• Speed healing of mental illness
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    Psych Central: Part 3
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    There’s one caveat, however. Your dedicated commitment to making holistic lifestyle changes. These strategies are designed to work together, so that all factors are addressed in some way. Simply put, failing to address one of these factors, lowers the effectiveness of your attempts to address the others.

    Any approach worthy of your best efforts must necessarily be holistic in nature. For optimal results, these strategies work together to boost emotional, mental, physical healing – naturally. And yes, after more than a century of being conditioned to think of our body and brain as distinct parts, we all need to keep reminding ourselves that the body, mind and emotional (spiritual) self are part of one system.

    It’s all about taking a proactive approach to:

    Learn what your body and mind need to be healthy.

    Recognize what is toxic to your mental and physical health, and avoid or replace them with healthy options.

    Accept that the care of your mental, emotional and physical self are intrinsically connected.

    Become aware of your options and the power of your moment-by-moment choices.

    Fully embrace the responsibility for self-directing your own healing with a holistic approach.

    When you treat your mind, emotions and body as one system, the positive benefits not only strengthen your confidence and ability to regulate your emotions, but also transform your attitude toward emotional pain and health. A system operates like a baby mobile, thus, what affects one aspect affects the whole system.

    Taken together, the above strategies give you a choice to make a determined commitment to take the reins as captain of your emotional and physical state of being, and to employ the available strategies to consciously steer your life in the direction of personal health and healing.

    Ok, this link is brilliant and so important I’m going to cut and paste the text into the comment section in case it ever gets taken down. Simply, read it — but follow the link to the main site where the formatting isn’t so messed up!!!

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  • Your steak wants you dead (or yet another lame excuse for science…)
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    Mark’s Daily Apple

    Notice that one of the foods listed under “unprocessed red meat?—and likely a major contributor to that category—is hamburger, the stuff fast-food dreams are made of. Although this study tracked whole grain intake, it didn’t track refined grain intake, so we know right away we can’t totally account for the white-flour buns wrapped around those burgers (or many of the other barely-qualifying-as-food components of a McDonald’s meal). And unless these cohorts were chock full of folks who deliberately sought out decent organic meat, it’s also worth noting that the unprocessed ground beef they were eating probably contained that delightful ammonia-treated pink slime that’s had conventional meat consumers in an uproar lately.

    It’s irritatingly stupid to me that these pretend scientists are even allowed the airtime (by an even more clueless media) that lets them freak people out just to get their 30 seconds in the spotlight. But, I’ve had too many clients impacted by this lunacy not to post something on it.

    The link above is as much a rebuttal of this year’s hysteria about meat — as it is a study in how real scientists think about data, how they reason and how they debunk fanciful assumptions about both.

    It’s so well worth reading — over a delicious dinner of well trimmed, organic, range-fed steak with a garden salad, a glass of fine red wine and the one you love…

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  • Sleep Right Rules
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    Implement Sleep-Right Rules

    Once you’ve turned your bedroom into a healthy, sleep-inducing oasis, the next critical step is to start sleeping correctly. You may not have known that there is actually a proper way and time to sleep. It’s true!

    When, how and how much we sleep is important. Failing to follow these recommendations can impede the fat-burning and hormone-balancing benefits you should gain from sleep each and every night.

    Here are The Clear Medicine System guidelines for hormone-enhancing sleep:

    Sleep in complete darkness. Again, even a small amount of light can hamper your sleep.

    Sleep nude (or at least with loose-fitting nightclothes – but nude is better). Do not sleep in tight undergarments (bras, girdles, briefs, etc). Tight clothing will increase your body temperature and interfere with melatonin release while you sleep.

    Establish regular sleeping hours. Try to get up each morning and go to bed every night at roughly the same time. Oversleeping can be as detrimental as sleep deprivation. How you feel each day is an important indication of how much sleep is right for you.

    Get to bed by 11 p.m. Since the invention of electricity (not to mention television and computers), we have begun staying up later and later. This change has resulted in a largely sleep-deprived society. Our stress glands, the adrenals, recharge or recover most between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. Going to bed before 11 p.m. (in fact, 10 p.m. is even better) is optimal for rebuilding your adrenal reserves. I know this can be difficult to change so I recommend to my patients they start going to bed 15 minutes earlier each week until they reach their new target time.

    Sleep 7 ½ to 9 hours a night. The American Cancer Association has found higher incidences of cancer in individuals who consistently sleep less than six hours or more than nine hours nightly. Oversleeping is just as harmful as sleep deprivation. Consistently needing more than nine hours of sleep every night warrants a visit to your doctor for further investigation, as this may indicate an underlying medical condition such as hypothyroidism or depression or a deficiency of iron, folic acid or vitamin B12. Some of us simply require more or less sleep than others. If you awaken without an alarm and feel rested, you’re likely getting the right amount of sleep for you.

    See the light first thing in the morning. Daylight and morning sounds are key signals that help awaken your brain. Turning on the lights or opening the blinds is the proper way to reset your body clock and ensure that your melatonin levels drops back to “awake” mode until the evening. Exposure to morning light has also been proven to be one of the simplest ways to increase your energy for the entire day. It’s also been shown to boost testosterone in men and fertility in women by stimulating luteinizing hormone release from the pituitary gland. Enhance this action further by exposing yourself to sunlight and by getting outside during the day. I can’t say enough about the benefits of getting outside, even for 10–20 minutes in the morning light.

    Keep household lighting dim from dinnertime until you go to sleep. Believe it or not, this simple step not only prepares your body and hormones for sleep, but it also helps your digestion.

    The most important step in selecting a natural sleep aid is to first determine the cause of your sleep disruption because different supplements can be more effective than others for specific sleep-robbing conditions. Difficulty falling or staying asleep may result from stress, vitamin or mineral deficiency, excess caffeine intake, certain medications, menopause, anxiety, depression, low melatonin, muscle tension, pain and a whole host of other reasons too numerous to list. Fortunately, many herbal remedies, vitamins, minerals, amino acids and hormones are available to assist you in your quest for a good night’s rest.

    Magnesium or calcium/magnesium is recommended for all causes of sleep disruption – in addition to one or more of the following for the specific sleep imbalances:

    Cant fall asleep – Suggested Supplement / Remedy – usually due to high cortisol/stress:

    Seditol – 3 at bedtime with magnesium 200 to 800 mg

    Relora – 1 on rising and 2 before bed

    Ashwaganda – 500 to 1,000 mg twice daily

    Can’t stay asleep – Suggested Supplement / Remedy – usually due to high cortisol/stress or low melatonin

    Relora – 1 on rising and 2 before bed

    Ashwaganda – 500 to 1,000 mg twice daily

    Melatonin – sublingual form is best 3 mg – best for those over 45 to 50 years

    Waking too early– Suggested Supplement / Remedy – usually due to low serotonin/anxiety or depression

    RX to increase serotonin – fish oils – 6 grams per day

    Vitamin D3 2000 to 5000IU per day

    5 HTP 200 to 400 mg per day and add Cenitol (metagenics), which is inositol, to protein shakes daily to enhance serotonin in the brain

    Racing mind in bed at night– Suggested Supplement / Remedy – usually due to high cortisol

    Phosphatidylserine – 300mg at bedtime

    Vitamin B6 -100mg at bedtime

    Can’t sleep because of anxiety or body tension/pain– Suggested Supplement / Remedy – usually due to low GABA, a naturally calming brain chemical

    Gaba – 500 to 1000mg at bedtime

    Can’t sleep due to PMS – Suggested Supplement / Remedy – usually due to low progesterone which helps to prevent headaches, anxiety and insomnia before your period

    Evening primrose oil – 2000mg daily for 2 weeks prior to menses

    Natural progesterone cream – prescription through MD or ND

    Can’t sleep due to Menopausal or Perimenopausal symptoms- Suggested Supplement / Remedy – usually due to low progesterone/low estrogen and/or high cortisol, which can cause hot flashes, night sweats, anxiety, palpitations, broken sleep

    Suggestions for progesterone above

    Herbs to increase estrogen – clear estrogen 2 to 3 at bedtime

    Natural Bi-est cream – prescription through your MD or ND

    Relora – 1 on rising and 2 before bed to reduce stress at menopause

    Normally a lot of these shows are filled with drivel — but this one is worth reposting — and worth watching if you can deal with the product placements. It’s remarkable in that it is so through and so free of the usual bandaid solutions.

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  • Omega 3 fatty acids
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    There are both plant and animal sources for omega-3 fats, and there are differences between them. All have different ratios of three important omega-3 fatty acids—ALA, EPA and DHA. DHA is the most important for your brain. EPA is also required by your brain, but in smaller amounts.

    Plant-based omega-3 sources like flax, hemp and chia seeds are high in ALA, but low in EPA and DHA. Although ALA is an essential nutrient, the key point to remember is that the conversion of ALA to the far more essential EPA and DHA is typically quite inhibited by impaired delta 6 desaturase, an enzyme necessary for you to convert the ALA into the longer chain EPA and DHA. Because of this, it is important to include animal-based sources of omega-3 fats, such as krill oil, in your diet, and this supplement regimen would likely be incredibly useful for those in the military, as it is for the majority of Americans.

    There is just a stunning amount of information coming out about the effectiveness of these oils – information that is more then just a little contested by the vegetarian sector that is pushing flax oil and the like. Problem is, the flax oils are not generating the decrease in inflammatory response that most are taking these oils for. Here’s why.

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