Living Well Blog: Saratoga's Holistic Health Forum

Healthy Tips for Holiday Preparation

In this Newsletter: 

1. Naturopathic Philosophy Highlight Fun Facts: 

a. Eat for Your Type: Healthy Thanksgiving Day Recipes

b. Gluten and ADHD

c. Hormones and the Holidays

2. Upcoming Events!

a. November 15th: Our Poor, Sad, Food Supply (University of Albany)

b. November 20th: The Healthy Living Expo in Saratoga

c. Upcoming Essential Oils Workshops with Terry Quigley at the Healing Garden. Contact Terry at 518-831-9469

3. Radio For Your Body-Mind-Soul: 

a. Core Balance for Women's Health
Marcelle Pick
November 8, 2011 Hitting Reset

b. Flourish! 
Dr. Christiane Northrup
November 10, 2011 Planting Seeds in the Dark 

4. Book of the week: Wisdom of Menopause

5. Don't miss out:

a. My interview on 360menopause Radio Show-Panic Attacks and Menopause

b. Check out my latest answer and more on Dr. Oz's Sharecare: The importance of Fiber

c. View the Updated Link Resources on my homepage

ADHD & Pesticides

Naturopathic Fun Facts

Eat for Your Type Thanksgiving

It can be stressful to not only detour your annoying cousin Vinnie's pull my thumb joke, but also bypassing the pumpkin pie?? What if you prepared your own yummy treat with you to enjoy that would fulfill your craving but not create a full, bloated belly? What about some yummy Pumpkin Walnut Corn Bread and healthy gravy?

Find these healthy blood type recipes here. 

Source: D'Adamo & Conner. Eat For Your Type Thanksgiving. D'Adamo November 2011 Newsletter.

Why Gluten Causes Brain Imbalances

A variety of behavioral problems are linked to problems in your gut, not only from gluten, WGA and other components of grains but also due to the gut-brain connection. The gut-brain connection is well recognized as a basic tenet of physiology and medicine, so this isn't all that surprising, even though it's often overlooked. There's also a wealth of evidence showing gastrointestinal involvement in a variety of neurological diseases. 

With this in mind, it should also be crystal clear that nourishing your gut flora is extremely important at all life stages because in a very real sense you have two brains, one inside your skull and one in your gut, and each needs its own vital nourishment.

Your gut and your brain are actually created out of the same type of tissue. During fetal development, one part turns into your central nervous system while the other develops into your enteric nervous system. These two systems are connected via the vagus nerve, the tenth cranial nerve that runs from your brain stem down to your abdomen. This is what connects your two brains together, and explains such phenomena as getting butterflies in your stomach when you're nervous, for example.

As explained by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, a medical doctor with a postgraduate degree in neurology, in the video below, toxicity in your gut can flow throughout your body and into your brain, where it can cause symptoms of autism, ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, depression, schizophrenia and other mental disorders. 

Source: Mercola, J. Child Have ADHD? Stop Feeding Them This November 2, 2011.

Then, there's the emotional and hormonal holiday triggers...

Dr. Northrup's November Newsletter put perfectly into words what many women (and men) experience during the holidays:

The holidays are a crucible for relationship meltdowns. Loved ones with differing expectations, familial patterns, and needs get together to create a "Hallmark moment." Even in the best of circumstances, this can be a set up for dysfunction and stress. At midlife, it can be even tougher. I wrote about this in the newly revised edition of The Wisdom of Menopause, which will be available in January 2012.

"It is no secret that relationship crises are a common side effect of menopause. Usually this is attributed to the crazy-making effects of the hormonal shifts occurring in a woman's body at this time of transition. What is rarely acknowledged or understood is that as these hormone-driven changes affect the brain, they give a woman a sharper eye for inequity and injustice, and a voice that insists on speaking up about them. In other words, they uncover hidden wisdom--and the courage to voice it. As the vision-obscuring veil created by the hormones of reproduction begins to lift, a woman's youthful fire and spirit are often rekindled, together with long-sublimated desires and creative drives. Midlife fuels those drives with a volcanic energy that demands an outlet..

Source: Northrup, C. Menopause, Relationships, and the Holidays. Dr. Northrup Newsletter. November 2, 2011.

Book of the week:

Wisdom of Menopause

Dr. Northrup explores the biochemistry and mind-body connections on how menopause isn't what you thought. Rather, it's an invitation to rebirth yourself in a creative, authentic, and pleasure-filled life! The best in life is after 50, according to Northrup.

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SARAH LOBISCO, ND, is a graduate of the University of Bridgeport’s College of Naturopathic Medicine (UBCNM). She is licensed in Vermont as a naturopathic doctor and holds a Bachelor of Psychology from State University of New York at Geneseo. Dr. LoBisco speaks professionally on integrative medical topics, has several journal publications, and is a candidate for postdoctoral certification in functional medicine. She currently incorporates her training in holistic medical practices and conventional medicine through writing as well as through her position as Director of Clinical Education for a highly-esteemed nutraceutical and medical food company.*Dr. LoBisco’s recent blogs about living naturally in our complex world and on the applications of essential oils can be found at Her book, BreakFree Medicine, is set for release this year. *

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