year we seem to be heading in the same direction. Although the official dates of Summer are June 1 to August 31, it is not unusual for Florida temperatures to start […]

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    The first nine months of 2015 in Florida was the second hottest period noted on record since we began keeping records in 1895. This year we seem to be heading in the same direction. Although the official dates of Summer are June 1 to August 31, it is not unusual for Florida temperatures to start climbing into the mid-eighties in April, and not come down below that to November. The hottest days of summer are during July and August when the heat index (which factors in the humidity) reaching 90-100 almost every day. Interestingly, West Palm Beach is considered Florida’s “hot spot”, simply because of our geographical location and our proximity to Lake Okeechobee. Keeping yourself and your family safe and cool in these kinds of temperatures is an important part of summer in South Florida. Read on for some easy ways to protect yourself this summer form the heat.

    1. Stay hydrated. Replenishing the fluids lost to sweat and heat is essential in the summer. Symptoms of dehydration include headaches, dizziness, nausea, and muscle cramps just to name a few. A person should drink appx an ounce of water for every pound they weigh. When exercising, it is important to mix electrolytes with some of that water, especially before and after exercising.

    2. Stay inside during peak sunshine hours. The sun is hottest in the sky between 12-3. Limit your time outdoors to the minimum possible during this hours. Take advantage of the slightly cooler morning or evening hours to get your daily Vitamin D.

    3. Utilize air conditioned spaces. Movies, museums, a late lunch or the mall are places you will find with Air Conditioning. Visiting these places during the daytime will leave you cool and refreshed.

    4. Wear clothing that breathes. Loose fitting cotton or linen clothing should be your go to choice of clothes during the summer. Light colored clothing reflect the light away from you while dark colors attract the light and holds the heat.

    5. Wear a hat. Keeping the sun off your face and head will greatly improve your comfort during the day. Shielding your face and hair will also protect it from sun damage.

    6. Use sunscreen. Everyone should use sunscreen when outside in the sun. Skin cancer, skin discoloration, premature wrinkling are some of the reasons to avoid too much sun. Any change in skin color, whether it is a tan or a sunburn should be considered as damage to your skin

    7. Jump in the pool or ocean. Here in South Florida we are surrounded by water, literally. We have the Atlantic Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico, Lake Okeechobee, countless smaller lakes and millions of swimming pools. Take advantage of the water that surrounds us and keep cool in it.

    8. Eat and drink in moderation. Opt for lighter meals during the summer, like salads, fruits, and cold soups. Look for foods with hydrating properties such as cucumbers and watermelon. Lemon water and cold teas are a great way to thirst your quench.

    9. Limit physical activity. There’s a reason they Siesta in Mexico, it’s too hot in the middle of the day to work, outside at least. It is a time to relax, and recharge, away from the heat of the day

    10. Don’t forget your pets. Our furry friends need as much protection from the sun and heat as we do. If you have an “outside” pet, make sure they have a shaded area to rest, with an unlimited supply of fresh water. Don’t leave your pet in the car during summer, this is the most common cause of heatstroke in pets.

     

    Article by Tee Wilson

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    Nikolai’s Raw Soup http://hippocratesinst.org/nikolais-raw-soup http://hippocratesinst.org/nikolais-raw-soup#comments Tue, 21 Jun 2016 19:06:42 +0000 http://hippocratesinst.org/?p=53983 Yield: 2-4 Servings 1/2 C. Sesame Oil 3 Stalks Celery 1/4 Bunch Fresh Parsley 2 Cloves garlic 1 Small Piece of Ginger 5 Drops Stevia 1/4 C. Lemon Juice 3 Shots of Braggs Aminos (to taste) Water (add to achieve your desired consistency) 1 Parsnip 1 Carrot 1 Avocado 1 Pinch of Cayenne 1/4 C. […]

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    Yield: 2-4 Servings

    1/2 C. Sesame Oil

    3 Stalks Celery

    1/4 Bunch Fresh Parsley

    2 Cloves garlic

    1 Small Piece of Ginger

    5 Drops Stevia

    1/4 C. Lemon Juice

    3 Shots of Braggs Aminos (to taste)

    Water (add to achieve your desired consistency)

    1 Parsnip

    1 Carrot

    1 Avocado

    1 Pinch of Cayenne

    1/4 C. Scallions

    Fresh Dill

    For Stock: 

    1. In blender, combine sesame oil, celery, parsley, garlic, ginger, stevia, lemon juice, braggs and water.

    Next:

    1. Shred carrots and parsnips and add to broth.

    2. Cut avocado in small chunks and add to broth.

    3. Add a pinch of cayenne to broth.

    4. Sprinkle dill and scallions into broth.

    Variation:

    – Substitute red pepper for parsnip, cilantro, basil, and mint for dill, replace lemon juice with lime juice, and add hot peppers or cayenne for a Thai flavor.

    – Add curry for another variation.

     

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    The consumption of micronutrients is important to a healthy body.  Most people nowadays are worried about their macronutrients intake, which means they are focused mainly on how much proteins, carbohydrates, and fats they are eating. However, they are missing one important factor – micronutrients, the minerals and vitamins that each food contains.  In the United States, cancer is the second most frequent cause of death after heart disease, and diet plays an important role.  People who eat at least 5 servings a day of fruits and vegetables have a lower risk of cancers, which is most likely due to anti-oxidative capacity of fruits and vegetables.  Antioxidants are nutrients which deactivate harmful chemicals in the body, known as free radicals.  Our bodies are constantly exposed to harmful pollutants and chemicals which cause the formation of free radicals.  Although you can minimize the formation of free radicals by avoiding environmental pollutants such as cigarette smoke, smog, radiation, and herbicides, it is almost impossible to completely avoid the exposure.  Therefore, the body’s ability to eliminate free radicals depends on eating a healthy diet full of cancer fighting micronutrients. 

    We can probably achieve a certain calorie intake broken down into macronutrients intake by eating pretty much anything. Most foods contain a combination of carbohydrates, fats, and protein, but unfortunately a typical American diet is missing an adequate amount of important micronutrients.  In the recent years, there has been an obsession to eat enough protein, where people are consuming more than the daily recommended servings of protein in substitution for healthy micronutrient rich foods.  To clarify, a bagel with cream cheese or a beef burger has a certain amount of macronutrients; yet, minimal amounts of micronutrients (natural minerals and vitamins). With that same amount of calories and amounts of macronutrients, whole foods like beans, cauliflowers, avocados, and nuts to name a few have a substantial amounts of micronutrients.  Therefore, considering micronutrients is as important as looking into macronutrients. The combination of both will lead to healthier results.

    In a study by Dr. Orlich et al., “vegetarian dietary patterns and mortality in Adventist Health Study 2” with 73,308 participants during a mean follow-up time of 5.79 years, the study associated vegetarian diets with lower cardiovascular mortality, renal (kidney) mortality, and endocrine mortality.  Associations in men were larger and more significant than in women.  The health benefits of vegetarian diets have often been associated to lower consumption of animal fat, but a head-to-head study needs to be performed to compare the effects of whole food plant based diets, which are micronutrient rich, to ketogenic diets (high in protein and fat, low in carbohydrates), which are micronutrient poor diets.  In fact, there have been reports of sudden cardiac death in ketogenic diets due to Selenium deficiency.  These individuals were placed on ketogenic diets to control seizures, which lead to sudden cardiac death.  Furthermore, people consuming a ketogenic diet report feeling “sluggish,” and this is most likely due to micronutrient deficiency.   When the consumption of fruits and vegetables is lowered, the body quickly gets deprived of vitamins and minerals, which causes muscle weakness and fatigue.

    Micronutrients also play a major role in prevention of cell damage or cell death.  The cells in the body are the building blocks of the body, and damage to the cells caused by free radicals can cause premature aging, cell death, and cancer.  Fortunately, our bodies have evolved to deactivate harmful chemicals with the help of micronutrients in the form of vitamins and minerals.  For example:

    Carotenoids which are found in vegetables can prevent the formation of free radical.  Here are few sources: sweet potato, carrots, spinach, kale, and cabbage.  

    Vitamin C is another powerful micronutrient, found in kiwi, citrus fruits, broccoli, green/red peppers, and strawberries. 

    Vitamin E is a very important micronutrient which protects the cell wall from damage, and plentiful in almond, green leafy vegetables , sprouted seeds (sunflower, sesame, flax), and sprouted whole grains.  Please note that sprouted seeds offer benefits of whole grains while being more readily digested.

    Selenium is important in protecting the cell wall and maintaining a healthy immune system.  The highest amount of Selenium is found in Brazilian nuts

    Micronutrients in the form of minerals contribute not only to health, but also to beauty.

    For example, zinc helps rebuild collagen to make skin healthier and prevent wrinkles.  Silicone leads to heathier hair and stronger nails.  Iron helps the production of red blood cells which carry oxygen in the blood.  Magnesium helps keep the bowel regular, and helps the bones absorb calcium, and finally calcium helps to keep the bones strong. 


    Another benefit of micronutrient focus is in weight management, because they play a significant role in “cutting cravings.”  For example, magnesium and chromium are micronutrients that may cut intense sugar cravings.   An example of a magnesium rich food is kale.  Having a bowl of kale can cut down cravings, for let’s say chocolate, which also contains magnesium. Potentially the cravings are led by lack of magnesium, and the body reacts by increasing cravings for sugar.  Unfortunately the body does not have a built in mechanism to crave only foods that are rich in certain missing micronutrients, therefore there is only one “smoke alarm” which is sugar.  Not only the calories are a lot higher in chocolate for instance, but its nutritional value is quite different, and therefore there still remains a need to meet the body’s micronutrients requirement for other minerals and vitamins that “chocolate” can’t provide. That in turn will lead to further cravings until the body gets the micronutrients needed for survival. The vicious cycle then prevails and leads to weight gain, obesity, cancer, and heart disease.  So, understanding the importance of micronutrients, and how they impacts cravings can help us make better choices when it comes to food intake.

    In conclusion, it is important to look at calories and macronutrients, but keep in mind the amount of minerals and vitamins (micronutrients) are arguably even more important to having a healthy body.  In fact, if you focus on getting enough micronutrients where you consume a lot of healthy whole foods, vegetables, and fruits, more than likely you will get adequate amounts of macronutrients without having to obsess over it too much.

    References:

    Clark, Nancy.  Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook.  Fifth edition. Pages 50-52.

    Orlich M.J.  Vegetarian dietary patterns and mortality in Adventist Health Study 2.  JAMA Intern Med.  2013 Jul 8; 173 (13): 1230-8

    Bank IM, et al. Sudden cardiac death in association with ketogenic diet.  Pediatric Neurol 2008 Dec; 39(6):429-31

    Synder, Kimberly.  The beauty detox solution.  Ontario, Canada.  By Kimberly Snyder 2011.  Page 70


    Article Written by Dr. Angie Sedeghi

    M.D., Gastroenerologist, & Weight Management Specialist.

    Doctor Angie, creator of the Dr Angie Weight Loss Program, is board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology, a member of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians, and an avid fitness competitor.

    Doctor Angie understands the importance of a natural disease prevention and health promotion over pharmaceutical based treatment types. Her unique approach to weight loss includes a mixture of medical science and holistic natural medicine, combined with personal coaching in nutrition, fitness, and the psychology of weight loss. The result? Clients get a comprehensive and customized weight loss plan unique to their body type which makes weight loss goals actually achievable, and fun.

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