Stress Induced Dis~ease

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What ever you focus on becomes your reality . All people in this world who achieve something or anything in their life have done so …. because they don’t see negativity.        They only see positive and they keep going for it. They fall, they get up but they don’t  “Give up” !!  Once you stop you have stopped ….so keep going.  “Keep your heart open       to dreams. For as long as there’s a dream, there is hope,  and as long as there is hope,  there is joy in living.”    🙂

One thing scientist don’t agree upon is the pH theory. Some state you can’t change the    pH of the blood.  Ask any biologist or food scientist,  pH doesn’t matter once food/water     is mixed with stomach acid. The body has 9 pH’s at once and a carbonic acid-bicarbonate buffer system that does the regulating.  People that eat an  “alkaline diet,”  it makes them healthy because they are eating healthy food.        Do a search for “alkaline myth.”

  Understanding how your brain reacts to trauma is the key to understanding how trauma impacts your body.  Watch this video to find out  how Trauma and Stress impact the brain to create chronic conditions, like:  chronic pain, depression,  anxiety, post traumatic stress,  and fibromyalgia. You will understand how the brain / body connection works and why nothing you’ve tried has helped so far. If you or a loved one suffer from chronic health problems no matter what you’ve tried, then you can’t afford to miss this cutting edge information. 
Till 1994 we believed —a wild animal, whatever it happens to be—came through to a        relay station called the thalamus, the thalamus sends the information to the cortex, or     pre-frontal cortex. What was believed was the cortex initiates an automatic knee-jerk response: Behavioural – we jump back; Physiological – we increase our blood pressure and adrenalin to fight or flight, and then an Immunological response in case the system      is damaged in some way.
But in fact, back in 1994, Joseph LeDoux and his team discovered this pathway called     the amygdala. Now the amygdala is a key emotional centre in the brain, and what they discovered was that it was the amygdala that initiates the response, not the cortex.
In fact, even more important than that, the amygdala initiates the response before the information reaches the cortex. Now,  because the amygdala is there to keep us alive,       it’s actually not very accurate, but very high speed, and the cortex is very accurate, but relatively slow. So, we’ve initiated a response; activated a response before the information even reaches the cortex.
Why does that matter? Well, the cortex is where we learn new things; it’s where we learn how to behave. So what we call default behaviours today—and a perfect example of that would be road — rage—so we might get involved in some altercation on the road, we get      very frustrated and angry with somebody, then a moment later we realise we perhaps overreacted; because that’s when the cortex has kicked in. And that’s literally how we’re designed to operate.
  We are hardwired to respond emotionally first, and think a moment later.
Now why does that really matter in the context of performance? Well, because it’s getting in the way of performance. Whether its students in the examination hall, golfers out on the course, literally this process of perception is getting in the way of our performance.
Now, if you consider that the amygdala is programmed from birth—primarily during the first 6-8 weeks—and it sets us up as an adult to behave in a particular way.
  And if you think of the amygdala as the body’s alarm bell, it has what’s known as a “comparative function”, so if it identifies anything at all that’s a threat to us—so for a student revising the exam and taking the exam will feel a sense of anxiety, obviously,          we’ve all experienced that, then the system activates.

What Causes Your Stress? Understanding Stress Management

Stress test your life by seeing how each stress factor stacks up.

There is one thing on planet Earth that can heal just about any health problem in your    life and that is your immune system. Just how healthy is your immune system? Did you know that chronic stress turns off the effectiveness of your immune system? According     to Stanford University Medical School in research released in 1998 by Dr. Bruce Lipton,    a highly renowned and respected cell biologist, stress is the cause of at least 95% of all illness and disease.

Dr. Lipton reports that the remaining 5 percent is genetic and was caused, you guessed it, by stress somewhere in the ancestry of that person. In other words, what we think of as genetic or a family predisposition to a particular disease or health problem was originally created by a stressful condition or event, somewhere in your family tree. 

MindOverGenesTheNewBiologyByBruce H. Lipton, PhD

Earlier in my career as a research scientist and medical school professor, I actively supported the perspective that the human body was a ‘biochemical machine programmed by its genes.’ We scientists believed that human strengths, such as artistic or intellectual abilities, and human weaknesses, such as cardio-vascular disease, cancer or depression, represented traits that were preprogrammed into our genes. Hence I perceived life’s attributes and deficits, as well as our health and our frailties, as merely a reflection of our heredity expression.

Until recently, it was thought that genes were self-actualizing—that genes could ‘turn themselves on and off.’ Such behavior is required in order for genes to control biology.


But our understanding is evolving. Though the power of genes is still emphasized in current biology courses and textbooks, a radically new understanding has emerged at     the leading edge of cell science. It is now recognized that the environment, and more specifically, our perception (interpre-tation) of the environment directly controls the activity of our genes. Environ-ment controls gene activity through a process known as epigenetic control.

This new perspective of human biology does not view the body as just a mechanical  device. Rather, it incorporates the role of a mind and spirit.

This breakthrough in biology is fundamental in all healing, for it recognizes that when we change our perception or beliefs, we send totally different messages to our cells and thus reprogram their expression. The new-biology reveals why people can have spontaneous remissions from disease or recover from injuries deemed to be permanent disabilities.

The functional units of life are the individual cells that comprise our bodies. Though   every cell is innately intelligent and can survive on its own when removed from the body, in the body, each cell foregoes its individuality and becomes a member of a multi-cellular community.  The body represents  the cooperative effort  of a community  of fifty trillion single cells. By definition, a community is an organization of individuals committed to supporting a shared vision. Consequently, while every cell is a free-living entity, the body’s community accommodates the wishes and intents of its ‘central voice,’ a character we perceive as the mind and spirit.

When the mind perceives that the environment is safe and supportive, the cells are preoccupied with the growth and maintenance of the body. In stressful situations, cells forego their normal growth functions and adopt a defensive ‘protection’ posture. The body’s energy resources—normally used to sustain growth—are diverted to systems that provide protection during periods of stress. Simply put, growth processes are restricted   or suspended in a stressed system. While our systems can accommodate periods of acute (brief) stress, prolonged or chronic stress is debilitating for its energy demands interfere with the required maintenance of the body, and as a consequence, leads to dysfunction and disease.

The principle source of stress is the system’s ‘central voice,’ the mind. The mind is like the driver of a vehicle. With good driving skills, a vehicle can be maintained and provide good performance throughout its life. Bad driving skills generate most of the wrecks that litter the roadside or are stacked in junkyards.

If we employ good ‘driving skills’ in managing our behaviors and dealing with our emotions, then we should anticipate a long, happy and productive life. In contrast, inappropriate behaviors and dysfunctional emotional management, like a bad driver, stress the cellular ‘vehicle,’ interfering with its performance and provoking a breakdown.

Are you a good driver or a bad driver? Before you answer that question, realize that      there are two separate minds that create the body’s controlling ‘central voice.’ The (self) conscious mind is the thinking  ‘you,’it is the creative mind that expresses free-will.  Its supporting partner is the subconscious mind, a super computer loaded with a database of programmed behaviors. Some programs are derived from genetics—these are our instincts and they represent nature. But the vast majority of the subconscious programs are acquired through our developmental learning experiences, and they represent nurture.

The subconscious mind is not a seat of reasoning or creative consciousness; it is strictly a stimulus-response device. When an environmental signal is perceived, the subconscious mind reflexively activates a previously stored behavioral response—no thinking required. The subconscious mind is a programmable autopilot that can navigate the vehicle without the observation or awareness of the pilot—the conscious mind. When the subconscious autopilot is controlling behavior, consciousness is free to dream into the future or review the past.

This 3D video shows the serious long term effects of stress on your body and how stress can lead to serious long term diseases such as heart attack, stroke, diabetes, infertility, insomnia, dementia, obesity, weight gain, anxiety, depression, heart disease, cancer and other diseases.

The Truth about Stress, Anxiety & Drugs.
Nutrition by NatalieThe effect of drugs on your stress and anxiety.This video discusses, coffee, caffeine, smoking (nicotine), alcohol, anxiety medications (These medications are sometimes also called minor tranquilizers. These drugs include the benzodiazephines such as Valium, Xanax and Ativan. Buspar is also non-benzodiazephine anxiolytic.), ADHD Medications (Adderall, Concerta, Daytrana, Desoxyn, Dexedrine, Focalin, Metadate, Methylin, Ritalin and Strattera.), as well illegal drugs such as cocaine, marijuana, crystal meth, etc. 

Kelly McGonigal, PhD, is a health psychologist and lecturer at Stanford University and a leading expert on the mind-body relationship.

She is the author of several books, including The Upside of Stress, the international bestseller The Willpower Instinct, and The Neuroscience of Change. She has worked with the Stanford Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education since 2009, co-authoring the Stanford Compassion Cultivation Training (CCT) program and collaborating on scientific studies examining how compassion can promote health and happiness.

She has consulted for a wide range of organizations and industries ranging from healthcare and higher education to technology and finance, helping to bring evidence-based strategies for resilience and well-being into the workplace.

1:40 The stress paradox
2:22 Does a country’s stress index correlate with other indices of well-being?
4:05 Breakdown of the stress paradox
4:38 Think of meaning
5:12 People who experience stress experience more meaning in their lives
5:43 People who have meaningful lives worry more
6:12 Stress signals
6:49 Stress plays a profound role on well-being
7:12 2 ways of thinking about stress
7:45 Negative outcomes of stress
8:15 Accepting views of stress protection in life
9:04 Think positively about stress
9:53 Mini mindset intervention (intro)
10:12 3 favorite scientific studies
10:26 Study 1 – Colombia
13:10 Positive stress outcomes
13:38 DHEA
14:55 Study 2 – Job interview stress
15:57 Personal meaning
16:55 Personal meaning vs proving oneself
17:27 Burnout
18:19 Final stress study
19:33 Painful thinking (good mindset)
20:40 Change in thinking can transform emotions
21:04 Heart rate variability
22:17 Empower – think of stress differently
23:10 A meaningful life is a stress-full life

In her book, The Upside of Stress, McGonigal asks, “If you could choose how stressful tomorrow will be, would you hope for a great deal of stress?” Our natural response is likely a resounding “No.” Yet, as McGonigal shows, a subtle shift in perspective around stress can be incredibly empowering. By reframing stress as a good thing and a sign of personal progress, we can avoid some of the baggage that comes with becoming stressed and actually turn our anxious feelings into a source of strength.

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McGonigal also  tells us that how we THINK about stress plays a huge role in its affect on us and walks us thru the science behind it. Rather than try to get rid of stress (good luck with that!), we’re much better off shifting our mindsets to embrace and use the stress wisely!   

The effects of stress-induced hyperalgesia (increased sensitivity to pain) have been well documented in both the basic science and clinical literature. From such reports, it is known that stress can exacerbate chronic pain conditions. An acute stressor evokes increased symptoms of pain and urgency in patients with interstitial cystitis but not in controls.The basic concepts here are that stress:

  1. increases pelvic muscle tension and nerve activity in the pelvis, causing the nerves to secrete neurotransmitters from nerve endings that then activate mast cells, causing inflammation and pain
  2. can cause neuroendocrine imbalances, leading to chronic pain and fatigue syndromes
  3. dysregulates the HPA axis (adrenocorticotropic hormone) and cortisol levels

All of these actions could cause or exacerbate chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS) and IC.

The effects of stress-induced hyperalgesia (increased sensitivity to pain) have been well documented in both the basic science and clinical literature. From such reports, it is known that stress can exacerbate chronic pain conditions. An acute stressor evokes increased symptoms of pain and urgency in patients with interstitial cystitis but not in controls.

The basic concepts here are that stress:

  1. increases pelvic muscle tension and nerve activity in the pelvis, causing the nerves to secrete neurotransmitters from nerve endings that then activate mast cells, causing inflammation and pain
  2. can cause neuroendocrine imbalances, leading to chronic pain and fatigue syndromes
  3. dysregulates the HPA axis (adrenocorticotropic hormone) and cortisol levels

All of these actions could cause or exacerbate chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS) and IC.

Diagram Showing How Stress activates Mast Cells


Increased secretion of neurotransmitters

It should be understood that this aspect of stress overlaps with the “Neurogenic” theories, because stress fires up nervous activity which leads to symptoms, to simplify matters. There are several studies showing how stress may cause BPS/IC, a closely related condition. Here are further studies that show that nerves in the lower urinary tract sit alongside mast cells, and can cause them to degranulate, leading to inflammation, under psychological stress:

In a 2001 study cats with chronic pelvic pain syndrome (bladder pain sydrome, feline interstitial cystitis) showed increased sympathetic nervous activity compared to normal cats. That means they were stressed out. These cats also were found to have small adrenal glands, which is something found also in CFS patients. And CFS is frequently found alongside CP/CPPS and IC. It all starts to tie together, but it’s very complex, which is why your local doctor and even urologist may not have a clue about what’s happening to you.

Similar study: J Urol 1998 Mar;159(3):1045-8 Increased tyrosine hydroxylase immunoreactivity in the locus coeruleus of cats with bladder pain syndrome/interstitial cystitis (BPS/IC). Reche Junior A, Buffington CA

Neuroendocrine Imbalance

Below is a quote from an interesting study showing that stress is linked in a very complex way to inflammation and chronic pain syndromes, as well as chronic fatigue syndrome. It talks about the close “neuro-mast-cell connections in peripheral tissues” like the lower genitourinary tract. On nerves, stress and hormones, the author hints at adrenal fatigue from stress:

The chronic pain and fatigue syndromes

Several chronic pain and fatigue syndromes (such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome) have been associated with chronic sickness syndrome manifestations (such as fatigue and hyperalgesia) and with hypoactivity of the stress system (Table III).

[2] [19] Interestingly, these clinical manifestations and the hypocortisolism of these patients are quite reminiscent of mild glucocorticoid deficiency (Addison’s disease). Patients with glucocorticoid deficiency have elevated levels of proinflammatory cytokines such as IL-6, which may explain their typical sickness syndrome manifestations.[11] [20] When we administered human recombinant IL-6 to these patients, we induced an explosive sickness syndrome that was markedly more severe than that observed in healthy control subjects. In contrast, patients with endogenous hypercortisolism showed very little or no response to IL-6 (unpublished observation).[5] It is tempting to speculate that patients with chronic pain and fatigue syndrome have an imbalance between the immune and inflammatory reactions and the stress response, which results in excessive sickness syndrome manifestations of the former versus the antithetical effects of the latter (Table II).

Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology Volume 106 o Number 5 o November 2000 Mosby, Inc. Stress, chronic inflammation, and emotional and physical well-being: Concurrent effects and chronic sequelae. George P. Chrousos MD

Stress and the HPA Axis

Research by Stanford urology professor Rodney Anderson shows that patients with chronic pelvic pain have significantly more anxiety, perceived stress and a higher profile of global distress when tested, scoring in the 94th vs the 49th percentile for controls (normal population). Patients showed a significantly blunted plasma adrenocorticotropin hormone response curve with a mean total response approximately 30% less vs controls. Men with pelvic pain have significant disturbances in psychological profiles compared to healthy controls and evidence of altered hypothalamic-pituitary adrenal (HPA) axis function in response to acute stress.

Men with chronic pelvic pain syndrome have more perceived stress and anxiety than controls. Psychological test scores are significantly increased in all scales (somatization, obsessive/compulsive behavior, depression, anxiety, hostility, interpersonal sensitivity, phobic anxiety, paranoid ideation, psychoticism) for chronic pelvic pain syndrome. Men with chronic pelvic pain syndrome have significantly increased awakening cortisol responses compared to controls.

Stressed rats with inflamed prostates: prolactin or nerves?

A 1999 report showed that rats get inflamed prostates when they’re subjected to stress. In rats, stress can spur excess production of a hormone called prolactin that may be involved in the inflammation. How do you stress a lab rat? Put it in a small cone for 15 minutes, just small enough that it can’t move. Restraint worries rats immensely. The scientist did this twice a day for four weeks. The stressed rats produced more prolactin and their prostatitis grew worse. The unstressed rats largely healed.

But researching urologist Daniel Shoskes cautioned regarding prolactin:

I have checked Prolactin levels in about 50 men with Chronic Prostatitis because of its potential effects on libido and the whole prolactin receptor/BPH issue. Never found a single patient with an abnormal value. Doesn’t mean that something isn’t happening at the receptor level, but systemically there seems to be no difference.

But the proof of concept remains valid — a stressed mammal gets an inflamed genitourinary tract. It is perhaps not the hormone prolactin that is affecting the rats’ prostates, but the stress itself, via the pelvic nerves. The finding that prolactin production increases may be incidental.




People who are overweight may be at greater risk for stress-related diseases like type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer, according to a new study.

It’s long known that psychological stress can trigger biological responses similar to the effects of illness or injury, including inflammation. While normal inflammation is an important part of our body’s healing response, runaway inflammation can contribute to chronic and life-threatening diseases.

In a recently published paper in Brain, Behavior and Immunity, researchers report that overweight and obese individuals have higher levels of stress-induced inflammation than those within a healthy weight range.

“We’ve known that overweight and obese individuals already have chronic, low-grade inflammation,” says psychology professor Nicolas Rohleder, the study’s principal investigator. “Now, it seems that when you add stress to the mix, it’s a double hit.”


The researchers measured interleukin-6 (IL-6), an inflammatory agent linked to stress, to evaluate inflammation levels in normal-weight and overweight individuals over the course of two psychological stress tests.

They classified weight based on several factors, including body mass index (BMI) and body fat percentage. Individuals with a BMI of 25 or higher were classified as overweight.

On the first day of testing, lean and overweight individuals reacted similarly to stress, despite higher starting levels of IL-6 in overweight participants. On the second day of testing, however, the IL-6 levels of overweight participants nearly doubled, while the levels of lean participants remained the same as on the first day.

The researchers observed that the relationship between BMI and IL-6 levels was linear—the higher the BMI, even among lean individuals, the higher the IL-6.

“It seems that every percentage point of body fat makes your more susceptible to inflammation,” says Christine McInnis, a graduate student and study co-author.

With about two thirds of Americans classified as overweight, and worldwide obesity rates doubling since 1980, understanding the health risks of obesity could not be more important, says McInnis.

“We know that there are serious diseases associated with obesity. Now we are one step closer to understanding how and why,” she says.

The American Federation of Aging Research and training grants from the National Institute of Health funded the work.

When the root causes of these imbalances are properly addressed, … “Inflammation is your body’s response to stress.”

Inflammation: The Real Cause of All Disease and How to Reduce and Prevent It

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The Body Ecology Diet book addresses the sources of inflammation – one of the silent causes of aging and disease. Get your copy to read how healing your digestion can reduce inflammation in your body and help you get well!

Did you know that inflammation is the common link between such debilitating conditions as Alzheimers, heart disease, cancer, and arthritis?

Did you know inflammation is thought to be the culprit behind the visible signs of aging?

Inflammation is a wellness buzz-word these days, and for good reason. If you reduce inflammation in your body, you’ll not only look and feel younger, but you’ll significantly lower your risk for chronic disease!

What is Inflammation?

Inflammation is your body’s response to stress – whether from your diet, lifestyle or environment. Think of what happens when you catch a cold. You may experience inflammation in the form of a fever as your body heats up to eradicate the effects of the invading virus.

This kind of inflammation is good, but the modern epidemic of chronic, low-grade inflammation destroys the balance in your body. When your body’s systems experience a constant inflammatory response, you become more susceptible to aging and disease.

What Causes Inflammation?

Body Ecology believes that one of the main causes of inflammation is low-grade bacterial, viral, and fungal infections in the bloodstream and organs like the stomach and gastro-intestinal tract.

For example, H pylori is a bacteria in the stomach that contributes to inflammation and the development of ulcers. H pylori is present in 50% of adults over 60 years old and in 20% of adults under the age of 40!

As you can see, inflammation is quite common and caused by more than just pathogenic organisms.

Other causes of inflammation include:

  • Chronic low-grade food allergies or food sensitivities that may cause few symptoms.
  • An imbalance of bacteria and fungi in your gastrointestinal tract, also known as dysbiosis. This causes your immune system to overreact to bacteria in your gut and can be without notable symptoms.
  • Stress! Constant psychological, emotional or physical stress raises the level of cortisol, creating inflammation. For more on the effects of stress on your body, read How Stress Creates A Double-Whammy Threat to Your Health.
  • Environmental toxicity from our air, water, food pollutants and toxic metals like mercury and lead all contribute to inflammation and have been linked to diseases as varied as endometriosis and cancer.
  • Diet and lifestyle: too much fat, sugar, and protein in your diet, constant dehydration, consumption of too many sodas or caffeine, inactivity, and lack of sleep can all increase inflammation in your body

The Lasting Effects of Inflammation

Symptoms of inflammation include:

  • Visible signs of aging like wrinkles.
  • Susceptibility to bacterial, fungal, and viral infections.
  • Acid reflux
  • Cancer
  • Skin conditions like psoriasis and acne.
  • Arthritis
  • Bronchitis
  • Chronic pain
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Osteoporosis
  • Heart disease
  • Candidiasis
  • Urinary tract infections

How to Reduce Inflammation

To restore your body’s balance, we recommend going “back to basics” with both diet and lifestyle.

  • The Body Ecology program is perfect for eliminating viral and fungal infections, increasing your mineral intake, eliminating sugar and balancing all of your nutrients in a way that supports your health and vitality.
  • Following the 7 principles of the Body Ecology Diet allows you to heal your body of inflammation, reduce the damaging effects of aging and giving you plenty of energy.
  • Reduce stress – which is easier said than done. Read this week’s article on The Healing Power of Touch
  • Get plenty of sleep. For more information read Trouble Sleeping? Why Winter is the Ideal Time to Learn How to Sleep Right!
  • Soak up the Sun – Vitamin D, available from sunlight, is an easy way to effectively stop inflammation.

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For more comprehensive information on reducing inflammation with the Body Ecology approach, be sure to read the The Body Ecology Diet.

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Stress-induced hormones produced by the brain can increase an individual’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and accelerate the development of Alzheimer’s in individuals already suffering from the disease.

This study is the first to discover the precise mechanism that causes stress-induced Alzheimer’s disease.

When the brain is stressed, it produces steroids that can inhibit general brain activity. One of such steroids, allopregnanolon.

A research team conducted a laboratory experiment on mice genetically predisposed to developing Alzheimer’s disease. The mice were treated chronically with elevated allopregnanolone levels, comparable to those caused by mild stress. After a period of no steroid treatment, the mice were tested for learning and memory.

The mice with elevated levels of the stress steroid experienced impaired memory and learning in the earliest stages of Alzheimer’s development, when they normally would     not display these symptoms. The brains of the mice also displayed higher levels of beta-amyloids, proteins that form plaques between nerve cells in the brains of individuals    with Alzheimer’s disease.

The researchers noted that a similar acceleration of Alzheimer’s disease in humans due     to chronic stress could mean the difference between living independently and requiring professional care.

Not much more to say. Want some advice. Read my post on on living a meaningful (and less stressful) life.
By Anthony Cirillo

I always admired Pat Summitt because she was born the same day I was. Pat is perhaps best known for winning more games than any other NCAA Division 1 basketball coach, male or female.

Born: June 14, 1952, Clarksville, TN

Died: June 28, 2016, Knoxville, TN

She spent 38 years as the head coach of the University of Tennessee women’s basketball team, the Lady Volunteers, winning eight national titles and 1,098 games. Tennessee also made 31 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances under Coach Summitt.

Summitt passed at the age of 64, after a five-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She will be remembered for her competitive spirit.

Here are 10 Summitt quotes that inspire us:

On competition

“There is always someone better than you. Whatever it is that you do for a living, chances are, you will run into a situation in which you are not as talented as the person next to you. That’s when being a competitor can make a difference in your fortunes.”

On work ethic

“Here’s how I’m going to beat you. I’m going to outwork you. That’s it. That’s all there is to it.”

On life

“It is what it is. But, it will be what you make it.”

On responsibility

“If you don’t want responsibility, don’t sit in the big chair. To be successful, you must accept full responsibility.”

On goal setting

“It’s harder to stay on top than it is to make the climb. Continue to seek new goals.”

On potential

“I’m someone who will push you beyond all reasonable limits. Someone who will ask you not to just fulfill your potential but to exceed it. Someone who will expect more from you than you may believe you are capable of.”

On loyalty

“The absolute heart of loyalty is to value those people who tell you the truth, not just those people who tell you what you want to hear. In fact, you should value them most. Because they have paid you the compliment of leveling with you and assuming you can handle it.”

On making a mistake

When a player makes a mistake, you always want to put them back in quickly — you don’t just berate them and sit them down with no chance of redemption.”

On attitude

“Attitude is a choice. What you think you can do, whether positive or negative, confidence or scared, will most likely happen.”

On quitting

“Quit? Quit? We keep score in life because it matters. It counts. Too many people opt out and never discover their own abilities, because they fear failure. They don’t understand commitment. When you learn to keep fighting in the face of potential failure, it gives you a larger skill set to do what you want to do.”

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Telekinesis, Healing and The Egely Wheel.

Image result for Telekinesis         Some can solve the Rubik’s Cube in minutes why can’t everyone 🙂

Robert M. Schoch, a Ph.D. in geology and geophysics from Yale and an associate professor of Natural Science at a unit of Boston University, has written about his   belief in psychokinesis. His book “The Parapsychology Revolution:  A Concise Anthology”  takes a deep dive on the subject, with evidence pulled from the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research Lab (PEAR).

PEAR conducted studies on extrasensory perception and psychokinesis starting in 1979. The lab’s founder, Robert G. Jahn, told The New York Times in 2007, “If people don’t believe us after all the results we’ve produced, then they never will.”

Scientists have found out that the power of mind can affect a variety of devices and liquid media such as highly precise chronometers, lasers, electrical generators of electromagnetic radiation, emulsions, colloids, water, etc.

In recent years after a number of experiments on telekinesis, Dr. Robert G. Jahn (the   head of the Laboratory of abnormal studies at Princeton University) managed to proves that  human by his psyche can affect material objects. It was verified after thousands of experiments,  which involved hundreds of men  and women of all ages and professions. Subjects had to move a pendulum, placed under a transparent plastic cap. Five subjects were able to do it at any time and distance.

Technology for Telekinesis

Something eye catchy that I came across during research on the topic stated :

“Monkeys can be trained to move a cursor on a computer screen by thought alone, according to US researchers. This technology may enable patients with paralysed or amputated limbs to control robotic prostheses neurally.”

The universe is  full of mysteries that challenge our knowledge and understanding.     Telekinesis, is it true? .. You decide

I remember my good friend Rosa Parkin, going from bedridden to active with a simple adrenaline rush or a physical feeling of intense excitement and stimulation caused by the release of adrenaline from the adrenal glands. When she came into our group her 8 cm tumor in her uterus shrink to nothingness with basically a newfound positive mental attitude.
    Another case example is right before my  first cousin passed away with congestive heart failure. I noticed his dwindling good health each time to the nursing home for a visit. The on Masters Saturday that year with a visit he told me lets go watch “The Masters.” Through his own excitement he was temporarily his old self. On the Monday after he fail into a coma and passed away that Wednesday.
   An example in my life time was working when I was younger in a -40 degree meat deep freeze for a local food chain store distribution center. Once I realized cold is a state of mind …when you think it’s cold the room was overwhelming cold. However, when you didn’t think it was cold inside that room it became tolerably. That Meijer DSC taught be a great deal about the importance of staying focused to the task at hand. If it would not have been for that experience …this blog may not be?
The movie “Push,”  is about a group of young Americans with various psychic abilities who team up to use their paranormal powers against a shadowy U.S. government agency tracking them. One of the psychic powers featured in the film is psychokinesis, also known as telekinesis or, less formally, “mind over matter.”
We all know Bethany Hamilton as the surfer girl from Kauai who survived a shark attack when she was just 13-years old. From magazines to books to major motion pictures, her story has been told on myriad platforms, but never before has she shared exactly how she is able to surf with just one arm. From battling through the shorebreak to taking off late on overhead waves, it’s remarkable to watch her in action. This is how she does it.
Soul Surfer (2011) – HD 1080p  13 year-old Bethany Hamilton is a champion surfer who was born to be in the water. But after a fun night out night surfing and what should be a fun day in the water, she is attacked by a shark and loses her arm. Rushed to the hospital, she remains calm, and maintains her faith in God. Now she has to re-learn how to do everything with only one arm – including how to surf. It will take her friends, family, and her Christian faith to get her back into the water, but if that is where she is meant to be, she will find a way to get there!!!!

Biological basis for telekinesis?

Many people believe there is physiological or psychological evidence for the human brain’s capacity to do far more than we imagine: after all, they say, we only use 10 percent of our brains. They claim that psychic powers, including telekinesis, are merely the result of psychics being able to use more of their brains than others. After all, they ask, what wonders could we accomplish by tapping the other 90 percent of our brains?
As tantalizing as the idea sounds, is only a myth. The fact is that we use all of our brains. Researchers have found that brain imaging research techniques such as PET scans (positron emission tomography) and fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) clearly show that the vast majority of the brain does not lie unused. In the book “50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology,” psychologist Scott Lilienfeld explains, “The last century has witnessed the advent of increasingly sophisticated technologies for snooping in the brain’s traffic. … Despite this detailed mapping, no quiet areas awaiting new assignments have emerged. In fact, even simple tasks generally require contributions of processing areas spread throughout virtually the whole brain.”

The history of telekinesis is a history of frauds and fakery, both proven and suspected. Even many researchers studying psychokinesis admit the data fall far short of scientific standards of proof. But they face an even bigger problem: there is no known mechanism by which the human mind could move or bend material objects. Even if our brain waves could somehow influence objects, the laws of physics demonstrate that the waves don’t extend beyond a few millimeters from the skull.

People who claim to have telekinesis are mostly a thing of the past. Of course, if people really did have the ability to move objects with their minds, they would likely not waste their time being tested in laboratories but instead becoming rich in Las Vegas altering  dice rolls at craps, or as top sports stars fixing golf shots.

Houdini exposed them

Harry Houdini, best known for his amazing magic and escape acts, tirelessly investigated and exposed fake mediums, and even wrote a book about it, “Miracle Mongers and Their Methods.”

As the public grew wise to the fake psychics, the phenomenon diminished — until the 1930s and 1940s, when a researcher at Duke University named J.B. Rhine became interested in the idea that people could affect the outcome of random events using their minds.

Rhine began with tests of dice rolls, asking subjects to try and influence the outcome through concentration. Though his results were mixed and hardly robust, they were enough to convince him that there was something mysterious going on. Unfortunately for Rhine his experiments failed a crucial scientific test, that of replicability: other researchers were unable to duplicate his findings. Errors were found in his methodology, and the topic faded away.

Psychokinesis popped back into the spotlight again three decades later with the emergence in the 1970s of a charismatic Israeli spoon-bender named Uri Geller.

Geller became the world’s best-known psychic superstar and made millions traveling the world demonstrating his claimed psychokinetic abilities. Though he denied using magic tricks, many skeptical researchers, including James “The Amazing” Randi, observed that all of Geller’s amazing feats could be — and have been — duplicated by magicians. Randi famously quipped, “If Geller is bending spoons with his mind, he’s doing it the hard way.”

Real evidence finally?

In 1976, several children who claimed to have psychokinetic powers were tested in controlled experiments at the University of Bath. Perhaps taking a cue from Geller, they claimed the ability to bend metal objects such as spoons. For a while the results seemed promising, and experimenters believed they might finally have found real scientific evidence of psychokinesis. Unfortunately, the children were caught cheating on hidden cameras, physically bending spoons with their hands — not their minds — when they thought no one was watching.

Other frauds were also discovered; proof remained elusive, and once again the “mind over matter” phenomenon faded away. Unlocking Your Truth radio show episode (podcast) regarding Energy Healing, Another Alternative.

The Egely Wheel 


 A tool I have been using for many years now has been a wonderful device called the Egely Wheel . What is it you ask?  Well, I would like to start at the beginning. Throughout my life I have been fascinated with energy and healing. In my early years I had read about great martial arts masters who could perform paranormal feats of strength and endurance from mastering an invisible force called chi. Later on in life I was fortunate to meet such masters who could confirm what I had spent years trying to achieve myself. So started a life long journey into the martial arts for me from karate, judo, qigong, tia chi, shinkendo to name a few. I would quite often find in the midst of combat during competition that every now and then my movements were taken over by something else and that the “moment’ became all that was experienced. During this time a wonderful energy would be felt through my hands and a type of ecstasy.

I then started to wonder what this energy looked like and how could it be used other than for combat.  So I explored kirlian photography for 12 years until I found PIP/NEV.  During this time I also came across the Egely Wheel. Finally a device that was invented to actually train you to project and control energy from your hands and fingers!!!!

The above picture is of me with my left hand trying to turn the wheel, having a severe left brain activation my resources were focused on analytical tasks and not imagination. So there is no definite energy pattern observed, as the wheel did not turn.

The above picture is of my right hand, pretty much straight after the left one. You can see the small green, purple and red lines coming out of my finger tips! this is the energy, chi, prana, ki….whatever you would like to call it! The wheel was spinning very fast at this stage. Notice in the bottom left of the picture a pool of orange/red energy is formed……this is also projected from the hand! The wheel will turn the fastest of the part of the brain that is being used the most. Perfect balance is left and right brain hemispheric synchronisation, in which the wheel turns equal for both left and right hands.

For years I had been able to capture what this energy looked like but now I could see it had an actual effect on matter!!!! by physically moving an object from using intention alone.

So enter the Egely Wheel a small device thats main component is a very light wheel that sits atop a small polished ruby. This is the first device ever made that can actually train you AND measure Chi or energy using a measurement called VQ or vitality quotient. Your hand is placed close to the wheel and you simply think “turn” or imagine that water is spraying out of your hands. It’s as simple as that.

The egely wheel then measures the speed of the wheel and small LEDS light up as the wheel turns faster. A rotation of 200% is a healthy level while 400% is exceptional talent, very few people in the world can achieve this.  With consistent practice you are able to activate this energy at will, feel what your actual physical cues are and then control it. You are then able to first move the energy in and around your own body and then actually transmit it to others!

I have already started my 4 year old son William on it. On his first try he was able to make it spin faster than most adults!!! he is very happy about that.

Wills hand, Red energy comming out of his hands to turn the Egely WheelThe above picture is of Will turning the Egely wheel with his left hand, he has a strong red energy coming out of his finger tips, and energy pooling around the wheel itself.

In the advanced stages of training you can control two wheels at the same time…..THEN two at the same time while making them go in different directions. What is also interesting is that if you are getting sick – well before physical symptoms occur the wheel will slow down or won’t move at all. The wheel is turned by thought alone…..if you have a fever and radiating heat, the wheel will not budge one bit.

The Egely wheel has won many international invention awards and allows you to develop the skill of telekinesis without the years of martial art or healing training.

Preview  Egely Wheel Vitality Meter-Chi measure

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Lucky in Life

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I don´t know if you are familiar with “Bruce Lipton”?

Preview  The Biology of Belief – Unleash the Power of Your Mind

to Take Control of Your Life & Your Health

Many oncologists, such as David Gorski have mocked Lipton,   

  due to his apparent inability to correctly comprehend evolutionary biology.  .

    I expect the entire oncology department will be closed down once they see that all we need to do is believe we are healthy  or   maybe I should apologise for the news….   In Lipton’s video’s  he tells what you need to know about how our cells are controlled by environmental signals. Lipton debunks the idea that there is any gene that causes cancer and explain what really controls your genetics: your beliefs.

Beliefs can change gene expression. They can cause mutant genes to read as normal genes – as well as normal genes to read as mutant genes; it all starts with what you believe. You have power over your biology and therefore the influence to maintain your health  no matter what your DNA says.

In one idyllic community in southern California, Adventists live 4 to 7 years longer — and more healthily and happily — than the rest of the country.   A look at their diet, lifestyle, and philosophy!!!!

When Ellsworth Wareham was in his nineties, he decided that his house in Loma Linda, California — a beautiful city 60 miles east of Los Angeles, Spanish for “lovely hill” — needed a new fence. But rather than hire a contractor to install the wood fence, as most nonagenarians would no doubt do, Wareham went to the hardware store, bought the supplies he needed, and returned to dig some post holes.

Wareham proceeded to put the wood fence up himself. A few days later, Wareham was     in the hospital — performing open-heart surgery on a patient.


As Dan Buettner recounts in his book  Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest,    Blue Zones: Secrets of a Long Life ted talks  🙂

Some Adventists get personally offended if they get colon cancer or some other disease.

By many accounts, Wareham, now 98, has led a good, full, and meaningful life.           What  does he know that we don’t?

LOMA LINDA ( — “The Gift of Time” is a fitting name for a clock shop in the Inland Empire enclave of Loma Linda as residents see more new days than practically any place else on earth.

Benita Welebir at 100 years old is a spring chicken as compared to her neighbor           Betty Streisling, 102.

Although lots of communities have centenarians, Loma Linda is a so-called “blue zone” designated by National Geographic as one of the five longest-living communities in the world.

The average life expectancy in Loma Linda is anything but average as residents are 10 times more likely to make it to 100.

“Mine would be around 89 years,” said Brian Bull, a blood researcher, pathologist and former dean of Loma Linda University Medical School. “Now being male automatically shortens my lifespan by about two years. Nothing I can do about that.”

But in Loma Linda, the average man makes it to 89 compared to the national average for men, which is 78. The average woman in Loma Linda lives to 91, which Bull says is “huge.”

“For the females in the general population, it’s about 81 years,” he explains.

But Loma Linda is not a general population community as it encompasses different   values and a different lifestyle centered around the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

“I’m a lacto-ovo-vegetarian male Adventist,” said Bull, who at the age of 77 he has no regrets about giving up meat when he was 4. Back then, there was no science proving vegetarianism made people healthier.  However,  in his church meat eating has been discouraged for more than 150 years. 

“When it became obvious that Adventists were living a lot longer, even the federal government got curious as to why that might be the case,” he said.

Adventists preach that the body is a temple, and a typical Loma Linda breakfast      consists  of hot oatmeal or granola spiked with flax seed, nuts and plenty of berries.

Not only do Adventists live an average of 10 years longer, they also get less heart disease, cancer and disabilities.

A spin class at a local fitness center is as fierce as it gets and the regular riders                   are all over 60.

Bull says fitness, science and religion all work together in his hometown among Adventists.

“Science has always been looked upon with approval,” explained Bull, but never at           the expense of being observant as local businesses and labs close on Saturdays for the Sabbath.

“Saturday, which is the Sabbath. We go to church, meet with friends and family.”

During that time, attention turns away from making a living to other aspects of life.

“More important things. Where is your life going? Are you doing what you want to do?” Bull said.

Until 2011, Loma Linda got their weekend mail delivery Sunday rather than Saturday.

While science hasn’t proven whether observing the Sabbath on its own helps people live longer, Bull says it “wouldn’t be too surprising because I don’t think the human organism is designed to work seven days a week.”

Welebir, too, has no doubt following Adventist guidelines has contributed to her longevity and believes in always being happy.

“Like today, I had to have a bite of something sweet and then I felt I became sweeter myself in disposition,” she said.

Sweetness, too, may be a key to longevity, which is something Bull encourages in his        11-year-old granddaughter.

“We’re here to serve God, and we serve God best by serving our fellow man,” he said.

In each of the world’s blue zones, religions vary and so do diets. To learn more about    blue zones, click here.

For more on Loma Linda University Medical Center, click here.

By many accounts, Wareham, now 98, has led a good, full, and meaningful life.              What does he know that we don’t?

Why Loma Linda residents live longer than the rest of us: They treat their body like a temple 🙂

Mary MacVean

It’s not a bathing-suit body that Daniel and Vicki Fontoura and their neighbors are after as they go about their days in perhaps the healthiest community in the United States. It’s something so much more essential, a part of their very being.

The Fontouras, their three children and Daniel’s parents are among the 22,000 residents of Loma Linda, where as many as a third of the people are Seventh-day Adventists. Their faith instructs them to treat their bodies as temples: little or no meat or fish, no smoking or alcohol, plenty of exercise and a sense of purpose.

Spend a little time in Loma Linda, and what distinguishes it from, say, the adjacent city of San Bernardino becomes apparent.

The Loma Linda Market near Loma Linda University has bin after bin of beans and grains; there’s no meat section. There is a McDonald’s in a shopping center, but it moved in only after a fight; the arches are demure, and a countertop poster advertises veggie burgers.

Studies have shown that Seventh-day Adventists, who have a broad range of ethnic backgrounds, live as much as a decade longer than the rest of us, which led to Loma Linda being identified as one of five longevity spots, called Blue Zones, on the planet and the only one in the United States.

“I don’t think we’re so bold as to say that the only way to have this eight- to 10-year advantage is to be an Adventist,” said Fontoura, vice president/chief wholeness officer at Loma Linda University Health. “We do view it as the core. But how people get there is up to them.”

Active longer

About 96,000 people have been enrolled in an ongoing study, and 26% of them are African American, a generally under-studied population, says Dr. Michael Orlich, who specializes in preventive medicine and is studying the effects of lifestyle on mortality at Loma Linda University Medical Center, part of the 110-year-old Loma Linda University Health System, which includes eight professional schools and six hospitals

Loma Linda also has started to study how an active faith affects overall resilience.

“Health reform was in the DNA of the Seventh-day Adventists,” Orlich says.

But even in Loma Linda, there’s only so much that can be controlled. Also under study, Orlich says, is the effect of smog.  Loma Linda also sits at the base of mountains all too frequently obscured by haze. The early information, he says, “looks pretty scary, to tell  you the truth.”

Loma Linda, California

A group of Americans living 10 years longer.

The Seventh-day Adventist church in this sunny pocket of Southern California was founded in the 1840s. The church flourished through the 20th century – and so did its 430_LomaLindamembers who view health as central to their faith.

Today, a community of about 9,000 Adventists in the Loma Linda area are the core of America’s Blue Zone. They live as much as a decade longer than the rest of us, and much of their longevity can be attributed to vegetarianism and regular exercise. Plus, Adventists don’t smoke or drink alcohol.

Read more below about the lessons that Loma Linda, California can teach you about longevity

How can you live like the American longevity all-stars? Try these tactics practiced in Loma Linda to live measurably longer.

Find a sanctuary in time.

A weekly break from the rigors of daily life, the 24-hour Sabbath provides a time to focus on family, God, camaraderie, and nature. Adventists claim this relieves their stress, strengthens social networks, and provides consistent exercise.

Maintain a healthy body mass index (BMI).

Adventists with healthy BMI’s (meaning they have an appropriate weight for their heights) who keep active and eat meat sparingly, if at all, have lower blood pressure, lower blood cholesterol , and less cardiovascular disease than heavier Americans with higher BMIs.

Get regular, moderate exercise.430_LomaLinda_02

The Adventist Health Survey (AHS) shows that you don’t need to be a marathoner to maximize your life expectancy. Getting regular, low-intensity exercise like daily walks appear to help reduce your chance of having heart disease and certain cancers.

Spend time with like-minded friends.

Adventists tend to spend time with lots of other Adventists. They find well-being by sharing each other’s values and supporting each other’s habits.

Snack on nuts.

Adventists who consume nuts at least five times a week have about half the risk of heart disease and live about two years longer than those who don’t. At least four major studies have confirmed that eating nuts has an impact on health and life expectancy.

Give something back.

Like many faiths, the Seventh-day Adventist Church encourages and provides opportunities for its members to volunteer. People like centenarian Marge Jetton stay active, find sense of purpose, and stave off depression by focusing on helping others.

Eat meat in moderation.

Many Adventists follow a vegetarian diet. The AHS shows that consuming fruits and vegetables and whole grains seems to be protective against a wide variety of cancers. For those who prefer to eat some meat, Adventist recommend small portions served as a side dish rather than as the main meal.

Eat an early, light dinner.

“Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper,” American nutritionist Adelle Davis is said to have recommended –an attitude also reflected in Adventist practices. A light dinner early in the evening avoids flooding the body with calories during the inactive parts of the day. It seems to promote better sleep and a lower BMI.

Put more plants in your diet.

Nonsmoking Adventists who ate 2 or more servings of fruit per day had about 70 percent fewer lung cancers than nonsmokers who ate fruit once or twice a week. Adventists who ate legumes such as peas and beans 3 times a week had a 30 to 40 percent reduction in colon cancer. Adventists women who consumed tomatoes at least 3 or 4 times a week reduced their chance of getting ovarian cancer by 70 percent over those who ate tomatoes less often. Eating a lot of tomatoes also seemed to have an effect on reducing prostate cancer for men.

Drink plenty of water.

The AHS suggests that men who drank 5 or 6 daily glasses of water had a substantial reduction in the risk of a fatal heart attack –60 to 70 percent–compared to those who drank considerably less.

This is an excerpt from Blue Zones: Lessons For Living Longer From The People Who’ve Lived The Longest, By Dan Buettner, Copyright 2008, all rights reserved.

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Please Note:

Mina Bissell studies how cancer interacts with our bodies, searching for clues to how cancer’s microenvironment influences its growth.

Why you should listen:

Mina Bissell’s groundbreaking research has proven that cancer is not only caused by cancer cells. It is caused by an interaction between cancer cells and the surrounding cellular micro-environment. In healthy bodies, normal tissue homeostasis and architecture inhibit the progression of cancers.

But changes in the microenvironment–following an injury or a wound for instance–can shift the balance. This explains why many people harbor potentially malignant tumors in their bodies without knowing it and never develop cancer, and why tumors often develop when tissue is damaged or when the immune system is suppressed.

The converse can also be true. In a landmark 1997 experiment, mutated mammary cells, when dosed with an antibody and placed into a normal cellular micro-environment, behaved normally. This powerful insight from Bissell’s lab may lead to new ways of treating existing and preventing potential cancers.

What others say

“Bissell was not the first to claim that a cell’s microenvironment plays a role in the formation of tumors. But she showed how this happens…Still, she modestly maintains   her most important contribution is that she hammered away at her point for thirty years.” — Kara Platoni, East Bay Express

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Never Doubt Your Belief In Yourself

Quote of the Day

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.                  ~Margaret Mead

Cancer Survivors (Finalized.)

Fight Cancer with Exercise

October 18, 2016

Exercise to Fight Cancer

 If there’s one thing you need to know about cancer, it’s that most types of it do not have a strong genetic cause.

That means that despite what you may have heard, one of the most effective ways to prevent cancer isn’t a breakthrough drug… or radical surgery.

It’s not even a natural supplement.

In fact, the latest research states that up to 70 percent of cancer cases could be prevented by “a broad range of interventions at multiple levels.”

To put it plainly: simple lifestyle changes can dramatically reduce your risk for cancer!

Now, I’m sure you’ve heard that quitting smoking – or never taking it up in the first place – is a great way to reduce your odds of getting cancer. And you may even know that limiting the amount of alcohol you drink and maintaining a healthy body weight can do the same.

But, my friend, there’s yet another powerful way to prevent cancer that people aren’t talking about nearly enough… and that can be BLOCKBUSTER for cancer prevention, when combined with these other lifestyle changes.

I’m talking about exercise.

Now, before you groan at the mere mention of exercise, let me explain what a PROFOUND difference it can make.

Higher levels of physical activity have been found to reduce the risk of HALF the types of cancers reviewed in an analysis of data from more than a million Europeans and Americans.

The cancers that were most impacted by exercise included three of the most common cancers in the U.S. – lung, breast, and colorectal cancer – as well as:

  • esophageal
  • liver
  • kidney
  • stomach
  • endometrial
  • myeloid leukemia (blood and bone marrow) and myeloma (bone marrow)
  • head and neck
  • bladder

And it reduced the risk of developing those cancers significantly – by at least 10 percent to as much as 42 percent.

Regular exercise appears to lower your cancer risk in a variety of ways – but primarily by balancing your hormones, boosting your immunity, reducing inflammation, and clearing out the toxins that may cause cancer in the first place.

For example, women who are physically active tend to have lower levels of estrogen – a hormone that, at high levels, are strongly associated specifically with breast and endometrial cancer.

Not only that, but when the hormone insulin continuously spikes due to poor blood sugar control, it fuels cancer cells.

Insulin spikes can also suppress the immune system, as does the “stress” hormone cortisol – and, if you’re at risk for developing cancer, you need your immunity to stay in prime condition, ready for battle.

But exercise has been proven to BOOST your immune system – thereby strengthening your ability to FIGHT OFF those cancer cells so they don’t develop into cancerous tumors.

We are bombarded with tens of thousands of man-made chemicals in our environment, with many of them known to be carcinogenic – that is, to cause cancer. But exercise reduces the inflammation that almost always accompanies toxicity – and that is strongly associated with most cancers.

When you exercise, it improves blood flow through your organs – particularly those involved in detoxification, such as the kidneys and liver, making sure those toxins get filtered and moved OUT of your body rather than hanging around and causing trouble. Even mild physical activity can also make you sweat, and sweating gives toxins yet another way out of your body – through your skin.

You can benefit from exercise that’s as little as a half hour of “moderate” intensity activity just five days a week, according to a study recently published in JAMA Oncology. Moderate activity is something you’d be able to talk while doing – but maybe not sing. That means walking briskly… gardening… golfing… and even playing with the grandkids.

Adapted from Dr. Stengler’s Health Revelations:

Mark Stengler Cancer Protocol!!!!

So much has been written about using diet and supplements to lower your risk of developing cancer that it could fill a
library. But if you, or a loved one, have already been diagnosed with cancer, recovery is, naturally, your focus.
Unfortunately, finding tips on what to do after a diagnosis isn’t nearly as easy. But there’s actually plenty you can do
to cut down on the side effects of conventional cancer treatments, speed your recovery, and improve your odds of
long-term survival.
Conventional oncologists know very little about nutrition, so they rarely make any dietary recommendations. Even
worse, some oncologists tell patients there’s no relationship between their diet and cancer.
The truth is your diet can make all the difference between recovering or succumbing to this ugly disease. And when it
comes to supplements, oncologists tend to be downright hostile, believing that vitamins and herbs will interfere with
conventional treatments or have no benefit. Nothing could be further from the truth.
After surgery you’re at a higher risk for nutritional deficiencies (even if you didn’t have preexisting ones), particularly
when it comes to vitamins C and B12. And there’s plenty of research showing that both during and after chemo,
supplements are beneficial. The research on taking supplements during radiation therapy is less clear, but still
valuable in my clinical experience.1,2,3
The veggie “secret” to beating back cancer
As emotionally devastating as a cancer diagnosis is, it’s also an opportunity to change your diet for the better
improving not only your quality of life but your long-term survival. Of course most veggies are packed with good-for you
nutrients. For example, they’re anti-inflammatory, which is important because inflammation causes cancer cells
to multiply. Antioxidants also turn on helpful genes while turning off disease-promoting ones.
I recommend piling on the vegetables, and mixing them up while you’re at it. The biggest nutritional bang for your
buck comes from organic (pesticide-free) cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cauliflower, and kale. They’re rich
in various anti-cancer compounds, and they also help your body break down, or detoxify, harmful chemicals. Fill at
least half of your plate with veggies, with the rest being quality protein (fish, organically raised chicken) and a bit of
gluten-free starch.
Detox & boost immunities with healing juice
Fresh vegetable juices are an important part of a cancer-fighting diet. The phytonutrients found in plants provide a
concentrated source of immune boosting, anti-inflammatory, and detoxifying agents. You can blend your vegetables
together in water or water combined with a small amount of coconut or almond milk. If you’re not a fan of the taste of
vegetable juices, or you just want to mix things up a bit, feel free to add a small amount of fresh fruit juice to the mix.
Great vegetable-juice choices include kale, collard greens, tomatoes, spinach, cucumber, cabbage, carrots, beets,
barley green, wheat grass, and berries. Start with six ounces daily of three or more of these anticancer foods and
work up to 24 ounces or more a day.
Going green to give cancer a run for its money
There are a stack of studies showing green tea’s ability to fight cancer including breast, prostate, esophagus,
stomach, colon, lung, skin, liver, bladder, ovary, mouth, and blood cancers. A Japanese study found that five or more
cups of green tea a day could slash the risk of blood and lymph-based cancers by about 50%.4
Green tea contains a powerful group of antioxidants known as polyphenols that prevent free radicals (unstable
molecules) from damaging cell DNA and tissues of the body. If you’re undergoing chemotherapy or radiation check
with your oncologist about the most recent research on green tea to make sure it’s compatible with your therapy.
Slash the sugar and shrink the carbs to beat cancer
Cancer thrives on sugar. To beat cancer it’s critical that you cut back on refined sugars, potatoes, and other
processed carbohydrates (sweets, white bread, pizza, pasta, bagels). Our bodies convert refined carbs to glucose
and glucose is the favorite fuel source of cancer cells. These carb-laden foods increase insulin-like growth factor and
blood sugar levels, which appear to cause many cancers to grow.5
Once you’ve slashed your carbs you may be tempted to turn to artificial sweeteners to satisfy your sweet tooth. In
one word… don’t. The fake sugar trap can fool you into blissfully gobbling down sweeteners while exposing you to
suspected carcinogens.
Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School found a frightening link between
drinking more than one serving of diet soda a day and an increased risk of developing leukemia, multiple myeloma,
and non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas.6

 Try a safe, natural alternative instead like Lo Han Kuo, honey, or stevia. To learn more about the bitter truth behind
artificial sweeteners use the Username and Password found below to log into thearchives, and see the January 2013
edition of Health Revelations.
Science-backed supplements can help you kick cancer
I’m not going to tell you taking a supplement will simply cure your cancer because that’s (generally) just not true. But
what supplements CAN do is give your quality of life a big boost and, even better, send your survival odds
skyrocketing. But this isn’t something you should tackle on your own. Seek out the advice of an expert who can tailor
a supplement program for your specific needs.
If you’re a cancer patient, or are in remission, I urge you to seek the guidance of a nutritionally oriented ND or MD.
But I believe an informed patient is the best kind of patient…and your doctor should too… so let’s go over some
cancer-busting supplement basics.
Vital vitamin D lowers your cancer risk
Vitamin D is a real cancer-fighting superstar. This vital vitamin can help cut your cancer risk and support your
recovery after a diagnosis. I find that most cancer patients are deficient in D and a medical history often reveals that
they were likely deficient before their diagnosis as well.
In a recent study researchers found that leukemia and lymphoma patients were deficient in vitamin D before their
diagnosis, and their deficiencies became worse after being treated with chemotherapy.7
 In another study, scientists
found that low D levels can raise your chances of being diagnosed with breast cancer.8
And a brand new report in the
journal Anticancer Research found that breast cancer survivors with the highest vitamin D levels had HALF the death
rate of those with low levels! 9
But the benefits of vitamin D go so much further. More than 60 studies have found that high levels of vitamin D are
associated with a lower risk of certain cancers, including those of the breast, prostate, colon, and lung, as well as
leukemia and myeloma.10,11,12,13,14
 I typically recommend 5,000 IU of vitamin D daily with food, and more if your levels
are below 50 (your doctor can run tests to determine your current numbers). Aim for a blood level of vitamin D of at
least 50 ng/ml.
Omega-3 “miracle worker” could slash your cancer risk
Like vitamin D, omega-3s (found in fish oils) are cancer fighters. They are anti-inflammatory, which means they
essentially dampen down the biological craziness of cancer cells. And recent research revealed that omega-3s could
cut your risk of breast cancer by up to one-third—as well as play an important role in treatment.15,16
In another study of women treated for metastatic breast cancer, researchers discovered that large amounts of
docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)—one of the fatty acids found in fish oil—led to a significant increase in survival.17
 In other words, DHA literally saved lives!
Other studies have found that high-dose omega-3s combined with chemotherapy have significant benefits for patients
with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).18
This is important because NSCLC has such a poor prognosis with conventional treatment alone.
 The omega-3s also help cancer patients maintain their weight. 19,20
For breast cancer patients, I typically recommend taking 1,800 mg of DHA daily. For non-small cell lung cancer, I
usually suggest taking approximately 2.2 grams of EPA and 240 mg of DHA daily. And for other types of cancer, I
suggest taking 1,000 mg of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and 1,000 mg of DHA.
Douse cancer-related inflammation with curcumin
Curcumin, an extract of turmeric root, is one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory substances found in nature.
Researchers at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Treatment Center in Houston, Texas, have studied its anticancer
properties and are using it as an adjunct treatment for some cancer patients. One published report by the Center’s
researchers notes that curcumin blocks inflammatory processes though 97 different mechanisms!
Cancer studies have used 2 to 8 grams of curcumin daily with moderate success. In my own practice, I recommend a
variety of supplements, which I think are far better than using just curcumin alone. I typically suggest taking 1500-
3,000 mg daily of a well-absorbed form of curcumin. Retail brands to consider include Nature’s Way, Natural Factors,
and New Chapter. For even more information on this anticancer food see the May 2014 edition of Health Revelations.
Antioxidant powerhouse may help you live longer
Coenzyme Q10 is a vitamin-like nutrient that your cells need to function. This powerful antioxidant is needed for
normal energy production. There’s considerable evidence that cancer involves abnormalities in cellular energy
production, so CoQ10 might work in part by helping to re-normalize cell metabolism. The anticancer benefits of this
nutrient first attracted my attention around 20 years ago, after a Danish physician published case histories
demonstrating CoQ10’s benefits for cancer patients. 21,22
In a more recent study, a different Danish physician described his treatment of 41 patients with a variety of end-stage
cancers including primary breast, esophagus, lung, pancreas, and prostate cancers. In all cases, the cancers had
metastasized to other organs. The doctor’s regimen provided 300 mg of CoQ10, plus several other nutrients. Threefourths
of the patients lived an average of five months longer than expected, and some patients survived years longer
than expected!23
I typically suggest taking 300 to 400 mg of CoQ10 to my own patients.
Is multitasking selenium the key to cancer survival?
Selenium is an essential mineral that’s needed to make glutathione peroxidase, an enzyme involved in the liver’s
detoxification of harmful chemicals. But several studies have found that it can also help protect women who have
inherited a mutation in a gene, BRCA1, which significantly increases their risk of breast cancer. In one of those
studies, a team of Canadian and European researchers took a look at white blood cells obtained from 26 women with
BRCA1 mutations. Those cells had a high rate of abnormalities, but after three months of selenium supplements the
number of cell abnormalities dropped to normal levels. 24
A second and even more significant study, this time of 200 women with the BRCA1 mutation, found that women
taking selenium supplements over a two-year period had an astounding two times lower risk of developing breast
 With incredible results like that, if selenium had been a new drug the study would have made headlines
around the world. But, instead, it was virtually ignored.
I typically recommend 200 mcg of selenium a day. This is the amount found in many multivitamin and mineral
Barking up a tree to beat cancer
Honokiol, an extract of the bark of the magnolia tree (Magnolia officinalis), appears to have significant anticancer
properties. Although the emerging research so far has been conducted mostly on cells and animals, 139 journal
articles have been published on this exciting therapy, giving honokiol a respectable scientific foundation.
It’s believed that this all-natural, cancer-fighting weapon works by choking off tumors, denying them the nutrients they
need to survive. And unlike many conventional cancer treatments honokiol is thought to bypass healthy cells,
targeting only the sick cancer cells. Many naturopathic physicians in the United States are recommending this
supplement to their cancer patients. The suggested dosage is 9 grams daily.27,28,29,30,31
Critical antioxidant boosts cancer-fighting cells
Glutathione is critical to normal cell function including cell division and a healthy cell life cycle. And now, emerging
research has revealed the antioxidant also plays a role in ridding the body of carcinogenic environmental toxins.
A recent study published in the European Journal of Nutrition looked at the effects of a specific type of oral
glutathione (Setria) on 54 healthy adults. The study found that 1000 mg a day of glutathione increased red blood cell
levels between 30 and 35 percent overall. Glutathione levels, measured in cheek cells rose, by 260% and doses as
low as 250 mg daily also increased the antioxidants levels.32
 This is important because previous studies have found
poor absorption rates with other glutathione products.
In addition, after three months special cancer-fighting cells—known as natural killer cells—had doubled in activity
compared to placebo!33
The glutathione also helped protect cells by reduced oxidative stress.
I typically recommend 500 to 1000 mg daily on an empty stomach.
I’ve also seen great results using intravenous glutathione in cancer patients who have finished their chemotherapy.
Glutathione helped to restore their energy, brain function, and immunity after the harsh treatment. For intravenous
use I recommend 1600 to 2000 mg by IV in a series of 5 to ten treatments.
Target tumors with fermented wheat germ extract
I often recommend fermented wheat germ extract (FWGE) to patients with cancer. A solid stack of human research—
more than 100 studies published in over 20 peer-reviewed medical journals—has shown that FWGE helps fight
cancer. The benefits in these studies were crystal clear… FWGE improves quality of life, overall survival and diseasefree
FWGE fights cancer in several ways. It reduces the supply of glucose (sugar) to cancer cells making it harder for the
tumors to survive. It also reduces a certain protein found on cancer cells making it easier for your immune system to
find and target the tumor. And, finally, it enhances your immune system response against tumors.
Research has revealed that FWGE is beneficial in fighting colorectal, breast, melanoma, lung, and oral
It has also been shown to reduce infections in kids and teens undergoing chemotherapy.38
I typically recommend one packet containing 8.5 to 9 g of FWGE daily, mixed with eight ounces cold water or any
other beverage that containing less than 10 mg vitamin C per eight-ounce serving. Store the packets at room
temperature or in the refrigerator. FWGE is also available in tablets. The typical tablet dosage is 5 tabs/capsules,
twice a day on an empty stomach. For more information see the January 2013 edition of Health Revelations.
Supercharge your immunities with medicinal mushrooms
American doctors are often surprised to find that medicinal mushroom extracts are commonly administered as drugs,
both orally and intravenously, by Chinese and Japanese oncologists (in addition to their common use by herbalists
and traditional practitioners in those countries).
Fortunately these same powerful mushroom extracts are available as dietary supplements in the United States. There
are a number of mushroom extracts which are used to supercharge the immune system. The best studied include
maitake and coriolus versicolor.
Mushroom extracts contain compounds known as beta glucans which have the unique ability to stimulate your
immune system to work better. They do this by increasing the number of cancer killing immune cells as well as their
activity. There have been many published studies demonstrating their benefits for people with cancer. They even
have been proven safe and effective for people receiving chemotherapy or radiation.
Maitake is most helpful for fighting cancers of the breast, prostate, liver, and lung. It can also be used to reduce the
side effects of chemotherapy. For example, a survey of 671 patients found that combining chemotherapy with
maitake treatment reduced adverse reactions (such as hair loss, pain, and nausea) as well as reduced the pain of
terminal stage cancer.39
Coriolus is best used for cancers of the esophagus, lung, stomach, and colon cancer. In a study of 650 cancer
patients undergoing chemotherapy and radiation the mushroom was able to significantly slash side effects.40
Combine supplements for the best cancer-fighting impact
Most of the studies I’ve mentioned here used only a single nutritional supplement. However, in my experience taking
multiple supplements to combat cancer and relieve symptoms has a greater impact. Of course the best results occur
when you combine supplements with diet and lifestyle changes. A holistic medical doctor can personalize a cancerfighting
plan for you.
Read this BEFORE your next barbecue!
Since barbecues are as American as apple pie I know this next bit of advice is going to be tough to hear for many
folks. The fact is, if you want to cut your cancer risk you’re going to have to also cut back on your grilling habit.
Charring meats, the blacking you see when they’re cooked on the grill, produces carcinogens. You should cut back
on red meat anyhow, since having too much in your diet is linked with certain cancers.
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Radical Remission

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Cancer ‘Miracle’ Survivors: What Do They Have in Common?

By Vera Tweed   |   Monday, 27 Oct 2014 04:01  PM

Spontaneous remission of cancer for no known medical reason, called “radical remission,” befuddles conventional doctors so much that the subject isn’t even studied.

Most of the time, doctors don’t even try to explain it.
“For every one case that’s published in medical journals, a hundred more go unpublished,” estimates Kelly Turner, who has exhaustively researched the subject for the past decade for her eye-opening new book, “Radical Remission: The Nine Key Factors That Can Make a Real Difference.”
She set out to uncover the commonalities among unlikely cancer survivors. What was it about these “miracle” patients that allows them to live when so many others with the same type of cancer perish?
Turner identified nine top factors that were common among the beneficiaries of radical remissions.
She emphasizes that her findings are not a prescription to beat cancer. “All I can say,” she tells Newsmax Health, “is this is what these people did.”
No. 1: Radically changing diet. Survivors often eliminated chemicals and other toxins found in refined food, and avoided ingredients that may contribute to cancer growth.
The diet adjustments fell into four key areas:
  • Reducing or eliminating sugar, meat, dairy, and refined foods.
  • Increasing vegetables and fruit.
  • Eating organic foods to help get rid of toxins.
  • Drinking lots of filtered water instead of soda, juice, or milk.
The intake of fruits and vegetables was high, up to 15 or 20 servings daily, including raw, lightly steamed or roasted, and/or juiced versions.
A typical plate would be half to three-quarters vegetables and fruits, and some also drank juiced green vegetables.
The remainder of the plate would contain protein and minimal whole grains, if any. Some people omitted gluten, and some juiced other vegetables, such as cabbage.
To eliminate toxins, some people occasionally did fasts lasting three to seven days, typically under the supervision of a holistic health practitioner or nutritionist.
No. 2: Taking control. “We’re taught to be patients, be there quietly and do what we’re told,” says Turner. But cancer survivors essentially became the CEOs of their own healthcare, educating themselves on the meaning of test results, getting copies of their medical records, and tracking progress.
As an example, one man with stage 4 prostate cancer had his prostate removed but continued to have rising PSA tests, indicating unrelenting growth of cancer. Although death seemed imminent, he started experimenting with his diet and tracking his PSA results. Seeing that certain foods lowered his PSA, and adjusting his diet accordingly, helped him survive.
No. 3: Following intuition. Acting on a gut feeling in making decisions took many forms, but was a consistent factor. One survivor quit a job he felt was “killing him.”
Another moved out of a house that she felt was not healthy, and later learned of toxic mold in the building, which may have contributed to the cancer. Another person felt the need to move to a sunny climate, without realizing that low vitamin D from lack of sunlight is linked to cancer.
No. 4: Using herbs and supplements. “There was no one magic bullet,” says Turner. Most often, people worked with naturopathic doctors, herbalists trained in traditional Chinese medicine, or nutritionists, who used blood tests to determine which supplements and herbs were best.
Some people didn’t have access to these types of health professionals and instead educated themselves about nutrients and herbs, finding what worked for them. Turner studied people all over the world, and choices of herbs were typically influenced by what was common in a given region.
No. 5: Releasing suppressed emotions. Unloading emotional baggage played a key role for survivors. Emotions fell into two categories: past and future. Grief or anger, for example, often related to past situations, such as divorce or other traumatic or stressful times. Fear of uncertainty in the future and stress were understandably common. All of these have been shown to weaken the immune system, which reduces the ability of a human body to heal from cancer.

 Survivors dealt with emotions in many different ways. Some worked with therapist, while others used a journal, or took courses that helped them manage stress and let go of emotions that gripped them and blocked healing.

No. 6: Increasing positive emotions. Many survivors made a point of doing something each day that made them happy, at least for a few minutes. For example, happiness for some came from spending time with grandchildren. For others, it meant doing more work in the garden, taking flying lessons, or simply taking a long walk.
No. 7: Embracing social support. “Everybody said ‘As soon as I was diagnosed, I had this outpouring of love and support from my family that touched me so much, I know it helped me heal,’” says Turner. On the flip side, survivors also found there were certain people they felt they should avoid.
One woman, says Turner, put it this way: “If I felt drained after being with a person, I stopped hanging out with them. If I felt energized, I made a second date.”
No. 8: Deepening spiritual connection. “According to my research, it doesn’t matter who or what you believe in,” says Turner; “What matters is if you have a spiritual practice.” The key, she says, was doing something that brought about a connection to what was often described as “divine energy.”
Among survivors, practices took many shapes. For some, it was practicing their faith. For others it was meditation, a nature walk, or watching the sun rise.
No. 9: Having strong reasons for living. “Some people go through cancer saying ‘I don’t want to die,’” says Turner, “But the people who tend to survive say “I want to live, I want to live, I’ll do anything, I just want to live.’”
This held true, she says, even if the medical odds of survival were only a fraction of one percent. Reasons for living varied greatly, from a passion for travel to wanting to know one’s grandchildren or writing a novel.
Turner hopes that her work prompts more formal study of radical remission, and that these lead to more effective cancer treatments.
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Savoring a Life Well Lived

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17 Years Later, Stage 4 Survivor

Each year on a day in January — the 15th, to be precise — I go to a Web site and post a message to hundreds of women I’ve never met, saying, essentially, “I’m still here.”

Within days, a thunderous chorus comes back, 200 voices, 300. A few of them ask, “How can this be?” Sometimes they begin, “I’m crying.” Many answer in kind: “I’m here, too. It’s now three years.” “Five years.” “Three months.” “Seven.”

What we’re doing, in a way, is checking for lights in the darkness.

Now there probably aren’t a lot of Web sites where the announcement that you’re around and breathing would cause anyone to take notice, let alone respond. But this is a site for people with Stage 4 breast cancer, something I’ve had for 17 years. The average life expectancy with the diagnosis is 30 months, so this is a little like saying I’m 172 years old: seemingly impossible. But it’s not. I first found I had the illness in 1988, and it was rediagnosed as Stage 4 in 1993. That’s 22 years all together, which is the reason I post each year on the anniversary of the day I learned my cancer was back: to let women know that it happens, that people do live with this for years.

I tell them that when the cancer returned, it came on so fast, spread so quickly, that I was given a year or two to live. Within months, the disease turned vicious. It started breaking bones from within, and was coming close to severing my spinal cord.

Nothing was working, till a doctor tried a hormone treatment no one used much anymore, and the cancer turned and retreated, snarling. It remains sluggish but active. Every so often, it rears its head; when it does, we switch treatments and it slides back down. In that way, I stay alive.

I tell them: you just don’t know.

Two and a half years after the Stage 4 diagnosis, I confessed to my mother that the doctors had said I had two years to live, tops. I’d kept this information to myself because if you say it, it’s true. I told her this laughing, as if we were trading preposterous stories. “Well, I guess you’re going to have to hold your breath if you’re going to make that deadline,” she replied, in her slow Southern drawl when I gave my previously stated expiration date.

I spent the next five years holding my breath, then did the same for another five. I enacted every New Year’s resolution, past and future, all at once. Quit work that had grown stale and became a writer. Wrote a book. Went to India on assignment, fell in love with the language that was swirling around me, went back to live for a year and learn Hindi. Didn’t realize the reason I’d come to dislike that hyperbolically overachieving Lance Armstrong was that his behavior was too familiar. Take a nap, Lance! I’d think to myself, though in truth I couldn’t either.

But if I was verging on radical levels of life consumption, I had a reason: No one had told me I wasn’t going to die soon. About 12 years out, my doctor finally did.

There’s a small subcategory of people with Stage 4 breast cancer, it turned out, who live for years and years. “Twenty. Thirty,” said my doctor, George Raptis. This group constitutes about 2 percent of all cases. Doctors can’t predict who will fall into this category. They can’t say you’re in it till you’re in it — till you’ve racked up the necessary miles.

The reason they can’t is that for all the pink-ribbon hoopla, despite the hundreds of millions that have been poured into breast cancer research, hardly anyone has looked into the why of long-distance survival; not one doctor has specialized in this field.

Here’s pretty much the sum of collective knowledge: People in this group tend to have disease that has spread to the bone (as opposed to lung or liver, say) and feeds on estrogen. They tend to do well on hormone treatments. End of commonly known story.

But as Dr. Gabriel N. Hortobagyi at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston stated, that you can  find women  whose breast cancer  also spread to organs  other  than bone,   for whom hormone therapy did exactly nothing, who had their lesions surgically excised and who have been free of cancer for 30 years. None of these women could have expected to live.

You just don’t know, and neither, unfortunately, does the medical field.

One reason, as the breast surgeon Dr. Susan Love told me, is that “many clinical trials    are funded  by the drug companies to run for five years,”obviously not enough if  you’re investigating long-term survivors. But through her institute, the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, she has begun to conduct research.

Dr. Love said she was inspired by a colleague who told her that in World War II, aviation experts focused on planes that went down until someone said, “Why aren’t we studying the planes that stay up in the air?” By no means a reflexive optimist, she thinks there’s hope we’ll find a cure.
On the Web site, I tell the women how deeply I believe there’s no such thing as false hope: all hope is valid, even for people like us, even when hope would no longer appear to be sensible.
Life itself isn’t sensible, I say. No one can say with ultimate authority what will happen — with cancer, with a job that appears shaky, with all reversed fortunes — so you may as well seize all glimmers that appear.

I write to them (to myself) that of course this is tough: the waiting to see if the shadows  are multiplying, the physical pain, the bouts with terrible blackness.

“But there can be joy in this life, too,” I say, “and that’s so important to remember. This disease does not invalidate us. This past year, I’ve had the joy of falling in love with my sister’s kids, who live states away and whom I hadn’t had the chance to know. I’ve had a second book come out, one I worked on for eight years, about going to live in India with Stage 4 cancer. I’ve had so many moments of joy this year, but when I’m in blackness, I forget about those.” Then I ask them to write and tell me about theirs, and lights begin to flash.

“Had a pajama party with my oldest friend, laughing through the night in matching pajamas about old times.”

“Came in second in a bridge tournament.”

“I went on a wonderful camping trip with my family.”

“Seeing my older daughter grow taller than me. She’s now 5-9.”

One thing I don’t ever think to say: When I was told I had a year or two, I didn’t want anything one might expect: no blow-out trip to the Galápagos, no perfect meal at Alain Ducasse, no defiant red Maserati. All I wanted was ordinary life back, for ordinary life,      it became utterly clear, is more valuable than anything else. I don’t think to say it, and         I never will.

Katherine Russell Rich (November 17, 1955 – April 3, 2012) was also an American autobiographical writer from New York City.  Her first book, The Red Devil: To Hell with Cancer, and Back,  told of a clash of cultures  occurring  when  the  author’s breast cancer treatment caused her to lose her hair just when both romantic and professional difficulties came to a head. She had wanted the book to be called Chemosabe.[2]

Her book Dreaming in Hindi: Coming Awake in Another Language, details a year         she spent in India on assignment for The New York Times. Having been sent there to interview the Dalai Lama‘s doctor,[3] her assignment turned into a journey of linguistic awakening and of self-discovery.[4] It was nominated for the 2011 Dolman Travel Book Award.

Rich’s articles were featured in The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine,   The Washington Post, The Oregonian, O: The Oprah Magazine, Vogue and Salon.  She received several grants and fellowships,  including ones from  New York Foundation for the Arts, the New York Public Library’s Center for Scholars and Writers, the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and a Guggenheim Fellowship (2011).[1]

Rich was interviewed for and was the subject of the third act of This American Life radio blog Episode 425, which aired on January 21, 2011. [5]


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An experimental drug helped Sharon Belvin, who was diagnosed with melanoma in her lung when she was 22 and spent two years in standard treatment. The drug is called ipilimumab, and it aims to trigger the immune system against cancer.

Within four months, her lung tumors started to shrivel. By late 2006, they were gone. Today Belvin, now 27, is off all treatment. She spends her time with her husband and 1-year-old daughter, Lilly Elizabeth, whom she calls “a miracle baby, after all we have  been through.”

Why do some patients beat the odds? Some go on experimental medicines that help them, but few others.  Others take novel combinations of approved drugs  that are too toxic for most to endure. The most mysterious cases of all are so-called spontaneous remissions, where tumors vanish without any treatment. Only a handful of such cases are reported in the medical literature each year.

Each year, 566,000 Americans die of cancer. In 2004, cancer treatments cost $72 billion, according to the most recent National Cancer Institute report. And by all accounts, they have since soared.

The Agency for Healthcare research and Quality (AHRQ) estimates that the direct medical costs (total of all health care costs) for cancer in the US in 2014 were $87.7 billion.  A  2014 study examining the costs of surgery involving various types of cancer found average costs ranging from $14,161 to $56,587. The costs included admissions, readmissions, physician services and other costs (outpatient visits, hospice care, home health agencies or medical equipment).

Latest Statistics at a Glance: The Burden of Cancer in the United States. In 2016, an estimated 1,685,210 new cases of cancer  will be diagnosed  in the United States  and 595,690 people will die from the disease. ALSO This year on 2017, about 600,920 Americans are expected to die of cancer – that’s more than 1,650 per day.  Cancer accounts for nearly 1 out of every 4 deaths in the United States. ……….. 

That some patients respond better to certain drugs than others is a focus of furious scrutiny at top labs. The reasons include everything from the immune system, to the particular mutations in a given tumor, to the sensitivity of stem cells inside a tumor           to treatment.

One big reason why some patients do better than others is that their tumors may have particular sets of mutations that make them exquisitely sensitive to one drug or another. These rare responders tell us that “there are some very unique, relatively tumor-specific mutations that must be occurring in these cancers that are therapeutically exploitable,” says oncologist Ronald Natale of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Researchers are just beginning to discover the gene mutations that influence drug response. For example, about 10% of lung cancer patients have certain mutations in a protein called EGFR that make them far more likely to respond to Genentech‘s Tarceva. Meanwhile, oncologists showed last year that about 40% of colon cancer patients whose tumors have a mutation in a gene called kras never respond to the popular Erbitux from Eli Lilly .

Some researchers are even working to personalize treatment by implanting tumors directly from patients into lab mice and then seeing which drug combinations work best. This method, says Johns Hopkins University oncologist David Sidransky, may allow drug companies to perform trials of drugs on mice with human tumors to help pinpoint which drug combinations will work best against which types of tumor mutations.

Scientists are also finding tantalizing evidence that the immune system sometimes kicks  in to play a role in combating cancer. This has been hotly debated for decades–and indeed many scientists remain unconvinced.  But rare cases of spontaneous remission sometimes do occur, particularly in melanoma, kidney cancer and a few other tumors.

That’s what Charles Burrows experienced. In November 2005, he was diagnosed with terminal liver cancer and given two months to live. Then, three months later, without any treatment, his tumor simply vanished. The case was so unusual that his doctors published it in a medical journal last year. Says Burrows, “I won a lottery, and I don’t understand why.”

While numerous explanations have been proposed for these mysterious remissions,       one of the likeliest is that the body’s immune system gets involved.

A spontaneous remission is “either divine intervention or the immune system,” says     Jedd D. Wolchok, an oncologist at New York’s Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. It’s also possible that ordinary cancer survivors, people who beat the disease after getting radiation, chemotherapy or surgery, get an assist from their own immune systems.

Big drug companies, including Pfizer , Bristol-Myers Squibb and Sanofi-Aventis ,             are doggedly pursuing drugs that aim to boost the immune system to fight cancer. GlaxoSmithKline is in final-stage tests  of a vaccine to prevent lung cancer  from        coming back after surgery.

Easier said than done, of course. Some patients, apparently, need only a small trigger       to also propel a massive anti-cancer attack. With most others, the cancer cells fight back successfully and even co-opt immune cells to aid their growth. Some tumors may simply be more visible to the immune system than others. In addition, there are also numerous molecular brakes inside the body that keep the immune system from rampaging out of control; cancer cells evade the immune system by manipulating these brakes.

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Journey Into Healing

 Image result for trust the journey                                            The Living Matrix — The Science of Healing, uncovers new ideas about the intricate       web of factors that determine our health. We talk with a group of dedicated scientists, psychologists, bioenergetic researchers and the holistic practitioners who are finding healing potential in new places.  Tapping into the power of informations,  Leaders in science are examining the body through the lens of also quantum physics. They have discovered  we’re far more than biochemical machines. Instead, our cells are senders     and receivers of information, controlling our health in ways we never imagined. 🙂

In this full-length film, The Living Matrix – The Science of Healing ” brings you breakthroughs that will transform your understanding of how to get well and stay well. Now you can get an up-close look at the science of information as medicine. Leading researchers and health practitioners share their discoveries on the “miracle cures” traditional medicine can’t explain.

The Living Matrix – The Science of Healing, uncovers new ideas about the intricate         web of factors  that determine our health.  We talk with a group  of dedicated scientists, psychologists, bio-energetic researchers and holistic practitioners who are finding healing potential in new places.

Tapping into the power of information, Leaders in science are examining the body   through the lens of quantum physics.  They’ve discovered that we’re far more than biochemical machines. Instead, our cells are senders and receivers of information, controlling our health in ways we never imagined.

In the film,  researchers and others  who faced health challenges  put the science in perspective when they tell their stories. The family of a young Greek boy with cerebral palsy tries to improve his quality of life through reconnective healing. A British woman, also diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor,  immerses herself into neuro-linguistic programming.  An American woman  runs out of options  to  treat  her  chronic fatigue syndrome, and as a last resort, begins using an information-based therapy. All 3 make remarkable recoveries.

Science-based healing or “miracle cures?” How can we account for these cases, and many others like them? Modern biochemical medicine has no framework for explaining these events, often dismissing them as spontaneous remissions” or the result of some kind of placebo effect.

5 year old Dimirti was born with cerebral palsy, there is no medical cure for this condition.

When Dimirti was born the doctors told us he may never be able to walk, never be independent, that what he had was a chronic disease,  Certain damage to his health,  he might never recover from. We had not tried any alternative. Personally I trusted nothing but the standard approaches, Until some people we trusted, because we knew them well, told us about Eric.

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The Science of Healing.
Exploring how Healing happens from Consciousness to Brain to DNA and beyond.

Psychotherapist Sunita Pattani interviews Physicist and Molecular Biologist Jazz Rasool. Jazz will explore how healing begins and progresses through the body as well as what gets in its way.

Starting from simple shifts in perspective Jazz takes a journey through the mind,heart and body following the cascade of changes all the way from neuronal firing in the brain to the change in symptoms brought about by shifts in DNA activity. This is interleaved with exploration of spiritual shifts and effects that link into the physical changes as well as the role of how emotional intelligence influences physical wellbeing.

We’ll be exploring
^ The Physics, Physiology and Psychology of Energy
^ The Role of Intention, Attention and Tension
^ The Role of Perception and Perspective
^ The Role of Relationships, and ‘Self-Wealth’
^ The Placebo Effect, Healing yourself
^ How the Relaxation Response serves the Placebo Effect
^ The Nocebo Effect, Harming yourself
^ How the Stress Response serves the Nocebo Effect
^ The role of the Sympathetic Nervous System
^ The role of the Parasympathetic Nervous System
^ Hormone pathways
^ The Amygdala, Hypothalamus and Pituitary organs
^ Mind-Gene interaction and Epigenetics
^ Psycho-Neuro-Immunology
^ Hypnotherapy, Activating the Relaxation Response
^ Emotional and Social Intelligence and a Healthy Society.
^ 3 top tips to start you Mind-Body Healing process

Listen in to this breakthrough Radio show and Shift your Perspective and your Health.
Jazz Rasool

The Science of Healing
With Dr. Esther Sternberg

A NYC Urban Zen PBS Documentary Screening

The Science of Healing follows author and medical researcher Dr. Esther Sternberg to a village in Greece, where her own story of illness and recovery inspired her research into the role the brain and the emotions play in healing, a role the ancient Greeks understood well and used in their practices.

In this compelling PBS documentary, we learn how the brain helps us to heal emotionally and physically. Dr. Sternberg looks into the roles of light, vision, and environment in restoring health using advanced brain-imaging technology.  At Philadelphia’s Monell Chemical Senses Center, Dr. Sternberg learns that what we smell can have a profound effect on mood, stress, and the immune system. She also learns why the Mediterranean diet may be effective in recuperation.

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Professor of Physiology Dr. Moni Fleshner of the University of Colorado researches         the effects of exercise on immune function, while Dr. Julian Thayer studies the impact      of music on the brain.  At the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Richie Davidson, using MRI scanning, finds that meditation significantly improves the immune system’s response to the flu virus.  And at Columbia University, Dr. Tor Wager researches the placebo effect, revealing that expectation and belief have a provable bearing on healing.

The screening will be followed by an expert panel including:

Dr. Esther Sternberg, Chief of the Section on Neuroendocrine Immunology and Behavior at the National Institute of Mental Health

Dr. Woodson Merrell, Chairman of the Dept. of Integrative Medicine at Beth Israel
Medical Center

Dr. Joy Hirsch, Director of the Program for Imaging & Cognitive Sciences at
Columbia University Medical Center

David Kamp, Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects,
Founder of Dirtworks


Dr. Esther Sternberg is internationally recognized for her discoveries in brain-immune interactions and the effects of the brain’s stress response on health and illness. She received her M.D. degree and trained in rheumatology at McGill University, Montreal, Canada, and was on the faculty at Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, before joining the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland in 1986, where she is currently based. Dr. Sternberg is the author of two books: The Balance Within: The Science Connecting Health and Emotions and the recent Healing Spaces: The Science of Place and Well-Being.
Esther Sternberg discusses the connection between mind and body, between emotion and physical health.
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JOSHUA TONGOL is a young man with an interesting story. He was born with only one hand that he wrestled with for most of his life. For years he went from one healing crusade to another to receive healing but to no avail. He became utterly disappointed and confused concerning the idea of miracles.

By the age of 17 he began his eight-year tirade against the Christian charismatic movement. During that period, he considered himself “open but cautious” toward any claim of miracles.

During his college years he was diagnosed with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) and suffered from a herniated disc (sciatica) in his back. He experienced a tremendous amount of physical and emotional pain. Although he desired to be healed, he was still a hardcore critic of faith healing. What was about to happen next changed his life forever.

In 2006, Joshua was challenged by a modern-day miracle. He was so convinced of its authenticity that he began his own journey–investigating to find out whether or not miracles still occur regularly today. He read every book he could find on the topic and met with different people who operated in these so-called “supernatural gifts.”

Eventually, Joshua began praying for the sick and started seeing results for the very first time–including his own healing from both his GERD and back injury.

In recent years, Joshua discovered the universal power to heal resides in every human being–that it doesn’t belong to just one group, religion, sect, or even to one special person. In fact, the principles of healing are woven into the very fabric of the universe and are available to anyone, anytime, and anywhere.

As he often says, “The Universe plays no favorites.”

Josh is the host of The Flipside podcast where he shares hilarious stories, though-provoking questions, and insights about God, philosophy, faith, doubt, healing, pop-culture, and whatever else is on his mind!

 As a rising thought leader, Josh is a popular speaker who has spoken to thousands of people throughout the United States and abroad. He’s a frequent speaker on topics such as religion, spirituality, and personal development–offering new paradigms relevant for our day and age.

He has been interviewed on popular blogs such as The Huffington Post and He has appeared as a guest on, which is found on the #1 Christian radio station (99.5 KKLA) in Los Angeles. He has been featured on The 700 Club Asia, and also had his personal story written about in Biola University’s The Point magazine.

REMEDIOS (REMY) JOSE TONGOL was born and raised in Kuwait. She is an amazing young woman who Joshua fell in love with the first day they met in the Philippines. She is a source of joy in his life. They are the best of friends. And her sweet and gentle spirit continues to touch many lives.


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Dance with all your heart

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“Is your heart happy?” Don José often asks the children at his rancho in the Mexican Sierra. “Dance with all your heart. We are following the example of the gods and the way they have taught to us. This is our life!                                                                         Related image

Shamans throughout the world, from Tibet and Mongolia to the Americas, have been involved in healing for thousands of years, dating back to Paleolithic times. An integral part of this healing tradition are its perspectives, both personal and at the same time planetary.

Shamanism, perhaps as old as consciousness itself, is an ancient healing tradition that has, throughout the ages, reflected the changing cultures of the surrounding world.

The shamanic tradition involves healing through personal transformation as well as healing our family, community and environment. Central to this healing tradition is the belief that we must heal and honor our mother the earth, who is viewed as a living, conscious organism. This sacred female Goddess, the earth, who nourishes our very existence, must also nourished with such prayers and ceremonies, say shamans.

I have studied and practiced shamanism for over 40 years, completing a lengthy apprenticeship with Don José Rios (Matsuwa), a 110 year old Huichol Indian shaman-healer. The Huichol of Mexico are said to be the last tribe of

North America to have maintained their pre-Columbian traditions, little disturbed by colonialization and Christianization until very recently. I feel fortunate for having been able to study with such an amazing group of people.

As I was taught by the Huichol, healing is a way of life; a way of being that permeates our very existence. Healing is something to be practiced constantly, not just when we are ill. Moreover, the shamanic tradition of healing does not limit itself to healing of the physical body, but rather involves the maintenance of the harmony and balance of the universe. We must consciously make contact with all life, see our life in all things, so that life and health are embedded within our hearts that so need to be nourished and cared for.

Shamanism focuses on all life as being majestically and mysteriously interrelated and sacred. Plants, rocks, two- and four-legged creatures all have personal identities with whom the shaman develop a personal relationship. When the shaman prays, he prays not only for himself but also for his sacred relatives: our mother the earth, our father the sun, our grandfather and giver of light the fire, our grandmothers the eagle and the winged ones.

Don José often told me never to forget that my relatives are the earth, sky, rivers, birds, animals, stones, gems, mountains, caves, springs and lakes. Upon our first meeting Don José spoke of our mother the earth, who nourishes and speaks to our heart. The shaman learns to listen with his heart as well as his ears, and thus shamanism, as a healing art, makes a person whole and complete, a whole system integrated fully to the surrounding environment.

According to various shamanic mythologies, there was a time when paradise existed and all life was one. For example, fire communicated freely with people. Now this is lost and for this reason the shaman acts as a bridge, drawing upon lost lines of communication with all life that surrounds him both visibly and invisibly.

Shamanism as a healing art seeks to maintain or restore balance, both for the individual and for the planet. All life is ultimately one, and the responsibility of a shaman is to bring the forces of balance, harmony and intuition into resonance with one another. One can say if we celebrate our life as one with our environment, our environment will thus give thanks to us with the proper amount of sunlight and rainfall.

Shamans themselves act as intermediaries between people and all other life forms, the gods and goddesses and all creatures who co-inhabit the earth. Shamans also have the ability to transform themselves into a spirit entity almost as if they had the key to the process of metamorphosis. Thus the role of a shaman has been vital to the community      in which he lives, as he acts as a vital link to the surrounding world.

Embedded within the tradition of shamanism and healing is the technique of achieving ecstasy. Ecstasy is sought by shamans in order to experience unity with all things. The forum used for the attainment of ecstasy is ceremonial celebration, which utilizes ancient forms of ceremony and ritual. The Huichol perform ceremonies throughout the year to maintain the delicate balance of our environment, of our universe, so that one may know their heart and feel the ecstatic joy that emanates from our very being.

The “Dance Of The Deer”, a most beautiful and intense sacred dance, of the Huichol, is employed so that the participants of the ceremonies may enter into a trance state of joy and ecstasy. The shaman and his assistants chant the ancient songs as the others dance about them. All enter together as one heart into a sacred doorway, known to the Huichol as “Nierika”, face of the divine, or link to other realms of consciousness and being.

At ceremonies,  the Huichol shaman calls upon his ally or spirit helper,  Kauyumari,          the magical deer spirit person, to assist him in the task of transporting the ceremonial participants thorough the nierika (doorway), into the realm of ecstatic joy and harmony. The dancers also assist the shaman as they too, like the deer, become messengers of the gods.

Through ceremony, participants allow themselves to be transformed, renewed and life force itself is transmitted in a sacred manner. The shaman and participants in the ceremony are provided a medium for reaching the realm on the gods and the heart source of life itself.

At the same, shamanism involves what is often seen as the more mundane and down-to-earth aspects of the shaman’s day- to-day life. Students of shamanism must endure many hardships and show much strength, both inner and outer. Pilgrimages to “places of power”, (caves, springs, oceans, mountain tops), form an important aspect of shamanic healing, as pilgrims are said to receive power, (including power to dream) and many blessings for having arrived at such places. Many Huichol shamans, as well as many shamans from other cultures, are farmers and, working daily with the earth, they develop a special relationship with the earth, which they believe to be their mother.

The wisdom of ceremonial celebration, pilgrimages to sacred spots and proper daily living to achieve balance among ourselves as human beings and our environment has been lost to many people of the modern world. For this reason Don José, an incredible 103-year-old master of shamanism adopted me as his grandson and trained me in the ancient art of shamanism and healing. “You are an educated person who knows and understands your world”, he told me. “Now you will know our world too and use the two so that modern people may once again know what we have tried never to forget. There is a balance between our two worlds, grandson: that’s the way it is.”

“Is your heart happy?” Don José often asks the children at his rancho in the Mexican Sierra. “Dance with all your heart. We are following the example of the gods and the way they have taught to us. This is our life.”

    Shamanic healing searches out the root of illness. Often a person’s ailment stems from something much deeper than what is felt on the surface. This is common with psychological and spiritual trauma, but also with physical ailments. The shaman strives    to find the source of the illness and to extract it from the individual.

For many, shamanic healing may seem far-fetched or simply archaic; however, I have witnessed time and again  its relevance for those very people  who don’t even believe in    it. I have had numerous people come to me after trying “everything else” and searching desperately for healing. One such man came to my office in Santa Cruz, California for a healing over 15 years ago. As soon as I met him, he asked if he needed to believe in the shamanic healing I was about to conduct.  I said  “no”  and he replied, “Good, because         I don’t.” His doctors had given him two weeks to live with his pancreatic cancer.

He ended up in remission and lived another ten years.

I am so grateful for my journey to the Huichol. I am thankful for the countless healings I witnessed while studying with Don José, which allowed me to believe. I remember one of the first things he told me. He said, “Until you learn to believe, you will never really learn.”

You can be told the earth is sacred or that shamans can dream of the future or heal terrible diseases, but until you experience it yourself, you can never fully believe. Experience is one of our greatest teachers. 🙂

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Why are there so many people that are suffering with health issues today?

 There is one thing that causes people to have more health issues, and it is STRESS. There has been a lot written on stress, and I do believe there will be a time when medical science has proven that the majority of diseases are caused by stress. Stress actually prevents the absorption vitamin D which is actually a hormone.

Vitamin D is very important for strong bones. Calcium and phosphorus are essential for developing the structure and strength of your bones, and you need vitamin D to absorb these minerals. Even if you eat foods that contain a lot of calcium and phosphorus, without enough vitamin D, you can’t absorb them into your body. Vitamin D is important for general good health, and researchers now are discovering that vitamin D may be important for many other reasons outside of good bone health. Some of the functions of the body that vitamin D helps with include:

  • Immune system, which helps you to fight infection
  • Muscle function
  • Cardiovascular function, for a healthy heart and circulation
  • Respiratory system –for healthy lungs and airways
  • Brain development
  • Anti-cancer effects

Doctors are still working to fully understand how vitamin D works within your body and how it affects your overall health.

How does Vitamin D work?

Vitamin D manages calcium in your blood, bones and gut and helps cells all over your body to communicate properly.

Vitamin D mainly comes from your skin when it is exposed to sunlight. After that, your body goes through a number of chemical processes to change it so that your body can use it.

When your skin is exposed to the sun, it produces vitamin D and sends it to your liver. If you take supplements or eat foods that contain vitamin D, your gut also sends the vitamin D to your liver. From here, your liver changes it to a substance called 25(OH)D. When your doctor talks about your vitamin D levels, he means the amount of 25(OH)D you have in your blood.

This chemical is sent all over your body where different tissues, including your kidney, turn it into activated vitamin D. This activated vitamin D is now ready to perform its duties. From here, it gets a little complicated, but you can think of activated vitamin D working in two ways:

  1. Manages calcium in your blood, bones and gut
  2. Helps cells all over your body to communicate properly

As you can see, vitamin D goes a long way from its original form from the skin, supplement or food. But without vitamin D, your body can’t perform at its best.

See our ‘How to get the vitamin D your body needs’ page to learn more about getting enough vitamin D.

 So if stress is causing all of these issues what can be done?

People need to learn how to chill. Really relax. Relaxing is an art and so many people have forgotten what they naturally knew at one time how to do. Everybody comes into this world with the ability to relax and then we condition ourselves for stress. When we are stressed our fight or flight kicks in and blood is pumped to our bones and muscles leaving us susceptible to disease.  I believe that one of the main culprits for this stress is all of the negative information we put into our minds. We fill our minds with violence and negative news and we wonder why we are feeling more and more stressed. I made a choice not to watch the news or talk radio. Many of the things on TV are not helping us live a happy and fulfilled life it is filling our minds with garbage. And as the saying goes garbage in garbage out.

 Learning meditation is one of the most powerful ways to reduce stress they have been so many studies on meditation.  An easy way to start is to repeat a word over for 20 minutes. If there are any thoughts that come up as you do this you simply bring your mind back to the present moment and continue to state your mantra.  I do a lot of Journaling 🙂

The first thing is to bring the awareness to how you feel. We know that emotions drive those thoughts that pop into your mind seemingly out of nowhere. Your emotional state or attitude is a key to your thoughts and behaviors. One of the ways you can bring awareness to your thoughts and emotions is to set a reminder on your phone. You can program your phone so that that reminder goes off at different times in the day. As you condition your mind to become aware of what you are thinking and what you are feeling at any given moment you have one of the greatest tools of personal development at your fingertips the power of awareness, awareness bring choice.  I love what one of my mentors once taught me, he said that limiting beliefs cannot exist in your presence they can only exist in your absence.

Once you have awareness and you make a choice to feel differently then what do you do?

You do a simple exercise. You think back to a time in your life when you had high energy. When you really felt you were crushing it. Then you replay the best parts of that over and over in your mind you do this until you begin to feel better.  As you consistently do this over a 30 day period you begin to shift what I call your emotional thermostat. Make sure to make the colors, size and speed, brighter, bigger and play the memory faster in your mind.  Brendon Burchard always says the power plant doesn’t have energy it generates it. This truly has the power to change your life. If you can shift how you feel you change how you think and what you do. All is rooted in emotion even your overall health and wellbeing.

10 things you can do to improve your energy and vitality

  1. Be in the moment.

Being in the moment can be life changing and can really bring so much joy into your life. If you are in the past or the future, who is here in the present? If you are not present who or what is running the show in your absence? If you are not in the now, you are being controlled by your conditioning of the past. Have you ever been driving down a road and noticed that you do not remember the last 5-10 minutes of driving? If you have ever experienced this then you know what I am talking about. How is it that you made the correct turn signals you made all the stops and did what you needed to do? You were able to do all of that because of conditioning. Because of the habits that you have created before this event took place. If you have cultivated great habits then you are headed towards a better future.  Whether you have cultivated great habits or not, it is always a good idea to be in the here and now where choice exists. You have greatness within you but that greatness is simply a seed or a sleeping giant. It is waiting for your intentional mind to bring it to life.

 2. Drink more water.

This may sound simplistic but I cannot tell you how many people are walking around dehydrated.   A dear friend of mind I will call her. Jeanne to protect her identity was breast feeding and she was really active was living off of one cup of water a day!  She very quickly developed a painful kidney stones.  If you do not think that water is important just try to go without it for a few days. Having clean and pure water is essential to living the life of a High Performer!

3. Breathe Deeply.

Just breathe, so often people breathe so shallowly. They yawn constantly not because they are tired but because their bodies are screaming for oxygen! Just take a moment and fill your lungs with 3 deep breaths. What would happen to your energy if you breathed more fully and openly more consistently? There have been many studies done on breathing and breathing deeply, smoothly and fully is one of the quickest and easiest ways to get the mind and body out of the fight or flight mode and into a zen like state.

 4. Walk more often.

Walking for 30 minutes a day can greatly increase your overall sense of well being. Our bodies were made for movement. Sitting is the new smoking. We know that as we move our bodies the water within us is purified and our vitality goes up. Water that is still stagnates and so it is with the mind and body and soul.

 5. A Gratitude Attitude.

If there is one thing that can change your life faster than anything else it is gratitude. Gratitude is a great force for good. Virtually every good quality comes only after gratitude. Abundance can and will come into your life if gratitude is shown. Gratitude is a light. Imagine a room that is in darkness. Now imagine a room where there is light. No imagine those two rooms are side by side and they are connected with a hole in the wall. Now notice that the room that has light the light can travel into the room where there is darkness but the darkness cannot travel into the room where there is light. Try this for example. State all the things that you are truly grateful for, do not stop until you feel the energy of gratitude. Once you feel the energy of gratitude the next step is to try and feel negative feelings. You will find it very difficult if not impossible to do.

6. Show love and praise others more often.

Recently I heard of a 5 year old girl that passed away. She was stuck by a truck. When I heard this story   my mind went to my own family. There are so many people in this world that are craving love.  We all need to fill loved and appreciated. And how does it make you feel when you show sincere love and appreciation to others? More love and appreciation comes back to you. Loving yourself and loving and serving others is the key to all the riches life holds for each of us. To get to the better life we must learn to love and serve others more.

 7. Service to others.

If you want to find yourself lose yourself in the service of others. We will find the connection that we have to others and the universe as we learn to love and serve others. Service can be something small a compliment a hug kind words and kind deeds are small and simple things yet they can make a huge difference in your life and the lives of those you reach. If you want energy and strength beyond your own serving and loving others is the way to get there. But let your love be pure.

8. Connect with God.

God is good. God is love. God is understanding. We all have challenges in our lives we      all have our own personal struggles that have the tendency to create great heartache but  as we focus on the fact that we have a heavenly Father that loves us beyond our ability to understand. If we believed this wouldn’t we all be a little more kind to ourselves and also  others.

The best coaches that I know have very strong spiritual beliefs about who they are and what their purpose is.  The illusion is that you have to do something to be connected with God. The reality is you always are connected to God.  Just by being who you are.  One of the best pieces of advice that a friend of mine ever gave me is when you wake up in the morning have a chair for you and a chair for God and interview God.  Ask him what he would have you do and say today.  As I have strived to do this every day it is amazing the thoughts and inspiration that comes through me.

9. Live your life with love.

Pure love will always succeed. If we always act out of love our lives will unfold in amazing ways.

Think of one friend or family member that you could write a kind note to and let them know that you love them.

 10. Trust that there is a plan and a mission  for your life.

Life does have a purpose. I do believe that to be true. We each have a plan. Some strive to find their plan and once they find it live it. Others shrink at the task before them or deny that there life has meaning. Our lives have meaning and purpose, if we listen in those quite moments of inspiration we will hear and feel what we need to do to fulfill our life mission and plan. As I have found my life purpose and plan and have helped other people find theirs I have yet to find someone whose life plan and mission does not involve loving and serving others.

 ** By following these suggestions I know your energy will improve greatly. I challenge you to do these simple things consistently over the next 30 days! Good Luck!

Reduce Stress By Being Humble

 When you are on the journey to improve your life, be sure to consider the importance that humbleness plays in enriching your experience and reducing stress. Before we start, toss away your initial thoughts when you hear the word ‘humble.’ Being humble does not mean poor, submissive, unimportant or lowliness. Being humble increases positive traits such as being selfless, being understanding, role modeling, effectively coping, living peacefully and viewing the world openly. The following sections may help you see how incorporating a little humbleness into the different areas of your life will enrich you and decrease your stress.

HELPING. The boss asks you, ‘Did you help Mary with her presentation?’ Do you reply, “I helped her tweak it a little’ or do you say, ‘I practically did the whole thing. I decided on the content, made the outline and edited it for her.’ The first response is modest and humble rather than boastful like the second. Humble people are comfortable working behind the scenes and do not seek or need praise, admiration or commendation for any of their acts. The boastful response causes this person to feel more stress because it is all about trying to get recognition and building up their own self worth and self esteem.

Stress levels increase when a person can only get their own needs met when they are praised or rewarded for good deeds or in some cases, putting another person down. Can you think of times when you responded either of these ways? How will you respond the next time?

UNDERSTANDING. You are an experienced employee orienting someone to a job and notice they are using a different method to complete a procedure. Do you continue to watch and see if they are successful or do you immediately interrupt and say, ‘I developed a procedure and everyone here does it my way, don’t make that mistake again? Do it the way I told you.’

 A humble person does not need others to conform to their preferred method of doing things or remind others of their past accomplishments.  If you are rigid,  conceited and approach others with arrogance, it is stressful for you because you are constantly in fear   of losing control  or someone else taking the spot light off of you.  Do you know anyone     like this? Are you like this? Is there anything you would like to change about yourself?

 MODEL HUMBLENESS.  Jane was  hired  as  a gofer to work  on  a  project  with  a      group of young people, many of whom were new graduates. Jane’s duties included typing, answering the phone,  arranging appointments and yes, even getting coffee for the group.

After five months, a group member said, ‘You sure know a lot about this project. You always seem to be able to organize our reports and research so effectively. You have always been so kind and obliging. We all just love you. Did you work in this field before?’ Jane replied, ‘Yes, I did.’ The group member asked, ‘Do you have any education in this field?’ Jane replied, ‘Yes, I have a Masters’ Degree.’ The group member responded, ‘Wow, I can’t believe you never told us! I would have been bragging about it every day!’

Even when a humble person has more education and experience in a particular area, they do not feel the need to ‘flash it.’ Does this type of situation sound familiar to you? Do you know anyone who is quiet about their skills? If yes, do they tend to be relaxed? Do you know someone who is always bragging about their skills? If yes, do they appear relaxed or stressed?

BETTER COPING. Studies report that humble leaders and employees are more effective, efficient and liked more than those whose approach is arrogant. Humble employers and employees incorporate more honesty into their work life and know         their own limits. They do not try to ‘fake it until they make it.’

Studies identify a willingness of leaders and employees to openly share their own mistakes, openly share their own limitations and weaknesses, a willingness to ask             for assistance when needed,  modeling behaviors  that  show respect, encourages            others and promote openness as key elements of humbleness that reduce stress.

 Humble leaders and employees experience less stress because they do not try to                 do everything themselves,  hesitate to ask for help  or  blame others when things go      wrong. Honesty in the work place prevents stress and is another important element            of humbleness.  This type of approach promotes job satisfaction,  job retention, job effectiveness and efficiency and reduces stress among all team members.

LIVE PEACEFULLY. Humble people experience more peace and less stress in their life because they have more self control. They know life is not just about them. They are less self centered and less selfish. Focusing on others takes the focus and stress off of themselves. They tend to be more in control of their emotions and behaviors because their expectations are more realistic and they are not always trying to be a star. They tend to recognize their limits and do not waste time and energy on fruitful tasks. This does not mean they apathetically accept the status quo. They experience less stress because they know what and when something needs to be challenged and have the wisdom to choose their challenges carefully.

EMBRACE  DIFFERENCES. Humble people embrace differences. They accept others for who they are and therefore, tend to have better relationships with family, friends, co-workers and community partners because they are not always trying to change them which can cause a lot of stress.  Humble people are not prejudiced, are tolerant of others’ beliefs and values, accept others’ differences even when different from their own and they do not place a lesser value on any human being simply because they are different. They do not believe they are entitled to be treated better or valued more by society than anyone else. They believe everyone is equal no matter what their differences.

7 Tips for Mind-Body Balance

One of the guiding principles of mind-body medicine is the interconnection of all things, including the mind, the body, and the environment in which we live. Each of us is an inseparable part of an infinite field of intelligence, and in this very moment, with every breath, we are exchanging millions of atoms with the universe.

From this holistic perspective, health isn’t merely the absence of disease or symptoms; it is a state of optimal wellbeing, vitality, and wholeness.  We are healthy when we’re able to fully digest everything we take in, extracting what is nourishing and eliminating whatever doesn’t serve us. This includes our food, our relationships, our jobs, and all our life experiences. Illness, in contrast, develops when there is a disruption ― a blockage in the flow of energy and information in our bodymind. Symptoms and sickness are the body’s signal that we need to restore balance, eliminate whatever is causing the blockages, and reestablish the healthy flow of intelligence.

The Mind-Body Connection

Since the body and mind are inextricably connected, every time we have a thought, we set off a cascade of cellular reactions in our nervous system that influence all the molecules in our body. Our cells are constantly observing our thoughts and being changed by them.

Each day at the Chopra Center, we see guests who reinforce our view that our thoughts and choices and experiences influence our tendency to be healthy or become ill. A man in a toxic work environment has incapacitating headaches that don’t respond to multiple medications. A woman decides she will no longer accept her boyfriend’s demeaning behavior, and her debilitating panic attacks “mysteriously” subside.

Of course, this is not to say that all illnesses are “caused” by our thoughts. The relationship between the mind and body is complex, and sometimes things happen at a physical level for which we don’t have a plausible explanation. We have to acknowledge that we may have an inherent tendency for health or imbalance, and in some cases, genetic inheritance is the major factor underlying an illness. At the same time, we have amazing potential to heal and transform ourselves through our thoughts, perceptions, and choices. The body is a magnificent network of intelligence, capable of far more than current medical science can explain.

Cultivating Balance

Establishing a healthy dialogue between our thoughts and our molecules helps us shift from imbalance to balance. And when we’re in an optimal state of dynamic balance, we naturally tend to listen to our body with love and reverence and make choices that support balance, happiness, and wellbeing. The following seven mind-body prescriptions will help you create this positive feedback loop:

  1. Take time each day to quiet your mind and meditate.

    Meditation is one of the most powerful tools for restoring balance to our mind and body. In meditation, you experience a state of restful awareness in which your body is resting deeply while your mind is awake though quiet. In the silence of awareness, the mind lets go of old patterns of thinking and feeling and learns to heal itself. Scientific research on meditation is accelerating with the growing awareness of meditation’s numerous benefits, including a decrease in hypertension, heart disease, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and addictive behaviors.A groundbreaking study by Massachusetts General Hospital found that as little as eight weeks of meditation not only helped people feel calmer but also produced changes in various areas of the brain, including growth in the areas associated with memory, empathy, sense of self, and stress regulation.

    Meditation brings us home to the peace of present moment awareness and gives us an experience of profound relaxation that dissolves fatigue and long-standing stresses. In our experience at the Chopra Center, the most powerful benefits of meditation come from having a regular, daily practice.

    The Chopra Center offers instruction in Primordial Sound Meditation, a mantra-based meditation practice that is easy for anyone can learn. You can receive instruction in Primordial Sound Meditation and your personal mantra at any Chopra Center program – or click here to find a Chopra Center–certified meditation teacher in your area.

  2. Each day eat a healthy diet that includes the six Ayurvedic tastes and a wide variety of colorful fruits and vegetables.

    Next to breathing, eating is our most vital bodily function. To create a healthy body and mind, our food must be nourishing. Ideal nutrition comes from consuming a variety of foods that are appropriately prepared and eaten with awareness.

    A simple way to make sure that you are getting a balanced diet is to include the six tastes (sweet, salty, sour, pungent, bitter, and astringent) in each meal. The typical American diet tends to be dominated by the sweet, sour, and salty tastes (the main flavors of a hamburger). We do need these tastes, but they can lower metabolism especially if eaten in excess.

    The pungent, bitter, and astringent tastes, on the other hand, are anti-inflammatory and increase metabolism. These tastes are found in food such as radishes, ginger, mustard, peppers, spinach, mushrooms, tea, lentils lettuce, and so on. You can find more information on the six tastes here.

    In addition to including the six tastes in each meal, focus on eating a variety of fresh and freshly prepared foods, while eliminating or at least limiting items that are canned, frozen, microwaved, or highly processed. These are “dead” foods that weaken health and accelerate aging.

  3. Move your body: Engage in daily exercise.

    Regular exercise offers incredible benefits for your body and mind. Drs. William Evans and Irwin Rosenberg from Tufts University have documented the powerful effect of exercise on many of the biomarkers of aging, including muscle mass, strength, aerobic capacity, bone density, and cholesterol.

    Not only does exercise keep the body young, but it also keeps the mind vital and promotes emotional wellbeing. In his book Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain, Harvard University professor John Ratey, M.D. describes research showing that physical activity sparks biological changes that increase the brain’s ability to learn, adapt, and perform other cognitive tasks.  Exercise can reverse the detrimental effects of stress and lift depression.

    A complete fitness program includes exercises to develop flexibility, cardiovascular conditioning, and strength training. Find an aerobic activity that you enjoy and will be able to three to four times each week for twenty to thirty minutes. After your body is warmed up, spend five to ten minutes stretching. Be sure to include strength training in your program to systematically exercise the major muscle groups of your body. The key is to start off slowly, find physical activities you like, and do them regularly. You will be surprised how quickly you increase your endurance and enthusiasm for moving and breathing.

  4. Take time for restful sleep.

    Restful sleep is essential key to having health and vital energy. When you’re well-rested, you can approach stressful situations more calmly, yet sleep is so often neglected or underemphasized. There is even a tendency for people to boast about how little sleep they can get by on. In reality, over time, inadequate sleep disrupts the body’s innate balance, weakens our immune system, contributes to weight gain and depression, and speeds up the aging process.

    Human beings generally need between six and eight hours of restful sleep each night. Restful sleep means that you’re not using pharmaceuticals or alcohol to get to sleep but that you’re drifting off easily once you turn off the light and are sleeping soundly through the night. If you feel energetic and vibrant when you wake up, you had a night of restful sleep. If you feel tired and unenthusiastic, you haven’t had restful sleep.You can get the highest quality sleep by keeping your sleep cycles in tune with the rhythms of the universe, known as circadian rhythms. At the Chopra Center, we find that if people can commit to a consistent sleep ritual, they can usually retrain their mind to experience healthy sleep patterns. Find recommendations for a restful sleep routine here.

  5. Release emotional toxins.

    Many of us harbor emotional toxicity in the form of unprocessed anger, hurt or disappointment. This unprocessed residue from the past contributes to toxicity in our body and needs to be eliminated. You can begin by asking yourself, “What am I holding onto from the past that is no longer serving me in the present?”

    Once you have identified what you want to release, spend some time journaling about how your life will be different when you change. Then you can do a specific releasing ritual that declares to yourself and to the world that you are letting go of whatever it is you’ve been holding on to. If you need more help in this area, consider attending the Healing the Heart workshop at the Chopra Center. In a nurturing, supportive environment, you will be guided intensive, loving process to release emotional pain and then fill the newly created space in your heart with love and self-nurturing behaviors.

  6. Cultivate loving relationships.

    Research shows that a good social support network has numerous physical and mental health benefits. It can keep you from feeling lonely, isolated or inadequate and if you feel good about yourself, you can deal with stress better. Friends and loved ones can be a good source of advice and suggest new ways of handling problems. But they can also be an excellent distraction from what’s bothering you. If your network of friends is small, think about volunteering, joining an outdoor activities group or trying an online meet-up group to make new friends.

  7. Enjoy a good belly-laugh at least once a day.

    From the scientific perspective, laughter is an elegant mind-body phenomenon that reduces the production of stress hormones and boosts the immune system.

    Researchers in Japan found that people with rheumatoid arthritis who watched “rakugo” or comic storytelling experienced a significant decrease in their pain and stress hormone levels as well as an increase in two immune-enhancing

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The Autonomic Nervous System

Yin and Yang is fundamental to the practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine in terms  of understanding,  diagnosing,  and treating health issues.  At the most basic and deep level, TCM treatment seeks to balance ….Yin and Yang in each person.  One ancient  T.C.M.  text expressed the power and importance of  Yin and Yang this way: “If you can understand   Yin and Yang you can hold the universe in your hands.”

“Everything that appears in the physical realm is always connected with energy flow          at the invisible level.” – Nan Lu!!!  🙂

I remember taking a trip to Amish Country in Holmes County OHIO around Thanksgiving 2015 to visit a Facebook  Friend and meet a Amish healer whom has worked on many an Amish person. When I ask Jake the Healer about is experience with Herbs and Cancer. I was stunned to realize when his response was he seen better results with Nicholas Gonzalez’s research then any herb that ever was used.
Therefore, It was with great sadness just a few months prior that the office of Nicholas J. Gonzalez, M.D. relayed news of Dr. Gonzalez’s untimely death on Tuesday, July 21, 2015. The cause of death was cardiac related, it appears, as he suddenly collapsed and was unable to be revived. Dr. Gonzalez was in excellent health otherwise so his passing is quite unexpected.  Dr. Gonzalez was best known as a pioneering holistic cancer treatment doctor  who helped many thousands of people overcome cancer through the use of complementary and holistic treatment protocols.
I always wondered the Science behind his treatment. However, Dr. Gonzalez theory surmises that you can’t have proper digestion without proteolytic & PANCREATIC enzymes.  The importance of this …is that adequate nutrition creates a desired balanced with in the human frame work that promotes healing and within this blog I will showcase my research why?  
When I read Nutritionally Controlling the Autonomic Nervous System by Pat Davidson.

How Do YOU Think About Food!!!!

The main thing that I think about with food is the way it effects my autonomic nervous system.

The nervous system is the controller of the other organ systems. Electrical messages are sent along axons, which reach the terminal end of the wire, and then a chemical message  is sent to a receiving structure. The chemical message, when sufficient to cause a voltage change inside  the receiving cell  causes the cell  to open gates  and to activate G protein second messaging cascades. When gates open or second messaging systems are put into action, cellular behavior changes in rate.

Cells typically alternate between exergonic and endergonic chemical reactions. If the cell  is behaving in an exergonic manner it  is  giving  energy  off, and endergonic behavior involves the cell taking energy in. The electrical/chemical messages coming from nerves are a major player in determining whether cells are trending towards exergonic or endergonic function.

The nervous system can be divided into the somatic and autonomic divisions.

The somatic nervous system controls the excitation of skeletal muscle. Every other      organ system function in your body is under autonomic control. This means that digestion and absorption  at  the gut/endothelial lining,  as well as  the circulation of foodstuff,  and the movement of substrate across the cellular lining are all phenomena that fall under the domain of autonomic control.

This article, will explain two ways where we can respect the autonomic nervous system and honor the authentic functionality of each branch via proper nutrient timing and eating foods that do not promote an inflammatory/immune system activating state.

The autonomic nervous system is housed within the medulla in the brainstem. The brainstem is in the hindbrain, which is a primitive brain location from an evolutionary perspective. The forebrain is where conscious thought resides, and the hindbrain is    where subconscious brain matters are located.

This is fortuitous because it would be demanding from a conscious thought perspective to have to regulate heart rate, the opening and closing of arterioles, determining the extent of liver action, kidney filtration and reabsorption, and the countless other organ actions that must take place on a constant basis to survive as an organism on this planet.

The autonomic nervous system is divided into the sympathetic and parasympathetic centers.  Each branch effects the organs of our body in different ways, often times in a way where the two branches mirror one another. Finding balance between the two branches of the autonomic nervous system and being able to alternate from sympathetic to parasympathetic dominance is critical to the overall health and performance of the human organism.

Generally speaking, activation of the parasympathetic nervous system is essential to be able to digest food. The parasympathetic nervous system is also associated with the secretion of broken down food products into the blood stream, and it tends to promote the secretion of many of the anabolic hormones within the body. So to maximize the ability to absorb nutrients from food that you eat and to get those nutrients into cells where you can promote anabolic (endergonic) cellular reactions, shifting the body into a parasympathetic state is extremely desirable.

If we cannot escape from a sympathetic state, we cannot maximize digestion, absorption, and cellular uptake of nutrients. Furthermore, the sympathetic nervous system is also associated with activation of the immune system. When the immune system is activated, this tends to promote an inflammatory state within the body. Inflammation is associated with closure of blood vessels, which prevents nutrient rich blood flow from being able to reach tissues of the body.

Foods that promote an inflammatory state and an immune response prevent us from being able to shift solidly into parasympathetic dominance and being able to digest, absorb,  and deliver nutrients to cells.  This is a relationship  between food choices  and autonomics. Since autonomics is the controller of every organ system of your body this means that to some degree the food choices you make determine everything about the function of your body and your overall health and wellness. In essence, you are what you eat.

My main focus from a dietary perspective is to respect my autonomic nervous system and to not insult the balance between the two divisions.

My sympathetic nervous system is my driver during waking hours. It excites me, fosters  an exergonic state, helps promote my ability to perform mechanical work, and keeps me focused.  My sympathetic nervous system is not my primary digestion,  absorption, and cellular uptake driver. Based on this, I do not eat much food for breakfast and lunch on most days.

My parasympathetic nervous system is most dominant at night while I am asleep. Sleep    is the greatest regeneration period for the human organism,  and it is the time where we can really accomplish some good high quality digestion, absorption, and cellular uptake   of nutrients. Based on this, I eat the majority of my calories at night before I go to bed.

This is of course the opposite of what most nutritional recommendations from government sources and registered dieticians say to do, but as a country we’ve been consistently getting fatter and fatter since we started following what those governing bodies had to say, so I naturally do exactly the opposite on principal alone. It’s nice that there is a very logical explanation that supports my nutrient timing beliefs that stems from authentic knowledge of anatomy and physiology as well.

The immune system responds to tissue trauma and to foreign invaders that can be found in the blood stream. When trauma or a foreign invader is detected, the immune system sets off a cascade of events that results in white blood cell proliferation, inflammation, vasoconstriction, and a host of other chemical responses. This chemical cascade is fairly stereotypical and reproducible. The immune system response is one that is initiated because a threat has been presented to the body.

From an autonomics standpoint, the sympathetic nervous system is the division that is activated in response to threat. We must therefore ask the question, are there foods that create a threat to the body? The answer from an autonomics and immune system perspective is yes.

Gluten and Inflammation

The gluten protein is a casing that surrounds the sex organs of wheat based plants.

Plants do not have any desire to provide other animals with nutrition. Plants are trying to survive and pass their genes off to the next generation to keep their species alive on this planet. Plants have developed defensive strategies to be able to prevent their sex organs from being destroyed when an animal eats them. The gluten protein is one such evolutionary plant based defense strategy.

The human digestive processes are not capable of breaking down the gluten protein  during digestion in the gut. This means that when we absorb foods with the gluten protein, the gluten  casing  is still intact when it enters the blood stream.  Gluten is something that the human body perceives as being a foreign invader, and as a result, the immune system is activated, and a sympathetic state ensues.

Some of the signs and symptoms of an activated immune system include leaky gut syndrome, an increased prevalence of auto-immune conditions, inflammation, swelling, gas, and bloating.

The medical community as well as many nutritionists seem to only focus on Celiac disease when it comes to gluten. This is a mistake because anything that is activating the sympathetic nervous system and the immune system can exert effects on any organ system in the body, and which organ system is most effected will be a highly individualistic experience. Gluten is probably the most insulting inflammatory and immune system activating food choice for most humans; however, it is certainly not the only food choice that can set off this cascade. Dairy, legumes, and nightshades are also high up on the list of offending agents.

What I Do

So what do I do from a food choice perspective and a nutrient timing perspective to maximize my autonomic responses on a daily basis?

First, I go with the bulletproof coffee (BPC) in the morning. Caffeine stimulates the sympathetic nervous system which gets me going. The sympathetic nervous system, with its release of epinephrine and norepinephrine is a powerful agent for causing fat burning because these adrenaline based hormones activate hormone sensitive lipase which liberates fat from fat cells.

In addition to the fat mobilization properties coming from caffeine ingestion, the medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) that go into the BPC are optimal for cellular uptake at working cells that can burn fats. MCTs do not oxidize within the blood vessel (and therefore do not promote endothelial lining inflammation), and they readily cross the plasma membrane and can be quickly broken down to Acetyl CoA to enter the Krebs Cycle via Beta Oxidation inside the cell. The protein that is added to the BPC provides an amino acid influx into cells for protein synthesis, which is nice for a strength athlete, and the ingestion of protein has a powerful satiety effect for preventing extreme food cravings during the course of the day. I also add cinnamon to my BPC due to the fact that this substance has been shown to have outstanding effects on sustaining appropriate blood glucose levels.

The second thing I do is I wait until late in the day to have a big meal, and this is the time when I deliver carbohydrates to my body.

Typically I train during the middle of the day. I don’t worry about post workout supplementation or anything like that. Yes, the research shows that there is a tremendous uptake of amino acids post workout within the anabolic window, but it also shows that there is a big drop off in amino acid uptake and protein synthesis later on.

So, in my mind it all evens out, and worrying about getting food in during the mysterious and elusive anabolic window is something that could be stressful for people to have to worry about, which could ultimately do more harm than good for some people from an autonomics perspective.

The exercise bout during the day does something really fantastic for me though, it dramatically increases my insulin sensitivity. The primary function of insulin is to promote the cellular uptake of blood glucose. Delivering glucose into cells is a very valuable action because it can promote increasing stores of glycogen, which is a powerful energy substrate for high intensity exercise bouts, and glycogen stores must remain high to prevent the release of high levels of cortisol.

If I wait until later in the day to eat my carbohydrates, particularly if I perform exercise prior to carbohydrate ingestion, I will maximize the binding of insulin to its receptor on the plasma membrane, and this will drive a powerful response of cellular uptake of sugar and protein…the two primary ingredients for promoting muscle growth, and muscular performance. In addition to these responses, it seems that glucose and insulin also promote a parasympathetic shift in the autonomic nervous system as well. If I can drive this shift later on in the day, this will be a nice way to prepare my body for sleep, which is the most important regenerative activity for the human body.


It seems that we are inundated with dietary recommendations on a daily basis in the United States. Every expert seems to have some kind of plan for you.

How many of these people ever really trace their recommendations all the way down to the most fundamental levels of anatomy and physiology though? Very few from what I’ve seen. Most so called experts regarding food still focus on calories in vs. calories out, which is a nice concept from a superficial perspective, but ever since our country really bought in on that concept we’ve done nothing but get fatter and more diseased.

In truth, the laws of thermodynamics are unavoidable, and calories in/calories out still is king; however, if you’re counting the calories going into your mouth as the critical ones, your perspective is all wrong. The only calories in/calories out counting that matters are the ones entering and exiting your cells. This calories in/calories out concept is an endergonic/exergonic matter, which is an electrical/chemical matter, which is a sympathetic/parasympathetic manner. Food equals autonomics and autonomics equals organ regulation. Organ regulation equals health. Health equals feeling great, looking your best, and performing at a high level. Respect the hindbrain.

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The Three Minerals You Need to Balance Your Nervous System – The Importance of Phosphorus, Potassium, and Calcium

Published by Bernie Rosen  Oct 27, 2014

The nervous system has two main components: the central nervous system (CNS) and the peripheral nervous system (PNS). The central nervous system consists of the brain and the spinal cord. The peripheral nervous system is what connects the rest of the body to the central nervous system. There are three types of peripheral nerves: autonomic (involuntary nerves), somatic (voluntary nerves), and sensory nerves.

For our purposes here we will focus on the autonomic nervous system (ANS) – sometimes thought of as the “automatic nervous system.” That is because what it controls are for the most part involuntary activities. It will conduct nerve impulses from the central nervous system to cardiac muscle, smooth muscle, and glandular epithelial muscle. To put in plain English – it tells our heart to beat, our digestive system to move food along, the endocrine glands to produce hormones, and for us to breathe.

The autonomic nervous system has two components: the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) and the parasympathetic nervous system (PSNS). During our normal daily affairs we will switch back and forth between the two of them, but it is impossible for them both to be going at the same time.

The sympathetic nervous system serves as the emergency or stress system. Think of the “fight or flight” response. See a tiger, need to run. The parasympathetic nervous system controls our normal, everyday conditions. In an analogy to a car, the sympathetic nervous system is often described as the accelerator, while the parasympathetic system is the brakes. Sometimes after long periods of stress the autonomic nervous system is not performing correctly and we will accelerate when we should brake and brake when we should accelerate.

While our body was designed to handle stress, it was not designed to handle the constant stress that many people experience. Often people do not recognize their own stress level as they erroneously believe they are handling the stress, or it is how they always feel and do not notice a difference. Yet, their body is under constant stress from both conscious and unintended lifestyle and diet choices.

Both our sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems require specific nutrients. The accelerator function of the sympathetic nervous system is controlled by Phosphorus. Phosphorus is energizing – like fire. In fact, it burns immediately when exposed to air! Fortunately our Phosphorus is inside our body!

We are bombarded with messages about the importance of calcium for our bones. Well, without phosphorus all the calcium in the world will not do you much good. In fact, it may cause harm if there is too much calcium and not sufficient phosphorus.

Phosphorus is the second key mineral by content in our bones. It supports healthy bone formation, energy production, cell growth and repair (remember blood cells are made in our bones), collagen synthesis (that’s what helps make the bone), cardiovascular function, and nerve and muscle activity. It is a key part of calcium and sugar metabolism.

Food sources of phosphorus include almonds, brewer’s yeast, eggs, fish (halibut, salmon), glandular meats, lean beef, lentils, liver, milk, peanuts, poultry, pumpkin seeds, wheat bran, and yogurt.

What about potassium? Potassium strengthens the parasympathetic nervous system. It acts like a governor and helps calm the nervous system. It is critical for the ongoing health of every cell in our body. That’s a pretty important job! Along with its partner sodium, the two minerals balance the nutrient and waste exchange of each cell. Potassium is involved in nerve and muscle functioning where it again teams with sodium. It also maintains our body’s fluid balance, electrolyte balance, and pH balance.

Foods containing potassium include: almonds, artichokes, avocado, bananas, beet greens, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, kale, lentils, lima beans, oranges, papaya, pinto beans, prunes, raisins, spinach, sunflower seeds, Swiss chard, tomatoes, wheat germ, winter squash, and yams.

Calcium is one of the most talked about minerals and for good reason. It supports strong bone structure, teeth, and muscle tissue, aids in blood clotting function, supports cardiovascular and nerve functions, and helps in normal functioning of many enzymes. Calcium works in conjunction with Phosphorus and Potassium to balance these important systems.

The best sources of calcium are of course from food. It is also a misconception that this has to come from milk. Leafy green vegetables are a great source of calcium. For calcium choose: bone meal, cheese (best are Cheddar, mozzarella, and Swiss), collard greens, flaxseed, liver, milk, molasses, mustard greens, sesame seeds, spinach, turnip greens, wheat germ and yogurt.

For a more complete look at Phosphorus, Potassium, Calcium, and all the other minerals combined.  Please reference the articles Key Minerals for Healthy Bones by clicking here and Know Your Nutrients – A Few More by clicking here

Bernard Rosen, PhD is a Nutrition Consultant and Educator. He works with individuals, groups, and at corporations to create individualized nutrition and wellness programs. His office is in Mequon, WI. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, e-mail at, call (262) 389-9907 or go to

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