Laughter is a health elixir for the body and soul

December 1, 2012 by  
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Safe Body Detoxification(NaturalHealth365) When I teach yoga or postural therapy, I try to have a good joke or story to tell to my clients, because laughter is good medicine for our body and soul. In fact, sensing how your body feels when you laugh is an excellent way to develop more kinesthetic awareness – an ability to sense and feel our body. Many people have lost their ability to feel, sense and inhabit their body leading them to a life of pain, disconnect and imbalances that cause dis-ease.

The benefits of laughter include promotion of the natural healing response. Can you imagine the day when doctors will (legally) be allowed to prescribe laughter as a medicine? It’s already been done by Patch Adams. In fact, if you want a good laugh, watch the movie “Patch Adams” – starring Robin Williams – it’s great!

Laughter, like conscious breathing, is a tool to develop your sixth sense and access deeper levels of your being. In addition, it makes us feel good as it lightens our heart, but also the body reaps much benefit from the strong abdominal muscular contraction and release that is created by the physical action of laughing.

Is laughing a mental, emotional, or physical experience?

It is all three, and by focusing and being present in the act of laughter, we are able to access the deep levels of our human ‘being’ instead of our human ‘doing’. Healers recognize many health benefits from a good belly laugh as in the saying, ‘laughter is the best medicine’.

Endorphins, the feel good hormones, increase with laughter, which keeps us light-hearted, alleviating depression, nervousness, and anxiety. Humor helps keep us in the now and prevents us from taking ourselves too seriously. It is also a non-toxic way to socialize and connect with other people without side effects.

A fun and effective way to rejuvenate the body – daily

When we let go of the stomach contractions created by laughing, fresh blood enters our organs and waste products are removed. Laughing acts as a massage to our organs and stimulates our solar plexus area, where we can sometimes be unconsciously holding unnecessary tension. In addition, the release of laughter aids in digestion, elimination, frees up repression of sexual energy and can help alleviate menstrual cramps.

Would you like to improve your posture? Try laughing to release tension in the ribcage which adds more length to your body and creates less joint compression – allowing us to feel and express emotions. A good laugh can even improve your immune system by boosting T-cells with better blood flow from breathing hard while laughing. The workout tones our breathing muscles, creates strong and fluid abdominal muscles leading to graceful movement and better balance.

Laughter is the ultimate stress reduction technique

The act of laughing engages our abdominal muscles beyond normal contraction rates, creating stronger muscles in our trunk that help support our spine. The relaxation we feel after laughing helps our nervous system to reset tension levels in our abdomen leading to a fluid but toned trunk area.

Couples that can laugh together and bring humor into communication are able to let go of grievances and keep a stronger bond of intimacy. A good laugh can ease tension between people and help us connect to our real feelings underneath the layers of tension we carry.

A great exercise without the need for an expensive gym membership

By tightening our belly when laughing, it actually gets more relaxed from the extra contractions that laughing creates. We can use the wisdom of laughter by simply tightening areas of our body that feel tight. Hold and accentuate the muscle contractions for a few seconds and then consciously lengthening that area is a powerful self-healing tool.

You can get more flexible paradoxically by tightening muscles and reboot the nervous system to release unconscious holding patterns. Make sure to laugh every day and allow yourself to be present and sense the feelings of laughter as you are doing it and afterwards. Sense the glow and feeling of well-being created by the gift of laughter.

Why did the chicken go to the séance? To get to the other side! Enjoy the laugh and focus on how you feel when you laugh and also the release of tension that is the gift of laughter.

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 –

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Freedom from disease and the importance of oxygen

November 28, 2012 by  
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Safe Body Detoxification(NaturalHealth365) We’re all pretty confident of the fact that if we didn’t breathe, we’d expire. Despite new records being set for holding one’s breath, there remains that one final exhalation for all of us. In case you’re curious, the magician David Blaine held his breath on Oprah Winfrey’s show for 17.4 minutes, and a German named Tom Sietas has officially held his breath for 22.22 minutes.

Deep breathing lowers stress and expands consciousness

According to many spiritual teachings, it is the breath that connects the mind with the body; thus, breath awareness becomes very important. Health wise, especially because of how we use oxygen in our bodies, understanding it is valuable for preventing cancer, heart disease plus much more.

While the air we breathe contains an assortment of chemicals, oxygen seems the most invaluable for sustaining life. Online, I found this very simple explanation of the oxygen cycle.

The following excerpt is from –

The Oxygen Cycle

“Almost all living things need oxygen. They use this oxygen during the process of creating energy in living cells.”

“Just as water moves from the sky to the earth and back in the hydrologic cycle, oxygen is also cycled through the environment. Plants mark the beginning of the oxygen cycle. Plants are able to use the energy of sunlight to convert carbon dioxide and water into carbohydrates and oxygen in a process called photosynthesis.”

“This means that plants “breathe” in carbon dioxide and “breathe” out oxygen. Animals form the other half of the oxygen cycle. We breathe in oxygen which we use to break carbohydrates down into energy in a process called respiration. Carbon dioxide produced during respiration is breathed out by animals into the air.”

“So oxygen is created in plants and used up by animals. But the oxygen cycle is not actually quite that simple. Plants must break carbohydrates down into energy just as animals do. During the day, plants hold onto a bit of the oxygen which they produced in photosynthesis and use that oxygen to break down carbohydrates. But in order to maintain their metabolism and continue respiration at night, the plants must absorb oxygen from the air and give off carbon dioxide just as animals do. Even though plants produce approximately ten times as much oxygen during the day as they consume at night, the night-time consumption of oxygen by plants can create low oxygen conditions in some water habitats.”

A lack of oxygen promotes cancer cell growth

With just this basic understanding, we can appreciate the oxygen donation living plants share with us. Additionally, when we eat or juice live, raw greens, we charge our bodies with oxygen. But why is oxygen so important? Many of the diseases we experience are due to a lack of oxygen in the cells. As an example, anaerobic bacteria thrive in an oxygen-deprived climate, as do cancer tumors.

Even the simple act of getting out of bed or climbing a flight of stairs requires oxygen. 90 percent of our energy needs are provided by oxygen. I found this quote in Madison Cavanaugh’s fabulous little book, “The One-Minute Cure”:

“One of the most important discoveries supporting oxygen therapy occurred in 1931, when Dr. Otto Warburg won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for proving that viruses cannot proliferate or exist in an environment with high levels of oxygen. That’s because viruses are anaerobic, which means they occur and thrive in the absence of oxygen.”

Dr. Warburg has been quoted as saying, ‘Deprive a cell 35 percent of its oxygen for 48 hours and it may become cancerous.’ He further stated that the prime cause of cancer is insufficient oxygen at the cellular level, and that cancer cells cannot survive in a high oxygen environment.

Perhaps, this is why all the basic approaches to great health revolve around clean air, water, living foods, exercise, and sunshine. There’s a lot of talk about how ozone can help increase oxygen.

Is ozone healthy for humans?

Of course, on the other hand, there’s much concern about the environmental damage caused by a hole in the ozone layer. Just what is ozone? Here’s a definition: Ozone has three oxygen atoms, while the air we breathe has only two. Sunlight breaks the oxygen molecule into two separate atoms, which are picked up by a third to form ozone. So, high above the earth, oxygen is converted into O3 from O2. Home ozone machines are believed to add oxygen to both our water and our air, which many folks claim has given them amazing benefits by providing extra oxygen.

Another popular therapy that’s taken the natural health movement by storm is the use of food-grade hydrogen peroxide. It has been popular since the 1940′s in the United States and much earlier in Europe and India, since it was discovered that hydrogen peroxide could maximize oxygen flow from the blood to the cells. H2O2 is just like ozone in that it brings an extra atom of oxygen to the blood, disrupting the anaerobic environment that disease-causing microorganisms, viruses, and bacteria live in.

Seeing the importance of oxygen, how can we take advantage of its benefits? If you decide on using H2O2, you must realize this isn’t what’s commonly sold in a drugstore. It’s a very pure, powerful, special type of 35 percent “food-grade” hydrogen peroxide that is diluted to 3 percent in distilled water. You can easily find it online at: or you can check other sources on Amazon.

Additionally, you can add more raw foods and green juices to your diet. Breathe fresh, clean air, making certain to fill your lungs from the bottom up. Be conscious of maintaining proper posture and not slumping. Also, consider losing weight. All of these will assist you greatly in having the oxygen you need and health you desire.

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:

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3 ways to avoid surgery and eliminate pain

November 27, 2012 by  
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Safe Body Detoxification(NaturalHealth365) Modern society has been brainwashed into believing that toxic drugs and risky surgical procedures are the only way to alleviate pain. But, the truth is, there are literally dozens of highly-effective, natural ways to eliminate pain fast without harming the body. Given the proper tools – the human body has tremendous power to heal itself.

Promote pain relief by sleeping at the right time – every night

The best time for your body to repair itself is between 10 pm and 2 am. Typically, after sunset, you will begin to feel sleepy as melatonin levels begin to rise within the body. This is your opportunity to get ready for sleep. Here are some great sleeping tips – especially if you suffer with physical aches and pains:

Avoid watching T.V. or working on your computer past 9 pm (8 pm would be even better)

Remove all electronic devices from your bedroom (including T.V.’s) to make your sleeping area a place of relaxation. Keep in mind, electromagnetic pollution (EMF) has a intense (negative) effect on our neurochemistry.

Watch the sunset or, better yet, take a 10 minute walk around sunset to promote melatonin production and relaxation.

Stop drinking caffeine or eating too much food – late at night. If your stomach is busy digesting food – you will have a difficult time going to sleep.

Adjust your sleep habits. If you go to sleep past 10 pm and wake up later than 6 am – make 10 – 15 minutes adjustments (each week) until you reach the goal of 10 pm bedtime and 6 am wake up time.

Improve your range of motion to eliminate pain

With my background in exercise science, I am often asked, “what can I do to get rid of this physical pain”? My answer is always the same – “do you stretch”? I’m simply amazed how many people go to doctors and physical therapy facilities without learning a thing about how to improve their muscular flexibility. For example, if you suffer from low back pain, it’s a great idea to loosen up your butt, upper leg and calf muscles.

Tight muscles put a tremendous strain on the body – so loosen up! If you need help – I suggest hiring a qualified personal trainer or studying the programs offered by Gray Cook, Mark Verstegen and Michaelle Edwards.

Use the power of the mind to heal the body

Now don’t get me wrong – what you’re about to read does not give you the license to eat heavily processed foods that promote inflammation; forget about nutritional supplements or other healthy lifestyle habits. But, what I am suggesting is that you believe in the power of consciousness. In other words, believe in yourself!

If you want to improve the quality of your life – never underestimate the power of prayer, faith and love. If you doubt these words – watch the video (below) to forever change your perspective on what is truly possible.

About the author: Jonathan Landsman is the managing director of and host of the NaturalNews Talk Hour – a free, weekly health show sponsored by and 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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Cranberries stop bacteria and promote natural healing

November 20, 2012 by  
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Safe Body Detoxification(NaturalHealth365) There are many plant compounds that offer natural healing benefits. For example, scientific research reveals that consuming whole cranberries can provide bacteria-blocking results to prevent urinary tract infections; ulcers, gum disease – even prevent and reverse cancer.

Cranberries help to fight cancer

Over the last few years, research has revealed an ever increasing number of ways to explain the anti-cancer properties of cranberries. These include blocking expression and growth of cancer cells; the promotion of detoxification and stimulating the body’s natural immune fighting capabilities.

In 2008, researchers from the Department of Chemistry, and Biochemistry, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, published a detailed article examining the last 10 years of anticancer research involving the nutrients and phytochemicals found in cranberries. The article titled: “Anticancer Activities of Cranberry phytochemicals”, identified more than 75 research studies on the power of cranberries to fight cancer.

Plant extracts have powerful health benefits for the skin

Cranberry extract, as well as other berry extracts, studied at the Laboratory of Molecular Medicine, Ohio State University were found to effect human skin cancer cells. Studies conducted by the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at the University of Western Ontario, Canada showed decreased growth and metastasis of cancer tumors in mice – which were injected with human breast, colon and prostate cancer cells.

The phytonutrients in cranberries are phenolic acids, proanthocyanidins, antocyanins, flavonoids, and triterpenoids – all known for their ability to fight cancer. These benefits extend to cancers of the breast, colon, lung and prostate.

All it takes is cranberries to make platinum-based cancer drugs six times more potent against ovarian cancer according to some recent research.

“This has opened up exciting possibilities for therapeutic intervention associated with platinum therapy,” said two researchers Ajay P. Singh PhD, and Nicholi Vorsa, PhD. both of Rutgers University.

Healthy holiday ideas come in small packages

There are only two choices – we can wait until scientists understand how the cranberries work, or just start eating them. As we work to understand the health benefits of plant foods – we do know they can prevent, even reverse cancer cell growth.

Organic cranberries are easy to juice, and with some sweet fruit it makes a delicious drink. With Thanksgiving upon us, we have a lot to be thankful for and one of the things is the fall season bounty of fruits and vegetables – which deserve a place at the holiday dinner table.

One thing to remember is cranberry sauce can be made without sugar.

This is one of my favorite recipes, 1 bag of organic cranberries, 1 ½ cup of pure maple syrup or agave, 1 cup of fresh squeezed orange juice and some organic grated orange peel.

Place all the ingredients into a medium-sized pot and bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, and cook for 10 minutes while mashing the berries as they cool. Remove from heat and let thicken. This will make any Thanksgiving meal healthy and happy. (enjoy)

Note: If you are diabetic – this dish may not work for you. But, if you would like to share a healthy holiday recipe – post your favorite – below.

About the author: Blanche Levine has been a student of natural healing modalities for the last 25 years. She had 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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Oil of oregano eliminates inflammation and pain

November 14, 2012 by  
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Safe Body Detoxification(NaturalHealth365) Do you suffer from skin infections, digestive problems or upper respiratory inflammation? Wild-crafted, oil of oregano is simply one of the best natural treatments on the planet. This herbal extract delivers powerful antiviral, antibacterial and anti-fungal health benefits.

If you’re looking to reduce pain and inflammation – add oregano oil to your herbal medicine kit. According to Dr. Cass Ingram, there are many ways to avoid the pain and discomfort associated with inflammatory health conditions. And, best of all, you don’t have to resort to synthetic chemicals that damage your liver or threaten your overall health.

Learn how to get rid of pain and infections – naturally by watching the video (below) and discover how oil of oregano can help you experience dramatic health results!

Upper respiratory infections can be caused by a number of agents including bacteria, viruses, allergies, asthma and inhaled pollutants. The symptoms overlap and include chest congestion, difficulty breathing and irritated lungs, nose and throat. These symptoms are quite uncomfortable and many cough and cold medications do nothing to remedy the situation.

Since we are entering the season where respiratory ailments are common – it’s good to be prepared with some herbal remedies. Oregano extract is a safe and reliable antihistamine with benefits such as:

• Destroying organisms that create skin infections and digestive disorders.
• Strengthening the immune system.
• Helps develop better joint and muscle flexibility.
• Improves respiratory health.

Science reveals the power of herbal medicine

Organic oregano oil is rich in carvacrol, flavonoids, and terpenes, which are Mother Nature’s best decongestants and histamine reducing agents. When foreign agents, such as, pollen; dust; mold; chemicals; fungus and bacteria enter the body, histamine is released which produce symptoms of nasal congestion, increased mucous production and sneezing.

Oregano oil also contains rosmarinic acid and research reveals that rosmarinic acid inhibits allergy-related inflammation. In other words, the use of wild-crafted oregano will reduce fluid buildup and the swelling associated with common allergies.

For example, the Israel Institute of Technology found a therapeutic potential for aromatic herbs such as oregano to have positive benefits on the respiratory tract, coughing reflex and nasal passage airflow.

A natural alternative to toxic flu vaccines

Oil of Oregano is an age old remedy, which has been scientifically researched and found to be one of the strongest and most effective broad spectrum antibiotics. You can kill unfriendly bacteria and reduce your viral load without the induction of dangerous chemicals. The next time you feel under the weather – try it, you’ll love it.

Look for oregano oil that does not contain alcohol – if you are prone to Candida. Find a brand with a high level of carvacrol. This may or may not be listed on the label. The type of oregano used medically is Oreganum Vulgare, which is known as “wild” oregano.

If you start with a liquid – use a low dose at first like 3 drops in water twice daily. You can start to increase gradually and take 6 drops twice a day – which is considered a therapeutic dose. Some people report feeling a burning sensation in the mouth, so using 3 drops per glass of water is safe.

With flu season upon us – make every effort to avoid the stress of getting sick. Oregano oil represents a simple way to keep your immune system strong and enjoy healthy living. What’s your favorite herbal medicine (and why) – post your comments below and stay healthy!

About the author: Blanche Levine has been a student of natural healing modalities for the last 25 years. She had 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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Natural plant medicine for inflammation and cancer

November 9, 2012 by  
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Safe Body Detoxification(NaturalHealth365) In Traditional Chinese Medicine, thunder god vine extract has been used to help those suffering with chronic inflammation and over active immune system conditions, such as, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, plus multiple sclerosis. It’s even been shown to have anti-cancer effects.

Nature is powerful. Do NOT take this plant extract without consulting a trusted healthcare professional trained in herbal medicine. The thunder god vine has been associated with side effects, like, diarrhea, upset stomach and skin rashes.

Can a plant compound cure pancreatic cancer?

New research from the University of Minnesota’s Masonic Cancer Center, used thunder god vine extract on mice and found it to be “highly effective in reducing pancreatic tumor growth” and “shows promise as a potent chemotherapeutic agent against pancreatic cancer”. Naturally, more studies are needed and funding is always an issue. You think big pharma will help?

Scientists, working the project, were floored by the anti-cancer properties of this plant. Triptolide, one of the plants compounds is known to fight cancer and seems to be responsible for the plants anti-tumor action.

The head of the study is vice chairman of research at the cancer center and he has experience doing testing, so when he is blown away by its effect it says a lot. His statement was: “This drug is just unbelievably potent in killing tumor cells.”

The future looks bright for herbal medicine

Conventional science is (slowly) waking up to the truth about how effective herbal remedies can be against chronic disease conditions. Plant substances like, turmeric, garlic and ginger help us reduce inflammation; improve blood circulation and strengthen immunity. Mark my words, when enough people demand the use of these substances, western medicine (and corporations) will have to respond.

The team at the University of Minnesota has synthesized a water-soluble analog of triptolide, though a long line of processes which make this more effective at reducing tumors. Minnelide is the drug and is expected to be used for other types of cancer. The next phase will be to test on human beings and we’re excited to see the results!

Let’s put an end to politics and poor healthcare

It’s a known fact that nature provides all the basic components necessary for the successful treatment of most diseases. But, large pharmaceutical corporations are only interested in plants that can be synthesized (and “owned”). Natural substances like, ginger and turmeric are terrific disease-fighters but no company can patent that.

So, as the public wakes up and demands more herbal medicine, there is a world of opportunity for companies willing to take promising plants and make it easier, faster, and safer to use. The time is now.

Don’t be afraid – speak out and tell your doctor what you want

Simply put, the pharmaceutical industry and its partners at government health agencies are reluctant to report on natural remedies and their success. The old system of treating disease with toxic chemicals is dying fast. As consumers, we must demand that our physicians provide (natural) options for disease prevention.

Know the truth! There are thousands of studies which prove that herbal medicine is the best way to kill infection; detoxify the body and help eliminate cancer cells. We will continue to report on this exciting news!

About the author: Blanche Levine has been a student of natural healing modalities for the last 25 years. She had 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.


3 ways to improve memory and boost brain function

November 7, 2012 by  
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Safe Body Detoxification(NaturalHealth365) Perhaps the greatest threat to brain function is chronic stress. Challenged by fear and anxiety, the body will produce excessive amounts of cortisol, the “stress hormone”, which eventually damages the brain’s memory center. And, although cortisol is a necessary hormone for survival purposes, excessive amounts destroy our adrenals, immune system plus much more.

Eliminate brain fog – naturally! On the next NaturalNews Talk Hour, a LIVE internet radio broadcast – Dr. Holly Lucille, a nationally recognized leader in naturopathic medicine will teach us how to improve thyroid and adrenal function; elevate our moods; increase our energy and improve mental clarity.

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Prevent adrenal fatigue and elevate your mood – naturally

Obviously, it goes (almost) without saying, if you can reduce the stress in your life by changing your perspective or making changes in your lifestyle habits – do it. But, nutritionally speaking, you may want to consider boosting your intake of vitamin C to support healthy adrenal function. Remember, the adrenals produce stress hormones and without them – your ability to handle tough situations is diminished.

According to Dr. Lucille, “during stress, the adrenal glands stockpile this antioxidant to protect against free-radical damage. However, ongoing stress depletes this vital nutrient from the adrenal glands.” By the way, Dr. Lucille recommends at least 250 to 500 milligrams (mg) per day of vitamin C for anyone concerned about the negative effects of stress and maintaining a clear mind.

Sharpen your mind with chocolate and essential fatty acids

Cocoa, the key ingredient in chocolate, is loaded with brain-boosting antioxidants called flavonoids. Just don’t go and buy any (commercial) brands filled with excess simple sugars, poor quality fats and nasty chemical additives. Scientific research shows that small amounts of dark chocolate, consumed on a regular basis, can improve blood flow to the brain – which enhances cognitive and memory test scores.

Did you know that the human brain is composed of significant amounts of fat? If you want to avoid being “brain dead” – be sure to include lots of omega-3′s in your diet. Naturally, especially these days, you want to be careful about the quality of fat you eat. If you’re not comfortable eating fish – several times per week – then a good quality omega-3 supplement of about 500 – 1,000 mg per day could help improve brain function.

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Learn how to improve memory, brain function and reduce stress in your life – Thu. Nov. 8

Dr. Holly Lucille is a nationally recognized and licensed naturopathic doctor, an educator and a natural products consultant. She is the author of Creating and Maintaining Balance: A Women’s Guide to Safe, Natural, Hormone Health and serves on the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians Board of Directors.

An acclaimed expert in the field of naturopathic medicine, Dr. Holly lectures throughout the nation on a variety of natural health topics. Regularly quoted as an expert in both consumer and peer journals, in 2007, Dr. Holly was listed in Time Magazine’s “Alt List” as one of the “Top 100 Most Influential People.”

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Breaking News – Meditation outperforms psychiatric drugs

(NaturalHealth365) According to the National Institute of Mental Health, one out of every four adults suffers from a diagnosable mental disorder. Over 33,000 people each year commit suicide, and of this number, 90 percent have been diagnosed with a mental disorder. We also have personality disorders, eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, social phobias, mood, panic, anxiety, and bipolar disorders, and schizophrenia. How can meditation help in many of these cases?

What do we know about meditation and mental health?

Can meditation, which beneficially affects the physical body so profoundly, help with mental health? We’ve seen and been amazed by reports about advanced meditators who can speed up or slow down their metabolism by as much as 60 percent and alter their body temperature by as much as 42.8 degrees Fahrenheit – why wouldn’t we expect the same awesome benefits with mental conditions?

Scientific research has verified that positive mood changes take place during meditation. The left frontal area of the brain becomes more activated, resulting in the formation of new grey matter. When one becomes more left-brained, one becomes more creative, more receptive, and better at regulating and calming negative emotions. Brain science confirms that the portion of the brain called the amygdala, which is responsible for many of our stress reactions, becomes substantially reduced in its activity.

How mental and emotional stress creates physical illness

Life for most of us seems to be made up of solving and anticipating problems. These lead to a daily increase in stressors, which increase the secretion of cortisol. According to studies, the more that this stress hormone is produced, the less of the invaluable hormone DHEA is available for the body as we age. Since DHEA is produced by the adrenal glands, its connection to the stress chemicals is clearly evident. DHEA is called the “Mother of all Hormones” and is responsible for how the body fights many diseases, as well as aging.

In one example of its powerful influence on stress and memory loss, researchers discovered that Alzheimer’s sufferers had 48 percent less DHEA in their blood than non-sufferers. Meditation certainly improves DHEA output by reducing the stress response.

Meditation produces a sharp decline in cortisol production as well as blood lactate levels. The muscles release lactate during stress, and its release has been related to the cause of panic attacks. In a panic attack, one also experiences a racing heartbeat; another benefit that comes with meditation is learning to slow the pulse rate. This means that one’s oxygen consumption can be lessened to as much as 20 percent. Can you see how beneficial this could be when we are faced with a reaction to a stressful event? Blood pressure and blood sugar are both now also reduced.

Our perception of the world is the key to reducing chronic stress

Even just being forced to wait or having an appliance stop working or a car fail to start can become a huge irritation. 10,000 little annoyances fill each day, which seem to pile up on us, and build our stress levels. These unpleasant events are a fact of life. When they’re met with resistance, stress is the result. When stress becomes unmanageable, mental illness ensues. Many people, when confronted with issues and problems, resort to blaming others, which only compounds the problem.

Thinking is a mental flow of energy, and when it meets with what we don’t like, there’s resistance. Just like a carbon resister on a copper wire that cuts down the smooth river of electricity, thoughts can impede the healthy flow of our life force. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, this life force is called chi.

When there is a blockage mentally, an equivalent blockage occurs physically as well. Perhaps this is why we see a connection between mental illness and physical deterioration. Meditation eases our reactions and allows us to simply observe the flow of our thoughts from a more centered place. It allows a realization that whatever arises will also once again disappear.

Where have all those disturbing thoughts come from, and where have they gone?

Meditation allows us to simply observe what appears upon the screen of our conscious awareness and then helps us recognize that the thoughts are not the screen. A movie can trigger laughter, sadness, or fright, but it’s only so many colored lights flickering on a silvered screen. It’s the same with the thoughts we think – yet the more we attach ourselves to the thoughts, the more power they exert upon both body and mind.

This is where meditation helps so much.

Meditation allows us to see these thoughts arising and passing. The thoughts cannot be owned; they come from nowhere and disappear into nowhere. Where are the thoughts you’ve had reading this article? They’re just like your breath—gone and nowhere to be found, only to be replaced with new ones. So, knowing the impermanent nature of both, we can take a neutral place. Meditation is all about just watching. As we watch, a strange thing occurs: the thoughts begin to slow down. Mental clarity comes with calmness, which allows powerful insights that heal both body and mind.

The practice of meditation frees us from believing everything we think.

It gives us a chance to step back from our warring egos and simply relax our defenses. Once we do, we’ll begin to discover greater levels of peace, joy, and love in our lives. We start to see all the ways we’re alike instead of all the ways we’re different. We begin to learn not to take things so seriously or personally. We learn to empathize more and exercise compassion. This is truly the remedy to our problems. Meditation gives birth to mental health.

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Meditation benefits shock the scientific community

October 12, 2012 by  
Filed under Emotional Wellness, Natural Healing

(NaturalHealth365) Anyone interested in meditation has most likely come across accounts of meditators claiming amazing longevity. Science has been studying allegations of radical life extension for some time now, and it has become apparent that there’s a connection between meditation and longevity. Since the 1950s, there have been more than 3,000 scientific studies on the benefits of meditation for the physical body and brain.

Just before writing this article, I became interested in an account of an allegedly 250-year-old yogi. His name was Devraha Baba and he lived on a 12-foot-high platform beside the Yamuna River in Mathura, India. High officials of the Indian government, including India’s first president, Dr. Rajendra Prashad, vouched for the accuracy of his claim. This isn’t an exception or solo case: online, you’ll be able to find numerous accounts and claims of extreme longevity by meditation masters, some true and some fabricated.

The secret to living a long, healthy life

So what do we really know? According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), “It is thought that some types of meditation might work by reducing activity in the sympathetic nervous system and increasing activity in the parasympathetic nervous system.” While we may not aspire to the aforementioned yogi’s lifestyle, most of us would enjoy adding a few more healthy years to our lives along with greater mental clarity.

Dr. Robert Keith Wallace was one of the first scientists to study the effects of meditation on aging and he published his findings in the International Journal of Neuroscience (16: 53 58, 1982). His research was based on the practice of Transcendental Meditation. Dr. Wallace found that subjects with an average chronological age of 50 years, who had been practicing Transcendental Meditation for over 5 years, had a biological age 12 years younger than their chronological age.

How to cut your biological age in half

That means a 55-year-old meditator had the physiology of a 43-year-old. Several of the subjects in the study were found to have a biological age 27 years younger than their chronological age. This study has since been replicated several times. Other studies have also shown the beneficial effects of Transcendental Meditation on the aging process. (look up:

My wife and I, according to laboratory blood tests that analyzed our telomeres (a new scientific way to discover the age of the biological body), were both found to be less than half our chronological ages. This was a very encouraging statement after many decades of meditation. This can also be your story.

Mediation has surprising health benefits

It certainly goes without saying that if meditation can help you remain disease-free or even just stack the odds in your favor, it would be something to investigate further. Actually, it appears that the more you meditate, the greater the benefits accrued. As an example, how about increasing circulation by reducing the constricting effects of stress? Meditation starts increasing circulation by as much as 30 percent. After you’ve become more experienced, you can expect it to increase by as much as 65 percent, according to Michael Murphy and Steven Donovan in The Physical and Psychological Effects of Meditation (Institute of Noetic Sciences, 1997).

One form of moving meditation that I personally perform is qi gong. It places my body into a hypometabolic state where oxygen consumption is reduced by up to 20 percent.

How to avoid “burn out” in life and lower your stress levels

Back in 1908, the famed German physiologist Max Rubner introduced what he called “The Rate of Living Theory,” which explored the relationship between one’s metabolic rate, body size, and longevity. The faster you spun your biological wheels, according to Rubner, the shorter your life. This theory isn’t exactly new: the ancients concluded that a person had just so many heartbeats or breaths per lifetime before expiring. Whether or not this is true, it seems obvious that meditation lowers stress levels and increases the body’s ability to utilize oxygen, which is to one’s benefit.

With qigong meditation, blood lactate levels drop dramatically within 10 minutes, which lessens anxiety and relaxes the muscles. This is coupled with a decline in the stress hormone cortisol. In one study of people over 45, qigong caused DHEA levels to rise by 23 percent for men and 47 percent for women.

Taking your brain function to a higher level

One of the jobs of DHEA is to maintain brain cells; there’s up to six times more DHEA in those tissues than anywhere else in the body, and folks suffering with Alzheimer’s have been found to be very low in DHEA. Another hormone that meditation helps you produce is melatonin.

Melatonin has recently been discovered to prevent aging – just another good reason to meditate. According to the University of Massachusetts Medical Center, increased levels of melatonin were evident in their studies of meditators.

Meditation can take many forms; what they all have in common is watching thoughts as they appear upon the mental screen and letting them simply pass as if they were subtitles of a movie. This, of course, takes practice, but the time invested would be more than worth it if all you got from it were the things we just discussed. Yet there’s much more.

What if our normal thinking consciousness was only one room in our mental house?

What if there were doors that opened to greater perception, even experiences that you could say are beyond language? Would you care to explore further? History is replete with accounts of ordinary men and women who have triggered great awakenings and exclaimed that a much greater reality awaits us all.

Perhaps we’re on the cusp of a new era where millions will find not just longer lives, but greater peace, contentment, and compassion through meditation. After all, if it can be accomplished by one person, it can be accomplished by many. Shall we journey together and see where this takes us?

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: or call 1-800-491-7141

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Exciting news about how antioxidants prevent disease

September 24, 2012 by  
Filed under Food News, Natural Healing

(NaturalHealth365) By now, it is no surprise (to most people) that fruits and vegetables possess powerful antioxidants. What may surprise you is how essential they are for a healthy mind and body. Fruits and vegetables are more than a “pick-me-up” – they re-energize your whole body. Everything from the common cold to more serious infectious diseases are known to respond to the right nutrition.

Heart news that will make everyone happy

According to a study in the American Journal of Medicine, a diet rich in antioxidants, can greatly reduce the risk of heart attack in women. The study followed 32,561 Swedish women between the ages of 49 and 83 from September 1997 through December 2007. Participants filled out a food-frequency questionnaire, during which they were asked on average how often they consumed each type of food or beverage during the past year.

Researchers calculated an approximation of total antioxidant capacity from a database that measures the oxygen radical absorption capacity (ORAC) of the most common foods in the United States. The women were divided into five separate groups based on total antioxidants in their diet.

Throughout the study, 1,114 women suffered a heart attack. Women with the highest total antioxidant rate had a 20 percent lower risk than the women who had the least total antioxidant rate. The group with the lowest risk – consumed three times as many fruits and vegetables, about 7 servings per day, compared with the others who had only 2-4 servings.

Even better news for cancer patients

There have been several studies that suggest flooding your body with super nutritional fruits and vegetables yield not only an energetic body and sharp mind, but slow the aging process and protect from and reverse cancerous growths. Evidence points to the fact that antioxidants can reduce cancer risk. In an epidemiologic review of many studies, which examined the relationship between fruit and vegetable intake and cancers of the lung, colon, breast, cervix, esophagus, oral cavity, stomach, bladder, pancreas and ovary – the consumption of fruit and vegetables were found to have a significant (positive) effect.

In the early 1990′s, researchers examined well over one hundred epidemiological studies related diet to cancer, and in 128 to 156 dietary studies, fruits and vegetables had a significant protective effect against a variety of cancers. The risk of cancers, for most sites, were found to be twice as high in persons whose intake of fruits and vegetables was low.

A recent study linked fruit and vegetables with a reduced risk of breast cancer in women living in China. In this population based, case-controlled study of women in Shanghai, pre-menopausal women who ate more dark yellow-orange vegetables and more citrus fruits had a lower risk of breast cancer.

A NEW way of looking at apples and onions

Studies show that antioxidants in apples and onions protect against lung cancer in both males and females. They found that there was a 40-50 percent decreased risk in lung cancer in participants with the highest intake of apples, onions and white grape fruits – compared to those who consumed the lowest amount. This was seen across all ethnic lines.

By the way, this was a very well controlled study, which looked at smoking history along with food intake.

In a Finnish study, involving 10,000 men and women and 24-year follow-up the same trend was seen with the same fruit (apple) and vegetable (onion).

Finding the fountain of youth is easier than you think

Several studies show that the combination of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory polyphenolic compounds found in fruits and vegetables may be the anti-aging tonic we are looking for. The beneficial properties of plants help promote natural anti-aging processes in the body by assisting with collagen production and tissue regeneration. The active compounds in fruits and vegetables accelerate healing and are known for their ability to regenerate all body functions. Never underestimate the power of food and a healthy diet.

About the author: Blanche Levine has been a student of natural healing modalities for the last 25 years. She had 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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Ulcerative colitis patients threatened by a new drug

September 16, 2012 by  
Filed under Natural Healing

(NaturalHealth365) A Food and Drug Administration advisory panel has recommended that the United States regulatory agency authorize the use of Humira (adalimumab) for the treatment of ulcerative colitis – an inflammatory bowel disease – by a 15 to 2 vote in favor of approval. The large majority of the gastrointestinal drugs advisory committee believes that Humira’s benefits outweigh the risks. But, the truth is another story.

If you want to lower your immune system – take Humira

The possible risk to taking Humira will likely outweigh the benefits. Humira is a Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF) blocker, which can lower the ability of your immune system to fight infections. TNF promotes the inflammatory response, which is associated with autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, crohn’s disease and psoriasis.

By using a TNF blocker such as Humira – the side effects related to their usage includes lymphoma, infections, congestive heart failure, a lupus-like syndrome, tuberculosis and infections caused by viruses, fungi or bacteria that spread through the body. Can you believe this (deadly) drug is legal in the United States?

Humira increases your risk for developing cancer

There have been cases of unusual cancers in children, teenagers, and young adults – using TNF blockers. Some people have developed a rare type of cancer called hepatosplenic T-cell lymphoma, a particularly deadly cancer. The chances of getting two types of skin cancer (basal cell and squamous cell) are increased by the use of Humira.

The FDA does not have to abide by the panel’s recommendation, though it nearly always does. Abbott Laboratories, the makers and sellers of Humira, say a final decision should be made by the FDA by the end of 2012.

How big pharma profits on colitis patients

If Humira can be expanded to treat ulcerative colitis, there would be a sizable market in the United States alone. Over 700,000 Americans suffer from ulcerative colitis, and a significant percentage of them have not responded properly to existing treatments.

There aren’t any drugs at this time that can really treat ulcerative colitis successfully. However, there are lifestyle changes that can have a positive effect on ulcerative colitis.

In November of 2011, Abbott’s application for expanded use was turned down, the clinical trials did not show compelling evidence that Humira stopped the symptoms of ulcerative colitis, including incontinence, pain, fatigue, weight loss, fever, rectal bleeding and diarrhea. When tested against a placebo, Humira was shown to provide slightly better results.

What causes ulcerative colitis?

The triggers of ulcerative colitis can include diet or medications such as ibuprofen or antibiotics. As countries become more industrialized, the rate of ulcerative colitis goes up. The first suspected causes are the western diet, the high use of prescription and over-the-counter medications.

Accutane, used for acne, has been linked to several chronic conditions involving damage to the gastrointestinal track – including ulcerative colitis.

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen and celecoxib can cause and exacerbate the symptoms of ulcerated colitis. Antibiotics are know to disrupt the bacteria in the intestines and are associated with killing the good intestinal bacteria and allowing the pathological ones to take hold.

There are findings that suggest the measles vaccine may play a role in the development not only of Crohn’s disease but also ulcerative colitis.

The path toward healing without drugs

No one drug can heal; its purpose is to alleviate symptoms. Healing usually entails eating unprocessed whole foods, along with herbs and getting enough sunshine and plenty of rest. Put simply, if you want to (naturally) heal from ulcerative colitis – give your digestive system a rest by changing your lifestyle.

The way to heal may be to loose our dependency on pharmaceuticals, and take responsibility for our own health. There are many options out there that not only get rid of the symptoms, but heal the gut. There are specific diets such as the Body Ecology and the Gap diet. Not only have people completely healed their colon on these diets, but they improved their overall health.

The herbs and spices known for healing are turmeric, ginger, boswelliia, fennel and peppermint. In addition, L-Glutamine along with vitamin C is beneficial for this condition.

To sum up – eating small meals is a good coping mechanism along with yoga postures just for this condition. Consuming a light diet with plenty of nutritional shakes such as Sun Warrior Protein – provide a rest for your intestines and at the same times helps you meet your nutritional needs. Post your healing success story – below.

About the author: Blanche Levine has been a student of natural healing modalities for the last 25 years. She had 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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