Back in the late nineties I found myself suffering unimaginable fatigue, nausea and constant interrupted sleep brought on by the excruciating pain in my stomach. My physician conducted some investigative blood work which appeared completely normal. Finally, upon my insistence, she suggested an ultrasound. That revealed a ten centimeter mass in the tail of my pancreas.
Recently in western society, there has been an unwavering trend towards vegetarianism. We are finally acknowledging the abundant positives from consuming foods that do not leave behind debris. Further, we have de-intellectualized nutrition and started to respond to our own instincts in this matter. Here at Hippocrates, we have refined the message of vegetarianism and brought us back to our historic and biochemical roots. Now, for several decades we have observed the obvious benefits that all people gain from consuming foods with the three most important elements.
I was never much of a cook. I couldn’t seem to get that timing thing down quite right. Over time, I actually learned to like very well-done, often times totally burnt food, especially toast and pizza. Back then, my smoke detector doubled as my oven timer as well as my “time for dinner” bell, and my mantra to my intimidated friends became, “Oh, just scrape off the burnt part and eat it" it’s not gonna kill ya!” Al» though the firefighters of engine #9 came over to see me many times, my guests usually only came over once; for some reason they always wanted to go out to eat.
In 1975, I began to develop a vision improvement procedure that I called “open focus.” I soon realized that this method affected a lot more than vision. The technique was based on a specific aspect of human behavior that I had observed for many years – behavior that deals with the way in which we habitually approach our life experiences and consequently learn. I noticed that most people were always looking for something specific in life and that in this process they missed everything they weren’t looking for. Since it appears that most of life’s revelations occur when we are not looking for them, I began to realize that the way in which most of us were seeing was only allowing us to view, and thereby experience, a partial reality.
No man is an island, and there is no question that we need others in our lives to maintain vitality. In fact studies show that interaction with others is a major factor in longevity. The simple act of reaching out lowers our blood pressure and releases endorphins. It is a fact that those who have the largest support systems also live the longest.
One day during her senior year, Ruth Whalen broke out in hives. She assumed she was allergic to the clams she had eaten earlier in the week and an emergency room doctor injected her with epinephrine (adrenaline). She became psychotic. Unknowingly, she had an anaphylactic response — not to eating clams, but to drinking Coca-Cola. Ruth was allergic to caffeine. Already overstimulated, the adrenaline took her over the edge.
Spontaneous sweats, headaches, full body tension... These are only a few of the many symptoms that comprise anxiety. Today, over 40 million Americans are diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, and what is worse is that the number of undiagnosed people who suffer from anxiety is much higher. While it is common to think that medication is the answer to your anxious symptoms, in reality, it only masks the surface signs of your anxiety and never treats the root causes. Will you get short-term relief from pharmaceuticals? Most likely. However, there is nothing empowering about a pill, and your anxiety will always be there haunting you until you start to deal with it in a healthy and confident way. As a young woman who suffered from a decade-long, severe and chronic anxiety disorder, I, too, believed that medication was the only "cure" for me. When I started incorporating the following practices into my daily routine, though, I saw dramatic results and a significant decrease in my anxiety. Admission, affirmation, meditation and prayer all gave me what no drug ever could, an overwhelming sense of empowerment and true healing for my disorder.
Alpha-linolenic (ALA) acid is a type of omega-3 fatty acid found in plants. It is similar to the omega-3 fatty acids in algal oil, called eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Your body can change alpha-linolenic acid into EPA and DHA. Alpha-linolenic acid is also found in flaxseed oil, hemp oil, marine phytoplankton, AFA Algae (Aphanizomenon flos-aquae), chia seed and walnuts, to name a few sources. These are all good sources of this important nutrient.
Raw and living foods are the core of the Hippocrates program and sprouts make up 50% of the diet. Although a visit to our daily buffet will provide opportunities to taste a variety of raw dishes, we refer to what we create in the kitchen as "side dishes," because that’s where they belong-on the side of your plate.
The iris is a wonderful and colorful story-teller. By definition, the iris is that portion of the eye surrounding the pupil and giving the eye its distinctive color. It is the pigmentation of the iris that defines your baby blues or bashful browns. Since humans come equipped with a left and right iris, they possess one set of irides.
When I was a kid, physical activities were an integral part of my life, just as it was for most of us. After I finished my schooling and headed out to college, the importance of those activities steadily diminished. Mind you, I wasn’t studying in the U.S., but in Switzerland. Therefore, this “slacking off” is endemic of our modern world and not based on a particular way of life. I still managed to be relatively healthy, until I decided to return to the U.S. I had grown up in California as a kid and moved to Switzerland as a teen, so I was pretty familiar with my new surroundings?—?or so I thought. However, as a young man in his twenties, I was totally clueless when it came to proper nutrition, just like the majority of youngsters today.
Stress is the demon of our daily lives. Stress increases Cholesterol levels. Stress reaction thickens the blood.
People who detox physically also detox emotionally. This connection is often seen among the guests at Hippocrates Health Institute while going through the Life Change Program. While the unpleasant aspects of physical detox are well known, the emotional side of detox is often overlooked. This is why Hippocrates guests are given a stress assessment and a consequent stress management support session. These sessions help most guests better
Have you ever caught a cold after a very stressful event? If so, you are not alone. There is plenty of research to show that stressful experiences suppress the body?s immune response.
Absorbing an adequate amount of vitamin B-12 (B-12), in a form which can be utilized by the body, is essential for optimal health. B-12 normally combines and forms a strong complex with a glycoprotein called Intrinsic Factor (IF) when it travels through the stomach. If there is inadequate B-12 intake, or inadequate IF produced by specialized cells of the stomach, a deficiency of the B-12 will result. B-12 not bound to Intrinsic Factor is highly susceptible to degradation by digestive enzymes as it travels through the intestine.
I sat nervously inside the plane, harnessed to my tandem master. The intensity of what was about to happen suddenly struck me. I was seconds away from launching myself 14,000 feet to the ground with a 220 pound man strapped to my back. I was armed only with a parachute and a pair of goggles. “Oh my God!” my inner voice screamed. “I’m going skydiving!”