Magnesium deficiency causes heart disease

Magnesium Deficiency(NaturalHealth365) Magnesium deficiency can cause constipation; chronic fatigue and even a heart attack. In fact, you may be surprised to learn, high cholesterol; muscle cramps and digestive disorders can be virtually eliminated with a healthy dose of magnesium. Yet, conventional medicine continues to push a deadly pill for every ill.

Make no mistake about it – these “medications” (toxic chemicals) pollute the brain; suppress the immune system and, actually promote cardiovascular disease!

Stop blood clots; depression plus many other degenerative health conditions by simply consuming the proper amount of magnesium – every day. On the next NaturalNews Talk Hour, Dr. Carolyn Dean exposes the dangers of magnesium deficiency and how to correct many chronic health problems – naturally.

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Magnesium eliminates nervous system disorders in children

Magnesium has been shown to alleviate peripheral nerve disturbances throughout the whole body, such as migraines, muscle contractions, gastrointestinal spasms, and calf, foot and toe cramps. It’s also used in treating central nervous symptoms of vertigo and confusion.

Dr. Dean wrote in her best-selling book, “The Magnesium Miracle” about Dr. Lewis B. Barnett, former head of the Hereford Clinic and Deaf Smith Research Foundation – who learned that magnesium is deficient in people with epilepsy. She goes on to say:

“In the 1950s he presented evidence on thirty cases of childhood seizures that responded exceptionally well to high oral doses of magnesium with absolutely no side effects. Barnett found that when his patients’ blood magnesium reached normal levels, their seizure activity diminished. As a result of his research, Barnett concluded that the main cause for the 3 million clinical and 10-15 million subclinical cases of epilepsy identified at the time was a deficiency of magnesium!”

Could heart disease be caused by a magnesium deficiency?

Unfortunately, most people have no idea that prescription drugs steal minerals from the body. These minerals are essential for optimal health – especially the proper function of the heart muscle. Dr. Dean reminds us in her book, “The Magnesium Miracle” about the antagonism between magnesium and drugs. (read below)

“Ironically, one of the foremost magnesium experts, Mildred Seelig, M.D., began her research career in the 1960s working for drug companies. It was there she first noticed that many of the side effects of drugs were actually magnesium deficiency symptoms. It seemed to her that many drugs cause increased demand for and utilization of magnesium – for example, by creating acidity in the body, which then draws on available magnesium from the cells to try to neutralize the acid and minimize its toxic effects.”

“Other drugs seemed to deplete magnesium from the body or, conversely, manifest their positive effects because they pulled magnesium from storage sites and increased the level of magnesium in the blood.”

So, in other words, when you take big pharma drugs – magnesium rushes in to offset the drug and (many times) you feel better because of the magnesium – not the drug.

On the next NaturalNews Talk Hour, Dr. Carolyn Dean will blow your mind about the importance of magnesium within the body. Don’t miss this incredibly important health program.

This week’s guest: Carolyn Dean, M.D., ND – an expert in natural health and medicine

Discover how magnesium can protect your brain, heart and muscles – naturally

Dr. Carolyn Dean is a medical doctor and naturopathic doctor in the forefront of the natural medicine revolution since 1979. She has two published patents on novel health products including RnA Drops.

She is the author/coauthor of over 30 health books (print and eBooks) including The Magnesium Miracle, IBS for Dummies, IBS Cookbook for Dummies, The Yeast Connection and Women’s Health, Future Health Now Encyclopedia, Death by Modern Medicine, Everything Alzheimers, and Hormone Balance.

In addition, Dr. Dean is on the Medical Advisory Board of the non-profit educational site – Nutritional Magnesium Association. Her magnesium outreach has recently won her an award from the Heart Rhythm Society in the UK for “Outstanding Medical Contribution to Cardiac Rhythm Management-2012.” Dr. Dean has a free online newsletter and a valuable online 2-year wellness program called “Future Health Now!” plus runs a busy telephone consulting practice.

Stop anxiety; asthma; blood clots; constipation; depression; insomnia, tooth decay plus many other degenerative health conditions by consuming the proper amount of magnesium – every day. On the next NaturalNews Talk Hour, Dr. Carolyn Dean exposes the dangers of magnesium deficiency and how to correct many chronic health problems – naturally.

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About the author: Jonathan Landsman is the managing director of NaturalHealth365.com and host of the NaturalNews Talk Hour – a free, weekly health show sponsored by NaturalHealth365.com and NaturalNews.com. Jonathan is helping millions of people worldwide create health and physical fitness through a variety of educational and entertaining articles, teleconference calls, live shows and special events.

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Three things you must avoid for a healthy brain

January 14, 2013 by  
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Healthy Brain(NaturalHealth365) Healthy brain activity is essential for optimal health. So why does conventional medicine push toxic (brain-altering) medications for every ill? Fortunately, we can take control of our lives and greatly improve brain function without poisoning the body.

Keep reading for an effective (all-natural) plan of action.

The brain is extremely sensitive to free radical damage, hyper-immune responses, poor circulation and blood sugar imbalances. Individuals with chronic inflammatory stress, arterial restriction and faulty blood sugar balance will have trouble with memory and brain fog. Over time these individuals will experience significant degenerative changes in their brain.

Three of the major chemical stressors for the brain include gluten, unfermented soy and blood sugar imbalances. To have a healthy brain you must remove gluten and unfermented soy from your diet. You must also stabilize your blood sugar and avoid high levels of fructose consumption.

Gluten consumption inflames the brain

Gluten is a common protein found in wheat, barley, rye, kamut, and spelt. According to gluten researcher Kenneth Fine, up to 81 percent of our society has a gluten allergy. When exposed to gluten the body has differing degrees of inflammatory responses. Some individuals have mild inflammatory reactions while others have severe reactions.

The most vulnerable tissue to the inflammatory cascade in response to gluten is the brain and nervous system. The immune molecules that are secreted (cytokines) destroy brain tissue and cause massive neurological damage. The most common symptoms associated with this reaction are brain fog, memory problems and mental fatigue.

Soy depletes energy driving enzymes in the brain

One of soy’s primary isoflavones, genistein, has been shown to inhibit the enzyme tyrosine kinase in the brain. The highest amounts of tyrosine kinases are found in the hippocampus, a brain region that is essential to learning and memory. High soy consumption actually blocks this mechanism of memory formation.

Several studies have associated high intakes of tofu and other unfermented soy products to increased risk of dementia and cognitive impairments. Fermented soy products such as tempeh and miso are actually associated with greater cognitive abilities. Researchers hypothesize that this is due to the deep fermentation process removing enzyme inhibitors and phytoestrogens. In addition, this process increases folate, which is a critical nutrient for brain and nervous system function.

Blood sugar imbalances starve the brain

The brain depends on a continual supply of glucose for energy. A 2003 study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that people’s memory is harmed by poor blood sugar metabolism. The slower the sugar metabolism in the body, the less fuel is available for the brain to store memories. Stable blood sugar levels are critical for healthy brain and neuronal cells that fire quickly and efficiently.

Abnormal blood sugar levels also cause neuronal damage and weaken the protective blood-brain barrier. This makes for easy passage of different toxins and other particles that will disrupt brain function.

A mechanism for Alzheimer’s disease is that of poor blood sugar metabolism. This pre-diabetic disorder opens the door in the blood brain barrier for toxic aluminum particles to cross-over and accumulate in the sensitive regions of the temporal lobe.

Fructose is toxic for the brain

Fructose is a form of sugar that has also been shown to be highly toxic to brain tissue. Fructose is the most common sugar found in fruit as well as processed foods. The brain runs off of glucose but has trouble processing fructose. Fructose causes cellular inflammation that damages insulin receptors and distorts blood sugar signaling.

A study conducted at UCLA showed that rats fed a diet high in fructose performed significantly worse than control groups and glucose fed rats in their ability to navigate a maze. Other research has shown that fructose distorts the brain’s energy metabolism in areas of the hippocampus that are related with memory consolidation. Thus, the assumption has been made that high fructose consumption is related to memory loss and dementia.

About the author: Dr. David Jockers owns and operates Exodus Health Center in Kennesaw, Ga. He is a Maximized Living doctor. His expertise is in weight loss, customized nutrition & exercise, & structural corrective chiropractic care. For more information – visit: DrJockers.com. Dr. Jockers is also available for long distance phone consultations to help you beat disease and reach your health goals.

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A natural way to eliminate severe headaches – overnight

Headache Relief(NaturalHealth365) Do you wake up in the morning with severe headaches or breathing problems? If so, don’t wait for conventional medicine to help solve the problem – you’ll be disappointed with the results. Fortunately, there is a simple, natural solution for chronic headaches plus many other health problems.

Learn how poor sleeping habits can cause a host of chronic health conditions including, migraines, stroke and dementia. If you want to prevent years of suffering and degenerative disease – be sure to learn about Sydney Ross Singer and his incredible scientific research on the next NaturalNews Talk Hour.

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Imagine ending years of suffering with a simple, inexpensive solution

According to Sydney Ross Singer, a medical anthropologist – our sleeping position could be the cause of morning head pain. Try sleeping with the head of your bed elevated and avoid the dangers of toxic medications that can poison the liver.

Singer goes on to say, “head of bed elevation is used to treat many conditions, including hiatal hernia, gastric reflux, head injuries, respiratory problems, and more. It’s the reason why hospital beds are adjustable, making it possible to raise the angle of the bed from the waist up.”

“You know how it feels good at the end of the day to raise your legs. It all has to do with gravity and its effect on your body. Throughout the day fluid slowly accumulates in the feet and ankles when you are standing. Raising your legs gives them a chance to decongest.”

Avoid brain damage and improve blood circulation to the head

Did you know that gravity can threaten the health of your brain? When you are standing, the brain is above the heart, and blood pumped to the head and brain must have extra pressure to oppose the downward pull of gravity. Meanwhile, blood returning from the head is assisted by the force of gravity.

But, what happens when your head gets too much pressure from lying flat – in your bed – at night? According to Sydney Ross Singer, “lying flat in bed can cause the brain to get pressurized and congested with stagnant fluid, reducing the oxygen and sugar availability for brain cells and increasing metabolic waste products.”

“The brain desperately needs proper circulation or its cells can die. As a first defense, your brain wakes you up so you can stop lying down. However, most people try going back to sleep, so the pressure and stagnation continue.”

“The brain has another mechanism to save itself. Blood vessels that supply the head and brain open widely, temporarily increasing the pressure to essentially flush the brain with fresh fluid. This “brain flush” is painful and is experienced as a migraine headache. It happens in the morning after a nighttime of brain congestion caused by lying too flat.”

The good news is that scientific research suggests that over 70 percent of migraines can be eliminated by simply elevating the head of your bed! The NaturalNews Talk Hour is excited to feature Sydney Ross Singer and his amazing scientific research entitled, the “Migraine Relief Project”. Don’t miss this incredible show.

This week’s guest: Sydney Ross Singer, Medical Anthropologist

Discover the shocking lifestyle habits that cause migraines, stroke + much more!

Sydney Ross Singer is a medical anthropologist, the author of several groundbreaking and controversial health books, and the director of the Institute for the Study of Culturogenic Disease, located in Hawaii. He is internationally recognized for his revolutionary and shocking research linking breast cancer with the wearing of tight bras, which he describes in his book, “Dressed To Kill”.

Trained in biochemistry, anthropology and medicine, Sydney is pioneering a new field of health research, called Applied Medical Anthropology, shedding light on the many ways our culture is making us sick. Since his work often challenges industries that promote or profit from damaging lifestyles, much of his research has been suppressed and censored, especially by the medical industry.

Learn how poor sleeping habits can cause a host of chronic health conditions including, migraines, stroke and dementia. If you want to prevent years of suffering and degenerative disease – be sure to learn about Sydney Ross Singer and his incredible scientific research on the next NaturalNews Talk Hour.

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About the author: Sydney Ross Singer is a world-renown medical anthropologist, author, and director of the Institute for the Study of Culturogenic Disease, located in Hawaii. A pioneer in the field of applied medical anthropology, Sydney, along with his wife and co-author, Soma Grismaijer have written numerous groundbreaking books that provide new theories, research, and revelations on disease causation and prevention, including the internationally acclaimed book, Dressed To Kill: The Link Between Breast Cancer and Bras. For more information – visit: SelfStudyCenter.org and KillerCulture.com

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Deep breathing exercises stop disease and extend lifespan

January 9, 2013 by  
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Deep Breathing(NaturalHealth365) Breathing exercises should be taught to every medical student and healthcare practitioner. After all, our lives depend on it plus the scientific evidence is overwhelming – breathing exercises can save lives!

“Breathing is the FIRST place not the LAST place one should investigate when any disordered energy presents itself.” – Sheldon Saul Hendler, MD Ph.D. – The Oxygen Breakthrough

Arguably the most important aspect of mental and physical health and well-being is the respiratory process. This has been known throughout the history of mankind. Consider that during the course of your life you are “inspired” by ideas, “aspire” toward your goals and dreams, and finally “expire” at the end of your life.

Many of the ancients developed lifestyles and physical exercises such as yoga and qui-gong that are based around the patterns of breathing and respiratory cycles. So why is breathing so important?

It has been suggested that the average individual can survive: 40 days without food; 4 days without water and 4 minutes without oxygen!

How our lives are connected to cellular oxygenation

It is true that oxygen is absolutely essential for all human function. In fact, the primary homeostatic mechanism in the human body is designed around necessitating appropriate cellular oxygenation. The respiratory and cardiovascular systems provide and properly distribute oxygen to the cellular mitochondria where it serves as the terminal electron acceptor in the oxidative phosphoralization process and the formation of cellular ATP.

All human performance, energy, and function is based on appropriate tissue oxygenation.

Would you like greater endurance? This is the ability to sustain vigorous effort by the ability of the heart and lungs to supply oxygen to the working muscles. Although many factors have an impact, endurance and human working capacity end when the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems can no longer keep up with the demands for oxygen. In addition, the structural and functional integrity of brain and viscera are profoundly dependent on regular oxygen supply. Any disturbance of this supply can be life threatening.

The connection between oxygen and disease

The world famous Dr. Arthur Guyton theorized that all chronic pain, suffering and diseases are caused from a lack of oxygen at the cellular level. Lack of cellular oxygen is termed hypoxia. Hypoxia has been implicated in central nervous system pathology in a number of disorders including cancer, heart disease, stroke, and various other neurodegenerative diseases. Among other diseases, regions of low oxygen tension are commonly found in malignant tumors and are associated with increased frequency of tumor invasion and metastasis.

Consider this: The average human being breaths between 12 – 18 breaths a minute. That equates to 18,000 to 26,000 breaths every 24 hours. It has been suggested that, at rest, we should consume 6 breaths in a minute to supply our needs. The extra activity involved in our short, shallow breathing habits is robbing us of precious energy, producing toxic waste products and promoting disease in our bodies.

Does your breathing determine your lifespan?

Dr. Schunemann actually found in a long-term study that lung function predicts mortality rates. He explains, “The lung is a primary defense organism against environmental toxins. It could be that impaired pulmonary function could lead to decreased tolerance against these toxins. Researchers also have speculated that decreased pulmonary function could underlie an increase in oxidative stress from free radicals, and we know that oxidative stress plays a role in the development of many diseases.”

Dr. Wendell Hendricks, (Two-time Nobel Laureate, Winner of the Nobel Prize for Cancer Research, Hendricks Research Foundation) said, “Cancer is a condition within the body where the oxidation has become so depleted that the body cells have degenerated beyond physiological control. Similarly, the true cause of allergy is lowered the oxidation process within the body, causing the affected individual to be sensitive to foreign substances entering the body. Only when the oxidation mechanism is restored to its original high state of efficiency can the sensitivity be eliminated.”

Does “chest breathing” cause disease?

Effective and efficient oxygenation of the cells, tissues, and organs of our body is an absolute energy necessity. Our respiration cycles are governed by the autonomic nervous system. When your body is under stress you tend to take short, shallow breaths.

Because these breaths only penetrate into the upper portion of the chest and lungs they are called “chest breaths.” This reduces your bodies’ ability to effectively oxygenate. This is appropriate in order to increase respiratory rate when you are under truly stressful situations, like being chased by a lion or sprinting on a track. However, when it continues for an extended period of time it sets up the pathological processes described earlier.

Several studies have shown that heart disease, depression, anxiety, and chronic pain patients have an intimate relationship with persistent shallow, chest breathing behaviors. Several researchers have suggested maintenance of posture and breathing habits to be the most important factor in health and energy promotion.

Every person with heart dis-ease needs to read this very carefully

Diaphragmatic or abdominal breathing is the proper way to respirate. Taking deep, diaphragmatic breaths is necessary to get the oxygen rich air deep into the base of the lungs where three times as many blood vessels are available for respiratory exchange compared to the upper lung region. Amazingly, when we are taking deep breaths, our diaphragm which is attached to the heart, is able to pull the heart down and massage it with each breath.

This process optimizes the body’s natural ability to pump fluid and nutrients into the heart vasculature and suck out the wastes. In the absence of diaphragmatic breathing, the body is unable to adequately deliver nutrients and eliminate wastes from the heart.

Dr. Guy Hendricks says, “Healthy breathing should be the first thing taught to a heart patient. A Dutch Study conducted by a Dr. Dixhoorn, compared two groups of heart attack patients. The first group was taught simple diaphragmatic breathing, while the second group was given no training in breathing. The breathing group had no further heart attacks, while 7 of the 12 members of the second group had second heart attacks over the next 2 years.”

A natural way to eliminate chronic pain and depression

The diaphragm is also attached to the lumbar spine and produces a natural rhythm of movement that stretches the back and pumps fluid and essential nutrients into the avascular soft tissue structures like the intervertebral disc and ligaments preventing and possibly correcting spinal degeneration and chronic pain syndromes. The effects continue in that proper diaphragmatic movement pumps cerebrospinal fluid (the fluid around the spinal cord), which results in an increase in brain metabolism and the resulting feelings of physical and mental well-being and enhanced mental alertness.

It is essential to focus on your breathing throughout the day. Take pauses in your activities to correct your posture and take long, deep breaths from the belly. The body responds to this stimulus by relaxing, understanding that it is not in a life-threatening situation (obviously if you are breathing long, slow, deep breaths you are not being chased by a lion). The parasympathetic nervous system is activated, calming stress hormones, decreasing heart rate and blood pressure.

As you consume more oxygen and release metabolic waste products like carbon dioxide you will improve your mood and energy levels.

Steps to transform your breathing habits

1. Gain awareness of your breath.
2. Roll your shoulders back and slightly tip your head back.
3. Put your hand about an inch away from your navel.
4. As you take a deep inhalation, your navel should expand out and hit your hand.
5. As you exhale your abdomen should sink back in.

Keep in mind, if you notice your chest moving a lot as you breathe – than you guessed it – you’re a chest breather. The good news is that you can change that today and experience a new life of energy and “inspiration.”

How to optimize your breathing habits for life

1. Have continual awareness and practice correct breathing mechanics.
2. Get chiropractic care and specific posture and neurological rehabilitation exercises.
3. Engage in a regular yoga, pilates, and spinal hygiene exercise program.
4. Engage in a regular aerobic exercise program.

“I am open to receive with every breath I breathe.”
Michael Sun

About the author: Dr. David Jockers owns and operates Exodus Health Center in Kennesaw, Ga. He is a Maximized Living doctor. His expertise is in weight loss, customized nutrition & exercise, & structural corrective chiropractic care. For more information – visit: DrJockers.com. Dr. Jockers is also available for long distance phone consultations to help you beat disease and reach your health goals.

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Kill candida safely and naturally

January 6, 2013 by  
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Yeast Infections(NaturalHealth365) There are natural ways to kill candida – safely and effectively. But, to successfully eliminate candida, we must appreciate the environment of the digestive track as it relates to yeast infections. Because if the candida colonizes in the intestinal track (over time) – it can overwhelm the body and its defense mechanism.

To equip the body with the tools it needs, such as healthy gut flora, you need to support overall gastrointestinal function. Today, we’ll explore many of the ways to defeat candida such as, eating a plant-based diet rich in greens like broccoli, kale and antioxidant-rich foods such as, grape seed extract and superfoods such as goji berries and acai.

The dangers of candida overgrowth

Candida albicans is naturally found in the body as a yeast-like bacteria – normally kept under control by healthy bacteria, which thrive in the intestines. It is kept under control by multiple strains of good bacteria such as acidophilus. When there is a balanced terrain, in the gut, candida is not able to proliferate.

When candida overpopulates the intestinal tract for a long period of time it can mutate into a fungi, which is more virulent and capable of taking root in the intestinal walls. This would be akin to weeds taking over a garden.

As the intestinal wall becomes porous – this creates a condition known as “leaky gut”. As the yeast begins to produce more waste – the most vulnerable and weakest organs are damaged by the toxins.

Candida albican reproduces at a rate 6 times faster than any probiotic. Some of the health problems associated with candida include, chronic fatigue; a weakened immune system; weight gain; skin eruptions; food intolerance; constipation; intestinal gas; bloating and distension; heartburn; sensitivity to chemicals; athlete’s foot; vaginal infection; brain fog and muscle weakness.

How do I eliminate yeast infections?

Much of the treatments come down to our lifestyle and diet which have an enormous effect on the natural balance of intestinal flora. Candida overgrowth usually develops after the use of antibiotics; regular alcohol consumption; too much sugar; steroid drugs; chemotherapeutic drugs; prolonged illness; imbalance ph levels; birth control pills and hormone-altering substances.

Getting rid of candida is challenging, chemicals used to preserve processed foods, along with unnatural food flavorings kill off the good gut bacteria. Also, aspirin, acetaminophen and ibuprofen cause inflammation of the intestinal lining causing bowel conditions which can trigger leaky gut syndrome.

In order to eliminate candida, we must stop its ability to multiply by cutting off its food supply and adding friendly bacteria. The good bacteria, known as acidophilus use the candida as food and thus control the candida population.

Natural supplements used to wipe out candida

Naturally, for any serious medical condition, you should always seek the advice of a trusted, healthcare provider. Having said that, you might want to consider herbal extracts, dietary supplements, and non-conventional methods – listed below:

Bentonite clay or volcanic ash supports the intestinal system by helping the body to eliminate toxins. Bentonite clay will literally pull the candida off the intestinal walls. It readily absorbs toxins, heavy metals, bacteria, virus and fungi. But because clay itself is not absorbed by the body – whatever unwanted organisms that it absorbs will be passed out through bowel movements.

Psyllium husk is a bulk-forming laxative and is used as a colon cleanser and cleansing the colon. It is also one of the most effective ways to eliminate yeast infections.

Raw garlic is a powerful anti-fungal and has been found to be as effective as Nystatin in destroying candida albicans.

Pau D’ Arco has been used for centuries for medicinal purposes; the trees are renowned for their resistance to insect and fungal attack and are commonly used to treat candida albicans infestation.

Caprylic acid is commonly used by natural health practitioners for its anti-fungal properties. It is found naturally in coconut oil, palm oil, butter fat and human breast milk.

Other effective herbs and vitamins in the fight against candida include, Astragalus, reishi, black walnut, shiitake, nettles, burdock, Oregon graperoot, goldenseal, milk thistle, aloe vera juice, Echinacea, yeast-free vitamin B complex, vitamins A and C.

Keep in mind, to eliminate candida demands patience, and a change of lifestyle which includes eating lots of organic greens; consuming a good source of pre-biotics; enzymes; potassium; trace minerals and chlorophyll – all of which are detoxifying to the colon and all other organ systems. If you have a success story to share – post your comments below.

About the author: Blanche Levine has been a student of natural healing modalities for the last 25 years. She has the privilege of working with some of the greatest minds in natural healing including Naturopaths, scientist and energy healers. Having seen people miraculously heal from all kinds of dis-ease through non-invasive methods, her passion now is to help people become aware of what it takes to be healthy.

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Office workers discover the hidden dangers of sitting

January 5, 2013 by  
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Sitting Pain(NaturalHealth365) Most office workers have no idea how dangerous too much sitting is on the body. Back pain is a big business and, unfortunately, conventional medicine is not focused on prevention. If you want to avoid years of suffering – respect your spine and practice the simple suggestions in this article.

Why is too much chair sitting so harmful?

Humans are a continuity of roundness, and yet we have spent the last few hundred years sitting on chairs. The right angle from the seat to the back of the chair forces our natural curves into a linear rigid position that sabotages our hips, and stiffens our gait.

Because our spinal curves and in particular our lower back or lumbar area are needed for shock absorption during sitting and movement. We also have curves in the back of our knees and the bottom of our feet that do the same.

Sitting and exercising poorly can stretch out our natural ‘springs’, or ligaments that hold our joints stable. Loosened ligaments in the lower back and hips can lead to compression, pain, arthritis and joint replacements.

When we are born, our spine does not have the secondary curves of the neck and lower back. As babies learn to lift their head, muscles involved with movement also create the curves needed to cushion our spine.

We have the lumbar curve to protect the vast number of nerves that exit the base of the spine and innervate our lower body. When we sit in a chair, the pelvis rotates posteriorly and we loose our natural curves and go back to the C or Embryo shape. This is the bane of aging – to be stooped over and stiff as the curves are reversed and damaged.

The (unspoken) dangers of too much office work

Over time, with poor sitting, or stretching habits, ligaments needed to stabilize our curves and joints stretch out and weaken, reversing our lumbar spinal curve and the shock-absorbing angle of the sacrum. This leads to a sabotage of our naturally aligned posture, and the dangerous compression of our hip joint that is the bane of sitting in chairs.

When the pelvis rotates backwards, our abdominal muscles and hip flexors are chronically shortened and the chair habits stay with our body even when we get up to move.

Beware of exercises that cause more dysfunction

To fix back pain, many people try to make the stomach or core tighter, or stretch the hamstrings by leaning forward. They are unaware that these exercises and stretches are actually shortening the muscular forces of the front body even more and over-stretching the back.

Another useless exercise for back pain is lying on the floor with knees bent while pressing the lower back to the floor, because this uses muscular strength to override the natural spinal curve designed to stretch the pain out of the back.

It is imperative to take measures to practice active sitting with curves intact. The folly of sitting in a chair is that most of us allow the chair back to do the important stabilizing work of our spinal extensors and postural muscles.

How can we sit in ways that will not harm our natural alignment?

1. Make sure your knees are lower than your hips when sitting in a chair. Try placing your hips on a hard pillow that elevates your hips higher than your knees.

2. Keep the curve in your lumbar spine, and make sure you are not leaning forward causing your head to be out of alignment with the rest of your spine.

3. Get an external keyboard for your laptop and raise the level of your laptop screen. Keep your hands low and screen raised to eye level. Most people slouch on a laptop and cause damage to their spinal column on a daily basis.

4. Make sure your car seat has a firm pillow you can sit on to raise your hip level above your knees, and use a lumbar support behind the curve in your lower back.

Practice the YogAlign® Spine Aligner pose to train your core to stabilize your spine

• Sit on the edge of a bench or chair and make sure that your pelvis is level, and there is a curve in your lower spine. Use a pillow to make your knees lower than your hips if you feel that you cannot sit up with a lower back curve.
• Use resistance to create balance. Spread your legs as though sitting on a horse, resting your weight on your heels with toes lifted and spread. Place your hands between your knees with your elbows straight, palms facing inwards and thumbs up.
• Keep your fingers wide open, and squeeze your inner thighs together as you resist and press the inner thighs outwards using the back of your arm. Always keep your body on your sit bones with head resting on top and no force in your neck.
• Keep your shoulders down, lean back a bit and make sure that your ears, shoulders and hip are on the same line.
• Spread your toes as though you are pressing on a gas pedal and breathe in as though you are sipping on a straw. Notice how your waist gets longer.
• Keep the lift that comes with inhaling and exhale slowly making an SSSS sound, intentionally focusing on making your waist area lengthen.
• Feel the curves in your spine and notice how little effort it takes to be naturally aligned. Practice several times until you feel that your body is tuned and can ‘remember’ how to stay lifted.
Continue to resist in with your inner thigh muscles while pressing outward with your arms. Breathe with resistance on inhale and exhale.

Now you’re sitting pretty

Next time you sit in a chair or car seat, make sure that you use the movements of breathing to turn on your deep inner core, and always sit with your knees level with or below your hips. Keep a slight engagement in your inner thigh muscles to keep your pelvis from sagging in a posterior tilt.

Don’t let the back of your chair do the stabilization actions of your most important core muscles. Notice and feel how your deep core muscles signaled by breathing create good posture from the inside out.

About the author: Michaelle Edwards is a licensed massage therapist, yoga teacher, musician, and postural therapist living on Kauai. She invented a new painless way to do Yoga, fitness, self-massage and stretching called YogAlign that incorporates natural spine alignment and breath work to create good posture from the inside out. She is devoted to giving people the tools to heal themselves. Michaelle has a new book/DVD combo called YogAlign – Pain-free Yoga From Your Inner Core available at her website – YogAlign.com

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Holding in flatulence can make you sick

Intestinal Gas(NaturalHealth365) Flatulence, or intestinal gas, is no laughing matter. As unpleasant as it is to talk about – intestinal gas is a sign of digestive problems that can be cured – naturally. But, has anyone told you that holding in gas could be harmful to your health?

Imagine the whole family sitting around the living room watching TV. Everyone is having a good time. Suddenly, the familiar smell of intestinal gas is detected. “Ew, who did that?” one of the children asks in disgust. Everyone points at the dog.

To fart or not to fart. That is the question, which has recently risen to national prominence by a recent reprimand of a federal worker for excessive office flatulence.

Like nonsmokers who resent breathing secondhand smoke, smelling other peoples’ gas is a noxious intrusion of natural odors that offend our perfumed, sanitized senses.

Holding it in, however, while polite and good politics, is bad for your health. That’s because the pressure of a flatus must go somewhere. If not expelled, the gas can blow up the intestinal wall, creating pockets called diverticula. When these pockets get infected, a painful and life-threatening condition called diverticulitis can result.

Because of fart phobia, diverticular disease is a major problem in our society. It is estimated that 30 million Americans suffer each year from this condition, including 40 percent of those aged 65 and 60 percent of those aged 80.

Modern medicine recognizes that pressure inside the colon causes the marble-sized diverticula to form. But the cause of the pressure is still regarded as unknown. Dietary studies are inconclusive and conflicting. And no doctor has the nerve to simply tell their patients to fart more often as a preventative.

Let’s face it. Our culture has a poo-poo taboo which smears anything scatological. From infancy, we are taught to hold it in or risk disgusting our parents who wince at diaper changing time. We pride ourselves on being able to hold it in until we have the time to let it out. Potty breaks must be timed so as not to interfere with our busy lives.

Must people schedule flatulence, too?

The fact is, people who live in urban areas have a greater chance of developing diverticulitis than rural folk. In the boonies, there are fewer people to offend, and greater freedom to fart.

The wealthy also have a higher incidence. That’s probably because the higher your status the more forbidden your flatus.

While nature demands that we vent our gasses, we must protect the public from unnecessary air pollution, especially in work environments where there is no escape. What can be done?

Natural help for your flatulence

Avoid foods that give you gas. Everyone should make a personal list, since we all have different reactions. It’s not just about the food, but about how your body reacts to and digests it.

Experiment with probiotics to improve the microflora of your intestines. When you eat foods, you are feeding more than yourself. Billions of bacteria feast on your feast.

Drink more liquids to avoid constipation. This means you will also have to urinate more frequently, which people also have difficulty finding time to do.

Take frequent bathroom breaks.

Avoid elevators. It will also be good for your heart to climb the stairs.

Try anti-odor underwear.

Be tolerant of others. Most people are more tolerant of a dog farting than a human.

Get a dog.

About the author: Sydney Ross Singer is a world-renown medical anthropologist, author, and director of the Institute for the Study of Culturogenic Disease, located in Hawaii. A pioneer in the field of applied medical anthropology, Sydney, along with his wife and co-author, Soma Grismaijer have written numerous groundbreaking books that provide new theories, research, and revelations on disease causation and prevention, including the internationally acclaimed books, Dressed To Kil. For more information – visit: SelfStudyCenter.org and KillerCulture.com

References:
1. Formal Reprimand Issued to Flatulent Federal Worker – http://www.thesmokinggun.com/documents/coworkers-attacked-by-gas-645132
2. Get It Out! Eliminating the Cause of Diverticulitis, Kidney Stones, Bladder Infections, Prostate Enlargement, Menopausal Discomfort, Cervical Dysplasia, PMS, and More by Sydney Ross Singer and Soma Grismaijer, ISCD Press, 2001

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The secret behind the mind body connection and longevity

January 1, 2013 by  
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Breathing(NaturalHealth365) What exactly is behind the “mind body connection”? Today, we’ll explore how to develop a stronger mind (and body) by appreciating the power of breathing. In fact, you’ll discover that breath holds the key to a long, healthy life.

Have you ever had an experience that “took your breath away”?

Whether it was a frightful event or a pleasant surprise, it involved a sudden, massive release of the smallest units of energy. These units of energy are contained in the breath and are what connect the body and mind. In the East, this energy is called prana or chi. Here in the West, it’s been referred to as Orgone energy, vital force, or, as researchers at Yale University called it, an L-field or electrodynamic field.

It matters little what we call this life force energy. One thing is certain: without it we die. Interestingly, many sages, saints, and mystics who have become extremely sensitive to the ebb and flow of the energy (which has been described as “spirit”) noticed that the human body is like a vessel that can be filled with it.

How important is this mysterious substance – we call “breath”?

The breath is how the mind and body make a connection, and it is in the breath that this mysterious something is found. Think of it as the effervescent bubbles in a carbonated beverage. When the drink goes stale, no bubbles are left. In the human body, when the effervescent life force can no longer be detected, the body is dying.

Spiritually advanced beings have learned to become very sensitive to this ebb and flow of life force. Many thousands of years ago, secret teachings were passed down on how to preserve the life and vitality of the body. These included certain breathing exercises. After becoming adept at such practices, sages, saints, and mystics realized that when the subtle change in this life force reversed direction and began escaping from the body instead of accumulating within the body, the physical form had only about six months to live.

Thus, they were able to predict the days and times of their own deaths.

Additionally, they knew how to keep the physical body alive for extended lengths of time. As an example, in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, we are given a special technique for preserving the flesh body. This requires a very advanced teacher to impart the exact way of practice. The ancient sutra states, “By contracting the anus upward and forcing prana [the life force found in the breath] down the throat, the yogi becomes a youth of sixteen years and is forever free from old age.”

How well does energy flow throughout your body?

In harmony with the secrets of qigong and yoga, the nadis or the meridians must be free from electromagnetic blockages. Acupuncture is one effective way to clean out such blockages, especially when the longevity points are stimulated. Of course, there are several other ways as well.

Yogic pranayama or breathing exercises and qigong breathing exercises have the same goal in mind: preserving the physical body long enough to accomplish real spiritual cultivation, at which point it is said that keeping the body becomes optional.

The energizing of the flesh can be detected like the flow of an electrical current. When electrons move in a circuit unimpeded, the result is increased power and current. Within the body, as we work with the breath, we soon discover that it takes certain pathways that have been scientifically evidenced as energy highways.

As we become acquainted with this internal map, we make exciting discoveries about the human form. A new sense of confidence arises; we have more control of our lives than we at first suspected or were led to believe.

Activate self-healing with improved breathing techniques

With our inhalations, we’re able to lead chi deep inside the body so that it reaches the internal organs and the bone marrow. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the twelve major energy pathways switch the energy flow every two hours to make certain all are nourished and none become stagnant. When we lose that energy effervescence, the skin begins to wrinkle, the bone marrow produces fewer new cells, the hair turns grey or falls out, vitality wanes, and aging accelerates.

However, change the flow of the energy matrix and the physical body will change.

One of the challenges that we have is that the breath and emotions are so closely linked. All negative emotions alter the breath patterns, affecting the channels that influence the glands and organs of the entire body. We tend to breathe more from one side than the other for half the time and then switch over to the opposite side. As long as this rhythm isn’t disrupted, we remain healthy, but as soon as it is interfered with, the energy disruption brings on serious illness. Of course, most people are unaware of this process.

Conscious breathing may eliminate the need for anxiety drugs

Being conscious of the breath is the primary way of calming both mind and body. Consider, whenever you’re concentrating on a task, like threading a needle, you’ll unconsciously hold your breath and thought will be absent. When you hold your breath, no thought is at play, only intention.

In other words, your conscious awareness is at its high. This is why the ancients gave us the meditation of paying attention to the gap between the incoming and outgoing breath. As you pay close attention, you’ll begin to notice a subtle current within the breath. This is the life force, prana, or chi that we’ve been speaking about.

Focus on your breath for a life-changing experience

Simply noticing your breath can dramatically change your entire life. Just a mere glimpse into your pure nature will change you to such a degree that the world will become completely changed.

So why not give this simple, time-honored technique a try? You’ll be rewarded beyond all measure by doing so. You’ll do far more than add a few years to your life and improve your health. You may just discover the real you!

About the author: Pre-baby boomer Peter Ragnar has written over twenty-eights books and published courses on every aspect of personal development. He feeds the thirst for those special individuals who are on the quest for human excellence around the world. His fascinating and unique line of products, including “Magnetic Qi Gong,” can be found at: RoaringLionPublishing.com.

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How to fix bad posture and reduce pain

December 28, 2012 by  
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Back Pain Solutions(NaturalHealth365) To reduce pain within your body – you’ll have to fix bad posture as soon as possible. Are you too tired to sit up straight? Well, slouching is actually harder work than sitting or standing with a naturally aligned spine.

When we slouch, we enlist muscles to perform functions they are not designed to do. Superficial muscles in our back and neck area become strained, tense and over-stretched. These muscles are designed to rotate the head and flex the neck, but not for long sustained contractions involved with alignment.

The hidden dangers of sitting (too much) at a computer

Deeper slow twitch postural muscles should do the work of holding our head up and our body graceful, powerful and pain-free. Slouching is an epidemic in the Western World, and I feel it is primarily a result of too much sitting poorly in chairs and hunching over laptops.

Our young people have the worst posture of any generation and x-rays of some 20 year olds look like the arthritic spines of older people. We need to take serious measures to teach good posture, provide ergonomic chairs in our schools and stop slouching.

Are government health officials really interested in saving money on healthcare?

Chronic pain costs billions every year taxing our health care system and the economy and much of the pain is a result of slouching when sitting in chairs and cars.

The chair has an unnatural right angle shape that does not conform to our naturally curving spine shape. Many people slouch in a chair and roll back and sit on the lower tailbone and sacral area instead of aligning their hips and ribs so they can balance on the sit bones at the base of the pelvis.

When we let the pelvis tilt backward, the breastbone sinks, the head goes forward and the neck and back muscles get drafted into dysfunctional habits. The diaphragm gets compressed and the movements of breathing are forced into the upper shoulder area that in many cases will enlist a low level flight or freeze response in the nervous system.

Poor posture contributes to chronic disease

The chronic adrenal fatigue created by slouching can eventually lead to chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, and many other autoimmune diseases.

Another bane of slouch sitting in chairs happens because we lose the tone of our core postural muscles, since the back of the chair does the work of keeping the spine upright. We get up out of our chairs but the chair habits stay in our body leading to chronic slouching.

Slouching is a result of dysfunctional breathing habits created by poor posture and also poor posture creates dysfunctional breathing habits. They are one in the same and the connection between the two is a huge blind spot in the medical, yoga and fitness world.

Stop and take a moment to breathe

One can avoid slouching by learning powerful breathing practices that engage the muscles that support the spine and diaphragm.

Exercising good posture involves waking up the core breathing muscles. Tight abs and shoulders drawn back are inefficient ways to stop slouching that can actually drain energy and restrict movement. Try holding your stomach in or pulling back on your shoulders while walking — you can see and feel why this is not a good way to get aligned with better posture.

Many yoga poses and exercises engage our muscles to make us slouch!

Some athletes exercise in body positions that are a muscled up slouch position. Yogis do forward bends that shorten the front and overstretch the back, compressing the diaphragm and making the ligaments in the hips and spine too lose. Many people engage daily in ab crunching moves that enlist the muscles of the trunk to be short and tight which can cause the organs to protrude and make a ‘pot belly.’

Cyclists in particular are known for hunching over their handlebars, and paddlers – seated as well as stand up – are often in very poor postural alignment when they exercise. The muscles that people engage to shorten the abdominals and round the upper back in these positions mimics slouching. Working the body hard in these positions engages the deep exhalation muscles and locks them in, so it is like they are literally stuck in the exhale.

Is the fitness industry really helping us to get fit?

Many fitness or yoga exercises that direct us to keep the belly tight and flat unnaturally stifle the breathing process, while shortening the front of the body and pulling the head and shoulders forward into a slouch.

Try taking a deep coughing action and then hold the action of these muscles to get an experiential feeling for what happens when our abdominals are trained to shorten. Exercising with our natural spine curves reversed or compressed restricts breathing, and forced tight abs can inhibit downward contractions of our diaphragm.

When exercising, doing things like keeping your back flat, tailbone tucked, belly tight, knees straight, or pushing belly out on inhale will actually inhibit your ability to breathe and can lead to more slouching.

How can we stop slouching?

Practice self-massage daily on the head, neck, feet, and arms to release unnecessary tension. Don’t wait for someone else to massage you, you can and should massage yourself. Sit on chairs with the knees lower than the hips and stay upright on your sit bones.

Manage your stress levels with walking and deep breathing. Focused breathing methods can greatly improve posture by aligning your spine from the inside out. The aim is to get rid of ingrained tension habits from slouching so that breath happens easily and naturally.

You can practice breathing through a straw while you sit on the edge of a bench or stool. Make sure you are on your sit bones with the curve in your lower back and abdominals relaxed. Keep the middle of your ear, shoulder, and hips aligned and practice keeping your shoulder blades drawing down as you breathe in through the straw.

After inhaling, hold your breath for a moment, take the straw out and slowly exhale making a SSSSS sound while focusing on keeping your waist area long and shoulders dropped during the exhale. Inhale again with the straw and notice how pulling the shoulder blades down will bring your breastbone up.

Again on the exhale, take the straw out and make a SSSS sound like a snake while you practice being on your sit bones and keeping length in your spine during the movements of exhalation. By practicing a lengthening of your trunk muscles when you exhale, you will teach your body how to enlist your abs to stabilize your spine rather than shorten and compress it with exercises that shorten your abs.

An easy way to improve your posture and your health

You can do this standing or sitting to get your body aligned from the inside out, turn on your intrinsic postural muscles and turn off all the extra work you have been doing by slouching.

Relax, walk around the room and notice how light your body feels and how easy it is to hold good posture and stop slouching by using the internal movements of breathing to activate your deep core.

About the author: Michaelle Edwards is a licensed massage therapist, yoga teacher, musician, and postural therapist living on Kauai. She invented a new painless way to do Yoga, fitness, self-massage and stretching called YogAlign that incorporates natural spine alignment and breath work to create good posture from the inside out. She is devoted to giving people the tools to heal themselves. Michaelle has a new book/DVD combo called YogAlign – Pain-free Yoga From Your Inner Core available at her website – YogAlign.com

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Healing love to lift your spirits

Healing Love Message(NaturalHealth365) Let’s spread healing love this holiday season. After all, what greater gift is there to give? As you may know, one of my favorite American authors is Leo Buscaglia, also known as “Dr. Love”. Whenever I read his work – it reminds me of what’s really important – especially this holiday season:

”Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” – Leo Buscaglia

Even if the (greedy) private bankers of the Federal Reserve and their representatives throughout the world have forgotten the values of love and kindness. We all can take a moment to remember the words of Ann Schultz, when she said:

”Let us keep Christmas beautiful Without a thought of greed, That it might live forevermore To fill our every need, That it shall not be just a day, But last a lifetime through, The miracle of Christmastime That brings God close to you”

Don’t ever forget how special you really are

We live in challenging times and although it’s easy to get depressed – especially if you turn on the television. Turn off the negativity and take a moment to remind yourself how precious life really is and read (or listen) to something that lifts your spirits and brings you joy .

I’m often confronted by people that get frustrated or confused about how to improve the quality of their life. They ask me, “what should I do to feel better?” Usually, I suggest a simple change to their diet or way of perceiving the world.

So often, our society places value on keeping busy; always working; earning money or doing daily chores. But, when was the last time a doctor or loved one reminded you about the importance of love? There’s even science to back up the power of love and its ability to heal.

According to the Institute of Noetic Sciences, “The Love Study” demonstrates that loving thoughts and intentions from one person can have a profoundly positive effect on another human being. Simply put, the power of love to heal is very real.

Everyone can benefit from the message of Christmas

Make this Christmas day – a day to remember. Leo Buscaglia gives us a great idea about how to spend our day – when he said:

”What love we’ve given, we’ll have forever. What love we fail to give, will be lost for all eternity.” This simple quote reminds me how important it is to simply love someone today. Don’t wait for tomorrow – it may never come.

I don’t really know what else needs to be said – this holiday season. We all want to enjoy our lives and reach our greatest potential. My hope is that this coming (new) year brings you all the joy and happiness you deserve.

And, finally, from one of the funniest men ever in movies or television – Bob Hope once said:

“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?”

Please feel free to post your “loving” comments below and enjoy this holiday season.

About the author: Jonathan Landsman is the managing director of NaturalHealth365.com and host of the NaturalNews Talk Hour – a free, weekly health show sponsored by NaturalHealth365.com and NaturalNews.com. Jonathan is helping millions of people worldwide create health and physical fitness through a variety of educational and entertaining articles, teleconference calls, live shows and special events.

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Toxic chemicals linked to autism

December 24, 2012 by  
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Autism News(NaturalHealth365) There are many toxic substances linked to autism. During pregnancy and the first two years of life, the brain is extremely vulnerable and should be protected as much as possible. Medications during and after pregnancy, especially vaccines, are very toxic to the young brain.

Is your doctor telling you the whole truth?

Did you know that prescription (and over the counter) medications represent a foreign chemical exposure to the human body that are fundamentally extremely toxic. The truth is legally prescribed medication has become more and more the cause of many health problems. This is not only true for vaccines but for many other conventional medical treatments and health related issues – that may surprise you.

Antidepressants such as Zoloft and fever during pregnancy have been linked to autism while cigarette smoking during pregnancy has been linked to high functioning autism. In addition, gestational diabetes and lead levels have been linked with both ADHD and autism. Essentially, what happens to your child in the womb can have as much of an impact on their development as what happens once they are born.

Be careful with the following medications:

Valporic Acid – primarily used in the treatment of epilepsy and bipolar disorder. It is also sometimes used to treat depression, migraines and schizophrenia.

Terbutaline – used to stop premature labor. Researchers believe it can affect cellular responses and developmental programs in the fetal brain, leading to autism.

Pitocin – Given to speed up or to induce labor. The World Health Organization notes an association between the use of Pitocin and autistic disorders and psychiatrists note that a majority of their autism clientele were exposed to pitocin.

SSRI’s (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) – Their brand names are better known as Prozac, Effexor, Paxil, and Celexa. Researchers found taking these substances during pregnancy doubled the odds of having a child with autism. If taken during the first trimester, the odds were nearly four times as great.

Other medications such as a simple nasal spray or Rhogam shots could also have an impact on the fetus. You may not find a study on every medication and whether or not it is linked to autism, however as part of the CEASE intake and questionnaire, these will be discussed to determine if detoxification from a particular medication could be beneficial to your child.

Could chemicals in the air be causing autism?

A 2007 study conducted in California found that the risk of autism spectrum disorder increased with the poundage of organochlorine applied to those closest to the fields in which the pesticide was used and decreased with distance from field sites.

Dr. Alice Mao, an associate professor of psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston affirms that some studies have found that pesticides may interfere with genes involved in the central nervous system. Dr. Mao states that chemicals in pesticides may adversely affect those who are genetically predisposed to autism, leading them to develop the full-blown disorder.

Your ocean food could be poisoning you

Once pregnancy is confirmed, doctors caution expectant mothers to restrict their fish intake. According to the CDC, eating too much fish that contains mercury while pregnant or nursing can cause health problems for the developing baby. The CDC goes on to say that exposure to mercury before birth and the first few years of life may affect a child’s development in the areas of language, attention, memory, vision and coordination.

Naturally, the use of detoxification program to escort toxins from the body for both expecting mothers and fathers is highly recommended. Preparing and cleansing our bodies prior to welcoming a new child will give everyone the highest chance at health. Post your comments or questions about natural childcare – below.

About the author: Sima Ash of Healing 4 Soul is a clinical and classical homeopath and certified clinical nutritionist who utilizes a unique approach pioneered by Tinus Smits, M.D. called CEASE therapy. The aim of CEASE treatment is systematic detoxification of the causes of illness, leading to step by step improvement and restoration of health in the individual. For additional information, please visit – Healing4Soul.com

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