Be sure to check out my latest blog on what I learned in the detox module in Arizona!
In this Newsletter:
1. Naturopathic Philosophy Highlight Fun Facts:
Don’t Eat Here- unless you want infected chicken salad–YUM!
The “kindness gene”–biology speaks nice to itself
Upcoming Essential Oils Workshops with Terry Quigley at the Healing Garden. Contact Terry at 518-831-9469
My latest publication on NDNR (Available online)
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Look for Top Reads-Flora and GMOs highlighted to bring in good cheer.
3. Radio For Your Body-Mind-Soul:
The Light Within with Dr. Northup
In the Northern Hemisphere, we’re in the darkest season of the year. But deep inside each of us, something is growing in the light. In fact, scientific experiments prove that our bodies emit light. In this episode of Flourish, Dr. Northrup focuses on the light within, and what you can do to shine yours.
4. Book of the week: Healing the New Childhood Epidemic. Kenneth Block, MD.
Did you know that fact mothers with high toxic exposure + genetic predispositions in faulty gene protecting enzymes (methylation SNPS) can lead to increased risk of Autistic Spectrum children. Children are more sensitive to these toxins due to their unformed immune response and decreased excretory potential. Furthermore, children today are exposed to the most detrimental diet available in human time. Did you know high fructose corn syrup in most processed foods contain mercury?? In his book, Dr. Bock explains this new childhood epidemic of ASD, allergies, asthma, and ADHD which is now present in 1/3 of children!
Dr. Bock was a key lecturer at the Institute for Functional Medicine’s Detoxification Advanced Practice Module in Arizona. Dr Bock’s specialty is working with children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders and other pediatric epidemics. Dr. Bock is a genius in assessing the multi-factorial effect of toxins on children and how they impact their metabolic processes, mitochondria function (our energy producing cells), immune function, endocrine function, and gene regulation and DNA.
Last weekend, Dr. Bock specifically discussed a detailed case study of one of the many children he has helped recover from a diagnosis of an Autistic Spectrum Disorder. This book is a crucial read for all parents. We are passing our future over to children, and unfortunately, mothers and fathers are passing there toxicity to their children. Dr. Bock provides guides on how to prevent and work with our genetics and environments to assist in raising healthy children.
Bock, K. Recognizing Neurotoxicity and Immunotoxicity within the Functional Medicine Model. IFM. Detox Advanced Practice Module. Phoenix, AZ. December 9, 2011.
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Naturopathic Fun Facts:
Don’t Eat Here—unless you like chicken d’ salmonella!
The good news about choosing Organic, is you know not only that you are eating healthier, but you also know what you’re not getting—sewer sludge, GMO’s, hormones, antibiotics, and in the case of fast food….l’ chicken d’ salmonella. Dr. Mercola emphatically explains:
McDonald’s and Target will no longer purchase eggs from Sparboe Farms due to potentially unhealthy conditions discovered at Sparboe’s egg laying facilities. The egg producer was cited for at least 13 violations of rules meant to prevent dangerous salmonella outbreaks
Most restaurant chains get their food from confined animal feeding operations (CAFO); be it eggs, beef, or chicken. This is in part what makes fast food so inferior, no matter what restaurant chain you’re frequenting
Organic eggs are statistically FAR safer than CAFO-raised eggs. In one study, more than 23 percent of farms with caged hens tested positive for salmonella, while just over 4 percent of organic flocks tested positive
Aside from a greater risk of food poisoning, fast food is a primary driving factor of obesity and poor health due to inferior raw ingredients, high sugar content and added chemicals
Join the Food Revolution and Embrace Real Food…
If you’re at all concerned about your health–whether you want to gain health or maintain it–nutrition is paramount. In fact, your diet accounts for about 80 percent of the health benefits reaped from a healthy lifestyle, with the remaining 20 percent from exercise. So what makes for a nutritionally sound diet? First and foremost, a healthy diet is based on fresh whole, preferably organic foods, and foods that have been minimally processed. These are the signs of high-quality, health-promoting foods you’ll want to look for when grocery shopping:
1. It’s grown without pesticides and chemical fertilizers (organic foods fit this description, but so do some non-organic foods)
2. It’s not genetically engineered (GMOs)
3. It contains no added growth hormones, antibiotics, or other drugs
4. It does not contain any artificial ingredients, including chemical preservatives
5. It is fresh (keep in mind that if you have to choose between wilted organic produce or fresh conventional produce, the latter may be the better option)
6. It did not come from a concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO)
7. It is grown with the laws of nature in mind (meaning animals are fed their native diets, not a mix of grains and animal byproducts, and have free-range access to the outdoors)
8. It is grown in a sustainable way (using minimal amounts of water, protecting the soil from burnout, and turning animal wastes into natural fertilizers instead of environmental pollutants)
If the food meets these criteria, it is most likely a wise choice, and would fall under the designation of “real food,” which is the very foundation of good health.
Source: Mercola, J. The Worst Possible Place to Eat if You Want to Stay Healthy. December 9, 2011. Mercola.com. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/12/09/avoid-eating-at-fast-food-restaurants.aspx?e_cid=20111209_DNL_art_1
The Kindness Gene
Do you ever wonder why some people are just so darn nice?? Sometimes “Mr. and Mrs. Positive” can make one feel a little bit like “Mr. and Mrs. Grumpy Pants.” But-ha! There’s a biochemical reason beyond stress, PMS, and the in-laws that may explain the difference between Susie sunshine and Oscar the Grouch.
Scientists have actually found a “kindness gene.” It seems as though the hormone receptors for oxytoxin, the bonding hormone in the hypothalamus that is responsible for creating feel good chemicals from contact, are more active in those who are naturally empathic and compassionate. In other words, Mr. and Mrs. Positive receive a greater chemical reward in their brains from helping the old lady across the street than your nasty mother-in-law yelling at the old lady to speed the heck up! The following article from VitalChoice explains how those who are kinder are actually genetically pre-wired to feel a greater reward for their efforts.
Using videos of couples interacting, scientists found that a genetic trait strongly influences people’s tendency toward empathy, sensitivity, and sociability … in other words, being naturally caring, kind, and convivial.
The genetic trait in question affects cell receptors for oxytocin … a peptide from the hypothalamus that influences the body and brain through its dual roles as hormone and neurotransmitter.
Oxytocin is best known for facilitating birth and breastfeeding … but it also encourages trust, love, social recognition, pair bonding, and positive emotions in general.
As the authors wrote, “… we found that individuals [with genotype GG] were judged to be more pro-social than carriers of the A allele. Thus, individual differences in [the oxytocin-receptor gene] are associated with behavioral manifestations of pro-sociality, which ultimately guide the judgments others make about the individual.” (Kogan A et al. 2011)
“It was amazing to see how the data aligned so strongly by genotype,” Saturn said. “It makes sense that a gene crucial for social processing would yield these findings; other studies have shown that people are good at judging people at a distance and first impressions really make an impact.” (OSU 2011)
Can people ovecome an innate caring/trust deficit?
The answer to this critical question is likely to be “yes”. Dr. Saturn, for one, believes that people can and do overcome their genes all the time.
Referring to people with the “less-caring” gene profile, she said, “It may not be that we need to fix people who exhibit less social traits, but that we recognize they are overcoming a genetically influenced trait and that they may need more understanding and encouragement.” (OSU 2011)
And Kogan said that many factors ultimately influence kindness and cooperation.
“The oxytocin receptor gene is one of those factors – but there many other forces in play, both genetic and non-genetic. How all these pieces fit together to create the coherent whole of an individual who is or is not kind is a great mystery that we are only beginning to scratch.” (OSU 2011)
Wetherby, C. Kindness Gene Found. VitalChoice Newsletter. December 8, 2011.