A few weeks ago I discussed the physical and mental benefits that go along with “turning on” the Relaxation Response and offered some tips on how to elicit this healing response within you. If you have not read that blog post yet, you can check it out HERE.
But what about when a person cannot get out of the cycle of stress for long enough to turn on the Relaxation Response, no matter how hard they try?
Moringa oleifera is a tree that is native to Northern India and can be found spread across Asia and Africa. Nicknamed the “miracle tree”, it is not very well known in Western countries for its medicinal properties, however, it certainly lives up to its reputation. Continue reading
Your Thyroid: Did your Test Results Come Back Normal?
(But you still feel like crap)
An underactive thyroid is not always the easiest thing to pinpoint when you have so many symptoms that seem random to you. And only more recently are doctors starting to recognize that an unbalanced thyroid can have an impact not only on your physical health but your mental health as well. The symptoms of hypothyroidism can also look like symptoms of other health issues, thus getting the proper diagnosis can take a long time. If you see your doctor and share your symptoms of stress, fatigue, anxiety or depression, she may place you on antidepressants.
This may occur even after the blood work with the TSH test done. Continue reading
Maybe it’s not your genes–it’s your lifestyle
For so long, we’ve been conditioned to think our genes are rigid and unchangeable; and they alone define our health and longevity. We expect chronic disease to be treated like the common cold. Take a pill and go back to work.
You can’t fix obesity or diabetes with a pill; some pills (like statin drugs) actually raise your risk of developing diabetes or having a heart attack, and if you consume the typical American diet that consists of over one hundred pounds of refined white sugar and corn syrup per year—you are actually enabling diabetes. And for diabetics who have been conditioned to think diet sodas and artificial sugar will keep your blood sugar stable—think again. Sugar substitutes are toxic chemicals that kill your nerves. Literally—it excites them to death. Continue reading
Vaginal cancer, pictured, is an extremely rare form of the disease
Have you ever heard about vaginal cancer? While cervical cancer is well-known and researched, vagina cancer is not that common.
Anyone who is familiar with lady parts is able to make the difference between uterus, cervix, and vagina. However, it turns out that many women are quite ignorant in regard to this. Continue reading
Stress is not a friend to any individual who is on a healing journey with breast cancer. I have written about the connection between, immune impairment and tumor growth on many occasions and so have hundreds of other experts during the last decade.
A study published in September 2015, however, presents a fascinating take on the subject. The joint team, which included both medical and psychological researchers from UCLA, the University of Texas, The University of Iowa and the United States National Cancer Institute, analyzed data which explains how the nervous system, and in particular the sympathetic nervous system (SNS), plays a major part in tumor metastasis when the body is under chronic stress. Continue reading
If you have had a mastectomy for breast cancer or are considering one, you may also be considering what to do afterwards. As you explore your options, you owe it to yourself to learn the facts about breast reconstruction surgery as well. This is a very personal decision so take your time in weighing the cost, both emotional and physical. Always make an informed decision when it comes to your body and health.
There’s a lot of debate around the role of mammograms and cancer development.
I’ve been a doctor for a long time. I’ve seen incredible medical breakthroughs and questions answered that stumped doctors and scientists for generations. Some of these scientific advances are valuable and vital to preventing and fighting disease. Some even extend patient life.
Then there are the overused tests that provide little benefit (often even putting the patient in more danger) but offer unbelievable profit. Continue reading
Statins are a type of cholesterol-lowering drug typically prescribed to patients at risk of cardiovascular disease. Although they may provide relief from heart conditions, the same can’t be said of their effects on the brain. A recent study by researchers from the Penn State College of Medicine has presented a troubling fact about these drugs: the use of statins may increase a person’s susceptibility to Parkinson’s disease. Continue reading
Dr. W.D. Kelley, DDS, MS; woodcarving cir. 1974
Processed foods are bad, I’m not talking about taste but what they are capable of doing to our health. Let’s face it; processed foods taste delicious. But what makes them taste good tends to be the addition or excess of sugar, sodium, and fat.
The excess of sugar, sodium, and fat often leads to obesity, cardiovascular diseases, and poor digestive health. These foods activate the reward centre in our brains which often leads to more cravings for these processed foods.
Keeping that in mind, most of these foods also consists of various additives. These additives range from preservatives, dyes, flavour and texture enhancers to so much more. In turn, these poor dieting habits and other unhealthy habits such as alcohol consumption and chlorinated drinking water causes a buildup of toxin in the colon.
Over time, the build-up of toxins causes your colon to become unhealthy and become less efficient in expelling waste. As a result, fecal matter is deposited along the walls of your colon. Some of these fecal matters can stay in your colon for months or even years. Continue reading
According to the American Cancer Society, approximately 140,000 men and women will be diagnosed with some form of colorectal cancer this year. In fact, the most common form of colorectal cancer is colon cancer.
Health professionals often refer to colon cancer as a silent killer. It takes years for the disease to develop and symptoms to manifest. If you are concerned about developing colon cancer, it is essential that you learn to recognize the early symptoms of this frightening disease.
By detecting colon cancer in its early stages, your chances of survival will increase. Continue reading
Many people who are reading this may have a high acidity level in his or her body. This is due to the typical first world diet of processed foods, refined sugars, and GMOs. However, many people do not know that an acidic body is a breeding ground for cancer, excess weight, pain and many health issues.
Fortunately, making your organism more alkaline is very simple and easy. Making alkaline environment is in fact the opposite of acidic environment. Continue reading
Did you know that there are bacterium living in literally every part of our body? The fact is that there are more bacterial cells in the human body than there are purely human cells!
Many people have the impression that all bacteria can make you sick. But not all bacteria are bad for you. If you have a fairly healthy immune system, most pathogenic bacterium are relatively harmless in small amounts. And research has confirmed that many forms of bacteria are absolutely beneficial for health– and even necessary for the proper function of many mechanisms of the body.
Eating two of them one hour before bedtime ‘helps people sleep more soundly’
The secret to a good night’s sleep could lie in kiwi fruit.
Eating two of the fruits one hour before bedtime helps people nod off quickly and sleep more soundly, scientists say.
It is not understood why, but it could be linked to high antioxidant and serotonin levels in the fruit. Continue reading
MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) is an organic sulfur compound and dietary derivative of DMSO, which the body needs to enhance cell restoration.
DMSO is an old fashioned “folk remedy” which has been around for over 35 years, and has been widely used as an effective treatment for reduction of arthritis pain and improved skin softness. MSM, extracted from DMSO, has been extensively tested on both animals and humans (even my wife thinks I’m an animal), and has been awarded 16 different patents. At one time, Kettle Moraine, Ltd. was proud to have made this truly astounding product available to our listeners, but as the world caught on to the overall health benefits of MSM – it became no longer possible to make the product available to our customers at a competitive cost. Because of the fact that MSM has absolutely no harmful side effects and is as totally safe to use as water, MSM can be safely given to young children, teenagers, adults and senior citizens. But there is a lot more to the MSM story – including my personal story… Continue reading
Half of all men and one-third of all women will experience cancer at some point in their lives. Fortunately, there are ways to significantly reduce your risk, as detailed in Dr. Leigh Erin Connealy’s book, “The Cancer Revolution: A Groundbreaking Program to Reverse and Prevent Cancer.” Connealy’s interest in cancer prevention and treatment grew out of her own, long personal health journey. Continue reading
Today, 2.7% of teens struggle with an eating disorder. Eating disorders have become an epidemic, with 20% of all college students claiming to either be currently struggling with an eating disorder or previously struggled with one. While both of these statistics are concerning, the death toll is terrifying. ANAD, an anorexia research group, states that eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness.
If an eating disorder ends up being diagnosed in a child, many parents feel lost as the general consensus is that patients can only heal if they want to be healed and that treatment should not be pursued until the patient chooses it. I believe that only going forward with treatment if the patient wants it is severely dangerous and that parents should look into the Maudsley Approach as a possible treatment option for their child. Continue reading
“It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of The New England Journal of Medicine” – (Source) Marica Angell. She is a physician and author, along with being the first woman to serve as editor-in-chief of The New England Journal of Medicine – regarded as one of the most prestigious peer-reviewed medical journals in the world. Continue reading
… their doctors misread the data, shock study claims
Half the women getting bilateral mastectomies in America do not need one – their doctor misread their genetic test data, a bombshell new study claims.
The rate of women getting preventative mastectomies has sky-rocketed since Angelina Jolie’s 2013 op-ed about genetic testing for cancer risk.
The actress revealed she chose to have both breasts removed, since a test showed she carried the faulty BRCA1 gene which increases one’s risk of breast cancer by 87 percent.
In the four years since, millions of American women have followed suit – rushing to get tested, and – in many cases – proceeding to get their breasts removed. Continue reading
Senators urge FDA to ban dangerous toxin used in scores of bathing products
Chemical 1,4-dioxane – linked to causing cancer in the nose, liver and breast – is found in a number of bath products including shampoos, lotions and soaps.
The toxic substance – 1,4-dioxane – is used in a number of bath products including most pharmacy-stocked shower gels, lotions and even hand soaps.
Despite being identified as a carcinogen, companies are not required to list it on their product labels.
Now, two US Senators are making a big push and calling for the toxin to be banned.
Chemical 1,4-dioxane is a clear liquid that easily dissolves in water. It is used primarily as a solvent in the manufacturing of chemicals and as a laboratory reagent (a substance used to cause a chemical reaction). Continue reading
Hormones have a deep impact on your health and affect physical and mental health on all levels. With the increase in toxins in the environment and other stressors that occur as a part of modern life, hormone imbalance is becoming more and more common among all individuals globally— not just for women, but for men too! In fact, hormonal imbalance is one of the factors that may possibly lead to not only breast cancer but prostate cancer as well.
Lyme disease is a bacterial infection that affects people of all ages. It’s transmitted by deer ticks and black-legged ticks across the United States, as well as in more than sixty other countries. According to the CDC, at least 300,000 people are infected with Lyme disease each year. Diagnosing Lyme disease can be difficult, because its symptoms mimic many other diseases. It can affect any organ in the body, including the brain and nervous system, the muscles and joints and the heart. Continue reading
Biologists say that 2017 is going to be a big year for Lyme disease, and that the condition could ravage the United States and other parts of North America. The culprit? An explosion in mice populations across the country, but particularly in the Northeast.
But what do mice have to do with Lyme disease? Ticks and deer are what spread the disease, right? Continue reading
More Americans are eating a healthy diet, experts say, after noting an increase in consumption of wholegrains, nuts and seeds and fish and shellfish, combined with a decrease in consumption of sugary drinks
What does it take for a food source to be a “superfood?” According to American Heart Association, there is no set criteria, but the general consensus is that superfoods usually
a.) are nutrient-rich,
b.) are beneficial for health on several fronts and
c.) help promote overall well-being in mind and body. Based on those three factors, there is no doubt that nuts and seeds are true superfoods that can help you on your Healthy Breast journey. Here’s why!
Oral bacteria may play a key role in the development of certain types of cancer, various studies have shown. A vast number of studies have long established a link between oral bacteria and cancer, and identifying the mechanism behind this connection may help health experts determine a person’s cancer risk just be examining certain bacteria in his mouth.
Examining the body’s microbiome composition is a relatively new field in medical science, said Dr. Jiyoung Ahn, an Associate Professor of Epidemiology at New York University School of Medicine. Research from the past five years found that 80 percent of bacteria residing in the human body cannot be cultured in a lab dish. Continue reading
The FDA has acknowledged a clear link between breast implants and anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL) after nine women with implants died of the same cancer
Breast implants can cause a rare and hard-to-treat form of cancer, the FDA has confirmed in a landmark update to its guidelines.
It comes after the federal agency received reports from 359 women claiming a link between their implants and their diagnosis of anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), a rare form of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
As of February 1, 2017, nine of those women have died. Continue reading
Artist’s illustration of a DNA double helix CREDIT: NATIONAL HUMAN GENOME RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Two thirds of cancers are unavoidable even if you live a healthy life, a study has shown.
Scientists in the US found cancers are caused by random mistakes in the genetic code that occur when cells divide. The findings challenge the widespread view that cancer mutations are generally inherited or triggered by environmental factors. Continue reading
High doses of the substance found in ORANGES is 10 times more effective than some trial drugs
Found in high levels in oranges, scientists discovered vitamin C starves tumours in laboratory tests. But experts warn patients could not get enough through eating the fruit
Vitamin C could help stop cancer from spreading throughout the body, controversial research suggests. Found in high levels in oranges, kale and peppers, British scientists discovered the nutrient starves tumours in laboratory tests.
Giving patients high doses is 10 times more effective than some drugs being trialled in the battle against cancer, the study claims. Continue reading
Regardless of how you take C and lysine, research shows that there’s less chance of a blood clot or arterial rupture resulting in a crippling stroke or death
How could it happen to Kris Letang, the Pittsburgh Penguin hockey player? He was young, in excellent physical condition, yet a victim of stroke. Today, stroke is not just a senior problem. So, why don’t learned professors know why this is happening? Continue reading